Stories for July 2012


Tuesday, July 31

Off and running for Colonie board

There are two Colonie Town Board seats up for grabs on Election Day and four candidates vying for them. Financial disclosures filed with the New York State Board of Elections in July offer a glimpse into how the race is shaping up.

Few decisions on government change

Bethlehem to reexamine issues after budget season

The Bethlehem Town Board is holding off on discussing government reform until later in the year after hearing a report from the Governance Options Study Committee on Wednesday, July 25.

Charges describe party preceding bike-truck crash

Family sets up recovery fund for badly injured Selkirk teen

Witnesses say Shayne Coluccio was “visibly intoxicated” at a house party just before the 16-year-old was struck by a tractor trailer and severely injured, according to court documents.

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Car owners fire up engines for vets

A group of area veterans are making sure their fellow servicemen know they’re appreciated.

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New deputy county exec steps in

Christine Quinn made Albany County history on Friday, July 27, when she served her first day as the new deputy county executive. Appointed by County Executive Dan McCoy after then-deputy county executive Michael Perrin stepped down to “explore other opportunities,” Quinn is the first woman to hold the position.

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Feline Fest connects cats with homes

It was all about the cats at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society’s sixth Feline Fest running Thursday, July 26, to Sunday, July 29. The yearly event is the organization’s effort to “promote” the influx of cats it typically sees during the warmer months.

Monday, July 30

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More motorcycles means more tragedies

Data show increase in staatewide biker fatalities

Motorcycle registrations are on the rise in New York State tothe tune of a 13 percent increase over the past five years, according to the state Department of Transportation. Census data shows the state is home to over 345,000 registered motorcycles as of 2009. At that time, there were nearly 7.9 million motorcycles registered nationally.

Fire displaces dozens

An early morning fire on Friday, July 20, at Bishop Hubbard Apartments at 54 Katherine Drive, Halfmoon prompted residents to flee thebuilding as fire companies battled a fire that is believed to have startedabove an electrical room in an attic space.

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Skye’s the limit for giving

Clifton Park 11-year-old recognized for fundraising efforts

Most 11-year-olds learn money management by saving and buying things for themselves, but not Skye Zagorski of Clifton Park. She spends it on people she doesn’t even know.

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Giants return to town

Fans travel from near and far to see Super Bowl champs practice

Jim Willsen drove his family from Long Island to the University at Albany Friday for the first day of New York Giants training camp.

Sunday, July 29

Golden Eagles deal blow to Dutchmen's playoff hopes

Glens Falls beats Albany in extra innings

Blown chances cost the Albany Dutchmen in their quest to make the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League playoffs.

Albany keeps home shutout streak intact

C.J. Tarver scores twice to lead Mallers past Lackawanna

Christian Brothers Academy has been a good home for the Albany Metro Mallers. The Mallers (3-0) extended their home scoreless streak to eight quarters by beating the Lackawanna Dynasty 37-0 in Saturday night's non-league football game at CBA.

Friday, July 27

Man drowns in Mohawk after fleeing police

After a nighttime traffic stop on Thursday, July 26, a Galway man allegedly jumped into the Mohawk River to escape police and drowned.

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Schenectady woman found guilty of burglary

Erica Thomas, 35, of Schenectady, was found guilty after a jury trial of burglary in the second degree in Albany County Court on Wednesday, July 25.

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‘Life is good’

BHBL teacher and Guilderland resident remembered as fountain of positivity

Beloved teacher Richard Barton, who taught in Burnt Hills Ballston Lake’s Richard H. O’Rourke Middle School, passed away on July 16. To everybody he knew, Barton was a lover of life and always had a smile. He is pictured here with a card signed by over 700 middle school students.

Guilderland bank robbed

Suspect apprehended with money

An Albany man was arrested by police after he allegedly robbed a bank on Western Avenue.

Thursday, July 26

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Money gap grows in 111th Assembly race

Candidates raised around $35k; early spending and fundraising differs

Two candidates vying to represent the 111th Assembly District have raised similar amounts of money, but one’s spending has his reserves running low.

Towns approve central dispatch

Local officials express reservations with support for consolidation plan

Local officials have heeded the county’s call to approve a central dispatch proposal after more than 20 years of deliberations.

Sports poll: How many times do you anticipate attending New York Giants training camp?

New York Giants training camp returns to the University at Albany July 27. Are you going to be there to see them?

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Delmar bowling alley adapts through the decades

Business celebrates 50th anniversary and looks back at history

In celebration of its 50th anniversary and National Bowling Day, Del Lanes will hold its seventh annual Community Day on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Clarksville hosts trip to the past

Seventh annual community-focused Heritage Day set for Aug. 4

Clarksville residents and those from the surrounding area will once again come together to celebrate their history at the seventh annual Clarksville Heritage Day and Car Show on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Police: Man shot himself in leg

A retired cop shot himself in the leg in the changing room at Sears in Colonie Center on Tuesday, July 24, according to Colonie police.

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Watervliet teen faces seven years in prison

A 17-year-old from Watervliet will spend the next seven years in state prison for his role in a series of home invasion burglaries in the City of Watervliet, according to Albany County District Attorney David Soares' office.

Wednesday, July 25

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Former Navy Depot building collapses

Glenville officials push feds for demolition, but process could take time

Glenville police were informed a building partially collapsed at the former Scotia Navy Depot on Sunday, July 15, according to Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle. Now, the town is calling on federal officials to demolish the former administration and commissary building.

Race organizers want runners to get good and messy

Maple Ski Ridge to host first mud run, raise funds for veteran center

Maple Ski Ridge is transforming its slopes for a wild, muddy race through an array of obstacles for a good time and a good cause.

Update: Body found in Selkirk identified

Bethlehem police have identified the male body found in a wooded area off Route 9W on Sunday, July 22.

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Sculpture finds its long-awaited home

A more than decade-long journey for a piece of the World Trade Center ended without fanfare Tuesday, July 24, as a memorial sculpture was at long last installed in the Spa City’s High Rock Park.

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Author hopes for Olympic-sized splash

Karen Board of Burnt Hills anticipated the arrival of the games and the hopes of young athletes a couple of years ago and has timed things just right to have her first book entitled “Splish! Splash! Dolphins and Kids Having Fun in Water” to debut this summer.

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Businesses look forward to Giants’ return

Owners unsure how schedule change might affect bottom line

After the New York Giants organization opted to hold training camp in East Rutherford last year instead of in Albany due to the league-wide lockout, fans are excited for the team’s 2012 return.

Update: Body found in Selkirk

Identity unknown, tatoo on arm

Bethlehem police have a tentative identity of a body found on the side of the road on Route 9W in Selkirk on Sunday, July 22.

And then there were four

The newly redrawn district includes part of Saratoga, Washington and Rensselaer counties, as well as all of Columbia County, and now three challengers are looking to wrest control from incumbent Roy McDonald.

Letter: Consider the process when it comes to Bethlehem’s ward system report

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

Letter: July 4 Declaration Reading a group effort

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

Letter: Colonial Acres a valuable resource

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

Letter: ‘Books’ fundraiser shows troops cared for

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

Letter: Sidewalk service good place to save

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

POV: A jewel in the Village of Altamont

This Point of View column appeared in the July 25 and 26, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: You can handle the truth

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

Tuesday, July 24

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Fisher takes center stage at Legends game

Globetrotter scores 17 points to lead Green team past White team in alumni contest

Tay Fisher stole the show at the first Siena Legends basketball game last Thursday at the Alumni Recreation Center.

Primary candidates stock war chests

Candidates for McEneny’s seat have raised quarter million

The 109th Assembly District race to succeed longtime Assemblyman Jack McEneny remains crowded as six Democrats are officially on the ballot for September’s primary.

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Legally blind student wins scholarship

Student hopes incredible journey will culminate in law career

Debbie Bango didn’t expect her daughter to survive.

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Local art adorns walls of government

The big brick building at 534 New Loudon Road in Latham is the hub of town government. But, the second floor of Colonie Memorial Town Hall also serves another purpose—it doubles as an art gallery.

Taste buds to get local workout

The Pruyn House will become a miniature version of the Capital District on Thursday, Aug. 23, when local food, art and music is spread across the grounds for “A Taste of Local: An Evening of Food, Wine and Talents.”

School supply lists go digital

Some Sand Creek Middle School parents have a new way of getting supply lists for the upcoming school year. Instead of wrinkled pieces of paper sent home the last day of school, they have Teacherlists.com, a website that launched in April and already has supply lists posted for 48,000 classrooms nationwide.

Remillard's home run enough for Dutchmen

Stagg, four relievers shut down Amsterdam

The Albany Dutchmen kept their playoff hopes alive with Monday's 3-2 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League win over first-place Amsterdam at Bob Bellizzi Field.

Monday, July 23

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Local Olympians receive send-off

Delpopolo, Vashkulat head for London Tuesday

Jason Morris knows what it takes to reach the Olympics. It's not all about ability. It's also about sacrificing time and money to make the most of that ability.

Sunday, July 22

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Track opens gates early for family fun

Whether you call it the flat track or the Saratoga Race Course, one thing is for certain: it’s the place to be during the Spa City summer.

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Saratoga Fair in full swing

The Saratoga County Fair is well underway, but before the first guests entered the gates, fair dignitaries and volunteers were already predicting a banner year based on fair memories.

Saturday, July 21

Dutchmen come up short against Watertown

Albany can't get clutch hits in PGCBL loss

The Albany Dutchmen missed an opportunity move up in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League standings.

Friday, July 20

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Local author finds space to write

Annette Collins to hold book signing at Niskayuna Co-op sampling event

As a child, Annette Collins liked to escape into books, and now she has penned her own escape though a tale of romance with a side of mystery.

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Study would focus on Aqueduct property

Friends of Niskayuna Rowing seeks new boathouse with community facilities

A group of Niskayuna rowers are looking to alleviate tight space at a local club with plans for a new boathouse.

Thursday, July 19

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Update: Selkirk teen struck by truck

Police say bicyclist was leaving underage party, remains in serious condition

A Selkirk teen is was serious condition after being struck by a truck last night after leaving an underage party.

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Collins Park beach closed for season

Sediment deposits from Irene affect Scotia swimming, reopening date unclear

The effects of Hurricane Irene stretch on at a popular Scotia swimming destination, meaning people won’t be able to beat the heat there this summer.

Speeding stop leads to three cocaine arrests

A speeding vehicle lead State Police to arrest the three passengers on cocaine charges following a traffic stop.

A message from Scott’s Hallmark: We help you express yourself

This summer we will be opening a store in East Greenbush next to our Hallmark store called Effie & Isabel’s Giftique.

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The time is now for music education

Young children will benefit from musical involvement

According to Noel Liberty, founder and director of The Music Studio, children are ready to embark on a musical education far earlier than people realize.

It’s never too late to say ‘bonjour’

There are lots of benefits to learning a second (or third, or fourth) language. But where does one start?

Learn how lasers can help pain

Malta doctor to demonstrate new technology

A laser that can help treat pain sounds like something off the set of “Star Trek,” but you don’t have to travel light years to find it.

Cops: Armed bank robber sought

Guilderland Bank of America robbed on Wednesday

Guilderland police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a Western Avenue bank on Wednesday, July 18, according to department officials.

Accounting for success

QuickBooks advisor offers training with no string attached

QuickBooks is an impressive accounting tool for businesses, but only if you know how to use it properly.

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Stasior & Stasior: Quality eye care, new location

Comprehensive vision care remains the hallmark of longtime practice

When it comes to vision care, the doctors at Stasior & Stasior believe prevention is the best medicine.

Steiner’s Sports targets newbies to experts

Family owned business takes the time to find the right products for customers

With stores in Valatie, Glenmont and Hudson, Steiner’s caters to athletes of all skill levels.

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Enterprising spirit cuts deep in family

Haslam Tree Service, Inc. and Shannon’s Barber Shop take trimming to a new level

One area family’s entrepreneurial passion is undeniable, with a father and daughter each staking a place in their fields and rising above the competition.

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Fly Boutique a rare catch for the style-conscious

Shortly after Ann Maloney-Costantino moved to Saratoga Springs, she and her daughters were enchanted when one of the youngsters unexpectedly caught a butterfly on an outstretched finger.

A message from the owners of Cartridge World ... We offer eco-friendly printing

Scott and Roberta Tabachneck the owner/operators of Cartridge World of Latham are thrilled to have opened their first store in Latham.

McSharry and Associates Realty caters to its clients

Patrick McSharry went to graduate school to be a clinical psychologist but two years into the program, he decided that while he wanted to help people, he wanted to do it in a very different way than he originally conceived, and a serendipitous conversation with a Realtor, led him down a new path.

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Customers come first at LT's

At LT’s Grill in Niskayuna, you’re a person, not a number.

A message from the owner of Olde Saratoga Coin ... ‘Secondhand dealer’ law could hamper business

Olde Saratoga Coin would like to make a few comments about proposed Local Law Number “F” set forth in 2012, requiring the electronic reporting of transactions by precious metal exchange dealers and secondhand dealers.

An Upstate state of mind

Liquor store landmark pushes into 21st century

At Upstate Wine and Liquor, “selection, service, price” is the name of the game. “That’s what we try to focus on,” said owner Todd Yutzler.

Hudson River Community Credit Union honors local heroes

HRCCU salutes our local community heroes and we thank them for their commitment and their service.

Delmar Dental brings experience to latest technology

Practice has treated generations of area families

Delmar Dental is as much about family history as it is about taking care of people’s teeth.

 Lake Electronics marks 60 years of service

Family-owned business keeps adapting to changing technology

 Lake Electronics, located at 1650 Central Ave. in Colonie, is celebrating its 60th year in business this year. Originally located in the Annette’s Bridal Shop building, Lakemoved to its current location in 1955 when it became obvious that more space was required.

Bourque Mechanical is always on call

For local business, it’s all about the customers

It’s summer time here in the Capital District, which means air conditioners are humming day and night. With a balmy summer already, many A/C units are going nonstop, meaning at some point they’re going to break down.

Whole house approach to saving energy

Zerodraft offers a variety of energy saving services for all types of residential and commercial structures, from keeping homes safe and comfortable to increasing the indoor air quality in schools, health care facilities and office buildings.

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News anchors put theater on the map

Fort Salem Theater finds success with popular musical act

Singing news anchors are not unique to the Capital Region, but in no other market have they enjoyed such long-lasting success.

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Made to travel

Locally owned Tough Traveler has built a reputation on its quality products

Tough Traveler Ltd. designs and manufactures carry-ons, luggage, backpacks, waist packs, tote bags, duffel bags, camera bags, computer bags, briefcases, baby carriers, dog carriers, and a large assortment of pouches - all made in NYS, many used worldwide.

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Band of Gold delivers the hits

Band of Gold has been a staple in the “Great Northeast” music scene and beyond for many years. Over time, the band has endured numerous personnel changes but the philosophy is unchanged: “Play songs people like and play them well!”

Make Trustco Bank your mortgage source

Trustco Bank has been one of the top residential mortgage lenders in its markets for decades, including leading all mortgage lenders in origination volume in both 2010 and 2011 in the Capital Region of New York State.

Three’s the charm at Park Playhouse

ALBANY - The sounds of Broadway play through Washington Park, as people dance on stage, it can only mean one thing, Park Playhouse is gearing up for another season of free theatre. The 24th season kicked off with the Kander and Ebb classic, Cabaret on July 6 running Tuesday through Sunday at 8 p.m. through July 29.

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No fault divorce is available in New York

Tammy Arquette has been practicing for 21 years, primarily in the areas of family law, matrimonial and divorce law, child support, child custody, spousal maintenance, separation agreements, pre-nuptial agreements, and adoptions.

Junk King sees green in trash

Businessman took a leap of faith when starting up rubbish removal business

It was just this past October when Todd Porter made what some would undoubtedly call a questionable decision — he ended a 13-year career in a Manhattan law office and opened a junk removal business in Ravena.

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A fresh spin on a local landmark

Milestone in Glenmont has elegance and options

At Milestone Restaurant & Bar in Glenmont, diners are sure to come away with a “fresh” perspective.

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Regional fixture upgrades image

Phillips Hardware remodels several of its seven stores

Although Phillips Hardware has been a cornerstone of the greater Capital District since 1886, the family is working hard to make sure the business stays up-to-date.

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1st Advantage Dental a first-rate experience

Longtime Capital District dentist Dr. Virginia Plaisted says her move from a private practice to 1st Advantage Dental in 2007 was a natural fit, allowing her to focus more on her patients than managing an office.

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Quality is Universal

Laundromat donated time and services following 2011 storms

The owners of Universal Laundromats are working hard to change the negative views some people might have when it comes to doing laundry outside of the home.

Personal service tradition at R.J. Carignan

Insurance company now flourishes in Clifton Park after 75 years in Troy

Matt Petro is carrying on his father Donald Petro’s legacy of building long-term customer relationships — and exceeding their expectations.

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Rustic Gourmet offers lavish dining at a low price

The Rustic Gourmet offers a varied menu, with entrées along with soups, salads, and a huge array of desserts. Customers can dine in their antique-filled rooms or opt to take their meals home.

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Erie Blvd. progress updates go online

New website unveiled to share project progress and traffic alerts

Before cruising down Erie Boulevard in Schenectady, you might want to surf the web.

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Fireman’s Fair adds rides

Glenmont Fireman’s Fair rolls on for a 56th year

Although the steamed clams are the traditional draw, this year’s 56th annual Glenmont Fireman’s Fair will include carnival rides for attendees of all ages.

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Grant will feed campers

Free lunches will be provided at Bethlehem YMCA summer camps

In its continued effort to fight childhood hunger and provide a place of enlightenment for children outside of the traditional educational setting, the Bethlehem YMCA has received a grant to provide free lunches to summer campers.

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This gala is off the bridle

The Community Action for Parents Teens and Interested Neighbors, or CAPTAIN for short, will again mark the opening of the track with a fundraising gala.

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Center looks to senior health

Last year, there were 36,815 people eligible for Medicare residing in Saratoga County. That makes for a sizable population of seniors who need something to do, and the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga on Williams Street in Saratoga Springs is trying to fill that niche.

Strong pitching propels Dutchmen past Diamond Dawgs

Snyder, DeWitt combine on one-hitter for Albany

Strong pitching and a big second inning helped the Albany Dutchmen defeat the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs 9-1 in Wednesday's Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at Bob Bellizzi Field.

Wednesday, July 18

Police checkpoint near Camp Bisco yields drug arrests

State Police arrested two Rochester residents attending Camp Bisco on several drug charges at an established traffic stop in Duanesburg.

High water demand busts pump

Rotterdam purchases new motor for $14k, repairs busted motor for backup

The effects of hot, dry weather came into very real focus recently, when one of the electric pump motors in Rotterdam Water District 5’s water treatment plant on Rice Road ran for 16 days nonstop before it cracked from the stress on Monday, July 9.

Sports poll: Where is your favorite hang-out spot at Saratoga Race Course?

With Saratoga Race Course opening July 20 for its 144th summer meet, we want to know where you like to hang out while watching the top thoroughbreds run.

Farley to face newcomer Thorne

Republican Hugh Farley and Democrat Madelyn Thorne are set to face off in a contest for to represent the new 49th Senate District. Thorne kicked off her campaign on Sunday, July 1, at Proctor’s Theater.

Editorial: Don’t get burned this summer

This editorial appeared in the July 18 and 19, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Draw your own conclusions

This editorial appeared in the July 18, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, July 17

POV: Summer a chance to be a kid again

This Point of View column appeared in the July 18 and 19, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Broken glass closes pool

Elm Ave. Park pool broken into overnight

The Bethlehem town pool at Elm Avenue Park was vandalized on the night of Tuesday, July 10, according to Bethlehem Parks and Recreation officials.

Cops: We’re cut to the bone

Report tallying potential cuts draws ire of police

The latest report presented by Bethlehem’s Budget Advisory Committee identified about $550,000 worth of potential savings in the town’s Police Department, but police brass say the force is already limited.

Supervisor’s involvement in report questioned

Subcommittee members say final version of ward system suggestions altered

Some Bethlehem Town Board members have called into question the legitimacy of a Governance Options Study drafted by an advisory committee after subcommittee members said the final version doesn’t mesh with previous drafts.

Town moves to start clock on Loudon House

The Loudon House project has been a hot topic for many Colonie residents, and at the Thursday, July 26, meeting Town Board they’ll have another chance to voice their concerns.

Candidates file petitions

Democrat hopefuls in the 110th Assembly race are officially candidates after submitting designating petitions with enough signatures to get on the Sept. 13 primary ballot. Candidates for Albany County District Attorney also got their signatures in by the Thursday, July 12, due date.

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Money and travel: What you need to know before you go

Spotlight on Finance

Vacations can be budget busting and stressful. This article offers readers tips on how to effectively manage their money and find savings both before and during vacation to ensure that their vacation is relaxing, safe and budget friendly.

Monday, July 16

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The transformation begins at UAlbany

Campus readies itself for the return of the New York Giants

New York Giants training camp director of operations Kevin Galuski addressed his 50 young interns last Thursday in the bowels of the University at Albany’s Physical Education building.

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Saratoga Sparks place second at nationals

AAU team features several of the top high school juniors in Section II

Some of the top Section II girls basketball players proved they are among the nation’s best players.

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From the office to the stage

Local band frontman is a lobbyist by day, rock star by night

By day, John Salka looks like every other lobbyist at Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein, a law firm in downtown Albany. Clad in business attire and working with state legislators, Salka is every bit the professional.

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Scotia Diner eyes early August opening

Renovations continue at new location, asbestos removal stresses budget

“All I want to do is cook again,” Scotia Diner Manager and Chef Terry Kyratzis said Tuesday, July 10, as he stood inside the restaurant’s new location, which is beginning to take shape.

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The farm, and more, comes to you at fair

The Saratoga County Fair is celebrating its 171st year, and has much to offer fairgoers. Everything from food and music to animal exhibits and dairy demonstrations will take place over the weeklong event at the fairgrounds in Ballston Spa — even sharks will make an appearance this year.

Fatal crash claims Camp Bisco attendee

A Maine woman attending Camp Bisco died after striking a guiderail on the state Thruway, according to police.

Sunday, July 15

Albany dominates Amsterdam in EFL victory

Lumpkin, Tarver have big games for the Metro Mallers

The Albany Metro Mallers raised their Empire Football League record to 2-0 with Saturday's 27-6 victory at Amsterdam.

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Dutchmen don't make things easy in victory

Albany overcomes five errors to edge Glens Falls

The path back to .500 was not an easy one for the Albany Dutchmen. Albany overcame five errors and a late Glens Falls rally to beat the Golden Eagles 6-5 in Saturday's Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at Bob Bellizzi Field.

Saturday, July 14

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Cool cars coming to café

Three years ago, Eran Wasserman set down some new roots for himself in scenic Charlton after living in Israel and Manhattan. He’s found country life to his liking — so much so that he’s finding a way to give back to the community through his business and a passion for cool cars.

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Bagging an end to hunger

Niskayuna Co-op to hold fundraiser for SICM summer lunch program

Many children are excited when the school bell rings for the last time before summer break, but some parents grapple with how they’ll be able to provide lunch during the summer months.

Friday, July 13

Police: babysitter left infant in parked car at mall

A 1-year-old’s babysitter allegedly left the infant in a car as she shopped at Rotterdam Square Mall.

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Green acres for eternity

Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery offers new ‘eco’ burial plots, first of its kind in region

Being green is increasing in popularity and area environmental stewards can now rest easier knowing even after they pass their footprint will be a little smaller.

Camp Bisco attendee arrested on marijuana charge

Rotterdam police on Friday, July 13, stopped a vehicle coming from Camp Bisco and allegedly found the driver to be in possession of marijuana, according to police reports.

Young bowler remembered with bowl-a-thon

Bowling coach of girl who died on Florida vacation organizes fundraiser

Jake Rivers, a bowling coach at Spare Time in Latham, thought 11-year-old Ashton Jojo was funny.

County CRC approves Ellis bond

The Schenectady County Capital Resource Corporation recently approved and closed on $15.3 million in bond financing for Ellis Medicine.

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Travel advisory: Glenridge Road closure begins Monday

A portion of Glenridge Road between Bradt Road and Bruce Drive in Clifton Park and Glenville will be closed to any motorists for approximately seven days, beginning on Monday, July 16, at 9 a.m., due to construction work.

Thursday, July 12

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GE opens battery plant, expansion planned

Facility will employ 450 workers through $170M production investment

GE leaders on Tuesday, July 10, held a grand opening for its $100 million advanced manufacturing battery facility in Schenectady and announced plans to invest an additional $70 million to expand production capabilities.

Drug overdose blamed for Camp Bisco death

New Jersey man dies day before music festival starts

State Police on Wednesday, July 11, were dispatched to the music festival at Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville for an unresponsive subject and found a 29-year-old William P. Graumann deceased in his tent, according to police reports.

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Gala paints the town white for Saratoga Bridges

Saratoga Bridges is over half a century old, having offered services and programs to the developmentally disabled since 1953. Today its mission is bigger than ever as it serves over 800 individuals and their families.

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Central dispatch nearly a reality

County Legislature approves UCC plan, Glenville super voices support

For more than 20 years, local officials have sought to implement a central dispatch for Schenectady County, and it appears they won’t have to wait much longer.

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Tractor trailer fire stops traffic

An 18-wheeler caught fire on the Delmar Bypass on Wednesday

Traffic was stopped on the evening of Wednesday, July 11, after a tractor trailer caught fire on the Delmar Bypass, according to Elsmere Fire officials.

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Colonie woman accused of welfare fraud begins prison sentence

The Colonie woman accused of swindling county entitlement programs to receive benefits began her two to six year prison sentence on Thursday, July 12, according to Albany County District Attorney David Soares' office.

Rotterdam teen stabbed three times in dispute

Rotterdam police allegedly found an 18-year-old man bleeding from several stab wounds upon responding to a domestic disturbance.

A gift for the littlest hearts

It takes nine months for a life to be welcomed into this world but only a few seconds for it to be taken away.

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APF expansion hampered by zoning issues

Public hearing on rezone set after proposal hits variance snag

The Animal Protective Foundation had hoped for a speedy approval on plans to expand its Glenville facility, but some unexpected hurdles must first be cleared.f

Pool store burglar caught on video

Rotterdam police on Tuesday, July 3, arrested Jody L. Mayer, 50, of 634 Poutre Ave., Rotterdam, for allegedly burglarizing Caribbean Pools & Spas.

Wednesday, July 11

Sports poll: What "extreme" sport would you be willing to try?

In conjunction with this week's feature story about the Pine Bush Triathlon, we ask you what sport you might be willing to try.

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Young swimmers meet their idols

Three Albany Starfish travel west to watch the Olympic trials and participate in clinics

Caroline McGraw and Emma Griffith got to see some of their swimming heroes up close.

Tipped tanker spills whey

An overturned tanker trailer spilled approximately 3,000 gallons of whey product on the entrance ramp of Thruway exit 25A, according to police reports.

Double M saddles up

Not everyone might realize it, but it does every summer at the Double M Western Store, where on Friday and Saturday nights from July 6 through Aug. 31 you can catch an honest-to-goodness rodeo.

Letter: Award winner gives hope for a better and more peaceful world

This letter appeared in the July 11, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Cunningham comes with conflicts

This letter appeared in the July 11, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

POV: Sometimes a future takes work

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

Editorial: Let locals have fracking say

This editorial appeared in the July 11 and 12, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, July 10

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Young dancer takes stage with the masters

Colonie boy secures role in NYC Ballet production at SPAC

Six-year-old John Zorbas of Colonie can’t wait until he’s big and strong enough to lift ballerinas high into the air – and he’s well on his way.

Local church has a mission

Church holds ice cream social to benefit trip to Nicaragua

Next month, 15 people from Bethlehem Lutheran Church will donate their time to children in need by participating in a service trip to Nicaragua. But to make the trip possible, donations are still needed from members of the community.

Guilderland bans hydrofracking

Few speak out against barring controversial drilling method

The Guilderland Town Board unanimously passed a ban on natural gas extraction within the town’s limits at a recent meeting in an attempt to preserve the “health, safety and welfare” of the municipality’s residents.

Eatery grades out in the open

New law requires Albany County restaurants to post health inspection results

Picture this. It’s 6 p.m. on a Friday night and you’re starving. You walk through the door of your favorite restaurant, expecting to eat a hygienically prepared meal in a clean dining room. But do you know how the restaurant scored on its most recent health inspection? Are you about to dine in an “excellent” restaurant or a “fair” restaurant?

Work begins on bridge rehabs

There are more than 17,000 bridges in New York State—some so small it’s hard to tell exactly what they span, others massive fixtures and icons—and with $19.9 million being distributed through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NY Works program, 11 of those bridges will get a major makeover through next year. Construction on the Congress Street Bridge that links Troy and Watervliet began on Tuesday, July 3, and is expected to be completed by 2013.

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Last quack for Aqua Ducks

Popular amphibious tours to end, vehicles sold out of state

For nine years, it hasn’t been uncommon to hear an uncoordinated chorus of synthetic quacks take over the streets of downtown Albany. Each guest who climbs aboard an Aqua Duck trolley gets a colorful “Quacker Whistle,” shaped like a duck bill and emitting a distinct squawk. It’s been the attraction’s calling card, almost as notorious as the half on land, half on water tour itself.

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Karner blue coming back

Endangered butterfly re-introduced to Pine Bush, can be seen through mid-July

If you’ve never seen an endangered species up close, now’s your chance.

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Building up books

The Schoharie Library lost more than 5,000 books in post-Tropical Storm Irene flooding. It was closed until just two weeks ago. The recovery is still a work in progress and staff at the William K. Sanford Library in the Town of Colonie are trying to speed things up.

Monday, July 9

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Metro Mallers begin CBA era with win

Defending EFL champions beat Glens Falls at new home

The Albany Metro Mallers have moved to the suburbs. After playing the majority of their 40 seasons at Albany’s Bleecker Stadium, the Mallers began their 2012 Empire Football League campaign Saturday by beating the Glens Falls Greenjackets 21-0 at their new home – Christian Brothers Academy in Colonie.

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The moon is within reach

The Schenectady Museum will host one of eight touchable moon rocks in the world when NASA’s Driven to Explore exhibit visits on Thursday and Friday, July 12 and 13.

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New business catering to kids bounces on scene

Greg Hays was responsible for setting up battlefield communication systems for troops when he served in Iraq. Now, he’s no longer concerned with signals bouncing around, but rather keeping kids bouncing.

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Garden Club looks to children

Group dedicates garden in hopes of inspiring younger generation

The Bethlehem Garden Club is working to get younger generations more interested in local horticulture.

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It’s a new game for young learners

Bethlehem’s tennis clinics upgraded through grant

The Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department has received a $2,600 grant through the United States Tennis Association’s 10-and-Under Program to revamp its Youth Tennis Clinics

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Bethlehem celebrates the Fourth

Declaration reading, old-time baseball and family fun mark Independence Day

The heat helped, rather than hindered, participation in Family Day events put on by the Town of Bethlehem at Elm Avenue Park.

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McCloskey, Tedeschi win Pine Bush Triathlon

Annual event draws competitors from near and far

Pat Sommo has an intimate knowledge of the Pine Bush Triathlon's bicycle course. The 11.5-mile portion of the Albany-to-Guilderland triathlon passes right by Sommo's house, which provides incentive for the 44-year-old to compete.

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Stagg pitches Albany back to .500

Dutchmen take advantage of Glens Falls miscues to pull out win

Strong starting pitching has moved Albany back to the .500 mark in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.

Friday, July 6

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Movement started From Scratch

The club is a network of growing knowledge about local food and its members are willing to share what they learn, offering food swaps (open to the public and free, donations accepted) and do-it-yourself classes held at various locations throughout the Capital District.

Thursday, July 5

Man gets 30 years to life in prison for fatal beating

A Cohoes man was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison on Thursday, July 5, for a December beating that proved fatal, according to Albany District Attorney David Soares.

Sports poll: How will Jimmer Fredette do in his second NBA season?

In conjunction with our feature story about Jimmer Fredette's return to the region last week to conduct a youth basketball camp, we're asking you how will Glens Falls' most famous athlete will do when he returns to action this fall with the NBA's Sacramento Kings.

Schalmont seeks say on super search

Residents can share opinions at meetings and online survey

Schalmont school officials are looking to community members to help select the next district leader.

A driveway dilemma

Rotterdam homeowner sues developer for property infringement

Patience has boiled over for a Ghents Road homeowner, as he fears residential development in Rotterdam could cut off access off to his property.

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Nisky High School becomes one with nature

Biology teacher unveils ‘outdoor science classroom’

Hands-on learning will be taking on an entirely new meaning at Niskayuna high school next year.

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Books go into OverDrive

Whether you prefer to read a book printed on paper or appearing on a screen can be a very personal decision. But thanks to OverDrive, a program within the Upper Hudson Library System, you can now find both at your local library.

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Dog days of summer can present dangers

Whether indoors or out, making sure dogs have access to plentyof drinking water and a spot in the shade or cool area is also very important. “If you do put a water bowl for them outside, make sure it’s nota metal one. It can heat up and get really hot,” said Peggy Frezon, a pet expertfor Guideposts magazine and writer for Be the Change for Animals. She advisesto use a plastic bowl for outside water and to change it frequently.

Wednesday, July 4

Bethlehem’s budget review continues

Committee considers water and sewer fee hikes, cut of leaf pickup

The Bethlehem Town Board continues to hear from department heads and the Budget Advisory Committee options for scaling back the 2013 budget. On Wednesday, June 27 presentations were given by the Department of Public Works, the Highway Department and Senior Services.

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An art project with sole

Bethlehem artists hoof it to Albany for BID’s new installation

Thirteen local artists worked on this year's Sculpture in the Streets exhibition put on by the Albany Business Improvement District. Titled "Stand in the Sole of Albany," the exhibition includes a walking tour of the six 7-foot clogs distributed and the four sets of 3-foot pairs to showcase the region's Dutch influence.

POV: The next big thing in social media

This point of view column appeared in the July 4 and 5, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Let arguments ring

This editorial appeared in the July 4 and 5, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Sidewalks needed for safety

This letter appeared in the July 4, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Reform Dems have right idea

This letter appeared in the July 4, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, July 3

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Budgeting 101 in the Spa City

Who exactly is responsible for the Saratoga Springs City budget? How is the surplus tracked and spent? If you’ve ever wondered about how the Spa City handles its dollars and cents, you apparently aren’t alone.

SJCC offers reward for pool vandalism information

The Schenectady Jewish Community Center was able to reopen its outdoor pool before the Fourth of July holiday weekend, but the hunt for the culprit, or culprits, is continuing with an incentive.

Officials urge, caution, responsibility for Fourth

The Fourth of July is a day full of breathtaking firework displays, relaxing cookouts and extreme patriotism. Whether you’re traveling to spend it with your in-laws or just staying home, the Fourth is also one of the busiest days of the year.

Monday, July 2

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Winging it at Jefferson Elementary

Butterfly garden brings classroom lessons to life

Elementary students are always excited to be free from homework and test prep, but a recent effort spearheaded by a second-grade teacher wed getting outside with learning.

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Keeping it simple

The boutique has been open since early May, but Rello decided to have a grand opening on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23. Business so far has been “steady and good,” she said.

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Marine gets firefighter's welcome home

Members of the Selkirk Fire Department joined the family and friends of Jake Snide in welcoming the Marine home from a tour in Afghanistan.

Taste test shows G'land has 'best tasting water'

According to a handful of residents who tasted tap water from around the Capital District for the 2012 Albany County Drinking Water Taste Test, the Town of Guilderland has the tastiest.

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Access granted

People with disabilities allowed free access to town parks and facilities

Buddy Washburn looks like a typical 11-year-old. He’s hyper. He has a wide, toothy smile and a laugh that shakes his whole body and lights up his whole face. He’s obsessed with cars and loves to swim. He talks a mile a minute and is on the honor roll at Sand Creek Middle School.

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Soares kicks off reelection campaign with rallies

Albany County District Attorney David Soares is brushing off attacks from his opponent, Lee Kindlon, saying they’re nothing he hasn’t heard before and he doesn’t expect voters to feed into them.

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Summer job? Try summer business

Stephen Bliven, 19, of Latham, knew he needed a summer job. But the Southern Vermont college student didn’t just find one, he created it.

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Don't forget the pets

New trailers provide ‘animal shelters in a box’ during evacuations

If you ever have to evacuate, don’t forget to pack the pets.

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New tech blossoms in old growth

Bilingual audio tour unveiled at Lisha Kill Preserve

Don’t forget to bring your smartphone the next time you trek into nature.