New Castle Community eNewsletter 04/21/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 04/21/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

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: April 26 7:30 PM Diversity and Inclusion in America Today; A Conversation

Chappaqua Coalition for Youth, Chappaqua Central School District and the Town of New Castle present Diversity and Inclusion in America Today: A ConversationWednesday, April 26, 7:30-9:00 pm, Chappaqua Performing Arts Center (f/k/a The Wallace Auditorium) Chappaqua Crossing, 480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua

Panelists to include:
James B. Childs, Consultant and Facilitator in Diversity & Inclusion Rabbit Ari Hart,Associate Rabbi, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale – The Bayit Mary Jane Karger, Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educational Network (GLSEN) Naomi Brickel, M.S.Ed., Director of Community and Family Educationat Westchester Institute for Human Development Kaylee Sparro, Horace Greeley High School student

Moderated by the Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobs, Senior Minister, First Congregational Church

NEW: Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Town Supervisor, New Castle

  • Fundraiser for Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Frank Shiner in Concert! Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing
  • Bank Moratorium
  • Leaf Blowers
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Chappaqua Gets State Money To Improve Roads
  • Distracted Driving Diversion Course
  • Millwood InterGenerate Community Garden
  • Youth Community Action Committee
  • Backyard Chickens
  • New Castle 10K / 5K / Family Fun
  • Coyote Awareness Workshop

More information available here.Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator

  • Confidential Paper Shredding Returns
  • Rotary Annual Pancake / Breakfast Red Cross Blood / Drive Town’s Clean Up Day
  • Noise Ordinance
  • Update on Playground and Basketball Court Engineering RFP
  • Infrastructure/ Streetscape Project Update

More information available here.

NEW: Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Host Panel Discussion of Keeping Yourself and Your Family Healthy and Safe

Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Host Panel
Discussion of Keeping Yourself and Your Family Healthy and Safe
The Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps (“CVAC”) is hosting a panel discussion on May 2, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chappaqua Library on ways to keep yourself, your family and your home safe and healthy. Panelists will include Emil Nigro, MD, FACEP, Director of Emergency Medicine at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center; Peter Marcon, an Emergency Medical Technician with CVAC; Paula Kurth, a member of the Chappaqua Fire Department; and Greg Santone, Captain of the Millwood Fire Company. Marc Hirschfield, an ambulance driver with CVAC, will moderate the discussion. Topics to be covered include how to handle home medical emergencies, how to stock a first aid kit for your home, and basic first aid. Questions from the audience will be encouraged and refreshments will be served.

April 22 Confidential Paper Shredding

April 22, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


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.

NEW: Chappaqua Library Events

Lecture: Garden Design That Enhances Well-Being
Learn how to apply practical techniques to create serenity within your garden. Discover the main health benefits of spending time in a garden that engages the senses. Participants will take with them a plan for implementing these ideas into their own gardens. Lecturer Joanne Witmyer is a long-time backyard organic gardener. She is also a certified nutritional health coach.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 7pm

Author talk
Diane Saxton, author of Peregrine Island Chappaqua native Diane is a journalist who has written for Vanity Fair UK, The Huffington Post and more. The book, set against the backdrop of a fictional island off Greenwich, CT. tells the story of three generations of women who have inherited a painting that they believe was painted by a famous artist.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 7pm

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

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.

NEW: Charity Shopping Event to Benefit A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure

Shop for a cause on Thursday, May 11th from 5:30-8:30pm for our Charity Shopping Cocktail Event to benefit A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure, a local charity we are very passionate about and honored to host this event on their behalf. Enjoy 10% OFF your purchase with an addtional 10% donated to the charity!With Mother’s Day around the corner, treat yourself to something sparkly knowing 10% of the proceeds will be donated to help fund pediatric brain tumor research.

Enjoy small bites, craft cocktails, and an evening amongst friends. You will also have a chance to meet the founders of A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure and learn about what you can do to help.

If you find something sparkly that catches your eye for Mother’s Day just drop a hint to your significant other as purchases made on Friday, May 12th & Saturday, May 13th will be honored as a charitable donation at your request.

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

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 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 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.

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

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 Orchestra Story Concert

The StoryWalk Project

Thank a Volunteer First Responder Day

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

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.


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: Spring Recreation

Spring Recreation Registration
View Catalog here.

“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.

First Congregational Church 2017 Barn Sale

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

Exceptional People Committee: A Wisp of Air

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



First Congregational Church: Youth Shoe Drive