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POV: Look for the ‘36’ in the dairy aisle

This Point of View column appeared in the March 27, 2013, edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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Outside the box

Unique chocolate treats offer break from Valentine’s Day tradition

While chocolate is often seen as a can’t-fail Valentines gift, the traditional heart-shaped box of sweets might strike some as clichéd. But for those looking to stray from convention will be met with a sweet surprise at Capital District candy shops.

Dave and Buster’s coming to Crossgates Mall

Mall managements hopes new business will draw crowds

After years of courting entertainment options to fill vacant space within Crossgates Mall, officials recently announced that a Dave and Busters will be coming to the shopping center.

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A taste of the East in Elsmere

Tea House Asian Bistro opens in former Friendly’s building

Jim Zheng has always wanted to own an authentic Asian teahouse and now his dream is becoming a reality.

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Fired up over food

Cooking Channel features Elsmere firefighter in upcoming episode

Delmar Resident Christopher Massie will be featured on The Cooking Channel's new show "My Grandmother's Raviolis" hosted by Comedian Mo Rocca.

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Pork protesters visit Glenmont

Mercy for Animals pickets against Wal-Mart's practices

Members of a national animal rights organization made their way to Glenmont in late September to protest the alleged abuse of pigs by Wal-Mart pork suppliers.

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Slim pickings for orchards

Growers try to make the best of a devastating apple season

Although a late frost in the spring has damaged a large portion of the area’s apple crops, local growers are still urging families to keep their annual tradition of visiting an apple farm this fall.

New regs mean new food at BC

Schools required to offer healthier menus this coming year

Students in the Bethlehem Central School District and those across the country will be seeing some culinary changes in the new school year under new federal food service regulations implemented in July.

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Power of persuasion opens doors

Trader Joe’s cuts the lei on first Upstate store in Colonie

New Trader Joe's location on Wolf Road in Colonie finally opens to the delight of area foodies.

Taste buds to get local workout

The Pruyn House will become a miniature version of the Capital District on Thursday, Aug. 23, when local food, art and music is spread across the grounds for “A Taste of Local: An Evening of Food, Wine and Talents.”

Eatery grades out in the open

New law requires Albany County restaurants to post health inspection results

Picture this. It’s 6 p.m. on a Friday night and you’re starving. You walk through the door of your favorite restaurant, expecting to eat a hygienically prepared meal in a clean dining room. But do you know how the restaurant scored on its most recent health inspection? Are you about to dine in an “excellent” restaurant or a “fair” restaurant?

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Summer job? Try summer business

Stephen Bliven, 19, of Latham, knew he needed a summer job. But the Southern Vermont college student didn’t just find one, he created it.

Trader Joe's gets summer opening date

Getting approval for a sign reading “Trader Joe’s Plaza” was one of the last procedural hurdles for the grocery chain to clear before its Colonie doors swing open on Friday, Aug. 3, and on Tuesday, June 5, the Sign Review Board approved the proposed sign.

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To market, to market to buy ...

Almost anything is available at area farmers' markets, now in full swing

As warmer weather settles in, farmers markets are starting to set up shop around the region. Each offers something a little different but they all have one thing in common: fresh, local food.

Bethlehem Restaurant Week returns

More than a dozen eateries to offer $20.12 meals

For the second time, the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce will be partnering with local eateries to present Bethlehem Restaurant week.

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