4 • NEW CASTLE NEWS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1951 \Let us not say it can't be done. Let's do it, 9 * Issued every Friday at Chappaqua, N. Y. Telephone CHappaqua 1-0443 Leverett S. Gleason Publisher Louis A. Brennan . u Editor Hal Shapiro .... .. Advertising Manager Printed by Lev Gleason Printing Service, Inc. Single copies 10c. Subscription rates: 1 year $3.50—2 years $5 Entered as second class matter at the Chappaqua, N. Y., Post Office under the Act of March 3, 1879 Vol. 6 No. 47 <e*3l §i8li £>15 Friday, September 14, 1951 R.I.P. by VIP LET US KNOW It must have been no harder for Philadelphians last year to believe there was actually going to be a world series in their bailiwick than for the good citizens of New Castle to believe that there is going to be a genuine Town election here this No vember. Obviously there is going to be such stir and excite ment throughout the autumn as we haven't seen since old Hor ace rode the donkey in the lists against one Ulysses S. Grant— and we didn't see that. We hope that, as a show, it will be all that it ought to be*— this New Castle little world series be tween the Democrats (visiting team) and the Republicans (home team as of now). But ball games end with one side win ning a championship share of the receipts the other team tak ing second money and everybody else going home to bed. What will happen as a result of the Republicans versus Democrats affair? We will have a new Town government. And what is a new Town government? It is a body of men who are going to say, for the next two years, what is going to happen to the Town of New Castle. They are going to plan or not plan and then they are going to execute the projects that consti tute the Town's development, or, not being executed, constitute its neglect. That each of the contestants must declare and publish what it will do, as a political party if it is elected to office, goes with out saying. This has not been at all necessary during past elec tions when there was but one ticket on the voting machine, and the situation has led to considerable confusion about the aims and accomplishments of the administration. Also, political platforms have a way of being \documents\, full of irreproach able sentiments and high moral tone, and devil take the prob lems. As a bare minimum, the platforms, call them rather the prospectuses, of both Democrat and Republican parties must contain mention of concrete intentions in several matters which have cropped up as going problems during the past two years: RECREATION: What does each party plan to do about (a) a swimming pool; (b) a recreation center; (c) a Chappaqua recreation field; (d) the Millwood playground; (e) decentralized playgrounds? TOWN ROADS: What does each party plan to do about (a) private roads; (b) the improvement of present Town roads which we have it on the authority of one who has patrolled them for \25 years, have not changed in 25 years to conform to present standards of safety and travel; (c) sidewalks along the main travelled (especially by children) sections of principal roads; and (d) about traffic flow at Chappaqua station, the Greeley Avenue end of the Quaker Street overhead and the King Street-Bedford Road intersection? PLANNING: How does each party stand on the matter of (a) re-exploration of the establishment of a post office; (b) engineering implementation of the Planning Board and its ac tivation as a body for overall planning? TOWN HALL: How does each party plan to insure that the King Street school building will be altered into a creditable and seemly Town Hall; how does each party stand on the con solidation of the highway and water department garages in a new location? ADMINISTRATION: Has either party any plan for exam ining the pattern of administration and improving its efficiency? Liaison between the Town Board and its departments has been lax, to say the least, as the recent example of members of the Town Board being unaware of the identity of Recreation Com mission members clearly demonstrates, and there is no device for all boards to be kept in touch with each other's acts and decisions. ZONING: Has either party given any serious consideration to the fact that while zoning can be used to establish the resi dential character of the Town, it must also be so balanced with a judicious encouragement of business and more intensive de velopment so that the burden of taxation does not fall unbear ably on private residences? OFF-STREET PARKING: What are the plans of each party to continue the off-street parking program? As we said, the foregoing is a minimum list of the ques tions that must be answered, and what they add up to is that V<XA.L*REST IN PIECES IF YOU HOP STOP SIGNS OR U0MTS The TniteWt Sifety Sendee the Town of New Castle is no longer a part-time job for any member of its government, for Board members to attend to one night a month or a fortnight, for employees on a retainer basis. The character of the Town may be pleasantly rural, but its prob lems are not. They are matters that require the deepest con sideration, the most unrelenting consideration, and the highest devotion to service. Town government is well beyond the cracker-barrel stage in this locality. RE-INTERVIEW Albert Selleck dropped around to see us again the other day and asked us to make some additions and clarifications to his (and our) interview of a late edition, which we are very glad to do. He wishes, he says, to be ab solutely sure that it is under stood he in no way is critical or derogatory of his comrades in arms, neither ROK nor, of course, American. He also wishes to correct any impression that he knows what the overall pro portions of Russian to American arms and he is as certain as a soldier in the line can be that the Russians have supplied most (mistake here ours) of the arms in the hands of the enemy rather than that captured American arms predominate. And here, he says, he does not, of his own knowledge, know how these American arms came to be in the hands of the enemy, though sev eral possibilities are apparent, which we take responsibility for mentioning, and which derive from military and other credit able sources. Library Board (Continued from Page One) J. Callender Heminway to the Library Association's annual meeting. The Library Board voted to pass the offer since the matter of additional space is still under evaluation. The opportunity to buy the church building, soon to be re placed by a new Parish Center on Orchard Ridge and Bedford Roads, was extended first to the Library Board as a priority first refusal. There was no selling price named, but it is thought that an appraisal will place the church building's value at about $65,000. According to Mr. Scott, the need for additional Library space has been investigated under the following heads: best use of pre sent space; the growth in popu lation and the increase in Li brary use; and the kinds, useful ness and use or popularity of the present stock. A thorough investigation of the use of present space, con ducted by committee member Alfred Forsyth, disclosed the fol lowing: the main reading room is already crowded by present shelving and shelving cannot be increased; the children's reading room is also at maximum; some shelves can be added to the re ference room stocks to take over flow from the main reading room though this will necessitate re moval there of books which should be in the main reading room; some space can be found in the furnace room for certain kinds of storage. The only solu tion to the main reading room problem is a thinning out of books there. Such a thinning out has been in process since April, according to Mrs. Margaret Handley, li brarian, the first such discarding program in five years, and to date 2,123 volumes have been disposed of. But with the library reduced to its minimum, accord ing to the Standard Library catalogs, and some local consid erations, the space resulting from discards will again be filled by next July. Whereas the population of New Castle has increased about 10% in the last decade, in the past five years the number of borrowers at the library has in creased from 1,400 to 2,022 and the circulation from 25,000 to 37,500. The planning committee ex pects to hold further meetings during the fall on the Library's need for additional space, ac cording to Mr. Scott. SPORTS PROGRAM Coincident with the twelfth anniversary of Your Program Con Edison's weekly all-West- chester variety presentation on radio stations WFAS and WFAS- PM, on Thursday, September 13, a new and unique feature—\The NEW BOOKS at [he LIBRARY Fiction A Time to Kill, Geoffrey Hou§ hold. • O, the Brave Music, Dorothy Smith. Ballad of the Sad Cafe, Carson McCullers. The Green Plaid Pants, Mar garet Scherf. Non Fiction The Big Show, Pierre Closter- mann. American Folk Decoration, Jean Lipman. £ Alone He Went, Anthony Rich ardson. The New Joy of Cooking, Irma Rombauer and Marion Becker. Young People Francie, Emily Hahn. x Photography for Teen-Agers, Lucile R. Marshall. Children Wish on the Moon, Dean Mar shall. g| Golden Hamsters, Herbert S. Zim. Scholastic Sports Page\ was in troduced. \The Scholastic Sports Page\ recognizes outstanding contribu tions by students in Westchester secondary schools and colleges in the field of athletics and good sportsmanship. Particular str|£ is directed toward the manner in which American sportsman ship builds good citizenship. Each week some Westchester boy or girl is to be selected by a panel of impartial observers and judges to receive the Award of the Week—an appropriate me mento of the occasion—and be interviewed «every Thursday by Lenny Dillon,' WFAS Sports Di rector. In selecting the cand^ date or candidates, the judges consider not only actual prowess on the field, tout also \behind the line\ accomplishments of stu dent team managers and others who ordinarily do not get : the opportunity to share the lime light. • Phone Co. Cards HeavyCoiistruction The New York Telephone Com pany announced today that its construction program for 1952 will total 180 million dollars, a 20 million dollar increase over 1951. Keith S. McHugh, company president, said that the program will be one of the largest in the company's history. W \Current demands for tele phone service are running 10 per cent higher than last year—it self one of our biggest years,\ he declared. \Next year we hope to add more than 300,000 tele phones. In most places, this should enable us to take care of most of those now waiting for service. Actually, the current de mand is so heavy that every timt we install telephones to serw 10 persons at the top of the wait ing list, eight new names of oth ers wanting service must be add ed at the bottom.\ SEWING CLASSES Mrs. J. Z. Batten of Glenside, Chappaqua, has announced that she will resume sewing classes on Monday, September 24, f<£ children from five years of age upwards. The classes will be con ducted after school hours, and anyone interested may obtain further information by telephon-. ing Mrs. Batten at Chappaqua 1- 0329-J.