2/6/2019 Newsletter
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A Voice for the South End Community

South End Community Collaborative Has Busy Schedule in February

Here is the meeting lineup for February for the South End Community Collaborative, plus some news about the collaborative itself. 

The main meeting, a morning meeting this month, is scheduled for the last Friday of the month, which comes very early in February — February 22 at 8:30 a.m. Location is the Capital South Campus Center, Room 204 with a light breakfast served. The agenda will be constructed by the work group chairs once we get closer to the date. There is always a lot to report on.

Work Groups:

  • Housing and Economic Development meets Friday, Feb. 15, at 9 a.m. at the Collaboratory at 3 Lincoln Square. We will pick up on our discussion paper from last month and groundwork being done on making abandoned building rehab more affordable. The Economic Development folks are working closely with the grocery store group, and working to determine next steps for Albany County’s DMV block. 

  • Health and Environmental Justice meets Thursday, Feb. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the Albany County Health Department (lower level, following the Strategic Alliance for Health meeting in the same building). This group will digest information from Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins on Jan. 22 at the SENA meeting and discussing next steps. Also, we are told that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is planing to present their report on air quality at Ezra Prentice Homes and the entire South End at the end of March. Preparation to insure a good turnout and an informed response to that report will be important.

Other Work Groups are working hard behind the scenes:

  • The Employment Work Group has nearly complete its grant application to the city for staffing for its construction training and mentoring program, and is actively seeking partnerships to strengthen its application. 

  • The Grocery Store Work Group has had several phone meetings, including one with a program in Minneapolis that could help us. We are still waiting to hear from the EPA about the consultant grant the Carey Institute applied for. 

  • Friends of Lincoln Park is planning to meet in March when the city’s plans are further along. 

  • The Youth and Community Work Group is researching existing youth programs and assessing gaps. 

SECC News:

The South End Community Collaborative will soon have its own website: http// Thanks to Amanda Gee, a College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences student, who is setting this up for us and porting all the information now on the South End Improvement Corp’s. website. We also thank Allie Berhard for all of her hard work in setting up our communications and wish her well in her next job. With Allie gone, we are looking for a volunteer webmaster and communications coordinator to keep us all on track, so send any suggestions to Tom McPheeters at 

We are also in the process of setting up a steering committee to broaden responsibilities for meeting dates and venues and setting agendas. Tentatively this will be chairs of work groups plus the original convenors, The role of the steering committee will be discussed at the Feb. 22 meeting.

February Community Meetings

Join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month as we dig into important topics affecting the community.  
Save the Date: Celebration of Progress 2019

This year's Celebration of Progress will be a trip down memory lane as we look back on the ten years of this organization and honor the contributions of our founder and leader, Willie J. White. The event will be Thursday, February 28th from 6:00-8:30pm at the New York State Museum. Contact Bob at to reserve your seats if you haven't already! 

Want to help out with this year's Celebration? We are looking for

  • Volunteers to help out with set up, registration, and clean up. Sign up for a slot here or contact Carly at It takes a village! 
  • Photos and videos of AVillage's work over the last ten years. We welcome digital files, links, or physical copies. Please send all media to Carly at by Friday, February 8 at noon. 
Fitness Fun Continues with the South End Healthy Living Series
Zumba GOLD 
Join us every 1st and 3rd Wednesday for low-impact, low-intensity Zumba Gold to get a workout that feels like a party! All ages and abilities welcome! 

6:00-7:00pm at 
Albany Housing Authority,
200 South Pearl Street
African Dance

Join us every Tuesday for African Dance as we move to the rhythm of live drumming! All ages and abilities welcome!

5:45-7:00pm at
Albany Housing Authority,
200 South Pearl Street 
Remember to please use the rear parking lot entrance when joining us for Zumba and African Dance!  
Tinkerspace Afterschool Program

There is still time to sign your child to explore electronic art at Tinkerspace! The program begins this Thursday, February 7 - be sure to reserve your space now! 
ACPHS Africana Film Series

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will host its 15th annual Africana Film Series on February 5, 12, and 19. The films featured in this year’s Series have once again been selected by Associate Professor of Africana Studies Kevin Hickey. This year’s theme is “Africans in Europe.”

Films will begin each night at 7:00 pm and will be shown in Room 201 of the Gozzo Student Center (41 Union Drive). Free parking is available in Lot B as indicated on the campus map.

Each showing includes food, drink, a full write-up on each film, and post-film discussion. The three-week Series is free and open to the public.

For more information and a list of this year’s films, please visit the Africana Film Series web page.

Utility Rights Clinic 

Get help with your utility bills! 

Threatened with a shut off? Heating bills piling up? You have rights as a utility consumer and we can help you get resources to tackle these issues. Join us Saturday, March 23rd from 12:30-5:30pm, location TBD, for a clinic with the Public Utility Law Project to get individual counseling to resolve your utility issues. To register for the clinic or for more information, contact Carly at 

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