New Castle Community eNewsletter 02/09/18

New Castle Community eNewsletter 02/09/18

The New Castle eNewsletter

Getting Started with Backyard Poultry

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Chappaqua Library, 195 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua

Presented by Rachel Moody, Livestock Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, Orange County. The basics of getting started with a backyard flock will be covered.

Topics will include:

  1. Basic Anatomy
  2. Breeds
  3. Basic Husbandry
  4. Equipment & Facility Management
  5. Disease Control
  6. Suitable for both children and adults

Join us for this great introductory program to get you started with keeping your own backyard flock of poultry. They are fun, entertaining animals that provide fresh eggs and meat. This program will offer an overview to flock management with emphasis on: pasturing flocks of poultry, management of the poultry house, selecting hens for production, common diseases of the small flock, feeding and nutrition of poultry.

Donate Blood in Honor is Chris Longhirano

Chinese New Year 2018


NEW: Scam Alert – Property Tax Services

The Town of New Castle Assessor alerts residents to be careful when solicited by property tax services that offer assistance with regard to real property tax exemption and valuation issues.

Town residents routinely receive mailers from property tax services that claim others are ‘paying thousands less’ in local property taxes. These claims can be potentially misleading. The comparisons drawn between properties may disregard physical differences between houses and land, and may also omit algorithmic calculations that bear upon taxation. Additionally, many companies claim to be local, but use UPS Store addresses throughout Westchester County. As a result, residents may be engaging services that lack specific local real estate knowledge. In short, Town residents should be careful that they understand the specifics of engaging any service for this purpose.

Each year, the Town of New Castle Assessor, Josh Herman, IAO, meets individually with nearly 200 local taxpayers to discuss, educate and inform them of the methodology employed as part of the assessment process utilized within the New Castle community. There is no fee for such a meeting, and it is entirely informal. Mr. Herman endeavors to make these meetings relaxed and free of unneeded anxiety. In fact, many of these meetings result in an amicable solution for our residents with regard to their assessments.

Town residents are free to reach out to Mr. Herman in the Assessor’s Office directly and make an appointment with him, should they believe their property is overvalued.

NEW: Westchester County Airport Advisory Board

The Town of New Castle is interested in appointing a resident to the Westchester County Airport Advisory Board. The Westchester County Airport Advisory Board is authorized by the County Charter to:

  • Hold meetings of its members at such time and place as the members of the board shall determine.
  • Meet with the airport manager of the county airport or such other appropriate representative of the firm which manages the county airport at such time and place as the members of the board shall determine.
  • Report to the county government, from time to time, on all matters related to the county airport.
  • Meet with any parties and agencies, public and private, interested in the county airport and make recommendations to the county government based on its findings

The Westchester County Airport Advisory Board comprises ten members who serve staggered three-year terms. This includes seven members who shall be residents of the county to be appointed by the County Executive subject to confirmation by the County Board. Six of these members shall also be residents of the areas which are proximate to the Westchester County Airport: one each from the Town of North Castle, the Town of Rye, the Town of Harrison, the Town of Mount Pleasant and the Town of New Castle.Interested residents should complete this form.

NEW: NCBSA – 2018 Registration is Now Open!

Concussions: What You Need to Know

For the “Concussion Management Program” piece, please change the title to “Concussions: What You Need to Know” & use the attached graphic instead of the movie graphic

Concussions can happen to the best of us – even the hard headed ones. Northern Westchester Hospital is offering a free program on concussions at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. The program will include a showing of the movie Concussion starring Will Smith. Immediately following the movie a panel of expert clinicians from Northern Westchester Hospital will lead a discussion and a Q&A session.

Saturday, 03/24/18, 1:30 PM
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
480 Bedford Road
Chappaqua, NY 10514

NEW: Every Person is Connected: Transition to College

NEW: Every Person is Connected – Transition Planning Workshop

Transition Planning Workshop 2/15/18, 7:00 pm Greeley Academic Commons

ONLY FLOSS THE TEETH YOU WANT TO KEEP………….That’s what dentists tell you. You don’t need to floss all your teeth—just the ones you need to keep.

When it comes to your child’s Transition Plan, a similar principle applies. You might not have to pay attention to everything in your child’s IEP. But you do have to pay attention to what matters most. People who work with students with disablities in colleges, or in the adult world resoundingly say: Make sure your child is prepared while they are still in high school for whatever their next step is. Schools are responsible to make sure that students are college and career ready. You do not want your student to walk across that stage in June, but NOT know what is coming next. What is the PLAN? That’s where Transition Planning comes in.

So, only make a Transition Plan for the part of your child’s life that you want to be successful: employment, education/training, and living skills.

NEW: Global Lyme Alliance’s 1st Annual Breakfast & Panel Discussion

Saw Mill River Audubon Feb-March Events

Saturday February 17, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Saturday March 17, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Saw Mill River Audubon Third Saturday Bird Seed Sale
Pruyn Sanctuary, 275 Millwood Road (Rte 133), Chappaqua, NY 10514

Our Third Saturday seed sales continue through the fall and winter. Bird seed sales benefit the local conservation work of Saw Mill River Audubon. Seed is also available during the week on Mon/Wed/Fri 10:30 am to 3:30 pm. Please call 914-666-6503 or email if you are visiting during the week. Bird seed selection and prices are available online.

Sunday February 18, 2018, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Saw Mill River Audubon Third Sunday Walk at Pruyn Sanctuary
Pruyn Sanctuary, Woodmill Road, Chappaqua, NY 10514

Meet at the Woodmill Road trails entrance of Pruyn Sanctuary for a family-friendly walk for adults and young people age 5 and older. No registration needed. Rain or shine.

Please always check our website at before traveling, in case of inclement weather which could cause us to make changes to the outing.

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Saw Mill River Audubon Public Program: How Birders and eBird are Making a Difference

Chappaqua Library, 195 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, NY 10514

Find out how the world’s largest community science project,, is not only helping birders track their sightings but also helping scientists track the impact of changes to climate and habitats. Learn how to start your own year and life list of birds. Discover lesser-known eBird tips and shortcuts. Find out what other birders are seeing in our area. Explore how eBird can help you plan your birding and discover birding hotspots wherever you travel.

Presenter: Anne Swaim, Executive Director, Saw Mill River Audubon.

Chappaqua Library Events


Concert: Klezmer Music

Director Kenny Green of the Westchester Klezmer Program brings together kids, teens and adults to share this joyful traditional Jewish dance music.

Sun., Feb. 11, 2018 @ 3PM

Think Fit For Kids, Sunday March 4th

Bring the whole family! Join us for the 8th annual Think Fit For Kids, a fabulous community event for ALL ages, to benefit A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Club Fit Briarcliff. Register/Donate at to support pediatric brain cancer research!

New Castle Historical Society – Museum Membership Month

Town Camp – Registration Opens March 1st

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.