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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: