New Castle Community eNewsletter 11/24/17

New Castle Community eNewsletter 11/24/17

The New Castle eNewsletter

NEW: Small Business is this Saturday!

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle
This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses. There are so many reasons to support our merchants. Here are my 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!

NEW: TIOLI Shed Closed for the Season

The Take It Or Leave It shed has closed for the winter. On behalf of all the volunteers and our friends at the shed we would like to Thank You for your continued support. We seem to gain more clients every year. And this years best news is that Bedford will be opening their own TIOLI in the spring. Like the shed in White Plains, which opened six years ago, it is based on our successful model.

We have been working with Bedford volunteers and officials for well over a year. We have also had several visits from Scarsdale residents interested starting a shed. To paraphrase Arlo Guthrie the Town of New Castle has started a movement.

Thank you to the kind folks at the Recycling Center who were a true pleasure to work with this year.

From Anna, Bill, Brenda, Marian, Nancy, Susan, Richard and all of our grateful clients at the TIOLI.

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market

A reminder that we are closed this Saturday, November 25th, but we will be back at the train station on December 2nd. See our winter schedule below.

NEW: Grade Crossing Safety Enhancement

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), in conjunction with Metro-North Railroad (MNR) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), is evaluating several grade crossing safety enhancements to improve driver behavior at railroad crossings. The intent is to better delineate the grade crossing area itself, and to reduce the overall number of drivers who deliberately or inadvertently stop within the grade crossing area.

New System Testing
The Active Stopped on Tracks Warning (ASTW) system is an experimental traffic control device intended to alert the driver to the fact that their vehicle is stopped on or foul (within close proximity and in danger of being struck by a train) of the tracks by a combination of audible and visual warnings.

The ASTW functions as a stand-alone system receiving a feed from the grade crossing warning devices. The major components are:

  • Illuminated LED Signs (blank-out signs, positioned beyond the crossing, facing the oncoming vehicle)
  • Wayside Horns (providing an audible voice message and positioned in the direction of travel directing the sound into the track area)
  • Vehicle Detection (provided by radar on MNR territory)

The ASTW system will be activated at the Roaring Brook Road and Virginia Road grade crossings on or about November 20, 2017.How System Works

  • When a vehicle remains in the detection zone for a specified period (3-5 seconds), the system activates the blank-out sign advising “Warning, Get off Tracks.” If the vehicle remains in the zone, the wayside horn begins an audible warning with the same message: “Warning, Get off Tracks.”
  • If the grade crossing warning system (flashing lights) is activated due to an approaching train while the vehicle remains in the detection zone, the wayside horn sounds the audible message “Get off Tracks–Train Coming” and the blank-out sign alternately displays “Get off Tracks” in white and “Train Coming” in yellow.

NEW: Help Wanted

Please consider joining one of our volunteer committees. Click on the names to learn more. Here is the application to apply. Please email the completed application to Town Administrator Jill Shapiro,

NEW: LWVNC – 2018 Town Budget Forum

The League of Women Voters of New Castle hosted a budget forum with Town Comptroller Robert Deary. Comptroller Rob Deary provided an overview of the budget process. You can watch the video here

Copies of the proposed budget are available online or upon request at Town Hall .

The public hearing on the budget will take place on Tuesday, November 28th at Town Hall. The Town Board is scheduled to vote on the budget at the December 12th Town Board meeting.

NEW: NCFD No. 1 Notice of Fire District Election

LWVNC – Interested in Running for Fire Commissioner?

On December 12, 2017, the New Castle Fire District No. 1 (Chappaqua Fire District) and the Millwood Fire District will hold their annual elections for Fire Commissioners. Several seats are open as described below.

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.

Two Fire Commissioner positions are open, one for a 5-year term, commencing January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2022, and one for a 4-year term, commencing January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2021 (to complete the 5-year term vacated by John Buckley). If you are a New Castle Fire District No. 1 resident and would like to run, call the NCFD No. 1 secretary at (914) 238-6287 to obtain a petition. The petition and signatures are due no later than November 22, 2017.

One Fire Commissioner position is open for a 5-year term commencing January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2022. If you are a Millwood Fire District resident and would like to run, please send a letter to no later than November 22, 2017.

Artful Holidays

New Castle Historical Society Holiday Events

NWAG Annual Art Show and Boutique at the Greeley House
Friday, December 1st through Sunday, December 3rd, Horace Greeley House, 100 King Street, Chappaqua
December 1 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
December 2 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
December 3 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Holiday Wine Around Town
December 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Spend an evening with the Chappaqua – Millwood Chamber of Commerce and friends Wine Tasting courtesy of local merchants. Swirl, Sniff, Sip & Enjoy! Several merchants in Chappaqua will host wine tastings from different regions in their shops. Take a look around the store and get some holiday shopping done while you taste!

Community Sing, Holiday Crafts, Tree Lighting, & Holiday Art Show
December 2 @ 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Schedule of Activities for Saturday, December 2:
New Castle Community Sing presented by the Chappaqua Orchestra at Robert E. Bell Middle School (3:30 pm – 4:30 pm) TCO’s assistant conductor Davis Knobloch leads the orchestra’s annual holiday sing-along at Bell Middle School.

Old Fashioned Crafts Workshop, Greeley House (4:30 pm – 6:30 pm)
Children of all ages are invited to create old fashioned crafts and to help us decorate the community tree. This workshop will be from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

As darkness falls, the Society’s Tree Lighting celebration (Greeley House) starts around 5:00 pm and marks the beginning of the holiday season. The Horace Greeley High School Madrigal Choir will lead us in carols; and as a special treat and to delight the little ones, that jolly old elf, Santa, will pay us a visit.

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center: What Fresh Hell Live!

Comedians Margaret Ables and Amy Wilson bring their hit parenting podcast What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood to a live audience.

December 1 Time: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Chappaqua PAC 480 Bedford Road Chappaqua. Tickets available here.

Seasonal Reminders from the Beautification Advisory Board

Seasonal Reminders from the Beautification Advisory Board

  1. Leaves must not be blown onto the street.
  2. Snow must not be shoveled onto the street.
  3. Garbage pails should be taken in as soon as possible after they are emptied.

Chappaqua Library Author Talk

U.S. National Security Strategy
Facilitator: Khusro Elley
Guest speaker: Salman Ahmed
Mr. Ahmed is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served on the National Security Council in the Obama administration and was chief of staff at the U.S. mission to the United Nations. Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 @ 10am

Author Talk: Sport of a Lifetime: Enduring Personal Stories From Tennis

Wed. Nov. 29, 2:00pm

Author Judy Aydelott met and interviewed former Mayor David Dinkins, Wimbledon Champion Gardner Mulloy, world #1 Player John Newcombe and many more super senior tennis players with stories of their lives, passion for tennis and uplifting attitudes about life.

Author Talk Jerusalem Throne Games: The Battle of Bible Stories After the Death of David

Sat. Dec. 2, 2017 @ 2pm

Archaeologist and educator Peter Feinman explores the political battle for power to succeed David as expressed through stories beginning with the Book of Genesis.

FCC Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale

Empty Bowls Westchester

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.

Every Person Is Connected Committee Presents Swim Team

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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.