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Saratoga drop-box program called a ‘win-win-win’ so far

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga drop-box program called a ‘win-win-win’ so far

The spirit of the holidays has taken on an unusual form outside G. Willikers toy store on Broadway — a metal box painted to look like a hamburger. The box is one of 12 creatively painted drop boxes installed around the downtown area in mid-August.

Some new shopping options in NYC this holiday season

Some new shopping options in NYC this holiday season

Shopping in New York City this time of year is synonymous with dressed-up department stores, street vendors and outdoor holiday markets.

At the Pointe is cozy, offers basic family fare

At the Pointe is cozy, offers basic family fare

The Restaurant at the Pointe is a full-service restaurant within Shaker Pointe at Carondolet.

Out of tragedy emerges hope for young athletes

Out of tragedy emerges hope for young athletes

A longtime school athletics coach in the Capital Region, McIntyre decided to begin a sports scholarship program in his son’s name and honor. But he wanted to do something more.

New Christmas tradition for Hamilton Hill

New Christmas tradition for Hamilton Hill

The new tradition, lighting a community Christmas tree, was in part a show of unity for a neighborhood that was significantly impacted by gun violence this past year.

Montgomery Village, Md.

Maryland elementary students challenge stereotypes with video

Children with backgrounds from 52 countries attend Stedwick Elementary School in Montgomery Village, Maryland.

Demand on Capital Region food pantries still high

LATHAM

Demand on Capital Region food pantries still high

Even with the economy on the upswing, local food pantries are more in-demand than ever. "Every week, we are completely empty when we close our doors," said Kim Sheppard, executive director of Bethesda House in Schenectady.

Residents celebrate ribbon cutting at The Summit senior living complex

WILTON

Residents celebrate ribbon cutting at The Summit senior living complex

The new 110-unit community sits on 12 acres just off Route 50.

Glitter & green: Trees decked out creatively at festivals

Glitter & green: Trees decked out creatively at festivals

With December here and Christmas just 24 days away, people will warm up for the holidays by visiting one — or several — festivals in the Capital Region. Tree stands are also up in Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa, Queensbury and Amsterdam, among other places.

Six classic teas to check out this winter

Six classic teas to check out this winter

With cooler weather coming, warmer beverages sound better every day.

Shrimp makes quick meal for busy holiday season

Shrimp makes quick meal for busy holiday season

No time for food shopping during this busy season? Keep frozen shrimp, a bottle of tomato salsa, rice and frozen broccoli on hand for a no-fuss dinner.

Capital Region residents join Dakota pipeline protest

SCHENECTADY

Capital Region residents join Dakota pipeline protest

When Stacey Midge, associate pastor of the First Reformed Church in the Stockade, traveled to the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota on Monday to spend a few days with the water protectors, the Oceti Sakowin Camp was already blanketed in snow.

Santa drops in on Ellms Farms in Charlton

CHARLTON

Santa drops in on Ellms Farms in Charlton

Santa Claus dropped into the town of Charlton on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t by sleigh.

Civitello’s harks back to warmth, quality of past

Civitello’s harks back to warmth, quality of past

I felt as if I were taking friend Gail home to meet my family. The scent of garlic and Italian pastries hung temptingly in the air.

New tricks in canine cancer aim to treat humans, too

PHILADELPHIA

New tricks in canine cancer aim to treat humans, too

Dogs, unlike lab mice, get cancer naturally and have intact immune systems, making them a much better comparison for cancer treatment in humans.

A Navajo chef looks to history in his homage to Native cuisine

A Navajo chef looks to history in his homage to Native cuisine

Dishes at Mitsitam, located within the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, represent native tribes from the northern woodlands to South America.

Hot holiday toys: From Hatchimals to Pokemon Sun and Moon

Hot holiday toys: From Hatchimals to Pokemon Sun and Moon

Here’s a roundup of some of the toys that may be big sellers this year.

Families seek green on Black Friday

Families seek green on Black Friday

Some capital region families opted to spend the retail holiday in the great outdoors as they hunted for the perfect Christmas tree.

Black Friday melts into the weekend for many local shoppers

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Black Friday melts into the weekend for many local shoppers

With deals lasting through the holiday weekend, crowds seem less frantic -- and less stretched for time -- than in years past.

Black Friday isn't just about the deals anymore

CAPITAL REGION

Black Friday isn't just about the deals anymore

The retailer shift to week-long deals and the nightmarish tales of Black Fridays past have many opting out of the mega shopping "holiday" and choosing to spend the day off catching up with friends or relaxing with loved ones.

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