Ship Sails Into Newburgh

The Kalmar Nyckel ship sailed into port at the Newburgh waterfront on July 24 allowing people to tour the ship and experience what it was like to sail the seas in the mid-1600s.

Kalmar Nyckel is a recreation of the original ship that brought the earliest settlers from Sweden to Delaware in 1638, just a couple of decades after the Mayflower. During the same period when the Dutch were settling New Amsterdam in what is now Manhattan, Kalmar Nyckel made four successive round trips to supply the colonists of New Sweden, a record unchallenged by any other colonial vessel.

The Nyckel took on passengers for two-hour day tours of the Hudson River, sailing through some of the most scenic parts of the Hudson Valley. The tours departed from the Riverfront Marina at 40 Front Street.

Along with the tours, people came dressed in pirate costumes making the whole experience a little more life-like. Also, in attendance were swashbucklers from the International Fraternity of Privateers , Guild of St. Errol.

Jim Williams, a volunteer organizer, helped put together the event. Williams collaborated with the pirate ladies of Paw Barkery. Founded in 2011, Pirate Paws Barkery supplies a healthy alternative to dog treats.

Mount Coaches Lead Renegades Baseball Camp

Mount Saint Mary College head baseball coach Steve Sosler participated in a baseball camp at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill.

About 65 youths aged 8 to 14 took part in the camp, which was held in July. The students learned skills such as batting, hitting, catching and more.

“We’re teaching these guys basic mechanics – out fielding ground balls, swinging, that kind of stuff. We just take that to a higher level with the college teams,” Sosler said.

“These campers are really getting a chance to pick our brains and learn from us,” Sosler said. “We think they’ll take something from this camp that they can use on their summer team, travel team, or anywhere else.”

Several other baseball gurus lent their skills to the camp, including Mount Saint Mary College assistant baseball coach Trevor Purcell. This is the second year the Mount has aided with the summer Renegades baseball camp at the Dutchess Stadium, which is home to minor league baseball team the Hudson Valley Renegades.

Sosler has been head coach of the Mount Saint Mary College baseball team for about six seasons. He previously served as assistant coach.

Literacy Happens In Newburgh

On July 14 parents and students participated in literacy activities during the “Literacy Happens” workshop series held at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. The series runs until Tuesday, August 4. Each session is held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the armory. Participants see videos of families who support their child’s literacy development and try out activities that are easy to do at home. Activities include games, crafts and more. The Newburgh Enlarged City School District facilitates the sessions in collaboration with Mount Saint Mary’s College education faculty.

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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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.

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)

Father Bill Gets New Assignment

By Mark Gerlach
For approximately 25 years Fr. William Scafidi, better known as Father Bill, has been a stalwart in the local community.
Scafidi wears many hats. He is pastor at Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s churches in the City of Newburgh, and a member of several organizations, including: the Orange County Human Rights Commission, Newburgh Housing Authority, UNICO, Knights of Columbus Council 444, the men’s group at Sacred Heart Church called the Sons of Thunder and chaplain and spiritual advisor for the local Catholic War Veterans, among others.
However, in the coming weeks Scafidi is slated to leave Newburgh, a place he’s called home for more than two decades.
“It’s been a great run,” Scafidi said earlier this week about his time in Newburgh. “Truly it has been a God-given experience.”
The change of post was handed down from the Archdiocese of New York, Scafidi said. Scafidi said he wanted to take on another term in the city.
It is unclear where Scafidi will be transferred to at this time, as he was awaiting a letter from Cardinal Timothy Dolan containing his new assignment location. Scafidi had not received the letter as of Thursday afternoon.
A replacement also hasn’t been named for him at this time.

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Fireworks In The City

Fireworks will light up the City of Newburgh night sky on July 4.

The fireworks display will be launched at the former Consolidated Iron site (adjacent to Gully’s restaurant), on Saturday, July 4, at approximately 9 p.m. Rain day Sunday July 5.

“It’s going to be a fantastic family day for our community,” Deputy Mayor Regina Angelo said. “For more than 15 years it has been my pleasure to organize such a memorable occasion.”

Independence Day will be celebrated in the City of Newburgh with an afternoon of food vendors, crafts, and music. Events will begin at noon at UNICO Park. Artist and vendor spaces are $50, and available on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to an announcement from the City of Newburgh.

For more information, or an application, contact Lillian Burgarelli at 569-7354, or Deputy Mayor Regina Angelo at 565-5429.

Newburgh Illuminated Festival This Weekend

By Mark Gerlach
CITY OF NEWBURGH – The City of Newburgh turns 150 this year.
In correlation with the anniversary, the city will hold a celebration Saturday called the Newburgh Illuminated Festival, which will feature music, local ethnic food, pop-up art, a historic trolley tour and more. The city was incorporated in 1865.
“One of the things that I’ve been doing, as well as other members of this council, is working to change both the reality and the perception of Newburgh,” City of Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy said at a Monday city council meeting. “Which has had its own issues with how people perceive the city.”
“The festivals, the parades, the fireworks… all of those things are ways in which we’re working hard to change the perception of the great city that this is. It’s got its issues, but it’s also got its greatness,” Kennedy said.

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