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South Colonie budget forum sees major turnout

District residents say they fear losing programs and coaches

The cafeteria at Shaker Road Elementary was filled to capacity with district administrators, staff, parents, students and athletes Tuesday, March 25, in support of staff that may be cut due to budget constraints.

Sports poll: Do you think Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season should be declared a national holiday?

This sports poll question appears in the April 2 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

EDITORIAL: A perfect storm of miscommunication

This editorial appears in the April 2 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Trashed turf

Overflow parking tears up FMS field; repairs estimated to cost $6k

Athletic fields at Farnsworth Middle School were torn up after more than 1,000 people turned out for a state civil service exam and parking overflowed onto the grass.

Jump in BOCES costs unexpected

Budget talks continue as board hears from athletic, maintenance departments

As budget discussions continue for Bethlehem schools, district officials were recently notified that program tuition charges from BOCES would be significantly increasing for the coming year.

Property assessments in the mail

Bethlehem sees biggest increases among commercial properties

Bethlehem residents began receiving preliminary property reassessments at the end of March as part of the town’s reassessment project, which began last year.

Troy Belting takes steps to clean up site

Business takes part in brownfield program after contaminants found

A public comment period is scheduled for April 1-30 on plans to remove contaminates in the soil at a factory located at an electric motor repair facility at 70 Cohoes Road in Colonie.

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From STEM to stage

Tech Valley High students are the driving force behind the staging of ‘Mulan’

When most people think about Tech Valley High School, they think about students studying science, technology, engineering and math. While this is true, it’s not just STEM learning that is going on at the TVHS campus in Rensselaer.

Softball: Sectional finalists prepare for 2014

Guilderland seeks more than Class AA title it won against Bethlehem in 2013

The Guilderland softball team wants more than another Section II Class AA title.

Baseball: Blue Bison itching to get outside

Shaker scheduled to start season Thursday against Lansingburgh

Like every baseball team in Section II, the Shaker Blue Bison are sick and tired of being cooped up inside the gym for practices.

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Bringing new life to cemetery

St. Agnes’ Living Room offers art exhibits and classes

A cemetery in Menands has come up with an innovative way to bring more people there.

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Delmar firefighter accused of online involvement with perceived minor

Man allegedly had inappropriate conversations with undercover officers posing as teens

The Bethlehem Police Department arrested a Delmar man after a two-week investigation concerning inappropriate communications online with undercover officers posing as underage girls.

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Guilderland man guilty of burglary and arson

A Guilderland man has pleaded guilty to burglarizing two Albany businesses and setting an abandoned building ablaze in the Town of Guilderland.

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Delmar Dash field takes shape

Sunday's race features some of the top Capital District runners

Aaron and Diana Knobloch know the drill now. The married couple are in their second year of organizing the Delmar Dash, and Aaron said they used the knowledge they gained last year to get an earlier start in putting together the annual 5-mile race.

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Voorheesville school budget talk draws concerned crowd

Parents express concerns over proposed cuts, increasing classroom size

More than 100 people turned out to the Voorheesville school district’s budget forum on Monday, March 24, and several parents expressed an overarching fear the community was losing its distinguishing characteristics.

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Boys lacrosse: Guilderland wins opener

Kevin Dyer’s go-ahead goal sparks Guilderland against Queensbury

Sean McConaghy wasn’t certain what he’d see out of his Guilderland boys lacrosse team in Saturday’s season opener against Queensbury. What McConaghy saw, he liked.

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Boys lacrosse: Slow first half dooms Brothers

Suffern wards off CBA’s challenge in the second half

This wasn’t the effort coach Tim Vivian wanted to see out of his Christian Brothers Academy lacrosse team. Section I’s Suffern limited the Brothers to one goal in the first half on its way to a 9-5 non-league victory in Saturday’s non-league game at Troy High School.

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Music nourishes interfaith program

First United Methodist hosts benefit concert

Since 2003, the First United Methodist Church of Delmar has hosted the Voices of Hope Benefit Concert as a member of the Interfaith Partnership of the Homeless. The concert raises funds for Interfaith’s summer youth programs, which provide activities, field trips and healthy lunches to hundreds of children each year.

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Police: Guilderland teacher stole more than $100k from union

District places middle school math teacher on paid administrative leave

A math teacher at Farnsworth Middle School allegedly stole more than $100,000 from the Guilderland Teachers’ Association, according to police. Guilderland school district has placed the teacher on paid administrative leave.

Troy man pleads guilty to BAC of 0.27 percent

58-year-old tried to enter closed diner, half-empty bottle of vodka in car

One drunk driver was intoxicated to the point that police were not able to get a booking photo of him, with officers having to constantly hold him up, according to police reports.

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