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Greeley Ass’t Principal Files Racial Discrimination Suit Against District

Greeley Ass’t Principal Files Racial Discrimination Suit Against District

One of Horace Greeley High School’s three assistant principals has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit in federal district court in White Plains against the Chappaqua School District, recently resigned superintendent Dr. Lyn McKay and Principal Robert Rhodes. Michael Taylor, who has been an assistant principal at the school since 2004 and is the district’s only […]

New Castle to Pursue $50M Bridge Funding for Saw Mill Intersection

New Castle to Pursue $50M Bridge Funding for Saw Mill Intersection

New Castle officials are pushing forward with efforts to pursue multiple sources of funding in hopes of eventually building a bridge over the Roaring Brook Road grade crossing and the Saw Mill River Parkway. At a Nov. 15 work session discussion regarding potential improvements to the intersection, Jared Anderson, project manager at WSP Sells, which […]

Chappaqua Orchestra, Book Festival Partner on Children’s Concert

Chappaqua Orchestra, Book Festival Partner on Children’s Concert

You don’t have to be a kid to appreciate a special show scheduled for this Saturday afternoon in Chappaqua. The first Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Story Concert will be presented at Wallace Auditorium, a joint effort between the festival and The Chappaqua Orchestra. Conductor Michael Shapiro will lead the 35-piece orchestra through two stories set […]

Trump’s Victory Leaves Hillary’s Chappaqua Supporters Stunned

Trump’s Victory Leaves Hillary’s Chappaqua Supporters Stunned

By Anna Young What was anticipated to be a festive celebration of the nation’s first woman president Tuesday night turned into a nightmare. Adults and children of all ages congregated at Crabtree’s Kittle House to support fellow Chappaqua resident Hillary Clinton for an Election Night viewing party and to witness history, but went home despondent […]

Chappaqua Firehouse Expansion Referendum Soundly Defeated

Chappaqua Firehouse Expansion Referendum Soundly Defeated

By Andrew Vitelli A referendum for a proposed $15.3 million firehouse expansion for New Castle Fire District No. 1 was resoundingly defeated Tuesday night as hour-long lines frustrated voters, leading many to leave without casting their ballots. Proposition 1 to borrow up to $2,674,644 to buy the former Chappaqua Animal Hospital property adjacent to the […]

Board Walks Out, Cops Called In at Tense Chappaqua School Meeting

Board Walks Out, Cops Called In at Tense Chappaqua School Meeting

By Anna Young The Chappaqua Board of Education meeting took a turn for the worse Tuesday evening when trustees and administrators walked out of their meeting and called New Castle police for assistance. Parents in attendance had grown increasingly frustrated after the board of education addressed other items on the agenda before taking open comments […]

Suspect Indicted in Chappaqua Deli Shooting of Doctor

Suspect Indicted in Chappaqua Deli Shooting of Doctor

The suspect apprehended in the revenge shooting of a doctor outside a Chappaqua deli in August was indicted Tuesday on three felony counts, including attempted murder in the second degree. Hengjun Chao, 59, of Tuckhoe pleaded not guilty to all three charges in the Aug. 29 shooting of Dr. Dennis Charney in front of Lange’s […]

New Chappaqua Committee to Seek Expert on District Policy Review

New Chappaqua Committee to Seek Expert on District Policy Review

The Chappaqua Board of Education last week approved forming an advisory committee that will develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) to hire a qualified professional to review the district’s policies and procedures regarding sexual abuse. At a special meeting on Oct. 6, Board President Alyson Gardner announced that the expert would also provide training to […]

No Deal: New Castle Judge Rejects Schraufnagel Plea Arrangement

No Deal: New Castle Judge Rejects Schraufnagel Plea Arrangement

By Andrew Vitelli A New Castle town judge rejected a plea deal for former Horace Greeley High School drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel over concerns that the deal would not require the defendant to register as a New York State sex offender. “After carefully considering the arguments advanced by the People in support of the proposed […]

Area Children’s Cancer Organizations Help Fund Breakthrough Study

Area Children’s Cancer Organizations Help Fund Breakthrough Study

Three nonprofit organizations dedicated to fighting children’s cancer have partnered to help fund the first phase of an immunotherapy study in hopes of finding groundbreaking treatment for children with brain tumors. The Chappaqua-based A Kids’ Brain Tumor Cure Foundation, the Ty Louis Foundation of Carmel and Solving Kids Cancer in Manhattan have collaborated to donate […]

Evolving Role of Presidential Spouses Explored in New Book

Evolving Role of Presidential Spouses Explored in New Book

When it comes to presidential politics, there’s one constant through the years that hasn’t changed much: It doesn’t matter who wins the election, the public typically is fascinated with the new president’s spouse. While curiosity about who they are, how they may act or what issues they may pursue in that position remains high, political […]

Calls for Chappaqua School Resignations Intensify in Sex Abuse Case

Calls for Chappaqua School Resignations Intensify in Sex Abuse Case

By Anna Young Chappaqua residents charged Tuesday evening that school district officials were neglectful for failing to take action against the disgraced former high school drama teacher while some called for the resignations of Superintendent Dr. Lyn McKay and board president. Numerous community members demanded at the Sept. 27 Chappaqua Board of Education meeting that […]

Chappaqua Church Uses Prayer, Song in Fight Against Gun Violence

Chappaqua Church Uses Prayer, Song in Fight Against Gun Violence

By Anna Young Faith and music filled the First Congregational Church of Chappaqua Sunday afternoon with hopes that the words spoken and sung in the sanctuary and across the country will result in a safer future. The church was one of about 350 venues across the United States that hosted The Concert Across America to […]

Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Returns on Saturday

Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival Returns on Saturday

Chappaqua is well-known for being a great place to live, to send children to school and as the home of a former and perhaps future president. It is also now home to one of the premiere book festivals in the metropolitan area. The Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival, scheduled to take place for the fourth consecutive […]

Greeley High School Protestors Call for McKay’s Resignation

Greeley High School Protestors Call for McKay’s Resignation

By Andrew Vitelli Criticizing the district’s response to allegations of sexual abuse by former high school drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel, Chappaqua parents protested outside the district’s administration building Monday morning and called for Superintendent Dr. Lyn McKay to resign. “We feel that our district needs new leadership,” said Julia Abitanta, one of the parents who […]

$15M New Castle Firehouse Vote Targeted for Oct. 25

$15M New Castle Firehouse Vote Targeted for Oct. 25

New Castle Fire District No. 1 residents will vote on a $15.3 million two-proposition referendum scheduled for Oct. 25 that would expand Chappaqua’s King Street firehouse, improve safety for firefighters and enhance operations. Board of Fire Commissioners Chairman Christopher Weddle said the district faces a tight deadline to schedule a referendum for the 16,500-square-foot expansion […]

Outraged Chappaqua Parents Demand Answers in Teacher Abuse Case

Outraged Chappaqua Parents Demand Answers in Teacher Abuse Case

By Anna Young Infuriated Horace Greeley High School parents demanded to know Tuesday night how Chappaqua school officials could have missed warning signs that former drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel had engaged in inappropriate behavior with students. Community members who packed the board of education meeting at the high school were angered that students were subjected […]

Mt. Pleasant, Chappaqua Rail Crossings Slated for Safety Upgrades

Mt. Pleasant, Chappaqua Rail Crossings Slated for Safety Upgrades

New York State last week received $5 million in federal grants for railroad safety and grade crossing improvements, several of which are at local sites including Valhalla’s Commerce Street where six people were killed last year. The funds, part of a $25 million initiative to enhance safety at rail crossings nationwide, will be used to […]

Rt. 117 Roundabout in Jeopardy; Chap Crossing Delays Possible

Rt. 117 Roundabout in Jeopardy; Chap Crossing Delays Possible

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) opposes granting a variance for the proposed Route 117 roundabout, which could force a return to a T-intersection at Roaring Brook Road and construction delays at Chappaqua Crossing. Representatives of developer Summit/Greenfield told New Castle officials last week that the DEP informed them in late August […]

Board of Ed Veep Objects to District’s Handling of Schraufnagel Fallout

Board of Ed Veep Objects to District’s Handling of Schraufnagel Fallout

Chappaqua Board of Education’s vice president last week harshly criticized the school district for placing responsibility on the students who were sexually abused by former Horace Greeley High School drama teacher Christopher Schraufnagel. In a prepared statement read shortly after the start of the board’s Sept. 1 meeting, Victoria Tipp said she had been unaware of the […]

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Suspect Charged With Attempted Murder in Chappaqua Shooting

Downtown Chappaqua’s serenity was suddenly shattered Monday morning by gunfire outside Lange’s Little Store & Delicatessen on King Street where two men were wounded, including the former supervisor of the alleged assailant. New Castle police apprehended 49-year-old Hengjun Chao of Tuckahoe at about 7 a.m., moments after the shooting in the Walgreen’s parking lot across the street […]

Greeley Grads Launch App for Sexual Assault Victims

Greeley Grads Launch App for Sexual Assault Victims

By Andrew Vitelli For Horace Greeley graduates Racquel Giner, Zach Csillag, Jack Zandi and Billy Sadik-Khan, post-college plans took an unexpected turn while playing the board game Settlers of Catan in 2014. The group of friends began discussing the problem of sexual assaults taking place on college campuses and wondered whether technology could be used […]

Hillary’s Chappaqua Friends Celebrate Historic Nomination

Hillary’s Chappaqua Friends Celebrate Historic Nomination

Few Americans can claim that their neighbor and fellow town resident has run for president of the United States. For the grassroots group Chappaqua Friends of Hill, support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton goes beyond her Chappaqua address and that of former president Bill Clinton. Members pointed to how Hillary Clinton’s life has served […]

Former Greeley Teacher Pleads Guilty in Sexual Abuse Case

Former Greeley Teacher Pleads Guilty in Sexual Abuse Case

The former Horace Greeley High School drama teacher accused of having sexual contact with students agreed to plead guilty Thursday evening to three misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child. The plea arrangement, announced in New Castle Justice Court between Christopher Schraufnagel and the Westchester County District Attorney’s officem drops the one felony charge […]

Know Your Neighbor: Daniel Lauter, Educator/Sound Therapy Consultant/Musician, Chappaqua

Know Your Neighbor: Daniel Lauter, Educator/Sound Therapy Consultant/Musician, Chappaqua

Last Saturday night Daniel Lauter could be found playing saxophone for his quartet during the weekly jazz sessions at Chappaqua Station, the restaurant that opened last year at the Metro-North train station. It was the third time Lauter has played at the venue, and he also performs with another quartet on Long Island, where he […]

New Castle Agrees to Take Wallace Auditorium at Chap Crossing

New Castle Agrees to Take Wallace Auditorium at Chap Crossing

The New Castle Town Board voted Tuesday night to accept the Wallace Auditorium at Chappaqua Crossing from property owner and developer Summit/Greenfield despite at least several hundred thousand dollars of needed improvements. The decision by officials to assume ownership of the 30-year-old, 400-seat facility comes with the hope that it will provide the town with […]

Chappaqua Business Donating to Newtown-Sandy Hook Foundation

Chappaqua Business Donating to Newtown-Sandy Hook Foundation

When Chappaqua’s Claire Gilvar launched Booked Parties last year it was a tool to help parents plan their children’s birthday parties by providing lists of vendors and venues throughout Westchester. This spring Booked Parties expanded into Fairfield County, Conn., the first step of a slow expansion throughout the metropolitan area, said Meryl Lefkowitz, director of […]

Annual Cancer Benefit Hits Home for Chappaqua Swim & Tennis

Annual Cancer Benefit Hits Home for Chappaqua Swim & Tennis

As members of the Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Club, seven-year-old Max Chwatko and his family had previously participated in Swim Across America to raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment. This year’s event, scheduled for next Sunday morning at the club on Hardscrabble Road, has entirely new meaning for them. Chwatko’s five-year-old sister Scarlett […]

New Castle Officials Urged to Take Steps to Curtail Trapping

New Castle Officials Urged to Take Steps to Curtail Trapping

A group of New Castle residents appealed to the town board last week to ask the Random Farms Homeowners Association to halt coyote trapping for 30 days so public education efforts on peaceful coexistence can be renewed. Requests made by residents during the June 28 board meeting also included having the town explore whether it […]

Petition to Halt Coyote Trapping Circulates in New Castle

Petition to Halt Coyote Trapping Circulates in New Castle

An online petition drafted by New Castle residents opposed to coyote trapping was launched last weekend in response to the Random Farms Homeowners Association’s latest decision calling for more traps. Resident Victoria Alzapiedi, the chair of one of two coyote advisory committees appointed by the town board in 2014 to develop a Coyote Response Plan and […]