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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…


Participants work at Upcycle Camp at Van Antwerp Middle School. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

Upcycle Camp: Reducing, reusing and recycling

BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter On a recent summer afternoon at Van Antwerp Middle School in Niskayuna, the hallways smelled faintly of cleaning products. Empty classrooms had spotless floors, and desks and chairs were stacked in the otherwise-immaculate hall. But…



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School budget meetings

NISKAYUNA — The Niskayuna Central School District will hold two community budget presentations, in addition to the annual budget hearing, for residents to learn more about the district’s proposed 2015-16 budget: Niskayuna Town Hall, 7 p.m., Monday, May 4, in…


Kamryn Almas, an eighth grader who is participating in SeaPerch for the second time, shows off a modified SeaPerch robot that her group designed with the help of KAPL engineer Walter Walczak. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

Teams eagerly dive into SeaPerch competition

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Van Antwerp Middle School’s underwater robots have hit the Niskayuna High School pool to practice for their second crack at the regional SeaPerch Robotics challenge, and, this year, things are serious. “Last year…




Niskayuna seventh-grader Jasmine Nautel is shown March 11 in the fitness center at Niskayuna High School. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Local youth lifter readies for nationals

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — One week after almost setting a national record at a lift-off at Niskayuna High School, 13-year-old Jasmine Nautel was again the center of attention March 11 in the high school’s fitness center. Wearing…