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January 16th, 2013

NFA Varsity Crew Team joins Kids Bowling Party

Samantha Santiago and Rebecca Levinstein show off the NFA Varsity Crew Team logos painted on their faces. The team will take part in the upcoming Kids Bowling Party. Photo: Sylvia Santiago

NEWBURGH - The NFA Varsity Crew Team is getting together a bowling team for the "Kids Bowling Party," to benefit the Newburgh Jewish Community Center, on Monday January 21, 2013 (Martin Luther King Day), from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Pat Tarsio Lanes, 173 South Plank Road, Newburgh.

"This is just one more way for the Crew Team to give back to the community that has so generously come out and supported us," said Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo. "Through the donations of the Newburgh community, we have kept our team alive, and we will support as many Newburgh community groups as we can, particularly where the focus is on children."

While this is a "Kids Bowling Party", all ages are welcome, said Sharon Levinstein, who is helping with the event and also had two children on the 2012 NFA Varsity Crew Team, Michael and Aliya Levinstein. One more sibling, Rebecca Levinstein, a member of the Newburgh Rowing Club, is hoping to follow in the family tradition by trying out for the NFA Crew Team this spring. Said Levinstein, "I have been attending JCC programs since I was three years old. I encourage all to attend this wonderful event. It’s a great way to spend a day off from school with fun, food, and friends. You can’t get much better than that."

"Being a member of the Newburgh Rowing Club and being a Girl Scout from New Windsor Troop 291, I think it’s important help community organizations when they are in need," said Samantha Santiago, an 8th-grader at Heritage Middle School, who will be joining the Bowling Party. "It’s also great to help a friend and fellow rower."

"All ages are welcome, and the fee is $10.00 per bowler, which includes bowling shoes and lunch," said Debbie Lovitch Sanford, Executive Director of the Newburgh Jewish Community Center. "The Newburgh JCC provides recreational, educational & cultural programs to the entire community."

For more information on the Newburgh JCC go to or call Debbie Sanford at 561-6602. Reservations for the bowling party are requested, call 561-6602.

The NFA Varsity Crew Team is the only 100% community-funded varsity team at NFA. For more information about the NFA Varsity Crew Team, contact Head Coach Ed Kennedy at (845) 541-2313 or Team Mom Juliana LoBiondo at

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