NEW: Need-to-Know for the Week beginning Saturday, April 19


Tuesday, April 22 is Earth Day
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• Sun. Apr. 20: Chappaqua Fire Dept Easter Egg Hunt @ Chappaqua Crossing 1:00 pm (Easter Bunny walks downtown Chappaqua Sat. Apr. 19 between 12:30 and 1:30 pm)
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• Mon. Apr. 21: See the documentary “Tapped,” an inside look at the multi-billion dollar water bottle industry, at 7:00 pm Chap Libr. Sponsored by the town’s Sustainability Advisory Board
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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: 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.]
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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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To view NCNOW’s calendar page, click HERE.

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NEW:  Enjoy some Greek specialities, beautiful greens and fresh eggs for the holidays!


From 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM every Saturday at St. Mary’s, next to Bell
April 19, 2014
by Pascale LeDraoulec

And while you’re at it…make sure you pick up some extra eggs, either from Madura, Brookside, Orchards of Conklin or Wright’s Orchard for painting and decorating. Early in the Christian calendar, eggs were forbidden for Lent which is why they were so honored and plentiful (and, in time, lavishly decorated) forty days later, at Easter. But what to do with all those hard-boiled eggs once they’ve been gussied up and admired?

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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:

As you all know, Summit Greenfield has filed a revised Preliminary Development Concept Plan. These materials, which are voluminous, were only received last Friday, April 4.  I want to reassure residents that questions such as how much latitude the Board might have to approve less than the 120,000 square feet of retail space, or whether the Board could deny the request altogether, are being carefully examined.  The issues are complex, and there is more work to be done.  Again, the Board has only had these materials for two days.  It would be premature for any Board member to speculate as to whether, and how much, retail space ultimately might be approved at Chappaqua Crossing.

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

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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Update Hunts Lane affordable project—two more months till State decision on variances

April 11, 2014
by Christine Yeres

Editor’s Note: Conifer representatives and New Castle’s building inspector met in Cortlandt again last Tuesday morning.  Conifer presented new material to the NYS Building Standards and Codes Board of Review that will decide whether to grant the variances that Conifer needs to proceed with its proposed Hunts Place affordable housing.  That same night, Supervisor Rob Greenstein briefly summarized the history of the Conifer case and described its current status. His statement follows:

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New lease on life—in a new neighborhood—for Take-It-or-Leave-It Shop


April 11, 2014
by Bill Kuebler

Take It Or Leave It fans rejoice. The Take It Or Leave It Shop will reopen bigger and better than ever. I had a very nice talk with Supervisor Greenstein yesterday afternoon. The passionate letters to this site and the wonderful speakers at the town board meeting Tuesday showed how vital and popular our little community is. Thank you all.

This is how I understand the situation—and keep in mind things will certainly evolve.

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NEW: L to E: Take It or Leave It, don’t go—we love you!

April 11, 2014
by Nancy O’Neil

There is a place, in our very own community, where you can bring your slightly chipped turkey platter and go home with four picture frames and a stuffed bear.  Or, on a good day, you get a twin stroller and a potty chair, someone else gets your pink princess phone.

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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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Open Ltr: Before killing the Take-It-or-Leave-It, a little reseach into the charity you’ve chosen

April 8, 2014
by Maggie Christ

To Town Board members: 

When I reached for my kitchen sponge this morning to wash out a mug my daughter had once given my husband for Father’s Day, I plucked it out of the blue and white striped bowl that lives next to my sink. Both the bowl and the mug are treasures that we found at the town’s Take It or Leave It Shop – or, as I like to call it, the swap meet at the dump. And over the almost ten years that we’ve lived here, we’ve dropped off and picked up many other things, most memorably a plastic desk for our toddler which we returned to TOILI when she outgrew it.

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L to E: Leave “Take-It-or-Leave-It” alone—it works for the community

April 8, 2014
by Robin Murphy

Dear Adam, Elise, Jason & Lisa,

Yesterday, someone mentioned on the Chappaqua Moms facebook page about the changes in Take It Or Leave It.  When pressed for an explanation, Rob Greenstein responded as follows:

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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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Real Estate Transactions

Four new transactions for the week ending March 28, 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: Chappaqua Fire Department Egg Hunt at Chappaqua Crossing Sunday, April 20 at 1:00 p.m.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Chappaqua Fire Department hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Chappaqua Crossing at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 20. Enter at Bedford Road and follow the signs.  And on Saturday, April 19, the Easter Bunny will be strolling in downtown Chappaqua between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

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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 85 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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Town plan for maintenance of local roadways: a little repaving, a lot of pothole repair

April 11, 2014
by Anthony Vaccaro, New Castle Commissioner of Public Works

I maintain a comprehensive road rating system to rank roads based on their traffic volume and extent of deterioration.  I have tried over the years to distribute road resurfacing projects equitably throughout our Town addressing the highest-ranked roads, within our yearly budget.  Our budget this year can support paving two to three miles. (The town has 120 miles of road, or 240 lane miles.)  This year’s focus should be the westerly part of Town.  Spring Valley Road is a high priority and is currently being considered by FEMA for grant money as part of their Hazard Mitigation program.  I am hoping to hear from them soon so the Town can decide where to spend its road paving budget.

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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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Roaring blaze destroys Whispering Pines flower shop, apartments above; no one is hurt


Beth Hundgen and son Stetson retrieved some plants and flats of pansies from the porch, its white curtains still flying in the breeze. Hundgen says that despite the fire she will carry through with all her party, bar and bat mitzvah commitments.
April 11, 2014
by Christine Yeres

Friday around 1:00 a.m. the Chappaqua Fire Department was called to a fire at 91 Bedford Road, the building that housed Beth Hundgen’s Whispering Pines florist shop. When they arrived, the back of the 100-year-old house was aflame, from ground level to roof, and the fire was advancing into the interior of the building. Residents of the building—some of them employees of the nearby Quaker Hill Tavern—had all escaped and were taken by the Red Cross to the Holiday Inn at Mt. Kisco to spend the weekend.

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Our bodies are over 50% water. Which water is the healthiest for your family, for our planet?


April 4, 2014
by Maxine Margo
New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board member

The Chappaqua Library and New Castle’s Sustainability Advisory Board are co-sponsoring a free screening of the documentary, “Tapped,” on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chappaqua Library, 195 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua, NY. A lively, compelling discussion following the film will be lead by Braeden Cohen, Sustainability/Compost Specialist and Educator at the Greenburgh Nature Center.

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Thinking about running for the Chappaqua Board of Education?

Petitions this year are due April 21.  Info session Thursday, April 3rd in the Bell School Library at 7:30 p.m. and in White Plains Thurs. Apr. 10 6:45 p.m.
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Have you thought about running for the Chappaqua Board of Education? The terms of two members of the elected five-member Board of Education expire in June 2014, so two Board positions will be up for election on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. School Board candidates run “at large” and not for specific seats. Of the candidates who appear on the ballot by filing a petition with District Clerk Theresa Markley by April 21, the two candidates who receive the largest number of votes will fill the two seats. Victoria Tipp, whose first term expires this year, will seek reelection for a second term. Karen Visser, whose first term also expires this year, has not announced publicly whether or not she will seek reelection.

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Library Board position open—Be an advocate for the Chappaqua Library

April 11, 2014

The Chappaqua Library has a five member board of trustees who are each elected to a five year term. The board’s commitment is to the physical property and resources of the library and the services it provides.  Nominating petitions must be filed with District Clerk Theresa Markley by April 21st at 5 p.m.; applications are available at the Library Circulation, Information and Children’s desks. The election will take place on May 20th.

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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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