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Posted on: May 8, 2020

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Friday May 8, 2020

Statistics: Current Westchester Data

Westchester Cases: 30,905 (+197)
Westchester Tests: 107,466 (+2,224)
Westchester Fatalities: 1,191
New Castle Cases: 165; 13 Active (ie: positive result in last two weeks)
New York State Cases: 330,407 (+2,938)
New York State Tests: 1,121,543 (+31,627)
New York State Fatalities: 21,045
Hospitalizations: 716 (as of 5/5)
More information:
Note: Eagle-eyed readers will note that our numbers dropped from Wednesday’s newsletter to today. The New Castle number in the Wednesday newsletter included some bad data -- apparently some of the anitbody positive tests got reported with the COIVD positive tests.  As a result, our numbers dropped from 216 to 165.

Apply to Work as a Contact Tracer

Westchester County is piloting one of New York State’s first contact tracing initiatives. Individuals interested in working as contact tracers can apply at this link:

Expansion of Anitbody Testing

Antibody testing is currently being conducted by the County at the Westchester County Center for First Responders. Over 1500 tests have been administered to date. In addition, Northwell Health is launching a new antibody testing program with two locations: Northern Westchester Hospital and Center for Health and Wellness at Chappaqua Crossing. Testing will occur in phases, beginning with first responders and essential workers, and eventually expanding to include public testing. More information, as it becomes available, will be shared in the Town’s newsletter.

Do NOT Delay Critical Medical Care – A Message from Northern Westchester Hospital

Earlier today I had the opportunity, along with other Town Supervisors, to meet with Derek Anderson, the Executive Director of Northern Westchester Hospital. The message that he asked me to share with the community is that the hospital safe, clean, and open. With rigorous cleaning and control practices in place, and strict separation of COVID patients, the hospital is safer than ever. Do not delay or avoid seeking critical medical care.

For your information, there are only 10 COVID patients at NWH, and 245 COVID patients have been discharged. And on a positive note, 11 healthy babies were born yesterday at NWH!

Ribbons of Remembrance

Westchester County has created a memorial for victims of COVID-19 at Lenoir Nature Preserve. More information on the purple Ribbons of Remembrance are available here:

Re-opening New York

Governor Cuomo has outlined a process for exiting NYS on PAUSE. To begin the process, 8 benchmarks must first be met; after which businesses may reopen in four separate phases; each phase is comprised of different categories of business. 


  1. 14-day decline in hospitalizations OR under 15 new hospitalizations (3-day avg) 
  2. 14-day decline in hospital deaths OR fewer than 5 deaths (3-day avg) 
  3. New Hospitalizations (under 2 per 100k residents – 3 day rolling avg) 
  4. Share of total beds available (threshold at 30%) 
  5. Share of ICU beds available (threshold of 30%) 
  6. 30 tests per 1k residents (7-day average of new tests per day) 
  7. At least 30 contact tracers per 100k residents 
  8. Metrics met across the region, and risk/reward analysis completed.
The following table shows where regions currently stand. Note: Westchester County is in the Mid-Hudson region.

Phased Reopening:

Once the Mid-Hudson region has met these benchmarks then we can begin a phased reopening. It is important to emphasize that all metrics must be met to begin the re-opening process.

Community Food Drive

Every Thursday from 3:00-4:00 pm someone will be at First Congregational Church of Chappaqua to accept your food donations for the Community Center of Northern Westchester. The back of a car will be open and anyone who wishes to bring an offering of food, can put it in the back of the car, while maintaining social distancing. It will then be delivered it to the Food Pantry. Please do let your friends and neighbors know about this opportunity to provide food for those who are in need during this especially difficult time.

We are NOT asking you to make a special trip to the grocery store. But, if you are going, please consider purchasing some of the items below that the Pantry is in need of: Canned fruit and vegetables, tuna, soup, pasta and sauce, rice, canned and dried beans, peanut butter and jelly, hot and cold cereal and shelf stable milk, fruit juice, Depends, soap, toilet rolls, feminine hygiene products, diapers, wipes, and paper bags.

They are particularly thankful for soup donations, as it is one item they have a hard time getting and for paper bags that they can then use to give people food.

At Home Activities from NC Recreation

Another week of daily activities for you to do at home with your children!

Each day at 10:00 am we will post a new activity or entertainment on the New Castle Recreation & Parks Facebook page. Once uploaded, they will be available at any time. Please feel free to post pictures of you and your family taking part!

Check out our schedule below for the week of May 11th.

Zoom Around Town - Mother’s Day Gifts

A virtual browsing and shopping experience

New Castle’s merchants give you a tour of hot products, great gifts for all (Mother’s Day is on Sunday, 5/10). 

This is a great opportunity for you to visit our stores and see the wonderful merchandise and services they all have to offer.  Support our local economy and support our merchants.  Shop Local.  Zoom Local.
  • Missed the live session? 
  • Watch a replay of highlights anytime!
  • Merchants are available to take your orders.
  • Let them know you saw it on New Castle Zoom Around Town!

Zoom Around Town Video on Demand

New Castle Recreation Senior Services 

Town newsletter featuring programs and services for residents 60 plus.  The latest issue contains important information to help you be safe, healthy and less isolated.  View the latest issue here

Tips for Enjoying Parks Together and Apart 

  • Everyone must practice social distancing at all times. You must give people at least 6 feet of space. No exceptions!
  • You must wear a mask in public if you cannot practice social distancing. You are likely to encounter other residents walking, running, or cycling in town or in the parks, so please wear a mask or have one handy to slip on when you see another person coming. Learn more:
  • Social distancing rules apply to everyone, including those who have tested positive and subsequently recovered from the virus. 
  • Dogs must be leashed at Gedney Park at all times. In all other parks, dogs must be under voice control. No exceptions!
  • Playgrounds and ball fields remain closed, but parks are open for passive recreation. 
  • Gedney Park and Whippoorwill Parks are local favorites – for good reason! – but there are several local options to try out. Have you visited Sunny Ridge Preserve or Warburg Park? Learn more:
  • Before heading to a New York State Park, like Rockefeller State Park, I suggest visiting the Parks website to make sure the Park is open. These parks have been filling up early on nice weekend days.
  • Everyone has the right to ask for space – “6 Feet Please!” – and everyone has the opportunity to respond with grace and empathy – “Thank you!” “No problem!” “Enjoy your day!”  Nerves are frayed, and many of us are experiencing anxiety. A little kindness goes a long way. 

Millwood Board of Fire Commissioners

Special Board Meeting May 9, 2020 at 10AM

There will be a Special Board meeting this Saturday, May 9th at 10 AM to discuss the Westchester County contract to supply radio equipment for their new communication system. 

The dial-in conference call number is (888)546-0557

Participant Code: 203-977-806

New Castle Fire District No 1

Board of Fire Commissioners Meeting May 14, 2020 at 7PM

Stream meeting LIVE via Zoom Webinar register here or on YouTube NCCMC Channel.
Click for Agenda.

Coronavirus Stimulus Package Simplified

Video Recorded Thursday, April 30, 2020. Presented by the Town of New Castle and The Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce. 

A panel of experts answers questions and helps our Small Business Owners navigate the economic assistance programs offered in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Pat Keegan, District Director, Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey
  • Valarie DeBenedette, Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey
  • Westchester County Legislator Vedat Gashi
  • New York State Senator Pete Harckham
  • Joe Orlando, Office of New York State Assemblyman David Buchwald (Buchwald)
  • Edward J. Phillips, Esq., Keane & Beane

Watch Video on Demand

Visit the library website for the most updated information.

While NYS still on PAUSE, the Library is working on plans for a reopening that is safe for both staff and patrons. We will continue to rely heavily on our online resources, so please let us know which ones have been especially useful.  As always, the Library is available by phone 914-238-4779 x2 (leave a message - we’ll get back to you) and email: for reference queries, account issues and feedback.

Online Resources Update

  • Check out Hoopla’s new Graphic Novel Book Club!
  • Did you know you can return ebooks early? Simply log onto your Overdrive account, click on "Manage Loan" and "Return Early" to make the item available for the next patron.
  • Hoopla has many titles that are "always available" so there’s no waiting
Handy LinksVisit the Chappaqua Library Facebook page for resource updates and videos from your favorite librarians. 


Latest Library Videos

Library Board Elections

School and library board elections will be held on June 9, 2020 according to an executive order issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday. Voting will take place by absentee ballot only, using postage-paid envelopes provided by the school district.

This order eliminates the need for school and library board candidates to file petitions to get on the ballot. Individuals can declare themselves to be a candidate for the board simply by notifying the district clerk,  provided they meet all other legal requirements. The vacant seat on the Library Board runs from  from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025.

Census 2020 – Let’s Do This New Castle!

Did you know…The U.S. Census data impacts funding for things like: Education programs and grants, Public transportation, Medicare and Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Libraries, Community centers, School meal programs, and Parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities!

Currently New Castle is #3 among all Westchester communities in our response rate to the Census. That’s pretty good…but we think we’re #1! Go online today to complete your census:

Town Offers Mulch for Sale to New Castle Residents!

By popular demand, the Town of New Castle has found a way to offer mulch/compost for sale to New Castle residents for pick-up by loading contractors beginning Tuesday, May 19th.  The Residential Yard Waste Area will remain closed due the Governor’s Order, therefore mulch/compost will not be available for residents to take.  Please follow the steps below and email with any questions. 

 Step 1: Print the Mulch and Compost Order Form.

Specify how many yards you wish to purchase at $10/yard. Please note, check is only form of payment accepted.  Make checks payable to the Town of New Castle.

Step 2: Hire an independent contractor to pick up your order and pay them directly. We have provided a list of contractors, but feel free to use your own contractor. You may pick up your own mulch if you have a flat bed truck and the means to do so.

Step 3: Mail form and check to Recycling Center, 210 Joan Corwin Way, Chappaqua, NY 10514 or place in Recycling Center mailbox.

Step 4: A Recycling Center staff member will call you to confirm your order has been received so you can inform your contractor to pick up your order.

Step 5: Loading hours have been changed to Tuesday and Thursday only 8AM-11:15AM & 12PM-2:30PM. Please notify your contractor.

Please see the Town of New Castle 2020 Refuse and Recycling Schedule for Yard Waste Curbside Collection.

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