New Castle Community eNewsletter 01/05/18

New Castle Community eNewsletter 01/05/18

The New Castle eNewsletter

Recyclables in Plastic Bags Will Not Be Picked Up

Effective January 1, 2018, recyclables in plastic bags will not be picked up. All recyclables must be loose and unbagged and placed in recycling containers. This is based on the requirements from ReCommunity, the Material Recovery Facility in Beacon, NY, a for-profit facility that receives and processes our recyclables. Most bagged recyclables are NOT recycled and instead thrown in the trash!

For a complete explanation and for additional information on recycling, please go here or here.

If recyclables are in plastic bags, this SaniPro sticker will be affixed to the plastic bag as a reminder.

NEW: New Castle Police Extreme Cold Safety Tips

New Castle Police urges our residents to exercise caution when it’s dangerously cold. Here are some safety tips:Frostbite
To avoid frostbite, stay inside during severe cold. If you must go out, try to cover every part of your body: ears, nose, toes and fingers, etc. Mittens are better than gloves. Keep your skin dry. Stay out of the wind when possible. Drink plenty of fluids since hydration increases the blood’s volume, which helps prevent frostbite. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes. Caffeine constricts blood vessels, preventing warming of your extremities. Alcohol reduces shivering, which helps keep you warm. Cigarette use shuts off the blood flow to your hands.

Frozen Pipes
Prevent pipes from freezing by turning on both hot and cold water faucets slightly, preferably in a basement sink – running water will not freeze as quickly. Open cabinet doors to allow more heat to get to non-insulated pipes under a sink or appliance near an outer wall. If you plan to leave your residence, drain and shut off the water system (except indoor sprinkler systems).

If your pipes burst, make sure you and your family know how to shut off the water. Stopping water flow minimizes damage to your home. Call a plumber and contact your insurance agent. Never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch. Always be careful of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water.

Fire Safety
Alternate sources of home heating are a major cause of winter residential fires. Make sure all levels of your home have a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm and check it on a monthly basis.

Always keep a screen around an open flame.
Never use gasoline to start your fireplace.
Never burn charcoal indoors.
Do not close the damper when ashes are hot.
When using alternative heat sources such as a fireplace, woodstove, etc. always make sure you have proper ventilation. Keep curtains, towels and potholders away from hot surfaces.

Have your chimney checked before the season for creosote buildup — and then clean it.

Establish a well-planned escape route with the entire family. ​

Kerosene Heaters
If you use kerosene heaters to supplement your regular heating fuel, or as an emergency source of heat, follow these safety tips: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Use only the correct fuel for your unit. Refuel outdoors ONLY and only when the unit is cool. Keep the heater at least three feet away from furniture and other flammable objects. When using the heater, use fire safeguards and ventilate properly.

Pet Tips
Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed. In addition, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.

Be Neighborly
Please check on your neighbors who are frail, alone or may be in need of additional help. Make sure they are prepared and stay safe during the cold temperatures. The New Castle Police Department maintains a voluntary list of people who may require additional help and would like to be checked on during extreme weather. If you or someone you know would like to be added to this list, call (914) 238-4422. If you have not already done so, sign up for Nixle or text your zip code to 88877 for mobile only alerts.

Chappaqua Farmers Market

First “Pop-Up” Farmer’s Market at the First Congregational Church on January 6th.

New Castle United for Youth Presents Vaping, Juuling and E-Cigarettes – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt Your Kids

While our teens are well versed in vaping lingo, many are not well educated on the health risks those devices present. There is a further knowledge gap between what our kids know and what we parents do. Save the date for an informative presentation about vaping presented in collaboration between NCUFY, the CCSD, the Chappaqua PTA, Town of New Castle and Northern Westchester Hospital Center on January 18 at 7 pm in the Horace Greeley High School Auditorium.

In the meantime, here are some helpful hints from the Surgeon General for how to talk to your kids about vaping, juuling and e-cigarettes.

For more information about vaping, visit the “vaping, juuling and e-cigarettes” link in the Parent Toolkit on our website.

NEW: New Castle Supervisor Quarterly Update – 4th Quarter – 2017

I have said it again and again: it is truly an honor to serve the citizens of New Castle. From the start, I have believed that your Town Supervisor should be guided by rights and obligations. The rights of the community to be heard and to be informed are critical to a responsive Town Government. And we must always be conscious of our obligations to listen and communicate effectively as we work to address current concerns and problems while at the same time improving our Town and planning for the future. I also recognize that while town-wide issues are my focus, no individual matter is too small for a responsive town government. I welcome those opportunities for more personal contact with residents. As we look ahead, there remains much work to be done, and I will continue to work hard for the entire community. It is my pleasure, then, as Supervisor to provide a quarterly report – 4th Quarter of 2017 – to the community about current Town projects and initiatives.

  • 2018 Budget
  • Bond Issuance
  • Chappaqua Downtown Revitalization
  • Railroad Crossing Safety
  • Town Hall Basketball Court – Inclusive Playground
  • Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
  • Chappaqua Crossing – Work Force / Affordable Housing
  • Our Seniors
  • 120 Sidewalk
  • Distracted Driving
  • Westchester County Airport
  • Welcome Guide
  • 2017 Comprehensive Plan
  • Saw Mill Sewer District
  • Electronic Community Sign
  • Keeping and Raising of Chickens
  • Vape Law
  • EpiPen Legislation
  • Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
  • Sustainability
  • New Castle For Inclusion & Diversity Committee Celebration
  • Millwood InterGenerate Community Garden
  • Millwood – 200 Years at the Heart of Westchester!
  • Millwood Sewers
  • Millwood Sidewalk Improvement Project
  • Millwood DOT Yard
  • Millwood Cell Service
  • Prepayment of Taxes

Read more here.

NEW: Millwood DeCicco & Sons 1st Anniversary Party

One year in the books!
DeCicco & Sons, 230 Saw Mill River Rd, Millwood
Friday, January 26 at 5 PM – 9 PM

New Castle Senior Program: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

New Castle Senior Program: Lunch & Learn Lecture Series

Chappaqua Library Films

New Film Releases NOW
The Glass Castle
Sat. Jan. 6, 2018 @ 2pm

The Game is Afoot: Sherlock Holmes Film Series
Sherlock Holmes , 1985
Wed., Jan. 10 @ 7pm

Chappaqua Library – A Cappella Concert: The Resolutions.

A Cappella Concert: The Resolutions.
The Resolutions are Colgate University’s original co-ed a cappella group. Their repertoire includes music from pop to electronic to indie to classical rock.
Sunday., Jan. 14, 2018 @ 3:00 PM

Inclusion & Diversity Committee Book List

Chappaqua PAC Spring Season

Chappaqua PAC Spring Season:

Exclusive Member Access With Code “CHAPP”Edwin McCain
Friday, March 9th at 8:00pm
Soulful Greenville, South Carolina-based singer/songwriter with roots in folk, pop, and Americana, Edwin McCain rose to fame with his hit song “I’ll Be”. Edwin comes to the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center this March.

An Intimate Evening With: Rickie Lee Jones
Friday, March 23rd at 8:00pm
Rickie Lee Jones, a two-time Grammy Award-winning singer (for Best New Artist 1980 and Best Jazz Vocal Collaboration in 1989), musician, songwriter, and producer comes to the PAC this spring. Over the course of a three-decade career, Jones has recorded in various musical styles including R&B, blues, pop, soul, and jazz standards. TICKETS

The Chappaqua Orchestra Presents: Music Is Science!
Sunday, March 25th at 3:00pm
TCO’s annual children’s concert features science educator Dr. Patrick Herak and guest conductor Douglas Droste in Music is Science, an educational and interactive concert introducing children to the orchestra, how scientific principles apply to the mechanics and sounds of musical instruments.

Mary Bridget Davies & Mia Dyson
Merging 21st century blues with classic influences, Mary Bridget Davies brings a refreshing twist to the genre. Mia Dyson is an Australian singer/ songwriter who plays with blues and roots influences. Both artists bring their strong sounds to the Chappaqua PAC this spring.

Bat Out Of Hell: A Tribute To Jim Steinman
A tribute to the music of Jim Steinman, including his work with Meatloaf, Celine Dion, Bonnie Tyler and many others.

Leonardo Sandoval
Friday, May 11th at 8:00pm
Brazilian tap dancer Leonardo Sandoval, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as strong yet fine-boned, capable of authority and nuance, and praised by the New York Times for his rousing choreography, has established a reputation in the tap world and beyond for his musicality and for adding his own Brazilian flavor to the American art of tap dancing.

Calm Together
Saturday, May 12th at 3:00pm
Calm Together is a mass meditation led by Chappaqua’s own local Wellness Educator and Mindfulness Instructor, Daniel Lauter, joined by top area meditation, mindfulness, yoga and wellness teachers and performers.

Also known as Mindful Dan, Meditation DJ, for over 30 years, Daniel has lead an internationally recognized practice, composing for global meditation and mindfulness workshops with an eclectic, world-renown roster of musicians. He is an Integrative Music and Sound Practitioner within the healing arts field of Sound Therapy. He was one of the first to pioneer the experimental performance and vibrational qualities of Crystal Bowls in the United States, and has developed an extensive palette and collection of Sacred Sounds which he brings to his work. This includes didjeridu, ocarinas, rain sticks, crystal bells, crystal gongs, Tibetan and Himalayan bowls, and other Objects d’sound. Stay tuned for full event lineup announcements!!

Help Wanted

Please consider joining one of our volunteer committees. Click on the names to learn more. Here is the application to apply. Please email the completed application to Town Administrator Jill Shapiro,

Recreation & Parks Winter Catalog

The New Castle Recreation & Parks Department is offering some great recreation programming this Winter. Continue to check back as we will continue to add more and more programs for kids, adults and seniors. Stay active in 2018! View Catalog here.

Rec-News Email List

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The Recreation Department works to continually bring new programs and events to the community, and as a result some new programs/events may be added after finalizing the program brochure. If you would like to stay informed of all department happenings, please subscribe to the “RecNews” e-mail list by clicking here.