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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 […]

New Castle Councilwoman Calls for Moratorium Consideration

New Castle Councilwoman Calls for Moratorium Consideration

New Castle Councilwoman Lisa Katz last week asked her colleagues on the town board to consider a moratorium on development while the town’s Master Plan is being updated. Katz, who made her appeal following the adjournment of a roughly three-hour public hearing on Chappaqua Crossing, said she would support a building ban “for a short […]

Residents, Official Criticize Chap Crossing Developer's Survey

Residents, Official Criticize Chap Crossing Developer’s Survey

A survey commissioned by Chappaqua Crossing developer Summit/Greenfield showing strong support for a Whole Foods supermarket and smaller retail stores at the former Reader’s Digest site was dismissed last week as skewed and misleading. Several New Castle residents and Councilman Adam Brodsky criticized Summit/Greenfield for paying for a survey that generated responses from 583 town […]

New Castle Officials Create Town Mandate Relief Committee

New Castle Officials Create Town Mandate Relief Committee

The New Castle Town Board formed a new Mandate Relief Committee Tuesday night, one of the first towns to take the step in hopes of relieving financial state-imposed burdens. The four-member committee will be chaired by Judy McGrath, a longtime mandate relief advocate who has been vocal at Chappaqua Board of Education meetings on the […]

Chappaqua Architect's Development Plan Faces Complex Legal Issues

Chappaqua Architect’s Development Plan Faces Complex Legal Issues

An ambitious mixed-use development proposal for downtown Chappaqua will require the resolution of complicated legal issues and easements from multiple property owners before New Castle officials will decide whether to support the plan. Chappaqua architect Chuck Napoli returned to the town board last week with a tweaked conceptual plan of his proposal to add roughly […]

Chappaqua Club Raises $35G for Cancer Research in Swim Event

Chappaqua Club Raises $35G for Cancer Research in Swim Event

It can be difficult getting up before 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning in the middle of  July. Maybe even more so if you’re heading out at that hour to do some intense physical exertion. But close to 50 area swimmers, many of them children, made their way to the Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Club […]

New Castle Set to Issue New RFP for Train Station

New Castle Set to Issue New RFP for Train Station

New Castle officials are expected to reissue a new Request for Proposal as soon as this week in hopes of filling the town-owned Chappaqua train station depot after the previous lease was successfully challenged. Town Attorney Nicholas Ward-Willis said last week the town board will make several minor revisions to the RFP and post it […]

State Board Rejects Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

State Board Rejects Variances for Chappaqua Affordable Housing Project

A state board voted Wednesday to reject most of the fire code variances needed by the developer of the proposed affordable housing project in downtown Chappaqua throwing the application’s future into doubt. The Department of State’s Hudson Valley Regional Board of Review denied seven of the eight variances requested by Conifer Realty to build the […]

Affordable Housing Discussions Alarm Chappaqua Church Neighbors

Affordable Housing Discussions Alarm Chappaqua Church Neighbors

Internal discussions by representatives of Chappaqua’s First Congregational Church about selling a portion of church property for the construction of affordable senior housing has prompted nearby residents to organize in hopes of seeking alternative uses. Jon Aram, president of the recently formed First Chappaqua Neighbors Association, said the residents on Orchard Ridge Road, Lawrence Farms […]

New Castle Town Board Rescinds Restaurateur's Chappaqua Train Station Lease

New Castle Town Board Rescinds Restaurateur’s Chappaqua Train Station Lease

The New Castle Town Board voted Tuesday night to rescind the lease it had granted to a Mount Kisco restaurateur to operate a bistro at the Chappaqua train station depot. The action came less than a week after one of the proprietors passed over for the lease, Peter and Erin Chase, submitted a petition to […]

Petition Challenging Chap Train Station Lease Filed With Town

Petition Challenging Chap Train Station Lease Filed With Town

One of the proprietors passed over for a lease to operate a restaurant at the Chappaqua train station submitted a petition to New Castle officials last week that could trigger a referendum to determine whether the agreement should be rescinded. Erin and Peter Chase, owners of BPC, a company that operates restaurants and bars across […]

What Went Wrong With the Chappaqua Train Station RFP Process

What Went Wrong With the Chappaqua Train Station RFP Process

By Carla Gambescia and Peter and Erin Chase A request for proposal, typically referred to as an RFP, is a formal solicitation made by a governmental entity or company interested in procuring a product or service or valuable asset through a competitive process. An RFP is created upfront in the procurement cycle and is designed […]

Decision Making of New Castle Board Majority Called into Question

Decision Making of New Castle Board Majority Called into Question

By Robin Murphy Although I voted for Rob Greenstein as well as the other Team New Castle candidates, Adam Brodsky and Lisa Katz, I have been disappointed that their promises to bring a “small business mindset” and “a new approach” to New Castle town government have so far been empty. The appointment of Jill Shapiro […]

Letter to the Editor: Transparency Must Be Restored in New Castle or Public Trust Will Be Lost

Letter to the Editor: Transparency Must Be Restored in New Castle or Public Trust Will Be Lost

I feel compelled to share my thoughts on the recent extension of the town administrator’s appointment and why I do not support the decision. To begin with, Jill Shapiro served the town well as town clerk and receiver of taxes. She has done a good job as town administrator for the past five months. My […]

Red Cross to Hold Large Grand Central Blood Drive on Thursday

Red Cross to Hold Large Grand Central Blood Drive on Thursday

During the past three years Amy Boyle of Chappaqua has experienced firsthand how critical blood donations are to metropolitan area hospitals. Her three-year-old son, Ryler, suffers from a disorder where his blood doesn’t clot properly and he requires weekly trips for new blood and platelet treatments. “He bruises very easily,” Boyle said. “He falls a […]

Rejected Applicants Gear Up to Challenge Chap Train Station Lease

Rejected Applicants Gear Up to Challenge Chap Train Station Lease

The two proprietors whose applications were recently rejected to operate a restaurant at the Chappaqua train station have begun collecting signatures to force the Town of New Castle to schedule a referendum to challenge the lease. Chappaqua residents Carla Gambescia, owner of Via Vanti! in Mount Kisco, and Peter and Erin Chase, who own a […]

Greeley Assistant Principal Selected to Lead Seven Bridges MS

Greeley Assistant Principal Selected to Lead Seven Bridges MS

The Chappaqua School District announced Friday afternoon that Horace Greeley High School Assistant Principal Andrew Corsilia will lead Seven Bridges Middle School starting in 2015-16. In her letter to the community, Superintendent Dr. Lyn McKay said Corsilia, who has worked at Greeley for the past 16 years, was the best candidate for the job following […]

Traffic Data, Improvements Viewed Skeptically By Chap Crossing Foes

Traffic Data, Improvements Viewed Skeptically By Chap Crossing Foes

Chappaqua Crossing opponents reacted with suspicion  last week to comments from the Town of New Castle’s traffic consultant that road improvements near the former Reader’s Digest site could accommodate the project’s anticipated volume of vehicles. Michael Galante, from the planning consultancy firm Frederick P. Clark Associates, appeared before a May 20 joint meeting of the […]

New Castle Selects Restaurant Operator for Chap Train Station

New Castle Selects Restaurant Operator for Chap Train Station

It looks like the Chappaqua train station will finally be home to a new restaurant this summer but the issue may not be entirely settled. The New Castle Town Board announced Tuesday night that it has selected restaurateur Leslie Lampert, owner of Ladle of Love and Cafe of Love in Mount Kisco, to operate her […]

Area School Budgets Approved; P'ville's $3.5M Bond Passes

Area School Budgets Approved; P’ville’s $3.5M Bond Passes

By Janine Bowen and Adam Choy The Pleasantville School District’s $47.4 million 2014-15 budget and $4,065,000 bond issue were comfortably approved Tuesday night, each by more than a 2-1 margin. District voters  approved the budget, with a 1.9 percent tax levy increase and a spending hike of nearly $1.1 million,740-333. The bond, which passed 678-315, […]

Chappaqua Orchestra, West Point's Jazz Knights Partner for Best of B'way

Chappaqua Orchestra, West Point’s Jazz Knights Partner for Best of B’way

Throughout its illustrious 55-year history, The Chappaqua Orchestra has been largely known for its classical music performances. On Sunday, the orchestra gets to try something a little different for its 2014-15 season-ending concert. It will team up with the West Point Band’s Jazz Knights at Horace Greeley High School at 3 p.m. to present “Broadway […]

Whole Foods Signs Lease for Move Into Chappaqua Crossing

Whole Foods Signs Lease for Move Into Chappaqua Crossing

Whole Foods Market has signed a lease to move into a new 40,000-square-foot space at Chappaqua Crossing should developer Summit/Greenfield receive a required zoning change and site plan approval for the project. The nation’s leading organic and natural food retailer announced the lease agreement on Wednesday about six months after representatives for the developer made […]

Chappaqua Forum Addresses Perils of Heroin 'Epidemic'

Chappaqua Forum Addresses Perils of Heroin ‘Epidemic’

By Janine Bowen The United States is currently in the grips of its worst drug epidemic  as deaths from opioid are comparable with the number of deaths the country experienced at the height of the AIDS crisis. To bring the severity of the problem to the public eye, Phoenix House hosted a town hall meeting […]

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, […]