Friday, December 30, 2011

Ronald McDonald House upcoming events


January 8th –February 14thYou can help support families at RMHC by selling hearts for RMHC at your school, business or place of worship.  Each red heart is just$1.00 and gold hearts are $5.00.

January 19, 20 & 21st
Listen to your favorite radio station while they broadcast live from the House and Family Room on the 19th and 20th, or join us at Crossgates Mall on Saturday the 21st. Saturday activities include an autograph alley with wrestlers King Kong Bundy & John Morrison and former Miami Dolphin Mark ClaytonOutasight will be there to perform some of his top hits including Tonight is the Night.  Enjoy caricatures, face painting Ronald
McDonald and fun characters including Tinkerbell and Elmo. Our children's health and well-being expo will include fingerprinting and ID cards and care seat installation and safety information.
FLY 92, B95, Jamz 96.3, Magic am590, Rock 100.9,104.9 the Cat

Tina Woodward
Volunteer Coordinator
Ronald McDonald House Charities
139 South Lake Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

CANA Meeting Agenda - 1/4/12

All are welcome to attend the Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations' monthly meetings!

Dear Neighbors,
I hope you had a good holiday and wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year.  The agenda for January 4 CANA meeting is shown below. Please remember that we are collecting for the overflow shelter at First Lutheran Church at this meeting and would appreciate your bringing any of the following items.

  • Cleaning products: Pine Sol, bleach, laundry detergent, disk detergent, dryer sheets.
  • Paper Products: paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, facial tissue, heavy duty 20 gal. trash bags, food service gloves, heavy-duty paper hot cups, bowls, plates, sturdy plastic eating utensils.
  • Clothing: new socks and underwear for men.
  • Toiletries: small-sized toothpaste, shampoo,deodorant, shaving cream, disposable razors, hand sanitizer.
  • Food: pre-sweetened drink mixes, canned apple and orange juices, snacks (cookies, popcorn, etc.), sugar, coffee, powdered creamer.

Howie Stoller
CANA Agenda
Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations (CANA)

Monthly Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM
Main Branch Albany Public Library (Parking available at rear of library)

Albany Board of Zoning Appeals - 12/28/11

Albany Board of Zoning Appeals

12/28/11 Decisions

1/11/12 Pending Agenda

Bradley Glass
City of Albany
Department of Development & Planning
Division of Planning, Zoning and Land Use
200 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 445-0754
Fax: (518) 434-5294

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New CDTA Bus Routes

To CDTA bus riders: CDTA is getting ready to implement the new bus schedules. They have started putting bags over the bus stop signs for those stops they are eliminating. 

To see the new and redesigned routes, go to their website: and look for the link on new routes. 

Bus schedules can be found at

If you want to talk to someone at CDTA contact Kristina Younger at 437-6852 or

Annual Fall Harvest Festival! Saturday, October 15, 2011

Annual Fall Harvest Festival!

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Harvest Booths (open at 10:00 AM): Crafts, Bake Sale, Country Store, Books, Rummage Sale

Lunch Served (11:30 – 2:00)

Children Activities (1:00 – 4:00):  Pony Rides, Bouncy-Bounce, Face Painting, Pumpkin Decorating

Dinner (5:30 PM)Last Barbeque of the Season! Chicken, Shredded Pork, Baked Beans, Pasta Salad, Cornbread, Tossed Salad Provided by Shane’s Rib Shack, Clifton Park;  Apple Crisp for dessert. Take out available.

For dinner reservations, call the church office

For more info:

Monday, October 3, 2011

Upper Madison Happenings - October 2011

 Thanks to Helderberg for passing these along....get out your calendars - more to mark down...

Upper Madison Happenings – October, 2011

Big news of the month is the Upper Madison Street Fair on Sunday, October 16 from 1-4 p.m. Madison from Allen to W. Lawrence will be closed to traffic. Enjoy free musical entertainment by Annie and the Hedonists and Landfill Mountain Boys, Golden Notes a capella singers, and Emmaus choirs, along with swing dancers, Let’s Drum hands on drumming activity, bouncy bounce, bike rodeo for the kids, bike polo, vintage cars, food and arts and crafts vendors and Silly Pet Tricks. Bring a lawn chair for front row stage seating.

Downtown Albany BID

There is a lot to do in downtown Albany...check it out!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

something fun!! CANA 35th Anniversary Dinner - 10/16/11

  • Why isn't there a highway running under Washington Park?
  • Why is there a public comment period at City Council meetings?
  • Why are City officials responsive to our calls?
  • Why City officials come to our neighborhood association meetings?
Come to the Dinner and learn about the history of the Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations (CANA) and Albany.

Dear Neighbors,

This is a friendly reminder that time is running out to save $5.00 on
the CANA 35th Anniversary dinner if you are coming in pairs as the price
for a couple goes from $55 to $60 on October 1.  I hope to see you
there.  See announcement below for full details.


Howie Stoller

Suspects arrested in recent Forest Ave burglaries

Albany police have charged two women and one man in connection with two August burglaries and believe they are connected to four other residential burglaries in the region. 
On August 12 police responded to a burglary in progress at 76 Forest Avenue at 4:20 a.m.  The victim, 95 years old, was sleeping at the time of the incident when she woke up and noticed two people in the hallway with flashlights.  When the two suspects saw the victim they fled out of the house.  The suspects were able to steal money, a credit card and several pieces of jewelry before fleeing. 
On August 18 detectives identified Jasmine Griffin, 20, of 217 Spruce Street, as one of the suspects when she was caught with two stolen items from the Forest Avenue burglary.  A search of her house also turned up a .22 caliber handgun.  She was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th.    She was arraigned and remanded to Albany County Jail. 

Free Shredding Event

Due to the tremendous response by our residents ,once again this fall, the Department of General Services is sponsoring a Free Paper Shredding event for city residents. Additionally we will be collecting Hard and Soft cover books to be recycled.

Here is the LINK to more information.

NOTE: The books will not be shredded.



   Just to let you know there has been a rash of graffiti incidents on Delaware , New Scotland Ave and other various areas in the city over the last one day. At the last unofficial count, there were approximately 36 incidents.If anyone knows anything or witnessed  anything unusual over night please call the APD at 438-4000. We do have some good leads on this unfortunate situation. Please be extra vigilant!

 I would like to commend the graffiti buster crew for taking care of the unfortunate rash of graffitis in and around the neighborhood. They responded early this morning and cleaned up the businesses around Ontario and NSA. If anyone is aware of other graffiti that hasn't been noticed and/or taken care of  please call DGS 434-CITY  and the Police at 438-4000 so that this is taken care of in a timely fashion . i will keep you updated with any arrests that follow. Again, kudos goes out to out Graffiti Crew that work real hard at their job which probably many times goes unnoticed.

Neighborhood Police Officer
Loren E. Grugan
Upper New Scotland Ave /Woodlawn/ Heldeberg NA

Parking in front of New Scotland Elementary

Hello All,

           As the school year begins, I have received complaints about the parking ifo the school at dismissal. The complaints are from the school officials as well as the parents. I know the options are limited as where to park but please be concerned for the safety of the children as well as the motorists who have to evade the double parkers AND possibly the children who are trying to cross the road. Please make arrangements to park your car a block or two away and meet your child/children at the corner. Unfortunately, I may have to start issuing tickets to the offenders but when it comes to safety ifo the school that becomes the priority in our neighborhood.

Thanks ~ Loren Grugan
Neighborhood Police Officer
Loren E. Grugan
Upper New Scotland Ave /Woodlawn/ Heldeberg NA

Save The Postal Service rallies, 9/27

The event for NY's 21st district will be outside Rep. Tonko's office at 61 Columbia Street, Albany, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM., Tuesday 9/27/11.  The rally locations nationwide are under the link about event locations (scroll down to New York).

Affordable Housing Partnership Workshops

Next Homebuyer 101 workshop is scheduled for October 4 at 5:30pm.  This very well-attended & helpful program is a great way to get a free overview of the homebuying process, the grant programs and financing. Register at

Know someone facing difficulties with their mortgage? Get free assistance from HUD-approved trained housing counselors and attorneys who can answer questions, prepare you for court appearances and help you negotiate with your lender.  Next legal clinic on foreclosures is scheduled for October 20 during the day.  To sign up for a one-on-one session at the clinic, call AHP at 434-1730.

Senior Services of Albany - Care Giver Connection

Information from Senior Services of Albany regarding its telephone-based programs offered by the Care Giver Connection program:

Fall 2011 Telephone Conference Call Programs

Telephone Seminars - All held as conference calls 7pm - 8pm

10/26   “Caring for our Veterans”
Presented by Marianne Hunter, LCSW
Caregiver Support Coordinator, Albany VA Medical Center

11/30   “Medicaid Highlights for Caregivers”
Presented by JulieAnn Calareso, Esq.
Elder Law Attorney, Burke&  Casserly P.C.

12-week Tune-up Class
Class for caregivers, held by telephone conference call.

  • Reduce stress, strain &  depression.
  • Solve problems more effectively.
  • Learn about community resources.

Fall Class Starts September 19th
Mondays 7pm-8pm
Award-winning &  evidence-based; led by Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Advance Registration Required

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

CDTA Route Restructuring - Public Meetings

Hello everyone,
CDTA has completed a proposed plan for the Albany County Route Restructuring based on our extensive public outreach which included meetings with your neighborhood associations. 
The plan is now ready for public review so please see below for the public meeting dates/locations occurring from July 7th – 14th.
Please send this on to as many people as possible.
Take care,
Ross Farrell
Senior Transportation Planner
Capital District Transportation Authority
110 Watervliet Avenue
Albany, New York 12206


Albany Public Library 7/19 Re-Vote Absentee Ballot

If you'll be away on July19, head right to the below site, don't leave it til the last moment. For absentee ballots, go to the albany public library site and click on the link to download an application.

Albany Board of Zoning Appeal 7/27 Agenda

Here is the link.

APD Vacation Check

The Albany Police Department offers a service to city residents where an officer will check on your property while you are away on vacation. Contact the APD for more information.

Here is a link to the FORM.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Mayor's Health Check Day July 9th

Saturday July 9th 10-2pm at our own Engine 11 Fire House:

A great way to meet the Firefighters that serve you each and every day. Stop by and say hello, get a free blood pressure or blood sugar test.

Help spread the word,
Have a great, safe summer.

Chris Kollias, Firefighter
Albany Fire Department
Fire Investigation Unit
26 Broad Street
Albany, NY 12202

Saturday, June 25, 2011

UPDATE: Meeting with APD Chief Krokoff Wednesday

Carl Blazejweski made up an announcement for the Wednesday meeting that you can print off and share.

thanks Carl!


Pass the word along to your neighbors.

Hands only CPR

 Violent Crimes are frightening - we are going to hear from the APD on Wednesday about actions we can take to make ourselves safer, but violent crimes are rare and it is a lot more likely that in the course of our lives, we will be in the presence of someone who collapses, a loved one, a neighbor or a stranger. 

This is a new campaign by the American Heart Association. check out the video.
"Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, young or old, at any time. It is a leading cause of death in the U.S., and it happens when the heart abruptly stops.

When an adult collapses, odds are that it’s from sudden cardiac arrest. Odds are also high that if bystanders respond at all, the only thing they will do is call 9-1-1. Medical attention is critical, but bystanders must act first — and fast — because every minute counts.

Even scarier? About 80 percent of victims collapse at home – many times while the victim’s loved ones stand by helplessly because they don’t know what to do.

The good news is that chance of survival more than doubles with immediate and effective CPR. And the American Heart Association is making it easier for people to remember the steps to take in a sudden cardiac emergency with Hands-Only CPR.   

Hands-Only CPR – or CPR without using breaths – involves two simple steps to help an adult cardiac arrest victim:
1)    Call 9-1-1
2)    Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until an AED arrives and is ready for use or healthcare providers take over

Remember the classic Bee Gees disco hit "Stayin' Alive?" It’s the perfect beat for remembering the right rate of chest compressions during Hands-Only CPR. Disco may be dead, but it’s helping keep people alive."

Friday, June 24, 2011

Meeting with APD Chief Krokoff Wednesday

In response to the recent crimes on Oakwood Street, Police Chief Steven Krokoff will address residents on the issues of neighborhood safety and police engagement this Wednesday, June 29th at 7pm at the Hibernian Hall on Ontario street (parking in the rear off Warren St). Talk to your neighbors, please help get the word out about this meeting.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

UPDATE: APD Open House / NSW NA discussion of Oakwood events

Our invitation to the APD open house coincided with the NSW NA Board's discussion of convening a neighborhood meeting with the police - to discuss the recent events on Oakwood and our resulting concerns about the safety of our neighborhood.  The open house is from 3-7. If possible, plan to arrive between 5:45 and 6pm because that is when NA Board members will be attending, so if in the discussion with Officer Grugan neighborhood association actions are suggested - they can be expedited. If that time frame is not convenient, go when you can.
Julie Elson

Original Post: APD Open House at the Library,Thursday 06/23/2011

PAID poll inspectors needed for July 19 library budget re-vote

Link to PDF Flyer

Albany Public Library is recruiting people to work as poll inspectors at
a revote of the library’s proposed 2012 budget on Tuesday, July 19,

Poll workers will be paid a total of $200 ($25 for a training session,
$25 food per diem, $150 for the day of the vote).

Hired poll inspectors must:

Attend a training session from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 11, at
the Albany School of Humanities at 108 Whitehall Road
Work at an assigned voting location in the city of Albany from 6:30 a.m.
until 9:30 p.m. on the day of the election, Tuesday, July 19
To be considered for the poll inspector position, applicants must be:

At least 18 years of age
Resident of the city of Albany
Citizen of the United States
A qualified voter (meet the requirements to vote in the city of Albany)
Anyone interested in working as a poll inspector for the Albany Public
Library budget revote on July 19, must contact Catherine Cutting,
District Clerk, City School District of Albany, at 475-6001 extension
10005 or by Friday, July 1.

Questions can also be directed to the library at 427-4305 or

Catherine M. Fahey
Albany Common Council Member, 7th Ward
32 Lawnridge Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

FREE Senior Safety Luncheon Tuesday June 28

There is a FREE luncheon for Seniors at St. Sophia's next Tuesday, June 28 at noon. DA David Soares' S.A.L.T. program, Albany City Police Department and Albany County Adult Protective Services will provide information sessions for seniors that will help keep them safe in the community from abuse, crime and fraud. Reservations should be made by calling 472-5244. Albany City Chief of Police, Steven Krokoff will be there.

Julie E

APD Open House at the Library,Thursday 06/23/2011

Well this is timely, unfortunately.  The Bach branch of the APL provides Officer Grugan with space in which he is holding an open house this Thursday. Lets talk to our Neighborhood Police Officer about the safety of our neighborhood. How do we stand with regards to crime statistics? What we can do? What can  the police do about preventing more of the horrible events of last week?

Julie E