Stories for August 2012


Friday, August 31

Girls volleyball: Rowland leads Shaker past Mohonasen

Senior records 13 kills in three game sweep

The Shaker girls volleyball team defeated Mohonasen 3-0 in Friday's Suburban Council season opener.

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Portion of park opens

Years after grand plans presented, only small portion completed

The lower portion of a 4.6-acre city-owned property on Saratoga Lake was opened to picnicking, fishing and non-motorized boat use. Though city officials applauded the move, the facilities are a far cry from what was originally proposed in 2008 development plans that called for a three-phase plan complete with a public beach, pier/dock, an amphitheater, a beach area and picnic areas.

Boys volleyball: Shen sweeps season opener

Olsen records eight kills and five aces against Niskayuna

The Shenendehowa boys volleyball team began its season with a 3-0 Suburban Council victory over Niskayuna Friday.

Glenville seeks complex change

Town Board proposes new zoning to drive ‘higher-end’ housing

There won’t be a moratorium on apartment complexes in Glenville, but proposed zoning changes would reduce how many apartments a developer could build on a site.

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Wal-Mart to anchor Mansion Square

Big box set to build smaller market storefront in Niskayuna

Another grocery store option is planned for a town budding with food options, with a familiar name presenting a new choice for shoppers.

Thursday, August 30

Mohawk VP appointed to national council

Mohawk Ambulance Service on Monday, Aug. 27, announced Vice President James McPartlon was appointed to serve on the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council.

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A competition for not-so-hot rods

Schenectady Kiwanis Club’s Ugly Car contest fundraiser returns

The Kiwanis Club of Schenectady is holding its second Ugly Car Contest on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the parking lot at the corner of Liberty Street and Nott Terrace in Schenectady.

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There’s no place like home

Local director makes Ballston Spa the backdrop of third film

Tennyson Bardwell could have staged his next motion picture on a distant soundstage, but instead he decided to bring his close-to-home thriller film to his own home.

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Cancer fight is on the march

Walk for Hope organizers hope to raise six figures in this year’s Bethlehem event

Neil and Shari Piper have collaborated with the community to establish the area's annual Walk for Hope to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. It takes place each fall in the Town of Bethlehem.

Wednesday, August 29

Sports poll: Which football team will win the Section II Class AA title?

By now, you've hopefully read our season preview for Section II Class AA football. Now, it's time for you to vote for the team you think will win the Sectional championship in November.

Update - A Special Notice from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School

BH-BL High school is taking preventive measures in response to death of Queensbury football player.

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Class B football preview: Schalmont shuffles the lineup for 2012

Willis moves under center for three-time defending Sectional champions

Here is a look at two contenders for this year's Section II Class B football title -- three-time defending champion Schalmont and Reinfurt Division power Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.

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Class A football preview: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake reloads for another run

Mohonasen, Scotia-Glenville look to make playoffs out of Southeast Division

Three area football teams have their sights set on winning the Section II Class A title this season. Here is a look at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Mohonasen and Scotia-Glenville.

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Silver screen pitched in Spa City

Developer submits plans for Railroad Place movie theater

Downtown Saratoga Springs has shopping, restaurants and taverns of every type, but it has long been missing a common Main Street staple: a movie theater.

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Remembering Irene one year later - Photo Galleries

One year ago this week the Capital District face severe flooding from tropical storm Irene. Spotlight photographers documented what happened. Take a look back.

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Malta tackles growing pains

Officials fine tuning new downtown zoning code, gazebo will stay put

Officials in the Town of Malta have spent the last few months tackling a zoning initiative that would set the way forward for the downtown area, and plans are starting to come into focus.

Editorial: Forums are a necessity

This editorial appeared in the Aug. 29 and 30, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

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High school football: Class AA football preview

Change comes to Shen and Colonie, but list of contenders remain the same

There is one name associated with Section II Class AA football that is conspicuous in its absence this season, and that is Brent Steuerwald.

Letter: Grassroots politics a pleasant surprise

This letter appeared in the Aug. 29, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Reform group’s claims have no merit

This letter appeared in the Aug. 29, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Support Reform Dems this election

This letter appeared in the Aug. 29, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Reinhardt has right qualities

This letter appeared in the Aug. 29, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Forget Democrat infighting, bring back Jack

This letter appeared in the Aug. 29, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: No conflict when it comes to desire to serve Bethlehem

This letter appeared in the Aug. 29, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, August 28

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The summer of rock

Students of Rock Camp program hold concert

A group of young rockers set out to prove that point on the evening of Friday, Aug. 17, in a gig at The Cone Zone in Guilderland.

Monday, August 27

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Firefighters battle blaze at Lafarge plant

Firefighters battles a blaze at the Lafarge Ravena Cement Plant in Ravena today for about 90 minutes.

Primary candidates to appear in forums

Spotlight and League of Women Voters partner for three events

Voters will have the opportunity to get to know candidates running in a crowded primary season, when next week Spotlight Newspapers, the League of Women Voters of Albany County and several other community groups partner to present three candidate forums.

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25 years of Mail ‘N’ More

Burnt Hills business keeps up with changing times

Mail ‘N’ More ships an average of 40 packages every day using UPS, DHL, Federal Express and others, excluding the U.S. Postal Service. During the winter holiday season that number rises to about 350.

Sunday, August 26

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Details on plane crash will have to wait

National Traffic and Safety Board heads investigation

A single-engine plane crashed in a residential area near Van Vranken Road in Clifton Park on Wednesday, Aug. 15, killing one and badly injuring another. The National Traffic and Safety Board is conducting an investigation.

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Photo Gallery: Getting Dirty at Albany-Saratoga Speedway

Auto racing is big in Malta

Engines were roaring in Malta on Friday night as the Albany-Saratoga Speedway came to life. Thousands of people came out to see local dirt cars battle it out for cash and prizes.

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A year later, road remains closed

Residents, town wonder about future of Wolf Hollow Road

A rural road damaged in Tropical Storm Irene remains closed today, leading residents and town officials to wonder when — or if — a permanent solution will be found.

Saturday, August 25

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Vista Technology Campus is becoming a reality

In months, field and woods turned to first phase of landmark project

Eight months after the groundbreaking ceremony took place to officially mark the start of construction at the Vista Technology Campus in Slingerlands, one building is nearly complete and work on four more structures has begun.

Friday, August 24

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New tests lessen ImPACT of concussions

Many local schools already using new protocols for high school athletes

At the start of their high school careers, all eligible student athletes in Shenendehowa, Ballston Spa and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake are given the ImPACT test. It’s administered on a computer and takes about 40 minutes to complete.

S-G taxes more than predicted

Assessment challenges shrink district tax base, increase burden

A series of assessment reductions is removing more than $4.6 million from Scotia-Glenville Central School District’s tax base.

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All-star send off for Niskayuna Warriors

Baseball team departs for Babe Ruth World Series

A big league celebration launched the Niskayuna 15-year-old division Babe Ruth baseball team’s long trip to a field many of them had only dreamed of reaching.

IDA reaffirms tax break policy

Agency looking for part-time economic development professional

The Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency is generally against granting tax breaks to retail businesses — but don’t expect to read about it on the organization’s website.

Thursday, August 23

Empty desks save Bethlehem $1M

Leaving 17 jobs unfilled will likely shrink budget gap

The Bethlehem Town Board saw some rare black numbers Wednesday night when Comptroller Michael Cohen presented a mid-year fund balance analysis that showed the town has saved over $1 million in 2012 by leaving the equivalent of 17 full time jobs unfilled.

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Usage fees eyed for Saratoga Lake

Improvement district says over use, cost of managing lake at issue

Members of the SPLID introduced draft legislation in July that calls for owners of motorized boat and docks to register with the district every year and for boaters to pay for day or week use passes.

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Visit to library is a sweet summer trip

Life-sized Candyland one way Youth Services keeps kids engaged

The Bethlehem Public Library holds dozens of events each summer to keep children occupied and stimulated throughout the warmer months.

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Motorcyclist dies after collision

According to reports, the bus involved was a 2010 Supreme Van and was turning left on Old Wolf Road from Albany Shaker Road in front of Arpei who was driving a 2006 Honda motorcycle.

No nibbles is last straw

Glenville residents seek to limit access to neighborhood pond

Some Glenville residents are reeling after being unable to catch fish at a local stocked pond, and they are asking town officials to cut the lines of fellow fishermen.

Wednesday, August 22

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New protocol for concussion treatment in high school athletics

Athletes must be symptom free for 24 hours before they can resume activity

Dangerous hits in professional football and hockey brought attention to the effects of concussions on athletes. Now, New York has a protocol for high school coaches to follow when one of their student-athletes suffers a concussion.

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Sweet, sweet victory

Track patrons partook in the traditional Stewart's Icre Ice Cream Eating Contest at Saratoga Race Course today.

Sports poll: What is the toughest league in Section II football?

After taking a couple of weeks off for this year's Spotlight Sports Survey, the weekly sports poll question has returned. This week, we want to know what is the toughest league in Section II football.

The 2012 Spotlight Sports Survey results are in

The votes have been tallied, and I can reveal the results of this year’s Spotlight Sports Survey (conveniently conducted online only for the first time).

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Albany Athletics win Stan Musial World Series

Dan Barbero's home run leads Twilight League team to top of national heap

One swing of Dan Barbero’s bat made Albany Athletics’ history.

Ex-cop gets probation

Former Bethlehem police officer Christopher Hughes was sentenced today to five years probation for possessing a fake police identification card.

Few applaud BC's cheerleading call

Changes in club culminate with coaching switch

The decision to switch the Bethlehem Central cheerleading program from a sport to a club has brought about changes and complications that have frustrated students, parents and a former coach.

Letter: Reinhardt the indpendent choice

This letter appeared in the Aug. 22, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: DPW workers shone when making recent water main repairs

This letter appeared in the Aug. 22, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Cunningham a proven leader

This letter appeared in the Aug. 22, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Volunteers deserve recognition for acts

This letter appeared in the Aug. 22, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Reform Dems are the majority

This letter appeared in the Aug. 22, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Local groups to thank for Elm Avenue pool improvements

This letter appeared in the Aug. 22, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Editorial: To boldly go and get a job

This editorial appeared in the Aug. 22 and 23, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

POV: A ghostly interest fortified

This Point of View column appeared in the Aug. 22 and 23, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, August 21

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Old growth runs strong

Rotterdam Senior Center continues to evolve under new leadership

As a larger percentage of the population advances toward the golden years, one senior center is stepping up its programming.

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Groundbreaking worth the Weight

After years of planning, construction has finally begun on a larger Honest Weight Food Co-op in the City of Albany.

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An event that’s for the dogs

APF to hold 20th annual Fireplug 500 Walk for Animals; town approves expansion

The Animal Protective Foundation is hosting its 20th annual Fireplug 500 Walk for Animals on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Central Park in Schenectady. The event raises money to support the nonprofit’s animal care, adoption, and spay and neuter programs.

Mercury cleanup to begin

Five companies are being held responsible for the cleanup of the former Mercury Refining superfund site, an old mercury reclamation facility in the towns of Colonie and Guilderland.

Monday, August 20

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Socha’s plaza expansion progresses

Glenville planners favorable of plan, but variances still needed

Once Socha Management gets past some red tape, a key economic corridor in Glenville is set for another new development.

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The home stretch

New yoga venue in Malta welcomes holistic concept

Julie Lindenbaum opened The Yoga Studio at the Beauty Society Salon at 123 Dunning St. in June after teaching the activity for more than a decade at other venues, including the Malta Community Center. She’s also a psychology professor at Russell Sage College, and as such, brings a holistic concept to the practice of yoga.

Selkirk mulls paid firefighters

The Selkirk Fire Department could see a handful of paid firefighters introduced to its ranks if it accepts a federal grant.

Sunday, August 19

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A night at the Spa

Police officers wear many hats when patrolling the evening crowds in downtown Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs hasn’t always had the bustling downtown it has today, but these days, it’s a city to envy. While the secret to its success isn’t any one thing, one major factor may have something to do with those who keep it safe.

Saturday, August 18

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Districts get an education in nutrition

Updated school food rules arriving this fall at a cafeteria near you

School districts across the country are integrating new food rules based on federal nutrition standards introduced by First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak back in January.

Friday, August 17

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Good clean learning

Ballston Spa High School and others to benefit from NYSERDA award

Nearly 100 high school students participating in the CleanTechnologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School located at the Hudson Valley Community College Campus in Malta will have some more hands-on technology when the new school year starts up.

Thursday, August 16

Glenville Panera Bread plans on Target

Restaurant to begin construction soon at shopping center

Panera Bread has been tapped to be the newest addition within the new Target shopping center in Glenville and the restaurant is eager to get shovels in the ground.

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Photo Gallery: Get your kicks at Double M Rodeo

The dirt was flying and hoofs thundering at the Double M Rodeo August 11. This Gallery shows the courage of the performers during the event. Lots of pictures to see.

The forest for the trees

Kids take ownership of outdoors with new program

In an effort to instill an appreciation of nature in youths of the new millennium, the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy has developed a program to allow children their own space out in the woods.

BCSD seeks feedback on borrowing

Distrcit needs funds to upgrade facilities

The Bethlehem Central school board is asking the public to weigh in on borrowing the needed funds for district-wide facilities upgrades.

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Paddling toward a cure

Kayaking event to benefit research for mesothelioma

Wells wound up with a handful of folks willing to hit the Hudson River with him for Kayaking 4 a Cure, and this year he aims to change that number in a big way. The event, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, will benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va.

Wednesday, August 15

Curry Road Plaza bids linger

Two submissions hold vast price point difference; late bids complicate process

A clear high bidder has emerged to redevelop the ailing Curry Road Plaza, but the bid process has led to a murky outcome.

Bond ratings boon for Metroplex

Standard & Poor’s gives A+ rating, alongside Moody’s A1 rating

Two newly awarded bond ratings position Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority on a solid path to savings.

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Missing bird returned to family

Cockatiel befriends academy recruit in Guilderland

A lost cockatiel made itself known to State Police officer in Guilderland during a training session at for academy members on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

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Plane crash in Clifton Park claims at least one life

New York State Police reported a single-engine plane crash in the Van Vranken Road area of Clifton Park on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The accident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m.

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Bicyclist hit by car

Guilderland teen sent to hospital

A teenage boy was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after being struck by a car in Guilderland.

Editorial: What’s on your plate?

This editorial appeared in the Aug. 15 and 16, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Cunningham shows character in his commitment to community

This letter appeared in the Aug. 15, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

POV: Stay connected through stories

This Point of View column appeared in the Aug. 15 and 16, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

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Financial planning for women: Still more room for growth

Spotlight on Finance

While it is true that women are gaining more financial knowledge than ever before and are using it to build a better future for themselves, the statistics show there is still room for more improvement.

Letter: Reinhardt represents changing tides

This letter appeared in the Aug. 15, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Triathlon club grows in Bethlehem

Interest exceeds founder's expectations

When John Guastella decided to start his own triathlon club at the beginning of 2012, he thought he might get 50 people to join in the first year. Less than nine months later, Guastella's Bethlehem Tri Club has approximately 150 members, and it continues to grow.

Tuesday, August 14

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Speed thrills at fair

Altamont to mark ride's upstate NY debut

Last year, thrill seekers got their rush from the rotating, pendulum ride “The Stinger” at the Altamont Fair. This year, Rick Reithoffer will provide another exclusive experience.

Albany Athletics win Stan Musial World Series

Twilight League team overcomes opening round loss to win national tournament

The Albany Athletics won their first Stan Musial World Series title by beating the Tampa Elite Rays 7-5 in Sunday's championship game in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Monday, August 13

[UPDATE] Details scarce in alleged Nisky stabbing

Police: Three teenagers stabbed in neighborhood park

Niskayuna police on Monday, Aug. 13, revealed more information on an reported assault, which three teenagers were allegedly stabbed.

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RC plane hobbyists take to the sky

Fun Fly event at Maalwyck Park is a miniature air show for all ages

The Glenville Electric Powered Aeromodelers Club on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5, hosted the John Maggs Memorial Fun Fly, which had all-electric radio controlled model plans zipping above Maalwyck Park.

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Library budget pokes above $4M

Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library seeks five for trustee positions

Voters residing in the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library District borders will have a chance to vote on their library’s 2013 budget this Primary Day, Sept. 13.

Napravnik making waves in Saratoga

Young jockey is making a name for herself in first full racing season in Spa City

Rosie Napravnik has taken a liking to Saratoga, and the feeling is mutual. The 24-year-old New Jersey native is one of this summer's most popular jockeys at Saratoga Race Course.

Sunday, August 12

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Scholarships remember community favorites

This year’s Daniel Ward scholarship also recalls Bob Carney

Years after the fact, the Ballston community’s giving spirit is still benefiting students. Three recent high school graduates are heading to school this fall with a little extra help thanks to scholarships funded by community donations.

Friday, August 10

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Crossing cultures to break bread

Mosque hosts interfaith dinner for women to connect and feast during Ramadan

Religion can be a divisive force, but one group of women are devoted to breaking down barriers and inspiring unity, all while sharing some Nan.

Niskayuna facing rash of thefts

Police: town-wide problem stems from unsecured cars and garages

Approximately 100 reports of thefts from unlocked cars and opened garages have piled up at the Niskayuna Police Department since June.

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A new twist in Rotterdam

Guilderland woman with soft serving past opens ice cream shop

One woman started twisting out soft serve ice cream as a teenager and recently purchased her own store in Rotterdam, with hopes her family will continue the business.

Supervisor’s records vanish

Ballston coordinates with police over missing personnel file

Southworth said a Freedom of Information Law request submitted by The Spotlight for hours she reported working to the state Comptroller’s Office led to her discovery that her personnel file was missing.

Few days off from Ballston drama

Councilman questions supervisor’s hours worked

In the space of a week, a Ballston councilman publicly called into question the hours worked by the town supervisor and then backed off his challenge.

Dollar Tree in Rotterdam robbed at gunpoint

A white man allegedly displayed a gun and robbed the Dollar Tree store in Rotterdam on Tuesday, Aug. 7, around 8:45 p.m., according to police.

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Saratoga County GOP must replace longtime leader

Jasper Nolan to retire after 27 years heading party

John ‘Japser’ Nolan may be retiring after a 27 year run as the Saratoga County Republican Committee chairman, but he hopes to remain on board in an advisory role. Whom he’ll advise will be determined when the committee elects its new chairman on Sept. 29.

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The Olympics come to Beacon Pointe

Memory care center uses sports to keep residents active

Audrey Crawford stood at the putting green set up inside the Beacon Pointe Memory Care Center's dining room and carefully lined up her shot. If she sank this putt, she would be the gold medalist.

Thursday, August 9

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Election heats up Tonko's forum

Jobs, economy and super PACs among concerns; Dieterich disputes incumbent's claims

Rep. Paul Tonko stopped in challenger Bob Dieterich’s hometown to hear resident’s thoughts and concerns as Election Day draws nearer and while the crowd showed him substantial support, Dieterich’s presence could be felt even though he wasn’t present.

Bethlehem talks turkey, few cuts appeal

Attrition said to be key to balancing budget while keeping services

The Bethlehem Town Board talked over potential budget cuts for 2013, but agreed attrition is what will make significant holes in a budget gap. The trick is keeping services at the same time.

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Years of planning ends with groundbreaking

Second vote needed to address rising costs of Slingerlands Firehouse expansion

Work has officially begun on a $2.2 million project to expand the Slingerlands Firehouse.

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A backpack filled with hope

In a few weeks, children will be heading back to classrooms, including those whose lives are in turmoil because of domestic violence. One local group is looking to make sure they at least have the tools they need to succeed, though.

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Fire officials battle sweeper blaze in Glenmont

Selkirk and Elsmere fire departments responded to a vehicle fire around 7 a.m. this morning in the parking lot of the Lowe’s store in Glenmont.

Letter: Roy McDonald the clear choice for State Senate

This letter appeared in the Aug. 9, 2012, edition of the Saratoga County Spotlight.

Letter: Southworth a hard worker

This letter appeared in the Aug. 9, 2012, edition of the Saratoga County Spotlight.

Editorial: It’s how you play the game

This editorial appeared in the Aug. 9, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Volunteers deserve thanks, recognition

This letter appeared in the Aug. 9, 2012, edition of the Schenectady County Spotlight.

Wednesday, August 8

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Charity softball game is a hit

Jessica DeVoe of Trustco Bank presents a check for $1,000 to the Murphy family at the Sunday, July 29, Albany Dutchmen game against the Glens Falls Golden Eagles.

Driver in Voorheesville triple fatality indicted

Accident called one of the most "tragic and complex" of county’s history

The driver in last year's triple fatality outside of a church in Voorheesville was indicted by an Albany County Grand Jury on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

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SCCC unveils lavish living

Student housing aimed to increase enrollment, facility tailored to program offerings

Student housing and upscale, modern living rarely coincide, but one local college hopes to find success with this unlikely combination.

Glenville plans upgrades at Maalwyck Park

Project totals $500k for “basic” park features; decade-old grant to be tapped

Nearly 10 years ago, town officials secured a $250,000 grant for park improvements. Now, it looks like that money has a chance to be spent.

Campers to stake out tents for Habitat

Tent-A-Thon returns to Tawasentha Park for 19th event

To show solidarity for those living in poverty, a group of people will come together to live for an extended weekend in tents at Guilderland’s Tawasentha Park.

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Water sample? Make it a double

Two towns ship water samples to state showdown

Two local municipalities are hoping to make a statewide splash as their water samples head to the New York State Fair to participate in the state’s Best-Tasting Drinking Water Contest.

New regs mean new food at BC

Schools required to offer healthier menus this coming year

Students in the Bethlehem Central School District and those across the country will be seeing some culinary changes in the new school year under new federal food service regulations implemented in July.

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Books on screen, and on wheels

Did you know there are 13,000 books, music and movies available to download from public libraries across the Capital District? If you didn’t, a trip to the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile might be in store.

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Power of persuasion opens doors

Trader Joe’s cuts the lei on first Upstate store in Colonie

New Trader Joe's location on Wolf Road in Colonie finally opens to the delight of area foodies.

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Summer camp introduces girls to STEM careers

For one week, 22 Schenectady Middle School girls took a break from summer vacation to learn alongside industry leaders in energy technology.

Ballston passes solar restrictions

Ballston residents wishing to erect a freestanding solar array will have fewer options now that the town has adopted a law restricting their placement.

GloFo to expand Fab 8

$2.3 B project driven by high demand for fab’s wafers

The 90,000-square-foot expansion of Module 1 at the Fab 8 campus was announced on Tuesday, July 24, the third anniversary of the project’s original groundbreaking. The company said the module will be the final piece of the Fab 8 campus.

Editorial: This book propped open

This editorial appeared in the Aug. 8, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Ex-cop’s lawsuit against town in judge’s hands

Depositions revive years-old questions about internal investigation

A judge holds the decision over whether a lawsuit leveled against the Town of Bethlehem and its police chief will be shown to a jury or thrown out, while testimony collected for the case recalls tumultuous times for the town.

POV: Keeping summer spirit is no pickle

This Point of View column appeared in the Aug. 8 and 9, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Impatient drivers force a close call

This letter appeared in the Aug. 8, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Stores deserve thanks

This letter appeared in the Aug. 8, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, August 7

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Solar panel debate heats up in Ballston

Vote likely next week on legislation that would limit use of freestanding arrays

A running debate on solar panels in the Town of Ballston caught a few rays of public opinion Tuesday, July 31, when the Town Board held a public hearing on a local law that would put limits on freestanding solar panel arrays.

Monday, August 6

Niskayuna earns trip to Babe Ruth World Series

Nisky overcomes early deficit to beat Colonie in regional finals

Niskayuna's Tommy Favata will remember his 16th birthday. Favata pitched three shutout innings and drove in the go-ahead run to lead Niskayuna to a 16-6 victory over Colonie in Monday's 15-year-old division Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional final at Cook Park.

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Revving up for little people

Motorcycle ride raises awareness and support for dwarfism

Every time one 11-year-old leaves his house, he faces long stares, pointing and laughing, just because he looks different from the crowd.

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Fatal crash claims Schuylerville teen

Schenectady man flown to Albany Medical Center with ‘serious injuries’

A two-car crash in Niskayuna took the life of a Schuylerville teen and left a Schenectady man with serious injuries, according to police reports.

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Swimmers splash into Olympic spirit

Nisky team hosts ‘Splash Bash’ to raise funds for local charity

Shortly after the world’s best athletes were welcomed to the London 2012 Olympic Games, a group of local swimmers held their own poolside kick-off party.

Sunday, August 5

The 2012 Spotlight Sports Survey

The 2012 Spotlight Sports Survey is online and waiting for your votes.

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Skaters get a lift

Jump harness donated to Clifton Park Ice Arena

The harness is one four within the Capital District. Other rinks set up with the harness are the Weibel Ice Rink in Saratoga, the YMCA rink in Delmar and the Knickerbacker Ice Arena in Troy. The rig was donated by the Albany Figure Skating Club.

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Sincerity shines through ‘Sincerely’

Young author from Burnt Hills pens first book

Fifteen-year-old Erin Billings of Burnt Hills hopes to provide a window into the teen world and the issue of bullying through her new book, “Sincerely,” which was released on July 17.

Albany can't catch Syracuse

Special teams errors cost Metro Mallers

Poor special teams play cost the Albany Metro Mallers their first loss of the season. Tyrone Burke's long kickoff return set up Dewayne Gordon's 1-yard touchdown run with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter to give the Syracuse Shock a 32-26 Empire Football League victory over the Metro Mallers Saturday at Christian Brothers Academy.

Saturday, August 4

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County’s Gun Buy Back program touted as success

The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office collected 12 guns during its second Gun Buy Back Program, bringing the program’s total take to 45 weapons.

Friday, August 3

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Schenectady County library begins new chapter

New 6,700-square-foot Children’s Wing opens at Central Branch

The Schenectady County Public Library on Monday, July 30, opened its new 6,700-square-foot Children’s Wing at the Central Library Branch in downtown Schenectady.

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Amedore’s campaign coffers bulging

Dem primary candidate takes aim at opponent’s ‘1 percent’ donors

George Amedore’s campaign for the newly drawn 46th Senate District has raised more than three times as much as his three Democratic opponents — combined.

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SCCC prez signs three-year contract

Bullock’s agreement includes annual 1.5 percent raise

Schenectady County Community College President Quintin Bullock isn’t going anywhere for the next three years.

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Long shot for small town

Delmar author pens account of 1980 Lake Placid games

Bethlehem resident Mike Burgess examines the intricacies of the 1980 Winter Olympics held in Lake Placid in his first book, "A Long Shot to Glory."

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Village hosts cinema spectacle

Ballston Spa Film Fest takes over

Thanks to Defabio's vision, the Ballston Spa Film Festival is entering its fifth year and going strong. The event, which is set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4, this year, remains free. A total of 39 films made by both local and international filmmakers, with an emphasis on films made by students, will be shown and juried over the two days. One winner for each category including best picture and best sound will be chosen. Screenings will be in Wiswall Park and at the Ballston Spa High School Auditorium. Screenings will start at 6:45 p.m. both evenings and are all family friendly.

Thursday, August 2

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The drum beats on

Keepers of the Circle host annual pow wow celebrating heritage

To the beat of a drum, people gathered around a fire to celebrate their culture and strengthen friendships.

Three teens charged in car larcenies

Rotterdam police allegedly witnessed three teens breaking into cars, but were unsure if the group is responsible for a rash of recent vehicle larcenies.

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A boy’s memory rings clear

Community mourns, and remembers, 9-year-old Myles McAdoo

The Bethlehem community celebrated the life and loss of Hamagrael Elementary student Myles McAdoo.

Cunningham racks up donations

Former supervisor has sizable war chest when compared to Town Board opponents

As September primaries near, one candidate for Bethlehem Town Board has already vastly out raised his competition.

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Kids settle in to summer roles

Round Lake Auditorium again hosts camp for young actors

On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4, productions of “Honk! Jr.” (a musical version of "The Ugly Duckling") and “The AristoCats Kids” are set to be performed by the youth drama group Summer Stars and Carpe Diem Productions at the Round Lake Auditorium.

Dutchmen end season with comeback win

Albany scores three runs in eighth inning to knock off Amsterdam

The Albany Dutchmen ended the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season with a 5-3 victory over regular season champion Amsterdam Wednesday at Bob Bellizzi Field.

Wednesday, August 1

Sports poll: Which New York Giant would you ask for an autograph?

Every year the New York Giants have trained at the University at Albany, people have flocked to the area on campus where they can get autographs.

Schenectady Museum set for lift off

Transformation includes annually rotating exhibits, name change

The Schenectady Museum is set to become a little less static and a lot more hands-on to create an education center unique to the Capital District.

Letters: Say ‘No’ to newest Thruway toll hike

This letter appeared in the Aug. 1, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

POV: Be alert for Olympic-themed scams

This Point of View column appeared in the Aug. 1 and 2, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Negotiation time

This editorial appeared in the Aug. 1 and 2, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: This horse looks beat

This editorial appeared in the Aug. 1, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Dutchmen pride on display in victory

Five-run fifth inning propels Albany past Cooperstown

Jack Wietlispach had three hits, and Jon Mestas added a three-run homer to lead the Albany Dutchmen (21-24) to an 8-2 victory over the Cooperstown Hawkeyes in Tuesday's Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at Bob Bellizzi Field.