New Castle Community eNewsletter 03/17/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 03/17/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

Youth Civics Action (“YCA”) Committee

The goal of the New Castle Youth Civics Action Committee is to increase youth participation in local government. YCA recognizes that youth should add their voices to local policies, practices and services offered in the communities that concern them. YCA recognizes that youth are valuable stakeholders, capable of contributing to the vibrancy of our communities. YCA teaches democracy by giving young people first-hand experience of decision-making in a democracy. YCA empowers youth to act as advocates for themselves and their peers through identifying and representing the needs of the youth community. YCA is a resource for community problem-solving. YCA advocates for policies and programs for youth. YCA will coordinate with other town committees. YCA will work with parents, agencies, schools, businesses, faith groups, civic groups and community-based organizations that advocate for our youth, YCA will work with non-partisan organizations that encourage youth participation in government. If your kids are interested in joining, please have them email –

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 13, 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.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from New Castle PBA

New Castle PBA express our condolences to the family of FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo who was tragically killed last night in the line of duty.

We would also like to wish everyone a Happy St Patrick’s Day. Be safe!

Fire Hydrants – Keep Them Clear!

Task Force on Health and Wellness: Day of Healing Anniversary Celebration

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

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.

Burbio – and New Castle – is now on Amazon Alexa!

Burbio, our Community Calendar is now on Amazon Alexa, the voice that powers the Amazon Echo, Dot, and associated devices. Every event on Burbio can be found on Alexa!Residents can say, “Alexa, ask Burbio what is happening at the Chappaqua Library?” – and it will answer!

Residents can ask “What is happening in New Castle? – and it will read the community calendar!

With our Community Calendar, residents can find local community, school, sports, activity and event calendars – all in one place. Besides the ability to sync events to your personal digital calendar, every week you will receive an email with weekly events. Signing up takes seconds.

Spring Recreation Program Catalog is Now Available Online – Registration Starts March 20th

View Catalog Here

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 School

New 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



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
BSnow Storm
Close Indian Point
Town Hall Basketball Court
Transgender Bathroom
New Castle Youth Civics Action Committee (“YCA”)
Community Preparedness
Solar Installation Moratorium
Update on the former Chap Rest & Healthy Choice space
Burbio – and New Castle – is now on Amazon Alexa!

For more information, click here.

Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator, New Castle

Snow Storm

For more information, click here.

Chappaqua Orchestra Story Concert

Spring Break Activities for Kids

Teaches has been providing youth programs for 30 years. Our main focus has been on great fundamentals and participation. Our experienced staff and positive format create a great learning environment. We hope you scorch the nets with us this Spring. More information is available here.Primitive Survival Skills

Through the four pillars of survival: Shelter, Water, Fire, and Food, our ancestors were able to not only survive, but thrive in nature. Over the course of the week, students will learn the skills of living in and with nature though games, long-term projects, hands-on exercises and demonstrations. Skills covered will include; Friction fire, primitive shelter building, natural fiber and cordage making, nature movement and observation, tracking, stone tools, basket making, camouflage, bird language, wild edibles, etc. In addition, this program is designed to teach students the importance of independence, awareness, teamwork, communication, and the beauty of living close to nature. Instructor: Zach Fisher, Licended NYS Guide. Information and registration available here.

Aviation Mini Camp

Get ready to go on a high flying adventure and join us for Hobby Quest’s Aviation Quest! We’ll start our journey by going back in history and building the Boeing P-26, a super realistic model using a rubber band powered engine and depicting the first American all-metal production fighter. By next creating the Avatar, we’ll be coming back to today’s technology by building this lightweight, yet durable, free flight electric plane. The Batman hardly needs an introduction. This masked hero’s super cool helicopter will take him to new heights to help complete his quest! Those are just some of the amazing things you’ll build in Aviation Quest. Don’t wait to start your quest – sign up today! Build it! Fly it! Keep it!

Abracadabra Quest

If illusions and mysterious feats are your favorite way to impress people, join us in Abracadabra Quest and learn how to become a real magician today! In this magical Quest, we will teach you everything you need to know to become a real performing magician! You’ll learn all of the secrets that have been guarded for centuries by magicians! Reading your audience’s minds will be a piece of cake after you learn our “Mind Reading Paper” and “Dice Prediction” tricks! Next you’ll discover the “Magic Blank Deck”, where you will dazzle your friends and family by turning a blank deck into an actual deck of playing cards right in front of their eyes! Some tricks will amaze even the most seasoned magicians, like when you turn one die into a bunch of smaller die with the “Color Exploding Dice” trick! If that wasn’t enough, we’ll make sure your parents get a chance to see exactly how fascinating your performance is by inviting them in for a real magic show at the end of the semester! So if you’re ready to learn how to do some REAL magic, sign up for Abracadabra Quest today! Learn it! Perform it! Keep it! More information is available here.

Fun Ball

This one of a kind, unique camp combines the great gym games and cardio games that Coach Herodes and Coach W. have created over their many years of teaching gym class. Fun Ball is the evolutionary change to Dodge Ball that has made the game faster paced, more exciting, more challenging and all players are engaged throughout the game.Must register for 2 or more days. Information and registration is available here.

LWVNC Sparkle for a Cause March 28 Celebrating Women’s History Month

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast this Weekend!

Come in from the cold and see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast this weekend. Performed by Robert E Bell Theatre Company, you will put under an enchanted spell.

Tickets are still on sale for $20.00 and $15.00

Shows are: Friday March 17th at 7:30PM
Saturday March 18th at 11:00AM, 3:00PM and 7:00PM

You can purchase your tickets at:

All shows take place at Seven Bridges Middle School.

Greeley Senior Musical

The Horace Greeley Senior Class (2017) is thrilled to present “Grease” on March 30, March 31 and April 1. The Senior Musical, as it is known, is a wonderful senior only production. Seniors commemorate their final year together in this hallowed Greeley community tradition, while proceeds of the show benefit the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund. Due to its popularity, the shows will sell out soon!

All seats – $20

Show dates:
Thursday, March 30th at 7pm
Friday, March 31st at 8pm
Saturday, April 1st at 2pm and 8pm

To purchase tickets, click here.

Babysitting Night at Greeley (3/31)

Join us in the Greeley gym for an exciting evening of Fun and Food. Allow our student babysitters to watch over your kids while you enjoy a night out! Tons of games and activities are planned! This is not an event to miss! Pizza to be ordered for dinner (Feel free to bring Peanut-Free Snacks as an alternative) For Elementary School Kids

From 5-8 pm

$10 per child



First Congregational Church: Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

First Congregational Church: Youth Shoe Drive

New Castle Historical Society: Women’s History Month/History of Croton Dams & Water

Spring into History Lecture Series
Evening Talk: Women in Hudson Valley History
at the Horace Greeley HousePlease join the NCHS on Thursday, March 23rd, at 7:30 pm, for an evening of Hudson River Valley history as presented by Vernon Benjamin, author of The History of the Hudson River Valley: From Wilderness to the Civil War and The History of the Hudson River Valley: From the Civil War to Modern Times. Mr. Benjamin will focus his talk on women in Hudson Valley History.

Celebrate and honor National Women’s History Month by joining us for this local history presentation!

Registration is recommended, but all are welcome to attend. Please register by calling Cassie Ward at 914-238-4666 or by emailing Includes: Program, self-guided tours, and wine & cheese.

Recommended Donation: $10.00


NCHS 51st Annual Meeting
Presentation: Croton Water
at the Croton Valley Friends Meetinghouse

Please join the NCHS for its 51st Annual Meeting! The meeting will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017, 3 pm, at the Croton Valley Friends Meetinghouse. The Croton Valley Friends Meetinghouse is a Town of New Castle Historic Landmark.

Presentation: Croton Water The story of how a mighty river was dammed, diverted and sacrificed to save New York City from fire and pestilence, helping it to become the great metropolis it is today. Our speaker, Marc Cheshire, has a passion for the history of the Croton Aqueduct. He is on the board of Croton Friends of History and works for a top dealer in rare historic documents. He regularly writes about local history on his blog, Croton: History & Mysteries ( Location: Croton Valley Meetinghouse, a Town of New Castle Historic Landmark 210 Meetinghouse Road Mount Kisco, New York 10549 This event is free and open to the public.

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.

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!

March 21st – Save the Date

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 to support pediatric brain cancer research and have a blast in the process!