June 30, 2011

The F Word

Check out the new FREEBIES available.

Got Plans?

 Howe About Half Price?

$23 for Tour for Two People at Howe Caverns in Howes Cave ($46 Value)  


June 29, 2011

News in a Nutshell

June 29, 2011

Cuomo to 'definitely' veto borrowing bill

ALBANY – Passed in last weeks legislative session, the bill allowing school districts to borrow up to $1 billion to cover pension costs will be vetoed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Food Stamps For Fast Food? Yum, Say Restaurants
Taco Bell America's poor, who are more likely to be plagued with poor nutrition and stricken with obesity than higher income groups, statistics show, are also more likely to get their meals from fast food restaurants. Where else can you get a days' worth of calories for $5, no preparation required?


June 28, 2011

The Pope's First Tweet

Vatican City Flag 12 x 18 inchThe tweet was sent from the Vatican News Twitter account, with roughly 12,000 followers but sure to skyrocket following the Pope's tweet.



Groupon India's SoSasta.com Leaks User Database 
With hackers stealing and publishing private data every other day, the last place you'd expect a data leak to come from is inside a company. But according to a report by Australia's Risky Business, that's what happened on Tuesday at Groupon's India-based website, SoSasta.

June 28, 2011

What To Do

Hampton Manor Fishing Derby and Neighborhood Garage Sale

June 26, 2011

News in a Nutshell

June 26, 2011

Rain will go away - at least for one day 

Beautiful weather will be returning to the Capital Region Monday, after lower temperatures and rain clouded our area since last Thursday.

Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka To Marry: 
Gay Marriage Passage Enables Stars To Wed
"David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago! We've been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date," the star tweeted Saturday morning.

Barack Obama Signature: Autopenned Or Real?
While traveling in Europe last month, Obama directed his staff in Washington to use an autopen to sign into law an extension of certain Patriot Act powers to fight terrorism.


June 24, 2011

News in a Nutshell

Headlines that caught my eye

June 24, 2011

New York Senate approves same-sex marriage

New York legislators cleared the last major hurdle to legalize same-sex marriage Friday when the state Senate followed the Assembly's lead in approving legislation to do so.

NY bill for teacher pension borrowing advances

Even before voting on a much touted agreement to cap local property taxes, New York lawmakers are advancing legislation to carve out an exception for teachers' pensions. The bill would authorize school districts to cover pension costs through borrowing.


House Rebuffs Obama On Libya But Won't Cut Funding  Congress and House lawmakers from both parties banded together Friday to rebuke President Barack Obama over his steps in Libya. The House dealt an embarrassing blow to the White House by voting down a measure that would have formally authorized limited U.S. military operations in Libya.

June 23, 2011

Castleton Public Library

 What's Happening This Week?
  • June 27: Read In @ 6 PM
  • June 29: Crafternoon @ 2 PM and Legos in the Library @ 6 PM
  • June 30: Story Hour @ 10 AM.  Join us for stories and crafts.

News in a Nutshell

June 22, 2011

Obama's Afghanistan plan criticized on two fronts

The Obama troop withdrawal plan, widely interpreted as marking the beginning of the end of the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan, drew criticism from both sides of the political aisle on Capitol Hill.  

Republicans leave budget talks, blame Democrats

Boehner: 'Let me be clear, tax hikes are off the table' 





Students return from world health mission

In addition to much needed medical services, the Mission provides knowledge, resources and tools to empower the people so they may evolve their own health care system.

Democrats Thank Community

Schodack Democratic Club Members Thank Residents  for Food Donations

The Schodack Democratic Club members would like to thank the residents of the Maple Hill Road corridor for their generosity during the Schodack Democratic Club’s recent food drive. Donations helped restock the shelves of the Anchor Food Pantry in Castleton

June 22, 2011

Graduation Season!

Click here to purchase Gift Cards  and Certificates
Banners and Decorations

    Cats at the Castleton Library

    Valley Cats Read at Story Hour
    Friday, June 24 @ 10 AM  the library will welcome special guests for Story Hour!  The Tri-City Valley cats are sending a player to read to the kids!!!

    News in a Nutshell

    Progress in NY gay marriage religious exemptions
    Democrats and Republicans emerged from meetings with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and said there was progress toward proposed additional religious protections that could bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote. No deal had been struck as of Wednesday afternoon...

    Rabid kitten found in Wynantskill
    Officials reminded residents to keep their pets' rabies vaccinations up-to-date. Anyone who has come in contact with or taken in a kitten from this area between June 10 and 16 should immediately contact the Rensselaer County Department of Health.

    Motorcyclist in critical condition after crash

    NORTH GREENBUSH - A motorcyclist is in critical condition after a collision with a car Tuesday night in front of 99 North Greenbush Road, town police said.

    Billboard Boondoggle
    A $1.2 million federal highway program that sent employees on a 17-day globe-trotting journey to photograph different billboards was suspended Tuesday.

    Rush to finish at the Capitol
    Senators and Cuomo aides were still haggling over language strengthening exemptions for religious institutions, as well as the details of the tax cap and rent regulations. But the governor was optimistic as he announced the progress Tuesday evening.

    June 21, 2011

    News in a Nutshell

    Music in the Park

    Every Tuesday  from 6 to 8pm
    Come for a FREE concert at the Schodack Town Park on Poyneer Road  
    • Jun 21: Winchester & Young – Classic Rock from the 60’s and 70’s with lots of Blended Harmonies – Easy listening

    • Jun 28: Johnny Cassera's Route 66 Band – Rock and Roll from the 50’s and 60’s.
    • July 5: True Tones – led by Rob Piorkowski; a 4 piece band performing Popular Songs and Great Melodies 

    June 16, 2011

    News in a Nutshell

    Two in custody in connection with burglaries across the region

    Vincent Harris
    Vincent Harris
    Two career criminals, one of them a convicted murderer, were arrested Thursday after one of them allegedly tried to run down a state police investigator as he tried to get away. 
    Troopers caught the two, allegedly red-handed, burglarizing a remote home in Schodack.


    Politics slows gay marriage vote

    Sen. Dean Skelos. File photo.Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Conflicting interests and political maneuvering threatened to stall a vote in New York on whether to legalize gay marriage, viewed by advocates and opponents alike as a pivotal moment in the years-long debate.

    ‘He’s got a vote from me’

    The 32-year-old Troy woman is expecting her first child in August, being carried by her new wife, Curran Saile. The pair married earlier this month — out of state. Roy McDonald, a Saratoga Republican, on Tuesday became the 31st senator to declare his support for legalizing same-sex marriage.


    Cops to hold blanket DWI patrol

    Police in Albany County are looking for people who drink and drive. 
    A "happy hour stop DWI" blanket patrol is in effect for Thursday and Friday night.
    State Police and the Albany County Sheriff's Department are conducting the patrol.

    Weiner resigns in wake of sexting scandal

    U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.,  arrives at his home in Queens, N.Y., before leaving for a news conference on Thursday, June 16, 2011.  Weiner has decided to resign his seat in Congress after a two-week scandal spawned by lewd and even x-rated photos the New York lawmaker took of himself and sent online to numerous women.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
    U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., arrives at his home in Queens, N.Y.
    NEW YORK (AP) - Seared by scandal, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner announced his resignation from Congress on Thursday, done in by lewd photos he took of himself, sent to women online and then adamantly lied about after being caught.

    June 14, 2011

    Roy McDonald says Yes

    The Capitol media Twitter feeds erupted late this afternoon with news that state Senator Roy McDonald who represents Renssealer County and most of Saratoga County, will vote yes on the bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. That brings that vote count in favor to 31 (one short of a majority). 

    Same-sex marriage is one vote away from being approved in New York after Republican Senator Roy McDonald became the second GOP lawmaker to announce his support of the marriage equality bill. 

    Castleton Public Library

    Story Times at the Castleton Library
    Wednesday, June 15, Join the Friends of the Library for their monthly meeting in the upstairs Village Hall Meeting Room @ 7:00 PM.
    Thursday, June 16-10am-Story hour
    Friday, June 24 @ 10 AM  the library will welcome special guests for Story Hour!  The Tri-City Valley cats are sending a player to read to the kids!!!

    Sharing Services

    NYS Parks and Marine Service

    The NYS Parks and the Marine Service will present the Schodack Landing Fire Co. the keys to a 26ft fire boat Wed June 15 at 11 am at the Schodack Island State Park. Lunch will be at noon. This is part of the States new program, sharing services.

    News in a Nutshell

    Gay marriage bill gains support in State Senate

    Cuomo noted that 60-percent of New Yorkers support gay marriage, urging holdouts in the Senate, to join them.

    At a press conference Monday, Cuomo introducing three new members on the 'team.' Senators Carl Kruger, Shirley Huntley and Joseph Addabbo said now that their constituents support gay marriage, they will too. That brought the tally of supporters - all Democrats - to 29 votes. But supporters aren't celebrating yet. 
    Three more votes are needed for a majority in the Senate, and none of the 32 Republicans are jumping on board.

    Plane pulled from Columbia County pond

    GHENT -- A plane that crashed into a Columbia County pond near the Kline Kill Airport was pulled from the water on Tuesday.

    For months, Governor Cuomo has said layoffs of up to 9,800 state workers could result if he doesn't get $450 million in workforce savings for the current fiscal year. 

    The state's two major unions, the Public Employees Federation and Civil Service Employees Association, are in contract talks with the governor's representatives, although the two sides appear far from an agreement. The unions' contracts expired at the end of March.

    Marlo Thomas
    Strauss-Kahn. Schwarzenegger. Edwards. Weiner. It's been a helluva month for men behaving badly. Am I the only one who sees this as a good thing?

    Has the tradition of men having it their way -- with women bearing the consequences -- hit a speed bump? 

    Historically, women who have been victimized by men -- whether by a sexually harassing boss or a philandering husband -- were trained to hit the mute button.


    June 12, 2011

    Shut down at Shoaib Choudhry Sunoco

    Price Chopper and Sunoco...taking Advantage?

    "For your safety, only one vehicle can be filled up per transaction to prevent the risk of fire. Your 1 fill-up is limited to 20 gallons which allows most customers to fill up one tank of gas."

    June 11, 2011

    Schodack Blotter

    Schodack Blotter  4/17-4/30, 2011


    Schodack Blotter

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