September 2011 - Eventful Magazine

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This month, the Eventful team is

honored to present a very special

tribute to our local heroes. While I

believe that we should always keep

them in our hearts, we really wanted

to show our support and appreciation

as we mark the 10th anniversary

of 9/11. We reached out to many

emergency responders in hopes that

they would allow us to talk with

them, even though none of them

consider themselves heroes. We are

beyond grateful to those who let us,

but I will say that there are still many

who are not ready to talk. Though

the attacks occurred 10 years ago,

they are very fresh in many minds.

Please help us in honoring our local


As always, I welcome your feedback

at Rebecca@eventfulmagazine




Rebecca Bertoldi


On the Cover

The beautiful 9/11 Memorial

Gate that stands proudly outside

the Mahopac Fire House

Photo by Matt Hernandez


table of contents

september 2011


Never Forget 9/11

Remember Lost Heroes p. 8

Community Memorials p. 9

Honoring Local Heroes p. 10

9/11 Calendar p. 12

Celebrating Your

Community p. 15

departments & columns

Restaurants & Reviews p. 4

Hit the Spot: Dish

Who’s Got It?: Bagels

Putnam Pets p. 6

Theater and the Arts p. 7

PAC’s Photographic Eye Exhibit

Wellness p. 14

The Most Awesome Race

Community p. 16

A monument dedicated to fallen

firefighters outside the Mahopac

Fire Department.

Outdoors p. 17

Hudson River Valley Ramble

Sports p. 18

Business Beat p. 19

Putnam Septic

All-Out Fitness

UMAC of Carmel

Pay It Forward p. 21

Eventful Rewind p. 22

Community Calendar p. 24

estaurants & reviews

Hit tHe Spot:

Story & Photos by Nicole Gallagher

If a quaint bistro and wine bar

that uses the freshest local ingredients

to prepare mouth-watering

foods is your idea of a fine dining experience,

then Dish Bistro should definitely

be on your radar.

New owners Eileen and Georges Zidi have

taken over the helm of this 4-year-old bistro

from its creator Hanna Hopkins, who leaves

big shoes to fill. The Zidis certainly have the

qualifications; they have worked at every

level of bringing wonderful food to your table.

From Georges’ classic French training

and work as an executive chef at fine hotels

and country clubs, to Eileen’s organic farming

and 20 years at Peter Pratt’s Inn, the Zidis

have you covered.

This hidden gem is located in the Mahopac

Plaza on Route 6N behind TD Bank. Small

and intimate, Dish seats about 20 at tables and

an additional eight at the

bar, which is well stocked

and offers a large selection

of international beer and

wines. The small sidewalk

and stairway leading to the

front door are dotted with

planters brimming with

herbs. It whets the appetite

upon approach. The décor

is warm and unassuming.

Local artwork adorns the

wall, creating a great conversion

piece over the dinner


Don’t expect a six-page

menu, but don’t worry; the

items they do prepare are

perfectly arranged. The

fixed dinner menu contains

about eight starters,

three salads and four or

five entrées. There is also

a special menu that adds

a few more offerings using

local ingredients that

are at their seasonal best. The farm-to-table

philosophy is apparent at Dish and your taste

buds will know it.

Our choices for this dinner started with

the Meadow Farm Corn Chowder with pesto

sour cream. The corn used started the day on

the farm and ended in my bowl. If you uttered

the words “sweet corn,” you’d have to be

talking about this soup. It was truly delicious.

Our next choice was the Bistro Burger,


Hudson Valley Cheddar,

chipotle aioli, red

onion, and fries or market

greens. This dish not

only satisfies the burger

yearning, but brings

“burger night” to a new place. The perfectly

grilled burger smothered in toppings, including

the tiny cornichon atop the tasty

bun, is exactly what you wish every burger

could be.

We also chose the Aromatic Marinated

Grilled Skirt Steak with truffle roasted potatoes

and arugula salad. The skirt steak was

very tender and tasty, the potatoes crisp on

the outside and creamy inside. The arugula

salad, paired with cherry tomatoes bursting

with flavor, was simply dressed with lemon

and a little olive oil. The pure, fresh flavors

were a perfect combination. The meals were

seasoned perfectly — all excellent choices.

For dessert, we tasted the crème brûlée

and the chocolate mousse, both prepared

fresh and flawlessly. The mousse was topped

with freshly made whipped cream and newly

picked raspberries. One of, if not the best,

desserts we have sampled in a long time. As

an accompaniment to our dessert we ordered

Old Speckled Hen Linemans Frambroise, a

robust raspberry beer, which complimented

the mousse perfectly while tingling our taste


This meal was delectable from start to

finish. The staff was

friendly and helpful

and took time to answer

questions and

make suggestions.

Dish can go from

empty to packed

with a few swings of

the door, so if you

want to go for dinner,

make a reservation

just to be sure.

For those of you who

appreciate an abundance

of organic

ingredients used to

prepare fabulously

fresh food, your Dish

is waiting for you.

Details: Call 845-

621-DISH to make a

reservation. Closed

Sunday. Open Monday,

4:30 p.m. to 9:30

p.m.; Tuesday, noon

to 9 p.m.; Friday and

Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Price Range: lunch,

$9–$16; dinner, starters to entrees depending

on specials, $6–$28. Children’s menu

available. Attire is casual. Visit for more information.

We encourage Eventful readers to keep

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your favorite local eatery with Nicole at

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Who’s Got It?

By Nicole Gallagher

Back-to-school time means a quick breakfast on the go and

easy lunchbox meals. Stop by any of these local bagel joints to

grab a dozen of your favorites or a custom-made “Sammie” for

the quick get-up-and-go breakfast or lunch. Quick and easy,

New York always does bagels right, and who doesn’t love

a fresh bagel with a favorite spread? These places won’t

provide you with a second-hand bagel; they’re baked

fresh on premise and seasoned by masters of the craft.

Bagel Specialty Shops in Putnam County

City Limits Bagel Cafe Inc.: 961 Rte. 6, Mahopac; 845-621-2336

Carmel Bagel & Deli: 126 Gleneida Ave., Carmel; 845-225-3630;

Simply Bagels: 17 Peekskill Hollow Road, Putnam Valley; 845-284-2875;

Tom Tom Bagel Café: 1515 Rte. 22, Brewster; 845-278-6002.


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foster dad. After a long, active day he loves

to come home and relax. Reggie will make a

wonderful and devoted companion for any

dog lover. He is a lab/hound mix with a slender,

athletic build. Reggie is neutered

and up to date on vaccines.

Call the New Fairfield/Sherman

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Strutt Your Mutt

Don’t miss the Putnam Humane Society’s

2011 Strutt Your Mutt event on Sunday, Sept.

25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Putnam

County Veteran’s Memorial Park in Carmel.

Enjoy doggie contests, demonstrations,

games, raffles, food and more. $10 donation

or $15 for families with multiple dogs. Visit for more info.

Pet of the Month

Meet Genesis!

Genesis is a 5-year-old ferret who has been

with her family since she was 2 months old. She

loves to explore the house and keeps a collection

of her findings under the couch. Cheerios

are Genesis’ favorite treat. And when she needs

a nap, her go-to spot is in a bottom kitchen


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.

Send us your pet online at www.eventful or mail it in to Eventful Magazine,

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Features Editor

Faith Ann Butcher

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Nicole Gallagher

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Crystal McKenna

Art Director

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theater & the arts

Visit PAC’s Fine Art Photography Exhibit

The Putnam Arts Council presents a

collaborative fine art photography exhibit

featuring work by members of the resident

photo group, the Photographic Eye. The

public is invited to attend an opening reception

to meet the artists and view their

work on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 3 p.m.

to 5 p.m. The show will remain on view

through Sept. 25, Tuesday through Friday

The Brewster Chamber of Commerce

is pleased to present the first

sidewalk art show to grace Brewster’s

Main Street on Sunday, Oct. 2 (during

the Brewster Founder’s Day Fair)

and again on Saturday, Oct. 15, from

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pedestrians will

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beginning Sept. 18 from 1 p.m. to

4 p.m., or by appointment, at the Belle

Levine Art Center located at 521 Kennicut

Hill Road in Mahopac.

This exhibit, partially funded by a

community grant from Entergy, offers

free admission and parking and

is part of PAC’s extensive exhibition


PAC’s Photo-Eye group meets monthly

to encourage, critique and network.

Visit for

information about all programs, opportunities

and services for the community,

which are supported by earned revenue;

public, private and corporate donations;

and public funding through the New York

State Council on the Arts (a state agency)

and Putnam County.

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Remembering Those

Lost on 9/11

Among the 2,753 victims who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center,

eight of them were from Putnam County; five were firefighters, two worked in

the World Trade Center and one was a police officer. On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001,

our country united in its mourning and worked together to rebuild from the


We honor those who lost their lives in the devastating tragedy.

Christopher Joseph Blackwell

42, Patterson, FDNY

Christopher Blackwell is remembered

as a fearless but responsible

man who loved his career and his


Like many other firemen, being a public

servant was in Blackwell’s blood; his uncle

was a captain in the New York Fire Department

and his father and grandfather were

both policemen.

Prior to joining the FDNY, he was in the

Air Force, where he served as a firefighter at

Galena Air Force Station in Galena, Alaska.

During his 20 years with the FDNY, where

he was assigned to Rescue Co. 3 in the South

Bronx, Blackwell was considered a specialist

in collapsed buildings and would travel the

country to give lectures to fellow firefighters.

Blackwell left behind his wife Jane and

their three children, Alexandra, Ryan and


George Cain

35, Patterson, FDNY

George Cain was a city fireman

for seven years and was a

member of Ladder Co. 7 from

Manhattan’s Battalion 8. Having

grown up on Long Island,

he moved to Patterson in 1999.

Minutes before his shift ended,

the alarm struck and off the crew went.

Cain was climbing the stairs in search of survivors

when one of the towers collapsed.

He was single and had no children but he

is remembered for his devotion to his two

nephews and one niece.

His mother Rosemary began volunteering

with the Salvation Army down at Ground

Zero. On her first day the remains of her son

were identified. Feeling drawn to the site, she

continues to volunteer and is

now a tour guide at the tribute


An athlete who loved the

outdoors, Cain was in the

midst of preparing for the

New York City marathon.

Stephen Patrick Driscoll

38, Lake Carmel, NYPD

Stephen Driscoll was a New

York City police officer for almost

a decade. As an officer, Driscoll

was transferred to different

units until he found his spot

on Emergency Services Squad

No. 4 in 1998.

Prior to becoming a police officer he

served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee construction

mechanic (from 1981-1985) and also

worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad

Company and Metro North Railroad Company.

Driscoll was an active member of the community.

He was a member of the NYPD Emerald

Society Pipe Band Color Guard, the

NYPD Holy Name Society, the NYPD U.S.

Navy Association, the NYPD Patrolmen’s

Benevolent Association, the New York State

Fraternal Order of Police, and a past volunteer

fireman in the Croton-on-Hudson Fire


Driscoll was a trustee with the New York

State Shields and the Lake Carmel Community


Driscoll’s impact on those around him

is evident by the recognition the community

has given him. The community center

was dedicated as Driscoll Hall on Nov. 11,

2001 and on Nov. 27 of the same year, the

Shields renamed its Medal of Valor as the

P.O. Stephen P. Driscoll Medal of Valor to

honor his memory. In 2002, the NYPD U.S.

The monument at Cornerstone Park that honors our fallen heroes

Navy Association presented the first annual

Stephen P. Driscoll award and in 2003 the

New York State Fraternal Order of Police

formed the Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial


Driscoll also posthumously received the

Medal of Honor from the NYPD on Dec. 4,


He is survived by his wife Ann; son Barry;

parents Patrick and Letitia; siblings Gail,

Sheila, Jeanne, Michelle, and Michael; mother-in-law

Helene; brothers-in-law Billy (retired

FDNY), John (NYPD Sgt.), Joe (NYS

corrections officer); sister-in-law Keri; and

many nieces and nephews.

David Fodor

38, Garrison, accountant at

Fiduciary Trust International

David Fodor was a tax

accountant at Fiduciary

Trust International who

worked on the 90th floor

of the South Tower. He was

also the company’s volunteer

fire marshal. Fodor

was trained to help the

employees through emergency situations. He

is remembered as having taken that responsibility

very seriously. Fodor made sure to get

recertified every year in first aid.

Witnesses who worked with Fodor and

survived recalled seeing him trying to help

people away from the elevators and down the


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He is survived by his wife, Claudia Petrone,

and his brothers William and Richard as

well as his cousin John Nemeth.

Fodor was a poet who had some of his

work published in a Fiduciary Trust publication.

Daniel Harlin

41, Kent, FDNY

Daniel Harlin, a city firefighter,

was a member of Ladder Co.

2, Battalion 8 on East 51st Street.

He was last seen helping people

evacuate the South Tower.

Born and raised in Queens, he moved to

Kent with his wife Debbie in 1991 because

of his love of the outdoors and hunting. Together

they had three children.

Prior to becoming a fireman, Harlin was a

police officer. His heart was in public service;

he spent 15 years between the two careers.

Thomas Kuvejkis

48, Kent Cliffs, FDNY

Thomas Kuvejki, a fireman

with 24 years of experience,

went into the North Tower

with five other members of

Bushwick’s Squad 252, none

of them came back out and

only the remains of two of the


Brewster Elks Lodge, Route 22 and

Milltown Road.


Cornerstone Park, located at the intersection

of Route 52 and Fair Street.


Graymoor Monastery on Route 9

in Garrison (shown below).

firefighters were ever found. Kuvejkis’ was

not one of them.

Kuvejkis was another born-and-bred fireman.

His father, Peter, was a captain in the

department (he died in November 2001) and

his younger brother Timothy was also a firefighter.

He also was a vegetarian and an environmentalist

who had a knack for carpentry and


Born in Brooklyn, he attended high school

and college on Long Island before moving up

to Kent.

Kuvejkis was a public servant and donated

his money and his time doing carpentry

work for the Putnam County Land Trust. He

also originated the idea of his squad adopting

a poor family from St. Barbara’s Roman

Catholic Church for Christmas.

He had a daughter, Kristen, from a previous

marriage and was engaged to Jennifer

Auerhahn. In addition to Timothy, he had a

brother James and three sisters — Christine,

Karen and Kathleen.

Robert Minara

54, Carmel, FDNY

Robert Minara was a Navy veteran

who served in Vietnam and

had been with the NYFD for 24

years as a member of Manhattan’s

Ladder Co. 23.


9/11 Memorial Gate and monument

dedicated to fallen firefighters located at

the Mahopac Fire Department.

He graduated summa cum laude from

John Jay College and was seen as a mentor to

younger firemen.

In addition to being a firefighter, Minara

was the assistant director of safety and security

at St. Joseph’s Medical Center/St. Vincent’s

Hospital Westchester.

He is survived by his wife Paula and stepchildren

Peter and Rosanne Porcelli as well as

two brothers Thomas and Michael Minarovich

and sister Rita O’Reilly.

George Paris

34, Carmel,

Cantor Fitzgerald

George Paris was a

businessman whose

heart was in music. He

played in many bands

and even played gigs in

and around Manhattan. On Sept. 11, 2001,

Paris was working for Cantor Fitzgerald in

the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Although he and his wife Christina had

been together for 11 years, they had only

gotten married on June 20, 2001. He was the

father to 3-month-old Constantina and was a

stepfather to Christina’s daughter Stacy.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business

from Baruch College and was a semester shy

of completing his MBA at Long Island University.

Putnam County 9/11 Memorials

The Bellissimo family of Salem Fence Co. took a photo

with the beautiful gate that they generously donated


Town Hall displays a block of

blackstone facing Rt. 311.

Putnam Valley

Leonard Wagner Memorial Park.

Rose Hill Cemetery’s towers are

made from steel from the World

Trade Center.

The memorial at Brewster Elks Lodge 9

We Appreciate Our Local Heroes

Publisher's Note: There’s no doubt in my mind that we all remember

9/11 quite clearly. Each of us knows exactly where we were when we

heard that a second plane had crashed into the tower. This confirmed

that the crash was not accidental and a wave of uncertainty swept over

us. For a lot of people, the rest of the day was spent keeping their families

close and praying for those who were directly involved in the attack.

But for others, that day was much different. Firemen, police officers

Meet Harry Cardio

Retired Firefighter, Engine 65

Harry Cardio with his granddaughter, Olivia

“I am not a hero … the friends

that I lost are the heroes.”

In 1990, Harry Cardio and his family moved

to Lake Carmel from Astoria, Queens. After

years of traveling through Putnam County to

visit family, he decided this is where he wanted

his children to grow up. His beautiful family

consists of his wife Leslie; his two daughters, Janine

and Kim; their husbands, Greg and Nik; his

son Steven; and his first granddaughter, Olivia.

While Cardio insists he is not a hero, anyone

who knows what he experienced and all

that he did would agree that his actions were

nothing less than heroic. He was in the North

Tower when the South Tower collapsed. When

they exited the building, they were told to head

north. He dove under a truck as the second

tower came down. Only 13 of the 32 firefighters

in his battalion survived and he thinks about

them every day.

During the weeks following the attack, Cardio’s

engine company received a surplus of food

and clothing. They had far more than they needed

and donated much of it to local organizations.

While they were grateful to everyone, there was

an elderly woman who stood out from the rest.

She came to the firehouse with 10 peanut butter

and jelly sandwiches and stated that she did not

have much to give, but needed to show her appreciation.

“She didn’t have to do that,” Cardio

said. “But we knew it came from her heart.”

As I listened to bits and pieces of memories,

Cardio simply said “I was just doing my job.”

While that may be true, he chose to put his

fears aside and helped rescue those who needed

it. There’s a reason they call them “New York’s


Meet Joe Ruocco

Retired NYC Detective, 19th Precinct

Joe Ruocco with his family Alina, Helen and

Amanda and his dog, Autumn

“The hardest part for me was

having to leave my family

behind to go back down to

work not knowing if there

would be more attacks.”

Joe Ruocco has been a resident of Lake Carmel

with his wife Helen and two daughters

Amanda and Alina since 2000. Five years later,

Joe purchased Putnam Septic after leaving the

police force.

After the second plane hit and it was determined

that this was an act of terrorism, Ruocco

was called back down to Manhattan to be on

standby in case there were any other attacks.

While on standby, Joe helped to get in contact

with his fellow officers to help put their families

at ease. He ended his day praying for the entire


In the days after, Ruocco personally helped

families try to locate their loved ones in and

around Ground Zero. His focus was finding

missing people, but he was also able to return

some personal items to people when sifting

through debris. “I always felt it was a bit of a

blessing that the winter remained mild and

there was not too much rain,” Ruocco said. “It

allowed us to get as many identifications done

as we could.”

Like every other precinct, a wide variety of

food was donated daily, from home-baked goods

to fine restaurant meals. The support and generosity

was overwhelming and much appreciated.

and emergency responders put their lives on the line as they would any

other day to help try to contain this horrific tragedy. We tend to take our

local policemen and firemen for granted, but we all had a new appreciation

for them that day. While there is no way to change history, I hope

we can always keep that feeling of appreciation in our hearts and honor

and remember those whose lives were taken from us.

I’m honored to introduce you to some of our local heroes:

Meet Ron Prainito


“I’m even


patriotic now.

I cry every

time I hear

the national


Ron Prainito has Ron Prainito

been working as a tactical paramedic for the

federal government since 1993. He has seen

devastation across the country and went down

to Haiti after the earthquake in January. He

claims that what he saw on 9/11 was the worst

thing he had ever seen in the states.

Prainito was also a captain of the Cortlandt

Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps and

it was in that capacity that he first went down to

the World Trade Center. “We got the page and

a few other paramedics and I left to go down

there,” he said. They got a block away when the

first tower went down.

At Ground Zero, Prainito was helping people

out of the South Tower and said that the hardest

thing to witness was the bodies falling from the sky

of those who chose to jump. Then he remembers

being in the second tower and at one point everyone

yelling to run. “We were with some firefighters

who broke a window into a building and we ran

deep into the other building,” Prainito recalled.

Prainito spent the next two-and-half-days

down there before he returned home to Lake

Peekskill. He returned to Ground Zero as part

of the medical unit of the federal search and

rescue team for another six weeks.

Still a tactical paramedic and logistics chief

for the federal Department of Health and Human

Services, Prainito continues to go to major

catastrophes all over the country. But the terrorist

attacks on 9/11 have left a mark on him.

“I am more patriotic, more so than before,”

Prainito said. “I just start crying; I can’t stop, it

just kind of happens by itself. Even when I am

home and I watch football game it happens. I

am just so proud to be an American and I would

do whatever I have to do for this country.”

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Meet the

Kennedy Brothers

Ed Kennedy

Retired Firefighter, Engine 44

“God gives no man tomorrow

and that is the way

I have to look at it.”

The Kennedy family is like many firemen’s

families — being a public servant is in your

blood. Ed, Mike and Kevin Kennedy, along

with their two brothers and sister, were always

taught by their mother to help someone in


Plus, their father was a police officer for 26

years, their grandfather was a fireman for 35

years, an uncle was a fireman and they still have

a cousin who is a firefighter in Queens.

On 9/11, the brothers all did their share for

their country.

Ed Kennedy was actually already on duty

at Engine 44 on 75th Street in

Manhattan. His company was

called almost immediately to the

scene. When the alarm went off

he was on the phone with his

brother Mike who was off duty

and was visiting his daughter in

Boston. “I told him to stay away

from New York,” Ed Kennedy


Close to the first tower when it

fell, he had no time to run out of

harm’s way; instead he went underneath

a car and was buried for over

five hours.

“I was one of the lucky ones,”

Kennedy said. “It was just one of

those things. I am not a hero. The

guys who did not come back that

day are the heroes.”

“We were just trying to do our

part,” he added. “The nation was under attack;

we tried to put out the fire and rescue

people. Out of 20-and-a-half years I was in

the fire department, that was absolutely my

worst day. I was lucky to get out of there


Now retired from the fire department under

the 9/11 Responders Bill, Kennedy said that he

tries to hold a good outlook on life. “Somebody

told me, ‘Every day is a holiday; every meal is a

banquet,’ and I try to follow that,” he said. “God

gives no man tomorrow and that is the way I

have to look at it.”

When Mike Kennedy heard the alarms go off

in the background when he was on the phone

with Ed, he did not heed his big brother’s advice.

“I was talking to Eddie on the phone

when the second plane hit and I heard all the

Mike Kennedy

Retired FDNY Retired Firefighter

Engine Company 53 Truck 43

“People were just so kind to

one another after the attacks.

It is sad to say but I don’t think

we could get that again unless

there is some sort of tragedy.”

alarms go off for him to head down there and

he said stay as far away from New York as possible.

Meanwhile, I was already in the car driving

down,” he said. He made it from Boston to

Ground Zero in two hours.

“I didn’t know if Eddie was alive or dead because

the last I had heard he was on his way

down there,” Mike recalled. By the end of the

day, the family knew that the eldest brother was


Mike spent the next two weeks at Ground

Zero helping in the rescue and recovery efforts.

He then did a rotation in October and in Febru-

Ed, Jimmy, Kevin, Bill and Michael Kennedy with his son,

Shawn Michael, on his lap

ary. Mike was the person who found the body

of Moira Smith, the only female police officer

who died in the terrorist attack.

“I learned that we are vulnerable, that we give

out to too many other countries when we need

to take care of our own,” Mike said, admitting

that since 2001 he has run the gamut of emotions.

“Al Hagan, president of the FDNY officers’

union, was actually my captain on Truck 43.

The city recently said how they were only letting

family members go down to Ground Zero

on the 10th anniversary of 9/11; they are not

letting any of the first responders. My captain

said, ‘The mayor doesn’t understand everyone

in the fire department is family. A lot of members

are hurt and angry we will not be part of

ceremony at Ground Zero, but I am sure we

Kevin Kennedy

Retired Iron Worker

“Only the people who were

there still carry that feeling

that our whole country had

and it was something that

should never have gone away.”

won’t be shut out of the next terrorist attack.’

I loved working with him and I miss working

with him.

“I really miss the way people were after that,”

Mike said. “People were just so kind to one

another after the attacks. It is sad to say, but I

don’t think we could get that again unless there

is some sort of tragedy. I don’t want it to happen

again, but I just have a feeling it is going to.”

Unlike his brothers, Kevin Kennedy was not

a fireman; he was an iron worker and on the

morning of 9/11, he was working on building

the library at Westchester Community College.

“When I heard about it I

stopped what I was doing and

I went down to help. It is what

my mother would have told me

to do,” he said. In addition to Ed

and Mike, Kevin’s brother Jimmy,

a psychotherapist who lives in

Manhattan, was at Ground Zero

counseling people.

“[My mom] was really afraid

that with all four of us down there

at one time that she might lose all

four us,” Kevin said.

As an iron worker, Kevin

teamed up with an engineer from

the American Red Cross and

helped to figure out what beams

could be cut to assist efforts to

find buried people and fire trucks.

Kevin was at Ground Zero for

two days, but the sense of unity

that the country had immediately following the

attacks has stayed with him.

“There is this movie that has a line ‘We are

at our best when times are worst.’ I think we

should be like that all the time,” he said. “I think

that people have lost touch with it. In the hustle

and bustle of life, too many people forgot how

they felt when the attacks happened.

“I think people should act the way they did

the first few weeks following the attacks. They

all had that sense of being an American,” he

added. “I think that it changed in a lot of people

and only the people who were there still

carry the feeling that our whole country had.

It was something that should never have gone

away. It was something that we should have

had before 9/11, but not have allowed to let

go after.” 11

James Devery

Retired Fire Marshal Supervisor

“If it every happened again,

these crazy guys would go back

in and do it all over again”

John Devery was a fire marshal supervisor

who was investigating a fire on LaFayette St.

on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. He just

finished telling three workers who were running

late not to come in because it was going

to be a quiet day and he had Ronald Bucca

with him. Bucca who was a former Green

Beret and a terrorist specialist was Devery’s

best friend.

Moments later the duo heard yelling and

saw the plane hit the first tower. Already in

their gear they drove the five blocks to the

World Trade Center and went in through

the south side. As they got out of the car,

debris fell and crushed the car.

Bucca and Devery climbed up to the 51st

floor. Devery spotted a woman who was

badly burned who could not make it out on


Prayer vigil at Trinity Lutheran Church at

2103 Route 6 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 845-

279-5181 for details.

Patriot Day Ceremony at 2 Stone Ridge

Road in Brewster.

National Day of Service and Remembrance

at the Southeast Museum. Friends

and neighbors are invited on Sept. 21 at 7

p.m. for a Community Conversation on the

way that New Yorkers and people everywhere

were transformed and interconnected

through service in the aftermath of the tragedy.

This conversation will be centered around

a short, shared reading focused on the ways

people responded to 9/11 through service.

This event is free and refreshments and

all materials will be provided. Please RSVP

at 845-279-7500 or educator@southeast We look forward to having you

join us at this important community event.

Toolkit materials provided by the New York

Council for the Humanities.

Patriot Day Ceremony at Brewster Elks

Lodge, Route 22 and Milltown Road.


9/11 Mass at St. James the Apostle Church

at 14 Gleneida Ave. at 5:30 p.m. Candlelight

procession to Cornerstone Park. Call 845-

225-2079 for details

Candlelight service at Cornerstone Park

her own. “I told Ronny that I would be right

back,” Devery recalled. “Then I scooped the

woman, Ling Young, up and carried her down

10 flights of stairs.” Devery never saw Bucca


Bucca who was up on the 78th floor with

Battalion Chief Orio Palmer was the only fire

marshal ever killed in the line of duty in New

York City.

Devery intended on finding someone to

James Devery (right) with his wife, Patricia (left)

and his daughter June (center)

Remembrance Calendar

on the corner of Fair St. and Gleneida Ave.

Monument contains the names of the eight

Putnam residents who died on 9/11. A color

guard from West Point and the Putnam Chorale

will be in attendance.


Rebirth and Resilience: A 9/11 Observance

will show the documentary Rebirth and

a discussion with the author of the companion

book from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The film follows

the lives of nine people coping with 9/11

over the past decade, and is both a remembrance

of the lives lost and a tribute to the

resilience of the human spirit. A light reception

will follow. Free and open to the public.

Doors open at the The Garrison Institute at

14 Mary’s Way, Route 9D, at 2:30 p.m. For

info or to RSVP, call 845-424-4800 or e-mail


Memorial hike on the George C. Cain trail

at Michael Ciaiola Wildlife Conservation

Park will take place at 12:30 p.m. Trailhead at

Stagecoach Road.

9/11 10th Anniversary Putnam County

Heroes Memorial Candle Light Ceremony

will be held at the Stephen P. Driscoll Memorial

Lodge 704 of the New York State Fraternal

Order of Police on Sunday, Sept. 11. This

year, in the Lodge’s effort to continue to pay

hand Young off to so he could rejoin his partner

in the South Tower, but he could not find

anyone until he took her out of the building a

got a block away. That is when he found an ambulance.

At that point he was going to try to make it

up the North Tower but it started to crumble.

Devery hid behind a truck but the impact of the

building made him flip in the air.

Devery only physically suffered a few scratches.

He remained down at Ground Zero for

about two weeks, when his wife told him it

was time to come home. “None us wanted

to leave. We just want to find everyone,” he


Devery, who was a fireman for eight years

before becoming a fire marshal, retired in

2003 after he realized that he had lost the

gusto needed for the job. “I stopped sending

my guys out at night because I did not want

to lose any body,” he stated.

What amazes Devery is the drive of firemen.

He said, “If [a terrorist attack] ever

happens again, these crazy guys would go

back in and do it all over again.”

homage to our heroes in the military who

answered the call to duty after 9/11 and who

continue to make America what it is today,

the Lodge members are honoring and bestowing

the title of Honorary Chairman to

local LCpl John G. Curtin, USMC, who sacrificed

and suffered severe injuries and loss of

both legs on Feb. 15, 2011, while serving in

Afghanistan. His service and sacrifice along

with those who served before him is symbolic

of everything we aspire to be as Americans.

The Lodge was formed to honor the memory

of Police Officer Driscoll who was killed

in the line of duty as a member of the NYPD

Emergency Services at the World Trade

Center on 9/11. The Lodge embarked on a

project and established the “Putnam Heroes

Monument” located at Cornerstone Park.

Learn more at www.putnamherosmemorial.

org or call 845-345-6704.


“New York Remembers” exhibition at

Mahopac Library 668 Route 6 in Mahopac.

This is one of 30 sites in a state-wide

recognition of the tenth anniversary of the

Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The exhibit

is open from Aug. 29 through September.

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Get your kids — and yourself — up and

moving at this year’s Most Awesome Race,


happening Saturday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. at


the Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Patterson.


The race includes one-, two-, and


three-mile obstacle courses for kids,


parents, and kids at heart. The


obstacles include mud pits, tree


trunks, cargo nets, and more.


Participants will receive a Tshirt,

hat, and goody bag. For

those who just want to watch the

events, the chairlift will be open

to bring you to the top of the


The Most Awesome Race was

created by Larysa DiDio, a celebrity

personal trainer and author

who owns fitness center PFX in


This year, the race has partnered

the Make-A-Wish Foundation

of the Hudson Valley and a

portion of each entrance fee will

be donated to their cause.

“The health and well-being

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participant and $15 for each additional

family member in the race; pay an additional

$5 per race to participate in

multiple races. The one-mile race is for

children ages 5 to 10 who can participate

with their parents; the two-mile race is

for kids ages 10 and up, with or without

their parents; and the three-mile race is

for participants ages 14 and up. There

are four waves for each race — they start

every 60 minutes — and participants

should report to the starting line 15 minutes

before the race begins.

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location that emphasizes the importance

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a Sense of


By Faith Ann Butcher

Putnam County is full of towns and villages

that are small enough to develop a

true sense of community amongst neighbors.

Most municipalities hold an annual

event in the fall to celebrate the common

bond of community that has become embedded

in the Putnam culture.

Putnam Valley Town Day will be held

at Leonard Wager Memorial Park, located

at 156 Oscawana Lake Road, on Saturday,

Sept. 17. The day’s festivities begin at 1 p.m.

with the annual parade, which runs from

and ends at the park. The parade features

vintage cars, Veterans of Foreign Wars

members, town officials and local businesses

as well as horses, the Putnam Valley

Dog Control hayride and, of course,

the PV Fire Department and Ambulance

Corps volunteers and their equipment.

Beginning at 2 p.m., an array of activities

will provide plenty of entertainment

for friends and families. There will be carnival

rides, bouncy houses, a petting zoo,

an art display by Putnam Valley Arts, and

lots of food and other vendors as well as a

DJ. Classic and vintage vehicles from the

Road Knights Car Club will be on display

for all to see.

Then around dusk — at approximately

8:15 p.m. — a fireworks display will close

out the fun. The rain date is Sunday, Sept.


The variety of kid’s rides at last year’s Kent Community Day

Kent Community

Day is scheduled for

Sunday, Sept. 18, from

noon to 5 p.m. at Edward

Ryan Memorial

Park, 43 Park Road. The event will include

fun activities for residents of any age as

well as information booths to let the public

know the valuable resources that are available

to the community.

Kids will have a great time playing on

the inflatables and rides as well as checking

out the exotic animals that accompany

the petting zoo. Seniors will be competing

for prizes in the annual bingo game, which

starts at noon.

DJ Ron Blanco will be spinning the tunes

as families visit different craft vendors and

stop at the concession stand for refreshments.

The Living History Guild will be

conducting a cannon and musket demonstration

at 3 p.m. and “The Singing Sax”

Eliot Rivera will perform at 1 p.m. and 3:30

p.m. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 25.

Patterson will hold its Community Day

on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Veterans Memorial

Park on Maple Avenue from noon to

4 p.m. The park will be filled with various

activities including an obstacle course, a

petting zoo, a rock climbing wall and tractor

rides. DJ Sounds Unlimited will be in

charge of the music and there will be face

painting and local

vendors, too.

Food will be

available through

the Patterson Little

League, Pack 1

Cub Scouts and

Patterson Rec

Corner Café.

The rain date is

Oct. 2.

Some of the family fun at the 2010 Mahopac Street Festvial

Founder’s Day

in the Village

of Brewster celebrates

the birth-

day of Walter Brewster. The day, which will

be full of performances and demonstrations

from local groups and organizations

such O’Sullivan Irish Dancing, Grace Assembly

of God, Brewster High School and

Putnam Chorale, will take place on Sunday,

Oct. 2. The celebration starts at10 a.m.

following the conclusion of the annual

Putnam County Fall Classic Half Marathon

and 5K run, and will continue until

4 p.m. along Main Street in the historic village

of Brewster.

This year the Brewster Chamber of Commerce

will present the first sidewalk art

show to grace Brewster’s Main Street during

the Founder's Day Fair from 10 a.m. to

3 p.m. The sidewalk art show will also run

again on Saturday, Oct. 15.

The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber

of Commerce hosts the annual Community

Street Festival and Merchant Showcase

to celebrate the Town of Carmel. The

event, held this year on Sunday, Oct. 2, will

run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in conjunction

with the Putnam Columbus Day parade.

This year the festival will expand; rather

than merely closing off Route 6N at Community

Chamber Park, the road will be

closed from the Rte.6/6N merge through

Cherry Lane, which means there will be

plenty more fun.

Kids and those young at heart can have

fun on the rides and the rock wall. There

will also be a variety of games and other


*Philipstown does not hold a community

day, but the Village of Cold Spring holds

its annual Community Day Celebration in

July every year. Other hamlets such as Lake

Carmel and Lake Peekskill also hold festivals

during the summer that are exclusive

to their residents. 15


Lake Carmel Families Remember Caitlyn Savio

Matt Hernandez Photos

On Thursday, Aug. 18, families in the Lake Carmel area gathered around

the local beaches for a comminuty-wide candlelight vigil in honor of Caitlyn

Savio, who tragically lost her life in a car accident on I-84.

Savio was a Carmel High School graduate and local lifeguard who will be

deeply missed.

Mahopac Business Owner Wins Trip to LA

Last month, All-Out Fitness owner Neil

Denaut won a trip to Los Angeles from Under

Armour. This company sought the most

active, highly motivated trainers to help put

on an amazing exhibit at IDEA 2011.

There were two contests held to find these

trainers, called the “I WILL” challenges. The

first was athletic and the second was geared

toward networking and education. The top

Girl Scout Reaches $24K Goal for Tennis Courts

Faith Ann Butcher

five male/female scores were flown to Los

Angeles to compete in the finals at the expo.

The trainers were required to film a short

video giving their “I WILL” statements and

to add it to their Combine360 profiles. The

statement was to describe how they would

change the world of fitness. Denaut’s statement

was, “I WILL change the world of fitness

by any means necessary!” With the help

of votes from his Facebook community, Denaut

won the challenge. His profile received

the most votes from clients, friends, and

peers in the industry.

“I entered this contest because going to

IDEA for this great honor helps me to help

everyone else,” Denaut said. “The more that

I can do for someone then the better I do my


On Aug. 24, the newly repaired tennis courts at Mahopac

High School were dedicated to Stephanie Tock. This

hard-working Girl Scout raised nearly $24,000 to resurface

the four courts at the high school and to add two 21-footlong

benches for spectators. Angelo Pugliese of SportTech

Construction, together with Copeland Coating Company,

Inc., donated $10,000 in labor and materials to her project

as well.

Her father, Joseph Tock, said he and his wife Jean “are

supremely proud of Stephanie, who has combined her passions

of tennis and Girl Scouts in a project that enhances

our community, our school, our Varsity Tennis program

and also helps the taxpayers of our town."

In acheiving her goals, Tock is set to earn the Gold Award

in the spring, which is the highest honor in Girl Scouts.

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September Means It’s ‘Time to Ramble’

By Crystal McKenna

Grab a water bottle, throw on your sneakers,

and get out of the house during the 12th Annual

Hudson River Valley Ramble, which aims to

bring people outside to enjoy the area’s distinct

cultural heritage and the natural resources of

the Hudson Valley during the Northeast’s most

beautiful time of the year.

Over three weekends in September — the

10th-11th, 17th-18th, and 24th-25th — more

than 200 guided hikes, cycling and kayaking

tours, estuary explorations, historic site walks

and festivals will be available, and many are

free of charge.

“In 2010, more than 160,000 people participated

in Ramble events, and we expect a

great turnout again this year,” said Mark Castiglione,

acting director of the Hudson River

Valley National Heritage Area and Greenway.

“If it’s September, then it’s time to Ramble. ...

The Ramble demonstrates that celebrating our

natural and cultural resources also provides a

big boost to our regional economy.”

Putnam County events include:

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By Ray Gallagher

Dana Tatnell doesn’t just excel at the three

varsity sports she plays at Putnam Valley

High School. Tatnell is living proof that the

standout three-sport student/athlete, though

a dying breed, can also excel in the classroom.

Every year since her freshman campaign,

Tatnell has played three sports competitively

and has been an All-Section leader in

field hockey and All-Section HM in lacrosse,

while playing to an All-League level on the

basketball court in

addition to shining

in the classroom.

“Dana is the

epitome of the

scholar athlete and

demonstrates the

best of the best

character traits of a

PV High student,”

Assistant Principal

and Putnam

County Legislator

Sam Oliverio said.

“Dana is a remarkable

young woman.”

Perhaps more

impressive than

any of that has

been her Advanced


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ors course load,

which somehow

floats in the 3.80+

GPA range, maintaining

a superior class ranking despite the

lofty aptitude level.

“Having taken four AP courses by the end

of her junior year, and never receiving less

than a 90% in any of her classes, Dana enters

her senior year with a rich and varied academic

background. Dana has drive, stamina,

focus and that enviable trait of going that extra

110% as if it were a walk in the park,” said


A science enthusiast, Tatnell recently applied

to study science at Columbia University

on Saturdays during the upcoming school

year. This is a special program that Columbia

offers to the best and brightest high school

science students across the globe. She was

one of only 200 accepted students from a

pool of more than 5,000 applicants. She was

Student Athlete Spotlight

Putnam Valley Senior, Dana Tatnell

accepted based on the results and her academic

record and qualifying tests.

Consequently, she’ll lean heavier on

academia in college, opting for club sports

over competitive NCAA athletics after her

senior year in high school. For now, though,

she’ll still wear No. 13 and won’t worry

much about the allusions cast by silly superstition,

and her numbers over the course

of her varsity career bear that out. It seems

that whatever Tatnell does, she’s near the top

HIGH HONORS — Putnam Valley High senior Dana Tatnell has been described by high-ranking

administrators as the epitome of a scholar athlete.

of her class, despite the constant carousel of

coaching changes at PV High.

Tatnell has been the one constant on a basketball

team that transitioned from former

Coach Kelly Thompson’s almost unlawful

eviction, to Ed Wallach’s one-and-done session

that made her a better overall player. The

team seeks a third coach this season, Tatnell’s

senior year.

Whoever it is, he or she would be wise to

heed the lexis of Tatnell, who also serves as a

student representative liaison to the PV School

Board. Girls lacrosse coach Katie O’Dell has

been with the program since Tatnell arrived

as a fresh-faced rookie her freshman year. She

has relied on her to be a leader and a trusted

confidant into important internal matters that

surround a building program. She led the

team with 56 goals as a junior after netting 33

as a sophomore.

In field hockey, Tatnell works more on the

defensive end of the field at sweeper, where

scoring opportunities are minimal, but she

adapted well enough to secure an All-League

nod in 2009, before going All-League/All-

Section/All-Elite in 2010. She remains the

lone link to PV’s last field hockey championship

in 2008.

On the hardwood, she had 230 points this

past season and nailed an

All-League nod at point

guard, where she has

started since her freshman

year. She had prided

herself on being the team

leader in assist until renowned

Coach Wallach

and former Euro-pro

Kristi Dini — now head

coach at Briarcliff — impressed

upon her the importance

of being a scorer

during her final two varsity


Tatnell, a summer lifeguard

at Camp Floradan

in Putnam Valley, is an old

soul of sorts, one who listens

to the heartland rock

of Bob Seger at times, yet

she’s just as comfortable

kicking back with the

down-south jukin’ of

Lynyrd Skynyrd or Australian-bred

AC/DC. She

is wise beyond her years and above board

with her peers, and perhaps that explains

why this National Honor Society student is

hanging up her sticks for a go at Biochemical

Engineering next fall, her intended major,

which will also cover her pre-med requisites

so she can apply to med school upon graduation.

Because of her splendid SAT score of 2100

(out of 2400), Tatnell, an exceptional flutist in

the school band, was named a National Merit

Scholar, along with Mu Alpha Theta (Math

Honor Society), Tri-M (Music Honor Society),

and the Science National Honor Society,

all of which should help get Tatnell into

a university of high honor where she’ll likely

flourish and work her way toward the top of

the class.

18 Eventful Magazine - September 2011

After 20 years of commuting

to Manhattan, Joe Ruocco began

seeking a career change that would

keep him closer to home with his

family. “I wanted to start my own

business,” he says, and an ad for a

septic company that was up for sale

provided the opportunity he was

looking for.

The exiting entrepreneur

showed him the ins and outs of the

business, and he’s made a success

of Putnam Septic for the last six

years in Carmel.

Ruocco’s goal was to keep

Putnam Septic a family-owned and

operated business. He is big supporter

of shopping local to keep his tax

dollars working for him and his family.

He believes in offering good service at a

fair price. “I am always up front about the

service costs,” says Ruocco. “I have very

competetitive rates and stay away from

hidden fees.”

In the foreground for him are new

watershed regulations that residents in

Putnam County will also get their fill

of. “It states that every septic has to be

cleaned and inspected every five years,”

he says.

Since most septic companies recommend

a cleaning every two to four years,

residents may find no new responsibilities

added to their agenda. The difference

business beat

Putnam Septic Has More Than Just Great Service

Getting fit and losing weight

begins with knowledge, according

Neil Denaut of All-

Out Fitness in Mahopac. “I try

to educate people that come

through the door because

that’s what really sticks with

them,” he says, and the manner

in which he lost the 60 pounds

that had always followed him

around provides the first example.

Constantly at the table and

steeped in the goodies, he says,

“I was an emotional eater and

exercise turned out to be the


Through college, less definitely

became more as his weight

and fitness insights traveled in

different directions. “I learned what I

was doing wrong; I knew what to do if

I needed to do it again and that I could

teach it to others,” he says.

In turn, he went from giving people fit-

Joe Ruocco, owner of Putnam Septic

ness advice to starting

his own business, but the All-Out Fitness

initial intervention doesn’t begin with

his story. “It’s not about me — I want to

know about them first,” he says.

From there, an overall strategy must

is if the system is compromised or

is leaking to the surface, the company

has to report the problem to

the health department within two

days. “Once the health department

gets involved, you’re on their

schedule, which is immediate and

you’ll have to have it fixed or face

fines,” he says.

Otherwise, a passed test allows

the septic company to file forms

that puts the property owner in

good standing. By 2016, the health

department will identify properties

that do not show up in the system

with the proper paperwork. But

with any luck, people in Putnam

who are used to being on schedule should

be OK. “Most people who pump within

two to four years will never get notified

by the health department,” Ruocco said.

For more information about Putnam Septic,

or to get your septic tank serviced, call

Joe Ruocco at 845-225-1118 or visit www

Fitness Must Be a Way of Life to Work at AOF

All-Out Fitness owner Neil Denaut

(right) encourages his training client.

merge within the confines of

daily life. Like breakfast, lunch,

dinner and work, he says, “You

have to incorporate exercise

into your day.”

That foundation set, it’s not

the only one that needs to be put

in place. Estimating that eight in

10 people are upright impaired,

he says, “We have to move correctly.”

So strengthening the

core and improving posture

with stretching, flexibility and

agility routines are a must.

Kicking into gear, AOF keeps

it fresh by switching it up. “I will

not do the same workout twice,”

he says.

All told, he recommends that

your life must revolve around

your goals and the payoff definitely evens

out. “Everything you do will make up for

it in the end,” he concludes.

For more info visit www.all-outfitness

.com. 19

usiness beat

UMAC Offers Kids Much More Than Self Defense

By Nicole Gallagher

As the calendar hits September, it

brings many of us back to the grind as

summer vacations wind down and the

school year start. As we settle back into

the new school year, this month brings

the thoughts of closing up the pools,

scrapbooking your summer vacation —

or at least downloading the media cards

— and buying school supplies.

One pressing issue that many of us

in Putnam County are dealing with

is: “What are my kids going to do after

school, within a reasonable budget?”

Making sure your child has activities to

keep him or her busy and focused during

the week is paramount. If you’re searching

for something constructive to build

self-confidence and a positive self-image,

look to United Martial Arts Center of


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not only about kicking and punching,

but about changing lives for the better.

UMAC even offers help with bullying.

Renowned Master Paul Melella has developed

a BullyProof Program, where

your child can learn how to cope with

bullying without the physical force or

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With an assortment of classes from

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children, in style, from their

school directly to UMAC in Carmel.

This unique after-school program has

been developed so that your child will

take a martial arts journey that will

teach skills and lessons that last a lifetime.

Children can remain at the school

until 6 p.m. for a low weekly/monthly


UMAC of Carmel Located 114 Old

Route 6, Carmel, NY 10512. Hours:

Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday,

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to regular

classes, UMAC offers after-school

programs, a Dragons Program (for 3- to

5-year-olds), family classes, camp and

birthday parties.

Call 845-225-0008 or visit www.uma for more information.

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On Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, the Professional

Women of Putnam will hold a

special benefit event with proceeds going

to Support Connection, Inc., a not-forprofit

organization that provides free,

confidential support services to people

with breast and ovarian cancer. The event

will take place at Camp Kiwi in Mahopac

at 6 p.m. Admission is $35, which includes

dinner and dessert. A cash bar will

be available.

PWP is a networking group for the

women of Putnam County that provides

its members with a broad array

of opportunities for networking,

sharing information, and professional

development. It was created by Jamie

Imperati in January 2010 out of the

need for local businesswomen to have

a place where they could focus on

their business, networking, and challenges

they face. Imperati’s goal was to

create opportunities for women to be

able to come together and support one


PWP encourages women from a variety

of trades, even the same trades, to

connect and network with one another

in a non-competitive environment

for continued growth opportunities.


PWP to Benefit Support Connection

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During monthly networking meetings

members listen to speakers on a variety

of topics and enjoy the opportunity

to meet and talk with other businesswomen.

In addition, the organization does

what it can to give back to the community.

Several times a year, the networking

meetings are designated to benefit a local

charity. This past July, members had

a private tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright

House on Petra Island in Mahopac, with

proceeds benefiting Putnam Community

Cares and Hillside Food Outreach.

Past events have benefited the American

Heart Association and the Putnam/

Northern Westchester Women’s Resource


At the Sept. 14 event that will benefit

Support Connection there will be

an assortment of vendors on hand,

including Tasteful Treats & Treasures

Gift Baskets, Stella & Dot and Mary

Kay. There will also be a variety of raffles

and prizes. The guest speaker will

be Sara Oppenheim-Somerville, who

will present “An Introduction to Hypnosis:

What it is, what it isn’t, what it

can be used for and how it can help

us achieve health and balance in our

lives.” Oppenheim-Somerville is a

consulting hypnotist and a member

of the National Guild of Hypnotists

and the International Association

of Counselors & Therapists. She

came out of the corporate world

and after successfully battling

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To learn more

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about PWP, to attend the event, or to

inquire about vendor or raffle prize opportunities,

contact info@professional

Founded in 1996, Support Connection

is based in Yorktown Heights,

N.Y., but through its toll-free hotline

and website, it serves people throughout

the country. Services include: oneon-one

peer counseling and support

groups, offering women the opportunity

to connect with other cancer

survivors; ongoing wellness classes;

holistic health workshops; public educational

programs; information and

referral services; and a toll-free cancer

information and support hotline

(1-800-532-4290). To learn more, visit or call

914-962-6402. 21

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community calendar

See Page 15 for Local

Community Day Celebrations

Thursday, September 1

Live Music: Thai Elephant 2 Restaurant

and Bar at 2693 Route 22 in Patterson is

featuring Dusk 2 Dawn Acoustic Guitar on

Thursday from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., and Friday

and Saturday from 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Call 845-319-6294 for more information.

The Putnam/Westchester Metal Detectorists

& Archaeological Society will hold

their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at the Sparkle

Lake Clubhouse, 258 Granite Springs

Road in Yorktown Heights. All are invited to


Friday, September 2

Shabbat at TBS: Join Temple Beth Shalom

congregants and Rabbi Eytan Hammerman

for Shabbat at the Lake. 5 p.m. Tot Shabbat,

5:45 p.m. Shabbat at the Lake followed by

dinner at Temple Beth Shalom at 7 p.m. Call

the TBS office for details at 845-628-6133.

Saturday, September 3

Doansburg Chamber Ensemble: The Ensemble

will feature a string trio with flute.

Artists will include Matthew Goeke, cellist,

Ina Litera, violist, David Steinberg, violinist,

and flutist Christine Smith at 7 p.m. at St.

Mary’s in the Highlands at 1 Chestnut St. in

Cold Spring. $10 general admission, $9 for

seniors and students. For more info, contact

Kyle Kayler at or

call 845-228-4167.

Sunday, September 4

Holiday Weekend Open Sunday: See the

beauty of Stonecrop Gardens at 81 Stonecrop

Lane in Cold Spring. $5 or free for members.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more info, e-mail, call 845-265-2000 or


Doansburg Chamber Ensemble: The Ensemble

will feature a string trio with flute.

Artists will include Matthew Goeke, cellist,

Ina Litera, violist, David Steinberg, violinist,

and flutist Christine Smith at 7 p.m. at Trinity

Lutheran Church, 2103 Route 6 in Brewster.

$10 general admission, $9 for seniors and

students. For more info, contact Kyle Kayler

at or call 845-228-


Friday, September 9

Standard Flower & Horticulture Show:

“United We Stand”: The Brewster-Carmel

Garden Club is presenting a standard flower

and horticulture show, “United We Stand,” to

mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. It will be

held in the Lodge at Tilly Foster Farm, 100

Rte. 312 in Brewster, on Friday, Sept. 9, 2

p.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m.-4

p.m. Admission is free.

Saturday, September 10

Hudson River Valley Ramble: See page 17.

Antique Tractor, Gas Engine & Farm Implements

Show: Featuring an 1890s water

well drilling rig, wood shingle mill, unique

tractors and farm implements, hay rides,

food and drinks. Family fun and a learning

experience for all ages. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday

and Sunday. For more info, contact Jeff

Hyatt at 845-878-7596 or visit www.pcama

Bereavement Sessions: St. John the Evangelist

Bereavement Program will hold its

bereavement program on Sept. 10 as well as

Sept. 24. The program will start at 10 a.m.

and be held at Our Lady Queen of Angels

chapel. All are welcomed. For more info, call

845-628-2006, Ext. 100.

2011 Oktoberfest: The German American

Social Club of Peekskill presents its annual

Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 10, and

Sunday, Sept. 11. This is a two-day celebration

of German foods, beverages, music,

singing and dancing, with fun for the entire

family. 3 p.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, noon-8

p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 per adult

with accompanied children under 14 free.

This year we will feature a band from Germany,

Die Sandler, as well as Bud and Linda

Gramer. In addition, Irish Step Dancers

from the Kelly-Oster school will perform.

This is a rain-or-shine event at 11 Kramers

Pond Road, Putnam Valley. There will be

a special Memorial Ceremony on Sunday

remembering the events of 9/11. For more

info please call 845-528-5800 or visit www

Big Band Concert & Sunset Picnic: Celebrate

the last days of summer on Boscobel’s

great lawn overlooking the majestic Hudson

River at 1601 Route 9D in Garrison. Bring

a picnic supper, listen and dance as the

20-piece Big Band Sound orchestra recreates

the swinging sounds of Count Basie, Glenn

Miller, Duke Ellington and more. Plus, enjoy

a swing dance demonstration by owners and

students of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in

Wappingers Falls. Gates open for picnicking

at 5 p.m., concert is 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Advance

ticket purchase recommended. Adults, $16;

seniors $14; children (6-12), $9; children under

6, free. Friends of Boscobel: Adults, $14.

Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 11, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Call 845-265-3638, Ext. 115 or visit www for more info.

Sunday, September 11

9/11/01 Remembrances: See page 12.

Photographic Eye: See page 7.

Walkabout Tilly Foster Farms: History

tours of the farm at 1 p.m. Meet at the Main

Barn. Wear comfortable walking shoes! Space

is limited. $5/family. Call 845-228-4265 for

information and to reserve your spot. Tilly

Foster Farm is open to the public daily from

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit our collection of rare and

endangered farm animals and antique farm

machinery display. For more events, visit

Tuesday, September 13

Putnam Hospital Center Joint Replacement

Classes: For those individuals having

total hip or knee replacements, Putnam Hospital

Center offers twice-monthly classes to

guide them through the process before their

surgery. Speakers from the Carmel hospital’s

ambulatory surgery unit, pre-admission testing,

nursing, case management and physical

therapy/rehabilitation departments will help

the patient learn what to expect both before

and after the surgery. Upcoming classes are

planned for Sept. 13 and Sept. 27. All classes

will be held 3 p.m.-5 p.m. in the PHC Café

Classroom. For more information, please

contact Paige Brought, PTA, at 845-279-

5711, Ext. 2482.

Wednesday, September 14

Professional Women of Putnam Meeting

Benefiting the Support Connection: See

page 20.

Thursday, September 15

Terrarium Workshop: Join Stonecrop

Gardens at 81 Stonecrop Lane in Cold Spring

from 9 a.m.-noon to learn how to design and

create your own indoor garden. Registration

required. $50 or $40/members. For more

info, e-mail, call 845-

265-2000, or visit

Live Music: Thai Elephant 2 Restaurant

and Bar at 2693 Route 22 in Patterson is

featuring Dusk 2 Dawn Acoustic Guitar on

Thursday from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., and Friday

and Saturday from 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Call 845-319-6294 for more information.

Guided Garden Tour: At the Flower Garden

at Stonecrop Gardens at 81 Stonecrop

Lane in Cold Spring from 6 p.m.-7 p.m., $10

or free/members. Tour Stonecrop’s enclosed

English-style Flower Garden at its peak

Continued on next page

24 Eventful Magazine - September 2011

Community Events, continued

of bloom. For more info, e-mail garden@, call 845-265-2000, or visit

St. Lawrence O’Toole Golf Outing and

Dinner: Honoring Lois Zutell. This year’s

festivities will benefit St. Lawrence O’Toole

Parish. Come play golf or come to our dinner

at Centennial Golf Club on Simpson Road

in Carmel. Hole sponsorships are available.


Free Will and Estate Planning Seminar:

Open to the public. 7 p.m. Michael T. Weber

Community Auditorium, located at Putnam

Hospital Center at 670 Stoneleigh Ave. in

Carmel. The seminar is co-sponsored by

PHC and Merrill Lynch. Learn about the tax

advantages of planning your estate and having

a will. For more info, call 845-279-5711,

Ext. 3583.

Friday, September 16

Scrapbooking Night: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at

Jumpin Jeepers at 926 Route 6 in Mahopac.

Get caught up on scrapping while the kids

play! $15 includes your own table and play

for up to two children ($5 each additional

child). Jumpin Jeepers members: $8 for table.

Advance payment required, non-refundable.

Reserve your table today! Only 20 spots

open. Call 845-621-4922.

Saturday, September 17

The Most Awesome Race: See page 14.

Third Annual Family Polo Day: Bring

the family to The Haviland Hollow Farm at

815 East Brand Road in Patterson to benefit

the Catholic Big Sisters & Big Brothers, a

100-year-old non-profit organization serving

low income families in New York City.

Guests enjoy a luncheon with open bar, a

VIP champagne reception, auction, live

music, and a children’s activity field with

petting zoo from noon-4 p.m. All proceeds

September 10th - 11th, 2011

10am - 4pm

raised will support life-changing programs

for high-risk youth in New York City. For

tickets and sponsorship information, visit

Tag Sale: The Carmel Fire Department

will hold its Auxiliary Tag Sale from 9 a.m.-3

p.m. at the Carmel Fire House at 94 Glenieda

Ave. in Carmel.

One-Day Prepared Childbirth Class:

The Birthing Center at Putnam Hospital

Center will host a one-day prepared

childbirth class from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 670

Stoneleigh Avenue in Carmel. The class,

which is recommended for expectant mothers

in the last trimester of their pregnancy,

is designed to cover all aspects of labor and

delivery, including the Lamaze method and

cesarean section information. Concentration

on conditioning exercises and relaxation

methods is provided; films supplement

individual and group instruction. Registration

is required. $175 per couple with a $25

registration deposit. Class sizes are limited.

Couples should make reservations for the

class in their sixth month. To register or for

more info, call the Birthing Center at PHC

at 845-279-5711, Ext. 2516.

Sunday, September 18

Garden Conservancy Open Day: Featuring

tea in the garden at Stonecrop Gardens

at 81 Stonecrop Lane in Cold Spring from 10

a.m.-5 p.m., $5 or free for members; tea and

cake available for purchase from noon-4 p.m.

For more info, e-mail,

call 845-265-2000, or visit www.stonecrop


Hudson Highlands Land Trust Take-

A-Hike: High Ropes Adventure at Taconic

Outdoor Education Center in Cold Spring,

1 p.m.-4 p.m. Level: moderate/difficult. For

more info, contact HHLT at or


“Kuba Beck, A Holocaust Survivor”:

Holocaust survivor Kuba Beck continues

community calendar

to share his must-hear story with all who

will listen. No longer accompanied by his

wife, Hela, who passed away a few years

ago, Beck’s quiet voice recalls the horrors,

the hunger and the fear that was ever

present in the concentration camps. Beck

will speak at 2 p.m. at the Mahopac Public

Library on Route 6 in Mahopac. Seating

is limited and registration is required for

this program. This program is appropriate

for ages 10 and up. Register online at www, or call 845-628-2009,

Ext. 100.

Monday, September 19

Putnam Best Chefs and Fine Wines: The

United Way of Westchester and Putnam hosts

its third annual Best Chefs and Fine Wines

benefit at The Garrison at 2015 Route 9. Enjoy

signature dishes from some of the county’s

best restaurants while sipping fine wines and

taking in spectacular Hudson River views.

Proceeds will help support healthy living initiatives

(reduce childhood obesity, get healthy

foods to low-income families and steer teens

away from risky behaviors) for Putnam residents.

Tickets are $50 per person in advance

and $60 at the door. 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 21

National Day of Service and Remembrance:

See page 12.

Saturday, September 24

Constitution Island Family Day: Family

Day is a favorite. Bring a picnic lunch and

enjoy boat rides, horse-and-carriage rides,

birds of prey from Teatown Reservation, a

blacksmith, face painting, live music and

numerous scheduled events for the family.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Food cart with fresh grilled

items supplied by Chalet on the Hudson.

Continued on next page

Celebrate High Holidays

at Temple Beth Shalom

Rosh Hashanah begins September 28

Come experience the warmth and friendliness of our

congregation. Be moved by the words of our rabbi,

Eytan Hammerman and the sounds of our cantor,

Jake Feldman. Tickets are always free

for new visitors. Call today to reserve your seat.

Interfaith Families Warmly Welcome

Temple Beth Shalom (845) 628-6133

760 Route 6, Mahopac, NY 10541 25

community calendar

Community Events, continued

2nd Annual Putnam County Italian Heritage

Festival: 11:30 a.m. at Camp Kiwi, 825

Union Valley Road, Carmel.

Hudson Highlands Land Trust Take-

A-Hike: 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Breakneck Ridge

Challenge (a Hudson River Valley Ramble),

Route 9D, north of Cold Spring. Level: Difficult.

For more info, contact HHLT at info@ or 845-424-3358.

The Southeast Museum’s Oral History

Program. 10 a.m. at the museum. This

program will consist of roundtable talks

of long-time residents of the Brewster/

Southeast area. The talks will be recorded

and used for historical research. Topics

of interest include but are not limited to

railroad, reservoir, schooling, Tilly Foster,

Borden milk, the Brewster Standard, Boy

and Girl Scouts, Main Street, icehouse,

fire and police department, local businesses

and everyday life. If you are interested

in participating in this free program,

please e-mail us at info@southeast or director@southeast The Southeast Museum is

located at 67 Main Street in Brewster, 845-


Sunday, September 25

Classical and Contemporary Music: Jon

Klibonoff, piano. A selection of classical and

contemporary music at the Chapel of Our

Lady Restoration, 45 Market Street, Cold

Spring at 4 p.m. Admission is free, donations

are welcome. For more info, call 845-265-

5537 or visit

PHC Reservoir Classic Road Race: At

Putnam Hospital Center. $20 per runner.

Five-mile sanctioned road race and two-mile

run/walk to benefit Putnam Hospital Center.

Sponsored by the Carmel-Kent Lions Club. 8

a.m. race check-in. Call 845-279-5911, Ext.

3007, e-mail

or visit

Putnam County Annual Recovery Walk:

Join Arms Acres from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 75

Seminary Hill Road in Carmel for music,

food, family activities, speakers, a magician,

raffle and more. Free T-shirt for the first 100

adult participants. Walk is rain or shine — no

dogs, no smoking and no alcohol. Registration

is highly recommended by Sept. 21. To

register, contact Susan Attebery at 845-704-

6198 or

Strutt Your Mutt: See page 6.

Dinner Dance: The Italian American

Club presents their annual dinner dance at

Villa Barone Hilltop Manor at 466 Route 6

in Mahopac at 2:30 p.m — an event not to

be missed. Cocktail hour, tremendous dinner,

great music, installation of our honorees

and many raffle prizes. For more info, call

845-628-7175 or visit www.italianamerican

Monday, September 26

Rojas Memorial Golf Tournament: Held

at Mahopac Golf Club, 601 North Lake Blvd

in Mahopac at 12:30 p.m. Shotgun start,

$250 per golfer. Fundraising day of golf, with

lunch, dinner, awards to benefit Putnam

Hospital Center. For more information, call

845-279-5711, Ext. 2963, e-mail

or visit www.putnam

The Tour de Putnam has been rescheduled

to Oct. 16. For more info, go to www

Events subject to change, please

call ahead. For the most up-todate

listings or to submit your own

event, visit

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