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Stars reach out

Three American champions, led by a 2014 Olympian, participate in Skate Fest

Ryan Bradley remembered what it was like for him to be a young figure skater and being introduced to some of the top professional skaters.

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Landowners stage protest

Group asks town to delay implementing reassessment until open space tax credits are looked into

A number of large landowners in the Town of Bethlehem staged a protest last week to speak out against the recent townwide reassessments.

LETTER: Is Fahy for or against casino plans?

This letter appears in the April 23 edition of The Spotlight.

EDITORIAL: SAFE Act doesn’t make us feel safe

This editorial appears in the April 23 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Voorheesville plans to exceed tax cap

Village Board finalizes $2.05M budget, 4.5 percent tax levy hike

No residents on Monday, April 7, spoke during a low-key public hearing on Voorheesville proposed budget. Local officials, while not advertising the move, are looking to exceed the tax cap.

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Outdoor fire quelled near Farnsworth Middle School [photo gallery]

Cause of blaze remains under investigation, limited damage to area

More than two-dozen first responders were at the scene of a small fire near the edge of the Farnsworth Middle School’s baseball field. The fire started around 5 p.m. Monday, April 21, and was extinguished approximately a half-hour later.

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Bethlehem parents protest Lab School cuts

Concerns are raised about reduction in staffing for program

As the Bethlehem Central Board of Education continued budget discussions last week, a group of parents came out to protest potential cuts to classes at the high school.

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Two arrested on charges of counterfeiting

On Wednesday, April 16, Sheriff Craig D. Apple reported the arrests of Levar J. Vanhosen and David C. King for their alleged involvement in a counterfeiting operation.

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On the road again

Shaker SADD group wins competition with their motorcycle awareness message

As warm weather finally arrives, many motorcycle enthusiasts are eager to hit the open roads, and after a long winter, Shaker High School students want to remind drivers they share those roads with two-wheeled vehicles.

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New Scotland reviewing solar panel options

Company estimates photovoltaic system would be $93.6K savings over 20 years

Sunny days could be ahead for New Scotland if energy savings from a photovoltaic system are as much as an area company forecasts. The system would also provide more reliable energy costs.

State boosts road budget

Local towns to see additional ‘extreme weather assistance’

A harsh winter left many areas throughout Albany County with heavily damaged roads, prompting the state to funnel additional money to local municipalities to tackle surface and pothole repairs.

EDITORIAL: Walmart’s double-edged sword

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

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Taking a flight to remember

Patriot Flight departs next month for a visit to the national WWII memorial in honor of D-Day anniversary

Dozens of World War II veterans are set to take a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the WWII memorial on the 70th anniversary of D-Day next month.

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Bethlehem residents largely opposed to ‘E23’ casino plans

Some worry traffic, safety a concern; say town would reap few benefits

The Bethlehem Town Board sought the residents' opinions on Wednesday, April 9, on the proposal to build a casino just off of Thruway Exit 23. The facility would technically be in the City of Albany, but would border Glenmont.

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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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