Melissa Hale-Spencer

Fazana Ismail says kids who help out at her birthday parties for homeless children come to realize "These kids are just like them."

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The two top vote-getters on Tuesday, Christine Hayes and Seema Rivera, are friends and sister graduates of Guilderland.

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Both candidates vying to represent western Guilderland and part of the Hilltowns in the Albany County Legislature live in Knox.

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GUILDERLAND — Because of avian flu in the other parts of the country, New York’s Department of Agriculture and Markets announced Tuesday the state is banning all live fowl competitions.

Union organizers stayed on script for a rally where individuals brought their own words on what is ailing public education.

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This month, the State Education Department announced an additional $14.5 million in funds through the federal Race to the Top grant in support of the Smart Schools Bond Act.

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Members of the Guilderland Teachers’ Association — over 100 of them — turned out in force at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Phyllis Rosenblum's home showcases her family history while her gardens blend the practical with the beautiful.

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The candidates have varied views on the $93.7 million budget proposal, on Common Core standards and required tests, on contracts, and on what should be done about excess classroom space in the district.

Catherine Barber, who is seeking a fourth term on the school board, would like to see some of the tasks underway to completion. “So much is going on in education right now,” she said. “There’s a lot of news.”

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