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Safety Alert at Forts Ferry

The Colonie Police department added patrols near Forts Ferry Elementary after an incident on Thursday morning, Sept. 18.

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.

Albany County OKs new cyberbully law

NYCLU threatens lawsuit on revised statute after prior court victory

Albany County legislators are hoping their new cyberbullying law sticks, but a legal challenge has already been threatened.

LETTER: It would be smart to wait for results of referendum

This letter to the editor appears in the Sept. 17 edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Heads up on the soccer field

This guest commentary appears in the Sept. 17 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Friar experience

Siena’s interim president is making himself at home on campus

When Father Kevin Mullen was named provincial minister of Holy Name Province in New York City this spring after serving as Siena’s president for seven years, the college found itself looking for someone to fill his shoes.

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IED-looking device causes false alarm

Local officials are shaking their heads after a member of the Navy brought what appeared to be an improvised explosive device through a checkpoint at Albany International Airport.

Sports poll: Which Suburban Council girls soccer team will have the best record?

This poll question appears in the Sept. 17 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Mixing it up on Upper Madison

Street fair celebrates the vibrancy of downtown Albany neighborhood

An outdoor block party in the Pine Hills area of Albany sets itself apart with its family-friendly vibe and activities for kids and adults.

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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Photo gallery: Hoffman's Playland's final day

People of all ages came to Hoffman’s Playland Sunday, Sept. 14, to enjoy one last ride before the 62-year-old amusement park closed its gates for good.

EDITORIAL: Time to get tough with ticks

This editorial appears in the Sept. 17 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Local Law D vetoed

McCoy pushing instead for a ban on the open display of tobacco products in pharmacies

Despite vocal support for Local Law D at a recent public hearing, on Wednesday, Sept. 10, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy vetoed the legislation that would ban tobacco sales in pharmacies in Albany County.

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Being a good board member is about more than volunteering

Spotlight on Finance

The late Maya Angelou once said: “To make a difference is not a matter of accident, a matter of casual occurrence of the tides. People choose to make a difference.” This rings true for all volunteers. Throughout America, the communities in which we live, work and play are better because so many give so selflessly of themselves. They choose to make a difference, and what they do is not nearly as important as the fact that they are simply doing something—something of substance that fills a need. Volunteering to serve on a nonprofit board is a little different. Effective board service is about much more than filling a seat at the table and attaching your name to a cause.

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Football: Voorheesville spoils Watervliet's home opener

Denman rushed for three touchdowns in Blackbirds' victory

The first Friday night football game in Watervliet did not go the way the Cannoneers planned.

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Cross country: Emily Burns out-kicks Peyton Engborg for first place

Saratoga girls, Guilderland boys win Springstead Invitational team titles

Emily Burns has a finishing kick few Section 2 cross country runners possess.

South Colonie adopts tax levy

After a tough year of budgeting resulted in the loss of a well-liked physical education teacher and football coach, among other positions, the South Colonie Central School District’s growth and assessment rate increase came in lower than projected in the spring.

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John Boyd Thacher: The man behind the park

John Boyd Thacher is the namesake of the New York state park in which the geologic wonders, fossil record, and scenic beauty of the Helderberg Escarpment are preserved for all time. The preservation of the area for scientific value and public use was a logical culmination of the life of a man dedicated to exploration, preservation and the public good.

Get To Know: Phil Ridgway

This Get To Know appears in the Sept. 10 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Colonie honors local firefighter

Patrick O’Connor helped save three people suffering from cardiac arrest

Nearly a year after the most recent resuscitation, a local firefighter and Town of Colonie 911 dispatcher was honored for his involvement in saving three people suffering from cardiac arrest.

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