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November 20th, 2013

NFA Students Build Pad for Memorial Pavilion

Newburgh Free Academy students build pad for memorial pavilion. Photo By LEIF STEPAKOFF
Newburgh - Teachers and students from NFA’s Construction Academy put in over 40 hours collectively to build a concrete pad beneath the David Tamas Memorial Pavillion at the Ward Brothers Memorial Park, site of the Newburgh Rowing Club, said NRC Programs Director Coach Ed Kennedy.

“The NFA Construction Academy did a great service for the people of the City of Newburgh,” said Coach Kennedy.  “The Newburgh Rowing Club is the licensee of the Ward Brothers Memorial Park.  Teachers Chris Cotton, Steve Kalleta, and student-athletes Daniel McKnight and Anthony Antonelli, along with other generous students, donated their time, working long and hard to construct the beautiful pad under the David Tamas Memorial Pavillion.  They cleared, built a form, put metal down, raked, put down cement and then took the metal forms off. This was a complex and back breaking job. The result is the beautiful pad beneath the David Tamas Memorial Pavillion you see in the final picture.”

“I really enjoy crew and I enjoy Construction Academy,” said Daniel McKnight, NFA Student and member of the Newburgh Rowing Club.  “It was great to bring the two groups together.”

“This was a tremendous act of generosity by the NFA Construction Academy,”said Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo.  “This project will be enjoyed by many generations of rowers and City of Newburgh residents.  It was one more step in the beautification of the Ward Brothers Memorial Park, the only City of Newburgh Park which can launch a crew shell.  It also increases the attraction of the Ward Brothers Memorial Park and the City of Newburgh as a destination for kayakers.”

For more information about the Newburgh Rowing Club, including scholarship programs, contact Coach Ed Kennedy at (845) 541-2313 or Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo at

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