New Castle Community eNewsletter 03/23/18

New Castle Community eNewsletter 03/23/18

The New Castle eNewsletter

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – An Intimate Evening With Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie LeeTwo-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. Rickie is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as ‘confessional’ songwriter performances.

March 23, 2018, 8-10p, Chappaqua PAC, 480 Bedford Road Chappaqua, NY 10514 Tickets are available here.

Chappaqua Orchestra Music is Science!

Going to be very engaging and educational experience for your children! Don’t miss this amazing event!! Click here for tickets

NEW: Hamilton Masterclass Workshop

Cast members past and present from the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton” are coming to the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center to do a master class for kids from 8-18 years of age. Class will include learning a musical number from the show, as well as a talk back from the cast members. Limited availability.

April 15, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, Chappaqua PAC, 480 Bedford Road Chappaqua

Tickets are available here.

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

HGHS 2018 Senior Musical


It’s 1979, and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. Also attending is a faded disco star, a sexy nightclub singer with her eleven-year-old twins, a disaster expert, a feminist reporter, an older couple with a secret, a pair of young guys who are looking for ladies, an untrustworthy businessman and a nun with a gambling addiction. What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they’ve lost… or at least escape the killer rats. (Synopsis from MTI)

Get ready to enjoy disco era classics like “Knock on Wood.” “I Will Survive,” “Never Can Say Goodbye,” “I am Woman,” and “Hot Stuff.”

See if you can survive “Disaster.”

You’ll need tickets to get on board.

All Seats $20.
Thursday, March 22nd at 7pm
Friday, March 23rd at 8pm
Saturday, March 24th at 2pm and 8pm
Horace Greeley High School Auditorium

RESCHEDULED: Community Conversation: Lessons Learned from Winter Storm Emergencies

Ivy A. Pool
Council Member
Town Board liaison to the Community Preparedness Committee

Together, our community has just weathered a series of winter storms that resulted in widespread power outages, closed roads, and other emergency conditions. After an intense week of response and recovery efforts, we are pleased that all customers within the Town of New Castle have had their power restored. Like you, we are exhausted and relieved that this event is over.

Now we have a critical task to perform: while our collective memories are fresh, now is the time to learn from what happened and use these lessons to enhance our Town’s emergency response plan, as well as our own individual and neighborhood-based plans. Climate change is real; and weather-related emergencies can and will happen again.

The Town would like you to join with us in asking and answering questions such as: What can be learned from what happened? What worked well and what did not work? How can we improve our readiness and response?

On Thursday, March 29th at 6:00 p.m. at the Chappaqua Library, the Town of New Castle will host a Community Conversation to discuss lessons learned from this event. We want to hear your feedback, comments, concerns, and suggestions. We will also invite experts on solar power and generators to provide real-time responses to some of the questions you may have.

The Town Board will use the results of this session, as well as our internal review and analysis, to present recommendations for improvement to ConEd.

If you cannot attend but wish to submit comments, please email them to

March For Our Lives Benefit Concert

march for our lives benefit concert flyer

NEW: New Castle Recreation & Parks Spring Programs

Registration is now open. View the catalog here.

NEW: Meet the Assessor

The Assessor’s Office will be open for Informal Hearings on the following day:

  • Tuesday, April 10th from 4PM – 7PM
  • Tuesday, April 17th from 4PM – 7PM
  • Saturday, April 28th from 9AM – 1PM
  • Tuesday, May 1st from 4PM – 7PM
  • Tuesday, May 8th from 4PM – 6:30PM
  • Saturday, May 12th from 9AM – 1PM

These meetings are to discuss your assessment and are by appointment only.To schedule an appointment, please call the Assessor’s Office at 914-238-4722 to schedule a meeting.

Josh Herman

NEW: A Call to Action on Climate Change!

A call to action on climate change! Thursday, May 3 @ 7:00 – 9:00pm, Chappaqua Performing Arts Center (480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua). Community screening and discussion of the internationally acclaimed eco-documentary Before The Flood. The film, presented by National Geographic and filmmaker Fisher Stevens, follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the effects of climate change around the globe with world leaders, and provides an in-depth look at the complex issues from all sides. Learn how individuals, communities, and countries can combat climate change through sustainable measures like waste reduction, renewable energy, and conservation. The screening and discussion are free and open to the public with seating on a first come basis. This event is being hosted by: the New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board, t​he Horace Greeley High School Environmental Club S.T.O.P., Friends of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, the New Castle Arts & Culture Committee, and the Chappaqua Central School District.

For more information, please contact: #BeforeTheFlood

NEW: Chappaqua Library Events

Academy Award Nominees: Marshall
Biography about a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 7PM

Concert: Celebrate Life
Pianist Yalin Chi and Steven Beck will play original four-hand arrangements based on various composers from Mozart to John Corigliano
Sunday, March 25, 2018 @ 3PM

NEW: Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program

Could you open your heart and home to a promising high school student for ten days this July? The Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program (CSSP), founded in 1968, is an academic enrichment program that brings 22-24 talented students from two under resourced high schools in the Bronx to live with host families in our community. The 2018 CSSP program runs July 1 to July 27, with graduation taking place on Sunday, July 29.

CSSP students are recommended for the program by their guidance counselors and then interviewed and chosen by members of CSSP’s board. During the program, our students attend classes at Seven Bridges Middle School in the mornings and are exposed to enrichment, cultural, and community activities in the afternoons and a few evenings. Past activities include Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival performances, film screenings, museum and college visits, a community service project, swimming and tennis lessons, and our very popular softball game!

The students, who begin the program as rising sophomores, attend the program for three consecutive summers. During junior and senior year of high school, CSSP offers our students college counseling, SAT prep, essay review, and on going support during the college application process. After “graduation” from CSSP, the program offers our now-college- students a book stipend and assistance securing internships.

One of the primary new exposures a student gets is living with two different Chappaqua host families each year and learning different perspectives and cultures. Host families who have participated in past summers often report being impressed with the students’ intense interest in education and in gaining new experiences. Many of our host families participate year after year and find that they gain as much from their experience as the students do!

There is always a need for new host families. Our host families range from empty nesters to families with all ages of children in their homes. CSSP students demonstrate personal qualities that younger children could look up to and see as role models. Families often build long-term relationships with our students that last for years.

The host family commitment is for a two-week period in the first or second half of July (Session 1 is July 1-13; Session 2 is July 15-27), although it is really ten nights since the students go home to the Bronx Friday afternoon and return by train to Chappaqua Sunday evening. Students are transported by Chappaqua Transportation each morning to the middle school, where they take three academic courses, and are typically picked up by their host family locally in the late afternoon (most often at Seven Bridges Middle School, Bell or at the Saw Mill Swim Club) Through our partnership with the Jacob Burns Film Center, the students attend a program there on Fridays and leave for home from the Pleasantville Train station.

Please visit our website and our Facebook page: CSSP. For further information please contact Ellen Adnopoz: or Nancy Silver:

NEW: Spring Programs at the New Castle Historical Society

Women’s History, History of Millwood Lecture, Antiques Appraisal Day, and House Tours

The NCHS kicks off their spring calendar with Curator-led Talk & Tours of the exhibition, New Castle’s Carrie Chapman Catt & the Women’s Suffrage Movement. The exhibition features contemporary historic photographs from Westchester County Historical Society, the New York State Museum, and the Library of Congress; a 1917 petition in support of women’s suffrage, including over 800 signatures from local Westchester County women (on loan to the NCHS from the Ossining Historical Society); an Evelyn Rumsey Cary “Woman Suffrage” Poster; and several replica artifacts related to women’s suffrage, including “Votes for Women” sashes, pennants, buttons, and plates. The exhibition is open to the public, and visitors may also schedule private curator-led tours of the exhibition through the end of May 2018.

On April 22nd, from 2 pm – 4 pm, the NCHS invites its members and the public to its 52nd Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting will be held at the new Millwood Fire House. At the meeting, Town Historian Gray Williams will present a brief history of Millwood, New York, with special focus on the Putnam Division of the New York Central Railroad.

Later in April, the NCHS teams up with the Rago Arts & Auction Center to offer an Antiques Roadshow-style Appraisal Day at the Greeley House. On Saturday, April 28th, visitors are invited to have their family heirlooms or garage sale treasures appraised at the Horace Greeley House. The appraisals will be conducted by four special guest experts (fine art, jewelry, silver, and general).

In May, the NCHS’s popular “Castles of New Castle” House Tour returns on May 17th. This event, one of the society’s main annual fundraisers, provides ticketholders with the opportunity to explore five exquisite homes in the Town of New Castle. All proceeds from this event benefit the New Castle Historical Society. Tickets for the event will be available beginning mid-April.

If you would like more information regarding these programs, or to register for an event, please visit or contact NCHS Executive Director Cassie Ward at or 914-238-4666.

NEW: New Dates! New Times! Same Wonderful Chappaqua Library Annual Book Sale!

The great big Friends of the Chappaqua Library Annual Book Sale will be held this year from April 30 to May 6 because of the planned library construction this summer.

Here is the new schedule:

Donation days:

  • Monday, April 30: 10am to 8pm
  • Tuesday, May 1: 10 am to 5pm (note: no donations after 5pm)

Preview for Friends members ($30 per year): Wednesday, May 2: 5 to 9pm

Sale Days for everyone:

  • Thursday, May 3: 10am to 8pm
  • Friday May 4: 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday, May 5: 10am to 5pm (half price)
  • Sunday, May 6: 12 noon to 3pm (free)

If you are donating, you can help by: contributing books, audio books, CDs and DVDs only in good condition. Sorting your donations into 1) those for children and 2) those for adults 3) fiction vs. non-fiction.We do NOT want: textbooks; condensed books; out-of-date encyclopedias or travel guides. These may be left in the blue bins at the Hunts Lane recycling center. We also do NOT want: cassettes; VHS tapes; magazines; or computer software.

Here’s to another successful book sale – all for the benefit of our wonderful library. All proceeds this year will go toward furniture for the expanded Children’s Room.

Volunteers are always needed and welcome. There is a master volunteer sign-up sheet at the information desk at the library. You may also sign up with one of the Friends of the Library board members who will be calling or e-mailing volunteers from past years. For online volunteer sign-up, go to Chappaqua Library, Home, click Friends, and sign up on the newly created sign-up format.

Con Ed Providing Food & Medicine Reimbursements for Nor’Easter

Con Edison said today that the company will reimburse customers for food and prescription medicine spoilage if they lost power for three consecutive days or more during the two nor’easters that slammed the region recently.

Customers may receive reimbursements for up to $225, or up to $515 with receipts. Business owners are eligible for food spoilage reimbursements up to $10,200 with receipts.

Those seeking to file for reimbursements can check the company’s website here.

Reminders Regarding Tree Care After the Recent Storms

Stephen Coleman
Environmental Coordinator/Town Arborist
tree damageThe recent storms have caused a lot of tree damage and we wanted to remind you that the Town does have a tree ordinance that regulates the removal of trees. We also wanted to let you know that Town residents are permitted to bring storm damage related tree debris (branches, cut up sections of trees, limbs, etc.), to the Town refuse and recycling department at Hunts Lane. Residents will need to provide proof of residency.

Please be sure to not place tree related debris at the curbside, unless you are arranging for private pick up and disposal. The Town DPW will not be picking up any tree related debris that has been stockpiled along the road edge. Tree related debris that is left as a result of Con Edison work within utility wires, will likely not be picked up and disposed of by Con Edison.

General Maintenance

Removal of trees that have significant storm damage (major limbs fallen and tree is not structurally sound, or uprooted, etc) are permitted to be removed without a tree permit. In addition, general tree maintenance including the pruning of snapped branches, limbs, etc., and normal pruning are also permitted without a tree permit.

When a tree permit is required

If you anticipate having to remove trees, the Town does require a tree permit application for the removal of healthy trees. If the tree is completely dead, or presents a serious hazardous condition, no tree permit would be required. However, we strongly advise that you work with an Arborist to make this determination. The Town also reserves the right to evaluate the hazardous condition of the tree prior to removal.

The Town requires a tree permit for removal of trees based upon the following criteria:

  • Any clearing (10 or more trees).
  • Within the regulated landscape buffer zone, any removal of a tree with a diameter of four inches or more.
  • Outside of the regulated landscape buffer zone, any removal of a tree with a diameter of eight inches or more.

Please note that if you plan on removing healthy trees, the ordinance does include a tree replacement provision. The Tree Ordinance is Chapter 121 of the Town Code and the tree permit application and Chapter 121 can both be downloaded from the Town’s website.

Town right-of-way Trees and Trees within Utility Wires

The Town maintains a right-of-way, which on average is approximately 25 feet on both sides from the center of the road. (Note- this distance may vary depending on road history, etc.)

Within the right-of-way the Town is responsible for maintaining existing trees. In addition, the right-of-way usually includes existing utilities that are maintained by various utility services such as Con Edison, Verizon, Cable, etc. Regarding utility maintenance, these entities are responsible for management of trees within their wires. These utility companies (mostly Con Edison performs periodic and routine line maintenance of all of their utility lines throughout the Town. This involves tree pruning and removal of trees when determined a potential risk to utility wires. They also take care of any emergency removals associated with trees in wires.

The Town also performs routine maintenance of trees within the right-of-way that are not related to the utility company’s role and function. We routinely survey existing trees and remove trees that are considered hazardous within the right-of-way. We often rely upon residents to inform us of potentially dangerous or dead trees that may be within the right-of-way. The Town will review and assess and then if the tree needs to be removed, will either be removed by Town staff, or the work contracted to outside tree professionals. If you observe any trees that you are concerned with, please call the Department of Public Works at 238-3689.

Tree Maintenance and Prevention

The recent storm events illustrate the importance of proper routine tree maintenance, and we strongly encourage you to have your existing trees properly managed and maintained by tree professionals. Prevention is often the best strategy for protecting your home and property. During storm events it is not possible to predict which trees will be impacted, often trees that cause problems have no outward visible signs that they are unhealthy or a hazard. Routine maintenance annually is one of the best strategies to hopefully minimize the potential impacts from trees being damaged during storm events. The Town actively manages the trees within their right-of-way areas and also relies upon utility companies to perform routine maintenance. Please feel free to reach out to the Town if you see trees that you may feel are a potential issue along our road ways. We will do our best to address the situation.

Chappaqua School Foundation Spring Benefit

Click here to buy tickets for the benefit.

Take It Or Leave It Opening on April 7th

TIOLI ShopThe Take It Or Leave It shop at the train station is planning to open for the season on Saturday, April 7. The shop will be open from 9 am to 12 noon every Saturday, weather permitting, until the cold weather sets in next fall. We look forward to handling usable items that are no longer needed by their owners. Everything is free.

Our basic rules are simple:

Only New Castle residents can leave things, because we have limited space – everything not taken by noon must go back into the shed. But anyone in neighboring communities, as well as New Castle, can take things.

Items should be handed to staff volunteers, who will unpack boxes and place things on tables.

No drop-offs after 11:30 am.

No books, clothes, oversize items or things in bad condition. Volunteers have the right to refuse items.

We look forward to another successful free-cycling season!

Youth Mental Health Project

Congregation B’nai Yisrael and Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester are spotlighting the importance of children’s mental health by hosting a special event open to the entire Westchester community. On March 28, 2018 at 7:00pm at The Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, the organizers will hold a special screening of the award-winning film NO LETTING GO, followed by an informative discussion facilitated by the screenwriter, mental health advocate, local resident, and real-life mom behind the film’s story, Randi Silverman.

Tickets can be purchased for $18/adult and $10/student (appropriate for age 13+). All proceeds from the event will go to support the work of The Youth Mental Health Project, a New York based nonprfofit whose mission is to empower, educate and support families and communities about the importance of youth mental health. For more information visit their website or email Sue Blenke.

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

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

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!