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Blog hosts inaugural community meeting

November 22, 2011

by Michael Bellizzi

Reporters from the Pine Hills blog and residents of the Pine Hills neighborhood shared ideas at a community meeting  at the Pine Hills Library last Thursday evening.

“This is why we came here tonight. Not only to hear your voices, but to create a stepping stone towards covering the stories that you want us to in your neighborhood,” said Tom McDonald, a student reporter for The Pine Hills blog.

The meeting marked the first of its kind for reporters of the Pine Hills blog to hear directly from the people who make the neighborhood the historical Albany community that it is today.

Reporter Scott Lawson speaks to Pine Hills residents at last Thursday night’s community meeting. (?)

“I think the enthusiasm of those of [the bloggers] and their willingness to get out there and tell stories about the Pine Hills and the people that live around here really impressed me,” said Marilyn Douglas, a Pine Hills resident and member of the Beautify Upper Madison Project.

With more than 180 stories written since its inception 18 months ago, those who attended the meeting agreed on one thing: there is always a story to be found in the Pine Hills neighborhood.

“I hope that this blog will be read by a lot more people,” Douglas said.  “I’m not much of a blog reader, but this meeting has definitely helped to change my opinion on that.”

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