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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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One step closer

Down payment placed on coveted digital projector, more funds needed to have it installed

An innovative idea could be the saving grace for Jericho Drive-In, as the theater’s owners attempt to make the next payment for the installation of a digital projector before the season begins.

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Kidz Expo 2015: More than meets the eye

Annual event highlights child and parenting resources in the area

Has your child ever wanted to meet Captain America, Thor, R2D2, or Darth Vader? They can do that and much more at the Hannaford Kidz Expo Saturday, March 7, at the Empire State Plaza.

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Monolith tax breaks approved

Bethlehem IDA grants advanced PILOT agreement

The Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency (BIDA) has approved tax breaks for Monolith Solar to build its new headquarters inside the Vista Technology Park.

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Much ado about power

National Grid addressed resident worries at informational meeting

National Grid held two informational sessions last week for residents to learn more about the proposed substation by the utility on Van Dyke Road.

New wine bar coming to Delmar

Perfect Blend management eyes new business

The owners of Perfect Blend and Make Me A Cake Next Door are collaborating with a member of their management team to open a new wine bar at Delmar’s Four Corners.

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House of worship to medical practice

Use variance granted for church conversion; community meeting on Van Dyke road power project set

The former Community United in Methodist Church in Slingerlands is set to become Delmar Family Practice after the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals granted a use variance for the project.

Monolith update

Approval of tax breaks for the first tech company inside Vista Technology Campus could take place this week, as the Bethlehem IDA meets Friday, Feb. 27.

Whooping cough at Elsmere Elm

The Bethlehem Central School District confirmed a case of pertussis, commonly known as Whooping Cough, at Elsmere Elementary.

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Sushi restaurant rolls in

New Japanese restaurant opens at former Golden Town Buffet location

Nearly a year after the closing of Golden Town Buffet, a new Asian restaurant is opening in its place.

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Soccer dome complete

Community reception to be held Feb. 27

Standing in the unfinished clubhouse attached to the new indoor soccer dome, Afrim Nezaj seemed pleased with the project’s progression.

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Notes of Encouragement

BCMS students use Post-Its to spread cheer

Piper Lilley had no idea her afternoon television session would soon inspire her whole school to be more cheerful.

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Garden club gives grants

Money will enhance outdoor education initiatives

Two local schools will be making outdoor education improvements after receiving funding from the Bethlehem Garden Club.

Slingerlands Methodist vandalized

Police suspect break-in caused by teens

Police are investigating the break-in and vandalism of the former Community United Methodist Church in Slingerlands.

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Historic church could be restored

Slingerlands Methodist could convert to medical office and apartments

The Community United Methodist Church in Slingerlands may soon see new life as a medical office.

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Mangia to close

A local favorite for 25 years says goodbye

After nearly 25 years in business, Café Mangia in Slingerlands is closing its doors at the end of the month. Mangia’s last day of business is expected to be Saturday, Jan. 31.

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Residents voice tech support

IDA vote on Monolith Solar expected in February

A proposal to give tax breaks to the first tech company within Slingerlands’ Vista Technology Campus was met with encouragement last week by residents and town officials.

Bethlehem school board votes down easement exemption

BOE unanimously approves lowest level Veteran’s Tax Exemption

School board members decided last week the district would not participate in conservation easement tax breaks for large landowners last week.

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State of the Town

Supervisor Clarkson addresses what’s ahead

The Town of Bethlehem’s 2015 agenda will be familiar to most residents, as Supervisor John Clarkson pledges to focus his efforts on projects carried over from last year.

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Year in Review: Looking back

There was plenty to speak about in 2014

A look back at the year that was in the towns of Bethlehem, New Scotland and Guilderland.

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A boost for 2015

Bethlehem receives $200,000 economic development grant from state

The Town of Bethlehem won a $200,000 microenterprize grant from the state earlier this month as economic development officials continue to seek-out new avenues to promote growth.

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Getting the call

Delmar resident received Grammy nomination for sound engineering

Allison Reichman was checking Facebook on the morning of Dec. 5 when she first saw the announcement. Her husband, Nathaniel Reichman, had been nominated for a Grammy Award.

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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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