New Castle Community eNewsletter 02/08/19

The New Castle eNewsletter

ChappPAC – Junie B. Jones The Musical!

Junie B Jones
Outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament, and other various first-grade angst-ridden situations. Follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.”

This new musical is based on four volumes in Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones series of books, illustrated by Denise Brunkus and published by Random House: Junie B, First Grader (at Last!); Junie B, Boss of Lunch; Junie B, One-Man Band; and Top-Secret Personal Beeswax: A Journal by Junie B (and Me!).

February 9, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Chappaqua PAC, 480 Bedford Road Chappaqua
Click here to buy tickets.

NEW: Food Scrap Recycling Program Update

food scrap kitsThe pilot Food Scrap Recycling Program is turning out to be a big success. There are a few kits left at the Recycling Center. There are plenty of replacement bags. We are currently collecting around 8,000 pounds of food scraps per month. Every pound we collect means:

  • Reduced carbon and methane emissions
  • Savings to everyone in the town since we’re not paying to haul away garbage.
  • More very rich nutrients returned to the earth to help grow more food without chemicals

Join the crowd. Get your kit at the Recycling Center before there are none left.

NEW: NCHS – February Is Museum Membership Month

NCHS membership flyer

NCBSA LogoNCBSA – 2019 Registration is Now Open!

Spring 2019 Recreational Season Baseball and Softball registration is now open!

Click here to view all the details on how to register.

Senior Experience 2019

horace greeley senior experience

The Town of New Castle is offering opportunities for Seniors looking for internships for their 2019 Senior Experience. Opportunities are available in environmental science, land use, recreation, public works, an the police department. For questions or to apply please contact Town Administrator Jill Shapiro at by Feb 15th.

39th Annual Young Writers Contest

Eligibility: Open to all students, grades 5-12, who live and/or attend school in the Chappaqua School District


  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Poetry

Awards in Each Category

Middle School: First Prize: $100 – Second Prize: $50 – Third Prize: $25 – Honorable Mention: Certificates

High School: First Prize: $100 – Second Prize: $50 – Third Prize: $25 – Honorable Mention: Certificates

Deadline: Friday, March 22, 2019 at 11:59 pm. NO EXTENSIONS.

Rules/Judging Criteria

The competition will be judged by a panel of professional writers and publishers. Criteria include: creativity, style, originality, and correct spelling and grammar. Each entry must not exceed 2,500 words.

You may submit a maximum of one piece in each of the 3 categories (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry).

For multiple submissions, submit a new application for each entry.

These entries may be any of your work, including school assignments, as long as:

  • it was written when you were in 5th grade or older
  • you haven’t submitted it to this contest before
  • it has not won awards in any other contest

Questions: Contact your English teacher or email

Sponsored by the Friends of the Chappaqua Library.
young writers contest flyer

flowersNew Castle Historical Society – Victorian Valentine’s Tea and Crafts

Saturday, February 9th, 11am and 1pm

Each year the New Castle Historical Society hosts this elegant afternoon of tea, snacks, crafts, and a tour at the Horace Greeley House Museum. 11 am seating and 1 pm seating; Ages 6 – 12, $5 per child. Please register at

NEW: New Castle Trivia

new castle trivia logoWhich district principal, who held that position in the 1950s, had an elementary school named after him?

Check the New Castle Historical Society’s Facebook Page or website for the answer every Friday.

ChappPAC – Free Workshops

FREE Musical Theatre Workshop: Empowerment Through Musical Theatre; Yes You Can!

Saturday, March 2nd 11:00am-1:30pmFrom the Audition to Opening Night come learn about what it takes to make it on stage! The focus of this Workshop is to show you what you have on the inside and to show you how to bring it out! Let go of fear and doubt and get yourself on that stage and in the show. Work with our amazing instructors led by NYC Actor and Choreographer Michael Fielder (Off-Broadway/Nat’l Tours: Mambo Kings, Carnival, Havana After Dark). Come and be inspired to take your skills to the next level.

FREE Musical Theatre Workshop: Frozen The Musical

Saturday, March 16th 11:00am-1:30pmJoin Westchester’s finest musical theatre instructors on-stage and learn a song and dance combination from Frozen The Musical. At the end of the workshop we invite all the parents and siblings into the theatre to watch the kids perform what they have learned on stage!
free workshop flyer

The Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber is Seeking Future Business Leaders

chappaqua-millood COCThe Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce is seeking applicants for our newly created, Future Business Leaders student intern program. This internship program will give students the opportunity to work with professionals in a business setting, as well as with local businesses and organizations. The internship program is an effort by the Chamber of Commerce to support the community’s students as future business professionals and to offer students an opportunity to gain greater knowledge of the business world and its current challenges, and of the local business community. This is a great opportunity for students to see how a chamber of commerce operates and observe interactions and decision-making among community and business leaders.

We are currently seeking three (3) interns to work 5 hours per week. Interested students in grades 10-12 should submit a letter of intent, along with an essay that answers the question: “Can you describe one challenge faced by businesses today and propose a solution to resolve it.”

This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in business, marketing, public relations, graphic design, web site design, event planning, materials preparation and database management.

Send letter to Dawn Dankner-Rosen at

Interns Wanted

interns wanted signIf you or someone you know is a resident and will have at least one year of college completed as of June 2019 – with knowledge of GIS – the Town is offering $1,500 six week full time internships. In addition, there are a few administrative internships available.

In addition, our Department of Public Works has opportunities for residents looking for outside work this summer. This summer if you are a 19 year old with a clean driving records we will have two positions for painting fire hydrants at $15 an hour.

Applications for all positions should be directed to Town Administrator Jill Shapiro at Please provide a good contact number/email address for us to reach you along with a resume. The deadline for submission is February 1.

The Chappaqua Orchestra – Together in Music

orchestraConductor Barbara Yahr and TCO partners with New Castle’s Every Person is Connected (“EPIC”) Committee for an interactive and inclusive Family Concert spotlighting the special needs community playing with the orchestra.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 4 PM – 5 PM
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480 N Bedford Rd, Chappaqua Tickets can be purchased here.

New Castle Historical Society – A Stitch in Time

Ongoing, Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from 1 pm – 4 pm

Exhibition on View: A Stitch in Time, Needlework from Westchester, 1774 to the Present.

needlepoint samplerThe NCHS’s exhibition, A Stitch in Time: Needlework from Westchester, 1774 to the Present, traces the artistry and social history of Westchester girls and women through needlework, from the colonial era to modern day. The exhibition focuses on the how and why of needlework: the techniques used, the skill and creativity exhibited, and the different ways in which the pieces represent evolving societal expectations of women and girls. The exhibition features over 20 samplers from throughout Westchester County, New York.

Chappaqua Library Events

Art Lecture: Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916 – 1920

Monday, February 11th at 7pm

Erica Bernardi, Ph.D from the Center for Italian Modern Art will discuss the Metaphysical Movement as expressed in the work of artists such as Morandi, Dironi and Carra during the early 20th century.

This lecture is in conjunction with the current exhibition at CIMA in NYC.

Cosponsors: Town of New Castle and The Center for Italian Modern Art
Location: New Castle Town Hall’s Assembly Room

parkland birth of a movement coverAuthor Talk and Panel Discussion: Parkland: Birth of a Movement

Monday February 25th at 7pm

A year after the shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S., NY Times bestselling author of Columbine, offers an intimate, deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors who became activists and pushed back against the NRA-inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots movement.

Dave has written for Vanity Fair, Buzzfeed, Politico, New Republic, Newsweek, Guardian, Washington Post and has appeared on Today, NBC Nightly News, PBS Newshour, CBS Sunday Morning, Nightline, Morning Edition, Anderson Cooper 360, Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Lawrence O’Donnell, Hannity, and more.

Q and A to follow with a panel from the sponsoring organizations.

Co-sponsored with Chappaqua Interfaith Council, Chappaqua P.T.A, Town of New Castle, HGHS Political Awareness Club and Friends of the Chappaqua Library

Free tickets are available on Eventbrite

Location: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

Seasonal Parking Restrictions are in Effect

123-10 of the New Castle Town Code prohibits overnight parking on public roads from November 1 – April 1 from 1 am to 7 am.

123-9 (4) limits overnight parking in our public parking lots. In order for us to be able to clear our public parking lots, including our commuter lot, there is no overnight parking in our public parking lots between November 1 and April 1- except in the two designated areas. These two areas are:

  1. by the old skate board park in the far rear of the commuter lot, and
  2. the triangle adjacent to the town hall parking lot.

parking lotThese two designated areas allow people who may need to leave their cars overnight during the winter season to park with minimal disruption to our ability to clear snow. This is especially important when parking at our commuter lot is at a premium.


potholesResidents can report potholes to

Dual Stream Recycling

dual stream recyclingAs you may have heard, the Town of New Castle is changing its recycling collection back to dual stream effective January 1, 2019. “Dual stream” means that recycling must be separated for curbside pickup: paper and cardboard in one container, and clean glass, metal, and plastics numbered 1-6 in another. These rules also apply to items dropped off at the recycling center.

Recycling is a for-profit business and China, the largest buyer of U.S. recyclables, has dramatically curtailed what they will take, further challenging the economics of the global recycling marketplace. As a result, ReCommunity—the facility handling our recyclables—has been sending more and more single stream recyclables, including paper, to the incinerator because they are contaminated and cannot be sold. The Town’s goal is to recycle as much as possible while keeping collection fees down and dual stream collection supports that effort.

Guidelines for dual stream recycling along with stickers to label your separate recycling containers will be provided with Sanipro’s 2019 TOWN OF NEW CASTLE REFUSE AND RECYCLING CALENDAR, which should arrive in your mailbox in a few weeks. A copy of the dual stream recycling notice is available here.

For more information, go to the Town of New Castle website and to the Sustainability Advisory Board’s website. Questions? Email the Sustainability Advisory Board at

Donate Empty, Label-Free Pill Bottles

pill bottlesBring your empty, label-free pill bottles to the New Castle Community Center. They are collecting them to send to a charity in Africa. Medicine bottles aren’t recyclable in the curbside collection nor at the recycling center so you can fulfill the dual needs of caring for our environment & improving medical care in developing countries. You can also drop off any unused medications in the collection bin at the New Castle Police Department. Please do not flush medications as this contaminates our waterways.

Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce

The Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce sends out an eletter every week with news, deals and updates from local businesses. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, please send an email to