Our Vanderbilt Parent Stress Intervention Program is back! The next session begins on March 8! For more information, see the flyer below or call Family Services at (518) 773-2014!
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.
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.
Our Splash the Spectrum Program is back! We hope you can join us!
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 - Fulton County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc., was proud to join John Robinson, CEO of Our Ability, Inc., on July 5, Day 9 of his fifth annual Journey Along the Erie Canal. Riders from Lexington have participated in a portion of this event every year, and their group has grown each year. This time, 25 riders and support team members from Lexington biked more than 34 miles from Little Falls to Amsterdam. They raised $250 to support the efforts of Our Ability.
The Journey Along the Erie Canal is 12-day bike ride along the Erie Canalway that aims to increase awareness for the benefit of employment for all New Yorkers, promote Our Ability’s New York Business Leadership Network, a coalition among businesses in New York State interested in hiring people with disabilities and supporting businesses owned by people with disabilities, and raise funds toward building employment opportunities and empowering people with disabilities. The 2017 Journey also celebrated the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal.
Our Ability is a business dedicated to building employment opportunities through job platforms, employment webinars, a digital profile system and personal empowerment. Robinson is a 2014 White House Champion of Change and the author of “Get Off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage, and Determination.” For more information, visit www.ourability.com.
Lexington is pleased to announce that it has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State for 2017. It was recognized for this honor at a public awards dinner at the Hilton Albany on Wednesday, April 19. Lexington ranked among the top companies in the category for large employers with 250 or more employees.
It is featured in a special publication profiling all 70 winning businessesfrom across New York State and what makes them unique employers. The agency is honored to be recognized for one of the things that matters most to it: creating a welcoming and nurturing environment in which its valued employees can thrive.
“We are grateful to our employees whose work each day makes a difference in the lives of the men and women we support. They made this award possible and we are proud of each of them and their commitment to Lexington,” said Shaloni Winston, Executive Director of Lexington, Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc.
Lexington relies on more than 1,700 full-and part-time employees to fulfill its mission of providing the best possible supports to children and adults with disabilities and their families, as well as to contribute to the community through volunteering, fundraising and patronizing local businesses. Lexington serves nearly 1,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism, mental illness, cerebral palsy, physical disabilities, epilepsy, traumatic brain injuries and more, in Fulton and Albany counties. Though their jobs are not always easy, each Lexington employee is fully dedicated to helping the individuals they support lead fulfilling lives.
Lexington works hard to create a supportive and nurturing environment for everyone who walks in the door. Their Nurturing Environment Program, which promotes quality, ownership, relationships, support and communication, sets a high standard for excellence not only in the care of the individuals they support, but also in employee morale and workplace improvement. Lexington promotes an open door policy, transparency and open lines of communication so each employee knows they are supported professionally and personally.
In an agency of Lexington’s size, it can be difficult to connect with all the employees on a personal level. To help ensure that connection, Lexington offers a wide variety of benefits, opportunities and special events that encourage its employees to build a community around working together and having fun. Lexington is enormously grateful that its employees choose to work for them, so it prioritizes letting them know how much their time and talent is appreciated every day.
It is Lexington’s pleasure to provide such welcoming and supportive atmosphere for the people it supports and its employees, and it is an honor to be considered alongside so many other fantastic businesses across the state. The 2017 Best Companies to Work for in New York State awards is a partnership of the New York State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, The Business Council of New York, Best Companies Group and BridgeTower Media. For more information on the Best Companies to Work for in New York State program, including the entire list of winning companies, please visit www.BestCompaniesNY.com.
The Best Companies to Work for in New York State awards are celebrating 10 years of recognizing the best employers in the state. This distinctive program evaluates and ranks the best places of employment based on employee satisfaction and engagement, as well as workplace practices and policies.
To celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Flame, Lexington’s world-renowned rock band, will perform a “Rock for Abilities” concert on March 31, 2017. It will be held at Lexington’s Gloversville facility located at 127 East State Street from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets cost $5.00 each and are available at Lexington’s Johnstown, Gloversville and Oppenheim locations, the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market. 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. This concert is part of the Lexington Gives Back initiative and all donated non-perishable food items will benefit local food pantries. Previous concerts have collected hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food items. Hundreds of Lexington employees, program participants and family members have helped make the projects such a success. Lexington participates in fundraising and food collection throughout the year to benefit a variety of community agencies.
The proceeds from the concert will go to fund Flame’s new recording studio at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, a year-round arts center that provides classes, exhibitions, entertainment and special events to people of all ages and abilities. The arts center serves as Flame’s “home base.” Money from the concert will go toward buying new instruments and equipment and recording new music at the studio. To accompany the concert, Lexington is sponsoring a poster contest about attitudes toward people with disabilities. The contest is open to students at Fulton County elementary, middle and high school students.
Winners will have their work displayed at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts’ Fulton Montgomery Counties Art Show, which runs May 5 to June 5.
For more information about the concert or the poster contest, please contact Maria Nestle, Flame’s manager, at (518) 661-9932, ext. 164 or email@example.com.
Lexington - Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC, Inc., will hold its 22nd Annual Family Services Conference on Thursday, November 10. This conference is an opportunity for parents and families of individuals with disabilities, professionals who support individuals with disabilities and individuals with disabilities themselves to meet and share stories, strategies and resources for supporting young people with disabilities.
The conference will feature nine guest speakers presenting on a variety of topics about parenting, teaching and supporting individuals with differences. First, presenting both the keynote presentation, “The Movement of Imperfection,” and a breakout session, “Voices of Imperfection,” are Gina (Terrasi) Gallagher and Patricia Terrasi. The sisters are the co-authors of “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children,” a book about the frustrations, sadness and stigmas they face as parents of children with disabilities. The book provides advice on all aspects of parenting children with special needs, such as finding support groups and fighting for in-school supports.
The conference will also welcome Bethany Youngs, LCSW, and Joy Stockwell, Self-Direction specialist for OPWDD, as they present “Exploring Self-Direction.” Youngs has more than 10 years of experience in non-profit agencies and has been with the OPWDD Self-Direction unit since September 2016. Stockwell has been with OPWDD for 29 years, serving as a direct support professional and a Self-Direction liaison for the Capital District. Both women are dedicated to helping individuals live the lives they want through the Self-Direction program, which lets them to choose the supports they want and which staff and organizations provide them.
Tina Beauparlant will present “Future Planning from a Parent and Advocate’s Perspective.” Beauparlant is a regional program manager, education specialist, program assistant and educational advocacy specialist with the Capital District of Parent to Parent of NYS. Her presentation will focus on preparing for your child’s future and making sure their needs are met.
Another keynote address will be presented by Megan O’Connor, OPWDD’s Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Service Delivery – Regional Offices. O’Connor began her career as a direct support professional at an OPWDD provider agency and worked her way up to leadership. She has been with OPWDD since 2012, when she accepted the position of Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Quality Improvement, and in her current role she oversees and manages OPWDD Regional Office Operations.
Steve Szalowski, LCSW-R, will present “Social Physics: The Paradox of Behavior.” Szalowski helps individuals develop strategies to develop functional independence in an ever-changing world of social, academic, professional and familial expectations. He has coordinated and co-facilitated more than 100 groups for school-aged individuals on the autism spectrum in grades 3 through 12. His presentation will cover how to adjust behavior to the social physics of the moment for more success with homework, social situations, participation in home activities and more.
Jordan Jankus will present “Tech for Life: Apps for Empowerment, Learning and Fun!” Jankus is a technologist at the Arc of Westchester and the father of a daughter with developmental disabilities. In searching for ways to empower her, he became involved in assistive technology and now supports individuals with person-centered technology solutions. His presentation will explore apps available for smart phones and tablets that help people achieve increased independence and greater access to the community.
Julia Kelly, assistant coordinator of Statewide Special Employment Programs for OPWDD will present “Pathway to Employment.” Kelly served as co-chairperson of the NYS APSE’s Legislative Committee for more than 15 years and was a member of ACCES-VR’s Statewide Policy and Procedure Committee. Her presentation will provide information on how Pathway to Employment, a new OPWDD service, comprehensively plans and prepares for an individual’s employment to achieve successful job matches in the community.
The conference will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. To register and arrange for transportation and respite/childcare, please call Lexington Family Services at (518) 773-2014. The cost is $75 for professionals and free for parents, families and individuals with disabilities. Attendees may pay at the door or mail registration and payment to Lexington Family Services at 43 Harrison Street, Gloversville, NY 12078.
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.
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.
Here are the results from this year's Lexington 5K which took place on Saturday, June 6. Congratulations to all the runners!
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!
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.
To celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Flame, Lexington’s world-renowned rock band, will perform a “Rock for Abilities” concert on Friday, March 27, 2015. It will be held at Lexington’s Gloversville facility located at 127 East State Street from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5.00 each and are available at the Johnstown, Gloversville and Oppenheim Lexington locations as well as the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market and Encore Kids (Gloversville). Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event. Anyone that brings a non-perishable food item to the concert will be entered to win a door prize.
The proceeds from this year’s concert will go to the newly announced Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, a beautiful, year-round arts center which will be open to the community, house premium art venues, host fun family events and provide educational opportunities for persons of all ages and levels of ability. The Paul Nigra Center was named for the former executive director of Lexington, who founded Flame. The Paul Nigra Center will be Flame's “home base." This concert is part of the “NYSARC Gives Back” initiative and all donated non-perishable food items will benefit local food pantries. NYSARC, Inc., Lexington’s parent company, is America’s largest non-profit organization supporting people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families since 1949. NYSARC is the New York State Chapter of The Arc.
Last year’s concert collected hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food items for local food pantries. Hundreds of Lexington employees, program participants and family members helped to make the project such a success. Lexington participates in fundraising and food collection throughout the year to benefit a variety of community agencies.
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.
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.
It was a fantastic night and we were thrilled to be honored.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ross Carangelo, an accomplished artist who studies art in Lexington’s Creative Expressions program, has had his original painting “Architectural Design” accepted into the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie’s Annual Juried Art Show. Carangelo is a very meticulous artist, giving great thought to each brush stroke. His artwork is created over a period of time, as he will first work up a design in pencil and then bring it to life through paint and multi-media effects. He has created many one-of-a-kind works, sometimes selling them before he’s had an opportunity to exhibit them.
He was the proud recipient of The Curators Award at the 2013 “Through My Eyes” exhibit at Saratoga Bridges. Artists from all over New York State submitted work and 37 were chosen by Juror Joel Chapin to display their art in The Arkell’s annual exhibit. Chapin is a professor of Fine Art at Fulton-Montgomery Community College (FMCC) and curator of over 57 exhibitions at FMCC’s Perrella Gallery whose art can be seen in permanent collections at the State University of New York and The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls.
The Juried Art Show will be on view in the Arkell Museum’s Community Gallery from December 5, 2014 through January 25, 2015 with an opening reception that is open to the public on Friday, December 5 from 5-7pm. The Arkell Museum is located at 2 Erie Boulevard in Canajoharie, New York and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 5pm through the month of December and Tuesday through Friday from 11:00am – 4:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 4pm through the month of January.
The Arkell Museum has an extensive collection of American paintings, primarily from 1860–1940. Almost all of the paintings in the permanent collection were purchased by Bartlett Arkell for the people of Canajoharie. The American painting collection includes 21 works by Winslow Homer, and significant paintings by many distinguished artists, including George Inness, William M. Chase, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Henri, and other members of The Eight. Permanent and changing exhibitions also feature selections from the museum’s Mohawk Valley History collection as well as the Beech-Nut archives of early twentieth-century advertising material.