Burn bans, playing drive-by shooting, exploding manhole covers, Central Avenue construction, bobblhead mayors

Dry weather -- and dozens of brush fires -- have led to outdoor fire bans for Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties. [TU]

What's the fun game to play in Schenectady's Hamilton Hill neighborhood these days? Drive-by shooting. [Daily Gazette]

Manhole covers exploded into the air again, this time in Albany. It doesn't look like they shot as high as the one in Troy, though. [TU]

Community activists are looking for the EPA to explain again how it is that more PCBs can be removed from the Hudson by dredging less sediment. [Daily Gazette]

Central Avenue is being rebuilt from New Karner Road all the way past Everett Road, possibly as far as Quail Street, in Albany. Improvements will include new sidewalks, crosswalks, "pedestrian refuges" and, presumably, fewer potholes. [TU]

A citizens' group is pushing Price Chopper to keep the Railroad Place store in Saratoga Springs open. There are some indications the company is planning to sell the site to a developer. (Check out the passionate comment left here at AOA about the importance of the Railroad Place Chopper.) [TU]

The mayors of Albany, Schnectady and Troy are being turned into bobbleheads. (Insert your own joke here: _______________________________.) [TU]

Comments

Can't recognize ol' Jerry; they needed to add a little more orange to that plastic injection molding for it to be believable. Oh, and he needs more jowls.

Oh yeah; and regarding the exploding manhole covers as the result of the Capital Region's aging infrastructure, at least we can say that we here are witnessing the apocalypse firsthand, and at least it's entertaining!

(WTF are the astronomical property taxes around here going to pay for, again?)

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