July 2017:

Picnic a Success
The Park’s first picnic of 2017 was held on June 20 & was well attended. We lucked out with gorgeous weather. Lots of unruly kids (more every year!), food, drink, conversation. Many thanks to everyone who helped with set up & clean up. Next picnic is in August, with omelets in the Park on a Sunday morn in September.

Death of Park Homeowner
Warren Abele of the Park died June 6 after a long illness. He will be remembered for his commitments to integrity and shared family experiences involving ice skating, travel, swimming, fishing, roller coasters, tennis, skiing, hiking, bicycling and anything edible. Warren was the first resident up in the morning to pick up litter & the last to retire for the night after repairing the Park’s equipment fleet (& running the snow blowers after a storm). He will be missed by all of us, but most especially by Pam, his cherished & devoted wife. Our condolences to the family.

Jackie Baldwin Memorial Scholarship Gala Fundraiser
An outstanding success! $20K was raised for the establish-ment of a culinary scholarship at SCCC. Chef Jackie would have appreciated the food, the energy & the fabulous crowd. It seemed as though our full neighborhood attended to support Jackie’s memory. Thanks to Lori Hackathorn & the volunteer committee for or-ganizing such a wonderful tribute to Jackie.

Some Years Were Happy…
Third Street’s Lisa & Larry Kagan celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary this month. Many more!! May some of those be happy!

Center for Economic Growth 21st Annual Technology Awards
The CEG awards celebrate our region’s thriving tech community. One of the Judge’s Choice winners was Owen Bush’s SpaceoutVR. Since its inception in 2015, Spaceout.VR has taken a lead in the emerging & dis-organized VR market.

Best in Show
Downtown’s Kathleen & Charlie Tesnakis of e ko logic were selected as Best in Show at the 2017 Columbus (Ohio) Arts Festival. The 2 fiber artists competed with over 2000 applicants to show their work & then were awarded Best in Show over 300+ juried artists. See (& wear) their award winning designs at the studio at 3rd & Fulton.

Albany Institute of History & Art Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region
Historic Sage’s Niki Haynes has 2 pieces of artwork in this prestigious museum. See Niki’s work at

Happy birthday to Bev Traa, Dan Keating, Nina Baldwin, Barbara Thompson, Sylvia Haefeli Stephannie Stoyle, Patrick McAvey, Brendan Kennedy,Tom Sinopoli, & Judy Norrish.

Positive Press
Historic Sage’s Peter Grimm & the Park’s Lynn Kopka were pictured in the Record at the Jackie Baldwin Gala. Lynn read a city proclamation declaring June 19 as Jackie Baldwin Day.

Downtown’s Vic Christopher hailed the ride sharing approval victory. Vic has been a leading force in the drive to secure Uber & Lyft services in upstate NY. Vic arrived at the June 29 press conference in the region’s 1st Uber ride.

Little Italy
3rd Wed of every month
6/7, ICC, 5th Avenue

2nd Tuesday of every month
6-7, TAUM, 392 2nd St

2nd Wed of every month
6:30-7:30, TPL, 100 2nd st


Mystery Book Sale at the Troy Flea – Sun, 7/9 @ 10-3
Join the Friends of the Troy Public Library (many of them your neighbors) on 7/9 at the Troy Flea in Riverside Park. On sale will be used mystery books as well as miscellaneous books. All proceeds go to the kids’ summer reading program & the museum passes.

Morning Star Children’s Center Early Childhood Montessori Program
Accepting applications for 2017-18 school year; serving ages 3-6. Maryann is looking to expand hours. Learn more at or call Maryann Montgomery at 764-2208 to set up a tour of the great facility.

Have You Been the Victim of Crime?
The Sexual Assault & Crime Victims Assistance Program is a comprehensive victim assistance program offering free, confidential assistance to all crime victims, their family members and/or friends. Services include hospital, medical, police, court proceedings, short term counseling & crime victim compensation. For info, contact Deb Carey, Crime Victim Liaison, 2200 Burdett Ave, Suite 109; 270-4454. 24 hour hotline: 271-3257.

Basement on First Street
Thrift Shop located in the basement of St Johns Church, 146 1st St is open Wed & Sat from 9-noon. Lots of interesting items. Come browse.

Need a Lift? Contact Work Horse Rentals
For those doing exterior work requiring lifts, contact Work Horse Rentals, 322 1st St. 855-857-3682.

Henry Loves Betty Pet Store
Paula Matt has relocated to 16 1st St & offers even more goods & services for our pets: Grooming, self-service dog wash tub, pet sitting & dog walking. Call Paula at 350-7387 or stop in.

Fitness in the Park
Sundays, thru Aug 27 @ 9-10 am in Riverfront Park
Yoga with Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts. Heartspace is a community-oriented studio offering yoga & healing arts from a range of traditions. A different instructor will lead the group each week.

Welcome to Aromatics Formulary
The Pottery District’s Anne Liljedahl recently launched Aromatics Formulary, a homegrown company. Among the services are individual consultations, custom blending & community blending work-shops. Anne’s blog, Essential Ponderings, offers topics gleaned from the Aromatics Formulary… essential formulas blended from nature for you.

Let Them Eat …Vegetables

Troy Farmers Market
Every Saturday from 9 -2 @ River St @ Monument Sq
There is no excuse not to have fresh veggies. It’s the 17th year for the Market.

A Reminder
Dogs are not allowed in Washington Park.

Scoop Your Poop!
Our alleys and sidewalks are not a litter box.

Places to Live

Apt WantedSingle, clean, professional man seeking recently updated 1BR in Wash Park area. Laundry in unit or on site a must. Target rent is $800-1100. Jacques has good credit, no pets & is a current Troy resident. Contact him at 518-477-3642.

 For Rent

Commercial – Downtown – 184 4th St
3300 sq ft of mostly open space. HC accessible, Zoned B-4 – many permitted uses. Rare off-street lighted, paved parking for 12 cars. For info, contact Garry Doyle RE @ 428-3136.

Historic Sage – 132 2nd St –
Joanne Luciano is a Visiting Professor at Indiana U & will be on campus in Bloomington, IN for the 2017-18 academic year. She’s renting her home at 132 2nd St starting Aug 1. Fully furnished, 2BR, study, LR, DR, screened-in porch, AC, DW, W/D, yard, off-street parking. $2000 inc utilities. Call Harriet @ 419-304-7854 for info & showing.

Historic Sage – 148 2nd St. – Original East Lake 1873 owner occupied bldg. Dbl parlors – 1st can be used as LR, BR or office; 2nd parlour, usually used as DR or LR is equally handsome. 1 bath, patio, kitchen, 1BR. Pets may be negotiable after a pet/owner interview for $30 per month add’l rent. Use of the shared laundry is an add’l $25 per month pp. Visit for pictures. $1,350 inc heat & water, carriage house parking bay, WiFi signal. Tenants pay electric & gas for hot water. Contact Harriet or David Graham at (419) 304 7854 or

Historic Sage – 153 2nd St – 2nd floor, 1300 sq ft. w/historic details. Dbl parlors; DR; 1 lg BR holds king bed; 1 med BR; 1 small BR can be home office. Kitchen has granite counters, SS appliances, exposed brick. W/D & extra storage in basement. Enclosed courtyard. Walk to downtown, Sage, etc. $1500 + utilities. Contact Lisa at or 415-632-6815.

Pottery District – 3rd St. 3rd floor, 1 BR in owner occupied bldg. LR; DR; kitchen w/gas range, MW, DW; BR; bath; dressing room w/walk in closet; office. WiFi. Porch overlooking garden. W/D in basement. Off street parking readily available. Near bus stop, easy access to 787 & 90. Walk to Sage, RPI, downtown. No smoking/no pets. $850 + utilities, lease & sec dep. Call Kathy @ 810-2960 or

Marina District – 2136 & 2140 5th Ave

1.Furnished studio w/beautiful woodwork. Full bath & kitchen. No smoking/pets. $750 inc. heat, HW. 1 yr lease w/dep.

  1. 2nd floor boutique apt. w/hardwood floors. Clawfoot tub w/shower. No smoking/ no pets. $750 inc heat, HW. 1 yr lease w/sec dep.
  2. Room in shared furnished apt. $525 inc all utilities.
  3. 2nd floor, 1 BR. Open kitchen/living area. Full bath. Walk in closet. No smoking/ no pets. $725 inc H, HW. 1 yr lease w/ sec dep.

Contact Beth Anne @

Website Update
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Thanks to Jimmy Hilts-Nofal, Deb Henderson, Don Windelspecht & Sandra Daigler & Beth Anne Hughes for donations to Operation Snip. We have several kittens & adults ready for adoption.


TNO – July 28 @ 5 pm Downtown – Check out the Troy BID Website for the latest downtown news. New businesses, festivals and more!

Troy Public Library, 100 Second St (Main)
Enjoy TPL this summer. Get ready for a fun-filled summer of reading, discovery & events.

Summer Events for Kids
To register for programs, call 274-7071 or sign up online at

Gasholder Flicks
Friends of the Gasholder are holding “Second Saturday Cinema” during the summer months this year at the Gasholder located at 1115 5th Ave. Dates are July 8 & Aug 12. After a brief introduction from the Hudson-Mohawk Gateway’s Michael Barrett about the history of the Gasholder, movies will start at 8:30PM. Movies are FREE and there will be some light refreshments available for purchase. There is limited seating, so BYO Chair.

Rockin’ On the River – Wednesdays @ 5-8:30
July 5 – British Invasion
July 12 – Saintseneca
July 19 – Who’s Bad
July 26 – Taina Asili Y La Banda Rebelde

Brown’s Summer Sessions
Outdoor craft beer & live music experience held behind Brown’s Taproom on the banks of the Hudson @ 5pm.
July 13 – Bleeker w/Northern Faces & Stellar Young

Annual Troy Pig Out @ Riverfront Park – Sat, July 15
One of the most loved events in the Capital Region. A full day of fun where competitors duke it out for best BBQ, and people flock to Riverfront Park to taste some of the area’s best food. Live music!

Troy Public Library, 100 2nd St – A Treasure to Savor
Check out the TPL website for the exciting free programming this summer.
Adult Book Groups
Shorts Out Loud
Young People’s Services

Take a Hike
Downtown Troy is happening. Take a walk downtown & see all the new shops and restaurants. Ice cream at Dutch Udder on River & Mudddaddy Flats on 3rd. Lots of clothing stores! Fun dining – both casual & formal. New apartments!

Patronize Your Local Merchants

All the News & Then Some
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Our reporters have been very busy, leading active lives. If we missed interesting news, get it to us by phone (274-6434), email ( or through the website.


Rabies/Distemper Clinic
Washington Park and Osgood are working with the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society to set the date for the annual clinic in South Troy. We will let you know as soon as the date is selected. Check the Park website also.

Rensselaer County Historical Society 2017 Annual Gala Benefit
In RCHS’s 90th Year Celebrating a Memory Maker: Michael Cocca, Jr. of the Franklin Plaza Hospitality Group. RCHS is honoring Michael for his commitment to local history, historic preserva-tion, the arts & education. Sept 14 @ Franklin Plaza


Omelets in the Park in September
A Sunday morning in memory of local chef Jackie Baldwin.

Life in the City

It’s a giant litter box out there. Not only is it the law, but it’s nasty to dodge those piles of unsavory poop. Scoop & dispose properly. Keep your dog leashed.

Trash Rules
Trash must be in cans with lids. If you have alley access, your garbage collection is in the alley. Garbage should be put out no more than 10 hours prior to pickup. Failure to follow City Code will result in fines.

Scoop Your Poop!
Leash Your Dog!

Caught in the Act
Pay attention to suspicious characters. Report crime to TPD at 270-4411. Drug hotline is 270-5004. Our neighbor-hoods remain safe because we know our residents.

You owe it to future generations to take care of Mother Earth right now!

It’s the new recycling. Learn about small scale composting for your yard.

Quality of Life
You can make our neighbor-hoods great places to live, work and play. Litter, noise & code violations are all things you control. Work together to make this a desirable community for all. Thanks for picking up trash, sweeping stoops & sidewalks & being all-around good folks.

Enjoy Summer!

Happy Fourth of July!

The lazy, hazy, crazy summer days extend to our reporters who are taking it easy & enjoying the summer fun. Check websites for summer events – Rensselaer County Historical Society, Troy Public Library, Sage College, RPI, Troy BID, City of Troy, Troy Music Hall, Arts Center of the Capital Region. There are many new businesses opening in our neighborhoods as well as throughout Troy.

Saratoga may the Summer Place to Be but Troy is THE place to be all year round.