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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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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.



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.



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.



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 ...



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 ...



Cohoes community mourns death of teen  NEWS10 ABC

COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Members of the Cohoes community gathered at George Street Park Saturday night, to remember a 17 year old who was shot and ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Police: bomb threat at Cohoes High School not credible.  WRGB

COHOES, NY (WRGB) Officials with the Cohoes City School district confirm that Police responded to a bomb threat at the high school.District officials say that ...



Cohoes district letter outlines emergency responses | News  Troy Record

COHOES, N.Y. >> Cohoes City Schools Superintendent Jennifer Spring recently sent a letter to parents and guardians about frequently asked questions for ...



Cohoes mayor says he will not resign  Times Union

COHOES — Mayor Shawn M. Morse on Monday said he will not resign his office, and insisted that allegations he had physically abused women — including his ...



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 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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Cohoes students walking to school may end for some  Albany Times Union

Cohoes. Many students have always walked to school, but that will change next year for the city's middle and high school students who will have the option to ...



Two students suspended for possessing carbon pellet gun at Cohoes High School  NEWS10 ABC

During a bomb threat investigation at Cohoes High School, school officials found that a student was in possession of a carbon pellet gun.



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 ...



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.



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 ...



Under-served kids in Cohoes to get 'Future-Ready'  Spectrum News

Underprivileged and under-served youth can soon earn up to 60 college credits during high school.



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 ...



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.



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 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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Shevlin, Bowen boost St. Rose softball  Times Union

The Saint Rose softball team posted a 2-8 record during its 10-game trip to Clermont, Fla. March 2-7 and the Golden Knights had a one-two hitting punch in ...



Cohoes schools: Sophomore killed in I-787 wreck  Albany Times Union

COHOES — Brittany Knight, a Cohoes High School sophomore, was the local student killed when she was hit by a car Thursday night on Interstate 787, the city ...



Cops: Cohoes student attacks another  Albany Times Union

The incident happened at 11 a.m. Police are investigating to determine why the 15-year-old initiated the alleged assault, police said. The Cohoes City School ...



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 ...



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

"The Cohoes Traffic Diversion Program is a direct result of the tragedies we have seen on 787, and until we get the help we need from the state to turn 787 into ...



Cohoes questions safety  Albany Times Union

Cohoes. The death of a 16-year-old girl as she tried to cross Route 787 – the third such death in 15 years — has again shaken this tightly knit city and focused ...



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 ...



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, ...



Churchill: Cohoes road shouldn't risk pedestrian lives  Albany Times Union

when a pedestrian is killed by a car, bad road design is often a contributing factor, whether the street is Central Avenue through Albany and Colonie, Hoosick ...



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.



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.



Your Best Shot  Albany Times Union

Wendell Williams, board president of Cohoes Connect Center for Youth, presents a $2000 check to the Cohoes school basketball program, money from its fall ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Cohoes Police Department welcomes two new officers to the force  Troy Record

COHOES >> The City of Cohoes will soon have two new police officers on the force. On Wednesday, police officers Sean Burwell and Kyle Pucci were both ...



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 ...



Ups and downs in learning curve  Albany Times Union

The starting unit of junior forward Malcolm Shivers, junior center Nate Monson, senior guard Tyler Skaaryp, junior guard Dereck Patterson and sophomore guard ...



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. Shawn Morse announced his candidacy for mayor ...



Sarah Jayne Trombley Barber  Glens Falls Post-Star

SCHUYLERVILLE | Sarah Jayne Trombley Barber, 32, a resident of Clancy Street, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, surrounded by her family, at the home ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Local girls to compete in New York Distinguished Young Women contest  Plattsburgh Press Republican

Mickaela Gunnison of Crown Point and Omni Bazan of Ticonderga in Saturday's competition.



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



U.S. News & World Report ranks New York's top public high schools  Albany Times Union

U.S. News & World Report has released their latest rankings of the best high schools in America, and a few area schools received strong marks. The rankings ...



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.



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 ...



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 ...



In the Military April 27, 2014 | News  Troy Record

SCOTIA >> The U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command recognized more than 60 members of the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing March 25 for ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Hillary Clinton Campaign Announces West Virginia Director  West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Hillary Clinton's leadership team in West Virginia is in place. The Democrat's state campaign announced Tuesday that Talley Sergent will serve as its director.



Former LaSalle teacher in court on rape charges  WRGB

A former teacher at the LaSalle School in Albany was in Albany County Court Wednesday, accused of raping a student.Marina Viviani's attorney filed a motion to ...



Mekeel girls breeze by Cambridge in Class C semifinals  The Daily Gazette

It isn't often a group gets the chance to be the first to do something in a school that dates back to 1976. But the Mekeel Christian Academy girls' basketball team ...



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 ...



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 ...



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 ...



Center for Disability Services telethon Sunday on Fox23  Troy Record

ALBANY >> New York Yankees pitcher Adam Warren will join New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings at the 55th Annual Center for Disability Services ...



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 ...



Man hit by car in Walmart parking lot  Spotlight News

GLENMONT - An accident in the parking lot of Walmart on Thursday afternoon left one injured. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life ...



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 ...



Gazette Obituaries  Times Herald-Record

Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771; send condolences via grayparkerfuneralhome.com. Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 ...



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 ...



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 ...



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.



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