New Castle Community eNewsletter 02/10/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 02/10/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

Rotary Charter Night: Community Service Award

Chappaqua Rotary has announced it will give its annual Community Service Award to the Chappaqua Interfaith Council. Club President Dave Shields said this year’s presentation is in recognition of the Council’s efforts to promote understanding, tolerance and acceptance through faith based initiatives.

The members of the council are Baha’I, Chappaqua Friends Meeting, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Church of St. John and St. Mary, First Congregational Church, Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester, and the Upper Westchester Muslim Society.

Representatives of various faiths that participate in the Council, including Jewish, Christian and Muslim congregations, will be present to receive the Award. The award presentation will be part of the Rotary Club’s annual Charter Night celebration and dinner to be held at the Kittle House March 4, starting at 6:00. The cost is $70. Other dignitaries and community leaders will also be present to honor the Council in this particularly relevant and timely mission.

Reservations and information can be obtained by phone or email to Donald Roane, 238 4398; donald.roane@me.com.

CCSD Superintendent Search Notice

The Board of Education is beginning the process of searching for a new superintendent and has asked Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to assist the Board with the process.

As one of the initial steps in the process, the Board would like to seek your input on the desired characteristics and skills that you would like to see in the next superintendent. Please share your thoughts by responding to the survey linked below. As you respond, please remember that all characteristics listed are desirable, but we are interested in knowing your perceptions about which characteristics are most important for the Chappaqua Central School District. Click here to take the Superintendent Search Survey. Please respond by Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Job Posting: Meeting Transcriber

The Town of New Castle is looking for an individual to transcribe meetings into Microsoft word format from the New Castle Zoning Board of Appeals (meetings held monthly) and the New Castle Planning Board (meetings held twice a month). Meetings formats consist of DVD’s and/or streaming video links. Meetings which run anywhere from two to four hours are expected within 7 days of the meeting. Work your own hours in the convenience of your own home. The Hourly rate for this position is $17/Hr.

Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update

Adam Brodsky
Deputy Town Supervisor
After a tremendous push by the Town Administrator, the Development Department, the Department of Public Works and our engineering firm WSP our voluminous and intricate plans to remake our Downtown infrastructure and streetscape went out to bid last week. The construction drawings and details are over 200 pages in length and were sent to 727 vendors who could potentially bid to construct the project. We expect to have bid responses within 4-5 weeks with construction starting in the Spring.  Some work in the downtown will begin as early as March 2017, as Con Ed starts replacing gas mains.   As well, filings for road improvements with NYSDOT was done on January 18.   Lastly, we issued a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to hire a construction manager for this project. This is a massive project which includes infrastructure such as sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water mains, as well as streetscape such as landscape, lighting, sidewalk, curbing and street characteristics.

We want to ensure that our merchants are informed of the details of this construction project and address their concerns.  A few weeks ago the Town Board hosted a presentation for merchants regarding the technical aspects and details of the upcoming Infrastructure and Streetscape project. Here is the video.   A second merchant event will be held at Le Jardin on Friday, Feb 3rd, 8:30 -10a.m. The presentation is open to all but is geared towards the merchants and shops directly impacted by the project.  Topics include project scope and completed project vision for Downtown; project sequencing and plans to minimize impact to merchants (night work vs. day work); the project liaison to merchants; construction manager set-up and location; and communication processes between the project manager and the merchants. Breakfast will be served.  We are also working on a pre-construction merchant outreach survey.   Our merchants can expect monthly project update emails, and we will be establishing a project hotline and email.     We will ensure that access is maintained to all storefronts.   We also want to ensure that additional signage is provided to ensure visibility.    We will also provide marketing support so that residents and visitors are encouraged to continue shopping during the construction period.

We are also committed to keeping residents informed and safe during construction.   We understand construction can be a disruptive.  That is why we’ve updated our Town website to keep residents and the community informed about our infrastructure and streetscape projects and share important notifications.    Use these links to find out more about the project, and you can sign up for project updates: Go to DowntownStrong.com to find out more about the project, and you can sign up for project updates:

  • Construction Information
  • Project Details
  • Contact Information
  • Activity History
  • Documents and Reports

Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Town Supervisor, New Castle
Basketball Court
Compact Car Parking
Comprehensive Plan
Name change
Distracted Driver Diversion Course
Inclusion & Diversity Committee
Chappaqua Youth Volunteers Dedicate Lego Robotics to Ossining Children’s Center FIRST LEGO League Tournament
Clean Energy Community

For more information, click here.

Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator, New Castle

Our Infrastructure Project and Construction Management RFPs have been released!
Second Half of School taxes due TODAY!

For more information, click here.

New Castle Baseball and Softball: Registration is Now Open

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!

New Castle Recreation & Parks: New Programs: Just Added!

Tinkerneering Camp
For grades K-2, 1pm-4pm at the Community Center
More Info and registration available here.Platform Tennis
Grades K- and up, Starts February 24th at Seven Bridges Field Club
More Info and registration available here.

TEACHES Camps
President Week Hoops
A basketball skills camp for grades 2-6 at the Bell School
February 21-24
More Info and registration available here.

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!!!

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.

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!

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.

Blood Drive – Chappaqua Fire Department

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.

NCFD No.1 February Monthly Meeting Postponed

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