New Castle Community eNewsletter 03/22/19

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Fifth Annual Chappaqua Stem Fest

stemfest logoMarch 23rd from 9am to 1pm
Bell Middle SchoolMore than 200 Chappaqua School district students, from elementary school through high school, will showcase their work at the fourth annual Chappaqua STEM Fest on March 23th. The event is at Bell Middle School, 50 Senter Street, Chappaqua, NY, from 9 am to 1 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. You can visit the Chappaqua STEM website for more details.

The Chappaqua STEM Fest will feature student designed experiments, inventions and research. Visitors will see a range of projects including hydroponics, electromagnets, human genetics, Minecraft, slime chemistry, astronomy, and robotics!

In addition, local and national companies will run hands-on activities at the STEM Fest. Students will be able to explore polymer chemistry, robotics, computer programming, wind power, drones, Artificial Intelligence and rocketry.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating the fifth year of the Chappaqua STEM Fest,” said Lori Morton, Chair of the Chappaqua PTA STEM Committee. “The enthusiasm of our students is infectious, their discoveries and inventions are brilliant, and the event is packed with fun and informative STEM demonstrations and hands-on experiences!”

It’s a terrific opportunity for our students to learn from, and teach, each other. For more information, please email

NEW: Mulch and Compost Sale!

mulchSpring has arrived! Time to order your mulch/compost at the New Castle Recycling Center located at 210 Hunts Lane, Chappaqua during our business hours Weds-Sat 7am-11:15am & 12pm-2:30pm. We accept cash, credit cards(everything except American Express)and checks.

Checks should be made out to The Town of New Castle. Residents must arrange for their own delivery, please call 914-238-8091 for any questions.

NEW: It’s Time to be Part of the Solution Not the Pollution!!

clean up daySpring has sprung and now is the time to help clean up our Community. You are being asked to do your part – help pick up the litter on our streets near your home or wherever you walk. CLEAN UP DAY will be on Saturday, April 27th and we will bring you more details as we get closer to it.

The Beautification Advisory Board thanks you!

NEW: Watch the Video: A Conversation with Rob Greenstein, New Castle’s Town Supervisor

LWV logoOn March 18, 2019, the League of Women Voters® of New Castle held A Conversation with the Supervisor at the New Castle Town Hall. Supervisor Rob Greenstein provided updates to the community on the latest issues around Town.

In case you missed it, you can watch the video here.

For more information about the League, please visit the League’s website.

NEW: Recycling Drop Off Day at FDR State Park in Yorktown

Westchester County is hosting a Recycling Drop Off Day at FDR State Park in Yorktown on April 6 from 9am-3pm.
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NEW: Horace Greeley Class of 2019 Senior Musical Presents Mamma Mia

  • mamma mia flyerFriday, March 22 @ 8pm
  • Saturday, March 23 @ 2pm + 8pm

Tickets are $20 each and are non-refundable.
($25 at the door if there are any available!) Click here to purchase tickets.

Mamma Mia Synopsis

ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

About Senior Musical

Senior Musical is a long-standing tradition and a bonding experience for soon-to-be graduating seniors. In keeping with tradition, any profits from this event will be donated to the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund to support Greeley graduates who need some financial help for college.

NEW: Spring Programs at the New Castle Historical Society

spring programs and events

NEW: Join us at the CSF Spring Benefit – Friday, April 26th!

spring benefit flyerCSF Spring Benefit and Raffle Tickets Now Available Online.

Cocktails, Hors D’Oeuvres & Dinner
Silent Auction & Raffles
Grants Showcase Presented by Teachers & Students

Music by:
Horace Greeley Quaker Notes
Horace Greeley Stage Band
Total Entertainment

We hope you will join us for a wonderful community evening celebrating our schools.

Click here to purchase Spring Benefit and raffle tickets.

Thank you to those families who have agreed to serve on our Benefit and Outreach Committees, our Spring Madness participants, our silent auction donors and our corporate sponsors.

The Chappaqua School Foundation Board

NEW: New Castle Trivia

new castle trivia logoWhat was Gabrielle Greeley Clendenin’s nickname in Chappaqua?

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

NEW: New Castle Fire District No. 1 Work Session Notice for March 27, 2019 – 7:00PM

The Board of Fire Commissioners for New Castle Fire District No. 1 will hold a Special Work Session to discuss the Architect’s plans regarding 495 King Street. The Board will convene on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 7:00pm, at the First Floor Commissioners Meeting Room at the Bedford Road Firehouse (491 King Street, Chappaqua).

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.

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.

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.
after camp care flyer

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!
summer camp flyer

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.

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!

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

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!
Spring programs flyer


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