New Castle Community eNewsletter 09/29/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Chappaqua Fire Department Fire Prevention Open House

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.

NEW: Make Your Yard Fabulous! At the Chappaqua Library – Oct 5th

The Chappaqua Library and the New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board are co-sponsoring Make Your Lawn Fabulous!, a lecture with Master Gardener Fiona Mitchell, co-founder of the leaf mulching initiative Leave Leaves Alone. Whether you do your own yard work or you have a landscaping service, every homeowner should understand the impacts and effects of lawn and garden maintenance. Learn what to do – and what NOT to do – in order to have lawns and gardens that are beautiful, friendlier to wildlife and pollinators, and healthier for all.Thursday, October 5, 2017, 7:00-9:00pm, Chappaqua Library 195 S. Greeley Avenue. Free and open to the Public. For more information, please contact

NEW: New Electric Vehicle Opportunity – BMW

Here’s another great Electric Vehicle opportunity for you!Claim $7,500 off the New BMWi3 along with $7,500 Federal Tax Credits + Up to $1,700 NYS Rebates

This Offer is brought to you by: BMW, EarthKind Energy & Sustainable Westchester, Inc


Questions?? Call Sustainable Westchester,Inc at 914-242-4725

NEW: Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

  • Assemblyman David Buchwald
  • Fall Decorations
  • Chappaqua Hamlet Infrastructure and Streetscape Project
  • Millwood InterGenerate Community Garden
  • Westorchard Elementary School – New Nature Trail
  • Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) to study new “Textalyzer
  • Gabby Rosenfeld Award
  • Community Sign
  • Airport Privatization
  • Your Tax Dollars at Work – Paving
  • Millwood Yard
  • Mill River Rd and Douglas Rd just south of the traffic light
  • Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Prospector Theater
  • Keeping of Chickens

Get the full details here.Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator

  • 2017-2018 School Tax Collection is ongoing
  • Route 120 Sidewalk Replacement project
  • 2018 Tentative Budget is Coming!
  • Downtown Infrastructure and Streetscape Project- Informal Informational Meeting
  • NYSDOT Announces Repaving of the Saw Mill Parkway

Get the full details here

NEW: Millwood-Ossining Go! Public Forums

The Towns of Ossining and New Castle and the Village of Ossining were recently awarded a grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway to develop a plan for an Open Space/Bike Lane/Commerce Connectivity Corridor, which would create enhanced pedestrian and bike access between commercial zones and open space in the Ossining and New Castle area. An inter-municipal task force has been established and has begun the process of identifying potential routes to bring the plan to fruition. The Millwood-Ossining Go! Task Force is seeking public input on potential routes at public forums scheduled for Thursday, October 5th at the Club Fit Briarcliff Café, located at 584 N. State Road in Briarcliff Manor, and Thursday, November 2nd at the Ossining Public Library Café, located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. Both days will include forums from 1pm-2pm and 7pm-8pm.

Please RSVP on the Town’s website. Giveaways at the forums will be provided by Club Fit Briarcliff. For more information, call the Town of Ossining Supervisor’s Office at (914) 762-6001 or email

NEW: CSF Moms’ Night Out

NEW: Chappaqua Library October Broadway series


The library is pleased to host a month-long series of programs celebrating Broadway. Broadway professionals will be speaking about their specialities: music, the written word and the visual arts.

Kickoff: Broadway Musical Revue

Broadway stars Erin Stewart (A Little Night Music), and David DeWitt (Phantom of the Opera) join the West Point Quinette 7 Ensemble and the Chappaqua Orchestra strings, with Michael Shapiro, conductor and host.

Sunday, October 8 @ 3pm

NEW: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – So Percussion

So Percussion, Sat 10/14 @ 8pm, Chappaqua Performing Arts Center located at 480 North Bedford Road, Chappaqua.Sō Percussion is a percussion-based music organization that creates and presents new collaborative works to adventurous and curious audiences and educational initiatives to engaged students, while providing meaningful service to its communities, in order to exemplify the power of music to unite people and forge deep social bonds.

Tickets for Sō Percussion, ($30 – $60) can be purchased online at, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or in person on show day at the lobby box office.

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!

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.

NEW: Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival

Don’t miss the fifth annual Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival, October 14, 10 am – 4 pm, at Bell Middle School in Chappaqua. Over 90 beloved authors and illustrators will be there, in person, to thrill, inspire, and instill the love of reading. Books will be available for purchase, including old favorites and latest works. There will be lots of family friendly activities, a great food court, and live entertainment that includes a fun-filled dance party. It’s the perfect family day. Please click here to go to our website and learn more about the authors that will be at the festival.

Volunteer by going here.

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.

Method & Melody

There is no better combination than Fine art and Music. NWAG opens their show, Method & Melody on October 14,, 2017 in conjunction with the musical performance with Sō Percussion.Co-Sponsored by Sari Shaw of Platinum Reality in Chappaqua, the opening reception for the show Method & Melody will be from 5-8pm at Chappaqua Performing Arts Center located at 480 North Bedford Road, Chappaqua. Tickets for Sō Percussion, ($30 – $60) can be purchased online at, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or in person on show day at the lobby box office.

All of the work from Method & Melody is for sale and will be on display through November 17th. Visitors are welcome during normal business hours of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center or by appointment with a member of NWAG, which can be set up by emailing them at For additional information, visit or call 914-458-5143

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1st Annual Oktoberfest at FCC

NEW: New Castle Fire District No. 1 – Information Session

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.

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 visit 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 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.