Stories for August 2011


Wednesday, August 31

Bethlehem's draft budget calls for tax hike

The draft 2012 budget for the Town of Bethlehem calls for a 1.27 percent tax hike and a number of austerity measures in an effort to brace for what officials say are dark times ahead.

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Touching hearts from a thousand miles away

Family to plant tree in honor of Eric Schneider in the Crossings

Eric Schneider never lived in Colonie but his tragic story has touched the lives of so many in the town that they will soon plant a maple tree in his honor in the Crossings of Colonie Park.

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County deals with Irene aftermath

Residents react to flood waters forcing evacuations, damaging homes

Mandatory evacuations and road closures were common as Hurricane Irene rolled through Schenectady County and led to a patchwork of power outages.

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Saratoga hits home stretch

Activities planned for end of Saratoga racing season

The racing season at Saratoga Race Course is in the final stretch, and a weekend of activities will bid farewell to the 2011 meet.

Class B football preview

Last year's finalists have reloading to do

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and Schalmont each have challenges ahead after playing each other in last year's Section II Class B football championship game.

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New Scotland fire ruled arson

Police say man set fire to own house after domestic dispute

A New Scotland man is in the county jail for allegedly torching his own house following a domestic dispute.

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Class A football preview

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake looks for four-peat

Here is a look at the Burnt Hills, Mohonasen and Scotia-Glenville football teams as they prepare for this weekend's season openers.

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Tri-Valley beats Clifton Park in final

California team shuts out Clifton Park to take Babe Ruth title

The Clifton Park Bulldogs went as far as any Babe Ruth World Series host team had ever gone — the championship game.

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Markels team up in softball

Father joins his son in local softball league

Age is nothing but a number to Clarence Markel. The 83-year-old man plays softball year round between his regular home in Florida and his summer home in his native Capital District. And he plays it well.

Dump docs detail value

Candidate has own interpretation of possible expansion

Documents pertaining to the landfill have been made public since the signing of the contract between the Town of Colonie and Waste Connections, and although Republican candidate for supervisor Denise Sheehan said they show the town underestimated the true value of the landfill, town maintains the numbers reveal otherwise.

Bethlehem's power nearly restored

Power is expected to be returned to almost all residents of the Town of Bethlehem by about 8 p.m. this evening, according to town officials.

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10 years later, photographer remembers 9/11

Book of photographs documents memorials each year at Ground Zero

Marie Triller remembers the very first photograph she shot when she got to Ground Zero two weeks after Sept. 11, 2001.

A noisy situation in Malta

Noise from GloFo construction grating on neighbors

Since June, constant noise from continuous power units (CPU) at the GlobalFoundries site has been tormenting some residents of Malta and Stillwater; and they’re fed up.

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Blood drive to commemorate 9/11

After more than 200 blood drives in the month of September, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community hopes to have collected at least 10,000 units of blood, which could save 30,000 people.

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A reason to race

3rd annual Race for Hope brings out the best in runners

Now in its third year, the Capital Region Special Surgery Race for Hope is quickly becoming cemented as a growing annual tradition.

Tuesday, August 30

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Irene storms Schenectady County [Photos/Video]

Tropical Storm Irene held Schenectady County in its grasp as flood waters reached historic levels.

County: Private wells could be contaminated

The Schenectady County Environmental Health Unit has issued guidelines for well disinfection due to flooding.

Schenectady County lifts emergency water restrictions

Boil water advisory issued for Village of Delanson

Schenectady County lifted the emergency water restriction and confirmed all public water supplies countywide are online.

Arrests follow closed-road travel

The Albany County Sheriff's Office announced today the arrest of two people who allegedly circumvented barriers blocking closed roads in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

Niskayuna residents can return home

Town lifts water conservation order

After the New York State Power Authority ended the "Type B" emergency at Lock 7, Niskayuna officials are lifting the previous evacuation order for all residents living in low-lying levels along the Mohawk River. Also, officials have lifted the town-wide water conservation order.

Ballston water fails the test

Contaminent levels in Saratoga County Water Authority supply above state max

A routine test by the New York State Department of Health found higher than average levels of contaminants in water provided by the Saratoga County Water Authority to the Town of Ballston, according to Chairman Jack Lawler.

RCS sets tax rates

School board votes to use $50k of fund balance to offset hike

Property owners in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District will be paying a touch less than expected on their 2011-12 school year taxes.

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UPDATE: Colonie rescinds evacuation and water conservation notices

Situation at the Lock 7 dam has been stabilized

The Town of Colonie has issued a statement announcing that all evacuation notices in the town have been lifted.

Vista on the horizon

A frenetic spring followed by slow summer for tech park

Players in the development of the Vista Technology Campus say a groundbreaking is looming on the much anticipated, often delayed project.

Clifton Park to collect storm debris

The Town of Clifton Park will pick up your storm debris.

Monday, August 29

Schenectady County to lift travel restrictions

Officials urging water restrictions to continue until further notice

Schenectady County is still under a state of emergency until further notice, but county officials are lifting travel restrictions at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

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Portion of Vischer Ferry Power Dam monitored

A "Type B" emergency was declared on Monday, Aug. 29, at the Vischer Ferry Plant on the Mohawk River, according to Michael Saltzman of the New York Power Authority.

Schenectady County orders water restrictions

Schenectady County has issued an emergency water conservation order, effective until further notice.

Bethlehem weathers the storm

Thousands still without power, cleanup will be long-term

Hurricane Irene had been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reached the Capital District early on Sunday, Aug. 28, but it still wreaked havoc throughout the area.

Irene claims Clarksville woman's life

A Clarksville woman's life was claimed by Tropical Storm Irene this weekend when she was apparently swept into the Onesquethaw Creek.

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Two motorists pulled from Normanskill

Duo were stuck in tree for hours before cries heard

Area police and firefighters fished two people out of the Normanskill early this morning after their car became submerged on Krumkill Road.

Sunday, August 28

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Irene lets loose in Saratoga County [Photo Gallery]

This is a photo gallery of pictures from Saratoga County on Sunday, Aug. 28.

Niskayuna issues evacuation notice

The Town of Niskayuna has ordered the evacuation of all residents who live in the “low-lying” levels along the Mohawk River.

Colonie deals with aftermath of Irene

Several road closings and flooding reported around Colonie

The town is still preparing for the worst even after adverse weather as a result of Hurricane Irene has subsided with many areas of the town still holding orders of voluntary evacuation.

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Irene hits Bethlehem

There are no nuisance calls in times like these, said Dan Ryan, chief of the Delmar Fire Department.

Town of Colonie readies for Hurricane Irene

Emergency Services Center Activated and on Alert

The Town of Colonie began preparing several days ago for the possibility of significant adverse weather conditions as a result of Hurricane Irene.

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Breathing easy — smarter power

SCEAC: Union College is a leader of sustainability efforts in county

Schenectady County residents should breathe easy knowing the air quality has improved and isn’t a concern of the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council.

Saturday, August 27

Champlain Bridge arch makes journey

Structure arrives at Crown Point, lifted into place

It was a muggy 65 degrees at 5 a.m. Aug. 26 in Port Henry as onlookers waited for the Champlain Bridge arch to make its journey to Crown Point.

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A cross-country cause

Delmar doctor dedicates bike trek to former nurse's medical bills

People often go the distance for those they care about, but not many do it like Dr. David Krischer.

Friday, August 26

Police rescue boater on Mohawk River

State Police were able to rescue a man after his boat capsized on the Mohawk River.

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Restaurant caters to changing customer tastes

Rotterdam’s Roman Villa emerges with new vision as The Villa

One Rotterdam restaurant owner is trying to adapt to the changing spending habits of customers during a tough economy.

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Dream day at the races

Poster contest winner claimed prize of a lifetime

For more than an hour on a hot day in July, 7-year-old Alayna Gray sat at a table at Saratoga Race Course. Surrounded by paper, pencils, art supplies and other young artists, she painstakingly made a brown and white painted horse named Molly come to life on paper.

Clifton Park beats Guilderland in semifinal

Munger leads Bulldogs past Guilderland in semifinal

Starting pitcher Mason Munger tossed six innings of three-hit ball to lead Clifton Park to a 4-1 victory over Guilderland in Friday morning's Babe Ruth World Series semifinal at Clifton Common.

Annual Ballston Spa golf tournament postponed due to weather

The Ballston Spa Education Foundation has been forced to postpone the upcoming 13th Annual BSEF Golf Tournament, originally scheduled for this coming Monday, Aug. 29, due to Hurricane Irene and the effects it may potentially have on weather and course conditions, according to an announcement by the school district.

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NFL player returns to roots

Member of '65 draft class inducted into high school hall of fame

Ed Meixler has his place in NFL history but Saratoga Springs High School will always be the place that got him there.

No contractor found for park's solar panels

Grant-backed project may have to be reworked to be viable

A year after recovery act monies were secured for a battery of solar panels at Elm Avenue Park, the earth-conscious project is no closer to seeing the light of day.

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Monkey seen, monkey found

Kong has been found.

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Suspect arrested in shooting incident

Man pronounced dead at the scene in his home

Colonie police have arrested a suspect in the shooting incident on Western Ave.

Thursday, August 25

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Monkey missing from Delmar home

On Monday evening Aug. 22, “Kong,” a 6-pound capuchin monkey ran out the back door of his owner’s house on Hunter Road. He was seen only once since then, on Queen Anne Drive in Slingerlands on Tuesday.

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Tight squeeze too tight for U-Haul

A U-Haul truck didn't quite make it under the drive-thru overhang at Pioneer Bank.

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Making the way safe for all

Niskayuna residents spur expansion of marked bike pathways

The Niskayuna Safe Routes Committee is active again after experiencing a lull of activity for more than a year. Established in 2005, the committee is now looking at expanding bicycle and walking routes in the town.

Police: Leandra's Law arrest, 4x legal limit

A Clifton Park woman was arrested under Leandra's Law after blowing a .35 BAC and having two children under the age of 16 in the car, according to State Police reports.

Editorial: Your campaign headquarters, Part 2

Last week, we at The Spotlight announced that we — along with our many community partners — are planning a series of debates for primary and general elections for offices throughout the Capital District.Well, that is only one facet of the wonderful local election coverage we have planned for you this fall.

Town of Milton Supervisor's wife pleads guilty to attempted grand larceny

Deborah Thompson, wife of Milton Supervisor Frank Thompson, pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny in the third degree, a class E felony, in Saratoga County Court on Wednesday, Aug. 23, according to information from Fulton County District Attorney Louise K. Sira's office, the special prosecutor assigned to the case.

Spa City police make arrest in downtown burglaries

The Saratoga Springs Police Departments Criminal Investigation Unit arrested Galen J. Seerup, 24, of Union Street in Saratoga Springs in connection with the recent downtown burglary at Trotters Bar and Putnam Den, according to information from the police department.

County narrows central dispatch plan

County officials adjusting numbers to reflect Glenville exclusion

Schenectady County officials are advancing plans for the countywide dispatch center, but Glenville is being left out of the equation.

It's an all-Capital District semifinal at Babe Ruth World Series

Brandon Peda's ninth-inning single wins the game

There will be a Capital District team in Friday's Babe Ruth World Series championship game. The only question is will it be Guilderland, or will it be Clifton Park?

Made in America


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Suspect arrested in stabbing incident at Central Ave. motel

Stabbing incident ends with one dead and one in the hospital

Colonie police arrested a suspect involved in the stabbing incident that killed a Colonie woman at the Super 8 Motel on Central Avenue on Sunday, Aug. 21.

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Pianist facing deportation completes album

Yuko Kishimoto, a Japanese native and locally known jazz pianist, completed her first album and is throwing a release party

In May, Japanese jazz pianist Yuko Kishimoto was scrambling to record her first CD before being forced back to Japan because of visa complications.

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Lebron ends bid for Albany County Executive

Nathan Lebron said he did not have enough signatures to get on ballot

After a process he described as “a pain" Nathan Lebron has announced he is dropping his bid in the race for the Albany County Executive position.

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Made in America

New Clifton Park store sells only American-made products

Todd Scaccia lives in America, so why shouldn’t everything he buy be made in America? In an ideal world, that would be the case, but instead the majority of products consumers purchase are manufactured across the globe.

Cansler to move on from DPW

Bethlehem seeks new department commissioner

The director of one of the Town of Bethlehem's biggest departments will be taking his leave in a few weeks.

Wednesday, August 24

Ed Neary elected to Alzheimer’s board

Organization says CSSC director’s involvement is “integral”

The Alzheimer’s Association and the Colonie Senior Services Center have created a closer working relationship with the election of CSSC Executive Director Edward Neary to the organization’s board in late July.

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Clifton Park advances to World Series semifinals

Clifton Park wins its division, awaits semifinal opponent

The Clifton Park Bulldogs weren’t satisfied with being the hosts of this year’s Babe Ruth World Series. They wanted to win the tournament.

‘Wal-Mart law’ may go

R’dam Town Board plans to remove ‘Critical Impact Code’ at special meeting

A town code some say came as a response to the previous Wal-Mart battle in Rotterdam is set for termination.

Troop G issues 1,200 speeding tickets

In its first ever "Speed Week," the New York State Police Troop G issued 1,200 speeding tickets between Aug.8 and 14.

Bethlehem's budget process doing a 180

Town leaders will soon be settling in for weeks of meetings and shuffling through spreadsheets in hopes of adopting a complete 2012 budget by Nov. 9.

Brent Steuerwald makes 2011 his final season

Shenendehowa football coach to retire

Brent Steuerwald ended weeks of speculation Thursday when he announced that he will retire at the end of his 44th season at the helm.

Tuesday, August 23

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Earthquake shakes east coast, Capital District

The Capital District was shaken by an earthquake at just before 2 p.m. this afternoon.

Varsanyi pitches Guilderland past Tri-Valley

Varsanyi K's 12 in Guilderland's win over Tri-Valley

Alex Varsanyi struck out 12 batters in a complete-game shutout to lead the Guilderland Bulldogs past previously unbeaten Tri-Valley 6-0 in their final pool play game Monday night at Clifton Common.

Supervisor candidates to debate

Spotlight teams with League of Women Voters

Both candidates running in the Democratic primary for Bethlehem supervisor say they're looking forward to an upcoming debate on Sept. 1.

Monday, August 22

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Guilderland is in search of clutch hits

Bulldogs need win over Tri-Valley to advance

Through the first three games of pool play, the Guilderland Bulldogs proved that they can play with the best Babe Ruth teams in the country.

Dramatic comebacks give Clifton Park early edge

Bulldogs defeat teams from Texas and North Dakota

Two seventh-inning rallies in a row have the hosts from Clifton Park poised to advance into the championship round at the Babe Ruth World Series.

Driver in Delmar Bypass crash will be ticketed

The driver of a car that struck three other vehicles on the Delmar Bypass last week will be ticketed for several traffic violations.

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Nisky’ woman named provost at Excelsior College

Mary Beth Hanner takes her leadership to the next level

The non-traditional nursing program is what attracted Mary Beth Hanner to Excelsior College, which over 20 years later she now leads.

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Small steps to make a big difference

Mother-daughter team to walk 60 miles to benefit breast cancer treatment

A girl's sweet 16 can be a big deal. But one local teen is hoping her upcoming birthday will make a big difference for others, too.

Sunday, August 21

Woman dies from lacerations in Colonie

Investigation continuing on fatal incident at a Motel on Central Ave.

A woman was pronounced dead shortly after 6:23 a.m. Sunday from lacerations suffered at a Super 8 Motel on Central Avenue.

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Police sieze 359 pot plants

State police recently seized a substantial amount of marijuana plants from the Town of Rotterdam and Duanesburg.

Friday, August 19

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Protecting the county’s liquid assets

DEC: Pollutants keep some bodies of water from supporting appropriate uses

Water recreation is a staple of the summer season, but according to the Department of Environmental Conservation, there are a few bodies of water in Schenectady County that are not always supporting their intended usage because of pollutants.

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Fire dept. boat goes green

Paint job touted as more river-friendly

Underneath the Scotia Fire Department’s rescue boat is a new “paint job,” welcomed by firefighters and fish alike.

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Accident in Latham ends with no injuries

Car overturns during accident

A 2004 Ford Suburban ended up on its side after being t-boned on Route 9R on Thursday morning after it was making a left-hand turn.

Kidz Theater comes to Colonie

Artistic Director Kristen Caesar says program educates young actors

Colonie will soon have a chance to experience professional theater actors performing musical numbers from some of the more well-known Broadway musicals on Aug. 23 at Cook Park and the Aug. 25 at the Crossings of Colonie, and the actors are only 14-18 years old.

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Small school has big goals

Bethlehem Children's School adding pre-K in its 15th year

A small private school nestled in Slingerlands is celebrating its 15th anniversary by growing and adding pre-K programming to its curriculum.

Thursday, August 18

Selkirk's exit 22 eyed for travel center

Area would have to be rezoned; developer to plan community meeting

A developer is looking to make the Thruway's exit 22 more attractive to travelers, but there could be a long road ahead before anything's built.

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Jobs the focus of Tonko’s Altamont town hall

Tonko spoke often and at length about the need to stimulate job growth, and put in certain terms that he does not feel slashing the federal budget is the way forward.

Wednesday, August 17

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Mohawk seeks Glenville substation

Ambulance corps also seeks subsidy from town for guaranteed paramedic coverage

A building once used as a salon will address needs more serious than a bad hair day if plans to turn it into a new ambulance substation are successful.

Scotia picks new police chief

Scotia’s incoming police chief isn’t a stranger to the village.

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One family, three generations of dentists

Dental practice welcomes third generation

When Richard J. Salvatore, Jr., 27, joined Salvatore Dental in Malta, the family dental practice went from two generations of dentists to three.

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First day of fair welcomed by fair day

The Stinger makes North American debut at Altamont Fair

The doors swung open at the Altamont Fair yesterday under rainy skies, but by the afternoon the clouds were clearing and the crowds were already turning out for the 188th annual event.

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Guilderland botched grading of 504 Regents exams

15 students dropped from pass to fail but will not see their scores changed

The Guilderland Central School District announced today that it will be issuing new grades on 489 Regents exams after the June tests were incorrectly scored.

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Making his mark

Tim Stauffer jumps into lead pitcher role in San Diego

Tim Stauffer has turned out to be one of San Diego’s top pitchers this season. Entering last Saturday’s game against Cincinnati, Stauffer had a 7-8 record with a 3.06 earned run average.

Tuesday, August 16

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Let them have art

Schenectady Stockade Art Show celebrating its 60th anniversary

An outdoor art show might not be a common occurrence, but it has appeared to be a winning formula for the Schenectady Stockade’s art show.

Guilderland advances to Babe Ruth World Series

Team begins pool play Friday at Clifton Common

The Guilderland Babe Ruth 13-year-old division team will represent the Eastern New York region at the Babe Ruth World Series, which begins Friday at Clifton Common.

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Supernatural Saratoga

History Ghost Walks expose city's ghostly side

You won’t see ghoulish figures or be terrified by eerie shrieks, but you will discover the spooky side of Saratoga Springs during a haunted History Ghost Walk lead by author, researcher and supernatural historian Mason Winfield.

Chambers and airport join forces

Groups are looking to attract new flights and airlines

The Albany Inter-national Airport has teamed up with several chambers of commerce in the Capital District to put forth an application for a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to either bring in another airline or create new flight destinations.

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VIllage rallies to support Sierra Berhaupt's family

Colonie fundraiser and memorial to benefit family that lost daughter in swimming accident

After Sierra Berhaupt’s death on Sunday, July 31, members of the Village of Colonie sprung into action to organize an event to not only honor the memory of the 12-year-old, but also to help raise funds to support the family.

Preserving nature’s gifts

Spotlight begins four-part series on Environmental Council’s 40th anniversary

Awareness of environmental issues and going green has caught on in recent years, and the Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council has documented how current environmental laws have come about and what work still needs to be done.

Kotary far ahead in funds

Super. candidate has 4x in hand as opponent; Clarkson's report lands online late

Bethlehem supervisor candidate Kyle Kotary has four times the money on hand as his opponent John Clarkson, who is challenging him in the upcoming Democratic primary.

Monday, August 15

County OKs SCCC’s budget

Farley casts sole vote of dissent citing Center City move

Last week’s tone of the Schenectady County Legislature debate on Schenectady County Community College’s 2011-12 budget returned, as the college received approval from all but one.

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Bypass crash injures six

Four vehicles were involved in a crash today that temporarily closed a portion of the Delmar Bypass.

Colonie resident behind track’s success

Gary Greenberg’s lobbying has helped Vernon Downs move into the future

Gary Greenberg was not expecting anything in return when he started lobbying local politicians to help the Vernon Downs Hotel and Casino in central New York succeed. He just wanted to make sure the legacy of his grandfather lived on.

Slingerlands firehouse meeting rescheduled

A public information session on the Slingerlands Fire District's plans to expand its firehouse has been pushed back.

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Halfmoon's new place to hang

New rec center will feature indoor rock climbing

The Town of Halfmoon will have a “state-of-the-art” recreational facility featuring an indoor climbing gym, multipurpose gym and café in October when Capital District Youth for Christ opens the doors of its latest ministry site.

Police: Wrong way driver caused thruway crash

State Police are investigating a three car personal injury accident on the thruway that occurred Saturday, Aug. 13, in the Town of Rotterdam.

Police make arrests for Four Corners graffiti

Bethlehem police say four juveniles have been arrested for allegedly “tagging” locations around Delmar, especially around the Four Corners.

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Bounty of food and tradition

Our Lady Queen of Peace prepares for annual festa

Food might be what draws people to one annual festa, but a passion is what has kept the celebration churning out the baked goodies many crave.

Saturday, August 13

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Head on collission send two to hospital

A head-on collision happened around 6:50 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, on route 9W near route 396, Selkirk, sending both drivers to the hospital.

Friday, August 12

An 'Ode to Saratoga'


Criminals foot the crime-fighting bill

Bethlehem's asset forfeiture fund allows timely purchases, including new sidearms

Bethlehem's asset forfeiture fund allows timely purchases, including new sidearms. Thanks to a 40-year-old law, police can hit criminals where it really hurts—their wallets.

Thursday, August 11

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Raising money with ‘Rent’

Musician from original production joins performance

If you missed the community theater production of “Rent” at The Egg in Albany in April, you’ll have another chance to view most of the same cast with some special guests enhancing the show.

Assessing the assessor’s term

Rotterdam Town Board to vote on term limit amendment

At the Monday, Aug. 8, agenda meeting, some members of the Rotterdam Town Board said they were surprised to see a resolution to extend the term length of part-time assessor John Macejka Jr.

Scotia plans park surveillance

Board considers placing cameras around Collins Park area to deter vandalism

Acts of random vandalism can sometimes be hard to prevent, but Scotia officials are hoping the thought of being caught on camera will deter would-be vandals.

Living his dream


From selling homes to helping the hungry

Realtors collect food for local pantries

Realtors from around the region have joined forces with The Food Pantries for the Capital District in an effort to gather more food for those in need.

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A bit of Broadway in Fort Salem

Broadway actor stars in theater's last summer production

Fort Salem Theater might be in the middle of nowhere in Washington County, but it attracts Broadway actors on a regular basis. That caliber of acting, coupled with the quality productions it produces, is why Artistic Director Jay Kerr isn’t happy being “the Best Kept Secret in the Capital Region.”

Term length extension to die on the vine

A proposal to extend the Bethlehem town supervisor's term length met a sudden end when the Town Board voted 3-2 not to advance the measure.

Wednesday, August 10

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Winging it

Guilderland middle schoolers host annual butterfly exhibit

Every year, Farnsworth Middle School gets a shipment of caterpillar eggs.

Babe Ruth World Series comes back to Clifton Park

Clifton Park and Guilderland already part of 10-team field

The Capital District is going to be well represented at next week’s Babe Ruth World Series in Clifton Park.

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Gas leak closes Thruway, neighbors evacuated

The Thruway between exits 23 and 24 was closed for several hours and nearby residents and patrons of businesses fled on foot after a natural gas line was ruptured this morning in the Guilderland area.

Andy Mink takes Saint Michael's coaching job

Colonie native moves into first varsity job at collegiate level

Colonie native Andy Mink was named head coach of the Saint Michael's women's volleyball program Wednesday.

Contract with Waste Connections signed

Supervisor Paula Mahan calls agreement “a no brainer”

The Town of Colonie and Waste Connections, Inc., put ink to paper on Thursday, Aug. 4, and signed the Solid Waste Facility operating agreement.

Tuesday, August 9

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A fair week for all

118th Altamont Fair to kick off with all-inclusive passes making a return

Next week the population of Altamont will surge as thousands converge on the small village for its biggest yearly event: the Altamont Fair.

40 years later, results

Resident’s letters show decades-long struggle for Glenridge Road railroad bridge construction

One man has held on to letters and correspondence spanning 40 years as he urged and waited for safety issues to be rectified at the Glenridge Road railroad bridge.

Monday, August 8

Stumbling upon murder

Police Lt. presents 75-year-old murder mystery

When Lt. Greg Veitch of the Saratoga Springs Police Department Investigations Division gave a presentation on the 75-year-old murder case of Adam Parillo on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Saratoga Springs History Museum in the Canfield Casino, it was a year’s worth of part-time reading, sleuthing and personal conclusions come to a close.

Nisky takes green pledge

Solar panels planned around town

Niskayuna will focus on becoming a greener community as plans to install solar panels townwide start to take shape.

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Barking up the right tree

Elmsere veterinarian celebrates five years in business

Dr. Tara Estra is a transplant from the big city, but now that she's settled in the Capital District, she says she's found a sense of community here and intends to stick around.

Judge opens up the Conservative line

Kotary's lawsuit successful, candidate to be decided in September primary

There's been yet another shakeup in the Bethlehem supervisor race that's effectively opened up the Conservative line to all comers.

Sunday, August 7

Saturday, August 6

SCCC unveils budget to County

Farley shuns Center City move citing expense, inconvenience

Schenectady County Community College officials say the institution is facing a pleasant problem — it is too successful.

Friday, August 5

REMS payback lower than hoped

Ambulance provider set to pay town $39K for 2009 ALS billing

Past advanced life support billing of Rotterdam Emergency Medical Services isn’t going to yield the six-digit payout some town officials hoped to see.

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Local label company plays the name game

Name Bubbles, waterproof label company, looks to move

For the second time in just about two years, Name Bubbles is moving.

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YMCA campers celebrate Strong Kids Day

About 750 kids from area YMCA summer camps converged on the Guilderland Y's Camp Nassau on Friday, Aug. 5, to celebrate Strong Kids Day with a day of fun, fellowship and games.

Scotia man in fatal motorcycle accident

State Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident, which occurred at approximately 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, on State Route 5 at the intersection of Cranes Hollow Road in Amsterdam.

Thursday, August 4

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Focusing on nature

Denise and Scott Stoner are sharing their photos of nature in exhibit at Professor Java’s

Denise and Scott Stoner share the same love for nature and preserving those images in photographic form, but both have a different preference of where they like to travel to do it.

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A life through the lens

86-year-old Schenectady photographer shares highlights from his collection in new book

Peering back into history through one man’s collection of portrait photographs provides a glimpse of the state’s culture and history.

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Area author discusses sports and fatherhood

Burnt Hills resident to speak at Schenectady County Public Library

Jack Rightmyer, a Burnt Hills resident, will discuss his book on fatherhood and coaching at the Schenectady County Public Library, where he teaches summer creative writing courses.

SCCC OKs student housing project

Another survey to gauge demand to be done

Schenectady County Community College moved another step closer creating a complete college environment through student housing adjacent to the campus.

Number of R’dam primary races unprecedented

Schenectady County as a whole sees uptick

Primary elections are typically calm in comparison to the general election that follows, but Schenectady County primaries this year are nothing to balk at.

Clifton Park eyes riverfront parcel

Town looks at possible purchase of 41-acre riverfront parcel

Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett discussed the town’s possible acquisition of a 41-acre open space parcel with riverfront access on Riverview Road at the Monday, July 18, Town Board meeting.

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All aboard!

New excursion train tours Adirondacks

What if you could take a scenic, two-hour train ride through the Adirondacks while enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner? If a day on the rails is something you’ve never done (or always wanted to do) then all aboard the new Saratoga and North Creek Railway’s excursion train.

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Helping she who helped her country

Local American Legion posts organize showers for pregnant veterans

Several local Legion Auxiliaries have organized baby showers for pregnant veterans.

Police plan 'Speed Week'

State Police will be cracking down on speeders next week.

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Man makes wine in the hills

Winery in Corinth opened in May

What started as something of an experiment turned into a hobby, then a passion and finally a full-time job for Gary Akrop when he opened Ledge Rock Hill Winery in the Town of Corinth in May.

Wednesday, August 3

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An air affair

Aeromodelers Club holds fun fly at Maalwyck Park

In Maalwyck Park in the Town of Scotia, tucked away off Route 5, is a field unlike any other in the Capital District.

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Town OKs landfill agreement

Final public hearing sees questions on finances and odor control

The Colonie Town Board passed a resolution Thursday, July 28, to award the contract for an operational agreement for the town’s landfill to Waste Connections, Inc.

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RCS names interim superintendent

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District has selected Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Elisabeth Smith to serve as interim superintendent.

Guilderland woman charged with sexual abuse

Guilderland police have arrested a woman they say sexually abused an 11-year-old girl.

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'Superman' of the backstretch

Chaplain handles issues big and small for the backstretch community

Humberto Chavez is a powerful man, but he doesn’t see himself that way.

Tuesday, August 2

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Wine and music meet

Show kicks off national tour in Saratoga Springs

What do you get when you combine Broadway actors, a touring musical and a wine-drinking audience? You get “Wine Lovers.”

Board to discuss supervisor's term length

A proposal to double the term of the Bethlehem town supervisor will be moving forward.

School supply donations needed now more than ever

Bethlehem Food Pantry now serving 1,600, triple from 18 months ago

For an increasing number of local parents, outfitting growing children with clothes and finding a seemingly ever-increasing list of classroom supplies can be a real challenge.

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Cuomo hopes to spur competitive spirit

Capital District to be part of council to compete for $1B in state funding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, July 28, announced the members of the Capital Region Regional Economic Development Council at Schenectady County Community College. The 10 councils will compete against one another to submit plans for economic development to attain the biggest chunk of the $1 billion in state funding.

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Nick Polsinelli enjoys change of scenery

Guilderland grad moves from Albany to Amsterdam for 2011 PGCBL season

It’s been a different summer for the Polsinelli family of Guilderland.

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Bethlehem library names new director

Geoffrey Kirkpatrick says expanding role of technology key to library's future

There's a new sheriff in town at the Bethlehem Public Library, and his name is Geoffrey Kirkpatrick.

Depleted Dutchmen lose to Amsterdam

Injuries leave Albany shorthanded in final week

With a depleted lineup and a short bullpen, the Albany Dutchmen couldn’t hold back the Amsterdam Mohawks.

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WFP makes another pick in Bethlehem super race

WFP hopes third time's the charm

The Working Families Party has made another endorsement in the race for Bethlehem town supervisor, and it's hoping this one will stick.

Monday, August 1

Wine and music meet