TODAY: CFM closes with an indoor celebration Saturday, December 20, to reopen in early spring


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
~ from The Chappaqua Farmers Market

The Chappaqua Farmers Market thanks the community for its wonderful support this year. This has been the Market’s best year yet, and we would like to show our appreciation to our shoppers, farmers, and vendors by making the December 20th market into a festive holiday celebration. We’ll be toasting the season with free hot apple cider and live entertainment as well as our usual full complement of fresh, nourishing local fare.

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NEW: Calendar for New Castle for the week starting Saturday, December 20

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• Sat-Sun. Dec. 20-21: Christmas Trees & Wreaths for Sale at First Congregational Church of Chappaqua, Orchard Ridge Road (Off Rte 117 just north of King Street) 10-4pm on Saturday and 11-4pm on Sunday
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• Sat. Dec. 20: Chappaqua Farmers Market closes with an indoor celebration at the Community Center on Senter Street, to reopen in early spring
To see more calendar listings, visit NCNOW’s Calendar page.
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NEW: Town Board members vote 4-1 to approve retail zoning at Chappaqua Crossing

Because Town Court was in session on Thursday, Town Board members met in the Chappaqua Library theater to vote on several amendments related to the retail zoning change for Chappaqua Crossing.  Board members were somber, a handful of residents were present, Felix Charney of Summit Development sat listening from high in the raked theater. No questions or comments were allowed. The Board’s counsel, Nick Ward-Willis ran through minor changes to the latest version of the each amendment to be considered.

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NEW: Town staff collect gifts for Sunshine’s children


December 19, 2014
by Christine Yeres

This holiday season Town staff donated gifts for the children of Sunshine Children’s Home & Rehab Center in Ossining, N.Y., a 54-bed licensed nursing facility that specializes in the care and treatment of medically complex children who require post acute, rehabilitative care. Daisy Hernandez, who organized the effort, took photos of the gifts “before” and “after” wrapping. See them below.

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Updates from Supervisor Greenstein on Chappaqua Crossing and Conifer

The Town Board will vote on the Chappaqua Crossing application on Thursday, December 18.
December 12, 2014

Editor’s Note: Below are updates from Supervisor Rob Greenstein on the status of the Conifer and Chappaqua Crossing proposals.  Following them is a four-minute video of the Supervisor’s report from last Tuesday’s Town Board meeting.

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Letter to TB: The only question is whether to allow retail at Chappaqua Crossing or not

“The Board will not have the ability to pick and choose tenants in the future.”
Saturday, December 13, 2014
by Jeff Blockinger

Editor’s Note: On Monday, December 8, Jeff Blockinger sent the following comments to Town Board members. Blockinger has spoken at previous public hearings, telling Town Board members should concern themselves with fixing the existing problems of downtown Chappaqua before creating a “third hamlet’ at Chappaqua Crossing.

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NEW: Real Estate Transactions


December 19, 2014

Three new transactions between December 10 and December 15, 2014

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Services for Kittle House’s Richard “Dick” Crabtree

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Richard Crabtree died on Friday, December 12.  His family will receive visitors at Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home at 288 East Main Street in Mount Kisco on Thursday, December 18, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and Friday, December 19, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. On Saturday, December 20, at 9:45 a.m. a funeral service will take place at St. Patricks Church in Bedford.

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Christmas trees from First Congregational—a family and community tradition

FCC’s tree and wreath sale takes place Sat-Sun December 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st
Saturday, December 6, 2014
by Astrid Quish

Every December since we’ve lived here (16 years), my family has sold Christmas trees at our church, The First Congregational Church of Chappaqua on Orchard Ridge Road.  Yes, that’s the same church that has the famous Barn Sale every year.

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PB to TB: Zoning law should reflect the Town’s long-term interest, not SG’s short term needs

Hours before Town Board votes on zoning—8:15 p.m. @ Chappaqua Library—Planning Board finalizes its comments on Chappaqua Crossing
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Editor’s Note:  Planning Board members followed up their Monday discussion of Chappaqua Crossing’s application for retail zoning with final comments to the Town Board. The 8-point letter ends: “In sum, after all this time and effort, the Planning Board believes that we need to look beyond the applicant’s immediate financial needs and legal posturing and get this right.  Frankly, a broader enabling law should work better than the more limited approval that [Summit Greenfield] seek[s].  At the same time, broader enabling legislation should serve as an important signal from the Town to the applicant that there is an expectation that we need to continue to work jointly toward a ‘best’ plan.”

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NEW: Bedford 2020 salutes Henriette Suhr


December 16, 2015
~ from Bedford 2020

Bedford 2020 wishes to join with the Town of New Castle, Chappaqua, and the surroundings areas of Westchester County and beyond in paying tribute to Henriette Suhr for her untiring efforts to enhance the quality of the environment for the benefit of not only the current inhabitiants of planet Earth but primarily for future generations.

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NEW: Over two months, police issue 135 tickets to drivers using electronic devices

Thursday, December 18, 2014
~ from the Town of New Castle

Between October 1 and December 1 New Castle Police Officers issued 135 tickets to drivers caught using a hand held electronic device. The tickets were issued as part of the Town’s “Hands Off the Phone and On the Wheel” initiative.

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While Town Bd makes plans to approve retail zoning, Planning Bd envisions another solution

Town Board will vote on the zoning legislation at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, at Chappaqua Library Theater
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
by Christine Yeres

Last night, Bob Kirkwood, chair of Planning Board, proposed a way forward with the Chappaqua Crossing application that could lessen the impacts of the proposed retail development.  In a letter shared with Town Board members, Kirkwood proposed that that the Town Board give the town and the developer more flexibility to plan the site as genuine mixed-use.  Instead of three disparate office, residential and retail zones, he suggested, maintain the overall cap for retail of 120,000 square feet (and office space of 500,000 square feet), but draw a boundary around the entire property designating it as “mixed use.”  The single “mixed use” zoning could permit uses to move or mingle and create “traditional neighborhood development” conditions as both county and town Planning Boards have consistently called for over the 2.5 years of reviewing the application.

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Op-Ed: A six-lane intersection between Greeley and CC shopping center is a monstrosity

December 12, 2014

Editor’s Note:  What follows is an op-ed + public comment.  Since today is the deadline for comments on the proposed rezoning of Chappaqua Crossing as a retail shopping center, I am submitting into the record an email discussion with Town Board and Board of Education members.  It was triggered by my email to them suggesting they consider a roundabout rather than a “signalized” six-lane intersection at the high school entrance.  Roundabouts have been proven safer for pedestrians and vehicles that conventional intersections with traffic lights.  In the group email below, Supervisor Greenstein and Board of Ed members Jeffrey Mester and Vicky Tipp weighed in.  Thanks to a reference by Mester to a previous article in NCNOW, I found that the Town’s traffic consultant Michael Galante had told Board of Ed members in August of 2013 that only 5% of traffic could be “counted on” to use the back road into Chappaqua Crossing; the Greeley entrance and the main entrance on Bedford Road would serve as main access drives.

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Resident tells TB approval & construction of road changes will make it years before CC can operate


December 12, 2014
by Christine Yeres

Speaking for neighbors in Lawrence Farms East, Bill Devaney challenged the work of Summit Greenfield’s traffic consultant, John Collins, with a report of his own.  In the December 9 continuation of the public hearing on Chappaqua Crossing, Devaney asked Town Board counsel Nick Ward-Willis to confirm that the State would require Summit Greenfield to construct all roadway improvements before any certificate of occupancy were issued. Ward-Willis did so, explaining that Summit Greenfield cannot get a building permit until New York State’s Department of Transportation has approved Summit Greenfield’s proposed road improvements or “mitigations,” and cannot obtain a certificate of occupancy until those improvements are completed. Devaney then read sections of the report he had commissioned from an independent traffic consultant.

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