Chappaqua's HamletHub Fri, 17 Jan 2020 19:42:09 -0500 Horace Greeley Student Earns Rank of Eagle Scout

Congratulations Eagle Scout David Koestler

On January 12, at a ceremony at the New Castle Community Center, Horace Greeley High School junior David Koestler was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in BSA Scouts. David is part of a proud tradition of scouts who have served our community and the nation in ways both large and small.

Here in the Town of New Castle, scouts help those in need, improve our neighborhoods, and reach out to those less fortunate. David’s Eagle Scout project was to design and construct a shed at the First Congregational Church, where PlayCare nursery school is located, to significantly improve the playground by securing and concealing the refuse bins. I had the honor of presenting David with a proclamation on behalf of the Town of New Castle. David, we are all so proud of you. You represent the very best of this community!

]]> (Town of New Castle) Neighbors Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:41:58 -0500
Imagine Your Summer At Harvey Camp! Open House on Feb. 22, Registration OPEN

The Harvey Summer Camp celebrates its 25th year with a 2020 session that offers an extraordinary interactive summer experience for children entering grades 1 through 9. With more than 50 courses to choose from, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy!

Attend Harvey Summer Camp OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more and register HERE.

Northern Westchester’s premier summer program, the Harvey Camp offers children entering grade 2 and up the unique opportunity to create their own schedules, allowing them the freedom to explore their own interests in art, theater, sports, science, and so much more. Children entering first grade get a taste of a “big camp” experience as directors and counselors guide them through their days of fun, learning activities.

With 125 sprawling acres of woods, open fields, and state-of-the-art facilities, the Harvey campus offers an ideal location for a summer day camp. The magnificent Walker Center for the Arts, the impressive Fenstermacher Athletic Center, the iconic Evarts Memorial Ice Rink, the John G. Davis Tennis Courts and an outdoor pool are just some of the wonderful facilities campers will enjoy!

The 2020 session will also feature several “specialty camps.” One will give girls entering grades 5-12 a chance to learn how to play lacrosse under the exceptional tutelage of local lacrosse legend Sammy Jo Tracy. For children entering grades 8-10 who are interested in STEM, Harvey offers a Robotics Camp, housed in the school’s robotics lab and taught by highly successful RoboCavs coach Chris Kelly. For kids curious to explore the fun and thrill of high-wire balancing and aerial movement, the professional performers of Westchester Circus Arts return for another spectacular summer under the Big Top in Circus Camp.

The six-week session of Harvey Summer Camp runs from June 29 through August 7. Weekly options are available. Tuition includes daily lunch in Harvey’s cafeteria, a complimentary camp 

T-shirt and a sports bag. Depending on a camper’s home location, transportation options are available for an additional fee.

Be part of our 25th-anniversary celebration and allow your child a chance to enjoy a summer of his or her own making. Tell your child what we tell our campers: “It’s your summer. Imagine it.”

To find out more about the tuition and the programs, visit


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White Plains Performing Arts Center presents Rita Harvey’s Heart Like A Wheel – A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt

Rita Harvey’s Heart Like A Wheel – A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt at WPPAC on January 25 at 8pm

Rita Harvey’s ‘Heart Like A Wheel’ - A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt celebrates one of the most beloved and versatile pop singers of the past five decades. Hear the hits that Linda Ronstadt helped make famous ("You're No Good," "Blue Bayou," "When Will I Be Loved," "It's So Easy," "That'll Be the Day," "Desperado," "Heat Wave" and many others) as well as stories behind the songs that highlighted her career. These timeless favorites are performed by Broadway star, Rita Harvey, backed up by four incredible rock musicians.

Rita Harvey starred in the lead role of Christine Daae in the Broadway and National Touring productions of The Phantom of the Opera.  She was also in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof as Hodel opposite Rosie O'Donnell, Harvey Fierstein and Alfred Molina. Other credits include Diana in the Theatersquared production of Next To Normal and Helen Bechdel in the White Plains Performing Arts Center’s acclaimed production of Fun Home. Rita is the principle soprano in "Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway" which was voted the number one reviewed touring Broadway concert in the country.

Rita Harvey’s ‘Heart Like A Wheel’ - A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt will play the White Plains Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 25 at 8pm. Tickets are $37.50.

The White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center off Mamaroneck Avenue in downtown White Plains, minutes from the White Plains Metro North Station. For tickets visit the theatre box office Monday-Friday (11am-6pm), purchase the tickets online at or call 914-328-1600. For Group Sales, please contact

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Chappaqua Library Hosts Woodstock Festival: Honoring the 50th Anniversary at Town Hall

Woodstock Festival: Honoring the 50th Anniversary at Town Hall on Wednesday, January 15 at 7pm

The festival has become widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history as well as a defining event for the counter culture generation.

The facilitator, David Fruci, adj. professor, WCC, will present a program with guitar and PowerPoint videos.

Learn more here.

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Broadway’s Jessica Vosk Joins Bryan Perri in ACT of CT’s Broadway Unplugged Series Feb. 25

ACT (A Contemporary Theater) of Connecticut is excited to announce that Jessica Vosk will join ACT's Resident Music Supervisor, Bryan Perri, on February 25, 2020 for the Broadway Unplugged Series 

Jessica Vosk played Elphaba in WICKED on Broadway for two years, and recently starred in the NYC Ballet Jerome Robbins tribute SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT. Other Broadway credits include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, FINDING NEVERLAND, and THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Jessica starred as Anita in the Grammy-nominated San Francisco Symphony’s WEST SIDE STORY. This season, she will star in the 50th anniversary of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Lincoln Center. 

The Broadway Unplugged Series is the brainchild of the accomplished Perri, who is currently working as Music Director and Conductor on the critically acclaimed Broadway musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL alongside Alanis Morissette, Tom Kitt and Diane Paulus. Perri recently finished a ten-year run as Music Director and Conductor of the Broadway production of WICKED, and as Music Director for SUPERHERO, having its world premiere Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theater. Each show in the Broadway Unplugged Series presents an intimate evening where Perri sits down at the piano with renowned Broadway performers for an exceptional evening of never before heard stories, great conversation, and incredible vocals.

ACT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine says, “Jessica is one of the most gifted performers that I know. I’ve been hoping to get her to ACT for a Broadway Unplugged for quite some time, and I am thrilled that it is happening! Audiences are going to fall in love with her!”

Tickets for the February 25, 2020 show may be purchased here. For more information about ACT of Connecticut, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theater-related news and announcements, visit

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Paid Internships Available in Town of New Castle

Summer Help Wanted in New Castle

If you are New Castle resident, with one year of college completed by Summer 2020, we have paid internships available.  The Town of New Castle is looking for college students for a 6 week internship, knowledge of CAD preferred but not required.

Compensation is $1500 for the 6 weeks with an opportunity to extend.

Cover letter with resume should be sent to Jill Shapiro at JShapiro@MyNewCastle.Org by January 31, 2020.

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New Castle Volunteer Board and Commission Openings!

Volunteer Board and Commission Openings!

There are currently vacancies on the Beautification Advisory Board, Conservation Board, Planning Board, and Recreation Commission.  If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please fill out a volunteer application form and return it to Jill Shapiro at JShapiro@MyNewCastle.Org.

Questions? Need more information? Please call me at 238.4742 or email me at JShapiro@MyNewCastle.Org.


]]> (Jill Shapiro, Town Administrator) Neighbors Wed, 08 Jan 2020 11:04:49 -0500
Jeremy Saland Appointed New Castle's Deputy Town Supervisor

In his first Supervisor's Report, our new Deputy Town Supervisor, Jeremy Saland said, "I pledge to work hard every day on behalf of the residents of New Castle. Serving as your Town Supervisor is an honor and a privilege...and I can't wait to get to work!"

First elected to the Town Board in 2015, Jeremy was re-elected in November 2019. Prior to joining the Town Board, Jeremy served as Town Prosecutor from 2010-2015. He has a wealth of knowledge about Town issues, and he is insightful, dedicated, and honest.

Congratulations Jeremy!

Stay up to date!  To find agendas, supporting documents, and meeting minutes for Board meetings, click here.

To watch videos from recent meetings recorded by New Castle Community Media Center, click here

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New Castle Recreation and Parks Commission Announces Open Position

The Recreation and Parks Commission develops long term and short term plans for the Town's parks and sponsors activities for New Castle residents from pre-school to senior citizens. The Commission supervises equipment, operation and maintenance of all facilities; makes rules and regulations governing their use; establishes and collects fees; plans for the future recreation and parks needs of the community; prepares an annual budget to recommend to the Town Board; files an annual report with the Town Board; and makes recommendations to the Town Board for recreational programs to be held jointly with neighboring municipalities, the Chappaqua Library, or with school districts within the town.

The Recreation and Parks Commission appoints the Superintendent of Recreation and Parks who supervises New Castle's professional Recreation Department staff. The Superintendent of Recreation shall administer the policies of the Commission and direct the programs and facilities under its control, but may not exercise the authority of the Commission in its absence.

The facilities and parks under the Recreation and Parks Commission include: Gedney Park, Millwood Park, Recreation Field, Smith Park, Whippoorwill Park, Community Center and the Art Center.

Members of the Recreation and Parks Commission are not eligible for reappointment unless the first term was a partial term. All Commission members annually choose the chairman in the first week of February. The Commission may advise the Town Board of any member who misses three consecutive regular meetings or more than four meetings of any kind during the calendar year.

The term is for seven years. The meetings are the first Thursday of every month.

Please complete this form and email to Jill Shapiro, the New Castle Town Administrator at

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January Programs at Chappaqua Library

The Chappaqua Library has several new programs for this January.  Check the town calendar or library website for any updates or additions.

Lecture: Ending Pain Naturally

Learn how arthritis, muscle aches and nerve pain can respond to improvements in diet and the use of specific nutritional supplements.

Facilitator Dr. Michael Wald is a Certified Nutrition specialist, Doctor of Nutrition /Dietician and host of the radio show, Blood Detective on Gary Null's PRN FM.
Cosponsor: Town of New Castle
Monday, Jan 6, 2020 @ 7PM
New Castle Town Hall Assembly Room

Lecture: Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL

The festival has become widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history as well as a defining event for the counter-culture generation.

Facilitator David Fruci, adj. prof. WCC will present a program using guitar and Power Point to re-live the event including musicians's stories and the reason for its relocation and financial disaster.
Cosponsor: Town of New Castle
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 @ 7PM
New Castle Town Hall Assembly Room

Author talk: Dangerous Melodies: Classical Music in America from the Great War through the Cold War

Dangerous Melodies vividly evokes a time when classical music stood at the center of 20th century American life, occupying a prominent place in the nation's culture and politics. Momentous international events were intertwined with the work of renowned conductors, instrumentalists and singers.

Author Jonathan Rosenberg, a Julliard-trained musician and professor of history at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center, explores this fascinating entanglement.'
Cosponsors: Town of New Castle and Friends of the Chappaqua Library
Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 @ 7PM

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Winter Session at Chappaqua Continuing Education

"Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you'll ever have is your mind and what you put into it." ~ Brian Tracy

Start the New Year off right! Registration is now open for the Chappaqua Continuing Education Winter Session.

It’s never too late to learn something new. . .

  • Classes begin the week of January 6, 2020
  • Register early to ensure your spot
  • Many classes sell out
  • 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 ex. 2318.

College Prep

  • ACT Prep Class
  • SAT Prep Class

Dance & Exercise

  • Gentle Yoga
  • Jumpstart to Fitness for Women
  • Pilates
  • POUND Rock Out Workout
  • Small-Group Personal Training
  • TRX Strength Training
  • Vinyasa Yoga

Games & Fun

  • Canasta: Beginners
  • Canasta: Intermediate Play

World Languages

  • Advanced Italian Conversation
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Chappaqua BandJam Winner to Open for Guitar Wunderkind Taz Niederauer at The Ridgefield Playhouse

16 year-old guitar wunderkind, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse, January 25th 

Sixteen-year-old Brandon Niederauer, nicknamed “Taz” for his ferocious guitar playing, has performed in some of the most legendary venues in America with many of the most prominent musicians of our time and many of his musical idols. In recent years, he’s shared the stage with multiple members of the Allman Brothers Band, as well as a variety of other notable musicians, including Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and others.

Since making his national television debut on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” at just ten years old, Brandon has appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Good Morning America,” and “The View,” and performed with numerous bands including: Tedeschi Trucks Band, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, The Revivalists, Dumpstaphunk, Blackberry Smoke, Galactic, and others.

Your chance to see this wunderkind perform at The Ridgefield Playhouse is Saturday, January 25th at 8pm. Opening for Taz is BandJam 2019 winner: Postscript! This concert is part of Bandsintown Emerging Artist Series and Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity.

Brandon Niederauer is living proof that dreams really do come true -  the young guitarist, singer, and songwriter has already earned himself quite the reputation. It all started at eight years old, when Brandon watched the movie School of Rock. Already inspired by his father’s record collection, Brandon instantly realized he was destined to play guitar. From that moment on, his guitar rarely left his hands. Just four years later, Brandon was cast in the principal role of guitarist “Zack Mooneyham” in the Tony Award-nominated Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway production, School of Rock the Musical.

In 2018, Brandon reunited with Andrew Lloyd Webber, performing in January with Sarah Brightman at The Phantom of the Opera’s 30th Anniversary celebration, and in April alongside Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, and John Legend in NBC’s live broadcast production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Brandon is currently featured in Spike Lee’s Netflix series, “She’s Gotta Have It,” and performs concerts for audiences across the country and around the world.

Live Music News & Review describes Taz’s music as “...soaring, soulful and funky with hints of classic Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone.” While states, “Prepare thyself to deal with a miracle.”

Postscript has been together for one year. They met at School of Rock in Bedford, NY. They have performed at the Chance Theater, the Pound Ridge Harvest Festival, the Biker Bash (in Monticello), Pound Ridge Pride Day, and at local fundraisers. They won Ridgefield BandJam 2019 at The Playhouse in November, beating out four other high school bands.

For tickets ($27.50) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. Twitter: @RPlayhouse Facebook:

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Bobo’s Coffee Stand at Chappaqua Train Station

Bobo’s Coffee Stand at Chappaqua Train Station

Look for Bobo’s new coffee stand coming soon to the train station. This coffee stand will provide a convenient option for those commuters who park in the back lot to grab a quick cup of coffee en route to the train.

Learn more about Bobo's Coffee Stand on Facebook here.

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Chappaqua's 4th Annual Wine Around Town on Friday

The snowflakes are up. The trees & new decorative light poles have been wrapped. Just in time for the 4th Annual Wine Around Town & the Holiday Art Show this Friday, December 13 from 5-8 pm.

Shop and sample some wine as you support our downtown local merchants. As well, artists from the Northern Westchester Artists Guild will have lots of art, holiday gifts and more!


Sponsored by the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce, this festive event is open to the public and takes place throughout Chappaqua proper. 
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NCHS Holiday Open House, Craft Workshop & Tree Lighting Tomorrow

You are invited to a Holiday Open House, Craft Workshop & Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 7 at The Horace Greeley House, 100 King Street Chappaqua.

Ring in the holiday season with fellow Chappaqua residents!

  • Holiday Open House and museum tours of the Horace Greeley House from 1-6pm 
  • Holiday Crafts from 4 to 6pm
  • New Castle Community Sing with Chappaqua Orchestra at 3:30 pm
  • Tree Lighting with Horace Greeley High School Madrigal Choir and visit from Santa at 5:30 pm


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