Friday, September 30
Supervisor Paula Mahan shows benefits of the landfill agreement
The Town of Colonie released a tentative budget today it says it's proud of with a slight dip in property taxes and a savings of $3.8 million in reduced expenses.
Tech park plans met approval four years ago, work to start Monday
Four years after the stamp of approval was placed on the Vista Tech Park plans, ground will be broken on the massive development in just a few days’ time.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that its Disaster Recovery Center in Voorheesville would close on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
On Friday, Sept. 30, State Police in Clifton Park announced the arrest of two men in connection with the robbery at the Holiday Inn Express in Clifton Park that occurred in the early morning of July 1.
Board member calls goods collection a lesson in character education
It’s been a month since Tropical Storm Irene swept through the Capital District, but there are several communities that are still struggling to pick up the pieces.
The Boston String Quartet is taking its unique EthnoUrban approach to orchestra music and showing high school students around the country that music education can be more than just Beethoven and Mozart.
Thursday, September 29
Tonko hosts Q&A meeting for flood victims in Rotterdam Junction
A blaze of a different nature heated up the Rotterdam Junction Fire Department on an overcast, drizzling night as flood victims asked government officials heated questions and patience melted away.
M-47 Patton Tank returns home to ALCO museum
Police sirens weren’t blaring as a M-47 Patton Tank tread spit out dirt in Schenectady, because the decommissioned WWII relic was simply retreating to its temporary home.
Glenville to hold public hearing on removing state’s 2 percent tax levy
Town officials are toying with the idea of removing the state’s 2 percent property tax cap, and the public will soon have a chance to weigh in.
Bethlehem handles Columbia
The Niskayuna girls soccer team rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to edge Shaker 2-1 in Wednesday's Suburban Council girls soccer game in Latham.
Convicted killer's FOIL appeal will go unanswered following split vote
Deliberations on the Bethlehem Town Board were deadlocked last night as leaders discussed how to respond to a freedom of information request from Christopher Porco.
Organization will combine services to provide shelter and assistance for those in need
The ClearView Center and Equinox announced they are joining forces and will be known as just Equinox when the merger is complete.
Chamber hopes second Restaurant Week builds on success
It’s that time of year again. Get your appetites ready for the Colonie Chamber of Commerce’s Restaurant Week, which will take place Oct. 17-23.
Wednesday, September 28
Spotlight Newspapers has promoted two of its employees to key management positions.
Stormy weather and a dreary economy have impacts on animal shelters
If a poor economy and less money to go around wasn’t enough, the recent impacts of tropical storms on the region have exacerbated problems face by pet owners and animal shelters.
Socha Management reaches deal in Glenville apartment discrimination case
A settlement was reached in a housing discrimination suit leveled by the New York State Attorney General’s office, but the defendant is still pleading foul.
Sons of Italy to honor more than 60-year member at Columbus Day Dinner
Focusing on the community at large and not on oneself has been the motto for one Rotterdam resident throughout her life.
Northeastern Nitro to begin play in 2012
The Northeastern Nitro will play its 2012 Independent Women's Football League season at Schenectady High School.
SCEAC to ready green house gas data, energy recommendations
In a few months, Schenectady County will have a better idea of its carbon footprint.
If there’s a ghost haunting the historic Grooms Tavern in Clifton Park, he or she will be exposed on Friday, Oct. 7, when local ghost hunter Jeff House presents a Halloween program as part of the town’s First Friday series.
If you don’t live on a farm, you can pretend you do, for a day.
New sewer station generator said to save over $400k per year
The Albany County Sewer District saw over 40 tons of equipment installed with the arrival of a turbogenerator at its North Plant in Menands on Wednesday, Sept. 21, as part of its Waste Heat to Energy project.
Scotia wins in swim meet
The Schalmont girls volleyball team needed only three games to defeat Cobleskill-Richmondville in Tuesday's Colonial Council match.
Ravena loses to Albany Academy
The Bethlehem girls swim team won nine of the 12 events to defeat Ballston Spa 96-90 in Tuesday's duel meet in Ballston Spa.
Ciavardoni's OT goal gives Bison first win
The Shaker field hockey team broke a six-game losing streak with Tuesday's 2-1 overtime win over Columbia in a Suburban Council game.
Tuesday, September 27
Thomas Douglas will take top job come 2012
The Bethlehem Central School District will soon have a new superintendent in Thomas Douglas, who this evening was unanimously appointed to the position by the school board, to start Jan. 1 of next year.
Two late touchdowns power CBA past Guilderland
The Christian Brothers Academy football team passed its first major test of the 2011 season.
Bethlehem police have arrested a 13-year-old and charged him with setting fire to a shed behind the Bethlehem Central Middle School last week, destroying the structure.
Several businesses have already returned the FAVOR, county officials say
Albany County kicked off its Return the FAVOR Program on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Marra’s Pharmacy in Cohoes, and veterans can now access discounts in participating businesses throughout the county.
Women of the West Albany Italian Benevolent Society cookbook massive hit
Gloria Clark, a member of West Albany Italian Benevolent Society’s Auxiliary Group, was with Louise Donato, president of the group, and said to her, “We’ve never done a cookbook. Why?”
Developer BCI abandons switch to apartments after public comments, Planning Board decision
BCI Construction President Mike Benson said the development company is ready to move forward in building luxury condominiums as approved in 2008, after the Planning Board rejected a proposal to put up apartments instead.
Meeting will focus on flood recovery efforts
Congressman Paul Tonko will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Rotterdam Junction Fire Department located on 1251 Main St.
New book examines Thacher Park and surrounding area
Indian Ladder Farms will be hosting the authors for the new book "John Boyd Thacher State Park and the Indian Ladder Region."
Albany County would be early adopter of new tool
Albany County Legislator Bryan Clenehan, D-Albany, has drafted a local law that would create a database similar to a sex offender registry for those who have been convicted of abusing animals.
Ruetz has three-point afternoon for Lady Eagles
The Bethlehem field hockey team eased past Queensbury 4-1 in Monday's non-league game.
Ward, Cerone have big efforts for Lady Eagles
Kaity Ward and Jamie Cerone led the Bethlehem girls volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep against Mohonasen in Monday's Suburban Council match.
Teal's hat trick paves the way
The Bethlehem girls soccer team ended a two-game winless streak with a 5-1 victory over Mohonasen in Monday's Suburban Council South Division game.
Haffner stops seven shots in shutout
The Scotia-Glenville field hockey team won its first game of the season by edging Emma Willard 1-0 Monday.
Eagles edge Plainsmen in three games
The Bethlehem boys volleyball team defeated Shenendehowa 3-0 in Monday's battle of Suburban Council leaders, but it was far from easy.
Silver Warriors thwart Saratoga rally
The Niskayuna boys soccer team hung on for a 2-1 Suburban Council North Division victory over Saratoga Springs Monday.
Lions score four times in second half
The Mekeel Christian Academy boys soccer team scored four times in the second half to pull away for a 6-1 Western Athletic Conference victory over St. Johnsville Monday at Maalwyck Park.
Driscoll strikes in overtime for Blue Streaks
When it comes to allowing goals, no Suburban Council girls soccer team has been stingier than Saratoga Springs.
Teymouri scores game winner with 1:52 left
The Shenendehowa boys soccer team scored twice in the final 10 minutes to pull out a 3-2 Suburban Council victory over Shaker Monday in a game that had both coaches feeling frustrated.
Monday, September 26
A Saratoga County man was arrested for attempted kidnapping on Thursday, Sept. 22, according to State Police reports.
Middle School shed torched, capping summer of destructive acts
Bethlehem police are investigating as arson a fire that burned down a shed near the Bethlehem Central Middle School on Friday, in the latest chapter of what Superintendent Michael Tebbano characterized as a “rash” of escalating acts of vandalism to school property.
The Guilderland Central School District will be seeking the public’s input on next year’s school budget at a public input session on Tuesday, Oct. 4.
Sunday, September 25
14-year breast cancer survivor honored for volunteer efforts
Barbara Wayman is a 14-year breast cancer survivor and she likes to tell her story whenever she can.
Saturday, September 24
Knapp leads Lady Dutch past Columbia
The Guilderland girls soccer team improved its Suburban Council record to 5-1-1 with Saturday's 4-1 victory over South Division rival Columbia.
Higgins' goal wins it for Lady Eagles
The Bethlehem field hockey team posted its second consecutive win with Friday's 3-0 Suburban Council victory over Shaker.
Swett leads Spartans with two wins
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls swim team eased past Glens Falls 97-75 in Friday's duel meet.
Marshman and McCarty lead unbeaten Eagles
The Bethlehem boys volleyball team raised its record to 8-0 with Friday's 3-0 sweep against Shaker in a Suburban Council match.
Ruppel's three TDs lead Spartans past Shaker
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team earned its second consecutive win over a Class AA team by beating Shaker 21-14 in Friday's rain-soaked interclass game.
Friday, September 23
Supervisor Paula Mahan chastises Republicans for being negative over landfill agreement
It only took three minutes for things to get ugly at the Colonie Town Board meeting when Republican candidate for supervisor Denise Sheehan, yet again, ripped into the town for its operating agreement for the landfill with Waste Connections, Inc.
Jeff Palmerino leads the pack with a 68
Three Eagles placed in the top 10 to lead Bethlehem to the team title at Thursday's Suburban Council Tournament.
A Malta man was arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 20, in connection with a string of burglaries in Saratoga Springs, according to police reports.
Special meeting of school board set for Tuesday
The Bethlehem Central School District Board of Education will select a superintendent to replace outgoing district leader Michael Tebbano during a special meeting Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Saratoga Springs police arrested two men involved in an assault and robbery that occurred in the Saratoga Springs Public Library parking lot on Sunday, Sept. 18, according to information from police.
Repicky leads the way for Silver Warriors
The Niskayuna boys soccer team posted a 2-0 Suburban Council victory over Averill Park Thursday.
Frodey, Wurth lead Silver Warriors
The Niskayuna girls swim team remained undefeated with a 175-128 victory over Saratoga Springs in Thursday's duel meet.
Spartans score five times in second half
Queensbury scored five times in the second half to defeat Scotia-Glenville 6-2 in Thursday's Foothills Council field hockey game.
Lady Dutch strike for three goals in first half
Following a loss to Niskayuna and a tie against Shaker, the Guilderland girls soccer team got back into the win column with Thursday's 4-0 Suburban Council victory over Ballston Spa.
Bickel wins two events for Guilderville in loss
The Ballston Spa girls swim team pulled out a 98-85 victory over Guilderville in Thursday's duel meet.
Casserly notches two points for Bison
The Shaker boys soccer team dodged lightning and rain to defeat Columbia 2-0 in Thursday's Suburban Council game.
Goaltenders shine in 0-0 game
Guilderland and Ballston Spa battled to a scoreless tie in Thursday's Suburban Council boys soccer game.
Two goals in final eight minutes give Warriors breathing room
The Niskayuna girls soccer team needed a pair of late goals to put away Averill Park 5-2 in Thursday's Suburban Council game.
Thursday, September 22
Board members pull sponsorship, resolution vote delayed
Seniors questioned the proposed hiring of a new kitchen employee at a Thursday, Sept. 15, meeting of the Niskayuna Town Board, which was followed by two board members pulling their sponsorship of the hiring to get more information.
Walt Adams takes an old school approach to radio. Every Sunday morning he broadcasts contemporary jazz from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on STAR 101.3 FM; but music wasn’t enough.
Bowker strikes twice in first half
Sydney Bowker scored twice in the first half to lead Niskayuna to a 6-0 victory over Shaker in Wednesday's Suburban Council field hockey game.
Man arrested for allegedly filming up a woman's skirt at the town library
Colonie police said they arrested a man after a 20-year-old woman contacted them and said he was filming up her skirt with his cell phone at the library.
The parents of Jonathan Carey have been awarded a $5 million settlement over the wrongful death of their son.
The Richard Marx concert scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, at Schenectady County Community College has been postponed and a new date has yet to be determined.
Abbuhl and Carrk combine for 20 kills to lead Eagles
It took the Bethlehem boys volleyball team four games to defeat Colonie in Wednesday's Suburban Council match.
Aderounmu strikes twice in second half
Mekeel Christian Academy rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat Mayfield 2-1 in Wednesday's Western Athletic Conference boys soccer game at Scotia's Maalwyck Park.
Skrabalak's goal gives Eagles first win
The Bethlehem field hockey team earned its first win of the season by edging Guilderland 1-0 in Wednesday's Suburban Council game.
Murphy's eight kills pace Plainsmen
The undefeated Shenendehowa boys volleyball team rolled past Mohonasen 3-0 in Wednesday's Suburban Council match.
Wednesday, September 21
Rotterdam residents claim store would ruin atmosphere
Residents from Lawndale Avenue in Rotterdam are speaking out against a proposed CVS Pharmacy that they claim would tarnish their neighborhood.
New Education Center at Mabee Farm opens doors for art showing
Reading and looking at artifacts is one way to learn about history, but one area artist is able to bring history alive through his paintings.
Harpsichord musician to perform at UAlbany
David Schulenberg has spent countless hours playing historic keyboard instruments and listening to music of all kinds. But early on, he was intrigued by something deeper — music as a “learned, scholarly discipline.” He was captivated by music’s role in culture, how it was woven into paintings and literature.
Letter to the editor by Bethlehem supervisor candidate Kyle Kotary.
Letter to the editor by Bethlehem supervisor candidate John Clarkson.
An older individual has come down with the only case of the West Nile Virus ever reported in Albany County.
The Saratoga Springs Police Department has received the autopsy report of Alexander Grant, the 19-year-old college student who went missing in March and was later found dead in Putnam Creek, but said it will have no comment on the matter until the investigation is complete, according to a release on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Jon Katz penned a book on grieving for pets
For animal lovers, the loss of a pet can be just as painful as that of a human. But in the same vein, that grief can also be a source of embarrassment and confusion for many pet owners.
Saratoga County has farms aplenty and places an emphasis on buying local, so it only makes sense that it would also be home to Slow Food Saratoga, an organization that supports that homegrown culture.
Bickel wins two events for Guilderville
Jenna Bickel won two individual events to lead Guilderville past Shaker 95-85 in Tuesday's girls swim meet.
VanDoren leads Lady Dutch comeback
The Guilderland girls volleyball team rallied from an 0-2 deficit to defeat Shaker 3-2 in Tuesday's Suburban Council match.
Required reading apparently absent from high school for years
Bethlehem High School is now beginning the day with the Pledge of Allegiance after it was apparently absent from the program for many years.
Haber tallies twice for Silver Warriors
Columbia rallied with a pair of goals to tie Niskayuna 2-2 in Tuesday's Suburban Council boys soccer game.
Two late goals give Raiders win over Saratoga
Two late goals propelled the Colonie boys soccer team to a 5-3 victory over Saratoga Springs in Tuesday's Suburban Council game.
Silver Warriors strike early to beat Columbia
For once, the Niskayuna girls soccer team didn't have to score a goal in the final 10 minutes to pull out a win.
Tuesday, September 20
Date floated for groundbreaking as retail buildings approved
Another part of the Vista Technology Park project got the stamp of approval tonight from the Bethlehem Planning Board, and for the first time a tentative date was floated for a groundbreaking on the long-awaited and massive project: Thursday, Sept. 29.
Tedisco, Farley propose bill to eliminate sales tax on flood recovery expenses
Flood victims could have another reprieve for their wallet as two local state representatives seek to remove sales tax on items key to reaching normalcy again.
Two suspects arrested after being found with 21 grams of cocaine, police say
A traffic stop put on by the Albany County Sherriff’s office led to the arrest of two men who were allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana and powder cocaine.
Defensive play turns the tide for Niskayuna
In a game that featured 95 points and nearly 800 yards of total offense, it was a defensive play that determined the outcome of last Friday’s Niskayuna-Colonie football game.
West Albany moves from Little League to Cal Ripken
The West Albany Athletic Association is leaving Little League Inc. to join Cal Ripken Baseball, which will increase the territory that the newly-renamed South Colonie Youth Baseball League can draw from.
A year and a half ago, I wrote a three-piece series for The Spotlight’s Point of View column about my experiences around the world and back during a Semester at Sea, where I lived and studied on a ship. I got the chance to travel to 11 different countries in the course of four months with 520 other students, and I was lucky enough to share my adventures with you back home.
Goods destined for hard-hit Schoharie County
Members of the Delmar United Methodist Church loaded up trucks with household supplies and furniture on Wednesday, Sept. 14, to go to people in Schoharie County impacted by Tropical Storm Irene and the subsequent flooding.
Eagles sweep Saratoga Springs
The Bethlehem boys volleyball team improved its Suburban Council record to 6-0 with a 3-0 sweep against Saratoga Springs Monday.
Lady Tartans take shootout 3-1
The Scotia-Glenville field hockey team picked up a 1-0 Foothills Council victory over Gloversville in penalty strokes Monday.
Monday, September 19
Spotlight reporter Alyssa Jung rappelled down the side of the Crowne Plaza in the Over the Edge fundraiser for the Special Olympics on Friday, Sept. 16.
Ancient infrastructure, employee pay top items as process begins
At the end of a three-hour budgeting session it was clear there are will be major challenges to overcome in this budget cycle.
Sunday, September 18
Doyle's goal with 33 seconds left lifts Warriors to win
Meghan Doyle scored off a rebound with 33 seconds left in regulation to give Niskayuna a 2-1 victory over Guilderland in Saturday's Suburban Council girls soccer game.
Stryker's goal lifts Eagles
An opportunistic play by Zach Stryker helped the Bethlehem boys soccer team pull out a 1-0 overtime win over Ballston Spa in Saturday's Suburban Council game.
Saturday, September 17
Buckley's goal lifts Plainswomen
Shaker pushed Shenendehowa into overtime before the Plainswomen prevailed 1-0 in Friday's Suburban Council field hockey game.
Charbonneau leads Shen past Columbia
Shenendehowa and Bethlehem maintained their perfect boys volleyball records in the Suburban Council with Friday sweeps.
Aderounmu's hat trick paces Falcons
The Mekeel (Schenectady) Christian Academy boys soccer team scored five times in the first half on its way to a 7-1 victory over Berne-Knox-Westerlo in Friday's Western Athletic Conference game.
Friday, September 16
Delmar man organizing bike collection for overseas aid
Delmar resident Charlie Hughes is leading a bicycle collection on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Bethlehem police arrested an East Berne man on drunken driving charges after he allegedly crashed his pickup into a 12-ton steamroller.
Access to Route 103 span compromised, restoration unknown
Following heavy rainfall from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, the Mohawk River essentially carved out a new channel and cut off access to the Route 103 bridge.
Town tackles many issues at regular meeting, including storm damage
Bethlehem leaders handled many items at the regular meeting of the Town Board, including making the last step in securing a major state grant for sewer work.
Woods, Rowland lead Bison
The Shaker girls volleyball team used a balanced attack to sweep Averill Park 3-0 in Thursday's Suburban Council match in Latham.
estoring the cannons at CBA was important to many alumni
There were a lot of things to be mentioned during the Christian Brother Academy Opening Day Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 9, but for members of the Watervliet Arsenal, it was a chance to be honored for completing a very intricate project.
Silver Warriors strike late to beat Colonie
Anka Parzych's third consecutive game-winning goal came in the 34th minute of the second half as the Silver Warriors (4-0) defeated Colonie 2-1 Thursday.
Rowledge wins two events for Lady Tartans
Gloversville-Mayfield used its depth to pull away from Scotia-Glenville 104-63 in Thursday's girls swimming dual meet.
Four goals off penalty corners lead Lady Bills
Johnstown scored four times off penalty corners to defeat Scotia-Glenville 5-0 in Thursday's Foothills Council field hockey game.
Thursday, September 15
Residents will be able to visit the Voorheesville center for information on disaster assistance programs.
Koetzle: Staying under tax cap could be challenging
As Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle works on finishing his preliminary budget for 2012 he is trying to balance maintaining services while cutting costs.
DelGallo loses primary bids for Supervisor, R’dam fringe Dems lose bids
Smiles got bigger and cheers got louder at the Rotterdam Democratic Party headquarters as primary election results rolled in on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Company said to solicit donations on fake letterhead
The Bethlehem Central School District is warning residents to be on the lookout for a scam letter masquerading as a school-sanctioned fundraiser.
Traveling softball team seeks players
The Saratoga Thunder 16-and-under softball team is holding tryouts for its upcoming season at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 and 24.
Voorheesville grad win SUNY Oswego Invitational
SUNY Cobleskill sophomore Conor Cashin was named the North Eastern Athletic Conference Male Cross Country Student Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.
Annual sprint division game set for Saturday
Saratoga Springs Pop Warner is holding a food drive for the Franklin Community Center during the annual Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl sprint division football game between Army and Navy Saturday at Saratoga Springs High School.
Season begins Oct. 21
The Guilderland YMCA will be starting its youth basketball league the weekend of Oct. 21 and 22.
7th Walk Out of the Darkness for R.I.T.A is Sunday, Sept. 18, at Saratoga Race Course
When Esther Halden lost her friend Rita Leighton to suicide in 2004, the Out of the Darkness Walk for R.I.T.A. each fall was her therapy.
When Jim Schultz retires from his position as superintendent of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District at the end of this school year, one of his first retirement activities will be touring Rome, Italy.
Pine Hollow Arboretum hosts concert to benefit Irene victims
The Pine Hollow Arboretum is hosting a unique musical evening on Sunday, Sept. 25, to benefit the victim of Tropical Storm Irene.
Town of Colonie moves people around in DPW as Waste Connections moves in
The town of Colonie unanimously passed a resolution abolishing and eliminating several positions within the Department of Public Works Division of Environmental Services, which are positions at the town landfill, and moved to other divisions within the department.
Marshman's 24 kills paces Eagles
The Bethlehem boys volleyball team kept its Suburban Council record perfect by sweeping Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in three games Wednesday.
Prehoda's goal is the winner for the Scotties
The Ballston Spa boys soccer team rebounded from Tuesday's 4-0 loss to Shenendehowa by edging Columbia 2-1 Wednesday in a Suburban Council game.
Silver Warriors improve league record to 2-0
The Niskayuna field hockey team improved its Suburban Council record to 2-0 with Wednesday's 3-0 victory over Guilderland.
The town gets rid of an eyesore and the airport gains a clearer path
The Town of Colonie and the Albany International Airport killed two birds with one stone on Wednesday, Sept. 7, after demolishing two buildings that formerly belonged to an airport parking service, Park and Fly, that were left abandoned and in disrepair.
Wednesday, September 14
Suspect arrested after trying to enter man's house with a handgun, police say
A car chase turned foot chase ended with four Colonie police officers injured this morning after the suspect ditched his car after getting into an accident, according to Colonie police.
There are 60 cats, 25 dogs, chickens, three horses, a goat and three cows living at Estherville Animal Shelter in Greenfield and they all need homes. At Adoptapalooza at the Saratoga Winery on Sunday, Sept. 18, you can learn how to help the furry (and feathery) orphans.
Pine Grove Fire Department seeking $3.5 million in renovations
Pine Grove Fire Department in Rotterdam is running out of space and fails to meet regulatory requirements at its 40-year-old facility, but they’re hoping the public will support its plan.
Latham family finds a unique way to take a child’s mind off of illness
When Dan Quaglieri was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma while he was in 8th grade, all he wanted to do was get on his four-wheeler.
Friends group prepares for 40th anniversary of environmental preserve
The start of the fall season will be kicked off with a free festival at the popular Five Rivers nature preserve.
A hiker hailing from Guilderland had to be airlifted from the Adirondack High Peaks after suffering a leg injury on the side of Algonquin Mountain this past weekend.
Lighthouse hosts fifth annual 9/11 ceremony at monument
Two towering, twisted and charred metal beams from the World Trade Center shadowed the local ceremony honoring the victims of 9/11 and the perseverance of a nation.
This is a list of the unofficial results according to the Schenectady County Board of Elections as of Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 10:39 p.m. with all 77 precincts reporting.
Tuesday, September 13
Teymouri, Grable tally twice for Plainsmen against Ballston Spa
The Shenendehowa boys soccer team earned another important Suburban Council North Division victory Tuesday by beating Ballston Spa 4-0 on the road.
Candidate paves way to November with clutch wins on D and C lines
Democratic voters went to the polls today and selected John Clarkson as their candidate for the November general election, ousting the party's endorsed candidate, Kyle Kotary.
Turek, Malecki pick up individual wins
The Guilderland boys and Niskayuna girls cross country teams picked up two wins apiece at Tuesday's dual meet with Colonie at Iroquois Middle School.
Parzych's late goal proves to be game winner
Anka Parzych scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the final 20 minutes to lead the Silver Warriors past Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 3-2 in Tuesday's Suburban Council girls soccer game.
Blue Bison take three of four games from Saratoga
Shaker needed four games to defeat Saratoga 3-1, while Bethlehem swept Colonie 3-0 for its first victory of the season.
Nisky duo pile up individual wins against Ballston Spa
Niskayuna and Shenendehowa each earned duel meet wins Tuesday afternoon.
O'Neil strikes twice to lead Lady Bison to first win
The Shaker field hockey team stepped outside the Suburban Council Tuesday and defeated Scotia-Glenville 4-1 in Scotia.
Current Supervisor Frank Thompson falls short
Newcomer Dan Lewza (R,C, I) defeated current Town of Milton Supervisor Frank Thompson (R) in the GOP Primary on Tuesday, Sept. 13, by a vote of 1,012 to 671.
Arguments heard in retrial request for Christopher Porco
The state's highest court heard arguments this afternoon from Christopher Porco's attorney, who is seeking a new trial for his client
CSSC coordinator and Coast Guard reservist says the call to serve came soon after the second plane hit
oger Dames was first approached about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, shortly after the first plane hit the North Tower of World Trade Center because a colleague at the Colonie Senior Services Center knew he was a member of the Coast Guard reserves
The state's highest court is set to field arguments from lawyers for Christopher Porco this afternoon as the convicted killer seeks a new trial.
Town ordered by DOL to pay overtime for 7 employees; Confusion over whether Colonie owes back wages
The US Department of Labor has ruled the town must begin giving overtime to several employees working within the town of Colonie but there still seems to be the unanswered issue of whether the town owes any back pay.
New local law will allow town to expedite demolition of abandoned buildings
For several years, Alan Galuski’s home has bordered the property of a KFC that had caught fire on Kunker Avenue without any sign of it being fixed, but luckily for him, the town will now be able to use a new local law that will allow it to take down the building itself.
College partners with CDTA to offer bus pilot program
Schenectady County Community College students can step aboard a bus with a simple swipe of their college ID card and at no additional cost.
Saratoga Springs Police arrested a city man for stealing more than $33,000 from the St. Clements Horse Show, according to information from the department.
Debbie Kump has a “futuristic” imagination and created what she thinks could happen if technology essentially overloaded and destroyed the world.
Monday, September 12
Howard Shafer facing disciplinary charges at Selkirk Fire Department
A former Albany County legislator who hopes to recapture his office this November was the subject of a Selkirk Fire Department disciplinary hearing tonight.
Three players score twice for Falcons
Mekeel (Schenectady) Christian Academy struck for seven goals in the second half to defeat Duanesburg 8-0 in Monday's Western Athletic Conference game in Scotia.
LeBel's goal proves to be the game winner
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake edged Shaker 1-0 in Monday's Suburban Council field hockey game in Latham.
Gliding club that said its trailers were kicked off airport land hears some options at meeting
When Saratoga County told Adirondack Soaring to remove trailers of planes and equipment from the area it was storing them at Saratoga County Airport in Milton, the gliding club was outraged and claimed their small aircraft were being forced out in favor of big jets.
The Delmar United Methodist Church will be holding an anything-but-food-and-clothing drive to assist people in Schoharie County impacted by Tropical Storm Irene and the subsequent flooding.
One company is betting luxury apartments are a needed commodity in Glenville, but their vision goes beyond multi-family housing.
New culinary team aims to deliver fresh and affordable eats in Altamont
A group of entrepreneurs are looking to bring something entirely different to Altamont's downtown with a wine bar and bistro.
A candlelight prayer service in Slingerlands was one way residents of Bethlehem acknowledged the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Members of the Colonie Emergency Services, government officials and residents of the Town of Colonie came together on Sunday, Sept. 11, to honor those that had passed during the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Sunday, September 11
Niskayuna workers construct flood barrier around water plant
Niskayuna’s water plant was in danger as the Mohawk River rose during Tropical Storm Irene, but town employees devised a plan to prevent damage.
Saturday, September 10
Anka Parzych's goal in final minute wins it for Warriors
Anka Parzych gave the Niskayuna girls soccer team its biggest win of the young season.
Fusco scores three touchdowns in Plainsmen win over Guilderland
Through two games, the Shenendehowa football team is undefeated and unscored upon.
Karleigh LaPan's goal wins it for Tigers
Karleigh LaPan's goal with 9:27 left in the second half gave Hudson Falls a 2-1 victory over Scotia-Glenville in Saturday's Foothills Council field hockey game in Scotia.
Friday, September 9
Blue Bison score in each half for 2-0 win
Following all the rain that fell this week, the Shaker boys soccer team decided to play its Suburban Council opener against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Friday inside the Afrim's Soccer Dome on Route 7, rather than its home field.
"Late Start" classes offered for first time
Historic flooding might have wiped out the first week of classes at Schenectady County Community College, but the campus is now ready for students to hit the books.
Appeals process still open, service to shift to Feura Bush
The Postal Service has slated the Clarksville Post Office for closure, an event that could happen as soon as the end of October.
Rotterdam Town Board repeals contested law
Businesses will no longer have to worry if the Rotterdam Town Board will pull out its red card and reject a project after lengthy approval process.
Stockade residents clean up Irene flood damage
The water may have receded from flooded neighborhoods, but the recovery process has just begun.
Police say victim expected to survive after attack
Colonie police are currently investigating a stabbing incident that occurred earlier this morning on Industrial Road, a commercial area located off of Railroad Avenue behind the Northway Mall.
Joseph Comella believes the Albany County Legislature is ‘ineffective’
Joseph Comella never had any desire to run for the Albany County Legislature, but after he read the book “If Not Now, When? If not me, Who?,” a book about a man who was awarded congressional honor, he decided it was time for him to effect some change.
Organizers look to increase turnout from last year’s 5k run/walk
For its second event, organizers for the Emergency Services 5k Run and Walk are looking to get straight to the point and are focusing on the competition and exercising aspect of the event.
Agudat Achim prepares for annual Carrot Festival with new theme
All of the staple carrot based dishes will be at Agudat Achim’s Carrot Festival this year, but some new treats will be enticing visitors.
Due to Albany County's recent redrawing of legislative district boundaries, some residents might find themselves assigned a different polling place.
District officials say more properties brought lower tax rate
The South Colonie Central School District’s Board of Education adopted new tax rates on Tuesday, Aug. 30, with rates in the Town of Colonie coming in a little under what was previously projected.
Kenny's goal caps Spartan rally
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys soccer team rallied for three goals in the second half to defeat defending Section II Class AA champion Saratoga Springs 3-2 in Thursday's Suburban Council opener.
Two boys volleyball teams start 3-0
The Shenendehowa and Bethlehem boys volleyball teams improved their records to 3-0 with Suburban Council wins Thursday.
Thursday, September 8
Residents in flood prone areas urged to evacuate
Schenectady County and Rotterdam officials have issued a mandatory evacuation of residents in flood prone areas in Rotterdam Junction and Pattersonville.
Director Noel Liberty says students become like family
It can be hard to get kids to do anything, but the ones at The Music Studio in Albany show a work ethic that is rarely seen.
John Reardon and Daniel Torpey to receive pay and benefits from previous job, according to court decision
Two Town of Colonie employees that were demoted earlier may get their jobs back soon, according to recent New York State Supreme Court decision.
Ivory Coast judge Ehonou Manlan makes a stop in Colonie
Ivory Coast Judge Ehounou Manlan was continuing his search to find more ways to fight corruption and governmental abuse in his second trip to the United States when he toured Colonie’s Public Safety Building on Thursday, Sept. 1.
Colonie: Man upset over personal issues goes missing
Colonie police said the man who went missing earlier this morning has been found.
Latham-based web company hopes to change the way churches get online
While in the online news world “pay walls” are the topic of the day, in the non-secular sphere some churches are thinking about “prayer walls.”
Foundation continues to get word out on Mito disease
Jackie Perrotta is looking to move on from holding a remembrance walk for just her daughter Amanda and is expanding the recognition to 6-year-old Madelyn Mclaren of Troy.
Club attempting to raise $31K for season
The Bethlehem Varisty Hockey Booster Club and the Bethlehem hockey team will be holding the first of two fund-raising car washes Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hewitt's Garden Center on Feura Bush Road in Glenmont.
Schmitz, Haraden win two individual events for Scotties
The Section II girls swimming season started Wednesday with victories by Ballston Spa and Bethlehem.
BC had its first day of classes today, while RCS was closed due to flooding and road closures.
Scotties improve to 2-0 in Suburban Council
The Ballston Spa girls volleyball team improved its Suburban Council record to 2-0 with Thursday's 3-0 victory over Shaker in Latham.
Wednesday, September 7
The Glenville Police Department was called to the scene of an alleged domestic incident at Wal-Mart on Friday, Sept. 2, around 9:30 p.m., which resulted in the felony arrest of a Schenectady man.
Seventeen were arrested on drunk driving charges over the Labor Day weekend.
A female kitten was found near SUNY Albany a night or two before Tropical Storm Irene swept through the area.
Mop and Bucket Co. serves up improv several ways
Someone in the audience yelled, “Licorice!” and Kat Koppett thought quickly.
Willis scores five touchdowns in opener
Section II Class B football teams are going to have a hard time containing Schalmont tailback Devon Willis if he continues to rack up yards and touchdowns at his current rate.
Ekiden race breaks with tradition
For all the different courses cross country runners compete on during the season, the object is always the same: run approximately three miles through the woods and finish with the best time possible to help your team. Niskayuna’s annual Ekiden Meet adds a unique twist.
Newcomers lead BH-BL past Gloversville
Any doubt surrounding the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team ended the moment Thomas Ruppel caught the opening kickoff.
Iconic mansion open for public tours for one weekend.
The Yaddo Mansion is veiled in secrecy.
Delaware Avenue Valero project calls for indoor eatery
The developer overhauling a Delaware Avenue gas station is bringing even more ambitious plans to the Town of Bethlehem.
Pet resort gives animals unique boarding experience
Pets can be globetrotters, “visiting” Paris, Hollywood, Hawaii and beyond, at the new Pink Dog Parlor resort.
Event one of many memorial ceremonies planned in Capital District
The Town of Bethlehem Fire Officers Association and the town will be partnering to hold a candlelit vigil on the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Town officials say Colonie got lucky during Tropical Storm Irene
The storm has subsided and most of the water has dried up from the floods, but the Town of Colonie has announced plans for cleanup and assessing what kind of damage was suffered during Tropical Storm Irene.
Tuesday, September 6
Eagles cruise past Niskayuna in Suburban Council match
The Bethlehem boys volleyball team had little trouble with Niskayuna in Tuesday's Suburban Council match.
Bowker leads Nisky past Burnt Hills
The Suburban Council field hockey season opened Tuesday with a pair of games.
Bethlehem grad scores two game-winning goals
Bethlehem Central High School graduate Kristina Maksuti earned the Atlantic 10 Conference's Co-Rookie of the Week award after scoring two game-winning goals for the Fordham University women's soccer team.
Zack Rockmore's injury means others must step up
The Bethlehem boys soccer team is starting the 2011 Suburban Council season minus one of its leading scorers.
The Schenectady County Department of Environmental Health has issued a boil water order for Rotterdam Junction following a water main break.
Bethlehem assessing scope of tropical storm's damage
Tropical Storm Irene wrought destruction all over the state, and while many places are certainly worse off, the Town of Bethlehem wasn't spared from the storm's fury.
SCEAC: Open space a defining characteristic of county suburbs
Open space in Schenectady County benefits the environment, but some say it can also be a boon to the quality of life of residents.
8th Annual Walk for Hope continues to grow
Hundreds will gather in Bethlehem's Elm Avenue Park for the 8th annual Albany Capital District Walk for Hope on Sunday, Sept. 11.
It started out as a true story—a group of friends at a girl’s boarding school in Paris find a secret hideaway. But that’s where fact ends and fiction begins.
Monday, September 5
Area pipe band competes at international competition
The Capital District is known for a number of things, but being home to one of the world’s finest pipe bands probably doesn’t come to mind first for most people.
Letter to the editor
I am writing to express my support for Kyle Kotary for Bethlehem town supervisor because he has the vision and skills needed to lead our local government at this critical time.
Letter to the editor
When I first saw that both Republican and Democrat political leaders were endorsing the same person, I couldn’t believe it.
Letter to the editor
I am writing to express my support for Kyle Kotary for Town Supervisor.
Letter to the editor
The fact that Kyle Kotary’s campaign “war chest” contains over $8,100 is not a confidence builder for us.
Letter to the editor
As a lifelong resident, an owner of several local businesses over the years, and a former candidate for Town Supervisor, I wholeheartedly support Kyle Kotary as our next Town Supervisor.
Letter to the editor
We write to express our support for Kyle Kotary in the campaign for Bethlehem Town Supervisor, and we urge our fellow Bethlehem residents support him for that office as well.
Letter to the editor
We are writing to express our firm support for John Clarkson as the Supervisor of the Town of Bethlehem.
Letter to the editor
Kyle’s commitment to environmental stewardship, preserving open space and recreational areas has been key to preserving the high quality of life we have become accustomed to during his tenure on the Town Board.
Letter to the editor
Kyle knows that the Town is a compilation of hamlets, North Bethlehem, Slingerlands, Delmar, Elsmere, Glenmont, Selkirk and South Bethlehem.
Letter to the editor
I am writing to urge voters in the Town of Bethlehem to join me in working to elect John Clarkson as the town’s next supervisor. I gave John his first job in State Government in 1980 and can attest that he is a very creative and highly talented person who is uniquely suited to serve as our Town Supervisor in this era of economic uncertainty at state and national levels.
Letter to the editor
I write to join the many others who are writing to support Kyle Kotary for Bethlehem Town Supervisor.
Letter to the editor
I read with great amusement the recent letter that was sent to The Spotlight by Ben Conboy, Chairman of the Bethlehem Conservative Committee.
Letter to the editor
As a young person, a student, and someone who cares about the future of our Town, I am writing to proudly and enthusiastically voice my support for Kyle Kotary in the upcoming Democratic Primary for Town Supervisor.
Letter to the editor
I am writing in support of John Clarkson’s candidacy for Bethlehem Town Supervisor.
Letter to the editor
My name is Kyle Kotary and I am running to be your choice for Town Supervisor, because I love our community, I believe in public service, and I will continue to devote my time and energy to preserving our quality of life in Bethlehem.
Sunday, September 4
As the summer nears an end and the air starts to chill, parishioners at St. Gabriel’s Church want to warm you up with homemade food and a festive atmosphere.
Saturday, September 3
Oppelt's fourth-quarter TD leads Bison past Columbia
Columbia gave Shaker everything it could handle and then some in Friday night's Liberty Division season opener in Latham before the Blue Bison prevailed 32-28.
Friday, September 2
Seniors guide Plainsmen to sweep
The Shenendehowa boys volleyball team began the Suburban Council season with a 3-0 victory over Niskayuna in Clifton Park.
Marshman's 14 kills leads Eagles past Columbia
The Bethlehem boys volleyball team began its 2011 season with a 3-0 victory over Columbia Friday in Delmar.
Budget, leadership, level of partisanship recurring themes during lively evening
Budget, leadership, level of partisanship recurring themes during lively evening
Thursday, September 1
Alexis Smith's four aces leads Scotties
The Ballston Spa girls volleyball team opened the 2011 Suburban Council season with a 3-1 victory over Bethlehem Thursday in Delmar.
Schenectady County officials are urging residents with property damage or evacuated because of the disaster to contact FEMA immediately to register for assistance.
Financial institutions say packing into Delmar makes good business sense
There are nine full-fledged bank branches on Delaware Avenue in Delmar. But bankers say the market is good, and the concentration isn't much heavier than in other Capital District locales.
The candidates in the upcoming Democratic primary for the office of Bethlehem town supervisor will meet to debate Thursday, Sept. 1.