Due to the current health crisis, the Town of New Castle will be unable to hold our traditional Memorial Day parade. However, working with the Memorial Day Committee and New Castle Community Media Center, we have planned a virtual Memorial Day celebration that will honor the soldiers from New Castle who lost their lives in service to their country and celebrate our community and its enduring spirit. On Monday, May 25th at 11AM, please join honorable local veterans, your friends and neighbors, and some special guests for a one-of-a-kind virtual commemoration and celebration.
As per the Westchester County Department of Health and the County Attorney, who consulted with NYS Empire State Development, doubles tennis is now permissible, provided that each player brings his or her own can of balls, and players should only touch their own tennis balls. While this is the official guidance, private courts can determine whether they wish to permit doubles tennis. Thank you all for your patience as we worked with neighboring municipalities and the County to try to get clarity on this matter. Play on!
Beaches Open for Memorial Day Weekend
Many of us were excited to hear that beaches will be open Memorial Day weekend. Here in the Town of New Castle, we do not have any municipal beaches or lakeshores. Swimming pools are still closed until further notice. Here is some information about regional beaches:
Westchester County has determined that it will open its beaches on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11am to 6:30pm. From Tuesday to Friday, our beaches will be closed while we determine whether we will continue operating them through following weeks. County beaches will be open to County residents only – please be prepared to show proof of residency. Learn more: https://parks.westchestergov.com/pools-and-beaches
New York State beaches will be open, including the following regional parks:
Jones Beach 9 am – 5 pm
Robert Moses 9 am – 5 pm
Hither Hills 9 am – 5 pm
Sunken Meadow 9 am – 5 pm
Lake Welch 10 am – 6 pm.
Beachgoers should visit only with members of their immediate household and:
Maintain 6 feet of distance of others while swimming and on beaches and boardwalks.
Keep beach blankets and chairs at least 10 feet apart from others;
Wear a mask when unable to maintain social distance;
On behalf of all New Castle residents, I want to extend a sincere and genuine “thank you” to the EMS volunteers and professionals on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis--planning, adapting and responding every day to take care of our community and its residents. I encourage you to take a moment to write a thank you letter, send an email, or say a prayer for our first responders from Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Westchester EMS, Chappaqua Fire Department, Millwood Fire Department, Mount Kisco Fire Department, and the New Castle Police Department. Another way you can say thank you is by participating in the Girl Scouts community-wide “Thank a First Responder Day”: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e054daeac3-thank2
Town of New Castle Free Mask Distribution
If you cannot maintain social distance, you must wear a mask. Practically speaking, this means bring your mask with you everywhere you go, at all times, and be prepared to pop the mask on when needed. Or better yet, just wear your mask. Compliance is critical to re-opening – do your part!
For Seniors and Essential Workers: The Town of New Castle has received a generous donation of Hanes white cotton face masks from Westchester County to distribute masks to residents. Senior citizens and other vulnerable residents, and essential workers can visit Town Hall to pick up free masks.
For Visitors to Gedney Park: To encourage compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order requiring New Yorkers to wear masks when social distancing is not possible, the Town of New Castle will be distributing masks in Gedney Park (weather permitting) to New Castle residents who on a first-come first-served basis on Saturday, May 23 from 8-2, and Sunday May 24 from 10-2. These masks are intended for those parkgoers who do not have or have forgotten their masks.
When allowed, businesses will re-open in 4 phases. The first phase includes: Construction; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting; Retail - (Limited to curbside or in-store pickup or drop off); Manufacturing; and Wholesale Trade. For those industries included in Phase 1, The State has released guidance for what will be required in order to re-open: https://forward.ny.gov/industries-reopening-phase#overview--reopening-in-phases
Westchester County Executive George Latimer to Kick-Off New “Lunch & Learn” Series
Co-sponsored by the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce and the Town of New Castle
On Wednesday, May 27th at 11:30AM, County Executive Latimer will join the Chamber and the Town for a COVID update and discussion of NY Forward, the phased reopening plan for non-essential businesses in the Mid-Hudson region. Information will also be provided about resources available through the Westchester County Office of Economic Development.
If you have questions you would like the County Executive to address please send then to Councilwoman Lauren Levin at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, May 26th at 12PM. Click here to register for this zoom event.
Our new weekly “Lunch & Learn” series will focus on essential topics with important information and updates that are especially relevant for any size and category of small business and merchant. As we get closer to reopening, there will be many changes, guidelines, mandates and preparations for the “new normal.” If you have a topic that you are interested in and/or have a recommended presenter for “Lunch & Learn,” please email email@example.com.
Gatherings for Religious Services and Memorial Day
On Thursday, May 21st Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.32, which permits a gathering of ten or fewer individuals for any religious service or ceremony, or for the purposes of any Memorial Day service or commemoration, provided that social distancing protocols and cleaning and disinfection protocols required by the Department of Health are adhered to, and provided further, that any drive-in or remote religious service may continue in excess of the ten person limit so long as there is no in-person contact between participants. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/no-20232-continuing-temporary-suspension-and-modification-laws-relating-disaster-emergency
At Home Activities from NC Recreation
Another week of daily activities for you to do at home with your children!
Each day at 10:00 am we will post a new activity or entertainment on the New Castle Recreation & Parks Facebook page. Once uploaded, they will be available at any time. Please feel free to post pictures of you and your family taking part!
Check out our schedule below for the week of May 25th.
Recycling Center Re-Open on Tuesday, May 26th
By popular demand, the Town of New Castle Recycling Center is reopening on a limited basis starting Tuesday, May 26th. The Office and Residential Yard Waste Area will remain closed until further notice. The Recycling Center Yard will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7AM-2:30PM only.
Please note follow the procedural changes below when arriving at the Recycling Center.
A limit of four vehicles will be permitted within the yard which will be managed by a recycling staff member
Residents must remain in their cars while waiting on line to enter the yard.
Walk-ins will not be permitted
Residents are required to wear a mask/face covering
Six feet of social distancing must be maintained so please leave family members home or have them remain in your vehicle
To ensure social distancing only one resident will be permitted on the platforms at a time
Use time efficiently in the yard in order to minimize wait time for others
Since the Recycling Center Office and Residential Yard Waste Area will remain closed, please visit Chappaqua Paint and Hardware or Millwood Hardware to purchase yard waste bags, recycling totes and compostable liners for food compost. Yard waste will continue to be collected curbside every other Monday.
The Chappaqua Library has received permission to operate with restrictions by the State of New York. Starting Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in addition to our online programs and resources we will be able to fulfill requests for books and other materials with curbside pickup. In order to ensure safety as our number one priority we will be providing this service from 9 am - 5 pm for the first week.
Patrons must either fill out the form below with their requests or contact the library by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 914-238-4779. We will do our best to fulfill your requests but there will be restrictions on obtaining items from other libraries.
May and June will be a busy time of year with two election dates in June. Be sure to visit www.lwvnewcastle.org for all the up-to-date information on the elections and the special provisions for voting. Links to all online events will be posted on www.lwvnewcastle.org.
Information about election dates, the most recent information about how to vote, and our LWV sponsored events is below:
SCHOOL AND LIBRARY BOARD ELECTIONS AND BUDGETS
The vote on School and Library Budgets and races for two open seats on the CCSD Board and one seat on the Chappaqua Library Board will be held on JUNE 9th. This election will be held by mail only, and all registered voters will receive a ballot by mail.
Candidates for School Board are Jeffrey Mester, Joshua Shapiro, Jane Kimmel Shepardson (Incumbent), Deborah Smith, and Victoria Tipp (Incumbent).
Candidates for Library Board are Nishat Hydari, Andrew Rothlein, and Joshua Shapiro.
May 28, 2020 from 7 - 9 pm: Candidates' Night for the Chappaqua Central School District and Chappaqua Library Board seats. This event will be streamed live on YouTube and will replay on YouTube, Vimeo and Cable TV - Verizon Fios Channel 45/46 & Altice (Formerly Cablevision) Optimum Channel 75/77. The schedule can be found on nccmc.com.
The League also invites the public to submit questions for the candidates to answer during the forum. Click HERE to submit your question. We will not be accepting live questions during this event, and all questions must be submitted by May 27th at 5 pm.
Click HERE to view our 2020 LWVNC Voters Guide with information about the candidates.
NEW YORK PRIMARY ELECTIONS
JUNE 23rd is primary day for State Assembly District 93 (Democratic primary only), US NY Congressional District 17 (Democratic and Republican Primary) and the Presidential Primary (Democratic primary only). All registered voters will be mailed an absentee ballot application.
June 1, 2020 from 7 – 8:30 pm: Candidates' Night for Assembly District 93 Democratic Primary candidates. This event will be streamed live on YouTube and will replay on YouTube, Vimeo and Cable TV - Verizon Fios Channel 45/46 & Altice (Formerly Cablevision) Optimum Channel 75/77. The schedule can be found on nccmc.com.
The League also invites the public to submit questions for the candidates to answer during the forum. Click HERE to submit your question. We will not be accepting live questions during this event, and all questions must be submitted by May 31st at 5 pm.
The contest is open to kindergarten through 12th-grade students in New York State public and private schools and youth organizations. Design around themes for:
New York Recycles!
Reduce Your Single Use
Cookin' Up Good Compost!
BYOBag--Bring Your Own Bag
Deadline: Posters must be received no later than May 29, 2020. Please note that all artwork submitted becomes the property of the NYSDEC, is retained, and may be reproduced. Posters will not be returned.
The Chappaqua Farmer's Market is so happy to announce that we will be re-opening on Saturday, May 30th at 8:30 a.m. Due to the current health crisis, we will be modifying the way we operate while still staying as true to our mission as possible: bringing fresh local food to our community. For starters, we are relocating the market to the South lot at the commuter parking lot. The extra space will allow us to spread our vendors out as much as possible. Every vendor and shopper will be required to wear a mask and shoppers will be allowed into the market in groups of 30 at a time. We will also be encouraging pre-ordering as much as possible to make your market shop swift and surgical.
Look for more of our safety protocols on our website and on FB next week. We would like to thank the town of New Castle for entrusting us with this responsibility. Our vendors miss you. We can't wait to see you at the market. Until then, stay safe!
2020 Summer Opportunities - Extended Deadline
New Castle United for Youth
New Castle United for Youth, a federally funded community-based youth prevention coalition, is looking for high school students who want to take advantage of a great short term summer opportunity to learn leadership skills and help their community. New Castle teens who will be in high school next year are invited to apply to participate in the NCUFY summer internship. NCUFY works to reduce substance use in our community through collaboration, education, positive messaging and supporting substance free activities.
Because of the uncertainties surrounding in person work and gathering opportunities, we are remaining flexible about the details of the structure of our summer internship but are committed to providing the same great internship opportunity we have in the past, even if much or all of the work is done virtually.
83rd Annual Strawberry Festival at The Church of Saint Mary The virgin Episcopal Church
Much to our dismay we have to cancel our June 2020 Strawberry Festival. It normally occurs the first Saturday in June but with the pandemic upon us we are first and foremost concerned with safety.
We have so valued the community’s support in prior years and could not have done without all of you. It is a sad day for us. Not only does the Festival support the Church but it really is in our view an opportunity to reach out to our wonderful community.
At this point we are keeping our options open for a scaled down version in the Fall and we will keep you apprised of our final decision. In the meantime, stay safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Church of Saint Mary The Virgin Episcopal Parish, Chappaqua, New York
Census 2020 – Let’s Do This New Castle!
Did you know…The U.S. Census data impacts funding for things like: Education programs and grants, Public transportation, Medicare and Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Libraries, Community centers, School meal programs, and Parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities!
Currently New Castle is #3 among all Westchester communities in our response rate to the Census. That’s pretty good…but we think we’re #1! Go online today to complete your census: my2020census.gov.
COVID-19 Resource Guide
The Town of New Castle has created an online resource guide for residents, which compiles all of our guidance from previous eNewsletters, and contains important links to State and County resources. https://www.mynewcastle.org/COVID19Guide