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Aesthetic Science Institute owner Michelle D'Allaird Brenner moved the school from Plaza 7 to 922 Troy Schenectady Road in January.

Aesthetic Science Institute relocates

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter LATHAM — Niskayuna resident Michelle D’Allaird Brenner opened the Aesthetic Science Institute in Plaza 7 in Latham 15 years ago.  In January, the aesthetic school moved a mile and a half east into a brand-new…


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Schenectady JCC board president Marv Garfinkel and Fitness Director Terry Santoro have received positive feedback on the center's recent renovations.

JCC finishes extensive locker room reno

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — It just got a lot cooler to be a member at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center — literally. After a year of planning in consultation with members, its board and staff, followed by…



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Rosendale 4th graders attended the reception for student artists in the 8th annual Empire State Plaza Art Exhibition and posed with keynote speaker Jillian Hirsch

Students’ art on display

By Kristin Schultz Daily Gazette NISKAYUNA — More than 80 Niskayuna Central Schools students were selected to have their art displayed on the South Concourse of the Empire State Plaza for the eighth annual K-8 Empire State Plaza Art Collection…


PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Louis Lecce stands in front of the Albany Medical Center Urgent Care building at 1769 Union Street in Niskayuna Thursday, February 2, 2017.

Former City Squire may be razed, rebuilt as pub

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY – If everything goes according to plan, Upper Union Street will have a new watering hole before the year is out. The Lecce Group, in a joint venture with John and Katrina Isopo, hope…


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Juie Deo talks to students at Rosendale Elementary School about the annual Indian pilgrimage to Pandharpur.

It’s a small world

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA – It may have been the area’s only Lunch and Learn that included juice boxes and fruit cups, but for two-and-a-half  hours on March 7, Rosendale Elementary School students filed in and out of…


Photo courtesy Tom Swyers  Niskayuna resident Tom Swyers wrote his second novel, The Killdeer Connection, a legal thriller set in the Capital Region and North Dakota.

Swyers writes legal thriller for 2nd book

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter   NISKAYUNA – The local author who caused a stir with his first book, “Saving Babe Ruth,” is back with a second novel, this time a legal thriller called “The Killdeer Connection.” As a lawyer…


Photographer Ellen Hoverkamp will present on the art of scanner photography at the Edison Club on Wed., March 8.

Artist spotlight: Ellen Hoverkamp

By Kristin Schultz A camera isn’t the only way to capture striking images. Scanner photography is the art of arranging items on a flatbed scanner then editing and printing the results. Connecticut photographer Ellen Hoverkamp has been creating compositions using…


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Jad Jacob and Alexandra Burgess as The Phantom and Christine Daae in Niskayuna High School's production of Phantom of the Opera.

Phantom of the Opera opens at Niskayuna High

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter Love, drama, mystery and music will rule the Niskayuna High School auditorium this weekend as the music department presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. Featuring around 30 actors on stage, 30 student-musicians in the…


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Niskayuna CSD, Chinese school near partnership deal

BY ZACHARY MATSON Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Niskayuna school officials are closing in on a formal partnership with a private Montessori school in China to share curriculum and establish an exchange program for students and teachers. Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra Jr….