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Erin Pihlaja

Email: epihlaja@metroland.net

Erin Pihlaja

Bad is Good

by Erin Pihlaja October 10, 2013

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  Two executive “party” buses packed full of eager passengers, spent three hours on Saturday (Oct. 5), learning about the often scandalous history in the Capital Region on the Historic Bad boys, Broads, and Bootleggers Tour, ...

More, More, More

by Erin Pihlaja October 9, 2013

“These plan changes are to meet the developer’s needs, not necessarily the concerns of the people,” said preservation consultant Kimberly Alvarez, at a public hearing on Monday (Oct. 7) before the Albany Common Council. “It ...

Herstory in the Making

by Erin Pihlaja October 3, 2013

  OK, so Argonia, Kan., may have beaten Albany, N.Y., by 126 years or so, but this year, New York’s capital city may finally be able to proclaim 2013 the “Year of the Woman.” City treasurer and ...

Closed, Back in . . . ?

by Erin Pihlaja October 3, 2013

  “We are out of the office on furlough and unable to take your call," said the voice on the recorded message of the media-relations office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Tuesday ...

Totally Tuberlar

by Erin Pihlaja October 3, 2013

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  It’s a bird, it’s a plane…no, that’s a potato. But a rather large one, and it was parked on the streets of Troy on Monday (Sept. 30), stopped for a few hours while on a ...

“B” is for Bouchercon

by Erin Pihlaja September 26, 2013

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  Over 1500 people stole stealthily into the Empire State plaza last weekend (Sept. 19-22), to attend Bouchercon 2013, a convention for fans and authors of crime fiction. OK, they bought tickets, but they were there ...

Pat and Matt

by Erin Pihlaja September 25, 2013

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  “My dream was always to have a BMW convertible, and live in L.A. like Kelly Taylor,” says Patrick DiLascia, owner of the clothing brand Dilascia, and Par-LA, his West Hollywood store. Dilascia may not be ...

Tick Tock

by Erin Pihlaja September 18, 2013

The clock is ticking for members of the state Assembly and Senate to cough up the sources of their outside income that exceeds $20,000. Lawyers in the groups also were told to disclose their civil ...

It Ain’t Over

by Erin Pihlaja September 18, 2013

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  Things are winding down in the Albany Common Council primaries that were too close to call last week as the Albany County Board of Elections opens up absentee ballots and affidavits this week to get ...

An Easy Count

by Erin Pihlaja September 13, 2013

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Historic Albany is finally ready to embrace the modern world, it seems, if the (unofficial) poll results from Tuesday’s primary (Sept. 10) are any indication. For sure, there are still races that are too close ...

History in the Making

by Erin Pihlaja August 28, 2013

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The two metal spikes pierce the grassy ground, and with a little wiggling and some help from the weight of her body, Meg McGinty pushes the lawn sign fully into the earth. She stands up, ...

Flock Together

by Erin Pihlaja August 21, 2013

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Dominique, a heritage hen, was one of many different breeds of chickens on show during the Troy Tour de Coop event on Sunday (Aug. 18). Her owners, Anne Marie Haber and Mitch Cohen, hosted one ...

Call for Help

by Erin Pihlaja August 15, 2013

    According to RealtyTrac, the California-based data firm, U.S. home foreclosures increased 11 percent  this May after steadily declining for a five-month period, and while a promising June saw foreclosure rates once again decreasing, thousands of ...

Name Dropping

by Erin Pihlaja August 15, 2013

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  In case you missed it, Albany mayoral candidate Kathy Sheehan’s camp flexed some political muscle last Friday (August 9) when U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced that she endorsed Sheehan’s candidacy. At the Ramada Plaza hotel ...

Trojan Power

by Erin Pihlaja August 1, 2013

  Whether they will decide on being called the Downtown Troy Restaurant and Retail Committee or Council, a group of business owners, residents, and others interested in promoting downtown Troy are making plans to improve the ...

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Seeking Justice

by Erin Pihlaja July 17, 2013

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Harmony Hamilton, age 10, left, and Eli Hamilton, age 12, right, joined other Capital Region community members on Monday (June 15), at a silent vigil at the Capitol to protest the not-guilty verdict in the ...

The Writing’s On the Wall

by Erin Pihlaja July 10, 2013

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  Street art, a genre that includes graffiti, has become, in many cities, a widely accepted and revered form of art that helps to revitalize urban streetscapes. Once merely considered a nuisance and a crime, the ...

Me and My Robot

by Erin Pihlaja July 2, 2013

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  It’s a grand sight, the kind of place that those driving by want to stop and explore. The high stone walls of 1679 Mill Road tower above the Timmerman Creek, which, depending on the time ...

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Don’t Frack on Me

by Erin Pihlaja June 19, 2013

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In the largest anti-fracking showing in Albany yet, several thousand people organized at the Capitol on Monday (June 17), in another attempt to persuade Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York state. Whether ...

Can’t Rain on the Parade

by Erin Pihlaja June 13, 2013

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Capital Pride Week culminated on Sunday (June 9) with a parade through Center Square and a festival in Washington Park under sunny skies. All seemed to go off without a hitch, despite the attempts of ...

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Slaves Among Us

by Erin Pihlaja June 13, 2013

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The young dancer cradles the sheer, white fabric draped across her slender forearm. As she moves across the stage, she rocks and soothes it. Her movements, although subtle, easily convey that this is the timeless ...

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Focus on Istanbul

by Erin Pihlaja June 5, 2013

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  “It’s not about just trees anymore,” said Hadiye Raymond. She identified herself as a Muslim woman, originally from Turkey, who now lives in the United States with her American-born husband and their children. She stood ...

Shut Up and Eat

by Erin Pihlaja May 30, 2013

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  “When you close you eyes and visualize our planet, what do you see?” asks the narrator of an online video. In the same level, soothing voice, the man says, “Go outside and stand barefoot in ...

Private Intimidator

by Erin Pihlaja May 22, 2013

On May 9, at around 6:30 PM, a small group of union members, citizens, and employees of the Albany County Nursing Home held a peaceful vigil outside of the home of Albany County Legislator Mary ...