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No Home for Foam

by Ann Morrow August 27, 2015

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  On July 1, New York City’s ban on single-use foam plastic—mostly those ubiquitous polystyrene (popularly, but incorrectly, called Styrofoam) cups, plates, and take-out containers—went into effect, making it the largest locality in the country to ...

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Self-Service, Two-Wheel Style

by Ali Hibbs August 20, 2015

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  This evening (Thursday), Troy Bike Rescue will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new bicycle repair station in Troy’s historic Mount Ida neighborhood. Located at 336 Congress St., the “fix-it” station is a bicycle repair ...

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Stop the Pipeline

by Ali Hibbs August 13, 2015

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  New Yorkers living along the route of the proposed Constitution Pipeline—a 124-mile pipeline that would carry fracked oil from Pennsylvania across four New York counties, cutting through 36 miles of forest, 555 miles of farmland ...

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Dear DA

by Ali Hibbs August 13, 2015

Marquis Dixon’s grandmother pleads with the DA to release the 18-year-old from maximum security prison as his mother and sister (behind, left) fight tears

  In late 2014, 16-year-old Marquis Dixon was arrested for stealing a pair of sneakers—allegedly at gunpoint—from an online acquaintance he met with the expressed intention of purchasing the shoes. Now, at the age of 17, ...

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Getting to Know You

by Ali Hibbs August 6, 2015

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  Neighbors, policemen, sheriff’s officers and local politicians congregated outside on an unusually temperate Tuesday night this week to eat barbecue, enjoy various activities and simply get to know each other. Neighborhood National Night Out activities took ...

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Sunny Side of the Mountain

by Ali Hibbs August 6, 2015

  Late last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that three state-operated ski resorts have made a commitment to using solar power to operate their ski lift and snowmaking operations. The 25-year agreement with Borrego Solar is the ...

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Sharing The Road

by Ali Hibbs July 30, 2015

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Albany’s Madison Avenue is going on a diet in 2016. In an attempt to make the well-traveled corridor between Allen and Lark Streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles, the City of Albany conducted ...

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Metroland for Sale

by The Staff July 17, 2015

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  HERE'S THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE Metroland Ownership Group Seeks Buyer FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2015 Albany, N.Y.: After 20 years of continuous publication, the current ownership group of Metroland is seeking to retire from publishing and find a ...

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Take a Chance on a Job

by Ali Hibbs July 17, 2015

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  Anyone interested in potential job opportunities at the new Schenectady Rivers Casino and Resort can attend a job fair this Saturday (July 18) at Schenectady County Community College. “We know there has been a lot of ...

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Mental Liberation Movement

by Ann Morrow July 16, 2015

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  It was Bastille Day on Monday (July 13) at the New York State Office of Mental Health in Albany, but nobody was waving a French flag. Instead, members of the Mental Patients Liberation Alliance were ...

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Summertime Meal Times

by The Staff July 9, 2015

  Local schools are on summer break, but hunger doesn’t take a vacation—according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of children in need of nutrition during the summer months is increasing. Locally, there are ...

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Two Years Later

by Ali Hibbs July 9, 2015

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  This Monday marked two years since the highly publicized, massive explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Forty-seven people died and a community was gutted when 62 cars carrying ultra-flammable Bakken crude oil derailed and ignited in a ...

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Better Mate Than Never

by Ali Hibbs July 2, 2015

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  Facebook exploded in rainbows—and no little amount of relief—last week when the U.S Supreme Court overturned a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)—defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman—as ...

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Frack No New York

by Ali Hibbs July 2, 2015

  New York has finally reached an official decision on the question of whether to allow the practice of hydraulic fracturing to obtain shale oil from underground deposits across the state. Sorry pro-”frackers.” It’s not gonna ...

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So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

by Ali Hibbs June 25, 2015

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  “This report is shocking,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway.  “Without immediate action to curb the warming climate, EPA is predicting that all Adirondack trout and salmon populations will be dead within 85 ...

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Light at the Museum

by Ali Hibbs June 18, 2015

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  On Monday, the New York State Museum at the Empire State Plaza announced a plan to spend $14 million over four years to renovate and update 35,000-square-feet of exhibition space. Once complete, the museum will ...

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In the Event of a Fire . . .

by Ali Hibbs June 18, 2015

  A year after Mayor Kathy Sheehan convened a “blue ribbon” panel to assess the safety of rail systems in Albany, officials are still concerned about what could happen in the event of a potential oil ...

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A Matter of Tasting

by Ali Hibbs June 11, 2015

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  Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has been good to small liquor distillers in New York state. Since the governor took office in 2011, small craft distilleries have been able to considerably expand their market reach—they can ...

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Moving Backwards

by Ann Morrow June 11, 2015

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In the past year, New York communities received $70 million in funding for 68 bike, pedestrian, and trail projects across the state. In the Capital Region, with its many historic and scenic trails that attract ...

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Escarpment Enhancement

by Ali Hibbs June 6, 2015

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  On Tuesday, state officials broke ground on a $3.8 million, 8,240-square-foot visitor center that will serve as the new focal point and information hub for John Boyd Thacher State Park. Designed to showcase the natural beauty, ...

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Beyond Obamacare

by Ali Hibbs June 6, 2015

  Last week, the New York State Assembly passed legislation that would create a publicly funded single-payer health care system in New York. The bill, which passed 89-47, would essentially bypass insurance companies altogether by funding a ...

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Seeking Citizen Input

by The Staff May 29, 2015

  As part of the ongoing ReZone Albany initiative to update Albany’s zoning code, which last went through a major revision half a century ago, the City of Albany’s Planning Department is inviting the public to ...

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Sale Leads To Speculation

by Ali Hibbs May 28, 2015

The vacant properties on Lark Street that were home to DeJohn’s Pub and Legends Sports Lounge have finally been sold at auction—for far less than the original asking price. New owners, New York Business Development ...

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Now Brewing on Broadway

by Ali Hibbs May 28, 2015

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On Tuesday (May 26), Druthers Brewing Co. opened a new 18,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant at 1053 Broadway in Albany’s warehouse district. This is the second local brewery, bar and restaurant for the brand, which opened ...

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Save the Machine

by Ali Hibbs May 21, 2015

  “Our costs are $800 a month for rent and another $200 for utilities,” said Chris “Saucy” Caulfield, a local artist and member of The Machine: A Creative Co-op, whose bohemian public art space is currently ...

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