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2012 in Review, Part 2, Colonie

July

• A new Albany County law goes into effect requiring more than 1,300 restaurants in the county to post health inspection reports in plain view under a Food Service Establishment Rating System. Spearheaded by County Legislator Chris Higgins, the amendment to the Albany County Sanitary Code is an effort to squeeze out the best service from area restaurants while educating the public.

• Construction on the Congress Street Bridge that links Troy and Watervliet begins and is just one of the 11 of 17,000 bridges in New York state that will get a major makeover through 2013 after Gov. Andrew Cumo’s NY Works program distributed $19.9 million for construction.

• The Schoharie Library lost more than 5,000 books in post-Tropical Storm Irene flooding, and the staff at the William K. Sanford Library in Colonie holds a daylong read-a-thon. The family event helps raise money and gather books for the Schoharie Library.

• The Albany Aqua Ducks has its final tour after nine years of touring seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The three amphibious vehicles are sold to an out-of-state company.

• Incoming Siena College sophomore Mia Bango is presented with the Ruth Walsh Smith Scholarship, a $2,000 award from the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany. The scholarship is presented to a legally blind woman who is pursing higher education or career training.

• The World of Dance studio in Colonie is ranked No. 1 in New York and No. 6 in the nation by the Federation of Dance Competitions, and on July 22, it receives the FDC Studio of Excellence award of 2012 at the StarQuest National dance completion in Virginia Beach, Va.

• The Colonie Town Board calls for a zoning change for the Loudon House, a long-stalled condominium project that has been sitting dormant for three years. The board changes the zoning from a planned development district to single family residential, which forces the developer, BCI Construction, to finish the project within an 18-month timeline. In December BCI files a lawsuit against the town to dispute the rezoning.

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