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Friday, 15 May 2015 10:42

Saratoga Named Walk Friendly Community

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The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center named Saratoga Springs as one of its five new Walk Friendly Communities, awarding the Spa City a bronze level award. The Walk Friendly title means a city or town is being recognized for its success in working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort

PBIC recognized Evanston, Ill., Somerville, Mass., Lee’s Summit, Mo., Sandpoint, Id., and Arcata, Ca., as the other Walk Friendly Communities.

“We continue to be amazed by the efforts being made by communities of all sizes to improve conditions for walking,” said Carl Sundstrom, WFC program manager.

Spafford Criticizes Yepsen

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Saratoga Springs Republican Mayoral Candidate John Safford today criticized Joanne Yepsen’s mishandling of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

“Ms. Yepsen ran two years ago on a platform of moving the Comprehensive Plan forward and taking back Saratoga Springs for the people,” said Safford. “The people have spoken, and Yepsen’s failed leadership is a liability to the future of our City. We can do better.”

Last week, six community leaders who sit on the Comprehensive Plan Committee demanded their names be taken off the document. Committee members Todd Shimkus, Charles Wait, Sonny Bonacio, Devin Dal Pos, Steven Rowland and Jim Letts expressed strong disapproval with the current draft of the Plan, stating in a letter they do not support the plan or believe it represents a forward looking vision of Saratoga Springs.

“The Comprehensive Plan is a vital document that will help guide our City for years to come,” Safford added.



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The SaratogaArtsFest Arts Star Award for 2015 was presented to Yaddo, the famed artists's community, at the organization’s Prelude benefit on April 30. Accepting the award were four representatives of Yaddo (from left): Candace Wait, Steve Dennin, Tristan Kirvin, and Lynn Farnenell. To the far right is Dee Sarno, chair of SaratogaArtsFest board.

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