HIGH NOTES: Park rehab, Scout food drive, turkey distribution

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In Schenectady, resident Tyrell Outlaw, his children, a group of dedicated residents, the Schenectady Foundation and others recently combined efforts to rehabilitate a small city park that had become neglected and overgrown. Outlaw noticed the park near his home was in need of repairs in 2019. But efforts only recently ramped up. The Foundation provided $62,000 through its Thriving Neighborhoods Challenge Program that was used to repave the old basketball court and provide fencing and landscaping. Volunteers from the SEAT Center and Schenectady ARC worked on the park, now renamed Jaylen’s Park, local landscape architect Mary Moore Wallinger helped with the park’s design, ReTree Schenectady donated trees, artist Kymberli Gaillard painted murals and the city provided playground mulch. They hope to add a hopscotch and foursquare court next year. For more information on the Schenectady Foundation, visit https://www.schenectadyfoundation.org/.

In Scotia, Boy Scout Pack and Troop 3062 have collected more than 2,850 food items as part of its annual food drive, Scouting For Food. On Nov. 6, the Scouts went around Scotia and put flyers on doors asking people to put out food for the hungry the following Saturday. Then on Nov. 13, they we went around and picked up food that our neighbors put out for the food drive. All donations collected went to Concerned for the Hungry’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. For more information on Concerned for the Hungry and to make a donation, visit: http://www.concernedforthehungry.org/.

In Albany, Tully Rinckey PLLC and Price Chopper/Market 32 distributed 250 free turkeys to Capital Region active duty and retired military personnel during last week’s 12th annual “Turkeys for Veterans” initiative at the Price Chopper parking lot in Colonie. The firm donated 12 turkeys to the Albany Housing Coalition, whose effort is to end veteran homelessness in the Capital Region. Officials from Tully Rinckey hand-delivered approximately 3,500 pounds of turkey to military personnel and veterans. To ensure safety during the COVID pandemic, turkeys were distributed via a drive-through process, whereby veterans pulled up to the distribution area in their car and had their turkeys loaded by a Tully Rinckey volunteer. Since 2009, the “Turkeys for Veterans” initiative has provided the Thanksgiving centerpiece for the families of more than 1,700 active duty and retired military personnel in the greater Capital Region.

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