Stories for November 2012


Friday, November 30

Niskayuna OKs 3 percent tax hike

Town Board unanimously adopts $21M budget, calls plan responsible

The Niskayuna Town Board swiftly and unanimously approved the town’s 2013 spending plan, though it was discovered after the fact a required piece of information was missing from the final document.

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Lighting the way for others

This is the 16th year Capital Holiday Lights will not only entertain visitors from the Capital District and beyond, but pump funds into the Police Athletic League.

Thursday, November 29

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Model trains make tracks for holidays

miSci’s train exhibit an annual favorite for all ages

As the temperature drops, model trains are warming up their engines and gearing up for the holiday season.

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‘P’ is for perseverance

Young cancer survivor’s drawing to be featured in holiday fundraiser

Payton Gordinier might only be in first grade, but she’s still doing something to give back to the organization that helped save her life.

Lender looks to community in holiday giving

A local lender is looking to the community for suggestions on how to give back this holiday season.

Wednesday, November 28

Senate race down to objected ballots

Amedore has slight lead as counting wraps up and contest moves to court

Nearly all the votes have been counted in the 46th Senate District race, but a winner can’t be declared until a legal battle is fought over about 870 contested ballots.

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Alleged murder plot broken up in Rotterdam

State Police arrested a New Mexico man in Rotterdam on Tuesday, Nov. 20, on charges he was involved in a murder plot targeting Vermont residents.

Police: Man caught stealing car parts

Rotterdam police allegedly found a Guilderland man in the process of removing a catalytic converter from a vehicle parked on Princetown Road.

Sports poll: Who was the best female athlete for the fall sports season?

Thanks for participating in last week's Spotlight Sports poll question. Now, let's wrap up the fall sports season with this week's poll question.

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New door opens on Schuyler history

Colonie gains possession of centuries-old door from Schuyler Flatts home

Earlier this year, Town of Colonie Historian Kevin Franklin was shocked when he received a phone call from a person saying they had the Schuyler Flatt's historic home’s front door. And now, for the first time in 40 years, the town hopes to display the door to the public and retell the history of the Flatts.

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Year-end tax planning…a conundrum of sorts

Spotlight on Finance

With the election behind us and the close of 2012 approaching, a new reality is coming up the walk and knocking at the door—the 2011 Budget Control Act. Set to go into effect January 1, 2013, the 2011 Budget Control Act brings with it mandated cuts in spending—$1.2 trillion to be split among defense and nondefense spending—and higher taxes. If you’ve heard politicians and the media reference the term “Fiscal Cliff,” this is it.

Editorial: Time for a time out

This editorial appeared in the Nov. 28 and 29, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Voter apathy multi-faceted issue

This letter appeared in the Nov. 28, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

POV: Pointers for your poinsettia

This Point of View column appeared in the Nov. 28 and 29, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Policing is no easy job, and retirment date set for a reason

This letter appeared in the Nov. 28, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Only those who do not vote lose

This letter appeared in the Nov. 28, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, November 27

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Daycare can brighten life of caregivers

Ceremony at Bright Horizons recognizes seniors and their families

On Tuesday, Nov. 20, Bright Horizons members and staff had the opportunity to thank caregivers like Fantroy at the annual “Thanks for Caregiving” event at the Belltrone Living Center off Wolf Road in Colonie.

Police: Arson led to dog's death

A 26-year-old woman has been arrested and charged for robbing and burning down a home at 96 Elm St., which also killed the homeowner’s dog, Colonie police said.

Monday, November 26

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Catholic Charities expands furniture storage

Program seeing uptick in local need, struggling to meet demand

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany on Wednesday, Nov. 14, celebrated the grand opening of its new warehouse in the Rotterdam Corporate Park, which houses furniture and housewares donations for low-income individuals and families.

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Hockey: CBA can't tame Mamaroneck Tigers

Herlitz-Ferguson records hat trick to lead Section I power

Once Trey Herlitz-Ferguson got on track, there was nothing Christian Brothers Academy could do to stop him.

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Photo Gallery: Lighting the season's way

45th Annual Gazette Holiday Parade kicks off festive spirit

Thousands of people were captivated on the chilly Saturday night as mythical characters strolled past Proctors for the annual holiday parade kicking off the season.

Park of the future meets reality

Colonie changes speed limit on River Road in anticipation of passive park

Plans are still in the works for the Mohawk Landing Park on River Road, but Colonie is scaling back the ambitious goals in favor of a cheaper, passive park.

Sunday, November 25

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Hockey: Cooley shines for Bethlehem in consolation game

Senior goaltender stops 34 shots in victory over Shaker/Colonie

When the Bethlehem hockey team needed a boost, Kevin Cooley provided it. The senior goaltender made 20 of his 34 saves in the pivotal second period to help the Eagles rally for a 3-2 victory over Shaker/Colonie in the S/C Thanksgiving Tournament's consolation game Saturday at the Albany County Hockey Facility.

Saturday, November 24

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Bethlehem house fire investigated

Damage sustained; no injuries

Authorities are investigating a fire that broke out in a vacant home in North Bethlehem on Wednesday evening.

Friday, November 23

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Football: Fourth time is the charm for BH-BL

Huge first half propels Spartans to first state title

No more frustrations or runner-up plaques. No more long, sad faces at the end of an autumn otherwise full of accomplishment. At long last, the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team is the state Class A champion.

Hockey: CBA, Mamaroneck advance to tournament finals

Brothers get past Shaker/Colonie on penalty shots

Christian Brothers Academy and Mamaroneck advanced to Saturday's final at the Albany County Holiday Hockey Tournament at the county rink in Colonie.

Wednesday, November 21

Sports poll: Who was the best male athlete during the fall sports season?

This week, we're searching for the top male athlete from each of our coverage areas.

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Bring on the snow

Ski areas start winter early, but weather remains a business challenge

It has become a necessity for many area mountains to begin making snow in the fall, as hitting the slopes over Thanksgiving weekend has become a tradition for families looking for outdoor adventures instead of shopping centers.

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Treasures off the beaten track

Shaker craft fair lets shoppers find unique gifts and keep it local

Lois Porter likes to give unique gifts for Christmas  – gifts she can’t find in the chain stores.

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Business is brewing in Glenville

Planning Board approves town’s first microbrewery, Wolf Hollow Brewing Company

The town Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, Nov. 19, approved the site plan for a part-time microbrewery at the Glenville Grange building, located in the hamlet of West Glenville.

Rotterdam adopts $21.4M budget

Spending plan to hike taxes 1.4 percent, councilman’s questions cut off

Rotterdam is staying well within the state tax cap in its newly adopted 2013 budget, which will increase the property tax levy by 1.4 percent while cutting back the use of savings.

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Free turkeys make Thanksgiving for vets

Tully Rinckey law firm hands out free birds for area veterans

For the fourth year in a row, Tully Rinckey PLLC spent the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 20, handing out free turkeys for their “Turkeys for Veterans” program at 441 New Karner Road in Albany. Although the law firm usually pays for the turkeys, this year Hannaford Supermarkets decided to team up with the gift givers and donate 120 15-pound turkeys.

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Holidays are busy times for charities

From Equinox Thanksgiving dinner to pantry drives, season for giving has arrived

Cooks know preparing a family Thanksgiving meal means spending all day in the kitchen. But in the recipe for making sure the Capital District’s needy have a holiday meal, the prep time is measured in weeks.

Colonie website compromised

Town’s site down for days, source of problem unclear

The Town of Colonie’s website has been down since Friday, Nov. 16, and town officials aren’t sure when it might return.

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Gifts that give twice

Black Friday market selling fair trade goods still going strong

Heading out to a shopping mall or big box store to fight over flat screens has become all but a Thanksgiving tradition for many families, but in Bethlehem a different kind of Black Friday shopping tradition is becoming more entrenched by the year.

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Historic signs get facelift

Scout Troop 278 giving Colonie’s historic markers a makeover

As part of a renovation project, Boy Scout Troop 278 began painting eight of Colonie’s 16 historical signs that describe significant landmarks in the area on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Tuesday, November 20

Niskayuna set to raise taxes 3%

Senior programming praised with call for more staff; 2013 budget at tax cap

There is little wiggle room in the 2013 budget proposed by Niskayuna leaders — it comes right up against the state tax cap.

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Students hear storyteller’s story

‘Pines’ screenwriter details his Hollywood journey at hometown high school visit

Ben Coccio, co-screenwriter for “The Place Beyond the Pines,” visited Niskayuna High School, his alma mater, recently to speak with students there about his experiences in the film industry.

Cop arrested over Spa City bar brawl

A Saratoga Springs police officers has been arrested for his alleged involvement in an off-duty bar fight.

Editorial: Look close to home

This editorial appeared in the Nov. 21 and 22, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Apathy shows in board election

This letter appeared in the Nov. 21, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Nix early retirement for cops to save the town some money

This letter appeared in the Nov. 21, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

POV: Stay warm, pay less this season

The Point of View column appeared in the Nov. 21 and 22, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Monday, November 19

A Santa Claus for the young at heart

Program provides gifts to isolated seniors

There was a man who took part in Home Instead’s Be a Santa to a Senior program a few years ago who just wanted a bed for Christmas.

Stories that stand tall

Local storytelling group celebrates landmark

Kate Dudding’s first storytelling experience was with a group of fourth-graders. She started out with a typical “Once upon a time, when animals could talk ...”

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Girls volleyball: Determined Spartans repeat as state champions

BH-BL fights for every point in 3-1 victory over Pittsford Sutherland

Determination and perseverance triumphed over brute strength.

Football: Shaker's comeback foiled by New Rochelle's comeback

Huguenots score winning touchdown in final minute

The Shaker football team experienced new highs and new lows in the final two minutes of Saturday’s Class AA state semifinal game against New Rochelle.

Field hockey: Niskayuna's season ends on penalty strokes

Liverpool advances to state finals over Silver Warriors

Already in exciting and unfamiliar territory, the Niskayuna field hockey team wanted to take its season farther by advancing to the state Class A championship game.

Police: Burglars made off with $100k worth of items

Saratoga Springs police are investigating three separate burglaries on Westbury Drive in the city in which more than $100,000 worth of property was taken.

Glenville’s business loan group fires up

Town LDC looking to fill several open seats, begin giving loans next year

Glenville will soon have another resource in its economic development toolbox, as its Local Development Corporation prepares to start offering loans next year to new businesses.

Sunday, November 18

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A strategy for greater asset protection, tax savings and privacy

Spotlight on Finance

This article discusses why developing an estate plan is important for anyone who has assets as well as some things people need to consider when creating a strategy to protect and transfer their wealth. It also provides readers with nine reasons why they should have an estate plan.

Saturday, November 17

Football: Spartans get another shot at state title

Big plays in second half help Burnt Hills beat Cornwall

When crunch time came, the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team delivered. Four big plays in the second half helped the Spartans (11-1) pull away for a 28-13 victory over Section IX's Cornwall in Friday's Class A state semifinal at Kingston's Dietz Stadium.

Friday, November 16

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Students rock the mock vote

Obama wins by a landslide in BCSD election

This year’s presidential election ended up being less competitive than many experts had predicted, but if things were decided by the Bethlehem Central School District, it would have been a landslide.

BC bond talk nears

New district architect to gather estimates on improvements

The Bethlehem Central School District is another step closer to drawing up a facilities referendum after the school board approved a new architect at a recent meeting.

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Tons of turkey hit the road

Price Chopper donates Thanksgiving staple for Equinox dinner

Serving up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for more than 9,000 people requires tons of turkey — literally.

Trio arrested on gang assault charges for summer incident

Three men were arrested for the alleged assault of a 19-year-old man that left him with a fractured jaw, several missing teeth and lacerations requiring 25 stitches.

Colonie adopts 2013 budget

No comments from public in $82 million spending plan

A lack of comment or questions from the public preceded the early adoption of the Town of Colonie’s 2013 budget on Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Budget passes in split vote

8 percent tax hike, golf course prove to be sticking points

After weeks of discussions and public meetings, the Bethlehem Town Board passed unchanged a 2013 budget proposed by Supervisor John Clarkson.

Thursday, November 15

Glenville Oks $18.5M budget

Spending plan
 raises taxes
 3.55 percent, few comments from public

The Glenville Town Board unanimously approved an $18.5 million budget for 2013 at a special meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The board did not make any amendments to the preliminary budget approved last month.

Dave and Buster’s coming to Crossgates Mall

Mall managements hopes new business will draw crowds

After years of courting entertainment options to fill vacant space within Crossgates Mall, officials recently announced that a Dave and Busters will be coming to the shopping center.

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Students honor those who served

Brown School hosts ceremony paying tribute to local vets

Brown School students gathered to sing songs and show off special projects to local veterans at a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 9. This year’s event hit close to home for an English teacher at the school, whose son is being deployed to Afghanistan.

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Police: Man entered child’s bathroom stall

A Glenville man, while at a sports complex in Clifton Park, allegedly peered into an enclosed bathroom stall where a child was using the toilet and then entered it, according to police.

Restaurateur faces prison over taxes

Frank Popolizio pleaded guilty to one count of criminal tax fraud in the third degree, a felony, during his arraignment on an 11-count indictment for consistently failing to file sales tax returns and failing to pay sales tax to the state.

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Sandy donations roll in

Capital District residents quick and generous when it comes to storm relief

Superstorm Sandy may have skipped over the Capital District, but that didn’t stop the area from mobilizing relief efforts.

Wednesday, November 14

Sports poll: What was the best fall sports team in your area?

This week's Spotlight Sports poll seeks your vote for the best fall sports team during this year's high school season. We've broken it down by region, so here is where you can vote.

Field hockey: Niskayuna dominates Suffern

Silver Warriors control the action in regional final

It will go into the record books as a 2-0 win, but anyone who saw the Niskayuna field hockey team play Suffern in Monday’s Class A regional final in Schuylerville will tell you the Silver Warriors deserved to win by a much larger margin.

Field hockey: Lakeland surges past Burnt Hills in Class B regional

Amy LeBel's goal ends Hornets' shutout streak at six games

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake became one of a small number of field hockey teams to score a goal against Section I’s Lakeland when Amy LeBel tallied with less than seven minutes left in the second half.

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Toys for Tots take to shop

Volunteers from the Marine Corps League and Dunkin’ Donuts raided the Toys “R” Us in Colonie Wednesday, Nov. 14 in preparation for the fourth annual Marine Corps Reserves’ Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots Train headed across New York State.

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Present-day search honors past

Historian scours St. Agnes Cemetery to properly mark graves of veterans

In 2007, Grimaldi decided to take on the unique task of identifying every Civil War soldier buried in the 114-acre St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands. Using a list of 248 names culled from a survey of vets in the area, the historian set out to restore and replace the cemetery’s decrepit tombstones.

POV: What is this place called Arabia?

This Point of View column appeared in the Nov. 14 and 15, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: A true reason for thanks

This editorial appeared in Nov. 15, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: The best disinfectant

This editorial appeared in the Nov. 14, 2012, Colonie edition of The Spotlight.

Editorial: What's par for this course?

This editorial appeared in the Nov. 14, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Thank you for support

This letter appeared in the Nov. 14, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Know the fracking facts

This letter appeared in the Nov. 14 and 15, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, November 13

Flames flickering for After the Fire relief organization

Fire relief group puts out call for members as ranks dwindle

Membership in After the Fire has dwindled over the years to about 12 members now.

Man allegedly tried to lure children in his car in Latham

Colonie police are investigating a suspicious incident where a man allegedly tried to lure two children into his car early Monday afternoon in Latham.

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Sweet taste of home for soldiers

Donations from Shaker students help Military Mom in Action

Everyone gets a sweet tooth now and again, even soldiers. And local mom Kathy Buckley makes sure our fighting men and women don’t have to go without.

Monday, November 12

Football: Defense is the key for Shaker

Blue Bison meet New Rochelle in Saturday's state semifinal

Shaker football coach Greg Sheeler will be the first to tell you his team wouldn’t be playing in Saturday’s Class AA state semifinal game against New Rochelle in Kingston if it wasn’t for the defensive unit.

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Educator recognized for dedication

SJCC PTO honors longtime early childhood educator with celebration

The Parent Teacher Organization at the SJCC organized a retirement celebration for Ellen Carpenter, of Schenectady, who taught youngsters for more than three decades and helped shape programing.

Budget includes sale of Maplewood Manor

Spending plan pitches borrowing on home’s value, budgets for landfill revenue

The 2013 Saratoga County budget, if adopted, would usher in some significant changes.

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New book explores decades-old hoax

Latham native became fascinated by literary controversy

Literary hoaxes have always been touchy topics for bibliophiles, and author Molly Guptill Manning hopes to finally put one to rest in her first book.

Sunday, November 11

Girls soccer: Loudonville Christian enters uncharted territory

Eagles reach regional round for first time

In years past, members of the Loudonville Christian School girls soccer team would have traded in their cleats for basketball shoes by the second week of November. Not this year.

Volleyball: Bethlehem sweeps Suffern in regional final

Eagles advance to states for third consecutive year

It wasn’t the Bethlehem boys volleyball team’s best performance of the season, but it was more than enough to handle Section I champion Suffern.

Girls soccer: Guilderland heads to the Final Four

Lady Dutch cling to one-goal victory for second game in a row

Goals by Angela Luizzi and Emily Center and some timely defensive play helped Guilderland (16-3-1) edge Section III champion Liverpool 2-1 in the Class AA regional final at Fulton High School.

Friday, November 9

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FedEx donates Boeing 727 to airport

Retired aircraft to be used for training for Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting department

FedEx donates retired aircraft to Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) department

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Area reaches out to Sandy victims

Schenectady County residents help with Downstate relief efforts

The Capital District was largely spared from Hurricane Sandy’s devastating effects. To some, this was cause for a sigh of relief. To others, it was a signal to turn their attentions to the needs of others.

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SCCC students attend state business forum

Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the first time invited SUNY students to participate in the state Minority and Women Business Enterprises Forum, and some local students got a ticket.

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Alliance to shine light on lung cancer

Shine a Light Vigil a call to action on fighting major killer

For more than 35 years, Phyllis Goldstein would take walks with her friend around Guilderland. But in 2002, both women’s lives swerved in an unexpected direction.

Thursday, November 8

Hope on horizon for Colonial Acres

Local PGA chapter floats potential private involvement for municipal golf course

A possible white knight has arrived with a possible, if not distant, solution to the ongoing debate over the future of the Colonial Acres Golf Course: the PGA.

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RCS super: Give me a chance

McCartney hopes in return to education he can lift troubled district

Alan McCartney is looking toward the future — and away from the past — as he steps into his new role as interim superintendent for the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District.

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Fiction that hits close to home

Delmar native returns to Capital District for discussion on her books

Delmar native Lee Woodruff will speak at a Schenectady Public Library event about her first two memoirs and her recent novel on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.

Supplies for storm survivors

Hardware store owner trucks generators Downstate after Capital District spared

Local hardware store owner Jon Phillips took a truckload of supplies downstate after Hurricane Sandy hit the state and is continuing the effort.

Turkey Day race comes to Clifton Park

St. George’s starts up 5K as a fundraising effort

Runners looking to put some miles in before indulging in Turkey Day have a new option this year.

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A Saratoga legacy unfurled

A Confederate flag is one key part of an exhibit at the state museum in Albany, “An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War."

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History takes center stage

Home schooling experiment leads to young theater troupe

Ruth Henry was never a big fan of the subject of history. But when she decided to home school her three girls in 2003, she knew avoiding it just wasn’t an option.

Wednesday, November 7

Sports poll: Which Section II football team will reach the state finals?

The Section II playoffs are over, and we have our five representatives for the state football playoffs. Our question this week is, which one of this area's teams will make it to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse for the state finals?

Girls soccer: Guilderland makes history

Lady Dutch win first Sectional title and deny Bethlehem its fifh in a row

The Guilderland girls soccer team made history for itself and denied Bethlehem an opportunity to extend its string of Section II titles.

Girls soccer: Schalmont moves on in Class B

Early goal propels Sabres past Marcellus

Still undefeated and still looking to repeat as state Class B champions, the Schalmont girls soccer team passed one of the biggest obstacles in its path.

Girls soccer: Jamesville-DeWitt stuns Burnt Hills

Lady Spartans misfire on their shots in a shutout loss

Each of the previous three times the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls soccer team met up with Jamesville-DeWitt in the Class A regional playoffs, the result was a happy one.

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46th Senate District too close to call

Tkaczyk holds slim lead over Amedore before absentee ballots counted

A winner can’t be declared in the newly drawn 46th Senate District until absentee ballots are counted, as a slim margin separated the two candidates on election night.

Scotia Democrats sweep trustee contests

Village board’s lone Republican fails to win reelection

Scotia Democrats had something to celebrate post-Election Day after securing three seats on the Village Board of Trustees, according to unofficial election results.

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No time for mediocrity

CBA senior aims high in Boys Nation program

If there’s one thing 17-year-old Chris Watson is short on, it’s free time.

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Democrats retain Colonie Town Board seats

Republicans unsuccessful in filling Board positions

Two Republicans hoping to land seats as members in the now all-Democratic Colonie Town Board were unsuccessful this Election Day.

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UPDATED: Santabarbara wins Assembly bid

Quackenbush trails Democratic opponent in race by almost 9,000 votes

Angelo Santabarbara emerged victorious from a contentious race against Thomas Quackenbush in the newly redrawn 111th Assembly District.

Editorial: Take time for thanks giving

This editorial appeared in the Nov. 7 and 8, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

POV: A community coach remembered

This Point of View column appeared in the Nov. 7 and 8, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

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Tonko has no problem with GOP challenge

Dieterich lags well behind incumbent 
in 20th Congressional District

Unofficial election results have Democratic incumbent Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, leading Robert Dieterich, R-Glenville, by a margin of more than 2-1, or roughly 100,000 votes.

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Fahy cruises to victory in the 109th

McEneny successor sets out aggressive to-do list

Democratic candidate Patricia Fahy has won her bid as representative of the newly redrawn 109th state assembly district by a wide margin.

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Steck sails ahead

Democrat declared victory for 110th Assembly District

A long and somewhat dirty race finally came to an end Tuesday, Nov. 6 when Democrat Phil Steck secured his seat in the 110th Assembly District.

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Reinhardt wins with comfortable lead

After a close Democratic primary race for Bethlehem Town Board, Bill Reinhardt has won the general election with a significant lead over his opponents.

Saratoga County voters support incumbents

Marchione secures victory, Spa City turns down government change

Incumbents hoping for another term representing the people of Saratoga County got their wishes this Election Day, as voters sent familiar faces back to the Assembly and Senate.

Tuesday, November 6


The results of the 2012 election will be updated periodically, and winners bolded.


The results of the 2012 election will be updated periodically, and winners bolded.

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The results of the 2012 election will be updated periodically, and winners bolded.

Election night dispatches

What's happening at election night events here in the Capital District

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Songs of freedom

Iraq vet combats PTSD, raises awareness through his music

Serving in a combat zone in Iraq was an adrenaline rush that Jason Moon couldn’t duplicate when he came home to Wisconsin. Not that he didn’t try.

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Decades for Delmar tradition

40 years later, Troop 75’s SportsMart bigger than ever

A fundraiser that’s become a community tradition among winter sports lovers is about to mark a special anniversary.

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Region heads to the polls

Voters in the Capital District headed to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, to cast ballots in races ranging from the presidential election to local contests.

Girls soccer: Sectional finals moved up to Tuesday

Wednesday's Section II girls soccer championship schedule has been moved up to Tuesday due to the threat of a Nor'easter.

Boys soccer: Bethlehem ends title drought

Goals by Hiller and Roohan propel Eagles past Niskayuna

Six years of frustration ended for the Bethlehem boys soccer team Monday.

Football: Burnt Hills rolls to another Class A title

Spartans score six touchdowns in first half on their way to routing Amsterdam

Everything worked right for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team in Saturday's Class A championship game against Amsterdam.

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Football: Glens Falls stuns Schalmont in finals

Defense, special teams lead Indians past Sabres

The Schalmont football team's three-year reign as Section II Class B champion came to an abrupt end.

Monday, November 5

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Greenmarket expands indoor space

Key Hall hosts larger prepared foods selection and more programs

Winter’s chill forces the Schenectady Greenmarket indoors every year, but patrons will find more offerings in a larger space this season.

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Mandates and education top agendas of 109th hopefuls

Three candidates for Assembly debate for the final time

State government’s effect on local municipalities continued to be an issue in a recent debate between candidates in the 109th Assembly District.

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UAlbany prof receives international award

Aiguo Dai’s work on climate change’s effect on freshwater recognized

A University at Albany professor has garnered international recognition a few short weeks after joining the school’s faculty.

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Photo Gallery: Burnt Hills vs Amsterdam High School Football Superbowl

The Burnt Hills Ballston Lake high school football team took a step closer to once again reach the state finals defeating Amsterdam 48-6 on Nov. 3 in the Section 2 Class A Superbowl.

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Girls soccer: South Division rivals meet for Class AA title

Bethlehem advances past Niskayuna on penalty kicks to meet Guilderland

Bethlehem and Guilderland are the last two girls soccer teams standing in the Section II Class AA playoffs.

Sunday, November 4

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Girls soccer: Burnt Hills gets the "Octo-peat"

Two early goals by Meghan Malone propel Spartans past Scotia-Glenville

Eight years. Eight Section II titles. That's the record Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls soccer coach Brian Bold owns following the Lady Spartans' 3-0 victory over Scotia-Glenville in Saturday's Class A Sectional final at Stillwater High School.

Girls swimming: Zhou leads Niskayuna to Section II team title

Senior wins two individual titles and the scholar-athlete award

Early in the season, the Niskayuna girls swim team had its sights set on winning a Section II championship.

Cross country: Saratoga sweeps Section II titles

Driscoll, Maloy among individual winners

The Saratoga Springs boys and girls cross country teams swept the Class A titles at Friday's Section II Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park.

Saturday, November 3

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Football: Defense helps Shaker win first Sectional title

Blue Bison shut out Shen to claim Class AA crown

For the first time, the Shaker football team can call itself a Section II champion.

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Boys soccer: Bethlehem survives Albany's challenge

Goals by Gunty and Roohan lead Eagles into Sectional final

The Bethlehem boys soccer team is in its first Section II Class AA title game since 2007, but not before meeting some resistance from Albany.

Friday, November 2

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111th Assembly race fought on the airwaves

Santabarbara and Quackenbush empty campaign coffers, largely through attack ads

Both candidates for the newly redrawn 111th Assembly District are pulling few punches as Election Day approaches, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising, much of it attacking their opponent’s record.

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Town Board hopefuls share plans

Republicans looking to take back seat

Candidates running for an open seat on the Bethlehem Town Board expressed different opinions about the state of affairs in town at a recent forum.

Pepsi wastewater means higher fee

Town tacks $400k onto company’s bill after bottling plan byproducts spike

After a 27-year history with the Latham Pepsi plant, the Colonie Department of Public Works has noticed a dramatic increase in the corporation’s contaminated wastewater output this year.

Thursday, November 1

Rotterdam budget process raising eyebrows

Town officials make last-minute changes without vote before hearing

Municipal budgets are often hotly debated, but talks on spending recently took a back seat to a discussion on checks and balances after the Rotterdam Town Board never voted to approve a preliminary budget, or changes in the revised spending plan.

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Touchdown for charity

Niskayuna Youth Football and Cheer to hold inaugural benefit

Youngsters in one youth football program will be playing for more than points this coming weekend.

Candidate forum tonight

Candidates for Bethlehem Town Board and the 109th Assembly District will meet in debate this evening, at Bethlehem Town Hall.

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Four vie for two board seats

Republicans hope to capture remainder of terms from Dem appointees

As Election Day draws near, four candidates are seeking two open Colonie Town Board seats.

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Vintage car crash injures one

State Police are looking into an accident on the Thruway that put a Staten Island man in the hospital.

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Students learn how to save a life

CPR investment rolled out at Sand Creek Middle School

First Niagara invested $10,000 to donate 275 CPR Anytime kits to 20 schools in the Capital Region.

Community funds college dreams

South Colonie Dollars for Scholars grows to giving $29k last year

South Colonie Central High School students may want to go to college, but some of them need financial assistance along the way. And a community group aimed at doing just that has grown to nearly 10 times its original size.

Letter: County budget unacceptable

This letter appeared in the Nov. 1, 2012, Schenectady County Spotlight.