New Castle Community eNewsletter 09/13/19

The New Castle eNewsletter

Community Day 2019

be the good backpackThis year, the annual New Castle Community Day will be held on September 14th at the Chappaqua Train Station parking lot. Community Day is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chappaqua, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle. It’s a great opportunity to showcase your businesses and organizations to residents. Please review the Registration Form for more information. Spots are available on a first come, first served basis.

Rotary Club of Chappaqua is a community service organization made up of residents, leaders of the community, and local business owners. Weekly meetings include guest speakers presenting topics of local and/or global importance, as well as updates on Rotary projects. Embodying the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self”, the club gives back to local organizations and projects, helps organize community events, and supports the initiatives of Rotary International.

community day thingBlood Drive at Community Day September 14

Community Blood Drive at Community Day September 14th. Call John Ehrlich to schedule your donation at 914-602-3410 or simply stop by the Blood Bus at Train Station Plaza to donate between 8:30am and 2:45pm on Saturday, September 14.

Paper Shredder

shredder truckThe Confidential Paper Shredding trucks are coming to the Town of New Castle Recycling Center, 210 Hunts Lane, Chappaqua Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10AM-1PM. New Castle residents only. Sponsored by SaniPro Disposal.

NEW: Community Day Scavenger Hunt Bingo

Stop by the Chappaqua PTA booth or the Chappaqua Rotary booth to pick up a Scavenger Hunt Bingo board, featuring logos from some of our vendors and some faces of wonderful dogs currently at the SPCA of Westchester looking for a home. Check off 5 boxes in a row, and bring your board to the Chappaqua PTA for a prize!
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NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market – The Farmer’s Market is OPEN and part of Community Day Festivities

farmers market bannerFarmer’s Market vendors hate to be moved from their market “spot.” “But no one will find me” they say, if the market manager asks them to move a few feet to the left or right to accommodate an extra vendor. When you have an excellent product, as most of our vendors do, the shopper will find you, we tell the vendors. It may just take a little longer.

They balk because, of course, we are all creatures of habit. Especially at the Farmer’s Market where it’s so easy to be distracted by sights, sounds, tastes and smells. Knowing exactly where to find your half-sour pickles or your organic corn is critical.

This week, when the market moves to an entirely different parking bay at the train station in honor of Community Day we hope you will all make the extra effort to seek out your favorite vendors even if they aren’t where you are used to finding them.

Despite the shift in location this week, you can expect all of your anchor vendors, from the all-organic Fort Hill Farm to the ever-expanding Black Creek Permaculture Farm that’s bursting with produce right now, and Wright’s Farm as well as Letterbox Farm with their plump pork and chicken cuts. Fingers crossed Wright’s brings those gorgeous berries they brought last week!

Read more on the blog.

NEW: Healthy Living For Your Brain and Body

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Concert: Walkabout Clearwater Chorus

walkabout clearwater chorusFounded by Pete Seeger, this choral group promotes his vision of fostering social environmental and historical awareness through folk music

Cosponsor: Town of New Castle
Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 @ 7PM
Location: Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

NCHS 2nd Annual Jazz-Era Picnic in the Park: Featuring NYC’s “Jazz-Age Lawn Party” Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra

A new local tradition, Chappaqua’s New Castle Historical Society will once again host a Jazz-Era Picnic in the Park. On Sunday, September 15th, Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra will grace the ears and electrify the dancing feet of all those attending the historical society’s annual fall benefit. The event kicks off at 5 pm—and guests are encouraged to picnic, eat, drink, and dance while sporting 1920s-themed garb.

The event is perfect for all ages—and families are encouraged to attend. Guests are invited to bring their own picnics and beer and wine will be available for purchase on a first-come basis. Tickets for this event are required and are priced as follows: $30 for members, $35 for not-yet-members, $15 for children, and $50-$250 for event supporters. Table Sponsorships ($1,500–$5,000) are also available and include a family-style gourmet picnic by Crabtree’s Kittle House, wine, commemorative Jazz-Era Picnic in the Park tote bags, a premium orchestra view, and more (depending on level of sponsorship).

All ticket information is available on the historical society’s website or on Eventbrite.

For more information, please visit, call 914-238-4666, or email Cassie Ward at
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NEW: New Castle’s Merchant StoryBook Window Stroll

kite for moonChappaqua Children’s Book Festival Invites Westchester County Residents to New Castle’s Merchant Storybook Window Stroll, beginning Labor Day weekend. Sponsored by Financial Asset Management, merchant windows will be adorned with illustrations from favorite children’s book, A Kite For Moon, written by authors Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple will both be appearing in the seventh annual Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. Chosen by our local library, the book will remain in store windows until the October 5 book festival. Local volunteers ranging from store owners, Girl Scouts, Greeley students and Chappaqua’s Art Closet clients, will all work together to bring the characters in this nationally acclaimed favorite alive for all to enjoy.

The stroll starts at the library then crosses the street to the gazebo field fence where five to seven panels will hang. It will then cross the street at the Pizza Station intersection and proceed from Bank of America down to Villarinas. Families can walk and read an entire book with their kids. This is a great opportunity to stop in at Italian favorite Pizza Station and organic favorite Local for yummy organic ice cream as dessert. In the mood for something different? Visit our new Taco restaurant for delicious offerings. Stop in to say hi to our merchants and shop locally, while you stroll.

Last but not least, scarecrows will be hung from several of our new lampposts throughout the month of September into early October, celebrating the beginning of fall and adding to the town’s new beautiful brick lined streets.

Come join us for all of the festivities leading up to hometown, Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival, now the largest in the tri-state area. Invite friends for lunch and a story walk!

Please visit for more information on the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival.

NEW: FCC – 2019 Fall Tag Sale

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NEW: Chappaqua Library Guest Speakers

China’s Foreign Policy & Military Profile

Monday Sept. 16 @ 10AM
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
Facilitator: Richard DyeGuest speaker Malia Du Mont (on-site), chief of staff at Bard College and special assistant to the chief of staff in the Office of the Assistant Sec. of Defense for Homeland Defense and America’s Security Affairs.

Malia majored in Chinese at Bard College and after graduation moved to China. In 1997 she moved to Beijing to serve as a Defense Intelligence Agency intern and bilingual research assistant at the U.S. embassy. She enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and entered the J. F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard where she received a master’s degree in public policy.

Saudi Arabia’s Mid-East Role

Tuesday, October 1 @ 10am
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
Facilitator: Don ShieldsGuest speaker Dennis Horak (via Skype) served as Canada’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Yemen from 2015 until he was declared persona non grata and expelled from Saudi Arabia in 8/5/18 after the Government of Canada sent out a tweet calling for the immediate release of two Saudi activists.

Drawing on his extensive diplomatic experience, Dennis will discuss the role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s modernization efforts, the Iran-Saudi dynamic and the civil wars in Syria and Yemen, the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the future of Canada’s relations with Saudi Arabia.

NEW: Insects Are Not Scary, They Are Just Misunderstood

beeA 4th grader who is a bug expert will speak at the New Castle Healthy Yards table at 2:00 pm this Saturday, September 14, Community Day at the Chappaqua Train Station. Healthy Yards is thrilled to have Anusha Vaisha share her knowledge about insects and the decline in their population! Anusha has spoken at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Sarah Lawrence College, the American Museum of Natural History and many other venues. She has been recognized by the Audubon Society and has given radio interviews. She organized a Little Critters Club for Grades K-5 and also helped the Town of Eastchester plan their 2019 Earth Day Event.

Her amazing websites are: and

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

The Battle of the Bands Fundraiser at ChappPAC

Friends of Chappaqua Performing Arts Center invites you to the Battle of the Bands Fundraiser on September 21st featuring three local bands and Emcee Mark Goodman, former MTV VJ and Sirius XM Host.

Be part of a special pre-concert cocktail party. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Pre-concert attendees will have reserved seating at the event.

Or purchase a regular priced ticket just for the concert.

Tickets may be purchased here.

Friends of ChappPAC is excited for the opportunity to show the community the amazing theater and its potential in building performing arts in our Town and upper Westchester.

The three bands taking part in this event are Red Grenadine with The Horn Dogs, Ripchord and The Station Agents. Each band will play for half an hour and there will be a 15 minute intermission between each set. Beverages, wine, beer and soft drinks, along with lite bites will be available for purchase at the event.

The Friends of ChappPAC is the non-profit organization sanctioned by the Town of New Castle, which owns the theater, to fundraise to enhance the facility, provide programming and help run the theater on an ongoing basis. The Friends are currently undergoing a major fundraising campaign for their Founding Members Circle, which includes various financial levels of donations. For more information about supporting Friends of ChappPAC, contact The 425 seat ChappPAC theater is located within Chappaqua Crossing, between the Saw Mill Parkway and Rte. 117. Parking is located conveniently in front of the facility.
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Pollinator Pathways – Help Make New Castle Greener!

native flower plantingNumerous cities and towns between the Hudson River and Housatonic River in Connecticut are collaborating to establish pollinator-friendly habitats and food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating insects and wildlife. The New Castle initiative began in March, and is coordinating efforts to engage parks, open areas, and town properties, along with residential and commercial properties to be more environmentally conscious.

Join the New Castle Pollinator Pathway by listing your healthy yard on a map of New Castle showing all of the public and privately owned lands which avoid pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, and include native plants (trees, shrubs and/or flowering plants)!

The New Castle map will highlight properties which follow the guidelines of membership listed above. The first edition of the map will be displayed at Community Day on September 14 at the New Castle Pollinator Pathway booth. It will show us the ‘green’ areas, and pathways being formed to help our pollinators thrive. To be included in the first edition of the map, please list your property by September 7. This link will lead you to the form, as well as information about the Pollinator Pathway initiative.

A short list of native trees, shrubs, perennial flowering plants, grasses, ground covers and ferns appropriate for our area are listed in Planting Along The Line: Landscape Buffers.

We look forward to seeing you on the 14th!

Fantastic Finds Fall Fling

Saturday, Sept. 14, 10am – 4pm
400 King Street, Chappaqua (in the Talbot’s shopping center)
Featuring pop-up sales, free refreshments and moreFantastic 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, Inc., 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 email or call 914-238-9200.
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Help Wanted! New Castle Art Center

Interested in working with young kids in art? New Castle Recreation is hiring those 16 years of age and up to help out with our upcoming art programs. You would be working from 3:30pm – 5:30pm, Monday-Friday at the New Castle Art Center. This is a great opportunity for those interested in art, however art experience is not necessary. Great for High School (Greeley) Students!

Contact Brittany Neider (Recreation Supervisor) for more information:
Phone: (914)238-6391

Art Center Address
939 Hardscrabble Road, Chappaqua, NY 10514

Fall 2019 Programs

Registration began Sept. 4th!The 2019 Fall Programs are available for viewing!

Register online or at the Recreation Office starting September 4th @ 10am!

Film Screening: Paris to Pittsburgh

Paris to PittsburghWednesday, September 25
6:30 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Film
Film Screening: Paris to Pittsburgh
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act.

Come at 6:30pm for a reception with light refreshments. Film screening at 7:00 pm. The film will be followed by a brief panel discussion about local actions underway to prepare for climate change and address its causes.

Sponsored by Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Films on Purpose, and seven area Audubon chapters: Bedford Audubon, Bronx River Sound Shore Audubon, Central Westchester Audubon, Hudson River Audubon, Orange County Audubon, Putnam Highlands Audubon and Saw Mill River Audubon. Venue support from the Town of New Castle and the Chappaqua Library and grant support from Audubon New York.

Save the date for the companion event: a Climate Change Bootcamp on Saturday, October 26, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Westchester County Center: go deeper to learn more about local climate change effects, what is being done locally, and what steps you can take to make a difference. Details to follow!

Downtown Chappaqua Rezoning

downtown rezoning renderingThe 2017 Comprehensive Plan recognizes that a healthy 21st century hamlet is much more than a retail destination; it is a place for community gatherings and civic events; a place where residents can live, congregate and spend their time comfortably; a place that is aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles; and a place that offers exciting dining and entertainment options that attract community residents and visitors. Today the Chappaqua Hamlet fulfills some of these criteria but falls short on many others (e.g. limited entertainment options, limited selection of housing types, difficult pedestrian navigation, limited parking). The Comprehensive Plan acknowledges the need to revitalize the Chappaqua Hamlet as a more modern, mixed-use community calling for actions that will help support its goals.

Watch “Chappaqua Form Based Code Community Meeting 7/23/19” on Vimeo. Read more about the Chappaqua Hamlet Rezoning Project and watch the meetings here.

TaubStrong Golf Outing

Taub Strong golf outing flyerOn September 16, 2019 dozens of Westchester residents will come together at the first annual ##TAUBSTRONG Golf & Tennis Outing at the Mount Kisco Country Club starting at 11:00am. The event will honor Casey Taub, a Chappaqua resident who lost his valiant battle against pediatric brain cancer at age 16. Proceeds will go toward helping families with their non-medical expenses as well as pediatric brain cancer research through the Matthew Larson Foundation in memory of Casey.

To register or for more information about making a donation please visit their website or contact #TAUBSTRONG Tee Off 2019 Committee Chairs Jim Bergin or Linda Bosco