Bethlehem Woman Planning Trip to Troy Shunned by Uppity Friends

By Fred Furnace

Published December 18th, 2016

River Street in Troy. (Photo illegally swiped from some guy posing as Matt Wade)

BETHLEHEM — Like most Bethlehem residents, Marian Dabner-Doltby has never dared venture to downtown Troy.

But the Ph.D. turned stay-at-home-mom says she’s considering a trip to checkout the revitalized Collar City, and, in doing so, has sent shockwaves through the greater Bethlehem community.

“’I’ve heard downtown Troy is becoming ‘urban chic.’ Thinking of checking it out one of these days,’” she posted on her Facebook page. “’Anyone interested in going with me to see what the fuss is all about?’”

The response from friends was harsh and swift.

“Don’t do it, Marian,” warned Kristin Barkley-Smith, whose daughter, Sammy, attends the same Montessori preschool as Dabner-Doltby’s naturally gifted twins. “Yes, there may be a few new restaurants along the water, but don’t let that fool you. It’s still Troy, and it's still not safe." 

“For Christ’s sake, Marian, you will get yourself carjacked and probably killed,” said Brian Fitzsimmons, an analyst at the same investment firm where Dabner-Doltby's husband, Keith, works. “I have never actually been there myself, but from what I understand, it’s a warzone.”

Even Dabner-Doltby’s sister — Cassidy Dabner-Nutmeg of Delmar — had harsh words for her sibling, noting “mother taught us better than this.”

“Mother said there are certain things a lady is not to do: Knowingly purchase or wear fake designer clothing, partake in any sort of sexual contact whilst in an automobile, or visit low-income, crime-ridden towns such as Troy, Schenectady, Watervliet, or Cohoes,” said Dabner-Nutmeg.    

“I am just happy mother is not alive to witness this madness,” she added. “This would have broken her heart.”

Neighbors said they have no choice but to start shunning the woman, citing her “complete lack of morals and good judgment.”

“I can’t sit back and pretend to be okay with my neighbor whoring it up in Troy,” said Laura McMillions, who lives in the same cul-de-sac as Dabner-Doltby. “I no longer plan to speak with her, and I certainly won’t be letting my Jackson play with her kids. I just pray she moves, before our property values decline.”


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