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Town chips away at Chip Shots

— Vardaro also inquired about how to put in a bid for the concession vendor. Despite his ordeal, DeGeorge said he’d consider putting in a bid, too.

“I feel we belong there,” said DeGeorge.

A public hearing on the matter will be Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m.

Town to accept Access Passes at parks

The Town Board passed a resolution making individual New York State Access Passes accepted at town recreational parks and facilities when accompanied by a Town of Colonie resident card.

The Access Pass permits residents of the state with permanent disabilities free use of parks, historic sites and recreational facilities operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Trish Washburn has been on a mission to have the town accept Access Passes since July 2008. She has two children with autism and her family has been part of the documentary “United States of Autism.”

“Many therapies for my children I had paid for out of pocket and are not covered by insurance. … New York State Access Pass enabled my family to take day vacations,” said Washburn.

Washburn’s son, Buddy, stood before the Town Board to share why the Access Pass was important to him. He said he likes going to the park and the pool. After the Board’s unanimous vote, Mahan told Buddy to “save your letter and put it in a scrapbook” because he helped pass a resolution.

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