September 13, 2016

It's primary day, teacher accused of sex with student, downtown Albany bank robbery investigation, movie theater plan for Troy resurfaces

Primary day
It's primary day. Polls are open from noon to 9 pm. Don't know where to vote? Check with the state Board of Elections website.

Jennica Duell sentencing
Judge Gary Sharpe during the Monday morning sentencing of Jennica Duell to 11 years in prison for lying to a grand jury in the Hulett Street fire case: "I am certain that your lies forestalled the discovery of the truth." (There has yet to be anyone arrested and charged for the arson.) [Daily Gazette]

Marquis Dixon
The case of Marquis Dixon -- the Albany teen sent to prison for nine years on armed robbery conviction in which there was no evidence of a weapon other than the word of the robbery victim, another teen whose story changed -- is up for appeal this week. [TU+]

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Roll out the green carpet

Because we're always a sucker for a time lapse: Here's the renovation of Union College's Frank Bailey Field over the summer compressed into 45 seconds.

Sharon Springs Harvest Festival 2016

american hotel sharon springs main st 2015-August

The Sharon Springs Harvest Festival returns this coming weekend, September 17 and 18, in the Schoharie County village. There are a bunch of things on the schedule for the festival this year. A few highlights:

+ Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell -- AKA, the Beekman Boys -- will be at their Beekman 1802 retail store in the village signing "copies of books, magazines, and whatever else you put in front of them." (They're also offering tours of their farm -- tickets are $25.)

+ There will be an Etsy Makers Village. "Etsy takes over one of the streets in town to highlight the wares of some of their very best regional craftspersons."

+ Former Albany resident Michael Guidice, who's started a cider orchard in Sharon Springs, will be talking about the "incredible history of hard cider in this region, and how it's making a comeback."

+ Screenings of the documentary about Sharon Jones, Miss Sharon Jones.

+ Activities (including a tractor parade), entertainment, vendors, and food.

Activities start at 10 am on Saturday and 11 am on Sunday. Festival admission is free.

Sharon Springs is a fun spot for an easy day trip. It's just about an hour's drive from Albany, and especially scenic if you take Route 20.

Humans of New York founder at UAlbany

humans of new york brandon stanton

Brandon Stanton

Brandon Stanton -- the founder of the popular Humans of New York photography project -- will be at UAlbany October 8 for a talk. The event is free and will be open to the public, though priority will be given to students, alumni, and their families and friends.

Humans of New York has become very popular since it started in 2010, thanks in part to a huge following on Facebook. And it got another boost of attention this past week when it featured Hillary Clinton.

From the about page for Humans of New York:

The initial goal was to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers on the street, and create an exhaustive catalogue of the city's inhabitants.
Somewhere along the way, I began to interview my subjects in addition to photographing them. And alongside their portraits, I'd include quotes and short stories from their lives.
Taken together, these portraits and captions became the subject of a vibrant blog. HONY now has over twenty million followers on social media, and provides a worldwide audience with daily glimpses into the lives of strangers on the streets of New York City.

The UAlbany event is Saturday, October 8 at 8 pm in SEFCU Arena. Registration is currently via the university's homecoming events registration, which is open to alums, current students, faculty/staff, and friends and family.

A UAlbany spokesperson told us there will be a registration for the general public later on. And it sounds like there should be plenty of room -- SEFCU arena sits 4,000 people for an event like this. That said, HONY is popular, so if you're interested in going, registering earlier rather than later is a good idea.

photo via Humans of New York Twitter

Tech Valley Taste Makers

Tech Valley Center of Gravity exterior 2016-JulyHere's a new cooking class series: Tech Valley Taste Makers at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy.

The lineup:

+ September 29: Bring the Gastro-Pub Home with executive chef Rachel Mabb of The Ruck (Troy)

+ October 19: Fall Foliage Picnic Feast with Lucas Karasavidis, owner of Honeybee Farms (Cobleskill) and From Our Farm to Your Table (Troy)

+ November 16: Sides to be Thankful For with chef Ric Orlando, owner of New World Bistro Bar, Albany and New World Home Cooking, Saugerties.

+ December 7: Holiday Cookies: Tradition with a Twist with chef/Baker Leah Stein of Leah's Cakery (Round Lake)

Series blurbage:

Monthly classes (fall/winter and spring/summer) are taught by masterful chefs and artisanal food makers. Each teacher demonstrates the techniques for making delicious specialties at home, educates about culinary art & science and offers tastings with beverage pairings, both alcoholic* and non-. Proceeds, after expenses, are shared equally between the teacher and TVCOG's fund to fully equip its teaching/making kitchen.

Class prices range from $37.50-$57. There's also a season pass for $170. Pre-registration is required.

TVCOG advertises on AOA.

The Capital Region's transit arteries

CDTA system ridership 2015-2016 static map

Total ridership per route during the last fiscal year. Is there a clickable, zoomable map inside? You know there is...

Which CDTA bus lines get the most riders?

The news earlier this year that CDTA set another annual ridership record -- and the recent batch of service changes on some of its most popular routes -- got us curious about ridership across the whole CDTA system.

So, of course, we had to make some clickable maps. Let's have a look.

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Today's moment of late summer

It's like the crowd of leaves is waving, commenting to a passing neighbor about the beautiful weather.

By the way: These brilliantly clear, blue September skies? Typical.

(That's not to say they're not worth appreciating.)

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