New Castle Community eNewsletter 04/07/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 04/07/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

New: Draft Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing

New Castle Comprehensive Plan Public hearing, April 18th, 7:45p, Town Hall. Thank you to Get Reel Productions for a great video!

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The goal is to draw attention to this epidemic. We’ve been doing our part here in New Castle!In 2014, we started our “Hands Off the Phone and On the Wheel” initiative for New Castle. We designed and introduced distracted driving banners. Those banners can be seen throughout Town and in the Horace Greeley High School parking lot. We designed and introduced car magnets. Those car magnets can be seen throughout town. New Castle Police Department increased distracted driving enforcement. Since the initiative began in October 2014, the New Castle Police Department has issued over 1,000 tickets for distracted driving violations. In 2016 Fines & Forfeited Bail increased $134,848 due to our distracted driving efforts.

We started a Distracted Driver Diversion Course for persons ticketed for distracted driving offenses in New Castle. We created a distracted driving video to train police officers on techniques to enforce texting-while-driving laws and investigating mobile devices as a possible contributing factor at crash scenes. We also created a distracted driving video which documents the heartbreaking story of Evan Lieberman and our effort to change habits and laws regarding distracted driving. Our efforts have been noticed throughout the country,

  • New Castle Police Department was asked to do a presentation about our “Hands Off the Phone and On the Wheel” initiative at the NY Safety Highway Symposium.
  • New Castle Police Department received an award NY Safety Highway Symposium for our work on this critical safety initiative.
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expressed their support for our distracted driving initiative, and our “demonstrated leadership on this critical highway safety issue”. They plan on highlighting our activities to other jurisdictions as a “Promising Practice”.
  • American Automobile Association will be highlighting New Caste’s Distracted Driving as a model for distracted driving enforcement/education efforts and how communities throughout New York could follow our lead. This report will be distributed to police departments, legislators, and media across the state.
  • New Castle Police Chief Charles Ferry, Police Officer Chad Golanec and Ben Lieberman will be presenting “Advances in Combating Distracted Driving” at the 2017 Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference on April 6th. The program notes that our initiative has earned the support and admiration of the community and is being duplicated in other areas.

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 is the 3rd Safest City in New York!

Congratulations to the New Castle Police Department!

Located in southeastern New York, New Castle Town has a rich history and was first established as a town in 1791. Prior to that, it was inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Wappinger and the Siwanoy, and was eventually settled by Quakers. These days, it’s a very safe place to live, tallying only 2 reported violent crimes and 57 property crimes last year. Several National Register of Historic Places highlights are located here, including the Isaac Young House, the Williams-DuBois House, and the Old Chappaqua Historic District. Fun facts: New Castle Town is home to the first concrete barn erected in the country and (unrelated) is the present residence of Hillary and Bill Clinton. Click here to read more.

New: New Castle Supervisor Quarterly Update – 1st Quarter – 2017

Rob Greenstein
Town 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 2017 – to the community about current Town projects and initiatives.

  • Three Year Anniversary of eNewsletter!
  • All Are Welcome Here
  • 2016 Budget
  • Downtown Infrastructure and Streetscape
  • Arts & Culture Committee
  • Final Draft 2017 Comprehensive Plan
  • Chappaqua Crossing & Whole Foods
  • Distracted Driving
  • Town Hall Basketball Court / Playground
  • Millwood – 200 Year Anniversary
  • Millwood Plaza (where DeCicco & Sons is)
  • Millwood – Sewers
  • Millwood Sidewalk Improvement Project
  • Millwood Replica Train Station
  • Millwood Community Garden
  • Hunts Place
  • Westchester Power Program
  • New Castle Name Change – Town of Chappaqua
  • Recreation & Parks Smoking Ban
  • Be Seen
  • Compact Car Parking
  • Name change
  • Inclusion & Diversity Committee
  • Transgender Bathroom
  • Clean Energy Community
  • Architectural Review Board
  • Civility
  • Rosehill
  • Mandate Committee
  • Close Indian Point
  • New Castle Youth Civics Action Committee (“YCA”)
  • Emergency Preparedness Committee
  • Exceptional People Committee
  • Solar Installation Moratorium
  • Keeping of Poultry

Full details are available here.

New: Gedney Pond Fishing Derby April 30th

New Castle Recreation and Parks presents the 6th Annual Gedney Pond Fishing Derby Come out to Gedney Park Pond, located on Rte. 133 in Millwood on April 30th from 8:30 am to 11:00am (The event will take place rain or shine). Please pre-register by Wednesday, April 26th for this free event. All participants 16 & over must possess a New York State Fishing License. Open to ages 6 and older, prizes for will be awarded for age groups. Worms are available for presale only. Click here to register.

Coyote Awareness Workshop

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, the Town of New Castle will be holding a Coyote Awareness Workshop from 7:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. at the Chappaqua Center for Performing Arts, located at 480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua. The workshop will feature coyote expert Daniel Bogan, PhD. Dr. Bogan is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Sienna College. He holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Wildlife Sciences and has conducted extensive studies of the Eastern Coyote in Westchester County. Dr Brogan will provide residents with current information about the presence of coyotes in our community and how to avoid related problems. He will also be available to answer questions or concerns about coyotes in New Castle.7:00PM – Presentation on Coyote Ecology and Management

  • History and reasons why coyotes are present in New York State
  • Patterns of human-coyote interactions (or conflicts) related to coyote behavior o Overview of Dan Bogan’s research related to human-coyote conflicts
  • Conclusions: How to avoid conflicts
  • Q&A session immediately following the presentation

8:00PM – Coyote Workshop: An open discussion allowing residents to ask more detailed questions about the concerns and curiosities, and provide individualized advice and information about coyotes.


Residents can report potholes to My New Castle 311 mobile application allows residents to report community issues such as potholes, downed trees, streetlights in need of repair, etc. Residents can pinpoint the location of the issue with GPS and attach photos right from their mobile device. Residents will receive status updates as the issues are resolved. My New Castle 311 is a 24/7 resource that can be used to visit the Town’s website and Facebook page, view the Town’s News & Calendar of Events, and even view local points of interest. Residents can also use the App to sign-up for CodeRED and Nixle alerts, and receive the Town’s eNewsletter. In addition to reporting issues via the smartphone app, visitors to can submit a service request through a Web form in the Citizen Resource Center, or call 914-238-4311.My New Castle 311 mobile app is available for use on Apple and Android smartphones:


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New: Antiques Roadshow-style Appraisal Day at the Greeley House – Saturday April 22nd

It’s time to dust off your treasures! Do you have a family heirloom or garage sale treasure that you’d like to have appraised? Here’s your chance!The appraisals will be conducted at the Greeley House by special guest experts Sebastian Clarke (generalist), Katherine Van Dell (jewelry), Mick Byers (fine art), and Jennifer Pitman (silver), of the Rago Arts and Auction Center.

Antiques Appraisal Day Schedule:
10 am – 11 am: Lecture by Sebastian Clarke,
“Tales from the Antiques Roadshow.”
$10 suggested donation

11 am – 3:30 pm: Expert Appraisals
Guests may bring up to two items.
$15 for NCHS members | $20 for nonmembers

To make a reservation, call Cassie Ward at 914-238-4666. Walk-ins are also welcome. The NCHS is a non-profit, independent, donor-supported organization. Support the NCHS by becoming a member today! Click here to learn more.

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.

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.

New Castle’s 28th Annual Cleanup Day

“Rec News” Email Service

If you wish to receive email notification from the Recreation Department regarding program offerings, special events, registration reminders, and other topics of interest, you are encouraged to subscribe to our automated “Rec News” email service.

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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.

New: NCFD No. 1 April 2017 Meeting Change Notice

New: Chappaqua School Foundation 23rd Annual Spring Benefit

Please join the Chappaqua School Foundation (“CSF”) for its Spring Benefit on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor.Proceeds fund educational innovation and excellence in Chappaqua schools. Join your friends and neighbors for a casual evening (Yes, you can wear jeans!) featuring an informative showcase of recently funded grants presented by students and faculty, an extensive silent auction, great food and company. As an added bonus, your ticket purchase also provides you with an all-access pass to Spring Madness – more than a month of discounts and special offers from participating local merchants and restaurants.CSF enhances the education of Chappaqua’s students by fostering innovation and funding meaningful initiatives beyond the scope of the school budget. Thanks to our community, since 1993, CSF has raised over $3.5 million and funded over 300 innovative educational grants investing in every subject area, classroom, grade and school in our District.

We look forward to sharing this special evening with the community in support of educational innovation and excellence in our schools.

For more information about CSF and to purchase tickets to the benefit please visit our website at

Task Force on Health & Wellness: Reduce Stress and Inflammation through Mindfulness/Mediation

Spring Cleaning Prescription Drug Information

Frank Shiner performing at the new Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

You’ve been asking for a local show…Well here it is! Chappaqua’s own Frank Shiner will be performing at the new Chappaqua Performing Arts Center on Saturday April 22 at 8:00 PM. Help kick of this beautiful new venue which was the former Wallace Auditorium at Chappaqua Crossing. Frank’s new album won’t be released until May19th but you will will get to hear it live now along with his all-star band.Read what the Huffington Post said about his new album. Go to for tickets and information.

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:

First Congregational Church 2017 Barn Sale

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

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.

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



Chappaqua Orchestra Story Concert

First Congregational Church: Youth Shoe Drive