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The three finalists for the 2014 AOA Startup Grant gathered at the Berkshire Bank on Wolf Road Wednesday evening to make their final presentations to the judges. At stake: a $1,500 grant.
All the finalists made good impressions. But only one could win...
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: signs of spring, the week in flowers, an almost collision, the Boston Marathon, gimlets at the hardware store, Dodge the Deer, New Haven pizza, Maine pot pie, the Tour de FroYo, fries in Cooperstown, tapas in Schenectady, fried pig intestine, spring items, spices, wine class, and traditions.
You can get a view of a person from their music collection. The same goes for WEXT's My Exit, the show on which a listener programs an hour of music from their own collection. It's like randomly asking someone, "What's on your iPod?"
On tonight's My Exit, Bobby Z. makes a return visit with a theme show.
What's the theme? You figure it out.
Thanks to everyone who celebrated the AOA birthday with us this week at The Malt Room at Brown's in Troy. It was great to see so many people again -- meet a lot of people for the first time. We had a lot of fun.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: a hidden ice rink, the Jericho, Panther Mountain, an exquisite butterfly, good chicken, restaurant week, lobster, a breakfast sandwich, Sweet Sue's, COB pizza, old entrees, a rude driver, things learned in the dressing room, and The Exiles exit.
The College of Saint Rose announced today that its next president will be Carolyn Stefanco, who's currently the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.
Stefanco is scheduled to start the position July 1. Her selection caps an unusual transition at the college. In a surprise announcement last summer the school and former president David Szczerbacki parted ways after he had spent just one year in the role, with no mention about what caused the split. Margaret Kirwin, the school's VP for academic affairs, has been serving as interim president.
Stefanco has a PhD in history from Duke, an MA in women's history from Binghamton, and an undergrad history degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her scholarly focus has been American women's history, higher education, and international education.
Agnes Scott College, Stefanco's current school, is a private 900-student women's undergraduate liberal arts college in Decatur, which is just east of Atlanta. Prior to Agnes Scott, she was the founding dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus, and she held teaching positions at Oklahoma State, Cal Poly (a handful of student reviews) and Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
Monday is My Exit day at WEXT -- the day someone from the Capital Region shares an hour of their favorite music with the rest of us. It's a fun way to discover new, or new to you music, and rediscover some old favorites.
Tonight, music reviewer Tabitha Clancy shares pieces from some of her favorite singer/songwriters, from Johnny Cash to Ryan Adams.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Mickey Rooney, breaking up with winter, parenthood, picking up roots, trail running, beautiful streams, the last snowshoe hike, 15 Church, tea, very good bagel taste, pho, a wrap, and maple brain.
Music makes a Monday morning more palatable. After the jump, you can check out the playlist of tonight's My Exit DJ, Andrew Kreshik. Every Monday WEXT lets guest DJs like Andrew program an hour of music from their own list of favorites. It's a fun way to discover music you didn't know about, or rediscover old gems.
Tonight, Andrew's diverse mix about relationships.
There are just a few days left to enter a business idea in the All Over Albany Startup Grant Contest, sponsored by Staff Ciampino & Company P.C., Certified Public Accountants. One winner will receive $1,500 from Berkshire Bank to help start up a new business, or take an existing business to the next level. You should apply. Don't wait! The deadline is Friday.
The Cheese Traveler was a finalist in the second Startup Grant Contest in 2012. Back then cheesemonger Eric Paul was selling artisan and farm cheeses at farmers' markets, but he had a plan to team up with Tilldale Farms to open a storefront.
Today Eric operates The Cheese Traveler, selling artisan cheeses and specialty foods as well as meats from Tilldale, at a shop on Delaware Avenue.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: butchering skills, jobs, Miley Cyrus, Gloria Steinem, a bachelorette party, maple syrup, a birthday tour, Moveable Feast, octopus, poutine and banh mi, cobb salad, Tour de FroYo, old appetizers, trivia, ospreys, knitting, and the time when bridges were bridges.
My Exit is like asking someone what's on their iPod and having them play you an hour of their favorites. Each week WEXT lets one listener program an hour of music.
This week's focus is on classics of the 60s and 70s that still hold up today.
Juicing been getting a lot of attention over the last few years. So I was curious about Collar City Hard Pressed, a stand that opened at the Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market during the indoor season this past November. And after trying one of its creations, I was converted. Not only did the juice taste good -- but also you could see exactly what was going into your drink as it was being made.
So I went back to sample more -- and talk with Collar City Hard Pressed owner Jessica Garrity why she started the business, her plans for it, and how she feels about the whole juicing movement.
The modern world is a media-saturated world. If there's ever been a time to be a conscious consumer of the text, images, and ideas circulating all around us, it's now.
So we've been very interested in a program in Albany called YouthFX. It helps teens learn the skills associated with video production. Not only does that help these young people become active participants in media -- but becoming a producer also helps you become a more critical consumer of media.
After a recent sold-out screening of its latest batch of projects, YouthFX has an encore screening of lined up for The Spectrum April 2 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults / $5 for students.
We had a chance to talk this week with the program director for YouthFX, Bhawin Suchak -- about how the program got started, about being a critical consumer of media, about "kids these days," and media that sees its subjects eye to eye.
One of the most interesting buildings in Troy has been hiding for years.
I've walked by 55 Third Street in downtown Troy dozens, if not hundreds, of times before I happened to get a tour a while back from then-owners Steve Rein and Niki Haynes. And I was completely blown away. The old Knights of Columbus building is so cool, filled with old Troy details and fabulous little nooks throughout. So when I heard it was going to be turned into an event space by its new owners -- Heidi Benjamin and Frank Sicari -- I was definitely interested to learn more.
I recently toured the space again and chatted with Benjamin and Sicari about their plans for this surprising building.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: a Smallbany moment, something unusual, full-on tectonic body wobbles, a dream window and exposure, a snowy hike, day pack contents, river roads, blood/beer/breasts/Thai food, summer in February, drink specials, a beer dinner, brunch fairies, small plates, lunch, a Caesar salad, an old cookbook, Siena's original name, curling conduct, and a yeti.
There are just two weeks left to enter a business idea in the All Over Albany Startup Grant Contest, sponsored by Staff Ciampino & Company P.C., Certified Public Accountants. One winner will receive $1,500 from Berkshire Bank to help start up a new business, or take an existing business to the next level. You should apply. Don't wait!
The first AOA Startup Grant winner was The Radix Center for Ecological Sustainability in Albany. When they applied for the grant, Scott Kellogg and Stacie Pettigrew had already had a 40-foot greenhouse and were working on raising chickens, rabbits, and vegetables on a plot of land in Albany's Grand Street neighborhood. But the founders of the educational center for urban sustainability pitched an addition to their project -- an aquaculture setup in which they could raise fish, watercress, and water lettuce.
Today Kellogg says they're using the system as a teaching tool and selling some of the resulting products.
WEXT's My Exit show is a little like asking somebody, "What's on your iPod" and having them just play you some of their favorites. Each week a listener programs an hour of music from his or her personal playlist. You never know what you're going to discover, or rediscover.
This week, Mike Winn shares a playlist that runs from Johnny Thunder, to Neutral Milk Hotel, to Chad and Jeremy.
A little more about Mike and some songs from his playlist can be found after the jump.
There are just over two weeks left to enter a business idea in the All Over Albany Startup Grant Contest, sponsored by Staff Ciampino & Company P.C., Certified Public Accountants. One winner will receive $1,500 from Berkshire Bank to help start up a new business, or take an existing business to the next level. You should apply. Don't wait!
Two years ago 3 Chicks and a P, a family-run hummus and tapenade business, took home the $1,500 prize in the Startup Grant Contest. Back then owner Jennifer Rittner was just starting the business with her husband Matt, and their delicious hummus recipes had become farmers' market favorites.
Today you can find their products at The Niskayuna Co-op, Honest Weight, Healthy Living Market, and the Schenectady Greenmarket. They're now preparing to move into larger markets, and Jen says their startup grant is still working for them.
Sean Rowe has been playing a string of house shows over the last few months. And along the way the Troy-based musician been writing about them on a blog. A clip from one of the entries about two recent shows in Pennsylvania:
I think one of the big things that makes these house shows really stand out is just how oddly cool it is to show up at a near stranger's house and set up musical camp right there in the living room. It's like I'm some kind of a bearded salesman, going door to door but instead of vacuums I'm selling all these little feelings that come attached to songs. Friends...you're keeping me in business!
It's interesting to read about the people who've been booking these small shows, inviting him into their homes. (And sometimes they greet him with beer.)
In April Rowe is playing a venue just a bit bigger than a living room: The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The April 12 show's a benefit for the Rensselaer Land Trust>. Opener is MaryLeigh Roohan.
Yep, AOA is a media sponsor of the April 12 show.
photo from Sean Rowe House Concerts
Andrew Catalon's well-known in the Capital Region media scene from his years as a sportscaster at WNYT. But his star has also been rising on the national scene in recent years as he's worked the Olympics for NBC, and now does games as the lead play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports Network.
This week, Catalon -- who still lives in the Capital Region -- will be on one of the biggest stages possible for a sportscaster: the NCAA basketball tournament. He'll be out in San Diego calling a slate of four games on Friday.
We talked with Catalon this week before he headed out west, about being in Sochi for the Olympics, the cult following of curling, the NCAA tournament, making friends with the TSA at ALB, and working alongside some of your idols.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the City of Insiders, pass/fail, Geneva, the beer alarm, 15 Church, butter, St. Joseph's pastries, bone marrow, pho, Nine Pin, pizza making, farm films, the biscuit works, and 39 problems.
Some quick photo follow up on the Trojan Hotel project in Troy: Terry and Donald O'Brien recently opened O'Briens Public House in the building. We stopped in for a few minutes on St. Patrick's Day to get a look at the renovations.
The O'Briens bought the Trojan Hotel building on Third Street in downtown Troy last summer. The building was in rough shape when they got it. Their plan is to renovate the building one section at a time. The pub, occupying a space on a floor just above street level at the front of the building, is the first part of the building to open.
The renovated space looks good -- and the change from last summer is remarkable. Here are a few photos, with some then-and-now comparisons...
Like anyone else, Naomi Davies had a handful of reason for making a career switch. But, really, the choice boiled down to one important reason: "I was craving a great bagel."
So she's opening a new bakery -- Bread and Honey -- on Madison Ave in Albany's Pine Hills neighborhood.
Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: scars, a frozen swamp, skiing, free medical care, a desire for tougher diners, kimchi fries, poutine, Good Night Noodle, lunch, a prize dinner, soda bread, Stewart's dairy, and purple.