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Marcy Velte

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From stage to school

‘The Voice’ contestant visits her old stomping grounds with stops at Bethlehem schools

Not everyone can be sure they will receive a warm reception when returning to their hometown. Danielle Mozeleski can be counted as one of the lucky ones.

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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.

Open space program moves ahead in Bethlehem

Some local landowners wary of group’s role

Some large landowners within the town continue to be upset by the Bethlehem Town Board’s decision to go forward with its new open space program.

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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.

Town reviews rail safety procedures

Bethlehem doesn’t issue resolution regarding trains transporting oil

Although Bethlehem officials will continue to educate themselves on issues concerning the transportation of crude oil within Albany County and across the nation, they have decided to focus their efforts on increased safety training for the town’s fire and EMS personnel.

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Panel envisions aesthetic overhaul

Meeting focus on ways to beautify one of Bethlehem’s major corridors

Bethlehem town officials and community leaders making up the Delaware Avenue Improvement Group met last week for the first time.

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.

Wordsmiths in our midst

Guilderland Public Library’s event to focus on local authors

Many in the Capital District may be surprised to learn about number of authors in their midst. A neighbor, coworker or acquaintance could be published, with those around them none the wiser.

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New spot for local art

Bethlehem art group’s show at Town Hall hoped to be part of a wider footprint

Bethlehem Town Hall has become a little more colorful this month, as the Bethlehem Art Association brings its first exhibit in decades to the town’s seat of government.

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Toy train on track

Toys for Tots campaign kicks off early with hopes of upping donations by 25 percent

The local Toys for Tots program kicked off its holiday campaign more than a month early this year.

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Pastor’s calling brings her to Delmar

New head of church a rare occurrence in history of Delmar Presbyterian

For only the third time in 57 years, Delmar Presbyterian Church is welcoming a new pastor. The Rev. Karen Pollan became the church’s new, permanent pastor on Sunday, Sept. 8.

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The pumpkins roll in

McKownville church members get ready for annual Pumpkin Patch

The McKownville United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch is its 14th year.

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Challengers hit the trail

Bethlehem United candidates holding public meetings to kick off campaigns

Bethlehem United candidates are kicking off the local election season by holding a series of community meetings around town.

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Beverwyck marks 20 years

Slingerlands retirement community holds special events for residents, families

This month, Beverwyck, The Eddy’s retirement community located in Slingerlands, celebrated its 20th anniversary. It was the first full-service retirement community to be built in Albany County.

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County gets cooking

McCoy, Apple face off to draw attention to being prepared in the event of an emergency

In an effort to highlight the importance of being prepared for an emergency, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple participated in a cook-off competition on Thursday, Sept. 12. The event was a partnership between ShopRite Supermarkets and Albany County.

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Secrets of the mummy

New documentary explores the process behind unlocking revelations about Albany’s resident mummies

Mary Valentis pictured movie magic when a new partnership between the Albany Medical Center and the Albany Institute of Art and History was announced in the spring of 2012.

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Rocking the cradle

New School of Rock franchise opens in Latham

School of Rock im Latham is a unique approach to music lessons.

Town votes to combine ambulance districts

Bethlehem brought under single tax rate after EMS merger

Bethlehem’s two volunteer ambulance agencies merged at the beginning of the year, and now the Bethlehem Town Board has voted to dissolve the town’s separate ambulance districts.

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Fall fun comes to Five Rivers

Annual event, now in its 34th year, highlights what environmental education center has to offer

As summer draws to a close, staff at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar are preparing for the start of a new programming year with an annual fall festival.

‘Wonder Show’ a years-long labor for author

BC grad’s young adult novel all about seeking and giving, understanding

Bethlehem High School graduate Hannah Barnaby's book focuses on the circus of life.

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Teaming up to help

Delmar native travels the country in disaster relief program

In the wake of a natural disaster, the focus is rarely on those working behind the scenes getting basic necessities to the most vulnerable.

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Skin-care sweetens up

Delmar native puts made-at-home Skin Candi line into Wal-Mart contest

Two Albany entrepreneurs are hoping to win a Wal-Mart competition that would see their skin-care line on shelves all over the country.

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UAlbany means business

School unveils $64M business school building, details new major

Business students at the University at Albany will not only have a state-of-the-art building in which to attend classes this fall, but will soon have the choice of a new major.

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Reel issues

An industry upgrade is threatening the survival of drive-ins, including Glenmont’s Jericho Drive-In

Drive-ins and independent movie theaters are being forced to upgrade to digital projection machines as the movie industry begins to phase out the use of 35mm film.

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Police: Cards compromised at buffet

Police link identity thefts to employee of Glenmont restaurant

Two days after four employees of Golden Town Buffet Hibachi & Sushi in Glenmont were arrested on charges of identity theft and deportation warrants, the restaurant’s owners were issued a citation for having too many occupants living upstairs.

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Family focus at Menands market

Event to feature hayrides, raffles, music, fresh produce and more

Spotlight News will once again be sponsoring Family Day at the Capital District Farmers Market in Menands.

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UPDATED: Identity thefts stem from Chinese buffet

Credit and debit card information compromised at Glenmont restaurant

The Bethlehem Police Department have arrested four employees of Golden Town Buffet Chinese restaurant in Glenmont after obtaining a search warrant for an investigation involving identify theft.

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Vista deal in jeopardy

Discord among developer, town and tenant; developer blames IDA

The developer for the Slingerlands Vista Technology Campus is now unsure if the organ regeneration research company Breonics will be the first technology tenant for the park, and he’s placing the blame squarely with the town agency managing tax breaks there.

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Albany County jail corrections officer arrested for blackmail

Wanted preferential treatment at work; claimed to have damaging evidence

An Albany County jail corrections officer has been arrested after allegedly trying to blackmail a former jail administrator.

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