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

Nisky schools look to replace sweet, salty snacks

By  Zachary Matson NISKAYUNA — Students at Niskayuna elementary schools can choose from a long list of tasty snacks at the end of their lunch period, including Fruit Gushers, Cheetos, Oreos and four different flavors of Doritos. But a committee of…

The Eastern Avenue Price Chopper Supermarket in Schenectady on Nov. 30, 2016.PHOTOGRAPHER: PETER R. BARBER

Settlement possible in Price Chopper suit

By Stephen Williams The Schenectady-based Price Chopper supermarket chain is in talks that could settle a Massachusetts federal lawsuit over employee classifications and overtime pay, according to new federal court filings. Attorneys for both the supermarket chain and the plaintiffs…

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER The new Dunkin Donuts shop at 1706 Union Street in Schenectady was the former TrustCo Bank building Friday, December 16, 2016.

Union Street Dunkin’ Donuts now open

SCHENECTADY- Dunkin’ Donuts opened its new location at 1706 Union Street on Thursday, Dec. 15. The doughnut shop was previously located across the street at 1621 Union Street. The new Dunkin’ Donuts location, which was previously a TrustCo Bank, is…

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Owner of Peter Pause Restaurant dies

By Steven Cook SCHENECTADY — Longtime local restaurateur and owner of Peter Pause Restaurant Dean Plakas has died. Plakas was found inside his Nott Street restaurant Wednesday evening and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His death came…


Demand on Capital Region food pantries still high

By Stephen Williams Demand on food pantries and soup kitchens across eastern New York is at record levels, despite improving economic conditions. The need to feed people who can’t otherwise afford nutritious food is so large, in fact, that to…