Monday, October 1, 2012

Newsletter for October 4th meeting of Neighborhood Association

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Hope you have had a wonderful summer. Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting. Help with distributing the newsletter is welcome!

Fall Events Downtown BID

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2012
The next two weeks are jam packed with exciting events in Downtown. As the hub of entertainment for the Capital Region, downtown Albany offers performances of all disciplines. Start your engines, and go to as many events as you can. Enjoy all of your favorite fall activities and cap off your day with an evening of entertainment at one of the many great Downtown venues.
October 13, 2012
2 down, 2 to go. The Downtown Jazz Fest Competition and Downtown Residential Open House events proved to be a success bringing over 1,000 people to Downtown and we are not stopping there. October 13 marks the date for our free Fall Car Show and the start of the week long Restaurant Week. Also, make sure to stop by PearlPalooza which kicks off this Saturday, September 22 at noon. Save the dates and take advantage of these great events. See you Downtown.
art fair
Art Fair
September 19, 2012 & September 26, 2012 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
There are just two more weeks of the September in the City Art Fair at Tricentennial Park. Swing by on your lunch break, listen to some live local music, and take a look at the arts and crafts on display by over a dozen vendors. Grab a one-of-a-kind gift for family and friends.
Sangria and Song
September 21, 2012 | After Work
Back by popular demand - Carmine has enlisted Brian Axford from our Jazz Fest Competition to entertain dinner guests this Friday, September 21. Swing by after work for Sangria and Song an evening of piano music and sangria specials.
Five Courses Five Wines 
September 23, 2012 | 4:00 PM
Enjoy a wonderful dining experience with award-winning chef and restaurateur, Yono Purnomo, at his name-sake restaurant, Yono's. All five courses will be paired with an appropriate wine. The evening will begin with Hors d'oeuvres and ends with a Silent Auction.
Fitness Event
September 27, 2012 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Take a trip to OMNI Fitness Center at 54 State on the 4th floor for a Lunch and Learn Seminar. Dietician, Jenny Pettiti, will be giving a presentation of the basics of nutrition and healthy eating. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Emmy Hymes for more info.
Restaurant Week!
October 2, 2012 - October 28, 2012
The Capital Repertory Theatre presents a delightful new adaptation of Jane Austen's most popular love story, Elizabeth Bennett, Mr. Darcy, titled Pride @Prejudice. Jane Austen's classic romance is brought to life with the author's actual words, as well as a unique use of Google, Twitter to engage the audience. Buy your tickets today.
Everything at the Egg
Various Dates and Times
The Egg's season is in full swing with multiple performances per week. Check out one of the performances below and dine Downtown before the show. Upcoming Performances include:
Various Dates and Times
The Palace Theater has four vastly different performances coming up including a FREE concert and the kickoff of the Albany Symphony's season as well as a great film series. Don't miss out on these great events.
Win two tickets to The Heavy by being the 10th person to email August Rosa!
Sports at the TU
Fall Season
The Albany Devils and Siena Basketball seasons are only one month away, but that doesn't mean you can't get your sports fix now. On September 24 pump up the adrenalin with WWE Monday Night Raw or swing by on September 26 to see the Rangers and the Devils duke it out in a pre season match.
Blue 82 Events
Weekdays | 5:00 PM
After a hard day's work head over to Blue 82 Monday through Friday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM for Happy Hour Specials with acoustic music to accompany your beverage. On Wednesdays stick around a little longer for Blue 82's team trivia which starts at 8:30 PM. Winning team receives a $50 Blue 82 gift certificate.
Jazz at Bistro/Bar at 74
Every Saturday Night | 8:30 PM
The Bistro/Bar at 74 celebrates the American art of jazz, with live performances every Saturday at 8:30 PM. This Saturday's performance will feature the Lee Shaw Trio. The Bistro/Bar at 74 features stunning floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking historic State Street.  Lunch and light fare will be served.
October 3, 2012 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
The County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center, B'yond Style, and the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence are offering a free morning workshop for employers/employees in the Capital Region to understand the impact of domestic violence in the office and discuss how their response can assist the victim and increase everyone's safety. The workshop is taking place at 112 State Street, Cahill Room. Contact Karen Ziegler for more info.
Downtown Albany Fall Car Show
Downtown Albany
October 13 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Restaurant Week
Downtown Albany
October 13 - October 19

An Evening with Joe Bonamassa

Award-winning blues rock star, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa and his ace touring band will perform in concert at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY on May 11th. The one-night-only show is in support of his brand new solo album Driving Towards The Daylight (J&R Adventures) which made its chart debut at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, the 8th time a Bonamassa album has debuted at #1.
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Monday, September 24, 2012

From the Page to the Pill: Women’s Reproductive Rights and the Law

National Experts to Discuss Women's Reproductive Rights at Albany Law School

Albany, N.Y. – The Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology will host its fall symposium "From the Page to the Pill: Women's Reproductive Rights and the Law" on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the law school.

Participants to date include:

·        Helen Alvaré, Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
·        Tracey Brooks, CEO, Family Planning Advocates for New York State
·        Michael Costello, Attorney, Tobin and Dempf LLP
·        Judith Daar, Dean, Whittier Law School   
·        Sandra Fluke, Recent Georgetown Law Graduate and Women's Rights Activist
·        Anna Franzonello, Staff Counsel, Americans United for Life
·        Shaifali Puri, Director, Scientists without Borders
·        Melissa Weiler-Gerber, Executive Director, Family Planning Council of Pennsylvania

The panelists will be divided into two panels. The first will focus on whether or not the law can and should mandate health insurance provider coverage of women's contraceptives, and the second will focus on legislation currently affecting women's reproductive rights.

"Women's Reproductive Rights and the Law: From the Page to the Pill" is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact (518) 472-5855 or  

Since its launch in 1990, the Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology has developed into a nationally ranked student-edited law journal that focuses on the intersection of law with technology. The extensive annual legal periodical survey conducted by Washington & Lee Law School consistently ranks the journal among the top-10 science and technology law journals in the country in categories such as impact, total number of citations by other journals, currency and frequency of citations by cases.

Albany Law School is a small, independent private school in the heart of New York state's capital since 1851. As the oldest law school in New York and the oldest independent law school in the nation, the institution offers students an innovative, rigorous curriculum taught by a committed faculty. Several nationally recognized programs—including the Government Law Center and the Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center—provide opportunities for students to apply classroom learning. Students have access to New York's highest court, federal courts, the executive branch and the state legislature. With more than 9,000 alumni practicing in every state in the country, and several continents, Albany Law's graduates serve as a vital community and resource for the law school and its students. Visit

Sept. 17, 2012

Nick Crounse, Albany Law School: (518) 445-3208; cell (518) 429-4843;

Public Workshop 9/24 - Bike Route Signage Strategy and Bike Sharing Feasibility Study

The City of Albany Department of Development and Planning, CDTC, and consultants Alta Planning + Design are conducting a study on what bike route signage is needed in the City of Albany and how bike sharing might be implemented here. Please join us at 6 p.m. on the evening of September 24th at The Linda, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio, to learn more about this study and to provide your input. There will also be an Open House from 4:30-6:00 p.m. for those who would like to stop by for more information.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sept 27th Aging at Home Program

The  League  of Women Voters of Albany County invites interested families, independent minded mature adults, and anyone with an  interest in community based services to hear a panel discussion about home care and other support services designed to help Albany residents remain in their own homes.  Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and suggest improvements to our County's services.
Date:  September 27th, 2012

Time:   Program 6:30 pm

Place:   St Sophia's Church
440 Whitehall Road  
Albany, NY 12208
Speakers and Agenda

Getting Help in the Community: Community Based Services        
Erin M. Stachewicz, LS, Long Term Care Coordinator
Albany County-NY Connects: Choices for Long Term Care
Albany County Department of Social Services

What's Missing?
Richard Iannello, Executive Director
Albany Guardian Society

Using What We've Learned
Paula Hemmings, MSN, RN Former Care Line Manager for Long term Care Services
in Upstate NY Veterans Healthcare System 

Capital Region OASIS Fall 2012 Semester- Registration is now open

The NYS Capital Region OASIS Program's Fall 2012 Semester is accepting on-line and mail in registrations. Classes start next week and run through December 11, 2012.

Please register NOW to secure your enrollment.   We have over 60 classes & trips to choose from!!!
In honor of the 30th Anniversary of OASIS,
we are offering three specials for the Fall 2012 Semester.
  • "Take a class for $5.00 Coupon"**- If you are new to OASIS or haven't taken a class since 2009, we invite you to explore OASIS for $5.00.
  • "Register for 4 classes & get the 5th class FREE Coupon"**- This offer is for all OASIS members.
  • If you are an RSVP member and have volunteered more than 100 hours since 2011, you are eligible for a FREE class. **
** All three of these offers apply to $20.00 single session classes and with mail-in registration ONLY as you must submit the coupons to get the discounts. (Call for more information: 442-5576). Coupons are located in the Making the Connection Magazine.
OASIS needs YOU- Get involved-
Join the OASIS Course Development Committee and turn your ideas into classes!
Call 442-5576 today or
We are offering many new and exciting classes such as:
  • My life in the NYS Assembly by Jack McEneny
  • Hydrofracking and the Threat to NYS's Health & Environment
  • The Archaeology & History of Ancient Israel (4-part series)
  • Murder at Cherry Hill presented by Judge Duggan
  • Explore the Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley
  •  The Enigma of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • From Berkeley to Albany with Professor Warren Roberts
  • The Clark Institute Now & the Clark Institute of Tomorrow (bus trip)
  • And much, much, more!!!!!

The Making the Connection Magazine (MTC,) which features the full OASIS course listings and many informational and interesting articles, was mailed last month. If you have not received your copy, please call the office at 518-442-5576 or please feel free to download the MTC
Thank you for your support of OASIS and we look forward to seeing you in class!!!!

Take a class for FREE- volunteer to become a class coordinator for the Fall 2012 Semester or volunteer to tutor a child for the 2012-2013 school year.
Please call us to find out more at 442-5576 or

The OASIS Team

Pharmacy College to Show Disney movie "Brave" on 9/16

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be holding a special

screening of the Disney movie "Brave" this Sunday (Sept. 16) at 2:00 p.m. in the College's Student Center.

Cost of the movie is just $2 per person with all proceeds being donated to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk that will be held in Washington Park on October 21.  

Hope to see you there!


Gil Chorbajian
Executive Director of Marketing and Communications
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
106 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
Mobile: 518-542-5532

Primary Candidate Forums videos Primary Day 9/13

all on one website, you have the Candidates for the primaries in the
Senate 44th, the Assembly 108 and 109th AND for the County District Attorney race.

Dear Neighbors, If you missed the CANA Candidate Forum on September 5, you are in luck because a video was made of the event and it is posted here: Thanks for Joe and Karen Cunniff for this. Howie    

9/20/12 Planning Board and 9/27/12 BZA Agenda

See attached.  Please be aware that the 9/27 BZA meeting will be held on a Thursday rather than the traditional Wednesday.

Application documents will be made available on the web at the following address:

Delaware Avenue Neighborhood Association activities

Great compilation of upcoming activities by Louise McNeilly of the Delaware Avenue Neighborhood Association. 

Hope you were labor-free today and that you'll come enjoy local farmers' labor tomorrow at our Farmers' Market.  Get an apple for teacher and fresh veggies, fruit, eggs, herbs, baked goods, honey, jam and cheese for yourself every Tuesday behind the library, 331 Delaware Ave. 4 to 7 pm.  WIC coupons and EBT (Food Stamp) cards welcome.
1. Double your good, or maybe it's triple? The Yoga Loft, 540 Delaware Ave in the neighborhood, is offering Sunday Sadhana September 23  from 9:30-11am. This month all donations for this yoga practice will benefit the wonderful Music Mobile. Open to all.  Be good to your community and to you.
2. A fall ritual - Albany's Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Drop-off Days - Thursdays, September 6, 20, October 4, & 18 from 4 to 7 pm.  You must pre-register by calling 434-2489 or online at
3. Know a landlord or want to be one?  Albany needs good landlords. Become one at the AHP Homeownership Center's workshop on Weds., September 26 at 5:30 at 255 Orange Street in Albany. Expert presenters will help landlords create quality housing, protect their residential property and help create safe and vibrant neighborhoods. Light refreshments. Handicap accessible. Free parking. To register 434-1730 or

4. An open competitive exam for police officer positions will be held on Saturday, November 17.  Applications for the test must be received by September 27.  Contact the Albany Municipal Civil Service Commission, City Hall Room 301, Albany, New York 12207, Tel (518) 434-5049

16. Have you signed up yet for a comprehensive energy assessment? (Free for most New Yorkers.) It's the first step to saving money and energy and accessing NYSERDA energy efficiency programs.  The Affordable Housing Partnership will guide you through the process and help you figure out what program is right for you. Check out for an application and to be counted in Albany's Neighborhood Energy Challenge.


New Scotland Woodlawn NA comments on New Scotland traffic

While pleased that there has been a crack-down on speeders and red light ignorers, more long term solutions need to be identified and tried.  Here is a compilation of comments.

1. South Main and New Scotland

Why can't DOT install larger, more visible traffic lights at that intersection, like the ones on Academy by the Albany Academy and on Woodlawn by the ball field.  I think a lot of the reason people cruise through the intersection of Main and New Scotland is the lights are small and not noticeable enough.  I applaud any police effort to ticket drivers at this site, but new, larger signals would help as well.  I also recall a couple years ago when this issue was raised that Jim Sano said the state was conducting a review for a redesign of traffic flow there.  Anybody know what happened to that?  Remember, in Albany Green means sit and wait.

2. New Scotland Ave (NSA) from S. Allen

Just last month I was walking across New Scotland Ave (NSA) from S. Allen on a red light for NSA.  A car blew past and the car's rear view mirror brushed my clothes.  Too many close calls along the entire stretch.

3. Light  @  New Scotland and Glenwood the same  thing....  

Thats the entrance /exit from my driveway..... always have to watch carefully.

It is a problem through out the city!
I personally feel this needs to be a constant and continual action.
I live on the one-way portion of Glenwood or as we residents call it, "Glenwood speedway"
Not only do drivers not do the speed limit (school zone), they race down the block to make the light. This is a completely blind intersection for drivers coming out from Glenwood. So between the drivers speeding down Glenwood and the drivers who run the red light at the intersection of New Scotland, this is a horrific accident waiting to happen.
A few years ago, after witnessing a near accident, I went and spoke with our community police officer, Loren, he said he would look into it...
I even offered my driveway for speed traps like they did in Colonie on Mordella, before they opted to put in speedbumps.
He told me speedbumps were never an option, because it interferes with snow removal! REALLY?!
If speedbumps save just one life and  make it safer for all who live and travel in and around the area, I will shovel the road myself!

This has been going on for YEARS in this city... I have been bitching and complaining since the 90's when I used to walk to work until I was hit by a car at the intersection of Madison and New Scotland that, of course, ran a red light.  I was out of work for 2 months.    Yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Madison and Lake, two cars ran a red light that had been that way for at least 3 seconds... maybe more.    We need camera's on the lights and we need to ticket these folks.  The police simply cannot monitor all of the vehicles that run the lights in this city.  And to that ACLU who opposes the cameras I say... take a hike... we are talking pedestrian and vehicular safety here.    In addition, I can say with certainty that nearly every day the "box" is blocked on the following streets and New Scotland ave at 745 to 800 am... Myrtle and Morris... I certainly would hate to see an emergency vehicle try to navigate these streets at that time.  

League of Women Voter's website

The League of Women Voter's site is up and running.  I checked it out and recommend it to you if you are voting in the General Election November 6.

The way it works is on the first page you type in your address, you are given info on what election districts you are in - important due to all the redistricting and your polling place, in my case, WRONG (St. Teresa of Avila!!) but you are also given hot links to your state's tool for finding your polling place (Mater Christi School for me) - and your voter registration status. I found the most interesting feature to be the build your own ballot option - you are presented with info on all of the candidates (info supplied by the candidates themselves.

It is not too late to register to vote in the general election and remember if you have changed your address, you need to re-register. the site contains links to the NYS site for registering to vote and how to obtain an absentee ballot. 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Albany TAI CHI for WELLNESS classes

Albany TAI CHI for WELLNESS classes:
WHEN: WEDNESDAYS.  there are THREE different class times.  9:30a.m.,  11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Held every Wednesday, unless a cancellation is needed.
FEE: $2:00 per class.
Wear comfortable clothing and a soft shoe or sneaker.
Can call Beth Ruggeri, PT, @ 782-2532.
Focus of classes is to build muscle endurance, improve balance, encourage relaxation of mind and body, improve breathing pattern and to generally engage in a wonderfully social  1 hour movement experience with like-minded adults.

Note: I assume the classes start Sept. 5 - you may want to check that with Beth.

Voter Registration event - 9/8/12

Save The Date !
Please Join the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

With Special Guest Speaker
Congressman Paul D. Tonko

For a community presentation and film about Voter Suppression and Voter Purging in the United States.

Bring your friends & neighbors!
Register to Vote!

Saturday, September 8th | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Albany Public Library  |  161 Washington Ave  |   Albany

Kids Stuff consignment sale in Albany

A couple of local moms are putting together a consignment sale at the Delaware Community School in response to the Pass It On Sale moving to Halfmoon.  Even though the sale is in the Delaware neighborhood, I know many of the local neighborhood families were disappointed when the Pass It On Sale left Albany Academy and so I thought it might be information worth passing on.  The flyer for the sale is attached.  They are still in need of consigners as well.

Nominate on LEGO website for Books for Schoharie Free Library Association

Books for Schoharie Free Library Association

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Upcoming Exhibits and Summer Art Programs at the Albany Institute!

  AUGUST 8, 2012

 T H E  E T E R N A L  R E T U R N
S T E P H A N I E  R O S E
Opening August 25
The first museum exhibition and catalogue of portrait paintings by the well-known abstract painter Stephanie Rose will feature twenty-three stunning portraits of distinguished poets, novelists, art critics, filmmakers, photographers, performers, art collectors and philanthropists. More Information

American Paintings from the 
 Florence Griswold Museum
Opening September 15
The exhibition will focus on the vibrant history of the Old Lyme Art Colony of Connecticut, often referred to as the home of American Impressionism. Works by artists such as Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, John Twachtman, and Dwight Tryon will be featured along with photographs of the artists working at the colony.  Also included are 18th-century and 19th-century paintings by artists such as Ralph Earl, Frederic E. Church, John Kensett, and John Ludlow Morton. More Information

Landscapes and Portraiture

We will begin by mastering the essentials of foreground, middle ground, and background to show depth of space.  Kids will stretch their imagination by creating landscapes in the style of the realists, abstractionists, and impressionists. More information. Register now! 

Family Programs'TUTE FOR TOTS
Story Telling
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17| 10-11:30 AM (ages 3-5)

Inspired by the variety of artwork throughout the museum, participants will explore the basic elements of design including color, shape, line, pattern, and texture.  Techniques such as drawing, painting, printmaking, wax resist, and sculpting will be used to get their creative juices flowing for some wonderful creations while they learn. More information. Register now! 


Looking for ways to get  involved?  AIHA is currently seeking volunteers to assist with special events.  Nights and weekend opportunities are available.   We're also looking for  volunteers to assist weekdays in the museum shop.  Contact Barbara Collins, Volunteer Coordinator, at  or 518-463-4478 ext. 405

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Selections from the Museum's Collection 

THE ETERNAL RETURN Portraits by Stephanie Rose


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