NEW: Special PB meeting to discuss details of cell tower, 130-foot monople or fake tree?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Editor’s Note: The Planning Board has scheduled a special meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30 to discuss details of the Homeland Tower/Verizon cell tower on the Alfredo property on Armonk Road.  The public hearing was closed on July 15 after a report from a radio frequency consultant confirmed that the 110-foot version would not fill the wireless coverage gap Homeland has identified.  But a130-foot tower—rather than the 150-foot tower at first proposed—will do the job. It remains to decide whether it should be a pole with antennae or one disguised as a tree.

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NEW: Supervisor’s report on latest Town Board meeting

Saturday, July 26, 2014
~ from Supervisor Rob Greenstein

Editor’s Note:  Yesterday Supervisor Rob Greenstein provided highlights of last Tuesday’s Town Board meeting in the Town’s e-newsletter.  To sign up to receive the Town e-newsletter, click HERE.

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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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NEW: L to E:  In Support of the Upper Westchester Muslim Society Project

Monday, July 28, 2014
by Hannah Kalifeh

This represents a personal opinion from a member of the Muslim community. I am not writing as a representative of UWMS.

My name is Hannah Khalifeh. I am twenty-one-years-old, and a recent graduate from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (Class of 2014).  After graduation, I moved back to my family’s home in Chappaqua, where we have lived since I was in second grade in 1999. This summer, I was hoping to hear good news that the proposal for a mosque submitted by Upper Westchester Muslim Society has been finally approved. Unfortunately, I was told that yet another public hearing has been planned for July 30th, an additional step in a long process that has taken eight years now.

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NEW: L to E: Keep mosque public hearing open till September

Monday, July 28, 2014
by Vera Garrett

I would like to first state that as a resident of the affected area, this objection has nothing to do with the project being a Mosque, as my brother-in-law and family are Muslim.

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NEW: Members of local religious groups plead for close of public hearing, approval of mosque

Monday, July 28, 2014

Editor’s Note:  Below are letters sent this month to the Zoning Board of Appeals encouraging its members to vote on Tuesday, July 30 to approve an application first submitted in 2006 by the Upper Westchester Muslim Society to construct a mosque on its eight-acre property on Pinesbridge Road.  Two weeks ago the ZBA found that environmental review for the project was complete.

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NEW:Open Letter: CC’s Wallace Auditorium as cultural resource and a home for The Chappaqua Orchestra

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dear Supervisor Greenstein:

As I have mentioned to several people in town government over many years, The Chappaqua Orchestra is in favor of the renovation of the Wallace Auditorium at Chappaqua Crossing, and the auditorium thereafter being run by the Town or a not-for-profit corporation.  Properly renovated, the Wallace Auditorium could become the long desired home of the The Chappaqua Orchestra and other performing arts organizations.  Due to the very busy schedule at the high school, Greeley is not readily available for us.  Having a performing arts center at Chappaqua Crossing would also enliven the development by giving Chappaqua a priceless cultural resource, and the Chappaqua Orchestra a home.

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NEW: SG releases results of its survey of how residents feel about Whole Foods and retail at CC ...

... Brodsky says surveyors seemed able to “tailor” responses
Friday, July 25, 2014
by Christine Yeres

An exchange between Town Board member Jason Chapin and attorney for Summit Greenfield John Marwell about their mutual frustration over the Chappaqua Crossing application led to a presentation of the results of a “community survey” undertaken by Summit Greenfield confirm for itself that it was “on the right track” in proposing the new “main street” configuration and smaller stores in its grocery-retail application.

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NEW: John Buckley suggests a return to housing at CC, Marwell urges TB toward closure

Monday, July 28, 2014
by Christine Yeres

In last Tuesday’s public hearing on a zoning change for Chappaqua Crossing to permit retail on the site, former Town Board member John Buckley suggested that the Board revisit the residential option for Chappaqua Crossing, telling Board members that he believed that around 200 residential units might have worked for all parties. (The original application proposed 348 units, then 278, then 199, before a previous Town Board settled in April 2011 on 111 units).  Two interesting responses to Buckley followed:

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NEW: Planning Board struggles with its comments for Town Board on Chappaqua Crossing

Monday, July 28

Editor’s Note:  Planning Board members Bob Kirkwood (Chair), Dick Brownell, Sheila Crespi and Tom Curley met on Friday, July 18, to finish up the comments they must produce for the Town Board on the zoning amendments proposed for a grocery and retail at Chappaqua Crossing.  They also discussed whether—and how—to pose their objections to the application in a separate cover letter.  At the request of the Planning Board, the Town Board will meet with them soon to discuss the application.  The public hearing continues on August 12. The Planning Board’s discussion below is arranged by topic.

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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: Calendar for New Castle for the week starting Monday, July 28

gabebo at night
Summer Gazebo Concerts:  “Tramps Like Us” perform Wed. July 30 @ 7:00 pm

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• No Town Board meeting or work session on this fifth Tuesday of July 29; next TB meeting is August 5.
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• Wed. July 30: Special meeting of Planning Bd to discuss Homeland / Verizon cell tower on Armonk Road: 130-foot tower: monopole or fake tree? 6:00 pm @ town hall
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• Wed. July 30:  Public hearing before Zoning Board of Appeals on Upper Westchester Muslim Society application for a mosque on Pinesbridge Road. ZB meeting begins at 7:15 pm; mosque application is scheduled to begin at 8:30 pm.  To see entire agenda, click HERE.
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• Wed. July 30:  Summer Concert @ the Gazebo:  TRAMPS LIKE US: Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band @ 7:00 pm
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To see more calendar listings, visit NCNOW’s Calendar page.

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Second season for New Castle All-Stars Summer Baseball Camp at Gedney starts Monday, August 11

Joe kearns
July 25, 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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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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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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Public hearing 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).

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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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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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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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