Monthly Archives: January 2018

Blue Star Mothers collect goods for the troops

The Blue Star Mothers Capital Region NY 2 held their annual Holiday Boxes for the Troops  Saturday, Nov. 4 at Colonie Center.

Suggested donations included individually wrapped crackers, mac and cheese, gum and hard candy, granola and energy bars, Pringles, fruit snacks, playing cards, sanitary wipes, lip balm, toothpaste, puzzle books, insect repellent and black socks.

There was music and dancing and other entertainment throughout the day.


Flash Mob showcases talents of those with disabilities


COLONIE, NY (WRGB) For this group of performers, it’s never too early to get up and dance!

Around 9:30 Friday morning, inside Colonie Center — on the lower level near Boscov’s about 30 to 40 dancers surprised people at the mall.

The band, ‘flame’ provided the music, while people from different programs around the capital region and beyond provided the choreography.

The programs include Lexington, which provides services and support to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities;

Another program – transitions – assists young adults transition into independent living; and the dance company.

While some challenges and disabilities might have initially brought this group together — it’s definitely not what’s at the center of their hearts.

Creative spirits and love for the arts are what keep them focused on what they *can* do.

And it’s quite clear they’re not letting anything get in the way of pursuing their passion.

Rockin’ and rollin’ for all levels of abilities.




Millions of people across the country are counting down until midnight, but for some, staying up can be a challenge.

Colonie Center was the site of the seventh annual Noon Years Event Balloon Drop Sunday afternoon.

Hundreds of parents, grandparents and their kids packed the Colonie Center Court where they celebrated New Year’s Eve with a twist.

The theme of this year’s event was “Around the World.”

Kids traveled from station to station, learning about different countries, while also celebrating the anticipation of a new year.

“We just came for some fun. Really excited about the balloon drop. I don’t know if they’ll be able to make it to midnight so this will be a fun way to celebrate,” said Stephanie McDonald, who attended the event with her children.

“Very crowded but it’s good though. We’re inside keeping warm and inside having fun with family and friends,” said Leo Rouse, who attended the event with his children.


Downtown Troy shops pop up in Colonie Center

COLONIE, N.Y. >> Mall-goers had the opportunity to shop small Sunday at the first-ever #ShopTroyNY pop-up in Colonie Center.

Downtown Troy businesses Broccolis, Copper Fox, Broken Mold Pottery Studio, Troy Cloth & Paper and Sawtooth Jewelry Studio set up shop in the center of the mall, where shoppers browsed and bought their goods.

The merchants brought their business across the river for the day in hopes of gaining new customers at the mall. In an otherwise predictable shopping environment, the #ShopTroyNY pop-up aimed to be a blast of something fun and new, said Broccolis owner and #ShopTroyNY founder Robilee McIntyre.

In addition to their booths, some vendors offered activities like pottery throwing and body marbling. Broken Mold owner Bianca Dupuis, who was giving a pottery-throwing demonstration Sunday afternoon, said she decided to participate in the pop-up to see some new faces.

“We have a lot of wonderful, loyal customers that stop by on a weekly basis, but it’s cold out and a lot of people come to the mall to stay warm,” she said. “They want to get out of their house. There’s a lot more faces that we see here on a Sunday than we would downtown, especially on a bitter day.”

“It’s a good advertising tool,” Dupuis added. “A lot of people feel that Troy is too far to come across the river from Albany, and it’s really not that far. So if we need to come to people then we will do that. It’s a great opportunity.”

David Langer, owner of Troy Cloth & Paper, said he joined the #ShopTroyNY pop-up to raise awareness about his business, especially after it’s recent move to a larger space on 3rd Street in downtown Troy.

“We decided that by participating in this pop-up, it would allow people to know that we’re still around. We’re kicking. We’re moving strong,” he said. “We’re expanding our business and growing.”

The ultimate goal of the #ShopTroyNY pop-up, McIntyre said, is to get people to go to Troy and do their shopping in the downtown district., adding that she hopes the event will entice people to come see them. “Come visit us.”

The timing of the pop-up coincides with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, which brings a lot of foot traffic for downtown shops on weekends, moving to its indoor location for the winter.

North Greenbush resident Christy Carroll brought her daughters to check out the #ShopTroyNY pop-up after hearing about it in the media. The family sometimes shops in downtown Troy, but typically when they’re visiting the farmers market. “

They have some cool stuff,” said Carroll, whose girls enjoyed it, too.

Collar City resident Fredda Merzon, who often shops in downtown Troy, visited the event Sunday as a supporter.

“We love these people who are here. Some of our favorite shops in Troy,” she said while looking around the pop-up. “I think the greater Capital District needs more awareness of the neat shops that are in Troy and that Troy is a very walkable city and that even when it’s cold, it pays to come downtown to Troy.”

Sunday’s pop-up event is the first in a series of four, with more businesses expected to joine. Upcoming #ShopTroyNY pop-ups are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8, in front of Boscov’s inside Colonie Center.



Colonie Chamber of Commerce elects Board of Directors

COLONIE – The Chamber of Commerce elected its 2018 Board of Directors on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Shane Rauh, business banking officer with Pioneer Bank, will serve as the Colonie Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 board chair. He has served on both the chamber’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee prior to this appointment.

The following will serve on the Executive Committee:

  • Chair-elect – Russ Ivory, general manager, Colonie Center
  • Treasurer – Paul Franklin, CFO, Nathan H. Kelman, Inc.
  • Secretary – Elizabeth DeMidio, branch manager, NBT Bank
  • Immediate Past Chair – Todd Reichelt, general manager, Albany Marriott

Sierra Kehn, sales operations manager with the Albany Business Review and Edward Knapp, partner with The Bonadio Group, have been newly elected to three-year terms on the Board of Directors beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

The following chamber members are returning to the Board of Directors in 2018 and will serve alongside Kehn and Knapp:

  • Megan Baker, president & CEO, Baker Public Relations
  • Jonathan Buhner, superintendent, South Colonie Schools
  • D. Joseph Corr, superintendent, North Colonie Schools
  • Joe LaCivita, director of planning and economic development, Town of Colonie
  • Frank Paladino, enterprise account executive/east region, Spectrum Enterprise
  • Rich Rosetti, president, Rosetti Development Companies
  • Kelly Smith, vice president, sales, MVP Health Care
  • Fred Stemp, president, Anchor Agency Inc.

“The Colonie Chamber of Commerce is fortunate to have these extremely talented individuals serve on our Board of Directors,” said Tom Nolte, president of the Colonie Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 500 business located in and around the Colonie area. “The Chamber staff and I look forward to working with them to continue to offer an outstanding array of services to our member businesses and the Colonie Community.”