Scout to restore historic cemetery

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

MONSEY—New Hope Christian Church’s cemetery, at Saddle Brook Road and Maple Avenue, dates to the early 1800s, and many original settlers of Rockland County, including nine war veterans, are buried there.

The cemetery, however, has become overgrown with weeds, and headstones lie in pieces apart from their graves.

The Monsey Lions Club has made efforts toward maintaining the cemetery grounds since 1970, but construction of a temple on property adjacent to it caused a substantial amount of damage to the grounds, said Jeffrey Negrin, 48, of Spring Valley.

Negrin’s son, Brian, 20, has dedicated his Eagle Scout service project to restoring the cemetery.

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