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Billy DeLap

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South Colonie harvests sunlight

District will place solar panels on 11 buildings

With schools across the state and nation facing tough decisions and budgets, one school district was able to find a way to save money every year on energy costs without taxpayers footing the bill.

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Little Sisters say farewell

Independent living center pulls up stakes after 143 years in Albany

On a recent afternoon, volunteers helped the Little Sisters of the Poor clean and remove items from the chapel of an independent living center that has been in Albany for 143 years.

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Family the driving force behind new Latham eatery

Owner of El Charro Mexican Grill says the restaurant business is in her blood

A new restaurant in Latham already has a proven track record in Virginia and Maryland with an owner that grew up in the business.

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Second round for soccer complex

Change in special use options means approval more likely

Afrim Nezaj will once again go before the Colonie zoning board to get approval for a proposed soccer complex on Watervliet Shaker Road, a site adjacent to the Memory Gardens cemetery, and a change in the process makes it more likely he will succeed this time.

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Tackling a weighty issue

Loudonville woman writes book about how she lost pounds but kept her sanity

Having struggled with weight issues her whole life, Loudonville resident Stacey Morris had trouble finding the right combination of dieting and exercise to keep the pounds off. When she did finally find a combination that worked, she wrote a book to share her success with others.

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Bouncing around town

Camp allows kids to play Bubble Balls

A summer camp that operates at different locations in the Capital District offers kids fun ways to keep active and enjoy their summer by bringing a unique item to the area.

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Fostering confidence through creativity

Summer art classes for special education student help them gain life skills and more

Summer school is generally not something students clamor for, but there are some that enjoy the atmosphere and benefit from year-round learning.

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60 years sweet

Schuyler Bakery celebrates anniversary next month

A line of customers stretched from the register past a glass case filled with pastries to the door, and a bread-cutting machine hummed as it sliced loaves of freshly baked bread.

Golfing for heroes

Colonie Golf Course to host fundraiser for Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Firefighters across the state put their lives on the line to help citizens on a daily basis, so an organization that helps the families of fallen firefighters has come up with a fun way to give back.

Flower power in Menands

Villagewide competition encourages colorful blooms

In an effort to bring life and color to the main drag of Menands, the village created a competition in the hopes that neighbors will inspire each other to take pride in their property.

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Room to run

Non-profits partner up to make play space for dogs

A newly constructed play space for dogs at an animal shelter was created when four charitable and nonprofit organizations came together to help.

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The trials of summer

Albany County Bar Association helps Cohoes teen attend camp that sharpens law skills

A student from Cohoes High School was the first person to be given a newly created scholarship that helped her attend an educational camp in Lake George.

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Summer is no vacation for some

Food bank in need of volunteers as numbers dip during the warmer months

In summer, while many people are enjoying summer vacations and time off from work, there remains a desperate need for volunteers to help those less fortunate.

Grant helps pay for plate reader

Data would be collected on Fuller Road traffic going in and out of Albany

The Town of Colonie recently received a grant to purchase police equipment that officers hope will help fight crime by gathering large amounts of data and storing it so they can pinpoint where a vehicle was in the event of a crime.

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Oil trains ignite more opposition

McCoy wants Ezra Prentice residents moved away from rail line

As the smell of oil permeated the air and the rumble of oil trains being jerked into motion echoed in the background, residents of public housing in Albany gathered to hear officials ask for more regulations of the transportation of volatile oil.

Thai restaurant opens in Latham

BKK Bistro offers twist on traditional cuisine

After a decade of success in Vermont, the BKK Bistro Thai Food + Martinis held its grand opening at 728 Loudon Road in Latham on Wednesday, July 16.

Phase two of cleanup begins

Mercury project on track to finish at the end of the year

The former site of a mercury refinery that borders the towns of Colonie and Guilderland is on track to be cleaned up the end of 2014 as it enters phase two of the project.

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A way to honor Tim

Latham woman who lost her son to suicide wants to sell her family’s land for affordable housing for veterans

Sitting on the remains of an old wooden wagon, Gloria Knorr reminisces how her family has owned the Latham land for 100 years and explains her plans to create a community to memorialize her son.

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From civilian to serviceman and back

Lawyer Mat Tully has first-hand knowledge of the challenging transition former members of the military face

It doesn’t matter whether you are a career soldier or someone who has transitioned from the professional world to the military and back again several times over. Reintegrating into civilian life can be a challenge.

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Pitching in for Vin

New Blue Creek Elementary playground dedicated in boy’s honor

A North Colonie Elementary school received a new playground over the weekend as volunteers gathered to build the playground in memory of a young boy that died tragically and unexpectedly.

Midway Fire Department looks to build new firehouse

Volunteer company wants input from public before vote

The Midway Fire Department in Colonie is looking to build a new firehouse to replace the current building, which has several problems.

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Fundraiser goes to the dogs

Landfill raises money for Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

An interesting partnership resulted in two dogs hanging out and greeting visitors at the landfill who were taking advantage of an opportunity to get rid of their household hazardous waste.

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Hoffman’s Playland set to take its final ride

Colonie’s amusement park will close in September

After 62 years, one of area’s best-known amusement parks is set shut down the rides for good at the end of the summer as the owners look to enjoy the rewards from decades of hard work.

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Delayed diploma

Colonie Central student who spent her graduation in the ER dons cap and gown a second time

After years of hard work and dedication, a Colonie Central student was set to graduate when she lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital Friday, June 27. Following her recovery, her friends wanted to make sure she received her diploma in her cap and gown.

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USS Slater returns to Albany

Iconic destroyer underwent $1.2M in renovations

After undergoing 12 weeks of repairs in Staten Island, the USS Slater, one of the last remaining ships of its kind, made it back to Albany in time for the Fourth of July weekend.

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Local funnyman joins elite club

Loudonville man jokes his way to New York’s Friars Club

After being in the business just over 12 years, a born and raised Loudonville man was inducted into an elite club of comedians, actors and others in the entertainment business.

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Scooting for a cause

Fundraiser lets riders see the sights while raising money for diabetes

A local fundraiser rumbles its way through Albany by going past landmarks to raise money for a charity the organizer started after he found out his son had type I diabetes.

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Fresh adventures

Kids from the city ready to experience an Upstate summer

A group of 27 children from New York City arrived in Loudonville recently to spend a week exploring the Capital District and enjoying many of the summertime freedoms they aren’t afforded in the city.

Deaths blamed on carbon monoxide

High levels of CO found in Latham couple’s home

Two elderly residents were found dead in their home in Latham after a concerned coworker called the Colonie Police Department asking officers to check on them.

A new way to do business

Special use permits open up more opportunities in town for development

In an effort to create more business opportunities, the Colonie Town Board has come up with a special use permit that officials say allows for a more “common sense” approach to development.

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Menands School students propose utensil swap

Members of Menands Inquiry Team convince school board to make the switch from plastic to reusable silverware

A group of Menands students found that making a small change in the school’s lunchtime routine will save money and reduce pollution.

Panda Express drive-through restaurant on the fast track

Planning board OKs waivers clearing the path for Colonie eatery

The Town of Colonie is on track to get a chain restaurant that serves drive-through Chinese food, a first of its kind in the area.

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State of the County tour stops in Colonie

Local donor gives $31,000 to DARE program

The Colonie Town Board meeting on Thursday, June 19, welcomed a special guest to discuss how the county is doing overall, and talk about all the new things taking place in the town.

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Exchange streamlined

New currency exchange branch opens at airport

An easily accessible spot for foreign currency exchange will save international travelers time when they are trying to exchange money coming in or going out of the country.

A call for stricter oil train policies

Lawmakers seek to address safety issues, stiffen penalties

A virtual pipeline of volatile oil traveling through Albany County has local legislators scrambling to create safety nets to protect the county and its citizens in the event of an accident.

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There’s no bull at this rodeo

CDTA event tests the skills of its top drivers

There were plenty of cones, barrels and fancy maneuvering at a recent CDTA “roadeo,” but no bulls, horses or clowns as organizers crowned a repeat winner.

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Helping out his heroes

Second-grader raises money for tornado-damaged firehouse in Duanesburg

Colonie Central High School recently made headlines by raising money during Raiderfest for the American Cancer Society, but the altruistic spirit starts even younger at South Colonie, with an 8-year-old student at Forest Park who has done some fundraising of his own.

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Paws for a cause

‘Railroad puppy’ grand marshal of benefit for Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

When Paws in the Park kicks off, after not having a grand marshal last year and the same marshal the first few years, there’s a new dog in town that will be the star of the show.

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The whole picture

Whole Foods Market sees itself as more than just a grocery store

A grocery store known for its fresh and organic groceries will be opening its first store in the Capital District, putting more than 50 local products on its shelves and adding 227 jobs to the area.

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Heart Association rallies for CPR in schools

Survivors share their stories of how life-saving skill has had an impact

A woman attending a recent rally in support of a bill that would make it mandatory for schools to teach students CPR said her husband wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the fact that her son was taught CPR in health class at Sand Creek Middle School.

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Wisdom at any age

Latham writer’s story included in an anthology of tales by Baby Boomer

Being published in an anthology of written wisdom wasn’t necessarily something Linda Berkery had always wanted to do, but she was inspired to take that leap about a year ago after seeing an ad in a magazine seeking written narratives that provided insight and inspiration.

Colonie to upgrade 911 system

Town moves to be part of countywide communications project

A $6 million Albany County grant will pay for upgrades to the Town of Colonie communications system that will also save the town up to $130,000 a year and enhance the effectiveness of the 911 call system.

New life for vacant bowling alley

Site to become shopping plaza following $3M in renovations

A developer has $3 million in renovations planned for the old Latham Bowlers Club on Troy Schenectady Road that has been vacant for more than a decade.

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A healing journey

Hospice Walk raises money for programs that provide comfort to families facing the terminal illness of a loved one

There is a lot that goes into hospice services beyond providing care for the terminally ill.

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Colonie teens speak out against distracted driving

Contest winner’s PSA displayed on Central Avenue billboard

High school students united in a campaign to create a public service announcement to bring awareness to distracted driving.

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Town of Colonie Golf Course clubhouse on par to be restaurant

After months of renovations, Martel’s Restaurant is ready for business

After the previous operator of the Town of Colonie Golf Course clubhouse asked to break its contract, the town board made a quick decision in February to allow the only other bidder to start making changes before the golf season started.

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Not your average school event

Raiderfest includes a 5K race and carnival games

Colonie Central High School is holding a one-of-a-kind event where more than 500 students have volunteered to participate in a fundraiser that has everything from a 5-kilometer race to carnival games, craft vendors and food trucks.

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Colonie remembers

Crossings ceremony honors the sacrifices of servicemen and women

Veterans who served in battles from WWII to Operation Enduring Freedom gathered at the Crossings in Colonie to honor those who gave their lives while fighting in foreign wars.

Beltrone driver class keeps seniors cruising

A local senior center is hosting a driver safety fair with seminars and advice on the best vehicles and techniques to keep seniors safe.

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Fund drive for Colonie Central High School robotics team

Dealership partners with school to raise money to help cover club’s expenses

A robotics team partnered with Dodge and Armory Garage to host a test drive in an effort to raise money for the Colonie Central High School Robotics Team.

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