1/9/2018 Newsletter
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The AVillage VOICE

A Voice for the South End Community

In this issue:
  • Celebration of Progress, a celebration of the Willie White years.
  • The combined sewer and storm water project set for Lincoln Park takes a turn down Third Avenue
  • Healthy Living — What's on your self? And what do you want on your shelf?
  • South End Neighborhood Association to hear from new Police Chief Eric Hawkins
  • Santa arrived on schedule for the annual AVillage holiday party.
  • More updates on the Lincoln Park planning process and Friends of Lincoln Park
  • Zumba, African Dance — having fun and keeping healthy
ISave the Date: Celebration of Progress Feb. 28

Thursday, February 28 at 6:00pm at the NYS State Museum. AVillage's sixth annual 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. We have a lot to be thankful for, and a lot to look forward to as AVillage develops new leadership and collaborations to make the South End a great place to live and do business. 
No matter what we did, we always had fun!

What’s On Your Shelf?

The South End wants good food!  People are talking again about a grocery store for the South End, and at the same time we all struggle to make healthy choices from the ingredients available to us. 

Come and tell us what you want to shop for here in the neighborhood, and how and where you like to shop.

There will be a healthy meal, and a nutritionist will talk about how to make the most of your shopping and how to read labels so you get the most nutrition for your dollars. 

Community Forum and Learning Opportunity Thursday, Jan. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Albany Housing Authority’s Community Room at 200 South Pearl
Police Chief to speak at SENA meeting

New Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins will be the featured speaker at the South End Neighborhood Association's monthly meeting Tuesday, January 22, at 6 p.m. at the Howe Library. 

The neighborhood meeting will again host the South End Community Collaborative, so there will also be reports from the work groups. In addition to Friends of Lincoln Park (see below), work groups are digging into on economic development, with a focus on South Pearl Street; housing; health and environmental justice, the need for a grocery store, and other issues. Work groups will be encouraged to make brief reports with written backup material.

The Health and Environmental Justice work group has identified public safety and perceptions that parts of the neighborhood are not safe as a major health issue. 
Ho-Ho-Hooray! Another Successful South End Holiday in the Books
Last month, the community came together for our Annual South End Christmas Party, bringing 2018 to a cheerful close. Our South End sprouts had a blast crafting homemade ornaments and decorating cookies while parents payed a visit to Santa's workshop to pick out gifts. With the help of Toys for Tots and the generous supporters of our Black Doll Project, we were able to provide over 200 children with gifts from their families!

Knowing so many of our youth made the Nice List is reason enough to celebrate, but we are also thrilled to know our 2018 party reached the most families to date! It truly takes a village to execute an event like this and we are so grateful for the help of all of our amazing volunteers and everyone who donated through Toys for Tots and the Black Doll Project - none of this is possible without your support. We would also like to extend special thank yous to Sheri Stevens and Vivian Kornegay for their dedicated planning, Pastors Fred and Evelyn Sanles at Reigning Life for being such gracious hosts, and the Albany Free School for setting up the cookie decoration station! We wish you all the best in the New Year. 
What's Going on with Lincoln Park?

An Update from Friends of Lincoln Park 

By Lily Mercogliano-Easton

These past two months have been busy for those of us that love Lincoln Park and I know we all appreciate how much neighbors are coming together to advocate for the park and the pool again.  

Below are some very important notes for the New Year:

  • There is a community meeting being held on Wednesday, January 9th (TONIGHT!) at 6:00pm at the Creighton Storey Homes (158 3rd Ave) for residents concerned about the third avenue sewer line and the impact that the Beaver Creek Clean Water Project (the Sewer Treatment Project planned for the park) will have on residents living nearby.  
  • Friends of Lincoln Park submitted a letter of introduction to Mayor Sheehan at the beginning of December.  We are currently seeking additional sign-ons from neighborhood associations, community groups, political representatives, and other key stakeholders in Albany. Please contact if you or someone you know would like to sign-on.    
  • The next Lincoln Park Master Plan meeting is Tuesday, January 15 at 6 PM at TOAST.  If you missed the last meeting, please review the slideshow on the Lincoln Park Master Plan website.  There are three possible scenes for the future of the park featured at the end and they are quite different- so look at them and submit comment if you have not yet done that! The flyer for the next meeting is attached.
  • The City of Albany was awarded a planning grant for redesigning and replacing Lincoln Park pool due to the major structural problems with the current pool. The press release for this grant has indicated there will be a community informed process for creating the new design.  
  • The next Friends of Lincoln Park meeting will be as part of the standing agenda of the South End Neighborhood Association's (SENA) monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 29th at 6 PM at the Howe Library.  Please note that January's SENA meeting will also have new police Chief Hawkins, so the FLP portion will be quite short and will focus on key updates from the final Master Plan meeting.  Another FLP meeting will be scheduled as needed and announced ASAP in January or February.
  • Friends of Lincoln Park is looking for a graphic designer to create letterhead and a logo for flyers.  Please encourage anyone interested to email Chris Mercogliano at
  • Lastly, please continue to encourage friends and neighbors to join this list. The mailing list form has been updated and only takes a minute to complete. Hopefully in early 2019 we will create an FLP email address or googlegroup to folks can organize around the park's needs more easily.
New Year, New You! 
Ready to make your New Year's Resolutions a reality? Get active with the South End Healthy Living Series and take those fitness and nutrition goals into your own hands!
'"African dance is freeing, grounding, and joyful - what could be better?" 
Join us every Tuesday, 5:45p at 200 South Pearl Street as we move to the rhythm of live African drumming! 
"I love Zumba! Why? The answer is simple: every class feels like a party!"
Join us every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:00p at 200 South Pearl Street to have a blast dancing with Mama Zumba and getting a great workout, too!
A note for new friends joining in the Healthy Living Series: Please use the rear parking lot entrance when you arrive for class!
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