New Castle Community eNewsletter 05/25/18

The New Castle eNewsletter

Join Us for the Annual Memorial Day Parade

Join us for the annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday May 28th, starting at 10:30am, with memorial ceremonies at the victory corner monument (corner of King and Bedford road by Talbots/across from Walgreens).

The parade assembles at 10:40am at Ridgewood Terrace and steps off at 11:00 am. Drop off for participants is at the intersection of 120 and Elm street between 10:30am and 10:45am.

During the parade, traffic will be stopped for all motor vehicles except those participating in the parade along the route so please plan accordingly.

A special thank you to Jim McCauley for organizing our Memorial Day parade, once again, and for reinforcing the importance of this holiday!


Here’s hoping that because of the lousy spring weather you decided to stay home this Memorial Day weekend. Because it would be a darn shame to miss tomorrow’s farmer’s market. Firstly, those biscuits are back. If you missed out on them on opening day (in the pouring rain Brooklyn Biscuit Co. sold out before 11 a.m.!) you’ll be happy to know they are bringing extra of their sweet and savory biscuits this week. You have been forewarned. They are that good.

Read more here.

NEW: The Take It Or Leave It shop will be open this Saturday, May 26th!

The Take It Or Leave It shop will be open from 9-12 on Saturday, May 26th. Please bring your goods as early in the morning as possible in order to give people plenty of time to take the items. Everything must go back into the shed at noon. We cannot accept books or clothes – these should go to the recycling center on Hunts Lane. If you have something large, you can photograph it and we will post the photo on our bulletin board.

NEW: May 29th is National Composting Day

New Castle launches its food scrap recycling program on Tuesday, May 29th, in honor of National Learn About Composting Day! Food waste is one of the largest components of trash sent to landfills and incinerators and composting provides a beneficial alternative. What exactly is compost? It’s science! Compost is the nutrient rich result of the natural decomposition of organic matter. Compost can be made from kitchen scraps, coffee grounds, newspapers, lawn clippings, leaves…almost any food or plant product. On March 12, 2018, the New Castle Town Board unanimously authorized a food scrap recycling program that will enable more residents to participate in the composting process. Residents can reduce garbage waste and air pollution as well as recycle food waste not suitable for backyard composting (like bones, shells, meat, napkins, paper towels). Our “scraps” are brought to a compost facility and turned into soil. Recycling kits (required for participation in the program) will be available for purchase outside Starbucks in downtown Chappaqua and outside DeCicco & Son’s in Millwood between 9am-1pm. The Kit price is $25 and includes a kitchen collection bin, a locking transportation bin (to transport scraps to the New Castle Recycling Center), and compostable bags. After May 29th, kits will be available at the New Castle Recycling Center and at announced town events like the Chappaqua Farmers Market, Town Board Meetings, etc. We all want to do our part to conserve natural resources and reduce our carbon footprint. Composting supports the three R’s of waste prevention: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

For more information about the program, see the New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB), visut us at our website.

For questions about New Castle’s food scrap recycling program, please e-mail

Interested in Backyard Composting? For a limited time through June 16th, the Greenburgh Nature Center is offering compost bins, rain barrels, and more at deep discount. A portion of the proceeds support the Nature Center’s mission.

NEW: June 1st is National Gun Violence Awareness Day

June 1st is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Wear Orange on June 1-3 to raise awareness about gun violence.

In America, one out of three homes with children has a gun, and nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. Every year thousands of kids are killed and injured as a result. The ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Campaign – a collaboration between the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Academy of Pediatrics – promotes a simple idea with the potential to help keep kids safe. It encourages parents to ASK if there is an unlocked gun in the homes where their children play. It’s a simple question, but it has the power to save a child’s life.

The Town of New Castle has free gun locks provided by They are available in a display box next to the Med-return box in the police lobby.

Thank a Volunteer First Responder Day

Art Around Town

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 tri-state 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.

The Tween Zone: A Scene for Tweens

Spring Festival – St. John and St. Mary

81st Annual Strawberry Festival

NEW: Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce

It’s Happy Hour every day at Aesop’s Fable! (13 King Street) Plus, 50% off wine on Mondays, Margarita Night on Tuesdays (Margarita Pizza plus Margarita cocktails), and Wednesdays are always Ladies’ Night with 50% off all drinks.

Le Jardin du Roi (95 King Street) has been offering $1 oysters every Thursday night for the past 7 weeks and they are a huge hit!

House of 29 (39 South Greeley Avenue) is thrilled to announce Lera Jewels will be in the House beginning May 30-June 9! The timeless designs combining diamonds with natural, organic materials are versatile enough for every day, but elegant enough for evening. Hours will be extended until 8pm on May 31 (for Art Around Town) as well as June 7; and until 6pm on June 4

The New Castle Historical Society has two great events in June at Horace Greeley House (100 King Street):


The “Gold in Your Attic” Spring Tag Sale

June 15th & June 16th, 10 am – 4 pm (rain or shine) Household items|Antiques|Collectibles|Jewelry & More All proceeds benefit the New Castle Historical Society. 

Ice Cream Social & Summer Games

June 20th, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, all ages (rain or shine) Celebrate the end of school and kick off to summer! Make your own Victorian ice cream! Play Colonial and Victorian games! Registration Recommended, walk-ins welcome. Suggested $5 donation per person. 

Amadeus Musical Theater Camp is auditioning the lead for ANNIE

5/30, 5/31 and 6/1 from 4-5 or by appointment. To schedule your audition, email or call 238-0388. Camp dates: June 25-July 13.The Sounds of Music Early Childhood Class (for ages 3-4) meets Thursdays from 2-2:30 pm through June 2. There are two spots still available. A new class is expected to begin on June 9 through the end of June.

Suzuki Violin for Beginners is for ages 4-6. One-on-one, group class and parent orientation will be offered throughout the summer beginning May 29. Amadeus is at 201 King Street. Reminder to all Chamber members: You can request the Chamber tent at the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. However no food or drinks are allowed to be sold or given away.

NEW: The Confidential Paper Shredding Trucks

The Confidential Paper Shredding trucks are coming to the Town of New Castle Recycling Center, 210 Hunts Lane, Chappaqua, Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 10AM-1PM. This event will also host a hard drive and compact disk shredder. Hard drives must be removed from computers. New Castle residents only.

NEW: Got an opinion about the Westchester County Airport? Now’s Your Chance

County Executive George Latimer recently announced his strategy to move forward on planning the future of the Westchester County Airport. Three “Community Input Meetings” have been scheduled for the following days on the following topics:

Master plan: June 6 at 7 p.m. at Rye Brook Village Hall, 938 King St., Rye Brook.

Governance and privatization: June 11 at 7 p.m. at Hergenhan Recreation Center, 40 Maple Ave., Armonk.

Operations and noise: June 25, West Harrison Senior Center, 251 Underhill Ave., West Harrison.

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. 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

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.


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.

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.

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