Elizabeth Floyd Mair

ALBANY — Bail was set at $20,000 Friday morning for Justin Hope, the Guilderland man charged with bringing to his apartment and sexually abusing a resident of Vanderheyden Hall in Rensselaer County, where he had worked.

The man accused of sexually abusing a Vanderheyden Hall resident, who had a disability and who was in his care, received a college scholarship awarded to those with “a reputation for honesty, integrity and community service.”

Guilderland school district officials asked students to tell them why so many of them said that safe school buildings were a top priority. Do students not feel safe, officials wanted to know, and, if they don’t, what are they afraid of? They organized a focus group to hear their thoughts, but just one student came.

In Guilderland, three seats on the school board and two seats on the library board will soon open. Five town residents have picked up informational packets about running for the library board. The election for both boards will be held May 16.

Sometimes yesterday’s snow is enough to close school down, again.

They are the oldest federal law-enforcement agency in the country and handle all kinds of crime, from lottery scams to assaults that happen at postal facilities.

A proposal for a nine-acre array on Route 156 that would have been Guilderland’s first solar farm was withdrawn this fall. Now the town is considering a proposal for a zoning district change to allow for construction of a solar farm about twice the size.

A building plan for a medical office at Western Avenue and Hague Drive that was approved years ago was never built, and now a new proposal for the same site — this time, a mixed-use building with both apartments and office or retail space — is back before the planning board.

Guilderland’s draft school budget for next year, projected at $98 million, will add teachers and restore some programs that were cut in recent years.

Surprising facts about the new Guilderland town historian, Ann Wemple-Person, include that she knows how to wrangle chickens and drive a tractor.


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