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Moms’ group members there for each other
NISKAYUNA

Moms’ group members there for each other

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Every other Wednesday, first-time moms, Capital Region newcomers and veteran parents of preschoolers sit around a folding table covered in pipe cleaners, crayons and glue at the Niskayuna Recreation Center.
 
Review site Yelp battles against extortion claims
SAN FRANCISCO

Review site Yelp battles against extortion claims

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
First the chefs of a small Italian restaurant got mad at online review site Yelp. Instead of trying to get better reviews, they decided to take a different approach: get terrible ones.
 
TROY

Meyer, Thile triumph in Troy

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
For Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer Friday night, it was all talent and genuine playing.
 
Grape harvest aided by fine late-summer weather, wine makers say

Grape harvest aided by fine late-summer weather, wine makers say

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
Leaves in the trees along Route 40 in Schaghticoke are turning red and gold. Leaves on Mary and Gerry Barnhart’s grape vines are starting to turn light yellow — the growing and harvest seasons at Victory View Vineyard have ended.
 
Mario’s  serves generous, family-tested dinners

Mario’s serves generous, family-tested dinners

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
Dinner guest Sarah, wise beyond her 14 years, described Mario’s on River Road in Niskayuna: “It is a small place with a big taste!”
 
Pumpkin Fest returns to Schoharie
SCHOHARIE

Pumpkin Fest returns to Schoharie

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
First time back since Tropical Storm Irene flooded the town of Schoharie in August 201
 
SCHENECTADY

SLOC delivers timeless 'Horror'

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
The musical is receiving an all-hands-on-deck-or-somewhere-on-the-body treatment, under the sweet lash of director Michael Gatzendorfer, and you might find yourself standing and swaying at the end of the evening while the cast sings and dances to “The Time Warp.”
 

Knitting making a comeback, seen as relaxing, therapeutic

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
As autumnal breezes rustle browning trees, a comfy couch by the hearth soon could become your regular after-work destination. But before you plop down, experts recommend you find a hand-based craft such as knitting or crocheting to keep spirits high during chilly times.
 
Quilts in quantity: Hundreds will go on display next weekend

Quilts in quantity: Hundreds will go on display next weekend

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
If the words “quilt show” make you think of grandma’s log cabin or nine-patch quilts, think again.
 
Girl Scouts membership drops sharply
NEW YORK

Girl Scouts membership drops sharply

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
For the second straight year, youth and adult membership in the Girl Scouts has dropped sharply, intensifying pressure on the 102-year-old youth organization to find ways of reversing the trend.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Carlene Carter taps musical heritage in Caffe Lena show

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Carter chose vintage family numbers well, singing them in sincere simplicity for the most part.
 
Olive Garden seen through an unlimited pasta pass
NEW YORK

Olive Garden seen through an unlimited pasta pass

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
The "Never Ending Pasta Pass" card from Olive Garden not only promised weeks of unlimited pasta, but a look into why the chain is fighting to hold onto customers.
 
'Alexander' lets actors convey real-life lessons with skill

'Alexander' lets actors convey real-life lessons with skill

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
Whatever else children take from Judith Viorst’s delightful “Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day,” the sly subtext this picture-heavy book is how exhausting and sometimes misguided the optimism of the eternally optimistic can be.
 
‘Dracula Untold’: How the Vlad guy became a vampire

‘Dracula Untold’: How the Vlad guy became a vampire

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
So it wasn’t the rains that kept the Turks from getting their cannons to Vienna, seizing the city and ending Western Civilization in the late 15th/early 16th centuries.
 

Bloated trial drama just a forum for stars to show off

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
“The Judge” dawdles, lingers, takes sidebars and recesses — much like a celebrity trial in which TV cameras have been allowed into the courtroom.
 
 

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