Thursday, February 21, 2013

Have You Seen This Woman?

   It's a story we hear all to often these days. A young woman or man leaves their home, usually talking or texting, on their way to enjoy their evening with friends, or whoever. Time passes, and they don't return - for whatever reason. 
   You've probably seen this on the news, or read it in the Record over the past few days. I happened to notice it on Facebook yesterday, on Mickey Durivage's page. Mick grew up in Waterford  and put out an appeal with his Friends, to share the missing poster with their Friends on the social network. So I'm posting it here, with the hope that someone who reads my blog ramblings might have seen this young lady, and can offer some help to the police, and her family. 
   I don't know Anna or her family, but as a human being and parent, I can only imagine the pain of uncertainty her family and friends are going through. Please take the time to Share this with your Friends on Facebook, and with e-mails.
We can only hope and pray for the best outcome.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Welcome to the Neighborhood Mr. Formal Wear:

   Attention Mark Wojcik, your powder blue tuxedo is ready! Mr. Formal Wear has opened it's doors at 360 5th Ave. In case you don't know, it's where Northeast Shuttle operates, and where I used to hold our Better 'Burgh Club meetings. 
   Owner, Justin Wilcox apparently has a big heart, and wants to do something for the community. He realizes that not everyone can afford to rent a tux for their big prom date, so he's opening up his heart by offering a free tux to 2 students, who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford one. Now prom night is a big deal in a teens life, and Justin feels that no student should miss this life experience because of  finances --or lack of. As a new business owner, he wishes he could do more, but to me, giving 2 at need teens this opportunity is a pretty big gesture on his part. As anyone who is in business knows, money is tight --especially when you're just getting it off the ground. But Justin wanted to do something for the neighborhood, which I know will support him in a big way in the long term.
   The risk with doing something like this, is there's always someone looking to get something for nothing --even if they can afford the price of a rental. In the past, I've seen families go from place to place for free Christmas gifts, driving a new SUV, and talking on an I-phone.  So I'm asking all of you, to let Justin know, if there's someone TRULY in need, who could use this offer. No kid should have to miss a memorable experience like their prom. Give Justin a call at 235-5511 to get the ball rolling. Or e-mail him at,
   So if your planning a wedding, or any special occasion that requires a Tux, keep your business local, and give our latest entry into the Lansingburgh business community a try. Remember folks, your dollars help keep our neighborhood healthy and vibrant, and empty storefronts are a recipe for trouble.
   Welcome to the neighborhood Mr. Formal Wear!