New Castle Community eNewsletter 01/20/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 01/20/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

FIRST LEGO League Tournament

Come to the FIRST LEGO League Tournament at Bell Middle School on Saturday, January 21st, 9:25 to 2:45. See 18 local teams, including 8 from Chappaqua, compete in a robotics competition. Using LEGO Mindstorm robots, the teams will compete for high scores in action packed mini rounds. They’ll also present independent research projects on animal and human interactions. This competition is part of a series of tournaments, and winning teams can go all the way to the FLL World Championship. The event is organized by Team Robocracy and will feature their “big” robot, which has won events in NYC, Hudson Valley, and briefly held the world’s high score this season’s FIRST Tech Challenge. We hope to see you there!

Westchester Power Program

As you may know, in May 2016, New Castle residents and businesses joined the Westchester Power program and began receiving electricity supply from The Energy Services Company ConEd Solutions (except for residents and businesses that opted-out). The program provides a fixed rate for green-based electricity and to-date it has saved money vs. Con Ed’s normal program that provides primarily fossil fuel based electricity.The contract for supplying the electricity is now being assigned from Con Ed Solutions to a different company, Constellation New Energy (an Exelon company) THIS CHANGE WILL IN NO WAY IMPACT YOUR SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY OR ITS COST.

The new ESCO must continue to supply New Castle residents and businesses (who have not opted out) under the terms of the contract negotiated with Con Ed Solutions. The fixed rate will not increase during the term of the contract.

Soon you will receive a letter from Con Ed Solutions and Constellation New Energy explaining the above. If you have any questions, please contact Con Ed Solutions at 888-437-1722 or Westchester Power at 914-242-4725. If you still have concerns, please email the New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board at

New Castle Baseball and Softball: Registration is Now Open

Chinese New Year Celebration

Please reserve your free tickets here.

Christmas Tree Pick-Up

Christmas tree pick-up will take place on 1/23. Trees must be free of ornament’s, tinsel, lights, and stands. No artificial trees will be collected (yes they put them out). Any residual yard waste bags will be collected on these dates also.

Special screening of LIFE ANIMATED — Help Greeley Celebrate NISW

Greeley Faculty,
Please join the Greeley PTA and the Chappaqua Special Education Committee as we Celebrate National Inclusive School’s Week.

A Guided Discussion and Special Private Screening: TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 7pm – Greeley iLab

Admission to the screening is free, but registration is required for an accurate headcount. This film is appropriate for adults and students and all are invited to attend. Adults may register to attend with up to two non-high school children. Greeley students should register indpendently. We hope that Greeley students and faculty will attend.

Click HERE to register.

From Academy Award® winning director Roger Ross Williams, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.

Owen’s story is a moving testament to the many ways in which stories can serve as a means of persevering through the dark times.

Visit the Life Animated website here for mroe information.

Watch the trailer here.

Chappaqua Library Events

Empowering Women’s Network: learn how to navigate this next chapter of your life A great resource for women who are single, separated, divorced or widowed.
Tuesday, January 24 @ 7pm

Sheila Spicehandler: Senior VP and Financial Advisor
Paula Saraiva, VP & Relationship Manager
Alan Dubow, Esq, Attorney at Law
James I. Hyer, Esq. Attorney at Law
Dennis Kramer, CPA, Litigation Support and Business Valuation Partner

League of Women Voters Students Inside Albany Conference

League of Women Voters of New Castle Seeks Interested Students to Apply to Attend the 2017 Students Inside Albany ConferenceAre you a high school student with a strong interest in government or politics? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you. The League of Women Voters of New Castle is looking to sponsor a high school student to attend the 2017 Students Inside Albany conference to be held from May 21 to 24, 2017 in Albany. For more information or to obtain a copy of the application, please visit the League’s website. Applications are due February 10, 2017.

Money For Schools/Sustainability Project UPDATE!

Help Chappaqua Schools earn funds
Turn your purchases into Renewable Energy!

Thank you to all who participated and contributed to the district-wide “Money for Schools” and Sustainability program. There is a lot of upside for Amazon Smile, and the BoxTop programs! The funds generated from these programs will be used to purchase energy focused equipment for our schools.

Please take a moment and sign up the Chappaqua Central School District on your Amazon account. Click here for the link which goes straight to the Chappaqua page.

For BoxTops: The next deadline is March 1, 2017 Please save up those box tops (it REALLY helps if they are clipped and grouped into packages of 25 or 50 if possible!). BoxTop deposit boxes are in all 6 schools, as well as the Chappaqua Library, Town Hall, Community Center, and Education Center.

We’ve been working hard to develop the Money For Schools programs to organize the several programs to benefit our Chappaqua School system.

We would like to have the community’s participation in these programs to maximize what we receive. These programs are run at no cost to you or our schools, but provide revenue that will be used for energy saving initiatives. You can read more here

Here is your handy Check list:

1. Box Tops for Education – please clip and deposit box tops (clip and package in envelopes or Ziploc bags in groups of 50 if possible). Deposit at any of our 6 schools, or Library, Town Hall, or Community Center.

2. AmazonSmile: select Chappaqua Central School District, here is the link.

3. Shop Rite: Link your courtesy card and automatically generate box top revenue. (Box Tops is a K-8 program so Greeley isn’t shown) You can do this by going to register here.

4. Stop and Shop, A+ School Rewards (assign one of our 6 schools) If you are a Peapod shopper, that counts too! Here is their program.

Greeley Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Teams Host Annual Free Clinic

The 2017 Chappaqua Challengers vs. The Harlem Wizards!


Walking when it’s dark outside can be dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 75 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur during hours of darkness. New Castle Police want to help residents BE SEEN and stay safe.Residents can stop by the New Castle Police Department and pick up a free pedestrian safety reflector. Officers will also be carrying reflectors in police vehicles to provide to pedestrians walking in dark areas. These reflectors can easily be attached to your clothing or items you carry to help increase your visibility while walking. They can also be used on a dogs collar to make nighttime dog walking safer. Available while supply lasts.

Rob Greenstein Statement: 2016 IN REVIEW

It is again time to reflect on our accomplishments over the past year. As always, we have been busy this year with ongoing projects and new projects that will help to improve the town. I’ve said it again and again; it is truly an honor to serve the citizens of New Castle. Over the past year, I have brought residents into the process and engaged them, listened to your concerns and ideas, and governed in a transparent fashion. I have tried to bring vision and fresh ideas to the table; even if those ideas come from others. And, most important, I have acted in the best interests of the entire community. I am very proud of the progress made throughout the year, and I will mention a few highlights: 

Downtown Streetscape / Infrastructure Improvements
Chappaqua Crossing
Wallace Auditorium – Arts & Culture Committee
Comprehensive Plan Update
Distracted Driving
Railroad Crossing
Co-Existing with Coyotes
My New Castle 311
2017 Budget
New Initiatives
Exceptional People of New Castle
Task Force on Health and Wellness
Community Preparedness Committee
Community Inclusion & Diversity Committee
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Affordable Housing
Commuter Lot – Railroad Parking Permit Fees
120 Sidewalk
Sewage Diversion Project
First Responders
Gun Violence
Coalition for Youth
Sunshine Children’s Home and Rehab Center
Upper Westchester Muslim Society
Ban the Barges

For full details, click here.

Town Board Internship

An internship for college students with the Town Board provides a valuable opportunity to gain a unique view of the inner workings of Town government, as well as gaining professional-level public sector experience. The Town Board works with residents, elected officials, local businesses, community groups and organizations, and federal and state agencies. 5- 6 positions are available. For some positions GIS skills would be a plus, but not required.6-8 weeks stipend amount $1,000-$1500 for the summer.

2017 January & February Senter Street Spotlight!

The mission of the senior program is to promote and enhance the quality of life of adults 60 years and over living in our community. Recreation programs and supportive services are offered daily and encourage independence and involvement in community life. Learn, exercise, create and enhance your life through active living.The official bi-monthly town newsletter is for residents 60 plus and will be mailed or e-mailed upon request. Click here to view the Senter Street Spotlight.

To subscribe a senior would simply have to call the Community Center at 914-238-8888 or email our Recreation Supervisor, Brittany Neider, at You can receive the Senter Street Spotlight via email or regular mail.

A Time to Heal

NCFD No. 1 Sign Up For E-mail Alerts

New Castle Fire District No. 1 2017 Public Outreach

New Castle Fire District No. 1 2017 Meeting Schedule

For additional information, please go here.

Community Calendar – Burbio’s NEW iPhone app

We are excited to announce Burbio’s NEW iPhone app – available in the app store for free! Burbio – our community calendar partner – lets you find school, school sports, library and other New Castle community calendars all in one place, FOLLOW calendars to create your own event feed..sync and add those events on the go.Download the Burbio iPhone App here (or sign up at on our mobile website) and stay up to date with everything going on in our town right from your phone.

Recreation and Parks Commission

The Recreation and Parks Commission develops long term and short term plans for the Town’s parks and sponsors activities for New Castle residents from pre-school to senior citizens. The Commission supervises equipment, operation and maintenance of all facilities; makes rules and regulations governing their use; establishes and collects fees; plans for the future recreation and parks needs of the community; prepares an annual budget to recommend to the Town Board; files an annual report with the Town Board; and makes recommendations to the Town Board for recreational programs to be held jointly with neighboring municipalities, the Chappaqua Library, or with school districts within the town.The Recreation and Parks Commission appoints the Superintendent of Recreation and Parks who supervises New Castle’s professional Recreation Department staff. The Superintendent of Recreation shall administer the policies of the Commission and direct the programs and facilities under its control, but may not exercise the authority of the Commission in its absence.

The facilities and parks under the Recreation and Parks Commission include: Gedney Park, Millwood Park, Recreation Field, Smith Park, Whippoorwill Park, and the Community Center.

Members of the Recreation and Parks Commission are not eligible for reappointment unless the first term was a partial term. All Commission members annually choose the chairman in the first week of February. The Commission may advise the Town Board of any member who misses three consecutive regular meetings or more than four meetings of any kind during the calendar year.

The term is for seven years. The meetings are the first Thursday of every month.

A resume with a cover letter identifying why you would like to become a member of the Recreation and Parks Commission should be submitted to Jill Shapiro, the New Castle Town Administrator at

New Castle Recreation & Parks Winter Programs 2017

New Castle Recreation & Parks
Winter Programs
2017Click here for the program catalog.

Or visit the New Castle Recreation & Parks home page to view the brochure! Registration begins Monday, December 5th at 9:00am!

Chappaqua Continuing Education – Winter Session

The winter session of the Chappaqua Continuing Education program is offering 9 classes in art, fitness and exercise, and world languages. Online registration is now open and spots fill quickly so don’t delay. Click here for more information and to register.

Greeley Sports Boosters

Click here for any Horace Greeley game-day schedules HOME CONTESTS are in BLUE.Come Cheer On Your Quakers!

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