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Charles Wiff

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At long last, groundbreaking set for Vista

Tech park plans met approval four years ago, work to start Monday

Four years after the stamp of approval was placed on the Vista Tech Park plans, ground will be broken on the massive development in just a few days’ time.

Bethlehem deadlocked on Porco records request

Convicted killer's FOIL appeal will go unanswered following split vote

Deliberations on the Bethlehem Town Board were deadlocked last night as leaders discussed how to respond to a freedom of information request from Christopher Porco.

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Left out in the storm

Stormy weather and a dreary economy have impacts on animal shelters

If a poor economy and less money to go around wasn’t enough, the recent impacts of tropical storms on the region have exacerbated problems face by pet owners and animal shelters.

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BC appoints incoming superintendent

Thomas Douglas will take top job come 2012

The Bethlehem Central School District will soon have a new superintendent in Thomas Douglas, who this evening was unanimously appointed to the position by the school board, to start Jan. 1 of next year.

Youth charged with torching school shed

Bethlehem police have arrested a 13-year-old and charged him with setting fire to a shed behind the Bethlehem Central Middle School last week, destroying the structure.

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BC: vandalism rampant

Middle School shed torched, capping summer of destructive acts

Bethlehem police are investigating as arson a fire that burned down a shed near the Bethlehem Central Middle School on Friday, in the latest chapter of what Superintendent Michael Tebbano characterized as a “rash” of escalating acts of vandalism to school property.

BC to pick new superintendent

Special meeting of school board set for Tuesday

The Bethlehem Central School District Board of Education will select a superintendent to replace outgoing district leader Michael Tebbano during a special meeting Tuesday, Sept. 27.

County confirms first ever West Nile case

An older individual has come down with the only case of the West Nile Virus ever reported in Albany County.

BC brings back Pledge of Allegiance

Required reading apparently absent from high school for years

Bethlehem High School is now beginning the day with the Pledge of Allegiance after it was apparently absent from the program for many years.

Vista gets another victory

Date floated for groundbreaking as retail buildings approved

Another part of the Vista Technology Park project got the stamp of approval tonight from the Bethlehem Planning Board, and for the first time a tentative date was floated for a groundbreaking on the long-awaited and massive project: Thursday, Sept. 29.

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Furniture for flood victims

Goods destined for hard-hit Schoharie County

Members of the Delmar United Methodist Church loaded up trucks with household supplies and furniture on Wednesday, Sept. 14, to go to people in Schoharie County impacted by Tropical Storm Irene and the subsequent flooding.

Bethlehem budget won't be easy

Ancient infrastructure, employee pay top items as process begins

At the end of a three-hour budgeting session it was clear there are will be major challenges to overcome in this budget cycle.

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Two wheels to Tanzania

Delmar man organizing bike collection for overseas aid

Delmar resident Charlie Hughes is leading a bicycle collection on Saturday, Sept. 17.

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Construction site crash leads to DWI

Bethlehem police arrested an East Berne man on drunken driving charges after he allegedly crashed his pickup into a 12-ton steamroller.

Bethlehem clears $3M grant for sewer work

Town tackles many issues at regular meeting, including storm damage

Bethlehem leaders handled many items at the regular meeting of the Town Board, including making the last step in securing a major state grant for sewer work.

BC warns of fundraiser scam

Company said to solicit donations on fake letterhead

The Bethlehem Central School District is warning residents to be on the lookout for a scam letter masquerading as a school-sanctioned fundraiser.

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Music among the pines

Pine Hollow Arboretum hosts concert to benefit Irene victims

The Pine Hollow Arboretum is hosting a unique musical evening on Sunday, Sept. 25, to benefit the victim of Tropical Storm Irene.

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Five Rivers to ring in the fall

Friends group prepares for 40th anniversary of environmental preserve

The start of the fall season will be kicked off with a free festival at the popular Five Rivers nature preserve.

Guilderland hiker airlifted from High Peaks

A hiker hailing from Guilderland had to be airlifted from the Adirondack High Peaks after suffering a leg injury on the side of Algonquin Mountain this past weekend.

Clarkson has a key evening

Candidate paves way to November with clutch wins on D and C lines

Democratic voters went to the polls today and selected John Clarkson as their candidate for the November general election, ousting the party's endorsed candidate, Kyle Kotary.

Appeal rests on a mother's nod

Arguments heard in retrial request for Christopher Porco

The state's highest court heard arguments this afternoon from Christopher Porco's attorney, who is seeking a new trial for his client

Porco case goes to highest court

The state's highest court is set to field arguments from lawyers for Christopher Porco this afternoon as the convicted killer seeks a new trial.

County Legislature candidate under fire

Howard Shafer facing disciplinary charges at Selkirk Fire Department

A former Albany County legislator who hopes to recapture his office this November was the subject of a Selkirk Fire Department disciplinary hearing tonight.

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Fine dining in the heart of a village

New culinary team aims to deliver fresh and affordable eats in Altamont

A group of entrepreneurs are looking to bring something entirely different to Altamont's downtown with a wine bar and bistro.

Clarksville Post Office selected for closure

Appeals process still open, service to shift to Feura Bush

The Postal Service has slated the Clarksville Post Office for closure, an event that could happen as soon as the end of October.

Voters urged to double check polling places

Due to Albany County's recent redrawing of legislative district boundaries, some residents might find themselves assigned a different polling place.

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Build your house on the web

Latham-based web company hopes to change the way churches get online

While in the online news world “pay walls” are the topic of the day, in the non-secular sphere some churches are thinking about “prayer walls.”

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Students head back to school

BC had its first day of classes today, while RCS was closed due to flooding and road closures.

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Call out for caught cat

A female kitten was found near SUNY Albany a night or two before Tropical Storm Irene swept through the area.

Service station plans improvements

Delaware Avenue Valero project calls for indoor eatery

The developer overhauling a Delaware Avenue gas station is bringing even more ambitious plans to the Town of Bethlehem.

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9/11 Candlelit vigil planned in Slingerlands

Event one of many memorial ceremonies planned in Capital District

The Town of Bethlehem Fire Officers Association and the town will be partnering to hold a candlelit vigil on the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Cost of Irene's punch still uncertain

Bethlehem assessing scope of tropical storm's damage

Tropical Storm Irene wrought destruction all over the state, and while many places are certainly worse off, the Town of Bethlehem wasn't spared from the storm's fury.

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Walking to a cure

8th Annual Walk for Hope continues to grow

Hundreds will gather in Bethlehem's Elm Avenue Park for the 8th annual Albany Capital District Walk for Hope on Sunday, Sept. 11.

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Supervisor candidates meet in debate

Budget, leadership, level of partisanship recurring themes during lively evening

Budget, leadership, level of partisanship recurring themes during lively evening

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Is Delaware Ave. turning into Bank Blvd.?

Financial institutions say packing into Delmar makes good business sense

There are nine full-fledged bank branches on Delaware Avenue in Delmar. But bankers say the market is good, and the concentration isn't much heavier than in other Capital District locales.

Candidates to debate tonight

The candidates in the upcoming Democratic primary for the office of Bethlehem town supervisor will meet to debate Thursday, Sept. 1.

Bethlehem's draft budget calls for tax hike

The draft 2012 budget for the Town of Bethlehem calls for a 1.27 percent tax hike and a number of austerity measures in an effort to brace for what officials say are dark times ahead.

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New Scotland fire ruled arson

Police say man set fire to own house after domestic dispute

A New Scotland man is in the county jail for allegedly torching his own house following a domestic dispute.

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A reason to race

3rd annual Race for Hope brings out the best in runners

Now in its third year, the Capital Region Special Surgery Race for Hope is quickly becoming cemented as a growing annual tradition.

Vista on the horizon

A frenetic spring followed by slow summer for tech park

Players in the development of the Vista Technology Campus say a groundbreaking is looming on the much anticipated, often delayed project.

Bethlehem weathers the storm

Thousands still without power, cleanup will be long-term

Hurricane Irene had been downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reached the Capital District early on Sunday, Aug. 28, but it still wreaked havoc throughout the area.

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Two motorists pulled from Normanskill

Duo were stuck in tree for hours before cries heard

Area police and firefighters fished two people out of the Normanskill early this morning after their car became submerged on Krumkill Road.

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A cross-country cause

Delmar doctor dedicates bike trek to former nurse's medical bills

People often go the distance for those they care about, but not many do it like Dr. David Krischer.

No contractor found for park's solar panels

Grant-backed project may have to be reworked to be viable

A year after recovery act monies were secured for a battery of solar panels at Elm Avenue Park, the earth-conscious project is no closer to seeing the light of day.

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Tight squeeze too tight for U-Haul

A U-Haul truck didn't quite make it under the drive-thru overhang at Pioneer Bank.

Cansler to move on from DPW

Bethlehem seeks new department commissioner

The director of one of the Town of Bethlehem's biggest departments will be taking his leave in a few weeks.

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