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2013 Bethlehem Holiday Parade

A lively crowd braved a chilly Friday night to see the Bethlehem Holiday Parade on Friday, Dec. 6.

Sports poll: What Suburban Council girls basketball team will have the best record in the league?

Now that the Suburban Council season is in full swing, we want to know which girls basketball team you believe will be the best overall in the league.

EDITORIAL: A good idea that needs tweaking

This editorial appears in the Dec. 11 edition of Spotlight Newspapers.

Perspective owners go for chains

Franchise trends see retirement funds tapped; semi-absent owners

More people are cashing in their retirement savings to open up a franchise business, according to consultant Frank Dunne, with more than half of clients he has placed this year tapping such funds.

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Boys basketball: Shaker handles Burnt Hills in opener (with Photos)

Four Bison reach double figures

The Shaker boys basketball team started the 2013-14 season strongly with a 69-48 victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in Friday's Suburban Council North Division game.

Hockey: Shaker/Colonie goes on the offensive

Malatesta and Egan tally twice to lead Jets past Monroe-Woodbury

Giovanni Malatesta and Kevin Egan each scored two goals to lift Shaker/Colonie past Monroe-Woodbury 7-3 in Saturday's non-league hockey game.

Indoor track: Guilderland edges Niskayuna in first league meet

Dutchmen sweep top two places in two boys races

The Guilderland boys and girls indoor track teams earned victories in the first league meet of the season Saturday at Union College.

Boys swimming: Shaker picks up its second win of the season

Seven individuals win races for the Blue Bison against Albany Academy

The Shaker boys swim team improved its record to 2-0 with Friday's 111-73 dual meet victory over Albany Academy in Latham.

Boys swimming: Saratoga pulls away from Guilderville

Collison, Nhan earn individual wins for GV

Alex Danielson, Zach Zwijacz and Trey Wall each won a pair of events to lead Saratoga Springs past Guilderville 96-75 in Friday's boys swim meet in Saratoga.

‘Black Friday’ handicap parking sweep nets 48 tickets

Some shoppers seeking door-buster deals found themselves leaving with more than a bargain after parking their car in the wrong spot.

Sports poll: What Suburban Council boys basketball team will have the best record in the league?

With the Suburban Council season starting Friday, we want to know which boys basketball team you believe will be the best overall in the league.

College news: Ayer earns league honor

Delmar native Grace Ayer was named the Empire 8 Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week Monday evening.

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Glenmont PTA's Project Playground receives grant from CSXT

Glenmont Elementary School PTA's Project Playground received a $10,000 grant from CSXT Corporation.

Sports poll: What should be done to curtail the danger of concussions associated with youth football?

Recently, there has been a national discussion about the danger of youth football players (elementary school through middle school) sustaining concussions from playing the game. We want to know what you think can be done to curtail the potential for head injuries in the sport.

Football: CBA run over by Carr in regionals

Monroe-Woodbury quarterback rushes for two touchdowns against Brothers

Quarterback Kevin Carr was a one-man wrecking crew for the Monroe-Woodbury football team.

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Police: Man stole electronics from vending machine

Surveillance footage allegedly captured a Schenectady man stealing from a vending machine that held items much more valuable than snacks or refreshments.

Sports poll: Which team has the best chance to win a state title?

Four area teams are still alive for state titles as we hit the end of the fall sports season. Which one do you think has the best chance to bring a title home?

Police: Two arrested in Bethlehem for animal abuse

Horses found allegedly mistreated and malnourished.

Bethlehem Police Department executed a search warrant at 80 Waldenmaier Road on Monday, Nov. 11 as a result of a multi-week investigation into complaints of animal cruelty and neglect of horses.

Sports poll: Who should be the Section II Class AA football player of the year?

With the Sectional portion of the 2013 football season concluding Friday, we want to know who is your choice for the Section II Class AA player of the year.

Girls tennis: Bethlehem doubles team wins consolation bracket at states

The Bethlehem doubles team of Elizabeth Buckley and Aria Shi won the consolation bracket at this weekend's New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls tennis tournament at Latham's Tri City Tennis Club.

Football: Shaker shuts down Saratoga

Blue Bison advance to Class AA finals for second straight year

The Shaker football team advanced to its second consecutive Section II Class AA final by shutting out Saratoga Springs 35-0 in Friday's semifinal game.

Cross country: Van Epps, Lansing win Sectional titles

Booker places second to Tooker in boys Class A race

Christian Brothers Academy's Justin Van Epps and Shaker's Maryanna Lansing won individual titles at Friday's Section II Cross Country Championships at Queensbury High School.

Colonie Police urge parents to use their best judgment this Halloween

The Colonie Police Department is asking residents to help keep neighborhoods safe this Halloween. In recent years, certain neighborhoods within the town have attracted large crowds.

Sports poll: What is the toughest way to lose a football game?

In light of some of last week's Section II Class AA playoff results, we want to know what you think is the toughest way to lose a football game.

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Football: Blue Bison block their way past Shen

Special teams plays help Shaker advance to semifinals

It took a blocked field goal to get the Shaker football team into the Section II Class AA semifinals.

Water main break in Glenmont

A water main break on Route 9W in Glenmont is causing discolored water in the area.

Guilderland candidate forum cancelled at last minute

A scheduled forum involving candidates for local office in the Town of Guilderland was called off at the last minute when Democrats said the date and time was not amicable, nearly one month after invitations were first sent.

Sports poll: Which team is the favorite to win the Section II Class AA girls soccer title?

This week, we look at the girls' side of the Class AA Sectional soccer tournament and ask you to pick your favorite to win the title.

Candidate forums approaching

A series of candidate forums are approaching that are sponsored by The Spotlight, the League of Women Voters of Albany County and other local partners.

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UPDATE: Guilderland man arrested for setting three buildings ablaze

Guilderland police believe a town resident intentionally burned down three buildings over three months.

Sports poll: Which team is the favorite to win the Section II Class AA boys soccer title?

For this week's poll question, we're looking at the top five Class AA teams in the Suburban Council and asking you which one you think is the favorite to win Sectionals.

Tuesday round-up: Shaker prevails in OT

Victory over Ballston Spa sets up first-place battle with Shen Thursday

The Shaker boys soccer team pulled out a 2-1 overtime victory over Ballston Spa Tuesday to set up a showdown with Shenendehowa Thursday for the Suburban Council North Division title and the top seed for the Section II Class AA playoffs.

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Police: Delmar man used cab as getaway car

After picking up a Delmar man in Albany, an alert taxi driver notified police his passenger had allegedly burglarized a home and retuned to the cab wanting a ride back to the city, according to police.

Cross country: Johnson brothers lead Colonie at Manhattan Invitational

Garnet Raiders win D division team title

The Colonie boys cross country team ran away with the D division championship at Saturday’s Manhattan Invitational in the Bronx.

Sports poll: Which football team will win the Empire Division title?

We want to know which Empire Division football team you think will finish first this season.

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Football: Gridiron showdown set for Friday

Guilderland hosts Shaker in battle of undefeated teams

One of the best offenses in Section II Class AA football meets one of the toughest defenses when Guilderland and Shaker collide Friday in a cross-divisional game at Guilderland.

Sports poll: Which boys soccer player is the best playmaker in Albany County?

This week, we want to know who is the best playmaker in Albany County boys soccer.

Sports poll: Which 2-0 Class AA football team has had the most impressive start?

Two weeks into the Section II Class AA football season, we have several undefeated teams vying for division titles. Which of the following teams do you think is looking the strongest right now?

Bethlehem primary results

Results of the 2013 Bethlehem primary races.

Colonie primary results

Results of 2013 primary races in the Town of Colonie.

Guilderland primary results

Results of 2013 primary races in the Town of Guilderland.

Coeymans primary results

Results of 2013 primary races in the Town of Coeymans.

Monday roundup: Shen volleyball edges Shaker

Blue Bison push perfect Plainsmen in five-set thriller

The Shenendehowa boys volleyball team remained undefeated Monday, but the Plainsmen had to survive a five-set thriller against Shaker to do it.

Ravena man arrested on drug charges

Police said man allegedly dealing heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, mushrooms, and prescription drugs

A Ravena man has been arrested on drug possession charges following a three-month investigation and a sealed indictment presented by the Albany County Grand Jury.

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Girls soccer: Guilderland edges Bethlehem in opener

Alyssa Kogelmann's first-half goal stands for Lady Dutch

In a rematch of last fall's Section II Class AA final, the Guilderland girls soccer team defeated Bethlehem 1-0 Tuesday in their Suburban Council South Division opener.

Boys soccer: Shaker rallies past Burnt Hills in opener

Kevin Lindsay's overtime goal lifts Blue Bison

Kevin Lindsay's second goal of the game gave the Shaker boys soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in Tuesday's Suburban Council opener.

Girls soccer: Colonie wins season opener

Alexis Eddy tallies twice for Lady Raiders

The Colonie girls soccer team won its Suburban Council opener Tuesday by beating Columbia 4-1 in a South Division contest.

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Girls volleyball: Bethlehem defeats Guilderland in straight sets

Gabby Giacone leads Lady Eagles with 17 kills

The Bethlehem girls volleyball team earned its first victory of the season by defeating Guilderland in straight sets during Tuesday's Suburban Council match at Guilderland.

Sports poll: Which team has the best chance to repeat as Section II champions this fall?

Before area school districts open their doors to students, the Section II sports season is getting in gear.

Golf: CBA eases past Bishop Gibbons in Big 10

The Christian Brothers Academy golf team defeated Bishop Gibbons 154-189 in Tuesday's Big 10 match at Stadium Golf Course.

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