Fresh wounds before ambulance contract negotiations, committee proposed
Tensions between Voorheesville officials and its local ambulance service were reignited after the mayor voiced concerns in the village’s seasonal newsletter.
Grimm points to Runion placing home on market, incumbent says he’s downsizing
Guilderland Supervisor Ken Runion is selling his 3,200-square-foot home, but he has expressed his intent to stay local and chided his Republican opponent for seizing on the sale as a political topic.
Village says leaky pipe has wasted more than 1 million gallons
Voorheesville officials have warned two village homeowners they could soon be without water after more than one million gallons of water has reportedly leaked from their connection since May.
Guilderland Community Fest offers family fun, proceeds help local nonprofit
Local families have chance for a great time with their neighbors while at the same time helping children who suffer from serious medical conditions have their “best day ever.”
Voorheesville school chef offering dinners to go as a ‘fun’ way to boost revenue
Two weeks ago, Voorheesville Central School District opened its doors and kitchen to the community through a new “Meals to go” dinner program, which is aimed at keeping its school lunch program in the black.
Guilderland will acquire private road through eminent domain after buses stop running
The Guilderland Central School District put the brakes on traveling down a private road to pick up children, which has spurred town officials to quickly make the road public.
Albany County highlights National Baby Safety Month, gives task force progress update
The Albany County Safe Sleeping Task Force’s latest initiative isn’t an exercise in remembering the alphabet, but rather another outreach effort cautioning parents and caretakers to not sleep in bed with an infant.
Chamber to hold annual ‘Souped Up on Guilderland’ at a new location
The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce will on hold Saturday, Sept. 28, its seventh annual event combining ladles of savory soups and awesome automobiles: Souped Up on Guilderland.
Village trustees cite increased fee in plans for departure
The Voorheesville Board of Trustees signaled their intention to leave the county Stormwater Coalition during a workshop meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, after the annual membership fee for the village was more than doubled to around $7,300.
Colonie Youth Center holds 10th annual 5K and kids runs promoting health and wellness
The Colonie Youth Center will mark a decade of hosting its annual Crossings 5K Challenge and Kids Runs on Sunday, Sept. 29, in The Crossings Park at the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center located at 30 Aviation Road in Colonie. There is race-day registration available.
Funds will help build countywide emergency communications, terrorism prevention
On the eve of Sept. 11, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced the county had been awarded nearly $600,000 by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to help improve crisis communications and prevent terrorist attacks.
Plans advancing for chain’s ‘store of the decade,’ completion by end of year
Renovations are giving the Latham Price Chopper more than a fresh look and new layout, because prepared foods, a casual dinning experience and specialty food choices will soon present “chopper shoppers” with a top notch experience, according to Neil Golub, executive chairman of the Golub Corp. board.
New Scotland Town Board awards $4,500 to complete bridge work, open trail
The New Scotland Town Board on Wednesday, Sept. 11, approved donating $4,500 to the Friends of the Rail Trail to complete bridge renovations to open up a section of the Rail Trail from Upper Font Grove Road to the Route 155 bridge.
County bill would ban usage of plastic foam at chain businesses
Several proponents of a ban on polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, from chain establishments continued urging county legislators on Monday, Sept. 9, to approve the “Food Service Waste Reduction Act.”
Glenmont man’s short stories drawing from Vietnam experiences arranged into book
Albany Law School professor James Redwood started writing about Vietnam more than 25 years ago through fictional short stories.
NYS Writers Institute announces season’s Visiting Writers and Classic Film series
The New York State Writers Institute recently announced its fall semester Visiting Writers Series and Classic Film Series, which kicked off Wednesday, Sept. 11, with fiction writer and extends until the final event on Dec. 3 with author Ayana Mathis. All of the events are free and open to the public.
Consultant says study will not to be ‘all about closing schools’
Guilderland Central School District held a community meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3, to have Paul Seversky, a consultant with the planning service at Madison-Oneida BOCES, discuss the goals and methodology of a district-wide building capacity study he will soon begin.
Guilderland native starts exclusively mobile veterinary service
Capital District Mobile Veterinary Services aims at reducing stress around the veterinarian experience by bringing their office to pets. Owner Sarah Nolan and veterinary assistant Anne Giagni started making house calls about three months ago and both said the business is quickly taking off.
Tough contract negotiations spur a review, bring allegations to light
Voorheesville officials are investigating what, if any, emergency medical service options it might have, as contract contentions are becoming the norm with its historic provider.
Village to hold public hearing over addition of $90 annual fee
The Altamont Village Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Sept. 4, approved holding a public hearing on a proposed change to the village code regarding sewer service changes. The new $90 user fee would be split between each semi-annual bill.
5K run/walk aims to raise ovarian cancer awareness and support research
The 12th Annual Teal Ribbon Run/Walk, coordinated by Caring Together, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, and kicks off at 9 a.m. at Washington Park in Albany.
Police say deputy county executive attempted to obtain hundreds of Ritalin pills
Albany County Deputy Executive Christine Quinn allegedly deceived a Colonie nurse practitioner in order to illegally obtain hundreds of Ritalin pills, according to police.
GOP candidates fail to grab Independence or Conservative lines
Town Democrats secured all contested third-party ballot lines during the Primary Election on Tuesday, Sept. 10, according to unofficial election results.
Troop G Commander Maj. Steven James on Wednesday, Sept. 4, said drivers should use “extra caution,” because “vacation minded” children are less likely to be careful while traveling to and from school.
Venter eyes increasing community outreach, fostering new programs
Ryan Venter believes most people don’t really know everything the Guilderland YMCA has to offer, but as its new executive director he wants to tell them.
Delmar woman training for marathon walk benefiting Boston cancer institute
Terry Moskowitz is walking 10 miles every other day, and pulling 20 on the weekends, but her pace has more behind it than desire for a solid workout.
Guilderland approves change after residents air safety concerns
The Guilderland Town Board recently approved reducing the speed limit on Fuller Road to 30 mph from where the southern end begins off of Route 20 to the town line.
Dave & Buster’s opens in Crossgates Mall featuring food, drinks, sports and a lot of games
As you walk towards the flashing lights beaming from the “Million Dollar Midway” at Dave & Buster’s, it’s hard not to feel like a kid again.
Town adds position to ease workload, post will be part time to start
The Town of New Scotland has hired a retired Bethlehem police officer to the newly created position of Public Works commissioner to address a mounting workload in the DPW office.
Bethlehem native to perform acoustic set with band at Swifty’s
An upcoming gig at a pub is more than just another show for Brian Mulkerne, because he’s coming back to where he started strumming a guitar 45 years ago.
Towns of Bethlehem and New Scotland enter into a formal shared services contract
Bethlehem and New Scotland have been sharing services for years, but both towns just recently approved a formal contract after operating on nothing more than a handshake agreement.
Palace announces three one-night performances for its Broadway Series
The Palace Theatre recently announced a new Broadway Series for the 2013-14 season, which includes three one-night performances of popular music driven productions.
Women Against War urge negotiation during Food Festival demonstration
The group Women Against War rallied during the Empire State Plaza Food Festival on Wednesday, Aug. 14. A group of about a dozen members spoke out against the idea of the country entering a war with Iran.
Rating services credit economic development, urge reining in expenses
Moody’s Investors Service assigned an “Aa3” rating for the county’s bonds sold earlier this month, and Standard & Poor’s assigned a similar “AA” rating. The county also had Moody’s affirm the same “Aa3” rating for its $248 million of outstanding debt.
A Spotlight reporter spends time behind the wheel sizing up some high-speed go-karts
Fastrax Raceway, located in Crossgates Commons, features go-karts that go beyond traditional speeds associated with open-air racing machines, and the media was invited to see just how fast that meant on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Altamont Fair’s museums are the star attraction for volunteers, history lovers
Every year, the Altamont Fair draws thousands of people with its flashier facets, from the newest rides to a destructive demolition derby. But for a slew of volunteers, the main attraction is one that flings you back in time.
Growers say it’s back to business after last year’s poor apple crop
The New York State Apple Association is expecting the upcoming yield of the state’s official fruit to be strong given “near-perfect” growing conditions bolstered production to typical levels.
Around 70 percent of students are below the grade, new baseline established
State Education Commissioner John King Jr. on Wednesday, Aug. 7, released results of April assessment test results in mathematics and English language arts for third- to eighth-grade students, and only 31 percent of students statewide met or exceeded proficiency standards.
Colonie to construct two town dog parks, spurred by public interest
Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan recently announced the town is constructing two dog parks, with one at the Colonie Mohawk River Park and the other on town property adjacent to the Colonie Town Golf Course.
Three-county event marks 120th year, offers more than thrill rides and good eats
The Altamont Fair is opening its gates and welcoming patrons for its 120th year on Tuesday, Aug. 13, featuring many of the popular attractions people look forward to every year, with some new ones mixed into the three-county celebration as well.
Guilderland reopens rock-climbing wall housed in historic barn to public
The Guilderland Rock Adventure Barn, or GRAB, reopened to the public last month after closing its doors several years ago following waning interest. Public use of GRAB is limited to Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the end of August.
Guilderland police arrested a Troy man for allegedly driving while impaired and possessing drugs after receiving a complaint about a gray Honda driving “all over the road,” according to police reports.
Early inspiration led Altamont native toward theater fame
Leon Rothenberg wanted to share his Tony award accolades with those who helped shaped him as an artist early on, so he come back home to honor his roots and mentors.
Public hearing yields support for Thacher and Thompson’s Lake draft master plan
he New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation on Thursday, Aug. 1, held a public hearing on its draft master plan and draft environmental impact statement for Thacher and Thompson’s Lake state parks at New Scotland Town Hall.
National event marks 30th anniversary connecting police to community
The Guilderland Police Department Community Service Unit is hosting the local Night Out, which is the nationwide event’s 30th anniversary, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Tawasentha Park.
VENT Fitness opens, M&T breaks ground, Starbucks brewing at Guilderland plaza
Hamilton Square, formerly named 20 Mall, is looking to redefine not only the plaza’s name, but also what residents have come to expect of its offerings.
Ballston Spa Film Festival promises family fun, showcases young filmmakers
The sixth annual Ballston Spa Film Festival will start rolling the movie reels on Friday, Aug. 2, with more than 40 short films featured during the two-day event.
Amended settlement holds strengthened pollution standards for Ravena cement plant
Lafarge was granted additional time to complete construction of its new kiln, but the extension came alongside strengthened emissions standards to further reduce pollution at its local cement plant.
Senator calls for federal funding to eradicate invasive species
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, July 30, urged for additional federal funding for research, control and eradication efforts on the emerald ash borer, which is an invasive species that kills ash trees.
Voorheesville approves amended contract, company argues for reserve funds
For this year, the debate has concluded over Voorheesville’s contract with its local ambulance service, but next year’s debate appears to have already begun.