NEW: Advisory: Storm Progress Update for New Castle

FRIDAY, November 2, 2012
~ from New Castle Police Lt. Dan Cannon

“You are not in this alone, the town is working very hard around the clock to get us all back to normal.”

Good Afternoon. Since the storm ended Tuesday morning, New Castle DPW, New Castle Police and Con Ed crews, working as a team, have been able to open the following roads:  NY Routes 117, 128, 134, 133, and 120.

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NEW: 4PM Friday Nov. 2 Schools Update from Superintendent Lyn McKay


Friday, November 2, 2012
~ from CCSD Superintendent Lyn McKay

Editor’s Note:  See Lyn McKay’s latest email-text-phone message below.

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NEW:  Important Info for Residents Who Are Out of Power

house in scarf
Friday, November 2, 2012
by Norm Jen

Many residents who reported outages to Con Ed—by the way, New Castle Police have advised calling Con Ed each day to tell them you’re still without power—have received robo-calls from Con Ed informing them that “the majority of households” in our area would have power restored “by next weekend.”  They aren’t saying “this” weekend, but “next.”  Let’s hope it happens sooner, but in the meantime I would like to throw two things out to NewCastleNOW readers who are out of power—about using wood-burning fireplaces to heat your home, the safe use of generators, and the dangers of carbon monoxide.

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NEW: Red Cross Shelter opens at Chappaqua Crossing

Thursday, November 1, 2012
4:00 p.m.

Advisory from New Castle Police: Red Cross Shelter Opens at Chappaqua Crossing 480 Bedford Rd (NYS RT 117) in Chappaqua

The American Red Cross in conjunction with Northern Westchester Hospital is in the process of opening a 24 hour shelter for persons in need of overnight shelter.

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NEW: Schools Update from Superintendent Lyn McKay

Thursday, November 1, 2012

This is Lyn McKay, Superintendent of Chappaqua Schools.  As I previously reported, all schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, November 2.  At this time, Greeley, Seven Bridges, and Grafflin have power.

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NEW: Come to the Farmers Market tomorrow!  We’ll be there!

Friday, November 2, 2012
by Pascale LeDraoulec

We will have a farmers market this Saturday, November 3.  Most of us are without power. But by Saturday, we will have either eaten through or tossed the contents of our refrigerators and coolers and will be desperate for fresh food. I’m happy to report that due to the lack of flooding upstate, most of our farmers fared well.

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THURSDAY NEWS:  Both Shell and Mobil gas stations are up and running

Thursday, November 1, 2012

If you’ve been driving out of town to find working gas pumps, you can stop now.  Both the Mobil station at 25 South Bedford and the Shell station at 114 South Greeley now have electricity and can pump gas!

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NEW: An Update from Supervisor Susan Carpenter

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
6:00 p.m.

The Town of New Castle, like much of Westchester , has been hit very hard by Hurricane Sandy.  Approximately 5,100 customers in the town have lost power, and many of our roads are either impassible or extremely dangerous.  Please be very careful and avoid driving under trees that are hanging on wires to the greatest extent possible.  All trees that are hanging and especially trees caught in wires, should be considered potentially dangerous.

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NEW: Storm Update from New Castle Police Department

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
8:30 p.m.

After Hurricane Sandy passed through Town, there have been many hundreds of reports of wires down, trees down and blocked roads. All five State Highways were closed with multiple blocked locations on each State Highway. All County roads were blocked at multiple locations as well. The town Department of Public Works, Police Department and Con Ed crews are teaming up to open our roads. As of 7:00 p.m. tonight two State Highways are open—Route 117 and Route 134.

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STORM INFO: Call these numbers for these emergencies…

Sunday, October 28, 2012
~ From the New Castle Police Department

To report Electric Loss, call 1-800-75-CONED
To report Trees and Wires Down, call 914-238-4422 (New Castle Police)
To report Life And Limb Emergencies, call 911

Advance work:  Help by clearing leaves and debris from storm drains in your neighborhood!  But once the storm arrives, stay off the roads.  See “Read more…”

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NEW: Calendar for New Castle beginning Friday, November 2

Clocks “fall back” one hour this weekend @ 2am Sun. Nov. 2; change alarm batteries too

• Fri. Nov. 2 HGSF Spelling Bee: CANCELED.  To be rescheduled…

• Fri. Nov. 2: The power is ON and so is the music, w/ local Chris Fox & Mojo Monde, playing at MTK Tavern @9:30

•  Sa-Su. Nov. 3-4 Historical Antiques Sale @ Westorchard: CANCELED

• Schools closed Thu-Fri; Supt. Lyn McKay will email-text-phone an update @ 5pm Sat.Nov. 3

• SATs POSTONED. Both regular and special SAT testing scheduled for Sat. Nov. 3 @ HGHS are postponed until November 17th.

• Tue. Nov. 6: Election Day—Exercise Your Franchise

Wed. Nov. 7: Rotary Wine Tasting @ Kittle House to benefit Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance

• Wed. Nov. 7: TB Work Session, no agenda yet

• Wed. Nov. 7: Board of Ed meeting 8pm: presentation on new teacher & principal evaluation system, “APPR”

• Town has designated Wed. Nov. 7 for Trick or Treating; please refrain until then.

• To see more events listings, check out NCNOW’s Calendar page.

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NEW: Public hearing on grocery plus limited retail at Chappaqua Crossing

Sunday, October 28, 2012
by Christine Yeres


Editor’s Note: Technically, legally, a meeting will be held on Oct. 29 or 30 in order to “adjourn” the public hearing to another date and time.

On Tuesday, October 30, at 8:00 p.m. at Town Hall, the Town Board will hold two public hearings related to permitting a grocery store and other retail—together occupying 120,000 square feet—at Chappaqua Crossing.  The first hearing is a continuation of the public hearing on the zoning change that would permit the new use; the second is on proposed changes to Summit Greenfield’s plan for 111 multi-family residential units that would accommodate the added grocery-and-retail use.

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NEW: “Does God Belong in the Voting Booth?” at Temple Beth El

Friday, November 2, 2012

Temple Beth El will be hosting a program entitled, “Does God Belong in the Voting Booth?” on Sunday, November 4th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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NEW: See League of Women Voters Candidates’ Night Video

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Editor’s Note:  Find the video of last Thursday’s Candidates’ Night in “Read more…”

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NEW: CANCELED—3rd Annual Chappaqua Spelling Bee

Monday, October 22, 2012
by Lizzy Pott, Emily Burack and Anna Nagler


Here’s the buzzzzzz…. S.H.A.R.E., or Students Have A Responsibility Everywhere, the umbrella volunteer organization at Horace Greeley High School, invites you to its 3rd Annual Spelling Bee on Friday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Greeley gym.  This exciting orthographic ordeal will benefit the Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund.

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NEW: Real Estate Transactions

Three new transactions for the week ending October 26, 2012
October 19, 2012

Editor’s Note: Since October, 2007, has published every week in its real estate section information about houses sold in New Castle as that information has been released by Westchester County. 

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NEW: Advisory: Sanitation trucks will be stationed on Saturday to receive household garbage

FRIDAY, November 2, 2012
~ from the Town of New Castle

•  Sanitation trucks will be stationed this Saturday, November 3, at Gedney Park, at the Town’s Recycling Center on Hunts Lane, and at the Chappaqua Train Station, between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for household garbage.

•  On Monday, a garbage truck will be stationed at Gedney Park from 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

•  Additionally, a garbage container will be at the Recycling Center for household garbage Monday through Friday, next week from 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., for household garbage only.

Thank you. We greatly appreciate your patience.

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NEW: We’re Open for Business—and the parking is great!


Chappaqua Paint & Hardware ran perfectly well yesterday on flashlight and daylight, 7am to 4pm
Friday, November 2, 2012
by Rob Greenstein, Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce

The Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce invited merchants to report to us whether they’re up and running. Below, see what they’re offering and how to contact them.

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NEW: Storm Tales:  Trees overtake a house; chain-sawing to work; rollover escapee; a near miss

Friday, November 2, 2012
by Alex Kleinman

Residents familiar with Route 133 have been met by a startling sight the past few days: a nearly obliterated small home. The house and the car next to it were virtually buried by multiple trees.

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UPDATE: From New Castle Police: Justice Court canceled; status of roadways

Thursday, November 1, 2012

New Castle Justice Court is cancelled this evening. All cases have been adjourned to next Thursday evening, November 8. RT 133 is closed between Quaker Rd and Random Farms drive. New Castle Police, DPW and ConEd are on the scene working to open this stretch of Road.

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STORM UPDATE: No School, Do’s & Don’t’s, Dry Ice, Garbage, Report Outages for Attention from Con Ed

Friday, November 2, 2012

11/2/12: No one knows when power will be restored anywhere.  Public places and dense neighborhoods are priorities for Con Ed.  Power could be out here in New Castle for a week or more still.  Ninety percent of New Castle’s roughly 6,000 households lost power, around 5,300 households.


UPDATE Fri. Nov. 2: Greeley, Seven Bridges and Grafflin have power; See McKay’s most recent report (school expected to be on next week, Tuesday (Election Day) no longer staff development day, but instructional day instead.


Routes 117 and 100 are finally cleared. To see updated list of closed or blocked roads, click HERE


Watch for dry ice availability on the town’s website Con Ed seems to decide suddenly where it will appear, and you usually have from 12 to 6 p.m. to go stand in line for it (yesterday—Thursday—it was in Armonk).

New Castle WATER:

The water plant operates despite power failures (as does town hall) by means of a back up generator.  If you are supplied New Castle water (if you pay a water bill, you have New Castle water), know that the water supply is safe.  If power were to fail at the water plant, there would be no water, not bad water. 


UPDATED 4:50 p.m. Wednesday: A Sanitation Truck will be parked at two locations on Thursday and Friday. so that residents can drop off garbage:  One at the Chappaqua Train Station parking lot and another at Gedney Park parking lot.  Both will remain from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Town is also planning to have garbage container at its recycling center on Saturday, November 3, 2012 for residents to drop off household garbage.


Do not call police to ask how to get dry ice.
Do not call police to ask when your power will be restored.

Con Ed’s number is 1-800-75-CONED


If you don’t call Con Ed, you won’t be counted as needing power restored.  As Lt. Dan Cannon explained, “Con Ed has its priorities, working to restore power to the greatest number of people possible.  The more reports are sent in, the higher that neighborhood goes up in the computerized pecking order.  Don’t assume that your neighbors have called it in and therefore you don’t have to.”


Internet connection in public places has been spotty in New Castle.  Even at Town Hall it comes and goes.  Lange’s has had good connection at times, but not consistently. People have reported that Mt. Kisco and Pleasantville are more dependable (right in front of Jacob Burns Film Center is one good spot). 


The town is recommending that families hold off on neighborhood trick or treating until Wednesday, November 7.  Conditions are too dangerous to attempt it sooner.

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STORM INFO: Wed. Oct. 31 Halloween Trick or Treating CANCELED

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
from Linda Degelsmith, New Castle-Millwood Chamber of Commerce


We’re sad to announce that trick-or-treating in downtown Chappaqua is cancelled.  Many of our merchants have been hit hard by the storm.  Not only were they closed for several days, which is a hard hit on their resources, but it’ll take several more days for them to get back up-to-speed.  Please consider a mini-shopping spree as a show of support for our merchants AFTER STORM RECOVERY..  The town is recommending November 7 as a good day to celebrate.

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Middle schoolers paint the town orange

October 26, 2012

Under gray skies and in light drizzle, on Wednesday afternoon middle school students from Bell and Seven Bridges armed with paint, brushes and dry-cleaning-bag plastic (to protect their work) provided merchants with scary- and candy-themed Halloween windows, leaving “Thank-You-So-Much!” signs alongside.  See some of their work in “Read more…”

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Principal Robert Rhodes’ first months, keeping a book on Greeley

October 26, 2012
by Christine Yeres

At last Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting Greeley’s new principal, Robert Rhodes, updated board members on his entry plan at Greeley, “to learn a lot about the people and the culture before making decisions.  You can come in with a new set of eyes and all these ideas, but you don’t really know how things work.”

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Merchant of the Week: The New Castle Historical Society

October 26, 2012
by Rob Greenstein

I wanted more details about their biggest event of the year – the 45th Chappaqua Antiques Show.

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CANCELED:  45th Annual Chappaqua Antiques and Design Show, Nov. 3 and 4

Monday, October 22, 2012
by Susan Blumenthal


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New Castle’s latest landmarked home: 300 Quaker Road

What was thought to be a small addition to the 1869 Victorian house is really the original, dating from around 1740.
October 26, 2012

Editor’s Note: In last Tuesday’s Town Board meeting, New Castle Town Historian and Chair of the Landmarks Advisory Committee Gray Williams related the story of the house—or, rather, conjoined houses—on Quaker Road that his committee was recommending for landmark status.  ““I am this day 71 years old,” wrote Sutton Reynolds, Jr. in 1865. “I thought I would write a record of some of my family. About the year 1698 or 9, my grandfather was born. . . “

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From the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce

October 26, 2012
by Rob Greenstein

• Special gifts, raffles, coupons for Halloween parent-and-kid Trick-or-Treat on Wed. Oct. 31, 3-5pm
• “Like” the Chamber on Facebook for more updates and offers
• Free Halloween Bash @ World Cup Sat. Oct. 27, 12:30-2:30pm
• “Drop & Shop” @ WeeZee every Thurs 5-8pm
• A&S Fine Foods of Millwood: New gluten-free pasta
• Aurora reminder of Bell Craft Fair Nov. 10
• Whispering Pines: Say Jack-‘o-Lantern and get a gift
• $25 off deep tissue massage for 1st-time clients (reg. $100)

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November 7 Rotary Wine Tasting to benefit Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps

October 26, 2012
by Pamela Thornton

The Rotary Club of Chappaqua will host a wine tasting to benefit the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps (CVAC) on Wednesday, November 7th, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Crabtree’s Kittle House.  Tickets may be purchased in advance for $45 ($90 per couple) or at the door for $50 ($100 per couple).

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NEW: Before and after the sweep of Sandy

Before . . .

. . . and after
October 26, 2012

Autumn was in peak-peak form, but Hurricane Sandy might made short work of the remainder of autumn leaves.  See more photos of town in “Read more…”

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