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Marcy Velte

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Bethlehem seeks to reduce overtime

Police force biggest offender; unions unhappy with sick leave policy change

Town Supervisor John Clarkson said changes were being instituted at the Bethlehem Police Department after a recent study found overtime was far grater for police compared to other departments. Last year, Bethlehem spent about $1.4 million in overtime townwide, with highway and water departments also having high numbers.

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Bethlehem Chabad’s Hanukkah celebration grows

Group hosts Hanaukkah Wonderland, inguaral parade of decorated cars

Since 2008, Bethlehem Chabad as hosted one of the largest Hanukkah events in the Capital District. The celebration has grown from a gathering to light the giant Menorah at Bethlehem’s Four Corners to hosting Hanaukkah Wonderland held at Town Hall.

Monolith Solar seeks tax breaks from Bethlehem IDA

Monolith Solar went before the Bethlehem IDA on Monday, Dec. 1, with representatives seeking nearly $700,000 in benefits. The company would be the first tech tenant within the Vista Technology Campus.

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A tree’s tale

Mayes family has been providing the town tree for the past five years

For the past five years, Majestic Tree Farm has provided the Town of Bethlehem’s Christmas tree. Nanette Mayes, who owns the tree farm with her husband, believes they were originally contacted about providing the town tree because they had provided the town with wreaths for around a decade.

Bethlehem school district talks tax exemptions

Conservation easement and veterans designations to be discussed at public hearing

Town officials have asked the Bethlehem Central School District to consider taking part in the new conservation easement tax exemptions for qualified landowners. District leaders are also weighing if it should participate in the Alternative Veterans Tax Exemption.

Bethlehem to add stop signs on Murray Avenue

Traffic study finds visibility low at intersection with Darroch Road

An intersection of Murray Avenue and Darroch Road has been a matter of contention for nearly 20 years, with some residents concerned about traffic safety issues. A recent study recommended an all-way stop for the intersection.

Bethlehem to end outdated sewer charge

Town will phase out decades-old front footage fee

Bethlehem residents will soon be billed differently for sewer usage as the town ends a decades-long charge that is no longer relevant.

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Local crews help dig out Western New York

Area emergency personnel assist Buffalo-area residents following epic snowstorm

Several local fire departments sent crews and equipment to the suburbs of Buffalo following a snowstorm that buried the region. Some communities saw up to 8 feet of snow from the lake-effect storm.

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Modest favors make a big difference

Local woman just one example of how organization helps those living on the edge of poverty

There are people and families who fall between the cracks when it comes to financial assistance. Amy Wink counts herself among them.

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‘The Tempest’ on tap at Bethlehem Central High School

The school’s 26th annual Shakespeare production set for December

An annual Bethlehem tradition is in the final stages of preparation as the high school’s Shakespearean company prepares to take the stage in this year’s production of “The Tempest,” to take place Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-14.

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Ten years of song

Bethlehem Senior Choir celebrates a decade of providing music for seniors by seniors

One local singing group is kicking off its 10-year anniversary with a series of events throughout the year.

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Going nuts

Food company founded by Delmar couple marks its 10th anniversary

Caroline Barrett knew quitting her job was a risk.

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Bethlehem passes nearly $40 million budget

Plan sparks little feedback, stays under state tax cap

The Bethlehem Town Board unanimously passed its 2015 budget last week.

Transparency efforts recognized

Bethlehem receives top marks for website

The website for the Town of Bethlehem has been named among the top in the state by a local, independent think tank.

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Utility substation proposed

Some concerned about Van Dyke site’s proximity to schools

The public hearing for a proposed National Grid substation in Delmar will be extended as the utility prepares more information for the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

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New sidewalks on Feura Bush

Phase two of the project to begin next year

Residents and local officials celebrated the first phase of sidewalk installed along Feura Bush Road last week.

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Following the path of peace

Delmar woman honored for her tireless dedication to social justice

Maud Easter attended her first peace demonstration when she was a college freshman to protest against nuclear testing.

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No damages in ex-cop’s civil suit

Jury finds in favor of town in court case judge calls ‘extremely complicated’

Former Bethlehem police officer Christopher Hughes was unsuccessful in his civil lawsuit filed against the police chief and town for allegations his First Amendment free speech rights were violated during his years as an officer.

Poet lends voice to children’s school

Director will portray Emily Dickinson to raise money

Emily Dickinson will be brought to life next month as her poems are recited as part of a local school benefit.

Hopes rise for indoor facility at Colonial Acres

Organization plans to build a sustainable community center

A new partnership could mean the construction of long-awaited indoor facility at Colonial Acres Golf Course.

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Pipeline extension in town proposed

Mixed reactions at info meeting leading up to environmental assessment

A project to expand a gas pipeline that extends throughout Albany County was met with mixed reactions.

Heroin use on the rise

Bethlehem organization holds informational discussion for parents

Talking with teenagers about the subjects of drug use and peer pressure can often be an uncomfortable time for both parents and child.

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New direction for road signs

Municipalities to replace older models with larger versions sporting lower-case letters

Drivers along New Scotland Avenue in Slingerlands may have noticed a change in the road signs in recent weeks, and that is just a sign of things to come.

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Bethlehem parks survey complete

Answers will help with preparation of recreation master plan

The results from a community survey have come at an opportune time as the town’s Parks and Recreation Department begins the process of developing a new master plan.

Race for 109th covers familiar ground

Fahy touts her experience; Calhoun calls for citizen involvement

After both candidates ran unopposed in this year’s primary, Republican Jesse Calhoun will take on incumbent Democrat Patricia Fahy for the 109th Assembly District seat.

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Bethlehem sets race fees

Funds to help pay for employee time; discourage too many races on town roads

Organizers who hold road races within the town will now be charged a fee after town officials opted to end the practice of allowing police officers to work overtime to cover private events.

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A turkey’s tale

Glenmont resident’s book for children inspired by a real-life avian visitor to the neighborhood

A wild turkey showed up in a small Glenmont neighborhood two years ago and surprised residents when it tried to make friends with a neighbor’s group of free-range chickens.

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On the front line of an epidemic

Retired police officer gets help from trained dogs to help fight heroin use

If someone had asked retired police officer Dave Harrington years ago if he’d like to become a K9 handler, the answer would have been yes. The problem was, and is, funding.

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Monolith Solar headed for Vista Technology Campus

First tech tenant on campus promises jobs, economic boost

Frustrated with the rising cost of his utility bills, Steven Erby began looking into alternative energy sources about seven years ago.

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Bethlehem likely to see tech upgrades

Efficiency grant would fund the purchase of items that would save time and money townwide

The town may soon be receiving long-awaited technology upgrades in almost every department through the use of grant funds.

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Green thumb greats

Golden Trowel Award handed out to local businesses for a second year

Members of the Bethlehem Garden Club have announced the 2014 winners of the Golden Trowel Awards.

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Harvest harbingers

Bethlehem middle schoolers build scarecrows to welcome the season

Like the scarecrows he helps build, Mark Warford is outstanding in his field.

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The sky’s no limit

Bethlehem Children’s School teacher will skydive for scholarship funds

While most schools take a more grounded approach to fundraising, Bethlehem Children’s School is looking to the sky.

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Bethlehem soccerplex breaks ground

Wemple Road dome expected to be ready for winter use

For nearly six years, the Bethlehem Soccer Club has attempted to build a new indoor facility on its Wemple Road property.

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Bethlehem Central High School teacher on leave a second time

District investigating lab experiments performed in class

A Bethlehem High School science teacher has been placed on administrative leave for a second time while the district investigates lab experiments performed in his class.

County executive OK’s new cyber-bully law

Latest version addresses court’s free speech concerns

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has approved a new cyber-bullying law, after a previous law was struck done this summer by the state Court of Appeals.

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Bethlehem Central High School officials say permits keep parking fair

Round of tickets handed out as students vie for limited spaces

Some Bethlehem Central High School students were upset last week and took to Twitter to complain after their cars were ticketed for parking in the school lot without a permit.

Colonie soccer complex moves forward

Zoning Board gives its approval for Afrim Nezaj’s project

The plan for a new soccer complex in Colonie will move forward following more than one year of setbacks.

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Buddies tackle transportation together

Fifth-graders help kindergartners navigate the buses in Glenmont

The beginning of a new school year can be intimidating for any student, but is especially so for incoming kindergartners.

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Paint it pink

Teen joins forces with To Life! to promote townwide breast cancer awareness campaign

A crop of peculiar pumpkins have popped up on the doorsteps of Bethlehem businesses to promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Re-enacting a slave’s life

New Scotland Historical Society event to shed light on Solomon Northup’s struggle for freedom

History will come alive as the New Scotland Historical Society presents Clifford Oliver Mealy’s portrayal of the musician and kidnapped Saratoga resident, Solomon Northup.

Survey takes pulse of economic climate

Town planner says answers could help Bethlehem better serve local businesses

Bethlehem’s Economic Development staff is asking business owners to participate in a new online survey from the town.

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Bethlehem's preliminary budget unveiled

Supervisor Clarkson proposes $39.7M spending plan that includes cost of living raises for town employees

In presenting the preliminary town budget, Supervisor John Clarkson said the Town of Bethlehem remains in good financial condition, and he has proposed a slight spending increase for the coming year.

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Home on the Grange

Even though it is the largest in the county, the Bethlehem Grange struggles to keep its membership numbers up

Mary Starr remembers the Bethlehem Grange in its prime.

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Setting the scene

Delmar artist finds he is drawn to painting pastures

Several years ago, Robert Lynk was passing a field in Westerlo when he decided to stop and take a picture.

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Bethlehem Central mulls new start time

Officials say there are many obstacles to beginning school day later for teens

Bethlehem Central will begin preliminary discussions about starting school later for older students, but the issue’s many barriers could put a stop to the idea before it is seriously considered.

Traffic calming efforts begin

Crosswalks, radar devices pop up in Haswell Farms and the Enclave

Some suggestions from last winter’s traffic calming study have been implemented by Bethlehem’s Highway Department in the neighborhoods of Haswell Farms and the Enclave.

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New dorms unveiled at Glenmont Job Corps

Upgrades coincide with program’s 50th anniversary

After nearly four years of construction, Glenmont Job Corps celebrated the official opening of its new dormitory buildings just in time for the organization’s 50th anniversary.

Stacy Pettit tops Richard Sherwood in primary

Delmar Democrat says her interests, experience make her a good fit for Surrogate Court judge

Following a last-minute signature campaign to appear on the ballot, Stacy Pettit has won her Democratic primary bid for Albany County Surrogate Court judge.

Bethlehem starts online deer poll

Concerns about Lyme disease, other incidents fuel approach

The Bethlehem Deer and Tick Borne Disease Committee launched a new online survey for residents to provide further community input on the issue of the town’s deer population, along with the pests they carry.

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