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Tuesday, April 30

EDITORIAL: On nursing home, voters deserve a vote

This editorial appeared in the May 1, 2013, edition of the Colonie Spotlight. It also appeared in the May 8, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

POV: New York’s forests: An endangered species?

This Point of View column appeared in the May 1, 2013, edition of the Colonie Spotlight. It also appeared in the May 8, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Thank you to community from Bethlehem YMCA

This letter appeared in the May 1, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Honor principal’s life

This letter appeared in the May 1, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

POV: Rooting for trees

This Point of View column appeared in the May 1, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

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Grimm aims for Guilderland's top post

Former town councilman announces town supervisor bid

Mark Grimm announced his intention to run for Guilderland town supervisor on Wednesday, April 24, and he is seeking support from the town Republican Committee. Grimm previously served four years on the Town Board, but didn't run for reelection in 2011.

Voorheesville OKs $2.12M budget

Village property tax levy to increase 2.6 percent, repairs will draw from reserves

The Voorheesville Board of Trustees on Tuesday, April 23, unanimously adopted a $2.12 million 2013-14 budget, which increases spending around $140,000, or 7 percent. The village will raise more than $275,000 from taxes, and increase of around $7,000.

Nursing home set for May 13 vote

Much discussed operating agreement moves ahead, as some lawmakers push other options

A vote on the future of the Albany County Nursing Home has been set for May 13, even as some lawmakers lobby for other options.

Town signs off on CAP COM HQ

New offices and bank branch targeted for a summer 2014 completion

CAP COM Federal Credit Union has the green light to start construction on its new headquarters in Colonie.

Monday, April 29

Baseball: Shaker bounces Niskayuna

Cassillo triple jumpstarts Bison bats

The Shaker baseball team bounced back from Friday's 14-4 loss to Shenendehowa by beating Niskayna 6-2 Monday in Latham.

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Remembrance effort still strong

Delmar man continues event commemorating D-Day veterans

As what has been called the Greatest Generation ages, finding World War II veterans is getting harder. Tougher still is locating survivors of a single action, even one as momentous and enormous as D-Day.

Football: Smith gets the call he waited for

Guilderland graduate signs three-year free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills

Drew Smith didn’t hear his name called, but he got the call he wanted.

Menands searches for new superintendent

District narrows down list to three to succeed Kathy Meany

The search for a new Menands School District superintendent has been narrowed down to three candidates.

BC makes last-minute budget shift

Cuts restored using expected surplus from this year

The Bethlehem Central Board of Education made changes to its adopted 2013-14 school year budget in an early morning meeting held less than two weeks after the spending plan was adopted in a 6-1 vote.

Sunday, April 28

Baseball: Eagles rally past Scotia-Glenville

Three-run seventh inning propels Bethlehem to victory

Bethlehem scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge Scotia-Glenville 6-5 in Saturday's non-league baseball game.

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Boys lacrosse: Shaker continues its winning ways

Blue Bison one of two undefeated teams left in Suburban Council

There are two undefeated boys lacrosse teams left in the Suburban Council. Come Tuesday, there will be only one.

Baseball: Seven-run inning propels Shen past Shaker

The Shenendehowa baseball team used a seven-run second inning to propel itself to a 14-4 victory over Shaker in Friday's Suburban Council North Division game at Joseph Bruno Stadium.

Friday, April 26

Softball: Guilderland wins wild affair with Averill Park

Lady Dutch score three times in ninth inning to pull out victory

The Guilderland softball team scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to pull out a 7-6 victory over Averill Park in Friday's Suburban Council South Division game.

Softball: Bethlehem puts it together

Lady Eagles score runs early and often to beat Mohonasen

The Bethlehem softball team turned in its most dominating performance of the season by beating Mohonasen 17-0 in Thursday's Suburban Council South Division game.

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Let's get ready to read

Albany Children’s Book Festival connects young readers with authors

The fifth annual Albany Children’s Book Festival, hosted by The Albany Academies, allows people of all ages to meet some of their favorite authors and illustrators. There will also be magicians, a children’s concert, clowns and other activities around the theme of reading.

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Artwork connects the dead and the living

St. Agnes Cemetery’s ‘Living Room’ dedicated to hosting work of local artists

St. Agnes Cemetery isn’t a place just for remembering the dead anymore. With a remodeled old chapel now a room lined with local art, it’s also become a place to calm the living.

Baseball: Bethlehem rolls past Mohonasen

Most of Eagles' 15 runs come in first three innings

The Bethlehem baseball team scored 11 runs over the first three innings on its way to a 15-1 Suburban Council victory over Mohonasen Thursday.

Thursday, April 25

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Full court press for compressions

Colonie boys affected by CPR part of effort to teach method in schools

Two Colonie boys learned about the power of CPR the hard way, and now they’re advocating that it becomes mandatory for their peers to learn the life-saving method.

Police investigate local banks scam incidents

Both the Albany and Colonie police departments are investigating alleged scams incidents in which suspects claimed to be investigators for local banks, police said.

Boys lacrosse: Shaker storms past Columbia

Leahey, King account for 10 goals for Blue Bison

A nine-goal second quarter turned a close game into a rout, as Shaker pulled away for a 23-2 Suburban Council boys lacrosse victory over Columbia Wednesday.

Baseball: Shaker tames Catskill in non-league game

Three Blue Bison pitchers combine on two-hitter

Three pitchers combined on a two-hitter to help Shaker defeat Catskill 10-2 in Wednesday's non-league baseball game.

Wednesday, April 24

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Growing green habits

Family-friendly Go Green Day to feature recycling, demos, good eats

Go Green Day 2013 will be held Saturday, April 27, at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland. Several area groups worked together to create the educational event and recycling drop off, along with opportunities to donate a variety of items to local causes and organizations.

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Residents leave student staff big tips

Staff in Beverwyck dining hall awarded record number of scholarships from residents

Members of the scholarship committee at the Beverwyck Retirement Community in Bethlehem are no longer worried about the future.

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Behind the signs

Support lines up behind two groups fighting and supporting April 30 vote

An upcoming vote in Bethlehem to eliminate the position of highway superintendent has led local public figures to seek out unusual allies.

Sports poll: How safe do you feel attending a large sporting event?

This week, we want to know how safe you would feel attending a large sporting event (i.e. marathon, horse race, auto race) in light of the bombing that took place at the Boston Marathon.

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Afghan officials look to Colonie

Town part of U.S. tour meant to help forge future of Afghanistan

The Town of Colonie might not have the same culture, landscape or problems that the country of Afghanistan faces, but officials from that faraway land hope they can learn something here all the same.

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Local chef makes mindful meals

Chef partners with mayor at event focused on healthy eating

Slingerlands chef working with Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings on the new Eat Healthy Albany campaign.

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Who let the dogs in?

County teams up with humane society on program that sees inmates training dogs

For five weeks, a dog’s best friend will be an inmate at the Albany County Correctional Facility.

Baseball: Bethlehem rallies past Saratoga

Mueller's bases-loaded single in seventh inning lifts Eagles

Eric Mueller's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in the winning run as Bethlehem rallied past Saratoga 6-5 in Tuesday's Suburban Council baseball game.

LETTER: Vote for modernity, efficiency on April 30

This letter appeared in the April 24, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

EDITORIAL: In a small world, every citizen matters

This editorial appeared in the April 24, 2013, edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

POV: When it comes to testing, there are options

This point of view column appeared in the April 24, 2013, edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

LETTER: Unified position sensible

This letter appeared in the April 24, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Appointment an idea whose time has come

This letter appeared in the April 24, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Reject the referendum, retain rights

This letter appeared in the April 24, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: ‘Yes’ vote is the right decision

This letter appeared in the April 24, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Hold on to voting rights

This letter appeared in the April 24, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Retirement presents opportunity

This letter appeared in the April 24, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Softball: Guilderland edges Ballston Spa

Tewksbury, Harrigan combine on four-hit shutout

Mallory Harrigan and Taylor Tewksbury combined on a four-hit shutout to guide Guilderland to a 1-0 Suburban Council softball victory over Ballston Spa Tuesday.

Boys track: Bethlehem dominates duel meet

Eagles ease past Ballston Spa and Niskayuna

The Bethlehem boys track and field team had no trouble sweeping Tuesday's Suburban Council duel meet against Ballston Spa and Niskayuna.

Boys track: Colonie sweeps Shen and Columbia

Holmes leads Garnet Raiders with individual and relay wins

The Colonie boys track and field team swept its Suburban Council duel meet with Shenendehowa and Columbia Tuesday in Clifton Park.

Tuesday, April 23

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Bethlehem talks Delaware Avenue overhaul

Plans, cost discussed at community meeting

Bethlehem officials are looking to make investments in the Delaware Avenue corridor to improve the street and attract a steady stream of customers to Bethlehem businesses from the City of Albany.

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Colonie native’s courage goes viral

Jimmy Plourde captured on camera carrying wounded from Boston Marathon

Growing up with two firefighters and EMS volunteers as parents, it came as no shock to Peter and Janet Plourde that their son Jimmy would become a firefighter himself.

N. Colonie adopts school budget

Tax levy hike of 4.25 percent is at the state tax cap limit

The North Colonie Board of Education adopted a 2013-14 budget on Monday, April 22, that carries a 4.32 percent increase to the tax levy, which is within the state tax cap.

Monday, April 22

Softball: Guilderland rallies past Shen

Lady Dutch strike in final two innings to post key win

The Guilderland softball team earned its biggest win of the season by knocking off Shenendehowa 7-4 in Monday's Suburban Council game.

Baseball: Shen wins close game against Guilderland

Kalish, Vavruick combine on three-hitter for Plainsmen

Aaron Kalish and Taylor Vavruick combined on a three-hitter to lead Shenendehowa to a 3-1 Suburban Council baseball victory over Guilderland Monday.

Boys lacrosse: Polsinelli powers Guilderland past Colonie

Two five-goal runs give Dutchmen big cushion

A pair of five-goal runs helped Guilderland pull away for a 12-7 Suburban Council boys lacrosse victory over Colonie Monday.

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Bethlehem Central’s $90.4M budget below tax cap

Board of Education cuts $220k, including freshman level sport teams

The Bethlehem Central School District Board of Education adopted a $90.4 million 2013-14 budget Wednesday, April 17, by a 6-1 vote. The proposed spending plan holds a property tax levy increase of 3.59 percent, below the district's tax cap.

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Girls track: Maloy shakes off rust

Loudonville native sets meet record in 1,500 for Holy Names

Catherine Maloy turned in one of the top performances of the day at the Fleet Feet Lady Eagles Invitational Saturday in Bethlehem.

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Girls lacrosse: Long Meadow derails Lady Dutch

Guilderland falls flat after posting key win against Shaker

Everything was going well for the Guilderland girls lacrosse team until it crossed the border into Massachusetts.

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Softball: Promising signs for struggling Lady Dutch offense

Guilderland wins two out of three weekend games

After a slow start, things are beginning to pick up for the Guilderland softball team.

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Girls track: Good weather, good results for Bethlehem

For once, the weather cooperated for the Fleet Feet Lady Eagles Invitational at Bethlehem Central High School.

Police: Sand Creek Middle School student struck by car on way to school

The Colonie Police Department is currently investigating an accident where a fifth grader was struck by a vehicle while on her way to school Monday morning, police said.

Saturday, April 20

Baseball: Shen powers past Bethlehem

Seven-run fourth inning gives Plainsmen plenty of breathing room

Shenendehowa scored four runs in the first inning and seven more in the fourth on its way to a 12-2 Suburban Council baseball victory over visiting Bethlehem Friday.

Softball: Guilderland pulls away from Shaker

Cubello clubs two homers for Lady Dutch

Guilderland scored two runs in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth on its way to a 10-6 Suburban Council softball victory at Shaker Friday.

Friday, April 19

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Slingerlands residents arrested for car thefts

Police say mother and son stole two cars after test drives

Bethlehem police have arrested a Slingerlands mother and her adult son for the theft of two cars from Capital District dealerships.

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Educator leaves a lasting legacy

Blue Creek teacher Jean Bassett inspired students, even during her fight with cancer

During her first stages of chemotherapy, Blue Creek Elementary teacher Jean Bassett knew she was going to start losing her hair. Nervous her students might become afraid of the changes, Bassett cut her long, curly hair short and walked into the classroom one day with her hair dyed blue. Another day, it was red.

Baseball: Early runs propel Shaker past Guilderland

Blue Bison remain undefeated following cross-divisional victory

Shaker scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and five more in the second on its way to a 9-1 Suburban Council baseball victory over Guilderland Thursday.

Boys lacrosse: Shaker doubles up Guilderland

King strikes for four goals to lead Blue Bison

The Shaker boys lacrosse team remained undefeated with Thursday's 12-6 Suburban Council victory at Guilderland.

Thursday, April 18

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Zoning Board denies School’s Out

Decision effectively halts $475k sale of BC property

The Bethlehem Zoning Board of Appeals has denied a use variance that would allow the Bethlehem Central School district to sell its property at 90 Adams to daycare provider School’s Out, Inc.

Planning Board tackles multiple projects

Expansions, office space and apartments on the agenda at April 9 meeting

Two projects got their time in front of the Colonie Planning Board underway Tuesday, April 9, with concept approvals. The applicants will have to come back to the board with more detailed plans.

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Town wants to demolish unsafe buildings, eventually

New Scotland officials target three buildings to be razed at an estimated $58k

The New Scotland Town Board held a public hearing Tuesday, April 9, on the proposal to demolish three buildings targeted under the town’s Unsafe Building Law. These buildings are the first the town has fully pursued under the law, which was adopted September of 2010.

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Bethlehem to make website more user-friendly

$25k redesign to focus on social media, functionality

Bethlehem officials are looking to redesign the town’s website with an eye towards reaching a broader audience through use of social media.

Contamination found at Troy Industrial Solutions

Plans for expansion put on hold as DEC gets involved in brownfield cleanup

The Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating contamination at Troy Industrial Solutions in Colonie.

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A festival for the senses

Cathedral of All Saints to present 'Vin de Choir: A Night of Song and Wine'

On Friday, April 19, from 6 to 8 p.m., The Friends of the Choir will hold a wine tasting event at the The Cathedral of All Saints

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Bethlehem man arrested for gun possession, cocaine

A Bethlehem man was arrested after Albany County investigators found an illegal firearm and drugs in the man's home after executing a search warrant.

Wednesday, April 17

Sports poll: How will new Siena men's basketball coach Jimmy Pastos do in his first season?

This week, we shift gears to the college sports ranks for this simple question: How will new Siena men's basketball coach Jimmy Pastos fare in his first season in Loudonville?

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Interim highway head named

Upcoming vote becomes issue in appointment discussion

In a split vote, the Bethlehem Town Board has named Commissioner of Public Works Erik Deyoe interim highway superintendent through the end of the year.

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Cohoes man arrested for trespassing at Empire State Plaza

State Police arrested a Cohoes man for criminal trespassing at the Empire State Plaza after it was closed. Police discovered he was also wanted by the Rensselaer Police Department on a bench warrant.

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Pruyn House celebrates 30 years

Town and volunteer effort turned dilapidated home into historic treasure

On Wednesday, April 24, the Friends of Pruyn House will celebrate the home’s 30th anniversary at their annual dinner meeting at the Century House Inn in Latham, where they will show a 15-minute movie about the historic site.

Colonie Center changes hands

Investment firm vows new investments and new tennants

Colonie Center has been purchased by an investment firm.

EDITORIAL: Town code change government at its best

This editorial appeared in the April 17, 2013, edition of Colonie Spotlight.

POV: Three times the need, three times the love

This Point of View column appeared in the April 17, 2013, edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

LETTER: Shift makes way for savings

This letter appeared in the April 17, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Merits far outweigh costs

This letter appeared in the April 17, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Public participation and the April 30 voter referendum

This letter appeared in the April 17, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Don’t give up hard-fought right

This letter appeared in the April 17, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: League supports referendum

This letter appeared in the April 17, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Proposition food for bureaucracy growth

This letter appeared in the April 17, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

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A common thread

For area quilting group, tradition, service and fellowship are a seamless combination

Q.U.I.L.T. Inc. has met at the Delmar Reformed Church once a month for the past 36 years. They meet to showcase their work, learn new skills and listen to guest speakers.

Tuesday, April 16

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Traffic stop leads to handgun charge

An Albany man was arrested Monday night for possession of a handgun after a traffic stop, Colonie police said.

Guilderland adopts $91M school budget

Coaching cuts stayed, enrichment cuts made; tax hike set at 3.4 percent

The Guilderland Central School District Board of Education unanimously adopted a $91 million 2013-14 budget on Tuesday, April 9, that holds a property tax levy increase of 3.39 percent, which is within the district’s state tax cap limit.

Colonie changes developer notification rules

Resident concerns result in amendment to town code, effects will be monitored

After several weeks of discussion, the Colonie Town Board voted unanimously on Thursday, April 11, to amended the town code and expand neighbor notifications requirements for developers.

Monday, April 15

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Police: Siena basektball player stole student's wallet

A Siena College basketball player was arrested for stealing another student’s wallet, Colonie police said.

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Hogan sets women's record at Delmar Dash [photo gallery]

Paley claims men's division title at 25th annual race

The 25th Delmar Dash provided a first for the 5-mile race. Saratoga Springs resident Megan Hogan set the record for the fastest women's division time when she crossed the finish line in 27:38.

Friday, April 12

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Voorheesville targets 3.2% tax hike

District's state aid declining; pleas to not eliminate freshman basketball

Voorheesville CSD's proposed 2013-14 budget totals $22.6 million, which is an increase of $695,000, or 3.17 percent. The proposed property tax levy increase of 3.23 percent is below the district’s tax cap threshold.

Cohoes man found guilty of robbing 86-year-old man

A Cohoes man was found guilty of robbing an 86-year-old man in his home, District Attorney David Soares announced Thursday, April 11.

Baseball: Shaker rallies past Averill Park

Oppelt's two-run single wins the game

Tyler Oppelt's two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Shaker a 9-8 Suburban Council baseball victory over Averill Park Thursday.

Boys lacrosse: Shen fends off Guilderland

Rogers scores five times in Plainsmen's win

The Shenendehowa boys lacrosse team built a 6-3 halftime lead and steadily pulled away for a 12-7 Suburban Council victory over Guilderland Thursday.

Thursday, April 11

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No more ’fro for ‘FroJoe’

BH-BL student donates hair to Locks of Love

No Section II runner was more recognizable than Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Joe Girard. All you had to do was look for the tall, lanky kid with an afro two sizes bigger than his face.

CBA mourns Williams

2012 graduate was killed in a motorcycle accident in Georgia

The Christian Brothers Academy athletic community is mourning the loss of one of its recent graduates.

Flynn builds a team

Bethlehem grad turns New Zealand into baseball power

Ryan Flynn is turning New Zealand into a budding international baseball power.

Marthy earns wet win

Shaker grad survives torrential downpour to take Hapalua

A driving tropical rainstorm couldn’t prevent Stephen Marthy from winning the first half marathon he ever entered.

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A mission for music

Shaker student playing own music at MOVE Music Festival

Even before she knew how to walk, Bridgette Guerrette knew she wanted to be a musician.

BOCES takes to cyberspace

Blog aims to inform and engage community on education issues

When it comes to conversations about public education, the Internet has taken up a place along with the coffeehouse and PTA meetings as a preferred forum. And the educational services group BOCES is getting in on the action.

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Quarter-century for Delmar Dash

Race that turns 25 this year started as weekly running group

The Delmar Dash will run for the 25th time on Sunday, April 14, at 9 a.m., kicking off at Bethlehem Central Middle School. Event organizers are planning to recognize the founders of the Delmar Dash.

Baseball: Shaker stampedes past Saratoga

A five-run third inning helped Shaker pull away for a 12-3 Suburban Council baseball victory over Saratoga Wednesday.

Baseball: Colonie beats Bethlehem in pitcher's duel

Colonie scored individual runs in the sixth and seventh innings to pull out a 3-1 Suburban Council baseball victory over Bethlehem Wednesday.

Softball: Guilderland shuts out Mohonasen

The Guilderland softball team evened its record to 1-1 with Wednesday's 2-0 Suburban Council victory over Mohonasen in Rotterdam.

College round-up: Hilland helps Sage volleyball win on Senior Day

Bethlehem Central High School graduate Spencer Hilland helped the Sage College men's volleyball team defeat New Jersey City University 3-1 on Senior Night Wednesday in Albany.

Wednesday, April 10

Spotlight recognized at NYPA awards

Spotlight News was recognized among the top weekly publications in the state at the New York Press Association spring conference, with the paper’s staff capturing several first-place awards in the group’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.

LETTER: Minimum wage vote a failure of democracy

This letter appeared in the April 10, 2013, editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

LETTER: Adams Place is no place for an operation like School’s Out

This letter appeared in the April 10, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: What is your vote worth to you?

This letter appeared in the April 10, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Vote to modernize government

This letter appeared in the April 10, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

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Stress test

New standardized tests have parents, educators worried about effects on students

On Tuesday, April 16, students in third to eighth grade across New York will sit down for the first day of standardized tests that adhere to the Common Core Standards. But it has been months now that parents and educators have worried pupils are being pushed too far with the sudden shift to more rigorous standards.

Sports poll: Which softball team will win the Suburban Council South Division title?

You selected Bethlehem as your pick to win the Suburban Council South Division baseball title this year in last week's poll. Will you be selecting Bethlehem in this week's softball poll, or will you choose one of the other four teams in the running?

South Col. budget would exceed tax cap

Savings use trimmed back while tax levy would grow 5.4 percent

The current 2013-14 budget proposal for the South Colonie Central School District would hold expenses to a 0.74 percent increase, but hike the tax levy by 5.4 percent, a full percentage point above the district’s limit under the state tax cap.

Tuesday, April 9

McKownville Drainage District gains support

Guilderland eyes levying taxes for stormwater management repairs in hamlet

The Guilderland Town Board on Tuesday, April 2, discussed its map, plan and report for establishing the McKownville Drainage District, which were drawn up after town officials were urged by residents to revisit the issue.

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Local officials react to state budget

Budget roundtable in Cohoes reveals satisfaction, hope for future

While many New Yorkers are expressing disbelief that this year’s state budget was passed not only on time, but early, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy is most excited with the fact the county will see no new unfunded mandates.

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Sustainable programs fly high

In tough times, Farnsworth’s Butterfly House and garden exist through fundraisers

Farnsworth Middle School is holding a garage sale fundraiser for the student-run Butterfly House and Organic Garden programs.

Another nursing home vote tabled

Legislator calls lease a ‘sweetheart deal on steroids’

A vote on the future of the Albany County Nursing Home has been tabled despite earlier signs legislators were narrowing in on a vote.

Monday, April 8

State Police ‘Move Over' week results

More than 2,000 traffic tickets issued during enforcement initiative

State Police issued 2,023 traffic tickets during its weeklong heightened traffic enforcement of the “Move Over Law” and speeding limits from April 1 to 7, which included 801 speeding tickets and 38 tickets for failure to move-over for emergency or hazard vehicles.

Altamont holds tax levy flat

Board adopts $2.1M budget, sewer fee increasing by $90 annually

The Village Board of Trustees Tuesday, April 2, passed a $2.1 million budget that increases spending by $140,000. Altamont's 2013-24 budget keeps the property tax levy flat, with no residents speaking during the public hearing before board members adopted the spending plan.

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Grimm perspective

BC’s production of ‘Into the Woods’ re-imagines classic fairy tales

This year’s Bethlehem High School musical is “Into the Woods,” a longtime favorite of director James Yeara, and one he is producing for the third time.

Sunday, April 7

Town is ready to reassess

Homeowners could be ‘pleasantly surprised’ with tax bill

The Town of Bethlehem has begun a property reassessment project that could very well impact every homeowner in town.

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2013 Spotlight Summer Camp Directory

There's plenty to do this summer with these Capital District camp options.

Delmar man arrested after police standoff

A Delmar man was arrested on Saturday morning after a nearly 11 hour standoff with police.

Saturday, April 6

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2013 Spolight Real Estate Directory

Spring and summer is when many homeowners and home buyers look to their domiciles.

Baseball: Shaker comes out swinging

Blue Bison pound out 14 hits in opening victory

Shaker opened its 2013 Suburban Council baseball season with a 13-3 victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Friday.

Softball: Bethlehem shuts down Guilderland

Sullivan earns complete-game win for Lady Eagles

The Bethlehem softball team avenged last year's Section II Class AA quarterfinal loss to Guilderland by defeating the Lady Dutch 4-1 to begin the 2013 Suburban Council season Friday.

Friday, April 5

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Softball: Lane pitches no-hitter in opener

Two sixth-inning home runs propel Colonie to victory

Senior Kelly Lane pitched a no-hitter to lead Colonie past Averill Park 5-0 in Friday's Suburban Council South Division softball opener.

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Rail Trail at issue in class action lawsuit

Trail neighbors say they should have been compensated in recreational deal

A group of property owners neighboring the Albany County Rail Trail are suing the federal government over the recreational corridor.

Voorheesville increases some fees

Sewer and water rates, summer rec and vendor permit fees to rise

The Voorheesville Board of Trustees approved on Tuesday, March 26, increasing the sewer rate, summer recreation fees and vendor permit fees, which will bring a modest increase in revenues.

Thursday, April 4

Voorheesville schools to stay under cap

Board eyes 3.2 percent tax levy increase, around $450k in reductions

Despite being able to adopt a budget up to the property tax cap of a 3.9 percent increase, Voorheesville Central School District Board of Education members directed administrators to hold the line at 3.2 percent.

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18th century, meet 21st century

Shaker history comes alive through virtual reality project in Watervliet

The Shaker Heritage Society is sharing the Shakers with the modern world by creating Virtual Watervliet (VWV), a digital reconstruction of their historic settlement.

Dementia care pitched for Colonie

64-bed facility would focus on creating home-like setting for patients

Peregrine Assisted Living, based out of Syracuse, is looking to build an assisted adult home with a focus on dementia care at 5 South Family Drive in Colonie. Representatives from the Hershberg & Hershberg engineering firm described a sketch plan to the Colonie Planning Board Tuesday, March 26, for a 35,000-square-foot, one-story memory enhancement facility.

Police: Two arrested for stabbing

Two Guilderland residents have been arrested for allegedly stabbing a man at least seven times, according to police.

Wednesday, April 3

EDITORIAL: Common Core: An old solution to an old problem

This editorial appeared in the April 3, 2013, editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Cracking the Common Core

New York’s students will start taking new standardized tests this year in the name of improving performance. So why are kids expected to fail?

Students in third to eighth grade will face English language arts and math tests adhering to Common Core Standards, national standards that were developed by looking at what students should achieve to be prepared for college.

Sports poll: Which baseball team will win the Suburban Council South Division title?

The voters spoke in last week's poll, and they declared Shaker would win the Suburban Council South Division boys lacrosse title. Well, Shaker isn't involved in this week's poll because it's not a South Division member in baseball (the Blue Bison are in the North). However, these four Suburban Council South Division baseball teams are in the mix this season.

POV: Keep highway head in Bethlehem

This Point of View column appeared in the April 3, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Menands looks to stick to tax cap

Public hearing approaches on budget that would hike taxes 2.5 percent

The Menands Board of Trustees voted Monday, April 1, to authorize the village to exceed the state tax cap, but officials hope it won’t come to that.

LETTER: An open letter from NYSUT

This letter appeared in the April 3, 2013, editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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LETTER: Everyone needs a hero

Loudonville man seeks owner of lost photo

A Loudonville man is looking for the owner of a photo he found at a local bank. This letter appeared in the April 3, 2013, edition of the Colonie and Loudonville Spotlight.

LETTER: Sewing is more than practical, it’s a worthwhile learning activity

This letter appeared in the April 3, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: SAFE Act an adventure in politics

This letter appeared in the April 3, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Time for national action on gun control

This letter appeared in the April 3, 2013, edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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Town’s water raises red flag

EPA cites Bethlehem for levels of chemical byproducts in water system

The Town of Bethlehem has been cited by the Environmental Protection Agency when its drinking water was found to not in be compliance with new guidelines at several testing locations.

Tuesday, April 2

Boys lacrosse: Shaker skips past Colonie

Rehfuss strikes five times for Blue Bison

Stephen Rehfuss scored five goals and added an assist to lead Shaker past Colonie 11-4 in Tuesday's Suburban Council South Division boys lacrosse game at Union College.

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Baseball preview: Seniors lead Garnet Raiders

Colonie seeks improvement over .500 finish in 2012 season

The Colonie baseball team thinks it has what it needs to climb the Suburban Council South Division ladder this season.

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Baseball preview: Shaker reloads for another season

Pitching and defense will be keys for Blue Bison in surviving North Division

For the second year in a row, the Shaker baseball team begins a season with an inexperienced lineup.

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Tonko tackles health care changes

Congressman fields questions on Affordable Care Act at V’ville library

Rep. Paul Tonko held a forum Wednesday, March 27, at the Voorheesville Public Library to discuss health insurance changes taking effect later this year as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Ex-cop’s lawsuit to go to trial

Judge rejects Town of Bethlehem’s motion to dismiss case

It will be up to a jury to decide whether former Bethlehem police officer Christopher Hughes faced a hostile work environment for expressing what he argues was protected speech.

Bethlehem OKs Colonial Acres golf course deal

Three-year agreement will see Colonial Acres under private operation

Local golfers may have the chance to play a round at Colonial Acres as soon as this weekend. On Wednesday, March 27, the Bethlehem Town Board voted to allow PGA golf professional Dale Ezyk to operate Colonial Acres Golf Course. The town will continue to lease the golf course from the Open Space Conservancy.

Police seek help finding donation jar suspects

The Guilderland Police Department is asking the public for help identifying three suspects tied to the theft of a donation jar from a Crossgates Mall store.

Another hearing for notifications

At public hearing, support given for even larger neighbor notification radius

Colonie residents alternately expressed concern and support at a public hearing held Thursday, March 28, for an amendment to the town code that would require expanded neighbor notification requirements for developers.

Monday, April 1

Baseball preview: CBA joins coaching carousel

Davey among five new skippers in Big 10

Nick Davey wasn’t looking to be a head baseball coach at the high school level.

Baseball preview: Veteran Eagles want more out of 2013

Loudonville Christian seeks second title in last three years

With two straight appearances in the Class D semifinals, Loudonville Christian has become one of the elite baseball teams in Section II.

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Baseball preview: Upward trajectory

Bethlehem believes last year’s surge will carry over to 2013

The Bethlehem baseball team is hoping for a repeat of its second half performance last season.

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Baseball preview: Dutchmen seek redemption for semifinal loss

Veterans guide Guilderland into South Division battle with Columbia and Bethlehem

The Guilderland baseball team has one goal this season: get back to Joseph Bruno Stadium.

Baseball preview: Veterans lead Indians

Ravena hopes to challenge for league title

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk baseball team is in search of consistency this season.

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Guilderland home burglar sentenced, caught by DNA

Kenneth Willete was sentenced to eight and a half years in state prison followed by five years of post release supervision relating to a Guilderland home robbery.

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Protect your child from identity theft

Spotlight on Finance

In today’s tech-savvy society, one in ten American children will become a victim of identity theft. More alarming: according to Jean Chatzky, personal finance columnist, children are 35 times more likely than adults to have their identity stolen, with 15 percent of victims younger than age five. It is one of the fastest growing categories of theft in our country.