Chappaqua's HamletHub Mon, 21 Jan 2019 02:47:58 -0500 New York State Police advise public to be prepared and avoid unnecessary travel during upcoming winter storm

The New York State Police is advising motorists to avoid any unnecessary driving during the winter storm that is forecast to bring a significant amount of snow to many areas across the state from Saturday into Sunday.  
Troopers will be out in force during the storm to provide assistance, will be working closely and coordinating with local Emergency Operations Centers as needed, and are prepared for the potential increase in storm-related service calls.
Motorists who must travel in the areas impacted by the snow are asked to leave with extra time to make a slow and careful drive to your destination.  Take into consideration snow accumulation on the roads, the current snowfall rate, the wind, and visibility.  Use your best judgment to determine if driving is prudent. 
Remember bridge and exit and entrance ramps can be icy when other road surfaces are not. Clean all snow and ice from the entire vehicle and ensure the windshield is clear of frost. If you do become stranded, stay with your vehicle and in an emergency dial 911.
If you must travel- keep the following tips in mind:

  • Get the latest weather forecast and road conditions before leaving via your local weather apps, radio or TV stations.
  • Always clean your windows and mirrors FULLY of any snow and ice before driving.
  • Keep a full tank of gas
  • Make sure fluid levels are topped off (windshield washer fluid, anti-freeze)
  • Make sure your spare tire is in working condition, and you have a jack and lug wrench
  • Use headlights at all times to increase your visibility to others.  Remember, if your windshield wipers are in use due to weather, then your headlights must be on.
  • Drive prudently.  If the conditions are adverse, you should decrease your speed accordingly.
  • Brake early
  • Do NOT use cruise control.  This decreases your reaction time to apply braking.
  • Look out for events farther down the road.  Creating more time to react can make a difference.
  • Be aware of maintenance vehicles and emergency vehicles.  Give them room to work.
  • Stock your trunk to help you to be safe in case you are stopped or stranded in an area without assistance readily available:
  • Gloves, blankets, warmers, tool kit, first-aid kit, non-perishable foods, water, working flashlight and batteries, cell phone charger, etc.
  • Shovel, ice scraper, de-icer, snow brush, rock salt or cat litter, tow chain or cable, jumper cables or battery charger, etc.

If you are involved in a collision or leave the roadway:
If you drive off the roadway and are stuck in a snow bank or ditch, stay in your vehicle and call 911.  DO NOT exit your vehicle unless it is an absolute emergency.  You put yourself at risk of being struck by another vehicle.
Roll your windows down a few inches or turn your vehicle off if you are stranded in snow for a period of time with your vehicle running. Covered mufflers can cause serious physical injury or death due to inhalation of carbon monoxide.
If you should become stranded on the Thruway or any roadway, know your location by being aware of your direction and mile post marker.  This will help emergency personnel reach your location as quickly as possible. 
The Thruway Authority provides a wide variety of information for travelers including current traffic conditions, accidents, and lane closures on their website at, or through their mobile app.
Slow down.  Be prepared.  Be safe. 

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Chappaqua School Foundation - Harlem Wizards - Tickets on Sale Now!

Chappaqua School Foundation proudly presents the 2019 Chappaqua Challengers vs.the Harlem Wizards!

The Harlem Wizards will play against our teachers and faculty. Come out with the family to see the excitement!

Sunday, January 27th, 1:30 pm
Horace Greeley High School Gym

Tickets are now on sale at Drug Mart of Millwood, Scattered Books in Chappaqua or online. You can purchase tickets here.
$25 per ticket - General Admission Seating
$50 per ticket - Courtside Plus VIP Seats (ltd. quantity available only at Drug Mart of Millwood)

Courtside Plus VIP Seats Include:
Guaranteed Premium Seats in 1st/2nd Rows
Meet & Greet with Harlem Wizards 45 Minutes before the game, Souvenir Lanyard, Color Team Poster and $15 Discount on Team Replica Jersey.

For ticket and Game Day updates, follow us on social media or

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Be SNOW Prepared Chappaqua, Community FAQ

To keep residents informed and to ensure that our community is prepared during a snowstorm, the Town of New Castle has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Please review this important information and stay safe and warm during our town's first Nor'easter of the season!

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Hudson Chorale Concert at Maryknoll – In Paradisum: Fauré Requiem and More

Hudson Chorale, the area’s largest mixed voice chorus, is poised to please. The group will begin its 2019 season with two matinee concerts on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 3:00 pm and Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3:00 pm that highlight Gabriel Fauré’s exquisite Requiem with professional orchestra and soloists, along with a collection of motets by Felix Mendelssohn, Anton Bruckner and Johannes Brahms. There is no better place to experience a concert of sacred music than the magnificent and inspirational Queen of the Apostles Chapel at Maryknoll, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, NY.

Fauré’s Requiem is the most famous and widely-performed work of the composer’s major compositions. He clearly conveys through the music his own thoughts about death, which are that it is “…a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than…a painful experience.” The concert takes its name from the In paradisum portion of the Requiem because it is truly heavenly and aptly describes how the program will uplift the spirits.

The motets by Mendelssohn, Bruckner and Brahms will be performed in their original German or Latin. Since most are sung a cappella, the acoustics of the Chapel provide a magnificent soundstage for these timeless pieces which will surround you with the kind of beauty that can only come from simplicity.


Music Director Maestro Ira Spaulding is a choral conductor, singer and master class instructor whose career spans 40 years of performance in more than 60 countries. He is currently Professor of Vocal and Choral Music at City College of New York and maintains a career abroad as a singer, teacher and conductor. Assistant Music Director David Baranowski, a household name to singers and audiences in the Westchester area due to his virtuosity on piano, keyboard, organ and harpsichord, will provide the organ accompaniment for the concert.

Following the concert, the audience is invited to an informal reception to meet and chat with the conductor, soloists, orchestra and chorus members while enjoying some delicious refreshments, along-standing Hudson Chorale tradition. Ticket Prices: Advance Sale-$25; Door-$30; Students-$10. Advanced Sale tickets can be purchased on-line at by calling 1-800-838-3006. Handicap parking is available at the venue. For additional chorus or event information, visit the chorus website.

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New Castle Man Convicted of Raping a Teenaged Girl

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Victor Gonzalez of Millwood was convicted of Rape in the Third Degree, a class E felony, after he raped a teenager in his New Castle apartment last June. Gonzalez entered his plea Jan. 8, 2019, in the Westchester County Sex Offense Court before Westchester County Court Judge Susan Cacace.

Gonzalez is scheduled for sentencing March 26, 2019.

On June 21, 2018, Town of New Castle Police received a phone call about a missing 16-year-old teenager. The teenager sent a text message to her mother asking her for help. The teenager did not know where she was at the time. The mother gave New Castle Police a location from the “Find My I-Phone” application, and they responded to the area. In searching for the teenager at the location provided, they found the girl hiding in the bushes, disheveled and upset. She reported to the police she met the 40-year-old defendant, Victor Gonzalez, on the internet and agreed to meet him in White Plains. When she got off the train in White Plains, the defendant met her near the train station and took her to his residence in New Castle. The victim remembers waking up in the defendant’s apartment with the defendant on top of her engaging in sexual intercourse.

The teenager fled the apartment when the defendant used the bathroom. At that time, the girl contacted her mother. Shortly thereafter, New Castle Police arrested the defendant.

Assistant District Attorney Amit Parab of the Special Prosecutions Division is prosecuting the case.

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NY Philharmonic Presents Annual Lunar New Year Celebration, Feb. 6

New York, NY - The New York Philharmonic presents its annual Lunar New Year celebration, a special event for the 2018-19 season. The program promises to be fiery! Among the highlights, guests will experience Fire Ritual, a new violin concerto by Oscar winner Tan Dun; Arirang; Stravinsky’s beloved The Firebird Suite; Mozart’s The Magic Flute; and more.
The performance will take place in David Geffen Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, NY, NY, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35-$110.

The program will include:

Li Huanzhi

Spring Festival Overture

Liu Yuan

Train Toccata

Tan Dun

Violin Concerto: Fire Ritual (US Premiere)

Traditional/Arr. Kim

Shin Arirang


Der Hölle Rache, from The Magic Flute


The Firebird Suite (1919 version)


Kahchun Wong


Bomsori Kim


So Young Park



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Filmmakers Celebrate Blues Icons in Special Screening of Sidemen: Long Road to Glory at The Harvey School

A celebration of the musicians who backed the two icons of the blues, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, will occur this Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at a special screening of the new film, “Sidemen: Long Road to Glory” as part of the community outreach program, Harvey Presents in The Walker Center for the Arts on the campus of The Harvey School.

“Sidemen” producer Tony Grazia and the film’s director, Scott D. Rosenbaum, will be on hand to introduce their film and lead a talkback about the making of the movie following the screening in The Walker Center’s Lasdon Theater. Joining the filmmakers for the Q/A will be Grammy Award-winner Paul Nelson, guitarist for Johnny Winter’s blues rock band.

“Sidemen” tells the story of the incredible musicians who played alongside the two legendary bluesmen. The film illuminates the lives and legacies of piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie `Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, the sidemen for Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. The film features rare interviews with rock stars Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Robby Krieger of The Doors, and Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers Band, just a few of the rock greats who were influenced by the music of the two men considered as the founding fathers of post-WWII blues. The interviews with the great rock artists help establish the film’s rightful place in music history. The filmmakers provided this link to the trailer of their film:

Director of Programming Vinny Alexander is excited to have Harvey host the “Sidemen” screening. “We’re calling this year’s programming, Harvey Presents “Harvey’s Own” as our events feature artists who are connected to our own school community,” Alexander said. “The film’s producer, Tony Grazia, is the husband of our communications director, so we’re especially delighted to have him share his experiences of making this extraordinary documentary,” explained Alexander. “There are no bigger names in the world of the blues than Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters,” Alexander said. “And thanks to this film, we learn their fabulous sidemen were an integral part of what drew so many to be devotees of the music of the two great blues artists,” Alexander said.

Tickets for the screening of “Sidemen: Long Road to Glory “and the discussion with the film’s producer and director are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, or to purchase tickets for the event, visit:

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Christmas Tree Pick Up in Chappaqua on January 7 and January 28

The Town of New Castle has announced that Christmas Trees will be collected both Monday, January 7 and 28.

Residents should place curbside where they place their trash/recycling.

Visit the Town of New Castle online here for additional information.

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On Martin Luther King Day celebrate with the power of film at Jacob Burns Film Center

This Martin Luther King Day, celebrate with the power of film!

The Jacob Burns Film Center, a nonprofit cultural arts center and one of the most successful suburban film houses in the country in NY, will be screening the historic documentary about author and activist James Baldwin, Take This Hammer.

The documentary takes place in the spring of 1963, prolific author/activist James Baldwin sets out to assess “the real situation of Negroes in the city, as opposed to the image San Francisco would like to present.” Come with him as he meets with members of the African-American community, having a series of frank exchanges with people on the street and community leaders alike, listening and offering encouragement. By the end, Baldwin emphatically declares, “There is no moral distance…between the facts of life in San Francisco and the facts of life in Birmingham. Someone’s got to tell it like it is. And that’s where it’s at.”

JBFC will show the controversial original version, which includes 15 minutes of footage featuring scenes of young people, including Black Muslims, speaking about their lives and the police. Portions of this film were featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro.

Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd, Pleasantville

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2019 Westchester Family Camp Fair on January 12

2019 Westchester Family Camp Fair on January 12 from noon to3pm at Grand Prix New York (333 North Bedford Road) in Mount Kisco

You are invited to meet the directors and representatives for some of the best day camps, sleepaway, and specialty camps all under one roof at the 2018 Westchester Family Camp Fair.

Sending your child to camp is an important step let us help you make an informed decision.

Children are welcome to attend!

Join us for this FREE event!

Learn more and register here.

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Hudson Chorale Welcomes New Members in January in Preparation for an Exciting Spring 2019 Concert

Come sing with Westchester’s highly acclaimed community chorus, Hudson Chorale. The group is welcoming new members in all voice parts (SATB) to join them for an exciting concert program that will appeal to choral singers of a wide range of musical preferences. Singer-friendly auditions will begin on Monday, January 28, 2019, by appointment, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm prior to the first rehearsal. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 7:15 – 9:45 p.m. at the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, 400 Bedford Rd, Pleasantville, NY. To receive additional information and/or to schedule a time for an audition, contact Jeanne Wygant at or call 914-478-0074.

Hudson Chorale selects its programs from a wide range of choral styles, from great oratorios to gospel. As an example, recent past concerts have featured all 20th century contemporary American composers, 19th century iconic European composers, and Haydn’s Creation. The second half of the chorus’ 2018-2019 season culminates on May 17 & 19, 2019, with performances of Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Bela Bartok’s Four Slavic Folk Songs, and Johannes Brahms’ Quartet Op. 92 and Liebeslieder Waltzes.

Music Director Maestro Ira Spaulding, is a choral conductor, singer and master class instructor whose career spans 40 years of performance in more than 60 countries. He is currently Professor of Vocal and Choral Music at City College of New York and maintains a career abroad as a singer, teacher and conductor.

To learn more about the chorus, including complete membership information, visit the website at

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Town of New Castle Hosts Author Talk: Death March Escape on January 23

Author Talk: Death March Escape: The Remarkable Story of a Man Who Twice Escaped from the Holocaust at New Castle Town Hall Assembly Room on Wednesday, January 23rd at 7:00pm.

Author Jack Hersch intrigued by a photo of his father on a concentration camp memorial website delves into the life of a man willing to pursue freedom at any cost. This book is at once a biography and a memoir.

Visit Town of New Castle online here for additional information.


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Chappaqua Continuing Education Winter Session Classes

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

Online registration is now open for the Chappaqua Continuing Education Winter Session. Classes begin January 7th.

    ♦ Canasta
    ♦ Vinyasa Yoga
Small Group Personal Training
ACT Prep
SAT Prep
Ch'i Kung
Italian Conversation Through Cinema
Excel Boot Camp

Register early to ensure your spot as classes do sell out.

For more information and to register, please visit or call 914-238-7201 x2318.

We look forward to seeing you in class!

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Santa Claus is Coming to Chappaqua Tomorrow!

Santa Claus is coming to town this Saturday, December 22nd, from 12-3pm. You are invited to meet Santa on the sidewalk outside Ibiza Kitchen (76 King Street). Photo ops welcome!

Merry Christmas, Chappaqua!

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Tomorrow at Chappaqua PAC

ChappPAC: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

If you missed tonight's Lyt’s senior Cast of Spelling Bee, you have another opportunity to attend tomorrow evening, Saturday, December 15 beginning at 7:30 pm at Chappaqua PAC. And, who knows, maybe you will be selected to participate in the Spelling Bee! (Yes, Spelling Bee is interactive and we will ask for some volunteers from the audience, but you must fill out the form in the lobby before the show)

Tickets are available here.

Chappaqua PAC, 480 Bedford Road Chappaqua

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