Stories for October 2012


Wednesday, October 31

Sports poll: Which No. 1 seed will win a Section II girls soccer title?

The following No. 1 seeds are still alive in this year's Section II girls soccer playoffs, but which one of them will claim their division's title?

Blatnick’s death leaves large void

Olympic champion became a coach, a commentator and a motivational speaker

A Capital District sports legend passed away last Wednesday.

W'vliet Reservoir worker dies in accident

Body has been removed by official

A Watervliet Reservoir worker has died in an -on-the-job accident after suffering a medical emergency, according to Guilderland police.

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Girls soccer: Bethlehem makes early goal stand

Lady Eagles edge Plainsmen in Class AA quarterfinals

After playing in three consecutive title games, Bethlehem and Shenendehowa had been accustomed to meeting in the Section II Class AA girls soccer finals.

Boys soccer: Own goal allows Mohonasen to advance

Mighty Warriors knock out Tartans for fourth time in last five years

A new twist in the annual Class A boys soccer quarterfinal game between Mohonasen and Scotia-Glenville propelled the Mighty Warriors into the semifinals.

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Cross country: Saratoga sweeps Suburban meet titles

Blue Streaks end Shaker's two-year reign as boys division champs

The Saratoga Springs boys cross country team ended Shaker’s two-year reign as Suburban Council champions.

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High school football: Shaker fends off Shenectady in semis

Blue Bison advance to first Super Bowl

The Shaker football team is going to its first Section II championship game, but not without a critical defensive stand.

High school football: Shen, Burnt Hills advance

Plainsmen pull away from Columbia in second half

Shenendehowa and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake are headed back to the Section II football finals in their respective classes.

High school football: Schalmont rolls past Ravena

Big second quarter gives Sabres a boost

For one quarter, last Friday’s Section II Class B football semifinal between Schalmont and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk had the makings of a classic.

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Sandy spares area

Local officials say storm proved to be good test of readiness

Most residents woke up on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to little changed from the night before, as the actual effects of Hurricane Sandy ended up being far from dire forecasts.

Trio arrested for slashing tires in Rotterdam

Three juveniles allegedly slashed several tires on five different streets in Rotterdam, according to police.

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Board candidates find little to disagree on

Debate between four Colonie Town Board candidates covers economics, transparency, landfill deal

A debate held between candidates for Colonie Town Board on Tuesday, Oct. 30, largely failed to draw any sort of debating.

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Student group works to get out the vote

UAlbany initiative signs up 1,000 local voters, educates on new districts

At the University at Albany, a newly formed student group called Think Globally, Vote Locally has worked to register nearly 1,000 students in fewer than 10 days.

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Few weigh in on town budget

No changes made as Nov. 14 adoption date approaches

Few residents offered up suggestions regarding Bethlehem’s preliminary spending plan for 2013 at a recent public hearing.

Public makes plea on nursing home

McCoy’s privatization plan has little support at public hearing

Proponents of the Albany County Nursing Home and Department for Aging crowded a public hearing before the County Legislature to protest a 2013 budget plan that would bring landmark changes to one or both programs.

Editorial: Get informed, get to the polls

This editorial appeared in the Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2012, issues of The Spotlight.

POV: Make the most of doctor’s visits

This Point of View column appeared in the Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, October 30

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Photo Gallery - Shen defeats Columbia to move on to Superbowl.

Shenendehowa passes Columbia on the way to the Section 2 Class AA Superbowl.

Monday, October 29

Spotlight, League cancel Monday debate

A candidate forum cosponsored by The Spotlight and the League of Women Voters of Albany County for this evening has been cancelled in anticipation of severe weather.

Saturday, October 27

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The Toys for Tots train chugs on

Volunteer Marines association takes over holiday program

The Marine Corps League kicked of this year’s Toys for Tots campaign on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at its new home in Hannaford Plaza in Rotterdam. The program transitioned this year from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to the volunteer association.

Friday, October 26

Flood buyback plan sinks

Rotterdam sees little interest for program to purchase flood-damaged homes

The Rotterdam Town Board on Wednesday, Oct. 24, voted to not pursue a program to purchase properties severely damaged by floodwaters from Hurricane Irene. Councilman Robert Godlewski was the only board member voting in favor of the buyback proposal that he reintroduced earlier this month.

Tools stolen from locked box trucks

Latham police are investigating over $16,000 of stolen tools removed from box trucks over the weekend of Friday, Oct. 19, New York State police said.

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Educators protest cuts to schools at regional forum

Five districts converge to bemoan slashes in state aid alongside tax cap

Educators from South Colonie, Niskayuna, Schenectady, Schoharie and Cobleskill-Richmondville school districts met at Sand Creek Middle School to share their financial struggles. The districts represented a cross section of communities throughout the Capital District to show the similarity of challenges schools are facing.

Discover new Hollow-een fun

Selkirk’s Hollyhock Hollow invites public for frightfully educational afternoon

The Mohawk-Hudson Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club is holding a family-friendly Halloween festival at Hollyhock Hollow in Selkirk to showcase the group’s work on revitalizing trails and the sanctuary as a whole into a friendlier place for visitors.

BC fights bullying with music

District organizes concert, distributes tickets for good behavior

Bethlehem High School students are taking a stand against bullying, and being rewarded for their efforts.

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Advocate visits Pakistan

U.S. delegation demonstrates against drone use

Bethlehem resident Joseph Lombardo will speak about his recent trip to Pakistan as part of the United National Anti-War Coalition at an event at the Bethlehem Library on Saturday, Oct. 27.

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Pine Bush sees record use

Discovery Center now open seven days a week in response to demand

Hidden between shopping malls and bisected by interstates, a globally-rare treasure sits, waiting to be discovered.

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Traffic stop leads to sex charges

Traffic stop leads to sex charges for Schenectady man

A 32-year-old Schenectady man allegedly had sexual intercourse with a female under 15 at his residence, according to police.

Thursday, October 25

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Ground broken on Judson Meadows

Baptist Health hopes to work site’s farming past into life at assisted living development

Spirits were high despite a downpour at the groundbreaking ceremony for Judson Meadows, at 39 Swaggertown Road. Construction had already begun on the $14 million assisted living center, which will have 67 apartments and house 72 people.

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Lions and llamas and burgers, oh my!

Dave’s Pizza & Burgers offers meat choices you’re unlikely to find elsewhere

Burger Centric on Delaware Avenue in Albany has changed locations and names and is now operating as Dave’s Pizza & Burgers at 53 Fuller Rd. in Colonie, and serving some of the more exotic meats the area has to offer.

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Crash results in felony DWI charge

Police are blaming drunken driving for a crash on I-88 in the Town of Duanesburg, but the man facing charges allegedly refused a breath test.

Schenectady man faces ninth DWI

Police said Kenneth Conner allegedly had a BAC of 0.15 percent and this arrest makes his ninth DWI arrest over the past 34 years.

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The Italian-American dream

Rotterdam Sons of Italy to honor longtime member at annual dinner

The Sons of Italy Lodge No. 321 will honor Maniccia at its 97th Annual Columbus Day Dinner on Friday, Oct. 26, at the Mallozzi’s restaurant on Curry Road. The group is honoring him for his community involvement during his 34 years as a member of various Sons of Italy organizations.

Wednesday, October 24

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After false start, candidates debate

The Assemblyman Vito Lopez scandal was a consistently revisited topic at the 110th Assembly District debate Wednesday night.

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BC: Busing changes pay off

New practices expected to save $500k to $800k

The Bethlehem Central School District saved more money than expected by consolidating bus stops and operating buses at fuller capacities, according to district officials.

Disgraced V’ville super to head RCS

Past audit found official fleeced Voorheesville schools

In a narrow vote, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District Board of Education appointed an interim superintendent who left another area district in disgrace.

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Candidates draw clear divide

Tonko and Dieterich point to party agendas in crafting arguments

Both candidates in the 20th Congressional District attempted to align their opponent with destructive Washington politics in a debate last night.

Republican stalwarts take on new faces

Democrat challengers say change needed in Senate and Assembly

Two Democrats new to state politics are challenging Republican incumbents in the newly redrawn 49th Senate District and 112th Assembly District, and at a recent debate they both told voters it is time for a change.

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Curtain up at café

Brown School hosts open mic at new music café, welcomes community

A performance at a café on a Friday night isn’t an uncommon experience, but a primary school isn’t typically where the nightlife is found.

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

With the Section II soccer playoffs starting this week, we want to know which boys team will win the Class AA title.

Boys soccer: Another Mohonasen-Scotia quarterfinal showdown?

Mighty Warriors can advance with Thursday victory over Lansingburgh

Schenectady County rivals Scotia-Glenville and Mohonasen could meet in the Section II Class A boys soccer quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive year if the 10th-seeded Mighty Warriors (4-11-1) defeat No. 7 Lansingburgh (5-6-2) in Thursday’s opening round.

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BCHS trespasser identified

Former student playing prank

A former student has been held responsible for trespassing on Bethlehem High School property yesterday as a prank, according to police.

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Second career runs on passion

After renovating eyesore to arts center, business up and down for Patrizio Center

With the help of a former student, Michael Caruso, who is now Patrizio’s partner, the band teacher and his wife, Alana, opened the doors to his dream on June 9: The Patrizio Center for the Arts.

Letter: Silvestri right choice for Supreme Court

This letter appeared in the Oct. 25, 2012, Saratoga County edition of The Spotlight.

POV: Small-town policy at work?

This Point of View column appeared in the Oct. 24, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

POV: Now is the time to talk about driving

This Point of View column appeared in the Oct. 25, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Stop, think, give

This editorial appeared in the Oct. 24 and 25, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Martelle is a good start

This letter appeared in the Oct. 24, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Senior voters should do research and be informed

This letter appeared in the Oct. 24, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Protect waters from pollution

This letter appeared in the Oct. 24, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Privatization only way forward

This letter appeared in the Oct. 24, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Jordan works to create more jobs

This letter appeared in the Oct. 25, 2012, Saratoga County edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Why fix the Saratoga Springs charter if it isn’t broken?

This letter appeared in the Oct. 25, 2012, Saratoga County edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Keep Tony Jordan in State Assembly

This letter appeared in the Oct. 25, 2012, Saratoga County edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Ballston budget, process fails taxpayers

This letter appeared in the Oct. 25, 2012, Saratoga County edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: One-party rule no answer

This letter appeared in the Oct. 24, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Reinhardt clear choice for Bethlehem Town Board

This letter appeared in the Oct. 24, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Let us move town forward

This letter appeared in the Oct. 24, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Quackenbush unfairly attacked

This letter appeared in the Oct. 25, 2012, Schenectady County edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Jordan keeps his promises on tax relief

This letter appeared in the Oct. 25, 2012, Saratoga County edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Too many unknowns for charter change

This letter appeared in the Oct. 25, 2012, Saratoga County edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, October 23

Schenecatdy County passes budget with 5.9% tax hike

Minority says cuts are too little too late, supporters point finger at state

The Schenectady County Legislature adopted a 2013 budget tonight smaller than the spending plan previously on the table, but with a tax hike still too large for some lawmakers.

Pair arrested for burglary in Bethlehem

Police have arrested two people in connection with a string on burglaries from around the Capital District after the pair allegedly broke into a Selkirk home.

Boys soccer: Colonie stuns Guilderland in overtime

Walsh's goal gives Garnet Raiders momentum into playoffs

The Colonie boys soccer team got a much-needed momentum boost heading into the Section II Class AA playoffs.

Monday, October 22

Monday round-up: Big second half propels Plainsmen

Shen locks up No. 2 seed for Sectionals with win against Burnt Hills

The Shenendehowa boys soccer team wrapped up its Suburban Council season by defeating North Division rival Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 4-0 Monday.

Football: Shaker stampedes past Ballston Spa on rainy night

Blue Bison force nine Scotties turnovers in lopsided win

Patrick Hoey never had a play like the one he turned in early in the fourth quarter of last Friday's Section II Class AA quarterfinal game.

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Public slams Schenectady County budget

Whether too many taxes or too few services, few are happy with spending plan

The Schenectady County Legislature on Monday, Oct. 15, heard two opposing viewpoints during the required public hearing pitting the cost of services against the burden on taxpayers.

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Students become a symbol of hope

Mohonasen students form peace sign as part of anti-bullying campaign

On a windy Friday, Oct. 12, students gathered outside the Mohonasen school, which teaches third through fifth grade, to form a school-wide human peace symbol likely large enough for airborne travelers to see.

Landfill details wrapped up

Town Board passes several resolutions, scheduled public hearing

Saying it was a confusing matter, Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan tried to clear up any misunderstanding about the town landfill and its deficit at the Colonie Town Board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Thursday round-up: Saratoga stuns Niskayuna girls

Emily Wickert's goal helps Streaks end Silver Warriors' undefeated season

The Saratoga Springs girls soccer team ended Niskayuna's bid for a perfect season by beating the state's No. 1-ranked Class AA team 2-1 Thursday.

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Photo Gallery: Burnt Hills knocks off Mohonasen

Moves forward in Section 2 playoffs

Burnt Hills Ballston Lake football took a step closer to making a deep run in the playoffs on Oct. 19 against Mohonasen. The Spartans downed the Warriors 68-6.

Sunday, October 21

Spotlight to hold series of debates

Paper partners with League of Women Voters on three events

The Spotlight is again partnering with the League of Women Voters of Albany County to bring voters a number of public forums with local candidates for office.

Three bid to run landfill

Leaders hope for a decision by end of 2012

Come next year, Saratoga County could be turning over the keys to an unused landfill.

Saturday, October 20

Public input sought on asphalt plant

Ballston Planning Board to hold public hearing on Oct. 24

Members of the public will have a chance to go on the record regarding an asphalt plant proposed in the Town of Ballston during a public hearing Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Friday, October 19

Football: Rain causes some Sectional games to be rescheduled

Some changes to this weekend's Section II football playoff schedule due to Friday's rain.

Final chapter for bookstore owner

Open Door Bookstore proprietor looks towards retirement, business for sale

Janet Hutchison has dedicated 30 years of her life to running an independent bookstore that’s a community staple, but she is ready to turn the page to a new chapter of her life.

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Whooping cough found at BC High

The Bethlehem Central School District has confirmed a case of pertussis at the high school.

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Argument leads cop to pot plants

An argument between two customers outside a local restaurant led police to arrest two brothers on separate charges after marijuana plants were found.

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Latham Circle overhaul underway

Developers hope to revitalize struggling mall as The Shoppes at Latham Circle

A development team with plans to revitalize the faltering Latham Circle Mall are before the Town of Colonie and looking for new tenants.

No tax in C.P. general budget

Town continues highway-only taxing

Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett has released a 2013 town budget that continues a standing tradition of levying no general property tax, and includes a 3 percent increase in highway taxes.

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A taste of the East in Elsmere

Tea House Asian Bistro opens in former Friendly’s building

Jim Zheng has always wanted to own an authentic Asian teahouse and now his dream is becoming a reality.

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Full steam ahead

Historian to discuss local role in American railroad revolution

In a special presentation by the Historical Society of the Town of Colonie, Harry M. Steven will discuss the important role local companies helped make transportation more efficient in America and the world over.

Thursday, October 18

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Niskayuna weighs school closure

Community wary of consolidation efforts, possible savings unclear

Amidst budget problems and declining enrollment, the Niskayuna Central School District is debating if closing one of its two middle schools is a viable option for next school year.

Supreme Court Judge arrested for DWI

A Supreme Court Justice for the Second Judicial District was arrested for a DWI in the Town of Colonie on Thursday, Oct. 17, according to New York State Police.

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The story behind the lens

Local photographer’s work featured at Siena

When Patrick Dodson was a kid, he found a camera in the woods behind his backyard. With a new toy and inspiration from his grandfather’s photography, Dodson took photos of one of the things he knew best: his cat.

Letter: Candidate wants to ‘set the record straight’

This letter appeared in the Oct. 18, 2012, Schenectady County edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Electric cars are the future

This letter appeared in the Oct. 18, 2012, Schenectady County edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Council system works for Spa City

This letter appeared in the Oct. 18, 2012, Saratoga County editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Golub buy robs Rotterdam

This editorial appeared in the Oct. 18, 2012, edition of the Schenectady County Spotlight.

Letter: Dump commission format from Charter

This letter appeared in the Oct. 18, 2012, Saratoga County editions of The Spotlight.

Wednesday, October 17

Sports poll: Which football team is likely to repeat as Section II champions?

We've reached the beginning of the Section II football playoffs, and the following teams are looking to repeat as their class champions:

Tuesday round-up: Saratoga beats Shaker for first win

Cadet's free kick in overtime lifts Blue Streaks

Alex Cadet's overtime goal gave the Saratoga Springs boys soccer team a 3-2 Suburban Council victory over Shaker Tuesday.

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And then there was one

High bidder on Curry Road Plaza redevelopment backs out

One company that saw potential in Rotterdam’s dilapidated Curry Road Plaza four years ago will likely realize its vision after a bidding process shakeup left it as the sole bidder.

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Girls soccer: Niskayuna wins clash of state titans

Doyle's goal lifts Silver Warriors past Burnt Hills

The Niskayuna girls soccer team must get used to playing games on artificial turf if it wants to win the state Class AA title.

Councilman grills IDA prez on tax breaks

New policy changes abatement structure, but does not rule out retail

The Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency has opted to restructure its tax abatement policy after receiving pushback over tax breaks given to retail businesses.

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Chief: Budget short on overtime

Bethlehem’s top cop asks for $100k restoration in 2013 budget

Bethlehem Police Chief Louis Corsi says his department is short on overtime in the town’s tentative budget to the tune of six figures.

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Old Borders to have new tenant

FingerPaint Marketing moves to Division Street and Broadway

The former Borders at the corner of Division Street and Broadway in Saratoga Springs will soon house advertising agency FingerPaint Marketing. The location has been vacant for the last 18 months.

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New digs put spring in dancer’s step

Danceland makes third move and lands on Columbia Street

Dancers of the Capital District have shimmied their way to a new spot in Latham.

Letter: Fundraiser amount seems neither open nor transparent

This letter appeared in the Oct. 17, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

POV: Community airports keep us safe

This Point of View column appeared in the Oct. 17 and 18, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Take an honest look, lawmakers

This editorial appeared in the Oct. 17, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Take the money and dump

This editorial appeared in the Oct. 18, 2012, edition of the Saratoga County Spotlight.

Letter: Mass transit makes sense

This letter appeared in the Oct. 17, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

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Investment management: A review now can spare you a resolution later

Spotlight on Finance

This is the time of year for the “here-and-now” mindset. Work is busy. Holiday planning and plans are all-consuming. Our kids and school functions have most of us running around like crazy. So what do we do? The majority of us put our brains on auto pilot. We do the best we can to stay on course. That new diet, exercise program, financial plan you’ve been meaning to get to . . .

Tuesday, October 16

Abriel earns weekly honor

Bethlehem Central High School graduate Ted Abriel was selected to the D3football.com Team of the Week after his performance for the RPI Engineers in a 31-21 victory over the University of Rochester last weekend.

Monday, October 15

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Ellis breaks ground on $61M expansion

Golubs applauded for supporting new emergency room

The Golub Center for Emergency Care will cost $61 million and will nearly double the size of the emergency room to total 38,000 square feet. A new two-deck parking garage will also be constructed at the current ER parking lot.

Nisky rakes in lawn fees

Fewer than expected opt out of debris pick up fee

When a lawn debris pick up fee was first proposed last year, it became a contentious issue in the Town of Niskayuna. It turns out only about one in 10 homeowners opted out of the program, though

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Two towns, one good read

Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library to reveal contending titles

There’s nothing like losing yourself in a good book, but choosing one can sometimes be a dilemma. At the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, that task is being handed off to not one, but two entire towns.

Boy remembered for actions, attitude

Lane Rowe, who saved three children in rolling minivan, recalled by community

One week after an accident claimed the life of a young boy and rocked a community, those who knew Lane Robert Rowe are remembering him as he lived: with compassion, energy and a smile.

Sunday, October 14

Girls soccer: Guilderland gains sole possession of South Division lead

Golderman's goal is enough to propel Lady Dutch past Bethlehem

After out-shooting Bethlehem and losing the first time they met, the Guilderland girls soccer team out-shot the Lady Eagles and got the win this time.

Football: Bethlehem ends regular season with win

Colonie still gets into playoffs when Schenectady beats Niskayuna

An out-of-town scoreboard would have been helpful at Friday's Bethlehem-Colonie football game.

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Photo Gallery: Ballston Spa wins over Saratoga

Ballston Spa needed quarter points and a win over Saratoga to make the playoffs. Ballston got both downing the Blue Streaks 34-0.

Friday, October 12

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Speaker to bring Ghana’s issues to light

Alice Kyei-Anti has spent decades working in Africa

For the fourth time, Ghanian Presbyterian leader Alice Kyei-Anti will visit the Capital District to speak about her experiences in Africa as a pastor and public health advocate.

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A blessing for all creatures

St. Matthew's to host its third annual "Blessing of the Animals"

Many pet owners feel the presence of their animal friend is a blessing. At St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, priests every year look to give a little of that back to the animals.

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A chance to 'learn llama'

Teri Conroy spends a lot of time out in the community with her farm animals, bringing llamas to libraries, festivals and community events. It's important to her to educate the public about llamas, to give people their own opportunity to "learn llama."

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Totally tech

Elementary students visit TEC-SMART for day of hands-on learning

Kids from area schools took part in an Educational and Interactive Nanotechnology activities day at HVCC’s TEC-SMART Malta Campus on Thursday Oct. 4. From magic sand to polymer worms, they were engaged in activities with an educational component.

Thursday, October 11

Flood buyback plan resurfaces

Rotterdam councilman eyes program for severely flood-damaged homes

Councilman Robert Godlewski on Monday, Oct. 8, submitted a legislative request to Rotterdam Town Supervisor Harry Buffardi urging the town to participate in the state buyback program for properties damaged by Irene.

Glenville faces 3.4% tax increase

No raises in supervisor’s proposed budget within tax cap

Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle on Wednesday, Oct. 3, presented his proposed spending plan for 2013. It totals $18.5 million and calls for taxes around $69,000 below the town’s tax cap limit.

Wednesday round-up: Shen dominates Niskayuna in swim meet

Rupert wins two individual events for Plainswomen

Shenendehowa eased past Niskayuna 107-79 in Wednesday's Suburban Council girls swimming showdown in Clifton Park.

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Art all over

MoHu kicks off 10 days of Capital District artistic revelry

Taking off for its second year, the main idea for the MoHu Festival is to push the art in the Capital District to the forefront.

Martelle says town needs GOP

Board candidate says one-party rule lacks diverse opinions

Jeremy Martelle feels greater diversity is needed in Bethlehem town government, and that putting a Republican on the Town Board is the best way to provide it.

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BC’s summer camp experiment

Two-week program pitched for another year after profit made

Bethlehem Central School District officials are looking to continue a summer enrichment camp for a second year after interest in the two-week program was greater than expected.

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Bogus bills found in Colonie

Police investigate counterfeit $20s and $100s

The Colonie Police Department is investigating numerous incidents involving the use of counterfeit US currency in the area.

Letter: Name should be remembered

This letter appeared in the Oct. 11, 2012, edition of The Saratoga County Spotlight.

Letter: Saratoga Springs’ commission-style government reason for city’s success

This letter appeared in the Oct. 11, 2012, edition of The Saratoga County Spotlight.

Wednesday, October 10

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Store opening
 on Target

Long-awaited retailer welcomes customers at Glenville location

he former Kmart Plaza on Route 50 in Glenville started a new chapter on Tuesday, Oct. 9, as Target opened its new 135,000-square-foot store on schedule.

McCoy proposes 9 percent tax levy

County plan would privatize nursing home; add to workforce

The proposed $568 million budget increases spending by 1.4 percent from 2012. The plan would raise taxes by 8.9 percent, resulting in a $60 increase for every home valued at $200,000.

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Southern-style barbecue, by the books

Rotterdam family opens restaurant featuring slow-cooked, southern food

Not too long ago, Rotterdam resident Dave Borst, couldn’t tell you what goes into a dry rub or barbecue sauce. Today, he’d invite you to try his own concoctions at his family-owned restaurant North Country BBQ in Rotterdam.

Sports poll: Who is the best running back in Section II Class AA football this season?

The National Football League may be "pass happy" these days, but area high school teams seem more content to keep the ball on the ground.

Police: Man attempted to rob gas station at knifepoint

A Schenectady man wielding a knife tried to rob a Getty, but fled after a struggle with the clerk, according to police.

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A tall glass of fall flavor

Oktobeerfest moves location, features regional and international brewers

The golden hues of autumn are popping up everywhere — in trees, store displays and sunsets. But for beer lovers, fall offers up its own fall display with ales, lagers and stouts, and all will be ready for sampling at Oktobeerfest 2012.

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How do you spell need? C-H-A-I-R-S

Library to hold spelling bee to raise money to replace aging seats

There’s one thing that goes well with a good book: a comfortable chair. But at the William K. Sanford Town Library, the more than 30-year-old chairs have seen better days.

Editorial: Take time to be prepared

This editorial appeared in the Oct. 10 and 11, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: S’lands designation deserved

This letter appeared in the Oct. 10, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

POV: No horses, but spirit and Jared

This Point of View column appeared in the Oct. 11 and 12, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Bright future for Dem Committee

This letter appeared in the Oct. 10, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday round-up: Niskayuna gains ground on Shenendehowa

Law's second-half goal lifts Silver Warriors past Plainsmen

Michael Law's second-half goal helped the Niskayuna boys soccer team defeat Shenendehowa 1-0 in Tuesday's Suburban Council North Division game.

Monday, October 8

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Fired up over food

Cooking Channel features Elsmere firefighter in upcoming episode

Delmar Resident Christopher Massie will be featured on The Cooking Channel's new show "My Grandmother's Raviolis" hosted by Comedian Mo Rocca.

Bethlehem Democratic Committee has a new leader

Kuhn rides Reform wave, Clyne retains county chairmanship

Bethlehem’s Democratic Party is under new leadership after Councilman Jeffrey Kuhn was voted into the position of town committee chairman last week.

Sunday, October 7

Football: Shaker outlasts Niskayuna in Liberty shootout

Griffin scores four touchdowns to give Bison division-clinching win

The Shaker football team had a difficult time stopping Niskayuna's offense Friday night. Niskayuna's defense had a more difficult time stopping Shaker's offense, though.

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Photo Gallery: Saratoga vs Shenedehowa High School Football

Saratoga traveled to Shenendehowa on Sept. 5 and ran into a fired up Plainsmen team. After suffering a loss the previous week, Shen came out gunning and did not look back in a 49-0 win over the Blue Streaks.

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Harvest happenings

Get your fall fix by picking your own produce, navigating a corn maze or nibbling on a cider doughnut

Hours, prices and offerings may vary. Be sure to call ahead to see what’s available.

Saturday, October 6

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Waiting to come home

Flood recovery efforts a tedious and lengthy undertaking for some

More than a year after floods poured through Rotterdam hamlets, some residents are still working to get back in their homes.

Friday, October 5

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Tkaczyk officaly wins Green Party primary

Democratic challenger for 46th Senate District handily secures line

Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk can add the Green Party ballot line in her bid for the newly drawn 46th Senate District against Republican George Amedore.

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[Photo Gallery] Oktoberfest fun in Glenville

Glenville’s Oktoberfest was held on Saturday, Sept. 29, and wasn’t a complete washout as it rained only sporadically during the event.

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Price Chopper to offer eats

Latham location will roll out 16 eateries in coming expansion

On Friday, Oct. 5, Price Chopper Supermarkets announced its plan to build a new concept store on the Latham Super Center on Route 9 that will feature fresh, made-to-order food services along with major renovations.

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Where is grass greener?

Town, groundskeeper at odds on course closure, public to have say

With a tentative budget on the table that would raise property taxes by 8 percent and instate a number of cuts, one debate that has already started in the Town of Bethlehem is whether the Colonial Acres Golf Course should be closed or kept open.

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Pork protesters visit Glenmont

Mercy for Animals pickets against Wal-Mart's practices

Members of a national animal rights organization made their way to Glenmont in late September to protest the alleged abuse of pigs by Wal-Mart pork suppliers.

Texas Roadhouse pitched for Wolf Road

Impacts of light, noise, traffic on nearby residents discussed

Plans for a Texas Roadhouse were presented to the Colonie Planning Board at a Tuesday, Sept. 25, meeting.

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A festival for every artist

MoHu highlights artistic talents from all over the Capital District

Stretching over a week and a half, from Friday, Oct. 5, to Sunday, Oct. 14, the MoHu Festival kicked off with an interactive arts party at Albany International Airport on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Meet market

Social networking site helps those with similar interests connect face to face

People of the Capital District are finding new ways to meet up, and now there’s a simple website to help them do just that.

Niskayuna supervisor's budget within tax cap

Hike of 1.4 percent held down by increase in other revenues, reserves tapped for $43k

Town Supervisor Joe Landry’s 2013 budget proposal was filed on Monday, Oct. 1, and calls for a 1.4 percent tax levy increase. The general and highway spending plan totals almost $13.67 million, which is an increase of $415,316, or 3 percent.

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Tree City in the making

Urban forestry study in Saratoga Springs aimed at development of tree plan

Stakeholders hope a Master Tree Plan can be put before the City Council some time in mid-2013. Tom Denny of Sustainable Saratoga is on a steering committee of eight people and said the group has partnered with the city under a grant of $20,000 from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to take an inventory of street trees. The grant was matched by Sustainable Saratoga.

Thursday round-up: Bethlehem girls move into first-place tie

Lady Eagles shut out Shaker, while Burnt Hills defeats Guilderland

Bethlehem pulled even with Guilderland in the Suburban Council North Division girls soccer standings Thursday with a 1-0 victory over Shaker.

Thursday, October 4

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Schenectady County overrides tax cap

Public pleads against
7.5 percent tax hike, legislators blame mandates

Schenectady County leaders are eyeing a proposed 2013 budget with a tax hike more than double what is allowed under the tax cap after residents pleaded for a plan with a lower tax levy.

Rotterdam tax hike under 2 percent

Supervisor proposes no layoffs, reducing fund reserves usage

Rotterdam officials are seeing costs outpace revenues, but Supervisor Harry Buffardi is holding his budget below the tax cap.

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Hit-and-run suspect facing felony charges

An Evans Mills man allegedly involved in a hit-and-run incident in the Town of Guilderland was arrested and is facing two felony charges.

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Ballston farmland deal a nonstarter

Cappiello Farm sold to another buyer for $2.7M; town’s price was $600k

A plan for the Town of Ballston to purchase an iconic piece of farmland has failed, much to the chagrin of the landowners and open space advocates.

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History put on the map, at last

Slingerlands home to Bethlehem’s first historic district

After more than two years of work, the Slingerlands Historical District has officially been added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

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Picture perfect

Two former Sand Creek students find success with photography

When Sand Creek Middle School teacher Carol Esmond assigned her art class homework, she could not have predicted that just a year later two of her students’ photography would hang on the walls at William K. Sanford Library.

Wednesday, October 3

National Grid forecasts lower natural gas bills this winter

Customers heating bills could drop 3 percent, weather conditions also a factor

Some people might not welcome the first sighting of snowflakes falling, but lower heating bills could help warm winter spirits.

Five remain in Schalmont superintendent search

The Schalmont Board of Education reviewed 34 applications to replace Superintendent Valerie Kelsey and has selected five semifinalists for upcoming group interviews.

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Spotty fall on tap

Foliage forecasts differ on color quality; state pegs fall tourism at $13B

A dry, hot summer could mean a loss of fall’s beauty, as the state’s colorful landscape is blossoming earlier and with less vibrancy.

Sports poll: Who would you trust to score the winning goal in a girls soccer game?

Last week, we asked you which boys soccer player you would turn to when crunch time came. This week, we're asking you which girls soccer player you'd like to see take the shot for a game-winning goal.

Tuesday round-up: Doyle lifts Niskayuna girls past Bethlehem

Junior forward scores go-ahead goal in second half

The Niskayuna girls soccer team improved its record to 10-0-0 with Tuesday’s 3-1 Suburban Council victory over Bethlehem.

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Boys soccer: Silver Warriors fight on

Niskayuna in battle with Shaker for second place in North Division

There are no stars on the Niskayuna boys soccer team – just a group of talented players looking to turn things around after a sub-.500 finish in 2011.

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Football: Shaker shows Shen who's boss

Blue Bison run for more than 400 yards in victory

Sept. 28, 2012 may wind up being a special date in Shaker football history.

Football: Scotia-Glenville closes in on home playoff game

Tartans force three late turnovers to pull away from Mohonasen

Scotia-Glenville hasn’t had a winning football season since 2002, and it hasn’t had a home playoff game since the sport went to classification play in 2004. Both of those trends are close to ending.

Park Place pitched

The 265-unit development, would be adjacent to Elm Avenue Park

Developers hope a proposed housing development’s proximity to Elm Avenue Park will make it attractive to apartment seekers.

Whooping Cough Worries At Boght Hills Elementary

North Colonie student diagnosed with pertussis

A student at Boght Hills Elementary School has been diagnosed with pertussis, better known as “whooping cough,” according to the Albany County Department of Health.

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Slingerlands ShopRite opens its doors

Grocery store first Vista tenant in business

Plans for the Vista Technology Campus are becoming a reality as the first business within the park has opened its doors.

Budget up and down

Property tax hikes offset by reductions elsewhere in budget

The Town of Colonie has before it a 2013 budget that would hike taxes in some areas by as much as 5 percent, but lower them in others to keep the tax rate increase more modest.

A gift for the business climate

Consulting Alliance to award prize to one growing organization

The Consulting Alliance located in Voorheesville is sponsoring Roadmap to Results, a regional competition in honor of their 20th anniversary. They’d like to help a growing business in the area by awarding them $24,000 worth of consulting services. Nancy Schultz, president of Consulting Alliance said it’s a way to share the company’s success.

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10 months in Bangladesh

Latham native one of 17 recipients of Fulbright Fellowship

Ali Horton is one of 17 recipients nationwide to receive a brand new type of Fulbright Scholarship called the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship.

Editorial: Ballston: Take a stand

This editorial appeared in the Oct. 4, 2012, edition of the Saratoga Spotlight.

Editorial: Plan for tomorrow, now

This editorial appeared in the Oct. 4 edition of the Schenectady County Spotlight.

Editorial: If a tree falls...

This editorial appeared in the Sept. 27, and in Oct. 3, editions of The Spotlight

Letter: Land deal disgrace

This letter appeared in the Oct. 4, 2012, edition of the Saratoga Spotlight.

Letter: Town Board Election not over yet

This letter appeared in the Oct. 3, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: The time for a strong Inependence Party is now

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

Letter: Story a touching, tragic profile of child’s life

This letter appeared in the Oct. 3, 2012, edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

Tuesday, October 2

Siena students ride CDTA free

College is seventh in area to offer ridership with student ID

Siena College students can now ride free and environmentally-friendly busses since the school has formed a partnership with the Capital District Transportation Authority.

Monday, October 1

Truck rollover in Duanesburg claims teen

State Police are investigating a one-car rollover that claimed the life of a Westerlo teen.

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Local businesses look to get Googled

Google photographer makes Capital District trip on unique side job

Getting a bird’s-eye-view of an area via Google Maps is old hat, and even being able to see entire cities from street level has become ho-um. But now Google’s taking its game inside with Google Business Photos, and one of the more than 200 photographers dedicated to making it happen is coming to the Capital District.

Author pens a gripping tale

Writer’s eighth book, ‘In the Grip,’ draws from life in Delmar

The newest novel by Delmar resident Myer Kutz delves into the human spirit and how far one will go to protect those they love.

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[Photo Gallery] Mustering at Mabee Farm

War of 1812 reenactment stages battles on land and water

The Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction on Saturday, Sept. 22, and the following day hosted a muster recognizing the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. The farm was transformed into an encampment with reenactors holding rifles and cannons awaiting action.

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Local boys are Broadway bound

Two young actors to join the cast of the musical version of ‘A Christmas Story’

Two local youths are heading to Broadway for Christmas this year.