December 6, 2017

Shen land sale passes, Rotterdam police search for bank robber, 3 absentee ballots will decide Troy race, state of emergency lifted in Cohoes

Shen land vote
Voters overwhelmingly approved the $1.1 million deal for the Shenedehowa School District to sell 37-acres of undeveloped forest and wetlands to the town of Clifton Park.[TU][Gazette]

Mero murder trial
Employees of the Albany water department testified Tuesday that former employee Ted Mero, on trial for the Arcadia Avenue fire that killed 23 year old Megan Cunningham, boasted a few weeks before the blaze that he could burn a house down without getting caught. [TU]

Rotterdam bank robber
Police in Rotterdam are searching for the man who robbed the Altamont Avenue branch of the Pioneer Savings Bank on Tuesday afternoon. [WNYT]

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Holiday gifts: Evelyn Melendez

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Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So we're again asking people to share some thoughts on presents, past and present, charities -- and wishes for the next year.

Evelyn Melendez was born and raised in the Bronx, but today she calls Clifton Park home. She's a Navy veteran, a nursing student, a mom to a fur baby named Mowgli -- and a coach, skater and ref for the Hellions of Troy Roller Derby. She loves to eat, travel, and laugh.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: surprise nudity, questioning a promotion, tying one on for Christmas, Rensselaer Westerlo, the grand quick step, NYC, hiking, the new Albany Patroons, the Cuckoo's Nest, Cafe Capriccio, shopping, and budgeting.

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Floating above Albany

For zoning out: The creator of the Above Albany Instagram / Facebook account has put together a video of drone clips and timelapse shots of downtown Albany. It's embedded above.

And it sounds like there's a Troy video on its way.

Gawking at the TU Center's new atrium

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The makeover of the Times Union Center's Pearl Street exterior and atrium is finished.

The almost-$20 million project included a new facade with huge video boards on the outside the county-owned arena. On the inside, the atrium was enclosed to make it usable during all four seasons (the space hosted a county tree lighting on Wednesday). It also expanded the mezzanine space, and reconfigured the stairs and escalators. Plus: There's a large falling water feature.

The renovation is part of the overall larger plan to link the TU Center with the new Albany Capital Center and the Empire State Plaza into complex that can use be used to host large events such as the NCAA basketball tournaments. (Both the women's and men's tournaments will be making a stop at the arena in the next few years.)

So let's gawk at it, shall we...

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Today's moment of winter

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Lark Street, around 3:15 pm.

There's something about the way the afternoon sunlight this time of year catches buildings.

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