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Marcy Velte

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Panel to review crude oil safety

The Albany County executive has created a new Expert Advisory Committee to lead a public safety review on the transportation of crude oil through out the county.

IDA: No break for housing plan

Agency says abatements for residential buildings do not fit with its mission

The Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency did not approve tax abatements sought by a residential development after deciding at their Friday, May 23, meeting that approval of the tax credits did not fit with the agency’s mission.

Soccer dome approved for Bethlehem

Inflatable dome will fit two fields and offices

The Bethlehem Soccer Club has received final approvals to move forward with construction of their indoor soccer complex on Wemple Road.

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Stram Center gets final approval

Former school district administration building to see new use as medical facility

The Stram Center of Integrative Medicine was back before the Bethlehem Planning Board for final approvals so the facility can relocate to 90 Adams Place.

Activists speak out against casino

Local business alliance seeks involvement as process moves forward

A group of Bethlehem activists are speaking out in opposition of a casino proposed for Exit 23 in the City of Albany.

Bethlehem landowners retain counsel

Law firm FOILs documents pertaining to reassessment

A group of large landowners in Bethlehem have hired a law firm to help with their protest against the recent townwide assessments.

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UPDATED: Bethlehem Central budget passes by wide margin

Fewer residents at the polls, but approval rating at almost 70 percent

Voters in the Bethlehem Central School District approved a 2014-15 school year budget today by a margin of 2,496 votes to 1,140 votes.

Fate of Chinese program in limbo

Bethlehem BOE says low enrollment, difficulty finding instructor could lead to phase out

Efforts are being made by the Bethlehem Central Board of Education to appropriately phase out the Chinese language program at the district after parents and students spoke out about the curriculum change.

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Activists air oil train concerns

Panel discusses impact on residents, rail workers

As more is learned about the increased transportation of crude oil by train, more residents from outside the City of Albany are taking up the cause to make the trips safer, or stop them altogether.

Brutality case thrown out of court

Judge says allegations that Bethlehem police beat and sodomized suspect are without merit

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed against the Town of Bethlehem and several individual officers stemming from an allegation of excessive force and sexual abuse during an arrest.

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Fair trade bake-off planned

Bethlehem event aims to promote movement’s ideals in a fun way

Cooking is a passion for many, but few may know where the ingredients they’re using actually come from or the possible conflicts behind obtaining those items.

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Seniors strike a pose at annual event

Area senior centers hold fashion shows

With warmer weather on the way, many use the season as an excuse to update their wardrobes. Two local senior services departments are getting into the spirit by helping area seniors find a new look.

Bethlehem's lab school under the microscope

Committee formed in the wake of concerns that low enrollment could prompt class cuts

The Bethlehem Central School District has decided to form a new Lab School committee after hearing concerns from parents last month about possible changes to the program due to low enrollment in some of the classes.

Bethlehem Central School District keeps budget under cap

Cuts to staff and equipment purchases help close gap

The Bethlehem Central school board has adopted a spending plan for the 2014-15 school year that does not challenge the state tax cap.

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Master parks plan in the works for Bethlehem

Proposed plan calls for hiring a consultant

Bethlehem officials are hoping to move forward with the creation of a Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the town.

Dirt-bike dust-up

Owner of Hidden Meadows Golf Course says noise from neighbor’s track is driving away customers

The owner of a Glenmont golf course went before the Bethlehem Town Board on Wednesday, April 23, with a signed petition in opposition to the noise generated by his dirt-bike-riding neighbors.

BIDA wants to nix special tax status for Vista site

Group says that designation would have only applied to Breonics, which is not moving forward

Since it was officially made known Breonics will no longer be moving to Vista Technology Campus in Slingerlands, the Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency is seeking to remove the project’s enhanced abatement status.

Taco Bell builders seek variances

Proposed Glenmont restaurant is slated for Bethlehem Town Center plaza

Developers of a proposed Taco Bell in Glenmont are seeking variances for parking and facade signs from the Bethlehem Zoning Board of Appeals.

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Slingerlands church to close its doors

Community United Methodist a local landmark but faced declining membership in recent years

Parishioners of Community United Methodist Church are bidding their final farewells, as the Slingerlands church is set to close its doors this summer.

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Bethlehem landowners stage protest

Group asks town to delay implementing reassessment until open space tax credits are looked into

A number of large landowners in the Town of Bethlehem staged a protest last week to speak out against the recent townwide reassessments.

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Bethlehem parents protest Lab School cuts

Concerns are raised about reduction in staffing for program

As the Bethlehem Central Board of Education continued budget discussions last week, a group of parents came out to protest potential cuts to classes at the high school.

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Bethlehem residents largely opposed to ‘E23’ casino plans

Some worry traffic, safety a concern; say town would reap few benefits

The Bethlehem Town Board sought the residents' opinions on Wednesday, April 9, on the proposal to build a casino just off of Thruway Exit 23. The facility would technically be in the City of Albany, but would border Glenmont.

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From stage to school

‘The Voice’ contestant visits her old stomping grounds with stops at Bethlehem schools

Not everyone can be sure they will receive a warm reception when returning to their hometown. Danielle Mozeleski can be counted as one of the lucky ones.

Landowners balk at assessment increases

GAR tells property owners to schedule preliminary hearings for possible adjustments

Large landowners in the Town of Bethlehem who were unhappy with their preliminary assessment came out in force to speak out against the reassessment project last week.

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Project Playground nears its financial goal

Final fundraiser will showcase performances from local bands

As the Glenmont Elementary PTA closes in on ending its fundraising efforts for a new school playground, the group is capping off its campaign with a concert at a local restaurant.

Bethlehem Central closes in on final budget plans

Proposed cuts include ending Chinese language program

Recommendations were made to cut some staffing and phase out the Chinese language program at the final budget presentation for the Bethlehem Central School District.

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Upgrading tradition

Jericho Drive-in asks for community’s help to go digital

Jericho Drive-in owners Mike and Lisa Chenette are starting a fundraising campaign to purchase a new digital projector, or they face closure next year. Depending on the equipment needed, the projectors can cost between $70,000 and $100,000.

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Delmar man faces child porn charges

Firefighter accused of having inappropriate online conversations with perceived youths

A firefighter in the towns of Delmar and Loudonville has been arrested after a two-week investigation concerning alleged inappropriate communications online.

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that zing

Delmar woman’s singing telegram business has given her decades of memories

Cynthia Werner was on track to obtain her medical degree when she was enticed to return to a part-time job she held while at the University at Albany.

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Fire engulfs Delmar residence

Local fire companies responded to a mid-day blaze that caused severe damage to a home at 6 Adams Place in Delmar.

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Local voice

Bethlehem native is competing on popular TV show ‘The Voice’

Danielle Mozeleski, who now might be better recognized as Dani Moz, is one of 32 contestants left competing on this season of NBC’s The Voice. The Bethlehem native said the experience so far has been surreal.

Jump in BOCES costs unexpected

Budget talks continue as board hears from athletic, maintenance departments

As budget discussions continue for Bethlehem schools, district officials were recently notified that program tuition charges from BOCES would be significantly increasing for the coming year.

Property assessments in the mail

Bethlehem sees biggest increases among commercial properties

Bethlehem residents began receiving preliminary property reassessments at the end of March as part of the town’s reassessment project, which began last year.

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Music nourishes interfaith program

First United Methodist hosts benefit concert

Since 2003, the First United Methodist Church of Delmar has hosted the Voices of Hope Benefit Concert as a member of the Interfaith Partnership of the Homeless. The concert raises funds for Interfaith’s summer youth programs, which provide activities, field trips and healthy lunches to hundreds of children each year.

Open space program moves ahead in Bethlehem

Some local landowners wary of group’s role

Some large landowners within the town continue to be upset by the Bethlehem Town Board’s decision to go forward with its new open space program.

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The journey back

A traumatic brain injury robbed Delmar resident Bart Goldstein of his former life, but he and his family hope his road to recovery can show others the way

A traumatic brain injury robbed Delmar resident Bart Goldstein of his former life, but he and his family hope his road to recovery can show others the way.

Town reviews rail safety procedures

Bethlehem doesn’t issue resolution regarding trains transporting oil

Although Bethlehem officials will continue to educate themselves on issues concerning the transportation of crude oil within Albany County and across the nation, they have decided to focus their efforts on increased safety training for the town’s fire and EMS personnel.

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Bethlehem first responders honored

Annual townwide ceremony calls out those who went above and beyond

Bethlehem’s first responders were honored Monday, March 3, at the annual Community Awards event presented by the Nathaniel Adams Blanchard American Legion Post 1040 in Bethlehem.

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Panel envisions aesthetic overhaul

Meeting focus on ways to beautify one of Bethlehem’s major corridors

Bethlehem town officials and community leaders making up the Delaware Avenue Improvement Group met last week for the first time.

Selkirk FD sees a wave of exits

Husband, father-in-law of arrested treasurer resign from the company

Following the arrest of a former Selkirk Fire Department treasurer for allegedly embezzling funds from a firehouse, several people have resigned from the company, while the person who began the investigation was terminated.

No concrete answers for curbing speeders

Study shows problem comes from Bethlehem neighborhood residents

After a traffic study commissioned by the Town of Bethlehem found it was most likely residents themselves who are speeding within Haswell Farms and the Enclave, a neighborhood meeting was held in an effort to raise awareness about the issue.

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Bethlehem seeks answers to burgeoning deer population

Citizens board to make informed suggestions on population reduction

The Bethlehem Town Board has agreed to go forward with the creation of a citizens advisory board to discuss how to better control the town’s deer population.

Teen offenders get a second chance at Bethlehem youth court

Last year saw an uptick in cases

Unlawful possession of marijuana continues to be the top offense for those going though Bethlehem’s Youth Court system.

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District ready to talk numbers

BC officials hope restoration of state aid would prevent program cuts

Bethlehem Central School District is facing a preliminary budget gap of $4.8 million for the 2014-15 school year, but officials are hoping some of that money will be restored in the state budget.

Selkirk FD sees a wave of exits

Husband, father-in-law of arrested treasurer resign from the company

Following the arrest of a former Selkirk Fire Department treasurer for allegedly embezzling funds from a firehouse, several people have resigned from the company, while the person who began the investigation was terminated.

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From taxes to wedding vows in minutes

Bethlehem tax pro joins Rotterdam couple in marriage

While this time of year is busy for many accountants and tax professionals, few are also asked to perform a wedding as part of their duties.

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Pizza party lets kids play with their food

Pizza night is always a fun treat for the family, but deciding what type of pizza to order can be tricky if one has younger children who are picky eaters.

Youth soccer club offers new program

Academy-style training will pair preschool children with coaches

A variety of changes are coming to the Bethlehem Soccer Club. As the youth sports program prepares to partner with Afrim Sports on the construction of a new indoor soccer dome on its Wemple Road property, it has also decided to begin providing more thorough lessons for a younger level of athletes.

Bethlehem approves new open space program

Group would continue work of earlier committees

While a new open space program has been formed in the Town of Bethlehem, some residents felt no more could be achieved than what had already been discussed in prior community groups.

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Citizens group calls to close Clapper

Town says upgrades necessary meet current and future water usage

Responding to concerns voiced by a group of town residents about water usage and its cost, Bethlehem officials said few changes could be made because of federal regulations, safety standards and the town’s water contract with Albany.

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