BY CADY KUZMICH
Your Clifton Park has rounded up the 10 most-read local news stories of 2015 for your reading pleasure as you ring in the new year. From love stories that spanned years and continents to business developments with a direct impact on your day to day routines and interviews with industrious teenagers right here in the Clifton Park community… We covered it all.
1. Together at last: A Ukrainian Love Story
Peter Rakowsky got lost in the streets of Ukraine one December afternoon while studying abroad in college. He approached an old man in the street to ask for directions, but then he saw Kristina Zavalii standing near the Lviv Opera House. Nearly three years after asking her to grab a coffee on the streets of Ukraine, Peter and Kristina exchanged wedding bands in the Clifton Park Town Hall, Wednesday December 9.
Full story: http://yourcliftonpark.com/2015/12/09/together-at-last-a-ukrainian-love-story-in-clifton-park/
2. New Market 32 to replace Clifton Park Price Chopper
A Dec. 3 ruling by state Supreme Court Justice Ann C. Crowell cleared the way for a local developer to build a 54,000-square-foot Market 32, an 11,000-square-foot Rite Aid, and a new Trustco bank branch on the current Price Chopper site.
Full story: http://yourcliftonpark.com/2015/12/11/ruling-new-market-32-clifton-park/
3. Artist Spotlight: Retired elementary music teacher, Barbara Aldi, pursues dream of becoming a painter.
After teaching music to elementary schoolchildren for 25 years, Barbara Aldi decided to try her hand at something entirely new — painting.
Full story : http://yourcliftonpark.com/2015/12/21/retired-teacher-pursues-dream-of-becoming-a-painter/
4. Student Spotlight: Eighth grader, Caity Lamb, organizes tutor database for Shenendehowa students.
When Caity Lamb’s sister was struggling with third-grade math and couldn’t find a tutor, the 13-year-old Acadia Middle School student decided to take matters into her own hands.
Lamb has since compiled lists of available tutors in the area on a website she created.
5. Student Spotlight: Douglas Connell dreams of archaeological digs, jazz and Iceland
If Douglas Connell could be anywhere in the world right now, the 17-year-old Clifton Park native would probably be breaking frost covered ground at an archaeological site in Iceland. For now, however, Connell is preoccupied with two-a-day swim practices, college applications and Model UN.
Full story: http://yourcliftonpark.com/2015/12/22/student-spotlight-clifton-park-native-douglas-connell-dreams-of-archaeological-digs-jazz-and-iceland/
6. Community rallies around Halfmoon fire victims with Go Fund Me page. Decorations seen as the cause of the December house fire.
Following heart surgery to have three stents placed in his arteries, Tom was discharged from the hospital Dec. 1. The couple decided to stop at Hannaford on their way home for some heart-healthy soup. When they returned to their home on Woodin Road in Halfmoon around 4 p.m., flames were bursting out of their living room windows— news they had been given minutes earlier by their son.
7. Student Spotlight: Nathan Lazarus
At 17 years old, Shenendehowa senior Nathan Lazarus has already done what many dream of doing their whole lives — sing on the stage of Carnegie Hall. Twice. And that’s only the beginning. Lazarus holds himself to high standards. To say Nathan keeps busy would be a bold understatement as he juggles an armload of extra-curricular activities.
Full story: http://yourcliftonpark.com/2015/12/07/student-spotlight-nathan-lazarus/
8. Two arrested in connection with gift shop larceny:
Two women were arrested Thursday, Dec. 3 after attempting to purchase a suspiciously large number of items with insufficient funds from Wit’s End Gift Shop over a two-day period on route nine in Clifton Park, police said.
Full story: http://yourcliftonpark.com/2015/12/04/clifton-park-gift-shop-larceny/
9. Shen’s foreign travel ban ruffles feathers
In early November, Shenendehowa junior Lea Sciancalepore had finally convinced her parents to let her go to France with the school’s Peace Program.
Two weeks later, on Friday the 13th, the attacks in Paris changed everything. Local schools have since canceled several international trips in response to the recent Worldwide Travel Alert issued by the U.S. State Department.
Full story: http://yourcliftonpark.com/2015/12/04/shen-foreign-travel-ban-affects-students-plans/
10. Clifton Park’s Youth Court delivers ‘rigorous’ justice.
Clifton Park’s Youth Court opened its doors to The Daily Gazette Dec. 2.
Town Councilwoman Amy Standaert explains that by opting to take part in Youth Court, offenders’ records are expunged and their confidentiality is protected. “They are embarrassed by what they did and they don’t want people to find out,” she said.
Full story: http://yourcliftonpark.com/2015/12/07/youth-court-opens-doors-to-gazette/