Putnam Early Education Partnership hosts training conference; “Spring into Learning” set for Saturday, May 4

Brewster, NY – The Putnam Early Education Partnership will host the “Spring into Learning” conference on Saturday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at George Fischer Middle School, 281 Fair Street in Carmel. The partnership, known as PEEP, is a collaborative group made up of representatives from schools and human service agencies in Putnam County, including the Putnam County Department of Health.

The event is a training conference for staff working in typical early childhood settings with children ages birth to five. Participants in this event can earn Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) training hours.

The training consists of two workshops. “Jump, Jive, and Wail! Music for All Kids” will demonstrate and teach songs and movement games to use with children of all ages and abilities. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and bring a creative mind to apply the songs and games they will learn to their own programs.  The second workshop, “Understanding the Early Intervention and CPSE Referral Process,” will cover these processes and also include discussion of developmental milestones and age appropriate expectations, and tips for communicating with families about their children.

For more information and to register, please call the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam at 845-473-4141, ext. 210. The fee to register is $15.00 per participant. Light refreshments will be served. Credit card payments for registration are accepted. Deadline for registration is April 26.

The Putnam Early Education Partnership (PEEP) is composed of individuals from the Arc Putnam NY Preschool, Putnam County Early Intervention and Preschool Programs, the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, the Lower Hudson Early Childhood Direction Center, Putnam Independent Living Services, and the Carmel, Garrison, and Lakeland School Districts. The Partnership is committed to enhancing the knowledge and tools of early education providers to assist in the daily management of typical child development, while better understanding the referral process to the Child Find System.

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 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 ; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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Measles Watch in Putnam

There are currently no known measles cases in Putnam County. However, outbreaks have occurred in surrounding areas, most recently with eight cases confirmed in Westchester. The Putnam County Department of Health is proactively preparing for possible cases here. Educational efforts are underway to support the public and our health care providers.

If you think you or a family member have been exposed or are having symptoms, you should stay home and call your health care provider first. If you do have the measles, you could spread it to others who are not immune. That is why it is best to call to your doctor, an urgent care center or your emergency room before going there. They will tell you the best way to get checked without exposing others.

The measles virus is a danger to children, pregnant women and immune-compromised people. All of these groups may be present in your health care providers’ offices, urgent care centers or an emergency room.

It is also important to know your own immunization status. If you are unsure, you should check with your physician and get the measles vaccine to protect yourself if necessary.

If you have questions about measles or the measles vaccine, call the New York State Measles Hotline at 888-364-4837.


Putnam County Passport Day – Saturday May 4th 2019

The Putnam County Clerk’s Office is extremely proud to host Putnam County Passport Saturday this coming May; at its office located at 40 Gleneida Avenue, Carmel, New York on Saturday May 4, 2019 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 summer 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 www.putnamcountyny.gov . U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone by calling the Putnam County Clerk’s Office at 845-808-1142 X49273.

Event: Passport Saturday

Date: Saturday May 4, 2019

Time: 9:00 am until 1:00 pm

Where: Putnam County Clerk’s Office
40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512


Putnam County Clerk Michael Bartolotti and County Executive MaryEllen Odell Boost Organ Donation

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti and County Executive MaryEllen Odell will be partnering with Donate Life NYS during Donate Life Month to increase enrollment in the New York State Donate Life Registry. Donate Life Month is a national month-long observance aimed at raising public awareness of the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donation, as nearly 9,500 New Yorkers currently wait for transplants.

“April is National Donate Life month, and we are delighted to continue working with Donate Life NYS on a countywide basis to encourage residents to become an organ or tissue donor.” Mr. Bartolotti said, “Putnam County is proud to be one of the many counties throughout the state participating in this important program and I am pleased to partner with County Executive Odell in bringing this program to the attention of our residents.”

There are over 19 million New Yorkers; yet only 35% of adults in New York State are registered donors, compared to the national average of more than 50%. Bartolotti stated that, “While 40% of Putnam County residents are registered donors, we believe we can do better!”

During the entire month of April, the Putnam County DMV office in Brewster will be encouraging New Yorkers to learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation and the impact it has on thousands of New Yorkers. County Clerk Bartolotti will be filling the office with promotional items that urge New Yorkers to make a difference and give the gift of life by registering as donors. Enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry is a way to ensure that an individual’s wishes about donation will be known at the time of their death.

“400 New Yorkers die every year due to the lack of available organs. 98% of New Yorkers enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry through local DMV offices which makes our efforts on this behalf even more important.” County Executive Odell said, “We can make a significant difference in increasing the numbers of donors through our constant contact with residents, and I am happy to work alongside County Clerk Bartolotti and Donate Life NYS to make their goal of a significantly increased registry a reality.”

Putnam’s Women of World War II – WACS and WAVES

Putnam’s Women of World War II – WACS and WAVES

During these final days of Women’s History Month, the Putnam County Historian’s Office and the Putnam Veterans’ Museum is proud to build on the role of women in the military and remember some late, great female heroes.

Over the years, the Historian’s Office has had the privilege of honoring former Mahopac resident Corp. Gertrude Cassetta (nee Pearson), who trained at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia and served in World War II as a cryptographer in the Signal Corps of the Army Air Corps as a WAC (Women’s Auxiliary Corps) in England and France.  In a 1994 article in the Courier Trader, Cassetta remembered June 6, 1944, a.k.a. D-Day, “It was a bright sunny day in England.  I awakened to hear the thunderous noise of planes.  The sky was literally darkened with planes going to France.” This was just one of her many memories of serving in Europe during the war. Cassetta gave Putnam County an ever-lasting gift through an oral history that is now housed in the Historian’s Collection (HC802, A16).

The Putnam Veterans’ Museum Photo Archive at the Putnam County Historian’s Office houses an entire photo album of Brewster’s own Rosemary Lally’s experiences with the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during World War II.  She trained at the U.S. Naval Training School, Women’s Reserve at Hunter College, in the Bronx, N.Y. and served 1 ½ years in Washington, D.C., and achieved rank of Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd class.

Lastly, Dolores Beal Stephens penned a wonderful book in 2003 entitled Those Who Served, Those Who Waited, WWII Experiences as told by the Veterans and Civilians of Brewster/Southeast, NY, (included in the Research Library of the Putnam County Historian’s Office) where she paid tribute to many local WWII veterans including her own sister Joan Ross Beal Peckham, of Brewster, who was likely influenced by their father William Ross Beal who served in the U.S. Navy during World War I and returned to serve as a Captain in the U.S. Army during World War II.  Joan joined the U.S. Naval Reserve (WAVES) and was trained at the Great Lakes Naval Base, served at St. Alban’s Naval Hospital on Long Island, and then at Alameda Naval Hospital in California as a Corpsman. Involved in nursing work, Joan was responsible for taking care of badly burned and maimed sailors.  One of her patients was John “Butch” Santorelli of Brewster, N.Y., whose tank landing ship was struck by a torpedo at Normandy in June 1944.

During Women’s History Month, it is a particular honor to remember these women and their service.

Image captions:

  • U.S. Navy’s John “Butch” Santorelli and Joan Ross Beal, WAVES, of Brewster, N.Y.
  • June 2, 1994 Putnam Courier-Trader article on Gertrude Cassetta
  • WAVES’ song book from the Rosemary Lally Collection of the Putnam Veterans’ Museum
  • WAVES Parade at the U.S. Naval Training School, Women’s Reserve at Hunter College, in the Bronx, N.Y. from the Rosemary Lally Collection of the Putnam Veterans’ Museum
  • WAVES in service in Washington, D.C., from the Rosemary Lally Collection of the Putnam Veterans’ Museum


Putnam’s Health Department Hosts Food Operators Expo : Celebrates National Public Health Week, April 1-7

Health Department Hosts Food Operators Expo | Celebrates National Public Health Week

BREWSTER, NY— National Public Health Week (NPHW), celebrated April 1-7, honors public health partners across the county for coming together to build healthier communities. A fundamental aspect of keeping a community healthy is the prevention of food-borne illnesses. The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) is working across sectors and hosting the 13th annual Food Operators Expo on April 23 at the Putnam County Golf Course from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Collaboration is key— that is why the health department works with partners to offer relevant training for food industry professionals. Just as your doctor is a major player when it comes to your health, public health workers are often working behind the scenes to prevent illness, disease and injuries,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell, who had previously declared this year “The year of the health provider.”

PCDOH staff are continually involved in training professionals in the community on an array of health and safety topics.  “To keep our community healthy, we must start new conversations about familiar topics,” says Health Commissioner Michael J. Nesheiwat, MD. “Food-borne illnesses, communicable diseases, chronic health challenges. These are not new issues, but we absolutely must take an innovative approach when it comes to prevention. We are out working with food operators, camp operators, as well as an array of healthcare providers to do just that.”

Restaurant inspectors from PCDOH not only provide ongoing training in safe food handling practices, they are also among the presenters at the Food Operators Expo. This year, the theme is “Educating Those Who Feed Us,” and the day will include a variety of seminar presentations by both public health and restaurant industry leaders, with an emphasis on best practices. Dr. Nesheiwat also will be speaking on the topic of dietary sodium, as well as leading a discussion on the medical and legal issues related to food allergies.

“Opportunities for health promotion exist in every corner of our lives,” said Dr. Nesheiwat. “We will be hosting an expansive vendor showcase, designed with the food industry professional in mind.” He encourages food industry professionals to build upon their knowledge and network with one another. Chefs, restaurant owners, managers and food service personnel are encouraged to attend this free event. For more information, or to register to attend the Food Operators Expo, visit www.putnamcountyny.com/FoodOpsExpo/.

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, 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 the social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.


Golf season has arrived!

Putnam County Golf Course would like to welcome you to the 2019 Golf Season and is excited to pass along exciting and important news to our loyal customers.
On April 1, 2019, Putnam County Golf Course will unveil an entirely new fleet of Club Car Golf Carts featuring industry leading technology- The Visage GPS Screens
The GPS systems offer yardage, course information as well as monitor pace of play which is relayed to a “home computer” so staff can continuously manage your experience.
In addition, all carts will be equipped with USB charging ports to keep you connected while enjoying your time on the golf course.

Also, we are proud to introduce your New Head Golf Professional, Jari Tompuri. Jari returns back “home” to Putnam County with 15 years of Golf experience and looks forward to a future at Putnam County GC.  See Jari’s bio below:

Jari K. Tompuri

Jari, a native of Finland, immigrated to the United States when he was 4 years old, living in Bronx, NY for 6 years before settling in Carmel New York. Jari attended George Fisher Middle School and Carmel High School where his passion for golf began as a member of the Carmel High Rams golf team. After earning a Business Degree from State University of New York College at Oswego, Jari managed and owned the Carmel Beverage Center.

Upon moving to Texas, Jari enrolled in the Professional Golfers’ Association Apprentice program and began his journey toward becoming a PGA Professional. Jari took his first Head Professional position at River Crossing Club in San Antonio, Texas, followed by the Diamante Country Club in Arkansas.
Jari is passionate about teaching the game of golf and helping players of all ages achieve their maximum potential.
Jari is married to his wife, Crystal, and has two daughters, Gracie and Haley.

Putnam County Courthouse Goes Blue for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Brewster, NY – March 22, 2019 – In recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month the Putnam County Courthouse will be lit with blue light, one of several initiatives designed to raise awareness that child abuse is preventable, said County Executive MaryEllen Odell.

“All kids deserves a great childhood that’s carefree and full of promise,” said Odell.  “Putnam County values its children and when people see the light we hope it will remind them that together as a community we can stop child abuse.”

In addition to the courthouse, the Child Advocacy Center and Prevent Child Abuse New York’s “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign are also using pinwheels to raise awareness. “Pinwheels are meant to convey that every child deserves the chance to be raised in a healthy, safe and nurturing environment,” said CAC Program Coordinator Marla Behler.

The pinwheel garden is located in front of the Sibyl Ludington Statue at Lake Gleneida on Route 6 in Carmel, across from St. James Church.

On April 3rd, Foster Parents Dale and Dolores Bettcher, who opened their home to more than 60 children, will be recognized at the third annual Champions for Children Breakfast sponsored by the Friends of Putnam CAC, Inc. and the Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County.

The breakfast gathering at the Putnam National Golf Club in Mahopac Falls will feature as its guest speaker Mark Yarbrough, whose story of burnout became the basis for his presentation, “Give ‘em the F.I.N.G.E.R!” He addresses the struggle of burnout offering powerful, practical and hilarious insights to help people understand and re-engage in their lives. The breakfast takes place from 8-10 am. Admission is $25, $30 at the door. Tickets and additional information are available at www.friendsofputnamcac.org/CHAMPIONS-FOR-CHILDREN  or by calling 808-1400.

“The CAC has long advocated that education is imperative to preventing child abuse and continues to partner with local agencies to implement innovative programs to ensure the physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing of the children of Putnam County,” said Behler. “As more awareness and education programs become available, it is clear that people understand the importance of early and comprehensive prevention of abuse, not just responding to it after it occurs.”

Among the tips provided by Prevent Child Abuse New York are acknowledging that parenting is a tough job. Reassure a parent coping with a difficult situation in public. Help amuse a restless child. For your own kids, be patient and really listen when they speak to you, and make it a priority to spend time with them, undistracted by work and the other demands on your time.

For more information on child abuse prevention programs call the Child Advocacy Center of Putnam County at (845) 808-1400.

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell Recognizes the Greater New York Region of the American Red Cross And Recognizes Red Cross Month

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell met with representatives from the Greater New York Region of the American Red Cross recently and recognized their valuable service. Mary Young, CEO of the Metro New York Chapter, Abilgail Adams, Regional Communications Program Manager, Greg Amato, Volunteer Leader, and Elizabeth Carson-Tompkins, Disaster Action Team Supervisor, were all in attendance for the meeting.

“The dedicated staff and volunteers of the American Red Cross provide much-needed help to our friends and neighbors when they need it most,” Odell said. “It is a pleasure to recognize their dedication not just during Red Cross Month, but year round.”

Odell presented the organization with an official Proclamation celebrating March as Red Cross Month and recognizing their valuable contributions.

The Red Cross Metro New York North Chapter, which serves Putnam County, assisted in nearly 200 local disasters in 2018. They installed 2,647 free smoke alarms and educated over 1,500 adults and children in emergency preparedness. In the Putnam County area, the Red Cross provided over 1,000 services to military members, veterans, and families in 2018. Over 9,000 units of blood were also collected by the Red Cross from generous blood donors.

Odell also reminds Putnam County residents that the need for blood is constant, and bloodmobiles are scheduled throughout the month. In addition, Red Cross Giving Day is March 27th.

Putnam County Ranks Among Healthiest in NYS, for Ninth Consecutive Year

Brewster, NY—The ninth annual County Health Rankings have been released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and for the ninth year Putnam County ranks among the healthiest counties. Putnam is third in health factors, the influencers of health, up from last year’s fourth place ranking. In health outcomes, based on length and quality of life, this year Putnam was sixth, compared to fifth last year, from among the 62 counties in the state.

“Putnam County continues to be a great place to live and work. We are fortunate to live in a safe, beautiful environment with easy access to parks, recreation and healthy, fresh food. This helps residents maintain a good lifestyle which translates to our health,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “We’ve declared 2019 the ‘Year of the Health Provider’ to honor the hard work of our nationally accredited health department and all the other county agencies and community organizations that work together to help residents remain healthy, safe and productive.”

“The consistency that our county has demonstrated in these annual rankings speaks for itself,” said Michael Nesheiwat M.D., Commissioner of Health. “The numbers always shift a bit. Changes in data collection and the performances of other counties affect the rankings. This data reconfirms much of what we already know and points to areas we will continue to work on.”

One of the identified challenges in the county is a higher rate of excessive alcohol use in Putnam compared to the rest of New York State. Alcohol-impaired driving deaths that had decreased from 27% to 22% last year, are back up to 28%. The health department continues to work on this pressing issue, working closely with two community organizations that spearhead the efforts, the Prevention Council of Putnam and the Communities That Care (CTC) coalition.

Similarly the numbers of sexually transmitted diseases rose, as they have around New York State and the United States. Left undiagnosed and untreated, these illnesses can have serious health consequences including infertility and in rare cases, even death. The PCDOH continues to spearhead prevention and surveillance efforts, including working closely with county physicians to increase routine testing.

For more information on the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, visit http://www.countyhealthrankings.org

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 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 ; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.