New Castle Community eNewsletter 05/12/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 05/12/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

The Chappaqua Orchestra 2017 Concerto Winners’ Concert

Concerto Winner's 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

NEW: Take It Or Leave It Shop

TIOLI ShopIn light of the weather prediction for rain on Saturday, the Take It Or Leave It Shop may open late, close early, or not open at all, depending on the amount and timing of rain and wind.”

Given the nature of our “wares” it makes no sense to accept & display a whole lot of things that then get soaked and have to be stored for a week! We will hope for better weather on future Saturdays!

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

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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 read the “Children Are at the Greatest Risk for Lyme Disease” pamphlet.

NEW: Empty Nest Seminar

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Join us for a “Empty Nest Seminar” presented by Platinum Drive Realty on May 19th, 12:00pm to 1:30pm at the New Castle Community Center

Featuring the following Speakers:

  • Meredith Angert & Jodi Robin, Co-Founders of MVG-FWD, Move Management
  • Brooke Laffen, Sales Specialist at Everything but the House
  • Matthew Shaw, Financial Advisor, AXA Advisors, and
  • Dr. Ellen Klausner, Psycologist Weill Medical College at Cornell

Topics will include:

  • Retirement financial planning
  • Tips on getting your home ready for sale
  • Current Chappaqua real estate market
  • The psycological aspects of moving
  • Great local options with lower taxes and less maintenance .
  • The benefits of downsizing

2017 Castles of New Castle 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 CastleOn 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.

NEW: Theater Camp at Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Summer on Stage

Theater Camp at Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Summer on Stage Learn and grow through the sounds of musical theater. Eight different Broadway themed weeks ending in a showcase where everyone shines! Summer on Stage is open to youth ages 5-15. Each week will run from 9am-3pm Monday – Friday at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. Click here to register.

  • Week 1: Beauty and the Beast – 06/26/17 – 06/30/17
  • Week 2: The Sound of Music – 07/05/17 – 07/07/17
  • Week 3: Seussical – 07/10/17 – 07/14/17
  • Week 4: Peter Pan – 07/17/17 – 07/21/17
  • Week 5: The Little Mermaid – 07/24/17 – 07/28/17
  • Week 6: The Wizard of Oz – 07/31/17 – 08/04/17
  • Week 7: Matilda – 08/07/17 – 08/11/17
  • Week 8: The Lion King – 08/14/17 – 08/18/17

NEW: Distracted Driver Diversion Course – Open to the Public!

The course is offered to persons ticketed for distracted driving offenses in the Town of New Castle. However, a few residents have expressed interest in attending this course, especially with their teenage drivers. This course is now open to anyone who wants to watch an impactful presentation that can change attitudes and cause drivers to make a decision to stop using electronic devices while driving.

We will be offering the course on 5/23, 7/10, 8/29, 10/23 and 12/21. The course starts at 7pm and lasts about one hour. All of the sessions are at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center (formerly known as Wallace Auditorium) except for the December 21st session which will be at the Chappaqua Library. Register here.

NEW: Chappaqua Hamlet Streetscape and Infrastructure Bid Approval – 5/10/17

Adam Brodsky
Deputy Town Supervisor
Downtown strongAs we are about to embark on one of the largest public works projects in recent New Castle history, I thought it would be helpful to look at the steps we have taken to get here, thank the people involved and examine how the project has evolved up to this point.

After much discussion over many years, the previous Town Board rolled up its sleeves and got to work in the Spring of 2015, when we enlisted the services of the international engineering firm WSP to help us design and layout both the infrastructure and streetscape for the Hamlet. The previous Town Board then created a Streetscape Committee in the Summer of 2015 which I chaired, made up of members of the Architectural Review Board, Beatification Board, Chamber of Commerce, merchants, residents and Town staff. We met many times including taking several field trips and giving serious consideration to the overall theme of our Hamlet and making it as pedestrian friendly as possible. All with the understanding that we must be fiscally responsible with the tax dollars of our residents.

I understand that many residents are focusing on the aesthetics of the project, but it important to recognize that the genesis of this project is for infrastructure replacement. Our nearly century old water mains are years beyond their design life of 75 years. Sewer mains, installed over 50 years ago, are corroding from the outside in from sitting in acidic and unstable soil. This shift in the position of the main and manholes has contributed to the spike in sewer blockages which wreak havoc on our downtown businesses. This is evidenced by the pricing of the project — only 22% of the cost is for streetscape!

Click here for additional information.

NEW: Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Town Supervisor, New Castle

  • National Police Week
  • The Passing of former New Castle Town Justice Larry Lenihan
  • Mandate Relief
  • Chappaqua Station
  • Hunts Place
  • Community Based Comprehensive Plan
  • Chappaqua Crossing – Cupola Building
  • Ethics
  • Distracted Driver Diversion Program
  • Basketball Court & Playground at Town Hall / Rec Department
  • Millwood – NYSDOT Yard
  • Purchase of Electric Community Sign
  • PAWS Walk
  • Theater Camp at Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Summer on Stage
  • New Castle Health and Wellness Committee: Ticks and Lyme Disease Presentation
  • Coyote Presentation

More information available here.Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator

  • Parking Permits are Due!
  • Plans for the Memorial Day Parade are Underway!

More information available here.

NEW: Committee for Diversity & Inclusion Logo Contest

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.

NEW: League of Women Voters of New Castle Spring Luncheon – May 17, 2017

LWV LogoThe League of Women Voters of New Castle is pleased to announce its Spring Luncheon on May 17, 2017 at Crabtree’s Kittle House, 11 Kittle Road, Chappaqua, NY (914-666-8044) from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Members and nonmembers are welcome!

Our featured speaker is Chappaqua resident Bela Hovy, Chief of Migration, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, who will speak on “Migratory Movements and Refugee Crises: Global Approaches, Local Actions.”

The cost for the buffet-style luncheon is $45. Please pay at or send a check payable to LWVNC-CEF to Ronni Diamondstein, P. O. Box 602, Chappaqua, NY 10514. For any questions please send an email to

NEW: Don’t Forget to Vote on May 16th!

By Sheila Bernson and Jennifer Mebes Flagg
Co-Presidents of the League of Women Voters® of New Castle

Chappaqua School District and Library Elections

LWV logoOn May 9th the League of Women Voters® of New Castle held an informative Candidates’ Night for the Chappaqua School and Library Boards. If you missed it, you can watch it here.

The League’s Voters Guide provides information about the seats up for election and the candidates to fill those seats.

The elections will be held on Tuesday, May 16th from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the Horace Greeley High School Gym. 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).

Ossining School District Elections

For those of you who live in the Ossining School District, a Candidates’ Night for the School and Library Boards was held on May 2nd, sponsored by the Ossining PTA Council and by Junior State of America. You can watch it here.

The budget votes and elections will be held on Tuesday, May 16th from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the Ossining High School Gym.

Please don’t forget to vote!

NEW: Registration is Open for Next Fall’s New Castle Field Hockey Association’s Program for 3rd-6th Graders

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Registration open for 3rd/4th/5th/6th Grade Fall 2017 Field Hockey Program Registration is now open for the New Castle Field Hockey Association’s Fall Clinics for rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. The clinics will be held on Saturday afternoons at HGHS from Sept. 9th through Nov. 11th.The sessions will be conducted by the HGHS Varsity coaches. Click here for the registration form and more information. Beginners and experienced players are welcome.

NEW: Friends of Greeley Theatre Fundraiser May 22

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Incoming Freshman, Current Students & Parents are invited to a Fundraiser for Friends of Greeley Theater!

Come to meet Greeley Theater Director, Mr. Gellert, current members of the Greeley Theater Company, the Friends of Greeley Theater Board, and to enjoy LIVE student entertainment. Learn how you can get involved in the Greeley Theater community and be a part of our efforts to create excellent theater opportunities for our students. Food and Drink will be provided and there will be a silent auction featuring item donated by our favorite local merchants.

We look forward to see you on May 22!

Tickets: $20 each Click here to RSVP.

Relay for Life: Paint the Town Purple!

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!

Walk will start at 8:20am.

Event is sponsored by “Wags & Whiskers”

This is a free event – registration is not necessary – but it is helpful. Click here to register.

Paws walk

The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days

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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

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

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

New Castle 5K/10K

5k/10k bannerSunday, 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 6:30am

Registration 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.

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

First Congregational Church 2017 Barn Sale

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

First Congregational Church: Youth Shoe Drive