Chappaqua's HamletHub Thu, 16 Jul 2020 09:35:09 -0400 Westchester Residents Graduate from Wooster School

Wooster School held its Commencement Exercises on Monday, July 6, 2020 to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2020. These seniors join more than 3,000 alumni who have graduated since Wooster's founding in 1926.

Congratulations to the residents of Westchester County who graduated from Wooster School, Class of 2020: Emily Cavenagh (Bedford, NY); Fiona McBride (Purdys, NY); Bella Friedman (Mt. Kisco, NY); Sophie De Leo (North Salem, NY).

President of the Wooster School Board of Trustees, Leon Weaver offered kind words to Wooster's soon-to-be graduates. “I bring warm greetings and congratulations, and recognition of all your hard work and success. The Class of 2020 is unique in that you are the first class to graduate from Wooster School that were born entirely in the 21st century.”

Class orator Sartaj Singh ‘20 delivered some heartfelt remarks. “I do love this school and I know that each and every person here is going to go on to do something great with their lives, and that is in large part because of the values that Wooster has instilled in us.”

Before the seniors received their diplomas, Head of School Matt Byrnes spoke to the graduating class. “Our goal here at Wooster School has been to do as much as possible to prepare you to make meaning in your lives. To make meaning is to have a set of skills and ways of thinking and communicating which allow you to use what you already think you know to better understand that which you don’t,” Byrnes remarked. He added, “This is what I wish for you. Be a learner always. Learn about the world and learn about yourself. Practice listening to others so that you can be more honest with yourself. But be strong and believe in yourself -- even in times of doubt. Do this and when the storms come -- and they will -- you’ll be ready to act, but also to find that place of refuge which you’ll need to survive and thrive.”

Congratulations to the Great Class of 2020 for all of their accomplishments!

Wooster School Class of 2020

Marguerite Bevier

Luke Borrero

Meghan Bourgeault

Alexandra Bratter

Sean Breen

John Burke

Jack Caiola

Emily Cavenagh

Max Chelso

Colin Costigan

Erron Cushnie


Riley Damiano

Sophie De Leo

Emma Delattre

Benjamin Everett

Oliver Felicione

Isabella Ferrigno

Andrew Fortson

Isabella Friedman

Temidayo Garritano

Andrew Greeley

Andrew Griffin

James Hoban

Braden Langis

Alexandra Lecher

Shiyuan (Zack) Liu

Yike (Echo) Ma

Fiona McBride

Monisha Mohan

Max Morales-Thomason

Alicia Nicoletti

Morgan Nolan

Georgiana O'Connell

Mehmet Ozcakar

Suhui (Summer) Qian

Xuanrun (Chris) Qu

James Rapp

Morgan Reilly

Sartaj Singh

Charles Stuhr

Nicole Van Pelt

Melanie Vazquez

Jonathan Voves

MengYu (Michaela) Yang

Michaela Zahner

About Wooster School

Wooster School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school, serving students from Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, the School serves students from grade 4 through grade 12. A leader in classroom innovation and teaching, Wooster School is a place where thinking and learning are personal, meaningful, and visible; 

and where faculty work closely with students in small classes and cohorts to think and communicate critically and creatively. At Wooster, every student participates, every student contributes, and every student learns and develops the necessary skills to be a life-long learner and leader in college and beyond.

To learn more, visit or contact Wooster School Admissions at (203) 830-3916.


]]> (Lori Kriegel) Neighbors Mon, 06 Jul 2020 09:46:51 -0400
New Castle Council on Race and Equity: Special Listening Sessions

Please join the New Castle Council on Race & Equity (CRE) for a series of community Listening Sessions on Monday, July 6th and Tuesday, July 7th at 6:30 PM. Each night we will be welcoming your ideas, suggestions, and recommendations on four (4) specific topic areas. 

Both meetings will be held virtually on Zoom.  You will be able to participate from your computer, tablet, or smartphone - make sure you have at least speakers and a microphone connected to your computer, a web cam is optional.

To register, click on the link for the meeting(s) you want to attend:

Monday, July 6th, 6:30PM -

Tuesday, July 7th, 6:30PM -

As the CRE commences its work this summer on a comprehensive plan to promote racial equity, inclusion and harmony in New Castle, we are eager to hear community ideas and recommendations on the following topics: 

Monday, July 6th - Session One

TOPIC 1: Community Education 

Leveraging the library, PTA groups, student organizations and other educational resources to facilitate greater action as well as understanding and awareness of racial equity and social justice in the New Castle Community 

Questions to consider: 

  • How can we involve students and parents in committing to anti-racist efforts? 
  • How can we support increased the number of people of color in leadership roles? 
  • How can we encourage and promote diversity in local educational resources? 
  • What additional resources/extracurricular programs should we be looking at to ensure greater education on the topic of racial equity in our schools and our community at large? 

TOPIC 2: Community Partnerships 

Building bridges with hospitals, nonprofits, environmental groups, emergency services, police, ambulance, interfaith organizations, and any other partner entities that would help promote our mission to achieve sustainable racial equity in New Castle 

Questions to consider: 

  • What types of educational opportunities should be incorporated into on-boarding activities for community leaders to better understand the backgrounds of different populations they serve? 
  • How can we encourage better representation of BIPOC in community partner organizations? Specific internships or mentoring relationships? 
  • For New Castle law enforcement what training is currently provided addressing unconscious bias, excessive use of force and general over-policing towards BIPOC? 
  • How do we ensure that consequences are proportional to the offense regardless of the race of the offender?  

TOPIC 3: Business & Commerce 

Attracting more diverse businesses to the area, increasing supplier diversity, improving and having more targeted budget allocations, creating a more diverse ecosystem for commerce and trade, filling gaps in town businesses, and fulfilling unmet needs as it pertains to type of businesses in demand for New Castle residents. 

Questions to consider: 

  • What are some products/services our town is missing? 
  • What factors contribute to you going elsewhere for products or services (even those present within our town?) 
  • What are some incentives/initiatives we can roll out to attract diverse businesses to New Castle? 
  • How do we advocate and facilitate equal representation and success of BIPOC businesses in New Castle? 
  • How do we promote existing BIPOC owned businesses in New Castle?

TOPIC 4: Events & Programs 

Planning of programs (arts, cultural, historical, etc) to bring to New Castle to honor BIPOC culture, the culture of many of our town's residents. Fundraisers, drives, special camps, events in conjunction with parks etc. 

Questions to consider: 

  • What existing events or programs would you like to see have more of a racial equity and/or socio-economic diversity lens?
  • Are there any events/programs you have heard of, or experienced, that you think can effectively communicate or kickstart our CRE goals? 
  • What are events we can offer to attract those audiences that may not necessarily be attracted to racial equity-related events/ BLM rallies, etc? 
  • How can we make our town events more racially inclusive? 

Tuesday, July 7th - Session Two

TOPIC 1: Housing & Planning 

Evaluation of current housing and planning policies and projects to determine if and how they should be revised to meet the CRE goals of promoting racial equity, inclusion and harmony. Creation of CRE guidelines for assessment of future projects 

Questions to consider: 

  • What factors regarding racial equity and inclusion should be applied when considering proposed residential and commercial projects for approval? 
  • Can our current zoning laws or other housing and planning policies be improved upon to support BIPOC residents and encourage diversity? 
  • Does the Town currently foster or discourage integration? 
  • How can we better promote community integration in New Castle? 

TOPIC 2: Community Outreach 

Establish effective ways to welcome, integrate and support new residents/families of New Castle from all racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds 

Questions to consider: 

  • How can we properly welcome ALL new families to make sure they feel embraced in our community? 
  • When your family moved to Chappaqua, how were you welcomed into the community? 
  • What do you feel was missing from/offputting within the welcome efforts? 
  • What resources/supports were most helpful to you in your transition to the community? What resources/supports would you have liked to see offered? 
  • What is the best way to know about/ reach people in the community who might be struggling with this? 
  • Are there any BIPOC-specific welcome initiatives we should be considering? 

TOPIC 3: Town Administration 

Review of current policies and establishment of new policies to (1) promote diversity and inclusion at the town administration level and (2) encourage BIPOC resident participation in civic activities 

Questions to consider: 

  • If you are familiar with diversity initiatives implemented in your place of business, what are they and which do you believe have been most effective and why? How has success been measured? 
  • What are the barriers that keep residents from participating in civic activities? 
  • What personal and professional actions do you think our Town Administration and leaders can undertake to demonstrate their commitment to inclusion? 
  • How can the town administration demonstrate support for victims of bias incidents? 
  • What practices can be employed to attract and retain qualified and diverse talent to serve on our town board and as administrative appointments? 

TOPIC 4: Communications 

Implement effective means of communicating (1) within the community using inclusive and anti-racist language and ideals; (2) externally about New Castle’s commitment to racial equity; and (3) generally about CRE initiatives and accomplishments 

Questions to consider: 

  • Do you find town newsletters and communications to be inclusive of our entire community, both in content and wording? 
  • Do you think that Chappaqua should make its BIPOC related history more visible around town? 
  • How would you prefer to be kept informed regarding the progress of the CRE initiative? 
  • Would you be interested in helping to educate your neighbors about the CRE? 
  • What indicators will give you a sense that our community is making on progress on the right changes? 

CRE Co-Chairs Zabeen Mirza and Nichelle Maynard-Elliott will co-host with Town Supervisor, Ivy Pool, the two 90 minute sessions to solicit input from New Castle residents and constituents. Please be prepared to indicate the specific topic(s) you will address when you register electronically. We look forward to hearing from you! 

]]> (New Castle Council on Race & Equity ) Events Mon, 06 Jul 2020 06:58:11 -0400
SPACE Announces it’s 2020 CSArt Featured Artists!

With the landscape of the art world rapidly changing due to the COVID-19 crisis, SPACE on Ryder Farm has made it a priority to shift its resources and find new ways to engage with and support our artist community. One of the new ways we are doing this is through our CSArt Featured Artist program which commissions alumni of SPACE’s artist residency programs to create a piece of home-grown art that will be distributed to the organization’s 130 CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) member households. 

In response to COVID-19 and the financial losses to artists associated with it, each commissioned CSArt Featured Artists receives a $1000 commission and has their work reproduced for SPACE’s local CSA community. With the intention of providing substantial financial relief, SPACE is honored to provide CSArt Featured Artists with an 85% increase in funding from last year! When reviewing Featured Artists, the selection committee prioritized applicants who demonstrated both artistic merit and a strong need for financial assistance. 

“While SPACE has traditionally provided time and space to artists and innovators, the organization saw an opportunity this year to more directly support its community through commissions. Unsurprisingly, all applicants demonstrated a significant need for financial support due to COVID-19 related loss of income and benefits. And although SPACE is based in New York, we were encouraged to see applications come in from all across the country, from Mississippi to Iowa to Texas. We were blown away by the thoughtful, powerful work that the SPACE community proposed, and the decisions were very difficult.”

SPACE on Ryder Farm is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2020 CSArt Featured Artist commissions.

We hope you’ll join us in congratulating this talented group!

Lindsey Bailey

Rachel Bonds

Amyra Leon

David McDevitt

Natalia Nakazawa

Korde Arrington Tuttle

Andy Van Dinh

Click on the artists name to learn more about them and their work.


SPACE on Ryder Farm is a nonprofit residency program and organic farm located on the grounds of a 225-year-old family homestead in Brewster, Putnam County, New York, just an hour north of New York City. SPACE’s mission is to create an environment singular in its ability to invigorate artists and innovators and their work, and to contribute to the sustainability and resourceful preservation of one of the oldest organic family farms on the East Coast.


]]> (Space on Ryder) Neighbors Mon, 06 Jul 2020 01:49:20 -0400
Visiting NY State Parks This July 4th Weekend? Here's What You Need To Know

Summer is here and New York State Parks are open for fun and healthy outdoor recreation. If you’re planning to visit please know your experience will be different this year as we take steps to protect visitor and staff safety during this public health emergency. To encourage physical social distancing, capacity limits are in effect. We expect many parks to reach capacity early and close to incoming visitors. Please have a plan ready to visit a different park or consider postponing your visit for another day.
For park capacity updates and closure information visit

 Play Smart * Play Safe * Play Local  State Parks and the Department of Environmental Conservation have launched the PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL campaign to encourage all New Yorkers to recreate safely, responsibly, and locally this summer and to always treat fellow outdoor adventurers with respect. Take the pledge, and promise to use common sense to protect yourself and others when enjoying the outdoors.

Learn more: PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL pledge


Below are some specifics for State Park visitors:

Face Coverings: For the safety of all visitors, please wear a face covering when you cannot maintain social distance.

Pools: Pools are open, with density reduction measures in effect. Visitors will be asked to sign in with contact information to enable potential contact tracing measures. Visitors can check the individual park’s swimming hours of operation before they visit. Visit for a listing of State Parks with swimming pools.

Beaches: State Park beaches are open at 50% capacity or less and with heightened precautions. You must practice social distancing at a state beach. More details are available through our press release. Visit for a listing of State Parks with swimming beaches.

Restrooms: Public restrooms may be limited. Visitors should plan accordingly and call the park office for more information.

Travel Advisory: Please note New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut have implemented a tri-state travel advisory that requires any individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Visit Covid-19 Travel Advisory for more information, including the daily updated list of affected states

NY State Parks Explorer App:  Download the free New York State Parks Explorer App, a user-friendly resource for park information, updates and alerts. Available for both iOS and Android devices. Google Play Store, AndroidApple App Store, iPhone


]]> (New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation) Places Fri, 03 Jul 2020 14:15:37 -0400
Consequences for New Castle Residents Ignoring Social Distancing Guidelines

Enforcing Executive Orders & Taking a Stand

It has come to our attention that despite the continued outreach and education by and from the Town of New Castle, Westchester County and New York State, there are some people who continue to ignore social distancing guidelines and willfully disregard the protocols intended to protect the public health. 

We will not tolerate these selfish actions. Whether you are a New Castle resident, a visitor from a neighboring community, or a student in the Chappaqua Central School District, should you flout the very rules that are intended to keep us all safe, the consequences may be quite severe. Know that we have reached out to and spoken with the Governor’s Office and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office for guidance on how to best enforce social distancing orders whether through civil sanctions and fines or criminal prosecutions. 

Lest it be lost on anyone, your 16-year-old child does not dictate to you that he or she is going to hang out with friends. When your son or daughter is home from college living under your roof, it is your roost to rule. If you just returned from states such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Arizona or Texas, do not have the arrogance to believe you do not need to self-quarantine for 14 days. Instead, know that you are potentially and gravely hurting this community and those you presumably love if you do not. Yes, you can have gatherings consistent with the Executive Orders, but whether you are 18 or 81, be neither complicit nor the problem itself. Do not throw parties and forget the social distancing and mask wearing that has kept us safe. Ignorance is not bliss. In fact, getting sick from or passing on COVID-19 is anything but that. 

Show respect to your neighbors, friends, family members and strangers – such as those who were self-quarantined despite adhering to the law and best practices. Take responsibility so our businesses can rebound and thrive. We must control the outbreak, or we will regress and take two steps back.

Know that your Town Board and Police Department remain deeply engaged in the efforts led by the New York State Department of Health to protect you from this dangerous and potentially deadly communicable disease. While we may be limited in our enforcement capabilities based on the governing laws, it is our hope that we need not pursue the type of recourse that those who are summoned or charged will undoubtedly regret. 

With compassion for one another and doing our part, together we will see this through – just as we have over these past uncertain and frightening months.

Statement from New Castle Police Chief Carroll

The New Castle Police Department, like every other police department in Westchester County and across the state, hoped that most persons and businesses would voluntarily comply with the Governor’s COVID-19 related Executive Orders.  We have made a concerted effort to educate and warn violators that non-compliance could result in a criminal or civil charge.  While the overwhelming majority of residents are compliant, we are increasing our social distancing enforcement based on recent activity in Town. I have added additional officers strictly for this purpose.  If we see a social distancing violation or an actionable one is reported to us, we will investigate and address it. Be advised from the delivery of this NiXLE until the Governor’s Orders change, you can be charged with the following:            

  • Violation of Health Law (PBH § 12-B) – criminal misdemeanor; up to $10,000 for a first-time violation and/or up to one-year imprisonment.
  • Violation of Health Law (PBH § 12) – civil violation; up to $2,000 for a first-time violation and $5,000 for repeat violations. 
  • 10 NYCRR 66-3.2 Section 66-3.2. – civil violation; maximum fine of $1,000 for each violation.
  • Disorderly Conduct, Penal Law § 240.20 (6) – criminal violation; up to a $250 fine and fifteen days in jail.

If you observe a social distancing violation or any other violation of the Governor’s Executive Orders, please call (914) 238-4422.

]]> (Town of New Castle) Public safety Tue, 30 Jun 2020 08:24:32 -0400
Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack Q&A with the Artist and Director

Film Screening and Q&A with the Artist and Director July 8th 7:30pm

Octogenarian artist Audrey Flack has always been a trailblazer. Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack is an intimate portrait of her life and work. The film follows Flack as she returns to her canvas for the first time in decades, revealing her longtime struggles as an artist and mother to find her rightful place in the art world.

]]> (nicole) Events Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:51:20 -0400
Harrison Dad Charged with Not Locking Up Gun That Injured Toddler

District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Robert Welgos of Harrison was arraigned on charges related to having an unsecured loaded firearm in his home. On June 11, 2020, Welgos' toddler took the loaded gun from an unlocked safe, discharged the weapon and injured himself.

Welgos was arraigned in the Harrison Town Court Monday, June 22, 2020, before Judge Daniel Angiolillo via video conference. Because Welgos resides with his two children, both of whom are under the age of 16, Welgos was charged with two counts each of Safe Storage of Rifles, Shotguns and Firearms: Fail to Secure; and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, all misdemeanors.

DA Scarpino said, “Every parent is charged with keeping their children safe but when loaded weapons are left in easy reach and not secured that parent fails in their duty. In this case, a little one was injured, but thankfully, not killed. This could easily have turned from trauma to tragedy.” Scarpino added, “This case is an important reminder to all gun owners: Secure your weapons appropriately. Always keep them out of reach of children and other household members. It’s the law.”

Robert Welgos lives with his family, including two young children, in Harrison. Welgos owned several firearms, including a.38 caliber revolver, which he kept loaded in a safe, located in his bedroom on a night table next to his bed. On June 11, 2020, Welgos left the house, leaving the .38 caliber revolver loaded with five rounds of ammunition in the unlocked safe. His three-year-old child, who was playing in the bedroom, took the loaded firearm from the unlocked safe. While on the bed, the child pulled the trigger and fired one shot, shooting his own right toe/foot and injuring his right hand. The toddler was taken to the Westchester County Medical Center and was treated for injuries.

Welgos, the father, is facing charges because he failed to securely lock the firearm in a safe storage depository and failed to render it incapable of being fired by use of a gun-locking device appropriate to that weapon. The gun was registered and Welgos held a legal target permit for the firearm.

Welgos’ next court date is scheduled for Aug. 18, 2020, in the Harrison Town Court.

Special Prosecutions Assistant District Attorney Christine Cervasio is prosecuting the case.

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

]]> (Westchester DA) Public safety Mon, 29 Jun 2020 07:50:33 -0400
Cuomo Announces Lowest COVID-19 Deaths and Hospitalizations in New York Since the Pandemic Began

  • 0.99% of Yesterday's COVID-19 Tests were Positive
  • 5 COVID-19 Deaths in New York State Yesterday - Lowest Single Day Death Number Since March 15th
  • Hospitalizations Continue to Drop - Now below 900
  • Confirms 616 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State - Bringing Statewide Total to 392,539; New Cases in 43 Counties

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York State's lowest death toll and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Yesterday, there were five deaths and 869 hospitalizations in New York State. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at

"As states across the country struggle with new outbreaks related to reopening, New York's numbers continue to go down to record lows," Governor Cuomo said.  "Our progress is a direct result of New Yorkers' discipline and hard work and an incremental, data-driven reopening. Yesterday, as our hospitalizations dropped below 900, New York had its lowest single-day death toll since March 15th.  While today's numbers are very encouraging, New Yorkers must remain vigilant or the numbers will shoot right back up.  Be smart, wear a mask, stay New York Tough!"

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization - 869 (-39)
  • Patients Newly Admitted - 54 (-24)
  • Hospital Counties - 30
  • Number ICU - 229 (-1)
  • Number ICU that are intubated - 145 (+1)
  • Total Discharges - 70,369 (+133)
  • Deaths - 5
  • Total Deaths - 24,835

Of the 61,906 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, 616, or 0.99 percent, were positive. Each region's percentage of positive tests over the last three days is as follows:





New York City




Capital Region




Central New York




Finger Lakes




Long Island




Hudson Valley




Mohawk Valley




North Country




Southern Tier




Western New York




The Governor also confirmed 616 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 392,539 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 392,539 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:


Total Positive

New Positive








































































































































St. Lawrence







































]]> (Office of the Governor. ) Neighbors Mon, 29 Jun 2020 05:59:45 -0400
NY State Campgrounds and Day Use Areas opening on July


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the following campgrounds and day use recreational facilities will re-open on July 1, 2020. All campground and day use area visitors are expected to adhere to the NYForward guidelines while use the facilities.

Adirondack Park Campgrounds and Day Use Areas

Catskill Park Campgrounds and Day Use Areas

Campground Safety

According to the NYForward guidance for the reopening of New York State, campgrounds must take precautions to ensure campers maintain appropriate social distancing and adhere to proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols, including but not limited to maintaining six feet of distance between campers, unless wearing an acceptable face covering, and excluding persons from the same household who are camping together. Visit Reserve America for details.

]]> (Peter Carey) Places Mon, 29 Jun 2020 03:23:35 -0400
Mid-Hudson Region Enters Phase 3: Food Service, Gatherings, Playgrounds, and More

Are you ready for a mani/pedi or a beer at your favorite bar? Before you make plans, please familiarize yourself with these guidelines. For additional details and guidelines, please look at the NY Forward Phase Three Industries Page: For help determining whether or not your business is eligible to reopen, use the reopen lookup tool:

Partial Guidelines for Industries Reopening in Phase 3

Phase 3: Food Services

  • Limit indoor capacity to no more than 50% of maximum occupancy, exclusive of employees.
  • Limit outdoor capacity to the number of tables that can be safely and appropriately arranged, as described below.
  • All indoor and outdoor tables with seating for customers must be separated by a minimum of 6 ft. in all directions. Wherever distancing is not feasible between tables, physical barriers must be installed between such tables. -Barriers must be at least 5 ft. in height and not block emergency and/or fire exits.
  • Patrons who are over the age of 2 and able to medically tolerate such covering must wear face coverings at all times, except while seated.
  • Individuals seated at the same table must be members of the same party (but may be from different households), with a maximum of 10 people per table. Seating in bar areas is only permitted if at least 6 ft. can be maintained between parties.
  • Ensure that all staff wear acceptable face coverings at all times and that they practice hand hygiene and use bare hand barriers consistent with state and local sanitary codes.
  • If employees wear gloves during non-food preparation activities, ensure that they replace gloves frequently, and encourage them to change gloves when switching tasks (e.g. serving customers to prerolling silverware).
  • If employees do not wear gloves, ensure that they frequently wash their hands with soap and water.

Phase 3: Personal Care (nail salons, tanning, tattoo and piercing facilities, spas and massage parlors, etc)

  • Limit the workforce and customer presence to no more than 50% of the maximum occupancy.
  • All customers and employees who are over age 2 and medically able to tolerate one must wear an acceptable face covering at all times.
  • Ensure 6 ft. distance between individuals at all times, unless safety or the core activity requires a shorter distance (e.g. performing a piercing/tattoo, providing a massage, performing a manicure/pedicure).
  • Ensure that customer seating allows customers to maintain a 6 ft. distance from all others except for the employee providing service (e.g. tattoo and piercing workstations, massage tables, or salon workstations must be 6 ft. apart from each other), unless a physical barrier is in place in accordance with OSHA guidelines.
  • Ensure that employees at appointment desks/cash registers maintain 6 ft. of distance from others, unless there is a physical barrier (e.g. plexiglass) between them.
  • Close waiting rooms.
  • Personal care services that require customers to remove face coverings (e.g. lip/nose piercings, face massage, facials, lip/nose waxing) are prohibited.
  • Tattoo and piercing facilities must ensure that:
  • Staff remove needles from sealed packages before every customer procedure.
  • Any stencils or razors must also be clean and unused, and discarded immediately after use.
  • Standard DOH, OSHA & CDC guidelines for health and safety are followed.
  • Salons offering services including nail specialty and waxing must ensure that:
  • Manicure and pedicure baths and bowls are appropriately disinfected between each use. -They must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with EPA-approved solution.
  • Hand/foot drying tables are appropriately cleaned and disinfected after each customer.
  • All wax containers are replaced or cleaned and disinfected between each customer, and no double dipping of applicators.
  • Each new customer receives all new or cleaned and disinfected implements such as towels, finger bowls, spatulas.
  • OSHA recommendations for health and safety in salons as well as the hygiene and sanitation requirements of Article 27 of the General Business Law, 19 NYCRR 160.19, 160.20, 160.21, 160.22 and 160.24 are followed.
  • Facilities offering massage therapy and spa services must:
  • Provide accommodations for clean and disinfected face coverings during massage in prone position (e.g. cotton pillowcase draped in face cradle) or avoid such positions altogether. Employees may perform massages on customers in prone positions if the employee is equipped with both a face covering and face shield or eye protection. -Ensure that customers don face covering when switching from prone to side or supine position.
  • Ensure that all linens are changed between clients and laundered appropriately and that they are stored in appropriate containers between use.
  • Close saunas, steam rooms, or any other services that take place in enclosed spaces where it is inherently difficult to maintain social distancing and/or unsafe to wear an appropriate face covering.
  • Clean and disinfect all tanning beds and booths between each use.

Executive Order Re: the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages

The Governor has signed a new Executive Order: 
Read it here. We want to specifically point out the following provisions pertaining to businesses selling alcohol: 
Businesses engaging in the sale/service of alcoholic beverages must inspect, monitor, and otherwise supervise the area within 100 feet of the licensed premises to ensure that any consumption of food or beverage comports with the applicable open container ordinances, and the social distancing and face covering requirements set forth for such business or service; if unable to comply, the serving business must discontinue such sale/service of alcoholic beverages unless and until such Executive Orders, regulations, law, ordinances, department of Health guidance, and State Liquor Authority guidance can be fully observed.

What does this mean for customers?? It’s simple: if you are enjoying a drink with your meal, finish it on the premises. Thanks for doing your part!

Gatherings Up to 25 People Allowed in Phase 3

Now that the Mid-Hudson region has entered into Phase 3, gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed for any lawful purpose provided that social distancing protocols and cleaning and disinfection protocols required by the Department of Health are adhered to. Learn more here

Keep Wearing Your Masks!

As we progress in the phased re-opening plan, I wanted to remind everyone that the Executive Orders requiring New Yorkers to wear masks are still in effect. You must wear a face mask or face covering in public when social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart) is not possible. This includes on public transport, in stores and on crowded sidewalks. Children over 2 years of age should wear a face mask in public, too. The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to continue social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from others), even when wearing a face covering.

Need a refresher on masks? Check out this resource from New York State Department of Health here


Last week New York State gave everyone a (happy) surprise when they amended Executive Order 202.6 ( to allow public playgrounds to reopen, per the discretion of local governments. Westchester County is developing operational procedures, which the Town of New Castle will use to create a local re-opening plan, including cleaning procedures and social distancing measures. New Castle Parks staff are out now doing final prep (e.g., weeding, mulching, etc. We hope to be able to open our playgrounds by Wednesday, July 1st. Thank you (and your kids!) for your patience.

We are excited to share that the new Town Hall Playground and Basketball Court will be among the facilities opening in July 2020. Kudos to the Town Hall team for their hard work to bring this project in on-time and on-budget!

Town Ball Fields Re-Open on July 6th for Outdoor Activities and Youth Sports

According to NYS guidance released last Thursday, the following low risk outdoor activities are currently allowed: Individual running; Batting cages; Hunting/ Shooting/ Archery Golf/Mini-golf; Non-motorized boating; tennis; Rock climbing; Individual swimming; Individual crew; Cross country running; Toss/bowl games (e.g. horseshoes, bocce, bean bag toss); Flying disc games (e.g. disc golf, frisbee); Ropes courses.

Our Town ball fields will be opened on July 6th to accommodate the following “moderate risk” activities, including some youth sports. These include the following: Baseball/ Softball; Racket games (e.g. badminton, racquetball); Water polo; Gymnastics; Field hockey; Swimming relays; Crew (2+ rowers); Rafting; Paintball; Soccer; Non-contact lacrosse.

Learn more about the NYS guidance on Sports and Recreation here


The Town of New Castle does not operate a municipal pool, but we are working with local pool clubs and homeowners associations to help plan for reopening in accordance with the State guidelines here. Local pool operators: please reach out to the Town for assistance expediting your seasonal permit or any other issues.
Westchester County is reopening two of its pools this weekend: Saxon Woods and Sprain Ridge. They plan reopen pools at Wilson Woods and Tibbets Brook Park on the following weekend. Learn more here


To accommodate increased ridership, Metro North is adding 12 new trains to the 3 lines which traverse Westchester County. Learn more 


Train Station Parking Lot Paving Project

Kudos to the DPW for a job well done on the re-paving of the Train Station circular lots and the spaces immediately adjacent to the train tracks! If you haven’t had a chance to check out the beautiful new pavement, you are in for a treat the next time you are at the station!

There is additional paving planned for this year. The Town is soon to commence a major project to re-construct the bridge over Tertia Brook, which separates the front and back parking lots. This work to occur in August. Upon completion, DPW will perform drainage work and repave this area by mid– October, depending on the weather.

Downtown Chappaqua Rezoning Project
 The Town Board extended the Moratorium imposed by Local Law 13 of 2018 for the Chappaqua Business Hamlet for another 6 months. Under the moratorium no new building permits will be issued for development projects in the hamlet while the business district is being analyzed as a part of the rezoning project. This is the third extension, and likely our last, as we await the results of the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Study and consider adopting new zoning legislation this fall.

Update on Council on Race and Equity

As a community, and as individuals, we have much work to do to understand the ways in which systemic racism has permeated our Town. We need to create a shared vision for the future of our community – one that prioritizes racial justice and equity. We need to develop and carry out a plan to achieve this vision.  It isn’t going to be easy. This is hard work.

On Tuesday, June 16th, the Town Board officially authorized the establishment of the New Castle Council on Race and Equity (CRE), and we appointed Zabeen Mirza and Nichelle Maynard-Elliott to serve as the co-chairs of the Council.

  *   Zabeen is an Outreach Ambassador at the Upper Westchester Muslim Society, a New Castle Resident, and a Chappaqua Mom. In her professional career, Zabeen is a 15-year Negotiator, with expertise in government and public sector dealmaking and strategic alliance management.

  *   Nichelle is graduate of Horace Greeley High School who returned to New Castle to raise her children. She serves as parent advisor to the HGHS Black Student Union and provides guidance and support to the BSU alongside guidance counselor, Mrs. Tinuke Colpa.  She is a co-founder of the recently formed HGHS Black Alumni Network and is working with black and brown parents to establish a POC parent organization.   Nichelle has 20+ years of financial and legal experience in M&A, business development and strategic partnerships. She currently serves as an independent director of a publicly traded company.

We are grateful for their leadership and excited to support them as they launch the CRE. We would also like to say thanks to Ali Rosenberg and Stacey Saiontz, co-chairs for the New Castle Holocaust and Human Rights Committee, who are providing support to help launch the CRE.

To date, the Town has received over 90 applications from community members to serve on the Council. Zabeen and Nichelle have been hard at work, creating an organizational structure with several workgroups and a variety of roles. All volunteers will be included! 

The CRE plans to host public listening sessions via Zoom to gather feedback and generate ideas from the community. Please save the date for the evenings of July 6th and 7th.

We are excited and encouraged by the level of interest in the Council. We have much work to do, and we are grateful to you for joining us in making this a community priority.

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Bedford Playhouse joins forces with John Jay Homestead for JULY Drive-In Movie Night

Bedford Playhouse is thrilled to announce JULY Drive-In Movie Night with our friends at John Jay Homestead!

Due to the popularity and lightning-fast sell-out of our June screenings -- we have added not one but TWO more nights for the month of July. Get ready to watch classic comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off on the BIG screen!

Tickets are now available by clicking HERE for July 10th and HERE for July 11th.

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Town of New Castle Outdoor Expansion for Local Businesses

Outdoor Expansion for Local Businesses

The Town of New Castle wants to help local businesses, including restaurants and merchants, create an outdoor expansion of your business.

Last night the Town Board passed a resolution to allow for the creation and expansion of outdoor dining areas, sidewalk sales, and personal care services until November 15, 2020. We are allowing, with certain controls and restrictions, the use of parking lots, parking spaces, municipal streets, and sidewalks for outdoor expansion by obtaining a free temporary permit from the Town.  The permit application can be found online: 

In addition to the Town’s application process, local businesses must follow the guidance from the State available online at The Town of New Castle wishes you a safe and successful re-opening and we look forward to working together to regrow our local economy.

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Update on the New Castle Council on Race and Equity

The Town of New Castle believes that black lives matter, and we recognize the physical and psychological harm that institutional biases and systemic racism have caused nationally and here in our community. We accept the challenge to create a more just society, one whose foundation must include racial equity. 

Last night the Town Board authorized the creation of the New Castle Council on Race and Equity, and appointed Zabeen Mirza and Nichelle Maynard-Elliot to serve as the co-chairs of the Council. Over the next 3-4 months the Council will create an Action Plan and will host listening sessions to gather feedback and generate ideas from the community. 
To date, the Town has received over 90 applications from community members to serve on the Council. The co-chairs are creating an organizational structure, with several work groups and a variety of roles, so that all applicants will be included in the effort. Thank you to all who applied!
Welcome Zabeen and Nichelle and thank you for your leadership!

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Bedford Bike Ride on June 20

Celebrate the start of summer by taking a family-friendly bike ride! 

The Town of Bedford invites residents to join them for a 4.5 mile (out and back) ride on Saturday, June 20 between 1 and 4pm. The ride will take place on Reservoir Road/Maple Ave. The route will be closed to car traffic and walkers will be discouraged during this time to make way for bikers.

Learn more by viewing the flyer in this post.

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Drive-in Movies Continue at Chappaqua Train Station July 10 and August 8

Drive-In Movie Nights

Our first drive-in movie night at the Chappaqua Train Station on Saturday, June 13th was a huge success! Thank you to the New Castle Recreation and Parks Department for a flawless event that delighted residents.

As a reminder, we have two more drive-in movies coming up this summer: 

  • Friday, July 10th - The Sandlot
  • Saturday, August 8th - E.T.

Due to high demand, we will once again require residents to obtain free tickets online. Stay tuned for more information.

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