In Schenectady, the Union College men’s and women’s hockey team hosted a prom-like evening for teenagers with disabilities. The teens are participants in the Stride Adaptive Sports program. Based in West Sand Lake, the purpose of Stride is to educate and empower individuals with special needs “in life-changing sport and recreation programs to sustain healthy, active and fun lifestyles,” according to its website. The dance, held at the college’s hockey rink, helped the teens build up their social skills and allowed them to interact with their peers in a situation (a high school dance) that many teens find challenging and uncomfortable. For information on Stride, visit https://www.stride.org/.
In Schenectady and Amsterdam, local neighborhood associations, with the help of volunteers and assistance from local government employees, gave their time over the weekend to clean up neighborhoods in their respective communities. Among the groups participating in Schenectady were the Hamilton Hill Neighborhood Association, the Youth Build program of the Social Enterprise and Training Center, the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association, the Eastern Avenue Neighborhood Association and the Bellevue Preservation Association. The city helped with the cleanup by offering manpower, equipment and trash pickup. In Amsterdam, around 140 volunteers participated in two cleanup efforts that focused on cleaning up the Chuctanunda Creek recreational trail. Local businesses supported the events by offering prizes to volunteers and distributing reusable bags, and some local businesses made their employees available to volunteer.
In Albany County, state Department of Transportation employees last week participated in the department’s annual statewide “Trash Blitz” picking up trash along area roads and highways. In our area, DOT workers focused Monday cleaning up discarded trash on the Delmar Bypass in Delmar. On Tuesday, they went to work cleaning up Interstate 790. In addition to picking up trash largely discarded by motorists from their vehicles, the Earth-Day-centered event also drew attention to the perpetual problem of driver littering.
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