|Dear Friends of NPA,
We are very excited to announce an additional Board Member, Fred Wilson. He and his wife Nora live in the Historic District. You may have seen them picking up trash in our neighborhood in their effort to keep the HD presentable. Fred is working with the Old Town Cemetery team.
As you know, we are focusing our attention on Old Town Cemetery this year, and to that purpose we are launching our first PAST FORWARD event. You may remember about four years ago we did a series of these events which were educational and fun and well attended. Our first event this year on April 29th at 5:30pm will feature Frank Licameli speaking about Old Town Cemetery and our plans for its future. There will be re-inactors, military musicians, and gun salutes will take place. In preparation for this we are doing a cleanup of OTC on May 16 from 2-5pm, with a rain date of May 17.
If you review the Calendar of Events you will see 2 more PAST FORWARD events, each starting at 5:30, on Wednesday evenings, so folks can stop by, have a nibble, hear our speakers and still be home in time for dinner!
We are also working on a list of competent contractors you may have used in order to furnish our new neighbors in the Historic District with contact information. Please forward any names you may have to me so we can compile our directory.
As for all our events, we look to you, our members to join with us as we learn more about our Historic environment. We hope you will volunteer to work along side the board as we put on our work clothes and dive into projects, the first being the clean-up on May 16.
Our other need of support is of course, financial. We are hoping to have a dollar amount for the work planned in the cemetery this year as well as projected costs for future work. Frank will lay out our immediate and future projects at our first event. So, if you haven’t renewed your membership so far this year, I would ask that you would consider doing that now. The levels of membership are: Student $20, Individual $35, Household $60, Supporter $100, Sponsor $250 and Benefactor $500. Checks may be made to Newburgh Preservation Assoc. and sent to PO Box 206, Newburgh, NY 12551. You can also use the links below to pay online through PayPal.
My goal this year is to send you a quarterly update on our progress and needs and I look forward to seeing you at our work days and events!
In the spring of 2009, the Newburgh Preservation Association considered developing a deeper principals statement that would underlie the work we do in the City and what our organization stands for. The more we considered it, the more we thought the Charter for a New Urbanism, developed in 1995 by the Congress for a New Urbanism (CNU), set out a series of principals that are synchronous with ours. We therefore have adopted it as our Principles Statement. Please read through the Charter and visit www.cnu.org.
Consider joining our organization and become active in our efforts to re-constitute Newburgh as one of the jewels of the Hudson River Valley through preservation of its historic buildings, streets and parks. There is a lot of work to do. The more people who are involved, the faster our work will be completed.
OLD TOWN CEMETERY