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It's up to us to protect the environment around us. You can start by helping in this year's I Love My Park Day.
It' the largest single-day volunteer event in the state, with thousands of volunteers rolling up their sleeves to help clean up parks, beaches, plant trees, gardens, and more.
This year marks its 10th anniversary. It will be held May 1 and 2. To sign up, visit this website: https://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day
The CDTA will increase service shortly, returning to some major routes, beginning Sunday. For a full list of service changes, click here.
To donate to the father involved in the recent motorcycle accident, click here.
A list of upcoming food banks by Catholic Charities in Albany can be found here.
The schedule for the New York National Guard's flyover of 12 Capital Region cities can be found here.
The schedule for 2020 Census community conversations at the Albany Public Library:
Businesses participating in Schenectady Restaurant Week 2020:
Lake Placid U.S. Figure Skating event link here.
Here are the super Sunday recipes from Market 32, seen on Your Morning Albany:
SMOKED CHICKEN CHILI
PREPARATION TIME: 45 minutes
4 slices PICS lower sodium bacon*
1 cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. smoked paprika
2 cups shredded smoked chicken
2 cups PICS reduced sodium chicken broth
1-15 oz. cans PICS white beans, rinsed and drained
1- 15 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce
PICS shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup sliced green onions
*Eliminating the bacon will reduce fat and calories.
ARTICHOKE & PARMESAN STUFFED MUSHROOMS
PREPARATION TIME: 45 minutes
24 medium cremini (baby bella) or white mushrooms
4 tsp. PICS extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 Tbsp. minced shallot
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup drained marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
3 Tbsp. PICS panko breadcrumbs, divided
2 Tbsp. grated PICS Parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. PICS low-fat mayonnaise
1/8 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
LUCKY 7 LAYER DIP
PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes prep/10 minutes cook time
1 (15 oz. can) fat free refried beans
2 T. PICS hot sauce
4 scallions, sliced
1 (16-18 oz. jar) green chili salsa
2 T. cilantro, chopped
1 (15 oz. can) PICS black beans, drained, rinsed
2 tsp. ground cumin
1- 16 oz. jar chipotle or other salsa
2 cups PICS lite sour cream
Zest and juice of 1 lime
2 ripe avocados
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 jalapeño, seeded, minced
Sea salt to season
2 plum tomatoes, medium dice
½ cup PICS sliced black olives
Your favorite tortilla chips for dipping
To donate to the Ronald McDonald House Radiothon at Crossgates, click here.
Amid the devastating Australian fires, here are links to help/donate:
The FBI is hosting a multi-agency law enforcement job fair at the University of Albany. Several local departments have publicly said they are struggling to find qualified recruits. Multiple law enforcement officials from forces from across the state will be in attendance. It takes place November 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the university's Campus Ballroom, located at 1400 Washington Ave.; Albany, NY 12222.
Hatsgiving is a project started by advocate Jeremy Wernick. When he was in elementary school, he shaved his head to raise money for childhood cancer research, but soon realized how cold his head was in the winter months. He came up with Hatsgiving.
Collections for winter hats of all sizes run from November 3-20. Locations are at all Recovery Sports Grill locations, all Sunmark Credit Union branches, Glenville Health and Fitness, Boudreau Beauty Unlimited, and at the World Class Gymnastics Academy in Latham.
The Cheese Traveler in Albany is holding a "Cheese 101" class Thursday night at 7 p.m. on 540 Delaware Avenue. It includes cheese samples, a tasting plate, wine and cider samples and toast points.
The price is $30 per person, and reservations are required, as seating is limited to 14. Register in advance for Thursday's class by calling The Cheese Traveler at (518) 443-0440.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a statewide donation drive to help the people of the Bahamas recover and rebuild following Hurricane Dorian. To help with the effort, the governor will work with the Bahamian Consulate to expand the number of drop sites for priority donations of food, dry goods and personal hygiene.
Albany's drop-off site is the Empire State Plaza's main concourse, on 100 South Mall Arterial in Albany.
Needed Post-Hurricane Dorian Relief Supplies:
The FBI is widening its investigation into MyPayroll HR's sudden shutdown. The bureau says if your business was impacted, please fill out a questionnaire here. Based on the responses provided, they may contact you to provide additional information.
New York State wants you to vote for the state's next official license plate, which will be available to residents in April 2020. The new plate will replace "the aging Empire Blue & White plates, most of which are more than 10 years old," according to the state's website.
With temperatures rising rapidly and heat advisories likely throughout the weekend, click on the Department of Health's page to find a list of cooling centers in your area.
As selected by Troy Pig Out attendees who visited the Spectrum News booth, here is the recipe for Julie Chapman's peanut butter bars!
For the cookie layer
For the middle layer
For the topping
Here are the parking prohibitions and road closures for Saturday's Freihofer's Run for Women in Albany:
Wednesday, May 29 at 7 a.m. through Sunday, June 2 at 6 p.m.
State Street, south side east of Eagle Street 5 spaces east of Handicap
Thursday, May 30 at 8 a.m. through Saturday, June 1 at 6 p.m.
State Street, south side from driveway on east end of the Capital Building east to Eagle Street
Friday, May 31 at 8 a.m. through Saturday, June 1 at 6 p.m.
Lancaster Street, north side from Lark Street west 6 spaces
N. Hawk Street, east side from Washington Avenue to Elk Street
Friday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. through Saturday June 1 at 6 p.m.
Washington Avenue, both north and south sides from S. Swan Street east to Eagle Street
Park Street, both east and west sides from Lancaster Street to State Street
N. Hawk Street, west side from Elk Street to Washington Avenue
Saturday, June 1, 12:01 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Washington Park, both sides of ALL Washington Park roadways
Saturday June 1, 5 a.m.-2 p.m.
Washington Avenue, both north and south sides from S. Swan Street west to Lexington Avenue
Western Avenue, both north and south sides from Washington Avenue west to Robin Street
Sprague Place, both east and west sides from Western Avenue to State Street
Henry Johnson Boulevard, east and west sides from Washington Avenue to State Street
Eagle Street, both east and west sides from State Street to Columbia Street
State Street, both north and south sides from S. Swan Street to Eagle Street
S. Swan Street, both east and west sides from Washington Ave north 6 spaces on each side
Friday May 31, at 7 p.m. until Saturday, June 1 at 6 p.m.
Washington Avenue eastbound and westbound between Eagle Street and S. Swan Street
Washington Avenue eastbound at Dove Street
Washington Avenue eastbound at Lark Street
N. Hawk Street between Elk Street and Washington Avenue
Saturday June 1, 12:01 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Washington Park, All roadways, including Henry Johnson Boulevard between State St & Madison Ave
Saturday June 1, 5 a.m.-2 p.m.
Washington Avenue, between S. Swan Street and Lexington Avenue
Western Avenue, between Washington Avenue and N. Lake Avenue
Robin Street, between Washington Avenue and Western Avenue
Sprague Place, between Western Avenue and State Street
Henry Johnson Boulevard, between Central Avenue and Madison Avenue
Lark Street, between Elk Street and State Street
Dove Street, between Elk Street and State Street
S. Swan Street, between State Street and Elk Street
Eagle Street, between State Street and Pine Street
Corning Place, between Lodge Street and Eagle Street
Willett Street, between Madison Avenue and State Street
Lancaster Street, between Lark Street and Willett Street
Hudson Avenue, between Lark Street and Willett Street
The Albany Police Department has announced road closures and parking restrictions for Thursday, May 16, during the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge road race. The race starts at 6:25 p.m., but restrictions and closures go into effect as early as 8 a.m.
For a full list of closures and restrictions, click here.
If you're driving in Albany on Saturday, you may notice a helicopter in flight around the Corning Tower.
There's no emergency. The chopper is bringing materials from the Grand Street parking lot up to the tower's roof as crews work at the top of the Albany skyline. The work will impact some traffic and parking.
For more information on closures, click here.
The third annual Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service will be given to an Albany resident who has made meaningful community contributions. Nominations are open until 5 p.m. Friday, April 26.
To nominate someone for the award, click on the nomination page.
See how you can help the non-profit organization 100 Women Who Care Albany.
Irish Soda Bread recipe
Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest - Pork Belly Mac & Cheese
For the pork belly:
Instructions for pork belly: