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Michal Livneh (right) and Keren Ilan (left) are Israeli citizens spending their summer volunteering at the Schenectady JCC's summer camp program.

Young Israelis share culture via summer role at JCC

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — As part of the Summer Shlichim Program, two Israeli citizens are helping with summer camps this year at the Schenectady JCC. Keren Ilan, 21, and Michal Livneh, 20, arrived June 18 and will…

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Isabella Sementilli doesn't let a debilitating headache disorder keep her down. She bakes and sells cookies at her family's restaurant, Scotti's, and donates the proceeds to brain injury and anti-bullying causes.

Teen turns chronic pain into a mission

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY — Isabella Sementilli looks just fine. She is a petite, dark-haired 14-year-old girl with a bright, beaming smile. Silver bracelets jingle on her wrist. She loves Nancy Drew mystery novels. Isabella Sementilli looks just…

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Two recruits working way toward police force

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — The Niskayuna Police Department is adding two more boys in blue, who, upon successful completion of the police academy and field training, will bring the total department roster to 29. In the past…

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After years of training, Elisa Abraham and Purva Shenoy gave their debut performance of Bharatanatyam at U Albany's Performing Arts Center for an audience of 400.

Mastering footwork and facial expression

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter A tradition that dates to the time of Israelite King David, Iranian prophet Zoroaster and the Phoenician alphabet is alive and well in the Capital Region. Bharatnatyam is a 3,000-year-old form of dance that originated…

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Members of the Niskayuna Town Pool Swim & Dive team raised more than $5,000 at its annual Swim-a-Thon to benefit the Donna M. Crandall Foundation.

Swim-athon raises $5K for cistic fibrosis foundation

On July 14, the 120 members of the Niskayuna Town Pool Swim & Dive Team hosted their 12th annual swim-athon to benefit The Donna M. Crandall Foundation for those living with cystic fibrosis. The team members — ranging in age…

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Abby Weber finally "graduated" from kindergarten. With 34 years of service to Glencliff Elementary School, Weber retired this year.

Abby Weber: Leaving a legacy

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter REXFORD — She said there were only 21 students in the classroom, but on the last day of school it felt like many more. Nevertheless, Glencliff Elementary School Kindergarten teacher Abby Weber handled the bounding…

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Eddie Reynolds, Joni Bonilla of Operation At Ease, and service dog Callie.

Operation At Ease helps veteran and service dog

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter Sometimes, putting up fences is a good thing. For Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Eddie Reynolds, a fence was a very good thing because it will allow his children and dogs, including his official service dog,…

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Niskayuna Town Supervisor Joe Landry and Councilwoman Lisa Weber demonstrate the game of disc golf.

Disc golf course gets another 9 holes

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Let’s play 18. At a ribbon cutting on June 27, the town of Niskayuna officially opened the second set of nine holes on its disc golf course in Blatnick Park. In a sense,…