FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August is National Immunization Awareness Month, PCDOH Announces Three Flu Clinic Dates for Fall

1 Geneva Road
Brewster, New York 10509


Date: Monday, August 5, 2013

Contact: Barbara Ilardi, Public Information Officer, 845-808-1390

August is National Immunization Awareness Month
PCDOH Announces Three Flu Clinic Dates for Fall

Brewster, NY— August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and this year’s theme is promoting immunization across the lifespan. August is also not too early to make plans for your fall flu shot. The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) has announced three fall dates for its adult influenza (flu) clinics and will be offering school-based clinics in all Putnam County school districts for students and staff this upcoming flu season.

“Immunization is important from infancy,” says Allen Beals, MD, Commissioner of Health. “Many childhood illnesses that once posed serious risks have been eliminated through vaccination, and children as young as six months should get a flu vaccine,” Dr. Beals continues.

Babies should begin receiving their immunizations at birth and can be fully protected against 14-vaccine preventable diseases by age six. Pregnant women and caregivers should further ensure their children’s health by protecting themselves with appropriate vaccination. Teens and young adults heading off to school or college have other specific health concerns including meningitis and cervical cancer for which vaccines offer safeguards; and for older adults a vaccine against shingles is recommended. Influenza immunization is also important for anyone over six months of age, and flu season can start as early as October.

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“Since the flu vaccine takes about two weeks to provide its full protective effect,” explains Dr. Beals, “we recommend getting it in early September or October.”

The PCDOH flu clinics dates are: Monday, Sept. 16 at the Carmel Fire Department; Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Garrison Fire Department, and Monday, Oct .21 at Carmel Fire Department. The clinic hours for each location are 2 to 6:30pm. (Dates and times may be subject to change. Check the PCDOH website and social media sites, or the check the “Flu Hotline” at 845-808-1390, option 1, for any updates.) For information about school-based clinics, parents should check the school calendar or contact their school nurse.

The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of Putnam County residents through prevention of illness and injury. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, environmental health protection, 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.

For a complete list of required immunizations, visit:

Odell Chosen to Chair Regional Transportation Council

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell was chosen to head the Mid-Hudson South Transportation Coordinating Committee (MHSTCC) during their July 24th Executive Committee Meeting held at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.  She succeeds Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino as chairperson.

The mission of the of the MHSTCC is to provide the most reliable and affordable transportation while using best practices to utilize and leverage all available resources in order to minimize cost and maximize efficiency and to encourage those who live, work, shop and visit the region to use public transportation.

“I am honored to have been chosen to chair the committee,” said Odell. “I am pleased that my fellow committee members have such confidence in my abilities and I welcome the potential opportunity to initiate or accommodate similar activities such as we have implemented in Putnam at a larger regional level,” Odell said. “As chairperson, I will seek initiatives to move our region forward by means of improved highway and transit facilities in order to assist the people who visit or commute in and out of this sector.”  

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From L to R: Mark Albrecht, Deputy Director of Grant Management for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Thomas Vanderbeck, Commissioner of Planning for Rockland County, Bill Gordon, Acting Regional Director for NYS Dept. of Transportation, Kevin Plunkett, Westchester County Deputy County Executive, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Michael Shamma, Acting Chief Engineer for the NYS Thruway Authority.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PCDOH Announces Expanded Services to Screen for Hepatitis C

1 Geneva Road, Brewster, New York 10509

Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Contact: Barbara Ilardi, Public Information Officer, 845-808-1390

PCDOH Announces Expanded Services to Screen for Hepatitis C

Brewster, NY—Hepatitis C, a blood infection that causes liver disease, is on the rise, both in Putnam County and around the country. Today an estimated 4 million Americans are living with chronic Hep C. In order to screen for this potentially serious illness, the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) has expanded its services. A rapid screening test can be performed in the health department offices in approximately 20 minutes. Positive tests are then referred for confirmatory testing and treatment, which includes new, more effective medications.
“We recommend that all residents born between 1945 and 1965 be tested once, even without any other risk factors,” explains Allen Beals, MD, Commissioner of Health. “Concern stems from the silent nature of the disease, since most people infected with the Hep C virus have no symptoms,” Dr. Beals continues. In fact, 75 percent of infected individuals are unaware of their status. These broad screening guidelines are endorsed by the New York State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Preventive Services Task Force.
Each year approximately 17,000 new Hep C cases are diagnosed, while an estimated 15,000 die from the disease which can result in serious liver complications, such as cirrhosis or -more-
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scarring, and cancer. Hepatitis C infection is the leading reason for liver transplantation in the U.S., and is expected to result in healthcare costs topping $80 billion in the next ten years.
For further information on Hep C, or to schedule an appointment for screening, please call 808-1390, extension 43114.
The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of Putnam County residents through prevention of illness and injury. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, environmental health protection, 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.

Summer Art for Everyone @ The Belle Levine Art Center in Mahopac

Registration is currently being accepted for a wide variety of programs in the arts to take place this summer at the Belle Levine Art Center on Kennicut Hill Road in Mahopac.

THE SUMMER ARTS ACADEMY for kids ages 6-12.

Join our Visual Arts Program offered on Monday through Thursday from 10-2 in one week options through August 1, featuring projects that celebrate a multi-cultural theme taking inspiration from Master Artists as well as Asian and African arts along with some recycled art just for fun!  Summer instructors include Sarah Gilchrist, Cathy Faiella and Jim Sparks.

Enjoy our Clay Program with Amy Menasche offered in our completely renovated and air conditioned clay studio, the program meets on Monday & Thursday from 2-3:30 in three week options.  Session 1 runs June 24-July 11 and Session 2 runs July 15-August 1. Clay projects planned for this summer include making instruments that work including ocarinas, whistles and wind chimes; creating mosaics, animal sculptures, and fanciful face pots.

Combine both Programs for a summer full of art & imagination and self- expression! 


Short Shops for Teens with Sarah Gilchrist mornings from 10:30 – noon

Mixed Media – Fridays, July 12, 19 & 26

Plein Aire Drawing – Saturdays, August 3, 10, 17, & 24

3-D Art – Tuesdays, August 13, 20 & 27

Clay for Teens with Amy Menasche offered on 4 Fridays from 2:30-4pm from July 26 – August 16.


5 & 6 week instruction offered in watercolor, plein aire painting, photography, pottery and drawing.

NEW – One day workshops in Journaling with Karen Herbst and two day Pottery-Closed Forms with Deb Lecce.  Yoga by donation continues in the gallery with Liz Carey beginning August 5 @ 6:30pm.

Details, prices, bios, registration info and forms available or by calling the office at 845.803.8622.

Join us as we Step Up For Kids in Westchester County and across New York State! Saturday, September 28


4wdhOn Saturday, September 28, sixteen Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) across New York State – including Westchester County’s own CAC at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) – will simultaneously participate in a local 5K run/walk to benefit their community. Our primary goal is to raise awareness of the prevalence and the realities of child abuse in our state.


Child Advocacy Centers provide a comprehensive, culturally competent, multidisciplinary team response to allegations of child abuse in a dedicated, child friendly setting. The CAC model ensures that children are not re-victimized by the very system designed to protect them. In 2012, CAC’s across New York state provided services to over 18,500 children.

Please join us on September 28th for a festive, fun-filled morning that will leave you feeling invigorated and proud of the difference you have made in the lives of children around Westchester County and New York State. The Westchester walk, which is being hosted by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, will take place on the sprawling Valhalla campus, and will begin just outside WIHD. Please bring your friends, family, and your enthusiasm!

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Please help us get the word out about this fun and worthwhile event taking place in Valhalla, NY on Saturday, September 28, 2013.fbookfollow

Looking for volunteers for Flag Lines to Welcome Home From Afghanistan United States ARMY Spec 4 Michael Cairney Brewster High School Graduate

Welcome Home From Afghanistan United States ARMY Spec 4 Michael Cairney Brewster High School Graduate, Tuesday Morning June 25th. The Minuteman Riders will Welcome and Escort Michael Home from Rest Stop on Northbound Side of 684 in Brewster. Motorcycle Escort Headed up by Minuteman Rider Rob Gallacher and Flag Line at Putnam Fire Dept Headed Up by Don Clady & Lloyd St Louis. Looking for who can participate on the escort or flag line times will be posted soon. Groups can meet in Connecticut and go to either Welcome Home Location.

Other Organization are Welcome to join our Group The Connecticut Cruise News Minuteman Riders to welcome home another American Hero.

Flag lines can assemble where most convenient. Suggested sites are Kelly’s Corner, Post office on Doansburg Road Brewster and the main flag line at Putnam Lake Firehouse/Market/Monument at 9:45am. We expect him in Putnam Lake by 10:15 if all goes well.

Please let us know who can escort and who can do Flag Line, Please bring a friend. We would like to See 40 Flags Up.

Let Get Another Great Minuteman Riders & Friends Turnout.

Thank You Hope to See You There.
Don Clady Director Connecticut Cruise News Minuteman Riders.

Carmel Students Create Artistic Panels for Historic Kent Fire Tower


Carmel Students Create Artistic Panels for Historic Kent Fire Tower

Members of Carmel’s George Fischer Middle School Go Green Club accepted a challenge by the Kent Conservation Advisory Committee to create four painted murals to replace the cab walls atop the historic 85-foot Mt. Nimham Fire Tower.  The fire tower was built in 1940 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It is the tallest fire tower still in existence in New YorkState.

The panels, each depicting a separate season of the year and featuring local flora and fauna, have been given protective coats of varnish and will have acrylic sheets attached to protect them from vandals who regularly cover the tower interior with graffiti. Before the colorful panels are installed, however, they will be presented to the Kent Town Board during the June 25 meeting in the KentTown Hall.

KCAC Chiarwoman Beth Herr advertised the project in local newspapers. GFMS art teachers Amanda O’Shaughnessy and Jayne Chiappone responded and supervised the club’s 25-week long project which ran from October 2012 through May 2013. The KCAC has been charged with the care of the fire tower and its grounds and will initiate fundraising efforts to have the fire tower repainted and restored. 

For more information on the fire tower and the hikes and events sponsored by the KCAC, visit their website at:

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The 8th Annual Children’s Expo & Safety fair Recap & Pictures

The 8th Annual Children’s Expo & Safety Fair took place at the Donald B. Smith County Government Campus in Carmel on May 4, 2013.  Hundreds of people attended the event which was organized by the Child Advocacy of Putnam County (CAC) and the Bureau of Emergency Services (BES).   Eric Gross once again sponsored the event in honor of his wife Barbara, who lost her battle with cancer in 2011.  Barbara Gross, an educator in both the Carmel and North Salem districts, was a strong advocate for children’s education and safety. Other sponsors included Daniels, Porco & Lusardi Law Firm, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Molly Maid, and Kids Country Day Care.   The overall goal of the event is to promote community education and awareness around keeping children safe.

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