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Zan Strumfeld

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Here’s looking at you, town

Chamber honors the most beautiful businesses in Colonie

A new Colonie Chamber of Commerce award is recognizing not the shrewdest entrepreneur or the most community-minded mogul, but three businesses that enhance the beauty of the town.

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Red, two sugars

Dunkin’ Donuts, Red Cross team up on coffee-for-blood drive

For the past six years, Dunkin’ Donuts has teamed up with the American Red Cross for the “Give a Pint, Get a Pound” campaign, in which blood donors can give a pint of blood and receive a free pound of coffee in return.

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Vets want to remember the fallen

Project to hang memorial flags seeks community support

Since World War II, more than 560 Capital District residents have lost their lives while serving the country and Regan, a Vietnam veteran, knows these fallen soldiers need to be remembered.

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Colonie Town Board heads into 2013

Housekeeping measures, appointments, taken care of in organizational meeting

The Colonie Town Board made a number of appointments and reappointments to town posts at its annual reorganization meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Let history take its course

Course will examine the archaeological record of biblical times

On Monday, Jan. 7, Steven Stark-Riemer will begin teaching “Archaeology and History of Ancient Israel.” The eight-session course will dive into the development of biblical archaeology by looking at several time periods and how events later affected the lives of the people who now live in the Middle East.

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Bassist lays down a top score

Colonie’s Tristen Jarvis follows a passion for music

Tristen Jarvis has a 97 GPA, but more important to him, he plays the double bass in the Empire State Youth Orchestra; his school’s Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Band; the Empire State Youth Jazz Ensemble; three side band projects; and he sings in Chamber Singers, to name just a few musical projects.

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The old man and the book

Colonie man’s poems and vignettes a slice of life at 84

Gordon Jevons’ preparation for his checkup is just one of the everyday events he explores in his first book of poetry and vignettes, “Grandpa Gordon’s Book of Light Hearted Poetry and Anecdotes,” published by The Troy Book Makers last month.

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Colonie congratulates young athletes

2012 a banner year for cheerleading and football programs

At this year’s final Colonie Town Board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20, Town Supervisor Paula Mahan took a short break from the agenda to honor three Colonie youth sports teams and their recent achievements.

Empty shelves filled

Colonie librarians pitch in
to help library whose collection took a hit in Sandy

In the days and weeks following Superstorm Sandy’s impacts Downstate, residents of the Capital District have organized shipments of food, clothes, blankets and other essentials. But a group of South Colonie librarians recently helped by offering an overlooked item: books.

Albany County schools respond to rumors

Multiple districts report fears of incident on Dec. 21 unwarranted

Several Albany County school districts have dispelled rumors circulating about an incident to occur on Friday, Dec. 21.

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Senior busing gets a little easier

Grant helps fund upgrade to Senior Service’s transportation software

The John. D. Picotte Family Foundation granted Colonie Senior Services $5,000 to help fund the $8,000 cost for PtMS Paratransit Software, which enables a more efficient routing system for a more cohesive and organized transportation system for seniors.

Colonie to rebuild website from scratch

Site goes dark for second time, town to transfer web hosts

After its website was compromised twice in the span of a month, the Town of Colonie has decided to rebuild the entire site on a different server.

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Colonie company makes a splash on the big screen

Waves featured in ‘Life of Pi’ generated by machine designed in Colonie

After working on several major motion pictures, Colonie’s Aquatic Development Group (ADG) supplied a specialized wave system that generated the open water shots in Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi.”

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Three cheers for national champs

Colonie Pop Warner cheerleaders take national title in ESPN competition

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the Colonie Pop Warner Pee Wee Cheerleading Team snagged first place in their division at the National Cheer and Dance Competition held at the ESPN Wild World of Sports Complex in Disney World, Fla. More than 300 cheer squads from around the country competed in the five-day event from Friday, Nov. 30 to Friday, Dec. 8.

Loudon House developer sues town

BCI Construction seeks to overturn decision on condo project zoning

The developer of the stalled Loudon House condominium project is suing the Town of Colonie over zoning changes that would force quick action on the stalled project.

Sandy cleanup a boon to Colonie

Town extends acceptance of superstorm debris

As Downstate New York digs out from Hurricane Sandy, the Town of Colonie is helping to make a dent in cleanup efforts by accepting storm-related debris. The town’s landfill began accepting debris the week before Thanksgiving and as of Friday, Dec. 7, it has taken in 16,000 tons of waste.

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Seniors put the squeeze on giving

Loudonville Home makes stuffed animals focus of holiday charity drive

Any parent knows a stuffed animal can provide quick comfort to a child. And this holiday season, a local family service agency is trying to ensure as many kids get that gift as possible.

CAP COM to expand in Colonie

New location near The Crossings would more than double size of headquarters

CAP COM’s main office is at 18 Computer Drive East in Colonie, but a desire to expand has the company eyeing a much larger location at 4 Winners Circle, about a mile from the main office building. The credit union has about 93,000 members and 280 employees in 11 Capital Region branches. At a Tuesday, Nov. 27, Colonie Planning Board meeting, board members approved a sketch plan for the new headquarters that will pave the way for a more detailed review.

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No rest for ironmen

Local triathlon athletes check out ‘Michael Phelps’’ pool

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Ironmen tried out the Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spa, made by Master Spas, at Concord Pools and Spas in Latham. The 8-foot-long Swim Spa has a propeller design, a consistent flow of water with adjustable resistance.

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Startup reaches out to startups

Young entrepreneur focuses on giving new businesses a leg up

Keegan Hayes, 23, might be only one year out of Siena College, but he’s already basing his professional career on helping startups gain a foothold in the Capital District. He’s founded the Capital Region Entrepreneurs Group (CREG), a networking organization that helps provide resources and advice to local entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their own business.

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Uproar over lion burgers

Restaurant owner evasive on issue of lion burgers as advocates call for meat to be pulled

A local restaurant’s menu has caught the attention of national animal advocates, but there’s some question whether this cat fight’s been resolved or not.

County overrides tax cap for second time

Legislators put nursing home back into budget, hike taxes 7.6 percent

After weeks of considering the budget, the Albany County Legislature approved a plan that overrides the state tax cap at a Monday, Dec. 3, meeting.

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Model trains make tracks for holidays

miSci’s train exhibit an annual favorite for all ages

As the temperature drops, model trains are warming up their engines and gearing up for the holiday season.

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New door opens on Schuyler history

Colonie gains possession of centuries-old door from Schuyler Flatts home

Earlier this year, Town of Colonie Historian Kevin Franklin was shocked when he received a phone call from a person saying they had the Schuyler Flatt's historic home’s front door. And now, for the first time in 40 years, the town hopes to display the door to the public and retell the history of the Flatts.

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Daycare can brighten life of caregivers

Ceremony at Bright Horizons recognizes seniors and their families

On Tuesday, Nov. 20, Bright Horizons members and staff had the opportunity to thank caregivers like Fantroy at the annual “Thanks for Caregiving” event at the Belltrone Living Center off Wolf Road in Colonie.

Park of the future meets reality

Colonie changes speed limit on River Road in anticipation of passive park

Plans are still in the works for the Mohawk Landing Park on River Road, but Colonie is scaling back the ambitious goals in favor of a cheaper, passive park.

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Free turkeys make Thanksgiving for vets

Tully Rinckey law firm hands out free birds for area veterans

For the fourth year in a row, Tully Rinckey PLLC spent the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 20, handing out free turkeys for their “Turkeys for Veterans” program at 441 New Karner Road in Albany. Although the law firm usually pays for the turkeys, this year Hannaford Supermarkets decided to team up with the gift givers and donate 120 15-pound turkeys.

Colonie website compromised

Town’s site down for days, source of problem unclear

The Town of Colonie’s website has been down since Friday, Nov. 16, and town officials aren’t sure when it might return.

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Historic signs get facelift

Scout Troop 278 giving Colonie’s historic markers a makeover

As part of a renovation project, Boy Scout Troop 278 began painting eight of Colonie’s 16 historical signs that describe significant landmarks in the area on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Colonie adopts 2013 budget

No comments from public in $82 million spending plan

A lack of comment or questions from the public preceded the early adoption of the Town of Colonie’s 2013 budget on Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Sandy donations roll in

Capital District residents quick and generous when it comes to storm relief

Superstorm Sandy may have skipped over the Capital District, but that didn’t stop the area from mobilizing relief efforts.

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Toys for Tots take to shop

Volunteers from the Marine Corps League and Dunkin’ Donuts raided the Toys “R” Us in Colonie Wednesday, Nov. 14 in preparation for the fourth annual Marine Corps Reserves’ Dunkin’ Donuts Toys for Tots Train headed across New York State.

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Present-day search honors past

Historian scours St. Agnes Cemetery to properly mark graves of veterans

In 2007, Grimaldi decided to take on the unique task of identifying every Civil War soldier buried in the 114-acre St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands. Using a list of 248 names culled from a survey of vets in the area, the historian set out to restore and replace the cemetery’s decrepit tombstones.

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Sweet taste of home for soldiers

Donations from Shaker students help Military Mom in Action

Everyone gets a sweet tooth now and again, even soldiers. And local mom Kathy Buckley makes sure our fighting men and women don’t have to go without.

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New book explores decades-old hoax

Latham native became fascinated by literary controversy

Literary hoaxes have always been touchy topics for bibliophiles, and author Molly Guptill Manning hopes to finally put one to rest in her first book.

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FedEx donates Boeing 727 to airport

Retired aircraft to be used for training for Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting department

FedEx donates retired aircraft to Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) department

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Alliance to shine light on lung cancer

Shine a Light Vigil a call to action on fighting major killer

For more than 35 years, Phyllis Goldstein would take walks with her friend around Guilderland. But in 2002, both women’s lives swerved in an unexpected direction.

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History takes center stage

Home schooling experiment leads to young theater troupe

Ruth Henry was never a big fan of the subject of history. But when she decided to home school her three girls in 2003, she knew avoiding it just wasn’t an option.

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No time for mediocrity

CBA senior aims high in Boys Nation program

If there’s one thing 17-year-old Chris Watson is short on, it’s free time.

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Democrats retain Colonie Town Board seats

Republicans unsuccessful in filling Board positions

Two Republicans hoping to land seats as members in the now all-Democratic Colonie Town Board were unsuccessful this Election Day.

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Steck sails ahead

Democrat declared victory for 110th Assembly District

A long and somewhat dirty race finally came to an end Tuesday, Nov. 6 when Democrat Phil Steck secured his seat in the 110th Assembly District.

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UAlbany prof receives international award

Aiguo Dai’s work on climate change’s effect on freshwater recognized

A University at Albany professor has garnered international recognition a few short weeks after joining the school’s faculty.

Pepsi wastewater means higher fee

Town tacks $400k onto company’s bill after bottling plan byproducts spike

After a 27-year history with the Latham Pepsi plant, the Colonie Department of Public Works has noticed a dramatic increase in the corporation’s contaminated wastewater output this year.

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Four vie for two board seats

Republicans hope to capture remainder of terms from Dem appointees

As Election Day draws near, four candidates are seeking two open Colonie Town Board seats.

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Students learn how to save a life

CPR investment rolled out at Sand Creek Middle School

First Niagara invested $10,000 to donate 275 CPR Anytime kits to 20 schools in the Capital Region.

Community funds college dreams

South Colonie Dollars for Scholars grows to giving $29k last year

South Colonie Central High School students may want to go to college, but some of them need financial assistance along the way. And a community group aimed at doing just that has grown to nearly 10 times its original size.

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Board candidates find little to disagree on

Debate between four Colonie Town Board candidates covers economics, transparency, landfill deal

A debate held between candidates for Colonie Town Board on Tuesday, Oct. 30, largely failed to draw any sort of debating.

Public makes plea on nursing home

McCoy’s privatization plan has little support at public hearing

Proponents of the Albany County Nursing Home and Department for Aging crowded a public hearing before the County Legislature to protest a 2013 budget plan that would bring landmark changes to one or both programs.

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Pine Bush sees record use

Discovery Center now open seven days a week in response to demand

Hidden between shopping malls and bisected by interstates, a globally-rare treasure sits, waiting to be discovered.

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Lions and llamas and burgers, oh my!

Dave’s Pizza & Burgers offers meat choices you’re unlikely to find elsewhere

Burger Centric on Delaware Avenue in Albany has changed locations and names and is now operating as Dave’s Pizza & Burgers at 53 Fuller Rd. in Colonie, and serving some of the more exotic meats the area has to offer.

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