New Castle Community eNewsletter 08/10/18

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New Castle Supervisor’s Report – 8/10/2018

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update

FloodingThe recent storms have once again highlighted the need to upgrade our storm-sewer system (i.e. drainage). Over the past year we have replaced our entire water system and sewer system. Con Ed replaced their gas lines. All our work is staged pursuant to engineering. We are currently working on upgrading our stormwater system (i.e. drainage).

The existing stormwater sewer is currently being replaced with approximately 650 feet +/- of new twin 24” diameter reinforced concrete pipe and approximately 820 feet +/- of new 24” diameter ductile iron pipe. We are also replacing and/or repairing existing catch basins, frames and grates and installing 13 new reinforced concrete drainage structures in and along South and North Greeley Avenue as well. We started our drainage work at the existing concrete box culvert, located southerly of the existing Shell Service Station to Woodburn Avenue. Connections to the culvert continued up South Greeley Avenue. Once we hit the intersection of King Street and South Greeley Avenue – hopefully next week – we’ll attempt to install temporary connection on North Greeley Avenue to the culvert. Drainage work will then continue up North Greeley Avenue.

Some have asked why we couldn’t start the drainage work on North Greeley Avenue. The answer is that work needed to start at the culvert since it is standard construction practice to commence the drainage installation at the lowest point in order to allow for all upstream flows not be impacted during construction and will allow the contractor to maintain proper grade with all existing upstream conditions that may be encountered during construction. Storm drainage is expected to be completed by September.

Today, we have started our new curbs & sidewalks. They started saw cutting the roadway by Washington to Woodburn Ave for our new curbs. They will then excavate for our new granite curbs and start installation. This work is taking place during the day. Con Ed continue to move and replace their poles.

Downtown Chappaqua

A few updates regarding some vacant space in downtown Chappaqua. The broker who handled the old Chappaqua Tavern space is handling the Hall of Scoops vacancy. There is an application pending to put a taco place in the old Dunkin Donuts. As well, the Shell Station has an application pending to renovate their gas station & add a convenience store.

Traffic Light timing at the intersection of Roaring Brook Road and the Saw Mill Parkway

Many have noticed the change in the timing of the traffic lights that affect the grade crossing at the intersection of Roaring Brook Road and the Saw Mill Parkway. After the accident in Valhalla at the Commerce street rail crossing, the Metropolitan Transit Authority hired a consultant engineering firm to review all Metro North at grade rail crossings. On June 20, 2018 the New York State Department of Transportation (“NYSDOT”) and Metro North activated railroad preemption on the traffic signal at the Saw Mill River Parkway @ Roaring Brook Road.

To summarize the preemption operation, when a train is detected, west bound Roaring Brook Road receives 34 seconds of green time to clear the train tracks, after this interval the remaining time is allocated to the Saw Mill River Parkway. The signal will not return to normal operation until the train clears the preemption area. During the preemption event, the signal is prevented from giving a green signal to east bound Roaring Brook Road, as motorists would be directed toward the train tracks.

A single rail preemption event would not represent a substantial delay. NYSDOT reviewed the data for the first month of operation, each peak hour period (morning and afternoon) has at least one set of successive preemption events.

A successive preemption event is a train entering within 1 minute period of a train exiting the preemption zone. This causes some phases to be “skipped”, as the next train arrives and initiates a preemption event before the traffic signal has had a chance to return to normal operation. This would lead to east bound motorists on Roaring Brook Road being “skipped”. The traffic signal has not had sufficient time to return to normal operation and complete a green phase for eastbound Roaring Brook Road motorists, before the next train arrives and forces the signal into a preemption event.

NYSDOT is responsible for observing the roadway traffic intersection at Roaring Brook Road and the Saw Mill not Metro-North. Any adjustment to the traffic signal cycle is entirely the responsibility of the DOT. NYSDOT has advised us that they will continue to monitor this intersection and make timing adjustments as necessary. The Town is also studying various mitigation measures that can be implemented including the installation of an entrance ramp to the SMRP for EB right turning traffic on Roaring Brook Road (west side of SMRP)· We are requesting a meeting with the MTA and NYS DOT.

Ever since the accident in Valhalla, the Town of New Castle has been advocating for a bridge over the grade crossing and SMRP. We even commissioned WSP to investigate a bridge. We have also advocated for inclusion of this project in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) so we can receive Federal funding. There is no doubt that construction of a bridge to eliminate the railroad crossing is the most effective way to address safety, traffic, and air quality concerns at the intersection. Rest assured, we will continue to advocate for a bridge to eliminate the grade crossing entirely and replacement with a bridge over both the MNRR Harlem Line and Saw Mill River Parkway.

Chappaqua Crossing

As far as Roaring Brook Road, we are expecting the traffic light to be installed and all other road work to be completed by the time of school opening.

Community Sign

community sign footingsWe are currently working on the foundation for our new community sign. Our two electronic message boards will be situated across from the Shell station in downtown Chappaqua. This is a great example of working with Chappaqua Central School District for the benefit of the community. Thank you again to Keiko & Bill Spade for designing the base.

Basketball Court / Pickleball

As many know, we are planning to install a new playground and brand new basketball court behind Town Hall. Following Bedford’s lead, we are looking to use new basketball for pickleball as well. Ike Kuzio, our Superintendent of Recreation & Parks, has reached out to the Bedford to get some info/feedback on their pickleball program.

Taxi

We awarded our train station taxi contract to Pleasantville Taxi (914-610-8668).

Lot pavingPaving

We started paving the commuter lot in 2016. We did another section last year, and will do a 3rd section this year. As always, paving of the commuter lot will take place during the last two weeks of August. Prep work has started.

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

We received a $24,425 grant to sponsor senior programming & capital improvements. As far as programming, I look forward to the lecture series, concerts, discounted tickets for senior programming, 92nd Street Y Simulcasts, Independent Film Series. As far as capital improvements, & the installation of acoustic equipment to improve sound quality at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center & the installation of a new screen. We thank the generosity of our donor.

Westchester County Airport

I’m looking forward to a meeting with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s office next Tuesday to discuss the issues facing our community.

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New Castle Administrator’s Report – 8/10/2018

Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator, New Castle

120 Sidewalk Replacement Project

The 120 sidewalk replacement project is scheduled to begin on August 20. We are still waiting on Con Ed to complete their gas main replacement from Ridgewood Terrace to Elm Street.

If our sidewalk replacement project is permitted to start on August 20 we are scheduled to complete the work in mid-October.

Marcourt and Douglas

Con Ed gas main replacement work continues on Douglas and Marcourt. We are hopeful that Con Ed will be completed in time for the next phase our summer paving schedule.

9/11 Memorial Ceremony

Our 9/11 Memorial Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 9/11 at 6:30 pm at Gedney Park.

September Meetings

Our September Board meetings will be Wednesday, September 5, Wednesday September 12 and then Tuesday, September 25.

NEW: Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce

Le Jardin Du Roi (95 King St) serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Open daily at 8am!

Doublevision Photographers is having a summer sale—25% off a mini headshot session! Book a ½-hour session or give a gift certificate for one. All edited digital images are included.

Registration is now open for Kitah Katan, Bet Torah Nursery School’s toddler drop-off separation program, which begins September 6. Children 18 months and older are eligible. Families enrolling by August 3 will also be able to attend a new musical Monday morning program from 9:30 to 10:10 in the fall at no charge for caregiver/parent and child. Kitah Katan is a yearlong program that begins the gentle separation and learning through play on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:45 am. For information, please call 914-666-7595 ext.11.

LOCAL (75 S. Greeley Ave) is happy to announce they’ll be open late for ice cream Tuesday through Saturday until 10pm starting August 14! Amazing organic ice cream handmade at the SoCo Creamery in the Berkshires—no preservatives, corn syrup or food coloring. A huge selection of sundaes, shakes and toppings!

Chappaqua Paint & Hardware (59 S. Greeley Ave) is offering buy one get one free on knife sharpening—no limits to number of knives!

LIMITED TIME OFFER – FREE “TRY LIGHT” KIT: BFranklin is the LED lighting expert – We sell Great Lighting for Life. For a limited time you can order our free “try light” kit to help you convert your home to LED lights. LEDs save consumers money, lower their energy usage and protect the environment. We’ve made it easy! When you’re buying a light bulb that lasts 20+ years, you want to make a brilliant choice. Get started today by ordering your kit from www.bfranklinhome.com

New Castle Community Day

This year, the annual New Castle Community Day will be held on September 15th at the Chappaqua Train Station parking lot. Community Day is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chappaqua, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle. It’s a great opportunity to showcase your businesses and organizations to residents. Please review the Registration Form for more information. Spots are available on a first come, first served basis.

Rotary Club of Chappaqua is a community service organization made up of residents, leaders of the community, and local business owners. Weekly meetings include guest speakers presenting topics of local and/or global importance, as well as updates on Rotary projects. Embodying the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self”, the club gives back to local organizations and projects, helps organize community events, and supports the initiatives of Rotary International.

NEW: Chappaqua School Foundation Pre-school Event

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NEW: Author Talk and Lecture, Panel Discussion

Mary Hogan, author of Left: A Love Story
Jody Addeo, Community Engagement Manager of the Alzheimer’s Association of the Hudson Valley

In this novel, from the author of the critically acclaimed Two Sisters, comes the story of a woman who retreats into a fantasy world on New York’s City’s Upper West Side as she slowly loses her once whip-smart husband to dementia.

Poignant and beautifully crafted, Left, is an unforgettable tale about life’s aching uncertainties-and a woman who discovers that somewhere between hope and reality, an unexpected future will find its way forward.

Jody will discuss The Basics: memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, followed by knowing the 10 warning signs, early detection and tips from the latest research.

Cosponsor: Town of New Castle
Tuesday, August 14 @ 7PM

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market – EATING CLOSE TO THE EARTH

Farmer's market logoI’ll never forget the first time Dominique Debroux, of Anna Maria’s Foods, came to see me at the Hastings Farmer’s Market to introduce me to her line of savory jams. She came prepared with some hard cheese and a spoon and plenty of family pride, and rightfully so. One taste of her heady radicchio marmalade and I was hooked.And, convinced that her products are perfect for a farmer’s market as they are meant to pair so many of the foods we sell at the market from artisanal charcuterie and cheeses, to all the pastured meats. Her red bell pepper jam, for example, is just the thing to eat with McGrath Cheese Co.’s Rascal cheese. The jam holds a hint of cherry pepper heat and “leaves your mouth warm without assaulting it,” says Dominique. She likes it with hard cheeses but also as an inspired marinade for steak, lamb or chicken. She even mixes it with yogurt for breakfast.

Read more at the Farmers Market blog

NEW: SPCA of Westchester – Clear the Shelter

Clear the shelters adoption dayThe SPCA of Westchester is teaming up with NBC 4 New York/WNBC to host NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters third annual nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 18th. On this day, the SPCA of Westchester will offer reduced and/or waived pet adoption fees on many dogs and cats as part of the nationwide Clear the Shelters initiative that seeks to help families find and adopt homeless pets. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has resulted in more than 70,000 pet adoptions nationwide.

When: Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 10 AM to 4 PM
Where: 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
Info: Audiences can visit spca914.org to view all eligible animals or nbcnewyork.com/cleartheshelters for a full listing of participating shelters.

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Sloan Wainwright

Sloan Wainwright at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 22

480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Defying standard categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright, consistently demonstrates her easy command of a variety of American musical styles — pop, folk, jazz and blues — held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto, with the end result being a unique and soulful hybrid.

With a solid and impressive discography of 10 original CD releases to her credit, Sloan continues to write, sing and perform live and has won two songwriting awards at the annual EmPower Posi Music Awards. In addition, Sloan has written numerous musical compositions for theater and dance and teaches at many of the best-known master songwriter series and workshops.

Tickets available here.

Opening – Recreation and Parks Commission

The Recreation and Parks Commission develops long term and short term plans for the Town’s parks and sponsors activities for New Castle residents from pre-school to senior citizens. The Commission supervises equipment, operation and maintenance of all facilities; makes rules and regulations governing their use; establishes and collects fees; plans for the future recreation and parks needs of the community; prepares an annual budget to recommend to the Town Board; files an annual report with the Town Board; and makes recommendations to the Town Board for recreational programs to be held jointly with neighboring municipalities, the Chappaqua Library, or with school districts within the town.

The Recreation and Parks Commission appoints the Superintendent of Recreation and Parks who supervises New Castle’s professional Recreation Department staff. The Superintendent of Recreation shall administer the policies of the Commission and direct the programs and facilities under its control, but may not exercise the authority of the Commission in its absence.

The facilities and parks under the Recreation and Parks Commission include: Gedney Park, Millwood Park, Recreation Field, Smith Park, Whippoorwill Park, and the Community Center.

Members of the Recreation and Parks Commission are not eligible for reappointment unless the first term was a partial term. All Commission members annually choose the chairman in the first week of February. The Commission may advise the Town Board of any member who misses three consecutive regular meetings or more than four meetings of any kind during the calendar year.

The term is for seven years. The meetings are the first Thursday of every month.

Please complete this form and email to Jill Shapiro, the New Castle Town Administrator at JShapiro@MyNewCastle.org.

Saw Mill River Audubon Pruyn Sanctuary Gardens Open House

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saw Mill River Audubon Pruyn Sanctuary Gardens Open House

Pruyn Sanctuary, 275 Millwood Road, Chappaqua, NY 10514

Drop by Pruyn Sanctuary to look over our new Plants for Birds garden plot, our Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden and the adjacent Pruyn Arboretum. See native grasses and flowering plants that you may want to plant, talk with SMRA garden volunteers, and pick up our plants lists. Come any time between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Stay longer, if you wish, for the 3:30 pm Third Sunday Walk through Pruyn Sanctuary. No pre-registration necessary. For weather cancellations check our website at sawmillriveraudubon.org.

Summer Recreation is Now Open

Click here to register.

New Castle Diversity & Inclusion Committee – International Cocktail Party

SAVE THIS NEW DATE FOR OUR SEPTEMBER EVENT! Thursday, September 6th, 6:30-8:30PM. The New Castle Diversity & Inclusion Committee will be hosting our first “International Cocktail Party” at Aesop’s Fable Restaurant featuring global cocktail favorites,sangria and wines from Italy and France. This is a fundraiser for Immigrant Families Together, an organization that works to reunite Moms and their Children. Please join us for this fun, festive and important fundraising party to kick-off the fall season!!!

Registration open for 3rd/4th/5th/6th Grade Fall 2018 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. 8th through Nov. 3rd. 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.