Monday, August 12, 2013

Faces at TRIP: Eric Newton

Eric Newton
Meet Eric Newton – a Junior at SUNY Oswego, majoring in Journalism.  Eric is interning this summer at TRIP on a volunteer basis, organizing TRIP’s second annual Green Fair next month.  In addition to his TRIP responsibilities, Eric caters for Lily and the Rose and works at Fifty South Restaurant.  When Eric isn’t working he enjoys rowing at Fish Creek, kayaking and hiking.  Eric says he likes the work environment at TRIP and the opportunity to work with various green groups.

Thank you Eric for your efforts. Good luck this fall at Oswego!

Come to the Green Fair!

TRIP and RCHR are hosting the 2nd Annual Troy Green Fair in partnership with the City of Troy, Rensselaer County, and Transition Troy. It's Free and the public is invited.

Come recycle your stuff to save it from the landfills. (see list below)  Learn about ways to be greener and meet businesses and organizations that have sustainable and green products, services, or information to share. 

 Date, Time and Location
Saturday, September 28th -- 9 AM to 2:00 PM
Green Island Bridge Parking Lot (click here for a map)

 Get involved
There are several ways that local businesses, organizations, and community members can be involved:
 Partners and Supporters so far, Green Allies:
Click here to sign-up to be a Green Ally or to sign up for a table at the event

Transition Troy: Building community resilience in the face of peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis.

Troy Compost: A community driven effort to build a composting system for Troy. They will be collecting food scraps onsite to be composted at a local farm.

Add Your Green Organization! Click here to sign up for a table at the event

Questions? Comments? Let us know: (518) 272-8289 x214 or click here to email us!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Small City Revitalization

Second Annual 
New York State Neighborhood Revitalization Conference

Last September a group of local residents launched the first Annual New York State Neighborhood Revitalization Conference.  Held on a weekend at Russell Sage College, a keynote talk by author James Kunstler launched us into a day of lively interaction and discussion with workshop topics including vacant properties, land banking, green rehab, solar energy, and green infrastructure.

This year on Saturday, September 21, the second conference will be held at Russell Sage College. This year, the keynote speaker will be Vincent DeSantis whose book, “Toward Civic Integrity, Re-establishing the Micropolis,” grows out of the history of Gloversville and Johnstown and his reflections on small city revitalization. Workshops now scheduled include such topics as empty churches, Habitat for Humanity, youth court, Maker’s Space, and the Mohawk Harvest Co-Op. Registration forms and schedule updates are available at the conference’s website,

Festa Italiana!

The Italian Community Center’s Charitable Foundation presents its Silver Anniversary “Festa Italiana” on Friday and Saturday, September 6th and 7th between 5 and 11pm at its Center, 1450 Fifth Avenue in Troy’s Little Italy.

Join the family friendly atmosphere for Great Italian Food, Games and Rides for Children, Italian Souvenirs, Dancing (to the music of “TS Ensemble” (6-10 pm Friday) and Good Times” (6-10pm Saturday) as well as Raffles and Games of Chance.

The menu includes Ziti & Sauce and Meatballs, Sausage & Peppers, Meatball Subs, Pasta Fagioli, Eggplant Parm, Linguini w/White Clam Sauce (Friday only), Calamari, Chicken Wings, Burgers, Hot Dogs, French Fries, Pizza, Pizza Fritta, Zeppole, Italian Cookies, Lemon Ice, Ice Cream, Expresso w/Sambuca, Sambuca & Anisette, Soda, Wine, Draft Beer.

While you are at the Festa stop by the Troy Little Italy booth to view the Remembrance Exhibit prepared by our neighborhood group to commemorate and celebrate the life and service of Sister Carmelite Germinario, a member of the Daughters of Charity for 70 years, who was raised on Hill Street in Little Italy, served as a teacher, religious education instructor, school principal (at our own St. Mary’s School on Third Street) and pastoral/spiritual care assistant at Troy’s St. Mary’s Hospital. See you at the Festa!

Are You an Urban Thinker?

Urban Thinkers Book Club
Interested in reading and discussing topics of urban planning and design?
Book Green Metropolis
Join the Urban Thinkers Book Club!  Created by Bev Bendix, Troy resident, with the objective “to start dialog on these topics so that we may learn from each other and construct a knowledge base. Specifically, we will try to relate our readings to Troy and the Capital Region.”
The first book is Green Metropolis by David Owen. This will be discussed at the next meeting  on Tuesday, August 27 at 6:30 PM at Finnbar's Pub, 452 Broadway, Troy, NY. 
The group is free and open to all ages.  No expertise needed. 
Books and meeting times will be posted at
 This website also includes a link to subscribe to the email list or you may email Bev at Bendib88[at]gmail[dot]com to subscribe as well.
 Happy reading!