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Marcy Velte

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Former town police officer alleges sexual harassment

A former Bethlehem police officer has filed notice she intends to sue the town over alleged sexual harassment when she was on the force.

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Country club agrees to initial repairs on Normans Kill

The owners of Normanside Country Club agreed to pay for initial repairs towards stabilizing the Normans Kill following this spring’s landslide, according to a deal made with the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). However, more extensive work will be needed in the near future.

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Democratic absentee ballot count for town board, county show final Bethlehem race results

Following a close race, the results of this month’s primary were made known after a count of the absentee ballot at the Albany County Board of Elections.

Bethlehem races too close to call

Following a series of close races, a few of the town’s primary elections will be determined after a count of absentee ballots later in the week.

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Democrats primary: county Executive Dan McCoy’s only challenge (so far) comes from within

With September finally here, a number of Bethlehem Democrats are being challenged in primaries this political season. Primary Day is slightly different this year, and will take place on Thursday, Sept. 10, from noon to 9 p.m.

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Money approved to complete Maple Avenue sidewalk project in Selkirk

The town has approved funding to move forward on installation of new sidewalk in Selkirk.

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Bethlehem committee proposes matching suburbanites with bow hunters to cull deer

A new program proposed by the Bethlehem Committee on Deer and Ticks would match bow hunters with homeowners who want to control the deer population in their area.

Guilderland Central School District shifts tax service to BOCES

Guilderland Central Schools will now be contracting out its tax collection, following several other school districts in the area.

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Bethlehem Cemetery Association announces new board members

The Bethlehem Cemetery Association is under new leadership after new board members were found to help operate the site. It was announced last week former town Supervisor Jack Cunningham has been elected president of the new board.

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Despite protests from neighboring residents, readings show music at Swifty’s to be within reasonable limits

After a yearlong inquiry into the noise levels at Swifty’s Restaurant and Pub during its live music night, the town has determined the volume is not unreasonably loud.

Running on their past record

Dems cite increased transparency and solid financial footing

As the town’s Republicans work to earn a seat at the table by discussing what should be done differently in the coming year, Democrats are touting the current administration’s accomplishments.

Clucking along

Another Slingerlands family will be eating fresh eggs after the town granted approval for them to raise chickens in their backyard.

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Lending a hand close to home

Town transfer station a donation site for Habitat for Humanity

Nearly eight months after the idea was first proposed, residents will now be able to donate gently-used home goods for those in need, instead of putting them by the curb for the trash.

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Bethlehem: Fresh faces lead GOP ticket

Party’s platform focuses on restoring town services

With younger, fresh-faced candidates, members of the town’s Republican party are hoping 2015 is their year.

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Projects underway

BC buildings finish upgrades as part of 2012-13 bond

District officials at Bethlehem Central schools are preparing to finish project upgrades as part of the 2012-13 bond initiative, now that summer vacation is underway.

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Department heads advance

Hornick named Police Commander, Heffernan to Deputy Police Chief

Two Bethlehem Police Department supervisors were promoted last week by the Town Board.

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Flash on wheels

Quick thinking 11-year-old avoided accident, but lost his bike

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Bethlehem Central School District ranked No. 6

The Bethlehem Central School District has been ranked sixth in overall educational performance out of 431 upstate school districts.

Irish pub to receive funds

Town announces winner in second round of microenterprize grants

The town has announced another microenterprize grant winner during its second selection round.

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Bethlehem superintendent leaving

Douglas moving-on to Southern Tier district

After more than three years, Bethlehem Central Superintendent Thomas Douglas has opted not to renew his contract and will be leaving for a new district in the Southern Tier.

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New Scotland Road proposal upsets residents

Town holds final community meeting in Slingerlands

Residents have voiced their concerns about a proposal to further develop New Scotland Road by the Windsor Companies.

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Tickets are complete

All but one race will be contested in November

The town’s political parties have finalized their endorsements for 2015, after making initial announcements earlier in the season.

Projector success

Nearly three years after the campaign began, Jericho Drive-In raised enough money to purchase a new digital projector.

IDA launches new website

The town’s Industrial Development Agency launched its new website its second annual Economic Development event on Thursday, June 4.

Funding small businesses

First three grant recipients chosen by committee

Three small businesses have been awarded funds from the town through its Microenterprize Grant Program.

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Update: BC teacher arrested after allegedly kissing minor

Police arrested a Bethlehem middle-school teacher

A Bethlehem Central teacher has been arrested for endangering the welfare of a child, following an investigation by Bethlehem police earlier in the week.

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Don’t abandon

State asks non-profit to seek new board members for the sake of town

The state is asking the non-profit in charge of Bethlehem Cemetery to seek-out new board members, instead of abandoning the burial ground to be cared for by the town.

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Bethlehem cemetery in trouble

Non-profit operators ask for help; developers discuss New Scotland Road project

The operators of Bethlehem Cemetery have asked the town for help as they consider stepping away from the non-profit.

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Low tax levy equals passed budget

Following a restoration of state aid, Bethlehem residents passed the district's $94.1 million spending plan for the 2015-16 school year by a wide margin.

Town seeks more park space

First community town meeting of the year held in Glenmont

The first community meeting of the year was held in Glenmont last week by town officials to discuss upcoming projects and resident concerns.

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Llama library invasion

The fuzzy mammal paid local children a visit at the Bethlehem Public Library

A fuzzy friend entertained children at the Bethlehem Public Library earlier this month as part of the facility’s youth literacy program.

New fishing spots available

Town, state acquire nearly 7,000 feet of bank space

Town residents will have a new spot to fish following the expansion of public access along the Onesquethaw Creek.

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Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk mourns loss of superintendent

Superintendent of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District Alan McCartney died of a heart attack last week following a short illness.

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Your local flavor

The 4th Annual Bethlehem Restaurant Week goes underway this week

The town’s Chamber of Commerce is partnering with local eateries for the 4th year to present Bethlehem Restaurant Week.

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Local detective honored

Achievement award gives accolades to victim advocates

Detective Sgt. Adam Hornick of the Bethlehem Police Department was this year’s recipient of the Sheriff George L. Infante Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Award.

EPA honors recycling coordinator

Rain and state receive highest honor for Re-Clothe NY

Nearly six months after helping to launch the statewide Re-Clothe NY, the Town of Bethlehem’s Recycling Department was honored with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s highest recognition.

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Greenfest marks milestone

Bethlehem Children’s School event turns 20 years old

For the 20th year, the Bethlehem Children’s School will again hold its annual Greenfest celebration.

Democrats name candidates

VanLuven in race for town board; county legislature nods pending

One week after the town’s Republican party announced its candidates for the upcoming 2015 elections, the Democratic party did the same, but the backing for some county legislature seats will have to wait.

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Irish pub proposed for Delmar

New restaurant planned for Delaware Avenue promises an authentic feel of the Emerald Island from two gentlemen who should know

A traditional Irish public house has been proposed by two friends who grew up in neighboring towns in Ireland.

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A saucy idea

Bethlehem High School students create own company for experience, charity

The aroma coming from the kitchen of Bethlehem Central High School just after the final bell rang was mouth watering. The smells were so good, nearly a dozen staff members poked their heads in to see how the cooking was coming along.

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Our hats are in

Bethlehem GOP announces candidates

Surrounded by members of the town’s police force, the Bethlehem Republican Committee announced the majority of its candidates for the fall election last week.

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Food pantry works to keep shelves full

Local Nationwide branch holds personal care drive in town

While many think of giving to their local food bank during the holiday season, donations are harder to come by as the weather grows warmer.

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Signs of support

Bethlehem police look to revamp their image

As contract negotiations continue between the town and its police force, signs supporting the officers have appeared on resident lawns and businesses in recent weeks.

Kuhn announces County Legislature run

Reinhardt, Dawson and Miller also intended for Democratic ticket

Weeks after announcing he would not be seeking reelection to the Town Board, Jeffrey Kuhn has made known his intention to run for Albany County Legislature with three other Bethlehem Democrats.

Reaching out to younger voters

Bethlehem GOP hopes for big wins during campaign season this year

As campaign season gets underway, the Bethlehem Republican Committee is looking to reach out to younger voters and regain a seat on the Town Board.

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Bethlehem tackles deer nuisance

Advisory committee recommends new program to manage deer and pests

The town’s Deer and Tick Borne Disease Committee is recommending a new program be put in place to help manage the deer population.

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Selkirk sidewalk project moves forward

Maple Avenue pathway has been in the works since 2005

After nearly a decade, Selkirk residents could soon see the installation of new sidewalk along Maple Avenue.

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Monolith gets the green light

Planning Board also approves wine bar at the Four Corners

After final site plan approvals from the town’s Planning Board, Monolith Solar could soon begin construction at Vista Technology Park.

Jeffrey Kuhn decides against second term

Incumbants Clarkson and Dawson to run, Democrat fundraisers announced

With campaign season months away, town Democrats have already begun to fundraise and announce their intentions to run in the fall.

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Youth court sees cases decrease

Bethlehem peer program helps adolescents get second chance

Although Bethlehem Youth Court has seen a decrease in cases the last few years, those who go through the program are presented with more charges.

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