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Advocates urge Albany County to pass ‘Toxic-Free Toys Act’

Report: A dozen toxic toys sold in county, call for local legislation

The Albany County Legislature held a public hearing Tuesday, Nov. 25, on its proposed Toxic-Free Toys Act, which would allow the county health commissioner to inspect merchandise sold in stores and issue fines for toys found to have dangerous levels of, or banned, chemicals.

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Student takes a stand against bullying

Lisha Kill eighth-grader Jacob Haley wins anti-bullying competition

When Lisha Kill eighth-grader Jacob Haley decided to take a stand against bullying after years of enduring it at school, his voice was head throughout the Capital District.

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Hess wheels in its history [photo gallery]

Toy Truck Mobile Museum stops in Slingerlands, showcases its 50-year history

Fascination over Hess’ toy trucks seemed to hold an ageless appeal at a recent and rare showing of the entire collection.

A sensory-friendly Halloween

Albany’s Autism Society hosts its first Trunk or Treat event at Spotted Zebra

The Capital District’s Autism Society will hold its first annual Sensory-Friendly Trunk or Treat event, where kids can come and enjoy Halloween without the jumps and scares.

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Harvest harbingers

Bethlehem middle schoolers build scarecrows to welcome the season

Like the scarecrows he helps build, Mark Warford is outstanding in his field.

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Triple Threat: In pursuit of quiet

As you can imagine, there are times when my house is loud. I mean REALLY loud. Three kids trying to get mom’s attention after school and dad’s attention when he gets home from work. Then there is me, who will yell over everyone to be heard. Harlan just shakes his head and talks quieter.

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Pick a winner

It’s officially fall in the Capital District. Pumpkin patches are a riot of orange and apples are ready to be picked. Fall turns this region into an exciting outdoor playground for all ages just waiting to be explored.

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In memory of Myles

Bethlehem YMCA dedicates new playground to Bethlehem boy who died of brain cancer two years ago

The memory of Myles McAdoo will put smiles on the faces of children for years to come, after a playground was dedicated in his honor last week.

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The buzz at Farnsworth Middle School garden [video]

Local beekeepers looking to spur interest in honey hobby, offer guidance

Jennifer Ford and Keith Freeman conducted their first beehive inspection Friday morning, July 18, at Farnsworth Middle School’s Organic Garden. The couple has kept beehives at their home since 2008 and started maintaining one at the garden this summer.

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Local ballerinas are one step closer to their dreams

Three Capital District girls selected as understudies for New York City Ballet

Dancing with the New York City Ballet is the dream of nearly every American ballerina, but few are given the opportunity prior to high school.

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Triple Threat: The challenges and rewards of parenting triplets in the Capital District

More cousins = more fun

“Cousins! Cousins! Cousins!” This is the chant I hear from my kids on most afternoons. “When do we get to see the cousins again?”

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Good cents

Rensselaer mom and author says even the youngest of children can benefit from being financially literate

Being a role model with money is often a tough one for some parents parents. After all, who is the one buying the new iPhone?

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Grandma's Got Gigs ... and gigabytes too!

A child's garden story

It is hard to imagine my grandma as a baby, but she has the pictures to prove it. One picture shows her as a little girl standing next to a very tall beanstalk, which is climbing up a string leaning on the house where she grew up.

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Wildflower is no wallflower

Pine Bush Preserve to hold annual Lupine Fest, with recreation opportunities

There are 3,200 acres of gently rolling sand dunes in Albany County providing a thriving home for a globally rare ecosystem. The recreational opportunities are rather extensive, too.

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Teaching spirited kids to read

Here are a few strategies that will help your active child put his/her reading skills into action.

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