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Andrew Beam

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A resolution for a longstanding problem

New local law will allow town to expedite demolition of abandoned buildings

For several years, Alan Galuski’s home has bordered the property of a KFC that had caught fire on Kunker Avenue without any sign of it being fixed, but luckily for him, the town will now be able to use a new local law that will allow it to take down the building itself.

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5k to honor first responders

Organizers look to increase turnout from last year’s 5k run/walk

For its second event, organizers for the Emergency Services 5k Run and Walk are looking to get straight to the point and are focusing on the competition and exercising aspect of the event.

S. Col. adopts tax rates

District officials say more properties brought lower tax rate

The South Colonie Central School District’s Board of Education adopted new tax rates on Tuesday, Aug. 30, with rates in the Town of Colonie coming in a little under what was previously projected.

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The Music Studio turns 35

Director Noel Liberty says students become like family

It can be hard to get kids to do anything, but the ones at The Music Studio in Albany show a work ethic that is rarely seen.

Town ordered to reinstate employees to old positions

John Reardon and Daniel Torpey to receive pay and benefits from previous job, according to court decision

Two Town of Colonie employees that were demoted earlier may get their jobs back soon, according to recent New York State Supreme Court decision.

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Amanda’s journey takes a new direction

Foundation continues to get word out on Mito disease

Jackie Perrotta is looking to move on from holding a remembrance walk for just her daughter Amanda and is expanding the recognition to 6-year-old Madelyn Mclaren of Troy.

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Recovering from Irene

Town officials say Colonie got lucky during Tropical Storm Irene

The storm has subsided and most of the water has dried up from the floods, but the Town of Colonie has announced plans for cleanup and assessing what kind of damage was suffered during Tropical Storm Irene.

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Touching hearts from a thousand miles away

Family to plant tree in honor of Eric Schneider in the Crossings

Eric Schneider never lived in Colonie but his tragic story has touched the lives of so many in the town that they will soon plant a maple tree in his honor in the Crossings of Colonie Park.

Dump docs detail value

Candidate has own interpretation of possible expansion

Documents pertaining to the landfill have been made public since the signing of the contract between the Town of Colonie and Waste Connections, and although Republican candidate for supervisor Denise Sheehan said they show the town underestimated the true value of the landfill, town maintains the numbers reveal otherwise.

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UPDATE: Colonie rescinds evacuation and water conservation notices

Situation at the Lock 7 dam has been stabilized

The Town of Colonie has issued a statement announcing that all evacuation notices in the town have been lifted.

Colonie deals with aftermath of Irene

Several road closings and flooding reported around Colonie

The town is still preparing for the worst even after adverse weather as a result of Hurricane Irene has subsided with many areas of the town still holding orders of voluntary evacuation.

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Suspect arrested in shooting incident

Man pronounced dead at the scene in his home

Colonie police have arrested a suspect in the shooting incident on Western Ave.

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Suspect arrested in stabbing incident at Central Ave. motel

Stabbing incident ends with one dead and one in the hospital

Colonie police arrested a suspect involved in the stabbing incident that killed a Colonie woman at the Super 8 Motel on Central Avenue on Sunday, Aug. 21.

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Lebron ends bid for Albany County Executive

Nathan Lebron said he did not have enough signatures to get on ballot

After a process he described as “a pain" Nathan Lebron has announced he is dropping his bid in the race for the Albany County Executive position.

Ed Neary elected to Alzheimer’s board

Organization says CSSC director’s involvement is “integral”

The Alzheimer’s Association and the Colonie Senior Services Center have created a closer working relationship with the election of CSSC Executive Director Edward Neary to the organization’s board in late July.

Woman dies from lacerations in Colonie

Investigation continuing on fatal incident at a Motel on Central Ave.

A woman was pronounced dead shortly after 6:23 a.m. Sunday from lacerations suffered at a Super 8 Motel on Central Avenue.

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Accident in Latham ends with no injuries

Car overturns during accident

A 2004 Ford Suburban ended up on its side after being t-boned on Route 9R on Thursday morning after it was making a left-hand turn.

Kidz Theater comes to Colonie

Artistic Director Kristen Caesar says program educates young actors

Colonie will soon have a chance to experience professional theater actors performing musical numbers from some of the more well-known Broadway musicals on Aug. 23 at Cook Park and the Aug. 25 at the Crossings of Colonie, and the actors are only 14-18 years old.

Chambers and airport join forces

Groups are looking to attract new flights and airlines

The Albany Inter-national Airport has teamed up with several chambers of commerce in the Capital District to put forth an application for a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to either bring in another airline or create new flight destinations.

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VIllage rallies to support Sierra Berhaupt's family

Colonie fundraiser and memorial to benefit family that lost daughter in swimming accident

After Sierra Berhaupt’s death on Sunday, July 31, members of the Village of Colonie sprung into action to organize an event to not only honor the memory of the 12-year-old, but also to help raise funds to support the family.

Colonie resident behind track’s success

Gary Greenberg’s lobbying has helped Vernon Downs move into the future

Gary Greenberg was not expecting anything in return when he started lobbying local politicians to help the Vernon Downs Hotel and Casino in central New York succeed. He just wanted to make sure the legacy of his grandfather lived on.

From selling homes to helping the hungry

Realtors collect food for local pantries

Realtors from around the region have joined forces with The Food Pantries for the Capital District in an effort to gather more food for those in need.

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Learning from their elders

Beltrone residents teach Shaker kids

It was over 90 degrees on Friday, July 22, but that didn’t stop students from the Shaker High School Summer Program from traveling to the Beltrone Living Center to pick up a few tips from the Gardening Club to help manage their own community garden.

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