In Schenectady, on Aug. 12 Buzz Media Solutions is calling for local residents and businesses to line the streets with smiles as part of the Miles of Smiles event. People are encouraged to line the streets starting at the MVP building on State Street all the way down to Schenectady County Community College on Washington Avenue and display all of their smiles from shirts to signs from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The event is meant to emphasize the positives of the city.
In Schenectady, people of all ethnicities and faiths gathered under the Central Park pavilion in order to learn more about the Islamic faith and dismiss some of the misconceptions surrounding the religion. “I would like them to know they should not paint everybody with the same brush,” said Mohammad Rafi, a Muslim who attended the event. “In humanity, we are all brothers and sisters — Jews, Christians, Muslims.”
In Amsterdam, the Minions have invaded the city with the help of Mayor Anne Thane and a group of followers. On East Main Street, the mayor started a project to paint the already yellow median posts with the Minions' signature blue overalls and goggles. After the positive response, Mayor Thane plans to expand the project to other parts of the city. “It’s not a forever situation, but we hope people like them and come down and get a picture with them,” Thane said.
In Saratoga Lake, Brown's Beach is once again providing a place to cool off this summer. The beach reopened for the first time since the 1950s after extensive renovations. The beach, however, is more than a place to swim. It's something that the generations that have come before remember and now have the opportunity to share with the next. For Gerard Zabala, who brought his granddaughter to the beach, he remembered from his childhood that it was especially emotional. “I see nothing but smiles out there and that is the way it was a long time ago,” he said.
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