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May 15th, 2013

American Rivers Regatta hosted by the NRC

The Newburgh Free Academy Girls Varsity 8+ team competes in the American Rivers Regatta, held in Newburgh on May 11, 2013. Photo: Stephanie Santiago

NEWBURGH - On May 11, 2013, despite the rain and wind, the Newburgh Rowing Club hosted the American Rivers Regatta, followed by the Great Hudson River Cleanup, sponsored by American Rivers. The Friends of Newburgh Crew also held a Barbecue Fundraiser, sponsored by Bill Joe Ribworks.

"We modified the Regatta event because of the weather conditions," said Coach Ed Kennedy. "We shortened the course and then moved the event indoors to our Boathouse where the rowers competed on indoor rowing machines. The safety of the rowers is always our first concern. We thank the Kingston High School Crew Team and the North Rockland High School Crew Team for coming out for this event."

Following the Regatta, Friends of Newburgh Crew, the not-for-profit which supports the NFA Crew Team, held a successful Barbecue fundraiser. "We are thankful to Billy Joe Ribworks, which provided the barbecue food and supplies to us at cost, for their sponsorship of the event," said NFA Crew Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo. "Mr. Kaplan and Billy Joe’s have always been so generous to the Crew Team."

Finally, Newburgh Rowing hosted the Great Hudson River Cleanup in which rower, families, and community volunteers picked up trash and debris from the shoreline and River and recycled, reused or saw to its proper disposal. "We covered just about the entire city shore line," said Coach Kennedy. "We had well over 100 volunteers, between the Newburgh Rowing Club, the NFA Crew Team and their parents, and members of the community. The big haul in weight was about 10 tons of drift wood loaded on to a 40 foot trailer. Thanks to the generosity of Cutrone Sand and Stone, in Newburgh, the wood was recycled into mulch. We have another trailer half full that we are still working on."

"In addition, thanks to the continued generosity of Taylor Recycling, we were able to fill a 30 yard dumpster, which was taken away by the Taylor Company. The garbage that our volunteers hauled out of the River and the shoreline includes two crushed boats, several dock pieces, 11 automobile tires, about a dozen pallets, 7 chairs, a large broken buoy, 3 broken garbage cans, a large air conditioner, a super large anchor, several pipes and piecess of metal, automobile parts and part of a roof."

"Coach Kennedy and the Crew Team have been cleaning the River and the Shoreline for the last 20-plus years," said Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo, "this is the first year we had a sponsor, the American Rivers organization. They started the latest effort in earnest on Earth Day and Saturday was the last big push until after Crew season ends in early June. Coach Kennedy teaches the kids that they don’t just row in the River, they are stewards of the River as well."

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