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Greg Fry

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Back from the brink

In February, the future of the Normanside Country Club in Delmar was very much in question.

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Long list for Bethlehem board seat

With a Bethlehem Town Board seat set to be vacated at the start of 2012, the four known members of the board are meeting with a lengthy list of candidates interested in an appointment to the body, and for the first time, a list of names has been revealed.

2020 Committee wraps up work

With a final presentation on citizen engagement and leadership, the 20/20 Implementation Committee, which has analyzed a number of elements of Bethlehem town government, wrapped up its work.

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Long-time BC music teacher passes

The Bethlehem Central School District community is mourning the loss of Mary Jane Hughes, who passed away Thursday, Dec. 29 after a battle with brain cancer.

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Messina looks back on term

After one term highlighted by clashes with the Town Board, a lively debate over a golf course and progress on the town’s largest economic development project in years, Bethlehem Supervisor Sam Messina can still remember the reasons why he ran for the town’s top spot in the first place.

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Police: Man assumes dead brother’s identity, charged with drug possession

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office reported the arrest of a man they say gave authorities his dead brother’s name when stopped Dec. 22 in New Scotland.

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Tebbano set to retire to Florida

Michael Tebbano came from Voorheesville in 1997 to work in the music department at Bethlehem High School. Nearly 15 years later, Tebbano is leaving his position atop the district as he prepares to move to Florida with his wife.

Child thrown from car in Thruway rollover crash

State Police said a seven-year-old boy was ejected from an SUV during a rollover crash on the Thruway in the Town of Bethlehem.

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'Spirit' set free

More than two months after suffering severe injuries, a bald eagle named Spirit has been released from The Animal Hospital in Slingerlands.

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Terms of Clarksville proposal unveiled

Bethlehem Central School District officials are moving forward with a proposed agreement to lease the shuttered Clarksville Elementary School to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, but an agreement has yet to be adopted by Board of Education members.

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Crews battle Selkirk fire

Fire crews spent a portion of Wednesday afternoon battling a fire in Selkirk.

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A transition in government

Over the course of the past month, Bethlehem Town Hall has been relatively busy early in the morning.

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Police: Teacher bites student

A teacher and soccer coach in the Voorheesville Central School District has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly biting a student during a class.

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Start of Hanukkah celebrated in Delmar

To celebrate the first night of Hanukkah, a menorah lighting ceremony was held Dec. 20 at the Four Corners in Delmar.

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Irene's tab calculated

It’s a number that will raise a lot of eyebrows. $4.3 million.

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Cunningham to seek Town Board seat; Clarkson against interim bid

Bethlehem’s past supervisor wants to be a part of town government again, but the future supervisor isn’t in favor of the idea.

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Guilderland man charged with assault

Guilderland police have charged a man with assault following a domestic dispute.

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So. Bethlehem man arrested for DWI outside Judicial Center

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office reports that a South Bethlehem man was arrested outside the Albany County Judicial Center and charged with DWI.

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Breaking ground at Vista

After year of negotiations, ideas, proposals and debates, development at the Vista Technology Campus off Route 85 in Slingerlands is officially underway.

Thruway stop leads to discovery of cocaine

A stop on the New York State Thruway for a traffic violation led to drug charges for a downstate man.

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Residents support Slingerlands Fire expansion

By an overwhelming vote of 105 to 32, voters in the Slingerlands Fire District approved the borrowing of up to $1.8 million for expansion of the department’s headquarters.

USPS delays post office closures

Thousands of post offices and mail processing facilities across the country will remain open until at least May 15, 2012, according to the United States Postal Service.

Elderly woman dies in Altamont fire

Preliminary findings indicate that a fire at a home in Altamont, which claimed the life of an elderly woman, was accidental.

Nursing home debate to carry into 2012

The future of the Albany County Nursing Home remains unclear as questions continue to be posed about the need for county-run facilities in tough times.

Breslin vetoes Albany County budget

Albany County Executive Michael Breslin has vetoed the $598 million dollar budget approved by lawmakers for 2012.

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Public welcome for Vista groundbreaking

A formal groundbreaking ceremony has been scheduled for Dec. 15 at the Vista Technology Park off Route 85 in Slingerlands.

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Elementary toy sale benefits Schoharie Co. school

By selling slightly used toys within their school, a group of second graders at Westmere Elementary School in Guilderland have raised money for those deeply impacted by Tropical Storm Irene.

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Town reviewing soaring costs for ambulance services

The Town of Bethlehem could achieve substantial savings through a reworking of contracts with providers of emergency medical services.

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Soccerplex plans scaled back

For years, the Bethlehem Soccer Club has prepared to build an indoor soccer facility at its complex on Wemple Road.

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Progress made at prominent intersection

Construction work at one of the busiest intersections in Delmar is moving at a rapid pace, and two projects are set to wrap up in the new year.

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School board hears updates on BCHS, Clarksville

Bethlehem Central School District Superintendent Michael Tebbano provided the Board of Education with an update regarding recent drug incidents at the high school during a Dec. 7 meeting.

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Bethlehem's fair financial footing

In a year when municipalities have struggled to stay within the parameters of a 2 percent property tax cap, the Town of Bethlehem fared relatively well. Moving forward, however, the task may not be as easy.

Arrest made in connection with Guilderland burglaries

Guilderland police have arrested a man they say entered several unlocked cars, garages and homes in the Westmere area of the town.

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Bringing warmth one stitch at a time

Piles of quilts are stacked up on a table in a room of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where a dedicated group is working to keep people warm this winter.

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Preventing a repeat of Irene

Houses were destroyed, roads were washed out and lives were lost when Tropical Storm Irene barreled through upstate New York.

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Bethlehem parade ushers in holiday season

Fire trucks, children’s football teams and the big guy himself were just some of the highlights of the Fifth Annual Bethlehem Holiday Parade.

Deal on table for Clarksville

The Bethlehem Central School District’s Board of Education will be considering a proposal to use Clarksville Elementary as a substation for the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

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Update: Three to surrender in connection with marijuana bust

Three men wanted in connection with a large-scale marijuana growing operation discovered in New Scotland are set to turn themselves in, according to authorities.

Sheriff: Five banned for drinking at DWI panel

Five people were kept from attending a STOP-DWI Victim’s Impact Panel at Guilderland Town Hall after allegedly arriving at the panel with alcohol in their system.

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Public weighs in on hamlet plans

Residents of New Scotland are again weighing in on development issues as a renewed effort gets underway to shape the town’s future.

Over 800 cited for texting while driving

State Police issued 816 tickets for texting-while-driving during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Cloudy water possible in Bethlehem

The Town of Bethlehem’s Department of Public Works is carrying out repairs and installing new valves this week.

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Concerned parents hear of new drug trends

Due to recent concerns about drug possession and use within Bethlehem High School, Phil Mullett’s recent presentation on teen substance abuse to the community may have taken on extra significance.

Juvenile offender program expands

An Albany County program designed to help juvenile offenders is expanding from the city of Albany to its suburbs.

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Big state role in storm cleanup

The final cost of cleaning up the damage from Tropical Storms Irene and Lee still isn’t known, but Bethlehem officials are getting a better idea of what the scope of work is and where they can turn to for help.

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IDA member charged with second DWI in two months

Bethlehem police have charged a member of the town’s Industrial Development Agency with DWI following a crash Monday, Nov. 28.

23 arrested in Albany County DWI sweep

A weekend law enforcement sweep in Albany County resulted in 23 arrests of drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Two face drug charges after Thruway stop

Two people face drug-related charges following a traffic stop for speeding on the Thruway in Bethlehem.

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Fire service good, could be better

Residents of Bethlehem are receiving good service from fire departments across the town, but a new report also indicates that plenty of improvements could be made and that consolidation may someday be appropriate.

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Taking stock of town's finances

The financial picture may seem clear now, but things get fuzzy for the Town of Bethlehem when considering the year 2012 and beyond.

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