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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 3  •  January 20 – January 26, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

Tale of Two Cities: Varied Welcome for $90M in Workforce Housing by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY

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BALLSTON SPA/MECHANICVILLE — A combined $90 million in apartment developments are receiving widely varied receptions in Mechanicville and Ballston Spa. Both projects are considered “workforce” housing, generally targeting tenants with household incomes ranging from about $35,000 to $80,000 See Story pg. 9

Proposed Hudson Riverview development in Mechanicville. Rendering courtesy of Cotler Architecture in Latham.

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

March 11. Parents can register their kids at and for this season also at the previous site, For more information, contact Derrick Legall, president, Saratoga Springs Little League, derricklegall@, or David Karpinski, vice president, Saratoga Springs Little League, dkarpinski@

SARATOGA SPRINGS — If all goes according to plan, city residents will vote in a special election on May 30 that may alter the way Saratoga Springs has been governed since its incorporation as a city in 1915. Plans call for a ballot providing voters with two options: keep the current City Charter and the commission form of governing as is, or revise the charter with a new form of governing. That proposed new form, likely to be decided

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One Little League Special Vote May 30 SARATOGA SPRINGS — After more than six decades of two separate Little League® charters in Sartoga Springs, it was announced January 11 that the city will now be united as one Little League®. Saratoga National Little League (SNLL), formerly covering just the West Side of Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa and Greenfield, has expanded its boundaries to include all leagueaged kids who live within the Saratoga Springs School District. All league-age children within the entire Saratoga Springs School district are eligible to play. Registration is currently open and runs through

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within the next few days, will be designated as either a “strong-mayor” - that is, an elected position in the mayorcouncil form of government or a “city manager,” typically an official appointed by the council to administer to the business of the city. Any change in city government won’t take effect in 2019, to allow ample time for transition. The city Charter Review Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and on Thursday at City Hall. The Commission has staged meetings and conducted See Story pg. 10

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Neighbors Snippets of life from your community. by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY This week, we catch up with native Saratogian Jeff Brisbin. “I was born and raised in Saratoga Springs. I lived in a lot of different places - the Berkshires, and in Boston, the Poughkeepsie area and Florida, but I came back. It’s home. I’m very lucky. It’s a beautiful place to live. “This morning, I’m just here enjoying this bowl of oatmeal and soon I’ll be getting ready for my gig at Saratoga Lake tonight,” says the guitar player, who makes his living performing in and around Saratoga clubs and halls. “I play of mix of songs – three hours of quality music, and I have a playlist of over

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1,000 songs now to choose from, and it’s been very busy. This week alone I have five gigs, and on Saturday a double-header.

“I will admit, I have an embarrassment of riches in friends and family here. I’m a blessed man.”

Ballston Spa’s 4th Annual Chocolate Festival

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association and the First Friday business participants are excited to present our Fourth Annual Ballston Spa Chocolate Fest on First Friday, February 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Ballston Spa. Prolific Marketing is this year’s Premier Sponsor. Visitors will be able to sample a variety of sweet chocolate desserts, savory chocolate dishes, and chocolate beverages at designated Sweet Spots throughout the Village. Local restaurants are presenting these tastings, as well as the best Chocolate Chefs from across Saratoga County, paired with downtown businesses.

Samples are a minimal cost of $1. Visitors and a panel of judges will be voting for their favorite chocolate creations. In addition to Chocolate Fest, there are a variety of First Friday activities going on, including art gallery openings, live music, artist demonstrations, and special promotions and sales just in time for Valentine’s Day. Launching Pad Productions, the Ballston Spa Middle School drama club, will also be presenting Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka at the Ballston Spa High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. For a full listing of participating businesses, chefs, and activities, visit

Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017


At MLK Day Ceremony, Mayor Announces Formation of City Human Rights Commission to “Celebrate Our Differences” too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” That urgency, Yepsen said, “is still there, now, more than ever,” by way of announcing the formation of what will be the city’s first-ever

Garland Nelson leads MLK Day ceremony on Monday at the Music Hall in a rendition of “Lift Every Voice.” Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A fourday community observance celebrating the achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. culminated in a ceremony Monday afternoon at the Saratoga Music Hall in front of an audience of about 200 people.

Master of ceremonies Garland Nelson led the group in a rendition of “Lift Every Voice,” originally written as a poem in 1899 by James Weldon Johnson, and the event featured, among others, performances by Saratoga’s Humanitarian Youth for Transformation (SHYFT) – directed by Lezlie Dana, the Arborhill Step Dance Troupe, and

Kulsum Shaikh, who delivered the speech “Muslim in America.” City Mayor Joanne Yepsen read a poignant passage written by King. “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now,” recited the mayor. “In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being

Local Organizing Meeting Draws Unexpected Crowd SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Unites expected about 50 people for its fourth meeting at the Parting Glass Pub in Saratoga Springs on January 15, but more than 200 showed up on this last Sunday before the inauguration of the nation’s 45th President. The meeting brought together local social justice groups and individuals to unite and “resist legislation that harms civil and human rights,” according to founder Kim Palermo. Congressman Paul Tonko stopped by and spoke before the crowd, as did Mayor Joanne Yepsen and Sharon Leslie Morgan, who was a guest at the Saratoga MLK weekend celebration. Palermo said participants worked in issue-based groups to

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plan for taking action to resist extremists and stand up for equality, health, gun control, and the

environment, among others. For more information, visit the Saratoga Unites group on Facebook.

Human Rights Commission. The commission, whose members have yet to be selected, will focus on the inclusivity of all and create educational programs “to celebrate our differences,” Yepsen said.



Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017

Senate Holds Hearing on Future of NYRA ALBANY — On Tuesday, January 17, the NYS Senate held a Future of NYRA hearing with invitationonly testimony related to several issues surrounding the New York Racing Association. During the hearing, the senate panel received word that Governor Andrew Cuomo would be including a re-privatization plan for NYRA is his NYS 2017-18 budget proposal. “We had a brief opportunity to restate our position,” said Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus, “which is first, to re-privatize NYRA as a not-for-profit corporation, and second, to make sure the State honors the franchise agreement and doesn’t reduce the revenue from the VLTs. We received an amazingly positive response from the senators who were there. The Legislature was really our partner last year, passing legislation that we supported. This was our chance to reconnect and rebuild on that for 2017.” Shimkus had submitted written testimony, as well, and pictured below is part of his presentation, which highlights the fact the Saratoga Race Course draws more paid attendance in one season than any of New York State’s other sports franchises. Maureen Lewi, chair of

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NYRA President and CEO Chris Kay had presented written testimony to the panel, and later said in a statement, “NYRA is the cornerstone of an industry that employs 17,000 people and generates more than $2 billion in annual economic impact in New York State—primarily in the important areas of agriculture and tourism. Our annual summer meet at Saratoga Race Course is an engine

for the Upstate economy, generating $237 million in economic activity and nearly 2,600 jobs across the greater Capital Region. As a private entity, building upon our recent progress and record of accomplishment, we look forward to growing our sport, our fan base, and our economic benefit to the State of New York.” In a written response to the Governor’s announcement about


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re-privatization, Kay said, “We appreciate the Governor’s support for legislation to return NYRA to private control. NYRA supports this proposed legislation, which is the result of productive dialogue with the Governor’s office over the last several months. We look forward to working with the legislature and all stakeholders in efforts to pass the Executive’s proposal.”

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COURTS Henry J. Desnoyers, 45, of Waterford, was sentenced on Jan. 11 to two years in prison after pleading to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Yadwinder Singh, 31, of East Elmhurst, was sentenced on Jan. 11 to time served, after pleading to felony DWI, and one misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Kevin S. Bishop, of Albany, was sentenced on Jan. 11 to five years of probation, after pleading to third-degree criminal mischief, related to an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs. Orion Hamchuck, 35, of Troy, was sentenced on Jan. 11 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI. Todd A. McClendon, 33, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced on Jan. 11 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI. Elliott Q. Ruggles, 24, of Gansevoort, was sentenced on Jan. 11 to 1 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to felony DWI. Kevin M. Rader, 25, of Halfmoon, pleaded on Jan. 10 to criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 28. Timothy Tanner, 48, of Hadley, pleaded on Jan. 10 to a failure to report change of address of a sex offender within 10 days of relocating, and was sentenced to time served. James R. Wright, Jr., 25, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded on Jan. 10 to felony DWI. Sentencing is scheduled for March 15. Brian J. Perry, 34, of Attica, was sentenced on Jan. 9 to nine months in jail, after pleading to attempted

criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. Steven W. Suba, 39, of Gansevoort, was sentenced on Jan. 4 to 1-1/3 to 4 years in state prison after pleading to a failure to report change of address of a sex offender within 10 days of relocating. Lindsay A. Landon, 25, of Middelbury, Vermont, was sentenced to 3-1/2 years in state prison and 2 years of post-release supervision, after pleading to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree. Thomas A. Landry, 33, of Waterford, pleaded on Jan. 4 to attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree. Sentencing scheduled for Feb. 28. Samuel S. Brown, 39, of Mechanicville, was sentenced on Jan. 4 to five days in jail and five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI. Clinton D. Woodward, 40, of Glenville, was sentenced on Jan. 3 to 2 to 4 years in state prison after pleading to fourth-degree grand larceny, and 1-1/2 to 3 years for first-degree falsifying records. James Lucatorto, 45, of Gansevoort, pleaded on Jan. 3 to felony criminal contempt. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 28. Shawn J. Morrison, 53, of Mechanicville, was sentenced on Jan. 3 to 90 days and a five-year term of probation, after pleading to fourth-degree grand larceny.

POLICE Alec B. Dacus, 22, of Greenwich, was charged on Jan. 14 with seconddegree rape, after he was stopped for speeding on Grange Hall Road in the town of Saratoga. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s office, a

BLOTTER 5 subsequent investigation showed Dacus was wanted in connection with an alleged incident that occurred in the town of Greenfield in 2014. An arrest warrant was issued by the Greenfield Court in January 2015 and it had been determined that he fled New York and was living in Florida. Dacus was sent to Saratoga County jail in lieu of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond. Garrett Weatherwax, 22, of Malta, was charged on Jan. 13 with promoting a sexual performance by a child, a felony. Weatherwax was charged after an investigation into the downloading and sharing of pictures and videos of underage children engaged in sexual performances, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s office. Paul M. Harbour, 39, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 9 with aggravated harassment in

the second degree. Daniel J. Lombard, 29, of Stillwater, was charged on Jan. 8 with misdemeanor DWI, speeding, and an improper lane use. Joseph J. Casertino, 49, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 8 with criminal mischief in the fourth degree, and assault in the third degree. Timothy B. Roycewicz, 65, of Glens Falls, was charged on Jan. 7 with criminal trespass in the third degree, menacing in the second degree, and felony criminal possession of a weapon. Rachelle R. Burke, 26, of Gansevoort, was charged on Jan. 7 with criminal possession of a controlled substance misdemeanor, and Jill A. Mason, 30, of Saratoga Springs, as charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal possession of controlled substance and one felony count of criminal possession

of a controlled substance. Andrew J. Pettengill, 27, of Altamont, was charged on Jan. 7 with misdemeanor DWI, unlawful possession of marijuana, and several driving violations. Bridgette A. Barr, 46, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Jan. 5 with criminal trespass misdemeanor. Destini L. Brown, 20, of Glens Falls, was charged on Jan. 5 with petit larceny misdemeanor. Joseph Fortune, 56, of Galway, was charged on Jan. 4 with misdemeanor DWI, and operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver. Jonathon M. Parker, 24, of Saratoga Springs was charged on Jan. 4 with unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, assault in the third degree, and obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. All offenses are misdemeanors.

6 OBITUARIES Glenn DiSanto GREENWICH — Glenn DiSanto, age 62, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 14, 2017 surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was called home to tend to his horses in the greenest of pastures. He was born on August 5, 1954 in The Bronx, NY, the son of the late Joseph and Gloria DiSanto. Glenn grew up in Carmel, NY and he graduated from SUNY Cobleskill. Glenn married the love of his life, Melanie Cole, on September 5, 1987 and they spent a wonderful 30 years together. Glenn’s love of horses from a very young age led him build Summit View Farm in Greenwich to fulfill his life’s passion as a Thoroughbred Horse Trainer/Breeder and so much more. We will always remember him for the love, kindness and compassion he had for his family and friends (both two and four-legged ones). Glenn was a wonderful husband, father, brother, son-in-law, brotherin-law and friend who will be greatly missed. Glenn is survived by his wife Melanie who loved him dearly; sons, Brett and Brendon; brothers, Gary (Jean) and Bruce DiSanto; sister, Diane Baran (Jon); father and mother-in-law; Jim and Maxine Cole; brother-in-law, Jeff Cole (Cathy); sisters-in-law, Laurel Shah (Ketav) and Beth Yaiser (Bill); nieces and nephews, Dawn, Daniel, David, Stephanie, Joe, Cheryl, Amanda, Keith, Lauren, Spencer, Lydia, and many dear friends. He is preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of life service and calling hours were held on Wednesday Jan. 18, 2017, at Compassionate Funeral Care in Saratoga Springs. A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Saratoga Race Track in Saratoga Springs. Additional information will be provided at a later date. We wish to thank Dr. Karen Autio and the team from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) for their compassion and care. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Glenn can be made to for Glenn DiSanto or ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption ( in East Greenbush (Lisa Malloy). A special thanks to Saratoga Hospice, Joyce, Caroline and Kelly. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at

Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017

Cabinet Nominee Buys $2.5M Saratoga Home

704 N. Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Billionaire Vincent Viola, who is President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for the Secretary of the Army cabinet position, has purchased a home in Saratoga Springs. According to Saratoga County Clerk records, the 704 North Broadway home, formerly owned by Saratoga Performing Arts Center Trustee of Counsel Edward P. Swyer, was sold to Katie Elder LLC, an entity with an address that is the same as the 900 3rd Avenue, 29th Floor, Manhattan address of Virtu

Financial, owned by Viola. Albany County records now show that Katie Elder LLC has since been located to 90 State Street in Albany. Records also show the $2.5 million two-story home was built in 1880 and has four bedrooms, four baths, and is 4,500 square feet. Viola, owner of St. Elias Stable and champion thoroughbreds, is a frequent presence in the area. He is also owner of the National Hockey League Florida Panthers. A retired Army Major, Viola is a graduate of West Point. His confirmation hearing for the civilian position of Secretary of the Army has not yet been scheduled as of print time.

Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017


Middle Schoolers Lead Food Pantry Drive

SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville Middle School students teamed up to donate more than 1,600 items to the Schuylerville Area Food and Emergency Relief (SAFER) on Friday, Jan. 13. It was all part of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club’s annual food drive challenge, which ran the month of December. This year, students were encouraged to form teams of up

to eight friends in grades 6, 7, and 8. The top team, the Corny Kids, which included sixth-graders Lucas Fitzgerald and Bailee Seymour, donated 673 items. The pair donated more items than any team or group in the past four years. They were rewarded with a grand prize basket. Smith said that students used the resources available to them to get the word out about the food drive. Several seventh grade students

created flyers to distribute to neighbors and friends asking for donations, while seventh-grader Chloe Bartholomew asked guests attending her birthday party to bring a food donation in lieu of a birthday gift. She was able to donate 122 items. On Friday, Jan. 13, representatives from SAFER visited the middle school to collect the donations and say thank you to the students who participated.

Home of the Good Shepherd Helps Out Franklin Community Center

From left to right: Julie Slovic, Franklin’s Food Pantry Administrator; Ruth Dorsman, Resident, Home of the Good Shepherd; Deb Kroslak, Staff, Home of the Good Shepherd. Photo provided by Courtney Lamport.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — During the month of December, residents, staff, family members, and staff from Home of the Good Shepherd Saratoga collected non-perishable food items that were then donated to Franklin Community Center’s Food Pantry. This week, with the assistance of the Center’s friendly staff, Home of the Good Shepherd staff and residents delivered reusable bags full of pasta, canned vegetables, soup, and many other non-perishable items and hygiene products. “We are very fortunate to have such wonderful partners like Home

of the Good Shepherd who understand the need in our community and do their part to help us meet it.” states Kari Cushing, Executive Director, Franklin Community Center. “Many of our local residents suffer from food insecurity and this is something we can work together to overcome.” For more information about Home of the Good Shepherd, call 518-450-7360 or visit www. For information about Franklin Community Center, visit www.

Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017


Tale of Two Cities: Varied Welcome for $90M in Workforce Housing Continued from front page.

annually. One town has been welcoming of workforce neighbors and community investment, and the other has not. Brian Donato, senior project director at Conifer Realty said the combined two-phase Blue Heron Trail project located in Ballston Spa totals about $35 million. The 142-apartment complex on 17 acres has already broken ground on Route 67 near East Line Road and expects to start leasing this fall with a goal of completing both phases of the project in Spring 2018. “We really appreciated working with the Town of Ballston,” said Donato. “They were really helpful throughout the process. We’ve gone through the approvals and the Town was very supportive of it. There is a lot of market rate development in the area and very little of the workforce housing income range, and really, it’s been very well supported.” Donato said that Conifer Realty is also proposing a similar project in Malta on 16 acres along Route 9, but it is in very preliminary stages. He said that so far, the Malta site has also been well received. The story is not so smooth in Mechanicville, according to Bill McNeary, president of Logistics One and owner of the 11-acre property where the $55 million, 227-unit Hudson Riverview Apartments development has been proposed. The rents would range from $760 to $1,275 per month and are targeted to an average household income of $47,461. “This kind of development is a savior of affordable housing,” said McNeary, “because funding with tax credits allows a developer to build a high quality project and build it at half the price, so working class people aren’t overburdened with spending over 30 percent of their income on rent.” McNeary said there are 28 units set aside for veterans and victims of domestic violence, both populations that already exist locally and are in need of quality, affordable housing. But the remaining 200 units would house people in the targeted income range, such as teachers, nurses, police officers, retail workers, and hundreds of other careers that fall in that range. McNeary said there originally was support from the mayor and other locals, and he was very surprised about the change of heart as local officials began pulling their support.

“The opposition to the project is from those who don’t want housing on the site,” said McNeary. “Some have been led to believe there would be Section 8 there, but there wouldn’t be. People who work at DiSiena Furniture could live there. People are saying they want development that creates jobs, but that property isn’t zoned for commercial – it’s mixed use. We aren’t going to build a factory or mall here, so why not use it to the advantage of the community and bring in people? Employed people who could shop in the town?” The developer, Chris Dirr, Vice President of the NRP Group, has decades of experience in this type of housing across the country. He said he had initially looked to put highend units at that location, but could not find any investors – which is the same problem McNeary had when he first tried to look into high-end development there. “We discovered for the most part that unless there’s somebody specifically drawn to Mechanicville, there aren’t a lot of strategic benefits to locating there,” said Dirr about the investors. “For trade and distribution, its proximity to the interstate. It’s just

too far from the Northway. There are too many other parcels readily available closer to the interstate. And there is not enough population at all for retail. For national big box retailers, there’s not enough density of population, and they like to be close to interchanges and interstates as well.” McNeary pointed to the Ellsworth Commons development in Malta. “That’s a four-lane road there right off exit 12,” he said, “and if they can’t get that filled, how can we do it in Mechanicville?” Dirr said that Malta Town Supervisor Tom Richardson has been a great advocate for the City of Mechanicville. “If it were not for his efforts, we would not have made the time and energy to come up with something to compliment those efforts. I actually looked at and passed on the site in Ballston that Conifer is doing because I didn’t think it had that same synergy, the green field development adjacent to a historic, walkable community. I thought this site had a more compelling story, and it makes sense to use housing to engage community revitalization.” The project had applied for a PILOT, but with the opposition,

Dirr decided not to continue that application. Supervisor Richardson said in a statement, “After meeting with Chris Dirr of the NRP Group and property owner, Bill McNeary, about some community opposition to the proposed 227 unit, multi-phase, Hudson Riverview Apartments project, The NRP Group has announced that it will not seek IDA assistance, otherwise known as a PILOT – payment in lieu of tax agreement. We believe this is a step in the right direction to provide affordable, workforce housing. I look forward to further conversation with The NRP Group and support its decision to postpone the Planning and Zoning Bard meeting schedule for January 9 to allow the company to continue dialogue with concerned residents and plan for a formal site plan review meeting.”

Dirr intends to keep moving forward with the project, working in partnership with the community as he has done on all of his prior projects. “For all of the folks that have been naysays to the development,” said Dirr, “nobody has offered a credible alternative to redevelopment of that site. The city has never seen a $50 million developer. The development would pay taxes, it would introduce 227 units of people, living there, spending money, walking in community. I am committed to continue to work with Bill, the owner of the site, and the community to develop something that will be an asset to the community, and at the end of the day if my development doesn’t happen, the city and community will have a vacant site that can’t really be developed for any other purpose.”



Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017

Saratoga Springs Residents to Vote May 30 on City Form of Governing Continued from Front Page

interviews and surveys during the past seven months. Among its recommendations are increasing the number of councilmembers from five to seven, their terms from two years to four years, and putting a system in place to ensure members come from all corners of the city. “There’s no magic number, but we felt seven was the right number and it’s also the average number of members in councils across the country,” Charter Review Commission chairman Bob Turner told the City Council on Tuesday. Additionally, the proposed four-year terms – similar to approximately 70 percent of city governments in America - would reduce the frequency of fundraising and campaigning, Turner said. The commission’s lengthiest discussion concerned the merits of neighborhood districts versus at-large elections. Under the current system, commissioners are elected in city-wide elections. Under a neighborhood district system, council members are elected from a neighborhood

or smaller geographic area. Candidates would have to live in the district they represent. Neighborhood districts would make a positive contribution to the electoral and governance process of the city, according to the commission. Neighborhood districts would also make it easier for new candidates to run for office since they would only have to reach out to approximately 4,500 voters instead of 18,000. Commission studies indicate that the vast majority of City Council candidates during the past 15 years have come from a small cluster on the central east side of the city, and argue that neighborhood districts would ensure more geographic representation in City Council affairs. The Commission also supported giving the City Council confirmation power over all mayoral appointments to city boards and judicial appointments pending state law. The May 30 date is the last Tuesday that a special election can be held while also allowing new candidates to choose to run for the City Council in 2017, based on whether the

Saratoga Springs Charter Review Commission members. Photo provided.

charter referendum succeeds or fails. “A special election in May also gives any candidates for public office the full picture of what the voters want for their form of government, one way or the other,” said commission member Gordon Boyd, in a statement. Pat Kane, vice-chairman of the 15-member citizen board, said he anticipates total costs to be about $46,000 - $20,000 for legal drafting costs, $20,000 for community information outreach, and about $6,000 in clerical support expense.

Additionally, a special election would cost $37,000. There has been push-back among some current council members regarding the timing and the expense of a special election. Specifically, Commissioner John Franck contends that residents will be less likely to make the effort to vote in a special election than they would be in a more traditionally timed vote in November. Commissioner Chris Mathiesen countered that in November all five current council seats will be up for re-election and that adding a charter review vote would only serve to complicate matters and not allow the issue the

appropriate focus it deserves. The council has until late February to approve the request to fund the Commission’s expenses as well as the special election; if it fails to do so, it is believed the mayor has the ability to approve the amount of funding sought. Representatives of the Charter Commission met with members of the city finance department Wednesday, and it is anticipated the council will discuss the funding requests in the near future. The council’s next regularly scheduled meeting is Feb. 7, although a “special” council meeting to specifically discuss the matter may be called for prior to that date.

Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017


Notes from City Hall by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY Uber in Saratoga Springs Future? A proposed resolution of the City Council in support of legislation to permit ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate locally has been tabled, after it became evident the resolution would not, at this time, have unanimous council support. Commissioners Chris Mathiesen and Michele Madigan expressed concerns about the quality of service that would be provided, and what the long-term effects might be for cab companies currently operating in the city. “I’ve heard a lot of rah-rah stuff about how this will be

great for upstate, but I haven’t heard any specifics,” Mathiesen said. Regardless of whether the City Council eventually adopts a resolution, the ultimate decision about whether rideshare companies would be allowed to operate upstate will be made by the state legislature.

This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land The City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved authorizing the mayor to take steps in executing a property acquisition for the Geyser Road bicycle­ p edestrian trail. Up to $80,000 has been appropriated for the purposes of the city to acquire a portion of a handful of different parcels through the power of eminent domain. The two-mile trail runs from the town of Milton/

Saratoga Springs city line, to Route 50. An initial feasibility study regarding the trail was conducted in 2009, and the first public meeting in 2013. Construction is slated to begin this spring, and conclude by the end of the calendar year. One area resident and an attorney representing the Saratoga Spring Water company – both of whom would be affected by the acquisition – respectively raised questions with the council about maintenance and upkeep of the trail, and potential safety issues regarding the development of the trail and delivery truck traffic. By law, the city is required to provide just compensation to the owner(s) of the private property to be taken. Written statements from the public regarding the

acquisition will be accepted by Jan. 31, by emailing: Bradley Birge, city administrator of planning & economic development at: bbirge@saratogasprings-org. Documentation will be returned to the City Council within 90 days for a final decision.

Appointment to Board Mayor Yepsen appointed Amy Smith, owner of the Saratoga Arms hotel, to the Downtown Special Assessment District Board. Smith’s appointment is through July 2018 and will complete the term of Colleen Holmes, who resigned due to family health reasons. Board members typically serve fouryear terms. Additional members of the Downtown Special

Assessment District Board include: chairman Harvey Fox, Mariann Barker, Mike Ingersoll, Dean Kolligian, Toby Milde, Ray Morris, Tom Roohan and Rod Sutton.

Upcoming: A new date and time has been set for the mayor’s State of the City Address. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The Zoning Board of Appeals will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 at City Hall. The Charter Review Commission will host meetings at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Thursday, Jan. 26 at City Hall. The Planning Board will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at City Hall.


Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017


Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017


Ruby Hardsog sold property to Nicholas and Haley Miner.

6 Pinewood Court, $252,000. Holly Downs Sweet and Donald Sweet, Sr. sold property to Paul and Teresa Lewicki.

33 Wineberry Lane, $71,414. Lori and Douglas Greth, Jr. sold property to Douglas Greth, Jr.

13 Martin Ave., $164,300. Lorraine Janack sold property to Karyn Frolish.

13 Avendale Dr., $399,900. Nicholas and Jennifer Bennice sold property to Haiyan Tan and Honglian Wu.

6 Harvester Way, Lot#40, $448,508. Legacy Custom Homes LLC sold property to Danny and Ricky Varone. 30 Sherman Way, $337,500. William and Dianna Firth sold property to Marc and Bobby Jo Bachand. 6 Phillips St., $214,500. John Spaulding (by Agent) and Cecily Spaulding (Ind and as Agent) sold property to Sandra Weber. 34 Sherwood Lane, $229,500. Eric and Paula Wunderlich sold property to Susan and Paige Weddle. 14 Forestbrook Dr., $281,158. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Gregory and Celeste Redmond. 18 Lawmar Lane, $276,600. Dee Dee Bernson sold property to Jennifer and Jack McHerron II.

MALTA 24 Meadow Rue Place, $245,000.

31 Hillman Loop, $293,855. FaroneAmedore LLC sold property to Linda Mock. 60 Wake Robin Rd., $95,000. Rae Rudat sold property to Rory O’Connor. 23 Willis Way, $306,000. Kathleen Greco (as Trustee) sold property to Thomas and Dorothy Sheedy. 57 Venttura Ct., $316,900. Terry and Allen Packard, Jr. sold property to Paul Hoffman. 19 Woodmint Place, $255,000. Eric Ross sold property to Huan Yang. 1124 Laural Lane, $210,000. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. (as Trustee, by Atty) sold property to Janice and Kimberly Antariello.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 28 Garfield Ave., $200,000. Rosann Demeo and Kenneth Henderson sold property to Brian Spearman.

48 Union Ave., Unit 2, $336,516. Michael and Anita Milwicz sold property to Peter and Priscilla Searles. 194 Church St., $275,000. Schlegel Real Estate Holdings LLC sold property to Kristen Zorda.


WILTON 187 Edie Rd., $60,000. Henry Leavitt sold property to Judith Garafalo. 108 Traver Rd., $180,512. Jolene and Peter Dayter, Sr.

sold property to Lea and Peter Dayter, Jr. 4316 Route 50, $785,000. Eric and Denise Olson sold property to Saratoga Harmony International Trading Company.

18 Karner Dr., $380,000. Mark and Kelly Bertrand sold property to Duane and Tania Susi. 70 Railroad Place, #506, $742,500. Dong Shin and Minah Oh sold property to Sirva Relocation Credit LLC. 70 Railroad Place #506, $742,500. Sirva Relocation Credit LLC sold property to Anthony Landi and James Hopke. 38 High Rock Ave., Unit 6J, $767,500. High Rock Condominiums LLC sold property to Leo and Olga Geoffrion. 13 Eureka Ave., $410,000. Thirteen Eureka Ave. LLC sold property to Lisa Hall. 8 Sunset Dr., $104,672. Lawrence St. Jacques sold property to Sunmark Federal Credit Union. 232 Clinton St., $41,500. Anna and Eugene Beach sold property to Saratoga Prime Properties LLC.

New Ideas for Your Life and Home

FOR SALE 1412 Route 9P | Saratoga Springs

Fri., March 3 • 5 - 9 p.m. Sat., March 4 • 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sun., March 5 • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. All Weekend

Spec Activitial ies

Art Show 20 exhibitors on second floor Painting, sculpture, jewelry, woodworking, photography, wine & spirits Saratoga Springs High School student art exhibit Child Safety Saratoga Springs Police Department Child i.d. cards


Saratoga Springs City Center 120 exhibitors • Prize drawings


Free Admission

Courtesy of The Adirondack Trust Company Presented since 1973 by Saratoga Springs Rotary Club to benefit the Saratoga community

Cooking Demonstrations Noon, 1, and 2 p.m.


Face Painting & Balloon Artist 12-3 p.m.

$299,000 Rare opportunity to own one of the few commercial properties along Saratoga Lake! Property is in the Lake Commercial District zone near the 9P Bridge lots of activity here with regattas, boating, fishing and camping. Property includes a 691 SF building and 2.79 acres with deeded lake access. Uses in this zone include professional office, retail, restaurant, gas station, single or 2-family home. Many possibilities! Call listing agents for further details.

Gerard Wise | 518.265.2420 Olivia Huffman | 518.275.9365 Commercial Services



Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017

Small Business SCORES Win with this Chamber Program

by Todd Shimkus, President, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for Saratoga TODAY My favorite movie is Ghostbusters. This movie’s theme song says: “When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call?” And the Chorus sings – “Ghostbusters!” But when you have an idea for a new business, who you gonna

call? Or when your existing business faces a difficult challenge, who you gonna call? Since 2006, for hundreds of local entrepreneurs with an idea or a business challenge in Saratoga County, they called SCORE. SCORE is a national organization with volunteer run Chapters in more than 300 communities. They connect entrepreneurs with mentors to help them to build their business with free business advice. Perhaps you know one or more of the volunteers who make up our local SCORE Chapter, including: Bill Edwards, Richard Sellers, Allan Miller, Bill Mather, Bob Schneider, Charlie Newman, Craig Horneck, Dan Marshall, Dennis Crimi, Dick Burk, Jan Wallen, John Beckem, Mark Di Ianni, Peter Kalish, and Steve Hovey. Last year, these experienced and talented volunteers met hundreds of times with local entrepreneurs and existing business owners. Their expert advice and confidential counseling helps a growing list

of local businesses to succeed, grow and thrive. We’re talking about organizations like Spoken Boutique, Saratoga Paint and Sip, Common Roots Brewing, iRun Local, Sanders Meat Market, Greenfield Veterinary Hospital, and many more. How successful is our local SCORE Chapter? So successful that last year they were honored by their national organization with a Platinum Award, a recognition given to only the top SCORE Chapters in the US. The rating system focuses on the number of new startups and new jobs created with the help of the free business counseling provided by the local

SCORE Chapter’s volunteers. This means our local SCORE volunteers are growing our local economy. They are helping entrepreneurs to transform ideas into businesses. They are helping people to expand local operations creating new jobs in our local communities. SCORE volunteers meet oneon-one or in pairs on a day and time that is convenient for you. This service is totally free and completely confidential. You don’t need to be a chamber member either. The process is simple. You call the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce at 518-584-3255. We connect you with Bill Edwards. He sets up an initial meeting and puts you in

contact with the volunteer SCORE counselors with the experience best suited to help you. These meetings are held either in the Chamber’s offices in Saratoga Springs, or at the Tec-Smart building in the Luther Forest Tech Park, in Malta. On January 26, at our Chamber’s 99th Annual Dinner, we will be thanking our local SCORE volunteers for this extraordinary success. If you’ve ever benefitted from SCORE, we hope you’ll consider joining us. But most importantly, if you or someone you know could benefit from free, confidential and expert business advice, give us a call and we’ll connect you with our award winning SCORE volunteers.

BSNB Honors Employee for 40 Years of Service

Reynolds 40 anniversary.

BALLSTON SPA — At a recent bank-wide reception, Ballston Spa National Bank honored Marcia Reynolds for 40 years of service. She is the longestemployed individual currently working at the bank. Reynolds currently works as a mortgage lending underwriter and helps families throughout the Capital District fulfill their dreams of home ownership. She began her career with BSNB as a receptionist in 1976 and throughout the years has held various other positions including bookkeeper, loan interviewer, loan representative and multiple supervisory roles. “Much has changed over the past 40 years,” BSNB President and CEO Christopher R. Dowd said. “Banking has evolved with significant technological enhancements such as ATMs, the internet, and online banking. Through all this change, Marcia Reynolds has been a constant force, delivering exceptional service to our customers and contributing greatly to BSNB’s performance. We congratulate her for her efforts and thank her for being a highly valued member of the BSNB team.” Active in the community, Reynolds has participated in various volunteer events through the BSNB Volunteer’s in Action program. In 2012 she won an award for her community support with the Ballston Spa Lions Club. BSNB’s website can be found at

Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017


Saratoga Hospital Names 5 New Trustees SARATOGA SPRINGS —Saratoga Hospital has named five new members—Christel A. MacLean, Dr. Marianne A. Mustafa, Heather M. Ward, Robert T. Cushing and Dr. Steven M. Frisch—to the Board of Trustees effective Jan. 1. Cushing is chairman of the Albany Medical Center Board of Directors, and Dr. Frisch is senior executive vice president for AMC’s integrated delivery system. They serve as AMC’s representatives on the Saratoga Hospital Board of Trustees, filling two new slots created as a result of the recent AMCSaratoga Hospital affiliation. The affiliation agreement also gives Saratoga Hospital three representatives on the AMC board. Michael Iacolucci, chairperson, Saratoga Hospital Board of Trustees; Janice White, trustee and immediate past chairperson; and Michael West, trustee; have been named to those seats.

MacLean is an entrepreneur and co-owner of five businesses: Circus Café, The Crown Grill, Saratoga Juice Bar, Curved Line Living Seminars, and Realty Saratoga. She has held leadership roles with Saratoga Arts Fest, Saratoga Springs Downtown

Business Association, and Division Street School and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Adirondack Trust Company and the executive board of Times Union Women@Work. A graduate of Williams College, MacLean holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Mustafa is a family practitioner in Malta, a member of the Saratoga Hospital medical staff, and former medical director of long-term care for the hospital. A team physician for Skidmore College, Dr. Mustafa serves on the board of Newmeadow School in Malta. She earned her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine, completed a residency in family medicine at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady, and is fellowship trained in sports medicine.

Ward is chairman of the Wright Family Foundation, the philanthropic arm of SI Group Inc. in Schenectady. She is retired from the family-owned company, where she served most recently as director of global budgeting and planning and corporate secretary. Ward is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Charles R. Wood Foundation, the Board of Directors of Proctors, and the Flower and Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.

Cushing is executive vice president and chief operating officer of TrustCo Bank Corp, where he has held executive positions including chief financial officer. A member of the AMC board since 2004, Cushing has served on numerous committees and was instrumental in the development of the medical center’s Patient Pavilion. He also has served on the boards of the Schenectady Foundation and his alma mater, Siena College.

Dr. Frisch is responsible for AMC’s relationships with affiliate physician groups and organizations, network development, managed care contracting, and risk

management. He joined AMC in 1979 and has been part of AMC senior administration since April 1995, serving in positions including hospital system general director and head of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Albany Medical College. A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Frisch earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College. For more information, visit or www.

16 Listed below are contact and website details for all of the local area pre- and nursery schools. Those that are participating in the Preschool Fair on Saturday, January 21 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library are noted in red with an * after their name. ABC Nursery School


518-583-4342 100 Saratoga Blvd, Malta, NY 12866 Shooting Stars Childcare (518) 371-2306 • 609 Route 146 A, Suite 104, Clifton Park, NY 12065

Saratoga Springs Area


(518) 373-8ABC • 13 Old Route 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065 (518) 664-7440 • 4 Fairchild Square, Clifton Park, NY 12065 Apple Blossom Bunch * (518) 527-3105 • 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs NY, 12866

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Beagle School *

Burnt Hills United Methodist Christian (518) 399-6133 • 816 Route 50, Burnt Hills, NY 12027 Church Mouse Nursery School (518) 885-8362 • 202 Milton Ave. Ballston Spa, NY 12020 OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, February 4th, 10 – 12 noon.



The Early Childhood Center at Skidmore College *


Saratoga EOC Head Start & Early Head Start *

Gordon Creek Elementary School

50 Wood Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Call 518-884-7270 ext. 3480 for more information Saratoga High School Head Start Entrance “G” facing West Circular Street 3 Blue Streak Blvd, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Call 518-583-2584 for more information G.L.O.B.E. Chinese Immersion Pre-School * (518) 290-0454 • 112 Spring St. Suite 105 • Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Katrina Trask Nursery School * (518) 584-8968 • 24 Circular St. • Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, January 21st, 11am12:30 pm, Saturday January 28th, 10 am-11 am Learning to Know

(518) 584-3720 ext. 114 • 175 5th Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Call today for a personal tour.

Smart Early (518) 290-7607 • 39 Old Route 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065 (518) 885-0508 • 206 Greenfield Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020 OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, February 4, 10am - 12pm. DISCOVERY DAY: Wednesday, February 15, 9am-11am. WELCOME THURSDAYS! From 8am-2pm. St. Clements Catholic School * (518) 584-7350 • 231 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Call today to schedule your personal tour. St. George School (518) 280-7196 • 912 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065 St. Mary’s School * (518) 885-7300 • 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 St. Paul’s Lutheran Christian Childhood Center * (518) 584-0904 ext. 3 • 149 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Storybook Academy *

(518) 580-5473 • 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 288-3206 • Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Sites throughout Saratoga County email: OPEN HOUSE: January 26, 2017 4-6pm

Small Wonders Christian Pre-School *

Spa Christian Pre-School *

Academy Nursery School

(518) 587-7507 • 115 Regent St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 OPEN HOUSE: January 21st, and on those days, the Regent Street location will be open from 10-1.

Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017

1536 Crescent Rd., Clifton Park - (518) 371-3722 60 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs - (518) 226-0222 Malta Montessori School * (518) 633-1971 • 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Suite 34 A, Malta, NY 12020 Maple Leaf Childcare Center (518) 899-4159, 3 Hemphill Place, Malta, NY 12020 (518) 899-4159, 10 Hemphill Place, Malta, NY 12020 (518) 889-5045, 2737 Route 9, Malta, NY 12020 Milestones Early Childhood Center * (518) 884-4868 • 3459 R Galway Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Newmeadow * (518) 899-9235 • 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Suite 35, Malta, NY 12020 OPEN HOUSE: January 25 and February 15

from 9:30am-11:00am North Country Academy * (518) 584-9982 • 7 Care Lane, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 The Sara Marie School (518) 280-3982 • 942 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065 OPEN HOUSE: February 5 from 1-3pm Saratoga Abundant Life Pre-School * (518) 885-5456 2 Hutchins Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 OPEN HOUSE: February 22, 2017 5:30-7 p.m.

Saratoga Hansel & Gretel (518) 584-0934 66 Seward St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Saratoga Independent School * (518) 583-0841 • 459 Lake Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 OPEN HOUSE: Friday, January 27th at 9am & Saturday, March 11 at 10am Saratoga Regional YMCA * 518-583-9622, ext. 114 290 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

(518) 587-0707 • 421 Geyser Rd. Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Sunrise Children Learning Center (518) 373-1280 • 200 Technology Park, Clifton Park, NY 12065 Time 2 Learn Pre-School * (518) 225-0294 • (518) 363-0058 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Held in the Parish Center of St. Clements Church Teddy Bear Day Care Center (518) 584-2273 • 4 Mountain Ledge Drive Wilton, NY 12831 Tiny Tots Early Learning Center (518) 371-2034 1536 Crescent Rd., Clifton Park 12065 The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs * (518) 587-2224 • 122 Regent St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, January 21, 2017 All School Open House from 10:00am.-1:00 pm. All locations will be open for tours. WALDORF WELCOME: February 7th, March 14th & April 4th 8-9:15am (RSVP:

Visit Us at the Preschool Fair



Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017

Farmers’ Market Joins Saratoga’s “Live Fit, Eat Fit, Get Fit” Challenge

Warm WinterVegetable Salad Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park

by Julia Howard, Market Director for Saratoga TODAY For scores of fitness enthusiasts, the Saratoga Farmers’ Market is one stop on the path to an active weekend. They might be members of the Saratoga Stryders running club, en route to or from their Saturday morning group run in the Spa State Park. Or they might be coming to the market before donning cross country skis or snowshoes with plans to traverse snow-covered trails. Fitness fans come to market in running tights, ski jackets, and yoga pants, filling their shopping bags with nourishing local foods that will sustain them throughout the week.

• We want you to join them. For that reason, we are joining the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce in hosting a wellness fair as part of the Chamber’s Jan. 17-22 Health and Wellness Week. The fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at our winter location in the Lincoln Baths Building and will feature about a dozen health centered organizations. These organizations will provide information on such topics as chiropractic medicine, reiki, yoga, meditation and more. As you’re visiting their booths, check out our vendors, as well. Make it a resolution to add one new healthy farm fresh or locally produced item to your

• weekly shopping bag. Stumped for ideas? Try a bottle of juice. Clarity Juice offers four varieties of flavorful, nutrient dense vegetable and fruit juices. From there, walk over to Something’s Brewing for one of its herbal tea blends or hot apple cider. Ballston Lake Apiaries’ 25 cent honey sticks offer a perfect sampler to the sweet harvest of bees. Near the main entrance, you’ll also find pasture raised meats and fresh cheeses, lactofermented pickles, mushrooms in a variety of medicinal forms, apples, granola, and, believe it or not, healthy cookies. Moving to the center of the market unveils winter produce at its best: kale, apples, squashes, cabbage, potatoes, kohlrabi, turnips, beets, rutabagas, and carrots. You’ll also find Argyle Cheese Farmer’s cheeses and yogurts, including the Sweet Greeks that are packed with probiotics – and sometimes chocolate. Also available are artisan breads, dairyfresh milk, peanut butter, maple sugar products, sustainably harvested fish, and more. The Chamber of Commerce lists its healthy challenges at healthy-saratoga. Our challenge for you: Visit us weekly, and make healthy living via farm produced items part of your life, year round. Visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park.

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*Ingredients currently available at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a medium roasting pan, toss the onion, sweet potato, carrot, parsnip, kohlrabi and beet with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper and roast for about 45 minutes, stirring once or twice, until tender and lightly browned in spots.

1 small red onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges* 1 small sweet potato, cut into 1-inch pieces* 1 carrot, peeled and cut into 3/4inch pieces* 1 parsnip, peeled and cut into 3/4inch pieces* 1 small kohlrabi, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces* 1 small beet, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces* 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper 1/4 cup walnuts 1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons chopped parsley* 1 ounce cheese curds or feta, crumbled (1/4 cup)*

2. Meanwhile, spread the walnuts in a pie plate and toast until golden, about 6 minutes. Transfer the walnuts to a work surface and coarsely chop. 3. In a large bowl, whisk the vinegar with the lemon juice, mustard and the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and fold in the parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Add the vegetables and walnuts to the dressing and toss. Top the salad with the curds or feta and serve warm or at room temperature. Adapted from Sophie Dahl’s recipe in Food & Wine. Servings: 4 Prepare this dish ahead of time and simply warm vegetables before adding the vinaigrette and cheese.

Photo by Eric Jenks

Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017


Through Thick or Thin

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends. The winter months are a great time to make those heartier dishes that stick to your ribs. One of our favorite dishes is Eggplant Parmigiana. When my wife Paula was at the end of her due dates for our children, she was always encouraged by the Italian women in the family to eat Italian food to induce her labor. We won’t promise you that by eating eggplant parmigiana you are guaranteed to go into labor, but according to some of the old Italian wives tales, it may be just the trick to get your baby’s show on the road. Ironically enough, Paula did eat Eggplant prior to each time she went into labor (early or not). Making Eggplant Parmigiana can be a tedious task of slicing and prepping. Do you have a mandoline hiding in the back of your pantry, just begging to be used? Essentially, you can accomplish much of a mandoline’s work with a steady hand and a sharp knife. However, when slicing up zucchini ribbons, slicing eggplant or shredding brussels sprouts, mandolines cut prep time down significantly and promise consistent, even results. And they’re fun to use! Especially when you need to create consistently thick or thin slices for your favorite recipe. At Compliments to the Chef, we carry several different brands of mandolines. The OXO Good Grips mandoline is a perfect tool for home chefs. It is a trusty tool through thick and thin (produce). Slice or julienne cucumbers, potatoes and more with a turn of the comfortable dial on the Chef’s Mandoline Slicer. The included food holder protects hands and the stainless steel blade quickly makes even slices. All blades store safely on board and are removable for easy cleaning. We also carry a mandoline by Chef’n. The design of the Pull’n Slice Mandoline is unlike any other — keeping food still while the deck moves to slice. With this easy-to-use mandoline hands

and fingers stay away from sharp blades at all times. Equipped with four thickness settings and straight, French fry and julienne blades, the mandoline produces a variety of popular cuts with precision. Use the collapsible hand guard to get the most out of every tomato or cucumber. Most mandolines come with three or four slicing blades beyond the basic blade. These allow you to slice paper thin, a little thicker (think potato chips), thick julienne (think french fries), and thin julienne. If you’re not sure how your blades will slice, invest in a few potatoes and try each setting out. It’s usually a good idea to have a few extra veggies on hand when you’re learning to use your mandoline as well so you can get the hang of the whole process. Here is a wonderful recipe for Eggplant Parmigiana. YIELD Makes 8 main-course servings ACTIVE TIME 1 hour TOTAL TIME 2 1/2 hours INGREDIENTS • 2 1/2 lb medium eggplants (about 3), cut crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick rounds using a mandoline or slicer • 3 1/4 teaspoons salt • 5 lb plum tomatoes • 1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons olive oil • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped • 20 fresh basil leaves, torn in half • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper • 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes • 1 cup all-purpose flour • 5 large eggs • 3 1/2 cups panko * (Japanese bread crumbs) • 2 oz finely grated ParmigianoReggiano (2/3 cup) • 1 lb chilled fresh mozzarella (not unsalted), thinly sliced PREPARATION 1. Toss eggplant with 2 teaspoons salt in a colander set over a bowl, then let drain 30 minutes. 2. While eggplant drains, cut an X in bottom of each tomato with a sharp paring knife and blanch tomatoes together in a 5-quart pot of boiling water 1 minute. Transfer tomatoes with a slotted spoon to a cutting board and, when cool enough to handle, peel off skin, beginning from scored end, with paring knife.

3. Coarsely chop tomatoes, then coarsely purée in batches in a blender. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a 5-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then add garlic and sauté, stirring, until golden, about 30 seconds. Add tomato purée, basil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and red pepper flakes and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 25 to 30 minutes. 4. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. 5. Stir together flour, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a shallow bowl. Lightly beat eggs in a second shallow bowl, then stir together panko and 1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano in a third shallow bowl. 6. Working with 1 slice at a time, dredge eggplant in flour,

shaking off excess, then dip in egg, letting excess drip off, and dredge in panko until evenly coated. Transfer eggplant to sheets of wax paper, arranging slices in 1 layer. 7. Heat remaining 1 1/2 cups oil in a deep 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then fry eggplant 4 slices at a time, turning over once, until golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes per batch. Transfer with tongs to paper towels to drain. 8. Spread 1 cup tomato sauce in bottom of a rectangular 3 1/2quart (13- by 11- by 2-inch) baking dish. Arrange about one third of eggplant slices in 1 layer over sauce, overlapping slightly if necessary. Cover eggplant with about one third of remaining sauce (about 11/4 cups) and one third of mozzarella. Continue

layering with remaining eggplant, sauce, and mozzarella. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano. 9. Bake, uncovered, until cheese is melted and golden and sauce is bubbling, 35 to 40 minutes. Enjoy making your favorite recipes with the use of a tool that can make life easier for you through thick or thin (slices)! Stop by Compliments to the Chef located at 46 Marion Avenue for cool tools for cooks. If you are waiting for a new little one to arrive (maybe try some Eggplant to get things moving along!!). Even not, Eggplant Parmigiana is delicious. Put on some Italian music and sing while you are cooking. Remember Foodie Friends, “Life Happens in the Kitchen”. Take care. John and Paula



Movie: 13TH Join us to see the movie “13th,” a documentary about the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and its effect on America and the African American community specifically. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. Free and open to the public. Sunday, January 29, 2017 3 to 5 p.m. at the Saratoga Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Call for Local folk or Irish Musicians and Dancers Come audition for an opportunity to showcase your talent during “Café Malta,” an intimate coffee house at the Malta Community Center on Saturday evening, March 11. We are looking for talented musicians, vocalists, small acoustic bands, storytellers and/or dancers. Our show is before St. Patrick’s Day, so Irish tunes would be fun, but not mandatory. Auditions are by appointment only starting on January 30. Contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director, at 518-899-4411 x 305 or for more details or to schedule an audition. We are also looking for 3-4 talented teen or young adult singing waiters. The Wizard of Oz The Maple Avenue Middle School Musical Club presents, “The Wizard of Oz” in the Trombley Auditorium at the Maple Avenue Middle School. All tickets are available at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Show times are on Friday, February 3 and 10, at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 4 and 11 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Fourth Annual Chocolate Festival The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association and the First Friday business

participants are excited to present our Fourth Annual Ballston Spa Chocolate Fest on First Friday, February 3, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Ballston Spa. Visitors will be able to sample a variety of sweet chocolate desserts, savory chocolate dishes, and chocolate beverages at designated Sweet Spots throughout the Village. Our favorite local restaurants are presenting these tastings, as well as the best Chocolate Chefs from across Saratoga County, paired with our downtown businesses. Samples are a minimal cost of $1. In addition to Chocolate Fest, there are a variety of First Friday activities going on in our local businesses, including art gallery openings, live music, artist demonstrations, and special promotions and sales just in time for Valentine’s Day. Launching Pad Productions, the Ballston Spa Middle School drama club, will also be presenting Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka at the Ballston Spa High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. For a full listing of participating businesses, chefs, and activities, please visit Gershwin Dinner Theatre Don’t miss this fun opportunity to hear the timeless music of George Gershwin performed by the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society. Scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2017, experience the fun of a New-York style cabaret dinner theatre. Set in the elegant Vista Ballroom at the Van Patten Golf Club in Clifton Park, this great night-out-on-the-town begins with a sumptuous dinner at 6 p.m. and cash bar at 5:30 p.m. The performance starts at 7 p.m. The chorus will be accompanied by a four-piece jazz combo and will feature soloists, duos, and trios. Seating is limited and the last day to purchase tickets is January 27. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit our website at www. or call 518-416-4060. Saratoga’s Chowderfest Saratoga’s Annual Chowderfest, February 4, 2017, is one of the area’s most highly anticipated events of the year. Familyfriendly, fun and utterly delicious, Chowderfest features more than 80 vendors—including

Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017

Saratoga County’s best restaurants and caterers—who open their doors to the public and serve hot bowls of chowder to event goers. Sponsored by Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau, the 19-year anniversary of Saratoga Chowderfest starts at approximately 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature live music, familyfriendly activities and, of course, a wide variety of chowders.For more information, visit https://

Route 4 South of Schuylerville starting at 7 a.m. Registration starts at 5:30 a.m. The tournament is from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. There is a $20 entry fee. Preregistration is encouraged to be guaranteed a fishing spot. Please contact Kim Wilbur at 518-956-3516. Cash prizes for pike, perch and crapies. Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Hot food and drinks will be available. For more information, visit

Saratoga Winterfest and Camp Saratoga Snow Shoe Races The Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, February 5 at 11 a.m. in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Camp Saratoga 8k Snowshoe Race will be held on Saturday, February 18 at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park at 10:30 a.m. Go to to download an application or link to online registration at www. A limited supply of Dion Snowshoes will be available at a $5 rental charge. Email Laura Clark at laura@ to reserve a pair or phone 518-581-1278. For information about the entire Dion Snowshoe Series and for snow updates visit

Elijah – Call for Singers Burnt Hills Oratorio Society is recruiting singers for a performance of Mendelssohn’s choral masterpiece “Elijah.” The performance is Friday, May 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School Choral Room, starting February 7. Go online, to print out a registration form, or arrive early (6:30 p.m.) to register. Great music, outstanding leadership, talented non-auditioned community chorus. Join us for an inspiring experience of music-making, learning, and fun. Go to or call 518-416-4060 to learn more. Walk-ins welcome.

Saratoga Chamber Players Concert February 5 will feature a 3 p.m. concert with renowned flutist Susan Rotholz and pianist Margaret Kampmeier on the Skidmore campus in Filene Hall. They will perform works of Poulenc, Bach, Reinecke, Reynolds, Lucas Foss and Lowell Lieberman. A Meet-the Musicians reception follows the concert. For tickets and more information on the musicians, visit http://www. event/music-for-piano-flute/ 10th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament The Quaker Volunteer Fire Department will host the 10th Annual Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament on Saturday, February 11 on the Cove section of the Hudson River (based at Kim’s) at 882

Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe Join us on February 11, 6 – 9 p.m. at the popular and highly anticipated Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe at Camp Saratoga on Scout Road. Luminaries will glow along 2.5 miles of groomed trails. Along the way you will find fields and forests, warming bonfires, and plenty of hot chocolate! The terrain is suitable for all levels and ages and includes a smaller 1 mile loop. Participants can drop-in anytime during the evening; no registration is needed. Snowshoes and cross-country skis will be available on a first-come first-serve basis in the I.P. Winter Lodge off of Parking lot #2. The rental fee is $5/ person for nonmembers. Parking will be directed by WWPP. This event is weather permitting. Please call or email for more information or if you are interested in volunteering for this event, 518-450-0321; info@

Annual Sweetheart Dinner Dance The Saratoga/Wilton Ladies Auxiliary #161, is holding their annual Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, February 11 at the Elks Lodge, 1 Elks Lane in Saratoga Springs. By popular demand, the Band GRAVITY will be our entertainment for the night. The evening begins with cocktails/ appetizers from 6-7 p.m., dinner 7-9 p.m., and entertainment from 9 - midnight. This years’ Valentine raffles will benefit the local CODE BLUE Shelter initiative. Our basket theme this year is based on different countries like Germany, England, etc. as well as our very popular Lottery Basket. Cocktail hour will feature a specialty drink surprise. Entrée choices are Prime Rib, Sliced Chicken Cordon Bleu, or Vegetable Lasagna; all served with salad, potatoes and vegetable. Buffet style desserts of Chocolate Mousse or Shortcake topped with Strawberries. Cost is $32 per person. Seating is limited. Checks, cash or credit card will be accepted as payment. Call Penny at 518-5877597 to make your reservation. Deadline is February 5. Free Beginner Dance Lessons with Spa City Swingers Come check out different styles of partner dances on Friday, February 24, from 7 to 8 p.m., and see what makes it so much fun. No partner is necessary. Pre-registration is required. Call 518-899-4411 or log-on www. to reserve your spot. For ages 12+. Trip to Turning Stone Casino Old Saratoga Seniors is hosting a trip to Turning Stone Casino on Friday, March 17, 2017. Departure from Saratoga Train Station at 6:15 a.m. or American Legion in Schuylerville at 6:45 a.m. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Return to Schuylerville approximately 8 p.m. Make checks payable to Old Saratoga Seniors, PO Box 60, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Deadline for sign up and money due is February 8, 2017. Any questions, please contact Mary at 518-584-7986

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Sunday, January 22 Breakfast Buffet

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Friday, January 20 Fish Fry Fridays Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 south of the village of Victory, 4:30 – 7 p.m. Fish Fry Friday will continue each Friday of the month. Menu: fried fish, fried clams, fried chicken tenders , popcorn shrimp, buffalo shrimp, and clam chowder by the bowl or by the quart. You are invited to eat in at our club house or to call ahead for take-out 518-695-3917. Everyone welcome.

Sons of ITAM Post #35, 247 Grand Ave., Saratoga Springs, 8 – 11 a.m. Made to order omelets. $8 for adults, $7 for Seniors, children under 5 are free. Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, 538 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Health & Wellness Building, Saratoga Springs, 9-10:15 a.m. Weekly meditation followed by short discussion. All contemplative traditions honored. By donation. For more information call 413-992-7012 or visit

Monday, January 23 Bingo Saratoga City Tavern, 19-21 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 8 p.m. Play bingo every Monday. Free admission.

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Tuesday, January 24

Free Snowshoeing Lesson

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Warming Hut, Saratoga Spa State Park, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Alpine Sport Shop is offering free snow shoe lessons. Here’s a great chance to give snow shoes a try. No registration required.

Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga, 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs 9 – 11 a.m. Interested in traveling? Join us for a slide show of our trip to Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sidney and New Zealand. Free and open to the public.

Genealogy and Local History

Homeschool Nature Class

Town of Saratoga Town Hall, Corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29, Schuylerville, 1 p.m. Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet. The program speaker will be Bruce Hazard, a trustee for the Queensbury Masonic Historical Society, who will discuss the history of Freemasonry in area counties and the records that are available. Hazard is a past District Deputy Grand Master of the Freemasons, and currently serves as treasurer of the Warren County Historical Society. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978.

Spa State Park, 2 p.m. Join other homeschoolers for Spa Park’s monthly nature class. Each class focuses on a different aspect of the outdoor world. The class lasts about an hour and a half. This class will focus on snowshoeing. The cost is $3 per person or $5 per family. All ages are welcome. Registration is required. Call 518-584-2000 ext. 116 for registration and directions.

CALENDAR 21 The cancer support group is a safe container to explore common physical, financial, emotional, cognitive, developmental, familial and spiritual issues. Pierre Zimmerman, who facilitates this group, has been working with people who have cancer for the last 12 years, leading support groups, mindfulness based stress reduction programs and spiritual retreats. Pierre is a survivor of stage 4 cancer, diagnosed in 2001 and given a few months to live. He has been dedicating a large part of his life since then to supporting people on their journeys with cancer. Call Pierre at 413- 992-7012 to register and confirm, as schedule may be subject to change.

Polish Dinner Saratoga – Wilton Elks Lodge # 161, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Soup, kielbasa, sauerkraut stuffed cabbage, pierogi, potato pancakes, applesauce, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation requested: $12 adults, $11 seniors (62 years) and military with ID Card, $8

children 5-12, children under 5 free. $12 all take-outs. For more information call 518- 584-2585.

Audubon the Film Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 p.m. The Story of John James Audubon” will be shown as part of the monthly program of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society. It is free and open to the public. The 2015 documentary tells the story of naturalist John James Audubon, who died in 1851. The documentary is 92 minutes long. Visit the SAAS website, http://www. for more information.

Saratoga Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam Caffé Lena, 47 Phila St.,Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. All levels of playing are welcome. This event is hosted by NYS Blues Hall of Fame inductee Sonny Speed for SABS. Featured Artist is longtime Capital Region Blues performer Mark Emanation. A

lead guitarist for Ernie Williams and the Wildcats - CD’s including one with the Wildcats (Live at the Van Dyke), one with Folding Sky (Acoustic Sky) and one with Shadowland. Come on down to listen and play the Blues every 4th Wednesday of the month. Admission: is $5. Sign-ups at 7 p.m. Sets start at 7:30 p.m. Contact (only if necessary): Phil Drum

Thursday, January 26 Craft at your Library Schuylerville Public Library, 52 Ferry St., Schuylerville, 6 p.m. You bring the people; we bring the supplies. We will be making a set of 4 coasters. For a more personalized touch, participants are encouraged to bring photos, maps, or any other paper items. Open to teens and adults, registration required by calling 518-695-6641.

Wednesday, January 25 Cancer Support Group Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs. Noon – 1 p.m.

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Mardi Gras Soiree to Benefit Caffè Lena

Judy Harrigan, Laura Chodos and Dee Sarno.

Hattie’s Mardi Gras Co-Chair for Life Heather Straughter and Hattie’s owner Beth Alexander.

Caffè Lena Board Chairman Stanley McGaughey, Executive Director Sarah Craig, and board member Michael Eck.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Hattie’s Annual Mardi Gras Soiree was held at the Canfield Casino in Congress Park on Jan. 14, 2017. Event proceeds will be directed to the Caffè Lena Endowment Fund

Culinary expertise was provided by chef Jasper Alexander, and live music performed by Soul Session and Garland Nelson, and the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra. Photos by Mark Bolles.

to help support the venue’s initiatives, such as staging the debut of new artists, offering free concerts for families, and presenting traditional musicians from non-English speaking cultures.

Scenes from Hattie’s Mardi Gras Soiree at the Canfield Casino.

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The Heart of Saturday Night: Songs of Tom Waits Live at Caffè Lena This Weekend SARATOGA SPRINGS — Drawing inspiration from everyone from Bob Dylan to Raymond Chandler, Tom Waits has merged song and monologue into a distorted vaudevillian kaleidoscope for the past 40 years. This weekend, Michael Eck hosts an evening of Waits’ songs performed by Capital District artists. Show headliner Sean Rowe - known internationally for his powerful original songs and raw baritone voice – will be joined by blues man Mark Tolstrup, literary word-slinger Thomas Dimopoulos, and Elrod, Motherjudge, McWatters - a powerhouse trio assembled specifically for The Heart of Saturday Night. Also performing is Girl Blue - the latest breakout from Albany’s fertile new music scene – who will stage her Caffè Lena debut in advance of her show at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom.

Host Michael Eck will join in with the beautiful maladies, singing between acts. Waits’ gruff voice imagery and roots rock catalog has inspired generations of musicians. The Waits bio: “By turns tender and poignant, to strange and twisted, his songs tend to explore the dark underbelly of society as he gives his uniquely human voice to adventurers both romantic and mercenary, drifters, con artists and those forgotten characters on the fringe and in the fray.” The Heart of Saturday Night: Songs of Tom Waits will be staged 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Caffè Lena. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Desserts, light fare, FTO coffee, beer & wine will be offered. General Admission is $20, café members: $18, and student/ child: $10. Call 518-583-0022, or go to: http://www.brownpapertickets. com/event/2724524

Sweeping up the ghosts of Saturday Night - Michael Eck, Sean Rowe, Mark Tolstrup, and Girl Blue join the lineup of artists and musicians performing the songs of Tom Waits at Caffè Lena on Saturday.

Third Eye Blind, Silversun Pickups at SPAC this Summer SARATOGA SPRINGS — Third Eye Blind, with special guests Silversun Pickups, will stage a show at the Saratoga Performing

Arts Center on July 1. Tickets are $96, $49.95, $39.95 inside, and $20 lawn, and go on sale Thursday, Jan. 26

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30th Annual Flurry Festival Heads to Saratoga Springs in February SARATOGA SPRINGS — The best winter weekend for dancers and music lovers of all ages is coming back to the Spa City to celebrate its 30th annual season in February. Featuring more than 400 performers and over 250 events, the 30th annual Flurry festival will take place Feb. 17 – 19 at the Saratoga Springs City Center and Saratoga Hilton Hotel, with more performances and workshops scheduled at Saratoga Music Hall, Café Lena, The Parting Glass Pub, and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. In addition to a variety of

dance styles, including: Tahitian, Flamenco, Bulgarian, African, Chinese, Irish, Yiddish, Scottish, Greek, Hip Hop, and tap, a series of music instruction workshops, concerts, storytelling, demonstrations and live performances will be featured during the event. This year, for the first time ever, Flurry is proud to be welcoming Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation leaders Cedric Goodhouse, the Hunkpapa Lakota chairman of the Long Soldier District of Fort Yates on the Standing Rock Reservation

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Chowderfest Set for Feb. 4

and Oscar nominee Fidel Moreno, Huichol / Chichimeca and Mexican American. Cedric Goodhouse and his family will be leading a Universal Reflection on Water (Lakota), Songs of the Northern Plains Native People, Music and Dances of the Northern Tribes, Fidel Moreno’s film Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock will be shown at the Saratoga Arts Council during Flurry weekend. Advance tickets are available online until Feb 10. For more information, go to: http://www.

Call for Local Folk, Irish Musicians and Dancers MALTA — Auditions for “Café Malta” - an intimate coffee house at the Malta Community Center - will be held starting Jan. 30 for a pre-St. Patrick’s Day show, to be staged Saturday, March 11.

Talented musicians, vocalists, small acoustic bands, storytellers and/or dancers are being sought. Irish tunes are acceptable, but not mandatory. Auditions are by appointment

only. Contact Elyse Young, artistic director at 899-4411 ext. 305, or at: theater@malta-town. org for more details or to schedule an audition.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 19th Annual Chowderfest will

take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. Downtown visitors will be able stroll among the event’s 80 participating establishments, sample a three-ounce serving of chowder for $1 per cup, and vote for their favorite selections. The awards ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center. Last year, more than 40,000 people attended Chowderfest and more than 130,000 samples of chowder were served. For a list of participating chowder vendors, Winterfest events and further details, visit DiscoverSaratoga. org/Chowderfest or call 518-584-1531. Family-friendly events include kid’s games on the patio behind the Visitor Center, and inside the City Center, and face-painters, characters and a hot chocolate station at Putnam Den. Free Park & Ride Shuttles will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run from the Wilton Mall to the corner of Lake Ave and High Rock Avenue, and from the Saratoga Casino Hotel using the Crescent Ave. entrance at the CDTA/MegaBus parking area, to Congress Park. Some streets in the vicinity of Caroline Street and Phila Street will be closed to vehicle traffic.


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saturday, 1/21: Saturday, Jan. 21, 17 Rich Clements Band, 9 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060 Saturday, Jan. 21, 17 The Heart of Saturday Night: Songs of Tom Waits, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Saturday, Jan. 21, 17 Scott Bassinson

Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Saturday, Jan. 21, 17 Knot Dead (Grateful Dead Tribute), 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Saturday, Jan. 21, 17 Hair of the Dog, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

sunday, 1/22: Sunday, Jan. 22, 17 Ramblin’ Jog Stompers, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Sunday, Jan. 22, 17 Hot Club of Saratoga noon @ The Merry Monk — 584.6665


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Dave Matthews to Stage Two-Night Stand at SPAC in June

Dave Matthews (right) and Tim Reynolds (left) will stage two shows at SPAC in June. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will kick off a U.S. tour on May 3 in Alabama, and will stage a two-night stand at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on June 16-17. Since Dave Matthews Band is not touring this summer, the two musicians and longtime friends are instead taking the opportunity to play

a rare series of stripped-down, acoustic dates together. As a duo, Matthews and Reynolds have released three live double-CDs together: “Live At Luther College” in 1999, “Live At Radio City” in 2007, and “Live In Las Vegas” in 2010. Tickets are $95 and $85 inside, and $40.50 lawn, and go on sale Feb. 10.

Zac Brown Band Returns to SPAC in September SARATOGA SPRINGS — Zac Brown Band’s “Welcome Home” 2017 North American Tour will touch down at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Labor Day Weekend. The band, who are currently in the studio recording

a new album that will be released in May, begins their cross-country jaunt in Atlanta on May 12, and the tour will include shows at iconic venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and Wrigley Field. The Saratoga Springs

show will be staged at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2 and tickets – which go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20 - are $80.75 inside, $66.75 lawn, and are online at, or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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34 British sports cars 36 Like some advice 37 2008 love triangle film, with “The” 38 Viking 39 Follower’s suffix 40 The first ones were introduced in blonde and brunette in 1959 46 Eleventh-century Scandinavian leader 47 Contralto Anderson 48 Half-wild Asian canine 50 “And thereby hangs __”: Shak. 52 They may be measured in knots 53 Disco era term 54 Pan on Broadway 57 Immortal Yankee, with “The” 58 Sway

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Lawyer, Attorney In everyday usage and American English, the terms are synonyms; however, per some dictionaries, a lawyer can provide legal advice and has been trained all about laws. An attorney is legally permitted to represent people or act in their behalf. Note: Some attorneys and lawyers use just the word Esquire before their names. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017


To Be a Coach Takes Maturity

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY Maturity and sincerity are essentially saying that certain people always have their cards face up. We know where they stand, and we know where we stand with them. This is an essential ingredient in getting along with people, an essential ingredient in being a coach. There is no pretense, hypocrisy, arrogance or evasiveness; coaches have to be real all the way through. Personal integrity, humility,

courtesy, and wisdom all refer to the special qualities of a mature coach, one who teaches about loyalty, fair play and honor. I am continuing to notice an issue that is becoming more and more disturbing to me. That issue is how important a coach’s ego is at athletic events. And it is becoming more obvious that too many of these coaches are getting so emotionally involved that the competitions are becoming more about them than about the kids. If you have attended a youth sporting event, I am sure that sometimes you have heard or noticed a coach yelling or screaming at officials, the players, competitors or even the parents of their team. Often, they make such a spectacle of themselves that it becomes embarrassing for the players and the school or program they represent. And, maybe most importantly, most people don’t know what to do. All too often, I have often observed coaches talking to their teams and referencing themselves in their

discussions. They will constantly use the word “I”. They will refer to how they feel, how much time they put into coaching the team and how disappointed they are when the players don’t perform to their potential, at least as the coach sees it. I am hearing about more and more situations where coaches are being penalized or ejected from games. Not just at the professional or collegiate ranks, but also at youth competitions for kids under age 10! Why? Because the coach has gotten so emotionally involved, that he/she loses perspective. They take losing as a personal threat to their reputation as a coach and place the blame on the players. They get so emotionally wrapped up in the game, they forget it is about the kids, about development, learning skills and most importantly having FUN. Let me turn this around, let me outline some of the true logistics in the nature of sports, especially when it comes down to winning and losing. First of

all, one of the “Cardinal Sins” of coaching, especially at the youth sports level: Do not take losing personally! As a coach, become the teacher you’re supposed to be, and learn from the “failures,” yours and the players’. Don’t be condescending, and remember this, kids don’t make mistakes on purpose. The maturity that a coach must have comes with experience and knowledge. If you’re just getting into the world around coaching, especially with youth programs, prepare yourself. Take some coaching courses, do a lot of reading, study the good ones. I recommend the old school guys like John Wooden, Dean Smith, Don Shula, Joe Torre and a

famous high school basketball coach by the name of Bob Hurley who is from nationally renown St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, NJ. But, warning to you from me, try not to emulate these guys, just learn from their methods of teaching. Guys like Bobby Knight, a coach who I consider my mentor, had the philosophy of striving for perfection, but he knew it could never be achieved in any sport. These are the fundamentals for the maturity of becoming and being a coach: winning is easy, losing is hard, but you obviously will learn more from losing than winning, at least that’s what I have learned in my 40 plus years as a coach.



Week of January 20 – January 26, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Battle of the Jr. NBA Coaches WILTON — Who will claim the title of King/Queen of the Battle of the Gavin Park Jr. NBA Coaches? Come by the Daily Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. to find out! Free-throw competition with prizes during halftime. Please bring a non-perishable food item to the game or any Jr. NBA game. All collected food items will be donated to the Wilton food pantry. No registration or advance sign-ups needed.

Adirondack Hawks Baseball WILTON — The Adirondack Hawks 13U team is looking for players to round out the 2017 roster. Interested players can contact Coach DellaPorta at 518-852-7191 or email For more information, visit

Ice Fishing Tournament SCHUYLERVILLE — The Quaker Volunteer Fire Department will host the 10th Annual Fiore Department Ice Fishing Tournament on Saturday, February 11 on the Cove section of the Hudson River at 882 Route 4 South of Schuylerville started at 7 a.m. Registration starts at 5:30 a.m. The tournament runs until

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3 p.m. The public is invited. There is an entry fee of $20. Preregistration is encouraged. To receive an entry form, contact Jeff Dooley at 518859-5064 or Chris Lago at 518-867-7849. For more information, visit the fire department at or visit their Facebook page.

Saratoga Rowing Association Registration for the Saratoga Rowing Association (SRA) Junior Competitive Spring Season is now open. SRA is now accepting registration for athletes from 7th to 12th grades. Have fun, get or stay fit, and meet some awesome friends who have some of the same interests. SRA is one of the largest and strongest competitive rowing programs in the country. It is a priority at SRA that every member of every squad: modified (7th-8th grade), freshmen (9th grade), and varsity (10th12th grade) row regularly in practice and compete in races. Everyone rows. Everyone races. There is no bench in rowing. SRA Junior Competitive Program is made up mainly of rowers from Saratoga’s Middle School and High School. There are also members of the SRA program from the surrounding communities whose schools do not have their own rowing program including: Ballston Spa, Spa Catholic, South Glens

Falls, Schuylerville, Waldorf School of Saratoga, Christian Brothers Academy Albany Academy and a few others. The Spring Season is beginning now for High School athletes with Middle School athletes beginning February 6 with land training. We will transition to on-water training in April. The Spring Season continues into mid-June. For more information, visit www.

Senior Tennis WILTON — The Saratoga – Wilton YMCA is hosting a Senior Tennis Drop-In on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12 noon. Signups after 8 a.m. the day of play. Contact the Saratoga-Wilton YMCA for more information at 518-5873708. Ask for Frank Piliere.

Saratoga Senior Men’s Baseball SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Senior Men’s Baseball League is looking for players ages 28 and over for the upcoming season, which runs from May through August. For more information, call or text 518-470-7894.

Athletic Hall of Fame CAPITAL REGION — Hudson Valley Community College is seeking nominations for its 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame

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ceremony. Deadline for nominations is Friday, March 31. The 2017 Hall of Fame ceremony will take place in the fall of 2017 in conjunction with Homecoming, which will be announced at a later date. Members of the campus community are invited to submit nominations for former athletes, coaches, teams or an associate member, administrator or contributor who have made extraordinary contributions to Hudson Valley Community College through intercollegiate athletics. Visit athletics/hof/nominations.html to fill out the nomination form or contact Justin Hoyt, interim director of athletics, at j.hoyt@ or (518) 629-7898 with any questions.

Winter Breakers Club at Gavin Park SARATOGA SPRINGS — Gavin Park is offering a school break camp program for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade over Winter Break Week February 21 - 24. Program hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Program fee is $40 per day (3 day minimum) for Wilton residents, ($50 per day, and 3 day minimum for non-residents). Enrollment fee includes supervised games, crafts, movies, bingo & outdoor fun (weather permitting), as well as a light afternoon snack and drink.

Children need to bring their own lunches with drinks. Pre-registration is required and is open now for participants in our Afterschool Program, and all others beginning January 13th through February 10th, or when the programs fills (whichever comes first). Minimum of 8, maximum of 25. Please note, program will not run if minimum is not reached. Registration may be completed online, in person, or via U.S. Mail. Online registrations may be completed by going to departments/parks-and-recreation and selecting the appropriate quick link. In person registrations can be completed at the Gavin Park Office, which is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Payment by check, MasterCard/VISA, or money order is accepted. Any questions, please call 518-584-9455.

Open Gym at Gavin Park SARATOGA SPRINGS — Open gym at Gavin Park runs from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday through March 10. Open Gym is free to anyone. Those under 11 years of age must have an adult (18+) present at all times. Basketball shooting only permitted. Maximum capacity is limited to 25 participants. Any questions, please contact the park office at 518-584-9455.

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