What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: a scam, lights on Lark Street, people who made a mark on the world, wine tasting, postcards from paradise, New Paltz, a day at the beach, pangs of nostalgia at Price Chopper, the Troy Dance Factory, turning in the foodie badge, ice cream sandwiches, Comfort Kitchen, gazpacho, baklava ice cream, wedding bands, camouflaged invaders, and a big bet.

Randal turned away what sounds like a person trying to scam him by switching his energy provider.

Matt argued the case for bringing the tree lights back to Lark Street.

Carl's been highlighting people from the Capital District who have "made their mark on the world."

Jen went wine (and spirit) tasting in the Hudson Valley.

Jackie shared some postcards from paradise (in this case, the Adirondacks).

The Exiles explored New Paltz.

Albaniana went to the beach at Cherry Plain State Park.

Mr. Dave experienced pangs of nostalgia while browsing Price Chopper, and reflected on why he thinks people are loyal to the chain.

Jessica took a hip-hop dance class at the Troy Dance Factory.

After lunch at Buca di Beppo, Rochelle asked if she had to turn in her foodie badge. (A late night, during a downpour, pineapple bacon burger would quickly restore any such badge.)

The Idiots and Daniel are hashing out the details of a Saratoga/Albany ice cream sandwich throwdown. Daniel has some Albany suggestions.

It sounds like Aliza had some interesting food -- a veggie burger, rosemary-orange sea salt potato chips -- at Comfort Kitchen in Saratoga.

Jerry had a gazpacho at Francesca's in Troy that was "a beacon of freshness."

One of Steve's readers asked about finding the best local place for onion rings.

Cap2Cap had baklava ice cream while in Utica for the Boilermaker.

Emily went to an antiques show in Massachusetts.

Akum chronicled her Albany neighborhood during World War II.

One of Kristi's readers asked about finding a wedding band.

FiS Dan had many Saratoga thoughts.

The Bee Balm Gal's tomato plants have been invaded worms exactly the color of the plants.

And Chuck's team won the Summer Bowl trivia tournament on a daring bet.

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