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Want to know what's happening on the food scene in the Capital Region? There's a thriving new bakery in Albany along with several other restaurant openings, a few eateries that have closed, and an update on the Styrofoam ban in area restaurants.

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Cinnamon rolls at The Fifth Tier Baking Studio, photo credit: jrMac Photography   
What makes Albany special to you? The Albany Center Gallery would like to know! Create a trading card depicting a special vision of Albany and it could be part of a new and exciting project.

If you're looking for a new job you may want to start your search right here in Albany. A report released this month from the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program indicates that the Albany metro area has one of the highest median incomes in the entire country.

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By now you've probably heard the announcement that "The 518" is getting a new area code this year - 838. Indeed, that's old news because in just a few days it will be time to get familiar with the area's new dialing procedure.

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The recent threats against the Jewish community across the nation have unfortunately also occurred right here in Albany. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently visited the Albany Jewish Community Center to talk about what has been happening and to unveil his plan for combatting these threats in our state.

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In late February, a group of Schenectady residents turned out for a Common Council meeting to request the community debate becoming a sanctuary city. 

Many communities across the nation have declared or debated declaring sanctuary city status since the election of President Trump as a response to what some see as harsh new immigration policies. 

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How important are public pools for kids in a city like Troy? Many residents feel the children have nowhere else to go during the summer.

Unfortunately, Mayor Patrick Madden and the City Council have eliminated not just the budget for the city's two public pools, but for all youth programs as well. 

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A new cinema is being planned for Troy, but this is not your average movie theater! The ambitious project is expected to expand the city's "18-hour downtown," attracting more visitors to the Collar City's beautiful riverfront area. 

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NY tourism signs on New York State highways may be removed. The signs, which cost $8.1 million, are illegal according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). 

The FHWA has been warning the governor for years that the "New York State Experience" signs along state highways violate federal and state laws. A spokesperson told News10 last year that "some of the signs have non-conforming symbols while others violate sign lettering and other standards... our position is that simple signs that are easy to read make for safer journeys." Many Thruway drivers agree that the signs are impossible to read and still be a safe driver. 

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The second annual Hannaford MAAC-N-Cheese Fest will celebrate the return of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men's and Women's Basketball Championships to downtown Albany on March 3, 2017 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Albany Capital Center. 

The popular festival includes samples of gourmet mac-n-cheese from a dozen Albany-area restaurants, craft beer, and live entertainment. This year's MAAC-N-Cheese Fest will be the inaugural event at the brand new, state-of-the-art Albany Capital Center. 

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