January 2018:

O Night Divine
Caroling around the piano was a joyous event. Thanks to Arlene Nock & daughter Alex for hosting; Laura Teeter & Nina Pattison for playing. Historic Sage’s Peter Grimm led us in our signa-ture song – The Twelve Days of Christmas. Thanks to all who brought refreshments.

Welcome to Paula Gorney, new resident of Washington Park. Paula is a native of Syracuse, who moved to Chicago for schooling in social work. She married a psychologist; the couple spent a decade in the Berk-shires. By the time they moved to NYC, there were 2 daughters. Paula worked as a social worker, focused on adolescent drug/behavior problems. Paula also worked in correctional facilities with adults with drug & psychiatric problems. Most recently she continued to do the same work in a hospital in the south Bronx. After all of that, Paula is hoping to rest & enjoy Troy. Maybe she’ll have a chance to introduce granddaughter Alice to us, when she visits from France this summer. Her daughter Rebecca works for DEC and lives in Delmar.

Welcome new homeowners Elizabeth Gray & Joel Tirado to 268 3rd St. While searching for their new home, the couple, who formerly hails from Albany, decided that Troy is THE place to be. They are settling in nicely and looking forward to Enjoying Troy!

Major Milestone
Downtown’s Nina Pattison turns 90 this month. She looks fabulous & can still play a mean piano. Nina is a true community contributor & a warm presence at all our events. Many happy returns!

A Theft of Tools Strikes at the Heart of Riverside
A break-in at 49 Adams St was discovered Nov 23, Thanksgiving Day. Police were called & only one tool, a palm sander, was recovered in Frear Alley heading south to Jefferson. In their haste, the thieves dropped it making their escape.
Sean Sheffer, the owner of this first-to-be-sold Land Bank property, has been working diligently to restore the 2-family to its 1-family roots. Doing most of the work himself, he was on pace to move in February. But all those plans were flipped on the night of the 22nd or wee-morning hours of the 23rd (11/22 happened to be his birthday!). His tools stored on the first & second floors were taken.
To complicate matters, as the house was unoccupied & only had hazard insurance, Sean could not submit a claim to help recoup the cost of this loss.
Friends immediately posted a ‘Go Fund Me’ site for Sean: We are including this info hoping the neighborhood will help one of its own. A break-in & theft is traumatic for anyone, under-mining a sense of wellbeing & welcome. Let’s help restore Sean’s confidence that Troy is the right place to be, from the neighborhood that Sean calls home and where he is making his mark to improve it. Please consider donating to get Sean back to finishing his house, stabilizing the neighborhood, and getting a property off the vacant building list. Time to clean out the basements & carriage houses & donate those tools that are gathering dust.
To see some of his progress visit:

Holiday Bonus
On Dec 18, James Patterson announced the names of more than 300 independent booksellers receiving grants totaling $350,000 (up $100,000 over previous years) as part of his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program. Patterson partnered with the American Booksellers Association to distribute the funds, which were awarded to individual booksellers in amounts ranging from $750 to $1,250. The grant application asked one question: “Why does this bookseller deserve a holiday bonus?” Patterson personally selected winners from bookstores all across the country. Our own Susan Taylor, of the Park & Bookhouse of Stuyvesant Plaza & MBB, was selected as a winner. Susan was nominated by store owner Susan Novotny. There is no question that Susan knows her books & her clients. She can recommend books for you! Get to Market Block Books ASAP.

Happy birthday to Historic Sage’s Deb Segel & Steve Rein, Downtown’s Tracy Kennedy & Kathe Kennedy; Little Italy’s Craig Kneeland. Joyce & John Chupka made it through another year of wedded bliss.

Donations for Operation Snip, Newsletter & Website
Thanks to Rob Hilts & Jimmy for treats for the feral cat colonies; Dave & Sandra Bruns; Stephannie Stoyle; Tony (of Italy) Iannacito. All our activities are free. Thanks for your support.

Snow Removal – Winter 2017-18 – Park the Car in the Little Italy Lot
The snowblowing teams are ready, willing & able. A salt spreader for sidewalks is also available – volunteers welcome. We will post snow advisories to the website. Please check it as well as the City of Troy website. Use your off street spaces, carriage houses & the Little Italy lot (Hill St between Washington & Liberty) to keep cars off the street during big storms (as posted) Snow removal goes much faster if cars are off the street. For Washington Place cars, please work together to make maximum use of the yards/parking places along Adams St. City plows have a difficult time on the narrow street so keep both sides clear of vehicles. Please be patient, pitch in to help & work cooperatively so snow may be removed. Call Lynn @ 274-6434 for additional info. We will post city advisories to the website –

 Snow Blowing TeamsOur crews – Dan Keating, Karl Moschner, Elton Dise, Jim Lewis, Peter Lucas – have a message to all: GET YOUR CARS OFF THE STREETS DURING A STORM. HELP OTHERS WITH MOVING CARS. Your cooperation is needed. City streets are a mess after a storm because drivers do not move cars off the streets.

Take a Parking Space, Make a Parking Space.
The more cooperation & the more volunteers, the more snow can be removed – 3 machines can be running at once. Please volunteer! We could use a few good men & women.


Troy Public Library, 100 2nd St, 518-274-7071
See the TPL website for offerings.

Neighborhood Meetings
Little Italy – 3rd Wed of every month; 6 @ ICC, 5th Ave
Osgood/South End 2nd Tuesday every month – 5-6 pm @ TAUM, 392 2nd
Riverside – 2nd Wed @ 6:30, Troy Public Library, 100 2nd

Operation Snip Update
Our spay/neuter program for community cats continues. Slots each Tues/Thurs for feral cats &/or strays for a fee of $50-75 including shots. 12 kittens were rescued last week. They are still nursing but will be available in about 6 weeks. Call Lynn for details – 518-274-6434.

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.

All dog owners should license their canines with the City of Troy. See the City Clerk at City Hall, 433 River St, 5th floor.

Be Aware
The cold weather has not kept those looking for trouble from finding it. Please be aware of suspicious persons and behavior.

Apartments, Etc.

Warm Weather Beckons – Florida Condo For Rent
Clean, fully furnished, 2BR, 2 bath seasonal rental over-looking golf course. Near Pt Richie. 2nd floor, end unit. $1400 inc utilities. Contact Barry Grover, HMS Realty, 727-808-2872.

Park – 3 Washington Place
Stunning, modern, large 1BR garden level. 1500 SF. Lg kitchen w/granite counters, custom cabinetry, SS appliances, tiled floor. LR & DR are 400-500 SF w/fireplaces. BR is 400 SF w/recessed lighting, exposed brick, lg closet. Lg modern bath w/shower, tub, tiled floor, lots of storage. Laundry w/W/D hook up & sink. Radiant heat thruout. Grand foyer. Access to Park. Serious applicants only. No dogs/smoking. Responsible landlord is local. $1245 inc. H/Elec. Send Full name; Phone no; email; current residence to 518-366-2379.

Historic Sage – 132 2nd St –2 story house. 2BR, study, LR, DR, kitchen, screened-in porch, laundry, AC, DW, W/D, yard, off-street parking. $2200 inc utilities. Avail 2/15. Call Harriet @ 419-304-7854 for info & showing.

Marina District – 2180 5th Ave – 1880 rehabbed duplex. 1680 SF. LR is 17’x35’; kitchen; 2 BR, 1 w/sitting room; 1 full marble & tile bath; ½ bath. $2000 + utilities. Call John @ 518-273-6273.

Marina District – 2182 5th1st floor, 1BR. Open floor plan. Architectural details. Shared W/D. $750 inc. heat. Call John @ 18-273-6273. Eagle St parking for both.

Website Update
Please check out the website – – for more listings. If you have a listing, please make sure it is current.


TNO – January 26
All our local merchants are participating. Food, music, fun. Check out all the new shops and restaurants.

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Concerts at Noon
Lilac 94, harp duo – Tues, Jan 9 – Free. Bring your lunch for the 50 minute concert.

St. Paul’s Church Concerts at Noon (58 Third St)
Concerts resume in Feb

Friends of Chamber Music
Pentaedre, acclaimed wind quintet based in Montreal, performs Jan 13 @ 7:30 @ Kiggins Hall, Emma Willard School, Pawling Ave. Call 518-833-1874 for tkts: $25/$15 student.

Troy Farmers Market
Every Sat morning from 9 to 2, inside the Atrium at Third & River. Over 70 vendors showcase their local products. The place to be seen, as well as to stock up on healthy produce.

Many of our neighbors offer life’s indulgences – dining out at their restaurants, desserts, jewelry, skin & hair care, wine, books & more. Support your local businesses. The Troy BID website has details on downtown businesses
We encourage our readers to check the various websites which focus on the positive aspects of Troy. The BID has all the downtown happenings and our many art and cultural institutions – RCHS, Arts Center, Troy Music Hall, Troy Music Academy, Burden Iron Works Museum, EMPAC, Sage College, Emma Willard, RPI, Troy Public Library, TAKK House – have websites. Please check them. We try to list many events but we don’t catch all of them. Use all the resources available and make the most of downtown Troy!

Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Opportunities
Proudly wear the mantle of Zealous Nut! It is thru your efforts that our neighbor-hoods are great. Call Lynn @ 518-274-6434 to volunteer for newsletter activities, snowblowing team, litter patrol, etc. We need you, your $$, your muscles and, sometimes your brain.

The December issue incorrectly identified the Park tree committee. Those responsible for the tree were Lynn Kopka, Leah Boyle, Karl Moschner & Lloyd Field.


Volunteer Recognition Brunch
A Sunday morn in February. The usual delicious goodies. Details next month.

Need Someone to Shovel During the Lighter Storms?
For those storms that don’t require the snowblowing teams, neighborhood muscles are available. Several of the younger residents are happy to shovel for a fee. Contact Lynn at or 274-6434 for info. Think 1st’s Trevor Lloyd is usually available – he can be reached at 867-5529.

We know that our residents resolve to make our community the best place to live, work and play.