New Castle Community eNewsletter 09/15/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 09/15/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Charity Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Westchester

Chappaqua Station and Habitat for Humanity of Westchester invites you to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. A night of Comedy and Music at Chappaqua Station on Fri, September 15, 2017 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Westchester. Comedians Jennifer Gracie, Emily Ostenstien, Cyrus McQueen, and Dave Bradford will be performing. We also will be having an incredibly talented singer, Jonny Abeles performing. The evening will be MC’d by Bella Biscotti. Please help those affected by Hurricane Harvey – Please give generously. If you have any questions please email or call 914.861.8001Go here to donate or buy tickets.

New Castle Community Day, Saturday, September 16th, 11:00 AM – 3:30PM

Please join us on Saturday, September 16 from 11am to 3pm for Chappaqua Rotary’s Annual Community Day at the Chappaqua Train Station- so much to see and do! Spend time and have fun with your neighbors and friends while enjoying food, drinks, games and rides. Renew your passport at the Westchester County mobile passport van. Bring all those old documents to the mobile shredder. Meet and greet our generous sponsors and merchants. Save lives at our biannual blood drive (this fall with the Red Cross from 9am to 3pm). See an educational interactive brain exhibit (thanks to New Castle United for Youth). We look forward to seeing you there.You can learn more about the Chappaqua Rotary Club by visiting the Facebook page.

Art Market – September 16

Confidential Paper Shredding

September 16, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


There will also be paper shredding at Community Day

Local Faces Chappaqua-Millwood- Photo Exhibit Opening!

Come check out the opening of our photo exhibit and celebrate local business! Enjoy food, drinks, music & hanging out with neighbors, small business owners and friends! Friday, September 15 at 6 PM – 9 PM hip-kid, 77 S Greeley Ave, Chappaqua, New York 10514

NEW: Support Our Merchants During Construction

Downtown Chappaqua is under construction. We are working on comprehensive infrastructure (water, sewer, stormwater, and roadway improvements), as well as landscape design and streetscape improvements for the Chappaqua Hamlet. While short-term sacrifice will bring long-term benefits, we must all do our best to lessen the impact on our merchants during construction. For our part, this week our construction company (ELQ) will be starting night work. We have minimized the loss of parking spots and the sidewalks have remained opened. We have always pulled together as a community to help one another out. This is one of those times for our merchants. Please support our merchants during construction! Details about the project can be found here.

NEW: Grand Opening – Fantastic Finds

NEW: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center – Cyrille Aimee

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 8pm.Tickets: $25, $35, $75

Cyrille is called “one of the most promising jazz singers of her generation” by the Wall Street Journal, Cyrille Aimee is a vocalist with French and Dominican. Her hybrid of influences has resulted in an award-winning vocal style that incorporates gypsy swing with Brazilian rhythms and melodies into well-known standards and original compositions. You can learn more about her here. Tickets are available here.

NEW: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center: Art Show: Revolution – Art for Positive Social Change

An exciting art exhibition to New Castle entitled “Revolution – Art for Positive Social Change.” The works are timely and incredible. Come see the show before you see Cyril Aimee on September 23rd, and again on the 24th at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center.

NEW: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center: Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets

Awarded a Grammy for “Best Children’s Album,” Tim Kubart is the host for the popular preschool program “Sunny Side Up,” on NBC Universal’s Sprout Channel. Tim Kubart and his band, the “Space Cadets,” deliver a highly interactive, family friendly dance party for all ages.Tickets are availalble here.

More information is available here.

Be sure to check out Tim Kubart’s YouTube!

NEW: Ty Sells: Creating Connections That Count

New Castle United for Youth is excited to sponsor Ty Sells, a motivational speaker and youth leadership and prevention specialist, for two days of presentations to students and parents in our district. Please save the date for Ty Sells’ parent presentation on Monday, October 2 at 7 pm in the Horace Greeley auditorium. Learn the importance of building positive connections with your children so that they feel safe, secure, loved and accepted. Hear how these connections can help them to have a sense of purpose and meaning in life and can reduce the likelihood that they will engage in unhealthy, misguided or risky behaviors.

For more information, visit our website.

NEW: Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

  • New Castle Community Day
  • Chappaqua Performing Arts Center: Cyrille Aimee
  • Chappaqua Performing Arts Center: Art Show “Revolution – Art for Positive Social Change”
  • Support our Merchants During Construction (& Always!)
  • Gabby Rosenfeld Award
  • Millwood 200 Year Anniversary
  • Paving
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Keeping of Chickens
  • Vape Shops
  • September is National Preparedness Month
  • LED Lights

For more information, click here.Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator

  • Route 120 Sidewalk
  • School Tax Collection

For more information, click here.

Committee News

Adam Brodsky
Deputy Town Supervisor
We have been working on pedestrian safety in the construction area with Police Chief Ferry and Boswell Engineering, our construction management firm. In fact, this week we attended meetings at Bell School with the entire student body. Those in attendance were myself, Principal Martin Fitzgerald, Town Administrator Jill Shapiro, John Kazawic from our project manger firm and Lt. Carroll from the New Castle Police Department discussing with the students the importance of caution while in the Hamlet.

In addition we are taking the following steps for pedestrian safety:

  • Bell & Seven Bridges Schools will send notices out about safety awareness and we will hold additional school wide forums to stress the importance of caution while the students are in the Hamlet.
  • We will have additional police and traffic safety personnel in Town on Fridays afternoons
  • We will also be posting electronic speed signs on Fridays with a warning that there are pedestrians ahead.
  • Boswell Engineering, is working on getting work zone reduced speed limit signs posted on South Greeley. They are also aware of the start arrival/dismissal times of buses and will plan work and lane closures accordingly.
  • A good communication network was set up so that any issues will be handled quickly

Please remember that at Construction sites….PEDESTRIAN SAFETY is everyone’s responsibilityReminders for the Driver:

  • Slow down, especially wherever your vision is obstructed.
  • Proceed cautiously through any congested area
  • Watch for pedestrians
  • Watch for flaggers
  • Watch for construction vehicles

Reminders for Pedestrians:

  • Avoid running. The driver’s visibility may be limited due to blind spots.
  • Use crosswalks
  • Watch for tripping hazards

We apologize for the unavoidable disturbance this critical infrastructure project will cause.

Community Preparedness Committee: September is National Preparedness Month

Since its inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month is observed each September in the U.S. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month encourages thoughtful preparation for emergencies at home, at work, in school, and in the community. Each weekday throughout the month of September the Town of New Castle’s Community Preparedness Committee will be offering valuable tips and advise on how you can prepare. Please visit the Committee’s webpage each weekday, or watch for posts on Chappaqua Moms and Chappaqua Dads Facebook pages. For more information you can reach out to the Committee Chair (Jason Goldberg) or any of the Committee members.

NEW: 1st Annual Oktoberfest at FCC

Exceptional People’s Committee Presents Nature Walk for People of ALL Abilities

The Saw Mill Audubon’s wonderful wheelchair accessible Pinecliff Sanctuary has allowed the EPIC (Exceptional People’s Committee) of New Castle to plan a nature walk for people of all abilities. Anne Swaim, Executive Director of Saw Mill Audubon, worked with me (A member of EPIC), to plan a structured “scavenger hunt” for participants to get to know Pinecliff Sanctuary’s wildlife.The walk will take place on October 14 from 10-11 and from 3-4. The rain date is October 21. This will be the first of several seasonal walks at Pinecliff for people of ALL abilities.

Method & Melody

Face of America Liberty 2017

West Point to Manhattan Cycling with Injured Veterans
Sunday, October 8
World T.E.A.M. Sports’ 2017 Face of America Liberty honors and assists our military – injured, veterans and active duty – and the true American Spirit. A single day, 53-mile bicycle and hand cycle ride by disabled and able-bodied participants, the 100 participants of the Face of America Liberty will travel city streets and gently rolling country byways, from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York to One World Trade Center in Manhattan.

This inspiring ride is an opportunity to welcome disabled and able-bodied servicemen and women as teammates in an outdoor sporting event and show them how much America appreciates their efforts and sacrifices. Like its’sister Face of America ride from the Pentagon to historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, this ride brings together athletes with and without disabilities. Funds raised through the ride will pay for creating a safe ride experience for all participants. Any remaining funds following the ride’s conclusion will be dedicated to upcoming World T.E.A.M. Sports events for adaptive athletes, such as our Adventure Team Challenge events in Colorado and New York, and our upcoming 2018 CanAm Veterans’ Challenge Washington to Ottawa bicycle ride with injured military veterans, from the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

The Face of America Liberty begins early in the morning of October 8 at the United States Military Academy in West Point. In the cool morning air, riders will travel along scenic country lanes adjacent to the Hudson River south to New Jersey and metropolitan New York. Crossing onto Manhattan Island, the riders will complete the Face of America Liberty by mid-afternoon at the distinctive One World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan. In 2002 and 2003, World T.E.A.M. Sports’ Face of America ride served as the official commemorative 9/11 bicycle ride from New York to the Pentagon. It began at this location, attracting more than 2,000 participants in two years. To this day, the Face of America family of rides provides opportunities for disabled and able-bodied persons seeking greater personal challenges.

To volunteer at rest stops, please contact Ride Director: James McCauley Jr. – Phone: 914-420-7689

To donate, click here.

More Information, click here.

HGSF Sparkle for a Cause, Sept. 19th, 6 – 9 pm

September & October Senior Newsletter

New Castle Recreation & Parks – Fall Recreation Catalog

Click HERE to register.

Railroad Crossing Safety: Red Flashing Lights

A controlled railroad crossing usually has red lights along with a crossing gate. Wait for gates to rise AND for the red lights to stop flashing – that’s the law.

Neighborhood Speed Awareness Campaign

Problems with speeding vehicles often involve local drivers who are daily roadway users and live in or nearby the affected neighborhood. A Speed Awareness Campaign is an effective way to remind local drivers to lower their speeds and be extra cautious in residential neighborhoods. These campaigns are a great way for New Castle residents and police to work together to make the neighborhood safer.

For the campaign to work we need at least a few (hopefully many) neighbors who will agree to place a “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here” lawn sign in front of their home during the campaign. One neighbor will be the contact person who will distribute the signs to the neighborhood volunteers. The Police Department will install similar metal signs at appropriate locations near the entrance to the neighborhood. The campaign will run for at least two weeks. If requested the neighborhood will be placed on a rotation list and the campaign will return on a rotating basis once or twice annually.

We also offer similar “Keep Kids Alive, Drive 25” signs for streets with a 25mph maximum speed limit.

If you are interested in bringing a speed awareness campaign to your neighborhood, please contact the office of the Chief of Police – or call 914-238-7292.