NEW: Calendar for New Castle for the week starting Tuesday, November 25

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• Tue. Nov. 25: CANCELLED—- Master Plan Steering Committee and Business Development Advisory Committee meet 6:30 pm @ town hall—CANCELLED
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• Tue. Nov. 25: Town Board meeting—public hearing on Town’s 2015 Budget; for agenda, click HERE.  The meeting will be streamed live at new.livestream.com/nccmc/townboard
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To see more calendar listings, visit NCNOW’s Calendar page.
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NEW: Last “summer” market of the season. Come stock up for “T” DAY.


November 21, 2014
by Pascale LeDraoulec

First off – a giant “thank you” to all of you shoppers who helped make this season at the train station our BEST yet. The highlight, of course, was our fabulous pie contest. So many of you dusted off (or broke in) your rolling pins…we were touched. And quite impressed. Next week of course, is a big pie week. It looks like you will do just fine in that department.

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NEW: Advisory: Beware of Phone Scam on ConEd Customers.

Call 1-800-75-CONED To Verify Whether You Owe Money.
November 21, 2014
~ from the New Castle Police Department

ConEd customers are getting fraudulent calls from scammers pretending to be calling from ConEd threatening to discontinue service immediately if a “past due bill” is not paid immediately over the phone.  Police advise you to hang up on such callers and for you to call ConEd directly at 1-800-75CONED and select option #2. You may then confirm directly with ConEd whether you owe past due funds or not.

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NEW: County Legislature likely to approve funding for Hunts Place affordable housing by end of year

Conifer project must meet fire safety requirements first
Saturday, November 22, 2014
by Christine Yeres

On Thursday, County Legislator and Chairman of the Legislature, Mike Kaplowitz, visited New Castle and announced at an outdoor press conference alongside Hunts Place that the Westchester Board of Legislators will likely vote to authorize county funds for a Hunts Place four-story, 28-unit affordable housing project proposed by Conifer Realty.

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NEW: Supervisor’s Report of November 18, 2014

November 21, 2014
~ from Supervisor Rob Greenstein

• Chappaqua Crossing update
• Chappaqua Central School District - Finance Advisory Committee

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NEW: Master Plan Steering Committee meets new Business Development Committee . . .

Saturday, November 22, 2014
by Christine Yeres

According to the home page of the town’s website, “The New Castle Master Plan Steering Committee and the Business Development Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. to hear a presentation on “Transit Oriented Development - The Path to Downtown Revitalization.”  Supervisor Rob Greenstein has frequently touted the benefits of transit-oriented development (TOD) for the Chappaqua hamlet, maintaining that approval of retail at Chappaqua Crossing would act as additional motivation to strengthen the existing hamlet by means of TOD.

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NEW: Voter Participation in New Castle—Will You Take One Minute to Answer a Few Questions?


Tuesday, November 18, 2014
by Sheila Bernson and Jennifer Mebes Flagg
Co-Presidents of the League of Women Voters of New Castle

You may have seen the recent New York Times op-ed piece that said the US midterm elections had the lowest voter participation in more than seven decades—just 36.3%.
New York State’s participation was the fourth lowest in the country at 28.8% (New Castle’s percentage is not yet available).

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Public Hearing on Town’s 2015 Budget set for Tuesday, November 25


A summary of the budget in Town Administrator’s 2015 “Budget Message”
Saturday, November 8, 2014

Editor’s Note: Over the last two months, the Town’s 2015 Budget has gone from “tentative” to “preliminary.”  Both are available on the town’s website.  The Town Board has set Tuesday, November 25, as its public hearing date for the budget.  Below is Town Administrator Jill Shapiro’s October 7, 2014 summary of the budget.

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NEW: Real Estate Transactions


November 21, 2014

Six new transactions between November 12 and November 17, 2014

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Veterans Day, a Day of Remembrance and Gratitude


Operation Visit Our Veterans
More slides in “Read more…”
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
by Lori Townsend, Chappaqua Girl Scouts

Veterans Day… many view this a day for sleeping late and fun activities.  But last Tuesday, Chappaqua Girl Scouts were busy prepping for their Veterans Day deliveries to honor New Castle’s fallen and living military servicemen, servicewomen and their families.  Before day’s end, 20 troops with scouts of all ages (grades 1 – 10) had visited more than 260 veterans’ homes.

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The Horace Greeley High School Theatre Company proudly presents: Little Shop of Horrors


Thursday, Nov 20th at 7pm
Friday Nov 21st at 8pm
Saturday, Nov 22nd at 8pm
Horace Greeley High School Auditorium

Down-and-out skid row floral assistant Seymour becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. It isn’t long before “Audrey II” has grown from a harmless shrub into an ill-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore who promises Seymour fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite.

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Greeley Girls Varsity Swimming Wins Third Straight Section 1 Title


Tuesday, November 18, 2014
by Jim Hadley

With a total of 363 points, Greeley swimmers surpassed Fox Lane (266 points) and Clarkstown (239 points) to win their third straight Section 1 title at Felix Festa Middle School on Wednesday Nov 5.

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Town Board makes it official: New Castle has a “Business Development Advisory Committee”

Brodsky promises to work closely with Master Plan “commercial development and hamlets” group
Saturday, November 15, 2014
by Christine Yeres

The Town Board officially enlisted local brain power to serve on a Business Development Advisory Committee (“BDAC”) headed by Town Board member Adam Brodsky. The group is charged with assisting the Town Board “by identifying and recommending policy initiatives that will strengthen our existing businesses, attract new and desirable businesses to New Castle, and help our community revitalize our existing business hamlets.”

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L to E: School district’s hosting of Chappaqua Farmers Market at Bell would benefit our town

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
by Nancy Huehnergarth

As a weekly shopper at the Chappaqua Farmers Market, I was deeply dismayed to learn that the Chappaqua Central School District (CCSD) has refused to host the indoor winter farmers market at the Bell School.

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Winners of Greeley’s 5th Annual Spelling Bee; biggest winner—HG Scholarship Fund


November 14, 2014

The 5th Annual Spelling Bee on Monday, November 10th was a huge success thanks to all the sponsors, participants, and HGSF executives Emme Nagler (12), Eleanor Sadik-Khan (12), Owen Ruggiero (11) and Ellie Loigman (10). With help from their advisors Ms. Mullen and Mrs. Devane, their efforts raised $15,000 for the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund.

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Supervisor’s update on status of Chappaqua Crossing application

Town Board will discuss elements of CC application in work session preceding Nov. 18 public hearing
November 17, 2014
~ by Supervisor Rob Greenstein

The Town Board is continuing its work on a draft local law and preliminary development concept plan that could allow a Whole Foods supermarket, a gym, restaurants and retail stores to be built at Chappaqua Crossing.  With input from our Planning Board, we’ve persuaded Summit Greenfield to move away from its original proposal to build large format retail stores, and instead to design a more community-oriented, walkable retail development.

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Preparing for November 18 public hearing on Chappaqua Crossing zoning and Master Plan changes

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
by Christine Yeres

Town Board members have said they intend to make a decision on the Chappaqua Crossing application for retail rezoning before year’s end, and they will likely close the public hearing at the end of the November 18 public hearing.  Despite the advice of the Planning Board, Town Board members showed in their meeting on Monday that they intend to keep approval authority for the preliminary development concept plan for themselves.  “We’ve consulted them already,” explained Greenstein, “and we’ll continue to listen to them.” The plan has been made better by the Planning Board, he said. But formal power-sharing is too complicated.

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Town Board is at work revising Chappaqua Crossing draft zoning . . .

. . . and remains non-committal on Planning Board request to share PDCP approval authority

Saturday, November 8, 2014
by Christine Yeres

Last Wednesday Town Board members ran through the draft retail zoning from May of this year.  Early on they discussed whether to agree to the Planning Board’s request that its members be included in the approval process for the preliminary development concept plan, “so that the Planning Board’s concerns and comments could be folded into the Town Board’s actions.”

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In Chappaqua Xing public hearing, Board members try to get a handle on size and traffic levers

Developer’s litigator says time’s up, Whole Foods will walk, SG will sue
With 100 comments since publication
Saturday, November 1, 2014
by Christine Yeres

In last Tuesday’s public hearing on Chappaqua Crossing, a Whole Foods representative testified that a total of 120,000 square feet of retail—40,000 of which would be Whole Foods’ part—is the number its corporate office likes. And a new memo on traffic from the Summit Greenfield says that to reduce the 120,000 square feet would violate the terms of its conditional lease with Whole Foods. Yet Town Board members seemed still to be trying to find a way to work the amount-of-retail-square-footage and volume-of-traffic levers to find a formula that all parties can live with.  And all three parties—Town Board, Summit Greenfield and Whole Foods—want the matter decided by end-of-year.

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Town Board gets all its document-ducks in order for public hearing on Chappaqua Crossing


DOT and Collins traffic correspondence recently added
October 24, 2014
by Christine Yeres

In last Tuesday’s work session, in preparation for the public hearing on Chappaqua Crossing at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28, Town Board counsel Nick Ward-Willis took Town Board members through not only the amendments that are the subjects of the hearing, but also the many documents that have been submitted by the applicant’s consultants, the town’s consultants, the County Planning Board and NYS Department of Transportation.  Below are links to many of them, some with summaries.

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