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Nisky drops federal lunch guides District: Students balk at meals; participation down, food waste up

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By JOHN PURCELL purcellj@spotlightnews.com New federal lunch guidelines will no longer the rule of the cafeteria at the Niskayuna Central School District. Officials are looking to make the lunch program self-sustaining again after finding students have been

throwing away more food, or not getting in line at all. The Niskayuna Board of Education unanimously approved terminating the district’s participation in the National School Lunch Program effective April 1.

The district’s lunch program is at a net operating loss of almost $70,500 from the start of this school year through December. At elementary schools, where lunch program participation is higher, only around 20 to 25

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percent of students are purchasing lunch compared to 40 to 50 percent last year, according the district. Board member John Buhrmaster said the district’s lunch program had provided “some great meals” that “wasn’t junk” before the new guidelines came into play. He predicted students would welcome the change back. “You are going to be heroes among a lot of kids,” Buhrmaster

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Canadian-born actor Charlie Ross reenacts the original Star Wars trilogy in a high-energy, 60-minute comedy performance at Proctors. See Page 10.

Lengthy legal battle ends with Democratic newcomer trumping Amedore By JOHN PURCELL purcellj@spotlightnews.com

Nisky’s struggles continue The Niskayuna girls basketball team suffered its ninth consecutive loss of the season in last Friday’s 53-25 setback against Suburban Council South Division leader Bethlehem. See Page 16.

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SCCC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Denise Murphy McGraw presents Albany County Executive Dan McCoy with one of the college’s T-shirts. College officials on Friday, Jan. 18, announced SCCC would open a satellite campus in downtown Albany. John Purcell/Spotlight

SCCC expands reach into Albany Satellite campus touted as boon for education and businesses By JOHN PURCELL purcellj@spotlightnews.com Schenectady County Community College has outgrown its name and is making preparations to establish a satellite campus in downtown Albany. Three years after discussions began, SCCC announced Friday, Jan. 18, its footprint is

expanding into the counmunity college, Click ty’s building at 112 State because there are Street in Albany. The colso many colleges it up lege is renovating nearly here,” said Denise To comment on 10,000 square feet of Murphy McGraw, this story, go to former Albany County chairwoman of the www.spotlight offices on the second college’s Board of news.com. floor for classrooms and Trustees. “I am so will lease the space from proud and so honthe county. Around 1,000 ored to be here tostudents are expected to day to be a part of attend classes there in the fall the next chapter of higher edusemester. cation in the Capital Region.” “People are always surprised Albany County Executive when they learn that Albany County doesn’t have a com■ SCCC Page 4

Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk’s early declaration of victory on election night has rung true more than 70 days later. Tkaczyk will represent the newly drawn 46th Senate District after her campaign’s appeal to count additional ballots led her to beat Republican George Amedore by 19 votes as of the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 18. Tkaczyk thanked supporters and volunteers who helped with the campaign and post-election Cecilia ballot counting proTkaczyk cess, despite being considered a long shot by many political forecasters. “No one believed our campaign had a chance in a district hand-carved by Republicans, and yet the power of good ideas and a strong campaign proved itself,” Tkaczyk said in a statement. “I am honored to stand with Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and my fellow Democratic senators, in pursuing the common sense, progressive agenda that New Yorkers demand. I look forward to hitting the ground running to serve my new constituents because there is no

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Grants aim to keep history afloat Erie Canalway grants awarded to three Capital District organizations By JOHN PURCELL purcellj@spotlightnews.com A series of projects aimed at connecting people to the Erie Canal through exhibits, artistic per for mances and by pedaling across r ural countryside are closer to becoming a reality. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Cor ridor announced $45,800 in grants awarded to nine organizations thr oughout the state at Proctors on Friday, Jan. 18. Three Capital District organizations will receive a total of $17,500: the American Locomotive Company Heritage Museum, Capital Repertory Theater and the New York State Bicycling Coalition. The grants will be used for projects connecting people to the Erie Canal’s history. The ALCO Heritage museum in Schenectady is receiving $4,500 to develop a per manent exhibit exploring how the state’s early 19th century canals and railroads were connected. Museum

Rep. Paul Tonko speaks about the importance of connecting people to the Erie Canal’s history on Friday, Jan. 18, at Proctors. Three Capital District organizations were awarded grants for projects tied to the canal. Photo by John Purcell/Spotlight Director Jim Cesare said the “interpretative and educational� exhibit is planned to be completed by September to welcome children as they head back to school. Capital Reper tor y Theater was awarded $7,000 to suppor t a five-week per formance tour telling the stor y of African Americans who par ticipated in Upstate New York’s Underground Railroad, which led

thousands of slaves to freedom. Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill said its educational programs reach children throughout 14 counties and it has three programs focusing on Upstate waterways. “These are stories we believe are important and we love telling them,� Mancinelli-Cahill said. “Because of this grant we can go to schools that could not otherwise

afford it and we can go to community centers and of fer our program, sometimes at no cost, so that we can reach people with this ver y powerful message.� For a more active approach to connect with the canal’s histor y, the state Bicycling Coalition is receiving $6,000 to produce a series of bicycle route maps to point out sites of interest and scenic routes leading from the Erie Canalway Trail through Orleans, Wayne, Ontario, and Madison counties. “You have a lot of people that go along the canalway trail, but we want them to get off the trail and spend some money as well as view the heritage of the areas around the canal,� Bicycling Coalition Director Harvey Botzman said. “None of these areas have any sort of bicycling map.� Beth Sciumeca, executive director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, said the grants are a proven mechanism after funds were first awarded last year to seven organizations. “After funding our initial round of grantees,

they have far exceeded our expectations ‌ we have built off those initial projects, expanded them and connected them to other grant awardees,â€? Sciumeca said. “They ar e just doing r eally inter esting things to share our history, educate students and showcase ever ything that the Heritage Corridor has to offer. We are really looking for ward to building on that with this round of awardees.â€? Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam applauded the ef for ts to connect people to the Erie Canal. “We gave bir th to a necklace of communities, dubbed mill towns, that then allowed the American dream to be tethered in those clusters,â€? Tonko said. “All the communities have a stor y to tell and when we do it together, we weave our individual strands into the richness of a tapestry that allows us to understand who we are as a people and what we are as a place.â€? State Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton said the canal system is a strong economic engine that generates at least $380 million in direct tourism

spending annually. The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor stretches 524 miles across upstate New York and touches more than 230 communities. The other projects receiving funding include: the H. Lee White Maritime Museum in Oswego, which was awarded $3,500 to seek nomination of the Derrick Boat 8 to the National Register of Historic Places; the Rochester Museum and Science Center, which was awarded $6,250 to upgrade its current Erie Canal lock model exhibit; the Histor y Center in Tompkins County, which was awarded $2,050 to develop an exhibit detailing the canal’s impact on Ithaca; the Hoag Library, which was awarded $7,000 to create an exhibit and programming about the canal’s history in Albion; the Village of Canastota and the Canastota Canal Town Museum, which were awarded $7,000 to improve an area adjacent to the Old Erie Canal by artist Corky Goss painting two murals of historic canal scenes; and the Village of Spencerport, which was awarded $2,500 to develop a walking tour and guide about its history.

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No plans to slow down in Glenville Supervisor delivers State of the Town and lay out initiatives for year By JOHN PURCELL purcellj@spotlightnews.com After a year full of economic developments, Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle has no plans to back of f the throttle in 2013. Koetzle delivered his State of the Town address at a Town Board meeting Wednesday, Jan. 16, and simultaneously detailed his 2013 Strategic Plan, which focuses on streamlining town operations, continuing economic development, improving town infrastr ucture and budgeting ef fectively. Koetzle focused on fiscal responsibility and long-term planning, while maintaining ser vices town residents expect and enhancing the quality of life. “Our revenues continue to stagnate, our county and state mandated expenses continue to climb out of sight and the taxpayer’s pocketbook continues to be at risk,” Koetzle said. “We know that we are the government closet to the people, with the responsibility of developing core ser vices to the residents that you’ve come to expect.” The super visor hopes to reduce fund balance usage again, to a total of around $500,000. Koetzle’s administration has whittled fund balance usage down fr om $1.4 million in the 2010 budget to $670,000 allocated this year. “Using your fund balance to pay for operational expenses

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is akin to using your savings account to pay your mortgage,” Koetzle said. He said the board would also seek to reduce $75,000 worth of non-mandated expenses and present a budget within the state imposed tax cap. Developers will likely welcome Koetzle’s proposal to streamline the approval process for projects. “ We n e e d t o e s t a b l i s h a rapid response team that can deliver what I call a ‘one-pass promise,’” Koetzle said. “We must commit to our developers that you will go through the process once.” Koetzle also pitched a loyalty program for town businesses to offer residents “G-Bills,” which would be accrued by shopping at participating businesses and redeemed for some sor t of discount. The town center along Route 50 will remain a focus as the town commits to launch a “Light Glenville” campaign to secure funding

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Police Blotter C.P. woman charged with striking officer The Saratoga County Sherif f ’s Depar tment ar rested Angela L. Trippe, 36, of 10 Bear Brook Court, in Clifton Park, on a charge of third degree attempted assault following a domestic incident at that address on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Police said while responding to the incident Trippe str uck the ar resting officer in the chest with a closed fist. She was arrested and transported to the Halfmoon station where she was released on an appearance ticket.

Other arrests • Rotterdam police arrested Kyle Brown, 22, of Saratoga Road, Scotia, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, on the charges of criminal possession of stolen proper ty in the four th degree and indentify theft in the second degree, both felonies, and petit larceny. • Scotia police arrested James Palleschi, 34, of Engleman Avenue, Glenville, on Monday, Dec. 31, on the charges of two counts of felony criminal mischief, DWI, r esisting ar r est and

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■ SCCC (From Page 1) Dan McCoy touted the partnership as filling an educational void in the county. “We have all these great universities in Albany County, but we never really addressed the community college,” McCoy said. “We are giving an opportunity to the children of Albany County to move to that next level.” Albany Mayor Jer r y Jennings said he understands the importance of community colleges firsthand because he couldn’t afford to attend a four-year college. “Anyone that wants to continue their education, they should be able to,” Jennings said. He thanked for Bullock for being “aggressive” in growing the community college and making it available to people outside of Schenectady County. He also thanked McCoy for providing the location. “This is long overdue and I have got to thank Dan McCoy for making this happen in this building, even though it is not taxable,” Jennings said. “Forget the taxes, I see the value of this.” SCCC President Quintin Bullock said

renovation costs are still being calculated and the college is working on a lease agreement with the county. College officials didn’t provide an estimate for either expense. “We are still working through those final details … we will look at all avenues that we can use to suppor t this ef for t,” Bullock said. The Albany campus will of fer general education courses for students beginning coursework, with specific offerings still being planned. Bullock said new programs could be offered in Albany, too, but didn’t give specifics. SCCC has some new courses being reviewed by SUNY officials, he said. In addition to classrooms, the Albany satellite campus is to include common areas, faculty of fices and advisement, according to McGraw. “It is the first step in creating a formal extension center in Albany County,” Bullock said. “We envision SCCC’s Albany location to be similar in design and scope to our Center City location, of fering students more academic and geographic flexibility in achieving their dreams and coursework for a college cer tificate or degree.” There is room for fur ther expansion on

other vacant floors of the building, too, but Bullock was tight lipped on the prospect. Bullock said the college is working on its facilities master plan to chart the next 10 years. “It is our vision to be an accessible community college where we embrace students lear ning and celebrate their success, as well as being responsive to the needs of our workforce community,” he said. Local lawmakers praised the partnership as an example of how municipalities should think regionally. “At a time in local gover nment when we are all facing challenges, this is just another great example of how we can work together — not just locally, but regionally — to maximize our community assets,” said Schenectady County Legislature Chairwoman Judy Dagostino. Success in Albany would benefit Schenectady County as well, since Albany campus students would be likely to attend classes on SCCC’s main campus as they continue their studies. Both counties are seen as benefiting from a chargeback agreement, which lays out what a county pays for a resident attending a community college in a dif ferent county. SCCC sees it as

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New trails to travel in this new year Judging from the light, it was maybe 7:30 by the time I finally steeled myself enough to unzip my sleeping bag and star t the arduous and uncomfortable process of putting my layers on. I’d been awake for at least 15 minutes though, staring out of the tiny hole I’d left for my face in the sleeping bag and watching my breath travel to the top of the tent, where it was forming into a layer of hoar frost. It looked cold out there. Really, really cold. The thing is, it wasn’t all that cold, at least not by Adirondack standards. Maybe a few degrees below zero. But the wind whistling around the tent reminded me how hard of a day it was going to be. A short, dark, hard day. The great thing about having the proper outdoor gear and know-how is you can get out of town and into the backcountry without a lot of notice. Once you’ve figured out what works best for different situations, it’s a simple matter to round ever ything up and get packed, confident you’re prepared. That’s the state of zen I’d finally reached with backpacking. But living here in the Northeast, I was only taking advantage

the winter! Can you believe it? What kind of mental disease would compel you to do that?” Not two years later, there I was, shivering in my inadequate sleeping bag on the floor of a lean to as the snow fell outside. If I was going to be an idiot, I was clearly going to have to go all the way. So this year we decided to get serious. We sought out big, fluf fy down sleeping bags, a nifty tent made for snow conditions, a new stove that will burn at any temperature and a bunch of other odds and ends. After researching, comparing, reading and researching some more, I finally felt prepared. We spread out all our nifty, cold weather gear and started to pack. Halfway though, the seams of my pack were bulging. “No more,” it seemed to whimper. “Why are you doing this? Think of my poor suspension!” But I would not be deterred, grabbing carabiners to hook my crampon bag, water bottles and odds and ends onto the outside of the pack. Then I decided to put it on and see how the weight was. The pain was immediate and searing. My knees quaked. My vision went dark around the edges

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of a bit more than half of the months in the year when it came to truly getting away and spending the night outdoors. It was time to tackle winter backpacking. A few years back, I picked up a book called “At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York’s Adirondacks.” As the title suggests, its author, Peter Bronski, detailed some mostly recent examples of disaster that have befallen hikers in the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks — some of them with fatal results. It’s a fantastic read, and a good reminder of exactly how serious striking out into the wilderness can be. A great deal of the more extreme stories came from hikers who had delved into the Adirondacks in the winter months. There were campers who had to climb on top of a lean to to escape a sudden raging river when an ice jam gave away. Others were caught in sudden, har rowing blizzards that buried tents and made simple survival a true challenge. “Laura, listen to this!” I called as I read. “These halfwits sleep outside in

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the falling snow, which got the tent wet overnight. It only took us the majority of this geological age to set the tent up, so I was exceedingly proud when I got the stove lit in no more than seven tries (I didn’t even set fire to hardly any nature). That’s when I discovered snow in the woods, which you imagine as pure and clean, is actually filled with all manner of pine needles and birch bark. We drank our tea through our teeth. But that was nothing compared to dinner. I got the stove running (saving half a mitten! Outdoors exper t over here!) and whipped up some chickenless chicken noodle soup. It was stone cold by the time we refilled our bowls again, turning a hot slice of heaven into a gr uel that resembled excellent English cooking — in other words, inedible. Then it was into our sleeping bags at 6:30, two hours after the sun had set, for a rousing game of “stare at your par tner,” because your eyeballs are the only part of your body you might risk

uncovering. Sounds like a blast, huh? You might think I would have applied the finicky stove to the tent and kissed the winter hardships goodbye then and there. Well, I must have acquired that brain wasting illness all those folks in the disaster book suffered from because the trip was still a blast. And the next, with the lessons we’d already learned, was even better. That’s the thing that’s so invigorating about the outdoors: new experiences. There’s always a new peak to summit somewhere or a new skill to learn. And even when things are tough, well, that just serves as a reminder of how well you have it otherwise. So if you haven’t already, take the opportunity this 2013 to do just that and try something you never though you’d ever do. Even if it’s a hardship, at least it will be yours. Charles W if f is the managing editor at Spotlight Newspapers and enjoys hiking and the great outdoors.

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An inalienable right? The back-and-forth antics of the 46th State Senate race are finally at an end, with Democrat Cecelia Tkaczyk clutching a whisker-thin margin of victory over Republic George Amedore. For Democrats, the significance of a win in the newly created 46th Senate District cannot be overstated. When redistricting maps were released in early 2012 Dems were quick to criticize its slender, arcing, six-county form as a blatant example of gerr ymandering by a Republican-controlled Senate. Then Senator Bob Reilly told The Spotlight the removal of Democrat strongholds to the northeast was nothing short of “illegal and unconstitutional.” How things have changed. Not only did a Democrat unexpectedly win the seat, but that helped to give Democrats a clear majority in the Senate chambers. (This is admittedly a moot point given the formation of a breakaway contingent of Democrats who will caucus with Republicans. New York, New York.) But beyond a serving of humility to some politicos, the real lesson served up by the weeks-long electoral slog in the 46th has to do with process more than politics. The figure of note has been 18, the number votes that ended up separating Amedore and Tkaczyk. With more than 126,000 ballots cast, that means this race was decided by just 0.0001 percent of the electorate. It was close to a tie, in which case no one would be named to the seat — a do-over, if you will. In some other states the candidates would flip a coin in such an event, if you can imagine that. So residents of the 46th who turned out to vote should feel awfully important. But when things run this tight, it exposes the cracks in the system by an order of magnitude. Amedore was certified the winner of this race for days and even filed an oath of office. That was before a legal ruling, pursuant to a lawsuit filed by Tkaczyk’s campaign, ordered 99 set-aside ballots opened and tallied, tipping the count. There but for the grace of the Supreme Court Third Judicial Department’s Appellate Division goes Senator George Amedore. And that crucial decision came after weeks of legal maneuvering, when matters were turned completely over to lawyers who fought not to make sure every vote was counted, but to keep certain votes protected while stomping on others. Our process for the counting of absentee ballots is beyond absurd. Lawyers face off and quibble over each and every slip of paper, looking for any excuse — a stray marking, a township instead of a hamlet listed on an address line (or vice versa!) — to have a vote invalidated. And they likewise advocate for votes in their candidate’s favor to be counted. Images like these from Florida caused America to collectively sigh in disgust in 2008, yet the status quo remains to be repeated over and over. Hundred of ballots were cast away in this fashion in the 46th, some no doubt with good reason, and others through the legal dance of politics. As a people, we consider the right to vote to be a fundamental right worth fighting and dying for, yet in reality there is a minefield of technicalities and regulations in the way. Reforming election laws is no easy task. But nonetheless, it should be a priority to institute no-nonsense rules and regulations the public is able to understand without a lawyer’s assistance. Likewise, submitting to the Board of Elections an address that would get you mail delivered should be enough to have your vote counted, even if it’s not exactly what is in the voter rolls. Having a vote tossed over such technicalities is not only silly, it’s downright un-American.

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By FELICIA BORDICK This article originally appeared in Capital District Parent Pages. American society has come a long way, making huge leaps in technology, medicine and education in the past 50 years. We can communicate easily and instantly with just about anyone in the world; we are finding cures for diseases that once were fatal; and we have improved educational opportunities for all. And yet, we are still rendered almost defenseless against flood waters, raging fires and prejudice. We are working on controlling the devastation of water and fire as we add to our knowledge after each catastrophe, but our ability to learn from past experiences in regard to prejudice eludes us. We continue to struggle with “man’s inhumanity to man.” Prejudice rears its ugly head ever ywhere both subtly and blatantly. When it is blatant, we should be grateful because it is then that we are not be able to walk around the monster. To bring this philosophical reflection into focus in current times, let us look at a school environment probably no more than 20 miles from where you are reading this. I would like to share a true story of the good and the bad of a sporting event involving two school districts, two boys’ soccer teams and two coaches. Names are purposely left out because this is not a unique stor y; it is instead a universal tale repeated often in different places with different players. It was an end-of-the-season game with much at stake. Both teams were highly skilled and well prepared to face this big game. Each team had worked hard toward the same goal and had played well. It was right that they both ended up as contenders in this important matchup. The players on both teams were as psyched as they were confident, and they looked forward to the match

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that would make one team the winner. Their attitude toward preparation for the big game exalted everything good about sportsmanship and athletics. A member of one of the soccer teams by chance learned of the courageous battle a student from the other team’s school was waging against cancer. A young woman, also an athlete, had been sidelined by her illness. The young man from the competitive school was moved into action when he learned of the young woman’s situation. He wanted to do something to help. His team would be hosting her school’s boys soccer team in a few days. He contacted people and set up a vehicle for collecting donations to aid the student in need. Before lunch on that particular school day, the specifics of the good deed were in place and ready to go on game day. If only the story ended here, it would have been a simple and reassuring testament to our student athletes. Sadly, the story continues, and after lunch on that same school day, a prejudicial rant filled with slurs against a few players of one team had been posted on Facebook by the other soccer team’s coach. The coach’s post on Facebook was in the form of a list, one disgusting insult after another. The young man who had spearheaded the donation collection was on that list. Now if you were asked to project what happened next, you would probably suspect that there would be tension and trouble ahead in both school districts. Well, the best par t of sharing this stor y is that those same conscientious, sportsmanlike athletes, as well as the school leaders from both schools, decided they would

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not be defined by one ignorant adult. The school district leaders came together and in a common bond of doing right, acted immediately in a manner af firming the values of their respective school communities. The offending coach was fired, there was a heartfelt apology extended, and the game was played on schedule. The match was played with impeccable spor tsmanlike conduct; the good deed to aid a student in need was carried out as planned; and in the end, there was one soccer team who scored more goals. However, it was every student and citizen of both school communities who won a battle, not the war, against prejudice that night. The stor y could end here, but it doesn’t. As serendipity would have it, the team and its coach who had demonstrated extraordinar y grace under pressure, went on to win the New York State Championship a month later. Congratulations to them; they know who they are!

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Heart Gallery opens The Capital Region Heart Gallery’s opening reception was held on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Apostrophe Café and Robb Alley in Proctors. The gallery is a photographic exhibit of local children 13 to 18 years old seeking permanent families. From right, Schenectady County Social Services Commissioner Dennis Packard, Foster Care and Adoption Supervisor Lori Pirrone and County Legislature Chairwoman Judy Dagostino listen to the county/folk trio The Nellies perform during the reception. Submitted Photo in Rotterdam Junction. Inspired by 16th and 17th Century Dutch Masters, Whitbeck’s 29 paintings which will be on exhibit were created by using the earliest oil techniques. A self taught painter, his subjects range from still life, landscape, interiors and songbirds. Admission is $5 per person and free to Schenectady County Historical Society members. Light r efr eshments will be served. The exhibit will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until March 15. For more information, call 887-5073

Ziti dinner benefit The Glenville Rotar y Club will hold its 24th Annual Benefit Ziti Dinner on Friday, Feb. 1, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Glenville Senior Citizen Center,

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The Schenectady JCC located on 2565 Balltown Road, Niskayuna, will hold a dodgeball event open to middle schoolers on Feb. 3, from noon to 3 p.m. The middle schoolers are coming together to save themselves from the winter blahs. Teamwork and strategy are more valuable factors in dodgeball than athletic skill and individual competitiveness. Anyone can play! Dodgeball promotes maximum social enjoyment where experience is countered by enthusiasm. This event is for members of the community cur r ently in grades six through eight. Form your team and get registered at the JCC by contacting Tiffany Smith at tiffanys@ schenectadyjcc.org or 377-8803 ext 223. The tournament will follow official National Amateur Dodgeball Association (NADA) rules and there will be prizes for the championship team. The tournament starts at noon on Feb. 3.

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More upgrades coming Caring for caregivers in industrial park The Galesi Group is cooking up enhancements to a former state bakery and warehouse in the Rotterdam Corporate Park in a project that is hoped to spur economic development. The Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority on Wednesday, Jan. 16, announced Galesi Group had committed $2 million to upgrade the 260,000-squarefoot facility known as Building 14. Extensive renovations are planned to include replacing the roof, installing new truck dock canopies, exterior painting, new siding and upgrading the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interior. County officials are hoping renovations will spur additional companies to move in to the remaining space available. Schenectady County Legislature Chairwoman Judy Dagostino applauded redevelopment of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;key buildingâ&#x20AC;? in Rotterdam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rotterdam Corporate Park is the source of many jobs and opportunities for county residents,â&#x20AC;? Dagostino said in a statement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This investment of $2 million

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This investment of $2 million will help us to continue our effort to attract more tenants and more jobs to the former state bakery building.â&#x20AC;? -Schenectady County Legislature Chairwoman Judy Dagostino will help us to continue our effort to attract more tenants and more jobs to the former state bakery building.â&#x20AC;? The building had served as a bakery and warehouse for the state Office of General Services, and operations stopped in 1995. Metroplex has helped OGS surplus the building and prepare it for sale. Three companies are now in the warehouse: TR America, a major distributor of construction par ts and equipment; J&B Importers, Inc., a large distributor of bicycle parts; and Distribution

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Unlimited, a third-party logistics company owned by the Galesi Group. Metroplex Chairman Ray Gillen said renovations would provide space for new tenants. The building has rail service and several truck docks. The sale of the building is expected to be finalized by March 2014. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This $2 million investment is part of our commitment to work with Schenectady County and the Town of Rotterdam to continue to attract new jobs and new companies to the largest business park in the Capital Region,â&#x20AC;? David Buicko, chief operating officer of Galesi Group, said in a statement. Metroplex entered into a master lease agreement with FG Rotterdam Holdings LLC, an affiliate of the Galesi Group, in 2008. The agreement saw Galesi making lease payments totaling $1 million to Metroplex, which it used to purchase the building from the state. Galesi then had the option through the lease to purchase the building before 2017.

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Entertainment in the Spotlight “It has to be the most absurd thing in the world to watch – but a lot of fun.” - actor Charlie Ross

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Arts and Entertainment Theater THE BEAST Marty Egan’s original play about a French banker who must house a German officer during World War II, presented by Not So Common Players, Jan. 25-27, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, Moe Road, Clifton Park, shows 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, free. Information, notsocommonplayers.org.

DRACULA Stage adaptation of classic thriller, presented by Curtain Call Theater, 210 Old Loudon Road, Latham, through Feb. 9, shows 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, $23. Information, 877-7529.

THE PILLOWMAN Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy about a writer who is interrogates about the content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders in his town, presented by Channel Z Productions, Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, Jan. 28 and 29, 7:30 p.m., general admission $15, students/ seniors $12. Information, 583-0022.

RACE Regional premiere of David Mamet play,

presented by Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl St., Albany, through Feb. 10, $20-$60, call for show times. Information, 445-7469.

THREE TALL WOMEN Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Pirze-winning play, presented by Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady Civic Playhouse, 12 South Church St., Schenectady, Jan. 25-27 and Jan. 30 through Feb. 3, shows 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, $15. Information, 382-2081.

BILL STAINES New England folk troubadour, Jan. 25, 8 p.m., Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, members $16, general admission $18, children under 13 $9. Information, 583-0022.

ZAN STRUMFELD AND DANNY WHITECOTTON Two talented singer-songwriters, Jan. 25, 8 p.m., Moon and River Cafe, 115 South Ferry St., Schenectady, free. Information, 382-1938.

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Music LOOSE CHANGE Mike, Peter and Elizabeth perform a variety of oldies and originals, Jan. 24, 8 p.m., Moon and River Cafe, 115 South Ferry St., Schenectady, free. Information, 382-1938.

DAVID RUBIN Traditional folk musician, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., Emack and Bolio’s, 366 Delaware Ave., Albany, free. Information, 512-5100.

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III Veteran folk artist, Jan. 25, 8 p.m., Swyer Theater, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, $29.50. Information, 473-1845.

Hosted by Saratoga Children’s Theatre and open to performers age 8-17, keyboard and CD player available, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m., Lillian’s Restaurant, Broadway, Saratoga Springs, free. Information, saratoga childrenstheatre.org.

ALAN GOLDBERG Singer-songwriter, Jan. 26, 7 p.m., Emack and Bolio’s, 366 Delaware Ave., Albany, free. Information, 512-5100.

MANHATTAN TRANSFER Popular jazz vocal group, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., Swyer Theater, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, $39.50. Information, 4731845.

OLD SONGS SAMPLER CONCERT Benefit show for Old Songs Festival with performances by Annie & Jonny Rosen, Jeff Gonzales, Addi & Olin Unleashed and the Wheelbarrow Boys, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., Old Songs Inc., 37 South Main St., Voorheesville, $20. Information, 7652815.

RYAN, MATT AND FRIENDS Schenectady County Community College jazz group, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., Moon and River Cafe, 115 South Ferry St., Schenectady, free. Information, 382-1938.

SPUYTEN DUYVIL Eight-piece acoustic Americana band, with special guests Loves It, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, members $12, general admission $15, children under 13 $7.50. Information, 583-0022.

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Installations by Paul Katz, Harry Leigh, Harold Lohner, Lillian Mulero, Ken Ragsdale, Nancy Shaver and Joy Taylor. Information, 463-3726.

Holding open auditions for May production of “Sunday in the Park with George.” Feb. 5 and 7, 7:30 p.m., Schenectady Civic Playhouse, 12 South Church St., Schenectady, roles for at least 17 men and women age 20-79, plus one girl age 10-12. Information, 469-2269 or email morrisonduncan@ yahoo.com.

COMEDY WORKS (ALBANY COUNTY) Kevin Meaney with special guest Carole Montgomery, Jan. 25 and 26, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., 500 Northern Blvd., Albany, advance tickets $15, day of show $20, dinner packages $39.95 in advance, $44.95 day of show. Information, 2756897.

COMEDY WORKS (SARATOGA COUNTY) Kevin Meaney with special guest Carole Montgomery, Jan. 26, 6 p.m., City Sports Grille, 1668 U.S. 9, Clifton Park, advance tickets $15, day of show $20. Information, 275-6897.

GOD HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR TOO! Comedian Cuzin Mann brings together the area’s best comedians, gospel singers, poets and more for one show, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m., WAMC Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Ave., Albany, advance tickets $15, day of show $20. Information, 528-8701 or 590-9707.

ALBANY CENTER GALLERY “The Eighth Annual Members Show,” through Jan. 26; 30 Columbia St., Albany. Information, 462-4775.

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“The Threads of Time,” through Jan. 31; 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa.

Seeking dancers from pre-Kindergarten to young teens for its summer residency production of “La Bayadere” at The Egg in Albany, rehearsals begin July 29, 2013 for the Aug. 10 performance date, dancers will have the option to join the full company for its performances the following week in New York City. Information, www.ajkunbt.org or email Ajkun@aol. com.

CLEMENT ART GALLERY “Group Show V,” through Jan. 29; 210 Broadway, Troy. Information, 272-6811.

MISCI “Seeing,” through June 2; plus “FETCH! Lab” and “Fueling the Future,” ongoing; Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady. Information, 382-7890.

SARATOGA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM “The Syracuse Mile,” featuring two of the central New York’s famous stock cars; plus ongoing exhbits including “East of Detroit” and New York racing, 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs. Information, 587-1935, ext. 20.

TANG TEACHING MUSEUM & GALLERY “We the People,” through April 7; Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. Information, 580-8080.

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Family MICHAEL COOPER’S “MASKED MARVELS AND WONDERTALES” Virtuoso puppeteer and mime, Jan. 26, 2 p.m., Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 Second St., Troy, $10-$18. Information, 273-0038.

Visual Arts NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM

“In Art We Trust,” through Jan. 25; 47 Lark St., Albany. Information, 426-3501.

CLARK ART INSTITUTE “Lions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My!” through March 31; “Clark Remix,” through Jan. 1, 2014; 225 South St., Williamstown, Mass. Information, (413) 458-9545.

MASS MOCA “Invisible Cities,” through Feb. 4; “Oh Canada,” through April 1; “Sol LeWitt: A Wall Drawing Retrospective,” ongoing; plus more; 87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass. Information, (413) 664-4481.

Gifted British tenor, Jan. 27, 3 p.m., Hart Theater, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, $34. Information, 473-1845.

“An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War,” through Sept. 22; “Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks,” through Feb. 24; “1934: A New Deal for Artists,” through Jan. 20; “Beneath the City: An Archeological Perspective of Albany,” permanent collections on the 9/11 recovery effort, New York state history and geography, Empire State Plaza, Madison Avenue. Information, 474-5877.

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Activist folk duo, Jan. 27, 7 p.m., Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, members $12, general admission $15, children under 13 $7.50. Information, 583-0022.

“The Eternal Return: Stephanie Rose Portaits,” through Jan. 27; plus “The Folk Spirit of Albany: Folk Art from the Colletcion of the Albany Institute of History and Art” and exhibits on Hudson River

Holding auditions for spring production of “Deadly Deal” by Bill St. John, Feb. 6 and 7, 7:30 p.m., Berne Reformed

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Church, Route 443, Berne, parts for four men and five women. Information, 5065834.

“Spontaneous Broadway,” a weekly show of improvised comedy and music, Jan. 25, 8 p.m., Proctors Underground, 432 State St., Schenectady, adults $14, students/seniors $6. Information, 346-6204. Also, weekly improv skit show, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., Comedy Works, 500 Northern Blvd., Albany, advance tickets $15, day of show $20, dinner packages $33.95 in advance, $44.95 day of show. Information, 275-6897.

RICK ROURKE CD RELEASE PARTY Capital District musician brings his three bands — Rick Rourke & The Lost Wages, Bluz House Rockers and Out of Control Rhythm and Blues Band — together for one show, Jan. 27, 2 p.m., Swyer Theater, The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany, $20-$35. Information, 473-1845.

School painting, American sculpture and the history of Albany, 125 Washington Ave. Information, 463-4478.

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ARKELL MUSEUM “From Giverny to the Brooklyn Bridge,” through Feb. 2; “Pastoral and Parkland: American Landscape Paintings,” through March 31; plus “Arkell’s Inspiration: the Marketing of Beech-Nut and Art for the People,” ongoing; Canajoharie. Information, 673-2314.

HILLTOWN PLAYERS

BALLSTON SPA COMMUNITY BAND Openings in several sections, especially percussion, rehearsals Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School. Information, 580-1037.

THURSDAY MUSICAL CLUB Women’s singing group entering its 99th year, practices held Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Information, 7654536.

THE CHORALIERS Musical group looking for singers of all abilities, performs concerts at Christmas and in the spring, pieces are familiar and fun to sing, no auditions are necessary, practices are 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Saint Clares’ Chapel, McClellan Street, Schenectady.

ETUDE CLUB Looking for women interested in vocal and instrumental performance, meetings held the first Thursday of every month. Information, 374-5536.

CLIFTON PARK COMMUNITY CHORUS Ongoing rehearsals for its winter concert, Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, Clifton Common, Clifton Park, no auditions required to join. Information, 3716681.

CAPITALAND CHORUS Openings for all voice parts for women who love to sing and perform, rehearsals are at 7 p.m. Thursdays at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, corner of Orlanso and Western avenues, Albany. Information, 785-3567.

TANGO FUSION DANCE COMPANY Auditioning professional dancers by appointment at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 75 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs. Information, 306-4173.


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■ Lunch (From Page 1) said. “The program you had before was better than the one dictated by the federal government and the kids understood that, and they will be very appreciative.” The new federal guidelines put in place for this school year require schools to ser ve more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free milks. The amounts of sodium, trans fat and saturated fat allowed in foods were also reduced, and caloric limits were put in place based on the age and grade of students. Food Service Director Suzanne W ixom said ironically, students are eating less healthy under the new r estrictions compared to last year. “They are calling out for some of the side dishes that we did last year,” Wixom said. “A lot of them are not taking the fruits and vegetables now because it is being forced on them, and it is not the fruits and vegetables that they want that we were offering last year.” Wixom said an “outcry” from students and parents spurred the decision to change to the old order.

“They were eating healthy and they weren’t hungry,” she said. The district must wait 60 days as its application is reviewed before reverting to former lunch offerings. Parents must be notified of the change by the district if it proceeds. “I think what’s happened is the policy has kind of gotten ahead of where the vendors are in terms of trying to provide foods that are readily available to make as part of regular lunch options for students,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business Matthew Bourgeois. There is a cost to the district for opting out. It won’t receive reimbursement for Type A lunches, which this year is estimated to total around $150,000 in state and federal aid. Since that is based on participation though, last school year’s aid was higher, around $225,000 to $250,000, Bourgeois said. Wixom said the district tried to make some changes to its menus and students were responding positively, but students were still forced to take a fruit or vegetable for the meal to be reimbursed. “A lot of that is just going in the trash,” Wixom said. “They were willingly

taking them last year.” Lunch prices are not planned to increase despite the loss of the aid because district officials are hoping increased participation will make up the difference. A breakfast meal costs $1.50 and lunch is $2.75 for elementary students. In $3 in middle and high schools the prices are $3 and $3.25. If a child qualifies, a reduced price of 25 cents for breakfast and 25 cents for lunch is offered. Despite lower par ticipation when compared to last year, par ticipation has been picking up in the 2012-13 school year. In September, approximately 772 students, or 18 percent, purchased lunch district wide on a given day. That increased to 1,102 students, or 25 percent, in December. Food ser vices employees were cut to reduce costs, along with working with vendors and increasing the amount of bids for contracts, but costs still could not be contained. “We did really tr y ver y hard to follow the guidelines and the state recognized that,” Wixom said, “but they’re seeing that it is not just our district that is having problems, it is all over.”

■ 46th time to waste addressing the many challenges facing our state.” Acting Montgomer y County Supreme Cour t Justice Guy Tomlinson previously cer tified Amedore the winner on Dec. 19 with 63,141 votes, a 37-vote lead over Tkaczyk. Tkaczyk’s attorneys then appealed Tomlinson’s decision and asked for more than 300 invalidated ballots be counted. The state Supreme Cour t Thir d Judicial Depar tment’s Appellate Division unanimously ruled on Jan. 9 that 99 more disputed ballots be counted. A majority of those ballots came from Ulster County, which was Tkaczyk’s strongest showing on Election Day. They collectively proved to be Amedore’s swan song in the contentious election. Amedore said he was “proud of the honest and clean campaign” he ran. He thanked suppor ters of his campaign and the constituents he’s served as an assemblyman. “I was suppor ted by the hard-working Upstate families who are faced with tremendous challenges in these trying

times,” Amedore said in a statement. “The time for politics has ended and the time to govern is at hand.” Amedore urged lawmakers to address the concerns of Upstate residents and said he would continue to advocate for them. “As a small businessman born and raised in Upstate New York, I understand the everyday issues. I believe our representatives need to act on behalf of those who call Upstate their home,” Amedore said in a statement. “As I’ve done throughout my life, I will continue to advocate for the people’s needs and hope for a brighter future.” Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, a fellow political newcomer, congratulated Tkaczyk on her “more than welldeserved” win. “Our long, Upstate election ordeal is over and the futur e looks incredibly bright with Senator Tkaczyk,” Fahy said in a statement. “This was grassr oots at its finest and should ser ve as a lesson that — despite long odds and faced with an opponent for whom the district was carved out for — the voice of the voters was heard and not the voice of special interests.”

The senate race became mor e heated as Election Day neared, with adver tisements from political action committees dealing the harshest words about each candidate. Each candidate pointed to campaign contributions as points of contention, with both receiving significant suppor t from political action committees. Tkaczyk, former president of the Duanesburg Board of Education, while campaigning pointed to being a third-generation family farmer and said she was in touch with middle class concerns and needs. Some key issues of her campaign included her staunchly opposing hydrofracking, providing school districts with their “fair share” of state funding, realizing campaign finance reform and suppor ting women’s rights. Despite Democrats securing more Senate seats than Republicans, the Independent Democratic Conference and Republicans will control the chamber through its governing collation. The new 46th Senate District includes all of Montgomery and Greene counties and portions of Schenectady, Albany and Ulster counties.

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Finkle gets a second chance to chase his dream Delmar resident is one of 33 finalists for sponsored ride By ROB JONAS jonasr@spotlightnews.com Justin Finkle has a second chance to fulfill his race car driver dreams. The 30-year-old Delmar r esident is one of 33 finalists for a sponsored ride in the Skip Barber Regional Racing Series. All he has to do is be the top driver at the Skip Barber Racing School IndyCar Academy Jan. 25-27 at Sebring Inter national Raceway in Florida. “This is considered to be one of the premier racing series in America,” said Finkle. “If you do well there, you can be picked up to race in a bigger series.” Finkle had the oppor tunity to join the Barber racing series 10 years ago when he par ticipated in a pair of schools, but he passed on it because he had to pay his way – an expense that he said could have been as much as $5,000 per weekend. “I was in college, and it basically wasn’t going to happen because it was something where I’d have to pay to race each week, and you shouldn’t have to pay to race,” said Finkle. “My whole thing is I wanted to be picked because of my ability, not because of my wallet.” Instead or continuing on a track which could have LEGAL NOTICE LEGAL NOTICE Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: The Uncompromised, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/12/12. Office location: Schenectady County. SSNY has been designated as an agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC c/o Ronnie Renaud, 1013 Day Rd., Schenectady, NY 12303. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. 85079 (S) (January 24, 2013) LEGAL NOTICE Notice of formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC): Name: AJ ROSEN & ASSOCIATES LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/28/2012. Office location: Albany County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: C/O AJ ROSEN & ASSOCIATES, LLC, 110 Benjamin St., Schenectady, NY 123035128. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. 85134 (S) (January 24, 2013) LEGAL NOTICE Notice of Formation of Barrel Trail LLC, Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/11/12. Office location: Schenectady County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall

led to racing in IndyCar or NASCAR, Finkle graduated college and went into his father Mar ty’s business working at Harold Finkle Jewelers on Central Avenue in Colonie. He didn’t race any cars over the past decade except for a couple of autocross events with a local Porsche club. “I tossed myself into the family business and really didn’t have much time to do anything else,” said Finkle. Finkle changed his mind last summer when he saw an ad for Barber’s IndyCar Academy. With encouragement from his fiancee, Rachael Shatsoff, he went to Limer ock Raceway in Connecticut in November to attend a three-day class. “I’m the one who persuaded him to do it because this is the time when he can do it,” said Shatsoff. Finkle said it didn’t take him long to regain the form he had when he gained the invite to join the Barber racing series from his instructors 10 years earlier. “Within a couple of laps, I was back to normal,” said Finkle. Finkle impressed his new instructors and was selected as one of 84 racers nationwide to earn consideration for the IndyCar Academy. From that list, Finkle was chosen by a national committee of Barber Racing School instructors to be one of the 33 finalists.

Many of the other drivers going to Florida for Barber’s IndyCar Academy are in their 20s, including Olympic swimmer Tyler Clary. “Hopefully, he doesn’t drive as fast as he swims,” Finkle said of Clary. Fortunately for Finkle, the winner of the IndyCar Academy will be decided on the track and not by the age of the driver. The drivers will be divided into three groups of 11, and their times on the track and how cleanly they race will determine where they start on the final day of the Academy, when everyone will race for the sponsored ride. “From what I know, this is going to be a pointsbased system,” said Finkle. “If I do something like spin out on the track, they’ll deduct points for that.” Finkle got into racing cars through his father, who started when he was 12 years old. “There was a little store on the corner of Lexington Avenue and Central Avenue called Lexington Go-Kart,” said Marty Finkle. “I got to meet a fellow by the name of Benny Rosenburg, and next thing you know I started go-kart racing.” Marty Finkle graduated from go-kar t racing to driving in three series – the Sports Vintage Racing Association, the Historic Sportscar Association and the local Porsche Club. He also became a national instructor at the Porsche

Justin Finkle, far right, has the support of his family — (from left) his parents, Marty and Paula Finkle, and fiancee Rachael Shatsoff — as he heads to Florida this weekend to compete in the Skip Barber Racing School IndyCar Academy. The winner earns a sponsored ride in Barber’s regional racing series. Rob Jonas/Spotlight Club’s driver education events at tracks across the Nor theast including Limerock and Watkins Glen. When he was old enough to drive, Justin Finkle began tagging along with his father to the Porsche Club events and fell in love with racing. Marty said he could tell right away that his son had a natural ability to drive race cars. “What you have to do is know your limits and the limits of your car, and Justin knows both,” said Marty. Justin’s mother, Paula Finkle, said watching him drive go-karts in his teens was a lot like watching her husband on the track,

which made it easier for her to let Justin pursue his dream. “I’ve seen Justin out there before, and I wasn’t nervous because I’d seen my husband out there before,” said Paula, who has also driven in Porsche Club autocrosses. Justin eventually took his talents to the Skip Barber Racing School, where he did so well that he earned an invitation to a two-day advanced class. It was there he was encouraged to join the regional racing series, but he said he wasn’t going to ask his parents for the money to do it. “I was only going to do it if I paid my own way, and there was no way I could

do that,” said Finkle. Now, Justin Finkle has a second chance to pursue his racing dreams, and his family is hoping he can take the next step toward being a professional driver such as Skip Barber graduates Michael and Marco Andretti, Jeff Gordon and Tony Kanaan. “I’m not nervous,” said Shatsoff. “Not a lot makes me nervous. I know he’s a talented driver, and I have 100 percent confidence he can do it.” “A lot of the guys that make it this far, it’s because they paid their way through,” said Marty Finkle. “It’s very rare when raw talent makes it to that level, and Justin has the raw talent to do it.”

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title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and the respective husbands, wives, widow or widowers of them, if any, all of whose names are unknown to plaintiff; SOMJIT CIANFARANI; CITIBANK (SD) NA; EMPIRE PORTFOLIOS INC; STATE OF NEW YORK; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; “JOHN DOES” and “JANE DOES”, said names being fictitious, parties intended being possible tenants or occupants of premises, and corporations, other entities or persons who claim, or may claim, a lien against the premises, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance on the Plaintiff’s attorney(s) within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, where service is made by delivery upon you personally within the State, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner, and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home.

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LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF FORMATION DOMESTIC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC). Name: LISBEN STRATFORD LLC. Ar ticles of Organization filed with NY Secretary of State, December 21, 2012. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act or activity. Office: in Schenectady County. Secretary of State is agent for process against LLC and shall mail copy to 123 Partridge Run, Niskayuna, New York 12309. 85363 (S) (January 24, 2013)

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SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Index No.: 2012-1192 Date of Filing: January 11. 2013 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF Schenectady JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, -againstVINCENZO CIANFARANI, if living, or if either or all be dead, their wives, husbands, heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said VINCENZO CIANFARANI, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, of any right,


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■ Nisky (From Page 16) Kelsey Cowell and Saeeda Abdul-Aziz outscored BH-BL on their own. Cowell poured in 19 points, and AbdulAziz added 15 points for Mohonasen. Lindsey Collins’ nine points led BH-BL. In other girls basketball action, Scotia-Glenville’s losing streak was extended to seven games with Tuesday’s 64-32 setback against Catholic Central in

a non-league game. The Lady Tar tans’ offensive woes continued, as they managed only 11 points in the first half while the Crusaders built a 30-11 lead. Catholic Central (6-3, 10-4) closed the game on a 20-11 run. Faith Welch had 15 points, and Madison Purcell added 14 points for the Crusaders. Nicole Conley and Katelyn Dwyer each scored eight points for Scotia-Glenville (3-3, 5-7). The Lady Tartans fell further from the chase for the Foothills Council title

with last Friday’s 41-38 loss to Queensbury. This time, they overcame a slow start to pull ahead of the Spartans with a 26-14 run in the second and third quarters, but Queensbury (5-2, 10-3) out-scored Scotia-Glenville 14-10 in the final period to earn the three-point win. Jillian Davis paced Queensbury with 15 points. Conley had 12 points, and Meqala MacDonald added 10 points for ScotiaGlenville. The Lady Tartans travel to Broadalbin-Perth next Tuesday.

Niskayuna’s Jackie Bodmer (33) takes a shot during last Friday’s Suburban Council game against Bethlehem. Rob Jonas/Spotlight

■ Intrigue (From Page 16) and Andrew Tabbert are three talented scorers, and the Tartans are excellent at the defensive end. The Tartans aren’t the only talented boys basketball team in Scotia. Several blocks down Route 147, Mekeel Christian Academy (5-0, 9-2) is quietly putting together another championshiplevel season in the Western Athletic Conference. Caleb Stewart (20.2 points per game) is the Lions’ undisputed leader, and he’s getting support from guards Spencer Bath (13 points per game, 37 three-pointers) and Courtney Penson (12.2 points per game, 24 three-pointers). As long as Stewart, Bath and Penson are shooting the ball well, MCA has a good chance to go deep into the Class B playoffs. Switching to hockey, Shen coach Juan de la Rocha passed a milestone when he earned his 200th career victory in last Friday’s 5-2 victor y over Shaker/ Colonie. The impressive thing is it only took 12 years for de la Rocha to get to

that point. Winning six Sectional titles in that stretch helps. It’s worth noting that de la Rocha’s Plainsmen are playing at a much higher level than they were at the beginning of the season. With their weekend sweep of Shaker/Colonie and Bethlehem, the Plainsmen (7-1-1, 9-5-1) are on a six-game unbeaten streak that has moved them within striking distance of first-place Saratoga Springs (9-0-0, 12-1-1). It’s also worth noting that Shen and Saratoga meet for the second time this season next Wednesday at Weibel Avenue Rink. That’s a battle not to be missed. Finally, we’re going to know a lot more about what the University at Albany men’s basketball team is capable of over the next week. The Great Danes (5-1, 16-4) have home games against Boston University (3-3, 9-10), Vermont (5-1, 126) and Stony Brook (4-1, 13-5). If coach Will Brown’s bunch can win at least two of those three games, then I believe UAlbany will be strong contender for the America East title. If the Danes don’t get at least two wins, they may be looking at a No. 3 seed, at best. The good thing is, they control their destiny at this point.

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Nisky struggles again Silver Warriors lose ninth straight game as Bethlehem pulls away

Four MCA players reach double figures in WAC win

By SPORTS STAFF jonasr@spotlightnews.com

Finkle gets a second chance Delmar native Justin Finkle is competing this weekend in Florida for a sponsored ride in the Skip Barber Regional Racing Series. Finkle is one of 33 finalists selected from across the country to participate in a three-day Indy Car racing school. See Page 14.

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After beginning the season with a victory over Ballston Spa, the Niskayuna girls basketball team suf fered its ninth consecutive loss when Suburban Council South Division leader Bethlehem pulled away for a 53-25 victor y last Friday. The Lady Eagles (10-0 league, 12-0 overall) scored the first 10 points of the game and built a 14-5 FINAL SCORE lead after the first quarter. The Silver • Bethlehem Warriors (1-8, 1-9) Lady Eagles, 53 remained within • Niskayuna striking distance Warriors, 25 through the midway point of the second quarter before Bethlehem closed the first half on another run to extend its lead to 31-10. Gabby Giacone netted 19 points, and Bridget Murphy contributed 10 points for the Lady Eagles. Jackie Bodmer’s 10 points paced Niskayuna. The Silver Warriors look to end their losing streak when they visit Mohonasen (2-8, 4-8) Friday in their annual cross-divisional game. Mohonasen earned its second league win of the season when it defeated Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 50-31 last Friday. The Mighty Warriors took a 21-11 lead, and they never looked back in beating the Lady Spartans (2-8, 2-10).

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Lions roar against Eagles By SPORTS STAFF jonasr@spotlightnews.com

Niskayuna’s Jordyn Davidson pulls down a rebound in front of Bethlehem’s Gabby Giacone during last Friday’s Suburban Council game. Rob Jonas/Spotlight

The Mekeel Christian Academy boys basketball team jumped out to a big lead and cruised to a 78-7 victory over Duanesburg in last Friday’s Western Athletic Conference game in Scotia. The Lions (5-0 league, 9-2 overall) went on a 16-2 run in the first quarter and out-scored the Eagles 50-27 over the next two periods to pull away. Cour tney Penson led four MCA players in double figures with 20 points. Caleb Stewart contributed 16 points, Andrew Moore chipped in with 11 points and Ohenio Miller added 10 points. Sean McGar r y and Chris Smalls each netted eight points for Duanesburg (2-4, 3-9). MCA took a ninegame winning streak into Wednesday’s home game against WAC rival Mayfield (5-5, 7-6). The Lions haven’t lost since opening the season with setbacks against Mayfield and Mechanicville. MCA hosts Sharon Springs Friday.

Intrigue abounds in Suburban Council Weekly poll What is the toughest high school gym to play in? • Bethlehem • Christian Brothers Academy • Loudonville Christian • Scotia-Glenville • Shenendehowa Go to spotlightnews.com and click on “Sports” to cast your vote.

Last week’s poll results: What is the best rivalry in Section II hockey? • Saratoga vs. Shen 60% • Bethlehem vs. Shen 13% • CBA vs. Shaker/Colonie 13% • BC vs. Shaker/Colonie 7% • Shaker/Colonie vs. Shen 7%

Time to tackle the stretch runs in high school basketball and hockey. Let’s start with Friday’s Suburban Council girls basketball clash between undefeated Shaker and undefeated Bethlehem in Delmar. This game is not only about gaining a leg up for the top seed in the Section II Class AA playoffs, but it’s also a measuring stick to see how well each team has matured. Shaker has matured the most out of any Suburban Council contender this season. The Blue Bison knew they had a special talent in senior guard Madison Rowland (16.7 points per game), but they needed other players to step up after graduating most of last year’s starters. What they got was five players – Jenni Barra, Lyric Artis, Merrick Rowland, Adriene Gambles and Sage VanAmerongen – who have contributed key baskets. That balance has helped Shaker earn key victories over Shenendehowa and Colonie in the past two weeks. Bethlehem has its own special player in sophomore forward Gabby Giacone (20.4 points per game). Not only is Giacone a power in the low post, but she’s also exhibited range with seven three-pointers. It’s up to VanAmerongen, Artis and the rest of Shaker’s forwards to stop Giacone. Even if Shaker can slow down Giacone,

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it still must deal with Bethlehem’s talented guards, Bridget Murphy and Kaylee Rickert. And Bethlehem’s full-court press has been very effective in forcing turnovers, which Shaker must also take into account. Ultimately, I see Shaker beating Bethlehem Friday night. There are too many Shaker players who can shoot the ball well for Bethlehem to defend, and Giacone hasn’t faced the type of powerful, athletic forwards Shaker possesses this season. Murphy and Rickert may keep the Lady Eagles in the game with some perimeter shooting, but the Blue Bison will find a way to win. On the boys’ side, things got a lot more interesting in the Suburban Council North Division thanks to Colonie’s 58-49 victory over Shaker last Friday. Now, Shen (7-2 league, 7-3 overall) has a chance to pass Shaker (8-2, 10-2) for the division lead when the Plainsmen host Averill Park and

the Blue Bison meet South Division-leading Bethlehem Friday. Shen is in this position because it’s adopted the scrappy demeanor exhibited by senior guard Teddy McCar thy. Like McCarthy, the Plainsmen never give up on a possession. If they miss a shot, they crash the boards for a rebound. Wherever there is an open look, a Shen player will take a shot. And defensively, Shen has a habit of jumping the lane to steal a pass. The Plainsmen also have defined roles on offense. McCarthy is the spark plug, forward Brandon Fischer is the muscle in the low post, and guards Dylan Molloy and Kevin Huerter are the sharp shooters from behind the three-point arc. When all four are clicking, Shen is difficult to stop. Speaking of teams difficult to stop, ScotiaGlenville is running away from the Foothills Council pack. The Tartans (8-0, 12-0) are winning their league games by an average margin of 39 points per game, which either is a credit to how good they are or how bad the rest of the league is. From what I’ve been hearing from my colleagues, it’s the latter. Still, I have a hard time believing any Class A team in Section II has a chance to beat Scotia-Glenville. Joe Cremo, Alex Sausville

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