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Rensselaer County Democrats seek investigation of GOP moves in county executive race

TROY - The state should investigate a Republican town justice's resignation as a potential case of political coercion, the Democratic candidate for Rensselaer County executive said Friday. Andrea Smyth denounced what she saw as a calculated plan to secure the Independence Party line for Assemblyman

TIMES UNION - 2017-09-22 17:38:58

Aldi's newly expanded Halfmoon store now open

Aldi reopened its Halfmoon store Thursday after several months of remodeling, part of a $1.6 billion plan to update more than 1,300 stores it operates nationwide. The discount grocery retailer earlier this spring also announced it would spend $3.4 billion to boost the number of stores to 2,500 by 20

TIMES UNION - 2017-09-22 18:25:16

State Water Quality Council to address PFOA, other contaminants

ALBANY - All 12 members of a new state Drinking Water Quality Council have been named, with the group set to hold its first meeting on Oct. 2 on Long Island as it considers maximum contaminant levels for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and other chemicals that have contaminated water in some corners o

TIMES UNION - 2017-09-22 15:21:30

Houseplants are making a comeback as home decor

One of Tess Palma-Martinez's favorite plants is older than she is. It is a tropical schefflera, sometimes called the umbrella plant, given to her grandmother as an office-warming present in 1976. When it grew to be 10 feet tall and unwieldy to care for along with her grandmother's other plants, she

TIMES UNION - 2017-09-22 14:24:15

Ben Stiller gives moving portrait of angst

Ben Stiller and Jenna Fischer in a scene from "Brad's Status." Photographer: Tribune News Service A downbeat, naturalistic and admirably adult dramatic comedy, "Brad's Status" is the story of a bright man who devotes most of his intellectual energy to pessimism and melancholy. He's not a loser, but

DAILY GAZETTE - 2017-09-22 07:00:00

Here's what to do with all those late-season tomatoes

Katie Doyle, food educator, shows yellow sauce, heirloom beefsteak, and green tomatoes at Capital Roots in Troy. Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ Big red on the vine means big taste in the kitchen. Tomatoes continue to be ripened by the sun long into summer, giving Capital Region residents many opportunit

DAILY GAZETTE - 2017-09-22 07:00:00

Forum kicks off Think Differently initiative

TROY, N.Y. >> Local political and community leaders came together Friday for the Think Differently community forum at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in downtown Troy. Think Differently is about accommodating people with special needs, and they're ready to take their effort public. More than a

TROY RECORD - 2017-09-22 04:00:00

A closer look at what's on gallery walls this fall

With the work of some big names (Picasso, Warhol, Frankenthaler) on display, an historic expansion to one of its foremost institutions and a major controversy, the Berkshires art world provided locals and visitors alike with plenty to discuss this summer. What will the county's major art museums of

BERKSHIRE EAGLE - 2017-09-22 18:40:53

100 years ago in The Record: Sept. 22

Fifty-five Troy men who form the second wave of draftees to depart for the Camp Devens training facility in Ayer MA "got a real personal farewell" this morning, the Sunday Budget reports. The soldiers comprise 40% of the first cohort of draftees to be cleared for military service following the July

TROY RECORD - 2017-09-22 04:00:00

Rally in Troy supports victims of Hurricane Maria

11P FR TROY HURRICANE MARIA SOTVO_9_22_2017_9_58_43 PMThumbnail TROY -- A rally in Troy Friday will benefit people affected by Hurricane Maria. Ralliers gathered in the area of Seventh and Ingalls Avenue in the city, collecting items to send to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. 11P FR TROY HUR

WRGB - 2017-09-22 22:23:54

SEEN: 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Awards Celebration

SEEN: 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Awards Celebration 1 / 67 Back to Gallery See the Saratoga Showcase of Homes Awards celebration at the Vapor Club in the Saratoga Casino Hotel. The 2017 professional panel of Showcase judges tours and judges all the homes (except the apartments) a few days prior

TIMES UNION - 2017-09-22 13:06:22

Ruth Levin, author, historian, business owner, and community fixture in Shaftsbury, passed away last Wednesday at the age of 90.

SHAFTSBURY - Last week, Shaftsbury lost one of its heroes. Levin, who was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, moved to Shaftsbury with her husband, Ed Levin, in 1953. They continued the jewelry business they had opened in New York, selling jewelry as well as Ed's pottery, sculpture

BERKSHIRE EAGLE - 2017-09-22 22:00:54

Vermont officials reject medical marijuana license applicant

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Only one applicant remains for a medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation license in Bennington, Vermont. The Bennington Banner reports (http://bit.ly/2jQJ6qM ) Vermont Green Grow was rejected after state officials determined their application was incomplete. In a statem

WNYT - 2017-09-22 20:13:00

BBA thankful for arrest of alleged drug dealer

MANCHESTER - The recent arrest of a 21-year-old West Road resident on charges that he was selling marijuana - allegedly to high school students as well as adults - is being seen as "a step in the right direction" by Burr and Burton Academy's leadership. "Clearly as a school we support all efforts t

BENNINGTON BANNER - 2017-09-22 07:00:00

Molly Stark kicks off the Year of the Book

BENNINGTON - Molly Stark Elementary students on Friday chose the first of ten books they'll be able to take home this year thanks to the Year of the Book Program. Year of the Book is a project sponsored by a $25,000 grant from the Children's Literacy Foundation. This is the second straight year a s

BENNINGTON BANNER - 2017-09-22 07:00:00

Troy Hispanic community mounting hurricane relief effort

TROY, N.Y. >> Gabriel Lozada estimates that as many as 85 percent of the city's Hispanic community has friends or family in Puerto Rico, so when Hurricane Maria tore across the Caribbean island earlier this week, leaving unprecedented devastation in its wake, the local community was equally devastat

TROY RECORD - 2017-09-22 04:00:00

In Cohoes, a push to boost school attendance goes beyond busing

COHOES - Last year, nearly a quarter of all students in Cohoes missed at least 18 days of school. That's two days a month, or 10 percent of all days in a school year. It's also a telltale sign of chronic absenteeism, a hidden epidemic that studies show affects students far beyond their school career

TIMES UNION - 2017-09-22 16:47:34

Cohoes city taxes to remain flat in 2018, mayor says

COHOES - The city's property taxes will remain flat for a second consecutive year under the 2018 budget proposal submitted by Mayor Shawn Morse. The proposed $19.3 million budget for 2018 is up $600,000 over the 2017 budget of $18.7 million. A 1.7 percent expansion in the city tax base, the mayor sa

TIMES UNION - 2017-09-22 12:37:27

Watervliet begins work on annual budget

WATERVLIET, N.Y. >> City officials have officially started the budget process for next year. The officials hosted the first budget workshop Thursday night in the senior center. The budget workshops do not necessarily project final figures since items within the proposed budget can change from now un

TROY RECORD - 2017-09-22 04:00:00

Bennington group loses bid for marijuana license

BENNINGTON - A local group's bid for a medical marijuana facility license has been rejected by state officials, who said they determined the application was incomplete. However, one of the remaining five groups in the running for the next production and retail license proposes a facility in the Ben

BRATTLEBORO REFORMER - 2017-09-22 07:00:00