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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab taps three more SUNY Oswego students

OSWEGO — Following the trail blazed by 2012 alumnus Earl Bellinger, three more SUNY Oswego students will rocket into internships this summer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech, the California Institute of Technology.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of Technology selected three SUNY Oswego seniors for internships this summer for computer programming work on the Cassini satellite mission. From left are Samantha Bielli, majoring in computer science and applied mathematical economics, computer science major Delvison Castillo and software engineering major Andrew Darwin.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at California Institute of Technology selected three SUNY Oswego seniors for internships this summer for computer programming work on the Cassini satellite mission. From left are Samantha Bielli, majoring in computer science and applied mathematical economics, computer science major Delvison Castillo and software engineering major Andrew Darwin.

JPL selected SUNY Oswego seniors Samantha Bielli, Delvison Castillo and Andrew Darwin to work for 10 weeks on the Cassini satellite mission at the renowned research complex in Pasadena starting June 18.

Bellinger, a graduate in computer science and applied mathematics now in a Ph.D. program at Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing, burned so brightly during his time at JPL in 2012 that a supervisor there asked Oswego physics professor Shashi Kanbur to “send us more” for summer 2013, Kanbur said.

Kanbur spoke with Oswego computer science faculty members James Early, Doug Lea and Alex Pantaleev — and consulted Bellinger — before recommending senior computer science majors Bielli of Gloversville and Castillo of New York City and senior software engineering major Darwin of Ferrisburgh, Vt.

“It will be a fantastic experience for these students to put on their resumes,” Kanbur said. “I think it’s a great thing for the college. Think about their orientation at JPL: ‘Where are you from?’ ‘SUNY Oswego.’ ‘OK, where are you from?’ ‘SUNY Oswego.’ ‘And where are you from?’ ‘SUNY Oswego.’ Where you are from creates an impression.”

‘Amazingly happy’

Castillo, who also minors in anthropology and cognitive science, said it took a long time to hear from JPL after he applied, but the waiting paid off.

“I was thinking I was not going to get it, so it was twice as good when I heard,” he said. “I was amazingly happy.”

Darwin, a mathematics minor, awaits more specifics on the interns’ assignments this summer.

“I understand we will be working on Web-based architecture on existing and legacy code, and creating new functionality, all part of the Cassini satellite orbiting Saturn,” he said.

Bielli, with a second major in applied mathematical economics, is eager to work outside the classroom.

“Working in a real-world situation rather than in class — a lot of good opportunities can come out of this,” she said.

Blazing the trail

Last summer, Bellinger, winner of a 2012 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, wrote computer code for the Cassini mission that NASA continues to use every day.

“He did an exceptional job,” Kanbur said. “His program optimizes the way the (mission’s computer) control sends commands to the spacecraft, and vice versa. … His supervisor there was very impressed.”

Kanbur noted that Bellinger, in Brazil, and Castillo, in Taiwan, both had Global Laboratory experiences through the college. SUNY Oswego offers hands-on, immersive problem-solving opportunities to undergraduates each summer at research sites around the world in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The experience helped create the initial opportunity for Bellinger at JPL, Kanbur said.

“The three of us had a Skype call with Earl so he could tell us what his time was like at JPL and how they are using his research,” Darwin said of the Oswego interns. “Earl said he would be happy to help us between now and this summer.”

Oswego Board Recognizes OHS Bowler

OSWEGO, NY – Matt Clemons qualified in the New York State Public High School

Athletic Association Bowling Championship and earned a position on the state all-star team, led the league with a 232 average and had several 700 series in competition.

Oswego Board Recognizes OHS Bowler

Oswego Board Recognizes OHS Bowler

He was recognized by the Oswego City School District Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools at the March 26 meeting.

Presenting Clemons with a certificate of recognition were Board President John Dunsmoor and Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist.

Middle schoolers experience college life for a day

OSWEGO — Oswego Middle School students taking part in SUNY Oswego’s Mentor-Scholar Program visited the college March 14 for a tour and an exclusive performance by the college’s Del Sarte Dance Club.

More than 80 middle school students engage in the academic and social partnership with SUNY Oswego volunteers.

Oswego Middle School students in SUNY Oswego's Mentor-Scholar Program joined the college's Del Sarte Dance Club in a group dance during their visit to campus in March.

Oswego Middle School students in SUNY Oswego’s Mentor-Scholar Program joined the college’s Del Sarte Dance Club in a group dance during their visit to campus in March.

The campus visits help to demystify college for the middle schoolers, allowing them to see themselves pursuing higher education, said Scott Ball, assistant coordinator of the Mentor-Scholar Program.

The members of SUNY Oswego’s Del Sarte student organization met with the visiting group and discussed their backgrounds and interests that led them to joining Del Sarte.

At the conclusion of the club’s performance, the middle school students learned dance steps and joined in a large group performance.

The Mentor-Scholar participants will return to campus May 3 for a ceremony closing the academic year.

Joseph L. McCarthy, 19

HANNIBAL, NY – Joseph (Joe Joe Man) McCarthy, 19, of Oswego, left us Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Joe had attended Oswego High School, was an avid basketball player and also loved playing football with his friends.

Joseph L. McCarthy

Joseph L. McCarthy

Joe loved music, especially the Beatles and Avenged Seven Fold.

Ready for a good time and with a big smile on his face, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and will be truly missed.

Joe was predeceased by his grandfather, Ronald Graham; grandmother, Shirley Scharf McCarthy.

He is survived by his parents, Faith Lynn (Graham) and Timothy McCarthy Jr.; brothers, Derek Michael (Cara) Schute and Hunter James McCarthy; maternal grandparents, Bonnie (Russell) Keene; paternal grandfather, Timothy McCarthy Sr.;  nieces, Aiyana and Aiyva; aunts, Bobbi (Matt) Norton, Andrea (Harry) Bickford and Michelle Waldron; cousins, Corey, Shania, Chantel, Brooke, Nicole and Briana.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal.

There are no funeral services.

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Penfield Library’s April 15 sale to offer books, magazines, DVDs

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library and the Penfield Library Associates will hold their annual book sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 15, in the library basement.

The sale offers non-fiction and fiction books, including children’s books, in hardcover and paperback, as well as records, DVDs, CDs, audio- and videocassettes, and magazines.

Some specially priced items will be offered for 50 percent off the marked price.

Parking for the sale is available in lots E-1 on the north side of Penfield, and E-18, the rear half of the lot south of Hart and Funnelle halls.

Free Tax Help Available in New York State

New York — Hundreds of free tax preparation sites sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service are now open across New York State. The IRS partners with nonprofit and community organizations to provide free tax preparation services for qualified taxpayers.

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax help generally to people who earn $51,000 and less. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program offers free tax help to taxpayers with priority assistance to people who are 60 and older. Many sites have multilingual volunteers who can assist people with limited English skills.

Taxpayers need to present the following items to have their returns prepared:

·           Photo identification

·           Valid Social Security cards for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents

·           Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for taxpayer, spouse and dependents, if applicable

·           Birth dates for taxpayer, spouse and dependents on the tax return

·           Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers

·           Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)

·           A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available

·           Proof of bank or credit union routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit

·           Other relevant information about income and expenses

·           Total paid for day care

·           Day care provider’s identifying number

To file taxes electronically on a Married Filing Jointly return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

Trained and certified community volunteers can help eligible taxpayers claim valuable credits and deductions, such as the Child Tax Credit or the Credit for the Elderly. Many people may also get assistance in claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a significant financial boost to low- and moderate-income workers. Volunteers can help eligible taxpayers file a tax return, even if they do not have a filing requirement, and specifically claim the credit to get the benefit.

To locate the nearest VITA site, taxpayers should visit IRS.gov or call 800-906-9887.

As part of the IRS-sponsored TCE Program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program during the filing season. Trained and certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteer counselors help people of low-to-middle income with special attention to people age 60 and older. To locate the nearest TCE site, taxpayers should visit IRS.gov or call 888-227-7669.

Kathryn Lucille Gallagher, 67

OSWEGO, NY – Kathryn Lucille Gallagher, 67, of Oswego, passed lovingly into the arms of her Savior on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Kathy’s faith in Christ was the hallmark of her life which she demonstrated through her unconditional love toward her husband, children, family and friends.

Kathryn Lucille Gallagher

Kathryn Lucille Gallagher

Mom’s passion for life was demonstrated through her choice each day to live life to the fullest by embracing those around her with humor, hospitality, and grace.

Kathy attended St. John’s Elementary School, graduated from Oswego Catholic High School in 1964 and later attended Cayuga Community college.

Her professional career began in the insurance industry, followed by employment with Niagara Mohawk for 10 years.

She was chosen to be the first woman to work onsite at Nine Mile Point One nuclear plant where she was highly valued and esteemed by the plant manager and her fellow employees.

In 1972, her husband, Bill, had the privilege of joining his life together with hers.

With the advent of her daughter’s birth, she began her new career as a full-time mother and homemaker.

In her role as a mother, she found immense joy and satisfaction and created a loving home for her family.

She had a great love for animals, nature, birds and her many dogs that loved her equally in return.

She took great joy in the simple pleasures of mowing her lawn and feeding the birds that visited her home.

She was an avid swimmer who loved being outdoors and near the water and beach.

Kathy was a faithful member of New Covenant Community Church where she humbly and diligently poured into the lives of others through Bible studies, mentoring and friendship.

She was an active volunteer in her community, serving with various organizations, most notably, the American Red Cross.

She also helped to spearhead the establishment of Young Life in Oswego County.

Most significantly to her husband, she was the heart and soul behind the family business, Industrial Precision.

Surviving are husband of 40 years, William Gallagher; a daughter, Kathryn Ellen Gallagher of Fairport; one son, Peter (Heather) Gallagher of Penfield; a sister, Marie Potter of Oswego; and many other loving family members.

She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Lucille (Paloni) Potter; and a brother, R. Michael Potter.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the New Convenant Community Church.

Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Friends may call at the New Convenant Community Church, 51 E. Oneida St., Oswego, on Tuesday from 3-7 p.m.

For those who wish to honor Kathryn’s legacy, contributions can be made to the Upstate Cancer Center Campaign, www.upstate.edu/cancercenter or the Oswego County Humane Society 265 W. First St., Oswego NY 13126.

Arrangements are in care of the Dowdle Funeral Home.

Oswego Community Christian School Annual Auction set April 20

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions

Oswego, NY – Sue Bakos, planning committee chairperson for the Oswego Community Christian School’s sixth Annual Auction, has announced that Corrina Pauldine, of the newly opened McEwen Auction Company in Oswego, will serve as the auctioneer for the live auction portion of the event.

Oswego Community Christian School Principal, Debra Greutman (left) and Planning Committee Chairperson for the school’s 6th Annual Auction, Sue Bakos (right), meet with auctioneer Corrina Pauldine of the McEwen Auction Company to discuss the live auction portion of the event. Located at 32 Erie St., Oswego, McEwen Auction Company offers weekly consignment auctions as well as specialty auctions.

Oswego Community Christian School Principal, Debra Greutman (left) and Planning Committee Chairperson for the school’s 6th Annual Auction, Sue Bakos (right), meet with auctioneer Corrina Pauldine of the McEwen Auction Company to discuss the live auction portion of the event. Located at 32 Erie St., Oswego, McEwen Auction Company offers weekly consignment auctions as well as specialty auctions.

One of the highlights of the Oswego Community Christian School’s 6th Annual Auction, the live auction will feature a number of premium items including: a polished 36″ x 4″ x 14″ Grey Granite Bench, courtesy of Oswego Co. Monuments; a Backyard Party courtesy of Fun Flicks; Original Framed Art Work; an overnight stay at the Best Western Captain’s Quarters; and much more.

“We are excited about this year’s live auction and are pleased that Corrina is donating her time and talent,” said Bakos.

Scheduled for April 20, the Oswego Community Christian School’s auction will be held from 1 – 4 p.m. at Oswego Elks Lodge #271, corner of West Fifth and Bridge streets.

The event, which serves as the school’s largest fundraiser, offers a silent auction from 1 to 2:30 p.m. followed by the live auction from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Additionally there will be the Elks famous Chicken BBQ and a bake sale.

Pre-sale dinner tickets are available for $8 at the school office.

“Thanks to the support we have received from area businesses we have a great assortment of items that will be up for bid during our silent auction and are accepting donations daily.  A complete list of auction items can be found the school’s website, www.myoccs.org, and our Facebook page,” said Bakos.

All proceeds from this event will be used for the continued improvement of the quality of education offered to the students at OCCS.

Established in 1979, the Oswego Community Christian School offers families a Christian educational alternative that excels in teaching, training and the spiritual development of their children.

Using the latest technology for both the students and the teachers, the Oswego Community Christian School blends traditional education with modern methodology in a caring, disciplined, Christian environment.

The student population of the school represents nearly twenty area churches and ministries and its hundreds of successful graduates are testimonials to the school’s commitment to the community and its high standards of education and character development.

For more information on the school’s auction or to donate an item, call the school at 315-342-9322 or Sue Bakos at 315-342-6939.

Patriot Sprint Group Ready To Melt Away Winter At The Fulton Speedway April 13; Test And Tune Cancelled

FULTON, NY – (By Dave Medler) – Due the stubbornness of the last blast of winter from mother nature that has made drying conditions tough in Oswego county, the April  6 Test Tune at the Fulton Speedway has been cancelled. The season opener  will see all systems go to kick off the 2013 season.

The fire breathing, methanol burning Sprint cars are ready to burn away and kick out the remains of winter and the long off-season.  On Saturday, April 13 the Patriot Sprint Tour and A-Verdi Storage Containers presents the “Methanol Melt Down” as the high flying winged warriors invade the Route 57 oval.

The action doesn’t stop with the Sprint Cars as the always exciting SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models and Mod Lites will be vying for qualifying spots for the Outlaw 200 weekend.

At the 2012 Methanol Meltdown Steve Poirier outran over 40 of the best 360 Sprint Car drivers in the Northeast. Look for a strong car count once again with the event being the first 360 race in the region. In the SUNY Canton Sportsman and NAPA Late Models Tim Sears Jr. won both features. Look for different winners on the 13th as Sears is concentrating his efforts with his Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modified in 2013.

SUNY Canton Sportsman teams, even though this carries a guaranteed spot for the October 4-5 Industrial Tire Of CNY Sportsman Shootout on Outlaw 200 weekend, it’s not part of the five-race  shootout  Series that puts qualified drivers in a top-twelve redraw spot. The Fulton Speedway shootout series event will be Wednesday night, July 17 when Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne compete against the UNOH All-Star Sprints presented by Tracey Road Equipment.

Tracey Road Equipment and Four-Cylinder Stock teams, with the Test & Tune canceled on the 6th you are invited to come practice on April 13.

A-Verdi Storage Containers out of Savannah, NY has been locally owned and operated in New York for over 30 years and is the premier provider of Storage and office solutions throughout New York. They have built many solid relationships with customers and suppliers throughout the years. It is their belief that it takes great customers, suppliers and employees to operate a successful business.

Their mission is to provide the best solution for your storage and site office needs with the highest quality product & award winning customer service. They offer a full line of equipment to solve your storage problems, but their greatest asset is the team of great people that work together at A-Verdi to accomplish that mission. It is through the owner’s belief T.E.A.M. (Together Each Achieves More) mentality that blends together employees of 30 years with new younger employees in one strong environment. Each and every one of their employees has a part and takes ownership in making the order, delivery and product itself the best that it is.

For more information on what A-Verdi can do for you, please visit www.averdi.com or call 800-248-3734. Don’t forget to support those who support racing.

Gates will open on April 13 at 5 p.m. with racing to start at 7 p.m.

The full points season will start May 4 with the Tracey Road Equipment Big Block Modifieds, SUNY Canton Sportsman, NAPA Late Models, E&V Energy Novice Sportsman and Four-Cylinder Stocks.

It’s not too late to get your season passes for what will be another exciting race season at both the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways. Please contact Cory Reed at (315) 638-4056 or by e-mail at cory@brewertonspeedway.com for all your questions.

Keep up with track updates throughout the season at www.brewertonspeedway.com and www.fultonspeedway.com, on each speedway’s Facebook accounts and on Twitter at twitter.com/Fultonspeedway and twitter.com/BrewertonSpdway.

A Boost For New York’s Biggest Industry

By Senator Patty Ritchie

When you think of the word “industry” what comes to mind? For most people it’s big factories, busy assembly lines and fast-moving machinery. When I think “industry,” I also think of New York’s biggest, which to the surprise of many, is agriculture.

New York’s hardworking farmers have been putting food on the world’s tables for more than 380 years, since the first European settlers arrived here and planted the crops that would be sent back to their homelands.  Since then, we’ve come a long way.  Today, agriculture is our state’s leading industry and new technology and products are helping our state’s more than 36,000 farmers grow.

As chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, it’s my priority to support farmers.  That’s why I’m happy to announce that the new state budget restores cuts to key agriculture programs, while adding new funding and a new marking initiative to help our farmers grow.

Some of the key components, many of which were included in my “Grown in New York” legislative plan to boost agriculture, include:

·         $1.5 million for the New York Farm Viability Institute, a farmer-led nonprofit that sponsors dozens of agricultural research and other programs across Central, Northern and Upstate New York to help bolster farmers’ bottom lines;

·         $584,000 for Cornell University’s FarmNet program—an increase of $200,000—to help struggling farmers with services, counseling and assistance;

·         $500,000 restoration for Northern New York Agricultural development;

·         $40,000 for research aimed at helping farmers who want to take advantage of the state’s growing microbrewing niche, under provisions of a new law I sponsored;

·         $1 million each to state apple growers to help ward off invasive pests, and for expanded marketing of New York wine and grape products;

·         $125,000 for promotion of New York maple products;

·         $100,000 restoration to continue the state’s highly successful tractor rollover prevention program. Tractor accidents are a leading cause of on-the-farm injuries and fatalities.

·         $200,000 in new funding to help berry growers combat invasive species that are destroying their crops;

·         $150,000 restored to turf growers, and $100,000 in new funding for Christmas tree farmers. New York ranks seventh for Christmas tree production in the US;

·         Increased funding for prevention of rabies, following growing incidences of the disease on farms and among wildlife, and the mosquito-borne EEE virus.

As you can see, New York State is stepping up to the plate and making sure our farmers have the means to grow our already thriving agriculture economy.

But, it doesn’t stop there. Just recently, the Senate gave its approval to a budget bill that encourages state agencies to buy more local food. The measure gives them the expanded authority to spend up to $200,000 for goods that are grown, produced and harvested in our state.

Building upon this initiative, I’ll continue to work towards many of the components contained in my “Grown in New York” plan including the establishing of Farm Savings Accounts and the repeal of the Estate Tax for most farms.

Along with continuing my efforts to slash red tape, these will be top priorities as the legislative session continues.

Agriculture is the backbone of our economy, and as your state senator, and chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I pledge to continue to do all I can to support the farming industry, with an eye towards making our entire state stronger and more prosperous.

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