The Brewster Sports Foundation (‘BSF’) is planning for our 9th Annual Fundraising Gala on behalf of Brewster School Athletics on Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Brewster Sports Foundation (‘BSF’) is planning for our 9th Annual Fundraising Gala on behalf of Brewster School Athletics on

Saturday, January 30, 2016 Star Ridge Banquet Center 38 Starr Ridge Road Brewster, New York 10509.


The event draws 180-200 local Brewster voters active in the Brewster school district and community who I’m sure would appreciate your presence.

The BSF, a 501 c (3) not-for-profit organization, in collaboration with our local community, school district and sponsors have been able to contribute to the athletic needs of the Brewster Central School District for the past 9 years. Brewster Sports Foundation activities include:

  • Wrestling Room Renovation $13,000 – 2015
  • Track Refurbishment $44,000 – 2013/2014
  • Turf Field contribution in conjunction with a grant $1,200,000 – 2009
  • Ongoing account services for BHS athletic teams

We would appreciate any auction items, sponsorship, advertising space or consideration to attend the event and purchase a table.  Attached is a flier and sponsorship sheet.

Please register online at   The BSF would also appreciate donations of auction/raffle items for the event.  Email with offerings or referrals of potential supporters.

Thank you for your consideration!

Caroline Cummins Dumont




This little guy, Kevin Blackman, has been fighting leukemia since only 3 months of age. This week as so many of us are
celebrating the holiday season visiting decorated trees and Santa Claus,. Kevin, after several weeks of chemo at St. Jude’s in
Tennessee, is going to Boston in hopes of a bone marrow
transplant. He needs first and foremost your prayers that the transplant can be done. Secondly let’s send he and his family
whatever we can so that all those extra costs that they face can be met. Kevin’s grandfather is a driver for the Office for Senior Resources and his mother Kelly attended St. James and Carmel High.

Cash or check to Sherrie Gilmore at the Office for Senior Resources extension 47109
(checks made out to Kevin Blackman)
Online at GO FUND ME :

Kevin's Flyer (3)



Putnam Remembers the Soldiers Overseas with Operation Defend the Holidays

CARMEL, N.Y. – During this season of giving, we need to remember that our greatest gift is that of freedom. For the second year, Putnam County Government and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department are working in a joint effort with United for the Troops to raise money to send comfort packages to those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces overseas. The effort is known as Operation Defend the Holidays.

“The men and women soldiers serving overseas have sacrificed so much to protect our liberties and defend our freedoms; it is a gift that gives to us every day of the year,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Sending a comfort package lets the troops know we are thinking about them during the holiday season.”

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith agrees.

“Speaking from my own experience as a soldier who was posted overseas during Christmas, I can personally attest to how uplifting it is to one’s morale to receive a care package from back home,” Smith said. “That is one of the reasons  I strongly support the efforts of Operation Defend the Holidays  and urge folks here on the home front to remember our brave young men and women who are serving our country far from home this Christmastime.”

For a $15 donation, a care package will be sent to a soldier overseas on your behalf.  You will be given a card acknowledging the gift. Your name will also appear on a virtual wall highlighting the number of comfort packages that have been sold.

Last year 360 comfort packages were sent to the soldiers on behalf of Putnam County employees as well as their friends and family members. This year the program is open to the public as well.

United For The Troops is a 501-c-3 that sends care packages to troops serving overseas. It was started by Mahopac residents Jim and Pat Rathschmidt. The couple along with their friends and neighbors launched the organization in 2007 when Rathschmidt’s son, Luke, was serving with the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army in Iraq.

Following numerous conversations with service men and women, the group found out that while the military provides soldiers with the essentials for day- to-day life, many of them miss the extra amenities that they enjoy while at home. The organization’s purpose is to make the soldiers’ lives a little better while serving overseas by sending items such as cookies, DVDs, CDs, snacks and t-shirts.

“While all of our comfort packages are made up of donated items, it costs us about $15 to ship a care package overseas,” said Jim Rathschmidt. “Through the great efforts of County Exec. MaryEllen Odell, Sheriff Don Smith, the county employees and other Putnam residents, we will be able to ship even more boxes to our men and women serving our country overseas. Thanks to the generous support we receive, our mission to ‘Bring A Little Comfort To Our Troops’ continues on.”

Donations can be pledged by submitting the form found at Terry Oliver, confidential secretary to County Executive MaryEllen Odell, is accepting the contributions. Checks can be mailed to Terry Oliver, 40 Gleneida Avenue, Third Floor, Carmel, N.Y. 10512. She can be reached at 845-808-1001 or via email at Checks can be made out to United for the Troops with Operation Defend the Holidays written in the memo section.

United For The Troops has sent over 10,000 comfort packages to the troops since its inception.

The deadline to donate to Operation Defend the Holidays is December 18.


Putnam Arts Council News Letter

A Note from PAC

We are currently accepting registration for our Fall classes and workshops.
Call us at 845-803-8622,  stop by office, or register and pay on line at 

Fall registration deadline is 9/22/15.   

Fall Happenings

CONNECT: a monthly forum for visual artists
Thursday, September 10 at 7pm

in the A. Eric Arctander Gallery at PAC
Join us and meet other artists, exchange ideas and
share information
Theme for September: Show & Tell
bring a piece of art or  an article, a book, etc.;
something you’d like to share & discuss


Call for participants!
Art Supply Tag Sale
De-Stash your items for Cash $$$

Saturday, October 3, 10am-4pm
A. Eric Arctander Gallery at PAC
Artists can swap, sell and/or give away
their new and/or gently used arts or crafts materials/supplies.
Affordable space/table rates. This event will be open to the public with no admission. Interested in having a space/table?

Contact 845.803.8622 for details. Spaces going fast!


Call to Artists
Juried Fine Arts Show
juror: Anne Johann
sponsor: NYSEG
October 10-25, 2015
reception & awards: Saturday, 10/10, 3-5pm
Hand delivery of artwork: noon-7pm on either
Monday, October 5 or Tuesday, October 6 or by appointment.
prospectus available



Press Contact:                       Michael C. Bartolotti, Putnam County Clerk

Telephone:                             845-808-1142 X49301

In recognition that September is “National Passport Awareness Month” and the upcoming holiday travel season, the Putnam County Clerk’s Office is hosting a “Second 2015 Putnam County Passport Saturday” at its office located at 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications.  Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti is holding this event as a convenience to our customers who need to obtain a passport in time for the busy holiday travel season.  County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti can be reached at 845-808-1142 X49301 for any questions or concerns regarding obtaining a U.S. Passport or traveling abroad.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air.  U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at the Putnam County Clerk’s Website located at .  U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone by calling the Putnam County Clerk’s Office at 845-808-1142 X49273.

Event:             Second 2015 Putnam County Passport Saturday

Date:               Saturday, September 26, 2015

Time:              9:00 am until 1:00 pm

Where:           Putnam County Clerk’s Office

                        40 Gleneida Avenue

                        Carmel, New York 10512

2015 Annual Adult Card & Game Party

Card Party Flyer 2015