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Photo of Colin Garwood, President/CEO of Starbridge

Hi everyone,

I hope you've enjoyed your summer. It feels like fall has arrived here in Rochester!

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"A person I support had a cat that meant the world to him. A few years ago, because of life circumstances, he was forced to give up his cat. For over a year, anytime he saw a cat or heard about a cat, he would cry.

Volunteer work is one way people often engage in their communities. Since that was a goal of his – and because I knew he missed his cat – I suggested volunteering at a shelter but, at the time, this was unthinkable to him. Over the next year, we talked about volunteering occasionally. Eventually, he agreed to try.

NYSED (New York State Education Department) has asked us share the announcement below with you about their introduction of Early Childhood and School-age Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers.

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NYS Regents Exams begin soon, and for a specific group of students who have two Regents Exams in one day, a new regulation may ease the testing burden.

Students who are classified as English Language Learners (ELL) or Multilingual Learners (MLL) and who have been granted the accommodation of extended time now have the option to request a new accommodation: Next-Day Completion.

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Hello Friends,

Happy Spring! I am looking forward to warmer days and the start of festival season here in Rochester.

2018 Lilly and Marc

Lilly Flores sees so much potential in her son. “Marc loves meeting new people. He wants to be a construction worker, a mechanic, or a scientist. His interests are anything he can build.”

But at school, it was a different story. Lilly recounts, “The school was telling me that Marc was throwing things, shoving – he was never doing that at home.”

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Starbridge is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Community Awards. Please join us at Among the Stars, on Saturday, April 6 to meet, congratulate, and celebrate these remarkable people!

2019 Community Award Winners collage

Paul is a partner in the firm Stokes Visca & Co LLP CPAs. Paul and his wife, Lisa, are parents to twins Mary and Matthew, and live in Pittsford. Paul has been a board member since 2011.

Paul Visca

Why did you decide to get involved as a board member?

Having a son with Autism, I was interested in getting involved with an organization that provides services to people with Autism and developmental disabilities. I was and still am interested in learning about the programs available as well as how the nonprofit community supports people with disabilities. Some of my interest is unique to getting better prepared in helping our son navigate the future. I also want to volunteer my time and whatever knowledge I can offer to Starbridge.

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Hello Friends,

Greetings on this cold day! Spring is still a long way off, so I hope you are finding ways to enjoy winter.

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Hello Friends,

Happy Thanksgiving!

This time of year causes me to think about what I am grateful for. First is our partnership with the individuals and families we serve. It is a sacred relationship and is our reason for being as a service provider.