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Chappaqua Children's Book Festival - Saturday October 5th

The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival (CCBF), the largest children’s book festival in the metropolitan tri-state region, will take place on Saturday, October 5 from 10 am-4 pm at Robert E. Bell Middle School in Chappaqua, New York. 145 renowned children’s book authors and illustrators will be participating in the festival’s seventh annual event. Admission and parking are free and the event will be held rain or shine. And, this year we are privileged to have Jarrett Krosoczka kick off the 2019 festivities, as our keynote speaker, at 10 am.

In its seventh year, the Festival, promoting community and literacy will have authors covering multiple genres and reading levels, author readings, illustrator Demos, Book Signings, books for sale, a Gourmet Food Court with “Food For Thought” food trucks from around the region offering great eats and The Great Chappaqua Bake Sale selling baked treats and raffle tickets to benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry mission to end childhood hunger. A portion of book sales will go to benefit literacy programs in area schools. The Festival this year, has expanded its girth to include the Bell soccer field, with the increase in attending authors.

This year CCBF will feature more than 55 new authors and illustrators in addition to last year’s 90 incredible authors, including Seymour Simon (a regular speaker in the Chappaqua School District), Ruth Chan, Padma Venkatraman Jerry Craft, Kate Messner and many CCBF regulars, including Victoria Kann, Alyssa Capucilli, Bernard Most, Gail Carson Levine, Barbara Dee, and Peter Lerangis, among many others.

Fun activities for the day will include the Bubble Bus, art projects highlighting books at the Festival, mural painting, juggling and walking the tightrope, hair braiding and learning a musical instrument. This year, KidLit TV will be filming and broadcasting live from the Book Festival. KidLit TV is the first free multimedia website connecting parents and educators with authors, illustrators and their books. It is available to over 600,000 schools worldwide via its website and video distribution partners.

For more information, visit or follow the CCBF at
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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.

EPIC- Chappaqua Children’s Book Fair!

EPIC logoEPIC (Every Person is Connected) is a town committee with the mission to increase awareness and build community connections for people with disabilities and their families. Here’s the link to our page on the town’s site.

We are pleased to let you know that we will have a presence at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Fair! We will have volunteers, called EPIC Ambassadors, many of them people with disabilities themselves, participating in this wonderful community event. In particular, some of the costumed characters will be members of our community, as well as a “reading” buddy in the Gazebo at 1:00pm. Be sure to visit!

The Great Chappaqua Bake Sale

chappaqua bake sale volunteersThis is a very special year for The Great Chappaqua Bake Sale as we are celebrating a “Decade of Deliciousness!” For ten years, we have been helping to raise money to support No Kid Hungry's effort to connect hungry children in New York State with the meals they need. We will once again be at the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, October 5th from 10:00AM-4:00PM. We hope you will join us for a day filled with delicious treats and fun for the whole family. New this year is a special cookbook this year filled with some of our bakers’ most popular recipes. And don’t miss the opportunity to win up to $13,250 worth of amazing raffle prizes!

Advance raffle tickets can be purchased here.

If you are interested in baking or volunteering, please email

With your help we can prove once again that a small community can make a BIG difference in the fight against childhood hunger.

Chappaqua Fire Department Fire Prevention Open House

firetruckSunday, October 6th from 11am to 2pm

  • Simulated smoke house for children to safely experience a smoke filled room
  • Hands on demonstration on proper use of fire extinguishers
  • Try your hand at using a real fire hose to shoot the target
  • Watch your CFD members demonstrate using the “Jaws of Life” in a simulated extrication
  • New Castle Police will be on hand to check car seats for proper installation
  • Educational videos will be shown
  • Educational materials for children and adults will be available
  • Refreshments for all

NEW: New Castle Holocaust Memorial Planting

Please join ENOUGH & the Town of New Castle on Sunday, October 20th, from 10-11am, to plant 760 daffodils at the New Castle Holocaust Memorial located to the right of the Gazebo. These daffodils are being planted as part of the “Daffodil Project” which hopes to plant 1.5 million Daffodils in memory of the children who perished in the Holocaust. Our unveiling of the New Castle Holocaust Memorial is scheduled for Wed., Nov 6th. Thank you Alexandra Luchow Rosenberg, Stacey Saiontz & Manzer Landscape Design & Development.
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NEW: LWVNC - 2019 New Castle Local Elections

LWV LogoThe New Castle Town Board consists of a Supervisor, who is elected for a two-year term, and four Council members, who are elected for four-year terms. Every two years, the Supervisor position and two Council member positions are up for election.

On November 5, 2019, New Castle residents will have the opportunity to vote for a Supervisor, two Council members, and a Town Justice. The candidates running are:

New Castle Town Supervisor
Ivy Pool (D, WF, I) (current Town Board member)
James A. Smith (R, SAM*, TNC**)

New Castle Town Council Members (choose 2)
Lauren L. Levin (R, SAM, TNC)
Jason M. Lichtenthal (D, WF, I)
Sean B. Maraynes (R, SAM, TNC)
Jeremy M. Saland (D, I) (Incumbent)

New Castle Town Justice
Douglas M. Kraus (D) (Incumbent)

*Serve America Movement; **Team New Castle

Note that since Ivy Pool is a current Town Board member, in the event she is elected, her Town Board seat will be vacant and the newly elected Town Board will appoint a replacement in January 2020.

For up-to-date information on the candidates and your polling places, go to Printed Voters Guides provided by the League will be mailed to all households in early October.


The League of Women Voters® of New Castle invites the community to Candidates’ Night on October 23, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at New Castle Town Hall, 200 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY.

The candidates listed above and Westchester County Board of Legislators, District 4 candidates Vedat Gashi and Michael J. Grace have all been invited.

After opening statements, candidates will respond to questions from the audience. Questions for candidates may be emailed up until noon, October 23rd to

Following the question and answer period, candidates will give closing statements.

This event is free and open to the public. The evening’s proceedings will be recorded and streamed live by New Castle Community Media Center, as well as for later rebroadcast.

The League will provide coffee and light refreshments. For additional information, please contact the New Castle League at

NEW: Meatless Monday Week 3

meatless mondaysWhat do you get a when you combine the Beatle’s with Meatless Mondays? A short, but powerful film on what you can do, as an individual, to help the environment. Paul McCartney, (who has been vegetarian for over 40 years), along with his daughters Mary and Stella McCartney, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone highlight the environmental impact of animal agriculture and encourages people to help by eating less meat. We strongly encourage you to take 5 minutes to watch this impassioned film and learn a little more about how you choosing to join the New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board on this 12-week Meatless Monday challenge will actually make a huge impact.

If you don’t have time to watch the video, here are some statistics about animal agriculture.

  • Almost 1/3 of all land on Earth is used for livestock production.
  • A third of all cereal crops and more than 95% of soy is turned into feed for farmed animals.
  • An area of rainforest the size of a hundred football fields is cut down every hour to create room for grazing cattle.
  • It can take 2,350 liters of fresh water (about 30 bathtubs) to produce just one beef burger.

We’re entering week 3 of the Meatless Monday Challenge, but you can still join. Sign the pledge here.

Check out these featured meatless dishes at our local restaurant for the week of 10/7:

  • Bobo’s Cafe (Chappaqua Train Station): Vegan Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
  • Le Jardin Du Roi (95 King St): Beyond Meat Burger
  • Local (75 South Greeley Av): Fall Chopped Salad

NEW: Chappaqua Library Events

Jazz at Lincoln Center Screening

Fri. Oct. 4 7:00

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Songbook. Drinks and refreshments before screening provided by Friends of the Chappaqua Library

Cosponsor: Lincoln Center and Town of New Castle
Location: Chappaqua Library

China's Ambitions in the Arctic Regions

Monday, Oct. 7 @ 10:00
Facilitator: Don Shields
Guest speaker (Skype) Heather A. Conley

Ms. Conley is a senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of the Europe Program at CSIS).

Prior to joining CSIS, Conley served as executive director of the Office of the Chairman of the Board at the American National Red Cross and was also deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

Conley began her career in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the U. S. Dept. of State. She is frequently called on as a foreign policy analyst and Europe expert by CNN, MSNBC, BBC, NPR and PBS and other media outlets.

Conley's most recent article: "The Arctic Spring: Washington is Sleeping Through Changes at the Top of the World", Foreign Affairs, 9/24/19

Cosponsor: Town of New Castle
Location: Town of New Castle's Assembly Room

NEW: Monday Matters for Making Strides

Save the date! Mondays Matter at Quaker Hill Tavern 10/7 from 6:00pm-10:00pm. Join Lori Meringolo, Deena Bouchier and Janine Marino as they "Guest Bartend" and “pour for the cure!” Eat, drink and hang with friends. A portion of what you spend will go towards Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. 50/50 raffle! Hope to see you there!
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NEW: Chappaqua Farmers Market - Caramel apples, freshly-pressed almond milk with dates and local wildflower honey!

CFM flyerWith the temperatures dropping and fall inching in, you'll be seeing more and more apples at the market each week. Both Concklin and Wright's Orchards offer over a dozen local varieties from tart and crisp to candy sweet. Buy several different varieties and see which one you prefer in a pie...our annual Apple Pie contest is Oct. 19th.

When Michele Kim sees a local apple she wants to wrap it in caramel. Yes, this week La Petite Occasion is bringing their famous fall treats.

Read more on the blog.

NCHS: Ambulance Tours & Exhibition Opening

ambulance corpsSaturday, October 19th, Ambulance Tours & Exhibition Opening

Stop by the Horace Greeley House on Saturday, October 19th for two free events celebrating the opening on the NCHS’s latest exhibition, A History of EMS in America, featuring the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Daytime Family Program (1 pm – 4 pm)

Bring your family and learn about CVAC through guided ambulance tours and equipment demonstrations.

Evening Program supporting CVAC (6 pm – 9 pm)

Celebrate the opening of the exhibit A History of EMS in America, featuring the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps! Wine and nibbles provided, plus terrific raffle items! All raffle proceeds go towards raising funds for a new ambulance.

CSF Mom's Night Out

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Friends of the Chappaqua Library Fundraisers

We are going to be having 2 major fundraisers for the Friends of the Chappaqua Library.

Elizabeth Strout on 11/6, Gail Collins (NY Times op-ed columnist) on 11/14 at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center @ 7pm. Tickets are $35 for each event and includes a book (personalized after the author talk).

Click here to buy tickets.

New Castle Historical Society Tag Sale and Purse Party

Friday/Saturday October 4th-5th, 10am – 4pm at the Horace Greeley House

The New Castle Historical Society will host a tag sale at the Horace Greeley House, come either rain or shine. Visitors are welcome to come shop for purses, antiques, jewelry, art, decorative pieces, vintage treasures, and more! Do you have any items you would like to donate? Donations in good condition will be accepted, to be dropped off on October 1st. Please note: we will not accept media items, books, electronics, sports equipment, children’s toys or large furniture.
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FCC - 2019 Fall Tag Sale

2019 tag sale

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!

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