Coronavirus - Important Health Update for New Castle Residents
Several residents have reached out to the Town of New Castle with concerns about the coronavirus (2019-nCoV). When it comes to matters of public health and preparedness, the Town of New Castle works closely with Westchester County. The County Departments of Health and Emergency Services participate in state and federal briefings, and provide important information to municipalities. To learn more about the current status and the steps that the County is doing to keep residents safe please visit: https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus
The Town is taking this matter seriously – the health and safety of New Castle residents is our top priority. If we receive any urgent information, we will provide an immediate update to residents.
Westchester County Legislator Vedat Gashi recently published an excellent and comprehensive update on the County’s efforts, which is pasted below:
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I wanted to provide you all a brief update on the Coronavirus into Westchester County (also known as "COVID-19" or "Novel Coronavirus").
TO DATE, there have been no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Westchester County. There are, however, currently eight individuals in Westchester County under voluntary quarantine being monitored because they returned from areas where Coronavirus cases have occurred.
For obvious reasons, this is a matter that we all must take very seriously. The Westchester County Health Department is strictly following CDC and NYS Department of Health protocols and is making sure those under quarantine have all the support services they need. Below, you can learn about some of the steps Westchester County has taken, and steps you can take to help stem the spread of the virus:
WHAT THE COUNTY IS DOING TO PREPARE AND KEEP RESIDENTS SAFE:
County Departments, including the Departments of Health and Emergency Services continue to participate in State and Federal briefings to receive situational updates and information on the latest guidance for health care personnel and for monitoring persons potentially exposed.
The County is in communication with our local hospitals and other health care providers to monitor their supply of personal protective equipment and the County stands ready to assist facilities that need help with obtaining supplies.
The County is reviewing its emergency response plans and is prepared to implement strategies, should the need arise, that would help lessen exposure to residents
The County Department of Health continues to follow state and federal guidance on monitoring of persons who may have been exposed. At this time, federal and state authorities are not requiring persons returning from South Korea to be placed under quarantine orders or to be restricted from attending school or work.
The County continues to send updates to medical providers and first responders as new information is obtained.
Wash hands - at least 20 seconds - with soap and water
Stay home when sick
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze (into your elbow or a tissue)
Clean with bleach-based products
Get your flu shot
The CDC has issued travel health notices:
Residents should avoid non-essential travel to both China & South Korea given the number of cases in these countries. Older residents and those with chronic medical conditions should consider also avoiding travel to Iran, Japan and Italy.
Before making travel plans, residents should visit the CDC website (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel) as information is continuously being updated.
Lastly, events like this are a cause of stress and anxiety which can lead to biases against those of specific ethnicities or countries of origin. Please remember that we are all co-workers, neighbors, schoolmates, and members of the community, and use this as another opportunity to be considerate and kind to one another.
NEW - Spring Planning for Your Garden
Coffee and Conversation with Melanie Smith Klein
Join us Thursday, March 5th 10:00am at Bobo's Cafe Chappaqua Train Station, for an informal coffee and conversation to find out more about the New Castle Pollinator Pathway. We will also discuss ways to provide habitat for pollinators, tips for spring clean-up, and how to select and source native plants.
Melanie Smith Klein is a long-time resident of New Castle. She is a Master Gardener, member of the Conservation Board, co-President of the Chappaqua Garden Club and a New Castle Pollinator Pathways steering committee member.
New Castle Pollinator Pathways Coalition is part of a multi-state effort to provide a corridor of contiguous pollinator-friendly properties.
There are two community gardens in New Castle, both administered by the local non-profit InterGenerate.
The Chappaqua garden is located on the property of the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps, who has generously permitted us to garden there since 2011. This long-established garden usually has only one or two openings a year, but it is always worth inquiring about.
The Millwood garden just opened last year, and has 30 raised beds, and plenty of spots available. It is located at the base of Sand Street, off of route 100 in Millwood, about a mile or two north of Rocky’s.
In both gardens, people can rent an entire bed to garden for themselves, or they can sign up to be part of a team that gardens together or a team that grows food for donation to those in need.
Ivy Pool is the new Supervisor and chief fiscal officer of the Town of New Castle. She establishes agendas, presides over Town Board meetings, signs all agreements and contracts on behalf of the Town, and is responsible for maintaining financial stability of the Town of New Castle. Join us for a lively discussion on Tuesday March 10th 9:30am at Town Hall, covering many topics and issues of the day.
NEW - Action Civics: A 21st Century Approach to Educating Youth for Democratic Participation
Presented by DeNora Getachew, New York Executive Director, Generation Citizen
On Monday, March 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Horace Greeley High School Academic Commons, come learn how project-based civics education can equip our students with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions for lifelong civic participation in our 21st century democracy. Educating and empowering the youth of our country is vital to maintaining a strong democracy, and the League of Women Voters supports programs that provide students with the information, motivation, and skills to become informed voters and engaged citizens.
DeNora Getachew is the New York City Executive Director of Generation Citizen, a national nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to reinvigorating civics education in secondary schools in order to educate and empower the next generation of young people. DeNora began her career working on local democracy and government reform at the New York City Council and has worked at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law; for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio; and at Citizens Union. DeNora is a member of the New York State Public Campaign Financing Commission and the New York State Department of Education Civic Action Readiness Task Force.
NEW - Holocaust & Human Rights Art & Writing Contest
New Castle Recreation Senior Programs
NEW - Senior Broadway Trip
Senter Street Spotlight
the official bi-monthly town newsletter featuring programs and services for residents 60 plus. View the latest issue here.
St. Patricks Day Luncheon
Sponsored by the New Castle Police Benevolent Society
Please join us March 6th, 12pm at the New Castle Community Center for a delicious corned beef & cabbage lunch with all the “Irish trimmings.” Enjoy musical entertainment by Jimmy Walsh.
RSVP by Tuesday, March 3rd
Call the Community Center at 914-238-888
"Pablo Casals" In Concert
Cellist Michael Meade will enact the life and times of Pablo Casals.
Date: Sunday, March 22 at 3:00pm Location: New Castle Community Center
The concert will be a benefit for Music for Relief, a not-for-profit project by Linking Park bringing the music community together to raise awareness and raise funds for those in need.
Tickets available the New Castle Recreation Department and the Clinton Street Senior Center in Pleasantville.
Children's Series at the Chappaqua PAC
The Town of New Castle Recreation Department along with the Friends of the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center and the Chappaqua Library are excited to present a monthly Children’s Series at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. All performances are free, however registration is required.
The Paper Bag Players
Sunday, March 8 at 2:00pm
The longest running children’s theater company in the United States! Performance of original musical theater for children Pre-K thru 3rd grade
Visit the library website for a full list of upcoming events for children, teens and adults.
Chappaqua Continuing Education
Registration is open for Spring 2020
It's never too late to learn something new. Whether you're curious about Pickleball, looking to learn a new language, or want to improve your culinary skills, the Chappaqua Continuing Education Spring 2020 program offers over 75 courses in a wide range of categories from which to choose.
Some classes begin as early as March 9th
Register early to ensure your spot
Many classes sell out
Plenty of one-day classes
We do cancel classes for lack of enrollment, so don't delay in expressing your interest.
This event is possible is because of the generous support of the local merchants and civic organizations in and around New Castle. The financial contributions and product donations we receive help greatly in running this event.
If you or your organization is interested in being a sponsor or have any questions, please contact the New Castle Recreation Department at (914) 238-7290 or by email at email@example.com.
The 2020 Road Race Sponsorship Packet is available here.
It's time to inspire the young scientist in your students!
Are you looking for the best way to show off your science research or just beginning to have fun exploring science, technology, engineering, and math? Look no further than our own local celebration of STEM.
Now in its 6th year the Chappaqua PTA STEM FEST 2020 takes place on Saturday March 21st at the Robert E Bell Middle School in Chappaqua. Students of all ages in the Chappaqua Central School district join together to make it happen. Come see all the rooms of student exhibits, competitions, club demonstrations, vendor and sponsor displays.
Life Science, Earth Science, Physical Science, Chemistry and more….STEM FEST is sure to have it!
Stumped for a fresh idea? There are a multitude of online resources for project ideas and ask your parents and teachers. Visit our PTA STEM webpage for links to ideas. This year students will be able to opt in to getting feedback from district and community experts on their projects and presentation skills.
The annual Young Writers Contest, sponsored by The Friends of Chappaqua Library is accepting entries in a variety of categories from students, grades 5-12 who live and/or attend school in the Chappaqua School District.