Suburban schools — for decades a beacon, attracting city dwellers — are now feeling the effects of poverty, too.

“Since the downturn of the economic system, what was there,” Rebecca Gardner said of poverty, “has become much more severe very quickly.”  Gardner, who started her career as teacher, then worked in support services at the State Education Department for 27 years, now is on the faculty of the Capital Area School Development Association.

Opinion

“People need to know that other people care. That’s huge. It helps them have hope," says a faculty member who advises schools on helping students living in poverty. Each of us can make a difference.

Guilderland

 The village board is set to make a decision on the application at the public hearing scheduled for Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the village hall.

New Scotland

Residents of the Heldervale water district in Slingerlands asked town officials to re-examine their water rates, and to exercise care with older asbestos pipes if the Creekside housing development receives final approval. 

Sports

For something a little different, Phil Carducci decided to organize the inaugural Voorheesville 5K Cross-Country Challenge, to be run on Sept. 5.

Hilltowns

The special election comes just a few months before a large general election but several years after stalled plans to fix a leaking roof and a weathered highway garage.

Regional

County Legislator Herbert Reilly says he recalls the pain he saw in Clarksville years ago from polluted water and so has drafted a bill to protect public water supplies from blasting.