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Here is a collection of major, recent mentions of the Guilderland Public Library in various news media. Items are arranged with most recent at the top.
by Melissa Hale-Spencer
GUILDERLAND, May 18, 2016 — The school district’s $96.6 million budget for next year passed with 72 percent of the vote.
“I’m thrilled,” said Superintendent Marie Wiles Tuesday night just after unofficial election results were reported. “We’re very appreciative for our community being so supportive.
“It’s good for kids and good for our taxpayers,” she said of the budget with tax rates estimated to increase by 0.74 percent.
“I’m not thrilled; I’m delighted,” said her husband, Timothy Wiles, director of the Guilderland Public Library, on the passage of the library’s $3.6 million spending plan.
Timothy Wiles noted that the “yes” votes were up from 66 percent last year to 69.4 percent this year while the “no” votes were down from 34 percent last year to 31 percent this year.
“We’re moving in the right direction,” he said.
Similarly, the $1,156,000 bus proposition passed with 69.8 percent of the vote. This will pay for seven big buses, three smaller buses, and two buses that will accommodate wheelchairs, and a tractor. About half of the cost of the buses will be covered by state aid.
Each of the propositions passed by wide margins at all five elementary-school polling places.
Voters also cast their ballots in an uncontested race for school board, returning both Barbara Fraterrigo and Gloria Towle-Hilt to the board and electing newcomer Teresa Gitto who will replace retiring board member Colleen O’Connell.
Towle-Hilt, 67, a retired middle school teacher, was the top vote-getter with 1,554. She won a fifth three-year term on the board. She noted earlier that her tenure began “just as the recession hit” and said, “We’ve come through a difficult time. I’m hoping now we’ll be able to take positive steps.”
Fraterrigo, 73, the longest serving member of the board, is still pushing for the teaching of what she calls “lifelong skills.” She manages her husband’s ophthalmology practice, and will now serve a seventh term. She came in second with 1,470 votes.
Gitto garnered 1,441 votes while making her first bid for the unpaid post. While both Fraterrigo and Towle-Hilt are mothers to grown Guilderland graduates, Gitto, 39, is the mother of three current Guilderland students — one at Lynnwood Elementary School and the other two at Farnsworth Middle School.
“I’d like to see how tax dollars are used to see if there’s a better way to use those funds,” said Gitto of her reason for running. She works both as a real estate agent and doing electrolysis for a local spa.
This is the first budget since Marie Wiles has led the district that, with an increase in state aid, Guilderland was able to add rather than cut posts.
Fourteen posts will be added next year and high school students will have a chance to be part of a new STEAM Academy; STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Also next year, the district will lease unused classrooms at Altamont and Pine Bush elementary schools and at the middle school, to a prekindergarten provider.
“We’ve turned a corner,” said Wiles on Election Night.
She also noted that voter turnout was down. In addition to there being an uncontested board race, Wiles noted, “There weren’t any controversies connected to the budget.”
Only one person — incumbent Bryan Best — ran for the library board although two seats were open. He garnered 1,583 votes.
Best, 29, is director of research for the Minority Conference of the Albany County Legislature.
Best won his seat in 2011 as a write-in candidate. Currently, according to Timothy Wiles, two people launched write-in campaigns for the second library board seat: Jason Wright and Michael Hawrylchak.
Results were not available before press time.
May 18, 2016
ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) April 30, 2016 — Too many lives are taken from people abusing their medications. That’s why the DEA has taken action to put a stop to it through their annual “drug take back” day that is held in several locations around the country.
The Guilderland Public Library were one of many places collecting medications on Saturday and they had a tremendous turnout. According to the DEA, the total weight was a record of 836 pounds.
The Guilderland Police Department set up a table outside of the library. A lot of cars dropped off bags of prescription drugs.
One of them was Michelle Napierski, who said she makes it a habit to check her cabinets during her spring cleaning.
“The environment, I didn’t want it getting into the water system. I know there’s lots of bad things that can happen when your drugs go down the toilet or down the sink or in the garbage, said Napierski.
This one day event gave people a chance to drop off any expired, unwanted, or unused prescription drugs before it gets into the hands of someone else.
“I think it’s a really good plan. Teenagers are grabbing them out of people’s medicine cabinets and taking things they don’t know what they are and I want them out of my cabinet if I don’t need them,” said Napierski.
Collection sites were held in several spots though out the Capital Region, making it a “safe” area for a drop-off spot.
“I just think it’s great. It really shows people are concerned about what’s in their house, what can be on the street and I just think it’s great that people are thinking about their health, their safety and the communities’ health and safety,” said Ann Wemple-Person of the Guilderland Public Library.
Only over-the-counter substances and medications in or out of their original containers were accepted. The police then brought the meds to the DEA who then disposes them.
“There’s been an over-prescribing of drugs particularly, painkillers and what’s often under our very nose, we don’t realize could end up being a problem,” said Assemblyperson Pat Fahy.
GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (CBS6) November 5, 2015 — See the video here.
The Greulich’s cow is getting a new home at the Guilderland Public Library. The cow made its way from its current home, behind the old Gruelich’s Market in Schenectady to its new home on Thursday. The cow’s owner is donating it to the library to be part of their local history collection. Greulich’s closed earlier this year. For now, the cow will be in the garden, but may move up to the roof after winter.
September 9, 2015: Read about it here.
Online article from TimesUnion.com
GUILDERLAND — A free community training on Narcan, which reverses the effects of an overdose, will be Monday at the Guilderland Public Library, 2228 Western Ave.
At 6:30 p.m., attendees can tour the Albany County Sheriff’s mobile education center to learn about various factors and dangers associated with drug abuse. More…
Video Report by WNYT’s Dan Bazile, February 4, 2015
“Workers at the Guilderland Public Library try to make the best of it. They decided to raise the temperature so to speak with a ‘Cabin Fever Beach Party,’ complete with Hawaiian shirts, leis and some steamy romance novels.
“”We just sort of looked at winter and decided enough. Tired of the dark, cloudy, snowy, frosty days,’ said Margaret Lanoue of the Guilderland Public Library.” More…
Altamont Enterprise, November 20, 2014
Five panelists at a heroin and opiate education forum on Wednesday agreed that the war on drugs is being lost and the biggest problems are with prevention and treatment.
“No community or neighborhood is immune,” said Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, who hosted the forum at the Guilderland Public Library, in her opening remarks. “Heroin abuse knows no bounds.” More…
See the entire video of this event here.
We were very pleased to add a couple of copies of the Knox Historical Society’s reprinted history of the town of Knox to our Local History collection. The Times Union liked it, too, as this coverage in the July 29 edition attests. (Click here for a larger, readable version.)
The TU’s online coverage is here.
Article available as pdf here.
From the July 11, 2014, Albany Times Union
From the May 1. 2014 Altamont Enterprise
From the July 18, 2013 Altamont Enterprise
From the July 18, 2013 Altamont Enterprise
Candidates for Guilderland Public Library’s Board of Trustees
From the May 2, 2013 Altamont Enterprise
Updated: December 3, 2014