New Castle Community eNewsletter 04/28/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 04/28/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: TCO Family Concert! Saturday April 29th

GET TICKETS NOW!!!The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival
Story Concert
PRESENTED BY The Chappaqua Orchestra
Michael Shapiro, Music Director and Conductor
Saturday • April 29th • 4pm
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
Tickets available here. “Peter and the Wolf”

The Premiere of:
“The Babbling Orchestra”
An original work:
Words by Elliott Forrest(WQXR),
Music by Michael Shapiro
Family Concert
Advance Purchase $20
Concert Day $25
Children Under 4 Free

NEW: Third Annual Chappaqua Stem Fest – April 29th

APRIL 29th. 9am to 2 pm.
Bell Middle School
Hundreds of Chappaqua Students and STEM Experts
Celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
More than 300 Chappaqua School district students, from elementary school through high school, will showcase their work at the third annual Chappaqua STEM Fest on April 29th. The event is at Bell Middle School, 50 Senter Street, Chappaqua, NY, from 9 am to 2 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Chappaqua STEM Fest will feature student designed experiments, inventions and research. Visitors will see a range of projects including rocketry; upcycling; facial recognition; 3D video; hydroponics; cardiovascular research; computer recycling; eel migration research; handcrafted knives; and a tennis ball launcher.

In addition, local and national companies will run hands-on activities at the STEM Fest. Students will be able to explore chemistry, robotics, computer programming and solar energy technology.

“In just three short years, the Chappaqua STEM Fest has become a much anticipated event in Chappaqua,” said Lori Morton, Chair of the Chappaqua PTA STEM Committee. “The enthusiasm, creativity and innovations of our students, from kindergarteners to high school seniors, makes for a fun and inspiring day!”

“In the future, assessments will not assess students’ understanding of core ideas separately from their abilities to use the practices of science, technology, engineering, arts/design, and mathematics,” said Dr. Daniel McCann, Interim Superintendent of the Chappaqua Central School District. “Our students and faculty are immersed in highlevel research and interdisciplinary STEAM projects to solve real-world problems. It is great that they have this opportunity to present and share their innovative work with the community.”

For more information, please email

NEW: Exceptional People Committee Present Red Bull Autism Awareness Night

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: Courage to Remember – Hope to Never Forget

Courage to Remember – Hope to Never ForgetNEWLY SCHEDULED Presentation for the community on Monday, May 1st. The content of the presentation is appropriate for students age 4th grade and up.

Judy Altmann was born in Jasina, Chechoslovakia, which was invaded by the Nazis in 1939. In 1944 she was arrested and sent to Auschwitz concentration camp and on to Essen and Gelsenkirchen Labor camps where she remained until March 1945. From there she was transported to Bergen Belsen concentration camp.

In May 1945 Mrs. Altmann was liberated by the British Army and given the opportunity to go to Sweden. She lived in Sweden until 1948 at which time she immigrated to the United States.

For more info, click here.

NEW: Coyote Awareness Workshop

Join the town of New Castle on May 3, 2017, 7:00 PM at the New Castle Town Hall Assembly Room, 200 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY, for this special presentation.Coyotes are one of the most successful carnivores in North America, and now live very close to us indeed. You may have encountered them yourself, seeing a dog-like creature trotting through your property or hearing a pack yelping and howling at night. You may even experienced more severe problems.

Dr. Daniel Bogan, Coyote Specialist, and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Siena College, will present strategies to prevent conflicts and minimize negative interactions while debunking myths about this fabled creature who has adapted so well to human populations.

The presentation will cover such topics as: Why do coyotes live here? Are coyotes related to wolves? Have they assumed the role of top predator? Are they solitary or do they travel in packs? What is the current coyote population and how large might it become? Brief Q&A will follow (7-8:00 PM). Following the presentation, Dr. Bogan will conduct a 1-hour workshop for individuals seeking ways to limit or prevent problems with coyotes (8-9:00 PM).

Dr. Bogan is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Siena College in Albany, NY. He earned his PhD in Wildlife Science from Cornell University in 2012 by studying coyote ecology and interactions with humans. The focus of this work occurred in Westchester County. He has participated in wildlife research examining the ecology and management of fisher, raccoon, skunks, coyotes, gray and red foxes, and white-tailed deer, typically in suburban and urban landscapes of New York State.

DATE: May 3, 2017, Wednesday

TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

LOCATION: New Castle Town Hall Assembly Room, 200 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY

Event is free and open to the public.

NEW: Town Camp Registration Discounted Fees end May 8th

Save $50 on 3 week registration
Save $100 on 6 week registration

Visit the town camp page for more info.

NEW: Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Town Supervisor, New Castle

  • Distracted Driving
  • Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
  • First Responders
  • Neighborhood Speed Awareness Campaign
  • Community Based Comprehensive Plan
  • Chappaqua Crossing
  • Millwood InterGenerate Garden
  • Bulb Planting in Memory of Henriette Suhr
  • Chappaqua Farmers Market

More information available here.Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator

  • 2017 Town and County Taxes are Due Monday May 1 without penalty
  • Informal Meetings with the Assessor
  • New Castle Drug Free Communities Programmatic Site Visit

More information available here.

NEW: Neighborhood Speed Awareness Campaign

Problems with speeding vehicles often involve local drivers who are daily roadway users and live in or nearby the affected neighborhood. A Speed Awareness Campaign is an effective way to remind local drivers to lower their speeds and be extra cautious in residential neighborhoods. These campaigns are a great way for New Castle residents and police to work together to make the neighborhood safer.

For the campaign to work we need at least a few (hopefully many) neighbors who will agree to place a “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here” lawn sign in front of their home during the campaign. One neighbor will be the contact person who will distribute the signs to the neighborhood volunteers. The Police Department will install similar metal signs at appropriate locations near the entrance to the neighborhood. The campaign will run for at least two weeks. If requested the neighborhood will be placed on a rotation list and the campaign will return on a rotating basis once or twice annually.

We also offer similar “Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25” signs for streets with a 25mph maximum speed limit.

If you are interested in bringing a speed awareness campaign to your neighborhood, please contact the office of the Chief of Police – or call 914-238-7292.

NEW: Relay for Life: Paint the Town Purple!

NEW: LWVNC to hold Candidates’ Night May 9th

The League of Women Voters® of New Castle invites the community to Candidates’ Night for School and Library Board candidates on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chappaqua Library Theater, 195 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY. All candidates, listed below in the order they will appear on the ballot, accepted the League’s invitation to Candidates’ Night:

Victoria Bayard-Tipp (incumbent), Dean Rock, Rhonda Kaufman, Sanford M. Benardo, Leah Heiss, and Jane Kimmel Shepardson for the two open seats on the Board of Education of the Chappaqua Central School District; and

Leslie Mark Wertheim (incumbent currently completing another Board member’s term) and Ronni Diamondstein for the one open seat on the Chappaqua Library Board.

After brief opening statements, candidates will respond to questions from the audience. Following the question and answer period, candidates will give closing statements. Questions for the candidates may also be submitted by email to the League by May 8th to Questions submitted by email must include the questioner’s name and address.

For information about the candidates, check out our Voters Guide at The evening’s proceedings will be recorded by NCCMC for later rebroadcast and will be live streamed at here.

The League will provide coffee and light refreshments.

For additional information, please contact the New Castle League at or Mary Kirsch at

The elections will be held on Tuesday, May 16th from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the Horace Greeley High School gym, 70 Roaring Brook Road in Chappaqua. In addition to electing members of the School Board and Library Board, voters will vote on the proposed school and library budgets and on a modification to the scope of the original bond referendum project (see for the language of the proposition vote).

NEW: A Cure in Our Lifetime: 20th Annual Spring Benefit May 17, 2017

NEW: SWIMJITSU registration is now open!

Willowbrook is excited to announce that in partnership with USA Swimming, Swimjitsu will be coming to Willowbrook on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 1:00-7:00 pm!!! Willowbrook is the first pool in Westchester to host a Swimjitsu event.What is Swimjitsu? It’s Punt/Pass/Kick for swimming using fun and challenging ninja-themed inflatables (in the spirit of Wipeout or American Ninja Warrior). Each competitor will race against the clock to complete the ultimate aquatic obstacle course using all their speed, endurance, and swimming skills to gain the rank of Grand Master Swimja. SwimJitsu is fun for participants of all ages and skill, even those just beginning their swimming journey. To find more information on SwimJitsu, visit Here is a YouTube link so you can get a better idea of what the event will be like.

Registration for this event is now open! Please use the following link to register. Get psyched!!

NEW: CVAC Recruitment Month

Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps Designates May as “CVAC Recruitment Month” and Seeks Additional MembersThe Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps. (“CVAC”) has designated May as “CVAC Recruitment Month” in an effort to recruit new volunteers to this all-volunteer organization. CVAC operates 24/7/365 to ensure that residents and visitors to New Castle and neighboring communities have access to care and transport to the hospital when emergencies occur. In order to continue this vital mission, CVAC regularly needs new volunteers. “We are always on call for those requiring urgent medical attention. We are looking for volunteers from our community to help us help others.” said Joseph Gentilesco, CVAC’s Captain. “There is no better feeling than being there for someone when they need it the most.” Gentilesco said. “Anyone can join CVAC. Most of our members have no prior medical training” noted Leslie Jameson, Chair of CVAC’s Recruitment Committee. Jameson further said: “CVAC will provide all needed training to new volunteers at no cost. All that is needed is a desire to help others.

We hope that many people will heed our call to learn to be a lifesaver.” Volunteer schedules are flexible to meet members’ needs though CVAC does ask that all members commit to volunteering approximately six hours per week on average. “The addition of even ten new members would make a tremendous impact on CVAC,” Gentilesco noted.

Members of CVAC will station one of CVAC’s ambulances in town to permit prospective volunteers to tour the ambulance and have their questions answered by CVAC volunteers. Specifically, on May 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., CVAC will be in the parking lot behind Bank of America in Chappaqua. On May 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., CVAC will be in the DeCicco & Sons’ parking lot in Millwood. Alternatively, anyone interested in getting more information on joining CVAC can visit CVAC’s website – – or by contacting Marc Hirschfield at

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.

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

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.

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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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.

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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