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Marcy Velte

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Bethlehem Chabad’s Hanukkah celebration grows

Group hosts Hanaukkah Wonderland, inguaral parade of decorated cars

Since 2008, Bethlehem Chabad as hosted one of the largest Hanukkah events in the Capital District. The celebration has grown from a gathering to light the giant Menorah at Bethlehem’s Four Corners to hosting Hanaukkah Wonderland held at Town Hall.

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Local crews help dig out Western New York

Area emergency personnel assist Buffalo-area residents following epic snowstorm

Several local fire departments sent crews and equipment to the suburbs of Buffalo following a snowstorm that buried the region. Some communities saw up to 8 feet of snow from the lake-effect storm.

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Modest favors make a big difference

Local woman just one example of how organization helps those living on the edge of poverty

There are people and families who fall between the cracks when it comes to financial assistance. Amy Wink counts herself among them.

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‘The Tempest’ on tap at Bethlehem Central High School

The school’s 26th annual Shakespeare production set for December

An annual Bethlehem tradition is in the final stages of preparation as the high school’s Shakespearean company prepares to take the stage in this year’s production of “The Tempest,” to take place Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-14.

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Ten years of song

Bethlehem Senior Choir celebrates a decade of providing music for seniors by seniors

One local singing group is kicking off its 10-year anniversary with a series of events throughout the year.

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Going nuts

Food company founded by Delmar couple marks its 10th anniversary

Caroline Barrett knew quitting her job was a risk.

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Bethlehem passes nearly $40 million budget

Plan sparks little feedback, stays under state tax cap

The Bethlehem Town Board unanimously passed its 2015 budget last week.

Transparency efforts recognized

Bethlehem receives top marks for website

The website for the Town of Bethlehem has been named among the top in the state by a local, independent think tank.

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Utility substation proposed

Some concerned about Van Dyke site’s proximity to schools

The public hearing for a proposed National Grid substation in Delmar will be extended as the utility prepares more information for the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

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New sidewalks on Feura Bush

Phase two of the project to begin next year

Residents and local officials celebrated the first phase of sidewalk installed along Feura Bush Road last week.

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Following the path of peace

Delmar woman honored for her tireless dedication to social justice

Maud Easter attended her first peace demonstration when she was a college freshman to protest against nuclear testing.

Poet lends voice to children’s school

Director will portray Emily Dickinson to raise money

Emily Dickinson will be brought to life next month as her poems are recited as part of a local school benefit.

Hopes rise for indoor facility at Colonial Acres

Organization plans to build a sustainable community center

A new partnership could mean the construction of long-awaited indoor facility at Colonial Acres Golf Course.

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Pipeline extension in town proposed

Mixed reactions at info meeting leading up to environmental assessment

A project to expand a gas pipeline that extends throughout Albany County was met with mixed reactions.

Heroin use on the rise

Bethlehem organization holds informational discussion for parents

Talking with teenagers about the subjects of drug use and peer pressure can often be an uncomfortable time for both parents and child.

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New direction for road signs

Municipalities to replace older models with larger versions sporting lower-case letters

Drivers along New Scotland Avenue in Slingerlands may have noticed a change in the road signs in recent weeks, and that is just a sign of things to come.

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Bethlehem parks survey complete

Answers will help with preparation of recreation master plan

The results from a community survey have come at an opportune time as the town’s Parks and Recreation Department begins the process of developing a new master plan.

Race for 109th covers familiar ground

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.

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Bethlehem sets race fees

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.

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A turkey’s tale

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.

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On the front line of an epidemic

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.

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Monolith Solar headed for Vista Technology Campus

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.

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Bethlehem likely to see tech upgrades

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.

County executive OK’s new cyber-bully law

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.

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Re-enacting a slave’s life

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.

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Home on the Grange

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.

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Setting the scene

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.

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Bethlehem Central mulls new start time

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.

Traffic calming efforts begin

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.

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New dorms unveiled at Glenmont Job Corps

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.

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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