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Leonard Sparks

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

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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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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