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Soccer and the Cemetery

by Michael Bielawski October 31, 2013

At first you may feel like you are walking into a sporting-goods store. Walk down the hallway past the shop full of soccer gear, and you may feel like you entering a pub or arcade ...

Bringing It Back

by Erin Pihlaja October 31, 2013

The Frear Building in Troy is now home to retail once more thanks to businesses like ‘e ko logic, owned by Kathleen Tesnakis (pictured above), who have set up shop in what was a retail ...

Going Your Way

by Shawn Stone October 24, 2013

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  U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-New York) was at the College of Saint Rose for a press conference on Oct. 21 to announce that the Capital District Transportation Authority had developed plans to expand the BusPlus ...

A Decision Will Have to Be Made

by Christina Dillon October 24, 2013

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  Saturday (Oct. 19) was an international day of action to ban hydrofracking. The event, called Global Frackdown, united the Capital Region’s residents alongside 200 other towns and cities across the world. Albany’s Townsend Park attracted ...

Pushed Too Far

by Erin Pihlaja October 17, 2013

  The U.S. Senate proposed a deal on Wednesday (Oct. 16) to end a political stalemate that is going into its third week. The bipartisan deal, constructed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate ...

Don’t Go Near the Water

by The Staff October 17, 2013

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  The Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed the presence of Blue-Green Algae Bloom in Albany’s Washington Park Lake this past week. The confirmation, according to the department’s website, means that “water sampling results have confirmed the ...

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 ...

Bolton Ending?

by Ann Morrow October 9, 2013

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  An amendment to Albany Medical Center’s Park South revitalization project will move a planned parking garage a block further uptown—and require the demolition of Bolton Hall, the parti-colored-brick building at the corner of Myrtle Avenue ...

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Good Vibes

by Kate Mikoley October 9, 2013

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  About 18 miles east of Troy, there is an easy-to-miss dirt road nestled in the woods. Up this road, in the middle of a clearing, is a rounded white structure with stairs leading up to ...

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 ...

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 ...

Where’s Jerry?

by The Staff September 13, 2013

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He may be on his way out after five terms as Albany’s mayor, but Jerry Jennings is still representing, and made an appearance on Friday (Sept. 6) at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening ...

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 ...

Don’t Miss a Beat

by The Staff September 5, 2013

If you’ve followed this year’s Albany mayoral race so far, you may have noticed that it’s been a bit topsy-turvy. Just last week, we at Metroland put together what we hoped would be an informative ...

Don’t Fan the Flames

by E.S. Cormac September 5, 2013

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Albany’s Townsend Park became a scene of protest on Saturday (Aug. 31) as more than 100 activists stood with antiwar signs and gave speeches in a show of solidarity with the people of war-torn Syria, ...

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Does It Taste Better When You Tug It?

by The Staff August 29, 2013

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  This Friday (Aug. 30) you'll find lots of fun things to do in downtown Troy at Troy Night Out. Hit all the galleries, shops, and special events to be sure, but you'll be missing out ...

Whose Idea Was This Anyway?

by E.S. Cormac August 21, 2013

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“Who made the decision to allow Bombers to stay open during the demolition?” City Councilman Dean Bodnar (R-District 3) asked during last Thursday’s (Aug. 15) Troy Public Safety Meeting. “That was my decision,” said Troy Fire ...

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 ...

Calling Moscow

by Molly Eadie August 7, 2013

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  Vera Zenina stood in Albany’s Lafayette Park Sunday night (Aug. 4) while cars occasionally drove by, some honking. She held a sign that read, in Russian, “Children 404—We are with you, we support you.” The sign ...