New Castle Community eNewsletter 08/18/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 08/18/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

New Castle Supervisor’s Report – 8/18/2017

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

Hunts Place Update

Hunts PlaceAs far as the Brownfield remediation being conducted at 54 Hunts Place, as many are well aware, odors were identified in early August by community residents. Those complaints were immediately referred to the NYSDEC, which promptly investigated the complaints and stopped work on the project.

Although NYSDEC has exclusive authority to control the remediation work, the Town immediately retained our own environmental consultant, WCD, to monitor the process. WCD reviewed the Revised Remedial Action Excavation Approach, Revised Community Air Monitoring Plan and Community Emergency Response Plan. They inspected the site and interviewed on-site personnel familiar with the equipment currently being used to monitor the site and familiar with the prospective excavation schedule.

WCD has requested, and NYSDEC has agreed that the site plans were modified in the following manner:

  • Additional air monitoring station to be situated between the excavation area and World Cup
  • The excavation activities will be accompanied by the use of odor suppressing foam (Rusmar) and spray (Biosolve).
  • The number of off-site air monitoring stations increased by at least four (4) to provide data from all directions of the site. Permanent locations can be established to the north, proximal to the nursery school, to the east, proximal to commuter parking and a commercial shopping district, to the south, proximal to the MTA commuter station, and to the west near the Saw Mill Parkway off-ramp. WCD recommends that permanent stations be set up as described above.

We have requested that NYSDEC maintain a continual presence on the Site during the remainder of the excavation activities to assist the prime contractor in determining the need for and the timing of odor suppressing actions. We have requested that the Town and WCD receive daily CAMP reports and all other relevant correspondence relating to air quality. Last, our Town Building Inspector will be notified immediately of any odor complaints or monitor exceedances.

Work resumed this morning, Friday, August 18th. Our environmental consultant, and NYSDEC were on site. Our environmental consultant noted that foaming activities are occurring with excavation. Once the ground is broken, the foam is placed.

A Hunts Place Odor Compliant Hotline has been set-up. The number is 914-613-6026. You can read more here.

Commuter Lot PavingCommuter Lot Paving

There will be a partial closure of the rail road commuter parking lot from Monday, August 21 through Friday, August 25, for a repaving and restriping project. Overflow parking will be available at Town Hall.

Roaring Brook Road Paving Update

The date for the milling and paving on Roaring Brook Road was changed to Monday, August 21st and Tuesday, August, 22nd. Also,regarding the paving at Horace Greely High School, will be Tuesday, August 22 through Thursday, August 24.

Route 120 Paving

The paving work is scheduled for August 21 – 26. The lane closures will be in effect from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. The road will be open to traffic utilizing one lane alternating operation through the work zone. NYSDOT will be placing variable message boards at the north end of Route 120, near the Route 133 intersection, and at Chappaqua Mountain Road within the next few days, alerting motorists of the upcoming work. Ideally, motorists would avoid using Route 120 during the pavement project, but the road will be open to traffic. The roadway will be milled first, then will be resurfaced. There will be 2 – 3 days when motorists are driving on the milled surface.

Con Ed Tree Trimming

Below is a list of streets that Con Ed will be performing routine tree trimming maintenance. No tree removals are planned, only pruning and trimming.

  • Bedford Road
  • Memorial Dr
  • Brevoort Rd
  • Brevoort Pl
  • Paulding Dr
  • Kitchawan Dr
  • Mohegan Dr
  • Algonquin Dr
  • Seneca Dr
  • Overlook Dr
  • Upland Dr
  • Evergreen La
  • Hard Ridge Rd
  • Shadow Brook Pkwy
  • High Way
  • North Way

NEW: Movies in Millwood – CANCELLED

Unfortunately, due to the prediction of rain and thunderstorms this evening, The Mike Risko Band performance and showing of The Lego Batman Movie is cancelled.

NEW: Chappaqua School Foundation Preschool Event

NEW: SPCA of Westchester – Clear the Shelter

The 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 19. 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 19 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.

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NEW: Back to School calendars are now up on Burbio.com!

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Burbio.com has a free website and iPhone App that puts our schools, school sports, library, recycling, and other community events in one place. With Burbio, you can select calendars to follow, create a personalized event feed that updates, sync local events to your Google or iPhone calendars instantly – no more hand-entering – and be notified when things change.And it’s all in time for Back to School! Sign up for free at Burbio.com

Burbio is free for non-profits and puts all its’ events on Amazon Alexa. If you’d like to add your group to Burbio, please email co-founder Julie@burbio.com to get started.

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market: Gone Fishin’

I’m shopping the local farmer’s markets in and around Blue Hill, ME. this week, the official end to the blueberry season. The markets here are so tiny and quaint. Makes me appreciate how fortunate we are to live smack in the gateway to the Hudson Valley and all its bounty, from beets to beans, to heritage pork and artisanal cheese and charcuterie…and tomatoes, so many tomatoes.Read more on the blog.

Arts & Culture Committee – Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

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, a new 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation 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 FriendsofChappPAC@gmail.com

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 Ticketmaster.com 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.

2017 CHAPPAQUA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER FALL SEASON LINE UP

  • 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 bookwallace@mynewcastle.org.Use 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 Ticketmaster.com or by phone 1-800-745-3000

Your Community. Your Theatre. www.chappaquaPAC.org

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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 sab@mynewcastle.org. We will make a final selection on September 11th.

Locations:
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.

LWVNC – PLEASE VOTE THIS FALL!

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:

PRIMARY ELECTION–TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th

  • 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

GENERAL ELECTION–TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7th

  • 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 www.lwvnewcastle.org.

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 dutchessfair.com/dutchess-fair.

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 – dgriffin@wesfair.com – 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 – dshanley@mynewcastle.org 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.

 

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