August 2011 - Eventful Magazine

August 2011 - Eventful Magazine



Putnam County Edition August 2011

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Letter from the Publisher

Time flies when you’re having

fun! On these hot days, ice cream is

always a family-favorite treat to beat

the heat. I got to experience the tasty

homemade ice cream from Johnny

Gelato (on the cover and page 5). If

you’re looking for unique flavors, be

sure to visit them.

Putnam County has had so many

great events this summer and there

are still more to come. The International

Wine & Food Festival, Nimham

Pow Wow and Tour de Putnam

are not to be missed.

And though most of us are still

enjoying the summer, the new

school year is right around the corner.

Since we encourage our readers

to always shop local first, we’ve created

a Back to School Guide to help

you get your children ready.

As always, I welcome your feedback

at Rebecca@eventfulmagazine




Rebecca Bertoldi


On the Cover

A Summer-Fun Sundae from

Johnny Gelato in Kent.

Photo by Matt Hernandez

Correction: In the July issue’s Tilly Foster Farm

article, Ann Fanizzi was wrongly identified as

Haggerty. Eventful Magazine regrets the error.


table of contents

august 2011


Back to School Guide

Getting Ready p. 9

Supplemental Learning p. 11

School Bus Safety p. 12

Continuing Education p. 13

Be Eventful: Super Summer Happenings

Putnam Wine Festival p. 7

Nimham Pow Wow p. 8

departments & columns

Restaurants & Reviews p. 4

Hit the Spot: Thai Elephant 2

Who’s Got It?: Ice Cream

Theater and the Arts p. 6

Artist Spotlight: Danielle Bernard

Money Matters p. 14

with Joseph Madio

Wellness p. 15

Brain Food

Sports p. 16

Putnam Pets p. 18

Outdoors p. 19

Tour de Putnam

Business Beat p. 20

Jumpin’ Jeepers

Brewster Chamber of Commerce

Pay It Forward p. 21

Eventful Rewind p. 22

Community Calendar p. 24

estaurants & reviews

Hit tHe Spot:

Story & Photos by Nicole Gallagher

Sometimes you can tire of

your favorite foods. Summer is

half over and I am already done

with barbecues, pasta seems too

heavy in this heat, and I crave

something lighter but I want lots

of flavor. That quest brought me

to the Thai Elephant 2, located

at 2693 Route 22 in Patterson.

This authentic Thai restaurant

offers cuisine that is acclaimed

all around the world for its well

known diversity of ingredients

and magnificent spiciness. Thai

food is the balance of five flavors:

spicy, salty, sweet, sour and bitter.

One ingredient used repeatedly

in seasoning a majority of Thai

cuisine is fish sauce. Like the five

flavors, I am going to recommend the following

five things to sample when you visit

Thai Elephant 2.


Fried Spring Roll: These small fried spring

rolls are surprisingly light, filled with vegetables

and served with plum sauce. These rolls

were much like the spring rolls that we are

familiar with in Chinese cuisine, although

somewhat smaller and less filling. ($6)

Curry Puff: This small puff pastry is stuffed

with ground chicken, potatoes, onions and

curry. The flaky puff is light in texture with a

mild flavor. It is served with Thai cucumber

sauce. ($7)


Pad Thai (Fried Noodle): This national

dish prides itself on a long history. Pad Thai

flaunts the authenticity of Thai culinary arts

Thai Elephant 2

using the freshest and best ingredients and a

balance of the five fundamental flavors. This

classic Pad Thai dish is stir-fried noodle with

eggs, peanuts, scallions, fish sauce, tamarind

juice, red chili pepper, and bean sprouts.

Bursting with flavor, this dish is incredibly

light. (Chicken/vegetables/tofu, $12; beef,

$13; shrimp/squid, $13; vegetables/duck,

$13; seafood/duck, $17)

Curry Panang: This dish is prepared in

coconut milk, making it kind of sweet and

mildly spicy. The “soup” version of this curry

is served with white sticky rice, which is

placed in a mold to form the shape of a star,

and contains bell peppers, carrot, basil and

lime leaves. It is rich and light with strong

fragrance. (Chicken/vegetables/tofu, $12;

beef, $13; shrimp/squid, $13; vegetables/

duck, $13; seafood/duck, $17)

Chicken Spices: This grilled, marinated

chicken breast is prepared with

lime leaves, lemongrass, basil and

crushed peanuts. The chicken is

crispy and the taste of the Thai basil

was pronounced and delicious. The

chef ’s special red sauce gave this

dish a bit of spiciness. ($12)

The Thai Elephant 2 and the Thai

Elephant in Astoria, N.Y., are family-owned.

Thai Elephant 2 had its

grand opening on March 16. The

décor is a hodgepodge of rustic

meets oriental. There are several

small rooms, some of which have

large windows overlooking an expanse

of green lawn with views of

far-off mountains.

Hours of operation: Monday-

Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday

and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11

p.m.; Sunday: noon to 10 p.m. Telephone:

845-319-6295. Takeout available. Indoor

and outdoor (screened-in porch) seating

available. Visit their website at www Lunch menu served

Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., not including

weekend and holidays. Meals such

as Chili Basil, Thai Cashew Nut, Pad Thai,

Pad Kee Mai, Panang, Thai fried rice, Softshell

crab and more range from $9-$12.

Dinner appetizers range from $6-$14. Soup

and salad range from $7-$10. Curry and

noodle dishes range from $12-$17. Fried

rice dishes range from $10-$17. Vegetables

are $10 and entrees range from $12-$18.

Beverages are $2 and up. Full bar. Dessert

menu: $5-$6.

We encourage Eventful readers to keep

submitting restaurant suggestions. Share

your favorite local eatery with Nicole at

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Who’s Got It?

By Nicole Gallagher

It’s the one question asked more than

“Will there be another Harry Potter

movie?” It’s the one question parents

know will inevitably come their way on

a regular basis: “Mom/Dad, can we go

out for ice cream, please?” and when its

bolded by an elongated, if not planned,

“pleeeeeeaaaase!” it becomes all the

more difficult to deny during hot summer

months. Especially when the parents

want to take a few tugs at a blackand-white

milkshake or carve away at a

classic, nut-filled sundae just as badly as

the kids do.

Folks in Putnam County are surrounded

with family-owned ice cream

options, and most have had their favorite

ice cream hangouts born through family

bonding and traditions; it’s perhaps the

single most important part of our heritage.

So next time you think nothing

good can come from good ol’ ice cream,

think again and branch out a bit at some

of the local hot spots you may not even

know exist but surely can’t resist.

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theater & the arts

Art is a Conversation for Carmel’s

Danielle Bernard

By Rich Monetti

The world inside Danielle Bernard mind

seems to be the key factor in what makes her

such a prolific and gifted artist. She even goes

as far as happily accepting a label reserved

for the type of apprentice who’s susceptible

to a ridicule stemming from his or her outerworldly


“I used to think that it was an insult, but

space cadet is kind of funny and true, she said.

In describing a work she calls “House in

my Head” Bernard, who is a Carmel resident,

reveals how the random thoughts in her

mind inspire her. “I randomly came up with

a mouth floating in a black background,” she

said. “It’s open and there’s a tiny little house

in the back of the mouth with the lights on.

It’s glowing yellow; that was the House in my


She may sound a little too creative for her

own good, but actually the stream of consciousness

she easily displays amounts to

nothing more than the mind-set of a welladjusted


Looking back on her childhood, she remembers

never having a problem entertaining

herself. “My mom would leave me alone

in my bedroom and I would just play with

everything - building things, drawing and totally

lost in my imagination,” she recalled.

Although she effectively managed to occupy

her time alone, Bernard was actually very

social and spent a lot of time with her peers.

“I was a pretty outgoing person with plenty

of opportunity for fun and friends,” she said.

Still, she was continually drawn to artistic

endeavors. While free time in high school

usually means hanging out in the cafeteria,

Bernard had other things in mind. “I had an

awesome art teacher in high school. He let me

come do art whenever I needed

to, and sometimes during my free

periods, he’d let me jump in with

the class,” says Bernard.

Otherwise, she muddled

through things like math and

then went onto study and graduate

from the School of Visual Arts

in Manhattan. Bernard majored

in illustration, bur she admitted

her process still does not follow

any specific curriculum. “It’s

never planned out. I kind of just

sit down and start to draw something,”

she said. “Then it kind of

makes itself.”

Her work is considered dreamlike

and symbolic, but still category

truly captures its essense.

“I don’t know what I call it,” she


In turn, the ambiguity only adds to the

mystery. “I like my images to evoke some kind

of emotion,” Bernard said.

Juxtaposing life’s difficulties and approaching

from a different perspective often acts as

the spark. “Sometimes if you look at them the

right way those things can be beautiful,” she


Bernard also draws heavily on childhood

to get her point across. “Chalk Land”

is almost autobiographic of her time spent in

childhood occupying her mind. “It’s a little

girl on the sidewalk using chalk and making

this whole board game world around her,” she


The paintbrush, though, does not represent

an endpoint in terms of creativity. “I

don’t stay within one medium,” she says. “I

get bored very easily.”

The part time-waitress and chiropractor’s

assistant uses mixed media, acrylic paint and

is no stranger to sewing, among other things.

The diversity also lends itself to unlocking

ideas when she gets stuck. “There are times

when my hand does not work,” she said. “I’m

drawing terribly and I get so frustrated, but

that’s when I try a different creative form.”

If worse comes to worst, she’ll take out a

piece of paper and just start cutting. A pencil

isn’t out of the question either. “I have a children’s

book I’ve been working on for a long

time,” she says.

At 32 pages with her own illustrations, Bernard

is seeking a publisher, but the business

side of art is a challenge. Not really exhibiting

much and with a lot of her work piling

up at home, she says, “I’m trying to figure out

where I belong and do something with my

work because it’s all

that I want to do.”

Bernard’s work

will be on display

through August

at Dish Bistro and

Wine Bar, where

she works, in Mahopac

at 947 South

Lake Blvd.

Contact and view

Bernard’s work on

her website at www.

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Wine Festival

to Benefit Local Families

By Crystal McKenna

The two-day Putnam County International

Wine and Food Festival will not

only allow you to experience great tastes

and smells from New York’s and the

world’s finest wine producers, it will also

make you feel good about helping a cause.

A portion of the event’s proceeds will

benefit the Feed the Children “Americans

Feeding Americans” campaign, which

works to fight hunger in the U.S., and the

Putnam Community Action Program, an

anti-poverty program that serves the residents

of Putnam County who are struggling

to support themselves and their


“The goal of the festival is to build a

substantial connection between different

cultures and communities, highlighting

alternatives for ‘greener’ living,” according

to the event’s website. “By combining this

idea with culinary experts, musical performances,

and of course fun, the festival

will build tourism and economic growth

for the county.”

The event, sponsored by Greenergy Productions,

LLC, will be held Saturday, Aug.

13, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday,

Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Daniel Nimham Pow Wow

Celebrates Local Native American Culture and Honors Local Vets

By Rich Monetti

At the root of the demise of Native American

society was a lack of understanding

between two vastly different cultures, according

to Gil “Crying Hawk” Tarbox of

Kent. The Daniel Nimham POW Wow

takes that into account as the 11th annual

gathering on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21 serves as

more than just a celebration of the original

tribes of the Hudson Valley.

“If you don’t understand something, you

fear it and when you fear something you

try to destroy it, and that’s more or less

what happened to Native Americans,” says

this descendent of the Passamaquoddy and

Micmac tribes of Maine and Canada. “It’s

always important to know your heritage,”

said Tarbox.

It is the heritage that includes more of

us than we may realize. For instance, during

the Revolution, many Hessians deserted

and married into the Native American

community in Putnam; the Underground

Railroad had escaped slaves doing the

same prior to the Civil War.

“A lot of their families are still here,”

he said, but what is also commonly overlooked

is the role Native Americans have

played in service to our country. Starting

with Daniel Nimham, he and his warriors

took up arms against the British king during

the American Revolution because of

the betrayal that followed the French and

Indian War.

While Wappinger Indian warriors stood

with the English on the battlefield, the villagers

relocated to safety in Massachusetts.

When the war ended, the vacated land was

leased to English families. “He lost all of

what is now Putnam County,” stated Tarbox.

Native Americans have had the highest

ethnic per capita service in the American

armed forces,” he said. “When they were

entrapped on reservations, their birth right

was taken away — they couldn’t fight and

they couldn’t hunt.”

As a result, Native Americans have inherently

enlisted in disproportionate numbers

during war time. Monies raised over

the past ten years at the powwow have

been used to pay homage to the proud past

these Native Americans occupy. “We were

able to build a monument at Veterans Memorial

Park [in Kent],” Tarbox said.

The monument is known as The Granite

and is now in place. The powwow organizers

now set their sights on honoring and

serving all the veterans in need today. “We

will be collecting donations for the Tower

of Hope Foundation that provides trained

dogs for disabled vets,” he stated. “It’s very

important to us,”

The Tower of Hope will also be present

to make its case on behalf of wounded soldiers

to the great appreciation of the powwow.

Of course, there’s a lot more to say about

Native American culture than just waging

war and bowing bison. “There’s no written

history,” he says. “Everything we were

taught was told to us in stories.”

So storytellers will be on hand to read

from the internal narrative that has been

passed down through the generations.

Closely tied to storytelling are the traditions

surrounding birds of prey, and the

showing they get once again this year

sheds light on the Indian synergy between

animals and daily life. Observing and understanding

wildlife, he says, “That’s how

we learned to hunt and survive.”

Grateful, Native Americans choreographed

songs and dances to their teachers.

On the other hand, Europeans negatively

read this behavior as elevating animals to

the level of gods. “We are actually honoring

the spirit of the animal — not worshipping

them,” he says.

The Nimham Mountain Singers will be

performing many different songs and Native

American dances will be on display to

help clarify the misconception. Nonetheless,

there is a similarity to the sound we

often hear in movies — but not quite. “It

never has what’s referred to as a Hollywood

beat,” he says. “We don’t do that. That was

a misunderstanding that only Hollywood

could create.”

The war whoop we all know is also only

half right. In the vast open spaces out west,

warriors did try to loudly strike fear as they

approached for attack, but on this side of

the continent, that was not the case. Introducing

the guerrilla warfare the colonists

later adapted, he says, “They didn’t make

any noise at all.”

The take out from Native American culture

definitely didn’t end there. “Most of

what we eat is Native American food,” he

says of stuffs such as tomatoes, potatoes,

corn, bison burgers and even strawberry


Unfortunately, one area that American

society has not borrowed heavily from is

an appreciation of the environment. “We

call them the lost ones,” he says. “They

have lost all value of the Earth.”

In turn, the Nimham Powwow hopes

to help put us on the path to finding ourselves.

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The countdown until the first day of

school has begun. Besides the new

wardrobe, shoes and backpacks,

there are some important things that

should be added to this year’s to-do list.

New ‘Do for the New Class

Everyone wants to look good for the

first day of school and the right hairdo

can be essential to creating the right style.

Boys like to have their hair really short or

on the longer side now, according to Penny

DeMartino, owner of Short Cuts Salon

(845-621-2969), located at 441 Route 6 in

Mahopac. However, she insists that even

if the fellas want to grow their hair longer,

they should still go get it trimmed and

shaped so that it does not grow in unruly.

For the girls, the short and chic look is

very trendy, and so is having a mane like

Taylor Swift. The best advice DeMartino

has for deciding the hairstyle you want is

to consider what style works best for your

face shape, your lifestyle and how much

time you want to devote to maintaining it.

The must-have item this season is adding

Bling String to your locks, DeMartino

said. The sparkly hair extensions can temporarily

add some pizazz to your everyday


Can You See Me Now?

Children grow like weeds. Not only do

they grow out of their clothes and shoes

at incredible rates, but also their eyeglass/

contact prescriptions. Four months after I

bought my daughter glasses last year, she

decided she wanted contacts. We went

back to the same place and discovered

her vision had changed. Thankfully, the

lens replacement was free because we had

purchased the frames from that store. Raymond

Opticians — which has locations in

Baldwin Place at Somers Commons (914-

621-7700), Brewster at the A&P Shopping

Center (845-279-2411) and Carmel at the

back to school

Get Ready,

It’s Time for the Kids to Go Back to School

By Faith Ann Butcher

Illustration by Danielle Bernard

Putnam Plaza (845-228-3324) — as well

as Pearle Vision (845-278-7800), located at

111 Independence Way in Brewster, offer

that kind of program.

Remember When You Needed

Only Pencils and Paper?

The days of “the dog ate my homework”

are long over. Computers have become

fully integrated into the average home and

schools are requiring more homework, research

and projects to be done on them as

compared to the old-school composition


Making sure that your computer is running

optimally is important before the

start of a new school year. The last thing

you want to happen is for your computer

to crash when there are looming project

deadlines. Intone Office Products (845-

878-5114), located at 198 Route 216 in

Stormville, offers on-site and drop-off

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computer checkups, virus and malware

removal, antivirus and security installation,

tune-ups and cleanings, as well as

data transfers, new computer setups and

configuration, networking/connecting

and network cable runs/installation.

Intone also offers a variety of printers

and accompanying ink cartridges for

home use. The knowledgeable staff at

Intone can help you determine the right

products for your needs. Plus, their copy

center makes all school projects look great.

Instruments are Instrumental

Participating in band or orchestra can

be one of the most memorable experiences

for any student. At Radovich & Dean

Music Inc. (845-225-4515), located at 56

Gleneida Ave. in Carmel,parents have the

choice of purchasing an instrument for

their young devoted musician or renting

one for the student who is still deciding on

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there is a rental credit benefit.

If you decided to purchase

an instrument at the

end of your rental period,

the entire amount of your

rental fee will be credited

toward the purchase price.

“It is like getting a year of rentals for free,”

said owner David Radovich.

One for You and One for Me

It seems like the list for school supplies

each year gets longer and longer. With

low-income families finding it harder and

harder to survive, Putnam CAP (Community

Action Program) is holding its

annual Back-to-School Supplies Program

The new studio at Radovich & Dean offers a great learing

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drive to help. It is collecting school supplies,

gift cards and monetary donations.

Items that are needed include notebooks,

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Learning Beyond the School Day

By Faith Ann Butcher

School is cramped with so much information

that there is no way to learn it all within six

hours a day. Whether you crave to know more

or need just a little more help to work through

a subject, guidance is available in the core academic

subjects as well as in music, fitness, special

needs and spirituality.

Math and English

Enrichment opportunities that help children

expand their skills in math and English

help set them up for academic success. Places

such as Kumon (845-225-5626, www.kumon

.com), located at 1701 Route 6 in Carmel, have

structured programs where children as young

as 3 can work at their own rate to develop essential

learning skills. Other companies such as

Tutoring Club (845- 278-5437, www.tutoring in Brewster or Strong Learning

Center (845-628-7910, www.stronglearning

.com) will work with students in all areas.

Putnam Tutoring (www.putamtutoring

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individually with students in fifth thru eighth

grades. Specializing in math and English language

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to your child’s needs and learning

styles. Its tutors, who are current or recently

retired middle school teachers with extensive

out-of-the classroom test prep and tutoring experience,

offer a depth of understanding of the

challenges faced by this age group. Putnam Tutoring

meets with its students in the Putnam/

Northern Westchester region, either in home or

in a venue determined by the parents.


Music lessons in school are limited to a handful

of times a week. To really excel, outside help

is ideal. Lessons are available at places such as

Pondside Music Lessons (845-279-3279), located

at 266 Farm To Market Road in Brewster,

or Putnam Music Center (845-612-2626), located

at 609 Route 6 in Mahopac.

Radovich & Dean Music (845-225-4515),

located at 56 Gleneida Avenue in Carmel, offers

individual musical instrument and voice

lessons. Weekly or single lesson opportunities

are available. They also offer one-on-one tutoring

for the Advanced Placement Music Theory



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offers one-on-one or small group training

that is perfect for athletes who are trying to improve

their game or students who want to lose

weight or learn discipline.

Special Needs

Jumpin’ Jeepers (845-621-4922, www, located at 926 US

Route 6 in Mahopac, is more than just an indoor

play area — it has classes for young children

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on social skill building that assists a child with

social interactions and using appropriate body

space and gestures. Another class that is offered

is Handwriting without Tears, which

helps make legible and fluent handwriting an

easy and automatic skill for students ages 4-6.


Temple Beth Shalom (845-628-6133, www. offers Hebrew School that

starts this year on Sunday, Sept. 11. It teaches

the foundation of a Jewish education in reading,

writing, history, culture and religion. Preschools

and kindergarteners meet on Sunday

mornings. First and second graders meet on

Wed. afternoons and third-seventh graders

meet both Wednesday afternoons and Sunday


Students prepare for their bar and bat mitzvahs

under the guidance of trained teachers

and the temple’s rabbi, Rabbi Eytan Hammerman.

Young men and women who choose to

study beyond their bar and bat mitzvahs may

continue their education in a class led by the

rabbi. This three-year program consists of education,

community service and assistance in the

religious school.

Temple Beth Shalom is holding an open

house on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 6 p.m. to 8

p.m. at the synagogue, located at 760 Route 6

in Mahopac. Tour the building, meet the staff

and talk with temple members, and enjoy a

light meal and fellowship. Interfaith Families

are warmly welcome. To RSVP, e-mail

St. James Apostle, located at 14 Gleneida

Avenue in Carmel, offers a C.C.D. (Confraternity

of Christian Doctrine) religious education

program for Catholic youth who are preparing

to receive the sacraments of initiation.

For more info, call Dr. George Bovino, director

of religious education, at 845-225-6504.

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ack to school

School Bus


By Joan Corwin,

Owner of Chappaqua Transportation

So, your little one has turned 5 and is about

to start going to school. It is orientation day and

you are about to put your little one on a school

bus for the first time. Another milestone in the

life of your child!

I watched as mothers put their children on

the school bus for the first time and watched

as they remained on the sidewalk, waving hesitantly

at the little excited faces that were plastered

against the window. As the bus pulled

away from the curb, I walked up to a mother

and said, “Excuse me, would you mind telling

me what it feels like to ‘let go’ — to put your

child in the hands of a stranger?”

The mother choked up and said, “It isn’t easy.

This is my first one going into kindergarten.

I don’t know anything about the bus driver.”

Parents, rest assured. Whether your child is on

a school district bus or a contractor’s bus, the

rules are all the same. Our operations are all

overseen by our school districts, the state education

department, the Department of Motor

Vehicles, and the federal and state departments

of transportation. School bus drivers and the

school buses meet very strict standards.

School bus safety has to be a team effort. It is

like the gears in a clock that are ticking. If the

gears don’t all work together, the clock will stop.

You (mom and dad) are part of our school bus

safety team and make a difference in the safe

transportation of your children.


Please give your child enough time in the

morning so that he or she does not have to

rush. Don’t expect your child to eat breakfast

on the way to school. (There’s no eating on

the school bus because a child hurrying to eat

might choke.)

Be sure your child’s shoelaces are securely

tied. (We once had a child running to the bus

and she fell on the steps because her shoe fell


Pack your child’s belongings securely in a

backpack, as recommended by the state education

department. Make sure the backpack is

clearly labeled and it doesn’t have any dangling

straps or key chains that can get caught on the

hand rail of a bus.

In picking out your child’s clothes, stay away

from yellow raincoats or outfits because they

blend in with the school bus yellow, compromising

your child’s visibility to the bus driver.


You are responsible for the safety of your

child until he or she boards the bus. Avoid distractions,

like cell phones.

Don’t start you child’s day off rushing to the

bus stop. Be at the stop five minutes ahead of


If you have younger children at the bus stop

with you, be sure to hold the child’s hand firmly.

Letting the little ones play at the bus stop is a


If you are late and miss the bus, please do not

chase the bus in your car. We have had parents

pull up behind a bus at its next stop, blowing

the horn to wait, and tell the student to “get

out of the car and run up and get on the bus.”

You should be aware that the bus driver is trying

to check six mirrors, oncoming traffic, students

boarding the bus, as well as the children

already on the bus. The driver does not always

hear someone blowing the horn from behind.

And even with all the mirrors, there is still a

blind spot. If your child was in the blind spot,

the driver would not see him or her.

Refrain from unnecessary horseplay at the

bus stop. Please monitor your child so it does

not carry over onto the bus.

Many of us consider our pets as part of our

families. If you bring them to the bus stop each

morning, please be sure it is on a leash and controlled.

A bus driver once pulled up to a bus

stop, opened the door, and a dog jumped up on

the driver’s lap, licking her face. An oncoming

car stopped because of the school bus’ red lights

and started to blow her horn. The driver of the

car leaned out her window and screamed at the

bus driver, “Don’t you know it is unsafe to drive

a school bus with a dog sitting in your lap?”

Wait at least 15 feet back from the roadway

while waiting for the bus. Roads may be slippery

and vehicles might slide or not be able to

stop. In inclement weather, don’t let children

climb on snow banks where they could slip.


Be aware of your school district’s policy about

dropping off children without an adult present.

Prior to the start of school, talk with your

child about an emergency plan. Is there someone

else who can get your child at the bus stop

if you or your babysitter doesn’t show up? Children

are devastated when the school bus driver

has to take them back to school. We try to avoid


Encourage your child to put everything in his

or her backpack before leaving the classroom in

the afternoon. It makes it easier for the child

to board the bus and it reduces the number of

items left on the bus.

Parents should wait on the side of the road

that the child will exit the bus from, not on the

other side of the road. The little ones have a tendency

to focus on the parent or caregiver and

will not pay attention to the bus driver, who is

responsible for giving the child a signal that it

is safe to cross.

A parent crossing in front of the bus with a

child should follow the 10-foot rule and wait

for the bus driver’s signal. Parents need to reinforce

the bus safety rules.

It is up to you as a parent to be responsible

for your child getting to and from the bus stop

safely. If you have any questions or concerns,

please call your district’s transportation department.

These tips may seem overwhelming, but they

are well worth taking the time to follow. I have

seen far too many accidents and death and urge

all parents to help in the team effort to keep

your kids safe on the school bus.

12 Eventful Magazine - August 2011

Kids aren’t the only ones who need to stay

in school. Today, increased competition,

advances in technology and the global marketplace

demand a highly skilled and knowledgeable

workforce. Whether you are a manager

or employee, working in the private or

non-profit sector, or are self-employed, you

need to assess your skill set and determine

whether you are current in your field.

Staying ahead of the game when it comes

to learning can make a difference as to the

opportunities you may have with your current

or future employer. It can also mean the

difference between employment and unemployment.

What skills and knowledge do employees

need these days? Certainly technology is constantly

changing. Even for those not in the

technical field, social media is affecting many

different roles and is a part of every business. In

addition, there is industry-specific knowledge

that one needs to stay abreast of and popular

“soft” skills that are required by most organizations.

Some of these include: adaptability,

strong communications, leadership, teamwork,

interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Investigate

training programs that can enhance

these skills.

Below are some tips for how you can research

and best determine the knowledge and skills

that are required by employers in your industry

and career field:

• Network with colleagues in your field to

determine the most sought-after knowledge/


• Ask your current employer.

• Utilize social media to learn about what is

hot in your field.

• Search articles and blogs on the Internet related

to your field.

• Read online job postings to learn the latest


• Join a professional association to discover

the latest trends.

• Investigate educational programs to determine

new course offerings.

Once you know what you need, there are numerous

adult continuing education programs

that can increase your marketability for job opportunities

as well as help you successfully transition

to a new career. Here are just some of the

options you may want to consider when it comes

to continuing your education and or training:

• Internal and external training offered by

your employer.

• Associate, undergraduate, graduate or certificate

programs within colleges.

• Certifications offered by institutes.

• Professional Training Association conferences

and programs.

• Adult education programs within your


• Online training.

• Software training.

• Public library offerings.

There are many options available based on

your preferred learning style and what you can

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Back to School Isn’t Just For Kids These Days

afford. So, as the kids are headed back to

school this September, start thinking about

whether you should do the same. It may make

a huge difference in your career success.

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Gaining acceptance to a university is a

long and exhausting process, but bigger challenges

await. More daunting for most, given

ongoing increases in tuition and other costs,

is how to pay for it all. If loans are required

to help cover costs, the issue can linger for

years — even decades — after graduation.

It’s important to go into the process knowing

what to expect.

Applying for Aid

The starting point for those who expect to

need financial help is to go online and fill out

the government’s primary financial aid application,

referred to as the FAFSA (visit www There you can find out about

filing deadlines, aid options and requirements,

and how to complete the actual application.

The FAFSA process must be completed

in order to obtain federal student loans or

grants and participate in federally funded

work-study programs. FAFSA application

information is also sometimes used for the

decision process at the state and institutional

level and even to qualify for certain sources

of private financial aid.

While family income will have an impact

on determining eligibility for financial aid, it

is not the only factor. Most families, regardless

of income level, should go through the

FAFSA process at least once to see what type

of aid may be available. It’s the best way to

ensure that all sources of potential support

are explored.

Saving in Advance

Be prepared to learn that most of the aid

available may be in the form of loans. Loans

are helpful, but require repayment, often after

college days are done. The smaller the debt

load for new graduates, particularly in a challenging

job environment, the better. Having

money set aside in a savings plan can make a

big difference in the debt load required.

Parents should start saving early for their

children, if possible. But even if college days



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specifically for college funding. If proceeds

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education expenses such as tuition, books,

room and board, all earnings accumulated in

the account grow on a tax-free basis. These

529 plans may be one of the most effective

means of saving for college because of the tax

benefits and because parents, grandparents

and others can contribute on behalf of specific


College is Done —

Now What?

Once an individual graduates, leaves

school or drops below half-time enrollment,

a grace period begins before repayment of

loans kicks in. The timing depends on the

loan program from which you borrowed.

For Federal Stafford Loans (Direct Loan Program

or Federal Family Education Loan), the

grace period is six months before the first repayment

is due. For Federal Perkins Loans,

the grace period extends to nine months.

Terms are different for loans categorized as

PLUS Loans. The repayment period begins

on the date the loan is fully disbursed, and

the first payment is due within 60 days of the

final disbursement. Graduate students have

more flexibility. There are situations where

deferments can be requested for economic

hardship or for some participating in military


Different loan repayment plans are available;

typically, individuals have the option to

adjust repayment terms based on their own

circumstances. The options include:

• Standard Repayment — Most students

repay their loans with generally equal

monthly payments over a 10-year period.

• Extended Repayment — Payments can

be extended up to 25 years in some circumstances.

• Graduated Repayment — Payments

gradually increase, a plan that some prefer

under the assumption that their income will

increase over time as well.

• Income-Contingent Repayment — The

repayment amount is specifically tied to income,

which also can allow for a longer repayment


Recent legislation will require borrowers

who take out a federal student loan after July

1, 2014, to make payments equal to no more

than 10 percent of discretionary income. After

20 years, any remaining debt will be forgiven.

For many graduates, student loans are the

first significant long-term debt they carry. It

is critical to be diligent about making payments

on time in order to maintain and

improve a personal credit rating for future

borrowing needs, such as a car loan or home


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Summer is coming to an end and as hard as

it is to believe, we are about to start yet another

school year. If you’re like me, then your back-toschool

list includes coming up with new school

day meal ideas that your children will be excited

to eat and that are also nutritionally balanced

and healthful — meals that help them and you

get through a busy day.

Breakfast truly is a student’s most important

meal of the day and an essential tool for succeeding

at school. Offer anything from a frozen

waffle with peanut butter or toast with cheese

to a chicken cutlet … just get them to eat. Time

doesn’t have to be a problem. Who can’t finish

a wholesome granola bar like a Kashi Trail Mix

bar or drink a healthful smoothie made from

plain Greek yogurt and frozen fruit while waiting

for the bus?

Providing the right lunch and snacks is essential

for helping students of all ages have the energy

they need to pay attention and focus. Begin

with protein (cold cuts, nut butters, sunflower

butter/soy nut butter, hummus, cheese, chicken

or beans) and then add a beneficial starch (whole

wheat breads or wraps, whole wheat or Barilla

Plus pasta or whole grain crackers) and a fruit

and/or vegetable. Pay attention to how your children

eat when you are with them and then mim-

Food for (Good) Thought

ic that with their school lunch. For example, if

you notice that your kids nibble on lunch meats

instead of eating a sandwich, then use a plastic

container with dividers to pack a similar “plate”

of food. Lastly, if your children stay after school

for sports and other activities, please be sure to

pack a snack. Keep in mind that they are likely

to be hungry after school and if you don’t pack

a “good-for-you” choice then they may make a

“very-not-good-for-you” choice from the vending


Then there is dinner. I deeply understand

how hard it can be to put a wholesome meal

on the table at the end of a long day. Remember

that it is most important to simply offer variety

and nutrients. I highly recommend starting

with something simple, like a whole wheat

tortilla. Then use different fillings and toppings.

Your family will think you are trying new foods

and will be excited to try. The same applies to

salad — and may actually get your family eating

their veggies! I once served my kids nachos

for dinner (no, I really did). It was one of those

busy afternoons that was leading to an equally

busy evening. But here’s the thing: I began with

corn chips that had a favorable nutrition label

and topped them with Cabot 50% Reduced Fat

Cheddar, low sodium black beans and corn. I

also added small, thinly sliced pieces of leftover

grilled, skinless chicken and a bit of salsa.

While the nachos cooked, the kids nibbled on

baby carrots, sugar snap peas and guacamole.

When all was said and done, my children actually

had a balanced meal and I got to control

the ingredients.

I know it can be tiring and overwhelming to

think about healthful meals for your family. I

also know that is essential for creating a healthful

home that teaches kids how to make good

food choices. I strongly encourage you to find

the time and to carve out a few minutes for meal

planning. If you continue to struggle then give

me a call … I’m happy to help!

Brought to you by local Registered Dietitian and

nutrition expert Allison J Stowell MS, RD, CDN.

In addition to seeing private clients in Mahopac

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that is a girl’s night meets Nutrition 101. She also

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Sports Spotlights: Past, Present & Future

By Ray Gallagher

Spotlight on the Past

Putnam Valley Grad, Erica Wharton

HIGH-FLIER — Putnam Valley’s Erica

Wharton flew past former Tiger greats en route

to a record-setting track and field career.

When anyone from Putnam Valley

High passes Christine Kemp on the list

of all-time track and field greats, that

person has gone ahead and achieved

prime-time status in the land of the Valley.

Kemp, a Skidmore College grad, set

the standard for a brand new track and

field program back in 2007 and one

could now consider the SUNY Cortlandbound

Erica Wharton of similar ilk.

Wharton set school records running the

100-meter, long jump and anchoring the

Tigers’ 4x100-meter team during a senior

year full of bravo. Her PR’s for the year

were worthy of note: 100m: 12.63 AT

(school record), 200m: 26.9 (ties school

record), Long Jump: 17’ 11.5” (school

record), Triple Jump: 35’ 1.25” (school

record), and anchoring the 4x100m: 53.5

(school record) and the stuff that puts

one in rarified PV air.

Her accomplishments this year

brought about the following honors:

Wharton swept the league championship

in her events: 100m, Long, Triple

and 4x100 and went All-League in all

four. She swept her individual events at

the county championship: 100m, Long

and Triple, and made states for the year

— straight season in both long jump and

triple jump — winning both at the state

qualifier meeting. She was also three

one-hundreths of a second from making

it for the 100m and secured All-Section

honors in long jump and triple jump.

“She has been my captain and the

leader of the jumpers and sprinters for

the past two years,” said PV Coach P.J.

Keating. “She is a student of her events

and is like having an additional coach

out there. She runs warm-ups and drills

and can be depended on to run workouts.

She was the typical ‘first in, last

out’ athlete.”

Coaches at SUNY Cortland, where she

is going to continue her sprinting and

jumping career, are getting a gem; not to

mention Putnam Valley’s standard bearer

for future co-eds to shoot for.

Spotlight on the Present

Mahopac Senior, Anthony Berardis

Mahopac senior-in-waiting Anthony

Berardis recently inked a lacrosse scholarship

to Stony Brook, an up-and-coming

Division 1 program in the American

East Conference.


Berardis, a

b l u e - c h i p

p r o s p e c t ,

joining the

ranks of the

10-4 Seawolves

in the

fall of 2012,

Stony Brook

should continue

its ascent


the D-I ranks,

but reigning

Section 1

Class A championMaho-

pac will benefit


year from the services of Berardis in the

spring of 2012.

Anticipated as the go-to middie in

Mahopac’s offense next season, Berardis

will enter the 2012 campaign next

spring without the specter of an uncertain

future weighing on his mind. Having

locked in to Stony Brook, Berardis

can concentrate on repeating as Section

1 champions, something Mahopac hasn’t

done since 2002 when it three-peated.

“Knowing where I’m going now will

definitely let me focus mainly on lacrosse

and my last season in Mahopac,” said Berardis,

who netted 27 goals and 20 assists

last season and reeks of 40-goal potential

in his senior year. “For the 2012 season

I’m looking to improve my strength and

shooting abilities with my off hand,” he

said. “I’m looking forward to the 2012

season and hoping for another Section 1

title to end my senior year.”

Certainly, Mahopac’s present fortunes

and immediate future hinge on

another banner campaign from Berardis.

Highlight clips indicate the highoctane

lefty’s value and versatility to

the 2011 Section 1 champion Indians,

who will see the vast majority of their

set pieces run through Berardis in 2012.

Co-coaches Dave and Mike Haddeland

have molded their prospect and expect

to truly unleash Berardis, who aims to

NEXT BIG THING — Mahopac’s Anthony Berardis is on the fast track.

16 Eventful Magazine - August 2011

e one of the eight All-Americans honored

next spring.

After that, he’ll play in a new arena

with a team under the new management

of Coach Jim Nagle, who backburners

a storied 10-year career at Colgate

(86-64 overall record) for a chance

to build the Long Island-based Seawolves

into a D-I powerhouse in the

mecca of lacrosse.

Spotlight on the Future

Patterson 8th-grader, Chris Palmiero

With the ideal body type for a power

pitcher currently in flourish, Patterson’s

Chris Palmiero has been blessed with

the gift of hitting and throwing a baseball

with above-average prowess. As

both the big stick in the lineup and the

ace of Coach Dan Wilson’s staff, Palmiero

recently led the Patterson Pirates to

the 12-U District 33 Little League championship,

in repeat fashion (2010 11-U


Carmel Rams varsity baseball Manager

Bob Shilling, who works as Wilson’s

right-hand man during the summer season,

is frothing at the mouth over the

prospects of what is sure to be a wonderful

high school career by the time spring

2013 rolls up.

Armed with an array of pitches, Palmiero,

barring any unfortunate health issues,

has the goods to be an all-time Carmel

great. He’s already excelling on the

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60-foot rubber.

“He’s already dominant

on the 60-foot

mound,” Shilling

said in the dugout

during the D-33

tourney. “Everyone

has the feeling that

we’re going to win

when Chris has the

ball. It’s a lot of fun to

watch this kid pitch,”

he said.

But this summer,

the plan is to take

the 12-U Patterson

Pirates on a Little

League tour of duty

few before him have

gone on. Palmiero

recently led Patterson

to the championship

with a tidy

2-1 win over North

Salem, which led to a

run to the NYS sectional


in mid-July where

the Pirates expect to

make an impact.

Palmiero, who also

plays a mean shortstop, was promoting

his diamond tour with power and guile

all spring and summer and it won’t be

long before he makes the varsity scene.

FUTURE ROOTED IN PAST — If the past is an indication of the future,

Patterson eighth-grader-in-waiting Chris Palmiero is a year away from

making a monster splash on the Section 1 baseball scene as a Carmel

Ram with bright prospects.

Indeed, the future of Carmel baseball

looks mighty bright with Palmiero and

his band of buddies hitting Little League

sandlots across the state in preparation

for the big diamond.

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Aug. 7, from 10

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Adopt or foster

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Each adoption/foster

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Pet of the Month

Leilu is a border collie who lives in Lake Carmel,

loves tennis balls, playing soccer with our

neighbor’s dog Maggie, and giving hugs and

kisses. Leilu is a therapy dog with the Good

Dog Foundation and participates in a reading

program at the Kent Library. Cookies of any

kind are her favorite treat. The story of one of

her therapy visits at Vassar Hospital was included

in a recent book, Every Dog Has a Gift.

Eventful’s Pet Spotlight

We want to meet your pet! Send us a photo

and some info, including the breed, hometown,

hobbies, talents and favorite place, toy and

treat. All pets are welcome and encouraged.

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Cycle Your Way Around the County

By Crystal McKenna

Spend a Sunday seeing Putnam County

the way it was meant to be seen — by bicycle!

Try your hand ... er, feet ... at becoming

the next Lance Armstrong and sign

up for the Tour de Putnam, an annual

cycling festival to be held Aug. 28. All cycling

routes will start and end at Veteran’s

Memorial Park in Kent, located on Gipsy

Trail Road off Route 301. Join about 800

to 1,000 cyclists and bike this beautiful

scenic route, which is quite picturesque

during the month of August.

The family-friendly, non-competitive

event includes clearly marked, color-coded

routes; easy-to-follow cue sheets; on-

Photo by Matt Hernandez

site bike mechanics courtesy of Bikeway;

and complimentary massages. Medical

support will be on hand to assist all riders.

Can’t make it to the end? Don’t worry —

the race is fully SAG supported, meaning

you can be picked up along the way.

Cyclists can choose from 15-, 30-, 50-

,75- or 100-mile road routes and mountain

bike loops. All routes travel through

Putnam County.

Check in and registration are from 7:30

a.m. to 9 a.m. All food and water stations

will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 100-mile and 75-mile loops start

from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.; the 50-mile and

30-mile loops start from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30

a.m.; the 15-mile loop starts from 9 a.m.

to 10 a.m.; and the mountain bike loops

start at 9:30 a.m.

The fee is $25 in advance and $30 on the

day of the event. Registration includes a

T-shirt, a healthy picnic lunch, and participants

can check out a DJ. No children

under 12 are allowed to participate, and

participants cannot use bike trailers or

child seats. Helmets are mandatory for all


For free shuttle service from Metro-

North’s Southeast Station, a reservation is

required by Aug. 26. Call 800-470-4854 or

845-225-0381 for more information.

For more information about Tour de

Putnam or to register, visit www.visit 19

usiness beat

Jump Around — With Jumpin’ Jeepers

By Nicole Gallagher

Are you in need of indoor exercise for the little

ones this summer? Look to Jumpin’ Jeepers

at 926 Route 6 in Mahopac to fill the need when

an air conditioned indoor environment is what

you’re looking for. Enjoy a 3,000-square-foot

indoor play center. The open play space is set

up for children ages 1 to 9. It includes an imaginative

play section, a dedicated toddler area,

party rooms, and the Jeepers Café. The café has

a selection of all natural and organic refreshments

as well as gluten-free snacks. Attention

earthy moms: Not only can you and your child

relax in the café with a healthy snack, the facility

performs cleaning with eco-friendly cleaning

products and recycled paper products.

Open seven days a week, Jumpin’ Jeepers

is sporting a new summer schedule. You can

play and party Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to

8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Toy highlights: twolevel

play structure, castle bounce house, imaginative

play station, and an under-3 tot zone

for the little ones. How much to play for a day?

Walk-in admission: unlimited play one child:

$10, first sibling: $9, second sibling: $8. Planning

on more visits? Purchase a 10-visit pass

Many people still believe that the Chamber

of Commerce is composed of a bunch

of local business owners and company executives

with a lot of time on their calendars

who sit around pontificating and eating

hors d’oeuvres. While the Brewster Chamber

of Commerce members do get together

to meet, greet and occasionally eat, they are

not a stodgy club-type group but a highly

valuable resource and an organization of

enthusiastic individuals with a high degree

of positive energy directed toward the support

of the local business and residential community.

Established in 1957, the Brewster Chamber

is dedicated to enriching business, community

and industrial growth and development

in Brewster and Southeast. Businesses, organizations

and agencies choose to be part of the

Brewster Chamber of Commerce because it is

a proactive business leadership organization

that effectively serves its members. Members

recognize that by working together, they can

help build a prosperous, healthy community

for businesses and residents.

To be successful and provide the necessary

support for the membership, a Chamber must

transform itself and adapt to the requirements

The welcome sign for Jumpin’ Jeepers shows a

glimpse of the fun environment they have to offer

for unlimited play: $80/child. Plan on attending

a lot? Annual membership: 1 child: $150/

year, 2 children: $250/year, 3 children: $325

year, 4 children: $400/year. Adults are FREE

of the time. The Chamber needs to stay current

on how businesses and organizations communicate

and market their products and services

in order to keep in “lock-step” with all their

needs and to deliver on them expeditiously. In

other words, the Chamber must get and stay

easily accessible via the multitude of platforms

or media used for business collaboration. The

Brewster Chamber is doing precisely this.

The Brewster Chamber is in the process of

re-vitalizing its website to be more user-friendly

and informative for its rapidly-growing

membership as well as the local residents of

Brewster/Southeast and Putnam County. The

Chamber is increasingly using digital marketing

to inform members of upcoming activities,

events and community items.

with children’s admission.

Jumpin’ Jeepers proudly introduced a new

variety of weekly children’s programs, classes,

and special events including: Story Time, Sundae

Mondays, Create-A-Craft, dance parties

and more. All classes are taught by licensed and

certified professionals. Although the summer

schedule is already in full effect, new programs

will be rolled out in September. Some rules and

tips: Customers are welcome to bring in outside

food to enjoy in the café, but Jumpin’ Jeepers is

a NUT-FREE zone. Parents are responsible for

the supervision of their children and must remain

in the building. Socks are required — no

bare feet.

Co-owners owners — and mothers themselves

of children under 5 — Suzanne Calligan-Courtien,

MA, SLP-CCC, and Jennifer L.

Rowe-Behun, PhD, just celebrated their oneyear

anniversary this past May with a staff

that promises to continue to deliver a friendly,

courteous, and responsible service.

Get more information or sign up to receive

specials and learn about promotions by joining

their mailing list at,

sending an e-mail to

or calling 845-621-4922.

Not Your Father’s Chamber Anymore

The Brewster Chamber of Commerce held a putting

contest during its July meeting.

Membership growth is largely attributable

to the dedication and professionalism

of the leadership team, the highly energetic

and supportive membership and the positive

promotional/media additions that have

been made within the organization.

Many potential members feel that Chambers

are nothing more than members marketing

to one another. This is only part of

what Chambers are about. What it is really

about is the relationship. It may take an investment

of time, but it will eventually be

fruitful. It is unrealistic to expect to walk away

from a Chamber meeting or event with a pocketful

of new clients. However, once members

get to know a person and his or her business,

often they will be connected with someone a

member knows who would benefit by the organization’s

products or services.

In addition to monthly networking meetings,

the Brewster Chamber holds educational

seminars and workshops and plans to continue

seeking topics of interest and value for the


What can the Brewster Chamber do for you?

Contact Rose Aglieco, Executive Director, at

845-279-2477 or

or find them on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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pay it forward

Step Up for Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Support Connection, Inc., a

not-for-profit organization that

provides free support services to

people affected by breast and ovarian

cancer, announces it’s 17th Annual

Support-A-Walk, scheduled

for Sunday, Oct. 2nd at FDR State

Park in Yorktown Heights.

The Support-A-Walk was

founded seventeen years ago by

local residents as a way to increase

awareness about breast and ovarian

cancer. In 2010, more than

9,000 people from across the

Hudson Valley participated in this inspiring

and uplifting community event. Participants

complete a 3-mile walk, often in honor of

loved ones – a celebration of life and a tribute

to those who are affected by breast and ovarian

cancer. Families, friends, co-workers and

teams of walkers are invited to walk together.

Individuals are also welcome to participate.

Proceeds from the Support-A-Walk will help

fund Support Connection’s free, confidential

services and programs for people affected by

breast and ovarian cancer.

Honorary Chairpersons for the Support-

A-Walk are Kacey Morabito Grean of 100.7

WHUD Radio’s “Mike and Kacey in the Morning,”

who will also serve as emcee; and Matt

Sampson of News12 Westchester, who leads

the way for the event’s “Not For Women Only”

campaign which encourages men of all ages

to become involved in the Walk, to salute and

support the courageous women in their lives.

Students are welcome to become involved in

the “Students for Support Connection” campaign,

which enables students of all ages to

volunteer and raise funds.

Additional opportunities to help include:

Online donations at www.supportconnection.

org;Online fundraising, whether or not you

can attend, at;

Tribute Messages displayed

on the Walk path to honor or celebrate

a loved one ($50 by Sept. 12th.)

The event begins at 9:00 a.m. with pre-walk

activities and entertainment (including music

and face painting) and gathering time for teams

of walkers. Welcoming remarks are at 9:15. At

9:30 there will be warm-up and stretching to

music led by staff from Club Fit. At 10:00 a.m.

the ribbon will be cut and the Walk will begin.

Afterwards there will be free refreshments,

music and the Support-A-Walk raffle drawing.

Throughout the morning there will be awareness

jewelry, greeting cards, books and other

merchandise available, as well as information

More than 9,000 people came to FDR Park last year for the Support-A-Walk.

about Support Connection’s free breast and

ovarian cancer support groups, programs and


Pre-registration is recommended.

For information, to

pre-register or donate, call 914-

962-6402 or visit

Support Connection’s mission

is to provide emotional, social

and educational support services

to women, their families

and friends affected by breast

and ovarian cancer. Services include

peer counseling, support

groups, wellness and educational

programs, referral and information

services, and a toll-free cancer information

and support hotline (800-532-4290.) 21

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Now Open: Putnam Valley Grange

Farmer Market at Adams Corners, 128

Mill Street, Putnam Valley on Tuesdays

3 p.m. to 7 p.m. through December. Call

845-284-2230 for more info.

Wednesday, August 3

Rhythm & Blues: Gregory Press performs

rhythm and blues at Putnam Ridge,

46 Mount Ebo Road North, Brewster, at

6:30 p.m. Free, open to the public.

Thursday, August 4

A Capella Sounds: A capella oldies

group The Magic Touch performs at the

Town of Carmel’s 2011 Sunset Concert Series

at Mahopac Chamber Park at Route 6

and Route 6N at 7 p.m.

Coffee and Conversation with Rabbi

Eytan Hammerman: 10 a.m. at the Freight

House Cafe in Mahopac. RSVP to Temple

office at 845-628-6133 to join us for free

coffee and stimulating conversation.

The Sound of Music at Brewster Performing

Arts Center: Held at Brewster

High School, 50 Foggintown Road,

Brewster Aug. 4, 5, 6 at 8 p.m. and Aug.

6 at 2 p.m. Book by Howard Lindsay,

and Russel Crouse, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein

II and music by Richard Rodgers.

All seats are reserved. Prices: Adults

$18, Students/Seniors $15. For tickets

or more info, visit www.brewstertheater

.org or call 845-598-1621.

Saturday, August 6

Friends of Classical Music — Special

Event: An evening of dinner and music

with Eric Grossman, accompanied by pianist

Lida Grossman and violist Midhat

Serbagi. The program will include Handel-

Halvorsen’s Passacaglia for violin and viola,

Saint-Saëns’ Swan for viola and piano,

and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade Melancolique

op.26 and Valse Scherzo op.34 for solo violin

at 6:30 p.m. If you are already a Friend,

e-mail Friends of Classical Music or phone

Arts on the Lake at 845-228-2685 by Aug.

1 to RSVP.

Dog Days Of Summer Adoption Event:

See page 18.

Doll Making Workshop: Cloth Dolls

forever hold a strong affection in our

hearts and minds having been created and

recreated many times over the centuries.

Children will enjoy working with needle

and thread to sew a cloth doll. Learn to design,

cut and sew an old-fashion doll and

finish it with yarn hair and button eyes at

10:30 a.m. at the Southeast Museum at 67

Main St. in Brewster. For more info, call

845-279-7500 or visit

Military Concert: The American Veterans

Historical Museum and The Town

of Patterson will sponsor a live concert of

military, pop and Broadway music. The

concert will be held in the newly air conditioned

Patterson Recreation Center at 65

Front Street, Patterson. The event will be

held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Refreshments

will be available. Admission is free. For information,

call 845-878-7106.

Sunday, August 7

Folk Rock: The Motherlode Trio will

perform folk rock from 5:30 p.m.-7:30

p.m. at Cold Spring’s riverfront bandstand.

The concerts are free to the public. Free

parking is available on village streets and

in the nearby Metro-North train station

parking lot.

Annual Biathlon: 3-mile run followed

by a half-mile swim. Sponsored by the

Taconic Road Runners Club and the Town

of Carmel Recreation and Parks Department.

For more information contact Karen

Davies at 914-302-2082 or go to

to register online or download registration


Monday, August 8

Par Fore Friends: Friends of Don

Smith Golf Outing at Trump National

Golf Club in Hopewell Junction. For

info, e-mail sheriffdonaldsmith@gmail


Golf Outing: The Sixth Annual Golf

Outing to Benefit Support Connection

hosted by Club Fit at Salem Golf Club, 18

Bloomer Road, North Salem, NY. $215 per

golfer. Non-golfers welcome for cocktail

hour/dinner, $75.

Tuesday, August 9

Penny Social: Putnam Lake VFW #9257

to host a Penny Social at 4 Fairfield Drive,

Patterson at 6 p.m. Call 845-279-3376 or

e-mail LadiesAuxVFW9257@hotmail


Thursday, August 11

Coffee and Conversation with Rabbi

Eytan Hammerman: At 11 a.m. at the

Tazza Cafe in the Heritage Hills Shopping

Center in Somers. RSVP at 845-628-6133

to join us for free coffee and a lively discussion.

Ice Cream Party: The End of the Summer

Reading Club Ice Cream Party will

be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the

Mahopac Public Library, 668 Rt. 6, Mahopac

You must qualify to receive a ticket in

order to register for the Ice Cream Party

by completing a minimum of one Reading

Time Log--cross out or color all the boxes

on your Reading Time Log (read a total

of 4 hours) to receive your ticket. Stop by

anytime between 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. to make

your own sundae and bring your camera

for great photo ops with funny photo

stand-ins. For more info, visit www.

or call 845-628-2009.

Friday, August 12

Buskin & Batteau — Summer Concert

at the Kent Town Center: David Buskin

and Robin Batteau evoke a wide range of

emotions in their audiences, ranging from

light-hearted amusement at “ESPN,” or the

pun-filled “Death in Venice,” to a gentle

sense of loss expressed by their beautiful

ballad for the late Kate Wolf, “Never Cry


The concert will be at the Kent Town

Center, 25 Sybil’s Crossing. Because of the

generosity of Friends of Kent Library, Joan

Iacono Law, and Radovich & Dean Music,

the concerts are pay-what-you-wish. Arrive

early with a chair or a lawn blanket.

Picnic food (Magnolia’s sandwiches, Johnny’s

Fire Dogs), drinks and sweets (Johnny

Gelato ice cream) will be available from

6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 13

Doansburg Ensemble: Performances

in Cold Spring and Brewster will spotlight

the duo of flute and harp on Aug. 13 & 14.

For more information e-mail doansburg@

Putnam County International Wine &

Food Festival: See page 7.

LeBlanc’s “Ella”: Michelle LeBlanc

Quintet presents “Ella,” 8 p.m.-10 p.m. at

the Jewish Community Center of Sher-

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Community Events, continued

man, 9 Route 39 South, Sherman CT. $40

for non-JCC members; 860-350-8050,

Scrapbook Event: Learn how to preserve

your family’s history at Boscobel,

1601 Route 9D, Garrison. You will preserve

history in such a way that it will be

enjoyed by generations to come. Whether

it’s a traditional paper style or a digital

version, come learn all you need to know

from Creative Memories representative

Becky Meyer. There will be some supplies

and tools available for your use, raffle tickets

for sale and various Creative Memories

products for purchase. Fee: $20 non-members/$15

members; includes the workshop,

presentation, demonstrations, some

scrapbooking tools for use, coffee and

cookies, free admission to the gardens and

grounds. Pack a light lunch and be sure

to bring your own scrapbooks and photos.

Grounds will be open for picnicking.

Space is limited; advance ticket purchase

strongly recommended. Call 845-265-

3638, Ext. 115 or visit

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to be Italian American. We meet once a month at the VFW Hall in Carmel

and have several cultural events throughout the year!


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Sunday, August 14

Electronica: FM Blanket will perform

folk rock and electronica from 5:30 p.m.-

7:30 p.m. at Cold Spring’s riverfront bandstand.

The concerts are free to the public.

Free parking is available on village streets

and in the nearby Metro-North train station

parking lot.

Contemporary Concert: Good and

Plentie performs contemporary music at

the Town of Carmel’s 2011 Sunset Concert

Series at Mahopac Chamber Park at Route

6 and Route 6N at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, August 17

Free Volleyball Clinic: For students entering

grades 7-12. George Fischer Middle

School, Fair Street, Carmel, from 9 a.m.noon

on Aug. 17 & 19. For info, e-mail

Thursday, August 18

Sunset Concert: Tracy DeLucia performs

country rock at the Town of Carmel’s

2011 Sunset Concert Series at Mahopac

Chamber Park at Route 6 and Route

6N, 7 p.m.

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community calendar

Open House: Introduce Temple Beth

Shalom to your family during their open

house from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Take a tour, meet

the staff and talk to members over a light

meal. Interfaith families warmly welcome.

RSVP to Temple Beth Shalom at 845-628-

6133 or e-mail openhouse@tbsmahopac.


Saturday, August 20

Daniel Nimham Pow Wow: See page 8.

The Art Of Architecture II: Tour a

Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired house on

Petra Island. Thank you to the Massaros

for opening their home on Petra Island in

Lake Mahopac to benefit the Putnam Arts

Council. There will be a personal tour by

Mr. Massaro, which includes the recently

completed cottage renovation, and a boat

ride courtesy of Mahopac Marina. The

tour is limited to 40 people; tickets are $65

and must be pre-purchased (all proceeds

to benefit PAC). There are two morning

tours planned. Call for details and to make

a reservation.

Flower Pounding Workshop: Flower

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at Temple Beth Shalom


August 18th

from 6 - 8 p.m.

Tour our synagogue building, meet with our fabulous staff

and talk with our members, plus enjoy a light meal with us.

2011/12 Hebrew School

Registration in Progress

RSVP Today!

Call Temple Beth Shalom

at 845-628-6133 or e-mail

Interfaith Families

Warmly Welcome

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Putnam and Dutchess Counties

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(845) 628-6133

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community calendar

Community Events, continued

Pounding will have you looking at fresh

flowers in a whole new way. See what

colors emerge as you hammer flowers into

fabric! Learn to make a work of art using

fresh flowers and a clever fabric technique

at 10:30 a.m. at the Southeast Museum at

67 Main St in Brewster. For more info, call

845-279-7500 or visit

Sunday, August 21

Concert: Viktor Antipenko and Eugene

Sirotkine will play a selection of arias and

songs. At Chapel of Our Lady Restoration,

45 Market St., Cold Spring, at 4 p.m.

Bandstand Concert: Buddy Traina

Band will play rock music from 5:30 p.m.-

7:30 p.m. at Cold Spring’s riverfront bandstand.

The concerts is free to the public.

Free parking is available on village streets

and in the nearby Metro-North train station

parking lot.

Wednesday, August 24

Movie Night: Come to Temple Beth

Picture That

is a friendly, family owned

full-service digital

photography company.

We’ll capture any

event’s finest moments

in striking fashion, leaving

no stone unturned.

Every picture is different

as are the requirements

of each client. We will

customize a package

that suits your needs

and budget.


Serving Putnam & Westchester County

Weekend and Evenings Hours

by Appointment

Shalom (760 Rt. 6 at the corner of Croton

Falls Road) for Movie Night at 7 p.m. It’s

free and snacks are provided. Call the TBS

office at 845-628-6133 for more details.

Saturday, August 27

Glass Painting Workshop: Reverse

glass painting was popular in America

during the early 1800s and is found mostly

on clocks and mirrors. The artist painted

the design on one side of the glass and

viewed it on the other side. Join us at 10:30

a.m. to learn how to make you own framed

painted glass at the Southeast Museum at

67 Main St. in Brewster. For more info, call

845-279-7500 or visit

Sunday, August 28

Tour de Putnam: See page 19.

Set to Stun: A performance on modern

rock and pop from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at

Cold Spring’s riverfront bandstand. The

concerts is free to the public. Free parking

is available on village streets and in the

nearby Metro-North train station parking


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Just James: Performance of country

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Upcoming Events

Shabbat: Join Temple Beth Shalom congregants

and Rabbi Eytan Hammerman

for Shabbat at the Lake on Friday, Sept. 2.

Call the TBS office for details at 845-628-


The Most Awesome Race: Sept. 17 at

Thunder Ridge Ski Area. Learn more at

2nd Annual Putnam County Italian

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