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April 2017:

Easter Egg Hunt – Sat, April 15 @ 11 am – Washington Park.  If weather is inclement or too cold or ground too wet, we will hunt the eggs the following Saturday. Watch the website for details. Thanks to the Park’s Marilyn Haliski for stuffing more than 500 eggs

Earth Day – Sat, April 22

Troy celebrates Earth Day on April with clean-up activities throughout the city. See the city’s & Park web-sites for details.

Riverside Earth Day

Riverside will celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up winter’s leftovers. In the alleys & pocket park at Adams & 1st Street, happy volunteers will bag debris and clear the way to enjoy our neighborhood under blue skies and sun! Contact Sandra Rouse for details & to volunteer at 521-8454.

Our Town

Riverside’s proud mom Sandra Rouse reports that her daughter Rebecca’s production of Our Town was a success at EMPAC. Rebecca was the director of the new media re-imagining of Thornton Wilder’s American theater classic.  Using new technologies, Rebecca’s production reinvigorates this play for contemporary audiences by incorporating a responsive gesture-based interactive system for actors to control commissioned artworks projected on a large-scale 360-degree immersive screen environment, and a new directional audio score. Congrats on Rebecca’s success!!!

Call for Gardens

The Friends of Prospect Park invite gardeners to be part of the 18th Annual Hidden Garden Tour, Thurs, May 25 4−7:30. Sign up to have your garden on the self-guided tour of our neighborhood gardens & help raise funds for projects at Prospect Park. To be listed on the Tour map, RSVP by May 1, to Peter Grimm @ 273-1500, Nina Pattison @ 274-5933

Call for Cleaners

Do you have 2 hours per month to help with housekeeping at the Troy Public Library? If you do, please call Bernice at 273-1692 for details. This project is much appreciated by the TPL staff. Bernice has removed lots of dust already but feels a team effort would yield better results.

Off the Rails

Aspiring diva Michele Kansu appears in the hit film Off the Rails (formerly Derailed) which was recently shown on Lifetime Movie Network. Look for her as she waters plants on the stoop of 2 Washington Place. Plans to leave husband Keith for Brad Pitt have been derailed however.

Downtown Vibe Builds

The Park’s Owen Bush, co-founder & CEO of SpaceoutVR, was pictured in the TU in an article about the lure of Troy for software & gaming businesses. Employees are increasingly settling in downtown & the surrounding neighborhoods.

Troy has a vibe!!!

Happy Birthday

Historic Sage’s David Graham turns 70; his wardrobe is aging along with him; Fifth & Grand’s Ezra Menard celebrates. The Park’s four legged Lucy Kansu turns 8.

Morning Star Children’s Center – Advisory Board

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Anthropologist Margaret Mead – Morning Star Children’s Center, Troy’s neighborhood Montessori school, is actively seeking volunteers to serve on its Advisory Board. It is a small, sole proprietor, LLC, dedicated to providing an authentic, affordable Montessori education to children 3-6 years of age.  If you have experience in education, finance, marketing or possess a skill you feel that can benefit the school, please forward your resume’ or letter outlining your experience to Maryann Montgomery, Director, Morning Star Children’s Center, 159 2nd Street, Troy 12180 or email to morningstariest@gmail.com.

License Your Dog

We are encouraging all owners to verify that dogs residing in their buildings are licensed in the City of Troy. Licenses are obtained at the Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 433 River St. Licensing requires that all shots are up to date.

Preserve Our Heritage

For those property owners in Troy’s historic districts (see City of Troy website for map), please contact the City’s Historic District & Landmarks Review Commission for exterior work regardless of what the contractor tells the owner. Guidelines for appropriateness are in place for our protection. The application and review process is simple & quick. Preserve our architectural treasures. Check out the historic tax credits also.

Newsletter Carriers Needed

A chance to exercise & enjoy fresh air: 2 routes available: Washington Place/2nd St south of Adams to Jefferson & Pottery District. Please contact Lynn at 274-6434 or lkopka@eathlink.net.

Neighborhood Watch/LI

3rd Wed @ 6/7 pm

ICC, 5th Ave

Osgood 

2nd Tuesday of every month.

6-7, TAUM, 392 Second 

Riverside

2nd Wed @ 6:30 @ Troy Public Library

Positive Press/Media Darlings

The Pottery District lost a home to fire last month. Neighbor Kathy Marzack was on the scene as the structure was demolished. Kathy expressed hope that the lot will be redeveloped in an appropriate manner.

Downtown’s Nina Pattison & Historic Sage’s Harriet Warnock-Graham were featured in a TU article about simple suppers & spirituality for Lent. Both women are active in St Paul’s congregation.

Operation Snip Update

Call Lynn @ 274-6434 if you are interested in adopting a cat or kitten or being a foster. Little Italy’s Ginny Gokhale & Pottery’s Kathy Marzack each rescued a stray cat who graduated from Operation Snip in March & are now settling into new homes.

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 druscoe@hatemytaxes.com.

Swept Away – City’s Street Sweeping Program

It’s time for street sweeping. Helpful info about the Street

Sweeping Program:

•   Be aware of when your area will be cleaned. Check schedule in the Record, on the web at www.troyny.gov & www.wpa-troy.org.

•    Please move your cars so that the street sweeper & DPW can properly clean your street.

•    Sweep or wash your side-walks & rake your lawns before the sweepers come onto your street. Sweep the dirt in the curbs & gutters into small piles.

•  This is not for Bulk Trash pickup. Bulk trash pickup is a year long program.

•  Uncooperative car owners will have their vehicles towed at the owner’s expense. All streets will be posted for “No Parking” as required.  Notify DPW (270-4579) in advance of any abandoned, unregistered or inoperative vehicles.

•  Please clean your alley or backyard & cut down weeds & brush. Please place the material in a biodegradable bag or bundle to facilitate collection.

•   Regular refuse collection will be done on a daily basis.

Beginning Sat, April 22, the Alamo, located on Main Street next to the Jail, will be open on the 3rd Saturday of each month until December from 7:30 am until noon for city residents with identification. At the Alamo, residents may dispose of yard waste, tires (cost of $3 per tire) & bulk trash (furniture, carpets, etc.). No regular garbage, recycling or hazardous waste will be accepted.

2017 Spring Street Cleaning For Our Neighborhoods – See the websites

Apartment Wanted: Mature, quiet, non-smoking couple (25+ year home

owners now empty nesters) seeking a 2+ BR apt in the downtown Troy area starting this spring/summer. They would love a place that offers off street parking & outside space but those are not deal breakers. Please call Kris at 518-782-9778 or email kris@woodlandhill.org.

Flower Scout is Blooming

The Flower Scout CSA (135 2nd St) is back for 2017, and sign-ups are open now. For less than $13 per week, members receive:

Flowers for 14 weeks (6/22-9/21)

Weekly pick-up on Weds

14 nifty newsletters with garden updates, musings, and a list of the flowers in your share

Invitation to a very special garden party in the Flower Scout garden lot

Various semi-planned surprise goodies, which in 2016 included homemade elderflower spritzers, a playlist, hand-collected poppy seeds & cider donuts

You can find more info, and sign up for a share, at www.flower-scout.com, or email colie@flower-scout.com with any questions.

Apartments, Etc.

For Sale By Owner:

Osgood Neighborhood – The Madison Project – Two-unit brick highly stylized 21st Century Victorian/contem-porary 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.

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

Historic Sage – 147 3rd St. 1 BR, 2nd floor in a secure/quiet owner occupied bldg. 1 lg BR w/walk in closet, bath, small den/office, LR, large kitchen w/MW & lots of cabinets. Lg pantry with W/D. Off street parking for 1 car. Central heat forced air. Excellent condition w/hardwood & tile (bath & kitchen) floors. No smoking; no pets. Located by Sage College. Walk to down-town restaurants, shopping, arts & entertainment venues, Riverfront Park, Farmer’s Market & RPI & Sage. Easy access to major highways (I-87, 787, I-90) & Albany Airport. Ref/rental history is a must. $1,150 + utilities, lease, 1 mo rent + 1 mo sec dep. Great apartment for professionals. Call Jen at 518.330.2109.

Downtown – 41 1st –  #1 – Outstanding furnished 2 BR in the heart of downtown  – full floor with high ceilings, gorgeous fire place mantles in every room & kitchen,  wood flooring, high quality kitchen & appliances, lovely bath, private backyard porch w/surrounding garden, 2 car garage, laundry, security system. Walk to RPI, down-town restaurants, banks, library, 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, AC, electric, HW, & internet.  Avail 7/1. Email imim14@gmail.com or 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.   imim14@gmail.com  or call 315-877-5434.

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

Historic Sage – 121 2nd St, Apt 4. Completely furnished 1 BR, located on the 4th floor of an historic brownstone. Quaint kitchen & bath. Small office area off BR. Brand new queen size bed. Hardwood floors throughout. Walk to Russell Sage, Troy Music Hall, Arts Center & down-town restaurants/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, wifi. Call Rhe @ 424-5303

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. $1300 + utilities. Contact Angela @ 518-292-8998.

Downtown – 156 4th St –

Very clean & bright 4 BR (or 2 BR + home offices/storage)

2 LR; cable ready; new cabinets; lots of windows. Pets OK but subject to interview. Absolutely no smoking anything anywhere in bldg. $1,400 + utilities. Last month rent + security due at lease signing. Rent due on move-in date. References required (current employer, prior landlord {parents if applicable}). Call or text Lori for info – 518-429-7367.

Riverside – 110 ½ 1st St

Located next to Sage College @ 1st & Division.

2nd floor – 2BR. $780 + 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.

EVENTS

TNO – April 28

Downtown’s Main Event

Friends of Chamber Music

Juilliard String Quartet – Sun, April 2 @ 3:00 @ Kiggins Hall, Emma Willard Campus, 285 Pawling Ave. Call 833-1874 for tkts/price.

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Co.

Thurs, April 6 @ 10:30 am

A Showcase for Creative MOVEment – Joint perfor-mance with ESDC, Ctr for Disability Services’ MOVE program, & Albany Academy for Girls. 140 Academy Rd, Albany. FREE

Mon, April 10 @ 3:15 pm

ESDC & Center for Disability Services’ Langan School.

314 S. Manning Blvd, Albany. FREE. This unique outreach program brings ESDC’s creative movement workshops to children & young adults with special needs.

Troy Music Hall, 273-0038

Thu, 4/13 @ 7:30 Dada People

Thu, 4/20 @ 7:30 Black Violin

Sun, 4/23 @ 7:30 Melissa Etheridge

Thu, 4/27 @ 7:30 Branford Marsalis Quartet  – This concert is part of the 37th Annual Gala

Troy Music Hall 37th Annual Gala – Thurs, 4/27 @ 6. Call 273-0038 for tkts. Be there for cocktails, dinner & live entertainment while supporting one of Troy’s great cultural assets. This year the Hall honors our neighbor, Susan Scrimshaw, the president of The Sage Colleges.

Arts Center of the Capital District, 265 River St

Fence Show is coming up!

Artwork Drop-off: April 30-May 3

Exhibit Dates: May 18-June 30

Art of the Seed: Hudson Valley Seed Co. Exhibit thru April 23, Wallace Gallery

Events At Sage

Author Event: Chris Bohjalian

4/3 @ 6:30 @ Bush Memorial. Chris is the author of 19 novels including Midwives, The Sandcastle Girls and The Sleepwalker.

Lecture: NYS Teacher of the Year Amy Hysick. 4/10 @ 7:30 @ Bush Memorial

Master Plan for Public Art in Troy – April 12 @ 6:00 @ The Arts Center, 265 River 

Join the Arts Center, the City of Troy, Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce & the Downtown BID as they launch the Plan for Public Art in Troy, and we begin to conceive of the power public art could play in our city’s growth.  More and more communities across the U.S. are embracing public art as a way of strengthening their communities. Art consultant Todd Bressi will discuss how cities are implementing art projects and programs that support civic engagement, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, tourism and workforce development — all the while reinforcing the notion that the most successful cities are ones that make investments in the public good.

Kids @ Troy Public Library

100 Second St, 274-7071

Music Together with Deb Cavanaugh – Fri, April 28 @ 10:30am

Lego Club – Tues, April 18 @ 6:00; kids 4+

Preschool Family Storytime – Wednesdays @ 10:30 am

Game Night – Tues, April 4 @ 6:00; kids 4+

Suncatcher Craft – Tues, April 11 @ 6:00

1000 Books Before Kindergarten – New early literacy program designed to get babies and toddlers the best start on reading and comprehension. Stop at the Main Library, 100 2nd St & inquire to join.

Some programs require registration – check with the Library.

All the News & Then Some

Get your news to Lynn @ lkopka@earthlink.net or 274-6434. The website is effective only if all listings are up to date. Please let us know of changes.

SAVE THE DATE

Downtown Happenings

River Street Fest: Sat, 6/17

Rockin’ on the River: Every Wed in June, July, August beginning June 7

Fitness in the Park: Sundays at 9 am beginning June 25

Troy Pig Out: Sat, 7/16

Restaurant & Craft Beer Week: 9/12-17

Chowderfest: Sun, 10/8 @ noon

Troy 100 Forum

Mon, May 22 @ 5:30 @ Sage’s Bush Memorial

Capital Roots Annual Spring Brunch – New Location

Sun, May 7; 10 -2 @ Empire State Plaza (across the mighty Hudson River but we can make that trip). Buffet featuring a variety of dishes prepared by over 100 area restaurants! Tkts  – www.cdcg.org – or by calling CDCG at 274-8685.  Tkts available at the door on the day of the event.

Earth Day

It should be every day that we pick up trash, recycle, respect our planet. Do your part each and every day. Check the City’s website for more details on city-wide 2017 Earth Day projects.

Happy Spring!

HVCC Center for Creative Retirement Tour of Washington Park & Immediate Area

Tues, May 16 – 10-12:30  

Let Lynn Kopka know if you are interested in opening your home. We still need house and apartments to be open for the tour. This is one of HVCC’s most requested offerings – thanks to all of you!!