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Busy bodies

A new gym in Colonie aims to get kids active

Cold weather and early nightfall are not good enough excuses to keep children from participating in physical activities.

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Styrofoam banned at chain food businesses

Albany County Legislature makes decision amidst community support, industry outcry

The Albany County Legislature on Tuesday, Nov. 12, approved the Food Service Waste Reduction Act by a vote of 24-12, which prohibits usage of polystyrene foam containers, commonly known as Styrofoam, at chain food service businesses. The ban will be effective in six months.

Colonie budget passes

Small tax bump, but 2014 numbers stay within cap

At the Thursday, Nov. 7, meeting, the Colonie Town Board passed its $83.1 million budget for 2014.

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Paint is dry at new artistic haven

Albany Art Room reopens at new location, owner committed to staying in city

Finding a permanent home for a local business catering to artists of all ages ended up taking much longer than watching paint dry.

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Bonefish Grill opens Albany restaurant

Chain restaurant offers fresh seafood, specialty cocktails and Sunday brunch specials

Bonefish Grill, a casual dinning seafood chain restaurant, held its grand opening on Monday, Oct. 7, after holding a charity event benefiting the Capital District Habitat for Humanity the prior Saturday.

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Latham Price Chopper sets the standard

Plans advancing for chain’s ‘store of the decade,’ completion by end of year

Renovations are giving the Latham Price Chopper more than a fresh look and new layout, because prepared foods, a casual dinning experience and specialty food choices will soon present “chopper shoppers” with a top notch experience, according to Neil Golub, executive chairman of the Golub Corp. board.

Activists aim to eliminate Styrofoam

County bill would ban usage of plastic foam at chain businesses

Several proponents of a ban on polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, from chain establishments continued urging county legislators on Monday, Sept. 9, to approve the “Food Service Waste Reduction Act.”

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House calls for the house trained

Guilderland native starts exclusively mobile veterinary service

Capital District Mobile Veterinary Services aims at reducing stress around the veterinarian experience by bringing their office to pets. Owner Sarah Nolan and veterinary assistant Anne Giagni started making house calls about three months ago and both said the business is quickly taking off.

S. Colonie looks to the sun for savings

Agreement inked that sets stage for largest public school solar project in state

Educators in the South Colonie Central School District think the future is looking bright when it comes to the electricity bill.

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Skin-care sweetens up

Delmar native puts made-at-home Skin Candi line into Wal-Mart contest

Two Albany entrepreneurs are hoping to win a Wal-Mart competition that would see their skin-care line on shelves all over the country.

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Garden Bistro opens doors in Vista

Second location for young restaurateur to place more focus on lunch

The first eatery in Slingerlands’ Vista Technology Campus is open for business.

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Lord & Taylor coming back to Crossgates

Retailer plans to open two-story department store in fall 2014

Lord & Taylor will be returning to Crossgates Mall under new ownership, with plans to open its doors in the fall of 2014.

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Reel issues

An industry upgrade is threatening the survival of drive-ins, including Glenmont’s Jericho Drive-In

Drive-ins and independent movie theaters are being forced to upgrade to digital projection machines as the movie industry begins to phase out the use of 35mm film.

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Police: Cards compromised at buffet

Police link identity thefts to employee of Glenmont restaurant

Two days after four employees of Golden Town Buffet Hibachi & Sushi in Glenmont were arrested on charges of identity theft and deportation warrants, the restaurant’s owners were issued a citation for having too many occupants living upstairs.

State feeling good about real estate

Siena study finds attitudes about market are definitely positive

A study released by the Siena Research Institute at Siena College last week found that for the first time in almost four years, the state’s residents feel the real estate market is on the upswing.