Stories for April 2012


Monday, April 30

Laws target social media privacy

You’ve heard of employers asking for resumes and references, but Facebook passwords?

[Updated] Nisky indoor rec project 'postponed'

Two board members claim they were left out of decision on controversial bond

Outcry over the proposal to build a new indoor recreation facility in Niskayuna appears to have outweighed support as town officials have dropped the bond proposal.

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Hope in a boat

Local dragon boat team seeks new members

A group of 25 breast cancer survivors from around the Capital District are “hope in a boat” every time they paddle their dragon boat around the Hudson River.

Saturday, April 28

Boys lacrosse: Ball control helps Shen beat Burnt Hills

Second-quarter spurt gives Plainsmen needed cushion

When you win the battle for the ball, you win the game. The Shenendehowa boys lacrosse team applied that concept to Saturday's 12-7 Suburban Council victory at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

Girls lacrosse: Lennon leads Shaker past Niskayuna

Bison take over sole possession of second place

Julia Lennon felt like it would be her day, and it was. The sophomore scored four goals including the eventual game winner to lead the Shaker girls lacrosse team to a 7-5 victory over Niskayuna in Saturday's Suburban Council game.

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Permissive referendum possible for rec center bonding

Debate continues as indoors facility rendering unveiled, residents could vote on proposal

The ongoing debate over the proposal to build a new indoor recreation center is showing little signs of cooling down, but residents could have the final say on if the facility should be built.

Friday, April 27

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Painting war’s true colors

WWII veterans share war stories with Niskayuna eighth grade students

For students, learning about wars often means reading dull black-on-white text in a history book. But for eighth-graders at Iroquois Middle School in Niskayuna, Thursday, April 19, added some color to history lessons, as they heard firsthand accounts of the past century’s greatest conflict.

Mohon adopts $44M budget

Spending plan calls for 2.3 percent tax levy increase within tax cap

Mohonasen would lose 18 full-time equivalent positions next school year under the proposed budget as spending increases by $1.2 million, or 2.75 percent.

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Berne man gets 25 to life for sexually assaulting girl

A Berne man who pleaded guilty to felony sexual assault charges against a child has been sentenced to 25 year to life, according to the Albany County District Attorney's Office.

Outdoor farmers market set to open

Market's 32nd season kicks off May 3

The Downtown Market location at Schenectady City Hall will be open starting May 3 on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Beginning June 12, the St. Luke’s Farmers’ Market will run every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1241 State St.

DWI arrest stems from underage sweep

Two employees of local businesses were arrested during an underage drinking initiative performed by State Police in Albany County over the weekend.

Body pulled from Mohawk identified as Schenectady man

A passing boater notified Niskayuna Police of a body in the Saratoga County portion of the Mohawk River at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18. Police on Saturday, April 21, identified the body as that of Anthony L. Krisanda, 30, of Glenwood Boulevard, Schenectady.

Thursday round-up: Shaker bests Shen in baseball showdown

Blue Bison score five runs in sixth inning to pull out victory

The Shaker baseball team moved into a first-place tie with Shenendehowa in the Suburban Council North Division following Thursday's 6-3 victory in Latham.

DWI arrest made after crash takes Scotia woman’s life

An allegedly drunk driver crashed and killed her passenger during the early morning on Monday, April 23, according to State Police.

Thursday, April 26

Letter: Board members should be more involved on rec center

This letter appeared in the April 26, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Support Roy McDonald’s record of service

This letter appeared in the April 26, 2012, edition of the Saratoga Spotlight.

Letter: Meet the school board candidates

This letter appeared in the April 26, 2012, edition of the Saratoga Spotlight.

Letter: Minimum wage hike long overdue

This letter appeared in the April 25, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Give thanks for great service in Delmar

This letter appeared in the April 25, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: BC school budget plays by the rules

This letter appeared in the April 25, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Take a look, it's in a book

This editorial appeared in the April 25 and 26, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Governance in abstentia

This editorial appeared in the April 26, 2012, edition of the Schenectady County Spotlight.

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Councilwoman’s absence questioned

Nisky’s Liz Kasper gone from five of seven town meetings this year, records reveal trends

Amid heated debates on a proposal to build a new indoor recreation in Niskayuna, there has been one Town Board member noticeably absent from meetings.

BC, teachers in negotiations

Last deal included three years worth of concessions

Representatives of the Bethlehem Central Teacher’s Association and the school district are renegotiating a contract agreement to replace the one set to expire in June.

Both sides say Clarksville deal close

As budget vote looms, BC still looking for leverage on two empty buildings

After nearly four months of negotiations, a deal may soon be struck to use Clarksville Elementary School as a substation for the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

Longtime jobs program seeing more use

Slim job prospects means high interest in Bethlehem’s Y.E.S. service

Unfortunately for enterprising teens, since the start of the recession in 2008 entry-level jobs are hard to come by, but a program through the Town of Bethlehem is working to help.

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Community Care makes the move

Space still available at corner of Delaware and Elsmere

After two years of planning and construction, the new Delaware Avenue Health Park is officially open for business.

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The cost of waiting

Secondhand dealers law debated as Rotterdam storeowners balk at waiting period and detailed report requirements

Rotterdam storeowners are hoping their elected officials make some tweaks before putting in place a proposed law governing their businesses.

A push for CPR in schools

When an 11-year-old Colonie Little League player was struck in the chest by a baseball Monday, April 16, his heart stopped. He survived, and early administration of CPR could have been partially to thank.

Wednesday, April 25

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A place to learn about autism

Resources for families of autistic children presented at Skidmore College

“Back in the late 80s it wasn’t as prevalent as it is now, it was a rarity and there weren’t nearly the services available as there are now. It was learn as you go.” Julie Marks, founder of ASPIREe on the subject of Autism.

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Hot rods to serve as more than eye candy

First Saratoga Nationals to be held at county fairgrounds

“I got to know the Make-a-Wish people on a personal level. They’re wonderful, wonderful people, they’re believers like we are and they do a great job giving their hearts to help these kids. It’s awesome.” Joe Cole of Cole’s Collision and co-organizer of Saratoga Nationals.

Sports poll: Who is the best boys lacrosse goaltender in the Suburban Council?

We're turning our attention from offense to defense for this week's Spotlight Sports poll -- specifically, goaltenders.

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Saratoga Farmers Market one of many in area

Connections to local food becoming more popular

“In New York State the number of markets has risen from 235 in 2000 to 500 in 2010.That’s a 113 percent increase. What’s more New York State ranks second in the nation for the number of markets. The farmers market is a place where farmers can get the best price for their goods by selling directly to the consumer and cutting out the middleman,” Laurie Ten Eyck, New York field representative for American Farmland Trust.

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Volunteers mobilize for park cleanups

May 5 set to be first I Love My Park Day across the state

“We know that New Yorkers really love their parks as they showed two years ago when they were threatened with closure.” Laura DiBetta, director of relations for Parks & Trails New York.

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Saratoga leaders hope the worst is over

2011 sees county spending down savings, nursing home at forefront

“Saratoga County is the best county in the state of New York and quite possibly in the entire United States.” Saratoga County Board of Supervisors chairman Thomas N. Wood, III. Wood

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A place to play, piece by piece

Local librarians say Lego clubs a positive trend

Lego clubs are being formed in libraries across the county and the Bethlehem Public Library is looking to start its own group for area children to participate in over the summer.

Shen adopts budget of $151.5M

Shenendehowa was contending with a $1.5 million budget gap, which was closed with several measures.

Spa City’s bond rating upgraded

Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has upgraded Saratoga Springs’ bond rating from AA to AA+ for 2012.

Tuesday round-up: Columbia hands Shaker second league loss

Blue Devils do all of their damage in final four innings

The Columbia baseball team handed Shaker its second consecutive Suburban Council loss with Tuesday's 5-1 victory in Latham.

Tuesday, April 24

Beff's bags golf course food bid

Beff’s restaurant, a longstanding Capital District eatery, will take over concession duties at the Town of Colonie Golf Course after the Town Board awarded its owners the bid at the Thursday, April 19, meeting.

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Datacenter saves money and the planet

Latham-based TurnKey Internet recently unveiled a new state-of-the-art facility that makes the company one of the most energy-efficient datacenters in the nation

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Mock crash seeks to 'STOP-DWI'

She was lying dead still on the grass. The wind, especially gusty on the afternoon of Friday, April 20, teased hair loose from her ponytail and sunlight streamed through the tree above her, shining a natural spotlight on her blood spattered white t-shirt and denim shorts.

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State Police announce 'Operation Hang Up'

Troopers will crack down on cell phone use while driving

A press conference was held Monday afternoon at troop G Headquarters in Loudonville, announcing for the next week State Troopers and local police agencies will target people talking on their cell phones while driving.

Monday, April 23

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Voorheesville man faces attempted kidnapping charges

A Voorheesville man was arraigned in Albany County Court on attempted kidnapping, conspiracy and a slew of other felonies on Monday, April 23, according to police reports.

Sunday, April 22

BH-BL adopts budget of $56.9M

Although the district has had to cut 50 positions within the last few years, they are not seeing the level of reductions that they have in the past.

Nisky adopts $75M school budget in 5-2 vote

More than 3 percent tax levy increase within cap, around 80 positions cut

After several meetings targeted at closing a $4.4 million budget gap, the Niskayuna Board of Education has approved a budget within the tax cap despite some calls to exceed the limit.

Saturday, April 21

Schalmont asking for 1.9 percent tax hike

Budget cuts $310,000, including eight full-time equivalent positions

Schalmont district officials not only stayed within a tax cap of 2.33 percent for next school year’s budget, it came below the often-advertised 2 percent limit.

Softball: Guilderland scores early in win over Shaker

Lady Dutch withstand late Bison rally

The Guilderland softball team improved its record to 4-2 in the Suburban Council by beating Shaker 9-6 Friday.

Baseball: Monin's single lifts Colonie past Saratoga

Contento allows four hits in key Suburban Council game

Colonie used timely hits and a strong performance from starting pitcher Ben Contento in defeating Saratoga 4-3 in a Suburban Council baseball game Friday at Colonie.

Friday, April 20

Shotgun left in truck at school

Police were at Ballston Spa High School today after a shotgun was spotted in a student’s truck.

Stalemate could spell end for CVS

Rotterdam Town Board split on holding public hearing

Chances are increasingly slim a rezoning to pave the way for a new CVS Pharmacy in Rotterdam will ever be made.

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State picks up tab for flood relief

Cuomo announces state to cover local shares of FEMA recovery projects

Counties throughout New York State received unexpected and costly flood damage last year, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will be footing the bill.

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Underage drinking party leads to arrests

State Police and Rotterdam Emergency Medical Services on Tuesday, April 10, responded to a residence in Princetown on a report of an intoxicated underage female who was subsequently transported to Ellis Hospital, treated and released.

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Schenectady man charged with selling pot out of his home

Complaints of marijuana being sold from a Schenectady residence led police to an arrest.

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Man arrested for break-in at ex’s home

Albany police on Tuesday, April 10, arrested a 25-year-old Schenectady man for allegedly burglarizing his ex-girlfriend’s home in December.

Student found with BB gun at school

A 16-year-old North Colonie student was arrested after being found with a BB gun in her backpack, according to Colonie police.

Girls lacrosse: Saratoga speeds past Colonie

Balanced attack helps Blue Streaks

The Saratoga Springs girls lacrosse team had little trouble with Colonie in a 17-6 Suburban Council victory Thursday.

Boys lacrosse: Shen shakes off Bethlehem

Plainsmen close game on 6-1 run

Despite a slow start, the Shenendehowa boys lacrosse team continued its string of Suburban Council victories by defeating Bethlehem 17-9 Thursday night.

Thursday, April 19

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Colonie man arrested on drug and weapon charges

Colonie police arrested a man on drug and weapon charges on Wednesday, April 18, following a joint investigation with U.S. Postal Inspectors, according to police.

Wednesday round-up: Ballston Spa shuts out Bethlehem

Franklin Miller strikes out 11 in 6 innings for Scotties

Franklin Miller and Ed Canty combined on a one-hitter as Ballston Spa blanked Bethlehem 2-0 in Wednesday's Suburban Council baseball game in Ballston Spa.

Wednesday, April 18

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Sharing the waters on Saratoga Lake

Many users of the lake may not realize that fishermen, although they may have a motor on their boat, often drift slowly or remain anchored in a given area for a fair amount of time. As a courtesy, and for safety, other users should be aware of this and allow for ample room.

Sports poll: Which girls lacrosse player will wind up leading the Suburban Council in scoring?

There are so many talented goal scorers in the Suburban Council that it's difficult to pick only five girls lacrosse players for this week's poll.

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Sleasman brothers take on international pros

Colonie natives compete in Pro Squash Tour's Albany Open

There is a difference between being the best squash player in the Capital District and being the best squash player in the world.

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Spa City hears plans for Complete Streets

If adopted, Saratoga will be the 50th Complete Streets Community, which is a countrywide effort under the National Complete Streets Coalition and is in line with the city’s Climate Smart Community Pledge, which was adopted in March.

Squash vs. racquetball

There are differences between the two indoor sports

For those of you who think that squash and racquetball are one in the same, Steve Kuzman would like you to know that there are some differences between the two indoor sports.

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Farmers denounce labor law changes

Department of Labor regulation would keep minors from some family farm work

At the core of the proposed regulation are restrictions on what kind of work children under the age of 18 will be able to do. Farming advocates say they’re overly restrictive.

Police: 3-year-old left alone in bus for nearly three hours

A bus driver was arrested after leaving a 3-year-old child unattended for nearly three hours on Monday, according to State Police reports.

POV: Sexual assault still a problem

This point of view column appeared in the April 18 and 19, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Plant Earth makes a comeback

This editorial appeared in the April 17 and 18, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Book, article highlight important issue

This letter appeared in the April 18, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Support education, not taxes and spending

This letter appeared in the April 18, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

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Town bids Hernandez farewell

Less than halfway through her second term as deputy supervisor in the Town of Colonie, Nancy Hernandez is stepping down to take a job at the New York State comptroller’s office.

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B-Spa students play mind games

Group headed to Odyssey of the Mind world championships in May

“Odyssey of the Mind allows them to incorporate the arts and music as well as math and science and physics and it gives them a well rounded confidence knowing that they’re gaining experiences in the sciences math and the arts right in the same organization. That’s why I love it too.” Team coach Laurie Freehafer.

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Great Flats Preserve to expand

County approves razing blighted homes, parkland designation planned

The Great Flats Nature Preserve will expand slightly after the county razes two long vacant and blighted homes.

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Book looks back on Thacher

One author to speak at Bethlehem Historical Association

Growing up just below the dramatic cliffs, Timothy Albright said he would spend days playing and going on adventures inside John Boyd Thacher State Park and along the Indian Ladder Trail.

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Road named in veteran’s memory

Clifton Park’s John J. McKenna remembered as hero

“They had a different last name, but they shared that one name: Marine.” John McKenna III, Captain McKenna’s father.

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No definite path to more rail trail

Albany County recreation resource dominates executive’s Bethlehem visit

The main concern of residents at Albany County Executive Dan McCoy's Town Hall visit was opening more local sections of the county's rail trail.

Bethlehem to test Lockbox bill collection

Repairs to pool house to be covered by storm damage money

The Bethlehem Town Board has approved a pilot plan that would allow residents to send their water and sewer bills to a postal box operated by Key Bank rather than to the town.

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Town and YMCA partner to put on Delmar Duathlon

Initiative aimed at promoting healthier lifestyle

A new partnership between the Town of Bethlehem and the YMCA is aimed at promoting a healthier lifestyle for residents, and the result is what many hope will become another athletic tradition for the community.

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A benefit to heal a cat's broken heart

Francesca is a sweet and affectionate 9-month-old who loves snuggling with her foster parents and playing with her two foster brothers. But if she doesn’t get a $3,500 heart surgery, soon, this friendly feline probably won’t make it through another year.

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Sculptor to share story

Loudonville man's work graces some of nation's most famous sites

Patrick Morelli is a Loudonville-based sculptor but his most well known pieces reside far, far away at some of the nation’s most famous sites.

A story that needs to be told

Delmar man hopes D-Day ceremony will become an annual tradition

For the second year in a row, one Delmar resident is seeking to commemorate survivors of an historic day in World War II history that is sometimes overlooked in today’s remembrances.

Church wants to help rebuild

Money, building supplies will benefit Schoharie County

It’s been more than a half-year since Hurricane Irene wrought devastation in Schoharie County, but one local church is still working to provide for those in need there.

Tuesday, April 17

Tuesday roundup: Niskayuna slams Guilderland

Goldstock posts 10-point game to lead the Silver Warriors

The Niskayuna boys lacrosse team continued to roll through the Suburban Council by beating Guilderland 16-4 Tuesday in Guilderland.

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Receiver of Taxes elected no more, after 2013

Glenville voters significantly approve switch to appointed post

There will be one less position on the ballot in future elections in the Town of Glenville.

Monday, April 16

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Glenville’s own Mad Men

Town contracts with Albany marketing firm for plan to attract businesses

Developing a professional marketing strategy is what Glenville officials are hoping will give the town a competitive edge in economic development.

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Earth Day blossoms in the Capital District

Forty-two years ago, on April 22, the very first Earth Day was celebrated. This year, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is dedicating three whole days to loving, appreciating and acknowledging planet Earth.

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Targeting traffic and technology

$18M project will improve traffic congestion at UAlbany NanoCollege

The New York State Department of Transportation announced on Thursday, April 12, that construction has begun on a much-anticipated project aimed at easing traffic congestion and accommodating the growth expected from the University at Albany NanoCollege’s $366 million expansion project.

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Dash takes over Delmar [photo gallery]

The 24th running of the Delmar Dash took place along the roads of the Bethlehem hamlet.

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Racing the hot streets of Delmar

Unseasonably muggy day marks 24th running of Delmar Dash

Heat was a concern for organizers of this year’s Delmar Dash.

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Amedore sets sights on new Senate district

Assemblyman’s campaign to focus on job creation and economy

George Amedore is hoping to move from the New York State Assembly with a bid for the newly created 46th Senate District, and he’s starting early to reach new voters.

Gardner, schools differ on savings

County attorney estimates $1M savings for Medicare switch

County officials don’t often get involved in school budget decisions, but Schenectady County Attorney Christopher Gardner is proposing healthcare savings that districts don’t believe will make a significant dent.

Sunday, April 15

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Macknight wins his first Delmar Dash title

Bryans claims third women's division title in last four years

Rookie Eric Macknight had his sights set on setting a new course record at Sunday's Delmar Dash.

Saturday round-up: Big second half propels Guilderland

Dutchmen score eight goals after halftime in league win over Colonie

The Guilderland boys lacrosse team broke open a close game with an eight-goal second half as it defeated Colonie 11-2 in Saturday's Suburban Council game.

Saturday, April 14

Baseball: Four-run eighth inning gives BH-BL road victory

Dan Maynard's bases-clearing double lifts Spartans past Bethlehem

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake baseball team scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to pull out a 6-2 Suburban Council victory over Bethlehem Friday.

Friday, April 13

Saratoga Springs City Schools adopts budget

Proposal would raise tax levy by 2.56 percent, vote is in May

Some of the biggest reasons for the 1.14 percent increase stems from cuts in state aid and federal aid not being available, a situation repeated in other districts across the state.

Girls lacrosse: Guilderland takes control

Lady Dutch ease past Shen in Suburban Council contest

Guilderland girls lacrosse coach Gary Chatnik didn't like seeing all of the turnovers his team committed in the first six minutes of Thursday's Suburban Council game against Shenendehowa, and he let his players know it.

Boys tennis: Singles players lead Bethlehem past Burnt Hills

Eagles remain perfect on the season

The Bethlehem boys tennis team swept the six singles matches on its way to a 7-2 Suburban Council victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Thursday.

Thursday, April 12

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66 Franklin remains in waiting

Fate of one of Spa City’s historically significant buildings rests with owner

“It’s one of the few remaining examples of John D. Steven’s work who was the architect for The United States Hotel and The Grand Union Hotel that were once on Broadway.” Samantha Bosshart, Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation’s executive director speaking of 66 Franklin's historic significance.

S-G adopts $47.8M budget within tax cap

State aid increase restores librarian position, union concessions pending

Despite some community members urging the Scotia-Glenville Board of Education to exceed the state mandated tax cap, the approved $47.8 million 2012-13 budget remains under the limit.

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Shogun expands into downtown

Sushi bar opens Madison Avenue location after three years in Delmar

Decades of hard work and focus are paying off for one Delmar restaurateur.

Girls lacrosse: Niskayuna runs past Colonie

Three Silver Warriors record hat tricks in victory

The Niskayuna girls lacrosse team downed Colonie 18-2 in Thursday's Suburban Council game.

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Photo Gallery: Bethlehem "Egg-stravaganza"

The Town of Bethlehem's annual Easter egg hunt.

Softball: Guilderland handles Mohonasen

Peck's grand slam part of Lady Dutch's 13-hit attack

The Guilderland softball team downed Mohonasen 15-3 in Wednesday's Suburban Council South Division game in Guilderland.

Wednesday, April 11

Moody’s upgrades Glenville’s bond rating

Waning fund balance usage, conservative budgeting cited as strengths

Moody’s Investors Services upgraded the Town of Glenville’s general obligation bond rating to Aa3 from A1 on Tuesday, April 3, which moved the town’s rating from the top upper-middle grade rating to the bottom of the high quality ratings.

Boys tennis: Bethlehem shuts out Colonie

Eight of nine matches decided in straight sets

The Bethlehem boys tennis team cruised to a 9-0 victory over Colonie in Wednesday's Suburban Council match.

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Photo Gallery: An 'eggs-cellent' Easter adventure

Sonrise Bible Church holds its first Easter Egg Hunt

Sonrise Bible Church held its first Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7, morning with many local families participating in the free event.

Softball: Colonie beats Bethlehem in South Division battle

Lane, Blum lead Lady Raiders to victory

Behind pitcher Kelly Lane and some timely hits, the Colonie softball team defeated Bethlehem 8-4 in Wednesday's Suburban Council South Division game.

Arrests made in radioactive material case

Police have arrested three Saratoga County residents allegedly responsible for the presence of a low-level radioactive substance found in a Halfmoon home in March.

Baseball: Shaker, Shen remain unbeaten

Blue Bison fend off Saratoga rally to win Wednesday

The Shaker baseball team built a big lead and then fended off a furious rally to defeat Saratoga Springs 16-12 in Wednesday's Suburban Council baseball game in Saratoga.

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Former Shen teacher to take part in Holocaust Remembrance service

Anthony McCann developed mini course, Literature of the Oppressed

McCann, 70, is a native of Ireland. He may be retired but he is still as passionate about his work as he was in the 1970s when he developed the course Literature of the Oppressed.

Sports poll: Which boys lacrosse player will wind up leading the Suburban Council in scoring?

We're two weeks into the Suburban Council boys lacrosse season, and we have some candidates for this year's leading scorer.

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BH-BL student wins essay contest

"You should fight for what you believe in and if you really think that you are right in a situation you shouldn’t give up just because it’s the government and they seem too big to fight or too complicated. You should just keep trying and eventually hopefully you’ll succeed.” Kathleen Fogg.

This year’s Dash looks to the past

Delmar race organizers seek vintage gear for 24th annual running

With 23 years behind them, this year the organizers of the Delmar Dash are looking to the past.

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YMCA breaks ground on pavilion

Bethlehem branch’s camps, members will make use of capital improvement

After nearly three years of planning, the Bethlehem YMCA finally broke ground on a project to build a lunch pavilion for children participating in its summer camp program and members of the local branch.

Editorial: BC budget one to watch

The editorial appeared in the April 11, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

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A murderous affair

In the evening hours of April 14, 1827, a pair of lovers, both dripping wet, stumbled into Hills Tavern in Latham and spent the night.

Letter: Keep Delmar area pedestrian friendly

This letter appeared in the April 11, 2012, edition of the Bethlehem Spotlight.

Letter: Contracts, perks put BC in a bind at budget time

This letter to the editor appeared in the April 11, 2012, edition of the Bethlehem Spotlight.

Letter: It’s time to stop out-of-control spending

This letter appeared in the April 11, 2012, edition of the Bethlehem Spotlight.

POV: Revisit your finances this April

This point of view column appeared in the April 11 and 12, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, April 10

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Scotia Diner hopes to move on

Owners plan to reopen at nearby former Kem Cleaners after recent eviction

The owners of the Scotia Diner were evicted from their longtime restaurant to make way for an apartment complex, but a vacant building just down the street could be the eatery’s new home.

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Coming together for Jasmine

Community rallies to support 4-year-old with brain cancer

Chris Cole never dreamed his daughter, Jasmine, would develop brain cancer. But last January, she did. When the tumor was removed, he refused to imagine that it would grow back. But this January, it did.

Town chips away at Chip Shots

Gene DeGeorge officially has until the end of April to vacate the Chip Shots premises at the Town of Colonie Golf Course after the Town Board passed a resolution ratifying a notice of termination for the concession vendor at the Thursday, April 5, meeting.

Race for 110th is crowded

The 110th Assembly District race is getting crowded, with four candidates in the running and one in the wings.

Monday, April 9

Planning Rotterdam’s fiscal future

Five-year forecast calls for town reduce fund balance usage

One thing appears to be a certainty: budgets aren’t going to get any easier for Rotterdam in the near future.

CVS proposal changes, town’s decision remains

Rotterdam planners still won’t support zoning change

Developers hoping to build a CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Curry Road and Guilderland Avenue in Rotterdam tried to allay residents concerns at a recent Planning Commission meeting, but detractors didn't waver.

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First aid for pets

Red Cross offers course for Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Pet owners can take an extra step in protecting their furry friends by learning pet CPR. The American Red Cross is holding a pet first aid class on Wednesday, April 25, at its Capital District headquarters on Everett Road.

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Spa City group helps youth live healthier lives through a myriad of services

“We’ve always stayed above the curve trying to have foresight on what’s needed. … Early on it was a lot of guesswork and fortunately we did a terrific job and it panned out that as research came out that the things we were doing were working.” Prevention Council's Director Patty Kilgore.

Ballston’s bookkeeper troubles persist

Replacement resigns while fired employee takes action against town

At its Nov. 22 meeting, members of the Town Board asked Southworth, who is a member of the Independence Party, to reinstate Bouchard to her position, but Southworth refused.

Saturday, April 7

Boys lacrosse: Niskayuna ends Jamesville-DeWitt's streak

Goldstock scores five goals in the Silver Warriors' road win

For the first time in nearly three years, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team did not get to celebrate a win after the final whistle, and the Niskayuna Silver Warriors were responsible.

Baseball: Kerr pitches Saratoga past Queensbury

Spartans limited to three hits in shutout

Casey Kerr pitched a three-hit shutout to lead the Saratoga Springs baseball team past Queensbury 2-0 in Saturday's non-league game.

Friday, April 6

Boys lacrosse: Burnt Hills gets by Shaker

Late run helps Spartans pull away from Blue Bison

Just when Shaker thought it had the momentum, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake took it right back.

Girls lacrosse: Guilderland's balance handles Bethlehem

Five players score two goals for Lady Dutch in Suburban Council victory

The Guilderland girls lacrosse team used an explosive offense and stingy defense to defeat Bethlehem 12-2 in Thursday's Suburban Council game.

Railway crossing remains contested

Plans to close three crossings go before judge, Connolly Road still an issue

As a result of the tentative agreement, White's Beach would get a lighted, gated crossing and Saunders Lane would be closed, but no decision on Connolly Road has been made. It is estimated installing a gated crossing there would cost $250,000 dollars.

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A flood of support [photo gallery]

Jumpin’ Jack’s opens for season after devastating damage from tropical storms

Jack Burgers made a triumphant return to the Scotia riverside after some feared a summer tradition was washed up.

Thursday round-up: Guilderland boys ease past Bethlehem

Dyer's hat trick leads Dutchmen to victory

The Guilderland boys lacrosse team out-scored Bethlehem 6-1 in the second half to pull away for a 10-4 Suburban Council victory Thursday in Guilderland.

Thursday, April 5

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Nisky' targets areas for Metroplex assistance

Officials say additions to offer opportunities for businesses, development

Niskayuna officials are hoping to add seven areas to add the Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority’s service districts.

Shell shocked

Police remove decades-old tank shells from Ravena home

Coeymans Police and the New York State Police bomb squad were called to a home in Ravena, when the homeowner reported finding eight tank shells in the basement of his residence, said police.

Rotterdam pens pawn shop rules

Law aims to help police recover stolen item and make arrests

The Rotterdam Town Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, April 11, on a new local law that would regulate the acceptance and sale of secondhand items. The legislation’s introduction follows a string of burglaries around town.

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Ballston Spa Robotics Team places at regionals

Mechanical malfunctions failed to dissuade team

“We are a young team that has really developed… and other teams are recognizing that growth and our strength when we get to competitions.” Team advisor and teacher Greg Roberts.

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SPAC plans season of enhancements

Venue rolling out big screen and other amenities, online and off

“I think we have a rather spectacular season, I think we will all make a fairly strong impression…,” SPAC chairman William Dake.

GloFo tax means negative cap for B-Spa

“The key is in balancing resources. We’ve dedicated the last several years to get to this point. … Every year it’s an increasingly difficult process. We reduced 50 positions over the last three years. We’re fortunate at this point.” Superintendent Josepth Dragone.

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BH-BL picks new superintendent

Patrick McGrath will follow eight-year tenure of Jim Schultz

“We’re looking for someone to make a long-term commitment and not looking for them to use BH-BL as a stepping stone. It could be, but questions (in looking at potential candidates) centered around the long-term goals.” Dr. Charles Dedrick, Superintendent of Capital Region BOCES in an interview last month, referring to the decision process.

Softball: Bethlehem doubles up Guilderland

Kitchen's blast helps Lady Eagles get past South Division rival

When Rebekah Kitchen made contact with the ball late in the fifth inning, she didn't know exactly where it went.

Wednesday round-up: Shaker wins wild one

Egan's game winner lifts Blue Bison past BH-BL

Eric Egan's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted defending Section II Class AA champion Shaker past defending state Class A champ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 11-10 in a Suburban Council North Division game.

Wednesday, April 4

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A rumble in the night

Glenville residents complain about new rumble strips on Route 5

Dozing drivers can be alerted or awoken by rumble strips to avoid accidents, but recent installation in Glenville has adjacent residents also waking up from a sound sleep.

Contractor concerns remain over nursing home project

County touts increased apprenticeships, focus on minority workers

The position of minority contractors on the new Schenectady County Nursing Facility Project Labor Agreement is in stark contrast to those of local union members, and some have raised concerns of exclusion.

Glenville to refinance $3.4M worth of bonds

Supervisor offers first outlook for next year’s budget

Interest rates have declined since Glenville bonded for a variety of projects 10 years ago, and town officials are hoping to capitalize on that fact.

Sports poll: Which Suburban Council baseball team has the best chance to win a Section II title?

The Suburban Council baseball world is in flux, again. Many teams had to replace key players from last year's teams. That means that the field is wide open.

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High school baseball: Suburban Council preview

Several contenders aim for division titles

The Suburban Council had a baseball season unlike any other in 2011. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake won the state Class A title, and Shaker came within one run of winning the Class AA crown.

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Boys lacrosse: Blackbirds fly into uncharted territory

2-year-old program moves to the varsity ranks in 2012

Saturday, March 31, was a red letter day for the fledgling Voorheesville boys lacrosse program.

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A miracle at sea

Delmar man looks back on ferocious sea battle 69 years ago

Delmar resident A.J. Krenn tells his story of being aboard a heavy cruiser ship during the Battle of the Komandorski Islands on the 69th anniversary.

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Watch your (and your neighbor’s) garden grow

Capital District Community Gardens offers gardening plots, community spirit

Community plots are available for those in the Bethlehem area looking to garden, but may not have the space at home.

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Former nurse bids adieu to patients, tends to history

“I understood then how you can get people interested in history by dressing in the period and recreating Victorian events. It really was my focus to get people interested in history.” Susan McLane, The Victorian Lady.

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Bridging the divide

Writers of book on Delmar’s first black family to hold discussion

Admid angst over segregation, two Delmar residents develop a friendship that lasts a lifetime.

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BC school board adopts budget

$88.2M spending plan will challenge the tax cap

The Bethlehem Central school board adopted a spending plan for the 2012-13 school year, which included a levy limit increase of 3.99 percent.

Prevention might reduce long-term care needs

I read with great interest the article “Nursing Home Saga Continues” in the March 28th edition of The Loudonville Spotlight.

Editorial: Sticking to our guns

It’s long been a news business cliché that if it bleeds, it leads.

Resources better spent on support services

I want to thank Alyssa Jung for her thorough article on the Albany County Nursing Home quandary.

Tuesday round-up: Guilderland cruises past Columbia

Dyer strikes for four goals in Dutchmen win

The Guilderland boys lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 13-3 Suburban Council victory over Columbia Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 3

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Ceremony remembers, honors suicide victims

For those standing in the wake of a suicide, the loss of a loved one is indescribable. That’s why Nathalie Evans and Family and Children’s Service of the Capital Region are trying to promote healing, unity and break the stigma of suicide with a yearly Suicide Survivors Remembrance Ceremony.

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County announces consolidation effort

Cohoes and Watervliet to transfer 911 answering duties to the county

In an effort to provide “higher efficiency” and save taxpayer dollars, Albany County has announced the early results of a multi-year study of possible consolidation of dispatch and emergency services. On Tuesday, March 27, County Executive Dan McCoy announced the City of Watervliet and City of Cohoes would be turning 911 dispatch services over to

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Photo Gallery - Time to Make the Bunnies

The annual rite of spring takes place at Uncle Sam’s Homemade Chocolates in Schenectady is the making of Easter Bunnies. Joe Suhrada, owner of Uncle Sam’s, shows the steps in crafting the chocolate treats.

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Forty years of purple

Forty years ago, the Purple Pub in Watervliet was a one-room bar with eight bar stools, some tables and a menu of sandwiches. Now, it has three dining rooms and an extensive menu of Italian and pub fare favorites that have made the family-owned restaurant a community staple.

Monday, April 2

Monday round-up: Saratoga out-duels BH-BL in opener

Blue Streaks score five times in sixth inning to take the lead

The Saratoga Springs baseball team overcame an early 4-0 deficit to defeat Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 15-10 in Monday's Suburban Council North Division opener in Burnt Hills.

Nisky schools facing tough cuts

Heavy staffing reductions, kindergarten class size increases eyed

Niskayuna Central School District officials have tallied more than $4 million in reductions for the 2012-13 budget, but a little more must be cut to stay within the tax cap.

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Porco’s appeal options grow slim

Supreme Court will not hear appeal in Delmar murder case

Albany County District Attorney David Soares announced today that the United States Supreme Court denied a petition filed on behalf of defendant Christopher Porco to review the decision a lower court ruled in his case.

Nisky' unveils bevy of bond proposals

Opposition to indoor recreation facility voiced once again

Niskayuna officials are proposing a number of bonded projects, but the new indoor recreation center is still the project drawing the ire of some residents.

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Empowering kids, defusing bullies

Sweethearts and Heroes presents anti-bullying program to Schalmont students

Schalmont students were encouraged to be a fellow student’s hero through a unique anti-bullying presentation aimed to stop kids from just be a bystander.

Spotlight awarded in all areas

Spotlight Newspapers brought home 11 awards from the New York Press Association's 2011 Better Newspaper Contest.

Parents frustrated with BC’s budget situation

Gifted programs, teachers, librarians would be cut to meet tax cap

After its latest meeting on Wednesday, March 28, the Bethlehem Central school board released the last of the budget cuts proposed by the district for the 2012-2013 school year. This final round focused on instructional programs and technology throughout all of the district’s seven schools.

Sunday, April 1

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New lines draw GOP angst

Republicans in southern Saratoga County not pleased with new congressional districts

The Independence Party of New York has endorsed Gibson in what will become the 19th Congressional District.