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Masters of the culinary arts take center stage at SPAC

Food, and the culinary masters behind creating the meal, takes center stage at the 2015 Annual Saratoga Wine and Food Festival.

The makings of a good cookout require more than the food you serve to guests

True story. My father was inviting some people from work to our house for a barbecue. He’d been in the office for awhile. We all just moved to Houston from the suburbs of New York City — sorry, New Jersey. He bough a gas grill to sit at the end of our backyard patio. This, I remember from what I retained as a 7-year-old.

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Adam Duritz has a passion for music and keeping in contact with fans

Adam Duritz is having a great year. His New York Rangers made it to the Stanley Cup finals. His Oakland Raiders are improving after years of lackluster seasons. The Oakland A’s haven’t given him much to appreciate, except perhaps those days of the Bash Brothers, Dave Stewart starring down opposing hitters and Rickey Henderson swiping bases. The Golden State Warriors, however, made all the difference by winning the NBA title.

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A grassroots effort has been launched to keep Crossgates Mall closed on Thanksgiving Day

Since opening to the Capital District 30 years ago, Crossgates Mall has established itself as a major hub for area retail business. With approximately 20 million customers walking through its doors each year, it is among the most visited malls in the country.

Reality weight loss shows are misguided and dangerous

While working with people, I try to have them focus not on short-term goals. Notice, I didn’t say to neglect having a long-term goal.

The widow-making, production-killing, Dungeons & Dragons-eske imaginary pastime of Fantasy Football is here

In 2006, the Pew Research Center out of Washington D.C. estimated that 5 percent of all adults play fantasy sports, two-thirds of whom played fantasy football. Fantasy sports may lend credit to baseball for its origins, but football reigns as the Mack Daddy of them all.

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Miles of Smiles challenge kicks off worldwide initiative to support Habitat for Humanity cause

More than a thousand people lined the streets of downtown Schenectady to show community pride and to support Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County, Wednesday, Aug. 12.

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NYS Baseball Hall of Fame will induct La Salle, Bethlehem coach Jesse Braverman this fall

Class began every summer afternoon on the ballfield at Bethlehem Central Middle School. The crunch of gravel underneath Jesse Braverman’s beat-up Ford Escort could be heard as he promptly rolled in at noon. He’d step out of the car with as many as 50 to 70 neighborhood kids already waiting for him. Instead of a syllabus, Braverman would pull out bags of helmets, bats and baseballs. It was the School of Baseball and class was now in session. In time, kids would simply call it “Jesse Ball.”

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There’s no quit in the decade-old gourmet burger trend

The gourmet concept to hamburgers is no longer new, not since French chef Daniel Boulud introduced a $27 burger back in 2001. But, the business model has been followed, tweaked and survived the Great Recession of a few years ago. Now, in 2015, it continues to trend stronger than what one business magazine prognosticated four years ago.

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The trend of urban farming is growing ever quicker

Third-generation owner Gregory Bennett Jackson celebrated the 100th anniversary of his family’s full-service home remodeling company, Bennett Contracting, Inc., by helping families in Albany’s South End build strong roots. 

Hello, Troy

I first came across real estate developer Sonny Bonacio when covering a story at the Universal Preservation Hall, a 19th century church being converted into an entertainment venue. The structure itself had long suffered neglect, and now through the efforts of the community, of which Bonacio is a part of, it is promised to remain relevant to the city for years to come.

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More kids are taking a break from summer vacation to learn

The thought of summer camp conjures up iconic images of swimming at the lake, or stories at the campfire, but that’s not what it’s about anymore.

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Jocelyn Ardnt weighs plans to delay Harvard for music career

Follow this string of logic. Former presidential candidate Al Gore attended Harvard University where he famously roomed with actor Tommy Lee Jones, earned his undergraduate degree and yadda, yadda, yadda invented the Internet.

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A corner of the fashion world in the most unlikeliest of places

Ursula Garreau-Rickenbacher was a young, 23-year-old Swiss immigrant in the fashion capital of the Western World, knocking on the doors of large fashion houses pitching her talent for design.

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Old fashioned fun

Fair organizers intend to keep providing you with that nostalgia

The local landscape has changed immensely throughout the great span of time the Altamont Fair has been around.