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Renovation or Mutilation?

by The Staff May 1, 2014

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  As part of its conversion to a Ronald McDonald House—the third on the block--41 South Lake Ave., a gracious 1880s Albany residence facing Memorial Park, is mutating in unneighborly ways, including these elevator towers grafted ...

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 ...

Pedaling Environmentalism

by Ann Morrow April 24, 2014

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    An Earth Day Bicycle Parade was held on Tuesday by PAUSE (People of Albany United for Safe Energy) to protest the oil “bomb trains” that run on the tracks behind the Ezra Prentice Homes on ...

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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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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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Crossing Wires

by Ann Morrow March 6, 2014

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  Columbia County is widely famed for the beauty of its bucolic farmland, historic houses, and verdant Hudson Valley vistas. These vistas, and the county’s identity—its most important activities are agriculture and tourism—could be adversely impacted ...

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Leave Those Kids Alone

by Natasha Scully February 27, 2014

  After Judd Krasher came out of the closet at 18, while still a senior in high school, adults began to approach the young man, telling him “there are ways that we can fix you.” Vulnerable, confused ...

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Farm To Tasting Room

by Era Bushati February 27, 2014

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  Alejandro del Peral grew up in Columbia County surrounded by apple orchards on his family’s nine-acre fruit farm, where he worked throughout his childhood. But after living in California, Wyoming and his native Spain, he ...

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Now What?

by Natasha Scully February 20, 2014

  There is now a new entity, the Albany County Land Bank Corporation, to address blight within Albany County. Community advocates and some politicians are not sitting in celebration, however, following the vote on Democratic Majority ...

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Free Alcohol, Free Love

by Cassandra Hamdan February 13, 2014

  “Having sex with someone is going into a comfort zone. Once you’ve had sex with them or they see you vulnerable, it opens you up to who they are and gives you another dimension to ...

Speed Sating

by Era Bushati February 13, 2014

  “Most images that we see today of college students are in a sex-charged atmosphere,” says Kathleen Bogle in her 2008 book Hooking Up: Sex, Dating and Relationships on Campus. While Bogle states that the media ...

Troy Boils Over

by Natasha Scully February 10, 2014

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  On Tuesday (Feb. 4), Pastor Willie Bacote led a march of 100-plus Troy residents from Bethel Baptist Church down Fifth Avenue to a community hearing at Christ Church United Methodist. Bacote’s words echoed through a bullhorn: ...

A Hot Mess

by Natasha Scully January 30, 2014

  In 1971, William Law moved his family to the New Hope Ezra Prentice homes in Albany. Despite the clanking sounds from the nearby railroad line that echo through some of the houses, for 43 years ...

What’s the Tradeoff?

by Erin Pihlaja January 30, 2014

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    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio testified on Monday (Jan. 27) before state lawmakers in Albany at a state budget hearing. He used the appearance to bolster his plan for universal prekindergarten in his ...