Jennifer Nickel owns a yoga studio on Western Avenue that emphasizes spirituality and growth.

GUILDERLAND — Town officials will hold a presentation, at three different locations, on the upcoming town-wide revaluation and will answer any questions from residents:

— Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Fort Hunter firehouse, 2525 Carman Road from 7 to 8:30 p.m.;

ALTAMONT — On Wednesday night, after a packed hearing with more than 100 villagers, the Altamont Village Board voted, 3 to 2, to rezone the two-family home at 107-109 Helderberg Ave. from residential to commercial so that the adjacent Stewart’s Shop will be able to expand.

The Beacon Communities project soon to be proposed at Mercy Care Lane in Guilderland would be the first of its kind in New York State. It is modeled on Treehouse Foundation of Easthampton, Massachusetts, which has achieved “fabulous” results for the children raised there, said Duncan Barrett of Beacon, who said that Beacon was asked by the state’s Office of Children and Family Services to replicate the model in New York State.

Officials are not sure of the extent of contamination, or if the streams behind the property run to the Watervliet Reservoir, but they are proceeding as if the streams do enter the reservoir, said Rick Georgeson, spokesman for the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s Region 4.

GUILDERLAND — New town planner Kenneth Kovalchik will make a presentation to the town board, at its Dec. 18 meeting, about all of the existing and proposed apartment and senior-housing complexes in Guilderland.

Mark S. Schmidt

Mark S. Schmidt of Altamont was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after being arrested in 2017 in an underage-sex sting.

Shopping on sites like Craigslist, with classified ads, peaks leading up to the holidays and police advise meeting in a well-lit, populated area for transactions — perhaps at a police station.

ALBANY COUNTY — “I guess this is technically a letter of apology,” Judge William Carter said to Jamie Bonkoski in Albany County Court Tuesday morning. Bonkoski had pleaded guilty on Oct.