Stories for May 2012


Thursday, May 31

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No strings attached, only played

The Northeast String Orchestra in Clifton Park offers children who play string instruments opportunities to play in an ensamble, an option not always available elsewhere.

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Glenwyck senior housing project seeks rezoning

Glenville complex would have 104 units of assisted living space

Before construction on a new $7.3 million senior complex in Glenville starts, developers need to secure a zoning amendment.

RCS School Board President arrested

RCS School Board President John Vadney was arrested on Saturday, May 26 and charged with aggravated harassment, according to the Albany County District Attorney's Office.

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Miss NY has a cause fit for a crown

Mohonasen middle school students hear anti-bully talk

Even Miss New York can’t escape bullying in her life, so she made it her mission to help bring an end to it across the state.

Girls lacrosse: Shaker edges Guilderland for Class A title

Lennon's late goal lifts Blue Bison to first Sectional championship

The Shaker girls lacrosse team recorded a pair of firsts Wednesday -- its first Section II Class A title, and its first win over Guilderland in coach Courtney Hill's four years at the Latham school.

Wednesday, May 30

Sports poll: What summer sporting event are you looking forward to?

Now that we've passed the Memorial Day weekend, it's time to start thinking about summer and all of the great sports options we have here in the Capital District.

Christmas Eve attacker sentenced to jail time

Incident occurred in a parking lot in Colonie in 2010

The Halfmoon man who stabbed a man in the parking lot of a Colonie restaurant on Christmas Eve 2010 was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in State Prison plus three years of post release supervision in Albany County Court on Wednesday, May 30, according to Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

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Glenmont hosts first Teaching Garden

Students did building and planting, and will soon eat veggies of their labors

Glenmont Elementary School students may soon be snacking on some healthier food options they helped growth themselves.

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A Clean Break that stays true

Delmar author pens second novel to follow 2010’s ‘Stash’

Much in the same vein as his 2010 debut novel “Stash,” local author David Klein said his newest book is about relationships and what happens when people are inadvertently brought together after unexpected life events.

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Town gets another look at housing development

Proposal tweaked to include double-unit homes

A proposal to the Bethlehem Town Board could bring new life to a Selkirk housing development that has been in the works for 20 years.

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Police seek tips from the public in fatal hit and run

The Colonie Police Department is asking for the public's help in solving a fatal hit and run accident on Central Avenue that killed a 57-year-old man last week.

Soares: Repeat DWI offenders facing jail

Two repeat DWI offenders face jail time after pleading guilty in Albany County Court on Tuesday, May 29, according to Albany County District Attorney David Soares' office.

Clarkson endorses reform group

Dem chairman slams supervisor’s support

Bethlehem Town Supervisor John Clarkson spoke out in favor of the newly formed Bethlehem Reform Democrats group during an informational meeting held on Tuesday, May 22.

Letter: Review must include open space

This letter appeared in the May 30, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Editorial: The best way to do briefs

This editorial appeared in the May 30 and 31, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Crowded race to succeed McEneny

Party makes no endorsement after presumptive frontrunner bows out

There is no clear frontrunner for the 109th Assembly District held by longtime Assemblyman Jack McEneny after Albany County Democrats opted not to endorse a candidate at a committee meeting on Wednesday, May 23.

Letter: Dem Committee out of touch

This letter appeared in the May 30, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Lack of detail on contract troubling

This letter appeared in the May 30, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

POV: Growing up in Memorial Day, USA

This point of view column appeared in the May 30 and 31, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, May 29

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Airport art

New gallery opens on second floor

A new partnership between Saratoga Arts and Albany International Airport’s Art and Culture Program is ensuring the old departure space on the second floor of the airport won’t stand vacant.

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Police department honors officers

Last summer marked the first time a Colonie police officer fired shots at a suspect in more than a decade, but it was those actions by Sgt. Daniel Belles that Chief Steve Heider said saved the lives of three civilians and two police officers.

Monday, May 28

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Spa City Memorial Day Parade 2012 - with photo gallery!

In its current form, the Saratoga Memorial Day Parade has been around for at least twenty-five years, though it almost became history until late last week due to a lack of funds and participation.

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Bethlehem Memorial Day 2012

The Bethlehem community commemorates its veterans and those soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

Colonie Senior Services May activities

A look at what's happening at Colonie Senior Services in May

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Clifton Park looks to Town Center zoning

As towns in the northern stretches of the Capital District grow and change, so does their land use. To better equip themselves with the necessary tools to manage growth, some towns are revisiting their zoning practices.

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Glendale Home construction contracts awarded

Dems tout bids as $6M under budget, two legislators call project boondoggle

Construction plans for the new Glendale Nursing Home are set in concrete as legislators approved the award of 15 bids for the project.

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Sleepy town wakes for annual festivities

The rural Town of Charlton may not have as many events as neighboring towns, but when it does, it’s done right.

New regulations brewing in Glenville

Micro-breweries and micro-wineries to be defined in town code

The Glenville Town Board on Wednesday, May 16, approved holding a public hearing on Wednesday, June 20, on adding zoning text amendments regarding micro-breweries and micro-wineries to its Town Code.

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To market, to market to buy ...

Almost anything is available at area farmers' markets, now in full swing

As warmer weather settles in, farmers markets are starting to set up shop around the region. Each offers something a little different but they all have one thing in common: fresh, local food.

Sunday, May 27

Boys lacrosse: Niskayuna pulls away for Class A title

Silver Warriors control second half against Shen

Ball control proved to be the difference between Niskayuna and Shenendehowa in Saturday's Section II Class A boys lacrosse final.

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Boys lacrosse: Glens Falls gets by Scotia-Glenville

Matt Mender makes 15 saves in Class C final

Matt Mender slammed the door shut on the Scotia-Glenville boys lacrosse team.

Baseball: Scotia-Glenville's rally falls short in semis

Queensbury's fourth inning outburst enough for Spartans

The Scotia-Glenville baseball team fell short in its attempt to reach the Section II Class A finals for the second year in a row.

Saturday, May 26

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Softball: Loudonville Christian cruises into Class D semifinals

Rollis' sixth no-hitter of season paves the way

Alexis Rollis pitched her sixth no-hitter of the season, and Loudonville Christian poured on the runs in a 27-0 victory over Sharon Springs in Friday's Section II Class D softball quarterfinal game in Loudonville.

Softball: Guilderland rallies past Bethlehem

Lady Dutch pound out 20 hits in Sectional victory

In one of the wildest softball games of the year, Guilderland rallied from a nine-run deficit to stun Bethlehem 16-15 in Friday's Section II Class AA quarterfinal game in Delmar.

Friday, May 25

Sign law, ethics code go to public hearings

No provision made for not-for-profit signs on public land

The Bethlehem Town Board has set public hearings on changes to two laws that have been a matter of discussion for weeks.

Niskayuna swiftly approves PBA contract

Landry: two-year agreement addresses town’s fiscal constraints, fair to union and town

Less than five months after the Niskayuna police union contract expired the town has settled on an agreement that is to save the town money when compared to the previous contract.

State OKs new holiday alcohol sale hours in Schenectady County

Local liquor and wine storeowners have something to cheer about this Memorial Day, as it will be the first holiday in Schenectady County during which limits on hours of sales have been lifted.

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Tae Kwon Do instructor arrested for rape

A Colonie Tae Kwon Do instructor who was arrested on child pornography charges a week ago was arrested again on Thursday, May 24, this time being charged with two counts of rape in the second degree, according to State Police reports.

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Baseball: Collett pitches Guilderland past Shaker

Senior tosses two-hitter to lead Dutchmen into semifinals

It wasn't a vintage pitching performance by Dylan Collett, but he got the job done. Collett pitched a two-hitter to lead No. 3 Guilderland past No. 6 Shaker 6-1 in Thursday's Section II Class AA quarterfinal baseball game.

Thursday, May 24

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Running with spirit

Lori Noel saw running as a way to stay in control of cancer, a way of “winning the battle,” and it served her well at last year’s Freihofer’s Run for Women, where she ran with her sister, Mary Lee Smaldone of Saratoga Springs.

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[Photo Gallery] Niska-Day 31

Annual community event draws crowd for parade and fairground attractions

Town pride shined during the sunny 31st annual Niska-Day on Saturday, May 19, as its parade kicked-off the celebration stretching past sunset.

Voters to decide on Spa City government change

Saratoga Springs voters will have a say on doing away with the city’s commission form of government come the November election.

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Cancer never sleeps

The Shellstrong Foundation’s most recent effort, the Be StrongStroll, will be held Saturday, June 2, overnight into Sunday. It will be held at Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School starting at 5 p.m. and will end at 7a.m. the following morning.

Wednesday, May 23

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Walking the walk

Scotia-Glenville students participate in diabetes awareness activities

A North Carolina man helped put a face to diabetes for local elementary students while inspiring them to achieve their goals and never give up.

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Rotterdam Junction Brownfield proposal complete

Planners say flooding means better chances for funding

Redevelopment efforts in Rotterdam Junction highlighted in the Brownfield Opportunity Area study might be achieved more swiftly since floodwaters ripped through the community.

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

This week, we turn our attention to the Section II Class AA baseball playoffs, where anything can -- and usually does -- happen.

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Baseball: Schalmont ready for next step

Sabres enter Class B playoffs as No. 2 seed

If last Saturday’s game against Voorheesville is any indication, the Schalmont baseball team is ready for the Section II playoffs.

Mohonasen legend dies

Bill Baker spent 31 years coaching at Rotterdam school

Mohonasen High School Athletic Hall of Fame coach and athletic director Willard (Bill) Baker died last Wednesday at the age of 79.

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An outdoors education

Annual Five Rivers event teaches youngsters about the environment

Each year since 1995, groups of elementary students from schools throughout the Capital District have been brought to the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar to participate in a conservation field day.

Town seeks help with highways

Bethlehem officials are seeking corporate sponsors to adopt major highways throughout the town.

Another helping hand for Rail Trail

Grant could portend opening of another segment in New Scotland, Voorheesville

The Voorheesville Community and School Foundation has given a significant donation to help open the next section of the Albany County Rail Trail.

Letter: Openness critical in local politics

This letter appeared in the May 23, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

POV: Table talk with tots yields fun surprises

This point of view column appeared in the May 23 and 24, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Keep the memory alive

This editorial appeared in the May 23 and 24, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: A thank you to Bethlehem Central budget voters

This letter appeared in the May 23, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Time for a change in Democratic Party

This letter appeared in the May 23, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Local dispatchers make a difference

This letter appeared in the May 23, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, May 22

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In Burnt Hills, everybody loves a parade

Thursday, June 7 will mark the 11th year for the Burnt Hills Flag Day Parade, an idea introduced by BHBL teacher Gary Bynon shortly after Nine Eleven.

Guilderland schools warns of suspicious man

Update: Guilderland police say man believed to be suspicious by residents not a threat.

Pair arrested for driving a stolen car on the thruway

Saugerties couple arrested for allegedly driving a stolen car in Bethlehem.

Town looks to tweak child care options

Colonie Youth Center, Inc. is poised to take over town-run after-school programs and summer camp duties, but some parents are worried about how the new arrangement would affect their children and voiced their concerns at the Thursday, May 17, Town Board meeting.

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Siena grad hopes to help women

When Liska Wilson was laid off last fall, she knew that even with a degree in marketing management from Siena College, getting someone to hire her would be an uphill battle. So, she took matters into her own hands.

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Center opens 'For Your Canvenience'

At For Your Canvenience, it’s all about convenience.

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Finding the Big Picture

Colonie grad pens book on mental illness, bullying

Luke Donovan’s childhood was, at the very least, a bit odd.

Monday, May 21

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Invention Convention encourages problem solving

Are you tired of long shoelaces getting in the way of your stroll? How about that darn mud and debris that builds up in horse shoes after a long ride? Well, some young minds are at work solving these dilemmas and more by inventing products like a shoe magnet and a lighted hoof picker as part of the Capital District Invention Convention.

Patriot Square apartments OK’d

Glenville Planning Board conditionally approves revised site plan

A development of 156 apartments will be coming to Glenville after getting the green light from the town.

Broadcast fee proposal returns in Rotterdam

Town Board to decide on annual $5k agreement with public access provider

A proposal to sign on with Open Stage Media has gained new life in the Town of Rotterdam after it was put on hold during a previous administration.

Sunday, May 20

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Former teacher keeps the old new

Have you ever heard of a French Connection to Ballston or wondered about what the town was like 100 years ago? Those answers and more will be revealed by Town Historian Rick Reynolds in a presentation entitled “History Isn’t Old, It’s New” on Tuesday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall Community Room on Charlton Road.

Friday, May 18

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Final wave of the baton for conductor

Rand Reeves has been conducting the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society for 22 years. On Sunday, May 20, he will wave his baton a final time at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center at 3 p.m. for a much anticipated concert event.

Teacher from Maple Avenue Middle School arrested

New York State Police in Wilton arrested Joseph Bruno, age 29, of Gansevoort today on the charge of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Bruno is a math teacher at Maple Avenue Middle School, Saratoga Springs City School District.

Police: Man tried to swindle woman into paying for work she didn't request

A Latham man who police said stole $200 from an elderly woman after trying to swindle her into paying for labor she said she didn't request was arrested on Friday, May 18, according to State Police reports.

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Dancing the Niska-Day away

Town pride to shine at 31st Niska-Day with food, fun and a side of grout

Putting on your dancing shoes might be a good idea before going to Niska-Day this year.

Tae Kwon Do instructor slapped with child porn charges

A Colonie Tae Kwon Do instructor was arrested on child pornography charges Thursday, May 17, according to Colonie police.

Thursday, May 17

SPAC 5K Rock and Run

Rock and Run 5K presented by WEQX and SPAC

Cohoes purse snatcher faces jail time

A Cohoes man faces jail time for snatching the pocket book of an elderly woman after pleading guilty to one count of attempted robbery in the second degree, a felony, in Albany County Court on Thursday, May 17, according to Albany County District Attorney David Soares' office.

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Early trip to court in Congressional race

Dieterich challenges Tonko’s third-party petition signatures

Bob Dieterich is hoping to strike Paul Tonko’s name from the Independence Party ballot line, but Tonko is confident his name will remain.

Company expanding at Glenville tech park

Integrated Fab Technologies to beef up production facility

A subsidiary of DHA Holdings is strengthening its local roots by tripling the size of its production facility in the Glenville Business and Technology Park.

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Summer reading kicks off

State’s annual library promotion initiative kicks off in Bethlehem

In its continued effort to promote education outside of the classroom, the state has announced the beginning of this year’s summer reading initiative in libraries throughout New York.

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A stitch in time

Delmar man organizes sewing machine collection for overseas donation

Delmar resident Charlie Hughes is working to collect old sewing machines to help provide a better life for impoverished people around the world.

Early budget forecast bleak

Bethlehem’s budget gap to run up to $3.5M

The Town of Bethlehem is facing a possible $3.5 million budget gap for the coming year once the Selkirk Cogen energy plant goes back on the tax rolls.

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Saratoga County voters say yes in four school districts

School districts in Saratoga County recorded strong turnout on Tuesday, May 15, when voters approved school budgets for the 2012-13 school year.

Wednesday, May 16

Sports poll: Which girls lacrosse player should be the Suburban Council’s MVP?

This week, we've got our five candidates for the Suburban Council girls lacrosse most valuable player.

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Spanish snacking in the Spa City

Saratoga Springs’s culinary corridor is about to grow again. Boca Bistro, a Spanish Bistro and Tapas Bar, is expected to open in its Broadway location on Friday, June 1, thanks in part to sharks on the west coast and some thin mountain air.

Long-distance dedication

BC-led program connects students from across the globe to educate, help

Bethlehem Central Middle School teacher Bill Reilly works to promote tolerance among students around the world.

Letter: Thanks for supporting team

This letter appeared in the May 16, 2012, edition of the Bethlehem Spotlight.

Letter: Town committee already open to those willing and committed

This letter appeared in the May 16, 2012, edition of the Bethlehem Spotlight.

Letter: Democrats need democracy

This letter appeared in the May 16, 2012, edition of the Bethlehem Spotlight.

Letter: Get involved in your party

This letter appeared in the May 16, 2012, edition of the Bethlehem Spotlight.

POV: Program all about the right Choices

This point of view column appeared in the May 16 and 17, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Visit us on the go

This editorial appeared in the May 16 and 17, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, May 15

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Expansion of Malta’s highway garage moving forward

At Malta’s Town Board meeting on Tuesday, May 7, many issues were discussed - though the proposed expansion of the highway garage rose to the surface.

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BC’s tax cap challenge succeeds

Record turnout for landmark vote, 63 percent approve of budget

Voters in the Bethlehem Central School District approved a 2012-13 school year budget today by a margin of 4,035 votes to 2,405 votes.

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[UPDATED] Schenectady County school budget vote results

All four district budgets and bus proposals approved, board incumbents reelected

Communities showed strong support for school district budgets throughout Schenectady County as budgets passed by comfortable margins Tuesday, May 15.

Albany County school budget vote results

Check here for the results of school budget, board of education and proposition votes in school districts across Albany County.

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Students urged to stop and think about drinking

Area campaign focuses on preventing teen drinking at prom

The Alliance with the Medical Society of the State of New York is launching its annual “Think, Don’t Drink” campaign to heighten awareness among teens about the dangers of underage drinking.

Rotterdam Town Board meeting days halved

Board approves moving agenda meetings to same day as regular meetings

The Rotterdam Town Board at its Wednesday, April 25, meeting approved holding agenda meetings at 5:30 p.m. prior to regularly scheduled board meetings.

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Turnout strong at BC polls

Poll workers said turnout is strong midway through today's budget vote.

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A perfect game for all

They named themselves the “House of Six” —two college boys from Florida and one each from Louisiana, Kansas, Arizona and Connecticut, living together under one roof.

Town looks into logging at Stony Creek

Idea first considered in 2002 as revenue generator, town waits for bids

The Town of Colonie is looking into just how lucrative logging at the Stony Creek Reservoir in Clifton Park would be, and passed a resolution to draft a request for proposals (RFP) to gauge interest at the Thursday, May 3, Town Board meeting.

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Writer takes off the gloves

Lisa Petrocelli took a ride on her cousin Vinny’s motorcycle when she was 15. She said she was scared but never felt such a thrill and vowed to do it again someday. That day came more than 20 years later, when she and her husband, Dino, bought a motorcycle of their own.

Monday, May 14

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High-tech software finds local home

Wolf Road company pushing European software in the states

The Capital District is quickly becoming a nanotech hub, attracting global businesses and new jobs. One of those new players hopes to act as a supporter of the manufacturing being done here and potentially improve semiconductor, nanotechnology and pharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities around the region.

Ethics changes still under review

No action taken after lengthy discussion

At its latest meeting, the Bethlehem Town Board once again vetted the proposed changes to the town ethics code put forth by a citizen’s advisory committee formed at the beginning of the year.

Undercover investigation nets four drug arrests

An undercover investigation by the Albany County Sheriff's Office led to the arrest of four people at the Methadone Treatment Clinic in Albany, according to an announcement on Monday, May 14.

Accident leads to arrests

A late night accident on I-787 in the City of Albany on Friday, May 11, led to the arrests of three people, according to State Police.

Sunday, May 13

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Drinking study reveals hard facts

Thirty one percent of high school seniors in the Shenendehowa Central School District engage in binge drinking, well above the national average of 22 percent.

Saturday, May 12

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Finding comfort in helping others

Schalmont students craft quillows for children at Ronald McDonald House

When a child arrives at the Ronald McDonald House in Albany they might feel far from home, but Schalmont students are trying to make their stay a little more comfortable and welcoming.

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Rexford man saves injured cat

Rescue group to hold garage sale to help pay veterinary bills

One man simply couldn’t leave an injured cat lying in the middle of the road outside of his home, but as a result he now faces veterinary bills totaling more than $3,000.

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Girls lacrosse: Shaker pulls away late to beat Niskayuna

Bison clinch second-best record in Suburban Council

Friday's girls lacrosse game between Shaker and Niskayuna was nearly a carbon copy of their first meeting. The Blue Bison (13-1 league, 13-1 overall) used a late surge to defeat the Silver Warriors 10-7 in Latham and clinch the second-best overall record in the Suburban Council.

Friday, May 11

R’dam DPW head resigns amid probe

Sexual harassment investigation is ongoing, position could remain vacant or part time

Rotterdam Public Works Coordinator Michael Griesemer has resigned from his position after claims of sexual harassment from a female subordinate spurred the town to open an investigation.

Schenectady wastewater plant rehab completed

A $7 million upgrade to the Water Pollution Control Plant in the City of Schenectady will save the city an estimated $300,000 annually.

Man faces jail for rape

A Troy man pleaded guilty to rape in Albany County Supreme Court on Friday, May 11, according to Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

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Young writer wins American Flag Essay Contest

Olivia Grace Ralbovsky has been writing for most of her life, but at 11, she’s getting recognized for it earlier than most.

Thursday, May 10

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Local Italian tradition strong

Rotterdam Sons of Italy exceeds 500 members, becomes second largest lodge in state

Italian kinship is swelling locally as one group celebrates reaching a membership milestone.

Three face arson charges over Rotterdam explosions

Several instances of explosive devices being thrown at an East Claremont residence in Rotterdam have led to three town residents facing arson charges.

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More charges in fatal DWI

State Police have charged Lisa M. Hartigan, 48, of Castleton, with vehicular manslaughter in the second degree following a crash that claimed the life of 47-year-old Darlene M. Walter, of Scotia.

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Man pleads guilty to having marijuana in trunk

District Attorney David Soares on Tuesday, May 1, announced that Leonard Steele, 34, of Schenectady, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree, a felony, in Albany County Court.

Bethlehem Restaurant Week returns

More than a dozen eateries to offer $20.12 meals

For the second time, the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce will be partnering with local eateries to present Bethlehem Restaurant week.

Wednesday, May 9

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Rotterdam AMVETS post becomes official

Veterans group chartered, dons former Schenectady post number

The former Schenectady AMVETS Post No. 35 has made a comeback in Rotterdam after dissolving several years ago due to declining membership.

Sports poll: Which boys lacrosse player should be the Suburban Council’s MVP?

As we near the end of the regular season, it's time to look at which boys lacrosse player should be this year's Suburban Council most valuable player.

Talk focuses on preventing student substance abuse

Parents might have to focus on more than just drugs and alcohol to stop children from becoming addicted to harmful habits.

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Bethlehem cop found guilty of felony

An Albany County jury found Bethlehem police officer Chris Hughes guilty of possessing a fake identification card in order to purchase a retired police officer badge.

Committee calls for ethics overhaul

Sweeping changes to Bethlehem’s policies called for

Bethlehem’s newly created Ethics Advisory Committee established at the beginning of Supervisor John Clarkson’s administration was asked to present its proposed changes to the town’s ethics code at a recent Town Board meeting.

Few speak up on eve of vote

BC’s school budget one of few to challenge tax cap

After weeks of debate between Bethlehem Central school officials, parents and students regarding the 2012-13 school year budget, the final public hearing on the spending plan before the May 15 vote saw sparse attendance.

Dem splinter group wants change

Bethlehem reformers cite transparency, recent election performances

A group of Bethlehem Democrats are hoping to change the direction of the party within the town.

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Morse eyes Breslin's Senate seat

Albany County Legislature Chairman Shawn Morse wants Sen. Neil Breslin’s Senate seat. Morse, D-Cohoes, announced his run for the newly redrawn 44th Senate District on Wednesday, May 2.

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A barking good time for great cause

Busy Bone 500 to benefit Saratoga County Animal Shelter

The 6th Annual Busy Bone 500 will take place on Saturday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa.

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'Driving hammered will get you nailed'

Student's anti-DWI design wins billboard contest

Emily Himmelwright has a message about the dangers of drinking and driving —“driving hammered will get you nailed” —and every time motorists drive by the corner of Fermac Street in Colonie, it’s relayed loud and clear.

Newly proposed farm regs withdrawn

Recently proposed the Department of Labor regulations limiting the roles of minors working on farms have been withdrawn as of April 26.

More money, more questions

Spa City’s swelled fund balance means leaders must spend some of rainy day fund

Saratoga Springs is facing a somewhat unique plight. The city’s fund balance has grown to the point of $1.55 million over the maximum amount planners figure should be on hand.

Letter: Find another use for gasification site

This letter appeared in the May 9, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Kudos to young poet

This letter appeared in the May 9 and 10, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Reform Dems welcome interest

This letter appeared in the May 9, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Let them know you care

This editorial appeared in the May 9 and 10, 2012 editions of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, May 8

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Region welcomes Obama

President says nanotech key to economic recovery

According to President Barack Obama, job creation is key to a full economic revival.

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Police: Man raped woman in broad daylight

A Cohoes man was arrested on Monday, May 7, after he allegedly raped a woman at gunpoint in broad daylight in downtown Albany, according to Albany police.

Monday, May 7

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Curtain call for local children’s theater champion

Longtime volunteer leaving Schenectady organization after more than 30 years

One member of the Schenectady Theater for Children will be leaving some big shoes to fill after her more than 30 years of volunteering for the community group.

Rotterdam OKs Secondhand Law

No changes made to law despite concerns raised by storeowners

The Rotterdam Town Board on Wednesday, April 25, unanimously approved a local law regulating the acceptance and sale of secondhand items, with a focus on gold and other precious metals.

Nisky' approves $913k in bonds

Bonding vote on $2M water and sewer garage project forthcoming

The Niskayuna Town Board on Tuesday, May 1, unanimously approved four bond packages, including various repairs, purchases and upgrades totaling $913,000.

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Communicate with 'All Dawgs'

Local dog trainer to teach canine body language

The American Veterinary Association estimates about 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and roughly 800,000 of those bites require medical attention. But according to Diane Blackman, a dog trainer for 15 years, some of those could be easily prevented if people know how to read a dog’s body language.

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Clifton Park residents step up when needed

First responders can’t always cover some of the more routine aspects of their jobs during widespread emergencies. Often, a second level of support is needed to answer phones from a central location or organize shelters during large storms. CERTs provide this second level of support.

Saturday, May 5

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Clifton Park is home to this year’s Heart Hero

Jack James, this year's Heart Hero, will be honored at the Capital Region Heart Walk on Saturday, May 12, at The Crossings in Colonie. Registration starts at 9 a.m. for either a one-mile or three-mile walk. Participants can walk solo or form teams ahead of time. An estimated 1,500 walkers are expected to turn out for the event.

Friday, May 4

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Former afterschool worker slapped with child pornography charges

A 20-year-old Albany man who spent time working at several elementary school afterschool programs and volunteered at the William K. Sanford Library was arrested on child pornography charges on Thursday, May 3.

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Bethlehem unions reach contract agreement

Teachers, principals groups still must ratify deals, savings said to total $2.7 million

Contract negotiations between the Bethlehem Central Teacher’s Association, the Bethlehem Principal’s Association and the school district have come to a close.

CVS rezone vote solidified

Rotterdam Town Board votes again, proposal fails

Residents opposing a zoning change for a proposed new CVS Pharmacy can rest easier knowing a majority of the Rotterdam Town Board has voted against it.

Event aims to build futures

Construction Career Days link students with job opportunities

Students from schools across the Greater Capital District watched in admiration as skilled tradespeople and professional operators demonstrated their industry knowledge at the 11th annual Capital District Construction Career Days.

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Top chefs to face off for benefit

Albany and Saratoga are well known as area hotspots fine dining. Soon, one city will reign supreme after a friendly competition in the First Annual Chef Challenge. Proceeds from the event will support Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Capital Region.

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Anything but ‘the usual’

Local man’s book examines 48 local diners and their culture

Mike Engle didn’t eat a meal in a diner until he was in his 20s, but once he was brought to a “greasy spoon” he was instantly fascinated by the food and architecture of the down-to-earth eateries.

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Final mission for fighter jets (Photo Gallery & Video)

Empire State Aerosciences Museum acquires three planes from Intrepid

Two of the three newly acquired aircraft of the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Glenville took an unlikely trip to reach their destination on Monday, April 30.

Colonie looks to dump more trash at landfill

Board approves submitting application to state

Colonie is seeking approval from the state to up the amount of trash dumped at the town landfill in what officials call an effort to get the most out of facility.

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Girls take charge

At Shaker Junior High School, a group of girls have spent the school year turning into little leaders, together.

Boys lacrosse: Sexton's OT goal wins it for Niskayuna

Silver Warriors rally from three-goal deficit to edge Shen

Matt Sexton waited patiently behind the Shenendehowa goal to find a teammate to pass the ball to. When no one was open, Sexton took matters into his own hands.

Thursday, May 3

Editorial: Debate reveals deep issues

This editorial appeared in the May 3, 2012, edition of the Schenectady County Spotlight.

POV: The Navy matters

The author is a native of Schenectady, N.Y. and currently serves as Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance.

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Capital District impresses admiral

“You talk with these folks, all volunteers, salt of the earth just Americans wanting to help out their community. …You got the feeling that everybody is trying to do what is best for the community.” Rear Admiral David W. Titley on his visit to the Round Lake Fire Department.

High speeds lead to arrest

Charlton man caught going nearly 170 mph on motorcycle

A Charlton man was observed by state police driving at a speed of nearly 170 mph on the thruway in the Village of Ravena on Tuesday, May 2 before being arrested in a town 50 miles from where he was first noticed.

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Social club’s clientele off the leash

Dog owners looking to mix up social circles have a new prospectin the sPAW City Social Club Indoor Dog Park.

Wednesday round-up: Guilderland wins pitchers' duel

Collett strikes out 10 in shutout against Saratoga

The Guilderland baseball team received a strong pitching performance from Dylan Collett to defeat Saratoga Springs 1-0 in Wednesday's Suburban Council game at East Side Recreation Field.

Wednesday, May 2

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Socha Management plans mixed-use Glenville building

Project would be $9M investment, PILOT and sales tax waivers offered

Socha Management plans to expand its presence with a new three-story facility following success with its existing properties.

Sports poll: Who is the best girls lacrosse goaltender in the Suburban Council?

We're remaining on the defensive side of the field for this week's sports poll question: Who is the best girls lacrosse goaltender in the Suburban Council?

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Walk aims to erase issue

Eighteen years ago, Linda Rozell-Shannon made a deal with God.

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ShopRite opens in Albany

Company's second Capital District location has roaring start

ShopRite in Albany opened on Thursday, April 26, and according to spokesperson Tom Urtz, the Central Avenue location is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Colonie teen arrested on drug charges

A Colonie teenager was arrested by State Police on drug charges following a four-month undercover investigation, according to State Police reports.

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Police make swift arrest in bank robbery

Colonie police made a swift arrest in a Tuesday, May 1, bank robbery.

POV: CPR: A simple way to save a life

This POV appeared in the May 2 and 3, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Teachers carry their weight

This letter appeared in the May 2, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Time not right for gasification plant

This letter appeared in the May 2, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Keep Chinese program

This letter appeared in the May 2, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: BC creates the budget rules

This letter appeared in the May 2, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Editorial: A pile of garbage

This editorial appeared in the May 2, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, May 1

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Youth rugby rises in region

Capital District Youth Rugby League gives area teens a chance to play unique sport

The Capital District Youth Rugby League is in its fifth year of operation, and clubs such as the Malta-based Saratoga Mustangs and the Scotia-based Schenectady Chargers are introducing the sport to high school-age athletes, both boys and girls.

20-year-old charged under Leandra's Law

A 20-year-old man was arrested on DWI charges after police found his car crashed into a guide rail on Interstate 787 in the City of Watervliet on Sunday, April 29, according to State Police.

Sign law moves ahead

Councilman wonders if rules becoming too complex

After months of debate, specific changes to Bethlehem’s sign law have been proposed by Councilman Jeffrey Kuhn are moving forward.

Owner of run-down home given ultimatum

South Bethlehem eyesore must be cleaned up within the month

The owner of a dilapidated home in South Bethlehem has been court ordered to have the property cleaned up within a month.

Waste-to-energy plant proposed

Residents take aim at Kentucky company’s gasification design

A proposal to build a waste-to-energy plant was met by opposition from Bethlehem residents after an initial presentation on the project was made to the Town Board.

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Santabarbara kicks off second Assembly bid

Platform focuses on job creation and economic development

Schenectady County Legislator Angelo Santabarbara is once again eyeing a seat on the New York State Assembly.

Monday round-up: Ballston Spa rallies past Saratoga

Mueller scores winning run in eighth inning

Jon Mueller scored the winning run on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Ballston Spa past Saratoga Springs 3-2 in Monday's Suburban Council baseball game.