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Leonard Sparks

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

Local hip-hop artist pens tribute to Pete Seeger song

Beacon artist Decora Sandiford’s fingerprints are all over Newburgh – from giant outdoor murals like those on South Street and on Colden Street to the window paintings that adorn vacant houses on Lander Street and a community garden at Chambers and First streets. On Feb. 17 WAMC broadcast a segment by Allison Dunne on the [...]

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Newburgh looks to expand auxiliary police force

Newburgh’s auxiliary police force is being eyed as a resource that could help alleviate some of the stress on the city’s understaffed police department and improve public safety. Over the past few months weekly meetings have taken place to determine how to grown the auxiliary’s ranks, City Manager Michael Ciaravino told the City Council on [...]

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Changes underway at Newburgh police department

Newburgh’s police department has changed a policy in which only one person was designated to speak with the media. Now all supervisors are allowed to issue press releases and speak with reporters, City Manager Michael Ciaravino told the City Council on Wednesday. The department’s commanders have also been reviewing policies other agencies have governing their [...]

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Council considers $100 increase for summer camp

Newburgh’s City Council is weighing a $100 per child increase in the price it charges residents and non-residents for the city’s summer camp. Recreation Director Derrick Stanton’s initial recommendation is for the Council to increase the current $250 price for residents to the same $350 non-residents pay per child. The increase amounts to the costs [...]

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Local artists to mount benefit show for Newburgh Boxing Club

Sounds of hope filled the Newburgh Boxing Club early Monday evening. Gloved hands thumped against speed and body bags. A jump rope hissed as it passed under the feet of a boy. A girl grunted with each jab as she danced around an imaginary opponent in the club’s ring. Director Ray Rivera, a short, squat, [...]

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Newburgh youth, police program survives to see another graduation

A celebration that almost never happened took place inside a basement room at Newburgh’s Center for Hope on Monday evening. As dozens of people gathered on lower Broadway to march west in a demonstration against police brutality, 10 young people and a handful of law enforcement officials shared an hour filled with kind words and [...]

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Newburgh students get taste of computer coding

Newburgh Enlarged City School District students got a small taste of computer programming on Monday as the district took part in the nationwide “Hour of Code.” Volunteers from NFA’s Excelsior Academy and the district’s technology department guided students through coding lessons. Programming is a foundation skill for tasks that range from computer applications and animation [...]

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Big hearts meet big needs at Church of St. Mary

Need started arriving with the dawn, more than two hours before a volunteer would push open the metal door and invite the first people inside. On foot they came. Pushing shopping carts and baby carriages they came. One woman bought a baby in a stroller covered with layers of blankets. “Some of these people are [...]

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Safe Harbors announces winners of Newburgh youth talent show

Newburgh’s got talent. Dozens of people got a firsthand look at some of the city’s most talented youth on Sunday during Safe Harbors for the Hudson’s sixth annual Ritz Kidz Talent Show. The competition drew Newburgh Enlarged School District students ranging in age from 5 to 17. Vocalist Jada Oglesby took home the top prize [...]

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Gay Lee to join incumbent Judy Kennedy in race for mayor

Councilwoman Gay Lee is planning to run for mayor next year, a step that was expected after her lopsided loss to reigning state Sen. Bill Larkin Jr. Lee said she is “absolutely going to run” in a race that will include incumbent Mayor Judy Kennedy. “I think that I am a very good leader,” she [...]

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