in this issue
The Chamber will be closed on Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day.

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!


Pioneer Bank President & CEO Tom Amell (r), Glenmont Branch Manager Alexandra Sautin (with scissors) and EVP & Chief Administrative Officer Frank Sarratori (l) are joined by the Pioneer Team, Sam Greco and Sam Greco III, Greco Construction, along with Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce President Jennifer Kilcoyne and Chamber Board Members to celebrate the new, modern-style branch, the first in Glenmont.  See Photo Gallery.

This morning's Business For Breakfast: Information Technology in Today's Connected World was presented by owner Gary Robbins and Kevin Jones of Solutions By Design in Delmar.  They discussed the latest developments in technology for businesses and how to use Cloud technology to reduce costs and increase productivity.  View Photo Gallery.   

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

266 Delaware Avenue, Delmar

Monday, July 6, 5 pm


Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of this new salon and spa in Delmar!
  Meet the owner and team and tour the new space.


For additional details on all of our upcoming events,   

The Delaware Avenue Improvement Group (DAIG)'s Business To Business Program  encourages and assists Delaware Avenue businesses in utilizing local Bethlehem businesses when undertaking improvements. The type of projects that businesses will likely be undertaking include painting, signage, landscaping, installing benches, power washing, and more.

A fine example of this beautification is the landscaping facelift completed by Policy Research Associates at 345 Delaware Avenue in Delmar.  New plantings were added front, back and side including planting a couple of new trees with a nice river birch right by the sidewalk on the Delaware side.  See the before (left side) and after (right) photos.

For details on the program and a list of local businesses offering discounts, download the brochure or contact the Chamber at 439-0512.  This initiative is also available to other businesses around town.  Help make Bethlehem shine!    


Business For Breakfast:  Save YOUR Energy (for us)
Berkshire Bank, 151 Vly Road, Colonie
Wednesday, July 15, 8am
$5 Member/$15 Non-Member

Cutting energy costs - Where do you start? Does it even make sense to invest in energy upgrades for your business?

In this workshop, Lina Kohandoust of Energy Partner Consultants (EPC) will offer Business Owners, Facility Managers, CFO's & Comptrollers tips on identifying, evaluating & prioritizing energy savings opportunities for your business. From "low-hanging" fruit to innovative energy technologies, see how an investment in energy improvements is interpreted in terms of investment, savings, cash flow, payback and return on investment. Come, and learn how take control of your energy!


Lina Kohandoust has been an energy engineer for over 20 years and has participated, and led projects for commercial, institutional and multi-family residential customers. She has performed many energy audits, engineering feasibility studies and impact evaluations, technology transfer of emerging technologies, and assisted with federal, state and international energy rebate and incentive programs, including brand and collateral development. A few of these organizations include NYSERDA, PG&E, DOE, and various utility companies across the country. In the residential sector, Lina has over 15 years of experience in property management, and renovating, retrofitting and incorporating energy conservation measures in older, single and multi-unit buildings. She is a member of Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE).




Ribbon Cutting
Elm Avenue Park
Thursday, July 16, 5pm

Join us to celebrate the addition of a new van to their fleet and find out about OSM's Franchising opportunities for this local business.

July Networking Mixer
20 Marina Drive, Coeymans Landing
Wednesday, July 22, 5-7pm

Join us for Summer Networking on the water. Enjoy beautiful views of the Hudson and sample food from the menu, while reconnecting with business contacts.


Saturday, July 4, 9am-1pm - Delmar Farmer's Market - at the Bethlehem Middle School, 332 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar

Next Date TBA, 2:30-6pm
- Tuesday Farmers Market  
Delmar 1st United Methodist Church, 428 Kenwood Avenue,  Delmar

As part of the Chamber's Buy Bethlehem Buy Local Initiative, we will be representing our Member businesses at two Farmer's Markets and assembling Welcome Packets for distribution to new residents and new employers. 

If you are interested in having your business or organization's promotional materials included in these outreach efforts, please drop materials to the Chamber office.
Interested in joining us to represent your business or organization at one of the Markets, contact the Chamber to schedule a date and time.  If you have questions, please contact Danielle at 439-0512 or by email

Applications Available Online

The Town of Bethlehem was successful in its application to the New York State Office of Homes and Community Renewal for the creation of a Microenterprise Grant Program.  The Town will receive $200,000 to provide grants to eligible Microenterprises, emerging, and existing businesses that want to locate in or expand within the Town of Bethlehem.  It is anticipated that a minimum of ten (10) businesses will be assisted with the awarded grant funds.  Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $35,000 and can be used to purchase inventory, machinery, equipment, furniture, fixtures and to meet working capital needs. 
Businesses who are interested in learning more about the Microenterprise Grant Program and the application process but were unable to attend the information sessions, may view the Microenterprise Grant Presentation.     

View the Grant Application  

For additional information:  
contact Elizabeth Staubach, Town of Bethlehem Department of Economic Development and Planning, 439-4955 ext. 1189  

The Stram Center for Integrative Medicine invites you to come GRILL OUT with LJ Goldstock and the Stram Center staff for our third installment of THE PALEO PROJECT,  Monday, July 13th at 6pm. LJ, local chef and Restauranteur will show you how to maintain a healthy lifestyle for the summer with grilling tips and the best of paleo foods!   


Quality PM in Delmar was honored recently, winning all six categories in the 2015 Capital Region Parade of Homes Signature Homes collection for their new construction home at Central Place Delmar. Awards included Best Architectural Design, Best Craftsmanship, Best Curb Appeal, Best Interior Decorating.  Best Kitchen & Best Master Bedroom Suite.  For additional details, see their website.

Bethlehem Mickey Mantle/Bethlehem Braves will play their 2015 BETHLEHEM "4th of July" VINTAGE BASE BALL Game played with the Rules of the year 1864.  NY Mutuals vs. Bethlehem BRAVES Town Team
to be played on Saturday, July 4th at 1:00pm (pre-game ceremonies at 12:45pm) at the Bethlehem Elm Ave. Town Park - Field # 5 261 Elm Ave. - Delmar, NY 12054. See flyer for more details.

Phillips Hardware will sponsor the Albany Dutchmen game on Friday, July 10, 7:05pm at Bellizzi Stadium at the Plumeri Sports Complex 20 Frisbee Ave.in Albany. The Dutchmen will play the Glens Falls Dragons. Special "How to" Your Home de- monstrations before the game on painting, lawn care, handy work and more.  Pick up BOGO coupons at all Phillips Hardware locations. See flyer for details and ticket prices.  All Chamber members receive FREE tickets to the professional game, and are invited to a Chamber/BID game at 6pm , RSVP to the Chamber by July 8 at 439-0512.

Normanside Country Club is thrilled to announce ArtSippity! This Paint ' n' Sip party will include your paints, art supplies and all the guidance you will need to create a work of art all your own all while enjoying a cocktail! Our upcoming classes are set for Tuesday, July 7 & Thursday, August 20 from 7pm-9pm! Space us limited, call to save your spot today! 439.4505 ext.10!  See flyer for details.  

Blue Sky Recording/Music Studios will be offering Make The Band- Summer Rock Band Camp Session I starting July 13, 10am-1pm. Over a 2 week period, participants will be placed in bands, with the focus being on playing with other musicians. Bands will work on cover songs AND original music written in the camp. The last 2 days will be a recording session in our state of the art recording studio, where the ensembles will be recorded onto a CD for each student to take home! Some of the topics covered will be tempo & groove, intonation, time feels, instrument tone, song form and listening skills.  For details see Community Calendar, website or call Blue Sky at 518- 478-7862.

CAP COM Federal Credit Union has awarded $57,500 in scholarships to 23 members on behalf of the CAP COM Cares Foundation's Weidner "Ed" Davis and Harold Horning Scholarships. Each year the CAP COM Cares Foundation accepts applications from members who are high school seniors planning to attend college or young adults currently attending college up to age 25. Applicants are asked to answer an essay question in 500 words or less to be considered for the scholarship program. This year, the following question was presented: "What is the most significant challenge facing college students today? How will you overcome this challenge and use your experience to become a better leader for tomorrow?"  The CAP COM Cares Foundation received a total of 300 applications. Staff from the William K. Sanford Town Library volunteered their time and expertise to assist in evaluating the essays this year, and our 23 winners have been selected.  Three Bethlehem students were awarded scholarships including David Septer of Slingerlands, NY;  Sarah Homsey of Glenmont, NY and Shelsea Cato of Delmar, NY.    

Cool River Pools in Delmar specializes in designing and building pools, spas and water features.  They also offer maintenance services including opening and closing, weekly maintenance and the latest pool products.  This family-owned business has over 75 years of combined experience. See flyer for more details and contact them today, 729-4807.


The Community Loan Fund in collaboration with the Town of Bethlehem, is offering a special edition of our Small Business Planning Course, starting this Thursday, July 2 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue in Delmar. The course will run 8 consecutive Thursdays and cover: developing a business plan, strategic planning, marketing, sales forecasting, financial management and analysis, legal, insurance and tax issues. For more information or to sign up, please contact Paul Stewart at (518) 436-8586 x805. 


Amelia's Garden Sewing Boutique is offering Kids Summer Camp, beginning Monday, July 13 at 9am. Lots of fun projects planned such as headbands, pillowcases and stuffed owl pillow just to name a few. Space is limited so, make sure you sign up sooner than later so you don't miss out. 439-4614.   


The Delmar Fire Department will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Monday July 6th, 2015 from 1PM-6PM. The blood drive is in honor of past Fire Police Captain and our great friend Paul Spagnola, who is recovering from an accident. His care required many units of blood so we are working hard to help aid the Red Cross' efforts by hosting this drive!  For details and reservation phone number, see flyer.    


Del Lanes in Delmar is offering a Kids Bowl Free Program! Children 15 and under get 2 FREE games per day all summer long! Sign up at this link.    

Ben's Jammin' Treasures in Slingerlands is offering a Summer Paint, Dip and Sip Special - Invite 6 friends you come free , or invite 10 friends and two people come free (#11 -you, #12). You choose the day, time and picture you would like to paint. We supply the art supplies, chips, salsa and painting guidance. You supply the creativity and any beverages you may like. Call 729-5445.   


From 6/1-8/1/2015 Grassroot Givers will be collecting bathing suits for children at the Arbor Hill Community Center. Children in urban areas are not allowed to wear clothing in the public pools. Many of their families cannot afford to purchase bathing suits. Please go to www.grassrootgivers.org to make a donation. 100% of your donation directly supports our summer projects.    


The Delmar Kiwanis Foundation will hold its 2015 Annual Golf Outing for Charity on Monday, August 3 at the Normanside Country Club. Proceeds for this event benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center and local Kiwanis projects for children. Kiwanis Club of Delmar is looking for Sponsors for this great event. To sponsor the event download the sponsorship form here. If you are a golfer and would like to participate in this event download the registration form here.       


Bethlehem Town Parks and Recreation will feature "THE WIZARD OF OZ" by The Puppet People this Thursday, July 2, 7 p.m. at the Elm Avenue Park!  Join The Puppet People as they follow the yellow brick road to The Emerald City -- featuring marionettes, shadow puppets, rod puppets, a large parade puppet and more! See Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tinman and The Cowardly Lion learn about home, courage, heart and smarts! This program is part of the "Thursday in the Park" series of live children's entertainment sponsored by the Bethlehem Parks & Recreation Department. All shows are held on the Special Events Lawn by the pool entrance (or at the large pavilion at the back of the park in the event of rain). So pack a picnic, bring your blanket and come join the fun!  

July 4th is Family Day at the Bethlehem Elm Avenue Park and Town Pool!  Activities run from 12-4pm and include Geurtze's Famous Chicken BBQ, Magic Show (pool area), Saxophone Sam, Old Time Baseball Game with the 1864 NY Mutuals vs. the Bethlehem BRAVES (Elm Ave Park Field #5), Balloonist (pool area), Air Bounce rides, About Face air brush face painting (pool area) and Live Music by Blue Hand Luke (pool area). For all times and details visit the website.

The Delmar Farmers Market is open Saturdays, 9am-1pm for the season.  Visit over 50 vendors for farm fresh produce, crafts and food stands. At the Bethlehem Middle School, 332 Kenwood Avenue every Saturday through December.     
Tuesday Delmar Farmers' Market

428 Kenwood Avenue - First United Methodist Church Parking lot, begins May 5th and runs through November 24th, 2:30PM - 6:00PM. Enjoy some great local products like fruits and vegetables, fresh artisan breads, gourmet cheese spreads, local honey, homemade desserts, fresh flowers and plants and more. Also enjoy a relaxing chair massage and get some great take out food for dinner. For more information, contact - Frank Stanton, President 518-756-8228.


16 Handles Stage 16 Concert Series - Join us for live music every Friday from 7:00-9:00 pm as we feature local talent in our Stage 16 concert series! Follow us on Instagram @16handlesglenmont for announcements and line-ups.  

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Cornell's Cat Boarding 

Heidi Cornell 

764 Route 9W

Glenmont, NY 12077 

(518) 767-9095 


Crossfit Spur 

John Hogan 

35 Hamilton Lane

Glenmont, NY  12077

(518) 312-3102 


Nelson Dental Healthcare 

Katie Diamond 

274 Delaware Avenue

Delmar, NY 12054

(5180 439-9994 


Owens Corning

Joe Blair

1277 Feura Bush Road

Feura Bush, NY 12067

(518) 475-3604


South Albany Airport Corp. 

Ted Zabinski 

6 Old School Road

Selkirk, NY 12158

(518) 281-5430 


Broadway Bound Performing Arts Academy

Lindsay Dashew 

785 Delaware Ave (Upper Level)

Delmar, NY 12054

(917) 447-6499


Loredana's Hair Studio & Spa

Loredana Cicero 

266 Delaware Ave

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 439-9309


Poise Studios 

Karli Goering 

5 Vista Blvd.

Slingerlands, NY 12159

(518) 461-5055 


Rise Engineering

Joe Frey

16B Petra Lane

Albany, NY 12205

(518) 935-1724 


Love It or Cut It-Salon, Spa & Barber

Nikki Carkner

821 Route 9W

Glenmont, NY 12077

(518) 635-4176


Taco Bell

Opening August 2015
Jessica Woodburn
351 Route 9W
Glenmont, NY  12077


 TG Associates CPAs, PLLC

Thomas Goodfellow

P O Box 238

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 424-6776


  Coldwell Banker Prime Properties 

Bob Sandberg 

1345 New Scotland Road

Slingerlands, NY 12158

(518) 439-9600 



"Breathing Lights," a public art project that aims to illuminate hundreds of vacant buildings in Albany, Schenectady and Troy, has been selected as one of four winners in the Bloomberg Public Arts Challenge.Conceived by Adam Frelin and Barbara Nelson, "Breathing Lights" will fill empty homes - on the market and in good shape - with gently pulsing lights that simulate breathing. The project was submitted by Albany on behalf of all three cities, which will cooperate with public and private partners including the R.P.I. Lighting Research Center.  Three other winners were announced by Bloomberg Tuesday morning: Gary, Indiana ("ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen," combining visual and culinary arts); Los Angeles ("CURRENT: LA River," emphasizing water conservation); and Spartanburg, S.C. ("Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light," addressing crime through art on National Night Out).  The "Breathing Lights" submission was announced in March as one of 12 finalists selected from 237 proposals submitted by cities across the nation and Puerto Rico. Open to municipalities of at least 30,000, the Bloomberg Public Art Challenge promised the winning cities "up to $1 million each over two years to support temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private partnerships, and drive economic development." For more on the project and the Bloomberg contest, see the website.

Solarize Albany invites you to their Kickoff on Thursday July 9, 6:30-8:00 PM at The Linda, WAMC Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Ave, Albany. Join other Albany County residents in bringing low cost solar energy into our community. Celebrate the start of the 2015 community solar campaign. Light refreshments to be served. For more information on Solarize Albany  click here


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