Schenectady

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If you’re unfamiliar with the world of Pokémon, you may not recognize the names of the virtual monsters being discovered in your neighborhood.

  The Music Haven Concert Series presents world-class concerts in Schenectady, NY. All their shows are scheduled to take place in Schenectady's Central Park on the Agnes MacDonald Music Haven Stage – with a rain-site at Proctors in case of inclement weather.

The Music Haven Concert Series continues its tradition of ‘traveling the world one concert at a time’ with their 2016 season of free, open-air concerts in Schenectady’s Central Park. This year’s series is stacked with international touring talent that promises to transport Music Haven audiences to locales such as: Senegal, Nashville, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Jamaica, Harlem, Ukraine, Macedonia, Cuba and County Sligo, Ireland.

Mona Golub is the Music Haven Concert Series producing artistic director and she joins us to tell us about their schedule for this summer that runs Sundays at 7PM beginning this Sunday, July 10th.

This week's Book Picks from Amy Lane at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY.

List:
All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
The Only Rule Is It Has to Work by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
Free Days with George by Colin Campbell
How to Set a Fire and Why by Jesse Ball
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
A Child's First Book of Trump written by Michael Ian Black, Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal

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If you head into downtown Schenectady to see a show, chances are you’ll see the guys in red jackets helping visitors across the street or giving directions.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

The goal of the all-volunteer Reading Is Fun Program (RIF) in Schenectady, NY is to keep helping Schenectady's needy 4-9 year olds in pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-3, to learn reading-readiness and conversational skills and vocabulary.  

We are joined by Founder and Executive Director Alvin Magid and Chief Operating Officer Mary Lou Russo.

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On May 19th, Rotterdam resident Sarah Dingley called 9-1-1 claiming she was being followed by a man who identified himself as the mayor of Schenectady.

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Firefighters were called to the  Daily Gazette's building on Maxon Road Extension in Schenectady early Sunday morning after fire alarms were activated at the building.

This week's Book Picks from Amy Lane at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY.

List:
The Man Who Invented Fiction by William Egginton
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict by Austin Reed, edited by Caleb Smith
The Jazz of Physics by Stephon Alexander
The Lost Celt by A. E. Conran
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield

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The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has opened a new student-run pharmacy in downtown Schenectady. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was on hand for the ribbon-cutting.

The City of Schenectady will receive millions from its new casino even before the project begins operating.

Statue of Lawrence the Indian, savior of Schenectady, NY, USA, at the center of the city's Stockade Historic District.
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The upstate homes of black families who migrated north decades ago, a New York City library designed by a renowned Gilded Age architect and a rail corridor in the Adirondacks have made a New York preservation group's list of historic places to save.

  The Proctors' Key Private Bank Broadway Series has been unveiled. The season includes An American in Paris, The Sound of Music and Cabaret among six touring musicals. Capital Rep's slate of original productions will consist of five shows, from a tribute to Janis Joplin to an adaptation of Homer's Iliad.

In another first, an offering on Capital Rep's season, Beautiful — The Carole King Musical, will be presented at Proctors and will be a touring show, not an original production mounted by Capital Rep. Subscribers to either theater will have the option of adding tickets to the touring production of Wicked, returning to Proctors for two weeks in March 2017.

There is a lot going on and we welcome CEO Philip Morris to tell us more.

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During the Great Recession, schools had to make difficult choices. In New York, as state aid was pulled back, many schools had to lay-off staff and eliminate programs.

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Fans are flocking to their local theaters to see the next chapter in the Star Wars saga. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief talked those waiting for last night's premiere of The Force Awakens in Schenectady.

34 workers in Schenectady are losing their jobs as General Electric has announced it will stop manufacturing a high-tech battery.

  Best-selling author Elizabeth Rosner's Electric City: A Novel, is now available in paper-back. The historical tale spans from the end of the nineteenth century, through to the mid-twenties, up to the summer of love. The year is 1892; a few years earlier Thomas Edison moved his Edison Machine Works to upstate New York at the confluence of the mighty Hudson River and its tributary the Mohawk. It soon became the headquarters of a major manufacturing company giving the town its name Electric City. Elizabeth Rosner will be in our region to talk about her book in an event Tuesday, November 10th, for the Women's Club of Albany. 

Joanne Yepsen declares victory in Saratoga
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  Patrick Madden has won a four-way race for mayor of Troy, New York. In Saratoga, Joanne Yepsen won another term.  Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy defeated Roger Hull to win another term in office. We hear reports from WAMC's Lucas Willard, Jessica Bloustein-Marshall and Dave Lucas.  

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It’s the final day of campaigning in Schenectady, where voters will decide to keep sitting Mayor Gary McCarthy in office or replace him with former Union College president Roger Hull.

Hull lost to McCarthy in a close 2011 race by a mere 89 votes. A lot has changed in four years.

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Police have launched an investigation after a contractor unearthed bones in the backyard of a Schenectady home.

The Times Union says crime scene investigators were at the home Saturday.

Authorities say the contractor was installing a fence at the home on Monday when he found the bones buried about a foot underground.

Schenectady Police say the man took the bones home and showed them to his wife, who is a nurse. When she told him the remains might be human, he returned them to the house.

  Each region of the country has its own distinctive history and culture that set it apart from others. The Capital Region of New York—consisting of Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Saratoga Counties— is no different.

Last month, The Albany Institute of History and Art opened an exhibition celebrating the heritage of this area. The Capital Region in 50 Objects will be on view through April 3rd.

The exhibition was planned in partnership with the Times Union and was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional funding was provided by the New York Council for the Humanities and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

The Albany Institute of History and Art is just down the road from our studio in Albany. I went there to talk about the exhibition with Chief Curator Doug McCombs and Curator Diane Shewchuk.

  The National Tour of The Book Of Mormon opens tonight at Proctors in Schenectady.

Hailed by The New York Times as "the best musical of this century" and the winner of nine Tony Awards, The Book of Mormon is the blockbuster Broadway smash from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the Oscar-winning composer of Disney's Frozen and Avenue Q, Bobby Lopez.

David Larsen plays Elder Price in the show and he joins us to talk about the tour and his career.

   This week's Book Picks from Amy Lane at The Open Door Bookstore and Gift Gallery in Schenectady, NY.

List:
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow
Felicity by Mary Oliver
The Jump Book by Philippe Halsman
Joy Ride by John Lahr
Trace by Lauret Savoy
The Trouble in Me by Jack Gantos

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A new study aims to take a closer look at the causes of housing instability and insecurity in Schenectady, where some neighborhoods suffer persistent poverty.

Song For A City

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It's been said "there's a song for every city."

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Schenectady Democratic Mayor Gary McCarthy and Independent candidate Roger Hull met for a debate hosted by the Daily Gazette on Wednesday evening.

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Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy presented his 2016 budget Thursday. The Democratic mayor, up for re-election in November, is keeping the city tax rate flat.

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Schenectady Police Chief Brian Kilcullen is leaving his position for a job in Rutland, Vermont.

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Six weeks before election day, former Union College president and Independent mayoral candidate Roger Hull and Democratic Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy attended a forum Monday evening where they answered questions related to sustainability and the environment.

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Police say a 55-year-old woman found dead in the basement of a Schenectady apartment house was the victim of a homicide.

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A car has crashed into the front of an upstate New York diner at lunch hour, injuring seven people.

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