Stories for February 2012


Wednesday, February 29

Sports poll: Who is the Capital District's top winter sports athlete?

After the first round of polling, we have our four candidates for the top winter sports athlete in the Capital District.

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County chairman rolls out public outreach

Series of forums and a new website invite comments

Wood has also set up a new webpage at communicatingwiththechairman.com to help residents put a face with his name.

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A fraternity of community

Saratoga chapter of Irish-American fraternal order celebrates 60th anniversary

Theysay everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but no one quite like the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

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Pine Bush Discovery Center has new leader

The Albany Pine Bush Reserve Commission has announced that there is a new director of the Discovery Center.

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The morphology of a musical

Academies students create their own original, multi-dimensional production

The Albany Academies’ spring musical is truly like no other. Made by the students for the greater community, every last note, lyric, dance move, photograph, video shot and monologue is original.

A little help from some friends

Concert of Civil War-era tunes to benefit flood victims

Four local Civil War musical groups will be holding a concert to benefit the flood victims of Schoharie County on Friday, March 10 at the Bethlehem Community Church in Delmar.

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Boys basketball: Mohonasen to meet Scotia-Glenville in semis

Mighty Warriors, Tartans win their Class A quarterfinal games

No. 2 Mohonasen and No. 3 Scotia-Glenville each won their Section II Class A quarterfinal games last weekend to advance to Wednesday’s semifinal contest at the Glens Falls Civic Center, weather permitting.

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Wrestling: Fusco caps career with state title

Senior dominates 195-pound weight class in Albany

Shenendehowa’s Tony Fusco ended his wrestling career with the one thing he had yet to win — a state title.

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Boys basketball: CBA rallies past Shen

Lott's rebound and basket lifts Brotehrs in physical game

Saturday’s Section II Class AA boys basketball quarterfinal game between Christian Brothers Academy and Shenendehowa changed in the blink of an eye.

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Running on empty

Operators of Delmar Getty expect to go out of business as corporation fights in court

The Getty gas station in Delmar operated by Faiza Warsi and her husband Amir Salman may soon close after they decided to stop selling Getty gas because of what they feel is corporate greed by the company.

POV: Empowering your children to keep them safe

This point of view column appeared in the Feb. 29 and March 1, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

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Big-box busts

Police say the number of calls to Glenmont Walmart is actually pretty low considering store size and traffic

In an effort to shed light on exactly how often the Bethlehem Police Department finds itself at 311 Route 9W, The Spotlight has reviewed police records from the years 2010 and 2011. Those records show the police department answered a total of 727 calls at the Walmart Glenmont address. Although that’s about one call every day, police say that’s not the entire picture.

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Girls basketball: Scotia-Glenville advances to Class A finals

Lady Tartans to meet defending champion Averill Park after beating Holy Names

The top two seeds will meet for the Section II Class A girls basketball title after Scotia-Glenville and Averill Park posted semifinal victories Tuesday at Colonie Central High School.

Tuesday, February 28

Editorial: Running on empty

This editorial appeared in the Feb. 29, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Nisky eyes $2M bonding proposal for upgrades

Bond would cover new water and sewer garage, land acquisition

Proposed plans for a new water and sewer garage to replace an aging facility would see the town bonding more than $2 million, but the exact project details still aren’t complete.

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Piping up

Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band to host fifth annual Celtic Jam

Unmistakable sounds from Great Highland Bagpipes will soon be bursting out of Scotia-Glenville High School’s auditorium as the Tartan tradition comes alive.

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This fun is no act

Theater, arts and crafts, much more on tap at this weekend’s Kidz Expo

There is plenty of free excitement on tap at the Hannaford Kidz Expo, which will take place Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Decades old contract means $1.5 M deficit tomorrow

18 percent tax hike would make up for expiration of Selkirk Cogen agreement

The Town of Bethlehem is facing at least a $1.5 million loss of revenue in the coming year when the Selkirk Cogen energy plant goes back on the tax rolls.

CDTA takes over senior transportation in Albany County

Senior transport switchover nixes individual trips for some

Since CDTA ACCESS took over service arrangements for the Albany County Senior Transportation Program, seniors and town senior service departments across the county are having mixed rea

Monday, February 27

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From tragedy, comes change

Stacey Rhodes doesn’t want what happened to her son Tyler to happen to any other child. So, she does the only thing she feels she can do to halt the cycle of violence: talk about it.

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Community remembers Carney

Carney’s Tavern a Ballston landmark, much like the man who ran it

Carney was also the current president and a longtime member of the Saratoga, Schenectady and Warren County Restaurant and Tavern Association. He is remembered fondly among family, friends and the community of Ballston Lake.

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Bethlehem teen in Albany hit-and-run incident released on bail

Bethlehem teen Ian Eckhardt-Rigberg has been released on $75,000 bail.

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Boys basketball: Hall lifts Shaker past LaSalle

Senior forward scores 18 points in quarterfinal win

Sometimes, one player can make a difference. Casey Hall hit the go-ahead basket with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter to lift Shaker past LaSalle 61-58 in Saturday’s Section II Class AA boys basketball quarterfinal game at Hudson Valley Community College.

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Girls basketball: Shaker and Colonie advance into the semifinals

Rowland's 17 points leads balanced Bison attack against Maginn

There will be another Colonie crosstown battle in girls basketball. Shaker and Colonie advanced to meet each other in Wednesday’s Section II Class AA semifinals after posting quarterfinal victories Friday in Latham.

Friday, February 24

POV: Planned Parenthood: To be or not to be

This POV column appeared in the Feb. 22 and 23, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

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Wonder Room focuses on exploration

Creative arts, cooking and play are at the center of new Ballston Lake business

When was the last time you got to watch a huge bubble float about and wondered when it was going to land or pop? Here’s your chance.

Hockey: Saratoga completes the "three-peat"

Layman, Bourgeois lead Streaks past Shen in DI final

The Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks sit atop the Section II hockey world again. Mike Layman registered two goals and an assist, and goaltender Ryan Bourgeois stopped 36 of the 37 shots he faced to lead top-seeded Saratoga past No. 2 Shenendehowa 5-1 in Thursday's Division I Sectional final at Union College's Messa Rink.

Thursday, February 23

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Storm relief could pick up pool house tab

Bethlehem moves to put FEMA money towards alternate use, demolish bridge

A new plan hatched by Bethlehem officials would see the demolition of a bridge over the Onesquethaw Creek so federal damage funds from Hurricane Irene could be diverted to fix the roof over the town’s pool.

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Glenville’s 2012 Strategic Plan unveiled

Koetzle says controlling expenses, development priorities

Controlling budget costs and boosting revenue through economic development will remain the top priorities for Glenville officials this year.

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Jafri rugs has what you need

At Jafri Oriental rugs, we carry the largest selection of quality handmade rugs from Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, China, India, Nepal and Afghanistan.

Small practice, personal care

Delmar Family Medicine puts the focus on the patient

New technology and busier schedules don’t have to equal the end of a personal experience at the doctor’s office.

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Rocklein Physical Therapy treats patients like people

Husband-and-wife duo Brad and Michelle Rocklein strive to provide one-on-one care

Delmar residents Brad and Michelle Rocklein opened Rocklein Physical Therapy on 163 Delaware Avenue in response to the impersonal care that many physical therapy patients in the Delmar area were dealing with.

Advanced Hearing Aids Center’s mission is to improve quality of life

The Advanced Hearing Aid Center, located at 1540 Central Ave., Albany, is the Capital District’s premier supplier of NuEar hearing instruments.

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Capital District Hand, Physical and Occupational Therapy at your service

In most physical therapy settings, patients may be in a rehabilitation room with several other patients and a lot of equipment. This is not the case at Capital District Hand, Physical and Occupational Therapy Service.

Senior living is Kingsway’s specialty

Kingsway has been providing quality care and a meaningful life for residents specializing in emphasizing an individual’s highest level of functioning within a safe, comfortable living environment.

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Local Allstate agent treats each client with care

Eric and Andrea Woods have acquired the local Allstate Agency located at 636 Delaware Ave. Delmar.

Improve your image

Great 4 Image creates custom apparel and items for teams, companies and more

If you’re looking for custom clothing created in an environmentally friendly manner and rooted in nearly 100 years of family history, look no further than Great 4 Image.

Tri-City Foods offers value and service

Market offers an alternative to out-of-control food prices

We pride ourselves on our clean premises, our fast and courteous service and also selling the freshest products due to our huge turnover.

Building a smoke-free future

The Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition is working hard to keep tobacco products out of the hands of local youths.

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Military Museum marks 2,000 stories recorded

Spa City project records actions of nation’s vets in their own words

"It’s amazing how many veterans are self effacing, and say that they didn’t do anything. What they’ve done is pretty remarkable though," Mike Aikey, director of the state Military Museum in Saratoga Springs.

Wednesday, February 22

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Former student reenergizes longtime school

The Chinese Martial Arts Academy is the premier martial arts school in the Capital District.

Dynamically serving your dental needs

Schenectady practice provides family dentistry with a personal touch

Gleaming a smile ready for the red carpet doesn’t require a visit to Hollywood — it just takes a dynamic touch.

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An international taste close to home

The Rustic Gourmet to feature exciting dining options in the months to come

The Rustic Gourmet is in the middle of celebrating February with a month of Valentine food. What better way to get rid of the winter blahs?

Junk King gets to top of the heap by recycling

Taking care of the trash is usually dirty business, but Junk King would be the exception to that rule.

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T.A.C.S. is more than just an autobody shop

Local business plays a vital role in the community

T.A.C.S. Autobody is without a doubt a mainstay of the local business scene, and not just because of its history or commitment to excellence.

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Tick-borne diseases

There’s more than just Lyme

Drs. Kearney and La Forte report that Lyme is not the only threat in our area. In fact, one tick can transmit multiple diseases with just one bite.

What’s in a name?

Ingersoll is a place to call home

In 1924, through the generosity of George Ingersoll, we began as the Ingersoll Memorial Aged Home for Men.

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A deli with family values

At Positano Imports and Catering, everything is made from scratch

Family values and connections are very important to Tracey Arakelian, Greg Slocum, and Ira Mendelson, partners in Positano Imports and Catering

St. Matthew nurtures young minds

St. Matthew Lutheran School and Child Care Principal Gail MacIntosh has been there from the very beginning.

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[UPDATE] Rotterdam planners frown on CVS

Traffic concerns drive negative opinion on rezoning, Town Board has final say

Despite changes to a plan for a new CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Lawndale Avenue and Curry Road, the Rotterdam Planning Commission has recommended against the necessary rezoning of the property.

Spotlight sports poll: Who's the best in your area?

This week's Spotlight sports poll narrows in on athletes across the Capital District.

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CM Fox expands its local roots

CM Fox Realty is one of the more successful local businesses in the Capital District, and local is the word that should come to mind when describing the company.

Same great service, big new plans

Upstate Wine & Spirits breaks new ground while staying put

You don’t spend more than four decades doing business in the same place unless you’re doing something right.

Getting involved in today’s stock market resurgence

As the U.S. economy recovers and concerns about corporate earnings ease, investors are once again becoming optimistic about the stock market.

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A heaping serving of memories

Cookbook to highlight history of Ecobelli’s Tam O’ShanterRestaurant in Ballston Spa

The collecting of memories was actually started as a thank you to investors of a film, “Chickadee,” written by Lora Lee and Tom that is currently in process and will begin actual filming later in the year.

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A life in balance

Delmar massage studio caters to the individual

At Balance Massage Studio in Delmar, it’s all about you.

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CAPTAIN celebrates 35 years of service

Clifton Park community service groups battling same problemstoday as in ‘70s

CAPTAIN provides a number of services in addition to its shelter operations, including an emergency food pantry, a bike distribution program andacademic help for youths.

Committee seeks input on Round Lake Road plans

Officials say safety, traffic flow would be improved, two roundabouts planned

The Town of Malta Round Lake Road Corridor Planning Committee is holding a public workshop on Feb. 29 at to address questions and concerns about proposed traffic improvements for the area.

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Remembering Maddie

Tiny TotsTea Room holds benefit memorial for Maddie Musto

For those who can’t make the event, and would still like to donate to Miracle 4 Maddie, contributions can be made in Maddie Musto’s name at Capital Communications Federal Credit Union. For details, visit http://miracle4maddie.bbnow.org/donate.php.

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Mild winter mixed blessing for Vista

Officials say tech park project on track, on time

This winter’s mild weather has been “both a curse and a blessing” for construction crews at the Vista Technology Campus.

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What Light through yonder window breaks?

BC student to compete in national Shakespeare Competition

Daniel Light has no idea winning the lead role in Bethlehem Central High School’s fall production of Romeo and Juliet would lead to a trip to New York City.

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Class finds hope after ‘Night’

Guilderland students write to author of Holocaust story, receive response

Elie Wiesel’s famous novel “Night” is not required reading in the 10th-grade curriculum, but every few years Guilderland English teacher Amy Salamone pulls it out to teach to a class she feels will be moved by the story.

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Grannies take to the streets

Antiwar group uses Valentine’s Day to lobby for VA reforms

Each Valentine’s Day for the past six years, a group of grannies dressed in red can be seen on the streets of the Capital District carrying broken hearts, physical representations of their feelings.

Letter: Make this budget season count

This letter to the editor appeared in the Feb. 22, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: A child's actions says it all

This letter to the editor appeared in the Feb. 22, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Small news a big deal

This editorial appeared in the Feb. 22, 2012, edition of the Bethlehem/Guilderland Spotlight.

Letter: Dog owners should be more responsible

This letter appeared in the Feb. 22, 2012, editions of the Colonie and Loudonville Spotlight.

Editorial: Take the good with the bad

This editorial appeared in the Feb. 22, 2012, edition of the Colonie and Loudonville Spotlight.

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Boys basketball: Lions roar past Cobleskill in Class B opener

Collin Stewart's double-double leads Mekeel into quarterfinals

The Mekeel Christian Academy boys basketball team is often thought of as Collin Stewart's team, and for good reason. The senior forward often dominates his team's opponents to the tune of 30.2 points per game.

Women's soccer: Colfer comes home to coach Sage

Colonie High grad becomes Albany school's first full-time coach

Caitlin Colfer is getting her first shot at living her next dream. The Colonie Central High School graduate was recently hired by Sage College to be the Albany school's first full-time women's soccer coach, and Colfer said she can't wait to move back to the region.

Tuesday, February 21

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EXCLUSIVE: Legislator claims run for office led to firing

Santabarbara was fired from Chazen one day after disclosing Assembly plans

Schenectady County Legislator Angelo Santabarbara is claiming his state Assembly aspirations have led to him being fired from his job.

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More than BBQ

LT’s Grill in Niskayuna closing to renovate, refine image

If barbecue is the first thing that comes to mind thinking about LT’s Grill, owner L.J. Goldstock is hoping to change your mind.

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A day of their own

R’dam Sons of Italy to host traditional Italian celebration honoring women

What started a century ago in Italy as a way to recognize the achievements of women is quickly catching on in the Town of Rotterdam as a regular social event.

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Making orthodontics unordinary

New Ballston Spa doctor heading to the schools, getting involved in community

Many orthodontists’ offices may have a larger staff and while Burlingame feels that her office will likely grow in the future, she doesn’t plan for it to get too big. Being able to provide constantone-on-one care is important to her.

BH-BL faces $2.2 M budget gap

Series of forums to kick of budgeting, district likely to raiseup to tax cap

An audience ofabout 50 watched via an online feed and about 70 turned out in person. According to Schultz, about a third of the audience consisted of students in the district.

Monday, February 20

Police unions engaged in lawsuit

One Bethlehem officers’ union sues another seeking fundraising money

The Bethlehem Police Supervisor’s Association has sued the Bethlehem Police Benevolent Association in Albany County Court seeking funds it claims were jointly raised.

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Jump roping for hearts

On Friday, Feb. 17, the main gym of Sand Creek Middle School was pulsing. For more than an hour, speakers blasted the hottest singles as throngs of students laughed, jumped rope and hula hooped for healthy hearts.

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Bethlehem meetings head online

Starting Feb. 22, Town, Planning Zoning boards to be streamed and archived

Bethlehem residents will be able to view town meetings live online starting Wednesday, Feb. 22 via the town’s new webcasting system.

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Boys swimming: Gordon helps Shen win Division I title

Lednev earns top swimmer and scholar-athlete awards

Led by Ryan Gordon’s victories in the 200- and 100-yard freestyles, Shenendehowa eased past the competition to claim the Division I team title at Saturday's Section II boys swimming and diving championships.

Sunday, February 19

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Estherville Animal Shelter receives donation

On February 13, Muriel Gurren from th Estherville Animal Shelter was presented with keys to a new van for the shelter.

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A hidden history

There’s something in Shaker history that not many people know about. It’s not a secret, per say; it’s more of an unusual societal quirk buried deep within personal journals and rarely documented.

Saturday, February 18

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Hockey Sectionals: Shen reaches final with emphatic win

Plainsmen pull away from Shaker/Colonie to advance to finals

Shenendehowa jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first period and pulled away for a 9-2 victory over Shaker/Colonie in Friday's Section II Division I semifinal game at the Clifton Park Arena.

Friday, February 17

Car chase ends in arrest

A man was arrested by Bethlehem Police after a brief car chase that ended near the high school.

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UAlbany unveils athletics plans

$24M project will be largely state funded

In April, the University at Albany will break ground on a new $24 million project to update the school’s outdoor athletic facilities — something officials said has been years in the making.

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'Warmth of Wine' helps keep seniors warm

With the cost of home heating oil rising, especially during winter, it can be a struggle to pay heating bills. For seniors without steady income, that burden can be even greater.

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Recent presentation at Saratoga Springs school highlights rare disorder

Speaking out on mutism

Dr. Barnett has been in practice for over 40 years. In that time he said he’s seen approximately 35 children with selective mutism.

Letter: Senior program in a ‘death spiral’

This letter appeared in the Feb. 16, 2012, edition of the Schenectady Spotlight.

Letter: No such thing as free money when it comes to solar power array

This letter appeared in the Feb. 16, 2012, edition of the Schenectady Spotlight.

Thursday, February 16

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County OKs Glendale Home building terms

Adjacent open space to have parkland status after project completed

Construction agreements for the new Glendale Nursing Home are in place, but adjacent open space won’t officially be granted parkland status until the building is completed.

Schalmont OKs teacher contract

Changes to save district nearly $400k annually, shrink budget gap

More than two years of negotiations between the Schalmont Teachers Association and the district have ended, and concessions from teachers will help to close next school year’s budget gap.

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Cause of library odor under investigation

Ballston's Libray smell has left and returned for years, more tests underway

Aside from mold, the test will detect a number of things including dander and pollen, whatever can attach itself to the cartridge.

GCSD budget gap shrinks to $2.6M

Guilderland releases list of potential cuts to school budget

The Guilderland Central School District has released a list of possible program eliminations and position reductions to help reduce the $2.6 million deficit the district faces for the 2012-13 school year.

Bethlehem staffs new advisory committees

Groups charged with studying, budget, government, ethics

The Bethlehem Town Board on Wednesday, Feb. 8, appointed members to its three newly formed citizen advisory committees and gave each group its official charge.

Sign law discussion takes a turn

Town to address signs on private property, not public lands

Members of Bethlehem’s Department of Economic Development and Planning have agreed to draft new language regarding temporary signs on private property to add clarity to the existing law.

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Old school

Hair of the Dog returns to St. Thomas for benefit concert

Local Celtic band Hair of the Dog will play a benefit concert at Saint Thomas the Apostle School on Friday, Feb. 17.

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Small screen big break

BC grad makes surprise appearance on hit TV show ‘Glee’

A Bethlehem Central School District Grad appeared on episode 12 of the Fox television show Glee on Feb.9, which also featured singer Ricky Martin.

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Treading where few have traveled

Slingerlands resident's book on lesser-known Catskill mountains released

Veteran hiker Alan Via began climbing the smaller peaks of the Catskills alone with his dog Bookah nearly five years ago. Soon, hiking the group of often overlooked mountains became a personal quest for him to finish and the seeds for his first book, “The Catskill 67: A Hiker’s Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks under 3500” were planted.

Wednesday, February 15

Glenville biz park losing tenant, 70 jobs

Sealed Air Corp. pulls out, officials hopeful for new business

More space is about to become vacant at the Glenville Business and Technology Park, as Sealed Air Corporation plans to close its local plant and lay off 70 work

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Persistence pays off for CVS in Rotterdam

Store proposal moves forward, residents still slam plans

Despite residents’ pleas, the first hurdle is cleared in a longstanding struggle to rezone land for a proposed CVS Pharmacy in Rotterdam.

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Clifton Park Idol and Taste of Clifton Park contest winners announced

The Town of Clifton Park is pleased to announce the winners of the Clifton Park Idol and Taste of Clifton Park contests.

Police advise Clifton Park residents of individual impersonating a CPWA employee

Clifton Park home was later burglarized after impersonator was allowed entry

Residents should request to see identification from anyone claiming to be a CPWA employee.

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Caution: houses crossing

“Caution: houses crossing” isn’t a traffic warning you see very often but on Thursday, Feb. 9, that’s exactly what members of Colonie police and firefighter were telling motorists on their morning commutes.

McCoy's appointments confirmed

Despite being sent to the Albany County Legislature without a recommendation by the personnel committee in January, the body confirmed County Executive Dan McCoy’s appointment for county attorney Thomas Marcelle by a vote of 27-10 at the Monday, Feb. 13, meeting.

Letter: Bethlehem’s ambulance advisory board appears to be for insiders only

This letter appeared in the Feb. 15, 2012, edition of the Bethlehem Spotlight.

POV: Site visit leads to life lessons

This point of view column appeared in the Feb. 15 and 16, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Caring and Sharing a success

This letter appeared in the Feb. 15, 2012, edition of the Bethlehem Spotlight.

Letter: Funding public transportation helps everyone

This letter appeared in the Feb. 15, 2102, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Lions thank tree sale supporters

This letter appeared in the Feb. 15, 2012 edition of the Bethlehem Spotlight.

Editorial: The taxman cometh

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

Hockey Sectionals: Jets soar past Mohawks

Three third-period goals propel Shaker/Colonie to quarterfinal win

Not even the Capital District High School Hockey League's top goaltender could keep Shaker/Colonie's offense bottled up.

Boys basketball: Watervliet overwhelms Schalmont in season finale

Gleason leads balanced attack with 18 points

Once again, Watervliet showed why it's considered to be one of the best boys basketball teams in New York. The Cannoneers (17-1) jumped out to a 23-3 lead and cruised to an 83-53 victory over visiting Schalmont in Tuesday's Colonial Council finale in Watervliet.

Hockey Sectionals: CBA upends Bethlehem in quarterfinals

Bassett's goal proves to be game winner for Brothers

John Bassett's goal with 5:17 left in the third period lifted Christian Brothers Academy to a 4-2 victory over Bethlehem in Tuesday's Section II Division I hockey quarterfinal game at the Bethlehem Area YMCA.

Sports poll: Who is the most exciting Section II boys basketball player to watch?

When it comes to boys basketball, there are players you want to see and then there are players that you have to see.

Tuesday, February 14

Bethlehem Youth Court logs busy year

Teens volunteering at Bethlehem Youth Court worked overtime last year and logged the program’s second busiest year on record.

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A tale of two weddings

Valentine’s nuptials mean trials, happiness for two area couples

No wedding ever goes off perfectly, and two area women will testify that basing nuptials around the most romantic day on the calendar doesn’t help. But it doesn’t preclude a lifetime of happiness.

Techfibers sews $3M investment in Rotterdam

Former VStream facility gets new tenant, around 30 new jobs

British based Techfibers Inc. is establishing its U.S. based headquarters in Rotterdam, which includes an initial $3 million investment with plans for expansion.

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Local buys can be combined for unique, practical gift

Consider a basket of gifts to make a splash with your sweetheart

The cost of creating an attractive and varied gift can be as low as $15 with a few items, or much more expensive, and serve as much more than the common Valentine’s Day present.

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Area has no shortage of sweet treats

Valentine’s Day drums up visions of red heart-shaped boxes, tied with a gold ribbon and filled to the brim with decadent chocolate candies. But for some candy shops across the Capital District, there’s another Valentine’s Day treat in higher demand.

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Thieves steal $45,000 in merchandise from Albany Honda

Burglars made away with more than $45,000 worth of merchandise from Albany Honda between Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11, according to Colonie police.

Monday, February 13

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Police: Selkirk man attempted to lure teen

Bethlehem police arrested a Selkirk man after he allegedly sent sexually explicit text messages to minor.

Ravena woman killed in car accident

A Ravena woman died in a motor vehicle accident in Selkirk Sunday evening.

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A year of renovations, improvements planned for airport

By the end of 2012, more than $15 million will have been spent on improvements to Albany International Airport after a year of construction projects.

Sunday, February 12

Indoor track: Plante leads Colonie girls at Great Dane Classic

South Florida-bound senior wins two events in Sectional tune-up

Kyle Plante won two individual events to help the Colonie girls indoor track and field team take first place overall at Sunday’s Great Dane Invitational at the University at Albany.

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Setting the stage

SLOC unveils new season, first phase of $3.6M renovation

The Schenectady Light Opera Company’s Electric City presence hasn’t dimmed in over eight decades of theatrics, and a round of renovations is illuminating a bright future.

Saturday, February 11

Girls basketball: Woods' free throws lead Shaker past Shen

Lauren Woods couldn't possibly have known just exactly what the two-free throws she was about to shoot meant to the Shaker girls' basketball program Friday night.

Friday roundup: Bethlehem bests Shen in hockey battle

Gosstola's second third-period goal breaks tie

Bethlehem denied Shenendehowa a chance to tie Saratoga Springs for first place in the Capital District High School Hockey League standings.

Friday, February 10

County acts on open space plea

Park designation will hinge on construction of new nursing home

A longstanding push to preserve land adjacent to the Indian Kill Nature Preserve could finally be realized — in a few more years.

Firefighter arrested on drug charges

Two Spa City residents, one of them an employee of the Saratoga Springs Fire Department, were arrested on drug charges last night after police raided a Leonard Road residence and allegedly found crack cocaine.

BC High School student arrested for hacking server

A Bethlehem Central High School student was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 2 for allegedly hacking into the school's server, according to police.

Thursday, February 9

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Pasta Pane Rustic Italian Bistro holds 'Raising Dough'

Pasta Pane Rustic Italian Bistro was the place to gather on February 6 for local nonprofit organizations to celebrate two years of the restaurant’s 'Raising Dough' Program.

N. Col Special Election to be reviewed by Commissioner of Education

The North Colonie Central School District Board of Education will petition the New York State Commissioner of Education to review the Special Election held on Jan. 31, following a vote to do so on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

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Nisky catches some rays

Town Hall powered by newly installed solar panels

Bright, sunny days mean more than just good weather for Niskayuna — now its energy costs are reduced, too.

Sales tax revenue grows almost 8 percent in county

Collection increases by $6.5M in 2011, ranked 14th among upstate counties

Rosy sales tax revenue figures have Schenectady County officials optimistic for continued growth to ease the burden on taxpayers.

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A sentimental journey

Family Players of Northeastern New York is known for its big summer musical each year, but this time, it could be the USO tribute show, “A Sentimental Journey,” on Feb. 18 that everyone’s talking about.

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The years on the bus go round and round

Half a century in any job is a rarity, maybe even unheard of in some circles, but John Smith breaks the mold.

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Teen charged with running down peer

Bethlehem police have arrested a teen for allegedly running down another youth with his car.

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Saratoga Springs Academic Team to compete in Windy City

Trip to mark the third consecutive year the team has made it to nationals

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22nd Winter Fest to feature Idol, Taste of Clifton Park

According to Myla Kramer, of the town’s Office of Parks and Recreation and Community Affairs, one of the three judges for Clifton Idol will be Channel 10’s Paula Gretzinger.

Ballston backs off of solar panel moratorium

Workshop on the issue set for Monday, Feb. 13

While no moratorium was imposed, it was decided that the Town Board would hold a workshop to discuss the matter on Monday, Feb. 13.

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Saratoga’s Honor Guard steeped in service

The flag is folded meticulously a total of twelve times, with each fold representing a tribute. The first being life on earth, the second being eternal life, and the fifth a tribute to country, to name a few.

Wednesday, February 8

Appointed receiver post pushes forward

Glenville in talks with First National Bank of Scotia for tax collection contract

Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzele’s initiative to abolish the receiver of taxes position is moving forward as talks with a local bank begin.

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Two S-G students receive honors at science conference

Two Scotia-Glenville High School seniors took first place honors at the Eastern Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Sports poll: Who will win the Section II Class AA girls basketball title?

This week, we're asking you to predict which of the following girls basketball teams will win the Section II Class AA title: Shenendehowa, Shaker, Colonie or Albany.

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Musical vision becomes a reality

Brown School creating Music Cafe to serve students, community

Mary Salvatore, a Schenectady resident and music teacher at Brown School, is moving forward with her idea to start a music cafe within the school. The projects calls for a current music instruction room to be renovated to host performances by students, alumni and community members.

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Boys basketball: Guilderland takes advantage of Mohon's meltdown

Dutchmen score 22 straight points on their way to victory

It looked like another typical Guilderland-Mohonasen boys basketball game. The Dutchmen held a 26-24 halftime lead, and the Mighty Warriors looked like they would pester the Suburban Council South Division leaders the rest of the night. But everything changed with one play early in the third quarter.

Rochester man admits guilt in dog theft

A Rochester man admitted on Tuesday, Feb. 7 to stealing a dog from a Guilderland home last October, according to the Albany County District Attorney's Office.

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Filling bellies, one pantry at a time

At the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, “consistent” is always the word of the day.

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A heartfelt 'thank you'

It all started with a slumber party.

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The language of love

For florists, Valentine's Day is Black Tuesday

For generations, flowers have been a symbol synonymous with love and devotion.

New lease on life for Clarksville post office

Postal Service to reevaluate closure decision, sheriff weighs in

The proposed closure of the Clarksville Post Office is being re-evaluated after a recent decision by the Postal Regulatory Commission found the Postal Service did not adequately consider the concerns of local residents.

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Guilderland salon caters to kids

Snip-Its started as purveyor of haircuts for special needs kids

A new hair care salon for children was recently opened in Guilderland by local resident Denise Deitz.

Letter: Fundraiser dinner a success

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

EDITORIAL: Every day's a giving day

This editorial appeared in the Feb. 8 and 9, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: New building is 'monstrosity'

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

Letter: Cells for good in the neighborhood

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

POV: Remembrance doesn't come once a year

This point of view article appeared in the Feb. 8 and 9, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, February 7

DWI crackdown nets 21 arrests

Twenty-one people were arrested for DWI or DWAI and 415 traffic stops were conducted with numerous citations issued for violations between Feb. 3 and Feb. 6 as part of a countywide STOP-DWI enforcement crackdown, according to Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

Monday, February 6

UPDATE: Route 29 collision sends one to hospital

One man was airlifted to the hospital after a collision on Route 29 sent his truck into a ravine.

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BC projects $4.4M budget gap

Another round of tough budgeting will kick off in coming weeks

The Bethlehem Central School District is projecting a deficit of nearly $4.4 million for the 2012-13 school year budget, even after factoring in the use of $1.75 million in reserve funds and a tax hike.

Police investigating armed home invasion

Colonie police are investigating an armed home invasion that occurred in the morning on Monday, Feb. 6.

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Crash claims life of Loudonville man

A Loudonville man died in a car accident on Saturday, Feb. 4, according to Colonie police.

Sunday, February 5

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A giant fan

Scotia man has extensive Giants hat collection, hundreds of signatures

Walking into the bedroom of 82-year-old Frank Massey is like walking into a Giants memorabilia museum, which is maintained with the care of a curator.

Sneakers cause brawl

New line of Nike sneakers cause large fight at Crossgates Mall

A large fight occurred outside of the Foot Locker store at Crossgates Mall on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 4.

Wrestling: Shen storms to Class A title

Nine Plainsmen win Sectional titles

Shenendehowa continued its dominance on the wrestling mat at Saturday's Section II Class I Championships at Colonie Central High School.

Saturday highlights: Carroll leads Bethlehem past CBA

Eagles move into tie for third place in CDHSHL

Andrew Carroll's hat trick propelled Bethlehem to a 4-1 win against Christian Brothers Academy in Saturday's Capital District High School Hockey League game at the Albany County Hockey Facility in Colonie.

Friday, February 3

Hockey: One goal is enough for Bethlehem

Mrazik stands tall for Nisky/Schenectady in loss

Sometimes, one goal is all you need. And sometimes, one goal is all you get. Such was the case Friday at the Bethlehem Area YMCA, where Bethlehem made a first-period goal stand in a 1-0 Capital District High School Hockey League victory over Niskayuna/Schenectady.

Girls basketball: Defense propels Bethlehem past Guilderland

Eagles soar into sole possesion of third place in division

For the second time this season, the Bethlehem girls basketball team posted a convincing victory over Guilderland.

Nisky lawn debris fee official

Councilman spars with supervisor over fee implementation

There is a new fee on the books in Niskayuna, but one councilman is painting it as a scam to raise additional revenue.

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High-tech campus seeks students

TEC-SMART up and running, open advisements weekly

The satellite campus is an attractive alternative to taking classes at the college’s main campus in Troy, since it’s located right in theLuther Forest Technology Campus at the heart of the area’s technology growth.

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Hoffman's Car Wash reopens

Business closes after fears of land erosion

Hoffman's Car Wash and Jiffy Lube reopened on Friday, Feb. 3 after it was closed by Town officials because of land erosion fears.

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Ballston supervisor heads county Independence Party

Patti Southworth has been appointed as Chairperson for the Independent Party for Saratoga County.

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Saratoga ambulance rates hold steady, for now

Saratoga Springs leaders at an emergency meeting Thursday, Feb. 2, decided the Saratoga Springs Fire Department will take over ambulance at the same rates SaratogaEmergency Medical Services had been charging — for the time being, at least.

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A style all her own

When Patti Mollica paints, she uses big brushes and lots of thick paint so her artwork is “fast, loose and bold,” just like the popular workshop she teaches.

Police: Family stole from elderly, disabled relatives

A family of four from Loudonville was arrested for allegedly stealing credit cards from their elderly and disabled relatives, according to information from the Colonie Police Department.

Hockey: Puck bounces Shen's way in OT

Tardif scores game winner off CBA misfire

Brad Tardif knew exactly what to do with the puck once he saw it bounce toward him. The junior forward intercepted a clearing attempt and scored the winning goal in overtime to lift Shenendehowa to a 2-1 victory over Christian Brothers Academy in Thursday's Capital District High School Hockey League game at the Clifton Park Arena.

Thursday, February 2

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Making Capitol connections

Chief Taylor attends State of the Union as Tonko’s guest

Attending President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was a memorable experience for Rotterdam Junction Fire Department Chief Shawn Taylor, but it also made for a productive trip.

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Elmsere PTA to work for new playground

Parents say existing playground needs work, is outdated

Members of the Elsmere Elementary School PTA have put together a proposal to purchase and construct a new playground for the school.

Niskayuna Town Board candidate switches sides

Rizzo cites philosophical differences, campaign tactics for switch

A former Republican candidate for Niskayuna Town Board has decided the Grand Old Party isn’t a good fit anymore.

Wednesday, February 1

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Focusing on the Wild West

Alplaus cafe hosts area photographer’s ‘True Grit’ art show

One area woman didn’t pick up the lens until later in life, but now she’s focusing it on a bygone lifestyle not often seen.

Mohon mulls $1.9M projected budget gap

Community budget forum focuses on 2.28 percent tax levy increase

Mohonasen Central School District is likely facing another year of budget cuts after shedding more than $6.5 million in spending and 60 positions over the last three years.

Sports poll: Best CDHSHL Division I player

It's time to turn our attention to the rink, where we have four strong candidates for being the top Capital District High School Hockey League Division I player.

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Hamagreal students spend afternoon giving back

Volunteer projects part of Kids Helping Kids program

For the second year in a row, the school has held an afterschool program where students can volunteer their time to give back to local causes. The day of service is part of the school’s Kids Helping Kids program.

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From Boston to parking lot

Fishmonger’s truck means fresh seafood on the go

Since July, Peter Kenyon and his partner Dora Swan of Altamont have been selling fresh fish out of their large refrigerated truck at the Delmar Farmers Market, with help from their son-in-law Andy Scram. Since the market has closed for the winter, Fin — Your Fishmonger truck has been parked each Saturday at the Philips Hardware on Delaware Avenue and the ConRel parking lot on Carmen Road in Guilderland.

Newbie voted into vacant N.Col BOE seat

D. Ron Von Dell was elected to the North Colonie Board of Education in a Special Election on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Just two votes (248-246) separated Von Dell from his opponent, David Rosenthal.

Editorial: Maps go beyond the pale

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

Letter: Amazing Voorheesville talent on display

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

A supermarket mecca

The Capital District’s supermarket scene is heating up.

Letter: Bethlehem well served by ambulance

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

POV: Seeing red's a good thing this month

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

Editorial: Wards ignore the issue

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