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Mahan declares victory, but race continues

Denise Sheehan does not conceded, absentee ballots to be counted

Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan might be declaring victory but the race for supervisor is not over yet.

White Management turns ‘Green’

Brian White said he sees an environmental benefit in using vegetable oil for fuel

Restaurants under the ownership of White Management are taking a much greener approach to how they do business by switching over to vegetable oil as a new fuel source for their delivery trucks.

Residents and developer talk it out at session

Few issues resolved at Loudon House meeting, developer continues permit push

The Town of Colonie held a mediating session on Wednesday, Oct. 26, between the Loudon House project developer Mike Benson and residents who live near the controversial project, so each side could lay out their wants and needs.

Little ‘hero’ inspires family, friends

Benefit to be held for child with Marfan Syndrome

The Siciliano family of Latham were told by their doctor they should be getting running shoes for yet-to-be-born baby Logan, but when he was born it turned out he might not ever be able to run.

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Residents get their money's worth during debate

Candidates for Colonie supervisor spar in debate over economic condition of the town

It is a rare moment when politicians actually answer the questions asked of them during a debate but Republican candidate for supervisor Denise Sheehan and incumbent Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan did just that at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

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The physics of flying squash

Students apply what they learn in science class into catapulting pumpkins

Shaker High School students get to learn about projectile motion in very unique way: by building a device to launch a pumpkin into the air and as far as it can go.

Colonie candidates to face off in debate

Both candidates for supervisor say they are excited to discuss the issues on Nov. 2

Election Day is only two weeks away and on Wednesday, Nov. 2, both Town of Colonie candidates for supervisor will meet for a debate in which they will do their best to win over voters and lay out their plans for the future of the town.

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A teacher’s act of charity

CCHS art instructor looks to help younger children understand autism

Colonie Central High School art teacher Lisa Benanto was having a hard time explaining her son Brandon’s autism to her daughter Katie, so she decided to write a book about it to help her understand.

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Former cleaners a superfund site

DEC officials say groundwater contaminated

The former Damshire Cleaners building has now been named an inactive hazardous waste disposal site by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and is awaiting a remedial investigation.

Man dies after being tased by police

Colonie police are looking into the use of a taser in gym altercation

Colonie police are currently investigating what led to the death of a man who was tased by police after allegedly exploding into a violent rampage at Gold's Gym.

Colonie looking to lease out Community Center

Mahan says town is looking to sell spaces it doesn’t need anymore

The Town of Colonie has budgeted nearly $900,000 in revenues from the sale of real property in the 2012 tentative budget. Supervisor Paula Mahan said the town is looking at four different properties to sell: a property on Wolf Road, the vacant highway garage, a property along Route 9 and the town’s Community Center, which is located on Central Avenue.

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CCHS steps it up in the science department

School now satellite learning center for molecular biology

The Colonie Central High School is making sure students are going above and beyond in preparing for college, with its new distinction as a Princeton University satellite learning center for molecular biology instruction.

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Town has big ideas for new park

The Town of Colonie has been kicking around the idea of building a new park in place of the vacant Latham Water Treatment Plant along the Mohawk River, but it looks like it is now ready to move forward with those plans.

Town seeks to dismiss landfill lawsuit

Attorney for plaintiffs says town’s issues are ‘insignificant’

The Town of Colonie has requested a lawsuit brought against it by Albany County Comptroller Mike Conners and five other residents be dismissed, saying it fails to acknowledge the proper parties involved in the operating agreement the town struck with Waste Connections, Inc.

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A Ghoul time for all

Organizers say they mark their calendars for AutumnFest each year

Halloween is just around the corner, and the Hope Club, partnering with the American Cancer Society, is planning an event filled with spooks, candy and just all-around fun during its annual AutumnFest.

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A point of history in Colonie

Archaeologists say stone tools used in hunting, can tell history of area

Several farmers in the Town of Colonie have discovered various stone tools after plowing their fields a few years ago, and now the town’s historian and two archaeologists are putting on a presentation discussing the artifacts on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the William K. Sanford Library.

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Driving the point home

Officials, fire department say message getting through to students

The dangers of drunk driving and texting while driving have been made clear, but Ford and Colonie Central High School recently attempted to drive that point home by allowing students to actually participate in both.

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Boght Hills fights fire

Officials, fire department say message getting through to students

Students at the Boght Hills Elementary School got a crash course on fire prevention safety on Thursday, Oct. 13, from the Boght Hills Community Fire Department as part of National Fire Prevention Week.

CVS gets third hearing and loses

Residents: store doesn’t fit the character of surrounding neighborhood

The Rotterdam Town Board voted down a resolution 3-2 that would have allowed an abandoned property at Lawndale Avenue and Curry Road to be rezoned from single-family to retail business to make way for a proposed CVS Pharmacy.

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A House divided

Public support was part of original Loudon House approval, but where was it coming from?

The Loudon House project has popped back into the political realm after a four-year hiatus and has become a hot topic for residents and politicians, but the real problem appears to stem from a lack of communication between residents and neighborhood associations.

Fostering growth at an early age

Toddler Tales helps teach children how to socialize with others.

The Town of Colonie’s Youth Services Division has tried to bring more of a focus on programs for pre-kindergarten children, and Toddler Tales has been doing just that.

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Father, daughter dig through Latham’s history

Bill Luther and Aimee Richardson look to compile overview of the history of Latham

Ever wonder what it was like to live in Latham during the early 1900s?

Sand Creek tells bullies to Zip-It

Teachers at middle school hope students treat new campaign as an oath

Bullying has been a popular issue to tackle in many schools around the country, and Jill Penn is helping Sand Creek Middle School take the effort a little further by joining the Zip-It campaign.

Loudon House project gets a second hearing

Future of condo development still unclear, town looking into approval status

Three hours at a Planning Board public hearing was not enough time for those opposed to the proposed luxury condos at the former Eamonn’s Loudon House, as many of them spoke up at a later Town Board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Cunningham gets to keep his job, again

Theodore Ricket plans to appeal decision made by the State Supreme Court

It appears the issue of whether Colonie Commissioner of Public Works Jack Cunningham can legally keep his job or not has been settled, at least for the time being.

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S. Col teacher’s day is made

Forest Park teacher’s math test interrupted by a donation of supplies

Fourth grade Forest Park Elementary School teacher Kelli Budney wasn’t exactly expecting to see $1,000 worth of school supplies when she walked into her classroom on Tuesday, Oct. 4, but it certainly made her day a little better.

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A look back at Latham

Father, daughter hope to tell story of area prior to 1970

Ever wonder what it was like to live in Latham during the early 1900s?

Tentative Albany County budget proposes 19.2% tax hike

Alb. Co. Exec. Mike Breslin unveils budget meant to be a three year plan to meet tax cap

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin released the county's tentative budget for 2012 that he feels will help protect the county from more pain in the future.

Town Board to vote on Loudon House project amendment tonight

Town Attorney says Town Board is just following town codes

For those who are not aware, the Colonie Town Board will be voting on a resolution this evening to accept or reject the Planning Board's recommendations regarding the amendment to the Loudon House Planned Development District.

Glenville residents speak out at public hearing on tax cap

Supervisor tells residents he doesn't plan on raising taxes over cap

Even though Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle claimed he was not planning on raising taxes over the state mandated cap, residents expressed their anger over the fact the board was even considering it.

Court says Cunningham can keep his job

Court rules that Cunningham does not have to be an engineer as Commissioner of DPW

It appears the issue as to whether Colonie Commissioner of Public Works Jack Cunningham can legally keep his job or not has been settled.

Contribution complaint filed against supervisor

Mahan dismisses charge as ‘dirty politics’ and says ‘silly season’ underway

It just wouldn’t be October without developments from the supervisor race in the Town of Colonie.

Creo Caters finds a home at Colonie Country Club

Brian White expresses his excitement of a new opportunity at golf club

Creo Caters, which formed in July, has announced it will be the food service provider for the Colonie Golf and Country Club starting Nov. 1.

Colonie release tentative 2012 budget

Supervisor Paula Mahan shows benefits of the landfill agreement

The Town of Colonie released a tentative budget today it says it's proud of with a slight dip in property taxes and a savings of $3.8 million in reduced expenses.

S. Col to send supplies to Schoharie

Board member calls goods collection a lesson in character education

It’s been a month since Tropical Storm Irene swept through the Capital District, but there are several communities that are still struggling to pick up the pieces.

ClearView, Equinox to merge

Organization will combine services to provide shelter and assistance for those in need

The ClearView Center and Equinox announced they are joining forces and will be known as just Equinox when the merger is complete.

Order up!

Chamber hopes second Restaurant Week builds on success

It’s that time of year again. Get your appetites ready for the Colonie Chamber of Commerce’s Restaurant Week, which will take place Oct. 17-23.

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Turning waste to windfall

New sewer station generator said to save over $400k per year

The Albany County Sewer District saw over 40 tons of equipment installed with the arrival of a turbogenerator at its North Plant in Menands on Wednesday, Sept. 21, as part of its Waste Heat to Energy project.

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Veteran discount program in effect

Several businesses have already returned the FAVOR, county officials say

Albany County kicked off its Return the FAVOR Program on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Marra’s Pharmacy in Cohoes, and veterans can now access discounts in participating businesses throughout the county.

The recipe for charity

Women of the West Albany Italian Benevolent Society cookbook massive hit

Gloria Clark, a member of West Albany Italian Benevolent Society’s Auxiliary Group, was with Louise Donato, president of the group, and said to her, “We’ve never done a cookbook. Why?”

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Loudon House to be condos after all

Developer BCI abandons switch to apartments after public comments, Planning Board decision

BCI Construction President Mike Benson said the development company is ready to move forward in building luxury condominiums as approved in 2008, after the Planning Board rejected a proposal to put up apartments instead.

Legislator proposes animal abuse registry

Albany County would be early adopter of new tool

Albany County Legislator Bryan Clenehan, D-Albany, has drafted a local law that would create a database similar to a sex offender registry for those who have been convicted of abusing animals.

Election season rears its head during meeting

Supervisor Paula Mahan chastises Republicans for being negative over landfill agreement

It only took three minutes for things to get ugly at the Colonie Town Board meeting when Republican candidate for supervisor Denise Sheehan, yet again, ripped into the town for its operating agreement for the landfill with Waste Connections, Inc.

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Keeping history alive

estoring the cannons at CBA was important to many alumni

There were a lot of things to be mentioned during the Christian Brother Academy Opening Day Flag Raising Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 9, but for members of the Watervliet Arsenal, it was a chance to be honored for completing a very intricate project.

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Town, aiport clear the airways

The town gets rid of an eyesore and the airport gains a clearer path

The Town of Colonie and the Albany International Airport killed two birds with one stone on Wednesday, Sept. 7, after demolishing two buildings that formerly belonged to an airport parking service, Park and Fly, that were left abandoned and in disrepair.

Moving out day at the Colonie landfill

Town of Colonie moves people around in DPW as Waste Connections moves in

The town of Colonie unanimously passed a resolution abolishing and eliminating several positions within the Department of Public Works Division of Environmental Services, which are positions at the town landfill, and moved to other divisions within the department.

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Foot chase ends with four police officers injured

Suspect arrested after trying to enter man's house with a handgun, police say

A car chase turned foot chase ended with four Colonie police officers injured this morning after the suspect ditched his car after getting into an accident, according to Colonie police.

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Four-wheeling for healing

Latham family finds a unique way to take a child’s mind off of illness

When Dan Quaglieri was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma while he was in 8th grade, all he wanted to do was get on his four-wheeler.

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Remembering the horrors of 9/11

CSSC coordinator and Coast Guard reservist says the call to serve came soon after the second plane hit

oger Dames was first approached about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, shortly after the first plane hit the North Tower of World Trade Center because a colleague at the Colonie Senior Services Center knew he was a member of the Coast Guard reserves

Dept. of Labor: Town must pay OT

Town ordered by DOL to pay overtime for 7 employees; Confusion over whether Colonie owes back wages

The US Department of Labor has ruled the town must begin giving overtime to several employees working within the town of Colonie but there still seems to be the unanswered issue of whether the town owes any back pay.

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