Stories for November 2011


Wednesday, November 30

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Holiday Train brings festive cheer

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train came whistling down the tracks on Sunday, Nov. 27, and stopped at the ALCO Heritage Museum to a large crowd eagerly awaiting festivities.

Hockey: Torres takes over for Ricupero at Saratoga

New coach debuts tonight against Shaker/Colonie

A new coach will be on the Saratoga Springs hockey team’s bench at tonight’s home opener against Shaker/Colonie at Weibel Avenue Arena.

Cross country: Shaker wins Nike regional title

Libruk leads Bison past Fayetteville-Manlius

The Shaker boys cross country team did what it couldn’t do last year – win the Nike Team Regional.

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Matt Kaylor leads local contingent at tourney

BH-BL grad wins three of his four matches at Northeast Collegiate Duals

Matt Kaylor turned in a strong performance at Saturday’s Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Collegiate Duals wrestling tournament at Hudson Valley Community College.

Hockey: Shen rolls in home opener

Mortka, Tardif lead Plainsmen past Niskayuna/Schenectady

The Shenendehowa hockey team started its season on the right skate.

[UPDATED] Police investigate fatal pedestrian/vehicle collision

State Police are investigating a fatal collision between a pickup truck and a pedestrian that occurred around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, on the northbound ramp of exit 4 on I87, according to police reports.

Juvenile offender program expands

An Albany County program designed to help juvenile offenders is expanding from the city of Albany to its suburbs.

Editorial: Don't let study be the end

The editorial appeared in the Nov. 30 edition of the Bethlehem Spotlight.

Editorial: Welcome to the holidays

This editorial appeared in the Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2011, editions of The Spotlight.

POV: X-Mas means family memories

This point of view column appeared in the Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2011, editions of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, November 29

DOT awards state over $10M for road repairs

New York State is receiving nearly $10.25 million in federal aid to help repair flood-damaged highways.

Letters: Donate to a family in need this season

This letter to the editor was published in the Wednesday, Nov. 23, print edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

Letters: Time to speak out on county tax increase

This letter to the editor was published in the Wednesday, Nov. 23, print edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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Local soprano and renowned opera singer join forces

There’s a longstanding oratorio tradition of using young boys to fill soprano roles. These days that practice is no longer as common, but on Sunday, Dec. 4, 8-year-old Joshua Roundy of Nassau will bring that tradition back with a soprano solo in a performance of “Messiah.”

Police crack down on illegal handicap parking

The Albany County Sheriff's Department cracked down on illegal handicap parking with a one-day "Project Access" Handicap Parking saturation initiative on Black Friday, Nov. 25, the results of which were announced by Sheriff Craig D. Apple on Monday, Nov. 28.

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Big state role in storm cleanup

The final cost of cleaning up the damage from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee still isn’t known, but Bethlehem officials are getting a better idea of what the scope of work is and where they can turn to for help.

Monday, November 28

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IDA member charged with second DWI in two months

Bethlehem police have charged a member of the town’s Industrial Development Agency with DWI following a crash Monday, Nov. 28.

Police: Man had 11 pounds of marijuana

State Police in Loudonville arrested an Albany man who was in possession of 11 pounds of marijuana on Sunday, Nov. 27, according to police reports.

Police: Schenectady man stabbed outside area nightclub

State Police say a fight in the parking lot of a Clifton Park music venue ended with a Schenectady man stabbed.

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Art exhibit is 'A Retrospective'

It’s been said that “art is the window to man’s soul,” so if that’s the case, Charles Gianfagna’s is on display for the Capital District to see with the art exhibit “A Retrospective,” a varied collection of artwork from the past 53 years housed at Siena College until Dec. 20.

23 arrested in Albany County DWI sweep

A weekend law enforcement sweep in Albany County resulted in 23 arrests of drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Still soaring at 83

Schenectady man sky high as he earns glider license

At 83 years old, Dr. Robert Mitchell may be one of the oldest new pilots in the nation, but he’s just happy to be gliding through the sky.

Man arrested under Leandra's Law

A Rochester man was arrested under Leandra's Law in Colonie on Sunday, Dec. 27, according to the Albany County Sheriff's Office.

Two face drug charges after Thruway stop

Two people face drug-related charges following a traffic stop for speeding on the Thruway in Bethlehem.

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The thrill of going green

Local BOCEDS center hopes to save money with new solar panels

In an effort to cut spending and conserve natural resources, the BOCES F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs is “going green.” In conjunction with a larger upgrade project at both Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES campuses, a new parking structure with solar panels has been installed at the local education center on Henning Road. The panels will provide 50-kilowatts-per-hour of electricity that will be returned back to the grid.

Saratoga Bridges seeking aid

Funding cuts impact local services for the developmentally disabled

Faced with a reduction of more than $1.2 million this year in state funding, Saratoga Bridges is turning to the community for donations. The not-for-profit, which provides care and support to individuals with disabilities and their families in Saratoga County, is concerned about how the cuts will impact the services it provides.

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Donations needed for soldiers

The holidays are busiest time for Operation Adopt a Soldier

For the many soldiers who are unable to spend time with their families this holiday season, a package from home can be a godsend, even if it’s from a stranger. For the ninth year in a row, the Operation Adopt a Soldier program in Saratoga County is asking for special holiday donations to help service members enjoy the comforts of home while stationed overseas.

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Fire service good, could be better

Residents of Bethlehem are receiving good service from fire departments across the town, but a new report also indicates that plenty of improvements could be made and that consolidation may someday be appropriate.

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Programming for success

Local bank gives money to support science and technology education

In hopes of increasing student interest in science and technology at a younger age, Ballston Spa National Bank has given thousands of dollars to sponsor the Ballston Spa High School’s robotics team.

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Taking stock of town's finances

The financial picture may seem clear now, but things get fuzzy for the Town of Bethlehem when considering the year 2012 and beyond.

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District, police respond to drug charges at BCHS

Bethlehem police arrested a teen on drug charges after three Bethlehem Central High School students apparently overdosed at the school and were hospitalized.

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UPDATE Police: Woman woke to man in apartment

Colonie Police are investigating the burglary of an occupied apartment that occurred in the morning on Wednesday, Nov. 23, according to information from the department.

Hockey: Bethlehem wins Shaker/Colonie Tournament

Balanced attack leads Eagles past Jets in final

The Bethlehem hockey team used another goal-scoring flurry to win the Shaker/Colonie Thanksgiving Tournament title.

Sunday, November 27

Amber Alert leads to Thruway arrest

New York State Police have charged a Nevada woman with a violation of Leandra’s Law after an Amber Alert was issued out of New Jersey.

Saturday, November 26

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Police: Teen sold drugs at BCHS, leading to overdoses

Bethlehem police have charged a 16-year-old with selling drugs at BC High School following an incident when three students apparently overdosed.

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Hockey: Shaker/Colonie rallies past CBA at tourney

Jets to meet Bethlehem in Saturday's final

When Christian Brothers Academy ran out of gas, Shaker/Colonie pounced.

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Hockey: Bethlehem hangs on for victory

Three-goal second period helps Eagles defeat Mamaroneck at tourney

The Bethlehem hockey team had something to prove to Mamaroneck when the two squads met in Friday's opening round of the Shaker/Colonie Thanksgiving Tournament.

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Football: Burnt Hills falls in state finals

Maine-Endwell rallies in fourth quarter to win Spartan battle

Once again, the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team met with bitter disappointment on the brink of a state Class A championship.

Friday, November 25

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The finer things in life

Local jeweler has a passion for helping

One woman’s name is probably as synonymous with the many causes she supports as it is with her jewelry.

Police make arrest in Nov. 15 bank robbery

Colonie Police arrested a Troy man in the Nov. 15 robbery of the Bank of America in Latham Farms on Wednesday, Nov. 23, according to police reports.

Wednesday, November 23

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Canadian Pacific Holiday Train to stop at ALCO

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is chugging on for its 13th year, but this year marks the first stop at the ALCO Heritage Museum, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m.

Letter: Time to speak out on Albany County tax increase

First and foremost, thank you to all who voted for me and supported my reelection to a second term as your Albany County Legislator in the 36th District.

Letter: Don't forget supervisor's accomplishments

In the political excitement leading up to the forthcoming local election, the commendable service of Supervisor Sam Messina seems to have been forgotten

Letter: Make time for more than football

I am wondering if I am the only Bethlehem Central resident who is concerned about some the priorities we are teaching our children. Today, I have the football team, in mind.

Letter: Donate to a family in need this season

The members of the 3rd District, Sons of the American Legion, representing Albany, Schenectady, Greene, Schoharie, Rensselaer, Ulster, Sullivan and Columbia Counties, are asking for donations for the families living in our hurricane and flood stricken counties to make their holiday season a little easier.

POV: African Youngsters Thankful for Albany’s Coach Banda

This point of view column appeared in the Nov. 23 and 24 editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: The Spotlight gives thanks for our family of readers

This editorial appeared in the Nov. 23 and 24 editions of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, November 22

Nisky’s new fees not set in stone

Board passes budget with 3.4 percent tax hike, new revenues would require future laws

The costs included in Niskayuna’s budget for next year are clear, but exact fee increases have yet to be solidified.

Former Normanside owners declare bankruptcy

At the beginning of 2011, the Normanside Country Club was shut down due to financial reasons.

Glenville adopts $18.2M budget

Spending plan under tax cap at 3.2 percent tax levy increase

Fees won’t be increasing and fund reserve usage continues to decrease, but taxes will go up under the 2012 budget adopted by the Glenville Town Board.

Delmar man killed in Colonie crash

A Delmar man has died from injuries sustained after he was struck on Central Avenue in Colonie.

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Big upgrades for theater

Clifton Park Center celebrates the opening of its new Regal Cinema

Although a ribbon cutting event was held on Thursday, Nov 17 to mark the official grand opening of Clifton Park’s new Regal Cinemas at Clifton Park Center, 12,000 moviegoers had walked through its doors by the next day.

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A star is born

Local dogs show off their talent to win Drama Club role

Joann Verderosa said she wasn’t sure how her small, Jack Russell terrier named Vinny would do at an audition for live theater, but it couldn’t hurt to find out. On Saturday, Nov. 19, the Ballston Spa Middle School Drama Club held auditions for local dogs to play the lead’s canine companion in this year’s production of “Annie.” More than 20 dogs tried out for the role of the little orphan’s sidekick, Sandy.

Meals on Wheels delivery van stolen

Someone stole a Meals on Wheels delivery van on Monday, Nov. 21, and MOW desperately needs it back, according to Senior Services of Albany, Inc. which runs the program.

District announces impasse in contract talks

Contract talks between the Guilderland Central School District and the association representing its teachers have stalled and a state-assigned mediator will be called upon to help bring the two sides together.

Monday, November 21

Lawmakers aim to close ‘Penn State Loophole’

Legislation would mandate college staff to report child abuse

Allegations of child abuse at Penn State have spurred some lawmakers to close what they called a loophole here in the Empire State.

CDTA wins $2.5M federal grant

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) has $2.5 million to spend on new hybrid electric buses in 2013 courtesy of a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation Clean Fuels Program.

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Keeping Meals rolling

Chef Monique Bonet of the Meals on Wheels kitchen in Albany is used to whipping up 1,500 meals a day with her sous chef Lawrence Gilliam. But for the past two Mondays, they’ve gotten an extra hand with chefs from two local restaurants adding their personal touch to the meals and kitchen.

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It's no rumor ... Rumors is moving

A collective dream came a little closer to coming true with a groundbreaking celebration for the new Rumors Salon and Spa on Friday, Nov. 18, at 626 New Loudon Road in Latham, sponsored by the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Area educators return from China trip

Eighteen Capital District educators returned on Monday, Nov. 14, from a 10-day trip to China where they talked to students and toured schools.

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Giving thanks to caregivers

When Katie Swartwout left her husband at Bright Horizons for the first time, she felt horrible.

Counties pool resources to help seniors

Edie Sennett was touched by the reaction of seniors during a recent ceremony held in Delmar to honor veterans who served as far back as World War II.

Girls soccer: Wind, bounces go against Burnt Hills

Somers eliminates Spartans in Class A semifinals

Burnt Hills saw its season end with a 1-0 state semifinal loss to Somers Saturday in Cortland.

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SPCA head steps down

Matthew Tully preps for upcoming third overseas deployment

Tully announced on Veterans Day he would be leaving his post as chief humane law enforcement officer due to his upcoming military deployment scheduled for July 2012.

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Town Hall work coming to an end

Months after pieces of Bethlehem Town Hall crumbled onto cars parked below, town officials said the work to repair the building is nearly complete.

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Girls soccer: Schalmont storms to Class B title

Strijek's six goals lead Sabres

What better way for the Schalmont girls soccer team to end its 2011 season than to win its first state title?

Football: Schalmont's season ends in semifinals

Croton-Harmon scores late touchdown to beat Sabres

Croton-Harmon avenged last year's state semifinal loss to Schalmont.

Sunday, November 20

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Girls volleyball: Burnt Hills ends on top

Spartans survive stern test from Mercy in state final

Natalie Ziskin let out a sob underneath the Glens Falls Civic Center stands following Sunday's Class A state girls volleyball final. These were not tears of anguish, though. These were tears of joy.

Football: Steuerwald's career ends with Shen loss

Newburgh ends Plainsmen's bid for Syracuse trip

Shenendehowa's football season and Brent Steuerwald's coaching career ended one game short of the Plainsmen's ultimate goal.

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Images from the front

Most times, the Breathing Room Wellness Studio in Delmar is an open space, a haven for yoga lovers.

Fire co. snags hot grant

The Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. will spend the winter building a model home and in the spring, will set it on fire.

Saturday, November 19

Girls soccer: Arlington edges Bethlehem in semifinal

Lady Eagles put up valiant effort in loss

Using any measurable standard, the Bethlehem girls soccer team put up an extraordinary defensive effort in Saturday’s state Class AA semifinal against Arlington at Homer High School, south of Syracuse.

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Group seeks input on flooding in watershed

Clarksville resident Rob Breen considers himself one of the lucky ones.

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The warriors of comedy

Documentary hopes to prove laughter heals all wounds

Filmmakers John Wager and Ray Reo are partnering wounded veterans with A-list comedians in their new documentary "Comedy Warriors:Healing through Humor," in hopes of showcasing the importance of laughter during the recovery process.

Football: Burnt Hills gets another Dome date

Spartans run over Cornwall in Class A semifinal

Thomas Ruppel and Daniel Porter ran around, over and through the Cornwall defense.

Friday, November 18

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Movies that make sense

Autism Society partners with city cinema for initiative

Many families might see going to the movies as a fun night out, but the booming soundtracks and 3D effects don’t make for the best experience for everyone.

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An artist of many colors

Nisky’ woman’s paintings, poetry at local cafe art show

A Niskayuna resident has tied her oil paintings and poetry together for an art show that stems from a children’s book she released earlier this year.

Police: Students robbed peer at knifepoint

Medication allegedly stolen, two suspects arrested

Niskayuna police arrested two local students following an alleged robbery of a Niskayuna High School student on school grounds.

R’dam OKs budget in split vote

Fund reallocations deemed legal by town attorney

After heated debate between Town Board members over next year’s budget, the Town of Rotterdam has adopted a plan with no layoffs and weighing in at $21 million.

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Sheehan concedes, Mahan victorious

Absentee votes don’t sway outcome in Colonie supervisor race

Denise Sheehan, Republican challenger for Town of Colonie supervisor, officially conceded the race to Democratic Supervisor Paula Mahan on Friday, Nov. 18.

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Search continues for Delmar bank robber

Police are looking for a man who allegedly robbed the TD Bank branch on Delaware Avenue in Delmar.

Letter: Get the facts Glenville's 2012 Budget

This letter appeared in the Nov. 10, 2011, edition of The Schenectady County Spotlight.

Thursday, November 17

Nisky’ Town Board clashes over 2012 budget

Recreation and leaf pickup fees protested by councilman

Niskayuna’s 2012 budget plans have moved steadily along with no changes, but after a recent public hearing it became clear not all town leaders are on the same page.

Slow movement on housing developments

The Bethlehem Town Board will be the next body to review a draft scoping document regarding the proposed Wemple Corners hamlet project.

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Making a case to expand

Walk into the bays at the Slingerlands Fire Department’s headquarters on New Scotland Road, and the smell of diesel fumes is powerful.

Be Santa to a senior

Santa isn’t just for kids this Christmas, with Home Instead Senior Care network’s “Be a Santa to a Senior” program.

Three charged with driving stolen car to Colonie court

Three people were arrested after driving a stolen car to the Colonie Public Safety Center at 312 Wolf Rd. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, according to police reports.

Wednesday, November 16

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Eastern New York Angels makes first investment

Rotterdam business gets $150k, group aims to help startups

A Rotterdam business making heat in thermodynamic engine technology got a boost from a group looking to give start-up companies the financial boost and guidance to ensure success.

POV: Your Landscape Affects your Home Energy Consumption

This point of view appeared in the Nov. 16 and 17 editions of The Spotlight.

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Kingsway honors veterans

Stars from retired American flags handed out to those who served

Nearly 40 veterans, all Kingsway residents and staff, were honored during the Kingsway Arms Nursing Center’s ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11.

Letter: A 'Thank You' to the voters of Bethlehem

As Bethlehem’s Supervisor-Elect, I’m writing to thank everyone who participated in the democratic process on November 8th, including my opponents and their supporters.

Letter: Thanks to all this election season

Thank you voters for voting for me, your Receiver of Taxes. Thank you to all those that gave me words of encouragement during the long campaign.

Letter: Let's keep the dialogue open

Another election season has come and gone in the Town of Bethlehem. I would like to congratulate John Clarkson, Joann Dawson, Jeffrey Kuhn, Nanci Moquin, Gregg Sagendorph, Nancy Mendick, and Mark Jordan on their successful elections to office, and I wish them all the best of luck in their upcoming positions. I would also like to thank all of the candidates for their efforts throughout the election process. As a candidate myself, I have a new found respect for any person willing to commit the time and effort required to run a campaign

Editorial: The pols who run alone

This editorial appeared in the Nov. 16 and 17 editions of The Spotlight.

Clifton Park supervisor goes full time

Barrett’s salary increases to $90k, town administrator job axed

The Clifton Park Town Board unanimously passed its proposed 2012 budget a week early on Monday, Nov. 14, which included a plan to combine the positions of supervisor and town administrator into one position. Newly re-elected Supervisor Phil Barrett said the decision was “tough,” but assured everyone he would accept the full-time position with the town and step down from his job at Key Bank.

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Study finds Saratoga racing alive and well

$200M brought to the greater Capital District annually

A new study released by the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency found that the Saratoga Race Course potentially contributes more than $200 million annually to the local economy each year, along with thousands of jobs and additional tax revenue.

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Alplaus Post Office to close

Residents search for ways to save solvent branch

Concerned Alplaus residents and elected officials met on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to brainstorm ways to stop the closure of their 89-year-old post office.

Woman's story highlighted in 'Highlights'

It’s Thanksgiving Day and our kitchen is crazy, we all work together and no one is lazy…

Tuesday, November 15

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Colonie Police investigate bank robbery

The Colonie Police Department is investigating a bank robbery that occurred on the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 15, around 3:51 p.m. at the Bank of America at 579 Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham Farms.

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Football: Shen, BH-BL advance to state semifinals

Plainsmen need OT to beat North Rockland; Spartans roll past Franklin Academy

Shenendehowa and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake took different paths to this weekend's state football semifinals in Kingston.

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'Saratoga Mama' presents Blogging 101

Colleen Pierre was popular as “Malta Mama” but now she’s even more popular as “Saratoga Mama.” The mother of two has spearheaded two popular blogs in less than three years and made a name for herself in the process.

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Girls soccer: Strijek's milestone leads Schalmont to win

Sabres advance to state semifinals for first time since 2006

Megan Strijek tucked her 100th career goal inside the left post with 8:39 left in the second half to lead the Schalmont girls soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Beekmantown in the Class B regional final Nov. 12 at Stillwater High School.

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Girls soccer: Burnt Hills returns to Cortland

Spartans turn back Franklin Academy in regional

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls soccer team is going back to Cortland for another shot at the state Class A title.

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Football: Schalmont hangs on against Peru

Sabres thwart late rally to advance to state semifinals

For Schalmont head coach Joe Whipple, the story has been all too familiar. Get a big lead, then watch as the other team comes back, hoping the Sabres’ defense will make that final key stop.

Twenty 'Occupy Albany' arrests

Around 12:55 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, Patricia E. Michel, 55, of Saratoga Springs, was arrested by State Police troopers when she entered Layfayette Park in Albany and refused to leave when instructed, according to police reports. Michel was charged with trespass and issued an appearance ticket to appear in Albany City Court on Nov. 29, according to police reports.

Monday, November 14

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Schalmont advances to B final four

Hold off comeback attempt by Peru in 25-20 win

Schalmont survives Peru comeback to advance in state tourney

Tractor trailer fire closes down Route 7 for morning commute

State Police investigated a tractor-trailer tanker fire that occurred on Alternate Route 7 in the Town of Colonie and shut down traffic in both directions for a period of time on Monday, Nov. 14.

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Progress at Vista

If you drive past the future site of the Vista Technology Park on Route 85, it is tough to get a good look at what’s happening behind the two large hills blocking the construction site.

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Online to on paper

Each week, Duncan Crary and James Howard Kunstler take to the web to talk about the world, and what’s to come in communities across America.

Police warn of Guilderland burglaries

The Guilderland Police Department has issued a warning about an increase in burglaries during the daytime hours in the vicinity of the Guilderland Center and Fort Hunter neighborhoods.

Four seriously injured in Guilderland crash

Guilderland Police are investigating a crash that left a teen driver and his three passengers hospitalized.

Woman's poetry draws on love and heartbreak

Mary Kathryn Jablonski will draw on poems created while she watched her first marriage dissolve when she presents two poetry readings, the first on Nov. 16 at the Old Forge Library and the second on Dec. 10 at the Woodstock Poetry Society and Festival.

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Girls soccer: Bethlehem ends regional hex

Two second-half goals lead Eagles past Liverpool

Jackie Kearney and Autumn Fetterolf each scored goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to help Bethlehem turn back Liverpool 2-0 in the regional final and earn a berth in this weekend's state tournament in Cortland.

Sunday, November 13

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Strolling through Cherry Ridge

Nisky' man releases first fiction book with ‘small town’ flare

After a lifetime of writing for a living, one local man found writing for himself to be one of his most rewarding experiences.

Area's first pediatric urgent care center opens

Clifton Park is home to the Capital District’s first Pediatric Urgent Care Center with the opening of a Community Care Physicians, PC office on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

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Niskayuna CVS reopens with larger footprint, drive-thru

Balltown Rd. store takes over neighboring vacant space

Following the resurgence of the former St. James Square in Niskayuna, another eyesore only blocks away is now redeveloped and bustling.

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Evening celebrates woman's legacy

Eleven years ago, the Emerald Eve was held in a living room, a night for family and friends of Donna Crandall to gather and celebrate her life.

Saturday, November 12

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New faces in powerful positions

Major changes are on the way to the Bethlehem Town Board, as new faces will be in place at a time when many believe the town is ready to make a name for itself in the Capital District and statewide.

Friday, November 11

Police: Two Saratoga County men arrested on kidnapping, sex charges

Two Saratoga County men were arrested on kidnapping and sex charges, according to police reports announcing the arrests on Friday, Nov. 11.

Girls soccer: Bethlehem edges Shen for AA title

Donnelly's OT goal sends Eagles into regionals again

The Bethlehem girls soccer team won its fourth consecutive Section II Class AA title, but not without a little controversy.

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Honoring the nation’s heroes

Every November, veterans around the country are recognized for their service, and the willingness to honor their commitment to the nation appears to be growing.

Thursday, November 10

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Walls fall at former Kmart

Target moves forward with demolition in Glenville, doors to open next October

Worries about a vacant Glenville eyesore came down along with the walls of the former Kmart.

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Bethlehem budget adopted

After nearly six weeks of meetings and public comment, and a day after an election that reshaped town government for the next two years, the Bethlehem Town Board adopted a $38.6 million budget for 2012 at its meeting Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Glenville budget talks enter ‘silly season’

GOP and Dems spar over campaign claims

A political tinge was present at the Town of Glenville’s budget hearing, which started with a board member’s rebuttal to campaign literature about the town’s tax rate.

Wednesday, November 9

Rotterdam budget talks divide board

Preliminary budget hearing leads with board’s disagreement

In an unusual twist for a public hearing, the Rotterdam Town Board recently debated the 2012 budget amongst itself for around 40 minutes before the public even got a chance to speak.

Incumbents hold strong in Nisky, Glenville races

Dems win nearly all bids for county legislature seats in District 3 and 4

In the Towns of Niskayuna and Glenville, sitting board members were able to keep their seats and maintain one-party rule in the two towns.

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All aboard the Polar Express

The North Pole is closer than you think, and all you need to get there is a pair of pajamas, a golden ticket and a little imagination.

POV: Veterans Day a reminder of sacrifices

This Point of View column appeared in the Nov. 9 and 10 editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: The ShopRite Tech Park?

This editorial appeared in the Nov. 9 and 10 editions of The Spotlight.

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R’dam Dems dominate election

DelGallo dumped by voters, McGarry falls short on supervisor bid

Cheers broke out amongst Rotterdam Democrats as election results rolled in Tuesday, and they only grew louder as the night proceeded.

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Mahan declares victory, but race continues

Denise Sheehan does not conceded, absentee ballots to be counted

Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan might be declaring victory but the race for supervisor is not over yet.

Girls soccer regionals: Quick start propels Burnt Hills past J-D

Lady Spartans strike for two goals in first 1:02

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls soccer team wasted no time in establishing control of Tuesday’s Class A regional against Section III champion Jamesville-DeWitt.

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Saratoga County sees some tight races on Election Night

In his seventh time running for Town of Clifton Park supervisor, incumbent Phil Barrett, R, won by a large margin with 4,680 votes over challenger Marty O’Connor, D, with 1,675 votes.

Tuesday, November 8

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Dems sweep Bethlehem races

After claiming victory in a much-publicized primary, John Clarkson cruised to victory in the general election for supervisor in the town of Bethlehem.

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Mixed messages on turnout in Bethlehem

The sun was shining for most of the day in Bethlehem, and candidates for town offices are hoping that it helped get voters out to the polls.

Spa City man caught with cocaine and heroin

A Saratoga Springs man was arrested after being found in possession of cocaine and heroin on Monday, Nov. 7, according to police reports.

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Strumming her way to Nashville

Some teenagers dream of Hollywood, but Chelsea Cavanaugh of Latham has her sights set on Music City, better known as Nashville.

State grant to benefit Owens Corning

A $516,000 Community Development Block Grant has been awarded to Owens Corning Insulating Systems, LLC, to help expand their operations in Bethlehem.


The outcomes of local races across the Capital District, as they become available.

Boys soccer: Shen rallies for Class AA title

Plainsmen strike twice in second half to defeat Colonie

Top seeded Shenendehowa scored twice in the final 25 minutes to defeat No. 3 Colonie 2-1 for the Plainsmen’s 17th Sectional title.

Monday, November 7

Schenectady teen killed in Guilderland crash

A 19-year-old Schenectady teenager was killed when his car left a road in Guilderland and struck a tree.

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First Vista tax breaks approved

The Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency has approved Tier 1 tax abatements for the first three tenants at the Vista Technology Park, subject to “clawback” agreements that would reduce the benefits if certain requirements were not met.

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Toys for Tots chugs on

Recent flooding spurs need for more donations

Making sure every child has a toy on Christmas morning is the festive annual mission that fuels a holiday train through New York’s communities, bringing joy one present at a time.

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Glendale home dividing issue for candidates

GOP candidates seeking foothold in Schenectady County Legislature

At two separate Schenectady County League of Women Voters Candidate Forums held in mid-October, it became clear whether or not the county should revise, review or withdraw plans to construct a new Glendale Nursing Home is a divisive issue among Schenectady County Legislature hopefuls.

Sunday, November 6

A better way to discover the outdoors

There are 202 miles of bike and pedestrian trails and 124 miles of snowmobile trails in Saratoga County. Now, the entire trail system is compiled into a comprehensive trail map available online at www.saratogaplan.org.

Football: Improvised play helps BH-BL get past Amsterdam

Dillon's 23-yard TD catch with 23.4 seconds left lifts Spartans to title

If the game had been played on a sandlot, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football coach Matt Shell would have used a stick in the dirt to design the Section II Class A championship game’s winning play.

Boys soccer: Mohonasen returns to the top of Class A

Two first-half goals lead Mighty Warriors past Queensbury

Over the last three years, the winner of the quarterfinal game between Mohonasen and Scotia-Glenville has gone on to win the Section II Class A boys soccer title.

Saturday, November 5

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UPDATE: Police say missing girl has been found

Police say Jade St. Louis at home with family

Colonie police say Jude St. Louis, the 15-year-old girl that was reported missing yesterday, has been found and is home with her family.

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Town's history on display

The long and intricate history of the town of Bethlehem is described through pictures and detailed descriptions in a new book put together by the town’s historian.

White Management turns ‘Green’

Brian White said he sees an environmental benefit in using vegetable oil for fuel

Restaurants under the ownership of White Management are taking a much greener approach to how they do business by switching over to vegetable oil as a new fuel source for their delivery trucks.

Girls soccer: Bethlehem, Shen to meet in Section II final

Early goals lift Bethlehem past Saratoga

Bethlehem and Shenendehowa will decide the Section II Class AA girls soccer title for the third year in a row.

Friday, November 4

High-tech growth the topic of forum

Glenville to host ‘Opportunity Knocks’ event on GloFo, tech companies’ impact

Are you prepared for the high-tech job growth in the Capital District?

Police: Crowbar touting robber apprehended

After investigating a violent July robbery, Glenville police have arrested a Delmar man.

Letters: Some library questions answered

This letter was published in the Thursday, Nov. 3, edition of The Spotlight.

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Local hospital rehabs eagle

Doctors at The Animal Hospital in Slingerlands say a bald eagle shot in October in Columbia County is making progress, but are cautious to talk about a full recovery.

Residents and developer talk it out at session

Few issues resolved at Loudon House meeting, developer continues permit push

The Town of Colonie held a mediating session on Wednesday, Oct. 26, between the Loudon House project developer Mike Benson and residents who live near the controversial project, so each side could lay out their wants and needs.

Thursday, November 3

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Lake Champlain Bridge to open Nov. 7

Ribbon-cutting ceremony will precede opening of span

The Lake Champlain Bridge will be open to vehicular traffic Monday, Nov. 7, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office confirmed Thursday evening, Nov. 3.

Warmer reception for R’Dam budget [correction]

During the board’s meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26, council members Nicola DiLeva, Matthew Martin and Wayne Calder presented amendments to undo cuts from Supervisor Frank Del Gallo’s tentative budget before voting on the preliminary budget.

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Albany County's new take on drunk driving

New York State Trooper Ian DeGiovine has had extensive surgery, gone through intense physical therapy and has somehow beaten the odds and returned to duty despite a horrific 2006 run-in with an intoxicated driver.

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Guitar Hero event to honor a hero

David Taylor Miller was killed by a suicide bomb in Afghanistan in June 2010, but before the tragedy that earned him a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, the Army had been a life-changing experience for the Saratoga Springs High School graduate.

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Scotia tennis completes successful season

Lady Tartans win Foothills Council championship

The Scotia-Glenville girls tennis team completed its 2011 season with a 16-1 record and its second consecutive Foothills Council title.

Saratoga Pop Warner cheerleading teams qualify for regional

Two squads heading to New Jersey Nov. 12 and 13

The Saratoga Springs Pop Warner midget and junior midget division cheerleading teams will go to Trenton, N.J., next weekend for the Eastern Regional.

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A date with history

At ‘Tavern Night,’ patrons get a taste of the 18th century

Nobody living today can say they dined in an 18th century tavern, but one group now has a pretty good idea of what it might have entailed.

Little ‘hero’ inspires family, friends

Benefit to be held for child with Marfan Syndrome

The Siciliano family of Latham were told by their doctor they should be getting running shoes for yet-to-be-born baby Logan, but when he was born it turned out he might not ever be able to run.

Wednesday, November 2

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Residents get their money's worth during debate

Candidates for Colonie supervisor spar in debate over economic condition of the town

It is a rare moment when politicians actually answer the questions asked of them during a debate but Republican candidate for supervisor Denise Sheehan and incumbent Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan did just that at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

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Upper Union Street’s $4M renovation complete

Leaders tout unified street design enhancements at ribbon cutting

The first winds of a winter chill didn’t cool down the excitement of government officials and business owners celebrating the completion of a project intended to spur further growth.

Police probe video ‘threats’

Online attack against Nisky’ students spur investigation

The Niskayuna Police Department isn’t brushing off threatening videos posted online targeting three area students, as rumors of a school shooting are dispelled.

Police raid mall store for counterfeit items

Guilderland Police executed a search warrant Nov. 1 inside a Crossgates Mall store they say had counterfeit merchandise on sale.

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End of an era

Erickson retires after 60 years on football sidelines

Doug Erickson spent last Saturday the way he has every fall for 60 years – coaching a football team.

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Saratoga, Shaker take team titles at league meet

Predmore, Libruk lead the way

The Saratoga Springs girls and Shaker boys cross country teams won league titles at last Saturday’s Suburban Council Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park.

Showdown in the pool

Shen, Nisky top contenders in Division I

It may be nearly impossible for this year’s Section II Division I girls swim meet to match the excitement of last year’s duel between Niskayuna and Shenendehowa.

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Canal crawl

Each year, New York State mandates an inspection of all 524 miles of the state’s canal system. This year, for the first time in two decades, that inspection was done completely by boat with NYS Canal Corporation Commissioner Brian Stratton at the helm.

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Short life, big impact

Maggie Whelan has two heroes — her daughter Shannon and adopted grandson Sean Robert — so it’s no surprise that her short story included in the recently published “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Answered Prayers” was all about them.

Letter: Sale to benefit hurricane victims a success

Hurricane Irene did damage locally to the homes of some of the Voorheesville Methodist church family, and flooding devastated homes and businesses in nearby counties.

Letter: In Memoriam - Anthony "Kenny" Umina

Our good friend and colleague, Kenny Umina,lost his battle with leukemia last Thursday.

Editorial: Your vote is your voice

This editorial appeared in the Nov. 2 and 3, 2011, editions of The Spotlight

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The physics of flying squash

Students apply what they learn in science class into catapulting pumpkins

Shaker High School students get to learn about projectile motion in very unique way: by building a device to launch a pumpkin into the air and as far as it can go.

Tuesday, November 1

Girls soccer playoffs: Bethlehem edges Niskayuna

Teal's two goals lead Lady Eagles into semifinals

The Bethlehem girls soccer team advanced to the Section II Class AA semifinals with Tuesday's 4-3 victory over Niskayuna in Delmar.

Colonie candidates to face off in debate

Both candidates for supervisor say they are excited to discuss the issues on Nov. 2

Election Day is only two weeks away and on Wednesday, Nov. 2, both Town of Colonie candidates for supervisor will meet for a debate in which they will do their best to win over voters and lay out their plans for the future of the town.

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Status of Clarksville talks unclear

The status of negotiations regarding Acting Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple’s proposal to use the Clarksville Elementary School for consolidated department operations all depends on who you ask.

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A teacher’s act of charity

CCHS art instructor looks to help younger children understand autism

Colonie Central High School art teacher Lisa Benanto was having a hard time explaining her son Brandon’s autism to her daughter Katie, so she decided to write a book about it to help her understand.

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Former cleaners a superfund site

DEC officials say groundwater contaminated

The former Damshire Cleaners building has now been named an inactive hazardous waste disposal site by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and is awaiting a remedial investigation.

Wegman wins collegiate division title at Half Ironman event

Bethlehem grad places 14th overall

Bethlehem Central High School graduate Roxanne Wegman placed first in the women's collegiate division at the Austin Half Ironman triathlon Oct. 23 in Texas.