Students brace themselves to run for the playground equipment as soon as the ribbon is cut. Photo: Rebecca Isenhart

Ribbon cut on new Birchwood playground

BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter On Friday, Sept. 18, families from the Birchwood school community gathered to celebrate the school’s brand-new, colorful playground, which had just been completed with special flooring earlier in the week. The playground is more than…


Photos: Niskayuna emergency services remember 9/11

A short, but solemn gathering brought together emergency responders and the community they serve at Niskayuna Town Hall on Friday, Sept. 11. There were two moments of silence and a short, nondenominational prayer for peace. Then, several emergency service personnel…

Rabbi Abraham Kelman, left, and his son Barli Kelman work on their paintings in the JCC's pavilion. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

PHOTOS: Fun with the sun

This summer at the Schenectady JCC, fresh air, sunshine and oil paint were a recipe for happiness. On Wednesday, Aug. 5, about a dozen students of all levels layered brush strokes to create nature scenes as the sun set behind…