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Issue 19

May 11 – May 17, 2018

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ZOMBIE PROPERTIES City Takes Steps to Bring Abandoned Properties Back to Usefulness

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

Dozens of zombie properties have been identified throughout Saratoga Springs. The city is launching an effort to bring those abandoned homes back to usefulness. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city officially counts 59 “zombie” properties throughout Saratoga Springs but acknowledges there could be dozens more abandoned structures across the Spa City landscape. The vacant and deteriorating homes, often abandoned by owners behind on their mortgage, pose safety risks and can negatively affect property values

of entire neighborhoods. “There are some in almost every neighborhood in the city,” says Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin. “On our vacant property registry list we have 59, but we believe from neighbor reports and our own officers driving around the city that there are probably closer to 80.” Abandoned properties can attract animals, pose potential structure fire issues, result in injuries to children seeking an See Story pg. 9

NEW OWNERS AT The Wishing Well Celebrates MENGES & CURTIS 50 th Anniversary

by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Menges and Curtis Apothecary’s new owners are bringing health and history back to Saratoga. “I was always fascinated by the history and the space of the building,” Jennifer Lamb, new co-proprietor and pharmacist of Menges and Curtis Apothecary, said. Previously Fallon Pharmacy, March 31 was Menges and Curtis’ first day with Lamb and her husband Scott Lamb as owners. See Story pg. 12


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Jennifer Lamb, owner and pharmacist. Photo by Super Source Media LLC.

Brenda Lee at the Wishing Well’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

Photo by LaChapelle Photography. See Story pgs. 24, 25


Neighbors: WHO: Billy Harrigan WHERE: Needlewürks Q. How long have you been a part of the Saratoga community? A. I grew up out in Milton near Rock City Falls and went to Ballston Spa High. Heading to Saratoga wasn’t really a priority except for the occasional show at Backstreet Billiards. Years later I landed an apprenticeship at Needlewurks in town. Meeting lots of the local artists through the tattoo shop led to participating in live painting events while bands played, and I started hanging in town much more. Q. What do you do exactly? A. I’m a fulltime tattoo artist for Needlewurks and contribute artwork for local bands/shows and events. Q. How has Saratoga changed since you first started working there? A. The city itself has changed quite a bit since I started hanging in town or working at the tattoo shop. Even the tattoo shop has relocated, and the old location is now a pizza shop. Friendly’s is now a hibachi and Broadway Joes and the laser tag place are now a hotel lobby. It’s always growing, some for the better and some for the worse, but such is life. The music scene is different than what it was when I first came around. Street

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punks and metal heads were booking and playing a lot of shows in the area. Then venues changed, and things moved into a more jam band heavy scene. The pendulum seems to be swinging back towards the DIY punk rock way due to the super dark collective crews work on Caroline Street. I think they’re really doing great things for the area and independent music/bands. The inclusiveness of mixed genre shows is great to bring groups together that may otherwise miss an excellent performance from a band they’ve never heard of. Q. What are some of your other hobbies? A. I am in a band that I started about a year ago with some friends, called Dirt Church, that had come out of other projects like Jesus Christ and the Hallucinogenic All Stars and Deadletter, the former being a big hit in the Saratoga area. Outside of graphic art, music takes up most of my free time. Q. What’s your favorite Saratoga “hot spot”? A. Desperate Annie’s is my favorite Saratoga landmark. Best damn bar this side of the Rockies. I’ve never been past the Rockies. I definitely recommend that everyone checks out Super Dark Mondays at Desperate Annie’s.

INTERVIEW BY: Lori Mahan | PHOTO: Provided.


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East Side 2018 Historic Homes Tour Photos provided.

Home at 150 Phila Street.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, along with Honorary Co-Chairs Dave and Stephanie Collins, will welcome spring with the 2018 Historic Homes Tour. This highly anticipated event offers the rare opportunity to see the interiors of private historic homes of Saratoga Springs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 12. This year’s tour features seven historic homes in the East Side neighborhood: 150 Phila Street; 144 Spring Street; 29 Fifth Avenue; 31 Fifth Avenue; 38 Circular

Street; 115 Circular Street; and “Rehabilitation-In-Progress” at 34 Circular Street. In addition to these homes, Caffè Lena and a condo at 55 Phila Street, the Spencer Condominiums, will be open during the tour. “We are excited to see the tradition of our annual Historic Homes Tour continue and grow,” said Samantha Bosshart, Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. “This year we are particularly honored to be a part of celebrating 150 years of 150 Phila Street with

Home at 115 Circular Street.

Theresa and John Behrendt at this year’s Porch Party,” remarked Bosshart. The Foundation will kick off the Historic Homes Tour with an exclusive Porch Party on May 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to celebrate 150 years of 150 Phila

Street. The party will include live music, wine, and light fare from The Lily and The Rose. For anyone interested in learning more about the East Side neighborhood, the foundation will host a “Lunch and Learn” on Saturday, May 12 at noon at

the famed historic Caffè Lena, 47 Phila Street. Boxed lunches will be generously provided by The Inn at Saratoga. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit or call 518-587-5030.



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SARATOGA SPRINGS — A fiery tractor-trailer crash closed all three lanes of I-87 for five hours on Tuesday. According to the State Police, on May 8 at 5:50 p.m., the front tire of a tractor-trailer came off causing the vehicle that was hauling six small utility trailers

as cargo to lose control. The trailer that was heading northbound then exited the roadway, struck the guardrail and bridge overpass railing on the shoulder at exit 15, and caught fire. The vehicle continued across all three lanes and exited the western shoulder striking an

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Transportation and Environmental Conservation Officials responded to the scene of the crash as damage to the bridge necessitated repairs and approximately 50 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled and needed clean up. Eventually one lane was opened as bridge repairs continued for almost three hours.


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earth embankment and came to rest in a ditch, police officials say. The driver, Jason J. Greenfield, 40, of Pine Knot, Kentucky, was transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital for treatment of a possible broken arm and burns to his arm. New York State Department of

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MALTA — Local residents and participants are set to gather on Saturday, May 19 to honor Armed Forces Day with an annual parade and ceremony. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Bayberry Drive and travel south on Route 9 where it will end on Blacksmith Drive. A section of Route 9 will be closed from Route 9P south to the traffic circle in the town center. The detour route will be directed to Route 9P, Plains Road and Dunning Street. There is also a town meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, May 21 for the Route 9 rezoning proposal.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs Department of Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco announced this week the completion of improvements made to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market pavilions. Repairs and updates were made to the roof, drainage, public bathroom, and the re-painting of the three pavilions. The project capstone was the installation of a weather-vane atop the cupola of the main pavilion.


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COURT Brandon C. Willis, 24, of Hurley, was sentenced May 7 to six months in jail, after pleading to attempting to disseminate materials to minors in Milton - a felony. William H. Thompson, 35, of Ballston Lake, pleaded May 7 to second degree strangulation, a felony, in connection with an incident that occurred in Ballston. Sentencing Scheduled July 2.

POLICE Richard V. Balk, 50, of Middle Grove, was charged May 3 with being a fugitive from justice – a felony, based on an alleged outstanding probation violation arrest warrant from Maricopa, Arizona. Balk was arraigned at Greenfield Town Court and sent to the Saratoga County Jail to return to court at a later date. Henry J. Hester, age 42, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 3 with aggravated unlicensed

operation of a motor vehicle third degree - misdemeanor; operation of a motor vehicle by unlicensed driver. Philip D. Harrington, age 56, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 2 with harassment second degree - physical contact. Jayvon D. Zachery, age 23, Waterford, was charged May 2 with misdemeanor DWI; equipment (tires do not meet DMV standards); vehicle entering stop or yield intersection; aggravated DWI - misdemeanor. Victor A. Maffetone, age 31, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 2 with assault in the third degree/intent physical injury. James R. Florian, age 18, Saratoga Springs was charged May 2 in connection with the alleged theft of a vehicle on Hyde Street - with offering a false instrument for filing second – misdemeanor; grand larceny third degree- felony; unlawful possession of marijuana, and criminal possession of stolen property third – felony.

Henry A. Jenkins, age 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 2 with assault in the third degree/intent physical injury - misdemeanor; endangering the welfare of a child - misdemeanor.

Nikolas G. Martino, age 29, Albany, was charged May 1 with grand larceny fourth degree/exceeds $1,000.00 - felony.

Tyler J. Lumia, age 18, Ballston Spa, was charged May 1 with endangering the welfare of a child - misdemeanor.

Malta — A fire of unknown origin claimed the life of one person and resulted in four others suffering injuries which required medical attention. At approximately 9:12 p.m. on May 2, the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office received a 911 call reporting a structure fire at a residence at 11 Woodshire Court, in the town of Malta, Round Lake Fire District. Emergency units responding to the call found the garage area of the home fully engulfed in flames upon their arrival, and occupants attempting to evacuate the building, according to the county Sheriff ’s Office. Glenn Broadbent Sr., 60, was flown to Westchester Medical Center in critical condition, due to burn injuries; Janette Broadbent age 64, Marcus Broadbent - age 12, and Lucas Broadbent - age 5, were transported to Albany Medical Center, due to smoke inhalation. Marcus also suffered burn injuries

Devone M. Derverger, age 34, Watervliet, was charged May 1 with burglary in the third degree- felony; attempt petit larceny - misdemeanor. David A. Lowers, age 25, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 1 with petit larceny. Gerson R. Valverde, age 35, Scotia, was charged May 1 with criminal contempt first degree - felony; menacing third - misdemeanor. Kelli J. Washington, age 55, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 1 with petit larcenymisdemeanor; criminal possession stolen property fifth degree - misdemeanor.


Jason M. Rector, age 36, Saratoga Springs, was charged April 30 with possession of a controlled substance 7th - misdemeanor. and has since been transferred to Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston, Massachusetts. Janette has since been discharged from the hospital, and Lucas is listed in stable condition. Eric Edwards, 32, was declared dead on scene by county Coroner Susan Hayes Masa. An autopsy will be scheduled to determine his cause of death. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Saratoga County Cause and Origin Team with the assistance of the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control and the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit. At this point the fire does not show any signs of being suspicious in nature, according to authorities. The Round Lake Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Malta Ridge, Jonesville, City of Saratoga Springs and the Ballston Spa Fire Departments. EMS agencies on scene included the Malta Stillwater, Clifton Park Halfmoon, Wilton and Life Net 72.



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MALTA — Melissa Anne Miller passed away on the morning of May 3, 2018. Funeral services for Melissa will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Burke & 518-584-5373. Bussing Saratoga Springs Visit Funeral Homes

GREENFIELD CENTER — Robert Bolton Best died suddenly on May 7, 2018. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2018, Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, Burke Bussing Church of St.& Peter, Broadway. Funeral Homes Visit

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SARATOGA SPRINGS ∙ 584-5373 Jeffrey S. Black

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BALLSTON SPA — Jeffrey Black, 59, passed away April 25, 2018. A private family service was held in honor of Jeffrey on April 28. Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, Inc, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

GREENFIELD CENTER — Joyce Ann Ballard, 67, died Friday, April 27, 2018. Calling hours and a memorial service were held Thursday, May 3 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Alice Magnell, 83, passed away on May 7, 2018 after a long battle with COPD. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, cancer survivor, secretary, and business owner. She will be forever remembered by her children, Kjelene Bertrand, Karen Perillat, Charles Magnell (Tracy), Richard Magnell (Rachel), Julie Everett (Dwight), and Nancy Magnell, her nine grandchildren, and her three great-grandchildren. Alice was born on July 3, 1934 in Boston, MA and raised in New England. She graduated from Burlington High in 1954 and earned her Associates degree from Westbrook Jr. College in Portland Maine.

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WILTON — Mr. John Francis Robinson, 74, died Saturday April 28, 2018. A service was held Thursday May 3, 2018 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs. Burial will be at a later date this summer at Bellevue Cemetery in Adams, MA.

WILTON — Dolores “Dee” M. Ure, 76, died Saturday, April 28, 2018. Funeral services were Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit www.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Evelyn L. Izzo, 95, formerly of McAllister Drive, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Home of the Good Shepherd in Wilton. Born on Oct. 30, 1922 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Nelson and Rose (Rock) Derlick, Sr., and a lifelong city resident. Evelyn was a typical “greatest generation” post-war mother. She and her veteran husband built a life surrounding a family of four children in a warm, loving home. They both provided a nurturing atmosphere, complete with annual summer camping vacations, holiday picnics and celebrations with extended family. Balancing finances and still meeting individual needs resulted in four successful children. Close relationships with her siblings and her in-laws provided a year-round network of activities with loving family. She will be remembered fondly by all.

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Alice worked as a secretary in Cambridge and later at the University of Vermont. She pursued her dream of working in NYC where she met her husband, Charles Magnell, a building developer and Korean War Navy Veteran. Two weeks after meeting in 1959, en route to meet her parents in Burlington, they spontaneously stopped in Saratoga Springs and married at the old Presbyterian Church on Broadway. They went on to raise six children, partnering in building and operating two businesses - building homes, banks, motels, etc. in Saratoga, Schuylerville, and Greenwich and later an antique business on Broadway until Charles passed away in 1996. Alice enjoyed owning and operating both businesses with her husband. She loved art and antiques, treasure hunting, learning and sharing stories, and negotiating the deal. She loved swimming and flying, playing bridge with the gals, playing basketball with the family, and spending weekends in Chatham, when she wasn’t raising six children. Alice is also survived by her brother Les Hodgdon (Sydney)

in Maine and her six children. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Charles Magnell; father, Lester Hodgdon; her mother, Mabel Burton Hodgdon, and her brother, Burton Hodgdon. Family and friends paid their respects Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte 9 and/or Marion Ave.), Saratoga Springs. A Celebration of Alice’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Compassionate Funeral Care. Interment will be held at Maplewood Cemetery, Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs following the service. Memorial donations in memory of Alice can be made to the Wesley Foundation, in appreciation for their outstanding compassionate and professional service. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit website at www.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Edwin J. Izzo, who died in 2001; two brothers, Richard and Nelson Derlick, Jr., and one sister, Vera Gilmor. Survivors include four children; Leonard E. (Lenora) Izzo, Dr. Brian J. (Patricia) Izzo, Nancy (John) Fleming and Janet (Richard) Sherin; eight grandchildren, Robert (Chris) Izzo, Joshua Izzo, Jessica (Adam) Wakefield, Sarah Izzo and Timothy (Lisa) Izzo, Patrick (Suzann) Fleming, Carrie (Don) Pecor and Kyle Sherin (fiancé Kara); ten great-grandchildren, Jason, Nicholas and Rose Izzo, Benjamin Wakefield, Brian Izzo, Sullivan and Lillian Fleming, Nia, Ava and Grant Pecor; one sister, Lorraine Fitzgerald and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends gathered to remember her on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, May 11 in St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave. Private burial will be at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Memorials may be made in her name to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Special thanks to the expert care from Dr. Dan Eldredge, Dr. Roland Phillips, Dr. Jeff Paul and the personal care of the entire staff of the Wilton Home of the Good Shepherd. A most special thanks for the ever-present loving support of Kathy Peterson, who truly is family. Online remembrances may be made at

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Members of the First Baptist Church of Saratoga, at 45 Washington Street planted a commemorative American Prairie Elm, dubbed

“Elmer,” as part of a yearlong 225th anniversary celebration. The church received one of the 225 trees that the group Sustainable Saratoga planted

during the “Tree Toga 8 “ event this year. Church members thanked Sustainable Saratoga for gifting a beautiful tree that will live on for generations to come.

Pitney Farm 2018 Workshops SARATOGA SPRINGS — There’s a workshop for everyone at Pitney Meadows Community Gardens this summer, and community members of all ages are encouraged to attend. The classes will take place throughout the summer, and

it’s not necessary to have a plot in the Community Gardens to join a workshop or garden event. The public is encouraged and welcome to attend. The first event of the season is a Fairy Gathering from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 when

everyone is invited to view the more than 50 charming fairy houses created by Girls Scouts. For more information about upcoming workshops, visit www. pitneymeadowscommunityfarm. org or email Natalie.Walsh@

Local Graduate Serving in U.S. Navy SARATOGA SPRINGS — A Saratoga Springs native and 2017 Hadley Luzerne High School graduate, Maxwell Sicker is serving in the U.S. Navy forward-deployed in Japan aboard USS Germantown. Fireman Sicker is a damage controlman aboard the ship operating out of Sasebo, Japan. A Navy damage controlman is responsible for performing organizational and intermediate level maintenance and repairing of damage control equipment and systems. With a crew of more than 900 sailors and Marines, Germantown is 609-feet-long and weighs approximately 16,000 tons. Designed specifically to operate landing craft air cushion, small craft vessels, Whidbey Islandclass dock landing ships have the largest capacity for these landing craft out of any U.S. Navy amphibious ship.

Maxwell Sicker. Photo provided.

The 7th Fleet, which is celebrating its 75th year in 2018, spans more than 124 million square kilometers. Seventh Fleet’s area of operation encompasses 36 maritime countries and 50 percent of the world’s population with between 50-70 U.S. ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and approximately 20,000 sailors in the 7th Fleet.



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NOTES FROM CITY HALL by Thomas Dimopoulos • Saratoga TODAY

MEETINGS AT CITY HALL MONDAY, MAY 14 City Council Pre-agenda Meeting | 9:30 a.m. Planning Board Workshop | 5 p.m.

TUESDAY, MAY 15 City Council Full Meeting | 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 The Design Review Commission | 6 p.m.

THURSDAY, MAY 17 Planning Board Full meeting | 6 p.m.

Finance Commissioner Madigan: City in a Strong Financial Position SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs closed the prior fiscal year in a strong financial position for the sixth consecutive year, Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan announced last week. Unaudited year-end figures reveal a 2017 annual operating surplus of $917,000. Madigan said that while the city faced several budgetary hurdles in 2017,

such as prior-period sales tax adjustments and increasing healthcare costs, the surplus was driven by a combination of solid revenue and lower-thanexpected expenses. The surplus will “roll” into the city’s Fund Balance. Actual 2017 revenue collected totaled $44.4 million, while actual 2017 expenditures totaled $43.4 million. For 2018, the City is required to have a General Fund

unassigned, unappropriated Fund Balance between $4.6 million and $11.5 million. Unaudited figures indicate that the City’s unassigned, unappropriated general Fund Balance as of year-end 2017 is $9.3 million, well within the range, Madigan said. The city has $2.7 million in restricted (also known as “assigned”) Fund Balance in the form of a retirement reserve, insurance reserve, capital reserves, tax stabilization reserve, and other miscellaneous reserves. The Water Fund ended 2017 with an assigned unappropriated Fund Balance of $2.9 million. While the Water Fund reported a slight deficit of $4,000, the 2017 Adopted

Budget had called for a deficit of $196,000, meaning the Water Fund materially outperformed expectations, Madigan said. The Sewer Fund reported an assigned unappropriated fund balance for 2017 of $2.1 million. This Fund Balance total includes a 2017 operating surplus of $241,000, the eighth consecutive surplus reported by the Sewer Fund. The city’s fortification of its reserves over the last several years has contributed to its high bond rating of AA+ by Standard and Poor’s Rating Services and Aa2 by Moody’s Investor Services, and helped the city obtain low interest rates on bonds for capital projects, Madigan said.

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ZOMBIE PROPERTIES City Takes Steps to Bring Abandoned Properties Back to Usefulness continued from ftont page... unmonitored play space and create all kinds of concerns for the neighborhoods they inhabit, Martin says. “An eyesore that looks dangerous can lower property values, despite how well the neighboring properties are maintained.” In 2013, the city adopted an ordinance to identify and registering vacant buildings, while imposing reasonable responsibilities for the property owners. Assisted by the awarding of a $150,000 state grant, the city more recently has begun to make a concerted effort to come up with solutions to the zombie properties. “In part, the grant went to help us staff our code enforcers and in part it helped us to participate in the State Registry (of Vacant Properties),” Martin says. “We were also able hire an attorney on a part-time basis.”

In January, the city issued a call to hire a Special Prosecutor to work 15 to 20 hours per week at a rate of $40 per hour and assist the city attorney in enforcing local law relating to vacant structures. That position was recently filled and is already making a positive impact, Martin says. “The reasons were doing this comes down to safety and security,” he says, explaining that once identified, there are a variety of outcomes that can occur with the properties. Last week, the city posted a form on its website that enables residents to notify the Public Safety Department of a vacant structure. That form may be accessed at: www. vacant-structures-17/report-avacant-zombie-property-69. “You hope that you can catch it early enough so that there’s not too much damage to the building,

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so it can be brought back and made useful again – and in many cases it can be brought back. In some cases, it’s going to take the owner selling it to someone who has more ability to bring the property back, and, in very few cases it will result in the demolition of the property if it’s gone too far,” Martin says. “That’s really not the result we’re looking for - particularly if it’s a historic property - but in some cases it’s deteriorated to the point where that’s the only possible answer. We actually have a couple of those in (the demolition) process right now.”

In 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo first announced that New Yorkers can report vacant and abandoned properties in their communities through a hotline at the New York State Department of Financial Services, and signed legislation to prevent foreclosures and curb the threat posed to communities by “zombie properties” across the state. “For each zombie home that we cure and for each that we prevent with this legislation, we are saving entire neighborhoods from the corrosive effect of blight and neglect,” Cuomo said.

City Offers Help for Homeowners “Sometimes homeowners, through just bad luck, run into financial straits and are not able to make mortgage payments on a timely basis,” Martin says. “We have sessions where people can come and talk to homeowners about ways to restructure debt so that if they want to maintain the home, sometimes it can be done.” To that effort, homeowners can contact reach out to the department of Public Safety, which maintains an office on the second floor of City Hall.



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Wilton Moves Two Projects Forward by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — At the Wilton town board meeting on May 3, there was a short public hearing focused on removing a road for the Ernst Road Planned Unit Development District (PUDD), so that a separate Burnham Hollow project could proceed. Ryan Riper, the Wilton director of planning and engineering, said the cut-through road would have been private and not a town road. Luigi Palleschi of ABD Engineers reviewed the Burnham Hollow project for the board members and the public, on behalf of North Manor Development. It consists of adding six houses in a cul-de-sac. Riper called the town board vote a “legislative action,” adding that there is no current application pending for the Ernst Road PUDD. He said that project consists of two buildings each with eight apartment units, and confirmed that the PUDD was first proposed in 2009. “There’s going to be a utility easement from Burnham Hollow into the Ernst Road PUDD, to allow water and sewer,” Riper said, upon questioning from a resident. The Burnham Hollow developer will grant that easement. The board later voted unanimously to amend the

Ernst Road PUDD, removing the road through the Burnham Hollow property. Construction on both projects is expected to start later this year. Only one local woman questioned the board on the matter. “The last thing I need now is another road on Ernst Road,” said Ilse Latour, a 29-year homeowner on Ernst Road. “Traffic on that road is horrendous. They come around the corner from Route 9 and they fly down the road...You go out to get your newspaper and your mail, you’re lucky if you’re going to stay alive,” she added. “Now, I’ve gotten to the point where I hold on to my mailbox, with the post, that I don’t get hit in case I can’t see a car coming. I shouldn’t have to go through this,” Latour said. Latour explained that her husband passed away last year and can no longer speak up at Town Hall on such matters. “Now, I’ve got to go over and fight by myself,” she said. “As long as there’s no other road, I think I can live with this.” Wilton Supervisor Art Johnson pointed out that no new road would be created for either project. In other business, the board heard from Joe Reinhardt who spoke on behalf of “a total of 17 veterans here in Wilton,” and questioned proposed changes to the

An aerial view of the Ernst Road Planned Unit Development District (foreground) and the Burnham Hollow development in Wilton. Photo by Super Source Media LLC.

A sitemap of the Burnham Hollow neighborhood showing the cul-de-sac (upper-left) where new homes will be built and the formerly proposed road to the Ernst Road property (in dark green). Image provided by Bill Chase.

“eligible funds veterans’ exemption.” He said it was passed in the 1980s and was different and older than the “standard” exemption for veterans. “My main purpose tonight is to really make the board aware of the situation. By confronting this situation now, you’re going to save . . . a huge tax increase” for veterans. He said wants the town board to “craft the proper legislation.” Wilton Town Clerk Sue Baldwin explained that the issue Reinhardt discussed involves changes to the Saratoga County property tax assessment (Wilton does not have a town tax). New York State is proposing a 25 percent reduction in that specific veterans’ exemption but the town board may consider a local law opposing it, she said. “We certainly support our veterans, and we certainly want to make sure that you get whatever exemption you are entitled to. We will take the appropriate action to do that,” Johnson responded.

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TOWN OF BALLSTON East Line Rd., Benedict Rd., $4,178,744. East Line LLC sold property to Brooks Heritage LLC. 134 McLean St., $260,000. Victoria Jasinski sold property to John and Renee Menzie. 558 Hop City Rd., $272,875. John and Alice Broderick sold property to Fabrizia Rodriguez. 30 Stablegate Dr., $570,443. Barbera Homes Kelley Farms LLC sold property to Todd Curtis. 27 Beechwood Dr., $219,000. Diane Hoyt (by Atty) sold property to Rylee Wheeler and Aaron Greth. 77 Lancaster Court, $332,408. Traditional Homebuilders and Developers Inc. sold property to Michael Hart and Mary Gorman.

GREENFIELD 69 Brigham Rd., $629,000. Lucio Ditoro (as Trustee) sold property to Kenneth and Diane Taub. 11 Bloomfield Rd., $62,500. William McNeary III (by Trustee) sold property to Frederick McNeary Jr. 200 Bockes Rd., $15,000. Lu Ann Brownell sold property to Keith and Jacqueline Harris. 139 North Greenfield Rd., $350,000. John and Tara Grant sold property to Abigail Stein and Randall Berkebile. 150 North Greenfield Rd., $436,500. Philip Stacey and Sherry Hoffman sold property to Daniel and Janet Bell.

MALTA 13 Lake Ridge Dr. $370,000. Emmett and Jayne McCarthy sold property to Kevin and Claudette Kotarski. 113 Arrow Wood Place, $195,000. William and Melissa McGuiggan (by Agent) sold property to William Azzoto. 520 East Line Rd., $299,800. Anthony and Gina Curcio sold property to Douglas and Ashley Nathe.


1 Admirals Way, $612,500. Kevin and Anne Halpin sold property to Manuel and Josenia Tan.

124 Grand Ave., $615,000. Mark Chappell and Keirsa Johnson Chappell sold property to Nicholas Torres.

88 Brickhouse Rd., $155,000. Debbie Beaulieu sold property to Brooke Stark and Rourk Marlow.

54 Yachtsman Way, $449,320. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to Paul and Donna Picard.

3 Red Oak Trail, $193,000. Jason and Lauren Witeck sold property to Philip and Keri Dudek.

24 Whitney Rd., $292,500. Glenn and Trisha Sheehy sold property to Heidi and Christopher Underwood.

18 Vettura Court, $80,000. Lecmor Residential LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc.

66 Tamarack Trail, $229,500. Shannon Connors sold property to Michael, Tracy and Mackenzie Shannon.

35 Whitney Rd. South, $340,000. Lee Brown (by Exec) and Pamela Burt sold property to Glenn and Trisha Sheehy.

38 High Rock Ave., Unit 5F, $1,100,000. High Rock Condominiums LLC sold property to Haiyang Tao and Yuan Chen.

112 Hudson Ave., $36,000. Vivian Stanley (by Admin) sold property to John LeClaire.

4 Briarwood Dr., $227,000. Kevin and Courtney Myers sold property to Jay and Zachary Scarborough.

97 Cobble Hill Dr., $361,000. Rocky Fittizzi and Sara Paupini sold property to Gary and Stephanie Battell.

TOWN OF SARATOGA 171 Russell Rd., $149,350. Danny and Gina Smith sold property to Craig Macdonald. 1111 Trask Lane, $60,000. Neilson Road LLC sold property to Pipino Builders LLC. 1184 NYS Route 9P, $540,000. Michael Urvalek sold property to Deirdre Russell. NYS Route 9P, $40,000. Kingdom Trust Co. (Custodian FBO Michael Urvalek Roth IRA) sold property to Deirdre Russell.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 112 Lincoln Ave., $265,000. Catherine Scheer (by Agent) sold property to Boghosian Bros Inc. 182 Regent St. $410,000. Michael and Julie Longo sold property to Timothy and Lynn Strang. 19 Arrowhead Rd., $615,000. Gregg Chottiner and Merodie Hancock sold property to Chloe and Ned Jaleel.

77 Hathorn Blvd., $140,000. Maria Maistrellis sold property to Jessica Matteson. 12 Lamplighter Lane, $137,500. S. McIntyre LLC sold property to William and Susan Otis and Joseph and Kelly Hayes. Lot 13 Shaw Dr., $150,000. DGD Holdings LLC sold property to Ralph and Priscilla Dallara. 166 Circular Dr., $240,000. Paul, Sharon, Justin and Jonathan Satkowski sold property to Jonathan and Heather Satkowski.

STILLWATER 5 Whitney Rd., South, $348,000. Patrick and Susan Hudkins sold property to Timothy and Jennifer Thate.


11 13 Timberlane Dr., $167,000. James Murray sold property to James Murray. 385 Gurn Springs Rd., $1,850,000. Wood Stone Gansevoort LLC sold property to Coldbrook at Saratoga LLC. 34 Santee Dr., $320,000. Christopher and Victoria Gilroy sold property to Thomas and Justina McNamara. 41 Traver Rd., $225,000. William and Judy Morris sold property to Jessica Hanehan. 4272 Route 50, $210,000. Durrin Inc. sold property to High Peaks Holdings LLC. 26 Kings Mills Rd., $389,900. Peter Kalker sold property to Gabriel and Diana Radu.



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New Owners at Menges & Curtis continued from front page... When Lamb was approached about buying the spot, “the answer was a resounding yes,” she said. Growing up in Clifton Park, Lamb was very familiar with the pharmacy; she also saw it change throughout the years but never thought she would one day own it. Established in 1860, Menges and Curtis Apothecary is the oldest business in Saratoga and one of the oldest pharmacies in the country. To maintain the pharmacy’s Victorian-era look and feel, customers can still find original woodwork, furniture, as well as medicine bottles that read “Menges

& Curtis” throughout the store. The proof is in the photos that line the walls, displaying original scenes from the pharmacy’s early days. A mirrored backsplash that is now the area reserved for the health and body boutique was once a soda fountain. Back then, pharmacies were the spot where members of the town could buy a coffee or milkshake and hang out. “We’re a relic,” Lamb said. “There’s very few of these left and it’s very special.” According to Lamb, throughout the years owners have put their own mark in preserving the pharmacy’s history. “As we get deep into the building, we’re always finding

Jennifer Lamb, owner and pharmacist. Photo by Super Source Media LLC.

Jennifer Lamb, compounding pharmacist. Photo by Super Source Media LLC.

different treasures,” Lamb said. The owners preceding Lamb were the Lenz family. They maintained ownership for nearly 60 years. Dianna Lenz still works alongside Lamb today. In 2010 the Lenz family partnered with Fallon Pharmacy to create the lab where the compounding occurs. Menges and Curtis was always and still is a compounding pharmacy. This means that the pharmacist mixes the specific ingredients together to prepare a personalized medication for the patient. Compounding pharmacies are few and far between at this day in age. “We still make medicine the old fashioned way, it’s just modernly done now,” Lamb said. “It’s still the old mixing and grinding.” As for the inventory, it remains the same. Menges and Curtis Apothecary will still offer nutritional and dietary supplements as well as high-end body care items. To find out more about Menges and Curtis Apothecary call 518-306-5343

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New Dentist at Saratoga Hospital

Dr. John O’brien. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dr. John O’Brien, DDS is the newest member of Saratoga Hospital Medical Group. O’Brien comes to Saratoga Hospital from Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin. A graduate of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, O’Brien earned his dental degree from University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Dentistry is located at Saratoga Community Health Center on 24 Hamilton Street in Saratoga Springs. To make an appointment, call 518-886-5600. For hours and more information, visit www.

Garofano Joins Salon Association MALTA — The New York State Association of Salon and Spa Professionals Inc. (NYSASSP) officially launched on Friday, May 4 with an event at Nuance, a boutique salon in Malta.

Todd Garofano, the former president of Discover Saratoga, is the association’s first executive director. The NYSASSP was formed to advocate for the industry on statewide legislative issues, to increase industry standards, to educate industry professionals on state licensing, health and safety requirements, and to provide business efficiencies, education and access to preferred business service providers. One of the association’s first orders of business is to support a bill introduced by Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake). It calls for a requirement that cosmetologists and barbers complete 36 hours of continuing education, including four hours to recognize domestic violence and human trafficking in order to renew their license each term to continue providing cosmetology and barbering services. For more information, contact Garofano at 518-312-8944 or

First Fridays Feature Free Movies in the Park BALLSTON SPA — Free movies in Wiswall Park presented by the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA), as part of its monthly first Friday activities. The BSBPA is a non-profit community organization that aims bring quality arts and entertainment to the Village of Ballston Spa. The organization is in its 35th year.

BUSINESS BRIEFS 13 The series begins on June 1 at approximately dusk with a screening of Despicable Me 3. Paddington 2 will be shown on July 6 and Coco on August 3. The movies are projected onto the wall of the adjacent Front Street Deli building on Front Street in Ballston Spa. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. There will be movie themed activities and snacks will be available, courtesy of North Star Church. For more information, visit

Lucia Boutique Celebrates 12th Anniversary

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lucia boutique will celebrate its 12th year in business with a garden party themed event at the 454 Broadway location. Owner Lucy Moran has been the store’s sole proprietor since she was 21-years-old. On May 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., customers can get a chance to win giveaways from the store, gift cards and discounts towards future purchases as well as gift cards to Comfort Kitchen and Yoga Mandali. Treats and cocktails will be provided by Sinclair Saratoga and Comfort Kitchen.

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Saratoga Springs CSD 2018 School Budget Vote: What You Need to Know by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at all elementary schools within the Saratoga Springs City School District, residents will be voting on five different proposals. $125,980,236 is proposed overall and calls for a 2.66 percent spending increase and a tax levy of 3.93 percent. Proposition Two would authorize the school district to spend an estimated $1,040,000 to purchase eight 66-passenger school buses, one 30-passenger bus, one 23-passenger wheelchair bus, and one SUV. State aid would reimburse the district for 40 percent of the cost. In addition to the budget vote, district residents will elect three candidates to the Board of Education for threeyear terms.

Proposition Three: The Great Outdoors Capital Project Total project cost is estimated at $15,600,523 with no new additional taxes levied to support the project. A significant portion is being funded by Capital Reserves, $7.5 million. The remaining portion, $8.1 million, will be funded via issuing debt to replace existing debt that is due to expire. 52.37 percent of spending would be on shared community recreation: Eastside Recreation Park, Westside Recreation Park, and a portion of Gavin Park. “An investment in these spaces benefits both District students and community residents,” said the district. Several new developments for each school in the district are proposed: Saratoga Springs High School will have a new bathroom/ concession building, new storage building, expand automated irrigation systems of the football field, main courtyard, and other

fields, new lighted multi-purpose turf field, replaced perimeter fencing, outdoor learning courtyard, and LED gymnasium lighting. Maple Avenue Middle School will also have a new courtyard for outdoor learning, library patio extension, dugouts, expanded automated irrigation systems for the baseball infield, softball, soccer, and lacrosse fields, expand field space by clearing trees, two new batting cages, new fencing at the soccer field, LED gymnasium lighting. Caroline Street Elementary School will receive new outdoor learning classrooms and LED gymnasium lighting. Division Street Elementary School will receive a new playground with social and ADA accessible equipment, new covered pavilion with benches, outdoor reading area at the library, LED gymnasium lighting. Dorothy Nolan Elementary School will remove relocatable classrooms, add outdoor storage, new outdoor pavilion, two new ADA accessible playgrounds, courtyard outdoor learning, new

section of perimeter fencing, LED gymnasium lighting. Geyser Road Elementary School will receive ADA accessible playground, new nature trail with learning components, new interpretive signage, LED gymnasium lighting. Greenfield Elementary School will receive new outdoor learning space, new buddy benches and social equipment, natural playground at Grove, new section perimeter fencing, improved bus/parent drop off, outdoor pavilion, LED gymnasium lighting. Lake Avenue Elementary School will receive garden planting wall at sidewalk, gymnasium improvements. More information is available at www. for Gavin Park, Eastside Rec, and Westside Rec additions. Proposition Four would authorize the purchase of Greenfield property located at 3190 Route 9N for $100,000. The purchase of this property would allow for parking, an improved bus loop, and improvements in front of the Greenfield Elementary School.

New Proposals Included in the Budget: • Addition of a 12:1:2 Class Addition of 12:1:2 class for six incoming Kindergarten students with special needs. • Special Education Teacher (Dorothy Nolan) Retainment of a Special Education Teacher added during the 2017-18 school year based on student needs. • Teaching Assistant (Maple Avenue) 1:1 Teaching Assistant for a student with specific IEP needs. • District Ell Teacher Additional support to meet the needs of our growing student English Language Learners population. • Teaching Assistant (Division Street) 1:1 Teaching Assistant for a student with specific IEP needs. • FTE – Occupational Therapist Increase Occupational Therapist position from 0.8 to 1.0 as approved during the 2017-18 school year based on student needs.

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Saratoga Springs CSD Republican Club Law Enforcement Event SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs High School Teen Age Republican Club is hosting an event for local Law Enforcement on Tuesday, May 15 at Pennell’s Restaurant from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The purpose of this event is not only to show appreciation for our Law Enforcement, but also to have the opportunity as a club to mingle and get to know the Officers better on a personal basis. New York State Assembly candidate Morgan Zegers will be speaking along with Senator Kathy Marchione.

NYS Conference of Mayors Essay Contest SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York State Conference of Mayors invited all 8th grade students in NYS to enter an annual essay contest: “If I were Mayor I would...” This year there were 1267 essays submitted and the top three essays were chosen as winners. The third-place winner was Ella Costantino from Saratoga Central Catholic School who wrote about Saratoga Springs in her essay. She


wrote about a green parking garage to solve the parking problem in the city. The lot would include solar powered elevators and green space on the top level. Mayor Meg Kelly will be presenting Ella with her award at Saratoga Central Catholic School’s Annual Academic and Athletic Awards Ceremony at the Holiday Inn, Saratoga Springs (232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs) on Friday, June 1.

Ballston Spa Middle School Earns National Recognition Again BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Middle School has earned the designation as an Essential Elements School to Watch by the New York State Education Department again in 2018 after a lengthy review process. The Middle School is one of only thirty-one schools in New York State since 2004 that have achieved this prestigious national honor. This redesignation is the culmination of a lengthy selfreview and planning process, and ultimately an in depth, two-day site review from an external review team. Additional information on the program is available on the New York State

Middle School Association’s Schools to Watch website at www. Please contact the Ballston Spa Middle School for more details at 518-884-7200.

Saratoga Independent School to Host Annual Kite & Flight Festival SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saratoga Independent School (SIS) will be hosting its 10th annual Kite & Flight Festival. Each spring, SIS presents this free fun-filled day inviting the entire community to celebrate with us. Last year’s event drew over 250 attendees. Hosted on Saratoga Independent School’s 60-acre campus, there is plenty of room for kites, flying machines of all sorts, and outside games, activities and contests! The day will include: • Kites! Bring your own or purchase onsite. • Drones! Bring your own. • Rocket Making Kits! • Planes! Balsa wood and paper airplane contests. • Face-painting • Balloon Artist • Bounce house and rock climbing wall

17 • Petting Zoo • Live music with Trail of Fate • Giffy’s BBQ Chicken and Cooley’s Ice Cream Truck

CSD Universal PreKindergarten Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District is currently accepting contact information for the mailing list for the Universal PreKindergarten program for the

2018-19 school year. To be eligible for the program, children must be four years old on or before December 1, 2018 and must reside in the Saratoga Springs City School District. To be added to the mailing list, please complete the Online Census Form by mid-May and contact the office of Douglas Silvernell at 518-583-4474 to add your contact information to our mailing list. For additional information, please visit

Saratoga Central Catholic Mock Trial Team

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Central Catholic 2018 Mock Trial Team was awarded the Saratoga County Mock Trial Tournament Championship Plaque May 1 at the Saratoga County Annual Law Day Luncheon at Longfellows Restaurant. Congratulations to the Team and their coaches Ms. Izzo, Mr. Dormin, Esq. and Mr. Taylor ‘13.

Kevin Cronin • Senior Joshua VanPatten • Senior Katherine West • Senior Madeline Bielefeld • Junior Dean Martinez • Junior MaryClare Pikus • Junior Garrett Quinn • Junior Grace O’Reilly • Sophomore Joshua Canary • Freshman Emily Wenke • Freshman Rachel Smero • Freshman


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19 (518) 580-5596

GET READY FOR SUMMER 2018! Skidmore College offers a variety of programs for children of all ages during the summer months.

CAMP NORTHWOODS, Skidmore’s day camp for children entering grades 1-6, offers an exciting program of sports, cultural arts, nature study and relaxed play. Our goal is to provide a variety of fun activities that happily challenge the imagination, intellect, and body. The camp’s home base is Falstaff’s Pavilion on the Skidmore College campus, but campers frequent the Williamson Sports Center, Schick Art Gallery, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, and Zankel Music Center. The daily enrichment activities led by the experienced staff are supplemented by weekly field trips to recreational and historical sites, and visits by special guests. Children will also enjoy arts and crafts, ceramics, games, hiking, and daily swim time. One and two-week sessions are available from June 25-August 10. For more information: or call Camp Northwoods at 518-580-5596.

Skidmore College also offers a wide array of SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS from June through August for children of all ages. Choose

from baseball, lacrosse, swimming, basketball, soccer, volleyball and field hockey. Children learn the concept of teamwork while acquiring the necessary skills for his or her sport of choice. Adults, novice or experienced, can participate in a rowing program offered throughout the spring, summer and fall at the Boat House located on beautiful Fish Creek. All other programs are held on the Skidmore Campus at the Sports and Recreation Center and/or the adjacent fields. For more information, or to register: sports/ or call Skidmore Summer Sports Camps 518-580-8061.


Mother’} Dining & Day Gift Guide

May 13th

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Mother’} Day Dining & Gift Guide May 13th





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Wonder Woman LOVING THE MOM YOU ARE EVERY DAY, EVEN WITHOUT THE CAPE husband got me a coffee mug that said, “I’m a Mom. What’s your super power?” This little quote was the best gift and description of summing up Motherhood into a bumper sticker. I look back on those first few months with a newborn and there were moments when I felt like I

by Meghan Lemery Fritz, LCSW-R for Saratoga TODAY HAPPY MOTHER’S Day to all the Moms, Step-moms, Aunts, Mentors, Coaches and Mommy figures! Last Mother’s Day when my son was 6 months old my

toddler phase of life with an 18month-old there are days my cape feels tattered and torn. This past Easter I got Charlie all ready for his first Easter egg hunt, pulled into the parking lot and realized I forgot the Easter basket. Not only did I forget the Easter basket, but I realized I never even got him one. He was so

“I’m a Mom. What’s your super power?” was wearing a superhero capebouncing on a yoga ball, singing Charlie to sleep and returning work emails in the middle of the night. I was tapping into inner strength I had no idea existed. Now as we are entering the

little the year before I never picked one up. Superhero fail. I immediately felt a sense of shame and frustration. I looked around and sheepishly raised my hand when the organizer asked who needed a ratty grocery store

plastic bag for eggs. The scarlet letter that I dropped the ball. If you are reading this and thinking you would NEVER do something like that let that be a reminder that the judgement you feel is your ego high fiving you that you are not “that” Mom. But the truth of that judgement is deep down you are relieved that you aren’t the only one out there who sometimes misses the mark. The ego likes to make us feel more superior and set apart, but the truth is, we are all in this together trying our best to get it right. How many times do we drop the ball and beat ourselves up for it? How many times do we compare ourselves to the DIY Moms who appear to have it all together and wish we could be more “perfect”? I say stop the insanity! Who cares! Instead of being perfect, work on being perfectly YOU. You are the perfect Mom for your children because God chose you to be their Mom. No one can do it better than you. You are their first home, the first heart beat they hear and the first introduction to the world. Do not waste your precious energy trying to be the perfect Mom.

Be the perfect YOU. The best gift you can give your children and family is to care for yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually. Truly loving yourself and being able to give yourself a pass when you miss the mark is teaching your children how to have a sense of humor and be resilient. Loving and accepting yourself, warts and all, teaches your child how to have a healthy sense of self-esteem and self-acceptance. Guess what, if you constantly shame and beat yourself up you are passing that right onto your kids. You are teaching them that love and acceptance is conditional and performance-based. This Mother’s Day give yourself the gift of approval and acceptance. Know that you are doing the best you can with the tools you have and if you knew how to do better you would. Take it one day at a time and on the days your Superhero Cape malfunctions, shake it off and keep your sense of humor. YOU ARE WORTH IT! Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. For more information email:

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Name Your Baby by Katherine Morna Towne for Saratoga TODAY

“Mothering Boys” YOU MIGHT have seen the article in the April 19 issue of Saratoga TODAY discussing my newly published book (my first book!): Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady. While having a strong background in the Catholic faith generally and devotions to the Blessed Virgin specifically was certainly required for writing such a book, I’ve played another role for the last few years that helped immensely—that of baby name consultant. I’ve had the amazing privilege of having done hundreds of baby name consultations for expectant parents, and while every family is different, there are a few basic ideas that most parents employ when choosing a name for their babies. (1) Honor names: Family, friends, faith, famous people Many parents turn to their family trees (recent and distant) for name ideas, or to close friends that they wish to honor through the naming of their babies, or to saints or other faith-related names, or to famous people they admire (historical figures, politicians, athletes). Depending on their personal taste in names, the honor name might be put in the first name spot, or—especially with names that are perhaps too bold for a first name, or not exactly the parents’ style—the middle name spot. Even

deciding not to use honor names is a decision that impacts the list of finalists—I know of couples who have crossed favorite names off their list because they were determined not to use family names. (2) Personal taste in names Speaking of personal taste in names in regards to honor names, I’m always interested to see what kinds of names the parents choose from their family trees or pool of friends or beloved holy/ famous people, as they’re usually an indication of their personal name style. It’s often the reason surnames are chosen instead of first names or why Great-GreatGrandpa’s name is used to honor that side of the family instead of a more recent relative. I definitely encourage expectant parents to make a list of favorite names— including names they can’t use for whatever reason—just to get a sense of the kinds of names they like individually and as a couple, which they can then use to find a name that that they both like. One of my favorite name books, Baby Name Wizard, lists, for each entry, boy and girl names that are similar in terms of style/feel/popularity, which can be really helpful in both lengthening the list of possibilities and in whittling it down. (3) Flow and initials Once a list of contenders has been made, another helpful thing is to say the chosen first name and middle name out loud with the last name to be sure you like how it they all sound together. For example, some parents don’t care for alliteration (names starting with the same sound/ letter, like Susie Smith) and some don’t like it when a name that ends in a vowel is followed by a name that starts with a vowel (Anna Abrams). Some parents care a lot about what their child’s initials will be, whether because they don’t want them to spell an unfortunate word straight out (like poor Polly Ida Gilmartin) or with their monogram (with the last name initial flanked by the first and middle initials: Polly Georgine Irving).

(4) Popularity Finally, you might want to check the popularity of the name(s) you like, if having a very popular name is either a pro or a con for you. First-time parents particularly are often unaware of the popularity of their favorite name(s), and are disappointed to discover after naming him that their little Noah has the number one most popular boy name in America. Others prefer names that are more common (or at least don’t mind them) and turn to the top ten list for inspiration (go to to find info on name popularity). The Social Security Administration releases its first-name data for the previous year around Mother’s Day, which provides the most recent information regarding name popularity (it shares all names given to five babies or more each year)— it’s anticipated that the data will be released today! (5) Others’ opinions Many parents like to share their name ideas before the baby’s born, in order to get feedback from their family and friends. There are also many parents who find feedback from family and friends more upsetting and confusing than helpful. A middle ground is to float your name ideas on name discussion boards or with a baby name consultant, where you can get advice and feedback without opening yourself up to unwanted thoughts from family and friends. Some of my favorites are appellationmountain. net,, and I hope this has been helpful to any of you who will be naming a baby in the near future! I also know there are a lot of name enthusiasts out there who just love to talk about names—this one’s for you, too! And a very happy Mother’s Day to all my mom readers!

Kate and her husband have six sons ages 13, 11, 9, 8, 6, and 4; they’re expecting their seventh baby in the fall. Follow her at www., or email her at




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by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY The Wishing Well Restaurant is a fine dining gem celebrating their golden anniversary as a family-owned business this week. Threatened by fire the first night they stayed in the apartment above, for the Lee family, it was a single dime that held the promise of this wish coming true. A Historic Start In October 1967, an electrical fire ignited in the basement of the home and restaurant that Robert and Brenda Lee had just moved into with their family. Upon discovering the smoke, Robert searched for a dime to use in the restaurant’s pay phone – the only way to call the fire department at the time. Luckily, he found one.

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Spared from fire damage that night, the historic structure was originally built in 1823 by Perry Stiles, one of the town of Wilton’s founding families. It was sold to businessman Jack Hedrick, who opened it to the public as a restaurant in 1936. The building has been used as a home and business by various owners ever since. Today, a picture of the Stiles family hangs in one corner of the restaurant’s comfortable dining room, marking an area that used to be a bedroom. In it, there is a boy perched upon a large rock, the last of the Stiles children to be born in the house. The rock still rests in the same spot today. High Hopes The wishing well that gives this establishment its name is also still there. When the Lee’s son, Bob was a child, he threw a coin into the well and wished for a bicycle. When he got a bicycle he told everyone of the magic of the wishing well. The restaurant continues to enchant with its four fieldstone fireplaces, piano bar and refined menu options, while the radiance of Brenda’s warm and friendly nature fills it with a definitive charm. Hailing from the midlands of England, Brenda’s adventurous spirit led her to perform in a high-wire act before taking on

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(left to right): Wendy Kilfoil, Jennifer Matts, Bob Matts, Hannah Matts, Bob Lee, Brenda Lee, Mary Alice Lee, Susan Garrett, Tom Garrett, and Mary Eckardt. the responsibility of running a restaurant with her husband. “I was more scared opening day here than I ever was on the high wire,” said Brenda. They opened on her birthday, May 3, 1968. The chef they’d hired didn’t show up. Fortunately, a chef from Glens Falls Hospital filled in and they served 35 tables that night. When she asked a customer how he liked the food, he said, ‘It’s ok, the peas were tough’, recalls Brenda with a laugh. continued on next page...

Jerry Eddy (left) nad Jack Casson (right).

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The Wishing Well Celebrates

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continued from previous page... Awe and Excitement Robert had managed Llwellyn Farms Restaurant in New Jersey for ten years before running The Wishing Well until his passing in 2012. “This place meant everything to him, he just loved it here,” said Brenda. The signed photographs covering the walls are evidence of his continuing legacy. “You meet an awful lot of nice people,” said Brenda. Frequented by many famous

faces, she was especially thrilled to meet Fred Astaire, who’d just wrapped up filming “Ghost Story” in nearby Saratoga Springs. “He was my idol as a kid – such a good dancer – I wanted to be just like him,” she said. The Lee family has held a place in the important moments of so many people over the years. Now managed by Bob and his wife Mary Alice, Bob said that it is the reconfirming patronage by the world’s greatest chefs that

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come to enjoy the food, service and ambiance at The Wishing Well that excites him most. Happy Memories Once reserved for special occasions, as dining patterns shift, the restaurant has as well. The Wishing Well’s award-winning wine selection is a testament to this progressive philosophy. “Wine programs are living programs that evolve and change with the demands of the clientele,” said Bob. Giving diners another option to enjoy the luxury of quality dishes in a convenient new way, after an evening little league practice, Bob was inspired to introduce the ‘Tuesday To Go’ menu. “Our goal is to continue to make as many happy memories for guests and families as

possible,” said Bob. The Lee’s strive to serve the people of Saratoga County both inside the restaurant and beyond. Robert was instrumental in organizations including the county’s Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Bureau and Economic Opportunity Council. They provide substantial amounts of financial assistance to local charitable organizations in the form of donations and discounts. A family photo taken the year The Wishing Well opened sits atop the restaurant’s piano and reminds Bob of the life the Lee family has spent here. It’s is a legacy that many in the restaurant business wish for more but few achieve. “It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been 50 years. Everybody’s just so happy to be here,” said Brenda.



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SENIOR CALENDAR… Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga

5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 • 518-584-1621

2018 Events Extended Hours & New Classes!

TUESDAYS IN MAY, To-Go Dinners, 5 - 6:30 p.m. $12.50/dinner. A portion of every dinner sold goes directly to support the Center. Call the Center to order. Pick-up between 5 and 6:30 p.m. 5/15: Chicken Parmesan with Penne 5/22: 2 “Meetball” with Penne 5/29: Penne with Vodka Sauce Heart & Soul Line Dancing, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Set to soul/R&B music. Cost is $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Open to the public.




9 Miles East, 10:55 - 11:20 a.m. A convenient local weekly meal delivery service offered here at the Center. Healthy, delicious food including vegan and gluten-free options. Stop in to pick-up lunch or dinner to go!

Lunchtime Concerts Sponsored by Saratoga Arts Council, Fingerpaint, and The Alt, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. The Dylan Perillo Orchestra. Event will take place at the Saratoga Senior Center with food available for sale from Esperanto’s.


Citizen Preparedness Presented by Red Cross, 2:30 p.m. This training will offer a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters and how to respond to and recover from them. It will also provide information on types of common disasters, ways to prepare as an individual, family, and community member, what to do when disaster strikes, and what actions you can take afterwards to aid in your recovery. Includes 15 minutes of hands-on CPR. Event is free.

Drilling For Hope Presentation, 3 p.m. @ Embury Apartments Free and open to the public. Join us for an inspiring presentation from Karen Flewelling, founder of Drilling For Hope and Saratoga Senior Center member. Drilling For Hope is a charitable organization that seeks to provide water to villages without access by building wells. Another presentation will take place Friday, May 25 at 1 p.m. at the Saratoga Senior Center.

Mary Cuffe Perez, 1 p.m. Free and open to the public. Join writer, Mary Cuffe Perez, as she shares her work Barn Stories, a collection that chronicles her fifteen years managing a horse boarding business on a Saratoga County Farm.

FRIDAY, MAY 18 Brain Gym Study Group, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Free and open to the public.

TUESDAY, MAY 22 Elder Law Day, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Come learn a wealth of valuable information from local area professionals on wills, trusts, scams and more. Sponsored by Herzog Law Firm.

TUESDAY, MAY 29 AARP Defensive Driving, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $20 for AARP members. $25 for non-AARP members. Checks must be made out to AARP.

THURSDAY, MAY 31 8th Annual Music & Mingling Gala to support the Saratoga Senior Center, 7 - 10 p.m. This event to benefit the Saratoga Senior Center will be held May 31 from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Saratoga Polo Field. Known as the “kickoff event of the season,” this exciting evening will feature an open bar, gourmet foods by The Old Daley Inn, cigar tastings, lawn games, live music by Grand Central Station, Tarot Card readings, a fire pit, a silent and a live auction, and much more! Tickets can be purchased at the

front desk or through our website, Cost is $125/ticket.

Day Bus Trips [Open to the Public]


Thursday, July 12 $45/Members, $70/Non-Members Spend the morning touring Burlington on your own and stopping to enjoy lunch. Then meet back up with the group for an exciting tour of the Von Trapp house, including a guided history, documentary viewing, and a Q&A with a Von Trapp family member. There will also be an option to do a brewery tour and tasting after the actual house tour. We will be leaving Burlington around 6:15 p.m. and arriving home around 9:30 p.m.


Wednesday, December 5 We’ll get you all down to the city and then you’re on your own to explore the Big Apple! We can assist with getting you tickets and reservations but the day will be yours to do as you please. We will be leaving the train station at 7 a.m. and arrive at Bryant Park around 10:30 - 11 a.m. We will then leave Bryant Park in the evening at 7 p.m., arriving home around 10:30 - 11 p.m.

Week of May 11 – May 17, 2018




SENIOR CALENDAR… Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga

5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 • 518-584-1621

Multi-Day Bus Trips

2018 Excursions

[Open to the Public] Presented by by Diamond Tours


5 days, 4 nights • $539 June 11 - 15 Trip Highlights: 8 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners, guided tours of Niagara Falls and Toronto, a visit to Casa Loma, Niagara on the Lake and Queen Victoria Park, a journey to the Falls on a Hornblower Niagara Cruise, and much more!


7 days, 6 nights • $815 October 14 - 20 Trip Highlights: 10 meals, 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, guided tour of Colonial Williamsburg, dinner cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk, admission to the Nauticus and Battleship Wisconsin, and more! $75 deposit due by June 16.

Senior Support Services

Presented by Collette



Do you need help with transportation, respite, home visits, etc? Please call Jane at 518-584-1621, ext. 206.

Prague, Vienna and Budapest Sept. 3 - Sept. 13 • $3,859



Do you have an hour to assist with transportation, friendly visiting, or shopping? Flexible hours and no time commitments! Please contact Lisa at 518-584-1621, ext. 210.

Oct. 4 - Oct. 10 • $3,399


Oct. 31 - Nov. 10 • $4,159


Dec. 1 - Dec. 9 • $2,899


Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans Dec. 7 - Dec. 14 • $3,199


March 13 - 19, 2019 • $3,599



Wills, Trusts & Advanced Directives Protecting Your Home & Assets Caring For Aging Loved Ones Avoiding Court & Spend-Downs Getting Medicaid Coverage At Home Minimizing Estate Taxes



TUESDAY, MAY 15TH - 2PM Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue

THURSDAY, MAY 17TH - 10AM Queensbury Hotel 88 Ridge Street



WEDNESDAY, MAY 16TH - 6:30PM Hampton Inn 620 Plank Road

THURSDAY, MAY 17TH - 2PM Holiday Inn Express East Greenbush 8 Empire Drive

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Week of May 11 – May 17, 2018


7 TIPS for Preventing

Injuries While Gardening

by Kevy Smith for Saratoga TODAY SPRING HAS FINALLY SPRUNG and for many people, that means getting outside and spending some time in their gardens. Gardening can be a great exercise, but with all the bending, twisting, reaching, and pulling involved, it also presents the potential for injury. To make gardening as fun and enjoyable as possible, here are some tips to help keep you injury free and healthy:


WARM UP / COOL DOWN We already mentioned that gardening can be great exercise,

and it should be treated as such. Get your blood flowing and muscles loosened up by taking a 10-15 minute walk and doing some stretches before the real work begins. Stretching after is also important to prevent the muscles from tightening up after working them.


PRACTICE PROPER FORM Avoid twisting your body. When shoveling, keep the shovel close to your body and bend with your knees, not your back. While weeding, don’t over-reach but get up and move from spot to spot.


WEAR PROPER SUPPORT Wear supportive shoes with a good arch. Your feet are the foundation for the rest of your body and if they’re not properly supported it could lead to injuries. Use knee pads to reduce stress and impact on your knees and wear a back brace or lumbar support to support your low back, particularly if you plan on doing any heaving lifting.


WEAR GLOVES Wearing gloves while gardening is important for several reasons. They prevent blisters from forming during activities such as shoveling or raking. They can provide better grip

for lifting and moving objects. And they prevent exposure to harmful things such as fertilizer, pesticides, bacteria and fungus.


COVER UP Wearing long sleeves, pants, and high socks can protect you both from sun exposure as well as insects such as mosquitoes and ticks. Further sun protection can be provided with hats and SPF 30 or higher.


DON’T OVERDO IT Overuse and repetitive motions can lead to muscle strains, ligament sprains or tendonitis. Keep activities varied and rotated every 15-20 minutes

with a brief rest in between so that the same muscles are not getting used repeatedly.


ICE / HEAT If you do end up overdoing it, icing or heating may help. Ice is better for pain and swelling. Heat is better for stiffness. If the injury persists, consider going to see a chiropractor. Dr. Kevy Smith is a chiropractor in Saratoga Springs providing non-surgical treatment of spinal disorders and sports-related injuries. For more information please visit or call 518-587-2064

Week of May 11 – May 17, 2018




RISK MANAGEMENT: Part II Interest Rate Risk, Inflation and Longevity Risk

by Stephen Kyne, Partner, Sterling Manor Financial for Saratoga TODAY LAST MONTH, in this column, we began to explore some of the types of risk that people often encounter in their financial lives. The first installment covered Market Risk, which is the primary category of risk that many people think of when investing. This month we’re going to look as some less obvious, yet equally pervasive, risk types. Interest rate risk affects most investors, especially those whose portfolios are heavily weighted in bonds or other debt instruments. Put simply, this is the risk to you that prevailing interest rates will increase, which could then drive down the value of debt instruments you hold. We are in a rising interest rate environment right now, so you may currently be experiencing the effects of interest rate risk. Let’s assume that I am your bank, and I own your mortgage which is locked in at 3.5 percent. Now, let’s assume that I don’t want to take on the risk that you will default on your payments, so I take your mortgage and bundle it with several others also paying 3.5 percent, and I try to sell them (as banks often do). If the prevailing interest rate in the market has increased to 5 percent for mortgages of similar credit quality, then I will need to discount the price so that someone will want to buy my 3.5 percent mortgages instead of another bank’s 5 percent mortgages.

You may not be a bank, but if you are an investor who depends on bonds as a part of your portfolio, then you may as well be. As interest rates increase, the value of your bonds, which were issued at a lower rate, decrease on the secondary market. If you are investing in bonds through a mutual fund, then this can be especially true. Suddenly those “safe” bonds start losing value, and because of the way mutual funds are structured, you could lose value and still receive a 1099 for gains within the fund! Inflation and Longevity risk often go hand-in-hand. They are both risks associated with the possibility of living too long, and suffering the erosion of your purchasing power over your lifetime. My grandmother was born in 1921. When she was born, her life expectancy was 54 years. She worked until she was 65 (11 years after she was supposed to have died). She passed away at the age of 93 – nearly 40 years longer than her initial life expectancy! Planning to die young is a terrible retirement strategy. Since we need to plan for a relatively long retirement, we need to accept that, in order to maintain the same lifestyle for the duration of our retirement, our last years will be significantly more expensive than our first years.

The average rate of inflation for the staples seniors consume (food, energy, healthcare) are higher than for many of the discretionary items that nonretirees purchase. If we assume a 3.5 percent rate of inflation, then we find that our purchasing power is halved every 20 years. In other words, if you retire at 60 with annual expenses of $75,000, then by age 80 it will cost you $150,000 to maintain the same lifestyle, and nearly $300,000 by your late 90s! Longer life expectancies mean longer retirements. Longer retirements mean more exposure to the effects of inflation. Think of someone you know who may be struggling financially in their later years. It’s very likely they were quite comfortable when they set out in their retirement, but they’ve lived longer than expected, and their purchasing power has been slowly eroded. When working with your independent financial advisor, we recommend planning for a life expectancy of 100 years, unless you have personal health conditions which make that unlikely. Preparing your finances to support you over the course of a long life will help ensure that you will not have to drastically alter your standard of living in retirement because you’ll be ready for the effects of inflation over the long-term.

A conservative investor who has all of their money in CDs at 1.5 percent might feel secure in being free of the volatility found in the investment markets, but they are really just losing money safely when inflation is factored in. Your independent financial advisor will help you to understand how hard your investments need to be working to keep you safe from inflation and the risk of outliving your assets.

Stephen Kyne is a Partner at Sterling Manor Financial in Saratoga Springs and Rhinebeck. Securities offered through Cadaret, Grant and Co., Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Sterling Manor Financial, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor or Cadaret Grant and Co., Inc. Sterling Manor Financial and Cadaret, Grant are separate entities.



Week of May 11 – May 17, 2018

CSA Shares Simplified Cooking for Busy Parents

High Rock Park Wednesdays | 3 - 6 p.m. Saturdays | 9 - 1 p.m.

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson for Saratoga TODAY TOMORROW, as you visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, we invite you to consider a different kind of Mother’s’ Day gift: A seasonal CSA

share from one of our local farms. CSA is shorthand for community supported agriculture. A share is like the purchase of stock: It reflects an investment in a farmer’s livelihood in exchange for receipt of a box filled with fresh foods from that farmer each week. “It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement for everyone,” says Justine Denison, of Denison Farm. “It reconnects people with the land that sustains them while helping to build awareness of our interdependence on each other.” Denison began offering CSAs in 2005, after the family began farming on land leased from another farmer who Denison recalls growing “the most beautiful produce around.” Inspired by the example, the Denisons have made distribution of beautiful food via CSAs much of their farming mission on their own land in Schaghticoke. CSA shareholders pick up their boxes at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market or other distribution sites, and then have time to browse and enjoy the market, supplementing their boxes with meats, cheeses, and other foods from other vendors.

Harvesting spinach at Owl Wood Farm. Photo courtesy of Owl Wood Farm

Denison Farm CSA. Photo courtesty of Denison Farm

“It’s a beautiful arrangement,” Denison says. “People look at the box, and start asking questions about how to prepare what’s in there. We respond with recipes and cooking strategies. It creates a connection that becomes long lasting.” The connection is sustained as farmland changes hands. The Gomez family now farms the land that the Denison family leased. They too offer CSAs, with an option for either a boxed share containing a predetermined selection of produce or a market share, which gives the purchaser the option of

choosing a set amount of items. Produce farmers generally begin offering CSA shares for purchase through May, and begin distributions in June. For market administrator Julia Howard, CSAs take the guesswork out of cooking. “It’s an awesome option for working families who enjoy cooking and eating healthy and local,” says Howard. “You know that every week you will have a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, with the added bonus of supporting a local farmer.” Farms offering CSA shares

at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market are Owl Wood Farm (vegetables), Gomez VeggieVille (vegetables), Elihu Farm (eggs), Clyde O’Scope Farm (fruit and vegetables), and Denison Farm (vegetables). The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at High Rock Park. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on the FreshFoodNY app. E-mail for volunteer opportunities.

Spring Spinach Pasta Salad INGREDIENTS

• Yields 8 servings Photo by Pattie Garrett.

* Find these Ingredients at the Farmers’ Market!

• 8 ounces freshly cut pasta*, fettuccine, pappardelle or ravioli • 3 large garlic cloves*, minced • 4 cups fresh baby spinach*

• 2 cups cherry tomatoes*, halved • ½ small red onion*, thinly sliced and cut into 1 inch pieces, about ¼ cup • 6 Tablespoons olive oil*

• ¼ cup red wine vinegar • 1 teaspoon kosher salt • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • Grated Parmesan cheese*

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according the the package directions. Drain, but do not rinse the pasta. 2. While the pasta is cooking, place the onions and garlic in a large bowl. Add the olive oil and vinegar to cover the onions. When the pasta has been drained, add it to the mixing bowl and toss well. Add the spinach and tomatoes.

3. Toss everything together to mix well and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Note: Add your favorite seasonal herbs, vegetables, or meat: basil, mushrooms, sausage, bacon, anything goes!

Adapted from the recipe by Barefeet in the Kitchen, shared by My Saratoga Kitchen Table.

Week of May 11 – May 17, 2018




by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY


my Foodie Friends. This weekend is Mother’s Day. It is a time that I find difficult in that I lost my mother many years ago. Paula’s Mom is still with us. She has been a special Mother-in-Law to me who I love very much. Remembering my mother at this time brings those memories that make me laugh and cry. I have talked about growing up in an Italian family in many of my articles. Recently, I was reminded by one of my customers that Italians are a matriarchal nationality. It’s the women who carry on the traditions and hand out the majority of discipline, wisdom and nurturing to the children. As I was growing up being one of five siblings, every room in the house involved teaching and training by my mother. The bedroom was making your bed, dusting, furniture sweeping the floor or vacuuming the rugs and organizing your clothes. The

bathroom was to be kept clean at all times and the living room was “keep your feet off the couch.” The kitchen had the most intense training: washing and drying dishes to cleaning and setting the table. At the kitchen table we learned so much by sitting at a table (not a center island the way we do today) and shared everything from how our day went to how to pass the potatoes. We learned manners: how to hold a fork and at the beginning of the meal watching how much Mom did to prepare the meals and us for dinner. Her words before every meal were to wash up before you sit at the table. Every meal stated the essentials for us not to forget to do: “Remember, hands, face, neck and ears.” Why all the extras? With three boys and two girls who all played in a wondrous place that does not seem to exist anymore called outside. Yes, even my sisters had a layer of dirt on them that was unacceptable at the dinner table. We looked like we came out the mines coming in the door but at the table we were cleaned up nice or she sent us back for more washing. One such dinner my father, who was working two jobs at the time, asked for silence at the dinner table. This was very difficult for five kids but we were doing ok until the whistle! My Dad was exhausted and he had congestion in his nose. So it whistled while he breathed through his nose as he ate. As the

whistling continued my brothers and I could not keep a straight face and we snickered. My dad who could hear the whistle but he did not realize it was he who was whistling. Dad then ordered the whistler to stop or to bed they would go. The whistling continued and we tried to freeze our faces but it would not work and I burst into uncontrollable laughter. I proclaimed: “Dad it’s you!” He questioned my sanity and I was off to bed for secret whistling. My brothers and sisters were mum on the subject. I then laughed all the way to bed. In the end there was absolutely no rule Dad could make that my Mom was not allowed to break if she saw fit (Mom broke me out). I still to this day smile when I think of it or when I have dinner with my brothers and sisters bring up that time that dad whistled. Compliments to the Chef would like to salute all the Moms who have made life happen in our homes and especially the Kitchen. Who was the first one to start cooking a meal and the last to sit down for a meal? Who was still in the kitchen cleaning well after everyone else had left? What room in the house did mom dole out free advice on dating, school, employment and dealing with disappointment? Where did

some your funniest memories of mom take place? Moms hold court in their kitchen as a judge does in his court room or Queen Elizabeth in Buckingham Palace. My Mom didn’t hold a staff like the Queen but she did carry a rolling pin and a wooden spoon. For a few years it was never very far from her right hand. This Mother’s Day when it is time for dinner, seat Mom first and clean up so she can enjoy her day. Call Mom on a regular basis and tell how you feel about her. You cannot say “I love you Mom” enough. I bet I know where she will be when you stop by to see her. Bring your family together for


s Day 14 11 Mother’ Special! ✿

• Pesto Chicken • Roasted Rosemary Potatoes • Butternut Squash • Dinner Roll • Chocolate Cake

• Pork Loin with Fiesta Sauce • Red Bliss Potatoes • Mixed Vegetables • Pears

Take Care, John & Paula

Office for the Aging Lunch Program

h c n u L FRIDAY

at least an hour a day. Have Mom make it a rule; that way it will stick. Meal time is family time. Look at each other, listen to each other, tell stories, and talk about life. What ever the gift is that you give your Mom on Mother’s Day the greatest gift is the smile and hug you’ll give her at her front door. Stop in to 33 Railroad Place and share a fun story about your mom! Remember my Foodie Friends and Moms: “Life Happens in the Kitchen” – those memories will last you a lifetime.

Served at the Saratoga Senior Center TUESDAY






• Honey Baked Chicken • Brown Rice • Broccoli • Dinner Roll • Peaches

• Macaroni & Cheese • Stewed Tomatoes • Brussels Sprouts • Yogurt

• Chopped Steak • Garlic Mashed Potatoes • Spinach • Orange Whip

Menu Subject to Change. Coffee, tea and butter are served daily. The suggested contribution is $2/meal. There is a $6 fee for guests under the age of 60. Please make checks payable to: Northeast Dining and Lodging, c/o Saratoga County Office for the Aging, 152 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020



Academy for Lifelong Learning Program on the Restoration of Historic Sites The Academy for Lifelong Learning presents M. Jeffrey Baker, a partner in the firm of Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects, with a program on the restoration of some of our nation’s most important cultural sites including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The event takes place on Friday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. to noon. It will be held at the Holiday Inn, located at 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Open to the public, $35. Rummage Sale West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, 1331 Sacandaga Rd., Amsterdam (corner of Rt. 147 and 67) will hold its annual Rummage Sale on Friday, May 18 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m.– 3 p.m. The sale will include clothing, books, household items, children’s toys, and many other items. 10th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade Let’s come together on May 19 at 10 a.m. in Downtown Malta and thank our military for their patriotic service in support of our country. Malta’s parade will be even bigger and more spectacular with your help. If interested in participating call 518-899-4411 and visit www.MaltaParksRec. com for more information. Ignite Your Summer Join HealthPlex Fitness Thursday May 17 to kick off our Ignite Your Summer event. This is a two day event. Day 1: The opening ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. The event will consist of a welcome program and team building activities on the front lawn at HealthPlex Fitness. Day 2: The Games will be held on Saturday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m, will consist of fun fitness activities starting at The Clifton Park Arena, located at 16 Clifton Common Blvd., Clifton Park. Teams will compete in fitness challenges and courses. We

encourage families, companies and sports teams to sign up as a team. Entry is $10 per person for members and $20 per person for non-members. 10 people per team. All proceeds will go to LifeSong, INC.; a local organization that serves the developmentally disabled. Keep checking in for more information as we get closer to our event date! Questions? Please give us a call at 518-383-0225. Online registration: www.healthplexfitness. com/ignite-your-summer. Genealogy and Local History Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet on Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29 in Schuylerville. Lauren Roberts, Saratoga County Historian, will introduce a viewing of the movie “Harnessing Nature, Building the Great Sacandaga.” It is the unusual story of how, in the 1920s, Hadley homes and businesses were deliberately destroyed and whole cemeteries were moved to enable the flooding of the Sacandaga River Valley. The documentary is a collaborative effort involving County Historian Lauren Roberts, Queensbury filmmaker Peter Pepe, Saratoga County Director of Planning Jason Kemper, and area residents and historians. Discussion will follow the showing. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978. Bird Walk On Sunday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, bird enthusiast Nat Parke will return to lead yet another wonderful Bird Walk at Dionondehowa Wildlife Sanctuary and School, 148 Stanton Rd. Shushan (12873 zip code for GPS). Those who would like to participate should reserve a space at 518-854-7764. It’s important to dress with the expectation of ticks. DWS&S is a nonprofit forever-wild land trust located on 217 acres bordering the Battenkill, near the hamlet of Shushan. The Sanctuary is dedicated to providing refuge and recharge for wildlife and humans, alike, in an everdwindling wild landscape. The School is dedicated to the Healing and Expressive Arts. The full schedule for Dionondehowa events and the 2018 Newsletter can be found at

Pieroghi Sale Christ the Savior Church, located at 349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake is sponsoring its monthly pieroghi sale on Tuesday, May 22. Potato/ cheese, sauerkraut, and farmer’s cheese will be available. Pick-up is from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Call 518-363-0001 to place your orders. 14th Annual Saratoga Lions Duathlon and 5k The 2018 event will be held on Sunday, May 27 of Memorial Day Weekend. The Duathlon begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:20 a.m. The event is staged at the Saratoga Casino Hotel and utilizes the roads in the surrounding neighborhoods of this first-class venue. Free t-shirts, refreshments and awards are distributed. Raffle tickets for over $5,000 in prizes are sold. Registration fees are $30 for the 5k and vary for the Duathlon. All proceeds from the event go to help those with serious visual and hearing impairments. The event also recognizes our Veterans and fallen troops with our Honor-a-Vet and Save-a-Vet programs. Please visit: www.saratogalionsduathlon. com for additional information and registration options. Come and participate as an individual or as a team and enjoy a great course and a wonderful cause. Honoring King: A Photographic Exhibition Skidmore photography students documented the April 4 silent march and vigil held to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 years after he was assassinated. The exhibition will remain on display through May 20 at Saratoga Springs Visitor Center, 297 Broadway. Art Exhibit Artist Barbara King will be showing her work at the Saratoga Library, 49 Henry St., from May 1 through May 29. Barbara’s interest in art started as a young girl studying at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. Her interests span many mediums including pen and ink, line drawings, as well as oil and acrylic paintings. Her primary interest is drawing figures and faces. Southern Saratoga Art Society SSAS presents “Spring into Art” at the Center Gallery of the Clifton Park Senior Community Center 518-383-1343. Showing their works

Week of May 11 – May 17, 2018 are artists Rita Helie, Maria Tsai, Sherry Walkup and Jack Morgan. The artists were classmates while studying oil painting with wellknown Oil Painter and Teacher, the late Joan Lord of Niskayuna. The Show runs from May 2 to May 31. Art Exhibit Mechanicville District Library, 190 North Main Street, will host local artist, Frank Coletta, during the month of May. Frank will exhibit a series of watercolors taken from the Mechanicville area. He is a member of the Southern Saratoga Art Society. For more information, visit www. 9th Annual Golf Classic Please join us for a wonderful day of golf at McGregor Links on June 6, from 8 – 3 p.m. Your participation as a golfer and/or sponsor will go directly towards supporting the Saratoga Center for the Family. Format – Four Person Scramble, includes 18 holes of golf with cart. Use of practice facilities, raffle, skills contests and door prizes. Men play from white tees, women play from red tees, seniors 70+ play from green tees. For more information: event/annual-golf-classic/Tickets: www.eventbrite. com/e/9th-annual-golf-classictickets-43998440520. FGCNYS District IV Bus Trip to New York Botanical Gardens A bus tour to the New York Botanical Gardens on June 15 is open to the public. The tour is sponsored by District IV of the Federated Garden Clubs of NYS (FGCNYS). The highlight of the visit will be 20 of Georgia O’Keefe’s depictions of Hawaii and a stunning display of flora throughout the gardens. The cost of the tour includes transportation, admission to the gardens, and dinner in Kingston. The price is $95 for members; $99 for nonmembers. For more information contact Sharon at sharonfoxrun@ or call 518-258-1511 for reservations. Call 518-885-6416 for more information. Volunteer at Yaddo The Yaddo Garden Association is recruiting people to help restore and preserve the Yaddo Gardens or serve as garden docent sharing

Yaddo‘s history. Garden work is done Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. till noon, May through October. Docent led garden tours are held Saturdays and Sundays mid-June through Labor Day and Tuesdays during the thoroughbred racing season. Yaddo Gardens located on Route 9P, Union Ave., Saratoga Springs. No experience required, all tools and instructions are provided. Contact, 518-584-0746, or Facebook. Open Call for Singers The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society welcomes singers for its June concert, “The Gift of Life.” BHOS is a friendly, non-auditioned chorus that continually produces highly artistic choral performances. Pop into one of our rehearsals to experience the thrill of singing under the inspiring direction of William Jon Gray, a nationally recognized choral director. Just ask any of our singers: they will tell you how much they learn, and how much fun it is. We rehearse 7 p.m. Tuesday nights at the BH-BL High School choral room. Our concert features John Rutter’s “The Gift of Life: Six Canticles of Creation.” The performance is Friday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Glenville. To learn more, go to our website: Still have questions? Call 518-416-4060 or find us on Facebook. Bus Trip to Cradle of Aviation Museum The Empire State Aerosciences Museum announces a Bus Trip to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, on Saturday, June 30. Join other aviation enthusiasts exploring over 75 air and space craft, a dozen cockpits and 30 hands-on exhibits in over eight galleries. Experience a full dome theater with live astronomy programs and movies. The latest exhibit features the legendary Pan Am “B-314 Flying Boats,” seaplanes which pioneered trans-oceanic flying. Cost is low and includes bus transportation, museum admission, guided tour and Planetarium/Dome Theater show. Bus leaves Empire State Aerosciences Museum at 7 a.m. and arrives back home at 7 p.m. Sign up now before the bus fills up. For more information call 518-377-2191, ext. 10.

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Week of May 11 – May 17, 2018

Family Friendly Event

FRIDAY, MAY 11 Let’s Grow Green The Children’s Museum, 69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs, Noon This program is best suited for children ages two and up. Join us as we prepare our community garden for the season. This program will introduce the art and science of gardening to your child, as well as, increase their awareness of botany, outdoor recreation and nutrition. For more information, visit

Garden Party Sunnyside Gardens, 345 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, 5:30 – 8 p.m. The free event includes a presentation by Ned Chapman of Sunnyside Gardens on “Tantalizing Tropicals and Sensational Succulents,” music by Phil Drum, new garden trends, raffles and complimentary wine and snacks. Sunnyside Gardens will donate 10 percent of the evening’s sales to support programs that benefit women and girls through Soroptimist International of Saratoga County. The event is a precursor to the 24th annual Soroptimist Secret Gardens Tour set for Sunday, July 8. Learn more at

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Annual Plant Sale Fort Hardy Park, Route 29, Schuylerville, 9 a.m. The Schuylerville Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale. Perennials, houseplants, gardening gloves and garden related items will be available. For more information, visit www.



Car Wash and Bottle Drive

Ballston Area Senior Monthly Dance

Stillwater American Legion Post 490, 1 American Legion Road, Stillwater, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Stillwater Boy Scout Troop 4035 will be having a car wash and bottle drive. Please come and help the Scouts get to Gettysburg this summer.

Milton Community Center 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa 7 – 10 p.m. The dance is open to the public and ample free parking. Members are asked to bring a snack to be shared. Peaceful Country Band will be providing the music. Come and enjoy the fun and dance the night away. There is a $5 entrance fee for non-members. Check out our web page,

Free Lunch Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, 729 Malta Avenue Extension, Malta Ridge 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served at no charge. All are welcome. For more information call the church at 518-581-0210.

Motherless Daughters Book Discussion Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, Noon – 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Saratoga Springs Women’s Book Club. We will be discussing Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman. For women who have lost their mothers, this book opens a conversation about how deeply this affects one’s life. There will be time for conversation, sharing and refreshments. Please feel free to bring a photo or memento of your mom to share.

Roast Pork Dinner Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Road, Wilton 3:30 – 6 p.m. Roast pork dinner with all the fixings. Suggested $9 donation. The church is handicap accessible and take outs will be available.

Before They Were Our Mothers Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 p.m. Move beyond flowers and candy on Mother’s Day weekend to honor women at this reading from the new anthology, Before They Were Our Mothers: Voices of Women Born Before Rosie Started Riveting. The editor and five local authors will read real-life stories about their foremothers, dating from 1907-1940. You’ll be inspired to unearth your own mother’s stories and to share your own. Program will open with a musical tribute to mothers. Refreshments will be served.

SUNDAY, MAY 13 Monthly Breakfast Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 South of the Village of Victory, 8 – 11 a.m. Eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, toast (white or wheat), pancakes (regular, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon), French toast, home fries, orange juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Cost: Adult $8, Child $4. Everyone welcome.

MONDAY, MAY 14 Stitch and Yarn Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Whether you crochet, knit, embroider, cross stitch, rug hook, or hand sew you are welcome to this monthly group to relax, chat, and work on your craft. Stitches of all skill levels are welcome. No registration required.

TUESDAY, MAY 15 Havurah Vitik Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weible Avenue, Saratoga Springs 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. For our 14th Anniversary event we will continue to celebrate “To Life” with Richard Feldman. After a year’s absence, our favorite maestro of musical moments returns, presenting the 8th in his series of musical theater and film selections. This year’s theme: Falling in Love. You’ll smile with stars such as Shirley Jones, Gene Kelly, Jack Lemmon, as they sing of the “Happy Face” and “High Hopes” of love. A special, celebratory catered lunch follows the program. For more information or to RSVP call 518-584-8730, ext. 4. Keep Havurah Vatik alive and

well — bring along a friend to enjoy this program. Earn a special keepsake magnet as a reward for contributing to the growth and strength of Havurah Vatik.

Lunchtime Concert Series Saratoga Senior Center, 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs 12:30 p.m. The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra is a ten-piece band that celebrates the beginnings of jazz performing arrangements of tunes from the 1920s to the 1940s. The concert is free and open to the public largely by a grant from Saratoga Arts. The concerts run through October and are scheduled on the third Tuesday of each month. People may bring their own food, or they can buy food from Esperanto onsite. For more information, call 518-584-1621, ext. 202.

Home Energy Efficiency Workshop Saratoga Springs Public Library, Dutcher Community Room 6 – 7:30 p.m. This is a free workshop for homeowners to encourage participation in the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program. This program provides a free or reduced-cost home energy assessment and report, incentives and low interest rate financing for owners of one to four family homes. Homeowners can improve the energy efficiency of their homes, thereby reducing their energy consumption and saving money on utility bills. The home energy assessment is free for most New York homeowners and there is no obligation to install the recommended home energy improvements. Visit our website energy-efficiency/ or email info@

24th Annual May Day Crowning of Mary St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa 6 p.m. A cordial invitation is extended to all parishioners, members of other churches, prayer groups and parents and their children who recently received their First Holy Communion. They are encouraged to wear their communion outfits.

Please plan on attending the special evening dedicated to the Mother of God, praying for our families, nation, government officials and world peace. We are living in very dangerous times. The world is in crisis. For more information call Jose Uhlinger, 518-885-9620.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Open Forge Night with Steve Gurzler Adirondack Folk School, 51 Main Street, Lake Luzerne, 6:30 p.m. Get an introduction to the art of blacksmithing and see an amazing demonstration by expert smith Steve Gurzler. Observing the demonstration is free and open to the public. For those who want to try their hand at blacksmithing, there is a $20 fee to cover the cost of materials, and safety precautions must be followed – including hard shoes with no open toes, long pants, goggles (supplied) and gloves (supplied). Next open forge night is June 20. For more information, visit www.

THURSDAY, MAY 17 Fermentation 101: Fermented Food & Drink Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, Noon – 1 p.m. What is Fermentation? How do you ferment foods? What are the benefits of eating fermented foods? What exactly are probiotics, anyway? These are some of the questions we’ll be exploring in this introductory class about all things fermentation. Feel free to bring any questions or fermented foods that you have from home to discuss. We’ll also do a tasting of kombucha from Yesfolk Tonics. No registration required. For more information, visit

Upcoming Meetings Wednesday, May 16 Old Saratoga Seniors Meeting Town Hall, Spring Street, Schuylerville | Noon It will be a sandwich luncheon with an ice cream social for dessert. Money will be collected for trips and birthday luncheon. Election of officers and a vote for Senior of the Year will be held. Please try to attend. Call Pat at 518-338-2329.

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New Lunchtime

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The Doors at Caffe Lena

Rochmon Record Club Punches up

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Rochmon Record Club hosts its monthly Listening Party at Caffe Lena on Tuesday, May 15. This month’s feature is the self-titled debut album by The Doors – recorded in just six days and released in 1967,

“The Doors” included the songs ‘Break on Through (To The Other Side’), ‘Light My Fire,’ and ‘The End.’ The event takes place at Caffe’ Lena, 47 Phila St. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 and available online at

Local Actors Guild of Saratoga Stage Presents: An Evening of Original One-Act Plays Girl Blue, who will perform in a free lunchtime concert series this summer, sound-checking at Caffe Lena in 2017. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A new free monthly music series kicks off May 15 with a performance by The Dylan Perrillo Orchestra at Saratoga Senior Center. The series schedule showcases performances through October. The concept behind the new series is to provide cultural offerings during midday and mid-week, says series organizer Jonathan Greene. The series, largely funded by a grant from Saratoga Arts, is free and open to the public. Concerts will start at 12:30 p.m. and are scheduled on the third Tuesday of each month. May 15 - Dylan Perrillo Orchestra. Ten-piece band that celebrates the beginnings of jazz performing arrangements of tunes from the 1920s to the 1940s. Saratoga Senior Center. June 19 - Orchard Project. A preeminent engine of new work in the theater world, helping over 200 shows develop and go on to stages as big as Broadway and as small as a basement in Sweden. Orchard Project has made

Saratoga Springs their summer home. Ben and Jerry’s (rain location: Saratoga Senior Center). July 17 - Girl Blue. Girl Blue is the pseudonym of singer and songwriter Arielle O’Keefe. Her first single “Fire Under Water” placed 7th on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist, with over 1 million hits the first month. Ben and Jerry’s (rain location: Saratoga Senior Center). August 21 - Tame Pacific. Featuring members of internationally-noted but locallybased Wild Adriatic. Ben and Jerry’s (rain location: Saratoga Senior Center). September 18 - Rodeo Barons. Roots rock band with modern alternative influences. Saratoga Senior Center. October 16 - Heard. Original world music with jazz roots, influences from West Africa, Brazil, places in between and points beyond. Saratoga Senior Center. For more information on the series, visit the Lunchtime Concerts Facebook page: www.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Local Actors Guild of Saratoga Presents: The New Play Festival 2.0 - An Evening of Original One-Acts May 11-13 and May 18-20, at Saratoga Art Center, 320 Broadway. Billed as “5 shows for the price of one,” the event includes: “Internal Partners,” by Steve Maggio - a brief look at a man who experiences anxiety attacks and

the way it affects his life and those around him; “The Hook-up,” by Ken Levine - a one-night hook-up goes hilariously awry when the guy discovers the girl has a webcam, and she later learns an even bigger secret; “Choices,” by JJ Buechner - a look at how one choice you make affects the rest of your life; “(un)Declared and (un)Certain,” by Michelle Kittel - societal demands placed on children from

the perspective of a mom and her oldest daughter, a new college freshman, and “Sickbed,” by Tim Gonyea, in which Janine returns to live at her childhood home during a sickness, confronting the past and her impending future. Performances are 8 p.m. on May 11, 12, 18 and 19, and 2 p.m. on May 13 and 20. Tickets are $20. For ticket reservations, call 518-393-3496.

Mothers to be Honored at Northshire Books on May 12 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Beyond Flowers and Candy: Honoring our Foremothers is the theme of an upcoming Mother’s Day reading at Northshire Books. Five local authors featured in the new anthology “Before They Were Our Mothers: Voices of Women Born Before Rosie Started Riveting,” will read from their work at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. The editor Patricia A. Nugent will introduce how the anthology was conceived. Constance Dodge, Catherine Ruggiero Lanci, Joyce Hunt Bouyea, Christy O’Callaghan, and Josephine Pasciullo will read

part of their real-life foremothers’ stories, ranging from 1907-1940. “Our goal is to encourage intergenerational storytelling,” Nugent said, in a statement. “As some of us have learned too late, you can’t Google your grandmother’s first heartbreak.” The presentation will include suggestions for getting conversations started with mothers to preserve their legacy.

The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, email B4TheyWereOurMothers@ or call Northshire Bookstore at 518-682-4200.

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New: Beekman Street

Pop-up Art Opening SARATOGA SPRINGS — New for the 2018 season on Beekman Street, the first in a series of Pop-up Art openings will be staged 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 11. Future Beekman Street Pop-up Art openings will be held on the second Friday of the month, from May through October. Friday’s lineup includes: Faces on Beekman, 30 Beekman St. Two Fox Studios, hand-crafted hats; Plum and Crimson, 51 Ash St. at Beekman - Kate Edwards, Saratoga painter; Blue Peregrine Salon, 55 Beekman St. - David Post, wood sculptor; Khymanyo Studio- 60 Beekman St., open studio, designer clothing; Living Resources- 70 Beekman St.,

Kathy Gavitt, printmaking class; U M C West, 70B Beekman St. Terri Messinger, local landscape painter; Kraverie, 74 Beekman St. - Eric Margan, musician; The Black Circle, 79 Beekman St. Deborah Kirkpatrick, stained glass windows; Francelise Art Studios, 79 Beekman St. Francelise Dawkins, silk collage; 79 Beekman St. Studios - open studios: Carolyn Justice, pastels, Kelly Smith, drawing and painting, Emily Vallee, photography, Alice Kaplan, painter, Laurie DeVault, painter, Tatiana Schynol; Textile Studio, 143 Grand Ave. at Beekman St. - Susan Rivers, art quilts; The Barrelhouse – live local music.

Saratoga Arts Hosts Opening Reception Saturday SARATOGA SPRINGS — An opening reception of Elemental Narratives, featuring photography by local artists Ronda Anderson, Janene Bouck, Daniel DeRusso, Brian Hoffman and Phil Scalia, will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May

12 at The Arts Center Gallery at Saratoga Arts. The exhibition will be on display from May 12 - June 16. Everyone is also cordially invited to join us for Saratoga Arts Annual Meeting at 5:30 p.m., before the opening reception.

Broadway Stars Set to Stage Intimate Performances in Historic Saratoga Space by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY ROCK CITY FALLS — Six miles from Broadway stands a grand 19th-century estate where a series of Broadway legends and Tony Award notables will soon be showcased in an intimate performance space. It is, says Mansion Inn co-owner Jeffrey Wodicka, one of the area’s best kept secrets. “We thought it would be fun to bring some top Broadway New York City performers up to the area and have them in a small, intimate setting. So, we decided to put together a supper - where a three-course dinner is served – and have major talent for a 90-minute performance in an intimate room that seats 120 people,” he says. Wodicka and partner Neil Castro took over the historic Mansion Inn on Route 29 in 2001. Originally built in 1866 as a 23-room Venetian, villa-style estate and recognized by The National Register of Historic Places, the mansion was once the grand home of 19th Century industrialist George West - a renaissance man of sorts who established an art and archaeological museum in Round Lake, served as a member of the New York State Assembly and the House of Representatives, and owned as many as 10 paper mills, which earned him the nickname the “paper bag king.”

The inn has remained virtually unchanged during the past 150 years and hosts about 45 wedding celebrations annually as well as retreats and – for the past few years - a supper club theater. The 801 Supper Club season opens May 24 with an appearance by Bobby Conte Thornton, who made his Broadway debut as Calogero, the leading role in Robert DeNiro’s musical version of “A Bronx Tale.” Thorntown’s show, “Blame It On My Youth,” offers songs written by artists ranging from Irving Berlin to Sting. TV actor Ryan Raftery performs “The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart” on June 21. Andrea McArdle – who rocketed to stardom as Broadway’s original “Annie” – stages a brandnew show that celebrates The Great American Songbook, Broadway and contemporary music on July 26; Broadway Legend Lillias White, who secured a Tony Award for Cy Coleman and Ira Gasman’s “The Life,“ starred in 2010’s “Fela!,” and starred in “Dream Girls” on Broadway performs at The 801 Supper Club Aug. 23. Singersongwriters and Carnegie Hall headliners Will and Anthony Nunziata stage their show Sept. 20, and Josh Young - nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Judas in “Jesus Christ Superstar” presents an evening of showstoppers comprised of Andrew Lloyd Webber favorites on Oct. 18. The

concert includes songs from “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Evita,” and “Phantom of the Opera.” “These are top, top people – and they love coming here, because they’ll come up in jeans and a piano player for a very intimate performance you wouldn’t normally see,” says Wodicka, who grew up on Long Island and relocated to Saratoga after the completion of his college years. “A property like the Mansion Inn needs to be used, there are not many like it. In downtown Saratoga Springs there are quite a number of older homes and properties, but they’re not on any land – they’re on postage-stamp size lots and don’t have a lot of space. Here, we can accommodate a lot of people. We’re on acres with a pond and a carriage house and a barn, so we can do all kinds of things,” he says. The atmosphere during the supper theater, he says, is something special. “It’s intimate. You sit around a table with people you’re probably meeting for the first time, you have the dinner conversation back-and-forth, then the show comes on and you know, it’s electric. There is no bad seat. You really get the effect.” Tickets are $75 and include a three-course meal and a 90-minute show. For more information about the 801 Supper Club at the Mansion of Saratoga, go to www.

Spring Street Gallery: Catharsis and Concrete, Steel and Skin Opens Saturday SARATOGA SPRINGS — Spring Street Gallery will host an opening of a new dual exhibition – “Catharsis,” featuring Rebecca Zeh, and “Concrete, Steel and Skin,” depicting the work of Matthew Grandy, 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. The gallery is located at 110 Spring Street and is otherwise open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays. Spring Street Gallery will also host a performance by musician Mike Donovan 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17.

Tickets, on a sliding scale, are $5-$10. Donovan is currently touring through the eastern states before heading to Europe. The blurb: “Mike D takes busman’s holiday on keyboards; the shards and trinkles from this brokedown music-box are slivers of aloneness, echoes of weird scenes and falsetto-hued odes all designed to break…” A music video sample of Donovan’s work may be viewed at: www.dragcity. c om / ar t ist s / m i ke - d onov an / videos/cold-shine.

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by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Brandon Camaj, a 16-yearold junior at Saratoga Springs High School has been playing football for only four years and will be traveling to Australia on June 23, starting June 24, for 10 days for the opportunity of a lifetime: to represent New York State through Down Under Sports, a company founded in 1989 by New Zealander George O’Scanlon, whose mission was to “use the common language of sports to bridge the continents and provide a forum for athletes around the globe to compete head to head in the sports they love.” “I received a letter mailed to the school that my coach gave to me. The letter said that I was invited to represent New York State in Australia to play football. It’s a fourgame tournament with seeding games and then playoffs and then

the championship,” Camaj explained. On the field, he is an offensive guard and defensive tackle. “I’ve always wanted to play football but my parents wouldn’t really let me because they thought it was too dangerous and so I started my freshmen year of high school and I’ve loved it ever since,” he said. In the off season, Camaj runs track to stay fit and train in his spare time at Saratoga Peak Performance. “We’re doing a fundraiser where I hand out sponsorship letters and whoever wants to sponsor me can donate through the website. You can also email us,” Camaj said, explaining how he would be fundraising the trip. Contact Frank Camaj at for a sponsorship letter or visit www.

Contact Frank Camaj at or visit to sponsor Brandon Camaj’s trip to Australia. A518-0D81-10C9, make check payable to Down Under Sports and mail check with the sponsorship letter provided by the Camaj family. “I don’t really know how they found me, but I got the letter and they broke it down like college recruiting. My parents were actually as shocked as I was [at

the opportunity]. They were on board though. They said, ‘do you want to do it?’ I said, ‘I’d love to,’” he explained. He credits his parents, Lucjana and Frank, as his biggest supporters, along with his three younger siblings, Bryan, who also plays football, Tommy, and Isabela. In his free time, Camaj works part-time at his family’s restaurant, I Love NY Pizza in Ballston Spa and enjoys hanging out with his friends.

“My friends and I just like to hang out with each other. When we’re together mostly we just play sports,” he said. As far as academics go, Camaj said his grades are “decent, they could be better,” he laughed. He plans to play football in college and favorite team is the New York Jets. He is grateful for his opportunities and wishes to thank the coaching staff at Saratoga Springs High School.

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SPRING SPORTS SEASON IS HERE! League games this week are as follows: Baseball



FRIDAY, 5/11

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FRIDAY, 5/11

■ Ballston Spa vs. Albany 4:15 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School

■ Ballston Spa vs. Albany 4:15 p.m. at Albany Plumeri Sports Complex

■ Saratoga Springs (Girls) vs. Niskayuna 4:15 p.m. at Niskayuna High School

■ Schuylerville vs. Queensbury 4:30 p.m. at Queensbury High School

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Niskayuna 4:15 p.m. at Saratoga Eastside Rec


■ Schuylerville vs. Saratoga Springs 7 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School

MONDAY, 5/14

■ Spa Catholic vs. Hudson 4:30 p.m. at Green Port Town Park ■ Schuylerville vs. Hoosic Valley 4:30 p.m. at Schuylerville High School ■ Ballston Spa vs. Schenectady 4:30 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School ■ Saratoga Springs vs. Shaker 4:15 p.m. at Shaker High School


■ Schuylerville vs. Scotia-Glenville 4:30 p.m. at Schuylerville High School ■ Ballston Spa vs. Christian Brothers Academy | 4:15 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School ■ Saratoga Springs vs. Shenendehowa 4:15 p.m. at Saratoga Eastside Rec


■ Saratoga Springs vs. Queensbury 4:15 p.m. at Saratoga Eastside Rec

■ Schuylerville vs. Scotia-Glenville 4:30 p.m. at Schuylerville High School

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Niskayuna 4:15 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School

SUNDAY, 5/12

■ Spa Catholic vs. Hadley-Luzerne 7 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park ■ Schuylerville vs. Saratoga Springs TBD at Saratoga Springs High School

■ TOURNAMENT: Saratoga Springs vs. Multiple Schools 9 a.m. at Saratoga Springs High School

MONDAY, 5/14

■ Ballston Spa vs. Schenectady 4:15 p.m. at Schenectady High School ■ Saratoga Springs vs. Shaker 4:15 p.m. at Plumeri Sports Complex

■ Ballston Spa (Boys) vs. Colonie 4:15 p.m. at Colonie High School


■ Ballston Spa (Girls) vs. Albany 1 p.m. at Albany High School


■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Glens Falls 5 p.m. at Glens Falls High School ■ Ballston Spa (Girls) vs. Schenectady 7 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School ■ Saratoga Springs (Boys) vs. Shaker 5:30 p.m. at Shaker High School ■ Saratoga Springs (Girls) vs. Shaker 4:15 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School


■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Lansingburgh 7 p.m. at Schuylerville High School


■ Ballston Spa (Boys) vs. Christian Brothers Academy | 7 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School


■ Saratoga Springs (Boys) vs. Shenendehowa | 4:15 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School

■ Schuylerville vs. Hoosic Valley 4:30 p.m. at Hoosic Valley High School ■ Ballston Spa vs. Schuylerville 4:15 p.m. at Schuylerville High School ■ Saratoga Springs vs. Shenendehowa 4:15 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School


■ Ballston Spa vs. South Glens Falls 4:15 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School

*All information subject to change due to weather.

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Meg Messitt, president of the Teenage Republican Club. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Meg Messitt, an ambitious freshman at Saratoga Springs High School, decided last summer that her political point of view needed to be represented in her high school. Along with two friends her age, Jason Schwartz and Paul Sheehan, Messitt and the boys spent their summer writing their new proposed club's constitution. Messitt explained that she has always been interested in politics,

starting with watching Fox News at a young age and continuing to do so well into her teen years. “I was really excited to start this club, it got me even more engaged with politics. We wanted to express conservative values more, we thought there wasn’t a big voice of conservative ideas in Saratoga schools. We noticed that lessons tended to be from the democratic view point. So, we started this club, so the conservative values could be heard,” Messitt explained. See Story pg. 18

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COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Saratoga Baseball Hero’s Game SARATOGA SPRINGS — At 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, the JV Saratoga Springs baseball team has their Hero’s Game with varsity’s game at 7 p.m. at Eastside Recreation Center. There will be a silent auction, food trucks, and the varsity team will be celebrating Senior Night.

6th Mother-Lovin’ 5K Run/Walk Mother’s Day Tradition WILTON — Hundreds of local families will be running and walking for a purpose on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13 in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Registration is now open for the Kelly’s Angels Mother-Lovin’ 5K, which invites men, women and children of all ages and abilities to step up to participate in the name of helping children who’ve lost a parent or sibling to cancer. Cost to register is $30 and online registration ends May 10 at 10 a.m.; Race day registration is $35. Race day registration and packet pickup runs from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. at the Orenda Pavilion. Participants can register at www.zippyreg. com/online_reg/index.php?e=1080.

Scotties Stampede 5k in Ballston Spa BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District is organizing the annual Scotties Stampede, the Ballston Spa 5k for Education, on Saturday, May

19 at 9 a.m. The primary goal of the event is to bring the community together and encourage families to participate in healthy and active lifestyles. Financially, the event will support the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. The school district is grateful for all the sponsors that are making the event possible including media sponsors Look Media, Saratoga Today, The Ballston Journal, and gold sponsors Empire BlueCross, TCT Federal Credit Union. For registration and details, please visit Information about sponsorships or volunteer opportunities is available by contacting the district’s Coordinator of Development and Race Director, Madeleine Petraglia at mpetraglia@ or 518-884-7195, ext. 1369.

Ryan’s Run SARATOGA SPRINGS — At 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, the Saratoga Springs Teachers Association will be sponsoring Ryan’s Run, a 5K walk/run to support Malignant Infantile Osteopetrosis. Entry fee is $25. Register online at

The Saratoga Lions Duathlon and 5k SARATOGA SPRINGS — This year’s event is the 14th annual Duathlon and first ever 5k. The event will be held on Sunday, May 27 at the Saratoga Casino Hotel and utilizes the roads in the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Free t-shirts, refreshments. Raffle tickets for over $5,000 in prizes are sold. Registration fees are $30 for the 5k and vary for the Duathlon. All proceeds from the event go to help those with visual and hearing impairments. The event also recognizes our Veterans and fallen troops with our Honor-a-Vet and Save-a-Vet programs. Visit saratogalionsduathlon. com for additional information and registration options.

Saratoga Stryders Camp Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Stryders Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series will be held at 6:15 p.m. Monday evenings June 25, July 9, July 23, August 6 and August 20. Registration is $5 day-of only. This is a fun event topped off by unusual raffle prizes. Please bring your own water. Proceeds benefit the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park and the Saratoga Spa State Park. For more information call Laura Clark at 518-581-1278 or email or visit

Saratoga Springs CSD Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camp SARATOGA SPRINGS — On July 16 – 19, boys and girls grades 3 – 10 are invited to participate in a baseball camp at Saratoga Springs High School. Grades 3-6 will have camp from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and grades 7-10 will have camp from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $150 per player. Contact Matt Usher at m_usher@ with any questions.

Saratoga Springs Recreaction Center Pickleball League Join our inaugural Pickleball League. Registration going on now. Play began April 23. Players will participate in a ladder system league and play a double round-robin with others of similar skill level to ensure fun but competitive matches.

Drop-In Sessions The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department offers drop-in sessions in Adult Basketball, Pickleball, Racquetball, Wallyball, and Zumba.

Zumba Fitness Classes Teens/adults 16+ are welcome to join. Zumba® is a mind, body, and spirit rejuvenation, and is the hottest International Dance/Fitness class in existence. Zumba combines the Latin rhythms of Meringue, Cha-Cha, Salsa, Cumbia, and Reggaetón. Modify or intensify any movement to ensure your physical needs. Burn 600 - 1000 calories. Classes are Wednesdays 6 - 7 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center.

Saratoga Springs Camp Saradac Camp Saradac offeres creative recreational and educational programs for children ages 5 - 15 promoting fun, fitness and growth. Early Bird registration for Camp Saradac ends May 14. For more information or to download forms go to Contact the Recreation Department at 518-587-3550, ext. 2300 or email

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Saratoga Springs Girls Lacrosse SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Thursday, May 3, Saratoga Springs played Guilderland and won, 16-10. In the first half, Saratoga scored 12 versus Guilderland’s four, in the second half, Saratoga scored four versus Guilderland’s seven. On Saratoga’s team Lindsey Frank had four goals and one assist; Reilly Hogan had four goals and two assists; Ella Payer and Katie Wendell each had two goals and two assists; Katie Silver had two goals; Sophia Burke had one goal and two assists; Sylvie Waters had one goal; and Abigail Searles had 12 saves.

On Saturday, May 5, Saratoga Springs played Queensbury and won, 16-15, a close match. In the first half, Saratoga scored 11 versus Queensbury’s four, in the second half, Saratoga scored five versus Queensbury’s 11. On Saratoga’s team Katie Wendell had six goals and two assists; Lindsey Frank had five goals and one assist; Reilly Hogan had two goals; Sophia Burke had one goal and three assists; Lauren Duffy and Sylvie Waters each had one goal; Jackie Sauer, Elizabeth McGinn, and Catherina O’Hara each had one assist; and Abigail Searles had 17 saves.

Spa Catholic Softball SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, May 2, Saratoga Central Catholic played Waterford and won, 20-2. Ani Crocker hit a homerun and three runs; Emy Murray had a double and 3 RBIs; Molly O’Reilly hit a triple; Ryleigh Dempsey had two runs; and Ria Walsh had one double. On Friday, May 4, Saratoga Central Catholic played Berlin

and won, 15-0. Victoria Alvord had 3 RBIs; Sara Custer had one RBI; Elise Browell went 2-2. On Monday, May 7, Saratoga Central Catholic played Cambridge and won, 9-7. Emy Murray had one double and 2 RBIs; Cassidy Hayner had two RBIs; Molly O’Reilly had a homerun and 3 RBIs; Julia Murdick had two RBIs.

Saratoga Central Catholic clinched the Battenkill Division, earning a right to play for the league championship during their senior night on Wednesday, May 9. Photo Provided.

On Monday, May 7, Saratoga played Shenendehowa and won by a landslide, 19-8. In the first half, Saratoga had 11 goals and Queensbury had four goals, in the second half, Saratoga dominated with another eight goals to Queensbury’s four. On Saratoga’s team Katie Silver had four goals and two assists; Katie Wendell had three goals and five assists; Jackie Sauer had two goals and three assists; Ella Payer had two goals and two assists; Lindsey Frank, Reilly Hogan, and Sylvie Waters each had two goals and one assist; Sophie Burke and Lauren Duffy each had one goal; and Abigail Searles had 14 saves.

TEAM EMERY 70 - TEAM LOMBARDO 641 Team Emery took the lead early in the game and held off a scrappy Team Lombardo 70 to 64. Blake Rizzi led his team with 39 points and with the help of teammates Andrew Armstrong’s 13 points and Brendon Emery’s 10 points, they got the win. Team Lombardo had four players in double figures topped by 22 points from Chris Peroni, Dave Lombardo added 16 points, Tim Herrick with 15 points and Mike Ventre with 12 points. TEAM WINK 64 – TEAM SIKORA 53 Team Wink used 24 points from Brian Travis including a half court buzzer beater at the end of the half, J.R. Michael continued his threepoint shooting with five three-pointers and Dallas Wells contributed 13 points in the victory. Camdon Spencer kept his team in the game with 33 points in the loss. TEAM DUFF 69 – TEAM REED 54 Team Duff remained the only undefeated team in the league and ran their record to 5 and 0 with a 69 to 54 win over Team Reed. Team Duff ’s Carter Flanigan had a game high 31 points while Tim Bush had 22 points, Josh Demarais 14 points and Rich Duff 11 points in the win. Team Reed was led by Colin Fuller and Taylor Wilson with 15 points each.

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BIRD TOWN DELIVERS FILLY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bird Town, a mare owned by Marylou Whitney and the recordholder for the fastest Kentucky Oaks of all time, delivered the seventh foal of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol project on May 3 at 2:10 a.m. at Gainesway Farm in Kentucky. The foal, a filly by Empire Maker, was a few days past her expected due date of April 26. Bird Town, a multiple Grade 1 winner during her racing career, and the foal are both in excellent health. The live feed of Bird Town and her foal can be viewed at “It’s great to welcome Bird Town’s foal,” said Cathy Marino, director of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. “We want to thank Marylou Whitney and her husband, John Hendrickson, for allowing all of us fans the opportunity to

get to know Bird Town as part of the Foal Patrol project. We look forward to seeing this filly develop and hopefully become a great racehorse like her mother,” Marino said. The final Foal Patrol mare scheduled to deliver is Arravale at Chanteclair Farm in Kentucky. Owned by Merriebelle Stable and in foal to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Arravale is expected to give birth around May 24. About Foal Patrol: The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame launched Foal Patrol on Dec. 19, 2017 at www. The project is a one-of-a-kind collection of live web cameras where people can view real-time streams of several in-foal mares during their pregnancy through the actual foaling and beyond. The website is optimized for viewing across all media platforms, including tablets and smart phones.

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