New Castle Community eNewsletter 05/04/18

New Castle Community eNewsletter 05/04/18

The New Castle eNewsletter

Chappaqua Library Annual Book Sale!

The Great Big Annual Friends of the Library BOOK SALE will be in the library theater next week! 30,000-40,000 donated books, CDs, DVDs, audio-books at bargain prices ($2 for most.) Bring the books you do not need (in good condition, please) Monday (10-8pm) and Tuesday (10-5pm.) Shop for the ones you would like Thursday (or Wednesday evening if you are a current member of the Friends), or Friday, Saturday (half price!) or Sunday 12-3 (free!) Volunteers (especially Wednesday through Sunday) will be very welcome. Sign up at the library information desk or online through the library website. 

NEW: 10K, 5K, PAWS Walk and Kids Fun Run

10K, 5K, PAWS Walk and Kids Fun Run, Sun., May 20 2018, Town Hall, 200 South Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, NY

New Castle 5K and 10K
Start Time: 8:10am
Check-in and bib pick up: starts at 6:30am
Registration Fee:
$20 early bird for each race
$25 Race Day
Register here


Paws Walk

A great way to get active on a Sunday morning, bring the kids, the family, your neighbors and your pooch to our first ever Paws Walk. This short 1/2 mile stroll is a will be a lot of fun. Each dog gets a small gift. Thank you to our title sponsor Wags and Whiskers.Register here


Kids Fun Run

With the help of our friends at World Cup Gymnastics & Breezemont Camp we have put together a unique Kids Fun Run that will challenge our youngest runner’s agility, balance and endurance as they run through our obstacle course that includes two giant inflatables. Perfect for kids ages 5-12. The Fun Run will be open from 8:30am-10:30am and kids can run the course as many times as they like.

NEW: Art Around Town – Update!!!

For the past few years NWAG with the overwhelming support of the Chappaqua business community, turns the hamlet into a strolling gallery.

This year, the 4th annual Art Around Town Is one of the largest and most exciting events yet. Running from May 31-June 30 with the Opening Thursday May 31st from 5:00-8:30pm. The evening launches a truly fabulous event. This year Musicians and actives such as a painting event for Empty Bowls will fill the town entertaining visitors.

Most stores host receptions for the hundreds of visitors who attend to view the work of over 30 artists from the tristate area. The art selected by the retailers remains in place throughout June so there is ample time for viewers to experience the “gallery” that downtown Chappaqua becomes.

All the art on display is for sale; artist are also small businesses and this event is small business supporting small business for the good of the community.

A complete Map/Guide will be available under the main tent in front of Desires by Mikolay and will have a listing of all participating artists, and the locations of the merchants hosting them.

Chappaqua Garden Club Plant Sale

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market

We will be back at the Chappaqua Train Station on May 12th from 8:30am to 1pm

The mission of the Chappaqua Farmers Market is to bring food that is locally grown, raised or produced to our community. Additionally we want to raise awareness of the importance of eating local for the sustainability of our planet. Visit our Westchester County market every Saturday at the Chappaqua Train Station.

NEW: Coyotes In Chappaqua: What To Know During Pupping Season

My name is Arden Hauck and I am a Wildlife Ambassador and Sophomore at Horace Greeley High School here in New Castle. I am also a senior Girl Scout working towards my Gold Award, which is on coyote education. I have been a New Castle resident for over nine years and now that Spring has rolled around again, I am excited to be welcoming lots of baby animals to our community, including my personal favorite: coyote pups.

I have always admired coyotes, and as a member of this community and also as a wildlife enthusiast, I feel it is necessary to educate as many people as possible about an animal that seems to need a little extra love and understanding here in New Castle.

If you get to know a coyote, you will see that they are physically magnificent, but also very intelligent. Despite the odds, they have found ways to not only survive, but thrive in the most unlikely places. As the world around them has transformed, the coyotes have remained and evolved, which is what makes them such remarkable creatures. However, as adorable and stunning as the babies are, it is important for us to keep our distance and respect coyote’s space and territory, just as we want them to respect ours.


NEW: Architectural Review Board

The Town of New Castle is looking for 2 alternate members for the Architectural Review Board (“ARB”). The Board is composed of 5 members. The alternates would be asked to serve when the Board fails to reach a quorum for their meeting. The ARB was established to promote the desirable exterior appearance of new buildings and additions to buildings, on residential, business, or other properties in terms of uniformity, dissimilarity, inappropriateness, or poor quality of design. You do not have to be an architect. The ARB duties, powers, and responsibilities:

  1. Evaluates applications for building permits for new buildings or additions affecting the exterior of any residential building or structure where the cost of such project is reasonably estimated by the Building Inspector to exceed $25,000.
  2. Evaluates applications for building permits for new buildings or additions affecting the exterior of any commercial building or structure where the cost of such project is reasonably estimated by the Building Inspector to exceed $5,000.
  3. Provides reports and recommendations to the Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals concerning the architectural features of certain projects seeking approvals before those boards.

The term is for three years. The ARB meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 8:00pm. A resume with a cover letter identifying why you would like to become a member of the ARB should be submitted to Jill Shapiro, the New Castle Town Administrator at

NEW: Reminder: “Castles of New Castle” House Tour, May 17th

“Castles of New Castle” House Tour — the perfect Mother’s Day gift, day-excursion with friends, or special-day for yourself! Guests will experience a memorable, fun-filled day while contributing to the preservation of local history.

On May 17th, guests are invited to tour four private homes and gardens in the beautiful Town of New Castle, in support of the New Castle Historical Society (NCHS). Each year, several Town of New Castle homeowners generously open their homes to the NCHS for the “Castles of New Castle” House Tour. These private residences are always distinctive, marvelously decorated, and situated in the most stunning locations. Many of the homes display distinct local and regional historical significance and artifacts as well.

The House Tour is one of the largest fundraisers hosted by the NCHS, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, documenting, and sharing the Town of New Castle’s history. As an independent, donor-supported, non-profit organization, the NCHS relies entirely upon the generosity of private supporters to advance its mission and to maintain the Horace Greeley House Museum.

House Tour guests may choose to complete the day with lunch at one of New Castle’s several restaurants. Many local restaurants will offer a 15% discount with the “Castles of New Castle” House Tour Ticket.

General tour and ticketing information can be found at: This year’s “Castles of New Castle” House Tour is sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate and Houlihan Lawrence – Chappaqua Real Estate.

NEW: Thank a Volunteer First Responder Day

NEW: Spring Festival – St. John and St. Mary

New Castle Airport Advisory Committee

New Castle is forming a New Castle Airport Advisory Committee. The committee will discuss issues of interest regarding community impacts from the Westchester County Airport. The committee will provide advisory reports and recommendations to the Town Board. The committee will also provide updates and recommendations to the Town Board on matters pertaining to the airport including the Airport Master Plan update and any proposed privatization. If interested in joining this committee, please complete this form and email it to Town Administrator Jill Shapiro

ChapLine Committee

New Castle is forming a ChapLine Committee. Over the past few years the Town Board has been exploring the feasibility and costs associated for the ChapLine, a functional recreation path which would connect downtown Chappaqua to Horace Greeley High School and to Chappaqua Crossing. This path would connect over 400 households to downtown Chappaqua. All stakeholders are invited to join the committee – those in favor of this concept and those against. If interested in joining this committee, please email this form to Town Administrator Jill Shapiro

Take It Or Leave Shop

The Take It Or Leave It Shop will be open from 9 to 12 Saturday unless it is raining. If you have something big, please take a photo of it to post on our bulletin board – we cannot handle big things. Also, please drop off items before 11:30 – everything not taken must go back in our small shed at noon! No books or clothes.

First Congregational Church 2018 Barn Sale

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Jessica Lynn

Jessica Lynn at Chappaqua Performing Arts Center May 26th @8pm

Being hailed by press around the world as “Country Music’s Newest Star”, the “New Woman in Country” and “Shania’s Successor,” Jessica Lynn is fast on her way to becoming a household name.

In the last two years, the singer/songwriter has been seen by millions across America in her two full length concert television specials, “This Much Fun – Live from the Winery at St. George,” and “Jessica Lynn – Takin’ Over – Live from The Paramount.” She has sung our country’s National Anthem twice in New York’s famed Madison Square Garden by special invite and has shared stages with the biggest names in country music including Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., ZZ Top, The Band Perry, Jake Owen, Sammy Kershaw, Clint Black, Montgomery Gentry, Phil Vassar, Jo Dee Messina and the “Queen of Country Music” herself, Loretta Lynn. Her high-energy and dynamic live show has garnered rave reviews from critics worldwide with the CBS Evening News calling her a “Rocket Force.” Jessica’s concerts are fun for the whole family.

Tickets and information are available here.

Westchester Power News (formerly CCA)

From the New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board

If you recently received mail from Westchester Power, you may be wondering what is happening.

For those of us who received the letter, don’t worry, you don’t have to do anything. The contract that we signed about 3 years ago is still in place and we are still getting the same good fixed price for our electricity. We also still get our electricity over ConEd lines.

While we got a very good fixed rate for green and brown electricity, it’s now being renegotiated, and a new contract is expected to be in place for 2019. Before finalizing a new contract, just like last time, it will be reviewed by the Sustainability Advisory Board and Town Counsel. You will receive communication letting you know what the new rate is (likely lower than the ConEd 12-month average rate, just like in the previous contract) and providing you with a chance to opt-out at any time.

If you have any questions, please contact the New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board at

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Leonardo Sandoval

sandovalFri 5/11 @ 8pm
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

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. He helped bring tap to a wider audience in Brazil via numerous TV appearances, and by co-founding the Cia Carioca de Sapateado in Rio de Janeiro.

Buy tickets here.

Chappaqua Orchestra Concerto Competition Concert May 20 at ChappPac

Chappaqua Orchestra final concert of the season features the winners of Chappaqua Orchestra’s Annual International Concerto Competition. Come hear the future of classical music performing with the TCO conducted by Music Director Michael Shapiro. Concert also includes Schumann’s Spring Symphony. You can watch the promo here.

Tickets: $30/Students and Seniors $20
Sunday, May 20 at 3 PM – 5 PM
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480 N Bedford Rd, Chappaqua
Click here to buy tickets.

Millwood Ladies Auxiliary Breakfast Pancake Fundraiser

pancakesFlapjacks are flying at the annual Millwood Ladies Auxiliary Pancake Breakfast

Come join the fun and help support our 100% volunteer organization Cornhole toss for prizes and 50/50 raffles too!

Sunday May 6th
8am to 12pm.

Millwood Firehouse
100 Millwood Rd, Millwood NY

Suggested donation at the door: Adults $10, Family of four $25, Children 10 and under $5.


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.

Meet the Assessor

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

  • 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

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.

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.

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.