Fahy touts her experience; Calhoun calls for citizen involvement
After both candidates ran unopposed in this year’s primary, Republican Jesse Calhoun will take on incumbent Democrat Patricia Fahy for the 109th Assembly District seat.
Funds to help pay for employee time; discourage too many races on town roads
Organizers who hold road races within the town will now be charged a fee after town officials opted to end the practice of allowing police officers to work overtime to cover private events.
Glenmont resident’s book for children inspired by a real-life avian visitor to the neighborhood
A wild turkey showed up in a small Glenmont neighborhood two years ago and surprised residents when it tried to make friends with a neighbor’s group of free-range chickens.
Retired police officer gets help from trained dogs to help fight heroin use
If someone had asked retired police officer Dave Harrington years ago if he’d like to become a K9 handler, the answer would have been yes. The problem was, and is, funding.
First tech tenant on campus promises jobs, economic boost
Frustrated with the rising cost of his utility bills, Steven Erby began looking into alternative energy sources about seven years ago.
Efficiency grant would fund the purchase of items that would save time and money townwide
The town may soon be receiving long-awaited technology upgrades in almost every department through the use of grant funds.
Latest version addresses court’s free speech concerns
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has approved a new cyber-bullying law, after a previous law was struck done this summer by the state Court of Appeals.
New Scotland Historical Society event to shed light on Solomon Northup’s struggle for freedom
History will come alive as the New Scotland Historical Society presents Clifford Oliver Mealy’s portrayal of the musician and kidnapped Saratoga resident, Solomon Northup.
Even though it is the largest in the county, the Bethlehem Grange struggles to keep its membership numbers up
Mary Starr remembers the Bethlehem Grange in its prime.
Delmar artist finds he is drawn to painting pastures
Several years ago, Robert Lynk was passing a field in Westerlo when he decided to stop and take a picture.
Officials say there are many obstacles to beginning school day later for teens
Bethlehem Central will begin preliminary discussions about starting school later for older students, but the issue’s many barriers could put a stop to the idea before it is seriously considered.
Crosswalks, radar devices pop up in Haswell Farms and the Enclave
Some suggestions from last winter’s traffic calming study have been implemented by Bethlehem’s Highway Department in the neighborhoods of Haswell Farms and the Enclave.
Upgrades coincide with program’s 50th anniversary
After nearly four years of construction, Glenmont Job Corps celebrated the official opening of its new dormitory buildings just in time for the organization’s 50th anniversary.
Delmar Democrat says her interests, experience make her a good fit for Surrogate Court judge
Following a last-minute signature campaign to appear on the ballot, Stacy Pettit has won her Democratic primary bid for Albany County Surrogate Court judge.
Concerns about Lyme disease, other incidents fuel approach
The Bethlehem Deer and Tick Borne Disease Committee launched a new online survey for residents to provide further community input on the issue of the town’s deer population, along with the pests they carry.
Community can send off the season at Fall Festival hosted by St. Thomas in Delmar
The parish and school of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar have joined together to hold the congregation’s first community Fall Festival.
Bethlehem supervisor floats possibility of combining resources with Guilderland
Guilderland and Bethlehem may soon be in talks to merge their telecommunications operations.
Delmar resident pens novel about people trying to survive worldwide outbreak
Shawn Purcell always knew he wanted to write a novel.
‘Bare bones’ version allows tax breaks to preserve open space
After Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law allowing conservation easement exemptions for Bethlehem landowners, the town board took action on its local law last week.
Jericho fails to raise needed funds for new projector
Jericho Drive-in is still in need of funds to purchase a new digital projector to stay open next summer.
Two ideologies struggle for dominance as key committee seats hang in the balance
Bethlehem Democrats could see a potential change in leadership as some committee members primary to keep their district seats, setting up a showdown between the party’s old guard and a progressive movement from within.
New research in pancreatic cancer is fueling hope
Two years after his brother’s death in 2002, Neil Piper and his wife decided they wanted to find a way to raise money for pancreatic cancer research.
Bethlehem police receive grant for the animals’ care
The Bethlehem Police Department has received a grant to help care for the horses seized in an animal neglect case last November.
For the second year in a row, Delmar Farmers Market has been selected as one of the top in the nation.
Bethlehem Town Board votes to lower limit from 35 to 30 mph
Bethlehem town officials have reduced the speed limit of a unique road amid concerns of pedestrian safety.
Town works on power purchase agreement for solar energy
The Town of Bethlehem is continuing to work toward a power purchase agreement that would save on energy costs through the use of solar panels.
District officials cite town’s reassessment as the reason
Bethlehem residents are set to see a lower school tax rate following the reassessment project that occurred earlier in the year.
Public hearing set for later this month
The Cypress Shrine Center is trying to go green by installing solar panels to offset their energy costs.
Area schools look for creative ways to provide nutritious meals that kids will want to ea
This story appears in Spotlight Newspapers' Back To School supplement, which came out Aug. 13.
Matt Canuteson honored for his work helping those struggling with mental health and addiction issues
Matt Canuteson can truly relate to the people he works with. It’s one of the key things that makes him so good at his job.
Woman tailors new business to fit the fashion needs of office workers with hectic schedules
In a former life, Heather Dwyer was a senior executive at an investment firm in an office park. After 14 years, she decided to take a break.
A part of his Eagle award project, one local Boy Scout helped construct and install feeders at Kenwood Manor
The view outside of a local assisted living facility will be a bit sweeter for residents following a change in scenery.
Police arrest McCoy following child pornography investigation
Bethlehem Police have arrested a sex offender from Selkirk on child pornography charges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colonial Acres opens up its greens to disc golf
Golf isn’t for everyone, and Dale Ezyk knows it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.