2015 Jet Ski Races at Newburgh Waterfront

Alex Salomatoff, owner of Alex’s Marine Plus, set up a beautiful course behind Billy Joe’s Ribworks at the Newburgh marina. Over thirty racers buzzed around the buoys Salomatoff engineered. Hundreds of fans “oohed and ahhed” as the racers attacked the course. The event also saluted Wounded Warriors. Newburgh’s own Caitlin Caporale of the hit talent show “The Voice” sang “God Bless America,” as the yachts carrying our veterans cruised past a Marine Honor Guard.

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July 12 Results
Stand Up Class
First: Vinny DeVito 1:12:28
Second: Matthew Vitrano 1:16:31
Third: Cole Moriarty 1:18:97

Sport Class
First: Billy Beers 1:06:06
Second: Morgan Beers 1:07:44
Third: Vinny Devito 1:15:31
Fourth: Chris Yates 1:19:25

Roundabout Class
First: Conner Stenglein 1:11:81
Second: Jimmy Corbett 1:13:28
Third: Glen Mitchell 1:13:47
Fourth: Snoop Stenglein 1:17:32

City Council, Others Fighting For Key Bank To Remain Open

By Mark Gerlach

The Key Bank branch located at 78 Broadway in the City of Newburgh is slated to close in October. But not if the city council has anything to say about it.

The council passed a resolution Monday night calling on the bank to keep its Broadway branch open. Signatures will be collected on a petition asking for the bank to keep its doors open, and presented to Key Bank corporate executives, according to Mayor Judy Kennedy.

Peter Sukeena, president of the Newburgh Professional and Business Association, has also reached out to Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney via a letter asking for his support to keep the branch open.

“As you are aware, this part of Newburgh is one of the pivotal neighborhoods experiencing growth that will benefit the entire community,” Sukeena wrote in the July 10 letter to Maloney.

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Osiris Country Club Ladies’ Tournament

In Walden on July 11
The ladies of the Osiris Country Club got together last Friday for the Osiris Ladies Member Guest tournament for 2015. Ladies who are members of Osiris invite one guest of their choice to play golf at the club. This year there were 23 guests from all over Orange County. A cart was covered with gold ribbon decorated by Sally Lease, Joan Goodwin and Carole Jennings. The cart was dressed to proclaim the 2015 tournament the “Swing for Bling Tour.”

Every twosome took a picture in the cart and was given a copy at lunch in the club. Chair Lady Linda Hudson along with club members Joan Goodwin and Sally Lease got the show on the road. The Member Guest tournament is done once a year with a scramble on the back nine and the two best ball of four on the front nine. Osiris Club member Sally Lease commented on the tournament when it was over: “The ‘Swing for Bling’ tournament was very successful. It rained when we first went out but by the time we hit our first balls it had stopped and the rest of the day was good. We had a large committee that worked very hard to make it the success it was. Our committee was chaired by Linda Hudson.”

Members and guests with high scores included: Marge Bullis (member), Marge Lease (member), Carole Jennings (member), Sally Lease (member), Jo Ann Ryder, Ginny Urban, Maria Beck, Joan Goodwin, Joyce Hurley (guest), Debbie Strober (guest), Sandra Wagner (guest), LuLu Donatuti (guest), Donna Giannoccaro, Kathy Blake (guest), Marlene Peterson and Louise Downer.

District 19 Little League Championship

In Cornwall on July 11

Cornwall starting pitcher Jake Wolfe started out on fire striking out two Newburgh batters with runners on second and third to end the first and struck out the side in the second. In the bottom of the first Newburgh scratched out a run off of Gregory Shaw III. It was the first time Cornwall trailed for the entire tournament. Again in the bottom of the second, the Town of Newburgh had a chance to take a big lead loading the bases with one out and the heart of the order coming up. However, a strong pitching performance from Shaw III closed out the inning.
In the top of the third, Cornwall struck for five runs with two RBI doubles by Shaw III and Cameron Zamparelli. At the end of the third inning the score was 5-1. At the top of the fourth, Shaw III hit a 0-2 fastball down the left field line for a solo home run making it 6-2. Shaw III was eventually relieved by Timmy Patterson who gave up one run to give Cornwall and 8-2 victory.
Jake Wolfe, Jake Demaro, Cody Kenison, Tyler Voltaire and Bryan Merritt (double) all got a hit for Newburgh, while Timmy Patterson had two hits (triple), Cameron Zamparelli had two hits (double) and three RBIs and Shaw III had four hits, two doubles, a home run and four RBIs for Cornwall.
After the game Cornwall coach Greg Shaw had high praise for both teams. “This is the best I have ever seen these kids play, They work so hard in practice and give 100 percent attention and effort. We were able to get through this tournament pitching only three kids, one of the benefits of staying in the winners bracket. Every win was huge to get us to this point. The extra days off really helped. Newburgh has a really good team. We’ve seen them before in travel leagues and tournaments. We know they can play. We were fortunate enough to get past them. I honestly never thought the game was ours until there were two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Michael Leach made a great catch in centerfield to finish it. This is such a wonderful tournament. It’s an honor to represent District 19.”

The Color Of Music

Composer and visual artist Michael Poast will showcase his work at Karpeles Museum located at 94 Broadway in the City of Newburgh from August until October. Admission is free.
Poast, who studies the aesthetic relation between sound and color, developed a notation system fusing the auditory and the visual in fluid shapes and vivid hues.
The public is invited to attend an artist reception on August 7 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. A recording of Poast’s recording Color Music Mass will be played during the exhibition.

The Little Blueberry Farm that Could

By Eugenia Moskowitz

CAMPBELL HALL – Drive too fast on Purgatory Road in Campbell Hall and you might just miss Halfway Acres Farms. So slow down, observe the speed limit in this rural enclave between Washingtonville and Goshen, and notice the small “u-pick” sign by the side of the road. Turn onto the long driveway, and you’ll be greeted by four little girls who will run and skip and climb on farm machinery with your kids while you meet Christine and Michael Pagana, owners of Halfway Acres.
The 65-acre parcel was once the childhood home of Christine who, along with her husband, have turned it into a working blueberry farm with extremely productive blueberry bushes, most of which are around 30 years old and up to six feet tall.
Christine and Michael’s busy season is from the end of June to the start of August, with some fluctuations depending on the weather. But while Christine works outside the home as a physical therapist at Orange BOCES, Michael is busy running the farm all year long. That means pruning and tending the bushes, planting 500 new bushes this spring, working out an irrigation system (which was not necessary this spring with all the rainfall, but will be necessary for the future) and handling the business side of having the public come and pick, as well as selling to local farmers’ markets and farm stands. It’s a year-long job with a short and busy harvest season, and Michael sees bringing the farm’s bounty to the public as a calling. He left the Washingtonville Central School District in 2006 to get a master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling and has his own private practice. He is proud that his fruit is “exactly as God intended, with no sprays, pesticides, or fertilizers.”

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Taming The Jaws Of Life

XXX Jaws of Life

The New Windsor Fire Department held a training exercise for its firefighters last Monday night at its firehouse on Walsh Avenue.
The drill involved how to safely extricate car-crash victims from vehicles using cutters and spreaders, more commonly called the Jaws of Life. Firefighters learned about air bags and how they can activate up to 20 minutes after disconnecting a car battery, which can be hazardous during the extrication process.
The firefighters were also taught how to safely break car windows and windshields, including how to cut glass and remove windshields while protecting a victim trapped inside a vehicle.

Flowers for John

By Eugenia Moskowitz
WASHINGTONVILLE – Flowers left outside the St. Mary’s CYO building form a tangible tribute to John Spear, who recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. Spear started CYO basketball many decades ago, financing it with weekly bingo to make it affordable for everyone. While most parishes charge anywhere from $100 to $200 per child, Spear’s program charged only $30 per child, and fees were paid from a special fund for any child whose family could not manage the cost. No child was ever turned away. Without bingo, a restructuring of basketball finances is currently underway.
CYO basketball will continue as usual this coming fall, with registration during the first week of school. Please contact St. Mary’s Catholic Church for more information.
These flowers form only a small, visible dedication to Spear, whose loss is being strongly felt throughout the Washingtonville community.

Traffic Issues Blow A Fuse

A traffic signal that has been hanging at the intersection of Route 94 and Butter Hill Drive for approximately three years is in jeopardy of being removed by the state Department of Transportation.  That is unless the Town of New Windsor has anything to say about it.

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City Celebrates Birthday With Parade

To celebrate its 150th birthday, the City of Newburgh held a parade on June 27. The parade was led by grand marshals Deputy Mayor Regina Angelo and philanthropist Bill Kaplan. Senator William Larkin was on hand for the parade, which started on West and Third streets and traveled along Broadway to Ann Street. The City of Newburgh was incorporated in 1865.

The float carrying Deputy Mayor Regina Angelo, philanthropist Bill Kaplan and Sen. William Larkin. (photo by Bob Root)
The float carrying Deputy Mayor Regina Angelo, philanthropist Bill Kaplan and Sen. William Larkin. (photo by Bob Root)