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February 18, 2014 by Michael ODonnell (Register to contact)

On my 67th birthday (12/31/2011), I retired from the Federal Government after 37 1/2 years of service. I was a Supervisory Mathematical Statistician for the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in College Park, Maryland. I headed the Statistical Applications Team, providing statistical support to research and regulatory scientists (chemists, biologists, toxicologists).

I now teach Statistics part-time at Howard Community College (HCC), Columbia, MD. I generally teach two sections back to back during the Fall and Spring terms and one during the,Winter Term. I enjoy bringing my FDA experience into the classroom, and the students like it as well. I have patterned my teaching style after Mrs. Donk, and it has been successful.

I also play the guitar and sing, mostly as a music minister at 4:30 PM Saturday Mass at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church here in Columbia. I have also performed at FDA and HCC..

Sadly, my beloved spouse Barbara Anne passes away on September 27, 2015 from recurrent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. We were married for 47 years and were blessed with six children, now all adults. I enjoy spending time with them.

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Four candidates run for Brunswick Board of Education seats  Troy Record

BRUNSWICK, N.Y. — This year in the Brunswick Central School District four people are running for three open Board of Education seats. Each seat is a ...



Cohoes High School wins theater grant  Times Union

COHOES – The show will go on for free as Cohoes High School won a national competition and won't have to pay the $4,000 royalty fee to perform Chicago: ...



Cohoes High School drama program wins rights to perform 'Chicago'  Troy Record

COHOES, N.Y. — Students in the drama program at Cohoes High School will have a unique opportunity to perform "Chicago: High School Edition."



High school drama club to present 'Shrek the Musical' this weekend in Cohoes  Troy Record

COHOES, N.Y. — The Cohoes High School Drama Club will present "Shrek the Musical" throughout the weekend in the Cohoes High School auditorium.



Cohoes High School faculty learns how to 'Stop the Bleed'  Troy Record

COHOES, N.Y. — During a Thursday faculty meeting at Cohoes High School, the teachers were the students, and the lesson they learned could save a life.



Alesio announces bid for Cohoes Common Council | Local News  Troy Record

COHOES, N.Y. — With all six Common Council seats up for election this year, another candidate recently announced their candidacy for a seat in the 6th Ward.



Cohoes teachers, board OK longer school day  Albany Times Union

The Cohoes Board of Education and its teachers' union have agreed to a new four-year contract that will lengthen the school day at all grade levels. The board ...



Watervliet, Cohoes schools to utilize 'Passport for Good' app  Troy Record

ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. — The schools of the Watervliet City School District and Cohoes City School District are now able to provide "Passport for Good."



April Trudeau announces candidacy for Cohoes Common Council  Troy Record

COHOES, N.Y. — A 27-year-old Spindle City resident recently announced her candidacy for a Cohoes Common Council seat.



Vigil held after teen's homicide on Cohoes bike trail  Times Union

COHOES - Police said Friday night's fatal shooting of a teenager in Cohoes is a homicide. Johni Dunia, 17, a former Cohoes High School student, was killed on ...



Idol contestant Madison VanDenburg meets with teens in Cohoes  Troy Record

COHOES, N.Y. — Local teen musical sensation Madison VanDenburg paid a visit to Community Miracles in Action in Cohoes and met with teens of Louder ...



Student arrested at Cohoes High School after alleged shooting threat  Times Union

COHOES — Cohoes High School went into lockdown Tuesday afternoon after a student called 911 just before 2 p.m. to warn of an imminent shooting. The caller ...



Biggs announces candidacy for Cohoes Common Council | Local News  Troy Record

COHOES, N.Y. — Adam Biggs recently announced his candidacy for the Cohoes Common Council.



Republicans recommend nurse to fill vacant Cohoes legislative seat  Times Union

COHOES - Republicans in Cohoes are recommending a 33-year-old nurse from the city to fill the seat of Ralph Signoracci, who resigned as an Albany County ...



Wife of Cohoes' mayor hospitalized  Times Union

COHOES — Brenda Morse, the wife of Cohoes Mayor Shawn M. Morse, was hospitalized on Tuesday morning after being found unresponsive in a hotel where ...



Cohoes hires new police officer, promotes firefighter to lieutenant  Troy Record

COHOES, N.Y. — Cohoes City Hall was filled with family, friends, along with city officials Monday afternoon as firefighter George Primeau Jr. was promoted to ...



Cohoes High students get free, early shot at college  Times Union

COHOES — Starting this academic year, Cohoes High School is offering a group of freshmen the opportunity to graduate with an associate degree and ...



In Cohoes, a push to boost school attendance goes beyond busing  Times Union

COHOES — Last year, nearly a quarter of all students in Cohoes missed at least 18 days of school. That's two days a month, or 10 percent of all days in a school ...



High school reunions  Times Union

Albany High Class of 1988 welcomes members of the Classes of 1987 and 1989 to its 30th reunion, from 8 to 11 p.m. Aug. 4 at Albany Pump Station. $30 per ...



Man charged with killing teenage African immigrant in Upstate NY  NewYorkUpstate.com

COHOES, N.Y. (AP) -- The mother of an immigrant African teenager found slain along an Albany-area bicycle path last week says her family fled their war-torn ...



Email attributed to Brenda Morse said she made up abuse allegations  Times Union

COHOES — In an email attributed to Brenda Morse, the estranged wife of Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse, she allegedly recanted claims of physical abuse by her ...



Cuomo calls on Cohoes mayor to quit amid new abuse allegations  Times Union

COHOES — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, reacting to Sunday's Times Union report that Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse is alleged to have used physical violence against ...



Abuse allegations against Morse widen  Times Union

Cohoes. Mayor Shawn M. Morse, who remains under investigation for allegations that he grabbed his wife by the neck and threw her to the ground during an ...



Still no arrests made in Cohoes teen's homicide  Times Union

COHOES — The candles from Saturday's vigil are extinguished and the crime tape from the bike path has been removed, but Johni Dunia's killer is still out there.



Cohoes Democratic Committee re-elects Ethier as chairman  Troy Record

COHOES, N.Y. — Members of the Cohoes Democratic Committee recently unanimously re-elected Gil Ethier to his 9th two-year term as the committee's ...



'Shrek the Musical' at Cohoes High School  Albany Times Union

Cohoes High School's production of "Shrek the Musical" will be held at 7 p.m. April 12 – 13 and 2 p.m. April 14 at Cohoes High School.



Cohoes takes new course  Times Union

Cohoes. Rob Wattsman has spent the majority of his adult life being able to recognize and deal with dangerous situations as a firefighter and emergency ...



Basketball a brief distraction for Cohoes after fire  Troy Record

COHOES, N.Y. >> After a day at school in which the main topic of conversation was a fire that hit more than 20 buildings in downtown Cohoes, a boys high.



Driver found not guilty in Cohoes fatality  Times Union

COHOES -- A City Court judge found a Rensselaer man not guilty of speeding and imprudent speed in the June 2016 fatal pedestrian accident on State Route ...



Dates, times of High School Musical Theatre Award participants' shows  Times Union

Were you Seen at the High School Musical Theatre Awards presented by the Times Union held at Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday, May 19, 2018?



Photos: St. Patrick's Day Feast at BOCES  Times Union

ALBANY -- A St. Patrick's Day Feast was held at the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education School in Albany Thursday. About 60 students in ...



Cohoes superintendent recognized by national group as one to watch  Troy Record

COHOES, N.Y. >> Cohoes City School District superintendent Jennifer Spring is among fewer than two dozen of her peers nationwide recently to be recognized ...



Doctors, patients to team up with 19 local schools for V-Healthy Day  Troy Record

CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. — Students from 19 different Capital Region high schools will team up with over 200 medical professionals on Wednesday to highlight ...



Time stands still for Cohoes school clock  Albany Times Union

getting to the clock means opening the school's roof and digging through encased asbestos. [...] the machinery behind the clock's face was removed long ago; ...



Cohoes judge draws on time in foster care to help city's at-risk teens  Albany Times Union

COHOES – It was City Court Judge Andra Ackerman's first day on the bench when a teenager, who was homeless, drinking and now facing three criminal ...



Roselyn A. Mahoney | Obituaries | poststar.com  Glens Falls Post-Star

BERLIN — Roselyn A. Mahoney, 77, of Plank Road, and formerly of Argyle, died Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Samaritan Hospital after a courageous battle with ...



Man pleads not guilty in slaying of 17-year-old boy  WLOX

An upstate New York man has been arraigned on murder charges in the shooting death of a teenager whose family fled their war-torn African homeland for a ...



New Cohoes look has future in mind  Albany Times Union

Handwritten bubbles surrounded Nathaniel Hawthorne's literary protagonist, each with phrases such as "made clothing for no profit" and "never revealed the ...



Highest court to take on bullying  Albany Times Union

Albany. To police, the jaw-dropping remarks of Cohoes High School student Marquan Mackey-Meggs on Facebook in 2010 were grounds for his arrest under a ...



Local students walk out to protest gun violence  Troy Record

COHOES, N.Y. >> Hundreds of students from Cohoes High School walked around the school for 17 minutes Wednesday morning to remember the 17 victims ...



Abuse claims against Shawn Morse go back years  Times Union

Cohoes. Domestic abuse allegations involving Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse stretch back more than two decades, including an incident in the mid-1990s when a ...



Defunct Catholic church becoming Cohoes youth center  Albany Times Union

Cohoes. A basketball court rises where a pipe organ once thundered and a game room takes shape where choir members sang hymns at Sunday Mass in the ...



Cohoes unveils results of probe into crash that killed teen  Albany Times Union

Cohoes. The driver of the car that hit and killed a Cohoes High School sophomore has been ticketed as the city continues its campaign to make I-787 safer to ...



Principal's purchase under investigation  Albany Times Union

Police are investigating the principal of Cohoes High School after he reportedly bought ammunition earlier this month from a former student in the school's ...



Cohoes community mourns death of teen hit by car; Mayor advocates change to 787  NEWS10 ABC

A teenager was struck and killed by a car on I-787 in Cohoes.



OESJ boys seeded second | News, Sports, Jobs  Gloversville Leader-Herald

After making runs into the Final Four of the Section II Class D boys' soccer tournament, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville is looking to take the final step i.



With Cohoes safety class, drivers may steer clear of tickets  Albany Times Union

Cohoes. The city is launching a voluntary Traffic Diversion Program to send motorists ticketed for violating traffic laws to driving safety classes.



Churchill: Cohoes success comes with claims of intimidation  Albany Times Union

Before that terrible fire on Friday night, Cohoes was enjoying an undeniably positive month. [...] there was the Palace Theatre agreement to operate Cohoes ...



Former Teacher from LaSalle School in Albany indicted on rape, other charges  WRGB

A Cohoes High school teacher is on administrative leave right now.The school district saying they took action today, as soon as they found out Marina Viviani ...



Dreary weather fails to dampen cheerful mood at Cohoes graduation  Troy Record

TROY, N.Y. >> Although it was a dreary Saturday morning in the Capital Region, the mood was cheerful at Hudson Valley Community College as family, friends, ...



Extra police at Colonie high school following school bus comment  Times Union

There will be an extra police presence at Colonie Central High School on Wednesday after a student made a threatening comment on a school bus Tuesday.



I-787 in Cohoes get new pedestrian signals; behavior still problematic  Albany Times Union

Brittany Knight, a Cohoes High School sophomore, was struck and killed in June at the intersection of 787 and Bridge Avenue. On Thursday, Morse gathered ...



Photos: Selfies with Hillary Clinton  Albany Times Union

COHOES — Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton was more than happy to pose for selfies with supporters at Cohoes High School on Monday.



Start school later? Many say no way, but science says teens need more sleep  Times Union

When Hope Perlman's oldest daughter started high school, she immediately noticed a shift. The girl was a top student, the kind who loved learning, and whose ...



Track and Field Announces 2018 Recruiting Class  Hartfordhawks.com

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Twenty-six recruited student-athletes have committed to the University of Hartford cross country and track and field programs, ...



How Paula Stopera became an inspiration to others – and secured her legacy  Albany Business Review

Paula Stopera is retiring after making CAP COM one of region's largest credit unions.



Cohoes group takes over historic cemetery, seeks to solve its mystery  Albany Times Union

McDonald said he'd like to find out who the legal owner is, so it can be deeded over to the Daughters of the American Revolution, the owner of the historic Van ...



Amsterdam native Tonko's career in Congress heats up  Times Union

WASHINGTON – If Congress operated along the lines of Wall Street, it would be worth noting that Rep. Paul Tonko's stock is on the rise. At age 69 — he turns 70 ...



HRC Barnstorms Cohoes  WAMC

Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton. The presidential hopeful trekked from Manhattan, where she appeared with Governor.



Does class rank matter? More Capital Region high schools ask the question  Albany Times Union

Class rank at Guilderland High School isn't published until the last half of senior year, but students know well before then whose names will top the list.



Morse wins primary over challenger in Cohoes | News  Troy Record

COHOES >> Shawn Morse declared victory over challenger Dianne Nolin in the Democratic primary for Cohoes mayor Thursday. Many who won the primary ...



The man behind the turf turnaround at Schenectady Muni  The Daily Gazette

Golfers are raving about the course conditions at Schenectady Municipal Golf Course, and that's music to Mike Scesny's ears. Scesny is the man behind the ...



Shawn Morse announces run for Cohoes mayor | News  Troy Record

COHOES >> There will be at least two people running in a Democratic primary for mayor this fall in Cohoes.



Cohoes football coach Ducharme steps down, replaced by Havens  The Saratogian

COHOES >> After nine years, Cohoes High School football coach James Ducharme confirmed he is stepping down from the position for the 2015 season and ...



Amsterdam track and field teams win against Johnstown  mohawkvalleycompass.com

The Amsterdam girls and boys varsity track and field teams enjoyed a successful Foothills Council dual meet Tuesday afternoon at Amsterdam High School.



A second try at cyberbully law  Albany Times Union

the new version has yet to be vetted by County Attorney Thomas Marcelle, whose office was charged with defending the flawed 2010 law that the Court of ...



Family seeks more than numbers  Albany Times Union

Jennifer Simpson was found dead just before midnight on June 24, 1300 miles from her native Cohoes, in between the front and back seats of a 1996 ...



Clinton questions whether Sanders is qualified to be president  Washington Post

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton on Wednesday questioned whether her rival in the Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), is ...



Charges dismissed against teacher accused of rape  WRGB

ALBANY, NY (WRGB) Charges against a Kingston woman accused of rape, has had those charges dropped.Prosecutors say 30 year old Marina Viviani was ...



Clinton, Sanders agree to New York debate ahead of primary  Chattanooga Times Free Press

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have agreed to a Democratic presidential debate next week in New York, ensuring a high-stakes televised showdown ahead ...



Beyond the Games: Brian Beaury Jr.  WRGB

NISKAYUNA, NY (WRGB)- Beaury is one of the most well-recognized surnames in Capital Region basketball circles.But Brian and Mary Ann's three children ...



It's the Cadillac of legal bills  Albany Times Union

City taxpayers are on the hook for $132000 in legal fees stemming from the police department's refusal to return an Escalade seized from a woman without a ...



Which Albany, NY-area schools have the highest SAT scores? - Albany Business Review  Albany Business Review

The Albany Business Review compiled the mean SAT scores for 83 high schools in the Albany, New York area using College Board data provided by the New ...



Puzzling and sad end to quest for new start  Albany Times Union

More than 1300 miles from where Jennifer Simpson's body was discovered, family and friends are mourning the death of the popular, bright-eyed Cohoes ...



State's top court nixes law  The Altamont Enterprise

ALBANY COUNTY — The state's top court has determined that Albany County's law criminalizing cyberbullying is “overbroad and facially invalid under the Free ...



Albany, New York area high school graduates plans for enrolling in two-year and four-year colleges - Albany Business Review  Albany Business Review

College is the goal for most high school graduates in the area. As part of our annual Schools Report, see which districts sent the most students on to ...



Kirsten Gillibrand: Hillary Clinton will release her Wall Street transcripts  Washington Times

Listen folks, we'll never be able to read whatever Shakespearean prose Hillary Clinton delivered to Goldman Sachs for $475000. Or will we?



Women for Hillary Campaign Endorsement Announcement  C-SPAN

Thirteen Democratic senators, all women, announce their endorsement of 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at an event in Washington, DC.



The Latest: Girl approaches pope as he enters UAE stadium  Albany Times Union

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' historic visit to the United Arab Emirates (all times local):. 6:30 p.m. ...



Teen charged under cyberbullying law  Albany Times Union

The student is accused of creating a Facebook page called "Cohoes Flame," in which he listed sexual experiences of female, and some male, students who ...



Girls basketball: Hoosic Valley tops Mechanicville in C quarterfinals  The Saratogian

SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. >> It was a tale of two halves in the Section II Class C quarterfinal between Mechanicville and Hoosic Valley.



Police charge six in party vandalism  Albany Times Union

Seth Hawk, 19, of Grafton, who was charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief, both felonies; and endangering the welfare of a ...



Three students injured in school bus crash in Colonie  Albany Times Union

COLONIE — A driver was taken to the hospital for observations and three Cohoes High School students suffered minor injuries when their school bus collided ...



Thursday’s Ted Cruz rally in Scotia sells out  Albany Times Union

Do other candidates charge to attend a rally? rekkids says: April 6, 2016 at 11:47 am. Shocking there are that many morons is the area ! Tupper Lake says:.



Seven to compete for Moriah Young Woman | Local News  Plattsburgh Press Republican

MORIAH — The Distinguished Young Women of Moriah Scholarship Program, formerly Junior Miss, has seven high-school seniors competing for $2,000 in ...



Photos: Practices begin for 2012 high school football season  Albany Times Union

Image 1 of 20. Columbia High School running back Chris Smith during his team's first practice on Monday evening Aug. 13, 2012 in East Greenbush, NY.



U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Speaking out about women in politics  Albany Times Union

Gillibrand became a successful corporate lawyer, her public *service* ambitions dormant, until Hillary Clinton galvanized her to enter politics. [...] in her first full ...



Gazette Obituaries - News - recordonline.com - Middletown, NY  Times Herald-Record

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East Greenbush sailor earns Bronze Star Medal in Afghanistan  Albany Times Union

Navy Master Chief Mineman Glenn Niemitalo of East Greenbush has received a Bronze Star Medal for meritorious *service* in the Afghanistan war. Niemitalo also ...



The risks kids take for art  Albany Times Union

The Times Union recently held a contest called "In Your Own Shoes," which asked kids from elementary school through high school to create "art shoes." Sarah ...



Asbestos hauled out of Saratoga County's 'haunted hospital'  The Daily Gazette

Local people will tell you how the former Saratoga County Homestead was once a grand old building. The sprawling hospital-style building was by far the most ...



Promposals raise prom invitations to new levels of creativity  Schenectady Gazette

Gone are the days of awkwardly blurting, “Will you go to the prom with me?” Invitations to the iconic spring dance have turned into all-out productions.



My other life  Albany Times Union

Millet is a nurse practitioner for a local gastroenterology practice and is also owner of Capital Region NP Psychiatric Therapy in Latham. Five hundred doctors ...



Area youths show off their Halloween costumes  Albany Times Union

Image 1 of 18. From left to right: Sarah Sroczynski, Ashley Beltran, Raquel Czelusniak, Alyssa Heinrichs and Allie Gallo. Photo by Rosa D'Ambrosio/New Visions ...



More charges in party probe  Albany Times Union

Damian Degennaro was charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor petit larceny and criminal trespass, the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office said.



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