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The Family Chow

Fine Irish fare at Finnbar's

Finnbar’s occupies a building on the corner of Broadway and Williams Street that has a long history of hospitality from a turn of the century hotel, to a brewery to several iterations of tavern/saloon/bar.

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Grandma's Got Gigs ... and gigabytes too!

Plan a backyard star party

With gig bag in hand, we traipse out to the backyard for some uncomplicated star gazing.

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Expo is out of this world

Free event at Empire State Plaza features cool costumed characters, live shows, vendors and more

The Blums are the typical American family ... two kids, jobs and a house in Upstate New York. That is, until the weekend comes and the family transforms into the bad guys from “Star Wars.”

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Banish the chill with a book

Bookshelf picks for the month of February.

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Pizza party lets kids play with their food

Pizza night is always a fun treat for the family, but deciding what type of pizza to order can be tricky if one has younger children who are picky eaters.

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Keeping an eye on our schools

An open door policy at Capital District schools is long gone as educators put more practices in place to keep students safe

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Music can open new worlds

Parents love to dream about their child learning to play the piano. However, private piano lessons are often regarded as a recreational activity.

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Opinionated art

Colonie Central students learn how to craft political cartoons

When high school students are tasked with creating political cartoons, the topics they choose to combine range from budget cuts at their school to social issues.

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2014 Kidz Expo vendor list

The following is an alphabetical listing of the organizations taking part in the Kidz Expo, which will be held Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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The Family Chow

Bar-Risto is warm, welcoming

Our most recent Family Chow mission led us to a relatively new restaurant in Schenectady – Marotta’s Bar-Risto on Union Street.

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Triple Threat: Parenting triplets in the Capital District

Three times the fun

I am full of love and hope this February! In the past my triplets have felt like they are the only triplets in the world. I was recently able to prove them wrong.

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Grandma's Got Gigs ... and gigabytes too!

Walk reveals winter wonders

Enough hibernating, I decide. This is the day to set in motion the plan I have to take the grandchildren on a winter hike.

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Let's Cook!

A rosebud in winter

When serving this treat at school, I often bring a garden of flowers with one stemmed stick for each child and extra fruit so that they can continue to skewer more themselves.

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Time for tea

The Victorian era sets the scene for living history presentation

Sue McLane was born in a time of poodle skirts, bobby socks and beehive hairdos, but one look at her and you would think she just stepped off the Titanic.

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A Lego up on the competition

Slingerlands man’s skills land him a dream job at Boston Legoland Discovery Center

Ian Coffey, who was working for the New York State Senate, will now spend his days building Lego displays.

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Educators demand end of GEA

Forum focuses on effects of lost state aid to schools, rallies for funds to be returned

The regional forum, “NY Schools Still in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can’t Wait Another Year,” drew around 1,000 people to South Colonie High School on Thursday, Jan. 30, with a gym opened as an overflow room to broadcast it.

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Winners of "Sesame Street Live" coloring contest announced

Click through our gallery to see the winning entries.

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Guilderland school district urges civility

Panel talks about interacting positively online and off

Guilderland Central School District, which recently dealt with an incident of cyberbullying, held a community conversation on how to use technology in a safe and responsible way.

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A musical gift for BCSD

Anonymous donor gives $13,000 to Bethlehem High string program

The musically inclined at Bethlehem Central High School have reason to celebrate after an anonymous donor presented the district with a $13,000 check for the purchase of music equipment.

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Forts Ferry kids take a fresh approach

Kindergartners collect activities for the Fresh Air Fund bus ride from NYC

Forts Ferry kindergartners have come together to help children from Downstate stay busy on their bus ride into fresh air and open spaces.

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