Hundreds of families continued a tradition or created a new one by attending the 27th annual North Country Festival of Trees, from November 29 to December 2. The busy event attracted many area residents and visitors as they welcomed the holiday season and supported Prospect Center, a division of the Center for Disability Services, through admission fees, special festival activities and purchases.

Santa Claus arrived at the Center for Disability Services during an unexpectedly heavy snowfall on December 13, which made his annual visit to the site even more festive. Santa and elves from the Albany Police Athletic League and the Albany Police Department surprised a lobby full of CloverPatch Preschool and Langan School students and a few adult program participants. Santa and his helpers handed out plush animals as gifts.

The Charles R. Wood Aquatic Therapy Center pool has now reopened at Prospect Center in Queensbury. On October 9, there was a celebration with Prospect Board Chairperson Carl Cedrone leading a ceremony to recognize donors, thank the community and show off the large scale marine life mural created by artist Brendan Clancy.

Employees from the Center for Disability Services were recently honored at the 2018 Cerebral Palsy of New York State awards dinner at the Saratoga City Center, as part of the organization’s annual conference, Imagine. CP of NYS Staff Recognition Awards were presented October 16. Recipients from the Center were Kara Brozowski, a Certified Teaching Assistant at the Langan School in Albany, Jim Farrell, a Resident Counselor at the Dixon Road Residence in Queensbury, Kim Thomas, a Direct Support Professional in the Center’s Adult Services at Smith Center and Ty Yates, a Direct Support Professional in Human Resources.