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.
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.
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.
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.
Superintendent of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District Alan McCartney died of a heart attack last week following a short illness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Bethlehem Central School District confirmed a case of pertussis, commonly known as Whooping Cough, at Elsmere Elementary.
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.
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.
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.
Money will enhance outdoor education initiatives
Two local schools will be making outdoor education improvements after receiving funding from the Bethlehem Garden Club.
Police suspect break-in caused by teens
Police are investigating the break-in and vandalism of the former Community United Methodist Church in Slingerlands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.