UAlbany to host unconventional performance written in Iran
"White Rabbit, Red Rabbit" has been performed all over the world and in 15 languages, but in each instance a different actor has staged it without a director, a set or even preparation.
Firefighters rushed to a Slingerlands home this afternoon, closing off a portion of New Scotland Road near the Route 85 roundabout.
Members of the Selkirk Fire Department were joined by members of the Elsmere and Delmar fire departments in a ceremony on the evening of Sept. 11, 2013, to honor the lives lost in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The names of the 343 firefighters that perished were read by the firefighters and members of the public.
Drake, Mahan share thoughts on current state of affairs
Republican candidate for Colonie town supervisor Todd Drake has laid out a platform that chiefly targets the town’s finances and calls for an end to “one-party rule,” a scant few years after the GOP effectively exercised singular control of town government.
Agreement inked that sets stage for largest public school solar project in state
Educators in the South Colonie Central School District think the future is looking bright when it comes to the electricity bill.
Police catch up with Victor Shear in South Carolina
Police in South Carolina have apprehended the man who allegedly robbed a Slingerlands Trustco Bank last week.
Officials, campers excited for new sporting surface at Bethlehem YMCA
The Bethlehem YMCA has a new sports surface that will help expand its recreational offerings to kids and adults.
GOP finds evidence King resides in Coxsackie and has criminal record
Bethlehem supervisor hopeful Jared King has been tossed from the county voter rolls, simultaneously ejecting him from his seat on the Albany County Republican Committee and impacting his chances to appear in the fall elections.
GOP serves supervisor hopeful Jared King with accusatory letter
Republican and Bethlehem supervisor hopeful Jared King is on the outs with his own party.
For local landowner, ATV trespassing hints at a broad, complicated issue
ATVs trespassing on private land is a growing problem, and one that has real consequences for some landowners.
Interim super will be compensated for rest of 2013
The Town of Bethlehem will be compensating Interim Highway Superintendent Erik Deyoe with a $10,000 stipend for his work to help transition the department to the control of a leader voters will select in November.
Leaf collection fee taken off the table
After the tax levy went up by 8 percent this year, officials in the Town of Bethlehem are painting a much rosier picture for the coming budget cycle.
Cuts restored using expected surplus from this year
The Bethlehem Central Board of Education made changes to its adopted 2013-14 school year budget in an early morning meeting held less than two weeks after the spending plan was adopted in a 6-1 vote.
Spotlight News was recognized among the top weekly publications in the state at the New York Press Association spring conference, with the paper’s staff capturing several first-place awards in the group’s annual Better Newspaper Contest.
Trail neighbors say they should have been compensated in recreational deal
A group of property owners neighboring the Albany County Rail Trail are suing the federal government over the recreational corridor.
Judge rejects Town of Bethlehem’s motion to dismiss case
It will be up to a jury to decide whether former Bethlehem police officer Christopher Hughes faced a hostile work environment for expressing what he argues was protected speech.
Town of Coeymans wins national contest by altering its name for a month
The Town of Coeymans has won the Arby’s “Reubenville Challenge” by changing the name of the municipality for a month.
For the past six years, Bethlehem Central faculty have gathered to play in a basketball game aimed at raising money to benefit the district’s classrooms. They’ll be doing the same this year, but with some notable twists.
Local PGA chapter floats potential private involvement for municipal golf course
A possible white knight has arrived with a possible, if not distant, solution to the ongoing debate over the future of the Colonial Acres Golf Course: the PGA.
Marchione secures victory, Spa City turns down government change
Incumbents hoping for another term representing the people of Saratoga County got their wishes this Election Day, as voters sent familiar faces back to the Assembly and Senate.
Minority says cuts are too little too late, supporters point finger at state
The Schenectady County Legislature adopted a 2013 budget tonight smaller than the spending plan previously on the table, but with a tax hike still too large for some lawmakers.
Agency looking for part-time economic development professional
The Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency is generally against granting tax breaks to retail businesses — but don’t expect to read about it on the organization’s website.
Leaving 17 jobs unfilled will likely shrink budget gap
The Bethlehem Town Board saw some rare black numbers Wednesday night when Comptroller Michael Cohen presented a mid-year fund balance analysis that showed the town has saved over $1 million in 2012 by leaving the equivalent of 17 full time jobs unfilled.
Former Bethlehem police officer Christopher Hughes was sentenced today to five years probation for possessing a fake police identification card.
The Selkirk Fire Department could see a handful of paid firefighters introduced to its ranks if it accepts a federal grant.
Attrition said to be key to balancing budget while keeping services
The Bethlehem Town Board talked over potential budget cuts for 2013, but agreed attrition is what will make significant holes in a budget gap. The trick is keeping services at the same time.
Depositions revive years-old questions about internal investigation
A judge holds the decision over whether a lawsuit leveled against the Town of Bethlehem and its police chief will be shown to a jury or thrown out, while testimony collected for the case recalls tumultuous times for the town.
Record turnout for landmark vote, 63 percent approve of budget
Voters in the Bethlehem Central School District approved a 2012-13 school year budget today by a margin of 4,035 votes to 2,405 votes.
Board approves submitting application to state
Colonie is seeking approval from the state to up the amount of trash dumped at the town landfill in what officials call an effort to get the most out of facility.
Receiver of taxes speaks against automated payment collection
Bethlehem Town Board members listened to arguments for adopting an automated bill payment processing system on Wednesday, March 28, but will be taking more time to review the proposal before making a decision on using a Lockbox system.
In an evening spent tackling perennial issues, board also sets fund balance policy
Officials in the Town of Bethlehem discussed and ultimately moved forward several items that have long been on the agendas of Town Board members, or at least the subject of past debate.
Police earlier today recovered the body of a 45-year-old man they say jumped to his death from the Route 9W bridge over the Normanskill.
Boards direct leaders to research options, deliver report
Two chambers of commerce in Saratoga County are looking to expand on the ways they work together.
John Clarkson officially became supervisor of the Town of Bethlehem this evening and pledged to residents not only a responsive and responsible town government, but one free of partisan politics.
The Albany County chapter of the League of Women Voters will be holding an “educational forum” on the topic of the Bethlehem Town Board seat recently vacated by Mark Jordan.
Bethlehem police arrested a teen on drug charges after three Bethlehem Central High School students apparently overdosed at the school and were hospitalized.
Bethlehem police have charged a 16-year-old with selling drugs at BC High School following an incident when three students apparently overdosed.
Bethlehem’s tentative plan keeps 1.27 percent tax hike, but cuts borrowing
The public will be giving Bethlehem leaders comments on a 2012 budget that includes the same tax hike as originally proposed nearly two months ago, but has changed considerably in other areas.
Taxes and borrowing continues to rule the debate
Members of the Town Board and Supervisor Sam Messina are continuing to grind out a budget plan, and issues including whether a tax increase should be part of the budget and what the thown’s policy on borrowing should be continue to rule the debate.
Traffic impacts, number of apartments top concerns
The public has had months to mull over a massive hamlet project proposed for the Glenmont area, and at a recent public scoping session, it was clear there are concerns about how it would affect traffic, and if the idea’s viable in the first place.
Bethlehem leaders to look at specific cuts at next meeting
Bethlehem leaders at a recent workshop feasted on a triple-layered cake of budgeting issues, considering borrowing, services and taxes.
Proposal stokes discussion about plans to buy land
A proposal put forward by the private group Bethlehem Tomorrow has reignited the controversy over how (or if) Bethlehem should sink money into open space.
The public will have a chance to weigh in on the Wemple Corners superhamlet project proposed for the Glenmont area.
Administrators foresee PR problem in tax cap
An independent audit has resulted in a “clean opinion” on Bethlehem Central School District operations, but it has also given weight to a few troubling trends that have been brewing in recent years.
The Bethlehem School District’s Squash Hunger food drive resulted in the donation of hundreds of pounds of fresh, locally-produced foods for distribution to area soup kitchens and food pantries.
Planners say wetlands preclude this hamlet from being hamlet-like
Plans to build an apartment complex next to the Price Chopper Plaza in Slingerlands are coalescing.
Move would dramatically shift police operations, create efficiencies
The Albany County Sheriff’s Office is looking into leasing the closed Clarksville Elementary School from the Bethlehem Central School District to use as a substation.
Delmar Fire Department will celebrate centennial and educate about fire safety
Every year in October, the National Fire Protection Association and fire departments aim to remind that most fires are preventable.
The Bethlehem School District’s Farm to You Fest kicked off this week, as the district’s Healthy Kids Committee for the third year running launched into a full week of agricultural awareness and food drives.
More pension costs means fewer purchases in Bethlehem budget
The Bethlehem 2012 budget is slowly taking shape, but it's become even more clear that it will be tough to meet all the town’s goals, especially if leaders want to limit tax increases.