Rock for Abilities Concert!

Flame, Lexington’s world-renowned rock band, will perform a concert for the community on March 16, 2018 at Lexington’s Gloversville facility, 127 East State Street, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The concert is open the public.

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Flame will present the concert as Lexington celebrates National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Flame performs around the state and country and last year were the headliners of a concert celebrating abilities in Carpi, Italy, in northern Tuscany. The band performs more than 75 concerts a year, traveling on a specially designed motor coach that has racked up several hundred thousand miles and is due for replacement. Having produced six albums featuring their own music and cover pieces, the band of talented musicians is dedicated to sharing their music and helping people see that everyone has both abilities and disabilities. Celebrating abilities is what motivates the band and makes them sought after as performers.

Lexington celebrates National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to showcase not only Flame, but the success of many men, women and children with different abilities. Lexington is very proud of the accomplishments of the many individuals whose success in daily life, work, volunteerism, school and college work, and raising families shows how capable they truly are. Flame’s concert is part of this month-long celebration highlighting all that the men and women supported by Lexington do to give back to their community.

Tickets for the community concert cost $5 each and are available at Lexington’s Johnstown location, 465 N. Perry Street; Lexington’s Gloversville location, 127 E. State Street; Lexington’s Oppenheim location, 405 County Highway 114, St. Johnsville; the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2 N. Main Street, Gloversville; and Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, 20 N. Main Street, Gloversville. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event. Audience members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate in exchange for the chance to win a door prize. All donated non-perishable food items will benefit local food pantries. Lexington participates in fundraising and food collection throughout the year to benefit a variety of community agencies. Proceeds from this concert will go to the fund to purchase a new Flame tour bus.

In addition to the concert, Lexington is sponsoring a poster contest to help raise public awareness for the importance of equality in our society. Students at Fulton County elementary, middle and high schools are welcome to submit art that celebrates equality and differing abilities. This year’s theme is “Together We Have No Limits.” Entries will be judged and top winners chosen from each age group. Winners will receive two free tickets to the Rock for Abilities Concert, where they will be publicly recognized, receive a gift basket and get the opportunity to meet the members of Flame. Top posters will be on display at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts in the Flame recording studio until April 25. In addition, the school with most entries will win a free Flame concert. For information about the contest and how to enter, contact Lynette May at (518) 661-9932 or MayL@lexcenter.org. Entries are due by March 8.

Creative Expressions Artists Selected to Exhibit in Arkell Juried Show

Local artists Richard Freeman and Francis Dempsey were selected into the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library’s 2017 The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show. Freeman is exhibiting “Silver Dollars,” a mixed media piece, and Dempsey is exhibiting “Cosmic Pool,” an acrylic and silicone painting.

 Francis Demsey and Richard Freeman

Francis Demsey and Richard Freeman

Both artists have honed their skills through classes at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts and the Creative Expressions program at Lexington, a chapter of The Arc New York, through which they have already participated in many other local exhibitions, won awards and sold their art. The Nigra Arts Center is an organization that hosts art exhibitions, special events, concerts, programming for children and classes in every type of art media. Lexington founded the center in 2015 to help bring the community together and support people to achieve success and fulfillment through the arts.

Each year, artists living in New York State are invited to submit entries to The Art of New York: Annual Juried Art Show hosted by the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library. The show is open to artists working in any media. The 2017 show, juried by Ann Larsen, artist, teacher and past president of American Women Artists, will be on exhibit from November 3rd, 2017 through January 3rd, 2018 in the Regional Art Galleries. The Art of New York exhibit features work from artists from across New York. It will be on display through January 3 at the Arkell Museum and the Canajoharie Library at 2 Erie Boulevard, Canajoharie, NY. For more information, visit www.arkellmuseum.org or call (518) 673-2314.

FLAME TO PERFORM AT LIVE AID PUERTO RICO FUNDRAISER

Flame, a ten-piece band comprised entirely of musicians who happen to have disabilities, will join four other community bands to perform at a radiothon to benefit hurricane victims in Puerto Rico on Thursday, November 30. Flame formed in Gloversville in 2003 at a talent show put on by Lexington, a chapter of The Arc New York.

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This concert is part of the LIVE-AID: Fulmont for Puerto Rico Taste of the Mohawk Valley and Hurricane Relief Concert at Amsterdam High School, 140 Saratoga Avenue, Amsterdam, NY. Since the community has many direct connections to the areas of Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria, this event is bringing together local businesses, organizations and acts to collect much-needed donations and supplies to assist the relief effort. The evening of food, fun, silent auctions, raffles and live music begins at 5 p.m. with Taste of the Mohawk Valley, a family-friendly event that showcases the food of the region. A variety of vendors will present samples of a wide variety of food favorites.

The Hurricane Relief Concert begins at 7 p.m. In addition to Flame, other artists to take the stage include Skeeter Creek, Bronte Roman, Louie and Lisa Velez, and MedRock. Together, they are all preparing an evening of music filled with heart, soul and everything they can give to help and heal.

Tickets to the event cost $15-$25 and may be purchased at www.liveaid.eventbrite.com

Flame has a repertoire of more than 100 classic rock, pop, country and blues songs from the past 50 years as well as some original tracks. In the past 14 years, they have produced six albums and a single. They tour the northeastern United States in a custom bus and play more than 70 shows per year. Some of the biggest venues they have played include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the House of Blues in Cleveland, New York City’s Apollo Theater, Harvard Law School, the Greek Ministry of Education building in Athens, Greece, the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho, and the 19th International Festival of Different Abilities in Carpi, Italy. Flame has received press from Good Morning America, People magazine, Metroland magazine and the Daily Mainichi News in Tokyo, Japan. 

Northville Library Art Show to Feature Lexington and Transitions Artists

Artists from Lexington’s Creative Expressions program and the Transitions program will be featured in a Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (SVAN) art show at the Northville Library Gallery, located at 341 S. Third Street, Northville. The show will run from October 31 to December 28, 2017. The public is welcome to attend a Meet the Artists reception on Tuesday, November 14, from 6-8 p.m.

The show features collaborative splatter paintings based on the work of Jackson Pollock, a 20th century American painter who helped pioneer the abstract expressionism movement of spontaneous, emotional, abstracted art. The Transitions students were inspired to research and study the movement and Pollock’s technique after a docent-led tour of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, where they saw original pieces by Pollock and many of his peers.

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The artists who collaborated on the Creative Expressions piece include Bobby Carr, Richard Freeman, Dennis Hoyer, Caroline Pendlebury, Adrienne Phillips, Thelma Senecal, Taylor Skinner, Debbie Woodruff and Mikyle Woodward. The artists who collaborated on the Transitions piece include Zen Anderson, Lacy Brower, Maria Bucholtz, Greg Clicquennoi, Josh Corbett, Olivia Esposito, Joe Magliocca, Eric Noonan, Noah Pappas, Maggie Roarke, Marybeth Sefcovic, Bethany Sweet and Kristen Troy. 

The Northville Library Gallery is open to the public Monday, Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon; Tuesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is free of admission. Visitwww.svanarts.org or call the gallery at (518) 863-6922 for more information about this show.

Lexington’s Creative Expressions program is committed to creating inspired living through the arts. The program promotes independence and choice through outcome-based programs and involvement in the community. Goals focus on social activity, creativity, talent, choice, exercise, self-worth, skill-building, and health and wellness awareness. Creative Expressions artists have participated in many local exhibitions, won several prestigious awards and sold more than 100 pieces of art. For more information about Creative Expressions, call Lexington at (518) 773-7931 or visit www.lexingtoncenter.org

Transitions is an apprenticeship program that supports young adults with learning differences ages 18-27 as they attend college, get their first jobs and live independently for the first time. Its innovative curriculum covers social skills, health and wellness, independent life, self-management, and self-advocacy and leadership. The program also offers career success and exploration classes, coordinates internships in local businesses and provides job coaching and mentorship opportunities. For more information about this unique program, visit www.transitionsusa.org or call (518) 775-5384.

Lexington SELF-Advocates Meet Senator Charles Schumer!

On Wednesday, March 30, several staff and Lexington Self-Advocates traveled to the Wildwood School in Schenectady for a press conference where United States Senator Charles Schumer, NY spoke about his new Bill, The Disability Integration Act of 2015.

 Lexington Self-Advocates Zach Durkee and Jose Kemp in the front row

Lexington Self-Advocates Zach Durkee and Jose Kemp in the front row

 Lexington Self-Advocate Dennis Hoyer shakes Senator Schumer's hand

Lexington Self-Advocate Dennis Hoyer shakes Senator Schumer's hand

 Senator Charles Schumer   

Senator Charles Schumer

 

 Lexington Self-Advocate Grace Rhodes meets Senator Schumer

Lexington Self-Advocate Grace Rhodes meets Senator Schumer

According to a press release issued by his office, this new legislation will help individuals with disabilities live more independently by providing necessary at-home and community-based services and supports. Specifically, the legislation ensures that any individual who is found eligible for institutional care must also be given the option to receive the same necessary services and supports at home, or in a setting of their choosing, that would have otherwise been provided in an institutional setting. This legislation gives individuals with disabilities the option to live more independently, and in the comfort of their own home, rather than in an institutional facility away from their friends and family. This legislation will also help ease the financial burden of those who do not want to live in a facility and may be paying high out-of-pocket insurance costs for in-home services and supports. The bill will help alleviate the emotional burden that family members are often faced with when taking care of their loved ones with disabilities who are not receiving the necessary services and supports.

“Individuals with disabilities have the right to live independent, fulfilling lives amongst their families and friends – but right now, they are often denied the kind of at-home services and supports that then keep them in institutional settings, far from their loved ones and communities. We need to be doing everything in our power to make sure they have the resources needed to live and thrive in the comfort of their own homes,” said Schumer. “This legislation will finally give individuals with disabilities the option to receive these types of services at home, so that they can continue living life to the fullest in their own communities.”

The Disability Integration Act ensures that any individual with a disability who is found eligible for institutional care must be given the option to receive the necessary services that allow them to be more independent. If passed, this legislation would prohibit public entities and insurance providers that pay for long-term services and supports (LTSS) from using waiting lists, screening people out, capping services, under-paying workers for services or taking any other actions that would restrict the home- and community-based services provided to people with disabilities. The Disability Integration Act specifically defines LTSS as the assistance provided to individuals with disabilities in accomplishing, acquiring the means or ability to accomplish, maintaining, or enhancing activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, health-related tasks or other related functions, tasks or activities. For example, LTSS programs might include help with eating, bathing, dressing, preparing food, managing medication and housekeeping.

 

Summer Theater Camps at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is pleased to announce its first public offering – exciting, one-week theater camps for children and teens taught by local actress, director, singer and drama teacher Roberta Esposito. There will be seven weeklong camps in July and August open to all children in the community: two camps for children aged 4 to 7, two for 8- to 11-year-olds and three for theater fans ages 11 and up. Children of all experience and skill levels are welcome.

There is a 10% discount available for students taking more than one class, for multiple students in the same family and for the children of Lexington employees. For more information, including a camp schedule and cost of attendance, and to register, please visit www.pncreativeartscenter.org/theater-camp. At checkout, use the coupon code SUMMER2015 to receive the 10% discount.

We hope your child will join us for a summer of fun and enrichment in the performing arts!

Lexington Celebrates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and to celebrate, Lexington sent daily emails to the entire agency that celebrated the ABILITIES of several individuals that we support. There are many fantastic stories - we hope you enjoy reading them as much as we have!


Kim has been an awesome member of our Lexington family since 1995. Kim is a hardworking and dedicated team member of “The Crew” Cleaning and Janitorial Services. She has successfully progressed through the enclave employment readiness program and acquired the requisite skills required for competitive community employment through Employment Resources. Kim will be pursuing a position in the Food Service or Retail Industries.

 

Vanessa is an endless source of creative energy. Her artistic ability explodes on paper. She sees beauty everywhere and captures it in her artwork as well as through digital imagery. She has sold $925.00 in artwork to date. She was the recipient of the Spirit Award at VOICE 2013. Vanessa’s painting titled “Zebra” was selected as the Call for Artist brochure for VOICE and also took third place at the 2013 NYSACRA Exhibition at the Sagamore Hotel in Bolton Landing, Lake George, NY. Vanessa truly SHINES!

 

David reached the peak of Vroman’s Nose in Fulton, NY with Pathfinders Day Hab last summer. David doubted himself at first; he said he could never climb that high. He then successfully climbed to the summit, a 700 feet elevation! Congratulations on your accomplishment!

 

Shireen has been employed at Encore Kids since May 2014. She is definitely manager Ann Nicolella’s “girl Friday” as she can do all the computer work, book work, register work, and close everything out at the end of her shift. The best part is that all those things are her favorite things to do. She is an outstanding employee and an absolute joy to work with. She is great with the customers and always has a smile on her face. She is everything that a retail manager hopes for in an employee. Shireen is a valuable asset to the Encore Kids team. 

 

During the Family Services Summer Bash, Athena became very interested in joining the Twin City Twisters after watching the group and her peers perform. Athena began attending practices with the special needs group. This became a great motivator for Athena. Athena is now not only a part of the special needs group, but the tumbling group and competitive teams as well. She has even gotten her whole family to join her!  Athena is very proud of accomplishments. She has performed at halftime shows for local high school sporting events as well as the Schenectady Legends, a professional basketball team. Great Job Athena and keep up the good work!

 

Carmen has been working on gaining more independence. Recently, she has been able to purchase her own food and prepare her own meals. She really enjoys being able to pick out the food that she would like to eat and preparing her food the way she used to. Carmen loves making the house smell delicious with her creations.

 

Olivia was recently selected by the Student Affairs Committee at Schenectady County Community College to be part of this year’s Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. This honor is bestowed upon students from 2,842 institutions in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Selection for this distinguished award is based on cumulative GPA as well as involvement in campus and/or community activities. Congratulations on receiving this honor, Olivia!

 

Levi had a special day at Adaptive Skiing at Windam Mountain. His entire family took the day off to join him on the slopes. Having his family alongside of him meant a lot.

 

Andrew is a fun, energetic guy who loves to help and be involved with everything! He loves to read and is super helpful. Every morning Andrew helps out by taking lunches out of the fridge, reading the names on the bag and putting them in the right lunch box.

 

Michael began attending the Fonda Reformed Church in the beginning of 2014. He has handed out church bulletins and has hosted coffee hour as a service to the church. He is pictured here with his friend Joan who always makes sure to greet Michael every Sunday. Recently, a member of the congregation approached Michael to see if he would like to become a member of the church. Michael responded “yes,” and the congregant approached the pastor to inquired on Michael’s behalf about him becoming a member. Michael will be meeting the requirements to be a member of the Fonda Reformed Church next month, he will meet with the elders on April 26, and he will become an official member on May 3. It has been an amazing experience to see Michael become a valued member of his community. He has a true community family with the members of his church.

 

Adrienne is best known as a member of Flame, but, as impressive as that is, this young woman has many other accomplishments under her belt. She went to a Blind and Visually Impaired School in NYC and then moved to upstate NY when she was a teenager. She received a certificate from Vo-Tech Cooking College in Culinary Foundations of Foods. She dreams of being an astronaut, and is looking into taking Astro Physics courses. She skis, roller blades, ice skates, and likes to be physically active. She plays guitar, for which she took lessons, but taught herself piano and the Tonette, a type of recorder. 

 

Linda mentioned that she had a nice poem book to share during spiritual/religious learning activities at Kaleidoscope. She brought in the book and unbeknownst to anyone it was her own personal collection. Linda has been writing poetry for over 40 years! Kaleidoscope is currently helping her with looking into having some copies bound and maybe even published.


St. Mary's Foundation Honors Lexington

Dr. Peter F. Diamond, co-founder of Amsterdam Family Practice, along with provider of disability services Lexington, and highly-regarded Associates from St. Mary’s Healthcare were honored at the 19th annual Celebration of Healthcare Excellence, on Monday, February 23 at the Holiday Inn, Johnstown.

The event, hosted by the Foundation of St. Mary’s Healthcare, was established in 1996 as “a community expression of appreciation for bringing healthcare of compassion and excellence to the people of Fulton and Montgomery counties.”

This year's honorees included medical professional Dr. Peter F. Diamond, Lexington and several St. Mary's Associates.

   
  
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Lexington was honored not only because our services touch people from every age and with a wide range of needs, but because the essence of Lexington is highlighted by creativity and compassion for all we serve, and our strong presence in the community thanks to our rock band, Flame; the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts and Transitions; and our many unique programs and partnerships with agencies and companies around the region.

   
  
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 Congressman Paul Tonko, Lexington Executive Director Shaloni Winston, St. Mary's VIP Celeste Hughes, Dr. Peter Diamond, St. Mary's VIP John DePalma, St. Mary’s President & CEO Vic Giulianelli, Vice President of Development and Planning Al Turo and St. Mary's Physician and Trustee Dr. Mohammad R. Ghazi

Congressman Paul Tonko, Lexington Executive Director Shaloni Winston, St. Mary's VIP Celeste Hughes, Dr. Peter Diamond, St. Mary's VIP John DePalma, St. Mary’s President & CEO Vic Giulianelli, Vice President of Development and Planning Al Turo and St. Mary's Physician and Trustee Dr. Mohammad R. Ghazi

It was a fantastic night and we were thrilled to be honored.

Announcing Lexington Developmental Disability Awareness Month Essay and Poster Contest

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and to celebrate, Lexington is sponsoring an essay contest for high school and junior high students, as well as a poster contest for elementary students in Fulton and Montgomery County Schools. This year’s theme is “Can Do! Like You!” The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness of the value and importance of inclusion and to promote awareness of disabilities.

The contest is open to any student enrolled in Fulton and Montgomery County Schools. Only one entry per participant will be accepted. Guidelines and registration forms are available at all schools or at 465 North Perry Street, Johnstown, NY. The deadline for entries is March 18, 2015.

Judging for both contests will be based on creativity, clarity, originality, sensitivity to issues facing people with disabilities and knowledge about disability issues. Entries will be grouped into several categories based on grade level, and awards will be given to first, second and third place winners in each category. Prize baskets with Flame merchandise and Chamber Checks will be awarded to the winners and the prize for the winning essay is $100. Prizes will be given out at Lexington’s upcoming Rock for Abilities concert featuring Flame on March 27, 2015 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at 127 East State Street, Gloversville, NY. The concert is open to the public and tickets cost $5.00.

 “We are extremely excited about the contest,” said Lynette May, contest coordinator. “We want children to understand that people with disabilities are like everyone else – they are people first. This contest will allow our children to serve as advocates for disabilities awareness.”

For more information on the contest, contact Lynette may at 518-762-0024 or mayl@lexcenter.org.