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CONTENTS october 2018




Photo courtesy of Gold Krest Family Farm



20 Fall faves

54 Financial Discipline is vital


55 Parenting


Publisher’s letter


Arts & Entertainment

“You need to”…STOP??

10 Tasting the tagine 12 Chef profiles 38 The local ballroom dance scene

56 Fashion Fun fall fashion finds

57 Horoscopes


Sun sign forecast for October

40 Twirling together through life 42 Physical therapy


46 Home improvement

66 Last Page The boy who believed in ghosts


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f all the wonderful sayings about October, this is my favorite. The skies in October are just spectacular and the days are as beautiful. All you need in life is health and an October to enjoy! On the health front, our annual Top Dentists report is out, and with the many known ties between your dental health and your overall health, I would pay great attention to it. To have a den­ tist you respect and are comfortable with is a great relief when you need one. Check these excellent examples out. Barbara Pickney writes this month about ballroom dancing but with quite a twist….marriage counseling. We just loved this piece and knowing how popular ballroom dancing is now; we think you will too. Lastly, our talented local chefs are answering some questions that I bet you would ask them too. This is a fun read, and these chefs are great examples of what makes our communities a food haven. Be well my friends and enjoy the great month of October. Gratefully yours, Vikki Moran

“October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again. ” — Hal Borland




Tasting the tagine Moroccan cooking with Aneesa Waheed By Dani Testa-Sguegila


rom the moment you enter either of the Tara Kitchen locations, you know you are in for a treat of a dining experience. You are welcomed, visually, by the pops of color and thoughtful appointment of each restaurant. Graphic displays of Moroccan textiles, bottles of wine, plants, ingredients and the owners brand of pantry and bath products add artistic interest to the unique spaces. Intoxicating smells come from the open kitchens, and of course, when your meal is served, your taste buds will delight in the layers of flavors and textures. Like everything at Tara Kitchen, you are enjoying the fruits of a thoughtfully curated labor of love. Our team recently was invited by Tara Kitchens owner, Aneesa Waheed, to par­ ticipate in her onsite cooking class. Aneesa led us on a culinary journey, introducing us to the Moroccan tagine, teaching us how to layer flavors to create an “umami bomb” and encouraging our creativity to craft our meal from ingredients like dried fruit, nuts, olives, preserved lemons, vegetables, tomato jam, aromatics and of course, her signa­ ture ras­el­hanout. The class is by reservation only and is an experience not to be missed. To learn more about Tara Kitchen, Annesa’s inspiring story or to register for a class, please go to tarakitchen.com.

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Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Olives Yield: 4 servings Ingredients 1 Tablespoon garlic paste 2 Tablespoons ras-el-hanout spice blend 2 Tablespoons olive oil for the marinade 1⁄2 Preserved Lemon thinly sliced (adjust to taste) 10 Large pitted green olives 1 Large onion finely sliced 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 1 Teaspoon lemon juice 8 to 10 chicken thighs cut into small pieces 1 Cup water Cooking oil Salt to taste

Directions • Marinate the chicken with spices, olive oil, cilantro, garlic paste, preserved lemon, olives, and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 2 hours • Coat the bottom of the casserole with cooking oil and saute onions until golden brown • Add chicken mixture to the onions and cook for 10 minutes • Add water • Slow cook until chicken is done. About 15-20 minutes

Beet Salad with fresh Mint and Feta Cheese Yield: 4 servings Directions Ingredients 2 lbs beets 2 Tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh mint 2 Tablespoons lemon juice 2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 Teaspoons minced preserved lemon 2 Cups orange segments 1⁄4 Cup crumbled Feta Cheese 1⁄2 Teaspoon roasted cumin 1⁄4 Teaspoon fresh ground pepper 1⁄2 Cup orange syrup (1 cup orange juice reduced by half over medium heat + 2 Tablespoons dark honey) Salt to taste

• Put the beets on a roasting pan and cover them with foil. Roast in a preheated oven until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. • While the beets are roasting, make the vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together the orange syrup, lemon juice, olive oil, and cumin. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside. • Remove beets from oven, when they are cool enough to handle, peel the beets and cut them into 1/2-inch dice. Put them in a bowl with the orange segments, feta cheese, minced preserved lemon, and mint. • Add vinaigrette, season with salt and pepper, and toss gently.

Harira Yield: 4 servings

1/2 Cup basmati rice (soaked for at least 1/2 hour) Salt to taste

Ingredients 3 Tablespoons oil 1 Medium onion 1 Tablespoon garlic paste 1 Tablespoon ras-el-hanout 1/4 lb. ground chicken 8 oz. Tomato paste 1/4 Bunch cilantro 1/2 Cup yellow lentils 1/2 Can chickpeas 1 lemon, juiced (you can add more if you like) 8 Cups water

Directions • Boil yellow lentils until tender but not overcooked. • In a large soup pot over medium heat, cook the onions until soft and translucent. • Add garlic paste, ras-el-hanout and sauté for about 5 minutes. • Add ground chicken, salt, fresh cilantro, tomato paste, lemon juice and cook covered for about 15 minutes on low heat. • Add chickpeas and lentils and cook for another 3 minutes. • Add water, cover and bring to a rolling boil. • Add rice and cook until soft. • Garnish with lemon wedges or thinly sliced dried dates, serve hot! All recipes courtesy of Aneesa Waheed of Tara Kitchen CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2018 |


CHEF | PROFILES der) Arroz con Gandules (rice and pigeon peas) along with my mother's potato salad and of all things, cranberry sauce. What is the last recipe that you were wowed by and what was it?

I recently thought of making pancakes with 50% of the batter being made up of yellow cake mix. I don’t know why I had not thought of it before; they are a hit with all the kids! What kitchen tool can you not live without? Home? Professional?

Aside from knives, at home probably just a rubber spatula. Professionally, my plating and working spoons. Jaime Ortiz | 677 Prime


Did you grow up in a family with big dinners? If yes, what would be served?

Typically on big holiday dinners and special occasions, my mother will always make some traditional dishes from Puerto Rico with our own spin. Always present would be the Pernil (roast garlicky pork picnic shoul-


Ric Orlando | New World Bistro Bar

What country have you or will you travel to for the food culture?

Colombia, India, Thailand, and Spain.


What is the one dish that you never tire of making?


In Spanish, we call it a Calentado, or at home, we call it Eggie Fried Rice. Pretty much leftover rice and beans (like the rice and pigeon peas) veggies, plantains, meat and pretty much any leftovers all diced up and stirfried with scrambled eggs mixed in. I never tire of making it.

Did you grow up in a family with big dinners? If yes, what would be served?

I did. My parents split when I was in grade school, so I was lucky enough to have two very big, very food-focused families. My parents are both Southern Italian; Mom is Neapolitan/Calabrese and Dad is 100%

Sicilian. My mother got remarried to a man from Puerto Rico--Imagine a Christmas Eve/Christmas at my mother's small house in New Haven. It was a Neapolitan/Puerto Rican extravaganza! Christmas Eve dinner of strictly seafood rolled into Christmas dinner as a friendly battle of Southern Italian and Latino holiday dishes.

The house smells magical when making the paste AND cooking the dish.

What kitchen tool can you not live without? Home? Professional?


Actually, at home, it is a good box grater. I use it for cheeses of course but also for potatoes, onions, ginger, carrots, beets, etc. At the restaurant, it is a Vita-Mix blender for soups, dressings, sauces and more. It’s a super tool. What country have you or will you travel to for the food culture?

I have traveled to Puglia in Italy for the Slow Food Adventure, Puerto Rico for the “Lechon,” Guatemala for the tortillas and ceviches, Canada for Foie Gras. What is the one dish that you never tire of making?

I never tire of making South East Asian curries in all of their beauty. I grew lots of lemongrass and chiles this year strictly for making batches of Thai green curry paste.


Did you grow up in a family with big dinners? If yes, what would be served?

Yes, we definitely grew up in a family with big dinners. Growing up in a house with six children, Mom and dad you kind of have to cook big dinners. Our dinners were always special & delicious because Mom would make everything freshly made. Dinners served would include Tamales filled with chicken or cheese, Pozole (a Mexican hominy soup) & Tostadas, and of course, tacos were always our favorite. What kitchen tool can you not live without? Home? Professional?

A good set of pots and pans is the kitchen tool we cannot live without. You have to have the perfect set at home and at the restaurant.

Robert & Caesar Bermejo | El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant

What country have you or will you travel to for the food culture?

We would definitely travel to Mexico. The Mexican culture is vibrant. From the heartfelt greetings to music, diversity, and of course the food, Mexico is the place that we would always visit. What is the one dish that you never tire of making?

One of the most favorite dishes in the restaurant is Pollo Al Chipotle. Our families love it so much we cook it at home for our family get-togethers. We would never get



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tired of cooking this dish since it is one of Mom’s recipes.

lapping bacon, putting in the forcemeat, and covering it with remaining bacon. Then there's the anticipation of slicing into it the next day to see what you got. I've been making the same one for years now, and it always tastes just slightly different, but always delicious.


Did you grow up in a family with big dinners? If yes, what would be served?


What kitchen tool can you not live without? Home? Professional?

What is the last recipe that you were wowed by and what was it?

My smartphone is a great tool in the kitchen. For example, if we are not sure about something, we can look it up right there in real time. We might try to recall something we ate or saw. Not to mention, it has a calculator, flashlight, timer, and notebook as well. As long as you don't use it as a crutch all the time, it can be a great tool.

Homemade cider donut bread pudding. Regular and gluten free.

What country have you or will you travel to for the food culture?

I traveled to France about 15 years ago. Before going, I planned out just about every place I would eat, and nothing disappointed. They have so much respect for eating and food in general. What is the one dish that you never tire of making?

There are a few. One of them being our country pork pate. There is something so satisfying about lining the mold with over-



Not big dinners.....big brunches. I can remember about every 3rd Sunday or so, my Great–Grandmother, Grandmother, and other relatives would come over to the house for Brunch, which was the best! Smoked fish including, Herring, Lox, and Whitefish. Bagels, still warm from "Bagelicious". Noodle pudding, salad, all the garnishes. It must have had an impact on me because it is still my absolute favorite meal.


Did you grow up in a family with big dinners? If yes, what would be served?

Yes, we couldn’t get up til the plate was clean. Having three brothers and a sister, and mom babysitting for five, Moms go–to was beef stew, she could get all the veggies in there that nobody liked. Dinner was always followed up with homemade dessert.

What kitchen tool can you not live without? Home? Professional?

Home, would have to be my cast iron skillet. It’s a tool that you can make anything you want in it, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Seasoned for life. Professional, I would have to say, my hands. Being in the cooking and baking industry, these hands of mine are my “BREAD and BUTTER!” What is the one dish that you never tire of making?

The dishes I will never get tired of making come in a pie dish. I love and will never get tired of making freshly baked pies. One of my favorites being homemade apple pie with apples coming from Indian Ladder Farms.

Elliott Vogel | Daley on Yates


Did you grow up in a family with big dinners? If yes, what would be served?

I grew up in a small family so big dinners happened mostly for holidays and birthdays. We cooked Italian food….almost always. What kitchen tool can you not live without? Home? Professional?

As simple as it is….the spoon. It stirs the sauce, allows me to taste the sauce and then serve the sauce…..and sauces can make or break a dish. What country have you or will you travel to for the food culture?

I would like to go to Spain for their culture supporting heightened cuisine and seafood-centric diets. For two years now I have been very interested and passionate about seafood cookery. Living 250 miles from the Atlantic Ocean I often dream about types of fish and what techniques would be best used.

Voted Best French Restaurant Pronounced “Shay Nou”, and meaning “our house” or “our home” in French, Schenectady’s only authentic French-inspired restaurant welcomes guests from near and far into a restored c.1875 house, where each room embraces its own unique colour theme, highlighted by exquisite mismatched French country fabrics, antique furniture, and original French artworks. The bar room, with traditional French zinc bar top, and second floor lounge, both feature functioning fireplaces in-season.

What is the one dish that you never tire of making?

On Sunday mornings I make Eggs in a Basket with dill, grated parmesan, Kosher salt, and cracked pepper – simple and delicious. It brings me back to my early cooking challenges as a chef.


were always on the menu. I remember them being delicious, but they also needed to fit into a tight family budget. Chicken soup, fish soup, roast pork, and of course beef stew. Paella and couscous were a must when my grandparents visited, and a good crepes dinner - oh yes! But the best of all was our favorite meal each Wednesday (no exception): oven-roasted whole chicken with french fries. Finger-Lickin' good! What is the last recipe that you were wowed by and what was it?

Being from Brittany, seafood is really our thing. The one dish I really go for is panseared Chilean sea bass with caviar beurre blanc. It’s so special to me. I always serve it on my New Year’s Eve menu - a special dish for a special night. What country have you or will you travel to for the food culture?

India or China, both for their ability to marry all their wonderful herbs and spices to make an exquisite broth for any dish you are making. What is the one dish that you never tire of making?

I do love braised meat (shank, Osso Bucco) slowly cooked in an oven for 2-3 hours in red wine, before adding veal stock, onion, carrots, and fresh thyme. I cook it until the meat falls off the bone - it’s that tender.


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I was born and raised in Brittany (France) in a family of six. My maternal grandparents were from Spain, and my paternal grandparents from Italy, so big dinners


Did you grow up in a family with big dinners? If yes, what would be served?

Yes, I definitely grew up in a family where dinner was very important. I had six siblings, and my mother thought it was very important for everybody to sit down at the table together. My mother was an excellent

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cook and a person who strived to put amazing meals on the table.

would walk through the door carrying her favorite saucepan full of marinara, meatballs and sometimes even chicken and sausage too. Those memories with her is a huge inspiration to my career path.

What is the last recipe that you were wowed by and what was it?

The last recipe that I had out for dinner and then tried to replicate was Emeril Lagasse's Worcestershire pork. Worcestershire sauce is something that I only used sparingly during my cooking career but making it the centerpiece of a dish was something I was very surprised at how well it worked. My own version also came out surprisingly rich and delicious and is now one of my favorite things to make. What kitchen tool can you not live without? Home? Professional?

The piece of kitchen equipment I can't live without is my food processor. Until about a decade ago I rarely used one. Now it is the tool I use most in the kitchen. What country have you or will you travel to for the food culture?

I have traveled pretty extensively in my life. New Orleans was probably my favorite culinary experience. I don't think I had a bad meal while I was down there. What is the one dish that you never tire of making?

The one dish I never tire of making is not one specific dish, but I do love to make soup. I like the process of developing flavors with properly adding vegetables at the right time, separately cooking the protein, combining all the ingredients into a new dish and adding fresh herbs to put the soup over the top.


Did you grow up in a family with big dinners? If yes, what would be served?

When I was growing up, my Aunt Nancy would have a spaghetti and meatball dinner once a week at my parent’s house. She

What is the last recipe that you were wowed by and what was it?

My “Espresso Crème Brûlée” is one of my most prized recipes. It took me a long time to perfect the technique of making Crème Brûlée and to get the ingredient measurements just right to include a coffee twist to it but when I did, it wowed not only myself but everyone who’s had it. What kitchen tool can you not live without? Home? Professional?

My favorite kitchen tool at home and at work is undoubtedly my chef's knife. In any kitchen, your number one most important tool is a knife. It’s got to have the right fit to your hand, the right length, made from good quality steel, and of course, be razor sharp. What is the one dish that you never tire of making?

Cioppino! When I came up with our “Seafood Crushed Pomodoro” sauce, it took this dish to the next level and probably the dish that took me to the next level as well. I love seafood and this dish is an absolute knockout, packed with flavor, packed with seafood and the display is always picture perfect.


Did you grow up in a family with big dinners? If yes, what would be served?

I grew up in a family of five, so every dinner was big. Our family favorites were fried chicken and goulash. What is the last recipe that you were wowed by and what was it?

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Harry Chavarria | Jackson’s Old Chatham House

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braised escarole, and tomato vinaigrette.

What is the one dish that you never tire of making?

What is the last recipe that you were wowed by and what was it?

Short rib mac & cheese with a caramelized onion cheese sauce.

An avocado, cilantro, chipotle, cucumber sauce that we use for blackened scallops.


What kitchen tool can you not live without? Home? Professional?

What kitchen tool can you not live without? Home? Professional?

My go-to tool at home are my multi-use tongs. I use them for grilling and opening my favorite cold beverages. My knives are my goto tools at work; they have a multitude of uses and are a necessity in the kitchen.


What country have you or will you travel to for the food culture?

Did you grow up in a family with big dinners? If yes, what would be served?

Italy, hands down.

Yes. It was always different, but my mom loved to make pot roast with mashed potatoes and gravy.

At both home and professionally, it is a knife. What country have you or will you travel to for the food culture?

Costa Rica What is the one dish that you never tire of making?

Seafood risotto


What is the last recipe that you were wowed by and what was it?

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The molé at Casa Enriqué in Long Island City, Queens. The molé was out of this world amazing. I could feel the chefs passion in the sauce. It reminded me of my veal demiglace. What kitchen tool can you not live without? Home? Professional?

It is hard to pick just one. The knife is the most important. I carry them with me wherever I go. My tasting spoons are also important. I taste everything to make sure I’ve made a perfectly seasoned, balanced dish. What country have you or will you travel to for the food culture?

Being a fan of French cuisine, I would say France. However, Thailand would be my food destination. If given an opportunity to work in Thailand, I would be on the next plane. What is the one dish that you never tire of making?

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This would be eggs. We have nothing in food culture without eggs. When interviewing new employees, I always have the interviewee make an egg.




his year's fall getaways highlight some of our local counties. Upstate New York certainly leads the country, in our humble opinion, in chuck full entertainment and sites to behold when Fall reigns supreme. You really never have to leave your county or surrounding counties to experience the best that our Northeast Fall has to offer. You just may be shocked that all this glory is in your backyard. Bravo Capital Region counties.

Fulton County 44lakes.com Fulton County, where the Adirondack Park meets the Mohawk Valley, offers an active get­ away or an ideal locale for relaxing. October is a great time to visit Fulton County’s farms and agricultural businesses. Our local farms and farm stands offer a variety of products to fill your bas­ ket – from mums, cornstalks, apples, pumpkins, to cider and donuts! The autumn season is also a great time to visit our picturesque lakes and hiking trails. Cyclists can enjoy the FJ&G rail trail or our Mohawk Valley Path Through History cycling routes. These cycling routes were designed to highlight our regional historic sites via bicycle and can be accessed on bikethruhistory.com. On October 6th, Johnson Hall State Historic Site, in Johnstown, presents Hunting and Harvesting: Preparing for Winter in the 18th Century. Visitors will journey back to the 18th cen­ tury to experience what it was like to hunt, harvest, and preserve enough food to last the cold and harsh winters. Hunting and harvesting equipment from the 18th century will be on display as inter­ preters provide a firsthand look at the tools and labor required to achieve the task. Despite all the preparation, equipment, and labor, each winter brought the same unnerving question for some; will there be enough food to last until spring? Whether you are visiting our local farms, historic sites, or trails, it is a spectacular time to enjoy the colors of the season! Visit our fall foliage blog and learn about the status of leaves and when we are about to reach peak season at 44lakes.com/blog. Discover 44 Lakes…44 Choices in Fulton County. For more information log on to 44lakes.com or call 1.800.676.3858. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Oswego County visitoswegocounty.com


Whether you're an angler or an observer, Oswego County's legendary rivers and streams offer some of the most exciting fishing in the U.S.! Every fall, thousands of Chinook and Coho salmon run the Salmon and Oswego Rivers and their tributaries. Anglers can try their luck land­ ing a hard­fighting fish, and spectators can watch the excitement as massive salmon negotiate their way upstream. Weather plays a big factor, and the peak of the Salmon Run is usually around Columbus Day weekend. Starting in late October, and continuing through the winter months, the feisty steelhead gather in the riverbeds to gorge on salmon eggs.



Twelve miles of public fishing rights and two private fishing preserves offer plenty of options for fishing the Salmon River and nearby tributar­ ies. Anglers can fish the Oswego River in the heart of downtown Oswego for more than a mile on the west linear park. Professional guides and charter captains provide expert advice and the necessary equipment all around Oswego County. Fall is also the perfect time to visit the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar, and the nearby Salmon River Falls, a spectacular 110­foot waterfall. With Fall holidays approaching, make your plans now to spend a 3­day weekend in Oswego County! You'll find friendly accommodations and restaurants, and numerous guides and tack­ le shops to assist with gear and techniques. For fishing conditions, events and visitor information, go to visitoswegocounty.com or call 1­800­248­4FUN. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Rensselaer County renscotourism.com Fall is the perfect time to explore the beau­ ty of Rensselaer County; from farms bustling with pumpkins, and apples to the shops and eateries in historic downtown Troy. There is truly some­ thing for everyone in Rensselaer County. Stretching along 30 miles of the Hudson River, Rensselaer County is home to three state parks, and miles of trails and nature preserves offering biking, hiking, and kayaking options for every level of adventurer. Can't­miss events are plentiful this fall with the ever­popular Troy Chowder Fest on Sunday, October 7th in Monument Square and through­ out downtown Troy and the 30th Annual Goold Orchard Apple Festival and Craft Show on October 13 & 14. The Apple Festival is a fall fam­ ily favorite with live music, kids activities, a New York wine tent, apple picking and of course the yummy cider doughnuts! Rensselaer County farmers offer a bounty of apples, pumpkins, hayrides (haunted and not), petting zoos and corn mazes. Contact tourism@rensco.com to get your free Rensselaer County Farm map. Outdoor concerts continue with Brown’s Fall Sessions at Brown’s Brewing Company in Troy on October 4 & 11. The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market & Makers Market continues on Monument Square and River Street through the end of October. Rensselaer County Historical Society offers History Walks every Saturday in October. The popular Taste of Troy Food Tours has tours on October 20 & 27 and then will be back in the spring. For more information on events and attrac­ tions visit renscotourism.com, follow us on Facebook at Rensselaer County Tourism and on Instagram at RenscoTourism. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Putnam County visitputnam.org Whether you’re seeking the majestic beau­ 22 | OCTOBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

ty of the Hudson River, gentle rolling hills, quaint villages, or the bucolic tranquility of farm life, Putnam County has a wealth of offerings for vis­ itors seeking the best of the Hudson Valley. Conveniently located and easily accessible to and from New York City, Putnam offers unex­ pected year­round attractions just an hour’s drive north of midtown Manhattan. Looking for outdoor recreational activities? Putnam has a range of possibilities – from swimming, hiking, and golf on elite courses in the warmer months, to snowboarding and skiing each winter. If you’re a foodie, you’ll be thrilled at how our innovative chefs transform fresh, local ingredients into superb artisanal dining offer­ ings. Arts lovers will be drawn to Putnam’s numerous festivals, theaters, galleries, muse­ ums, and music venues. And if you’re a history buff, you’ll find significant historical sites and well­preserved, elegant 19th­century estates. Children will always find something fun to do, with countless educational programs and the annual Putnam County Fair. And given the diverse options in lodging, including inns and B&B’s, families will always find a welcoming home away from home. So, come join us! Explore some of the hid­ den gems of the Hudson Valley by spending a day, a weekend, or even your next vacation in Putnam County, where there’s something for everyone, no matter what you may be looking for. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Schenectady County discoverschenectady.com

Schenectady County is your destination for fun this fall! October is full of family­friendly events like the 7th Annual Downtown Schenectady Wing Walk on October 6th and the Fall Foliage Festival at the Mabee Farm Historic Site on October 14th. For tricks and treats to celebrate Halloween, get dressed up and attend the Capital Masquerade on October 26th at the Schenectady Armory, or grab the kids for some trick or treating at VIA Port Rotterdam on October 31st. Fall is also a great time to check out our world­ class entertainment options! Get your tickets to Broadway blockbusters like Anastasia, A Bronx Tale or Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, all at Proctors. Or, check out Rivers Casino and Resort for tons of fun ranging from comedian Tracy Morgan to live music from Dylan Scott and the Lords of 52nd Street and another round of CAGE WARS 39 all throughout November. Looking for some food and beverage fun? Follow our food blog at schenectadeats.com for the latest and greatest in Schenectady restau­ rants to try. This fall will also bring the launch of the Schenectady Ale Trail – a passport allowing you to sample delicious craft beers at all six Schenectady County Breweries. Stay tuned for news about how to get yours at schenectadyale­ trail.com. Follow all of our Schenectady County adven­ tures at discoverschenectady.com, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to use #DiscoverSchenectady in your posts for a chance to be featured on our website!



Washington County washingtoncounty.fun

Washington County is your destination for authentic experiences. From the natural scenic beauty to the diverse cultures and offerings, there are endless reasons why thousands call this home. See, taste, and explore everything our area has to offer. Nestled between Vermont and the Green Mountains on the east and Warren and Saratoga Counties to the west, Washington County is opportunely situated to provide you everything you’re looking for in your next getaway. Whether it’s agri­tourism, arts, history, recreation, craft beverages, or farm to table experiences, you can be sure we have something for everyone. Our vast trails and bodies of water are an outdoor adventurer’s dream. Test yourself on the moun­ tains surrounding Lake George, or take an easier path to go birding for the day. The Washington County landscape is just about as diverse as it gets. Perfect for the avid hiker as well as the beginners just starting to get out there. The numerous farms and craft food and beverage producers are a farm to table lover’s treasure. Grab a bite at a locally sourced restau­ rant and wash it down with some beverages made right down the road. The local craft scene has been rapidly growing in recent years, result­ ing in an abundance of fresh, local products, and handcrafted beverages for you to try. Come experience Washington County. A diver­ sity of scenery, experiences, and cultures awaits.



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reconstructive procedures, whether in the application of veneers and crowns or restorations with implants.” Because Dr. Abele works closely with the technicians of his on­site dental lab, issues such as tooth color and shape are seamlessly addressed. His deep experience in placing dental implants, including the latest in genetically coated bone grafting, when required, and beautifully designed tooth restorations is renowned.

“Building an oral health home for families where comprehensive, top­of­the­line dental services were easily accessible was my goal,” says Dr. Thomas Abele, who, since 1969, has been a pioneer and leader in the dental sciences in the Capital District. “With the support of a talent­ ed and dedicated staff, I hope I have achieved that.” By offering a total spectrum of care for all ages, Dr. Abele eliminates the need for patients to move from doctor to doctor to achieve optimal oral health, comfort, and beauty. Early on, he spent the additional hours of training to become qualified in dental implant technology and root canal therapy. His consistent reinvestment in his practice ensures that patients are offered the latest in minimally invasive approaches, digital imaging, laser power, and sedation dentistry.

Options Fully Explained Citing the importance of patient education, Dr. Abele says, “Although I personally feel responsible for my patients’ oral health, they have to ‘buy in.’ That requires helping them understand why compliance with good oral health habits, including attention to their gums, can make them healthier and happier. I enjoy taking the time needed to answer questions and provide ongoing support. “As much as I have always enjoyed the research and ongoing education that dental medicine requires in order to stay at the top of the game, I most enjoy the results I see in my much valued patients. they are the ones who make me look good.”

Skill Plus Eye “Dental medicine, most pointedly when encompassing cosmetic dentistry, is definitely an art,” says Dr. Abele. “Every aesthetic aspect of a patient’s face must be taken into consideration when addressing

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Adirondack Orthodontics The team of at Adirondack Orthodontics are equipped with the knowledge, technology, and passion to address all individual patient concerns. To ensure you are getting the best treatment, they will review your motivations for seeking treatment, conduct a review of your medical and dental history, and perform a thorough exam to ensure that the patient can make an informed and educated decision regarding their treatment. Their goal is to have every patient leave with all the confidence that a beautiful new smile offers! The team at Adirondack Orthodontics is committed to their patients as well as the community and is one of 750 practices across the country partnering with Smiles Change Lives, a non­profit giving young people life­changing orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Sergey Berenshteyn SPECIALTY: Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Dr. Berenshteyn obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. He completed an additional year of General Practice Residency, which was followed by two additional years of Post­ Graduate Orthodontic training at the University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan. Dr. Berenshteyn, a board­certified specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, member of both the American Dental Association and the American Board of Orthodontics, resides in Guilderland, NY with his wife Biana – a Family Practice PA, and their two children Emma and Joseph.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 939 Route 146 Clifton Park  518.631.9771 1465 Western Avenue Albany 518.512.3001 713 Troy­Schenectady Road Latham 518.724.0770 cliftonparkbraces.com adirondackorthodontics.com

Dr. Larisa Takhalova

Dr. Tamara Kroboth

Dr. Charles Buchanan

SPECIALTY: Orthodontics

SPECIALTY: Orthodontics

SPECIALTY: Orthodontics and

Dr. Larisa Takhalova grew up in Queens, NY. She has recently relocated to Albany with her husband, Eugene, and son, Michael. Dr. Takhalova graduated summa cum laude from CUNY Queens College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2006. She earned her DDS degree with high honors from New York University College of Dentistry in 2010. Dr. Takhalova has years of experience as a cosmetic dentist prior to specializing in orthodontics.

Dr. Tamara Kroboth grew up on Long Island and graduated summa cum laude from Stony Brook University Honors College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She also earned both her dental degree and completed her post­graduate orthodontic education at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in 2008 and 2011, respectively. Dr. Kroboth believes that patients of all ages deserve youthful, healthy and beautiful smiles that will improve confidence and last a lifetime.

Dentofacial Orthopedics Charles Buchanan, DDS received his bachelor’s degree in biology with high honors from the University at Albany and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with honors from the University at Buffalo, which is ranked among the nation’s top 10 dental schools. Following 18 months of a surgical residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he attended the Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, where he received his Orthodontic Certificate.


Keith Aibel, DMD Aibel Endodontics SPECIALTY: Endodontics Dr. Keith Aibel graduated with honors from the University at Albany with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. After pursuing graduate study in molecular biology, he went on to excel at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, receiving his doctoral degree. Dr. Aibel then practiced general dentistry and served as a clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania before receiving his postdoctoral specialty Certificate in Endodontics from Temple University. During his residency, he was trained in all phases of non­surgical microscopic techniques as well as advanced microsurgical techniques. In addition, he conducted original research which was subsequently published in the Journal of Endodontics. His outstanding educational background, together with an unrivaled attention to detail, enables Dr. Aibel to predictably treat even the most difficult cases and achieve unparalleled results. His commitment to continuing education and research ensures that Dr. Aibel’s patients receive the most advanced endodontic care available. He works together with his dedicated team who shares his passion and uncompromising standards. Their commitment to endodontic excellence extends from the simplest to the most complex cases, saving teeth that would have otherwise needed to be extracted. Dr. Aibel’s endodontic office is equipped with state­of­ the­art technology such as Zeiss treatment microscopes, a 3­D digital imaging system, and lasers, in order to enhance efficiency and achieve optimal treatment success. He and his team are dedicated to providing unsurpassed endodontic care in a friendly and caring environment. “We hold patient comfort and exceptional service in the highest regard,” says Dr. Aibel. “Exceeding expectations is something we strive for each and every day.” Dr. Aibel has an interest in sports­related dentistry and served as the N.Y. Giants endodontist during their training camps from 2008­2012. He is currently a part­time Clinical Professor of Endodontics at Temple University School of Dentistry.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Aibel Endodontics Four Executive Park Drive Albany 518.482.1900 www.AibelEndo.com


Gregory Dodd, DDS, FAGD Kelly Herbs, DMD Saratoga Springs Family Dentistry Experience World Class Esthetic Dentistry Almost 50 years ago a small dental office opened to serve the growing community of Saratoga Springs. Today, that small family dental practice has expanded to 7 offices serving the entire North Country and Capital District. Partners, Dr. Gregory Dodd and Dr. Kelly Herbs are proud to continue the history of exceptional dentistry and the commitment to optimizing each patient’s dental experience. The growth of this practice is directly the result of the trust and enduring loyalty of generations of families. Their offices are truly challenging the traditional dental office model by delivering the highest quality of care using the best possible materials and modern technologies and they are doing it while accepting most major insurances. The dentists in all of our offices take pride in patient centered care. We recognize that there is no perfect smile only the perfect smile for you. We strive to exceed the expectations of every patient but we remain always aware that every patient has different expectations. In all of our offices you will immediately recognize the blending of both the science and art of dentistry being done by a highly skilled and compassionate staff in a family environment free of judgment and high pressure sales tactics. All of our offices offer a full range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry; from extractions to periodontal (gum) therapy, from invisible (white) fillings to crowns, inlays and onlays, from Invisalign to cosmetic bonding to the most beautiful porcelain veneers for the smile of your dreams. You can trust your family’s dental care to our family. Call your nearest location and experience how different dentistry can be.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our doctors have restored smiles from all over the world. Concierge service is available from the airport to all of our locations: Clifton Park: 518.371.3333 Greenwich: 518.692.9333 Gloversville: 518.725.1031 Saratoga Springs: 518.584.8150 South Glens Falls: 518.792.2187 Queensbury: 518.792.1108 Lake George: 518.668.5457 *NEW LOCATION* www.SaratogaSpringsDentists.com



J. Craig Alexander, DMD

General Dentistry Enjoy eating again! Smile with confidence! Dr. Alexander is one of only a few dentists in the Capital District who both places and restores dental implants so your treatment can all be done in our office. • Over 30 years of providing comprehensive quality dental care • Dartmouth College graduate: Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa • University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. 1982 graduate first in his class • Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston: two years of medical and surgical training • Master of the Academy of General Dentistry • Fellow of the International Academy of Mini Dental Implants • Diplomat of the International Dental Implant Association We treat all of our patients like friends and neighbors. Watch the Doctor on Spectrum Channel 7 8am Sunday & Monday.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 739 Columbia Turnpike East Greenbush 518.477.1008 jcraigalexanderdmd.com

Frederick Marra, DMD Capital Region Complete Dental Care & Implants SPECIALTY: Complete Dental Care and Implants Dr. Frederick Marra was born in Cohoes, New York and attended college at the University of Rochester, graduating in 1976. Following graduation, he attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned his DMD degree in 1980 and stayed on to complete a residency training program in General Dentistry, completing this in 1981. In 1981 he returned to Cohoes and entered practice with his father Dr. Harry Marra making his practice, Capital Region Complete Dental Care and Implants, a comprehensive general dental practice now in its 75th year. Dr. Marra has completed extensive advanced education in orthodontics, oral surgery, periodontal therapy and surgery, endodontics, restorative dentistry, and implantology. He has earned his Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry and is a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantology. He prides himself and his practice on a high level of diagnostic understanding and careful implementation of dental care.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 100 Main Street Cohoes 518.237.0019 www.marradmd.com 30 | OCTOBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM


Gerald C. Benjamin, DDS

The Benjamin Smile SPECIALTY: Cosmetic and General Dentistry Dr. Gerald C. Benjamin has been a dentist for 40 years and has concentrated on cosmetic dentistry for more than half of his career. He is one of only 30 dentists in the world that has attained a Certificate of Proficiency in Esthetic Dentistry, a general dentist with an emphasis on Esthetic Dentistry. Dr. Benjamin is nationally recognized in the field of cosmetic dentistry and his crown, bridge and veneer cases frequently appear on the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics forum to much acclaim. He has also won the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s prestigious Smile Contest. He was instrumental in founding of the first Esthetic Center within a Dental School at SUNY/Buffalo School of Dental Medicine where he has been on the faculty teaching Esthetic Dentistry. The cases on Dr. Benjamin’s website have attracted patients from Syracuse, Oneonta, Lake Placid, Westchester, Long Island, as well as the Capital District. He has studied with many of the world’s finest dentists to master his craft and has taken more hours of education in cosmetic dentistry than any dentist from the region. “You are a great dentist with concern for your patients and a drive for excellence.” Dr. Fred McIntyre, Professor Restorative Dentistry, SUNY/Buffalo School of Dental Medicine (Ret.) commented.

CONTACT INFORMATION: The Lofts at 18 Division Street, Suite 205 Saratoga Springs 518.583.1116 www.benjaminsmile.com


Kendra J. Zappia, DDS & Morgan M. Fryer, DDS Zappia, Karol & Fryer General Dentistry

our comprehensive and gentle care. We are excited to offer a relaxation room for our patients to unwind in before or after their personalized dental treatment. We thank our patients for all of their continued support throughout the years and look forward to showing everyone the new office! Drs. Zappia & Fryer, Clarissa, Lisa, Stacy, Anita, and Ashley.

SPECIALTY: General Family and Comprehensive Dentistry


To our wonderful patients: We are proud to announce that our new office space is underway! Our new office will be conveniently located directly next door to our current office. Our team is excited to provide even more comfort, technology, and style to our patient’s dental treatment to compliment

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Robert Herzog, DDS 651 Dental SPECIALTY: General Dentistry Board Certified Naturopathic Physician and Biological Dentist, Dr. Herzog is a conventional dentist and former engineer who uses a biological approach in his practice. With a dental career spanning more than two decades, Dr. Herzog has enjoyed continuing his education in holistic and alternative care so he can better accomplish modern dentistry goals in the least toxic manner. In addition to being a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and accredited in the IAOMT, he is a skilled safe mercury amalgam removal technique (SMART) dentist, and certified in dental ozone therapy by the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry. Understanding the systemic interrelationship our teeth have with our health, he believes that “A Healthy Body Starts with A Healthy Mouth”.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 651 Delaware Avenue Albany 518.427.2447 651Dental.com



Robin Lozman, DMD, MS Ed.

Lozman Orthodontics SPECIALTY: Orthodontics Dr. Robin Lozman, is a specialist in Orthodontics with an exclusive Orthodontic practice in Latham, NY. Dr. Lozman was drawn to the specialty of Orthodontics because it gives her the ability to change people’s lives for the better. She believes a beautiful smile gives confidence that lasts a lifetime. Dr. Lozman provides a full range of advanced Orthodontic treatment for both children and adults. She understands that some patients prefer to be discreet while straightening their teeth so she offers Invisalign and clear braces. She also uses very small metal brackets for those patients who prefer this option. Dr. Lozman has a special interest in early interceptive treatment to help improve facial development while a child is still growing. Treating children early many times helps to avoid later problems. Staying at the forefront of new technology, Dr. Lozman’s practice is fully computerized and is equipped with digital radiography. This streamlines efficiency and helps to maintain accurate records. Our advanced technology includes an iTero Element Intraoral Scanner which provides the most detailed evaluation for our patients' treatment needs. Dr. Lozman and her caring staff pride themselves on spending time to educate patients about all of their available options in order to meet their individualized needs. Her specialized trained team includes two orthodontists as well as only New York State Licensed Certified Dental Assistants. Dr. Lozman maintains a practice where she spends personalized time with each patient and their families, because she is concerned not only with excellent function of teeth but with the health and well­being of each of her patients. She wants every patient to look and feel their best. Outside of her office, Dr. Lozman believes in giving back to her community. She is involved with Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region and as an avid animal lover, she is on the Board of Directors of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands, NY. New patients welcomed. Please call for a complimentary exam.

CONTACT INFORMATION: 17 Johnson Road Latham 518.785.9441 capitaldistrictortho.com

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Drs. Sbuttoni, Boghosian, DiCerbo, Lawless & Hyun SPECIALTY: Orthodontics Drs. Sbuttoni, Boghosian, DiCerbo, Lawless & Hyun are the premier orthodontic practice in the Capital Region providing orthodontic treatment to children and adults since 1961. Doctors and Staff Our doctors are board certified/eligible and together have over a century of combined experience making our practice like no other in our community. They are members of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, New York State Dental Association, the American Board of Orthodontics and are on the teaching staff at St. Peters and Albany Medical hospitals. Equally, our clinical staff are certified by the Dental Assisting National Board and licensed by the New York State Education Department. Progressive and Innovative Our practice is completely computerized, allowing us to maintain accurate records and communicate efficiently with your primary care dentist. Our innovative practice utilizes the latest treatment options;



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digital radiography, iTero 3D high­impact visualization, digital impressions, and TAD’s (Temporary Anchorage Devices) to enhance results. Mini metal braces, tooth colored ceramic braces and lingual braces reduce or totally eliminate the visibility of braces. We are also Gold+ Invisalign providers and offer AcceleDent to shorten treatment time. Fun and Caring Atmosphere In our community we are known as a "fun place” for orthodontic treatment! There are game rooms and contests for our younger patients. To encourage patient cooperation we have monthly raffles and Orthobucks that can be redeemed for logo merchandise. We stay connected with our community on social media to answer questions, share fun facts and get feedback from our patients. Excellence in Orthodontics We’re here for our patients whenever they need us! We are available 24/7, and a doctor will always be on call to assist you if an emergency arises. Our expertise and commitment to providing “Excellence in Orthodontics” is why Drs. Sbuttoni, Boghosian, DiCerbo, Lawless & Hyun were named “Top Docs in 2016”! New patients can be seen at any of our five locations. Call for an exam at no cost or visit our website at albanybraces.com. 15 Century Hill Drive Latham 518.786.1318

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1799 Route 9 Clifton Park 518.383.5457


Subrata Mukherjee, DDS Albany Dental Practice SPECIALTY: General Dentistry Dr. Subrata Mukherjee, DDS, FFDRCS, welcomes you to his dental practice in the city of Albany, NY. As a practicing dentist and oral surgeon for over 30 years he has successfully treated thousands of patients. He is also a certified dental implantologist. A graduate of NYU College of Dentistry, Dr. Mukherjee received an Advanced Education in General Dentistry at University of Rochester’s Eastman Institute for Oral Health. Additionally he received postgraduate diploma in Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine (FFDRCS) at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Dr. Mukherjee regularly updates his clinical knowledge by attending Continuing Education (CE) courses. In 2016 he was recognized by NYSDA for attending 300 hours of CE courses. Dr. Subrata Mukherjee is a member of: • American Dental Association (ADA) • New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) • Third District Dental Society • Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) • International Dental Implant Association (IDIA).

CONTACT INFORMATION: 4 Executive Park Drive, 2nd Floor Albany 518.482.7688 albanydentalpractice.com

INTRODUCTION This list is excerpted from the 2018 topDentists™ list, a database which includes listings for almost 100 dentists and specialists in the Capital Region area. The Capital Area list is based on hundreds of detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The complete database is available at www.usatopdentists.com. For more information call 706-364-0853; write PO Box 970, Augusta, GA 30903; email info@usatopdentists.com or visit www.usatopdentists.com.


Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-226-0504 www.rootcanalexperts.com

DAVID J. GOODCOFF 12 Century Hill Drive, Suite 105 Latham, NY 12110 518-786-3006

STEPHEN J. LANGAN 77 Troy Road, Suite 7 East Greenbush, NY 12061 518-477-5155 www.slanganendo.com


KEITH M. AIBEL AIBEL ENDODONTICS 4 Executive Park Drive Albany, NY 12203 518-482-1900 www.aibelendo.com


2317 Balltown Road Schenectady, NY 12309 518-377-1234 www.capitaldistrictendodontics.com


ROBERT W. BERLS CAPITAL DISTRICT ENDODONTICS 947 Route 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-348-1160 www.capitaldistrictendodontics.com

ALLYSON M. BYRNE ROOT CANAL EXPERTS 18 Division Street, Suite 411




319 South Manning Boulevard, Suite 102 Albany, NY 12208 518-438-4401 www.baratsdental.com

1542 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12309 518-370-5234 www.mondovidental.com





114 Troy Road East Greenbush, NY 12061 518-477-8428 www.lapinskidental.com

4 Hemphill Place, Suite 151 Malta, NY 12020 518-899-5800 www.maltafamilydentist.com



18 Division Street, Suite 205 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-583-1116 www.benjaminsmile.com

1512 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12309 518-374-5698 www.comisdental.com




34 Vley Road, Suite 1 Scotia, NY 12302 518-370-5038 www.drcoppola.com

2200 Burdett Avenue, Suite 207 Troy, NY 12180 518-274-1808

981 Route 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-371-0224 www.chauvindental.com

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1415 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12308 518-377-7000 www.davidjbettsdds.com

ROOT CANAL EXPERTS 18 Division Street, Suite 411 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-226-0504 www.rootcanalexperts.com


ALVAREZ DENTAL 123 Whitehall Road Albany, NY 12209 518-436-9771 www.alvarezdentalpllc.com

LOREN C. BAIM 28 Sherman Avenue Glens Falls, NY 12801 518-793-6619 www.lorenbaimdds.com

HEATHER M. BILLINGTON BILLINGTON FAMILY DENTAL 2911 State Route 9, Suite 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 518-580-8800 www.billingtonfamilydentistry.com

VLADIMIR CUBANO 108 Everett Road Albany, NY 12205 518-458-1723

ROBERT M. DEITZ 272 New Scotland Avenue, Suite 1 Albany, NY 12208 518-438-3773

DAVID M. DELANEY 21 Everett Road Extentsion Albany, NY 12205 518-438-2722 www.drdaviddelaney.com






1484 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-456-6171 www.drdelehanty.com



170 South Broadway, Suite 2 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-886-8610 www.my518dentist.com

916 Kings Road Schenectady, NY 12303 518-346-4632 www.perrinodentalcare.com



JAMES L. DELUKE DENTAL OFFICES 1070 Nott Street Schenectady, NY 12308 518-374-4118 www.dentalofficesllp.com

MICHAEL M. DESANTI , JR. DESANTI FAMILY DENTISTRY 554 Sand Creek Road Albany, NY 12205 518-869-5397 www.desantifamilydentistry.com

GREGORY P. DODD SARATOGA SPRINGS FAMILY DENTISTRY 286 Church Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-584-8150 www.saratogaspringsdentists.com

DON P. EVANS PINE RIDGE DENTAL 6296 Duanesburg Road Duanesburg, NY 12056 518-294-4228 www.pineridgesmiles.com

ANDREW T. FRANK ALBANY SMILES 1816 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-375-1600 www.albanysmiles.com

JAMES E. GALATI 1758 Route 9 Parkwood Plaza Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-371-3014 www.dentalsmilesofcliftonpark.com

MICHAEL T. GALLIVAN 50 Remsen Street, Suite 2 Cohoes, NY 12047 518-235-0781

GAETANO GIALANELLA GIALANELLA FAMILY DENTISTRY 523 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-482-8111 www.gialanelladds.com

THEODORE J. GIALANELLA GIALANELLA FAMILY DENTISTRY 523 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-482-8111 www.gialanelladds.com


7 Union Street Ballston Spa, NY 12020 518-885-3877

170 Saratoga Road Scotia, NY 12302 518-399-8196



129 Remsen Street, Suite 1 Cohoes, NY 12047 518-237-3642 www.michaelkowaldentist.com

615 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12305 518-374-9770 www.drscotto.com



888 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-435-1104 www.davidlevinedentist.com


GREGORY R. LIBERATORE LIBERATORE FAMILY DENTAL 2911 Route 9, Suite 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 518-580-9570 www.liberatorefamilydental.com

AMY LINDEN DESANTI FAMILY DENTISTRY 554 Sand Creek Road Albany, NY 12205 518-869-5397 www.desantifamilydentistry.com


ALLISON L. SMITKIN SARATOGA SPRINGS FAMILY DENTISTRY 63 Hudson Street Glens Falls, NY 12803 518-792-2187 www.saratogaspringsdentists.com

SCOTT S. SOULÉ 2521 Hamburg Street Schenectady, NY 12303 518-355-3100 www.drsoule.com


LIONEL BULFORD SARATOGA COUNTY ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY ASSOCIATES 4 Care Lane Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-583-4497 www.scomsa.com

LAWRENCE J. BUSINO ALBANY ORAL MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY GROUP 2 Executive Park Drive Albany, NY 12203 518-446-1001 www.albanyomsgroup.com

STEPHEN DEMARCO CAPITAL DISTRICT ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGEONS 7 Southwoods Boulevard, Suite 1 Albany, NY 12211 518-445-2505 www.cdomsllc.com

SETH T. FARREN GREAT OAK ORAL SURGERY & DENTAL IMPLANT CENTER 100 Great Oaks Boulevard, Suite 112 Albany, NY 12203 518-682-6400 www.greatoakoralsurgery.com


225 Great Oaks Boulevard Albany, NY 12203 518-218-0713 www.maestrodentalwellness.com

57 Scotland Road Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 845-356-5060

10 Airline Drive, Suite 204 Albany, NY 12205 518-456-6104 www.reillygelderoms.com




1484 Western Avenue, Suite 1 Albany, NY 12203 518-869-8374



CAPITAL REGION COMPLETE DENTAL CARE & IMPLANTS 100 Main Street Cohoes, NY 12047 518-237-0019 www.marradmd.com

JOHN MCCAMBLEY 1562 State Street Schenectady, NY 12304 518-377-2836

JONATHAN P. MONTAG 643 Grooms Road, Suite 2 Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-371-0461 www.montagdental.com


1006 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12308 518-374-6845 www.peterdgolddds.com

1021 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-482-1021 www.1021dental.com



1023 Route 146 Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-383-9257 www.doctorjohndentist.com

85 Schoolhouse Road Albany, NY 12203 518-456-3000 www.capitaldistrictsmiles.com



100 Sitterly Road, Suite 102 Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-383-0160

44 West Market Street Red Hook, NY 12571 845-758-6677





651 Delaware Avenue Albany, NY 12209 518-427-2447 www.651dental.com

916 Kings Road Schenectady, NY 12303 518-346-4632 www.perrinodentalcare.com


1753 Route 9 Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-371-4131 www.adirondackdentalgrp.com

Oral & Maxillofacial

TODD L. VACCARO 1759 Union Street Niskayuna, NY 12309 518-377-3628 www.molinoandvaccarodental.com

ROBERT P. VIGNALI Colvin Avenue Dental 29 Colvin Avenue Albany, NY 12206 518-459-7993 www.drvignali.com

CHRISTOPHER WALSH 1829 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-456-5131 www.christopherwalshdds.com

KENDRA J. ZAPPIA ZAPPIA, KAROL & FRYER GENERAL DENTISTRY 3 Pine West Plaza, Suite 306 Albany, NY 12205 518-869-1138 www.zappiakarol.com

SCOTT E. ZITOFSKY CAPITAL DISTRICT ADVANCED DENTAL ARTS 601 Bruno Road, Suite A Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-371-2530 www.capitaldistrictadvanceddentalarts.com

7 Southwoods Boulevard Albany, NY 12211 518-445-2505 www.cdomsllc.com

KEVIN W. MORRILL 2141 Eastern Parkway, Suite 1 Schenectady, NY 12309 518-372-2859

JOSEPH V. OLSZOWKA SARATOGA COUNTY ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY ASSOCIATES 4 Care Lane Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-583-4497 www.scomsa.com


MATTHEW D. BATTISTE BATTISTE ORTHODONTICS 1019 Keyes Avenue Schenectady, NY 12309 518-545-4040 www.schenectadypediatric.dentist

SERGEY BERENSHTEYN ADIRONDACK ORTHODONTICS 939 Route 146 Building 400 Suite 4 Clifton Park, NY 12065 518-631-9771 www.adirondackorthodontics.com

VORTON B. BOGHOSIAN ALBANY BRACES 1004 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-489-8377 www.albanybraces.com





1465 Western Avenue Albany, New York 12203 518-521-3001 www.adirondackorthodontics.com

516 Glen Street Glens Falls, NY 12801 518-793-5138 www.eigoortho.com




877 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-435-1660

220 Church Avenue, Suite 2 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 518-885-9473 www.burlingamebraces.com


BRIAN P. BYRNE BYRNE ORTHODONTICS 454 Maple Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-584-2044 www.byrneorthodontics.com

COONEY ORTHODONTICS 500 Federal Street, Suite 600 Troy, NY 12180 518-274-4322 www.cooneyorthodontics.com

MICHAEL K. DELUKE DELUKE ORTHODONTICS 1327 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12308 518-377-2700 www.delukeorthodontics.com

MARIANNE A. DICERBO ALBANY BRACES 1004 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-489-8377 www.albanybraces.com

WHERE SMILES GROW PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY 9 Century Hill Drive Latham, NY 12110 518-785-3911 www.wheresmilesgrow.com


207 Mohawk Avenue, Suite 1-A Scotia, NY 12302 518-372-3424 www.hoskinsonortho.com



1004 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-489-8377 www.albanybraces.com

MICHAEL S. MALSCH 625 Hoosick Road Troy, NY 12180 518-273-4766

GARY T. PUCCIO 255 Schuurman Road Castleton On Hudson, NY 12033 518-477-2727 www.garypucciodds.com

MICHAEL J. SBUTTONI ALBANY BRACES 1004 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 518-489-8377 www.albanybraces.com



9 Century Hill Drive Latham, NY 12110 518-785-3911 www.wheresmilesgrow.com



Pediatric Dentistry

WHERE SMILES GROW PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Nine Century Hill Drive Latham, NY 12110 518-785-3911 www.wheresmilesgrow.com

JASON T. DECKER WHERE SMILES GROW PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY 9 Century Hill Drive Latham, NY 12110 518-785-3911 www.wheresmilesgrow.com

KRISTINA GALLO SOUTHWOODS PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY 7 Southwoods Boulevard Albany, NY 12211 518-242-7800 www.southwoodspd.com

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STEVEN H. DWECK SARATOGA PERIODONTICS 450 Maple Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-587-7512 www.saratoga-perio.com

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The local ballroom dance scene As lively as a quickstep By Barbara Pinckney


ne day in late August, Louise Giuliano received a phone call from the presi­ dent of the United States Imperial Society Teachers of Dance, informing her that the national organization’s first chapter would be located in the Capital Region. The Albany/Upstate NY USISTD Chapter No. 1 was organized by the Albany Dancesport Club, which Giuliano started five years ago to support the area’s competitive ballroom dancers. She said the USISTD—a nonprofit organization which trains dance teachers and judges and offers proficiency exams for dancers—actually approached her to form its first chapter because it knew there would be strong local support. And that is because of something many people do not know: This region has a rather vibrant ballroom dance scene.

An abounding calendar “There is a lot going on in the Capital District,” said Giuliano, who has traveled the world for dance. “I would say much more than I have seen in other regions.” In fact, between studios, dancehalls, and social clubs, it is possible to attend a dance every night of the week. “Monday night you can go to a studio for a dance, Tuesday night you can do West Coast swing, Wednesday night you can do salsa…” said Anita Riccio, publicity director for Capital Region USA Dance, an organization dedicated to creat­ ing ballroom dancing opportunities in the area. “If I want to go out tonight I have a choice of about three different places to go dancing.” To see your options, visit ballroom­ dances.org, where former dance teacher and competitor Ralph Kenyon keeps a calendar of every public ballroom event in Western Massachusetts and the Capital Region. The site, which updates every Monday, gets more than 900 hits a month.

A welcoming community Attend a dance, and it is likely that you and your partner will share the floor with any­ where from 30 to 100 others. Attendance dips in the summer, when there are so many other things to do in the region, but picks up again this time of year and will remain steady through the spring. Most of your fellow attendees will be social dancers, people who just want to have fun and get some exercise and maybe enjoy a little romance. Others will be competitive dancers, a 38 | OCTOBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

This ballroom culture is one of the region’s best-kept secrets.

little more focused on their form and technique. They will be all ages, although most will be over 40. If you don’t have a date, there are likely to be other single dancers with whom you can partner up. And just about everyone is likely to know one another, by sight if not by name. But in many ways, this ballroom culture is one of the region’s best­kept secrets. “It is sort of like a gray margin that you don’t really know about unless you’re in it,” Giuliano said. “Then once you’re in it and talking to people, all these venues start opening up. Once you go to one dance, you see fliers for other dances, and you think ‘Oh we have to try this or that…’.”

Cha-cha or Waltz There is a lot to try. In addition to the stu­ dios—of which there are several throughout the region—there are various groups dedicated to particular types of dance. “There are at least two Argentine Tango groups in our area,” Giuliano said. “There are swing societies. There are salsa clubs…that is a vibrant scene in itself. The young people are very into salsa.” Capital District USA Dance—which cele­ brated its 20th anniversary in April—and its sis­ ter, Adirondack USA Dance in Glens Falls—are working to make this world a little less of a secret, and get more people interested in trying “this or that.” In late September, for example, the Capital District chapter hosted a ballroom demonstration—including a “flash mob” featur­ ing American Swing and the Fox Trot­­outside Boscov’s in Colonie Center. “We want to bring ballroom to the public,” Riccio said. “I hear so many people say, ‘Oh I always wanted to dance’ or ‘Oh, I have two left feet…’ and I say, ‘not for long!’” It does not take a big financial commit­ ment to give ballroom a whirl. Most local dances cost less than $15 to attend and start with a free lesson. You can thank Kenyon for that. He does not allow advertising of any kind on his website and proposed free, pre­dance lessons as a solution to those who wanted to promote their tutelage.

“If they include a lesson with the price of a dance, they can include the lesson on their page,” he said, referring to the page visitors to ballroomdances.org reach when they click on a calendar listing. “If they charge extra for lessons they may not list them on their page. That, I think, has encouraged people to include lessons before the dance.”

Staying active There are several reasons to try ballroom. It is great for burning fat and calories, building endurance, toning your muscles, improving flex­ ibility and increasing bone density, which can prevent osteoporosis. Furthermore, a 2016 study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience concluded that ballroom, as well as other forms of social dancing, improves spa­ tial memory and therefore can help prevent the onset of dementia in the elderly. Plus, it is fun, social, and romantic. “It is a great lifestyle,” Giuliano said. “You meet a lot of great people and because every­ one is passionate about dancing a lot of friend­ ships result and, actually, a lot of relationships. A lot of marriages have come out of the dance world.” Popular interest spiked in 2005, when “Dancing with the Stars” debuted and brought the grace and beauty of ballroom into living rooms all over the country. Kenyon said that amateur dance teachers were “coming out of the woodwork” locally, setting up shop to take advantage of the wave. It was also in 2005 that Jim Apicella opened his first Danceland dance hall, in Colonie. “When I first started there was really nowhere to go,” he said. “Well, there were a couple of places—people were renting halls and holding dances—but there was no place that was owned by someone. So that is when I got the idea. I thought ‘gee, its Saturday night and there is nowhere to go dancing…’ and it took off from there.” Apicella is now starting his seventh year in his current location in Latham. He spent weeks laying the “floating floor”—three quarter inch oak over hundreds of cushions—himself. “So when you dance, your joints don’t hurt,” he said. “I knew the floor was the most important thing, so I didn’t cut any corners. There are no pil­ lars, no obstructions, it’s wide open.” The Dancing with the Stars effect lasted through the show’s first four or five seasons, and then the novelty wore off, and things set­ tled down.

“Some of the dances were getting fewer people showing up,” Kenyon said. “They were spreading it too thin. Some of the amateur teachers dropped off.” Apicella said it still often seems that the market is saturated. He holds ballroom dances two or three nights a week and averages about 50 attendees. “I wouldn’t say its growing,” he said. “It’s staying the same. I wish there were more younger people coming in.”

Dancing at any age While Latin dancing attracts a younger crowd, traditional ballroom—Waltz, Fox Trot, Tango, etc.—tend to be, in Kenyon’s words, peo­ ple who are “past kids, in second or third mar­ riages or who have given up on marriages but like to dance.” Riccio, who is 77 years old, said most of the people she sees at dances are a bit younger than her. However, she knows of some dance groups that have been around for more than 60 years and still have a number of original members. “It’s wonderful,” she said. “They can dance up a storm!” Clearly, the love of dance is not something that fades with age. “Some people in our organization are in their 80s, and they’re getting their knee replace­ ments and hip replacements because they want to dance!” Riccio said. Capital Region USA Dance is trying to install that love in younger people. The group has a program, called Dance Crazy, that goes into local

elementary schools. “We have these fourth graders, and the first day they won’t even touch their partners,” she said. “They dance on fingertips. And by the end of the ten weeks, they’ve learned eight dances. And not just the basics.” The success of Dance Crazy—and this sea­ son’s “Dancing with the Stars Junior”—offers some hope for the future of ballroom dance. It is never too early—or too late—to start. Riccio, in fact, always enjoyed dancing but did not take lessons until she was 58. For Giuliano, it all began almost 24 years ago, when she and her husband, Paul, were cel­ ebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. They wanted to give themselves a gift—something they could do together—so she clipped a coupon out of the Yellow Pages for dance les­ sons at a local Arthur Murray studio. As it turned out, they were naturals. After a month of lessons, they had entered their first competition. Then, in 2012, the couple attended a dance camp in Washington, D.C. They took the USISTD track, which meant that they worked on a dif­ ferent dance each day. The heavy focus on tech­ nique made Giuliano realize that even after two decades of competitive dancing, there was a lot she didn’t know. And that gave her the idea of starting a local dancesport club.

Competition The term “dancesport” distinguishes com­ petitive dance from social or exhibition dancing. The name was adopted to help ballroom gain

recognition as a sport qualifying for Olympic competition. A dancesport club focuses on help­ ing members improve their technique. “So, in October of 2013 I put up a flier at some local dances saying that we were going to have an information meeting about dancesport, if anyone was interested in taking their dancing to another level,” Giuliano said. “I was expecting maybe nine or 10 people from the community. We got 40.” The group has been going strong ever since, meeting every Monday night at Danceland. About 30 people attend each week. “We started out with two dances—Waltz and Rumba,” Giuliano said. “We slowly added others, and now most people in our group are proficient at ten dances. Of course, new mem­ bers join, and they learn as they go.” The USISTD chapter became a possibility when the organization—which traces its inter­ national roots to 1904—opened its member­ ship to amateur dancers. Previously, it was lim­ ited to people who had taken professional dance examinations. Giuliano stressed that the chapter is not just for members of the Albany Dancesports Club. “This is bigger,” she said. “We are hoping a lot of other dancers in the area who are inter­ ested in training and upping their technique will join us. It is open to all couple dancers—so Country Western, Argentine Tango, could be Swing—it is really open to anyone who is inter­ ested in the technical development of their dancing. There will be training opportunities and evaluation opportunities. We may even hold a competition in our area.” CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2018 |


Twirling together through life Ballroom dancing and marriage

By Barbara Pinckney


hile beautiful ballroom dancing may look effortless, in reality, it is any­ thing but. The same can be said of a good marriage. In fact, understanding what makes a cou­ ple excel on the dance floor, and applying the same principles to your relationship, can result in a strong marriage that appears effortless to the outside world. That, at least, is a key mes­ sage of the recently­published The Marriage Map: The Road to Transforming Your Marriage from Ordeal to Adventure. The book’s authors, Dr. Michael Grossman and Dr. Barbara Grossman, are com­ petitive ballroom dancers who have been holding marriage workshops for more than 25 years. Michael is a board­certified family physician and fellow of the American Academy of Anti­Aging Medicine. Barbara holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Counseling and is a licensed individual, marriage, and family therapist. “When people see Barb and I married 46 years they say ‘you are still so in love with each other. You are so lucky!’ Michael said. “We say ‘what does luck have to do with it?’ It’s a lot of work to stay married and to be in love with each other. You have to be intentional about it. You have to learn skills. That is what we teach in our classes.” The Grossmans began ballroom dance about 23 years ago when they took a class at their local gym. After 15 years as purely social dancers, enjoying a “fun hobby” they knew was good for their health, they decided to up their game, and eight years ago began competing. They realized that the skills they were using in dance—communication, balance, inti­ macy, flexibility, clearly defined roles—were the same skills they were teaching the couples in their marriage classes. So, they added a dance class to their marriage workshop. “We take our couples to the dance studio on the last night of class,” Barbara said. “What I observe is that everyone has a good time, the women are laughing and enjoying themselves. Dancing is like being out of control in a controlled way. It’s the closest thing to sex that isn’t sex.” They also devised a blueprint for improving or saving a marriage: The D.A.N.C.E. formula.

“D” is for defining boundaries. “Boundaries means space, your own space for your own individual expression,” Barbara said. 40 | OCTOBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

In the ballroom dance frame, the right sides of the partner’s bodies are attached, but their left sides are free for movement and self­ expression. This represents the balance between intimacy and boundaries that roman­ tic couples need to succeed. “We say ‘fire needs air’—you need the connection, the heat, and you need space,” Michael said. “If you don’t have both, there is a big problem.” He noted that some marriages have so much attachment that the partners feel stifled and look outside the relationship for a sense of freedom. Other marriages have so little con­ nection that the partners look elsewhere for intimacy. “Boundaries also means no one else comes into the dance frame,” he said. “Just you and your partner.”

“A” is for attractiveness and attention Ballroom dance is not conducted in jeans or sweat pants. Partners dress up and try to look attractive. And while it is not necessary to wear a gown or tux for taco Tuesday at home, “it is very important in marriage that you dress up for one another,” Michael said. “You want to look good for each other, and not just when you go out on a date.” Ballroom dance partners not only look

attractive for each other, they look at each other. They focus on each other. By the same token, it is important that you pay attention to your spouse. Put down the phone and find out about your spouse’s day—and tell about yours­­while you eat those tacos.

“N” is for navigating roles Men and women have very specific, and equally important, roles in ballroom dancing. As the Grossmans put it “the man is the stem, and the woman is the flower. The man holds the frame and the woman expresses more of the movement.” It is also typical for the woman to be the follower, waiting for the man’s timing and movement. Michael was quick to point out that “this does not mean the woman is lesser, just that but they both have different roles to play. If you both try to be on your own timing than you start tripping on each other.” Besides, Barbara noted “the man can only step as far as the woman allows him to step because she’s stepping wider. So, it’s a true partnership.” Defined roles are also important in a last­ ing marriage. Michael explained that while many couples think it is best to be fair and say, “I’ll do the laundry Monday, you do it Tuesday,” in reality “that takes all the romance

out of the relationship.” But if you each choose specific things to do— one does laundry, one cooks, for example—each can appreciate what the other does. This creates romance. “When you are first in a relationship you automatically appreciate the other person for all the little things they do,” he said. “And that is what we have to learn to do again.”

“C” is for communication. Ballroom dance partners are in constant communication with each other. Their bodies touch in five places, and communication may come through a slight movement of the arm or hips as the couple moves across the dance floor. “It looks like it’s effortless but there’s an ongoing communication, and it is very, very critical that you maintain that communication,” Michael said. “That’s what you need in relationships.” He noted that as long as there are periods of intense communica­ tion, both spouses will know what to do when there is “a little twist or turn here and there” in their marriage.

“E” is for extending your head outside the frame In ballroom dancing, the couple’s arms are connected, creating a frame, but their heads sit outside that frame. The Grossmans say this is a metaphor for the importance of hav­ ing an outside perspective on your marriage, which may include taking classes or seeing a counselor. “And you have to reflect on your relationship,” Barbara said. “You have to work on your relationship with the bigger picture in mind, so you can be constantly tuning it and directing it.” Beyond the D.A.N.C.E. formula, there are two additional ballroom metaphors the Grossmans use: the floor and changing music. The floor represents the past. “When you dance the floor never changes, but you use the floor to move you dynamically in the present,” Michael explained. “In your marriage, the past never changes but you use the past to propel you into the future.” That can, of course, mean remembering what made you fall in love in the first place during times of trouble. It can also mean working together to heal past wounds—which, Barbara said, “fosters great grat­ itude and love.” The floor will not change as the couple dances, but the music will. In the same way, the marriage relationship inevitably changes over time. “Say you waltz really well and then different music comes on,” Michael said. “Now you have to tango. And you don’t know that music. You can’t dance that music. You have to learn new skills. In a relation­ ship, you have different stages of love, and you need different skills.” He gave the example of moving from the caretaking stage—rais­ ing children and “taking care of everyone and everything”—to what is known as the “warrior stage” when partners start to feel independent of one another. “Now you need space. You want your own individual self­expres­ sion: ‘I need to have my career and my hobbies…’” he said. “You don’t feel so connected. That is a different kind of music. You have to learn how to do relationships to this new kind of music. It takes a lot of work to go through that.” While understanding the D.A.N.C.E., floor and changing music metaphors can make a marriage stronger, the Grossmans say it is not necessary that couples actually go ballroom dancing. What is important is that they have something—dancing, tennis, biking, hiking, traveling, wine tasting, what have you—that they enjoy together, something that keeps them connected, communicating and balanced. The Grossman’s are offering complimentary copies of The Marriage Map (simply pay the cost of shipping.) To request your copy, or to sign up for the Grossmans’ online marriage classes, go to themarriagemap.com. CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2018 |


Physical therapy: Treating injury and illness By Beth Krueger

A PT visit


f we leave a car garaged and silent for weeks at a time, we can expect that it won’t be starting right up, if at all. After all, the car and its parts need movement. So do we. When we experience injury or health prob­ lems, it’s likely that our bodies, which at their optimum operate like well­oiled machines, will need some help to help us function. “Pain­free movement is crucial to your quality of life, your ability to earn a living, and your independence,” the American Physical Therapy Association observes. “Physical thera­ pists are movement experts who treat people of all ages and abilities, helping them improve and maintain function and quality of life.” The physical therapy may stem from an injury or illness, or it may be part of preventive measures. The therapist develops a plan that is customized to the patient’s needs and goals and, in the process, also educates the patient. An injured runner, for example, has different conditioning and objectives than someone who has little exercise in their history. Physical therapists are among the profes­ sionals licensed in New York State, following a graduate­level program in physical therapy; clinical experience; plus a written exam. With those achievements, licensed physical thera­ pists can use the credentials “PT” or “P.T.” That’s not to be confused with other initials, such as CPT or certified physical trainers. What or who brings you to a physical therapist? In New York State, treatment can be pro­ vided without a referral by a licensed physical therapist who has practiced on a full­time basis for three years or more for 10 visits or 30 days, whichever comes first. Let’s take that example of the injured


runner who is antsy about being off the road. Rather than devising home remedies, the run­ ner may visit a physical therapist to get some professional guidance in dealing with an injury, preventing injury in the future, and enhancing performance. A physician, dentist, podiatrist or nurse practitioner might make a referral and have physical therapy be part of a treatment plan involving muscles, bones, nervous system, heart, and lungs, or other health conditions. For example, the physical therapist may be involved in building stamina and balance of a patient after a heart attack or mobility after a stroke. A person with arthritis could gain from physical therapy in managing pain and facilitating movement. Persons with cancer frequently experi­ ence fatigue from the disease or as a side­ effect of treatments. Sleep does not relieve this fatigue, which is defined as “a distressing, persistent, subjective sense of physical, emo­ tional and/or cognitive tiredness or exhaustion related to cancer or cancer treatment that is not proportional to recent physical activity and interferes with usual functioning.” While phys­ ical therapy may not jump to mind as a means of relief from fatigue, it has been shown to improve quality of life and help ease treatment side­effects. As noted, pain management often runs through a physical therapist’s work. In the effort to move away from the use of opioids to treat chronic pain, it’s not surprising that phys­ ical therapy is seen as an element to help man­ age that pain with much less risk. It is fre­ quently part of a multi­dimensional plan along with stress/behavioral management and other therapies, such as acupuncture.

What can you expect from a visit? The therapist will assess your movement, posture, injury, or condition. Taking your health history also will provide important considerations in the preparation of the treatment plan. Depending on the condition at hand, that plan, created in collaboration with the patient and, as appropriate, with the patient’s physician(s), may include massage or therapeutic exercise; training in how to perform certain activities in daily life; means of managing pain; use of ultrasound or stimulation to tendons, liga­ ments, etc. In some circumstances, aquatic treatment may be part of the physical therapy, drawing on water’s buoyancy and means of creating low­impact resistance that helps to build strength, flexibility, and endurance. Where do physical therapists practice? In addition to private practice, physical therapists may provide care in home settings or skilled/residential facilities. They also may be on staff at hospitals or in sports complexes.

Serving children to older persons Some therapists specialize in serving older or frail persons, helping them to safely perform daily activities and remain independ­ ent. They also are often involved in providing therapy for those who have had a joint replacement or fracture and in the aftermath of a fall and for fall prevention. The Centers for Disease Control reports that on an annual basis one­third of Americans age 65 and older experience falls. Conditions seen by pediatric physical therapists include neuromuscular problems, brain injuries, and developmental disabilities. Physical therapists who focus on women’s health may treat such concerns as pelvic pain, incontinence, pregnancy and post­partum pain, and breast cancer. Treatment for orthopedic issues fre­ quently includes physical therapy. These prob­ lems could range from muscle strains, joint pain, rotator cuff injuries, osteoarthritis, to elbow problems encountered by golfers or tennis players, and more. Recovery from a concussion may involve physical therapy, such as training focusing on the inner ear, balance and visual symptoms, spine therapy, stretching, strengthening and progressive exercise. Learn more from the New York Physical Therapy Association at nypta.org and the American Physical Therapy at apta.org.

Remodeling to age in place? Make changes where it matters most


merican household demographics con足 stantly change. With kids grown and moved out, many adults are consider足 ing remodeling to meet their future needs. This has inspired the idea of aging in place, meaning the desire to have a high quality of life in your home as you get older. In the United States, it's a desire shared by many. There can be many financial benefits for your family as well since senior housing facilities are quite expensive and frankly...who doesn't want to stay at home where you are comfortable. According to the AARP, 87 percent of adults age 65 and older want to stay in their current home and community as they age. Furthermore, among people age 50 to 64, 71 percent of people want to age in place. The desire to age in place typically requires making thoughtful updates to a home to accommo足 date senior needs. Multigenerational households are also changing for older family members. Sometimes it's necessary to have elderly rela足 tives move into your home for them to thrive. Adult children will opt to make remodeling updates, so spaces are safe, comfortable and

accessible for all. Whether you're remodeling for yourself or a family member, there are many things to

consider. Making changes where it matters most will help transform the household into a secure space for aging adults. Continued on next page



Single-story living

Ramps and stairs

Having all rooms on a single story is the ideal layout for senior living. That means the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen can be accessed without having to travel to different levels of the home. Keep in mind, open­concept designs can be beneficial for seniors, but if you are updating hallways, make sure they are at least 36 inches wide for easy maneuverability.

There may be spaces in a home where you can't avoid installing a ramp or stairs. The entryway is one such area. For stairways, install handrails on both sides and add contrast strips to prevent tripping and stumbling haz­ ards. For ramps, the National Association of Home Builders recommends slopes no greater than 1­inch rise for every 12 inches in length, a 2­inch curb for safety and a 5­foot landing at the entrance. All ramps or stairs should have adequate lighting for easy visibility.

Bathroom additions Adding a bathroom to facilitate single­ story living might seem impossible if you don't have existing drainage. However, it is feasible and doesn't require costly demolition. With Saniflo, you can add a complete bathroom where no drainage existed before, thanks to above­floor plumbing features like a macerat­ ing toilet and drain pumps. One idea is some­ thing like Saniaccess2 for bathrooms, and the Saniaccess3 is a smart choice for full baths. This type of change when adding a bathroom can make the seemingly impossible, possible.

Bathroom safety Bathrooms are one of the most danger­ ous rooms in a home, particularly for those age 65 and older who are more prone to falls. When remodeling, add wall supports such as grab bars in the bath, shower and by the toilet.


For showers, a fold­down seat and handheld showerhead can add comfort. A wall­hung sink adds space below and can make it easier to clean and move around. Avoid using rugs and instead install slip­resistant flooring.

Kitchen additions Redesigning your home with a mother­in­ law suite for aging relatives can be a nice way to provide them with everything they need. It will also ensure that everyone has their desired privacy in the home. Again, don't let drainage limit your remodel plans. Add a mod­ est kitchen setup using Saniflo Sanivite tech­ nology. It will pump wastewater away from a variety of sources, such as a kitchen sink, laun­ dry sink, and washing machine.

Ample lighting As vision decreases with age, lighting becomes a critical element throughout a home. Consider adding windows and skylights for plenty of natural light. Swap in brighter bulbs and add adjustable features that allow you to customize settings for frequently used spaces. Finally, add motion lights to hallways and bathrooms for easy evening use. Hard­ wired lights are preferred to plug­in options, but if you must have cords, make sure they are hidden or secured to the ground. When aging in place matters to you or your family members, these guidelines can help you remodel wisely. Smart updates will help you enjoy your home today and thrive in the future.


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L. BROWE ASPHALT SERVICES INC. 518.479.1400; broweasphalt.com L. Browe Asphalt Services has served thousands of residential and commercial customers in the greater Hudson Valley. Our installations are built to last, with correct elevations and subtle detailing to ease the job into the land. Transitions are smooth with good, level flow and slight changes in elevation to provide proper water drainage. We mill the end of the drive so that it retains its thickness and is not subject to being lifted up by plow equipment. The end product is a true, level, aesthetically pleasing job with artistic curves and superior function that completes and enhances the entire property setting. For more information and to request a free estimate, call 518.479.1400 or visit www.broweasphalt.com. 46 | OCTOBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM



RANDALL IMPLEMENTS CO., INC. 2991 NY-5S, Fultonville 518.853.4500; randallimpls.com Randall Implements is a Premier Kubota Dealer and was the 2016 recipient of the Fulton-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Business of the Year award. Randall Implements Co., Inc. is located on State Highway 5S in the village of Fultonville, approximately 35 miles west of Albany. Founded in 1966 by Robert Freeman, Randall Implements has grown from a small single-line dealer to one of the area’s largest and most trusted full-service, multi-line providers including Ferris, Husqvarna, Case IH, Claas, and Landpride dealerships. Technicians are certified and trained in the newest technologies available in the industry. Randall provides quality factory parts at competitive prices, with next-day availability on over 100,000 parts.

KUGLER’S RED BARN 425 Consaul Road, Schenectady 518.370.2468; Find us on Facebook At Kugler's Red Barn, you can find an assortment of styles including: Country, Shaker, Primitive, Transitional and Traditional. All of our furniture is still made in the USA by small family-owned factories like ourselves. We take pride in the quality of handmade furniture and will not sell imported furniture. We also carry a large selection of gifts and accessories, framed art and paints. We carry a full selection of furniture for the bedroom, dining room, kitchen, living room and family room, occasional and entertainment centers. To fill your needs, we carry woods such as ash, oak, cherry, birch and pine in a variety of stains and painted colors.

SEASON’S SUPPLY, CO. 852 Grooms Road, Rexford; 518.371.5730 2706 Route 9, Malta; 518.581.2900 seasonssupply.com Seasons Supply Co. was formed in 1997 by Clifford Hughes, a lifelong resident of Clifton Park. The inspiration behind the development of Season’s Supply Co. was to offer professional landscaping and property maintenance supplies, not available in big box stores, to contractors and homeowners who demand nothing short of superior quality and service. It gives us great pleasure to do business with local companies and homeowners and to offer a personal, hands-on approach found nowhere else.






HERZOG'S HOME & PAINT CENTERS 898 New Loudon Road, Latham; 518.782.1590 1343 Central Avenue, Albany; 518.465.1526 herzogs.com Herzog’s, your local Benjamin Moore retailer, has two central locations in the Capital District—898 New Loudon Road in Latham and 1343 Central Avenue in Albany. At Herzog’s, you’ll find Benjamin Moore paint, stain and design expertise like no other, and you’ll receive personal, unrushed attention and service that includes design expertise, color selection and guidance on product selection. The Latham location has a complete paint and design showroom that provides the perfect venue for planning your single room or whole house décor. Ask for Jessica— her design expertise will help you choose the right colors, as well as coordinating fabrics and window treatments.

SOUTH END POWDER COATING 120 Catherine Street, Albany 518.469.0251; southendpowdercoating.com South End Powder Coating is a locally owned and operated custom powder coater conveniently located in downtown Albany, offering a durable, long-lasting and beautiful finishing alternative to paint on metal surfaces. Typical projects we encounter are lawn furniture, iron railings, decorative garden items, home radiators, and even car, truck, and motorcycle parts. With over 7,500 colors available, our personalized finishing service allows us to offer a finish to meet even the most demanding customer’s needs. Let your imagination run wild. Please give us a call to discuss your residential or commercial finishing projects. Why paint it? Powder coat it!

GHENT WOOD PRODUCTS 1262 Route 66, Ghent 518.828.5684; ghentwoodproducts.com Autumn is prime-time to work on those last minute outdoor projects before the snow starts falling, whether it be to install that stone patio, freshen the mulch in your flower beds, or to build that stone wall. Autumn is also a great time to plan all of your indoor projects during the cold winter months. Perhaps this winter you want to tackle that Man Cave and install some barn wood siding on the walls or use a live-edge slab as your bartop. 50 | OCTOBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM


Regardless of your project, Ghent Wood Products is here to help. We have traditional, and not-so-traditional products and our knowledgeable staff are here to help you make your vision a reality! Give us a call today.

REDBUD DEVELOPMENT, INC. 2 Commerce Park Drive, Wilton 518.691.0428; redbuddevelopment.com Redbud Development, Inc., is a landscape construction company specializing in the custom design and quality installation of residential improvement and development projects. With a creative and collaborative approach, we help clients imagine and build exterior environments that connect seamlessly with the interior and reflect their personality and lifestyle. Custom-designed pools, outdoor kitchens, stone patios, and wooden structures are just samplings of features we can use to help you create a functional retreat to better enjoy your favorite pastime, whether that is entertaining friends, exercising, or just getting closer to nature. Call Redbud today at 518.691.0428 to talk over some ideas or schedule your no-cost initial consultation.

PATTERSONVILLE FURNITURE 1664 Main Street, Pattersonville 518.887.2741; pattersonvillefurniture.net Pattersonville Furniture Store has been delivering the finest furniture and quality customer service to the Capital Region for over 80 years. This familyowned and operated business, located just west of Schenectady, has been helping customers with their furniture needs since 1936. Pattersonville carries over 30 lines of American-made solid wood furniture. Stop by our showroom at 1664 Main Street in Pattersonville and see our quality products. We offer free delivery, free set-up, free removal, and free financing. Open daily from 10am-5pm; Thursday and Friday until 9pm; closed Sunday.

CR GAS LOGS & FIREPLACES, INC. 15 Drywall Lane, Voorheesville 518.765.4279; crgaslogs.com CR Gas Logs and Fireplaces has been a leader in the hearth and patio industry in the Greater Capital district for over 30 years. Our long-term success is the result of a sustained effort to build lasting relationships with our customers. We pride ourselves on providing each customer with high-quality customer service, knowl-




edge, and advice. With a large array of products and competitive prices, chances are we have the right products for you. Our staff will help educate you on the right choice for your home. Our goal is to have every person we speak with, no matter if they purchase or not, to leave us with a positive shopping experience. Call today for a free home estimate.

THE FURNITURE HOUSE 1254 Highway 9P, Saratoga Springs; 518.587.9865 1060 Route 9, Queensbury; 518.798.0133 thefurniturehouseny.com Whether building a new home, down-sizing or just updating your current home, The Furniture House is the place to come for your home furnishing needs. At TFH, you aren’t limited by someone else’s idea of style or the “same thing everyone else has too” in three colors. Our design staff will help make YOUR dreams a reality, YOUR personality shine through. We offer quality unique pieces at a value you didn’t realize you can afford. Small rooms? No problem. Unique needs? No problem–from basic home pieces to murphy beds, custom builds, adjustable coffee tables, jewelry mirrors, conversation sofas and more. Our delivery team will deliver anywhere in the continental US! Come see what all the buzz is about. The unusual as usual!

ALL SEASONS EQUIPMENT, INC. 60 Freeman’s Bridge Road, Scotia 518.372.5611; allseasonsequipinc.com All Seasons Equipment, Inc. is a family-owned and operat-



ed business located in Scotia. We can provide you with the latest and best in outdoor power products to make your outdoor living more enjoyable. In all of Scotia, there isn't a friendlier or more knowledgeable staff than ours. We're happy to help you find either the perfect outdoor power equipment, service or the parts you've been looking for. We carry many brands, including Ariens, Honda Power Equipment, Scag, STIHL, and Toro. Call or stop in—we're always ready to help!

EAST GREENBUSH WINDOW COVERINGS 601 New Loudon Road, Suite 4, Latham 518.477.9025; eastgreenbushwindowcoverings.com Have you visited the East Greenbush Window Coverings showroom in Latham to see what are the latest and greatest in window treatments? Our contemporary showroom displays the newest shades, blinds, decorative hardware and drapery treatments. This includes motorization that can be done from your smartphone and tablet to control your window shades from anywhere, whether you are home or vacationing. We have energy-efficient gorgeous shades that make a subtle statement by treating the light that enters your home. Our designers are ready to work with you to bring new excitement to your home.

HUDSON RIVER TRACTOR COMPANY Various locations hudsonrivertractorcompany.com Hudson River Tractor is a full-line John Deere agricultural, commercial and consumer turf dealer with four locations in and around the Capital Region in Schaghticoke, Clifton Park, Chatham, and Fultonville. Hudson River Tractor carries agricultural equipment from John Deere, H&S, Krone, Oxbow, and Hardi; as well as Stihl hand-held pieces and Honda power equipment, including the industry-leading walk-behind mowers and generators. We also provide after-market support with genuine John Deere and OEM parts, factory-trained technicians, and mobile service. Hudson River Tractor—one company with people strong in their backgrounds and expertise—provides complete solutions for your needs.



FINANCIAL dennis & christopher fagan

Discipline is vital, and that includes having a plan


n interview with Gary Ran from Telemus Capital Partners appeared some time ago in Barron’s, a popular financial weekly. He noted that during market turmoil it was “hard for investors to stay focused in times like this, just when you need it the most because there seems to be so much information. But information isn’t knowl­ edge.” Do you mean that all the information that is thrown at us over the internet doesn’t amount to the knowledge necessary to manage our own portfolios? In our opinion, if it is combined with the appropriate educational background, knowledge of how businesses operate, an abil­ ity to decipher financial data and the jargon that goes along with it, a temperament that is conducive to dealing with turmoil and experience, it certainly does. Otherwise, it may not. As in life, financial planning is all about setting achievable goals, establishing a well­designed, but flexible plan and then monitoring your progress along the way. The problem arises when an investor discovers only too late that they do not possess one or more of the qualities noted in the preceding paragraph or do not possess the discipline necessary to carry out their plan.


As we enter the final quarter of the calendar year, we thought we would lay out five predictions that we heard throughout the year; that masqueraded as information but ultimately would have diverted you from your objectives. Keep in mind that we adhere to the following statement. “Long­term capital belongs in equities while short­term cap­ ital belongs in bonds and cash.” “Interest rates on the ten­year U.S. Treasury are headed to four percent.” This may sound like helpful information, and perhaps you have let money sit in the bank at near zero percent waiting for these higher rates. However, interest paid on the 10­year note has been stuck under 3% for most of 2018 and are now right around that rate. Rather than waiting forever, we suggest investors ladder some short­term bonds, maxing out duration with the 2­year U.S. Treasury which is yielding approximately 2.75% and is free from state tax. “The trade war will end this ten­year bull market.” We say not so fast. Although a headwind to economic growth, we believe our strong labor market, recently enacted tax reform and the reduction in onerous regulations currently outweighs the cost of tariffs. That said, a prolonged trade war may be a different story. “The FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google) plays are dead money.” Whoa. How many times have we heard this one? Although richly valued, we believe that most equity portfolios should include some of these market/industry leaders. However, we would barbell this approach by investing in some industrial and financial holdings. “International markets will play catch­up to the United States.” Maybe they will. However, this has yet to occur in 2018. Although we have increased our weighting in overseas holdings, we are still way underweight compared to popular target funds offered from Fidelity and Vanguard. Except for Asia, at this time we intend to keep it this way through the remainder of the year. “President Trump will be impeached, and the market will tank.” This may or may not end up happening (remember, we are not political prognosticators). However, if history is any guide any such decline, if it occurs at all, will be temporary. Furthermore, two of the cat­ alysts to this bull market run since the election has been as a result of the already enacted tax reform and deregulation. However, the ongoing trade war has most likely been a headwind to higher stock prices. The bottom line – don’t worry about the day to day noise in the financial markets. Keep your sights firmly set on your objectives. The rest will take care of itself. Please note that all data is for general information purposes only and not meant as specific recommendations. The opinions of the authors are not a recommendation to buy or sell the stock, bond market or any security contained therein. Securities contain risks and fluctuations in principal will occur. Please research any investment thoroughly prior to committing money or consult with your financial advisor. Please note that Fagan Associates, Inc or related persons buy or sell for itself securi­ ties that it also recommends to clients. Consult with your financial advi­ sor prior to making any changes to your portfolio. To contact Fagan Associates, Please call 518.279.1044.

PARENTING randy cale, ph.d

“You need to”…STOP?


ow often do you find yourself saying something like this? When talking with the kids, it begins with the phrase, “You need to” and ends with a variety of behaviors or tasks. • “You need to pick up your shoes.” • “You need to leave your sister alone.” • “You need to get out your homework NOW!” • “You need to cut that out.” The list could go on and on of course, as the possibilities are endless. And your children listen to those statements over and over for years. But, have you noticed something? The more you use that language, the less effective it becomes. It’s not uncommon to repeat these over and over, with no observ­ able response, until you get frustrated and perhaps start yelling. Early on, this usually doesn’t look so problematic, but as the years go by, you will see this language fails you.

The language of implied pressure Many of us walk around all day saying things like, “I really need to get that done right away.” Research suggests that using pressured state­ ments like that to have little correlation with results. Instead, the use of such language is associated with internal pressure and helps create a sense of anxiety. Consider these words carefully, “I need to.” The word “need” com­ municates necessity. Absolute necessity. We find many anxious minds (young and old) filled with commanding language such as this, that is frequently repeated, and yet not followed. In other words, we will say, ‘Oh, I need to get that report done today.” And this creates internal stress, without a doubt. But what do we do with that stress?

time because they didn’t (and thus perhaps didn’t get to play). All those results are possible, and life goes on. Nothing really ‘needed’ to happen.

What might you do Instead? Let me warn you first: This is often a big change for us. We have become very accommodated to the language of pressure (this “need to” is only one example). The habitual way of thinking then gets ingrained into the way we speak to our children. We can unknowingly be co­creating states of anxiety in our family, that becomes unnecessary in order to get results. Here’s what I suggest: Rather than trying to command or push chil­ dren along to the next task or change in behavior, try thinking of your words as a signal…not a command. Don’t push. Just signal that it’s time for a change. And say just that, “It’s time to get ready now.” You can use that in a wide variety of situations, and it has no false pressure implied. Kids relax, and you can relax. This is particularly true when you have changed your own internal language. Part two of this formula involves setting up a system to manage behavior. Ensure that you have used good leverage and have clear conse­ quences in place of inaction. While much more is to be said about parent­ ing systems, for now just be clear. Rely more on your actions to teach limits than using lots of words, or pressure language. It will free you and your children to learn daily routines and simultaneously abandon anxious thoughts about those routines. Dr. Randy Cale offers practical guidance for a host of parenting concerns. For more information visit TerrificParenting.com.

Why the language of pressure fails us (and our children)! 1. We tend to turn away from pressure or stress When we speak to ourselves in this way and create that internal state of stress, what do we tend to do? Most of us turn away from that stress­ ful thought, to do something more rewarding or distracting. This repeat­ edly happens throughout the day, and we arrive at work the next day say­ ing to ourselves, “I really do need to get that report done today!” And then we repeat the process. Thus, using this language in the adult brain usually doesn’t produce great results because the pressure is something we tend to want to avoid. The same is true for a child’s brain, as they learn to ignore these com­ mands more and more as time goes by. 2. We lack integrity when we use this language Carefully consider how often we use the language ‘you need to’ or ‘I need to’ and then NOTHING happens. Remember: Need implies necessity. The false necessity we are creating with our language is just that; it’s false. It’s a lie, and deep down we all know it. It’s as if we try to use this as a cheat, to get action, and all it typically does is create more anxiety and pressure. Our children learn that we use this phrase so much that it becomes obvious that when I say, ‘You need to get ready,’ they realize that they actually don’t need to. Maybe you will yell at them five more times. Maybe they miss the bus. Maybe they are late to the game. All those things are possible, and it is revealed that that, in reality, you don’t need to do that right now. Over and over, reality gives us feedback. The report doesn’t need to be done today because it wasn't. The shoes don’t need to go on right now because they didn’t (and your son could walk into school without shoes and the sky would not fall). They don’t need to make it to the big game on CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2018 |


FASHION luann conlon

Fun fall fashion finds


appy Fall! Autumn has arrived, and there is no better time to introduce some fun, fall finds that I hope you enjoy. I really enjoy wearing a necklace and wear one almost daily. My latest, go­to necklace has been the Avery Lariat necklace by Kristalize Jewelry; kristalizejewelry.com. After years in the fashion industry, owner Krista Lovelady, began Kristalize Jewelry in 2012 to create beautiful and affordable pieces for everyone. I have worn this necklace all Summer and will be wearing it right through the Fall season. I receive lots of compliments on the look of the necklace, which is versatile and looks great with open necked tops. Kristalize has a wide variety of styles includ­ ing bohemian, classic, edgy and all in all unique looks. Besides necklaces, they sell bracelets, great statement earrings which also happen to be on trend right now as well as stackable bracelets. The Sweat­O­pause cooling scarf will help everyone during the unpredictable temperature swings of Fall and throughout the year for any ladies who suffer from “power surges.” Sweat­O­pause was established by Renee Hanson when she came up with a fashionable scarf that, when wet, cools up to 30 degrees below skin temperature. The cooling scarf can be used as a headband, scarf, or wrapped around your wrist. Carry it with you, and it’s there when you need it! I own the Bermuda blue scarf, and the color is perfect for Fall. I wear it with a plain white v­ neck t­shirt or a chambray light blue shirt and jeans, as a scarf or around my wrist. It adds a nice splash of color and cool (literally) style. We all want to be fashionable and do our part for the collective good, and Dona Bela Shreds line of environmentally­friendly acces­ sories is truly unique. Dona Bela Shreds is a fash­ ion accessory line that upcycles textile remnants & designs them into unique, one­of­a­kind cre­ ations. All Shred neckwear designs and color combinations reflect current fashion trends and are designed in line with seasonal color palettes. You can use the Dona Bela Shreds Band as a headband or a necklace depending on the length. I wore this necklace with more casual attire but some of the longer shred designs look great for office attire as well. It makes a unique, environ­ mentally friendly gift for that special someone and as we know, the holidays will be here before you know it.

With Autumn comes the drying air that can do damage to our skin. RAD Soap has two prod­ ucts that help combat dryness and premature aging throughout the year. RAD Soap is a Capital Region favorite with a cult following. Founded by Sue Kerber in 2009, RAD can be found at various farmers markets, at co­ops and their new store in Stuyvesant Plaza The American Beauty face cream is a won­ derful moisturizer with all natural ingredients. I use this very moisturizing cream many times a week, and it works well as a primer for foundation. However, I have found another holy grail product from RAD Soap. ‘Death Wish Body Lotion‘ is made with Death Wish Coffee. Dr. Kavita Mariwalla, Board Certified dermatologist and former Director of Cutaneous Oncology at the Beth Israel Cancer Center in Manhattan, says that “caffeine is a strong antioxidant.” Many studies claim caffeinated lotions reduce wrinkles and puffiness as well as claims of reducing cel­ lulite. I use Death Wish on my face, and from my experience, I have noticed a difference in the moisture level of my face. I use it like a serum, topped off with (yup, you guessed it) RAD’s American Beauty. I like the feeling of the tingling of the caffeine working into the skin. I have found another RAD product I will continue to use from now on. I also enjoy their soaps and body scrubs as well. Make a trip to the Stuyvesant Plaza store to check out all of their offerings. My last find has to include a piece of cloth­ ing, of course! Baciano hales from Los Angeles and has been in business for over two decades. The company is constantly searching for new col­ ors, fabrics, shapes, and trends to make sure they bring the fashion game every season. The broad collection offers a mix of comfort and style that can be worn from day to night. I was able to wear these versatile lace pants, dressed up a bit, for a gala affair, for a chic girls night as well as a sexy date night. I have paired them with a black cold shoulder top with a silver statement necklace for a dressier affair to a denim shirt tied at the waist with a black, lace bralette peeking out and my lariat necklace. The pants run a bit large so I would size down. Hopefully, these fashion fall finds sparked some ideas for accessorizing, skin care and cloth­ ing that will bring you through this fun season. Have a fantastic fall everyone!!







HOROSCOPES arlene deangelus

Sun Sign Forecast Best Days in October 2018: 15th, 20th, and 21st Begin a diet on October 24th.

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Aries: (March 21 to April 20) A cooperative approach, forming relationships and legal agreements are the focus for this month. This is a time to examine yourself, and your recent accomplish­ ments as you ask yourself are you inwardly fulfilled. After the 24th, activity will center around your income and financial dealings. This can be the time to wrap up loose ends and collect on the projects. Taurus: (April 21 to May 20) Solving problems, cooperating with others and main­ taining well­being are important for this month. You will meet new friends who share your ideals, but see them as they are and not as you want to see them. Following the 24th, you will make changes in your self­expression and appearance. You may purchase a new wardrobe or change your hairstyle. Gemini: (May 21 to June 20) Creative expression, pleasures, and joys of life are examined for this month. You may feel unsure of where you are going in life, however, this is a time when you should be working in the spirit of helping others. After the 24th, you may decide to increase your spiritual and psychic attunement. This is also a time when you can correct past mistakes. Cancer: (June 21 to July 22) Home­front activity, searching for self and domestic interests are favored for this month. You will be exposed to new spiritual ideas which will give you a better under­ standing of yourself and your beliefs. Following the 24th, you rethink your hopes and wishes. You may set new goals and long­term directions and change your group activities. Leo: (July 23 to August 22) Daily activities, ability to communicate and educa­ tional opportunities are explored for this month. Your interest in the mystical and abstract teachings increases and you want to learn more about yourself. After the 24th, your career, or the equivalent, has your attention. You may have to deal with important people or receive overdue recognition. Virgo: (August 23 to September 22) Expanding resources, financial situations and sense of values are the focus for this month. There may be subtle changes in your one­to­one relationships but always com­ municate clearly with them. Following the 24th, you become interested in such topics as the law, philosophy, and spirituality. You may even decide to take a formal class.

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Libra: (September 23 to October 22) Personal potential, approach to life and one’s appear­ ance are examined for this month. The focus is on your health and work, therefore it is the time to maintain a healthy diet and work ethics. After the 24th, there can be subtle changes in jointly held money or assets. This is also a good time to settle old debts or commitments to every­ one’s satisfaction. Scorpio: (October 23 to November 21) Universal laws, hidden abilities, and spiritual resources are highlighted for this month. You will enjoy the time you spend on creative projects or hobbies with your loved ones and children. Following the 24th, you examine your one­to­one relationships. You can also improve your understanding of others through compromising in these relationships. Sagittarius: (November 22 to December 21) Career earnings, humanitarian contributions, and group associations are the focus for this month. There may be a little confusion in your family and personal matters so handle them with care. After the 24th, your work and health comes to the forefront. You may decide to improve your work skills and also your health through a new diet or exercise. Capricorn: (December 22 to January 19) Social status, personal power and establishing a career are important for this month. This is a time to com­ municate clearly with others and enter into negotiations carefully. Following the 24th, you want to enjoy your loved ones and children. You may be asked to help them, or become involved, with their creative projects or hobbies. Aquarius: (January 20 to February 18) Prophetic dreams, philosophy on life and new mental pursuits are interesting for this month. Examine your han­ dling of money and possessions and avoid any possible risky schemes or agreements. After the 24th, this period of time rules your home and personal affairs. Now, you may be able to resolve family problems to everyone’s satisfaction. Pisces: (February 19 to March 20) Another’s assets, spiritual appreciation and changes are accepted and examined for this month. Self­knowl­ edge is important now, and you also watch how your proj­ ect yourself to others. Following the 24th, your everyday environment and all communications become important. It is the time to catch up on phone calls and overdue correspondence.

Arlene is an author, astrologer and para­consultant and has studied and worked with astrology for more than 35 years.



ARTS AND entertainment


capital city’s storied past. $5. Find us on Facebook for more information.


10/13 TIME: 2PM

Capitol Hauntings Tour - New York State Capitol Building - Come to the New York State Capitol for a special tour that explores  legends connected with this historic building.  Free daily tours throughout October. ogs.ny.gov.

10/5 Drink Albany - The Capital Craft Beverage Trail hosts a pop-up New York State craft beverage market and tasting event each Fall. Find out where to find this years event at capitalcraftbeveragetrail.com.

10/7 TIME: 11AM – 12:30PM Haunted History Walking Tour - Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany - Brave guests will be guided along Albany’s downtown streets to unearth the


UnderWHERE? Women’s Clothing in 1850 – Spindle City Historic Society lecture featuring historian Kjirsten Gustavson at the Vineyard Church at 121 Remsen Street, Cohoes. Explore the dress reform movement of the 1850s. Find us on Facebook.

10/21 TIME: 5PM Nights in Naples and a Few Other Places – Musicians of Ma’alwyck Concert at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site. Featuring works of Blum, Monzani and Weber. Musiciansofmaalwyck.org.

10/26 – 10/27 TIMES: 4, 5:30 & 7PM Murder at Cherry Hill - Historic Cherry Hill, 523 ½ Pearl Street, Albany In 1827, a notorious mur-

der occurred at Cherry Hill that resulted in two sensational trials and Albany's last public hanging. historiccherryhill.org.

COLUMBIA COUNTY 10/12 & 10/13 TIME: 6 – 9PM Copake’s Haunted House – Come out if you dare, enjoy a hayride after (weather permitting). Copake Community Center, 305 Mountain View Road, Copake.

10/13 TIME: 4 – 8PM MHA's 12th Annual Pumpkin Walk – Please join us at Columbia-Greene Community College. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the event.


FULTON COUNTY 10/6 TIME: 11AM – 4PM Hunting & Harvesting; Preparing for Winter in the 18th Century – 139 Hall Avenue, Johnstown – Journey back to the 18th Century to experience what it was like to prepare for the harsh winter months. 44lakes.com.

10/6 TIME: 9AM – 5PM Fall Craft Bazaar – 501 Bridge Street, Northville, Shop boutique items, baked goodies, and homemade fudge. Raffles and 50/50. For more info, call 518.863.4736.

10/13 TIME: 12 – 4PM Annual Gloversville FallFest – Trail Station Park, 109 West Fulton Street, Gloversville, A day filled with family-friendly activities, food, and music. Costumed parade and trick-or-treating at 4pm. 44lakes.com.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 10/20 TIME: 1 – 4PM 7th Annual Soup Tasting, Craft Fair and Harvest Festival – Van Alstyne Homestead, 42 Moyer Street, Canajoharie. Join us for live music, family friendly activities, raffles, crafts and harvest goodies. Find us on Facebook.

RENSSELAER COUNTY 10/3 – 10/14 VARIOUS TIMES Theater Institute at Sage Presents Our Town The 80th anniversary of the American drama, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town tells the story of the early twentieth-century small town life. theatre.sage.edu.

10/4 TIME: 5 – 8PM 17th Annual Evening at the Earl - Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, “Evening at the Earl,” is a lively fundraiser with catered food, delicious wine, and CAPITAL REGION LIVING MAGAZINE | OCTOBER 2018 |



fun for all. Call 518-328-0090 with your name, address, phone & number of tickets. Visit us at oakwoodcemetery.org.

10/5 – 10/7 VARIOUS TIMES A Murder is Announced - Sand Lake Center for the Arts, Averill Park. Join us for the first performance of the 2018-2019 season! Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced! slca-ctp.org.

10/6 TIME: 10:30AM RCHS History Walk “People Place and Progress” - Troy Waterfront Farmers Market information table, rchsonline.org.

10/6 TIME: 9AM – 4PM

10/13 – 10/14 TIME: 9AM – 5PM 30th Annual Goold Orchard Apple Festival and Craft Show - Goold Orchards, Castleton, This fall family favorite has live music, kids activities, a New York wine tent, apple picking and of course the cider doughnuts! downtowntroy.org.

10/16 TIME: 12PM

Walter A. Wood Tractor & Agriculture Show Wood Park, Hoosick Falls, The Park will be overflowing with tractors of all brands, sizes, and running power. Tractor parade at noon, followed by music from the Hill Hollow Band. Family-Friendly

Good Musicians, Good Soldiers – Musicians of Ma’alwyck WWI Armistice Centennial Commemorative Program featuring stories and music of the time. For more information, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Troy musiciansofmaalwyck.org.

10/6 TIME: 9AM

10/20 TIME: 10:30AM

Hike to Berlin Mountain via Greene and Southeast Hollows - Berlin Mountain, at 2818 feet, is the highest point in New York outside of the Adirondacks and Catskills. Visit us at rensselaerplateau.org for details.

RCHS History Walk “Kids Shopping in downtown Troy” - Troy Waterfront Farmers Market information table, rchsonline.org.

10/20 TIME: 11AM – 4PM

10/7 TIME: 12 – 4PM

Hands-on Halloween - The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy. Join us for a day of activities and crafts. Make masks, capes & spooky treats and wander through our pumpkin path. Parade and Trick or Treating at 2pm Free. artscenteronline.org.

12th Annual Troy ChowderFest - Monument Square/Downtown Troy. Come hungry and sample some great chowder at and vote for your favorite. Downtowntroy.org.

10/13 TIME: 10:30AM RCHS History Walk “100 years of women helping women – Celebrating the YWCA” - Troy Waterfront Farmers Market information table, rchsonline.org.

10/13 TIME: 6PM Living History: Oakwood by Lantern Light -


Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, Back by popular demand with a new route! This tour goes deep into Oakwood after dark with the glow of a lantern to light the way. Registration required: 518.328.0090. NOT a ‘haunted’ tour. Visit us at oakwoodcemetery.org.

10/26 TIME: 5 – 9PM Troy Night Out – Harvest Festival - Downtown Troy, Troy downtowntroy.org.

10/26 – 10/27 TIME: 5 – 9PM Knick at Night - Knickerbocker Mansion, Schaghticoke. Souper Supper and Ghost Tours of the Mansion, knickmansion.com.




RCHS History Walk, “Murder & Mayhem Tour” - Troy Waterfront Farmers Market information table, rchsonline.org.

Experience the Spirit(s) of the Yaddo Gardens in these guided tours every Friday and Sunday evening from 9/21 - 10/28. Cost: $10 per person. For more information, 518.584.0476 or yaddo.org.

Saratoga Spa State Park, Come help raise money for Saratoga Bridges with a 5K, 10K and kids fun run. Saratoga.com for more information.


10/5 TIME: 6 – 9PM

Farmers Markets: Brunswick Community Library's Farmer's Market, Brunswick Community Library, Troy Find us on Facebook.

First Fridays in Ballston Spa – Visit the village of Ballston Spa on the First Friday of every month and enjoy special happenings.

Trunk or Treat - Saratoga Regional YMCA, 290 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, Come to celebrate Halloween in a safe, family-friendly environment. saratoga.com


10/6 TIME: 11AM – 4PM

Troy Waterfront Farmers Market – Monument Square/River Street, Troy, troymarket.org.


Saratoga International Flavorfest - Downtown Saratoga, Feast on flavors from a variety of countries including France, China, Japan, Italy, Mexico, and America, among others, making this food event one of a kind! saratoga.com


10/13 TIME: 9:30AM – 12PM

Ghosts in the Yaddo Gardens Tours -

The 18th Annual Great Pumpkin Challenge -

10/27 TIME: 10:30AM


10/20 TIME: 2 – 4PM

10/26 TIME: 6:45 – 11:30PM To Life! Annual Pink Ball - Hall of Springs, Saratoga Springs, Celebrate, and help raise money for To Life! at this black-tie gala. Saratoga.com.

10/27 TIME: 11AM – 4PM 17th Annual Saratoga DBA Fall Festival – Bring the whole family to celebrate the fall season in beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs.




10/30 TIME: 6PM Halloween Ghost Tours of the Canfield Casino - Canfield Casino, Saratoga Springs, Come to see who haunts one of the Capital Regions' treasured landmarks. Saratoga.org for details.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY 10/4 Paws on the Patio - Participating restaurants will offer "Yappy Hour" specials for dogs and their humans as you socialize al fresco in downtown. For more information, downtownschenectady.org.

10/5 Electric City Food Truck Festival - Alongside the waterfront, featuring several local food trucks, Rivers bars, and LIVE entertainment by party band, KICK Tunes! Kids are welcome!

10/6 – 10/7 7th Annual Wing Walk - Stroll around Downtown Schenectady and sample unique chicken wing recipes at a variety of restaurants, then vote for your favorite!

10/7 TIME: 10AM – 4PM Carrot Festival – Congregation Agudat Achim, 2117 Union Street, Niskayuna. In their 40th year; come celebrate the season with food, familyfriendly activities, and music.

10/11 Walk in Pink at Mohawk Harbor – Raise awareness with this free and fun walking program! Water and snacks will be provided.

10/12 TIME: 5:30 - 9PM Bites & Brews at the Barn - Thendara Farm, West

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Glenville, Join us for some Fall fun with music, food, dancing, and craft beer. To benefit the SEAT Center. For more information, seatcenter.org.

10/13 TIME: 11AM – 7PM •

Dozynki, Annual Polish Harvest Festival – St. Gabriel’s Parish Center, 3040 Hamburg Street, Schenectady. Join us for traditional Polish food, crafts, games, and dancing.

10/18 TIME: 6:30PM Good Musicians, Good Soldiers – Musicians of Ma’alwyck WWI Armistice Centennial Commemorative Program featuring stories and music of the time. For more information, FriendsofSCPL.org.

10/29 First Annual Halloween Puppy Parade - Bring your furry friends to our First Annual Halloween Puppy Parade. For more information, downtownschenectady.org.

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Delmar Dental Medicine ..........................26

Kinderhook Bank......................................51

Saratoga Plan ..........................................23

AAA Hudson Valley ....................................5

Discover Schenectady..............................22

KisKis Tire and Autocare..........................63

Saratoga Springs Family Dentristy..........29

Adirondack Orthodontics ....27, back cover

Dr. Gerald C. Benjamin....31, inside front cover

Kugler's Red Barn ....................................48

Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC ......7

Aibel Endodontics ....................................28

Dr. Randy Cale ..........................................41

L. Browe Asphalt Services, Inc. ..............46

Schenectady Floor Covering ....................47

Albany Braces ..........................................34

Robert Herzog, DDS..................................32

Lozman Orthodontics ..............................33

Season's Supply ......................................49

Albany Community Action Partnership ..54

Subrata Mukherjee, DDS..........................35

Man of Kent ..............................................19

Shawangunk Wine Trail ............................8

Albany Pump Station................................18

East Greenbush Window Coverings ........53

Marcella's Appliance Center....inside back cover

Smith's Orchard Bake Shop ......................9

All Seasons Equipment, Inc. ....................52

El Mariachi................................................13

Megan Mumford Photography ................58

South End Powder Coating ......................50

Amtrak ......................................................23

Empire Neurology ....................................43

MVP Health Care ........................................4

Ten Thousand Villages ............................41

Astrological Concepts ..............................64

Fagan & Associates..................................65

New World Bistro Bar ..............................12

The Cross Eyed Owl....................................9

Bella Napoli Bakery..................................24

Food Bank of NENY ..................................63

Northeast Auto Parts................................63

The Furniture House ................................52

Berkshire Museum ..................................55

Fulton County Tourism ............................20

Old Daley Catering....................................15

The Spinney Group ..................................44

Bethlehem Terrace ..................................60

Gershon's Deli ..........................................66

Oswego County Tourism ..........................20

Towne Tavern............................................17

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa ......................24

Ghent Wood Products ..............................50

Pattersonville Furniture............................50

Twisted Vine Wine & Tap..........................14

Capital Region Dental Care & Implants ..30

Gold Krest Farm..........................................9

Pause Gallery............................................59

Unity House ..............................................64

Chez Mike ................................................14

Green River Art Gallery ............................59

Uptown Optometry ..................................44

Chez Nous ................................................16

Gulderland Family Dentristy ....................37

Pine Haven/Greene Meadows Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers ............45

Christmas Days ..........................................7

Herzog's Home & Paint Center ................49

Christopher Billingham Architect ............50

Howe Caverns ............................................9

CR Gas Logs & Fireplaces........................52

Hudson River Tractor................................53

Crossroads Brewing Company ................16

J. Craig Alexander, DMD ..........................30

D'Raymonds Restaurant ..........................59

Jackson's Old Chatham House................18

Putnam County Tourism ..........................21 Randall Implements Co. Inc ....................48 Redbud Development ..............................51 Rensselaer County Tourism ..............21, 61 Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady ........3

Washington County Tourism ....................24 Waters Edge Lighthouse ..........................17 Westfall Station Café................................19 Willmington Works ..................................22 Zachary's Pastry Shoppe ........................60 Zappia, Karol & Fryer General Dentistry....32

Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau ....62



LAST PAGE john gray

The boy who believed in ghosts


he scar was faded, so it surprised him when I asked how he got it? It stretched across his forehead like a cat had deliberately marked him. He rubbed it and said, “Caught it on a nail when I was a kid.” Something told me he was lying. I’d known Jonah for a couple years, but it wasn’t until we went out for beers one rainy October night and I asked about it again that he decided to trust me with the truth. He told me I’d probably laugh; then the room went hush as if the mahogany bar itself wanted to hear what came next. “It happened when I was a kid, that part is true,” he began. After a long, pause, “Ah, you won’t believe me anyway, so there’s no harm in telling someone. I think I need to tell this story to at least one person or I’ll go mad.” He swigged back the last gulp of his beer, took a deep breath and said, “A ghost did it.” I didn’t laugh because I could see in his frightened eyes he was dead serious. In that instant, my friend Jonah looked 11 years old again. They say every town has a haunted house. Well, ours had a haunt­ ed cave. It sat on a swath of land on the western ridge blocking the sun­ set. It was coyote territory now, but a hundred years ago it belonged to an old curmudgeon named Nathaniel Stone. A fitting last name for a man described as cold as a river in winter. Old man Stone had a farm up there and tucked neatly in the hillside was a deep, dark cave. Kids from far and wide liked to explore that cave even though it sat on private property and there were “no trespassing” signs everywhere. Some even had bullet holes in them as if to drive home the warning. As the story goes, Nathaniel got sick of chasing kids off his property, so he decided to end the problem himself. He took dynamite inside the cave and placed it every few hundred feet. The plan was to light the fuses and run out before all hell rained down. He figured if the cave collapsed his trespassing problem would be solved. What he didn’t count on was how fast those fuses burn and how far a run he had to get out in time. Town elders say Stone was close enough to the entrance to see daylight when the explosion happened and then darkness. No one ever saw him again. The cave did close up as he hoped, leaving just a small opening no bigger than a basketball on the ridge. The ghost story every kid in town grew up with said that if you went up there on the anniversary of Stone’s death, looked into that hole and called his name, he’d appear and pull you down into the cave. Every Halloween some kids would go up there in the black of night and try it. Usually, they chickened out before reaching the cave. I noticed Jonah was tearing apart his napkin nervously as he got to his part in this. “When I was 11 my friends, and I went up there on a dare. Everyone said they’d do it, but when we got close, nobody had the courage.” I interrupted, “Except you?” He looked up now, “Yeah, except me.” He continued, “I got to the opening and called his name like the leg­ end says. NATHANIEL STONE! I heard my friends giggling below and was about to lift my face away from the opening when I swear I heard some­ one call my name back. Not from behind me, not my friends. From 66 | OCTOBER 2018 | WWW.CRLMAG.COM

inside that damn cave.” Jonah picked up his empty beer wishing there was more to drink. “I can’t tell you why but instead of running I leaned in, putting my face inside the darkness. I had to know if I was crazy or hearing things.” Johah drew his finger across his forehead now looking dead at me. “A finger with a sharp, dirty nail touched me right here and ran across my skin cutting me. By the time I realized what was happening I jumped back and screamed, blood now streaming down my cheeks.” His friends asked him what happened, but he told them he scrapped it on a jagged rock. “Are you sure that isn’t what happened Jonah? You were young it was dark”, I asked. “No. He or something was in there. I’ll tell you some­ thing else too,” he added. “I’ve had lots of cuts and they always heal, I never scar. Except for this. It won’t go away. Ever.” I told him whatever happened, at least it was long behind him. We paid our bar tab and walked silently to the parking lot. As I turned to go, Jonah said, “It’s not. Behind me.” He looked so scared and lost at that moment. “Sometimes in the dark, I hear him call my name still. I can only rub this scar and answer back to the darkness. I’m sorry I didn’t believe.” I'm not sure what to believe. I only know that night, for the first time in a long time, I slept with the lights on. John Gray is weekly columnist for the Troy Record and the Saratogian newspapers and news anchor at ABC 10 and FOX 23. He can be reached at johngray@fox23news.com.

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