NEW: Calendar for New Castle for the week starting Monday, September 29

• Mon. Sept. 29: League of Women Voters hosts a “Conversation with Supervisor Rob Greenstein, 7:00 to 9:00 pm @ Chap Library
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• Tue. Sept. 30:  “Sparkle for a Cause” in the beautiful “Amy’s Garden” at Crabtree’s Kittle House—for New Castle Community Media Center—at 6:00 pm
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• Tue. Sept. 30: Last day on which to pay Part One of school taxes; Part Two is due by Jan. 31, 2015.  See New York State Association of School Business Officials’ report analyzing where education dollars go, and changes over the last ten years.
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To see more calendar listings, visit NCNOW’s Calendar page.
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ZBA closes public hearing on environmental review and special permit for mosque

September 26, 2014
by Christine Yeres

The Zoning Board of Appeals conducted what turned out to be its last public hearing on the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and the special permit application for a mosque in the West End of New Castle. In July, the ZBA carried over the hearing to Monday, September 22 in order to hear from residents who might have been away over the summer, then closed both hearing matters and announced that written comments could be submitted for ten days more.  Next, the ZBA will craft its “Findings” based on the FEIS.

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Town releases RFP for leasing of Chappaqua Train Station

September 26, 2014

Editor’s Note: This week an RFP soliciting candidates interested in leasing the train station appeared on the town’s website (find a link in “Read more…”). The town is “interested in all food-service proposals,” and while the town is willing to consider renewal options, the initial lease term is five years.  Morning coffee service is a must, as is the condition that restrooms remain available to the public much of the time.  Below is the town’s summary of the RFP and a link to the entire RFP text.  The deadline is noon on Wednesday, October 22.

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Supervisor’s Report—September 23 Town Board meeting

September 26, 2014

• New Castle Launches Zero Tolerance for Distracted Driving
• Limiting Speed in Downtown
• Coyote Management Task Force / Coyote Awareness and Safety Advisory Committee
• Survey
• Millwood A&P—Keeping a Grocery
• Replacement of King Street Restaurant
• Emergency Planning Committee
• Train Station RFP Released

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Master-planning retail store-types makes for smart development

September 26, 2014
by Chuck Napoli

Several responses to my piece last week, “Op-Ed: In planning main streets, the mix is crucial,” made me realize just how deep a misunderstanding people have of the beneficial role chain stores play—when managed smartly by municipalities through Master Plan tools – in the most successful towns.

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Op-Ed: In planning main streets, the mix is crucial

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
by Chuck Napoli

Mix it up in the hamlets so that they provide a retail recipe composed of chain stores and what we call mom-and-pops. Chain stores have met our convenience and consistency needs—they have the style and, according to my wife, “the-size-8-fits-me-just-right”—while Barry and Rick’s Britches-type mom-and-pop shops offer highly specialized products, along with service and experiences that provide that friendly, personal touch that suits you specially and where everybody knows your name.

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Real Estate Transactions

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September 26, 2014

11 new transactions between September 16 and 22, 2014

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NEW: Op-Ed: Supervisor’s hands are still all over the master plan review

Monday, September 29
by Christine Yeres

Supervisor Rob Greenstein is eager to show that his hands are off the master plan review, but last week he demonstrated again that his hands have never been off it.  Operating through the town planner, Sabrina Charney, he continues to make decisions without either informing his other TB members or consulting the Master Plan Steering Committee, whose members were appointed by the Town Board to run the master plan review. 

When asked in last week’s TB meeting whether the members of the Master Plan Steering Committee had given their input on the RFP for a professional consultant to help with the master plan review process, no TB member or its counsel seemed to know.  Yet Greenstein was prepared to issue the RFP that night.

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NEW: Op-Ed:  On “Rural Elegance,” the real “brand” of New Castle

Monday, September 29, 2014
by Betty Weitz

“’There is a rural elegance to New Castle that is hard to duplicate anywhere in the metropolitan area,’ says Lois L. Mitchell, Town Supervisor of New Castle” in a May 12, 1985 New York Times article.  The article speaks of “wooded roads,” the “quaint” and “colonial” character of the Chappaqua hamlet and of the high quality of our schools.  The electric trains had recently been installed and she mentions the ease of commuting.

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TUESDAY: Author Talk: Mary Bounds Applebome on “A Light Shines in Harlem”


Photo courtesy of Terri Olson Photography
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Chappaqua Library, local author Mary Bounds Applebome—an award-winning journalist who has written for the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle and other publications—will give a talk about her new book, A Light Shines in Harlem, and the growing charter school movement. 

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The People’s Climate March, New York City, Sunday, September 21, 2014—Some Reflections


Photo courtesy of Abba Carmichael
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
by Maxine Margo Rubin

Tar sands, fracked gas, artic melt and nuclear waste are harming the planet, as our never-ending thirst for energy, and those seeking profit over people, has left a horrible imprint on the Earth, that will take many generations to fix. Last Sunday, a sea of humanity congregated to voice concern about the depletion of our planet’s natural resources, and the damage caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Nearly 400,000 people assembled in New York City, on the last Sunday of the summer to make some noise and put their collective will together to make a difference.

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A Summary of Summer

What happened while you were away…
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Editor’s Note: There won’t be any exam, but for those of you who’ve been away in mind, body, or both, here’s a cheat sheet of what happened over the summer.

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Report analyizing where education dollars go, and changes over time

September 26, 2014

Editor’s Note:  The New York State Association of School Business Officials released a report this month entitled, “Where Does the Education Dollar Go? How Has This Changed Over Time?” examining NYS school district spending and funding over a ten-year period.  Below NCNOW has reprinted its “Executive Summary” and “Conclusion,” and has provided a link to the entire document.

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Parking by the numbers at Greeley


School-Day Parking at Greeley
September 19, 2014
by Lori Townsend, Greeley PTA Chair

While we’re waiting for new signs for the Greeley parking lot, we have an important update regarding parking during school hours. In an effort to ensure parking for teachers and to have control over the parking lot in light of staffing and budget cuts, a new plan for parking is in effect for the 2014-15 school year. 

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Congratulations to Winners of the Reusable Bag Art Contest Kenneth Nohavicka and Casey Davidson


Left, Casey Davidson’s work; right, Kenny Nohavicka’s—they’ll be recognized on Community Day @ 1:00 pm
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
by the New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board

Congratulations to all the New Castle students who submitted entries to the New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board (NCSAB)’s Reusable Bag Art Contest! Through their artwork they have shown a commitment to reducing litter, protecting wildlife and conserving natural resources. The Contest was held at the end of the prior school year and our winners were selected in June. We hope you will pick up a FREE reusable bag from us at Community Day and enjoy using it around town!

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Sustainability Board’s recommendations for 2015 waste contract

Monday, September 15

Editor’s Note:  The town’s Sustainability Advisory Board members reviewed waste disposal bidders, weighing the cost-benefits of the once-per-week pickup versus twice-per-week and of dual-stream versus single-stream recyclying.  Below are their conclusions.

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Continuing Education Fall Course Catalog is now available online

September 6, 2014
~ from Chappaqua Continuing Education

Whether you’re curious about social media, looking to learn a new language, would like to play acoustic guitar, or want to improve your digital photography skills, the catalog’s 15 pages are packed with over 70 courses in a wide range of categories to choose from, including returning favorites such as mixed media art, college prep, intro to computers, cooking essentials, yoga, meditation, and zumba. Most classes begin in October; some are one-off, others run through December.

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Bow hunting season to begin in select Westchester County parks on October 1

Monday, September 15, 2014
~ from Westchester County

As part of Westchester County Parks’ ongoing Adaptive Deer Management program, sections of Muscoot Farm in Somers, Lasdon Park and Arboretum in Katonah, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River, Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights, Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem and, in a pilot program, John E. Hand Bald Mountain Park in Yorktown will open for bow hunting deer in the autumn of 2014

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