December 2015

The most popular items on AOA in 2015

Interesting stories to cover 2015

Favorite local foods of 2015

Happy holidays!

A quick recap of the week

A few bits of fun local holiday history

Stuff to do this weekend

New York State is #4 -- again

Holiday charities 2015

What's up in the Neighborhood

That Bob & Ron's neon sign could be yours

New Yorkers like their chances in 2016

Guilty verdict in Schenectady murder, UAlbany purchasing nine acres in Guilderland, Lippmann relaxes courtroom camera laws, dreaming of a warm Christmas

Today's moment of winter

Dutch drinking chocolate at Vischer Ferry General Store

Big deal?

New Year's brunch/farm tour at Heather Ridge Farm

This is totally why we haven't gotten any snow yet

Where to get a good fruitcake?

Schenectady casino gets formal OK, Cuomo to pardon 10,000 people, about naming things after people

Albany, sliding between past and present

"It's become very meaningful for me, perhaps the most meaningful Christmas service of all"

Midday music break: Lucky Jukebox Brigade

The Airing of Grievances 2015

Suspect identified in fatal stabbing of Troy official, continued criticism for nursing home, she doesn't give a "rat's noodle" what neighbors say

The week ahead

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A quick recap of the week

Last-minute local holiday eats

Holiday gifts: Rebecca Haizmann

Stuff to do this weekend

Investigation of Troy official's death, new vote for Albany High rebuild plan, cards and packages for Sa'Fyre piling up

It always comes back to parking

Neko Case at Troy Music Hall

You shall E-ZPass

"As If! A celebration of Clueless" in Saratoga

Holiday gifts: Jacques Bastien

Restaurants with in-kitchen dining tables?

New film to be screened in local theaters

Accomplice sentenced in "death ray" case, New York to reform solitary confinement rules, longtime Capital Region broadcaster Ralph Vartigan dies

Today's moment of winter

Holiday gifts: Albany Archives' Matt Malette

Gawking at the progress of the Park South redevelopment project (updated)

What's up in the Neighborhood

The former church as indoor park

Google is looking at the sunny side of your roof

Police investigate Schenectady stabbing, Albany High and Schneiderman release anti-discrimination plan, fire safety lessons pay off for Schenectady girl, call for tax free Christmas trees

Minnie Clark Bolster's personal Saratoga museum

Still in play

The Capital Region in sweater form

Holiday gifts: Jaye McBride

Don't know/no opinion

Sean Rowe at Takk House

Search for missing Colonie woman, Troy council bristling over police retiree deal, stepped up security at TU Center

Holiday gifts: Julie Madsen


Donald J. Trump State Park

"You maintain your empire in spite of all my efforts..."

The National at MASS MoCA

Program and faculty cuts at Saint Rose, Christmas cards pour in for Sa'fyre, plans detailed for Hedley District, back to the sea

The week ahead

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Santa Speedo Sprint 2015 photos

A quick recap of the week

Christmas tree price answers gathered up

Skelos and Son found guilty

Holiday gifts: Patch Gallagher

Internet of things hackathon at TVCOG

"In the morning you can enjoy your cup of coffee in peace with confidence that they are booking a hotel and packing their bags."

Stuff to do this weekend

The bright side of $98 million, jail sentence for Wormuth, task force suggests Common Core retreat, Uber meeting draws 150

Today's moment of winter

Holiday gifts: Chopsticks Optional

A bid to SPARK + THRIVE in Arbor Hill

"This is allegedly my first tweet"

Capital Region gets parting gift in state's economic development award competition

Where to karaoke?

Regional Economic Development Council announcement today, Skelos trial goes to jury, NYRA expects $4 million profit

Thinking about the future of the South End

Breathing Lights public meetings

Holiday gifts: Craig Gravina

Hot wings

What's up in the Neighborhood

A virtual spin around the Albany Capital Center

Christmas cards for Sa'fyre

No snow

Search for Alkaramla continues down river, Rosamilia vetoes council's budget cut, closing arguments in Skelos trial, AG's warning for Springsteen fans

Salmon BLT at Public House 42

"A Visit from St. Nicholas" bits

Holiday gifts: Karen Tararache

Neil deGrasse Tyson at Proctors

Where'd you get your Christmas tree? How much did it cost?

Search of Hudson River continues in case of missing Troy woman, plan for apartments above Arts Center, gifts of meals and hats

Today's moment of winter

A few quick statistical snapshots of Capital Region neighborhoods

Deer Tick at The Egg

Holiday gifts: Truemaster Trimingham

Another Grammy nomination for Albany Symphony Orchestra

Drawing: Historic Albany Holiday House Tour, Ten Broeck Mansion Candlelit Tour & Capital City Gastropub

Search continues for missing Troy woman, adjusted plan for Albany High rebuild, large underage drinking bust in Troy, how they got that seal out of the lock

The week ahead

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A quick recap of the week

Bumper gawking

Stuff to do this weekend

Bruce Springsteen returning to the TU Center

Investigation into Park Ave fire, seal's visit to canal lock ending, two new residential conversions opening

Today's moment of winter

The Oregon Trail at Nortshire Saratoga

A good restaurant for Christmas dinner?

Here a brewery, there a brewery, everywhere a farm brewery

Day trip: Utica and Rome


The long view

Albany fire leaves 23 homeless, Silver planning appeals, NYS Labor Dept investigates Walmart firing, local film heads to Sundance

A majestic image of Thacher Park

What's up in the Neighborhood

Mushroom drone

Ditch Your Car Sweepstakes

State ethics in the wake of Silver conviction, Former Watervliet officer pleads guilty in embezzlement case, Cuomo appoints former JCOPE head as chief judge, Nassau wants off the grid

In search of a vacation without aggravation

"Troubled" is one way of putting it

Capital Region holiday events 2015

Hedley District

Yep, November was unusually warm

Sheldon Silver convicted on all charges, Troy council votes for tax cap override, Washington Ave Armory looking for new uses, Avery Moses Day

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