New Castle Community eNewsletter 08/11/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Arts & Culture Committee – Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – August 8, 2017

Lisa Katz
Councilwoman / Chair of Arts & Culture Committee
I am thrilled to announce some exciting developments at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center!The 425-seat venue will have its grand opening on September 23, 2017 with the first of 12 concerts, plays and performances scheduled for its inaugural Fall Season. It’s a diverse, imaginative and exceptionally entertaining line-up, ranging from the remarkable jazz stylings of internationally acclaimed singer Cyrille Aimee on the 23rd, together with an Art Exhibit called Revolution – the Art of Positive Social Change, and the driving rhythms of the ground-breaking percussion ensemble Sō Percussion, to perennial favorites such as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” as well as original plays and musicals, a concert by renowned guitarist Matt Schofield, and tributes to such American musical icons as Frank Sinatra and the Allman Brothers Band. Entertainment will be offered for all ages, including a full slate of children’s programming.

In addition, a capital fundraising campaign has been initiated by the Friends of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, established to provide financial support to ChappPAC. An inaugural fundraising gala will take place November 4, 2017. I would like to thank Michele Gregson and Tracy Stein who are working tirelessly leading Friends of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, which was formed by residents of New Castle interested in supporting the arts in New Castle. Friends of the Arts in New Castle already hosted a fundraiser when local recording artist Frank Shiner performed earlier this year. Shiner’s all-star band donated 100% of ticket sale profits to the Friends of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. To get involved with Friends of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, please contact

We also have received an anonymous donation of $30,000 to be used for children’s programming at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. I am so pleased that the interest in programming at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center is already so great. We feel honored to have received this $30,000 grant, which gives us an incredible opportunity to enhance our children’s programs at ChappPAC. We already hired a theatre manager – John Fanelli of Lighthouse Youth Theater – to manager the facility.

Tickets go on presale TOMORROW for our amazing fall line up at or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Use the code CHAPP to take advantage of the presale, which begins at 10AM tomorrow. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, August 11, 2017 at 10.


  • 9/23 Cyrille Aimee (Jazz) & Art Exhibit
  • 10/8 Tim Kubart & The Space Cadets (Children)
  • 10/14 So Percussion (Classical)
  • 10/20 Soulshine: An Allman Brothers Experience (Rock)
  • 10/27 Rocky Horror Picture Show (Film)
  • 10/28 Echos of Sinatra (Swing)
  • 11/2 Matt Schofield (Blues)
  • 11/4 ChappPAC Gala
  • 11/11 The Greatest Pirate Story (N)ever Told! (Children)
  • 12/1 What Fresh Hell Live! (Spoken Word)
  • 12/9 Ragtag Theatre’s Cinderella (Children)
  • 12/17 ELF (Film)

From the beginning, our goal was to make this the preeminent venue for the arts in Northern Westchester. Our goal was to make the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center a true gem for this community, offering people of all ages an opportunity to enjoy first class entertainment practically in their own backyard. I think everyone will agree we’ve come very far in a short time. It’s already invaluable resource for our community! I would like to thank all of the members of the New Castle Arts & Culture Committee for their passion and hard work, as well as John Fanelli, Scott Campbell and Keith DeBuono. To book the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, email code CHAPP to take advantage of the presale, beginning August 9th at 10am.

Get Tickets Here.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, August 11, 2017 at 10am and can be purchased through or by phone 1-800-745-3000

Your Community. Your Theatre.



NEW: Chappaqua Downtown Revitalization

Movies in Millwood

The Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce, with major support by Drug Mart, present Movies in Millwood on four Friday nights in August.Sing: Fri, 8/11: 8:30pm

The LEGO Batman Movie, Fri, 8/18: 8:30pm

The Jungle Book, Fri, 8/25: 8:30pm.

Millwood Park, 235 Saw Mill River Rd. (Rt. 100, next to Rocky’s)

NEW: Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

  • Hunts Place Brownfield Remediation
  • Chappaqua Downtown Revitalization
  • Westchester Airport
  • Paris Climate Change Accord Resolution
  • Distracted Driving
  • Double Poles
  • Paving List
  • Horace Greeley High School / Roaring Brook Road
  • Sidewalks
  • Route 120 Paving
  • Proposed Local Law – Regulation of Vape Shops
  • Town Hall Basketball court
  • Millwood Community Garden
  • Millwood 200 Year Anniversary
  • Millwood Train Station
  • Green Community Roundtable
  • Community Sign – working with CCSD
  • Chickens

More info availalbe here.Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator

  • Summer Commuter Lot Paving
  • Special events

More info available here.

NEW: Sustainability Advisory Board: LED Lighting in New Castle – Help Us Choose!

We’re getting new streetlights and we would like your opinion!The Sustainability Advisory Board in conjunction with the Department of Public Works is testing LED streetlights to save energy, greenhouse gases and $. There are 5 test lights. One of them is the harsher light and the other 4 are “easier on the eyes.” Please let us know which of the lights you prefer and why by sending an email to We will make a final selection on September 11th.

All lights have signs on the telephone poles identifying them as the LED test lights.

  • Light A: Pole #5 North Greeley and Maple across from post office
  • Light B: Pole #2 across from 10 Senter Street @ Greeley House
  • Light C: Pole #5 in front of house # 42 Prospect Dr.
  • Light D: Pole #13 Prospect Dr.
  • Light E: Pole #3 Castle Rd. and Bischoff Ave.



By the League of Women Voters® of New Castle

Voting is an important part of being a United States citizen. League of Women Voters’ Voters Guides with candidate and proposition information will be available online in September; printed Voters Guides will be mailed in early October.

Below are key dates, including dates for getting absentee ballots:


  • Register in person by August 18th
  • Register by mail: Postmarked by August 18 and received by August 23rd
  • Apply for absentee ballot in person by September 11th
  • Apply for absentee ballot by mail: postmarked by September 5th
  • Deliver ballot in person by September 12th
  • Deliver ballot by mail: postmarked by September 11th and received by September 19th


  • Register in person by October 13th; if honorably discharged by the military or become a naturalized citizen after October 13th, you may register in person at the Board of Elections up until October 28th
  • Register by mail: Postmarked by October 13th and received by October 18th
  • Apply for absentee ballot in person by November 6th
  • Apply for absentee ballot by mail: postmarked by October 31st
  • Deliver ballot in person by November 7th
  • Deliver ballot by mail: postmarked by November 6th and received by November 14th

Last day to change party enrollment for 2018 primaries: October 13, 2017Forms and applications should be hand delivered or mailed to the Westchester County Board of Elections (25 Quarropas Street, White Plains, NY 10601).

Additional information about registration and voting, including information about how to obtain forms and applications, can be found in the League’s 2017 Voters Guide Part I and at

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market: Grilling the Gills

Burgers. Hot Dogs. Been there. Done that.With all the great fish available to us at the market from Pura Vida it’s a shame not to experiment with different types of fish on the barbecue. I was thrilled to find this primer on grilling fish – whole and fillets – in the food section of a Portland paper (they do know their fish). We tend to go with the meatier fish like tuna and sword for the grill, because they just seem, well, safer. But the grill really does wonders for smoky, flavorful fish like mackerel, sardines and striped bass.

Read more on the blog.

What are the kids doing the rest of the Summer?

Flag Football CampTOUCHDOWN! Flag Football Camp welcomes anyone entering grades 3-7. This is going to be a fun week of learning fundamental skills and rules of both flag football and real football! Please note the location has been changed to Bell Middle School. Registration/Info available here

Bizzy Girls

For girls ages 6-12, a 5 day mini-camp that will teach girls how to create a product line, develop business skills, sell products and build confidence. August 14-18, 2017 at the new Castle Community Center Registration/Info available here.

Basketball Camp

Terry Teachout’s Shooting Boot Camp has become a New Castle tradition for youth basketball players in town. This week long camp is open to all players ages 7-17. Registration/Info available here.

Summer on Stage

Open for ages 5-15, Standing Ovations Studios and New Castle Recreation 7 Parks is running two week long theater camps. Each week concludes with a show on stage at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. Registration/Info available here


Theater for the younger ones (ages 3-5). Only one class remains open, Alice in Wonderland August 7-18, 1:30pm-2:30pm. The program concludes with a performance on stage. Registration/Info available here.

Mini Warror Training Camp

Allow your little ones to bring out their inner WARRIOR. Join us for a week long camp that will focus on training for the Minds, Body, & Soul. S.P.O.R.T. will combine Spartan training, Playing games, Obstacle courses, Relay racing and Team building. Focus will be placed on stretching and mental awareness both in life and sports. Open for boys and girls ages 6-10. This camp is like NO OTHER! August 28-Sept. 1. 10am-1pm Registration/Info available here.

Multi Sports Camps

With up to 16 sports in one fun program, this camp offers variety, quality and fun that cannot be matched! Focusing on teamwork and sportsmanship, your child will learn the skills and rules of different sports, before putting them to practice in fun scrimmages and games. Ages 5-11 Registration/Info available here

Exceptional People Committee Present ‘Think Differently Thursday’ at Dutchess County Fair

On Aug. 24, a special early gate opening at 9 a.m. will allow these individuals and their families to enjoy the Dutchess County Fair ahead of loud noises and large crowds. Special sensory sensitive hours on the carnival midway also will take place.Special needs families will have first entry to the fairgrounds one hour before the official 10 a.m. start time and the opportunity to enjoy the fairgrounds ahead of large crowds, including the animal barns on Livestock Hill and the 4H Exhibit Hall.

While not all of the attractions and exhibits will be open at 9 a.m., the soft opening provides families a chance to ease into their day at the fair by arriving early.

The Dutchess County Fair runs Aug. 22-27, opening at 10 a.m. each day. Special needs families coming to enjoy Think Differently Thursday on Aug. 24 should enter the fair at the main ticket gate.

Admission and ride tickets can be purchased online, at an advance sale discount rate, or on-site. Children under 12 are free.

For more information and a full schedule of the Dutchess County Fair’s events, visit

Chappaqua Community Day

This year, the annual Chappaqua Community Day will be held on September 16th at the Chappaqua Train Station parking lot. Community Day is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chappaqua. It’s a great opportunity to showcase your businesses and organizations to residents. Please review the attached Registration Form for more information. Spots are available on a first come, first served basis.

Rotary Club of Chappaqua is a community organization made up of residents, leaders of the community, and local business owners. The Club meets locally every Monday. In additional to having lunch together, meetings include a speaker dealing with a topic of local and/or global importance, as well as updates on Rotary projects. However, most of the real work of Rotary takes place outside of the weekly meeting. The Club gives back to local organizations and projects, helps organize community events, and support the initiatives of Rotary International. Please email Daniel Griffin – – for an application.

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

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.

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.

Habitat for Humanity of Westchester Raffle for a BMW

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.