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Stephen Leon

The Gift of Spirits

by Stephen Leon December 18, 2014

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  To get into that holiday spirit, what could be more festive than the gift of spirits? I remember when I first came of age, not just legal drinking age, but the age at which I had ...

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Profiles in Fear

by Stephen Leon December 4, 2014

  For some reason, I went to work early that Thursday, the day after we put the paper to bed and I could have slept later if I had wanted to. It was before 9 AM ...

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Lovin’ in the Oven

by Stephen Leon November 20, 2014

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    Debbie Klauber’s home kitchen looks like it could be in the back of a restaurant. It’s a wide room with copper and stainless-steel countertops, a 10-burner gas stove, two wall ovens, a refrigerator, an antique ...

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Very Old School

by Stephen Leon October 30, 2014

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  All I wanted was a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich. Like I used to order at the lunch counter at Newberry’s, where they grilled the American cheese between two slices of white bread, flattening it with ...

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How We Do It

by Stephen Leon October 16, 2014

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  Why is Jack’s Oyster House open 365 days a year? You might expect that from a diner or a Dunkin’ Donuts, but why Jack’s, an elegant downtown Albany restaurant that has been in business for 101 ...

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Small World

by Stephen Leon July 6, 2014

  A Saturday morning sometime last season in the TV room, tuned in to the English Premier League. I’m watching Manchester United with two or three of my sons. Wayne Rooney and co. are being challenged ...

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Anticipation

by Stephen Leon May 14, 2014

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  Is it possible that the Capital Region will produce two Division 1 college national champions in one year? That’s not a question Scott Marr would even try to answer today. The head coach of the University ...

So You Like Writing Too?

by Stephen Leon May 1, 2014

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  “I think the thing that they are most surprised about—and we’re talking about high school students here—the thing we hear most from the students is that they are excited to find a community of young ...

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Renew, Reduce, Evade

by Stephen Leon April 24, 2014

  With the April 30 cutoff for public comments approaching, critics of a long-term energy plan for New York state say that the process has undermined public participation and that the deadline needs to be extended. The ...

Oil and Water

by Stephen Leon April 17, 2014

  The recent steep increase in the number of potentially dangerous oil-tank rail cars passing through the Port of Albany already has drawn sharp criticism from concerned citizens in the Capital Region. Last week, the Adirondack ...

Follow, Like, Retweet, Thrive

by Stephen Leon March 20, 2014

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  “I’m always surprised by how many people tweet when they’re drunk—myself included,” says Matt Baumgartner, owner of a half-dozen restaurant-bars in the Capital Region. “But I’ve found that if you mention the word “tequila” in ...

Education by Subtraction

by Stephen Leon March 6, 2014

  New York state is failing to meet its constitutional obligations to provide an equal educational opportunity to all New York students, according to a report released Monday by the Alliance for Quality Education and the ...

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Just a Little Slip

by Stephen Leon March 6, 2014

  As if to underscore area residents’ concerns over the recent flood of crude oil shipments coming by train through the Port of Albany, 13 CSX tank cars carrying crude derailed at the Selkirk rail yards ...

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The Experience of Art

by Stephen Leon February 27, 2014

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  At least two people I know have seen Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa at the Louvre. My brother-in-law saw it while traveling Europe in the’70s; and my oldest son visited the Louvre on a school trip ...

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If You Could Turn Back Time

by Stephen Leon January 30, 2014

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  “The one thing that we wish with our whole hearts that we had done was make a video of our day!” says Andrea, who has fond memories—and photos—of the day she married Mark. “We spent ...

Christmas Bring My Check This Year

by Stephen Leon December 18, 2013

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  On a hot day in August 1981, Chris Butler sat in a New York City cab and scratched out lyrics to a new song he and his bandmates were about to record. The band’s indie ...

Soccer in the City

by Stephen Leon October 31, 2013

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Erick Kwizera collected a pass that sent him into the right corner, where he tried several moves to escape the two Bethlehem defenders who had pinned him in. Finally, the junior Albany High midfielder found ...

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O Pittsfield!

by Stephen Leon June 19, 2013

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If I had a quarter in my pocket and Mom wasn’t expecting me home immediately after school, I might have headed over to Elm Street when Egremont Elementary School let out. Jules Superette was a ...

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Listeners Welcome Here

by Stephen Leon March 6, 2013

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A song ends, and a familiar voice enters the radio airspace. In dulcet tones and a mellow, deliberate cadence, Katie Gorham recites the names and performers of the last several songs her listeners heard, occasionally ...

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What You Ask For

by Stephen Leon January 31, 2013

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When you are discussing your wedding-related service with clients, is there any one thing almost all of them ask for? To look stylish and comfortable on the dance floor on their wedding day. --Michèle Marie Paré, ...

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Acceptable Levels

by Stephen Leon December 20, 2012

  For most of us, life will go on as usual after the news dies down about the mass killings in Newtown, Conn. Just as life went on after Aurora, after Tucson, after Virginia Tech, after ...

Paying It Homeward

by Stephen Leon December 6, 2012

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  Sharon Fenno knew that many consumers have been rethinking their shopping strategies in recent years to be more supportive of locally owned businesses, but she was still surprised by something that happened recently in Circles, ...

Don’t Bank on Her

by Stephen Leon October 17, 2012

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  While most political junkies have been occupied this past week with the feisty VP and presidential debates and the ensuing clash of the pundits, another presidential candidate made a campaign stop in Albany Monday with ...

Get Outta Town!

by Stephen Leon September 7, 2012

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What are your plans for the weekend? There’s always plenty to do here in the Capital Region, but if you’re beginning to feel like you’re on the same old treadmill of parties and bars, late ...

Young and Valued

by Stephen Leon June 14, 2012

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In 1999, Amanda Root was 19 and working as a waitress. What might have been a carefree time for her in picturesque Great Barrington, Mass., was anything but. The transformation of Great Barrington from a ...