Toys For Tots drives underway in the region

SCHENECTADY — The weeks leading up to Christmas are an opportunity to show love and charity to those in need, and the Toys For Tots toy drive is one way to do that. Locations throughout the area are collecting new, unwrapped…


Union Street store blames Lecce Group for closure

Kristin Schultz Daily Gazette SCHENECTADY — Bread From Brooklyn generated a lot of buzz when it opened on Upper Union Street in June. Just three months later, the bagel, doughnut and pastry shop is closed, and the owner blames the Lecce…

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Dance partners Natalia O'Connor and Florin Vlad are opening Dance Fire Studio in the Shop Rite Plaza in late October.

Ballroom duo opening studio

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter There’s a new business waltzing in the ShopRite Plaza in Niskayuna this month. Champion ballroom dancers Florin Vlad and Natalia O’Connor are opening Dance Fire Studio & Fitness, a ballroom dance studio where they will…


Niskayuna Planning Board tables zoning recommendation

NISKAYUNA — Public opposition to a proposed mixed-use and multi-family development at Van Antwerp and Balltown roads has not abated. The Niskayuna Planning Board was scheduled to make a recommendation Monday to the Town Board regarding a zoning change request by developer BR Niskayuna Holdings. But…

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Dave Gallo, Anne Leonelli-Gallo and Peter Scanlan stand in front of Niskayuna Wines & Liquor. Scanlan sold the store to Leonelli-Gallo last week.

Niskayuna Wines and Liquor changes hands

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter It was time to pop the champagne as the sale of Niskayuna Wine and Liquor was finalized on Sept. 14. Second-generation owner Peter Scanlan sold the Nott Street institution to fellow Niskayuna resident Anne Leonelli-Gallo….


Lecce Group withdraws Union Street proposal

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter The Lecce Group on Sept. 14 withdrew its plan to demolish a derelict house at the corner of Balltown Road and Union Street and build a new company headquarters. “We made the decision after much…

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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…