New Castle Community eNewsletter 02/16/18

New Castle Community eNewsletter 02/16/18

The New Castle eNewsletter

Donate Blood in Honor is Chris Longhirano

Donate Blood in honor of Chris Longhitano. Saturday, February 17, 2018, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Chappaqua Fire Dept, 491 King Street, Chappaqua. Open to the public….invite your friends and family.

New Castle For Inclusion & Diversity Committee Celebrates Chinese New Year 2018


NEW: New Castle For Inclusion & Diversity Committee Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month is a holiday celebrated every February. The celebration of Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. The New Castle For Inclusion & Diversity Committee celebrates Black History Month by remembering important people, events and achievements of African-Americans.Click here.

NEW: Chappaqua Rotary Club Announcement and Invitation Community Service Award

Chappaqua Rotary has announced it will give its annual Community Service Award to the SPCA of Westchester. The award is given to honor the SPCA for their great efforts to support our community.

The SPCA of Westchester is a no-kill, not-for-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving homeless, abused and abandoned animals and to protecting animals from cruelty and neglect through education and enforcement of humane laws. Dogs are rehabilitated, socialized, and trained. Members of our community work with the dogs to reintroduce them to being with people and living in homes. Dogs become members of the community and used as therapy dogs in nursing homes. Some of their programs include Golden Outreach, Camp Critter, low cost veterinary care (shots spaying and neutering), kids parties.

The award presentation will be part of the Rotary Club’s annual Charter Night celebration and dinner to be held at the Kittle House on Saturday, March 3, starting at 6:00pm. The cost is $70. You can pay at the door or mail checks in advance to Rotary Club of Chappaqua, PO Box 715, Chappaqua, NY 10514. Reservations and information can be obtained by phone or email to Daniel Griffin, 914-238-3734 and

NEW: The Chappaqua Orchestra Benefit Recital 2018

Join Us for a Benefit to support The Chappaqua Orchestra Crabtree’s Kittle House Eleven Kittle Rd, Chappaqua, NY Sunday March 4 at 4:30pm.

Performances by members of TCO and guest artists

Advance Ticket Purchase

$100 per person or $180 for two

To purchase tickets, please visit Benefit Tickets.

More information is available here.

NEW: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – March Concerts

Nothing says I Love You this Valentines Day better than Concert Tickets. Bring your loved one the The Chappaqua Performing Arts Center.

Click here for Edwin McCain.

Click here for Rickie Lee Jones.

NEW: Committee News

Ivy A. Pool
Council Member
I am delighted to be taking on the responsibility of serving as the Town Board liaison to the Community Preparedness Committee. I am looking forward to supporting the work of its chair, Suzanne Kavic, and to working with the Town Hall staff, and Chief Ferry in particular, to improve our town’s emergency response plan and resiliency.

On Tuesday January 30th, I attended a New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Emergency Management Certification and Training certificate program for local public officials, first responder leadership and other partners. Two officers from the Town of New Castle Police Department also attended this half-day training.

The focus of this training was on the State’s emergency management framework and how we, locally, can request support and resources during an emergency. The training included the message that all disasters start and end locally. During the training we learned about some of trends in emergency management that the Town should consider as it revises its emergency response plan:

  • Citizen Preparedness: There is an increasing focus throughout the State on making sure residents are prepared to shelter in place during an emergency. This includes knowledge sharing about things like having a weeks’ worth of water and medications on hand. Citizen preparedness and neighborhood response will be a key focus of the town’s Community Preparedness Committee
  • Communications and Social Media: As we all know, social media can be a powerful resource to help with situational awareness (knowing where the problems are in order to be able to allocate resources), as well as providing information to the public about an incident. On the other hand, towns need to verify information received through social media and contain the spread of misinformation. A Public Information Officer (PIO) workshop will be held in April and I am hoping the Town will be able to send a representative to this session.
  • Vulnerable Populations and Special Needs: Local governments throughout the State are increasingly focused on ensuring that their emergency response plans account for the unique needs of vulnerable populations. This will be another important topic for our Community Preparedness Committee and our Town to tackle, particularly as it relates to identifying these residents and developing a neighborhood-based plan to provide help.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please feel free to reach out to me ( or to Town Administrator Jill Shapiro.

NEW: Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

  • Getting Started with Backyard Poultry
  • Blood Drive
  • 2018 Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Chappaqua Downtown Revitalization
  • ChapLine
  • Electric Shuttle Bus
  • Westchester County Airport Advisory Board
  • Raising the Age for Tobacco & Vape Product Purchases
  • Millwood Sidewalk Improvements Project
  • Habitat
  • RoboChaps
  • Modern Blowdry Bar

For more information, click here.Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator

  • Construction Website Update
  • Electric Sign Board
  • Summer Interns wanted!
  • Housekeeping Note

For more information, click here.

NEW: OPWDD’s Senior Companion Program

PWDD’s Senior Companion Program Become a Senior Companion Today!

Along with the satisfaction of knowing you’re making a difference, Senior Companions receive:

  • A tax-free stipend
  • Paid vacation, sick leave and other benefits
  • A daily meal allowance or a meal
  • Transportation or mileage reimbursement
  • Pre-service and on-going training
  • Senior companions don’t need medical or technical skills, only a willingness to share their time and talents.

The Senior Companion Program offers adults with developmental disabilities:

  • Greater community inclusion
  • A helping hand when needed
  • Socialization opportunities
  • A chance to fine-tune their daily living skills
  • A valued friendship
  • Senior Companions aren’t staff, or program aides, but people who are willing to offer support and friendship to adults with developmental disabilities.

Is becoming a Senior Companion right for you? Senior Companions must:

  • Be at least 55 years old
  • Be able to volunteer 15-40 hours per week
  • Be income eligible
  • Love to help people

INFORMATION LINE 1-(866)-946-9733

Every Person is Connected: Transition to College

Think Fit For Kids, Sunday March 4th

Bring the whole family! Join us for the 8th annual Think Fit For Kids, a fabulous community event for ALL ages, to benefit A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Club Fit Briarcliff. Register/Donate at to support pediatric brain cancer research!

Scam Alert – Property Tax Services

The Town of New Castle Assessor alerts residents to be careful when solicited by property tax services that offer assistance with regard to real property tax exemption and valuation issues.

Town residents routinely receive mailers from property tax services that claim others are ‘paying thousands less’ in local property taxes. These claims can be potentially misleading. The comparisons drawn between properties may disregard physical differences between houses and land, and may also omit algorithmic calculations that bear upon taxation. Additionally, many companies claim to be local, but use UPS Store addresses throughout Westchester County. As a result, residents may be engaging services that lack specific local real estate knowledge. In short, Town residents should be careful that they understand the specifics of engaging any service for this purpose.

Each year, the Town of New Castle Assessor, Josh Herman, IAO, meets individually with nearly 200 local taxpayers to discuss, educate and inform them of the methodology employed as part of the assessment process utilized within the New Castle community. There is no fee for such a meeting, and it is entirely informal. Mr. Herman endeavors to make these meetings relaxed and free of unneeded anxiety. In fact, many of these meetings result in an amicable solution for our residents with regard to their assessments.

Town residents are free to reach out to Mr. Herman in the Assessor’s Office directly and make an appointment with him, should they believe their property is overvalued.

Westchester County Airport Advisory Board

The Town of New Castle is interested in appointing a resident to the Westchester County Airport Advisory Board. The Westchester County Airport Advisory Board is authorized by the County Charter to:

  • Hold meetings of its members at such time and place as the members of the board shall determine.
  • Meet with the airport manager of the county airport or such other appropriate representative of the firm which manages the county airport at such time and place as the members of the board shall determine.
  • Report to the county government, from time to time, on all matters related to the county airport.
  • Meet with any parties and agencies, public and private, interested in the county airport and make recommendations to the county government based on its findings

The Westchester County Airport Advisory Board comprises ten members who serve staggered three-year terms. This includes seven members who shall be residents of the county to be appointed by the County Executive subject to confirmation by the County Board. Six of these members shall also be residents of the areas which are proximate to the Westchester County Airport: one each from the Town of North Castle, the Town of Rye, the Town of Harrison, the Town of Mount Pleasant and the Town of New Castle.Interested residents should complete this form.

NCBSA – 2018 Registration is Now Open!

Concussions: What You Need to Know

For the “Concussion Management Program” piece, please change the title to “Concussions: What You Need to Know” & use the attached graphic instead of the movie graphic

Concussions can happen to the best of us – even the hard headed ones. Northern Westchester Hospital is offering a free program on concussions at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. The program will include a showing of the movie Concussion starring Will Smith. Immediately following the movie a panel of expert clinicians from Northern Westchester Hospital will lead a discussion and a Q&A session.

Saturday, 03/24/18, 1:30 PM
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
480 Bedford Road
Chappaqua, NY 10514

NEW: Global Lyme Alliance’s 1st Annual Breakfast & Panel Discussion

Saw Mill River Audubon Feb-March Events

Saturday February 17, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday March 17, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Saw Mill River Audubon Third Saturday Bird Seed Sale
Pruyn Sanctuary, 275 Millwood Road (Rte 133), Chappaqua, NY 10514

Our Third Saturday seed sales continue through the fall and winter. Bird seed sales benefit the local conservation work of Saw Mill River Audubon. Seed is also available during the week on Mon/Wed/Fri 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Please call 914-666-6503 or email if you are visiting during the week. Bird seed selection and prices are available online.

Sunday February 18, 2018, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Saw Mill River Audubon Third Sunday Walk at Pruyn Sanctuary
Pruyn Sanctuary, Woodmill Road, Chappaqua, NY 10514

Meet at the Woodmill Road trails entrance of Pruyn Sanctuary for a family-friendly walk for adults and young people age 5 and older. No registration needed. Rain or shine.

Please always check our website at before traveling, in case of inclement weather which could cause us to make changes to the outing.

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Saw Mill River Audubon Public Program: How Birders and eBird are Making a Difference

Chappaqua Library, 195 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, NY 10514

Find out how the world’s largest community science project,, is not only helping birders track their sightings but also helping scientists track the impact of changes to climate and habitats. Learn how to start your own year and life list of birds. Discover lesser-known eBird tips and shortcuts. Find out what other birders are seeing in our area. Explore how eBird can help you plan your birding and discover birding hotspots wherever you travel.

Presenter: Anne Swaim, Executive Director, Saw Mill River Audubon.

New Castle Historical Society – Museum Membership Month

Town Camp – Registration Opens March 1st

New Castle Senior Program: Lunch & Learn Lecture Series

Chappaqua PAC Spring Season

Chappaqua PAC Spring Season:

Exclusive Member Access With Code “CHAPP”Edwin McCain
Friday, March 9th at 8:00pm
Soulful Greenville, South Carolina-based singer/songwriter with roots in folk, pop, and Americana, Edwin McCain rose to fame with his hit song “I’ll Be”. Edwin comes to the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center this March.

An Intimate Evening With: Rickie Lee Jones
Friday, March 23rd at 8:00pm
Rickie Lee Jones, a two-time Grammy Award-winning singer (for Best New Artist 1980 and Best Jazz Vocal Collaboration in 1989), musician, songwriter, and producer comes to the PAC this spring. Over the course of a three-decade career, Jones has recorded in various musical styles including R&B, blues, pop, soul, and jazz standards. TICKETS

The Chappaqua Orchestra Presents: Music Is Science!
Sunday, March 25th at 3:00pm
TCO’s annual children’s concert features science educator Dr. Patrick Herak and guest conductor Douglas Droste in Music is Science, an educational and interactive concert introducing children to the orchestra, how scientific principles apply to the mechanics and sounds of musical instruments.

Mary Bridget Davies & Mia Dyson
Merging 21st century blues with classic influences, Mary Bridget Davies brings a refreshing twist to the genre. Mia Dyson is an Australian singer/ songwriter who plays with blues and roots influences. Both artists bring their strong sounds to the Chappaqua PAC this spring.

Bat Out Of Hell: A Tribute To Jim Steinman
A tribute to the music of Jim Steinman, including his work with Meatloaf, Celine Dion, Bonnie Tyler and many others.

Leonardo Sandoval
Friday, May 11th at 8:00pm
Brazilian tap dancer Leonardo Sandoval, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as strong yet fine-boned, capable of authority and nuance, and praised by the New York Times for his rousing choreography, has established a reputation in the tap world and beyond for his musicality and for adding his own Brazilian flavor to the American art of tap dancing.

Calm Together
Saturday, May 12th at 3:00pm
Calm Together is a mass meditation led by Chappaqua’s own local Wellness Educator and Mindfulness Instructor, Daniel Lauter, joined by top area meditation, mindfulness, yoga and wellness teachers and performers.

Also known as Mindful Dan, Meditation DJ, for over 30 years, Daniel has lead an internationally recognized practice, composing for global meditation and mindfulness workshops with an eclectic, world-renown roster of musicians. He is an Integrative Music and Sound Practitioner within the healing arts field of Sound Therapy. He was one of the first to pioneer the experimental performance and vibrational qualities of Crystal Bowls in the United States, and has developed an extensive palette and collection of Sacred Sounds which he brings to his work. This includes didjeridu, ocarinas, rain sticks, crystal bells, crystal gongs, Tibetan and Himalayan bowls, and other Objects d’sound. Stay tuned for full event lineup announcements!!

Help Wanted

Please consider joining one of our volunteer committees. Click on the names to learn more. Here is the application to apply. Please email the completed application to Town Administrator Jill Shapiro,

Recreation & Parks Winter Catalog

The New Castle Recreation & Parks Department is offering some great recreation programming this Winter. Continue to check back as we will continue to add more and more programs for kids, adults and seniors. Stay active in 2018! View Catalog here.

Rec-News Email List

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The Recreation Department works to continually bring new programs and events to the community, and as a result some new programs/events may be added after finalizing the program brochure. If you would like to stay informed of all department happenings, please subscribe to the “RecNews” e-mail list by clicking here.

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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