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Get To Know: Steve Freeman

This appears in the Aug, 26 editions of Spotlight News.

Water connection ready for Boswell Engineering development

As the pipeline at the Boswell Engineering development site off Miller Road is all but complete, residents will now have to pay to connect to it.

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A grassroots effort has been launched to keep Crossgates Mall closed on Thanksgiving Day

Since opening to the Capital District 30 years ago, Crossgates Mall has established itself as a major hub for area retail business. With approximately 20 million customers walking through its doors each year, it is among the most visited malls in the country.

EDITORIAL: Oh, dear

This editorial appears in the Aug. 26 edition of The Spotlight.

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Albany, CBA, Schenectady and Troy officially begin playing in the Suburban Council

It’s a new era of Suburban Council sports. Beginning with the first varsity golf matches Monday, Aug. 24, the league is up to 16 schools.

Reality weight loss shows are misguided and dangerous

While working with people, I try to have them focus not on short-term goals. Notice, I didn’t say to neglect having a long-term goal.

The widow-making, production-killing, Dungeons & Dragons-eske imaginary pastime of Fantasy Football is here

In 2006, the Pew Research Center out of Washington D.C. estimated that 5 percent of all adults play fantasy sports, two-thirds of whom played fantasy football. Fantasy sports may lend credit to baseball for its origins, but football reigns as the Mack Daddy of them all.

Guilderland Central School District shifts tax service to BOCES

Guilderland Central Schools will now be contracting out its tax collection, following several other school districts in the area.

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Miles of Smiles challenge kicks off worldwide initiative to support Habitat for Humanity cause

More than a thousand people lined the streets of downtown Schenectady to show community pride and to support Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County, Wednesday, Aug. 12.

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NYS Baseball Hall of Fame will induct La Salle, Bethlehem coach Jesse Braverman this fall

Class began every summer afternoon on the ballfield at Bethlehem Central Middle School. The crunch of gravel underneath Jesse Braverman’s beat-up Ford Escort could be heard as he promptly rolled in at noon. He’d step out of the car with as many as 50 to 70 neighborhood kids already waiting for him. Instead of a syllabus, Braverman would pull out bags of helmets, bats and baseballs. It was the School of Baseball and class was now in session. In time, kids would simply call it “Jesse Ball.”

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Bethlehem Cemetery Association announces new board members

The Bethlehem Cemetery Association is under new leadership after new board members were found to help operate the site. It was announced last week former town Supervisor Jack Cunningham has been elected president of the new board.

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Get To Know: Ariana Wilson

This appears in the Aug. 19 editions of Spotlight News.

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There’s no quit in the decade-old gourmet burger trend

The gourmet concept to hamburgers is no longer new, not since French chef Daniel Boulud introduced a $27 burger back in 2001. But, the business model has been followed, tweaked and survived the Great Recession of a few years ago. Now, in 2015, it continues to trend stronger than what one business magazine prognosticated four years ago.

EDITORIAL: The curse of the old Stone Ends

This editorial appears in the Aug. 19 editions of Spotlight News.

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Budgeting is a powerful tool in controlling college student spending

College tuition begets angst, and for good reason. According to Sallie Mae, the average family spent nearly $25,000 on college related expenses in school year 2014–2015, which includes tuition, room and board, transportation and all other college-related expenses.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: It’s your legislature

This letter appears in the Aug. 19 edition of The Spotlight.

Residents feel too much talk, not enough action in New Scotland hamlet zoning process

With new zoning in New Scotland, development is coming. This calls into question for many residents how the school systems and roads will be affected.

Albany County assists Legionnaires’ response in NYC

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced last week the county Department of Health will be joining the coordinated state response to a growing Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in New York City.

More units for Dutch Village; newest units to be available by Christmas

Albany Management broke ground on the fourth phase of its Dutch Village apartment community Friday, Aug. 7.

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The trend of urban farming is growing ever quicker

Third-generation owner Gregory Bennett Jackson celebrated the 100th anniversary of his family’s full-service home remodeling company, Bennett Contracting, Inc., by helping families in Albany’s South End build strong roots. 

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