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Sunday, December 30

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Photo Gallery: Saratoga vs Williamsville North Ice Hockey

These are photos of ice hockey from Saratoga against Williamsville North.

Saturday, December 29

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Maplewood Manor resident found dead

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

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Board backs turf, barely

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.

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The Spotlight's 2012 Year in Review, Part 1

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.

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A cold reality on city streets

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.

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Library turning page with renovation

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

A look back at the 2012 sports season (Part 1)

As 2012 comes to a close, let's look back at the first half of the sports season.

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An ornamental end to the holidays

‘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

Parties tap county clerk hopefuls

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.

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Cops enforce holiday spirit

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.

Sports poll: What is your team of the year?

As we careen towards the end of 2012, we want to know what is your team of the year for your town or county.

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A walk in Wolf Hollow

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

Path plan moves forward

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

Offer on BC building accepted

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.

Malta nearing decision on downtown zoning

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

Ballston plans water district consolidation

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

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Photo Gallery: Scotia-Glenville vs South Glens Falls boys basketball

Tartans on a tear. The Scotia-Glenville boys basketball team hosted South Glens Falls on Dec. 21. See the photos of the game.

Friday round-up: Colonie knocks off Shen

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.

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County to consolidate mental health under one roof

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

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Amedore certified winner, Dems appeal pending

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.

Contract examined after lost revenue

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.

Town bus users air concerns

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.

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Every dog has its day

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

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Niskayuna school closure last resort

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.

Thruway drops toll hike

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.

Powering up at Luther Forest

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

Albany County schools respond to rumors

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.

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Diving community comes together for Bailey Wind

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.

Sports poll: Which hockey team will win the CDHSHL Division 1 title?

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.

SCCC receives $100k grant for Irene expenses

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.

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Senior busing gets a little easier

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.

Whooping cough confirmed at Shaker Jr.

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

Colonie to rebuild website from scratch

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.

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Nurturing nature

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.

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Lending leads to learning

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.

Editorial: Help make the change

This editorial appeared in the Dec. 20 and Dec. 26, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

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County fair to remain in Ballston Spa

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

Amedore declares victory

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.

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Colonie company makes a splash on the big screen

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.”

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First responders save Christmas

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

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Yaddo one step closer to landmark status

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

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Photo Gallery: Niskayuna vs Burnt Hills in boys basketball

Spartans sprint past the Silver Warriors

These are photos from Friday's boys basketball showdown in Burnt Hills.

Grant will fund Vischer Ferry gateway

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.

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Boys basketball: Eagles win in the paint

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

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100 reasons to give

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.

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Books down, steering wheels up

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.

Rotterdam councilman says records being hidden

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.

Ballston Highway Department to unionize

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.

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Bieber allegedly targeted in murder plot

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.

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Three cheers for national champs

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

Scotia-Glenville gets a handle on sewage

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.

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Bellevue’s modern addition honors history

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.

Police: Man stole money from ATM and jukebox

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.

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Porco tale headed to small screen

Lifetime movie to portray Delmar Murder and ensuing trial

The infamous Christopher Porco murder story will soon be portrayed through a Lifetime television movie.

Loudon House developer sues town

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.

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Light shines in Bethlehem

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

Fear and loathing at the tollbooths

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.

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Too close for comfort

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.

Sports poll: Which girls basketball team will have the best record in the Suburban Council?

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.

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Boys basketball: Tartans record a defensive gem

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.

Tuesday round-up: Shen wins first for Murphy

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.

Sandy cleanup a boon to Colonie

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.

Editorial: Can't we all just get along?

This editorial appeared in the Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

POV: Hiking with your neighbors

This Point of View article appeared in the Dec. 12 and 13, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, December 11

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‘Warriors and angels’ grace these greens

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.

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One good turn

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.

Police: Two men held up a Gulf Mart on Central Avenue

Colonie police are currently looking for two men who held up a Gulf Mart on Central Avenue.

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Seniors put the squeeze on giving

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

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Big wonders in miniature village

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.

Child molester gets 20 years

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.

Coxsackie cop arrested for pulling gun

Albany police say an off-duty Coxsackie police officer pointed a loaded handgun at an acquaintance early Sunday morning.

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Who’s the Cake Boss?

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.

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Private school drops anchor

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.

Girls basketball: Colonie fends off Mohon in opener

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.

Girls basketball: Lady Eagle fly swiftly out of the gate

Giacone's 31 points pace Bethlehem against Averill Park

The Bethlehem girls basketball team pressed Averill Park into submission.

CAP COM to expand in Colonie

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

Friday round-up: Shen hockey picks up first win

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.

Boys basketball: Loudonville Christian rolls along

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

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Photo Gallery: Saratoga at Burnt Hills - girls basketball

Photo Gallery from Saratoga vs Burnt Hills girls basketball.

Friday, December 7

Police file charges in November Northway crash

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.

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No rest for ironmen

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.

Amended budget introduced

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

Blood test back, but police continue investigation

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.

Legal battle begins in 46th 
Senate District

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.

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New super making connections

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.

State gives Stratton ANG $125k grant

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.

Residents object to roundabout proposal

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.

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P.O. Box: North Pole

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.

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Startup reaches out to startups

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.

Editorial: Shen stands strong

This editorial appeared in the Dec. 6, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Wednesday, December 5

Sports poll: Which boys basketball team will have the best Suburban Council record?

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.

Voters OK Ballston Spa Projects

$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.

Boys basketball: Shaker, Bethlehem among favorites in Suburban Council

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.

Boys basketball: Dudas steps down at BH-BL

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.

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A community grieves

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.

Swimming: Shen dominates Niskayuna in opener

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.

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Uproar over lion burgers

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.

Editorial: Time to make your voice heard... again

This editorial appeared in the Dec. 5, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Editorial: There's always next year in Albany County

This editorial appeared in the Dec. 5, 2012, edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

POV: Programs more than numbers

This Point of View column appeared in the Dec. 5 and 6, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Budget talks show lack of leadership

This letter appeared in the Dec. 5, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Fall fair a charitable success

This letter appeared in the Dec. 5, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: ‘Thanks’ to fair trade supporters

This letter appeared in the Dec. 5, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, December 4

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This role is no garden

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.

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Price tag balloons on BC projects

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.

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Acts of giving follows thefts

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.

Eatery aims for spring opening

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.

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Nonprofit takes its mission to ’burbs

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.

County overrides tax cap for second time

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

Basketball: Saratoga fends off Guilderland in overtime

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.

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School bus carries precious cargo

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.

PILOTs pave way for growth

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

Police: Two killed, two injured in Northway car crash

Two Shenendehowa High School students were killed on the Northway in a car crash late Saturday night, state police said.

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Shakespeare in time

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.

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Like mother, like daughter

When Sofia Capek auditioned for “The Nutcracker,” the 8-year-old from Schenectady was hoping to merely land a part – any part.

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Annual teatime steeped in tradition

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

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Local, independent bookstores can help customers pick the perfect present

Local independent booksellers know that keeping pace with the prices offered online and at bigger bookstores is a tough task.

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Festive greenery

Tree festivals are cropping up all over the Capital District.

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Website has expanded the marketplace for local artisans

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.

Basketball: CBA's new guards impress in opener

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.

Hockey: Saratoga eases past CBA

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.