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Marcy Velte

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Teaming up to help

Delmar native travels the country in disaster relief program

In the wake of a natural disaster, the focus is rarely on those working behind the scenes getting basic necessities to the most vulnerable.

Autumn hours for compost facility

Bethlehem will open station on Saturdays at a cost of $600 per day

Bethlehem officials are reopening the town Compost Facility for several Saturdays this fall after receiving inquiries from residents.

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Skin-care sweetens up

Delmar native puts made-at-home Skin Candi line into Wal-Mart contest

Two Albany entrepreneurs are hoping to win a Wal-Mart competition that would see their skin-care line on shelves all over the country.

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UAlbany means business

School unveils $64M business school building, details new major

Business students at the University at Albany will not only have a state-of-the-art building in which to attend classes this fall, but will soon have the choice of a new major.

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A little help with getting geared up

YMCA joins in to help stuff backpacks in yearly drive for families in need

As school supply lists grow longer with each passing year, so have the number of Bethlehem families who need assistance providing those items for their children.

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Garden Bistro opens doors in Vista

Second location for young restaurateur to place more focus on lunch

The first eatery in Slingerlands’ Vista Technology Campus is open for business.

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Highway hopefuls meet in debate

Candidate forum features discussion of budget, morale and operations

All four candidates vying for the position of highway superintendent in the Town of Bethlehem met at a forum held at Bethlehem Town Hall on the night of Thursday, Aug. 22.

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Reel issues

An industry upgrade is threatening the survival of drive-ins, including Glenmont’s Jericho Drive-In

Drive-ins and independent movie theaters are being forced to upgrade to digital projection machines as the movie industry begins to phase out the use of 35mm film.

Bethlehem names new planning director

Delaware Avenue enhancements top the list of priorities for Rob Leslie

The Bethlehem Town Board unanimously voted to appoint former Deputy Planner Rob Leslie to the position of planning director.

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Police: Cards compromised at buffet

Police link identity thefts to employee of Glenmont restaurant

Two days after four employees of Golden Town Buffet Hibachi & Sushi in Glenmont were arrested on charges of identity theft and deportation warrants, the restaurant’s owners were issued a citation for having too many occupants living upstairs.

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Family focus at Menands market

Event to feature hayrides, raffles, music, fresh produce and more

Spotlight News will once again be sponsoring Family Day at the Capital District Farmers Market in Menands.

Clarkson urges IDA webcast

Supervisor says move would promote disclosure and productivity

Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson and other members of the town board are once again encouraging Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency members to webcast their meetings for reasons of transparency and efficiency.

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A camp of their own

Bethlehem Senior Services program invites residents 60 and older to relive summer camp experience

Bethlehem’s Senior Service Department will be holding a two-day senior summer camp at Brauer Educational Center in South Bethlehem.

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UPDATED: Identity thefts stem from Chinese buffet

Credit and debit card information compromised at Glenmont restaurant

The Bethlehem Police Department have arrested four employees of Golden Town Buffet Chinese restaurant in Glenmont after obtaining a search warrant for an investigation involving identify theft.

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Baseball club cries foul

Sports group asks town to step up to the plate and pitch in with maintenance

Leaders of a youth baseball club in Bethlehem are blaming town officials of being uncooperative when it comes to dealing with maintenance issues at a town field, but department leaders counter they’ve been working on the issue for some time.

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Vista deal in jeopardy

Discord among developer, town and tenant; developer blames IDA

The developer for the Slingerlands Vista Technology Campus is now unsure if the organ regeneration research company Breonics will be the first technology tenant for the park, and he’s placing the blame squarely with the town agency managing tax breaks there.

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Albany County jail corrections officer arrested for blackmail

Wanted preferential treatment at work; claimed to have damaging evidence

An Albany County jail corrections officer has been arrested after allegedly trying to blackmail a former jail administrator.

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Two rows, one purpose [Video]

Flotilla celebrates historic peace agreement between the Dutch and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy

A fleet of canoes and kayaks launched Sunday, July 28, to begin a 12-day trip down the Hudson River in honor of the 400th anniversary of a peace agreement made between Dutch settlers and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

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Bethlehem sets candidate slate

Election officials expect one candidate to be disqualified

The Bethlehem local elections are shaping up, as candidates have submitted their petitions of resident signatures in order to get their names on the ballot.

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Glenmont playground effort gets under way

With Elsmere nearing its goal, PTA begins fundraising in earnest

As a parent-driven effort to upgrade the Elsmere Elementary School playground nears its fundraising goal, the drive to do the same at Glenmont Elementary is officially shifting into gear.

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Demonstration drives home distracted driving

AT&T stores, Valley Cats partner for texting and driving simulator

In an effort to demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving, local AT&T locations teamed up with the Tri-City Valley Cats to spread the company’s “It Can Wait” campaign.

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Candidates meet on the trail

Bethlehem supervisor hopefuls pick same active vacation idea

Two candidates for Bethlehem supervisor swapped the campaign trail for the bike trail, as both found themselves traveling the path of the Erie Canal last week.

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Bikes bring balance

YMCA’s Pedaling for Parkinson’s comes to the Capital District

New YMCA program helps relieve the symptoms Parkinson's disease.

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Recipe for success

Delmar native looks to expand his booming granola business

Gatherer's Gourmet Granola now has a new facility in Schenectady and is launching three gluten-free flavors through the help of an online fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.

State’s new Justice Center makes Bethlehem its home

Michael Carey criticizes new agency as more of the same

The new Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs is making its home in Bethlehem.

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A true Buddy to animals

Delmar teen’s raised thousands for local animal shelters

Abby Serfilippi’s passion for helping animals began in the fourth grade.

Town makes paving plans

Bethlehem discovers required paperwork has been absent

The Town of Bethlehem has established its 2013 road paving schedule, but not before taking care of a procedural step that has apparently been absent for a number of years.

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Fresh air family

Delmar residents host same NYC child year after year

For the fourth year, the Vazquetelles family is hosting Dominic Canesh, a 13-year-old from Queens, through the Fresh Air Fund.

Another buyer interested in BC property

Brakes put on zoning lawsuit as another deal for 90 Adams Place approved

The Bethlehem Central School District is placing a temporary hold on its lawsuit against the Bethlehem Zoning Board of Appeals because the district has found another potential buyer for its property at 90 Adams Place.

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Lawson Lake to again host summer campers

County, community step up to revive Boys and Girl Club destination in Coeymans

Summer camp is back on at Lawson Lake Park thanks to a new partnership between Albany County and local organizations.

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Bethlehem court honors its own

Two dedication ceremonies held, one joyous and one somber

The Town of Bethlehem honored two of its former and most dedicated court employees at two ceremonies held last week.

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New service helps out with composting

Parts of Bethlehem open to a pilot curbside pick up composting program

Home composting will soon be made easier for Bethlehem residents as an area food waste hauling company launches a pilot program in town.

Town pays fine for sewer leak

Corroded pipe let small amount sewage into Krumkill in May

The Town of Bethlehem has paid a fine to the state Department of Environmental Conservation after an unexpected sewer leak.

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Town, police settle dispute

Agreement over staffing levels involves undisclosed monetary settlement

The Town of Bethlehem and one of its police unions have come to an agreement after several of the department’s detectives filed a grievance against the town.

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Prince of planning stepping down

Morelli was Bethlehem’s point man on major developments for past eight years

The Town of Bethlehem is looking for a new director of economic development and planning, as Mike Morelli approaches his retirement date at the end of this week.

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Changes bring rewards

Bethlehem receives $776k grant from state efficiency program

The Town of Bethlehem was the only municipality in the Capital District to receive a share of efficiency grants handed out by the state last week.

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Callanan’s upgrades draw National Grid grant

After completing construction on a new power substation, Callanan Industries has received a $250,000 grant from National Grid as a capital investment for replacing its aging infrastructure.

Town pays fine for sewer leak

Corroded pipe let small amount sewage into Krumkill in May

The Town of Bethlehem has paid a fine to the state Department of Environmental Conservation after an unexpected sewer leak.

Towing contract grinds gears

Some local providers question contract that sets rates for working with town

Several owners of Bethlehem towing businesses are finding it difficult to live with the terms of a contract they signed with the town to be included on the rotational list of towing operators that work with the police department

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Bittersweet remembrance for BC educator

Elsmere Principal Dorothy Whitney’s name will live on through fund

A mix of tears and laughter filled the Elsmere Elementary gymnasium as loved ones gathered last week in remembrance of former Principal Dorothy Whitney.

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Four eye highway position

Primaries brewing on Democratic and Republican lines in Bethlehem

After Bethlehem residents voted down a referendum that would have abolished the office of highway superintendent, four candidates have come forward with hopes of filling the position next year.

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Bethlehem Y officially opens new pavilion

$490k project years in making, already being used by summer campers

More than a year after the Bethlehem YMCA broke ground on a new lunch pavilion to accommodate the organization’s summer campers, the structure is complete.

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RCS opens greenhouse as a teaching tool

Learning tool eight years in the making

On Tuesday, June 4, faculty, students and parents gathered at RCS High School for a dedication ceremony and open house to showcase the school’s new greenhouse.

Apartments on the rise in Bethlehem

Developers have moved away from the single-family homes

Members of the Bethlehem Town Board are studying the town’s housing makeup to consider whether it would be more prudent to approve housing developments in the planning process as outlined in the town’s Comprehensive Plan, or to advocate for more open space.

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GOP names slate

Party announces a ‘Bethlehem United’ coalition

The Bethlehem Republican Committee has endorsed a slate of candidates belonging to multiple political parties for the November local elections under the banner of “Bethlehem United.”

Bierman resigns from BC school board

Announcement comes day after school budget, board vote

The Bethlehem Central School District’s Board of Education is a member short after the sudden departure of one of its members.

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IDA signs off on Vista tax break

Breonics still only known tenant in campus’s first tech building

After weeks of waiting, the Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency has approved an Enhanced Tax Abatement for the first tech-use building to be constructed within the Slingerlands Vista Technology Campus.

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Bethlehem Central sues Zoning Board

School district seeks to overturn decision that halted property sale

The Bethlehem Central School District is suing the town Zoning Board of Appeals over a decision that halted the sale of its 90 Adams Place property to daycare provider School’s Out, Inc.

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Burn notice

Glenmont fire demo part of campaign to encourage indoor sprinkler legislation

On Friday, May 17, the New York State Building Officials Conference held a fire demonstration for its members at the Bethlehem Fire Training Facility off Winne Place in Glenmont. It was held so those in attendance could “see firsthand the power of fire and how effective fire sprinklers can be” when installed in the home.

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Roots of knowledge

Delmar resident launches project to cultivate awareness of native plant species

Loretta Fontaine Castagna has held an interest in native plant life since she was a young girl.

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