The last week's worth of items on AOA

A quick recap of the week

week review 2017-06-24

Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA:

+ We're at the height of summer! Here's a big list of summer things around the region to do.

+ Jim asked about bars or restaurants with a view of the Albany skyline.

+ Jordan asked about finding a stylist for cutting long, curly hair.

+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: 19th century fashion, the state office complex planned before the ESP, the old Eintracht Halle, a temple tour, a faith journey, confrontations, a rare flower, the Blue Mountain Fire Tower, becoming a dietician, the Jackie Baldwin Memorial Scholarship, strawberries, pizza, milk crates, Dave Matthews, and The Albany Smudge.

+ Gawking at the new $8.9 million visitor center at Five Rivers.

+ An arm of Sears built Colonie Center -- and now the Sears store there is closing.

+ And checking out the new Albany skate park.

Here's the whole week in one place.

Thanks to everyone who posted a comment or shared an idea this week!

Checking out the new Albany skate park

Albany skate park finished 2017-06-23

Check it out: The skate park in Albany's Washington Park is now open. Construction just finished up, and Friday afternoon there were a bunch skaters trying it out.

Here are a bunch of photos and a few bits...

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A call for a rail trail mural

proposed Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail mural site Adams Street

A group connected to the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy called Art on the Rail Trail (ART) has been working to set up public art projects along the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail. And it's now ready to move forward on its first project, with a call out for artists.

The mural site is at the corner of Adams Street and Hudson Ave in Delmar (map). ART has an open house at 90 Adams Street on June 29 from 6-7 pm for interested artists. Blurbage:

ART welcomes all artists who apply, but is specifically interested in those who have experience in public art, mosaics, and murals. The group is hoping to hire an artist who lives in the Capital Region in an effort to support local community members. ART is particularly interested in proposals which incorporate the themes of connectivity and movement. ...
Throughout the month of August, up to three finalists will be selected and a public presentation will be made. The committee is prioritizing transparency in the selection process, welcoming community members to voice opinions on the different proposals. By mid-October, the mural will be completed, and there will be a mural unveiling ceremony.

Here are the instructions for submitting an application. The deadline July 31 at 11:59 pm.

The online materials don't specifically mention the budget that ART has in mind. But we checked with the the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, and here was the response: "ART's goal is to offer an artist fee, which will include all project management, labor, and material costs, of at least $3,000. The committee is actively fundraising and the budget may change over time. A finalized budget will be announced when finalist decisions are made in mid-August."

photo via Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy

"I want lower-level soccer to be like operating the muffin shop in your town"

Reading through this article about plans/desires/hopes to expand professional soccer in small markets around the country -- along with the success of small teams such as Stockade FC in Kingston -- this caught our eye (emphasis added): "As USL begins its efforts to launch Division 3, it has visited markets with populations below 100,000 like Greenville, South Carolina, Albany, New York, and Portland, Maine..." (If you're one of the people they met with, give us a shout. We're curious to hear about it.) [FourFourTwo]

Stuff to do this weekend

Maceo Parker by Ines Kaiser

Maceo Parker returns to the Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC this weekend.

It is the first weekend of official summer -- so soak it up.

After the jump, a whole list of stuff we thought might interest you -- music festivals, baseball, swimming, strawberry picking, summer markets, and more. Pick your favorites, grab some sunscreen and go.

Doing something we didn't list here? Share it in the comments so we can all see.

And whatever you're up to, have a fantastic weekend!

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Reaction to Senate Republican health plan, multiple households displaced in Albany fire, from Pakistan to Schenectady to a diploma

Senate Republican health care plan
New York reaction to the Senate version of the Republican health care legislation:
+ Chuck Schumer said the Senate plan is "meaner" than House version, playing on Donald Trump's earlier comments about the House version being "mean." [TU]
+ From a Kirsten Gillibrand statement: "The Senate bill presented today, which was crafted behind closed doors by 13 men, would fundamentally harm Americans young and old, do severe damage to a fragile economy, and bankrupt state governments across the country." [Gillibrand office]
+ The Senate plan includes the New York-specific provision backed by John Faso that would shift more than $2 billion in Medicaid costs from counties to the state, and he said doing so would relieve a burden from property tax payers. [TU]
+ A spokesman for Elise Stefanik says she's reviewing the legislation. [Press Republican]
+ From a Paul Tonko statement: "This bill will lead to historic drops in coverage and major increases in premiums for those who can least afford them." [Tonko office]

North Manning Blvd fire
Multiple buildings in a row of homes along North Manning Blvd caught fire Friday morning, displacing as many as 30 people. AFD chief Warren Abriel said the fire started in a vacant building and spread. Workers at the nearby Bimbo bakery (formerly Freihofer's) are being credited with noticing the fire and alerting residents of the homes to get out. [News10] [@JohnCraigWNYT] [Spectrum] [TU] [@EmilyMasters]

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Today's moment of summer

clouds over Delmar 2017-06-22

It was a quality cloud day.

Bites Camera Action in downtown Albany

Downtown Albany BID Bites Camera Action logoThe schedule for the downtown Albany outdoor movies/food trucks series -- Bites Camera Action -- is out.

You might remember this is the series for which the Downtown Albany BID asked people for their votes to narrow down the slate for the series in Tricentennial Park. And here it is:

movie title | live music act

July 10: Back to the Future | The Graham Tichy Trio

July 17: Jurassic Park | Kimono Dragons

July 24: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone | The Useless Cans

July 31: La La Land | Bryan Brundige & Crick Diefendorf

August 7: The Goonies | DJ Mercy

August 14: Star Wars: The Force Awakens | Victory Soul Orchestra

Those dates are all Mondays. Food and live music starts each night from 5-8 pm. Movies start at 8:30 pm. Admission is free.

Tricentennial Park is the park on Broadway across from Kiernan Plaza/the old train station.

The Colonie Center Sears is closing

The Sears at Colonie Center is closing this mid-September, the company said in a statement Thursday. the store will remain open until then and a liquidation sale will start June 30. Eligible employees will receive severance and be given the opportunity to apply at other Sears and KMart stores. The full statement is below.

The Colonie Center closure was one of the 20 this week. A Sears spokesman says the stores at the Wilton Mall and Aviation Mall in Queensbury will continue operating. [Business Insider]

The move isn't surprising.

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Above Albany

A post shared by Albany From Above (@abovealbany) on

1. There's is now an Above Albany Instagram/Twitter. It's what it sounds like -- drone photos of the area.

2. It posted this beautiful photo (embedded above) of the Wednesday evening sun setting at the ESP.

See also: Enjoy Troy Drones.

Gawking at the new Five Rivers visitor center

new Five Rivers visitor center exterior

The new $8.9 million visitor center is now officially open at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar. The "green" building includes interactive exhibits, classrooms, multipurpose space, restrooms, and staff offices. It's open Monday through Saturday 9 am to 4:30 pm.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has an Outdoor Day event there this Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm with activities such as animal demonstrations and guided walks.

Here's a look around the new building...

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Pine Bush Big Birding Day

It's not any regular birding day. It's a big birding day.

The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission is hosting the first Pine Bush Big Birding Day starting June 30, an event in which teams will try to observe as many bird species as possible over a 24-hour period. Blurbage:

"A big birding day allows the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission to learn what species of birds are in the preserve. Detecting birds this time of year also suggests that those birds may be breeding here," says Amanda Dillon, Field Ecologist and Entomologist. "Commission staff regularly conduct surveys during the summer months where we record every bird we hear and see at points located around the preserve. This event will help us get more eyes and ears on the ground and expand our coverage area. Birds are very sensitive to changes in their habitat and some can only be found in particular types of habitats like the inland pitch pine-scrub oak barrens found the in the Albany Pine Bush. Knowing which species are present in the preserve tells us a lot about how effective our efforts are in restoring this globally rare landscape."

The bird species spotting starts at 6 pm Saturday with a kick-off and refreshments at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center. And then things wrap up Saturday at 7 pm with dinner and closing ceremony. It's free to participate, but registration is required.

Earlier: Birding in Washington Park

photo: Julie Madsen

Legislative session ends with business left undone, suspicious white powder sent to Harriman Campus, Adelphi selling memorabilia, Tappan Zee could be named for Mario Cuomo

Session ends
The legislative session came to a close late Wednesday night without resolving a sales tax extension for 53 counties, and the question of whether New York City can be allowed more charter schools -- two bargaining chips that were leveraged against each other. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says he won't bring the Assembly back into session to vote on mayoral control of charter schools. [Spectrum][NYT][TU][NYSOP]

White powder delivered to State Police
An envelope containing white powder was received in the mail at the Department of Correction and Community Supervision offices on the Harriman Campus. State Police are trying to determine what the powder is and who sent it, but say no-one has become ill. [TU] [Gazette]

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Today's moment of summer

tiny daisies fleabane

Apparently these tiny daisy-like flowers are known as fleabane. We often spot 'em along fences and roadsides.

"Uber may just be a gigantic taxi company after all."

Something to think about ahead of the arrival of ride hailing here next week: With the exit of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, the Wall Street Journal's Chris Mims considers Uber's prospects as a business. "Aside from the cash, it's got a (tarnished) brand and an app that has been widely copied. Uber could once plausibly claim that the company with the most customers could support the most drivers, creating a virtuous circle where mass plus engineering might yield an unbeatable customer experience. Now, the preponderance of its competitors, ably luring away customers and drivers, suggests that the ride-sharing market will come to resemble something far less sexy--and less profitable. Uber may just be a gigantic taxi company after all." [WSJ]

Science on Tap: "The Riddle of the Invisible Dark Matter"

science on tap logoThe local drink-and-discuss series Science on Tap is still rolling along after starting up this past February. The next talk is Tuesday, June 27 at MopCo in Schenectady. The topic: "The Riddle of the Invisible Dark Matter":

We are sure that it exists! Searches for this mysterious "dark matter" have gone on for decades, but discovery still eludes us. Please join Dr. Matthew Szydagis, Assistant Professor of Physics at UAlbany, at MOPCO Theatre where he will discuss the status of these searches.

The talk starts at 7 pm and admission is free.

Science on Tap is a monthly series aimed at providing opportunities for conversation between scientist and the general public. Previous talks have focused on solar eclipses, conservation, and "how to smell bullshit."

The next UAlbany president is Havidán Rodríguez

Ualbany president Havidan Rodriguez

Havidán Rodríguez. / screengrab from SUNY Board of Trustees livestream

The next president of the University at Albany is Havidán Rodríguez. The SUNY Board of Trustees approved his appointment to the position at its meeting Wednesday afternoon. He'll start in September.

Rodríguez has been serving as the provost (the top academic administrator) at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, an institution that was formed in 2015 from the merger of two other UT institutions. He had served as provost and interim president for one of those institutions, the University of Texas-Pan American. Other stops in his career include the University of Delaware and the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez.

In introducing Rodriguez Wednesday, SEFCU CEO Michael Castellana -- who chaired the search committee -- said his selection was unanimous: "He is going to bring that university outside of its walls and he's going transform this area."

Said Rodriguez in a short speech following his appointment:

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Future at SPAC

the rapper Future CC

The rapper Future is set for a show at SPAC August 23. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 23 -- they're $26 (lawn) and up.

Future released two albums earlier this year -- in the span of a week. Both debuted at #1 on the US album chart, and he became the first artist to release #1 albums one week after another.

Openers for the SPAC show are Post Malone and Zoey Dollaz.

photo: Flickr user The Come Up Show (CC BY 2.0 - cropped)

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: 19th century fashion, the state office complex planned before the ESP, the old Eintracht Halle, a temple tour, a faith journey, confrontations, a rare flower, the Blue Mountain Fire Tower, becoming a dietician, the Jackie Baldwin Memorial Scholarship, strawberries, pizza, milk crates, Dave Matthews, and The Albany Smudge.

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Walking the history of Pine Hills, with a guide

History of Here cover Pine Hills walking tour app

The cover of Akum Norder's upcoming book, and an app screenshot of the Pine Hills neighborhood tour.

Check it out: The Pine Hills Neighborhood Association in Albany has put together an app-guided walking tour of the neighborhood via the PocketSights app. Blurbage:

Focusing on twenty sites, the tour uses offbeat stories and historic photos to tell the story of the Pine Hills neighborhood's development. It highlights landmarks such as Steamer No.10 firehouse, the Madison Theater, and The College of Saint Rose, as well as lesser-known places such as the St. Vincent Orphan Asylum, the Aurania Club, and the Brady Maternity Hospital.

The org say it's planning a paper booklet for the tour later this year.

PocketSights is available for both iOS and Android, and it's free. It also currently includes other local tours, such as one of downtown Albany. The company behind the app is based in Ithaca.

Take a walk with the tour creator
The creator of the walking tour is local journalist and author Akum Norder. She'll be leading a history walk of Pine Hills next Wednesday, June 28 at 5:30 pm. It's free, but attendance is limited. You can sign up online.

Norder's book -- The History of Here: A House, the Pine Hills Neighborhood, and the City of Albany -- is set to be released next February by SUNY Press Excelsior Editions. You might remember that Akum was writing a similarly-themed blog for the Times Union for a while (and was once a contributor to AOA). She's a wonderful writer with a keen sense for stories. We're very much looking forward to her book.

Slocum guilty in triple homicide, woman drowns when car topples into creek, legislative session winds down, SCCC extends president's contract

Slocum convicted in triple murder
A Washington County jury convicted Matthew Slocum on all charges for the 2013 murder of his mother, stepfather and stepfather. [TU]

Fish Creek death
A 66-year-old Saratoga Springs woman drowned Tuesday evening after her car toppled off a one-lane bridge into Fish Creek. [Gazette]

Legislative session winds down
The state legislative session wraps up today. Still on the table -- a sales tax extension measure that is tied up in a dispute over NYC charter schools. Legislators don't think they'll be able to come to an agreement on the Child Victims Act before the close of the session. And Andrew Cuomo did signed the law officially raising the legal age for marriage to 17. [WNYT][TU][TWCN][TU]

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Summer in the City movie series at The Palace

palace theater exterior 2012 sunnyThe Palace is again this summer showing a series of free kids movies on weekdays. The theater opens at noon for activities, and the movies start at 1 pm. There's also free popcorn for kids 12 and under.

The series includes eight dates in July and August. The first -- a screening of Kung Fu Panda -- is July 11.

The free tickets are available from The Palace box office up to a day in advance. And groups can get blocks of tickets through box office group sales.

Here's the schedule...

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Electric City Trolley

CDTA electric city trolley map 2017

Earlier this month when CDTA announced the new Capital City Shuttle service for downtown Albany, officials mentioned that they were working on a similar service for Schenectady.

And the transit org officially announced that service Tuesday: The Electric City Trolley starts this Thursday, June 22. It'll run Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 4 pm to 1 am, with pick-ups every 20 minutes at each stop. And it's free.

That's a map of the route above.

Like the Albany service, the Electric City Trolley will have realtime schedule and tracking info as part of the Cityfinder app built by Transfinder (iOS | Android). If you've already downloaded it, you don't need to do so again -- just launch the app and it will now give you the option of which city you'd like to see.

CDTA advertises on AOA.

"It's the best exemption to come down the pike"

Over at the Business Review, Mike DeMasi walks through the history and rationale behind the tax break that Albany's city assessor has said he mistakenly applied to some prominent projects in the city (after Mike pointed it out). The program got off to a slow start in the early 2000s, but officials in other upstate cities say the break has helped spur mixed-use downtown development in recent years. (An aside: There's probably a good critique to be made that all sorts of complicated tax break programs that advantage the actors who have the resources and connections to work through them.) [Biz Review]

A stylist for long, curly hair?

sculpture with curly hair Flickr user quinn.anya CCJordan emails:

Hello. I moved to the area two years ago. I have beautiful long curly hair. I'm really picky about who I let cut it and am really protective of it. For two years I've actually flown back to my previous place to meet up with some friends, and while there, got my hair cut at my old stylist. She had 13 years of experience with a focus on curly hair and had a studio with one chair. She cut my hair perfectly, layered everything just right, everything. Comforting, knowledgeable, the whole nine. But I can't go back this year, and I need a cut. The whole thing tended to cost around $70, and I typically tip 100%, because changing a part of my body that take years and years to grow is a big deal for me.
I'm looking for a person in the area similar to her. She was affable, easy to talk too, covered in tattoos, and the 1.5 hour cut was never awkward or silent. Who in town is like this? Price isn't an issue, just skill, lots of experience, and a good positive environment.

We had a similar question in the past, but it was many years ago. And things change, shops close, stylists move.

So, got a suggestion for Jordan? Please share! And a sentence or two about why you're recommending a specific stylist can be helpful.

photo: Flickr user quinn.anya (CC BY-SA 2.0)

A checklist for summer

summer checklist 2017 composite

The summer solstice -- with the longest daylight of the year -- has arrived. You know how in winter you dream of doing all those summer things? Get out there and do them! That time is now!

So we've put together a checklist of summer stuff to do...

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READ & FEED 2017 at Basilica Hudson

Basilica Hudson Read and Feed 2017 logo

The literature and food event READ & FEED returns to Basilica Hudson Sunday, July 23. Event blurbage:

The festival includes a celebration of legendary Hudson-based poet John Ashbery's 90th birthday, acclaimed food writers and chefs presenting demonstrations and interactive discussions, a superstar collection of authors offering literary performances and novel conversations, a marketplace featuring some of America's most intriguing small literary publishers and artisanal food makers, plenty of affordable food and much more.

Tickets are on sale now -- they're $15 / $10 students and seniors.

Among the events:

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Hoosick Falls contamination levels much higher than previously reported, indictment in Colonie fatal alleged hit and run, alcohol in movie theaters looks like a no-go

Hoosick Falls
A state Department of Environmental Conservation presentation Monday evening reported that testing of sites in Hoosick Falls indicated much higher levels of PFOA contamination than previously reported. And the DEC is referring to the sites as Superfund sites. Former regional EPA administrator Judith Enck said the levels may be the highest identified levels in the nation. And there's discussion about the possibility of connecting to the Tomhannock Reservoir as a new source of drinking water. [TU] [Spectrum] [News10] [WNYT]

Colonie standoff
Colonie police say a man had barricaded himself inside a home Monday evening, and neighbors were evacuated as part of the standoff. They say when they entered the home overnight, the man was found dead in an apparent suicide. [News10] [TU]

Troy police drug unit investigation
+ Officials say multiple agencies will be assisting the Troy Police Department to fill in gaps while the department's drug unit is on leave as part of an internal investigation. The city has yet to say publicly why the unit was was placed on leave. (Both the TU and News10 have reported there are allegations involving a warrantless search.) [TU] [News10]
+ Mark Robarge: "As a result, we in the media and the public are left to speculate on what really happened. We really have no clue whether this is a minor issue or a major scandal, beyond the fact that the suspension of an entire police unit is highly unusual and suggests a significant problem." [Troy Record]

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Today's moment of summer

Rain. Rain. Rain. It looks like something close to an inch or more on Monday.

Bars or restaurants with an Albany skyline view?

Albany skyline from E Greenbush sunset background

A question from Jim:

Looking for a bar or restaurant with a view of the Albany skyline that is also outside... A roof preferably.

You might think there would be a lot of spots like this because Albany does have a rather distinctive skyline. When we thought about it, though, there wasn't much that came to mind. A lot of other cities/metro areas have dining/parks/whatever that take advantage of these sorts of views -- especially along rivers -- but this area not as much (in part because of 787, probably). Maybe that's starting to change with new development on the Rensselaer side of the Hudson across from downtown Albany. And maybe new amenities -- like the proposed/hoped-for pedestrian walkway on the next Livingston Ave Bridge -- would help spur that sort use and development.

But maybe you know of some spots. If so, please share!

Summer tours of the Empire State Plaza

ESP art Untitled by Fritz Glarner section

Sure, everyone knows the ESP. But it has a lot of nooks and crannies (if those are the right words). One of our favorite spots is this huge mural by Fritz Glarner that's tucked into a space on the concourse level in the Abrams Building.

The New York State Capitol Tours program is has a new round of Empire State Plaza tours this summer starting July 3. Blurbage:

The one-hour tours feature highlights of the world-class, 98-acre complex where state government, unique architecture, and modern art share the same space. No two tours are the same, and highlights can include The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, the concourse, and outside where visitors will learn about the Plaza's main platform, Capitol, Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice, Cultural Education Center, Corning Tower, Legislative Office Building, and agency buildings, as well as the memorials that honor those who have dedicated or given their lives in service to others. Those taking the tour will also learn about the Empire State Plaza Art Collection, which is known as the largest publicly owned modern art collection in the country housed outside of a museum.

The tours run each weekday through August 31 (no tours on holidays). They start at 1 pm and they're free. Reservations aren't required, but it's a good idea to show up a little bit early.

Saturday Capitol tours
The tours program is continuing to offer Saturday tours of the state Capitol on the second Saturday of each month. It's also offering them July 1 for Independence Day. Tours are at 11 am and 1 pm, advance registration is required. (And they do fill up.)

Park Playhouse 2017: Ragtime

Park Playhouse in Albany's Washington Park opens its 2017 summer season June 29 with a production of Ragtime. The show will run through July 29.

It's looking like a very strong production, with a cast that includes many talented performers from the Capital Region. That video above is from a rehearsal posted by the production this past weekend. Show blurbage for Ragtime:

The Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself, drawing upon many musical styles from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems. Ragtime - a truly unique and powerful portrait of America.

Reserved seating for Park Playhouse shows is $16 for side sections, $18 for the center section, and $24 for table seats. And, of course, lawn seating is free. (That reserved seating does fill up.)

The rest of the Park Playhouse summer season includes production of The Music Man in the park during August, and a Park Playhouse Kids production of The Lion King Jr. at the Cohoes Music Hall later in August.

The ValleyCats open their 2017 season this week

tri-city valleycats night game

The Tri-City ValleyCats open their 2017 home season this Wednesday at The Joe against the Lowell Spinners. There will be fireworks after the game. It's part of a six-game homestand that runs through next Monday. (Their season opens on the road at Connecticut Monday night.)

The ValleyCats are a farm team for the Houston Astros in the New York-Penn League, which is the "short-season A" level. (Minor league baseball's levels go from rookie ball up to AAA.) And while that's a few steps from the majors, more than 30 one-time ValleyCats have ended up making appearances in MLB -- including Hunter Pence, Ben Zobrist, Jose Altuve, George Springer, and Dallas Keuchel.

Many of the Astros top draft picks -- especially older players out of college -- end up being assigned to the ValleyCats.

Tickets start as low as $5.75 (the most expensive are $11), so it can be relatively cheap night out. And The Joe -- Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College -- is a nice venue. Also: It's minor minor league baseball, so there are a bunch of promotions, wacky theme nights, and the mayors race.

Sources say alleged warrantless search at heart of Troy drug unit investigation, fatal shooting in Albany, study links between cancer and toxic sites, celebrating 180 years

Troy police drug unit investigation
"Several city government sources" tell the Times Union that the entire Troy police drug unit was placed on leave because of an allegation that the unit filed a false burglary repot to cover up a warrantless search of residence. News10 talked with a landlord who said it was her property that was searched -- and she said police admitted to her that they did the search without a warrant. City officials have yet to publicly address the specifics of the situation. [TU] [News10] [Troy Record]

Albany tax break mistake
Following the recent revelation that the city of Albany has incorrectly applied a state tax break program to residential projects, the city said assessor Keith McDonald -- who told the Business Review it was his mistake -- is retiring at the end of June. Mayor Kathy Sheehan told the Times Union the issue dates back to 2011 and the city reviewing the potential impact of the mistake -- she also said the assessor operates independently and she had not spoken with him about assessments. One of the properties to which the tax break was apparently applied incorrectly was the new 73-unit residential conversion at 20 Park Street near the Capitol, the developer of which said the break was key in making the project happen. A ribbon cutting for the project scheduled for Monday was cancelled. [Biz Review] [TU] [Biz Review x2]

Albany homicide
Albany police say a 46-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday afternoon in the South End. The man had been at a family Father's Day celebration, and police say an altercation preceded the shooting. It's the seventh homicide in the city since a period of 9 months without a homicide ended late last year. [APD] [News10] [WNYT] [TU]

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The week ahead

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Dead & Company is at SPAC this week.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (summery), to words, to baseball, to gardens, to strawberries, to music festivals...

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A quick recap of the week

week review 2017-06-18

Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA:

+ Nicole and Paul returned with a new Open House, this time a historic and funky home in Albany's Pine Hills neighborhood.

+ We gave away tickets for the Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show at Capital Rep + flights of Nine Pin cider by asking: What's your flight of four Capital Region things?

+ Deanna precisely explained her appreciation for the lamb sloppy joe at Chez Mike.

+ The many paths of Saratoga County.

+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: being our best selves, Albany and race, the Pride parade, sounding off, the roots of the New York Times, one of Albany's famous families, the history of Albany's Jewish congregations, making a change, the pizza of downtown Troy, Brown's Summer Sessions, leaving the restaurant kitchen, quiet restaurants, sweets, the Walkway Over the Hudson, gear for the High Peaks, the banks of the upper Hudson, and ribbon-seeking photos.

+ It's ALL-bany, not AL-bany.

+ Pick-your-own strawberry season has arrived! Here are a bunch of farms around the area where you can do so.

+ The locations of the stations for the new bike share are out.

+ And Julie suggested some hiking spots in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Here's the whole week in one place.

Thanks to everyone who posted a comment or shared an idea this week!

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