New Castle Community eNewsletter 06/30/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 06/30/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Railroad Crossing Safety: Red Flashing Lights

A controlled railroad crossing usually has red lights along with a crossing gate. Wait for gates to rise AND for the red lights to stop flashing – that’s the law.

NEW: 2017 Chappaqua Summer Concert Series

July 5th Don DuPont Big Band 7pm

July 12 FDR Drive (Premiere Party Band) 7pm

July 19 Country Fresh (Today’s Country Hits) 7pm

July 26 Tramps Like Us (Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band) 7pm

August 2 Chappaqua Orchestra 7pm

NEW: Chappaqua Infrastructure & Streetscape Groundbreaking Ceremony

Please join us as we celebrate the groundbreaking of the Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project, in front of New Castle Town Hall, on 200 South Greeley Ave, Chappaqua NY, Thursday, July 13, 10:00 a.m.

We are very excited to get started on this monumental project that will include replacement of critical infrastructure and new, wider sidewalks, attractive new public spaces, and charming details throughout Chappaqua’s Downtown. Most importantly, the streetscape work will also have new crosswalks and traffic/parking improvements that will make it safer for residents to walk around our downtown.

NEW: Arts & Culture Committee: LawnChair Theater Returns

On Thursday evening, July 27th, at 6:30 pm, LawnChair Theater returns with the perfect play for the middle of summer.The Town of New Castle, along with the Art & Culture Committee, present LawnChair Theater’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Town Rec Field. In this contemporary production, lovers, nobility, and home-spun actors shoot selfies while Fairies dance to David Bowie.

LawnChair Theater is a summer program bringing Shakespeare to the parks of Westchester since 2005. Their actors come from all over Westchester and Fairfield County, bringing a wide range of theatrical training and experience. The producers’ goal is to contemporize Shakespeare without rewriting him, and to create community through their work and play.

Bring a blanket or a chair and have a picnic dinner while watching the show.

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market: Zukes, Cukes & Kohlrabi

The one item you are sure to find at the markets this week is zucchini which is as predictable this time of year as sunburns and fireflies. Fortunately it’s also extremely versatile: zucchini (or courgette as they call it across the Pond) tastes just as good in a quick bread as it does in a quick pasta, or parading as pasta (as in zucchini spirals). It screams Provence – where it is central to staples like ratatouille or the classic summer tian. My new favorite way to eat zucchini is shredded in a pancake, particular this zucchini fritters recipe from Smitten Kitchen. Zucchini seems to marry well with sheep’s milk cheese. Fortunately Valley Shepherd Creamery has plenty of it. Check out his second zucchini cakes recipe with cheese.Read more at the blog.

NEW: A Party in Greeley’s Garden: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in NYS

3rd “Revs and Bevs” Car Show

We’re almost a month away from the 3rd “Revs and Bevs” Car Show. This casual car show will take place on July 30th at 11am-3pm at the Chappaqua train station parking lot. The Collectors Car Garage (CCG) will again be sponsoring so expect a great variety of vehicles and clientele, and of course come with your own car! This is a great chance to see many exotic and classic autos of the Westchester area out on the road!This year there will be food trucks, as well as a Big Green Egg demonstration courtesy of Chappaqua Paint and Hardware. There will also be a fundraising opportunity for the Crohns’s and Colitis Foundation.

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 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.

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 or visit

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.

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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.