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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Village of Colonie has its first new trustee in over a decade as 1,242 votes were cast in the election tonight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shaker tennis standout teaches sport to at-risk youth
One high school tennis standout does more than just win on the court.
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.
A snapshot of 2013 happenings in Colonie and Loudonville
A snapshot of 2013 happenings in Colonie and Loudonville
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.