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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
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
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
Sports p. 16
Putnam Pets p. 18
Outdoors p. 19
Tour de Putnam
Business Beat p. 20
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
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
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
.thaielephant2.com. 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
We encourage Eventful readers to keep
submitting restaurant suggestions. Share
your favorite local eatery with Nicole at
4 Eventful Magazine - August 2011
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.
Scoops N More
88 Gleneida Ave., Carmel
King Kone Treats Inc.
3119 Route 22, Patterson
Red Rooster Drive-In Inc.
1566 Route 22, Brewster
Bliss Dairy Bar & Grill
4 Cherry Lane, Mahopac
116 Main St., Cold Spring
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theater & the arts
Art is a Conversation for Carmel’s
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
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.”
will be on display
at Dish Bistro and
Wine Bar, where
she works, in Mahopac
at 947 South
Contact and view
Bernard’s work on
her website at www.
6 Eventful Magazine - August 2011
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,”
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
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
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.
For more info, visit www.nimham.com.
8 Eventful Magazine - August 2011
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
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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
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
her commitment level. For those who are
looking to rent, Radovich & Dean offers
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instrument. The great part
about the rental programs
at Radovich & Dean is that
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
atmosphere for musicians to succeed.
Radovich & Dean Music
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drive to help. It is collecting school supplies,
gift cards and monetary donations.
Items that are needed include notebooks,
folders, pens, pencils, crayons, glue sticks,
and more. Donations can be dropped off
at 121 Main Street in Brewster. All items
are asked to be donated by Aug. 26. For
more information, call 845-278-8021 or
visit www.putnamcap.org. Distribution
of the school supplies will take place from
Monday, Aug. 29 through Friday, Sept. 2.
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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
club.com) in Brewster or Strong Learning
Center (845-628-7910, www.stronglearning
.com) will work with students in all areas.
Putnam Tutoring (www.putamtutoring
.com, 914-329-8074) works exclusively and
individually with students in fifth thru eighth
grades. Specializing in math and English language
as well as focusing on remediation, enrichment
and test prep, its services are individualized
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
All-Out Fitness (845-628-0088, www.all
-outfitness.com), located at 862 Route 6 Mahopac,
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.
Jumpin’ Jeepers (845-621-4922, www
.jumpin-jeepers.com), located at 926 US
Route 6 in Mahopac, is more than just an indoor
play area — it has classes for young children
and those with special needs. Co‐owner
Suzanne Calligan‐Courtien, a licensed speech
and language pathologist, teaches a social
skills group for ages 4-6 and another for ages
6-8. It uses music and play activities that work
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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.
tbsmahopac.org) 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
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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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.
GETTING READY FOR SCHOOL
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
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.
AT THE BUS STOP — A. M.
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.
AT THE BUS STOP — P.M.
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
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
• Associate, undergraduate, graduate or certificate
programs within colleges.
• Certifications offered by institutes.
• Professional Training Association conferences
• 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
back to school
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.
Article written by
Marie Montuori-Riffel, Managing Partner
Career Coaching for Success
Educational programs that serve the
Putnam County Community
Carmel School District
845-225-8441, Ext. 450
Cornell Cooperative Extension,
Dutchess Community College
Mahopac School District Adult Education
Mahopac Library Public Computer Center
P/NW BOCES Continuing Education
Westchester Community College
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
.fafsa.ed.gov). 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
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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are soon approaching, getting any kind of
head start on tuition can be beneficial. One
of the most popular vehicles available is a 529
college savings plan. It allows families to save
a significant sum of money in an account designed
specifically for college funding. If proceeds
are used to pay for qualifying higher
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 —
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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14 Eventful Magazine - August 2011
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
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
and Danbury, Stowell is the creator of Guiltless
Soiree, the unique party she hosts in your home
that is a girl’s night meets Nutrition 101. She also
serves as the Nutrition Coordinator for Hannaford
Supermarket (located on Route 6 in Carmel)
and the consulting dietitian to the Guiding Stars
Licensing Company. For more information or to
contact Stowell, visit her websites, www.beyond-
health.com and www.guiltlesssoiree.com or follow
her on Twitter: @GuidingStarsRD.
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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
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
b l u e - c h i p
p r o s p e c t ,
ranks of the
fall of 2012,
the D-I ranks,
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
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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“He’s already dominant
on the 60-foot
said in the dugout
during the D-33
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,”
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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18 Eventful Magazine - August 2011
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
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
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
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 www.jumpin-jeepers.com,
sending an e-mail to email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 www.firstgiving.com/supportconnection/walk2011;
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 www.supportconnection.org.
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.)
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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 www.southeastmuseum.org.
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,
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
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 www.runner.org
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
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
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. mahopaclibrary.org
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 www.bosobel.org.
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A Part of Our
A Home Away
Main: 845-279-4474 Rentals: 845-453-1822
100 Route 312, Brewster, NY 10509
Are you proud to be Italian?
Join the Order Sons of Italy - Fr. Licata Lodge, the organization dedicated
to promoting Italian culture, traditions, language, and contributions
to the U.S. and the world. We exemplify the very best of what it is
to be Italian American. We meet once a month at the VFW Hall in Carmel
and have several cultural events throughout the year!
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
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.
Find us on
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of Italy in America
- Fr. Licata Lodge #2435
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
Flower Pounding Workshop: Flower
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at Temple Beth Shalom
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
Call Temple Beth Shalom
at 845-628-6133 or e-mail
Serving Northern Westchester,
Putnam and Dutchess Counties
Temple Beth Shalom
760 Route 6, Mahopac, NY 10541 (at the corner of Croton Falls Rd)
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 www.southeastmuseum.org.
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
Wednesday, August 24
Movie Night: Come to Temple Beth
is a friendly, family owned
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
Serving Putnam & Westchester County
Weekend and Evenings Hours
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 www.southeastmuseum.org.
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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Wednesday, August 31
Just James: Performance of country
at Putnam Ridge, 46 Mount Ebo Road
North, Brewster, at 6:30 p.m. Free, open to
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
Heritage Festival - September 24 & 25 at
Events subject to change, please
call ahead. For the most up-todate
listings or to submit your own
event, visit eventfulmagazine.com
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