Articles by Kristin Schultz

Niskayuna Central School District

3 candidates pursuing open school board seat

As of 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, three candidates had filed the appropriate paperwork to run for a single seat on the Niskayuna Central School Board of Education. Brian Backus, Christina Calabrese and Noney Grier will face off in a…


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Niskayuna graduates Shannon Vonk and Kevin Foote knew each other in high school but didn't get together until she happened to move two blocks from his NYC apartment.

Niskayuna graduates live movie script in real world

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter It is stuff of a Nora Ephron rom-com: Separated by time and life circumstances, two friends serendipitously reconnect in New York City, fall in love and live happily ever after. Niskayuna High School graduates and…


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Evergreen Olive Oil Co. owner Erin Popeleski celebrated one year in business this summer.

Evergreen Olive Oil settles nicely into its niche

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Break out the noisemakers. Evergreen Olive Oil Co. on Van Antwerp Road recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. “I’ve learned a lot,” said owner Erin Popeleski. “And we’ve had great support.” Evergreen specializes in…


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14 bicycles reported stolen in five-week span

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter Niskayuna police are encouraging residents to secure their belongings after a rash of bicycle thefts. Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 6, 14 bicycles were reported stolen in the town. Seven of those incidents occurred in…


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Niskayuna High School hosted Freshman and New Student Orientation on Wednesday. Students toured the building, found their lockers and attended brief class sessions.

Kindergarteners, freshmen get feet wet at orientation

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Thousands of pairs of new sneakers squeaked down the halls in Niskayuna schools on Sept. 6, as the 2017-18 academic year kicked off. The elementary schools opened their doors to first- through fifth-graders….


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Work is underway at Niskayuna's Veterans Memorial. The town hopes to complete the memorial by Veterans Day.

Legion, town progress on Veterans Memorial

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA —Work has commenced on Niskayuna’s Veterans Memorial in front of Town Hall. The 1,500 square-foot memorial will honor veterans from all branches of the military and all wars. The project is a joint effort…


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Housing voucher program unchanged; 78 on waiting list

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter To help families maintain stable housing situations, the federal government subsidizes the monthly rent payments for qualifying families. Formerly known as Section 8, the current program — Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) — has been administered…


The 37th annual Carrot Festival was held at Congregation Agudat Achim, 2117 Union St., Niskayuna on October 11, 2015.

Carrot Festival is Sept. 10

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter The changing leaves are not the only portent of autumn. Congregation Agudat Achim is gearing up for its 39th annual Carrot Festival on Sept. 10, and attendees can expect a taste of new things and…


Niskayuna Central School District

Committee to examine high school start time issue

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter An advisory committee to the Niskayuna Central School District’s Board of Education will form a subcommittee to explore delaying the start time for high school students. Over the summer, an online petition started circulating asking…


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Rosendale Elementary School students wait to buy snacks from the snack cart in the school's cafeteria in Niskayuna on Jan. 13

District implements changes to lunch program

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — This fall, the kids will get back on the bus, and the food service program at Niskayuna’s elementary and middle schools will get back on the National School Lunch Program. High school students…


Niskayuna Town Hall

Town board passes anti-hate resolution

At the Aug. 22 Niskayuna Town Board meeting, the board passed a resolution denouncing neo-Nazi and white nationalist organizations. The resolution was put forward by Supervisor Joe Landry. The board voted unanimously to adopt the measure, which “strongly denounce(s) the…