Brewster Students last day in Beijing


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: County Executive to Honor Vietnam Veterans


MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001
March 26, 2013

County Executive to Honor Vietnam Veterans

County Executive MaryEllen Odell will gather with members of VFW Post 5491 and their auxiliaries on Friday, March 29 when they hold a dinner and special ceremony in honor of Vietnam Veteran’s Day. The dinner, which will be held at their E. Lake Blvd location, will begin at 6 p.m. with the ceremony scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

March 29 is the date when in 1973, approximately 2500 troops were officially withdrawn from South Vietnam.

“Unfortunately, when our soldiers returned home from their tours of duty in Vietnam and up until the complete withdrawal of the US Armed Forces from Vietnam in 1973, they were never shown the respect they had so honorably earned, nor were they given the thanks they deserved,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “By designating March 29 as Vietnam Veterans’ Day, we are taking a first step, albeit an overdue one, to let these men and women know we honor their service and sacrifices and that they are not forgotten.”

American military forces began serving in South Vietnam in 1950 in an advisory capacity. It wasn’t until 1965 that ground troops were deployed. Approximately 58,000 American military men and women lost their lives during the Vietnam War and more than 300,000 service men and women were wounded. Under the terms of the Paris Peace Accords, U.S. service troops were withdrawn on March 29, 1973.

Brewster High School Kids travel to China


Brewster High School Kids arrive in China Jamie Michelle Di Bella Andres M. Jacobs Thomas Andrew Mullane Brian Joseph O’Kelly Catherine Mary Oswald Sydney RoseRubin Kathryn Anne Schubert Ellen Debra Urvater Abigail Elizabeth Verille Crystal Vee Cordero Simone Elizabeth Fleary

FREE Support for Breastfeeding Moms

FREE Support for Breastfeeding Moms

There are many reasons to consider breastfeeding, and once breastfeeding is established, it is easy. The longer a mother and baby breastfeed, the greater the benefits. Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months before introducing solid foods benefits mother and baby the most.

The Putnam County Department of Health
is offering
FREE Breastfeeding Support Groups

2nd Wednesday of each month, beginning April 10, 2013
3rd Tuesday of each month, beginning April 18, 2013

Pregnant women as well as new moms are welcome!

Information, encouragement and support will be provided by
 highly trained Maternal Child Health Nurses, who are also
Certified Lactation Counselors.

 No registration necessary –Drop ins welcome!


For more details, Click Here



Brewster, NY—On March 20, 2013, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released the 2013 County Health Rankings for New York State, as well as the rest of the country. Putnam County was ranked fourth in the state in the overall category of “health outcomes,” after having been number one for three consecutive years.

“We’re still doing well,” said Allen Beals, MD, JD, Commissioner of Health, “a fourth place ranking among 62 counties indicates superior health.” Even when Putnam ranked first, the health challenges the county faced, such as adult obesity, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol consumption among adult residents, did not meet state and national benchmarks. This year, these areas did not show any significant improvement. “We will continue to aggressively target these areas,” said Dr. Beals.

“I know how hard the Health Department and other county agencies work to address these issues,” said County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “However, behavior is very difficult to change. I am committed to support the Health Department in their efforts to address these health issues.”

In 2013 for the first time, the Putnam County Department of Health is spearheading countywide efforts to formulate a Community Health Improvement Plan, known as the CHIP. This multi-disciplinary approach to planning health improvements will be formulated in collaboration with a wide variety of community partners including hospitals, community based organizations such as mental health and substance abuse agencies, schools, businesses and others.




Putnam Arts Council celebrates Members in March

Putnam Arts Council�
March 15, 2013
For Immediate Release�
KC Anderson

Attendance was up and the mood was merry as PAC opened their 50th year of exhibits and services to artists and their audience here in Putnam County this past weekend. The show is ongoing through March 29th with gallery hours Tues-Fri 11-3 and Sunday 1-4pm.

The annual Members meeting began at 3pm with a review of 2012 and unveiling plans for a year of activities in 2013, many of which will take place at PAC’s home, the Belle Levine Art Center (521 Kennicut Hill Rd., Mahopac). As the public meeting drew to a close at 4pm, many more of the participating artists, family and friends arrived for a reception to meet the artists, and enjoy the artwork.

Our Annual Members exhibit is a benefit of membership and This year’s 2013 show features an incredible collection of paintings, drawings, assemblage, photography, pottery, sculpture and more from 91 artists. Most works are for sale and reasonably priced, making for a lot of very “affordable ART”.

The Putnam Arts Council provides support services to artists and arts organizations and offers classes, exhibits, concerts, special events and more throughout the year. Please visit for latest updates take advantage of one or more of the special events and exhibits scheduled here in your own backyard, soon.

PAC’s programs and services are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and NY State Legislature. Public support is also provided by Putnam County Government.  Additional revenue is generated by PAC through membership, educational and creative programs, fund raising efforts and through donations.

Drug Crisis in our Backyard: Community Action Organization


Click Here to view this Press Release: 03-12-13 Radon testing campaign

County Executive’s Address to Highlight “Making the Connection” Festival of Info, Market Opens at 5 p.m. and Promises to be the Most Enjoyable State of the County Address Ever Presented in Putnam.


MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808- 1001

Date: March 7, 2013

RE: 2013 State of the County Address


County Executive’s Address to Highlight “Making the Connection” Festival of Info,
Market Opens at 5 p.m. and Promises to be the Most Enjoyable State of the County Address Ever Presented in Putnam.  

The public is cordially invited to attend as Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell presents her 2013 State of the County address at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. The event will be held in the auditorium of the Training & Operations Center located on the Donald B. Smith Campus, 112 Old Route 6, in Carmel.

“We’re changing things up this year,” said Odell. “We want the State of the County address to be something everyone will want to attend and we’re working toward making it as enjoyable as it is informative.”

As part of Odell’s plan to “change things up,” she has added several new components to the State of the County event. This year, the TOPS doors will open at 5 p.m. so visitors can enjoy “Making the Connection,” the theme of this year’s State of the County address, with a variety of County departments and area businesses. The TOPS rotunda will be filled with “Connection” tables and unusual props all of which will highlight achievements and support the number of positive and productive connections being made county-wide.

Among those who will be present at the 5 p.m. showcase will be representatives from several of Putnam’s top restaurants, many of whom are participating in this year’s Hudson Valley Restaurant Week and each offering samples of their delicious fare.

Also participating in the festival-like fun will be Putnam County Tourism Director Libby Pataki, Putnam County Historian Denis Castelli, Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant, Putnam County Library Association members, Putnam Arts Council and numerous representatives from various county departments and Putnam organizations. Each will be providing information on upcoming events, celebrating recent accomplishments and providing up-to-date information.

“Making the Connection” is more than just a theme for this year’s address,” said Odell. “It’s a direction in which Putnam is moving. We have become a network of connected departments working toward making government more efficient, more accessible and more transparent for the public.”

As examples of “Making the Connection,” Odell will enumerate how Putnam’s first responding units enjoy better coordination and stronger communications. Odell will also introduce her newest staff member, Commissioner of Planning, Development and Public Transportation Anthony Ruggiero and present his vision for a Putnam County Planning Federation.

Solidifying an international cycling connection for Putnam is one of the many tasks Tourism Director Libby Pataki and her staff have accomplished. Furthermore, as Odell will explain, Pataki is “Making the Connection” between Tourism and economic development as she and the Cold Spring Chamber of Commerce prepare for “Pedal into Spring” the May 4 and 5 Flower Festival during which the Putnam Cycling Classic will take place.

Among the many informational topics to be covered in her address, Odell will present an update on the work of Transportation Task Force Chairman Vincent Tamagna whose group is working toward making more connections for Putnam residents as they assess and streamline county-wide transportation services.

Anyone planning to attend what promises to be the most enjoyable State of the County address ever presented in Putnam is asked to RSVP to the County Executive’s office by calling (845) 808-1001.