New Castle Community eNewsletter 10/26/18

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Is Saturday, October 27

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 27th. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Visit the collection site outside the police department in Town Hall, 200 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua.

2018 Ragamuffin Parade at the Chappaqua Train Station!

The Annual Ragamuffin Parade has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 28, 2018. Carnival begins @ 12p. Rides, food & music. Parade starts @ 3:30p. Chappaqua Train Station
Ragamuffin parade flyer

NEW: TIOLI on Saturday

TIOLI VolunteersSince the weather prediction is for wet and windy, the Take It Or Leave It shop will almost certainly not be open this Saturday.

Please do not leave anything outside the shed when it is not open. Anything left there will have to be picked up and trashed at taxpayer expense!

First Annual New Castle Fire Explorer Recruitment Fair

Do you have a son or daughter between the ages of 14 and 18? Would they be interested in making life long friends and giving back to their community in a unique and selfless manner? Have they ever thought of being a firefighter?

The Millwood and Chappaqua Fire Departments would like to invite you and your son or daughter to the first annual New Castle Fire Explorer recruitment fair. No experience necessary. Please feel free to come by Millwood Fire Station#1 (100 Millwood Road) on Sunday October 28th from 10 am-1 pm. Current HGHS firefighters will be on hand to demonstrate some of the skills Explorers learn and the Chiefs and Officers responsible for the program will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

LWVNC to hold Candidates’ Night Monday, October 29th

LWV LogoThe League of Women Voters® of New Castle (LWVNC) invites the community to Candidates’ Night on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at New Castle Town Hall, 200 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, New York. Candidates for NY State Assembly, District 93, Assemblyman David Buchwald (Incumbent, D) and Mr. John Nuculovic (Rep, Con) have accepted our invitation.

Candidates for US Congressional District 17 (Congresswoman Nita Lowey/Joseph Ciardullo) were invited, but at this time only Mr. Ciardullo has committed to appear. Due to the League of Women Voter’s “Empty Chair” policy, a minimum of two candidates running against one another must be present to hold a candidate forum. Candidates for NYS Senate District 40 (Senator Terrence Murphy/Peter Harckham), were offered a few possible dates for a candidate forum but were unable to find a mutually convenient date.

“It is most unfortunate that the other candidates are not participating,” said Suzanne Kavic, President of the LWVNC, “since our Candidates’ Night provides the voters a wonderful opportunity to hear about the issues most important to them.” The October 29th LWVNC Candidates’ Night is free and open to the public. The evening’s proceedings will be recorded and streamed live by New Castle Community Media Center, as well as for later rebroadcast.

The LWVNC will provide coffee and light refreshments. For additional information, please contact the New Castle League or Mary Kirsch at 914-409-2989. For up-to-date information on the candidates and your polling places, go to www.Vote411.org.

Senator Murphy and Mr. Harckham are participating in a Candidates’ Night on October 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Mahopac Library, hosted by the League of Women Voters® of Putnam County. All are welcome. The LWVNC will make every effort to obtain a recording of that event and post it on the New Castle League’s website.

NEW: Downtown Chappaqua Halloween

Calling all ghosts and goblins, pirates and princesses! The Town of New Castle is proud to present “Downtown Chappaqua Halloween” on Wednesday, October 31st. Residents are invited to trick-or-treat at your favorite local BOO-tiques. Streets will be open to traffic, so children must be accompanied by adults.
downtown chappaqua halloween

just in case you missed it

NEW: Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

  • Tolerance
  • Fall Festival
  • First Annual New Castle Fire Explorer Recruitment Fair
  • Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update
  • Chappaqua Crossing
  • 2019 Tentative Budget
  • Westchester County Airport
  • Leaf Blower Legislation
  • Federal Limitations State and Local Tax (SALT) Deductions
  • Community Sign

You can read the full Supervisor’s Report here.

Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator, New Castle

  • Preliminary Budget 2019
  • Coming Soon- new Basketball Court and Playground!
  • Staff Notes

Click here to read the full Administrator’s Report.

NEW: October Con Ed Storm Response Summary

Ivy A. Pool
Council Member
Town Board liaison to the Community Preparedness Committee
On October 16, 2018 a meeting was held at Con Edison’s headquarters to review actions the utility company has taken to improve storm response and communications in the aftermath of the winter storm events in March 2018. I am pleased to share that Con Ed has taken many positive steps forward, several of which are the direct result of the feedback and ideas put forward by towns like ours, as well as the recommendations from United Westchester, the committee chaired by County Executive George Latimer and NYS Assemblyman David Buchwald.

Improvements include:

  • Investing $100 mil over a 4-year period to improve its overhead system. This includes replacing poles, creating more “breakaway” power lines, and adding stronger “steel messenger” cables.
  • Improving access to resources to restore power during extended outages by hiring staff, local contractors, and developing retainer agreements for regional contractors.
  • Developing reciprocal agreements with west coast mutual aid crews to fly workers to Westchester. 100 trucks have been purchased to be ready for out-of-town crews to use when they arrive. This recommendation was made by our County Legislator, Mike Kaplowitz, who discussed this opportunity during our post-storm Community Conversation.
  • Development of a $2 mil pilot program in Cortlandt, through which Con Ed-contracted arborists are working with municipal staff and property owners to identify dangerous trees on customers’ properties for removal. The Town is requesting that we are “next in line” for this program.
  • Smart meters will be fully implemented across Westchester by December 2019. Currently 200,000 smart meters have been deployed, about 50% of the total number to be installed.
  • Upgrading communications, including a “real time” estimated time of restoration (ETR) update.
  • Greater reliance on text messaging, based on feedback received about how customers wish to communicate with Con Ed. New Castle residents should sign up for this service TODAY by texting REG to OUTAGE (688243). Once registered you can text OUT to report an outage or STATUS to receive a status update.We are drafting a letter to Con Ed on behalf of our Town to seek updates on the status of removing “double poles,” to learn more about the tree pilot program, and to ask for more information about how ETR updates will be communicated to residents. Please reach out to the Town at stormdamage@mynewcastle.org, if you have questions or feedback.

NEW: Spirits Around Town

Spirits Around Town is a community wide event held on Friday, November 9th in Chappaqua, NY from 5:30 to 8:30pm.. Eat, drink and be merry as local merchants will kick the Holiday Season off with a cheery celebration! Stroll from store to store enjoying craft cocktails, fine wine and small bites, as you browse the selection of goods your local merchants offer for your Holiday gift giving needs.

Event is sponsored by the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact chapmillcoc@gmail.com or follow us on social media.
spirits around town

NEW: Robert E Bell Craft Fair

Craft fair flyer

NEW: BGCNW Leadership and Civic Advocacy Speaker Series

NEW: Conversation with the Supervisor and Town of New Castle 2019 Budget Discussion

LWV logoConversation with the Supervisor and Town of New Castle 2019 Budget Discussion. Rob Greenstein is the Supervisor and chief fiscal officer of the Town of New Castle. He establishes agendas, presides over Town Board meetings, signs all agreements and contracts on behalf of the Town and is responsible for maintaining financial stability of the Town of New Castle. Join us for a lively discussion on many topics and issues of the day.

Town Comptroller Robert Deary will provide an overview of the budget process and discuss the revenue and expense factors that have influenced the decision-making. Questions from the audience are welcome!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 9:30 – 11 am
New Castle Town Hall, 200 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua

NEW: Post Election Coffee With the League

lwv logoPost Election Coffee With the League. Join us for coffee and casual conversation about what’s on your mind and Election Day outcomes.

This is a great way to meet local League members and learn about how the League operates at the National, State and Local levels. The coffee and pastries are on us!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 9:30-11am
Local, 75 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua

NEW: HGSF Game Night

HGSF Game night flyer

NEW: Chappaqua Library Film and Discussion

Film and Discussion

Blow, An American biographical crime film about the American cocaine smuggler starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.

Facilitating the program will be film lecturer Carol Durst-Wertheim and Ellen Fried former attorney with the NYSAG office-Consumer Affairs.

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 @ 7PM at the Chappaqua Library

Topic: China’s Challenge – How Can/Should the West Contain China’s Global Aspirations?

Facilitator: Tyler Beebe

Guest Speaker, via Skype, Dennis Wilder. Mr. Wilder is the managing director for the Initiative for U.S.- China Dialogue on Global Issues at Georgetown University and an assistant professor of Asian Studies.

Wilder has served as the National Security Council’s director for China and as the NSC special assistant to the president for East Asian affairs. He is also a former CIA deputy assistant director for East Asia and the Pacific.

Monday, October 29 @ 10AM at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

NEW: Confidential Paper Shredding Event

shredding truckThe Confidential Paper Shredding trucks are coming to the Town of New Castle Recycling Center, 210 Hunts Lane, Chappaqua, Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10AM-1PM. New Castle residents only.

NEW: Chappaqua Halloween Fundraising Event

trick or treat for unicefSince World War II, millions of children across the United States have gone door to door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!” The annual tradition of Kids Helping Kids— involving donations big and small— has helped to raise nearly $177 million since 1950. This Halloween remember to not only have candy for trick or treaters but also spare change. Any donations help. Allow children the experience of giving back. Children can get boxes from the Chappaqua Library or Scattered Books to collect their donations in. From November 1st to the 8th, your child should drop off their box at Scattered Books in Chappaqua.

Thank you for your generosity, and have a spooktacular Halloween!

-UNICEF Club of Horace Greeley High School

ChappPAC – Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets

Tim Kubart & the Space Cadets
Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets
November 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480 N Bedford Rd, Chappaqua

Tim Kubart’s concerts are an indie pop dance party for all ages. Joined on stage by his band, the “Space Cadets” (and a tap-dancing sidekick!), Tim performs songs celebrating real life kid and family moments and milestones. No matter the venue, a Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets show is highly interactive, musically rich, and always speaks to kids at the top of their intelligence.

Tickets are available here.

ChappPAC – Northern Westchester Artists Guild Artist Reception

Meet the artists at a reception before the Dar Williams’ Concert! Currently on exhibit and for sale at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center are works by members of Northern Westchester Artists Guild.

Featured artists include Leslie Weissman, Peg Kafka Sackler, Jessica J Rubin, Sharon Linsker, Mara Van Fleet, Helene Ocko, Heather Solomon, Chrissanth Gross, hudson road photography, Samantha Kaplan, Mindy Kombert, Lesla Prokopiv-Borovik, Isabel Bolivar and Olimpia Gambacorta.

November 17, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Chappaqua PAC, 480 Bedford Road Chappaqua, NY 10514
method & melody flyer

Preorder Thanksgiving Desserts and Support the League!

LWV LogoFollowing our very successful desserts fundraiser last year with rave reviews, we are pleased to again offer delicious Thanksgiving pies and cheesecakes by Pat Yost of Babe’s Delectables. Desserts are $20 – $35 depending upon type of dessert. Please go to the League’s website to place your order.

Place your order by November 13, 2018 and pick up your order between 5:30 and 7:30 pm, Tuesday, November 20. Quantities may be limited; order early to guarantee your selection.

Questions about orders or pick up? Contact lwvnewcastle@gmail.com.

Please support the League!

NY State Archivist Thomas Ruller to Present Lecture on New York’s Role in WWI

Thomas Ruller PhotoOn Sunday, October 28, 2018, the New Castle Historical Society will host a public lecture by New York State Archivist Thomas Ruller entitled, “Poets can be soldiers: Remembering New York’s role in the Great War”.

The event will be held at the Millwood Fire House (100 Millwood Road, Millwood, NY 10546) at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 28, 2018. The event is free and open to the public. While walk-ins are welcome, registration is recommended. Attendees are encouraged to register here or by calling 914-238-4666 or emailing director@newcastlehs.org.

Friends of Greeley Theatre Fundraiser

Midnight at the Masquerade
Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7 PM – 10 PM
midnight masquerade flyer

The rustle of silks and feathers under muted conversation was probably the last thing heard by the tragically and unexpectedly deceased at the Billionaires Club Annual Masquerade Ball. With a mystery under each feathery façade, unmasking the killer may be quite a challenge. Its up to you to determine which partygoer is guilty, bring this crime to justice, and save the party!

Attend the Billionaires Club Annual Masquerade Ball and help get this soiree back on track by trading clues with your guests, gathering information, and solving the crime before the masked menace gets away! Evening wear, Venetian masks, suits, and masquerade attitude encouraged. Get ready for a glamorous night of mystery and intrigue.

Click here to purchase tickets.

First Congregational Church 2018 Fall Tag Sale

2018 tag sale flyer

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Dar Williams

Dar Williams Called “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by The New Yorker, Dar Williams brings her intimate folk/rock stylings back to her hometown for one night at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. Sat 11/17 @ 8pm

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
480 Bedford Road
Chappaqua

Click here to purchase tickets.