Police search for SUV driver in Bethlehem hit-and-run, Ho-Jo's owner sentenced for sexual harassment, construction underway for airport/Northway connector, Puzzles on Today

Bethlehem hit and run
Police are searching for an SUV driver in connection with the Bethlehem hit-and-run earlier this week, and think it's possible the driver didn't know they hit someone. The victim, an 80-year-old former gym teacher, was riding a bicycle at night and not wearing any reflective clothing. [Spectrum][WNYT]

More problems for family whose home was demolished
The Albany family whose home was demolished by the city when a wall was compromised as the building next door was being torn down says they were not notified of the demolition project next to their home or any asbestos concerns. [TU]

WNYT bomb threat
A Bethlehem man was arrested in connection with Sunday's bomb threat at NewsChannel 13. [TU]


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Needle in Halloween candy
Hoosick Falls police say a family reported finding a needle in a piece of Halloween candy their child brought home from trick-or-treating.[TU]

Road rage
A Saratoga County man is facing charges following a Clifton Park road rage incident in which he allegedly displayed a gun. [TU]

Howard Johnson's owner sentenced for sex crimes
The owner of the Lake George Howard Johnson's -- the last location in the country -- has been sentenced to six months in jail for sexually harassing female employees at the business. [News 10]

Albany airport
Demolition is underway at Albany International Airport in preparation for the construction of a new parking garage. [TU]

Gubernatorial debate
A League of Women Voters sponsored gubernatorial debate Thursday night at Saint Rose will go on with or without Andrew Cuomo. [AP/WNYT]

Scotia political mailer
Scotia-Glenville Democrats say Republican candidates for mayor and village trustee have been using a misleading mailer about code enforcement issues which includes a Daily Gazette photo used without the paper's permission. [Gazette]

Saratoga County taxes
Property taxes in Saratoga County would drop 1.68 percent under the newly proposed 2019 county budget. [Gazette]

Aref & son
Sara Foss talks with the son of Yassin Aref, one of the men jailed following an FBI sting at a Central Avenue mosque in 2004 -- Aref is in the process of being deported after serving his sentence. [Gazette]

Niskayuna wastewater treatment plant
Critics of Niskayuna's newly refurbished wastewater treatment plant spoke out on Wednesday about noise and safety near the plant. [Gazette]

A Warren County couple is facing charges for allegedly luring and shooting a bear that was tagged by the DEC. [TU]

Traffic lights in power outages
They're four way stops. [Gazette]

Schenectady's Puzzles Bakery & Cafe -- which employs people with disabilities -- will be featured on The Today Show. [Gazette]

Stuff going on today

Capitol Hauntings
Monday-Friday: This is the last week for the Capitol Hauntings tours at the state Capitol. "The tour lasts about an hour, but the chilling, ghostly tales might haunt you forever." The tours have been extended through November 2. Monday-Friday 1 pm and 5:30 pm -- free (but you must make a reservation and they fill up)

Farming While Black
Thursday: Leah Penniman will be at the Sanctuary for Independent Media to talk about her new book Farming While Black. Penniman is a writer, educator, and activist, and one of the founders of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton. Thursday 7 pm -- $10

Jean Shin
Thursday: Sculptor Jean Shin will be at UAlbany for a conversation as part of the Creative Life series. She'll be talking on stage with WAMC's Joe Donahue. Shin is also the juror for the 2018 Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region exhibition, which is currently on display at the University Art Museum. Thursday 7 pm, performing arts center -- free

Screenprint Biennial
Thursday: The 2018 Screenprint Biennial opens at the Opalka Gallery on the Sage Albany campus. It "seeks to showcase a range of screenprint-based art applications, from framed, editioned prints to installation, sculpture, video, ephemera, and posters." It will be on display through December 14.
+ Artist lecture: Tonja Torgerson 6:30 pm
+ Opening reception 6-8 pm (Jurors' tour at 5 pm)
+ Screenprint Symposium, with keynote address by famed printmaker, Luther Davis, co-founder of Forth Estate, a fine art publisher focused on producing limited editions with emerging artists. 8:30 am-1:30 pm -- $20 ahead / $25 day of / $10 students

Sonification: Making Data Sound
Thursday: Chris Chafe -- director of Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics -- will be at EMPAC for a talk about sound and data. "Computers and music have been mingling their intimate secrets for over 50 years. These two worlds evolve in tandem and where they intersect they spawn practices that are entirely novel. One of these is "sonification," turning raw data into sounds and sonic streams to discover new relationships within the data set by using a musical ear. This is similar to data visualization, a strategy that reveals new insights from data when it is made for the eye to perceive as graphs or animations." Thursday 6 pm -- free

Classics of Science Fiction
Thursday-Sunday: The Classics of Science Fiction festival will be at The Linda. Blurbage:

Guests include authors, artists, podcasters, cosplayers, business owners, and professors. From November 2-4 at The Linda we will screen a diverse selection of international science fiction films, short lectures, open discussions, artistic creations, live music, a silent auction, live podcast tapings, and a Benefit Masquerade Ball.

The lineup includes a talk with Eugene Lim, author of Dear Cyborgs (Friday 6 pm), and screenings of films such as the 1902 Georges Méliès classic A Trip to the Moon, Fritz Lang's Metropolis with live score, Ridley Scott's Alien, Denis Villeneuve's Arrival, and the Alfonso Cuarón masterpiece Children of Men. The event is organized by the Department of Writing and Critical Inquiry at UAlbany. Thursday-Sunday various times -- $2 per screening / $5 for a day pass / $10 for a weekend pass / free for students with valid ID

The Naked Magicians
Thursday: A show called The Naked Magicians will be at Proctors. "This boisterous R-rated magic show strips away the top hats and capes, promising full-frontal illusions. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to 'now you see it'." Thursday 7:30 pm -- $40 and up

Music: Matisyahu at Troy Music Hall
Acoustic show. 7:30 pm -- $29.50 and up

Music: The Subdudes at The Egg
"[T]he subdudes draw their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B into their soulful repertoire." With: Vance Gilbert. 7:30 pm -- $34.50 and up

Music: Mile Twelve at Caffe Lena
Contemporary bluegrass. 7 pm -- $20


Do you have a source on the Lake George Howard Johnson's being the last in the country or am I misunderstanding something?

Wikipedia's source is this Atlantic article. This piece from Eater is a good read too.

In Troy, there's an evening walk/hike on the new Garnet Douglass Baltimore Trail through Prospect Park to The Hill at Muza for Happy Hour.

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