New Castle Community eNewsletter 06/09/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 06/09/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Inside Chappaqua: ‘Curtains Up’ at The Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

Photo by Carolyn Paul SimpsonWe were so lucky to be able to save this theater,” Town Councilwoman Lisa Katz said, at the start of an animated conversation about the current uses and all the grand possibilities for the Town of New Castle’s Chappaqua Performing Arts Center (ChappPac), the stately white building previously known as the Wallace Auditorium on the old Readers Digest campus.

With its airy interior and 300-plus, plush red velvet seats, and ample outdoor parking, the ChappPac already serves as ‘home’ to the town’s beloved Chappaqua Orchestra, whose productions there have been ongoing. Most recently, the Chappaqua Orchestra performed a second Storybook Concert and a Concerto Winner’s Concert inside its doors. Early on, a simulcast from Hamilton drew 125 attendees. More information available here.

Exceptional People Committee: Garden Craft Workshop” for people of ALL abilities

Chappaqua Used Book Sale

The Annual Used Book Sale, held by the Friends of the Chappaqua Library, will take place next week in the library theater. Donate your books Monday and Tuesday, and find incredible bargains on Thursday and Friday (half price on Saturday and free Sunday afternoon/5>). $2 for the book you’ve always wanted to read? Priceless. Almost all hardcovers and trade paperbacks will be $2, and a few gems will be specially priced at not much more. A preview Wednesday evening will be only for members of the Friends ($30).

NEW: 49 Bells Movement of Love

This Monday, June 12, is the one year anniversary of the Orlando Nightclub massacre. First Congregational Church and St. Mary the Virgin will join with churches across the country and the world in remembering the victims of the shooting, by tolling their tower bell 49 times at 12 noon. Wherever you are at that time, please pause to remember those who were gunned down solely because of who they loved. ( the Rev. Dr. Jacobs said at our prayer vigil last year, “I pray that in the aftermath of this horror, we can find ways to continue to honor and support our LGBTQ friends and neighbors, while also being mindful of the cost that gun violence brings to many communities every day. We may be angry, but we will not return hate for hate. Hate will not stop the cycle of violence–not in this country, or anywhere in the world. May those who grieve feel God’s loving arms surrounding them and holding them and may they feel our prayers and love as well.”

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market: New faces and products to discover at the market this week.

And plan ahead for Father’s Day!Sweetness: Lisa Ciraldo grew up in Chappaqua but when the mountains beckoned, she moved to Colorado where she’s lived for the last 20 years. She became a pastry chef, started a business and a family. She was a regular vendor at the very lively Steamboat Springs Farmer’s Market. Now she has returned to Chappaqua with her kids and her baking prowess – and her market tent.

We are so happy to welcome Lisa to our market fold. She is now focused on baking nut-based, naturally gluten-free cookies and donuts which are disarmingly tasty. Finally donuts for everyone!

Read more on the blog.

NEW: All Greeley Tennis Doubles State Final Goes To Wei/Glickman

James Wei and Dylan Glickman defeated Greeley teammates Spencer Lowitz and Kenta Togo 6-4 6-4 to win the NYSPHSAA Doubles Championship. They are the first Greeley players to win a State Championship in singles or doubles. This has been an unparalleled run for the Greeley Boys Tennis Team led by Coach Bennett Romney. Undefeated in regular season play and all four doubles finalists named to the All-State team.

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NEW: Chappaqua Library Events

Lecture: Clean Living 101: How to Reduce Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
As a modern consumer, just how informed are you?
Lecturer: Jeanne Schumacher, Ph.D. in science and education, has a Certificate through the eCornell Center for Nutritional Studies.
Tuesday, June 13 @ 10am

Films: Summer with Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night’s Dream 1999 with Kevin Kline
Wednesday, June 14 @ 7pm

Lecture: the Basics of Better Sleep
The presentation will focus on enhancing your skills to optimize sleep on a regular basis. Behavioral treatments for insomnia will be introduced.

Lecturer Dr. Shelby Harris is the Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Sleep-Wake Disorder Center at Montefiore Medial Center. She is an invited columnist for the New York Times, the Dr. Oz website and Psychology Today.
Thursday, June 15 @ 7pm

Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer Research- June 17

What: Blum Sisters’ Lemonade Stand benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research
When: Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Chappaqua Farmer’s Market

How you can help:
Local residents can come by for a cup of freshly squeezed lemonade (yes, we squeeze hundreds of lemons by hand). Donations can be made here.

Habitat for Humanity of Westchester Raffle for a BMW

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

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.

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.

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.

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