YIR 2008: Upheaval in schools as area struggles with growth

School officials could not confirm the reason for the action.

Local media outlets reported that Guilderland teachers have corroborated stories involving Paolino using racist and homophobic language, although these allegations have not been specifically tied to the administrative leave.


The Guilderland Zoning Board of Appeals gave a massage therapy team permission to operate a home-based business at a Wednesday, Aug 6, meeting, despite vocal dissent from neighbors at a previous meeting.

Debbieanne Vigneri and Ruth Brown, now residents of 125 Birchwood Drive, are licensed massage therapists, and applied for special permission to give massages at their home.

At a Wednesday, July 2, Zoning Board meeting, Brown and Vigneri faced opposition from neighbors over their request to operate the business out of their home. Many residents spoke out against the increased traffic the business would generate.

The Altamont Fair finished up Sunday, Aug. 17, following a week filled with educational exhibits, calf-birthing demonstrations and musical performances.

Operations Manager Marie McMillen said attendance was down a little from the previous year, citing bad weather, flooding and a slumping economy as possible reasons.

The Guilderland Town Board approved a motion at its Tuesday, Aug. 19, meeting to join the Albany County Storm Water Coalition.

The coalition is a group of 11 local municipalities that provide information, research and coordination for the participating entities.

Guilderland Supervisor Ken Runion said joining the coalition is a proactive measure and will save the town of Guilderland money in the long run.

He said the town spends nearly $100,000 to comply with federal and state regulation to manage storm water and produce a report on progress.

Membership in the coalition is $14,582 per year, and will assist with the compliance of the regulations.

As New Scotland town officials consider an extension of the moratorium on commercial development, representatives from Syracuse-based Sphere Development LLC tell Spotlight Newspapers that they need an estimated 137,000-square-foot Target retail outlet to develop the 179-acre plot, formerly the Bender melon farm along Route 85A.

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