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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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Bethlehem's finances get high marks

Standard and Poor’s upgrades town’s rating to AA+

The Town of Bethlehem has seen an upgrade to its credit rating after Standard and Poor’s Financial Services cited the town’s superb financial status and recent budgetary decisions.

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Let the games begin

Good Samaritan Nursing Home hosts its own version of the Olympics

Good Samaritan Nursing Home hosts winter games for residents.

Town hears soccer dome update

Developer agrees to adjust building location at Wemple Road site

Construction of the proposed soccer dome on Wemple Road is moving forward after developers agreed to move the location of where the facility would be built on the property.

Sheriff arrests former Selkirk Fire treasurer

Selkirk woman alleged to have stolen $18,000

The Albany County Sheriff's Department has arrested the former treasurer of the Selkirk Fire Department’s House No. 3 on charges she allegedly stealing more than $18,000 from a fire department savings/checking account.

New use for district building closer to reality

Stram Center owners seek site plan approval to move to Adams Street

Owners of the Stram Center of Integrative Medicine are now seeking site plan approval from Bethlehem’s Planning Board in order to move the facility to its new location at 90 Adams St.

Delmar Place joins Atria family

Assisted living community becomes part of national chain

Delmar Place is under new management after Atria Senior Living acquired the facility in December.

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A Lego up on the competition

Slingerlands man’s skills land him a dream job at Boston Legoland Discovery Center

Ian Coffey, who was working for the New York State Senate, will now spend his days building Lego displays.

Grant helps community organization create website

Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation aim to increase visibility

Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation members will soon be able to ramp up donations and public participation with the creation of a new website.

Traffic report confirms residents’ concerns

Speeding is a problem in Haswell Farms and the Enclave

The Town of Bethlehem plans to hold a public meeting for residents of Haswell Farms and the Enclave after receiving new information from the consultants hired to monitor traffic in the area.

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For the love of luge

Elsmere kindergartners get a virtual front-row view of one athlete’s Olympic dreams

Elsmere kindergartners get a virtual front-row view of one athlete’s Olympic dreams.

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Clarkson says growth a balancing act

Supervisor’s State of the Town address touches on economic development

With the Town of Bethlehem in good financial shape, Supervisor John Clarkson said he believes officials should focus on long-term improvements for the town and attracting appropriate economic development.

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Winging it at Albany airport

An uptick in snowy owl sightings thrills local bird enthusiasts

Snowy owls have landed at the airport and according to local bird club members, the creatures have been seen there for more than a month.

Some potholes not town’s problem

State responsible for Bethlehem’s three main thoroughfares

Bethlehem officials have received a multitude of calls and emails this winter about the conditions of main roadways leading into the town. However, they said there is little that can be done because the roads are state-owned.

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