Crowd Attends Cardinal Dolan Mass

About 1,000 visitors packed into the Kaplan Recreation Center at Mount Saint Mary College for a mass celebrated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan on July 25. The mass marked the finale of the college’s summer camp called Camp Veritas. About 600 students in grades seven through twelve from the tri-state area and beyond attended the camp, which featured activities such as soccer, volleyball, swimming and more.

Town Protecting Against Cyber Threats

By Mark Gerlach

TOWN OF NEWBURGH – The Town of Newburgh is taking precautions to protect itself against cyber criminals potentially on the hunt to steal information about its residents.

The town renewed its anti-virus contract at a work session Wednesday night. Newburgh uses Symantec for its antivirus software. The contract renewal cost about $1,015.

But it’s worth the money, according to Supervisor Gil Piaquadio.

Cyber threats are a concern for the town, Piaquadio said. The town has firewalls and is “up on the latest technology” to protect against possible threats, he said.

Cyber criminal eye municipalities for information, such as the social security numbers of residents, Piaquadio said.

Nuclears Win Two Against Cyclones

Second Round American Legion District 9 Playoffs Newburgh Nuclears (seniors)
Newburgh Nuclears 6, Ellenville Cyclones 4
July 19
The Newburgh Nuclears beat the Ellenville Cyclones in the second round of the American Legion District IX playoffs by a score of 6-4. Winning Pitcher Dylan Schoonmaker scattered seven hits over six and two-thirds innings while striking out eight batters and giving up the four Ellenville runs. Gunnar Barr came in and pitched a scoreless two and one-third innings, giving up two hits to earn the save for the Nuclears.
The Nuclears were led by Danny Santiago’s two-run home run; a 345-foot blast in the fifth inning, which broke a 2-2 tie that the Nuclears never relinquished. Chris Colotti rocketed a solo home run high over the left center field wall in the eighth inning for an insurance run for the Nukes. Gunnar Barr, who was the designated hitter before taking over the pitching duties, led the Nuclears with three hits and an RBI and Sean Hofving had a big two RBI single for Newburgh. Newburgh will next play the Rockland Pirates in the third round of the district playoffs at Delano Hitch Stadium in Newburgh.

July 16
Newburgh Nuclears 16 , Ellenville Cyclones 3
The Newburgh Nuclears defeated the Ellenville Cyclones 16-3 in an American Legion game cut short due to the mercy run rule with Newburgh up by ten runs after seven innings in an originally planned nine-inning game. Khaliid Scott continued his dominant pitching, going five and two-third innings, striking out ten batters, walking two and only allowing three hits and surrendering one run. Scott Oliver came on in relief of Khaliid for the final one and one-third innings, striking out three, giving up two hits and two runs.
Newburgh’s offense was led by their leadoff hitter, John Mooradian, who stroked three hits and had two RBIs; Sean Hofving who had two hits, including a big two-run triple to break open the game in the third inning and Gunnar Barr continued his hot hitting, getting three hits and four RBIs. Not one Nuclear in the lineup was without a hit, showing a balanced hitting attack behind Khaliid’s impressive pitching performance. This was the last game of the season for the Nuclears as they prepare for the American Legion’s District Playoffs.

All Ages Enjoy The Hudson River Ned Cros

All Ages Enjoy The Hudson River Ned Crossley, 70, of Cornwall-on-Hudson was wind surfing at Plum Point Thursday morning. He’s been wind surfing for many years, and has been out on the Hudson River more than a dozen times this year. It was slightly windy Thursday. “It’s not bad,” Crossley said of the wind. “Better than no wind.” (photo by Mark Gerlach)

Cadets Graduate From New York Military Academy

By Mark Gerlach

When recent New York Military graduate Somar Hadid of the Town of the Newburgh first attended the school in 2012, he hated being away from home, push-ups, sits-ups, being yelled at, and military training.

But the training ultimately made Hadid a better person, he said, and in the end he didn’t want to leave.

“I remember myself lying down on my bed terrified and shaking, but three years later I realized I could not have survived any other way,” said Hadid, cadet lieutenant and NYMA valedictorian.

About 13 cadets graduated during the 126th New York Military Academy commencement in Cornwall-on-Hudson on May 30.

The graduates included: Christopher Augur; Mason Brunco; Baoyu Chen; Eric Elmakias; Samson Faccon; Momar Fall; Lawrence German; Somar Hadid; Lydia Kang; Kiahnna Pauletta; Nikita Sinyaev; Fiona Tai; and Yao Wang.

“I didn’t want to graduate,” said Hadid, 17. “I’m in an extreme state of disarray. While I should be happy that I’m graduating, it’s a bittersweet moment because all great things must come to an end…”

Hadid attended NYMA for three years. He’s now off to Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts to study business management, he said.

Head Tactical Officer Staff Sgt. (Ret) Shelly Brockington and Tactical Officer Mario Espinoza helped Hadid realize his potential when others doubted him, he said. “They made me the person that I am,” Hadid said. “They treat every cadet with dignity and respect.”

C.A.R. Committee Announces Honorees

The Newburgh Enlarged City School District Committee of Acknowledgement and Recognition, or C.A.R., Committee, announced its honorees for this year’s awards: Sara Feliz, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction; Mark Epstein, cleaner at the Newburgh Free Academy Main Campus; Tara Marshall, principal of the NECSD Pre-K Center; and John Garzione, science specialist at Fostertown ETC Magnet School.

C.A.R. celebrates the exemplary work, professionalism, dedication and community service of Newburgh Enlarged City School District employees, a school district announcement said.

During a month long period, nominations were accepted from the following categories: Central Office Administration, Civil Service Employees Association, Newburgh Supervisors and Administrators Association and the Newburgh Teachers’ Association. The committee selected the winners on May 19.

Cornwall Falls to Saugerties

Saugerties 9, Cornwall 6

Cornwall left fielder Nick Krafft laid down a bunt. (photos by Frank DeSantis)
Cornwall left fielder Nick Krafft laid down a bunt. (photos by Frank DeSantis)

Section IX Class A Championship at Gruner Field in Lake Katrine on May 30
It was a very relaxed Cornwall team that ran out onto the field to begin their third Class A title game in four years. The Green Dragons won titles in 2012 and 2013 before relinquishing the Section IX birth to Wallkill and Marlboro in 2014. However, in 2015, Cornwall compiled a record of 17-4 to become the number one seed.
Alex Mack and Dom Marzigliano had two hits apiece for Cornwall. However, shoddy play in the field and questionable calls behind the plate resulted in Cornwall’s demise.

Section IX Class C Championships

In Saugerties at Lorenz Field on May 30
Chester 11, Webutuck 5

After beating Webutuck, the Chester baseball team plays Tuckahoe on Friday. (photo by Frank DeSantis)
After beating Webutuck, the Chester baseball team plays Tuckahoe on Friday. (photo by Frank DeSantis)

Chester was ahead of Webutuck 5-2 when Hambletonian pitcher Colin Marco gave up a three-run homer to Webutuck’s LeShawn Thrasher to tie the score at five. However, that would be all the runs
Marco would surrender for the rest of the game. Chester opened up for six more runs thanks to a 3-for-5 day from catcher Kyle Marco who had a double and 2 RBIs. Senior right fielder Zack Munderville added a 2-run double in Chester’s four-run sixth inning. Chester senior third baseman Brandon Sadlier boasted Section IX titles in three sports this year in baseball, football and basketball.
” I’m proud of these guys,” said Chester head coach Mike Doucette. “They have been loose for about three weeks now. In the beginning of the season it was all about stats. It’s not about that now. They are all about the team.”
Chester (18-4) plays Section I champion Tuckahoe (17-4) in the opening round of the state tournament on Friday at 3 p.m. at Cantine Field in Saugerties. The winner of that game hosts Southold, the Section XI champion, in a state quarterfinal on Saturday.

Last Flood House Demolished

By Eugenia Moskowitz
Last Monday, a house was demolished on East Main Street, just across from the Sunoco gas station. According to the Washingtonville Police Department, it had been damaged from the flood resulting from Hurricane Irene in 2011, and has since been uninhabited.
A string of similar houses along West Main Street across from the middle school and high school were demolished last fall. Since nothing new can be built in a flood zone, it remains to be seen what will happen with the land.

Town Supports Medical Marijuana

By Mark Gerlach
Two medical marijuana companies that want to set up local growing operations received letters of support from the Town of Newburgh this week.
Both companies, Hudson Health Extracts and Medigro Organics, are vying to be selected by the state Department of Health for one of about five state medical marijuana licenses.
Patients that suffer from cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis and other sicknesses could obtain medical marijuana, according to the state Department of Health website.
“The medical marijuana would have some medical benefits for people with different illnesses,” Newburgh Town Supervisor Gil Piaquadio said Thursday. The town council voted to approve the support letters during a Monday night meeting.
Hudson Health Extracts is eyeing a 170,500-square-foot industrial building on 12 acres of land at Stewart International Airport Business Park, located at 40 Governor Dr. The manufacturing facility estimates to bring 100 construction jobs and 125 permanent jobs into the area, according to CEO Ethan Ruby, who made a presentation to the town council. The investment would cost in the ballpark of $10 million, Ruby said.
“Safety and security are paramount at this facility,” Ruby said.
Ruby is also at the helm of a medical marijuana facility in Watertown, Connecticut called Theraplant. The facility is secured with 130 cameras, on-site guards, biometric security systems (e.g., fingerprint and retina scanning) and other security measures. Similar precautions would be taken in Newburgh, he said.
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