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CHAMBER NEWS AND EVENTS
 
 
Wednesday night, owner Karly Decker (far right), was joined by her team of therapists and instructors, family, friends, and the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the 1 Year Anniversary of Free Movement Pilates in Delmar. The studio offers pilates, yoga, barre and massage therapy and has recently expanded it's class schedule.  View the Photo Gallery.
 

For additional details on all of our upcoming events,  
view our Chamber Events Calendar!      
SAVE THE DATE
  

Town of Bethlehem Logo    
State of the Town Address

Town Hall Auditorium, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar
Thursday, January 7, 2016
7:45 AM - Breakfast, 8:00 AM - Address Begins
RSVP

Supervisor John Clarkson will deliver the State of the Town address Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 8am in the auditorium at Town Hall.  Co-sponsored with the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, continental breakfast is offered starting at 7:45am.  The public is encouraged to attend, this is a free event open to all. Supervisor Clarkson will outline the challenges Bethlehem faces and his priorities for the coming year.


    
 

HEALTH INSURANCE
OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2016

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 17 (new extended date).  
 
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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Look for the
2015 HOLIDAY SHOPPING CARD
 
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
Shampoodle
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 
Akira   
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.
Shampoodle
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
MEMBER NEWS & EVENTS

Roux is sharing the holiday spirit with friends and customers - they are giving away Red Envelopes until the end of December. Bring your unopened envelope back in January, present it to your server, and your gift from Roux will be revealed. It could be $5 in Roux bucks, a free dessert, a draft beer or a prosecco split. There is one grand prize of $100 in Roux bucks. Everyone who brings back their Red Envelope in January will have their name entered into a drawing to win a dinner for two on Valentine's Day. And this Friday, December 18, Upstate Dance Band will be playing favorite songs from the 80's, 90's and today.  Reservations recommended.

From December 17 - January 6, La Empanada Llama will be closed for a family vacation to Peru.  Happy New Year!
 
Hot Harry's Burrito of the Month is the Chili Cheese Frito Burrito. Available until the end of December, you can make it a meal with a 20 oz. Pepsi. Yum!

Skate into the holidays with the Bethlehem YMCA on Saturday, December 19! The ice rink will be turned into Rockefeller Center for the day, complete with a tree, concession stand, hot chocolate, and a visit from Santa. View flyer for details. Click here for the full December Ice Rink Schedule.

Capital District Alliance for Universal Healthcare Physicians for a National Health Program, Capital District Chapter, presents "Fix It - Healthcare at the Tipping Point." Sunday, December 20 at the Bethlehem Public Library. 1:30pm, full description on flyer.  
 
Blue Sky Recording/Music Studios is proud to carry Washburn acoustic and electric guitars. They make high quality guitars at affordable prices with an instrument to suit every level of player from the beginner to the pro.  Check out their selection - they make great holiday gifts!  

Thank you to all of our local customers from Los Panchos Mexican Grill & Bar. We wish you a Happy Holidays and a very prosperous New Year. As a token of our appreciation we are offering BOGO Chicken or Beef Fajita on December 24 from 12-8pm. View flyer. Also, purchase a $25.00 or more Gift Card and receive an additional $5.00, or purchase a $50.00 Gift Card or more and receive an additional $10.00. Purchase in person or online

Delmar Bistro is closing at 4pm on Christmas Eve to prepare for our Vets Dinner. Here are two 2 lists of items our veterans could use this Christmas: Page 1 & Page 2. List provided by V. A. Hospital, all donated items go directly to local veterans. Drop donations off at Delmar Bistro or directly to the V.A. hospital. Ask for Jim Keller or Mike Fitzpatrick

Giving Tuesday has passed, but Grassroot Givers is DOUBLING all monetary donations throughout the month of December.  Help us reach our $10,000 goal!  Warm winter clothes and book donations are also accepted at their facilities.

All Moroccanoil and Eufora products are Buy 2 and the 3rd is 50% off through December 31 at Sky Beauty Bar! Call 463.7593 to schedule appointments.

Come Paint an Ornament at Swifty's Restaurant & Pub  with the Blue Moon promo team.  Tonight, December 16 from 7-8pm. Stop by, paint an ornament to keep, and enjoy a tasty Blue Moon beer!

Bowling ball deals for the holidays at Del Lanes!  Prices good through December 24, while supplies last. See flyer for details.

Berkshire Bank has launched its fourth annual "Season of Giving" campaign, which runs through the end of the holiday season. Bank employees will complete a variety of community service projects - Capital District employees have teamed up with the local chambers' of commerce and other agencies to collect toys for children in need. Berkshire Bank will also support the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York's Holiday Hunger Appeal and employees plan to complete service activities with the Salvation Army and other agencies as well. Berkshire Bank Foundation will contribute grants to local non-profit organizations serving those in need this holiday season.

Upcoming entertainment at Yanni's Too includes music by Bicycle Mary Friday, December 18 at 7pm.

Holiday hours at Johnny B's Glenmont Diner are as follows: OPEN Christmas week, only CLOSED Christmas Day.
We will re-open on Saturday, December 26th through Sunday, January 3rd - regular business hours, with no interruption and no other closures. On Monday, January 4 we will close for Winter Vacation and will re-open Tuesday, January 19 at 7am. Happy Holidays!

Stop into Shannon's Barber Shop for your holiday haircut, and receive a free holiday gift!

Shop till you drop, and take advantage of the great holiday special at the Hampton Inn by Hilton Albany/University Area.  Rates starting at $135 per night, including $25 gift card to Crossgates Mall, FREE hot breakfast, FREE gift wrapping station, and FREE hot chocolate/cider bar.  See flyer for details.

Champagne Shopping at Ben's Jammin' Treasures weekdays from 6-8pm until Christmas. Enjoy champagne, holiday snacks and samples as you peruse our gift boutique with over 50 local artists gift ideas. Special Sales every evening! Bring 2 friends and you will receive a special gift.

Now until December 18, Security Plumbing & Heating Supply is collecting donations for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York at every branch. Dry goods, shelf-stable foods and non-perishable items are greatly appreciated to help make this holiday season better for those in need in the Capital District.

Visit the Holiday Open House at the National Bank of Coxsackie on Saturday, December 19, from 9am-12pm. Get your FREE picture taken with Santa!  See flyer.
 
Angela's Pizza and Pasta Restaurant is teaming up with Albany Medical Center to raise funds for new equipment for neonatal children. Full details here. Also, the December sub of the month is Veal & Pepper with Smoked Mozzarella, served with sweet potato fries - only $7.95.     

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.

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

Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy will be at the Bethlehem Public Library for her next stop in her Community Conversation series on Thursday, December 17 at 7pm. Join neighbors and friends for a discussion at Bethlehem Public Library for a great way to learn more about state government and issues that are important to you and your family. Register here.

Friday, December 25 is the 28th Annual Community Christmas Day Dinner presented by Bethlehem Senior Services at the First United Methodist Church. 1:30pm (hospitality), 2:00pm (dinner served). Dinner is open to people of all denominations and ages; 100-120 people are served each year, with approximately 30 more meals delivered to homebound individuals. Full details on flyer.

The Town of Bethlehem announced NEW Community Recycling Stations. Visit the Town's 24/7 recycling drop spots for cardboard, mixed paper (including books, magazines, and more) and clothing, textiles and shoes. 1st Location: Municipal lot near Four Corners, and 2nd Location: Elm Ave Park 'n Ride.

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.  
  
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.  
    
Add an event to our Community Calendar here and click Submit an Event, it's free!  
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Delmar, NY 12054 
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KUDOS TO

Bethlehem Pop Warner Cheer Team
 
on winning 1st Place at the
2015 Pop Warner National Cheer & Dance Championship
View the full article here.


and



their parent company
The United Group of Companies
was named a finalist for
two national housing awards 



AROUND THE REGION... 


Endorphin Advisors and Constant Contact present: "What to Say and How to Say It: Using The Best Content and Images in Your Marketing Emails and Social Media" - Wednesday, December 16 from 1-1:45PM. Using powerful words and images to craft your email messages is essential to communicating to any audience. They need to quickly grasp your messages in a fraction of the time it took you to create it. This "content" is the lifeblood of your marketing and requires just as much art and eloquence as technical skill to be successful. What you say, and the way you say it (tone, date & time, frequency) is how you will attract, engage and be share-worthy to your audiences. Register here; this is an online event. This webinar will teach you time-saving tips, techniques, and yes, even apps that will help your content - and the way you share it - succeed!


Looking to assist local non-profits in need this Holiday season?  The Giving Map is a web-based map which identifies over 600 locations within the Capital District where you can make charitable donations and/or volunteer your personal time to help others. Use the map to locate a charitable organization and then click its marker to display information about the site, including address, types of donations accepted, and hours of operation. Visit the website.


It's time for the Annual Best of the Capital Region survey! Every year we look forward to honoring those businesses in the area that are doing an outstanding job. Vote for our BETHLEHEM Businesses!  When voting, please keep your answers local (unless otherwise noted). Online voting will run from Nov 23 - Dec 28, 2015. Results will be published in the March & May issue. Click to vote.

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.   


BETHLEHEM BUSINESS MAP

View the online version of the Bethlehem Business map here.

WEBSITE of the WEEK

For the holidays, unique gift ideas for food lovers - hand-selected fine cheeses, meats, breads and award-winning specialty foods from around the world. Pre-made gift baskets from $50, $75, $100, $125 or build your own. Holiday cheese and/or charcuterie platters to please any guest. Have a glass of wine and enjoy a gourmet grilled cheese while you shop!

Don't FORGET you can now join or renew your dues online.

 
OFFICE SPACE

Looking for work space? 
Visit our
Marketspace page frequently to see
available office space.

 

   

HELP WANTED

 

Looking for work? 
Visit our
Job Postings page frequently to see current openings.

 

 



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