New Castle Community eNewsletter 04/14/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 04/14/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Infrastructure/Streetscape Notice

Con Ed is starting the preliminary work for our Infrastructure/Streetscape project by replacing aging gas main throughout the Chappaqua Hamlet. Please be advised that work will begin on Monday evening April 17, 2017 from 8 pm to 5 am at the intersection of Maple Avenue and North Greeley Avenue and continue through to King Street. During this construction there will be no street parking during these times. Residents who must use street parking are welcome to use the municipal lot across from Susan Lawrence during these hours. The construction schedule for this gas main replacement project will be as follows:Beginning Monday, April 17
Monday through Thursday night, 8 pm to 5 am.
Friday night 10 pm to 6 am.
Beginning Sunday April 23
Sunday through Thursday night, 8 pm to 5 am.
Friday night 10 pm to 6 am.

We apologize for the inconvenience this major infrastructure and safety project may cause.

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!

NEW: Fundraiser for Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Frank Shiner in Concert!

Come see Frank Shiner and his all star band… with a special guest appearance from the Greeley 2017 Senior cast of GREASE!! 

100% of ticket sale profits go to the Friends of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center!

On Saturday April 22 at 8:00 PM

Help kick off the new Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. (The former Wallace Auditorium at Reader’s Digest / Chappaqua Crossing. This is a gorgeous 425 seat theater… SO LET’S FILL IT!

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE… and you will be helping to restore and upgrade this beautiful asset to our town.

Tickets / Information / Videos available at

Huffington Post Review

NEW: Coyote Awareness Workshop – Rescheduled to May 3rd

This has been rescheduled. The new date is Wed., May 3rd, 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm, Town Hall Assembly Room, 200 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua.The Coyote Awareness 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
  • 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.

NEW: New Castle 10K/5K

Sunday, May 21, 2017 8:10 AM
Location: Town Hall, 200 South Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, NY
Start Time: 8:10am
Check-in and bib pick up: starts at 6:30amRegistration Fee:
$20 early bird for each race
$25 after May 11th

T-shirts for the first 150 to register for each race. Shirts can be picked up the morning if the race at check in. Click here to register.

NEW: New Castle 5K/10K Road Race Seeks Volunteers

The New Castle 5K/10K Road Race needs adult volunteers, 18 yrs and over, to act as Road Marshals for this year’s event. The 30th Annual Road Race will be held on Sunday, May 21st at 8:10am. Road Marshals are required at key intersections along the course to assist in directing runners and slowing down traffic. For more information email Aaron Podhurst at or call 238-3909.

NEW: Exceptional People Committee: Garden Craft Workshop” for People of ALL Abilities

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

NEW: April 22 Confidential Paper Shredding

April 22, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


NEW: The StoryWalk Project

NEW: Thank a Volunteer First Responder Day

NEW: Greeley’s Competition Field will be CLOSED

Greeley’s Competition Field and track will be CLOSED from April 17th to August 15th. Please be advised that, beginning Monday, April 17th, the Competition Field and track at Horace Greeley High School will be CLOSED for renovations and not available for use.For your safety, please avoid this active construction zone as workers install a turf field, new track surface, and lighting.

It is anticipated that this area will re-open for use in mid-August.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.


The annual Chappaqua PTA STEM Fest is quickly approaching! Over 300 students and exhibitors will be presenting their innovations and discoveries on Saturday, April 29th, for our celebration of science, technology, engineering and math. The event runs from 9 am to 2 pm at the Bell Middle School. CCSD students in grades K-12 will showcase their experiments, inventions and maker activities. Local businesses will also have exhibits with hands-on activities. Open to the public, come be educated and entertained! Questions? Email

NEW: 2017 Castles of New Castle House Tour

“Castles of New Castle” House Tour
Thursday, May 18, 2017— 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Featuring Five Unique Homes in the Town of New Castle
On May 18th, visitors are invited to tour five private homes in the beautiful Town of New Castle, New York, in support of the New Castle Historical Society (NCHS). Each year, several Town of New Castle homeowners kindly 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 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.

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.

This year, the NCHS will also host a raffle in conjunction with the House Tour. Raffle tickets, which are $5 each or 5 for $20, are available for purchase online or at the Horace Greeley House (100 King. St. Chappaqua, NY). Raffle items include:

  • Breezemont Day Camp Gift Certificate for 2 Weeks of Camp ($2,700 Value)
  • Korth & Shannahan Painting and Carpentry: Painter for a Day Gift Certificate – Victorian Tea Party at the Greeley House (up to 12 children)
  • Gourmet Food & Wine Basket
  • Cocktail Party & Guided Tour at the Greeley House (up to 12 adults)
  • “A Basket of Books” provided by Scattered Books.

General tour and ticketing information can be found at This year’s “Castles of New Castle” House Tour is sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Houlihan Lawrence – Chappaqua Real Estate, and Pets-a-GoGo.

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.

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.

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.


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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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 how.

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.

Join Now! Click here.

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

NEW: Announcement of NCUFY Youth Summer Opportunities 2017

Summer Internship
New Castle United for Youth, Town of New Castle
Youth to Youth Eastern States Conference
July 28-31, 2017
Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island
Apply for one or both of two great summer opportunities for high school students available through New Castle United for Youth, our new federally funded community-based youth prevention coalition. NCUFY works to reduce substance use in our community through collaboration, education, positive messaging and supporting alternative activities.


NCUFY is looking for 2-3 high school interns to work over the summer with our Coalition Coordinator to plan youth outreach, develop teen communication strategies including website content and social media platforms and represent NCUFY at community events over the summer. Interns will work part time during July and/or August for approximately 35 total hours and will be paid $10 per hour.


Youth to Youth Conference
NCUFY is able to send four Greeley students, all expenses paid, to the 2017 Youth to Youth Eastern States Conference this summer. Youth to Youth is a nationally recognized organization for engaging youth in positive change. The Summer Conference offers tremendous leadership opportunities for high school students. The selected Greeley students will attend interactive and informative workshops, hear nationally known speakers, learn skills to help themselves and others make positive choices, learn vital leadership qualities and skills they can use for a lifetime, and most importantly, HAVE FUN.

Click here for more information on these opportunities and the application process. Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2017.

Spring Cleaning Prescription Drug 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

Greeley Sports Boosters