Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Newburgh Town Board Honors Young Man for Becoming Eagle Scout by Improving Park

The Newburgh Town Board recently honored a young man for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout by volunteering to make improvements to a town park.

Joseph Dubaldi was recognized during an Eagle Scout ceremony at the Cronomer Valley Fire Department on North Plank Road. The Eagle Scout Award is scouting’s highest honor and is only eligible Boy Scouts achieve this rank.

Dubaldi built a gaga ball pit at the Town of Newburgh’s Chadwick Lake Park for his Eagle Scout Service Project. A gaga ball pit is a variant of dodgeball, but instead of running around and throwing balls at the face and head, this limits the impact. Players slap or hit the ball, aiming to hit other players at or below the knees. Those who are hit are out. The last player in the pit is the winner. The game is relatively inclusive since kids not need to be able to run fast.

Chadwick Lake’s newest attraction will allow children to play together, stay active, and have fun, Town of Newburgh officials stated.

Town of Newburgh Supervisor Gil Piaquadio, Town Councilwoman Elizabeth Greene, and
Commissioner of Parks, Recreation, & Conservation James Presutti presented a Certificate of
Achievement to Dubaldi for his outstanding achievement. Dubaldi celebrated
his accomplishment surrounded by fellow scouts and supporting family and friends.

“Congratulations Joseph and thank you for enhancing our community,” Piaquadio stated.

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