Stories for October 2011


Monday, October 31

Boys volleyball: Bethlehem, Shen post wins

Bethlehem and Shenendehowa began the Section II Class A boys volleyball playoffs with decisive victories Monday.

Soccer playoffs: Bethlehem shuts out Ballston Spa

McMahon, Rockmore tally for unbeaten Eagles

The Bethlehem boys soccer team began its run in the Section II Class AA playoffs with a 2-0 victory over Ballston Spa Monday in Delmar.

Man dies after being tased by police

Colonie police are looking into the use of a taser in gym altercation

Colonie police are currently investigating what led to the death of a man who was tased by police after allegedly exploding into a violent rampage at Gold's Gym.

Woman slapped with multiple felonies

State Police in Clifton Park arrested a Latham woman and charged her with various felonies on Wednesday, Oct. 26, according to police reports.

UPDATE: Dive teams search for man missing in Galway Lake

Firefighters and dive teams from several departments have been searching for a man missing in Galway Lake since Sunday, Oct. 30, according to police reports.

Saratoga Springs woman missing

State Police in Malta are asking the public for help in locating a Saratoga Springs woman who has been missing since Friday, Oct. 28.

Dead body found behind Saratoga business

A dead body was found behind a business in Saratoga Springs in the morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 29, according to Saratoga Springs police.

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Two Rochester men loot Guilderland homes, steal dog

State Police arrested two men accused of robbing two homes, and leading police on a chase through Guilderland.

So. Bethlehem Post Office eyed for closure

Public meetings are still being held to decide the future of nearly 3,700 post office branches of the United States Postal Service, and local and state officials are trying to save one of them: the South Bethlehem location.

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A look at Scotia’s past

Traveling Children’s Museum to host ‘Dear Old Scotia’ event

Wooden nickels returning back home spurred an event showcasing one village’s history.

Colonie looking to lease out Community Center

Mahan says town is looking to sell spaces it doesn’t need anymore

The Town of Colonie has budgeted nearly $900,000 in revenues from the sale of real property in the 2012 tentative budget. Supervisor Paula Mahan said the town is looking at four different properties to sell: a property on Wolf Road, the vacant highway garage, a property along Route 9 and the town’s Community Center, which is located on Central Avenue.

Saturday, October 29

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Town has big ideas for new park

The Town of Colonie has been kicking around the idea of building a new park in place of the vacant Latham Water Treatment Plant along the Mohawk River, but it looks like it is now ready to move forward with those plans.

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Art drawn from text

North Colonie Art and English departments join together to expand minds of students

Shaker High School combined two celebrations and rolled them into one on Thursday, Oct. 20, when the English Department and the Art Department held a joint event that displayed art created by students based off of text they had read.

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CCHS steps it up in the science department

School now satellite learning center for molecular biology

The Colonie Central High School is making sure students are going above and beyond in preparing for college, with its new distinction as a Princeton University satellite learning center for molecular biology instruction.

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Resources scarce for seniors

The prospects of a longer life and a tight economy are leaving many seniors with few financial options.

Friday, October 28

Town seeks to dismiss landfill lawsuit

Attorney for plaintiffs says town’s issues are ‘insignificant’

The Town of Colonie has requested a lawsuit brought against it by Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners and five other residents be dismissed, saying it fails to acknowledge the proper parties involved in the operating agreement the town struck with Waste Connections, Inc.

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Saving the county’s liquid asset

Feds to clean up former Scotia Navy Depot site

Fears of Schenectady County’s water supply being compromised were recently lifted after a seven-year battle to mitigate a groundwater plume containing trichloroethylene.

Audit talk turns to landfill

BST auditors say deal not considered a one-shot

Auditors presented their findings from the 2010 Financial Report at the Colonie Town Board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20, where Republican Councilman Dan Dustin tried to get to the bottom of whether the operating agreement for the landfill is a sound idea or not.

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A Ghoul time for all

Organizers say they mark their calendars for AutumnFest each year

Halloween is just around the corner, and the Hope Club, partnering with the American Cancer Society, is planning an event filled with spooks, candy and just all-around fun during its annual AutumnFest.

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Clifton Park woman seeks Miss New York crown

Amanda Daley was the sporty one in high school, spending her time on softball instead of perfect hair and makeup.

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State worker charged with making adult chat calls

The state Inspector General’s office has charged a Delmar man with racking up more than $20,000 in improper phone charges during his time at the Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Costumes for kids

When Sydney Thomson found out that some kids would miss out on Halloween fun because they couldn’t afford costumes, she was appalled.

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Go green online

Local blog spreads energy efficiency

Going green is easier than some may think. The problem is, many people don’t know where to start or who to turn to for simple answers. Dan Gibson, an energy auditor and solar designer from Ballston Lake, launched www.oeic.us to help.

Glenville OKs preliminary budget under cap

Raises for Town Board questioned, dropped from spending plan

Any thoughts of lifting the tax cap are gone as the Glenville Town Board approved a preliminary budget and unanimously voted down removing the state mandate.

Thursday, October 27

Spotlight on Clifton Park candidates

Candidates for supervisor and Town Board in the Town of Clifton Park were put on the spot at a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 27.

Halfmoon candidates face off in forum

Candidates in the Town of Halfmoon met for a candidate forum on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Halfmoon Town Hall.

Letters: Milton Republicans the right choice

This letter appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 27, Saratoga Spotlight.

Letters: Vote Ogle and the Ballston First line

This letter appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 27, Saratoga Spotlight.

Letters: Sommer the successor

This letter to the editor was published in the Thursday, Oct. 27, Saratoga Spotlight.

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Learning by laptop

The days of heading to the chalkboard may soon be a thing of the past.

Ritter receives prison sentence

Former United Nations weapons inspector Scott Ritter will serve at least 18 months in Pennsylvania state prison.

County’s $295M approved budget keeps taxes flat

Sales tax revenues for 2012 amended for $1.3 million increase

The Schenectady County Legislature on Wednesday, Oct. 19, voted 13 to 2 to approve the 2012 budget, with both Republicans voting in dissent. The budget totals $295.3 million and kicks in starting Jan. 1.

Letter: Sledding hill needs preservation advocate

This letter appeared in the Oct. 27, 2011, edition of The Schenectady County Spotlight.

LCS wins first-round match

Rollis leads Eagles into quarterfinals

The Loudonville Christian School girls volleyball team began the Section II Class C tournament with a 3-0 victory over Canajoharie Wednesday.

Saratoga Stryders schedule races

Winterfest 5K race takes place Feb. 5

The Saratoga Stryders have announced the dates of their two main snowshoe races -- the Winterfest 5-kilometer race and the Camp Saratoga 8k race.

Delmar Dolfins swim well at Autumn Breeze meet

Wang, Bergere win multiple events

The Delmar Dolfins Swim Team competed recently at the Autumn Breeze meet at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School pool in Ravena.

Wednesday, October 26

Sports poll: Siena men's basketball

The Siena College men's basketball team was picked to finish sixth in this week's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason poll, as voted on by the league's coaches.

Clifton Park/Halfmoon debate tonight

Candidates for office in the Towns of Clifton Park and Halfmoon will face off at a Candidate Forum tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 26) at Halfmoon Town Hall at 2 Halfmoon Plaza at 7 p.m.

Emerald Ash Borer found in Selkirk

State Department of Environmental Conservation officials have made their first discovery of an emerald ash borer in Albany County in a Selkirk trap located on private property near the CSX rail yard.

POV: Lessons from Irene and Lee

This Point of View appeared in the Oct. 26 and 27, 2011, editions of The Spotlight. The writer is a Republican assemblyman representing parts of Schenectady and Saratoga counties.

Letter: Clarkson has experience to lead

This letter appeared in the Oct. 26, 2011 edition of The Spotlight

Letter: Buying in Bethlehem a pleasure

This letter appeared in the Oct. 26, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Reeves-Ellington a breath of fresh air

The letter appeared in the Oct. 26, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

Letters: Near a welcome change for board

This letter appeared in the Oct. 26, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Consider Kotary for supervisor

This letter appeared in the Oct. 26, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Tax hike would hurt seniors most

This letter appeared in the Oct. 26, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: A message for Bethlehem voters

The letter appeared in the Oct. 26, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Mendick has served his constituents

This letter appeared in the Oct. 26, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Say no to political puppets in election

This letter appeared in the Oct. 26, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

Editorial: A place apart(ment)

The editorial appeared in the Oct. 26 and 27 editions of The Spotlight.

Bethlehem defeats Shen for regular season title

Marshman's 26 kills paces Eagles

The Bethlehem boys volleyball team needed five games to defeat Shenendehowa 3-2 in Tuesday's Suburban Council finale.

Tuesday, October 25

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CBA cruises into semifinals

Loss to Shen fuels Brothers' recent dominance

Shenendehowa’s 42-0 victory over Christian Brothers Academy three weeks ago may have been the best thing to happen for the Brothers.

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Dutch bedeviled by Smith

Columbia RB gains 285 yards in quarterfinal

Early in the second half, the Guilderland football team had a 12-0 lead on Columbia. Then, Christopher Smith went to work.

Adult novelty store searched, man slapped with narcotics charges

An eight-month State Police investigation concluded on Thursday, Oct. 20, with the arrest of an Amsterdam man on several narcotics related charges, according to police reports.

Monday, October 24

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Candidates debate economics, development of Bethlehem

12 candidates for office in the Bethlehem area put their platforms on display Oct. 24, during a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Albany County and The Spotlight.

Police collect money from IFCO

The Guilderland Police Department has received a check for $60,000 as part of a settlement reached between federal prosecutors and IFCO Systems North America.

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Conservatives help R’dam Junction residents

Donations still needed as residents prepare for winter

Floodwaters have long receded, but residents of Rotterdam Junction are facing a new challenge of a colder nature.

Town details goals of wastewater treatment study

Bethlehem officials have laid out a timeline and framework for a study designed to measure the need for improvements at the town’s wastewater treatment facility.

Weekend roundup: Bethlehem finishes with a flourish

Lady Eagles handle Columbia on Senior Night

The Bethlehem girls soccer team wrapped up its regular season Saturday by beating Columbia 4-1 in a Suburban Council South Division game in Delmar.

Sunday, October 23

R’dam hopefuls draw lines

LWV Candidates Forum shows three distinct party choices

Rotterdam’s fiscal woes were a recurring talking point among candidates at a recent forum, as they tried to explain to voters why they’re the best choice to lead the town.

Now it’s the public’s turn on budget

Bethlehem’s tentative plan keeps 1.27 percent tax hike, but cuts borrowing

The public will be giving Bethlehem leaders comments on a 2012 budget that includes the same tax hike as originally proposed nearly two months ago, but has changed considerably in other areas.

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A haunted 'thank you'

Chloe Sova, 9, lives next to an old lumber mill in Middle Grove. And every Halloween, her parents pull out all the stops to transform that lumber mill into a spooky haunted house.

Saturday, October 22

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Bethlehem Y keeps "lights on"

When school ends for more than 15 million children in America, so does their supervision.

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Nisky wins OT thriller against Shen

Last-second goal propels Silver Warriors

A ray of hope was all that the Niskayuna field hockey team needed to pull off a comeback win.

Friday, October 21

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A point of history in Colonie

Archaeologists say stone tools used in hunting, can tell history of area

Several farmers in the Town of Colonie have discovered various stone tools after plowing their fields a few years ago, and now the town’s historian and two archaeologists are putting on a presentation discussing the artifacts on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the William K. Sanford Library.

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Driving the point home

Officials, fire department say message getting through to students

The dangers of drunk driving and texting while driving have been made clear, but Ford and Colonie Central High School recently attempted to drive that point home by allowing students to actually participate in both.

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A concert 20 years in the making

Editor's note: This article is a concert review

To the right of the stage was a curtain. Behind it was a door and through the door was an outdoor patio. At 7:38 p.m., the curtain moved and a few shrieks erupted, then quickly faded. False alarm.

Moody’s downgrades Nisky’s bond rating

Town drops to Aa3 from Aa2, decline in reserves cited for change

Amidst the 2012 budgeting process, a dark cloud formed over Niskayuna on Thursday, Oct. 20.

State court reverses Ritter ruling

Former United Nations weapon inspector and Delmar resident Scott Ritter has won an appeal filed in a New York state court.

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Boght Hills fights fire

Officials, fire department say message getting through to students

Students at the Boght Hills Elementary School got a crash course on fire prevention safety on Thursday, Oct. 13, from the Boght Hills Community Fire Department as part of National Fire Prevention Week.

Spa City candidates wrangle in lively forum

The mood was anything but calm at a Candidate Forum at Saratoga Springs High School on Wednesday, Oct. 19, when candidates for mayor, commissioner of public safety and commissioner of finance faced off.

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Fright night

The Spotlight hosted a special Ghost Trolley Tour Thursday, Oct. 20.

Thursday roundup: Burnt Hills, Nisky win OT soccer games

Jackson lifts Spartans past Scotties

Blake Jackson's goal three minutes into the first overtime period gave Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake a 2-1 victory over Ballston Spa in Thursday's Suburban Council North Division boys soccer game.

Thursday, October 20

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A bounty of birds

Price Chopper to donate 9,000 pounds of turkey to Equinox

It takes about 650 turkeys (that’s 9,000 pounds) to feed the roughly 9,000 Capital District individuals who benefit from the Equinox Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner and this year, Price Chopper is donating every single turkey needed for the holiday meal.

Developers push for Wemple projects

Developers are showing plenty of interest in projects at the corner of Route 9W and Wemple Road in the Glenmont area.

Wednesday roundup: MCA clinches South Division title

Trestick records hat trick in victory over Berne

The Mekeel Christian Academy boys soccer team clinched the Western Atheltic Conference South Division title with Wednesday's 5-2 victory at Berne-Knox-Westerlo.

Dems seek spot on all-GOP Town Board

League of Women Voters hold Glenville candidate forum

Democrats are hoping John Lockwood can provide them with a seat on the all-Republican Glenville Town Board.

Wednesday, October 19

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109th off to Antarctica

Crews leave for 23rd mission to the chilly south from Glenville base

In Antarctica the summer season is in February, with temperatures reaching a warm 20 to 30 Fahrenheit degrees in certain areas, but temperatures by the ice caps are around 40 to 50 degrees below zero.

Uncapping a taxing formula

Government leaders finding 2 percent tax cap not so simple after all

The newly enacted 2 percent property tax cap isn’t as simple as the name implies, as many municipalities are finding out in their 2012 budgeting processes.

Extra Bethlehem budget workshop scheduled

Taxes and borrowing continues to rule the debate

Members of the Town Board and Supervisor Sam Messina are continuing to grind out a budget plan, and issues including whether a tax increase should be part of the budget and what the thown’s policy on borrowing should be continue to rule the debate.

FEMA disaster center closes in Rotterdam

The state and federal Disaster Recovery Center in Schenectady County, operating in the Rotterdam Square Mall, closed Tuesday, Oct. 18.

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An electrifying idea

ShopRite hosts charging stations for electric cars, but few are on road

One of the distinguishing features about the new ShopRite in Niskayuna has nothing to do with what’s inside the store, but with what’s outside in the parking lot.

Bethlehem candidates to meet in debate

Candidates running for office in the Town of Bethlehem will meet on Monday, Oct. 24, at Bethlehem Town Hall, for a candidate forum sponsored by the Albany County League of Women Voters and The Spotlight.

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Trash truck topples in New Scotland

A trash truck driver somehow escaped serious injury following a rollover crash in the Town of New Scotland.

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Burgher reaches rare milestone

Loudonville Christian senior scores 1,000th volleyball kill

Hattie Burgher reached a milestone few high school volleyball players even think about.

BH-BL field hockey team surges into contention

Vrooman continues to look for improvement as Sectionals approach

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake field hockey team is enjoying a renaissance season.

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Burnt Hills turns to defense in win

Spartans earn No. 2 seed by beating Queensbury

Jack Guba did not want last Saturday’s home game against Queensbury to be his final one in a Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football uniform.

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All quiet regarding Hughes arrest

Law enforcement and Bethlehem town officials are saying very little about a felony charge brought against a notable town police officer who has been on medical leave for years.

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Shen high school hosts 'Zombie Prom'

Zombies are taking over Shenendehowa High School!

CVS gets third hearing and loses

Residents: store doesn’t fit the character of surrounding neighborhood

The Rotterdam Town Board voted down a resolution 3-2 that would have allowed an abandoned property at Lawndale Avenue and Curry Road to be rezoned from single-family to retail business to make way for a proposed CVS Pharmacy.

Letter: Three clear choices in a confusing election season

This letter appeared in the Oct. 19, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Clarkson has the experience to be supervisor

This letter appeared in the Oct. 19, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Mendick the choice for receiver of taxes

This letter appeared in the Oct. 19, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Every day means bus safety at BC schools

This letter appeared in the Oct. 19, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Take a close look at Wemple Corners project

This letter appeared in the Oct. 19, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

POV: Law will help keep animals safe

This Point of View column ran in the Oct. 19, 2011 edition of The Spotlight. The writer is an animal rights activist.

Editorial: A tax cap without teeth

As we enter the height of budgeting season for governments across the Capital District, the talk everywhere is focusing on the new tax cap, which goes into effect in 2012.

SCCC president could take Ohio college post

Schenectady County Community College President Quintin Bullock is a finalist to become president of Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio, according to college officials.

Tuesday update: Burnt Hills doubles up Niskayuna

Spartans extend winning streak to eight games

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls soccer team avenged an earlier loss to Niskayuna by pulling out a 4-2 victory in Tuesday's Suburban Council North Division game in Niskayuna.

Tuesday, October 18

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A House divided

Public support was part of original Loudon House approval, but where was it coming from?

The Loudon House project has popped back into the political realm after a four-year hiatus and has become a hot topic for residents and politicians, but the real problem appears to stem from a lack of communication between residents and neighborhood associations.

Top court upholds Porco conviction

The New York State Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision in the case of Christopher Porco

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SPCA, county reveal settlement details

Offender fines will provide funding for animal control enforcement, sheltering

A lawsuit has spurred a new approach to animal control in hopes of improving enforcement and providing funds to address the sheltering of animals.

Monday roundup: Mekeel wins in OT

Lions avenge earlier loss to Schoharie

Overtime was necessary to decide Monday's Western Athletic Conference boys soccer game between Mekeel Christian Academy and Schoharie.

Monday, October 17

Rail Trail group awarded grants

The Albany County Rail Trail project is taking another step forward with the recent award of two grants.

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Public sounds off on hamlet

Traffic impacts, number of apartments top concerns

The public has had months to mull over a massive hamlet project proposed for the Glenmont area, and at a recent public scoping session, it was clear there are concerns about how it would affect traffic, and if the idea’s viable in the first place.

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The hidden face of war

When you think of war, images of fatigue-clad soldiers and tanks rolling through the desert almost immediately come to mind. But what about the innocent victims of war, the displaced families or civilian deaths?

Sunday, October 16

Football playoff and crossover match-ups announced

Post-season begins Oct. 21

Section II football playoff and crossover match-ups for Week 8 were announced Sunday afternoon.

Letter: DelGallo won't bow to pols

This letter appeared in the Oct. 13, 2011, edition of The Schenectady County Spotlight.

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Schalmont gets the job done

Hildebrand's four TDs lead Sabres past Schuylerville

In a game that featured nine turnovers between the two teams, Schalmont earned its fourth consecutive divisional title by beating Schuylerville 26-14 in Saturday night's regular season finale.

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Sustainability for kids

Sustainability is slowly creeping into the American framework—electric cars, urban gardens, biking instead of driving, to name just a few trends—but it’s still a concept much of the country hasn’t fully grasped. So, it’s only natural this generation’s youth would have plenty of questions of their own.

Pine Grove Fire Station vote set

The Rotterdam Princetown Fire District No. 5 has announced it will hold a special election on Tuesday, Oct. 25, on the proposed bonding for the expansion and renovation of the Pine Grove Fire Station.

Saturday, October 15

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SCCC president receives TRIO award

Quintin Bullock, president of Schenectady County Community College, was selected as one of this year’s National TRIO Achievers.

Friday roundup: Bethlehem remains perfect in Suburban Council

Eagles sweep Mohonasen in league match

The Bethlehem boys volleyball team ran its Suburban Council record to 14-0 with Friday's three-game sweep against Mohonasen.

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Guilderland gains victory, final playoff berth

Dutchmen run past Bethlehem in regular season finale

The Guilderland football team used its feet to beat Bethlehem.

Friday, October 14

County’s budget holds 1.5 percent tax increase

Legislators propose tax exemptions to urge home improvements

Schenectady County’s tentative budget falls below the state’s property tax cap with a proposed tax levy increase of 1.5 percent.

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Birds of prey

Raptor Project founder Jonathan Wood visited Bethlehem Middle School on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Site change for Bethlehem-Guilderland game

Tonight's Empire Division football game between Guilderland and Bethlehem has been moved to Shenendehowa High School due to poor field conditions at Bethlehem Central High School.

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Nisky’ Dems take on GOP hopefuls

GOP demands checks and balances needed, Dems claim progress achieved

Republican candidates running in a town long seen as a Democrat stronghold expressed a need to even out representation.

Board wants less borrowing, less taxes

Bethlehem leaders to look at specific cuts at next meeting

Bethlehem leaders at a recent workshop feasted on a triple-layered cake of budgeting issues, considering borrowing, services and taxes.

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Cupcakes for a cause

Did you know that one tie-dye cupcake could change a life?

Thursday roundup: Guilderland takes control in South

Kogelmann leads Lady Dutch past BC

The Guilderland girls soccer team gained the upper hand in the Suburban Council South Division with Thursday's 3-1 victory over Bethlehem in Delmar.

Fostering growth at an early age

Toddler Tales helps teach children how to socialize with others.

The Town of Colonie’s Youth Services Division has tried to bring more of a focus on programs for pre-kindergarten children, and Toddler Tales has been doing just that.

Thursday, October 13

Mohawk’s Glenville substation plan progressing

Planning Board gives nod to proposed facility

The Glenville Planning and Zoning Commission gave Mohawk Ambulance Service’s plans for a new substation little resistance in its review of the project.

Candidates in Malta spar

Candidates for Malta supervisor and Town Board laid their cards on the table at a candidate forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters, The Spotlight and the Chamber of Southern Saratoga on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Hyatt Place in Malta.

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Bottle museum dedicates space to one of its own

Jan Rutland made the National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa tick, so it’s only fitting that the museum’s second floor Artists’ Space would be dedicated in her honor one year after her sudden death.

Wednesday roundup: Niskayuna swims past Shen

Zhou sets two pool records for Silver Warriors

The Niskayuna girls swim team posted its first duel meet victory over Shenendehowa in eight years by beating the Plainswomen 100-86 Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 12

Open space debate back on in Bethlehem

Proposal stokes discussion about plans to buy land

A proposal put forward by the private group Bethlehem Tomorrow has reignited the controversy over how (or if) Bethlehem should sink money into open space.

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SPCA, county quickly settle lawsuit

'Three year fight’ leads to animal control deal, details forthcoming

Nearly four-dozen cats and one dog led not only to an arrest, but also a lawsuit resulting in a settlement and a promise to address animal control needs.

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Father, daughter dig through Latham’s history

Bill Luther and Aimee Richardson look to compile overview of the history of Latham

Ever wonder what it was like to live in Latham during the early 1900s?

Sand Creek tells bullies to Zip-It

Teachers at middle school hope students treat new campaign as an oath

Bullying has been a popular issue to tackle in many schools around the country, and Jill Penn is helping Sand Creek Middle School take the effort a little further by joining the Zip-It campaign.

Loudon House project gets a second hearing

Future of condo development still unclear, town looking into approval status

Three hours at a Planning Board public hearing was not enough time for those opposed to the proposed luxury condos at the former Eamonn’s Loudon House, as many of them spoke up at a later Town Board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Cunningham gets to keep his job, again

Theodore Ricket plans to appeal decision made by the State Supreme Court

It appears the issue of whether Colonie Commissioner of Public Works Jack Cunningham can legally keep his job or not has been settled, at least for the time being.

Sports poll: Section II Class AA football playoffs

The Section II Class AA football playoff field will have some heavyweights this year.

Tricks and treats on tap for Delmar magic show

Magician holds fund raising show Saturday

Michael “Ace” Russo’s son was afraid of the shadows on his wall. He hadn’t slept for three days. And that meant Russo hadn’t slept for three days. Russo was driving by The Costumer in Colonie when he saw a sign advertising a one-day magic course. And suddenly, he had a plan.

JMJC earns four bronze medals in Montreal

Glenville judo club also has gold medalist in Great Britain

Four members of the Glenville-based Jason Morris Judo Center won bronze medals at last weekend’s Quebec Open in Montreal.

Excitement builds in Rotterdam

Mohonasen looks to join Schalmont in football playoffs

These are interesting days for Rotterdam high school football fans.

Elliott helps Fillies at Scarsdale Tournament

Latham native plays with downstate softball team

Latham native Chelsea Elliott helped the Ulster Fillies travel softball team finish with a 1-1-2 record at last weekend's Scarsdale Tournament.

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Police search for robbery suspect

Bethlehem police are searching for a man they say held up the Petrol gas station on Route 9W in Glenmont early this morning.

WMHT special highlights BSpa schools

Five international computer chip companies (including IBM and Intel) are set to invest $4.4 billion in New York State over the next five years, creating 7,000 jobs, according to an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo made on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

OPINION: Lions Clubs steeped in service

The writer is president of the Bethlehem Lions Club. Check your community listings for a Lions Club in your area.

LETTER: Plan to attend senior summit

This letter appeared in the Oct. 12, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: No on county tax increase

This letter appeared in the Oct. 12, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Reeves-Ellington a candidate with integrity and intelligence

This letter appeared in the Oct. 12, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: A thanks to Swifty's for support

This letter appeared in the Oct. 12, 2011 edition of The Spotlight

LETTER: Town employee says service a priority

This letter appeared in the Oct. 12, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: You can still make your vote count

This letter appeared in the Oct. 12, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Messy Bethlehem politics leave voters with few choices

This letter appeared in the Oct. 12, 2011 edition The Spotlight.

LETTER: Veterans deserve better

This letter appeared in the Oct. 12, 2011 edition of The Spotlight

EDITORIAL: Let's talk about tax

This editorial appeared in the Oct. 12, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

UPDATED--Missing man found

Guilderland police have located a missing UAlbany grad student.

Wemple Corners public hearing tonight

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the Wemple Corners superhamlet project proposed for the Glenmont area.

Tuesday roundup: Shen needs OT to defeat Niskayuna

Cavosie scores game winner for Plainsmen

Dan Cavosie's overtime goal lifted Shenendehowa past Niskayuna 2-1 in Tuesday's Suburban Council boys soccer game.

Tuesday, October 11

Shen volleyball team ties for third

Brovich leads Plainsmen at Penfield Tournament

The Shenendehowa boys volleyball team finished in a tie for third place at Monday’s Penfield Tournament outside Rochester.

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S. Col teacher’s day is made

Forest Park teacher’s math test interrupted by a donation of supplies

Fourth grade Forest Park Elementary School teacher Kelli Budney wasn’t exactly expecting to see $1,000 worth of school supplies when she walked into her classroom on Tuesday, Oct. 4, but it certainly made her day a little better.

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Showdown set in Delmar

Guilderland meets Bethlehem with playoff berth on the line

Guilderland (2-3 division, 3-3 overall) meets Bethlehem (2-3, 2-4) in an Empire Division football game. The winner earns the fourth and final Section II Class AA playoff berth in the division, while the loser gets a pair of crossover games to conclude the season.

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Shaker stays in Liberty Division mix

Bison hold on to share of first with overtime win

The Shaker football team is still in contention for the Liberty Division title thanks to a two-point conversion.

Colonie storms up the standings

Five-game winning streak catapults Garnet Raiders into second place

The Colonie boys soccer team is moving up the Suburban Council South Division standings.

Bethlehem sees South Division lead shrink

Colonie closes in as Eagles tie twice

The Bethlehem boys soccer team’s lead in the Suburban Council South Division shrank last week after the Eagles posted a pair of ties.

Guilderland, BC girls run well in big city

Pickett leads Lady Dutch to fourth place

The Guilderland and Bethlehem girls cross country teams had strong performances at Sunday’s Manhattan Invitational in the Bronx.

BC audit reveals predictable trends

Administrators foresee PR problem in tax cap

An independent audit has resulted in a “clean opinion” on Bethlehem Central School District operations, but it has also given weight to a few troubling trends that have been brewing in recent years.

Monday, October 10

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Score free swag with new website

Free stuff is awesome, and with a new online service, you have the chance to score some each week.

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Farm to You Fest another success

The Bethlehem School District’s Squash Hunger food drive resulted in the donation of hundreds of pounds of fresh, locally-produced foods for distribution to area soup kitchens and food pantries.

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The 'Narrative Within'

This is the tale of two photographers.

Sunday, October 9

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Faith rebuilds a community

Two religious organizations team up to provide lunches for flood victims

Two religions came together to provide a hot lunch for Rotterdam Junction residents as they tried to make their houses homes again.

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Shen storms to victory on Steuerwald's night

Plainsmen defeat CBA to lock up Empire Division title

Tailback Tony Fusco rushed for three first-half touchdowns, and Shen's defense recorded its fifth shutout in six games as the Plainsmen defeated Christian Brothers Academy 42-0 in Saturday's Empire Division game.

Saturday, October 8

Ballot line battle null

R'dam Dems drop bid for Lower Tax Now! ballot line

If Rotterdam Democrats can lower taxes, they won’t have the ballot line touting their intentions.

Friday roundup: MCA pulls out win at the end

Aderounmu's third goal lifts Lions past Middleburgh

Tai Aderounmu's third goal of the game helped Mekeel Christian Academy pull out a 4-3 victory over Middleburgh in Friday's Western Athletic Conference boys soccer game at Glenville's Maalwyck Park.

Friday, October 7

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A look back at Latham

Father, daughter hope to tell story of area prior to 1970

Ever wonder what it was like to live in Latham during the early 1900s?

Police: women stole jewelry from friend

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has charged two women with felony grand larceny after they allegedly stole jewelry from a Slingerlands home.

Teens allegedly broke into vacant house

Two Voorheesville teens are facing felony burglary charges after they were allegedly caught breaking into a vacant house.

Thursday roundup: BH-BL shuts down South High

Spartans force five turnovers in victory

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team eased past South Glens Falls 52-0 in Thursday's Class A Northwest Division game in Burnt Hills.

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Ravena men charged with burglary

Albany County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested two Ravena men on charges they broke into a residence in the Town of Coeymans and stole jewelry.

Letters: Malta councilwoman an asset to the town

This letter appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 6, edition of The Spotlight.

Letters: Our elected leaders must work together

This letter appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 6, edition of The Spotlight.

Letters: Voters should think about Ballston's future

This letter appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 6, edition of The Spotlight.

Letters: Clifton Park is at a crossroads

This letter appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 6, edition of The Spotlight.

Letters: Don't let EMS locate in Waterfront Park

This letter appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 6, edition of The Spotlight.

Letters: Southworth a steward for town

This letter appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 6, edition of The Spotlight.

Letters: Water solutions key in Ballston race

This letter appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 6, edition of The Spotlight.

Letters: Time for a Town of Ballston Audit

This letter appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 6, edition of The Spotlight.

Letters: Ballston leaders should reflect town's values

This letter appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 6, edition of The Spotlight.

Thursday, October 6

Tentative Albany County budget proposes 19.2% tax hike

Alb. Co. Exec. Mike Breslin unveils budget meant to be a three year plan to meet tax cap

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin released the county's tentative budget for 2012 that he feels will help protect the county from more pain in the future.

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Shoppers flock to Niskayuna’s newest store

ShopRite opening draws crowds to former St. James Square

It’s now a little harder to find a parking spot at the former St. James Square in Niskayuna.

Schalmont tax deadline extended

After approval from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Schalmont Central School District residents will have an extra 21 days to pay their school taxes.

Target moves forward on Glenville location

Schenectady County officials announced work will be starting on the $20 million Target development in Glenville.

Town Board to vote on Loudon House project amendment tonight

Town Attorney says Town Board is just following town codes

For those who are not aware, the Colonie Town Board will be voting on a resolution this evening to accept or reject the Planning Board's recommendations regarding the amendment to the Loudon House Planned Development District.

Slingerlands apartments taking shape

Planners say wetlands preclude this hamlet from being hamlet-like

Plans to build an apartment complex next to the Price Chopper Plaza in Slingerlands are coalescing.

Letter: Don't expect GloFo jobs

This letter appeared in the Oct. 6, 2011, edition of The Schenectady County Spotlight.

Crab cakes with a winning twist

At 83 years old, Mary Ann Lee of Clifton Park has no intention of slowing down.

Letter: Nisky' senior dept. in jeopardy

This letter appeared in the Oct. 6, 2011, edition of The Schenectady County Spotlight.

Volleyball wrap: Shen, Bethlehem with wins

Plainsmen pull out victory over BH-BL

The Shenendehowa boys volleyball team earned a 3-0 sweep against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in Wednesday's Suburban Council match in Clifton Park.

Letter: Glenville should stick to tax cap

The letter appeared in the Oct. 6, 2011, edition of The Schenectady County Spotlight.

Wednesday, October 5

Glenville residents speak out at public hearing on tax cap

Supervisor tells residents he doesn't plan on raising taxes over cap

Even though Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle claimed he was not planning on raising taxes over the state mandated cap, residents expressed their anger over the fact the board was even considering it.

Court says Cunningham can keep his job

Court rules that Cunningham does not have to be an engineer as Commissioner of DPW

It appears the issue as to whether Colonie Commissioner of Public Works Jack Cunningham can legally keep his job or not has been settled.

Towns deal with tax cap

R'dam eyes 13 layoffs in budget; Nisky’ and Glenville propose cuts, no layoffs

Town supervisors in Schenectady County have submitted their first tentative budgets under the new property tax cap, but the pain isn’t felt equally across town lines.

Editorial: Fire safety starts at home

Fire Prevention Week, which kicks off on Oct. 9, serves as a reminder about what we can all do to protect our families and ourselves from fire.

Letter: Reeves-Ellington the right choice

This letter appeared in the Oct. 5, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: No time for politics as usual

The letter appeared in the Oct. 5, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: GOP blew it

This letter appeared in the Oct. 5, 2011, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: It's Delmar, not 'Dullmar'

This letter appeared in the Oct. 5, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Arboretum fundraiser a success

This letter appeared in the Oct. 5, 2011 edition of The Spotlight.

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Niskayuna’s electricity use displayed

Monitor installed in Town Hall, grants for green projects pursued

Energy usage reductions at Niskayuna Town Hall won’t be hidden in electricity bills or coated wires, because a new monitor installed in the lobby allows anyone to see just how much it’s using.

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MCA Lions roar into contention

High-scoring team sits in first place in WAC South

Monday’s 2-0 loss to Galway was only a bump in the road for the Mekeel Christian Academy boys soccer team. More than midway through the Western Athletic Conference season, the Lions (6-3-0, 12 points) own a two-point lead over Schoharie (4-3-2, 10 points) in the South Division standings.

Sports poll: Albany Devils 2011-12

The American Hockey League season begins this weekend, and we want to know what you think will happen with the Albany Devils.

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Police: Clifton Park man arrested for sexual abuse

A 21-year-old Clifton Park man was arrested for sexual abuse, according to State Police reports.

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Veteran receives overdue honors

Niskayuna resident gets WWII medals at Ingersoll Place with family, friends

For one Navy veteran, receiving the medals he earned during WWII came as a complete, but pleasant, surprise.

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Sheriff’s Office eyes Clarksville Elementary

Move would dramatically shift police operations, create efficiencies

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office is looking into leasing the closed Clarksville Elementary School from the Bethlehem Central School District to use as a substation.

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Kayaking for a cure

Father kayaks in honor of his daughter

Linda Wells loved to dance.

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Go on an 'edventure'

Travel company plans unique, educational vacations

Two friends named Mary shared a love of travel and education, so in 1999, they created Edventures, a travel company in Saratoga Springs.

Tuesday roundup: Bethlehem boys tie Niskayuna

Ballston Spa needs OT to edge Averill Park

Bethlehem remained the lone undefeated Suburban Council boys soccer team after playing Niskayuna to a scoreless tie Tuesday in Niskayuna.

Tuesday, October 4

Contribution complaint filed against supervisor

Mahan dismisses charge as ‘dirty politics’ and says ‘silly season’ underway

It just wouldn’t be October without developments from the supervisor race in the Town of Colonie.

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Keep vigilant during Fire Prevention Week

Delmar Fire Department will celebrate centennial and educate about fire safety

Every year in October, the National Fire Protection Association and fire departments aim to remind that most fires are preventable.

Gazillion Bubble show cancelled

The Oct. 8 performance of the Gazillion Bubble Show at Proctors in Schenectady has been cancelled by the event’s producers.

Car, tractor trailer collide

State Police in Wilton are investigating an accident between a car and a tractor trailer that occurred around 9:45 a.m. on North Creek Road in the Town of Greenfield on Monday, Oct. 3, according to police reports.

Monday, October 3

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BC kicks off Farm Fest

The Bethlehem School District’s Farm to You Fest kicked off this week, as the district’s Healthy Kids Committee for the third year running launched into a full week of agricultural awareness and food drives.

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Calendar captures the canalway

Photo contest held to create 2012 calendar

When you look at the Erie Canalway, what do you see?

New budget keeps tax hike, adds some raises

More pension costs means fewer purchases in Bethlehem budget

The Bethlehem 2012 budget is slowly taking shape, but it's become even more clear that it will be tough to meet all the town’s goals, especially if leaders want to limit tax increases.

Sunday, October 2

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When the Olympians come calling

Fifteen years ago, Saratoga Springs chiropractor Dr. David Gabay worked with the U.S. Olympic team at the training center in Colorado Springs, Colo., before the Atlanta summer games in 1996.

Saturday, October 1

Creo Caters finds a home at Colonie Country Club

Brian White expresses his excitement of a new opportunity at golf club

Creo Caters, which formed in July, has announced it will be the food service provider for the Colonie Golf and Country Club starting Nov. 1.

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CBA pulls away from Saratoga

Ground game cashes in for Brothers

The Brothers gained 344 yards on the ground and forced seven turnovers to pull away for a 41-14 victory over the Blue Streaks in Friday's Empire Division football game.

Friday roundup: Shaker falls short against Schenectady

Turnovers hurt Blue Bison

The Shaker football team lost its third consecutive game Friday as Schenectady held on for a 21-19 Liberty Division win in Latham.