Another pedestrian of Upper Union Street receiving a pair of bouquets from Jo-Ann Mingo (on left) for "Petal It Forward", an event where pedestrians were given two free bouquets and encouraged to give one away.

Petal it Forward

BY INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY- When J.J. Moran began his bike ride down Union Street, he had no idea that he would be doing more than one kind of pedaling on the morning of October 19. “Whoa, slow down,”…

Joni Bonilla, founder of Operation At Ease, poses with Glory, who was recently rescued. Monday, Sept. 12, 2016.

Who rescues who?

Indiana Nash Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — The premise of Operation At Ease is simple: fulfilling the needs of veterans struggling with PTSD and finding a loving home for dogs who have recently been rescued — “saving one life to greatly…

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Monday afternoon, July 13th, 2015, at the Schenectady County Jail's visitation room. The Reading is Fun Program (RIF) visited with inmate Carlos Diaz-Hernandez and his four children, currently in foster care. Retired University of Albany Professor and curator Al Magid worked with one child during the session.

Reading program continues to grow

BY INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Across the country, elementary school educators are continually grappling with the question of how best to give students a strong academic base. After all, according to the Greek philosopher Diogenes, “The foundation of…

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Parents, local government officials and members of the ECEC of Schenectady cutting the ribbon off of the new playground. Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Handicapped Accessible Playground Unveiled

SCHENECTADY — On July 20, the Early Childhood Education Center in Schenectady celebrated the opening of a playground which will be accessible to children with disabilities. “It represented the teamwork of our dedicated staff, our families and the Schenectady community…

St. Mary's Church on Eastern Avenue of Schenectady is finding a new purpose after it closed in June of 2009. Thursday, July 21, 2016.

House of Angels Renaissance Project

BY INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY — When Sandi Vardine began restoring a few brownstones in Troy back in 2006, she had no idea that her small start in redesigning residences would lead to what she now calls the House…