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Weekly briefs – September 28 to October 4

Blogger/author set for Co-op appearance Meet the Author. Alexandra Stafford, a Niskayuna resident, blogger and author of “Bread, Toast, Crumbs,” will be at the Niskayuna Co-op on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by and sample…


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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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Three dozen volunteers from Friends of Niskayuna Rowing helped install a new retaining wall at Aqueduct Park on Saturday.

Volunteers, town unite for upgrades at Aqueduct Park

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Teamwork makes the dream work for Niskayuna Rowing, both in the shells and on the shore. On Sept. 16, 36 parent volunteers put in a nine-hour work day at Aqueduct Park, working on…


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L’Shana Tovah: Kids celebrate Tashlich

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY — With a toss of some oats and corn, around two dozen children symbolically cast their sins into a Central Park lake during a Rosh Hashanah Tashlich service on Sept. 21. Joy and tradition…




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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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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…