New Castle Community eNewsletter 07/12/19

The New Castle eNewsletter

Lights for Liberty Vigil

Lights for LibertyJoin us on Friday July 12th, 2019, 8:00 pm at the Gazebo in Chappaqua for a “Lights for Liberty” vigil to end human detention camps. This is a nationwide event that will bring thousands of Americans together across the country, with their neighbors, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.

Beginning at 8:00 p.m. on July 12th, community leaders and neighbors will come together to speak about what we can do to help end this inhumane policy. At 9 p.m., around the country and around the world, participants will light candles in a silent vigil for all those held in US detention camps, separated from their families, to bring light to the darkness of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

Left of Main Street, a Chappaqua based progressive group, will be sponsoring the vigil. Bring your candles and please join us.

NEW: Chappaqua Sidewalk Sale

summer sidewalk saleThursday, July 18 – Saturday, July 20.

The annual Chappaqua Sidewalk Sale is a family-friendly shopping event. Merchants throughout Chappaqua will offer bargains and showcase new merchandise. Shop Local!

NEW: Chappaqua Hamlet Rezoning

On June 21, 2017 after a multi-year public outreach process, the Town of New Castle adopted its Comprehensive Plan Update, “A Framework for New Castle”. The Town’s Comprehensive Plan Update sets forth specific goals to “preserve the Town’s bucolic, residential character and its historic resources, while promoting new mixed-use development in the hamlets to meet the community’s housing needs and fostering thriving commercial and civic spaces. The plan recognizes that a healthy 21st century hamlet is much more than a retail destination; it is a place for community gatherings and civic events; a place where residents can live, congregate and spend their time comfortably; a place that is aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles; and a place that offers exciting dining and entertainment options that attract community residents and visitors. Today the Chappaqua Hamlet fulfills some of these criteria but falls short on many others (e.g. limited entertainment options, limited selection of housing types, difficult pedestrian navigation, limited parking). The Comprehensive Plan acknowledges the need to revitalize the Chappaqua Hamlet as a more modern, mixed-use community calling for actions that will help support its goals. The New Castle Comprehensive Plan Update can be found here.

Since its adoption, the New Castle Town Board has been implementing the Comprehensive Plan actions to meet the Community’s goals. Development of a Form Based Code to address revitalization of the Chappaqua hamlet is a priority implementation action that arose from the Comprehensive Plan. On April 23, 2019 the New Castle Town Board awarded Kimley-Horn, Torti-Gallas +Partners, RESGroup, and Joel Russell, Esq. the Chappaqua Rezoning Project. This project will produce a draft Form Based Zoning Code, a build-out analysis and a Generic Environmental Impact Statement. Work began in May and will continue through the end of the year with consideration of final draft legislation in Spring 2020.

A form-based code is a land development regulation that fosters predictable built results and a highquality public realm by using physical form (rather than separation of uses) as the organizing principle for the code. A form-based code offers an alternative to conventional zoning regulation to address the relationship between building facades and the public realm, the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another, and the scale and types of streets and blocks. The regulations and standards in form-based codes are presented in both words and clearly drawn diagrams and other visuals. They are keyed to a Regulating Plan that designates the appropriate form and scale (and therefore, character) of development, rather than only making distinctions in land-use type. Ultimately, a form-based code is a tool; the quality of development outcomes depends on the quality and objectives of the community plan that a code implements.

On Tuesday July 23, 2019 the Town of New Castle will be holding an “Open House” (2:00-4:00PM & 6:00-8:00PM) for the community to come hear about and discuss Chappaqua’s new Form-Based Code. Contact for more information.

2019 Summer Concert Series

  • 7/17 – Rebecca Haviland & Whiskey Heart – American Country band
  • 7/24 – Arena Rock Tribute – multi-tribute Classic Rock band that pays homage to iconic bands and artists who helped define Classic Rock in the 70’s and 80’s
  • 7/31 – FDR Drive – Top 40 and classic hits
  • 8/7 – The Haks – Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Country, Southern Rock
  • 8/14 – The Chappaqua Orchestra

Thank you to our sponsors Breezemont Day Camp, Sunshine Children’s Home & Rehab Center, Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce, Financial Asset Management & Korth & Shannahan.
summer concert series

NEW: Native Plant Presentation at Chappaqua Farmers Market

Interested in native plants? Are deer feasting on flowers in your yard? Please join us at the New Castle Healthy Yards table this Saturday, July 13 at 10:00 am to hear Missy Fabel speak about ‘Adding Native Plants to your Yard; Best Practices for Dealing with Deer and Minimizing Maintenance’. She will also be available to answer questions.

Missy is a native plant designer, consultant and writer. She has a certificate in Field Botany from the New York Botanical Garden and a certificate in Gardening with Native Plants from the Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, where she also teaches and is a Steering Committee member. Passionate about the natural world, Missy takes an ecological approach to garden design using native plant communities for inspiration, spending time botanizing in the woods and fields of Westchester County. She is a Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener graduate and Cornell Master Naturalist volunteer. She designed the Horace Greeley Native Plant Learning Garden.

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NEW: Supervisor’s Report – 2019 – 2nd Quarter Review

I have said it again and again: it is truly an honor to serve the citizens of New Castle. From the start, I have believed that your Town Supervisor should be guided by rights and obligations. The rights of the community to be heard and to be informed are critical to a responsive Town Government. And we must always be conscious of our obligations to listen and communicate effectively as we work to address current concerns and problems while at the same time improving our Town and planning for the future.

  • Downtown Chappaqua Infrastructure and Streetscape Project Update
  • Downtown Chappaqua Rezoning
  • Discover Chappaqua
  • Basketball Court & Playground
  • ChapLine
  • Chappaqua Crossing
  • Recreational Marijuana
  • New Castle Holocaust Memorial
  • Distracted Driving
  • Leaf Blower Environmental Protection Law
  • Gun Violence
  • Westchester County Airport
  • InterGenerate Community Garden at Millwood
  • LED Lights
  • Workers Compensation Savings
  • Chief Charles Ferry
  • Chief James Carroll
  • Thank You Chappaqua Station

Click here to read the full 2nd Quarter Review.

NEW: Evan’s Team – Golf & Tennis Event – July 23

Evan's team bannerOn Tuesday July 23rd the all day fundraiser has something for everyone. Golf and Tennis starts first thing in the morning. The cocktail hour is a dodgeball Tournament featuring everyone from former Greeley Athletes, Fire Chiefs and legends from Quaker Hill Tavern and that’s just to name a few.

The proceeds go towards Westchester Medical Center and to combat distracted driving

This year, at dinner the Evan’s Team Foundation is honoring retiring New Castle Police Chief Charles Ferry and outgoing Town Supervisor Rob Greenstein for their inspirational work in fighting the distracted driving epidemic.

Golf sells out every year so register now if interested. There are also spectator and dinner tickets available also to enjoy the day, have a great dinner and hang with friends. Here’s the link to register for any and all activities.

NEW: LawnChair Theater – July 19

LawnChair Theater Returns with the perfect play for the middle of summer. The Town of New Castle along with the Arts & Culture Committee present LawnChair Theater Company’s version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Recreation Field on Friday, July 19th at 6:30 pm. Bring a blanket or a chair and have a picnic dinner while watching the play.

Please note: The Chappaqua Performing Arts Center is the rain venue.

Lawn Chair Theater is a summer theater program that has brought outdoor performances to the parks of Westchester since 2005. They have had great fun producing plays of Shakespeare during summertime. Their casts are multi-generational, blending both professional and amateur performers. Their goal is to contemporize Shakespeare without rewriting him, and to create community through their work and play.
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NEW: TaubStrong Golf Outing

Taub Strong golf outing flyerOn September 16, 2019 dozens of Westchester residents will come together at the first annual ##TAUBSTRONG Golf & Tennis Outing at the Mount Kisco Country Club starting at 11:00am. The event will honor Casey Taub, a Chappaqua resident who lost his valiant battle against pediatric brain cancer at age 16. Proceeds will go toward helping families with their non-medical expenses as well as pediatric brain cancer research through the Matthew Larson Foundation in memory of Casey.

To register or for more information about making a donation please visit their websiteor contact #TAUBSTRONG Tee Off 2019 Committee Chairs Jim Bergin or Linda Bosco

NEW: Chappaqua Library Events

Film: Under the Tuscan Sun

Friday, July 12 @ 7PM
Location: Chappaqua Library
Under the Tuscan Sun is a 2003 American romantic comedy drama film written, produced, and directed by Audrey Wells and starring Diane Lane

Concert: New Westchester Symphony

Saturday, July 13 @ 2PM
Location: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
NWS conducted by Benjamin Niemczyk will include Rossini overture to L’Italiana in Algeri, Bach Double Violin Concerto, Anderson Bugler’s Holiday, selections from Rodgers and Hammersteins’ The Sound of Music, Strauss Blue Danube Waltz and Beethoven overture to Fidelio

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market – Vive le magret de canard!

farmers market bannerIt’s Bastille Day on Sunday so make sure to make a stop at the Larchmont Charcuterie table where Daniel Treboul will be happy to have you sample his many iterations of saucisson sec as well as his smoked duck breast, and his coarsely-textured yet delicately-flavored Pate de Campagne. Of course, you’ll need some baguettes to go with that. Bien Cuit’s baguettes are thinner, with a darker, crisper crust. Wave Hill’s are rounder, and softer to eat. Take your pick!

Read more on the blog.

NEW: New Castle Trivia

new castle trivia logoIn 1881, a railroad system was extended through New Castle – what was the name of that railroad?

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

New Castle Day at Playland is July 31st!

Playland LogoWestchester County has introduced “Town Days” at Rye Playland. Each town in Westchester will get their own day at the park with special perks just for their town. New Castle’s Day is Wed, July 31st. With proof of ID, each resident will receive discount coupons when they arrive at the park by going to the Fountain Plaza Administration Building. Discounts include one free mini golf entry, one two for one ride admission, one free beach or pool admission, $1 off of one food value meal and a $5 discount for parking on a return visit to the park.

Click here to learn more.

Jazz-Era Picnic: Reserve Now & Save – 50% off – limited time offer

jazz event bannerThis September, join the NCHS in the Chappaqua Station lawn to experience the Roaring 1920s! The picnic features Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, the world’s premier Jazz-Age dance orchestra. Now a Chappaqua annual tradition, guests are encouraged to don their best seersucker outfits or 1920s-inspired garb, sun hats, and dancing shoes.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 (Rain or Shine)
Lawn opens at 5 pm, Music starts at 5:30 pm

Special Summer Promotion (while supplies last): 50% off General Admission Tickets — Reserve your ticket today for only $17.50!

All Reservations & Tickets

Reserve online here.

Or, print a response form here, and please return to the NCHS, P.O. Box 55, Chappaqua, NY 10514.

General Admission

  • NCHS Member Tickets: $30 per person
  • Not-yet-Members Tickets: $35 per person
  • Event Supporter Tickets: $50 per person (*Tax deduction of approximately $15.)
  • Event Supporter Tickets + Family-style gourmet picnic & wine: $250 per person (*Tax deduction of approx. $155)


Level: “Nifty”
$1,500 (seats 10)

VIP Table Includes: Family-style gourmet picnic by Crabtree’s Kittle House, four bottles of wine, commemorative Jazz-Era Picnic in the Park tote bags, & premium orchestra view. *Tax deduction of approximately $550.

Level: “Live Wire”
$2,500 (seats 10)

VIP Table Includes: Family-style gourmet picnic by Crabtree’s Kittle House, six bottles of wine, commemorative Jazz-Era Picnic in the Park tote bags, premium orchestra view, & VIP access to the Paper Moon Photo Booth for group and individual portraits. *Tax deduction of approximately $1,550.

Level: The “Cat’s Meow”
$5,000 (seats 20)

VIP Table Includes: Family-style gourmet picnic by Crabtree’s Kittle House, ten bottles of wine, commemorative Jazz-Era Picnic in the Park tote bags, VIP access to the Paper Moon Photo Booth for group and individual portraits, and optimal viewing of orchestra. *Tax deduction of approximately $3,100.

General Admission Ticketholders: BYO Picnic Basket | Some chairs provided (first come basis) | Tickets are required to attend this event.

Thank you to all of our supporters and auction donors!

  • Access Physical Therapy
  • Ibiza Kitchen
  • Korth & Shannahan Painting and Carpentry
  • Millwood Animal Hospital
  • New Castle Physical Therapy
  • Sheptin Tutoring Group


What if it rains?
We will move the event to an early 20th-century Hilltopper estate in Chappaqua.

Can I bring my own alcohol?
No, outside alcohol is not permitted. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Can I bring my own picnic?
Yes, absolutely!

Do I have to dress in historic clothing?
No! But 1920’s dress is encouraged.

Call or email Cassie Ward, NCHS Executive Director at 914-238-4666 or

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.