Alyssa Jung

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Alyssa covers the Town of Colonie, surrounding villages and general Albany County. If you've got a news tip or a great story idea (she loves her features!) email them to junga@spotlightnews.com.

Recent Stories

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Books on screen, and on wheels

Did you know there are 13,000 books, music and movies available to download from public libraries across the Capital District? If you didn’t, a trip to the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile might be in store.

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Car owners fire up engines for vets

A group of area veterans are making sure their fellow servicemen know they’re appreciated.

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New deputy county exec steps in

Christine Quinn made Albany County history on Friday, July 27, when she served her first day as the new deputy county executive. Appointed by County Executive Dan McCoy after then-deputy county executive Michael Perrin stepped down to “explore other opportunities,” Quinn is the first woman to hold the position.

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Feline Fest connects cats with homes

It was all about the cats at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society’s sixth Feline Fest running Thursday, July 26, to Sunday, July 29. The yearly event is the organization’s effort to “promote” the influx of cats it typically sees during the warmer months.

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Legally blind student wins scholarship

Student hopes incredible journey will culminate in law career

Debbie Bango didn’t expect her daughter to survive.

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Local art adorns walls of government

The big brick building at 534 New Loudon Road in Latham is the hub of town government. But, the second floor of Colonie Memorial Town Hall also serves another purpose—it doubles as an art gallery.

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.”

School supply lists go digital

Some Sand Creek Middle School parents have a new way of getting supply lists for the upcoming school year. Instead of wrinkled pieces of paper sent home the last day of school, they have Teacherlists.com, a website that launched in April and already has supply lists posted for 48,000 classrooms nationwide.

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From the office to the stage

Local band frontman is a lobbyist by day, rock star by night

By day, John Salka looks like every other lobbyist at Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein, a law firm in downtown Albany. Clad in business attire and working with state legislators, Salka is every bit the professional.

Young bowler remembered with bowl-a-thon

Bowling coach of girl who died on Florida vacation organizes fundraiser

Jake Rivers, a bowling coach at Spare Time in Latham, thought 11-year-old Ashton Jojo was funny.

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