Goods and Services Wanted & For Sale…

 Washington Park Association Contractors Lists For Services:

DISCLAIMER: This list is provided as a service to Washington Park property owners. It is based on sources believed to be reliable, but the Washington Park Association is not explicitly endorsing any provider on this list or guaranteeing the performance of any provider on this list.

Washington Park Association Contractors Lists For Services:List of Building Renovation and Other Specialists:

Appliance Repair
Paul’s Appliance Repair, 235-1718

Air Conditioning (Installation)
Apollo Heating & Cooling, 355-6618

Air Conditioning (Service & Repair)
Mike Serfert, 378-9971

 Carpentry and Woodwork
Mike Willworth, 598-6073
Simon Burke-Lipiczky, 272-5408
Gunnar Seigh, 330-9203
Spartan Woodworking (Victor Sosnowski), 309-3754

 Carpet Cleaning (Wall-to-wall, Area)
Mighty Clean Carpets, 371-6048
Carpet Cleaning (Oriental)
Sammy Sasanian, (212) 239-1069 (works with Artcentric)

 Drywall/Sheetrock (Installation & Repair)
Martin Meskill, (631) 764-9647 (local)

Eric Kniele 581-1250
Wade Electric, 703-7929
Willard Electric, 229-5246
Jay McBain, 272-9376

Fences (Wood)
Long Lumber Co. 439-1661

 Floor Covering (Carpet, Vinyl, etc.)
Tom’s Flooring, 273-3131
Rug & Carpet Outlet, 235-7940

Garden Design & Maintenance
David Kropp, 322-1063
Katie Nare, 441-0200
Chris Hernick, 365-5296

General Contractors
Upstate Construction (George Morin), 272-2214
Bennett Contracting, 213-2155
Duncan and Cahill (Alissa Henderson), 274-3631
A.J. Arpy, Inc. (Tony Arpy), 885-4392
EPS Improvements (Gene Scattareggia, Jr. ), 283-6916
Handyworks (Hector Flores Luna), (831) 261-3396 (local)

Handyman Services
Ernie Mumford, 669-4530
Charles Potter, 378-8404
Frank Shanley, 961-5860

Home Inspections
Bill Hughes of the Marina District has been a home inspector for 19 years after a 25 year stint in the custom building trade. His company is Habitat Home & Building Inspection Services, Inc. We do commercial, residential and environmental inspections. If you are buying a home or commercial buildings and or need advice on your existing dwelling call Bills office at 518-833-0456 or email at

House Cleaning
Jennifer Vincent, 698-6715

House Clean-outs
Paul Sherry, 334-0018
Greg Rymski, 235-8590/848-1617

Iron Work
West End Iron Work, 456-1105
William Strong, 885-2693
Sam Bizzaro, 285-9703

Masons (Brick & Concrete, General)
Upstate Construction, 272-2214
Bob Talham Inc., 235-0267

Masons (Bluestone sidewalks, stone work)
Lou Bianchi, 272-6498
Ernie Orsini, 793-6459; c: 441-9737

Music Lessons:
Torres Music Studio in downtown Troy
(see ad below under lessons/ tutoring for details)

Masons (Brownstone Repair)
Ganem Contracting, 877-6498
Ernie Orsini 793-6459 c:441-9737

Painting (Interior)
“Eric the Painter,” 588-7463/326-6409
Dan Milanese, 477-0566
Gramley Painting 518-860-0691

Painting (Exterior)
Paul Sherry, 334-0018
Upstate Construction, 272-2214
Gramley Painting 518-860-0691

Pet Sitting
Top Cat Pet Care: dog walking and pet sitting, insured and bonded.  Lundy La Buda, owner. Phone: 518-491-3324.

Plaster (New & Repair)
Peter Poulain, 922-7391/272-2730

Quackenbush & Haegle, 235-3465 (expensive)
Albert Casale, 365-0371
Bob Burgess, 869-9761
Farrell Brothers, 478-6676
Crisafulli Bros., 512-0916
Radiant Store, 899-2791

Terry Rankin, 271-6929
Skyway, 463-1670
Varden Brothers, 434-0185


Tree Service
Jack Magai, 274-5138
SDS, 852-3296

Wallpaper Hanging
Jennifer Burgess, 755-3650

Window Cleaning
Sal, 237-1111

Window Treatments
King Venetian Blinds, 203-1204
East Greenbush Window Coverings, 477-9025

Wood Floors (New & Refinishing)
Mike Willworth, 522-8495
Brewer Hardwood Flooring, 283-3849
Dan McCormick, 859-5009
Jay Tracey, 858-9322

Wood Window Restoration

Smyth Window Salvation and Revival, Ed Smyth, 518-322-0872

Wood Restoration & Refinishing
Ron Glasser (Creation), 272-4766
Andrea Daley (Restoration Specialists), 470-7369

Free Minor Home Repairs for Qualified Homeowners:

Rensselaer County Housing Resources (RCHR) is ex-panding its Mini-Repair Program into Troy. The Mini-Repair Program provides labor free of charge to income qualified elderly, disabled &/or very low income homeowners for minor home repairs. The homeowner pays for the cost of materials. Repairs include, but are not limited to, leaky sinks, foundations, weather stripping, changing locks, roof leaks, etc. Work is prioritized by degree of need.

Interested homeowners call Ryan at 272-8289 x211 or email


Business Opportunity:
Owner of a downtown Troy beauty salon is seeking a professional hairdresser to assist in running the hair salon with the possibility of taking over the business. For more info, call (518) 272-8400.      

Looking for a Mother’s Helper?
Downtown’s Allie Lockrow Lindsay is available to help harried parents. Contact her at 518- 322-7847. Available most days and weekends, local references available.

Jack of All Trades Available
Painter, studio assistant, baby sitter, office organizer & more – Call Historic Sage’s Angela Kanaan at 892-3765.


Child Care, Schools, Lessons and Tutoring:

Welcome to the Vastek/Torres Music Studio in downtown Troy, NY!
We are a family-run studio specializing in piano, saxophone, and composition lessons, and electronic music production techniques. We are currently relocating our studio and will be available for lessons starting June 15 in downtown Troy, but get in touch now to get on our schedule!
Piano lessons
Saxophone lessons
Composition lessons
Chamber music coaching
Audition prep
Audition recording
Electronic music tutoring
Digital music/multimedia programming languages
Music technology
Jazz theory and improvisation
Live sound
Ableton Live
Accompanying services
Playing for audition recordings for vocalists and instrumentalists
In-studio and on-location recording
Our studio is a safe place for students of any ability, age, and identity. More information and rates can be found here:

Montessori School of Troy Opens!
Morning Star: Montessori School of Troy is accepting applications. For applications, contact Maryann Montgomery at 764-2208.

Unity House Offering Day Care and Pre-School
Flexible schedules are available to accomodate many child care needs. Call 273-1586 to learn more or to schedule a tour.

Guitar or Language Lessons Available
Think1st! resident David Naples is available to teach guitar lessons, specializing in classical guitar, at a rate of $15/half hour. He has a degree in music from Oneonta. David is also offering beginner and intermediate language lessons in Latin and/or German for $15/half hour.If interested, please contact David at 607-287-1151.

What a Racket – Tennis Lessons
Cedric Gaddis, Head Tennis Coach at the Sage Colleges will be offering tennis lessons (ages 8-adult) at Prospect Park. Lessons are $35 for an hour and a half session. If interested email or call (518) 244-3146.

Then Rock on…with Bass Lessons
Learn the fundamentals of rock, blues&gospel bass guitar from Joe Abbey at your place. Call Joe at 274-6434.

Natural, Joyful Learning!
Tap into your strengths and interests to explore the world around you! Tutoring and educational services based on respect and empowerment offered by experienced, knowledgeable, and responsive teacher. Emily is a parent, life-long learner, and RPI graduate who is passionate about sustainable community and the interconnection between all things. Specializing in math and science, but open to all subjects. One-on-one, small group, and homeschool/unschool situations. Reasonable rates and open to bartering. Email Emily!.

American Sign Language Help Available
Troy resident Jillian Thorniley is a local volunteer with Albany Sign Group, an organization which provides free DVDs in ASL for deaf clients. Looking for assistance regarding ASL? Contact Jillian!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Hope 7 Community Center Offers Services and Space
Searching for locally available community resources? Looking for an opportunity to volunteer or build community? Need space for an event? Check out Hope 7 Community Center! You can find out more on their website

Capital District Community Gardens Seeks Volunteers
Find out more here!

Great Weigh to Lose Weight – Carriers Needed
Newsletter carriers needed. Deliver the newsletter, meet neighbors, lose weight. Call Lynn at 274-6434 to volunteer.

Hospice Homecare Volunteers Needed 
The Volunteer program serves seriously ill people and their families during the process of dying and grieving. Volunteers are needed to provide socialization for homecare, nursing home and hospital patients and respite for family members. If you desire a meaningful experience, are a good listener, are reliable and dependable and enjoy being with people, the Hospice experience may be for you. Many current volunteers say that Hospice work is the most rewarding experience of their lives. For info, call Historic Sage’s Deb Henderson at 274-5689.

Feline Therapy…and More 
To find out more about Delta Society “pet partner” training for animals who visit nursing homes/ hospitals, call (425) 226-7357 or visit their website. To become a Community Hospice volunteer (animal or human) in Rensselaer County, call 285-8114.

Looking for a Fun Volunteer Opportunity?
The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) needs volunteers to work on projects – organizing manuscript collections, searching surrogate records, transcribing diaries, typing library cards, helping visitors search for ancestors. Pick your project & hours. Great opportunity to learn about the history of Troy & Rensselaer County. Contact Stacy at 244- 6850, or Kathy at 244-6849.

Prospect Park Needs You
Looking to volunteer? The Friends of Prospect Park invite you to join their Board which meets once a month. Prospect Park, one of Troy’s gems, is a 100 acre park located at the top of Congress. The Friends work with the City to maintain & preserve the park’s beauty & offers picnic facilities, a playground, hiking trails, tennis courts, amazing vistas and a place to just relax & escape the city heat of summer. Info, call Peter at 273-1500.

Pet Care:

POUNCE Update:
POUNCE says, Adopt a Friendly Rescue Cat!
Several cats are available for adoption. Contact Lynn at 274-6434 to learn more.

Pet Sitting and More
Greta Edmonds is happy to be back in town and is offering a home based service including: pet sitting, dog walking, house sitting and personal errands. Email Greta or call her at 892-9964.

Dog Walking Service Offered; Pet Sitting, Too
Looking for a safe, reliable pet sitter or dog walker? I can help you out. I’ve taken care of 16 cats, one 100lb dog, and several other great animals. I live in Troy, and my rates are very reasonable, 15 dollars a visit. My name is Carolyn and I am best reached at (518)269-1917 or by email. References available by request!

Will’s Pet Care
Cat and dog sitting in your own home – at a reasonable rate!  Call Will Kozersky at 308-3166. Will is the son of Historic Sage’s Deb Henderson.

Free Stuff:

Donation Requests:

For the Benefit of Others
The YWCA at 21 First Street is looking for Craft Supplies: Glue; glue guns/sticks; Poster board; Wooden items for painting; Paints; mini photo albums. Please remember them during your next vist to the Dollar shop or craft store. You may contact them by email or by phone at 518-274-7100.

My Sister’s Closet at the Troy YWCA is in need of items such as: clothing racks; larger size clothing; accessories, jewelry/ bags Microwave; linens (single size)/blankets; conference tables; chairs for community meal room/trainings Dorm size refrigerators Fans for community meal room for summer  Plastic tables/chairs for outdoor use. Drop off at the front desk. You may contact them by email or by phone at 518-274-7100.

Items Wanted:

Items For Sale or Services Offered:

Many years experience in several fields of woodworking and restoration. View my online gallery for examples of restoration, reproduction and references! Insured/additional references on request – Contact Gunnar Seigh at 518-330-9203.

Sharing Her Little Secret
“It’s all about you”. That’s what expert blending consultant Bev Traa believes when you’re in her chair. She confesses that finally there is a mineral foundation that can blend perfectly any skin color from the most delicate ivory and porcelain skin tones to the richest ebony and mahogany shades, along with luscious colors for eyes and cheeks. She’s making appointments and scheduling girl’s night/day-out parties now. Contact her at 518 272-4133.

Trust your instincts… to dig in and *get rid of STUFF!* I am a *Professional Organizer* who works one-on-one with clients to update and refresh living and work environments. My approach is gentle, firm, honest and efficient. I work with entrepreneurs, lawyers, writers, artists, corporate executives, full-time stay-at-home mothers, down-sizers and people relocating home or office. We *all* need a little help, a second set of eyes, an objective opinion to get the ball rolling. Let’s work together! We can go thru your wardrobe, move the furniture, clean out the fridge, room by room, organize, clean, open the flow of your environment, choose new paint colors… It’s tough, and for some of us near impossible, to instigate these kinds of changes on our own. I will guide you to define your goals, we’ll work together to manifest the changes you want to make, and have fun in the process! * All objects that leave the property are donated and/or recycled. Zero waste. Call for an estimate TODAY! Jasmine (917) 710-6612 email:

House Sitting
Historic Sage’s Bob Stolar is ready to provide security to your residence. Bob can perform all duties as required. He is reliable, mature and trustworthy. Contact Bob at 944-4242.

General Maintenance Work
Little Italy’s Charles Pott is available for all types of repair work. Give him a call at 378-8404.

Make Yours A Garden of Earthly Delights
The Theater District’s (Downtown’s Fourth Street) Dave Kropp is now available for landscaping your green spaces. Call him at 322-1063.

Interior Design Services
Need to freshen up your environment? Want more color in your life? Consider having Virginia do a consultation for you. Virginia has 27 years of experience doing interior design, including color consultations, wallpapering, faux finishing, painting and marbling, and the preparations necessary to prepare the surfaces. For info, call 518-235-2015 or 518-961-2894. You won’t be disappointed! Recommendations from Washington Park residents who have employed Virginia are happily given upon request.

New Classes at The Arts Center
Check out their list of offerings; The Arts Center offers many opportunities to be creative!

Monthly Figure Drawing Open Studio
Osgood’s Armando Soto teaches studio concepts, abstract painting at the Arts Center, 265 River Street. Members $18; non-members $20; Sat, 9/15 from 1:30-4:30. Register at 273-0552 x231

Pottery Lessons
The Broken Mold offers children and adult pottery lessons at 284 River Street. Call Bianca at 518-273-6041 or visit them on the web.

Downtown’s Deb Lockrow is now on River Street. The new location is a gallery, unique gift store, office for ART Photography & a portrait studio. For info, call Deb at 518-272-4278.

Clay Studio Offers Classes and More
Angela Kanaan of Historic Sage operates her Clay and Decorative Painting Studio. She is now offering classes. Studio hours by appointment, please contact Angela at 518-326-2975.

 Got the Photography Bug?
The Photography Center of the Capital District is a cool place to meet fellow photographers, and learn more about photography’s history, equipment, and techniques. This membership-supported facility offers three stories of almost everything photographic: a gallery for contemporary images; exhibits of cameras and images spanning more than 100 years; a consignment store selling used equipment; a shooting studio; computer workstations with a variety of scanners, burners and printers; a media center with projectors and HDTV for viewing photo and video productions; a reading/research floor with thousands of books and collections of periodicals past and current; equipment for do-it-yourself mounting, matting, Polaroid transfers and copying; and space for meetings, workshops and salon nights. Check out their website to learn more!

These Talking Walls Design
Interior, exterior, decorative and faux painting. Contact Historic Sage’s Angela Kanaan at 518-892-3765.

Add a Little Zip to Your Wardrobe
Little Italy’s Rose Neander is a talented jewelry designer/ maker. Her company, Rose Metals Jewelry, makes 100% handmade metal jewelry from sheet metal (copper, nickel, brass, sterling silver). Rose uses artistic techniques to create unique textures & designs in her pieces. Shop for Rose’s creations at Artcentric, 274 River Street or Artique (Plaza 8 Shopping Ctr, exit 8, Northway).You may also contact Rose for info about the pieces.

Re:Vision Design/Enchante Tea Room
Gladys Hirsch has opened a new art gallery/boutique/tea room on River Street. The new store combines Gladys’ love of art, recycled materials, and tea into on location. Gallery openings happen each Troy Night Out. Boutique items are all made from recycled materials…help save the planet and look amazing doing it! As for the tea room, come in sip, sit, and enjoy. Bring your laptop, bring your friends. Looking to hold a meet-up for your group? Look no further stop in today and say hello (169 River Street). Check in on Troy Night Out for other special events.

Check out Katie’s creative work!
Osgood’s Katie Nare announces her jewelry studio/bead gallery at 377 Second Street. Katie’s studio is open by appointment; call 441-0200 or email for more information.

X’s to O’s – Vegan Bakery
X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery, 97 Fourth Street specializes in vegan cream-filled baked goods, cakes, pies, cookies & just about anything else you can think of. Talk to owner Sarah Preston about the goods. Call 315-868-0099 for more info. Retail hours: Thursday-Saturday from 11-7.

Saving Your Sole
We have had requests for where to go for shoe repair & rebuilding – Troy Quick Shoe Repair, 81 Third. 274-2431.

at Segel Violin at 44 Third Street.

Troy Shares: Thinking Outside the Bucks!
Troy Shares is a time bank, facilitating service exchanges among neighbors. Members make offers and requests, trading time, not money, to help meet each others’ needs. Exchanging with neighbors strengthens social ties and helps decrease the cost of living. Troy Shares builds community by multiplying and deepening our interactions. Members have already given/received services such as: childcare, house painting, appliance installation, energy efficiency consulting, meals, car rides, bicycle repair, pet sitting, etc. New members receive 3 Troy Shares Hours in their accounts for attending an Orientation meeting at which they will meet other members, learn about the time bank, and can arrange their first exchange(s). For more information about Troy Shares and future Orientations, email or call Emily (518) 590-6061 or Abby (917) 698-3296. Register by email or 917-698-3296.

Visiting Cooperstown?
Charle-Pan Dawson has opened Cooperstown World Village, a gallery featuring the work of artists and artisans from around the world. The gallery is located at 52 Pioneer Street, just a short walk from Main Street and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Gallery hours are 10AM to 6PM every Wednesday through Sunday, May through December. Contact Charle-Pan at 518-366-3400 to find out more, or email the shop.

Collar City Guitars Offers Music to Our Ears
Hey Musicians…Collar City Guitars is happy to be located at 199 4th Street .Check them out!.

Get ‘e ko ligic al! – Spring Super Sale Happening Now!
Credit cards are accepted at the studio and online. Contact Kathleen Tesnakis by email or at 518-274-0813.

Music from Maria Z.
“Petty Feet & Mistletoe” is the well received Christmas cd by classical and flamenco guitarist, Maria Zemantauski. With her usual style and flair, Maria Z. celebrates traditional songs of the season with a few surprises along the way.  These instrumental renditions of classics are arranged for solo guitar and guitar with cello (Monica Roach), percussion (Brian Melick) and bass (Scott Petito). With an original cover illustration by artist, Jane Reineke and masterfully engineered and co-produced by Scott Petito, the spirit of “Petty Feet & Mistletoe” is simple —- may we all rest in the comfort of tradition and the warmth of family, friends, music, love and peace on earth. Feliz Navidad! You can purchase the cd online at safe, secure and efficient – just follow this link:

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Getting married? Hosting an event? Got cute kids or grandkids? Check out the photography work of two of our professional photographer residents: Debra Lockrow (691-0007) and Michael Dzaman.

SidBuilds: We Build Community!
SidBuilds offers Energy Efficienct Building Renovations, Quality Hand Crafted Furniture, and Community Development Activities. SidBuilds is located at 384 Second Street in Troy, NY. Questions? Contact Sid Fleisher at 518-272-1944.

Need a Carpenter?
Simon Burke-Lipiczky brings a wealth of knowledge from 15+ years of experience in cabinetmaking, residential construction, and boatbuilding to your project. Whether you need cabinets, display cases, or custom, one-of-a-kind woodworking, he is happy to work with you to solve challenging design problems in your home or business. References from local resident clients are always available. You can reach him at 272-5408.

Need a Mason?
Eugene Lugowski did a great job repairing the Brownstone steps at 224 Third Street and is available for other masonry work as well. Call him at 459-6173.

Silver Fox Salvage Now in Albany
Silver Fox is a local Architectural Salvage company in Albany which carries a variety of items helpful for renovation of older homes. We feature Architectural Salvage, Reclaimed Wood, Antiques and a variety of Home Decor. Fred says call us at 518-431-0606, visit our website or stop by our location at 20 Learned Street in Albany to check us out!

Healing Arts, Massage Therapy:

Collar City Massage
By appointment only at 135 Second Street. Relaxing & therapeutic massage in a tranquil environment. Sliding scale available. Call Jessica at 516-375-1235.

New Classes and Workshops at Waltja Center:
The Waltja Center at 157 First Street in Troy is pleased to announce the arrival of Troy Community Acupuncture. Troy Community Acupuncture provides treatment for a wide variety of conditions with a sliding fee scale of only $15.00-40.00 per treatment. Call Eric (the acupuncturist) at 810-7053 or visit his website.
Neighbors and service providers, consider planning classes & events with the Waltja Center, your neighborhood community-access healing space at 157 First Street in Troy. Meet with clients & deliver your treatment modalities in the private therapy room. Go to the website for more info and details about Waltja Center offerings. And, be sure to call Charle-Pan at 366-3400 with any questions you may have about Waltja.

White Sands Massage Moves to Broadway
Greta Taglione, LMT invites you to visit her new location at 455 Broadway in downtown Troy. She is near the Post Office and Finnbar’s Pub. Hours for appointments are MONDAY-FRIDAY 10 AM – 7 PM, SATURDAYS 10 AM – 4 PM and SUNDAYS 10 AM – 4 PM. Please contact Greta at (518) 272-3636 or visit their website to schedule an appointment.

Clinical Dimensions, LLC Back in Downtown Troy
You’ve asked about it, maybe you’ve thought about it, and now I am bringing natural nail services and facial waxing back to River Street. inside Espirit Salon. Michael Nofal has graciously allowed me to share his space on Wednesdays.
Appointments are preferred so that I can plan the day and have enough supplies. Hours will be generally from 11am -5pm or by appointment. which means I will be flexible and take appointments earlier and later depending on your needs. Just ask!
Express mani, file and polish or buff and oil $15
Manicure, includes cuticle work and soak as well as above $25
Shellac mani, the new gel/polish hybrid that lasts 10-14 days $38
Pedicure, soak, file, cuticles, massage, polish $45
Expert waxing service for faces, brow $12 lip $10, also chin and side of face, combine and save.
Call or text 518.466.4031 or email me.
And, please continue to come to my quiet, private studio in Wynantskill for facial services and body treatments!

Yoga, Yoga! 
Ongoing drop-in yoga classes happen on Mondays in downtown Troy. Classes are taught by Little Italy’s Joely Johnson Mork and are suitable for all levels of experience. Come to Christ Church United Methodist’s community room located on State Street between 4th and 5th. Classes are Monday evenings, 6-7:15 pm, $10 fee. Bring a mat if you have one. See for more information.

Bekandze Bodywork
Massage & energy work for the mind, body, and spirit. Little Italy’s Nathanial Neander (LMT, RMT) specializes in deep tissue massage customized to facilitate healing/rejuvination for every client. He provides a calm, relaxing environment in an historic Troy brownstone at 1835 Fifth Avenue. Sessions by appointment only, so call today at 274-0330; 928-5244 to take the first step towards health & well being.

Got Stress?
Osgood’s Andrew Kasius is offering a variety of Yoga instruction and classes in Troy and Albany. Find out more…

Lotus Massage and Skin Care
10 2nd St. downtown in the Heartspace Yoga and Healing Arts Studio With over 13 years of experience primarily in the Spa Industry, LMT Barbara Ritrovato has an education in massage therapy, esthetics, Ayurveda, aromatherapy, and wellness. She has taken her experience and passion to build her own practice in which she offers a variety of therapeutic and wellness services.
Lotus Massage and Skin Care Gift Certificates are a great gift idea for those you care about! Pamper the ones you love with a relaxing massage or facial. Call 518-937-5317 to make an appointment today! Please visit for a full line of services and products. Like for monthly specials and education on the benefits of massage.

Get Togethers and Notices :

Have You Got Your Bag?
Market Block Books is trying to reduce their use of paper/plastic bags in order to be more environmentally friendly. When you make a large purchase, MBB will ask you if you’d like a free canvas bag. MBB only asks that if you take one, you reuse it (for your Troy Farmers Market purchases, maybe?) or return it to the store so that they can give it to someone else. If you have canvas bags that you don’t use, please consider donating them to MBB so they can circulate them throughout the community. Thanks for any help! If you have any questions. (Free canvas bags do not include the Book House/Market Block Books bags that they sell–those are still $14.75, and very stylish!).

Booklover’s Blog
Hit Stanley Reads to learn about Osgood’s Stanley Hadsell and his bookish life. Visit Stanley at work in Market Block Books.

Julia Soto Lebentritt shares her work Spontaneous Care Communications: a new way of looking at communicating with dementia that enriches caregivers, family members, and loved ones. Currently the Director of Activities at Kenwood Convent, Julia has written a guide book of activities to help caregivers discover the joy of connecting more deeply with those whom they care for and love, based on her CD New York City Lullabies, which is available at Market Block Books.

ArtCentric – An Opportunity to Sell Your Creative Work
Downtown’s Debra Lockrow is looking for artists/crafts-people who would like to sell their work at her store – ArtcentricGift Gallery at 274 River Street. Debra, a renowned photographer, is embracing her new life in Troy & is adding a store to her list of endeavors. She plans monthly “art shows” & in the future, if there is a demand, art classes. If teachers are looking for classroom space, reach out to Debra at 272-4278. Her immediate need is art work to sell. Debra also uses the space as an office for ART Photography, her successful business, & shows her wedding photography skills (details at her website).

Senior Center Tai Chi Moves Gracefully.
Budget woes forced the Senior Center to drop its Tai Chi program. The seniors in that program and the instructor, Marta Banks (who has taught Tai Chi at the senior center for 16 years), are now at the Arts Center, at 265 River Street in downtown Troy. This opens the class up to non-seniors. Classes will be 9AM to 10:30AM Thursday, and cost $10/class. Contact the Arts Center (273-0552) for further info on joining.

Helpful Information for You and Your Family
Whether you are hoping to buy a new house, need assistance in finding an apartment to rent, need help with a pending foreclosure, would like to get involved in or start a neighborhood group, TRIP is available to help. We endeavor to keep you informed of help that is available in our community and hope the information you gain at TRIP will be useful to you.
Find out more at their website!