New Castle Community eNewsletter 09/01/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Pedestrian Safety During Construction

NEW: September is National Preparedness Month

Since its inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month is observed each September in the U.S. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month encourages thoughtful preparation for emergencies at home, at work, in school, and in the community. Each weekday throughout the month of September the Town of New Castle’s Community Preparedness Committee will be offering valuable tips and advise on how you can prepare. Please visit the Committee’s webpage each weekday, or watch for posts on Chappaqua Moms and Chappaqua Dads Facebook pages. For more information you can reach out to the Committee Chair (Jason Goldberg) or any of the Committee members.


The Lemonade (stand…for a cause!) is having extended hours (10:30am-3pm) THIS SATURDAY to help raise money for hurricane relief!! Stop by and grab a cup of lemonade to help in our towns effort!

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market: Copped!

In honor of summer’s last hurrah, I am re-posting a blog I wrote about my late father’s famous chopped salad. I often get requests for this salad and enjoy any excuse to write about my dad who would have loved the Chappaqua Farmers Market and vendors like Larchmont Charcuterie, McGrath Cheese – both here tomorrow, btw.”My very French father is the master of the very chopped salad. It is the one American dish this passionate French gastronome has embraced after 50 years of living stateside. He loves the pele mele nature of it: open the fridge, pull out anything that’s fresh and can be minced (including last night’s leftover ahi tuna or roast chicken or lamb roast) and start chopping. Don’t stop until you’ve got a cramp in your arm or Maman’s storied green salad bowl (a wedding gift) can’t possibly take one corn kernel, endive leaf or cucumber round.

Read more here.

NEW: Take It Or Leave It Shop

The Recycling Center will be closed, but the Take It Or Leave It Shop will be open as usual, 9-12, at the station on this Saturday. Please no drop offs after 11 A.M., and no books, clothes, oversize items or things in bad condition.

NEW: 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: Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

  • Hunts Place Update
  • Commuter Lot Paving
  • Route 120 Paving
  • 9-11 Ceremony

For more information, click here.

NEW: Local Faces Chappaqua-Millwood- Photo Exhibit Opening!

Come check out the opening of our photo exhibit and celebrate local business! Enjoy food, drinks, music & hanging out with neighbors, small business owners and friends! Friday, September 15 at 6 PM – 9 PM hip-kid, 77 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, New York 10514

NEW: Greeley New Track & Field Opening Community Celebration 9/8

The New Greeley Track and Field Celebration, Friday 9/8, 4:30PM – 6:30PM. Come Celebrate, Have Dinner, Play Games and Stay For Some Quaker Football

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, 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: HGSF Sparkle for a Cause, Sept. 19th, 6 – 9 pm

September & October Senior Newsletter

New Castle Recreation & Parks – Fall Recreation Catalog

Click HERE to register.

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, call (914) 238-4666, or email Cassie Ward at

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

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

For additional information, please contact Adelaide DiGiorgi at For up-to-date information on the candidates and your polling places, go to


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

Chappaqua School Foundation Preschool Event

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.

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.

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.