Emergency Preparedness Training Wednesday, October 18th || 6:00 p.m.-7:30p.m.

Are you and your family prepared for an emergency?

This training course will provide an introduction to
responding to a natural or man-made disaster.
Each participant will receive a certificate, a Z-card and
learn how to make an emergency preparedness kit.

This is a free event, open to the public. Registration is required.
Putnam County Composite Squadron
This event is hosted by Civil Air Patrol.

Call 845-225-8585 or register online @ www.kentlibrary.org
Kent Library, 17 Sybil’s Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512

Raccoon Test Positive for Rabies The raccoon was removed from Putnam Plaza Shopping Center in Carmel the evening of August 14, 2017.

The raccoon was removed from Putnam Plaza Shopping Center in Carmel the evening of August 14, 2017.

Please contact the Putnam County Department of Health immediately if you or a pet had physical contact with the raccoon.

For further information or questions, call:
Health Department at 845-808-1390 (after hours – ext. 3)

Get School Shots Now, Advises Putnam County Department of Health

Brewster, NY- August is National Immunization Awareness Month and back-to-school season is fast approaching! Along with gathering school supplies, parents should also ask… “Are my child’s shots up to date?”

Vaccines are important for children of all ages – from toddlers to students leaving for college. In addition to the recommended shots for more than a dozen serious childhood illnesses, flu season is fast approaching and an annual flu shot is advised.

“Residents can have their children receive free flu shots at school. This Health Department initiative saves countless sick days and potentially devastating illness,” reminds County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

“Vaccinations are the safest and most effective way to prevent serious diseases, and that includes the flu,” says Michael Nesheiwat, M.D., Interim Commissioner of Health. “When children are not vaccinated, they are at greater risk for illness, and can spread disease to others in their families, schools and the community.”

Childhood vaccinations required for school entry protect against potentially life-threatening diseases including diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, hepatitis B, meningitis, pertussis (whooping cough) and chicken pox. Children in day care, pre-K, or kindergarten through 12th grade, who do not meet the immunization requirements will not be permitted to attend school. The complete list of New York State- required school immunizations, as well as Putnam’s school and public flu vaccination clinic schedules are available online at www.putnamcountyny.gov/health  or by calling the Putnam County Department of Health’s Immunization Program at (845) 808-1332.

Teens and college-bound students have other health concerns, including meningitis and cervical cancer for which vaccines offer protection. Parents and caregivers should check with their pediatrician about any vaccines their children need and make an appointment as soon as possible. Children up to 19 years of age can receive the required vaccinations free of charge at the Health Department’s clinics if they meet eligibility requirements. Vaccinations are also available to others for a fee. Call (845) 808-1332 for dates, times and location of clinics.

The Department of Health’s mission is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, composed of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, emergency preparedness, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit the PCDOH website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth, and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Anthony Grigoroff Convicted a Second Time by Putnam County Jury

Grigoroff Convicted a Second Time by Putnam County Jury

CARMEL, NEW YORK – AUGUST 8, 2017 Carmel, N.Y. – The Putnam County District Attorney’s Office has   announced the conviction of Anthony Grigoroff for the murder of life- long Garrison resident John Marcinak.

“Once again, a Putnam County Jury heard all the evidence, carefully deliberated, and found Anthony Grigoroff guilty of Murder in the Second Degree and two counts of Attempted Burglary in the Second Degree,” District Attorney Robert Tendy stated. “We can only hope this conviction will bring justice for John and peace to his family and friends who were present throughout the trial.”

The jury comprised of six women and six men listened carefully to the lengthy testimony, analyzed the evidence, weighed the credibility of the witnesses, and reached a unanimous verdict.

District Attorney Tendy is grateful to the current and retired members of the PCSO and State Police who worked closely with his office to insure that the passage of time never hindered a successful prosecution. Tendy who was lead trial attorney also commended the “tireless efforts of his co-counsel Assistant District Attorney Melissa Lynch whose commitment to the Marcinak family and desire to ensure that justice was served remained an unmistakable driving force throughout the trial.”  Tendy also thanks DA Investigator Michael Benvie for his tireless efforts during the prosecution of this case.

The Defendant faces a sentence of 25 years to Life on the Murder conviction. Sentencing is scheduled for September 26, 2017.  The case was presided over by the Hon. Edward McLoughlin.

17-015 – PUTNAM DA PRESS RELEASE-Anthony Grigoroff

CONTRACTOR EROSION & SEDIMENT CONTROL TRAINING SEPTEMBER 26TH

PUTNAM COUNTY SWCD In conjunction with Dutchess County SWCD Present a
CONTRACTOR EROSION & SEDIMENT CONTROL TRAINING

The Putnam County Soil & Water Conservation District will be hosting a 4-hour Erosion & Sediment Control Training for Contractors, Developers, Engineers and individuals involved in soil disturbance activities Under the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Stormwater Permit, all developers, contractors and subcontractors must identify at least one trained individual from their company that will be responsible for implementation of the SWPPP, and have at least one trained individual on site on a daily basis when soil disturbance activities are being performed. Also, developers must have a qualified inspector conduct regular site inspections in accordance with the construction general permit. Training is good for 3 years.

CLICK HERE FOR CONTRACTOR EROSION & SEDIMENT CONTROL TRAINING FORM & FLYER

AT&T Teams Up with Putnam County Executive, Sheriff and County Clerk to Educate the Public on the Dangers of Smartphone Distracted Driving

AT&T Teams Up with Putnam County Executive, Sheriff and County Clerk to Educate the Public on the Dangers of Smartphone Distracted Driving

 AT&T’s Nationally-touring virtual reality simulator will make a pit-stop in Putnam County to drive home the message of It Can (All) Wait Behind the Wheel on Tuesday, July 25

WHO/WHY:       AT&T* research shows that 7 in 10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving.** It’s no longer safe to assume that people are just texting from behind the wheel. They’re checking email, posting to social media, snapping selfies and even video chatting and playing games like Pokémon Go. To drive home the message, “It Can (All) Wait,” AT&T has teamed up with Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith, and Putnam County Clerk Mike Bartolotti to bring the AT&T nationally-touring 3D virtual reality simulator to the Putnam County DMV. This educational and free opportunity will allow the public to experience firsthand how dangerous it is to take their eyes off the road and glance at a phone even for just two seconds. The virtual reality simulator “pit stop” in Putnam County is one of 200 nationwide in 2017.

The simulator is also visiting Putnam County to celebrate the remarkable dedication of local AT&T employee Regina Ennis, who won the AT&T’s It Can Wait 16 in ’16 Pledge contest last year, an internal contest challenging employees to compete to get the most It Can Wait pledges from their communities.  Because of her dedication and commitment to protecting her community through educating on dangers of smartphone distracted driving, AT&T scheduled the simulator to make a special stop in her community to help her and the local partnering dignitaries to educate county residents to keep their eyes on the road and not on their phone.

In addition, the It Can Wait 3D virtual reality simulator visit to the Putnam County raises awareness for AAA’s 100 Deadliest Days for Drivers – the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when teen crash fatalities historically climb. With more young and inexperienced drivers, motorcycles, farm vehicles and bicyclists on the road, as well as pedestrians, it’s a great reminder for teen drivers to put the phone down while driving.

WHEN:                 Tuesday, July 25, 10am – 4:30 pm

***At 10 a.m. there will be a short media briefing and photo opportunity to unveil the simulator to the public with Putnam County Executive Odell, Sheriff Smith, County Clerk Bartolotti and Regina Ennis of AT&T.

WHERE:               Putnam County DMV Parking Lot, Kern Building, 1 Geneva Drive, Brewster NY

WHAT:                 When you’re behind the wheel, everything can change in the blink of an eye. A post, a selfie, a text, a scroll, an email—one look is all it takes. This simulation shows the consequences of glancing at a phone while driving in a 3D fully-immersive experience.

People can also use their own smartphone to view the 360° experience at home.  To learn more, visit ItCanWait.com/VR.

The nationwide virtual reality simulator tour focuses on the dangers of smartphone distractions while driving and the unique virtual reality simulator experience is part of the AT&T It Can Wait campaign, which urges drivers to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phones. The campaign began with a focus on not texting and driving. It has now expanded to the broader dangers of smartphone use behind the wheel.

Since its launch in 2010, the It Can Wait campaign has:

  • Helped grow awareness of the dangers of smartphone distracted driving to nearly 90% of audiences surveyed.
  • Inspired more than 15 million pledges to not drive distracted.
  • Worked with departments of transportation in various states on research that suggests a correlation between IT CAN WAIT campaign activities and a reduction in crashes.
  • Collaborated with AT&T data scientists on research that shows how statewide anti-texting laws impact the rate of texting while driving.

VISUALS:

  • ·         3D virtual reality simulator
  • ·         Opportunity for reporters/videographers/photojournalists to experience simulator
  • ·         Interview opportunities with simulator “drivers,” Putnam County Executive Odell, Sheriff Smith, County Clerk Bartolotti and Ennis of AT&T.
  • ·         It Can Wait sizzle reel

 * AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

 ** Research commissioned by AT&T and conducted by Braun Research. Polled 2,067 people in the U.S. aged 16-65 who use their smartphone and drive at least once a day. Additional information available here.

No Gruff from the New Kids at Tilly Foster

SOUTHEAST, NY – Tilly Foster Farm, which reopened to the public on June 3, 2017, continues to foster the historic farm’s heritage with the addition of Sophie (pictured left) and Juliet (right), two new Nigerian Dwarf goats. The pair, procured from Good Hope Farm in South Salem New York, will join fellow goats, Calvin and Hobbes, who came to Tilly Foster last December.

“We are excited to welcome Sophie and Juliet to the herd,” said Teresa De Angelis, veterinary technician and animal caretaker at Tilly Foster Farm. “The goats are acclimating to their new home and will be available for viewing by the public before the end of July.”

“The public reopening of Tilly Foster Farm makes available 199 acres of beautiful pastoral vistas, a hiking trail, community garden, charming farm animals and Tilly’s Table, a new event-based farm-to-table dining experience,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “We are proud of this achievement and delighted to add Sophie and Juliet to our growing farm.”

Part of the revitalization of Tilly Foster Farm has been the return of small farm animals. Visitors can observe a beautiful array of chicken breeds, including Frizzle Cochin Bantams, Silkies, Polish, Red Stars, Barred Rock, Austrolorps, Brahmas and Ameraucanas, which lay blue eggs. The farm features friendly Kunekune pigs, Penelope, Ginger, Lucy and Levi, four Huacaya Alpacas named Honey, Isabella, Sinbad and Raphael, two miniature horses, Sultan and Sunny, and four Nigerian Dwarf goats, Calvin and Hobbes, and new friends, Sophie and Juliet.

Tilly Foster Farm is open to the public seven days a week, except for certain holidays. For more information and to make reservations for Sunday Brunch at Tilly’s Table, visit www.putnamtillyfoster.com or call 845-808-1840.

 

Preventing Heat-Related Illness

Brewster, NY- When the temperatures soar this summer, stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed. Anyone at any time, even those who are physically fit, can suffer heat-related illness in extreme temperatures.

Residents should be careful and take precautions during a hot spell lasting a few days. Watch out for your family, friends and neighbors too. Infants, young children and the elderly especially can have problems in hot weather,” states MaryEllen Odell.

“Heat or sun stroke is the most dangerous type of heat-related illness and causes several hundred deaths in the United States each year,” says Michael Nesheiwat, M.D., Interim Commissioner of Health. “Heat stroke occurs when a person’s body temperature goes over 104 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you think someone has heat stroke, call 911.”

Another heat-related problems is heat exhaustion.  Signs of this include cold, pale, clammy skin, dizziness, fainting, nausea, muscle cramps or headache.  “If someone faints and passes out, call 911 immediately and move the person to a cooler location—out of the sun or into air-conditioning. Apply cool water with a cloth to the back of their neck or forehead. Give sips of water every 15 minutes for one hour,” Dr. Nesheiwat advises.

Heat cramps or painful spasms in the legs and abdomen can also occur, but are less severe. If a person is on a low-sodium diet or has heart problems, seek medical attention right away. Otherwise, drink sips of water every 15 minutes for one hour. If cramps don’t go away, seek medical care.

To ensure a safe summer, take these steps to stay cool in hot weather:

  • Drink plenty of fluid. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Water is best because it

replenishes your body’s natural fluids.  Avoid alcohol and very sugary drinks, which dehydrate the body.

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. Wear a wide-brimmed hat or use an umbrella.  Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher as sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down.
  • Avoid hot and heavy meals –they add heat to your body.
  • Try to schedule outdoor activity in the early morning and evening hours when it is coolest.
  • Stay indoors in a cool or air-conditioned place.
  • Never leave a person or pet in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are cracked open and you only expect it to be a short period of time.

 

During extreme heat events, cooling centers are open for Putnam residents as well. For a list of local cooling shelters and phone numbers to call to check hours of operation, visit the NYS Department of Health website at https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/weather/cooling/. For more information on heat-related illness during prolonged periods of extreme temperatures, call the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390.

The Department of Health’s mission is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, composed of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, emergency preparedness, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit the PCDOH website at www.putnamcountyny.com/health or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth, and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Breastfeeding Moms: Save-the-date, Friday, August 4

Breastfeeding Moms: Save-the-date, Friday, August 4

On Friday, August 4, breastfeeding moms in Putnam County and the surrounding area will join thousands of others from around the world for the 2017 BIG LATCH ON.

Putnam County’s local event is hosted by the Putnam County Department of Health and will take place at the Carmel Fire Department, 94 Gleneida Avenue.

Raffle prizes, information, activities and refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome. First 25 people to pre-register will be guaranteed a gift bag.

Please arrive by 9:45 am so everyone can be registered and settled in for the 10:30 latch on. For more information or to register, contact the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390, ext. 43232

or email Maria.Shaffer@putnamcountyny.gov  or https://www.facebook.com/events/1409740492425914/  .

Wireless Zone of Brewster and Mahopac Take Part in 5th Annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway

Two Hundred Backpacks to be Given Away at Brewster and Mahopac Wireless Zone Kids Day Events

PUTNAM COUNTY, NY (July 6, 2017) – Wireless Zone, the nation’s largest wireless retail franchise offering exclusive Verizon products and services, is partnering with The Cellular Connection (TCC) and Culture of Good to donate backpacks full of school supplies to needy children across the United States through the brand’s fifth annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. The giveaway, taking place at participating Wireless Zone locations nationwide, is bigger than ever before with more than 235,000 backpacks full of school supplies expected to be delivered in 2017.

“We are excited to bring this back-to-school initiative to Putnam County for the first time,” said Dave Robles, franchise owner, Wireless Zone of Brewster and Mahopac. “After nearly 15 years of servicing the wireless phone needs of the Putnam County community, it feels great to give back in a way that helps families and children who need a little support.  Every kid deserves a new backpack on their first day of school,” added Robles.

More than 1,300 participating Wireless Zone and TCC stores across the U.S. are inviting local families and their children to visit these select locations on Sunday, July 23 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to pick up a backpack filled with various school supplies, including pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders and glue. One backpack per child present will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

On July 23rd from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., families in the Putnam County area may visit the participating Wireless Zone stores in Brewster and Mahopac, NY, to collect a backpack for their child. The child must be present to receive the backpack. The stores are located at 111 D Independent Way, Brewster, NY, and 129 Route Six, Mahopac, NY. Each participating Wireless Zone store will donate 100 backpacks. All leftover backpacks will be donated to local schools.

Brewster Wireless Zone Hosts Special Event and Attractions for Kids

In addition to giving away 100 backpacks, the Brewster Wireless Zone store will host a Kids Day at the store location featuring a Fire Truck tour and Fire Prevention presentation, face painting and FREE ice pops. The event was made possible through the generous support of sponsor, Putnam Bright Smile Dentistry.

In 2015, the National Retail Federation predicted the average person with children in grades K-12 would spend $97.74 on school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and backpacks. With more than 16 million children in the U.S. living in poverty, Wireless Zone and TCC are working to alleviate the rising costs of school supplies through this annual program.

Supporters of the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway are encouraged to use the hashtag #cultureofgood on Instagram and Twitter to help spread the word.

ABOUT WIRELESS ZONE

Founded in 1988 as “The Car Phone Store”, the Wireless Zone® system has become the nation’s largest wireless retail franchisor and was ranked the No. 1 franchise in its category by Entrepreneur magazine. All stores are independently owned and operated, exclusively offering Verizon Wireless products and services. The Wireless Zone® system has been honored with Verizon’s “Best Customer Service” award each consecutive year since 2011 and is franchised and operated by Wireless Zone, LLC. For more information, visit www.wirelesszone.com.

ABOUT TCC

Founded in 1991, TCC is the largest Verizon Authorized Retailer in the U.S., operating more than 800 locations in 38 states from coast to coast. The company is guided by its Virtuous Circle of Success—a belief that employees, customers and communities matter equally. TCC’s nationally-recognized Culture of Good movement encourages employees to give back in every community it serves. For media inquiries, contact Mallory Sturgeon at 317.202.2280 XT. 26 or email her at mallory@dittoepr.com. To learn more about TCC or to find a location near you, visit www.TCCRocks.com. For more information about TCC’s parent company Round Room LLC, visit www.RoundRoom.com.