NEW: Calendar for New Castle for the week starting Tuesday, July 22

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• Tue. July 22: Public hearing on zoning change for grocery and retail at Chappaqua Crossing, around 8:00 pm @ town hall. To see partial agenda, click HERE.
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• Wed. July 23:  LOCATION CHANGE:  The concert has been moved indoors, to the auditorium at Chappaqua Crossing!!!!!  Third of the Town’s Summer Concerts at the Gazebo:  DON DUPONT BIG BAND: Remembering the Big Band Era —7:00 pm
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To see more calendar listings, visit NCNOW’s Calendar page.

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NEW: Public hearing opens tonight on Chappaqua Crossing application for grocery and retail

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
by Christine Yeres

• The public hearing on proposed zoning changes to permit retail at Chappaqua Crossing opens tonight, Tuesday July 22, around 8:00 p.m.  Click HERE for agenda (several items come before the CC public hearing).

• The Pace report on the May community outreach sessions has not yet been released.  It may come next week to the Town Board in draft form, for internal review by town staff.  According to Town Planner Sabrina Charney it may be made public by mid-August. 

• The Town Board has still not funded any further master plan work.  According to Charney, they are discussing engaging the services of a professional survey/poll firm.

• Planning Board Chair Bob Kirkwood announced yesterday that the Planning Board comments on the proposed zoning changes and preliminary development concept plan will not be ready in time for tonight’s hearing, and that the Planning Board has determined that it needs to meet with Town Board members, possibly between now and the end of the month, to discuss the application.  “It’s a critical application,” said PB Chair Bob Kirkwood. “In the best interests of this application and the town we want to make sure we have the best possible chance of getting this correct.” 

• You can view the meeting live, through NCCMC’s Livestream.

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Stores big or small—or none at all? Planning Board balks at retail zoning for Chappaqua Xing

Advises the matter be run through a master planning process
Thursday, July 17, 2014
by Christine Yeres

Racing to finish their comments on the Chappaqua Crossing proposal before the July 22 public hearing, last Tuesday the Planning Board members Bob Kirkwood, Tom Curley and Sheila Crespi didn’t confine themselves to questions of size of the retail proposed, big stores versus smaller ones, how many restaurants, or additional uses such as garden or auditorium; they also expressed deep reservations about the project.

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Op-Ed: Tracking Supervisor Greenstein’s thinking on retail in hamlet vs. Chappaqua Crossing

Thursday, July 17, 2014
by Christine Yeres

The public hearing on Summit Greenfield’s application for 120,000 square feet of grocery-with-retail at Chappaqua Crossing reopens next week, on Tuesday, July 22. In order to make some sense of the Chappaqua Crossing debate that has sprawled across so many years and applications, documents and studies, boards and experts, I thought I’d revisit the Greenstein of a little more than one year ago.  I’ve used his letter of May 2013 as an organizing tool.  I’ll say it up front: This is an argument for a genuine, professionally-handled Master Plan review not of two years’ duration, but for a fast-tracked feasibility study of the of the town’s existing hamlets and retail at Chappaqua Crossing, something the Planning Board has recently called for yet again.

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Chris Roberta appointed to Master Plan Steering Committee


Friday, July 18, 2014

Editor’s Note: The Town Board has appointed Chris Roberta to the Master Plan Steering Committee to head the “commercial development and hamlets” subcommittee, which was at first led by Supervisor Rob Greenstein.  Roberta met for the first time with the subcommittee on Monday, July 14. [Correction: July 14 was the subcommittee’s second meeting with Roberta.]

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Zoning Board finds environmental review for mosque complete, sets public hearing for July 30

Monday, July 14, 2014
by Christine Yeres

The Zoning Board of Appeals’ environmental review of the Upper Westchester Muslim Society’s proposed mosque on Pinesbridge Road began in 2006; in 2012 public hearings were held on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).  Responses provided to issues raised by the DEIS took the form of a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and on July 1 the ZBA declared it complete.  On July 30 the ZBA will hold a public hearing on both the FEIS and the special permit for the mosque.  The ZBA is “lead agency” on the application.

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Second season for New Castle All-Stars Summer Baseball Camp, this year at Gedney

Joe kearns
Saturday, July 12, 2013
by Christine Yeres

Through the New Castle Rec Department, Joe Kearns—elementary phys ed teacher, Greeley Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach, and former Greeley (Class of ‘96) baseball player—has teamed up with Bill Consiglio of 21st Century Sports to run the first New Castle All-Stars Summer Baseball Camp for kids entering grades K-7, from Monday to Thursday, August 11 through 14 (rain day Friday), from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Gedney Park on the baseball fields in the back of the park..  Skills and drill mornings, games in the afternoon—and an on-field video feedback system!

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Town Board gets back on track with new “request for proposals” process for train station lease

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
by Christine Yeres

After rescinding the lease awarded to Ladles of Love on June 24, the Town Board will try again to run a “request for proposals” process with the object of leasing the train station—whether for food service or some other purpose.

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NEW: Real Estate Transactions

Monday, July 14, 2014

Seven new transactions between July 9, 2014 and July 14, 2014

In June 2014, 391 permits/applications were issued through the Town’s Building Department, bringing in $77,530.

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NEW: Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Goes to Summer Reading Buddies Program

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
by Madeline Finesmith

Summertime usually means two precious months of sweet, sticky freedom. But it can also mean “Summer Slide” which can sneak in when summer activities don’t include reading. Children who do not read over the summer can lose more than two months of reading achievement – and it’s cumulative.  By the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer will be two years behind their classmates.

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NEW: Registration open for fall season of New Castle Youth Football


Friday, July 18, 2014

New Castle Youth Football is now accepting registration for our 2014-2015 season for kids entering grades four, five and six.

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New owner offers Twin Oaks as a cell tower site superior to Alfredo’s


Saturday, July 12, 2014
by Christine Yeres

With its public hearing closed and the 90-day shot-clock for the Homeland/Verizon cell tower application due to run out in early August, on July 1 the Planning Board received a surprise offer from a Whippoorwill road resident.  Hopeful that the Planning Board could treat his offer as “new information” and reopen the alternative-site phase of the application process, Bill Wachtel told Board members he was willing to have the Twin Oaks site he purchased six months ago be considered as an alternative to the Alfredo property on the Armonk Road.

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Seven Chappaqua Girl Scouts earn their Gold Award


Monday, July 14, 2014
~ from Lori Townsend

At a ceremony held recently at the Chappaqua Library, families, community members and dignitaries gathered to celebrate seven Chappaqua Girl Scouts who had earned their Gold Awards.  Following many years of badge work, community-minded activities, service work and prerequisites, Girl Scouts striving for their Gold Award must propose, plan and implement a project of at least 80 hours that provides a sustainable, lasting benefit to the girl’s larger community.  This year’s Gold Award recipients and their projects are:

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UPDATE:  Swim Across America nets $35,000 so far


Monday, July 14, 2014
~ from Carrie Dillon

We had nearly 50 swimmers and raised $35K this morning and donations are still going strong.  It was quite an outpouring from the community.  Many participants were swimming in memory of loved ones who had battled cancer or to honor those who are battling it now. For some of the them, including a number of adults, it was their first time swimming these distances and they were encouraged by enthusiastic parents, volunteers and spectators.

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Come Join us to Make Waves Against Cancer


Friday, July 11, 2014
by Norah Kuduk

On Sunday, July 13, I’ll be swimming a mile as part of a Swim Across America (SAA) event to raise money and awareness for cancer research, prevention, and treatment.  This is the third year that Chappaqua Swim and Tennis (CST) Club will host this SAA event from 6:30-9:30 a.m.  I’ll be joined by other kids and even some moms and dads, who will either swim a mile or a half mile to help raise funds.  Last year we had 80 swimmers at the event and we raised over $38K.  Hopefully this year we will have even more swimmers join us!

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Board of Review denies seven of eight variances needed for Conifer’s Hunts Place project

Wednesday, July 2, 2013
by Christine Yeres

In a 4-0 vote today, the state’s Regional Board of Review denied seven of the eight building and fire code variances requested by Conifer for its affordable housing proposal of 28 units in four stories built from edge to edge of the one-third of an acre at Hunts Place.  [See a statement from Supervisor Rob Greenstein in “Read more”.]

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Chappaqua’s David Perlmutter Donates Grand Prize to Pleasantville Cottage School


Dwight Thomas, Pleasantville Cottage School recreation staffer, Gregg Hammerschlag of Pleasantville (who originally donated the TV to UJA-Federation to be used as the event’s grand prize), and David Perlmutter of Chappaqua transport a large-screen smart TV to Pleasantville Cottage School’s recreation building for use by student residents.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
~ from UJA-Federation of New York

David Perlmutter of Chappaqua, champion of UJA-Federation of New York’s Westchester Sports Talk Texas Hold ’Em Tournament, recently donated his grand prize — a 60-inch flat-screen smart TV — to the Pleasantville Cottage School, a Pleasantville-based residential treatment center that serves abused and neglected children with long-term emotional and behavioral challenges. The school is run by the Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA), a 192-year-old child and family services organization and a UJA-Federation beneficiary agency.

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A Greeley student’s view from inside Albany, sponsored by League of Women Voters

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Hilfer with Assemblywoman Mayer and fellow Greeley student Dev Jhaveri
June 28, 2014
by Brandon Hilfer

The Students Inside Albany Conference (SIA), sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State, is a unique opportunity for high school students to explore government, politics and leadership in New York State. The SIA conference brought together sixty students from all across the state to Albany. I was honored to attend this year’s conference. I met a diverse group of high school students who, like me, were all invested in honing their leadership skills to benefit their communities.

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Chappaqua AYSO summer development camp


June 20, 2014
by Tom Pile

Chappaqua AYSO summer development camp is open to ALL AYSO, AYSO EXTRA, and CYSC players!  Players age 5 and up may join the camp.  The program will be run by Shawn Podell, who has trained many Chappaqua players and teams over the years. Shawn is an energetic and dynamic trainer.

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Hey, you college students home for the summer!  Here’s an idea!

Get Ready
Monday, June 9, 2014
by Allie Roteman

Are you looking for a fun way to gain professional experience by mentoring high-school students in need? Consider volunteering as an SAT/ college prep coach with Let’s Get Ready! in Sleepy Hollow.  The commitment is only one evening a week, depending on which subject you are coaching and LGR provides all the training and materials. Not only is this a great way to give back to your local community, but LGR has fabulous networking partnerships that could help you in your future!

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