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Softball Team Champions Credit: Marissa
Softball Team Champions Credit: Marissa
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Be a Part of the Phil Sweeney Memorial Softball Tournament

I've played the game since I was 6-years old and as I celebrate my birthday this weekend, it's hard not to think of Phil Sweeney who won't get another birthday and won't play another softball game.

For those unfamiliar, Phil, who passed away at just 63-years old became suddenly ill while playing the game he loved. He had played softball the majority of his life, just like me. This weekend, the tournament I'm so excited for is played in his honor.

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Colonie Center
Colonie Center
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Kids Spa Coming to Colonie Center – No, Seriously

I'll start this by saying that I am a woman with a career and a busy schedule and bills just like so many. I know I'm typically the target demographic for the average "day spa" yet, I still can't bring myself to indulge. It's mainly the cost that adds an extra layer of stress and anxiety just thinking about it, which really is the opposite affect that a spa should have.

I'm definitely not judging anyone that decides to take the time to go and enjoy the facials and mud baths of the world. I've heard nothing but amazing things, I guess they're just not for me (or maybe I can't say that fully until I've tried all the things.)

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Schohairie Fair, Marissa
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It’s Almost Fair Season – Here’s What You Need to Know

Some people love the rides. Others love the games. Live entertainment, animals, racing but for me, it's all about the food at the local fairs.

The largest mozzarella sticks known to man, fried pb&j, fried oreos, fried pickles, fried everything and of course food on sticks (I love food on sticks.)

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Marissa and Dad Credit: Marissa
Marissa and Dad Credit: Marissa
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5 Things Dad Will Love This Fathers Day [LIST]

I know, Dad can be hard to shop for. My Dad especially (don't we all say that?)

They have everything they could ever want (most of the time), they don't typically need anything (you can afford anyway) and they don't want to go out of the house (unless it's to go to the casino - oh, just mine?)

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courtesy of Christina Secor facebook
courtesy of Christina Secor facebook
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Fire At Local Albany Restaurant This Weekend

This weekend was a hot one, but it was hot for much different reasons at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill restaurant in Albany on Saturday evening.

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Getty Images
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It’s Gonna Be HOT This Weekend – 5 Things To Do Outside in the Capital Region

With temperatures soaring into the 90's by Sunday, it seems like Summer may officially be here before the actual "official" date. Personally, I'm so ready for it! After all of the rain and all of the on-again, off-again temperature changes that make the Ross/Rachel relationship of Friends in the early 2000's seem pretty steady, I'm desperate for the heat!

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Shenendehowa Sign
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Classrooms for Muslim Prayer at Shen: Yay or Nay?

In a world where we've had to remove "under God" from our morning Pledge of Allegiance in schools, this news comes as quite a shock to some in the Capital Region. The question is are we for or against it?

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Albany Tulip Festival in Washington Park
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Do This With Mom This Mothers Day: Tulip Festival

This weekend is all about Mom. But you knew that already, didn't you?

Oh?! I reminded you! Well, it's a good thing, don't ya think?! Mom is important!

Something perfect to do with Mom this Mothers Day Weekend is happening right in our very own backyard: the 69th Annual Tulip Festival in Albany's Washington Park! Plus GNA will be hanging out on Sunday!

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Growing Up 518 Nana credit Marissa
Growing Up 518 Nana credit Marissa
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What Shenendehowa Was Like in the 60’s and more in Growing Up 518 [VIDEO SERIES]

Imagine growing up locally during the Great Depression; segregation; when the Capital Region was mainly farmland and 5 & 10 stores. My Nana, who turns 85 officially on May 10th has lived here almost her entire life. Growing up, meeting her husband, raising a family of 4-children and so on, it all happened here.

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Marissa and Nana credit Marissa
Marissa and Nana credit Marissa
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Surprising a Grandmother for Her 85th Birthday Is Fun [SEE THE VIDEO]

How do you surprise someone that is the front person for your entire family? She knows everything that's going on! Even the stuff you probably don't want her to know. She is Nana.

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Chrissy, Townsquare Media
Chrissy, Townsquare Media
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Playing Diner Games

Some of my favorite memories growing up was going to the diner on a Sunday morning for breakfast. There were no electronics or phones to play with while we waited for our food, so we made up our own fun with what was available to us.

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woman calling in sick
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Salt Den In Latham Said To Be Where To Go For Respitory Health Help

Allergies? Yeah, I've got those. Badly, actually.

People usually express after the third or fourth, "God Bless You," that they're done blessing me. It's cool. I'm used to it. In fact, I typically tell them not to bother after the first one because some days, there might be 15 sneezes coming my way at any given moment.

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