In Schenectady, the Schenectady Inner City Ministry is helping to provide food to the city’s estimated 8,000 food-insecure school-aged children. The program served nearly 65,000 meals last summer, and this year it hopes to reach 80,000. In addition to food, the program provides activities for students to take part in. No registration is required and it is open to anyone under 18.
In Saratoga Springs, all 22 businesses that were the subject of a Saratoga Springs police underage drinking sting operation passed with flying colors. All 22 businesses refused to sell alcohol to underage customers who were part of the police operation. “These businesses should be commended for their diligence in preventing the sale of alcohol to minors,” police said in a news release.
In Saratoga Springs, the New York state police and state park police announced a new initiative to encourage state park patrons to buckle up in the park. Buckle up New York in the Parks is meant to combat a trend of park goers entering the park without proper restraints, especially with younger children. “New York is blessed with one of the best park systems in the country and now we have to work to make sure they are also the safest,” said Deputy DMV Commissioner Terri Egan.
In Guilderland, the Christ Child Society of the Albany Diocese will be working with Northeastern Fine Jewelry to raise money for newborns in need. On July 16 from 6-8 p.m. in the St. Madeleine Sophie Church Meeting Room, Northeastern Fine Jewelry will offer cash for unwanted or mismatched jewelry. The child society will receive a percentage of what the jeweler pays. Every year, the society puts together over 500 packages of linens and clothes for newborns in need throughout the community.
In Schenectady, the city’s code department is helping the city go green. Using funds allocated to the city by the state Department of Transportation, the code department will be purchasing two Chevrolet Volt hybrids and installing two electric charging stations in the parking lot of Pinhead Susan’s on Broadway. City Engineer Chris Wallin said the funding the city received was primarily to promote alternative fuel sources. The city hopes to add new charging stations based on demand.
High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the many good works being done by individuals and organizations in our communities. If you have a suggestion for High Notes, please send it to Joseph Tingley at [email protected]