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Seven Golden Rules of Personal Finance

Spotlight on Finance

When talking about personal finances, it’s easy to get lost in the broadness of the term. For starters, it covers everything from how we budget to how we spend, borrow, save, invest and earn. In addition, it often carries the connotation of being a day-to-day thing. But if we take a step back and really take a close look at why personal finances matter, the focus becomes very clear. How we manage our personal finances matters because it is what allows us to build wealth

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It takes a village

At Altamont’s Victorian Holidays Celebration, the tight-knit community opens its arms to visitors

The holiday spirit will be alive and well in Altamont this December, as the entire village invokes the sense of community, welcoming visitors throughout the Capital District to enjoy iconic sights and sounds.

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Nolan Smith leads Colonie

Ken Dagostino earns first victory with Colonie boys basketball

Colonie boys basketball coach Ken Dagostino earned his first win with his new team Friday, Dec. 5.

Albany County Legislature could be shrinking

Albany County Legislative Chairman Shawn Morse and Democratic Majority Leader Frank Commisso introduced a local law Thursday night, Dec. 4, during a Democratic caucus. The legislature will set the date for a public hearing on the proposal at its meeting Monday night.

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An impressive start

Shaker throttles its first two opponents, one year after graduating four starters

Through two games, the Shaker girls basketball team has yet to be challenged.

North Colonie Board of Education honors student efforts

Accolades extended through all grade levels

At its Board of Education meeting on Monday, Nov. 24, the North Colonie School District honored student achievements from the current and previous school years. Students from Blue Creek Elementary and Shaker High, as well as the high school’s athletic department were recognized.

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Barking glad

The Little Dog Lounge centers on smaller pups

The Little Dog Lounge offers all that a small dog could ask for — large areas to socialize in, toys to play with and time to get groomed without being under the shadow of larger dogs.

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Get To Know: Andre Rodrigue

This Get To Know feature appears in the Dec. 3 editions of Spotlight News.

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Advocates urge Albany County to pass ‘Toxic-Free Toys Act’

Report: A dozen toxic toys sold in county, call for local legislation

The Albany County Legislature held a public hearing Tuesday, Nov. 25, on its proposed Toxic-Free Toys Act, which would allow the county health commissioner to inspect merchandise sold in stores and issue fines for toys found to have dangerous levels of, or banned, chemicals.

Station in life

WMHT seeks listener support in exchange for classical programming that uses new and traditional media to reach the masses

Listeners of WMHT-FM are familiar with the requests for donations heard throughout the year, but next week marks the station’s annual blitz to seek essential funding.

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Holiday cheer in full bloom

Guilderland Garden Club to hold annual Greens Show at Mynderse-Fredrick House

The annual Open House and Greens Show at the historic Mynderse-Fredrick House, located at 451 Main St. in Guilderland Center, will kick off on Friday, Dec. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. The show continues through the weekend and is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 7.

Menands retires fire trucks

Purchase of new vehicle to replace two old ones comes after years of discussion

After nearly six years of discussion and planning, the Village of Menands Fire Department has purchased a new fire truck to be delivered around October 2015, which will replace the older and out-dated models in use.

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Timeless voices

Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys to perform Handel’s ‘Messiah’

An exhibition of nearly 350 years of musical experience will take place at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

EDITORIAL: The little things can get you

This editorial appears in the Dec. 3 editions of Spotlight News.

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Calling for scholarships

South Colonie Dollars for Scholars works to raise money to help graduating students

The South Colonie chapter of Dollars for Scholars held its biannual phone-a-thon last month, raising around $3,000 to help graduating Colonie Central High School students with some of the financial hardships of college.

Survey highlights holiday spending habits

Siena Research Institute finds seasonal spending stable, gifts more practical

Siena Research Institute released its annual Statewide Poll of Holiday Spending on Monday, Nov. 24, which was conducted from Nov. 3 to 17. Approximately 59 percent of the shoppers surveyed are planning to spend about the same as last year.

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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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Decking historic halls

Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany is hosting holiday events for all ages through the month of December

You better watch out. Better not pout. Sinterklaas is coming to town.

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Learning curve begins

Shaker/Colonie sees influx of sophomores and freshmen for 2014-15 season

Judging from what happened at last weekend’s Thanksgiving Tournament, the Shaker/Colonie hockey team has some growing to do.

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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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