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State museum does the can-can

Annual Canstruction event moves up the national rankings

Engineers, architects and students from around the Capital District got together in a competition to construct displays out of canned goods to raise food and money for local food pantries.

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Colonie music programs hit a high note

Despite financial hardship, South Colonie’s music program remains competitive

Both Colonie school districts have been recognized nationally as some of the best communities in the country for music education programs.

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South Colonie budget gets small boost from state

Additional funds will help maintain staffing levels

After the revised state budget was approved, the South Colonie Central School District found itself getting more than it was expecting, but not as much as it needs.

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New art exhibit at Albany International Airport

‘Body Language’ features 11 Capital District artists

A new art exhibit will be opening at the Albany international Airport, focusing on body language and human interaction featuring 11 different artists.

North Colonie school board approves budget

District to see more state money than expected

In a budget season that has had few surprises for this district, it is no surprise that the North Colonie Board of Education has voted to approve a final version of the $101.3 million budget spending plan.

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One in a billion

Siena joins others in shedding light on violence against women

On Valentine’s Day, activists around the world participated in an event called One Billion Rising for Justice, which was created to raise awareness about violence against women. Due to inclement weather, Siena had to reschedule theirs.

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.

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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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.

Village of Colonie has new trustee

Election returns Tobin to office; Lockhart joins board

The Village of Colonie has its first new trustee in more than a decade as 1,242 votes were cast in the Tuesday, March 18, election.

Village of Colonie has a new trustee

The Village of Colonie has its first new trustee in over a decade as 1,242 votes were cast in the election tonight.

North Colonie budget plans come in under cap

District to dip slightly into reserves but plans to maintain programs, staffing

North Colonie is set to stay within the tax cap for the 2014-15 school year without making any cuts to staff or programs with a budget projected at $101 million, an increase of $3.2 million from the previous year.

ZBA says no to Afrim’s

Rezoning request for soccer park is denied

The Town of Colonie Zoning Board voted to not rezone the property next to the Memory Garden where Afrim Nezaj hoped to build a sports complex.

Help on the horizon

Colonie adult day care program expands into Guilderland

A day program started in Colonie for seniors suffering from the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s will be expanding to a location in Guilderland.

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The stars within reach

Astronaut talks to Shaker students about her career and the importance of science

Shaker High School brought in a NASA astronaut recently to talk to students about the importance of physics and engineering and the future of space exploration after the U.S. abandoned its space shuttle program.

Village candidate keeps Conservative line

County steps in to clear up ballot confusion

This year’s election cycle in the Village of Colonie is shaping up to be more contentious than in years past, with three candidates vying for two trustees seats.

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A toast to keep the chill at bay

Low temperatures and a snowier than usual winter has left many older people on fixed incomes struggling to pay their heating bills. For the past few years, Colonie Senior Service Centers has stepped in to help by hosting the Warmth of Wine fundraiser.

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Opinionated art

Colonie Central students learn how to craft political cartoons

When high school students are tasked with creating political cartoons, the topics they choose to combine range from budget cuts at their school to social issues.

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Doing the write thing

Siena program pairs students and local refugees looking to improve their written language skills

A local writing partnership has Siena students teaching creative writing to refugees as a tool to help them improve their reading and writing skills.

Anxiety in kids a growing concern

Educators say social, academic stresses affecting more young people

With growing pressures at school relating to an increased workload and social media, more children and young adults are suffering from anxiety than ever before.

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Wine shop gets 'Tanked'

Reality show visits Latham shop for unveiling

A local wine and spirits store unveiled a new addition to the interior of the store to the public as it was filmed for a reality show on Animal Planet.

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Musical journey through time

Fresh off his Grammy win, David Alan Miller conducts family-friendly symphony program

Riding high on his recent Grammy win, Albany Symphony Orchestra conductor David Alan Miller is looking to expand his audience with a performance that appeals to the younger set.

More trouble for Skylane Motel owner

Cops probe whether signs telling residents of closure were illegally removed

The owner of the Skylane Motel could be facing criminal charges for allegedly removing placards at the motel and at least 75 more violations stemming from an ongoing investigation into the electrical engineering of the building.

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Schoolhouse Bach

Caryn Lin shows Shaker students how to electrify the violin

Most people would not be able to find a way to get teens interested in classical music, but combining Bach with the technology used to produce modern music may help.

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Town set to shutter Skylane

Laundry list of violations show longtime neglect

The shoddy conditions and high crime rate at a number of the motels lining the Central Avenue corridor have long been on the radar of Colonie officials, but fixing the problem has taken time and left some people wondering how it was allowed to get so bad.

Hilton receives final OK

The first Town of Colonie Planning Board meeting of 2014 went off without a hitch on Thursday, Jan. 7, as all the resolutions before the board passed.

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Hoping to make an impact

Siena program exposes young people to the growing field of computer science

To spur an interest in the booming computer science industry, especially in women, Siena College created a program for young people that would expose them to the different aspects of the field

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Making good at Curtain Call

Contemporary play makes regional debut at local theater

The play “Good People,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Chris Foster, is making its regional debut at the Curtain Call Theatre in Latham, with performances taking place through Feb. 8.

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New captain at the helm of Reel Seafood Co.

Daughter purchases restaurant, plans updates

The New Year is bringing some big changes to a seafood restaurant that has been operating on Wolf Road in Colonie the past three decades.

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Forts Ferry kids take a fresh approach

Kindergartners collect activities for the Fresh Air Fund bus ride from NYC

Forts Ferry kindergartners have come together to help children from Downstate stay busy on their bus ride into fresh air and open spaces.

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Braving the weather to take an oath of office

Mahan thanks supporters of her campaign and administration

The biggest storm of the year so far didn’t keep Town of Colonie employees from taking their oath of office.

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Firehouse fitness

Shaker Road offers exercise classes for all ages, but without participation, the program could fold

Fitness classes at Shaker Road firehouse aim to involve everyone from children to seniors, but without more participation, their future is uncertain.

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A second chance on the court

Shaker tennis standout teaches sport to at-risk youth

One high school tennis standout does more than just win on the court.

Signs to tell the story at Pruyn House

Written information and graphics will make site’s history more accessible

A new educational initiative at the Pruyn House aims to bring visitors back to the 19th century home and focus on what makes it such an important historic site.

Colonie, a year in review: Part I

A snapshot of 2013 happenings in Colonie and Loudonville

A snapshot of 2013 happenings in Colonie and Loudonville

New bond rating will save town money

Colonie recently received a new bond rating that decreased the town’s interest rate, a development that is projected to save nearly $200,000 in interest over the next seven years.

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Comings and goings in Colonie

In the last town board meeting of the year, Peter Berry promoted to EMS chief and Daniel Hornick ends his term

The end of year brought some changes in Colonie, with a new EMS chief being named and a board member stepping down after four years of service.

Town calls Skylane ‘disgusting’

Colonie attorney describes conditions he found during inspection of Central Ave. motel

Town officials argue that a Central Avenue motel is in such poor condition that they aim to shut it down.

Town details road project

The Town of Colonie recently held a meeting with residents to discuss the Sand Creek Road rehabilitation project, which is set to begin in the spring of 2014 and will be a complete overhaul of a portion of the road to deal with drainage issues.

Fliers: Keep the cell phone stowed

Survey at Albany airport shows most air travelers not in favor of in-flight calls

According to a recent survey conducted at the Albany International Airport, a majority of travelers overwhelmingly oppose the use of cell phones while in flight.

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At home with reading

Habitat for Humanity, Book House team up for project

The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza is helping New Books for New Homes get books to children.

Pay bump for police supervisors, chief and deputies

The Colonie Police Supervisors Association agreed to a contract that would give them their first pay raise since 2011, and on Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Town Board voted unanimously in support of the contract.

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Bugler answers the call

VanAmburgh among those picked to play at Kennedy memorial

The day President John F. Kennedy was buried, Sergeant Keith Clark — the Army bugler playing “Taps” — made a single mistake some refer to as the “broken note” that reflected the sad feelings of the whole country.

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Not your average craft market

Made by Hand features select artists from the Northeast

Many people are familiar with craft fairs, but a local business is holding an invitation-only craft market to ensure the quality of the products for sale.

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Sports complex plan sparks debate

Zoning board hears public input, delays decision until January

After three hours of deliberation, the Colonie Zoning Board of Appeals opted to allow attorneys for Memory Gardens and Afrim’s Sports more time to submit documents pertaining to a proposed sports complex next to the cemetery before making a final decision.

Grants to grow on

S. Col wins federal funding for physical education programs

South Colonie Central School District was is one of 60 schools in the country to be awarded a federal grant for its physical education department.

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Siena is out of this world

College launches football-sized satellite to collect lightning data

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, Siena College sent a satellite that is not much bigger than a football into outer space.

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Shining example

Capital Holiday Lights celebrate 25 years of the Police Athletic League

When Capital Holiday Lights kicks off in Washington Park this year, it will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Albany Police Athletic League.

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Busy bodies

A new gym in Colonie aims to get kids active

Cold weather and early nightfall are not good enough excuses to keep children from participating in physical activities.

Shedding light on lung cancer

Vigil aims to raise awareness of devastating disease

A local lung cancer survivor will be a speaker at one of the largest internationally coordinated events raising awareness about the disease.

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