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UnityFest offered as alternative to gangs

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NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Newburgh has taken another step towards cleaning up the city's image. Community members gathered to announce UnityFest, which will be held August 7th at Delano-Hitch stadium.

Many local ministries will participate in the proposed multi-denominational worship service and celebration. UnityFest is designed primarily as a community gathering with a focusing on encouraging positive alternatives to Newburgh's sagging city reputation.

"We've been too silent in this city. It's a shame that we have more churches than actual gang organizations, but the gang organizations have made more of a statement and have had more of an impact on the community. So it's about time that the church steps up and comes out we make the bigger statement, we be the bigger institution that brings forth discipline and change to the city," said Marcus Gill of Marcus Gill Ministries.

UnityFest is an answer to Mayor Nick Valentine's call to initiate positive change in response to the recent slate of gang violence that has plagued the city.

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