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Wellness Wednesday – Highland Has a Mascot!

Wellness Wednesday – Highland Has a Mascot!

This #WellnessWednesday we want to share a story that came to us by way of the Highland house on Springbrook’s main campus. Last month, staff at Highland found a dehydrated baby fawn crying outside of the residence. The staff acted quickly and contacted the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Bobbie Martindale, Assistant Residential Program Director of the GEMS/Golisano program, along with her son, Ethan, came up to campus and delivered the fawn to the Johnson Wildlife Rehabilitation location in Laurens. Ethan named the fawn, Gem, after the GEMS program at Springbrook. A huge shout-out to Logan Kabana, Tim Deane, and Rochelle Bartow for spotting this sweet little girl fawn. Gem is doing well and growing fast. Highland has a mascot!

Another special shout-out goes out to the Team Fawn Wildlife Sanctuary! Thank you very much for your support!

Take A Look Tuesday – Arts & Crafts Smiles

Take A Look Tuesday – Arts & Crafts Smiles

Take a look at the smiles on these faces. This #TakeALookTuesday, the Norwich Dayhab had a day of arts & crafts, and it was a big hit. BillieJo Fairchild, Norwich Day Habilitation/Broad Street DHA said, “Seeing happy faces and the fact that they are all interacting with each other in such positive ways makes for a perfect day.” We agree and those smiles are contagious. Have a great Tuesday!

Springbrook to Host Tryouts for Special Olympics Soccer Team

Springbrook to Host Tryouts for Special Olympics Soccer Team

Contact:
Kira DeLanoy
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Springbrook
105 Campus Drive
Oneonta, New York 13820
Phone: 607-286-7171 Ext. 287
Email: delanoyk@springbrookny.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2021        

Springbrook to Host Tryouts for Special Olympics Soccer Team

Oneonta, NY: The Springbrook Scorpions Special Olympics soccer team will once again host tryouts on August 4th and 5th from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm, after canceling last season due to COVID-19 safety concerns and restrictions. The soccer tryouts and participation on the team are free and open to the public as long as all protocols are met. Tryouts will be held at The School at Springbrook’s soccer field on the organization’s main campus at 105 Campus Drive in Oneonta, NY.

Interested athletes do not need to receive services from Springbrook to participate. This opportunity is available to any athletes eight years of age and older who an agency or medical professional has identified as having an intellectual disability; or have a cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures; or have significant learning or vocational problems due to cognitive delays which require, or have required, specially-designed instruction.

Special Olympics New York has established a Return to Activities plan developed in close partnership with Special Olympics International and in compliance with federal and state guidelines. Currently, Special Olympics is in the Green Phase (low risk), which means:

Onsite Screening: If you have any signs of illness, you may not participate.

Masks: Strongly recommended for ALL participants; All unvaccinated individuals must wear masks at all times, except during rigorous exercise. Masks must be worn in the vans by everyone at all times. If you are vaccinated, and we do not have proof, you are considered unvaccinated. While at any Special Olympics event, you may be asked to wear a mask at any time.

Distancing: Take active measures to distance outside of sports activities.

Travel: All participants must be from a low transmission area or be vaccinated. If traveling by air or train, it is strongly recommended that a negative COVID-19 PCR test be obtained before attending the event. Individuals with positive results are instructed not to attend.

Accommodations: Up to 4 individuals may share a room if ALL individuals in the room are vaccinated. Max of 2 per room if one individual is unvaccinated. Otherwise, individuals sharing a room must live in the same household.

Athletes, coaches, and volunteers do not need to be screened before each practice but must be symptom-free (this is subject to change). It is recommended that everyone wear a mask, but it is mandatory for not fully vaccinated individuals. Those that are fully vaccinated need to provide coaches with proof of vaccination. The proof will come in the form of a copy of the vaccination card, a screenshot of the Excelsior pass, or a medical verification from their doctor. This proof needs to be submitted in conjunction with the individual’s medical forms listed below. Please note that these guidelines come from Special Olympics International, not Special Olympics New York, so they are not at liberty to change them. In addition, athletes will need to have an updated and current medical registration form on file, a signed COVID code of conduct/risk assessment form, and a signed COVID-19 waiver, all of which are attached. Please have all the forms filled out, signed by the appropriate people, and sent to Jonathan Philby at the below email address, or submit the documents on the first day of tryouts.

For more information regarding tryouts for the Springbrook Special Olympics Soccer Team, email Jonathan Philby at philbyj@springbrookny.org.

Forms can be found below:

 

COVID-19 PARTICIPANT CODE OF CONDUCT and RISK FORM

COVID-19 PARTICIPANT CODE OF CONDUCT and RISK FORM

COVID-19 WAIVER

COVID-19 WAIVER

Athlete Medical Form – HEALTH HISTORY

Athlete Medical Form – HEALTH HISTORY

ATHLETE REGISTRATION FORM

ATHLETE REGISTRATION FORM

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Springbrook’s Special Olympics Program is host to a basketball, soccer, and track & field team and is 100% donor-funded. The program supports over 70 area athletes.

Wellness Wednesday – Ice Cream Brings Smiles

Wellness Wednesday – Ice Cream Brings Smiles

This #WellnessWednesday, it is important to remember that a key to wellness is balance! While ice cream may not be the best nutritional choice, it sure does taste good and can bring a smile to nearly anyone’s face. We just love ice cream and recently the local ice cream truck made a stop at Springbrook’s main campus. The truck stopped at each residence and each student picked out their favorite ice cream snack. There is nothing like ice cream on a hot summer day. Check out these great photos!

Take A Look Tuesday – Thank You For Meeting Us On Main

Take A Look Tuesday – Thank You For Meeting Us On Main

Take a look at a few of our favorite moments from the “Meet Me On Main” event sponsored by Springbrook this past Saturday. Although periods of rain and a thunderstorm forecast loomed large, it could not dampen the spirits of those who attended. We want to thank everyone involved who braved the weather and helped us have an awesome day. It was a pleasure to share our vision for the Ford Block and have such a wonderful day with our community. Please share and enjoy, and if you want to be involved in the official public hearing today regarding the Ford Block restoration project, please attend:

Tuesday, 07/20/21, 11:00 a.m.

County of Otsego Industrial Development Agency
189 Main Street, Suite 500
Oneonta, NY

Official Public Notice

Situation Saturday – Meet Us On Main Today!

Situation Saturday – Meet Us On Main Today!

On this #SituationSaturday, come on down to Main Street, Oneonta, and say hello! Enjoy a fun-filled day of activities, live music, and a chance to peruse the downtown businesses and taste the local cuisine. Learn about Springbrook’s latest programs and projects, including the renovation of the Oneonta Ford Block buildings. Enjoy a Springbrook trivia game with prizes, a make-your-own slime booth, yard games, sidewalk chalk drawing, and much more! We look forward to seeing you there! #SpringbrookOnMain

Ford Block Information

Ford Block Information

Springbrook, a leading provider of supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New York State, is purchasing the Ford Block building located at 212 Main St., Oneonta, NY. Springbrook is a non-profit organization. Our commitment is to provide the utmost transparency to the Oneonta community throughout every step of this project, especially given the historical significance of the building and therefore its importance to downtown. Springbrook has many ambitious plans for the building, with all of our work guided by our organizational mission and vision; to support those most underserved in our communities. With this core principle in mind, Springbrook has these primary goals for the Ford Block project:

  • Invest in the Oneonta Community
    • A vibrant Main Street is essential for the entire Oneonta community
    • Keep the building on the city tax rolls
  • Maintain the historical integrity of the building
    • Update the building to meet modern safety regulations
  • Create integrated housing;
    • Market-rate housing options for working professionals
    • Supported housing options for people with neuro-diversities
  • Job opportunities for the people Springbrook supports

Because of our non-profit status, it is an option for Springbrook to get a tax abatement. The organization will not seek to do this because of the significant tax revenue that the city earns from this valuable real estate. Instead, Springbrook is seeking a “modified pilot abatement.” This will allow Springbrook to pay taxes at the current value of the building, with the taxes on the restored (improvements) value of the building phased in over the next 25 years.

Over the coming weeks and at the “Meet Me On Main” event sponsored by the organization on July 17th, Springbrook will be releasing more detailed information regarding our plans for the building, including cost and specs. In the meantime, a public hearing will be held regarding the modified pilot request. We encourage you to attend, ask questions, and voice any concerns that you may have.

Please attend:
Tuesday, 07/20/21, 11:00 a.m.
County of Otsego Industrial Development Agency
189 Main Street, Suite 500
Oneonta, NY

Official Public Notice

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Donor Dollars at Work – A Proud Sponsor of Meet Me On Main

In just two days, you can Meet Springbrook on Main in Oneonta! As a proud sponsor of this community event, we would love to see our friends and supporters there! Visit us to learn more about Springbrook’s programs, projects, and plans for the future, and make time to stop in local businesses like Latte Lounge, Subway, and the Green Toad Bookstore- all proud businesses located in the historic Ford Block buildings. If you would like to support Springbrook’s work and mission during this day of fun, you can make a gift when you see a Springbrook donation box! All gifts have an inspiring impact, and all communities are stronger when we come together. We hope to see you this Saturday, July 17th!

Wellness Wednesday – Springbrook Helps People Stay Well On Main

Wellness Wednesday – Springbrook Helps People Stay Well On Main

Did you know that Springbrook’s Day Habilitation services offer activities tailored to the interests of the people in the program? Activities at Day Habilitation sites include yoga classes, gardening, music, games, art, and cooking classes. On this #WellnessWednesday, we thought that was some cool information to share! Come join us on Main Street, Oneonta, this Saturday and learn more about how Springbrook helps people stay well! #SpringbrookOnMain

Check out our events page and the awesome entertainment line-up below!

10am     Bourbon and Branch          Chestnut Street Stage

11am     Peter Blue                           Muller Plaza Stage

12pm     Mike Herman                      Elm Street Stage

1pm       Bad Mothers                       Chestnut Street Stage

2pm       Dave Rama                         Muller Plaza Stage

3pm       Wendy Slicer                      Elm Street Stage

4pm       John Davies 3                    Chestnut Street Stage

5pm       Doug Decker                      Muller Street Stage

7pm       Rich Mollin, friends             Elm Street Stage

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