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LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY RED HEADS Forms in Troy
The League of Extraordinary Red Heads is hosting its first biannual meeting in a Troy bar on the last Wednesday of the month. On Wednesday, January 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Duncan Crary will host a gathering of the fair-haired at Bootlegger's on Broadway in downtown Troy (200 Broadway). The evening will feature drink specials and free pub snacks for red heads, and a brief discussion of "official" League business. Kenneth "Kenny Red" DuBois, of Bootleggers, will be tending bar. The event is for ages 21 and over. There is no admission fee. Find out more...
New Wine Bar on Second Street
Downtown residents Vic Christopher & Heather LaVine have finally opened the Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar at 12 Second Street. The tastefully redone wine bar is open 7 days a week & features wine & desserts by Sweet Sues. Vic & Heather love it so much they live above the store! Stop in; you'll like it, too.
Local Authors' Book Available Now
Great Fire: Troy, New York, by local authors Crag LeRoy, Chuck Porter and Bill Skerritt is available for purchase at a number of locations, including Market Block Books, RCHS, Burden Museum and teh Book House at Stuyvesant Plaza. The fire had a huge impact on Troy; pick up a copy and learn more!
News From Another Very Talented Resident
Downtown’s Jack Casey has penned another best seller – “A Parliament of Fowls”, a satire of
the bizarre 2009 NYS Senate coup led by Pedro Espada. Jack, as Senate parliamentarian,
was close to the scene as it unfolded. For info or to order a $3.99 e-book copy, go to Amazon
or the publisher’s website.
The Oz-Good Garden Project
If you grow some of your food in your yard or in a neighborhood/community garden, you do more than save money. Tough economic times call for creative thinking and self-reliance. Food prices rise in relation to the cost of oil. Large farms rely on tractors and supermarkets get their produce delivered by truck thus increasing the cost of our food.
Our South Troy neighborhood is blessed with large backyards and unutilized empty lots. Gardening isn’t difficult or time consuming. It puts you in sync with the annual and natural growth cycle, provides exercise, and you’ll have healthy food to enjoy.
The Oz-Good Garden Project will teach neighbors how to develop a successful and bountiful backyard garden. We’ll share information on improving the soil with composting, how to plant and grow vegetables, and we’ll work together to create garden partnerships.
If you have interest in this gardening movement, please contact Sid Fleisher at 518-272-1944. Leave a message and I’ll return your call.
The Friends of Washington Park Monthly Newsletter is Available Online
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Carmen's Cafe Available on Facebook
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Primary Lead Prevention Program Free Inspection
FREE program in Troy that provides a thorough inspec-tion for lead in your house. They also provide a FREE course on how to deal with existing lead in your house. It is available for tenants & owners. This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the amazing services offered by the Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Own a Home of Your Own: Learn More at TRIP/RCHR Homebuyer Orientation
Thinking about buying a home? This is the place to start! Topics we'll overview: benefits & disadvantages of homeownership, upfront costs to expect when buying a home, types of mortgage loans, differences between them, and factors for getting a loan, first time homebuyer grants, and how to apply. Attending a Homebuyer Orientation is a required first step in our Homebuyer Program. Held every month except August and December. Call TRIP Home-Ownership Center at 690-0020 to register or register online.
Workshops on Code Compliance and Energy Conservation in Existing and Historic Structures
The Preservation League of New York State recently entered into a partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to provide workshops throughout New York State that will address code compliance and energy conservation in existing and historic structures. The League will offer a series of workshops in 2011, held regionally throughout New York State, specifically targeting the merging of historic preservation principles and practice with the requirements of the newest NYS Energy Conservation Construction Code. Additional information and a schedule of workshops will be made available on the League's website later in 2011. WPA-Troy.org will update information as it becomes available.
Roarke Center to Offer New Program
The Roarke Connection a program of Catholic Charities and the Roarke Center in Troy is currently looking forward to expanding their Women’s Re-entry program by adding a mentoring component.The Roarke Connection Life Coach Program mission is to provide consistent and caring life coaches to support and guide participants as they develop new outlooks and skills. Please contact Victoria to find out more information at 518-273-8351 ext. 16.
Troy Featured on YouTube
Margaret Weinland, a friend of Washington Park Association has sent us this iMovie travel promo. Check it out!
KunstlerCast #118: A Great American Street
James Howard Kunstler and Duncan Crary tour Uncle Sam's neighborhood. Destinations include: Russell Sage College, the county court house and Washington Park, one of only two privately owned and maintained residential green squares in New York state (the other is the famous Gramercy Park in Manhattan). They speak to some workers laying a stone street by hand, and explore the alley in an exclusive neighborhood. Watch and listen...
Maria Zemantauski Endorsed
Think 1st’s Maria Zemantauski just signed a contract with LaBella Strings, making her the company's newest endorsee! You'll be able to see and hear MariaZ news soon on their website.
We will be continuing our effort to beautify intersections with planters. Any gardeners who have extra flowering plants or small bushes to donate should contact Lynn at 274-6434 or Sid at 272-1944.
Troy Boys and Girls Club Teen Program News
The club has a bus to transport Troy teens to the club for a variety of programs. Check out the bus schedule!
Trash must be in cans with lids. If you have alley access, your garbage collection is in the alley.
Garbage should be put out no more than 10 hours prior to pickup. Failure to follow City Code will result in fines.
The Neighbors are Talking? Great!
Read more about a Troy neighborhood and neighbor profile in the online Times Union...
Troy Night Out is a Huge Success!
TNOs received great press coverage and lured better than planned crowds of shoppers and diners to downtown. Be a part of it from 5:30 to 9pm on the final Friday of every month.More information on Troy Night Out.