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Community 02.28.19

Book Nook Specials

The Book Nook at Transfiguration Parish on Hillview Drive in Speigletown is open on Saturday morning, March 2nd, from 9:00 am until noon.  The March half-priced specials are on the following authors: William Johnstone, Nora Roberts and Susan Wiggs.  History and Biographies/Autobiographies are 10/$1 this month.  Religious, self-help, cookbooks and romance are 6/$1.  We have a great selection of DVDs and they are on special at 3/$2.  Please stop in and see the many new donations that have come in.  Thanks for your continued support and we’ll see you at the Book Nook.


Everett Wager Senior Center March Speaker

The Everett Wager Senior Center at 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, will have a Guest Speaker on Wednesday, March 6th, at 11:00 am.

Peter Goebel, Rensselaer County Veteran Service Agency, will talk about services available for veterans, and will answer any questions residents may have. Please stay for a nutritious lunch following the presentation for a suggested donation of $3.00. Meals are available Monday through Friday to all Rensselaer County residents 60 years and older. Please call 518-279-3413 to be added to the list.


East Greenbush Town Board Meeting 2/20/19

All were unanimously adopted.

22-2019 Approve Meeting Minutes

23-2019 Designating March as Women’s History Month

24-2019 Blood Drive with the American Red Cross at Town Hall August 23, 2019 1:00p-6:00p

25-2019 Renewed Contract with Best-Luther Fire Department for the Best-Luther Fire Protection District

26-2019 Renewed Contract with Best-Luther Fire Department for the Third Avenue Fire Protection District

27-2019 Appoint Scott Roy as a Heavy Equipment Operator in the DPW

28-2019 Receipt of the Annual Audit and Examination of Town Justices for the Year Ending December 31, 2018

29-2019 Authorize 2 employees to Attend the Northern Adirondack Enforcement Officials Association Education Conference

30-2019 Professional Services Agreement with New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal

31-2019 2019 STOP-DWI Enforcement Crackdown Agreement with Rensselaer County

32-2019 Solicit Bids for a Household Hazardous Waste Event

33-2019 Authorizing Grinding of Wood and Brush

34-2019 Public Hearing for Proposed Changes to Sewer Code – March 13, 2019 at 5:45pm

35-2019 Refund of Application Fees

36-2019 Lead Agency for the Covered Bridge Village Planned Development District

37-2019 Lead Agency for the Mabey’s Realty Proposed Storage Warehouse and Retail Buildings Major Site Plan

38-2019 Proposals for Town Designated Engineer Services

39-2019 Funding in the First Instance of 100% of the Federal-Aid Eligible Costs, of a Transportation Federal-Aid Project, and Appropriating Funds

40-2019 Negative Declaration Under SEQRA and Approve a Site Plan for an Expansion of Regeneron’s Parking Garage on the Discovery Drive Campus

41-2019 Appoint Members to the Steering Committee to Update the Town’s Comprehensive Plan

42-2019 Pay Music Licensing Fees to ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)

43-2019 Pay Movie Licensing Fees to Swank Motion Pictures

44-2019 Bids and the Use of GEIS Funds for a Feasibility and Preliminary Design Report and Final Design and Development of Bid Specifications for Upgrades to Pump Stations

45-2019 Proposals for Design, Bid, and Construction Inspection of BRIDGE NY Approved Projects – DPW

46-2019 Awarding the Installation of Lighting at the Town Park

47-2019 Replace and Upgrade Police Sidearms

48-2019 TABLED —

49-2019 Refund of Tax Penalties that were Paid Before Extension to the Real Property Tax Penalty-Free Was Granted

~Submitted by: Bridget Fritz – East Greenbush Council Person


East Greenbush Man Inducted into White Castle’s “Cravers Hall of Fame”

East Greenbush, NY – Robert Matarese began his life as a Craver nearly 60 years ago in Queens Village and quickly learned that the minimum order to be truly satisfied was a sack of 10. After he married and moved away from a Castle, he ingeniously developed a Crave network to continue his ever-important slider access. Today, Matarese frequently uses the White Castle app to alert him of nearby Castles along his routes of travel. He also encouraged his grandson to visit the White Castle USA Luge Slider Search off-season recruitment program, resulting in his selection to the Junior U.S. Olympic Luge team.

Matarese was formally inducted into the Cravers Hall of Fame on Feb. 19 at a special White Castle ceremony in the restaurant chain’s hometown of Columbus, OH. As one of 12 “Cravers” from across the country to be included in the 2018 class, he was recognized for his inventiveness in quenching his slider needs as well as sharing his generations of Cravings with others.

In his submission form, Matarese expressed his excitement for his grandson’s selection to the Junior U.S. Olympic Luge team, saying, “During one of his training sessions, I happened to be sharing my stories and discovered my listener was Mr. Richardson from Ohio, who works for White Castle. His children were also trying out for the USA luge team. It would appear Cravers seem to find each other, even in an Olympic training center at Lake Placid, NY.”

“White Castle has a bold following of Cravers around the world and it’s amazing to hear the funny, creative and heartwarming stories that illustrate how our sliders have impacted their lives,” said Jamie Richardson, vice president at White Castle. “The Cravers Hall of Fame is our way of showing our gratitude for the loyal and dedicated fans who have made our brand what it is today. It celebrates their memorable moments and the amazing ways that White Castle has become a part of their stories.”

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March Upcoming Events at the Rensselaer Senior Center

March 5th – Sign up for the Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond show at Chez Joseph’s, April 25, 2019 (Menu Consists of Caesars Salad, Pot Roast or Stuffed Haddock, Loaded Potato, Mixed Garden Vegetables, Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream, Coffee and Tea). Anthony Edwards of The Edwards twins brings to the stage his art of celebrity impersonation, which is lauded and endorsed by critics, audiences and celebrities. Anthony performs incredibly accurate tributes to these famous artists with live singing, and no gimmicks just plain talent. Call today for reservations 518-463-2166. March 14th – Happy St. Patrick’s Day w/Winchester and Young (Corned Beef Dinner). Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with the Music of Winchester and Young. Never a bad seat for this wonderful day of music and fun. Call today for reservations 518-463-2166.

March 19th – Spring Fever w/ Paul Slusar (Hawaiian Turkey Burger w/Teriyaki). “Tired of being cooped up in your house all winter long?” Then come on down to the Rensselaer senior center for our spring fever party. Call today for reservations 518-463-2166.

Always looking to receive donations of good and gently used clothing and shoes for our corner boutique; all proceeds benefit senior programs.


Rensselaer Senior Center Community Service Volunteers Needed

Looking for Dedicated Seniors to Help With our Community Service Program Every Thursday After Lunch. Making Afghans and Lap Robes for People in Nursing Homes, Stuffed Animals For The Pediatric Departments in hospitals and emergency rooms. Heart Pillows for Heart and Lung Surgery patients. This Is a Very Rewarding Program and we are Needing A Few More Angels to keep this program in place, or if you are homebound and willing to Crochet or knit from home to help us out, then Please Call us if Interested.

We Are Open Monday thru Friday 9am-3pm. We are located in Rensselaer on East and Herrick Streets Call for Further Info., 518-463-2166.


Everett Wager Senior Center Events

March 1 – Transportation Available

9:45 Chair Yoga
11:00 Membership Meeting
12:00 Congregate lunch (Veal Pattie w Peppers/Onions)
1:00 Cards and Games

March 4 – Transportation Available

10:00 Chair Yoga
12:00 Congregate lunch (Potato Crunch Pollock)
1:00 Cards and Games

March 5 – 9:30 Aerobic Swimming

12:00 Congregate lunch (Chicken Patty W gravy)
1:00 Card and Games

March 6 – Transportation Available / Haircuts by Appt

10:00 Chair Yoga
11:00 Guest Speaker – P Goebel with Rens Co Veterans
12:00 Congregate lunch (Crabmeat Salad)
1:00 Cards and Games

March 7 – Reiki By Appt

9:30 Aerobic Swimming
12:00 Congregate lunch (Mac & Cheese)
12:30 Stitching Chicks / Crochet Group
1:00 Card and Games

March 8 – Transportation Available

10:00 Chair Yoga
12:00 Congregate lunch (Cheeseburger)
1:00 Cards and Games

Everett Wager Senior Center (Grafton) • (518) 279-3413



Town of North Greenbush report from Mary Frances Sabo

A lot is going on in North Greenbush.   The L.A.K.E. Association at Snyder’s Lake has alerted the town to an infestation of invasive weeds which threatens our beautiful lake.  I located a Department of Environmental Conservation grant that would fund remediation and treatment.  At its February meeting, the town board authorized the expenditure of Greenspace funds for invasive weed control, as Snyder’s Lake is home to both the town camp and the public beach.  The board also passed a resolution authorizing it to coordinate with the L.A.K.E. Association to submit the DEC grant I found. The February agenda also included a discussion item I introduced on shared driveways and flag lots.  There are currently three residential projects in town under consideration that would contain these features, including one proposed by the town’s full-time building inspector and code enforcement officer.  Flag lots and shared driveways can be considered to be the result of inadequate planning and neighboring municipalities such as East Greenbush have enacted local laws limiting them.  It is time for North Greenbush to take a hard look at the issue. There appeared to be Board consensus that some type of local law regulating the flag lots and/or shared driveways should be studied.  I will be looking to help form a committee to make recommendations on this issue.  Over President’s Day weekend, I was the only North Greenbush Board Member to attend the New York State Association of Town’s annual meeting.  I always enjoy interacting with fellow town officials while learning about the latest in land use regulation, financial controls and good governance from the experts at the association and the conference provided me with a number of ideas to improve the government of North Greenbush. Finally, I will be hosting a follow up meeting on a dog park in town on Tuesday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m. at Bloomingrove Reformed Church, 706 Bloomingrove Drive, Rensselaer.  Hope to see you there!

Mary Frances Sabo,

Councilwoman, Town of North Greenbush


Town of North Greenbush Public Information Meeting

The Town of North Greenbush and its consulting engineering team of Creighton Manning and Laberge Group Engineering will conduct a second public information meeting on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019, at 6:00 pm at the Defreestville Fire Department located at 350 North Greenbush Road (Route 4), Troy, New York to review the proposed final design report and encourage public input for the US Route 4 Corridor intersection construction safety improvements for vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

The Town received funding through the New York State Department of Transportation from the Consolidated Appropriations Act to cover 80% of the project costs. Including the Town share, the budget for this project is $9.829 million to improve traffic and pedestrian safety along the Route 4 Corridor at the intersections of Bloomingrove Drive, Valley View Blvd., Winter Street Extension and Williams/ Glenmore Road, as well as and points between these intersections. Construction is expected to begin later this year.

Interested individuals who are not able to attend on this date may obtain project information, or submit comments, by visiting the project website,, or by writing to: Tony Germano, Comptroller, 2 Douglas Street, Wynantskill, NY 12198 or by email to agermano@northgreenbush. org.



Election Notice

Village of Nassau 2019 Election Candidates

Mayor, for the term of four years. Robert W. Valenty of 41 Elm Street.

Trustee, for the term of four years. Randy M. Howarth of 20 Elm Street.

Trustee, for the term of four years. Tarry A. Breads of 34 Elm Street.

Polling will take place at the Village Hall, 40 Malden Street, Nassau, NY 12123; 12:00pm to 9:00pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Anyone wishing to vote in the March 19, 2019 Village Election must be registered with the County Board of Elections by March 8, 2019.

Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at the Village Clerks Office Monday-Friday 8:00am-12:00pm.

Submitted by,

Melissa Turner-Bulan, Village of Nassau Clerk


Local Students Named to Dean’s List at Univ. of Rochester

Andrew Balogh, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering at the University of Rochester, has been named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement for the fall 2018 semester.

Balogh, a resident of Averill Park, N.Y., is the child of Janice Balogh and George Balogh, and a graduate of Averill Park High School in Averill Park, NY.

Frederick Howard, a first-year student majoring in electrical engineering at the University of Rochester, has been named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement for the fall 2018 semester.

Howard, a resident of East Greenbush, N.Y., is the child of Sarah Howard and Timothy Howard, and a graduate of Columbia High School in East Greenbush, NY.

To be placed on the Dean’s List, a student must have an overall semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.4.


Algonquin Middle School Honor Roll Membership for 2nd Marking Period

It is a pleasure to list the 428 students who qualified for the Algonquin Honor Roll by attaining one of the following standards of scholastic achievement.

Merit Roll — Average of 88-91, with no grade below 70 and no incompletes

Honor Roll — Average of 92-95, with no grade below 70 and no incompletes

High Honor Roll — Average of 96 to 100, with no grade below 70 and no incompletes

Grade 6: High Honor Roll: Lindsay Ago, Kayleigh Ahern, Mason Barber, Pamela Berger, Hailey Bergmann, Reese Bergmann, Brooke Bourgault, Madisyn Bulson, Drew Canaday, Veronica Cardillo, Ella Conlee, Cooper Cox, Theodore Dangler, Carter Dee, Willow Dorr, Kaitlyn Farron, Anna Finnerty, Declan Flanigan, Tayeshawn Frost, Henry Gaylord, Jacob Hanlon, Carly Hunter, Sarah Hurst, Ian Joseph, Abigail Juneau, Isabelle Kieley, Kaylie Koops, Elijah Kreisher, Nicholas Lubas, Hailie Lucier, Sara Ludke, Madelyn Malley, Sydney Meeks, Sophie Miller, Chayce Moak, Joycelynn Momrow, Ayla Morse, Thomas Murray, Jayda Palmer, Madison Passineau, Jacob Phelps, Ciara Pogue, Nicholas Premo, Skylar Quackenbush, Cecilia Rifenburgh, Eleanor Schabses, Piper Smith, Eva Sollohub, Rachael Strickland, Chava Thiell, Cole Thompson, Tucker Whitbeck, Jeremy Wing, Lillian Wohlleber and Bethany Zimmerman.

Grade 6: Honor Roll: Samantha Alberino, Kayden Amadon, Alexis Ames, Nathan Angrisano, Corey Basle, Marissa Bertos, Keirsten Bonner, Kayla Bradley, Khloe Bruce, Jack Charron, Maeve Clements, Lucas Coonradt, Gideon Covert, Cameron Daley, Anthony Damiano, Trinity Demars, Nancy Douaihy, Olivia Durocher, Isaac Erickson, Liam Fitch, McKenzie Gee, Eleanor Grimard, Madison Grusczak, Marguerite Guerrero, Elizabeth Hansen, Sofie Harrington, Angelina Hayes, Matthew Hoff, Jacob Hotaling, Mikayla Isby, Lilly Jacobson, Spencer Kapusta, Grace Kelley, Glendora Kilmer, Paine LaBounty, Lauren Laferriere, Meaghan Leahey, Tanner Lettko, Ayla Locci, Thomas Mahar III, Alexander Matice, Jill McKinney, Sophia Mercier, Nicholas Middleton, Gavin Mitchell, Lilly Molitor,

Kiah Morey, Cody Morrissey, Emma Padalino, Nicholas Paratore, Cameron Parker, Riley Pember, Krishten Petersen, Anthony Polaro, Wyatt Relyea, Aidan Riley, Austin Rouleau, Payton Santacroce, Margaret Schwenke, Jasmine Scribner, Lucca Smith, Luke Smith, Timothy Stallmer, Delaina Stevens, Jenna Stevens, Delaney Swinson, Cloe Tobey, Cameron VanSleet, Arianna Verardi, Owen Wallen, Bailey Walsh and Joshua Whitmore.

Grade 6: Merit Roll:

Jeremy Ali, Connor Ames, Tannis Bonesteel, Michael Broscko, Collin Browe, Sebastian Brown, Bao Bui Nguyen, Sophia Bushey, Tyler Bushey, Logan Collins, Loretta Colton, Tyler Cox, Hayden Dingee, Danielle Fazioli, Karen Foster, Melody Gallerie, Dylan Gilbert, Benjamin Giuliano, Ellie Graham, Olivia Hill, Morgan Holohan, Emma Hotaling, Kaysie Lane, Keegan Lange, Justin LaRose, Jameson Lott, Clara Lownsbury, Justin Matthews Jr., Jaylin McCoy, Sylas McCraw, Mariah Mendez, Talia Moore, Aubrey Multunas, Jack Norton, Luca Ogno, Olivia Overlock, Devan Parker, Makenzie Pettis, Hailey Premo, Gabriel Price, Shawn Ratigan, Vincent Ring, Jasmine Roberts, Mia Rodriguez, Matthew Rumenapp, Mackenzie Sheldrick, Kaleigh South, Carter Sweet, Alexander Swinton, Izabella Wagner, Nathan Webster and Christopher Williams.

Grade 7: High Honor Roll: Cristian Abate, David Allegretta, Zareena Ansari, Sophia Bendetti, Paige Bidwell, Thomas Biette, Laney Brown, Zachary Bumpus, Connor Byers, Christopher Chenette, Kevin Clark, Cecelia Colton, Shannon Colwill, John Culliton, Aiden Dahl, Paula DeAndres, Connor Dee, Mary DeMerchant, Kayla Dette, Christian Ducharme, Taytum Dudley, Violet Dupuis, Jack Evans, Grace Faragon, Ava Ferriero, Ella Fizzuoglio, Caitlyn French, Eleanor Garrison, Lila Gazoorian, Samuel Hart, Cavan Hicks, Hailey Hoen, Madisyn Locci, Leah Lovell, Olivia Maddalone, Mikayla Malenfant, Sophia Meissner, Merrik Nalewjka, Caroline Nero, Raegan O’Brien, Evan O’Connor, Nathan Ortega, Julia Pollock, Carson Roenfeldt, Megan Rounds, Ethan Ruppe, Margaret Scannell, Simone Schwarz-Eise, Polina Shabashova, Hannah Stewart, Kay Tichy, Tatiana Tune, Delphine Williams-Mitchell and Gianna Zatorsky.

Grade 7: Honor Roll:

Brady Ballista, Jack Behan, Isabella Bernstein, Leah Browe, Nicholas Bult, Sophia Carey, Marlee Cooke, Kevin Cooper, Edwin Corbin IV, Tyler Cordero, Sarah Crosby, Morgan Cross, Leo Curley IV, Jace Cusson, Hannah Daly, Julia Davies, Thomas DeCrescenzo, Ian Ferlito, Joseph Finelli, Olivia Gaydushek, Ashley Haner, Grace Hanlon, Taylor Holohan, Jack Hyde, Hannah Jansen, Haylee Jansen, Benjamin Keens, Tahlya Lott, Andrew Loucks, Ruby Mainville-Geerholt, Angela Nailor, Anna Nicholas, Peter Nizinkirck, Jack Nolan, Jessica Olson, David Orologio, Christina Patanian, Alexander Phelan, Charles Ratigan, Griffin Sleicher, Benjamin Stewart, Anna Wicks and Daniel Zelenke.

Grade 7: Merit Roll:

Spencer Agan, Sydney Ainsworth, Aiden Bailey, Rocky Bressette, Nicholas Buono, Brayden Carkner, Ava Coonradt, Matthew Dangler, Eamon DeLair, Emma Doyle, Gianni Elliott, Samuel Fuess, John Galvin, Mary Jane Goff, Kaylin Granger, John Grimmick III, Katie Guyer, Mariah Hughes, Grace Hulihan, Taylor Lake, Clara LaRose, Stephanie Lau, Michelina Lopez, Lily Madison, Kyla Martin, Gianna McCafferty, Ava McCoy, Quinn Medina, Tessa Milks, David Morelli, Romeyn Murray, James Richards, Chloe Rockenstire, Liam Rogers, Anikka Ruschmeyer, Ryann Russo, Thomas Shanahan, Drake Teal-Gamble, Mary Thorburn, Bailey Waters, Paige Weidman and Zolee Wilson.

Grade 8: High Honor Roll: Tessa Adamo, Elizabeth Aiossa, Caroline Antolick, Logan Barsalow, Samuel Bonesteel, Mary Bryant, Hannah Colwill, Jacob Crupi, Mairi Cumming, Emma Deo, Gregory Effman, Aiden Fedorowicz, Matthew Frost, Julie Hale, Emma Hanlon, Rory Iwaneczko, Brendan Kasuba, Bailee Lange, Bailey Leone-Levine, Kimberly Mazzacco, Ashlyn McGarry, Tyler Michaels, Owen Perala, Emily Prest, Louis Reale, Ryan Richter, Ella Roenfeldt, Christian Romer, Lillian Slavin, Jason Strickland and Nicole Wing.

Grade 8: Honor Roll:

Abigail Alberino, Olivia Apfel, Alexander Bendett, Cameran Bennett, Nathan Bergmann, Sydney Bloomfield, Grace Bursey, Luke Cellucci, Cole Davidson, Makayla DeJulio, Matthew DeJulio, Samantha Evanchick, Lucas Ferguson, Nicholas Galuski, Curtis Gorman, Ava Graziano, Alec Hansen, Savannah Hansen, Mary Harmer, Gwendolyn Jamison, Carynne Jewell, Hayden Kiehl, Grace LaLiberte, Marisa Mazzacco, Julia Miorin, Katherine Momrow, Isla Multunas, Clotilde Mussett, Riley O’Brien, Nathan O’Connor, Kadi Palmer, Angelina Polaro, Isabelle Relyea, Karissa Scheeren, Semen Shabashov, Annika Silver, Taylor South,

Payton Stelling, Dylan Sutton, Kara Teal, Nicole Tilley, Bailey Vooris, Emily Wallace, Dane Wiedman and Hunter Willett.

Grade 8: Merit Roll:

Abigail Aponte, Harrison Bourgault, Isabel Brady, Mason Brown, Madison Bulan, Hayley Clark, Brenden Crotty, Maisie Dawson, Bridget Denley, Kathleen Doran, Olivia Dugan, Joshua Durocher, George Fudge III, Kaiden Goddard-Hathaway, Samuel Griswold, Ella Hinman, Dylan Juneau, Tyler Kalinowski, Andrew Keens, Jacob Kellar, Natalea LeFrancois, Isabella Mancino, Anthony Martuscello, Payton McCue, Ava Mieczkowski, Daniel Milanese, Olivia Pascarell, Faith Rescott, Saeryn Sawyer, Angelitta Schroeder, Nathan Stay, Tyler Strock, Wyatt Thorsen and Kaitlyn Willsie.


News from Averill Park CSD

The Averill Park Central School District Board of Education has officially selected Matthew Hladun as its new Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. Mr. Hladun has a long record of working in public education, most recently as the Director of Instructional Technology at Queensbury Union Free School District. We are excited to welcome him into the Averill Park community.

The Poestenkill Elementary K-Kids hosted a community dinner as a way to express their thanks to those who support families during the holidays and throughout the year. Nice job by everyone who contributed!

Students attended a Model Bridge Competition at the Albany Marriott Hotel as part of the annual Capital District Engineering Week. Groups of four constructed model bridges of their own design and were judged by a panel. Our students showed great ingenuity!

As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – You can also follow AP on Facebook and Twitter.

~Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent


St. Lawrence University Students Named to Dean’s List

CANTON, NY — The following students have been selected for inclusion on the Dean’s List for academic achievement during the Fall 2018 semester at St. Lawrence University.

Zachary E. Larkin of West Sand Lake. Larkin is a member of the Class of 2021. Larkin attended Averill Park High School.

Stephanie A. Merwin of Hoosick Falls. Merwin is a member of the Class of 2022. Merwin attended Hoosick Falls Central School.

Michael T. Rienzo of Troy. Rienzo is a member of the Class of 2022. Rienzo attended Troy High School.

Cameran F. Schwarz of West Sand Lake. Schwarz is a member of the Class of 2021. Schwarz attended Averill Park High School.

Jacob L. Snyder of Sand Lake. Snyder is a member of the Class of 2022. Snyder attended Averill Park High School.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must have completed at least four courses and have an academic average of 3.6 based on a 4.0 scale for the semester.


Bentley University Names Local Student to Dean’s List for Fall 2018 Semester

Waltham, MA – Bentley University President, Alison Davis-Blake, along with Dean of Business, Donna Maria Blancero, and Dean of Arts and Sciences, Rick Oches, recently announced the names of local residents who were honored for their outstanding academic achievement in the Fall 2018 semester.

The following resident was recognized by being named to the Dean’s List:

Brandon Matthew Ostiguy of East Greenbush, NY.

To be named to the Dean’s List, a full-time student must have a grade point average of 3.3 or higher with no course grade below 2.0 during the term.


Red Cross: Severe shortage of type O blood

The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors – as well as eligible blood and platelets donors of all blood types – to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn’t impacted this winter.

Type O blood is the most in-demand blood type, helping patients facing life-threatening conditions and emergencies every day. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what emergency room personnel reach for when there’s no time to determine a patient’s blood type. Type O positive blood is also especially needed because it is the most transfused blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients of any blood type.

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Recent snowstorms and severe weather in many parts of the country have forced hundreds of blood drive cancellations, causing more than 20,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

Individuals of all blood types – especially type O – are asked to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

HBO and Red Cross invite Game of Thrones fans to Bleed #ForTheThrone

To celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones, HBO and the Red Cross have partnered to ask fans and blood donors to Bleed #ForTheThrone this March. This is the largest blood donation promotional effort by an entertainment company in Red Cross history – with six days of coordinated giving March 7-12 from fans and blood donors at blood drives in 43 states across the U.S., including an immersive blood drive experience at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

As part of the partnership, fans who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through March 17 will automatically be entered for a chance to win one of five trips to the season 8 world premiere of Game of Thrones. The trip includes travel for two, up to two nights hotel accommodations and a $250 gift card for expenses. Terms and conditions apply and are available at*

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