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NEW: Just in Case You Missed It

Rob Greenstein
Supervisor, New Castle

So much has changed in New Castle since I was elected 6 years ago.

But for me, the biggest change is what I learned. I’ve learned a lot about our town. I’ve learned that our town employees are incredible. They are professional, hardworking and dedicated to serving our community. Our town department heads are experienced and insightful - a true pleasure to work with. I would like to thank all of them.

I learned the benefits of working with the biggest municipal attorneys in the County – Keane & Beane. We got a lot done and could not have so without the size and experience of their skilled team. Thank you for your guidance over the last six years and keeping me out of trouble!

But, the most important thing I learned is just how important Jill Simon Shapiro is to our town. When I was elected 6 years ago, there was only 1 person who stepped up to help me – Jill. Her institutional knowledge was invaluable. Her work ethic was immediately apparent. Jill reluctantly accepted my challenge to be Town Administrator. She took a huge risk to take the job. She stepped away from a comfortable job as Town Clerk and Receiver of Taxes. For what, to work with a brand new Town board – including Town Supervisor – with zero experience. We had brand new town attorneys. From day 1, Jill did an incredible job. She faced great challenges in her first 6 months. Criticisms of me somehow became criticisms of her. But together we overcame those challenges Jill has been the secret to our success! Thank you, Jill.

I’d also like to thank our greatest resource – our residents. So many take time out of their busy schedules to volunteer for the town. Their hard work makes a huge difference in our community and multiplies the things we can accomplish.

I’d like to thank our New Castle Republican leaders. They supported me - a Democrat – 3 times without regard to my political affiliation. They put community first, as I have tried to do over the years.

This leads me to another point. We are a community. We are a small and involved town. We are neighbors and citizens first and foremost. In local politics, labels shouldn’t matter. I hope that I proved that over the last six years. I certainly tried to do so.

A little over six years ago, when I first ran for Supervisor, I gave my closing statement at the League of Women Voters Candidates Night. I mentioned that that I had recently attended a local forum in Scarsdale, and their mayor was trying to summarize the State of the Village in 1 word. He couldn't. So he summarized it by simply saying as a village we continue to move forward. At that time, I mentioned that I didn’t think we could say the same thing. I now do. I believe we are heading in the right direction. And I am very confident that Ivy, Lisa, Jeremy, Jason & Lauren will continue to make New Castle an even better place to live, work and raise a family. And if I was to summarize the State of our town in one word - that word would be - community.

Finally, without taking anything away from those who I have already thanked, I cannot leave tonight without letting you all know that I am nothing without my family. Our three children spent six years being patient and understanding of the demands of my job. And my wife Cindy has been beside me and so supportive that without her, I couldn’t have served the Town as I have.

It was truly an honor to serve the citizens of New Castle, and I thank you for the opportunity.

Jill Shapiro
Town Administrator, New Castle

  • FAQs about our water during the Catskill Aqueduct Shutdown
  • The Last Meeting of 2019
  • Holiday Schedule

Click here to read the full Supervisor & Administrator Reports.

NEW: SaniPro Holiday Schedule

CHRISTMAS DAY
ZONES 3-5, Wednesday will be picked up Thursday, Thursday on Friday and Friday on Saturday.

New Years Day 2020

No Change for zone 1 & 2

NEW: Winter Session - Chappaqua Continuing Education

CCE winter session"Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you'll ever have is your mind and what you put into it." - Brian Tracy

Start the New Year off right! Registration is now open for the Chappaqua Continuing Education Winter Session.

It’s never too late to learn something new.

  • College Prep – Dance & Exercise – Games & Fun – World Languages
  • Classes begin the week of January 6, 2020
  • Register early to ensure your spot
  • Many classes sell out
  • We do cancel classes for lack of enrollment, so don't delay in expressing your interest.

Please visit www.ccsd.ws/ContinuingEd for course descriptions and to register, or call 238-7201 ex. 2318.

NEW: 2020 Recreational Dance Program

dance classes flyers

NEW: HGHS Internship Program Looking for Sponsors

Beginning this winter, the Horace Greeley High School Class of 2020 will be actively seeking internships for Senior Experience. Senior Experience is a program at Greeley that runs from May 4th to June 5th. During that time, seniors will participate in local internships in their areas of professional interest. As an internship sponsor, you would be responsible for mentoring one or more students as they immerse themselves in this valuable, experiential learning opportunity.

Internship sites provide:

  • Students with experiential learning for 30 hours/week with flexible hours
  • Provide a learning opportunity that is safe and appropriate
  • Establish and communicate expectations to the student
  • Interface with the school if concerns arise
  • Monitor and report attendance
  • Evaluate the student and provide constructive feedback

If you have questions, or if you would like to participate in this program and have not done so in the past, please contact Matthew Friedler, Coordinator of Student at Horace Greeley High School, at mafriedler@ccsd.ws.

NEW: Holiday Food Drive and Sales Fundraising Event

The No Kid Hungry Club at Horace Greeley High School is excited to announce our Holiday Food Drive and Sales Fundraising Events this week!

We are reaching out because we hope you will consider donating non-perishable food items at one of the drop off locations listed below. All food will be donated to the Ossining Food Pantry and Feeding Westchester. The No Kid Hungry Club is very grateful to the partners who agreed to host a collection box this week:

  1. Scattered Books
  2. Bobo’s
  3. Westorchard Elementary School
  4. Horace Greeley High School (main office)
  5. Old Stone Trattoria
  6. Westchester Dance Academy
  7. Topps Bakery Mt. Kisco
  8. Mt. Kisco Childcare Center
  9. Chappaqua Library
  10. Jenny’s Preschool
  11. The Saw Mill Club (Mt. Kisco)

Please consider holiday shopping at SCATTERED BOOKS on Saturday, December 21st because 10% of the proceeds from sales that day will be donated to No Kid Hungry. And on Thursday, December 19th, we hope you will stop by BOBO’S to enjoy one of their delicious bowls because they will be donating 10% of proceeds of the sales of bowls to No Kid Hungry. Thank you to SCATTERED BOOKS and BOBO’s for their generous support of the No Kid Hungry Club!

All proceeds raised will benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger. Monies raised fund school and summer meals programs for children in New York State.
holiday food drive

NEW: Boys Varsity Basketball Youth Clinic

Help Wanted - Beautification Advisory Board

downtown beautificationBeautification Advisory Board is a committee that advises on, formulates and promotes programs that will enhance the beauty and appearance of New Castle. The term of office is three years.

Projects of Note

Sponsors Clean-Up Day held annually in late April. The board provides plastic bags and gloves for residents to pick up litter for a cleaner Chappaqua in preparation for a prettier springtime. Also started the “Neat to the Street” campaign.

Sponsors “Adopt a Bench” to commemorate a loved one or special event throughout the town

Initiated the sidewalk on Route 120 in hopes that more sidewalks would be built.

Awarded private citizens as well as commercial residents who did an outstanding job enhancing their front properties. The winners were congratulated publicly at Community Day.

Chosen and paid for the flowers and plants in the town’s containers and hanging baskets and made sure that they are maintained and taken care of.

Chosen and purchased the holiday lights and snowflakes for the wintertime.

Please email the completed application to Town Administrator Jill Shapiro, JShapiro@MyNewCastle.org.

Chaperones Needed for Middle School Ski Trips

ski trip chaperones needed

Ring in the New Year @ the Gazebo

Hot chocolate, musical bells, and the trombone of Don DuPont playing Auld Lang Syne. Please join us for the 2nd Annual "Ring In the New Year" at the Gazebo beginning 11:30pm. All are welcome! Parking is at the Bell field.
ring in new year flyer

2019 Annual Wreath Fundraiser for Chappaqua Boy Scout Troop 2

wreath2019 Annual Wreath Fundraiser for Chappaqua Boy Scout Troop 2, which supports the Chappaqua Childrens Book Fair, Bell Bonfire, Chappaqua Garden Club, Town Clean Up Day, and has done projects benefiting town parks, Wagon Road Camp, New Castle Historical Society, the First Congregational Church, and Temple Beth El. Please consider buying beautiful, never boxed wreaths that last into March from Chappaqua's own Troop 2.

Click here to order.

Troop 2's Annual Wreath Fundraiser is officially a seasonal tradition. Everyone who has ordered our wreaths has been very happy with them. They are fresh, have never seen the inside of a cardboard box, and are delivered to your door. You can arrange to pick yours up in town at the Cosmetic Boutique if you prefer.

Our 25” wreath sells for $35, delivery right after Thanksgiving. With your purchase, you are not only supporting our troop, but also the award winning New York wreath maker who handcrafts them with fresh cut material directly from local Christmas tree farms.

The wreaths will be sold on first-come first-serve basis, so please reserve now to make sure that you will have our beautiful wreathes for the holidays.

All you need to do to reserve your wreath is to click on this link and complete the form. One of our scouts will personally deliver the wreath to your door. Payment upon delivery, please. It can be cash or check to “Chappaqua Boy Scout Troop 2”.

We are offering a choice of bows.

Thank you!
The Scouts from Chappaqua Troop 2

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 JShapiro@MyNewCastle.org.

Meatless Mondays Challenge

meatless monday logoWe're officially halfway through with New Castle’s Meatless Monday Challenge! We hope that you’ve found the one day a week swap to be an easy one. We wanted to share some numbers to highlight the big impact such a simple change can have on the environment. Currently, we have 54 households who signed our pledge, with a total of 154 residents participating (it’s not to late to join us- sign the pledge here.

Almost half of these households have children participating as well. For 6 weeks, as a community, we have reduced our collective carbon footprint by 1010 kg CO2 eq! This is equivalent to removing 1 transatlantic flight from NYC to London, driving 2,419 miles less (or from Chappaqua to Las Vegas) and 46 trees planted. Great job everyone!

We wanted to share a seasonal meatless recipe with you to spice up your weekly menu.

Roasted Gnocchi & Brussels Sprouts with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

And many thanks to our local restaurants who are participating and supporting Meatless Monday in New Castle. Please check out these featured meals at our local restaurants.

  • Bobo’s Cafe (Chappaqua Train Station): Acai bowl
  • Local (75 S Greeley Ave): LOCAL’s famous vegan falafel burrito

Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce

The Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce sends out an eletter every week with news, deals and updates from local businesses. If you'd like to be added to the mailing list, please send an email to chapmillcoc@gmail.com.

Greeley Sports Boosters

Click here for any Horace Greeley game-day schedules HOME CONTESTS are in BLUE.

Come Cheer On Your Quakers!

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School Calendars

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Yorktown Central School District

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New Castle Community Calendar

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Don't leave pets in the car!It's Too Hot

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New Castle United for Youth

New Castle United for Youth is a community coalition bringing together New Castle’s parents, youth and resources for a healthy community. To learn more, visit us at www.newcastleunitedforyouth.org.

New Castle First Responders Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corp: Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Info
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Chappaqua Fire Department: Chappaqua Fire Department Info
Millwood Fire Department: Millwood Fire Department Info
Mount Kisco Fire Department: Mount Kisco Fire Department Info
Mount Kisco Volunteer Ambulance Corp: Mount Kisco Volunteer Ambulance Corp Info

New Castle Storm Central

Click here for Con Edison's Storm Central including outage location maps, storm preparation, and recovery tips!
Click here for New Castle's storm FAQ.

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Email Your Town Council and Town Administrator

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 - RGreenstein@MyNewCastle.org 914-238-4774

Lisa Katz - LKatz@MyNewCastle.org 914-238-4774

Hala Makowska - HMakowska@MyNewCastle.org 914-238-4774

Ivy Pool - IPool@MyNewCastle.org 914-238-4774

Jeremy M. Saland - JSaland@MyNewCastle.org 914-238-4774

All - TownBoard@MyNewCastle.org 914-238-4774

Jill Shapiro - JShapiro@MyNewCastle.org 914-238-4774

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