New Castle Community eNewsletter 03/10/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 03/10/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

Community Preparedness: Citizen Response to Active Shooter

The ability of the town’s emergency services to respond will be delayed by hours or days after a major incident or disaster. Even when emergency shelters and supplies are made available, neighborhoods could be cut off from using them. During this time residents will need to have resources and be prepared to perform as first responders for themselves, their family and neighbors. Preparing individuals and neighborhoods to fend for themselves when necessary will be the focus of a series of seminars and training sessions offered by New Castles first responders and the Emergency Preparedness Committee.The first session will be held in New Castle Town Hall on April 12, 2017 starting at 7PM. This session titled “Civilian Response to an Active Shooter” will provide information to help citizens be better prepared should they be in the vicinity of an active shooter incident. The session will be instructed by Officers from New Castle’s firearms training unit who have been certified to provide this course.

Change Your Clock Change Your Battery

TThe Chappaqua Fire Department wants to remind everyone when they change their clock on Sunday March 12, to make a change that could save your life – change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.Since 1987, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Energizer batteries have joined forces to raise awareness about the issue that nonworking smoke alarms are often responsible for home fire deaths and injuries. Now, thanks to the participation of residents all across America, and the dedication of more than 6,000 Fire Departments, home fire deaths continue to be on the decline.

According to the IAFC, although 95 percent of homes have smoke detectors, 20 percent do not work due to worn out or missing batteries. With the peak time for home fire fatalities between 10:00pm and 6:00am, when most families are sleeping, an operable smoke detector most often provides the valuable time victims need to get to safety.

NYS Law recent passed requires all NEW battery-operated smoke alarms sold in New York State be equipped with non-removable, 10-year batteries. So when its time to replace your detector (10 years) please ensure that you purchase a new one with a 10 year battery!!!!

***Prior to changing your batteries we highly recommend that you call your Alarm Company to put the system on test so that the Fire Department is not dispatched for a detector inadvertently activating during the battery change.

Exceptional People Committee: Light It Up Blue on April 2nd!

Every year on on April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates its international “Light It Up Blue” campaign to raise awareness of autism. Thousands of iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, schools, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families affected by autism. Individuals everywhere are encouraged to wear blue on that day.

Exceptional People Committee: A Wisp of Air

Rotary Annual Pancake Breakfast & Red Cross Blood Drive

Rotary Annual Pancake Breakfast

The Chappaqua Rotary Club is holding its annual Pancake Breakfast to be held at St. Mary’s Church on South Greeley Ave., April 22, 8:00 to 1:00. Cleanup volunteers will be provided breakfast by the Club in appreciation. So please come and enjoy great food and break bread – well, pancakes – with your friends and neighbors. Tickets will be on sale at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Proceeds of the event will be used by the Club to further its purpose as stated in its motto: “Service Above Self”.

Red Cross Blood Drive

The Chappaqua Rotary Club is holding its annual Red Cross Blood Drive to be held at St. Mary’s Church on South Greeley Ave., April 30, 8:00 to 2:00p. Blood donors will be provided breakfast by the Club in appreciation.

First 24

Have you ever wondered what you and your family would do if lost in the wilderness? Zach Fisher, a Licensed NYS Guide is providing a family day focusing on the essential skills one should know should they find themselves lost in a wilderness situation. This one day program will focus on primitive and modern survival skills as well as how to increase your chances of being found by a rescue crew. Skills will include: Fire building and starting (primitive and modern), knife safety and usage, shelter building, finding and purifying water, basic first aid, nature awareness and observation, etc. The day will consist of games and demonstrations to make it both fun and educational. More information is available here.

Water Safety Seminar

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 available here.

Music Together (ages 0-5) at the New Castle Community Center

Music Together is a research-based, internationally recognized music and movement program for young children and the adults who love them. First offered to the public in 1987, Music Together was a pioneer in the field of early childhood music. Today, its innovative, high-quality curriculum is offered in more then 2,500 centers in 40+ countries. All registered families experience the same music, community, and joy no matter where they are.The Music Together curriculum includes a mix of original songs and traditional tunes from the folk, jazz, and world music traditions in a variety of tonalities and meters. By presenting a range of musical styles from lyrical to blues, folk to boogie, Music Together provides children with a rich music experience that stimulates and supports their growing musical skills and understanding.

Music Together’s nine song collections–each identified by its own color, instrument name, and graphic–are presented in a 3-year cycle of three semesters per year. They are nonsequential, so a family can join at any semester and attend class for 3 full years before cycling back to repeat their first collection.

Schedule and Registration here.

Town Camp Registration Opens March 1st

Tots Camp 2017
Dates: June 26th-August 4th
Hours: 9:ooam – 2:45pm (half days available 9am-12pm)
Ages 3-5 ( 3 yr old, half day only)
Location: Roaring Brook Elementary SchoolCamp Adventure 2017
Dates: June 26th – August 4th
Hours: 8:30am-3pm
Grades: 1st – 4th (entering Fall of 2017)
Location: Seven Bridges Middle SchoolNew This Year – Optional Day Trips – additional fee and registration required. Limited spots available.
Each trip is just $40
Regular Camp Activities will continue on trips days for those campers choosing to not go on trips.

On the Go Travel Camp 2017
Dates: June 26th – August 4th
Hours: 8:30am-3pm* (*please note some trips get back later)
Grades 5th-8th (entering Fall 2017)
Location: Seven Bridges Middle School
Tentative Trip Schedule * Subject to change



LWVNC Conversation with the Supervisor

LWVNC Sparkle for a Cause March 14 Celebrating Women’s History Month

Arts & Culture Committee Update

Lisa S. Katz
I am pleased to report a lot of exciting Arts and Culture happenings in New Castle. Last night the Town Board voted to change the name of the Wallace Auditorium to the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. This will help bring us one step closer to our goal of making this venue the premier destination for arts and culture in northern Westchester.I’m also thrilled to report that the Board also approved the appointment of John Finelli of Lighthouse Youth Theater as our new theater manager. We interviewed many excellent candidates for this position and are thrilled that we were able to bring such a respected and successful artist like John to our community. John will be responsible for booking acts at the Performing Arts Center, as well as for managing the theater. John fully intends work with the some phenomenal promoters to bring high end art, theater, dance, comedy and other events to ChappPAC.

ChappPAC is already being put to great use. Through our recreation department, DramaBee is coming to town and bringing Broadway musicals to pre-school aged children. Our DramaBee performers will spend 9 weeks having fun learning a classic Broadway musical. At the end of the 9 weeks 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. Check out the schedule here.

John will also be running a theater summer camp for older kids and teens this summer. Stay tuned for information on this amazing opportunity.

I want to thank the Arts & Culture Committee for their hard work and dedication. I look forward to reporting on future events at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center soon. In the meantime, join the Arts & Culture Facebook page. for information on events at this fabulous amenity in our community!

Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Town Supervisor, New Castle
Bomb Threats To Jewish Community Centers In Hudson Valley
Revised Final Draft 2017 Comprehensive Plan
Roaring Brook Road
Chappaqua Crossing & Whole Foods
Distracted Driving
Mandate Committee
Millwood 200 Year Anniversary
Westchester County Board Chairman Mike KaplowitzFor more information, click here.

Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator, New Castle

Roaring Brook Road Improvements
Construction Manager Candidate Presentations
Basketball Court Update

For more information, click here.

Chappaqua Orchestra Story Concert

Registration is now open for Chappaqua Continuing Education’s Spring Session

“Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.” – Brian TracyOnline and snail mail registration continues for the Chappaqua Continuing Education’s Spring 2017 Program. With 28 new classes, 37 one-day classes, and plenty of returning favorites, the Chappaqua Continuing Education Spring 2017 Course Catalog offers something for everyone.

Whether you’re curious about digital photography, looking to learn a new language, would like to live a healthier life, or want to improve your culinary skills, please take a moment to review the 70+ classes available in a wide range of categories. Classes fill quickly so don’t delay!

For more information and to register, please visit or call 914-238-7201 x2318. We look forward to seeing you in class!

Chappaqua Library Events

Arm Knitting

Sat. March 11 2:00

Drop those needles and use your arms alone to make a fabulous scarf. This is an adult program but HS students are encouraged to attend. Participants need to bring 2 skeins of super bulky #6 yarn.

Foreign Policy Discussion Group

Mon. March 13 10:00
Latin America in the 21 Century: Crisis, Correction or Continuity
Guest speaker, Christopher Sabatini, Ph.D, School of International Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Lecture: Clean Living 101: How to Reduce Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

Tues. March 14 10:00

As a modern consumer, just how informed are you? Learn how to become an educated and healthier consumer.

Lecturer: Jeanne Schumacher, Ph.D in science and education and has a Certificate through eCornell Center for Nutritional Studies.

Lecture: Confessions of a Reformed Cardiologist: A Plant-based Diet and Your Heart

Thurs. March 16 10:00

Speaker: Dr.Robert Ostfeld, M.D., Msc., FACC, cardiologist and Director, Preventive Cardiology, and founder and director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Medical Center

Cooking Demonstration by Plant-based Gourmet Chef

Thurs. March 16 12:15 following Dr. Ostfeld lecture

Cathy Katin-Grazzini is a cooking instructor, nutritional coach and food blogger.

Author talk: American Birding Association: Field Guide to Birds of New York

Thurs. March 16 7:00

Author Corey Finger is the co-owner and founder of 10,, the nation’s most popular birding blog. He will focus on the birding year from the depths of the winter to spring migration, from the Adirondacks to NYC parks

Cosponsor: Saw Mill River Audubon Society.

March & April 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.

March 21st – Save the Date

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.