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Marcy Velte

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Bethlehem Town Board passes stable budget

Following little feedback from residents, the Bethlehem Town Board passed its annual budget last week with few changes to the draft presented in September.

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12: Bethlehem Town Supervisor John Clarkson earns a third term at the helm by a slim margin

John Clarkson has won a third term as Bethlehem town supervisor following a close election that came down to absentee ballots.

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Clarkson wins third term

Absentee ballots decide supervisor election

John Clarkson has won a third term as Bethlehem town supervisor following a close election, which came down to absentee ballots.

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Town prioritizing parks and recreation projects; grant money to be used

Following a nearly yearlong study, the town has finalized a new Parks and Recreation Town Master Plan.

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Colonie’s EMS can post vitals to hospital with the touch of a tablet

For nearly a decade, Colonie EMS has worked to install new information management systems in all of its ambulances. Last week, it was announced the organization finally updated its capabilities to provide better patient care, and make initial analysis easier for paramedics and doctors.

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Bethlehem residents filled Town Hall to hear candidates for local government

Matters of the police and town growth were some of the concerns at a recent candidate forum held last week.

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Blu-Bell Motel demolished for violations

One of two motels deemed uninhabitable following multiple code violations and an asbestos study was demolished last week under the town’s orders.

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Sgt. Gina Cocchiara named head detective to replace Adam Hornick

A new head detective has been named by the Town Board following this summer’s police command promotions.

River Road location no longer an option for solar garden

Monolith Solar has withdrawn its use variance application with the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals for a new solar field on River Road, following variance recommendations from Albany County.

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American Legion seeks meeting with Albany County

Members of the Nathaniel Adams Blanchard American Legion Post in 1040 Delmar are upset after trees were planted on what they claim is the legion’s property in Albany County’s ongoing project to make upgrades to the rail trail.

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Backyard needs met with quality goods

For 21 years Fred Becker has been working to help provide the community with sheds and gazebos. After working for a time with another company, he decided to strike out on his own to create a locally-owned business with his family.

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Putting the ‘smash’ in better burgers

Eight Capital District stores expected within next few years

As tastes change and the millennial generation seeks out a better quality burger, Smashburger has come out as a customer favorite.

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Bethlehem in stable financial condition for third year

For the third year in a row, Supervisor John Clarkson has released a preliminary budget showing the town is in a financially stable condition.

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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.

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