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Schmooza Palooza was a smashing success!  Four local Chambers of Commerce partnered to bring you a networking event like no other.  Click HERE to see the full photo gallery.

Thank you to our Exhibitors!



The Chamber at the Market
Saturday, September 17, 9am-1pm

Visit our table for info and giveaways from our local businesses.  Pick up a Business & Community Directory, a Bethlehem Business Map (with new street listings),purchase a Shop BETHLEHEM Gift Card and more. 
Also stop by the Electric Car displays or test drive a car to celebrate National Drive Electric Week.


31st Annual Golf Outing
Normanside Country Club
150 Salisbury Road, Delmar
Monday, September 19
12pm Lunch1pm Shotgun Start5:30 pm Dinner & Awards
Last call to register to golf - click HERE!
Join us for our 31st Annual Golf Outing - an afternoon of golf and an evening of networking. The day includes lunch in the banquet room, 18 holes of golf, cart, use of practice facilities and locker rooms, on-course refreshments, bag drop service and dinner. There will be fun contests and a raffle to benefit two local non-profit organizations.
All are welcome, Members and Non-Members - register with a friend, relative, or co-worker. Soft spikes and appropriate attire are required. Register HERE.

Contribute a gift certificate/product to the raffle, which supports local charities. Contact the Chamber at 518.439.0512 or via email.

Speed Networking
w/ the Colonie Chamber
Hampton Inn by Hilton Albany/University Area 
1442 Western Avenue, Albany 
Thursday, October 13, 7:30-9am 
Back by popular demand - the Bethlehem Chamber has partnered with the Colonie Chamber to bring you another Speed Networking event! If you missed the first one in February, now is your chance to connect with colleagues from throughout the Capital Region and make 20 new contacts before you get into the office. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early and bring plenty of business cards. Peter Coombs from FRONTLINE Training & Consulting will moderate. FRONTLINE Training helps salespeople in all types of organizations through workshops, keynotes, and coaching.
Breakfast Sponsor/Venue Host

F or additional details on all of our upcoming events,  
view our  Chamber Events Calendar!      
T H A N K  Y O U 
to our 31st Golf Outing Sponsors

E A G L E  S P O N S O R S
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B I R D I E  S P O N S O R S


P A R  S P O N S O R S 
A. Phillips Hardware
ABC Leasing & Financing
All Signs & Graphics

Fairytale Journeys by Tim Brooks
Farm Family Casualty Insurance Company
Graves Electrical Contracting

Marvin and Company, P.C. CPAs

Rhatigan Painting

Trustco Bank



Burke Insurance Associates





Taco Bell
Crossroads Ford

School's Out, Inc.
O'Slattery's Irish Restaurant & Pub

Click HERE to see our full sponsor list.



We came.

We saw.

We loved.

Check Italy off your bucket list with this amazing trip to Southern Italy and the Amalfi Coast!  Rich in culture and stunning scenery, Southern Italy is the setting for this epic adventure.  As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, find yourself relaxing in the town of Sorrento or sight-seeing along the Amalfi Coast, which includes gorgeous places like Positano, Ravello and Amalfi. On this remarkable trip you will also encounter the world famous archaeological site of Pompeii.

Open to all members of the community, the trip begins March 23, 2017.
Click HERE for the full itinerary.

Amalfi Coast

Bestselling author Ann Leary ('The Good House," "Outtakes From a Marriage") will be stopping by the Bethlehem Public Library, Sunday, September 18, 2-3pm, to discuss her creative process and her latest book, "The Children". Copies of her books will be available for purchase (facilitated with I Love Books) and the author will also be signing copies following her talk.  Space is limited, so this is a first-come, first-admitted event; doors will open at 1:45pm.

There is still time to RSVP for Pine Hollow Arboretum's Fall Fundraising Event Saturday, September 17th from 3-5pm at Glennpeter Jewelers. Email to RSVP and get in on the fun!  All proceeds will go towards maintaining our beautiful grounds and providing opportunities for people of all ages to connect with Nature and learn about trees from around the world! There will be food, cash bar and a live jazz trio along with a silent auction.

Join To Life! for a lunch-time Walk2Health
Get some fresh air while walking with To Life!
Tuesdays from 12:30pm to 1:15pm.  The group leaves from 410 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar, and will take a 45 minute walk.  The route will vary week to week. Walk will be at a steady pace with minimal incline. Please call for more information: 518-439-5975.

The Pretty Neat Home Organizing website has been refreshed for fall!  Now that the little (and not-so-little) ones are back in school, are you itching to organize a space in your home? I know I am... planning out some great projects. Contact Cheryl if you need some help and guidance!  518-300-3211.

Bethlehem Children's School will be welcoming Giffy's Bar-B-Q for their first fundraiser of the year, September 28, 5-7pm. Their delicious dinners have been a great success in the past and we are looking forward to offering them to our families and the surrounding community.  Pre-ordered dinners for BCS families are $12.00 per dinner if ordered by September 15th.  If ordered on the day of the event, dinners will be $15.00.  

Don't miss the First  Annual Solid Rock Church Yard Sale! Saturday, September 17 from  8am-3pm. If you would like to be a VENDOR call 518.687.2255. Now accepting donations (furniture, clothes, dishes, etc. - all items must be in good condition) - call 518.439.4314 for drop-off details.There will be pony rides, pizza, and more!

The Delmar Farmers Market will take part in National Drive Electric Week with a National Drive Electric Event to be held on Saturday 9/17/16, 9am-1pm at the Middle School.  Test drive dozens of vehicles, learn about making your own clean energy, join in for the group EV photo and more as we come together as a community to highlight the fun, clean-air benefits, and cost-savings of electric cars.  Plug-in vehicles by Nissan, Chevrolet, Honda, Ford, Kia, Mitsubishi and other automakers will be available for test ride-and-drives and EV chargers and products will be on display. Attendees will also have a chance to experience the Tesla Model S and BMW i3. For more details, visit the website.

Discover the Y at Bethlehem!  Join us for the last Discover the Y event at the Bethlehem YMCA, 900 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, on Friday, September 16, 6-8:30pm for Ice is Nice Night! This is a FREE event.  Skating will be available the entire night. Tours will run every hour; 6:15, 7:15, and 8:15 PM. Snacks will be provided, including snow cones, hot chocolate, coffee and popcorn! 

All bikes are on sale at Steiners Sports in Glenmont. 20% off 2016 models in stock; 40% off cycling jerseys in stock; 20% off cycling shorts in stock. Stop into the store at 329 Feura Bush Rd early for the best selection.

Guest Chef Tristan Lowery, who spent six years at the stoves of a number of New York Times two- and three-star kitchens in Manhattan, along with Michelin-starred Dovetail, Vandaag, Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar and Degustation. Lowery will guest chef Friday, September 15 and 23 for the The Cheese Traveler's Friday Night Cookout dinners.
Stop by and dine in, or get your order to go - from 5-9pm. View menu here. Call ahead for faster pick-up at 518.443.0440.

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC will host a
Fall 2016 Statewide Pension Fund Seminar on Thursday, September 22, 8:30-11:15am, titled The Growing Employer Liabilities Associated With Participating in Collectively Bargained Multiemployer Pension Funds. The seminar will present available Bargaining Strategies Under the Pension Protection Act and the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act. Open to all, cost is $25 for clients and $30 for the general public. To Register, visit the website. Seminar will be hosted at the BSK office, 22 Corporate Woods Boulevard, Suite 501 in Albany. 

Glenmont Abbey Village invites you to attend a free Life Reimagined Checkup, Saturday, Sept 24, 1-3pm at their Clubhouse on Thomas Cole Drive in Glenmont.  See Flyer for details. Space is limited, call 800-416-8050 to reserve. 

The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy's major fundraiser, Conservation Celebration, will be held Thursday, September 22, 5:30pm at the NYS Museum.  The festivities will include dinner from Bountiful Bread,  music by Spiral Tango with Ray Andrews, a celebration of the 24th year of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, and an opportunity to bid on many great gift packages. For ticket information, visit the website.

RESERVE NOW for this month's Cooking Party with Chef: Asian Fusion - Small Plates at Normanside Country Club, on Thursday, September 22nd.  Whether you're an avid foodie or a kitchen newbie, this event is for you! Reserve now by contacting Normanside at (518) 439.4505!  Reservations are required due to exclusivity and limited seating availability. $65 Non-Members / $55 Members. Visit our website for additional information and upcoming events.

The Cue Theatre will host Bethlehem's very own Internet sensation and make-up artist, James Charles who will be teaching a two-hour stage make-up class for all ages on Saturday, September 24th from 1:00 -3:00pm at The Cue, 339 Delaware Ave,  Delmar.  Space is limited for this class so be sure to register quickly by email. Cost is $40 per student. Registration Required. James will be available for photos and autographs at the conclusion of the class!

O'Slattery's Irish Restaurant & Pub will feature musical guests' LITTLE JACK's Mike DeAngelis, Scott Apicelli and John Haggerty who will play live on Friday, September 23rd, from 8-11pm. 
Join Capital Region Special Surgery for the Race for Hope on September 24. All costs are underwritten by Capital Region Special Surgery and all proceeds go to help those in the Capital Region living with brain, head and neck cancers. Click for the  brochure to donate or register to race!
Take advantage of the Junk King's Back to School Special Does your college student still have a dollhouse in your basement? Do you still have a swing set in your backyard but your child is in grad school?  $25 off any load or $50 off a full truck ( Offer not valid on jobs under $99. Cannot be combined with any other coupons or offer.  Offer Expires 9/30/16). 
Sign up now for  Intro to Yoga with Nicole Campbell, CYT, at Free Movement Pilates Learn what yoga is along with basic postures, breathing techniques and relaxation in a comfortable settings. 4 week session beginning October 1st. See flyer for dates and pricing.  Must register in advance, email or call Nicole at  201.463.0303.  Or choose a Restorative Yoga/Meditation Workshop,
Sunday, Sept 18 & Oct 16, 12-2:30pm,  $45
Reserve your spot now!  Space fills up quickly. Contact Kathryn via email or 518-496-3319

The 2016-2017 Albany Devils schedule is here! Click to view.
Fall is right around the corner - and that means MUMS! in the next two weeks, the mums in the Robinson Ace Hardware greenhouses will be exploding with color. Stop by to stock up and get decked out for fall.
Get your bowling on - LEAGUES are now forming at Del Lanes!  There are options for everyone, call Marvin at 518.439.2224 to register.
Click HERE to get three Delmar Bistro coupons - Free Appetizer, $3 off $15, and $5 off $25! Delmar Bistro makes delicious, homemade meals, serves beer and wine, and is open Tues-Thurs 9am-7pm, Fri-Sat 9am-8pm and Sun 10am-6pm (closed Mon). 

Network for a Cure with LLS (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)  and Berkshire Bank on Thursday, September 15. Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, a cash bar and a spectacular silent auction at the Century House from 6-9pm. Click here for tickets.
Everyday from 3-6pm at Roux, and ALL DAY on Sunday, it's HAPPY HOUR! Click to see the Happy Hour Menu. All day every S aturday, enjoy $1 oysters on the half shell. This Sunday, September 17, enjoy music by Katsura beginning at 6pm. 
For a full list of the ongoing member deals & offers, visit  Member News .

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

On the morning of Saturday, September 17th, Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy will be holding a Drum Circle at the Winn Preserve in Delmar in honor of Daniel Driscoll. For those who did not know Dan, he was a founding board member and past President of MHLC as well as the Preserve Steward at the Winn Preserve next to his home for many years. Longtime MHLC supporter Lois Porter will lead a facilitated drum circle beginning shortly after 10 AM (meet in the parking area at 10 AM) on Saturday, September 17th. The first 10 people to sign up will have drums supplied. If you can bring your own "body drum" (conga, ashiko, djembe) we can accommodate more people. No experience required.  Free and open to individuals of all ages.  Rain date is Saturday, October 8th. Please come prepared with: Water, bug spray, a snack, appropriate outdoor footwear, and sunscreen. Space is limited. Please register today!

Come to the Bethlehem Soccer Club Bake Sale this Saturday, September 17th at the Bethlehem Town Park (back pavilion). The bake sale runs from 8:00am-12:30pm. Lots of baked goods for sale!  All proceeds for this event will go towards the scholarship fund. Come support this great cause and give kids the opportunity to play soccer!

Clear out clutter at book donation event this Saturday!  The Bethlehem Public Library is partnering with Grassroot Givers, a local nonprofit, to collect books for donation to local organizations and individuals in need. Collection day is Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the library garage.
Donations MUST fit the following criteria: current adult paperback fiction and nonfiction; current adult hardcover fiction and nonfiction; current children's board books; current children's hardcover and softcover picture books; current elementary and middle school chapter books; current adult biography, self-help, cookbooks, history books.  Grassroot Givers WILL NOT accept books older than 10 years; torn or moldy books; encyclopedias; videos, tapes or CDs; magazines; computer books older than three years; test prep books older than the current year; textbooks of any kind, including law and medical books. Donations that do not meet these criteria, and donations brought before 10 a.m. or after 1 p.m., will not be accepted. For more information, call Mary Partridge-Brown, 542-1276 or visit the  website for details.

Bethlehem Historical Association presents their September 15 Lecture at 7pm - The Greatest Show on Earth. While researching his book on Hudson River steamboats, Tom Allison discovered that the Circus owes a lot to Albany and one man in particular, Gilbert Spalding. Circus trains, bleachers, even the set up at every venue was his invention. 
The lecture takes place at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, 1003 River Road, Selkirk. All are welcome at this FREE event. Refreshments and conversation  will follow the talk. 
The Fall Giant Rummage Sale will be held at the Bethlehem Grange from 9am-4pm on the following dates: 9/16 and 9/17 24 Bridge Street, Selkirk -  proceeds will go to building new roof for Grange.

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.    
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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New Payroll Compliance Requirements for New York State Employers    
On September 7th, the NYS Department of Labor issued final regulations governing the use of payroll debit cards.  Importantly, the rule also impacts the ongoing use of paychecks and direct deposit - provisions that will apply to all employers in New York State effective March 7, 2017.

For use of paychecks
, the rule requires that checks be a "negotiable instrument" (pay checks drawn on a bank should already meet this standard) and prohibits the employer from imposing any fees on employees in connection with the use of paychecks, including for the issuance of a replacement for a lost or stolen check.

For use of direct deposit, Labor Law §192 already required advance written consent of employees and deposit in a financial institution of the employee's choosing. In addition, under the new rule, employers using either direct deposit or payroll debit cards must, by March 7, 2017, provide all employees with written notice:
- listing all of the pay options offered to the employee by the employer (employers are not required to offer
either the direct deposit or payroll debit card option.)
- stating that the employer cannot require employees to accept wages by direct deposit or payroll debit
- stating that the employee cannot be charged any fees by the employer for accessing their wages in full.
Importantly, for employers with employees already using direct deposit, the Labor Department has indicated that
employee consents provided prior to the effective date of this rule will remain in effect if the employer provides all
employees with the notice described above prior to 3/7/17. The Department has committed to issuing templates
for use by employers containing all the information necessary for compliance with this notice requirement.

The rules for use of payroll debit cards are far more detailed. Employers who use payroll debit cards need to become familiar with the details of the new rule. They include, but are not limited to:
- obtaining employee consent at least 7 days prior to payment of wages by payroll debit card;
- providing employee access to ATM machines in close proximity to employee's place of employment or
residence that offer withdrawals up to the total amount of the wages at no cost to the employee, as well as
"one method to withdraw the total amount of wages for each pay period" without fee; and
- a prohibition on any charges to employees for a range of services, if offered, including applications, point
of sale transactions, account inactivity, on-line balance information access, and others.
- In cases where employees are covered by a valid collective bargaining unit, employers must have the
approval of the union before paying by payroll debit card.
For additional details, visit the website.
Registration for MEDTECH 2016 is now open! Register now and join FuzeHub at the largest gathering of executives and senior leaders from New York State's biomedical industry on September 26-28 at the Hilton Albany and receive the early bird discount if you register before August 19. This year's conference focuses on the need for New York companies to effectively innovate and what the upcoming election means to the Bio/Med industry. Click to register.


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