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 or call 845-808-1840.


An Intern’s Perspective: The Importance of Balancing Theoretical Learning with Real Life Career Exposure

An Intern’s Perspective: The Importance of Balancing Theoretical Learning with Real Life Career Exposure

Guest Column by Kristen Reilly, Marist College student and Putnam County PILOT Program intern

As a rising junior at Marist College, I can personally attest to the importance of internships, shadowing opportunities, leadership programs, and everything in between.  This summer, I joined the privileged ranks of 44 other students as an intern with Putnam County Government.  As part of the PILOT program, also known as Putnam Invests in Leaders of Tomorrow, we were selected from a pool of 109 applicants to be placed in varying departments within Putnam County.  Established by County Executive Odell in 2013, the program was designed to give students an opportunity to work or intern in local government to gain experience and knowledge for their future careers, and to keep young talent in the county.  Among this year’s list of 109 applicants, 45 students were selected, including seven high school students, 36 college students, and two graduate school students.  The hosting departments ranged from the County Executive’s Office, Legislature, Finance, Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney’s Office, among others.

As a Political Science and History major, I had the distinct honor of working with the County Executive’s Office.  Witnessing the day-to-day management of the county and what an elected official juggles on a daily basis was an invaluable experience.  Far from the stereo-typical intern duties, featuring lackluster filing and “gopher” assignments, my experience was challenging and interesting. I was never left without something to do or learn, and the significance of my workload increased along with my tenure to include communications with constituents, running resolutions down to the Legislative Department, and working on projects to make my coworkers’ jobs easier.

Personally, the PILOT program provided me an outlet to either strengthen my interest in politics or prove to me that this wasn’t my career path. Fortunately, the experience strengthened my passion for politics and government, which has further motivated me to stay the course. I’m happy that the experience has confirmed my inclinations, but even if the opposite had been true, the experience would have been equally, if not more, valuable in exposing me to a career choice that may not have been an ideal fit.  School can’t teach you that.

As my internship with the County Executive’s Office comes to a close, I am not only grateful for the opportunity, I feel indebted to those who gave me the chance to work within my field of interest, in a professional and respected setting. A special thank you to County Executive MaryEllen Odell for creating an internship program, in conjunction with Putnam County Departments, that pushes students like me to pursue a career that both suits their interests, and allows them to grow and develop as an employee and individual.  I look forward to reapplying to the PILOT program in 2018!

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 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 or visit our social media sites on Facebook at, 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  or  .

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.


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


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 To learn more about TCC or to find a location near you, visit For more information about TCC’s parent company Round Room LLC, visit

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti Swears in 32 New Citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 atPutnam County historic courthouse in Carmel, New York

Putnam County Clerk Michael C. Bartolotti hosted a Naturalization Ceremony on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the Putnam County Historic Courthouse, Carmel, New York.  Clerk Bartolotti administered the Oath of Allegiance to 32 new citizens from 20 different countries.

Prior to the ceremony, the County Clerk’s Office greeted the new citizens and presented them with important information about passports and voter registration.

The Naturalization Ceremony was opened by the American Legion Post 1080 Color Guard.  The Hon. James T. Rooney, Acting Justice of the Supreme Court and Putnam County Court Judge served as the officiating Supreme Court Justice and offered court remarks.  Undersheriff Paul Boscia led the opening prayer.  Mr. Art Hanley, Deputy Director of Putnam County Veterans Affairs led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Mr. William Becker, an organ donor recipient and outspoken champion in the organ donation movement, gave the Keynote Speech.  Samantha Altman, a senior at Carmel High School, presented the gathering with beautiful renditions of the “Star Spangled Banner” and God Bless America.”

After the ceremony, a coffee and cake reception was held to welcome our newest citizens.

Any citizens wishing to view photos and video of the ceremony are encouraged to visit or visit our Facebook page.


Twenty (20) Nations

Nation/Number of Cases

  • ALBANIA – 1
  • BRAZIL – 2
  • BULGARIA – 1
  • CANADA – 1
  • COLUMBIA – 2
  • ECUADOR – 2
  • GEORGIA – 1
  • HONDURAS – 1
  • INDIA – 2
  • ITALY – 4
  • KOSOVO – 1
  • MEXICO – 1
  • NEPAL – 1
  • POLAND  – 3
  • SLOVAKIA – 1
  • SPAIN – 1
  • UKRAINE – 4
  • URUGUAY – 1


  • TOTAL PERSONS NATURALIZED                   32

For further information, call:

Office of the Putnam County Clerk at 845-808-1142 Ext. 49301

Local Cat Tests Positive for Rabies

Brewster, NY- Last Friday, June 23, in the area of Tanager Road and Wright Road in Mahopac, a gray tabby cat tested positive for rabies. The cat was seen earlier in contact with other cats in the area, according to reports to the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH). Since rabies can spread through the saliva of an infected animal, other cats may be infected as well. Any person or pet who may have had physical contact with this cat, or other cats or wild animals in the area, should contact the Health Department immediately at 845-808-1390.

“Rabies is a potentially fatal disease, but the only way to get it is through a bite from a sick animal or saliva in an open wound,” interim Commissioner of Health Michael Nesheiwat, M.D., reminds residents. “All animal bites or contact with wild animals should be reported promptly to the Department of Health. To reduce your risk for rabies exposure, it’s best to avoid going near wild or stray animals and keep pets up to date on rabies vaccination.”

Ongoing programs to reduce the chance of spreading rabies include the Putnam County Feral Cat Task Force and the PCDOH- sponsored, free pet vaccination clinics. The next free rabies vaccination clinic will be held Saturday, July 15, at Hubbard Lodge, 2880 Route 9 in Cold Spring, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and is open to all Putnam County residents. Dogs must be leashed and well-controlled, and cats and ferrets must be in a carrier.

Please bring photo ID as proof of Putnam County residency, as well as written proof of prior rabies vaccination. Tags are not acceptable. If you do not have a written certificate documenting prior rabies vaccination, your pet will receive a one-year rabies vaccine. An animal information/release form will be available and can be completed at the clinic site. For more information and directions, please call the PCDOH at (845) 808-1390 ext. 43127.

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 or visit our social media sites on Facebook at, and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Free Rabies Clinic Saturday July 15th

Bring your dogs, cats and ferrets to a FREE rabies vaccination clinic on

Saturday, July 15th, from 10am – 12pm. Sponsored by the Putnam County

Department of Health, the clinic is being held at Hubbard Lodge, 2880 Route 9, Cold Spring, NY and is open to all Putnam County residents.

Please bring photo ID as proof of Putnam County residency, as well as proof of prior rabies vaccination. Tags are not acceptable. If you do not have proof of prior rabies vaccination, your pet will receive a one-year rabies vaccine. All dogs must be leashed and cats and ferrets must be in carriers. For more information and directions, please call the Putnam County Department of Health at (845) 808-1390 ext. 43127.

Tilly’s Table Marks Fresh Start at Tilly Foster Farm

BREWSTER, N.Y. –  The opening of the Tilly’s Table, a farm-to-table restaurant and catering venue, at Tilly Foster Farm begins a new chapter at the Putnam County-owned property. ­­ Tilly’s Table, which is the latest public-private partnership for Putnam County, showcases local culinary talents and features ingredients grown in the Hudson Valley. It celebrated its grand opening the weekend of June 2.

“Based on the success we have had at Putnam County Golf Course, having a public-private partnership at Tilly Foster Farm with Homestyle Catering is a fiscally sound decision that allows the county to also be social responsible,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “Chef Sandra Marinelli is working with Chef Christopher Devine, the corporate chef of Ace Endico, both of whom are Putnam residents to develop delicious menus that make Tilly’s Table be a culinary destination in the Hudson Valley.”

Marinelli of Mahopac, who is heading up the restaurant’s kitchen, has been trained at Marymount College, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and The Natural Gourmet Institute in Manhattan. She carved a niche for herself, nourishing and cooking for others as she does for her family. Her belief in the healing power of food and its ability to nourish not just physically but emotionally is based on the Ayurvedic principles of what you put into your body creates who you are, inside and out.  This holistic approach will be incorporated into all she creates at Tilly’s Table.

Devine, a Brewster resident, attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and has over 30 years of experience as a leader and pioneer in the culinary world.  Recently, he has held the role of executive chef and general manager at Trump Tower, where he directed numerous events and catering services for 15 years. During his tenure with the Trump Organization, Devine also opened and operated six restaurant divisions including The Trump Grille, Trump Café, Trump Bar, Trump Store and the Trump Ice Cream Parlor. As an esteemed colleague for the Trump Organization, he recently had the honor of working directly with White House staff to ensure a smooth transition of all culinary services and amenities. Following his respected career with the Trump Organization, Devine is currently the corporate chef and product specialist for Ace Endico, a Brewster-based fine foods distributor.

“I have been driving past the farm watching all the progress the county has made on the property and when they announced that they were opening Tilly’s Table I knew I wanted to be part of it,” said Devine. “Tilly’s Table will be a go-to destination in the Hudson Valley.”

Tilly’s Table opening manifests Putnam County’s vision to turn the deteriorated property into a treasured resource that all the people of Putnam can enjoy.

“Three years ago, we embarked on the journey of making Tilly Foster Farm an economically viable county asset,” said Odell. “After listening long and hard to the public about they wanted to have happen at the farm, we developed the farm’s mission, which is that the farm fosters financial, environmental, social and historical stewardship through a variety of program offerings by means of public-private partnerships.”

Putnam County purchased the 199-acre Tilly Foster Farm in 2002. The county took over management of the property in 2014. Odell and the Putnam County Legislature had the county utilized the strengths and talents within its own workforce to repair, modernize and rebuild the property.

“First, we brought the chicks back, then the pigs and the other animals,” said Odell.  We invested in our infrastructure because we understood that we needed a sound foundation if we were going to reach for the stars. Plus, we formed a partnership with BOCES and now have vocational training now being taught at the farm.”

Odell credits the Putnam County Highway and Facilities Department for most of the physical labor and craftsmanship that has done throughout the farm, especially in the rehabilitation of the lodge.

“Look at the flooring and chimney work in Tilly’s Table,” said Odell. “The creativity and skills of the highway department workers can be seen throughout the venue. It leaves a lasting impression. Generations from now will still talk about the craftsmanship and work that was put into this place.”

Fred Pena, P.E., commissioner of Putnam’s highway and facilities department is proud of his team as well. In addition to making the property achieve code compliance and have general safety and usability, the department had to enhance or replace things associated with the water supply, power supply and septic system.

“We found strength through every obstacle and grew from it,” said Pena. “We strategically outsourced and effectively used our resources to an extremely effective result.”

Legislator Ginny Nacerino, chair of the Putnam County Legislature, believes that the rejuvenation of Tilly Foster Farm is one of the government’s most significant accomplishments since she has been on the Legislature.

“The revitalization of Tilly Foster Farm is a true testament of what can be done when we work together toward a common goal,” said Nacerino. “I know that Tilly Foster farm will prove to be the jewel of Putnam County For generations to come. We affectionately call Tilly Foster Farm the people’s farm because indeed it is.”

Odell agrees.

“The success of Tilly Foster Farm does not belong to one person, but to all the people of Putnam County,” said Odell. “Together, we have been able to revitalize this property and make it a destination for everyone in the Hudson Valley to enjoy.  We have saved this historical icon of Putnam’s farming heritage, while making it an economically viable county asset.”

Tilly Foster Farm is located at 100 Route 312 in Brewster. The farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tilly’s Table is open for- Sunday brunch and private events. For reservations or for more information about Tilly’s Table, call 845-808-1840.


Row of Honor Stays through July 4th Weekend in Commemoration of Flag Day

CARMEL, N.Y. – Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell announced today that the Row of Honor will stay in place through Independence Day weekend in honor of Flag Day. The United States flag was adopted on June 14th, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

Now in its fourth year, the Row of Honor is an installation of over 200 American flags on Lake Gleneida, which honors the men and women who served, or continue to serve, protect, and defend our freedom. Emblazoned with the names of veterans, law enforcement officers and first responders, The Row of Honor is on display twice a year in observance of Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

“The United States flag is a portrait of our country’s historical past and symbol of freedom around the world,” said Odell. “Continuing to display the Row of Honor through Independence Day appropriately commemorates our history, our freedom and our service men and women who guard our freedom and uphold our democracy.”