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Volume 7 • Issue 33

Books Back on Broadway? by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

the idea, and it feels like there’s a lot of positive energy to make this happen. Hopefully that energy turns into something concrete.” The family-owned, independent bookstore is hoping to fill the void

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The vacant building on the corner of Broadway and Division Street in downtown Saratoga Springs may not be vacant for long. See Bookstore page 7 Chris Morrow, co-owner of N o r t h s h i r e Bookstore, based in Manchester Center, Vt., is currently looking at the former Borders Bookstore location in downtown Saratoga, where he hopes to begin outfitting a second Northshire shop as early as January of 2013. “I’m very optimistic right now,” said Morrow, who has held several discussions with the property’s landlord to get the ball rolling. “The photo by, edited by Saratoga TODAY community seems very supportive of A Northshire Bookstore sign could be seen on the

former Broadway Boarders soon.

True Friendship Local Boy Throws Fundraiser for Terminally Ill Friend by Christina James Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Saturday, August 18, the community will be given a firsthand glimpse into the power of friendship. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Farmer’s Daughters’ Drive-In on Route 29, a special fundraising ice cream social is being held in honor of a friend, by a friend. The friends, Matthew Rosato and Jimmy Fox, are an unconventional

yet incredibly dynamic duo; one lives with cerebral palsy, while the other battles a terminal illness. “Matthew has Sanfilippo syndrome,” said Kathleen Buckley, Matthew’s mother and president of the Team Sanfilippo Foundation. “It’s a terminal genetic illness that was diagnosed when he was 8.” Occurring in only one of every 70,000 births, Sanfilippo syndrome is rare- so rare that most pharmaceu-

See Jimmy page 5

Travers Festival Begins by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The highlight of every Thoroughbred racing season in Saratoga Springs is the “Mid-Summer Derby” $1,000,000 Travers Stakes, traditionally held the last Saturday in August since 1864. For an event as big and historic as this, the city of Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce will hold the annual Travers Festival beginning August 18 and culminates with the 143rd running of the Grade 1 Travers Stakes. See Guide page 17

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Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012


Summertime Basketball Camp at East Side Rec Photos and text by Saratoga TODAY newspaper

SARATOGA SPRINGS – While most of us were working the morning of August 15, the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department’s summer basketball camp was in full swing. Coordinator Tony Devizzio invited Saratoga TODAY down to meet his campers and watch them put their skills to the test with some two-ontwo basketball. The camp has also been collecting donations for the Franklin Community Center, which will be delivered August 17. We’re proud of these youngsters for keeping active during the summer, while supporting a worthwhile cause in their local community. And they’re not half bad at basketball either!



Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012

Brent G. Dickinson, 33, of 2601 Maple Ave., Apt. 9, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to make a terroristic threat, a class-E felony. Dickinson was arrested March 2 in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing October 15. Anthony J. Balsamo II, 27, of 1 Barclay Square, Moreau, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Balsamo was arrested March 21 in Moreau for an incident that occurred March 9 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing October 15. Laurie Marie Torres, aka “Laurie M. Cannelli,” aka “Laurie M. Dintsch,” aka “Laurie M. Napoleon,” 47, of 49 Bath St., Ballston Spa, has been charged with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a classC felony. Torres was arrested February 29 in Ballston Spa and is expected to return to court at a later date. Michael R. Zakrzewski, 35, of 230 West Ave., Room 36, Adirondack Inn, Saratoga Springs, has been charged with fourthdegree criminal possession of stolen property, a class-E felony. Zakrzewski was arrested February 7 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred February 1 and is expected to return to court at a later date. David Acevedo, 20, of 4 Legend Lane, Ballston Spa, has been charged with first-degree rape, a

class-B felony; third-degree rape, a class-E felony; sexual misconduct, a class-A misdemeanor; firstdegree sexual abuse, a class-D felony; second-degree sexual abuse, a class-A misdemeanor; endangering the welfare of a child, a class-A misdemeanor; and three counts of unlawfully dealing with a child, a class-A misdemeanor. Acevedo was arrested January 20 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred January 6 and is expected to return to court at a later date. Daniel F. Negron, 22, of East Maltbie Avenue, Suffern, has been charged with theft of services, a class-A misdemeanor. Negron was arrested August 14 in Saratoga Springs and is expected to return to court at a later date. Peter J. Helm, 28, of 9 Seventh St., Apt. 3, Corinth, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class-E felony. Helm was arrested October 11 in Corinth for an incident that occurred September 29 and has been sentenced to one and a half to three years in New York State Prison. Angel M. Rodriguez, 28, of Hempstead Turnpike, Belmont, has been charged with third-degree assault, a class-A misdemeanor. Rodriguez was arrested August 14 in Saratoga Springs and is expected to return to court at a later date. Donald R. Henderson, 44, of 26 Bensonhurst Ave., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree attempted criminal mischief, a class-E felony, and

driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. Henderson was arrested March 9, 2011, in Malta and, for the first charge, has been sentenced to five years of probation and mandatory use of an ignition interlock device. For the latter charge, Henderson was sentenced to one year of conditional discharge to include the mandatory use of an ignition interlock device. The sentences will run concurrent with one another. Aaron J. Buckner, 36, of 187 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to report an address change within 10 days, a class-E felony. Buckner was arrested November 1 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred October 21 and has been sentenced to six weekends in Saratoga County Jail with credit for time served.




WEEK IN REVIEW Mistrial Declared in Downtown Assault Trial

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BALLSTON SPA – Judge Jerry Scarano declared the jury “hopelessly deadlocked” after three days of deliberation as the trial of Nicholas McDonald ended in a mistrial August 14. The 32-yearold Ballston Lake resident was facing up to seven years in prison for second-degree assault, a felony. Prosecutors say McDonald punched a man outside of The Metro Lounge and Nightclub on Maple Avenue as the man attempted to distance himself from a confrontation. McDonald was then said to have continued punching the now-unconscious man, after the man fell and hit his head on the ground. Police intervened shortly thereafter and took McDonald into custody. McDonald’s defense attorney, Terence L. Kindlon, argued that McDonald was only defending himself against an attack by the man he punched and two other men, who McDonald claims followed him to The Metro after an earlier confrontation at a different bar. Kindlon said McDonald had simply managed to land a “lucky punch.” The 31-year-old McDonald allegedly struck was taken to Albany Medical Center with severe head trauma, a skull fracture, brain injuries and a broken nose.

Both Kindlon and District Attorney James A. Murphy agreed Judge Scarano made the appropriate decision declaring a mistrial. Murphy said that his department would “absolutely” retry the case. There is no word on when that retrial will take place.

Man Pleads Guilty to Online Threats Against Schoolchildren BALLSTON SPA – The man who sent an email threatening to “torture and murder” local schoolchildren pleaded guilty August 13 in Saratoga County Court. Brent Dickinson, 33, pleaded guilty to attempted making of a terroristic threat, a felony. His arrest in March was due to the collaborative efforts of the U.S. Secret Service and the Saratoga Springs Police Department. To go along with the threat against children, Dickinson is also being investigated for making threats against President Barack Obama. He will be tried in federal court for that charge at a later date. The sentence is to also include restrictions which will forbid Dickinson from any of the public venues he went to before sending the threats. These include the Saratoga Springs Public Library, Skidmore College and each of the Saratoga Regional YMCA’s branches. He is also not allowed on the grounds of any public, private or parochial schools in Saratoga


Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012 County. Dickinson faces one to three years in prison and is expected to be sentenced October 15.

Plane Crashes in Backyard CLIFTON PARK – A single engine airplane crash has left a passenger dead and the pilot in critical condition. Walter Uccellini, president and CEO of the Troy-based United Group of Companies, died in the crash after the plane was forced to make an emergency landing along Van Vranken Road the morning of August 15. He was 67. According to New York State Police, Uccellini was flying with James Quinn, 68, of Westerloo, on their way to Plattsburgh. Only a few short minutes after takeoff at Albany International Airport, Quinn radioed into the airport to report engine problems. He then indicated the engine had stalled and was attempting to find a place to land the plane. Authorities speculate that Quinn was attempting to land the plane on Van Vranken Road when he struck a tree during his descent. It would ultimately end up on the front lawn of 53 Van Vranken Road wedged between two pine trees bordering the property. The homeowner, who heard the crash, said she instructed her husband to call for help. She says she checked Uccellini’s vital signs, but


could not feel a pulse. Quinn was flown to Albany Medical Center and is listed in critical condition with severe head trauma. No word on why the two were heading to Plattsburgh, but state police speculates they were on a business trip. Quinn is the vice chairman of United Group.

Fugitive Captured by Stillwater Police STILLWATER – The Northville man who fled police following a traffic stop was captured in less than 24 hours and is now facing charges. According to Stillwater Police, Francis A. Lee took off during a traffic stop after the officers determined he was operating a vehicle while have a suspended registration and license. Authorities were able to locate Lee at a private residence, where he was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with second-degree escape. Stillwater Police then discovered outstanding warrants for Lee’s arrest issued by the Cohoes Police Department for multiple felony charges in Cohoes. Lee’s flee would also lead to the arrest of 33-year-old Christina N. McLaughlin, of Mechanicville, who police say was charged with hindering prosecution by allowing Lee to hide in her home despite knowing he was on the run from the police.




Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012

Jimmy Fox’s Ice Cream Challenge continued from Page 1 tical companies can’t profit providing services to the population and treatment plans aren’t clearly defined. Children diagnosed with the disease have a life expectancy of 10-20 years, eventually go blind, need feeding tubes and are bound to wheelchairs in the final years of their life. “[After] my son’s diagnosis, the doctor told me there is nothing I could do and just to go home,” said Buckley. “It made me think: ‘No, I’m going to fund my own research and help my son.’” So in 2007, with only a few thousand dollars, Buckley founded the Team Sanfilippo Foundation and began doing everything in her power to prolong and better the quality of her son’s life, including enrolling her family in karate. “Matthew is very hyper and active; he doesn’t sit down for a minute,” said Buckley. “It takes a lot of energy to keep up with him, so my daughter and I take karate at Saratoga Karate. Matthew started classes there years ago but was unable to continue due to his deteri-

oration. The school has taught us to never give up and has given us the strength to fight for Matthew.” It’s there that Matthew was introduced to a very special boy, Jimmy Fox. Also an active and motivated kid, Jimmy and Matthew became fast friends. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age, Jimmy has had his own share of obstacles to overcome. “Jimmy is a hard-working, dedicated friend,” said Buckley. “His family has always pushed him to reach his goals, and he is now a brown belt at Saratoga Karate. He gets no special treatment and is expected to put in his best effort like all the rest of the students.” When Jimmy was told that his friend Matthew had a terminal illness, like Buckley, he immediately became proactive. “When he was told about Matthew’s illness, [Jimmy] asked me, ‘You’re not going to let anything happen to my buddy, Matthew? I want him to stay with me,’” said Buckley. “Jimmy makes sure Matthew is safe and is always concerned about raising money for

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him. This fundraiser is Jimmy’s idea and he has worked hard to get ready for it.” “Matthew is so special because he loves everyone,” said Jimmy. “He is always happy, and I love teaching him new things, like going under water in the pool. I love the Farmer’s Daughters’ and everyone loves ice cream. So I thought we should have Matthew’s fundraiser at my favorite place.” The fundraiser, called “Jimmy Fox’s Ice Cream Challenge” is being held Saturday, August 18, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Family-friendly activities like a bounce-house, pony

rides, raffles, an ice cream eating contest, and, of course, a martial arts demo from Saratoga Karate, will make the event one to remember, and proceeds will benefit the work of Team Sanfilippo Foundation. “Matthew is a very active boy, and we are working hard to make sure he stays that way,” said Buckley. “We have scientists working in Texas, Italy and Australia on possible treatments for Sanfilippo syndrome. Our goal is to have a clinically ready treatment in a few short years.” Through their adversities, both Buckley and Jimmy have come to

know the importance and value of friendship, and they draw strength and hope for the future from their community. “We all get knocked down and have to get back up,” said Buckley. “You meet your difficulties in life head-on and keep fighting with your [community] behind you.” To see how you can help Matthew and other kids like him, stop by the ice cream social or visit and make a donation. Checks can also be mailed to P.O. Box 144, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.



Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012

Phase Two of the Wilton Branch Expansion Ongoing

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Phase II of Wilton YMCA expansion project ongoing.

WILTON - The decision to expand on the Saratoga Regional YMCA’s Wilton Branch is a testament to the local community’s desire to improve and maintain their health. In response to the community, the YMCA has pushed forward with phase two of their expansion project, allowing more families and friends to come together in a safe and healthy environment. Construction on phase two began in April 2012 and is expected to be completed by this fall. The new building will include warm yoga, cycling, childcare, locker rooms, a gymnasium, a fully-equipped fitness area and much more. The foundation has been laid, the structure is set, and the next step is to attach the roof. For more information on this project, contact Kelly Armer at (518) 583-9622, ext. 106. If you would like to contribute to the capital campaign, please visit the website at www.saratoga


Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Sales End on a High Note

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A yearling up for bid in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion.

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Two nights of New York-bred yearling sales in Saratoga ended on a high note at FasigTipton August 11 – 12, with total sales numbers reaching $8,632,000 – a 28 percent increase over last year’s sales. The first day of sales were underwhelming at the Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion, where 48 horses failed to meet their reserve, leading to a 42.8 percent buyback rate. Still, gross sales on the first night were up 19 percent compared to 2011, topping out at $3,657,000 over 64 horses sold. On the second night, howev-

er, buyers opened up their wallets in a big way. While another 37 horses went unsold, gross sales jumped to $4,975,000 between 74 yearlings. A total of 138 horses were sold during the two-day sale with an average selling price of $62,551 – a 15 percent increase over last year’s sales. Median prices also rose significantly compared to last year, from $35,000 in 2011 to $50,000 in 2012. Topping the charts was a colt sired by Tapit and consigned by Winter Quarter Farm, who brought in $330,000 from the Whisper Hill Farm buyer. Live Oak Plantation put in the next highest bid at $320,000 for the son of Exchange Rate and Zambezi Belle; Ieah Sales Corporation was the third highest bidder, laying down $270,000 for the son of Indian Charlie and Cradlesong. During the second night of sales, 14 horses sold for $100,000 or more, leading to huge increases and impressive numbers for the 2012 auction. Perhaps the one sour note from the New York-bred yearling sales could be found in the number of horses not sold, which jumped from 59 total in 2011 to 85 unsold in 2012. Sales at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion will resume October 9 for the Saratoga Fall Mixed and Horses of Racing Age auction.




Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012

Bookstore Looks for Broadway Location continued from Page 1 left by Borders when it filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors in the spring of 2011. Located in the heart of downtown Saratoga, the 25,000-square-foot building at 395 Broadway has remained vacant ever since. But Morrow hopes to fill that gap soon, and has been engaged with local community leaders such as Todd Shimkus, president of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, to discuss a possible move to the Spa City. “Chris reached out to me about six months ago and we immediately put him in touch with a couple of downtown retailers so he could get a quick sense about the retail opportunities on Broadway,” said Shimkus. “We provided him with a pile of demographic information too, as well as population changes; we talked about some of what’s going on at GlobalFoundries, SPAC, the occupancy rates, and we discussed the various conventions and meet-

ings hosted at the city center.” After studying the information, Morrow said he likes what he sees. “The demographics are favorable,” said Morrow. “There’s a strong downtown with a lot of independently owned stores; a tremendous amount of institutional assets, from the track to SPAC to, of course, Skidmore and the City Center. It’s just really, by all indicators, a town that can support a strong, community-minded, independent bookstore.” For Shimkus, who has made regular trips out to Northshire’s Manchester Center location since 2003, it’s the fact that Northshire is a family-run, independent store that makes it a perfect fit for downtown Saratoga. “Wherever they locate a store in the downtown here, it will become a destination. I’m just so excited because they operate like a local, family-owned bookstore – and that’s the secret to Broadway’s success,” said Shimkus. “Whether it’s businesses like G. Willikers with

Linda Ambrosino, places like Impressions with Maryanne and Dave, or local restaurants like Maestro’s, they’re successful because they’re a destination on Broadway. And Northshire just really fits that profile for what has made Broadway so special.” Sill, several hurdles remain before Morrow and Northshire Books can fully commit to Saratoga. “Foremost, [the challenge] is raising money to make this dream come true,” Morrow announced on his company’s website. He added, “It costs a lot of money to outfit a bookstore and fill it with inventory. We have some resources to contribute to the project, but we need another chunk of money, hopefully coming from the Saratoga community’s key people that can help us over the hump to open the store.” To that end, Shimkus and the County Chamber have arranged meetings between

Morrow and other community leaders who may be willing to help the venture along. “We’ve already told Chris that anytime he needs a place to chat or sit with his computer, we can find a place for him at our offices.” While Morrow is currently eyeing the former Borders location, it isn’t the only space along Broadway he’s considering.

“He’s not limited to just one location if another would work within their business plan,” said Shimkus. Northshire Bookstore was originally founded in 1976 by Morrow’s parents. The multi-storied Manchester Center shop has expanded in recent years to include a café, and offers other gift items to complement their reading selection.




Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012

Dave’s Ingera

A summer treat from Ethiopia

This past Saturday, the Saratoga Farmers’ Market celebrated the end of National Farmers’ Market Week by hosting its first cooking class featuring farmers’ market products. Although it was more of a chef demonstration than an actual cooking class, Chef Dave Pedinotti of The Mouzon House drew an enthusiastic crowd. The class participants walked through the market with Dave as he chose ripe, robust vegetables and fruits and other ingredients to make a provincial ingera. (Ingera is a national dish of Ethiopia, consisting of a unique flatbread of slightly spongy texture. The bottom surface of the injera, which touches the heating surface, has a relatively smooth texture, while the top becomes bubbly and porous. This porous structure allows this flat-

bread to serve as a handy scoop for sauce, and vegetables or meat.) While similar to the French crepe, this flatbread is thicker and has more substance. Dave made his ingera with gluten-free flour, farmers’ market eggs and buttermilk. The small amount of xanthan gum added to the gluten-free flour provides body to the finished product. The toppings chosen at the market were fresh corn, sweet peppers, jalapeño peppers, garlic, sprouts, herbs and sausage. To prepare the dish for the class, Dave used a top end grill, the Big Green Egg, a type of kamado cooker which traces its origins to ancient China. The EGG, provided by Adirondack Appliance owner Tom Thiebeault, has a superb grilling surface, but rest assured most grills that can accommodate a pizza stone will suffice. Dave’s ingera is a delicious way to showcase the season’s garden bounty and enjoy summertime grilling. The spices provide a surprising depth of flavor in a finger food that can easily substitute as a light main meal. We are delighted that Dave was willing to share his

recipe with us! Ingera Batter • 6 fresh eggs * • 1 cup buttermilk (Argyle Cheese Factory) • ½ cup gluten-free flour (Bob's Red Mill brand suggested) • 1 tsp. xanthan gum (Bob's Red Mill brand suggested) • ½ tsp. salt For the Topping • 4 links merguez sausage from Dancing Ewe Farm* • 1 sweet red pepper* • 1 sweet yellow pepper* • 1 jalapeño pepper* • 1 onion* • 1 head of garlic* • 1 ear of sweet corn* • Arugula sprouts* to taste, and a handful of basil and cilantro • Mouzon House seasoning to taste (or Old Bay) •Extra virgin olive oil Directions: 1. Heat griddle, grill or oven to 500 degrees. 2. Chop the vegetables (except sprouts and herbs) and toss with olive oil and seasonings. Shuck the ear of corn, but leave intact. 3. Slice the herbs finely into a chiffonade, toss with sprouts and olive oil, and reserve for a garnish. 4. Roast vegetables until soft. Allow to cool. Remove corn kernels from the cob. 5. Grill or pan-fry the sausage; cool and slice. 6. Heat the crepe pan or pizza stone. 7. Mix together the batter ingredients until they’re the consistency of a light pancake batter. 8. Ladle enough batter onto a stone or crepe pan to make ind vidual-serving-sized flatbreads, or larger versions which can be into wedges after cooking. Flip over when browned. 9. Transfer the flatbreads to a plate and rub with roasted garlic. 10. Drizzle with olive oil and arrange roasted veggies and sausage over top. Or simply use the flatbread to scoop the mixture from a bowl. 11. Garnish with the sprout and herb mixture.


Put up your Mitts

John Reardon Compliments to the Chef Hello, Foodie Friends! After conducting a bit of research, Paula and I believe the history of the oven mitt may have begun like this: “The oven mitt was invented in 1884 by a man named Francis Mitts. He owned a small bakery in Jersey City, where every day seamen and dockers would drop in to get their fill of Frank’s freshly made breads and coffee. Frank’s daughters were helping out in the kitchen and were working in direct contact with the ovens. In order to keep his young daughters’ hands from getting singed, he designed heavily insulated mittens, which evolved over time into what we know today as the oven mitts.” Actually, mittens have been in use for over a thousand years for a wide range of purposes – including protecting your hands from hot ovens. Today, however, technological advancement has allowed an incredible amount of heat resistance to be built into each mitt. We use oven mitts for a variety of purposes, from cooking up something amazing like a birthday cake or dinner at a poolside BBQ, to simply an evening meal with your family. (My brothers and sisters and I used to use them for indoor baseball with a beach ball when it rained.) For all of these moments, the oven mitt is there to help you get the job done, taking care of the heat while you are busy preparing your incredible creation. The traditional oven mitt has outer layers that are typically made of cotton, while the inner layer is filled with an insulator-type material. However, over time it starts to fall apart, lose its shape, become

singed and stained from all the wear. So why not get a brand-new mitt or two to help your creative juices flow the next time you are ready to cook up a storm? Compliments to the Chef offers oven mitts by Duncan Kitchen Grips Inc. This innovative line of kitchen gloves and hand safety products are made of a unique material called FLXaPrene, which is even used in scuba diving suits! This material is not only heat and stainresistant, but it is also very flexible and comfortable to use. This patented product is available in different styles and colors not only for the home but also for commercial use. Kitchen Grips has created a safer oven mitt with increased insulation and a non-slip grip that is comfortable on the hands and offers a cook more control and greater flexibility. The mitts feature a uniquely designed, raised nub pattern that adds insulation, protecting the hands from hot and cold temperatures (500˚ to -134˚ F). The FLXaPrene material makes the mitt both water repellent and stain resistant so they will stay looking good and perform well for many years. The oven mitts are machine washable or can be washed with hot water and mild detergent and air-dried or can even be washed on the top shelf of the dishwasher. Oven mitts also come in many fun and unique shapes. Long gone are the days when the top priority was matching the kitchen towels; the best mitts available today combine stay-cool comfort, fantastic dexterity, and a no-nonsense grip and made of the high-performance materials The most important thing when selecting the best oven mitt for you is to protect your hands from the heat when moving product from the oven to the table. Be sure to select the oven mitt that fits your hands and protects you. So put up your mitts and don’t get burned!! Remember; “Life happens in the kitchen!” Take care, John and Paula




Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012


Commercial Tenants Nearing Capacity at The Springs on Weibel Avenue by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Commercial rental space is filling up at The Springs, a new mixed-use development located on Weibel Avenue, with Bonacio Construction announcing three out of the four units already spoken for and readying to open this fall. After welcoming their first residential tenants on June 1, Bonacio Construction has been looking to fill the ground floor commercial space with businesses and services that conveniently complement their residents’ needs. Out of a total four commercial spaces available, a dry cleaner, day care center and barbershop will occupy three of the units, leaving only one vacancy remaining. “We are thrilled with the mix of commercial tenants who will be joining us at The Springs,” said Sonny Bonacio, president of Bonacio Construction. “We focused on convenience for The Springs resident and

Weibel Avenue commuter alike, and I think we have found that in these uses.” Cudney’s Cleaners will be the first to open at the new location, which will host Saratoga’s first 24-hour, seven-days-a-week dry cleaning drop-off and pick-up. “Now our customers can pick-up and drop-off cleaning any time of the day or night, quickly and safely, at The Springs,” said Lynette Whaley, president and owner of Cudney’s Cleaners. “This convenient new location complements the other Cudney’s locations in Saratoga and Wilton.” Also moving into The Springs will be Learning to Know Daycare and Educational Center. “With the launch of this new day care, we have the opportunity to provide Saratoga Springs and Wilton residents with a new state-of-the-art facility that focuses on quality care for children in their community,” said Debra Ebert, co-owner of Learning to Know. “For us, [The Springs] was a perfect fit.”

The third commercial space will be occupied by Major League Barbers, a sports-themed barbershop, featuring the big-game playing on big-screen TVs while customers come in for a cut and shave. Owned by Gianluca Meluziis and Michael Egan, this will be the second location for the local barbershop. “Michael and I are thrilled to bring our barbershop to The Springs, appealing to gentlemen of any age, whether they are looking for a timehonored traditional cut and hot shave or trying out the latest trends,” said Meluziis. One commercial space remains available to rent at the development. Bonacio Construction has indicated they continue to show the space to interested clients, and are looking for one last tenant to complement the existing businesses and adds convenience for residential tenants. The Springs also has residential units available for rent. The development, which has completed phase one of construction, still has two more

Sherwin Williams Celebrates 55 Years in Saratoga by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Sherwin Williams celebrates 55 years at their 226 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs location this weekend, August 18-19, and will mark the occasion with an original piece of artwork by local artist Frankie Flores, along with special discounts on paints and supplies. “We wanted to have a mural in our store that represented Saratoga for our anniversary,” said the store manager, Monica J. Mowry. “We commissioned Frankie to do the painting for us. He used all of our paints and colors - all house paints - to create something that’s pretty unique and pretty exciting for us.” To commemorate their anniversary, the store is also holding a two-day sale, with 40 percent off all paints and stains, as well as 30 percent off on supplies. The store will also be stocked with a new product called Emerald, a top-of-the-line zero VOC exterior paint that is the first of its kind on the market. To learn more, call (518) 584-6220 or stop by the 226 Washington Street location.

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A work by artist Frankie Flores, using only house paints from Sherwin Williams.

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The Springs, located along Weibel Avenue at Saratoga Springs. phases to go before complete. In total, 178 residential units will be available after construction is finalized, and an additional 12,000 square feet of commercial space will be built during phase three. The Springs is holding an open

house event this weekend, Saturday, August 18 - Sunday, August 19, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days. To learn more, call Julie Bonacio at (518) 584-9007 or visit



Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012

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Saratoga Springs City Schools Updates: • Michael Piccirillo was appointed the new superintendent in July, replacing Janice White.

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• New Federal Nutrition Standards for School Meals As Saratoga Springs City School District students return to school this fall, they’ll find healthy new choices in their school cafeterias. Starting this fall, school lunches will meet additional standards requiring: • Age-appropriate calorie limits • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce) • A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes • Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free) • More whole grains • Less sodium. Parents may prepay for student meals by sending in a check or cash, to be added to their child’s account. Make the check out to the School Lunch Program. Online payment is also available through Once your child is registered you may make a credit card payment as well as view all purchases and the account balance. The price of school meals will remain the same.


Back-to-School Events A variety of activities are sch eduled during the weeks leading up to the start of school and include: • The majority of the HS spo rts teams start the week of August 20 with parent meetings held on the evening of August 23. Modified sports start September 4. • All elementary schools will hold kindergarten orientations for parents during the week of August 27, with the middle dch ool orientation for incoming students Septem ber 4 and the high school orientation September 5. • A Staff Development afterno on is scheduled for Friday, September 21. All stu dents will have a half-day of school while staff members attend professional development wo rkshops during the afternoon. For additional information, che ck the district events calendar on the website.

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Updates: • Appointed new superintendent Patr ick McGrath • Christopher Abdoo became the new assistant superintendent. • The high school library has been rena med the "James L. Schultz Library Med ia Center" to honor former superintendent Jim Sch ultz, who retired June 30. Retirees: 9 years - Middle school teacher assistan t Tomi Bianco 12 years - High school attendance cler k Kathy Johnson 13 years - Charlton Heights teacher assistant Susan Adkins 16 years - Middle school teacher assi stant Ellen Brown 19 years - High school teacher assistan t Jane McCarthy 23 years - Middle school FACS teac her Joyce Brown 25 years - Pashley school secretary Liz Cullen 25 years - Middle school library cler k Carol Havlicek 25 years - Assistant superintendent for support services Jacqueline St. Onge 28 years - Human resources principa l clerk Carol Puglisi 31 years - School bus driver Sandra Ross 35 years - Middle school science teac her Karen Krushelnytsky 40 years - Middle school librarian Mar ge Rizzo 41 years - Superintendent of schools Jim Schultz

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Middle School Tours and Op en House Schuylerville Middle School will be open for self-guided tours Wednesday, August 29 and Thursday, August 30, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. In add ition, there will be a Middl e School Open House on Tue sday, September 4, at 6:30 p.m. For more information on these events, call (518) 6953255, ext. 2305.




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Back-to-School Eye Examinations ommended for all school-aged children.

Signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for include:

Susan Halstead ABOC, FNAO We send our children back to school equipped with notebooks, new pen sets, new clothes, stylish backpacks and an admonishment to study hard. Yet, unknowingly, we often neglect one of the most important tools of success. Good vision! According to the Better Vision Institute, one in four children who entered kindergarten in the United States last year are suffering from an undiagnosed vision disorder. Nearly 80 percent of learning is processed through your child’s vision system. Undiscovered vision problems can result in learning difficulties and an inability to attend to and respond to teacher instruction. It is well-known that farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism relate directly to classroom performance. Many parents are unaware that the efficiency of their child’s vision system is also a major contributor to their ability to learn at near range. Eyes that don’t move smoothly together while reading make it very difficult for a child to stay focused on what they are attempting to read. A child with poor vision skills is often overwhelmed from their very first day of school. Chances are you are relying on the school nurse or your pediatric office to use the “Big E” eye chart to find your child’s vision problems. But did you know that those screenings only detect 20 to 30 percent of vision problems in children? Your child can pass the screening and still have an undiagnosed vision problem that interferes with their ability to learn. Eye examinations should be scheduled annually for children from kindergarten through senior year. Your child’s eyes change rapidly during the early years and vision changes continue throughout their school years and often accompany growth spurts. The American Optometric Association recommends that children receive their first examination by 6 months of age and at age 3, prior to entering preschool programs. Yearly examinations are rec-

• Holding reading material very close to the eyes • Short attention span, daydreaming while working • Drop in athletic or scholastic performance • Frequent squinting or eye rubbing • Poor eye/hand coordination • Avoidance of close work • Complaints of headaches, double vision, blur or eye fatigue

Tips on Scheduling your Child’s First Eye Examination Not all eye doctors are equipped to test infants, so it is important to inquire when scheduling your baby’s first exam as to whether or not they accept infants as patients. Often special preferential looking paddles are used to determine visual acuities, also tested are pupil responses, and your baby’s ability to fixate and follow.

Eye testing for Preschool Children Many parents are surprised to learn that their preschool-aged children do not have to know their letters in order to undergo a comprehensive vision exam, even when they are too young or too shy to verbalize. Some tests commonly administered to preschool children specifically include: •LEA Symbols for young children are similar to regular eye tests using charts with letters, except that special symbols in these tests include an apple, house, square and circle. • Retinoscopy is a test that involves shining a light into the eye to observe the reflection from the back of the eye (retina) where images reach light sensitive cells. This test helps the eye doctor to determine your child’s need for a prescription. • Random dot stereopsis uses dot patterns to measure how each eye sees in relation to the other eye. • A thorough look inside the child’s eye is done to check for any signs of eye disease.

School-aged Children Obviously as your child ages and is a more active participant during examination, the exams more closely resemble an adult vision examination. Still there are differences with

regards to additional testing that is done to check their eyes’ alignment (misalignment is known as strabismus), convergence insufficiency (eyes’ ability to pull inward to focus at near range), focusing (accommodation), color vision and depth perception testing. Older children will also receive an eye health assessment through an examination of the child’s eyelids and lid margins, looking for shape irregularity and discharge on the lashes or lid margins. The doctor may turn lower lids inside out (evert) to look for abnormal or infected eyelash follicles, bumps (papillae), discharge and swelling (edema). Your eye doctor will likely also examine the cornea, iris and lens to look for cloudiness (opacities) or other irregularities.

Vision Examination and Your Child’s School Performance Remember that appropriate vision examinations at an early age and on a consistent basis thereafter are vital components to your child’s ability to learn and therefore their school performance. A child who experiences difficulty seeing the blackboard, while reading a book or on the computer can become easily frustrated— leading to poor performance in school. Many children’s vision prob-

Back to School lems must be detected early in order to be treated effectively.

Children’s Eyewear In the event that your eye doctor determines your baby, child or teen needs corrective eyewear, you’ll be glad to know that there have never been more choices in colorful, fun, durable frames than there are today. Frame lines such as Vera Bradley Girlfriends, I Carly, Ben 10, Mommy and Me, Daddy and I, X-Games and more, offer children-friendly frames with superior fit and styles that kids will love to wear. Lenses should always be manufactured from polycarbonate due to its impact-resistant, safety features. Children who want contact lenses can be fit at an earlier age than ever before due to the introduction of disposable daily wear contact lenses that

are now widely available and affordable. The lenses are worn one time and discarded, virtually eliminating eye infection complications that previously arose as a result of poor cleaning compliance regimens in children and teens. Call your eye doctor today to schedule your child’s back-to-school vision examination. By ensuring that your children are free of vision problems, you will give them the best chance to perform to their fullest potential! Susan Halstead is a nationally and NYS licensed optician at Family Vision Care Center, 205 Lake Ave. in Saratoga Springs. Susan may be reached for questions or follow-up at (518) 584-6111 or Susan@FamilyVision

Community Corner

12 The FCC Food Pantry Needs Your Help!


Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012

Remembering Vinny Vallone… Please know that you were a gift to this world and to anyone that was lucky enough to cross your path.

The Franklin Community Center’s food pantry is in-need of food as soon as possible. Please read the list of items below, and, if you have the means, drop off donations at 10 Franklin Street, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Items needed include: tuna, hearty/chunky soups, instant mashed potatoes, cereal/instant oatmeal, rice, noodle side dishes, spaghetti sauce, Ramen noodles, pork-n-beans, peanut butter and jelly, canned vegetables and Chef Boyardee/Spaghettio products. The center is also in need of snacks for Project Lift, their free, after-school prevention program. Individually packaged snacks are ideal. Please rally your co-workers, neighbors, church groups and friends to see how much of an impact you can make in the lives of local children and their families.

Happy Anniversary! William Smith Jr. and Alanna Smith, of Malta, are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on August 7th.

You will always be loved and never forgotten. Love always, Mom, Chrissie, Allie, Casey and “Vinny’s Girls” XOXO

Ballston Spa Students Participate in Gateway Academy


Local Enlisted: Sergeant Major Matthew Putnam Saratoga native, Sgt. Maj. Matthew Putnam, is currently serving in Afghanistan with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6. He was last in Helmand province less than a year ago with 3rd Bn., 8th Marines. He and his fellow Marines were providing security along Route 611 south of Sangin while it was being paved. We thank you, Sgt. Maj. Putnam, and all of our enlisted military personnel.

Happy 21st Birthday, Travis!

Middle School students from Ballston Spa and surrounding communities recently participated in a pre-engineering academy at the Ballston Spa High School. Activities for the week included constructing the tallest tower made of paper that will stand on its own for a minute, designing and building a peg-board game, creating a bottle rocket, bridge spans, and designing a device to protect a falling egg. The Ballston Spa Central School District was able to offer the summer camp to over 20 students at a nominal cost utilizing a grant from Time Warner Cable. For additional information on the Ballston Spa program, contact the Ballston Spa High School at (518) 884-7150, ext. 2317.

Eagle Scout Ceremony for Tyler Poitras On Sunday, August 12, an Eagle Scout Ceremony was held for Tyler R. Poitras. Tyler is from Boy Scout Troop 24 of Wilton. During the ceremony, Thomas Klotz, from Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge 161, presented Tyler with a framed National Elks Eagle Certificate with an American flag. Tyler’s Eagle Scout project was the building of three raised-bed gardens for Dorothy Nolan Elementary School. Each bed had a drip irrigation system to make the gardens easier for the school to water. Students then used the gardens to grow vegetables that were eaten during their lunches. The project took approximately one year, and Tyler had help from fellow scouts, friends, parents and from Applebee’s, Allerdice, Lowe’s and Olde Saratoga Home and Garden.

Pictured from left to right: Thomas Klotz, Tyler Poitras, and his parents, Michelle and George.



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Saratoga Arts needs volunteers Pick up an application to volunteer online at or stop by The Arts Center at 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

Lake George Festival


This week-long event taking place from August 17-23, will feature over 70 professional and student musicians in seven live performances and dozens of open rehearsals. Everyone participating is a volunteer. Events are held in a variety of public venues, such as local churches, museums, hotels and in the village’s popular Shepard Park amphitheater. Admission is free to all events. For more information, call (518) 791-5089 or visit

Equine Light Tuesday


Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012


Dan Sumeral, known horse trainer and author from Virginia, will be demonstrating the unique diagnostic and therapeutic Equine Light System Tuesday, August 21, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. at the 4H Training Center on Middle Line Rd., Ballston Spa. A userfriendly, state-of-the-art and effective-on-all-horse-breeds system that delivers a photodynamic light shown to accelerate healing, and decrease pain and inflammation in a drug-free manner. This is free lecture and demonstration. Register prior with Lynn at (518) 268-9542,

Gavin Park After School Program Need after-school care for your student? Registration for Wilton Recreation’s NY State Licensed After School Program is underway. Busing is available directly from all elementary schools in the Saratoga Springs City School District. (Parents must make arrangements through the Saratoga Schools Bus Garage.) After School Program fees are payable in five installments; the first

installment is due upon registration. Gavin Park is located at 10 Lewis Drive, Wilton. For more information, contact the park office at (518) 584-9455. Space is limited and going fast. For details, visit

August Brings Bountiful Produce to Farmers' Market in Wiswall Park August is a great time of year to find all the local favorites including sweet corn, tomatoes, peaches, plums, new potatoes, squash, cucumbers, and even some early apples. Other agricultural products like meat, eggs, honey, maple syrup, wine and beer are also available. There is music in the gazebo on Saturday mornings and Concerts in the Park after the market on Thursdays. Upcoming musicians include Tom Choiniere on August 18, and Sandy Shoor on August 25. For more information, visit or call (518) 8852772.

A.L.L. Fall Study Groups Are Filling Classes continue to fill for the fall 2012 term of the Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) at Saratoga Springs, set to begin September 10. The Academy is a nonprofit membership organization of mature learners sponsored by Empire State College and affiliated with the Elderhostel Institute Network. Study groups meet during the daytime on Mondays through Thursdays. For more information, call (518) 587-2100, ext. 2415.

Thunder Rumble’s 20th Anniversary Travers Win Old Friends at Cabin Creek, a Thoroughbred retirement facility, will celebrate 1992 Travers winner, Thunder Rumble, on Tuesday, August 21, from noon-2 p.m. with a party in his honor. The 23-year-old retiree who calls Cabin Creek home still holds the record for the fastest time since his ‘92 win and is the first NY-bred horse to win the Travers since 1867. Tour hours will be from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call (518) 698-2377.

From Scratch Club Academy Classes at Brookside Brookside, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society, is very excited to announce that the From Scratch Club Academy will be offering a variety of classes on food preparation and preservation.

The class Jams, Jellies & Preserves: What's the Difference? will take place Wednesday, August 22, 6:30 - 9 p.m. Discover the distinctions between these sweet spreads and learn the different processes used to create them. For more information, visit

apparel. The day will begin with a pre-ride breakfast and end with a post-ride BBQ all at the Double H Ranch. Visit to register today as an individual or as a team.

The Great Sacandaga Lake

Nacre will be auditioning dancers (ages 18 and up) for the upcoming 2012 - 2013 season. Interested applicants can choose from two audition dates offered Sunday, August 26, from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Albany Dance and Fitness located at 1197 Central Avenue in Albany or August 29, from 7 - 9 p.m. at Myers Dance Center at 153 Regent Street in Saratoga Springs. For more information on Nacre, call (518) 4350510.

Brookside, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society, is very excited to announce a program explaining the history of the Great Sacandaga Lake on Thursday, August 23 at 7 p.m. Held at Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa, this program is free to the public, though donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, call (518) 885-4000.

Nacre Dance Company Holds Audition for Upcoming Season of Dance

Open Hours at the Cornell Copper Trout Hill Firetower The firetower will be open with Continues volunteer firetower interpreters on hand to answer any questions you may have about the firetower or the history of firetowers in New York State. In case of inclement weather, it may be closed. Call (518) 4690918 to confirm that it will be open.

Seventh Annual Run-PedalTube Triathlon This race on August 18 is a team effort or an individual may do all three events. Teams may be comprised of all men, all women, mixed, family or company groups. Awards will be made to first, second, and third place teams and to individuals in age categories. Race fee is $20 individuals or $55 teams. Applications are online at www.HadleyBusinessAssociation.n et or email: Proceeds benefit the Hadley Business Association Scholarship Fund. For more information, contact Ernie at (518) 696-4947.

Double H Ranch 3rd Annual Camp Challenge Ride or Run Cyclists will ride through the beautiful Adirondacks with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the campers of the Double H. Participants can choose from a 15mile, 30-mile or metric century (62mile) ride. New this year the Camp Challenge Run, presented by the Adirondack Partners, offers participants a chance to run or walk a cleared, maintained 5K trail at the Double H Ranch. Once registered, participants will receive their own personal fundraising webpage and


The Copper Trout Gallery at Cambridge Lantern Works in Cambridge, NY will continue its first season show entitled “Pairs,” until August 26. Nancy ClarkKrauss, gallery owner, is pleased to present her own work and that of her late husband, the designer Dan Krauss. Also featured in the August show at the Copper Trout is the acclaimed artist George Van Hook. For more information, call (518) 677-8797.

Argyle Central School District Chosen as Finalist Winning a grant of $10,000 or $25,000 can enhance educational opportunities for a school district in a rural community. Argyle Central School District in Argyle was recently named as a finalist to receive consideration for an America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Grant. To see the full list of finalists, visit

Haunted Walks



The 90-minute walking tour of downtown Saratoga Springs costs $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 7 - 11, children under 7 are free. The tour was researched and created by supernatural historian Mason Winfield, author of nine books including “Supernatural Saratoga: Haunted Places” and “Famous Ghosts of the Spa City.” The tour departs at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturdays in August from Starbucks at 351 Broadway. For more information, visit

upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 8/22: Zoning Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 8/20: Town Board Special Workshop, 6 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 8/23: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 8/20: City Council, 9:30 a.m. 8/21: City Council, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 8/20: Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 8/20: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 8/23: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 (518) 885-2240 8/21: Board Meeting, 4 p.m. 8/22: Sewer Commission, 3 p.m.

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Molly Brindle was overheard asking manager Colleen Carlson where the closest ATM was. A few sung on their own, others with spouses and several in groups. John and Leona Velazquez performed “Someone That I Used to Know,” crooning together, though the judges each noted that Leona rescued her husband. Maylan Studart owned “Magic Man” and was the early lead, perhaps more for her late-70s attire than her singing, but all’s fair in karaoke. When David Cohen and Julien Laparoux came out to sing “Baby,” Jacques thought they Trina Lucas were dressed to rock like the Beastie Boys, not the Justin Biebers they aspired to be. What Racing to the Mic saved the pair? Laparoux’s fiancée, Shea Monday is Friday for the jockeys of Saratoga, Mitchell, joined them and carried the performwho have off on dark Tuesdays. In the spirit of ance home. ‘TGIM,’ Vapor Night Club came alive on Monday, Next up were Rajiv Maragh, Javier August 13, for Riders Up!, benefiting the Castellano, Junior Alvarado and Studart, who Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). returned to help the guys with the “Moves Like Almost 200 attendees learned what ‘horsing Jagger,” performed by the group as the ‘moves around’ really means as jockeys went head to like Javi.’ It was a good call to include Studart. head in an on-stage karaoke competition. She distracted the judges, and even Pletcher Appropriately, Tom Durkin emceed this race for threw out a positive word or two, perhaps the coveted golden microphone. With his trade- because he had already razzed Maragh for two mark wit, he welcomed guests, thanked spon- earlier numbers. sors and invited former jockey Andrew Lakeman Just before intermission, former jockey, now to the stage. Lakeman was paralyzed from the agent, Ronnie Ebanks brought the house down chest down in a horrific 2007 accident at to his rendition of “Strokin’.” Complete with Belmont Park; in 2011, he returned to the world back-up dancers, Ebanks’ performance left he loves as a trainer. After drawing the lucky Jacques blushing and Cordero smiling to himticket that allowed two people full ‘VIP’ access self, while Pletcher sat back, taking it all in. It to the jockeys’ event ‘green room,’ Lakeman was classic Clarence Carter, and Ebanks stroked expressed his gratitude to PDJF and the sup- it perfectly. Kudos to his dancing girls, Judy porters present. Durkin then introduced the Doyle, Stacy Prior, Jillian Tullock and ‘Doc Jamie’ jockey lineup and the riders joined Lakeman for for making it through the number. Everyone an ensemble opening performance. else needed a break when it was over! YNN’s Marisa Jacques, Hall of Fame jockeyGuests took the opportunity to refill drinks turned-agent Angel Cordero Jr., and noted and check out their silent auction bids. There trainer Todd Pletcher were appointed to judge were minimal items compared to the season’s the sing-off in “American Idol” style. After the other events, but quality made up for quantity ensemble number, there was no doubt Pletcher since most were one-of-a-kind, autographed was channeling Simon Cowell when he treasures. From a signed collage of Ramon declared, “This might be a very long night.” Dominguez’s record six-win day at Saratoga on While the panel was tasked with choosing July 22, to a Derby lamp from the Thomas Allen the best performance, guests were asked to Pauly Fine Art collection with a shade autoselect their own favorite by casting ‘bets’ for graphed by the 2012 Kentucky Derby jockeys, to PDJF. During each song, volunteers circulated the Breeder’s Cup package with clubhouse seats the room, collecting donations, or votes, for and exclusive passes, bidding was high and furithat act. How to choose? Some didn’t. NYRA’s ous during the brief intermission. Let us know about your event, cause or celebration. ‘RSVP’ to

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Back on stage, redhead Rosie Napravnik donned a blond wig to woo her husband, Joe Sharp, in “You’re the One That I Want.” During the judges’ critique, she quickly pointed out that if she could sing, she probably wouldn’t be riding horses. The fun continued as Edgar Prado and Alan Garcia attempted “Fly Me to the Moon.” Durkin somberly met the two in the middle of the stage and reminded the judging trio that they weren’t required to say anything. So they didn’t. Prado is in the Hall of Fame for racing, not singing. Enough said. The Susan Boyle of the night was former jockey Heriberto Rivera, Jr. Performing the final song in the competition, Rivera, now a regional manager for the Jockeys’ Guild, did more than show with his flawless version of “Lady.” The tune actually inspired the Velazquez’s to dance their way back on stage where John literally swept his lady off her feet. In the end, the judges were torn between Rivera and Ebanks, asking the audience for applause to break the tie. Ebanks won by a nose, or perhaps a hand, and also took the People’s Choice Award, having raised the most money of the eleven performances for PDJF. The question now: who can cook? Find out at the next PDJF benefit, the 2nd Annual Taste of Saratoga, at Stadium Café on Monday.

Broadway on Broadway From the moment guests arrived at the National Museum of Dance last Saturday, it was clear that a colorful celebration was in store. Over 400 walked the red carpet at the Song & Dance Gala, a carpet paling in comparison to the fabulous, magenta gown worn by Michele Riggi, event chair and museum president. Standing outside, she welcomed attendees as Imagine! Photography & Design captured souvenir photos against a lime backdrop. The earliest on the scene witnessed Riggi greeting the evening’s honoree, Ben Vereen, before he danced in to visit his exhibit in the Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame, and share a private moment with honorary chairs Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson. By 7 p.m., the festivities were in full swing with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the main foyer. The space was splashed with lime accents, but among the white pillars, it was the glittering gowns and flirty cocktail dresses that really popped. Kimberly Adams-Russell stunned in a long, bright watercolor Theia, while Ann Marie Flores was a knockout in papaya adorned with paillettes, also by Theia from Saratoga Trunk. Kimberly Burton, owner of The Pink Paddock, wore a Lilly Pulitzer halter-style gown in carnation pink and orange. Beth Jameson and Pam Worth went long too, in styles from their own boutiques, Frivolous


and Spoken. Julie Bonacio, Lisa Torani, Margie Rotchford, Phyllis Bynum and Kate Calbone all sparkled in their gowns, as did Laura James, who was toasting her upcoming appearance on “America’s Next Top Model” (August 24) with mom, Denise, and boyfriend, Ryan Duddy. Speaking of proud parents and the kids who make them so, Gideon Grande was seen chatting with mom and dad, Suzanne and Greg; Tori Rotchford posed for a photo with her father, Michael; and actor Chris Riggi came home to make a special appearance for his mother’s event. Slowly, the crowd trickled across the courtyard into the School of the Arts, completely transformed by Fine Affairs. Fabric draped to hide glass windows turned the watchful parents’ gathering space into an elegant lounge, and the three studios usually filled with barres and ballerinas had become one long ballroom bursting with color. Aqua, hot pink, lime, yellow and purple plumes bloomed from matching ‘vases’ that glowed from within, more than two-feet above tables and chairs clad in the same colors. The rooms weren’t the only transformation. Somewhere between the museum and the school, Michele Riggi traded her full-skirted gown for a sleek, peony crystal Theia that beautifully reflected the light and color on stage. She joined close friend and Master of

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Top Left : Judges Todd Pletcher, Angel Cordero Jr. and Marisa Jacques take in the opening ensemble performance; Middle Left: Ronnie Ebanks performs “Strokin’”; Bottom Left : Bieber look-alikes David Cohen and Julien Laparoux rock “Baby” with Shea Mitchell; Top Right: Rosie Napravnik sings with her husband, Joe Sharp; Bottom Right: John and Leona Velazquez in an impromptu dance.




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Ceremonies John James, to welcome everyone once again, and started the celebration with a round of “Happy Birthday” for another dear friend, Dr. Joy Lucas. The pair continued the program, recognizing the many generous patrons present, including Hall of Fame Sponsors Bill and Susan Dake, Gary and Nancy DiCresce, the Swyer Family and Michele’s brother-in-law, Vince Riggi, with his wife, Patty, in addition to Song & Dance Star Sponsor Eileen Guarino. A standing ovation lauded Hall of Fame inductee Vereen when Michele presented him with an exquisite Waterford crystal bowl commemorating the occasion. “Few entertainers today are as accomplished and versatile as Mr. Ben Vereen,” she stated. “His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country’s artistic legacy. His first love and passion will always be the stage.” In grateful reply, Vereen spoke briefly and then dazzled like only he can, singing verses from his performances in “Wicked,” “Fosse,” “Pippin” and “Jesus Christ Superstar,” among others. Next up was a foot-stomping, all-out fun rendition of “Sunnyside of the Street” from the New York Song and Dance Company. The troupe was created five years ago with the idea that people of all nations understand the uni-



From fabulous fillies to fine days and fashion shows, not to mention the Alabama Stakes on Saturday and the Travers next weekend, there is so much fun waiting to be had. RSVP today! Put on some pink to end the week as NYRA celebrates women and their contributions to the Thoroughbred industry with Fabulous Fillies Day at the Saratoga Race Course. All fans wearing pink on Friday, August 17, will receive free admission and the first 1,000 women (age 16+) will receive a cubic zirconia, with the exception of one lucky lady who will be handed a real diamond to redeem for one of three Hearts on Fire diamond pendants from Northeastern Fine Jewelry. A highlight of the festivities will be the Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in the At the Rail Pavilion. This year’s event will pay tribute to BCRF Founder and Chairman Evelyn H. Lauder, and honor Virginia Kraft Payson, a renowned owner/breeder and a pioneer woman sports journalist and author. ESPN’s Jeannine Edwards will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. General tickets are $150 per person and may be purchased by contacting NYRA Director of Community Relations Joanne Adams at (518) 584-6200, or Kick off the Travers Festival on Monday, August 20, with the 2nd Annual Taste of Saratoga, supporting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Guest chefs at The Stadium Café will include jockeys Rajiv Maragh, David Cohen, Javier Castellano, Ramon Dominguez, Shaun Bridgmohan and

versal languages of song and dance. Based in New York City, they explore a wide range of dance in American culture, using rhythm as a common denominator, and combining old-style hoofing and theater dance from the last century, creating a show that hopes to unite the audience with contagious joy. And that it did! Spotted tapping to the beat were Seth McGuire, Judy and Celia Fulfs, Melissa Delsavio, Rich and Vonda Fazzi, Cathie Coleman, Janine Stowell, board secretary Leslie LaGuardia, and School of the Arts director Raul Martinez. After an encore from Vereen, Mazzone Hospitality served an incredible plated entrée of grilled petite filet and broiled lobster tail with potatoes and pencil asparagus, capped by a chocolate-raspberry panini for dessert. The T.S. Ensemble beckoned diners to the dance floor and as the band played on, the party went well into the night. Always one of the most elegant soirees of the summer season, the sold-out gala was another outstanding success for the National Museum of Dance thanks to the extraordinary committee assembled by Michele, and countless donors. Some in attendance were John and Mimi Carusone, Neil and Jane Golub, Ed and Maureen Lewi, Michael and Linda Toohey, Marc and Jennifer Leidig, Nancy Smith, Natalie Sillery, Tammy Loya, Tony and Trish Ianniello, Lisa Johnson Barber (also celebrating her birthday

that night with husband, Allan) and several members of the board: John Witt, with Cari Endres, Michael Okby and his wife, Marlene, Nikki Roche, with husband Niall, and Buzz Aldrich with his wife, Mylea.

Simon Husbands. Local chefs John Ireland (Panza's 28 Tables), James Demers (PRIME at Saratoga National), Mike Kiernan (Sysco) and John LaPosta (Maestro’s at the Van Dam) will judge the dishes for the prestigious Jockey Boot Trophy, and the first 25 attendees will vote for their favorite to receive the new People’s Choice Award. Limited tickets are available for $65 each at both Stadium locations. The track is dark on Tuesday, August 21, but it will still be One Fine Day for the Shelters of Saratoga. Partake in this afternoon garden tea party at Union Gables and support the only adult homeless shelter in Saratoga, Washington and Warren counties. A silent auction and entertainment by The Garland Nelson Ensemble will complement fare from Maestro’s at the Van dam and tea by Divinitea. For more information, visit On Wednesday the 22nd, trade garden party attire for jeans and gems to attend A Night of Denim & Diamonds, the 15th annual benefit for the Belmont Child Care Association. This year’s event at the Gideon Putnam Hotel will support Anna House, the early childhood center for chil-

dren of the backstretch, and honor Barbara Banke of Stonestreet Farm. The casual evening includes cocktails, dinner and a silent auction. For tickets, call (516) 527-4746. When dusk settles over Saratoga Race Course on Thursday, August 23, the annual Travers Celebration, the official party of the $1 million Travers Stakes, returns as a lavish outdoor cocktail party, sponsored by Macy's. Guests will indulge in delicious food stations and enjoy elaborate beverages to the music of the New York Players. The spirited event will also bring a new ticket price of $175 per person ($125 for those under 30), with proceeds benefiting the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.) and the Times Union Hope Fund. Tickets may be purchased by calling (518) 584-6200, ext. 4233. Next Friday, Travers Eve, the National Museum of Racing is the place to be as Senior Services of Albany hosts the 14th annual Travers Wine Tasting. Presented by Time Warner Cable, the evening features a premier wine tasting of 200 fine wines and beer from around the globe, enhanced by some of the Capital Region’s finest cuisine, all in support of the vital Meals on

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Top Left: Marylou Whitney and Hall of Fame inductee Ben Vereen; Top Middle: Jeff Russell and Kimberly Adams-Russell; Top Right: Cari Endres and board member John Witt; Bottom Left: Master of Ceremonies John James with Michele Riggi, gala chair and National Museum of Dance president; Bottom Right: Sonny and Julie Bonacio with Micki and Norman Massry Wheels program. For details,


The RSVP Must On Thursday, August 23, Saratoga Trunk will present the 14th Saratoga Fashion Show to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region. This annual event, held in the At the Rail Pavilion on the Saratoga Race Course, is the ultimate celebration of Saratoga style, with attendees in full clubhouse attire and models in the hottest fashions for a cool fall ahead. Each year, Natalie Sillery of Saratoga Trunk brings in noted designers and milliners to showcase their creations and provide personal guidance for interested shoppers. Don O’Neill, creative director for Theia, will be back by popu-

lar demand, fresh from his appearance at The Kerryman Irish Independent Fashion Show, part of the Rose of Tralee International Festival. The fabulous Kay Unger will also be in attendance, and Sillery promises delightful surprises are in store for show guests. Doors open promptly at 11 a.m., with the runway show at 11:30, leaving plenty of time for bidding in the ‘Win, Place, Show’ silent auction before cheering favorites in the 1 p.m. post. With a lavish luncheon spread, dessert bar and champagne courtesy of Crush & Cask, this event sells out year after year. There are limited reservations still available. To make yours, visit or call (518) 438-2655.




Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012

Edmund F. Wojcicki, Jr. Saratoga Springs, NY - Edmund F. Wojcicki Jr., of Maple Avenue, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2012. He was 64. Born September 22, 1947, in Bridgeport, Conn., he was the son of Edmund F. and Janet H. (Malyzska) Wojcicki Sr. In September 1969, he began a 13-year career with the U.S. Army. He received an honorable discharge on January 6, 1982.

Agnes D. (Medved) Silic

Survivors include two sons, Christopher E. Wojcicki and Adam Wojcicki; his wife, Jill Tschetti, a daughter, Jennifer L. (Dan) Cohen; two grandsons, Zachary Gillen and Dakota Wojcicki; a granddaughter Macie Wojcicki; two sisters, Roberta (Arthur) Belton and Frances (Robert) Edgerton; five nieces and two nephews. A celebration of Edmund’s Life will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, August 17, at Compassionate Funeral Care, Inc., 402 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs.

Florence Isabella McClymont Rickard Saratoga Springs, NY – Florence Isabella “Mac” McClymont Rickard died August 13, 2012, in Saratoga Springs. She was 91. Mac was born in Holdredge, Nebraska, March 8, 1921, to Mark and Nettie Cobb McClymont. Mac is survived by her sister, Jean; daughter, Jean (Dave) Davidson; her son, Donal McIntyre (Margaret) Rickard; and six grandchildren, Jennifer Davidson, Meg Davidson


Parillo and Damien, Stephanie, Robert, and Brandi Rickard. A memorial service and reception will be held in The Commons at Embury Apartments on Tuesday, August 21 between 10 and 11:15 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Mac asked that donations be made to the Presbyterian N.E. Congregational Church or to the Arthritis Foundation.

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Saratoga Springs, NY – Agnes D. (Medved) Silic passed away Thursday, August 9, 2012. She was 81. Born October 30, 1930, in Greensburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late George and Barbara (Cindric) Medved. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Merio W. Silic; two daughters, Lorraine and Louise; one son, Merio W. Silic Jr.; a grandson, Kyle Silic; and her siblings, Clara Lesyk, Mary Topoly, Andrew Medved, Anna Kireta, Katherine Kalata, Eva Buettner and John

Medved. Survivors include her children, Theresa Silic, Rose (Matthew) Brady, Karin (Guy) Martin, Rudy (Sheila) Silic, Stephen Silic, Mary (Michael) Bull, Thomas (Sue Saxton) Silic, Peter Silic and Marcus Silic; her grandchildren, Lauren A. Brady, Molly E. Martin, Hannah F. Martin, Zachary T. Silic, Theresa S. Silic and Nicole D. Bull; and her sisters, Lucy Yurich, Margie Lucas, Helen Rose, Joan Letterine and Dorothy Capasso. Services were held August 13, 2012.

E. Theora Toole Wilton, NY – E. Theora Toole passed away Saturday, August 4, 2012. She was 97. Born July 7, 1915, in Cohoes, NY, she was the daughter of the late Louis R. and Elizabeth (Kinsella) Knoop of Cohoes. She was predeceased by Edward J. Toole, who died October 23, 2011, and

Peter L. Toole. She is survived by her daughters, Marcia A. Toole and Nancy E. Toole; sons, Edward J. Toole, Robert M. Toole and David W. Toole; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Services were held August 7, 2012.

Robert Lee Durr Sr. Saratoga Springs, NY - Robert Lee Durr Sr. passed away August 10, 2012. Robert was the son of the late Jessie Lee Durr and was born April 9, 1935, in Ozark, AL. Survivors include his wife, Rev. Rose Lee Durr; sons, Timothy Loving and

Robert Durr Jr.; three daughters, Rosa (Arron Ford) Durr, Benita Durr and Theresa (Sidney Gadsen) Durr; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Services were Thursday, August 16, 2012.

HELPING HANDS Save a Life! Donate Blood! Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. The nation’s largest supplier of blood, the American Red Cross, is in desperate need of blood and they’re asking you to step up this summer and donate! Think you have a good reason not to give? •“I don’t have the time.” The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes and with plenty of local opportunities to give, finding the time is easy. • “It’s not safe.” A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded. Every donor is also given a mini-physical, which involves checking their temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for them to give blood.

• “I don’t like needles.” No one likes needles. Is being afraid worth someone’s life? There are several things you can do to help alleviate some of the stress involved with donating. The Red Cross offers the following advice: • Familiarize yourself with the donation process. The Red Cross has a first-time donor’s page that covers all the details: donating-blood/first-time-donors. • Bring a distraction. A friend, book or iPod can be the perfect way to focus your attention elsewhere. • Share your fear. Let the staff know that you’re uncomfortable. They will talk you through the entire donation process. Remember, even a single blood donation can save the lives of up to THREE people. And as if that weren’t enough reason to give blood, all presenting donors in August will receive a coupon for a free half gallon of Turkey Hill Sun Brewed Iced Tea.

Here are some local opportunities to be a hero: Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd., Gansevoort Monday, August 20, from 1-6 p.m. Curtis Lumber 855 Rt. 67, Ballston Spa Tuesday, August 21, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saratoga Bridges 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd., Ballston Spa Tuesday, August 21, from noon-5:30 p.m. Glen Falls Civic Center 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls Thursday, August 23, from noon-6 p.m. Schuyler Ridge Residential Health Care 1 Abele Rd., Clifton Park Friday, August 24, from 1-6 p.m. The Red Cross accepts walk-ins, but appointments are always encouraged. Schedule your appointment to save a life today.




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Guide to 2012 Travers Festival Thursday, August 18: The festival will begin August 18, starting with the first of 10 graded stakes to be held this week. Up first is the $600,000 Grade 1 Alabama for 3-year old fillies. Three out of the last four winners of this race would go on to be named Champion 3-year-old filly. The field is said to be wide open this year, as seven fillies vie to bolster their championship resumes with a victory. Post time is 1 p.m. and the race will be the tenth on an eleven race card.

Friday, August 19: Beginning August 19 and running through August 23 is the Travers 1864 Restaurant Week where you can dine on a select three-course meal at any number of participating restaurants for the fixed price of $18.64. The price is a tribute to the first year of the Travers Stakes, which was held in 1864. This restaurant week isn’t strictly confined to Saratoga Springs, as restaurants from Albany, Lake George and many

others will be involved. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit The third giveaway day at Saratoga Race Course is scheduled for August 19, and with every paid admission guests will receive a collectable 2012 Saratoga pilsner glass while supplies last. Those in attendance can also catch the $200,000 Grade 2 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid for 3-year-old fillies. Post time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Wednesday, August 22: The race course returns from its regular Tuesday intermission on Wednesday, August 22, in a really “cool” way. Racing fans can enter the annual Ice Cream Eating Contest, sponsored by Stewart’s Shops. Contestants can sign up near the jockey silks room and are broken down into the three categories of kids, teens and adults. The winners in each category, aka the one who eats the most ice

Travers 1864 Restaurant Week Participants Angelo's Tavolo...........................................................Scotia Milano.............................................................................Latham Aperitivo...........................................................Schenectady Nové Italian Restaurant ............................... Wilton Bangkok Bistro...........................................Schenectady The Olde Post Grille ............................. Lake George Bangkok Bistro........................................................Colonie Paolo Lombardi............................................Wynantskill Bellini's...................................................................Clifton Park Peache's Café ............................................................Albany Bookmakers........................................Saratoga Springs Provence........................................................................Albany Buca di Beppo..........................................................Colonie Quintessence................................................Ballston Spa Café Nola..........................................................Schenectady Ravenous...............................................Saratoga Springs Cella Bistro......................................................Schenectady The Ripe Tomato........................................Ballston Spa Charlton Tavern....................................................Charlton Sabina's Restaurant ....................Saratoga Springs Chez Pierre Restaurant..........................Gansevoort Simpson's at The Desmond..........................Albany Circus Café.............................................Saratoga Springs The Stockade Inn ....................................Schenectady Cornell's Restaurant..............................Schenectady Stoney's Irish Grill ..................................Schenectady Dunham's Bay Resort...........................Lake George Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant.........Schenectady The Finish Line.............................................Ballston Spa Tesoro................................................................... Guilderland Grandma's Pies and Restaurant ............Colonie The Waters Edge Restauran......................Glenville Home Style Caterers.............................Schenectady Wheatfields ......................................................Clifton Park Jack's Oyster House.............................................Albany Wheatfields .........................................Saratoga Springs La Serre............................................................................Albany Wine and Roses ..............................................Broadalbin Loca Luna Bar & Grille...........................Ballston Spa Valentino's.........................................................Amsterdam Manhattan Exchange..........................Schenectady The Van Dyck................................................Schenectady Marché Restaurant...............................................Albany The Vista Restaurant ................................Clifton Park Marottas Bar-Risto................................Schenectady

Stay Thirsty running in the 2011 Travers.

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18 cream, will be the lucky recipients of – you guessed it – gift cards for even more Stewart’s ice cream to be enjoyed when their headaches subside.

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Thursday, August 23: It wouldn’t be a party in Saratoga without a fancy gala event and that is exactly what’s happening the evening of Thursday, August 23 as the Official Party to the Travers

Stakes returns for the 12th time. This year, a decadent outdoor cocktail party will be held sponsored by Macy’s. Guests can expect wild beverages and extravagant food options while enjoying music and dancing the night away to the New York Players. Tickets to the event are $175 and $125 for guests under 30. Proceeds from the party go toward the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.) and the Times Union Hope Fund. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (518) 584-6200, ext. 4233.

Friday, August 24: By Friday, August 24, the anticipation for the Travers will be approaching a fever pitch. To occupy your time, visit the backyard area of Saratoga Race Course for the 15th Annual Battle of the Brews. This event offers thirsty adults a chance to sample some of the area’s finest micro-brewed beers from noon – 4 p.m. Admission includes beer samples, light fare and a commemorative beer glass for you to keep. Try a plethora of tasty brews and vote to see which one takes home the “People’s Choice” or “Judge’s Choice” awards. Not only that, but enjoy all the exciting Thoroughbred racing action at a spot behind the main grandstand.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Red Cross’ Adirondack Saratoga Chapter. Tickets are $30 per person and no one under the age of 21 will be permitted. For more information, call (518) 792-6545. Later that evening, the celebration goes citywide. The Travers Eve Party happens all throughout downtown Saratoga Springs and includes music, dancing; face painting for the kids by PJ Duell, balloon animals with Mr. and Mrs. Bill and much more. The leading jockeys of the 2012 meet at Saratoga Race Course will be holding an autograph session from 7-8 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by Ron Bill’s New Orleans Stompers, Sparkles the tall juggle and Olivia Quillio and her Racing City Chorus. The Travers Eve Party in downtown Saratoga Springs will run from 7-10 p.m.

Saturday, August 25: Finally, Saturday, August 25, is the day this whole celebration is based around. Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course is an experience in itself. Gates open at 7 a.m. for the early birds in the picnic areas. Post time is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Before the running


of the Travers, three other graded stakes races are scheduled for the undercard, including the Grade 1 Foxwood’s King’s Bishop, the Grade 1 Test and the Grade 2 Ballston Spa. Then, it’s showtime! The festival officially draws to a close with the 143rd running of the $1,000,000 Travers Stakes. The traditional one-and-a-quarter-mile race will be one of the biggest races for 3-year-olds all summer. Another chapter will be written in the tradition of the Travers canoe, which displays the colors of the winning horse’s stable until the next year’s Travers champion is crowned. This year’s wide-open field of Thoroughbreds will all take their shot at becoming the next legend of Saratoga Race Course. Travers is much more than just a race, it’s a celebration of the people, the venue and the horses that make Saratoga Springs such a special place every summer.

Security Protocol for 2012 Travers SARATOGA SPRINGS – The New York State Racing and Wagering Board announced August 8 the enhanced security protocols that will be in place during the upcoming Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. The guidelines focus on the safety of the horses, as well as monitoring the integrity of horse racing by monitoring the horses’ nutrition and medical treatment. Horses scheduled to compete in the August 25 Travers Stakes must report to the grounds of the race course three days prior to the race on August 22. That same day, horses will undergo out-ofcompetition blood testing. Horses are to remain in their current barn or stall, which will also be monitored at all times

by security personnel. In a move toward a more transparent race, a full daily veterinarian’s record of all medications and treatments being administered will be provided to the Racing and Wagering Board beginning at noon, August 22 and continuing until the running of the Travers. The Racing and Wagering Board will post these veterinary records on their website each day. “The Travers Stakes is the highest profile race of the worldclass Saratoga meet and will be conducted with integrity and high standards for equine safety,” said the Racing and Wagering Board’s chairman John Sabini. “These protocols, which will help ensure that horses are kept safe and secure prior to the race, were put in place in consultation with equine safety experts,

prominent trainers and track management.” The costs associated with these extra procedures will be covered by the New York Racing Association (NYRA), with the exception of the outof-competition blood testing. The protocols are similar to the ones put in place at Belmont Park prior to the June 9 Belmont Stakes, which also featured a purse of $1,000,000. The race was receiving international attention since it had the potential to produce the first Triple Crown-winning horse in 34 years. Unlike during the Belmont Stakes, horses will not be sheltered in a specific stakes barn, and that efforts are being made to keep horses in barns that they’re already accustomed to.

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Saratoga TODAY’S Guide to the 2012 season at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York

Sunday, August 17 Saratoga Pilsner Glass Set Giveaway

Preview of Week Five at Saratoga

Brendan O’Meara Alabama High Test Fillies take center stage August 18 for the Grade 1 $600,000 TVG Alabama Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Run at 10 furlongs, it is the longest race these fillies will ever run. Heading up the field will be Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can and Grade 1 Acorn winner Zo Impressive. Believe You Can, trained by Larry Jones, has been training here at the Spa, turning in back-to-back fivefurlong breezes. Back on August 6 she covered the distance in 1:02.10 and on August 13 she clocked in at 1:02.78. The daughter of Proud Citizen will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik. Zo Impressive, owned by Live Oak Plantation and trained by Tom Albertrani, drilled five furlongs in 1:01.90 over the main track August 13. She lost to Questing in the Grade

1 Coaching Club American Oaks back on July 21. The question will be whether she can get the distance. “I don’t think [Zo Impressive will] have a problem with [the Alabama’s 1 ¼-mile distance],” said Albertrani. “It looked like she was finishing in the last eighth of a mile in the Coaching Club. She was gaining a little bit late in the race. Maybe that was from [Questing] starting to get tired and drifting out, but I don’t see why she wouldn’t go a little further. She’s been very consistent; she’s been 1-2 in all of her starts. Hopefully she’ll run her race again.” Her workout on Monday gave Albertrani reason she will turn in a Grade 1 effort. “She worked very well this morning,” said trainer Tom Albertrani. “It looks like she’s keeping in good form, and that’s all we can ask for.” Sea Island, another contender, turned in a bullet-like four-furlong breeze in 48.20 and Delaware Oaks winner Grace Hall arrived at Saratoga Monday. The other Grade 1 race on August 18 is the Sword Dancer on the turf. Also running the 1 ¼ mile distance will be the 3-year-old colts, but that won’t be for another week in the Grade 1 $1,000,000 Travers Stakes. The field is taking shape. Grade 1 $1,000,000 Haskell

Invitational winner Paynter won’t “We were be making the trip as planned, since looking for a he came out of the Haskell with a big work, and fever. As a result the Bob Baffert- he delivered that. He went out trained colt will be replaced by three-quarters in 1:12 and sevenLiaison, who last finished third in eighths in 1:25,” said Norman the Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga. Casse, son and assistant to trainer Baffert spoke with owner Ahmed Mark Casse. “You really can’t work Zayat about the decision to bench any better than that, so it seems like Paynter, who nearly won the Grade we’re on track for the Travers at this 1 Belmont Stakes. point.” “We talked yesterday and this morning about it,” Baffert said. “It was going to be tough. I wouldn’t be able to get a work into him, and it would be too much. We’ll just get him right and get him back to full steam and nominate him everywhere.” “Liaison is doing well,” Baffert said as his colt breezed five furlongs in just over one minute on Saratoga’s main track. Stealcase, who most recently finished third in the Haskell, whipped through six furlongs in 1:12.53 on the Saratoga main track Monday. Zo Impressive

In the Haskell, Stealcase hit the gate at the start and stuttered before he lost to Paynter by 8 ½ lengths. “Stealcase has always been our favorite 3-year-old from the very beginning,” Casse said. “It just seems like he’s his own worst

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enemy and he hasn’t really put everything together. Even in the Haskell, had he broke better, he probably would have finished second. I don’t think we would have beaten Paynter that day, but we were going to be a lot closer. He’s always been knocking on the door; we’re just waiting for him to put it all together one time.” The problem Stealcase may encounter is the noise of fans on the apron. This did him in at Monmouth and Saratoga will be no different for the Travers. “He actually was standing perfectly in the gate at Monmouth Park,” said Casse, “and I was watching him down on the apron. As soon as the crowd roared a little bit when all the horses got in the gate and he was on the outside, he turned his head to look at the crowd and broke awkwardly.” Jim Dandy winner Alpha turned in a four-furlong workout in 48.33

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back on August 9 and is expected to run in the Travers as the favorite. Neck n’ Neck, Street Life, Five Sixteen, Nonios, Stealcase, Hansen, Cogito, Atigun and Teeth of the Dog are all probable for the Travers.

Don’t forget the older horses With all this talk of 3-year-old colts and fillies, it’s easy to forget the older horses and the big races that lie ahead of them. Royal Delta, last year’s winner of the Grade 1 Alabama and the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, is gearing up for a go in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign the day after the Travers. The Empire Maker filly breezed five furlongs in 1:00.66 for trainer Bill Mott. “Royal Delta had a very good work,” said Mott of the 4-year-old filly, who heads into the 1 1/8-mile Personal Ensign off victories in the

Grade 2 Delaware Handicap and the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs. “I think 1:01 and change would have been fine, but she went along pretty well. She went off the right way and finished up nice, too. We’re two weeks away, so a decent work was in order.” Mott has also been bringing To Honor and Serve back into shape. The enigmatic 4-year-old turns in brilliant efforts and then inexplicably fires blanks. He might run on the final Saturday of the meet. “There is a very good possibility To Honor and Serve could run in the Woodward,” said Mott. “He’s starting to act better, more like himself. With the weather being cooler, he’s eating better and acting better.” Brendan O’Meara will be signing copies of his book “Six Weeks in Saratoga” Saturday night from 7-9 at Impressions. Follow him on Twitter @BrendanOMeara.

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Marilyn Lane On Saturday, a talented group of fillies will face the starter in what may be the deepest field ever to run in the Alabama Stakes. Unfortunately, Believe You Can will not be one of them. Her trainer, Larry Jones, said, "She really touts you in her work." When he failed to see her brilliance in Monday's work, he decided to rest her rather than risk her future. She's proven in the past that there is more to her name then meets the eye. She needs a little break now but you can expect her to come back and continue to penetrate hearts. Her owner-breeder, Brereton C. Jones and his family are in Saratoga to enjoy racing and to be near their prized filly. I thought it would be interesting to find how they came about selecting her name. As they say, if you want to get something done, ask a busy person. Jones kindly made time for me – and what fun it was. One horse lover talking to another is always entertaining; there’s a lot of humor involved. You have to have that in order to get past all the disappointments.

Jones’ journey into the annals of racing history is as inspirational as his lovely filly. His story throws a monkey wrench into the idea that everyone in racing’s elite division is like the Yankees and simply buys the best talent available. Born in 1939, Jones was raised on a dairy farm near Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where his father not only ran the day-to-day operations, but also served two terms in the West Virginia Senate. Agriculture in that era spelled lean returns, but even in the best of times, growing up on a dairy farm was hard work. Politics, farming, the Depression era and war years marked his youth. That’s a recipe to produce

able hands and a nimble mind if ever there was one! “My dad was an optimistic guy,” said Jones. “He insisted that I never use the word can’t.” The point was driven home when Jones found the word framed and hanging in his

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22 bedroom. Jones added, “My dad’s philosophy was you can do anything so long as you believe you can.” As Jones’ success suggests, the branding burned deep. I can imagine him as a kid because I too grew up on a dairy farm. He made me laugh when he told me about expecting to be gifted a car on his 16th birthday. He was earnest as he explained, “I needed a car; I was too old to have my parents driving me and my date to the movies.” You can imagine how Jones felt when instead of a car, his dad gave him a copy of Norman Vincent Peale’s, “The Power of Positive

winner’s Thinking.” Along with the book he offered his disappointed son this advice, “If you read this book and digest it thoroughly, you’ll be able to buy all the cars you’ll ever want.” Jones reminisced a little more about his teenage years, “My dad was forever making inspirational signs. I remember getting ready for a football game - we were going up against an undefeated team. Dad asked me how I thought we’d do and I answered, ‘Well, it’s going to be difficult; they are a very strong team.’” When Jones walked into the locker room, the first thing he saw were signs.



The next spring, Jones graduated valedictorian of his class and was granted a football scholarship to the University of Virginia. Soon after graduating, he became the youngest-ever member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. Two years later, he was chosen as the Republican floor leader. In 1968

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he declined to seek re-election to his seat, despite facing no opposition. He had become so disenchanted with his state’s politics that he eventually would switch parties. He thrust his energy into his real estate and home construction company. East winds must have blown the scent of Bluegrass his way. I don’t know how else a guy of his pedigree and experience would gravitate to race horses. I guess it proves that Jones believed in the power of positive thinking. “I’d always had a dream of getting involved in the Thoroughbred industry,” Jones said. His peers

ridiculed him. They couldn’t imagine how a kid from West Virginia could possibly do anything significant in the Sport of Kings. But as Jones soon learned, getting in is easy – it’s getting out that’s hard. When word gets out that you want to buy a horse, options sprout quickly. He and a friend ended up giving $900 for a filly. Jones smiled and said, “Her name was Willing, and right off I became attached to her. My friend got her ready to run – trained her around a corn field.” Willing was just that and chipped away at cheap claiming races at Beulah Park. She eventually won and the hook was set. Jones established a Thoroughbred nursery in Huntington, West Virginia, and began traveling to the Keeneland Sales to find stock. There, he met Elizabeth “Libby” Lloyd, and they married in 1970. His bride’s family owned Airdrie Farm in Midway, Kentucky. They leased their land out to tobacco and cattle farmers.

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The young couple traveled to see her family on the weekends. The farming operations weren’t doing very well and soon Jones found himself imaging a Thoroughbred nursery in Kentucky. “I approached my father-in-law with a lease offer, but he didn’t take to the idea right away. He first wanted to make sure I would properly steward the land.” In 1972, the Joneses moved to Kentucky. Armed with political experience, a love of horses, a solid work ethic and a lot of BELIEVE YOU CAN – they went to work, and Airdrie Stud was born. By the late 80s, Jones got back into politics. In 1987, he was elected lieutenant governor and in ’91 became Kentucky’s 54th governor. At Airdrie Stud he put a strong team together and they stayed focused on building for the future. His governorship ended in 1995 and he turned his attention to his family, Airdrie Stud, and developing the Communications Broadcasting Company. In 2004, Jones founded Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP), an organization


dedicated to educating the public about Kentucky’s horse industry and lobbying the General Assembly for more horse-friendly legislation. Airdrie Stud presently encompasses nearly 2,500 acres, 500 of which came out of the former Woodburn Stud where Lexington stood during his 16-year run as leading sire in the 19th century. This land is literally the cradle of the American Thoroughbred industry, and as Jones tells it, “There is no better spot of land. There may be some other places that are as good, and I’m not saying mine is the best, but I’m saying there are none better.” No one has better reasons to be interested in the health of the racing product than Jones. Thank God we have people like him dedicated to preserving this great sport. The Joneses are thrilled to be back in Saratoga. They pleasantly recall winning the Alabama in 2008 with Proud Spell. Mrs. Jones gave me a little background on that filly’s beginnings. “We withdrew her from the yearling sales at the last possible moment because she was so small and terribly weak in

the pasterns. We felt she had no realistic chance of selling.” She also was a member of Proud Citizen’s first crop, and though Jones supported this horse from the beginning, the public’s reception of him started out slowly. Proud Spell went on to become the 3-year-old champion filly of her year and retired with earnings in excess of $2 million. She’s back home at Airdrie, where she’s producing foals and breeding hope. Believe You Can went through the Keeneland Yearling Sales in

circle 2010 but failed to meet her $75,000 reserve. The last live bid was $70,000 and Jones took her home. Her earnings to date are over a million. Another homebred Proud Citizen, Mark Valeski, made the Kentucky Derby field, but his connections wisely withdrew the colt because they felt the timing was off. They later brought him to Belmont Park and won the Peter Pan. No wonder Jones feels Proud Citizen may be the most underrated

23 stallion in Kentucky. But he’s not complaining. For the lack of selling two of his fillies, he’s $3 million ahead. Brereton Jones’ father would be proud to see how his words have shaped lives. He would smile to see his grandson Bret at the Morning Line Cafe with his baby boy in his arms. His hope would surely be for the Joneses to BELIEVE YOU CAN for generations to come.

Keeping up with the Joneses by Marilyn Lane Saratoga TODAY Governor Jones instructed his trainer to take Modean to Ellis Park and run her on the bottom (the lowest level claiming race). She had run dismally for them and he hoped someone would claim her. Larry Jones hung a halter on her. That’s how it works when a trainer claims a horse; the former owner takes the horse into the paddock after the race, removes the bridle and the new owner puts a halter on and takes the horse to his barn. The old connections wished Larry luck, picked up their small check and headed back to Lexington. In the fall, Governor Jones went to the races at Keeneland and was shocked to see Modean in an allowance race. He looked at her past performance and was amazed to see she had won two at Ellis and was now in an allowance race. When she won it, he wanted to

meet the guy who managed such a training feat. Governor Jones introduced himself to Cowboy Larry Jones, congratulated him and asked if he would train a couple for him. That was 1993. In 2006, Governor Jones called Larry. The cowboy laughed and said “I figured you were one of those politicians you couldn’t believe, so I didn’t worry when you didn’t call me.” The rest is history. Keeping up with the Joneses has taken on a whole new meaning. If you think it’s terrible that some rich owner would dismiss a horse in this fashion, think twice. Governor Jones’ first horse was Willing; he bought her for $900, and I’m going to bet that no filly has ever been more adored or as carefully handled. Willing started Governor Jones on his way, and Modean kick-started Larry Jones to a whole new level. It isn’t price that matters – it’s integrity. And that’s something that isn’t cost-sensitive.

Photo courtesy of Anne Eberhardt/Blood-Horse

Rosie Naparanik becomes first female rider to win the Kentucky Oaks.



Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012


The Sunny Side of Union Gables

by Hollis Palmer Saratoga TODAY Originally named Sunny Side, 55 Union Avenue was built as a testament to the success of its owner, George M. Crippen. Completed in 1901, when natural night was essential, two of the rooms on the main floor (one on the east side and one on the west) are flooded with either morning or evening sunlight, thus the name. Typical of those who made their own fortunes, Crippen’s mansion used light woods for moldings, leaving the darker, heavier woods for those staid families who were raised with money. The youngest of eight children, George was 11 years old when his mother

died, after which he went to live with his aunt. At the age of 13, he went to work as an errand boy in a local dry goods store while attending secondary school in Glens Falls. By the time he left the store at 20, he was the chief clerk (manager) of

one of the dry goods department. In 1875, George opened his own dry goods store on Broadway in Saratoga. His store would eventually be the largest store in the county; it was four stories with 10

year-round employees and over 20 employees who came and went with the seasons. Crippen and his wife’s courtship was a classic example of a Victorian love story or modern-day romance novel. Born Katherine Baker, the future Mrs. Crippen was the daughter of Benjamin Baker, a wealthy busi-

nessman living near Chicago. Unlike most women of her day, Kate was well-educated, attending private secondary schools in Glens Falls and New York City. In 1879, when she was 18, Kate came to visit her aunt in Glens Falls. There she met 25-year-old George Crippen. He was immediately smitten and a whirlwind romance ensued. After her stay, Kate returned home to Illinois where George would often visit. The local newspapers carried stories about his mysterious absences, while the Chicago newspapers reported on a stranger suddenly appearing, seeking his future bride.




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This is part four of Hollis Palmer and Saratoga TODAY’s series featuring historic houses in Saratoga Springs and the people who once called them home.

They married in October of the same year. The Crippens would have six children; sadly, the first two died when young. Besides his store, Crippen invested heavily in real estate both in Saratoga and Minnesota. In the late 1890s, Crippen left the merchandising business and with a partner opened a factory manufacturing women’s wraps (the simple dresses worn at home by women of that period). Although having a limited opportunity for an education himself, Crippen believed in the importance of education. He was on the board of education for the public schools, and served as chair of the finance committee. His oldest surviving son, Lawrence, attended Hudson Military Academy before graduating from Albany Business College. One of his daughters, Mildred, graduated from Saratoga Springs High School, a relatively rare occurrence for a young woman at the time. The Crippen family was active in the local Baptist church. Kate was a Sunday school teacher; George was superintendent of the Sunday school. He also served as a trustee and treasurer. Crippen donated one of the church’s stained glass windows in honor of the aunt who had taken him in. In 1908, 53-year-old Crippen went to New York City for surgery. It was unsuccessful and he died in the city. His son, Lawrence, attempted to take over the manufacturing concern but within a few years his partner moved the manufacturing business to Baltimore. In 1911, Kate Crippen died. It

was maintained that she never recovered from the loss of her husband. The next year, Mildred married into the Huletts of Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. Margaret would move to Pennsylvania taking her younger sister, Gertrude, with her. The two sons, Lawrence and Harley, would remain in Saratoga, living a less gracious life. The second family that owned the house was the Pettees, who were chronicled in the July 27, 2012, issue of Saratoga TODAY, along with the house built backward on North Broadway. The third family to reside in the home was Charles and Margaret Furness. Charles, who was 15 years older than Margaret, was the publisher of the Glens Falls Times. The bulk of the Furness fortune came from his marriage to Margaret, who was a daughter of the Mabee/West family. George West, Margaret’s maternal grandfather, made his fortune manufacturing paper bags. West owned several paper factories in the area and was a two-term Congressman. After he sold the business and retired, his daughter, Florence Mabee, bought the mansion that stood behind the stone wall on the corner of Union Avenue and Circular Street. Florence’s house would become a dorm of Skidmore College renamed South Hall. In the 1930s it burned in a fire that was so spectacular that they actually made postcards of the inferno. With the loss of South Hall, Skidmore needed housing for the students and obtained Sunny Side, renaming it Furness House. Furness House served as a Skidmore dorm into the 1970s.

After Skidmore moved to the new campus, what was originally Sunny Side would become a home for disabled adults. It would be the 1990s before the tedious process of restoring the house to its current grandeur began. Interesting side notes on the Crippen and Furness families: In 1881, as a promotion, Crippen gave every customer numbered tickets with the promise that on January 1, 1882, there would be a drawing and 10 sewing machines would be given away free of charge. As soon as he started to draw the numbers, Crippen was arrested for holding an illegal lottery and the sewing machines were confiscated. There was open gambling in the casinos in the summer, but the locals could not get a chance at a free sewing machine in the winter. Prohibition was in effect most of the time that the Furness family owned the house. Based on information shared by one of the descendants, we are assured the Furnesses, and several others of Saratoga’s elite families, did not believe the law pertained to them. Margaret Furness’ brother, Douglas Mabee, owned the Batcheller Mansion at the same time. Next week the Travers Cottage will be the last house featured in this series. If you would like to nominate a house (including your own) built before 1920 to be considered for a future series, email with the information. Hollis Palmer’s books, including “Saratoga’s Great Ladies”, are available at Crafters’ Gallery on Broadway and at the Saratoga History Museum.

Photos by Hollis Palmer • Saratoga Today




Friday, August 17 Chicago - The Musical

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events Ongoing Events

The Saratoga Arts Center, 320 Broadway Saratoga Springs Tickets are $20. For ticket information, call (518) 393-3496.

Haunted History Ghostwalks Starbucks, 351 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 90-minute walking tour of downtown Saratoga Springs that touches on its history, mystery, architecture and parapsychology. Tours leave at 7 p.m. from Starbucks. For more information, call (518) 5844132.

Oklahoma Training Track Tours

Guided Early Morning History Hikes

The National Museum of Racing, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs This walking tour covers approximately one mile and lasts for one and a half hours. $10; 8:30 a.m. June 2 - October 27 (518) 584-0400, ext. 120.

Saratoga Battlefield From 9 - 11 a.m. tours guided by National Park Service volunteers Dick Farrell and Ray Palmer. For more information, call (518) 6702980.

Saratoga Artisans and Crafters’ Market High Rock Pavillion Thursdays, June 21 - September 27 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (518) 461-4893.

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

History, Legends, Lore and More Saratoga Springs Visitor Center, 297 Broadway This tour departs the Visitor Center daily at 10:30 a.m. rain or shine and is 90 minutes long. Tickets are $5 for adults and children under 12 are free. For more information, call (518) 587-3241.

Travers Festival Saratoga Race Course From Saturday, August 18 through Friday, August 24, 2012 Saratoga Springs will host the 17th annual Travers Festival. For more information, visit

Saturday, August 18 Tang Museum Family Saturdays Tang Museum, Skidmore College Programs include a brief tour of a current Tang exhibition followed by a hands-on art activity. Reservations are strongly suggested. 2 - 3:30 p.m. For more information, call (518) 580-8080.

Round Lake Arts and Crafts Festival Round Lake Village Bike Path Saturday 9 - 5 p.m. Sunday 9 - 4 p.m. This event has been running 25+ years. Offers for sale; handmade crafts and artwork. Local exhibitors, exhibitors from around the state and across the United States For more information, call (518) 899-2285.

Summer Jazz to Benefit the Race Track Chaplancy


Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012

Challenge Farmer’s Daughters’ Drive-In, Route 29 Help Jimmy Fox raise money for his best buddy, Matthew Rosato, who has Sanfilippo syndrome. For more information, call (518) 2608336.

Sunday, August 19 Summer Stroll-Post Time SE corner of Nelson & Union aves. Tours are rain or shine, allow 90 minutes. Requires walking and standing and covers varied terrain. Pre-registration preferred. For more information or to register, call (518) 587-5030.

Monday, August 20 Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund The Stadium Cafe, 389 Broadway From 7 - 10 p.m. Your favorite jockeys will be guest chefs and bartenders. Great auction items. For more information, call (518) 6910193.

American Red Cross Blood Drive 755 Saratoga Rd., Wilton All blood types needed; new donors encouraged to attend. From 1 - 6 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-Redcross.

Tuesday, August 21 Saratoga Program for Arts Funding Grant Workshop 320 Broadway, Saratoga Arts Center The SPAF Arts Grants Program regrants public funds to present arts and cultural programs in local communities and schools. From 6 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (518) 584-4132.

Spa Park Garden Q&A

Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs A tribute to Frank Sinatra Starring Mr. Bob Father backed by a 17piece orchestra. Dinner provided by Panza’s. Event begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call (518) 265-0057.

Saratoga Spa State Park Come find out how they create such a dazzling entrance to Saratoga Spa State Park. For more information, call (518) 584-2000, ext. 150.

Jimmy Fox's Ice Cream

55 Union Ave., Union Gables Attendees will enjoy a Victorian

One Fine Day

garden tea party, live music and more. The goal of this fundraiser is to increase awareness of homelessness and to secure needed funds for the shelter’s programs. From 1 - 4 p.m. For more information, call (518) 581-1097.

History of the Saratoga Chip The Chapel, 110 Spring St. Potato chip historian, Alan Richer, will discuss the history and creation of the potato chip in Saratoga Springs. Event begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call (518) 587-5030.

Wednesday, August 22 The Stars are Out The Mansion of Saratoga, 801 Route 29, Rock City Falls The ultimate New York City jazz/cabaret performer, Billy brings his tribute to one of the legendary singers of all time to the Mansion stage - Mel Torme. For more information, call (518) 885-1607.

Seth and The Moody Melix – Family Concert Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. Multicultural music, including instruments, songs and rhythms in a fun, creative environment. From 11 a.m. - noon. For more information, call (518) 584-7860.

Thursday, August 23 Homeschool Nature Saratoga Spa State Park Join other homeschoolers for Spa Park’s monthly nature class. Event begins at 11 a.m. All ages are welcome. Registration is required. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Call (518) 584-2000, ext. 150 to register.

Steak Night VFW Post 420, 190 Excelsior Ave. Grilled Steak dinner will consist of rib steak, baked potato, corn on the cob, and salad. Come enjoy our air conditioned hall. For more information, call (518) 884-1235.

14th Annual Saratoga Fashion Show Saratoga Race Track Doors open at 11 a.m. and the show starts promptly at 11:30 a.m. Natalie Sillery will be presenting a


fashion show featuring the latest styles from Saratoga Trunk as well as many renowned New York City designers. For more information, call (518) 438-2655.

Upcoming Events Friday, August 24 Mineral Springs Tour Participants will taste the mineral springs, hear about their medicinal qualities, learn about their geology and discover the history behind names like State Seal and Hayes. For more information or to register, call (518) 584-2000, ext. 150. Saturday, August 25 Saratoga Bridges Travers Day at the Races Ticket price includes one complimentary cocktail per person, admission to The Clubhouse and a Post Parade Program. For more information, call (518) 587-0723.

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

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

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

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

Malta Community Center Tuesdays 3 - 6 p.m.

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Local Gigs Week of 8.17-8.23:

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Friday, 8.17:

•Frank Chase, 7 pm

•Joe Barna Quartet, 9 pm

•Little Paradise, (Benatar Trib.), 6:30 pm

@ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•The Ideal Situation, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•John Gorka, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Cryin Out Loud, 9 pm @ dango’s - 587.2022

•High Peaks, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

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

•Rathkeltair, 9 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916

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

•The Brew, 10 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Stardust, 6:30 pm @ siro’s - 584.4030

•Even the Odd, 8 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

@ seven horse pub - 581.0777 @ siro’s - 584.4030

•DJDV Crush & Dread, 9 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

Sunday, 8.19: •David Massengill, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Master Cylinders, 8 pm @ dango’s - 587.2022

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

•Steve Candlen, 6 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Jeff Strange, 8 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916

•Chris Dukes Band, 6:30 pm @ siro’s - 584.4030

Thursday, 8.23: •Woodstone, 8 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

Saturday, 8.18:

•Skeeter Creek, 8 pm

•Jon LeRoy Trio, 9 pm

•Garland Nelsen w/Soul Session, 8 pm

@ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•Four Down, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Beaucoup Blue, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Funk Evolution, 9 pm @ dango’s - 587.2022

•Acoustic Circus, 9 pm @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Kitchen Party, 9 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Forthlin Road, 9 pm @ the parting glass - 583.1916 •Michael Panza w/ Peg & Bill Delaney, 7:30 pm @ panza’s - 584.6882

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

•The Figgs, 10 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

@ dango’s - 587.2022 @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

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

•Pulse Prophets, 10 pm @ putnam den - 584.8066

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

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

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

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

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

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






Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012


Will and Anthony Nunziata Come to Charles R. Wood Theater for Two Nights Only Nacre Dance Company Holds Audition for Upcoming Season of Dance SARATOGA SPRINGS – Nacre will be auditioning dancers (ages 18 and up) for the upcoming 20122013 season. Interested applicants can choose from two audition dates offered on Sunday, August 26, from 1-3 p.m. at Albany Dance and Fitness, located at 1197 Central Avenue in Albany; or Wednesday, August 29 from 7-9 p.m. at Myers Dance Center, located at 153 Regent Street in Saratoga Springs. Nacre is a modern dance company dedicated to revitalizing historic choreography while opening the arena to emerging artists through performance and arts in education initiatives. Selected dancers will have the opportunity to perform original or inspired works by various modern dance choreographers. For more information on Nacre, call (518) 4350510 or visit their website at There is a $10 non-refundable audition fee.

GLENS FALLS - The Charles R. Wood Theater proudly presents acclaimed New York City singing duo, brothers Will and Anthony Nunziata. For their shows August 19 and 20, the brothers will be celebrating the release of their debut CD while putting their fresh stamp on the best of Broadway and classic pop standards. Will and Anthony's songs include fresh arrangements of "Make Someone Happy," "The Way You Look Tonight," "The Prayer," "Once in a Lifetime,” “What Kind of Fool Am I” and “Who Can I Turn To,” to name a few. Will and Anthony Nunziata, dubbed by The New York Times as “displaying an engagingly brassy professionalism,” are enchanting audiences across the country and around the world with their acclaimed concerts singing popular music, standards, show tunes, and contemporary songs, along with their fun and improvised comedic interplay. Will and Anthony have performed in Avery Fisher Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, and with the Colorado, Cape Cod and Cleveland Pops orchestras. On television, they have been featured on “Good Morning America,” NBC’s “Columbus Day Parade,” and “The Rachael Ray Show.” For more on Will and Anthony, visit

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Will and Anthony Nunziata The show will take place both nights at 8 p.m. Show tickets are $32. For tickets, call the box

office at (518) 874-0800. The theater is located at 207 Glen Street in Glens Falls.

Home Made Theater Announces 28th Season SARATOGA SPRINGS Home Made Theater (HMT), Saratoga’s resident theater company, has announced their lineup for the upcoming 20122013 season. In October, HMT will open their 28th season with “9 to 5: The Musical,” with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, book by Patricia Resnick. The theater for families show in December will be “The Wizard of Oz,” by Elizabeth Fuller Chapman, dramatized from the story of L. Frank Baum. Also this December, back by popular demand, is the return engagement of David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries,” starring NYC-based actor/singer

Jonathan Whitton. In February, HMT will present “The 39 Steps,” adapted by Patrick Barlow from the work of John Buchan and Alfred Hitchcock. Closing the season in April/May will be Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies.” HMT is located in the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Spa State Park. Call (518) 587-4427 or email to be added to their mailing list and receive a season brochure. Season subscriptions are on sale now until the opening of “9 to 5.” Single tickets go on sale September 4. Follow Home Made Theater on Facebook for updates and special offers.



Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012


Tickets on Sale for Showcase of Homes and Chefs ‘Saratoga Style’ SARATOGA SPRINGS - Tickets for the area’s premier new home tour, the 2012 Saratoga Showcase of Homes and Chefs “Saratoga Style,” are now on sale. Tickets are available at all Adirondack Trust locations, Trustco Bank locations, Curtis Lumber stores in Ballston Spa and Queensbury, Realty USA offices in Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs and Roohan Realty in Saratoga Springs. Tickets can also be purchased online at and are always available at any showcase home during the tour. This year, each ticket holder will receive a free shoe tote bag at the first home they visit. The 2012 Saratoga Showcase of Homes will be presented over three weekends: September 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30. Tickets are only $20, which allows participants to visit these spectacular homes over six days from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. This year’s edition has 19 locations from 16 award-winning builders on display in Saratoga County. Participating builders are: Bella Home Builders, Belmonte Builders, Bette & Cring, Blitman Development, Bonacio Construction (two homes), Camelot Associates, Capital District Properties, Cerrone Builders, Heritage Custom Builders, John Paige Contracting, RJ Taylor Builders, Saratoga Builders, SAS Builders, Terrace Homebuilders, Waldron Builders, and Witt Construction (three homes). To view an interactive map with directions of these locations, visit A popular addition to the Showcase of Homes event, the Chefs “Saratoga Style” will be held on two nights of this year’s event. Visitors will not only tour these magnificent homes, but will enjoy sample culinary delights from many popular local restaurants. Both chef evenings will be from 6 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $35 each (due to the nature of this event, quantities will be limited) which allows participants to attend both Chef events and also includes a Showcase of Homes ticket. The Southern Chef Tour on Friday, September 14 will feature Chef Scott Ringwood of Lake Ridge Restaurant at Bella Home Builders; Chef Carla Kuchar of Zest Chefs at Belmonte Builders; Chef Chef Kim Klopstock of The Lily & the Rose at Heritage Custom Builders; Chef Mark D. Graham of Max London’s

at Blitman Development; Chef Jose K. Arteche III of Panza’s at Camelot Associates; and Chef Jay Wynn of Golden Krust Bakery at John Paige Contracting. The Northern Chef Tour on Friday, September 21 will feature Dale Miller from Sperry’s at Witt Construction; Chef P. Yono Purnomo of Yono’s at Saratoga Builders; Chef Franco Rua of Café Capriccio Saratoga at Terrace Homebuilders; and Chef Frank Russo of Russo’s Restaurant & Bar at Waldron Builders. Now celebrating its 17th year, this annual community event has contributed over $725,000 to local charities. Proceeds from the Showcase of Homes will benefit Rebuilding Together Saratoga County ( and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga,

Warren and Washington Counties ( For more details on the 2012 Showcase of Homes event, visit m, or visit them on Facebook for all of the latest updates.





Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012


Saratoga Arts Holds Fourth Annual Celebration in Saratoga Spa State Park SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Arts is holding its fourth annual celebration of the visual and performing arts at the reflecting pool in Saratoga Spa State Park Saturday, August 18 – Sunday, August 19. With over 100 artists exhibiting at the twoday festival, this family-friendly event, held from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day rain or shine, is free and open to the public. The Saratoga Arts Celebration is a juried fine arts and crafts festival of visual and performing arts. The show is set to coincide with the start of Travers Festival week, the Automobile Museum's British Car show and the final performances of the orchestra at SPAC in Saratoga Springs. The artists on hand will be displaying a wide range of fine,

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Over 100 artists will be on hand during the fourth annual Saratoga Arts Celebration. high-quality work, including works in sculpture, paintings, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, wood and mixed

media. Live music, dance performances and a food court will provide family-friendly entertainment for all throughout the weekend. The National Museum of Dance, The New York State Park and the Automobile Museum have partnered to host this event. The festival and parking are free. For more information, visit www.SaratogaArtsCelebration.or g, call (518) 893-2633 or (518) 852-6478.



Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012

Art @ The Lake Celebrating over 25 Years of Contemporary Art at the Lake George Courthouse Gallery LAKE GEORGE - For more than 200 years, the pristine waters and majestic mountains of Lake George have inspired artists to create some of their most enduring work, from 19th century painters Thomas Cole and the Hudson River School, to 20th century artists Georgia O’Keeffe and David Smith, to a rich and diverse community of artists living and working in the region today. For over 25 years, the Lake George Arts Project has presented exhibitions of regional, emerging and established contemporary artists at the Courthouse Gallery. In keeping with this mission, Art @ The Lake, now an annual event, presents a new generation of artists exploring their vision of Lake George. This year Art @ The Lake will take place at Wiawaka Holiday

House, on the eastern shore of Lake George, Sunday, August 26, from 4 – 7 p.m. The work of 32 contemporary artists will be on exhibit and available for purchase, with proceeds directly benefiting both the artists and the

Travel Back to 1870 at the Brookside Museum BALLSTON SPA - Brookside, Museum, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society, is very excited to announce an opportunity to travel back in time with Sue McLane to enjoy an afternoon of activities in 1870. Join them Friday, August 24 between 1 - 3 p.m. Sip tea, sample cookies, learn Victorian etiquette, play croquet, have your portrait taken and craft special items to take home. Guests are encouraged to wear their best “Victorian” garb and leave all 21st century worries behind. Open to everyone age 6 through adult. Children age 6-10 are encouraged to attend with a parent or grandparent Price is $10 per person ($8 for SCHS Members) and includes refreshments and materials. Registration is required by August 21. Request more information or register by calling (518) 885-4000 or emailing

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Lake George Arts Project. Light fare will be served with catering by Samantha's Cafe, with live music by Shelving Rock. Admission is $40 and reservations are required. Call (518) 668-2616 to purchase tickets.






Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012


Philadelphia Orchestra Brings Sinatra, Tchaikovsky, Fireworks and More to Closing Weekend at SPAC

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Montego Glover

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Philadelphia Orchestra wraps up its 2012 SPAC summer season this weekend, Friday, August 17 Saturday, August 18 with two evenings of world class performances. On Friday, August 17, Sinatra is back. Starring Montego Glover and Tony DeSare, New York Pops conductor Steven Reineke will lead the orchestra in “The Best is Yet to Come: Sinatra and Beyond.” Glover, star of the Broadway hit “Memphis,” acclaimed singer-songwriter (and Glens Falls native) DeSare and conductor Reineke take a musical journey through some of the most memorable Golden Era hits by Frank Sinatra and other great crooners, past and present. Glover, who earned a Tony nomination and Drama Desk award for her starring role in “Memphis,” and DeSare, a dynamic performer who has captivated audiences at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center

and the Algonquin’s Oak Room, will sing Golden Era hits made famous by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole and other iconic singers. The season closes Saturday, August 18, with a Tchaikovsky spectacular, featuring live cannons, fireworks and NYCB dancers Tiler Peck and Chase Finlay. SPAC puts a dazzling twist on tradition by adding ballet to its everpopular Tchaikovsky Spectacular program by The Philadelphia Orchestra. NYCB principal dancer Tiler Peck and soloist Chase Finlay will perform the pas de deux from two beloved Tchaikovsky works: “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker.” The dancers will perform on a specially erected dance floor in front of the amphitheatre stage. The last time a Philadelphia Orchestra program at SPAC featured New York City Ballet dancers was 25 years ago. To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit

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Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012




Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present. English Proverb

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1 Unlikely hits 7 Hiring may accompany one 11 Classic Pontiac 14 Unkeyed 15 Lead-in to a congratulatory cry 16 Punch lines? 17 Berserk flutterer? 19 Pen name 20 Sacred carving, perhaps 21 Place with pint-size servings? 22 Source of silky wool 24 Trans-Alaska pipeline repairer? 27 Central American port named for an explorer 30 Rhein tributary 31 Kwik-E-Mart owner 32 Like most people 35 Skewed 39 Jacuzzi feature 40 Like one afflicted with the added elements in 17-, 24-, 53- and 65-Across? 43 Wide size 44 Cousin of a toe loop 46 Operative 47 Body wrap offerer 48 “This __ outrage!” 51 Something that matters 53 Alluring facial feature? 58 “Yay!” 59 Community property word 60 Campus appointment 64 Dash sizes 65 Assembly celebrating digestion? 68 Imitate 69 Pound or pint 70 About 2% of the Earth’s surface 71 Not likely to pipe up 72 Family nickname 73 Surcease DOWN 1 Indonesian resort island 2 Body-piercing choice 3 Prefix with sphere 4 Swab analysis site 5 Dispose of a course 6 Boxed-set box 7 Disney classic set in a forest 8 Nebraska native 9 River separating Ontario and Quebec 10 “Resurrection Symphony” composer 11 Stink up the fridge 12 Doubly 13 Thespian honor 18 Sever 23 Defendant’s response 25 Reddish equine

The Watch

How much do you love your community? Would you join every civic organization whose goals you support and start your own if necessary? Would you risk your life defending it? Evan Trautwig (played by Ben Stiller) is the most civic-minded member of his hometown of Glenview, Ohio. As a member of most local community organizations and founder of several, Evan (Stiller) somehow manages to balance all that, a wife, and a job managing the local Costco. When the night watchman, his friend, is murdered, he then starts the one community organization that his town surprisingly does not have: a neighborhood watch. Despite posting signs all over Glenview to alert the citizenry of their first meeting, only three men show up. Bob Finnerty, father and construction worker; Franklin, who had hoped to join the police but was rejected; and Jamarcus who is recently divorced. Finnerty (played by Vince Vaughn) shows no interest in safeguarding the community and uses the watch as an excuse to get out of the house. Franklin (played by Jonah Hill) sees the watch as an opportunity to show up those on the police force who rejected him and engage in acts of vigilantism. Jamarcus (played by Richard Ayoade) is simply looking to meet people while entertaining the possibility that a lonely, attractive,

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50 Aegis wielder 52 Chest sources 53 Large flightless birds 54 Flair 55 Go casually 56 Literally, “baked” 57 Rapa __ 61 Wells race 62 Brenner Pass locale 63 Novgorod no 66 Doozy 67 Be penitent

housewife might call the watch for assistance and seduce him. Whatever their differences, they’re all shocked when they discover the violent attack that inspired Trautwig to found the watch was perpetrated by aliens. I’ve said it before; I’m not a fan of Ben Stiller. Almost all of his movies are exactly the same. That’s only become clearer since he decided the “Meet the Parents” franchise needed a third, even more ridiculous, installment. As for Vince Vaughn, I’ve liked some of his work. Not all, maybe not even most, but some. While I don’t always like the films themselves, Jonah Hill is always entertaining. I’m not familiar with Ayoade, but he was competent, to say the least. Still, they were stupid characters in an all too familiar situation. Cheap laughs with no originality. Enjoyable, perhaps, but completely forgettable. (6.1/10) For comments and questions, contact me at

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CRAFT/GARAGE SALE VENDORS WANTED The Saratoga-Wilton Elks Ladies Auxiliary is looking for market vendors for their indoor market to be held once a month at the Lodge, 1 Elks Lane, off Rte.9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga, on Sundays from 11 to 3:30 pm. Admission is free and the cost for an 8 foot table space is $15 each paid in advance. Doors will open to set up at 9:30 am. The dates are September 23, October 28, November 11, and November 25, 2012. Come and enjoy; for an application or to answer any questions please call Linda at 289-5470 or Debbie at 885-6506. The money is used for our ongoing community donations.




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Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012


Headline Community Sports Bulletin Junior NBA At Wilton’s Gavin Park is Now Open For Registration Gavin Park’s highly successful youth basketball league is gearing up for another great season of Junior NBA action. This recreational program is open to both boys and girls in grades 2-10. All skill levels, including beginners, are welcome and everyone receives equal playing time. The league is divided into four groups: grades two and three, grades four and five, grades six and seven, and grades eight through 10. Placement is based upon the grade the child is in for the 2012-2013 school year. Placement dates are scheduled for October 1-4. Games and practice times are NOT determined until October 5. Once the child is assigned to a coach, the team is scheduled for one practice per week, on the same night and time, for one hour. Assigned practice times run from 5-8:30 p.m. and practices will begin the week of October 15. Games are scheduled to begin November 3 and all games will take place on Saturdays, between 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Gavin Park. Registration for Wilton residents is now underway and non-resident registration begins September 10. The deadline to register is September 28. The cost is $115 for Wilton residents, $155 for residents of Saratoga Springs School District and $165 for all others, which includes a full uniform. Gavin Park is located at 10 Lewis Drive in the town of Wilton. Don’t wait; register online at or in person at the park office. If you have any questions, contact the town of Wilton’s Parks and Recreation office at (518) 5849455.

Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club Announces Fall Soccer Academy The Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club (SWSC) is pleased to announce the creation of a new Under-8 and Under-10 Soccer Academy Program for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The program is designed for soccer players who are looking to advance their skills and training beyond what is provided by recreational soccer. Boys with a strong interest in improving their soccer skills alongside other committed players, in a challenging yet fun environment, to prepare for playing soccer at higher levels will get the most from this program. The academy will feature weekly training sessions with Matt Jones, the head coach, and Stephen Hogan, the assistant head coach of the College of St. Rose Men’s soccer team and play competitive games against other area soccer clubs. The SWSC Academy focuses on the technical skill development of each player by utilizing drills, exercises and games that will help each player build a quality first touch, close control, confidence and soccer awareness. The academy utilizes a progressive systematic approach to player development by utilizing the most effective youth training techniques, many of which are used by pro club youth academies throughout the world. Practices will be on Thursday nights beginning September 6 and ending October 25. The cost is $90 per player and includes a SWSC shirt. Those interested in continuing this soccer program into the winter and spring will have an opportunity to do so by registering for those academies later in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. To register, contact Peter MacDonald (

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Malta Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services Announces Lil’ Sportsters and Teeny Tennis Programs for 2012 Lil’ Sportsters Introduce your 3-5-year-old to the world of sports. Get moving with your toddler in a variety of games and activities including the basics of kicking, throwing, catching and batting. Adult participation is required. This six-week session starts September 10 and runs from 9:30-10:15 a.m. You may register at the Malta Community Center or call (518) 8994411 for more information.

Teeny Tennis Teeny Tennis is designed for 5-7-year-olds to learn tennis basics with the use of adapted balls. This noncompetitive and fun environment will enable your child to develop handeye coordination and fundamental sport knowledge. This six-week session begins September 12 and runs from 7-7:45 p.m. You may register at the Malta Community Center or call (518) 899-4411 for more information.

Saratoga Lacrosse Holding Fall Program for Boys and Girls Registration is now open to both boys and girls in grades 3-8 for Saratoga Lacrosse’s fall practice program. This program is open to beginning and experienced players alike and will focus on skills and drills. If those running the program are able to find another team doing fall ball practices, there may be scrimmages set up along the way. The season begins September 9 and continues through October 21, held every Sunday from noon - 1:30 p.m. located at the Saratoga PBA recreation fields off of Weibel Avenue. Full equipment is required to attend the program. The cost is $60 per player. You must also be a U.S. Lacrosse member. If not, there is an additional one-time $25 fee to sign up. Registration can be done online at For more information, contact Greg Griskowitz at (518) 469-6947 or send an email to



Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012



When Dream Teams Collide: 1992 versus 2012

Damian Fantauzzi First of all, congratulations to London and all of Great Britain for doing such a superb job in hosting the 2012 Summer Name Olympics. One of the songs in the closing cerecolumn monies was the late John Lennon's "Imagine," - what an appropriate signature for these games. I can't begin to tell all of you how emotional I am about the Olympic athletes, and, of course the men’s and women’s basketball teams. After watching all of the events and team sports the feel of patriotism that these athletes had was just inspirational - it was awesome! I feel that having these games every four years makes it even more emotional because if it was done every year or two years it would lose some of its appeal. What about the double amputee from South Africa, Oscar Pistorius? Think about how times have changed; twenty years ago he would have been watching from a wheelchair only dreaming to have legs to run. God bless technology for what it has done for mankind, amazing! I was asked by Andrew Marshall (sports editor at Saratoga TODAY) how I would compare the men's gold-medal-winning “Dream Team” of 1992 to the 2012 gold-medal-winning men’s basketball team. I’m a basketball coach who usually backs away from comparisons of my own teams and players. Many have asked me about my history of the best teams that I have coached in my career, as well as the players that I have had and I wouldn't touch that subject with a 10-foot-pole!

All of my teams and players, both boys and girls, were very special to me no matter how good they were or what their records were. I had some great teams and outstanding high school basketball players of both genders, so I will leave that as an untouchable topic for me. Now what Andrew asked of me, I can do! What are the similarities and differences as they relate to each other? It's all about the rosters and their super-abilities as basketball players and the cohesiveness that they had as teams. The 1992 team was composed of 11 Hall of Fame players, but the competition, in most cases, were a bunch of college kids with only four other NBA players in the tournament playing on the foreign side of the court combined. This 2012 Olympiad had 40 NBA players in the total draw for all of the teams, so the playing field was more competitive than the games in 1992. The Dream Team of 1992 won by an average margin of 43.8 points and why wouldn't they? The 1992 team consisted of superstars like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin, David Robinson and Charles Barkley. To round out the roster of 12 players were Clyde Drexler (certainly no slouch) and Christian Laettner, who was the only player lacking professional experience. The coaches were just as highcaliber as the players, with head coach Chuck Daly of the Detroit Pistons being assisted by Lenny Wilkens of the Cleveland Cavaliers; 45-year-old Mike Krzyzewski (who is the current head coach of USA basketball) of Duke University; and P.J. Carlesimo of Seton Hall University. Perhaps Marv Albert, famed announcer said it best: "It was as if the Americans were playing against high school teams. They were so overwhelming.” This year's gold medal champions consisted of NBA stars like the Miami Heat's playoff championship team MVP, LeBron James, playing alongside Kobe

Bryant, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love, James Harden, Andre Iguodala, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams; all NBA players. Throw in Anthony Davis, who was drafted number-one overall during this summer’s NBA draft but has no professional experience and wasn't even born during the 1992 Olympics! Mike Krzyzewski, head coach for the last time, was assisted by Jim Boeheim of Syracuse University and former NBA coaches Mike D'Antoni and Nate McMillan. This team was pushed to the last minute and a half of the championship game for the gold medal with Spain - a team that was led by 7'1" Los Angeles Lakers center, Pau Gasol, who was a dominating force on the floor. If you saw the game, and for all the talk of LeBron being who he is (and deservingly so), the game changer was point guard Chris Paul. He was outstanding in his role and kept the offense in stride, acting as the catalyst in accelerating the team's chemistry. It's impossible to say who would win a game between the two teams because you can't really compare teams across eras, and one game would never decide the argument, but perhaps maybe a best-of-seven series. This is a scenario of hypothetical proportions, comparing the two super talented squads. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that there are two reasons that the 1992 team would best the 2012 squad: Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. No arguments please, Michael Jordan was the best and it will be a very long time before someone comes around that will make us forget about the demigod of basketball. Kobe is no Jordan! Chris Paul would be amazed with Magic; he could turn a sneeze into an assist and at 6'8" he was no match for any of his counterparts. With the lack of a dominating big man, the 2012 Olympians had an obvious vulnerability and Spain took advantage of that weakness, evidently to no avail. Outside shooting would be a


definite advantage for the 1992 gold medalists, not to mention rebounding, Malone and Ewing would sweep the boards. Larry Bird's ability to conquer the corner jump shot would become a thorn in the side for this year’s team. Off the bench, the 1992 squad is very deep and there would be no answer for Pippen or Robinson. This year's winners have an advantage of being challenged, as they did with Spain and Argentina, where 20 years ago there was no "in-your-face" competitor to even put a small scare in Jordan, Johnson and Bird, the dynastic stars of the hardwood. The fact that the 2012 Olympics team needed to go on a

run toward the end of the game with dunks and three-point shooting demonstrates how much the international game has grown in the past 20 years. It still takes the best we have to prove that we are the best basketball nation in the world and the challenge has become even more of a test as the world is trying to catch up with us. To pit these teams against one another team is hypothetical, and in American basketball history that will always be a great topic for conversation. To sum up the comparison of the two Dream Teams of 1992 versus 2012, my answer is quite simply: Michael Jordan.



Museum of Dance’s Yoga Motion Program Returns This Fall SARATOGA SPRINGS - In an effort to encourage dance and creative movement among young children, the National Museum of Dance is continuing its children’s Yoga Motion program for a fall session beginning this September. Yoga Motion promotes strength, flexibility, focus and creativity through yoga poses and creative movement. So get those pint-sized dancers up and ready to move! The eight-week-long class will include a series of yoga poses geared toward children such as cobra, lion and flamingo! Creativity will also be explored through movements like trees blowing in the wind and jumping in an imaginary puddle of honey. The children will play with bean bags, balls and a parachute that looks like the night sky. Yoga Motion is geared for children ages 3 to 5 years old and will take place on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. from September 18 through November 6; a full eight weeks of creative movement! The cost of the eight-week class is $80 per child, or you may pay $12 per class. Don’t miss your chance to sign up for this program, because there is only room for 10 kids per class. Reserve your spot today!

Peg Clark, an occupational therapy assistant and yoga instructor, has taught yoga and fitness since 2003 for both children and adults. Peg has taught a parent and child yoga class at Greenfield Elementary School and during after school programs for BOCES. She also teaches yoga at many Saratoga Bridges Day Programs, as well as at Highpointe Independent Living, Saratoga Care, Maplewood Manor and River Ridge Nursing Homes. In addition, Peg has attended various creative dance workshops at the Kripalu Yoga Center. To sign up for Yoga Motion, call Sue at (518) 584-2225, ext. 3009 or email The registration form can be found on the museum’s website at For more information about the museum’s current exhibits and upcoming events, visit or call (518) 5842225. The National Museum of Dance is located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs and is currently open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

STRETCH IT OUT - Students at a Yoga Motion class getting loose with their instructor, Peg Clark.


Week of August 17 - August 23, 2012


“The Spa Welcomes Mo!” as New York Yankees Legend Mariano Rivera visits Saratoga Race Course

Photo courtesy of NYRA ENTER SANDMAN - Mariano Rivera seated next to Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson during a press conference at Saratoga Race Course.

by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Race Course played host to one of the most legendary names in New York Yankee and Major League Baseball history August 10, as relief pitcher Mariano Rivera stopped by the track following his charity fundraiser the night before in Saratoga Springs. Rivera met with the media and city mayor Scott Johnson, who presented the pitcher with a certificate proclaiming August 10, 2012, as “Mariano Rivera Day.” The third race of the day’s card was named “The Spa Welcomes Mo!” and saw Rivera present the winners of the race, jockey Ramon Dominguez and the colt Regal Strike, with a trophy following the race. During his visit, Rivera also spent some time with jockey John

Velazquez, who happened to be inducted into the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame that very same day. Rivera and Velazquez toured the backstretch area together, which clearly impressed the right-hander. “It’s amazing,” said Rivera during his press conference. “Today was like school for me. I learned a lot. Next time, I’ll know a little bit more about horses.” Professionally, Rivera would not normally have the time to visit Saratoga this time of year as he’s usually busy pitching the ninth inning for the New York Yankees. He suffered a knee injury during spring training this season and is an admitted longshot to pitch in 2012. There were initially greater concerns surrounding the injury, including speculation about whether Rivera’s career was in jeopardy. Ultimately, the “Sandman” says he

is hopeful to make a full recovery, but a return to the Yankees in 2013 is a much more likely scenario for the 42-year-old. “I want to pitch now but that doesn’t mean I will come back this year,” said Rivera during his press conference. “It’s that one percent [chance he returns this season] we have to hope and keep praying that the Lord will heal me as quickly as possible. At the same time, you cannot push it. If you push it, you’ll make a mistake and instead of pitching this year, you won’t pitch again next year. I have to be wise and make sure I do the right thing.” Rivera is the current MLB career saves leader, having closed out 608 regular season games while with the Yankees (not to mention his alsorecord 42 postseason saves). Using his trademark cut fastball; Mariano River has been dazzling fans and confounding hitters for almost 20 years.



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