Thursday, December 30, 2010
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
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
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
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..
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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, email@example.com
Jay's is located on Geyser Rd. in Saratoga. The event starts at 3 p.m.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
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.
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!
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
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
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
Thursday, September 2, 2010
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
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.
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
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, www.troyrecord.com
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
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
Visit, www.tsa-gnys.org for more info, registration forms, or to donate. E-mail to either, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com
Saturday, August 7, 2010
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
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
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Keep your lawn chairs at home tonight! See you all next week.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
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
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
If you can't make it to the meeting, and plan on participating, feel free to contact Jeff at, firstname.lastname@example.org. I can be contacted at either, email@example.com, or by calling, 279-7162.
Remember, Troy is your city too, so take some time on Earth Day to participate.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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 HVARS.com, for additional information.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
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!
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.
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
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 // MCahrenger@nycap.rr.com
PO Box 346 Lansingburgh Station
Troy NY 12182
Kevin Vandenburgh - KTV@nycap.rr.com
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org