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The time is now for music education

Young children will benefit from musical involvement

According to Noel Liberty, founder and director of The Music Studio, children are ready to embark on a musical education far earlier than people realize.

It’s never too late to say ‘bonjour’

There are lots of benefits to learning a second (or third, or fourth) language. But where does one start?

Learn how lasers can help pain

Malta doctor to demonstrate new technology

A laser that can help treat pain sounds like something off the set of “Star Trek,” but you don’t have to travel light years to find it.

Accounting for success

QuickBooks advisor offers training with no string attached

QuickBooks is an impressive accounting tool for businesses, but only if you know how to use it properly.

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Stasior & Stasior: Quality eye care, new location

Comprehensive vision care remains the hallmark of longtime practice

When it comes to vision care, the doctors at Stasior & Stasior believe prevention is the best medicine.

Steiner’s Sports targets newbies to experts

Family owned business takes the time to find the right products for customers

With stores in Valatie, Glenmont and Hudson, Steiner’s caters to athletes of all skill levels.

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Enterprising spirit cuts deep in family

Haslam Tree Service, Inc. and Shannon’s Barber Shop take trimming to a new level

One area family’s entrepreneurial passion is undeniable, with a father and daughter each staking a place in their fields and rising above the competition.

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Fly Boutique a rare catch for the style-conscious

Shortly after Ann Maloney-Costantino moved to Saratoga Springs, she and her daughters were enchanted when one of the youngsters unexpectedly caught a butterfly on an outstretched finger.

A message from the owners of Cartridge World ... We offer eco-friendly printing

Scott and Roberta Tabachneck the owner/operators of Cartridge World of Latham are thrilled to have opened their first store in Latham.

McSharry and Associates Realty caters to its clients

Patrick McSharry went to graduate school to be a clinical psychologist but two years into the program, he decided that while he wanted to help people, he wanted to do it in a very different way than he originally conceived, and a serendipitous conversation with a Realtor, led him down a new path.

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Customers come first at LT's

At LT’s Grill in Niskayuna, you’re a person, not a number.

An Upstate state of mind

Liquor store landmark pushes into 21st century

At Upstate Wine and Liquor, “selection, service, price” is the name of the game. “That’s what we try to focus on,” said owner Todd Yutzler.

Hudson River Community Credit Union honors local heroes

HRCCU salutes our local community heroes and we thank them for their commitment and their service.

Delmar Dental brings experience to latest technology

Practice has treated generations of area families

Delmar Dental is as much about family history as it is about taking care of people’s teeth.

 Lake Electronics marks 60 years of service

Family-owned business keeps adapting to changing technology

 Lake Electronics, located at 1650 Central Ave. in Colonie, is celebrating its 60th year in business this year. Originally located in the Annette’s Bridal Shop building, Lakemoved to its current location in 1955 when it became obvious that more space was required.

Bourque Mechanical is always on call

For local business, it’s all about the customers

It’s summer time here in the Capital District, which means air conditioners are humming day and night. With a balmy summer already, many A/C units are going nonstop, meaning at some point they’re going to break down.

Whole house approach to saving energy

Zerodraft offers a variety of energy saving services for all types of residential and commercial structures, from keeping homes safe and comfortable to increasing the indoor air quality in schools, health care facilities and office buildings.

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News anchors put theater on the map

Fort Salem Theater finds success with popular musical act

Singing news anchors are not unique to the Capital Region, but in no other market have they enjoyed such long-lasting success.

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Made to travel

Locally owned Tough Traveler has built a reputation on its quality products

Tough Traveler Ltd. designs and manufactures carry-ons, luggage, backpacks, waist packs, tote bags, duffel bags, camera bags, computer bags, briefcases, baby carriers, dog carriers, and a large assortment of pouches - all made in NYS, many used worldwide.

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Band of Gold delivers the hits

Band of Gold has been a staple in the “Great Northeast” music scene and beyond for many years. Over time, the band has endured numerous personnel changes but the philosophy is unchanged: “Play songs people like and play them well!”

Make Trustco Bank your mortgage source

Trustco Bank has been one of the top residential mortgage lenders in its markets for decades, including leading all mortgage lenders in origination volume in both 2010 and 2011 in the Capital Region of New York State.

Three’s the charm at Park Playhouse

ALBANY - The sounds of Broadway play through Washington Park, as people dance on stage, it can only mean one thing, Park Playhouse is gearing up for another season of free theatre. The 24th season kicked off with the Kander and Ebb classic, Cabaret on July 6 running Tuesday through Sunday at 8 p.m. through July 29.

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No fault divorce is available in New York

Tammy Arquette has been practicing for 21 years, primarily in the areas of family law, matrimonial and divorce law, child support, child custody, spousal maintenance, separation agreements, pre-nuptial agreements, and adoptions.

Junk King sees green in trash

Businessman took a leap of faith when starting up rubbish removal business

It was just this past October when Todd Porter made what some would undoubtedly call a questionable decision — he ended a 13-year career in a Manhattan law office and opened a junk removal business in Ravena.

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A fresh spin on a local landmark

Milestone in Glenmont has elegance and options

At Milestone Restaurant & Bar in Glenmont, diners are sure to come away with a “fresh” perspective.

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Phillips Hardware remodels several of its seven stores

Although Phillips Hardware has been a cornerstone of the greater Capital District since 1886, the family is working hard to make sure the business stays up-to-date.

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1st Advantage Dental a first-rate experience

Longtime Capital District dentist Dr. Virginia Plaisted says her move from a private practice to 1st Advantage Dental in 2007 was a natural fit, allowing her to focus more on her patients than managing an office.

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Quality is Universal

Laundromat donated time and services following 2011 storms

The owners of Universal Laundromats are working hard to change the negative views some people might have when it comes to doing laundry outside of the home.

Personal service tradition at R.J. Carignan

Insurance company now flourishes in Clifton Park after 75 years in Troy

Matt Petro is carrying on his father Donald Petro’s legacy of building long-term customer relationships — and exceeding their expectations.

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Rustic Gourmet offers lavish dining at a low price

The Rustic Gourmet offers a varied menu, with entrées along with soups, salads, and a huge array of desserts. Customers can dine in their antique-filled rooms or opt to take their meals home.

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Jafri rugs has what you need

At Jafri Oriental rugs, we carry the largest selection of quality handmade rugs from Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, China, India, Nepal and Afghanistan.

Small practice, personal care

Delmar Family Medicine puts the focus on the patient

New technology and busier schedules don’t have to equal the end of a personal experience at the doctor’s office.

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Rocklein Physical Therapy treats patients like people

Husband-and-wife duo Brad and Michelle Rocklein strive to provide one-on-one care

Delmar residents Brad and Michelle Rocklein opened Rocklein Physical Therapy on 163 Delaware Avenue in response to the impersonal care that many physical therapy patients in the Delmar area were dealing with.

Advanced Hearing Aids Center’s mission is to improve quality of life

The Advanced Hearing Aid Center, located at 1540 Central Ave., Albany, is the Capital District’s premier supplier of NuEar hearing instruments.

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Capital District Hand, Physical and Occupational Therapy at your service

In most physical therapy settings, patients may be in a rehabilitation room with several other patients and a lot of equipment. This is not the case at Capital District Hand, Physical and Occupational Therapy Service.

Senior living is Kingsway’s specialty

Kingsway has been providing quality care and a meaningful life for residents specializing in emphasizing an individual’s highest level of functioning within a safe, comfortable living environment.

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Local Allstate agent treats each client with care

Eric and Andrea Woods have acquired the local Allstate Agency located at 636 Delaware Ave. Delmar.

Improve your image

Great 4 Image creates custom apparel and items for teams, companies and more

If you’re looking for custom clothing created in an environmentally friendly manner and rooted in nearly 100 years of family history, look no further than Great 4 Image.

Tri-City Foods offers value and service

Market offers an alternative to out-of-control food prices

We pride ourselves on our clean premises, our fast and courteous service and also selling the freshest products due to our huge turnover.

Building a smoke-free future

The Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition is working hard to keep tobacco products out of the hands of local youths.

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Former student reenergizes longtime school

The Chinese Martial Arts Academy is the premier martial arts school in the Capital District.

Dynamically serving your dental needs

Schenectady practice provides family dentistry with a personal touch

Gleaming a smile ready for the red carpet doesn’t require a visit to Hollywood — it just takes a dynamic touch.

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An international taste close to home

The Rustic Gourmet to feature exciting dining options in the months to come

The Rustic Gourmet is in the middle of celebrating February with a month of Valentine food. What better way to get rid of the winter blahs?

Junk King gets to top of the heap by recycling

Taking care of the trash is usually dirty business, but Junk King would be the exception to that rule.

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T.A.C.S. is more than just an autobody shop

Local business plays a vital role in the community

T.A.C.S. Autobody is without a doubt a mainstay of the local business scene, and not just because of its history or commitment to excellence.

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Tick-borne diseases

There’s more than just Lyme

Drs. Kearney and La Forte report that Lyme is not the only threat in our area. In fact, one tick can transmit multiple diseases with just one bite.

What’s in a name?

Ingersoll is a place to call home

In 1924, through the generosity of George Ingersoll, we began as the Ingersoll Memorial Aged Home for Men.

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A deli with family values

At Positano Imports and Catering, everything is made from scratch

Family values and connections are very important to Tracey Arakelian, Greg Slocum, and Ira Mendelson, partners in Positano Imports and Catering

St. Matthew nurtures young minds

St. Matthew Lutheran School and Child Care Principal Gail MacIntosh has been there from the very beginning.

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CM Fox expands its local roots

CM Fox Realty is one of the more successful local businesses in the Capital District, and local is the word that should come to mind when describing the company.

Same great service, big new plans

Upstate Wine & Spirits breaks new ground while staying put

You don’t spend more than four decades doing business in the same place unless you’re doing something right.

Getting involved in today’s stock market resurgence

As the U.S. economy recovers and concerns about corporate earnings ease, investors are once again becoming optimistic about the stock market.

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A life in balance

Delmar massage studio caters to the individual

At Balance Massage Studio in Delmar, it’s all about you.

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Organize Senior Moves a labor of love

Business helps older residents de-clutter and downsize

Organize Senior Moves is a small, privately owned business run by Michelle Kavanaugh and her staff.

Legion post much more than a bar

Nathaniel Blanchard Post a major part of the community

If you live in the Town of Bethlehem, chances are you’ve heard about the Nathaniel Blanchard American Legion Post 1040.

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Our Savior’s Lutheran School a well-rounded education

Curriculum nurtures students academically and spiritually

Our Savior’s Lutheran School aims to provide young people with a faith-based education combined with some of the latest technology throughout its classrooms.

Loudonville Christian School is all about community

For more than four decades, Loudonville Christian School has prided itself on providing a quality education laced with biblical and global values in an intimate learning environment.

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Let those dividends pay

Wise investment can bring big returns

Today, investors can own a portfolio of solid dividend-paying stocks that provide income, but also have the potential for capital appreciation.

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Welcome 2012, but 2011 is not over

Okay, you survived the fun filled holidays and all the decorations are back in storage. Not so fast. The old year 2011 is not over until you file your taxes.

Legal representation with a personal touch

Brendan Baynes has held a passion for law long before he had his first case. “I always wanted to be a lawyer since I was in grade school and I just followed through with it,” Baynes said.

St. Pius X School: Where faith and knowledge meet

School offers a solid education bolstered by Christian values

St. Pius X Catholic School, just two miles south of Siena College off of Crumitie Road in Loudonville, greets nearly 700 students each day in grades Pre-K through 8th.

M & T is there when you need an extra set of hands

Owners cater to clients' varied needs

M & T Helping Hands, LLC, owners, Michelle Kavanaugh and Terri Fish, will greet their two year anniversary of service to seniors this March.

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Capitaland has a solar solution for you

Systems can bring big savings to homeowners almost immediately

Capitaland Home Improve-ment, with its showroom located at 1660 Route 9 in Clifton Park, has long been the region’s trusted go-to spot for all types of remodeling needs, but recently the business has begun to distinguish itself as a premiere installer of top-of-the-line solar panels.

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Rustic Gourmet is an experience like no other

Eat in or take out

At The Rustic Gourmet you can eat in or take it to go, but one thing’s always constant: the food is innovative and delicious.

First New York FCU has seen its membership grow in the past year

Institution celebrates 75 years

Entering its 75th year of operation, First New York Credit Union is as strong as ever.

Academy of the Holy Names provides quality education for girls

Catholic school puts an emphasis on the ‘well-rounded’ girl

As the only all-girls Catholic school in the Capital District, Academy of the Holy Names provides a unique learning environment to the region.

A healthy perspective

Dr. Richard Herbold takes a multi-pronged approach to treatment

For more than 32 years, Dr. Richard Herbold has honed his clinical abilities to best serve the community through nutritional programs and neurological approaches.

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CBA student a model of school’s values

Chris Petro has a bright future ahead of him

In many ways Chris Petro is like any other 17-year-old in the midst of enjoying his senior year of high school while trying to figure out what comes next. But a few things set him apart.

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Make some noise at Funfest

Kids and parents can learn more about The Music Studio at February event

At the Funfest, children and their parents take part in “mini-classes” that mimic and enhance The Music Studio’s regular classroom experience. Fun and games, drums, piano playing, instrument making and a live mini-concert are included in the jam-packed hour and a half of music.

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Saint Gregory’s: An investment in learning

At all-boys school, students are treated as individuals

Students of Saint Gregory’s School in Loudonville learn far beyond the average reading, writing and arithmetic of most pupils.

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Normanside welcomes all with host of upgrades

Grille One Six Five’s menu has been completely revamped

Loyal customers to the Normanside Country Club in Delmar may soon feel like they’ve stepped into the wrong establishment, but have no fear. The country club’s Director of Operations David Hostig said it’s all part of the new management plan.

Consider a credit union for financial peace of mind

Saving at a credit union has a lot of benefits

You may have heard a lot of “buzz” regarding the benefits of “Community” Credit Unions in the news over the past several months. However, it’s when you go behind the sound bites and the headlines that you really can see how different a Community Credit Union is from the typical financial institution.

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