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From the lab to reality

ThermoAura brings nanomaterials to Latham

It began with a group of college students and a standard household microwave in an RPI lab. Three years later, ThermoAura has expanded out of the lab and into its own high-tech facility, where employees manufacture and develop thermoelectricity using nanotechnology.

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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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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.

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.

Colonie floats new motel rules

Town Board to hold a public hearing on laws governing extended-stay places

In the wake of Alex Patel’s court case, the Town of Colonie is hoping to amend Chapters 119 and 190 of the Town Code, which redefine proper extended-stay facilities and occupancy limitations.

A taste of the South in Latham

Rocky Patel offers customers a taste of southern comfort food at his new restaurant

With 10 years of restaurant owning under his belt, Philly Bar and Grill owner Rocky Patel decided to share his love for southern barbeque with his new location, the Bull and Barrel.

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Colonie to motel owner: Tear them down

Residents petition town to hold discussions in an open meeting

The Town of Colonie is preparing to offer a deal to Alex Patel, owner of the Skylane and Blu-Bell motels, asking that he demolish both motels in exchange for dismissing hundreds of code violations discovered early this year during inspections.

Chambers consider joint task force

Albany-Colonie and Schenectady organizations take the first step to joining under the same umbrella

After years of working together on projects, the board of directors for the Albany-Colonie Regional and Schenectady chambers of commerce have voted to create a joint task force to further combine resources.

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Hoping for sweet success

Uncle Sam’s chocolate shop opens a new location in Latham

Much like the chocolates he makes, Joe Suhrada, owner of Uncle Sam’s All American Chocolate Factory, felt that it was time his business changed its flavor, which is why he decided to open a second location in Latham.

Veto override fails to gain support

Only 15 legislators supported the move to ban tobacco sales in pharmacies, far under the supermajority need to pass

Tobacco can still be sold in local pharmacies after county legislators stood behind County Executive Dan McCoy’s decision to only ban the display of such products in those businesses.

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A taste of the town at Restaurant Week

Participating eateries offer three-course meals for $20.14

That time of the year has come again when local restaurants open their doors to a host of hungry diners ready to sate their appetites on discounted three-course meals.

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Bethlehem soccerplex breaks ground

Wemple Road dome expected to be ready for winter use

For nearly six years, the Bethlehem Soccer Club has attempted to build a new indoor facility on its Wemple Road property.

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Hoffman's Playland move set

Huck Finn’s Warehouse and More receives $650k in grants to relocate beloved amusement park rides

The “more” in Huck Finn’s Warehouse and More has taken on a whole new meaning after plans were announced to move the rides from Hoffman’s Playland to the store in North Albany.

Library trains Etsy entrepreneurs

Program at Albany’s Main Branch helps artisans get their online shops up and running

The Internet has served as a source of income for many over the years, with such well-established commercial hubs as Amazon.com and eBay.

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Having a wine time in Cohoes

Spindles on Remsen holds its official grand opening

With an increased demand for food, arts and entertainment, the Spindle City has seen abandoned buildings find new life.

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