New Castle Community eNewsletter 06/16/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 06/16/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: LOWV Comprehensive Plan Letter

The League of Women Voters of New Castle submitted a letter to the Town Board on the process followed in developing the draft Comprehensive Plan; the League did not comment on the specific Comprehensive Plan provisions. The letter is reprinted below: June 2, 2017

New Castle Town Board
Town of New Castle
200 South Greeley Avenue
Chappaqua, New York 10514

Dear New Castle Town Board:

The League of Women Voters:registered: of New Castle commends the Steering Committee, New Castle Planning Division, New Castle Town staff, Town Board, PACE Land Use Law Center and others for their considerable time and efforts in developing a draft Comprehensive Plan. This letter summarizes our comments about the process followed in developing the draft Comprehensive Plan. We are not commenting on the specific provisions of the draft Plan, which we understand is currently under review and may be revised. Planning Process and Public Engagement

The League of Women Voters:registered: is a strong proponent of citizen participation and engagement in local issues. The League also believes in using data and analyses to support policy changes.

The planners made significant attempts to engage the community throughout the comprehensive planning process. Specifically: In 2012, a Steering Committee and workgroups were formed, comprised of local residents. During 2012-2014, these groups and others analyzed the 1989 Town Development Plan, identifying strengths and weaknesses and sections either important or no longer relevant and provided feedback. Westchester County Base Studies provided much of the data used in the analyses. PACE Land Use Law Center was hired to help with the process, consolidate the comments and develop a draft document. League members observed many of these initial workgroups. ·

In 2014-2015, numerous public outreach workshops and sessions were held with residents, community groups and merchants. League members attended many of these outreach sessions, and the League sponsored one of them. PACE consultants conducted many of the sessions. The workshops and sessions were held at alternative times of the day and at varied locations, including Gedney Park. In addition, an online survey was conducted for 1½ months. Residents were also provided the chance to offer feedback on the draft Plan via email.

In 2016, the team working on developing the Comprehensive Plan met with all of the Town’s Advisory Boards and Committees, soliciting their input. We understand that the Town Planning Division has continued to work closely with the Planning Board.

The latest draft Comprehensive Plan has been available for residents to review since early 2017 and five public hearings in April and May 2017 were held for public comments. Also, comments by email were submitted during the public comment period. The process followed in developing the Comprehensive Plan was open, transparent and inclusive. The community had numerous opportunities to be heard in the process. Experts were called in to help with analyzing the information, consolidating input and summarizing all findings.

Comprehensive Plan Structure
New Castle’s draft Comprehensive Plan follows the American Planning Association (APA) Comprehensive Plan Standards and Best Practices. The APA standards help communities that are interested in integrating sustainability principles and practices into their comprehensive plans. New Castle strives to be a leader in sustainability and the League supports New Castle’s focus on sustainability.

In conclusion, the League of Women Voters:registered: of New Castle supports the process followed in developing the draft Comprehensive Plan and recognizes that APA best practices were used to structure the Plan.

Sincerely,

Sheila Miller Bernson – Co-President
Jennifer Mebes Flagg – Co-President
League of Women Voters:registered: of New Castle

NEW: A Trio of Treasures this Sat!

This Sat, June 17th, 9am to 1pm. A Trio of Local Treasures……….

  • Art Market
  • Chappaqua Flea
  • Chappaqua Farmers Market

NEW: Throwing our Recycling Away with our Garbage?!

You take all that time to put recycling in the recycling bin and garbage in the garbage pail and then the garbage men throw it all it the same truck!

But wait. While it’s the same truck, there are 2 different sides of the truck. In fact, it’s called a Split Packer. The garbage goes in one side and the recycling on the other. Then the garbage is brought to an incinerator in Peekskill and the recycling is brought to Beacon where it’s filtered and sent out to make new products. Check out these cool videos here – show your kids!

Why Recycle?

Save Your Planet – You save tons of CO2 and even more hazardous materials from entering the atmosphere. As fellow air breathers, we thank you. If you’re a big-time recycler, congratulations! Our town saves hundreds of tons of CO2 each year – that’s like planting tens of thousands of trees!

Save Your Money – When you recycle, the town doesn’t pay the $63 per ton to incinerate garbage – in fact we pay nothing to recycle. So, as taxpayers we thank you for keeping our taxes down! The town has saved tens of thousands of dollars since adopting “co-mingled” recycling.

Keep on recycling – and don’t forget, no plastic bags in or around your recycling. They mess up the system, don’t get recycled, and end up costing us all in the long-run. For any questions, contact your Sustainability Advisory Board sab@mynewcastle.org or visit www.newcastlesab.org.

NEW: New Castle Flag Football League

The very popular NFL Flag Football League is coming back again this Fall to New Castle. This program is for kids in grades 3-6 (Fall of 2017). The program will begin on the first week in September with team practices on the 6th and 8th. Weekly practices will then occur on Mondays along with one weekly game scheduled on either Wednesday or Friday evenings under “the lights” at Recreation Field. Spots are limited so early registration is encouraged. Participants will receive a NFL team jersey. Mouth guards are required.Click here to register.

NEW: Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

  • LOWV Comprehensive Plan Letter
  • Chappaqua Crossing
  • Chappaqua Crossing – Cupola Building
  • Paris Accord
  • Electric Vehicle
  • Dr. William Flank
  • We Need a Bridge!
  • Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester – Youth of the Year
  • Habitat for Humanity – Millwood
  • Parking on Weekends
  • All Are Welcome Here Banners Coming to a Light Pole Near You Soon

More information available here.Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator, New Castle

  • DPW Road Maintenance
  • Mulch sales resume
  • Renovation and Repainting of the Taxi Stand

More information available here.

NEW: Ice Cream Social & Summer Games (Historic)

 

Please register online here.

NEW: New Castle Tennis

Good luck to the women’s B town tennis team who face Briarcliff in the finals of the Westchester County Women’s Tennis League. The finals are scheduled for next Tuesday, June 20. Go New Castle!

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.

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 – dshanley@mynewcastle.org or call 914-238-7292.

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