New Castle Community eNewsletter 02/17/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 02/17/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

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.

Classic Broadway Musicals for ages 3-5 at the Wallace Theater

Our DramaBee performers have fun learning a Classic Broadway Musical. At the end of the program there is a show performed on “stage” in costume for family and friends! DramaBee provides the scripts and music for the show to all the children’s parents. Parents and children love singing the songs and practicing lines together during the semester. All shows have been adapted to be age appropriate. This proven educational program was developed by John Fanelli, the founder of Lighthouse Youth Theatre and Standing Ovation Studios based on the 20 + years of developing and delivering educational theatre programs to empower youth. We now bring this same focus to our preschoolers!!More information is available here.

Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Town Supervisor, New Castle
Distracted Driver Diversion Course
Revised Final Draft 2017 Comprehensive Plan
Architectural Review Board
Civility
Town Hall Playground
Millwood Replica Train Station
Millwood Community Garden
Recreation & Parks Smoking Ban

For more information, click here.

Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator, New Castle

After the Storms….
Monday’s Wind Event
Construction Manager RFP for the Down Town Infrastructure Project

For more information, click here.

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

Chappaqua Rotary Charter Night Celebration and Dinner

The Chappaqua Rotary Club’s annual Charter Night Celebration and Dinner will be held at the Kittle House March 4, starting at 6:00. The cost is $70. Here is the information about this year’s honorees:

Community Service Award: Chappaqua Interfaith Council

Chappaqua Interfaith Council promotes understanding, tolerance and acceptance through faith based initiatives. This organization promotes better respect and cooperation among different faiths and ethnic communities. The council builds relationships to encourage understanding.They are involved in Interfaith 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.

The Rotary Paul Harris Award: John Ehrlich

John has fulfilled many roles during his Rotary career including President of Chappaqua Rotary as well as our representative in the District. John has been our chair of the semi annual blood drives.

Student Community Service Award: Ellie Loigman

Ellie is a senior at Horace Greeley High School. She is President of SHARE (Students Have a Responsibility Everywhere). Also a Board Member of the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund. She is also a member of Protege Cares at Lighthouse Youth Theater. Ellie was instrumental in planning the Annual November Spelling Bee to raise monies for the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund.

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

Blood Drive – Chappaqua Fire Department

Amazon Smile – Money for Schools

It has been a great year for our Money for Schools programs! This past school year (2015-16) we all generated $11.5K in additional revenue for our school district. These funds will be used for energy saving initiatives. The district is working with the Green committee to chose projects, but items like wind-powered lighting is an example of items that will be considered.Last year, we generated this revenue from the following sources:

Amazon: $240
Box Tops: $1,890
Stop & Shop: $152
Target: $9,300

An opportunity to generate additional revenue could be from Smile.Amazon, – when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. Sign up and assign Chappaqua Central School District as your designated charity. Thereafter, you need to enter the smile.amazon.com site (rather than just Amazon) to generate the reward. Amazon.com will often prompt you to make the switch, but you have to remember to do that.

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.

Are you Considering Running for the CCSD Board of Ed or Library Board?

Think Fit For Kids

NCFD No.1 Work Session Notice

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.

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.

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, 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!

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.

 

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