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2/2/2017 9:00:00 AM
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Have you heard?
For the ninth year, the National Grid Foundation presented a grant Feb. 3 to Catholic Charities' Emergency Energy Assistance Fund (EEAF) to help meet requests for emergency assistance during the winter-spring months. People who received assistance in the past were on hand. The grant will help more than 500 households in 14 upstate New York counties.

"Winter is one of the hardest times of year for many residents in the Greater Capital Region," noted Catholic Charities. "High heating bills can push a stretched budget over the brink. Catholic Charities is out there every day trying to assist with all types of hardships. The EEAF helps many people in need pay their energy bills, and this grant will help even more Greater Capital Region families get through an unpredictable winter"....

DAVE STAGLIANO, diocesan associate director of campus ministry and youth ministry, has been named vice president of the board of the ecumenical Capital Area Council of Churches. Also, the CACC's allocations from the annual CROP Walk amounted to a quarter of the nearly $87,000 netted in the fundraiser for the hungry locally and beyond; the 2017 walk will be on May 17.

The Capital Area Council of Churches sponsored the annual Martin Luther King celebration Jan. 15 at Congregation Beth Emeth in Albany. A free-will offering benefits the CACC's REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. scholarship program to help students go to college. For information, call (518) 462-5450....

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries is assuming responsibility for St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Schenectady. The office at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Niskayuna will manage the cemetery, which was previously overseen by St. Joseph's parish in Schenectady.

The Cemeteries Office has also redesigned its website, www.CapitalDistrictCemeteries.org....

Sacred Heart parish in Stamford announced the "Leatherstocking Catholic essay contest." Students in grades eight-12 in Delaware, Schoharie and Otsego Counties are asked to write about "the responsibility of a Catholic in a free society." Prizes are $250, $500 and $1,000. The deadline is July 1. See www.sacredheartstamford.org or contact sheartchurch@stny.rr.com or (607) 652-7170, ext. 102....

JULIE A. ECKHARDT, a freshman at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., has been named to the dean's list for her first semester. She attends Mater Christi parish in Albany....

The College of Saint Rose in Albany has appointed DR. SHAI BUTLER of Schenectady as vice president for student success and engagement. She will work to improve the college's retention and graduation rates as set forth in its strategic plan; she'll also continue as the college's chief diversity officer, a position she has held since 2007, for which she works on strategic plans for diversity, develops education and training programs and works with college administrators to develop initiatives to increase recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students of historically underrepresented groups.

During Saint Rose's week of events for MARTIN LUTHER KING Day, students, staff, faculty and administrators were invited to stop to sign words of inspiration, including "hope," "love" and "equality," and describe what racial healing means to them.

Saint Rose and Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson have a new agreement enabling Columbia-Greene students who earn an associate degree in childhood education to transfer to Saint Rose's bachelor of science in special education/ childhood education programs in biology, English, mathematics or social studies. For more information, see www.strose.edu/transfer or contact (518) 454-5150 or hoganr@strose.edu....

When JOANNE MORRILL of East Greenbush saw a report on the news about stolen Christmas gifts from Victory Christian Church that were intended for students at St. Catherine's Center for Children in Albany, the owner of Nonna Cakes cake decorating business made a cake and donated it to the Byron House residential facility....

JOHN MCGLARRY, a Catho­lic alumnus of SUNY Fredonia and a first-generation Irish-American who's a native of the Albany Diocese, has published his first book, "The Leaving." It's a historical romance that follows the life of an 1840s man leaving famine-stricken Ireland for New York City. It's available on amazon.com....

MARY JANE SMITH, co-founder of Unity House of Troy and past head of the social services organization, recently passed away at the age of 88. The Saratoga Springs native, along with two Franciscan friars, founded Unity House in 1971 to help Troy residents in need....

Sixth-grader ANDREW BULALO of St. Ambrose parish in Latham won the school's spelling bee, which meant he'd represent St. Ambrose at the regional spelling bee at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady Feb. 2.

St. Ambrose is having a "family gala" Feb. 4 at the Colonie Elks Club for parents and children. The parish is also saying goodbye to pastor REV. ANTHONY BARRATT, who has become diocesan director of the Office of Prayer and Worship....

Siena College in Loudonville and Albany Medical College announced the winners of their Biomedical Business Plan competition. Five promising biotech startup companies got prizes totaling $25,000 and in-kind services based on business plans for innovative ventures. The award-winning companies are OrthoGraft, developing biomaterials that stimulate the regeneration of bone for patients with bone defects in the spine, extremities and pelvis; Praxis Biotechnology Inc., which develops drug treatment to reduce skin inflammation associated with rosacea; RiboDynamics LLC, whose software creates unique signature profiles of organisms and has the potential to more rapidly and efficiently detect bacterial infection and contamination than any existing diagnostic tools; DEBORAH M. BUSCH, who has developed a novel solution for ostomies; and VINCENT ARENA of Sanguine Diagnostics, which is developing a low-cost paper device to diagnose a range of diseases and determine a patient's blood type. The "BACC Academy" was launched in September with a 13-week program at Siena on business skills, leadership, management and biomedical issues.

Siena has a new associate director of marketing and communications, KELLY O'DONNELL. He's also an adjunct instructor on reporting and broadcasting, having worked in the field previously as assistant sports director at TV station WRGB-CBS 6 in Albany.





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