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Volume 7 • Issue 27

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Commercial Leasing Lags Behind Residential Units by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

Hattie’s Owner rips Centerplate over Last Minute Relocation by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – As the clock ticks down to the start of the 2012 season at Saratoga Race Course, one of the city’s most popular restaurants says they likely won’t be returning to the track, stating that a last-minute location change has forced them to reconsider their involvement. Hattie’s Chicken Shack, owned and operated by Jasper and Beth Alexander, has operated out of Saratoga Race Course for the last four years. The stand was originally

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Ellsworth Commons in Malta

MALTA – Ellsworth Commons mixed-use apartment community in Malta is a bit of a mixed bag. Located just north of the Route 67 circle along Route 9 in Malta, residential units at the recently constructed $53 million development have filled up quickly. Out of the 312 total apartments in the development, leasing agents indicate that over 82 percent are currently signed

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for and occupied. While residential leases have surged forward, much of the commercial space along the development’s ground floor remains vacant. Out of the total 70,000 square feet of commercial space available, only 8,000 square feet - just over 11 percent of the space - is spoken for. “About half of the [commercial] space is in negotiation right now,” said Ann MacAffer, associate broker

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Local senior gives new meaning to retirement

by Christina James Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA - Retirement for most people involves beaches, golf courses and finally getting around to writing that novel, but for Ballston Spa resident Katharine Winderlin, retirement meant something quite different. With her career as a library system coordinator at WSWHE BOCES winding down, Winderlin decided that she wanted to spend

her retirement in the service of the community. “It’s an opportunity to help others at a point in your life when you have the spare time,” said Winderlin. “And frankly, feeling like you may have helped someone, even just a bit, is so very rewarding.” In the 10 years since her retirement, Winderlin has logged over 6,400 volunteer hours working with local organizations like

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Jason S. Halter, 37, of 18B Warwick Ave., Albany, was resentenced June 21 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to one to three years in state prison with credit for time served, probation terminated, after Halter admitted to violating his probation. Halter was originally convicted November 17, 2010, of second-degree attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class-E felony, for which he had been sentenced to time served and five years of probation to include drug treatment court. Keith Labarge, 50, of 29 Fairwood Dr., Queensbury, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree criminal contempt, a class-E felony. Labarge was arrested February 15 in Moreau and has been sentenced to one year in Saratoga County Jail. Michael E. Hammond, 41, of 26 Forest Hills Ave., Leeds, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary, a class-D felony. Hammond was arrested December 21 in Saratoga Springs and has been sentenced to two to four years in state prison and to make restitution in the amount of $2,500 plus surcharge.

Brian S. Munger, 48, of 11 First St., Gansevoort, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Munger was arrested February 21 in Northumberland for an incident that occurred November 1 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing August 20. Michael A. Pauldine, 35, of 105 Travers Rd., Wilton, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Pauldine was arrested December 10 in Wilton and has been sentenced to five days in Saratoga County Jail, five years of probation and mandatory use of an ignition interlock device. Patrick M. Subcliff, 40, of 76 Eastside Dr., Saratoga Springs, was resentenced June 27 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to one to three years in state prison, concurrent with Montgomery County, probation terminated, after admitting to a violation of his probation. Subcliff was originally convicted May 18, 2009, of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which he had

been sentenced to four months in Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation. Michael J. Lamanna, 57, P.O. Box 200, Kinderhook, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Lamanna was arrested February 28 in Clifton Park and has been sentenced to one and one-third to four years in state prison, concurrent with Albany County, and mandatory use of an ignition interlock device for three years as a condition of discharge. Rosa M. Cardona, 28, of 220 Broadway, Apt. G, Schuylerville, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, a class-E felony. Cardona was arrested January 2 in Saratoga and has been sentenced to time served, five years of probation and mandatory use of an ignition interlock device. Ricky D. Jackson, 21, of 7 Culvert St., Upstairs, Glens Falls, pleaded guilty to a charge of thirddegree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C

felony. Jackson was arrested March 5 in Moreau for an incident that occurred March 2 and has been sentenced to two years in state prison, two years of post-release supervision and a forfeiture of $1,476. Reagan R. Moon, 31, of 151 Redmond Rd., South Glens Falls, was resentenced June 21 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to one and onethird to four years in state prison on a Saratoga County term and one year in prison on a Warren County term, to run concurrently, with both terms of probation terminated. Moon was also ordered to make restitution in the amount of $125 plus surcharge after admitting to a violation of probation. Moon was originally convicted May 18, 2011, of first-degree criminal contempt in Warren County Court, for which he had been sentenced to six months of prison and five years of probation. In Saratoga County, Moon was originally convicted July 27 of third-degree burglary, a class-D felony, for which he had been sentenced to time served and five years of probation.

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Last Call Change on Its Last Legs BALLSTON SPA – The city of Saratoga Springs’ attempt to change the last call hour from 4 to 3 a.m. may have reached its inglorious conclusion following an impromptu vote by the Saratoga County Legislative and Research Committee. This came after the Saratoga Springs City Council had voted 3-1 in favor of sending a resolution to the county’s Board of Supervisors requesting they petition the New York State Liquor Authority for the change back in June. The State Liquor Authority was deemed to have the final say on the matter earlier in the year, and ruled that a change in the time in which bars and restaurants can continue legally serving alcohol would have to be applied countywide. The committee voted 5 to 1 against pursuing the matter any

further. One of the committee’s duties is to decide which resolutions should or should not be pursued. The vote essentially kills the initiative, unless one of the county’s supervisors decides to bring the matter forth at a full board meeting later this month. Saratoga Springs Supervisor Matthew Veitch has stated he has no intention of doing so, and Supervisor Joanne Yepsen remains undecided. Though the change in last call is the pet project of Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen, the lone member of the Saratoga Springs City Council in attendance at the committee meeting was Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan. During the July 3 council meeting, Madigan said she “wasn’t surprised” that a vote took place, but that she would have preferred they been made aware of it ahead of time.

Madigan, along with Mathiesen and Accounts Commissioner John Franck voted in favor of sending the resolution, and was under the impression the committee’s meeting would not involve a vote. Malta Supervisor Paul Sausville noted that city council had failed to attach any evidence or monetary data to justify the resolution. The supporting council members had intended to formally present their evidence backing up their request at the committee’s August meeting. Edinburg Supervisor Jean Raymond stated she did not intend to back the resolution, and that her vote would not be changed. She believes that changing the last call hour would take money from business owners and that it was not up to the government to dictate business practices. Speaking at the July 3 council meeting, Mathiesen expressed his disappointment, but he remains adamant that the city’s late night bar scene is still a problem.

Schuylerville Man Fatally Shot By Girlfriend SCHUYLERVILLE – A woman is facing second-degree murder charges after firing the shot that killed a man during an alleged domestic dispute. Joey M. Paul, 28, of Schuylerville, allegedly shot Matthew K. Furlani, 28, on Sunday, July 1. The two shared an apartment on Church Street. Police pronounced Furlani dead of a gunshot wound from a large caliber rifle at the scene. If convicted, Paul faces 25 years to life in prison. It was later reported by Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III’s office that Furlani was unarmed at the time of the shooting, and added that there is no evidence to suggest the shooting


Week of July 6 - July 12, 2012 was in self-defense. Eye witnesses say after hearing gun shots, Paul was seen running from the apartment yelling “I shot him. I shot him. I killed him.” She remains in Saratoga County Jail without bail.

Street Magician Escapes Charges SARATOGA SPRINGS – The street magician who was charged with “entertaining without a license” in Congress Park has made those allegations…disappear! No, Cozmo the Magician, aka Neil Dupree did not have a trick up his sleeve, but rather the patience to see his situation through. Last week Dupree was performing his act in Congress Park when he was approached by two city police officers. After warning him against panhandling – which as of 2010 is no longer against the law – Dupree was eventually issued a ticket for performing without a license. When the magician attempted to adhere to the city’s strange rule, he was informed by city hall that the license he was seeking may not exist, making the charges he faced impossible to comply with. Dupree appeared in city court along with assistant city attorney Tony Izzo, who said while the police were not technically wrong to issue the ticket, the 97-year-old city ordinance was outdated and the charges should be dismissed. The city court agreed, and Cozmo is free to perform once again.

Man Gets Fresh with Police Horse, then Gets Arrested SARATOGA SPRINGS – One of the more interesting things you’ll see when visiting Saratoga Springs during the summer season are policemen mounted on horses. An East Greenbush man is now facing misde-


meanor charges for repeatedly striking a police horse on the backside during the early morning hours July 1. Adam N. Harding, 25, of Stanhope Place had no explanation for why he began striking the horse. He was formally charged with the misdemeanor charge of attempting to kill or injure a police animal. New York State Penal Law Article 195 defines the charge as “when such person intentionally kills or injures any animal while such animal is in the performance of its duties and under the supervision of a police or peace officer.”

Ex-Schuylerville Teacher Accepts DWI Plea Deal BALLSTON SPA – County prosecutors say an ex-Schuylerville special education instructor has pleaded guilty to a felony vehicular assault charge and admitted to driving drunk during a November car crash on Route 29. Assistant District Attorney James R. Davis said Robert J. Thompson, 38, of Suffolk Lane in Gansevoort, had a blood alcohol content of .24 percent, exactly three times the legal limit of .08 percent, the morning of the collision. Thompson’s vehicle crossed the center line and struck the vehicle of 19year-old Clinton English of Greenwich. English sustained a broken ankle and fractures to his vertebrae in the accident, and has yet to return to work as a result. Thompson had only sustained minor injuries in the collision. As a result of the plea deal, Thompson will lose his teaching license and has already resigned from the Schuylerville Central School District. Judge Jerry J. Scarano handed down a one-to-three-year sentence in a state prison, which Thompson has ceded his right to an appeal as part of the plea bargain. He was taken to Saratoga County Jail following the sentencing and will serve his time at the Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill.

Man Charged with DWI Twice in Four Days SOUTH GLENS FALLS – A friendly reminder to all persons who are over the legal drinking age: there is nothing cool about having multiple DWIs. Just a week after reports of a woman arrested for her sixth DWI, a South Glens Falls man has oneupped her with his alleged recklessness. Rodney A. Bentley, of Hudson Street, was pulled over July 1 after driving erratically on Hudson Street. He registered a .26 percent bloodalcohol content once police had administered a breathalyzer test. He was charged with two felonies, DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and released. Four days later, police again stopped Bentley on Hudson Street, where he was cruising with a blood alcohol content of .27 percent. He is now being held at Saratoga County Jail on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.




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Winderlin Honored as NYS Outstanding Senior Volunteer continued from Page 1 Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services (DVRC), Hospice, the Center for Hope and Home Delivered Meals. At the DVRC alone, Winderlin has volunteered more than 5,073 hours, and she doesn’t appear to be slowing down. In fact, last month Winderlin was recognized as New York State’s Senior Hero in a contest put on by Home Instead Senior Care, a non-medical, in-home care provider for seniors. The contest asked community members to nominate seniors who have a strong volunteer presence in their community, and out of all the nominations from New York State, Winderlin was selected as the most outstanding. “We’re so impressed by Katharine and her commitment to the DVRC,” said Marcia Geizer, communications director for Home Instead. “Not only because of the amount of time she gives, and her compassion, but also because this

can be very emotional and complicated work.” Winderlin volunteers on the DVRC’s help hotline, logging more than 40 hours of hotline response each month. “She is the person who responds when a woman who lives in fear because of abuse calls and says, ‘I can’t take this anymore, but I don’t even know where to start,’” said Maggie Fronk, DVRC executive director. “Katharine’s caring response starts that first step for a family to stop living in fear and transform their life. Most of us would be terrified to encounter such suffering.” While most people would find it difficult to deal with such raw emotion, Katharine daily seeks it out and offers compassion. “It’s amazing how much she has done, and how incredibly well she has done it,” said Geizer. “She truly is a pillar of strength for survivors of this kind of violence.” “I am just one of many who volunteer, so it isn’t my work that is

important,” said Winderlin. “Being there when folks are in crisis is important. A voice on the other end of the phone that is willing to listen and not judge, and the continuum of services that are designed and directly available to help men and women in crisis- that’s what’s important.” Her keen sensitivity to those in crisis transfers over into her other volunteer endeavors. At the Center for Hope, Winderlin contacts individuals who are looking for lost loved ones, and for 15 hours every month, offers her assistance when no one else seems to have any answers. “In each conversation with them she hears their heartbreak and desperation, yet she continues to call,” said Fronk. “For four-and-a-half years she has continued to pick up the phone and make that call because she knows that that family needs to talk to someone who is not afraid and who cares.” With Hospice, Winderlin spends around eight hours each month vis-

iting the terminally ill at local nursing homes. She helps the ill transition gracefully, accepting and finding peace with death, and then helps their loved ones mourn their loss. “What’s most impressive is Katharine’s courage to volunteer to help with the really challenging moments in people’s lives and her commitment to continue such

demanding and heart-wrenching volunteerism year after year,” said Fronk. “Katharine is truly an exceptional and inspirational woman!” “Truly, being able to help people even just a little bit is reward enough,” said Winderlin. “If receiving this award causes others to look into volunteer activities they can pursue, that would be the very best outcome.”

How YOU can help Katharine and Your Community Katharine is incredibly passionate about her work with the DVRC, and in a few months, you can help her continue her incredible work there. October 30, 2012, the Domestic Violence Rape Crisis of Saratoga County's (DVRC) is holding their anniversary fundraiser. During the event, the DVRC will share the promising next steps in their journey to end domestic and sexual violence in Saratoga County and they invite everyone to join them. DVRC is founded on the premise that relationships should be safe. No one should be controlled by or afraid of someone they love. The DVRC can help someone escape abuse and restart their life. You can help with their mission to end domestic and sexual abuse in Saratoga County by attending this fundraising event. The cost of the event is $75 per person, and $35 of each ticket is a charitable donation. There will be hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer and wine, and a silent auction.



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Ellsworth Commons Seeks Commercial Renters continued from Page 1 with CBRE Albany. CBRE Albany, which oversees the commercial rentals at Ellsworth Commons, is a separate entity from the company leasing the residential space, Albany Partners LLC. The residential apartments were originally put on the market by Albany Partners LLC last October, shortly after construction on the first building was completed. Offering studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments with varying floor plans, less than 80 apartments are still waiting to be leased. Of the remaining apartments, mostly two and three-bedroom apartments are left. As for the commercial rentals, “it takes a long time to sign because, when negotiating the lease, we also have to do the construction for the space,” said MacAffer. “We deliver the space in basically a raw shell. So we’re building out the space for people as the leases are signed.”

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Much of the commercial space remains vacant at Ellsworth Commons. The commercial space at Ellsworth Commons has been on the market for a little over a year. Since that time, “different discussions have come and gone. Some of those tenants are somewhere else in Malta for timing reasons; others have never surfaced anywhere,” said MacAffer. So far, two companies have officially moved into the mixed-use community. The first company, DNSE Electronics LLC, announced its arrival in March. As a semiconductor equipment supplier

for the nearby GlobalFoundries, DNSE fills 4,400 square feet of space in the development. Most recently, Myrtle Street OB/GYN began its move into a 3,600-square-foot space at Ellsworth Commons. Although MacAffer was unable to officially confirm the arrival of a new American grill-style restaurant, she did indicate a deal with such a client was in the works. The SEFCU Bank location, which opened its doors late May adjacent to the development, is owned by a separate company. “For confidentiality reasons and competitive reasons, we really don’t

ever announce leases until they’re signed,” said MacAffer. “Also, configuring and designing and pricing on construction takes longer than your average leases. In the case of restaurant space, there’s a lot that goes into that [due to the specialized equipment.] It’s similar with a medical space.” Ideally, CBRE Albany is hoping to fill the ground floor of the development with service businesses, retailers and restaurants. “I’d like to get a coffee shop,” said MacAffer. “We’ve got some restaurant interest; we’ve had interest from people that are in the

finance business, people that are in the clothing business and people that are in the insurance business.” Originally, a 1,700-square-foot minimum was set for commercial leasing. Earlier in the year, the number was reduced to 500 square feet to appeal to smaller clients, or those seeking a smaller office space. Still, CBRE Albany is confident that the remaining space will be spoken for come the end of the year. “With construction differentials and the timing, I don’t know if they’ll all actually be occupied by then. But we’ve got a lot of offers out there right now. While construction on those spaces usually takes about three months, I’m assuming that we’ll have them all committed to by the end of the year,” said MacAffer. To learn more about leasing opportunities at Ellsworth Commons with CBRE Albany, visit or call Ann MacAffer at (518) 4522700, ext. 123. To learn more about residential leasing opportunities, visit or call (518) 400-1101.




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If you happened to make it to downtown Saratoga on July 4, you were treated to an explosively good fireworks display. From the opening volley to the grand finale, adults and children alike ended their celebrations in spectacular fashion. Thank you, Kate Jarosh! Kate is the engine behind Saratoga’s All-American Celebration, a daylong affair that includes such events as a Firecracker4 road race, picnic, car show, parade, and, of course, fireworks. If you assumed Kate works for the city and oversees the celebration as part of her duties, you are wrong. Two years ago, as budgets tightened and politics played out, Kate made the decision to form a notfor-profit agency to make sure the show would always go on. The organization, Saratoga’s All American Celebration Inc., is made up of local business and civic leaders who all have one thing in common: they care deeply about Saratoga Springs. When I asked Kate why they do it, she summed up the committee’s feelings in one simple statement: “We love giving back to our city.” Giving back for Kate and her crew means months and months of planning and coordinating. The devil is in the details, and I think they nailed every one of them. “When I was sitting back at the fireworks and saw Congress Park filled with families and blankets and kids playing together, the genuine community feel made all the effort worth it,” Kate added. The final feather in her cap – ABC news just named Saratoga’s All American Celebration as one of the top 10 Fourth of July smalltown celebrations! To learn more about the committee, sponsors and the celebration, visit www.saratoga

Hattie’s Restaurant Likely Out of 2012 Saratoga Meet continued from Page 1 located in “Restaurant Row,” before relocating to a more prominent spot in the backyard area for the last two seasons. According to Beth, Hattie’s has been asked to relocate to a spot located beneath the Carousel at the last minute, a variable black hole of a location which sold crepes as recently as last season. “I’ve lived here almost my whole life and I’ve operated out of the track for four years – I never even knew there was a place that sold crepes,” quipped Alexander. She says the decision to once again try and move the popular chicken stand came from the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the track’s contracted food service provider, Centerplate. The catering company staffs the majority of the concession and alcohol stands throughout the race course, as well as handling the fine dining options available trackside. “The problem is [Centerplate] was supposed to contact us months ago, and nobody did,” said Alexander. “We kind of had the rug pulled out from under us three weeks before the meet is scheduled to begin. We’ve hired chefs and have staff members that come back every year.” This affects not only Hattie’s, their loyal customers and their potential employees, but local poultry providers that the

restaurant makes a point of working with. “The big thing is we use all local purveyors for our chicken, and we’re in the process of signing a contract with them. Obviously, that’s a good account to have; we go through a lot of chicken. It’s very discouraging.” The restaurateur believes Centerplate was more concerned with increasing their direct profits with a more prominent location for a Centerplate-owned stand than facilitating one of their most popular vendors. Not counting alcohol sales, Alexander says Hattie’s rivaled only Shake Shack as one of the most popular vendors from the 2011 season. “Centerplate saw all these lines and decided they should have that spot for themselves so that they can have all the money,” said Alexander. “What they do not understand is people were standing in line for Hattie’s fried chicken and Hattie’s fried chicken sandwiches. No one is going to stand in line for a Centerplate hot dog.” Centerplate and NYRA currently take about 35 percent of the total sales from Hattie’s and all other vendors located within the Saratoga Race Course. Hattie’s would be responsible for retrofitting the new space, which Alexander estimated to be anywhere from five to ten thousand dollars. The added cost of new fryers, gas lines and extra equipment would ultimately mean the stand would operate at a loss – which is something they’ve no interest in doing.

The Alexanders took their plight to Facebook, posting a picture of the location and asking whether anyone knew where it was. Their answer was a resounding “no,” with most commenters puzzled the venue even sold crepes to begin with. As expected, the response from their customers has been overwhelmingly supportive of the restaurant while condemning NYRA and Centerplate, as one commenter stated “they shouldn’t be treating a Saratoga institution like this.” Alexander also said she wouldn’t be surprised if “Restaurant Row” is completely gone after the 2012 season. “Centerplate just wants to do all the food themselves and I don’t think they care what they are offering to Saratoga.” It’s easy to see why Centerplate would want to mess with the successful formula when you consider the remote location their attempting

to fill. The logic is similar to a television network moving a popular show to Friday evening, a notoriously dead night in the Nielsen ratings. The thinking could be if Hattie’s really is that popular, their customers would follow. Centerplate did not respond to inquiries as of press time. Alexander added that there are still a few phone calls to NYRA and Centerplate they’re hoping to make in an effort to appeal the decision, but she admits the outlook isn’t particularly great. The added hurdle of this decision seemingly made at the last minute has only exacerbated Alexander’s frustration. She feels their presence at the track is a small part of what makes the race course so special, but gets the sense they aren’t wanted their anymore. “It just feels like we keep getting pushed out; that’s basically it,” said Alexander. “I’m very disheartened by the whole thing, and quite frankly disgusted.”



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City Council July 3 Recap by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Springs City Council met July 3 following five separate public hearings previously requested by the commissioners. There ended up being more public hearings than speakers combined, as the sessions regarding taxi stands, load zones and designating Lena Lane as a pedestrian thoroughfare generated little discussion. The hearings regarding amendments to the 2012 Capital Budget heard comments from two supporters, with one man asking that they do whatever is necessary to open the waterfront property at Saratoga Lake to provide relief for the overcrowded Victoria Pools. Later in the evening, Mayor Scott Johnson’s discussion and subsequent vote regarding the pursuit of the grant money to complete the project passed without a problem. As the meeting began, the public comment period offered some troubling opinions regarding the

questionable condition of buildings under the management of the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority (SSHA.) The SSHA has been a recurring topic with the council in 2012, with the residents at Stonequist Manor coming to the council to alert them to a bedbug infestation that continued to be ignored. A resident of Jefferson Terrace claimed there is mold in the basement which was caused by a sewer backing up that was never cleaned up. She added that she is routinely disturbed by people buying, selling and smoking marijuana and that the police won’t investigate any further. Another woman from Vanderbilt Terrace echoed her sentiments, saying she does not feel safe and that the police are not doing enough to stop drug dealers in her neighborhood. While Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen was mum following the comments critical of the police department, he was quick to agree with a frequent commenter who felt the city’s 30 mph speed limit should

be reconsidered, and lowered to 25 mph. The city cannot change this, however, as 30 mph is a New York State mandate. The commenter urged the council to advocate nonetheless. Mayor Johnson took a few minutes to address the Woodlawn Avenue parking garage, mentioning that the recent accident involving a concrete slab falling was the result of human error and not an indictment of the facility’s structural integrity. Public Works Commissioner Skip Scirocco addressed the matter of the recently-determined pedestrian thoroughfare known as Lena Lane, and brought forth a lease agreement between the city and the two businesses along Lena Lane, Hattie’s Restaurant and The Seven Horse Pub. The restaurants and the city entered into a fiveyear lease agreement, which was approved by a vote of 4-1. Commissioner Mathiesen said he did not support a five-year lease agreement and suggested they consider a shorter term. Commissioner John Franck had

a minimal agenda heading into Tuesday’s meeting, but offered his suggestion of naming a street or alley in the city after the longtime Accounts Commissioner Donald Connolly. Connolly served in the position Franck currently holds from 1970 to 1981. Among the possibilities for being renamed were: Long Alley, which runs parallel to Broadway; Gardner Lane, which is between Uncommon Grounds and N. Fox Jewelers perpendicular to Broadway; and Huestis Court, between the Holiday Inn and Community Court Motel. Franck acknowledged he’d prefer to change a street with minimal impact on people’s addresses as to avoid confusion.

The subject of the city’s attempt to change last call was brought up, as Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan said that she “was not surprised, but it would have been nice” to know that the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors intended to vote on the matter earlier this week, and allowed sitting city council members to make presentations supporting their cause. The board voted not to pursue the matter. An earlier ruling by the New York State Liquor Authority determined that a change in the city’s last call hour would require a countywide change. The city council passed the resolution on to the county after they determined it to be the only way to resolve the matter.

Malta Town Board July 2 by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY MALTA - The Malta Town Board convened for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Monday, July 2, to discuss amendments to the town’s comprehensive plan, hear a presentation on the community’s 1812 history from Town Historian Paul Perreault, and to consider solutions for a digital filing system. With the arrival and build up of GlobalFoundries, Malta has seen a sharp increase in the number of town records and official paperwork. While a majority of that material has been digitized, a system for finding, accessing and sorting said documents has yet to be put in place. Jeremy Silverman of GEMS, LLC., put forth his company’s bid, a $4,000 proposal, to help the board secure

grant funding and create a software and hardware solution for accessing the digital records. After debating the merits of the proposed system and the town’s partnership with GEMS, the board voted unanimously to accept the $4,000 bid. “If not now, then certainly at some point in the future,” said Councilman Hartzell of the town’s need for a digital sorting system. “It will serve the community better in terms of cost and greater access.” The board also unanimously passed a resolution that makes it easier to secure funding for two new traffic circles on Round Lake Road from federal sources. The proposal enters the project into the town’s master plan. The circles are intended to ease traffic congestion near Chango Drive and Raylinski Road.




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Ranch Round-up Spirits were higher than the heat at the 21st annual Double H Ranch Gala last Friday. A boot-tapping crowd of more than 800 sashayed

Floral Overture The 10th annual Opera Ball launched Opera Saratoga’s 2012 season Saturday, June 30. Flowers filled The Saratoga Hilton, from larger-than-life balloon centerpieces in the auction area to the cutouts floating above the dance floor. Event chairs Ted and Carol Newlin circulated during the silent auction and cocktail hour, greeting guests and thanking them for their support of this summer treasure. Following dinner, the incomparable LeGrande Serras encouraged high bids on unique live auction items, including a private tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a cameo appearance during one of the 2013 Opera Saratoga productions.

through the gates of The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom. First up, the fabulous silent auction and Chuckwagon Challenge, an amateur Southwest culinary competition. Gala attendees sampled the entries and their votes were tabulated during dinner. With the help of her mentor, chef Jaime Ortiz of Prime, Stephanie Berwick placed first, taking home $15,000. Rather than a cowbell, a young bagpipe trio rounded up guests for dinner. Then Mistress of Ceremonies Liz Bishop, CBS 6 News, kicked off the festivities with Honorary Chair Neil Golub. Noting how the Double H Ranch has grown since its incep-

tion, with three campers the first week and 131 campers just two weeks ago, the pair also led a special sponsorship appeal, raising support for more than 100 campers within minutes! Children play an important role in the Double H Gala, of course. Of the 800 in attendance, 100 were children, ages 5-12. Children over 12 were welcome too, seated with parents and others under the tent. Board member Ed Mitzen and his wife, Lisa, brought his 16-year old son, Nick, with five of his friends. Roller coasters may have given the teenagers a thrill, but it was nothing compared to what gala guests experienced. Neil and Jane Golub sponsored a special performance of the Manhattan Transfer to thank the many donors who have kept Double H Ranch running for the last two decades. The band ignited the crowd with favorites like “Route 66” and “Only You.” A tip of the 10-gallon hat to honorary chairs Ron and Michele Riggi and Vince and Patty Riggi, who also donated three of the amazing live auction items: a life-size, handcarved wooden bear; a Rolex watch; and a 1905 Studebaker sleigh. Others spotted in the crowd were Richard and Louise Carriere, Mimi and John Carusone, Gary and Nancy DiCresce, Sherry and Steve Einhorn, Terry and John Forester, Jack and Janice Fox, Kathy Goodwin, Peter and Nancy Kudan, Marianne and Bill LaRoche, Frank and Renee

The Mike Perkins Trio set the right tone for guests to dance till midnight, but fittingly, it was the opera singers, including Marie-Eve Munger and Josh Kohl, who stole the show. Among the black-tie patrons were Dan Czech, Nancy Smith (recovering from her own “Year of the Dragon” soiree the night before),

Peter Flaherty, Bob Miller, Dee Sarno, Susan Van Raalte, Lucy Tower, Dr. Anthony Tartaglia, Helen and Guy Mastrion, Seth McGuire (representing Joseph Carr, Opera Saratoga’s official wine sponsor for 2012), Tony and Alba Giordano, board member Denise Polit and her husband, Alan Janosy, singer

Top left: Honorary chairs Ron and Michele Riggi, and Vince and Patty Riggi. Top right: Sherry Einhorn, Jane Golub, Neil Golub and Steve Einhorn. Right: Gary and Nancy DiCresce (standing) with Mimi and John Carusone. Martinez, Michelle Massiano, Agnes Pompa, Ed and Nancy Pompa, and Bob and Heidi West. More than 100 volunteers are needed to pull off an event of this size and success. Cattle calls of admiration and appreciation go to the event chairs, Nancy Bambara, Kristin Greenhouse Brown (and her husband, Derek Brown, former NY Giant and Double H board member) and Meredithe Smith Mathias. Key volunteers also include Debbie O’Neill, Ginny Franzen, the Navy Sea-Bees, GE Elfins, Frontier Communications, Target and KAPL. Co-founded by Charles R. Wood and Paul Newman, the Double H Ranch provides specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. The gala is their largest fundraising endeavor each year. Nicholas Wiggins, Curtis Tucker (general director of Opera Saratoga), Dr. Amy Knoeller, Margie and Mike Rotchford (who had also been at the Double H Gala on Friday), and Phyllis and Blair Bynum. The Opera Saratoga season kicks off July 6 with Rigoletto.

Left: Dee Sarno, Anne Palamountain, Susan Van Raalte and Lucy Tower. Right: Rob Kenpton, Rafael Holguin and Guy Mastrion. -photos by Deborah Neary for



The calendar is filling up with fun events for fabulous causes. Don’t miss your chance to RSVP! Next Friday, July 13, Albany Medical Center will Light up the Night at Saratoga National Golf Club. Reservations start at $150 per person, and proceeds benefit the Emergency Department. To learn more, visit or call (518)262-8890. Then on Saturday, July 21, Diageo and CDPHP present Saratoga Bridges Annual White Party at Fasig-Tipton. The evening includes cocktails, dinner stations, live and silent auctions, music by The Grand Design and more. Tickets start at $100. RSVP by calling (518)587-0723, and for a sneakpeak of the auction, visit Let us know about your event, cause or celebration, socially speaking. ‘RSVP’ to trina@saratoga




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Downtown Businesses Support Medical Missions for Children Thursday, July 26 Shopping Day Kicks Off Fundraising Event for August 4 Gala

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS Margie Rotchford has chaired more than her fair share of events

and fundraisers in the Saratoga Springs region, but few are as close to her heart as Medical Missions for Children (MMFC). “I’m just really inspired by what [MMFC] does,” said Rotchford, who is gearing up to host a fundraising gala for the organization August 4 at Prime at Saratoga National. “Doctors donate their time and services and travel around the world to developing countries to perform life-changing cleft pallet repair surgery and other surgeries for children. They help really, really needy people who otherwise will not receive this kind of free surgery.” Rotchford hosted the first fundraiser for MMFC at her home several years back, when she was able to raise over $18,000 for the cause. This year, Rotchford is enlisting the help of local downtown businesses, of which seven plan to participate during the “Shopping for Children Day” Thursday, July 26. “The store owners have been so supportive,” said Rotchford. “They’ve put up posters for me;

they’ve left invitations out on their counters. And all the stores are donating 10 percent of their sales to MMFC on that day.” Participating stores include Frivolous, Encounter, Violet’s & Stella’s of Saratoga, Spoken Boutique, Pink Paddock, Red Wolf and Hidden Gardens. “At the end of that day, we’re going to have a kick off party for the gala at Encounter, where we’ll have a DJ, dancing, cocktails and some hors d'oeuvres,” said Rotchford. Rotchford hopes that participating store owners will benefit from increased traffic thanks to the opening of the Saratoga Race Course on July 20, and that the July 26th event will help raise awareness for the MMFC gala, titled “Studio Prime: A Disco Inferno!” “Prime at Saratoga National has agreed to let me use their tent there,” said Rotchford, who plans to hold the event annually on the first Saturday night of August. This year’s event on August 4 will run from 6 - 9 p.m. As for why the event is a disco inferno?

“One of my favorite things in the world was going to Studio 54 because it was so cool,” said Rotchford. “All types of people from all different walks of life would come together there to have a great time, and that’s what this is going to be!” The gala will feature music by The Dennis Collins Band, who has performed with Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, James Brown, Roberta Flack and more. “They’re a terrific band. We really want people to have fun and be able to dance and enjoy the music,” said Rotchford. The event will also feature a live auction, with packages including a week-stay at a luxurious condo at Isla Mujeres in Mexico, a day in a private box at the Saratoga Race Track and more. “The people of Saratoga are so supportive and generous, and the most fantastic thing is to gather people together from all different areas to support such a great cause,” said Rotchford. Tickets for the August 4th gala are $250 per person. To purchase your ticket or to learn more, visit or email Rotchford directly at Sponsorship opportunities are also available.




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business briefs Open House Scheduled for New Surgical Care Unit GLENS FALLS - In 2011, the regional community donated more than $1.5 million to Glens Falls Hospital to help create a new standard of surgical care and comfort. The hospital will unveil the results Sunday, July 15, from noon - 3 p.m., with a community open house at the new Harry M. “Mac” DePan Surgical Care Unit. The unit is named in memory of the late Dr. DePan, a longtime member of the hospital’s surgical team.

In addition to tours, the celebratory event will include educational programs, children’s activities, commemorative giveaways and light refreshments. A biography of Dr. DePan, published by the hospital, will also be available for sale. “With our community’s support, Glens Falls Hospital has once again advanced the quality of surgical care in our region,” said hospital president and CEO David G. Kruczlnicki. “We look

forward to welcoming our regional community to this tremendous new resource.” The facility was the focus of the hospital’s 2011 Annual Fund campaign, which promoted the concept of “back to living” rooms. The transformative new facility is designed for the maximum comfort of patients recuperating from major surgery, with an emphasis on getting them “back to living” their lives faster and more completely. Highlights include 27 private rooms, providing patients with greater privacy and a more restful stay in an environment that is conducive for more time with family and friends; in-room cardiac telemetry equipment, enabling patients with a history of heart conditions to recuperate on the surgical unit rather than being transferred to the Coronary Care Unit; a spacious day room for family and friends to gather; a technologically advanced nurses station, helping to improve the flow of

information between nurses, physicians, patients and family members; and an education center for programs such as joint replacement education for patients preparing for surgery. During the community open house, the education center will be the setting for a series of 15minute educational programs. Dr. Douglas Kirkpatrick, chief of orthopedic surgery, will speak

about orthopedic advancements at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., and Dr. Nishan Dadian, chief of surgery, will speak about state-of-the-art surgery at 1 and 2 p.m. Children visiting the unit that day will have the opportunity to dress up in surgical scrubs for a commemorative photo magnet from Mr. Magnet.



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Shelters of Saratoga Adds Additional Shelter Beds to Meet Growing Needs SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Shelters of Saratoga (SOS) has recently expanded their 20 Walworth Street location, adding 13 additional shelter beds. With homelessness on the rise in recent years, SOS has been consistently operating at near 100 percent capacity, receiving an average of five to six calls per day for emergency shelter housing that they are unable to accommodate due to lack of capacity. In 2012 alone, SOS has already received 336 such requests. Since the need has continued to rise, SOS decided to expand one of their current facilities to add 13 shelter beds. The 20 Walworth Street location had been previously used by SOS for a transitional housing pilot program that provided longer-term housing to individuals who had used SOS shelter services, as beds became available. To better meet the needs of those who need immediate shelter, SOS decided to convert the site into an emergency shelter, making better use of the donated Windhover Foundation funds originally designated for transitional housing. This will increase the shelter's bed capacity by nearly 70 percent. "The Windhover Foundation and Quad/Graphics have been proud supporters of the Shelters of Saratoga for many years, and we fully support its mission to help individuals and families who unexpectedly find themselves without a home," said Betty Quadracci, chair of the Windhover Foundation. "We are pleased to contribute to the shelter's most recent expansion, which not only extends its services, but strengthens our community as a whole." The project could not have been completed without the investment of numerous community members, including Les Ackerman of Charette Associates Architects, P.C., Michelle Larkin, executive director of Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, and nearly 90 Rebuilding Together volunteers who donated over 560 hours of their time and talents in the planning and construction of the new shelter. "We look forward to the renovations being complete by mid-July so that we can begin providing emergency shelter housing for many more men and women who have found themselves in a homeless situation," said Peter Whitten, SOS executive director. For more information on Shelters of Saratoga, visit




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Constance deMuriel Jones Saratoga Springs, NY – Constance deMuriel Jones, 95, of Saratoga Springs and NYC, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2012. Born December 15, 1916, she was the daughter of the late George and Rhoda DeHart. In addition to her parents, Constance is predeceased by her husband, John W. Jones; her son, Arnold J. Jones; a sister, Thelma Y. Ramsure; and a brother, George Ellsworth DeHart. Survivors include her son, Richard A. Jones; two daughters, Marcia Jones (Jasper) Morton and Judith Jones

(Joseph) Daniel; one sister, Judith DeHart (Edward) Ogburn; four grandchildren, Richard A. (Lynn) Jones Jr., Stephanie Daniel (Keith) Walker, Judith Daniel (David) Hall and Veronica Daniel (Jeffrey) Wildermuth; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. Services were held Saturday, June 30, 2012, at the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway.

Madeline Giugliano Saratoga Springs, NY - Madeline Giugliano, 92, passed away Monday, July 2, 2012. Born May 2, 1920, she was the daughter of Luigi LaBianca and Anna Masiello. Madeline was predeceased by her parents, husband, daughter and older brother. Survivors include her sons, Angelo and Louis; their wives, Conni (Chindblom) and

Debbie; two sisters, Filomena and Josephine; granddaughters, Lisa, Carla, Jacqui, Lauren, Danica and Brittany; and several nieces and nephews and their families. Services are 9 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs.

HELPING HANDS Siro’s Cup Benefit for the Center for Disability Services

Great Escape Discounts to Benefit Make-A-Wish Northeast New York

The 19th Annual Marini Builders Siro’s Cup to benefit the Center for Disability Services will be held Thursday, July 19. The party, held on the eve of opening day at the Saratoga Race Course, begins at 6:30 p.m. at Siro’s Restaurant, 168 Lincoln Avenue, Saratoga Springs. At 7 p.m., there will be a presentation to trainer Linda Rice. She is being honored for her contribution to the horse racing industry, her professional accomplishments at the Saratoga meet, and her role as an ambassador for the sport. The event will welcome many top jockeys and trainers. Guests will dance to music from the Electric City Horns until 11 p.m. under an open air tent. The evening includes a cocktail buffet and open bar. Siro’s Cup is held rain or shine. The popular event is a benefit for the Center for Disability Services Foundation, Inc., a resource for people of all ages who have disabilities or health related conditions. It has a 70-year history in the Capital Region and beyond, and is known as the place where people get better at life. Tickets are $125 per person by July 18 or $1,100 for a group of 10 tickets. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome and tickets at the door are $150. For reservations, call (518) 944-2125 or email

Make-A-Wish Northeast New York recently launched a new campaign designed to raise funds to support wish-granting for local children, while offering discounts to Six Flags Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George, NY. With the backing of GE, Great Escape, Inferno Pizzerias and media partners CBS6, CW15 and Townsquare Media, the campaign offers adult tickets at kids’ price- a $10 savings. At the same time, $5 from each ticket will be donated by Great Escape to Make-A-Wish! The special discount code is available three ways: by donating $1 for a star at any Inferno Pizzeria location, by downloading the code from or by texting “wish” to 67336 on your mobile phone. The code will be scanned at the Great Escape entrance and can be used for up to four tickets. Make-A-Wish Northeast New York is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and grants the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical

conditions. Serving the 15 counties of the 518 area code, the local chapter grants around 100 wishes each year, and has granted more than 1,250 since it was founded. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish.

Saratoga EOC Benefit and Photography Exhibition On Tuesday, August 7, 2012, Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. will host a benefit and photography exhibition for the Latino Community Advocacy Program. The annual event, held on the clubhouse porch of the Saratoga Race Course is an opening reception for EOC’s ongoing black and white photography project “¡Estamos Aquí!” (We Are Here), in which participants in EOC’s English as a second language classes document and share their experiences of living and working in our communities year-round and also seasonally at the Saratoga Race Course backstretch. Check out: for event information, tickets and sponsorship opportunities.


Patricia May McGrath Patricia May McGrath passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012. She was 86. Born January 29, 1926, she was the daughter of Henry and Beatrice (Vibbard) Menshausen. In addition to her parents, Patricia was predeceased by her late husband, Gordon McGrath. Survivors include her son, Gordon (Joan) McGrath; greatniece, Michele (Rick) Simpson; great-nephew, Scott (Penny)

Wardell; two grandsons, Gordon, Jr. and Gerald McGrath; greatgreat-niece and nephew, Danielle and Patrick Gordon; two greatgrandchildren, Morgan and Noah McGrath; niece, Cassandra Pieteyk; and several other nieces and nephews. Services were held July 2, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Church, 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center.

Sandra K. Prosser Saratoga Springs, NY - Sandra K. Prosser passed away June 28, 2012. She was 68 years old. Born December 17, 1943, Sandra was the daughter of the late Harold Bresee and Harriett Dupray Bresee. Sandra served her country in the United States Army National Guard for 15 years and retired

with an honorable discharge in 2003. Survivors include her daughter, Tammy Myers; her son, Gerald Weeks; brothers, Darrell (Lisa) Bresee, and Rodney (Veleta) Bresee; sisters, Debra (Paul) Hodson and Holly (Chris) Conklin. She is also survived by her husband, John Prosser. Funeral services took place Sunday, July 1, 2012.

Patricia L. Stanton Saratoga Springs, NY- Patricia L. Stanton passed away June 21, 2012. She was 52 years old. Patricia is survived by her fiance, Joseph Minikiewicz and her sister,

Cynthia L. Stanton McKenney. Memorial services will be at a later date at the Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, Malta.

Marene Marie Abeyta Saratoga Spings, NY - Marene Marie Abeyta passed away June 23, 2012. Marlene is survived by her five children, Dawn, Marsha, Valerie, Andrea and Chris; her grandchildren, Taylor, Mary Lauren, Jonathan, Gabby, Sarah and Lexi; her husband, Toby Abeyta; and her sister, Cheryl Sutphin.

The newest members of her family include Mary Jean Abeyta, Emily Ann (Sam Saiz) Abeyta and their daughter, Sophia, Jennifer (Cesar) Garcia and their children Bryanna, Daniel, Isac and Adam. Services were June 29, 2012, at the Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs.

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Firecracker4 Road Race Kicks Off All-American Celebration by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Hours before the fireworks were set to go off above Congress Park, the Saratoga Springs AllAmerican Independence Day celebration got started with a more figurative bang, as over 3,000 runners took part in the annual Firecracker4 road race. The race, now in its sixth year of kicking off the city’s Independence Day festivities, grew by over 600 entries from the 2011 edition. Syracuse University crosscountry runner Patrick Georghan ended up finishing in first place overall, mere inches ahead of his friend and fellow Syracuse runner Tito Medrano. Both men were officially listed as finishing the race with a time of 19 minutes, 44 seconds. The friendly competition for first and second between Georghan and Medrano created quite a separation from the rest of the field. The third place finisher and UAlbany runner Ethan Clary finished almost a minute behind the top two with a time of 20 minutes, 33 seconds. The photo finish for the top overall spot could have been even more exciting, had Medrano not given way to Georghan at the finish line. Medrano would not be allowed to collect prize money for the race while maintaining his eligibility for the spring semester at Syracuse. Should the pair return for the 2013 race, the rivalry could blossom as both runners seemed to let up on the gas once they had secured the top two spots. The first Saratoga Springs resident across the finish line was Sean Pezzulo, who clocked in at 20 minutes, 48 seconds. Hannah Davidson was the first woman to cross the finish line, and with it captured her fourth Firecracker4 title. Davidson won the race in style, breaking her own personal best and finishing in 22 minutes, 22 seconds. Davidson is no stranger to the four-mile road race, having won in the race’s inaugural year of 2007, again in 2009, and now capturing back-toback titles in 2011 and 2012. Shenendehowa alum Nicole Irving was the second female runner to finish. She came in 55th overall, with a time of 22 minutes, 47 seconds.

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...AND THEY’RE OFF: Runners participating in the 2012 installment of the Firecracker4 road race make their way down Broadway in celebration of Independence Day. The race’s sixth anniversary drew more than 3,000 entries to the July 4th tradition.

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SYRACUSE SWEEP - Patrick Georghan (right) and Tito Medrano (left) cross the finish line in stereo to take first and second place, respectively. The two are members of the Syracuse University crosscountry team.




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Don’t miss out on

The Sweet, Crunch of Fresh Sugar Snap Peas

Suzanne Voigt Farmers’ Market

Fourth of July represents the beginning of real summer for most Americans. For farmers, it means the spring and cooler-weather-loving crops (asparagus, lettuces) are giving way to the full glory of summer heat crops (tomatoes, corn). Straddling this temperature gradient are the snap peas, sugar-snaps being the most popular and certainly my favorite. There is nothing sweeter than a just-picked sugar snap pea. But these delectable peas don’t have a long season, so hurry now to the

farmers’ market to buy. For a couple of weeks, I have been making way to Carl Deppe’s stand and buying a box of sugar snap peas. Carl picks right before market and since picked snap peas lose their sweetness in warm temperatures every hour, I know his will be some of the sweetest available. Forget buying sugar snaps at the grocery store, they are tasteless in comparison. The one problem I have with sugar snap peas is they never make it home—I eat them like candy as I work the market or do errands. Oh, they are sweet! This habit doesn’t go over well with my husband, so I now buy two boxesone for my pleasure and one to take home. While I cannot resist eating them simply “as is,” sugar snap peas are incredibly versatile and add crunch and sweetness to many dishes. They are a great addition to salads raw and delicious just steamed. Plated next to a delicious grilled steak or

pair them with fish for a nutritious, low-calorie meal that abounds with light savory flavors. Sugar snaps are also a favorite to use in Asian stirfry and are found in many dishes from all over the world. I do have a couple of cooking notations. Before being eaten or cooked, mature snap pea pods may need to be “stringed,” which means the membranous string running along the top of the pod from base to tip is removed. It is an easy chore. Just grab the stalk end and pull down. Also, don’t overcook these wonderful vegetables. Not only does that reduce their nutritional value, but it also robs them of their sweet flavor, their crunch, and will ultimately result in causing the pods to fall apart. Here is a wonderful use of snap peas taken from the desk of renowned New York City chef, Seamus Mullen. Seamus is a big farmers’ market fan and this recipe uses items available at our Saratoga

Farmers’ Market (market items have asterisks). In Seamus Mullen’s words: “This salad is all about the sugar snaps, with a pinch of Aleppo pepper for heat, some fresh ricotta cheese (or goat chevre) for richness and texture, and edible flowers for color. It comes together easily, looks gorgeous, and is oh, so easy to love.”

Sugar Snap Farmers’ Market Salad (Servings: 4) Ingredients 1 pound fresh sugar snap peas* 1 radish bunch* 1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese (or goat chevre)* Fresh peppermint* Salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 lemon Olive oil Aleppo Pepper Optional: handful of edible flowers* (be sure to check with the grower to be sure they are

It’s Mill Time!

John Reardon Compliments to the Chef Hello my foodie friends! I hope everyone is enjoying our 236th anniversary weekend! This week we explore one of your grandma’s favorite tools: the food mill. The food mill is a food preparation tool used to mash or sieve soft foods that works just as well as its electrical counterparts. Food mills have three essential parts- the crank, the bowl and the bottom disc, and they come made of stain-

less steel, aluminum or plastic. (My mom’s was made of tinplate.) The bottom disc in some mills is permanent, while in others you may have two or three interchangeable discs of different size holes. When using a food mill, you want to choose the correct disc size for a great, fast way to separate the pulp and juice from skin and seeds, or to cream foods, puree potatoes, mash potatoes, or make spaetzle. Choose the disc based on how fine you want the end results to be.

Three tips for your food-milling fun:

edible and pesticide-free. Suzanne of Balet Flowers is a good resource). I like nasturtiums, cornflowers and dandelions. Flowers of herbs (basil, thyme) are also delicious and safe. Directions: 1. With a sharp knife, trim the tips of the sugar snap peas on both ends, remove the strings if they bother you, and cut some in half lengthwise. 2. Blanch the sugar snaps quickly, just about 30 seconds and shock in ice water. Slice the radishes thinly into coin shapes or half-moons. 3. Combine the peas, radishes, cheese and peppermint in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and toss with the lemon juice and olive oil. 4. Serve with a sprinkle of Aleppo pepper and garnish of edible flowers.

be cleaned often to keep it clear of clogs; built-up debris, like seeds and skins, will keep food from passing freely through the mill. -NEVER crank the handle without foodstuffs in the mill. Once you add foodstuffs, the liquids and pulp create a barrier to prevent scraping and make cranking the food mill easy. Just tell Frank to turn the crank when you have to crank out a lot of mashed potatoes so mom doesn’t get cranky. Remember: “Life happens in the kitchen!” Take care, John

-Remember to blanch or boil foods before using a food mill, since the food you choose must be soft enough to process. -The mill disassembles for easy cleaning and should




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East Elm Interiors’ Summer Tips to Bring the Comforts of Indoors Outside

by Shelly Walker, Chris Liberty East Elm Interiors

success with Thermacell mosquito repellent from Cabela’s.

East Elm Interiors has released their top six summer ideas to spruce up your backyard and bring the style and comfort of the indoors outside. The local interior design firm suggests the following tips and ideas:

Outdoor kitchens will never go out of style. All you really need is a grill, a table, some chairs and an outdoor bar area, and you won’t be able to keep your friends away! Before you start, be sure to measure the space and to plan where everything will go. Purchase quality outdoor pieces that will last for years to come. Don’t settle for bland – make it fun by adding some summer colors to make it yours. Make sure to include awnings or umbrellas to accommodate guests who prefer

1. Give Your Furniture New Life If your outdoor furniture is looking a bit worn, instead of buying new, invest in some good exterior paint (Rustoleum for example). You can purchase a traditional color like bronze, textured black, silver or be a bit bolder with a bright new color like red or yellow. Have fun with it! Add some new outdoor cushions and the look says new, without a lot of expense.

2. Seating for Everyone Arrange and select your furniture as you would inside by creating a floor plan. Make sure to give the space enough room to accommodate the amount of people you would like to seat comfortably. Start with an outdoor area rug that has some personality. Add a sofa or loveseat, comfy, cozy chairs and enough end tables for everyone. Add outdoor lamps and pillows and voilà you have a living room in your backyard. Don’t forget to keep the mosquitoes away. We’ve had

3. Cook Out & Eat In Style

shade rather than sun.

4. Accessorize Your Table Setting When you are setting outdoor tables don’t forget to add the finishing touches. Outdoor placemats, chargers, napkins and flatware add to the ambiance of a great summer party just as they would at any indoor party. Fun colors and designs make any party more festive.

5. Sweet Dreams Under the Stars Try converting your gazebo or screen house into a spot for a sum-

mer sleepover. With a simple double tier air mattress and some fresh blankets and cozy throws you can sleep soundly listening to the sights and sounds of summer. Add a campfire and some s’mores and your summer night will be complete.

6. Bring the Drive-In Home You could even add an outdoor movie area into your backyard plan. Choose a space that a large screen would work against, include an outdoor sofa with plenty of funky pillows and lots of chairs, add some lush greenery and flowers and your

backyard is now an outdoor movie oasis. Don’t forget the popcorn! East Elm Interiors is a locallyowned interior design firm that serves clients throughout the Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls and Lake George area. Owned by partners Shelly Walker and Chris Liberty, East Elm Interiors offers residential and commercial interior designer services, custom window treatments and home staging services. For more information, or to reach East Elm Interiors, call (518) 793-0515 or visit




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DIY: Home Decorating with by Christina James Saratoga TODAY If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for unique, inexpensive and highly functional items for your home. Last month, I hit the home décor jackpot when I FINALLY joined Pinterest. Pinterest is an online social network where you share, or “pin,” the things you like with fellow “pinners” and organize them by topic onto your “boards.” For example, let’s say your sister emails you a link to a recipe you wanted to try. Instead of letting that email get buried in your inbox, you can log on to Pinterest and upload the recipe directly to one of your boards. Throughout your day, things that you see that you find interestingwhether it’s something that you read, a photo you saw online, a new store you want to try- can all be organized in one location

and saved for easy access later. What’s great about Pinterest is that while you’re pinning away all the things that you like, so is everyone else, and you can see all of the things that THEY find interesting. You can then decide to follow people who share your interests and repin their items to your own boards. While Pinterest encompasses interests of all kinds, I find the never-ending supply of easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself projects the most useful. Creative ways to makeover your home without emptying your wallet are added constantly, and the majority of the projects pinned are so simple that even the least art-confident layperson can tackle them. To get you started on the path to Pinterest home decorator, here are some ideas that I have recently come across and pinned to my Pinterest boards.

A super simple project for any bathroom. Just buy a few decorative baskets, screw to the wall and you’ve got a distinctive towel rack.

Make a pet su pply chest/bow l stand from a dresser. Food is small kept in top wit h a scoop. Dra hold all pet su w ers pplies, leash, co llar, sprays, etc.

e Use magazin racks to hold e produce in th kitchen.

Make-your-o wn headboa rd with a shel and chaise cu f shion.

soup cans Paint empty er colors, bright summ nd add a poke holes a candle inside for an inexpensive lighting option.

Get bigger baseboards without ripping all the old ones out: add small molding a few inches above existing baseboards and paint wall space in between. Paint the insi de of a bookcase for a pop of colo r.




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Once the creative juices start flowing, you’ll come up with your own ideas to share with others. Here is a frame I made out of some old windows.


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Breathe Life into your Yard with a Water Garden from Eddie’s Aquarium Centre by Christina James Saratoga TODAY It’s July. That means it’s officially summertime in upstate New York, and it’s time to start that yard project you’ve been planning. You could go the traditional route and do some here-and-there sprucing, replacing some dead plants and adding a lawn gnome or two- or you can stop by Eddie’s Aquarium Centre and create something really special for your yard. Water gardens, also known as aquatic gardens, are speciallydesigned aquatic life ecosystems that bring tranquility, beauty and distinction to any yard. Primarily focusing on plants, water gardens use boulders, waterfalls, underwater lighting, fountains, statues and traditional landscaping elements to create a visually stimulating garden experience. The uniqueness of water gardens

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Ed Duncan of Eddie’s Aquarium Centre and Kate Veitch admire the Veitches’ new water garden. and a love for aquatic life is what initially drew Eddie’s Aquarium Centre employee Kate Veitch to start her own water garden project. “We had really ugly rhododendrons there that were just blocking the house, so we had thrown around

the general landscaping ideas- such as just ripping out the rhododendrons and putting new flowerbeds in,” said Veitch. “But I have always had aquariums (I have four aquariums in the house now), so adding a water garden was just kind of a natural thing since it was my hobby.” Having seen and personally helped with multiple water garden projects at Eddie’s, Veitch felt confident that the design and upkeep was something she could do. “I do a lot of the water garden and pond designs because I know a lot of the plants that are native to New York,” said Veitch. “For my project, I did all the water gardening. I picked out all of my lilies and

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plants. I tried to make everything as native to New York as possible.” Work on Veitch’s water garden was completed within a week, and was relatively inexpensive since she was able to recycle from her yard’s existing landscape and contributed to the project’s labor. “We had an ugly pond in the backyard,” said Veitch. “We were able to recycle the stone and comingle it with new material to save some money. The Eddie’s Aquarium

Centre crew did some of the install work, and Paul and I did the landscaping and aquatic plantings.” And her work paid off. Veitch now has a relaxing, propertyenhancing getaway that doubles as a family hobby. “I enjoy the [caring for the fish] with my son, Chris, and my daughter, Ana,” said Veitch. “We are having great family fun! It’s a pretty cool project, and once it’s in, it’s not that hard to maintain. I hardly touch the thing, which is nice.”



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Kate’s daughter, Ana, 4, relaxes waterside.

Eddie’s Aquarium Centre is located at 1254 New Loudon Rd., Latham. Call (518) 783-FISH or visit for more information.

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Ed and Kate and some of the Veitches’ aquatic life.




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Phase V of Floral Estates

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This month’s featured home is a design perfect for the brand-new phase of Floral Estates! The design celebrates French Country architecture with a stylish exterior characterized by large windows, beautiful stone veneer, a spacious entry porch, and a unique breezeway to the auxiliary garage. Featuring an open floor plan which creates natural flow, warmth and charm, the spacious gourmet kitchen is flanked by large windows. The first floor is perfectly suited for entertaining with easy access to the dining room, great room and spacious screened-in porch, making it the perfect outdoor dining room. To complete this design, the first-floor master suite features distinctive ceiling details, ample closet space and a large private bath. Ascend to the second floor on the sweeping curved staircase where you’ll find an expansive center landing with open views of the first-floor great room and foyer. A bridge to the bonus room provides a unique detail. This home features a garden-level basement, which provides even more living space to

this generous home. This home design recently won three prestigious awards from the 2012 Parade of Homes in June, including, Best Craftsmanship, Best Architectural Design and Best Media Technology. The long-awaited Phase V of Floral Estates is now open and this unique development includes a culde-sac, with a park-like setting at the center, featuring 18 beautiful, heavily treed, single-family home sites. A variety of floor plans, including this award-winning featured design are available for this neighborhood starting in the $500s. Floral Estates is conveniently located just outside of Saratoga Springs, and homeowners in this neighborhood pay Town of Wilton taxes while still falling in the excellent Saratoga Springs School District. Belmonte Builders strives to create custom homes as individual as their customers. This award-winning builder is known for their attention to detail, naturally flowing floor plans and their ability to bring the world of true custom home building into an affordable

price range. Belmonte takes the time to make sure your home is a true expression of who you are. Belmonte homes are built to ENERGY STAR specifications, with generously sized, ENERGY STAR rated Pella “Proline” series wood; double-hung windows throughout; ENERGY STAR rated insulation; a 95 percent efficient furnace, air conditioning and programmable thermostat and humidi-

fier; and ThermaTru insulated entry doors with adjustable thresholds. Specifications are available on their website and show that many of Belmonte’s standard features are other builders’ upgrades. By paying close attention to detail, using innovative high-quality products and attaining and keeping experienced staff who strive for perfection, Belmonte has built a reputa-

tion for excellence. They take pride in their ability to adapt to new challenges while maintaining high standards. Founded in 1977, Belmonte Builders is one of the largest custom homebuilders in the Capital District. Visit for more information.

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Children Return to Saratoga Springs with Fresh Air Fund Photos by Deborah Neary for SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Fresh Air Fund Saratoga County Committee welcomed 11 children June 28 to spend their summer vacations with volunteer host

families in Gansevoort, Saratoga, Ballston Spa, Corinth and Schuylerville. Since 1877, the Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has

provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities.

Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps.

Our photographer happened to catch their arrival and all the excitement that goes along with spending the summer in Saratoga with the Fresh Air Fund.




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Setting the Stage to Sell


Dawn DiLorenzo Locust Grove Designs You’ve seen them – the photos of homes for sale with outdated paint, rooms stuffed to the ceiling with stuff, and you think, “Who would sell their house looking like that?” It’s hard to imagine – especially in this market – anyone trying to sell their home without doing a top to bottom makeover; but unfortunately, it happens all the time. This is the season when more people will list their homes, with great

After hopes of a fast sale. And even in this tough market, you can sell your home if you take the time to prepare before you put it on the market. You must answer a few questions - Do you have a plan for selling your house? How does the competition compare? What are your plans for making your home stand out? Before putting up that for sale sign, take a good, long look at your home. Not from your perspective but from the perspective of someone who is trying to find “the perfect home” for their family. The key to a successful home listing is making your home as attractive as possible to the largest number of people. How do you do that? Very simple: Put away those collections of Hummels and Lladrós, pack away the cat prints and dried flower arrangements, and make the rooms as clean and clutter free as possible.


In recent years, and thanks in part to HGTV, home staging has become an integral part of selling a home. According to RESA (Real Estate Staging Association), professionally staged homes sell 67 percent faster than homes that are not staged (181 days vs. 60 days). When you consider the costs that you will incur maintaining and paying for your home over six months – or more - you cannot afford NOT to stage your home. One home I worked in recently had more than 20 showings and received an offer in just 20 days! And this was in a development where inventory was plentiful and not moving! It can be difficult to stage your home, as we often overlook areas that need attention in our own homes. Or perhaps we just like the way our home looks and think that everyone else should too. Or, maybe we are just too busy to get those last few things

completed before our agent takes photos or schedules the first showing. But, staging is a necessity. I say it all the time, don’t think people won’t notice. They will. Outdated or too many furnishings or accessories (and conversely too few) focus buyers’ attention on things they won’t even be living with – but they will notice and may miss the best part of your home while they are pondering your cranberry colored paint from 1992. So you can’t afford to hire a professional stager? There are lots of ways to update and refresh without breaking the bank. If you are selling your home this year, you will sell faster it if you follow my easy steps. 1. Do you research. Ask your realtor for active, comparable properties that are in better condition than yours. Be completely honest – you’re trying to sell your home so don’t stay too attached to the ivy border you sten-





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After ciled in 1980. Buyers want current, updated, neutral homes that they can see themselves moving right in and unpacking their boxes. There are very few die-hard renovators left, and they are looking for a bargain. 2. Determine which areas need the most work, usually kitchens and bathrooms, and set a budget. Kitchens and bathrooms have a high return on investment and can often be the key to a sale without dramatically lowering your sale price. 3. Clean everything (this is too often overlooked). Don’t forget drawers, cabinets and closets –buyers will look there. Do a top to bottom clean in every room. Clear out clutter or excess furnishings. Too much furniture will make a room look smaller and too little furniture will make it difficult for the buyer to imagine how


they would use a room. 4. Freshen up with paint, especially if your colors are dated or paint is really worn. Keep it simple by painting every room the same neutral color. 5. Freshen up the outside. Remove dead plants, take down those cute little flags and wind chimes, and clear everything that doesn’t belong from porches and patios. 6. Start Small. If you have a lot of furniture or accessories in your rooms, start with one room and take everything out. Not sure if you have too much stuff? Ask your real estate agent or a very honest friend. Remember, it’s not necessary to move all your things to storage or to completely strip your home of all personal items; you do have to live there after all. And no, contrary to the

designers on television, I don’t think you must get rid of your TV – after all, who doesn’t have a TV? 7. Clean from top to bottom; use a clean dust mop to wipe down the walls and ceiling, clean ceiling fans, light fixtures, blinds and floors – don’t forget the closets. After cleaning and painting, slowly and purposefully, bring key pieces of furniture back into the room to set your stage: raid other rooms if necessary for the proper pieces. Once you have your furniture arrangement settled, bring back in the minimal (and I do mean minimal) number of accessories to give the room some personality. For showings, be sure to put away the mail, clean off the counters and give the room a quick run through to dust and tidy. Turn on lots of lights


and open up the blinds, shades and drapes. Make your home as inviting as possible. You love living there and after all your hard work, the next family will too. It can be quite difficult to de-personalize your own space. The best bet is to hire a professional decorator who will not only help you make tough decisions, but who will also help choose paint colors, arrange furnishings and artwork to really make your rooms shine, and organize the items you will be moving to your new castle. For a very small investment, the payback can be well worth it.

Are you listing your home this summer and aren’t sure how to get your home ready to show (and sell!)? Give me a call at (518) 222-9551 to schedule your in-home consultation today! About Locust Grove Designs Dawn DiLorenzo founded Locust Grove Designs in 2011. She is a graduate of Skidmore College and former sales, marketing and design expert at Teakwood Builders. Connect with her on Facebook at Locust Grove Designs or visit her website at




Adirondack Christian Fellowship 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave., S. Glens Falls 793-3755, AdirondackFM@; Regina Baird Haag, pastoral minister Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa 885-6524 Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville 695-6069 • Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-6081 Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m., coffee served at 9:45 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill 695-3074 • Rev. Janet Vincent Services: Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 584-9679; 692-7694; Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 885-7312; Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave. • 885-6886 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 584-5980 Services: Sunday 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146 371-6611; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7654; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St.Saratoga Springs 796-4323 • Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370; Services: Saturday 9:30 a.m.,

Monday & Thursday 7:30 a.m., third Friday each month 7:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible Corinth Free Methodist Church 20 Hamilton Ave. 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street 654-2521; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church Malta Commons 899-7001; Associate Pastor Paul Shepherd Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9 Round Lake 877-8506, Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Weekday Masses: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. Eastern Orthodox - Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St. • 584-6301 Services: Sunday: 11 a.m.

Week of July 6 - July 12, 2012 Prayer Meeting - Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Rd., Mechanicville • 6644442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7442 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park 877-7332 Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs 584-9112 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta • 899-5992 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave., Ext. • 581-0210 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50) 885-8361; Services: 10:15 a.m.

Middle Grove United Methodist Church 581-2973 • Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible

First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St. • 885-5583 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m.

New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; Bible Study: Thursday 6:30 p.m.

New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Rd., Saratoga Springs 580-1810; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.-noon Childcare is available at all services.

Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East Street (at intersection of Route 147), Galway 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9:00 a.m. in July and August)

NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School West Auditorium, Clifton Park 371-2811; Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Grace Brethren Church 137 W. Milton Rd., Ballston Spa 587-0649 • Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 899-7777, Services: Wednesday 7:30 pm. Good Times Restaurant, Lake Rd. 2nd floor;. Friday 7:30 pm Saratoga Chapel, Eastline & Lake Rds; Sunday 10am - Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Rd. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Rd., Greenfield Center, NY 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m. Church Service - 11 a.m.

Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa 583-1002 Services: Sunday: 9 a.m. Adult Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Service; 11:45 a.m. Coffee & Fellowship in Living Stone Hall; Wednesday: noon potluck luncheon; 1 p.m. choir rehearsal; 2 p.m. Bible Study Group Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 584-6091; Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Quaker Springs United Methodist Church 466 Route 32 South 695-3101; Pastor Jim Knapp Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Cmns., Ste. 3, Malta 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-6122. Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m. St. George's Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6351; Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680;; Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7411; Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 893-7680;; St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-0904 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta • 583-4153 Services: Sunday mornings 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Rd., Halfmoon Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 526-0773;; Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Rts. 32 and 71, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.


Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Rd., Saratoga Springs 584-3720; Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 882-9384; Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 7:45, 9 & 10:45 a.m.; Acts II Contempory 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Rd., Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St., Saratoga Springs 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 Services: Friday 8 p.m. Handicapped accessible The Salvation Army Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-1640; Mail-P.O. Box 652 Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr. Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m.; Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort 584-9107 Rev. Gail Falsetti-Pastor Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway 584-1555; Services and Nursery Care: Sundays 10 a.m. Religious education classes resume in September. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave. • 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Rd. 882-9874 • Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton 583-2736;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.


TODAY Week of July 6 - July 12, 2012

Local Gigs Week of 7/6-7/12

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Friday, 7.6:

•Crazy Head Maize, 9 pm

•Jon LeRoy Quartet, 9 pm

•Post Phish Concert w/ Formula 5, 11 pm

@ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•Skidmore Jazz Institute Student Concert, 1 pm @ arthur zankel music center - 580.5321

•Cabin 3, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Frankie’s Theory, 9 pm @ bentley’s - 899.4300

•Burns Sisters, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Steve Candlen & Friends, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Marcus Ruggiero, 8:30 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Off the Hook, 10:30 pm @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180

•Crossfire, 9 pm @ the mill - 899.5253

•Post Phish Concert w/ Garcia, 11 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916

•Wyllys & The New York Hustler Ensemble, 11 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•The Audiostars, 8 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

•BD Lenz, 8 pm @ wallabee’s jazz bar - 792.8282

@ the mill - 899.5253 @ the parting glass - 583.1916

•Hooker, 6:30 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

•Dead Sessions, 11 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•DVDJ Dread & J Will, 9 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

•Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip, 8:30 pm @ wallabee’s jazz bar - 792.8282

Sunday, 7.8: •Washington County Line Bluegrass, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Rick Bolton & Dwyer Sisters, 8 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

Thursday, 7.12: •NYC Ballet Musicians and Friends Concert Series, noon @ arts center - 584.4132

•Lucca and Levi, 8 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Virgil Cain, 8 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Thunder From Down Under, 8 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

Saturday, 7.7: •Rick Rosoff Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•The Dude Abides, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Sean Rowe, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Slow Burn, 8 pm @ dango’s - 587.2022

•Frankie Lessard Band, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•The Blackouts, 9:30 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Vivid, 10 pm

@ jp bruno’s - 745.1180

Open Mics: •Sun. Open Mic, 7 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Mon. w/Steve Candlen, 8 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Tue. w/Rick Bolton, 8 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Wed. Open Mic, 8 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Thur. Open Mic, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Thur. Open Mic, 10 pm @ circus café - 583.1106






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SPAC Kicks Off NYC Ballet Summer Season July 10 - 21 SARATOGA SPRINGS – New York City Ballet (NYCB) will bring a dazzling, diverse repertory of 16 stunning ballets from its unparalleled repertory to its summer stage at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) July 10 - 21, including the July 14 world premiere of a new ballet by NYCB dancer Justin Peck at the annual Ballet Gala. Other major highlights include the Saratoga premieres of new ballets by Christopher Wheeldon and Benjamin Millepied; Peter Martins’ dramatic, full-length production of “Romeo and Juliet”; Balanchine classics including “Firebird,” “Symphony in C” and “Kammermusik No. 2”; and first-ever Saratoga performances of Peter Martins’ “The Waltz Project” and Wheeldon’s “DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse.”

Repertory Highlights: Opening night will feature an all-Balanchine program of iconic works including “Concerto Barocco,” a neoclassical masterpiece; the enchanting Russian fairytale “Firebird,” featuring

Stravinsky’s brilliant score and lavish sets and costumes by Chagall; “Kammermusik No. 2,” a work of energy, speed and precision last seen at SPAC in 1997; and a major revival of Balanchine’s signature work “Symphony in C,” last performed by NYCB in 2008. Peter Martins’ full-length production of “Romeo and Juliet” returns to SPAC’s stage for the first time since 2007, the year in which it premiered. A production filled with dance, drama and movement, the work is based on Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy of starcrossed young lovers and their feuding families. The two-act work is set to Prokofiev’s sweeping score and features striking, abstract scenery and costumes by acclaimed Danish artist Per Kirkeby. Alexei Ratmansky’s masterwork, “Russian Seasons,” returns to SPAC’s stage for the first time since its 2006 Saratoga debut. Created for NYCB’s Diamond Project in 2006, “Russian Seasons” is an inventive, compelling work set to a score for solo voice and

orchestra by contemporary Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov. Critically acclaimed at its NYCB world premiere, the work has since been performed by dance companies around the world. Also part of the season will be two additional SPAC premieres, Wheeldon’s “DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse,” and Martins’ “The Waltz Project.” Created for Britain’s The Royal Ballet in 2006, “DGV: Danse â Grande Vitesse” features 26 dancers and is set to a score by composer Michael Nyman, with sets and costumes by Jean-Marc Puissant and lighting designed by Jennifer Tipton. “The Waltz Project,” which had its premiere in 1988, is set to a collection of music by 13 composers including John Cage, Milton Babbitt, Robert Moran and Philip Glass. Other repertory highlights include: George Balanchine’s “Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet,” set to Brahms’ luxurious score and featuring a cast of 55 dancers; Jerome Robbins’ “In the Night,” a 1970 work set to solo piano music

by Frédéric Chopin, and his silent ballet “Moves”; Peter Martins’ “Jeu de Cartes,” featuring whimsical scenery and costume designs by Ian Falconer, author and illustrator of the adored children’s book series “Olivia,” and “Sinfonia,” not seen at SPAC since 1995 and set to a score by Stravinsky. “In conjunction with this spectacular program, audiences can look forward to the return of our popular series of pre-shows including American Girl Night, Family Night, Date Night and Girls’ Night Out, as well as engaging educational programs like NYCB’s “See the Music” and children’s workshops led by NYCB dancers,” said SPAC president and executive director Marcia J. White. “An evening at SPAC offers limitless opportunities to learn, interact and enjoy; it’s a live arts experience at its very best.” Ticket prices for the New York City Ballet's SPAC season start at $22 for lawn seating; inside seating ranges from $30 - $75. To learn more or to purchase your tickets, visit

Gala Program: An Evening at the Moulin Rouge On Saturday July 14, the Hall of Springs transforms into a Parisian lounge, circa 1900, featuring a sparkling champagne and La Fée Verte Absinthe reception, a gourmet feast, special New York City Ballet programming, and a post-performance after party. Outside, the Junior Committee hosts the Gala Lawn Party under the stars. Especially popular with young adults, the Gala Lawn Party is one of the most affordably glamorous events of the season. The evening comprises of post-performance fireworks, live musical entertainment and dancing under the spacious tents on the lawn. Many guests host elaborate candlelight picnics and parties on SPAC’s lawn, which gives the evening a celebratory and whimsical atmosphere. Each year the Junior Committee holds a contest to recognize the best thematically decorated table on the lawn. This year, the très chic winners of the picnic contest will win SPAC tickets and also have their names engraved on a trophy dedicated to Philly Dake. Guests may also purchase tickets to optional black-tie gala activities hosted by the Action Council at the Hall of Springs. Events include the champagne cocktail party, multi-course banquet, prime seating for the ballet performance, and admission to the after party. This year, a rare trio of premieres highlights the gala evening programming. NYCB dancer and rising young choreographer Justin Peck debuts his first work for the company in an exclusive SPAC world premiere. The evening also features the Saratoga premieres of new works, “Two Hearts,” choreographed by Benjamin Millepied and “Les Carillons” by Christopher Weheeldon. Funds raised at the gala, hosted by SPAC’s Action Council, support New York City Ballet's historic SPAC residency, now in its 47th season. For more information, visit




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SCT Performs ‘The Jungle Book’ Friday by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Wherever you may wander, wherever you may roam, swing by the Saratoga Children’s Theatre (SCT) at 64 Hamilton Street this Friday, July 6, for performances of Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids.” SCT will host two performances this Friday, including one show at 1:30 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.) and the final show at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5 apiece. “The Jungle Book Kids” is a production put together by children ages 6 - 10 in SCT’s Kids Summer Camp Program. Upcoming shows include “Willy Wonka Kids” and “Winnie the Pooh Kids.” Additional shows from both the Teen and Junior Summer Camps


Dancers’ Health Day at the National Museum of Dance SARATOGA SPRINGS - The National Museum of Dance will be hosting a program focusing on the care and healing of the dancer’s extraordinary instrument of art -the body - Monday, July 9 at 10 a.m. Presenters will be discussing essential information for budding dancers, serious students and adults alike. Come learn about how the body works, about common dance injuries and good nutrition. This is a

free event and all are encouraged to come attend. The National Museum of Dance is presenting this program to tie in with one of their newest exhibits, EnPointe! The exhibit features an in-depth look at ballet shoes: their history, how they are made, and the realities of wearing them. RSVPs for the event are appreciated. To do so, call Susan Edwards at (518) 584-2225, ext. 3009 or email

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Art-A-Rama Week at Skidmore SARATOGA SPRINGS Skidmore College will celebrate its sixth annual Art-A-Rama Week starting July 9. Admission is free and open to the public. The multi-day celebration of artists and their works introduces students and the community to contemporary artists whose work

challenges and expands their understanding of the creative process. This year’s featured artist is Terry Adkins, who will lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in Filene Recital Hall. To learn more, visit


SPAC Jazz Festival Draws Thousands

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SARATOGA SPRINGS Thousands braved the sultry heat to catch some cool jazz, summer blues, New Orleans funk, big band brass and smokin’ swing at the 35th annual Freihofer’s Jazz Festival, a twoday festival that drew some of the biggest names and acts to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). A sea of umbrellas dotted the lawn as listeners bounced back and forth from the main stage to the gazebo. Pictured top right, bassist Esperanza Spalding and her band, Radio Music Society, returned to the main stage for her second appearance at the Saratoga Jazz Festival. Pictured top left, Mario Abney and the Abney Effect brought a New Orleans sensibility to the festival at both the amphitheatre stage and the gazebo stage.



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Community Corner

Big Truck Day Poster Contest Winner

The Children’s Museum at Saratoga awarded Maeve Hamilton-Jones of Lake Avenue Elementary School as this year’s winner of the Big Truck Day Poster Contest. After submitting her original drawing, Maeve, 5, won the grand prize package, including: having her original artwork displayed on all museum’s Big Truck Day 2012 posters; a $50 gift certificate to G. Willikers Toys; free passes to the Children's Museum at Saratoga; as well as free passes to the event. In its sixth year, Big Truck Day continues to grow as one of Saratoga’s premier family-friendly summer events, with more than 1,700 people attending last year. This year, Big Truck Day will be held Saturday, August 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot of Maple Avenue Middle School. Admission is $5 per child, $1 per accompanying adult. Kids’ activities including arts and crafts, face-painting and balloons by Mr. Bill are included in the admission price. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. As always, all proceeds will benefit programs and exhibits at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga. For more information on how to become a sponsor of this great event, call the Children’s Museum at Saratoga at (518) 584-5540.

Saratoga Springs Rotary Club to Donate to Three Nonprofits The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club will make major financial donations to three local organizations that serve the community in a variety of ways. The club will donate $20,000 to Saratoga P.L.A.N. for enhancement of the 43-acre Rowland Creek Preserve on Grand Avenue; Saratoga Hospital Foundation will receive $20,000 from the club toward development of its Community Health Resource Center, a primary care and service center for the underinsured and those without medical insurance; and Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library will receive $20,000 for “The Rainbow Room,” an early learning environment within the children’s area of the library. This brings the total amount of funds Saratoga Springs Rotary Club has provided back to the community in the past 12 months to approximately $140,000. In addition to the three major gifts announced this week, the club awarded scholarships of $45,050 earlier in June to 11 local students, and has given numerous smaller community donations totaling over $35,000 to roughly 40 organizations throughout the past year. More information about the club is available at


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Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar Foundation Inducts new Students, Graduates Donates $5,000 to Saratoga Eight SSAS inducted 11 new students at their second annual graduation and induction ceremony June 16. They will be sophomores in the fall. Pictured starting in the front row are: Kayla Nichols, Carlie Barella, Shelly Pettit, Cyria Turner, Savannah Meyre. Back row: Yaquarah Sage, Dwanje Thornton, Shan Shaffe, Davawn Griggs. Not pictured: Estela and Jaxon Smith. SSAS also graduated eight seniors June 22. Graduating seniors and their prospective universities are pictured starting from left: Kim Skonieczny ( S U N Y Potsdam), Jake Robinson (Skidmore College), AJ Wicks (American Musical and Dramatic Academy), Mataya Clark (College of St. Rose), Louis Parrilla Osorio (Morrisville), Rafael Lopez (SUNY Brockport). Not Pictured: Arianna Scheidt (Hibert College).

Wesley Health Care Center’s CNA of the Year Wesley Health Care Center has named Sheila Fish as its Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year. Fish will represent Wesley in May 2013 during Nursing Home Week at an awards event sponsored by the Association of Nursing Services Administrators (ANSA). CNAs are nominated by both administration and their peers. To qualify, the CNA must be recognized as someone who shows excellence in job performance. Pictured are Wesley Health Care Center Director of Nursing Cindy Labish, CNA of the Year Sheila Fish, Registered Nurse Mary Robinson and Administrator Dutch Hayward.

Shakespeare Saratoga Shakespeare Company received a $5,000 gift from the Philly and Charlie Dake Foundation of Stewart’s Shops to support its 2012 12th anniversary production, “Twelfth Night.” The production will run free of charge for two weeks in Congress Park on the Alfred Z. Solomon Stage, July 17-29. Performances begin at 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, with matinees at 3 p.m. on Sundays, and audience members often bring picnics to the show. Saratoga Shakespeare invites the public to join the Dake Foundation in support of “Twelfth Night.” Taxdeductible contributions may be sent to P. O. Box 5059, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-8036. Secure PayPal credit card donations may also be made at or at the company’s Facebook page.




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“Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.” The Teaching of Tecumseh

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1 Short distance 5 Corsica neighbor 9 Den purchase 14 Soccer legend 15 Conan of NPR 16 1939 Leigh role 17 MLB spring training locale 18 *Serious problem when planning an air force? 20 Inferior 22 Feng __ 23 Unilever men’s brand 24 Raw fish dish 26 Film in which Woody Allen voices Z 28 Printer’s extras 30 Stoked 34 It might be hooked to an outrigger 37 “Manhattan Murder Mystery” actor 39 Writer __ Neale Hurston 40 Piles 41 Avian delicacy 42 Bubble, perhaps 43 Piece of glass 44 Diamondbacks manager Gibson 45 Kosher deli offering 46 Mountain chain 48 Haydn and Hemingway 50 Grains at the shore 52 Roller on a track 56 MLB spring training locale 59 “__ You Not”: Jack Paar book 61 Space cloud 62 *Alluring Piccadilly hotel? 65 The whole nine yards, or a hint about how the starred answers are formed 66 Too honorable for 67 Lap edge 68 Finish finish? 69 Played, as a cello 70 Mariner’s guide 71 Ability to last DOWN 1 Fancy footwear 2 Land at the Forum? 3 St. __ Mountains: Alaska/Canada range 4 *Malfunctioning candy dispensers? 5 It often ends in “ase” 6 Jamie or Kathie follower 7 Prevents 8 Hana Airport hello 9 Nabokov classic 10 Chinese tea 11 Fox’s partner on “The X-Files”

Movie Review

The Dictator

In your home country, you are all-powerful, worshipped (albeit forcibly), and seen as God come to Earth. Then, you are abandoned in a country where you’re despised by the public as a whole and must make a living. What do you do? Admiral General Hafez Aladeen (played by Sacha Baron Cohen) has been master of all he surveys in the North African Republic of Wadiya for decades. He’s immature, anti-Semitic, has such poor judgment, and so little control over his libido that his bodyguards are all female and chosen primarily for their looks. In addition, he spends a fortune of his country’s money for the pleasure of Megan Fox’s company in the bedroom. Still, all is not perfect in the world of the conceited ruler. He must face the combined challenges of building his struggling nuclear program and keeping U.N. inspectors from discovering it. All while his right hand and uncle, Tamir (played by Ben Kingsley), grows frustrated with working for such a buffoon. Believing that he rightly belongs in the seat of power, Tamir (Kingsley) hires an American mercenary named Clayton (played by John C. Reilly) to kidnap Aladeen so that he can be replaced by a look-alike they employ to foil assassination attempts. The look-alike, (also played by Cohen) is a simpleton and will be much easier to manipulate than the real Aladeen who managed to escape his captors, but not before they’d stripped him of his decorated military

At The Movies With Trey Roohan

Gasoline Alley

12 Creature that fought King Kong, familiarly 13 Centerpiece piece 19 Kashmir neighbor 21 Bee complex 25 President Jalal Talabani, for one 27 *Game of nothing but pop flies and walks? 29 Sucking sound 31 Muppet sax player 32 Actor Estrada 33 Low-lying area 34 They may be locked on a computer 35 Jai __ 36 Less than slim, chancewise 38 Senegal’s capital 41 Foul

45 Tie, in a way 47 Complained bitterly 49 German for “armor” 51 Highlands daggers 53 Doll 54 Go-with go-between 55 Levels 56 Middle management problem? 57 University of New Mexico mascot 58 Admit openly 60 By __ of: due to 63 Three-faced woman of film 64 Spot in a pot

uniform and cut off his trademark beard. After meeting him outside the U.N., Zoey, an activist and operator of an alternative lifestyle food co-op (played by Anna Faris), offers Aladeen a job, believing he was a refugee from the oppressive regime rather than the covertly ousted oppressor himself. Now, having not seen “Borat” or “Bruno,” perhaps I was unprepared for Cohen’s brand of comedy. The director, Larry Charles, was also behind the camera for Cohen’s previous efforts, but I’m only familiar with his work as an alumnus of the “Seinfeld” writing staff and as the director of the Bill Maher documentary “Religulous.” I am a fan of both but comparing “The Dictator” to “Seinfeld” is like comparing apples to… well, “Seinfeld.” And the obvious references to eccentricities exhibited by Saddam Hussein and former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi were funny, but the protagonist himself is neither funny nor sympathetic. To me, he was rarely, if ever, interesting. Others might enjoy this film, I didn’t. (5.5/10) For comments and questions, contact me at

Broom Hilda

Animal Crackers




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Grieving Children and Families Support Program 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs The Community Hospice of Saratoga will offer a three-week support group for children, grades kindergarten through eighth, who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives, including a parent, grandparent, sibling or friend. Children meet in age-specific groups, sharing thoughts and feelings using art, music, games and discussion. A Parent Educational Support Group is offered concurrently. It is free of charge and open to the community. The program will begin Thursday, July 12, and run for three weeks. Registration is required. Contact Sarah EtkinSefcik, LMSW at (518) 581-0800 for more information.

New Yoga Class: Beginner/Foundation Yoga with Martina Zobel Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Monday and Thursday mornings 9:30-11 a.m. For information, call (518) 584-8730.

Drop off Clothing Donations to Cudney’s Drop off your gently-used, in-season clothing Saturday, July 7 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at all Cudney’s locations in Saratoga and Wilton. The clothing will then be sorted, cleaned and donated to Franklin Community Center.

CAPTAIN’s Summer Hours CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services will switch to their summer hours beginning the week of July 9. From July 9 through Labor Day, CAPTAIN will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m.1:30 p.m. CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services is a social service agency located in Clifton Park. To speak to a CAPTAIN representative you may

call (518) 371-1185.

Saratoga Bridges will host “The White Party” Gala presented by Diageo and CDPHP The attire is white cocktail or summer casual. Tickets are $150 per person or $100 (under 35). $100 is tax deductible. To make reservations by July 13, go to, call (518) 587-0723, ext. 1242 or send reservation to Saratoga Bridges Foundation, “The White Party,” 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Saratoga P.L.A.N. Seeking Art Submissions Saratoga P.L.A.N. (Preserving Land and Nature) is seeking submissions for a fine art show, “A Thousand Fibers,” to be curated by Sang Wook-Lee, assistant professor of fine arts at Skidmore College. Artists’ entries are due July 10. The show will be held at the Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs in the fall. Specifications for submissions can be downloaded from Saratoga PLAN’s website,

Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop 116 Board St in Schuylerville Half off Christmas items and $1 bag sale Friday, July 6 & Saturday, July 7. Additional “in store sales” will also be offered. This special sale will continue through July 14. (518) 695-4640

Adirondack Canoe-Building Craftsmen Workshop Beginning June 28, The Adirondack Folk School at 51 Main Street in Lake Luzerne is offering a six-day workshop led by instructors Larry Benjamin and Marc Ornstein. Classes will be conducted 9 a.m. 4 p.m. July 12 through July 14. Tuition cost is $475 and the fee for all materials is $350. Seating is limited to no more than six students. For more information, contact Jim Mandle, Adirondack Folk School director, at (518) 696-2400 or visit

Saratoga Tours



The regularly scheduled walking tours start every Saturday, MayOctober, at 12:30 at the farmer’s market and private tours can be

arranged for groups of four or more at any time throughout the year. Cost of the tour is $40 which includes all tastings—more than enough for lunch. The tours last about two and a half hours and cover about a mile of walking. Custom tours are available and can be tailored to the client’s requirements. More information is available at or by calling (518) 8034181.

Vistors Center Walking Tours Begin 297 Broadway Visitors Center The Saratoga Springs Visitor Center is now offering two exciting, historic walking tours. The first tour is a daily guided tour of Congress Park entitled “History, Legends, Lore & More.” This tour departs the visitor center daily at 10:30 a.m. rain or shine. The second tour will be given twice weekly highlighting Saratoga Springs in the 1880s and is entitled “Saratoga Trunk.” This tour is being offered Mondays and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and also departs from the visitor center. Tickets are $5 for adults and children under 12 are free. For more information, call (518) 587-3241.

Saratoga County Chamber’s Young Professionals Network Meeting The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Network will meet Tuesday, July 10 at Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio with the meeting co-hosted by Pizza Works. This event is open to all chamber members. Pre-registration is appreciated and cost is $10. Reservations can be made by calling the chamber office at (518) 584-3255 or by visiting

“A Musical SHABBAT” Congregation Shaara Tfille, Saratoga Springs This one-hour service program, July 20 at 7:30 p.m., will feature adaptations of Broadway songs and classic tunes from the “Great American Songbook,” as well as traditional Jewish prayer songs and modern compositions. R.S.V.P. to Carole in the office at (518) 5842370 by Tuesday, July 17. Admission for dinner is $18 for adults and $10 for children (under 12 ).

Writing Your Family History Course Your family and personal stories are too good and too important to lose. Discover the step-by-step process that transforms memories into memoirs in "Writing Your Family History," a course that will be held Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 and August 1, from 7 - 9 p.m., at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. The $69 registration fee includes a coursebook. To register, call (518) 629-7339.

SUNY Adirondack Nursing Program Information Sessions A series of information sessions in July and August for the college’s Nursing Program. The sessions will be held on Wednesdays and are scheduled for July 11 at noon.; July 25 at 3 p.m.; August 15 at noon; and August 22 at noon and 3 p.m. All sessions will be held in the Regional Higher Education Center, Room 128. Anyone interested in attending the sessions can sign up by calling the Advisement and Career Services Center at (518) 832-7708; the Counseling Center at (518) 7432278; or by emailing Becky Funk, career planning specialist, at

Governor Cuomo’s FreshConnect program Summer means a fresh new season of New York produce. Governor Cuomo’s FreshConnect Program is increasing access to affordable, fresh New York-grown produce for all New Yorkers, while also supporting our local farmers. The governor has expanded the FreshConnect program to support 34 projects at over 50 locations statewide. Many of these farm-to-table projects in underserved communities are now open. For more information visit

Free Teen Improv Boot Camp The Saratoga Springs Public Library presents a comedy series. Teen Improv Boot Camp series sessions: July 3, July 10 and July 17 at 4 - 5 p.m. Teen Improv Boot Camp DressRehearsal: July 24 at 4 - 5:30 p.m. Teen Improv Public Showcase – July 25 at 6:30 p.m. All welcome to attend! For more information, call (518) 584-7860 ext. 238 or visit

Send your local briefs to Eric Havens at ehavens@ before Monday at 5 p.m. for Friday publication

upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 7/11: Jenkins Park, 7 p.m. 7/11: Zoning Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 7/9: Village Board, 7:30 p.m. 7/11: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 7/10: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 7/12: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 7/2: Town Board, 7 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 7/11: Planning Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 7/5: Design Review, 7 p.m. 7/11: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 7/11: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 Saratoga County Board of Supervisors 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 (518) 885-2240 7/9: Buildings and Grounds, 3 p.m. 7/9: Public Health, 4 p.m. 7/10: Public Safety, 3 p.m. 7/10: Social Programs, 3:30 p.m. 7/10: Economic Development, 4 p.m. 7/10: Public Works, 4 p.m. 7/11: Law and Finance, 4 p.m. 7/11: Public Hearing, 4:45 p.m. 7/11: Agenda, 5 p.m.




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6 - July 12 July

events Ongoing Events Tails and Terpsichore Exhibit National Museum of Dance, 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs An exhibit about the many occurrences where animal and dance themes become intertwined. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. March 20 November 24 (518) 584-2225

Oklahoma Training Track Tours The National Museum of Racing, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs This walking tour covers approximately 1 mile and lasts for 1.5 hours. $10 admission for8:30 a.m. start. June 2 - October 27 (518) 584-0400, ext. 120

Saratoga Artisans and Crafters’ Market

Warren County Airport, Warren County Hot air balloon moon glows can be observed at Crandall , Montcalm Street, Murray Street and East Field Parks at dusk. festival kicks off 6 p.m. Starts Friday at Crandall Park, with opening ceremonies. Moves Saturday morning the Warren County Airport.

City By Design

Historical Figure Program

The Children’s Museum, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs Children will learn about the four zones of a city and design a model building using recycled materials. (518) 587-5540

First Friday Art Walk

Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, Mt. McGregor, Wilton Sgt. Clarke will be portrayed by Steve Trimm. Following the presentation, cake will be served. (518) 584-4353

Summer Stroll

Beekman St., Saratoga Springs shops of Beekman Street host visiting artists on their porches and lawns from 6 - 8 p.m. (518) 222-9911

NW Corner of Division St. and Broadway, Saratoga Springs Guided tour through the historic Franklin Square area at 10:30 a.m. (518) 587-5030

Delegan Pond Exploration Open Hours

Secret Gardens Tour

Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park,Camp Saratoga, Scout Rd. Explore the pond with dip nets. (518) 450-0321

Meet the Author Night Mango Tree Imports, 12 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Chat with local children’s writers while you enjoy Fair Trade wine, snacks and good company. (518) 884-4652

Tang Museum Concerts: UpBeat on the Roof

Adirondack Museum Hosts Familypalooza July 7

SPAC, 108 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs Classical and Contemporary Ballets. Event lasts July 10 - 21. (518) 587-3330

Join the Adirondack Museum for Familypalooza 2012 on Saturday, July 7. The Adirondack Museum invites children age 17 and under to visit free of charge for this special event. The Adirondack Museum is open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., through October 14. The museum will close at 3 p.m. August 10 and September 7 for special event preparations. For additional information, visit or call (518) 352-7311.

Weekend Events

Magic Mike and Martin the Rabbit

SunKiss Balloon Festival

Eagle Mills Cider Co., 383 County Rd. 138 Broadalbin Saratoga resident Mike Cole and

Crandall Park, Glens Falls and

Tang Museum, Skidmore College Enjoy a tour of the Tang exhibition followed by a hands-on art activity from 2 - 3:30 p.m. (518) 580-8080

Sunday, July 8

Saturday, July 7

New York City Ballet

Tang Museum Family Day

Friday, July 6

High Rock Pavilion Thursdays, June 8 - August 31 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (518) 461-4893

Tang Museum, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs A different artist performs every Friday through August 31 at 7 p.m. on the Tang Museum rooftop patio. For more information, call (518) 580-8080

his rabbit Martin will provide magical interactive fun for everyone. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 518) 883-8700

297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 18th annual self-guided tour sponsored by Soroptimist International of Saratoga County. $18 in advance $22 day of. (518) 581-1201, ext. 4184

Monday, July 9 Dancers’ Health Day at the National Museum of Dance 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs A program focusing on the care and healing of the dancer’s extraordinary instrument of art— the body. 10 a.m. (518) 584-2225, ext. 3009

Steampunk Jewelry Making Glasby Room, Saratoga Public Library, Saratoga Springs Registration required. Open to fall grades six - 12. 1 - 2 p.m. (518) 584-7860, ext. 239

Circus Smirkus Saratoga Race Track, Saratoga Springs Held in the main parking lot, adjacent to the reading room from 1 7 p.m. (518) 884-0200

Brown Bag Art Talk Saisselin Art Center 308, Skidmore

College Kyle deCamp creates and performs interdisciplinary works that explore their subject in an historical moment from a contemporary point of view. 12:30 p.m. (518) 584-7860, ext. 254

Tuesday, July 10 Family Game Day H. Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Springs We will have board games, floor games and electronic group games., (518) 5847860, opt. 3

Public Tour: Hearing Pictures Tang Museum, Skidmore College Exploring the relationship between sound and vision through a selection of artwork from the Tang collection. (518) 580-8080

Wednesday, July 11 Small Business Marketing 101 Susman Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library Seminar led by Kate Baker, Business Advisor at SBDC. 9 - 10:45 a.m. (518) 584-7860, ext. 241


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Thursday, July 12 Doggie Yappy Hour The Inn at Saratoga, Saratoga Springs Come for cocktails, food and doggie fun!! FREE to attend. (518) 587-2207

Exploring and Interacting with Media Websites Computer Lab, Saratoga Springs Public Library Students will learn how to use various media websites from 1:30 3:30 p.m. 518) 584-7860, ext. 257

Summer Entrepreneurship Camp Skidmore College one-week program for high school students interested in attending an entrepreneurship camp.

Farmers’ Markets Saratoga Springs High Rock Park Wednesdays 3 - 6 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tail Waggin’ Tutor-Quinn

Greenfield Center

Saratoga Springs Public Library Children, come to the library and read to Quinn the therapy dog from 10 - 11 a.m. (518) 584-7860, opt. 3

Middle Grove Park on Middle Grove Rd. Fridays 4 - 7 p.m.

Let’s Get Cookin’ Saratoga Springs Public Library A family show that is full of rhythmic beats, silly chefs and lots of laughs. (518) 584-7860

Guided Early Morning History Walks Saratoga Historic Battlefield Rt. 4 and Rt. 32, Schuylerville From 9 - 11 a.m., join park volunteers on informational walks. Participants should be able to walk two miles over uneven terrain and are encouraged to bring drinking water and insect repellant. (518) 664-9821,

Ballston Spa Wiswall Park on Front St. Thursdays 3 - 6 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m. - noon

Burnt Hills / Ballston Lake Corner of Lake Hill Rd. and Route 50 Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Malta Community Center Tuesdays 3 - 6 p.m.

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HELP WANTED AVIATION MAINTENANCE /AVIONICS Graduate in 14 Months. FAA Approved; Financial aid if qualified.Job placement assistance. Call National Aviation Academy Today! 800-292-3228 or Driver- Up to $.42/mile plus $.02/mile safety bonus. Daily Pay. Weekly Hometime. Van and Refreigerated. CDL-A, 3 months recent esperience required 800-414-9569 ATTN: COMPUTER WORK. Work from anywhere 24/7. Up to $1,500 Part Time to $7,500/ mo. Full Time. Training provided. Albany, NY Area Athletic Republic Training Franchise! Turnkey business includes: equipment, build-out, established customer base, protected territory. Perfect for sports medicine pros. Call 518-879-4002, LIVE-WORK-PARTY-PLAY! Play in NY, Hang in LA. Hiring 18-24 Girls/Guys. $400-$800 weekly. Paid expenses. Signing Bonus. Energetic & fun? Call: 866-251-0768

MERCHANDISE Privacy Hedge, Windbreak, Cedar Tree, Evergreen Mail Order $7.50, Delivery, Installation Other Species Available! Services Available in NY, NJ, & New England. CALL 1-800-889-8238 or 518-314-1446


Moving Sale! Saturday July 7th 9-4p (rain date) Sunday July 8th. T.V., new 6 person tent, adult girls bike, monguse girls bike, skate board, toys, books, lamps, thomas kinkaid paintings, sterling silver platters, new bathroom sets,silk pillows, humidifiers, dishes, glasses, clothing (large mens, girls toddler up to size 10, ladies 6-12 ) and so much more! 1197 Goode Road, Ballston Spa.


Dining Room Set Table w/4 cushioned chairs & china cabinet w/lighting. White Washed Oak, Asking $300.00. Call 791-5691


Lisa McTygue 598-4098 Lisa.McTygue@ ColdwellBanker


WILTON McGregor Village Apts. SUMMER SPECIAL - 1ST MONTH FREE 2 bdrm, 1 bath. Cats only. (A/C avail) 518-886-8013 All 1st flr. units includes features for persons w/disabilities required by the Fair Housing Act. Now $775/month. QUIET 1 BDRM, New Kit. w/marble countertops, balcony, w/d hookup, energy efficient. No smoking/pets. 20 min. to Saratoga. Lease/Ref. $600+. Call 518-396-6960 MALTA Luther Forest 2 bdrm, 1.5 Ba. Townhouse w/d, garage, Avail. 8/1 $1095 + Security, 518-366-5457 MOBILE HOME FOR RENT Gansevoort. 3 bdrm, 2 full baths, $875+ per mon.. 1st month rent + security req. 1 pet allowed. No smoking. References & credit report required. Call Jill 207-233-4810

$123,900 12 year young ranch on third of an acre lot. 3 bdrms, 2 full baths, built-in cabinets, walk-in closets, family room, full basement, deck. Saratoga Springs Schools. Pre-approval required John Miecznikowski 366-5599



"Eastridge" Community. Maintenance free. Fabulous custom home, "One of a kind", high ceilings, dramatic staircase, balcony area and loft with wrought iron railings, beautiful kitchen with imported tile, spectacular master suite and bath. Totally finished basement with family room, full bath, bedroom and day light windows. Huge loft area overlooking family room. Inground pool, Landscaped yard. This is a unique property priced to sell quickly and must see! Sharon Byrne 527-4914

Popular Fast Food Franchise - Estab. 5 years in Saratoga. Loyal following. Sales $672K. Motivated owner. Only $105K. CBAI (518) 459-9070


Business Service Directory decorating ELEGANT INTERIORS Custom painting and wallpapering. Residential/ light commercial. Faux finishes. Custom Molding. Free estimates fully insured/ ref. Evenings & weekend schedules avail. When attention to detail matters. Greg Perreault (518)366-5743

small engine repair Adirondack Equipment Repair Snowblowers, Chain Saws, Lawn Equipment. Pick up & Delivery 581-3809 87 Old Schuylerville Rd, Saratoga Springs, 12866

Tree Service Residential Tree Service Tree Removal & Cabeling Iron Horse Tree Service 518-677-5878

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Exquisite design in this 3 BR, 2.5 bath Witt built showcase home. The home sits on a beautifully landscaped 3/4 acre lot. Many upgrades include hardwood floors, DR columns, screened & wrap around porch, deep crown molding, ceramic tile, wainscoting, tile backsplash and surround sound. Handsome gourmet kitchen opens to family room with vaulted ceiling. Beautiful Master BR suite with dream bathroom! Finished lower level with garden windows. Den on 2nd level. 1st floor laundry, side entry garage. Stamped patio with built-in gas grill overlooks private backyard.


Pine Dresser & Night Stand Good condition. $75. Call Karen 207-233-4810

Clean As A Whistle Professional Residential Cleaning From our shining customer service, to your sparkling clean home, you can count on Clean As A Whistle! Reliable. Insured. Bonded 518-894-4476



Lowrey Organ with Leslie Speakers, $100.00 Call 518-584-6411.



1998 Chevy Express 3500 Box truck • 84,136 miles • 6 brand new tires • Anti-lock brakes • Bucket seats with new seat covers • $5900 Call 587-4500 and ask for Stephen Towne

CRAFT/GARAGE SALE VENDORS WANTED The Saratoga-Wilton Elks Ladies Auxiliary is looking for market vendors for an indoor market to be held once a month at the Lodge, 1 Elks Lane, off Rte.9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga, on Sundays from 11 to 3:30 pm. Admission is free and the cost for an 8 foot table space will be $15 each paid in advance. Doors will open to set up at 9:30 am. The next dates are June 24, September 23, October 28, and November 25, 2012.Come and enjoy; for an application or to answer any questions please call Linda at 2895470 or Debbie at 885-6506. The money is used for our ongoing community donations.


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If you are looking for the perfect home, look no further! This Energy Star 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home has it all! Spectacular Open floor plan ideal for entertaining.Huge kitchen with large center island, granite counter tops and tile flooring. Two family rooms! One family room boasts a Vermont Casting woodstove surrounded by custom masonry stone work, knotty pine woodwork and sliding doors leading to a custom patio. Master bath with granite and amazing soaking tub! Situated on 35 acres with a trout Stream! Lisa A Walsh Capital Tech Real Estate Group 810-6093



In town "Saratoga Springs." Two blocks to Congress Park & Broadway. Classic brick Victorian Italianate w//full front porch. Totally renovated in keeping with the era. First & 2nd flr sunrooms, fabulous mudrm w/built-in cabinetry, hdwd flrs throughout. Kitchen by "Hal Bigelow" with stainless, granite, Wolfe stove, bay windows. Marble & tile baths, family room w/built-in cabinetry. Glass French doors open to patio. Magnificient millwork throughout. See virtual tour. Realtor related to seller.

Sharon Byrne 527-4914



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Community Sports Bulletin Lenny Baker Wins Professional MMA Debut by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY ATLANTIC CITY – Lenny Baker, Warrensburg High School graduate and mixed martial artist, won his professional debut at the Caged Fury Fighting Championships XV event at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Saturday, June 30. The Spa City Jiu Jitsu student claimed victory over his opponent Judah Ciervo with a flurry of effective punches, landing the final blow 4:29 into the first round. It was about three times as long as his first fight, and Baker seemed to wear as the fight progressed, but still managed to land the punches he needed to walk away triumphant. The fight was much different than Baker’s amateur debut, with both fighters remaining on their feet for the majority of the contest. Baker and Ciervo wrestled for the upper hand, the referee was forced to separate the fighters after an inadvertent low blow by Baker. Ciervo, a student of the muay thai discipline, was taken down twice by Baker, only to escape both times. Toward the end of the first round, it appeared that Ciervo had landed a timely blow to Baker that left him dazed. Ciervo was unable to capitalize and he seemed to struggle Photo Provided to keep his balance as Baker remained aggressive and continued his pursuit. Baker’s aggression may be what won him this fight, since Ciervo seemed unable to quickly determine his next move after gaining any brief opportunity. As he continued to stalk his opponent around the ring, it became a matter of when and not if Baker would land the final blow. It seemed in Baker’s better interest to end the fight quickly. Ciervo, though flustered with the consistent pressure, did not appear nearly as worn down as Baker, who dropped his guard a few times while on the offensive. This is only the first fight for Baker after signing a three-fight deal with the Caged Fury Fighting Championships back in April. The win moves Baker’s overall career record to 2-0, with two knockout victories. His first victory came in January, while still an amateur, also by knockout. The loss drops Judah Ciervo to 1-3 in his professional fighting career.

Send your sports stories or briefs to Andrew Marshall, Sports Editor at amarshall@saratoga

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Wear Your Helmet, Get a “Ticket” Good For Free Ice Cream Local law enforcement agencies, ice cream shops, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and law firm Martin, Harding & Mazzotti are teaming up this summer to encourage kids to embrace bicycle safety as part of the Safe Summer Bike Helmet Program, which is entering its 15th year. The Saratoga Springs and Ballston Spa police departments and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department are just a few of the law enforcement agencies that will distribute “tickets” for free ice cream to children they spot wearing their bicycle and skateboard helmets. The coupons are provided by the Saratoga Springs Ben & Jerry’s, Stewart’s Shops and Friendly’s. This year Martin, Harding & Mazzotti law firm will be donating hundreds of helmets to area police departments to be distributed to children in low-income families.

NY Elite FC Soccer Tryout Dates The NY Elite FC soccer U10 and U11 boys tryouts are from 5:30 p.m - 7:30 p.m. July 9 at the Clifton Commons. Pre-registration for tryouts is required. Email Renee Barlow at to pre-register. Athletes must bring a ball, cleats, shin guards and water (no team jerseys). Please print and fill out the NY Elite FC emergency medical release/liability waiver and uniform sizing form available at and arrive 30 minutes early for the first tryout date.




Week of July 6 - July 12, 2012


“Youk” Can’t Always Get What “Youk” Want



Damian Fantauzzi When an icon falters the result can be their swan song! Kevin Youkilis is no longer a member of the Boston Red Sox as a result of back problems and lack of playing time. His hitting was nothing compared to his performance of seasons past, so he got traded. If you take your red socks and wash them with chlorine bleach, they might turn white. In other words, Youkilis has been given a new life as a member of the Chicago White Sox, so perhaps he'll need a lot of bleach to facilitate the change. Youkilis was as much a part of the Red Sox as the iconic script “B” on their caps. It is beyond my imagination that the Boston organization would quit on one of their icons. If you've ever been to Fenway and Kevin came to bat, the crowd would always chant "Yooouk" (which at first, it sounded like boos.) Being a Yankee fan, I can compare this story to what happened to Hideki Matsui in 2009, when the Bronx Bombers traded their recently named World

Series MVP to the Los Angeles Angels. It was a thank you and goodbye and quite frankly, a kick in the pants to many New York fans. So, to all my friends who are Red Sox fans, I feel your pain! Youkilis was a Fenway Park favorite for nine years and he was told, according to sources, he would lose playing time to rookie Will Middlebrooks at third base. Youkilis was sidelined during most of May with his ailing back. That’s where Middlebrooks stepped up and showed his worth, adding salt to Youkilis' wound. Middlebrooks’ stellar performance at third base, as well as being very productive at the plate, made Youkilis expendable. When Youkilis returned from the DL, his playing time became limited at third base; he played a little at first base, forcing first baseman Adrian Gonzalez into right field. Since Bobby Valentine took over for Terry Francona, many of the Boston players did not see eye to eye with the new manager’s philosophy. Valentine stated in April that he felt that Youkilis wasn't as physically or emotionally into his game as he had been in the past, adding that he seemed detached. Valentine apologized the next day, but the Red Sox had their first public conflict not a week into Valentine’s first season with the club. Veteran second baseman Dustin Pedroia made the statement: “I don't know what Bobby is trying to do, but that's not the way we do things here. Maybe that stuff works in Japan,” (a reference to Valentine having successfully managed in Japan

for a few years after leaving the New York Mets.) Maybe the bigger story is replacing a manager doesn't always work no matter how reputable the new guy might be. Imagine replacing the famed college basketball coach John Thompson of Georgetown University with the late and more

“I guarantee that every time the White Sox come to Fenway, “The Youk” will be cheered. They'll even cheer for him when he gets a hit mark my words!”

successful Adolph Rupp of Kentucky University. My feeling is that would not work, no way! Coaching philosophies can differ, but the change for the players sometimes doesn’t add up to be a positive relationship. I am of the opinion that when a team gets a new coach or manager, it is the manager’s duty to unify the team and learn their chemistry. Not an easy task, by any means, but it has to be done. No matter what sport or level there always needs to be an open line of communication between the players and coach. The Boston Red Sox, as a team, had a respect and love for their former manager Terry Francona. He was fired as a result of last September's collapse, and shouldered the blame when the Red Sox season unraveled, keeping

them out of the playoffs. The owner and management of the franchise had to make someone pay, so Terry became the fall guy and took the blame for the team's slippage! I wrote an article late last fall about Francona's firing and I felt it to be unfair, unnecessary and a mistake by the front office. The Red Sox have always been a different organization and their fan loyalty is second to none! In the past decade, Boston has been an organization of freespirited players armed with the following and unity of a dedicated fan base. There's a small-town feel of loyalty and togetherness in Boston - it's called “Red Sox Nation" for a reason! When President Obama made a slight joke about Kevin Youkilis joining the White Sox, his favorite team, and the audience which was made up of Massachusetts citizens “Youk’d” him - quite a humorous scene. A good team can have their failures, but time is needed to give that team a chance to redeem itself. In the many great sports stories of days gone by, aren't they mostly about comebacks? What has happened in the Boston organization, in my opinion, is the taste of success and how it can create angst for the desire for repeated glory, which can result in the lack of patience for a recovery. The need for instant gratification can become a Cardinal sin, in the world of sports. Their first mistake was the knee-jerk firing of Francona, which led to a bad situation for the new guy, Bobby Valentine. Their second mistake was dissecting the players and trying to

weed out the weak links that might be going through a slump and not giving them the chance to recover. Sometimes you throw an old toy out when all it needed was new batteries! I feel that the biggest mistake is letting those who are in managerial positions or in the front office, who lack the experience and knowledge of coaching, try to solve the personnel problems of the team. They really don't have the connection with team members and possibly don't understand the chemistry involved in the locker room. In Kevin Youkilis’ last game with the Red Sox, he had two hits against the Atlanta Braves and received a standing ovation from the "Red Sox Nation" as he stood at the top of the dugout steps after being substituted for a pinch runner. You will see this loyalty from the fans for a long time; I guarantee that every time the White Sox come to Fenway, the “Youk” will get cheers and ovations. They'll even cheer for him when he gets a hit - mark my words! The final word is that it's a done deal and everyone has to move on by going about their business, the players trying to win games, the manager multitasking baseball’s metaphorical chessboard and the franchise looking for what needs to be done to keep the organization where they want it to be. Most of all, the fans need to keep supporting the team they love because the Red Sox Nation will survive with its never ending patriotism!



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