Saturday, March 24, 2012

Albany Board of Zoning Appeals - 4/11/12 Agenda

See attached.

Application documents will be made available for download on our website at:

Capital District Community Gardens

Howie stoller, Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations (CANA)

"Capital District Community Gardens has a number of open plots available
in our gardens throughout Albany.  Summer is right around the corner,
and we are actively signing up new gardeners!  So come grow with us, and
call our office at 274-8685 or email our garden coordinators at for more information about registering for a plot

The Arabic/Islamic Impact on Modern Medicine and Pharmacology Albany of College and Pharmacy

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Date: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 2:27 PM
Subject: Interesting Lecture at Albany of College and Pharmacy on Thursday 05 April
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Dr. George Saliba of Columbia University to talk on the Arabic/Islamic Roots of Modern Medicine and Pharmacology at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on April 5

On Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m., George Saliba, Ph.D., professor of Arabic and Islamic Science at Columbia University, will give a talk on "The Arabic/Islamic Impact on Modern Medicine and Pharmacology" at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Student Center, Room 202, 41 Union Drive, Albany. The event is free and open to the public.

During the 9th and 10th centuries, the Abbasid Dynasty of Baghdad sponsored a multigenerational project to translate Greek philosophical and scientific works. In 832 AD, the Bayt al Hikma or House of Wisdom was established to support the work of the translators and scholars. Without this translation project, it is likely that much of the Greek canon would have been lost. In addition, world-famous thinkers such as Hunayan, Ibn Ishaq, Al-Kindi, Ibn Sina, Ibn Rushd, Farabi, Al-Razi and others had an immense impact not only on Medieval Arabic translation but also on the scientific breakthroughs which were made later in the West.

Dr. Saliba's illustrated talk will focus on how Arab/Islamic intellectual developments of this period transformed scientific thought, ultimately leading to significant advances in pharmacology and medicine. The talk will also illustrate how the new empirical attitudes that were developed in the Islamic civilization became the cornerstones in what we now call experimental empirical science.  

Dr. Saliba is highly regarded as someone who can make the complexities of Islam accessible to those who are eager to understand this important and influential tradition.
Dr. Saliba, a native of Lebanon, graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics at American University Beirut where he also earned a Master's in Mathematics. He then earned a Master's in Near Eastern Studies/Semitic Languages and his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies/Islamic Sciences from the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Saliba has been teaching at Columbia University since 1978. Dr. Saliba studies the development of scientific ideas from late antiquity to early modern times, with a special focus on the transmission of astronomical and mathematical ideas from the Islamic world to Renaissance Europe during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. He received the History of Astronomy Prize from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science in 1996, and the History of Science Prize given by the Third World Academy of Science in 1993. He has also been selected as Distinguished Senior Scholar at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress (2005-6), and at the Carnegie Scholars Program (2009-10). Dr. Saliba has been interviewed for the PBS documentary "Empire of Faith" and for the BBC documentary "Islamic History of Europe."
He is the author of Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance (2007) in addition to another eight books which he authored or co-authored and 59 articles including "Rethinking the Roots of Modern Science: Arabic Scientific Manuscripts in European Libraries," Occasional Paper, Center for Contemporary Arabic Studies, Georgetown University (1999).
Dr. Saliba's talk is part of a new lecture series entitled the Science, Culture and Medicine Speaker Series sponsored by  Department of Humanities and Communication and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Dr. Saliba's talk is also co-sponsored by the Iraqi Refugee Project of Albany (a coalition of Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Women Against War and the Women's Association for Family Affairs). 

The ACPHS Student Center can be reached by turning from Holland Avenue onto Notre Dame Drive, then turning right on Union Drive and following the signs for Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences parking.

For more information about Dr. Saliba's talk, visit, contact Professor Bill Millington at ACPHS at 518-694-7242 or the Iraqi Refugee Project at 518-392-9477. Also check

Hope you can make it!


Kevin Hickey, PhD
Associate Professor of English & Africana Studies
Dept. of Humanities & Communication, OB 225B
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
106 New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208-3492

Vanguard Designer Showhouse 2012 May 1-20

Dear Neighbors,

Please see information below about Albany Symphony Orchestra fundraiser.


Howie Stoller, Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations (CANA)
Vanguard Designer Showhouse 2012
"Urban Elegance"
Three Uniquely Stunning Homes
17 Chapel Street
Downtown Albany
May 1–20, 2012
Tues. and Fri. 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wed. and Thurs. 10:30 a.m. – 7:00
Saturday - 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday – 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays Last admittance one hour before closing
Lunch served in 305 Café Tuesday thru Friday $13 (Call 366-2022 for
Free Parking across the street in lot at corner of North Pearl and
More Showhouse information at 518-366-2022 and
Information at 518-203-2555 and
A benefit for the Albany Symphony.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tools for Caregivers-4/21/12 Wed morning

Dear Neighbors,

Please see e-mail below regarding, "Tools for Caregivers:

Resources You Can Use When a Senior Relies on You."


Howie Stoller, Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations (CANA)

The Capital Region Caregiver Coalition presents…

Tools for Caregivers:

Resources You Can Use When a Senior Relies on You

Saturday, April 21, 2012 • 8am – 12pm

Bulmer Communications Center • Hudson Valley Community College • Troy,

Registration&  Vendor Fair : 8 – 8:45am
  Vendor Fair: 10 – 10:30am

Welcome (Kathy Jimino):   8:45am in Auditorium
Workshops 2: 10:30 – 11:30 am

Workshops I: 9 – 10:00am
            Wrap up&  Prizes: 11:30 – 12pm

Workshop Session I (9 – 10:00am)

Positive Interactions:  Managing Difficult Behaviors

Description: Living with a loved one who has dementia presents many
day-to-day challenges. The most difficult challenge of all is how to
manage disruptive behavioral symptoms.  This workshop will help
participants understand the reasons behind negative behavior, identify
common triggers, and learn communication techniques that help avoid the

Accepting Help (Panel Discussion)

Description: It can be a challenge to accept help, both for care
recipients and caregivers.  Learn information, approaches, and tips to
assist in the process of creating a wider circle of care.  Panel members
representing a variety of community-based services will share their
professional insights and encourage the audience to share theirs.

Preparing for the Doctor's Visit and Communicating Your Medical Concerns

Description: Does it seem like your doctor is very busy and does not
have the time to listen to you?  Do you ever leave the office and
realize you forgot to ask the doctor an important       question?
During this session you will receive a doctor visit checklist and learn
helpful tips for a productive doctor's visit.

Workshop Session II (10:30 – 11:30am)

Making Caregiving Easier; Getting Critical Legal and Medical Paperwork
in Place

Description:  Having important legal and medical paperwork in place can
help to give caregivers peace of mind. These documents can also make it
easier for them to make important and compassionate choices during a
crisis.  Hear from the Medical Director of The Community Hospice and an
elder law attorney on how a Health Care Proxy, Living Will, MOLST, and
Power of Attorney can help make caregiving easier.

Accepting Help (Panel Discussion) REPEAT:  See above

Medications That Treat Dementia

Description:  This presentation will outline the medications approved to
treat various diseases that cause dementia as well as a discussion on
medications sometimes used to address behavior challenges often seen in
persons with dementia.


To register and/or receive more information, visit

**Vendors will be available from 8am - 10:45 am.        Doors open at
8am.  Sorry, no early birds!

REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 12TH by phone only at (518) 269-3976

Tianna Pettinger of Senior Services of Albany is a proud member of the
Capital Region Caregiver Coalition.

Tianna Pettinger, LCSW
Social Worker, Caregiver Connection
Senior Services of Albany
20 Rensselaer St. #2D
Albany, NY 12202

Historic Albany Foundation events - walking distance!!!

MARCH right in to one of our events!

Pub Lecture Series

Join HAF for our 2nd Pub Lecture.  Come share a pint and good conversation with Historic Albany!  The first lecture was outrageously successful, so come join in the fun this time around if you missed the first one!  Christine Dixon, Executive Director of Wiawaka, will speak about National Register-listed Wiawaka Holiday House in Lake George, a retreat for women founded in 1903.

Date: Tuesday, March 20th
Speaker: Christine Dixon
Topic: Wiawaka
Location: Midtown Tap & Tea Room, 289 New Scotland Ave., Albany
Time: 5:30-7pm
Cost: $5 suggested donation, cash bar

Reservations are appreciated, as space is limited in certain locations.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Genny at 518.465.0876 x10 or
A Moveable Feast

Come join HAF & friends for a glamorous night of great food, drinks, & a something-for-everyone silent auction! 

Date: Saturday, March 31st
Location: The Albany Academy, 135 Academy Rd.
Time: 6-11pm
Cost: $85 for HAF members, $110 for general public

To purchase tickets online & for more information about how this event works, visit the Moveable Feast webpage on the HAF website.

Please RSVP by Friday, March 23rd.

To purchase tickets over the phone or if you have questions, contact Genny at 518.465.0876 x10 or
Window Repair Workshop

Join Historic Albany for a workshop featuring hands on window repair techniques. Jack Alvarez of Landmark Consulting will teach you how to remove, repair, and rehang your wood windows. Learn the tools and techniques you will need to return your windows to their former beauty!

Date: Saturday, April 21st
Location: 83 Grove Avenue
Time: 10am-2pm
Cost: $5 for HAF members, $10 for general public

Reservations required as space is limited.  For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Genny at 518.465.0876 x10 or

Upcoming Events

Pub Lecture @ Midtown Tap & Tea Room

A Moveable Feast @Albany Academy

Window Repair Workshop @ 83 Grove Ave.
About HAF
Historic Albany Foundation is a private, not-for-profit membership organization working to promote the preservation and appreciation of the built environment in and around the city of Albany.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Children's clothing consignment sale at Albany Academy Field House

Tuesday required pre-registration of some sort, but starting today, the sale is open to all.

Pass It On Children's Consignment Sale
New and Gently Worn Children's Items at Bargain Prices!
MARCH 13-17 (Our 10th YEAR!!!!) 
Over 20,000 Sq. Ft. FILLED!    550+ Consignors !
Albany Academy Fieldhouse ( Location link to the left)
Pass It On introduced the concept of  a twice-yearly children's consignment event in Albany, NY 10 years ago.  The sale is held in March (Spring/Summer items) and August (Fall/Winter items)  We offer you the opportunity to sell your children's outgrown items and shop for new and gently worn items at bargain prices.

Open to the Public (There Is NO Entry Fee anytime! All Are WELCOME!)
Wednesday, March 14th  (Open for later hours!)
Thursday, March 15th
1/2 Price Day ( 2 Days!)
Friday, March 16th
9am-5pm AND
Saturday, March 17th    8am-12pm

Nixle Advisory Message: Door to Door Permits & Monthly Crime Stats (chart attached)

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Please be aware that it is against the City ordinance for anyone to sell door to door without a permit from the City. Anyone who approaches your home you should ask to see a permit. If they can't produce one ask them to politely leave. If they continue to be persistent call the police department non emergency number at 438-4000.
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6 upcoming events for you and your family

compiled from postings received from Deb of Helderberg NA and Louise of DANA 

 *** The City's first comprehensive plan (put together with lots of help from our smart neighborhood) has been officially presented to Albany Common Council.  They will hold a public hearing on the plan Monday, March 19 at 7 pm in City Hall.  Check it out at

***Get your hair cut for a good cause. Destiny's Hair & Nail Salon, 372 Delaware Ave, as well as several local hair stylists and Team CJ have joined together to bring you the 2nd Annual Cystic Fibrosis Cuts For A Cause on Sunday, March 25
from 10 to 5 pm.  Highly trained stylists will be joining together at Destiny's for this event. For information or an appointment call (518) 462-0226. Walk-ins are also welcome. Men and Children - haircuts $10.00. Women - haircuts $20.00.  All proceeds from this event will go to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  If you can't attend, but want to donate send a check to "The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation" c/o Tracy Van Hattum, 36 Bertha St, Albany 12209. 328-7600
***Know a City of Albany young person age 14-18?  The application for the City's summer employment program is up . . .   The registration day is Saturday March 31 from 9 to 3 pm.

***Spring is prime house buying season.  Get smart about it at the free Homebuyer 101 workshop on Tuesday, April 3
at 5:30 pm. Sign up at
***Need some help with your taxes? FREE income tax preparation for people with a household income of less than $50,000. IRS-certified volunteers will be available at the Main Library, 161 Washington, for walk in assistance on Saturdays from 10 to 3 pm until April 14.  Or make an appointment for a Wednesday by calling 427-4303.

***Health & Services Fair for adults and senior adults. Sunday, April 29, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Location: Albany Jewish Community Center, 340 Whitehall Road, Albany
Health screenings, refreshments, prizes, therapeutic massage, information booths
For additional information, contact Claire Sigal at 438-6651 x 112 or
This event is co-sponsored by Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Hospital, CDPHP, Central Region Orthopaedics, Times Union , the Jewish World and WABY.

National Little League 2012 Registration

National Little League 2012 Registration

Registration is now open for the 2012 National Little League season. Opening Day of National's 61st season is Saturday, April 21. There are five levels of baseball open to boys and girls in the neighborhood from ages 4 to 12, starting with Tee Ball for children ages 4 and 5 (children must be 4 years old by April 30 to be eligible to play Tee Ball). 

National is Albany's original Little League. The league is committed to building character through the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play, and to providing Albany's youth a fun, safe, and competitive baseball program. All teams are coached by a dedicated staff of Albany parents and volunteers.

Online registration is available at Or, if you prefer, you can sign your children up at one of the league's in-person registration dates, which will be held on March 10 and March 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the National Little League clubhouse at the corner of Partridge and Providence streets. More information about the league and about registration can be found at

Come join your friends and neighbors for another fun-filled season and be a part of this annual rite of spring that helps make our neighborhood a great place to live.


Monday, March 5, 2012


 Good News! The RAFFA BAKERY AND CAFE on the corner of Quail and Maple (formerly Leo's ) is unofficially open.

The official opening is this coming Wednesday 3/7. Presently they have breads and cookies plus breakfast and a fine run of subs available.

The tentative hours for the first few months will be daily (7days a week) and hours 7am to 9pm.

They are a wonderful group and the place is totally renovated on the inside. Stop by and check it out.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

RISSE Fundraising Events

There are remarkable things happening at the Emmaus Church on West Lawrence St. (across the street from the Madison Ave Price Chopper) Many English classes for refugees and immigrants and activities for children - etc. Check it out and perhaps you would like to attend one of the remaining two fund raising events. Julie E


I hope you are enjoying this weather!

You are receiving this email either because your students are involved with the Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus (RISSE), or because you have expressed an interest in becoming involved. I know a few of you were kind enough to let me speak to your students but have no direct connection to RISSE, so if you would like to be removed from this list, please let me know and I will understand.

Here are the dates of some upcoming events related to RISSE:

1)      Monday, February 27th, 7:15 PM:
I will be showing the award-winning documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell". The film follows women in Liberia as they work to bring peace to their country. The event will include a brief discussion after the film, and will be held in the sanctuary library.
2)      Friday, March 23rd:
21+ benefit concert at Savannah's, a bar located at 1 South Pearl Street. Doors open at 8:30 PM, and the night will feature 3 bands, two of which are composed solely of Saint Rose students. All proceeds will benefit RISSE. $5 cover fee.
3)      Friday, April 13th:
"Rhythms for RISSE", a fundraising event for RISSE, will take place on-campus at the Massry Center for the Arts and will consist of three parts:
a)      At 6:30 PM, the event will kick off with a silent auction, through which you can silently write down "bids" for items including gift certificates to Junior's, Albany Massage Therapists, ISmile Studios, etc.; tickets for the Albany Aqua Ducks tour, Story Circle events at Proctor's, concerts at Northern Lights, etc.; merchandise such as CDs from cellist Jami Sieber, items from the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame, a week of horseback-riding lessons for a child at Schauber Stables, etc. The auction will continue during the intermission of the concert.
b)      At 7 PM, a world music concert will begin in the Picotte Recital Hall, featuring music from countries represented at RISSE (mainly Asian, African, and Middle Eastern). Performers will include Saint Rose students and faculty, RISSE staff members, storytellers from Children at the Well, and various community musicians.
c)       There will be a reception in the lobby directly following the performance.
***Suggested donation for tickets is $5 with a student ID, $10 without. Please contact Carolyn to order tickets in advance***

If you have any questions, or can donate anything for the auction, please let me know. I've attached a donations request letterhead with more information.

Thank you,
Carolyn Stallard

Carolyn Stallard
AmeriCorps*VISTA Project Coordinator
The College of Saint Rose
Office: 518-458-5318

"The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers."
-Juliette G. Low

Thursday, March 1, 2012

"The Muppets" movie Saturday March 3 for just $2!

The students of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be hosting a special screening of the most recent Muppets movie this Saturday at 2:00 pm in the school's Student Center. Admission is just $2 per person, with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society.

Enjoy a movie with the family and support a great cause!

> Saturday, March 3rd
> 2:00 pm
> ACPHS Student Center, 2nd floor

 Directions and Parking:

·         From New Scotland Ave., turn at the Hilton Garden Inn onto Holland Ave.
·         Take first right onto Notre Dame Drive
·         Follow Notre Dame to the end and turn right onto Union Drive and continue into the parking lot.
·         The Student Center is the large building to your right with the glass atrium.
·         The film will be shown on the second floor.

Into the Abyss at the Spectrum 8 on March 16th

Dear Friends:

I'd like to tell you a little about a film I think might interest you:

Into the Abyss

*** Special Event - March 16th at 6:30pm ***

A panel discussion will follow the show.  Moderated by Alice Green, founder of The Center for Law and Justice, the panel will include David Kaczynski, Director of New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and Attorney Jonathan Gradess, Executive Director of the New York State Defenders Association. 

In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Cave Of Forgotten Dreams) probes the human psyche to explore why people kill - and why a state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (scheduled to die within eight days of appearing on-screen), Herzog achieves what he describes as "a gaze into the abyss of the human soul." Herzog's inquiries also extend to the families of the victims and perpetrators as well as a state executioner and pastor who've been with death row prisoners as they've taken their final breaths. As he's so often done before, Herzog's investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.

Watch the preview at the official site:

Additional showings of Into the Abyss will occur four times a day from Friday, March 16th thru Thursday, March 22nd.

Tickets are available now at the Spectrum 8 box office or online at

If you have any additional inquiries, I can be contacted at  Thank you for your kind attention.  I look forward to seeing you at the movies.

Liam M. Brennan
Spectrum 8 Theatres
290 Delaware Avenue
Albany, NY 12209