Capital region leaders—including Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia, Assemblymember Pat Fahy, Proctor’s CEO Philip Morris, Albany Common Councilmember Dan Herring, Center for Economic Growth CEO Mike Tucker, and former Assemblymember Jack McEneny—all called today for Dr. Andrew Hendricks, the founder and chairman of the Half Moon replica, to reconsider his announcement last week to move the ship to the Dutch city of Hoorn
The mayors of the tri-cities are on board of an initiative to try to keep the Half Moon replica ship docked locally on the Hudson River.
Built in 1989 by Dr. Andrew Hendricks, The Replica Ship The Half Moon is a working, full-scale model of the Dutch vessel noted explorer Henry Hudson sailed in 1609 when he discovered the river that bears his name.
Now that MGM has won Massachusetts regulatory and voter approval to build a resort casino in downtown Springfield the Las Vegas-based entertainment giant has employment and local purchasing commitments to keep.
The recent slayings of two police officers in New York City and one in Florida has resulted in public displays of support for police in western Massachusetts.
In response to a social media campaign, people in Chicopee have put blue lights in their house windows for police on patrol to see. The police chief of Ludlow suggested in an email that people wear blue ribbons. The mayor of Greenfield, William Martin, went out of his way to pay tribute to police during a ceremony Monday marking new train service.
I’m writing this after a party for what Persians call Yalda, the winter soltice. There is a significant Persian community in this area, refugees, immigrants and students. This group was put together by the Alaei brothers. They are the doctors who were imprisoned in Iran for the temerity of trying to treat people with Aids and discussing the best techniques for doing it with other doctors around the globe. When he was released, Kamiar came here to Albany to finish his doctorate at the School of Public Health. We spent the better part of a year praying for the release of his brother Arash and as soon as he was released he joined Kamiar here in Albany. They have now been joined by their sister and Kamiar by his bride.
Due to what it’s calling heavy interest, Massachusetts is extending its payment deadline for people who want a state-based health insurance plan to December 28th. But, people must still choose a plan by the end of today.
Tonight is the last night of the second year of Beacon’s Hannukah celebration, honoring different sectors of the community each night. The celebration is held at the corner of a busy intersection, and this year the rabbi had an added activity – a trip to the White House.
Beacon Hebrew Alliance and BeaconArts teamed up to celebrate Illumin8tion: Lighting Up Our Community for Eight Nights of Hannukah at the Beacon bicycle menorah. The candles are bicycle wheels, strung with lights. Brent Spodek is Rabbi of Beacon Hebrew Alliance.
Hanukkah is coming to an end, the Christmas holiday is days away, and Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve are right around the corner. Merriment is all around, and much of it centers around dining, and entertainment. Sometimes, that requires a bit of skill in the kitchen, specifically with equipment like knives. We have Chef Bill Collins in the studio with us today, who has a few tips for carving up a delicious meal for the holidays.