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The Neighborhood That Disappeared, a documentary showcasing the demolition of Little Italy in Albany, is set to release in the near future. Currently, the video is in the pre-production and fundraising stage, which the release format will depend on. The documentary features photographs that were taken by Bob Paley between 1962 and 1972.
As the proud owner of the 1999 Honda Accord, I know why Hondas are loved and trusted by so many. If you're like me and have a Honda that's lasted years and still looks great, or looks awful, but has run for an impressive amount of miles, show it off this Saturday at the Honda Cruise-In and you could win!

"Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play."

- Mike Singletary

The Empire State Games are a group of annual, Olympic-style competitions that allow amateur athletes from New York State to compete in several different divisions. The games consist of several different competitions including: Summer Games, Winter Games, Games for the Physically Challenged, and the Senior Games. With a multitude of competitions, divisions and age groups, the Empire State Games are virtually open to all amateur athletes.

DeCrescente Distributing Co., Inc., has acquired Polar Beverages and should start delivering a range of products to major retailers in the Capital Region. The new deal adds 900,000 cases per year to DeCrescente's inventory. Remaining the region's largest beverage distributor, Polar Drinks will bring DeCrescente's annual volume up to 9.6 million cases.
catdog.jpgThe John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation has given the Animal Protective Foundation (APF) a $100,000 grant. The foundation was invited to apply for the grant, which will be used to expand the Community Spay/Neuter Program, which provides cost-effective treatment for cats in the Capital Region.

The surgical suite that APF has been using was never meant to accommodate the growing number of procedures that need to be done. On average, the APF provides about 3,000 surgeries every year.

SICM And Their Hundreds Of Volunteers Help Feed Hungry Kids All Summer Long

Schenectady Inner City Ministry has been recruiting volunteers for 15 years to help provide free lunches while school is out all summer. Some volunteers donate 1-8 weeks of their time, while others stay on board for the entire summer. More than 60 teams of volunteers work together to help feed kids at 13 different sites.
contest-image.gifWho doesn't love going out for dinner? I used to eat out all the time, but this habit has been getting pretty expensive lately. How about this, is offering you a chance to win five $100 gift certificates to five of the top restaurants in town! All you have to do is visit the contest page and enter your information and you're in the running for this great prize. You can even enter every day to increase your chances of winning, so bookmark the page before you leave!
twitter.jpgThank you local radio station 105.7 Crush FM for naming us among the 5 best Twitter accounts to follow for the Albany area!

We made the list for our commitment to bringing our followers a comprehensive events calendar and all the news that's fit to tweet. Our goal is to make (@albanydotcom) the best local resource for event listings, constantly keeping you up to date on what's happening in the Capital Region, and it's great to be recognized like this.

Read on to see who else was featured in Crush FM's top 5.
Schenectady has a new annual event, and boy is it going to be ugly! But then again, it doesn't have to be! Beauty and ugly are both in the eye of the beholder this weekend at the 1st Annual Schenectady Kiwanis Ugly Car Contest!

logo.png"Not Just Ugly, Not Just Cars" is the tagline for this new event, and it couldn't be more appropriate. Ugly and stunning cars, trucks and motorcycles will all be judged. Prizes are awarded in 14 categories, ranging from Best Paint to Worst Paint, Best Hot Rod to Ugliest Car and even a People's Choice award!

There is a fee for entry (with early bird specials) and it's free for spectators. Event is this Saturday, September 17th with a rain date for Sunday the 18th. More on the Ugly Car Contest here >>
The Award of Excellence, presented by Wine Spectator Magazine, is given to restaurants that offer a well-chosen selection of quality wine producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Marché features special wine pairing and tasting dinners throughout the year.
Big bad Irene couldn't stop the Albany Riverfront Jazz Fest from being awesome! Great jazz performances and a cleaned-up riverfront -- topped off with Kevin Eubanks' performance (from the Tonight Show) and evening fireworks -- made for a spectacular Saturday.

The Hudson River itself was still muddy and rushing wildly, but people were enjoying the entertainment by the river and out on the dock, and it was still nice. Plus, once darkness set and the fireworks began, you couldn't see how muddy the water was anyway!


Were you at the Albany Riverfront Jazz Fest this weekend? What did you think?

Got an email earlier this afternoon around 3:20pm from Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp, letting me know there are all kinds of bridges closed in the Schenectady area. The Mohawk River is flooded, so every bridge that crosses the river closed:

Bridge Access to and from Downtown Schenectady Affected


Flooding conditions along the Mohawk River have prompted authorities to close all bridges across the Mohawk River in Schenectady County on Thursday afternoon, September 8, directly affecting travel to and from Downtown Schenectady.

Closures include:

  • Freemans Bridge
  • Western Gateway Bridge
  • I-890 Bridge in Rotterdam
  • Rexford Bridge

Portions of Route 5S west of Scotia and the Route 103 bridge between Glenville and Rotterdam Junction are also currently closed. Please plan accordingly and take every precaution when traveling near these areas.


For regular updates and alerts, please consult local media outlets.

Well, some of those local media outlets were reporting earlier today that Lock 9 at Rotterdam Junction had been damaged and might not be stable, but it turns out just one of the trusses was damaged and the soil eroded, but the NYS Canal Corporation alleviated fears by saying Lock 9 itself is still sound.

Matt Baumgartner, owner of Bombers Burrito Bar and Wolff's Beirgarten, will open yet another location tomorrow (9/9) at noon as seen in a previous post. The Olde English Pub & Pantry, at 25 Quackenbush Square in downtown Albany will be open from 11am to 2am daily.

The Water's Edge Lighthouse, Restaurant & Inn reopens their doors with normal business hours after the recent affects of Hurricane Irene. Please stop by and visit them! It is fantastic to see businesses re-opening after the devastation Irene left behind!

As the weekend starts and you begin to make plans for attending local fairs and Capital Region events, please take a minute to consider those who are spending their weekend tearing out muddy carpets from their living rooms, repairing roofs and scrambling for food and other necessities we take for granted. And these are people in our own backyard!

Hurricane-turned-tropical-storm Irene may have left by Monday morning, but her effects are still being felt in many local communities throughout the region. So if you're looking to volunteer this weekend and not sure how you can help, we've pulled together a list of resources, whether you can donate your time, money, services, food, school supplies, toys, clothing, etc. Every helping hand is one step closer to full recovery for these hard hit areas and suffering families.

Here's how you can help:
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After Tropical Storm Irene hit last Sunday, many area towns and villages were severly hit hard with damage. Margaretville (pictured), Arkville, Fleischmanns, Phoenicia, Roxbury, Boiceville and others were among the hardest hit in the state by flooding.
we mentioned Belleayre Music Festival has changed its September 3rd concert by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones to a Flood Relief Benefit to help raise funds for the area communities that were so devastated because of the flooding. 

Tickets for this holiday weekend show are: $66, $56, $46, $36, $25 (lawn). Additional donations for the local flood relief effort will also be welcome. For tickets or additional information, please call 800 942-6904, ext. 1344 or visit: or e-mail:

To mail donations, please make checks payable to: Belleayre Consersatory and mail to: P.O. Box 198, Highmount, NY 12441.
Media sponsors for the 2011 season include: WDST Radio, WKZE Radio and

If you cannot attend, but would like to make a donation, we welcome contributions with checks made payable to the Belleayre Conservatory and mailed to: Belleayre Conservatory, P.O. Box 198, Highmount, NY 12441.

Read on below for the full story submitted by Belleayre
A new restaurant is coming to the Crossgates Mall and this addition brings a little Saratoga -style to the scene. J&A Prep Kitchen, run by the owners of Jacob & Anthony's in downtown Saratoga Springs, will celebrate its grand opening today, Thursday, September 1.

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