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Posted on: April 17, 2020

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Friday April 17, 2020

Update on COVID-19 Statistics

As of 4/16/2020:

  • Westchester Tests: 65,286 (+2,642)
  • Westchester Cases: 21,828 (+881)
  • Westchester Fatalities: 668
  • New Castle Cases: 86
  • New York State Tests 550,579
  • New York State Cases: 222,284 (+8,505)
  • New York State Fatalities: 12,192

To keep up with the latest statistics:

Governor Cuomo Extends NY on PAUSE

The following is a summary of the provisions set forth in Executive Order 202.18, which extends NY on PAUSE through May 15th:

  • Executive Order 202.14, which extended the provisions of Executive Orders 202.3, 202.4, 202.5, 202.6, 202.7, 202.8, 202.10, 202.11, and 202.13 which each closed or otherwise restricted public or private businesses or places of public accommodation, and which required postponement or cancellation of all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations, games, meetings or other social events), is hereby continued, provided that the expiration date of such provisions of such Executive Orders shall be aligned, such that all in-person business restrictions and workplace restrictions will be effective until 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020, unless later extended by a future Executive Order. All enforcement mechanisms by state or local governments shall continue to be in full force an effect until May 15, 2020 unless later extended by a future Executive Order.
  • Executive Order 202.14, which extended the directive contained in Executive Order 202.4 as amended by Executive Order 202.11 related to the closure of schools statewide is hereby continued to provide that all schools shall remain closed through May 15, 2020, at which time the continued closure shall be re-evaluated. No school shall be subject to a diminution in school aid due to failure to meet the 180 day in session requirement as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, provided their closure does not extend beyond the term set forth herein. School districts must continue plans for alternative instructional options, distribution and availability of meals, and child care, with an emphasis on serving children of essential workers, and continue to first use any vacation or snow days remaining.

To learn more:

Updated Guidance on Face Masks for All New Yorkers

Effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020 any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.

Free Assistance for Small Business Owners

Attention Small Business Owners! Westchester County Government is now offering free assistance with SBA applications.

Here is how it works: Please register online at and select a date and time to receive assistance with the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) or the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Once you select the date/time, you will receive a confirmation email and the volunteer will receive an email with your contact information. The volunteer will contact you at the date/time that you selected. Please complete the waiver after clicking "sign up" below to complete your registration. Limited time slots are available so sign up today!

Chamber of Commerce Directory of OPEN Local Businesses

The Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce maintains an up-to-date list of all local business that are open for business and ready to help you shop for essential items and treat yourself splurges!

Visit then click on Local Business COVID-19 Update. #shoplocal

COVID-19 Resource Guide

The Town of New Castle has created an online resource guide for residents, which compiles all of our guidance from previous eNewsletters, and contains important links to State and County resources.

Census 2020 – Let’s Do This New Castle!

Did you know…The U.S. Census data impacts funding for things like: Education programs and grants, Public transportation, Medicare and Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Libraries, Community centers, School meal programs, and Parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities!

Currently New Castle is #3 among all Westchester communities in our response rate to the Census. That’s pretty good…but we think we’re #1! Go online today to complete your census:

April Virtual Government Meeting Schedule

Shop Local – Zoom Around Town

Save the Date and join us next Thursday, April 23rd through Sunday, April 26th for Zoom Around Town, a virtual browsing and shopping experience. 

New Castle’s merchants will give you a tour of hot products, great gifts for all (ahem Mother’s Day is coming up), and more!  This is a great opportunity for you to visit our stores and see the wonderful merchandise they all have to offer.  Support our local economy and support our merchants.  Shop Local.  Zoom Local.

If you are a merchant and would like to sign up for a time slot, you can email Lauren Levin at

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
April 22nd

Celebrating Earth Day serves as a conscious reminder of how fragile our planet is and how important it is to protect it. ... We celebrate Earth Day to continue promoting environmental the earth in our everyday lives as well.  Even when we are observing social distancing, there are ways to celebrate the beauty of nature which surround us.

Some suggestions for Earth Day activities include:

  • Pick a spot in your yard to plant a native tree.
  • Sit quietly outside in your yard and listen to the birds.  Count how many varieties of birds you see.
  • Plant seeds for your own vegetable garden.  If space is limited, plant the seeds in planters and pots.
  • Watch for the early butterflies of spring.
  • Clear a patch of grass for a Pollinator Garden.
  • Watch bees fly from flower to flower for nectar and pollen.
  • Watch the clouds move through the sky.
  • Pick up litter near the street in front of your house.
  • Enjoy the outdoors!


Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

Join HGHS ENOUGH and the Town of New Castle Holocaust & Human Rights Committee on Tuesday April 28th at 6pm for the Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Schedule via Zoom.  

Please email to receive Zoom information.

Recreation and Parks

Spring Programs Cancelled

In an effort to help our residents remain safe and to practice good social distancing the Town of New Castle Recreation & Parks Department has decided to cancel all Spring Programs.

Credits were issued to all resident accounts who had already registered for Spring Programs before registration was suspended.

Registration for our Summer Camp will remain open. Registration is accepted online, via mail, or can be left in our drop box outside of the Recreation office. Please be sure to send in a copy of your camper’s immunization records.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us. The best way to reach us is via email at You are always welcome to call the office at (914)238-3909, but staff is working a limited schedule so if we’re not there please leave a message and someone will get back to you. 

Thank you and stay safe!

At Home Activities from NC Recreation

Another week of daily activities for you to do at home with your children!

Each day at 10:00 am we will post a new activity or entertainment on the New Castle Recreation & Parks Facebook page. Once uploaded, they will be available at any time. Please feel free to post pictures of you and your family taking part!

Check out our schedule below for the week of April 20th.

Visit the library website for the most updated information.

Due to the statewide PAUSE, the Library will remain closed until further notice.  We ask that you hold on to Library materials and not worry about any due dates. All fines accrued during this period will be waived. 

  • The library has digital resources available 24/7. Click here for a comprehensive guide. All you need to access our e-resources is your library card barcode and PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number).
  • If you don’t have a library card you can apply for one by following this link to the online card registration:  
  • The Library is available for reference queries or issues with access to please contact the reference staff either by email at or phone at 914-238-4779 x2
  • Subscribe to the Library News & Events eNewsletter here.

Visit the Chappaqua Library Facebook page for resource updates and videos from your favorite librarians. 

Library Remote News

Click to watch the latest video update from Director Pam Thornton & Program Coordinator Joan Kuhn.

Let’s Make Some Noise – Clap Because We Care!

A movement began in NYC for everyone to go outside and clap for the healthcare workers at 7 p.m. every night. Now, it has swept the nation as communities band together to show appreciation to their tireless devotion. 

Each night at 7 p.m., people go outside and bang pots, applaud, yell and scream. It often echos throughout a town, creating a global community. We may be isolated, but we are not alone. We may not be able to go to the hospitals and thank the EMTs in person, but if we are loud enough, maybe they will hear us. They are extraordinary. 

Please join us each night at 7 p.m. to make some noise. Take pictures and videos and use the hashtags below. We can also tag organization special to us, but there is that 280 character limit.

hashtags: #clapbecausewecare (main one)




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