Eat Smart Restaurant Week Returns September 27 through October 11; Food Establishments Encouraged to Sign Up Early

Brewster, NY—After last year’s successful launch, the Annual Eat Smart Restaurant Week is back. The two-week event starts on Sunday, September 27 and runs through Sunday, October 11,
giving customers an easy opportunity to enjoy delicious and healthy meals at participating Putnam eateries. One of last year’s crowd pleasers was spicy cavatelli with zucchini, leeks, extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes and pecorino; another was fresh Norwegian salmon filet baked with olives, garlic, tomato and fresh herbs, served with spinach.

“In Putnam, so many of our restaurants showcase that delicious and healthy can go hand-inhand,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “It is especially helpful that so many chefs use a
farm-to-table approach that promotes using locally grown ingredients. With more and more people choosing to eat out on a regular basis, it is important that our restaurants use their culinary talents to entice people to eat healthy dishes.” According to the National Restaurant Association nearly half of a family’s food budget goes to foods prepared outside the home, and this is a trend nationwide.

“Food is a great enjoyment,” declared Health Commissioner Allen Beals, MD “and food producers, and many chain restaurants, take advantage of this. They spend billions of dollars developing products laden with salt, sugar and fat, and then billions more on advertising. The end result is the marketing of many unhealthy items and residents with increasing waistlines. The eatsmart
idea is based on the belief that customers should not skimp on tastiness, but should also not shortchange themselves on their health.”

Last year a total of 35 restaurants and food establishment participated in the event which featured an emphasis on fresh, locally grown vegetables, realistic portion sizes, and healthy, but
limited oils and sodium.

“Restaurant support was very enthusiastic,” said Dr. Beals. “We’ve had great input from chefs and other partners at Putnam’s top restaurants.” All restaurants submitted their recipes for
evaluation by health department nutritionists and the two partnered to tweak them to perfection.

“Most restaurants easily grasped the concept,” explained Kristine Boyle, the health department nutritionist who led the evaluation process. “There really were few major adjustments that needed to be made. Fresh foods, herbs and other tasty condiments in the hands of expert chefs, and even knowledgeable cooks at home, can go a very long way in making a mouth-watering meal.”

Dine-in restaurants are not the only participants in Eat Smart Restaurant Week. The program is open to all food establishments in Putnam who are willing to offer at least one healthy selection.
Last year a few delicatessens and a chain “fast food” restaurant took part in the event. Restaurants interested in more information or participation should contact Kris Boyle or senior public health
sanitarian Shawn Rogan, who coordinate Eat Smart Restaurant Week at the PCDOH, at 845-808-1390. Participating restaurants will be posted online at the health department home page at, beginning in August.

The Health Department’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, environmental health protection, emergency preparedness, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our website at; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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Wash Away Cancer: Friday, May 1st, 11am-4pm at the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department. “Paint the Town Purple Day!”


Stockings for the Soldiers: Purchase a Stocking or Care Package for a loved one serving overseas

From: MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive

During this season of giving, we need to remember that our greatest gift is that of freedom. I have launched the Stockings for Soldiers program, a joint effort with United for the Troops that will supply comfort packages to those serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces.
For a $15 donation, a care package will be sent to a soldier overseas on your behalf or that of a loved one of your choice.  You will be given a card acknowledging the gift. Names will appear on a virtual wall highlighting the stockings that have been sold.  You can view the virtual wall by clicking here.

United for the Troops was founded by Jim and Patty Rathschmidt of Mahopac with the help of friends and families whose sons and daughters are serving overseas. Its sole purpose is to make life while away from home a little better for these brave men and women. Some of the items include cookies, DVDs, CDs, snacks, t-shirts, and other food items. Following numerous conversations with service men and women, the group found out that the military provides soldiers with the essentials for day- to-day life and many of them miss the extra amenities that they enjoy while at home. United for the Troops’ goal is to show them that we are proud of them and appreciate all of their efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of the world.

 Stocking cards can be reserved by submitting the form found at

Payment for the stocking cards must be sent or brought to:
Terry Oliver
County Executive’s Office
40 Gleneida Ave.
Carmel, NY 10512 

Terry can be reached at 845-808-1000 extension 49201 with any questions.



Suspending ALL Public Transit Operations and Para-Transit for remainder of the day.

Due to inclement weather and hazardous road conditions Putnam County will suspend all public transit operations and Para-Transit for the remainder of the day.  Public transit operations will resume on Friday, November 28th.

Putnam County Government is closing all non-essential departments at 1pm today

In preparing for the current storm, Putnam County Government is closing all non-essential departments at 1pm today.

With this storm, there is every possibility some of you may lose power. Please be sure you have essential items on hand, charge your cell phones and electronic devices. Also, do not forget your senior neighbors and family members.

Homeowners who have generators should heed the following safety suggestions to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning: Run generators outside, downwind of structures and never run a generator indoors. Deadly carbon monoxide gas from the generator’s exhaust can spread throughout enclosed spaces. Keep children away from generators at all times.

Please be safe. Do not plan to drive anywhere unless there is a real emergency. Remember, there are people set in place throughout the County to help in these kinds of weather-related emergencies. If you must travel, make sure you have an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle. Remember, unnecessary travel will hamper the ability of local municipalities and the County Highway Department to clear Putnam’s roads.

Bailout Bill, Emergency Escape Planning


Putnam County’s Summer of 2013 Internship Program: PILOT: The PILOT Program is no longer accepting applications.


Putnam County’s Summer of 2013 Internship Program: PILOT – Putnam Invests in Leaders of Tomorrow

The PILOT Program is no longer accepting applications.

Putnam County Personnel Department has resumed Continuous Recruitment exams as of January 2013.

Putnam County Personnel Department has resumed Continuous Recruitment exams as of January 2013.

Please visit the Putnam County Personnel Department website for announcements and application.

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Call (845) 808-1650 ext. 46104 with any questions. EEO/AA


Use your cover letter to your advantage!

Use Your Cover Letter to Your Advantage. Your cover letter is particularly important. It’s the job searcher’s opportunity to help the potential employer see that the applicant’s skills and experience match what the employer seeks. In the current economic climate, with the scarcity of jobs, a well-written cover letter distinguishes your application.

Taken from: Top Tips for Successful Job Searching

By Alison Doyle, Guide

Visit or call for an appointment, your nearest One Stop Employment Center to receive assistance with cover letters and resumes.

In Putnam, please call 845-808-1651×46600.