Press release:

On Monday, August 18, 2014, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, announced the Newburgh Enlarged City School District as a recipient of approximately $2.8 million in funding for a full day pre-kindergarten program. In total, $340 million was awarded to 81 school districts and Community Based Organizations statewide. The NECSD is the largest recipient of funding outside of New York City.

The funding will allow the NECSD to convert the Universal Pre-K program into a full day program, as well as expand the program, by providing additional seats for students and the establishment of the NECSD Early Learning Center. The NECSD UPK program will expand half-day seats and create new seats to serve 542 students on a full time basis for the 2014-15 school year.

The funding will allow for a total of 22 Universal Pre-K classrooms in NECSD buildings as well as the creation of 11 teaching positions and 11 teaching assistant positions. The Newburgh Enlarged City School District plans to execute student placement for the 2014-2015 school year beginning in September.

“By New York State investing in the Universal Pre-K program, the Newburgh Enlarged City School District is in a better position to properly educate our students. We know an investment in the earliest learning experiences can have powerful long-term effects on young children’s emotional, cognitive, and social development. Today, NECSD takes a step closer to improving the life outcomes for our pre-kindergartners,” explained Newburgh Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roberto Padilla.

The awards are preliminary, pending the review and approval of the New York State Comptroller.

Photo by Faerie Barista

The students at NFA created this video for the Newburgh Illuminated Festival, which unfortunately wasn’t able to be shown. But you can see it here! Students from all different backgrounds describe how they have been shaped by the City of Newburgh. The students and their teachers worked very hard to produce it, and their reflections are moving and perceptive indeed.

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Newburgh Rowing Club

Press release:

The Newburgh Rowing Club became only the second rowing club in the nation to include Diversity Training as part of its USRowing Level 2 Coaching Certification program, said Coach Ed Kennedy, Programs Director of the Newburgh Rowing Club.  Approximately 2 dozen coaches came to the Newburgh Rowing Club for Level 2 Coaching Certification, provided by officials of USRowing.  USRowing is the governing body of the sport of rowing in America.

The Diversity Training portion is new, and the Newburgh Rowing Club became the second club in the nation to implement the training, which was prepared by Richard Butler, USRowing’s Inclusion Rowing Manager and the Director of America Rows.

“We are delighted to be a part of this moment in history,” said Coach Ed Kennedy.  “Mrs. LoBiondo has been doing a fine job running the America Rows Newburgh program, for our young student ambassadors, of which we have about 50 right now.  They are part of our inclusion rowing program.  We had coaches from all over New York State joining us for this Coaching certification program.  We are honored to be only the second club in the nation to offer the Diversity training, prepared by Mr. Butler, as part of the Level 2, or Performance Coaching, program.  Coach Cunningham and I were pleased to assist the officials from USRowing who administered the program.  We plan to continue on as a Coaching certification site for USRowing.”

For more information about the Newburgh Rowing Club, contact Coach Ed Kennedy at (845) 541-2313 or Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo at juliana@lobiondolaw.com

Photo by Coach Edwin Cunningham


Press Release:

On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, Newburgh Free Academy seniors celebrated the culmination of their internship held at Elant in Fishkill as part of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District’s Nurse Aide Training Program. The 2013 class is the largest since the program’s inception with fifty students earning their pins this year.

According to Newburgh Enlarged City School District’s Director of Career and Technical Education John Etri, the program, a facet of the Health and Human Services Academy, is open to seniors and prepares students for employment in long-term care facilities, home health agencies, and hospitals where basic bedside care is needed. Curriculum is mandated by the New York State Department of Health and includes the required clinical hours in a nursing facility.

The mission of the Health and Human Services Academy is to provide programs that prepare students to enter the work force and/or post-secondary education as they explore human service careers.

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Newburgh Free Academy will present the musical Aida on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.


With music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, Aida is based on the book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang. NFA’s production is directed and choreographed by Mandy Clifford, with vocal direction by Karen Sheehy, technical assistance from Rick McCurdy, and conducted by Chris Zoutis.  Aida is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, Inc. Tickets are $10.00 or $8.00 for senior citizens and children under 12.

Reservations can be made online at www.aida.newburghschools.org or by calling the NFA Bookstore at 563-5413. The Newburgh Free Academy Main Campus is located at 201 Fullerton, Avenue, Newburgh, New York.

-Press release by Kerry Butrick

Summer camp

Press Release:

Newburgh Rowing has announced that it will once again be running a Summer Camp through the Town of Newburgh Recreation Department.  Said Newburgh Rowing Programs Director Coach Ed Kennedy, “The champion NFA Varsity Crew Team and the competitive rowers from Newburgh Rowing come down and volunteer as camp counselors, and we have certified Level 1 rowing coaches and phys ed teachers teaching the program. The kids kayak, canoe and even get in a crew shell and row. We have food, arts and crafts, movies on rainy days, ecological projects and fitness.  We filled up last year, so sign up now.  We also have scholarships available to those who qualify financially and reside in the City of Newburgh.”  Here is the info:

Summer Rowing Camp Ages 9 – 17 years old
No rowing experience needed. Must have basic ability to swim and tread water.
Campers will learn to row gig boats, kayaks and crew shells. The camp will emphasize camper’s individual needs, whether learning to row or expanding their rowing skills. Additional activities will include ecological and marine sciences, arts and crafts, movies, leadership and team building games.

SESSION I: July 8th – July 12th
SESSION II: July 15th – July 19th
SESSION III: July 22nd – July 26th
SESSION IV: July 29th-August 2nd

Time: 9am to 3pm
Place: The Newburgh Rowing Family Boathouse The Ward Brothers Memorial Park 2 River Rd, Newburgh NY
Fee: $160 Per Session
Acct: 224720
Location: Newburgh Rowing Club, Two River Street, Newburgh, NY (one block south of Gully’s on the Newburgh Waterfront).

Make checks payable to: Newburgh Rowing Club Any questions contact Coach Kennedy at (845) 541-2313 or email Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo at juliana@lobiondolaw.com

Newburgh Rowing Club is a 501(c )(3) not for profit organization.  Their mission is to teach the sport of rowing to all, and to make Newburgh a better place, one stroke at a time.