New Castle Community eNewsletter 11/10/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Thank You Veterans

Recycling Center Closed on Saturday For Veterans’ Day

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: Art at Family Britches this Weekend

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: Westorchard Used Toy and Book Sale

On Sat., November 18th shop the Annual Westorchard Used Toy and Book Sale from 10-4! Find AMAZING deals on beautiful books (50 cents to 2 dollars), baby toys, puzzles, board games, bikes, dolls, arts and crafts, cars, action figures, video game consoles and games, DVDs, construction and transportation toys, pretend play, and SO much more! We even have a “boutique” section with items that have never been opened! We look forward to seeing you there! (25 Granite Road, Chappaqua)

NEW: NCHS – This Weekend: 2018 Purse and Accessories Party

Shop & Support Local History

Purse and Accessories Party at the Greeley House

Saturday, November 11th 10 am – 4 pm

A fashionable way to support local history!

Horace Greeley House
100 King Street
Chappaqua, NY

For more information, visit the website.

NEW: Recreation & Parks Winter Catalog

The New Castle Recreation & Parks Department is offering some great recreation programming this Winter. Continue to check back as we will continue to add more and more programs for kids, adults and seniors. Stay active in 2018! View Catalog here.

NEW: Every Person Is Connected Committee Presents Swim Team

NEW: Chappaqua Library

Concert: Cellist Julian Langford
First prize winner of the Chappaqua orchestra’s 2017 Concerto competition, Julian will perform solo Bach and the Shubert Cello Quintet with members of the Chappaqua Orchestra’s Chamber Players Cosponsor: Chappaqua Orchestra
Sun. Nov. 12, 2017 @ 3pm

NEW: LWV Thanksgiving Desserts Fundraiser

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

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

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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 VolunteersTake 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.

The First Congregational Church of Chappaqua Private Estate Sale


Artful Holidays

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.