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LETTER: Equity lacking in reassessment

This letter appears in the April 16 edition of The Spotlight.

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Lafarge breaks ground on plant modernization

Ravena facility renovation will replace kilns and cut emissions, retain jobs

Federal, state, and local officials and business leaders gathered on Friday, April 11, for Lafarge North America’s groundbreaking ceremony at its Ravena plant. The project will replace the more than 50-year-old equipment with “state-of-the-art” technology.

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State museum does the can-can

Annual Canstruction event moves up the national rankings

Engineers, architects and students from around the Capital District got together in a competition to construct displays out of canned goods to raise food and money for local food pantries.

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Altamont budget keeps property taxes flat

Village board adopts 2014-15 totaling $2.14M, taps reserves

The Altamont Board of Trustees adopted a $2.14 million 2014-15 budget at the beginning of the month, which increases spending almost 1.65 percent or around $34,650. More general fund reserves are tapped to help ease the tax burden.

Sports poll: Where does Siena's CBI championship rank among the top moments in the mens basketball program's history?

This poll question appears in the April 9 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Police: New Scotland woman stole from step-grandmother

Residents employing housekeeper urged to report any missing jewelry

Last summer, an elderly woman reported jewelry was stolen from her basement. The case remained cold until police discovered a family member allegedly pawned the jewelry this month.

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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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Drugs and gun found during traffic stop

Albany County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle in the Town of Guilderland for traffic infractions and allegedly discovered a gun and drugs.

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Voorheesville schools’ budget gap shrinks to $176k

Overall state aid increases to $5.15M for district, contested cuts restored

Voorheesville Central School District will see an additional $144,000 of state aid, which was included in the recently approved state budget. The additional funding decreases its budget gap to around $176,500.

‘Operation Hang-Up’ campaign announced

State Police to step up distracted driving enforcement for set time period

The “Operation Hang-Up” campaign will run from Thursday, April 10, to the following Tuesday, which will have State Police along the thruway cracking down on distracted driving violations.

Public space, private business

Guilderland Library's ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ tutoring policy; neighboring libraries see less impact

Private tutors over the past several years have increasingly relied on public libraries as a space to meet up with students, according to some local library directors. How that use has affected libraries appears to vary depending on the amount of space available and the demand for it.

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Man guilty of heroin use prior to driving

A 27-year-old New Scotland man pleaded guilty to driving after using heroin and faces two-to-six years in state prison. This would also be served simultaneously to a one-to-three year incarceration for violating his felony probation.

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Capital District Summer Camp Listings

The Spotlight presents is summer camp guide for 2014.

Get To Know: Nancy Turner

This appears in the April 9 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Spotlight News earns state honors

Flagship edition earns first place for front page; arts coverage and sports photo praised

Spotlight News received a first-place award in the best front page category at this year’s New York Press Association spring conference held last weekend.

EDITORIAL: Stakes are high in casino discussion

This editorial appears in the April 9 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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GCSD: More money, same problems

Additional state aid will be used to cover increasing BOCES costs, gap nearly unchanged

Additional state aid was included in the recently adopted state budget, but the Guilderland Central School District budget will remain essentially unchanged.

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Police: Housekeeper stole jewelry from two clients

Homeowners urged to check for any missing property, notify police

An area housekeeper allegedly stole jewelry from two clients and police are urging anyone who employed the woman to check if any of their property is missing.

LETTER: Letter-writer’s claims are totally off base

This letter appears in the April 9 edition of The Spotlight.

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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.

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