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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food company founded by Delmar couple marks its 10th anniversary
Caroline Barrett knew quitting her job was a risk.
Plan sparks little feedback, stays under state tax cap
The Bethlehem Town Board unanimously passed its 2015 budget last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bethlehem middle schoolers build scarecrows to welcome the season
Like the scarecrows he helps build, Mark Warford is outstanding in his field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.