New Castle Community eNewsletter 03/15/19

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: New Program – After Camp Care until 6:00pm!

The Town of New Castle is now offering after camp care for working parents who are unable to pick their child up after camp. We will be providing an after camp program at Bell Middle School from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. This will be offered for campers age 3 through grade 8! Tots campers from Grafflin will be bused over to Bell School at dismissal. After camp will include supervision until 6pm in a semi-structured environment, a daily snack, and transportation to Bell if necessary. Children can be picked up anytime between 3:00pm and 6:00pm but MUST be picked up no later than 6:00pm.

Click here for details and registration.
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NEW: Friends of Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

ChappPACI am thrilled to announce that Friends of Chappaqua Performing Arts Center has obtained their federal 501(c)(3) non-profit status! Friends of ChappPAC will now begin in earnest their efforts to bring programming to the theater and to raise money for some of the needed capital improvements. In the coming weeks, Friends of ChappPAC will reach out to residents and businesses to become part of their Founding members team (Founding donors will be forever memorialized in a Founding members plaque in the beautiful ChappPAC). Friends of ChappPAC is ambitiously hoping to raise enough money to kick-off their first season in Fall 2019. If you are interested in hearing more about donation levels or to become a volunteer for one of their many committees, contact

Upcoming Events

ChappPAC will be partnering with the Town and non-profits for a couple of upcoming events

March 31, 2019, 2:00-5:00 pm, Wasted: The Story of Food Waste

A documentary screening, by executive producer Anthony Bourdain, with talk back by local restauranteur Leslie Lampert, presented by the Town Sustainability Advisory Board, Friends of ChappPAC, League of Women Voters, and Greeley Environmental Club S.T.O.P.

Free to the public.

April 3, 2019, 7:00 pm, Women’s Empowerment: Fighting Slavery Sex & Abuse, A showing of My Underground Mother

ADocumentary Movie about abuse and trafficking during the Holocaust with a talkback by the film-maker and more. Presented by Friends of ChappPAC and UJA Federation of NY.

Click here to purchase tickets, $25.

A Battle of the Bands fundraiser in the Fall. Details to follow.

Town Camp Registration Is Open!

It’s that time of year again! Summer is almost here, and registration for Town summer camp programs is open. You can register online here or visit the Recreation Office!
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ChappPAC – Free Workshops

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!
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NEW: New Castle Seniors Invite Greeley Students to Shine at Spring Concert

notesThanks to New Castle resident Carol Halperin, the Town of New Castle Community Center is now home to a beautiful grand piano. In an effort to bring together the generations of our town, and to use and enjoy this beautiful instrument, the Senior Activity Group has invited students from Horace Greeley High School to participate in a Sunday afternoon concert on April 7, 2019 at 3 PM.

Greeley music teacher Kathleen Feldman is developing this program, in conjunction with members of the Senior Activity Board. Our talented high school instrumentalists and singers, chosen by the Greeley faculty, will perform as soloists and in small ensembles. Admission to the concert will be free of charge. Refreshments will be served, and transportation will be available for those who cannot drive. Further information will be available at the New Castle Community Center.

NEW: Just In Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

  • Every Person Is Connected (“EPIC”) – ChappPAC
  • Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
  • Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape
  • Con Ed Gas Moratorium
  • Sunshine Children’s Home
  • Citizen Preparedness
  • Joan Corwin Way
  • Pooper Scooper Law
  • Recreational Marijuana
  • Rotary Club’s annual Charter Night dinner honoring Debbie & Ben Lieberman with the Joan Corwin Community Service Award
  • Mike Kaplowitz

Click here to read the complete Supervisor’s Report.

Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator, New Castle

  • Con Ed Municipal Liaison Program and more: The Annual Site Visit Re-Cap.
  • Improvements to our Website are coming

Click here to read the complete Administrator’s Report.

NEW: Take It Or Leave It Shop Opens April 6th

TIOLI volunteersThe Take It Or Leave It Shop at the station will be open beginning Saturday, April 6, weather permitting (no snow, freezing temperature or steady rain). To remind everyone: items may be dropped off from 8:30 am but not later than 11:30, and shoppers are welcome from 9-12. Please no books, clothes, cassettes, electronics, oversize things or items in bad condition. We look forward to handling usable things that are no longer needed by their owners. Everything is free. If you have a large piece of furniture, you may post a photograph on our bulletin board.

Only New Castle residents can leave things because we have limited space and everything not taken must go back in the shed at noon. But anyone in neighboring communities, as well as New Castle, may take things. Items should be handed to staff volunteers, who will unpack the boxes and place things on tables. We look forward to another successful free-cycling season!

NEW: Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program

summer scholarship programHost families needed!

What is the Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program (CSSP)?

Entering our 51st summer, our town has invited 22-24 highly motivated high school students from two under resourced schools in the Bronx for three summers of academic enrichment and after-school activities. Our program takes place in July and our students stay with two different host families for two weeks each.

Summer 2019 dates

Session I: Sunday, June 30 to Friday, July 12
Session II: Sunday, July 14 to Friday, July 26

The actual time commitment for a host family is ten days, as the students return to the their homes for the weekend right from school on Friday and return to Chappaqua Sunday night. Students are busy at CSSP classes and activities during the day.

How do you benefit?

Host families love the experience of sharing their hearts and homes with a CSSP student. All types of families have hosted—those with children or teens, empty nesters and single parents. Students need fueling with food, a little nudging with homework and some evening companionship. This truly is a life changing experience for both our young people from the Bronx and our Chappaqua families.

For more information visit our website or email

NEW: Lecture: Leading Ladies of the Renaissance

Discover the lives and legacies of Italy’s Renaissance women including several unheralded muses who inspired Botticelli, Raphael and Michelangelo and some of the greatest artworks of all time.

Cosponsor: Town of New Castle

Lecturer is Carla Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University
Friday, March 15 @ 7PM
Location: Town Hall Assembly Room

NEW: The luck of the…Norwegian?

Farmer's market bannerOf course, this is the weekend to celebrate all things Irish and we’ll get to that in a minute, but first, I just wanted to let you know that our fearless fisherman, Capt. Rick Lofstad, of Pura Vida Fishery, was rescued by the Coast Guard units from Montauk and New London off of Fishers Island last Sunday after his boat capsized. Capt. Rick called for help before jumping into frigid waters and the Coast Guard arrived within minutes. The captain got lucky. So did the fish from the morning’s haul who swam free. Read more on the blog.

NEW: New Castle Trivia

new castle trivia logoWhat were the names of Horace Greeley’s two daughters?

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

Please consider joining or renewing your membership in the historical society today

LOWV – Conversation with the Supervisor

LWV logoPlease join the New Castle League of Women Voters for a Conversation with the Supervisor on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7 p.m. at New Castle Town Hall. 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.

2019 Spring Program Information

Spring 2019 Programs

Spring 2019 programs are now available for viewing. Registration begins March 11th!Register online or at the Recreation Office!
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Wasted! Story of Food Waste Documentary Screening

Sunday, March 31, 2019 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chappaqua PAC, 480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua

wasted the move flyerThe New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board and the League of Women Voters® of New Castle invite you to a screening of the documentary Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. Following the movie, special guest Leslie Lampert, proprietor of Ladle of Love and The Scrappy Chef, will share her favorite techniques for avoiding food waste. This event is free and open to the public.

Every year 1.3 billion tons of food is thrown away, adding up to one third of all food produced for human consumption. Wasted! The Story of Food Waste aims to solve the food waste problem by changing the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chefs like Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, and create a more sustainable food system.

Leslie Lampert is on a personal mission to reduce food waste in our area with her venture The Scrappy Chef, providing instruction on how to cook using back-of-the-fridge forgotten food, gently expired food items and leftovers. Leslie will help you learn how to transform the unspoiled food you trash into delicious, healthy meals and by eliminating food waste at home, you will end up saving time, money AND our planet.

Co-sponsored by the Greeley Environmental Club S.T.O.P. and Friends of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact or visit the SAB website

View the trailer here.

Screening: Jazz at Lincoln Center – Abyssinian Mass

jazz flyerApril 12 Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
Cosponsors: Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town of New Castle and Friends of the Chappaqua Library

Relax and enjoy an evening of cheese, wine and jazz in the elegant surroundings of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center.

The worlds of gospel music and jazz have always shared a close bond. In Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass, these two worlds come together as the Lincoln Center Orchestra—with a full gospel choir–performs one of the most joyful, ecstatic, and life-affirming pieces of music ever written.

Protecting Children in a Hyper Digital Age

The Junior League of Northern Westchester is pleased to present this free community-wide learning event: Protecting Children in a Hyper Digital Age on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30pm.

In this interactive event, Cyber Safety expert Liz Repking, founder of Cyber Safety Consulting, will explore: how today’s children are interacting online, the positive and negative implications of technology, and how we can parent with more understanding about the culture of technology for our families.

The event will take place at the Bedford Playhouse. The event is free, but seats are limited so registration is required.

(Please note: this session is for parents/adults)
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Women Empowerment: Fighting Slavery & Sex Abuse

Hear From Journalist and Filmmaker Marisa Fox and Micol Rieger, Coordinator of the Sex Trafficking & Prevention Initiative at MetCouncil.

Marisa Foxs documentary, My Underground Mother, traces Marisas search for her mothers hidden identity, which led her to a larger, overlooked story of Nazi trafficking during the Holocaust. Micol Rieger will provide an historical context of sexual violence toward women in the U. S. and how sex-trafficking and slavery continues today in America. It is a global $32 billion industry with nearly one-third of that revenue generated in the U. S.

Click here to get tickets.

CCSD 2019-20 School Budget Meeting Dates

Development of a school budget actually begins back in June of each year. Through the thoughtful work of District administrators, program directors and staff, the process is a collaborative effort that results in the thorough examination of educational programs and practices as well as the operations and infrastructure of the District. In addition, input is received from residents through the Finance Advisory Committee, from those in attendance at Board meetings who offer recommendations, and from those who write to the Board regarding the future direction of Chappaqua’s schools.

Please click here for a list of upcoming Board of Education meeting dates and scheduled presentations regarding the 2019-2020 CCSD School Budget.

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.


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Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce

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