April 2020 News Letter

Coronavirus: Our Neighborhoods Respond

Information on COVID19, prevention tips, & govern-ment recommendations can be found at various websites including federal, state & local officials’ sites, local newspapers such as the Times Union. Many activities are restricted, nonessential businesses are closed, nonessential gatherings of any size are cancelled, social distancing of at least 6’ must be practiced.

For residents of our neighborhoods, assistance with pick up/delivery is available. Several residents have already begun to help those who are unable to shop or leave their homes. Text to 518-322-1872 & your request will be passed to Lori, Brian, Emily, Kathleen & Rich, Harriet, among others. Make use of grocery store curbside delivery. Many downtown dining places have takeout/delivery.

Rensselaer County COVID19 Hotline: 518-270-0450

Packages on Stoops

There has been a rash of thefts of packages from stoops. Please pay attention to deliveries. Alert neighbors if you see packages on stoops.

Census 2020

Please take 10 minutes to complete the Census 2020 questionnaire – fill out the form at my2020census.gov or request a paper copy to complete. It’s done every 10 years. Go for it!

Troy Night Out Is Now Troy Take Out

Celebrate Troy while supporting local businesses.

Egg Hunt – Postponed

Postponed until COVID19 crisis has passed. The knitted bunnies are ready and will be patient awaiting the kids.

HVCC Center for Creative Retirement Tour

Scheduled for May 29, 10-12:30. Pending

 

Troy Farmers Market On Pause, Developing Online Ordering Coming Soon: New Strategies to Bring Farm Fresh Food to Capital Region
Although NYS has classified farmers markets as essential to the food supply, the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is taking extra steps to ensure the safety of customers, vendors & staff before re-opening this spring according to Steve Ridler, manager of the TWFM.

Steve said county and city officials expressed concern over the market’s popularity, which draws loyal customers from far and wide. Everyone agreed the market will be held outdoors when it resumes, rather than inside its normal winter headquarters at the Troy Atrium. (In a typical year, the market does not move outside until May.)
Though a specific date or location has not been set, when the market reopens outside it will be different. Initially, it will only include food from local farms/food processors. Measures to limit the market’s size/scope will aim to discourage socializing or congregating.
Vendor booths will be spaced out farther than usual. Customers will be instructed on how to maintain safe social distancing while waiting in line. Gathering will be discouraged.

Online ordering coming soon.
The market is developing an online platform to handle orders for pickup. Online customers in this virtual market will select items from any participating vendor then make a single payment for the total purchase price. All items will be packed into a single box or bag, which will be available at a central drive-thru pickup location with minimal need for interaction. There will be a walk-up component as well. The market is also exploring options for delivery but could not make any promises yet.
In the meantime, many of the market’s individual farmers & producers are selling their products directly at their farms, in other stores & locations, or through online ordering and delivery.
For complete list of where to buy items from your favorite Troy Waterfront Farmers Market vendors, visit: https://www.troymarket.org/alternatives
For updates/to sign up to the TWFM digital newsletter, visit: https://www.troymarket.org
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TroyWaterfrontFarmersMarket
On Instagram @TroyMarket https://www.instagram.com/troymarket

Call for Gardens for Troy Hidden Garden Tour – 21 Years 
Friends of Prospect Park invite gardeners to be part of the 21st Annual Hidden Garden Tour, Thurs, May 21 4-7:30. The Friends cele-brate 21 years of this exciting event.Sign up to have your garden on the 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 Rhea @ 518-424-5303.

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. Pending – if Clerk’s Office is open. 518-279-7134

Scoop Your Poop

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. Go to the TAP website for the guidelines on appropriate materials, etc.

Neighborhood Meetings

Little Italy – Part of New York Pause

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, 100 2nd

Downtown – 2nd Mon of every month .St Paul’s Guild House, State St

Donations

Thanks to Jane & Jim Otto, Jimmy Nofal-Hilts, Wayne Rado, Don Windelspecht & Sandra Daigler, Marcia Keefe, Lou & Peg Rosamilia, Henry Loves Betty’s Paula, Olivia Nadel, Astra & Sindy. 

CITY SERVICES

Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Postponed from 4/11 to 8/1

Street Sweeping Will Continue

Compost Bins

Extended to 6/1. Call Renee at 518-279-7171 or email her at renee.panetta@troyny.gov

With reduced city hall staffing per NYS guidelines, please expect a delay in response.

Spring Street Cleaning

Bulk Collection

Leaf Bag Collection

Suspended until further notice. Watch the City website for details/scheduling.

Operation Snip Update

Call Lynn @ 518-274-6434 or 518-322-1872 if you are interested in adopting a cat or kitten or being a foster. Operation Snip expects kittens to arrive in mid to late April. All will need homes after their initial vet visits. Spay/neuter/shots will be scheduled at appropriate age. Donations of carriers & kennels, food & litter are needed.

Apartments, Etc.

Opportunity for Hair Stylist

Tony of Italy, 117 4th St, wants to share his space with an experienced hairdresser/ beautician/master barber. Huge 1st floor space in central business district. Also work for multi-use including facials, etc. Call Tony at 518-272-8400.

Park – 199 2nd St – 3rd floor, 2 BR, bath, LR, DR, kitchen. HW floors, decorative moldings. Owner occupied bldg. $1200 inc. utilities. Call Max 609-532-8662.

Park – 9 Washington Place

1st floor, 2 BR, bath, LR, DR, new kitchen. 12’ ceilings. Oak floor, 3 decorative mantles. W/D. Off street parking. $1500 + util. Call John @ 518-461-9617.

Park – 224 3rd St – 3rd floor, 2 BR, LR, DR, kitchen, renovated bath. New kitchen appliances. Hardwood floors throughout, Laundry in bldg. View of Park. No pets/no smoking. $1300 inc H/HW. Call Pete @ 518-210-4421.

Riverside – 110 ½ 1st St – 3rd floor, 2 BR in quiet bldg w/owner’s professional office on 1st floor. Coin op W/D in basement. No smoking/no pets (calm cat would be considered). 1 yr lease. 1 mo sec dep. $840 + utilities. Call/ text Doris at 518-542-1480 or doristomer@gmail.com.

Historic Sage – 3rd between Division & Liberty – 2nd floor, 1 BR, home office, LR, DR, kitchen, bath w/shower. Owner occupied bldg. Garage available for $75 per month. $1000 inc heat. Call Andi @ 518-273-3004.

EVENTS

TNO – April 26

Downtown’s Main Event

Check the Downtown BID website for details. Unknown if happening. Takeout Rules!

Troy Takeout Bingo

Two dozen Troy businesses are participating in a new promotion called Troy Takeout Bingo, organized by the Franklin Alley Social Club. Participating businesses are including game pieces & boards with orders, and customers may also print boards themselves. Post a photo with a completed row, column or diagonal to be entered to win a prize. Full details at tinryurl.com/troybingo.

All the News & Then Some

Get your news to Lynn @ lkopka@earthlink.net or 274-6434 or 518-322-1872. The website is effective only if all listings are up to date. Please let us know of changes.

SAVE THE DATE

PENDING

Downtown Happenings –

Hopefully

River Street Fest: Sat, 6/13

Rockin’ on the River: Every Wed in June (3,10,17,24), July (1, 8, 15, 22, 29), August (5) beginning June 3

Fitness in the Park: Sundays at 9 am beginning June 28 thru August 30

Troy Pig Out: Sat, 7/11

Capital Roots Annual Spring Brunch

Part of New York Pause – Cancelled for 2020

Neighborhood Garage Sale Pending

The successful alley yard sale will once again take place this summer. Third Street’s Diane Bell is spearheading the effort with the Pottery’s Kathy Marczak & Riverside’s Sandra Rouse offering suggestions. We will keep you posted as to final date and time and location.

Troy 100 Forum – Part of New York Pause

April 20 event cancelled. Fall date TBA.

Earth Day – Pending

It should be every day that we pick up trash, recycle, respect our planet. Do your part each and every day.

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

Friday, May 29 @ 10-12:30 

Let Lynn Kopka know if you are interested in opening your home (518-274-6434 or 518-322-1872). We still need houses and apartments to be open for the tour. This is one of HVCC’s most requested offerings – thanks to all of you!! Pending although HVCC has not cancelled as of 4/5/20.

April 1, 2020, 

No fooling! April 1 was Census 2020 Day!   

If you care about funding for affordable housing, child-care, community programs, sidewalks& streets, and much more, then take 10 minutes to complete your Census questionnaire now.   

It is easier than ever. You can:

–  Fill it out online at my2020census.gov

–  Fill out and mail back the questionnaire that you should have received in the mail by now

–  Call 844-330-2020 and speak with a census worker

If you want to see how our communities are responding go to https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

Do it today because the census matters.

Happy Spring!

Flowers are blooming. Neighbors are out & about (although keeping 6 feet apart). Don’t let social distancing mean social isolation. Stay in touch via phone or text or email. Use this time to reflect on what community means & how we will define, shape & live in a post coronavirus world.  We are all in this together & together we will make it through. Support one another in any way possible. Stay safe & healthy!