New Castle Community eNewsletter 01/12/18

New Castle Community eNewsletter 01/12/18

The New Castle eNewsletter

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 Police Department Compliance Checks

Chief Charles Ferry is pleased to announce that the New Castle Police Department conducted alcohol compliance checks at 17 licensed establishments and that all businesses passed. These compliance checks were supported by New Castle United for Youth, a federally funded community coalition whose mission is to create a supportive and interconnected community for New Castle youth and their families by building relationships and addressing challenges that our youth face, including alcohol and other drug use, for the purpose of promoting a safe and healthy environment for our young people.

The department’s Alcohol Compliance Unit performed the checks during the month of November. All establishments followed state laws and prohibited the sale of alcohol to a minor. The establishments visited include:

  • Hilltop Wines and Spirits
  • Chappaqua Wine and Spirits
  • Rite Aid
  • Walgreens
  • DeCicco & Sons
  • Dodds Liquor City
  • Rocky’s Deli
  • Millwood Market
  • Pizza 238
  • Chappaqua Station
  • Spoon Asian Fusion
  • Quaker Hill Tavern
  • Le Jardin Du Roi
  • Chappaqua Tavern
  • Aesops Fable
  • Old Stone Trattoria
  • Spaccarelli’s Italian Restaurant

Working in cooperation with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, the New Castle Police accompanied underage buyers who attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages. Each location refused to serve buyers when they failed to present identification verifying that they were of legal drinking age.Chief Ferry stated that a town wide alcohol sales compliance check was overdue and thanked the New Castle United for Youth Coalition for funding the initiative and for the work they are doing to keep alcohol and drugs away from New Castle youth.

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: Watch Your Chappaqua Teachers Challenge The Harlem Wizards! Tickets on sale TODAY!

The Chappaqua School Foundation proudly presents the 2018 Chappaqua Challengers vs.The Harlem Wizards!Catch A Small Glimpse of the Fun Your Kids Will Have…

The Harlem Wizards will play against our teachers and faculty. Come out with the family to see the excitement!

Sunday, January 28, 1:30 p.m.
Horace Greeley High School Gym

Tickets are now on sale at:

  • Drug Mart of Millwood
  • Scattered Books in Chappaqua
  • or Online here.

$25 per ticket – General Admission Seating

$50 per ticket – Courtside Plus VIP Seats (ltd. qty) available only at Drug Mart of Millwood

Courtside Plus VIP Seats Include:

  • Guaranteed Premium Seats in 1st & 2nd Row,
  • Meet and Greet with the Wizards 45 minutes before the Game,
  • Souvenir Lanyard, Color Team Poster and a $15 discount on a Wizards replica jersey

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NEW: Chappaqua Library Events


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 

Author Talk: This Could Hurt by Jillian Medoff

Five HR colleagues face professional and personal challenges in this razor-sharp novel’s illumination of the pivotal role of work in our lives. This is Jillian’s fourth novels. Her other novels are I Couldn’t Love You More, Hunger Point and Good Girls Gone Bad.“Uplifting and hilarious.” (Real Simple)
“A thoroughly satisfying character study and exploration of the social microcosm that is the modern workplace. Medoff . . . is a master of the small, telling detail that completely nails a person’s psyche, delivering a cast of characters flawed yet struggling to redeem themselves. An ultimately hopeful, completely inventive tale.” (Library Journal (starred review))
Wed., Jan. 17 2018 @ 7pm

NEW: Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

New Castle Supervisor’s Report: 2017 Year in Review

It is again time to reflect on our accomplishments over the past year. As always, we have been busy this year with ongoing projects and new projects that will help to improve the town. I’ve said it again and again; it is truly an honor to serve the citizens of New Castle. Over the past year, I have brought residents into the process and engaged them, listened to your concerns and ideas, and governed in a transparent fashion. I have tried to bring vision and fresh ideas to the table; even if those ideas come from others. And, most important, I have acted in the best interests of the entire community. I am very proud of the progress made throughout the year, and I will mention a few highlights:

As we look ahead to the New Year, let’s look forward not as individuals, but as a community. Together we can make New Castle an even better place to live, work and raise a family. Progress means that with each turn, more needs to be done, and I will continue to work hard for the community. I look forward to another year of progress ahead of us. Click here to read more.

Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator

  • Wishing Everyone a Happy 2018!
  • Con Ed
  • Con Ed will be back in town this week to remove plates in the road and back fill and pave those holes. The black plants are temporarily opening for the remainder of this week and Con Ed will take advantage of this to remove the plates and restore our streets.
  • Seasonal Parking Restrictions are in Effect
  • DPW- Highway and Water Units – Thank you!

Click here to read more.

NEW: LOWV – 2018 Students Inside Albany

League of Women Voters of New Castle Seeks Interested Students to Apply to Attend the 2018 Students Inside Albany Conference

Are you a high school student with a strong interest in government or politics? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you. The League of Women Voters of New Castle is looking to sponsor a high school student to attend the 2017 Students Inside Albany conference to be held from May 20 to 23, 2018 in Albany. For more information or to obtain a copy of the application, please visit the League’s website. Applications are due February 9, 2018.

NEW: Transition Planning Workshop: January 16, 2018, 7:00 pm Greeley Academic Commons

Important workshop for parents of students wtih IEPs. Whether your student will be attending college or will pursue other avenues, this presentation will help you to truly understand all that goes into the transition process. The evening is planned to be a meaningful workshop for parents on transition planning, where you will take away much needed information in order to be an integral, informed and proactive member of the transition planning team for your child. District staff will present, along with the new Transition Specialist, Terry McKenna. This is the FIRST time we have ever conducted this type of session, and you will not want to miss it!

We will also feature a parent of a recent Greeley graduate as It is also always beneficial to have parents who have been through the process discuss what they found was most helpful, and share some strategies and information that will benefit others. Time will be allocated for Q and A period.

In order to get the most out of the meeting, please take a look at the two attachments, which explain the NYS approach to transition planning, and also please bring your child’s IEP so that you can follow along with the various sections to further understand the process to ensure your child has a successful Transition after Greeley. Questions? please contact Greeley PTA Special Ed Chair:

NEW: Chappaqua’s FIRST LEGO League Tournament – January 20th

Come see an amazing robotics competition, run by the FIRST LEGO League. Students from all over Westchester, in grades K-8, will compete in a robotics tournament and vie for a chance to go all the way to a national competition. Teams use science, engineering and math… plus a lot of imagination and creativity to program a robot and solve real world challenges. Event takes place in the Auditorium of the Bell Middle School on January 20th, from 9am – 3pm.

NEW: Habitat for Humanity – Help Us in 2018

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: Lunch & Learn Lecture Series

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.

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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.