Stories for July 2013


Wednesday, July 31

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Vista deal in jeopardy

Discord among developer, town and tenant; developer blames IDA

The developer for the Slingerlands Vista Technology Campus is now unsure if the organ regeneration research company Breonics will be the first technology tenant for the park, and he’s placing the blame squarely with the town agency managing tax breaks there.

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Albany County jail corrections officer arrested for blackmail

Wanted preferential treatment at work; claimed to have damaging evidence

An Albany County jail corrections officer has been arrested after allegedly trying to blackmail a former jail administrator.

Lafarge granted more time to build new kiln

Amended settlement holds strengthened pollution standards for Ravena cement plant

Lafarge was granted additional time to complete construction of its new kiln, but the extension came alongside strengthened emissions standards to further reduce pollution at its local cement plant.

Tuesday, July 30

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Gillibrand requests emerald ash borer funding

Senator calls for federal funding to eradicate invasive species

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, July 30, urged for additional federal funding for research, control and eradication efforts on the emerald ash borer, which is an invasive species that kills ash trees.

EDITORIAL: No winners in Vista stalemate

This editorial appeared in the July 31, 2013, editions of Spotlight newspapers.

POV: Campus smoking ban ill-conceived

This point of view column appeared in the July 31, 2013, editions of Spotlight newspapers.

LETTER: Don’t forgo nutrition in the name of choice

This letter appeared in the July 31, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Onesquethaw cemetery relies on residents’ help

This letter appeared in the July 31, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Monday, July 29

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Ambulance contract signed amid heated debate

Voorheesville approves amended contract, company argues for reserve funds

For this year, the debate has concluded over Voorheesville’s contract with its local ambulance service, but next year’s debate appears to have already begun.

Erratic driver report leads police to home, DWI arrest

Guilderland police on Sunday, July 14, around 9:20 p.m., received a call saying an erratic driver was traveling eastbound on Western Avenue from the McDonalds, which led police to an Albany woman’s home.

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Two rows, one purpose [Video]

Flotilla celebrates historic peace agreement between the Dutch and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy

A fleet of canoes and kayaks launched Sunday, July 28, to begin a 12-day trip down the Hudson River in honor of the 400th anniversary of a peace agreement made between Dutch settlers and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

Sunday, July 28

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Pete Rose remains connected to baseball

All-time hits leader visits Guilderland while another PED scandal rocks MLB

Pete Rose has a simple message for any Major League Baseball player who uses steroids.

Saturday, July 27

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Now hear this: Bypath launches audio tour

Fourteen historical sites featured at local historic points along the Erie Canal

By using modern tools, the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway Coalition, Inc., has set out to change that with a brand new walking audio tour to help history seekers uncover knowledge most passersby will miss out on.

Friday, July 26

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Golf: Stasiak passes Fox on final hole for state title

Three out of 146 golfers finish under par at Schuyler Meadows

Victor Fox had the New York State Men's Amateur Golf title in his sights Thursday, but it slipped away on the final hole.

Sports poll: How many hours of sports on TV do you watch in a week?

Sometimes, you don't want to leave the comfort of the sofa to watch sports. We understand that.

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Hot rods heading to high ground

Thacher Park to host fourth annual ‘Wheels in the Woods’ car show

John Boyd Thacher State Park in New Scotland is revving up for its fourth annual “Wheels in the Woods” car show on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pear Orchard Picnic Area.

Police probe Colonie burglaries

Colonie police are looking into four burglaries they say appear to be related.

Three NYC residents nabbed transporting drugs

Driver violated ‘Move Over Law,’ crack and heroin found on passenger

State Police stopping a driver for violating the “Move Over Law” allegedly discovered a passenger in the car was being paid to transport crack cocaine and heroin.

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County corrects child car seat confusion

County inspectors rarely find correctly installed car seats at checks

A three-hour child safety seat inspection at Crossgates Mall this past Wednesday came up par for the course when not a single car seat brought to the experts was installed correctly.

Thursday, July 25

Hometown history highlighted at fair

New Salem Fire Department to host 71st annual Punkintown Fair

The 71st annual Punkintown Fair, hosted by the New Salem Volunteer Fire Department, kicks off Thursday, July 25, this year, and runs through Saturday, July 27, with doors opening at 6 p.m. each day.

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Bethlehem sets candidate slate

Election officials expect one candidate to be disqualified

The Bethlehem local elections are shaping up, as candidates have submitted their petitions of resident signatures in order to get their names on the ballot.

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Glenmont playground effort gets under way

With Elsmere nearing its goal, PTA begins fundraising in earnest

As a parent-driven effort to upgrade the Elsmere Elementary School playground nears its fundraising goal, the drive to do the same at Glenmont Elementary is officially shifting into gear.

Vermont woman arrested for stun gun

A Vermont woman was stopped for allegedly speeding and police discovered she had a stun gun and several suspensions on her driver’s license, according to police.

Police search for ‘despondent’ woman in Colonie

Colonie police are soliciting the public’s help in finding a missing person they say may be a danger to herself.

Wednesday, July 24

State feeling good about real estate

Siena study finds attitudes about market are definitely positive

A study released by the Siena Research Institute at Siena College last week found that for the first time in almost four years, the state’s residents feel the real estate market is on the upswing.

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Kids hit the floor running

Officials, campers excited for new sporting surface at Bethlehem YMCA

The Bethlehem YMCA has a new sports surface that will help expand its recreational offerings to kids and adults.

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Albany County keeps it cool

Residents seek relief during blistering heat wave

After weeks of heavy downpours with no sun in sight, the weather took a sharp turn last week, as the Capital District grappled with grueling temperatures in a heat that lasted Monday, July 15, through Saturday, July, 20.

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Super hopefuls fill their coffers

Guilderland candidates nearly neck-and-neck in early fundraising efforts

Democrat and Guilderland Supervisor Ken Runion has more cash on hand than Republican challenger Mark Grimm, but both have raised a similar amount of money since campaign season got underway.

LETTER: Colonie failing residents on motel issue

This letter appeared in the July 24, 2013, edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

POV: Gardener’s alert: Rose Rosette Disease

This column appeared in the July 24, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

EDITORIAL: Alms for the schools

This editorial appeared in the July 24, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, July 23

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GCSD eyes $18M facilities improvement plan

Building renovations, enhancing security, technology upgrades proposed

The Guilderland Board of Education recently heard the district’s Facilities Committee unveil proposed capital projects totaling almost $18.2 million. If pursued, the spending would require voter approval.

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NYS Amateur: Victor Fox leads after Day 1

Delmar native shoots 4-under-par 68

A couple extra hours of sleep put Victor Fox in the right frame of mind. The Bethlehem Central High School graduate shot a 4-under-par 68 to take the lead on the first day of the New York State Men's Amateur Golf Championships Tuesday at Schuyler Meadows Club.

Three-car crash causes injuries

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a three-car crash in the Town of New Scotland that left three people with injuries.

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Demonstration drives home distracted driving

AT&T stores, Valley Cats partner for texting and driving simulator

In an effort to demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving, local AT&T locations teamed up with the Tri-City Valley Cats to spread the company’s “It Can Wait” campaign.

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Candidates meet on the trail

Bethlehem supervisor hopefuls pick same active vacation idea

Two candidates for Bethlehem supervisor swapped the campaign trail for the bike trail, as both found themselves traveling the path of the Erie Canal last week.

Colonie GOP chairman steps down

Successor unclear as Brian Hogan gives up position for time reasons

Albany County Legislator Brian Hogan has decided to step down from his position as chairman of Colonie’s Republican Committee.

Sunday, July 21

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Locals keep it local

Viola’s Café, started by hometown duo, focuses on fresh

Viola’s Café, located inside the Monte Mario Motel at 947 Loudon Road, officially opened its doors Monday, July 15, and aims to supply the area with homemade, locally-grown breakfast and lunch.

Saturday, July 20

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Guilderland restaurants celebrate $20.13

Restaurant Week to feature 12 eateries, taste of cooking classes

Restaurant Week, coordinated by the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce, will run from Sunday, July 21, to Saturday, July 27, and feature 12 restaurants offering a variety of dining options.

Friday, July 19

Guilderland lends support in home rule battle

Coming court battle could decide whether localities can keep out fracking

The Guilderland Town Board on Tuesday, July 2, approved joining an amici curiae, or friends of the court, brief supporting the towns of Dryden and Middlefield in enacting local laws banning natural gas drilling within the towns.

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Music and memories

Colonie Town Band connects area’s musicians with one another, and the community

Enter the Colonie Town Band, an intergenerational group of local musicians who all share a combined passion for community and traditional music. As the band approaches its 50th anniversary next year, the roughly 70 musical connoisseurs are spending their summers and holiday seasons playing throughout the Capital District.

Court rejects landfill lawsuit appeal

Town says it has spent $40k fighting two-year old lawsuit

A court sided with the Town of Colonie earlier this month in an appeal of a lawsuit that had been leveled by Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners and other residents challenging the town’s landfill operating agreement.

Thursday, July 18

Sports poll: Where is the best place to watch the races at Saratoga?

With Saratoga Race Course's 150th season of thoroughbred racing beginning Friday, it's only appropriate to ask what part of the track you like to watch the races from.

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Let Freedom (Park) ring

Long running free concert series remains hot spot for family summer entertainment

What began as a dumping ground for cement and construction materials along the Mohawk River, Freedom Park was transformed into an amphitheater for a festival when Schenectady County was selected as one of 32 statewide locations to host the Bicentennial Barge for four days in July of 1976.

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Board blinks on ambulance contract

Voorheesville negotiations flatline, board awards funding despite objections

Despite opposition from a majority of the Voorheesville Board of Trustees towards approximately $8,800 in reserve funding in the Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service’s contract this year, the board awarded the money at its June 25 meeting.

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Bikes bring balance

YMCA’s Pedaling for Parkinson’s comes to the Capital District

New YMCA program helps relieve the symptoms Parkinson's disease.

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Anonymous tip leads to heroin arrest

State Police seize 1 kilo of heroin in Bethlehem

State Police have arrested a Jackson Heights man after police received an anonymous tip that the car he was driving contained illegal drugs.

Residents want motels cleaned up

Talk of new law brings complaints of sex offenders and loud parties

As the Town of Colonie considers a new law to regulate expansion and construction of hotels and motels along Central Avenue, residents seem more concerned with the ones that are currently standing.

New battle in nursing home war

Legislature pushes forward with LDC plans, extends home’s support through August

Albany County legislators are examining the county-run nursing home issue with a new focus, advancing plans to form a local development corporation after sparring for months with Albany County Executive Dan McCoy over his proposal to privatize operation of the home with Upstate Services Group.

Wednesday, July 17

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Guilderland retains top tap title

Albany County Best Drinking Water contest sends town to regionals

The local first round of the state’s Best Drinking Water contest was held on Tuesday, July 10, in the lobby of the Albany County Office Building. The Town of Guilderland once again captured the favor of the majority of taste buds.

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Recipe for success

Delmar native looks to expand his booming granola business

Gatherer's Gourmet Granola now has a new facility in Schenectady and is launching three gluten-free flavors through the help of an online fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.

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Bethlehem drops federal lunch program

Lack of interest at high school prompts menu change, parents object

The Bethlehem Board of Education recently approved eliminating participation in the National School Lunch Program only at the high school after district administrators presented information showing a “steep decline” in the number of lunches purchased.

EDITORIAL: The economics of the lunch line

This editorial appeared in the July 17, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Stop the slander, and let voters decide

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

Tuesday, July 16

New Guilderland school board leaders selected

Nisky admin tapped for high school post, superintendent’s contract extended

Two new leaders have been selected to head up the Guilderland Board of Education, and the body has also chosen a new assistant principal at the high school.

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State raises bar on distracted driving

Cuomo says initiative, laws aim to change behavior and save lives

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, July 9, while in Buffalo, detailed a $1 million summer initiative to increase enforcement of distracted driving laws by boosting undercover operations statewide.

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Police: Speeding driver leads to stolen vehicle arrest

State Police said a “concerned citizen” reporting a speeding vehicle led police to discover the vehicle was reported stolen earlier that day.

Monday, July 15

Summer school an honor

Voorheesville student attends Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Voorheesville High School student Rebecca Barron was selected to study French horn at the prestigious Boston University Tanglewood Institute this summer.

Kinderhook Bank has been there through the years

Financial institution has been serving New Yorkers since 1853

Established in October 1853, Kinderhook Bank is celebrating 160 years of service to the community.

State’s new Justice Center makes Bethlehem its home

Michael Carey criticizes new agency as more of the same

The new Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs is making its home in Bethlehem.

Junk King takes out the trash for you

Rubbish removal company puts a high priority on recycling

Nearing its second year, Todd Porter’s Ravena-based junk-hauling business, Junk King, prides itself for its high level of customer service and effective recycling policy.

Local Allstate agents honored

Insurance company staffers earn ‘Premier’ designation

Delmar’s local Allstate Agency, located at 636 Delaware Ave. (between Stewarts & Bethlehem High School) is proud to announce being the recipient of the distinguished “Premier Agent” designation.

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Karate builds strong minds, bodies

U.S Budokai Karate owner offers Seido classes for all ages

For Hanshi William Reid, Seido Karate is more than just a form of martial arts, but a way of life.

Own the summer with CDTA

With trolley service to special events and summer youth passes, you’ll be heading in the right direction

Getting the people of the Captial District from place to place is a year-round job for the Capital District Transportation Authority and its 250 iconic buses.

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Welcome to Delmar’s Main Square

For over 25 years, Main Square has been an example of responsible development and contributed to making the streetscape of Delaware Avenue an attractive asset for the town.

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Emergency care is close and convenient at Albany Memorial

If you or someone you love is faced with a medical emergency, you want the best medical care possible, fast. In 2012, people turned to Albany Memorial Hospital more than 48,000 times for just that – expert emergency care.

Guilderland Chamber promotes local business

The Guilderland Chamber’s annual events are geared to highlight local businesses; through restaurant weeks, holiday gift guides, business expos, our Souped Up on Guilderland and Ladies Night Out, and the chamber annual business awards

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Ready for your own oasis? Cool River Pools can help

Qualified team will bring your waterscape dreams to life

Cool River Pools is the pool service provider for you. Cool River Pools has been faithfully serving our residential, commercial and municipal clients in the Capital District for the past 30 years.

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Great style and B’yond

When 22-year-old Bridget Kelley-Logrippo opened her own hair salon, B’yond Style Hair Studio, on June 13, 2005, she had both the drive and family support to make her business successful.

So much to see, learn and taste

Harmony House Tours offers a multitude of experiences, knowledgeable guides

The famous Aqua Ducks might have flown away, but the tour guide’s former co-owner is spreading his wings and entered a new venture offering top-notch tours of the Capital District and beyond.

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An optimistic attitude

Loan originator Stacey Crandall says her positive outlook puts clients at ease

Licensed Loan Originator Stacey Crandall has a driving business philosophy to stay extremely positive, especially in a time when the market she works in continues to change dramatically.

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Ben’s Jammin’ Treasures a home for creativity

New storefront features the work of local artisans and classes

Benjamin Cocco loved to draw, play music and build items from his imagination. When his life was cut short at the age of 12 in a bike-car accident, his parents knew the best way to keep his memory alive.

Trustco Bank treats its clients like individuals

When it comes to things that are built to last, the factory line is the last place you’d look. Bespoke clothing, tools, furniture – all are hand made to withstand the test of time.

A cool treat awaits at Glenmont’s 16 Handles

Frozen yogurt store is an inviting place to chill out with friends and family

It’s hard to beat relaxing with friends over dessert. But how about designing that dessert yourself with 16 flavors of frozen yogurt and a selection of over 50 toppings?

The mission is clear at Dave’s Glass

Four years after buying Dave’s Glass, just about the only thing owner Michael Palmer hasn’t improved upon yet is changing the name of the business.

Sunday, July 14

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A true Buddy to animals

Delmar teen’s raised thousands for local animal shelters

Abby Serfilippi’s passion for helping animals began in the fourth grade.

Saturday, July 13

Town makes paving plans

Bethlehem discovers required paperwork has been absent

The Town of Bethlehem has established its 2013 road paving schedule, but not before taking care of a procedural step that has apparently been absent for a number of years.

Friday, July 12

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Business diving in head first

Colonie native starts his own learn to swim business

Kevin’s Swim School is comprised of a local team of early- to-mid 20s swim instructors focusing on making a pool a comfort zone, rather than a fearsome pit.

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Fresh air family

Delmar residents host same NYC child year after year

For the fourth year, the Vazquetelles family is hosting Dominic Canesh, a 13-year-old from Queens, through the Fresh Air Fund.

Thursday, July 11

Sports poll: How much will you miss having the New York Giants training camp at UAlbany?

Normally at this time of year, we anticipate the arrival of the New York Giants at the University at Albany for their training camp. That will not be the case this year, as the Giants have moved their training camp back to their Meadowlands sports complex facility in New Jersey.

Two arrested en route to Bisco

State Police arrested two people on their way to the Camp Bisco music festival in Mariaville on drug charges last night.

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A touch of imagination

Local artist balances work, family and life in quest to perfect his style

For some, it might take some trial and error to find a driving passion. It wasn’t until David Arsenault's mid-30s when he decided to study painting at the University at Albany that the light bulb finally flickered on.

Wednesday, July 10

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A band of (geeky) brothers

Group of self-proclaimed geeks starts up website from Colonie

Like most startups, the breakthrough idea for “The Brotherhood of Evil Geeks” was a combination of ingenuity and luck.

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Runion to seek eighth term

Guilderland Dem supervisor points to record, board incumbents seek reelection

Guilderland Supervisor and Democrat Ken Runion will once again seek his leadership position, with fellow Town Board incumbents likely to join him on the party’s ballot lines.

Back in time

Vintage game brings baseball back to its 19th century roots

Jeff “Kentucky Kid” Jones sat on the Bethlehem Braves bench with a soaked towel over his head, trying to cool off after pitching the top of the fifth inning against the New York Mutuals.

Another buyer interested in BC property

Brakes put on zoning lawsuit as another deal for 90 Adams Place approved

The Bethlehem Central School District is placing a temporary hold on its lawsuit against the Bethlehem Zoning Board of Appeals because the district has found another potential buyer for its property at 90 Adams Place.

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Lawson Lake to again host summer campers

County, community step up to revive Boys and Girl Club destination in Coeymans

Summer camp is back on at Lawson Lake Park thanks to a new partnership between Albany County and local organizations.

POV: Making walking and biking safe for all

This column ran in the July 10, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

EDITORIAL: Crisis goes well beyond interest rates

This editorial appeared in the July 10, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Thanks are in order for businesses

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

LETTER: Single Party Rule in the Town of New Scotland

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

Tuesday, July 9

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A growing discord over student loans

Tonko, UAlbany students urge Congress to freeze rates for two years

Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, SUNY officials and University at Albany students rallied on Monday, July 1, for a freeze of federal student loan rates at 3.4 percent for two years as Congress develops a long-term solution.

Crash claims Guilderland woman, two others injured

A 78-year-old woman died in a car crash on Western Avenue and police are asking any witnesses to provide information to the Guilderland Police Department.

Police: Five arrested for stealing from several stores

Guilderland police arrested four women and one man on charges they stole merchandise from several stores at Crossgates Mall.

Police: Man targeted elderly with phone scam

Bethlehem police arrested a White Plains man on Tuesday, July 9, on charges he stole money from an elderly town resident through a sweepstakes scam.

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Economy showing signs of improvement

Spotlight On Finance

In the United States, stabilization in the housing markets and relief from worry about a fiscal crisis have allowed the U.S. economy to reaccelerate from weak fourth quarter growth. Yet there are still headwinds to faster growth. U.S. consumers remain income constrained, and business confidence is still mired at very low levels. Improving conditions overseas should generate faster global growth, but doubts about that recovery have grown.

Rare opportunity

Shaker teacher selected for Holocaust Museum fellowship

Each time Shaker High School English teacher Thea MacFawn adds a book to her curriculum about the Holocaust and other genocides, she receives the same type of response from her students.

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Man charged with possession of ketamine

State Police arrested a Vermont man on the Thruway in Bethlehem after he was allegedly found to be under the influence of and in possession of ketamine.

Monday, July 8

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A lurking threat

Bethlehem at epicenter of emerald ash borer infestation that expert says could explode

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County on Tuesday, June 25, hosted Mark Whitmore, a forest entomologist at the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, for a presentation on updated information about emerald ash borer infestations and what communities can do to address them. The emerald ash borer, or EAB, has already been confirmed at more than 20 locations in Albany County.

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Bethlehem court honors its own

Two dedication ceremonies held, one joyous and one somber

The Town of Bethlehem honored two of its former and most dedicated court employees at two ceremonies held last week.

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Spinners given a cold welcome

Town apologizes after group kicked from Crossings gazebo

Colonie resident Aaron Bush often strolls through The Crossings of Colonie as part of his exercise routine. Every once in a while, he brings his dogs to the 130-acre public park or visits the weekend farmers market.

Law would make life tough for motels

On heels of sex offender effort, Colonie seeks to discourage hotels entirely from Central Avenue

The Colonie Town Board wants to hear from the public about the possibility of a new local law that would make it more difficult to renovate or build any hotels or motels along Central Avenue.

The sounds of summer

Local concert series offer a season of free entertainment

The towns of Bethlehem, Colonie, Guilderland and New Scotland offer several chances to enjoy the outdoors while bands perform. The venues range from the lawn outside of a library to a performing arts center stage, but the low price of “free” remains the same.

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Gibson Brothers hire new mandolin player

Band returns to NY July 19 for Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

The North Country’s own Gibson Brothers bluegrass band will return to New York state for performances July 19 at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival with a new mandolin player.

Saturday, July 6

Library projects awarded funds

Nearly $80k awarded between Voorheesville and Altamont

The New York State Library has awarded more than $300,000 to Albany County libraries in an effort to help fund the needed projects, with nearly $80,000 awarded to the Voorheesville Public Library and the Altamont Free Library.

Friday, July 5

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Homeless man charged with Bethlehem and Colonie burglaries

The Bethlehem Police Department has arrested a homeless man in connection with several residential burglaries in Glenmont.

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Wolf Hill Road Bridge bids opened

Low bid totals $315k to replace Irene damaged bridge, project FEMA and state funded

Two bids were received to replace the Wolf Hill Road Bridge in New Scotland, which suffered significant structural damage during Tropical Storm Irene. Unless the low bid is disqualified, the project will total nearly $315,000.

Thursday, July 4

Sports poll: In honor of the Fourth of July, what sport do you consider to be the most "American?"

This week, we're celebrating the anniversary of when the 13 American colonies declared their independence from England. And in that spirit, we want to know what sport you think of first if you're asked by a foreigner what represents the United States.

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Meyers makes pro grade

Delmar native is one of two BCHS grads playing for Whitecaps

Robin Meyers is on the cutting edge of professional sports.

Empire State Sports Council brings new games to town

Liberty Games offer a new statewide competition in the Capital District

Anthony Mills and Ken Rechnitzer are doing their part to keep the spirit of statewide amateur competition in New York alive.

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Pine Bush National team wins City and County title

Delmar Pediatrics scores six runs in third inning to beat Tir-Village team

The City and County Little League baseball tournament came down to a battle between Bethlehem and Guilderland.

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New baseball buddies

Albany Dutchmen help Challenger program end baseball season

The North Colonie Challenger Baseball program closed its season Saturday, June 22, with some help from the Albany Dutchmen.

Wednesday, July 3

Roll-you-own raids lead to fines

A Colonie tobacconist is in hot water with the Department of Taxation and Finance over its roll-your-own cigarette business.

Candidate’s past comes to light

GOP finds evidence King resides in Coxsackie and has criminal record

Bethlehem supervisor hopeful Jared King has been tossed from the county voter rolls, simultaneously ejecting him from his seat on the Albany County Republican Committee and impacting his chances to appear in the fall elections.

Tuesday, July 2

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New service helps out with composting

Parts of Bethlehem open to a pilot curbside pick up composting program

Home composting will soon be made easier for Bethlehem residents as an area food waste hauling company launches a pilot program in town.

Police: Vehicle stolen from funeral home

Guilderland police stopped an Albany man for a traffic violation only to discover he had allegedly stolen a vehicle from a funeral home and possessed other stolen items.

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Photo Gallery: Guilderland Class of 2013

Guilderland Central School District on Saturday, June 22, held its Class of 2013 graduation ceremony at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena, with approximately 400 students receiving their diploma.

LETTER: Freedom Fest an unqualified success

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

EDITORIAL: Tax free plans lack realistic vision

This editorial appeared in the July 3, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Jared King is unfit for office

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

LETTER: GOP brass tried to blackmail King

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

Monday, July 1

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Photo Gallery: Good times on the Rail Trail

Second "Fireflies and Fairy Tales: A Solstice Celebration"

The second “Fireflies and Fairy Tales: A Solstice Celebration” on Thursday, June 20, which was held along a one-mile portion of the Albany County Rail Trail.

Town pays fine for sewer leak

Corroded pipe let small amount sewage into Krumkill in May

The Town of Bethlehem has paid a fine to the state Department of Environmental Conservation after an unexpected sewer leak.