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Key Pri­vate Bank’s Klock Kingston Foun­da­tion awarded a $2,500grant to The Susie Reizod Foun­da­tion.

The funds will be used to pur­chase and dis­trib­ute new back­packs and new shoes to school-aged chil­dren in need who re­side in Kingston.

The Klock Kingston Foun­da­tion sup­ports non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions in Ul­ster County to ad­vance ed­u­ca­tion, lit­er­acy, the arts, pub­lic health and the sciences.

The Susie Reizod Foun­da­tion is a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion. Since April 2002, when the or­ga­ni­za­tion re­ceived 501c3­tax ex­emp­tion sta­tus, it has pro­vided new shoes to chil­dren in need all over the United States and coun­tries in Africa, Asia, Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean.

••• Par­ents United Learn­ing the Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Sys­tem of the Mid-Hud­son Val­ley was re­cently awarded fis­cal spon­sor­ship from the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Or­ange and Sul­li­van.

Par­ents United Learn­ing the Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Sys­tem strives to pro­vide par­ents of chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties with in­for­ma­tion and re­sources to en­sure full par­tic­i­pa­tion in their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram. They also strive to con­nect spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion fam­i­lies to ex­ist­ing re­sources and sup­port sys­tems while sup­port­ing pos­i­tive change in spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices across school districts in the Mid-Hud­son Val­ley.

With the fund­ing from the foun­da­tion, the or­ga­ni­za­tion will sup­port ad­vo­cacy ini­tia­tives for fam­i­lies of chil­dren with all types of abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing both phys­i­cal and de­vel­op­men­tal, in seven coun­ties. It aims to use the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion to raise mon­e­tary do­na­tions to sup­port their work.

Con­tri­bu­tions to the fund may be made to CFOS-PULSES Fund and sent to the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Or­ange & Sul­li­van, 30 Scott’s Cor­ners Drive, Suite 203, Mont­gomery, N.Y. 12549. Se­cure on­line do­na­tions can be made on­line at The Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Or­ange and Sul­li­van is a 501(c)(3) non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion and gifts are taxd­e­ductible. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, call (845) 7699393 or visit

••• The fol­low­ing lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions were pre­sented with do­na­tions from the Bank of Greene County’s Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion at the bank’s Kingston branch:

Be Real About In­juries Now Pro­grams Inc., Bene­dic­tine Health Foun­da­tion, Breast Can­cer Op­tions, Can­cer As­sis­tance for Par­ents Inc., Christ­mas Wishes Ul­ster County, East Kingston Vol­un­teer Fire Co., Inc., Faith House, Fam­ily of Wood­stock, HealthAl­liance Foun­da­tion, High Meadow School, House for Dog­man­ity and The Hur­ley Li­brary.

Also, Jewish Fam­ily Ser­vices of Ul­ster County, Jewish Fed­er­a­tion of Ul­ster County, Kingston Cal Rip­ken & Babe Ruth League, Kingston Land Trust, The Kingston Li­brary, Ki­wa­nis Kingston Clas­sic, Kingston Mid­town Ris­ing, Le­gal Ser­vices of the Hud­son Val­ley, The Li­brary at the A.J. Wil­liams-My­ers African Roots Cen­ter, The Lisa Li­braries, Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion in Ul­ster County, Inc. and O+ Fes­ti­val.

Also, PAWS Un­lim­ited Foun­da­tion, Peo­ple’s Place, Phoeni­cia Fes­ti­val of the Voice Foun­da­tion, Boy Scouts of Amer­ica — Rip Van Win­kle Coun­cil, Sawkill Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, TMI Project, Town of Eso­pus Li­brary, Town of Eso­pus Vol­un­teer Am­bu­lance Squad, Town of Ul­ster Li­brary, Town of Ul­ster Cit­i­zens, Ul­ster Lit­er­acy As­so­ci­a­tion, Vet­er­ans Wooden Boat Work­shop — Amer­i­can Le­gion Post No. 72 and YMCA of Kingston and Ul­ster County.

These non-profit groups pro­vide a wide range of as­sis­tance and ser­vices to the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. A to­tal of $167,000 will be awarded this year from the Bank of Greene County’s Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion to over 200 lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions. RE­LI­GIOUS AC­TIV­I­TIES

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 7412 South Broad­way, will ded­i­cate its new or­gan on Sun­day, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m.

Or­gan­ist Kay Moore, vo­cal


Rhinebeck High School stu­dent James Ay­ton was named a semi­fi­nal­ist in the 2019 National Merit Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram.

Some 16,000 semi­fi­nal­ists na­tion­wide were named by the National Merit Schol­ar­ship Cor­po­ra­tion. About 1.6mil­lion ju­niors in more than 22,000 high schools en­tered the 2019 National Merit Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram by tak­ing the 2017PSAT.

From the ap­prox­i­mately 16,000 semi­fi­nal­ists, about 15,000are ex­pected to ad­vance to the fi­nal­ist level. All National Merit Schol­ar­ship win­ners will be se­lected from this group of fi­nal­ists.

••• Stephanie Lehner and Daniel Gigliotti, who are ju­niors at Our Lady of Lour­des High School in Pough­keep­sie, at­tended the Congress of Fu­ture Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Lead­ers from June 29 through July 1in Cam­bridge, Mass.

An ini­tia­tive of the National Acad­emy of Fu­ture Sci­en­tists and Tech­nol­o­gists, stu­dents were in­vited based on their commitment to en­ter­ing a sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing or

Tanya Be­graph and Damian Davis, Cox­sackie, a son, Joeleo Mathew. Aug. 15 MOR­RIS, An­drea Lee, Valatie, a son, Grayson Alexan­der.

soloist Holly Mentzer and The Ref­or­ma­tion Brass Quin­tet will play mu­sic by Gabrieli, Palest­rina, Bach and oth­ers. There will also be a hymn-sing. Light re­fresh­ments will fol­low.

Call the church at (845) 758-0151 for in­for­ma­tion. math field, lead­er­ship po­ten­tial and aca­demic ex­cel­lence. As del­e­gates, Lehner and Gigliotti were able to hear from out­stand­ing col­lege stu­dents who had won national sci­ence com­pe­ti­tions and other in­spi­ra­tional peo­ple speak, in­clud­ing Noble Prize win­ners.

Among the speak­ers were Richard Brown­ing, founder and chief test pi­lot of Grav­ity In­dus­tries, Ltd.; Bo Ea­son, a per­former and author of the play “Runt of the Lit­ter”; and Eas­ton LaChap­pelle, founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Un­lim­ited To­mor­row. Richard Rossi, the founder and di­rec­tor of the Congress of Fu­ture Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Lead­ers, was the master of cer­e­monies.

At the end of the con­fer­ence, both stu­dents were inducted into The So­ci­ety of Torch & Lau­rel. The so­ci­ety is a high school hon­ors pro­gram de­vel­oped by The National So­ci­ety of Col­le­giate Schol­ars to rec­og­nize high school high-achiev­ers and pro­vide them and their fam­i­lies with the vi­tal tools to suc­cess­fully tran­si­tion to col­lege. The

will have its 30-year re­union on Satur­day, Nov. 10.

The dead­line to pur­chase tick­ets is Satur­day, Oct. 27.

Visit to pur­chase tick­ets. NEW AND NO­TABLE

Vic­tor Bar­ranca, a Kingston High School grad­u­ate and an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of math­e­mat­ics and sta­tis­tics at Swarth­more Col­lege in Penn­syl­va­nia, was awarded a National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion grant to con­tinue his work in un­cov­er­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween neu­ronal net­work struc­ture and brain func­tion.

“With the in­creas­ing preva­lence of net­work mod­els in the math­e­mat­i­cal sciences, ac­cu­rately mea­sur­ing net­work con­nec­tiv­ity and un­der­stand­ing its re­la­tion­ship with net­work func­tion is of broad sci­en­tific im­por­tance,” Bar­ranca said in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished on the col­lege’s web­site.

Since mea­sur­ing the con­nec­tiv­ity of large neu­ronal net­works re­mains a chal­lenge ex­per­i­men­tally and the­o­ret­i­cally, Bar­ranca is work­ing to de­velop an ac­cu­rate and ef­fi­cient frame­work for net­work re­con­struc­tion.

The grant, ti­tled “Com­pres­sive Sens­ing and Neu­ronal Net­work Struc­ture-Func­tion Re­la­tion­ships,” will sup­port his ef­forts to fur­ther un­der­stand brain con­nec­tiv­ity and neu­ronal com­pu­ta­tion, Bar­ranca said in the ar­ti­cle. His work will make use of re­cent ad­vances in a branch of sig­nal pro­cess­ing theory known as com­pres­sive sens­ing to take ad­van­tage of the sparse struc­ture of brain net­works in re­cov­er­ing their con­nec­tiv­ity. Con­sid­er­ing that spar­sity is ubiq­ui­tous across many bi­o­log­i­cal and so­cial sys­tems, Bar­ranca’s spar­si­ty­based re­con­struc­tion frame­work has wide ap­peal, and it may pro­vide new in­sights into sen­sory pro­cess­ing as well as ab­nor­mal brain func­tion.

The re­search in­te­grates per­spec­tives from math­e­mat­ics, com­puter sci­ence, en­gi­neer­ing and bi­ol­ogy.

He is the son of Vic­tor Sr. Lil­lian Bar­ranca of Con­nelly.

••• Per­form­ing artist Afia Men­sah, a State Univer­sity of New Paltz grad­u­ate, was se­lected by pop­u­lar plus-size fash­ion blog­ger Anita Matey to open up for her “Love You, Live Now: Strength of a Woman” event at 301 Henry Street Set­tle­ment in New York City on Satur­day, Sept. 15.

The event is pur­posed to al­low women of all shapes and sizes to con­vene and show sup­port as dis­cus­sions oc­cur on how women, re­gard­less of their size, can learn to love them­selves from the in­side and out.

As a Ghana­ian-Amer­i­can, Men­sah has al­ways been im­mersed in a va­ri­ety of Ghana­ian mu­sic, from its pop­u­lar hi-life to gospel and now afrobeats. She en­joys in­cor­po­rat­ing these el­e­ments into her live per­for­mances and was ex­cited to show­case it on stage as she opened up for the sec­ond an­nual event. Af­ter con­nect­ing through In­sta­gram, Matey be­lieved Men­sah would be a great ad­di­tion to the event, not only be­cause of her singing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, but due to the fact that she would serve as a great rep­re­sen­ta­tion for, not just plus-size women, but for Ghana­ians as well.

“Afia Men­sah brings a new kind of vibe to afrobeats, a rich vibe that ex­cites and com­mands you to lis­ten to her voice,” Matey said in a press re­lease. “I am ex­cited to see where her tal­ent will take her, and am an­tic­i­pat­ing her per­for­mance at LYLN. Her per­for­mance at this women’s em­pow­er­ment event will be an­other ex­am­ple of how much tal­ent truly comes from Ghana.”

De­scribed as a day to cel­e­brate re­silience, “Love You, Live Now” cre­ates a safe space for women of all sizes to cel­e­brate one an­other and find strength within in­se­cu­ri­ties. There were panel dis­cus­sions on top­ics such as so­cial me­dia, fash­ion, re­la­tion­ships and self-ex­pres­sion, in ad­di­tion to mixer ses­sions.





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