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Albany Parking Authority offers Seasonal Discount

ALBANY – The Albany Parking Authority announces a Seasonal Savings special for December through March.

Drivers may get a monthly parking permit to any of the Authority’s three downtown garages for only $100 a month, up to four months.

Drivers looking to save up to $160 on this deal may contact the Albany Parking Authority by CLICKING HERE.

Albany Jewish Center holds Farmers Market

The Albany JCC Farmers Market will start up again on Thursday, August 9, after a two-year hiatus. 

The market, which will run from 3:00-6:00 pm every Thursday, through October, will feature a wide variety of food and craft items, as well as prepared foods, all grown and produced by local farmers. 

The market will be located on the Center's front lawn at 340 Whitehall Road and is open to all.

Blueberry Festival presented by CDPHP's Farmers' Market

ALBANY - On Thursday, July 12, CDPHP will be presenting a Blueberry Festival. 

From 11a.m. to 1:30p.m. vendors will be selling not only fresh blueberries but also blueberry products, including bread, jam, and muffins.

There will even be blueberry lemonade available.

Teh Farmers' Market is open every Thursday through October 4. The market is located at 500 Patroon Creek Blvd.

Senior Services Announces Changes

Senior Services of Albany, Inc. a not-for-profit organization serving seniors and their families in the Capital Region has announced changes to its transportation services. Senior Services will no longer be be providing individual ride service. They will be providing group transportation services as an alternative.

More New Yorkers plan to up holiday spending

	More New Yorkers plan to up holiday spending

COLONIE - Sammi Gelhaus searched for the perfect Webkinz for her little sister at a Hallmark store Tuesday, and she wasn't worried about the price.

Last Christmas, Sammi was unemployed, but now that she's working in her family's business, there's more money to spend.

"I guess I'm just more confident in buying stuff this year because I have a more stable job," she said.

That sentiment was reflected in a new state wide Siena poll, that surveyed New Yorkers about their holiday spending plans.

Seven percent said they expect to shell out more this year than they did last year, up from four percent.

34 percent planned to cut back on gifts this year, not as many as a year ago.

55 percent said they will spend about the same as last year.

The manager at the gift store Pearl Grant Richmonds in Stuyvesant Plaza  said they're already seeing an uptick in spending.

Hannaford and United Way team up to help storm victims

Hannaford and United Way team up to help storm victims

Volunteers from the community, GE, and SEFCU teamed up with Hannaford Supermarkets and United Way of the Greater Capital Region to help victims of recent storms and their families.

They met at the Hannaford warehouse on Central Avenue in Albany to sort and pack donated supplies through the Project Hope 2011 Community Stakeholder and Supply Drive. Hannaford donated the use of its warehouse to serve as a gathering and distribution point for supplies. The company also donated a tractor-trailer to help collect goods and drop them off around the Capital Region.

The supplies will be donated to areas in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie Counties.  Hannaford customers can still donate to storm recovery efforts by making cash donations at registers in Hannaford stores in New York. Donations will go to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, the Hudson Valley Food Bank and the Food Bank of Central New York.

Library holds used book sale

Library holds used book sale

Bargain hunters looking for gently used books, movies, and music at bargain basement prices can head to Albany Public Library’s Main Library this weekend.

The Bookends Used Book Store clearance sale on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15 will feature thousands of items.

Prices on Saturday are:

·         Hard cover books are $1 each

·         Soft cover books are 2 for $1

·         Antique books and special editions are $2 each

·         Children’s books are 3 for $1

·         Pocket books are five for $1

·         Audio books are $1 each

·         DVDs are $2 each and $5 for sets