New Castle Community eNewsletter 09/14/18

The New Castle eNewsletter

New Castle Community Day

This year, the annual New Castle Community Day will be held on September 15th 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.

Blood Drive at Community Day September 15

Donate blood!Community Blood Drive at Community Day September 15. Call John Ehrlich to schedule your donation at 914-602-3410 or simply stop by the Blood Bus at Train Station Plaza to donate between 8:30am and 2:45pm on Saturday, September 15.

NEW: TIOLI Shed – Community Day

The TOILI Shop will be open tomorrow with normal hours. Drop-offs can be as early as 8:30, and shoppers are welcome from 9-12p. Please be advised that last week’s Bike Exchange was a 1 day event. Because of space limitations, the TIOLI Shed cannot accept bikes. Due to the positive response, we will do another Bike Exchange in the future. The TIOLI Shed already has a number of Halloween costumes and accessories. They have a clothes line as well as a rack if people want to leave costumes.

shredder truckPaper Shredder

The Paper Shredder truck will be at the Recycling Center on Saturday, September 15th from 10-1pm. Sponsored by SaniPro.

NEW: HGHS Homecoming

HGHS homecoming flyer

New Castle Historical Society invites you to Dance & Picnic in the Park at Chappaqua Station

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 4 pm – 8 pm

Featuring: Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Jazz-Age Dance Orchestra.

Slip on your dancing shoes and join us for an evening of music and fun celebrating the Roaring 1920’s! The Chappaqua Station lawn will open to guests at 4 pm, and attendees are encouraged, but not required, to dress in their finest 1920s-inspired outfits, dresses, and sun hats.

The event will feature Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, the world’s premiere Jazz-Age dance orchestra, under the canopy of trees in front of Chappaqua Station. Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, well-known for their infectious and electrifying performances at the “Jazz Age Lawn Party” on NYC’s Governors Island, are sure to have guests dancing the night away and trying their hand at the Charleston or the Lindy Hop.

All proceeds benefit the New Castle Historical Society, a local non-profit, member-supported organization dedicated to the preservation and sharing of local history.

Tickets available here .

NEW: Lecture – Bears in Our Backyard

Bears in our backyardJoin Mianus River Gorge’s Preserve Manager, Budd Veverka, for an in-depth look at the new arrival to our backyard, black bears.

September 24th , 7PM in Town Hall Assembly Room, 200 South Greeley Ave, Chappaqua NY

NEW: Great Chappaqua Bake Sale

Chappaqua bake sale co chairsThe 9th Annual Great Chappaqua Bake Sale will take place on Saturday, September 29 at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival from 10am – 4pm. This year, a new generation of bake sale co-chairs is taking the lead at running this community driven event. Rebecca Blum and Charlotte & Sophia Spiegel, all Freshmen at Horace Greeley High School, have been involved with the bake sale since its inception. This year, they are infusing the bake sale with a youthful energy to encourage other kids to join the cause.

They created a new Instagram account (@greatchappaquabakesale) where they post Hunger Fact Fridays and launched a social media campaign to highlight local business supporters. Bake sale supporters can expect to see some new activities at the kids’ table this year, all to engage the younger generation and help promote a charitable spirit.

The Great Chappaqua Bake Sale Raffle is back and better than ever with popular prize favorites and lots of new ones too. Tickets can be purchased at the event or online here. Anyone who would like to help bake or volunteer can reach out via

As always, all proceeds raised support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and will help fund school and summer meals programs in New York State. Together, this small community can once again make a BIG difference in the lives of hungry children.

NEW: Face of America Liberty 2018

face of america liberty logoJoin non-profit World T.E.A.M. in our annual Face of America Liberty cycling challenge to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York this September 29, 2018. Participating athletes will ride our single-day bicycle ride along the eastern bank of the Hudson River north to West Point. The ride honors our military — veterans and active duty, both disabled and able-bodied — and celebrates the American Spirit.

Cyclists travel 56 miles on scenic back country roads starting in the historic Sleepy Hollow region, across the Bear Mountain Bridge to West Point. The route is fully-supported with manned rest stops, SAG wagons and mechanic support. A free bus returns athletes to the ride start at the end of the day. Face of America Liberty provides an opportunity to welcome adaptive and able-bodied servicemen and women as teammates and to show them how much we appreciate their service and dedication to the country.

First time Rider? Returning Rider? If you have questions about Face of America Liberty, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or write us an email.

NEW: Registration is OPEN for Chappaqua Continuing Education Fall 2018 classes

Learn something new. Whether you’re curious about social media, looking to learn a new language, would like to play acoustic guitar, or want to improve your culinary skills, the Chappaqua Continuing Education Fall 2018 program offers over 85 courses in a wide range of categories from which to choose.

  • Register early to ensure your spot.
  • 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 our website for more information, course descriptions, and to register, or call 238-7201 ext 2318.

We look forward to seeing you in class!

chappaqua continuing education flyer

NEW: 2018 Fall Festival

fall festival flyer

NEW: First Congregational Church 2018 Fall Tag Sale

2018 tag sale flyer

2018 Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival

book festivalDon’t miss the sixth annual Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival, September 29, 10 am – 4 pm, at Bell Middle School in Chappaqua, rain or shine. Over 95 beloved authors and illustrators will be there, in person, to thrill, inspire, and instill the love of reading. Books will be available for purchase, including old favorites and latest works. There will be lots of family friendly activities, a great food court, and live entertainment that includes a fun-filled dance party and a bubble bus. It’s the perfect family day. Please go to our website and learn more about the authors that will be at the festival.

To our local business owners, please support the Sixth Annual Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival! For only $100, you can “be a part of our story”. You will receive:

  • Your name as a Community Supporter on our website
  • Your name on signage at the festival
  • Your name on a handout to visitors on Festival day

Click here for Community Supporter Registration Form. Payments may be made by check, or by credit card by pressing the “Donate” button on the homepage of the Website.

New Castle Recreation – Fall Registration Has Begun

View Catalog here.

NEW: Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce

Doublevision Photographers is booking fall photo sessions, outdoor and studio. All edited digital files are included! Gift certificates are also available.

TODAY! Chappaqua Wellness Center (400 King St) is offering 50% off 45-minute massages between 10am and 2pm. First come, first serve.

Chappaqua Paint & Hardware (59 S. Greeley Ave) has three great offers! Paint samples: Buy one, get one free (limit one per customer); Screen replacement: purchase one replacement, get one free (limit one per customer); Knife sharpening: sharpen one knife, get another knife sharpened free (limit one per customer). They want to remind everyone to please shop local and support your merchants during this difficult downtown construction!

Winter is coming…no, really. And cooler days also means shorter days and less daylight. Get a jump on brightening up your home with fresh, new lighting. BFranklin’s free Try Light Kit enables homeowners to find the perfect LED bulbs for their homes. LEDs save you 80% on lighting bills and last decades. Less time in the dark, less time running to the store. More time for family and friends.

Visit to learn more. You could save $300+ a year…every year.

The King’s Scribe THINKING OF YOU WEEK is September 24-30! Pick up a “thinking of you” card from The King’s Scribe (1 King St), write it out and stick it in their mailbox—they’ll provide the stamp and mail your card for you! For each card you place in their box, you’ll be entered to win a set of 50 luxe, letter-pressed notecards, personalized for you with gorgeous envelope liners and return address—a $190 value!

Le Jardin Du Roi (95 King St) has $1 OYSTERS every Thursday night! Don’t forget they are open daily at 8am serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Le Jardin is a great place for a breakfast meeting; they also offer catering for all types of events including breakfast and lunch meetings.

Squires Family Clothing & Footwear makes proper shoe fitting their priority—they will even check your shoes that you purchased at another store for proper fit and functionality! More and more people (including kids) are experiencing foot pain and much of it is caused by ill-fitting footwear. The experts at Squires (in both Chappaqua and Katonah) measure feet, and then have a conversation about customer history and concerns. They carry comfort brands such as HOKA, NEW BALANCE, VIONIC, MERRELL, ASICS (just to name a few) that focus on support and protection while promoting proper gate.

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market – The Early Bird Gets The… Ground Cherries!

Farmers market headerGround Cherries are in the same genus as tomatillos. The Smithsonian describes the ground cherry as a “cherry tomato injected with mango and pineapple juice and looks like an orange pearl encased in a miniature paper lantern.” I won’t even try to beat that description which is absolutely perfect.

Ground Cherries are hyper-seasonal and so they won’t be around long. Growing Hearts has a few but you best get to the market early. Their common name stems from the fact that the fruit falls to the ground when it is ripe. Some farmers call them simply, “ground tomatoes” but they are also known as husk cherries or strawberry tomatoes. They are super versatile and suitable in both savory and sweet preparations.

Read more at the Farmkers Market Blog.

Author Talk Another Side of Paradise: A Novel

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 @ 7PMAnother Side of Paradise CoverAuthor Sally Koslow writes an account of the real-life love affair between F. Scott Fitzgerald and gossip columnist Sheilah Graham. Working from Ms. Graham’s memoirs, interviews and letters, the author brings the pair – and 1930’s Hollywood – gloriously to life.

“Looking for something deliciously dishy with a side of wry? This golden age Hollywood novel is your ticket.”

Sally Koslow writes for the New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, The Boston Globe and others.

Cosponsored with the Town of New Castle
Location: Town Hall Assembly Hall
200 South Greeley Ave.
Chappaqua, NY 10514

STAR (School Tax Relief) – 2019 Changes to Exemptions for Property Owners Age 65 and Over

NYS Star LogoNYS Department of Taxation and Finance has made changes to exemptions for property owners age 65 and over for 2019.

Click here to read more.

Celebrate Art & Music: NWAG partners w/ Sloan Wainwright

Saturday, September 22 at 5 PM – 8 PM Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480 N Bedford Rd, Chappaqua, New York 10514

Hosted by The Northern Westchester Artists Guild

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Dar Williams

Dar Williams Called “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by The New Yorker, Dar Williams brings her intimate folk/rock stylings back to her hometown for one night at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. Sat 11/17 @ 8pm

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
480 Bedford Road

Click here to purchase tickets.

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Sloan Wainwright

Sloan Wainwright at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 22

480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Defying standard categorization, singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright, consistently demonstrates her easy command of a variety of American musical styles — pop, folk, jazz and blues — held together by the melodious tone of her rich contralto, with the end result being a unique and soulful hybrid.

With a solid and impressive discography of 10 original CD releases to her credit, Sloan continues to write, sing and perform live and has won two songwriting awards at the annual EmPower Posi Music Awards. In addition, Sloan has written numerous musical compositions for theater and dance and teaches at many of the best-known master songwriter series and workshops.

Tickets available here.

Opening – Recreation and Parks Commission

The 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

Saw Mill River Audubon Pruyn Sanctuary Gardens Open House

Sunday, September 16, 2018, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saw Mill River Audubon Pruyn Sanctuary Gardens Open House

Pruyn Sanctuary, 275 Millwood Road, Chappaqua, NY 10514

Drop by Pruyn Sanctuary to look over our new Plants for Birds garden plot, our Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden and the adjacent Pruyn Arboretum. See native grasses and flowering plants that you may want to plant, talk with SMRA garden volunteers, and pick up our plants lists. Come any time between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Stay longer, if you wish, for the 3:30 pm Third Sunday Walk through Pruyn Sanctuary. No pre-registration necessary. For weather cancellations check our website at