New Castle Community eNewsletter 01/27/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 01/27/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

2017 Comprehensive Plan

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle
This week the Town Board was given an updated draft of the 2017 Comprehensive Plan for their comment and review. The Director of Planning gave a presentation regarding the Plan development process and moving forward towards adopting the document. The presentation can be accessed here.

I would like to thank Sabrina Charney Hull, our Director of Planning, Samantha Leroy, our Assistant Town Planner, and our entire Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, namely Maud Bailey, Gregg Sanzari, Bob Lewis & Chris Roberta, for their commitment, dedication & hard work on this massive undertaking. Besides the four members currently on our Steering Committee, there were six others residents who were sat on this committee. They left. But, one person stayed from beginning to end. And that same person was involved in out last comp plan update in 1989. That person is Maud Bailey! Thank you, Maud.

This process has been going on since October 2012 – when the Town requested Westchester County Department of Planning to develop the Town’s Background Studies. This process has involved an unprecedented amount of community input. The desires, hopes and opinions about New Castle form the basis of the document.

This document represents a real a collaborative community effort. The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee met with the Planning Board, Environmental Review Board, Conservation Board, Beautification Advisory Board, Recreation Commission, Sustainability Advisory Board, Board of Architectural Review, Historical Society and the Landmarks Advisory Committee.

We discussed the history of the plans development, as well as its contents, which include Comprehensive Plan goals that are found within each section as well as the Implementation Table. We also had a demonstration of the comp plan website, which is still under construction.

This comp plan is intended to be a live document easily accessible on the web with links to other information status updates and more. This is a model for other communities to follow, and many communities have already reached out to us for guidance.

I would encourage residents to check out the Town’s website to learn about the Comprehensive Plan update. The Town Board will continue to discuss the document at their meeting on Tuesday, February 7th.

Taxes Due

Second half of school taxes are due without penalty by 01/31/17.

NYC Broadway Trip- “A Bronx Tale” on Wednesday, May 31st- Sign up NOW!

New Castle Senior Activity Group is pleased to announce this spring’s Broadway show! On Wednesday, May 31st please join the Senior Activity Group to see Broadway’s new “A Bronx Tale” at the Longacre Theatre! The price is $65 per person for Orchestra Seating. Price includes ticket and transportation, lunch is on your own! Sign up by February 9th!!!

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 sab@mynewcastle.org.

Millwood Water Treatment Plant: Mike Martus Summer Internship

Since 1999, two six-week engineering internships at the Millwood Water Treatment Plant are available to college engineering major students who are residents of New Castle or Pleasantville. They were established in memory of Town resident Michael Martus, P.E., to honor his help in the establishment and operation of the MWTP in its early days. They carry stipends of $1,800, funded equally by plant operator Aquarion Management Services, the Town of New Castle and the Village of Pleasantville.Through a cooperative effort students will learn by applying their engineering knowledge to the overall functions of the water treatment process. The responsibilities of the Mike Martus Internship include: Collecting and testing water samples, performing jar testing, completing health department reports, participate in maintenance projects and performing relevant research projects. In addition, the intern will be expected to assist in the up keep of the building and grounds. When an intern completes their internship, they will have experienced every aspect of operating and maintaining a water treatment facility.

For further information please call John Young, Plant Manager, at the Millwood Water Treatment Plant at 914-944-0036.

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.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Please reserve your free tickets here.

Greeley Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Teams Host Annual Free Clinic

The 2017 Chappaqua Challengers vs. The Harlem Wizards!

Think Fit For Kids

Think Fit For Kids, which benefits A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure, is back! The 7th annual Family Fitness and Fundraiser will be on Sunday, March 5th from 2pm – 4pm at Club Fit, Briarcliff.Register at thinkfitforkids.org to support pediatric brain cancer research and have a blast in the process!

Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony – February 3 at Scattered Books

Join Girl Scout Troop 2352 in a Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony in front of Scattered Books at 12 pm on Friday, February 3rd. A Peace Pole is “an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family…and it bears the message May Peace Prevail on Earth in different languages.” The troop is thrilled to bring this symbol to our town and our hope is that all in the community can enjoy and embrace it. Scattered Books has graciously offered to have the 8′ tall wooden pole planted in front of the store as a constant reminder of the need for peace. All ages are welcome to join us in dedicating the pole with some words and song.

Cupcake Decorating Event – Sat. Fed 4th 12-2pm at Scattered Books

New Castle Baseball and Softball: Registration is Now Open

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 www.ccsd.ws/sustanability

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.

BE SEEN

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.

Lincoln Center Screen at the Chappaqua Library

Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances This performance was performed at the David H. Koch Theater on May 21, 2014

The curtain rises on a new generation of ballet stars, at the School of American Ballet’s 50th Annual Workshop Performances. The great George Balanchine saw the School as a springboard for his dazzling innovations.

Edith Glass, a former Balanchine dancer, will facilitate. Thursday, Jan. 26 @ 3pm

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

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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To subscribe to the weekly Boosters newsletter with schedules and news, click here.

 

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