New Castle Community eNewsletter 11/23/18

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Small Business Saturday!

shop smallThis Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses. There are so many reasons to support our merchants. Here are Supervisor Rob Greenstein’s top 10 reasons to Shop Local.

1. Vibrant business districts help maintain high residential property values. Research shows that a healthy and vibrant business districts boosts the economic health and quality of life in a community. So, by shopping locally you’re actually benefitting yourself.

2. Vibrant business districts help defray the residential share of the property tax. Much of their taxes goes directly to help fund our great schools.

3. Small businesses contribute more to local causes and community groups. They support school and charitable causes year-round.

4. Small businesses are more invested in the community’s future as many are owned by our neighbors.

5. Small businesses offers personalized customer service and a local touch.

6. Our New Castle small businesses sell unique products and quickly meet the needs of their local customers.

7. Shopping Local keeps money in New Castle. The 3/50 Project asks consumers what 3 businesses they would miss if they closed and to commit to spending a total of $50 a month in one or more of those three establishments. For every $50 spent in locally owned stores, $34 returns to the community through payroll, other expenditures and taxes. If you spend $50 in a national chain, only $22 stays here. If you spend it online, $0 stays here.

8. Shopping Local helps to sustain vibrant and walkable town centers in Millwood and Chappaqua.

9. Shopping Local is an easy way for you to join New Castle’s environmental efforts – save money, save gas, save the environment!.

10. When small businesses succeed, we all do!

Musical Theater Technique and Audition Prep Workshop

audition workshop flyerJoin Tony Award winner Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, Wicked, Godspell, Grease) and Broadway star Derek Klena (Anastasia, Wicked, Bridges of Madison County) to learn about musical theater technique and audition preparation. These two veterans of Broadway will provide insightful instruction in a fun and encouraging environment. The session culminates with the students performing on stage for parents and friends and a Q&A session with the actors about their experience to educate and inspire the next generation of performers and theater lovers.

November 26 Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Chappaqua PAC, 480 Bedford Road Chappaqua, NY 10514
Tickets available here.

New Castle Historical Society Holiday Events

NWAG holidays around town flyerNew Castle Community Sing
Robert E. Bell Middle School
Saturday Dec 1, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Presented by the Chappaqua Orchestra

Old Fashioned Crafts Workshop
Greeley House
Saturday Dec 1, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Children of all ages are invited to create old fashioned crafts and to help us decorate the community tree.

Annual Tree Lighting & Carols
Greeley House
Saturday Dec 1, 5pm
Horace Greeley High School Madrigal Chorus

The 5th Annual NWAG Holiday
Saturday Dec 1, 11am – 6:30pm & Sunday Dec 2, 12pm – 3:00pm
Art show will have a fine art, artful gifts, fine art jewlery, photography along with festive spirits and snacks.

Wine Around Town – Fri, Dec 7

wine around townSave the date: Friday, December 7th, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, for the Chamber’s fourth annual “Wine Around Town!” Get ready for Chappaqua’s most popular holiday kickoff party. This year we’ll hand out a keepsake map that shows the locations of all the stores along with their designated wine regions for wine tastings. There will also be live music, and each participating store will be raffling off a Chamber-sponsored gift basket (more details to follow!)

NEW: Take It Or Leave It Shop- Thank You!

TIOLI VolunteersThe Take It Or Leave It Shop volunteers thank the town for all your cooperation during the 2018 season. Bicycle Saturday and Crutches for Kids were a fine additions to the program. We were very grateful for the recycling center’s pick-up of leftover trash. We don’t keep statistics on the number of things left and taken, but we know that we have many happy customers and that literally tons of stuff was taken and used rather than dumped as garbage. Many people stopped by on our last day of the season to say “thanks” and we in turn thank you. We look forward to opening early next April, always weather-permitting!

NEW: Health/Nutrition Event hosted by Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps

The Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps is excited to host a free seminar on the basics of Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition given by two of their members with extensive expertise on the subject.

Friday, December 7, 2018, 7 pm.
CVAC Headquarters, 233 North Greeley Ave, Chappaqua

The talk will be interactive and explain how unbiased research and studies fully support the transition to a more Whole Food Plant Based Lifestyle and how the most prevalent diseases in our communities can be prevented or even reversed. This seminar will be about an hour in duration followed by questions/answers as well as other useful information. We look forward to empowering you with this fascinating information. Although the event is free to all, you will be invited to donate to CVAC through their website as a part of their ongoing fundraising.
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NEW: Herodes Alumni Funball Cup Sign Up – Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund

herodes alumni funball cup
Sign up for the first annual Herodes Alumni Funball Cup!
Date: Saturday, November 24th
Time: 2 to 6 pm at the HGHS Gym.
Fee: Player entry fee is $10 per player. Money will be collected on the day of the tournament.

All proceeds will benefit the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund.

Teams will consist of up to 6 Alumni. You can sign up with less than a full team and we’ll mix and match you with other alumni to fill out the roster. Play will be 5 v 5.

Notes: Be the first team to have your names engraved on the Herodes Cup!
Beginners through advanced players are all welcome
Challenge match requests will be considered
Referees will be provided

Sign up form can be found here.

NEW: ChappPAC: What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood

December 1
Time: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Chappaqua PAC, 480 Bedford Road Chappaqua, NY 10514

We are Amy Wilson and Margaret Ables, two moms with tons of experience in comedy. Amy wrote a bestselling parenting book, toured the country with a one-woman show called Mother Load, and was a series regular on several sitcoms. Margaret started out in standup, wrote for PBS Kids and MTV, and became a senior writer for Nickelodeons Nick Mom. Along the way, we also each became mothers of three children, now aged 6 to 15.

We engage with the same parenting issues every mother does, although we do things differently. Margaret raises her kids in suburbia; Amy is raising her kids in the city. Margaret is laissez-faire; Amy is an over-thinker of the highest order. For each of us, some parenting challenges are more difficult than others; but if we put our heads together, we come up with solutions. Tickets can be purchased here.

Chappaqua Farmers Market – Winter Schedule

Farmer's market winter schedule

Holiday Boutique at Fantastic Finds

Holiday Boutique at Fantastic Finds
Thursday, Dec. 6, 10 am – 7 pm
400 King Street, Chappaqua (in the Talbot’s shopping center)

Featuring pop-up sales, free refreshments and more. Fantastic Finds ( is an upscale resale shop that boasts a wide inventory of new and gently used items in pristine condition. All proceeds at the shop benefit Support Connection a Yorktown-based not-for-profit that provides free counseling and other support services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. For more info contact at or 914-238-9200.
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Chappaqua Orchestra’s 60th Season Launches with a Wonderful Holiday Benefit Concert on Dec. 8

Join us for the Chappaqua Orchestra’s Holiday Benefit Concert, celebrating its 60th anniversary season as Chappaqua’s premier orchestra, on Saturday December 8, 2018 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Mount Kisco Country Club, 10 Taylor Rd, Mount Kisco, NY. Join us for delicious hot hors d’oeuvres and cheese and wine and enchanting music. Cost of the concert is $ 100 per ticket. This year’s benefit concert will also have a fun raffle, with tickets sold at the door; the winner will be drawn at the end of the evening with a surprising twist.

A heartfelt holiday celebration of music will be performed by Concert Master Uli Speth and Chappaqua Orchestra Cello Section Leader, Julian Langford. Mr. Speth has enjoyed the opportunity of performing alongside well-known soloists and members of the Hagen, Pro Arte, Cavaliere, and Ying quartets and Orpheus Orchestra. His recent solo performances of concerti by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams and recitals have earned him praise by several music critics. Mr. Langford, is a winner of National Public Radio’s From the Top, and has performed with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. TCO benefit guests will also enjoy a very talented string quartet from Horace Greeley High School as well as some Broadway tunes performed by young singer, Lily Restivo.

To purchase tickets for Chappaqua Orchestra’s Holiday Benefit Concert, click here. To learn more about the Chappaqua Orchestra, please visit the website.

Interest in Running for Fire Commissioner?

On December 11, 2018, the New Castle Fire District No. 1 (Chappaqua Fire District) and the Millwood Fire District will hold their annual elections for Fire Commissioners.

The duties of Fire Commissioners are to oversee the administrative operations of the Fire District. These duties include but are not limited to: setting a budget and adjusting taxes to meet needs, maintenance and purchase of buildings, maintenance and purchase of fire apparatus and equipment, personnel matters, and setting administrative policies.


One Fire Commissioner position is open for a 5-year term, commencing January 1, 2019 and ending December 31, 2023. If you are a New Castle Fire District No. 1 resident and would like to run, petitions are available by calling the District Office at 914 238-6287 or by sending an e-mail to the District E-Mail at Petitions are due no later than November 21, 2018.


One Fire Commissioner position is open for a 5-year term commencing January 1, 2019 and ending December 31, 2023. If you are a Millwood Fire District resident and would like to run, please send a letter to no later than November 21, 2018.

KenKen Annual Tournament

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HGSF Game Night

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Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce

The Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce sends out an eletter every week with news, deals and updates from local businesses. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, please send an email to

Vanessa Williams / Frank Shiner Holiday Concert at ChappPAC – December 18

Chappaqua residents Vanessa Williams and Frank Shiner are coming together for a holiday performance at our own Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. The concert will consist of two complete sets of music with both artist’s all-star bands. Vanessa and Frank will also perform some duets for the event.

The proceeds of the event will go to support San Miguel Academy of Newburgh. This organization takes at-risk boys from the city of Newburgh and puts them on a 12 year education path of success. Vanessa Williams and Frank Shiner are generously donating their performance to the organization. Please come out and support this important cause.

The concert will take place at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center Tuesday, December 18 at 7 PM. Tickets can be purchased here.
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ChappPAC Interactive Movie Screening: Elf – December 8

elf posterA hilarious tale about an elf (Will Farrell) who learns of his true identity as a human, embarks on a journey to New York City to find his biological father (James Caan) and helps New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern-day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. This will be an interactive screening – think Rocky Horror Picture Show, but with snowballs!

December 8 Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cost: $15
Chappaqua PAC, 480 Bedford Road Chappaqua, NY 10514
Tickets can be purchased here.