August 2019 Newsletter

Park Picnic

Wed, Aug 21 @ 5:30

Use the 2nd St Park gate. Park will supply paper goods & some beer, wine & soda. Bring food! Drinks! Your energy! We always need help with set up & clean up.

Alley Rally – Alley Yard Sale – Sat, Aug 24 @ 10- 2 (Rain Date Sun, Aug 25)

In the alleys between 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Streets from Ferry St. south (Riverside, Washington Park, Little Italy, Osgood Neighborhoods) Announcements of the rally will be placed on Craig’s List & a handout map of sale locations available. Sandra Rouse (518-521-8454; & Diane Bell (518-461-6771; are the contacts.

Annual Rabies Clinic

No date & location has been set as of now, The Clinic is tentative for South Troy in Sept/October.

Happy Anniversary

Congratulations to Fifth & Grand’s Michael Nofal & Rob Hilts on their 33nd year of bliss. Son Jimmy extends his best wishes (and counts his blessings every day for the best parents). Many more!

Neighborhood Meetings

Little Italy

3rd Wednesday @ 6/7

ICC, 5th Avenue

Osgood/South End

2nd Tuesday every month – 6– 7 pm @ TAUM, 392 2nd


2nd Wednesday every month 6:30-7:30 @ Troy Public Library, 100 2nd St


2nd Monday of every month

St. Paul’s Guild House, State St

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Our Riverside neighbor Elizabeth Thompson lost her home, at 254 2nd St, to a devastating fire in early August. Thankfully she & her first floor tenant were not home at the time. And, very importantly, her cat made a bold escape, so no lives were lost. That said, Elizabeth could use our help. She lost everything; her personal effects, medicine and medical equipment, and her only means of income from her rental unit. She is currently hospitalized following a seizure. This evening, a friend set up a Go Fund Me page to help. Use the search tool at and search ‘Elizabeth Thompson Troy NY.’ Please consider making a donation of any amount. Every little bit helps. WPA website has details also.

Niki Haynes – Culture Consumed – Exhibit Exended Til Oct. 19

A cut-paper collage series exhibited at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River St, Troy. Featuring animation co-created by Historic Sage’s Niki Haynes & Steve Rein.

Evening at the Earl Honors

Our Neighbors

Oakwood Cemetery’s Annual Gala recognizes Kathleen Tesnakis, founder of Ekologic & 3rd St homeowner; Kevin Mullen, of Rare Form Brewing & homeowner in Osgood; Cory Nelson, founder of Troy Kitchen; Chun Hee Kim & Sun Hwa Choi, founders of Sun Hee’s Farm & Kitchen. The honorees reflect Troy’s entrepreneurial spirit now. Thursday, Oct. 3 from 5 – 7:30. Call 518-272-7521 for tkts.

Rensselaer County Historical Society Honors 5th & Grand’s Michael Nofal

RCHS is bestowing the 2019 Hart-Cluett Award to Michael Nofal. Michael is a fixture in the art & culture scene, supporting RCHS, ESDC & more. Local businessman, doting dad to Jimmy, loving husband of Rob, and more. Thurs, Sept 19, Franklin Plaza. Call 518-272-7232 x 11 for tkts

Gateway Recognizes Pottery District’s Fred Cawley

The Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway (HMIG) recognizes the early rescue of 514 Grand St by Fred Cawley. The 5 houses in this stretch of Grand St stand appreciated & cared for, thanks to the dedicated new owners. Thurs, Sept 26, 5:30-8:30, Troy Country Club. Call 518-274-5267 for tkts.

Architecture of Downtown Troy – New Book by 5th Avenue’s Diana Waite

Troy’s history buffs have eagerly awaited Diana’s latest book. Join Diana at the reception & book signing on Thurs, Sept 5, 5:30-7:30 at RCHS, 57 2nd St. RSVP by Sept 3 to 518-426-5935.


Many thanks to Sandra Rouse & Jimmy Nofal-Hilts for donations. Our activities depend on your support!


Fitness in The Park

Sundays thru Aug 25 from 9- 10am in Riverfront Park

For Adoption (Free):

Several kittens and young cats are ready to go – shots, spay/neutered. Call Lynn @ 518-274-6434 or text 518- 322-1872. Foster homes always needed. 2

Driver(s) Needed for

Operation Snip

Operation Snip transports 12-16 cats every Tuesday to Saratoga (Exit 15 Northway) for spay/neuter services. Our dedicated driver has retired. We desperately need a driver(s) to transport every Tuesday morning (leave from Lansingburgh no later than 7:45 am) to the clinic; pick up the cats at 3ish in Saratoga & return to Lansingburgh. Must have van or SUV; must like cats; must be able to lift traps & carriers. Contact Lynn @ 518-322-1872.

Snip is always looking for carriers & kennels.

Apartments, Etc.

Downtown – 44 3rd St – Spacious 1BR with office & storage area, central A/C, newly updated, in the heart of downtown Troy. $1150 +utilities, sec dep, references. No smoking;no pets. Call and leave message for Deb at 518-266- 9732. Deb has her violin shop on 1st floor.

Downtown – 41 1st 1st time for rent – Fabulous larger 1BR unfurnished (or partially unfurnished) in owner occupied, secured building. High ceilings, plenty of ornamental details, hardwood floor, magnificent mantels and fire places in each room. Stainless steel appliances in quality cherry kitchen. Water baseboard heating. Situated in the heart of Troy in safe area, next to Sage College. Walk to Sage/RPI, downtown restaurants, banks, library, grocery store, Music Hall, public transportation, etc. No smoking/no pets; rental history, references, lease, sec dep. Great for executives, academics or responsible matured professionals. $1400 includes all: utilities, heat, AC, internet, hot water, recycling. (option with extra

BR, private backyard & garage for $2000). Please email or call 315-877-5434.

Marina District 5th Ave off Federal. Furnished studio & 1 BR available for Sept. Details on Park website. Contact Bill Hughes @ 845- 897-5556

Website Update

Please check the website – – for more listings. We don’t guarantee that listings are up to date.

Use It or Lose It

Park website seeks to serve you. Get current info to us. Notify us of changes.


Park Picnic – Be there!

August 21 @ 5:30

Barker Park Kids Summer Series – 3rd & State

Thurs @ 11 am thru 8/23

Market Block Books

There’s always something to read – check it out. 290 River

Rockin’ on the River

Wednesday nights @ 5 to 8:30 at Riverfront Park.

Rain or shine. Leave your coolers/pets at home.

TNO – Friday, August 30

All our local merchants are participating.

Troy Public Library, 100 Second St – 274-7071

To register for programs please call (518) 274-7071 or go online:

Shorts Out Loud

The Troy Public Library is pleased to present “Shorts Out Loud!” consisting of 15 minutes of live acoustic music followed by a con-temporary short story read out loud, refreshments & discussion, on Thurs thru Aug 22 @ 6:30 PM in the courtyard at the Main Library, 100 2nd St. In the case of inclement weather, held on 2nd floor of the library.

Thanks to Downtown’s Carolyn Fagan, Program Director for keeping us in the loop.

Let Them Eat …Vegetables

Troy Farmers Market

Every Saturday from 9 -2 @

River St @ Monument Sq

New Businesses

Take a walk downtown and check out all the new (& well established) shops and dining spots. A wide variety of cuisines! Ice cream, craft beer, entertainment venues, clothing & more. See the Troy BID website for all the info. Shop local!

Take Time to Smell the Roses

– or whatever flowers are planted throughout our neighborhoods. Feel free to pick up litter and dispose of it properly.


Omelets in the Park

Sunday morning brunch in September

Dispose of Hazardous Stuff

City of Troy’s annual Household Hazardous Waste & Electronic Recycling Collection Day anticipated in Sept.

Annual Autumn Evening in the Garden

Join Capital Roots for the annual Autumn Evening in the Garden, an exciting evening of seasonally fresh foods and mingling between chefs, farmers and friends. Sept 12 @ 6-9 @ Hilton Garden Inn. For info & tkts, 3


Restaurant & Craft Beer Week – September 9 thru Sept 15

Chowderfest – October13, noon-4 pm

See the Troy BID website for details for all the Downtown Events.

Summertime, Summertime

Enjoy the lazy, hazy, crazy days of August.


Safety first. Please do not leave valuables in your vehicles. Report all incidents to the Troy Police Department. Please pay attention to strangers and unusual behavior by those walking and driving.

For additional safety, please do not let mail & newspapers pile up if you are on vacation. Ask a neighbor to watch your home while you are away for any length of time.

Exercise caution when out strolling in the evening. Walk in groups when possible.

Thanks for being observant.

A Busy Summer

Our reporters are enjoying the summer so excuse us if we have missed exciting news. Please get any items to us for the next issue. Many thanks.

PARK PICNIC – August 21 @ 5:30. No rain date or site. Cancelled if weather is rainy.