New Castle Community eNewsletter 11/03/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 11/03/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

New Castle Supervisor’s Report – 11/1/2017

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

CollageLast year, at our 1st Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, I spoke about the importance of saying thank you. Specifically, extending the thanks of our Town Board and on behalf of our residents to the volunteers who do so much for New Castle.

Last night, we again said thank you. We honored our volunteers who are builders without brick and mortar. We honored our volunteers who share with their community their knowledge, their appreciation of civic duty and their respect for the rights of others. Each of our volunteers have helped build our community through sharing their special talents and commitment to benefit others without seeking personal gain.

James Shanman, who regrettably passed away less than two months ago, understood the importance of civic duty, and left us with the lasting legacy of our model ethics code. He volunteered his time to the effective and honest operation of government.

We honored Terrence Dunn for his 18 years of service on the Architectural Review Board. He is yet another an example of selfless dedication to our community

We honored Marian Williams, who has provided a long career of commitment to community and national organizations that serves as a model for us all. So many volunteers credit Marian for pointing them in the right direction.

We honored Gray Williams, who means so much to our town. It is beyond dispute that in order to know where we are going, we must know where we’ve been. Gray’s endeavors in searching for and memorializing our Town’s history benefits us all.

The respect James had for honesty, the dedication of Terrence Dunn, the selflessness that Marian demonstrates through working with civic organizations and the commitment Gray has made to valuing our past are all reasons to give thanks.

Respect, dedication, selflessness and commitment. We cannot ask for more from our residents and, of course, ourselves.

Please consider joining one of our volunteer committees. Click on the names to learn more. Here is the application to apply.

Welcome to the Budget

We completed our budget meetings with all department heads. Once again, our tentative budget provides residents with the essential municipal services they expect and deserve, repair the long neglected infrastructure and respect the tax cap. Our bond issuance and the debt corresponding service will not have any effect on the tax levy or tax rates. As we have discussed in the past, we intend to use fund balance to pay for new capital costs in 2018. We were presented with the opportunity to raise the total tax levy by $691,063 for 2018 and still remain within the tax cap. However, the tentative budget contemplates increasing the levy by 1.09% or an increase of $224,043, less than one-third the amount allowable under the tax cap for this year.

Our tax increase is on par with our prior 3 budgets.

  • 2015 – $9 increase per average household
  • 2016 – $20 increase per average household
  • 2017 – $28 increase per average household
  • 2018 – $23 increase per average household

Our paving budget is on par with our prior 3 budgets, but was increased by another $100,000!

  • 2015 – $1,014,455 – more than in the three prior years combined!
  • 2016 – $870,324
  • 2017 – $822,452
  • 2018 – $922,000

In addition, the Town has maintained our $25,000 funding for beautification. Click here for 2018 Tentative Budget.

The Preliminary Budget will be released at our 11/8 Town Board meeting. We will then set the public hearing for 11/28. We hope to approve the budget on 12/12.

As for as our bond:

  • Hamlet/Streetscape $13,780,082.00
  • Minkel Dam $1,093,000.00
  • DPW Heavy Equipment (2014) $303,196.00
  • DPW Heavy Equipment (2015) $597,725.00
  • DPW Heavy Equipment (2016/2017) $600,000.00
  • Replace Fuel Tanks $500,000.00
  • Gedney Park Playground $143,895.00
  • Basketball Court/Playground $258,000.00
  • IT Infrastructure $788,350.00
  • Wallace Auditorium $150,000.00

Next step….bond counsel prepares the resolutions with the breakdown of the items we intend to include in the bond. The Town Board will open public hearings. The Town Board must approve the resolutions. After the resolutions are approved, we offer our bond to the market.

This list of projects we intend to borrow for is listed below. I have a call with bond counsel tomorrow to discuss the next steps and timing. I anticipate this will be wrapped up by year end or January at the latest.

Once the bond counsel prepares the resolutions, the board will open public hearings, and ultimately approve the resolutions. Simultaneously I will be working with our financial advisor to prepare our official statement. When the resolutions are approved and the official statement is prepared we offer our bond to the market.

NEW: Confidential Paper Shredding

Sat., Nov. 4, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


NEW: Change Your Clock Change Your Battery

change your clock & batteryThe Chappaqua Fire Department reminds residents when they change their clocks back this weekend to change the batteries in there smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you’re detectors are older than 10 years you should replace them with ones that have a 10 year sealed battery.

NEW: Cemetery Tours at Fair Ridge Cemetery in Chappaqua – Sunday, November 5th

Come and Meet Your (Former) Neighbors: Now Permanently Residing at Fair Ridge Cemetery (11/05)

Due to the storm last Sunday, Fair Ridge Cemetery tour was rescheduled to Sunday, November 5th, from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm. 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

Click here to register for this weekend’s tour.

NEW: Come to the 8th Annual SPELLING BEE on Monday, Nov 6th at 7pm in the Greeley Gym

8th annual spelling beeCome learn a few new words and cheer for a record number of 60 teams including four rounds of high school students as your teachers, friends and community members compete for this year’s championship title. Cheer for your favorite team costumes. The Enchords and Madrigals will also perform. Parents, teachers and students – come support this event! It’s great Greeley fun! Admission is $5. Enter our raffle for great prizes or purchase some of our delicious baked goods. All proceeds go to the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund. Hope you will BEE there!

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

Thanks to our incredible Sustainability Advisory Board, more residents in our community are Going Green. Many have installed solar panels. 4,600 New Castle households are using green energy, while saving money. As a municipality, we too are Going Green. We have increased our recycling with Single Stream Recycling. We passed legislation such as the Reusable Bag Initiative that has saved thousands of tons of carbon emission. We received a $100,000 grant after being designated a Clean Energy Community by New York State. The Town intends to use our $100,000 award to the purchase of an all-electric or hybrid shuttle bus to provide residents and patrons with a no-cost transportation alternative between the Chappaqua Metro-North Railroad Station, the Chappaqua hamlet, and Chappaqua Crossing. We have saved money by buying an electric vehicle. We will soon be installing LED streetlights, which will save us money. We are a Green Community, for sure. The topic of our roundtable was creating a “More Valuable Town by Being a Green Community”. Do potential homebuyers know that we are a Green Community? Are we doing everything we can to market ourselves as a green community to attract new homeowners?To watch the Roundtable Discussions, click here.

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

NEW: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center: The Greatest Pirate Story (N)Ever Told!

ARRRRGGGHHHH!!!!! The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told is coming to The Chappaqua Performing Arts Center on November 11th at 2 pm! Bring the family for a mad-libbed, madcap, musical adventure!

Get your tickets here!

NEW: New Castle Recreation and Parks Commission Agenda

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The Recreation Department works to continually bring new programs and events to the community, and as a result some new programs/events may be added after finalizing the program brochure. If you would like to stay informed of all department happenings, please subscribe to the “RecNews” e-mail list by clicking here.

TIOLI VolunteersNEW: Take It Or Leave It Shop

The Take It Or Leave It Shop will be open until November 18, weather permitting. But please do not leave anything on the 11th or the 18th, since anything that isn’t taken will need to stay in the shed over the winter.

NEW: HGSF Poker & Mah Jongg Night – Fri. 11/17

NEW: Chappaqua Craft and Gift Fair 2017

Now in its 33rd year, Chappaqua Craft and Gift Fair will host more than 80 artists, artisans and crafters who are eager to share their one-of-a-kind items for our holiday shopping enjoyment. Admire the work of fine handmade pottery, unique handcrafted jewelry, handbags and luxury knits. Find gourmet food, bath and beauty products and a myriad of other notable items.

Admission is free and vendor fees support PTA-run enrichment programs at Bell Middle School.

Local eatery, Villarina’s, will offer family-friendly food, and many vendors are providing their crafts to a raffle, with proceeds benefiting the Bell PTA.

The Chappaqua Craft and Gift Fair is the largest fundraising event held by the Robert E. Bell Middle School PTA, and vendor fees from the event provide funding for student enrichment programs, after school programming and supplemental music and computer programs. The Bell PTA also offers scholarships for field trips, after school programs and other needs for families and students with financial needs. The PTA’s funding of supplemental art and enrichment programs provides young people with outlets beyond academics and sports and offers them global insight and perspective. For more information, visit

NEW: The First Congregational Church of Chappaqua Private Estate Sale

With open hands and open hearts, we care for each other and the wider world through prayer, connections and compassion. We are compelled by our faith to follow in the path of Jesus Christ, by both listening to and spreading God’s love to all people.

estate sale flyer

Artful Holidays

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.

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.