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Volume 7 • Issue 44

Saratoga Standout by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – As student-athletes from area high schools graduate and move on to collegiate programs, the media’s attention tends to shift toward the next batch of kids ready to suit up for the Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks. Students moving on to programs that are outside of their hometown’s coverage area can be overlooked unless they become stars in their own right. Adhem Elsawi, junior starting left tackle for the East Carolina Pirates football program, started for Saratoga Springs for three seasons before moving on to Campbell College in North Carolina. He received all-area honors as an offensive line in his senior year

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Photo courtesy of East Carolina Media Relations.

1,000 and Counting by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY Only in the first and second grades, Carlie and Noah Friedman have already read more books than most adults. The two young students at Caroline St. Elementary recently became the first two children in the school to complete the “1,000 Photo providsed.

Books Club” program, meaning they have each read 1,000 books since they first began the national reading program two-and-a-half years ago. The program was originally initiated by Geyser Road

Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday, November 4 at 2 a.m.

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Inside TODAY…

Saratoga to Santa Anita

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Saratoga Horses Loom Large in the Breeders’ Cup

Business pg 9

by Marilyn Lane for Saratoga TODAY If you’re a sports fan or a fan of Saratoga, you’ll not want to miss this weekend’s World Championships Breeders’ Cup races from beautiful Santa Anita Park. This is the World Series, the Super Bowl of horse racing and nearly one third of the total entries for this year’s 15 races are

from our own turf. Seven of the 12 entries in the Breeders’ Cup $5 million Classic have deep Saratoga roots. They include three from the barn of Saratoga resident and Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. Kiaran McLauglin, Godolphin Racing’s American trainer and Saratoga’s leading trainer in 2008 is represented by Forego winner,

Emcee in the Dirt Mile, the tenacious Questing in the Ladies Classic, Spa maiden victor Fortify in the Juvenile and Alpha in the Classic. Alpha made history with his deadheat victory in the 2012 Travers Stakes. Also in the Classic is Fort Larned who won this year’s Whitney Stakes for Ian Wilkes. This son of E. Dubai

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DBA’s Fall Festival Brings Out the Kid In Everyone SARATOGA SPRINGS - Before last weekend descended into waiting around for Hurricane Sandy, the Downtown Business Association’s Fall Festival went off without a hitch on October 27. Families brought their little ones out to enjoy the games and activities organized by dozens of downtown businesses. There was a pumpkin roll down Caroline Street, face painting, free carousel rides and lots and lots of tasty treats. Our photographer was on hand as the festivities commenced on a typical upstate New York autumn afternoon.

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Edward J. Nortz, 41, of 17 Meditation Way in Wilton, pled guilty and was placed on interim probation to participate in Drug Treatment Court stemming from an arrest for driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony, on June 24, 2012. He is scheduled to be sentenced December 12. Merritt J. Westfall, 26, of 18 Russell Street in Saratoga Springs, pled guilty and was placed on interim probation to participate in Drug Treatment Court stemming from an arrest for driving while intoxicated, a Class E Felony, on August 26, 2012. He is scheduled to be sentenced December 20. Akiva D. Abraham, 47, of 316 Miller Road in Rexford, was sentenced to three to six years in a New York State Prison and ordered to pay $165,640.52 in restitution concurrent with Albany County following a guilty plea on charges of third-degree grand larceny, a Class D felony. Jeffery B. Hamblin, Jr., 22, of Route 9N in Corinth, was sentenced to time served in the Saratoga County Jail (90 days) five years of probation and pay $275 in restitution following a guilty plea on charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second-degree, a Class D felony. He was arrested June 7, 2012. Sean L. Perham, 24, of Remsen Street in Cohoes, was re-sentenced to one year in Saratoga County Jail by Judge Jerry Scarano from the original sentence of six months in jail and five years of probation stemming from charges of driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony. According to a spokesperson at the district attorney’s office, the resentencing has resulted in the termination of the originally sentenced probation.

Michael J. Kio, 35, of East River Drive in Lake Luzurne, was re-sentenced to five months in Saratoga County Jail from the original sentence of 10 years of probation stemming from charges of criminal sexual assault in the third degree. According to a spokesperson at the district attorney’s office, the resentencing has resulted in the termination of the originally sentenced probation. Karen T. Buss, 55, of Ginger Terrace in Clifton Park, was re-sentenced to 30 days in Saratoga County Jail from the original sentence of five days in jail and five years of probation stemming from charges of driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony. Judge Jerry Scarano ruled that the defendant would continue their probation program. Shawn Shaver, 32, of Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in State prison and one year of court-ordered supervision following release after pleading guilty to the attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a Class D felony. Kathleen C. Freeman, 60, of South Federal Street in Saratoga Springs was sentenced to one year in State prison and two years of court-ordered supervision following release after pleading guilty to the attempted sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class C felony. Simonne A. Grey, 28, of Jefferson Street in Saratoga Springs pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony. Sentencing is scheduled for January 7.


Krystal J. Berg, 19, of Saratoga Avenue in South Glens Falls, pleaded guilty to assault in the second-degree, a Class D violent felony. Christopher P. Schult, 23, of Conver Drive in Saratoga Springs, was arrested along Lake Avenue and charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the fifthdegree, forgery in the third-degree and criminal possession of a forged instrument in the third degree, all misdemeanor charges. Harry J. Dzurica, 20, of Malta was arrested October 31 along Henry Street in Saratoga Springs and charged with criminal trespass in the third-degree, a misdeameanor. Esau D. Duggar, 28, of Washington Street in Saratoga Springs was arrested October 30 for assault in the third degree with intent to cause physical harm and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.

Kristine M. Dibartolomeo, 33 of Adirondack Circle in Wilton, was arrested along Franklin Street in Saratoga Springs and charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content greater than .08 percent, all Class E felonies. She was also charged with failing to keep right and operation of a vehicle without safety seats and belts, both violations.


Timothy J. McEachron, 52, of Ballston Spa was sentenced to one to three years in a state prison with an ignition interlock device for three years as a condition of discharge stemming from a guilty plea entered for driving while intoxicated with a child, a Class E felony. McEachron pled guilty in August. Sharon L. Guilder, 47, of Corinth pleaded guilty to the charge of driving while intoxicated in Saratoga County Court following her arrest in August. Sentencing is scheduled for January 8, 2013.



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Son Charged with Murder in Mother’s Death Joshua P. Mcwain of 370 Daniels Road, Lot 20 was charged with second-degree murder after the police found Carol Stanford’s body under a shed in the same yard as the trailer she lived in with her son, Mcwain. Stanford was found with a blunt head trauma, which police allege was the cause of her death, which an autopsy will need to confirm. The Sherriff’s Office reported that she was killed at 1:30 a.m. the morning of October 31. Mcwain is currently being held in Saratoga County Jail with no bail. Hurricane Sandy Wreaks Havoc on Eastern Coast The “perfect storm,” or Hurricane Sandy, traveled along the East coast in full force last weekend, tolling up to at least 133 total deaths, from the Caribbean all the way up to the New England coast, also causing $20 billion in property damages and between $10-$30 billion in lost business in the U.S. New York City was one of the cities hit the hardest by the storm. Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power, large floods in Lower Manhattan shut down the subway and train systems, and hundreds of flights were cancelled. The New York Stock Exchange also closed October 29-

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30 due to flooding in the financial district, marking the first time in its history that the NYSE was closed for two days straight. New Jersey was also severely affected by the storm: major cities like Atlantic City, Newark, Jersey City and Hoboken were majorly flooded, and many of those areas are still suffering from power outages. Those power outages could become a major problem as temperatures continue to drop—lack of electricity and heat will pose a definitive problem for the elderly and sick. The historic Seaside Heights boardwalk had chunks blown away by the storm, along with parts of the boardwalk amusement park. Officials said 70-80 percent of Atlantic City was still underwater October 30, according to Time Magazine. Cities in the Capital Region were lucky enough to avoid the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, as it turned westward after hitting New York City. Those who wish to donate to hurricane relief efforts can do so at Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Plans More ‘Star Wars’ Episodes The Walt Disney Co. announced October 30 its purchase of Lucasfilm for $4 billion along with the rights to produce more “Star Wars” films. Disney CEO Robert Iger said in the announcement that

the company plans to release the first of at least three more "Star Wars" films in 2015, with an additional sequel coming every two to three years after that. George Lucas, the creator of the arguably most famous film franchise of all time, won’t be completely out of the picture: Lucas will stay on board to serve as “creative consultant” on the upcoming films. As sole owner of Lucasfilm, he will receive slightly more than $2 billion in cash and about $2 billion worth of stock in Disney. Earlier this year Lucas named producer Kathleen Kennedy as co-chair and his eventual successor as head of Lucasfilm. Disney said Kennedy will now run the operation as a division of Walt Disney Studios. Troy Man Arrested for Alleged Rape of 14-Year-Old Girl Brian Scott Messer of Fourth Street was arrested while a search warrant was executed at his residence by State Police in Brunswick and the State Police Computer Crimes Unit, police said. Police also said Messer was charged with second-degree rape and second-degree criminal sex act for repeatedly engaging in sexual intercourse with the girl. Messer was also charged with first-degree disseminating indecent material to a minor for allegedly

sending material of a sexual nature to the child via his computer. The last charge he will face is with endangering the welfare of a child. Messer was arraigned and sent to the Rensselaer County Jail with no bail pending. State Police are asking that anyone with any information on this case or on any other potential victims contact them at (518) 279-4427. Saratoga County Presents 2013 Budget Plan Saratoga County leaders Wednesday morning presented a $300 million budget for 2013 that includes a 2.5 percent tax levy increase. The $330,734,193 tentative budget would cut spending by nearly $5 million, but would raise the property tax rate by six cents to $2.29 per thousand of assessed property value. For example, the owner of a property assessed at $200,000 would increase their taxes by $12 a year. County supervisors will hold a budget workshop at 3 p.m. November 15, when they could make changes to the tentative budget. A public hearing on the spending plan will be held December 3 before it is adopted December 12. For more information on budget meetings, visit the county’s website at


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Elswai Excelling at East Carolina continued from Page 1 with the Blue Streaks. Believing he could become a starter for a Division I program, he transferred to East Carolina University, where he’s become the unlikely leader of a line that propels the Pirates’ offensive attack. “It’s been a dream for me,” said Elsawi about playing at East Carolina. “Every year I’ve been here, I’ve absolutely loved this place and have been really proud to say I’m a Pirate and this season’s no different. I’ve been getting a lot better and I’ve developed a love for the game that I can honestly say I’ve never had before because I’m starting to get used to this big game feel. It’s a blessing that makes me love the game that much more.” Those familiar with the game of football could tell you that it’s exceedingly rare for a member of the offensive line to get noticed for their contributions on the football field. If they’re performing their job correctly, you probably won’t hear much about them. The running backs they create lanes for and the quarterbacks they protect in the pocket could not do what they do without them. The East Carolina Pirates offense has been performing well this season, with quarterback Shane Carden’s quarterback rating an impressive 139.3. Wide receiver Justin Hardy leads all of Conference-USA in receiving yards. Elsawi’s line is crucial to the rest of the team’s performance. “I take a lot of pride in that,” said Elsawi. “It’s awesome to see teammates doing such great things. Especially as an offensive lineman, I’m used to kind of a background mentality. I do my job to make sure my team is successful. When my teammates are doing great and having such awesome games, I’m happy for them and know that it’s in no small part to me and my brothers on the offensive line.” Elsawi couldn’t be happier playing Division I football in North Carolina, adding that there isn’t much time during the year for him to get back to the Spa City. “I basically don’t have any time to come back to New York,” said Elsawi. “What’s been happening is I’ll come home for maybe five days at a time but then I’m right back down here. It has to do with our offseason regimen and the way we lift and train. For the most part, I’ve been staying down here in North Carolina.”

When asked what he misses most about coming back home, Elsawi’s answer came quickly. “First and foremost, my family,” said Elsawi. “That’s the first thing that comes to mind, my parents and my brothers and sisters. After that, there’s just something about the air. Every time I go back it’s just crisp and a little cold, but I like it a little cold.” As for the team, their 4-1 Conference-USA record has them at the top of their division this season and with a win November 3 against Houston, Elsawi and his team will qualify for one last December bowl game, which would be his first after the team won just five games in 2011. The win won’t come easily though, as last season’s matchup against the Cougars led to a 56-3 win for Houston. “The offensive mentality dictates that it doesn’t really matter who we’re playing, we have to go out and execute on offense and play to the best of our ability. That’s not to say we aren’t preparing [for Houston] but they’re going to be a tough team and we’re going to make sure we do enough to feel we’re prepared to win this game.” While the blowout loss from 2011 isn’t their primary focus, Elsawi adds that East Carolina won’t just forgive and forget when they meet that Saturday afternoon. “You can bet that there’s going to be a little something extra as far as the offensive line goes.”

Kaged Kombat Returns to Saratoga Springs City Center

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Mixed martial arts action returns to Saratoga Springs on November 10 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The next installment of Kaged Kombat features 13 actionpacked fights with two titles up for grabs in the cage. Making their MMA debut are local fighters Brandon Polcare, Cheljean ErwinDavis and Jason Trembley. Also stepping into the cage are veteran local fighters Leonard Rosa and Devan Hildebrandt. Polcare, who was a Saratoga Springs High School wrestling standout from1998-2001, amassed a high school record of 116-18 during his four years as a Blue Streak. He faces a tough challenge in Tony Bonanno from Full Force MMA in Granville. Polcare also served as assistant coach for Saratoga Springs wrestling team from 2001-2005. “To say I’m excited for this fight is an understatement. I have the best coaches and training partners” said Polcare. “My wrestling background is a huge advantage for me in this fight. I’m also very excited

to be fighting in this card with a number of my teammates from Spa City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.” Also making his MMA debut is Saratoga Springs local Cheljean “Chel” Erwin-Davis. With a background in kickboxing, Davis plans to highlight his striking ability inside the cage in his hometown. “I’m looking forward to stepping into the cage and testing my abilities” said Davis. “I have been training hard with some of the best in the region I am confident in my abilities.” The recently married Davis boasts a career record of 6-0 in kickboxing. South Glens Falls native Jason Trembley is looking forward to putting his skills to the test.

“I am ready for this fight and can’t wait for the bell to ring,” said Trembley. Trembley has a solid wrestling background which includes four years on the South Glens Falls High School wrestling team and one year at SUNY Brockport. In addition to his wrestling, he also has 12 amateur boxing matches under his belt and a year-and-a-half of jiu jitsu training to solidify his ground attack. Doors for Kaged Kombat open at 6 p.m. November 10 before the fights begin at 7 p.m. Vendors will be on hand selling MMA merchandise as well as other promotional activities. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, visit



Dear Editor, I took the advice of recent letter writers to the local paper and went to Saratoga Citizen’s website to check out their claim that their proposal for charter change will cost less. Here is what I found on their website. In the Voters’ Guide on their website: #5: “…the initial cost impact is negligible and the longerterm cost implications will not be able to be determined accurately for at least a few years.” And later they admit in their

“Preliminary Impact…” section: “After all it is impossible to precisely guarantee either the exact costs of transition or the potential longer-term savings.” So which is it? Will it cost less or don’t they really know? What is clear: Voters would be gambling on unknown costs. The proposed charter contains the provision for a transition team to be appointed to do the following: “….determination of competitive salary ranges for the positions of City Manager, Director of

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Administration and Finance, and Director of Public Works….determination of amounts necessary to adequately fund new positions in the ensuing fiscal year budget and any other expenses necessary to include in the ensuing fiscal year budget to fund a smooth transition to the new Charter.” Title 20, Section 2. So, stay tuned, folks. You are being asked to vote for a document the creators openly describe as an incomplete rough draft, a work in progress with unknown costs.

We had a zero increase in taxes last year and will have a zero increase again this year. We have no idea how high the tax increases will be if the charter proposal passes—and neither do the people who put this together. Vote “No” on the Charter Change. Marcelline Taylor 49 Doten Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 365-0273

Dear Editor, Politics has no place in the election of judges. Legislatures pass laws; judges should follow them apolitically. 14-year Supreme Court terms make it imperative we know whom we support. John Silvestri clearly articulates some of his prime concerns. In addition to his legal practice, John works with prosecutors, police agencies, the VA and veteran’s organizations helping distressed veterans. Our soldiers sometimes come home facing additional stresses of unemployment, foreclosures, and domestic situations. Some suffer from PostTraumatic Stress Disorder related to combat; women are increasingly coming forward with PTSD as the result of Military Sexual Trauma. Too often veterans self-medicate rather than awaiting official help. Drugs and alcohol involve them with the law. John believes that we need special tracking for veterans to deal with their problems. He believes appropriate veterans ought to be given plea bargains to enroll in VA rehabilitation programs rather than being incarcerated. Silvestri is also a long-time advocate against domestic violence. “Violence is cyclical passing down the generations.” As a law guardian, he has represented children of domestic abuse long enough to see grandchildren engaging in destructive behavior. John advocates for an Integrated Domestic Violence Court within the Supreme Court System that holds perpetrators accountable and reviews progress reports from counselors and family members, as a step in the right direction. He also believes that judges, as part of continuing legal education, be required to learn about domestic violence and abuse so “they can do justice for and understand the behavior of victims and perpetrators of such behavior”. He is aware of the administrative challenges of the Supreme Court. He will work to more judicious use of their allocated budget. Regardless of political party, please vote for John Silvestri for Supreme Court. He has the intelligence, administrative ability and wisdom to be the kind of judge we need. John Goldberg Saratoga Springs (518) 587-3271

Dear Editor, It has been my distinct pleasure to serve with many of your fellow citizens, elected public officials and business leaders to formulate a modernization plan for our local government. This effort is focused

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on efficiency and effectiveness of the operational side of local government in which the city spends nearly 54 million dollars per year. The group was working in a nonpartisan environment and politics never came into play during the three-year effort. The final result of the work was a recommendation of having an elected city council who in turn would hire a professional city manager whose responsibilities it would be to manage the city’s daily business while reporting direct back to your elected officials. Focusing forward and positioning Saratoga Springs to be better equipped to the challenges lie ahead. Our current Commission form has been abandoned by most municipalities. Nearly 130 Million people currently live and thrive in Council-Managed cities. Our research also showed that after leaving the Commission Government, no city governments ever returned to it. Not One. Financially, this referendum will save you money on day one! Modernization will further enable your elected officials to continue yearly savings by streamlining operations and implementing efficient programs that will add and improve city services. In a recent IBM report on local government- Smarter, Faster, Cheaper, IBM found cities with city council-managers are nearly 10 percent more efficient that all other forms of government. Saratoga Springs is a city with a combined 54 million dollar budget, we could certainly benefit greatly with improved efficiency. Do we need to modernize? An editorial said it best some 20 years ago when they said, “The faces may change from election to election, but the City Council will remain an unwieldy, five-headed monster until the form of government is changed. Saratoga Springs is a city rich in history, but the commission form of government is a tradition whose time has come and gone. The form has all but disappeared from city governments. Yet Saratoga Springs hangs on to the commission form, the same one in place when the city was chartered in 1915. It’s like hanging on to a Model T – and still trying to drive it. It’s time for a trade-in. The problem with the commission government is not its age, but its set-up. This modernization or natural evolution process has happened nationwide for decades and has a proven track record. It is a very safe transition and one that will be supervised by your elected officials through the

process that will be implemented on January 1, 2014. For more information please go to Please be sure to review the back of your ballot on Election Day. Please join me and thousands of your fellow city residents on November 6 by voting “YES” on Charter reform. Respectfully, Patrick Kane (518) 857-6129

Dear Editor, While I’m not necessarily against the City Manager form of government in general, now that I have read the specific document that would put this form of government into effect in Saratoga Springs, I will be voting NO. The writers seem too ill-advised about the work that is actually done in city hall. The most startling thing they have done in this proposal is to abolish ten positions—and tries to jam all their duties into only four new positions. Here’s one example. The document abolishes the Commissioner and Deputy of Public Safety. Poof— those jobs, but not the work they do, magically disappear. Who’s going to pick up that work? It can’t be the police and fire chief since these already are fulltime jobs. This kind of non-reality based reconfiguration of the city’s government goes on in every department where more postions go away but the work doesn’t. The writers of this document obviously knew they were in trouble since they have included a “transition team” of unnamed people to among other things deal with the “…re-allocation of the specific duties of each commissioner and deputy commissioner to new or existing positions…” (Title 20, section 2) I find this extraordinary. Why didn’t they figure this out before they put this on the ballot? What a muddle there will be if this proposal passes. Running around trying to figure who’s going to do what, getting the positions through civil service, etc., etc.. And what will all this cost in the end? There’s even a provision to run a parallel government while all this is sorted out. (Title 20, Section 3) That sounds pretty pricey and chaotic and is another reason I’m voting “NO” on this charter change. Mary G. Carr 30 Saratoga Circle Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 812-1366


Dear Editor, Please read the proposed charter document, available on the Saratoga Citizen web site home page and go to one of the many information sessions during October that are open to all. An open mind and a few facts should go a long way to banishing the many misconceptions about charter reform that are floating around out there. It should be noted that, for many cities the size of Saratoga, the city manager form of government seems to work well and no city has returned to the commissioner form. Neither do these cities report outrageous expenses nor inattention nor unresponsiveness to voter demands. They do report increased efficiency and effectiveness of departments, less waste, more transparency of government overall, and greater official competence. Under this Charter proposal, the citizens will still elect a city council headed by a mayor. Since these elected officials will not be responsible for running any departments, they need not have any particular or specific competence, thus vastly increasing the pool of people available to run for office. Any interested citizen can run, but a greater variety of people who may bring an array of interests and experience different from the past can now be part of the Council. This is also a greatly increased opportunity for the women of our community to participate. The Council is a legislative body and will establish and enact policy. It is directly responsible to the voters. The Council, in addition, will hire the City Manager and have oversight as he/she administers its policies. This administrator is a trained City Manager. All heads of departments will report to him/her. A unified plan for all departments will be implemented, a single city budget prepared and duplicate services eliminated. The end result of this plan is that the voters have a legislative body (the Council) responsible to them, a competent administrator (City Manager) capable of implementing Council policy and a city government able to respond to the city’s 21st century needs. The power of the Council resides in its effectiveness in developing public policy. The Manager, a hired employee of the City, must be immune to petty politics and be responsive to the Council or be subject to firing. If you believe that what was good enough in the past is acceptable for the future, think about how modern technology has vastly improved our lives over our predecessors – e.g. the outhouse vs. indoor plumbing, the

typewriter vs. the computer. The function served is the same but the improvement is indisputable. Modern styles of government can offer similar improvements in the public domain and we shouldn’t be afraid to embrace them. Sally Kirouac 21 Horseshoe Drive Saratoga Springs (518) 580-9264

Dear Editor, I believe the Charter change referendum passage represents an important step toward improving Saratoga city governance by instituting professional business practices and genuine accountability for significant gains in efficiency and economy. Now we elect a commissioner 1) to sit on a legislative council and 2) to run a department and appoint a deputy for day-to-day oversight, with absolutely no requirement that either have the needed skills, abilities or experience: an entirely politically driven two year on-the-job training opportunity. There is no ongoing accountability. In the council-city manager form of government the city council has a focused legislative role: to make laws and set policy, to pass a budget, and oversee the professional manager’s performance. Running the business of government is delegated to a professional staff led by the city manager. The manager is held accountable to measurable performance standards. She or he serves at the pleasure of the city council. Professional management means savings through the use of modern practices and consolidated functions. Adopting a council-city manager form of government can boost Saratoga Spring’s efficiency and help control escalating costs. There is solid reason why two-thirds of cities the size of Saratoga Springs employ the council-city manager form of government. I will be casting a “yes” vote for charter reform. How about you? Arliss Nygard (518) 428-5398

Dear Editor, This November 6, we the citizens of Saratoga Springs are going to be asked to change the type of government we have used successfully since 1915. A few people are advocating this change from our present Commission form of Government to a City Manager form, which has been around since the 1920s, essentially making it not quite a more


modern form of government, as we have been led to believe. The reasons for this change we are told are for more efficiency and potential savings in running our government. Usually a change is advocated for these reasons when a city is not doing well. But, Saratoga Springs is a thriving City. We have just been named a city with one of the best downtowns in the USA by the respected American Planning Association. This year Our Commissioner of Finance found a huge surplus. On October 11, 2012 a headline in a local journal read “NO TAX HIKE FOR SPA CITY”. Even if we changed our government with an eye on the future the figures of this new proposed government do not add up to a savings. It will take us at least five years to realize the amount promised as a savings because of the costs of transition. There are still many unknowns about the savings. The City Manager will be hired for approximately $135,000. He or she, in turn, will be able to hire people to fill positions to help in carrying out his or her job. What salaries for these people? When the City Manager asks for a raise, do we fire him because it goes over budget? By now we are well over the $26,000 savings that we won’t even realize for the first five years. One of the reasons for our success in Saratoga Springs has been the accountability between our elected officials and the community, residents and business. We are streamlined, our officials can be reached directly, and we elect them, ensuring that we are in keeping with a democratic process. Can our present form of government be tweaked for more efficiency, perhaps? We will have that chance if this charter proposal does not pass. Mayor Johnson has said he will appoint a commission to look into streamlining the present government. All citizens will be able to participate in this adjustment to our present form. I am suggesting that before voting citizens go onto the website and read the proposal, make sure you check the monetary aspects of this change, and the lack of accountability in not electing our governing officials. I may be naïve, but I have been asking myself, “What’s in it for the people who are advocating this change?” I certainly don’t see anything in it for Saratoga Springs residents. Michele Feinstein


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2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 2-3 continued from Page 1 could cast his lifetime earnings over the million mark with any part of the rich Classic purse. Mucho Macho Man was the subject of one of our feature articles in Winner’s Circle during the summer. His trainer, Kathy Ritvo survived heart transplant surgery to return to the role she loves, training horses. MMM proved dominant in the Suburban at Belmont in June and just narrowly missed catching the Mott-trained To Honor and Serve in the prestigious Woodward Stakes here. MMM stayed on to train at Oklahoma long after the Saratoga meet ended and has recently been training lights-out at Belmont. Mike Smith retains the mount. MMM enters the Classic with morning-line odds of 8-1. Recent Hall of Fame inductee, Jerry Hollendorfer’s trainee, Nonios rounds out the Saratogaconnected contingent in the Classic. This colt unsuccessfully tried his luck in the Travers but improved his odds upon recently finishing second to Classic favorite Game On Dude in the Awesome Again Stakes. Todd Pletcher was in a familiar place in September when he attended the Saratoga Winner’s Circle to

receive his 3rd straight and 9th overall Saratoga training title. The future Hall of Famer has lifetime earnings nearing $230 million, second only to his former boss and mentor, D. Wayne Lukas who tops the standings at over $260 million. Pletcher is represented with 8 starters in the weekend championship races, including his undefeated juveniles Dreaming of Julia, Kauai Kate and Shanghai Bobby. The latter two will both be ridden by female riding sensation, Rosie Napranik who was aboard for all of the pair’s combined seven victories, including our own Adirondack and Hopeful Stakes. Lukas, never one to steer clear of the big stage, sends four to the Cup. His English Channel colt, Optimizer hasn’t missed a dance all year. His two recent turf victories incited Lukas to enter him in the BC Turf. Shug McGaughey, Hall of Fame inductee from 2004, and second only to D. Wayne Lukas in total BC wins sends the Phipps Stable’s, Point of Entry postward as the morning-line favorite in the BC Turf. Point Of Entry’s winning streak of five races includes three successive Grade 1 victories; the Man o’ War, Sword

Dancer and Turf Classic. Newlyminted Hall of Famer, Johnny Velazquez will be aboard the classy Dynaformer grass specialist. Runner-up in the local trainer standings for the second consecutive year was Mechanicville native Chad Brown. His presence will be felt at Santa Anita with five BC contenders. He pairs with 2012 Saratoga jockey title-winner, Ramon Dominguez in the BC Filly and Mare Turf with Ballston Spa winner Zagora and again with Juvenile Turf entrant Noble Turn. Also in the Juvenile Turf, Brown sends out Balance The Books, winner of the With Anticipation Stakes here before going to Keeneland to capture the Bourbon stakes. At longer odds but not without a chance will be Brown’s Corporate Jungle in the Turf Sprint. The hot-handed young trainer has the undefeated Awesome Feather in the Ladies Classic. She was victorious in the 2010 Juvenile Filly and was voted that year’s 2-year-old Filly Champion. Frank Stronach purchased her at this point but she didn’t get back to the races until October of her 3-year-old year. After reeling off three more wins,

the speedy filly was sidelined again until September of this year. She enters the Ladies Classic off a 11plus length win at Belmont in the Nasty Storm Stakes on September 20. Brown retains the services of Jeffery Sanchez who’s ridden Awesome Feather in all of her races. Also in the Ladies Classic is the undefeated champion and 2011 Juvenile Filly winner, My Miss Aurelia. The Steve Asmussen trainee was undefeated here in 2011 and won her 2012 debut in Saratoga. My Miss Aurelia narrowly edged Questing after that pair dueled nose and nose from the quarter-pole home in the Cotillion Stakes just a month ago. The Bill Mott-trained Royal Delta is the third champion and morningline favorite in the Ladies Classic. She was an impressive winner in this event at Churchill last year. Royal Delta succumbed to Todd Pletcher’s Love and Pride in this year’s Personal Ensign but later amended herself with a near 10-length score in Belmont’s Grade I Beldame Stakes. Mike Smith returns in the irons. Then there’s Barclay Tagg’s game 6-year-old, Jersey Town in against Dale Romans‘ Shackleford in the Dirt Mile. That pair will have to outrun McLaughlin’s Emcee and others to get the money. If that is not enough we have Wise Dan, the Fourstar Dave winner at 9-5 in the BC Mile and in the same field 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom. The most notable NY-Bred runner on the BC card is Barry Schwartz’s, The Lumber Guy in the Sprint. Mike Smith has eight chances to break the tie he currently shares with Jerry Bailey for the most BC wins, both have 15. Smith was Saratoga’s leading riding for three consecutive years in the 90’s and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005. His chances to break the deadlock look best on returning BC winner and champion, Amazombie in the Sprint or with Royal Delta in the Ladies Classic. Or perhaps he’ll score his third BC Classic win in the past four years on the fore-mentioned Mucho Macho Man. Skip Away was Smith’s first Classic winner in 1997. The biggest story going into the weekend is Bill Mott’s triple threat in the finale. It’s always an accomplishment to have more than a single entry in a high-level race but not even multiple entries in the Kentucky Derby is comparable to three horses facing older horses at

a classic distance in a world-championship race. Mott will saddle 4year-old Woodward winner To Honor and Serve, 5-year-old Santa Anita Handicap winner Ron The Greek, and 6-year-old, two-time Jockey Gold Cup winner Flat Out in the $5 million Classic. Mott was at the helm with the great Cigar, who rattled off his historic 16-race winning streak that included the ’95 Breeders‘ Cup Classic and the first-ever Dubai World Cup the following year. Over his career Mott has saddled more than 20,000 horses and in 1998, at the age of 45, he became the youngest trainer ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Last year Mott became only the second trainer in history to score a rare double in the BC Ladies Classic (Royal Delta) and BC Classic (Drosselmeyer). John Shirreffs first pulled off that feat with two fillies in 2009; Life is Sweet in the Ladies division and the great Zenyatta in the Classic. Overall, Mott has 8 wins, 9 seconds and 4 thirds from 69 BC starts. Might he pull off a second consecutive Ladies Classic and Classic double? If any trainer could ever deserve such overwhelming success it would be Bill Mott. Within racing circles he is known as a complete horseman. To fans, he’s the guy who can deliver a winner, and to owners, he’s a dependable trainer who spots their horses well and keep them running. They say racing will humble anyone, but Bill Mott didn’t require that test, he came into the sport humble and no amount of success could ever change that. Mike Repole, Saratoga’s leading owner for the past three years will be missing from this year’s BC races. He supports his decision by saying, “It’s been proven when horses go from east to west they don’t seem to run too well.” He also disagrees with the BC’s decision to withhold Lasix, a diuretic allowed in most of American racing, from all two-year-old BC starters. The 29th BC will distribute $25.5 million in purses and with just a little luck quite a lot of that money will come back to Saratoga via our vast participation in these year-end championship races. These are the kinds of races handicappers live to play and hopefully a lot of locals will enjoy good racing luck at the windows or via their television handicapping accounts. Whether you wager or not, this is a great weekend to take in the races.

Week of November 2 - November 8, 2012



FingerPaint Marketing Firm Wins Six Davey Awards, Named “Best Place to Work”

SARATOGA SPRINGS – FingerPaint Marketing, the Saratoga Springs-based marketing and advertising agency, announced October 30 that the company had won six Davey Awards. The Davey Awards are judged and overseen by the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA), a 200-plus-member professional organization concerning the various disciplines of the visual arts. IAVA membership is highly regarded among media,

advertising and marketing firms. Other IAVA members include Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Coach, MTV, Victoria’s Secret, HBO, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and “Being recognized by such a diverse group of prestigious judges is an honor,” notes Jaime Butler-Binley, a member of the creative team at FingerPaint. “We are thrilled that our work stands out among the other creative agencies.” FingerPaint Marketing was up

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has moved indoors for the winter following a successful summer season. The Winter Market differs slightly from the Summer Market, aside from the obvious difference in location. The Winter Market is located at Division Street School in at 220 Division Street in Saratoga Springs between the months of November and April. Since school is in session during the week, the Market is only open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every week.

Tang Museum Names Berry as New Director SARATOGA SPRINGS – Ian Berry, who currently serves and the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum’s curator and associate director, has been selected as the museum’s newest executive director. He replaces John Weber, who is resigning after eight years in the position to become the founding director of the Institute of Arts and Sciences at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Berry joined Skidmore as the Tang Museum’s founding curator in 2000 after serving as assistant curator for Williams Collge Museum of Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He earned a master’s degree in curatorial studies at Bard College in Annadale-onHudson in 1998 after completing his bachelor’s degree in art history at SUNY Albany.

Saratoga Farmers Market Moves Indoors for the Winter SARATOGA SPRINGS – The popular Saratoga Farmers’ Market at High Rock Pavilion

Serotta Bicycles Names New CEO SARATOGA SPRINGS – William Watkins, a competition rider of Serotta bicycles was recently named the CEO of Serotta along with its parent company, Great American Bicycle. Watkins replaces interim CEO Howard Berkowitz, who was hired after the company was acquired by Bradway Capital earlier this year. Berkowitz has returned to Bradway Capital in his role as vice president of private investment. Watkins relocated to Saratoga Springs from the greater Atlanta

against as many as 4,000 other companies spanning the globe hoping to be recognized as a leader in visual arts by the Davey Awards committee. FingerPaint took home gold in the “Epilog Website” and “Print Campaign – Self Promotion” categories. They finished with silver in “Astex Logo”, “DWM Website”, “Epilog Integrated Campaign” and “Website – Self Promotion.” The annual International Davey Awards honors the achievements of the “Creative Davids” who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than big budgets. The Davey Awards is the leading awards competition intended specifically for smaller firms, where firms compete with their peers to win the recognition they deserve. In addition to the Davey Awards, FingerPaint Marketing

area while the sale is being processed. Watkins is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and served in the Army Corps of Engineers from 1977 to 1984. He also used a Serotta bicycle to win first place in the 2011 USA Cycling Masters Road National Criterium Championship.

Ravenous Crêperie Celebrates 13th Year on Phila Street SARATOGA SPRINGS – In celebration of their 13th anniversary this month, Ravenous crêperie located at 21 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs is offering a fixed-price dinner special now through November 13. For just $19.99, guests will receive a dinner crepe, salad, small pommes frites, dipping sauce and your choice of dessert. The restaurant also made steps to accommodate guests with gluten allergies. Starting November 1, Ravenous now offers a gluten-free crepes as an everyday option. Ravenous is open Tuesday through Sunday, closed Mondays.

was also recently honored by The Albany Business Review as one of the “2012 Best Places to Work” in the Capital Region. "At FingerPaint, we want everyone to feel they're truly part of a team. It's about creating an environment that thrives on collaboration and creativity," notes Ed Mitzen of FingerPaint. "Receiving this recognition as a 2012 Best Place to Work shows that we're on to something pretty

special here." FingerPaint earned the distinction as a Best Place to Work by being one of the top-scoring companies on the employee attitude surveys that were completed during October, rating them as one of the best work environments in the Capital Region.


Week of November 2 - November 8, 2012

Two Local Siblings First to School Today: What Complete Reading Program They Don’t Tell You A New York Teacher’s Perspective

continued from Page 1 Elementary about seven years ago, and was adopted by the five other elementary schools in the Saratoga Springs school district five years ago after they received a state grant to be used for reading and language arts, according to Caroline St. principal Dan O’Rourke. Children and parents are introduced to the program at the kindergarten open house every year to be told how it works: The library holds 100 bags containing 10 different books in each bag, and children can “rent” them out to take home and read. After they read the 10 books in each bag, they simply take the bag back to the library and check out another bag, continuing the process until they finish all 100 bags. Carlie and Noah have always had an affinity for reading, according to their mother, Johanna Friedman. “Reading has always been an important part of our lifestyle,” Friedman said. “We’ve been reading to them since they were born. They love to read.” Friedman said when she and her husband learned about the

reading program, they decided participating in the program would be something different and fun to add to their reading routine. The couple started the program by reading books to the kids before they could read on their own, though the children began to take over the reading themselves as they grew older. The program was a great way to bring the family together, Friedman said. “In the beginning it was a way to bring a lot of good family time together,” she said. “Eventually they started reading on their own, and they love talking about the stories to each other and to me and their father.” Friedman said the children were “ecstatic” when they learned that they were the first children ever to complete the 1,000 Books Club. “They were grinning from earto-ear,” Friedman said. “They were so proud.” Friedman said she was also very proud that Carlie and Noah completed the whole program. “They worked hard and were persistent and stuck to it,” she

said. “Noah is in second grade and there are some books that were a little below his reading level, so as he got a little older he wanted to read other things sometimes. But he did it and they both loved it.” The next student closest to finishing the program has read about 60 bags of books, O’Rourke said, adding that 17 bags were checked out last week, so at least 17 families are currently participating in the program. “Congratulations to the kids,” O’Rourke said. “I know they’re very proud and it’s a great accomplishment.” Even though the Friedman children have completed the 1,000 Book Club program, the reading won’t stop here. Noah is currently reading the fourth out of seven of the Harry Potter books and Carlie is beginning the Magic Tree House series, among other books. “[1,000 Book Club] is a great way to inspire kids to read,” Friedman said. “It’s another resource that exposes kids to a variety of literature. The program is truly phenomenal.”

“What did you do in school today?” “Nothing.” Ah, the generic response of children when confronted upon their parents’ arrival home from work. No need to press the issue. As a 15year veteran public school teacher, I’ll share the 411 from an insider’s perspective—with a well-deserved angle of candidness and transparency for parents and tax payers. Your child is becoming highly proficient with filling in little circles on bubble sheets and is acquiring a wealth of knowledge on the questioning and structure of standardized tests. Today’s students are test-taking gurus, a direct result of being instructed via a curriculum driven by highstakes standardized testing. A fourth grader in New York, for instance, will spend around five weeks in which they’ll be subjected to some form of standardized assessments. This figure does not account for far more time which is allocated towards test preparation—AKA, “teaching for the test”. Your child is being shortchanged of basic academic skills, life skills, crucial thinking, social interaction, and creativity as more time, effort, resources, and money are spent on standardized testing. A nationwide educational curriculum is being implemented this year, known as CCLS (Core Curriculum Learning Standards), which is mirrored by the standardized tests. It fails miserably in addressing students’ diversity and does an equally poor job in setting developmentally appropriate material for students. The individuality of each child is neglected by the current system of excessive standardized testing. Everyone is expected to meet the same standards. This system gives no value or respect to a child’s special gifts. It is a failed attempt at a one-size-fits-all which simply does not fit…anywhere. It defies the principles of quality education. I can assure you with the utmost of confidence that the hearts of teachers, principals, superintendents, and support staff are in the right place. That said, when professionals of education—en masse, comply with and promote the process of out-of-control standardized testing, they are, albeit unintentionally, facilitating a process which compromises the education of our youth. Educators are currently entangled in a web created by those

who have little interest in our children’s learning. School funding is based significantly upon how students score on standardized tests. Higher scores equate to more money for the school. New York State, like others, decides how to ‘redistribute’ money to school districts. Do districts with higher test scores need or deserve more money than those with lower scores and students who possess greater overall needs? The constant distractions and subsequent time constraints imposed by state testing are taking educators away from the true meaning of education. Our children’s education suffers, yet again. Teachers are also responsible for the students’ standardized test scores, to the extent of losing their jobs if students don’t score ‘’well enough” on the tests. It’s a situation of those with the knowledge and commitment to educate children being strong-armed by individuals who have no experience educating young people, or in some cases moved on to publishing or government jobs after failed stints as teachers. In the midst of a weak economy, your child has become a world-class investment for the publishers of standardized tests. They are thriving — and making a fortune by exploiting our children. Pearson is a company which has garnered numerous deals across the nation to create state tests. This includes contracts to the tune of $32 million in N.Y. and $468 million in Texas. They also ‘conveniently’ print textbooks (i.e. the enVisions math series) which literally teach towards their own standardized tests. The major buyers of these books are school districts hoping to have an “in” on improving test scores. Pearson has spent over $2.6 million lobbying (from 2009-2011) in N.Y., TX, FL, and CA to promote their personal interests. While parents invest in their children, Pearson and other large companies are using our children to invest in themselves. The intent of school taxes is to pay for the quality education of our youth, as opposed to lining the pockets of some publishing company who has never met our children and cares nothing about our children. Never have I witnessed a time when it was more important to take back our schools. -Edward J. Komperda, III

Week of November 2 - November 8, 2012

Saratoga Springs City School District’s Commitment to Local Foods Recognized by Cornell Univesity Program SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. The Saratoga Springs City School District’s commitment to incorporating nutritious, locally grown food into school menus is making a name for the district and its school food service director, Margaret Sullivan. Cornell University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences has selected Mrs. Sullivan to collaborate on a three-year farm-to-school project titled “Scaling Up Farm to School in New York State through Extension Educator Leadership.” The school lunch program, which has been using locally grown foods for several years, recently received a $500 grant from Cornell for participation in the first year of the project, and additional grants will be given over the next two years. The school district has a reciprocal arrangement with the Saratoga Farmers Market, which donates produce to the schools to offset the cost of using the gym at

the Division Street Elementary School during the winter months. The food service program extends its commitment to using locally grown produce by purchasing apples from Knight Orchards in Burnt Hills. In addition to the Cornell study, Mrs. Sullivan is representing the school district at two conferences in November concerning locally grown food. She is a panelist at the Nov. 15 “Harvesting Opportunities in New York” conference in Albany, where her workshop topic is “What’s in It for Us? Motivating Institutions to Buy Locally.” On Nov. 17, she will speak at a SUNY Empire State College program called “Local, Natural, Organic-What’s on Your Plate?” To find out more about the school district’s healthy school meals, visit the website at or call Mrs. Sullivan at (518) 583-4704.

SCC Presents: “The Butler Did It, Again!” SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. “The Butler Did It, Again!” is a mystery spoof written by Tim Kelly, complete with thrills, chills, alibis, clues, motives and dazzling plot twists that fly about the stage like “pies in the face” where nothing is what it seems to be. A ‘must see’ belly laugh production brought to you by the Saratoga Central Catholic Drama Troupe. Showings are November 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. and November 4 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students/seniors. For more information, contact Pat Douglass at or (518) 573-4346.



NYU Scholar to Discuss “Stereotype Threat” in Skidmore Presentation SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. Joshua Aronson, associate professor of applied psychology at New York University, will discuss “Stereotype Threat and Its Implications for Colleges and College Students” in talk scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, November 5, at Skidmore College. Free and open to the public, the discussion will take place in

Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall. A reception will follow. Aronson collaborated with Claude Steele of Stanford University to publish a 1995 landmark study on “stereotype threat,” which they described as a performance-inhibiting phenomenon that occurs when students confront negative expectations of the par-

ticular stereotypes assigned to them. Explains Aronson on his web page, “Being targeted by well-known cultural stereotypes can be very threatening. It engenders a number of interesting psychological and physiological responses, many of which interfere with intellectual performance and academic motivation.”


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Week of November 2 - November 8, 2012

Albany Marriott Hotel receives Local Award During National Disability Employment Awareness Month

It’s A Boy! William and Christina Kimberl of Saratoga Springs welcomed their son, William Colton Kimberl, into the world on October 23 at 6:24 p.m. in their very own home. William weighed in at 7 lbs, 2 oz. and was 20 and onehalf inches long. He joins his sister, EmmaLee Alexis Kimberl at home. The proud maternal grandparents are Connie Sterling, grandmother, and Joyce Sterling, great-grandmother. The paternal grandparents are Maranda Marxsen, grandmother, and Bill Kimberl IV, grandfather. Congratulations to the Kimberl family!


Tooth fairy Take a look at this week’s new club members!

Saratoga Bridges nominated the Albany Marriott Hotel for a business that employs 100-499 people. The Albany Marriott was the recipient of a Local Award for their efforts made to hire qualified applicants and for demonstrating a high level of commitment in providing accommodations, innovations and career advancement opportunities. Robin Jackson, the Controller at the hotel, accepted the award on behalf of her employer. The goal of the month is to increase the public's awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities.




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Week of November 2 - November 8, 2012

Gordon Hosford Wilton, N.Y. – Gordon Harold Hosford of Davidson Dr. passed away at his home on Saturday, October 27. He was 85. Gordon was the son of the late Raymond Hosford Sr. and Amber Alger of Greenwich. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brothers, Earl and Raymond Jr. and his sister, Pearl Barnes Marra. At 17 years old he joined the Navy serving during World War II. He was a member of the VFW, Eagles, American Legion and a lifetime member of the International Brotherhood or


Painters & Allied Trades. Gordon worked for H. F. Thompson for 45 years. Survivors include his son Steven (Magi) of Sanford, FL; grandson Raymond Hosford Miller and his mother Linda Hosford Miller and greatgranddaughter Brittany Veneroso. He also leaves behind two nieces, Sandra (Kirk) Woodcock and Diane (Bill) Wade; two nephews Glenn (Diane) Barnes and Ronald (Pat) Hosford and his companion of many years, Phyllis McCarthy of Greenwich. Services were held Thursday, November 1.

S a r a t o g a Springs, N.Y. – David Wilson Hunter passed away Wednesday, October 24, at Wesley Health Care Center. He was 71. Born on August 22, 1941 in Holyoke, MA, he was the son of the late Eleanor Rocheleau and Wilson Hunter. Dave served in the Air Force Reserves and worked for 35 years for Durkee Foods. Survivors include his loving wife, Aggie O’Brien Hunter; his children,

Maura Hunter of Ashland, MA; David Hunter (Linda) of Black Hawk, CO; Sean O’Brien of Chicago, IL and Katie O’Brien Huszar (Andy) of Galway, N.Y. He was “Poppop” to six granddaughters, Kara, Isabelle, Olivia, Ella, Makenna and one on the way! He is also survived by his sister, Donna Hunter Clark and her husband Dave and his brother, Richard, all of South Hadley, and he leaves behind his faithful dog, Chops. Services were held Friday, October 25.

Agnes J. Fischer Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – Agnes J. Fischer of Circular St. passed away Tuesday, October 30. She was 76. Born on July 22, 1936 in Leicester, Vermont, she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Bessie Bly Parks. In addition to her parents, Agnes was predeceased by her husband, Ralph H. Fischer, Sr.; one son,

Ralph H. Fischer, Jr.; three brothers, Cecil, Harry and her twin Allen; three sisters, Rena, Rita and Jean; two stepsons, Mark Fischer and Michael Hughes. Survivors include her daughters; Darlene

Falconio and her husband Gerald, Jeanette Ellsworth and her husband Jay, Melanie Roden and her husband Leland; stepdaughter, Beth Carr and her husband John; five grandchildren,

Deceased Veteran of the Month Joseph A Gamache Saratoga County’s Deceased Veteran of the Month of October was honored at a program held Tuesday, October 16 at the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room in Ballston Spa. The honoree was Joseph A Gamache of the Town of Saratoga, a World War II veteran. He served in the Pacific

Theater of War as a Corporal, Quartermaster Corp in the U.S. Army. Corporal Gamache entered the military on January 15, 1943 and served until March 10, 1946. He was awarded the WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Asiatic Pacific Theatre Medal.

three great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, including Jack Dejnozka, with whom she was especially close. Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, November 2 at Dunning Street Cemetery in Malta.


Louis S. Marino

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - Louis S. Marino of Beach Ct. died on October 27. He was 83. Born on October 14, 1929 in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., he was the son of the late Anthony Marino and Angela Briccetti. Louis served his country in the United States Navy. Survivors include his wife Donata of Saratoga Springs, five daughters, Maria Dawidonicz and her husband Zenon of Montville, NJ, Christina Ebersole and her husband Andrew of Montpelier, VT, Lisa Hafer and her husband Brad of Bedford, MA, Katherine Elbadawi and her husband Sam of Fayetteville, N.Y. and Donna Moxham and her husband Scott of Newtown, CT, two sisters Dorothy Briccetti and Terre Bacharz of Dunedin, FL, sixteen grandchildren, Jessica, Gregory, Jacob, Sarah, Rachel, Sofia, Clayton, Christopher, Annie, Justin, Grant, Nolan, Ellie, Sammy, Johnny and Teddy and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held November 4.

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Week of November 2 - November 8, 2012

upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 11/6: General Election 11/7: Zoning Board Meeting, 7:30 p.m. 11/8: Public Hearing, Budget 7 p.m. 11/8: Town Board Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 11/5: Town Board Meeting, 7 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 11/7: Town Meeting & Budget Hearing, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 11/5: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. 11/6: City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 11/8: Town Board Regular Meeting, 7 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 11/5: Board of Trustees Monthly Workshop, 6:30 p.m. 11/7: Schuylerville/Victory Board of Water Management, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 11/15: Town Board, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St, #1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518) 885-2240 11/14: Law and Finance Committee Meeting, 4 p.m. 11/20: Regular Board Meeting, 4 p.m.

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Malta Community Center Arts, Crafts and Gift Fair The Malta Department of Parks and Recreation will be hosting their annual Arts, Crafts and Gift Fair on Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the David R. Meager Malta Community Center located at 1 Bayberry Drive, just off Route 9, half a mile north of Routes 9 and 67. Beautiful handcrafted items made by local artisans will be available for your holiday shopping. Free admission and free parking. Call the center at (518) 899-4411 for additional information. Old Stone Church Baby Clothing Sale The Old Stone Church at 159 Stone Church Rd. in Ballston Spa will hold a baby clothing sale from size 0 months to size 6 on Friday November 9 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please come see what we have. If you have any questions please call (518) 885-596. Veterans Day Benefit Dinner The Middle Grove Fire Dept. Ladies Auxilary and the Town of Greenfield Historical Society will be hosting a benefit dinner, Veterans Day, November 11 at the Middle Grove Firehouse from 3 – 7 p.m. Dinner to include Spaghetti and Meatsauce, (plain will be available), Salad, Italian Bread, homemade desserts, beverage. Donation Adults $9, Children under 10 are $5. Takeouts available. For more information call (518) 587-6060 or (518) 893-0645. Chamber Angels Seeks Donations of Holiday Gifts For Children in Southern Saratoga County Chamber Angels will hold a fundraising cocktail reception, “An Evening with Angels” on November 15th at the Mohawk Country Club and Chateau. Individuals can register to attend the reception or receive more information about sponsoring a child by calling The Chamber at 371-7748 or by visiting Business es or individuals who may be interested in sponsoring this event or being an angel to a child a need this season can learn more by calling the number above. Christmas tree ornaments containing a single wish list item can be obtained at the following locations starting the first week in November:

Times Square (Clifton Park Center Mall), NBT Bank (225 Guideboard Rd, Halfmoon), TD Bank (Shopper’s World Plaza), Mechanicville District Public Library, and Tiny Tots Tea Room or Artique (both in Plaza 8, Crescent Road). Visit for more information. New Life Fellowship’s 3rd Annual Great Fall Giveaway If you are in need of clothing, winter coats and boots, household items, or food, New Life Fellowship will be giving these items away to anyone in the community who needs them. Everything is free, and in good shape—it all just needs a new home! The event will take place at New Life Fellowship at 51 Old Gick Road in Saratoga Springs on November 10 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Breakfast will be provided from 9-11 a.m. Children are welcome. Got any ‘stuff’ that you don’t use or need anymore? Donate it! Small household items on November 5-7 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and on November 8 from 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. (No big furniture or appliances such as refrigerators please) Questions - contact the NLF office at (518) 580-1810. Alpine Sport Shop Ski Movie Benefit The Alpine Sport Shop will host Warren Miller’s newest movie, “Flow State” for the benefit of the Saratoga Springs High School Ski Team and Double H Ranch Adaptive Winter Sports Program. Showtime is 7 p.m. Saturday November 3 at the Middle School at 515 Maple Avenue in Saratoga Springs. It will be one of the first showings in the Northeast. Tickets are $12 each, and all of the proceeds will be donated. For more information and to purchase tickets contact the Alpine Sport Shop located at 399 Clinton Street, Saratoga Springs or by phone at (518) 584 6290 or online by visiting Circle Of Love-A Group for Birth Parents Circle of Love is open to all birthmothers, birthfathers and/or pregnant women considering an adoption plan. You will have a safe and comfortable place to openly share your feelings, ask questions and connect with birthparents of all ages, and with many different life experiences. Meetings are free, and confidential. Meeting is Thursday November 8, 2012 from 6 - 7:15 p.m. To RSVP or make a referral contact Liza at 1-800-982-3678, or by email at

First Night Saratoga 5K Run The 15th annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run, presented by Saratoga Arts, will be held on Monday, December 31, at 5:30 p.m. The race is limited to 1,500 registrants. Awards are given to the top three male and female, plus age category awards. All finishers will receive a First Night commemorative medal. Registration fee is $22 by November 23, and $30 after November 23. Register online at for further information, call (518) 584-4132. Attention: 1963 graduates of St. Peter’s Academy A 50th reunion is planned for September 28, 2013, so be sure to save the date. More information will follow as the event is firmed up. Please send your contact information to one of the following: Victory Monthly Breakfast The Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club located on Route 32 south of the Village of Victory (look for our sign). Will be cooking breakfast on November 11, from 8 -11 a.m. and will continue on the second Sunday of each month all year. 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 $6.00, Child $3.00. Everyone is welcome. Scottie’s Closet The Ballston Spa Middle School PTA is hosting a “Scottie’s Closet” on Saturday, November 3, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria. All families in the BSCSD are invited to “shop” for free gently used clothing and books, including winter clothing. For more information, call (518) 8847200, ext. 4339. Crafters Wanted The Schuylerville United Methodist Church is hosting its 13th Annual Craft Fair on Sunday, November 17 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the American Legion Post 278 located on Clancy Street in Schuylerville. Any crafters who wish to participate, contact Nellie Dumas via email at or call (518) 695-9668 and leave a message.

help you prepare and cope with the holidays after a loss. Easing Grief During the Holidays will be held on Tuesday, November 13 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at the Community Hospice Office, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs. The presentation will be given by Hospice staff and a panel of volunteers who will share their experiences. Pre-registration is not required and community members are welcome. For further information or directions, please call (518) 581-0800. Single Parents of the Capital District Calling single parents ages 30s – 70s (with young or adult children) - Parents Without Partners (PWP) meets 6:45 p.m. November 3, for our singles Orientation and Open House at the Shenedehowa Adult Community Center, at Clifton Commons. You are invited to meet other singles from the Capital District, Saratoga and surrounding areas. PWP brings singles together in a fun, supportive, social environment through a variety of monthly activities for parents alone and/or with their children. Children’s activities are subsidized through chapter funds. Learn more at or call us at (518) 348-2062. Clifton Park: Do You or Someone in Your Family Need a Coat? We have coats from newborn to adult sizes in both male and female colors and styles. CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services is partnering with Southern Saratoga YMCA and Grace’s Closet in hosting COATS for CAPTAIN, our 2nd annual coat drive to help struggling families in Saratoga County. Come to the CAPTAIN Main office (5 Municipal Plaza, Clifton Park) between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Wednesday, October 24 – Friday, November 9. Call (518) 371-1185 if you have any questions. Help for Lake Village Festival of Trees The Village of Round Lake is seeking tree decorators and cookie bakers for the Round Lake Village Festival of Trees. The festival will take place November 30 - December 2. Call (518) 885-3627 for more information.

Community Hospice of Saratoga to Hold a Holiday Grief Recovery Program The Community Hospice of Saratoga offers a special evening to

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events Friday, November 2 Ladies Night Out Historic Groom Tavern, Clifton Park 5 – 8 p.m. Local vendors hold their annual house party. Bring your mom, daughters, friends and co-workers. Free door prizes & free refreshments. Get your holiday shopping done early while enjoying a night out with friends! No reservations are needed to attend. Free admission. Come pamper yourself and join us for an evening of candles, lotions, housewares and more. For more information, call (518) 371-6667.

First Game Night at Abigail’s Tea and Tieras 90 Front St. Ballston Spa 6 – 8 p.m. Girls & Boys...Join us for our first Game Night. We are going to play LCR (Left Center Right Dice Game). Great for ages 5 and up. Drop the kids off and enjoy a couple of hours walking through the village. It is the 8th Anniversary of Ballston Spa First Nights. Stores and restaurants will be open and running specials. Kids will play games, eat pizza, treats, & drinks. Call to reserve your spot. Cost $15 For more information, call (518) 8856080.

The Little Mermaid, Jr. Saratoga Music Hall, 474 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 7 p.m. Twenty-eight local children from Saratoga Children's Theatre will be performing The Little Mermaid Junior, a musical based on the Hans Christian Andersen classic and the Disney film. Performances will be held on Friday, November 2

at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 3 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: Adults $10, Children $7. For more information, call (518) 580-1782.

Saturday, November 3 LARAC 30th Annual Fall Arts Festival Adirondack Sports Complex, 326 Sherman Ave., Queensbury Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Get started on your holiday shopping. 80 - 100 exhibitors and local artists on site selling unique gift items. Cost for admission is $4, 12 and under free. For more information, call (518) 798-1144.

Ride to Recovery Saratoga Cycling Studio 7 – 9 a.m. Participating health clubs nationwide will host one-hour indoor cycling classes and riders from all over the country will collect donations from friends and family to sponsor their ride on the event day. Riders can register online to ride at any participating Spinning Nation facility. There is a $25 initial registration fee per rider that will go toward the rider’s Spinning Nation donation total. For more information, call (518) 812-1616.

Sunday, November 4 One Stop Holiday Shop Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave. Saratoga Springs noon - 3 p.m. Part fashion show, part gourmet luncheon, and part holiday retail extravaganza, the One Stop Holiday Shop will showcase an eclectic mix of fall, winter, and holiday clothing and gifts from local boutiques while raising money for a good cause. Tickets are $50. Proceeds will benefit The Prevention Council. For more information, call (518) 581-1230.

Saratoga Trunk's Boutique Bridal Salon 493 Broadway , Saratoga Springs Come and view the incredible White Collection by Theia in the new boutique bridal salon at Saratoga Trunk from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. After this debut, the boutique bridal salon will be available by appointment only. For more information, call (518) 584-3543.


Monday, November 5 American Legion Auxiliary Unit 234 November Meeting 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa All members are welcome. 20122013 dues are due by the end of December. Our next Sarartoga County Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Old Saratoga Unit 278 in Schuylerville. All members are welcome. Call Catherine at (518) 885-3369 if you have any questions.

Tuesday, November 6 What to Expect When Your Expecting Election Tang Museum at Skidmore College 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Discussion "Battle for the Swing States" with Professor Ronald Seyb followed by multi-screen live coverage, refreshments, and more. Free admission.

Wednesday, November 7 Grandparents and Relatives Raising Kin Support Groups Lake Avenue Elementary School, 126 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 6 – 7 p.m. The first Wednesday of every month. Free and open to the public. For more information, call Amy Zawistowski at (518) 833-0215 or 1-888-659-3745, email

Thursday, November 8 Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Victorian Holiday Traditions Saratoga Springs Public Library, Dutcher Community Room 49 Henry St. Saratoga Springs noon - 1 p.m. Cheryl Hurd, author of “little books for Victorian pursuits”, discusses traditional Victorian seasonal festivities and will demonstrate how to put together an authentic-looking Victorian outfit just in time for Saratoga Springs’ upcoming Victorian Streetwalk. For more information, call (518) 587-3241.

Simplicity Parenting with Kim John Payne Skidmore College 6:30 p.m. A simple, orderly, and effective pathway to simplify four realms at home, which reduces stress on children and their parents, and allows room for connection, creativity, and relaxation. For more information, visit

Friday, November 9 Jacob Moon Concert Saratoga Abundant Life Church, 2325 Route 50, Saratoga Springs 7:30 – 10 p.m. Jacob Moon will perform covers of well-known songs as well as his original tunes. While Jacob is a solo performer, his use of a looper creates an exciting, full sound. Doors open at 7 p.m. for general admission, 6:30 p.m. for Artist Circle package holders. Come early and catch Pittsfield natives Nick and G. Winnard. Tickets are $10 and are available at iTickets, or by calling Saratoga Abundant Life Church office (518) 885-5456.

The Evolution of Barbershop “A Musical Odyssey” Galway Central School 7 p.m. The program is a musical/theatrical piece containing original music compositions and parodies, not to mention, fabulous costumes! "A Musical Odyssey" takes a whimsical look at the development of music through the ages. Travel with us back in time for an evening of unique musical entertainment. For more information, email

H.O.P.E’s 10th Anniversary Gala Prime at Saratoga National, 458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 6:30 p.m. – midnight Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist (HOPE) Dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing and live music by Special Delivery. James Tedisco, Benita Zahn and Brian Shapiro, NY State Director of the Humane Society of the United States will be our key note speakers. Individual tickets are $80 each. (Cost of a cat spay/neuter at HOPE's Low-Cost Clinic). Sponsorships available. For more information, call (518) 4282994 or visit


Upcoming Events Blood Drive Saratoga Independent School, 459 Lake Avenue Call the school at (518) 583-0841 to schedule an appointment. All blood types are needed. Walk-ins are welcome.

Food Collection for Franklin Community Center Common Thread Saratoga will be collecting food items for the Franklin Community Center from November 10 through November 18. With a minimum donation of two cans, patrons will receive one stamp on their Common Thread loyalty card. See their Facebook page for more details or call (518) 583-2583.

Holiday Shopping Open House 38 High Rock Ave. Saratoga Springs November 15, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Keller Williams Real Estate will host a Holiday Shopping Open House. There will be multiple raffle prizes and those proceeds will be given to The Shelters of Saratoga. For more information, call (518) 5849990.

Baked Ham Dinner Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Rd., Wilton Saturday, November 10, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Mashed potatoes and gravy, applesauce, vegetables, rolls, assorted desserts and beverages. Also kid friendly food. Take-Outs available. Handicap accessible.

Farmers’ Markets Saratoga Springs Division Street Elementary School Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

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Dispatches from Abu Dhabi by Carlos Gutierrez for Saratoga TODAY Recently, a small group from upstate New York visited The United Arab Emirates as part of a fact-finding and good will effort aimed at understanding a part of the world about which most of us in America are ill informed, but with which there are growing connections in business, industry and cultural matters. The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce sponsored the journey mainly so that its member and friends could begin to forge a relationship of understanding with the place that has invested in GlobalFoundries, a high-tech computer chip manufacturing industry now located in Saratoga County at Malta, just south of Saratoga Springs. The influence of GlobalFoundries is already making its mark on business and real estate markets locally. GlobalFoundries is an investment in America by an international investment company headquartered in the United Arab Emirates known as ATIC, or Advanced Technology Investment Company. ATIC is part of the Mubadala Corporation, which is the investing arm for the Abu Dhabi government. The ruler of Abu Dhabi,

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Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, also the President of the UAE, has recently announced a plan to change the ratio of a 70 percent reliance on oil revenues and a 30 percent reliance of all other revenues, to the reverse of that by 2030. He is joined in this plan by another visionary leader, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai and the Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE. “Sheikh Mo”, as he is known locally, owns homes and property in Saratoga Springs and is a major player in the flourishing horse breeding and racing industry locally and throughout the world. These two leaders of their respective Emirates are forward thinking men who have great financial backing to be employed toward their goals. They are among the world’s wealthiest people and are listed numbers three and five among the wealthiest royals on the globe. Since there is little manufacturing now and few possibilities in agriculture possible in the desert culture, the plan is to invest in businesses around the world using the one resource that is plentiful: money. As an example, ATIC, the Abu Dhabi investment arm, now owns three computer chip manufacturing facilities around the

world. The first is in Dresden, Germany, another is in Hong Kong, and the latest is in Malta. This high tech initiative is one of many different projects being underwritten by Arab entrepreneurs who realize that oil, their main income source, is expendable and that diversity is necessary for their continued development. This article takes a look at the United Arab Emirates, a relatively new sovereign nation and its rapid growth from a nomadic culture to one of the most amazingly modern places on earth. The United Arab Emirates consists of seven administrative units, called Emirates, each headed by a Shaikh (Sheikh is the English spelling), or king, who is the supreme ruler of his domain. Each of the current rulers is the direct descendent of a tribal leader whose earlier ancestors roamed the desert as nomads, eking subsistence from herding, minimal agriculture and some crafts, until some began to settle in waterfront communities where their lives would involve fishing and pearl diving. During the eighteenth century, the area, then known as the Trucial States, or Trucial Oman, developed a reputation for housing pirates. The tribal leaders who emerged from desert cultures had skirmishes over territory from time to time, but somehow, seven strong leaders managed to agree on a division of land into seven sections. In 1958, oil was found in the area, changing these places forever. The UAE was founded in 1971 under a constitution written by the fathers and grandfathers of today’s rulers. It is a unique government in that the constitution only speaks to the relations among the seven units: Each Sheikh or Emir, is the supreme ruler of his emirate. Throughout the last half of that century oil production drove their economy, and during the last two decades, it has changed the entire culture in unprecedented ways. The area of the Emirates is roughly 32,000 square miles, slightly smaller than NY State. The population is just over eight million, up from four million in 2005. Fewer than one in five (16 percent) are native citizens; the majority comes from over 160 countries seeking jobs in the fast growing local economy. The seven Emirates are: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras al Khaimah, Ummal-Quwain, Fajairal and Ajrman. The UAE is among the

higher income nations of the world with a per capita rate of over $50,000. This is misleading in that the original citizens actually have individual incomes in the six figures, calculated in American dollars, provided by direct distribution from the central government. This income is a birthright of an Emirate citizen, and is not a salary for work. Individuals can work or get involved in business and earn whatever they can above the basic subsidy. There are thousands of multi-million dollar condos and homes everywhere. There is no poverty visible anywhere in the country. There is absolutely no such thing as unemployment. More than 80 percent of the people there come from elsewhere: many Arabs, Asians, and European come into the UAE with work visas of limited duration, after which they must return to their native country. No outsider can become a citizen or own a business, but many foreign investors are pairing up with locals to form businesses and then may be allowed to travel between the UAE and their home. The “ex-pats”, as they are called, make up the work force and are very well paid as contrasted with their homeland wages. There is zero poverty and all health and education is paid for by the government. The literacy rate is very high, with most people easily conversing in English as their second language. Opportunities for higher education abound, with foreign— especially American—universities popping up throughout the country. With affluence everywhere, there is little or no crime. The UAE has no enemies; it is considered to be a safe destination despite its proximity to Middle Eastern trouble spots. Our American contingent consisted of 39 folks of many ages from our capital region. It can safely be stated that we were astounded by the sheer magnificence of the Dubai urban area where we spent the majority of our time. Our concentration was in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Abu Dhabi is the largest of the Emirates in the area and has much unoccupied desert area in addition to its modern city, which has to rank highly among the unique cities of the world in terms of architectural variety and the sheer size of the buildings. It is the location of ATIC, which is housed in a modernistic building shaped like a wafer or computer chip standing a few hundred feet high. But nothing we saw in Abu Dhabi compares with the city of

Dubai, about an hour away to the northwest. Dubai is obsessed with size and revels in the fact that it has many attractions which rank first in the Guinness Book of World Records. It has the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as the Burj Dubai) standing half a mile high, or nearly two and a half times the size of the Empire State Building. The Khalifa houses the world’s fastest elevator; it carried us from the ground to the 138th floor observatory (a bit more than half way up the building) in mere seconds with no sense of movement except in ear pressure. It also has five of the world’s tallest buildings, the largest golf course (designed by Tiger Woods), the most magnificent horse racing track (featuring an inside -the -oval 400-room hotel, each room of which looks out onto the track), the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s largest hotel (The Burj Arab), and the world’s only seven star hotel, The Atlantis. One is simply stunned by turning to the next vista, just down the street or around the next corner. “It’s like China on steroids!” remarked one traveler, “Not as huge or extensive, but not to be outdone for the biggest or the best.” Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi and Sheik Maktoum of Dubai are London-educated, gifted leaders, world visionaries and leaders in a joint effort to move their small part of the world into prominence in business. They have already succeeded in many ventures and are preparing the next generation of leaders to continue the quest. To Western hemisphere dwellers, as we are, the cultural and religious differences to which we are exposed in an Arab nation are huge. Our trip perhaps is the beginning for us in releasing the cultural biases which separate us and can make understanding difficult. Tourism in the Emirates is now bringing in well over 20 million visitors yearly. Dubai alone has more than 70,000 hotel rooms. Mutual knowledge will grow and our differences will shrink. In 2020, Dubai is planning to host the World Expo—perhaps you should sign on now. Just pick your hotel carefully: Don’t get caught in a place like The Address in downtown Dubai—purportedly the world’s most expensive hotel— which has over a hundred floors of rooms and suites, all occupied and all costing upwards of a few thousand per night!


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Keep Your Family and Home Safe this Winter with These Fireplace Safety Tips According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), more than one-third of American citizens use fireplaces, wood stoves and other fuel-fired appliances as a primary heat source in their homes. The problem is that some of those people aren’t completely keen on the potential for serious injury or damage to personal property when using wood or other solid fuels to keep warm. The USFA adds that 36 percent of residential home fires in rural areas are caused by heating implements. The good news is that most of these fires can be avoided if you follow some simple rules for your fireplace and keep up with regular maintenance. While it may seem like a good idea to break out the lighter fluid you bought for the charcoal grill this summer to get a toasty fire

going as soon as possible, the USFA (and I, for that matter) strongly discourage such a practice. Use a starter log to get your fire going, or kindling from around the yard. You’ll want to avoid using newspaper (especially this one), cardboard boxes, trash and other debris in your fireplace or wood stove as well. When choosing what wood to burn, some people subscribe to the idea that as long as it’s wood, it will work. The USFA recommends burning seasoned hardwoods in your home fireplace. Using soft, moist woods leads to creosote buildup in chimneys and stove pipes. Creosote is the flammable byproduct of wood ash and smoke residue, which is both corrosive and extremely dangerous to your chimney. It could lead to a fire starting on the inside of your chim-

ney and spreading to the rest of your much more flammable house. You are going to want to avoid this. Fortunately, there are both liquid sprays and powders which are sold to help remove creosote from flues and keep your house and family safe. While you might want to step outside for a snowball fight or possibly Christmas caroling, you should never leave a fire burning unattended. You should always extinguish a fire before leaving the house or going to bed. Never dispose of hot coals or ashes in a garbage can, which could combust if not extinguished. If you’re trying to put the fire out in a hurry, spread the coals out evenly (with a fire poker or shovel, and NOT your hands) to separate the flaming logs with the burning embers. Once the flames are gone, use sand or the

ashes of the fireplace to bury the embers. Just remember to remove all the ashes or sand from the fireplace before your next fire. I know what you’re thinking. “Hey, water puts out fires, let’s use that!” Do not do this. First, it will get real messy, real fast. Second, it will fill your house with smoke, which is gross. More structurally

speaking, adding water to a burning fire can cause cracks in the bricks surrounding the fireplace. This will make you sad. Fireplaces should not be a dangerous part of your home. Following these simple rules will ensure you’ll have a home and a fireplace to return to next winter.




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HEAP Program Provides Assistance for Low-Income Households This Winter Season by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY As winter draws near to Saratoga Springs, residents are starting to pile up the wood stocks in their yards, dust out the old fireplace, and give their heating systems a few trial runs. The cold weather usually means it’s time to get out the candy canes, blankets, and roast marshmallows in front of the fireplace for some cozy family time in the living room. But winter also

means higher heating bills and fuel costs, and for those with lower incomes, the cold weather just means there are more bills to pay. Luckily, NY State offers a program that could help out people who don’t have the monetary means to stay warm this winter: The Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP. This is a federally funded program that offers heating benefits to help lower a household’s annual energy cost for eligible low-income New Yorkers.

Eligibility and benefits are based on the individual’s income, household size, primary heating source and the presence of a household member who is either under the age of six or over the age of 60, or permanently disabled. Regular HEAP benefits for households that pay directly for heat based on actual usage are paid directly to the vendor that supplies the household’s primary source of heat, according to the government website. Benefit amounts vary for individuals based on the way they pay their heating bills. For households that live in government subsidized housing or individuals that have heating costs included as part of their rent can receive as little as $1 up to $25, while those whose primary heat use is oil, kerosene, or propane and who make direct payments to the vendor for heating costs can receive up to $600 plus applicable add-ons. Households whose primary heat is wood, coal or other deliverable fuel can receive up to $500, and those whose primary heat is through natural gas or electricity can obtain up to $400. Regular HEAP benefits aren’t the only advantage of the program. HEAP also offers help with repairing or replacing heating equipment for homeowners who need to repair or replace furnaces, boilers and other direct heating components necessary to keep the home’s primary heating source functional. These benefit amounts are based on the actual cost incurred to replace or repair the applicants’ broken heating appliances. Finally, there is a HEAP Emergency Benefit program for those who may be facing a heatrelated emergency but don’t have the immediate money to pay for it. The following can be qualified as an “emergency”: Your electricity is necessary for your heating system or thermostat to work and is either shut-off or scheduled to be shut off; your electric or natural gas heat is

off or is scheduled to be shut-off; you are out of fuel, or you have less than one quarter tank of fuel oil, kerosene or propane or have less than a 10 day supply of wood, wood pellets, corn, or other deliverable heat source; or your essential heating equipment is inoperable for some reason. There are several other qualifications one must meet in order to apply and receive the emergency benefits, all of which are listed on the program’s website.

It may still be a rough economy, but that doesn’t mean you should have to suffer through a rough winter if you don’t have enough money to pay for heat-related bills. Individuals can begin applying for HEAP benefits beginning November 19 through March 15. If you think you may be eligible and want to apply for the HEAP program, or you just want to learn more about it, visit its website at www.

National Grid Keeps Up with Technology for Storm Alerts This Winter The Saratoga Springs region was lucky to miss the brunt of Hurricane Sandy’s destructive forces, but everyone should stay prepared for large storms as the winter season begins. National Grid is offering several ways for New Yorkers to stay up-to-date on information about power outages and safety tips for future storms that may come. The company is now offering broadcast text messages, a mobilefriendly website for those wishing to visit the site on their smartphones, and Facebook and Twitter pages. You can now sign up for text message alerts by texting the word “STORM” to NGRID (numbers 64743). You can also opt out of those message alerts any time by texting the word STOP to the same number. Safety and outage information is now also available on your

mobile phone via their web browser at The company also updates their information on their social network sites: You can “like” them on their Facebook page at or their Twitter page at Power outages can be reported online or by calling 1-800-8675222. The National Grid website also has a map that lists the power outages throughout the state that have been detected by the company. It’s a great feature for those who want to see how badly their area has been affected, or to see if the company even knows that there is a power outage in their area yet so they can report it. Be sure to keep these resources in mind as Saratoga County heads into another winter season.

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Deck the Walls With My Wall Decorating Tips

by Dawn DiLorenzo for Saratoga TODAY I am asked time and time again how to achieve the perfect balance of wall décor, and time and time again I have to say there is no perfect answer. It depends on a number of variables: 1. Decorating style 2. Natural and artificial light sources 3. The feeling you’re trying to create 4. Your budget 5. Which rooms you’re working in

For instance, you probably wouldn’t want to do a family photo wall in the bathroom. Why not? Well, for one, do you really want your little angels or your parents looking at you while you’re doing your personal business? And two, don’t you want your precious memories to be displayed in a place where others can admire them (without feeling like they’re being watched)? And hanging a beautiful oil painting at the end of a dark hall would be a waste of art. Instead, displaying your family photos down a long, light-filled hallway or staircase is a great way to not only fill wall space, but also to truly appreciate your photos whenever you walk through your home. So, now that you have an idea of where to put your art and photos, the question is how to display them. I’ve seen many a family photo wall go astray and just look like a big mess instead of a collection right out of a magazine. Here are a few tips to get you on the right track:

Create a Family Photo Wall There are many ways to create a beautiful collection of family photos and mementos. Don’t be afraid to mix in other elements such as framed maps, postcards from

vacations or oversized letters that represent something special like a loved one’s name (or your last name). First, decide where you will put your display and ensure there is ample light so you can see it. If you don’t have enough light, con-

sider purchasing a wall mounted art light that can either be plugged in or installed by an electrician. Next, decide what “shape” you want your display to mimic. You can purchase several frames the same size and shape and hang them in rows to create a square,




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balanced display, or get creative and try something with mixed sizes and shapes to create a unique look. Just be sure to hang some of the frames at eye level (usually around 5 feet) so that they entire grouping is not too high or too low. To make hanging easier, lay out your frames on the floor first to make sure you like the display before you start putting holes in your walls.

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Finally, create some level of consistency. I prefer having some common theme such as all black and white photos if my frames don’t match, or all matching frames when using a mix of color and black and white photos. But, this is really a personal preference, so do what feels right to you.

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Which Walls to Decorate Another common question I hear is, “Should I decorate all of my walls, or just a few?” Again, I say that it depends on what you’re trying to accomplish. In a sleek, modern loft in he city, displaying your artwork and photos on a few choice walls works best to achieve a minimalist look, while a country farmhouse looks right at home when most, if not all, the walls are decorated. When I work on projects, I take into account the taste of the homeowner and try to balance that with my expertise. I start with the focal point and start dressing the walls with items of the appropriate size and scale. When it feels just right, then I know I’m done. Sometimes that means dressing every wall, and sometimes it doesn’t.

Temporary Wall Décor If you’re anything like me, you like to change up your décor on a fairly regular basis but don’t want

to mar up your walls every time you change your Monet for your Matisse. Your best bet is to use an existing hook when changing out your artwork, but if you need to fix a small hole, painting your walls with a good paint like Aura by Benjamin Moore makes touch ups easy and seamless. For light items like garlands or holiday art, you can use adhesive hooks like Command™ Picture Hanging Hooks. Their website says some of their hooks can hold up to 5 pounds, but use your judgment when selecting a hanger. I wouldn’t hang anything precious or expensive on anything other than a real picture hook that was nailed into the wall, but I have some pretty letters that spell out NOEL that I would have no problem hanging with adhesive hangers. Trying to get the perfect wall display but can’t seem to get the right feel? Don’t worry! With my One Day Makeover, I can help you find the perfect balance to achieve the look you want without spend-



ing a lot of time or money. Or, do you need help creating that perfect holiday wonderland? With just weeks before Christmas, don’t wait to book your in-home appointment! I can arrange your space for a party, decorate for that special Christmas morning or create a one-of-a-kind outdoor display. And be sure to find me on Facebook: Locust Grove Designs and my website:

About Locust Grove Designs Dawn DiLorenzo founded Locust Grove Designs in 2011. She is a graduate of Skidmore College and principal at Locust Grove Marketing, a marketing firm specializing in internet marketing. Connect with her on Facebook at “Locust Grove Designs,” visit her website at or give her a call at (518) 222-9551.





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199 Old Schuylerville Road AMENITIES:

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by Chelsea DiSchiano Saratoga TODAY This month’s Featured Home is a custom ranch-style home that sits upon two acres in the beautiful Cherry Hill neighborhood, located just three miles from downtown Saratoga Springs. Boasting over 3100 square feet, this house appeals to both emptynesters looking to entertain or a family looking for lots of room to play and relax. Luxuries abound in this three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home: a family room, recreation room, dining room and kitchen with all electric appliances are just some of the assets of the

home. The home also has an attic space that was architecturally designed to be easily converted into a fourth bedroom, if desired. The spacious kitchen offers plenty of countertop and built-in cabinet space, an island and all new Electrolux appliances. The recently remodeled master bedroom also has a lot to offer, with a large California-style walk-in closet that is sure to please homeseekers looking for that elusive extra closet space. The master bath is also updated, featuring his/her sinks on limestone countertops, a tiled shower and heated tile floors, a luxury your feet will surely appreciate during the colder winter months.

The house also has copper snow slides with electric cables that melt the snow when the winter begins to hit hard. The home sits on two acres of beautiful, private, grassy land— though most of it is wooded, so mowing the yard won’t be a hassle. Watering is also made easy, with a ground sprinkler system. A comfortable enclosed sitting room with windows leads to the patio and can be used for most of the year. The patio also has a great view of the trees, and the backyard is perfect for grilling in the summertime. The home is well-lit, with plenty of windows lining the house and bedrooms. Vaulted ceilings and a skylight give the house an open feel

while a fireplace in the living room adds warmth for a cozy space. This lovely John Witt home, located at 199 Old Schuylerville Road, has been impeccably maintained by its original owners over the years, and the charming ranchstyle home is perfect for anyone seeking a spacious, comfortable home in a great neighborhood. The house is zoned for the Saratoga Springs School District and is located just minutes from the Northway and local shopping. For more information on the house or the neighborhood, contact Colleen Guarino of Realty USA at (518) 248-7658 or

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Property Transactions Ballston 28 Knottlingly Place. $336,100. Traditional Builders LTD sold property to Matthew Wanser and Allison Rice. 26 Knottlingly Place $333,410. Traditional Builders LTD sold property to Travis and Tina Moore. 18 Jenkins Rd. $50,000. William Boice (by Agent) and Rachell Elizabeth Relyea (as Agent) sold property to Rachell Elizabeth Relyea. 603 Cindy Lane. $226,000. Michael and Jennifer Thomas sold property to Tonia Westbrook. 107 Charlton Rd. $40,000. Joel and Judy Beninati sold property to MJP Builders LLE. 152 Lake Rd., $332,500. Richard and Mary Czub sold property to Timothy Sorrentino. 87 West High St. $415,000. Stuart and Judith sold property to David and Leigh Brockmann. Lakeshore Ave. $60,000. Anthony Cichy sold property to Charles MacCormack. 797 Route 50. $50,000. Sharon Myer sold property to William Gately. 22 Fruitwood Dr. $260,000. David Wagner sold property to Chester and Robin Stothers. 56 Lake Rd. $185,000. James Strozyk sold property to Adam Zohn Hari. 1 Forestbrook Dr. $298,095. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Linda Marra Thompson (as Trustee). 21 Forestbrook Dr. $336,685. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Martin and Sara Wylde. 96 McMaster St. $255,000. Scott Frances (by Agent) and Carolyn Frances (as Agent) sold property to Jeffery and Caroline Townsend. 107 McLean St. $172,000. Denise Mowczan (as Exec.) and Jean Crandell (by Exec.) sold property to Richard and Melody Babcock. 23 Sycamore St. $305,980. Builders Group LLC sold property to Kurt Rossner and Christie Hoyt. 28 Sherwood Lane $169,900. Terri Rossi sold property to Gregory and Allison Shelton. Clifton Park 17 Balsam Way. $413,000. ER Land Development LLC sold property to William and Jean Sofco. 1 Barcelona Dr. $240,000. William Howley (as Trustee) sold property to Jeffrey and Beverly Berube. 2 Chapel Woods $232,000. Kathleen Berry sold property to Walter and Jean Coutts. 62 Blue Barns Rd. $100,000. Claire Beaudoin sold property to Christopher Hyde. 25 Tekakwitha Ct. $127,500. Candyco Transcription Services, Inc. sold property to Neil, Amy and Allison Cherkosly. 4 Majarca Lane $305,000. Blake and Linda Herlick sold property to Jeffrey and Brenda Jensen. 12 Pinewood Dr. $254,900. Phillip and Ashley Bertorelli sold property to Juliana Wilber and Francis Berry. 49 Canterbury Rd. $275,000. Barbara Barron sold property to Eric and Tara Leander. 636 Route 146A $515,000. Patrick and Rachael Garosi sold property to Cartus Financial Corporation. 636 Route 146A $515,000. Cartus Financial Corporation sold property to Pradyumanbhai and Naliniben Jariwala. 15 Tisdale Lane $432,072. Amedore Group Inc. sold property to Bin Yang. 9 Camp Road, $245,000. Bradford Scoffield (as Trustee) sold property to Alina Citowicz. 15 Westchester Dr. $177,000. Doreen Saddlemire sold property to Joseph Consolo. 55 Appletree Lane $223,500. Richard Kirk (as Exec.) and Susan Kirk (by Exec.) sold property to Jennifer Granato. 24B Carriage Rd. $153,000. Barbara Anne Harkell

sold property to Michael and Maureen O’Neil. 194 Moe Rd. $75,000. Todd Fox sold property to Masood Zamani and Jamie DeCosse. 39 Pepper Hollow Dr. $272,500. James and Sarah Redick sold property to Justin and Megan Barkevich. 39 Liberty Way $338,000. Andrew Quackenbush sold property to Citimortgage Inc. 8 Danbury Ct. $360,000. Sarah Gay sold property to Kathleen Ryan. 11 Carlson Way $444,278. ER Land Development sold property to Yun Jun Huh and Eun Young Hong. 32 Vischer Ferry Rd. $259,500. David McMahon sold property to Craig and Corinne Berndt. 15 Stonybrook Dr. $322,500. Lorraine Forest (as Trustee) sold property to Jessica Allen. 4 Bridgewater Ct. $431,535. Tralongo Builders Inc. sold property to Xinhui Wu and Jixu Chen. 24 Valdenpena Way $280,000. Kevin and Keira Murphy sold property to Steven and Katelyn Rice. 5 Bevswood Oaks $360,000. John and Nicole Eusanio sold property to Hao Jiang and Jing Tan. 20 Oakhurst Ct. $374,000. Marc Hudes and Patricia Hewitt sold property to Xingwei Yang and Cui Cao. 8D Spyglass Hill $131,000. Christine Haakonson sold property to Joseph and Jaclyn Greco. 3 Hunter Hill Rd. $425,000. Wendy Soroka sold property to Beth Kayser and James Strozyk. 11 Addison Way $564,271. Amedore Land Developers LLC sold property to Ventkat Kolugunta and Vidya Narayan. 970 Riverview Rd. $232,500. Andrea DeLong (by Agent), Stephen DeLong (as Agent) sold property to John Lafavre. 632 Kinns Rd. $49,000. Cocca Builders LLC sold property to Nischinth and Sunita Sadhak. 24 Denkers Dr. $289,000. Charles and Sandra Barron sold property to Thomas and Michele Marousek. 10 Skybrook Circle $385,547. Amedore Group Inc. sold property to Te Sheng Wang and Su Jung Kim. 7 Mallard Dr. $348,000. Arvind Rangarajan sold property to Xiaobo Chen. 693 Plank Rd. $270,000. Oldrich Benes sold property to Paul and Bonnie Toomey. 5 Stablegate Dr. $385,000. Kenneth and Anna Lakich sold property to Anthony and Phillis Colombetti. 15 Dankers Dr. $232,000. Michael and Dawn Shannon sold property to Justin and Karyn Hanson. 800 Riverview Rd. $425,000. Mary Flanders sold property to Aida Wakil and Raymina Mays. 9 Nicole Ct. $370,480. Cillis Builders LLC sold property to Krishna Kumar Sundaresan and Amita Patil. 4302 Foxwood Dr. $188,000. Robin Granger sold property to Carrianna Eurillo Travinski. 12 Orchard Park Dr. $335,000. Jude Lee and William Miller sold property to Daniel and Laura O’Sullivan. 12 Hearthwood Ct. $178,900. Rebecca Paskewich sold property to Mary Ellen Lockenvitz. 316 Miller Rd. $417,500. Rochester Home Equity Inc. sold property to Jennifer Hummer. 31 Westchester Dr. $183,300. Matthew Bangel sold property to Nicholas and Samantha Buda. 315 Vischer Ferry Rd. $390,000. Boni Builders Inc. sold property to Kevin and Lindsey Hunter. 53 Stoney Creek Dr. $172,000. John Duncan sold property to Ashley Walsh. 42 Woodstead Rd. $258,000. Judith Ewing sold property to Patrick Liddy. 29 Longkill Rd. $169,000. Lawrence McCauliffe sold property to John Steciuk and Elina Puchko. 6 Greenfield Ct. $365,600. Thomas and Joanne Ward sold property to Robert and Brooke Zayas.



Moe Rd. (lot 485B) $100,000. MDG Mill Creek LLC sold property to Special Bridges LLC. 52 Tipperary Way $479,550. Masullo Brothers Builders Inc. Christian and Alma Schmalz. 3 Skybrook Circle $433,720. Amedore Group Inc. sold property to Xiao Shi and Yi Juan Xu. 49 Carriage Rd. $175,000. Diane Madrigal sold property to Daniel Sprague. 25 Spruce St. $310,000. Michael and Natalie Spence sold property to Franklin and Lashondia Adams. 15 Hearthside Dr. $277,000. David and Suzanne Wareing sold property to Walter Williams. 178 Wood Dale Dr. $180,000. Timothy, Christopher and Zachariah Pratt (as heirs) and Thomas Pratt (by heir) sold property to Thomas and Toni Allery. 6 Innisbrook Dr. $372,500. Ronald and Mary Beth Hanssen sold property to Ralph Basit. 59 Via Da Vinci $298,700. Patricia Hamid sold property to Lynn and Norman Alderman. 7 Dennis Dr. $295,000. Stephanie Vara sold property to Daniel Heath. 40 Green Meadow Dr. $153,000. Kathleen Bonneau sold property to Kimberly Kelly. 52 Grant Hill Ct. $230,000. Derek Cardinell sold property to Frank and Lumel Shirley. 4 Huckelberry Lane $267,500. Kathleen Nealon sold property to Bradley Bowers and Maylee McDonald. 12 Brenden Ct. $174,000. Damon and Marci Debiccari sold property to Omaid Yousofzai. Malta 33 George Ave. $161,500. Thomas Glisserman sold property to Jesse and Jessica Max. 34 Collamer Dr. $188,000. Robert and Donna Gizzi sold property to Janay and Shawne Camp. Lot 66 Willis Way $404,386. John Luke Development Co. LLC sold property to Jiaxin Yu and Yi Lu. 12 Springfield Dr. $308,000. Stephen Moore sold property to Matthew and Constance Evans. 775 Malta Ave. Extension $170,000. Leah Kane sold property to Sergay and Holly Shishik. 36 Collamer Dr. $170,000. Timothy Thorne (as Trustee) sold property to Jeffrey Wassanaar and Laura Bielanski. 366 Malta Ave. $34,000. Zouhir Lian sold property to Grace Fleming. 7 Candlewood Dr. $340,000. Wallace and Gayle Davis sold property to Evegny and Hana Kaganer. 31 Rum Cherry Rd. $205,000. Ernest and Marguerite Amodeo sold property to Sharon Webster. 18 Bay Berry Dr. $342,450. Michael and Kathi Robbie sold property to Brian and Kelli Sheumaker. 24 Foxglove Way $290,000. Nicole Brooks sold property to Garry and Michelle Pope. 2 Meadow Rue Place $205,000. James Barton sold property to Michael Simon. 6 Coronodo Way $337,500. John Luke Development Co. LLC sold property to John and Kristen Pivirotto. 24 Glade Mallow Rd. $235,000. Maurice and Helen Crawford sold property to Richard Bender and Laurie Boucher. 24 Mallard Cove $318,000. Robert and Noelle Frederick sold property to Michael and Kelley Cooke. 18 Coneflower Ct. $390,100. Joseph and Patricia Larosa sold property to Craig Miller and Cory Rundell. 31 Century Dr. $363,000. James Kelly and Lorraine Woods sold property to David and Danielle Campbell. 2 Plum Poppy Ct. $462,792. Thomas J Farone Homebuilders Inc. sold property to Andrew and Mary Katherine Geroux. 107 10th St. $410,000. Leonard Riccardi sold property to Anthony and Mary Casale. 171 Route 9P $70,000. Leonard Riccardi sold property to Casale Development Group Inc.

15 Cherry Choke Rd. $300,000. Bensen and Laura Louie sold property to Ahmed Abdellatif. Saratoga Springs 6 Lincoln Ave. $234,000. Tanya Thorne sold property to Ryan and Bridget Lamothe. 117 Nelson Ave. $580,000. Thomas and Andrea Green sold property to Brian Lussier and Georgeanna Lynch. 54 Phila St. Unit 402. $840,200. Fifty Four Phila Street Development sold property to Lewis and Bonnie Glaser. 4 Westbury Dr. $450,000. Thomas J Farone Homebuilders Inc. sold property to George Mina. 262 Broadway Unit 607 $1,514,700. 262 Broadway LLC sold property to Donlan LLC. 422 Broadway $750,000. City of Saratoga Springs sold property to 422 Broadway LLC. 70 Railroad Place Unit 201 $680,000. James and Sandra Kegelmeyer sold property to Craig and Maureen Roberts. 12 Tyler Dr. $490,000. Sara Kilian sold property to Thomas and Andrea Green. 14 Excelsior Ave. $229,900. Michael and Denise Hughes sold property to Elizabeth Kenny. 52 Jenna Jo Ave. $800,000. Oak Ridge Development LLC sold property to Wolf Lehmann. 15 Outlook Ave. $345,669. Degraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. sold property to Zhen Zhen Wo. 12 Sultana St. $318,000. Suzanne and Douglas Hughes sold property to James and Janet Price. 25 Wampum Dr. $194,000. Kevin and Maureen McDonald sold property to Peter and Kim Taormina. 8 America Way $949,000. Lisa and Daniel Shields sold property to Christopher and Elizabeth O’Brien. 7 Eureka Ave. $340,000. Mark and Valerie Armstrong (by Agent) Jason Hover (as Agent) sold property to Nancy Sullivan and Stephen Eichler. 30 Division St. rear, 2 Isreal Lane rear $354,000. John Maxwell Development LLC sold property to 30 Division LLC. 244 Maple Ave. $179,051. Linda Simon sold property to Brandon Wiegert. 104 Quevic Dr. $192,500. Christopher and Maria Parks (by Agent) sold property to Robert and Karen Tezak. 122 Middle Ave. $215,500. Nicholas Poleto sold property to Kyle Stevens and Alexandra Galvin. 5 Wheatstone Ct. $590,000. Scott and Eleftheria Christian sold property to Charles and Leigh Greiner. 3 Bunker Hill Dr. $280,000. Amy Ahern sold property to Peter Kiegley and Lauren Wolfe. 147 Middle St. $193,659. Dorothy Hunter (CoExec.) and Anne Boyar (Co-Exec). sold property to Anne Boyar. 33 First St. $196,463. Dorothy Hunter (Co-Exec.) and Anne Boyar (Co-Exec). sold property to Dorothy Hunter. 30 Fifth Ave. $775,000. Edward and Lisa Mitzen Dorothy sold property to Daniel and Anne Madden. 32 Central Ave. $110,000. KRDD One LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. 6 Cherry Tree Lane $700,538. Mark Pehl and Pamela Dahlstrom Pehl sold property to Bertrand Sorel and Christiane Ashba. 3246 S. Broadway $375,000. James Doyle (as Ref.) DMM1077 Realty LLC (by Ref) sold property to Berkshire Bank. 29 Outlook Ave. $110,000. KRDD One LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. 15 Church St. $440,000. Gatering Gallery LLC sold property to Thomas J Burke. 14 Salem Dr. $330,000. Dorothea Nixon sold property to John and Bonnie Eberlin. 218-220 East Ave. $306,000. Barbara Lynaugh sold property to David and Isabel Kubikian. 28 Steele St. $232,000. Gary and Eileen Jameson (by Attny.) sold property to Daniel Spinner. 289 Jefferson St. Unit 24 $239,000. 285 Jefferson LLC sold property to Kevin Carroll and

23 William Carroll. 19 Elizabeth Lane $220,000. Denise Horton sold property to Hilary Preston and Joseph Grillo. 15 Ballston Ave. $480,000. Patricia Ritchie sold property to James Dorsey. 27 Round Table Rd. $272,500. Harrison and Nancy Wertz sold property to Frank Armenio and Jodi Streich. Stillwater 1400 Hudson Ave. $379,000. Karen Brosnahan (as Trustee) sold property to Thomas and Stacy Mulderry. 28 Whitney Rd. South $282,500. Lisa Major sold property to Victoria and Jerrold Alpern. 694 Route 9P $165,000. Debra Hair (as Exec.) Angelina Lancaster (by Exec) sold property to Daniel and Nadine Coots. 21 Cambridge Ct. $280,000. Nikki Luke and Joseph McClure sold property to Bruce and Jacqueline Klein. 150 County Route 75 $180,000. Capital Area Properties LLC sold property to Adam Burlingame and Crystal Jaquard. 49 Native Dancer Lane $254,000. William and Sheri Cesak sold property to Daniel O’Brien and Marisa Lostritto-O’Brien. 557 Hudson Ave. $126,000. Michelle Walsh and Elizabeth Hitt sold property to Nadine Tedesco. 82 Kellogg Rd. $221,500. Thomas Bendon sold property to Michael and Kristen Knapp. 5 Ridge Ct. $265,000. Debra Wilbur sold property to Robert and Melissa Brand. 39 Hulin St. $131,000. Devan Manwarren and Rebecca Starr-Manwarren sold property to Victor Arroyo. 4 Backstretch Ct. $60,296. Joseph Lucarelli sold property to Saratoga Glen Builders LLC. 4 Backstretch Ct. $343,400. Saratoga Glen Builders LLC sold property to John and Martha Miller. Wilton 25 Ernst Rd. $203,000. Cartus Financial Corporation sold property to Adam Taylor and Marissa Mackay. 123 Cobble Hill Dr. $95,000. C and S Construction Ltd sold property to Kodiak Construction Inc. 19 Glenburnie Dr. $331,500. Jon and Kerri Adams sold property to Sirva Relocation Properties LLC. 19 Glenburnie Dr. $331,500. Sirva Relocation Properties LLC sold property to Dale and Sherri Slager. 320 Northern Pines Rd. $192,000. Daniel and Cynthia Pierce sold property to Michael Gorman. 1 Killarney Ct. $330,000. Frank and Delia Santora sold property to Maureen Ireland. 101 Fieldstone Dr. $480,000. William and Susan Speed sold property to Carrick and Lindsay Bligh. 697 Route 9 $160,000. Mark and Carole Moreau sold property to MSG Land Holdings LLC. 33 Kings Mills Rd. $205,000. Joshua and Ashley Gaul sold property to Jennifer Manz. 360 Wilton Gansevoort Rd. $221,000. Mark Bartlett sold property to John and Jeannette Desimone. 10 Connors Way $110,000. Richard Stewart sold property to Daniel and Heather Billington. 10 Shuvee Lane $352,000. Matthew and Lisa Misener sold property to Sebastian Thompson and Jia Liu. 25 Fenimore Place $377,500. Michael and Francine Guido sold property to Eric and Kara Rosettie. 10 Commerce Park Dr. $760,000. Highland Real Property LLC sold property to R Rimualdo Properties LLC. 5 Northwoods Rd. $267,000. Dale and Beverly McKim sold property to Luc Beauvillier and Manon Parenteau. 8 Ridgeview Rd. $429,000. Janet Bonnette sold property to Teri Holt. 51 Rollings Hill Dr. $230,000. Ronald and Anne Pastore sold property to Stephen Kyne.




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A Saratoga Farmers’ Market Thanksgiving Feast Thanks from Saratoga Farmers’ Market The Saratoga Farmers’ Market extends its appreciation to the following local businesses, organizations, and all of our faithful customers for their support of our outdoor market at High Rock Park this year. It takes a strong community to have a thriving market, which was proven once again when you voted us the #1 Favorite Farmers’ Market in New York State for 2012! Special appreciation and recognition goes to: Local Restaurants: Beekman Street Bistro; Comfort Kitchen; Fifty South; Gideon Putnam; Mouzon House; One Caroline Street Bistro; Sperry’s; Wheatfield’s Bar and Bistro. Community & Event Partners: Adirondack Appliance; American Farmland Trust; City of Saratoga Springs; Cornell Cooperative Extension; Downtown Business Association of Saratoga; EOC Saratoga; Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce; Saratoga Today; The Saratogian; STAR 101.3 FM. Market Friends: Friends of the Market (Veggie Valet and more); Bodyworks Professionals; Susan Cuda, yoga; Carolyn Justice, water coloring; Peter Olsen, author/photographer; Saratoga Springs Food Tours; our wonderful musicians; and, most of all, our fantastic customers! We look forward to welcoming everyone to our Indoor Market, starting Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Division Street Elementary School. This market occurs every Saturday from November through April, with more than 30 vendors and a large variety of products. Thanks again to the Saratoga Springs community for supporting the region’s farms and buying local!

NOTE: Starting Saturday, November 3, the Saratoga Farmers’ Market will be held at its indoor location at Division Street Elementary School (220 Division Street). From November through the end of April, the market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with 30+ vendors. Of the many blessings people celebrate at Thanksgiving, food is always central to the day. The historic roots of the holiday focus our attention on sharing the bounty. People who are fortunate to have food abundance take time to be grateful for it, while trying to help those who may be hungry and in need. Family and friends labor together to prepare both traditional and newfangled interpretations of the classic dishes. November at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market offers a colorful and delicious lesson in the diversity of locally produced food, with the farmers and producers sharing their enthusiasm and advice with shoppers. From meat and poultry to dairy products, from baked goods to fruits and vegetables, the market offers a feast-worthy harvest. To share the wide range of local food at the market, here are eight tips for incorporating farm-fresh food and local handcrafts into your Thanksgiving celebration.

Decorate with a Nature Theme To set the stage for a magnificent meal, consider decorating with local flowers, gourds, and crafts. From flower arrangements set in pumpkins to handmade wreaths using dried flowers, seed pods, feathers, and pine cones, the market vendors can recommend a style and size to suit your table or home’s décor.

While you may choose to make many Thanksgiving dishes from scratch, the market carries some delicious condiments and snacks to accompany the main feast of the day, or to fire up a football-focused snack attack. Fresh salsa, “creamy” vegan garlic dip, olive tapenade, and several types of pickles are among these treats. They all make great condiments on the Thanksgiving buffet as well!

Please the Crowd with Local Apples and Cider

Though it’s been a tough harvest year for apples, you’d never know that to shop at the market. You’ll find several varieties each week, some of which you will never see at a supermarket. They are perfect for eating as a snack, pairing with cheese, cooking into applesauce or chutney, or making apple pie.

Explore the Area’s Cheese and Dairy Offerings The market’s cheese vendors offer a wide variety, made from the milk of cows and goats, in both soft and hard styles. From mild to sharp and from appetizers to cooking to dessert presentations, the choices are plentiful. In addition, a full range of milk, cream, yogurt, and related dairy products are also available, along with seasonal specials like eggnog.

Add Flair with Freshly Made Appetizers

Thank Your Hosts with a Local Gift

If you are joining someone else’s table for Thanksgiving, shop for a gift at the market. Choose from jewelry, soap, jams, honey, beeswax candles, pottery, and more. Or take along a gift of fresh or dried flowers or a market gift certificate to treat them to a market trip.

Try Something New for “The Sides”

Grace Your Table with Scrumptious Baked Goods While many people enjoy the roast turkey or other meats prepared for Thanksgiving, a lot will secretly admit that they crave the many varied side dishes most of all. Carrots in multiple colors, white and sweet potatoes for mashing and roasting, broccoli, and many greens for salads are familiar ingredients. If you want to branch out from conventional side dishes, the market overflows at this time of year with more unusual selections. Whether you choose bunches of creamy white Hakurei turnips (small and tender enough to eat raw in a salad, with the greens included) or stalks of Brussels sprouts (kids love to hold these!) or one of many types of winter squash, the farmers can offer preparation tips and explain the unique qualities of each varietal. If you are hesitant to try a new vegetable, use it in combination with other ingredients that are more familiar. Fresh shiitake or oyster mushrooms lend special flavors to stuffing. Kale holds up very nicely in stews and (turkey) soup. The knobby, tan-colored celeriac, perhaps the most puzzling looking vegetable at the market, is a marvelous addition to mashed potatoes, giving a hint of celery flavor and adding creaminess.

The market’s baked goods are almost as diverse as its vegetable selections, and the holidays bring on even more variety. Popular items at this time of year include sweet potato biscuits, decorated cookies, assorted pies, pastries, and rolls. For the post-feast turkey sandwich, how about a whole grain loaf of bread or ciabatta?

Order Your Turkey (or Lamb, Beef, Goose, Fish, Seafood, Chicken, or Pork)

Why not use the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday as a chance to purchase a turkey or other meat that was locally produced and humanely raised on a small-scale farm? Ask our farmers your questions about their animals; they are proud to talk about how they bring high-quality food to your table. Even if someone else is preparing the main entree of the day, consider bringing some fresh scallops or

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smoked fish as an appetizer or add some sausage to a side dish. NOTE: Please order well in advance to guarantee availability. Market selection can vary from week to week.

EBT Accepted at the Market The market seeks to make fresh food available to everyone in the community, and therefore accepts EBT cards (as well as debit and credit cards) at the information desk in the Division Street School lobby. After a quick card swipe, you will receive wooden tokens redeemable at any market vendor. Special Savings: Through November 15, for every $5 in market tokens purchased with EBT, the cardholder will get a $2 Fresh Connect coupon to use for the purchase of any fresh food product, with all vendors of fresh food being eligible to redeem.

Recipes Additional recipes are also available at * Items are available at Saratoga Farmers’ Market.

CREAMY PUMPKIN SOUP (From Laura Weil, owner of Funky Fresh Foods) Ingredients 4 lbs fresh pumpkin* (should be firm with a pleasant smell) 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 medium size onions*, halved and thinly sliced 1/4 cup chardonnay (or champagne, dry white wine or apple cider) 4-5 cups chicken stock (preferably homemade) 1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg salt and white pepper (to taste) Homestead Artisan’s fresh Quark Cheese* (or crème fraiche or sour cream) Directions 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. 2. Cut the pumpkin in eighths and scoop out the seeds. Place the eighths skin side up on baking sheet. 3. Bake for 1-1½ hours, until pumpkin is tender. Cool. Scoop out the pulp and puree in food processor in several batches.

4. In a heavy pan, melt 2 tbsp. butter and sauté onions until transparent. Add wine and cook for about 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed and the onions are golden brown, stirring often and adjusting the heat if necessary. In a food processor, puree onions with a portion of the pumpkin puree. 5. Combine onion puree with remaining pumpkin puree in large saucepan. Whisk in the chicken stock until soup is at your desired consistency. Cover and heat through over medium heat, stirring occasionally to make sure bottom doesn’t burn. 6. Whisk in remaining butter and season with nutmeg and salt and white pepper. 7. Serve soup in desired bowls and add Quark Cheese (crème fraiche or the equivalent fresh soft cheese) to taste.

SPINACH & RICE / CASSEROLE Cook: 1 cup of long grain white rice 1 cup wild rice In an electric fry pan sauté in butter until tender: 1 cup chopped onion* 2 cloves minced garlic* Add, and cook 2 minutes: 1-2 lbs. fresh chopped spinach* Stir in cooked rice and add: 1 cup low fat milk* 1½ cups cheese*, grated 2 T. soy sauce Mix well and cover. Cook at 250 degrees for 20 minutes. Be sure to check for burning and stir if needed.

ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLE SALAD This is a flexible recipe, but requires your attention as you roast each vegetable until it is just cooked. (Try for “al dente” – that appealing state between too crunchy and too soft.) Ingredients Use the amounts of each vegetable you desire. You can vary content and amount by produce availability and the number of servings you need. This is a very colorful dish, especially if you leave the beets separate until just before serving (otherwise all the vegetables turn red).



Potatoes* (Red skin or blue potatoes add a lot of color) Carrots* Parsnips* (or turnips*) Butternut Squash* Beets* Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper Honey* Skin and cut up each ingredient (except beets) into small cubes and individually spread onto olive oil greased cooking sheets. (Do not mix them all up together; keep separate on the pan.) Sprinkle a little more olive oil on top and a little salt and pepper. Put sheets into 350 degree oven, checking for tender-

ness of each vegetable as they roast. Note: each vegetable takes a different amount of time. Remove each as it becomes al dente. (Do not overcook as this will make the salad mushy and unappealing). While the cubed vegetables bake in the oven, wash beets and place in boiling water. Cook until just tender to the prick of a knife or fork. Pour off water and let beets cool down. In the meantime take the rest of the cooked vegetable pieces and put them together in a large bowl. Add honey to taste. Then, go back to the beets. (Use


gloves if you don’t want purple hands.) Skin and chop the beets into small cubes. Put beet cubes in a separate container and put all in the refrigerator to cool down. As the veggies cool, prick a hole or leave top of containers open slightly so the condensation does not make the vegetables mushy. The salad can be made up to two days ahead and not lose its appeal. Right before serving, toss in the beets for a delicious and vividly colorful fall salad.



Home BUTTERNUT SQUASH GRATIN From Tim Meaney, chef/owner, Beekman Street Bistro. For a vegetarian version, omit the pancetta/bacon and add a little more bread crumbs and cheese. Ingredients 1 butternut squash* (approx. 2 lbs peeled & diced) 1 leek* (approx. 1 cup diced) 8 oz. pancetta or bacon*, cut into small bits 1 cup of heavy cream* 1 cup grated Parmesan or other flavorful hard cheese* ½ cup breadcrumbs 1 bunch of fresh sage, chopped Directions In sauté pan, cook pancetta or bacon until crispy. Add leeks and cook until tender. Add cream and simmer until slightly thick then remove from heat. Put diced squash in a mixing bowl and add cream mixture, cheese, and sage. Mix well. Put in a buttered casserole dish. Top with breadcrumbs and a little more cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.

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SWEDISH APPLE PIE A crustless apple pie: easy! Mix together: 1 large egg* slightly beaten ¾ c sugar ½ c flour 1 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp vanilla Dash of salt Add: ½ c peeled, cored, diced local apples* ½ c chopped pecans or walnuts Mix well. Put mixture in a greased pie plate. Smooth over the top. (Some like to add cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top). Bake at

350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes. Best when served warm with vanilla ice cream.

MULLED APPLE CIDER Great aroma. Non-alcoholic. Heat together in a large pot over the stove: 1 gallon fresh apple cider* ½ c brown sugar 2 cinnamon sticks 2 tsp. cloves Bring to boil, stirring constantly and then just keep warm to ladle out on demand. Leftover cider can also be stored in the refrigerator and heated up as desired.

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ACROSS 1 Bright-eyed 6 Student of Socrates 11 “The Mentalist” network 14 Cut over 15 Get ready to surf 16 Last word?: Abbr. 17 Stalloneʼs garden supply? 19 Halifax head 20 Lively dance 21 Cage, for one 23 Movie theater appliances 27 Casually mention, with “to” 28 Sacred structure 29 Buck 31 Influential sports figure 32 Brewery flavoring 33 Beginning to cure? 36 French article 37 Lacking 40 To benefit 41 Cubsʼ spring training city 43 Prominent periods 44 Cádiz cohort 46 Post office flier 48 Allied leader 49 “Gave it my best” 51 News source since Dec. 1881 52 Musical inadequacy 53 Feudal lord 55 Wine flavoring 56 Santaʼs risky undertaking? 62 First name in dictators 63 Eliminate 64 Ryder rival 65 WWII carrier 66 Domingo, e.g. 67 Hides DOWN 1 Hand holder? 2 Rural expanse 3 Changed-my-mind key 4 Encouraging word 5 Unsolicited opinion 6 Doesnʼt wing it 7 Like a boring lecture, probably 8 Río contents 9 A.L. East team, on scoreboards 10 Low tie

How do you come back from the worst experience in your life? Therapy, denial, maybe some substance abuse? What if, after a relatively short amount of time, you’re flung back into a very similar circumstance? I don’t imagine that would help. Sometime after returning to the relative safety of Los Angeles, Bryan Mills (played by Liam Neeson), his ex-wife Lenore (played by Famke Janssen) and their daughter Kim (played by Maggie Grace) are still rebounding from the trauma they suffered. Bryan (Neeson) arrives at Kim’s home to give her a driving lesson only to be informed that she is not even in the house. She’s with her boyfriend. A boyfriend Bryan knew nothing about, no less. Simultaneously, in Tropoje, Albania, Murad Hoxha, father of deceased kidnapper and human trafficker Marko Hoxha, is attending a funeral service being conducted for his son and his accomplices. Murad (played by Rade Serbedzija) vows to avenge the deaths of his son and his friends. After hearing that a planned vacation to China is cancelled by Lenore’s now estranged husband, Bryan invites both Kim and Lenore to join him on a business trip in Istanbul once he’s fulfilled his professional obligations. They arrive sooner than expected and, unbeknownst to them, followed by Murad’s henchman. Following a family lunch in the marketplace, Kim returns to the hotel. It’s immediately apparent to Bryan and Lenore that their daughter hopes privacy and the exotic locale will rekindle feelings of love in her long-divorced parents. While romance does seem to be in bloom between the couple, it is abruptly halted when Murad and his men make their play for the Mills family.

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“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”

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38 Decided in court 39 Add some meat to 42 Kolkataʼs locale 45 Avril follower 47 Polecat kin 48 Saltimbocca herb 49 How much sautéing is done 50 Warty amphibians 51 Subject for Archimedes 53 Buyerʼs aid 54 “Based on that ...” 57 Source of iron 58 With 13-Down, errand runnerʼs destination 59 2002 Chapter 11-filing flier 60 Track 61 2002 British Open champ

Now, I was and still am a huge fan of the 2008 film. I believe Neeson took a film that would’ve seemed dull and uninspired in the hands of Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, or any other contemporary action star and elevated it beyond the material. This film, while entertaining and plausible enough for an action/adventure, is the lesser of the two. Of course, there’s the fact that it’s more of the same and, therefore, less interesting. In addition, while the original depended on Neeson’s estimable talent, this film relies heavily on Maggie Grace. A competent actress, sure, but nowhere near as good as Liam Neeson. I enjoyed it about as much as I expected to. That’s it. (7.2/10) For comments and questions, contact me at

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Nothing Says Fall Like ... Apple and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

It’s All In The Gravy! ors, flavors, and tastes. It can be one of those things that presents it as soon as cooking has begun. In cooking meat, the fat technically becomes gravy. Here are some fun facts about gravy you may not have known: •Gravy is a noun, a proper John Reardon name (in any respectable home at Compliments to the Chef least) and a verb all in one. Hello, my Foodie Friends! •50 percent of the world’s popSince we’re friends, I feel I ulation eat gravy daily (gravyafimust reveal something to you, so please keep it a secret! I like •Gravy has more nutrients than to take my mashed potatoes and a piece of celery (gravyaficionamake a castle moat. Whew, it feels good to finally admit it. Two important implements are What do I fill my moat with? needed to make and collect the Gravy! So, while gearing up gravy from your cooking; a dripfor Thanksgiving and ping pan to collect the gravy and Christmas, there are a number a fat (gravy) separator. Gravy of hearty meals that tradition separators are used to separate fat demands. One of those main- from the drippings in a pan. This stays on the holiday table is allows you to uses the flavorful gravy. Gravy is a rich sauce juices. There are a number of difmade from meat drippings and ferent styles of gravy separators. juice. People can get amazingly The most efficient style is passionate about the type of designed with a spout that congravy they make or with keep- nects to the lower half of the ing family traditions. There are pitcher. To use the gravy separapeople I know who drink gravy tor, pour the pan juices and dripin a cup – they love it so much! pings into the gravy separator. Did you know that gravy is Allow the drippings to sit until thought to have originated in the fat rises to the top. Then tip Egypt around 3000 B.C? Gravy the gravy separator to pour out can make most foods taste bet- the juices. The most flavorful ter, from French fries to meat. juices will come out first since Gravy comes in different col- they are on the bottom of the sep-

This time of year, as the winds blow (and how they can blow) there is just something wonderful about putting together a baked dish that combines some of the best of the local foods available. In this favorite fall dish, the acorn squashes should be sweet and plump. The garlic is just out of the ground, as are the onions. The sage and parsley are still growing. The mushrooms and sausage are being harvested right now. This dish is special, especially with its combination of colors. Served in the shell of the dark green acorn squash with its orange center; the added sausage, green herbs and unpeeled red apples, make this this dish not only beautiful, but tasty and savory as well. The prep time (about one hour) is well worth the effort.

arator. From there, use your favorite recipe to make your holiday gravy. Along with being used for your holiday roasts, the fat (gravy) separator can also be used for clarifying soups or stews. The gravy separator is made of either heat-resistant glass or BPA free plastic. Real homemade gravies always contain the essential juices of the item being cooked whether it is the pan drippings of a pork roast or the juice that runs out of a tomatoes. As a final step, be sure to use a gravy boat to put your incredible creation into to serve at the table making it easy for your family and guests to pour it over everything on their plates! While you are it take your green beans and position them on top of your moat walls to keep intruders away! Remember my friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen” Take Care, John and Paula

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2 acorn squash (halved and seeded) * 1 tbsp. melted butter 1-2 garlic cloves minced * 1 tsp. minced fresh sage * 1 lb. pork sausage (regular seasoning or hot for a spark) * ½ cup finely chopped sweet onion * 1 finely chopped celery rib * 4 oz. chopped oyster and/or shitake mushrooms * 2 apples, cored and chopped * 1 cup coarse breadcrumbs * (Use purchased bread crumbs, or make your own from Mrs. London’s or Murray Hollow breads.) ½ tsp. additional sage (if needed) * Salt and pepper, to taste 1 beaten egg 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley *

Directions 1. Scrub the outside of the acorn squash, then halve and remove the seeds. 2. Melt butter and add garlic and sage. Brush the seasoned butter all over the edges and middle of the acorn squash and place it, cut side up, in a baking dish with 1½ inches of water in the bottom. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. You want the squash meat to be just tender, but not softened through. 3. While the squash bakes, make the stuffing: Sauté sausage until light brown, remove to a plate covered with a paper towel to absorb excess grease. 3. In the same pan with its coating of drippings remaining, add the onion, celery and mushroom. Sauté

until all are translucent and warm (under five minutes). Stir in the apples and sauté a couple more minutes. 4. Thoroughly mix the sausage, vegetables, apples and breadcrumbs into a large bowl, with added add salt and pepper to taste. Add extra sage only if needed (Pork sausage usually has enough spice.) Stir in the egg and parsley. 5. When acorn squash is done, remove from oven and stuff with the sausage mixture. Don’t be afraid to heap it in on. 6. Return to the pan to bake for another 20 or 30 minutes. The egg should be set and the top slightly brown. 7. Serve immediately. Garnish with grated fresh Parmesan or similar cheese of choice, if desired.



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Illustrator Jeremy Fish returns to Saratoga Springs for the opening of his retrospective art show at Spring Street Gallery. by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – You may not be familiar with the name “Jeremy Fish” but you may be familiar with his work. Earlier this year, the artist donated a screen print for the Saratoga Skatepark at East Side Recreation Park, which organizers used on a T-shirt design to raise money to maintain the equipment. The shirts sold out in their original run, snapped up by eager fans during the On Deck art show back in March. After exhibiting art all around the world, Jeremy returns to his hometown to attend the opening of a show titled “Prom King Class of 1992 – A Retrospective Exhibition of Screen Prints by Jeremy Fish” at the Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs. The opening is scheduled for Saturday, November 10 from 6-9 p.m. where original prints by Jeremy Fish will be on display for sale. A portion of the proceeds raised during the opening will go to benefit the skate-

board community in Saratoga Springs. There will also be an after-party featuring DJ Dragonnetti at Max London’s on Broadway. Jeremy’s most distinctive work has been involving his brand, Silly Pink Bunnies. Walking the line between cuddly and creepy, Fish’s work has an identity all its own, almost instantly recognizable to even the most casual art fan. The Saratoga Springs native has become a well-known figure in the art world as both a fine artist and illustrator. Armed with degrees in both screen printing and painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, Jeremy now resides in San Francisco permanently, working with companies like Nike and hip hop artist Aesop Rock. Jeremy’s work has been featured all over the world including Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico,

A FISH STORY - Shown here is the Saratoga Skate Park design that was donated by Fish for their On Deck auction last March. Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Holland, England, Austria, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden, and Poland. Jeremy is represented by The Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC, The Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, as well as the FIFTY24SF Gallery in San Francisco.

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Saratoga Children’s Theater Presents: Little Mermaid Jr.! SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Children’s Theater invites you to go “under the sea” with their latest production of The Little Mermaid, Jr.! 28 local children will showcase their talents at the Saratoga Music Hall for three performances scheduled for 7 p.m. on November 2 and two shows November 3 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets to the show are $10 for adults and just $7 for children. In a magical kingdom, many, many leagues below the ocean lives a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel. She dreams to one day leave the ocean world and explore the world above her. Defying the wishes of her father,

King Triton, Ariel makes a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula in order to convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. The show was adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production by the same name and features the hit songs from both the original animated feature and play such as “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love,” and the Oscar Award-winning “Under the Sea.” To purchase tickets, email There are discounts available for groups larger than ten. Don’t miss this Saratoga Children’s Theater production at the Saratoga Music Hall!

PART OF THEIR WORLD - Some of the cast of Saratoga Children’s Theater production of Little Mermaid Jr. take a break from rehersals for a photo.



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The Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra to Perform World Premiere of “Canto V” in Saratoga Springs GLENS FALLS – The Glens Falls Symphony, under the musical direction of Charles Peltz, joins forces with living composer Ezra Laderman and U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky for a world premiere performance of Canto V on Saturday, November 10, at 8 p.m. at the Zankel Music Center on the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs. This is the first time the Glens Falls Symphony has appeared at Zankel and provides a great opportunity for residents of the Saratoga County region to get a taste of more “great music, right here.” There’s something for everyone in this diverse concert of traditional and contemporary music with violin and vocal soloists. The program also includes Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending with Symphony Concertmaster Michael Emery as violin soloist. Tickets (adults $20, seniors $15, students and children free) for the Saturday concert are available through the Zankel Box Office at

(518) 580-5321. Dante’s ill-fated lovers Paolo and Francesca are part of the rich tapestry woven into Laderman’s musical evocation of Dante’s Canto V. The lyrics, from Pinsky’s award-winning translation of “The Inferno of Dante,” will be sung by solo voices. Lisa Saffer, soprano; Joseph Holmes, tenor; and Philip Lima, baritone have performed on opera and concert stages worldwide and are distinguished by their ability to perform contemporary repertory. “Years ago when I first had the privilege of meeting Ezra Laderman and working on some of his vocal music, I found his songs combined with Robert Pinsky’s poetry to be exceptionally moving,” said Maestro Peltz. “When Ezra told me he had a major work in mind, I immediately lobbied for the Glens Falls Symphony to give the premiere. Canto V is a substantial work with deep poetic and musical imagery, and it joins the voices of two great poets—Pinsky and Dante—from across the centuries. We are so fortunate to be the

ones who will give birth to their creative child.” This concert will be repeated on Sunday, November 11, at 4 p.m. at the Glens Falls High School auditorium, with composer Ezra Laderman and poet Robert Pinsky on hand for the performance. Mr. Pinsky will read personal selections of poetry as part of the Sunday concert offering. The high school auditorium is an acoustically excellent and physically comfortable, handicapped-accessible performance venue. Tickets for the Sunday concert may be purchased at the Glens Falls Symphony box office at (518) 793-1348. The Glens Falls Symphony season continues on Sunday, December 9, with a holiday concert sweetened by the young voices of the Glens Falls Symphony Children’s Chorus. The concert will include excerpts from the Nutcracker Suite and other seasonal favorites. For more information on programs, support and ticketing, call (518) 793-1348 or visit

The Julian Lage Group Set to Perform at Skidmore’s Zankel Center

LAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - Aristides Rivas, Tupac Mantilla, Julian Lage, Dan Blake and Jorge Roeder are coming to Zankel Music Center the evening of November 2. SARATOGA SPRINGS – Skidmore College’s Filene Concert Series presents Julian Lage (guitar), Dan Blake (saxophone), Aristides Rivas (cello), Jorge Roeder (bass), and Tupac Mantilla (drums) at 8 p.m. Friday, November 2, in the Arthur Zankel Music Center. The Julian Lage Group’s two albums, “Sounding Point” and “Gladwell”, demonstrate Lage’s musical tastes and talents, which vary from American folk and bluegrass to Latin, world, chamber music, string-band tradition, and modern jazz. The mixture of group members’ talents along with Lage’s original and improvised electric and acoustic guitar melodies create a unique sound and approach to classical compositions. Embracing unorthodox orchestration and forms, the band seeks to explore the music that lives in the space between jazz improvisation, classical composition, and music from around the world. After releasing the Grammynominated 2009 debut, “Sounding Point”, guitarist Lage and his group ventured into another album, “Gladwell.” Lage describes their efforts in this project: “We began playing with the idea of creating a story we could use as a guiding light in our writing process…The result was the

development of an imaginary and forgotten town known as “Gladwell”…As a metaphor, “Gladwell” presented us with a clear architecture to compose songs that evoke feelings of people and places we hold dear.” Various publications, such as The Chicago Tribute, Acoustic Guitar magazine, and the WOUB have declared “Gladwell” one of the best releases of 2011. Other newspapers and magazines— including Downbeat magazine, Boston Globe, New York Times, and the Boston Phoenix—have raved about the recording. The Boston Globe noted, “With its constantly shifting moods, transparent textures, and unexpected references, “Gladwell” rewards repeated listening; it’s a destination that sounds like nothing else on the map.” Admission for the November 2, 8 p.m. Julian Lage Group performance is $8 general admission, $5 seniors and Skidmore faculty/staff/retirees/alumni, and free for students and children. For advance reservation visit or call the Zankel box office (518) 5805321 for more information. The Zankel Music Center is wheelchair accessible and offers listening devices for the hearing impaired. For more information, please visit


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Celebrating 30 Years of Gaffney’s by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – When he first purchased Gaffney’s, John Baker was 25 years old with his whole life ahead of him. 30 years later, the restaurant and music venue celebrates its anniversary November 8 at their Third Decade Party Celebration beginning at 7 p.m. After all that time spent tending to the popular Caroline Street hangout, it begs the question: “Can you believe it’s been 30 years since you opened Gaffney’s?” “I think about that a lot,” recalls

Baker. “I was 24 years old going on 25 when I purchased Gaffney’s in the fall of 1982. I was just a young person thinking I knew everything with no fear – and no kids and no mortgage either.” “Looking back, you think of all the relationships you’ve had customer-wise and business-wise and the friends that you’ve made and the people who have passed away over the years; it’s been an amazing ride,” said Baker. The party will be a celebration of all things Gaffney’s, including the return of several “alumni bartenders” who have come and gone over the last three decades. All the tips accumulated for the guest bar-

tenders will be donated to the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center of Saratoga. Along with the blast-from-thepast bartenders appearing, there will be live music all night hosted by Rick Bolton, who will join the Dwyer Sisters for a performance. Garland Nelson of Soul Session will be performing as well as Acoustic Circus. Justin Joyner of local rock act GRAVITY will be playing with the group Play Dough all evening long in The Starting Gate. In case you get hungry, there will be hot and cold hors d’vouvres served to go with lots and lots of celebratory champagne.

The flyer for the event was created by Hud Armstrong, a local artist and also one of the alumni bartenders who will be returning to Gaffney’s for the event. Best of all, there will be no cover charge, which should leave plenty of cash in your pocket to leave some generous tips.

“It’s a celebration of 30 years and a thank you to all our good customers and friends. A lot of my staff has been with me almost 30 years. I always kid that my staff is what makes Gaffney’s, but they’ve been here so long I couldn”t get rid of them if I wanted to,” jokes Baker.

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Rick Rosoff Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•TBD, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•The Lazers, 9 pm @ bayou cafe - 384.7226

3,2 Get!, 9 pm @ bentley’s - 899.4300

•Geoff Muldaur, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Lee Russo Quartet, 7 pm @ druther’s - 306.5275

Street Corner Holler, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Rich Ortiz, 9:30 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Kings Of Stupid Mt., 10:30 pm @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180• Grand Central Station, 9 pm @ the mill - 899.5253

•Big Medicine, 9 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916

•Just NATE, 6 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

•New York Players, 8 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

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

Julian Lage Group, 8 pm @ zankel music center 580.5000

Saturday, 11/3: Michael Benedict Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

TBD, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

5 O’Clock Charlie, 9 pm @ bayou cafe - 384.7226

Trenchtown Oddities, 9 pm @ bentley’s - 899.4300

Bob Warren Band, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

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•Brian Patneaude Quartet •@ druther’s - 306.5275 Juke Joint Jokers, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

The Bratpack, 9 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

Diva & Dirty Boys, 5:30 pm @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180• The Brew w/ Maaze, 9 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

Johnathan Newell Band, 9 pm @ the mill - 899.5253

DJ Playground, 9 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

Sunday, 11/4: Kyle Carey & Liz Simmons, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

Steve Candlen, 7 pm @ druther’s - 306.5275

Thursday, 11/8: Kevin Maul, 8 pm @ gaffney’s - 577.7359

Jay Yager, 9 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 792.8282

RAILBIRD w/ Cuddle Magic, 8 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

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

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

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

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

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

will be at Russo's Restaurant and Bar at 390 Broadway, Saturday, November 3, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

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Community Sports Bulletin National Museum of Racing Announces New Hall of Fame Category

SARATOGA SPRINGS — In an effort to tell a more comprehensive history of Thoroughbred racing in America, the National Museum of Racing will be expanding its Hall of Fame with a new category, Pillars of the Turf, beginning in 2013. Joining the three original Hall of Fame categories — horses, jockeys and trainers — the Pillars of the Turf category will honor individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to thoroughbred racing in a leadership or pioneering capacity at the highest national level. Candidates must be deemed to have represented the sport with indisputable standards of integrity and commitment through disciplines including, but not limited to, innovation, philanthropy, promotion and education, and breeding and ownership. “After extensive research and deliberation, the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has instituted a new category to recognize individuals whose exceptional contributions

to the sport of thoroughbred racing warrant their induction to the Hall of Fame as Pillars of the Turf,” said Stella Thayer, president of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. In general, candidates will be expected to have a minimum of 25 years active participation in Thoroughbred racing to be considered for Pillars of the Turf. However, the selection committee would be given the power of discretion to waive this guideline if such action was merited. Any member of the general public, the media, or member of the Pillars of the Turf Selection Committee may submit candidates for consideration. The Museum staff will confirm the eligibility of each candidate and prepare a biography of the individual for the Selection Committee. A committee of 12 industry experts and historians, under the guidance of Edward L. Bowen, will determine a historic (prior to 1950) and contemporary finalist each year. To be elected to the Hall of Fame as a Pillar of the Turf, an individual must receive 75 percent of the vote of the committee. Bowen, a Museum trustee and distinguished turf writer, also chairs the Museum’s Hall of Fame Contemporary Nominating Committee, Historic Review Committee, and Steeplechase Election Committee.

“It was strongly believed by the Museum’s Executive Committee that it would be appropriate to add a category which enables us to honor those who have given great service to the sport of Thoroughbred racing,” Bowen said. “It will be a pleasure to reach back into history as well as honoring contemporary leaders of the sport.” A group of esteemed racing experts and historians comprise the Pillars of the Turf Selection Committee: Bowen, Jane Goldstein, Ken Grayson, Jay Hovdey, G. Watts Humphrey, Bill Marshall, Lev Miller, Bill Mooney, Mary Simon, D.G. Van Clief, Michael Veitch, and Gary West. Initial nominations for the Pillars of the Turf category may be submitted to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame though Brien Bouyea, the Museum’s communications officer. Please email nominations and any supporting materials to, or you may mail nominations to Bouyea c/o the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 12866. All nominations for the 2013 election must be submitted by April 1, 2013.

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PICKLEBALL AT GAVIN PARK Gavin Park is starting its fall and winter Pickleball season. Come on down and join the fun playing this quick-paced net court game. This game is played by 2-4 people on a badmintonsized court using wood, or composite paddle racquets and a plastic, poly baseball with or without holes. No commitment required. Drop-in registration takes place in the park office, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, continuing through the fall and winter. Session fee is $3 per person, per visit, 9-11 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact the park office at (518) 584-9455.

Golf Clinic at the Saratoga Rec Center Break out of your late autumn golf rut when the World Golf Clinic returns to the Saratoga Springs Recreation center in 2012. The clinic is designed for golfers ages nine and up, and will meet from November 9 to December 4 each Tuesday from 5-6:30 p.m. This clinic is designed to teach you the basics that every golfer should know to improve their game. Space is limited, so make sure you sign up as soon as possible. The instructor for this course is Terry Minsch of Golf World Driving Range. For more information about this course, contact the Saratoga Springs Recreation department at (518) 587-3550 ext. 2300.

11th Annual Christopher Dailey Foundation Turkey Trot The 11th annual Christopher Dailey Foundation Turkey Trot is scheduled for Thanksgiving morning, November 22 at 8:30 a.m. along Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs. The entry fee of $22 is due by November 15, with the fee increasing to $25 between November 16 and November 21. There is no day-of-therace registration offered this year. Runners can check in the evening before from 4-8 p.m. or the morning of the race from 6-8 a.m. All proceeds for the event benefit the Christopher Dailey Foundation. For more information, contact Maria Dailey at (518) 581-1328 or email her at



Week of November 2 - November 8, 2012

How to Keep Your Golf Game Sharp This Winter by Michael LaPolla From Saratoga Health & Wellness Center Presently, more than 25 million Americans play golf, a number which is projected to more than double in eight years, according to the World Golf Foundation. 83 percent of golfers are over the age of 40, with the average golfer age at just under 60 years old. It’s a sport that can truly be done for a lifetime. I’m a huge proponent of lifetime sports and activities, because they give people purpose for staying healthy and an excuse, if you will, for exercising. We became interested in golf at Saratoga Health & Wellness a few years ago because of the large number of our clients who participate in the sport. We’re always being

asked about exercises that can help our clients’ golf game. We researched and eventually became extremely interested in the Titleist Performance Institute and their approach to exercise prescription and fitness planning for the sport of golf. It’s led us down a road over the years that has not only helped us tremendously with our golfers, but with anyone wishing to move better and more efficiently. Golf requires a specific skill set in order to hit that little white ball farther, straighter and more accurately. For many, it’s frustrating as much as it is fun and enjoyable. When we look at golf from the perspective of exercise and performance improvement we’ve come to realize the following: Your golf swing is limited by what your body can physically do. More simply stated, if golf requires a certain

movement pattern and you can’t go through that movement pattern, because of some physical limitation, then you will compensate somehow. Compensation is a fancy word which usually means making unintended movements which can lead to unintended shots and perhaps unintended injuries.

Joint Mobility In order to hit a ball accurately there are a few prerequisites. First of all, we need adequate mobility. Many people confuse muscular flexibility with joint mobility. We care about joint mobility, because it is a little more encompassing. Adequate joint mobility comes from both flexible muscles surrounding the joint and adequate joint capsule range of motion. As an example, reduced range of motion at the hip joint can arise from either tight muscles or joint capsule restriction. Our job is to appreciate which joint may be limiting your swing. Once we identify a mobility issue, we can address it with a combination of muscular flexibility and joint mobility exercises. On the continuum of what’s important in golf, I would have to say that joint mobility is perhaps one of the most important and probably the least frequently worked on. If you lack the ability to adequately move through a full golf swing range of motion then you’ll probably compensate and lose your posture, quite likely leading to decreased accuracy, limited power and potentially injury.

Stability What is stability? Over the years, stability, and specifically core stability has become quite a buzzword, and is often misunderstood. Muscles can contract to either a) cause movement, or to b) anchor body segments to prevent movement. Stability is the latter and is simply the contraction of a set of muscles in order to prevent movement in a certain segment of the body. Usually you’ll have synergy where one segment is stable, and the other segment moves while attached to that anchored segment. Let’s look at an example in the golf swing: As you begin your downswing, the muscles which attach to your pelvis contract forcefully to anchor it, thereby keeping it stable. Consequently, your strong upper and mid-torso muscles contract

forcefully being able to initiate a forceful rotation while your pelvis remains stationary. In this case, your glutes help to stabilize your pelvis to provide the stable platform for your strong obliques which cause rotation. This leads me to another really important concept when it comes to golf and it is a key to the Titleist Performance Institutes’ philosophy as first noted by Mike Boyle and Gray Cook: “The body works in an alternating pattern of stable segments connected by mobile joints. If this pattern is altered-dysfunction and compensation will occur” Here’s the normal pattern: - Foot - Stable - Ankle - Mobile - Knee - Stable - Hip - Mobile - Pelvis - Stable - Thoracic Spine - Mobile - Scapulo -Thoracic- Stable - Shoulder - Mobile - Elbow - Stable - Wrist - Mobile - Cervical Spine - Stable If you have a break-down in any of the above-mentioned segments, you’re going to have some issues. It could be pain or it could just be a lousy shot into the woods. This is all good, but what can you do now that you understand the importance of being able to move adequately? At Saratoga Health & Wellness we perform a comprehensive movement screening to determine where you are physically limited. Essentially, we like to say that we’re looking for the ‘white elephant’. Are your glutes weak? Are your hamstrings tight? Are you able to squat down while keeping your heels on the ground? Are your calves too tight? How much thoracic rotation do you have? Are you able to tilt your pelvis back and

forth? Can you do a full push up while keeping your body in a ‘plank’ position? The Titleist Performance Institute has a super website at where you can find great information about the movement screen that I’m discussing. Many people can perform parts of this screen on themselves to get an idea of where they might be limited. And perhaps better yet, try to find someone locally that is TPI-certified and get screened yourself. Armed with knowledge, it’ll make for a great golf off-season where you can work on those weaknesses. A little tip that works for many of our golfers is to work first on mobility (improved range of motion), and then stability and lastly, strength. In future articles I’ll describe some of the screens and give more specific information on ways to improve mobility and stability. In the meantime, if you have any questions about this article or about golf-fitness in general, get in touch with us. We’re happy to consult just let us know you read this article! Enjoy the winter and keep moving!

Michael Lapolla is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Specialist and owns Saratoga Health & Wellness (Locals choice award winner, Best fitness facility, 2012). Michael and his college-degreed staff design custom exercise programs for a wide range of clients. You may contact the team at SH&W at (518) 306-6987 or on the web at

Week of November 2 - November 8, 2012



What Peyton and Eli Mean to the Rest of the NFL

Damian Fantauzzi

This past weekend, I was in Chicago with my wife, Ann, visiting our daughter and her husband, Caitlyn and Anthony. Anthony is an avid sports fan, especially football. He played during his high school days in Denver, Colorado, at one of the state's biggest schools. Anthony's dad was his coach, a former lineman for Syracuse during the Jim Brown era. Anthony was his dad's starting quarterback and later went onto Colgate in central New York to quarterback for the Red Raiders, before he was injured. Since Anthony is from Denver, he's naturally a Broncos fan. So last Sunday, we were watching the Broncos play the New Orleans Saints right after we watched the New York Giants edge out the Dallas Cowboys. The Broncos did a number on the Saints and Drew Brees; but the Giants in the first quarter made Tony Romo and the rest of his Dallas team look like a group of high school players. The Cowboys managed to turn it around, after being behind 230, where three Giant interceptions resulted into two touchdowns. Ultimately, it was in a losing effort, resulting in a 2924 Giants win. Denver, on the other hand was in total control throughout the game, winning 34-14, after the Saints had what resulted as an insignificant rally. Okay, I want to express what I saw. The two Manning brothers played like they were well-trained surgeons, know-

ing where to make cuts and what their strategy had to be for a successful operation. Eli is an impressive passer with the uncanny ability to make the necessary changes, while in position, as he sees the defense in their positions at the line of scrimmage (an audible). Brother Peyton is back from missing an entire season as the “master surgeon.” I watched him do the same as his younger brother, changing plays at the line of scrimmage. But this guy is more than just a quarterback, he is Michelangelo reincarnated, consistently carving another brilliant work of art. Both of the Mannings are probably the best of the best in their profession and let’s face it, the NFL is about the quarterback. Peyton's teammates are like his apprentices. They are learning from their tutor on where to be, how to read defenses, as well as knowing what their leader wants from them. At the end of each series, on the sidelines, Peyton Manning meets with the whole offensive team including the linemen, running backs and receivers to discuss what just happened and what needs to be done and corrected before they return to the field. I see that Eli has the same style but he uses a more subtle approach with his team members, taking a more cerebral approach to analyzing football. My son-in law is a walking football encyclopedia. As we watched Eli first and then Peyton second, he was saying how similar the two are and he feels that Peyton was the best gamble the Broncos made. He also said that as the season progresses, he can see Peyton getting back to being his old self again. But what amazed me was how the players respect their quarterbacks. It is an obvious confidence that can't be ignored. I like Eli a lot - to me he still looks like a kid - but instead he is a veteran of unmatched leadership. I'm pretty much a Giants fan but I have always liked the Broncos. I went to college at New Mexico Highlands

University and one of our former defensive ends played for Denver. His name was Lionel Taylor and during the early AFL days in the late 1960s, Taylor set many reception records in the AFL and for the Broncos. If there is a chance that any of you get to see the Broncos play, watch Peyton - a wizard of quarterbacking - perform his magic. That Denver team has a group of players who were traded from other NFL organizations and Peyton is giving them new life and purpose with goals to play professional football again. It's a real treat for me to watch these two brothers do what they do best, and 90 percent of the time they can make decisions to change that makes the game so interesting and exciting. I like what has been developing in professional and college football. The huddle is becoming a thing of the past and as the game has picked up steam, the offense sets up on the line and the defense has to rush into position, it makes this game even more exciting for the fans. The Manning brothers are a breed of quarterbacks that fit perfectly in this new style of football. The Manning's fame is not a coincidence; the other outstanding football player of the Manning family is the Hall of Fame patriarch, Archie. Archie played his college days at Mississippi and had a very good NFL career for 12 years with the Saints, Houston Oilers and the Minnesota Vikings. He accomplished a lot as a, you guessed it, starting quarterback. There is yet another brother, Cooper Manning, the oldest of the trio, but his accolades from the sport are a bit different. He was an all-state high school receiver, catching touchdown passes from little brother Peyton and was a hot commodity headed for Mississippi. But then came the numbness in the hands and fingers, tests showing that he had spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the

spinal canal, causing his football career to come to an end. Cooper says that he is content rooting for his younger brothers and has no regrets. There is no self-pity. Life needs to be lived and it's too short to dwell on things that are out of your control. What a fami-

ly history the Mannings have. It’s one thing to have one successful quarterback in the family, but with three Super Bowl championships and two Super Bowl MVP awards between Peyton and Eli, the apples sure didn’t fall too far from the tree.

SPORTS 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic Preview Week of November 2 - November 8, 2012


by Brendan O’Meara For Saratoga TODAY SANTA ANITA - Many horses racing this weekend made a big impression at the Spa this past summer, and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita is no exception. Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott enters three horses with To Honor and Serve, Ron the Greek and Flat Out. To Honor and Serve is the enigmatic winner of the Grade 1 $750,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. It seems that one day he shines and the next he throws in a clunker. With plenty of time off since his last effort, he looks sharp and ready to run his “A” race. He turned in a sizzling four-furlong breeze in 47.72 at Belmont Park last Sunday, which signifies he’s ready to fire. Stablemate Flat Out went in 48.01, Ron the Greek in 47.83 and the filly Royal Delta drilled in 48.96. Mott is loaded for bear. Flat Out (Post 2) gets 5-1 on the morning line and Ron the Greek (Post 10) is at 6-1. To Honor and Serve (Post 12) is 8-1. Fort Larned, winner of the Grade 1 $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap and trained by Ian Wilkes, drew Post 4 and got 5-1 odds on the morning line. Alpha, winner of the Jim Dandy and co-winner of the $1 million Travers Stakes at the Spa,

drew Post 3 and is 20-1 on the morning line. Those horses had the greatest impact on Saratoga this past summer, but none of them are the favorite. That goes to the Bob Baffert-trained Game On Dude. Game On Dude was last year’s runner up in the Classic to a latecharging Drosselmeyer. Game On Dude is fresh off of a win in the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita. Game On Dude worked seven furlongs at Santa Anita under regular rider Rafael Bejarano on October 28. He covered the distance in 1:25. Most trainers drill horses four or five furlongs a week out from a big race, so this extra turn of the screws could mean the 9-5 favorite needed just a little bit more fitness to cover the 1 ¼ classic distance. “He worked like he’s been working right along,” Baffert said. “It was his last workout [before the Classic]. So far, so good.” Game On Dude has had a demanding 2012 season. He went to Dubai in March to compete in the $10 million Dubai World Cup where he finished 12th in a field of 13. Beyond that he won the Hollywood Gold Cup, the San Antonio Stakes and the California Stakes. He finished second in the $1 million Pacific Classic, beaten

by a length by artificial track warrior Dullahan. Other contenders for the Classic are Handsome Mike and Richard’s Kid—both trained by 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning trainer Doug O’Neill. Mark Casse sends out Pool Play. Jerry Hollendorfer enters Nonios and Tom Albertrani throws in Brilliant Speed. The Ladies Classic, run on November 1, promises to be one of the best if not the best of the weekend. Bill Mott’s Royal Delta is the 9-5 favorite coming off a 9 ½ length win in the Grade 1 Beldame at Belmont Park. She was cross entered in the Classic against the boys, but her connections opted to keep her in her own class. Her one try against the boys was a seventh-place finish in this year’s Dubai World Cup. The goal, if she can make it a year, is to run her in the Classic. But until then, she looks to defend her Ladies Classic title from a year ago. Stronach Stables’ undefeated filly Awesome Feather tries to run

the table against Royal Delta and others. She’s a perfect 10-for-10 in her three-year career. She’s lightly raced and gets the deft hands of trainer Chad Brown. Stonestreet Stables’ My Miss Aureli comes into the race a perfect six-for-six, recently winning the Cotillion Stakes this year and the Juvenile Fillies a year ago. Questing, the blazing winner of the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga, aims to bounce back off a runner-up finish to My Miss Aurelia in the Cotillion. She will likely be on the front end and has proven capable of carrying a field around the oval from gate to wire. Grace Hall, Class Included, Include Me Out and Love and Pride round out that field. Thoroughbred racing fans will surely remember the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. He came out of the 2011 Belmont Stakes with an injury and wasn’t seen until early this winter where he made his return on turf. Sidelined again, he makes his return off a long layoff in the mile against world-beater Wise Dan (9-5) and drew Post 5 for trainer Graham Motion. “I don’t think I could have

scripted it better,” Motion said. “I like that he’s right in the middle. I think it’s perfect.” Wise Dan has been on a roll in 2012. He comes in off three dashing wins on turf in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile and the Grade 2 Fourstardave at Saratoga. He’s a deserved favorite with brilliant rides and daylight wins in backto-back Grade 1’s. The stars of next year’s Triple Crown take the stage in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Shanghai Bobby, trainer Todd Pletcher’s stellar colt and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, won the Hopeful at Saratoga and the Champagne at Belmont Park. Shanghai Bobby drew Post 4. “It seems fine to me,” said owner Jack Wolf about drawing the fourth post. “I was talking to my wife this morning and I said anything between three and seven would be fine to me. I haven't really looked at the speed, but I'm sure it's better than the one or two.” The Breeders’ Cup takes place over two days and is the richest event in North American racing.

Week of November 2 - November 8, 2012

Head of the Fish 2012 Takes Over Fish Creek Marina Photos by SARATOGA SPRINGS – The end of October meant the return of the annual two-day Head of the Fish Regatta with Saturday’s action inviting the best collegiate and masters level rowers to Fish Creek Marina to showcase their abilities. The 3,000 meter course began above the Stafford Bridge and made its way to the finish in front of the Route 9P bridge. The teams representing the University of Massachusetts in

Amherst managed to rack up nine first-place finishes of the impressive 39 entries, including the Men’s Masters 1X, the Women’s Collegiate 1X and 2X, the Women’s Open 2-, the Women’s Collegiate Light 4- and the Women’s Collegiate Novice 4+. As for local teams, Saratoga Rowing was able to capture first place in the Women’s Masters 8+, the Women’s Masters 4+ and the Men’s Rec 1x.

The Saratoga Rowing Womens 8+ team on the water.

This rower embraced an early morning row bathed in sunlight

An independent rower shows the youngsters how it’s done.



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