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Marcy Velte

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Lower speed limit proposed on Hudson Avenue

Bethlehem officials cite pedestrian usage as primary concern

A road in Bethlehem with a unique speed limit may have it reduced following a request from the town’s highway superintendent.

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Glenmont sidewalks set to be installed

Construction of pathway along Feura Bush Road to begin at end of month

Construction on new sidewalk along Feura Bush Road in Glenmont is set to begin this month after the Bethlehem Town Board opted to bond for a portion of the project’s costs.

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UPDATE: Selkirk sex offender charged

Police arrest McCoy following child pornography investigation

Bethlehem Police have arrested a sex offender from Selkirk on child pornography charges.

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Local ballerinas are one step closer to their dreams

Three Capital District girls selected as understudies for New York City Ballet

Dancing with the New York City Ballet is the dream of nearly every American ballerina, but few are given the opportunity prior to high school.

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Compactor out of commission

Bethlehem’s unit fails inspection as town seeks replacement; garbage service undisrupted

Bethlehem residents are still able to drop off garbage at the town’s transfer station on Rupert Road, but wait times may be longer than usual.

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The stage is set

Cue Theatre makes its move to a permanent space in Delmar

Unfortunate circumstances sometimes afford new opportunities. After learning Community United Methodist Church in Slingerlands was closing its doors, the operators of The Cue Theatre didn’t know what was next.

Officials seek more info about Selkirk oil spill

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials are asking for the public's help to learn more about a petroleum spill that occurred last month.

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Ex-cop’s First Amendment case moves ahead

Judge says jury trial warranted in Hughes’ lawsuit against Bethlehem and police chief

Former Bethlehem police officer Christopher Hughes will finally get his day in court.

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Bethlehem, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school districts to collect own taxes

Bethlehem passes responsibility back to district officials

In a move to help Bethlehem residents save money, the town will no longer be collecting taxes on behalf of two local school districts.

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Bethlehem Central School District takes another look at lunch service

Board says no to price hike; new director to take over program in August

A proposal to increase prices for elementary and middle school lunches was rejected by members of the Bethlehem Central Board of Education.

Kenwood Avenue will get a new surface

Infusion of state money to fix one of Bethlehem’s pothole-plagued roadways

Bethlehem’s pothole problems along one particularly bumpy stretch will soon be fixed following an influx of cash from the state.

Easements could offer tax relief

Legislation that helps preserve open space awaits governor’s signature

The Town of Bethlehem is a step closer to providing tax exemptions on open space after the state legislature passed a measure to allow conservation easements for landowners.

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Honest Weight celebrates milestone

Co-op market holds event in honor of one-year anniversary

Customers who visited Honest Weight Food Co-op last weekend were treated to free food and giveaways in celebration of the store’s one-year anniversary at its new location.

Trailing off into summer

Solstice celebration grows with Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail

As the days grow longer and the season grows warmer, more people are getting outside to enjoy the beauty of Albany County.

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A new game in town

Colonial Acres opens up its greens to disc golf

Golf isn’t for everyone, and Dale Ezyk knows it.

Town hears request for hens

Slingerlands woman asks planning board to OK her chicken proposal

For the second time in the past year, the Bethlehem Planning Board is hearing a proposal to keep chickens as pets.

Taco Bell seeks approval for Glenmont site

Developers get the go-ahead from ZBA, but must return before Planning Board

Developers of a proposed Taco Bell in Glenmont received variances for parking and facade signs from the Bethlehem Zoning Board of Appeals, but the proposal still needs Planning Board approval, which hinges on whether or not a direct access point is necessary.

Library archive of Spotlight complete

Project comes in ahead of schedule; some gaps remain

The headlines of the past are more easily at hand now that nearly a half-century of Bethlehem history has been digitally archived.

Panel to review crude oil safety

The Albany County executive has created a new Expert Advisory Committee to lead a public safety review on the transportation of crude oil through out the county.

IDA: No break for housing plan

Agency says abatements for residential buildings do not fit with its mission

The Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency did not approve tax abatements sought by a residential development after deciding at their Friday, May 23, meeting that approval of the tax credits did not fit with the agency’s mission.

Activists speak out against casino

Local business alliance seeks involvement as process moves forward

A group of Bethlehem activists are speaking out in opposition of a casino proposed for Exit 23 in the City of Albany.

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Activists air oil train concerns

Panel discusses impact on residents, rail workers

As more is learned about the increased transportation of crude oil by train, more residents from outside the City of Albany are taking up the cause to make the trips safer, or stop them altogether.

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Fair trade bake-off planned

Bethlehem event aims to promote movement’s ideals in a fun way

Cooking is a passion for many, but few may know where the ingredients they’re using actually come from or the possible conflicts behind obtaining those items.

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Seniors strike a pose at annual event

Area senior centers hold fashion shows

With warmer weather on the way, many use the season as an excuse to update their wardrobes. Two local senior services departments are getting into the spirit by helping area seniors find a new look.

Dirt-bike dust-up

Owner of Hidden Meadows Golf Course says noise from neighbor’s track is driving away customers

The owner of a Glenmont golf course went before the Bethlehem Town Board on Wednesday, April 23, with a signed petition in opposition to the noise generated by his dirt-bike-riding neighbors.

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Slingerlands church to close its doors

Community United Methodist a local landmark but faced declining membership in recent years

Parishioners of Community United Methodist Church are bidding their final farewells, as the Slingerlands church is set to close its doors this summer.

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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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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.

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that zing

Delmar woman’s singing telegram business has given her decades of memories

Cynthia Werner was on track to obtain her medical degree when she was enticed to return to a part-time job she held while at the University at Albany.

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Music nourishes interfaith program

First United Methodist hosts benefit concert

Since 2003, the First United Methodist Church of Delmar has hosted the Voices of Hope Benefit Concert as a member of the Interfaith Partnership of the Homeless. The concert raises funds for Interfaith’s summer youth programs, which provide activities, field trips and healthy lunches to hundreds of children each year.

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The journey back

A traumatic brain injury robbed Delmar resident Bart Goldstein of his former life, but he and his family hope his road to recovery can show others the way

A traumatic brain injury robbed Delmar resident Bart Goldstein of his former life, but he and his family hope his road to recovery can show others the way.

Selkirk FD sees a wave of exits

Husband, father-in-law of arrested treasurer resign from the company

Following the arrest of a former Selkirk Fire Department treasurer for allegedly embezzling funds from a firehouse, several people have resigned from the company, while the person who began the investigation was terminated.

Youth soccer club offers new program

Academy-style training will pair preschool children with coaches

A variety of changes are coming to the Bethlehem Soccer Club. As the youth sports program prepares to partner with Afrim Sports on the construction of a new indoor soccer dome on its Wemple Road property, it has also decided to begin providing more thorough lessons for a younger level of athletes.

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Citizens group calls to close Clapper

Town says upgrades necessary meet current and future water usage

Responding to concerns voiced by a group of town residents about water usage and its cost, Bethlehem officials said few changes could be made because of federal regulations, safety standards and the town’s water contract with Albany.

Delmar Place joins Atria family

Assisted living community becomes part of national chain

Delmar Place is under new management after Atria Senior Living acquired the facility in December.

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A Lego up on the competition

Slingerlands man’s skills land him a dream job at Boston Legoland Discovery Center

Ian Coffey, who was working for the New York State Senate, will now spend his days building Lego displays.

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Winging it at Albany airport

An uptick in snowy owl sightings thrills local bird enthusiasts

Snowy owls have landed at the airport and according to local bird club members, the creatures have been seen there for more than a month.

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A year in review: Part 1

A snapshot of 2013 happenings in Bethlehem, New Scotland and Guilderland

A snapshot of 2013 happenings in Bethlehem, New Scotland and Guilderland

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Recipes ripe with tradition

In an effort to raise money for needed repairs and upgrades to St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Watervliet, the congregation’s women have compiled hundreds of family recipes into a new cookbook.

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Slingerlands teen keeps magic in Christmas

Girl runs toy drive for local kids in need

Lily Killar, 16, has operated her own holiday toy collection and distribution to Albany families since elementary school.

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Bethlehem man hosts holiday party for veterans

Event is a way for former soldiers to reminisce and make new friends

For the past three years, Delmar resident Frank DeSorbo has organized a local recognition and remembrance ceremony for veterans of the European invasion known as D-Day. This year he is holding an additional holiday party.

Vista tech tenant still sought

IDA says Breonics at Vista an ‘unknown’

With Breonics opting to stay at Harriman Campus for the time being, Columbia Development is now stepping up efforts to attract a new tech business to Slingerland’s Vista Technology Campus.

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Bethlehem students making connections

Ricky the Robot teaches Glenmont first graders about technology

The Glenmont Elementary School teacher Peter Rawitsch has been introducing robotic technology to first graders for more than 25 years.

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Students help send medical supplies to needy

A charity organization with a new chapter started this summer by University at Albany students will be warehousing locally collected items in Bethlehem.

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Burn off that bird

Local events let people run, walk or dance away those Thanksgiving calories

With Thanksgiving a few days away, some people are looking for ways to keep themselves off the couch and the calories at bay.

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Bethlehem Lions tree sale begins

Club members hope improved security will avoid a repeat of thefts

As they prepare to open their annual Christmas tree sale, the Bethlehem Lions Club will be beefing up security following last year’s theft of several dozen trees.

Quinn returns to work at county

Former deputy exec now information officer; drug case still pending in court

Former Albany County Deputy Executive Christine Quinn returned to work with the county last week after taking a nearly two month leave of absence following her arrest on drug possession charges.

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Operation Christmas Child equals happiness in a box

Bethlehem Church participates for 15th year

For the 15th year, Bethlehem Community Church will be collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The project provides gifts for children in need living throughout the world’s poorest nations.

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SNAP cuts will mean busier regional food pantries

Less support from government program creates higher need

Food banks throughout the country could be in need of additional donations this holiday season because of a recent decrease to all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

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Array of light at Owens Corning

Solar project would be similar to town’s own vision now in the works

After a nearly four-month installation process, Owens Corning recently celebrated the completion of its large-scale solar generation project on site at the company’s Delmar plant.

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