Author Archives: Leonard Sparks

Cornerstone introduces lending library as part of Newburgh school district literacy initiative

In October a room full of educators, local officials and representatives from community organizations gathered at SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall for the launch of “Newburgh Basics,” a school district literacy initiative targeting parents of kids up to 3 years old. The idea: recruit community organizations to distribute to parents and guardians resources – such as […]

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Race dominates Newburgh school board forum

Five candidates for three Newburgh school board seats broadly agreed with the goals of boosting black and Latino student achievement, reducing suspensions and diversifying the district’s teaching staff during a forum Thursday evening. Two incumbents – board President Carole Mineo and Darren Stridiron – will compete Tuesday for new three-year terms against one-time board member […]

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Professor from Norway tours Newburgh Armory education programs

Restoring the gymnasium was at the forefront as philanthropist Bill Kaplan and other Newburgh leaders began the work of resurrecting the city’s abandoned armory on William Street in 2010. Six years later, it is education that is the centerpiece of the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. While kids still sprint up and down the basketball court […]

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County funding boosts food programs for hungry, homeless students

Cans of vegetables and tuna fish. Bags of dry beans and loaves of bread. Jars of peanut butter and boxes of cereal and pancake mix. Volunteers deployed around tables inside the food pantry of St. Francis of Assisi Church in the City of Newburgh rushed to fill a gaping need – stuffing plastic grocery bags […]

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Amid the shootings, something ‘beautiful’ in Newburgh

As a train of over 150 marchers in a peace rally began arriving at Delano Hitch-Park on Monday to decry the shooting deaths of two women at a Halloween party in the City of Newburgh on Sunday, they passed a parking lot where pastors Annette and Jose Vasquez, and a small army of volunteers quietly […]

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Newburgh police lieutenant closes door on 18-year career

City of Newburgh police Lt. Thomas Murphy officially retired after 18 years on Wednesday, with colleagues lining the sidewalk outside police headquarters and saluting as he exited the building. Murphy had served as a lieutenant since 2008, and before that held the rank of sergeant. Previous assignments within the Newburgh police department included the Anti-Crime […]

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Supporters press case for rehiring of fired Newburgh tax collector

On a night when sign-carrying supporters of former Newburgh Tax Collector Helen Murphy continued to protest her firing, City Manager Michael Ciaravino suggested that a review of her case is part of the investigation triggered by former Comptroller John Aber’s arrest on a grand-larceny charge. The Rev. Jeffrey Woody and attorney Michael Sussman were among […]

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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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