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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.

Colonie landfill operator fined

The Town of Colonie has approved a consent order permitting the Colonie Landfill operator to pay a fine to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for not reporting it exceeded the action leakage rate at the landfill.

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UPDATED: South Colonie voters approve $95.2 million budget

Administrators thank community for support in the face of difficult decisions

Voters passed a 2014-15 budget Tuesday, May 20, for a financially strained South Colonie School District, with the spending plan including cuts to transportation and a well-liked physical education teacher.

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One man’s midlife message

Play penned by Siena grad a story of friendship and health

Siena alumnus and playwright Rick Wilson found himself inspired by “Menopause.”

South Colonie bus drivers voice concern over budget cuts

Drivers dropped from full to part time retain their benefits

Following the resignation of a popular physical education teacher, the focus has shifted from athletics to transportation as bus drivers and parents voiced their concern over the elimination of midday universal pre-kindergarten runs in Colonie.

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On the right track

Dealership offers drivers the chance to put Land Rovers to the test

A luxury car dealership in the Capital District offers a unique opportunity to test out the off road capabilities of a vehicle that can get you from the top of a mountain to a fancy dinner in style.

North Colonie budget proposal at max allowed increase

Superintendent says community has supported similar rates in the past

At the budget hearing to outline the 2014-15 spending plan for North Colonie Central Schools, questions was raised as to why the district is boosting taxes to the maximum amount allowable, even though it isn’t in financial distress.

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A town that bands together

Colonie Concert Band kicks off summer with pops performance

The Memorial Concert Band of Colonie is getting ready to kick off its summer schedule with a special guest for its annual pops concert.

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Living life to the fullest

Shaker Pointe at Carondelet unveils new residence

An independent living center for people ages 55 and older held its grand opening to showcase the amenities its executive team says will help seniors live a healthy, independent lifestyle.

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Rwandan genocide survivor speaks at Shaker High School

Mukeshimana talked about her path to freedom in the United States

Shaker High School held its first Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony Tuesday, April 29, and had a survivor of the Rwandan genocide speak about how important it is to remember these events so they don’t happen again.

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20 years of drama

Sand Creek Middle School’s Cast & Crew club gives everyone a shot at the stage

A school drama club that started 20 years ago with the intent of involving every student who wanted to participate is having a special reunion following the afternoon performance of their spring musical, “Annie.”

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Shaker alumna wins award

2010 graduate takes less traditional path to further her education

A Shaker High School alumna who is currently a senior at the University of Chicago recently received a grant that few people in the world have had the privilege of accepting.

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Albany County honors volunteers

Nine area residents receive awards for their service

Slingerlands resident Robert Lamar, 92, has been volunteering to help others ever since he was a young man. These days, he continues that tradition with his work at Colonie Senior Services and as a director or member of 20 other local volunteer organizations.

South Colonie cuts midday bus routes for pre-kindergarten students

Budget constraints lead to cuts in driver hours

After another year of being financially strained, South Colonie Central School District is cutting midday transportation for universal pre-K students, forcing parents to find other ways to get their children to school.

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South Colonie OKs budget, loses coach

Vocal crowd comes out to support P.E. teacher whose job was part of cuts

Despite vocal opposition from the community, a loss in state funding forced the South Colonie Central School District to pass a budget that will be eliminating numerous positions throughout the district, including a popular physical education teacher.

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Local children brighten up CDTA buses

Artwork promotes authority’s safety program

CDTA and the Music Mobile came together to promote the CDTA’s safety program by displaying artwork created by children in the Capital District on buses.

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