Chappaqua's HamletHub Fri, 22 Sep 2023 21:17:38 -0400 New Castle Recreation & Parks Scarecrow Building Festival on October 1

Scarecrow Building Festival on Sunday, October 1st, 2023 from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm at Recreation Field, 200 South Greeley Ave (note new location)

Cost: $15 per registration.  All ages welcome!

What is provided: Hay and one “t” shaped post is provided per registration.  Participants must provide rope, clothes, accessories, and whatever else you want to make your scarecrow! *

*Please note: all scarecrows will be outside for the duration of the season, and will not be returned, so clothes that are old/disposable are required.  Additionally, please do not use any electronics or flammable materials as scarecrows will be exposed to the elements.  Please do not use clothing that have inappropriate language or images, or insensitive/controversial material.

How to Register: You may register via Community Pass for your group.  Registration is limited!  First come, first served.  Each registration is inclusive of all participants/family members, please only register once per family. Registration ends September 27th, 2023

Other information:

  •  Following the event, completed scarecrows will be set up by the Parks staff on light posts and fences in Chappaqua & Millwood.
  •  A live DJ and Face Painting will be available at the event!!
  •  The Town of New Castle is not responsible for any loss or damages to entries.  The Town has the right to refuse entry of any completed scarecrow that displays inappropriate material.  Please be advised that no security will be provided to protect the scarecrows.

For any questions, please reach out to the New Castle Recreation Department at (914)238-3909 or by email at

]]> (New Castle Recreation & Parks) Events Wed, 20 Sep 2023 11:58:27 -0400
10th Anniversary of the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival With Celebrity Headlining Author Mary Pope Osborne

The 10th Anniversary of The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival

The 2023 Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival With Celebrity Headlining Author Mary Pope Osborne, Author of The Magic Treehouse Series, takes place on Saturday, September 30, 10 am- 4 pm 

-The largest children’s book festival in the tristate area will have 180 renowned Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators in attendance; Book Signings and Readings, and Illustrator Demos, with a percentage of proceeds going to literacy programs throughout Westchester and Metro New York-

The 10th Anniversary of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival (CCBF) will take place on Saturday, September 30, from 10 am-4 pm at the Chappaqua Train Station in Chappaqua, New York. This year’s Festival will be the largest one yet, with 180 authors in attendance and celebrity authors Mary Pope Osborne and Alan Gratz leading the charge.  We look forward to introducing the community to new writers joining us this year, like Alex Gino, and reconnecting with returning authors like Bryan Collier. Admission and parking are free, and the event will be held rain or shine.  CCBF is proud to announce that it is a recipient of the WestchesterArts 2023 Arts Alive grant, given to support community-based arts and cultural projects developed by cultural groups and organizations.

In its tenth year, the annual festival, promoting community, inclusivity, and literacy, will have authors covering different reading levels and multiple genres, including a larger selection of graphic novels than in years past, LGTBQ themes, and books that celebrate diversity.  We will have author readings and special presentations, illustrator Demos, Book Signings, a bubble bus, and books for sale. This year, food will be available from gourmet food trucks and our local Chappaqua Farmers Market. CCBF will support literacy programs in area schools.

Some of our favorite authors returning this year include fan favorite Pinkalicious author Victoria Kann and Sonja Cherry-Paul, Author of Stamped (For Kids), a very important adaptation of the New York Times best-seller introducing kids to the history of racism and antiracism in America.

We have several authors joining us this year who are new to CCBF, and we are so excited! Mary Pope Osborne, the author of the Magic Tree House series, is our headlining author; we are so excited to have her. Also new to the festival is Alan Gratz, New York Times best-selling author of 19 young children’s novels, and Maulik Pancholy, a well-known actor from NBC’s 30 Rock and award-winning children’s book author. Mr. Pancholy recently launched his newest novel, Nikhil Out Loud, and his previous book, a middle-grade novel, The Best At It, is a Stonewall Honor Award winner.

Our tenth-anniversary celebration festival poster was created by popular and prolific author/illustrator Mark Teague.  Mark is an author and illustrator of over 40 books, including the First Graders from Mars series and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight.?

Joining us this year as a sponsor to celebrate our 10th anniversary is KidLit TV, an educator-led organization that reinforces an appreciation of reading for children through its web-based television.  programming and videos that are seen in over 700,000 schools nationwide.

The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival is a grassroots, all-volunteer effort, with community members working together so children and teens can be inspired by their favorite authors.  The festival gives kids and families a chance to meet and interact with the creators of their favorite characters and to appreciate that there is a real person behind the art and the words on the page.

Since its inception in 2013, the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival has grown from 65 authors to 180 and from 4,000 visitors to 8,000 from all over the tri-state region. We hope to have approximately 10,000 visitors this year.

For more information, visit or follow the CCBF at


]]> (Sue Bolen) Events Tue, 19 Sep 2023 09:12:35 -0400
Chappaqua Continuing Education, Registration for Fall Programs is OPEN!

Registration is now open for the Fall 2023 program!

"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something." - Thomas Huxley

We are happy to announce that Chappaqua Continuing Education has an exciting line-up for the Fall. Our program will be a hybrid of in person classes, which will meet at Horace Greeley High School and online classes via Zoom which can be taken from the comfort of your home!

  • Some classes begin as early as September 18th
  • Register early to ensure your spot - Many classes sell out
  • We offer plenty of one-day classes
  • We do cancel classes for lack of enrollment, so don't delay in expressing your interest

Please visit for course descriptions and to register, or call 238-7201 x2318.

(*New Class)
(**New Recipes)


  • *Botanical Art Studio: Nuts, Leaves And Berries
  • *Colored Pencil Essentials For Beginners And Beyond
  • Drawing Essentials - Skills To Fill Your Artist’s Toolbox
  • *Introduction To Acrylic Painting
  • Introduction To Hand Lettering/Modern Calligraphy With Brush Pens
  • *Line And Wash Is Not For Laundry: The Portal Project
  • *Mixed Media Demystified


  • *Artists From Historically Underrepresented Communities
  • Great Women Artists
  • Famous African American Artists
  • Famous Asian American Artists
  • Great Artists Of Latin America
  • Important LGBTQ+ Artists
  • *Gilded Age Mansions Of The Hudson River Valley
  • *History Of Central Park West: When The Wealthy Moved Into Luxury Apartments
  • *The British Museum
  • *The Chrysler Building: One Of America’s Favorite Buildings
  • *The Getty Villa Museum Of Greek And Roman Art
  • *The Gilded Age Palaces Of Newport, Rhode Island
  • *Virtual Cruise Down The Nile River


  • Introductory PSAT/SAT Prep Course
  • Fall ACT Prep Course
  • Fall SAT Prep Course
  • Winter ACT Prep Course
  • Winter SAT Prep Course


  • *A Night In Jerusalem
  • *A Taste Of India
  • BBQ/Smoking 101
  • **Chicken 3 Ways
  • *Cookies For The Holidays
  • *French Bistro Cooking
  • *Gluten Free Healthy Cooking
  • **Latin American Cuisine Night
  • *Plant Ahead: Quick Vegan Meals For Omnivores
  • **Soup Night
  • **Spicy Healthy Asian Cooking
  • **Up Your Thanksgiving Side Dish


  • *20-20-20
  • Belly Dancing
  • Body Sculpting
  • Fitness Over 40!
  • Line Dancing
  • *Line Dancing Advanced Beginner
  • Pilates
  • Pound Rock Out Workout
  • Small-Group Training
  • Vinyasa Yoga And Meditation


  • Accountable Aging: Preparing Yourself For The Elder Years
  • Investments/Financial Planning For Women
  • Learn How To Travel For Free
  • Maximizing Your Social Security
  • Medicare 101
  • Plan Ahead For Taxes In Retirement
  • *Planning Considerations For New York’s New Medicaid Eligibility Requirements For Long Term Care
  • Quicken Beginner’s Workshop: Get A Head Start On Organizing Your Finances And Be Ready For Tax Time
  • Retirement Planning Today
  • Understanding The Current Estate Tax And Asset Protection Laws


  • Bridge For Beginners
  • Bridge For Intermediate Beginner
  • *Bridge: Supervised Play
  • Canasta: Beginner’s Series
  • Canasta: Supervised Play
  • Mah Jongg: Beginner’s Series
  • Mah Jongg: Supervised Play


  • Design A Winter Wreath
  • *Floral Design Basics: Master The Art Of Arranging, Creating And Gifting
  • Growing Great Garlic
  • Organizing Made Simple: Easy Techniques For Creating A Stress-Free Home
  • Prep & Stage Your Home To Sell
  • Thanksgiving And Winter Garland 5 Ways


  • *American Red Cross Adult CPR / AED
  • *Divorce Detox: Building A Future As A Newly Single Adult
  • *Get Healthy And Save The Planet, One Green Bite At A Time
  • *Help! I Can’t Get My Teen/Young Adult To Eat Healthy
  • Introduction To The Alexander Technique
  • *Introduction To Strategies On Self-Defense
  • *Isn’t That Sweet!? Facts And Myths About Sugars And Sugar Alternatives
  • Reduce Food Cravings Without Depriving Yourself
  • Sleep Well For Wellness
  • Weight Loss Without Dieting
  • Yummy Mindful Scarf Knitting Workshop


  • *Blogging For Fun And Money
  • Hocus Pocus Magic
  • Introduction To Playwriting
  • Suburban Songwriters!
  • Writing Your First Book


  • *Fall Foliage Photography
  • iPhone Photography: Use Your iPhone Camera To Its Full Potential
  • Photo Editing On Your iPhone, Organization And Storage


  • French For Beginners
  • French Intermediate
  • French Advanced Conversation
  • Italian For Beginners
  • Italian Intermediate
  • Japanese For Beginners
  • Spanish For True Beginners
  • Spanish Intermediate
  • Spanish Advanced
]]> (CCSD) Places Tue, 19 Sep 2023 09:12:02 -0400
There’s a New Cheef in Town!

Uncle Cheef Delivers Elegant, Relaxed NYC Style to Putnam County Nightlife

Multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and live music lounge co-owner, Ian Hendrickson-Smith (#thisisunclecheef) defines the image of a working musician. Hendrickson-Smith A.K.A. Uncle Cheef performs alongside the creme de la creme in the jazz, hip-hop community, while living with his wife/business partner, Jenny Larisey in bucolic Brewster, NY.

Hendrickson-Smith has toured/recorded with Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Dr Lonnie Smith among others. As saxophonist in The Roots, house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, he’s performed at the Grammys, (has five Grammys himself) and is currently touring on F.O.R.C.E, LL Cool J’s traveling hip-hop extravaganza. When asked about the excitement of touring, Hendrickson-Smith states, “I love bringing joy to people through music on the road, but also miss seeing the great music and beautiful patrons at Uncle Cheef.”

This family business is the culmination of dreams and elbow grease on the part of the married partners and friends pitching in. From hand constructing every table, to pouring an impressive 23 foot concrete bar top, no detail was overlooked. Every aspect of the customer's experience has been painstakingly managed with special attention to the listening experience. All static space has been meticulously sound treated, to stuffing the hollow table bases to quiet down ringing. This world-class venue offers spacious seating, perfect lighting/sound, generous restrooms and a top-shelf bar program. Customers know they will always enjoy their time at Uncle Cheef. Every performance is curated by Hendrickson-Smith personally, who along with Larisey have perfected a varied tapas-style menu including dishes reflecting the couple’s hometown roots (Jenny’s Canadian, Uncle Cheef’s Louisiana.)

The couple rely on their strengths and combined lifetime of experiences. Hendrickson-Smith delivers a heavy-weight performance on stage and as the lounge’s music curator, leans into his rolodex of connections, bringing world-class musicians to Brewster. He crafts the graphic design for the venue and oversees live recordings, sound and lighting. Larisey counters with 13 years experience managing top-level music venues, a refined sense of design and high-end carpentry skills. “Cheef and myself really pushed building this place to make it a culmination of all the best elements of places we’ve frequented and worked in all over the planet.” - Jenny

While Brewster, NY may seem an unlikely location for a sophisticated music lounge, the property was selected because of its proximity to routes 84 and 684, opening access to western Connecticut and the Hudson Valley. “We love where we live and the people here. We’re your neighbors and want to share music and this beautiful space with you. Together, we can create a community rich in the arts and make our little slice of life that much better. We see our crowd as a 30-mile radius surrounding Brewster and that’s a lot of people with no easy access to something this unique.” -Uncle Cheef

Those wishing to enjoy an evening at Uncle Cheef, are encouraged to reserve a table with the venue’s Resy system which is efficient for making adjustments or leaving special requests. There are built-in messages within the system to guide people with booking large parties, etc. Please contact for additional information.

Uncle Cheef is the Hudson Valley’s newest live music lounge located at 988 Route 22, Brewster, NY 10509. Located 56 miles north of New York City in the Village of Brewster. Full schedule can be found at  is a web-based resource and accompanying weekly newsletter subscription for both music fans and musicians.

]]> (J.M. Roche) Places Tue, 19 Sep 2023 09:11:16 -0400
New Castle Community Day presented by Rotary Club of Chappaqua on Saturday, September 9

Join Rotary Club of Chappaqua for games, rides, ice cream, music and more at 10 am in the Chappaqua Train Station parking lot.
Begin Community Day with the Farmer’s Market and head into the hamlet and shop our with our merchants and then come back for the food trucks.
Take pictures and tag us #NCCommunityDay2023
Learn more about Community Day

Contact us via email at

]]> (Rotary Club of Chappaqua) Events Fri, 01 Sep 2023 10:59:16 -0400
Confidential Paper Shredder at Recycling Center Saturday, September 9

Confidential Paper Shredding Event Saturday, September 9th from 10am-1pm at the Recycling Center

  1. Residents line up on Joan Corwin Way
  2. Recycling Staff will direct residents
  3. Proof of residency will be required
  4. USA Shred staff will load your paper into truck and shred it
  5. Residents are welcome to watch their documents loaded into the shredder
  6. The Recycling Center Yard will be open.    
  7. Access to the Residential Yard Waste Area will be a challenge from 10am-1pm during the event please plan accordingly. 
]]> (Town of New Castle) Events Fri, 01 Sep 2023 10:49:46 -0400
Spotlight on Salud: Men’s Health and AFIB on Tuesday, September 26 at Ossining Open Door

The American Heart Association, in partnership with Westchester Medical Center Health Network and Open Door Family Medical Center present Spotlight on Salud: Men’s Health and AFIB on Tuesday, September 26 at Ossining Open Door. To RSVP, please call 914-502-1301 or email

La Asociación Americana del Corazón en asociación con Westchester Medical Center Health Network y Open Door Family Medical Center, presentan Enfoque en la Salud: Salud Masculina y AFIB el martes 26 de septiembre en Ossining Open Door. Para participar, llame al 914-502-1301 o envíe un correo electrónico a

]]> (Open Door Family Medical Center) Charities Fri, 25 Aug 2023 12:02:51 -0400
Memorial Soccer Jamboree in honor of Casey Taub on Tuesday, August 29

Memorial Soccer Jamboree on Tuesday, August 29

Come watch Greeley Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer Teams take on other regional teams in honor of Casey Taub!

8:15 am Opening Ceremony

8:45 am Games begin on all 4 fields

The Casey Taub Memorial 22:22 soccer jamboree was started after Horace Greeley boys varsity soccer lost Casey Taub, who passed away July 2017 after his sophomore year from a Glioblastoma, a fatal brain tumor.  Casey’s team # was 22. 

The first home game after his passing was organized to honor his memory.  In front of a large crowd who were standing to clap during the 22nd minute of the first half, Greeley scored at exactly 22:22 on the scoreboard.  That time was incorporated into the title for the soccer jamboree.

The jamboree asks teams who attend for a small donation and merchandise and snacks are sold that day with all the money donated in Casey’s memory to The Matthew Larson Foundation for Pediatric Brain Tumors ( ).   This foundation in addition to funding research grants also provides direct financial assistance to families who are dealing with treating their children’s brain cancer.

*Information courtesy

]]> (HH) Events Fri, 25 Aug 2023 12:01:40 -0400
Water Service Line Inventory - Door to Door in New Castle Neighborhoods

As part of a federal mandate, we will need to have an inventory of all water service lines by the end of 2024, to ensure that there are no lead water pipes. 
New Castle DPW will be stopping by properties that we do not have service line information for. Water Department Staff will arrive in marked Town of New Castle Vehicles and have identification.  If we do not stop by or leave a note that means we already have their information.
We will be going door to door starting with the following roads.
  • MID PL
Please contact the DPW office at (914) 238‐3968 or with any questions or concerns.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
]]> (Town of New Castle) Life Fri, 18 Aug 2023 11:49:00 -0400
New Castle Recreation and Parks Fall Registration OPEN

New Castle Recreation & Parks FALL program registration is OPEN

View Catalog HERE

Program start dates vary

Non-resident registration begins August 15th


]]> (New Castle Recreation & Parks) Places Thu, 17 Aug 2023 11:46:49 -0400
New Castle Travel Alert: Road Paving and Chip Seal with Fiber

Public Notice to All Residents Regarding Road Paving and Chip Seal with Fiber in Town of New Castle for the Period Beginning August 16, 2023.
Please be aware that New Castle plans on two to three weeks of road paving and chip sealing.  Road paving is tentatively scheduled to begin Wednesday, August 16, 2023, and last through Friday, September 8, 2023.  Paving will take place Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. 
Roads to be paved at this time include:
Lawrence Farms Crossway
Buttonhook Road
Hitching Post Lane
McKesson Hill Road
Sunset Drive
Cedar Lane
Commodore Road
Crow Hill Road
Vails Lane
Derby Lane
Carriage Hill
Saddle Ridge Road
Woodmill Road
Hilltop Drive
Helena Drive
Hilltop Circle
Hillcrest Circle
Allen Place Parking Lot          
Chip seal with fiber is tentatively scheduled to begin in September.  Dates for that work will be published after Labor Day.  Roads to be chip sealed at this time include:
Haights Cross Road
Tripp Street
Vetere Place
Westwood Road
Residents will experience temporary disruptions to traffic and access as paving operations commence.  Residents are asked to refrain from parking on these streets as paving proceeds.
The precise scheduling of work depends upon weather conditions and the proper operation of paving equipment.  Therefore, your patience and understanding are appreciated.  Keep in mind that it is possible that rain events or paving equipment issues may push back the paving schedule a day or two.  Paving will be preceded by key cuts to the intersections and to some driveways where they are considered beneficial.
Additional notifications will be sent out via CodeRed and mailbox notices.  If you have any further questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact the New Castle Public Works Department at (914) 238-3968. 

]]> (Public Notice) Life Thu, 17 Aug 2023 11:42:45 -0400
Tunes in the Town, Music in New Castle on Saturday, August 26

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 26th when Music in Chappaqua’s adult house rock band will perform on the plaza from 11:30AM – 1 PM.

If you are a talented resident (or band or group) interested in lending your talent to the delight of our community by performing on a Saturday in Town, please send an email to

Get ready to dance and sing along, New Castle!

]]> (Town of New Castle) Events Thu, 17 Aug 2023 11:41:10 -0400
Bicycle Sundays Returns to the Bronx River Parkway on Sunday, September 10th

Head back out to the Bronx River Parkway with us for more Bicycle Sundays, as the event returns, Sunday, Sept. 10 and will run through Oct. 1 for the season!

The last Sundays of the season in which Bicycle Sundays will take place are Sept. 10, 17 and 24 and Oct. 1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “September Bicycle Sundays are a special time as it feels like an extended summer. I’m delighted to welcome cyclists, joggers and families back to the Bronx River Parkway for the fall installment of the 2023 series.”

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O'Connor said, “Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean it’s time to put away our bikes or running shoes. I encourage folks to get out and ride or jog the Bronx River Parkway to keep moving well into the fall.”

Chairperson of the Westchester Parks Foundation (WPF), Seth Mandelbaum said, “Bicycle Sundays embodies the WPF mission to invest, advocate, and enhance all 50 Westchester County Parks. We thank NewYork-Presbyterian and Con Edison for their continued support of this iconic program and look forward to seeing everyone along the Bronx River Parkway this Fall.”

During Bicycle Sundays, a portion of the Bronx River Parkway is closed to cars from for the exclusive use of bicyclists, joggers, walkers, scooters and strollers. The course runs from the Westchester County Center in White Plains, south to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers, a round-trip of 13.1 miles. There are many points of entry and exit along the way.

Bicycle Sundays is presented by Westchester County Parks and sponsored by Westchester Parks Foundation and its partners, through generous donations from co-presenting sponsors NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester and Con Edison, with Jen’s Cycles in Yonkers as the official Bicycle Sponsor.

Westchester Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, philanthropic organization which provides private support to preserve the County’s Park system and improve the quality of life in our communities. Westchester Parks Foundation’s mission is to invest in, advocate for, and enhance the over 50 parks of the Westchester County Parks system. For more information, visit


]]> (Westchester County) Events Thu, 17 Aug 2023 11:10:52 -0400
Swim Across America at Larchmont Yacht Club Makes Greatest Waves Yet Raising $1.825M to Help Beat Cancer and Save Lives

This summer’s Swim Across America Long Island Sound open-water and seven pool events have once again made a huge splash by raising a record $1.825 million for local cancer research, prevention and treatment. What’s more, this year the chapter has exceeded $25 million in total donations raised since its inception in 1992.

“For 31 years, dedicated swimmers of all ages have been taking the plunge to raise money to beat cancer, and they have shown their unwavering commitment to our cause by once again breaking our fundraising record,” says SAA-LIS Event Director Jean Fufidio. “We are incredibly grateful to all our swimmers, kayakers, and volunteers, who continue to make even greater waves to fight cancer. Every person involved in our swims can be proud of the fact that they are playing an important role in the fight against cancer.”

Proceeds from the swims support Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Columbia University Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical Center and patient services with Cancer Support Team.

Although the swim season is officially over for 2023, donations are always welcome and can be sent to SAA-Long Island Sound, P.O. Box 217, Larchmont, NY 10538.

“Cancer touches far too many individuals and families each year,” adds Ms. Fufidio. “Our Swim Across America Long Island Sound chapter is making a significant difference through our annual swim events and affecting real change. Together we are funding essential cancer research, offering support and hope to cancer patients, and saving lives.”

For more information about Swim Across America Long Island Chapter, please call 914-769-8411 or visit

]]> (Jeannette Boccini,) Charities Mon, 14 Aug 2023 10:35:28 -0400
Volunteers Needed to Deliver Meals to Homebound Senior Citizens in New Castle

New Castle Recreation and Parks has announced that volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound senior citizens.

A shift is approximately from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

To volunteer, or for more information, contact Bess Steiger, social worker for seniors at 914-238-2093.

]]> (HH) Neighbors Fri, 11 Aug 2023 11:08:18 -0400