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Alyssa Jung

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A perfect game for all

They named themselves the “House of Six” —two college boys from Florida and one each from Louisiana, Kansas, Arizona and Connecticut, living together under one roof.

Town looks into logging at Stony Creek

Idea first considered in 2002 as revenue generator, town waits for bids

The Town of Colonie is looking into just how lucrative logging at the Stony Creek Reservoir in Clifton Park would be, and passed a resolution to draft a request for proposals (RFP) to gauge interest at the Thursday, May 3, Town Board meeting.

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Writer takes off the gloves

Lisa Petrocelli took a ride on her cousin Vinny’s motorcycle when she was 15. She said she was scared but never felt such a thrill and vowed to do it again someday. That day came more than 20 years later, when she and her husband, Dino, bought a motorcycle of their own.

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High-tech software finds local home

Wolf Road company pushing European software in the states

The Capital District is quickly becoming a nanotech hub, attracting global businesses and new jobs. One of those new players hopes to act as a supporter of the manufacturing being done here and potentially improve semiconductor, nanotechnology and pharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities around the region.

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Morse eyes Breslin's Senate seat

Albany County Legislature Chairman Shawn Morse wants Sen. Neil Breslin’s Senate seat. Morse, D-Cohoes, announced his run for the newly redrawn 44th Senate District on Wednesday, May 2.

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'Driving hammered will get you nailed'

Student's anti-DWI design wins billboard contest

Emily Himmelwright has a message about the dangers of drinking and driving —“driving hammered will get you nailed” —and every time motorists drive by the corner of Fermac Street in Colonie, it’s relayed loud and clear.

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Region welcomes Obama

President says nanotech key to economic recovery

According to President Barack Obama, job creation is key to a full economic revival.

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Communicate with 'All Dawgs'

Local dog trainer to teach canine body language

The American Veterinary Association estimates about 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and roughly 800,000 of those bites require medical attention. But according to Diane Blackman, a dog trainer for 15 years, some of those could be easily prevented if people know how to read a dog’s body language.

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Former afterschool worker slapped with child pornography charges

A 20-year-old Albany man who spent time working at several elementary school afterschool programs and volunteered at the William K. Sanford Library was arrested on child pornography charges on Thursday, May 3.

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Girls take charge

At Shaker Junior High School, a group of girls have spent the school year turning into little leaders, together.

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Walk aims to erase issue

Eighteen years ago, Linda Rozell-Shannon made a deal with God.

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ShopRite opens in Albany

Company's second Capital District location has roaring start

ShopRite in Albany opened on Thursday, April 26, and according to spokesperson Tom Urtz, the Central Avenue location is greater than the sum of its parts.

Laws target social media privacy

You’ve heard of employers asking for resumes and references, but Facebook passwords?

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Hope in a boat

Local dragon boat team seeks new members

A group of 25 breast cancer survivors from around the Capital District are “hope in a boat” every time they paddle their dragon boat around the Hudson River.

A push for CPR in schools

When an 11-year-old Colonie Little League player was struck in the chest by a baseball Monday, April 16, his heart stopped. He survived, and early administration of CPR could have been partially to thank.

Beff's bags golf course food bid

Beff’s restaurant, a longstanding Capital District eatery, will take over concession duties at the Town of Colonie Golf Course after the Town Board awarded its owners the bid at the Thursday, April 19, meeting.

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Datacenter saves money and the planet

Latham-based TurnKey Internet recently unveiled a new state-of-the-art facility that makes the company one of the most energy-efficient datacenters in the nation

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Mock crash seeks to 'STOP-DWI'

She was lying dead still on the grass. The wind, especially gusty on the afternoon of Friday, April 20, teased hair loose from her ponytail and sunlight streamed through the tree above her, shining a natural spotlight on her blood spattered white t-shirt and denim shorts.

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Town bids Hernandez farewell

Less than halfway through her second term as deputy supervisor in the Town of Colonie, Nancy Hernandez is stepping down to take a job at the New York State comptroller’s office.

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A benefit to heal a cat's broken heart

Francesca is a sweet and affectionate 9-month-old who loves snuggling with her foster parents and playing with her two foster brothers. But if she doesn’t get a $3,500 heart surgery, soon, this friendly feline probably won’t make it through another year.

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Sculptor to share story

Loudonville man's work graces some of nation's most famous sites

Patrick Morelli is a Loudonville-based sculptor but his most well known pieces reside far, far away at some of the nation’s most famous sites.

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Earth Day blossoms in the Capital District

Forty-two years ago, on April 22, the very first Earth Day was celebrated. This year, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is dedicating three whole days to loving, appreciating and acknowledging planet Earth.

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Targeting traffic and technology

$18M project will improve traffic congestion at UAlbany NanoCollege

The New York State Department of Transportation announced on Thursday, April 12, that construction has begun on a much-anticipated project aimed at easing traffic congestion and accommodating the growth expected from the University at Albany NanoCollege’s $366 million expansion project.

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A murderous affair

In the evening hours of April 14, 1827, a pair of lovers, both dripping wet, stumbled into Hills Tavern in Latham and spent the night.

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Coming together for Jasmine

Community rallies to support 4-year-old with brain cancer

Chris Cole never dreamed his daughter, Jasmine, would develop brain cancer. But last January, she did. When the tumor was removed, he refused to imagine that it would grow back. But this January, it did.

Town chips away at Chip Shots

Gene DeGeorge officially has until the end of April to vacate the Chip Shots premises at the Town of Colonie Golf Course after the Town Board passed a resolution ratifying a notice of termination for the concession vendor at the Thursday, April 5, meeting.

Race for 110th is crowded

The 110th Assembly District race is getting crowded, with four candidates in the running and one in the wings.

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First aid for pets

Red Cross offers course for Pet First Aid Awareness Month

Pet owners can take an extra step in protecting their furry friends by learning pet CPR. The American Red Cross is holding a pet first aid class on Wednesday, April 25, at its Capital District headquarters on Everett Road.

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Ceremony remembers, honors suicide victims

For those standing in the wake of a suicide, the loss of a loved one is indescribable. That’s why Nathalie Evans and Family and Children’s Service of the Capital Region are trying to promote healing, unity and break the stigma of suicide with a yearly Suicide Survivors Remembrance Ceremony.

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County announces consolidation effort

Cohoes and Watervliet to transfer 911 answering duties to the county

In an effort to provide “higher efficiency” and save taxpayer dollars, Albany County has announced the early results of a multi-year study of possible consolidation of dispatch and emergency services. On Tuesday, March 27, County Executive Dan McCoy announced the City of Watervliet and City of Cohoes would be turning 911 dispatch services over to

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Forty years of purple

Forty years ago, the Purple Pub in Watervliet was a one-room bar with eight bar stools, some tables and a menu of sandwiches. Now, it has three dining rooms and an extensive menu of Italian and pub fare favorites that have made the family-owned restaurant a community staple.

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Construction with cans

State Museum art event also a fundraiser for local food pantry

Once a year, architects, engineers and students across the country forgo the usual building materials to create structures out of cans. From April 5 to 26, the New York State Museum will house its own floor of can sculptures for the Capital District’s second Canstruction event.

Clean-up at former Cleanerama

The former dry cleaner Cleanerama on Osborne Road in Loudonville was recently declared a superfund site by the New York State department of environmental conservation.

The nursing home saga continues

New county exec. pushes for change, but disagreements persist

Weeks after taking office, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has found himself embroiled in a debate that his predecessor found impossible to close: the future of the county nursing home.

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Taking on feral cats

Each year, Assemblyman Bob Reilly, D-Colonie, donates his salary to the community, and this year a portion of it is going to the cat

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Students give change to make change

The World of Difference club at Shaker High School strives to live up to its name.

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Toeing up to the challenge

Training program prepares runners for the Freihofer's Run for Women

The 34th Freihofer’s Run for Women isn’t until June, but starting Monday, March 19, a group of Capital Region women kicked off their training at The Crossings of Colonie.

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Twins show 'there will always be love'

Sisters pen children's book about autism

If there’s one thing Jocelyn Davis learned growing up beside a twin sister with autism, it’s that there will always be love.

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Cuts for a cause

Fundraiser raises money for cystic fibrosis

CJ is a little boy with a big smile.

S.Col is a 'star' energy saver

The South Colonie Central School District is making strides in energy efficiency and was one of about 200 organizations nationwide to be named an Energy Star Leader by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the end of February.

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Trolleys of the Capital District

When Gino DiCarlo was young, the street in front of his house in Schenectady was torn up. With each chunk of concrete that was ripped away, a portion of trolley track was revealed.

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Comptroller addresses rising gas prices

A breakdown of state, federal and local gas taxes could be your reading material next time you fill up at the pump, if Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners gets his way.

The survey says ... region is growing

A good chunk of Capital District businesses experienced growth in 2011 and the rest of 2012 is expected to bring a repeat of that trend, according to a Business Climate Survey conducted annually by Marvin and Company, P.C. and the University of Albany School of Business.

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Modeling for literacy

Avery Daggett is only 8 years old, but she’s already walked the runway.

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McCoy: Albany County nearly broke

Managing costs, borrowing, nursing home’s future key points of State of County

Albany County is running out of money and its government is “fractured” but County Executive Dan McCoy in his first State of the County address said he had plans to “provide the leadership necessary” to make it healthy again.

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The morphology of a musical

Academies students create their own original, multi-dimensional production

The Albany Academies’ spring musical is truly like no other. Made by the students for the greater community, every last note, lyric, dance move, photograph, video shot and monologue is original.

CDTA takes over senior transportation in Albany County

Senior transport switchover nixes individual trips for some

Since CDTA ACCESS took over service arrangements for the Albany County Senior Transportation Program, seniors and town senior service departments across the county are having mixed rea

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From tragedy, comes change

Stacey Rhodes doesn’t want what happened to her son Tyler to happen to any other child. So, she does the only thing she feels she can do to halt the cycle of violence: talk about it.

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Jump roping for hearts

On Friday, Feb. 17, the main gym of Sand Creek Middle School was pulsing. For more than an hour, speakers blasted the hottest singles as throngs of students laughed, jumped rope and hula hooped for healthy hearts.

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A hidden history

There’s something in Shaker history that not many people know about. It’s not a secret, per say; it’s more of an unusual societal quirk buried deep within personal journals and rarely documented.

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