New Castle Community eNewsletter 09/22/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 09/22/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Chappaqua Downtown Revitalization

As part of New Castle’s continuing outreach regarding the Chappaqua Hamlet Infrastructure and Streetscape Project, there will be an informal information session on Wednesday, September 27th at 7-8p at Town Hall to discuss among other topics the general project scope, nighttime work and scheduling.

Support Our Merchants During Construction

Downtown Chappaqua is under construction. We are working on comprehensive infrastructure (water, sewer, stormwater, and roadway improvements), as well as landscape design and streetscape improvements for the Chappaqua Hamlet. While short-term sacrifice will bring long-term benefits, we must all do our best to lessen the impact on our merchants during construction. We have always pulled together as a community to help one another out. This is one of those times for our merchants. Please support our merchants during construction! Details about the project can be found here.

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Cyrille Aimee

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 8pm.Tickets: $25, $35, $75

Cyrille is called “one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation” by the Wall Street Journal, Cyrille Aimee is a vocalist with French and Dominican. Her hybrid of influences has resulted in an award-winning vocal style that incorporates gypsy swing with Brazilian rhythms and melodies into well-known standards and original compositions. You can learn more about her here. Tickets are available here.

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center: Art Show: Revolution – Art for Positive Social Change

An exciting art exhibition to New Castle entitled “Revolution – Art for Positive Social Change.” The works are timely and incredible. Come see the show before you see Cyril Aimee on September 23rd, and again on the 24th at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center.

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center: Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets

Awarded a Grammy for “Best Children’s Album,” Tim Kubart is the host for the popular preschool program “Sunny Side Up,” on NBC Universal’s Sprout Channel. Tim Kubart and his band, the “Space Cadets,” deliver a highly interactive, family friendly dance party for all ages.Tickets are availalble here.

More information is available here.

Be sure to check out Tim Kubart’s YouTube!

NEW: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center: Drama Bee

It has been proven that kids who are involved in the arts, do better in school, have more creativity, imagination and self confidence. Our educational theatre program, DRAMABEE, is a great way to introduce your child to theatre and the dramatic arts. During the 10 week DRAMABEE enrichment session, each student will be engaged in theatre activities (dancing, singing, acting) that will:

  • Help develop speaking skills
  • Build confidence
  • Enhance early social skills
  • Foster creative learning.

The end of the 10 week DRAMABEE session culminates in a live performance in front of parents and family members.. This proven educational program was developed by John Fanelli, the founder of Lighthouse Youth Theatre and Standing Ovation Studios based on the 20 + years of developing and delivering educational theatre programs to empower youth. We now bring this same focus to our pre-schoolers!!To register, click here.

Community Preparedness Committee: 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.

Ty Sells: Creating Connections That Count

New Castle United for Youth is excited to sponsor Ty Sells, a motivational speaker and youth leadership and prevention specialist, for two days of presentations to students and parents in our district. Please save the date for Ty Sells’ parent presentation on Monday, October 2 at 7 pm in the Horace Greeley auditorium. Learn the importance of building positive connections with your children so that they feel safe, secure, loved and accepted. Hear how these connections can help them to have a sense of purpose and meaning in life and can reduce the likelihood that they will engage in unhealthy, misguided or risky behaviors.

For more information, visit our website.

Exceptional People’s Committee Presents Nature Walk for People of ALL Abilities

The Saw Mill Audubon’s wonderful wheelchair accessible Pinecliff Sanctuary has allowed the EPIC (Exceptional People’s Committee) of New Castle to plan a nature walk for people of all abilities. Anne Swaim, Executive Director of Saw Mill Audubon, worked with me (A member of EPIC), to plan a structured “scavenger hunt” for participants to get to know Pinecliff Sanctuary’s wildlife.The walk will take place on October 14 from 10-11 and from 3-4. The rain date is October 21. This will be the first of several seasonal walks at Pinecliff for people of ALL abilities.

NEW: Great Chap Bake Sale To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

We hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer. We are excited for our 8th year on Saturday, October 14 from 10am-4pm at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival (CCBF) and hope to see you all there.

In the process of planning this year’s event, we along with all of you, were so incredibly moved by the impact of Hurricane Harvey and the devastating stories and images coming out of Texas. When we learned the Houston Public School system would be offering free breakfast and lunch for all students for the entire academic year, we knew the need would be long term and we knew we needed to help.

We requested that Share Our Strength consider donating funds raised at this year’s GCBS to meals programs for children in Texas. While this does not negate the need for continued support of meals programs here in New York State, Share Our Strength agreed that our funds would help supplement the incredible work they are already doing on the ground in Texas.

We plan to work as hard as ever to help children in Texas and we hope that all of you will bake, volunteer your time, donate money and buy raffle tickets to support this effort. Our fundraising page can be accessed here. Children are in need, no matter their geographic location, and we are so proud of this community of supporters for their dedication and devotion to this cause.

If you haven’t already, please let us know if you would like to bake or volunteer your time on the day of the event. And be on the lookout for an email detailing how to pre-purchase raffle tickets for great prizes coming soon.

Warm Regards,

Allison Spiegel, Holly Blum & Jessica Reinmann
Great Chappaqua Bake Sale Co-Chairs

Proof that a small community can make a BIG difference in the fight against childhood hunger.

NEW: Fall Semester – Chappaqua Continuing Education

Online and snail mail registration continues for the Chappaqua Continuing Education’s Fall 2017 Program. With 31 new classes, 38 one-day classes, and plenty of returning favorites, the Chappaqua Continuing Education Fall 2017 Course Catalog offers something for everyone.Whether you’re curious about digital photography, looking to learn a new language, would like to live a healthier life, or want to improve your culinary skills, please take a moment to review the 75+ classes available in a wide range of categories.

Classes fill quickly so don’t delay! For more information and to register, please or call 914-238-7201 x2318. We look forward to seeing you in class!

Do you have a class you would like to teach in the Spring? Click here to find out how.

Need a Senior Citizen Card/Number? Click here for the form. (CCSD Residents Only)

David Hayes
Office of Public Information
Chappaqua Central School District
66 Roaring Brook Road
Chappaqua, NY 10514
(ph) 914.238.7200 x1026
(c) 914.497.5931

NEW: Call for Volunteers – Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival

The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival is Saturday, Oct 14th. We need over 100 Volunteers to help with this amazing family friendly event that is also a great showcase for our town. SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE. Share with family, friends, teams and clubs. Also GREAT for community service/volunteer experience for students. Sign up for your timeslot here.

NEW: 1st Annual Oktoberfest at FCC

Method & Melody

Face of America Liberty 2017

West Point to Manhattan Cycling with Injured Veterans
Sunday, October 8
World T.E.A.M. Sports’ 2017 Face of America Liberty honors and assists our military – injured, veterans and active duty – and the true American Spirit. A single day, 53-mile bicycle and hand cycle ride by disabled and able-bodied participants, the 100 participants of the Face of America Liberty will travel city streets and gently rolling country byways, from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York to One World Trade Center in Manhattan.

This inspiring ride is an opportunity to welcome disabled and able-bodied servicemen and women as teammates in an outdoor sporting event and show them how much America appreciates their efforts and sacrifices. Like its’sister Face of America ride from the Pentagon to historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, this ride brings together athletes with and without disabilities. Funds raised through the ride will pay for creating a safe ride experience for all participants. Any remaining funds following the ride’s conclusion will be dedicated to upcoming World T.E.A.M. Sports events for adaptive athletes, such as our Adventure Team Challenge events in Colorado and New York, and our upcoming 2018 CanAm Veterans’ Challenge Washington to Ottawa bicycle ride with injured military veterans, from the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

The Face of America Liberty begins early in the morning of October 8 at the United States Military Academy in West Point. In the cool morning air, riders will travel along scenic country lanes adjacent to the Hudson River south to New Jersey and metropolitan New York. Crossing onto Manhattan Island, the riders will complete the Face of America Liberty by mid-afternoon at the distinctive One World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan. In 2002 and 2003, World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Face of America ride served as the official commemorative 9/11 bicycle ride from New York to the Pentagon. It began at this location, attracting more than 2,000 participants in two years. To this day, the Face of America family of rides provides opportunities for disabled and able-bodied persons seeking greater personal challenges.

To volunteer at rest stops, please contact Ride Director: James McCauley Jr. – Phone: 914-420-7689

To donate, click here.

More Information, click here.

New Castle Recreation & Parks – Fall Recreation Catalog

Click HERE to register.

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.