New Castle Community eNewsletter 03/24/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 03/17/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: LWVNC Conversation with the Supervisor

Watch the Video: A Conversation with Rob Greenstein, New Castle’s Town Supervisor

On March 16, 2017, the League of Women Voters® of New Castle held A Conversation with the Supervisor at New Castle Town Hall. Supervisor Rob Greenstein provided updates to the community on the latest issues around Town.

In case you missed it, you can watch the video here.

For more information about the League, please visit the League’s website at

NEW: Exceptional People Committee: Light It Up Blue – April 1st & 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.Here in New Castle, since April 2nd falls on a Sunday, we’re celebrating all weekend! As always, our local merchants are incredibly supportive and generous.

  • Hip-Kid – 10% of all sales on 4/1 to Autism Speaks.
  • Scattered Books -10% of all sales on books with blue covers on 4/1-4/2 will go to either an autism school or organization
  • Breeze – 10% of all sales 4/1 to Autism Speaks
  • King Scribe – 10% of sales to Autism Speaks and blue balloons handed out
  • Squires – 10% off all blue blazers for kids and adults on 4/1 with free alterations
  • Lange’s Little Store – selling Blue Bagels
  • Hall of Scoops: 10% off all Cookie Monster sales on 4/1.
  • Desires By Mikolay: effective immediately, selling Nest Candles with a portion of the sales going to Autism Awareness.
  • Eye Gallery of Chappaqua: Donating a percentage of sales from April 1st. They will have a selection of blue frames the whole month which will be discounted and a percentage also being donated.

NEW: Exceptional People Committee: Habitat for Humanity Event

NEW: Take It or Leave It Shed Opening April 8th

Take It or Leave It shed is opening on April 8th. Saturdays 9-12, stuff in good condition please, nothing too big (shed has limited space if we have to put things back at noon), no books or clothes, and please limit visits to 30 minutes. More info here.

NEW: New Castle Conservation Board – Hometown Habitat

Gardeners and Nature Lovers! Please join the New Castle Conservation Board for a free screening of “Hometown Habitat” — Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home” is featured in this inspiring documentary. “The way we landscape our properties really does matter.” Hometown Habitat will focus on why native plants are so important to the survival and vitality of our local ecosystem – and will highlight real stories of how individuals and communities are making a difference with native plants!

Please join us for an informal Q & A with Conservation Board members after the screening. This is event is Co-sponsored by the Town of New Castle Beautification Advisory Board, Sustainability Advisory Board, Chappaqua Garden Club, Greeley PTA Garden Committee, The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College and Saw Mill River Audubon. The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, April 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM — New Castle Town Hall, Assembly Room, 200 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY.

NEW: Opening on New Castle Board of Ethics

The town board is now accepting applications for residents interested to serve on the new Board of Ethics. The Board of Ethics is composed of five (5) members appointed and approved by the Town Board. Each member of the Board of Ethics shall serve for a term of three (3) years. The Board of Ethics shall select a chairperson from among its members for a term of two (2) years.All members of the new Board of Ethics must be residents of the municipality. The members of the Board of Ethics should be qualified by temperament and experience to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Board. No member of the Board of Ethics shall be a committee person or hold office in a partisan political organization or hold elective office in the Town of New Castle. A Board member may make campaign contributions and vote, but not otherwise participate in any Town of New Castle election campaign. Not more than three members of the Board of Ethics may be members of the same political party. No officer or employee of the Town of New Castle is eligible to serve on the Board of Ethics. Please email our Town Administrator Jill Shapiro at if you are interested in serving on this committee.

NEW: Notice of Development Deptartment Hours

NEW: Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program

Could you open your heart and home to a promising high school student for ten days this July? The Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program (CSSP), founded in 1968, is an academic enrichment program that brings 22-24 talented students from two high schools in the Bronx to live with host families in our community. The 2017 CSSP program runs July 2 to July 28, with graduation taking place on Sunday, July 30.

CSSP students are recommended for the program by their guidance counselors and then interviewed and chosen by members of CSSP’s board. During the program, our students attend classes at Horace Greeley High School in the mornings and are exposed to enrichment, cultural, and community activities in the afternoons and a few evenings. Past activities include Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival performances, film screenings, museum and college visits, a community service project, swimming and tennis lessons, and our very popular softball game!

The students, who begin the program as rising sophomores, attend the program for three consecutive summers. During junior and senior year of high school, CSSP offers our students college counseling, SAT prep, essay review, and on going support during the college application process. After “graduation” from CSSP, the program offers our now-college-students a book stipend and assistance securing internships.

One of the primary new exposures a student gets is living with two different Chappaqua host families each year and learning different perspectives and cultures. Host families who have participated in past summers often report being impressed with the students’ intense interest in education and in having new experiences. Many of our host families participate year after year and find that they gain as much from their experience as the students do!

There is always a need for new host families. Our host families range from empty nesters to families with all ages of children in their homes. CSSP students demonstrate personal qualities that younger children could look up to and see as role models. Families often build long-term relationships with our students that last for years.

The host family commitment is for a two-week period in the first or second half of July (Session 1 is July 2-14; Session 2 is July 16-28), although it is really ten nights since the students go home to the Bronx Friday afternoon and return by train to Chappaqua Sunday evening. Students are transported by Chappaqua Transportation each morning to the high school, where they take three academic courses, and are typically picked up by their host family locally in the late afternoon (at HGHS, Bell or at the Saw Mill Swim Club). Through our partnership with the Jacob Burns Film Center, the students attend a program there on Fridays and leave for home from the Pleasantville train station.

Please visit our website: and our Facebook page: CSSP. For further information please contact Ellen Adnopoz: or Nancy Silver:

NEW: Chappaqua Library Events

Author Talk and Book Signing: Lisa See

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and Peony in Love among others. Her most recent novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (March 2017) “focuses on the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters, by birth and by circumstance” according to Booklist.

The book has been recommended by “Library Reads”, a national organization where librarians from all over the country pick the best books.

Among her awards and recognitions are 2001 National Woman of the Year conferred by the Organization of Chinese Americans and the 2003 History Makers Award.

Cosponsored by the Organization of Chinese Americans-Westchester-Hudson Valley Chapter. Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 7pm

NEW: First Congregational Church 2017 Barn Sale

NEW: New Castle Pride!

Congratulations to both 5A girls and boys basketball teams who won Tri-County Basketball League championships. Both teams worked super hard and brought home championship wins!

NEW: Spring Festival – 2017…Church of St. John & St. Mary

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 –

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

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.

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.

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

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.

ECSF Faculty Innovator of the Year Award Nominations

Chappaqua School Foundation 2017 Janet Wells Faculty Innovator of the Year Award Nominations now being accepted

The Chappaqua School Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2017 Janet Wells Faculty Innovator of the Year Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize, inspire and reward faculty in the Chappaqua Schools who, through their notable commitment to educational innovation, create innovative practices and programs in the classroom and provide a transformative learning experience for students.

The award winning teacher(s) will be announced and honored at the CSF Teacher Grant Recognition Award Ceremony on May 17th. Past recipients of this award include Paul Bianchi, Mike DeBellis and Kevin Kuczma, for their creation and development of the MakerSpace and accompanying curriculum at Horace Greeley High School, and Eileen Kenna and Ann Marie Scalici for their innovative classroom design work at Bell Middle School.

CSF is honored to name our faculty innovation award in honor of Janet Wells. Jan co-founded CSF in 1993, is a past Board of Education member, has held various positions throughout our community and helped guide CSF until 2015 with creativity, passion and a commitment to educational innovation and excellence in our schools.

Please click here to learn more about the award and how to nominate a teacher. Nominations are due by April 3rd.

2015 Innovator of the Year Award Ceremony
Pictured above left to right: Mike DeBellis, Paul Bianchi and Kevin Kuczma

2016 Innovator of the Year Award Ceremony
Pictured above left to right: Eileen Kenna Jan Wells, Ann Marie Scalici

To learn more about CSF and see a complete listing of our Grants please visit

Chappaqua School Foundation
PO Box 202
Chappaqua, New York 10514

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



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.

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: Youth Shoe Drive