February  2018:

Pulitzer Prize Author Honored for Reaching 90
Downtown’s Brendan Kennedy joined the celebration of this dad’s 90th birthday in January. William Kennedy, the author of several Albany-based books is a renowned author. Bill celebrated Albany as well as his Irish heritage. Brendan compiled a video tribute to his dad. Bill wrote Ironweed which was adapted for the screen starring Jack Nicholson. Several scenes were filmed in Troy. Happy 90th!

Wedding Bells
Washington Park’s Laura Teeter & John Yost are excited to announce they’re getting married! They have a small summer wedding planned (in the park, of course) and they are looking to find a home of their own in the neighborhood.

Another year for Osgood’s Stanley Hadsell & Barbara Stubblebine; the Park’s Laura Ferris & Lori Hackathorn; Riversidet’s Anthony Garner, Karla Guererri, James Heatley, & 5th & Grand’s Greg Cholakis; Downtown’s Liam Groff.

Death of Park Homeowner
Long time Park owner & resident Tom Sinopoli died on January 6 after a short illness. Tom died as he lived, a proud & courageous man. A former Marine captain, Tom excelled at basketball & boating. He was out & about the Park walking his beloved Panna.He is survived by his wife Ellen & son Jason. Our condolences.

Death of Carmen’s Mother
Carmen’s mom Juanita Abreu (aka Mamacita) shuffled off this mortal soil in January.  Suffering from the flu, she died peacefully. Long time regulars at Carmen’s Café remember her bright presence, greeting diners & making small talk. Our condolences to Carmen & her family.

Death of Osgood Activist
Osgood’s Sonny (Sonia) Loomis died on Jan 4 after a long battle with cancer. Sonny was a unique individual, never letting her disease interfere with her commitment to the neighborhood & her cats. She attended Pratt Institute, but chose a different career path – Rensselaer County Probation Officer. Never one to be conventional, she was easy to spot in a crowd – those multi-color bright streaks in her hair couldn’t be missed. A loss to Troy. Our condolences.

Death of Rosie, the Reading Dog
Rosie, Downtown’s Nina Pattison’s long-time pet and companion, died in early January. Rosie was instru-mental in encouraging kids to embrace reading at the Troy Public Library. The long-haired dachshund was a well-known presence for many years on Second St. when Nina lived in the Historic Sage neighbor-hood. She followed Nina to The Conservatory apartments. Rosie will be missed.

Rensselaer County Rabies
Clinics for 2018
Please go to and navigate to the Dept of Public Health page or call 270-2655. Clinics are held thru October in various locations.

Positive Press/Media Stars
Downtown’s Vic Christopher heralded the new ride-sharing services. Vic was a leading advocate for Uber & Lyft, lobbying the state legislature for passage. The Record put Vic on the front page.

Upstate Magazine promoted the mulled wine at Rare Form Brewing Company, 90 Congress St.

Upstate Magazine highlighted the adaptive reuse of Kerry Fagan’s downtown 2nd Street carriage house. Urban edgy, reclaimed materials, clean lines was the goal of owner Kerry.

Hudson Virtual Tours
The Park’s Owen Bush offers Hudson Virtual Tours as the go-to Virtual Tour provider in Upstate New York. His company offers an All-in-One 2D & 3D visual marketing solution. Be there with Web, Mobile & Virtual Reality. Your Virtual Tour is ready within hours, available for Websites, MLS listings, Social Media.
Full service creative agency offering Print-Ready 4K Photography, Floor Plans, Custom Websites, Aerial Photo/Video, Brand Identity, Google Street View integration & many other services.
Hudson Virtual Tours is a one-stop provider to sell your home or business. Check out for details. The Clark House, Lucas Confectionery & DeFazio’s Pizzeria are avail-able to view.

Neighborhood Watch/LI
3rd Wed @ 6, ICC, 1450 5th Ave

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

Riverside – 2nd Wed @ 6:30, Troy Public Library, 100 2nd


Thanks to Don Windelspecht & Sandra Daigler; Lloyd’s Garage; Doris Tomer.

Goods, Services, Help

Tax Prep
The annual tax prep help at the Italian Community Center, 1450 Fifth Avenue. Call 270-4689 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins also welcome.

Operation Snip/POUNCE Update
Friendly, healthy cats & kittens need both foster & permanent homes. Free to good homes; donations of carriers, food, litter and traps are happily accepted. Call Lynn @ 518-274-6434.

February Programs for Kids at Troy Public Library, 100 2nd Street, 518-274-7071

Family Storytime – Wed @ 10:30am Stories, music, crafts, and play. Ages 0-5

Don’t Be Bored Games – Wed @ 5:00-7:30pm Drop by & play board games! All ages.

Duke the Reading Dog – Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm
Visit with or read to Duke in order to boost your reading skills and confidence! All Ages

Greta the Reading Dog – Sat @ 11- noon Visit with or read to Greta in order to boost your reading skills and confidence! All Ages

Take Your Child To The Library Day – Sat 2/3 All Day
Kids of all ages are invited to visit the library thruout the day to see all that the library has to offer! Stop by & sign up for library cards! Enjoy drop-in crafts in the Children’s Room. Enter a raffle to win fun prizes!

Tween Art Night – DIY Pom Pom Love Monsters – Tuesday 2/6 6:00pm
Make pom pom love monsters out of yarn while enjoying Valentine’s Day candy! Regis-tration Required! Ages 9-13

Family Craft Night – Love Bugs Thursday 2/8 6:00pm
Children, with the help of their family member(s), will create and decorate Love Bugs using paper towel rolls and a variety of craft supplies. All supplies provided by the library. Regis-tration Required! Ages 4-11

Brick Builders – Thursday 2/15 6:00pm For LEGO builders new & experienced, ages 4 +. No registration required. No outside LEGOs allowed; library provides all supplies. Children under the age of 7 must have a caregiver present during the event.

Family Science Night – Slime Time Monday 2/19 6:00pm Kids, with the help of their family member(s), will mix up a batch of slime, play, & bring it home! All supplies provided by the library. Dress for mess! Registration Required! Ages 4 & up

CMOST Presents: Iroquois Ingenuity – Tuesday 2/20 12:00pm
The Iroquois made significant contributions to our region’s history and development of technology. Explore this exciting time in our past through artifacts, objects and engineering challenges. Discover how the Iroquois used their unique ability available natural resources in ingenious ways. Ages 7-12.

Teen Art Night – Paint ‘n Sip Cocoa Tuesday 2/20 6:00 pm
Come to the library while we sip cocoa and learn how to paint love birds! All supplies will be provided by the library. Registration Required! Ages 9-13

CMOST Presents: In Days Gone By – Thursday 2/22 11:00am

Main Library
Life was different for children 100 years ago. Clothes were washed by hand, candles provided light and irons were heated on the stove. Learn about chores, school and play during this interactive program exploring technology of the past. Ages 4 – 7

Apartments, Etc.

Historic Sage – 132 2nd St
Duplex, 2BR, study, LR, DR, screened-in porch, AC, DW, W/D, yard, off-street parking. $2200 inc utilities. Call (518) 313-9742 for info & showing.

Riverside – 110 ½ 1st St
Located next to Sage College @ corner of 1st & Division. 3rd floor – 2 BR, $785+ 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 or

Marina District – 2140 5th Ave. 2 story brick carriage house. Perfect for 2 person share w/office. 1 car garage, spiral staircase, vaulted ceiling with skylight. One entrance via alley; the other off 5th Ave. thru gangway & courtyard garden area. Laundry on site. Short walk to downtown, river, RPI & Russell Sage. Downtown offers yoga classes, art, Troy Music Hall, farmers market every Saturday. Great access to highways (787, 87 & 90), Albany airport 15 min. & Amtrak (train). No smoking/no pet policy. $1250. 1 yr lease, 1st month rent;1 month for security at the signing of the lease. References required. Owner occupied; actively involved in the mgt, repairs & improvements of property. If you enjoy peace & quiet, call 845-702-0943 Beth Anne

See the website for more listings!
Website Update
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Do good deeds! Pick up litter! Join the snowblowing teams! Deliver newsletters!


Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 32 2nd St.
Feb 7- Accordian Virtuosi of Russia
Feb 10- Valentine’s Day Weekend! Romeo & Juliet, The Albany Symphony
Feb 15- Time for Three
Feb 16- Gregory Porter
Call the Box Office for info/tkts 518-273-0038

Amazing Race Trivia Hunt – TNO – Feb 23, 5-9
DOWNTOWN – All our local merchants are participating.

Franklin Alley Social Club
Curling with Cocktails – Feb 8 from 8-9. 50 Franklin Street

Theatre Institute @ Sage
Lois Lowry’s The Giver
Feb 8-18, Various times. Check the Sage website for details.

Tuesday @ Noon Free Concert Series, St. Paul’s
Tues, Feb 20 @ Noon –  St. Paul’s Church, 58 Third Street. Peter Griggs – guitar music
Free Admission/Free-will Offering. For more info, please visit:

Tuesday @ Noon Free Concert Series, Troy Music Hall
Tues, Feb 13 @ Noon. Carol Daggs: Jazzage

Historical Society, 57 2nd St
There’s always something old there. Check it out! House tours, educational lectures & talks, research on the history of your building. Call 272-7232 for a complete calendar.

Troy Farmers Market
9 – 2 on Saturdays at the Uncle Sam Atrium on both the 1st & 2nd floors. Winter market runs each Saturday thru April

Troy Chromatic Concert @ Troy Music Hall
Staatskapelle Weimar – Feb 28 @ 7:30. Call 518-273-0038

Friends of Chamber Music –
Atacca Quartet, Sat, Feb 3 @ 7:30. Call 518-833-1874 for info/tkts. Kiggins Hall,Emma Willard Campus. Various prices.

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society Gala
Operation Snip works closely with MHHS. The Annual Around the World for 80 Strays Gala is April 28 at the Albany Marriott. Call 434-8128 for tkts.

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company Gala – Saturday, May 5 @ Cornerstone at the Plaza
The Company keeps their creative juices going! Details on the Gala next month. Fifth & Grand Streets Michael Nofal (of Espirit Salon on River St) is the ESDC board president. Call 518-408-1341 to get tkts now!

HVCC Center for Creative Retirement Washington Park Tour – In the spring
Although we try to gracefully decline participating, demand is high for this tour. So once again, Washington Park will host retirees as they learn about urban living. Of course we need open houses. We hope to have the Bolands, Bill Comiskey, the Kansus and more. Expect a call! The tour is Monday, April 30 at 10. There is a 40 person wait list for the Fall tour! Thanks to everyone for making this an outstanding tour.

Coming Soon – VISIT
Join the TNAC Ambassador Program – Volunteers In Service Improving Troy
VISIT is an all inclusive neighborhood coalition of volunteers (ambassadors from neighborhood groups) helping to improve all of Troy through support, via TNAC, on an on-call basis. More details next month.

Help Needed
Volunteers sought to help prepare the newsletters for distribution for our steadfast carriers. Once a month. Call Lynn if interested – 18-274-6434.

Check Out Downtown!
Lots of new shops and dining establishments.
More clothing stores, more elegant dining as well as casual places for a wide range of cuisines. See the Troy BID website for the latest openings and events. Support our local merchants.

Snow Removal
Please work together to assist the City crews with snow plowing. Get cars off the streets. Work as teams to shovel sidewalks and keep sewer drains clear. Snowblowers & ice melters are available

Washington Place residents should use off street parking or keep cars on the south side of the street (building side) so a city plow may clear the street. The narrowness of the street means plows have a difficult time clearing snow if cars are parked on both sides of the street.