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Credit union setting a new foundation on Delaware Avenue

By ALI HIBBS DELMAR — The new Sunmark Federal Credit Union branch set to open on Delaware Avenue in Delmar will offer 24-hour services unmatched by most financial institutions in the Capital District, according to Sunmark CEO Frank DeGraw. The new branch will offer ITMs—”We call them MyTMs,” said DeGraw-—that features significantly more functionality than traditional ATMs and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The machines, already in use at the

Rotterdam and Broadway, Schenectady branches, can be used by members and non-members. Sunmark was established in 1937 by GE as Schenectady G.E. Turbine Department’s Federal Credit Union #1884. As a credit union, it is different than a traditional bank in that it is a non-profit institution that passes profits on to its members. But, according to DeGraw, Sunmark’s most important defining characteristic is its employees. “It’s pretty evident from the feedback we get from our membership,” he said. “Even though we have a lot of similar products

and services, it’s all about the experience the person has when they’re doing business with us that counts.” DeGraw cited a recent employee meeting, during which employees were asked to stand if they had contributed time, resources or money to any one of the charities supported by the Sunmark Foundation (Albany Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and Capital Roots among them). “Every single person stood up,” he said with pride. “One hundred percent of our employees, even the newest ones, had gotten involved in some way.

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The Sunmark Federal Credit Union branch in Delmar is expected to open for business later this year at its newest location on Delaware Avenue.  Submitted photo “We take pride in being part of the communities that we serve,” he said, explaining that the decision to open the Delmar branch was a direct result of member requests. “That’s what our members asked us to do.” Acknowledging that a full 93 percent of Sunmark transactions take place online, DeGraw said it was still important to the credit union to provide physical banking branches for those who prefer to see a face, have a question or need to complete a transaction not yet provided by the new ITM machines. “Our vision is to be the trusted financial partner that provides value and convenience to our members,” he said. “There’s more to service than just a transaction. Members like to know that they have

Sunmark Federal Credit Union has been named among the best places to work in the Capital District.

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somewhere close to their job and home where they can just walk in and talk to somebody.” Sunmark now has nine branches in six counties, and plans to continue opening branches—with smaller physical footprints than a traditional branch building and ITM machines—to accommodate current and potential members.

DeGraw, who has been with the institution since before it rebranded, said that the business philosophy has remained unchanged. “We didn’t change our philosophy of people helping people, which is the credit union philosophy,” he said. “We just made our services available to a broader spectrum of

people.” The Delmar branch will be 2000 square feet, with a gabled exterior design and two drive through lanes, equipped with the new ITM machines. Inside, the building will be staffed by a manager, two consultants, and two “concierge” positions to help members who may need assistance with one of the four interior ITM machines.

Sunmark Federal Credit Union offers several ways for personal banking, including interior “ITM” machines — which provide more options than your traditional ATM machine.

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very spring, Dr. Mark Friedman and associates of Albany Podiatry see an uptick in patient complaints of foot and ankle pain. Warmer weather brings increased activity levels, and what was once mild discomfort can become more severe. To make matters worse, many people avoid seeking medical treatment because of the associated recovery time. However, through advanced technology, numerous conditions can be addressed without downtime. Albany Podiatry offers Shockwave Therapy, a highly effective, non-

invasive treatment option to eliminate pain and restore full mobility. Shockwave Therapy has proven to be just as successful as surgery, but without the risks, complications, or lengthy recovery time. Patients are treated in-office, can bear weight immediately, and return to normal activity within a few days.

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Shockwave Therapy uses pressure waves to stimulate the metabolism, enhance blood circulation, and accelerate the healing process. Damaged tissue gradually regenerates and eventually heals.

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Shockwave Therapy is covered by select insurance plans. For those patients whose insurance does not cover Shockwave Therapy, patients may submit paid receipts to their health savings accounts (HSA) for consideration. Fortunately, Shockwave Therapy is very affordable.

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Yes. This FDA-cleared technology was developed in Europe in the 1960s and is currently used around the globe. Shockwave Therapy can be found in every medical discipline and is frequently used to treat professional athletes.

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a complete foot/ankle examination to determine if the patient is a candidate for Shockwave Therapy. (This initial exam is typically covered by medical insurance.) Each treatment plan is based on the individual’s condition. A typical course of treatment is 3-5 sessions; approximately 10-20 minutes each, depending on the condition being treated. Albany Podiatry is located at 6 Executive

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inderhook Bank has spent 165 years building excellent customer relationships. Since 1853 it has connected KELLY BAILEY FRANK TROSSET with friends, neighbors and growing, but everything is of branch offices to eleven. businesses by exhibiting local – our investment in This commitment is a commitment to the the community, our loan also apparent on the faces communities it serves. of Kelly Bailey, AVP/ “In addition to our long- decisions, our expansion and our commitment.” Residential Mortgage standing presence in the Lending and the dedication The recent merger with immediate Capital District of Frank Trosset, VP former Patriot Federal and being headquartered Commercial Lending, as Bank in Fulton and in Columbia County, we Kinderhook Bank expands Montgomery counties now have three branches its residential mortgage and boosts Kinderhook Bank’s along the Mohawk River commercial lending areas. total assets to nearly $620 in Amsterdam, Johnstown Both Bailey and Trosset are million. The merger also and Canajoharie,” said SpotlightOnBusiness_10x6.5 _color_April2018__Layout 11 4/9/2018 9:30 Page 11 Delaware SpotlightOnBusiness_10x6.5 _color_April2018__Layout 4/2/2018 3:25 AM PM Page located at the 197 expands the bank’s service John A Balli, President AvenueAM branch in Delmar. area into those counties, & CEO. “We’re a small SpotlightOnBusiness_10x6.5 SpotlightOnBusiness_10x6.5 _color_April2018__Layout _color_April2018__Layout 1 1 4/9/2018 4/9/2018 9:30 9:30 AM Page Page 1 1 community bank that is increasing the total number “Over the last several

years, Kinderhook Bank has quietly grown significantly in the commercial lending arena in the Capital Region,” said Frank Trosset, who has been with Kinderhook Bank since 2009. “Commercial real estate loans are the ‘bread and butter’ of the loan portfolio, but commercial and industrial loans are growing fast, as well as our small-medium sized loans through our KB Express loan program,” Trosset added. Bailey, who started with Kinderhook Bank just a

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ALBANY — “It’s a simple story,” said Peter Wall of Star Roofing, “we do what we say we are going to do every day.” Which is why the Colvin Avenue roofing company has been in business for 21 years. “We not only provide a good roofing system, which of course we have to do, but we return phone calls and stick to schedules and provide building owners with the proper information throughout the project and after the project is completed,” he said. “We like to think of it as a customer experience rather than customer service.” The sales pitch opens the door, but the company prides itself on following through with a top of the line roofing

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Peter Wall and his crew stand by the fleet of Star Roofing trucks. The roofing company has been in business for more than 20 years because it does the right thing every day. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and it has a brick and mortar office – located at 20 Colvin Ave. - where people can come and talk about a project and see samples. “We do the most shingle roofs in this area and the reason.” Wall said. “We provide the service people expect and the warranties people deserve and we provide extended warranties because the manufacturers know us and they trust us.”

Photo by Jim Franco / Spotlight News There is a huge turnover in the roofing business and even if other companies do offer warranties, there is little guarantee it will be around to honor it. “We have been around for 21 years because we do the right thing every day,” Wall said. “That’s our story. That’s what we have been doing and that’s why we are one of the oldest roofing companies in the area and that’s why we are going to keep on doing it.”



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The Spinney Group continues to enhance the 55-and-better lifestyle By MICHAEL HALLISEY

neighborhood of its own, designed for a typical residential development. Each the 55-and-better community that has home given a distinct character, and in retired into their next phase of lifestyle, some cases, tree rows lining the side of or working professionals working towards the road. The aesthetic that often times that goal. mirror the neighborhoods residents leave behind, tends to coax back the sense of What makes The Spinney so unique community they once had in the past. is its one-story living approach. All of its buildings are built this way so residents do Raynor shared the story of how one not need to climb stairs in their While Spinney cottages’ amenities may make residents feel as if homes again, allowing them they’re living in a single-family home, they will no longer feel the to age in place. woes associated with homeownership. Think about regaining all Another reason for this building the time spent on mowing the lawn, shoveling snow and fixing technique is for the plumbing, so you can focus on family, friends and hobbies — the convenience of privacy. No hobbies which can be further fostered by the group’s community one will ever events calendar. live above or below them, unlike apartment resident developed a friendship with a buildings that are built floor on floor. To add onto the attractiveness of this concept, neighbor. That compassionate neighbor drove her to daily medical treatments for a most unit types have attached, directmonth. Something, Raynor said, you don’t access garages and private front porches often see in neighborhoods anymore. and back patios, further mimicking the feel of a single-family home. While Spinney cottages’ amenities The neighborhood is also designed like may make residents feel as if they’re

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DELMAR — Ground broke last week on two pools in which The Spinney at Van Dyke plan to have opened in time for summer, and up swelled renewed excitement for summer. “The pools coming in is definitely adding to the excitement for spring and summer,” said Samantha Raynor, director of leasing and marketing at The Spinney Group. This spring has left something to be desired for outdoor enthusiasts with visions of sun-kissed days at the side of the pool. But, that hasn’t stopped Spinney residents from taking in the scene of earth movers and construction workers plodding through each day. Raynor said one residents stops over each day to snap a picture to document their progress. At The Spinney, spring has arrived. The Spinney at Van Dyke is a

living in a single-family home, they will no longer feel the woes associated with homeownership. Think about regaining all the time spent on mowing the lawn, shoveling snow and fixing the plumbing, so you can focus on family, friends and hobbies — hobbies which can be further fostered by the group’s community events calendar. A 4,000 square-foot community center, The Spinney’s clubhouse, opened in January, providing a town square feel that allows its residents to socialize and gather for sponsored events. The group also anticipates a community garden, complete with raised beds, that will allow residing gardeners to plant and grow their favorite plants that can later be planted by the group’s grounds keepers. “We were talking yesterday about what would happen if there’s too many people, based on capacity [for the pools],” said Raynor, who replied back to the inquiring resident she didn’t believe that to be a concern. The resident, however, reaffirmed her excitement over the pool. “I am telling you, I will be at the pool, every single day,” Raynor recalled the resident saying.

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t was out of deep love and dedication to sharing yoga with the community that inspired Radiance Hot Yoga owners Leah Johnson and Boaz Alperson to open their stateof-the-art studio in Glenmont. Both approached their first hot yoga class with a different mindset: Boaz figured he was in good shape so that class would be easy, and Leah worried that she wasn’t flexible enough it. Regardless of their first approach, both found yoga filled a part of their lives they hadn’t expected. In each class, they built on balance and strength that was beneficial not only in postures, but in their daily lives, culling patience and willpower from their regular practice. Leah, an avid runner, found yoga challenged her athleticism, exposing new areas for growth. Though she considered herself strong prior to her first class, each class built strength and flexibility

throughout her body, which improved her fitness overall. She found that yoga practice was not just beneficial to natural athletes, and wanted to share how anyone could get something out of class. “When I started,” she said, “I could barely touch my fingertips to the floor, but now I can put my palms on the floor with straight legs. Every time I practice, I make progress, and so do our practitioners. Our message at Radiance is that yoga is for everyone. We all start somewhere and grow!” Leah teaches Hot HIIT, Bikram, and Barkan yoga in both Latham and Glenmont. Boaz teaches Barkan, Bikram, and a new class, Intro to Hatha Yoga, in Glenmont. Join them and their other talented instructors in a class today! For more information about schedules or special events, visit http:// and follow on instagram @radiancehotyoga.

DELMAR — “Building an oral health home for families where comprehensive, top-of-the-line dental services were easily accessible was my goal,” said Dr. Thomas Abele, who, since 1969, has been a pioneer and leader in the dental sciences in the Capital District. “With the support of a talented and dedicated staff, I hope I have achieved that.” By offering a total spectrum of care for all ages, Abele eliminates the need for patients to move from doctor to doctor to achieve optimal oral health, comfort and beauty. Early on, he spent the additional hours of training to become qualified in dental implant technology and root canal therapy. His consistent reinvestment in his practice ensures that patients are offered the latest in minimally invasive approaches, digital imaging, laser power and sedation dentistry. “Dental medicine, most pointedly when encompassing cosmetic dentistry, is definitely an art,” said Abele. “Every aesthetic aspect of a patient’s face must be taken into consideration when addressing reconstructive procedures, whether in the application of veneers and crowns or

restorations with implants.” Because Abele works closely with the technicians of his on-site dental lab, issues such as tooth color and shape are seamlessly addressed. His deep experience in placing dental implants, including the latest in genetically coated bone grafting, when required, and beautifully designed tooth restorations is renowned. Citing the importance of patient education, Abele said, “Although I personally feel responsible for my patients’ oral health, they have to ‘buy in.’ That requires helping them understand why compliance with good oral health habits, including attention to their gums, can make them healthier and happier. I enjoy taking the time needed to answer questions and provide ongoing support. “As much as I have always enjoyed the research and ongoing education that dental medicine requires in order to stay at the top of the game,” said Abele, “I most enjoy the results I see in my much valued patients. They are the ones who make me look good.” — Dr. Thomas Abele

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ALBANY— There is a home health care shortage in the United States, and that means businesses like Attentive Care of Albany, Inc. are looking to hire. Attentive Care provides a path for continued independence and a happier lifestyle for its clients. It’s also a staffing agency that provides facility staffing services and employment opportunities. Their employment programs include free personal care aide training, and a PCA certificate is earned upon successful completion. They specialize in RN, LPN, CNA, HHA, and PCA jobs. “We, as a company, have a massive amount of employment opportunities,” said Kristin Hoin, Agency Manager at Attentive Care. “For people who are looking for free training to enter this field, we are really anxious to pull from a new pool of people.” She added that, beyond the requirement to be 18 years old, potential employees can range from someone looking towards their first job, to someone looking to take on a part-time job during retirement. As an agency that has been serving

the community for more than 35 years, Attentive Care understands what it takes to provide the best level of care. The staff prides themselves on delivering expert, compassionate health care services from qualified professionals into their clients’ homes, partners’ facilities and beyond. Personal Care Aides and Home Health Aides provide assistance and support with activities of daily living and Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses provide skilled care. All of their caregivers have been screened for proper training, qualifications and meet physical requirements. Consulting with the physician, Attentive Care provides whatever is necessary and appropriate to sustain the best quality of life with no compromises. They believe in placing an emphasis on the companionship and positive interaction between their wellchosen caregivers and their clients. They see it as a valued aspect of what makes Attentive Care stand out. Private-duty care for individuals is available at the client’s home, hospital, health related facilities and independent housing. For information, and inquiries for employment, call (518) 438-6271. Information can also be found on Facebook and at

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ALBANY — The Revolution offers a way to stay fit and active in quick 45-minute indoor cycling classes. Owner Nancy Katinas found her passion for cycling and fitness in 1999, and opened her business in Clifton Park eight years ago, with another following that in Latham two years later. The Revolution’s classes offer a unique full body workout for attendees. Circuit Revolution offers a mix of cardio and sculpting that mixes light weights and cycling, and ends with a core workout to give students a fulfilling experience in under an hour. Meanwhile, The Kettlebell Revolution uses the classic workout device to bring attendees a can’t-miss experience that uses their entire body and focuses on balance and motion. Katinas has recently added incorporated a new Performance IQ program to her workouts that sets goals for cyclers based on their age, weight and gender. The program, which can be seen on the television show “The Biggest Loser,” puts cyclers statistics

on a scoreboard that can be seen in front of the class, with the option to use nicknames for anyone feeling shy. This helps and inspires cyclers to get into the right mode to get the best workout they can. When looking for instructors, Katinas isn’t interested in “Cookie cutter” people. “Everyone of our instructors comes with their own star quality,” she says, noting that some have a dancing style while others bring a more rugged style to their classes, giving people the ability to find their own favorite. The courses themselves can fit into anyone’s schedule, whether they’re game for an early morning Rev UP! program to help get their day started, an afternoon Lunch Crunch while they’re on break, or one of their several evening classes. The Revolution is now offering a new client three-course starter package that is the perfect way for people to try a new way to work out that has the power to get them fit, while the studio has the positive and motivating atmosphere that makes them want to come back.

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years. It’s really about the whole family.” Carbone, who has been a litigator in the Albany area who practiced litigation DELMAR — The local law firm Vella, law in the City of Albany for about ten Carbone and Associates may only be a years, gained a considerable amount of little over a year old, but partners Margaret experience in guardianship law during Vella and Aaron Carbone, with more than that time and said he found it to be more 30 years of experience serving the Capital rewarding. During that time, he did District between them, have plans to serve occasional work with Vella, who had a Bethlehem and the surrounding region for practice in Delmar with another partner many years to come. for 12 years. When that partner retired, the Vella and Carbone’s practice pair decided to open their current practice concentrates on trust and estate planning because they love the area and the people and administration, asset planning for they serve here, they said, and they wanted persons with special needs, or helping to stay and maintain those relationships. families through the guardianship process The partners agree that it’s easier on all for an incapacitated loved one. parties when there is an established level “We’re dealing with people who of trust and are clearly proud that many are often already experiencing other of their clients come to them through difficulties. Whether it’s grief and loss or referrals from other clients, attorneys, and the disability of a child or loved one, we people in the community. help steer them through the process,” said “Not only do we deal with multiple Vella. “So that’s the challenge, but it’s also generations within the same family that what we like about what we do.” look to us for counsel,” Carbone continued, “Very often we’re working with the “we are building the practice to leave a whole family, not just an individual,” said Carbone. “That’s another thing we like. We legacy and be a continuing presence. For more information, visit its website want to have a relationship with all of our clients that extends through a period of at

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ALTAMONT — Do aches and pains keep you from performing daily tasks or partaking in your favorite activities? Do you get heartburn or experience other digestive troubles after eating? Do you struggle to stay focused and/or always feel exhausted? Are you tired of going to your doctor’s office in search of answers to what’s causing your symptoms only to leave with more questions and more prescriptions? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, one local nutrition and life coach wants you to know that there is still hope! According to Beth Sarris of Pillar, you’re probably experiencing the aforementioned or other symptoms because your body is physically, emotionally and chemically stressed. She explains that symptoms are your body’s way of informing you that it can no longer adapt to certain internal and external conditions you continue to put it through. Beth Sarris is the only practitioner in the Capital District who is certified to perform Nutrition Response Testing™.

This non-invasive assessment technique enables her to determine which stressors are disrupting your body’s ability to achieve optimum health and having a negative impact on the quality of your life as well. The most common stressors detected include metals, chemicals, foods, and/or scars.

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• Region by region across the United States, installation of a new steel door on the front of a home can have a large impact on the resale value of a property. The ROI ranges from 123 percent at the highest, to 86 percent at the lowest — which is still a considerable investment return for such a simple project. Match the door’s style with the style of the house for the best value. • An attractive kitchen can encourage buyers to overlook some of a home’s less attractive components. In the kitchen, replacement countertops, wall color changes, new cabinetry and flooring offer the biggest ROI. • Dreaming of a new bedroom. Remodeling magazine also points to creating an attic bedroom to increase home value. The ROI of an attic remodel that adheres to code can garner an 83 percent ROI. • Worthy window replacement. Angie’s List, a home services review and referral resource, has found that the average ROI of new windows is 77 percent. The cost of installation and energy savings tend to offset at around the 10-year point.

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After pinpointing which internal stressors are affecting your body, she’ll work one-on-one with you to develop and implement a custom nutrition program designed to address the root causes of your symptoms. In most cases, Beth Sarris’ individualized plans help you to reach your goals through a combination of diet, whole food supplements, and other resources to reduce the amount of stress that is having a negative impact on your health.

CLIFTON PARK — When granite countertops or shiny, stainless steel appliances beckon homeowners from the display areas of home improvement stores, it’s tempting to gear remodeling thoughts toward the items that will add flair and decorative appeal to a home. 1Pro NY, LCC is one area contractor that will say its right for the job. It specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodels, door, window and flooring installation, porch and deck construction, upgrades, repairs and new additions. The Clifton Park-based contracting service prides itself on conducting business honestly, with integrity, and with quality workmanship. It boasts superior service with competitive prices. For more information about 1Pro NY, LLC, visit To speak to a representative, call (833) 776-6971 or email The following were some of the projects that garnered the greatest return on investment.

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in savings. Sixty-seven percent of young millennials, between ages 18 and 24 have less than $1,000, says the survey. Canadians are saving even less, even though in the early 1980s Canadians of most ages used illennials include people to save twice as much as Americans, or born between 1980 and 20 percent of their disposable income, 2000. Millennials have according to the Bureau of Economic become an influential demographic, changing the way business is Analysis. conducted. Many millennials spend more than they earn and live above their means according While influencing technology, social to a report by American Express Business norms and mores, millennials also are Insight. This, along with school debt, affecting the economy. Forbes says that many millennials have a shaky relationship has compromised millennials’ ability to purchase a home or even get married. with money, due in some part to the fact that they lived through one of the Just how are millennials spending their money? Here’s a look at the common worst recessions the United States has patterns. experienced in decades. Couple that with staggering student loan debt and it’s easy to • Experiences: Funding experiences is see why millennials may be facing an uphill a high priority for Gen Y. This includes battle when it comes to their finances. concerts, sporting events, live performances, Millennials are falling particularly short and other social events more so than possessions or career status, offers Forbes. in regard to saving money. According to a 2017 GOBankingRates survey, 57 • Retail goods and dining: TD Bank percent of Americans have around $1,000 found that millennials make more retail


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purchases and dine out more than other generations, but generally spend less money overall. • Healthcare: Millennials spend about $1,000 more on healthcare expenses than the generations that preceded them, states financial resource Mother Jones. Housing and education costs also have risen, contributing to a smaller pool of savings. • Same-day delivery: A survey indicated that millennials are twice as likely as other generations to pay extra for sameday delivery of online purchases. • Tattoos: Surveys conducted for Pew Research found that 40 percent of millennials have at least one tattoo. • Organic foods: A Gallup poll from the summer of 2016 found 53 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 actively try to include organic foods in their diets. Millennials have grown up during a period of rapid change. Their large numbers are shaping the economy in myriad ways.

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Resolving disputes with wildlife


lthough most people appreciate wild animals, sometimes their activities conflict with our interests or well-being. The goal of Animal Arrest NY, Greater Capital Region is to provide safe, effective and humane solutions when animals cause damage to your home or property, or threaten the safety or health of you or your family. Kevin Bruce, owner of the company is licensed by the New York Sate Department of Environmental Conservation to perform nuisance wildlife control and is fully insured. “I deal with pretty much any type of animal that may be damaging residential, commercial, or industrial properties and structures, or causing threats to human health or safety,” said Bruce.

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Animal Arrest NY is a business venture Bruce started in 2014 after working in the field of wildlife damage management both for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and in the private sector for over 25 years. Most of the time, finding the solution to the problem starts with identifying the culprit, implementing measures for removal, if necessary, and developing plans to prevent the problem from happening again, in most cases by excluding entry to foundations, buildings, gardens, or properties. Bruce can provide recommendations and solutions for dealing with a variety of animals that may pose a problem. For more information, see the advertisement below.

COLONIE — Hair grows … sometimes just not where you want it to…. People come in to Smooth Reflections to get hair removal for many different reasons. Some just want the convenience of not having to shave while others may be dealing with hormonal hair growth, in-grown hairs or razor burn that they no longer want to suffer with, said Jaclyn Chorwat, Owner of Smooth Reflections. Here we offer both the newest technology in laser and electrolysis, so we are able to treat every hair type and hair color effectively and more comfortably. Our laser also has settings to treat both light and darker skin tones. The laser hair removal process takes an average of six to eight treatments and each appointment is spread out once every 6-10

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Research Center study, nearly three quarters of adults closely follow local news by relying on local newspapers and other sources. In a nationwide phone survey of more than 2,000 participants, 72 percent of adults maintain interest in local news, citing their local newspaper as the most reliable source. One-third of those participants said the loss of their local newspaper would have a significant impact upon their lives. Not surprising, demographics suggest an older audience remains loyal to reading the newspaper. About 35 percent of those aged 40 and older would feel the loss of their local newspaper. However, 26 percent of younger readers said they, too, would consider the loss

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The Spotlight first appeared as a four-page penny saver in Delmar on Dec. 1, 1955. It was founded by Mrs. Charles E. Walsh, Jr., (as she listed herself in the paper at the time) with its “offices” at a residential address on Roweland Avenue. Today, Spotlight Newspapers provides weekly newspapers throughout the Capital District, both under the Spotlight brand and TheSpot518. For more information, call 4394949 or visit www.spotlightnews. com.

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the jewelry, sits the price tag. There is no need to stop and wait for a representative to reveal that. Mahoney offers the GLENVILLE — Is there anyone who same transparency when dealing with likes being pushed into the purchase of a diamonds. He sells his diamonds at cost, and he’ll show you his invoice. “People diamond ring? hate to ask what the price is, and people Since Dennis Mahoney took hate a car salesman.” ownership of Brittany Jewelers in Overall, his goal is to provide an Glenville almost two years ago, he has shaped the local store into his ideal vision upbeat and modern shopping experience of a friendlier environment for customers. for customers, one that doesn’t intimidate. “Literally, they come in and I’ll say, ‘If “I try to create a really strong buying you need anything, just let me know,’” said environment for every budget,” said Mahoney. It’s a laid back approach he said Mahoney. “I just leave them be, and they is intended to keep customers comfortable love that. … Everybody has a good time when they come in.” enough to stay and shop without the hassle of being pushed into a purchase. Brittany Jewelers is located at 115 Under the display case, next to much of Saratoga Road in Glenville.

DELMAR — Looking for a local band to bring back the musical memories of your own or your patrons’ youth? Take a listen to E.J. Ray Acoustic! Founded in 2010 by a trio of baby boomers with decades of musical experience between them, E.J. Ray is quickly gaining popularity throughout the Capital District with its enjoyable and pleasant sound. Fronted by vocalist Becky Ray Costigan, the group entertains audiences of all ages with its covers of popular artists from the past and present including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Marianne Faithfull, Steve Winwood and The Beatles. Holiday, patriotic, Irish and original songs are added to the lineup depending on the occasion or special event. Multi-instrumentalist and backup

vocalist Ned Costigan provides the trio’s signature harmonies supported by both six- and 12-string guitars and harmonica. Wayne Orr provides its solid rhythmic foundation on bass guitar while light percussion by Becky Ray rounds out many of its songs.

E.J Ray performs regularly at O’Slattery’s in Delmar, Bellini’s in Latham, Katie O’Byrne’s in Schenectady and The Bull’s Head Inn in Cobleskill. You’ll also hear them at several local farmers’ markets. For more information about the band, including booking inquiries and upcoming performances, visit its website at www. or on Facebook at www.

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who has more than 10 years of pediatric experience and more recently, Dr. Melinda Mantello who has 18 years of pediatric DELMAR — Dr. Robert Giombetti experience in the Capital District. “When opened a small solo pediatric practice on you come to our practice, you’re always Groesbeck Place in Delmar in 1969. In an going to see a board certified pediatrician,” office that was attached to his home, he said Giombetti. “Mantello and Keating treated the children of Delmar for many have been wonderful additions to the years, providing support and expertise in practice bringing the same family oriented whole family development. expertise and dedication to their patients.” His son, Dr. Todd Giombetti joined Patients have phone access to one of the the practice in 1999 with his wife, Dr. physicians morning’s between the hours of Kathleen Brady. They moved the family 7 and 8 a.m. “Patients can call in to speak business to 208 Delaware Avenue in to one of the doctors about all kinds of Delmar. things: developmental questions, feeding questions, or issues that don’t require a visit The elder Giombetti retired four but just a quick answer we can do over the years ago, but the doctors at Giombetti phone,’ explained Giombetti. & Brady Pediatrics are committed to maintaining the small, family-oriented With four children between the ages pediatric practice to which their patients of 10 and 18, Giombetti and Brady have are accustomed. plenty of personal experience in addition to their forty years combined experience in “We really know our patients and our pediatrics. families and we love getting to know them,” said Giombetti, characterizing After nearly 50 years serving Capital some of medicine as becoming increasingly District families, the practice has been impersonal.  “That’s not a model we ever witness to generations of growing families. will subscribe to,” he said, “because it is not “I see the grandkids of people my father what pediatrics is all about.” saw as children,” said Giombetti. “The Giombetti and Brady have added two continuity and the community are really more physicians, Dr. Catherine Keating, what it’s all about.”


EAST BERNE — With a vast selection of stone that fits every project, and the well-honed family knowledge to guide anyone through a project, the familyowned Helderberg Bluestone has become the go-to business for mason, contractors and homeowners alike. It’s been over 63 years since Giebtiz, her husband, and her father-in-law started the business, “We Started with nothing and built it up,” Giebitz proudly remarks. Giebitz has shared this family business with her son, who has worked there since he graduated high school- no small amount of time for the 58-year-old. Since then the business has lent a hand to various important projects including working on the Empire State Plaza, the Capital Building in Washington D.C., and Thacher Park where they placed boulders for feedings areas around the park. Giebitz favorite project though was working on Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia

where the business put coping on top of walls. The project took two years to complete but Giebitz said, “It was a very simple job, but very rewarding.” Today, the business is great for homeowners looking to spruce up their patio, driveway, or put in a new stone fireplace. The most common project they help with are kitchen countertops, created with Heldeberg’s namesake bluestone – it’s a sure fire way to add some pop to a well loved home. Giebitz and her son have both the resources and knowledge to help anyone looking to do a project with years of experience, and guiding advice for the layman and mason alike. All these years later Giebitz still enjoys and appreciates her line of work saying, “[It’s] a very interesting and very clean business. Heavy, but clean.” Located 30 minutes outside of Albany, and five minutes from the scenic Heldeberg Trail, Helderberg Bluestone makes sure you don’t break the bank on travel or supplies, with the expert knowledge to make sure you have the tools you need to make every project a success.

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Starting a family? New to the area? Looking for excellence in pediatric care? Giombetti and Brady Pediatrics has offered excellence in Pediatrics in the Capital Region for over fifty years. Our four board certified pediatricians specialize in all aspects of the care of children from infancy through college. We are excited to announce the recent addition of Dr. Melinda Mantello to the practice. Melinda brings almost twenty years of practice experience down the Northway from Clifton Park.

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