New Castle Community eNewsletter 03/09/18

New Castle Community eNewsletter 03/09/18

The New Castle eNewsletter

New Castle Supervisor’s Report – 03/09/2018

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

Tough week!

While most residents have had their power restored, many residents are still without power. We have once again asked Con Ed to prioritize the locations that have been without power since last Friday. Multiple restoration crews are in New Castle today.

After two major storms, at the peak 3,600 in New Castle lost service. As of this morning, 614 are still without – 367 have been without power since the 1st storm. Until every house has power restored, we will not rest. We will continue to press Con Ed. We will continue to work with all elected officials, including Congresswoman Lowey’s office, the Governor’s office, Senator Murphy, Assemblyman Buchwald, County Legislator Mike Kaplowitz, to advocate for us with Con Ed.

I want to thank our DPW department for doing an incredible job. They are working round the clock with Con Ed cut & clear crews, and did an incredible job clearing snow from our roads. I also want to thank our Town Administrator, Jill Shapiro. Jill has been working 24/7 for the past week. She has been a fierce advocate for our residents!

The worst in our utility brought out the best in our Town. We live in a special community and so many of you have pitched in to help others. The outages in the middle of winter put incredible strains on people. But as temperatures in many homes dropped our residents rose to the occasion. Whether it’s offering a warm place to stay, a hot cup of coffee, rides, checking on neighbors or just sharing WiFi, there were so many examples of support. Neighbors helping neighbors. We take so much for granted until it’s taken away from us. But the understanding and compassion that permeated our Town was so impressive. It’s always nice to see the community rally with support for each other during difficult times.

There is no doubt that Con Ed dropped the ball, once again. It’s obvious Con Ed cannot handle big storms. Those out-of-state crews are the only ones we see in New Castle, and it’s clear not enough. We shouldn’t have to rely only on mutual aid. We shouldn’t have to always wait for mutual aid to arrive. Lower density communities like New Castle should not be ignored while higher density areas are restored. The information provided by Con Ed to residents is not accurate. Outages are not listed on their map. Con Ed advises residents that their service has been restored when it hasn’t, or never was out. This only creates more frustration and uncertainty. We are all outraged by Con Ed’s delayed response. Many questions need to be answered, and we will be demanding answers. Con Ed must be held accountable. We deserve better.

8 days till spring!

NEW: Change Your Clock Change Your Battery

working smoke detectors
The Chappaqua Fire Department wants to remind everyone when they change their clock on Sunday March 11, to make a change that could save your life – change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.Since 1987, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Energizer batteries have joined forces to raise awareness about the issue that nonworking smoke alarms are often responsible for home fire deaths and injuries. Now, thanks to the participation of residents all across America, and the dedication of more than 6,000 Fire Departments, home fire deaths continue to be on the decline.

According to the IAFC, although 95 percent of homes have smoke detectors, 20 percent do not work due to worn out or missing batteries. With the peak time for home fire fatalities between 10:00pm and 6:00am, when most families are sleeping, an operable smoke detector most often provides the valuable time victims need to get to safety.

NYS Law recently passed requires all NEW battery-operated smoke alarms sold in New York State be equipped with non-removable, 10-year batteries. So when its time to replace your detector (10 years) please ensure that you purchase a new one with a 10 year battery!!!!

***Prior to changing your batteries we highly recommend that you call your Alarm Company to put the system on test so that the Fire Department is not dispatched for a detector inadvertently activating during the battery change.

NEW: Coffee & Conversation: County Executive George Latimer & Legislator Mike Kaplowitz

NEW: Monday, March 19th: A Conversation with Rob Greenstein, New Castle’s Town Supervisor

LWV LogoBy Sheila Bernson and Jennifer Mebes Flagg
Co-Presidents of the League of Women Voters®
of New CastleThe League of Women Voters® of New Castle invites the community to join in a conversation with Town Supervisor Rob Greenstein on Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Chappaqua Library Theater from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Rob Greenstein is the Supervisor and chief fiscal officer of the Town of New Castle. He establishes agendas, presides over Town Board meetings, signs all agreements and contracts on behalf of the Town and is responsible for maintaining financial stability of the Town of New Castle.

Join us for a lively discussion on many topics and issues of the day. Coffee and light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact the League of Women Voters® of New Castle at

Come with your questions for Supervisor Greenstein.

The League of Women Voters®, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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: March For Our Lives Benefit Concert

march for our lives benefit concert flyer

NEW: Chappaqua Library Lecture

Lecture: How Does This End? Reflections on U.S. Strategy and the North Korean Threat
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7PM

As Washington faces the rising threat from a nuclear armed North Korea, American options have narrowed and the risks associated with each option are clearer than ever. The Endgame on the Korean Peninsula is approaching. Evans J. Revere, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former senior U.S. diplomat, will address the options, the risks and answer any questions, including: Will the U.S. accept a nuclear-armed North Korea or is the Trump Administration heading for war on the Korean Peninsula?

Mr. Revere has been interviewed by major news outlets and will appear on CNN talking about North Korea

Revere is returning to the library by popular demand. His talk to the Foreign Policy Discussion Group was judged to be the most insightful information to date.

Town Camp Registration is Now Open

Town Camp registration is now open!. Early bird discounts by May 4th. Save $50 to $100 per registration (Tots, Camp Adventure and On the Go). Camp Catalog

Online registration : You will be required to enter dates of your child’s immunizations. Please have these dates available before you start the registration process. All online registrations will be charged a 2% Convenience Fee.

In person or mail in registration: You may print the registration form, complete the form along with immunization dates and mail the form and payment to New Castle Recreation, 200 South Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, NY 10514 or bring the form and payment to the Recreation & Parks Dept. Office at Town Hall, Monday – Friday, 8:45am-4:30pm

New Castle For Inclusion & Diversity Committee Celebrates Women’s History Month

In recognition of Women’s History Month this month, here are a few notable milestones in March from women who have made a significant impact in America.

Opening on New Castle Board of Ethics

The Town Board is now accepting applications for residents interested to serve on the new Board of Ethics. The Board of Ethics is composed of five (5) members appointed and approved by the Town Board. Each member of the Board of Ethics shall serve for a term of three (3) years. The Board of Ethics shall select a chairperson from among its members for a term of two (2) years.All members of the new Board of Ethics must be residents of the municipality. The members of the Board of Ethics should be qualified by temperament and experience to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Board. No member of the Board of Ethics shall be a committee person or hold office in a partisan political organization or hold elective office in the Town of New Castle. A Board member may make campaign contributions and vote, but not otherwise participate in any Town of New Castle election campaign. Not more than three members of the Board of Ethics may be members of the same political party. No officer or employee of the Town of New Castle is eligible to serve on the Board of Ethics.

Please email our Town Administrator Jill Shapiro at if you are interested in serving on this committee.

Pulitzer Prize winning Author, David Cay Johnston

Every Person is Connected Committee Presents Autism Day at Six Flags Great Adventure – May 3rd 2018

One-day general admission ticket valid Thursday, May 3, 2018. This is an exclusive event and is not open to the general public. The park will be open 10:30 am -6 pm. Children 2 years and under are admitted free. Autism Day tickets are the only tickets valid on this day. Season Passes, Memberships and All Season Dining Plans are not available for this event. This is an exclusive event and not open to the general public. The park will be open from 10:30 am – 6 pm. Children two and under are free. Purchase tickets here.

Play Ball! Chappaqua Elementary Spirit Day at The Ballpark!

Chappaqua Continuing Education Announcement and New Link for District Events Calendar

Registration continues for Chappaqua Continuing Education Spring 2018 classes Learn something new. . .Classes begin March 12th!Whether you’re curious about social media, looking to learn a new language, would like to play acoustic guitar, or want to improve your culinary skills, the Chappaqua Continuing Education Spring 2018 brochure is packed with over 90 courses in a wide range of categories to choose from.

  • Register early to ensure your spot.
  • Many classes sell out.
  • We do cancel classes for lack of enrollment, so don’t delay in expressing your interest.

Please visit for more information and to register, or call 914. 238-7201 ex 2318.We look forward to seeing you in class!

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.