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Albany has been considered as one of the greenest cities in the country according to The Daily Beast.The website recently looked over some data from a market research, Experian Simmons, and was able to conclude what are the greenest cities in America.
The 2012 Tulip Queen Finalists were announced today by Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings and the Tulip Queen Selection Committee.
shoprite-meats.jpgThe new ShopRite supermarket in Albany is set to open Thursday, April 26. There was a soft opening event last night, which was invitation only, and's Rick Marchant was on the scene to give us a sneak peek at what we can expect.

"Walking in to Shop Rite's soft opening Tuesday evening, attendees were greeted initially by most every senior member of their staff," said Marchant. "We were given samples of Boar's Head meats, NYS locally made cheeses, seafood selections, a carving station and too many good sweets to choose from."

The new store also features row after shiny-floored new row of fresh produce, giant freezer cases, a gluten free section and a great selection of beer.

ShopRite also goes over and above to meet their consumers' needs... and I mean over and above...
Matt Baumgartner owns Bombers Burrito Bar, Wolff's Biergarten and The Olde English Pub & Pantry. He was recently named on Advocate Magazine's "40 Under 40" list... but it wasn't his success in the restaurant industry that won him this recognition.
The ValleyCats are looking for a talented individual (or group of individuals) to perform the National Anthem at the Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy this season. The winner will be selected by a process reminiscent of an American Idol judging / public voting system.

Got some pipes? You can audition at the ValleyCat's 2nd Annual National Anthem Tryouts on Saturday, May 19 at Crossgates Mall from 9 am to 1 pm. You can audition with either the National Anthem or God Bless America, and only non-electric accompanying instruments are allowed.

A panel of judges will select five finalists.... and then the public voting begins!
tulips-2.jpgDue to the warm weather coming a bit early this year, the tulip bulbs shot up early, and now there are thousands of beautiful tulips in bloom in Albany's Washington Park.

Though they're a bit early for the Tulip Fest, they are every bit as magnificent. My husband and I took our 2-year-old daughter to see them over the weekend, and she was so excited. She caught glimpse of them as we approached and then took off, eager to see the vibrant blossoms and stick her nose into each one.

It seems my family wasn't the only one with the idea to see the tulips this weekend, though. The park was buzzing with families and groups of friends out enjoying the tulips. Almost every group had one thing in common -- a camera in hand!

There is no question the tulips make beautiful photo backdrops! Actually, a couple years ago, I snapped a few engagement photos for my brother and his wife (see one of them below), and the tulips made such lovely shots.

But perhaps the biggest question on everyone's mind is... will there still be tulips around for the annual Tulip Festival in three weeks?
We have a new contributor blog here at The Reel Deal will bring you reviews on hit movies that are in theaters, to help you decide whether it's worth $10 at the theater or $1 at a Redbox.

Not every movie is worth hitting the theaters for, so let the contributors at The Reel Deal help you decide what is and what isn't. They'll also be reviewing new releases that they themselves were skeptical about catching on the big screen. 

In the first post, Amy Wilson reviews Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Read the full review here >>

If you're wondering about a specific film, or have an opinion of your own, please feel free to add comments or email the contributors directly!

Interested in contributing to this blog? Contact here >>
Hollywood needs some extras for an upcoming movie about Muhammad Ali. HBO Films is shooting "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" in Albany and Schenectady this May. 


Since 2006, Downtown Albany Sculpture in the Streets has been bringing beautiful, local art to Downtown Albany. This year the program will bring 6 large-scale clogs at seven feet long and 4 smaller pairs of Dutch clogs at three feet long to outdoor, public locations throughout downtown Albany's business and entertainment corridors.
California grocery chain Trader Joe's is coming to Wolf Road in Colonie this summer. Residents of the Capital Region have been waiting for this announcement for more than five years, as some have been commuting almost 100 miles to shop at the nearest store in Hadley, Massachusetts.

Residents in the area wanted their own store so badly, they formed a group in 2007 called "We Want Trader Joe's in the Capital District". Their wishes have been granted, and they'll be saving on gas money soon!

Never heard of Trader Joe's? Read on for more information..
MP900387419.JPGFor the first time in the program's history, the Union College men's hockey team will be playing in the semi-finals of the NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament this afternoon. The Dutchmen face 4th ranked Ferris State in their game this afternoon at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 1 Boston College takes on No. 2 Minnesota, two teams that have combined for 5 NCAA championships in the last 11 years. 

If Union wins tonight, they might be in for a tough game against one of these two powerhouses..
The Capital District Transportation Authority's (CDTA) BusPlus service has been in operation for exactly one year now, and what a difference it has made! And CDTA is celebrating their BusPlus anniversary by offering free rides today! Read on to learn more...

BusPlus is a limited stop service that features state of the art technology to provide riders with quicker information, fewer stops, and faster travel.

After just one year, the new route has seen a 25% ridership growth, averaging between 12,000 - 13,000 rides per weekday. BusPlus is a collaborate program between CDTA, NYSDOT, City of Albany, City of Schenectady, Town of Colonie, and Town of Niskayuna.
There is never a shortage of news and political topics in and around Albany, NY. This makes a perfect topic for's newest blog, The Daily Take, by Jonathan Mazur. 

Mazur was an engineer for 25 years, a career that offered him training in formal, technical writing.  Bring involved in local radio from a very early age gave Jonathan Mazur a great passion for the media. He reads several newspapers to stay on top of what is happening out there, and will keep you updated through his new blog.


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