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Though it wasn't picture perfect Monday for our 31st Annual Chamber Golf Outing, it was a fun, successful event for all attendees.  See the full Photo Gallery.

The Chamber participated in a tour of the Middle School's Community Garden at Saturday's Delmar Farmers Market with Congressman Paul Tonko and School District and Community leaders.  Assistant Principal Mark Warford heads the Green Team, which is one part of the District's Environmental program to engage students in recycling and farm to table activities.  The Market also featured an Electric Car show with models that could be test driven, as well as a press conference for National Drive Electric Week. See the full  Photo Gallery.

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

T E E  S P O N S O R S

2Shea Catering                              Glenmont Self Storage LLC
Applebee Funeral Home                 Johnny B's Glenmont Diner
Bethlehem Town Family Dental      McCarroll's The Village Butcher
Bryant Asset Protection, Inc.          National Bank of Coxsackie
Bethlehem Town Clerk                   Nicholas J. Marino & Co., Inc.
Buenau's Opticians                         Pratt & Associates
Burt Anthony Associates                Quality P.M., Inc. 
Crossroads Ford                            Swifty's Restaurant & Pub 
Fairytale Journeys by Tim Brooks   Tucker Strategies Inc. 
Four Corners Pharmacy                  Vanguard-Fine, LLC
Free Movement Pilates 
Bethlehem Lions Club
Garden Bistro 24
Good Day Honey, Inc. 
Vanguard-Fine, LLC 
Wine & Spirits Of Slingerlands



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

It's getting close to Flu season... Four Corners Pharmacy is offering their service to host a flu shot clinic at your business. Businesses with 10+ employees preferred, will need a room to conduct clinic. Contact John at 518-439-8200 to arrange for a date/time. The pharmacy will work with employee insurance carriers to coordinate payment.

Sevenzocks Nursery, 1277 Rt 9W opens today for the Fall season!  Stop by to pick up mums and other plants and decor.  Open Wednesday thru Friday 9am-3:30pm,  Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 10-4. 518-635-4111.

Swifty's Restaurant & Pub in Delmar is hosting Oktoberfest, a family-friendly event! This Saturday, September 24 from 2-10:30pm. Beer trucks with beer specials. German food. Cornhole Tourny. Live music! Event Times:  2pm - Cornhole Tournament (with prizes); 2-8pm - Face Painting by Koryn; 3-6pm - Headbump (acoustic classic rock, uptempo and danceable covers and originals); 6pm- Sam Adams Stein Hoisting contest (with prizes); 7:30-10:30pm - Raisinhead (American rock and roll at its best. Great originals and covers by the Dead, Band and more...).

Crossfit Spur in Glenmont will partner with ToLife! in Delmar, again this year for their Fight Like a Girl event on Saturday, Oct 29 at 10am. Businesses interested in donating or sponsoring the event, which will benefit ToLife! and their breast cancer programs and services, please see   flyer. The event is open to anyone of any ability interested in particpating. For event details, see Flyer and Registration link or Facebook event.

Did you know that nearly 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age every day, and most do not have traditional pension plan.  Bryant Asset Management can help with Retirement Planning, a Retirement Income Evaluation or rollovers from a former employer.  See their Flyer for all of their services or contact Mark Bryant or Conor Bryant at 518-439-1141 for a complimentary exploratory consultation.

WWA ARC in Slingerlands will host their Jerseys, Jeans & Jewels Gala on Friday, November 18 at The Century House. Businesses are invited to donate gift cards, merchandise and entertainment packages for the raffle and silent auction, which raises money to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. See the Sponsorship Info for details or contact Kaitlin Dausch at 518-935-4441.

Get your #RealtyFacts for #BethlehemNY! A shrinking inventory with low days on market can only mean one thing...homes are selling fast - see the stats.  Give The Sharon Hoorwitz Real Estate Team a call for a more detailed look in your town!

The Bethlehem Public Library's next Coffee & Conversation program is "The Rise of Hitler & FDR" on Friday, Sept. 23 at 1pm, with author and historian David Pietrusza, who will turn the spotlight on two powerful leaders during a tumultuous time.

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.  

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 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).  
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.

The Town of Bethlehem will host a Fall Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection Day on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 8 am -1 pm at the Town Highway Garage, 74 Elm Avenue East, Selkirk. For your safety please remain in your vehicle. Workers will unload the waste. See the Flyer for a list of accepted items and instructions. For more information, visit the Recycling Events web page.  

The next Town of Bethlehem History Hike guided by Town Historian Susan Leath will feature the Delmar Four Corners tour on Saturday, October 1.  It is free with pre-registration.  Beginning at Bethlehem's Town Hall, the walk highlights historic Adamsville and the Four Corners. The route is level on the sidewalks of Delaware, Kenwood and Borthwick Avenues. Pre-register online, by mail or in person.

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.  
Add an event to our Community Calendar here and click Submit an Event, it's free! 

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Local business vendors, non-profits, artists and artisans are invited to sell their products/services to the public at this 4th Annual festival, to be held Saturday, November 5, 10am-3pm at Crossgates Mall.  For vendor information and registration, visit the website.  Registration due by October 25.

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 ยง192 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. 


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