NEW: Need-to-Know for the Week beginning Tuesday, April 22


Tuesday, April 22 is Earth Day . . .  and 9am to 1pm this Saturday, April 26 is Town-wide Clean-up Day!—town provides the bags and gloves!
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• Tue. Apr. 22: Master Plan Steering Committee meeting with Pace @ town hall 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Assembly Room.  To see NCNOW’s “Master Plan” page click HERE.
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• Tue. Apr. 22: Town Bd work session w/ updates on Take It or Leave It, refuse collection RFP (1x v. 2x pick up per wk).
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• Tue. Apr. 22: *** CANCELED ***Joint meeting of Town Board and Planning Board members to discuss referral of new Chappaqua Crossing site plan for grocery-retail.  8:15 pm in Assembly Room of Town Hall [Traffic expert Michael Galante will not appear.]  THIS MEETING IS CANCELED, at the applicant’s request.
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• Fri. Apr. 25: Chappaqua School Foundation 20th Anniversary Spring Gala @ Trump National Golf Club, Briarcliff Manor @ 7:00 pm
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• Sat. Apr. 26: New Castle’s Town-wide Clean-up Day 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bags and gloves available all this week at Town Hall reception desk and at Millwood Hardware.
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To view NCNOW’s calendar page, click HERE.

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NEW: An Earth on loan to us from our children


Tuesday, Earth Day, April 22, 2014
by Steven Wolk, Chairman, New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board

What brought you to live in New Castle? Many of us would say that our primary reason is for our children. We want to ensure they receive a first-rate education. We want our children to have a great future, and we’re willing to sacrifice to achieve that goal.

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Ars Antiqua Saturday, April 26—The Borrowers: The 18th-Century Art of Reinvention

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at St. Mary the Virgin

Tuesday, March 14, 2014
by Mark Kramer

It was common practice for baroque composers such as Handel and Bach to borrow, revise and adapt the music of others for their own use. Like painters of the 18th century, they learned and perfected their craft by copying the best examples of the time in order to develop a sense of basic artistry, style and expression. In an age when new cantatas, concertos and operas needed to be created at a moment’s notice – borrowing from one’s self or recycling material from others was an attractive and sensible time-saving tactic.

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Katz urges examination of “all the options” in context of Master Plan review

April 11, 2014

Editor’s Note: Deputy Supervisor Lisa Katz read the following statement on Chappaqua Crossing in last Tuesday’s Town Board meeting.  A lively argument between residents, supervisor and town attorneys ensued.  Below are her remarks:

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Open Ltr-Community group responds to Greenstein interview on development at Armonk Road property

With 49 comments since publication
April 11, 2014

To the New Castle Town Board,

We, members of the neighborhood group called the “Society of Neighbors, Inc.,” are writing to comment on the article in NewCastleNOW.org titled “Supervisor’s first 100 Days: Chappaqua Crossing and Spa—now “Homes”—@ New Castle.” More specifically, we want to address Mr. Greenstein’s reliance on a meeting with residents to validate his positioning.

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Ltr from Super: To what degree prior TB has “tied our hands” on Chappaqua Crossing approval

April 8, 2014
by Supervisor Rob Greenstein

Please keep in mind that the prior town conducted the SEQRA review. The prior TB adopted the findings the week before elections. They made specific findings as to traffic and other impacts that would be associated with retail zoning. I do not believe the current town board is at liberty to disregard those findings as it considers whether retail zoning is appropriate for the property.

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An update on the Supervisor’s accomplishments in his first 100 Days in Office

April 8, 2014
by Christine Yeres

Supervisor Rob Greenstein invited NCNOW to interview him after his first 100 days in office.  We met yesterday.  Supervisor Greenstein supplied NCNOW with a list of topics from which to work, which we used as a guide.  The majority of them are treated below.  Readers will find Chappaqua Crossing and the Spa @ New Castle—about to be known instead as “Homes @ New Castle”—trated in another article, “Supervisor’s first 100 Days: Chappaqua Crossing and Spa—now “Homes”—@ New Castle,” NCNOW.org, 4/8/14.

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Supervisor’s first 100 Days: Chappaqua Crossing and Spa—now “Homes”—@ New Castle

April 8, 2014
by Christine Yeres

Editor’s Note:  In an interview yesterday, Supervisor Rob Greenstein, now in office for three months, gave an update of his accomplishments in these first 100 days. The following article treats only the subjects of the search for a “win-win” at Chappaqua Crossing and the Spa @ New Castle, now renamed “Homes @ New Castle,” due, according to Greenstein, to his efforts to bring neighbors and developer toward something both can support. 

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Planning Board seat open beginning April 1, 2014

March 14, 2014
~ from the Town of New Castle

The Town of New Castle would like to thank Douglas Schuerman for his three years of service on the Planning Board and his three years of service to the Environmental Review Board.

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NEW: Real Estate Transactions

Nine new transactions between April 1 and April 21, 2014
March 28, 2014

Editor’s Note: Since October, 2007, NewCastleNOW.org has published every week in its real estate section information about houses sold in New Castle as that information has been released by Westchester County. 

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NEW: Much about Armonk Road cell tower—both law and community character—is up in the air


A rendering of the tower by Homeland-Verizon showing three of six possible arrays of antennae
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
by Christine Yeres

When Planning Board members speculated during last week’s as to why Homeland Towers and its client, Verizon, were not interested in pursuing alternatives to the 150-foot cell tower Homeland is proposing for Armonk Road, an attorney for residents of Whippoorwill Lake Road was ready with an answer: “Because Homeland Towers doesn’t make money doing that.  Homeland makes money building towers like this.”

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NEW: Tom Curley urges neighbors of proposed cell tower to participate in Master Plan review


“What kind of town do we want to have ten years from now?” said Curley, in a personal Master Plan outreach.
Tuesday, April 21, 2014

Editor’s Note: Following last Wednesday’s public hearing on the Homeland Verizon cell tower proposed for Armonk Road, Planning Board member Tom Curley addressed the neighbors who had spoken passionately in opposition to the project.  “I’ve lived here for 20 years,” Curley began.  “I live over on the other side of town, in Millwood, and I came here for exactly the same reason I think everybody here has said they did too. . .

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NEW: NYS’s legal advice to towns on how to deal with cell phone tower applications

Monday, April 21, 2014

Editor’s Note: From NYS’s Department of State, Office of General Counsel, comes this memo on the problems faced by municipalities in dealing with cell phone tower applications. One suggested tool is a “short-term moratorium” until the municipality “has had a chance to analyze the overall planning issue and to decide where, and under what conditions, tower construction may proceed”—and “only in cases where the municipality is actively engaged in a study of its comprehensive plan or its zoning regulations during the course of the moratorium, with particular attention being paid to the use or uses involved.”

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NEW: Girl Scout Gold Award project “The Write Stuff”—a rich resouce for young writers

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Monday, April 21, 2014
by Kate Hawthorne

As an Ambassador in Girl Scout Troop 2746, I recently completed my Gold Award project. For this project I compiled a book called Teen Voices: The Write Stuff.  This book, targeted to tweens and teens, is a compilation of writing advice from authors of young adult and children’s fiction.

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Resident cross-examines TB and its attorneys on inevitability of retail at Chappaqua Crossing

A “teaching moment” on whether SEQRA and Findings are binding
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With 91 comments since publication
April 11, 2014
by Christine Yeres

At Tuesday’s Town Board meeting, Jessica Reinmann, a resident of Cowdin Lane, peppered Board members and their two lawyers, Ed Phillips and Nick Ward-Willis, with specific questions meant, she said, to help residents to understand that—contrary to what Supervisor Rob Greenstein has asserted with fairly high-frequency over the last month—the completed NYS Environmental Quality Review Act—or SEQRA—process does not commit the Town Board to approve retail zoning at Chappaqua Crossing.

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In new site plan SG asks that limit on number of 1,500 to 5,000 s.f. stores be removed

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Top rendering is of left side of Whole Foods; bottom is of front facade with additional retail on right.  See larger photos in “Read more…”
Saturday, April 12, 2014
by Christine Yeres

Because the rearrangement of the retail spaces along the main entry drive in the new site plan from Summit Greenfield is not conducive to junior-anchor-size stores, the developer is asking the Town Board to “remove the limit on the maximum number of stores between 1,500 and 5,000 square feet” at Chappaqua Crossing, in order to allow “the mix and size of retail tenants that would complement a pedestrian-oriented shopping street.”  Summit Greenfield also asks the Town Board to add “the growing of fruits and vegetables for sale” as a permitted accessory use.

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Film screening of “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” at Chappaqua Library

Sponsored by the Church of St. Mary the Virgin

April 11, 2014
~ from the Church of St. Mary the Virgin

On Sunday, April 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Chappaqua Library Theater, Sabin Streeter will screen footage and talk about his work as a director and producer on the recent PBS documentary series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.”  This series, hosted by Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., recounts the entire sweep of African American history, from the arrival of the first slaves in the 1500s right up to today in a way that is both educational and engaging.

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Chappaqua School Foundation 20th Anniversary Spring Gala!

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April 11, 2014

Come Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Chappaqua School Foundation!  The CSF Spring Gala will be held on FRIDAY, April 25, at Trump National Golf Club at 7:00 p.m.  Cocktails, Buffet Dinner, Raffle and Silent Auction.  Ticket purchase includes Spring Madness Shopping Card offering discounts to many local shops and retailers.

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Come Join the Chappaqua Neighbors Club!


April 11, 2014
by Lowen McKay

The Chappaqua Neighbors Club has been a vibrant part of the community for a very long time.  It all began many years ago when the Welcome Wagon would show new arrivals around Chappaqua.  After Welcome Wagon ended, several of its members decided to keep on rolling and started the Chappaqua Neighbors Club.  The group has grown tremendously since it was founded and now has almost 140 members.  The club welcomes women of all ages and is open to residents who live in Chappaqua as well as in other communities.

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