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January 2017 Newsletter

Spinney Referral Reminder
The best compliment for our community is your recommendation of us to your friends and family.  If someone you refer to our community signs a lease you will get $100 on us!

Trivia Night for Adults
Wednesday, January 4th, 7-8:15PM
Have some fun and show off your knowledge!  Sign up as a team or alone and match wits with others in a written-answer format.  Head to the Bethlehem Public Library for the fun!

Qi Gong
Friday, January 6th, 10AM
Learn the gentle art that combines physical movement with breathing and intention to promote health and wellness.  Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.  Qi Gong is suitable for all abilities and the class is available at the Bethlehem Public Library.

Lunch with Neighbors
Thursday, January 12th, 12:00PM
Enjoy a lunch with neighbors and friends at Los Panchos (located at 180 Delaware Ave, Delmar).  Please RSVP to Wendi by January 9th at wgross11@optonline.netor (518) 512-3298.

Breakfast at Tool’s with Bethlehem Senior Services
Wednesday, January 18th, 10AM
On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, feel free to join a group of seniors of the Town of Bethlehem to socialize and share a meal!

A.A.R.P. Defensive Driving Course
Wednesday, January 18th, 9AM-4PM
Cost: $20 for AARP members with card, $25 for non-members (payable only be check)
Reservations taken starting January 3rd at 8:30AM in person.  Space permitting, additional reservations will be accepted by phone on subsequent days (call 439-4955 for more information).  Course will take place at the Bethlehem Town Hall located at 445 Delaware Avenue.

Henry Hudson Planetarium & Early Dinner
Saturday, January 21st, 1PM
Cost: Program – $3, Dinner – On your own
Presented by Bethlehem Senior Services, enjoy an interactive program at the Henry Hudson Planetarium!  This program will identify stars, planets, comets and constellations in the night sky and the tools and techniques for becoming an amateur astronomer then enjoy dinner at Albany’s New World Bistro!  Call Bethlehem Senior Services for transportation and reservations at 439-4955.

Activity Recommendations
If you would like to see something new included in your community Newsletters please let us know by e-mailing Wendi at wgross11@optonline.net or VanDykeLeasing@TheSpinneyGroup.com.  Here’s to new opportunities to spend time with your friends and neighbors in 2017!

December 2016 Newsletter

Parking Throughout The Community
As we near snow removal season, please ensure that your cars are parked in your driveway and/or your garage, especially overnight.  The extra asphalt space throughout the community was planned for necessary turn-around space for emergency services and we need to ensure that those spaces are always cleared.  This is even more important during snow removal months.  Thank you for helping to keep the community safe!

OFFICE CLOSED: Friday, December 23rdthrough Monday, December 26th & Sunday, January 1st – Monday, January 2nd
The Spinney at Van Dyke offices will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays.  We all wish you a happy and healthy holiday season and new year celebration with family and friends!

Capital Holiday Lights in the Park
November 25th – January 2nd
Cost: $20 per car
Capital Holiday Lights in the Park is open every night of the week: Sunday – Thursday 6-9PM, Friday & Saturday 6-10PM.  Located at Washington Park, entrance at Madison and New Scotland.  If you are interested in going, please contact Wendi at (518) 512-3298 or wgross11@optonline.net so that she can arrange carpooling between residents!

Bethlehem Senior Chorus: As Evening Comes
Friday, December 2nd, 1PM
The Bethlehem Senior Chorus is a mixed group of about 60 energetic senior citizens who have enjoyed singing and entertaining folks in the community for almost a decade.  Event takes place at the Bethlehem Town Hall.

Taste NY Holiday Market
Sunday, December 4th, 11AM
Shopping and sampling of food/beverages from vendors “made in NY”.  Cooking demonstrations throughout the day and tree lighting at night!  Let Wendi know if you’re interested in attending and she will coordinate carpools.

Lunch with Neighbors
Friday, December 9th, 11:30AM
Enjoy a lunch with neighbors and friends at Tea House Asian Bistro (located at 270 Delaware Ave, Delmar).  Please RSVP to Wendi by December 6th so that appropriate reservations can be made.

Holiday Party Pot Luck Dinner
Wednesday, December 14th, 5-7:30PM
Party will take place at Adams Station’s Clubhouse (located at 1 Juniper Drive in Delmar).  Please RSVP to Wendi by December 9thand let her know if what you’ll be bringing – appetizer, dinner item or dessert!  We will also be coordinating a holiday grab bag of $10 – $12 per gift if interested.  Let’s all welcome in the holidays together!

Community Christmas Day Dinner
Sunday, December 25th, 1:30PM
The annual Community Christmas Day Dinner is sponsored by the First United Methodist Church, the Town of Bethlehem Senior Services, many area churches, organizations and individuals.  Enjoy a turkey and ham dinner.  There is no cost, but offerings are accepted. Home delivered meals are also available – call to have your meal brought to you on Christmas Day (439-4955, extension 1176).

December Birthdays
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO
12/5: Noriko Chaumont
12/23: Frank Ares
12/27: Barbara Luedtke
* Only those residents who wish to be included will be featured here.  If you would like to have your name and birthday included in subsequent month’s newsletters please e-mail VanDykeLeasing@TheSpinneyGroup.com.

November 2016 Newsletter

Delmar Farmers Market
Saturdays through December
The Delmar Farmer’s Market is located at the Bethlehem Central Middle School (332 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar) and is open every Saturday from 9AM – 1PM through December 17th

Working with The Band
Saturday, November 5th, 1PM
John Simon, music producer, composer, writer and performing artist, will discuss how he first became involved with The Band and how the music came together.  Event will take place at the Bethlehem Public Library and is co-sponsored by The Egg Center for the Performing Arts.  Doors open at 12:45.

In Case of Emergency
Saturday, November 19th, 2:30PM
Get the tools and resources you will need to prepare for, and recover from, any type of disaster.  Attendees receive an emergency preparation kit.  Must register with Citizen Preparedness Corps at www.prepare.ny.gov/training-events.  This event is presented by the New York National Guard, Division of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Management and Office of Fire Prevention Control.  Event will take place at the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar).

Lunch with Neighbors
Tuesday, November 22nd, 11:30AM
Enjoy a lunch with neighbors and friends at Normanside Country Club (located at 150 Salisbury Road West, Delmar).  Reservation is being held under the name “Van Dyke”.  Please RSVP by Friday, November 18thto Wendi at wgross11@optonline.net or (518) 512-3298.

SAVE THE DATE: Holiday Party Gathering
Wednesday, December 14th
Party will take place at Adams Station’s Clubhouse (located at 1 Juniper Drive in Delmar).  More details to come in December’s newsletter, but please save the date!

November Birthdays
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO

11/7: Dolores Tubbs
11/24: Maryanne Southgate

* Only those residents who wish to be included will be featured here.  If you would like to have your name and birthday included in subsequent month’s newsletters please e-mail VanDykeLeasing@TheSpinneyGroup.com.

September 2016 Newsletter

OFFICE CLOSED: Monday, September 5th
Our offices will be closed on Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day.

Delmar Farmers Market
Saturdays through December
The Delmar Farmer’s Market is located at the Bethlehem Central Middle School (332 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar) and is open every Saturday from 9AM – 1PM through December 17th. 

Tai Chi for Health
Mondays starting September 12th, 4PM
Practice the ancient Chinese art that promotes health and wellness while focusing on the core movements.  All ages and abilities welcome.  Class runs through October 31st.

Lunch with Neighbors
Wednesday, September 14th, 11:30AM
Enjoy a lunch with neighbors and friends at Swifty’s Restaurant (located at 371 Delaware Ave in Delmar).  Please RSVP to Wendi at wgross11@optonline.net or (518) 512-3298 by Friday, September 9th.

Grassroot Givers Book Donation Day
Saturday, September 17th, 10AM – 1PM
Donate your like-new books to a non-profit organization that shares them with those in need in our area.  Collection takes place in front of the Bethlehem Public Library’s garage.

A.A.R.P. Smart Drivers Course
Wednesday, September 21st, 9AM – 4PM
Course will take place at the Bethlehem Town Hall (445 Delaware Ave. in Delmar).  Course is $20 for A.A.R.P. members and $25 for non-members.  Reservations begin on Wednesday, September 1st at 8:30AM.  Reservations available IN PERSON only at the Bethlehem Town Hall.

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection
Saturday, September 24th, 8AM – 1PM
Please use this service for hazardous household waste materials – it’s free to all town residents!  The collection will take place at the Town Highway Garage located at 74 Elm Avenue East in Selkirk.  Please visit the Town’s website at www.townofbethlehem.org for a list of accepted wastes.

Trip to Indian Ladder Farms
Friday, September 30th, 11:00AM
Meet at the orchard at 11:00AM for picking your own berries!  Browse around the gift shop then enjoy lunch at the Yellow Rock Café.  Please RSVP to Wendi by Tuesday, September 27th.  Carpooling can be arranged.

Interested in seeing a play?
The Capital Rep. Theatre in Albany is performing “Outside Mullingar”, a romance of a farmer & woman in Ireland.  Tickets are $20, $30 & $50.  If we have 10 or more people, we can get a group rate.  There are matinees on Saturdays at 3PM and Sundays at 2PM.  Night performances are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30 and Friday at 8PM.  If interested, please contact Wendi.

August 2016 Newsletter

Bethlehem School Supply Drive
Collections through August 11th
Sponsored by The Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. and The Bethlehem Food Pantry!  School supplies are being collected for children in local school districts who live in our town and are eligible to use a local food pantry.  If you are able and willing to donate, please drop off school supplies to the Model Cottage located at 2 Brugel Court before Thursday, August 11th.  We will be transporting all supplies to the Bethlehem Senior Projects that Friday.  Supplies that are needed are: locker stockers, washable markers, ruled 3×5 index cards, combination locks, dry erase markers, two-pocket folders, calculators (TI-30), back packs, college rule lined paper, plastic compasses/protractors, subject dividers with tabs for binders, composition notebooks, glue sticks, single and three subject notebooks, post-it notes, boxed tissues.

Evenings on the Green
Wednesdays, 7PM
Every Wednesday night during the summer months, outdoor music will be provided on the lawns of the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave., Delmar) near the parking lot.  For more information, call 439-9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org.  Grab a couple of friends and enjoy some music outdoors!

Delmar Farmers Market
Saturdays through December
The Delmar Farmer’s Market is located at the Bethlehem Central Middle School (332 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar) and is open every Saturday from 9AM – 1PM through December 17th

Coffee and Cinema – “The Lunchbox”
Friday, August 19th, 10AM
Travel the world through film in the comfort of The Bethlehem Public Library’s Community Room (451 Delaware Ave, Delmar).  Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be available.

Lunch with Neighbors #2
Tuesday, August 23rd, 11:30AM
Enjoy lunch with your neighbors and friends Swifty’s Restaurant (371 Delaware Ave., Delmar).  Enjoy outdoor dining in the heart of Delmar.  Please RSVP to Wendi at wgross11@optonline.net or (518) 512-3298.

July 2016 Newsletter

Holiday Closing
Monday, July 4th
Our Model Cottage will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.  We hope that you are able to enjoy the holiday with your friends and family!

Town of Bethlehem Evacuation 911 Registry
In June, a couple of lucky residents joined us for a meeting with Jack Brennan, the Director of the Town of Bethlehem’s Emergency Management Office.  During this presentation, Jack touched on the importance of registering with the Albany County Sheriff’s office if you feel you would need assistance if an evacuation of the Town and/or community were to take place.  To be put on this registry, stop by the Model Cottage to pick up a copy of the registry form or go to the following website:
It’s important to be prepared!

Evenings on the Green
Wednesdays, 7PM
Every Wednesday night during the summer months, outdoor music will be provided on the lawns of the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave., Delmar) near the parking lot.  For more information, call 439-9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org.  Grab a couple of friends and enjoy some music outdoors!

Lunch with Neighbors #1
Friday, July 8th, 11:30AM
Enjoy lunch with your neighbors and friends at Los Bellini’s (1365 New Scotland Ave., Slingerlands).  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Wendi at wgross11@optonline.net or (518) 512-3298.

Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy Summer Festival
Sunday, July 17th, 12PM – 5PM
Celebrate MHLC’s Summer Festival, hosted by Indian Ladder Farms!  Indian Ladder will be celebrating their 100thanniversary by offering activities for everyone!  In addition, food, desserts and beer can be enjoyed from the new Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery.  Guided hikes will also be offered at the Farm, the Bozen Kill Preserve, as well as a wheelchair accessible hike on the newly paved Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail.  For hike enrollment or more information, visit www.mhlcsummerfest.org.

Summer Get Together
Monday, July 18th, 5:00-6:30PM
Enjoy appetizers and drinks with your neighbors at the Adams Station Clubhouse patio!  Please bring an appetizer or drink to share.  Feel free to take a dip in the pool when you’re done.  Please RSVP to Wendi if you would like to attend.

Lunch with Neighbors #2
Tuesday, July 26th, 12:00PM
Enjoy lunch with your neighbors and friends at Los Ponchos (180 Delaware Ave., Delmar).  Please RSVP to Wendi at wgross11@optonline.net or (518) 512-3298.

Van Dyke Preserve Hike!

On Monday, June 27th, we will be taking a hike with the Mohawk Land Conservancy at our very own Van Dyke Preserve! The hike will take place at 10:30AM and will be led by someone from the conservancy who touches on facts about the land that the preserve is located on. The hike is open to residents of both The Spinney at Van Dyke as well as the Town of Bethlehem. Come take a hike with us!


To learn more about the preserve, please visit http://mohawkhudson.org/our-preserves/van-dyke-preserve/.

June 2016 Newsletter

Power Washing and Sealing of Decks
With summer just around the corner, we want to make sure that your back deck is ready for plenty of afternoons spent outside!  All cottage back deck patios will be power washed and sealed.  All items on your patio can remain but we do recommend removing any cushions and/or important decorative items; our crews will remove all deck items and replace them back where they were once the deck is completely dry and ready.  The completion of the power washing and sealing is a 2 step process and each step is weather dependent.  The back deck must dry from the power washing before sealing can happen.  This work will be completed based on our contractor’s availability and will be done as weather allows.

Time Warner Cable Upgrade
Thursday, June 2nd
Time Warner Cable (TWC) is transitioning to 100% digital.  If you have any TVs in your cottage which only have “standard basic cable” service (which is included in your rental agreement with The Spinney), TWC will be providing digital adapters for your TV(s).  A representative from TWC will be at our property on Thursday, June 2nd to install digital adapters for those residents who have TVs with ONLY standard basic cable.  Please stop by the Leasing Office to pick up a copy of an e-mail that was sent out to all residents if you did not receive it.  This letter will provide more information about the change and how it affects you.  If you have any questions, please call or stop by.

Town of Bethlehem Emergency Preparedness Presentation
Wednesday, June 8th, 6PM
Jack Brennan, Director of the Town of Bethlehem’s Emergency Management Office, will be presenting on the important topic of our town’s multi-level emergency services response capabilities and how they relate with our surrounding municipalities.  The presentation will take place at the Adams Station Clubhouse (located at 1 Juniper Drive, Delmar). Many residents have expressed interest in learning more about the emergency services that our Town provides and this is the perfect forum to have your questions and concerns answered!  If you would like to attend, please RSVP by calling (518) 689-0162 or e-mailing VanDykeLeasing@TheSpinneyGroup.com.

Lunch with Neighbors #1
Friday, June 10th, 12PM
Enjoy lunch with your neighbors and friends at Los Panchos (located at 180 Delaware Avenue in Delmar’s Delaware Plaza).  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Wendi.

Lunch with Neighbors #2
Wednesday, June 22nd, 11:30AM
Enjoy lunch with your neighbors and friends at Garden Bistro 24 (5 Vista Blvd, Slingerlands).  On Wednesdays, Garden Bistro offers burger specials and numerous seasonal entrees.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Wendi.

Spinney Preserve Hike with Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy
Monday, June 27th, Mid-morning
Enjoy a stroll in our neighborhood’s preserve with the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy!  We are still working with MHLC to find a time, but it will most likely be mid-morning.  If you would like to partake in the short, easy hike and learn more about the Preserve down the road from The Spinney, please e-mail VanDykeLeasing@TheSpinneyGroup.com, call (518) 689-0162 or let Lynne know in the Model.

Hey Jude
Thursday, June 30th, 7PM
A Beatles tribute concert that is more than just a performance of the classic songs.  Band members use costumes, humor and music to create an engaging theatrical experience.  Concert takes place at the Bethlehem Middle School.  For more information, call 439-9314 or visit BethlehemPublicLibrary.org.

Town of Bethlehem Emergency Services Presentation – Wednesday, June 8th at 6PM

We would like to invite you to a presentation on Wednesday, June 8th at 6PM at the Adams Station Clubhouse (located at 1 Juniper Drive, Delmar) by Jack Brennan, Director of the Town of Bethlehem’s Emergency Management Office.  During this presentation, Jack will be presenting an overview of the multi-level emergency services response capabilities within the Town of Bethlehem and how it relates and couples with our surrounding municipalities.  Many residents have expressed interest in learning more about the emergency services that our Town provides and this is the perfect forum to have your questions and concerns answered!

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by calling (518) 689-0162 or by e-mailing VanDykeLeasing@TheSpinneyGroup.com.

Thank you, we hope to see you then!

May 2016 Newsletter

R.A.D for Seniors
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
May 2nd – 27th, 1:30PM – 3PM
Awareness and defense strategies that can keep you safe at any age.  The Bethlehem Public Library is teaming up with the Office of the Albany County District Attorney to offer a R.A.D self-defense course specially fit for seniors.  The 10-session program instructs participants in physical defense strategies, all with an understanding of the specific concerns that are unique to seniors.  Open to men and women 55 and older.  Must attend all sessions.  Call (518) 439-9314 to sign up.

Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling Collection Day
Saturday, May 7th, 8AM – 1PM
Rain or shine!  The Collection Day will take place at the Town Highway Garage located at 74 Elm Avenue, Selkirk.  Town of Bethlehem residents only.  Valid NYS Drivers’ License required as proof of residency. 

I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 7th, 9AM – 12PM
(Rain date: Saturday, May 14th)
Organized by Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation.  Visit Henry Hudson Park and help clear debris, plant flowers, rake the ball field and playground, clean the pavilion and hibachis, and more.  E-mail Wendi at wgross11@optonline.net or by call (518) 512-3298to join group from The Spinney to help our parks!

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Saturday, May 7th, 2PM
The Cue Theater in Delmar is performing “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, a perennial favorite for all ages!  Please RSVP to Wendi as soon as possible if you are interested in attending, as group tickets are cheaper than individual tickets.  If 5 or more people are in attendance, the cost of a ticket is $12/person.

Enjoy Bethlehem’s Restaurant Week!
Wednesday, May 11th, 5PM
Enjoy Bethlehem’s Restaurant Week deal at Bellini’s (located at 1365 New Scotland Ave, Slingerlands) with your neighbors!  During this week, a 3-course dinner will be only $20.16.  Please RSVP to Wendi by May 4th if you would like to attend.

Community Clean Up Day
Saturday, May 21st, 9AM – 12PM
Community clean up days are opportunities for citizens to help clean our streets and roadways.  The Town of Bethlehem will provide safety vests, rubber gloves, trash bags and pick-up sticks.  Please register for the event by filling out the form located at the following website: http://www.townofbethlehem.org/FormCenter/Clean-Up-Days-5/Clean-Up-Registration-42

Lunch with Neighbors
Tuesday, May 24th, 11:30AM
Enjoy lunch with your neighbors and friends at Swifty’s Restaurant (located at 371 Delaware Avenue in Delmar).  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Wendi by May 20th.

SAVE THE DATE: Bethlehem Town Resources Presentation
Wednesday, June 8th, 5PM
At residents’ requests, Jack Brennan, Director of the Emergency Management Office for the Town of Bethlehem will be presenting on the resources that the Town of Bethlehem has to offer you as residents!  Please save the date and attend this important meeting.

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