New Castle Community eNewsletter 10/20/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

Harvest Fest

Come to the great lawn at Church of St Mary the Virgin in Chappaqua for a Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch! Bring your whole family and enjoy hay rides, fire truck rides, games, pumpkin decorating and the most scrumptious apple pie. Pumpkin Patch is open as well. Event is held on Saturday, Oct .21 from 11 – 3 and pumpkin sales only on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 12 – 5.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

making strides boutique

NEW: Millwood Fire Station Open House

Please join the Millwood Fire Company in our annual community open house at Station 1! The open house is from 1-4pm on Saturday, October 21, where adults and kids will have a fun-filled afternoon – including fire truck rides, seat belt safety demos, vehicle extrication, fire prevention simulations and videos, and more!

Ragamuffin Parade – October 22

NEW: Chappaqua Millwood Chamber of Commerce – Cookie Scavenger Hunt

Youth Volunteer Fair

Exceptional People of New Castle: EVNY- Open House…October 22

JOIN EVNY FOR AN OPEN HOUSE!Come help us celebrate the official opening of our new job site!

Where: 350 Lexington Avenue Mount Kisco, NY

When: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Extraordinary Ventures New York (EVNY) was established in 2015 for the purpose of creating employment opportunities for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information please go to

Acts of Kindness Day – October 23rd

Please join us in bringing awareness to the emotional, social, and physical benefits of performing acts of kindness as we celebrate A day Of Kindness (“AOK Day”) in Chappaqua. This year, October 23rd has been designated AOK Day!Our community can serve as a model for performing acts of kindness and help to spread the joy of being kind. On October 23rd, post cards will be disseminated throughout our stores, restaurants, town hall, etc. Pick up as many as you like. Perform a kind act for someone, then leave the card if you choose. Kindness can have a ripple effect. With your help, we can all benefit from a kind act!

Millwood 200 Year Anniversary – Sat. 10/28

Join us for Millwood’s 200 Year Anniversary on Sat., October 28, 12-5p, Gedney Park (back)!

We’re having a band, food trucks, as well as lots of fun activities for kids. Admission to the event is free. There will also be a beer garden. We will have a shuttle bus to get people from the parking in the front field and overflow parking at WestOrchard school to the back of Gedney. Thank you to our sponsors:

  • DeCicco & Sons
  • Millwood Plaza
  • Rocky’s Millwood Deli
  • Sunshine Children’s Home & Rehab Center
  • Mavis Tire Supply
  • Summit Grossman
  • Kiwi Country Day Camp
  • Drug Mart of Millwood
  • Millwood Animal Hospital
  • Sari Shaw, Platinum Drive Realty
  • Tazza Cafe
  • New Castle Physical Therapy & Personal Training
  • Dodd’s Liquor City
  • Matero Fine Jewelry & Design Inc
Millwood turns 200

NEW: Roundtable Discussion: Creating a More Valuable Town by Being a Green Community

Going Green has certainly become a buzz phrase. More and more residents are Going Green. Residents are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, while saving money. Residents are seeing the financial benefits of “Going Green’ by installing solar panels, using energy efficient appliances and having a home energy audit. As a municipality, we too are Going Green. We have an incredible Sustainability Advisory Board. We have increased our recycling with Single Stream Recycling. We passed legislation – such as the Reusable Bag Initiative & choosing green energy as are our default – that has saved thousands of tons of carbon emission. We have saved money by buying an electric vehicle, receiving a $100,000 grant and soon installing LED streetlights. We are a Green Community, for sure.Join us for a Roundtable Discussion on Monday, Oct 23rd, 7-8:30p, Chappaqua Library Auditorium.

Are we doing everything to take advantage of the fact that New Castle is a Green Community?

Is being a Green Community helping us attract new residents that are conscientious of the environment and appreciate sustainability?

Are prospective home buyers aware of our green initiatives?

Are we marketing ourselves as a green community – a community that cares about our children’s future while saving money for residents every year?


Robert Greenstein, Supervisor, Town of New Castle
Steve Wolk, Chair, New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board
Usha Subramaniam, Houlihan Lawrence
Wendy Nolan, Houlihan Lawrence
Sari Shaw, Platinum Drive Realty
Cindy Glynn, William Raveis Real Estate

Prior Roundtable Discussions

June 11, 2015: What Prospective Home buyers are Looking For

July 30, 2015: How to Keep Empty Nesters in the Community

September 10, 2015: Volunteer Opportunities in New Castle

October 8, 2015: Enhancing Our Business Districts

March 3, 2016: Mandate Roundtable

May 5, 2016: Employment Opportunities for those with Special Needs

LWVNC Constitutional Convention Forum


The League of Women Voters® of New Castle, the League of Women Voters® of North East Westchester and the John Jay Homestead State Historic Site are holding a educational forum titled “Constitutional Convention: Pros and Cons” at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017 at the John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, 400 Jay Street, Katonah, NY.

Panel Discussion with:

Erika Lorshbough
Legislative Counsel, New York Civil Liberties Union

Nicholas A. Robinson
University Professor of Environmental Law
Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Alan Rothstein
General Counsel to the New York City Bar Association, Ret.

Jennifer Wilson
Director of Program and Policy for the League of Women Voters® of New York State


The New York State Constitution requires that voters decide every 20 years whether to hold a convention to amend the state constitution (a “ConCon”). The process has three decision points: whether to call a convention; if a convention is called, who will serve as delegates; and when delegates propose amendments to the constitution, whether to ratify them or not. The first decision point – whether to call a convention – will be on our ballot this coming Election Day, November 7.

Come and learn more about this important right and process!

Refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information about the evening, please contact or 914-263-0357.

No charge to attend, but reservations are appreciated. For tickets, please go to here.

NEW: LWVNC: Candidates’ Night

LWVNC to hold Candidates’ Night October 25th

The League of Women Voters® of New Castle invites the community to Candidates’ Night on October 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chappaqua Library Theater, 195 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua. Candidates for the following races have been invited:NEW CASTLE SUPERVISOR
Kristen Browde
Adam Brodsky
Lisa Katz
Gail Markels
Ivy Pool

After opening statements, candidates will respond to questions from the audience. Questions for candidates may be emailed up until noon, October 25th to

Following the question and answer period, candidates will give closing statements.

This event is free and open to the public. The evening’s proceedings will be recorded and streamed live by New Castle Community Media Center, as well as for later rebroadcast.

The League will provide coffee and light refreshments. For additional information, please contact the New Castle League at or Mary Kirsch at 914-409-2989. For up-to-date information on the candidates and your polling places, click here.


NEW: Downtown Chappaqua Halloween

Calling all ghosts and goblins, pirates and princesses! The Town of New Castle and Kiwi Country Day Camp are proud to present “Downtown Chappaqua Halloween” on Tuesday, October 31st. Residents are invited to trick-or-treat at your favorite local BOO-tiques. This fun family event will feature lots of candy, fun characters & giveaways.As well, Broadway’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” wants you to get the Golden Ticket! Z100s street team will be there! VISIT Chappaqua’s Trick or Treat Event on Halloween from 3-5 to unwrap the magic

Streets will be open to traffic, so children must be accompanied by adults.

NEW: Chappaqua Library – Broadway!

Film: Little Shop of Horrors

A timid store clerk, Rick Moranis discovers an alien plant that lives on blood. Chappaqua librarian and film historian, Philip Harwood will facilitate the film.
Saturday, Oct 21 @ 3:00

Heather Mieko Sings Broadway

Join us for an uplifting afternoon of Broadway favorites with Heather Mieko (performer from Cats)
Sunday, Oct. 22 @ 3:00

Jerome Robbins on Broadway

Join Westchester lecturer and dancer Edith Glass for videos of one of the 20th century’s most popular ballet and Broadway musical choreographers. His numerous stage productions include West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, and On the Town
Monday., Oct. 23 @ 2:00

Bob Fosse on Broadway

With his very first Broadway musical, The Pajama Game, he established the “Fosse style” a distinctive blend of jazz dance with vaudeville and burlesque traces that would come to define Broadway choreography for hits such as Damn Yankees, Chicago, Sweet Charity and Pippin. We look at the roots of his iconic style and the highlights of his stage career and his continuing influence on Broadway dance. Kevin Winker is the author of the forthcoming Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical.
Tuesday, Oct. 24 @ 7:00

NEW: Artful Holidays

NEW: Westchester Magazine

Chappaqua was featured in Westchester Magazine. Here are some highlights:

  • Recent Reno: An infrastructure project is making upgrades and widening sidewalks.
  • Trending: Up at the lower price points. In the $700,000 to $1M price point, inventory is down 42 percent compared with last year, according to Houlihan Lawrence brokerage manager Brian Murray.
  • Best Thing About Living Here: “We love that we are within walking distance of the town, train, library, and the elementary and middle schools.” —Chris Madden, longtime resident
  • Selling Points: lovely homes, close-knit community, fabulous schools, proximity to Greenwich, NYC, and points north and south
  • Trade-off: temporary inconvenience due the construction and infrastructure effort

To read the full article, click here.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To commemorate October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, vocalist Frank Shiner has teamed up with National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. The month and cause has special significance to Shiner, whose wife Suzanne was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer from which she has now fully recovered. The five-year battle was eventually responsible for igniting his return to performing. Shiner’s new show, “Lonely Town Lonely Street,” based on the title of his acclaimed sophomore album, made its debut in March.

Frank is being joined by special guest star, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Original Founding member of The Rascals, Guitarist Gene Cornish.

Frank Shiner and His All Star Band
Sat, October 21, 2017
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm
The Cutting Room
New York, NY


$20 Advance Sales/ $30 At the Door
$20 Food/Drink Minimum per Person
Shows will benefit breast cancer research

You can purchase your tickets here.

Frank Shiner

Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce

CoC logoThe Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce is planning a Chappaqua Cookie Scavenger Hunt on the same day as the Ragamuffin Parade — Sunday, October 22nd. This fun event will begin at the same time as the pre-parade carnival — at 12 noon until the start of the parade at 3:30pm. We invite children and their families to pick up an official “scavenger hunt map/checklist” at the Chamber tent (to be located at the carnival). Children will then collect cookies from each participating downtown business and at the end of their “hunt,” they will need to return their checklist to the Chamber tent to be entered into a raffle for gift certificates from their favorite stores and businesses. For more information on business participation or for general information on the scavenger hunt, please contact our Chamber Manager Cate Danyko-Sage.

Please mark your calendars for these other important upcoming Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber events:

  • Thursday, November 16th, 6:00pm-8:00pm: “Meet the Town Supervisor and Town Board Members: Business in Chappaqua-Millwood 2018.”
  • Friday, December 1st, 6:00pm-9:00pm: Wine Around Town! Our community’s favorite annual downtown event!

Please check your mail for your copy of the new Chappaqua-Millwood Business Directory, to be mailed to every New Castle resident in October!

If you are not yet a Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce member, please consider joining us! We have many informative and fun networking events and programs coming up and many ways to meet new people that can help your business. For more information, please contact Dawn Dankner-Rosen.

Halloween House Decorating Contest

halloween house decorating contestResidents are invited to enter the 3rd Annual New Castle Halloween House Decorating Contest.

Prizes will be given in two categories: family-friendly and scariest house. Winners will receive bragging rights and a $50 gift certificate to hip-kid located at 77 Greeley Avenue in Chappaqua.

Please email all submissions to Trisha Kallman, owner of hip-kid.

Streetscape and Double Utility Pole Update

Adam Brodsky
Deputy Town Supervisor
As of October 5th , the new water system is 95% complete with the final step being to tie-in the water main into the individual properties. We hope within two weeks to remove the temporary water system and free up pedestrian access throughout the Hamlet. We then will move onto the new sewer system installation. Boswell Engineering will be attending our meeting on Tuesday, 10/10 to discuss progress.In addition to update the Community on some of the financial aspects of the Project, we are planning on utilizing a portion of the tree bank fund which was set up to be used for public projects which currently has a balance of $238,454. We will use these funds to install over Seventy-five new trees and shrubs Downtown. The streetscape plan is ideally suited for the application of the tree bank funds. Using these funds will help us to offset some of the project costs associated with the new Streetscape.

Now onto my meeting this week regarding the double utility poles throughout the Town. I facilitated the follow-up meeting on the progress of the removal of double utility poles within New Castle. Representatives of Con Ed, Verizon, Altice ( formerly Cablevision), and the Town ( Administration, Police, DPW, Engineering) were all present. I received an update from Tom McArdle of Verizon who reported to the twenty people in attendance that 100 double poles and specifically designated problem single poles had been removed year to date within Town; 47 of them removed in July and August of this year. He further stated that although New Castle only had 150 double utility poles listed on the NJNS list for tracking such poles, he knew the number was far greater. As it stands now, the Town had identified approximately 400 in our Town and Verizon acknowledged that at least 238 were now formally cataloged in the NJNS lists for action. This number did not include the 100 poles that were already removed this year. The NJNS list is a list of double poles the NYS Public Service Commission requires the utilities to maintain and has a deadline for action ( which unfortunately is ignored without sanction).

Verizon assured us that they were committed to removing all of the double utility poles in Town and will be providing us with a updated list of those poles that have been removed. It is our intention to update the complete list of double poles to reflect the poles that have been removed and those that still need action by the utilities. We will post that updated list as soon as we receive the information and will keep the public posted on the progress of these removals.

Annual Breast Cancer Conference

New Castle Historical Society: The Women’s Suffrage Movement, Exhibition Opening

Book Talk – In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in the Mid-Hudson Valley (10/26)
Stop by the Horace Greeley House Museum on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 7:30 pm, as Susan Stessin-Cohn and Ashley Hurlburt-Biagini, authors of In Defiance: Runaways from Slavery in New York’s Hudson River Valley 1735–1831, give a talk about their recent book and research. In Defiance features 523 archival newspaper notices for runaway slaves, plus notices for slaves captured, slaves for sale, and notices offering to purchase slaves, all with full transcriptions.Please register by contacting Cassie Ward, NCHS Executive Director, at 914-238-4666 or Registration Recommended | Walk-ins Welcome | $10 Suggested Donation to Attend

Come and Meet Your (Former) Neighbors: Now Permanently Residing at Fair Ridge Cemetery (10/29)
On Sunday, October 29, from 12:30 to 4:30 P.M., the New Castle Historical Society and Fair Ridge Cemetery will jointly sponsor a public reception celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Fair Ridge Cemetery, including guided tours of its most historic sections.

Fair Ridge Cemetery, on Quaker Road in Chappaqua, was founded in 1867 by a group of prominent New Castle citizens. Its first president was Horace Greeley. Ever since then it has served as a non-profit, public-service institution, and has provided the final resting place for many community residents. The cemetery tours will highlight the monuments of several historic families, whose landmark homes still exist, such as the Haights, Havilands, Quinbys, and Washburns, to name just a few.

Fair Ridge Cametery is itself an official New Castle Landmark, and one of the most historic sites in the town. As New Castle Town Historian Gray Williams puts it, “Community cemeteries such as Fair Ridge are the very embodiment of local history. Their monuments preserve the memories of those who have gone before us, and help to form a vivid connection between the past and the present.”

Admission to the reception is free, and parking will be available. Refreshments will be served. Walking tours will last about 45 minutes, and will be conducted at 1:00, 2:15, and 3:30. Attendance limited. Please register by contacting Cassie Ward, NCHS Executive Director, at 914-238-4666 or Registration Recommended | Walk-ins Welcome

Greeley Youth Lacrosse

New Electric Vehicle Opportunity – BMW

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Millwood-Ossining Go! Public Forums

The Towns of Ossining and New Castle and the Village of Ossining were recently awarded a grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway to develop a plan for an Open Space/Bike Lane/Commerce Connectivity Corridor, which would create enhanced pedestrian and bike access between commercial zones and open space in the Ossining and New Castle area. An inter-municipal task force has been established and has begun the process of identifying potential routes to bring the plan to fruition. The Millwood-Ossining Go! Task Force is seeking public input on potential routes at public forums scheduled for Thursday, October 5th at the Club Fit Briarcliff Café, located at 584 N. State Road in Briarcliff Manor, and Thursday, November 2nd at the Ossining Public Library Café, located at 53 Croton Avenue in Ossining. Both days will include forums from 1pm-2pm and 7pm-8pm.

Please RSVP on the Town’s website. Giveaways at the forums will be provided by Club Fit Briarcliff. For more information, call the Town of Ossining Supervisor’s Office at (914) 762-6001 or email

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.