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Leonard Sparks

Leonard Sparks covers the City of Newburgh as a reporter for the Times Herald-Record newspaper.

Imaginations on display at Newburgh school district art show

Inside a section of Motorcyclepedia Museum on Wednesday afternoon, Meadow Hill art teacher Rachel Williams and a steady stream of proud parents admired the works that filled a wall: paintings, pencil and crayon drawings; and animation cells. The fruits of Newburgh school district students’ imaginations are being shared with the public. Through May the museum [...]

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Newburgh city manager says DPW head’s Facebook post to be ‘taken seriously’

Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino said a Facebook post in which Public Works Superintendent George Garrison seemed to vent about an unnamed employee or employees’ work ethic is taken “very seriously” and not going to be “swept under the rug.” In a post last week, George Garrison wrote: “Wanted: If you are not ambitious, don’t [...]

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Safe Harbors launches capital campaign for Newburgh park project

Safe Harbors of the Hudson launched a fundraising campaign for its planned transformation of the long-vacant lot next to the Ritz Theater into a landscaped park and performance space with benches, gardens, trees and walking paths. An official groundbreaking is set for May 2. The park, which is bordered by Broadway, Ann and Liberty streets, [...]

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Newburgh mayor testifies on infrastructure, funding woes

Newburgh’s infrastructure problems have been often recited Mayor Judy Kennedy, but she went through them one more time for a special committee of the state Assembly on Friday. Her testimony before the Committee on Cities, chaired by Michael Benedetto of the Bronx, came nine days after the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced an agreement [...]

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Newburgh counsel says police review board needs support

Nearly a year after Newburgh’s Police Community Relations and Review Board met for the first time after a restructuring that included expanded powers, the board is floundering and needs support, Corporation Counsel Michelle Kelson told the City Council on Thursday. The nine-member board started fast, raising a regular quorum over its first few meetings and [...]

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Mayor lobbies Civil Service Commission to change police chief’s exam

Days before Friday’s application deadline, Mayor Judy Kennedy is making a last-ditch effort to persuade the City of Newburgh’s Civil Service Commission to offer a police chief’s test for current employees instead of the open exam scheduled for March 5. Absent a change, current chief Dan Cameron, who is popular with both officers and residents [...]

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Newburgh woman organizes water drive for Flint, Mich., residents

So much of the news about the water debacle in Flint, Mich., has rightly focused on the failures of local and state officials who decided to draw water from the contaminated Flint River and then ignored warnings about health problems among the city’s residents. For Tyhesha Garner the focus is on the children exposed to [...]

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City manager deletes cloud, creates storm

Newburgh City Manager Michael Ciaravino has been accused of having a communication problem. Now, his solo decision to delete all information stored on city government’s “cloud” because of a perceived “security breach” has angered Council members, some of who lost irretrievable information they accessed from their city-issued iPads. Councilwoman Cindy Holmes called for an investigation [...]

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Skateboarding enthusiasts raising money for lounge and shop in Newburgh

If all goes well, the City of Newburgh will see contractors break ground some time this year on a long-awaited skateboard park at Delano-Hitch Park. But a group of skateboard enthusiasts are also planning something else: a skate lounge selling boards along with coffee and sandwiches. Over the weekend organizers held a launch party in [...]

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Newburgh school district sees big jump in number of kids eating breakfast

Last year the Newburgh school district was one of 11 districts nationwide to receive a grant funding free breakfast for all kids, a recognition of the nexus between hunger and students’ inability to learn. During Thursday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Roberto Padilla provided examples of how the initiative has significantly increased the number of kids [...]

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