Area needs grocery, place to do laundry

first_imgThe East Front Street, Stockade and downtown areas are in desperate need of two important businesses.The first is a grocery store. The last market we had in our area was the Trading Port on Lower Union Street that closed many years ago.The second is a laundromat. The former laundromat on Front Street closed in December after the water pipes broke. I urge anyone who is thinking of opening either (or both) businesses to consider our area.It’s a food desert and lacks a place to wash your clothes. Many people who live here don’t drive and would appreciate and support both businesses.Elizabeth VolpicelliSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

USG site undergoes changes

first_imgThe new, blog-based website for the Undergraduate Student Government is expected to launch early next week.USG began working on the new site this summer, after its Information Technology Service hardware crashed in late July.“We had the option of creating a virtual mainframe after the server crashed,” said David Ji, deputy director of technology. “So we saw it as an opportunity to make a better website. We’re making it a little more appealing and modern so that people will visit aside from applying for funding.”The new website will mirror the old website in terms of linking students to various organizations and resources. However, the new website will be organized in a way that allows those in USG to easily access and change it.“Honestly, I think that people go to websites so much and expect to find out everything you need from just a website,” said Elizabeth Trower, senior director of communications. “While our office makes us pretty accessible, I think that students want to be able to access what they want, when they want.”Though the website will be online in the coming days, it will take some additional time for the details to be finished,  Trower said.However, the forms for funding, questions, comments and suggestions will be available when the website is launched. Trower also said the website will be blog-based and contain tabs for different links for easy navigation.“We want to make our communication much more engaging,” said Maya Babla, USG chief of staff. “We want to make it easier to engage with USG as a regular student who isn’t involved with the organization, just so you know what’s going on on campus.”last_img read more