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2019 Summer Concert Series

  • 8/14 – The Chappaqua Orchestra

Thank you to our sponsors Breezemont Day Camp, Sunshine Children’s Home & Rehab Center, Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce, Financial Asset Management & Korth & Shannahan.
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New Castle Police Child Seat Check

child seat check

NEW: New Castle Police - “Is There An Unlocked Gun In Your House?”

Awkward conversations come with being a parent. But one could save your child’s life. Ask, “Is there an unlocked gun in your house?” before your child plays at, or visits, another home. Visit to learn more.
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NEW: 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!

NEW: Battle of the Bands - Sept 21

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NEW: Chappaqua Library Author Talks

Author Talk: Moments That Mattered

Monday, August 12 @ 7PM

Author Pamela Hull writes stories of ordinary experiences that were passed over or dismissed, but in recall, hold clues to lifetime behaviors, attitudes and choices. Ms. Hull's essays and poetry have been widely published in literary journals such as The Bellevue Literary review, Ars Medica, etc. Her first book, Say Yes! Flying Solo After Sixty explores how neither age nor being alone is an impediment to living a rich life.

Cosponsors: Town of New Castle and Friends of the Chappaqua Library
Location: Town of New Castle's Assembly Room

Author Talk: Skinny House: A Memoir of Family

Friday, August 16 @ 7PM

Author Julie Seely decided to unearth the story of her grandfather - one of the first African-American home builders in New York. What she found was a broad narrative of triumph and struggle for black families. The Skinny House sheds a personal light on the Great Migration, The Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression.

Cosponsors: Town of New Castle and Friends of the Chappaqua Library
Location: Town of New Castle's Assembly Room

NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market - Sauce Makers and General Tomato Lovers

farmers market bannerLetterbox Farm Collective is swimming in heirlooms. They are bringing a limited number of tomato flats to the Market on Saturday for the wholesale price of $30 — a 40% discount from their retail price. Reserve your flat by emailing them

Did you know how canning got its start?

According to Serious Eats, "in the late 1700s, Napoleon Bonaparte was looking for a way to dependably preserve food for his troops and so offered a cash prize to anyone who could produce a better method. After much experimentation, a French cook named Nicolas Appert discovered the packing, heating and sealing technique that is essentially what we use today.

Read more on the blog.

NEW: New Castle Trivia

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The largest industry in Chappaqua in the Gilded Age was an eyeglasses manufacturer which, from 1874-1888, was one of the foremost manufacturers in the United States. What was the name of the manufacturer?

Learn more by visiting the NCHS's core exhibition, The Story of New Castle, at the Horace Greeley House, Tues-Wed-Thurs-Sat, from 1 pm - 4 pm.

New Castle Trivia, in collaboration with the Town of New Castle eNewsletter.

Check the New Castle Historical Society’s Facebook Page or website for the answer every Friday.

Please consider joining or renewing your membership in the historical society today

Town Prosecutor Position

town logoThe Town of New Castle is seeking to fill a Town Prosecutor position. The Town Prosecutor is authorized to prosecute New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law violations as well as the violations of the Code of The Town of New Castle. The position requires attendance in Justice Court two Thursdays a month from 7pm till Court ends.

Salary: $6,000/year.

Send resumes to Town Administrator Jill Shapiro at

Opening - Recreation and Parks Commission

help wantedThe Recreation and Parks Commission develops long term and short term plans for the Town's parks and sponsors activities for New Castle residents from pre-school to senior citizens. The Commission supervises equipment, operation and maintenance of all facilities; makes rules and regulations governing their use; establishes and collects fees; plans for the future recreation and parks needs of the community; prepares an annual budget to recommend to the Town Board; files an annual report with the Town Board; and makes recommendations to the Town Board for recreational programs to be held jointly with neighboring municipalities, the Chappaqua Library, or with school districts within the town.

The Recreation and Parks Commission appoints the Superintendent of Recreation and Parks who supervises New Castle's professional Recreation Department staff. The Superintendent of Recreation shall administer the policies of the Commission and direct the programs and facilities under its control, but may not exercise the authority of the Commission in its absence.

The facilities and parks under the Recreation and Parks Commission include: Gedney Park, Millwood Park, Recreation Field, Smith Park, Whippoorwill Park, Community Center and the Art Center.

Members of the Recreation and Parks Commission are not eligible for reappointment unless the first term was a partial term. All Commission members annually choose the chairman in the first week of February. The Commission may advise the Town Board of any member who misses three consecutive regular meetings or more than four meetings of any kind during the calendar year.

The term is for seven years. The meetings are the first Thursday of every month.

Please complete this form and email to Jill Shapiro, the New Castle Town Administrator at

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.

Community Day 2019

be the good backpackWhere friends and neighbors meet for a spectacular, fun-filled day! What a great way to get the word out about your organization! Once again, Chappaqua Rotary proudly brings you the annual New Castle Community Day. The community turns out in high numbers to meet reps from local not-for-profits, merchants, and every town department, enjoy refreshments while the kids play, learn, and ride, listen to fabulous music, update or obtain a passport, donate blood, relax, unwind, and have a great time!

Community Day booth space now available online or you may send completed forms/checks to Chappaqua Rotary PO Box 715 Chappaqua NY 10514.

Download the registration form here.

SPCA of Westchester - Clear the Shelter

clear the shelters bannerThe SPCA of Westchester is teaming up with NBC 4 New York/WNBC to host NBC Universal Owned Television Stations' Clear the Shelters fourth annual nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 17. On this day, the SPCA of Westchester will offer reduced and/or waived pet adoption fees on many dogs and cats as part of the nationwide Clear the Shelters initiative that seeks to help families find and adopt homeless pets. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has resulted in more than 70,000 pet adoptions nationwide.

WHEN: Saturday, August 17 from 10 AM to 4 PM
WHERE: 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
INFO: Audiences can visit to view all eligible animals or for a full listing of participating shelters.

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

Jazz-Era Picnic: Reserve Now & Save - 50% off - limited time offer

jazz event bannerThis September, join the NCHS in the Chappaqua Station lawn to experience the Roaring 1920s! The picnic features Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, the world’s premier Jazz-Age dance orchestra. Now a Chappaqua annual tradition, guests are encouraged to don their best seersucker outfits or 1920s-inspired garb, sun hats, and dancing shoes.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 (Rain or Shine)
Lawn opens at 5 pm, Music starts at 5:30 pm

Special Summer Promotion (while supplies last): 50% off General Admission Tickets — Reserve your ticket today for only $17.50!

All Reservations & Tickets

Reserve online here.

Or, print a response form here, and please return to the NCHS, P.O. Box 55, Chappaqua, NY 10514.

General Admission

  • NCHS Member Tickets: $30 per person
  • Not-yet-Members Tickets: $35 per person
  • Event Supporter Tickets: $50 per person (*Tax deduction of approximately $15.)
  • Event Supporter Tickets + Family-style gourmet picnic & wine: $250 per person (*Tax deduction of approx. $155)


Level: “Nifty”
$1,500 (seats 10)

VIP Table Includes: Family-style gourmet picnic by Crabtree’s Kittle House, four bottles of wine, commemorative Jazz-Era Picnic in the Park tote bags, & premium orchestra view. *Tax deduction of approximately $550.

Level: “Live Wire”
$2,500 (seats 10)

VIP Table Includes: Family-style gourmet picnic by Crabtree’s Kittle House, six bottles of wine, commemorative Jazz-Era Picnic in the Park tote bags, premium orchestra view, & VIP access to the Paper Moon Photo Booth for group and individual portraits. *Tax deduction of approximately $1,550.

Level: The “Cat’s Meow”
$5,000 (seats 20)

VIP Table Includes: Family-style gourmet picnic by Crabtree’s Kittle House, ten bottles of wine, commemorative Jazz-Era Picnic in the Park tote bags, VIP access to the Paper Moon Photo Booth for group and individual portraits, and optimal viewing of orchestra. *Tax deduction of approximately $3,100.

General Admission Ticketholders: BYO Picnic Basket | Some chairs provided (first come basis) | Tickets are required to attend this event.

Thank you to all of our supporters and auction donors!

  • Access Physical Therapy
  • Ibiza Kitchen
  • Korth & Shannahan Painting and Carpentry
  • Millwood Animal Hospital
  • New Castle Physical Therapy
  • Sheptin Tutoring Group


What if it rains?
We will move the event to an early 20th-century Hilltopper estate in Chappaqua.

Can I bring my own alcohol?
No, outside alcohol is not permitted. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Can I bring my own picnic?
Yes, absolutely!

Do I have to dress in historic clothing?
No! But 1920’s dress is encouraged.

Call or email Cassie Ward, NCHS Executive Director at 914-238-4666 or

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You may contact your town board members and town administrator by using the links below, or as a group. For a full list of town contacts, click here.

Rob Greenstein - 914-238-4774

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