City of Newburgh Temporary Road Closure At Second Street

Temporary Road Closure of Second Street Between Grand Street and Montgomery Street. Be advised that a section of Second Street will be closed to all traffic between Grand Street and Montgomery Street on Monday, July 19, 2021 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. A contractor working for the City of Newburgh will be working on the sewer infrastructure along this length of the roadway.  Please avoid the use of Second Street in this area during these hours and obey all traffic control signs, road closure signs and safety cones.

Please contact the Engineering Department at 845-569-7447 with any questions or concerns.  The City of Newburgh appreciates the public’s patience during this temporary road closure.

Hook Elite Brings Home More Trophies

Four National Champions, Four Zempoaltecatl Team Zemp . Four siblings did it at the same time in the same tournament with national championships.They all belong to Hook Elite Boxing Ministry.  And in the next round, Ryan Zempoaltecatl is your new 2021 Jr. National champion from Hook Elite.  Supporters thank his father/coach German Zempoaltecatl and Coach Leonard Lee, who offered, “To  God be the glory”.  Their favorite saying sure seems to be true: “Hook Elite Can’t Be Beat”.

Townhouse Plan In Washingtonville Will Save Historic House

By Edie Johnson

A group of about 30 Village of Washingtonville residents attending Tuesday’s first in-person Planning Board  Session of the year were relieved to hear news about a development project planned for property on the opposite side of North Street from the historic Brotherhood Winery. 

Historic Brotherhood Winery

Their main concern has been that they believed six townhouse units would not at all fit in an area of the village with attractive Mid Century and older homes, especially a Victorian house at the front of the property that dates back to 1810, and they were adamantly opposed to an earlier option that included demolition of the house. But apparently the developer’s architect had taken earlier comments by the board and the public to heart, and with agreement of the developer had made some significant changes.

North Street House built in 1810 is in front of planned townhouses

The new plan includes 6 townhouse units.  It will save the house, preserve the ‘historicity’ of it’, and will not make any major changes to it other than relatively minor upgrades for the interior.  The design of the townhouses themselves also included modifications.  There will be a 50 ft. frontage between them and the existing house and sit back well from North Street and on a lower grade. Space will also remain unused behind the historic house. Their front will have a 2-story look and will fit in with the look of existing downtown Village buildings. There are 2 driveway cuts planned onto North Street. Fire access will be evaluated by the fire department.  It will have an underground sprinkler system.  Pending are still a stormwater design and traffic plan. A revised SEQRA and EAF have to be completed before the plan can go to the ZBA for several variances, including front and side setbacks as well as an area variance.

A Treasured Piece of History

“When the last sons of the old mill
look upon Moodna’s banks no more.
 May we still recall Firthcliffe
and the “hollow”,
 Happy days of yore.”

By Bob McCue

Firthcliffe Station was built in the 1880s and originally named Montana. Firth Carpet Company came to Cornwall also in the 1880s when they bought an abandoned textile mill along the bank of Moodna Creek.

The station was renamed Firthcliffe and went through a remodeling that gave it a queen Anne style look. Part of this was stained glass in the waiting room and agents office. The office had a fireplace and large bay window. In 1957, after many years of declining business, the Ontario and Western railway folded. The last station agent was a lady named Phyllis Merrill. The station sat empty until a fire destroyed it in September of 1963.

Because  my family grew up in Firthcliffe and worked at Firth Carpet,  the station and hairpin highway underpass next to it was part of our family stories growing up. Having a surviving window sash from the station that my grandfather saved, I set my mind to exploring the station site this past spring, and my first digs unearthed glass from the bay window. Making a mini frame for it was a labor of love.

Now, for the first time in 60 years, daylight is shinning through the glass again.

Anyone interested in additional history about Firthcliffe can order it on Amazon or contact Bob at

Caption 1. Artwork by Bob McCue made of stained glass arranged in a Firthcliffe Station sash

Caption 2 -Photo of Firthcliffe and construction of the underpass with Ontario and Western Railway Historical Society…

Orange Lake Drawdown Nears Completion

By Edie Johnson

Monroe/Blooming Grove – Examination of the dam and sluice at Orange Lake on Museum Village Road showed damage that has required the water level to be lowered for repairs. The process was delayed last year due to COVID, but began in earnest this past week.  While the lake and dam are located in Monroe, the water discharges under the roadway into Blooming Grove, and there was some early concern over the ability of the culvert to handle the discharge. But this week the drawdown proceeded to lower the lake water successfully by 80%, and without incident, and new box culvert is included in the final completion plans. Blooming Grove Superintendent, Rob Jeroloman noted that they repairs were necessary due to Hurricane Irene and other storms, and were done with NYS DEC and Army Corps permits. Damage could be clearly seen during this week’s work, confirming that the drawdown and repairs were necessary.

A local environmental advocate kept a close eye on the work and said that no wildlife was hurt, though local anglers made the best of the water depletion and had successful fishing for all 5 days.

1 – At the curve in Museum Village Road halfway between Route 17M and Route 208, Orange Lake has a spillway and culvert. The Lake is currently being drawn down in order to repair the dam wall.

2 – Culverts were near capacity flow this week

3 – The main culvert runs under Museum Village Road and empties on the other side.

4 – Anglers had the benefit of easy fishing during the lake’s water removal.

Capelli Sport Complex Moving Forward In Chester

By Edie Johnson

Phase I construction has begun for the new Capelli Sport Center at 2 Tetz Road in Chester. The highly anticipated venture, will include  a 60,000 Square foot indoor facility and a multiple turf field outdoor complex with state-of-the -art field lighting. This phase, which will consist of 2 full-sided turf fields with lighting, is on schedule to be completed by September 2021,. The remainder of the project is on target for completion in 2022 and will be the largest indoor-outdoor multi-sport facility in the region.

Capelli Sport Indoor Facility will feature both indoor turf and court space for soccer, futbal, lacrosse, volleyball, basketball, pickleball, flag football and baseball/softball. In addition, there will be space available to book corporate events, tradeshows, as well as birthday parties and quinceañeras. The event space at the facility will be available in part or as a whole.“The groundbreaking marks a significant milestone in the history of Capelli Sport,” Capelli Sport president George Altirs said. “Capelli Sport and Cedar Stars Academy will continue to grow and expand for years to come, opening the door for opportunities both on and off the field and to athletes of all levels. We are incredibly excited to provide this facility and expertise to members of the Hudson Valley community.This project has been a long time coming! We are proud to announce the construction of a new, permanent sports facility for the Hudson Valley.”

We are grateful to the Town of Chester and to our CEO George Altirs for bringing ourproject to life,” said Jim Lagarde, General Manager of Capelli Sport Center.The original Capelli Sport Center on State County Route 17A, Florida NY remains open and will continue to operate.

With more than 2,500 active male and female athletes, Cedar Stars Academy currently has 10 divisions, including two international divisions. as well as many exclusive partnerships and affiliations with professional international and domestic clubs through President Altirs’ involvement within the sporting universe.These professional partnerships and affiliations include MLS Next, Cedar Stars Rush Division II United Soccer League (USL) in the United States, MSV Duisburg of the 3 Bundesliga in Germany, InterAllies FC of the Ghana Premier League, Montego Bay United F.C. of the Jamaican National PremierLeague, HB Køge of the Danish 1st Division, and Panachaiki FC of the Greek Football League (Division II). Through these affiliations, Coaches and players that are succeeding within the Cedar Stars Academy program have exclusive opportunities with these clubs around the world.“

“Our new elite training facility in Chester is a significant step forward in the evolution of our Club, marking our first permanent home for the Club in the Hudson Valley. Although we are still a young club, this marks an important milestone in our long term growth,” says Jim Lagarde, Academy Director, Cedar Stars Academy

Capelli we will be opening the outdoor turf fields with their Fall Recreation Soccer program (open for all boys/girls ages 5-10)  visit website for more info at

New Windsor’s New Top Dog

Last Friday the Orange County Sheriff’s Office held the K-9 Patrol School # 29 Graduation at the K-9 Academy in Montgomery. New Windsor’s K9 Duke finished a long series of training with his handler, officer Joseph Bell, of the Town of New Windsor PD and is ready to help keep residents safe.  Other graduates included Officer Joseph Mercurio and K9 Ott from the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Michael Neuner and K9 Hunter from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Kevin Halsey and K9 Rocky from the Town of Warwick PD, Officer Raymond Burr and K9 Remi from the Town of Ramapo PD and Officer Melissa Berke and K9 Keen from the Village of Monroe PD. The Graduates completed a 16 week Patrol School hosted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Carl E. DuBois, Undersheriff Kenneth T. Jones, and led by Head Trainer 1st Sgt. Dustin Palen and Assistant Trainers Deputy Vincent Iannuzzi and Officer Kevin Halsey. Congratulations to all the Graduates!

New York Greater Symphony Orchestra Is Back

The “Upstate” New York Scene has greatly missed GNSO performances with conductor Russell Ger during the pandemic  While they have not performed in Newburgh yet, area residents went across the Hudson River to watch them perform at Boscobel in Cold Spring.

Russell Ger leading the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra at Boscobel

Top left, Crowd in front of Boscobel with OCPost Graphics Artist Judy Williams and her husband George in the center and their friends Lotus Do and Andrew Jacobs of Cornwall at left and right.
Conductor Russell Ger with his wife and son

Wall Of Honor Coming to Washingtonville

Assemblyman Colin Schmitt has announced that the Washingtonville Village Hall will be displaying the 99th Assembly District Veterans Traveling Wall of Honor for the next several weeks. The Traveling Wall of Honor pays tribute to 17 local veterans who are inductees of the inaugural 99th Assembly District Veterans Hall of Fame.  The wall was constructed and supported by Carpenters Local 279 and Laborers Local 17. For those interested in viewing the Wall of Honor can visit Washingtonville Village Hall at 9 Fair Lawn Dr, Washingtonville, NY 10992.

Assemblyman Schmitt stated, “Each and every time that the Traveling Veteran’s wall of Honor finds a new home, it becomes the focal point for communities to honor and remember our heroic veterans from across our district. Love of country, courage, and devotion is on full display and our neighbors have the ability to bring their families to the Wall of Honor and pay tribute. Thank you to the Washingtonville Village Hall for hosting the Wall of Honor and for their efforts in making this possible.”

Mayor Joseph Bucco, Village of Washingtonville stated, “The Village of Washingtonville is honored to host Assemblyman Schmitt’s 99th Assembly District Wall of Honor. Following the 4th of July celebrations this past weekend, there is no better time to come and honor the men and women who served our nation, maintaining our independence and fighting for all of our freedoms. Thank you Assemblyman Schmitt for continuing this tradition and for giving the people of Washingtonville the opportunity to bring their families to remember and honor our veterans.” To request to have the Wall of Honor on display at your location, please contact Assemblyman Schmitt’s district office at 845-469-6929 or

Caption: Assemblyman Schmitt is pictured from left to right with Trustee Jim Kolar, the Assemblyman, Mayor Joseph Bucco, Joan Oram Village Hall Employee, former Trustee Paul Lang, and Trustee Laudato.