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Open house planned to discuss Corning Preserve Waterfront Park project

An open house is planned for Tuesday to discuss proposed improvements to the Corning Preserve Waterfront Park.

The open house will be held at City Hall on Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. and again from 4:30 p.m. To 6:30 p.m.

The plan was created using input from public workshops that were held last year.

The program is being funded by the New York State Department of State with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.

Code Blue program seeks public's donations

Cold overnight temperatures expected next week will lead to activation of the Code Blue system in Albany and Saratoga.

The Homeless and Travelers Aid Society in Albany is asking for help from the public. They are asking for winter boots, coats, hats, gloves and cold weather sleeping bags.

Donations can be dropped off at 138 Central Avenue in Albany.

You can also donate money to the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society.

All donations will go to Code Blue providers.

Meal prep underway at Capital City Rescue Mission

ALBANY – The Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany is getting ready to serve about 3,000 Christmas dinners. Volunteers are also getting gifts together for those in need.

The dinner and gift-giving begins at noon on Wednesday, following Christmas mass, which begins at 11 a.m.

The Rescue Mission also called a "Code Blue" due to the chilly weather.

That means the homeless will be given a hot meal and warm place to sleep on this Christmas Eve.

Warm weather closes Empire State Plaza ice rink

The ice rink at the Empire State Plaza, shortly after opening for the season. - File / WNYT

ALBANY – The Empire State Plaza ice rink will not be open this weekend.

With a forecast of warm and rainy weather, the rink was forced to shut down on Friday afternoon.

It will remain closed through at least Monday.

Crews will reevaluate the ice conditions and hope to have the rink open again on Tuesday.

Capital region receives more than $1 million in brownfield development grants

ALBANY- The Capital Region secures more than a million dollars in brownfield redevelopment grants.

It comes as part of a state-wide $10 million grant from Brownfield Opportunity Area or BOA.

Brownfields are dormant properties where the potential of contamination causes a need for redevelopment.

BOA provides funding for the investigation into contamination, environmental impact studies and even marketing and redevelopment strategies for brownfields.

 The Affordable Housing Partnership in Albany will receive close to $500,000 for development of 15 sites in the city’s Sheridan Hollow neighborhood.

The Town of Colonie has more than $250,000 to use for revitalizing 6 large sites in the Lincoln Avenue area.

The Town of Fort Edward will receive about $250,000 to implement an investment strategy for an industrial park on the NYS Champlain Canal.

Judge snuffs out smoking ban for parks

A New York State judge is ordering state park officials to stop enforcing a recent ban on outdoor smoking.

Justice George Ceresia says the no-smoking rule is not supported by any policy set by the Legislature.

He notes that while lawmakers enacted restrictions on indoor smoking, the Assembly and Senate have attempted but failed to target smoking in outdoor parks.

Parks officials said they enacted the rules to protect visitors from secondhand smoke. They plan to appeal.

AIDSWalk scheduled for Saturday in Washington Park

On Saturday, people will be walking in Washington Park, to help in the fight against AIDS.

The 17th annual AIDSWalk is scheduled for this Saturday, September 28.
It will include refreshments, awards, and live entertainment from the Student Theater Outreach Program (S.T.O.P.)

The walk benefits The Community AIDS Partnership of the Capital Region, which serves people in Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, and Schoharie counties.

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