We like to change things up every now and then at CRL. This month, we combined the November and December magazine into one grand holiday issue which, given our yearly tendency of touching on the holidays in both months, was a sensible move. In this issue, you will find holiday events to keep you busy from now through New Year’s, from holiday strolls, to house tours, to First Nights. We also have timely advice from our parenting expert Randy Cale, who offers great tips on how to help your children be more appreciative this holiday season, and fitness writer Judy Torel, who shares her philosophy on indulging the season’s mirth without the inevitable girth.
Aside from the festive parties and events, this is the time of year when we are in the spirit of giving, not just to family and friends, but to strangers and those in need. While it’s great to be generous during the “season of giving”, it’s important to be charitable all year long. That’s why we at CRL strive to be involved in the community and take special pride in the amount of support that we have given to local organizations. From donations to media sponsorships, we have assisted many in need, including Vanderheyden, the Arthritis Foundation, the American Heart Association, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the AIDS Foundation, the National Association of the Blind, the Ronald McDonald House, Whitney Young, New Visions, the Rotterdam Boys & Girls Club, the Salvation Army, Northeast Parent & Child, the Cohoes Music Hall, the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and many others. Since we are a community-based publication, we feel it is our duty to give back and hope to inspire us all to do the same.
On behalf of the entire staff of CRL, I wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season.