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State Board Approves Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

State Board Approves Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

A state panel gave conditional approval for needed building and fire safety variances Thursday to the developer of the controversial Chappaqua affordable housing project. The Department of State’s Hudson Valley Regional Board of Review granted Conifer Realty four variances needed to build the 28-unit Chappaqua Station project on Hunts Place. The board’s decision was a […]

Chappaqua Dance School to Offer Class for Special Needs Students

Chappaqua Dance School to Offer Class for Special Needs Students

Children with special needs may not always be able to participate in extracurricular activities as their peers would but Steffi Nossen School of Dance in Chappaqua will offer a unique opportunity for them starting this month. The school has been hosting classes for children with special needs at its White Plains location for a decade […]

Business Profile: Financial Asset Management Corp., Chappaqua

Business Profile: Financial Asset Management Corp., Chappaqua

There’s a lot more to planning your financial future than picking the right stocks or mutual funds. In an era when there are more products to choose from and the decisions to be made have become increasingly complicated, handling finances and planning for the years ahead have never been more important. Led by principal and […]

Site Plan Review, Repercussions Await After Chap Crossing Rezone

Site Plan Review, Repercussions Await After Chap Crossing Rezone

Site plan and state Department of Transportation approvals are still needed by developer Summit/Greenfield for Chappaqua Crossing to be built. What also remains to be seen is whether there is political fallout from the New Castle Town Board’s controversial decision. The board’s voted Dec. 18 to rezone 19 acres of the former Reader’s Digest property […]

Olympian Orozco Returns to Home Gym to Help Youngsters

Olympian Orozco Returns to Home Gym to Help Youngsters

For any young gymnast at Chappaqua’s World Cup Gymnastics who holds lofty aspirations, meeting John Orozco ought to be a source of great motivation. Orozco, who finished eighth in the 2012 London Olympics, trained for a decade at the Hunts Lane facility starting when he was eight years old. Last Sunday, he returned to his […]

New Castle Approves Retail Rezoning for Chappaqua Crossing

New Castle Approves Retail Rezoning for Chappaqua Crossing

The New Castle Town Board approved the rezone of a 19-acre portion of the former Reader’s Digest property Thursday night that will allow up to 120,000 square feet of retail space at the site. Each of the four resolutions was supported by a 4-1 margin during the special meeting at the Chappaqua  Public Library, with […]

New Castle Scheduled to Vote Thursday on Chap Crossing Rezone

New Castle Scheduled to Vote Thursday on Chap Crossing Rezone

The New Castle Town Board may finally take a vote this week whether to rezone a portion of the Chappaqua Crossing campus to allow 120,000 square feet of retail at the site. Board members announced last week that they are scheduled to meet Thursday night at the Chappaqua Public Library auditorium at 8:15 p.m. and […]

Richard Crabtree, Owner of Chappaqua's Kittle House, Dies at 84

Richard Crabtree, Owner of Chappaqua’s Kittle House, Dies at 84

Richard (Dick) Clarke Crabtree died peacefully on Dec. 12 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx with his family by his side at the age of 84. Crabtree was born on Oct. 3, 1930, in New Rochelle and raised there by his parents Joseph and Irene. He attended Iona Prep where he excelled in sports, especially […]

Chappaqua's Grace Baptist Stages Play to Present Christmas Message This Weekend

Chappaqua’s Grace Baptist Stages Play to Present Christmas Message This Weekend

Millions of people scurried to malls as early as last Thursday evening to start their holiday shopping, maybe some before digesting their turkey and stuffing. It is fair to wonder how many care about the true meaning of Christmas. Grace Baptist Church in Chappaqua is making sure in an entertaining way that the holiday’s message […]

Chappaqua Winter Farmers Market in Jeopardy of Being Canceled

Chappaqua Winter Farmers Market in Jeopardy of Being Canceled

A Chappaqua winter farmers market is once again in jeopardy after the market’s board of directors learned this week that it would only be granted five Saturdays to operate at the municipality’s community center this season. The sudden turn of events, revealed at Tuesday night’s town board meeting, came when the New Castle Recreation & […]

Communities to Promote Local Businesses This Weekend

Communities to Promote Local Businesses This Weekend

When it comes to Thanksgiving and the ensuing mad rush to the stores for Black Friday, many shoppers might envision hordes of crowds flooding big-box stores and large retailers in the wee hours of the morning. This holiday season, some of the local chambers of commerce and business organizations are hoping shoppers stay close to […]

County to Consider Vote on Chappaqua Affordable Housing Plan Funds

County to Consider Vote on Chappaqua Affordable Housing Plan Funds

A vote to authorize county funds for the stalled Chappaqua affordable housing project is likely before the end of the year in hopes that Westchester will comply with the 2014 benchmark outlined in the housing settlement with the federal government. Board of Legislators Chairman Michael Kaplowitz (D-Somers) announced on Thursday that he will back a […]

Electrical Wiring Jeopardizes Latest Chap Train Station Eatery Plan

Electrical Wiring Jeopardizes Latest Chap Train Station Eatery Plan

The restaurateur who responded to the latest New Castle bid proposal to bring a food establishment to the Chappaqua train station has informed officials that the building’s electrical capacity may be insufficient to host a commercial entity. Chappaqua resident Peter Chase, who made a recent presentation about his plan for the 112-year-old town-owned building, said […]

New Castle Threatened With More Litigation on Chap Crossing

New Castle Threatened With More Litigation on Chap Crossing

New Castle officials were issued an ultimatum last week to take a vote on the requested rezone of the former Reader’s Digest property before the end of the year or once again face litigation from developer Summit/Greenfield. Just before the end of a three-and-a-half-hour Chappaqua Crossing public hearing Oct. 28 on the proposed zoning change […]

New Castle Considers Basketball Court in Town Hall Parking Lot

New Castle Considers Basketball Court in Town Hall Parking Lot

New Castle Supervisor Robert Greenstein is planning on earmarking money in the town’s 2015 capital projects budget to convert the back corner of the Town Hall parking lot into a full-length outdoor basketball court. Greenstein said that the issue was discussed most recently during budget meetings involving the town board and department heads earlier this […]

Wildlife Experts Help New Castle Residents Understand Coyote Explosion

Wildlife Experts Help New Castle Residents Understand Coyote Explosion

With coyotes providing the Town of New Castle with an ongoing challenge, residents are taking steps to understand the animals and their presence. On Wednesday evening, dozens of residents packed Town Hall for a presentation called “Wild Suburbia,” a program sponsored by the newly formed Coyote Awareness and Safety Advisory Committee featuring three experts. Dr. […]

New Castle Eyes Creation of Recreational Pedestrian, Bike Path

New Castle Eyes Creation of Recreational Pedestrian, Bike Path

New Castle officials are taking to heart public sentiment voiced earlier this year to make the town a more pedestrian-friendly place that encourages walking and biking instead of driving. The town is considering the creation of a new recreational path now referred to as the ChapLine that would extend from North Greeley Avenue in Downtown […]

Chappaqua's Mester to Run for BOCES Board of Ed Vacancy

Chappaqua’s Mester to Run for BOCES Board of Ed Vacancy

Chappaqua Board of Education Trustee Jeffrey Mester announced Wednesday night that he will seek the open seat on the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Board of Education after expressing frustrations with how BOCES has handled several issues. Mester, Chappaqua’s liaison to BOCES, will run against Peekskill Board of Education President Douglas Glickert in the Nov. 18 election. […]

New Castle Awaits Restaurant Bid Proposals for Train Station

New Castle Awaits Restaurant Bid Proposals for Train Station

The Town of New Castle is once again accepting Requests for Proposals (RFP) in hopes of finding a restaurant operator to fill the town-owned building at the Chappaqua train station. Qualified individuals and entities have until Oct. 22 at noon to submit an RFP that would provide food service at the largely vacant 112-year-old building. […]

New Castle Forms Two Groups to Tackle Coyote Problem

New Castle Forms Two Groups to Tackle Coyote Problem

The Town of New Castle has established two committees to help address the growing coyote problem in the region. Town board members unanimously approved last Tuesday night the creation of the Coyote Awareness and Safety Committee and the Coyote Management Task Force in an effort to provide a full range of information and perspectives on […]

Chappaqua Children's Book Festival Attracts Impressive Crowd

Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Attracts Impressive Crowd

Those who attended Saturday’s Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival experienced the best of both worlds: a perfect day to be outside and a great venue to pick up some new books for their kids to read. An estimated 5,000 to 6,000 visitors descended on the grounds of Robert E. Bell Middle School for the second annual […]

Know Your Neighbor: Audrey Mann Cronin, Communications Consultant, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Audrey Mann Cronin, Communications Consultant, Chappaqua

Three incidents within a little more than a week was too much for Audrey Mann Cronin to tolerate. Mann Cronin, a communications specialist for more than 25 years, has worked for large corporations’ public relations and marketing departments, and for the last 10 years, she has operated her own Chappaqua-based firm, coaching corporate executives and […]

Changes on the Horizon for Chappaqua Farmers Market

Changes on the Horizon for Chappaqua Farmers Market

Chappaqua Farmers Market organizers have reached out to New Castle officials about potentially partnering with the town on the operation of the popular Saturday morning market to receive assistance for the growing administrative tasks. Priscilla Sorensen, farmers market board of directors chairwoman and co-founder, and Market Director Pascale Le Draoulec appeared with several members of […]

Chappaqua Schools to Join Town in Unfunded Mandate Fight

Chappaqua Schools to Join Town in Unfunded Mandate Fight

New Castle’s Mandate Relief Committee chairwoman asked the Chappaqua Board of Education for help last week to present unified arguments to lawmakers in hopes of alleviating the crushing expenses imposed by government. Chappaqua resident Judy McGrath, who was appointed to lead the committee by the town board over the summer, told school officials at the […]

Artist Puts Finishing Touches on Chappaqua Book Festival Mural

Artist Puts Finishing Touches on Chappaqua Book Festival Mural

Sophie Mendelson had never come close to working on a surface like the one she painted most of the summer. Mendelson, a Chappaqua native who graduated in the spring from Skidmore College with an art degree, was putting the finishing touches Saturday on a 20-foot-high, 65-foot-wide mural on the alleyway wall of the building that […]

Con Edison to Cut Trees on New Castle Street, Cites Public Safety

Con Edison to Cut Trees on New Castle Street, Cites Public Safety

New Castle officials have been informed by Con Edison that the utility plans to remove seven trees on Taylor Road in the coming weeks because they are creating a serious public safety danger. Town Administrator Jill Simon Shapiro told the town board last week that the Norway maples along the public right of way have […]

New Rabbi Looks to Inspire Congregants at Temple Beth El

New Rabbi Looks to Inspire Congregants at Temple Beth El

When Jonathan Jaffe graduated from college he thought he was on the path to a successful business career. He landed a job working in the finance department for the clothing chain Gap, Inc. in Freemont, Calif., but soon felt isolated thousands of miles from where he was born and raised in Honolulu. Jaffe sought community […]

Greeley Senior Creates Buzz With T-Shirt Designs at Kisco Boutique

Greeley Senior Creates Buzz With T-Shirt Designs at Kisco Boutique

Scott Silver is a budding graphic designer with several product sales under his belt — and he still hasn’t graduated high school. Silver, a 17-year-old incoming senior at Horace Greeley High School, used to play multiple sports until several concussions, a back fracture and various sprains last year forced him to stop. As someone who […]

Merchants Grit Teeth Through Chappaqua Gas Main Replacement

Merchants Grit Teeth Through Chappaqua Gas Main Replacement

The replacement of a gas main on lower King Street in downtown Chappaqua which has inconvenienced merchants and shoppers is scheduled to be completed this week. Town Administrator Jill Shapiro said last Friday that the final leg of Con Edison’s installation of the new main is anticipated to be completed by this Thursday. Earlier this […]

New Castle to Conduct Public Survey to Continue Master Plan Process

New Castle to Conduct Public Survey to Continue Master Plan Process

New Castle officials are prepared to move ahead with a professionally administered survey of 300 randomly chosen residents as the town enters the next phase of its Master Plan update. Last week, the town board unanimously agreed to hire Penn Schoen Berland, a market research and consulting firm that had been previously retained by the […]