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Leonard Sparks

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

Newburgh Council, city manager discuss communication and secrets

One thing driving a group of Newburgh City Council members to consider a charter amendment giving the body final approval over executive appointments is the belief that City Manager Michael Ciaravino’s shares information with a very small loop that excludes some of the people who hired him. Ciaravino did nothing to dispel that belief during [...]

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Newburgh considers new lighting near scene of beating death

Newburgh’s City Council is weighing a proposal to install an additional street light in the area where a 40-year-old man was beaten to death with a metal pipe on April 3 outside a bar and restaurant on Washington Street. Police responding to a report of an assault found Armando Soriano-Martel seriously beaten on the sidewalk [...]

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Newburgh activist ends hunger strike, but not appetite for DREAM Act

Laura Garcia has not eaten since Wednesday night and she will still be hungry after she and other advocates for a New York DREAM Act meet at a New York City church on Tuesday evening to break their hunger strike. Garcia, a Newburgh activist for immigrant rights, is one of a number of people who [...]

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Newburgh approves agreement with baseball league

Professional baseball is coming to Delano-Hitch Stadium this summer. On Monday Newburgh’s City Council approved an agreement allowing the six-team East Coast Baseball League to use the stadium this summer. Along with the hometown Newburgh Newts, the league fields teams based at Niagara and Watertown in New York; Waterloo, Ontario; and Old Orchard, Maine. The [...]

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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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