Friday, May 31
Announcement comes day after school budget, board vote
The Bethlehem Central School District’s Board of Education is a member short after the sudden departure of one of its members.
Interim super will be compensated for rest of 2013
The Town of Bethlehem will be compensating Interim Highway Superintendent Erik Deyoe with a $10,000 stipend for his work to help transition the department to the control of a leader voters will select in November.
Leaf collection fee taken off the table
After the tax levy went up by 8 percent this year, officials in the Town of Bethlehem are painting a much rosier picture for the coming budget cycle.
Thursday, May 30
Breonics still only known tenant in campus’s first tech building
After weeks of waiting, the Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency has approved an Enhanced Tax Abatement for the first tech-use building to be constructed within the Slingerlands Vista Technology Campus.
Colonie Central High School senior Josh Murphy’s design placed on billboard
Murphy’s slogan “Don’t Text and Drive - It Can Wait” and an image of the iconic iPhone text message symbol was chosen as the winning design for an anti-distracted driving billboard contest sponsored by the CCHS Art Department and Lamar Graphics.
Lady Dutch to meet Bethlehem in Friday's Class AA final
Guilderland made both of its hits count in a 4-1 victory over Colonie in Wednesday's Section II Class AA softball semifinals at Veeder Park.
Wednesday, May 29
We stay with lacrosse this week and pose this question: What are the odds a team from our region wins a state title?
Project aims to improve pedestrian safety along Route 146
The Guilderland Town Board on Tuesday, May 21, took the first step towards following through on hamlet residents’ recommendation to install sidewalks. The board approved hiring Creighton Manning to design sidewalks on Route 146 in Guilderland Center.
At Colonie meeting, county exec. says he supports gov’s tax-free plan
In his second “State of the County” tour, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy told a small group of Colonie residents that he wants the community to speak up to their local government.
Concept approval granted for six-unit project at Colonie Planning Board
Plans for a new apartment building on Mill Road are creeping ahead after a developer received concept approval from the Colonie Planning Board Tuesday.
Tuesday, May 28
This editorial appeared in the May 29, 2013, editions of Spotlight newspapers.
Blue Bison score all of their runs with two outs
Shaker used a pair of two-out rallies to defeat Guilderland 7-3 in Tuesday's Section II Class AA baseball semifinal game at Joseph Bruno Stadium.
Guilderland students helping to expand Pine Bush habitat
Students from Farnsworth Middle School are helping to monitor an area near the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Guilderland seventh-grade students were brought just past the City of Albany’s Rapp Road Landfill, where they looked for signs of life native to the Pine Bush at restored portions of land.
This Point of View column appeared in the May 29, 2013, editions of Spotlight newspapers.
Highlights from the 2013 Bethlehem Memorial Day Parade.
Monday, May 27
Blue Bison push across four runs in sixth inning to beat Schenectady
The Shaker baseball team scored four times in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out a 6-2 victory over Schenectady in the completion of a Section II Class AA quarterfinal game Monday.
Saturday, May 25
Rogers leads Plainsmen to Class A title
With one big push, the Shenendehowa boys lacrosse team took control of Saturday's Section II Class A final. The Plainsmen went on a 9-0 run in the second half to pull away for an 18-10 victory over Shaker at the University at Albany's John Fallon Field.
A cloudy day didn’t stop bagpipes, a firing party and laying of wreaths Wednesday, May 22, at The Crossings of Colonie.
Friday, May 24
Three-run homer in sixth inning propels Lady Dutch past Columbia
Mallory Harrigan's three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning helped Guilderland defeat Columbia 7-5 in Friday's Section II Class AA softball quarterfinal game.
Thursday, May 23
Shaker coach unhappy with officiating following loss
For the Guilderland girls lacrosse team, Thursday's 15-8 victory over Shaker in the Section II Class A final ended three years of frustration. For Shaker, the frustration may last into next season.
After winning team championship, Dutchmen send two doubles teams to states
Thursday's Section II doubles championship tennis match proved to be a perfect conclusion to a great week for Guilderland.
School district seeks to overturn decision that halted property sale
The Bethlehem Central School District is suing the town Zoning Board of Appeals over a decision that halted the sale of its 90 Adams Place property to daycare provider School’s Out, Inc.
After half-century volunteering with EMS and fire, Colonie resident stepping off call
Bill Teator, 72, has been working with several different emergency medical services within the Town of Colonie for more than 50 years and will officially retire from it all on May 31.
Glenmont fire demo part of campaign to encourage indoor sprinkler legislation
On Friday, May 17, the New York State Building Officials Conference held a fire demonstration for its members at the Bethlehem Fire Training Facility off Winne Place in Glenmont. It was held so those in attendance could “see firsthand the power of fire and how effective fire sprinklers can be” when installed in the home.
Delmar resident launches project to cultivate awareness of native plant species
Loretta Fontaine Castagna has held an interest in native plant life since she was a young girl.
Array of 9,000 panels to provide 6 percent of plant’s energy
Owens Corning will soon be erecting thousands of solar panels on site at its plant in Delmar.
Wednesday, May 22
Environmental Fair at Five Rivers explores the present and past
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center hosted more than 600 students from around 10 Capital District elementary schools during the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s three-day Environmental Fair.
This week, we're looking for your Suburban Council boys lacrosse most valuable player.
A Schenectady woman pled guilty to one count of assault in the second degree on a Colonie police officer before the Honorable Andrew Ceresia in the Supreme Court of Albany Wednesday morning, District Attorney David Soares said.
Spur-of-moment snapshot to be displayed in halls of U.S. Capitol
For the next year, Shaker High School senior Mitchell Aragona's photo will be on display at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., after being chosen as the winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition for the 20th District of New York through Congressman Paul Tonko.
This editorial appeared in the May 22, 2013, editions of Spotlight newspapers.
This Point of View column appeared in the May 22, 2013, editions of Spotlight newspapers.
This letter appeared in the May 22, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.
This letter appeared in the May 22, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.
Bus and reserve fund propositions pass; uncontested board incumbents
Voorheesville Central School District's approved 2013-14 budget increases spending by almost $694,000, or 3.14 percent, and holds a property tax levy increase of 3.23 percent, which is within the district’s tax cap limit.
District's $1M bus and equipment proposition approved, uncontested board race
More than 60 percent of voters supported Guilderland Central School District’s proposed spending plan for next school year, holding a 3.39 percent property tax levy increase.
Tuesday, May 21
Bison eliminate Colonie in quarterfinals; will face CBA in semis
No. 3 Shaker needed a big third quarter to eliminate No. 6 Colonie 9-2 in Tuesday's Section II Class A boys lacrosse quarterfinals.
Five-goal third quarter is the difference against Saratoga
No. 4 Guilderland advanced to the Section II Class A boys lacrosse semifinals with Tuesday's 9-6 win over No. 5 Saratoga Springs.
Budget passed 2,518 to 1,311
In a year that did not see a challenge to the state tax cap or any major spending reductions, Bethlehem residents easily passed the district’s $90.4 million spending plan for the 2013-14 school year.
66.2 percent of voters approve of budget in excess of state tax cap
What was continuously called a challenging budgeting year for the South Colonie Central School District was capped with residents approving a 2013-14 school budget that exceeds the state tax cap.
Budget stays within the state tax cap
Residents of the North Colonie Central School District approved of the 2013-14 budget that stays within the state tax cap on Tuesday, May 21.
Crowds turn out to honor heroes at Altamont Memorial Day Parade
Despite a soggy start and drizzly finale, Altamont’s Memorial Day Parade went on as planned Sunday, May 19, when people lined the streets armed with umbrellas to honor those who made the greatest sacrifice for their country.
Couple with changes to administrator health care, unpaid day will save $332k
South Colonie Central School District teachers and administrators have approved contract givebacks for the second year in a row, and they will save the district more than $300,000 in the 2013-14 school year.
Monday, May 20
Four-run third inning propels Spartans
Several hours after the Section II baseball playoff seeding meeting at the Boght Baseball Complex, two of the more highly-regarded teams in their respective classes played each other in their final regular season game.
Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week focuses on invasive insect’s threat, precautions
New York is recognizing Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week this year from Sunday, May 19, to Saturday, May 25. Residents and visitors are being encouraged to become more aware about the invasive insect and its destructive potential towards ash trees.
Teen’s suicide fuels push for legislation over school special education resources
Jerry Clark’s grandmother can’t fill the hole in her heart left by her grandson’s suicide, but she is continuing her efforts to keep it from happening to other families by lobbying for state legislation.
Saturday, May 18
Eagles use 9-0 run to put away Schenectady in opening round
The Bethlehem boys lacrosse team scored more goals in one quarter than it did in all but two of its 16 regular season games.
Thursday, May 16
Two-year agreement holds annual 2 percent salary increase
The Guilderland Town Board on Tuesday, May 7, approved a new two-year contract with the town’s police union, which has around 35 members. The agreement provides a retroactive 2 percent salary increase each year.
Contingency funds targeted to make payroll for July
Three days after the Albany County Legislature tabled a vote on privatizing the county nursing home vote, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has sent out a request to move $2.2 million from the county’s contingency fund in the budget to meet the facility’s July payroll.
New golf course operator connects with Big Brothers Big Sisters
Business has been steady at Colonial Acres Golf Course during its first month open under a private operator.
Bethlehem, IDA would partner to form economic development job
The Town of Bethlehem and its Industrial Development Agency may soon be partnering to hire a new, part-time employee to work on economic development.
A few new faces join familiar ones as parties gear up to make endorsements
As campaign season inches closers, those seeking spots in Town of Colonie elected offices are beginning to announce their plans to run.
New Scotland residents pack hearing to lament drainage issues, board rebuts claims
Neighbors of a proposed 12-lot subdivision in New Scotland fear their existing drainage issues would only worsen with new construction, but town officials and the developer claim the opposite is true.
A tractor trailer took out four utility poles in an accident this morning, leading police to close two roads for what will likely be most of the day.
Wednesday, May 15
Blue Bison keep their hopes alive for a share of the North Division title
The battle for Suburban Council North Division supremacy will go to the final regular season game.
This week, we want to know which Suburban Council softball team you think has the best chance to win the Section II Class AA title.
Guilderland GOP robo-calls McKownville residents, supervisor says change not political
The Guilderland Town Board is backpedaling on a plan to establish a special taxing district in McKownville in a favor of a townwide fund aimed at fixing drainage issues across the board.
$3M extension hinges on purchase agreement with Bethlehem
The New Scotland Town Board on Wednesday, May 8, unanimously approved the boundaries of the New Salem Water District, but the town though must finalize a water purchase agreement with Bethlehem before the taps are turned on.
SEFCU’s Monopoly tournament nets $20k for Center for Disability Services
This year, on Tuesday, May 7, 305 players took on the challenge at The Albany Marriot on Wolf Road for the 21st Annual SEFCU Monopoly Tournament and helped raise $20,000 for the center.
Planning Board OKs two buildings in split vote after neighbors raise concerns
The Colonie Planning Board gave the green light on Tuesday, May 8, for construction of two retail and office buildings on Albany-Shaker Road over protests of neighbors.
Progress Club helps celebrate Bethlehem Library’s centennial
On Saturday, May 11, the 100th anniversary of the library was commemorated with a Founder’s Day celebration at the Bethlehem Public Library on Delaware Avenue.
Clarkson the pick for Bethlehem super, Reinhardt and Sasso tapped for Town Board
The Bethlehem Democratic Committee has made its endorsements for the November local elections.
TrustCo Bank Corp NY announced that Trustco Bank has been awarded a 5-Star (“Superior”) Rating from Bauer Financial, Inc., an independent bank rating company.
This editorial appeared in the May 15, 2013, editions of Spotlight newspapers.
Mineau's four goals spark Garnet Raiders
The Colonie boys lacrosse team pulled out a 7-6 overtime victory over Bethlehem in Tuesday's Suburban Council South Division game.
Pitcher helps her own cause with three hits
Mallory Harrigan had a big afternoon in the pitcher's circle and at the plate for the Guilderland softball team.
This letter appeared in the May 15, 2013, editions of Spotlight Newspapers.
This letter appeared in the May 15, 2013, edition of the Colonie Spotlight.
This letter appeared in the May 15, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.
This letter appeared in the May 15, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.
Tuesday, May 14
County comptroller urges legislature to turn over control
The Albany County Legislature tabled a deal to give control of the county-run nursing home to a private company at a Monday, May 13, meeting, after hearing a presentation from County Comptroller Mike Conners urging action.
Colonie Central student makes waves with her love of the kitchen and dining room
There is nothing Colonie Central High School senior Rachel Gauthier doesn’t like to cook. Meats, vegetables, cakes, soups. You name it, she’ll make it.
Albany Memorial honors longtime nurse Esther Rappold for decades of service
Friends, family and coworkers gathered at Albany Memorial Hospital to celebrate 80-year-old Esther Rappold's 60 years of service at the facility.
Saturday, May 11
Local Girl Scouts troop chooses Community Maternity Services for service project
This year, members of one Bethlehem Girl Scout troop will be showing their appreciation for more than just their own mothers. Since January, members of Elsmere Brownie Troop 1308 have been collecting supplies to be donated to Community Maternity Services, an agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany.
Pole vaulters, sprinters lead Blue Bison
It was another strong track meet for Shaker's pole vaulters. James Steck, Casey Ogden and Dan Gavin swept the top three places to help the Blue Bison run away with the team title at Friday's Suburban Council Track and Field Championships at Shenendehowa High School.
Bell and Greenberg also earn individual wins
Four Bethlehem boys earned individual wins at Friday's Suburban Council Track and Field Championships at Shenendehowa High School.
Balanced attack helps Dutchmen defeat the Eagles
Eight Guilderland players scored goals in Friday's 11-3 Suburban Council boys lacrosse victory over Bethlehem.
DiNapoli home run highlights Eagles victory
The Bethlehem baseball team pulled away for a 5-1 victory over Guilderland in Friday's Coaches vs. Cancer game at Joseph Bruno Stadium.
Friday, May 10
F. Michael Tucker, president of the Center for Economic Growth, was allegedly found to have had a blood alcohol content more than double the legal limit while parked in Stuyvesant Plaza on Friday, May 3, according to police reports.
Tewksbury tosses three-hitter for Lady Dutch
The Guilderland softball team pulled away in the last three innings to defeat Bethlehem 6-2 in Thursday's Suburban Council South Division game.
Thursday, May 9
Volunteers pitch in to help Thacher Park for 'I Love My Park Day'
More than 50 people turned out to lend Mother Nature a helping hand at John Boyd Thacher State Park for New York state's second "I Love My Park Day" on Saturday, May 4.
After 42 years working on the links, Colonie resident looks back on career
After almost 50 years of working in the golf maintenance business and 42 years on the greens at Albany’s Wolferts Roost Country Club, Bill Stevens stepped off the grass to retire this past April.
Shaker High School teacher went from dropout to academic achiever
Alex Finsel got what he needed in the ranks of the Marine Corps, and now, more than 15 years after becoming a college dropout, he’s being recognized for his academic achievement as the 2013 recipient of the Jean Edgecumbe Groff ’39 Graduate Scholarship in Education in the School of Education at the University at Albany. And he’s also bringing the ideals that shaped his life for the better to a new generation as a teacher at Shaker High School.
When business leader and author Karen Hough left the stage to pursue a career as an executive in information technology, she was sure of one thing—she didn’t know what she was getting herself into.
Dyer and Polsinelli combine for nine goals in victory
The Guilderland boys lacrosse team jumped out to a 9-2 halftime lead and cruised to a 12-6 Suburban Council South Division victory over Columbia Wednesday.
Comber makes 11 saves for Bethlehem in loss
Albany Academy edged Bethlehem 5-4 in Wednesday's non-league boys lacrosse game.
Blue Bison score three runs in bottom of the sixth inning
The Shaker baseball team scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull out an 8-6 non-league win against Lansingburgh Wednesday.
Wednesday, May 8
Indian Ladder Farms showcases baby animals and activities
Baby animals returned to Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont on Saturday, May 4, with children clamoring to chicks, ducklings, bunnies, lambs, pigs and goats.
Living Resources’ modern Guilderland group home to house six residents
Living Resources, a Capital District nonprofit, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, May 1, for its group to be located off Ardsley Road in Guilderland. The building was touted as the state’s first barrier-free “smart house” designed especially for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Sports poll: Which baseball team will be the Suburban Council's No. 1 seed for the Section II Class AA playoffs?
We hit the baseball diamond in this week's poll question to ask you which Class AA team will be the Suburban Council's No. 1 seed for the playoffs.
Central Avenue BID, Equinox hold sidewalk art contest to coincide with Tulip Fest
Each spring, thousands of tulips take over downtown Albany. The appearance of the flowers mark the beginning of spring in the city and have a way of bringing a feeling of renewal to Albany each year.
Colonie prepares successor in one-dog canine unit
Two months ago, the Town of Colonie purchased Vader, and once training is completed, he’ll be the 11th dog in the history of the Colonie Police Department to join the K-9 Unit Patrol Division.
Forest Owners Association looks to promote knowledge of responsible festry
Members of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy are looking to educate landowners about forest management with a woods walk through the Normanskill Preserve.
Town wraps up Community Town Halls with updates on Vista, hamlet plans
The focus was on the Vista Technology Campus as the last of the Bethlehem Community Town Hall meetings came to a close in Slingerlands.
This editorial appeared in the May 8, 2013, edition of the Colonie Spotlight.
This point of view column appeared in the May 8, 2013, edition of the Colonie Spotlight.
This letter appeared in the May 8, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.
Bethlehem gets most of its runs early against Averill Park
It didn't take long for the Bethlehem baseball team to get its bats going in a 14-4 Suburban Council South Division victory over Averill Park Tuesday.
Six-run sixth inning secures Scotties victory
Jon Mueller pitched a three-hitter to lead Ballston Spa past Shaker 10-1 in Tuesday's Suburban Council North Division baseball game.
Seventh-inning run propels Lady Dutch to divisional win
Guilderland scored the winning run in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Columbia 3-2 in Tuesday's Suburban Council South Division softball game.
The Guilderland boys track and field team had mixed results at Tuesday's Suburban Council duel meet at Ballston Spa.
Tuesday, May 7
Senator’s court battle spurs bills efforts to change ballot requirements
State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk unveiled two bills she is sponsoring during a news conference on Wednesday, May 1, which address legal challenges raised by her Republican opponent's legal team.
Guilderland police arrested two women who were allegedly using forged travelers checks at stores in Crossgates Mall after a store's loss prevention officer notified authorities.
'Classical Kids' stops in North Colonie to introduce youngsters to world of dance
Siobhan Dunham and two other professional dancers spent the morning of Friday, May 3, at Shaker High School with the entire district’s fifth-grade students for the arts education series “Classical Kids.” The school-based program is sponsored by SPAC and Union College, and was created in 1993 to help provide an interactive approach for children to learn about classical music and dance.
Monday, May 6
A four-goal third quarter breaks open close game
For the second time this season, the Shaker boys lacrosse team needed a big quarter to put Bethlehem away.
Dyer's five-goal game lifts Dutchmen to sixth straight win
The Guilderland boys lacrosse team extended its winning streak to six games with Monday's 11-8 Suburban Council victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.
A 33-year-old Guilderland man pled guilty to attempted assault in the first degree after a stabbing in Colonie in March, Albany County District Attorney David Soares announced in a press release Monday morning.
Saturday, May 4
DiNapoli leads Eagles past Queensbury
The Bethlehem baseball team bounced back from Friday's 5-3 loss to Shaker by defeating Queensbury 5-1 in Saturday's non-league home game.
Friday, May 3
Sinko allows one earned run in complete-game win
The Shaker baseball team kept pace with North Division-leading Shenendehowa and locked up a Section II Class AA playoff berth with Friday's 5-3 Suburban Council victory over Bethlehem.
Seven-run fifth inning breaks the game open
The Guilderland softball team churned out 23 hits in a 15-0 Suburban Council victory at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Friday.
Ciccone strikes out 8 for victory
The Colonie baseball team picked up a key Suburban Council victory in its quest for a Section II Class AA playoff berth by beating Ballston Spa 5-2 Friday.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus speaks to the child in every seat
Not many kids plan to run a circus when they grow up - and it’s not exactly what Johnathan Lee Iverson had in mind either as a kid growing up in New York City.
Entrepreneurs see bright side to starting and owning business
The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce have been attending numerous ribbon cuttings over the past several months, in the fall and late winter bringing their big scissors to 13 businesses openings. New businesses have opened in storefronts that went dark as the economy slumped.
Delmar shop owner stocks Heartline Ministries after mission trip
Bethlehem Community Church youth group forms connection with the women of Haitian Creations. Products now sold by Sherry West, owner of Day Dreams of Delmar.
Company head says it’s unclear why developer would delay Vista process
The decision to approve tax breaks for first technology company lined up for the Vista Technology Campus was once again delayed by the Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency after the developer pulled the project from the agenda for a second time.
Thursday, May 2
Spending plan holds 3.23 percent tax hike; freshman basketball could be restored
The Voorheesville Board of Education unanimously adopted a $22.56 million 2013-14 budget during a special meeting on Tuesday, April 23. The tax levy would be raised by 3.23 percent under the plan.
Shaker High grad Dana Lee Hom releasing first album, “Almost Gone”
It took love, heartbreak and a bout of emotional numbness for Dana Lee Hom to put together her first full-length album. Now that she’s ready to release those songs to the public, she feels like the burden of some of her troubles is disappearing.
Annual Capital Region Heart Walk this Saturday at Crossings
The 2013 Capital Region Heart Walk at The Crossings of Colonie will begin with breakfast and last-minute registration at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 4 and walkers will take either a 1- or 3-mile stroll. Participants raise money for the American Heart Association, and the donations go directly to funding research and education to fight heart disease and stroke. This year, the goal is set for $570,000.
Local Trustco branch holds grand reopening after renovations.
Wednesday, May 1
Crosstown rivals go under the lights to support Rivers Scholarship Fund
The annual Colonie-Shaker softball game took on a different aura Wednesday night.
Harrigan, Greco provide RBI doubles for Lady Dutch
The Guilderland softball team made the most out of its four hits in a 3-1 Suburban Council victory over Saratoga Springs Wednesday.
Mueller drives in three runs for Eagles against Niskayuna
Bethlehem scored six runs in the fourth inning to pull away for a 7-3 victory over visiting Niskayuna in Wednesday's Suburban Council baseball game.
Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service and village reach deadlock
Four months have passed since Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service’s contract expired with the Village of Voorheesville. Negotiations stalled when a majority of the village board wanted to withhold about $8,800 in funding from the ambulance service’s reserve accounts
This week, we turn our attention back to the high school sports scene. We want to know which Suburban Council girls lacrosse player is the most dangerous goal scorer (translation: the one player guaranteed to get the ball into the goal every time she shoots).
Town to send manpower to help Child Exploitation Task Force
The Town of Colonie will once again be working with the FBI’s Albany offices and Child Exploitation Task Force targeting Internet predators in the Capital District.
Referendum fails 3,086 to 1,969
The superintendent of highways in the Town of Bethlehem will remain an elected position after residents voted against a new local law that would have abolished the office.