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'Toxic-Free Toys Act' signed into law

Local lawmakers defied calls from toy industry representatives to let state or federal officials draft changes to what levels of chemicals are allowed in children’s products.

Revisisions made to local motel bills

Town of Colonie considers public comments in process

Following public comments at a recent town board public hearing, the proposed local laws regarding motel regulations have been revised with residents’ concerns in mind.

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Year in Review: Saying goodbye

The coming of the new year is not without sadness

A look back at the year's events in the Town of Colonie.

Wolf Road development moves forward

First Columbia hotel and office space proposal still viable

The Colonie Town Planning Board moved to accept the concept of First Columbia’s office and hotel development after months of planning and revision.

New motel law vote postponed

Town Board extends public hearing, wants to amend laws with public comments

Town officials in Colonie decided to extend the public hearing regarding new local laws for motels and hotels after nearly two hours of public comments from local business owners and residents.

Grannies for peaceful video games

Local peace group protests violence in video games and toys

With holiday shopping underway, local peace advocates are delivering a message against violence in video games and children’s toys.

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Teaching green energy

Teacher’s union gets solar panels from Monolith

The New York State United Teachers union has taken on an energy-saving initiative by partnering with Monolith Solar to install solar panels at all of their regional offices.

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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.