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Local couple’s storybook romance involves fight to fix son’s heart

Two-and-a-half-year-old Emmett doesn’t completely understand that he needs open heart surgery, but he does know what going to the doctor’s office means.

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County approves plan to partner with Colonie on Albany Shaker Road traffic study

In the wake of a proposed retail center off of Albany Shaker Road, county and town officials are trying to alleviate traffic in the town.

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There’s no quit in the decade-old gourmet burger trend

The gourmet concept to hamburgers is no longer new, not since French chef Daniel Boulud introduced a $27 burger back in 2001. But, the business model has been followed, tweaked and survived the Great Recession of a few years ago. Now, in 2015, it continues to trend stronger than what one business magazine prognosticated four years ago.

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UPDATED Colonie police asking for information in possible assault

The Colonie police are asking anyone with more information in regards to a possible assault on a teenaged girl in the Colonie Center parking lot to contact police.

EDITORIAL: The curse of the old Stone Ends

This editorial appears in the Aug. 19 editions of Spotlight News.

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Colonie man arrested after vehicle pursuit

City of Albany police arrested Ernest Muller, 23, of Colonie, after he led officers on a vehicle pursuit Wednesday morning, Aug. 19.

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Budgeting is a powerful tool in controlling college student spending

College tuition begets angst, and for good reason. According to Sallie Mae, the average family spent nearly $25,000 on college related expenses in school year 2014–2015, which includes tuition, room and board, transportation and all other college-related expenses.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: It’s your legislature

This letter appears in the Aug. 19 edition of The Spotlight.

Residents feel too much talk, not enough action in New Scotland hamlet zoning process

With new zoning in New Scotland, development is coming. This calls into question for many residents how the school systems and roads will be affected.

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Lifeguards take part in weekly drills, town pool facilities see new upgrades this season

As the Easter Seals New York day campers swam in the training pool, nearly two dozen young lifeguards practiced lifesaving drills right beside them.

Albany County assists Legionnaires’ response in NYC

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced last week the county Department of Health will be joining the coordinated state response to a growing Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in New York City.

Three companies awarded licenses looking to county for dispensaries

At the end of July, New York officials announced the five companies that would be awarded licenses to sell medical marijuana, three of which plan to open dispensaries in Albany County.

More units for Dutch Village; newest units to be available by Christmas

Albany Management broke ground on the fourth phase of its Dutch Village apartment community Friday, Aug. 7.

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Jody Monroe appointed interim superintendent of Bethlehem Central School District

On the heels of the mid-June announcement of Superintendent Thomas J. Douglas’s departure, current Assistant Superintendent Jody Monroe will now step in as interim superintendent.

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The trend of urban farming is growing ever quicker

Third-generation owner Gregory Bennett Jackson celebrated the 100th anniversary of his family’s full-service home remodeling company, Bennett Contracting, Inc., by helping families in Albany’s South End build strong roots. 

Hello, Troy

I first came across real estate developer Sonny Bonacio when covering a story at the Universal Preservation Hall, a 19th century church being converted into an entertainment venue. The structure itself had long suffered neglect, and now through the efforts of the community, of which Bonacio is a part of, it is promised to remain relevant to the city for years to come.

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More kids are taking a break from summer vacation to learn

The thought of summer camp conjures up iconic images of swimming at the lake, or stories at the campfire, but that’s not what it’s about anymore.

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Jocelyn Ardnt weighs plans to delay Harvard for music career

Follow this string of logic. Former presidential candidate Al Gore attended Harvard University where he famously roomed with actor Tommy Lee Jones, earned his undergraduate degree and yadda, yadda, yadda invented the Internet.

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Albany County nursing home gets equipment

Albany County Nursing Home residents and staff have been experiencing a bit more ease when it comes to mobility with the help of new equipment.

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Get To Know: Henry Gochee III

This appears in the Aug. 12 editions of Spotlight News.

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