Friday, April 27, 2012

Albany Promise May 7 two events morning and evening

 Special Invitation from Albany Promise

 Join us for the launch of the Albany Promise Cradle to Career
Partnership and the release of the Baseline Report to the Community on
Monday, May 7, 2012.

Albany Promise is a regional, cross-sector partnership where community
leaders in Albany are coming together to support a shared cradle to
career vision for education.

Through the release of The Albany Promise: Baseline Report to the
Community, Albany Promise hopes to start a discussion about the current
state of education in the greater Capital Region.

We will be holding two launches on May 7-- a morning event from 9:00 -
11:00 a.m. held at Giffen Memorial Elementary School, and an evening
event from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Albany High School. There is no cost to
attend the launch events.

The Albany Promise Partnership is made up of leaders in the fields of
education, community, business, government, and philanthropy, including
United Way of the Greater Capital Region.

Here is more who, what and where info about Albany Promise:

Suspicious Activity in S. Main Area

These are two Helderberg communications - I have combined them. the gist of it is, if someone is acting in a suspicious manner, call the police immediately.

 This, I believe, refers to an event on April 18th

Yesterday while my mother-in-law was at our house watching the baby a man came to the door claiming to be from the city and stating their was a complaint about our garbage. He was dressed officially with an ID hung on his shoulder, and he drove a plain black sedan. I confirmed with the City today that he was a fraud. I reported this to the police only to be told that I should have reported it last night when my mother-in-law told me – like there was more they could have done at 6 pm yesterday than 8 am today. They confirmed this person was not with the city and a report should be made immediately. Please pass this along to others in our neighborhood so folks can be warned.

Here is a response from a law enforcement neighbor (he/she did not identify her/himself)
Debra Schramek
HNA Communications Chair

To: Edgecomb and Helderberg Neighborhood Associations
From: A law-enforcement neighbor
RE:  the recent email sent about activity in the South Main area.
    If a suspicious incident occurs, it is ABSOLUTELY essential to contact the police IMMEDIATELY.  In this case, the writer advises that his mother-in-law reported the suspicious activity to him, and he in turn reported it to the police at 8 a.m.
  If this incident were reported when it occurred, officers could have responded and possibly questioned the subject.  The mother-in-law gathered more than enough information for an area patrol to locate the subject and/or vehicle.  If this individual had in fact committed a crime, he may have been caught.  If this individual was planning a crime, he may have thought twice about doing so in this neighborhood or area.  If this subject was planning a burglary or some sort of fraud, it is likely that he has done so in the past, and is still walking our streets.
   Please remember that police are being paid to check on activity such as this.  You are NOT inconveniencing them by reporting incidents at odd hours or that may seem like, "no big deal."   Don't wait until a crime actually happens - don't let you or your neighbors become victims.



African American Center of the Capital Region - community info session May 2

Wednesday, May 2nd from 6-8pm (light refreshments at 5:30)
Albany Housing Authority Atrium, 200 South Pearl St.
Learn about the new center and participate in a community discussion


Albany College of Pharmacy - Exciting Events - Spread the Word!

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has two events coming up this week and we'd like you to help us spread the word!

Voyage to Health – Native Hawaii Healing museum exhibit
Wine and Cheese Reception and Unveiling
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Student Center Atrium
Free and open to the public
(more information included on attached poster)

Medication Take Back Drive and Drop
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Drive through the ACPHS main entrance at 106 New Scotland Avenue, Albany and safely dispose of your unused or expired medications.

Please print and display the attached flyer and poster in high traffic, prominent areas.

Feel free to contact me with any questions!

Thank you in advance for your assistance.


Megan M. Davis
Director of Marketing and Social Media
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
106 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

Reception and Book Signing for Finding Griffin: an Adirondack novel by Barbara Delaney

You are cordially invited to a reception and premiere book signing of Finding Griffin: an Adirondack novel by Barbara Delaney on Thursday, May 17 from 7:00 p.m.– 9:00 at The Book House, Stuyvesant Plaza. Please see the attached press announcement for more information about Delaney's new novel.  There will also be a book signing at Market Place Books in Troy on Saturday, May 26 11:00 a.m. – 1:00.   For directions and information contact the Book House 518-489-4761         

Update on Park Avenue Fires - ways to donate

Info on the buildings destroyed and ways to donate to help those displaced.

Park Avenue Fires

Hello Historic Albany Members and Friends,

Many of you know about the fire that occurred at 58, 60, 62, 64 Park Avenue.   The fire also damaged the buildings nearby at 56 and 66 Park Avenue.  The block was a contiguous row and an intact block,  built in the late 1860's and 1870's.  Three out of four buildings were occupied; 22 people were displaced but were able to escape without injury.  From eyewitness reports, the fire was fast moving.

According to the Albany Fire Department, the four buildings will be torn down (#'s 58, 60, 62, 64).   Under the powers to act in an emergency, the City's hired engineer, Russ Reeves, and Chief Forezzi deemed them unsafe and so, demolition was recommended.  None of the property owners have contested that.

Historic Albany would have liked to see the facades saved and new buildings built behind it.  It is now our hope that new buildings will be built on the vacant lots, in the near future.  We have also provided technical services to the owners and look forward to working with them and the Mansion Neighborhood Association.


Many neighbors have been asking how they can support the victims of the fire. One way to do so is to make a cash donation to them through Trinity Alliance.

Write a check payable to Trinity Alliance, and put "Mansion Neighborhood fire" in the memo line. Mail your check to Trinity Alliance, 15 Trinity Place, Albany, NY 12202, or drop it off in

You can also donate online at . Note that when you go through the process you can add a message, put "Mansion Neighborhood fire" in that space.

To aid our neighbors who were displaced by last night's terrible fire on Park Ave, Grand Street Community Arts, corner of Madison Avenue and Grand Street, will be accepting donations of clothing/ household items during the following hours:

Tues: 11-2 and 5-8
Wed: 1-3 and 5-8
Thurs: 5-8

Trinity Alliance and Grand Street Community Arts are 501(c)3 non-profits, so these donations are tax-deductible.

Many thanks to Trinity, Grand Street Community Arts, and their leaders for making this happen.

Thank you,

Susan Herlands Holland
Executive Director
Historic Albany Foundation, Inc.
89 Lexington Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
(518) 465-0876 xt. 11

Upcoming Events


Window Workshop
@ 83 Grove Ave.


Preservation Merit Awards & Annual Meeting @ Albany County Courthouse (16 Eagle St.)

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Benefit concert for refugees 4/13

> This is a reminder about the fundraiser for RISSE – the support
> program for newly arrived refugees and immigrants sponsored by
> Emmaus United Methodist Church – on this coming Friday, April 13th
> as detailed below.
> Concert to benefit Refugee outreach at Emmaus United Methodist Church:
> "Rhythms for RISSE" is a benefit event taking place on Friday, April
> 13th, 2012 at the Massry Center for the Arts, a performance venue at
> the College of Saint Rose.
> The event will begin with a silent auction at 6:30 PM, during which
> bidders can walk around writing down their "bids". Items being
> auctioned include gift certificates from the Albany Massage Therapy
> Association, Chipotle, ISmile, Eastern Mountain Sports, Schauber
> Riding Stables, and more, as well as merchandise such as CDs from
> cellist Jami Sieber, items from the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of
> Fame, a backpack from Ten Thousand Villages, silk scarves from
> China, etc.
> At 7 PM a world music concert will begin in the recital hall,
> featuring performances representative of the countries of the
> refugees. Performers include former and current members of the Saint
> Rose music department, as well as community members including
> storytellers from the group "Children at the Well". The night will
> conclude with a reception in the lobby.
> Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance by emailing
> , or at the door that night. Suggested donation is $10 for community
> members, $5 with a student ID.

Albany city job openings


Albany Board of Zoning Appeals - 4/25/12 Agenda

Honest Weight! Garden Apts!

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

Bradley Glass
City of Albany
Department of Development & Planning
Division of Planning, Zoning and Land Use
200 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, NY 12210

Flyers for Moes & TCBY attached

\Flyers for Moes & TCBY attached

Attached are two coupons: Moe's Southwest Grill and tcby. Both are fundraisers for the Ronald McDonald House on Lake Ave.,Albany
Present the Moe's coupon on Wednesday, April 11 at the Moe's on either Wolf Road, Clifton Park or Saratoga Springs between 4 - 8 pm, and 15% of your sale will be donated to RMHC.
On April 23, purchase a tcby yogurt from the shop at 1512 Western Ave. and 20% of the sale will be donated  to RMCH.
Remember to bring your flyer when you go.
Thanks for your help with this worthy cause.
Deb Schramek

TCBY Flyer

Moes Flyer

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Local Waterfalls: Workhorses of the Industrial Revolution"

from our local adventurers and authors......

Dear Friends,

We're forwarding the notice below about our Thursday, April 12 presentation on "Local Waterfalls: Workhorses of the Industrial Revolution" – in case you'd like to attend.


Barbara & Russ

From: Waterford Museum []
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2012 9:42 AM
To: Waterford Museum (waterford museum)
Subject: PR- "Local Waterfalls: Workhorses of the Industrial Revolution"

2 Museum Lane

Waterford, NY 12188


Waterford Historical Museum
and Cultural Center
Est. 1964

2 Museum Lane
Waterford, NY 12188


For more information contact
Brad L. Utter, Director of the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center

For Release Between –March 29 – April 12, 2012

Who: The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center

What: Science and Technology Lecture Series- "Local Waterfalls: Workhorses of the Industrial Revolution"
Where: Costanzo's Riverside Restaurant, 405 Hudson River Road, Waterford, NY 12188
When: April 12, 7-8pm
Admission: Suggested donation is $6 per person ($5 members)

Come hear the history behind some of the areas great waterfalls at the Waterford Museum's Science and Technology Lecture Series on April 12th at Costanzo's Riverside Restaurant. The title of the presentation is "Local Waterfalls: Workhorses of the Industrial Revolution." It was both waterfalls & the absence of waterfalls that helped make N.Y. the Empire State. Learn how, why, and the location of these magnificent waterfalls with Russell Dunn & Barbara Delaney who are both N.Y.S. licensed guides and authors of regional guidebooks.  
The presentation and discussion will begin at 7pm. Registration starts at 6:30pm and food and drink will be available for purchase all evening. Advanced reservations are encouraged. Check our website and/or Facebook for the latest news, call 518-238-0809 or by e-mail

Brad L. Utter, Director
Waterford Historical Museum
and Cultural Center
Town of Waterford Historian
2 Museum Lane
Waterford, NY 12188
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Volunteers Needed City Spring 2012 Bike-Pedestrian Count

Neighborhood Associate Members:
The City of Albany Department of Development and Planning is coordinating the 2012 Spring Bike-Pedestrian Count that is going to be gathering information in regards to the City of Albany Bicycle Master Plan. This count will run from May 1st  through May 3rd (Tues-Thurs) from 7AM-9AM and from 3:30PM-5:30PM at 10 locations in the City. Locations are as follows:
1) Clinton Ave and N. Pearl St.
2) Washington Ave. and Lark St.  
3) State St. and Lark St.   
4) Washington St./Eagle St./Pine St.    
5) S. Pearl St. and Madison Ave
6) Delaware Ave. and Morton Ave.  
7) Madison Ave. and New Scotland Ave. (also counting road inside Washington Park)   
8) New Scotland Ave. and S Lake Ave.  
9) Madison and Western Ave split  
10) Broadway and Maiden Ln.

Respond with volunteer availability as soon as possible, it would be greatly appreciated to  

-Brian Stewart, Intern
City of Albany Dept. of Development and Planning

Post office closure protest April 17 at noon

There will also be informational picketing outside of the post offices at Empire State Plaza (ESP Station) and Capitol Station both in downtown Albany. Anyone working in those areas is encouraged to participate. There is no need to close any post office. The American People have a constitutional right to universal and affordable mail service. Consolidation is only a prelude to privatization. The Albany APWU will be handing out fliers at the Empire State Plaza and Capitol stations on the 17th. Julie Elson wrote: > The decision on post office closures was only delayed, not abandoned. > If you are concerned about the fate of Academy Station, then you may be > interested in the following invitation: > > Occupy Albany, in which I'm involved, is planning a "Don't close the post offices" protest for April 17 at noon at Academy Station. For more information contact me, > Susan DuBois > 24 Jeanette St. > Albany, NY 12209 >

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Downtown Retail April 2012

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April 4,  2012
Restaurant Week!
It's in the air. The Downtown district is buzzing.

Whether it's for an iced cold drink, a quick snack on the go, or finishing that errand, take an extra minute or two and stroll a little next time you leave the office. Come outside and see what downtown Albany's retailers have to offer.
Restaurant Week!
Massage Deal at Salon 109
Now until April 6th all new massage clients who buy a 30 minute massage will get another 30 minutes FREE! Use the free 30 minutes the day of your appointment or give to a friend, new to massage. Call today to book your appointment 518.463.7161. Located at 109 State.
Restaurant Week!
$10 Off - Digital Press Printing
>From business cards and brochures to postcards and flyers we have all your on-demand, short run press printing under one roof - and we're right in downtown Albany. Mention this newsletter to get $10 off your first press order. Call 518.426.1039 for more information or come visit us at 376 Broadway. 
Restaurant Week!
Get Your Body Summer Ready
Get fit for summer and save with Synergy Fitness Spring Promotions. Outdoor Fitness programs are back! Starting April 30. Free Weight Loss Seminar! April 25, 2012 at 5:30pm. Personal Training Discounts now through April 30. Contact us for more information by calling 518.694.0196.
Restaurant Week!
Aqua Ducks Opening Weekend 
Don't miss out on a weekend full of surprises. This Saturday April 7th, come down to the Albany Visitors Center and help kick off the Albany Aqua Ducks 9th season in a big way with mascot Alfalfa A. Duck. Then come back on Easter Sunday for a fun-packed adventure full of sweets and excitement with the Easter Bunny. Click here for more information or call 518.462.DUCK.
Restaurant Week!
Delicious Easter Chocolate
Come to Cravings for your solid chocolate Easter Bunnies. Chocolate is an everyday luxury that's affordable.  Have at least one piece a day. It will just plain make you happy. Located at 9 N. Pearl 518.427.2912.
Restaurant Week!
Downtown Source for Copies
For all your copy/printing/photography needs, look no further than Spartan Copies.  Located on 31 James Street. For more information, call 518.436.1801.
Restaurant Week!
Gift Shop at BAC
Come to the gift shop at the Broadway Art Center for oil paintings, watercolors matted and framed, acrylics, photography, fiber arts, jewelry, pottery, scarves, hats, mittens, books by local authors. Always something new! Check back often. Located at 388 Broadway.
1st Friday
Various Locations
Downtown Albany
April 6

Banking on a 'place of pride'

The corner of South Pearl and Madison Ave, one of Albany's busiest intersection will be the future home of the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region. A trio of community activists purchased the four-story building, the former home of a KeyBank branch last month in addition to an adjacent parking lot.

14th Annual Mother of the Year Contest

The City of Albany and Saint Peter's Health Partners are proud to announce the 14th Annual Mother of the Year Contest, celebrating Capital Region moms who have demonstrated a tremendous commitment to their family and who have made a positive impact on their children and loved ones. Nomination forms can be found here and are being accepted until April 22nd. 
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Downtown Albany BID, NY • downtownalbany.org518-465-2143

Albany Board of Zoning Appeals - 3/28 Decisions & 4/11 Pending Agenda

3/28 Decisions

4/11 Pending Agenda

For more info see:

Building Strong Surivivors Brings 1st Ever ZUMBA Event!!

Please share this information with anyone you know who may be interested!
Zumba for the Cure!

Come Make a Difference by dancing the night away!
When: April 27th,  2012

Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm (dance 1 hour or all 3 hours)

·         Individual registration fee $25.00, plus $15.00 per hour (minimum donation)
·         Team registration fee $20.00, plus $15.00 per hour (minimum donation)

Where: Saint Joseph Auditorium- Saint Rose College
                985 Madison Avenue, Albany NY 12203

How: Teams and individuals can register at: (see rates above)
HUGE DANCE PARTY and You're invited!! Come on down and join people from all over the capital district. You will hop, bop and shuffle together for a common goal, to Take Victory over cancer!! The time will fly by while you dance to amazing music led by some of the most talented, skilled and charismatic Zumba instructors in the AREA!!  Come alone and meet new friends or build a team and dance with old friends.
Why: Raise $15,000 to make an impact on cancer research, to help enrich the lives of women and children that have been diagnosed with cancer and to gain awareness.

Proceeds will benefit: The Children's Hospital at The Albany Medical Center, Bravehearts ( a local oncology group for women), and The American Cancer Society. 

Tiffany Honikel
President-Building Strong Survivors