New Windsor Community Day Pays Tribute to a Life Lost too Soon

2013 New Windsor Community Day was a full fun-filled action-packed and highly entertaining day spent at the Mt Airy Sport Complex.

Fun on the zipline

Amenities at the New Windsor grounds include  Four Softball/Baseball Fields (two of which are fully lit), Three Soccer Fields (all are fully lit), One Football/Multipurpose field (fully lit), Two Playgrounds, Pavilion with full service concession stand and Two separate rest room facilities. The park is run by New Windsor's recreation department and more specifically Matt Veronese. 

I got to talk with Matt briefly and pull him away from a full-schedule of events on Saturday including zip lines, mechanical bull riding and New Windsor's talent singing contest 'Idol' on the main stage. The day was capped up with a beautiful firework display at 8:30pm but a shadow hung over Matt despite this impressive sequence of events and a successful community day featuring many community vendors and a great turn out from the public. 

"Who is Kristi Babcock," I asked Veronese? The young woman being honored at the 2013 New Windsor Community Day was a member of New Windsor's recreation department for 12 years. She worked with Matt over the last 7. Last week a terrible incident changed everything. Kristi's life tragically ended when a gun went off accidentally. Veronese called Kristi "irreplaceable", adding, "Three people wouldn't be able to replace her." 

Kristi was well known for her warm smile and her ability to make every day more enjoyable even at work. All of her peers nodded solemnly at the thought. 

Tim Urban (7th place finalist on the 9th season of American Idol) was the headlining performer at New Windsor Community Day. He dedicated a song to Kristi and honored her memory. 

Tears for Hallelujah by Tim Urban

Tim wrote the piece in response to the Boston Marathon bombing. His voice was crisp, playing sweetly in the light August breeze. Blue sky background masked the sadness of New Windsor recreation department who struggled to enjoy the day without Kristi, - a day she worked tirelessly to help plan. 

So many people turned out to share in the celebration of their community and blue skies were prominent. In a way it was a gift, a day for summer breakers to have one last 'horah' and parents to stroll in the sun. Local non-profits and small businesses as well as corporate partners turned out to show support for New Windsor's Community Day and share their wares. 

Big Brothers and BIg Sisters was there, sharing information about their new drop-off location near 5 corners. Yan told me they are always looking for mentors. 

Verizon Wireless Zone came with a high striker carnival game and challenged the strongest and the best to ring the bell. They were sharing a tent with Hudson Valley Honor Flight volunteers.

The next Hudson Valley Honor Flight trip is scheduled for September 21st.

Our community is full of hard working, ambitious people who give back at every turn. I love running into them at events like this one. Special thanks to New Windsor recreation and friends and family of Kristi Babcock who allowed for an event in her honor. She was truly a behind-the-scenes wonder in our community and a dedicated member of the New Windsor recreation and we will remember her. 

New Windsor's volunteer EMS