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Marcy Velte

Bethlehem Reporter
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Marcy Velte is currently the Bethlehem area reporter with Spotlight Newspapers and previously was a general assignment reporter for the Daily Gazette in Schenectady. Marcy is a recent graduate of the journalism program at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she helped to form the school's first online magazine "The Little Rebellion." While in college, Marcy interned with "The Legislative Gazette," a weekly newspaper covering state government from inside the Capitol, where she focused on education.

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Bethlehem seeks to reduce overtime

Police force biggest offender; unions unhappy with sick leave policy change

Town Supervisor John Clarkson said changes were being instituted at the Bethlehem Police Department after a recent study found overtime was far grater for police compared to other departments. Last year, Bethlehem spent about $1.4 million in overtime townwide, with highway and water departments also having high numbers.

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Bethlehem Chabad’s Hanukkah celebration grows

Group hosts Hanaukkah Wonderland, inguaral parade of decorated cars

Since 2008, Bethlehem Chabad as hosted one of the largest Hanukkah events in the Capital District. The celebration has grown from a gathering to light the giant Menorah at Bethlehem’s Four Corners to hosting Hanaukkah Wonderland held at Town Hall.

Monolith Solar seeks tax breaks from Bethlehem IDA

Monolith Solar went before the Bethlehem IDA on Monday, Dec. 1, with representatives seeking nearly $700,000 in benefits. The company would be the first tech tenant within the Vista Technology Campus.

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A tree’s tale

Mayes family has been providing the town tree for the past five years

For the past five years, Majestic Tree Farm has provided the Town of Bethlehem’s Christmas tree. Nanette Mayes, who owns the tree farm with her husband, believes they were originally contacted about providing the town tree because they had provided the town with wreaths for around a decade.

Bethlehem school district talks tax exemptions

Conservation easement and veterans designations to be discussed at public hearing

Town officials have asked the Bethlehem Central School District to consider taking part in the new conservation easement tax exemptions for qualified landowners. District leaders are also weighing if it should participate in the Alternative Veterans Tax Exemption.

Bethlehem to add stop signs on Murray Avenue

Traffic study finds visibility low at intersection with Darroch Road

An intersection of Murray Avenue and Darroch Road has been a matter of contention for nearly 20 years, with some residents concerned about traffic safety issues. A recent study recommended an all-way stop for the intersection.

Bethlehem to end outdated sewer charge

Town will phase out decades-old front footage fee

Bethlehem residents will soon be billed differently for sewer usage as the town ends a decades-long charge that is no longer relevant.

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Local crews help dig out Western New York

Area emergency personnel assist Buffalo-area residents following epic snowstorm

Several local fire departments sent crews and equipment to the suburbs of Buffalo following a snowstorm that buried the region. Some communities saw up to 8 feet of snow from the lake-effect storm.

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Modest favors make a big difference

Local woman just one example of how organization helps those living on the edge of poverty

There are people and families who fall between the cracks when it comes to financial assistance. Amy Wink counts herself among them.

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‘The Tempest’ on tap at Bethlehem Central High School

The school’s 26th annual Shakespeare production set for December

An annual Bethlehem tradition is in the final stages of preparation as the high school’s Shakespearean company prepares to take the stage in this year’s production of “The Tempest,” to take place Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-14.

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