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Marcy Velte

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Stacy Pettit tops Richard Sherwood in primary

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.

Bethlehem starts online deer poll

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.

Before winter sets in

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.

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Telecommunications merger possible

Bethlehem supervisor floats possibility of combining resources with Guilderland

Guilderland and Bethlehem may soon be in talks to merge their telecommunications operations.

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Injury gives author time to write

Delmar resident pens novel about people trying to survive worldwide outbreak

Shawn Purcell always knew he wanted to write a novel.

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Bethlehem passes conservation easement law

‘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.

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Drive-in future uncertain

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.

Democrats get ready for showdown

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.

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Mood lightens at annual walk

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.

Money to aid seized horses

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.

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Delmar ranked among top farmers markets

For the second year in a row, Delmar Farmers Market has been selected as one of the top in the nation.

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Hudson Avenue speed change approved

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.

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Bethlehem looks to the sun

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.

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Bethlehem school tax rate comes in under estimates

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.

Shrine Center seeking to install solar panels

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.

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A better balance

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.

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From addict to advocate for the disenfranchised

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.

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Lux on a truck

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.

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For the birds

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.

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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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