Sunday, December 30
These are photos of ice hockey from Saratoga against Williamsville North.
Saturday, December 29
Tragedy comes in time of transition for county-run nursing home
An 85-year-old resident of the Maplewood Manor nursing home was found dead on the county-run facility’s grounds on Saturday, Dec. 22.
Friday, December 28
BC school board could change mind on $3.8M sports field before bond finalized
A slim majority of Bethlehem Central Board of Education supported including plans for an artificial turf athletic field within a facilities bond at a recent meeting, but were careful to point out their opinions could change before the final resolution is passed in January.
Take a look back at the stories that made up the first half of 2012 (through June) for wherever you live in the Capital District with our annual Year in Review.
Glenville nonprofit hosts event to raise awareness, support for homeless youth
Things of My Very Own, Inc., hosted a Sleep out on Thursday, Dec. 20, to raise awareness about homeless youth throughout the Capital District and solicit donations of winter clothing and coats for children in need.
Saratoga Springs Library’s Children’s Room will undergo $400k project
The Children’s Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library will undergo an extreme makeover starting in early January.
Thursday, December 27
As 2012 comes to a close, let's look back at the first half of the sports season.
‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’ to light up Proctors with fantasy and wonder
Before ringing in the New Year, the Mainstage at Proctors will round off the holiday season with four performances from Friday, Dec. 28, to Sunday, Dec. 30, of “Cirque Dreams Holidaze."
Wednesday, December 26
Marchione’s Senate victory will leave vacancy to be filled by appointment
With the election of Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione to the state Senate, speculation is running rampant about what will become of her soon-to-be-vacant office.
County Sheriff’s department donates sleigh-load of gifts to families
Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office employees, along with community members, donated money to purchase about 500 gifts for children in needy families who might otherwise not have had much under the tree.
As we careen towards the end of 2012, we want to know what is your team of the year for your town or county.
Preservationists make push to turn damaged road into historic walkway
The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy recently started an initiative to protect more land around the Wolf Hollow geological fault after securing two easements protecting around 140 acres.
Tuesday, December 25
Crescent Road Trail will connect Clifton Park and Halfmoon
A planned inter-municipal trail on Crescent Road that will allow pedestrian and bicycle access to the Exit 8 commercial area, the Park and Ride, and Okte Elementary School in Clifton Park.
Monday, December 24
School’s Out to buy old admin offices, but town approval still needed
After more than a year on the market, the Bethlehem Central School District may be close to selling its former administration building.
Disagreements over details spark debate at workshop
Officials in the Town of Malta are still tweaking a new form of zoning for the downtown area, and the process is showing exactly how divisive big growth in a small town can be.
Sunday, December 23
Officials say bevy of extensions too cumbersome
Officials in the Town of Ballston are hoping to make managing the town’s water system less complicated and more equitable by consolidating extensions.
Saturday, December 22
Tartans on a tear. The Scotia-Glenville boys basketball team hosted South Glens Falls on Dec. 21. See the photos of the game.
Rosales scores 25 points in Lady Raiders' road win
The Colonie girls basketball team recorded its biggest road win of the season by defeating Shenendehowa 56-41 in Friday's Suburban Council game.
Former Topper Pontiac to replace Saratoga Hospital offices
Saratoga County Mental Health programming will soon be moving into a new home in Saratoga Springs.
Friday, December 21
Republican grasps 37-vote lead in 46th Senate race, but Tkaczyk isn’t conceding
Acting Montgomery County Supreme Court Justice Guy Tomlinson on Wednesday, Dec. 17, certified Amedore as holding a 37-vote lead after the final disputed paper ballots were counted.
Rotterdam Boys & Girls Club find pool closure ended tie with town
The Rotterdam Boys & Girls Club receives $18,500 annually from the Town of Rotterdam to help cover services provided to the community at a reduced cost, but its contract was limited to pool related services provided to seniors. The group is hoping to broaden its contract to include additional services and restart town payments.
Fewer buses, overcrowding, lack of notification create headaches on Route 18
A group of Bethlehem commuters are unhappy with recent changes to their bus route, but it’s unlikely the adjustments will be reversed.
New dog spa caters to the decadent desires of pets and owners
All of the clients at the Greenfield Animal Hospital’s Spa and Salon are of the canine variety, but it’s hard to tell from the menu of treatments offered.
Thursday, December 20
Majority of board pushes shuttering Van Antwerp to bottom of possible reductions
The Niskayuna Board of Education on Tuesday, Dec. 18, discussed options after hearing the school community loudly opposes closing Van Antwerp and shifting all middle students to Iroquois.
Public pressure leads authority to turn to cuts instead of trucks
Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas Madison on Monday, Dec. 17, announced during a news conference with Gov. Andrew Cuomo that any toll increases have been removed from the proposed 2013 budget.
Fast development, changing processes increase energy demand at tech park
Luther Forest, the Malta technology park that is home to GlobalFoundries, is growing by leaps and bounds, so much so that officials say the power capacity there will need to be doubled.
Wednesday, December 19
Multiple districts report fears of incident on Dec. 21 unwarranted
Several Albany County school districts have dispelled rumors circulating about an incident to occur on Friday, Dec. 21.
Dive-athon raises money to cover Shaker student's medical costs
Shaker diver Bailey Wind and her family are amazed by the support they have received since she was seriously injured in a Dec. 1 accident on the Northway near the Twin Bridges.
The NHL might not be playing, but there is still plenty of hockey going on in our neck of the woods -- especially at the high school level. And these four teams seem to be among the leading candidates to win the Capital District High School Hockey League's Division 1 title.
Schenectady County Community College officials on Thursday, Dec. 13, announced National Grid awarded a $100,000 grant to help cover expenses related to repairs following flooding from Irene last year.
Grant helps fund upgrade to Senior Service’s transportation software
The John. D. Picotte Family Foundation granted Colonie Senior Services $5,000 to help fund the $8,000 cost for PtMS Paratransit Software, which enables a more efficient routing system for a more cohesive and organized transportation system for seniors.
North Colonie urges sick children to go to doctor
A student at Shaker Junior High School has been diagnosed with pertussis, better known as “whooping cough,” according to the Albany County Department of Health.
Tuesday, December 18
Site goes dark for second time, town to transfer web hosts
After its website was compromised twice in the span of a month, the Town of Colonie has decided to rebuild the entire site on a different server.
Birchwood PTO holds event rallying for nature park restoration
The Birchwood PTO on Friday, Dec. 7, sponsored a Nature Exploration Event and Nature Park Rally at the Niskayuna school, which is competing for grant funding to restore its nature trail.
BC-led program connects students from across the globe to fund businesses
last year, Bethlehem Central Middle School teacher Bill Reilly didn’t just rely on a textbook. Instead, he began a global micro-lending bank operated by the school’s sixth-graders through their social studies classes.
This editorial appeared in the Dec. 20 and Dec. 26, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.
Village, fair officials reach an agreement for growing even
Officials from the Village of Ballston Spa and the Saratoga County Fair say a new agreement to keep the fair in the village was forged in a “spirit of cooperation.”
Monday, December 17
After weeks of counting, 39-vote lead in 46th Senate District
Almost six weeks after Election Day, the counting in the 46th Senate District race is over and has left Republican George Amedore with the lead over Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk.
Waves featured in ‘Life of Pi’ generated by machine designed in Colonie
After working on several major motion pictures, Colonie’s Aquatic Development Group (ADG) supplied a specialized wave system that generated the open water shots in Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi.”
Saratoga Springs fire, police unions organize charitable event for needy kids
The Saratoga Springs Firefighters Local 343 and the Saratoga Springs Police PBA are two unions with a long history of helping out the community.
Sunday, December 16
Gillibrand pushes efforts to obtain designation for mansion and grounds
Yaddo, a 400-acre artists retreat in Saratoga Springs, is one step closer to achieving landmark status having received an official recommendation from the National Park System Advisory Board on Thursday, Nov. 29.
Saturday, December 15
Spartans sprint past the Silver Warriors
These are photos from Friday's boys basketball showdown in Burnt Hills.
Clifton Park’s $5k award part of Greater Towpath Connector Project
The Town of Clifton Park has received a $5,000 matching Greenway Communities Grant for design resources to create a gateway as part of the new public access project planned for Ferry Drive.
Sica and Bergere combine for 27 second-half points in victory over Colonie
John Sica and Myles Bergere turned the tide for the Bethlehem boys basketball team.
Friday, December 14
Local Girl Scouts celebrate centennial with coat donations
As a special service project to honor Girl Scout’s founder Juliette Gordon Low, members of Bethlehem’s Junior Girl Scout Troop 1546 made it their mission to collect 100 winter coats to donate them to local charitable organizations.
Scotia-Glenville students test drive alternative-fuel vehicles
Scotia-Glenville students in Rick Warren’s 12th-grade English class went from researching alternative fuel motor vehicles to seeing four models up close on Friday, Dec. 7.
Godlewski claims exclusion from town business after FOIL, supervisor disagrees
Councilman Robert Godlewski resorted to filing a FOIL request for documents pertaining to various financial records despite town officials saying some of the records don't exist.
Town Board recognizes Teamsters, negotiations on contract to begin
The Ballston Town Board on Tuesday, Dec. 4, voted to recognize the Teamsters Union as the negotiator for the Highway Department after going in to executive session to discuss the matter.
Police: Drawing of celebrity found in New Mexico man's vehicle
A New Mexico man previously arrested by State Police in Rotterdam on charges of murder conspiracy is believed to have targeted pop star Justin Bieber.
Colonie Pop Warner cheerleaders take national title in ESPN competition
On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the Colonie Pop Warner Pee Wee Cheerleading Team snagged first place in their division at the National Cheer and Dance Competition held at the ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex in Disney World, Fla. More than 300 cheer squads from around the country competed in the five-day event from Friday, Nov. 30 to Friday, Dec. 8.
Thursday, December 13
Municipalities see growing pains through use of city’s facility
Glenville officials are seeking proposals from three engineering firms to pinpoint the cost of building a new sewer facility. Town and village officials are seeking to determine if it is a more feasible option than continuing to pay sewage discharge fees to Schenectady.
Improvements in 32,000-square-foot addition said to improve care
Ellis Medicine representatives, local officials and community leaders gathered on Friday, Dec. 7, to cut the ribbon on Bellevue’s contemporary 32,000-square-foot addition connected to the existing hospital.
State Police on Monday, Dec. 10, allegedly found a Schoharie man driving with stolen money from a burglary the previous night at the Quaker Inn, located in Duanesburg.
Lifetime movie to portray Delmar Murder and ensuing trial
The infamous Christopher Porco murder story will soon be portrayed through a Lifetime television movie.
BCI Construction seeks to overturn decision on condo project zoning
The developer of the stalled Loudon House condominium project is suing the Town of Colonie over zoning changes that would force quick action on the stalled project.
Hanukkah Wonderland added to Festival of Lights festivities this year
In a local celebration of the Festival of Lights, the Capital Region’s largest outdoor menorah was lit on the second day of Hanukkah at Delmar’s Four Corners.
Wednesday, December 12
Thruway Authority says toll hike on passenger cars out of question
Lawmakers have lambasted the New York State Thruway Authority’s proposed toll hike on trucks for weeks, but with rumblings of other ideas being pursued a dark cloud still hangs over the 570-mile highway.
Hikers and hunters share a love of nature, but don’t always live in harmony
During certain parts of the year, the great outdoors can crowd with people seeking their natural experience in different ways. Hikers and bird watchers oftentimes use the same trails on property owned by the county or New York state, both of which allow hunting on those lands.
Since we tackled the Suburban Council boys basketball world in last week's poll, it's only fair that we now do the same with the Suburban Council girls basketball world.
Scotia-Glenville cruises in Foothills Council opener
Look past the gaudy offensive numbers the Scotia-Glenville boys basketball team had in Tuesday’s 75-40 Foothills Council victory over Johnstown and you’ll see what coach James Giammattei was most proud of.
Acker's 15 points pace Plainsmen against Saratoga
The Shenendehowa girls basketball team gave new coach Joe Murphy his first victory with Tuesday's 42-28 Suburban Council win against Saratoga Springs.
Town extends acceptance of superstorm debris
As Downstate New York digs out from Hurricane Sandy, the Town of Colonie is helping to make a dent in cleanup efforts by accepting storm-related debris. The town’s landfill began accepting debris the week before Thanksgiving and as of Friday, Dec. 7, it has taken in 16,000 tons of waste.
This editorial appeared in the Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.
This Point of View article appeared in the Dec. 12 and 13, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.
Tuesday, December 11
Local family starts Childhood Cancer Awareness tree in honor of daughter
About 200 gold ribbons adorn a tree in front of Jennifer Rathbone’s home on Campbell Avenue in Schenectady. The Christmas tree stands more than 10 feet tall and shines brightly alongside the busy street, as lights illuminate the golden ribbons that each hold a different child’s name honoring the “warriors and angels” of childhood cancer.
Delmar Progress Club’s Knitting Group prepares all year for Giving Tree
Each year at Christmastime thousands of collections are started to provide gifts for needy families, but one local giving tree adds a personal touch sewn with care.
Colonie police are currently looking for two men who held up a Gulf Mart on Central Avenue.
Loudonville Home makes stuffed animals focus of holiday charity drive
Any parent knows a stuffed animal can provide quick comfort to a child. And this holiday season, a local family service agency is trying to ensure as many kids get that gift as possible.
Monday, December 10
Rotterdam family hosts holiday display at senior center to honor daughter
Even the stodgiest Grinch wouldn’t be able to stifle holiday spirit upon entering Dawn’s Christmas Village at the Rotterdam Senior Center.
A man who kidnapped, coerced and lured three young boys into his control and then sexually assaulted them will serve 20 years and 6 months in prison for his crimes.
Albany police say an off-duty Coxsackie police officer pointed a loaded handgun at an acquaintance early Sunday morning.
Reality show star draws a crowd at Nisky book signing
A line stretched throughout a local grocery store on Friday, Nov. 30, as fans of Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC reality show “Cake Boss,” clamored for books, cakes and a chance to meet the big-time baker.
Saratoga Academy leasing Maritime Center for new middle school
The Saratoga Academy for the Arts and Science and Maritime Center officials announced on Monday, Dec. 3, an agreement to create a new middle school serving fifth to eighth graders, at the Alplaus facility along the Mohawk River.
Rosales nets 22 points for defending Section II Class AA champs
The Colonie girls basketball team kicked off its 2012-13 season with a win, but Mohonasen didn't make it easy.
Giacone's 31 points pace Bethlehem against Averill Park
The Bethlehem girls basketball team pressed Averill Park into submission.
New location near The Crossings would more than double size of headquarters
CAP COM’s main office is at 18 Computer Drive East in Colonie, but a desire to expand has the company eyeing a much larger location at 4 Winners Circle, about a mile from the main office building. The credit union has about 93,000 members and 280 employees in 11 Capital Region branches. At a Tuesday, Nov. 27, Colonie Planning Board meeting, board members approved a sketch plan for the new headquarters that will pave the way for a more detailed review.
Sunday, December 9
Marr's second goal lifts Plainsmen past Mamaroneck in tourney opener
The Shenendehowa hockey team earned its first win of the season by beating Mamaroneck 4-2 in the opening round of the Don Kauth Memorial Tournament Friday in Clifton Park.
Yamin leads four in double figures in victory over New Lebanon
If the first two weeks of the season are any indication, the Loudonville Christian School boys basketball team is going to be tough to beat.
Saturday, December 8
Photo Gallery from Saratoga vs Burnt Hills girls basketball.
Friday, December 7
Driver said to be intoxicated, driving at 130 mph
A man authorities say was intoxicated and traveling at incredible speeds is facing criminal charges for allegedly causing a crash on the Northway in November.
Local triathlon athletes check out ‘Michael Phelps’’ pool
On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Ironmen tried out the Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa, made by Master Spas, at Concord Pools and Spas in Latham. The 8-foot-long Swim Spa has a propeller design, a consistent flow of water with adjustable resistance.
Changes drop tax levy hike to 1.6 percent
An updated version of the tentative Saratoga County 2013 budget presented at a Monday, Dec. 3, public hearing at the county offices lowers the proposed property tax hike.
Thursday, December 6
DA wants to check for other substances in blood of driver in Shen fatal crash, no charges filed
The blood drawn from Dennis Drue on Saturday night has been analyzed, but police will not be filing charges until they have investigated the fatal car crash he was involved in.
Judge hears arguments on ballot objections before counting
The legal battle over 887 ballots set aside in the 46th Senate District race is slowly proceeding, as objections are being heard on each individual contested ballot.
Schalmont picks Greece schools administrator following six-month search
Carol Pallas isn’t sitting behind her new desk as Schalmont’s superintendent yet, but she’s already visited the district several times to establish relationships.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday, Nov. 30, announced $2.9 million in grants have been awarded to help municipalities and community organizations support local military installations.
Opponents say Malta pedestrians would have to play game of ‘Frogger’
Malta residents unhappy with plans for two roundabouts — one near an elementary school — voiced their opinions at a Monday, Dec. 3, public hearing.
Longstanding town program connects kids with Santa
For more than 25 years, Santa’s little helpers in the Bethlehem Police Department and Senior Services Department have worked to deliver the Christmas lists from Bethlehem’s children to the North Pole by Dec. 25.
Young entrepreneur focuses on giving new businesses a leg up
Keegan Hayes, 23, might be only one year out of Siena College, but he’s already basing his professional career on helping startups gain a foothold in the Capital District. He’s founded the Capital Region Entrepreneurs Group (CREG), a networking organization that helps provide resources and advice to local entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their own business.
This editorial appeared in the Dec. 6, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.
Wednesday, December 5
We had an incredible number of votes in last week's Spotlight Sports poll, so let's see if we can keep the momentum going this week as we delve into the Suburban Council boys basketball season.
$8.9M bond will cover second phase of facilities renovations
An extensive facilities upgrade plan will be going ahead after Ballston Spa School District voters approved an $8.9 million referendum to fund the second phase of renovations to multiple district buildings.
Season begins Friday with five divisional games
Last year’s division winners are among the favorites in this year’s Suburban Council boys basketball field.
Bynon takes over as varsity coach
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys basketball team endured a coaching change three days before the start of its season.
Candlelight vigil held for students killed,injured in Northway crash
Thousands from not only the Clifton Park area but from all over the Capital District flocked to a candlelight vigil at the Shenendehowa High School Athletic Field for Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers. They lit candles, raised signs and shared stories about the students, whose lives were cut short in a weekend crash on the Northway.
Ballston Spa, Bethlehem also post league wins
Shenendehowa swept the individual races to defeat Niskayuna 123-61 in Tuesday's Suburban Council boys swimming season opener.
Restaurant owner evasive on issue of lion burgers as advocates call for meat to be pulled
A local restaurant’s menu has caught the attention of national animal advocates, but there’s some question whether this cat fight’s been resolved or not.
This editorial appeared in the Dec. 5, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.
This editorial appeared in the Dec. 5, 2012, edition of the Colonie Spotlight.
This Point of View column appeared in the Dec. 5 and 6, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.
This letter appeared in the Dec. 5, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.
This letter appeared in the Dec. 5, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.
This letter appeared in the Dec. 5, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.
Tuesday, December 4
Schenectady Light Opera stages ‘Little Shop of Horrors’
When Austin Lieber, 17, auditioned for a role in the “Little Shop of Horrors” production at the Schenectady Light Opera House, he didn’t imagine himself crouched up inside a 4-by-4 foot prop playing the part of a man-eating plant.
Architectural review finds bond would be $26M for repairs, field
Bethlehem Central Board of Education members experienced a slight case of sticker shock when estimates for facilities upgrades jumped by millions following an architect’s review.
Charitable spirit shown after 34 trees vanish from Lions sale
Some caring citizens have stepped forward to help out the Bethlehem Lions Club after a holiday Grinch stole dozens of Christmas trees from the lot where the group’s annual sale is held.
Hibachi & Sushi Asian Buffet to occupy former Casa Mia in Glenmont
The former Italian restaurant and pizzeria Casa Mia is now under new ownership and is being turned into a new eatery called Hibachi & Sushi Asian Buffet.
Northeast Parent & Child trying to expand its reach outside city
Graduation rates in Schenectady County might be higher in suburban school districts than in the city, but for the Northeast Parent & Child Society it doesn’t matter where a student might fall out of the educational system.
Legislators put nursing home back into budget, hike taxes 7.6 percent
After weeks of considering the budget, the Albany County Legislature approved a plan that overrides the state tax cap at a Monday, Dec. 3, meeting.
Monday, December 3
Young guards step up for Blue Streaks
The Saratoga Springs boys basketball team won its own tip-off tournament title, thanks to some late heroics.
Scotia-Glenville schools staff fills bus with donations for City Mission
Scotia-Glenville School District staff on Wednesday, Nov. 21, filled a bus with donated gifts and wrapping supplies for the City Mission of Schenectady’s Holiday Toy Store.
51 tax agreements countywide bring in about $9.2M in taxes
Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority released a breakdown of the 51 PILOT agreements it administers throughout the Schenectady County, which yield $9.2 million in tax revenue to municipalities countywide.
Sunday, December 2
Two Shenendehowa High School students were killed on the Northway in a car crash late Saturday night, state police said.
BC acting troupe puts psychedelic twist on ‘Twelfth Night’
A Shakespearian production might be a long-running tradition at Bethlehem Central High School, but this year students are staging a different take that might make the Bard’s work more relatable.
When Sofia Capek auditioned for “The Nutcracker,” the 8-year-old from Schenectady was hoping to merely land a part – any part.
Historical Society’s Silver Tea to focus on Christmas in Bethlehem
The Bethlehem Historical Society’s annual Holiday Silver Tea celebration at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse in Selkirk this year will focus on Christmas in Bethlehem. The open house will feature locally baked desserts, with hot beverages and holiday-themed exhibits for the community to enjoy.
Saturday, December 1
Local independent booksellers know that keeping pace with the prices offered online and at bigger bookstores is a tough task.
Tree festivals are cropping up all over the Capital District.
Amanda Fiandaca has always been crafty – knitting and crocheting things as a hobby. It was her husband who encouraged her to try to make some money with her talents.
Owens drops 18 points in Brothers' victory over CCHS
Christian Brothers Academy guard Daniel Owens wasn't sure he wanted to wear the No. 23 uniform. Then, he talked to the previous owner of the jersey.
Flynn strikes twice for Blue Streaks
Saratoga Springs improved its record to 2-0-0 with Friday's 7-1 Capital District High School Hockey league victory over Christian Brothers Academy at the Albany County Hockey Facility in Colonie.