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Spotlighting the good being done in our communities

In Clifton Park, the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant off Route 146 is donating 10 percent of its total in-restaurant sales on Wednesday evening to help the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady fund its sports activities. The event, from 4 to 6 p.m., will feature a Clifton Park fire truck, dunking booth and games, and visitors will have an opportunity to both enjoy the activities and make a donation to the club. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady serves more than 12,000 kids each year in Schenectady at 20 sites around the area. Visit the clubs' website at www.bgcschenectady.org.

In Schenectady, Proctors hosted a singing event to help raise money for court-appointed special advocates for children. These advocates represent abused and neglected children in Family Court in the counties of Schenectady, Albany and Rensselaer. The CASA program also trains and supports volunteers who advocate for a safe and permanent home for every child in the welfare system. The Capital Region Singing Competition, held March 31, featured talented teenagers and young adults showing off their skills for a good cause.

In Schenectady, a $1 million grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge is helping shine the light — literally — on the problem of distressed and vacant homes in the area. Several Schenectady, Troy and Albany homes will soon be lit up as part of the Breathing Lights project. Starting in the fall, several blighted homes in the three cities will be outfitted with pulsating LED lights to give them the appearance that they’re “ breathing.” Festivities will be held in October and November to celebrate the program, and community arts projects and workshops will be funded to complement the effort.

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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