Archive » November 2013 » News

GUILDERLAND — With Thanksgiving on the horizon, the kindergartners in Amy McFarren’s class told each other what they were thankful for.

Five-year-old Dylon Conboy told his classmates, “I’m thankful my Daddy donated platelets to kids that need them.”

Dylon knows about illness and about generosity.

"Chuck has the honest face and innocent look," said Senior Investigator Thomas Funk of his colleague, Charles Tanner III. "I’m a bigger guy — more intimidating.” The two work well together, and Funk was pleased that Tanner was recently recognized with an award from the district attorney.

Two years into her four-year term, Bonnie Conklin said she wants to dedicate herself more to her work. She said she felt uncomfortable and uninformed at times on the council.

The project will cover sidewalks from Route 155 to the Albany city line and includes adding sidewalk ramps, upgrading pedestrian signal systems, and replacing or adding curbs.

GUILDERLAND — Four Guilderland High School juniors, all males, were arrested Thursday by Guilderland Police on misdemeanor charges under a 2010 Albany County law making cyberbullying a crime.

“It’s a meditation on the power of friendship," says Altamont's librarian about Breadcrumbs, one of the books recommended for winter reading.

A first-ever master plan for Thacher Park calls for a visitors' center, rock-climbing and bike trails as well as an expanded beach at nearby Thompson's Lake Park, all to be managed under the name of Thacher.

The Republican assemblyman hosted a community on Nov. 19 meeting with frank conversation on lobbyists, hydraulic fracturing, shared services, and telecommunications.

The town's fund balance used for 2014 is under $25,000. Much of the leftover money this year was used to fund flood recovery projects awaiting federal money, said Supervisor Richard Rapp.

A woman raped and kidnapped by a juvenile detention center inmate in Rensselaerville cannot collect both workers’ compensation benefits and settlement money from a civil rights lawsuit for the same injuries, the state’s Court of Appeals affirmed, 6 to 1, on Nov. 19.​

In close votes on Oct. 14, a $17.3 million project to update Guilderland’s seven school buildings passed while an $846,300 plan to renovate the high school auditorium and better light the football field was defeated.

Altamont Trustee Bill Aylward wanted residents to be notified before allowing the marketing of a communications tower in Altamont; the board tabled the decision.

A mother and daughter, Audrey and Kelly Iacobucci, have created characters like themselves to star in a series of mysteries; their first book is being released this week.

Martha Samadashvili sees beauty in chess, a game she has mastered in two years. Next month, she will represent the Capital District at the World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

What the high school principal described as "raunchy sexual comments" in a rap posted to YouTube has led to the suspension of four male students; police are deciding whether they will be arrested under a county cyberbullying law, currently being challenged in the state's top court.