New Castle Community eNewsletter 04/13/18

New Castle Community eNewsletter 04/13/18

The New Castle eNewsletter

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

 

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

NEW: Storm Response Letter from Town of New Castle


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

As local leaders, it is our most important duty to protect the health and safety of our residents. Being without power for any extended period is unacceptable. Losing power for 11 days, as was the case for some of our residents, is unconscionable. We must take every possible precaution to ensure that this does not happen again.

In the aftermath of the recent winter storm emergencies, the Town of New Castle solicited feedback from residents to improve our response to future incidents. Thank you to everyone who attended our Community Conversation on March 27th, and to those who reached out to the Town via emails, letters, and phone calls.

On Tuesday April 10th, the Town Board submitted a letter to the Chairman of the New York State Public Service Commission based on your feedback. The letter can be found at: http://mynewcastle.org/new-castle-feedback-recommendations-for-public-service-commission-hearings-in-westchester. This feedback was also sent to “United Westchester,” the cross-county, inter-municipal coalition formed by NYS Assemblyman David Buchwald and Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

The Public Service Commission has announced a series of public hearings in Westchester, as well as around the state. Full details on the hearings can be found online here. There are numerous ways for people to participate in the PSC process apart from the hearings, including online comments, emails, letters and toll-free phone calls. The deadline for public comments is May 22, 2018.

Please reach out to the Town Board (townboard@mynewcastle.org) or to the Community Preparedness Committee Chair Suzanne Kavic (skavic@mynewcastle.org) if you would like more information or to get involved with the Town’s efforts to improve our response to future incidents.

NEW: New Castle Supervisor Quarterly Update – 1st Quarter – 2018

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

I have said it again and again: it is truly an honor to serve the citizens of New Castle. From the start, I have believed that your Town Supervisor should be guided by rights and obligations. The rights of the community to be heard and to be informed are critical to a responsive Town Government. And we must always be conscious of our obligations to listen and communicate effectively as we work to address current concerns and problems while at the same time improving our Town and planning for the future. I also recognize that while town-wide issues are my focus, no individual matter is too small for a responsive town government. I welcome those opportunities for more personal contact with residents. As we look ahead, there remains much work to be done, and I will continue to work hard for the entire community. It is my pleasure, then, as Supervisor to provide a quarterly report – 1st Quarter of 2018 – to the community about current Town projects and initiatives.

  • 2018 Swearing-In Ceremony
  • Chappaqua Restaurant Week – April 9th – 14th
  • Coffee & Conversation with George Latimer
  • Power Outage
  • Gun Violence
  • Raising the Age for Tobacco & Vape Product Purchases
  • Chappaqua Downtown Revitalization
  • AAA Bond Rating
  • Chappaqua Crossing
  • Millwood Sewers
  • Millwood Sidewalk Improvements Project
  • Electric Shuttle Bus
  • Composting
  • RBI Summit
  • Resolution Requesting The Introduction of Home Rule Legislation To Allow the Leasing of Space on Sports Field Fences in Certain Town Parks
  • Town Hall Basketball Court / Playground Project
  • North County Trailway
  • Westchester County Airport Advisory Board
  • Railroad Crossing Safety
  • Safe Exchange Location – A Safe Place for Craigslist, eBay & Other Online Exchange Sites
  • Getting Started with Backyard Poultry
  • ChapLine
  • Old Diner Space
  • New Diverse Housing – 91 Bedford Road
  • Habitat for Humanity

For more information, click here.

NEW: CCSD Safety and Security Survey and Community Forum Announcement

CCSD School Safety & Security Survey and Community Forum The Chappaqua Central School District is facing critical decisions regarding security upgrades at all six schools, with the most significant work needing to be done at Greeley.

The Board of Education is considering holding a Capital Project Security Bond referendum for CCSD residents to address the entryways at all six school buildings.

A survey for Chappaqua Central School District residents only has been created to assist the Board in determining the level of interest, if any, the CCSD community has for pursuing this kind of project. Please click HERE to begin.

You may have received this survey notification from a different source so please submit only one response by Friday, April 20, 2018. After taking into account any and all community feedback, the Board of Education will determine what course of action, if any, the District will take moving forward.

In addition, the District is hosting a School Safety & Security Community Forum on Wednesday, April 18th at 10am and again at 7pm in the auditorium at Horace Greeley High School (70 Roaring Brook Road). At both forums, District administrators and a representative from KG&D Architects will be on hand to present proposed projects, and to receive feedback and answer any questions from the community.

David Hayes
Office of Public Information
Chappaqua Central School District
66 Roaring Brook Road
Chappaqua, NY 10514
(ph) 914.238.7200 x1026
(c) 914.497.5931
www.ccsd.ws

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NEW: Take It Or Leave It Shop

The Take It Or Leave It shop had a successful opening last Saturday. Although the weather prediction was not good, there was no rain or snow. We look forward to many more Saturdays from 9-12. Reminder: only New Castle residents can leave things at the shop, although anyone may take things. Please do not leave large items, since everything must fit into the small shed at noon. Nothing will be accepted after 11:30. If you have a large item to donate, you may post a photo of it on the TIOLI bulletin board, where we have a section for “wants” and one for “haves.”

NEW: Confidential Paper Shredding – Saturday, April 21

The Confidential Paper Shredding trucks are coming to the Town of New Castle Recycling Center, 210 Hunts Lane, Chappaqua, Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10AM-1PM. New Castle residents only.

NEW: 2018 “Castles of New Castle” House Tour

Thursday, May 17, 2018— 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Featuring Four Unique Homes & Gardens in the Town of New CastleOn May 17th, guests are invited to tour four private homes and gardens in the beautiful Town of New Castle, in support of the New Castle Historical Society (NCHS). Each year, several Town of New Castle homeowners generously open their homes to the NCHS for the “Castles of New Castle” House Tour. These private residences are always distinctive, marvelously decorated, and situated in the most stunning locations. Many of the homes display distinct local and regional historical significance and artifacts as well.

The House Tour is one of the largest fundraisers hosted by the NCHS, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, documenting, and sharing the Town of New Castle’s history. As an independent, donor-supported, non-profit organization, the NCHS relies entirely upon the generosity of private supporters to advance its mission and to maintain the Horace Greeley House Museum. The house tour is the perfect Mother’s Day gift, day-excursion with friends, or special-day for yourself! Guests will experience a memorable, fun-filled day while contributing to the preservation of local history.

House Tour guests may choose to complete the day with lunch at one of New Castle’s several restaurants. Many local restaurants will offer a 15% discount with the “Castles of New Castle” House Tour Ticket.

General tour and ticketing information can be found at: www.newcastlehs.org. This year’s “Castles of New Castle” House Tour is sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate and Houlihan Lawrence – Chappaqua Real Estate.

NEW: Health & Wellness Committee: May 2nd Fundraiser Event for Tick Borne Disease

We are excited to support the Global Lyme Alliance (GLA) 1st Annual Westchester Breakfast and Shopping Event. The event will incorporate a breakfast, shopping, a silent auction and a panel discussion with renowned Lyme-literate doctors and patients suffering from the disease.The doctor panel will include: Dr. Richard Horowitz, Dr. Kenneth Bock and Dr. Tania Dempsey for an informative discussion on prevention and recognizing early symptoms of tick borne illness.

GLA funds cutting-edge research and education programs to advance the prevention, prompt diagnosis and effective treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Through this event, we are hoping to increase awareness of all tick-borne illnesses and to raise funds for continued research.

This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, NY, in anticipation of Mother’s Day, graduation and the camp season. May is also Lyme Awareness Month, which makes the timing of the event all the more important.

All proceeds from the silent auction will go directly to GLA. If you have any questions, please contact Derin Edip-Walden at dwalden@mynewcastle.org.

NEW: Flapjacks at the Firehouse!

Flapjacks are flying at the annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at the Millwood Firehouse, 100 Millwood Rd, Millwood – Sunday May 6th from 8am to 12pm. Suggested donation at the door: Adults $10, Family of four $25 and Children 10 and under $5. Cornhole toss for prizes and 50/50 raffles too! Come join the fun and help support a 100% volunteer organization.

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?

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 Castle United For Youth

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!!!

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

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

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.

 

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