Thursday, December 30, 2010

What to do in the Burgh on New Years Eve:

Why would anyone travel on New Years Eve, when there's plenty of great specials right here in the 'Burgh you can take advantage of. Take your pick from deals being offered at, Trader Ed's, Renahan's, Pip's II, Badass Burrito, and the all new, Mustang Bar B Que. Don't forget the old mainstays like, Verdile's & Testo's either. If it's lighter fare your looking for, try Jimmy's, Anthony's Pizza, Sunny Wok, Spring Garden, Mr. Subb, or Subway.
Basically what I'm saying here is to try and keep your dollars local this year. The more we can spend our money locally, the better of a chance your local business will thrive and survive. Plus, if you enjoy having a few drinks, most of these places are within walking distance of your home, if you live in the 'Burgh. Why take the chance of driving if you're planning on having a few drinks? Stay close to home, and keep your dollars local.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

It's Merry Christmas - Not Happy Holiday:

   Merry Christmas -- there, I've said it. It this offends you -- go to the next Blog. On Christmas, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. This is our belief. Why should we be denied the expression of our faith?What gives anyone the right to sue a city for displaying a Nativity scene at Christmas? What gives the parent of one child, the right to deny an entire school class a Christmas party because it offends them? Well you know what, we the taxpaying public are tired of being told what is the right way to say something, what to worship, and what we are even allowed to eat. Every time you open a newspaper you see more and more, that we are being led down the path to being a Socialistic country.
   The words, In God We Trust, on our currency is even being attacked these days. Don't these people have anything better to do? With the number of homeless people rising everyday, our tax dollars are being wasted on doing studies on the effects of trans fats / and how to ban them., along with studies on how to make school lunch's healthier --- Leave the canolli, take the carrots,  so to speak. Every time you turn around, the Liberal left is trying to cram more regulation, and basic denial of our Civil Rights down our throats.
   I'd like to see just one of our elected officials grow a set and say, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Stop cowering down to these special interest groups, and do the right thing for the people you represent. One by one, our basic liberties are being taken away. Our lives are regulated to the bursting point. Recently, a city council member of a town in Long Island, had two 12 year old's ticketed, for selling lemon-aid and cookies in a public park without a permit. The kids were trying to get some pocket cash for God's sake. They should have gave these kids an award for trying to earn their own money. But this council fool wanted them to obtain a permit -- for $500.
   What I'd like to see in the upcoming year is our powers that be, our courts, and just people in general, use a more common sense approach to things. I'd like to see some of the burden taken off the backs of the taxpayers we have left. I'd like to see people, and public officials be able to say the word, God, without some self righteous fool suing cause it offends them. If this posting offends you -- too bad! Like I said -- move on to the next Blog then. The United States Constitution also guarantee's ME the  taxpayer, the right to speak my mind, without the threat of retribution. I have a voice, and I intend to use it. Many feel the same as I do, that the world is upside down. It's time for us, the taxpayers, to have a real voice again.
   Merry Christmas to all. Don't be afraid to say it people.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What the Guys in Parks & Recreation are Thankful For This Year:

   Sometimes we tend to forget what is important during the holiday season. Everyone gets so worked up over what they need to buy, and where to buy it. Sometimes, we need to reflect on what really is important, and what truly makes us happy. I know what I'm thankful for this year. But I was curious as to what my co-workers in the City of Troy's Department of Parks & Recreation are thankful for. Here's what they said:
Vinny - "I'm thankful for having a job in this economy."
Fudd -- "I'm thankful that we have 'Super Hero's to keep us safe."
Sean -- " I'm thankful for having a beautiful , healthy baby girl, and a wife who puts up with me."
Jim -- " I'm thankful for my health,  family, and having a steady job."
Christian - "Friends, family & the opportunity to get a good education."
George -- "I'm thankful that the Dodgers hired Don Mattingly" -- and for Vito".
More to come tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Support Your Local Restaurants This Christmas Season:

   If you are having a party, or just going out to dinner this Christmas Season, the city of Troy offers so many different, and diverse restaurants, it would be a shame to see our residents taking their dollars across the river. With so many local eateries struggling to stay afloat, it's in everyone's best interest to spend your money close to home. In Lansingburgh for instance, some new establishments have opened, or reopened recently.
Renahans (the former Olde Daley Inn, 499 House, Mahoney's, Mj's) recently reopened, as has Pips II. Both of these long time 'Burgh mainstays are under new ownership, and need our support to thrive and survive.
   With all the hoopla recently regarding the new Dinosaur Bar B Que -- which has fantastic food by the way, other restaurants in Troy have seemed to have gotten lost in the shuffle. Another bar b que place will soon be opening in the 'Burgh. Mustang Smokehouse Bar B Que is located on the corner of 5th, and 112th St., should open it's doors before Christmas. That entire 112th St. area will now offer more choices for hungry people. Between Graham's Lansingburgh Cafe, Jimmy's Pizza, Mustang, Badass Buritto, and Pip's, you can pretty much get any type of food you desire, all within a one block radius. Renehans on 2nd Ave, and a few blocks to the North with Verdile's gives you even more choices. Testo's is still thriving at it's 4th Ave local, with Sunny Wok just a block away to the East.
   Downtown is filled with fine eateries. Nothing too expensive, just fine restaurants, run by local people. From LoPorto's to Minnesales on 14th St. the quality of the food is just so good, I see no reason to cross the river to spend any expendable income I may have. Keep it home folks. If not, who's to blame when another business shuts it's doors. I ask everyone reading this to think twice before you go outside the box for dinner, or lunch --- or breakfast.
   Many of our restaurants are also capable of providing space for your private party. Plus, let's not forget Michael Cocca's, Franklin Plaza, and Franklin Terrace -- both great spots to host any type of occasion.
So I'm asking people to follow my lead, and make a commitment to your community by supporting your Troy businesses this holiday season. If you're planning on dining out once or twice before the holiday's, please make that choice to dine, at any of Troy's fine establishments. I, and my family will be doing just that..
Enjoy Troy!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Turkey Trot Tomorrow Morning:

   Tomorrow will mark the 63rd running of the Troy Turkey Trot. As of early this afternoon, more than 7100 runners had registered to run, breaking all previous records of participation. I'm not sure what the final tally is, but based on the way the late registrants were coming in, I'm sure there will be several hundred more athletes signing up, than the number I am reporting here.
Besides the attraction of the race itself, street entertainers will be performing at the Turkey Trot  for the first time. Guitarist, Maurizio Russamano, along with, Donny Elvis will entertain the crowd inside the Atrium. Outside revelers will be dazzled and amazed by Freckles the Clown, Juggler Mike and his Unicycle, along with seasonal crowd favorite, Sax A Claus.
   Since I don't run, but I like to eat, please join me tomorrow for my own personal leg of the trot that I call, "The Half Block Challenge". I'll be starting at Famous Lunch to eat a dozen dogs, with a large chocolate milk, and a rice pudding. From there, we go to, I Love NY Pizza, for two slices and a coke. After which, we will then take a leisurely walk to the Atrium Parking Garage to watch the runners. We'll be meeting inside the Atrium at 8 a.m. to kick off, what I think will become an annual tradition.
   Make sure you get there early for a good parking spot though, as the event traditionally draws many thousands to cheer on their own personal favorite runners. So join us for the fun and entertainment on Thanksgiving morning. And most of all, Enjoy Troy!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Big Reunion Coming Up:

   The Lansingburgh Boys & Girls Club will be holding it's 2nd Annual Boy's Club Alumni Reunion on Friday, November 26, from 5 p.m. till ?????????
Price of admission is $25, which includes beer, wine, water, coffee, food, and deserts. Last year, 115 former members of the club came out to reminisce, and relive the tall tales of their youth. The group enjoyed card games,  a 9 Ball pool tournament, and ping pong during last years event. This year promises more of the same. Organizers are hoping to double the number of former members attending this year. All proceeds will directly benefit  the club.
   For those of you who would like to attend, E-mail Jim Lance at,
Or call Mike Manupella at 235-4143. The Lansingburgh Boys & Girls Club is a wonderful program which has helped generations of children stay off the streets, and has given them a positive direction in life.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Benefit on Sunday:

Our music community will once again come together this coming Sunday, to help out one of our own. Tony Perinno, who has worked with many of the best known names in the music industry, recently had some serious surgery. His medical bills are astronomical, so the Godfather of local guitarist, Joe Mele went to bat for his good friend, and put this together. It's being held at Jay's Bar & Grill in Saratoga. Cost is $10, to hear some of the finest rock n roll bands in the Northeast.
Having been involved with many of these benefits in the past, I can tell you that they are usually a , "Who's Who", of the local music scene -- and a whole lot of fun to boot! If you'd like more details, contact me at,
Jay's is located on Geyser Rd. in Saratoga. The event starts at 3 p.m.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Help Me Mr. Wizard:

Nanny politics seem to be running rampant these days. The government is hell bent on strangling us with taxes and regulations, and now they want to tell us what's good for us and what to eat. The Trans-fat ban is a sad example of this. I know they are not good for you, but come on, who's life is it anyway? I admire the fight of Rachel Cocca Dott against Albany County's ban on the fat. The government has absolutely no right to do any of this. It is pure and simple, Socialism. -- which is in itself, Communism!
There seems to be a growing trend among politicians, to try to take away not just some, but ALL of our civil liberties. It's bad enough that they tax EVERYTHING, now they want to tell us what and how to eat. I say it's none of their damn business! They continue to pick our pockets, and then around election time tell us what a great job they're doing. Look at Obama's health care program. What gets me is that people who can afford, 'Cadillac', health care plans, will be taxed because of it. Break this down for a moment. You purchase your health care with money that you've gone out and worked for, and that money is taxed. Now the money that has already been taxed, will be taxed again with your purchase of health insurance. Makes no sense if you ask me.
But now with the door open, and nut cases like Mayor Bloomberg in New York City doing everything they can to control peoples lives, we've got to put an end to all of it. We need politicians once again who work for us. Many take the attitude that they know best. To hell with them I say. We need to make some wholesale changes with the people who were elected to do what's best for us. This current group who sit in office need to go. I hope people do what's necessary next Tuesday to help get us back on the right track.
The ban on Trans Fat is plain and simple -- Unconstitutional. Whats next, will they tell us that all toilet paper must be one ply to cut down on sewage build up? Or maybe they'll say we can only wear cotton clothing, because it will break down easier than rayon, or microfiber, once it's thrown away.. I know this seems absurd, but I think the government telling you what and how to eat is nothing but a Big Brother attemp to further control our lives. Someone should read the Constitution & Bill of Rights once in a while.

More Stupid Politician Tricks:

Now the big issue in our fine city is who can, or cannot post on Facebook. How stupid is this? Message to all -- go outside and get some fresh air and get away from the keyboards.
This is one of the reasons why Troy has become a laughing stock once again. Blocks being taken over by gangs, poverty, staggering unemployment, kids out of control -- but no -- we're worrying about who can post on Facebook.
Like I said, go out and get some fresh air!

Big Game For The Knights:

The Lansingburgh Knights will put their stellar season on the line Friday night, with a rematch against Bishop Maginn at home. It seems this team is always chuck full of talent. But with that talent comes the intangible -- heart. Part of that mentality comes from the players desire, the rest, comes from the fine coaching the team seems to have year after year.
Head coach, Al McNall is a bulldog, pure and simple. He is a no nonsense guy, who possesses natural motivational skills, and does a great job in getting his team up for the challenges presented to them on a week to week basis.
This team just seems to beat down their opponents will to win with their always explosive offense, and bone crushing, take no prisoners defense. My kudos, and best wishes go out to all the boys, and the fine coaching staff. Bring home the championship fellas -- our community is pulling for you.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Thoughts On City Hall:

For quite a while, I've been sitting back listening to all the nonsense going on regarding where city hall should be located. There's been many suggestions including the Proctors, Daisy Bakers, and the Monument Square location. I say, keep it where it is at the former Verizon building.
Having worked in the old city hall, I can tell you first hand that the place was a dump. The molds that have built up over the years are bordering on dangerous. I developed allergies for the first time in my life after working there for a while. Funny how those same allergies mysteriously went away after moving to the new site. When it rained excessively, employee's were sometimes treated to an extra shower in the elevator, along with being able to watch the water run down the walls of the 3rd floor. Then there was the adventure which was the now closed employee parking lot. It was always fun sprinting to the elevator to avoid the falling concrete, which always fell when there was an abundance of rain. Re-bar sticking out from the deteriorating concrete roof was always another source of concern.
Being I was involved in the concrete business for much of my life, I can tell you that the vertical cracks in the foundation pose a very serious safety concern. I remember watching the building being built with my father (who was in the concrete business his entire life) back in the early 70's, and he told me that, "This building will never last. They're using the cheapest concrete they can, and it will never cure properly next to the river. It will start to fall apart within 20 years." My dad knew his concrete, and boy was he correct!
What I've described is just the tip of the iceberg of what was wrong with that building, but it is only my personal opinion after spending 6 years working there. I know many other employee's who feel the same way. What really kills me though, is that some of the same people who used to complain that city hall was an, architectural nightmare that did not conform to the existing buildings in the immediate area, are some of the same hypocrite's who are calling to move back to that disaster waiting to happen.
Leave city hall where it is.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Tonight's Show is On:

Tonight's performance by 3-Four-3 will go on as scheduled. Showtime is 6 p.m. If you love good rock n roll, you'll enjoy this group. Very solid in every respect, they are truly a group of fine performers. Lead singer, Tom Hoffman, who doubles as a Troy police officer, is a great entertainer, who just grabs the crowds attention with his talent.
And please folks, leave the doggies at home for the show. Put the TV on Animal Planet, and Fido will never know you've left the house. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are available at the show. Tonight's 50/50 raffle will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Bring your lawn chair!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Final Show at Powers Park:

Sept 4 will mark the final show of the 2010 Powers Park Concert Series. Cop Rock group, 3-Four-3, will take to the Neil Kelleher Stage at 6 p.m. for the grand finale of the summer season.
The group has opened shows for a number of national acts, and has a large local following. Two of its members (Bassist/singer Tom Hoffman & Drummer Steve Seney) are both Troy Police officers who moonlight as rock n roll musicians -- and do a fantastic job at it! They play a wide variety of top ten hits as well as their own, original tunes. Their performance will mark their first appearance at the Historic park, and promise to be a real crowd pleaser. Up to date concert info will be posted on this Blog, or just call, 279-7162.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Enjoying Troy Yet?

It's been one incredible summer season here in Troy. Troy Night Out party, the last Friday of each month runs throughout the year, under the guidance and direction of Elizabeth Young of the Troy Downtown Business Collaborative-- working in tandem with the city administration. It's a great thing to see Troy alive, for all the right reasons, with good people enjoying our business district - just like the good old days. Music filling the streets, with happy shop owners servicing consistent crowds of shoppers, and window shoppers. My kudos go out to Elizabeth, along with her co-workers and staff for the great job and badly needed infusion of fresh ideas and energy, in helping to revitalize the downtown area.

River St. Festival, held in June was once again a wonderful celebration of food, art, and diverse music. More than 10 thousand attended this years event, which seems to be growing larger every year. Another fine collaboration between the city and the Troy DBC.

Troy Pig Out was just completely OFF THE CHARTS! More than 30,000 carnivores came, ate, and partied at this event. Great music and wonderful food over two days.

Rockin on the River is another idea which has grown to huge proportions. Every Wednesday evening throughout the summer, had thousands of music fans (who might not otherwise come to Troy) jamming the bars and restaurants, up and down River St.

Say what you want about our Troy city events. Knock them, try to find fault with them, but the bottom line is this -- people are starting to see our city as a destination now. Their dollars are coming to our city, benefiting our merchants, and to find something to rag on regarding them, is just petty and immature. I'm proud to be a part of them.

Stay tuned for for a Powers Park wrap-up next week. One more show to go this Saturday at the Historic park. 3-Four-3 will be performing at 6 p.m. The final show of a very successful season.
Enjoy Troy folks!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Uncle Sam Jam Coming on Saturday:

If you love great rock n roll, do not miss this Saturday's show at Powers Park. The 5th annual, Uncle Sam Jam will this year tie in with a Classic Car show at the historic park. The show begins at 2 p.m and ends at 8 p.m. Veteran guitar slinger John Morse opens the show at 2 p.m., with Chris Busone taking to the Neil Kelleher Stage at 4. The incredible Killer B's with, Joe Mele, Frank Daley, and 14 yr old guitar sensation, Jared Alpern at 6.
There will be a 'Super Jam' at the end of the evening that you do not want to miss. More to come on this show later in the week.

Rockin On The River Finale:

Blue Hand Luke will be performing tonight's, swan song final show of the season, at Troy's most popular weekly event. Featuring the amazing Tommy Love, Blue Hand Luke has been acclaimed by many as the top rock n roll party band in the great Northeast. Comprised of some of the most respected veteran musicians in the area, Luke and the boys promises to pull out all the stops for tonight's show.

If you love great rock n roll, do not miss this show. Showtime is 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tonight's Show Is On:

Tonight's 'Retro Rock Night' at Powers Park is on. It's a beautiful day for a free show, right in your own neighborhood. Historic Powers Park is a perfect setting for a perfect night with your family. It's free to the public, and there's plenty of fun festival foods available, along with a variety of non alcoholic beverages, pizza, and ice cream. A face painter is on hand every week for the children's enjoyment. Stations from Albany Broadcasting are also there weekly, giving out a variety of freebies including, movie and concert tickets.

The fabulous Greyhounds take to the Neil Kelleher Stage at 6 p.m. If you love old style rock n roll, you'll really enjoy this group of true retro rockers. The Powers Park Concert Series is a family event so we ask people to adhere to the no alcohol, and no dog policy in effect.
For directions to Powers Park, Google Map, 420 2nd Ave. Or if you know the city, head North to 110th St. & 2nd Ave. For more on the show, read today's hard copy edition of the Record, or online at,
It's going to be an old school dance party tonight at Powers, so please join us -- and bring a lawnchair.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Saturday at Powers Park:

I'm saving myself the trouble of updating this tomorrow. The weather report is Tony the Tiger Grrrrrrrrreat for Saturday. The show is on. If you see a cloud, call, 279-7162 by 2 p.m. for an update. Showtime is 6p.m., with Solid Smoke performing. If you'd like to see them prior to the show, visit YouTube (Troy NY Events). There's a few video's I shot of them over the past few summer seasons. See you at the show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This ain't no joke - Powers Park has Solid Smoke. The legendary funk meisters come to the Neil Kelleher Stage at the Historic Lansingburgh park tonight for a 6:00 p.m. performance. To say that this band is just good, would be falling way short of the mark. This is truly an amazing group of musicians, who play with determination and zeal. Their soulful renditions of R&B classics, along with Motown hits, just have a way of bringing back fond memories to anyone who grew up in that era.

When Solid Smoke breaks out the funk, just stand back and let the groove take over. Last year after opening for Eddie Money in downtown Troy, Money's road manager came over to me and just said, "Wow -- these guys are great. " If you come out to the show, I'm sure you'll feel the same. So if you enjoy this type of music, I encourage you to break out the lawn chair, and come and get the funk n soul out with Solid Smoke.

The Powers Park Concerts are brought to you by Mayor harry Tutunjian & the City of Troy. They are supported in part by Snowman Ice Cream, Whitney Young Health, Northeast Shuttle, Trader Ed's, Lansing Laundry, Barrett Blacktopping, Beverage Barn, Troy UFA, and the Friends of 112th St. Media sponsorship is provided by the Troy Record, the Albany Broadcasting Group, and Our Towne Magazine. Additional advertising is provided by WVCR, 88.3fm, The Saint. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are available at the show. No dogs are allowed during the concerts so please, leave Fido at home. This weeks 50/50 raffle will benefit the Troy, YMCA.

Don't forget that a special makeup show has been added to the schedule for September 4. Local 'Cop Rock' band, 3-4-3 will be putting on a special performance, beginning at 6 p.m.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shake, Rattle & Roll:

There's plenty to do in Troy this weekend. It kicks off at Prospect Park with, Shake, Rattle & Roll - Ride for Tourette Awareness. Registration is from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., with the motorcycle armada leaving the park immediately after. Once the bikes return to the park, there will be a picnic from 2-4 p.m. Cost is $20 per bike /$10 for an additional rider.It includes a picnic lunch with a DJ, raffles and more. A free t-shirt to the first pre-paid, pre-registered bikes. The picnic is open to the public for a $10 fee per person pre-paid,pre-registered.
Visit, for more info, registration forms, or to donate. E-mail to either,, or

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Tonight at Powers Park:

Get your dancing shoes on for tonight's show at Powers Park. The super energized school teacher group, Four, makes it's way to the Neil Kelleher Stage at the Historic park for the first time -- at least in this form. You see, a couple of these excellent musicians used to be with one of the bands who helped put the popular concert series over the top in the early years, Vehicle. They were an 8 piece, horn fueled powerhouse of sound, who drew HUGE crowds to their show, due to the fact that they were a great band, and had two of their members who taught at Lansingburgh schools. With this four piece ensemble, three of their members teach in the North end school district.

Their incredible front man/ singer, Alejandro Williams - AKA Jack the Poet - is like an nuclear energy source when gets on stage. He's one of the best I've ever seen in this area in my 40 years around the local music scene. Most of the group are St. Rose graduates -- all are amazing musicians. If you would like to see them in action, visit YouTube, and go to, Troy NY Events. There's a couple of video's of them at Revolution Hall (RIP). Seeing them live tonight will be even better though!

So take a Troycation tonight, drive up to 110th & Second Ave., and join us for the show. Tonight's 50/50 raffle will benefit both the Troy, and Lansingburgh Boy's & Girls Club. Bring a lawn chair and leave the dog at home please. Showtime is 6 p.m. Food and non alcoholic beverages are available at the show. A Face Painter is also there for the kiddies.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Showtime Is 6 p.m.:

Tonight's 'Country Night' at Powers Park is on. The weather is perfect to just kick back in your lawn chair and listen to the fantastic, Renee' Lussier & Branchwater. This young lady always puts on an outstanding show whenever she steps on stage.
Remember, no booze, no dogs, and bring your own lawn chair.

Showtime is 6 p.m.
Tonight's 50/50 raffle benefits the upcoming 35th Anniversary Uncle Sam Day Parade on September 12.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

This Week at Powers Park:

Teenage country sensation Renee' Lussier, with her group, Branchwater, will be performing at Powers Park this Saturday, July 31 at 6 p.m.
Having worked with Renee' over the past 5 seasons, it's been fun watching her grow up to become the wonderful performer she is today. She covers both traditional and modern country, along with some of her own songs she's written.
Renee' is an amazing talent, so if you love country, do not miss this show.
Food and beverages are available at the shows. And please, leave the dogs at home.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tonight's Show Cancelled:

Due to the impending storm which is coming in from the West, tonight's Blue Hand Luke show at Powers Park has been cancelled. The rain out date will be announced later this week.
Keep your lawn chairs at home tonight! See you all next week.

Today's Show at Powers Park:

The weather looks good right now -- but let's wait and see what happens today. I'll be updating the shows status at around 4 p.m. Stay tuned -- film at 11!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

See Ya All Real Soon:

On Vacation -----------Gone Fishin!

Amazing Weekend:

Troy was really hopping this weekend. The third annual Troy Pig Out seemed to be more popular than ever, even in the stifling heat. Kudos to Elizabeth Young for the fantastic job she did in coordinating the event. It's hard to believe that Mayor Tutunjian' idea has grown into this Fucillo HUGE food fest, which brought thousands of people into our fine city.
Powers Park was also filled to capacity on Saturday, for the Al Bruno Oldies Show. It's a beautiful thing seeing all the people coming to Troy for our festivals and concerts. I've heard people in the past actually criticise the mayor for these events. All I can say is that if the detractors can show me another way of getting thousands of people here to spend their hard earned dollars, well, I'm all ears.
Don't forget, Wednesday night at Rockin on the River will feature a performance by Blues master, Albert Cummings. Showtime is 5:30 p.m. Blue Hand Luke will headline the Powers Park Concerts on Saturday, July 24. Showtime is at 6 p.m. Admission to the show this week is 1 bottle of water, which will be donated to the fireman stationed at the Harry Dahl Firehouse at 115th & 5th Ave.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Powers Schedule:

Here's the final Powers Park poster for this season.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Show's On:

Cryin Out Loud will be taking the stage at 6 p.m. for tonight's kickoff of the, Powers Park Concert Series. Bring a lawn chair.

Sorry Trader Ed's:

My apologies to Trader Ed's. In today's print edition of the Record, they were omitted as a supporting sponsor of the Power's Park Concert Series. This was MY mistake, and not the Record's. I wrote the copy, it was my error. Trader Ed's is a valued contributor to the concert series , and many other community activities around the 'Burgh. I promise to actually proof read what I write in the future.

Powers Park Tonight:

Tonight's Powers Park concert as of right now is ON! The rain seems to be moving out slowly, so I'm extremely optimistic that this evenings performance by Cryin Out Loud will go on as scheduled. I'll be updating the status again at 3 p.m.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Korean War Not Forgotten:

The month of June marked the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, a three-year conflict that claimed a million lives, 36,000 of them American. Dubbed, "The Forgotten War" - many military historians focus more on the Civil War, WW II, and Viet Nam. But Korea had one battle which will never be forgotten: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign.

In the winter of 1950. the 12,000 Marines and 3,000 Soldiers of the 1st Marine Division were surrounded by 120,000 Chinese soldiers at the Chosin Reservoir. Trapped 78 miles behind enemy lines and being battered by sub-zero temperatures, the American troops fought their way out, taking their dead and wounded with them.
As the soldiers reached the coastline, 98,000 desperate civilians followed them in a frantic attempt to escape the Communist rule in North Korea. Our brave Marines, soldiers and sailors volunteered to stay for three more days, under fire, until all of the refugees were loaded onto ships and brought safely to South Korea.
A total of 17 Medals of Honor, 73 Navy Crosses, and 23 Distinguished Service Crosses were awarded for the heroic actions of the American soldiers. Chosin became one of the most decorated battles in American history.

There's not many of these American hero's left. Many still carry the memories, and the horrors of war. You see them at parades, and at war memorials, still proudly wearing their uniforms. If you see one of them, tip your cap to these brave men, and thank them for their service to our country. God Bless America!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Troy Event Season Kicks Off:

Beginning in 2004, the City of Troy and the merchants on River St. put together the River St. Festival to help showcase all of the exciting things going on in the downtown business district. In particular, all the special places located up and down River St.
The events grassroots arts and antiques theme separates the festival from other commercially established festivals that you see today. River St. Fest is a very family oriented event that offers a wide selection of food, crafts, street performers, magicians, jugglers, and a diverse selection of musical talent performing on three stages located across the expanse of River St.
Here's what you can expect to see on all three stages:
Local Stage -- located at State & River St.
11:30 a.m. - Simple Theory with Maurizio & Brittany Robichaud
12:30 p.m. -Emeralds of July
1:30 p.m. - Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard
2:30 p.m. -- Jenna Rowe (Winner of the Lansingburgh Has Talent Contest)
3:00 p.m. -- Walter Peters
4:00 p.m. -- The Mystios

World Stage -- located at the old city hall at Monument Square.
11:00 a.m. -- Ashley Pond
12:15 p.m. -- Maria Zemantauski
1:15 p.m. -- Taina Asili
2:40 p.m. -- Erin Harkes Band
4:30 p.m. -- Paula Cole

Childrens Stage -- River St. by Arts Center.
10:00 a.m. --Al Spain
10:45 a.m.-- EvilDan & Colleen the Sideshow Queen
11:15 a.m. -- Al Spain
12:00 p.m. --EvilDan & Colleen the Sideshow Queen
12:45 p.m. -- Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh
1:45 p.m. -- Magic Man
2:45 p.m. -- Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh
3:45 p.m. -- EvilDan & Colleeen the Sideshow Queen
4:15 p.m. -- Al Spain
5:00 p.m. -- EvilDan & Colleen the Sideshow Queen
5:30 p.m. -- Al Spain

So join us for all the fun, food, excitement, and quite a bit of fantastic music on Saturday, June 19, beginning at 10 a.m. Enjoy Troy!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Really Stupid Politician Tricks:

Sometimes you see politicians doing some very moronic things. Then there are times when they just seem to push the envelope of stupidity even further.
In case you haven't heard, a couple of NY State assemblymen are proposing a new law, which may be, in my opinion, a death sentence for police officers in New York.
Assembly Bill, A02952, which reads in part, "A police officer or peace officer...uses such force with the intent to stop, rather than kill...and uses only the minimal amount of force necessary to effect such stop." What? I can see it now, an officer in pursuit of an armed suspect who has just committed a felony, gets the drop on the suspect and says, "stop or I'll shoot you in the fleshy part of your arm!"
The current law in place, state Penal Law, S 35.15(2)(a)(ii), reads, "A person may not use deadly physical force upon another person...unless:he or she is... a police officer or peace officer or a person assisting a police or peace officer at the latter's direction."

If you follow state politics you may remember that when Gov. Patterson was a member of the state senate, he tried for 6 years to get a similar bill passed. Well, it was a bad idea then, as it's a bad idea now. What's next, taking away a police officers gun and replacing it with a sling shot? The bill would force officers to use their weapons with the intent to stop, rather than kill a suspect. They would be mandated to shoot a suspect in the arm or leg. Cops are taught to shoot at the center of their target and fire their weapon until the threat has been stopped.
You can reasonably assume that a police officer in the line of fire would have to make a full assessment of a dangerous situation in a fraction of a second. Why should that officer have to worry about where he shoots the suspect? The criminal is probably not worrying where he shoots the cop, if he has a family, or how his children will be effected by their fathers death.
He's shooting at the cop to KILL him -- not just to wound him. With the fire power available to some of these low life's, as far as I'm concerned, give the police officers a bazooka a few hand grenades to lob at them. Their rights go right out the window once they start opening fire on the cops and law abiding public.

I've seen what the Troy PD is up against on the streets of our city. I've seen suspects spit on cops, take a swing at an officer, and lead them on crazy chases which endanger the citizens of our city. Some of these animals have no regard for human life. Letting this moronic bill even go to the Assembly floor for a vote is like placing a death sentence on any man or woman who is brave enough to wear the uniform. Take the time and write a letter of protest to the Assembly members behind the nonsense, Annette Robinson (D-Bedford Stuyvesant), and Darryl Towns (D- East New York), and let them know that you, as a taxpaying citizen, do not want to see the brave men and women who protect us, die in the line of duty -- just to protect the so called rights of the criminal. To hell with their rights - they lost them the minute they picked up the illegal firearm.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Super Show at the Arts Center:

First there was Super Fly, then there was Super Freak, now our friends from the Capital Region Arts Center is bringing you, SuperNature.
Join the RPI Arts Department for an eclectic evening of installations, performance, and film. From grand guignois (Gwee Nyoles), to reassembled humans, merry sheep to mysterious mutants, this international 12 artist collaboration probes the depths of human living, and the frontiers of artistic expression.

So mark your calendars for SuperNature, Sunday, May 16 at 4 p.m., films at 6 p.m. The Arts Center of the Capital Region is located at 256 River St. Troy.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Who Want's To Perform At Rockin On The River:

Attention all local bands. Want a chance to perform at one of Troy's most popular events? The city is looking for local performers to submit a sample CD of their ORIGINAL music, which will be reviewed by our panel of judges. The winner entry will get the opportunity to open the June 23, Unforgettable Fire (U2 Tribute Band) show.
The key word here is ORIGINAL music only -- no cover tune entries will be considered. This is a great chance to get your band recognized by the thousands who attend the Wednesday evening concerts.
Entries must be submitted, no later than June 4. You can send your ORIGINAL CD to either,
Jeff Pirro, 1776 6th Ave. Troy NY 12180, or to me at the same address. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly at, 279-7162.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Welcome Back Freihofers:

In case you hadn't noticed, Freihofer's has reopened their outlet discount store in the 'Burgh. I ask, "WHY THE HECK DID THEY LEAVE IN THE FIRST PLACE? When they left the 'Burgh 5 years ago, I refused to buy ANY Freihofer product I was so mad. I just could never understand the marketing strategy that prompted them to move from the community where the whole thing started. The outlet store enabled families to purchase multiple products, without breaking the bank. The move out of the 'Burgh, just stunk in my opinion.
But now that they're back, I've once again begun purchasing their fine products, at a greatly reduced price I might add. Their outlet store is located in the 2nd Ave. strip mall which also houses Dunkin Doughnuts, and multiple other businesses.
Welcome back Freddy Freihofer, we think you're swell!


I had a Pulse of the People letter published in this paper this past Saturday, May 8th, that was missing a couple of things.
* I failed to mention a very nice gesture on Mayor Tutunjian's part. You see, a good number of our chocolate bunnies melted prior to the Easter egg hunt. The mayor replaced, out of his own pocket, the melted bunnies, with an entire case of new ones. It was done without any fan fare, and was truly a gesture straight from the heart. Thanks Harry!
* I also failed to mention my son Vito III, who wore the bunny suit in some very intense heat. My boy fully realizes at an early age the importance of giving back to your community. He's a great kid who is always a big help at the many special events I'm involved in within the city. Special thanks goes out to both Harry & Vito III, and my apologies to them both for the oversight in my recent letter to the editor.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

And The Winner Is:

If true ambition is a dream with a V8 engine, then Lansingburgh High School was the Daytona 500 the past two weeks with the 'Lansingburgh Has Talent' competition taking place.
To say the competitors were a driven bunch, would be an understatement to say the least. The students who participated took the contest very seriously. I know from my four decades in the music business that in order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. There's always bumps in the road, and a few roadblocks along the way. But these students who participated were warriors in my opinion.

The eleven contestants who began the contest, were whittled down to the final four who competed this past Friday. Each of the finalist performed two songs each with an undeniable passion to succeed. Their hard work and desire was evident in each of their performances. The judges had an extremely hard time picking the winner, and the final voting tally was extremely close.

*Third Runner Up: DJ Lennon
*Second Runner Up: Vinny Gregnano & Britney Johnson
*First Runner Up: Joe & Arden Yonkers
Winner: Jenna Rowe. Jenna will be performing at Troy's, June 19 River St. Festival.

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Sky is Falling -- No It's Not:

Last Wednesday I received phone calls from some very upset residents of the 'Burgh. It seems Councilman Kevin McGrath announced to the crowd at the North Lansingburgh Neighborhood Group monthly meeting, that Community Policing would be a dead duck if acting police chief John Tedesco was appointed to the position full time. Nothing my friends could be further from the truth.
Having worked with John, when he was in charge of the community police, I knew his dedication and belief in the unit, would not let this happen. He will be in fact, appointed to the position any day now. I took the opportunity a few days ago to get together with the new chief to see what was up.
John told me point blank that this particular rumor was nothing but that -- a rumor. Community policing is as strong as ever, and will continue to grow and flourish under the new chief. Just go to any neighborhood meeting, and you'll find a community police officer there, helping eliminate any problem that may be brought up by concerned residents

As a community activist, I worked very closely with him and that department more than a decade ago. With his help and guidance, my Better 'Burgh Club was honored with the NY State Attorney Generals Award of Excellence in 2003. No one was a stronger advocate than John regarding the policing unit. He assured me, that it will continue to be an active force within our neighborhoods. Knowing John since we both attended St. Mary's school in the 60's, and based on my working very closely with him over the years on a multitude of issues,,I have no reason not to believe him.

So if someone tells you that Community Policing under the new chief is done, please just refer them to this Blog. The sky is not falling.

Lansingburgh Has Talent-Round 1:

The first round has been completed in the Lansingburgh Has Talent competition. Four finalist were selected by the panel of judges, to compete in the finals, being held this coming Friday, April 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
All the students competing were very talented, and all put on wonderful performances. The judges, Ralph Renna of Capital Underground radio, and television, Mike the Enforcer of Albany Broadcasting, and J Will, of the J Will Jamboree on JAMZ radio, were very blunt and direct of each contestants performance. It was a shame that there were only four finalist, as each and every student, gave their all.

Making it to the final round was, DJ Lennon, Jenna Rowe, Vincent Gregnano & Britney Johnson, and Joe & Arden Yonkers. All showed talent, plus unique showmanship, not readily seen in entertainers of this age. Each of the youths will be performing two songs each this week for the finals.

Join us this Friday for the grand finale. You will not be disappointed!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Talent Contest Comes to the 'Burgh:

If you're looking for something to do tonight, join us at Lansingburgh High School for the first edition of, 'Lansingburgh Has Talent'. The event will showcase some of the hidden musical talent that sometimes goes unnoticed for a variety of reasons. Parents are always complaining that there is not enough constructive activities for their kids. This will provide a constructive, and positive activity that any parent would be proud to have their child compete in.
Jim Gordon of the North Lansingburgh Neighborhood Watch and I have worked with the Lansingburgh School District over the past 2 months to put this event together. We're hoping for a large turnout for tonight's competition.
Local radio and television personalities, Ralph Renna, Mike the Enforcer, and J Will Jamboree will serve as celebrity judges. The second round of the event will take place on Friday, April 23, at 6 p.m. The winner, will be given a chance to perform at Troy's, River St. Arts Festival on June 19.
The competition begins at 6 p.m. tonight, and admission is free. Join us tonight and let's see how much talent Lansingburgh High School has!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Hail To The Chief:

Chief Nick Kaiser retired from the Troy PD last month after 35 years on the force. He was a good cop, smart detective, and a fine leader of our police force. Nick attended Better 'Burgh Club meetings, and listened to people's concerns and fears. He paid attention, and did what he could to make things better. His compassion for people was admirable, and dedication to the community where he lived, was greatly appreciated by all.

The chief enjoyed riding his Harley, and was a fine musician who once opened a show at SPAC. I always enjoyed speaking with him about any topic, although we would always wind up talking music, or problems around the 'Burgh. We had our differences over issues throughout his years as chief, but I like to think there was always a mutual respect between us. I sincerely wish him well in his upcoming, sun baked golden years. Hail Kaiser!

Mayor Tutunjian has got a very big decision to make in the near future picking Chief Kaiser's replacement. All three candidates, John Tedesco, Tony Magnetto, and Buddy McAvoy, who placed the highest scores on the most recent Civil Service test for the position, are all long time Troy police officers with exemplary records. All are fine men, and strong leaders.

Assistant Chief Tedesco is currently heading up the force, and I wish him the best of luck with his new position. He was the guru of many community groups when he headed up Troy's Community Policing unit a decade ago, and was always very accessible to our groups. He did a great deal to help many of our neighborhood associations prosper, flourish, and always rectified any problem our groups encountered. Good luck to the acting chief!

The mayor can't make a bad decision from this group of candidates. From any community activist, or citizen standpoint, that can only mean good things for our future.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Bunny Spotted Hopping To Lansingburgh:

The Easter Bunny has been spotted by many drivers on the Northway according to reports which have been coming in all morning. According to his press agent, Mr. Easter Bunny will be arriving at Powers Park on Saturday, April 3. His ETA is 12 p.m.
The iconic Mr. Bunny has long been a favorite of children worldwide, and will be making his only scheduled appearance in the Capital District with his stop in Lansingburgh.

The annual Egg Hunt at Powers Park is now in it's 5th year, and has become a much anticipated event for the children within the community. More than 2,500 plastic Easter eggs will be hidden in and around Powers Park this year. Organizers of the event have promised that every child will leave with candy. Gift certificates from both Stewart's Shops & Snowman will also be hidden around the park. Children ages, 1-12 are invited to attend.

Powers Park is located on Second Ave at 110th St. Google map at 420 Second Ave for directions. The annual event begins at 12 p.m. tomorrow.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Earth Day Informational Meeting Tonight:

On Monday, March 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m., the city of Troy will be hosting an informational meeting for all who plan on participating in the annual city wide Earth Day cleanup. This years event will take place on April 24. Troy's Deputy Director of Public Information, Jeff Pirro & I will be coordinating the effort.

If you can't make it to the meeting, and plan on participating, feel free to contact Jeff at, I can be contacted at either,, or by calling, 279-7162.
Remember, Troy is your city too, so take some time on Earth Day to participate.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

HVARS Animal Stimulus Package:

The Hoosick Valley Animal Rescue Squad (HVARS) began their mission of love and compassion in February 2009. Their love of animals brought their members together , all with different passions for our four legged friends. They formed a group to try to bring emergent care services closer to the people in need. The program is designed to bridge the gap between the elderly and those in need of veterinarians and care givers of animals.

Whether it be a vet, an emergency visit, or a trip to the groomer, HVARS members realize that everyone is not capable of driving their beloved pet for care.
HVARS offers transport services at reasonably affordable prices, for continued health care of your pet, along with many other much needed animal emergency services. Call them at. 518 328-2287, or visit them at, for additional information.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Famous Lunch:

I don't have a clue as to what you could possibly compare Famous Lunch to. I first went to Famous with my father back in the early 60's. Apparently stuck in time, the decor has just never changed. But that's OK. Cause the prices haven't changed all that much either. The people who frequent the hot dog emporium on a day to day basis, are all quite the characters. You can get more laughs in there than you can from watching an HBO comedy special. Many of the faces have not changed too much over the years, that have just gotten a bit older.
At the Famous Lunch, you don't go in for the ambiance, that's for sure. What you do get is a very reasonable priced meal, the best dogs and sauce, plus the homemade rice pudding.

Scotty Vasilades has kept the tradition going at one of Troy's oldest running establishments. I remember as a kid watching Scott's, Uncle Nick balance the hot dogs on his arm. If they did that in today's world though, the health department would be closing in on them in minutes. Back then, we didn't care, and I never remember getting sick either. The point I'm trying to make here is that don't be fooled by the wrapping paper. Famous Lunch is one of the best deals in town. truly a Troy Treasure!

Friends Dinner Postscript:

Another Friends of 112th St. dinner has once again passed us by. But not without some memorable moments, many of which I cannot write about on this Blog. I always use the dinner to take the time to speak with old friends that I do not see very often, and avoid some of the one's that I see all too often!
The skits were hilarious, and the banter from the dais was brutal. Sen. Roy McDonald was the well deserved recipient of the Man of the Year award. When it was announced, I had to laugh because the room suddenly looked like the US Congress. Everyone gave Roy a standing ovation, except for those there on the opposite end of the political isle. Tom Fox received a map as an award -- a map to guide him home to be precise! Everyone gave Jim Lance a hard time. But he got up there and had the crowd rolling in laughter. But then, his Estrogen must have kicked in and he became much like Sally Struthers on an infomercial.
Poor Tucker Hulihan didn't know what to make of Lance's meltdown, and became even more confused than normal.
I was sad to see that Bob Mirch didn't make it up from Florida for this years event, due to the fact that he is teaching sensitivity classes somewhere near Alligator Alley in the sunshine state.
Overall it was a wonderful evening, and I wish I could repeat some of the remarks which came out of the mouths of Channel 10's, John McGloughlin, Talk1300's Paul Vandenburgh, and Neil Kelleher -- but if I did, I'd probably be barred from next years dinner.

Ted's Fish Fry:

You can always tell when we Catholics are celebrating Lent, by the over full parking lot at Ted's Fish Fry on 2nd Ave. Ted's has been in operation in the 'Burgh since the mid 1960's. Catholics flock to this established eatery, for some of the best fish fry around, every Friday during Lent.
I've been patronizing this establishment for more than 4 decades now, and can honestly say they are always consistent with their food. The amazing thing to me though, is the fact that their prices are still reasonable after all these years. The Deeb family has always treated their customers well, and with respect.
Whether you're a Catholic or not, stop up at Ted's, and you'll see what I mean.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Friends of 112th St. Dinner Tickets on Sale Now:

Break out the tuxedo's, shine your shoe's, and wake up Tucker Hulihan, cause it's time for the Lansingburgh social season to begin with the Friends of 112th St. dinner.
The annual soiree is being held at St. Augustine's Hall on February 27th, beginning at 5 p.m.
For tickets ($35) contact:
Mike McDonald - 235-4741
Mick Cahrenger - 235-3312 //
PO Box 346 Lansingburgh Station
Troy NY 12182
Kevin Vandenburgh -

The dinner is always a sellout, so get your tickets now. Every dollar collected benefits charitable causes throughout Troy. All checks are to be made out to, Friends of 112th St.

Monday, January 25, 2010

I'll Take a Drink & Some Music With My Burrito Please:

Badass Burrito has been a welcome addition to Lansingburgh since opening its doors 2 years ago. Mike Olekowski & Howie Yager have provided the community with some much needed variation from the good Italian food found in the 'Burgh. My personal favorite are the Badass Fries, which is some sort of Mexican fruit, or veggie, that is sliced waffle style, and fried. It has a very distinct flavor, which has addicted my son Vito & I.

Badass recently obtained their NY State Liquor License. So now, you can enjoy a cold frosty brew, or a frozen margarita, or martini with your meal. Plus, the Badass boys are now offering live music & Wii games. Here's a look at what's going on.
*Monday: Wii bowling, along with drink specials & prizes.
*Tuesday: Open Mic Night with Hot Rod Choppy.
*Friday & Saturday: Live music from 8-11 p.m.
Additional info can be found at,