Alyssa Jung

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Alyssa covers the Town of Colonie, surrounding villages and general Albany County. If you've got a news tip or a great story idea (she loves her features!) email them to junga@spotlightnews.com.

Recent Stories

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Car owners fire up engines for vets

A group of area veterans are making sure their fellow servicemen know they’re appreciated.

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Feline Fest connects cats with homes

It was all about the cats at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society’s sixth Feline Fest running Thursday, July 26, to Sunday, July 29. The yearly event is the organization’s effort to “promote” the influx of cats it typically sees during the warmer months.

Taste buds to get local workout

The Pruyn House will become a miniature version of the Capital District on Thursday, Aug. 23, when local food, art and music is spread across the grounds for “A Taste of Local: An Evening of Food, Wine and Talents.”

School supply lists go digital

Some Sand Creek Middle School parents have a new way of getting supply lists for the upcoming school year. Instead of wrinkled pieces of paper sent home the last day of school, they have Teacherlists.com, a website that launched in April and already has supply lists posted for 48,000 classrooms nationwide.

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From the office to the stage

Local band frontman is a lobbyist by day, rock star by night

By day, John Salka looks like every other lobbyist at Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein, a law firm in downtown Albany. Clad in business attire and working with state legislators, Salka is every bit the professional.

Young bowler remembered with bowl-a-thon

Bowling coach of girl who died on Florida vacation organizes fundraiser

Jake Rivers, a bowling coach at Spare Time in Latham, thought 11-year-old Ashton Jojo was funny.

Work begins on bridge rehabs

There are more than 17,000 bridges in New York State—some so small it’s hard to tell exactly what they span, others massive fixtures and icons—and with $19.9 million being distributed through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NY Works program, 11 of those bridges will get a major makeover through next year. Construction on the Congress Street Bridge that links Troy and Watervliet began on Tuesday, July 3, and is expected to be completed by 2013.

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Karner blue coming back

Endangered butterfly re-introduced to Pine Bush, can be seen through mid-July

If you’ve never seen an endangered species up close, now’s your chance.

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Building up books

The Schoharie Library lost more than 5,000 books in post-Tropical Storm Irene flooding. It was closed until just two weeks ago. The recovery is still a work in progress and staff at the William K. Sanford Library in the Town of Colonie are trying to speed things up.

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Access granted

People with disabilities allowed free access to town parks and facilities

Buddy Washburn looks like a typical 11-year-old. He’s hyper. He has a wide, toothy smile and a laugh that shakes his whole body and lights up his whole face. He’s obsessed with cars and loves to swim. He talks a mile a minute and is on the honor roll at Sand Creek Middle School.

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