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The Final Caterpillar Ride

by Ann Morrow July 10, 2014

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  It’s the end of an era, a 1950s-steeped era of bumper cars, Tilt-a-Whirls, cotton candy, and the faces of little ones lighting up at the sight of a fairyland carousel. Hoffman’s Playland on Route 9 ...

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All Aboard

by Shawn Stone July 10, 2014

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  “The best-case scenario,” CDTA senior planner Michael Williams explained at a public forum at the Troy Atrium on Tuesday (July 8), “is a three-year timetable.” Williams was describing the hoped-for implementation schedule for the proposed river ...

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Triple-Threat Ticks

by Ann Morrow July 3, 2014

  Babesiosis—ever heard of it? Probably not, but if you’re an outdoorsy type, you need to know that blacklegged ticks, the notorious pest that transmits the bacterium for Lyme disease, can also carry the protozoan that ...

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You Can Get There From Here

by Ann Morrow June 26, 2014

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  The Hudson River Way pedestrian bridge at Maiden Lane arches over the highway with grandeur of scale and 30 mural-painted obelisk light poles. Yet when the footbridge opened in 2002, bicyclists were disappointed: The bridge ...

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A Place of Their Own

by Ann Morrow June 5, 2014

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  Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels canceled due to illness, but that didn’t diminish the enthusiasm of thousands of area veterans and supporters for last weekend’s benefit concert at the Times Union Center. Following a motorcycle ...

Agitating Against Agribusiness

by Ali Hibbs May 28, 2014

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  There was music; there was food; there were people dressed like bees. Approximately 150 people attended the March Against Monsanto event at the Capitol last Saturday. Worldwide, people in more than 420 cities were rallying ...

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Share the Road

by Ann Morrow May 22, 2014

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  The day before the annual Ride of Silence on Wednesday (May 21), Lorenz Worden was loading bikes onto a car-top bike rack. But these bikes were not for riding; they were “ghost bikes,” bikes painted ...

The Pot Thickens

by Ali Hibbs May 22, 2014

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  Medical-marijuana legislation, introduced in some form every year since 1997, was approved by the New York State Senate Health Committee on Tuesday—for the first time ever under a Republican-controlled Senate. While the passage of the ...

Joe Triumphant

by Shawn Stone May 22, 2014

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  On Friday (May 16), former New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno was acquitted in federal court in Albany on both counts of fraud with which he was charged. Thus, a nine-year-long effort ...

Bringing Back the Block

by Ann Morrow May 15, 2014

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  Lower Lark Street is a blighted stretch of the bustling avenue, but a new housing project has made a start on revitalizing this inner-city street: 126 Lark St., a three-story rowhouse, will be rehabilitated by ...

Marching for the Incarcerated

by Ann Morrow May 8, 2014

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  “My husband is incarcerated so I see personally what is wrong in our correctional facilities and they do need to be changed,” said Tammy Stanley from Rochester, who added that “75 percent of all prisoners ...

Not Older, Better

by Ali Hibbs May 8, 2014

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  “It’s like living on a cruise ship,” said resident Mary Murphy, who has lived at Shaker Pointe with her husband for more than a year. The Murphys made the decision to leave their split-level home ...

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Signs of the Times

by Ann Morrow May 1, 2014

  Why don’t those mini-billboards along the New Jersey Turnpike flash any messages? It’s because they aren’t billboards—though the rectangular screens can be viewed as an advertisement of sorts for New Jersey’s commitment to solar energy. ...

United Against Citizens United

by Era Bushati April 24, 2014

  “It begins to look like the privatization of elections,” said Anthony Cresswell, a member of Move to Amend. “It’s not democracy anymore, it’s a market and money drives it, not votes. And that’s really dangerous ...

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 ...

Letters to the Editor

by The Staff April 17, 2014

  Strangelove Science To the Editor: Thank you for your “drone” article [“Look Up in the Sky!,” Jan. 23]! While Metroland is exhorting readers to “Look Up in the Sky,” maybe it’s time to give us an article ...

Corrections

by The Staff April 17, 2014

  Editor’s note: There was one omission in Readers’ Poll, and one error. We left out Best Local Website (Music), and, in Best Local TV News Anchor, we misspelled Phil Bayly’s name. We regret both mistakes. Best ...

Right of Water Way?

by Ann Morrow April 17, 2014

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  “The creek is already heavily industrialized. More heavy industry will seriously damage the creek, and the Hudson River and Schodack Island,” said Barbara Heinzen. Heinzen is a member of the Coeymans Heritage Society, and she ...

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 ...

Disaster Preparedness

by Ann Morrow April 17, 2014

  Troy’s historic assets are part of the city’s resurging downtown business climate. But one old structure could prove to be a serious detriment: the city’s 1922 seawall. The aging barrier was damaged by Tropical Storm ...

Reprieve

by Ann Morrow April 3, 2014

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  The largest timber-frame structure in Albany County and the largest barn of its kind in the region, the Hilton barn in the town of New Scotland has many historic elements in addition to its exceptional ...

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Anxious Days

by Bob Dreyfuss March 20, 2014

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  Copyright © 2014 The Nation—distributed by Agence Global Thanks to the Prague Post, we have the full text in English of President Vladimir Putin’s speech announcing the annexation of Crimea and, more importantly, described at great ...

Moving Forward

by Era Bushati March 13, 2014

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  On Tuesday (March 11), Transport Troy held a presentation and public forum at Troy’s Oakwood Community Center to promote the proposed Collar City Ramble, a multi-use path that would connect Troy neighborhoods, parks, businesses and ...

iRide, uRide, millionsRide

by Ann Morrow March 13, 2014

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  Local bus ridership is up, and a long winter of treacherous roads, plowed-in cars, and iced-over windshields is only a small factor in the increase. As frequent CDTA customer Sean Gordon of Albany said, “It’s ...

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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