New Castle Community eNewsletter 06/07/19

The New Castle eNewsletter

Wear Orange Rally – National Gun Violence Awareness Day – June 7, 2019

Please join us for a community gathering at the gazebo on Friday, June 7th, 6:30pm to show support for the effort to prevent the tragic effects of gun violence and to honor and value human lives and encourage responsible gun ownership. In January 2013, Hadiya Pendleton, a teenager who marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade, was tragically shot and killed just weeks later. To help honor Hadiya, a national coalition of organizations has designated the first Friday in June, as the 5th National Gun Violence Awareness Day. National Gun Violence Awareness Day asks everyone who believes we can do more to save American lives from gun violence to do one simple thing: Wear Orange!

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market – Rose’s Top Ten List

farmers market headerLet it be known that this list is ever changing due to the plethora of choices continually available at Chappaqua Farmers Market. But here goes for this week!

Read more here.

NEW: Join Us For Greeley Youth Lacrosse Day

Join Us For Greeley Youth Lacrosse Day, June 8th, 2019 @ HGHS, 12-8PM

NEW: Charity Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer- June 15th

lemonade standOn Saturday, June 15th, visit the Chappaqua Farmer’s Market from 8:30-1:00 for a cup of freshly squeezed lemonade at the 6th annual Blum Sister’s Lemonade Stand benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Research. Rebecca Blum (age 14) and Jenna Blum (age 11) are dedicating their stand to their Papa Neal who passed away from brain cancer in 2016. Over the past five years this duo has raised more than $8,500 for childhood cancer research and are hoping to raise $2,000 this year. If you can’t stop by in person, donations can be made online.

It’s time for the 6th annual Blum Sisters’ Lemonade Stand to raise money for childhood cancer research in memory of our Papa Neal who we lost 2 1/2 years ago. We are honored to be supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s efforts to advance treatment for brain cancer. Over the past five years, we have raised more than $8,500. Will you please help us raise even more.

Young Writers contest Winners in May

Below are the winners of the Friends of the Chappaqau Library Young Writers Contest if we can include in the next newsletter.

All written works can be found here.

2019 Award Winners

First Name Last Name Name of Essay 

Middle School

Fiction1st place Tessa Wheeler Snow Day
2nd place Emmie Shapiro Sunflowers
3rd place Alexa Troob Chosen
Honorable Mention Mia Vieira Shadows of El Morro
Honorable Mention Gabrielle Wheeler Errata

Non Fiction
1st place Helen Van Denbergh-Curry Unheard Stories from Key West
2nd place Devisi Goel The Power of Names
3rd place Leela Young Gulab Jamun
Honorable Mention Patrick Fang A Bite for Benefit
Honorable Mention Jenna Rosenberg Robert E. Bell: Educational Leader
Honorable Mention Elliott Saiontz The Number on Great Grandpa’s Arm
Honorable Mention Tessa Wheeler My Psychiatrist is a Bag of Doritos

1st place Grace Frasch Salty Strong Currents
2nd place Campbell Gavin Snapshot Poem
3rd place Devisi Goel Brief Moments Of Time
Honorable Mention Julia Aram Wonders
Honorable Mention Ava Choi The Children in White
Honorable Mention James Chintomby 3 Summers Ago
Honorable Mention Lori Zelikson Where I’m From


High School

1st place Sophie Nadel The Life and Death of Violet Barnes
2nd place Erica Dunne Amelia
3rd place Evan Bazel Not Human Enough
Honorable Mention Kathryn Genda 1600 and 36
Honorable Mention Noah Goldstein Land Of Liberty
Honorable Mention Lori Saxena A Woman’s PainNon Fiction
1st place Lauren Schmutz My Grandmother’s Journey
2nd place Zoya Yan Green and Gold
3rd place Linda Zhang Grandmother
Honorable Mention Rohan Acharya It’s About Time
Honorable Mention Ellie Leibner The I Building

1st place Luke Mozarsky Hewins St
2nd place Erica Dunne Who Am I
3rd place Linda Zhang The Weight of Absence
Honorable Mention Elizabeth Chen We Are All Dysfunctional
Honorable Mention Lori Saxena America Was Never America

NEW: Chappaqua Library Events

Film: On the Basis of Sex

Friday, June 7 7:00Inspired by the powerful true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsberg, this film depicts a then-struggling attorney facing adversity in her fight for equal rights.

Carol Durst Wertheim discussion leader

Lecture: What is Ayurvedic Medicine? And how does it compare with Western (Allopathic) medicine?

Mon. June 10 7:00Ayurveda encompasses life in its totality and epitomizes a true body-mind approach to health and wellness.

Lecturer: Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery, MPH (Masters of Public Health), MPA (Masters of Public Administration).

Cosponsor: Town of New Castle
Location: Town of New Castle’s Assembly Room

Lecture: To Stir Inform & Inflame: The Art of Tony Auth

Wed. June 19 7:00Tony Auth’s cartoons, seemingly simple and always direct, influenced public opinion and politicians for more than forty years. “Our job is not to amuse our readers. Our mission is to stir them, inform and inflame them.” Auth, a Pulitzer Prize winner, documents the changing political and cultural landscape of our time. From LBJ to Obama, from the energy crisis to the financial crisis, this talk will include cartoons that touched the lives of newspaper readers all over America.

Lecturer David Leopold is an author and curator who has organized exhibitions for the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and others and organized the archives of Al Hirschfeld’s work at Lincoln Center.

Cosponsor: Town of New Castle
Location: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

NEW: New Castle Trivia

new castle trivia logoIn about 1817, a tavern was constructed in what would become Millwood, leading to its birth as a hamlet in New Castle. What was the name of the tavern?

Learn more by visiting the NCHS’s core exhibition, The Story of New Castle, at the Horace Greeley House, Tues-Wed-Thurs-Sat, from 1 pm – 4 pm.

New Castle Trivia, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle eNewsletter.

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

Shuttle Around Town

shuttle about townNew Castle strives to connect the Town’s three business areas to one another. Join us in supporting our first connection, which win provide shuttle service between Chappaqua Crossing and the Chappaqua Train Station. Shuttle service is free for anyone, and will run during morning peak train hours, evening peak hours, and a lunch time service. Service will be provided Monday through Friday and Saturday morning. Click here for the schedule.

HGHS Varsity Football Strongman Competition

strongman competition flyer

Team Build with Fuller Center for Housing

team buildFuller Center for Housing’s team building offers our local sport teams, community and civic groups a chance to roll up their sleeves and work together to build a home for families in need. Together, your team will have fun while working with your fellow teammates on a common challenge. Contact Jim Killoran, Fuller Center for Housing, at

InterGenerate Community Garden at Millwood

The Millwood InterGenerate Community Garden is open for registration! A collaboration between the Town of New Castle and InterGenerate- a local non-profit that also runs the community garden at the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the garden consists of 30 raised beds and is located at the base of Sand Street in Millwood. All New Castle residents who want to grow their own food are welcome – no experience required. There will be periodic classes for new gardeners and potluck social events throughout the season for all participants.

If you are interested, go to Click on Millwood, and fill out the information form. Suzi Novak, the garden coordinator, will answer questions and send registration materials to everyone who wants to join the garden. The grand opening is Saturday, May 11th, 10am. There are a couple of openings for the Chappaqua Garden this year as well.

Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce

The Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce sends out an eletter every week with news, deals and updates from local businesses. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, please send an email to