COLONIE • The year 2011 started out as a year of community unity and giving when the City of Cohoes threw together a fundraiser to benefit seven families who were displaced by an early morning Dec. 26 fire. On Jan. 2, the Cohoes-Waterford Elks Lodge hosted a fundraiser to support the seven families who were temporarily scattered throughout area hotels.
• Colonie Planning Department Chairman C.J. O’Rourke stepped down and the town appointed Peter Stuto to take his place on Thursday, Jan. 6. O’Rourke asked not to be reappointed because of problems he had with the department’s lack of development in the town and issues with Planning Department Director Joe LaCivita.
• The Capital District got a new service from the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) when Busplus was unveiled at the State of the Town address on Jan. 14 at Colonie Center. Busplus makes a 17-mile trip down Route 5 from Schenectady to Albany in only 18 stops and had a start date of early April. It was expected to cost about $36 million to implement.
• Eighth grade students from Sand Creek Middle School won several trophies at the National Engineer’s Week Future Cities Competition at Hudson Valley Community College on Jan. 22. The Engineering Club took away the “Rookie of the Year” award and “Best Air Transportation Design,” as well as $400. The project took 118 hours to complete and the end product was a “future city” that could exist in 2210 with 50,000 inhabitants.
• The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Albany pushed for peace and understanding across religions at an interfaith symposium on Jan. 30 at the Hindu Community Center on Albany-Shaker Road in Colonie. The seminar, titled “In Pursuit of Peace and Harmony” brought together religious leaders of Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Sikh backgrounds with the goal of promoting social and spiritual peace.