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Shell shocked

Young and old are often surprised at what they learn at Troy’s Discovery Hall’s ‘Jewels of the Sea’ exhibit

Tucked between two walls on Second Street in Troy exists a little taste of nature. It is here where collector and curator, Ron Glasser keeps his collection of more than 1,000 seashells from all over the world.

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From stage to school

‘The Voice’ contestant visits her old stomping grounds with stops at Bethlehem schools

Not everyone can be sure they will receive a warm reception when returning to their hometown. Danielle Mozeleski can be counted as one of the lucky ones.

Sports poll: Which girls lacrosse team will win the Suburban Council this season?

This sports poll question appears in the April 16 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

State Police to conduct speeding crackdown

Weeklong campaign will also focus on aggressive and distracted driving

State Police will hold a “Speed Week” campaign from Thursday, April 17, through the following Thursday, which focuses on increased enforcement of speeding and aggressive driving violations. The campaign seeks to reduce speed-related crashes and improve traffic safety.

Colonie dump on track for expansion

No new costs for town as new cells to open in 2018 as planned

The Town of Colonie’s Solid Waste Management Facility is on track to open new cells in 2018 as planned.

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Guilderland school board OKs $92M budget

Spending plan within tax cap, largely unchanged from superintendent’s initial proposal

The Guilderland Board of Education on Tuesday, April 8, unanimously adopted a 2014-15 budget totaling slightly more than $92.13 million, which increases spending around $1.1 million, or 1.22 percent. The budget holds a property tax levy increase of 1.94 percent.

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Get To Know: Nanci Moquin

This appears in the April 16 editions of Spotlight newspapers.

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POV: Friends of Five Rivers seek donations

This guest commentary appears in the April 16 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Landowners balk at assessment increases

GAR tells property owners to schedule preliminary hearings for possible adjustments

Large landowners in the Town of Bethlehem who were unhappy with their preliminary assessment came out in force to speak out against the reassessment project last week.

EDITORIAL: Reassessments a bitter pill for some

This editorial appears in the April 16 edition of The Spotlight.

Banks can be a positive tool when shaping kids’ relationship with money

Spotlight on Finance

According to the FDIC, nearly one-third of the U.S. population does not have a bank account or make regular bank-based financial transactions, such as check cashing, deposits or loans. The outcome for this percentage of people, which is greater than 100 million Americans, is predictable: higher fees to access important financial services while not developing the important history needed to qualify for a mortgage, secure a business loan or borrow for education. The truth about banks is this: they are an important tool for helping individuals build financial prosperity, regardless of income and age, and they should play a large role in the financial education of children.

LETTER: Smaller legislature makes good sense

This letter appears in the April 16 edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Disabled deserve more respect

This letter appears in the April 16 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

LETTER: Assessment is just government at work

This letter appears in the April 16 edition of The Spotlight.

LETTER: Equity lacking in reassessment

This letter appears in the April 16 edition of The Spotlight.

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Lafarge breaks ground on plant modernization

Ravena facility renovation will replace kilns and cut emissions, retain jobs

Federal, state, and local officials and business leaders gathered on Friday, April 11, for Lafarge North America’s groundbreaking ceremony at its Ravena plant. The project will replace the more than 50-year-old equipment with “state-of-the-art” technology.

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Inspired Raiders win

Carras’ presence helps Colonie romp past Ballston Spa

Following three consecutive losses to start the season, the Colonie girls lacrosse team drew inspiration from one of its former players to earn its first victory.

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State museum does the can-can

Annual Canstruction event moves up the national rankings

Engineers, architects and students from around the Capital District got together in a competition to construct displays out of canned goods to raise food and money for local food pantries.

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Altamont budget keeps property taxes flat

Village board adopts 2014-15 totaling $2.14M, taps reserves

The Altamont Board of Trustees adopted a $2.14 million 2014-15 budget at the beginning of the month, which increases spending almost 1.65 percent or around $34,650. More general fund reserves are tapped to help ease the tax burden.

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Colonie music programs hit a high note

Despite financial hardship, South Colonie’s music program remains competitive

Both Colonie school districts have been recognized nationally as some of the best communities in the country for music education programs.

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