The fire committee has been busy since being appointed at a joint meeting of the Session and Trustees on Sunday, March 8. The committee met yesterday evening to coordinate efforts over the past week. Here is an update on what has been happening.
A temporary security system was donated and installed by Safe and Sound , New Windsor, NY to help secure the building until our usual security company, CDR Security can repair and update our existing security system. Once that is done, Safe and Sound is going to donate a security camera system. Thanks so much to Dan from Safe and Sound. We still have an armed guard protecting the church at night and bright lights have been added to illuminate the building (check it out, the church looks beautiful at night).
A list of other donations received to date has been added to the website and will be updated as monies, service and goods are received. Check it out here. Most importantly we are grateful to the Newburgh Fire Department and all of the firefighters from Castle Point, Cronomer Valley, West Point, Stewart Air National Guard and Beacon for responding so quickly, confining the fire to the fellowship hall and putting the fire out before more damage was done.
The cause of the fire is still not clear but the claims adjuster from Travelers Insurance has given approval to start work in the building. Belfor Property Restoration has been retained to work with the insurance company, doing the clean up of the church and fellowship hall. Even though the fire confined to the main room of fellowship hall, the entire structure suffered smoke damage from the highest peak of the ceiling in the sanctuary to the basement in fellowship hall – and there is water damage too. Electrical power has been returned to part of fellowship hall which will allow clean up to start. Temporary lighting has been installed.
Our phone system suffered damage and Peter S is meeting with Verizon today to try to get it back up and functioning. Upon completion of the repairs, the church phone number will forwarded to Helen “F who is continuing to work from home until temporary office space can be set up at 120 South Street.
This morning, Sue Y, Roy P and Carol L will be working to peel back the layers of the stained glass window on the stage. Next week members of the fire committee will meet with Lamb Stained Glass Studios to look at this damaged window and examine the rose window (the Mary and Martha window above the pulpit area) to see what damage may have been done to it. They will provide the necessary appraisals for the insurance company with a quote for cleaning of all of the stained glass windows in the sanctuary of smoke damage. We will also be provided an appraisal of all of the windows to document the value of them for future reference.
Also next week. the committee will be meeting with someone to help start the inventory of the lost and damaged contents and with Odell to access the damaged pianos, the organ and the handbells. We already have a proposal from Foley-Baker Organ Restoration for cleaning and repair of the organ and will be getting one from Schulmerich Handbells for our handbell cases.
We have a long road ahead but as you can see we are moving forward. As John C said at the joint meeting, “How do you eat and elephant? One bite at a time.” and we working bite by bite,
This page is to acknowledge donations of money and services received by Calvary in assistance for our fire damage. If I have missed anyone please accept my apologies and send me a note through the contact page of this website. These are listed in no special order. We are truly blessed by our community and send warmest thank yous to those listed below as well as the many others who are donating their time and talents.
First and most importantly thank you to the Newburgh Fire Department and all of the firefighters from Castle Point, Cronomer Valley, West Point, Stewart Air National Guard and Beacon for responding so quickly, confining the fire to the fellowship hall and putting the fire out before more damage was done.
Margaret K, Allison B, Susan S. Anne V, Emily B, Katrina Z, Ericka N, Peter & Eileen L, Friendship Baptist Church, Anonymous
Dan Mahoney and Safe and Sound
Donation of security system and installation for use as we rebuild
Alice B – Donation of replacement handbell notebooks
Steve & Debra O – Offer of baby grand piano
Union Presbyterian Church – usage of handbells and bell room allowing our bell choir to continue rehearsals and for usage of building for committee meetings.
Best Temple Church of God In Christ – hosting our Sunday morning services and Wednesday Bible study in their church
Iglesia Adventista del Séptimo Día, Hispana de Newburgh – for hosting our meetings
These videos and photos were provided by Dawn Roth and were taken while the fire department was fighting the fire. Warning these can be disturbing.
Nice work, Dawn, thank you for sharing these videos and photos.
Thanks to Jim F.. Kate, John, Carter and Jack C. Calvary is flooded in lights. It’s a beautiful thing. These lights will be on all night, every night until we get our alarm system back up and running. Thanks folks for a job well done. (and if you are concerned, this is covered under our insurance) Check out the pics (click thumbnail to see larger images).
We have received a donation of a baby grand piano for our fellowship hall. The donor will store it until we are ready to receive it. Roy P. has volunteered Norman Brothers Moving to move it in for us when that time comes.
Break-in Thwarted! Last night, some men broke into the fellowship hall building, They removed some items from the upstairs and broke the lock on the office door (the new one that was just installed by Jim F.!) They had taken a few items outside when they were discovered by Damion D. who managed to chase them off and call the police. We have hired an armed security guard who will be present from now on every night. Lighting is being installed to illuminate the building at night also.
Our community connections continue to help us out. The security guard lives in a house complete by Habitat for Humanity at which Jim F. was involved in. This gentleman would have been in fellowship hall on many occasions including coffee breaks while working on the hours, presenting projects and for graduation in the program.