New Castle Community eNewsletter 04/06/18

New Castle Community eNewsletter 04/06/18

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Chappaqua Restaurant Week – April 9th – 14th

Chappaqua is pleased to announce the restaurants who will be participating in Chappaqua Restaurant Week scheduled for April 9th – 14th. Chappaqua Restaurant Week is the perfect time to support our local restaurants. Those participating in Chappaqua Restaurant Week include:

  • Le Jardin
  • Aesop’s Fable Restaurant
  • Chappaqua Tavern
  • Local
  • Quaker Hill Tavern

Take It Or Leave It Opening on April 7th

TIOLI ShopThe Take It Or Leave It shop at the train station is planning to open for the season on Saturday, April 7. The shop will be open from 9 am to 12 noon every Saturday, weather permitting, until the cold weather sets in next fall. We look forward to handling usable items that are no longer needed by their owners. Everything is free.

Our basic rules are simple:

Only New Castle residents can leave things, because we have limited space – everything not taken by noon must go back into the shed. But anyone in neighboring communities, as well as New Castle, can take things.

Items should be handed to staff volunteers, who will unpack boxes and place things on tables.

No drop-offs after 11:30 am.

No books, clothes, oversize items or things in bad condition. Volunteers have the right to refuse items.

We look forward to another successful free-cycling season!

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market – First Congregational Church


The sun-dappled berries of spring and early summer are so close I can almost taste them. Almost. For now, we have to make do with the organic raspberry puree that can be found in La Petite Occasion’s VEGAN raspberry caramel. Customers are always asking Pastry chef Michele Kim for vegan options so she figured out how to make a caramel that’s coconut based without any butter, cream or milk and she is quite pleased with the outcome.

Read more here.

Coffee & Conversation: County Executive George Latimer & Legislator Mike Kaplowitz

NEW: Storms & Trees – Frequently Asked Questions

Stephen Coleman
Environmental Coordinator/Town Arborist
914-238-7278

scoleman@mynewcaslte.org

Click here for answers to these frequently asked questions.

  • Does the Town have a tree ordinance?
  • When a tree permit is required
  • Do you need a permit for general tree maintenance?
  • Do you need a permit to remove trees that have significant storm damage?
  • Where can residents bring storm damage related tree debris (branches, cut up sections of trees, limbs, etc.)?
  • Where is the Town right-of-way?
  • Does the Town have a right-of-way on all roads?
  • Who is responsible for maintaining existing trees within the Town right-of-way?
  • Does the Town perform routine maintenance of trees within the right-of-way?
  • Who determines if potential dangerous or hazardous trees are located within the Town right of way?
  • Who is responsible for trees not in the right of way?
  • What should I do if I have a tree that is interfering with the power lines?
  • Does Con Ed also have a tree trimming program?
  • Does Con Ed also remove trees?

NEW: VIDEO: Community Conversation: Lessons Learned from Winter Storm Emergencies

Ivy A. Pool
Council Member
Town Board liaison to the Community Preparedness Committee

Thank you to everyone who attended the Town of New Castle’s Community Conversation on the Winter Storm Emergencies, and a special thank you to our panelists: Rob Greenstein, New Castle Town Supervisor; Suzanne Kavic, Chair, Community Preparedness Committee; Mike Alter – Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s office, Joe Angilletta – Senator Terrence Murphy’s office, Joe Orlando – Assemblyman David Buchwald’s office, Mike Kaplowitz – Westchester County Legislator, Rand Manasse – Sunrise Solar Solutions, LLC, and Peter James – Chappaqua Paint and Hardware.

Also, I want to acknowledge and thank our first responders: the New Castle Police Department, the volunteer firefighters from the Chappaqua and Millwood Fire Departments, as well as the Mount Kisco Fire Department, and our Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps. And a big thank you to our incredible Town Hall staff, and especially our DPW, which went above and beyond to serve our residents.

Last Friday, I proudly represent the Town at a kickoff meeting hosted by County Executive George Latimer and Assemblyman David Buchwald’s to prepare a cross-county “action plan” for steps that we can collectively take to better prepare ourselves for future emergency events (and power outages in particular). The next step for this initiative is for each town to complete a survey to document our experiences, lessons learned and recommendations.

Many of you are aware of the role of the Public Service Commission (PSC): to oversee and regulate the gas, electric, water, and telecommunications industries – basically acting as the government watchdog for these entities. The PSC has begun their investigation into the response of ConEd to the storm emergencies and is encouraging public comment. You can provide comments, view public documents related to the investigation to date, and subscribe for updates.

On behalf of our residents, businesses, and our Town government, the Town of New Castle will respond to the cross-county survey and draft a letter to the PSC based on the feedback we received at the Community Conversation, as well as the emails we have received to date.

Thank you to everyone for their thoughtful comments and helpful suggestions. If you are interested in continuing the conversation, please consider joining our Community Preparedness Committee. You can learn more about the CPC from Suzanne Kavic, Committee Chair, or on the Town’s website: http://mynewcastle.org/community-preparedness-committee.

If you have further comments, please submit them to stormdamage@mynewcastle.org.

Check out the video.

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

On March 19, 2018, the League of Women Voters® of New Castle held A Conversation with the Supervisor at the Chappaqua Library. 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 www.lwvnewcastle.org.

NEW: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – New York Dance presents Hudson Valley Youth Ballet’s Cinderella

Sunday, April 29th., 1pm & 5pm
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480 Bedford Road Chappaqua, NY 10514

New York Dance presents Hudson Valley Youth Ballet’s Cinderella this April 29th at Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. Join us for a retelling of the classic tale, filled with laughter, drama, and new choreography set to Prokofiev’s beautiful score. Follow Cinderella as she triumphs over mistreatment to follow her heart and dreams.

TICKETS

NEW: New Castle United For Youth

NEW: Clean Up Day

Calling all our residents!! Our major roads are a mess! I’m certain everyone has seen the yellow tape and debris left over from the March storms. Clean up Day is April 21. How amazing would it be if every household would pick up a couple of bags and clean their property to the street!!!! When you’re done just leave the bags curbside and the town will pick them up. We need everyone to come out and help. Let’s be Neat to the Street!!!

NEW: Rotary Annual Pancake Breakfast

Please join the Chappaqua Rotary for breakfast on Saturday, April 28th between 8am and noon in the parish hall of St Mary the Virgin Church on South Greeley Avenue. Enjoy freshly made pancakes and sausage as you catch up with friends and neighbors. The SPCA of Westchester and Habitat for Humanity among others will be joining us – what a great way to learn about volunteer opportunities right here in our neighborhood. Tickets available at the door – Adults $10, children $5, and volunteers of these organizations eat free! Bring the entire family— and thank you for supporting the Chappaqua Rotary! #ServiceAboveSelf

NEW: White Plains Community Gun Buy-Back

Community Gun Buy-Back, Friday, April 13, 2018

The Community Gun Buy Back program is scheduled for Friday, April 13, 2018 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 PM at Mount Hope AME Zion Church 65 Lake Street, White Plains, New York.

Payment will be made by Debit Card at the site:

  • $25.00 for non-working and antique firearms
  • $75.00 for rifles and shotguns
  • $100.00 for handguns
  • $150.00 for assault weapons

The Gun Buy-Back program is an Amnesty program and no questions are asked of the person dropping off the firearm.Guns must be UNLOADED and placed in a plastic, paper bag or box.

For more information, please contact the Office of the Attorney General at 212 416 6044 or Intergovernmental.Affairs@AG.NY.GOV

Potholes!

Residents can report potholes to Pothole@MyNewCastle.org. Residents can also download our mobile app – My New Castle 311. With the mobile app you can pinpoint the location of the issue with GPS and attach photos right from your phone. My New Castle 311 mobile app is available for use on Apple and Android smartphones: iTunes or Google Play.

Meet the Assessor

The Assessor’s Office will be open for Informal Hearings on the following day:

  • Tuesday, April 10th from 4PM – 7PM
  • Tuesday, April 17th from 4PM – 7PM
  • Saturday, April 28th from 9AM – 1PM
  • Tuesday, May 1st from 4PM – 7PM
  • Tuesday, May 8th from 4PM – 6:30PM
  • Saturday, May 12th from 9AM – 1PM

These meetings are to discuss your assessment and are by appointment only.To schedule an appointment, please call the Assessor’s Office at 914-238-4722 to schedule a meeting.

Josh Herman
Assessor

Chappaqua Library Events

Foreign Policy Discussion Group Islam and the West
Khusro Elley Facilitator
Guest speaker, via Skype Asma Afsaruddin
Ms. Afsaruddin is a professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at Indiana University. She is an expert on Islamic studies, including Islamic religious and political thought, contemporary Islamic movements, gender roles and Islam in modern society. Her latest book is Contemporary Issues in Islam.

Monday, April 9, 2018 @ 10AM

New Dates! New Times! Same Wonderful Chappaqua Library Annual Book Sale!

The great big Friends of the Chappaqua Library Annual Book Sale will be held this year from April 30 to May 6 because of the planned library construction this summer.

Here is the new schedule:

Donation days:

  • Monday, April 30: 10am to 8pm
  • Tuesday, May 1: 10 am to 5pm (note: no donations after 5pm)

Preview for Friends members ($30 per year): Wednesday, May 2: 5 to 9pm

Sale Days for everyone:

  • Thursday, May 3: 10am to 8pm
  • Friday May 4: 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday, May 5: 10am to 5pm (half price)
  • Sunday, May 6: 12 noon to 3pm (free)

If you are donating, you can help by: contributing books, audio books, CDs and DVDs only in good condition. Sorting your donations into 1) those for children and 2) those for adults 3) fiction vs. non-fiction.We do NOT want: textbooks; condensed books; out-of-date encyclopedias or travel guides. These may be left in the blue bins at the Hunts Lane recycling center. We also do NOT want: cassettes; VHS tapes; magazines; or computer software.

Here’s to another successful book sale – all for the benefit of our wonderful library. All proceeds this year will go toward furniture for the expanded Children’s Room.

Volunteers are always needed and welcome. There is a master volunteer sign-up sheet at the information desk at the library. You may also sign up with one of the Friends of the Library board members who will be calling or e-mailing volunteers from past years. For online volunteer sign-up, go to Chappaqua Library, Home, click Friends, and sign up on the newly created sign-up format.

Town Camp Registration is Now Open

Town Camp registration is now open!. Early bird discounts by May 4th. Save $50 to $100 per registration (Tots, Camp Adventure and On the Go). Camp Catalog

Online registration : You will be required to enter dates of your child’s immunizations. Please have these dates available before you start the registration process. All online registrations will be charged a 2% Convenience Fee.

In person or mail in registration: You may print the registration form, complete the form along with immunization dates and mail the form and payment to New Castle Recreation, 200 South Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, NY 10514 or bring the form and payment to the Recreation & Parks Dept. Office at Town Hall, Monday – Friday, 8:45am-4:30pm

New Castle Recreation & Parks Spring Programs

Registration is now open. View the catalog here.

A Call to Action on Climate Change!

A call to action on climate change! Thursday, May 3 @ 7:00 – 9:00pm, Chappaqua Performing Arts Center (480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua). Community screening and discussion of the internationally acclaimed eco-documentary Before The Flood. The film, presented by National Geographic and filmmaker Fisher Stevens, follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the effects of climate change around the globe with world leaders, and provides an in-depth look at the complex issues from all sides. Learn how individuals, communities, and countries can combat climate change through sustainable measures like waste reduction, renewable energy, and conservation. The screening and discussion are free and open to the public with seating on a first come basis. This event is being hosted by: the New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board, t​he Horace Greeley High School Environmental Club S.T.O.P., Friends of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, the New Castle Arts & Culture Committee, and the Chappaqua Central School District.

For more information, please contact: sab@mynewcastle.org #BeforeTheFlood

Hamilton Masterclass Workshop

Cast members past and present from the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton” are coming to the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center to do a master class for kids from 8-18 years of age. Class will include learning a musical number from the show, as well as a talk back from the cast members. Limited availability.

April 15, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, Chappaqua PAC, 480 Bedford Road Chappaqua

Tickets are available here.

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 under resourced high schools in the Bronx to live with host families in our community. The 2018 CSSP program runs July 1 to July 27, with graduation taking place on Sunday, July 29.

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 Seven Bridges Middle 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 gaining 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 1-13; Session 2 is July 15-27), 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 middle school, where they take three academic courses, and are typically picked up by their host family locally in the late afternoon (most often at Seven Bridges Middle School, 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: eadnopoz@gmail.com or Nancy Silver: silver.nancy23@gmail.com.

Spring Programs at the New Castle Historical Society

Women’s History, History of Millwood Lecture, Antiques Appraisal Day, and House Tours

The NCHS kicks off their spring calendar with Curator-led Talk & Tours of the exhibition, New Castle’s Carrie Chapman Catt & the Women’s Suffrage Movement. The exhibition features contemporary historic photographs from Westchester County Historical Society, the New York State Museum, and the Library of Congress; a 1917 petition in support of women’s suffrage, including over 800 signatures from local Westchester County women (on loan to the NCHS from the Ossining Historical Society); an Evelyn Rumsey Cary “Woman Suffrage” Poster; and several replica artifacts related to women’s suffrage, including “Votes for Women” sashes, pennants, buttons, and plates. The exhibition is open to the public, and visitors may also schedule private curator-led tours of the exhibition through the end of May 2018.

On April 22nd, from 2 pm – 4 pm, the NCHS invites its members and the public to its 52nd Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting will be held at the new Millwood Fire House. At the meeting, Town Historian Gray Williams will present a brief history of Millwood, New York, with special focus on the Putnam Division of the New York Central Railroad.

Later in April, the NCHS teams up with the Rago Arts & Auction Center to offer an Antiques Roadshow-style Appraisal Day at the Greeley House. On Saturday, April 28th, visitors are invited to have their family heirlooms or garage sale treasures appraised at the Horace Greeley House. The appraisals will be conducted by four special guest experts (fine art, jewelry, silver, and general).

In May, the NCHS’s popular “Castles of New Castle” House Tour returns on May 17th. This event, one of the society’s main annual fundraisers, provides ticketholders with the opportunity to explore five exquisite homes in the Town of New Castle. All proceeds from this event benefit the New Castle Historical Society. Tickets for the event will be available beginning mid-April.

If you would like more information regarding these programs, or to register for an event, please visit www.newcastlehs.org or contact NCHS Executive Director Cassie Ward at director@newcastlehs.org or 914-238-4666.

Chappaqua School Foundation Spring Benefit

Click here to buy tickets for the benefit.