March 2017:

Volunteer Recognition Brunch Was A Success

Kudos to chefs Jim Lewis & Tom Sinopoli for making omelets for everyone. Arlene Nock’s home was perfect for the hungry group. Many thanks to everyone for food and donations!


Salt Pile

The Riverside & Washington Park residents are working with the city, county, state & feds to relocate the salt pile currently sited at the bank of the Hudson near Adams Street. The effort received press last month; many neighbors were photoed & quoted. Hopefully a new site is found soon. Info, contact Sandra Rouse 521-8454.

Don’t Fence Me In

A careless driver took a left turn onto the front lawn of Lynn Kopka’s house. Unfortunately the late 19th century iron fence took a beating.  However, Ross Valve is reproducing the pieces from a pattern made 20 years ago & found in the basement of 185 2nd Street by the Ridlers. For those who have the same fence or are looking to have one fabricated from this pattern, now is the time to explore the option. So far, 3 property owners have requested quotes for patch jobs as well as new installation. Call Lynn @ 274-6434 for info.

Media Star

Fifth & Grand’s Nora McDowell was pictured in the Record at a public meeting on the future of the 2 city pools.

Happy Birthday

March has many – Carl Erickson, Kathy Marzack, Steve Muller, Peter Lucas, Keith Kansu, Nancy Klepsch, Gayle Anderson, Laura Ferris.

A Street Cat Named Bob

Fifth & Grand’s Jimmy Nofal-Hilts, son of Michael & Robert, gifted Operation Snip with a copy of the film, A Street Cat Named Bob. The story of a heroin addict rescued by a stray cat is near & dear to Jimmy’s heart. Jimmy closely resembles Bob in appearance & attitude. Jimmy encourages cat lovers, addicts & recovering addicts to view the film. You can borrow a copy from Lynn @ 274-6434. Jimmy also donated funds for food for the various feral colonies tended by our dedicated volunteers.

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.

For New Neighbors or Neighbors with Developing Gardens

Think green & see pink. Spring is in the air. So mark your calendars for the most colorful walking tour in our neighborhood: the 16th Annual Hidden Garden Tour is set for Thurs, May 25, 4 to 7:30 pm.  For info about showing your garden in the tour, contact Nina Pattison at 274-5933 or Jane Otto at 271-8060.

Center of Gravity 

The Tech Valley Center of Gravity (TVCOG) entered its next phase of growth with new leadership, a major manufacturing grant & an official designation as a certified business incubator. Holly Cargill-Cramer became executive director of TVCOG. Nearly 20 years ago, Holly’s friend & former boss at the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, & our downtown neighbor, Wally Altes coined the “Tech Valley” moniker to market the greater Capital Region as a high tech competitor to Silicon Valley & Boston.

This December, TVCOG was awarded $75,000 to establish the region’s first Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC). RPC will give regional manufacturers & startups access to professional manufacturing equipment that would typically be out of reach for a startup or small company. Equipment will include a CNC router table, a vacuum forming machine, a large laser cutter & a plasma cutting table.

Downtown’s Robert Hirsch, an engineer in the field of mechatronics, said the RPC will allow him to spend more time on design & less time on hand making components for his clients (allowing him more time with Gladys & the kids).

Stop in at 30 3rd St & see what TVCOG has to offer your business.

Neighborhood Watch/LI

3rd Wed @ 6/7 pm

ICC, 5th Ave


2nd Tuesday of every month.

6-7, TAUM, 392 Second


2nd Wed @ 6:30-7:30

Troy Public Library, 100 2nd

Scoop Your Poop!

Annual Hidden Garden Tour Seeking Volunteers

The Friends of Prospect Park is looking for volunteers for the planning committee for the 2017 Hidden Garden Tour (HGT), Thurs, May 25. The HGT event benefits Prospect Park & showcases the beautiful gardens & lifestyles of downtown Troy. The committee is looking for volunteers to help plan & execute the event.  The time commitment is a meeting or two per month, March-May, with additional work from home & in the community on a variety of tasks.  All levels of volunteerism are welcome, with a specific need for those who have PR/social media skills, as well as good computer skills (MS Word & Excel). For those limited on time, there are volunteer opportunities the day of the event.  For example, we need volunteers for the day of the event set-up (includes walking & light lifting) and/or to work the registration table the day of the event.  Please consider participating in this annual Troy event! If interested, please contact: 5933 or Peter Grimm @ (518) 273-1500

Need Forever Homes

Looking for a cat or kitten? Giver Lynn a call at 274-6434 for the available felines.

Plants Wanted

We will continue our effort to beautify intersections with planters. Any gardeners who have extra flowering plants or small bushes to donate should contact Lynn @ 274-6434 or Sid @ 272-1944.

Website Update

Please check out the website – – to be sure your postings are up to date. Let us know if changes need to be made.


Dog Walker

A dog-loving dog-walker looking for some dogs to walk near Washington Park‎. Doug Ruscoe is available early morning, late afternoon/evening and most weekends for trail walks. If you need such a dog-walker, please contact Doug at

Interior Design Services

Winston Churchill said it best “first we shape our homes, then they shape us”.  Spring is the ideal time for reshaping and redesigning our homes.  Washington Parks’ Lynda Armstrong Caccamo, Interior Designer and Blogger, can help you with all of your interior design needs.  Contact her at

Morningstar Montesorri


Morning Star Children’s Center’s Early Childhood Montessori Program is accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year. The school serves children ages 3 – 6 in a half day program focused on education. Hundreds of students have begun their lifelong love of learning at Morning Star since 1997.  Maryann invites you to come and see the child centered Montessori learning environment for yourself. Info at or contact Maryann Montgomery at 764-2208 to set up a tour.

Troy Public Library – Keep Kids Off the Streets

Please call 274-7071 to register or sign up online at

Sunday Film Series:

Start 2 pm: 3/19 Dark Passage; 3/26 Double Indemnity

Armando at the Arts Ctr

Figure Drawing Open Studio

Sat, 3/25 @ 1-4.

Drawing Studio Concepts Mondays, 3/6-4/10 @ 6-8.

Call 273-0552 x231 for price & registration.

Caught in the Act

Pay attention to suspicious characters. Report crime to TPD at 270-4411. Drug hotline is 270-5004. Be aware of strangers. 

Jack of All Trades

Painter, studio assistant, baby sitter, office organizer & more – Call Historic Sage’s Angela Kanaan @ 892-3765.

Own a Home of Your Own

415 River St. Contact TRIP HomeOwnership Center at 690-0020 or for class schedule.

Respect our public spaces.

Leash Your Dog When Walking!

All the News & Then Some

Get your news to Lynn @ 274-6434 or You too can be a media darling.

Apartments, Etc.

For Sale By Owner:

Osgood Neighborhood – The Madison Project – Two-unit brick highly stylized 21st Century Victorian/ contemporary bldg.  Open style living in South Troy’s Osgood neighborhood.  Breathtaking art gallery style design. Original FP mantels. High efficiency renovation. Energy Star approved. On-demand water heaters. Each unit w/ fridge, stove, DW, W&D, security systems.  High ceilings, hardwood floors. High quality efficient windows. Open & light. Enclosed rear staircase. Perennials front & back. Owner occ block. Separate util. Call Sid – 272-1944.

Osgood – 443 3rd St. 1890’s 2 family brick. #1 – 1BR, bath, 1200 sq ft. LR, DR, alcove, mud/laundry room, 1 car garage. #2 – 2 BR, bath, 1200 sq ft. DR, LR, laundry. $115,000. Contact Rich Teal @ 951-9565, or Lauren Ford @ 857-2177, Rich & Lauren were wonderful caretakers of the building & will be missed as they move to the West Coast.

Apartments to Rent

Downtown Office Space – Proctor’s block of 4th St – 1st floor, 1150 sq. ft. Historic 1840’s townhouse w/original details: moldings, marble fireplace, exposed brick. Garden w/fountain. Central heat/air with thermostat control. Powder room. Call David @ (518) 322-1063

Downtown – 41 1st –  #1 – Outstanding fine quality furnished 2 BR in the heart of downtown  – full floor with high ceilings, gorgeous fire place mantles in every room & kitchen, high quality wood flooring, high quality kitchen & appliances, lovely bath, private backyard porch with surrounding garden, private 2 car garage, laundry, security system. Walk to RPI, down-town restaurants, banks, library, grocery stores, Music Hall, public transportation, etc. Absolutely no smoking or pets.  Ideal for RPI or Sage Collage professors or company executives. High quality references/approval are must. $2,150 includes all: heat, air-conditioning, electric, HW, garbage, & internet.  Avail July 1. Please email or SMS 315-877-5434.

#2 – 1BR in owner occupied bldg. Attractive, updated freshly painted 1 BR. New laminate floor & appliances. Bright & cheerful LR w/brick accents, open kitchen w/breakfast bar, BR holds queen bed with Hudson River view. Large sunny windows. Hot air heat, coin laundry in bldg. Walk to Sage/RPI, downtown restaurants, banks, library, grocery store, Music Hall, public transportation, etc. Quiet, secured building. No smoking/no pets; rental history, references, lease. Great for professionals and graduate students. $850 + utilities; sec dep. Avail 6/1.  or call 315-877-5434.

Historic Sage – 121 Second St, Apt 4. Completely furnished 1 BR, located on the 4th floor of a
historic brownstone. Quaint kitchen & bath. Small office area off BR. Brand new queen size bed. Hardwood floors throughout. Located within walking distance of Russell Sage, Troy Music Hall, the Arts Center, and all the many restaurants and shops. All you will need is your suitcase! It can be rented from 1 to 12 months. Owner occupied bldg. $1,450. First month rent + 1 month sec dep required. Landlord pays for gas, electric, water, cable and wifi. Call Rhe @ 424-5303

Park – 199 2nd St – Duplex on garden & 1st floor. Large LR, DR. Home office. Deck. Yard. Call Bill @ 917-622-6645.

Pottery District – 166 4th St

1st floor, 1500 sq ft, 1 BR in owner occupied bldg. Double parlor, kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances & DW, W/D. Large BR. Private outdoor space. Off street parking available. No smoking/no pets. $1200 + utilities. Contact Angela @ 518-292-8998.

Riverside – 110 ½ 1st St

Located next to Sage College @ 1st & Division.

2nd floor – 2BR. $780 + utilities.

3rd floor – 2 BR, $770+ utilities

Quiet bldg. w/owner’s professional office on 1st floor. Coin op W/D in basement. No smoking/no pets. 1 yr lease + 1 month sec dep. Contact Doris @ 518-542-1480.

East Side – Vanderheyden Estates Attractive 2 BR ranch townhouse. Finished basement w/great room & add’l BR. Full bath & laundry. 1 indoor spayed/neutered cat OK. Contact Gary Doyle @ 428-3136.

Check the website for more listings.

EVENTS – A Full Month of Activities

TNO – Friday, March 31

See the Troy BID’s website for a listing of all events & shopping options every day!


Troy Music Hall

Second & State Streets; 273-0038

Sat, 3/11 @ 8 – Marc Marron, The Too Real Tour

Sat, 3/18 @ 8 – Lunasa, the hottest Irish group on the planet

Sun, 3/19 @ 3 Barbara Nissman, piano

Music at Noon

Troy Music Hall

3/14 Triskele, Celtic music


St. Paul’s Church, 58 3rd

3/21 Jean Leonard, soprano & Michael Clement, accompanist


Russell Sage College

3/17 @ 7; 3/18 @ 2

Meader Little Theatre, 1st St

Staged Reading of Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed

Free but reservations requested at 244-2248

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Co. 

Fri, 3/3 @ 6:30 Pre-show gallery tour at 5:30
3/5 @ 3:00
Gallery Performance; Sage Colleges of Albany, Opalka
ESDC returns to the Opalka Gallery with performances inspired by the stone carvings of sculptor, Caroline Ramersdorfer. On 3/3, the artist leads a tour of her exhibit, which is free and open to the public.

Sun, 3/12 from 5-9 pm

Fundraising Dinner at Café Capriccio – A unique culinary experience to benefit ESDC that features a bountiful family style feast in the Cafe’s Tuscan Room. This event gives you a chance to enjoy the company of Artistic Director Ellen Sinopoli, dancers from her outstanding company and members of ESDC’s Board..

Tkts: $125 per person (Cost includes all food and wine)
*RSVP by Sun, 3/5*

You may mail checks made payable to the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company to:
Ellen Sinopoli Dance Co
PO Box 775
Troy, NY 12181

Or purchase tickets online

Sat, 3/25 @ 8 pm
Showcase; UPAC, Kingston
(845) 339-6088
ESDC participates in Ulster Ballet’s 34th annual showcase performance, bringing disparate and distinct genres of dance together to the UPAC stage

Fri, 3/31 @ 6 & 7:30 pm

At First Glance Modern Dance Performance

The dancers of ESDC co-produce this evening of their own original dances. Performances take place twice during Troy Night Out at the Arts Center of the Capital Region’s black box theater.

Sage Lectures/Films

3/14 @ 8 – Newtown, film about the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings. Bush Memorial

3/15 @ 1 – Sticks & Stones May Break Your Bones but Words Are Lethal Weapons

Bush Memorial

3/28 @ 7 – Tricks Are For Kids: How Food Companies Target Children

Bush Memorial

Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River

Check the website for classes & exhibits.

Brewing Night- March 21. Learn the history of beer! Come ready to sample! To register, call Andrea @ 273-0552 x229.

One Giant Try It: An Interactive Open House

Sun, March 19 @ noon to 3. Tour the Arts Center & learn about classes.

Other Art Venues:

Clement Art Gallery – 201 Broadway; 272-6811

Martinez Gallery on Broadway

See the latest works from this acclaimed gallery at Monument Square.

ArtHaus – 621-623 River St

Volunteer Opportunities

It is through your efforts that our neighborhoods are great. Call Lynn @ 274-6434 to volunteer for newsletter activities, snowblowing team, litter patrol, etc. We need you, your $$, your muscles and, sometimes, your brain.

Spring is Right Around the Corner!

Get ready for warm weather! Tidy up your sidewalks, alley, yards and gutters.


Bocce Tournament

Troy Little Italy announces its bocce tournament. Date to be announced @ Italian Community Ctr, 1450 Fifth Ave. Contact Pat Miele @ 518 852 9728 for details.

10th Annual Around the World for 80 Strays Gala

To benefit the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society 

April 22 @ 6 @ Albany Marriot, Wolf Road

Join animal lovers for an evening of culinary delights, extraordinary wine, silent & live auction, dancing to live band & other fun surprises. MHHS works with Operation Snip to address the community cat population. Call 434-8128 for info/tickets.

Arts Center Gala

55th Anniversary – May 17 @ 5:30. Details next month.