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Mt. Pleasant Lone Area District With Contested Board Race

Mt. Pleasant Lone Area District With Contested Board Race

Three of four local districts will have uncontested board of education election races next month. The only contested race locally will be for the Mount Pleasant Board of Education where current Vice President Eric Schulze and fellow incumbent Laurie Donato will be joined on the ballot by challenger Ed Barnes for two available seats. Chappaqua, […]

New Castle to Cancel Several Specialty Camps This Summer

New Castle to Cancel Several Specialty Camps This Summer

Five summer specialty camps that have been offered by New Castle’s Recreation and Parks Department and use Chappaqua School District facilities will not be offered this summer following a change in the district’s fee schedule. Robert Snyder, the town’s Recreation and Parks superintendent, said the $75 hourly rate that is in effect is too cost […]

Chappaqua Fire Displaces Seven Residents, Floral Shop

Chappaqua Fire Displaces Seven Residents, Floral Shop

The house containing Whispering Pines of Chappaqua may have been irreparably damaged from last Friday’s devastating early morning blaze but the popular floral shop is expected to soon be back in business. Stetson Hundgen, the son of owner Beth Hundgen, said Monday his mother is in the process of searching for a temporary location in […]

State Board Closes Hearing on Chappaqua Affordable Housing Fire Safety

State Board Closes Hearing on Chappaqua Affordable Housing Fire Safety

Public comments concluded Tuesday morning in front of a state panel that is weighing whether the Chappaqua affordable housing project would comply with fire safety codes. Representatives for Conifer Realty argued that the 28-unit Chappaqua Station slated to be built on Hunts Lane meets or exceeds all fire safety code requirements despite the need for […]

Revised Chappaqua Crossing Plan Submitted By Developer

Revised Chappaqua Crossing Plan Submitted By Developer

The highly anticipated revised Preliminary Development Concept Plan for Chappaqua Crossing was filed last Friday featuring the previously discussed “traditional neighborhood design” for the project. Representatives of developer Summit/Greenfield submitted on Apr. 4 the reworked proposal to the Town of New Castle. The town board is tentatively scheduled to vote to refer the matter to […]

New Castle Starts Work on Public Outreach for Master Plan Update

New Castle Starts Work on Public Outreach for Master Plan Update

Obtaining community feedback that accurately reflects public sentiment for New Castle’s Master Plan update may be one of the biggest challenges facing officials in their quest to update the town’s blueprint for the future. Last week, the town board and Master Plan Steering Committee sat down with two representatives from the Pace University Land Use […]

Swim and Tennis Club Site Sold for $2 Million in Chappaqua

Swim and Tennis Club Site Sold for $2 Million in Chappaqua

By Tom Auchterlonie The Twin Oaks Swim and Tennis Club’s property in Chappaqua has a new owner. The site was sold on Dec. 23 for $2 million to 54 Kids LLC, according to New Castle property records. A transaction involving the deed was recorded by Westchester County on Jan. 29. The property, located at 348 […]

Affordable Housing Developer Accuses New Castle of Discrimination

Affordable Housing Developer Accuses New Castle of Discrimination

The developer of the stalled Chappaqua affordable housing project has filed a discrimination complaint against New Castle alleging that the municipality is delaying the building’s development based on potential residents’ race or ethnicity. Conifer Realty, LLC submitted its complaint to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on March 6, claiming that the […]

 Via Vanti! Owner Pledges to Fight New Castle on Train Station Lease

Via Vanti! Owner Pledges to Fight New Castle on Train Station Lease

The proprietor who thought she had reached an agreement with New Castle officials to operate a restaurant at the Chappaqua train station has vowed to fight the town unless a lease agreement is extended to her. Chappaqua resident Carla Gambescia, owner of the Italian cafe and restaurant Via Vanti! in Mount Kisco, issued a one-sentence […]

Dispute Jeopardizes Via Vanti! Deal at Chappaqua Train Station

Dispute Jeopardizes Via Vanti! Deal at Chappaqua Train Station

A spat between a restaurateur who hoped to open a second location of her establishment at the Chappaqua train station and New Castle officials erupted recently forcing the town to pursue other operators for the building. Talks between Carla Gambescia, owner of Via Vanti!, an Italian cafe at the Mount Kisco train station, and the […]

Community Rallies in Attempt to Save Job of Popular Chappaqua Teacher

Community Rallies in Attempt to Save Job of Popular Chappaqua Teacher

By Janine Bowen With staff cuts looming in the Chappaqua School District’s proposed budget for 2014-15, dozens of students and parents at last week’s board of education meeting advocated that officials keep one important teacher on the payroll. Mike DiBellis is the technology teacher at Seven Bridges Middle School as well as the wrestling coach […]

New Castle Councilman Fends Off Conflict of Interest Charges

New Castle Councilman Fends Off Conflict of Interest Charges

Suggestions that New Castle Councilman and Master Plan Steering Committee member nominee Adam Brodsky has a potential conflict of interest were raised last week because Brodsky’s in-laws own land in downtown Chappaqua. The issue was introduced by Councilman Jason Chapin during the town board’s Feb. 25 work session, which preceded the regular board meeting, and featured an update […]

Developer, Town Discuss Revised Chappaqua Crossing Plans

Developer, Town Discuss Revised Chappaqua Crossing Plans

Discussions about a revised development plan for the former Reader’s Digest property continue to evolve as New Castle officials and representatives for Chappaqua Crossing developer Summit/Greenfield search for a solution to move the stalemated project forward. Last Tuesday night, the New Castle Planning Board and the Town Board discussed issues related to the 116-acre parcel […]

Board of Regents Makes Changes to Common Core Implementation

Board of Regents Makes Changes to Common Core Implementation

By Janine Bowen Following a torrent of criticism, the state Board of Regents announced Monday that it will adopt a series of measures to adjust the implementation of the Common Core Standards. The changes passed two committees and are scheduled to be voted on the by the full board today (Tuesday). ‘We are absolutely committed […]

Local State Lawmakers Call for Moratorium on Common Core Implementation

Local State Lawmakers Call for Moratorium on Common Core Implementation

By Janine Bowen Local legislators appear to finally be listening to concerned parents and teachers when it comes to problems plaguing the Common Core standards. On Tuesday, legislators across the state in both parties requested a two-year delay in using Common Core testing to evaluate students and teachers. Several Westchester legislators are among those who […]

Proposed New Castle Hotel, Condos Trigger Environmental Concerns

Proposed New Castle Hotel, Condos Trigger Environmental Concerns

Residents neighboring a 98-acre parcel in New Castle where a mixed use development has been proposed warned town officials last week of numerous environmental and quality-of-life issues that could arise if the project is approved. The Jan. 28 scoping session at town hall for The Spa at New Castle, the first formal public forum in […]

New Castle, Via Vanti! Still Working on Train Station Deal

New Castle, Via Vanti! Still Working on Train Station Deal

New Castle officials and a Mount Kisco restaurant owner are still locked in discussions about having the proprietor move into the town-owned building at the Chappaqua train station. Councilman Adam Brodsky, the town board’s point person on the project, said there are a couple of outstanding issues regarding the structure that must still be resolved […]

New Castle to Upgrade Code Red Service; Residents Urged to Register

New Castle to Upgrade Code Red Service; Residents Urged to Register

By Janine Bowen The New Castle Town Board announced last week that the town will be upgrading its Code Red alert system in the coming weeks. One of the major revisions is the ability for residents to customize the way they receive alerts from the town. Since its introduction last winter, residents could only sign […]

New Castle to Appoint Shapiro as Next Town Administrator

New Castle to Appoint Shapiro as Next Town Administrator

The New Castle Town Board is prepared to appoint Town Clerk and Receiver of Taxes Jill Shapiro as the municipality’s next administrator, the first major move of the new administration. Shapiro, who has served as town clerk since 2005, would succeed Penny Paderewski who retired at the end of December following her defeat to Supervisor […]

After 16 Years in County Government, District 5 Legislator Bill Ryan is Moving On

After 16 Years in County Government, District 5 Legislator Bill Ryan is Moving On

Westchester County Legislator, Bill Ryan (D-White Plains) is leaving public office when his term as Legislator for District 5 ends on December 31. White Plains Councilman, Benjamin Boykin, ran for that seat and won when Ryan left the seat open in his unsuccessful bid to win the Democratic endorsement for Westchester County Executive last summer. […]

Millwood Residents Propose Community Garden for Old Swim Club Site

Millwood Residents Propose Community Garden for Old Swim Club Site

A group of residents has proposed transforming the former Millwood Swim Club property into a community garden with the help of an organization that focuses on similar efforts throughout Westchester. Several neighbors of the defunct club at the 1.3-acre property at 18 Sand St. presented their plans to the New Castle Town Board last week […]

Chap Crossing Developer Threatens Litigation Against New Castle

Chap Crossing Developer Threatens Litigation Against New Castle

The attorney for the Chappaqua Crossing developer warned the New Castle Town Board last week that the town would be hit with costly litigation and tax certioraris unless officials vote on a rezone to allow retail. John Marwell, representing Summit/Greenfield, the developer hoping to build 120,000 square feet of retail space at the former Reader’s […]

Know Your Neighbor: Robert Sullivan, Author/Editor, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Robert Sullivan, Author/Editor, Chappaqua

Remembrances of food, music, time off from school, visiting with family and, of course, the anticipation of what’s under the tree on Christmas morning has held children’s imaginations for generations. Author Robert Sullivan sought to recapture the magic of his Christmases growing up in the 1950s and ’60s in his recently released book, “A Child’s […]

Developer, Whole Foods Reach Agreement for Chap Crossing Market

Developer, Whole Foods Reach Agreement for Chap Crossing Market

The developer of Chappaqua Crossing submitted a revised retail preliminary design concept plan last week for 120,000 square feet of retail space and identified Whole Foods as the supermarket operator that would move into the site. Summit/Greenfield’s Nov. 12 filing came after Whole Foods representatives approved the location to operate a 40,000-square-foot supermarket in a […]

Study Skills Workshop Comes to Chappaqua to Help Students Prepare for Tests

Study Skills Workshop Comes to Chappaqua to Help Students Prepare for Tests

By Janine Bowen Midterm exams are right around the corner for high school students and a new series of workshops in Chappaqua is aiming to help stressed out students achieve better results on their tests. “Students will come away with a whole toolbox of skills that they need to be successful in school,” said Anne […]

Team New Castle Sweeps Democrats in Supervisor, Town Board Race

Team New Castle Sweeps Democrats in Supervisor, Town Board Race

A new era is coming to New Castle politics. Team New Castle, which was backed by the Republican and Independence parties, defeated the Democratic slate Tuesday night and will take over control of the previously all-Democratic town board next year. With 81 percent of the precincts reporting, Team New Castle supervisor candidate Rob Greenstein had collected 2,014 […]

Traps Set Up in Chappaqua Woods to Catch Aggressive Coyote

Traps Set Up in Chappaqua Woods to Catch Aggressive Coyote

The Town of New Castle set traps last week in the vicinity of Robert E. Bell Middle School in hopes of catching a coyote possibly linked to the disappearance of two dogs. On Oct. 23, the town’s police department issued an advisory to residents that humane traps were placed in the woods between Aldridge Road […]

New Castle Tentative Budget Proposes 2.6% Tax Hike for Next Year

New Castle Tentative Budget Proposes 2.6% Tax Hike for Next Year

The Town of New Castle recently released a $23.8 million tentative budget for 2014 carrying a proposed tax rate increase of 2.59 percent and a tax levy hike that is within the state mandated cap. The spending represents the combined general and highway department budgets–about $19.7 million for the general budget and a little more […]

New Castle Public Access Station Partners With Library for Studio

New Castle Public Access Station Partners With Library for Studio

For the candidates in this year’s New Castle town election, Thursday is a highly anticipated night. The League of Women Voters is hosting a candidates forum at 7 p.m. at the Chappaqua Public Library, featuring the hopefuls for supervisor, town council, town justice and county legislator. It will also be an important evening for the […]

Chappaqua Ragamuffin Parade and Carnival Set for Sunday

Chappaqua Ragamuffin Parade and Carnival Set for Sunday

The New Castle Recreation and Parks Dept will be holding its annual Ragamuffin Parade and Carnival on Sunday. The carnival begins at 12:30 p.m. and the parade steps off at 3:30 p.m. at the Chappaqua train station. The whole family is invited to dress in costume, march in the parade, ride the carnival rides and enjoy […]