June 11, 2018 Newsletter
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The AVillage VOICE

A Voice for the South End Community

This Thursday, AVillage, BirthNet, Trinity Alliance, and the Albany County Department of Healthy bring you a discussion that will be led by amazing women who can speak about the black maternal health crisis through a public health lens, the psychosocial stress black women face that negatively impact birth outcomes and overall health, the need for black doulas in our communities, and more! It's not enough to gather in concern. We must tap into our community resources to create tangible solutions to the black maternal health epidemic. We hope you can join us! Open to all!
AVillage, Radix, and Trinity Alliance are bringing you another year of the South End Healthy Market! Join us at our NEW location, the Capital South Campus Center, right across the street from Youth FX and the South End Children's Cafe.

Our goal is to bring fresh, locally grown produce to the community. This first market is going to be an event you don't want to miss! There will be live music, kids' activities, free Zumba and meditation classes, and more! 
The South End Community Collaborative is a coalition of South End organizations and residents, formed to align common goals and work together to improve our community.

Everyone is welcome to help effect change in the South End! Click here to like the SECC's Facebook page. 
Introducing The Newest Staff Members of AVillage,Inc.!
Bob DeFelice began as our Administrative Assistant on April 4, 2018. A Capital Region resident all of his life, Bob is a graduate of Colonie Central High School; Hudson Valley Community College-A.A.S. in Accounting; Siena College-B.B.A. with a major in accounting, and Andover Newton Theological School where he received a Master of Divinity degree.

Bob worked at Matthew Bender Company in Albany for 19 years, and then at Garden Way Manufacturing in Troy for 7 years. After leaving Garden Way, Bob became a pastor in The United Methodist Church in 2003 and has served in several area churches over the past 15 years. Bob enjoys spending time with his wife, Sheila, and their family, playing golf, working around the house and relaxing with the family’s three cats: Oreo, Bella, and Winnie.
CeCe Horbat is the manager for the South End Healthy Market 2018 season. She grew up in the Capital District and went to college in Vermont, earning an Environmental Studies degree. She wanted to become involved with AVillage due to their commitment to meeting the needs of the community from a grassroots level. She is hoping to learn more and is looking forward to meeting new faces at our opening day of the South End Healthy Market on June 30th from 10AM-3PM at the Capital South Campus Center.

If you have any questions regarding the market or want to get involved, please contact me at 
Ben Atwood is our new South End Garden Coordinator. For the last nine years, he has worked on farms, homesteads, and urban gardens. He looks forward to learning from resident gardeners while working to improve South End agriculture. Are you interested in gardening and want access to labor and resources? Contact him at
AVillage's June Thursday Meetings 
Capital South Campus Center, 20 Warren St.
5:30 PM
June 21 — Assemblyman John McDonald will lead a community discussion about opportunities for workforce development through New York State's Regional Economic Development Council.

June 28 — Albany School Board members will report on the Albany High construction project, the district's Project Labor Agreement with the construction trade unions, community benefits agreement and monitoring and compliance plans.

Albany County Land Bank’s Vacant Lot Sale is Back

The Spend a Little, Get a LOT program, introduced last summer, offers selected lots owned by the Albany County Land Bank for $100 plus half off closing costs. This year, buyers may be ether property owners or residents who have lived near the lot for at least five years. Ten South End properties are listed for sale in this program:
109 Alexander St.
53 Broad St.
94 Clinton St.
130 Clinton St.
117 Clinton St. 
135 Osborn St.
134 South Hawk St.
45 Elizabeth St.
42 Morton Ave.
6 Stephen St.
38 Second Ave.

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