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Marcy Velte

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Before winter sets in

Community can send off the season at Fall Festival hosted by St. Thomas in Delmar

The parish and school of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar have joined together to hold the congregation’s first community Fall Festival.

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Telecommunications merger possible

Bethlehem supervisor floats possibility of combining resources with Guilderland

Guilderland and Bethlehem may soon be in talks to merge their telecommunications operations.

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Injury gives author time to write

Delmar resident pens novel about people trying to survive worldwide outbreak

Shawn Purcell always knew he wanted to write a novel.

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Bethlehem passes conservation easement law

‘Bare bones’ version allows tax breaks to preserve open space

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law allowing conservation easement exemptions for Bethlehem landowners, the town board took action on its local law last week.

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Drive-in future uncertain

Jericho fails to raise needed funds for new projector

Jericho Drive-in is still in need of funds to purchase a new digital projector to stay open next summer.

Democrats get ready for showdown

Two ideologies struggle for dominance as key committee seats hang in the balance

Bethlehem Democrats could see a potential change in leadership as some committee members primary to keep their district seats, setting up a showdown between the party’s old guard and a progressive movement from within.

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Mood lightens at annual walk

New research in pancreatic cancer is fueling hope

Two years after his brother’s death in 2002, Neil Piper and his wife decided they wanted to find a way to raise money for pancreatic cancer research.

Money to aid seized horses

Bethlehem police receive grant for the animals’ care

The Bethlehem Police Department has received a grant to help care for the horses seized in an animal neglect case last November.

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Delmar ranked among top farmers markets

For the second year in a row, Delmar Farmers Market has been selected as one of the top in the nation.

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Hudson Avenue speed change approved

Bethlehem Town Board votes to lower limit from 35 to 30 mph

Bethlehem town officials have reduced the speed limit of a unique road amid concerns of pedestrian safety.

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Bethlehem looks to the sun

Town works on power purchase agreement for solar energy

The Town of Bethlehem is continuing to work toward a power purchase agreement that would save on energy costs through the use of solar panels.

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Bethlehem school tax rate comes in under estimates

District officials cite town’s reassessment as the reason

Bethlehem residents are set to see a lower school tax rate following the reassessment project that occurred earlier in the year.

Shrine Center seeking to install solar panels

Public hearing set for later this month

The Cypress Shrine Center is trying to go green by installing solar panels to offset their energy costs.

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A better balance

Area schools look for creative ways to provide nutritious meals that kids will want to ea

This story appears in Spotlight Newspapers' Back To School supplement, which came out Aug. 13.

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From addict to advocate for the disenfranchised

Matt Canuteson honored for his work helping those struggling with mental health and addiction issues

Matt Canuteson can truly relate to the people he works with. It’s one of the key things that makes him so good at his job.

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New route for Elsmere Elementary School walkers

Town and state officials come up with safer options for students on foot

Elsmere Elementary students will find their walk to school to be a bit safer come fall, after the town instituted a new travel route.

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Treasure Cove makes a move

First United Methodist’s thrift shop moves into neighboring building

For more than two decades, the Treasure Cove Thrift Shop was housed in the lounge of Delmar’s First United Methodist Church. The shop finally moved to a bigger location in July, after nearly a year of planning.

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Lux on a truck

Woman tailors new business to fit the fashion needs of office workers with hectic schedules

In a former life, Heather Dwyer was a senior executive at an investment firm in an office park. After 14 years, she decided to take a break.

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Bethlehem Parks and Recreation seeks new AEDs

Director Nan Lanahan says replacements needed by the first of the year

New automated external defibrillators are needed for the Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department.

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UPDATED: Body found in Bethlehem home

Results of autopsy point to natural causes

Bethlehem police say the results of an autopsy performed Saturday, Aug. 2, indicate the woman who was found dead at her Delmar home on Friday died of natural causes.

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Christmas comes early in Bethlehem

Jim’s Tastee Freez gives customers a taste of the holidays in summer

The holidays came early last week for visitors of Jim’s Tastee Freez in Bethlehem.

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For the birds

A part of his Eagle award project, one local Boy Scout helped construct and install feeders at Kenwood Manor

The view outside of a local assisted living facility will be a bit sweeter for residents following a change in scenery.

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Lower speed limit proposed on Hudson Avenue

Bethlehem officials cite pedestrian usage as primary concern

A road in Bethlehem with a unique speed limit may have it reduced following a request from the town’s highway superintendent.

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Glenmont sidewalks set to be installed

Construction of pathway along Feura Bush Road to begin at end of month

Construction on new sidewalk along Feura Bush Road in Glenmont is set to begin this month after the Bethlehem Town Board opted to bond for a portion of the project’s costs.

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In memory of Myles

Bethlehem YMCA dedicates new playground to Bethlehem boy who died of brain cancer two years ago

The memory of Myles McAdoo will put smiles on the faces of children for years to come, after a playground was dedicated in his honor last week.

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The Gables developer seeks switch to condos

Keystone Builders says change in designation could mean quicker build-out

A housing development in the Town of Bethlehem is seeking permission to revert from the project’s approved townhomes to condominiums to entice potential buyers with lower taxes.

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New policy affects town employee pensions

Bethlehem will no longer count extra hours worked for outside vendors

A new policy in the Town of Bethlehem will limit the amount of overtime employees work with outside vendors.

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UPDATE: Selkirk sex offender charged

Police arrest McCoy following child pornography investigation

Bethlehem Police have arrested a sex offender from Selkirk on child pornography charges.

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Chinese program ends at Bethlehem Central School District

District can’t find a certified teacher for the course; parents upset at timing

The Bethlehem Central School District’s Chinese language program is ending sooner than expected after the interview process for a new teacher was unsuccessful.

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Local ballerinas are one step closer to their dreams

Three Capital District girls selected as understudies for New York City Ballet

Dancing with the New York City Ballet is the dream of nearly every American ballerina, but few are given the opportunity prior to high school.

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Compactor out of commission

Bethlehem’s unit fails inspection as town seeks replacement; garbage service undisrupted

Bethlehem residents are still able to drop off garbage at the town’s transfer station on Rupert Road, but wait times may be longer than usual.

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The stage is set

Cue Theatre makes its move to a permanent space in Delmar

Unfortunate circumstances sometimes afford new opportunities. After learning Community United Methodist Church in Slingerlands was closing its doors, the operators of The Cue Theatre didn’t know what was next.

Officials seek more info about Selkirk oil spill

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials are asking for the public's help to learn more about a petroleum spill that occurred last month.

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Ex-cop’s First Amendment case moves ahead

Judge says jury trial warranted in Hughes’ lawsuit against Bethlehem and police chief

Former Bethlehem police officer Christopher Hughes will finally get his day in court.

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Bethlehem, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school districts to collect own taxes

Bethlehem passes responsibility back to district officials

In a move to help Bethlehem residents save money, the town will no longer be collecting taxes on behalf of two local school districts.

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Bethlehem Central School District takes another look at lunch service

Board says no to price hike; new director to take over program in August

A proposal to increase prices for elementary and middle school lunches was rejected by members of the Bethlehem Central Board of Education.

Kenwood Avenue will get a new surface

Infusion of state money to fix one of Bethlehem’s pothole-plagued roadways

Bethlehem’s pothole problems along one particularly bumpy stretch will soon be fixed following an influx of cash from the state.

Easements could offer tax relief

Legislation that helps preserve open space awaits governor’s signature

The Town of Bethlehem is a step closer to providing tax exemptions on open space after the state legislature passed a measure to allow conservation easements for landowners.

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Honest Weight celebrates milestone

Co-op market holds event in honor of one-year anniversary

Customers who visited Honest Weight Food Co-op last weekend were treated to free food and giveaways in celebration of the store’s one-year anniversary at its new location.

District is set to begin projects

Upgrades will impact summer field, playground use in Bethlehem

With summer vacation just weeks away, district officials at Bethlehem Central schools are preparing for upgrade projects to begin as part of the 2012-13 bond initiative.

Trailing off into summer

Solstice celebration grows with Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail

As the days grow longer and the season grows warmer, more people are getting outside to enjoy the beauty of Albany County.

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A new game in town

Colonial Acres opens up its greens to disc golf

Golf isn’t for everyone, and Dale Ezyk knows it.

Town hears request for hens

Slingerlands woman asks planning board to OK her chicken proposal

For the second time in the past year, the Bethlehem Planning Board is hearing a proposal to keep chickens as pets.

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Tour highlights growth options

Bethlehem leaders get a chance to check out vacant land and buildings available for development

An Economic Development Tour was hosted by the Town of Bethlehem last week in order to showcase available properties for commercial growth in the town.

Lawmakers seek open space break

Exemption could help Bethlehem landowners

Two state lawmakers are backing the Town of Bethlehem’s plan to allow conservation easements for landowners.

Bethlehem passes resolution opposed to Exit 23 casino

After nearly two dozen people spoke out against the proposed casino at Exit 23, the Town of Bethlehem passed a resolution in opposition to the project.

Taco Bell seeks approval for Glenmont site

Developers get the go-ahead from ZBA, but must return before Planning Board

Developers of a proposed Taco Bell in Glenmont received variances for parking and facade signs from the Bethlehem Zoning Board of Appeals, but the proposal still needs Planning Board approval, which hinges on whether or not a direct access point is necessary.

Library archive of Spotlight complete

Project comes in ahead of schedule; some gaps remain

The headlines of the past are more easily at hand now that nearly a half-century of Bethlehem history has been digitally archived.

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.

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