Carmel Central School District
Annual Budget Vote & Board Member Election
June 9, 2020 via Absentee Ballot ONLY
Completed ballots must be received in the office of the District Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on June 9, 2020
In accordance with Executive Order No. 202.25, the Budget Vote and School Board Election will be held remotely, by Absentee Ballot only. Qualified voters of this school district will receive absentee ballots by mail.
To be a qualified voter you must be a U.S. Citizen, at least 18 years old by June 9, 2020, a Carmel School District resident for 30 days immediately preceding the vote, and registered to vote in School District elections, and having voted in any School District election/vote during the past 4 calendar years.
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The lawn signs are up along Route 52 and they look amazing! Our Lawn Sign Team of GREAT mom’s were fortunate to be able to work together with our County government to make this happen and to ensure that the signs did not blow away given the winds off of Lake Gleneida. County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Putnam County Veterans Services Director Karl Rohde gave us permission to mount the signs to the flags which are displayed along the Lake in honor of our veterans and service members. The official response from our veterans was heartwarming and, without hesitation, they replied in the affirmative and indicated that they would be honored to stand with our graduates. Mr. Rohde stated that “service members have supported and protected Americans for years, it’s an honor to continue to do so”. On behalf of the Class of 2020 we would like to thank the County and its Veterans Service Agency for their support and assistance in paying tribute to our Carmel High School Senior class during this unprecedented time. We would also like to thank Interim Principal John Fink without whose assistance this would not have been possible!
Pictured here with the Carmel High School Boys Left to Right. Graduate of Carmel HS and Legislator Neal Sullivan, Graduate of Carmel HS and Legislator Toni Addonizio, Director of Veterans Services Karl Rohde, CHS Boys, Graduate of Carmel HS and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, Graduate of Carmel HS and Deputy County Executive Thomas Feighery.
Guidelines updated to ensure safety for patients and staff
BREWSTER, NY— Governor Cuomo announced dentists can begin seeing patients for routine dental care starting on June 1. Originally slated to reopen in “Phase 2,” dentists have been given the green light sooner than expected with declining NYS coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, intubations and deaths.
“Our dental health care providers in Putnam have been team players from the start of this pandemic,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Some donated masks and gloves to our frontline workers and all have now invested time and resources to ensure safety for their patients and staff as they return to their offices.”
From physical distancing to personal protective equipment, New York State has shared a twelve-page document which includes a link for providers to affirm their receipt of and agreement to follow the guidance set forth.
For dental health care providers, proper use of personal protective equipment is nothing new. While dental settings are traditionally designed with patient and provider safety in mind, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dentistry in the time of the novel coronavirus goes further to balance the need to provide necessary services while minimizing risk to patients and dental health care personnel.
On March 16, the American Dental Association (ADA) was one of the first national professional health associations to recommend postponement of all but urgent or emergency procedures. Just over two months later, the ADA designed an interim return to work toolkit for dental practitioners. Together with documents from the CDC, and now New York State, the comprehensive guidance addresses ways dentists and hygienists can reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission before, during and after visits.
Dr. Daniel Doyle, of Doyle Dental and president of the Putnam County Board of Health says, “The dentists of Putnam County are thrilled to be back seeing their patients. They are now seeing all patients for routine procedures, not just for emergencies.”
As dental offices begin planning to reopen their doors they may be adapting their offices to meet new safety state and federal guidelines. Doyle Dental’s website and patient correspondence describes new safety protocols. Some changes patients can expect as they return to their dentist’s office include plexiglass partitions at reception, waiting room modifications including chair spacing, removal of magazines and mask requirements as well as screening for symptoms of illness. Additionally, because many dentists donated their personal protective equipment (PPE) to essential workers and closed their doors for over two months, some may have had to rebuild their PPE stock.
Modifications to dental care will impact everything from pre-appointment communication to provider and patient interactions. According to the ADA, dental office staff may call patients for a preliminary health screening prior to an appointment. Patients may notice their dentist or dental hygienist wearing additional protective gear such as a face shield and gown. While the state allows offices to begin reopening as of June 1, Dr. Doyle recommends residents check with their local dentist regarding specific safety measures and exact reopening dates.
The mission of the Putnam County Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, composed of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services, provided directly and through collaboration, include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, emergency preparedness, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our County website at www.putnamcountyny.com/coronavirus; or visit our social media sites @PutnamHealthNY on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The protests we are witnessing over the last several days following the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have caused significant destruction and disruption throughout many major cities in the United States.
We understand the anguish, sadness, and anger so many across our country are feeling; and we acknowledge the urgent need to address injustice wherever it resides in America, including right here in our own communities.
As Governor Cuomo himself said, although we do not condone violence, theft and property destruction, we understand the anger and grief being expressed as a result of this senseless killing. It could not happen at a worse time as people have been cooped up in their homes as we shelter in place to stem the transmission of a vicious and deadly virus.
Our churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of faith need to be available for neighbors, leaders and community to come together. And, the personal interaction that occurs in faith communities can prove invaluable. We respectfully request the reopening of faith based organizations allowing at least 25% occupancy with adherence to guidelines for social distancing, use of face coverings and with proper cleaning and hygiene at their facilities.
Embrace these men and women of faith to help address the pent up anger, anguish and tensions. Our faith leaders can and must be a key part of healing our communities. This can be a powerful sign and send a strong message to the people of America that we are still one nation, indivisible- and that we seek liberty and justice for all.
Open the doors to our houses of faith – if only with limited capacity – to help us heal.
Stay safe. Be well.
We are all in this together.
Marc Molinaro, Dutchess
Steve Neuhaus, Orange
Pat Ryan, Ulster
Ed Day, Rockland
Mary Ellen Odell, Putnam
Rob Rolison, Poughkeepsie
Steve Noble, Kingston
Lee Kyriacou, Beacon
Torrance Harvey, Newburgh
Kelly Decker, Port Jervis
Stay safe. Be well.
We are all in this together.
The Putnam County Office for Senior Resources is pleased to announce that is has scheduled 2 Face Covering Distribution days for Putnam County seniors. The face covering is a white washable cotton fabric and will come with washing instructions.
Seniors have been identified as being a group that is very vulnerable to the COVID-19 or Coronavirus. Putnam County Department of Health and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance recommends that we wear face coverings when in groups and in public settings.
Who: This program is for the benefit of Putnam County seniors of age 60 and older
When: From 12pm noon to 2 pm on
- Friday June 5, 2020 and
- Monday June 8, 2020
- Carmel Friendship Center, 110 Old Rt. 6, Bldg. 1, Carmel
- Koehler Senior Center, 180 Rt. 6, Mahopac
- Putnam Valley Senior Center, 117 Town Park Lane, Putnam Valley
- Friendship Center in Philipstown, 1756 Rt. 9D, Lahey Pavilion, Cold Spring
The health and safety of our seniors and staff is paramount during this distribution program so we will have signage posted directing cars and walk-ins where to go. Staff will also be outside our centers during the distribution period. Seniors driving in are to remain in their cars and the face coverings will be handed to them on a tray by OSR staff and volunteers wearing face coverings and gloves.