New Castle Community eNewsletter 08/25/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 08/25/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Supervisor’s Report

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle
 

Hunts Place Update

I have previously provided updates on the brownfield remediation being done at 54 Hunts Place, near the Quaker Street Bridge and Saw Mill River Parkway. Click here for my report of August 9, 2017 and here for my report of August 18, 2017.

As I’ve mentioned before, for residents who think that a residential apartment building doesn’t belong sandwiched between the Harlem Line railroad and a busy parkway off-ramp – every member of the current Town Board agrees with you!! By way of background, this project was approved by a prior Town Board in 2013. The first phase of the construction involves remediating the environmental contamination on the property, which was used to run a kerosene, fuel oil and gasoline supply business between roughly the 1930s and 1960s. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”), not the Town, has jurisdiction over the environmental clean-up. The remediation plan that was approved by NYSDEC. The approved plan requires a 10-foot excavation of much of the site, up to the property line.

Residents have been understandably concerned about potential health risks associated with the strong odors coming from the site. Right now, we are also doing everything in our power to eliminate risks to our residents. We have taken a number of steps to monitor the release of air-borne contaminants and ensure that the developer follows all required procedures for the excavation work. To summarize —

  • We retained our own environmental consultant, WCD Group, LLC (http://www.wcdgroup.com/),to address the immediate concern – soil removal and air monitoring.
  • We obtained additional air monitoring station to be situated between the excavation area and World Cup.
  • The number of off-site air monitoring stations was increased by at least four (4) to provide data from all directions of the site.
  • NYSDEC is reviewing the sensor reports on a daily basis.
  • Our environmental consultant is reviewing the sensor reports.
  • Our environmental consultant is doing independent air quality monitoring sampling with their own equipment – a photoionization detector (“PID”).
  • Our environmental consultant is maintaining a continual presence on the site during excavation
  • NYSDEC is maintaining a continual presence on the site during the remainder of the excavation.
  • Our building inspector is visiting the site on a regular basis.
  • We are receiving daily monitoring reports and posting them on the Town web site. (http://mynewcastle.org/) (under latest news)

Our environmental consultant attended our work session on Wednesday morning and answered questions from Town Board members & residents. Here’s the video of the meeting. Following the meeting, I asked NYSDEC a number of questions. Click here for the questions and answers.

Residents should know that our environmental consultant’s opinion has consistently been that only low grade organic vapors were being generated in the immediate vicinity of the excavation, and that these vapors were not travelling any measurable distance from the site. The peak PID reading were well below the site guidance level.

As far as next steps, we have asked if the scope of remediation – depth and linear extent – should be expanded based on field conditions encountered. We have asked our environmental consultant to prepare a proposal so he can evaluate the remedial plan, advise as to off-site impacts. We have also asked him to attend our 9/6 Town Board meeting to explain the full remediation plan and future monitoring.

We will continue to monitor for any potential hazards. We will continue to work with NYSDEC and environmental consultant. We will continue to make sure our residents are safe.

 

Commuter Lot Paving

Repaving of the South commuter lot will be done today, Friday, August 25. The full lot will reopen on Monday.

 

Route 120 Paving

This project was delayed by a week. The Route 120 paving project is now scheduled to start this Monday, August 28th and be completed by Thursday August 31st. During this time Route 120 will remain open to traffic, utilizing alternating one lane operation. In order to better maintain traffic flow, Seven Bridges Road will be used as a bypass road to relieve traffic queue build ups.

 

9-11 Ceremony

Please join us as the Town of New Castle marks the sixteenth anniversary of 9-11. We will commemorate this solemn day with a memorial service, honoring and remembering all those affected and the thousands who lost their lives, including three New Castle residents. We will also pay tribute to the immediate response and contributions from New Castle’s first responders and residents on September 11th, 2001 and in the days that followed. The memorial will be held this year on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. at the Gedney Park, Millwood Road (Route 133), Chappaqua, New York 10514

NEW: Movies in Millwood – The Jungle Book

The Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce and New Castle Recreation and Parks Department, with major support from Drug Mart, are proud to present: The Jungle BookFriday, August 23, 2017. Movie begins at dusk.

Sponsored by:
Drug Mart
Financial Asset Management Corp.
Mike Risco Music School

NEW: September & October Senior Newsletter

NEW: New Castle Recreation & Parks – Fall Recreation Catalog

Click HERE to register.

NEW: Community Blood Drive – Help Save A Life!!

NEW: New Castle Historical Society – A Party in Greeley’s Garden

The New Castle Historical Society Invites You to Celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in New York State with a “Party in Greeley’s Garden”marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. New York State awarded this right to women three years before the 19th Amendment expanded it nationwide.

In honor of this significant anniversary, the New Castle Historical Society (located in downtown Chappaqua) is hosting “A Party in Greeley’s Garden: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in NYS,” on Friday, September 15, 2017, from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, at the Horace Greeley House Museum. All proceeds from the event support the NCHS; and a portion of these funds will be used toward the creation of a special exhibition exploring the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the life of Carrie Chapman Catt, a leading suffragist and a former New Castle resident. The exhibition will open in this fall. To buy tickets or to become a sponsor, please visit newcastlehs.org, call (914) 238-4666, or email Cassie Ward at director@newcastlehs.org.

Sponsored by: The Inside Press (Media Sponsor), Nicolaysen Agency, Inc., and Douglass Elliman Real Estate.

NEW: LWVNC/LWVW to hold Candidates’ Night – September 5th

The League of Women Voters® of New Castle invites the community to a Candidates’ Night for the September 12th Democratic Primary for Westchester County Executive. Candidates’ Night will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chappaqua Library Theater, 195 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY.

The candidates are:
Kenneth W. Jenkins
George S. Latimer

The event is co-sponsored with the League of Women Voters® of Westchester. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Candidates’ Night will be recorded by NCCMC and live streamed at http://livestream.com/nccmc/nclwv.

For additional information, please contact Adelaide DiGiorgi at adigiorgi@optonline.net. For up-to-date information on the candidates and your polling places, go to www.Vote411.org.

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.

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market: 11 Great Things to Look for at the Market this Week

1. The Morbier-style cheese at Valley Shepherd Creamery
2. Bacon Marmalade at Stone & Thistle (it’s the end of summer…live a little)
3. The ridiculously sweet and crunchy CORN at Black Creek Farm
4. Growing Hearts Farm’s okra. Think you don’t like okra? Let them prove you wrong.
5. Carnitas tacos and bright/seasonal agua fresca at Mariachi Mexico
6. The oh-so popular Monkey Bread at Wave Hill Breads
7. Shishito peppers for the grill, teeny yellow cucumbers and any and all tomatoes at Letterbox Farm.
8. A bouquet of ornamental flowers from Treadlight Farm, because blossoms=bliss. Especially when they are grown locally by an awesome couple.
9. Pickled golden beets from Deep Roots Farm my new favorite condiment for any all salads, sandwiches and sliders.
10. Neversink Spirits’ very floral gin which deserves to star in a creative summer cocktail.
11. The “petite” watermelons at Madura FarmsRead more here.

Chappaqua School Foundation Preschool Event

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

Burbio flyer
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.

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.

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.

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.