New Castle Community eNewsletter 05/05/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 05/05/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market Opens Tomorrow!

Farmers MarketWe are so excited to be back at the train station tomorrow. Rain or shine, all your favorite vendors will be there. Here are some cows from our new bio-dynamic farm Miracle Springs Farm, in Gallatin, NY. They will be bringing organic produce, cow and goat’s milk yogurt, sauerkraut and cheese from their neighbor and partner farm, Hawthorne Valley.

It’s going to be a banner season. We have lots of new vendors this year…come see them tomorrow on opening day. Ranger Rick will be there with his kid-friendly pet menagerie, including Aragon the rooster.

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.

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 here. The evening’s proceedings will be recorded by NCCMC for later rebroadcast and will be live streamed 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. Visit the League of Women Voters New Castle website for the language of the proposition vote.

NEW: Committee for Diversity & Inclusion Logo Contest

Calling all Student Artists and Designers! Enter our Logo Art and Design Contest!

What Does Diversity & Inclusion Look Like? We’d love to see your ideas and help create our official logo for the New Castle Committee for Diversity & Inclusion. What does diversity and inclusion look like to you? See details here to enter.

Diversity & Inclusion Logo Contest

NEW: Bloom at Chappaqua Station

On Saturday, May 6th from 3-6pm, the Westchester-based organization, Up2Us will host an art auction called BLOOM at Chappaqua Station. BLOOM is a silent art auction with all pieces donated by local artists and featuring an interpretation of the phrase “Bloom where you are planted”. Proceeds will benefit area food pantries. The event is family friendly, open to the public and admission is free. Up2Us is thrilled to be working with local artists and the Pleasantville Community Garden to bring this event to Chappaqua.

Bloom at chappaqua station

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

Relay for Life: Paint the Town Purple!

NEW: New Castle Health and Wellness Committee: Ticks and Lyme Disease Presentation

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Please join us at 11:30am on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Chappaqua Library (195 South Greeley Avenue) for an educational presentation on tick and lyme disease prevention and awareness . Ticks are out in force this year, especially in our area. Learn how to protect yourself from tick bites, what to do when you find a tick, and what symptoms to look for with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases found in Westchester County.

Click here to learn about why Children are at the greatest risk for Lyme Disease.

Lyme awareness flyer

NEW: Chappaqua Garden Club’s Annual Spring Plant Sale

Plant Sale Flyer

NEW: Paws Walk

Bring your best friend on a short, 1/2 mile walk while the 10K/5K is running! The Paws Walk will start and end at Town Hall. All members of the family are welcome to join! This is a FREE event! The walk will start at 8:20am.

Event is sponsored by “Wags & Whiskers”

Paws walk

NEW: Greeley Sports Boosters Spring Fling – Monday, May 8

Monday, May 8th Greeley Spring Fling! Come celebrate Greeley athletics and cheer on your favorite teams and athletes on the Greeley home fields, where five teams have contests. Stop by the Boosters tables for information and fun offerings before heading to the games. Don’t forget to wear your your Greeley colors!

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: The Chappaqua Orchestra 2017 Concerto Winners’ Concert

The Chappaqua Orchestra
Michael Shapiro, Music Director and Conductor

Concerto Winners’ Concert
Saturday May 13, 2017, 8pm
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480 Bedford Rd, Chappaqua, NY

Senior Division Winner:
Julian Langford – Cello
Stony Brook University/The Juilliard School
Performing the Shostakovich Cello Concerto no 1

Junior Division Winner:
Dylan Wu – Cello
The Juilliard Pre-College
Performing the Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso

Concert concludes with Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5

Advance Purchase $25, Concert Day $30, Seniors/Students $20

Concerto Winner's Concert

NEW: The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days

garden conservancy open days
Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with garden visits! The garden of Shobha Vanchiswar and Murali Mani is open through the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. This is America’s only national private garden-visiting program and is made possible by hundreds of volunteers nationwide. Support the Conservancy, get inspired, enjoy the season!May 13, 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
76, Castle Road
Chappaqua, NY 10514

Admission is $7.00. No reservation required. Rain or shine! or call 1-888-842-2442 for more information.

Shobha is Teatown Lake Reservation’s 2017 Wildflower artist and poet. Their 2017 note cards will depict her work. Teatown’s annual PlantFest will also be held on May 13, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Lots of good plants as well as other nature related products to be had! Including Shobha’s botanical prints, note cards and soft furnishings. Think gifts for Mother’s Day, bridal showers, house warmings, hostess/host, graduations, birthdays and yourself! A portion of the proceeds goes to Teatown. Tours of Wildflower Island will be offered. (reservations required)

1600, Spring Valley Road
Ossining, NY

NEW: Millwood-West End Advisory Board

The Millwood-West End Advisory Board (“MWEAB”) monitors events in and represents the interest of Millwood and the West End of Town. The Board advises the Town Board about programs that will contribute to making the Hamlet of Millwood and the West End attractive and comfortable areas for both residents and businesses. The Board works in cooperation with the Town’s Beautification Advisory Board, Conservation Board, Planning Board, Board of Architectural Review and Housing Advisory Committee.

The goals of MWEAB include improving the appearance of Millwood and the West End by cleaning up messy areas, removing unsightly objects and working with the Town and property owners to correct zoning violations.

The appointment is for a three (3) year term. Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month.

A resume with a cover letter identifying why you would like to become a member of the MWEAB should be submitted to Jill Shapiro, the New Castle Town Administrator at

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.

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

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!!

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.

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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2017

Thank a Volunteer First Responder Day

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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First Congregational Church 2017 Barn Sale

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

First Congregational Church: Youth Shoe Drive