Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Its All Greek to Me - Part II

The Ladies Philoptochos Society of Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church is presenting their second annual evening of Greek food, cooking tips and fun on March 18th from 4-7pm. The program will feature demonstrations, hands-on opportunities and tastings of recipes. Chef Harry from Athos will present one of his restaurant patrons' favorites and St. Sophia's Greek Festival chef, Teddy K will demonstrate his recipe for avegolemono soup.

I attended this event last year, it was very well organized, attendees are given ample opportunity to watch, ask questions, try some techniques, and most important....SAMPLE!!!

The cost of the class is $40. Space is limited to 42 participants and reservations will not be accepted without payment. To reserve your space send a check for $40 for each participant made out to the Philoptochos Society and provide your name/names, address, phone number, email (optional) on a separate sheet of paper. Mail to Philoptochos Society, St. Sophia Church, 440 Whitehall Road, Albany, NY 12208. Alternatively, cash payments may be brought to the church office Monday through Friday, 9-5pm. Please call 489-4442x0 to confirm when you plan to stop by the office. Cancellations will be refunded in full with one week notice to allow time to fill the vacancy.

Petition to Restore Pedestrian walkway on the Livingston Ave Bridge

Petition to Restore Pedestrian walkway on the Livingston Ave Bridge


A group has formed the Livingston Avenue Bridge Coalition (LARBC)  to  advocate for the re-establishment of the 
pedestrian walkway on the  Livingston Ave Bridge across the Hudson. 

Design discussions for  rebuilding the bridge are currently under way, so the time is NOW to  make our feelings known. 

The LARBC website, which is very informative,  contains a link to a petition which you can sign. 

Albany Board of Zoning Appeals - 2/22 Decisions & 3/14 Pending Agenda

Albany Board of Zoning Appeals - 2/22 Decisions

Albany Board of Zoning Appeals 3/14 Pending Agenda

Three Incidents nearby

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Albany Police Department is investigating a incident on Marion Avenue that occurred last week in which two men came to the home of an elderly couple and claimed to work for the water department to get inside their house.

The incident occurred on February 14 at 2:00 p.m.  Two men came to the house and knocked on the door.  When the couple answered the men said they worked for the water department and needed to check the water.  The men were let in and started searching the house.  After a few minutes the couple asked the men to leave which they did.  At this time nothing was stolen from inside the house. 

On the same day a similar incident occurred in Clifton Park.  One man came to the door of an elderly couple while a second man stayed in a vehicle.  The man said he was from the water department and he needed to check the water.  He went around the house and checked the faucets and toilets and then left.  The couple discovered jewelry missing after the man left. 

Last July Albany police also took a report with a similar motive.   A man knocked on the door of a elderly woman's house and said he was there to check the water in the house.  She let him inside and while distracting the victim he stole $200 out of a dresser drawer. 

The description on the suspects are white or Hispanic males. 

Safety Tips

·         Residents should be reminded that anyone representing a city or town agency should have proper identification on them at all times that identifies who they work for. 
·         Most agencies require employees to wear uniforms that identify that agency as well and drive vehicles that are well marked.   
·         Residents should ask to see the identification before letting anyone inside their home and if they feel the person is misrepresenting themselves they should call the police immediately. 

Hello neighbor.

I want to inform you about two incidents that happened Sunday night. Although they were not in the neighborhood, per se, I think it's important for you to be aware of them.

Albany police are currently investigating two sexual assaults that occurred this past Sunday morning.

Police were called to the apartment of the first victim who lives in the Pine Hills neighborhood. The victim, 21, told officers she was walking with two friends on Hamilton Street at 2:15 a.m. Sunday morning when a man emerged from behind a fence on the north side of Hamilton Street just east of Quail Street. He approached the victim and reached up under her skirt and forcibly touched her before running off.

The suspect is described as a black male approximately 5'7" with a small build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. He was last seen running west on Hamilton Street towards Ontario Street.

Officers responded to Memorial Hospital early Sunday morning after the second assault victim went to the hospital after being attacked in Washington Park. The victim, 25, told officers she was walking home with a friend at approximately 3:30 a.m. The pair split up and the victim continued walking home through the park alone. The suspect approached the victim from behind and pushed her to the ground. He put something to the back of her head and threatened to shoot her if she made any noise. He proceeded to assault the victim. He threatened to kill victim if she moved as he fled the scene.

The suspect, a black male, 5'7" with a medium build was wearing black baggy sweatpants, hooded sweatshirt and black knitted winter hat. He was last seen heading westbound through the park towards New Scotland Avenue.

It is unknown at this time if the incidents are related or not.

If you have been a victim of sexual assault, please know that there is help available, for free. Call the Albany County sexual assault victim assistance hotline at (518) 447-7716. All calls are completely confidential.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Electronic Recycling Drop Off

Hello Everyone

I wanted to inform you of a new addition to our recycling program. Effective immediately we will be accepting electronics for recycling here at the Department of General Services. We have designated a drop off area for residents to deposit their electronics during normal business hours (Monday – Friday 7am to 5pm). The area is located in front of the DGS facility in the parking lot. Please see the attached photo of the drop off area.

We will continue to accept electronics at all of our scheduled hazardous waste collections events. This is just an additional and more convenient way to recycle these items.

For your information I have listed items accepted at this drop off area. Please inform your neighbors and constituents of the exciting new opportunity.

  • Computers
  • Televisions
  • Small scale servers
  • Monitors
  • Keyboards and mice
  • Fax machines
  • Scanners
  • Printers
  • VCRs
  • DVRs
  • Portable digital music players
  • DVD players
  • Digital converter boxes
  • Cable or satellite receivers
  • Electronic or video game consoles
  • Copiers
  • Fax Machines
  • Large scale servers
  • Electronic Medical equipment
  • Electronic Laboratory equipment
  • Cell Phones
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Microwaves

Nick D'Antonio
Department of General Service
City of Albany

(518) 434-2489


Compilation on Cabaret Licensing Draft

The Planning Committee heard public comment last night and no decisions were made on the Cabaret Licensing legislation. The legislation is still undergoing revision. There will be another meeting but it is not scheduled yet. There is an updated Draft and I have attached it here.
Additional information from Jim Sano.

The next meeting is Wednesday February 22 at 5 PM with no public comment at that time, additional comment can be given the next evening at the public comment section of the regular Common Council meeting.  The only somewhat controversial part (misunderstood) is the relation to houses of worship, no church events will be subject to the registering or fee structure, except when a church has a hall and rents it out.  Compliance with the proposed ordinance would be decided on a case by case basis( for places of worship), why the Ordinance even bothered including houses of worship, was because one church was actually running a night club, we shut it down, got sued and won in court and we are now trying to close that loophole.  We are now trying to decide if because of one church's misinterpretation and subsequent non compliant use of their facility we need to actually address the situation through an ordinance.  Nobody is trying to tax, the choir, organist etc. just more misinformation being thrown around

Jim Sano

Monday, February 13, 2012

UPDATED: Valentines Day @ Midtown Tea and Taproom


Just wanted to get the word out that our Chefs are planning some great dinner specials for Valentines Day this year.  The weather has been most cooperative - please join us!

Midtown Tea and Taproom



Wednesday Night: Free lecture on Urban Neglect and Development of the Capital Region at the Opalka Gallery

The Stakeholders Institute invites you to a special open session of their successful program.  This event will feature a conversation with Todd Fabozzi, an urbanist, social ecologist and long-time advocate of sustainable design. Fabozzi is an accomplished writer and has lectured extensively on suburban sprawl and its consequences.

Attendees will also examine excerpts from Megamall (2009), a story of money, power and politics that explores the controversy behind one of the country's biggest shopping malls, the Palisades Center in West Nyack, NY.

WHO: The Stakeholders Institute
WHAT:  Urban Neglect and Development of the Capital Region
WHEN: Wednesday, February 15, 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Opalka Gallery at Sage College, 140 New Scotland Avenue, Albany NY 12208
HOW: RSVP to Michael Weidrich at arts@thestakeholders.org


Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Opportunity for You!

Dear Neighbor,

"A neighbor is someone who needs your help"

Capital Region RSVP Program and the Capital Region OASIS Program under The Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness strive to provide programs to enrich and enhance the lives of older adults in our community.

Our focus at this time is to build on a program, Neighbor to Neighbor.  This program is a volunteer based program to help newly discharged patients experience a smooth transition from hospital to their own home.  Active since May 2011, we now find ourselves in need of additional volunteer support.  With this in mind, I ask your help.

Neighbor to Neighbor Training
                    Monday, Feb. 27th, 9:00am – 1:00pm
                    Albany Guardian Society
                    12 Corporate Woods Blvd., Albany
                    CALL 442-5885
                    Refreshments will be provided

Please join us on Feb. 27th to unite with other community members and help us spread the
“Neighbor to Neighbor” program to your neighborhood.

Many thanks for considering my request.  I can be reached at 442.5585 if you have questions or desire additional information.  Call to register and/or for directions to the February 27th training

PLEASE RSVP BY FEB. 23rd call 442-5585. 

Kathy Schoolcraft
Program Coordinator
Capital Region RSVP Program

“Lead with Experience, Experience the Difference”
RSVP is for all adults age 55+ seeking rewarding, enriching and significant volunteer opportunities in their local communities.
RSVP is part of Senior Corps which is a program of the Corporation of National & Community Service and is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness at the University at Albany.

Please join us on Feb. 27th to unite with other community members and help us spread the

"Neighbor to Neighbor" program to your neighborhood.

Many thanks for considering my request.  I can be reached at 442.5585 if you have questions or desire additional information.  Call to register and/or for directions to the February 27th training

PLEASE RSVP BY FEB. 23rd call 442-5585.

Kathy Schoolcraft

Program Coordinator

Capital Region RSVP Program

Phone: (518) 442-5585

Fax: (518) 591-8772

Email: Kschoolcraft@albany.edu


"Lead with Experience, Experience the Difference"

RSVP is for all adults age 55+ seeking rewarding, enriching and significant volunteer opportunities in their local communities.

RSVP is part of Senior Corps which is a program of the Corporation of National & Community Service and is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness at the University at Albany.

Albany Board of Zoning Appeals - 2/8 Decisions & 2/22 Pending Agenda

Albany Board of Zoning Appeals -

2/8 Decisions

2/22 Pending Agenda

Music Mobile 34th Anniversary Celebration March 28th

The Music Mobile, Inc. ,was founded in 1977 by Ruth Pelham to bring learning and love to the neighborhoods of Albany, New York. Thirty-three years and hundreds of neighborhoods later, Music Mobile has served tens of thousands of diverse people of all ages in the United States and across the world.

Please join the Music Mobile, Inc. at its festive 34th Anniversary Benefit Celebration: "Beat on the Street." The song-filled celebration will take place as follows:

When: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: WAMC Linda Norris Theater at 339 Central Avenue, Albany, New York
Artists: Local celebrity guests will take the stage to move our hearts including Pulitzer Prize author, William Kennedy, who will be joined by friends to sing songs from his lifetime song bag.
Informationwww.musicmobile.org or 518-462-8714

We look forward to meeting you at the Beat on the Street Celebration!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Running in the Helderberg Neighborhood


 I hope you are enjoying this unseasonable weather! I am a Helderberg neighborhood resident, as well as a Behavioral Coach and Run Trainer.  I have put together a fun, beginners program for female runners who want to get fit, while getting social, getting out, and having fun.

 Attached, you will find my flyer.  Deb Schramek, Communications Chair for our neighborhood, has given me your email, and I have attached my flyer with hopes that you will please share it with your community. Since it will be based in the Helderberg neighborhood, I was hoping that New Scotland Woodlawn neighbors would be interested in participating as well.

 Thank you for your help and I wish you a fabulous day! Be well.

Inner Fast Girl 5k Training Flyer

Rebecca Boswell
Behavioral Life/Business Coach & Run Trainer
"Simplicity and Focus Lead to Success"
www.InsightsOutCoaching.com What are you ready for?  Let's make it happen. Personal Blog:  http://innerfastgirl.wordpress.com/

Neighborhood Engagement Districts and Community Service Officers

Thanks Jim Sano, for forwarding...

Attached is the most up to date NEU zone map with the officers.

Loren Grugan is still our officer!!!
We are district 17. Some other districts have two shifts.
Check it out. You can ask about this at our meeting with the APD at Sage on Thursday!!!!

Click the link to open the PDF:

Brendan J. Cox
Assistant Chief of Police
Albany Police Department
165 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, NY 12210
(518) 462-8009 (office)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Meeting with Albany Police on communications Thurs Feb 9 at 7pm

Thursday February 9th   
Room 105 Kahl Campus Center at Sage Albany  
begins at 7:00pm 

The Albany Police Department is implementing a system called nixle ( www.nixle.com) to bring communities within the city a more direct and faster way to communicate crime information, statistics and other items of interest. This is part of what the NIXLE program is about - a very safe and effective way of networking between law enforcement and the community. The police need the participation from everyone in the community to make this effective and beneficial.

Police Chief Krokoff was very impressed by the large number of residents who attended the meeting at the Hibernians this past summer in response to the two incidents on Oakwood St. and by the concerns expressed about the lack of information available to neighbors in the immediate aftermath of the incidents.  As a result, the New Scotland/Woodlawn and Helderberg neighborhoods will be the first to get the program. 
Check out the website where you can see sample notifications.  

The hour long meeting will be on Thursday February 9th   Room 105 Kahl Campus Center at Sage  beginning at 7:00pm.  Detective James Miller, APD Public Information Officer will explain the program and answer our questions. There is a parking lot off of Academy Rd. For a map to the Kahl Campus Center, (it is #2 on the map)                                   http://www.sage.edu/resources/publicsafety/maps/

If you have immediate questions, contact

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

Otherwise, lets show that we care about our own and our neighbors' safety and also help the APD determine whether this new system works for us and for the rest of the city.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Africana Film Series for 2012

Greetings Everyone!

Here is the schedule for this year's ACPHS Africana Film Series (Year #8). Something new in this year's series is a live drumming performance and discussion from Senegalese drummer Babacar Biaye at our second showing.

In addition to this year's poster, I have also attached improved directions for finding the Student Center (where the films are shown). The school's Multicultural Club plans to offer food one evening, but it is not yet certain which evening this will be. Otherwise there will be the usual selection of free pizza.

Hope to see you there!

Eighth Annual Africana Film Series (2012)

Tuesdays on February 07, 14, and 21, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Student Center, Room 202
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences