New Castle Community eNewsletter 08/30/19

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Help Make New Castle Greener!

native flower plantingNumerous cities and towns between the Hudson River and Housatonic River in Connecticut are collaborating to establish pollinator-friendly habitats and food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating insects and wildlife. The New Castle initiative began in March, and is coordinating efforts to engage parks, open areas, and town properties, along with residential and commercial properties to be more environmentally conscious.

Join the New Castle Pollinator Pathway by listing your healthy yard on a map of New Castle showing all of the public and privately owned lands which avoid pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, and include native plants (trees, shrubs and/or flowering plants)!

The New Castle map will highlight properties which follow the guidelines of membership listed above. The first edition of the map will be displayed at Community Day on September 14 at the New Castle Pollinator Pathway booth. It will show us the ‘green’ areas, and pathways being formed to help our pollinators thrive. To be included in the first edition of the map, please list your property by September 7. This link will lead you to the form, as well as information about the Pollinator Pathway initiative.

A short list of native trees, shrubs, perennial flowering plants, grasses, ground covers and ferns appropriate for our area are listed in Planting Along The Line: Landscape Buffers.

We look forward to seeing you on the 14th!

NEW: 9-11 Ceremony

Please join us as the Town of New Castle marks the seventeenth anniversary of 9-11. We will commemorate this solemn day with a memorial service honoring and remembering all those affected and the thousands who lost their lives, including three New Castle residents. The memorial will be held on Wed., September 11, 2018 at 6:30 P.M. at the Gedney Park, Millwood Road (Route 133).
9-11 memorial

NEW: Help Wanted! New Castle Art Center

Interested in working with young kids in art? New Castle Recreation is hiring those 16 years of age and up to help out with our upcoming art programs. You would be working from 3:30pm – 5:30pm, Monday-Friday at the New Castle Art Center. This is a great opportunity for those interested in art, however art experience is not necessary. Great for High School (Greeley) Students!

Contact Brittany Neider (Recreation Supervisor) for more information:
Phone: (914)238-6391

Art Center Address
939 Hardscrabble Road, Chappaqua, NY 10514

NEW: Community Day 2019

be the good backpackThis year, the annual New Castle Community Day will be held on September 14th at the Chappaqua Train Station parking lot. Community Day is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chappaqua, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle. It’s a great opportunity to showcase your businesses and organizations to residents. Please review the Registration Form for more information. Spots are available on a first come, first served basis.

Rotary Club of Chappaqua is a community service organization made up of residents, leaders of the community, and local business owners. Weekly meetings include guest speakers presenting topics of local and/or global importance, as well as updates on Rotary projects. Embodying the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self”, the club gives back to local organizations and projects, helps organize community events, and supports the initiatives of Rotary International.

NEW: Memorial for Carolyn Markus

Carolyn Markus remembrance

NEW: Fall 2019 Programs

Registration begins Sept. 4th @ 10am!The 2019 Fall Programs are available for viewing!

Register online or at the Recreation Office starting September 4th @ 10am!

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market – Curing those BTS blues

farmers market bannerHow do you soften the blow of summer ending and school starting?

With a cookie from Hallie’s Baking Co. in the lunch-box, that’s how.

Hallie’s is back at the market this week. Started by two entrepreneurial sisters, Ashley and Chelsea Cox, who love baking and baking together, Hallie’s Baking Co., is named for the frisky lab-mix dog they rescued together.

They specialize in cookies that are thick, gooey, dense…and so good they will eclipse all others. What’s more, they are made with organic ingredients. And, their cookies are also as big as their hearts…so big, in fact, siblings will happily share.

Read more on the blog.

Teen Scene Kickoff Event!

Join us for our kick-off event for our NEW Teen Scene program! Visit our website for more information regarding the new Teen Scene program. More information to come regarding trips, events, and membership!
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NEW: New Castle Trivia

new castle trivia logoIn the 1920s, successful businessmen built mansions located on top of hills in Chappaqua, which served as the basis for the name given to them: Hilltopper. The Douglas Grafflin Elementary School occupies a site where a Hilltopper Mansion built by Sigmund Neustadt once stood. What was the name of the estate and mansion?

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

The Battle of the Bands Fundraiser at ChappPAC

On September 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm, the Friends of Chappaqua Performing Arts Center (ChappPAC) will be presenting The Battle of the Bands Fundraiser at ChappPAC, featuring three local bands. Mark, Goodman, radio DJ, SiriusXM host, TV personality and actor, best known as one of the original five VJs on MTV, will serve as the Emcee for the evening.

A meet and greet cocktail party with the bands will be held prior to the event at 6:00 for those who purchase tickets at that level and those who are part of the Founding Members Circle. General admission tickets are $50/ticket and a reserved seat with the pre-party is $150/ticket. Tickets can be purchased here.

The three bands taking part in this event are Red Grenadine with The Horn Dogs, Ripchord and The Station Agents. Each band will play for half an hour and there will be a 15 minute intermission between each set. Beverages, wine, beer and soft drinks, along with lite bites will be available for purchase at the event.

The Friends of ChappPAC is the non-profit organization sanctioned by the Town of New Castle, which owns the theater, to fundraise to enhance the facility, provide programming and help run the theater on an ongoing basis. The Friends are currently undergoing a major fundraising campaign for their Founding Members Circle, which includes various financial levels of donations. For more information about supporting Friends of ChappPAC, contact The 425 seat ChappPAC theater is located within Chappaqua Crossing, between the Saw Mill Parkway and Rte. 117. Parking is located conveniently in front of the facility.
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New Castle Police – “Is There An Unlocked Gun In Your House?”

Awkward conversations come with being a parent. But one could save your child’s life. Ask, “Is there an unlocked gun in your house?” before your child plays at, or visits, another home. Visit to learn more.
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Film Screening: Paris to Pittsburgh

Paris to PittsburghWednesday, September 25
6:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Film
Film Screening: Paris to Pittsburgh
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act.

Come at 6:30pm for a reception with light refreshments. Film screening at 7:00 pm. The film will be followed by a brief panel discussion about local actions underway to prepare for climate change and address its causes.

Sponsored by Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Films on Purpose, and seven area Audubon chapters: Bedford Audubon, Bronx River Sound Shore Audubon, Central Westchester Audubon, Hudson River Audubon, Orange County Audubon, Putnam Highlands Audubon and Saw Mill River Audubon. Venue support from the Town of New Castle and the Chappaqua Library and grant support from Audubon New York.

Save the date for the companion event: a Climate Change Bootcamp on Saturday, October 26, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Westchester County Center: go deeper to learn more about local climate change effects, what is being done locally, and what steps you can take to make a difference. Details to follow!

Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Call 914-666-8044 for reservations (mention sparkle)

Please join us for a night out at Crabtree’s Kittle House on Tuesday, September 10 (anytime between 6:00 – 9:00 PM). A portion of all proceeds from food and beverages purchased during the dinner will benefit the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund.

Established in 1946, HGSF exists to make up “the difference” between the actual costs of college and all other financial resources available to students and their families. It is funded by caring neighbors and members of the New Castle community who want to ensure that every student can realize their dream of a college education.
HGSF benefit flyer

Registration is NOW OPEN for Chappaqua Continuing Education Fall 2019 classes

It’s never too late to learn something new. . .Whether you’re curious about art, looking to learn a new language, or want to improve your culinary skills, the Chappaqua Continuing Education Fall 2019 program offers over 75 courses in a wide range of categories from which to choose.

  • Register early to ensure your spot
  • Some classes begin as early as September 9th
  • Many classes sell out
  • Plenty of one-day classes

We do cancel classes for lack of enrollment, so don’t delay in expressing your interest.

Please visit for more information, course descriptions, and to register, or call 238-7201 ex. 2318.

We look forward to seeing you in class!
CCE fall flyer

Concert: Walkabout Clearwater Chorus

walkabout clearwater chorusFounded by Pete Seeger, this choral group promotes his vision of fostering social environmental and historical awareness through folk music

Cosponsor: Town of New Castle
Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 @ 7PM
Location: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

Join the CSF Beginning of School Celebration with Your Preschooler on 9/4 at Jodi’s Gym!

Purchase tickets to the Beginning of School Celebration!

For more information, please contact Michele Wolfberg or Shauna Levy.
CSF flyer

NCHS 2nd Annual Jazz-Era Picnic in the Park: Featuring NYC’s “Jazz-Age Lawn Party” Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra

A new local tradition, Chappaqua’s New Castle Historical Society will once again host a Jazz-Era Picnic in the Park. On Sunday, September 15th, Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra will grace the ears and electrify the dancing feet of all those attending the historical society’s annual fall benefit. The event kicks off at 5 pm—and guests are encouraged to picnic, eat, drink, and dance while sporting 1920s-themed garb.

The event is perfect for all ages—and families are encouraged to attend. Guests are invited to bring their own picnics and beer and wine will be available for purchase on a first-come basis. Tickets for this event are required and are priced as follows: $30 for members, $35 for not-yet-members, $15 for children, and $50-$250 for event supporters. Table Sponsorships ($1,500–$5,000) are also available and include a family-style gourmet picnic by Crabtree’s Kittle House, wine, commemorative Jazz-Era Picnic in the Park tote bags, a premium orchestra view, and more (depending on level of sponsorship).

All ticket information is available on the historical society’s website or on Eventbrite.

For more information, please visit, call 914-238-4666, or email Cassie Ward at
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Town Prosecutor Position

town logoThe Town of New Castle is seeking to fill a Town Prosecutor position. The Town Prosecutor is authorized to prosecute New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law violations as well as the violations of the Code of The Town of New Castle. The position requires attendance in Justice Court two Thursdays a month from 7pm till Court ends.

Salary: $6,000/year.

Send resumes to Town Administrator Jill Shapiro at

Opening – Recreation and Parks Commission

help wantedThe Recreation and Parks Commission develops long term and short term plans for the Town’s parks and sponsors activities for New Castle residents from pre-school to senior citizens. The Commission supervises equipment, operation and maintenance of all facilities; makes rules and regulations governing their use; establishes and collects fees; plans for the future recreation and parks needs of the community; prepares an annual budget to recommend to the Town Board; files an annual report with the Town Board; and makes recommendations to the Town Board for recreational programs to be held jointly with neighboring municipalities, the Chappaqua Library, or with school districts within the town.

The Recreation and Parks Commission appoints the Superintendent of Recreation and Parks who supervises New Castle’s professional Recreation Department staff. The Superintendent of Recreation shall administer the policies of the Commission and direct the programs and facilities under its control, but may not exercise the authority of the Commission in its absence.

The facilities and parks under the Recreation and Parks Commission include: Gedney Park, Millwood Park, Recreation Field, Smith Park, Whippoorwill Park, Community Center and the Art Center.

Members of the Recreation and Parks Commission are not eligible for reappointment unless the first term was a partial term. All Commission members annually choose the chairman in the first week of February. The Commission may advise the Town Board of any member who misses three consecutive regular meetings or more than four meetings of any kind during the calendar year.

The term is for seven years. The meetings are the first Thursday of every month.

Please complete this form and email to Jill Shapiro, the New Castle Town Administrator at

Downtown Chappaqua Rezoning

downtown rezoning renderingThe 2017 Comprehensive 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.

Watch “Chappaqua Form Based Code Community Meeting 7/23/19” on Vimeo. Read more about the Chappaqua Hamlet Rezoning Project and watch the meetings here.

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