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High Notes: Nov. 23, 2015

High Notes: Nov. 23, 2015

Spotlighting the good being done in our communities

In Schenectady, the Woodlawn Park Redevelopment Committee sponsored a Community Build Day to install new playground equipment. The playground includes slides, swings, climbing walls, ladybug spring riders, climbing bars and a spiderweb climb. Working in conjunction with the city of Schenectady and various business partners to cover the cost of the equipment, members of the community, city political representatives and Union College volunteers worked to complete the playground and substrate. The committee is led by Spero Zoulas. Pictures and other information can be found at the committee's Facebook page: Woodlawn ParkSNY.

In Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Senior Center's 60th Diamond Anniversary Gala raised $60,000 for the Community Connections Program, which matches senior citizens in need with volunteers in the community. The gala was held at the Canfield Casino. Honorary Chairperson Stone Phillips helped raise awareness about the needs of seniors and honored three individuals for their "selfless contributions" to the community: Robert DeSio, Joe Almeida and Sheila O'Connell. Founded in 1955, the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga empowers seniors to achieve personal independence and well-being through programs and support services.

In Wilton, Angie Rybak of Rexford for the past six years has taken on the task of having cookies and baked goods made in order to ship them to U.S. military personnel serving overseas. Operation Adopt a Soldier picks up the baked goods and ships them to the soldiers. Rybak also contributes money to the organization to help pay for the shipping costs. Soldiers have written to tell her how much they appreciate the work she does. Operation Adopt a Soldier, based in Wilton, provides care packages and other services, and sponsors fundraising and volunteer events throughout the year. For information, visit operationadoptasoldier.org.

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 Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected]

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