in this issue

Tuesday we joined Frese's Landscaping to celebrate the expansion of the business through the addition of a Bobcat Toolcat 5600 to their fleet. Christian Frese, Owner (center) was joined by his parents, the Frese's Team and representatives from the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce.  See Photo Gallery


December Networking Mixer
Akira, 385 Route 9W, Glenmont
Wednesday, December 2, 5-7pm

Join us at Akira for our December networking mixer. It's a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues during the holiday season or to make new connections before the end of the year. 

And get in the holiday spirit by giving back to the Bethlehem community! We will be collecting donations at the door for the Community Christmas Day Dinner organized by Bethlehem Senior Services. Served every December 25 at the First United Methodist Church, the dinner is open to people of all denominations and ages. 100-120 people are served each year, with approximately 30 more meals delivered to home-bound individuals. Your monetary contribution will fund food items for the event including turkey and ham with all of the fixin's.  Full details on flyer.

Attendees can also enter to win a gift certificate to Foundry Fitness in Delmar!

15 Year Anniversary Celebration
316 Delaware Avenue, Suite 25, Delmar
Thursday, December 3
5pm Ribbon Cutting; 4-7pm Open House

Join us to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Balance Massage Studio in Delmar.  The Open House celebration will start at 4pm with an official Ribbon Cutting at 5pm.  Stop by for refreshments, special discounts on gift certificates and chair massage for charity! See Invitation for details.

For additional details on all of our upcoming events,  

1 Year Anniversary Celebration

500 Kenwood Avenue, Suite 2, Delmar
Wednesday, December 9
5-7pm Open House

Come celebrate the 1 Year Anniversary of Free Movement Pilates in Delmar.  The Open House will run from 5pm-7pm.  Meet the new faces of the studio - now offering Massage (Sports Massage, Reflexology, and Hot Stone), Private Body Alignment, Manual Physical Therapy, Pilates, Restorative Yoga, Core Yoga, and Functional Movement Assessments.  Light refreshments and wine will be served.



Members currently purchasing health and/or dental insurance through the Chamber can review 2016 plan options and enroll new plans during Open Enrollment no later than December 15.  
Plans are available to Sole Proprietors, Small Groups and Individuals. Employees may acquire insurance through the Chamber regardless of whether the Employer pays for the plans.
If you have questions regarding health insurance or your renewal, contact Monique Matuszek, Benefits Administrator at 439-0512 or by email.
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~ Small Business Saturday® Results ~
Shoppers Provide Encouraging Start to the Holiday Shopping Season

Small Business Saturday Spending Reaches
$16.2 billion in 2015, a 14% increase from 2014

More than 95 million consumers shopped at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, marking an eight percent increase from 2014

More than 4,100 Neighborhood Champions around the country rallied local businesses and created events in their communities for Small Business Saturday - an increase of 48 percent over last year

More than 425 organizations joined the Small Business Saturday Coalition - an increase of 11 percent over last year

In the month of November, there were 85 million social media engagements in support of Small Business Saturday.

Source: Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express

"It's very encouraging to see small businesses participate every year and more shoppers giving local entrepreneurs a chance to compete for their business," said NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner. "Americans are returning to Main Street for the things they need and ultimately that's a very healthy economic trend."

"Small Business Saturday is an increasingly important economic engine for independent businesses," said Janey Whiteside, senior vice president and general manager of American Express OPEN. "These impressive numbers demonstrate the value that Small Business Saturday brings to local businesses, and American Express is proud to support the Shop Small Movement. We encourage shoppers to support their local businesses not only on Small Business Saturday, but all year long." 

Look for the
Pick up a FREE Holiday Shopping Card for discounts & specials from our local businesses and
Buy Bethlehem before you head to the Black Friday sales! 

Holiday Shopping Cards will be available at the following locations:
  • Delmar Turkey Trot (11/25 Registration and 11/26 event)
  • Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce (weekdays)
  • Saturday Delmar Farmers Market (Sat, Dec 12)
  • Spotlight Newspapers (11/25 edition)
  • Community Locations (Library, Town Hall, Parks & Recreation)
  • Participating Businesses
           Visit our website for details*
*You must present a card to receive the discount
Offers valid 11/28/15-12/31/15
Shop our participating merchants for the perfect Holiday gifts!

16 Handles
AAA Hudson Valley
A. Phillips Hardware 
Amelia's Garden Fabric Boutique  
Ando Salon
Angela's Pizza and Pasta 
Ben's Jammin' Treasures Gift Boutique
Breathe Massage Therapy
Capital District Carpet Cleaning
Capital Water and Fire Restoration
Del Lanes 
Delmar Center for Therapeutic Massage
Delmar Health & Fitness
Delmar Health Hut
Deluxe Nail & Spa
Foundry Fitness
Free Movement Pilates
Glenmont Self Storage
Grassroot Givers
Gregory's Barber Shop
Hands of Grace Massage Therapy 
Interstate Vapor
Kinderhook Bank
Love It or Cut It - Salon, Spa & Barber
Mayone's Wine & Liquors
Merriman & Pfister's Marketplace
Micky's Embroidery & Teamwear
National Bank of Coxsackie
Poise Studios
Pure Serenity Salon & Day Spa
Radiance Hot Yoga
Sam's Italian American Restaurant
Sawyer's Screen Printing & Embroidery
Steiners Sports Ski & Bike
Shawna's Dogs
T.A.C.S. Autobody & Service
The Paper Mill
Tomo Asian Bistro
TOP FORM Delmar 
Give the gift of Bethlehem this Holiday!

Shop Bethlehem Gift Card
Support our local businesses and keep money here in our community 

The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce has spearheaded a successful Buy Local Campaign for the past five years through a presence at two seasonal Farmer's Markets (Saturday and Tuesday, June-December), Small Business Saturday Promotion (November), Restaurant Week Promotion (May), Holiday Card Promotion (November-December) and Welcome Packets for new residents and new employees. This Gift Card program will encourage business leaders, community members, residents, employees and students to support our local businesses/organizations, and keep money in our local community.

Buy Shop Bethlehem Gift Cards for Birthdays, Graduation, Teacher Gifts, Holidays and
Employee Incentives...and use at participating businesses around town

A. Phillips Hardware 
Ando Salon
Backyard Sheds & Gazebos
Ben's Jammin' Treasures Gift Boutique
Bethlehem Tae Kwon Do
Bethlehem's Little Helper Service
Buenau's Opticians
Capital Upholstery
CapitalCare Family MedEsthetics
Capital District Carpet Cleaning
Cornell's Cat Boarding
Crossroads Ford
Del Lanes 
Delmar Bistro
Delmar Center for Therapeutic Massage
Dr. Jack Devore, OD
Four Corners Frame Shop
Four Corners Pharmacy
Free Movement Pilates
Glenmont Self Storage  
Hands of Grace Massage Therapy 
Interstate Vapor
John & Mary's Grocery@Delmar Marketplace 
Keep Moving with Stephanie
McCarroll's The Village Butcher
Merriman & Pfister's Marketplace
Poise Studios
Romo's Pizza
Safari Health
Sawyer's Screen Printing & Embroidery
School's Out, Inc.
Shawna's Dogs
Shogun Sushi & Sake Bar
Steiner's Sports Ski & Bike
Swifty's Restaurant & Pub
T.A.C.S. Autobody & Service
The Cheese Traveler
Tomo Asian Bistro
TOP FORM Delmar 

Sponsored by   

first niagara bank

If you are a business interested in participating, see flyer for details and contact the Chamber at 518-439-0512

Backyard Sheds & Gazebos' season is coming to a close, if your looking to get a shed this season, we have to move it! We are open by appointment only starting on Dec. 2nd. 518-767-2671. Thanks for a great year!

The Town of Bethlehem Town Board will need to appoint an Interim Town Board member for the 2016 calendar year. Indiv-iduals interested in pursuing this appointment should submit a letter (or email message) of interest by December 8th 2015, along with a bio/resume/vita and any other materials desired. Letters should be sent to the Town Supervisor's office and will be shared with the 2016 Town Board (Supervisor Clarkson and board members Julie Sasso, Joyce Becker and David VanLuven). All inquiries will be held in confidence at this time, and individuals who have already expressed an interest should do so again formally through a letter/email. The Town Board will be making the appointment on January 13 at the 2016 organizational meeting. For more details, visit the website.

Fan of HGTV's House Hunters series?  Tune in Friday as House Hunter's comes to Delmar!  Realty USA Delmar's Cathy Cooley is the agent featured along with a local couple in their search for a home. The episode airs this Friday, December 4th at 10pm on HGTV.

Roux in Slingerlands has a full week of events...Wednesday, December 2nd: The Rena Graf Duo, 6pm-9pm, Friday, December 4th: The Fresh Trio from 6pm-9pm, Saturday, December 5th: Brunch from 11am-3pm, including $3 Mimosas and Bloody Marys Sunday, December 6th: Brunch from 11am-3pm; Sunday Night Dinner special for 2 for $32 (includes a bottle of wine) and Happy Hour is everyday from 4pm-6pm!

Glenmont Abbey Village is now open and residents are moving in!  This is a new 55+ active, independent apartment community off Glenmont Road. Several apartment sizes are offered, and all models include granite countertops, crown moulding, washer & dryer, porch or patio and the famous selection of SUN Program activities in the elegantly appointed Clubhouse. Please stop by for a tour: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.

The Little Mermaid, Jr. will be onstage at The Cue Theatre this weekend, and due to sold out shows a 2pm matinee has been added for Saturday, December 5. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students.

Learn how to make your own chapstick at the Bethlehem Children's School, perfect for the cold winter weather ahead or to give as holiday gifts. Saturday, December 5, 1-3pm. Adults and children 7 years and up. $15 for first participant, $10 for each additional family participant. Each participant will take home at least 1 salve and 5 chapsticks. To register, contact Heather

Shawna's Dogs is hosting Pictures with Santa, and Hanukkah Pictures this year.  Each date benefits a different charity - see facebook for the full list.  12/5, 12/6, 12/12, 12/13, and 12/19.

Beat away the Monday blues with a bevvy and snack at Merriman & Pfister's while you browse the shop in search of the perfect gift. Every Monday, 12/7, 12/14, and 12/21 from 5-9pm.  Gift wrapping and layaway available.  Holiday Hours: Mon 12pm-7pm; Tues-Thurs 9am-7pm; Fri 9am-9pm; Sat 8am-7pm; Sun 8am-4pm.

Tuesday, December 8, is the Holiday Open House at Breathe Massage. Join us from 5-7pm as we celebrate our successful year! Enjoy a 10 minute mini session for $10. Proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House. Refreshments will be served.

Macro Nu will be at CrossFit Spur from 4:15-6:15pm on Wednesday December 9th to inform members what they have to offer as well as hand out some tasty samples!

Elsmere Fire District will host a Fundraiser on Friday, December 11, 9pm-12midnight at Del Lanes for Paul Spagnola and Family.  The event is $25 and features the Playing with Fire Band. See flyer for details.

Host your holiday party at 16 Handles! Book our private room FREE of charge by emailing. Perfect for office gatherings!

CapitalCare Family MedEsthetics is a proud supporter of the U.S. Marine Corps
Toys for Tots Foundation this year. Last year we collected over 100 toys - help us beat our record by bringing your new, unwrapped toy by December 11. Help make this year a little brighter for less fortunate children. And join us Monday, December 7, for our Bring A Friend event at Cafe 333 at 5:30pm.  The first 20 people through the door will receive a free gift! There will be food, beverages, and raffle prizes. Wine pull, silent auction, and other items will be for sale as a fundraiser for Dr. Bevilacqua's 2016 Medical Mission in Uganda, Africa. Vendors include Allergan, Merz Aesthetics, CAbi, and True Grace MakeUp. RSVP by 12/3/15 at 518.429.2909

Parker Ortho is also a Toys for Tots drop-off location.  Leave a new, unwrapped toy in the drop box in our vestibule Mon-Wed 8:30-5, or Thurs 9-4. 

When you are shopping local this holiday, come visit the newly renovated The Paper Mill in Delaware Plaza!  Staring Friday November 26 Holiday Hours are as follows: M-F 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm.

Come celebrate our 10th Anniversary with Upstate Wine & SpiritsSaturday, December 5th from 2pm-6pm - wines tastings and homemade food will be served including delicious appetizers, finger foods, and baked goodies. 

Give the gift of Sport this Season with Group tickets to the Albany Devils. Plan a group outing of 10 or more to a local game and receive a discounted ticket rate, scoreboard recognition and more. Great for families, employee incentives, birthdays or any occaision. Contact Robert Soto by email or 433-8457.        

From Grassroot Givers...give your family a unique, delicious treat this holiday season and order our homemade baklava. Orders must be made by Friday December 4, and pick-up will be Friday December 18 at St. Sophia's Church, Albany, NY. Order form.
Looking for a gift-giving alternative this holiday season?  Why not donate a bench with a personalized bronze plaque through Friends of Bethlehem Parks.  Full details on flyer.

A. Phillips Hardware is raffling off one Gorilla Glue Toolbox a week now thru December 21.  Visit the Delmar store to enter.  In addition, two Gorilla Glue Toolboxes will be raffled via Facebook. Many great stocking stuffers are also available in store - Moon Ray Solar Lights, Handwarmers, True Utility Pocket Tools, Old Fashion Soda Shop Sodas, Winder Spinners, and much more!

From now until December 25, Love It or Cut It is collecting non-perishable food items.  Please help those in need.  Items will be donated to local churches and families.

Let Angela's Pizza & Pasta cater your holiday parties this year!  We deliver catering orders throughout the Albany area, and we provide setup service at no extra charge. You can always expect fresh, Italian-style cuisines from your favorite family restaurant. Call today 518.427.7122 or view our catering menu.

Now through December 12 at Price Chopper help feed a family in need in your community! Round up your change or donate a food package at checkout. All donations benefit your local food bank!  Every location is participating, we have a Glenmont store and a Slingerlands store in our community.

Come Lunch & Learn with Usherwood Office TechnologyThursday December 3 from 11am-2pm, join us at our showroom (7 Corporate Drive, Clifton Park) for a free lunch.  Learn about: Canon's document management solution uniFLOW, production level technology with our VP Lou Tubolino, and mailing and shipping solutions with FP mailing special-ist.See flyer for details. RSVP by email to Josh Love.

On Friday, December 4 at 6pm, the 9th Annual Town of Bethlehem Holiday Parade will step off at the Town Hall and continue down Delaware Avenue to the Four Corners. The .35 mile parade will be packed with decorated vehicles, scouts, classic cars, music, fire trucks and holiday cheer! Santa will arrive at the end of the parade just in time for the tree lighting at the Four Corners.

The Bethlehem Lions Club is again selling Christmas Trees and Wreaths for the 29th year. The tree lot is located at 3D Rigging, 542 Route 9W Glenmont-1/2 mile south of Feura Bush Road. Sale times are weekends from 9-5 starting 11/28, and continue until sold out. All trees are 6-8ft Nova Scotia Balsams, and the wreaths are 14in diameter, Double Sided. All of the proceeds from the Christmas tree sale are used to support local community activities. For a complete list of organizations supported visit the website.   

10th Annual Selkirk Fire Department Holiday Fire Truck on Saturday December 5th. Tentative schedule below. They will be handing out candy canes, playing music, and Santa will also be paying a visit
5:00PM Enclave Development: Harvest Ridge, Ashgrove, Chesterwood, Silver Creek, Crescent Creek, to Holly Mill. 
6:00PM Dowerskill Village: Hague Blvd. to Amsterdam Ave. 
6:20PM Milltowne: Amsterdam Ave., Brookhaven, Huntswood, Milltowne, back to Huntswood. 
7:00PM Crossroads: Journey La. to Placid La. 
7:45PM East Wiggand Dr. to Vagele La. 
8:00PM Quail Hollow: Bobwhite Dr. to Mallard Rd. 
8:30PM Weiser St. & Chapel La.

For only the fifth time in Bethlehem Pop Warner's (BPW) 51 year history, one of our Cheerleading Squads is headed to the Pop Warner National Cheer Championships! Our Junior PeeWee cheer team took 1st Place at the Eastern Region competition and has earned a spot at the 2015 National Cham- pionships to be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL the week of December 6th.  We are reaching out to businesses in our community to support these girls. Please consider sponsoring, making a monetary donation or donating something for our spaghetti dinner and silent auction, which will be held on December 2nd at the American Legion in Delmar. See Letter and Donation Form for details.   

Join the Bethlehem Historical Association for our annual Silver Tea and Open House.  The Cedar Hill Schoolhouse will be all dressed up for the holiday season with a theme of Cozy Plaids and Sparkling Lights.  Visit on Sunday, December 6 for the Silver Tea and tea time treats. Enjoy the decorations on Monday, December 7 with punch and cookies.  Both days the schoolhouse is open between 1 and 4 PM.  All welcome. Free. The Cedar Hill Schoolhouse is located at 1003 River Road in Selkirk.

Sunday December 6, join Bethlehem Chabad for their Chanukah Around the World Extravaganza3:30pm menorah lighting at Four Corners, 4:15pm Chanukah Around the World Extravaganza at Normanside Country Club.  FREE event for all ages - full details on flyer

On Thursdays between 10 AM and 2 PM, the Town of Bethlehem will be accepting
donations for Habitat ReStore in the Capital District of slightly used furnishings, working appliances, cabinets, and other building materials at the Town of Bethlehem Transfer Station, 136 Rupert Rd, Selkirk, NY. See the Flyer for details. 
The Delmar Farmers Market is open Saturdays, 9am-1pm through December. Visit over 50 vendors for farm fresh produce, crafts and food stands. At the Bethlehem Middle School, 332 Kenwood Avenue every Saturday through December.  
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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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Devonna Quinn, BHHS, Blake Realtors 

 Devonna Quinn 

  205 Delaware Avenue

Delmar, NY  12054

518-439-4943 ext. 280 


Balance Massage Studio 

Denise Mason

316 Delaware Avenue

Delmar, NY 12054 



Romo's Pizza 

Brittany Ruede 

365 Feura Bush Road

Glenmont, NY  12077

(518) 449-5871 


Chontong Thai Restaurant 

Yupa Wongworaphonkun 

155 Delaware Ave

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 915-1907


Radiance Hot Yoga, LLC 

Boaz Alperson 

392 Feura Bush Road

Glenmont, NY 12077

(518) 956-2947 


Wilson Bros. Heating & Cooling, Inc. 

Kim Wilson 

420 Kenwood Ave

Delmar, NY 12054

(518) 765-4112



The Veterans Business Outreach Centers, The Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership and the SBA will host a Veteran to Veteran Small Business Networking Hour on Wednesday, December 9, 8am-9am at the Watervliet Arsenal-Michael R. McNulty Center for Veteran Entrepreneurial Activity. Come and speak with other veterans interested in starting or expanding their business. Find mentors and connect with experts to address your needs and concerns as a Veteran business owner.  Amy Amoroso, NYS Director for Veteran Business Outreach will moderate.  For more details and to register, visit the website.  

presents, Evolution of Fashion Manufacturing in the Hudson Valley, Past, Present, Future on December 11, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Great Room of Kaplan Hall at SUNY Orange. This event will bring together local apparel designers and manufacturers to increase industry connections, provide business to business networking and connection opportunities, and educate attendees on current and future trends in the industry.  Fashion design and manufacturing was historically a thriving industry in the Hudson Valley, with tremendous contributions to the growth of the region's economy and culture.  With recent trends favoring locally-produced goods and smaller business, there is great opportunity to support the reemergence of this industry in the Hudson Valley. Visit the website for details and to register.

National Grid is once again warning customers to beware of a reported utility billing scam. As has been the case several times in the past few years, National Grid's Customer Contact Center has received calls from residential and business customers saying they were contacted by phone by individuals who claim to be from National Grid and who advise the customers they have a past due balance on their utility bill. The scammers warn that service will be shut off immediately unless the customer purchases a prepaid debit card in a specific amount and provides the caller with the card's account number. Scammers have become increasingly sophisticated in replicating National Grid's recorded messaging and directions for phone prompts making it more difficult to differentiate an actual National Grid call from an imposter's call.  National Grid does contact customers with past due balances by phone to offer payment options, but never demands direct payment through the use of a pre-paid debit card and never accepts payment through these cards.  Customers who believe they have fallen victim to the scam should contact National Grid and local law enforcement officials immediately.   


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