New Castle Community eNewsletter 03/30/18

New Castle Community eNewsletter 03/30/18

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Lower King Street Egg Hunt

NEW: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – An Evening with Tom Rush

Friday, April, 6, 2018, Time: 7:30 pm
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480 Bedford Rd., Chappaqua, NY 10541

Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration….a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.

Rush’s impact on American music has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ‘60’s and the renaissance in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. Country star Garth Brooks has credited Rush with being one of his top five musical influences. Rush has long championed emerging artists. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor, and in more recent years his Club 47 concerts have brought such artists as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin to wider audiences when they were just beginning to build their own reputations. His brand new album “Voices” has just been released on Appleseed Recordings.


NEW: Potholes!

Residents can report potholes to Residents can also download our mobile app – My New Castle 311. With the mobile app you can pinpoint the location of the issue with GPS and attach photos right from your phone. My New Castle 311 mobile app is available for use on Apple and Android smartphones: iTunes or Google Play.

NEW: Chappaqua Library Events

Author Talk: Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown
Author Lauren Hilgers humanizes the difficulties immigrants face in her deeply reported account of on indelible family transplanted from rural China to NY City. Moderated by Rose Tan Kaung, past president of OCA-WHV Asian Pacific American Advocates

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 7PM

Foreign Policy Discussion Group Islam and the West
Khusro Elley Facilitator
Guest speaker, via Skype Asma Afsaruddin
Ms. Afsaruddin is a professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures at Indiana University. She is an expert on Islamic studies, including Islamic religious and political thought, contemporary Islamic movements, gender roles and Islam in modern society. Her latest book is Contemporary Issues in Islam.

Monday, April 9, 2018 @ 10AM

NEW: Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

  • Community Conversation: Lessons Learned from Winter Storm Emergencies
  • Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update
  • Chappaqua Crossing
  • New Diverse Housing – 91 Bedford Road
  • Gun Violence
  • Potholes
  • Raising the Age for Tobacco & Vape Product Purchases
  • Lighted Basketball Court & Playground
  • Music in Chappaqua’s March for Our Lives benefit concert!
  • Chappaqua Restaurant Week – April 9th – 14th

For more information, click here.Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator, New Castle

  • Town and County Tax Collection begins next week.
  • Summer Interns- If you know of a college Freshman who is interested in local government and does not
  • The Take It or Leave It Shop Opens Saturday, April 7!!!!

For more information, click here.

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!

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

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.

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 Recreation & Parks Spring Programs

Registration is now open. View the catalog here.

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

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

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:

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 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.

Chappaqua School Foundation Spring Benefit

Click here to buy tickets for the benefit.

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!