GUILDERLAND — After four years of meetings and discussions, the Zoning Review Committee has submitted to the town board a document containing proposed changes to the zoning code. It recommends simplifying the permit process, encouraging “smart growth” to center development and preserve open space, promoting environment-friendly measures like rain gardens and landscaped roofs — and, yes, allowing backyard hens.

Opinion

Recent initiatives of New York's attorney general are worthy of the state's heritage as the home of the first women's rights convention.

Guilderland

Steps to the church basement where the pantry has been since its founding 42 years ago take a toll on both elderly volunteer staff and patrons.

New Scotland

The elementary school is shifting teachers around to meet the needs of changing class sizes, including an unexpected and welcome class of 83 kindergartners.

Sports

Akron, Ohio is a popular place to go for Steve Burdgick and his Soap Box racing champion kids.

Hilltowns

County Legislator Deborah Busch of Knox says she's confident the violations against her and her boyfriend will be dismissed, but she feels frustrated by the attention paid because she's a public official.

Regional

Mary Clark put forth a bill — requiring schools to inform parents of special-education services — after her grandson committed suicide in 2010. The superintendent of his school believes it is unnecessary.