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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 ...

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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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 ...

Message to You, Andrew

by The Staff January 8, 2014

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  Amid the hubbub of State of the State day at the Capitol, as many as two thousand demonstrators lined a long section of the Empire State Plaza Concourse yesterday (Wednesday) to remind Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

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Governor, You Can Help

by Erin Pihlaja December 18, 2013

A handful of people gathered in the chilly morning air outside of the Governor’s Mansion on Eagle Street in Albany on Wednesday (Dec. 17) to send a message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “We’re here to ...

Another Era

by Michael Bielawski December 12, 2013

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Capital Region residents crowded Monument Square, surrounding streets and the Troy Atrium on Sunday (Dec. 8) for Troy’s 31st Victorian Stroll. Vendors sold crafts and food, a local ballet school performed, an old-style fire truck ...

Preserving the Past, Hopefully for the Future

by Erin Pihlaja December 5, 2013

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After working closely with perservation experts, the Troy Public Library Board has decided to remove sections of the marble balustrades from the South and West top cornices of the 117-year-old building that houses the main ...

Rolling Out a New Phase

by Erin Pihlaja November 27, 2013

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On Tuesday (Nov. 26), the Lucas Confectionery (12 Second St., Troy) installed a retractable glass roof on its garden patio—the first of its kind in the Capital Region. The historic structure that houses the wine ...

On the Road Again

by Erin Pihlaja November 14, 2013

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“We are continuing to proactively deliver assistance to homeowners across the state that may be facing foreclosure,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo via press release. Cuomo deployed the Department of Financial Services’ Mobile Command Center to ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Seeking Justice

by Erin Pihlaja July 17, 2013

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Harmony Hamilton, age 10, left, and Eli Hamilton, age 12, right, joined other Capital Region community members on Monday (June 15), at a silent vigil at the Capitol to protest the not-guilty verdict in the ...

Can’t Rain on the Parade

by Erin Pihlaja June 13, 2013

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Capital Pride Week culminated on Sunday (June 9) with a parade through Center Square and a festival in Washington Park under sunny skies. All seemed to go off without a hitch, despite the attempts of ...

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Investments Revisited

by Erin Pihlaja May 22, 2013

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The wild weather held off on Tuesday (May 21) long enough for the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region to host its Annual Spring Tour. This year, the event took investors, borrowers, and members ...

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Making Fun of History

by Erin Pihlaja May 15, 2013

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On Tuesday (May 14), approximately 60 fourth-grade students from West Point Elementary School enjoyed a day of history lessons via period games and activities at the Stephen and Harriet Myers House on Livingston Avenue in ...

Ride for the Future

by Molly Eadie April 24, 2013

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Preschoolers from Castle Island Bilingual Montessori School took a rest after riding their tricycles for the last short stretch of the Earth Day Bicycle Parade on Monday (April 22). The six-mile ride began in Lafayette ...

Money Speaks for Money

by Molly Eadie April 17, 2013

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On Monday (April 15), Todd Allocco, of Albany, disguised himself as the Walmart smiley face known from the company’s advertisments, and left bags of fake money outside the office of Senate Co-Leader and Independent Democratic ...

Standing Up

by Ann Morrow April 10, 2013

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  The battle continues over St. Patrick’s Church in Watervliet. A plan to incorporate the church’s façade and 137-foot-high tower into the design of the Price Chopper store was declined on Tuesday by Nigro Companies, owners ...

Equalize It

by Molly Eadie March 28, 2013

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  Jenni Rivera-Landers, Michelle Rivera-Landers, and their daughter, Dakota attended a vigil on March 26, outside of the James T. Foley courthouse to show support for national marriage equality. The couple were married at the First ...