Washingtonville Holds Barnyard Bash

Washingtonville’s Farmers and Artisans market held a Barnyard Bash at their August 29th event at Vern Allen Park. 

A petting zoo was provided by Farm To You Revue, and what better way to celebrate late Summer than petting tiny animals like a bunny and a pretty pony in matching pink.

New Windsor’s Flag For Heroes

New Windsor wants to give a big thank you to Meaghan Campbell who honored the New Windsor Police Department by sponsoring an American Flag for us at the Kiwanis Club of Washingtonville’s Flags for Heroes event. We may be Meaghan’s heroes but she is ours. Her positivity and never give up attitude inspire us every day. Thank you Meaghan!

City of Newburgh Crime Case Safely Resolved

On Monday August 30, a Newburgh Detective was following a vehicle that matched the description of a person wanted for a crime on Third Street. The detective called Headquarters and advised that he was following a vehicle. Marked units responded in the area. The vehicle was stopped and the subject fled the vehicle. A foot pursuit ensued and the subject was apprehended in the area of City Terrace and Third Street. After officers and detectives retraced the pursuit, a hand gun was located. The subject was arrested and transported to Police Headquarters, after which vehicle was searched at scene and impounded. 

Airs Above The Ground – High Flying Maneuvers At The International Air Show

Maneuvers by the Thunderbirds and Raptor teams were so incredible that they made some local residents wonder if there were UFO’s sharing the sky.

It’s no wonder if you imagine the photo below coming at you in the dark of the night. The event which was again held at the Orange County Airport in Montgomery, drew hundreds of skygazers, some of which bought picnic blankets to spread on the grassy areas with their families whicle they watched the events.  Orange County Exec, Steve Neuhaus, who always promotes this as one of his favorite county events, said “The Air Force Thunderbirds and F-22 Raptor Demo Team among other performers had the airport buzzing with excitement. The Air Show is a wonderful community event, which celebrates the air power of the American military, and we are excited to have the Thunderbirds back for the second year in a row.”

Photos by Ed Frampton (more photos in this week’s Orange County Post-Sentinel

County Approves Over $2 Million In 2022 Community Grants

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus has announced that eight municipalities have been approved for a total of more than $2 million through the 2022 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. These awards will enable communities to address local needs by pursuing a variety of infrastructure, ADA accessibility and community development projects.  “The County continues to partner with municipalities to ensure they can access the most effective resources, including federal grant programs,” Neuhaus said. “Through our Office of Community Development, we develop these meaningful partnerships and pursue high-impact projects that will better the lives of Orange County residents. Today’s Community Development Block Grants will help committed local leaders across the County improve drainage and roads, sewer and water systems, and ensure access to public facilities for everyone.”

The 2022 projects are highlighted by an $800,000 award to the City of Middletown to rehabilitate the O&W train station building. The multi-phased project involves the total rehabilitation of the three-story building into programming space for Agri-Business Child Development (ABCD) as well as other uses. Phase 2 of the project will use the HOME funds to develop eight workforce housing units.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program enables local governments to undertake a variety of projects intended to create suitable living environments and generate economic opportunities principally for people with low to moderate income. CDBG and HOME funds are allocated annually to Orange County through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the Orange County Office of Community Development. The following projects will be presented as part of the 2022 Housing and Community Development Annual Action Plan to HUD for public comment and Orange County Legislature approval:

2022 Orange County Community Development Block Grant Awards Village of Chester: Infiltration and Inflow Improvements to Sanitary Sewer Mains, $375,000
Village of Walden: Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing and Lining, $125,000
Village of Monroe: Forshee Street and Kalvin Terrace Water Main Replacement, $375,000
Town of Chester: Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center ADA Parking, Sidewalk,

Washingtonville Kiwanis Club Raises Flags For Heroes

By Edie Johnson

Washingtonville and area residents from surrounding towns came together to honor a list of special heroes for the year.  A  flag was  placed for each hero around the borders of the Village’s Fireman’s Memorial Park. Helene Spear and Kiwanis President BettyAnn Leeuwen addressed the crowd of abut 50 while Kiwanis members spoke and took turns reading the long list of names that were honorees.

Washingtonville’s Mayor Joseph Bucco thanked the crowd and spoke about what the term “Hero” means to him, saying, ” A special thanks goes out to BettyAnn Leeuwen President of the Kiwanis Club of Washingtonville, Brian O’Connor, and his crew from Premier Fence Company for all their hard work in placing close to 100 American flags around the perimeter. Also, I thank the Village of Washingtonville Department of Public Works, Police Department, and of course the Village Board. A traditional definition of a hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, one who has made outstanding achievements.My definition is simply someone who has made a difference in another’s life. I am proud to live in a community full of so many heroes. A community with whom people genuinely care about others. I am truly honored and blessed to serve you as your mayor.”

Likewise Mrs. Spear remarked about how especially during these times there are many unsung heroes doing caring things for others,.

The crowd, many of which were seniors who have lived in the Village much of their lives, took the chance to visit with friends and walk the perimeter of medallions, each inscribed with the honoree’s identity.

Washingtonville JROTC presents arms
About 50 residents gathered for the dedication

Blooming Grove Police Receive Prestigious Accreditation

The Town of Blooming Grove Police is proud to announce that it  has earned the prestigious status of becoming an Accredited Police Department. They assured residents, “We will continue to provide our community with the best and most professional service possible.”.

The Accreditation Program is comprised of a set of standards developed to further enhance the capabilities of an agency, and is divided into three categories. Standards in the Administrative section have provisions for such topics as agency organization, fiscal management, personnel practices, and records management. Training standards encompass basic and in-service instruction, as well as training for supervisors and specialized or technical assignments. Operations standards deal with such critical and litigious topics as high-speed pursuits, roadblocks, patrol, and unusual occurrences.

Important letter from NECSD Acting Superintendent, Mr. Ed Forgit – Opening Day Changed to September 9

August 30, 2021

Dear scholars, families, faculty and staff,

We are excited to begin the new school year. Our faculty and staff returned today and are looking forward to welcoming all of our scholars back. I’m writing with some critical information that will impact the first week of school. As a result of the initial guidance issued by the NYS Department of Health on this past Friday evening, August 27, 2021 and long term mitigation planning, the Board of Education has voted to approve changes to the district calendar for the start of the new year. This vote occurred on Monday, August 30, 2021. The district anticipates additional guidance to be issued by the NYSDOH at some point this week. We will continue to keep you updated.

The adjustment of three days has rescheduled the first day of school for students to Thursday, September 9, 2021. Wednesday and Thursday, September 1 and 2, 2021 will now be Superintendent’s Conference Days. Friday, September 3, 2021 will be an emergency day and the district will be closed, with the exception of some essential personnel.. The additional time will allow the district to receive supplies to add more indoor and outdoor seating to maintain additional physical distancing during meal times. The time will also allow our grounds crew and custodial staff an opportunity to best prepare all of our facilities during those days for this adjustment, which will continue through Friday, September 3, 2021. 

With the exception of this change, the district will continue to follow the 2021-2022 Reopening Guidebook that was shared with our NECSD community on Friday, August 20, 2021.

I recognize that you may have questions about how this change may impact the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year calendar and the use of future emergency days. We will be working with our collective bargaining units in the upcoming weeks and will have more information to share soon. I also recognize the inconvenience this may have caused with regards to childcare and assure you that timely communication will be a priority for our team if/when any new guidance is received that changes our current model. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please continue to use covidhelp@necsd.net or 845-563-3412. Please consider the COVID-19 vaccination if you have not already. The district is offering vaccination distribution dates for the Pfizer vaccine that is authorized for people 12 years of age and older. Continue to wash your hand, watch your distance, and wear a mask. We are honored to have your support and look forward to our collaboration as we work together to overcome this pandemic. This is an immense responsibility we take very seriously. 


Ed Forgit

Acting Superintendent of Schools