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Letter from the Publisher
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
On the Cover
The beautiful 9/11 Memorial
Gate that stands proudly outside
the Mahopac Fire House
Photo by Matt Hernandez
table of contents
Never Forget 9/11
Remember Lost Heroes p. 8
Community Memorials p. 9
Honoring Local Heroes p. 10
9/11 Calendar p. 12
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
Outdoors p. 17
Hudson River Valley Ramble
Sports p. 18
Business Beat p. 19
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
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
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
ingredients used to
fresh food, your Dish
is waiting for you.
Details: Call 845-
621-DISH to make a
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 www.dish
mahopac.com for more information.
We encourage Eventful readers to keep
submitting restaurant suggestions. Share
your favorite local eatery with Nicole at
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Who’s Got It?
By Nicole Gallagher
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; www.simplybagels.com
Tom Tom Bagel Café: 1515 Rte. 22, Brewster; 845-278-6002.
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In Need of a Home
Reggie is about 10
months old and he’s been
waiting for a home since
April! We have no idea
why because he is such a
fantastic dog. He is outgoing
and social with everyone he meets, and
he plays nicely with other dogs, too. Reggie
loves to swim, kayak and go for hikes with his
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
Animal Welfare Society at 203-
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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
www.putnamhuane.org for more info.
Pet of the Month
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
magazine.com or mail it in to Eventful Magazine,
P. O. Box 234, Carmel, NY 10512.
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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
“walk the beat” and enjoy your 10x10
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Members of the Photographic Eye,
a Resident Arts Group of PAC
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Sundays
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 www.putnamartscouncil.com 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.
Display Your Artwork at ArtBeat
exhibit on Main Street. The exhibit
cost is only $25 for both days. If you
are interested in reserving an exhibit
space and becoming part of the pulse
of the art scene in Brewster, please
or call 845-278-0060.
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
In addition to being a firefighter, Minara
was the assistant director of safety and security
at St. Joseph’s Medical Center/St. Vincent’s
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 was a
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.
Leonard Wagner Memorial Park.
Rose Hill Cemetery’s towers are
made from steel from the World
The memorial at Brewster Elks Lodge
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
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 cry every
time I hear
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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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
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
“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
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
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
“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
“[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
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
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
museum.org. 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
Devery intended on finding someone to
James Devery (right) with his wife, Patricia (left)
and his daughter June (center)
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
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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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.
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and so much more. After the race, visit the M
and participate in an array of activities for all a
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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.
The Thunder Ridge Ski Area is a familyfriendly
location that emphasizes the importance
of fitness for all age groups.
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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
Day is scheduled for
Sunday, Sept. 18, from
noon to 5 p.m. at Edward
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
Food will be
the Patterson Little
League, Pack 1
Cub Scouts and
The rain date is
Some of the family fun at the 2010 Mahopac Street Festvial
in the Village
of Brewster celebrates
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
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.
Lake Carmel Families Remember Caitlyn Savio
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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
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
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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
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
best of the best
character traits of a
PV High student,”
Sam Oliverio said.
“Dana is a remarkable
any of that has
been her Advanced
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ors course load,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,”
Since most septic companies recommend
a cleaning every two to four years,
residents may find no new responsibilities
added to their agenda. The difference
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,”
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
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
UMAC has the tools to keep your
child’s mind and body moving this
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take martial arts training to a higher
level — a level where the training is
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
threat of violence.
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which to choose, working parents can
find the answer to unstructured afterschool
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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
Call 845-225-0008 or visit www.uma
centers.com 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
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.
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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
breast cancer, she chose to spend
her time helping
others. A frequent
leader, she has
spoken at SupportConnection
the past. Staff
also be at the
event to share
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about their free
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of Putnam (left) with
Katherine Quinn, Executive
Director of Support
about PWP, to attend the event, or to
inquire about vendor or raffle prize opportunities,
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
www.supportconnection.org or call
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
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
email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
.boscobel.org 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
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 email@example.com, call 845-
265-2000, or visit www.stonecrop.org.
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
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24 Eventful Magazine - September 2011
Community Events, continued
of bloom. For more info, e-mail garden@
stonecrop.org, 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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
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 email@example.com or
“Kuba Beck, A Holocaust Survivor”:
Holocaust survivor Kuba Beck continues
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
.mahopaclibrary.org, or call 845-628-2009,
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.
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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 www.tbsmahopac.org
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@
hhlt.org 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
museum.org or director@southeast
museum.org. 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 www.chapelrestoration.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.putnamhospital.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 eventfulmagazine.com
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