Saratoga Independent School, Wellspring and Northshire Bookstore to Promote Leap of Kindness Day 2020
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Please consider supporting two local organizations and one local business on Leap of Kindness Day Saturday, February 29, 2020! Shop at Northshire Bookstore Saratoga on February 29 and March 1 to help support Saratoga Independent School and WellSpring.
When you mention Saratoga Independent School at checkout, Northshire will donate 20% of your total sale back to the school. Money raised at the Book Fair will go towards the school's Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is used to directly enhance and support the student experience at SIS. It is also used to support financial aid, equipment upgrades, teacher professional development opportunities, and enrichment and enhancements above and beyond what can be provided by tuition alone.
While at Northshire, consider purchasing books to donate to children in need. Many times, people leaving a domestic violence relationship are forced to leave behind many of their personal belongings. This can be extremely difficult, especially for their children. Having a new book allows families the opportunity to bond and momentarily escape from what is happening. Your support will help Wellspring clients in so many ways as they transition to safety and a new beginning.
Collection bins will be located at the register inside Northshire for the entire weekend.
WSWHE BOCES Adult Literacy and ETA programs Set to Host “Steps to Success” February 26 and March 5
SARATOGA SPRINGS — WSWHE BOCES Adult Literacy program will host Steps to Success, an event for adults, on Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, March 5 at two local libraries. Program directors from Adult Literacy and Employment Training for Adults (ETA) departments will discuss the advantages of the programs and give insights into the High School Equivalency program, learning a skilled trade, as well as courses and programs to help adults advance their careers.
“Steps to Success provides an opportunity for individuals to explore pathways that can lead to sustained life changes. Whether it’s obtaining a high school equivalency diploma, or training for a new career, participants can learn about programs and courses that can help to create lasting and rewarding life changes,” says Turina M. Parker, Ed.D., Executive Director for Educational and Support Programs.
Join on either date or location: Wednesday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, in the Dutcher Community Room.Thursday, March 5 at 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, in the Holden Room. Attendees should pre-register online at forms.gle/KsV8BXqfYs3y56d66.
Waldorf School of Saratoga Introduces Within Reach Sliding Scale Tuition Model
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs is proud to introduce Within Reach - a bold new tuition model that eliminates tuition barriers, guaranteeing inclusion, accessibility and transparency. The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs values diversity as a centerpiece for building a healthy community. Within Reach renews this commitment by adapting tuition to every unique financial situation. For an instant estimate, visit www.waldorfsaratoga.org/within-reach
SUNY Empire Launches Empire Opportunity Program
SARATOGA SPRINGS — SUNY Empire State College announced the launch of its Empire Opportunity Program to provide targeted financial aid and enhanced academic support to open the doors to higher education for students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Unlike traditional Educational Opportunity Programs, SUNY Empire’s unique Empire Opportunity Program is open to students at all stages of life and learning to provide expanded access to college degrees for first-time entry students and returning adults alike. It also offers greater flexibility in supporting full-time or part-time study, allowing online, onsite, or blended study, and placing EOP students in a cohort of their peers to provide added support.
During its first academic year, 2020-21, the program will accept 60 students.
Participants will be able to study onsite at SUNY Empire’s Western New York campus in Buffalo – with additional locations to be added as the program expands – or online with SUNY Empire’s more than 110 online degrees and certificates, or through a blended learning approach. Whatever the mode of study, SUNY Empire EOP students will have dedicated academic support throughout their studies.
Dana Brown, academic advisor at SUNY Empire, was appointed director of SUNY Empire’s EOP. Director Brown will work with Tai Arnold, interim vice provost for Student Success, to implement programming and support that will ensure student success and strengthen retention. In coordination with SUNY Empire’s Chief Diversity Officer Elliott Dawes, the program will offer each SUNY Empire EOP student the opportunity to work with professionals and faculty around the college who will provide support, encouragement, and guidance for their undergraduate studies and beyond.
SUNY Empire EOP will offer the following benefits to participants:
• Targeted and ongoing financial assistance, such as stipends for full-time and part-time students to help with the overall cost of attendance.
• Enhanced additional academic support services from professional and peer tutors who work exclusively with Empire Opportunity Program students.
• A dedicated student success mentor to provide guidance from enrollment through commencement.
• Summer Orientation with workshops on topics like individualized degree planning and strategies for effective communication to prepare for success in college.
• Specialized year-round EOP workshops on topics ranging from resume writing to self-marketing on social media.
• Early Degree Planning to help students meet their personal, professional, and academic goals.
“I could think of no better way to honor the legacy of Buffalo’s Arthur O. Eve, former New York Assemblyman and Deputy Speaker of New York State’s Assembly — a leader who tirelessly fought for the implementation of the Educational Opportunity Program — than to build on his legacy by creating an enhanced Empire Opportunity Program in Buffalo at SUNY Empire State College,” said SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras.
“I’d like to thank Director Dana Brown and the staff and faculty at SUNY Empire for bringing this program to life, and I look forward to the difference it will make for hardworking New Yorkers in the years to come,” Malatras continued.
“Education is the great equalizer in our society,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.
“Expanding the State’s efforts to help more students earn an advanced degree is an investment in our future. The Senate Majority has worked tirelessly to invest in education opportunities and help more New Yorkers unleash their full potential, and the Empire Opportunity Program will help advance that goal,” she continued.
“Education is a critical rung in the ladder of success, building a strong middle class and improving lives,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said.
“I have been a supporter of the EOP program since my own college experience and have made programs like this a priority since becoming Speaker. This expansion to SUNY Empire will make it easier for New York’s students to get the education and support they need in the manner that best suits their lives - whether that’s on a campus, online or a combination of the two. As we look to the 2020-2021 budget, the Assembly Majority will continue fighting for programs like EOP that put college within reach for all New Yorkers,” Heastie stated.
“I commend SUNY Empire for recognizing the need to expand access to financial assistance to the students from disadvantaged communities in Buffalo and across New York state,” said Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes.
“Our students are determined to get their degree, and bring that perseverance to the workforce,” said Peoples-Stokes.
“New York’s Educational Opportunity Programs, coupled with New York State’s student financial aid programs, have long helped to ensure that students who are economically and educationally disadvantaged succeed in college,” said New York State Higher Education Services Corporation President Dr. Guillermo Linares.
“With the changing demographics of today’s college student, SUNY Empire State College’s new program will provide the same successful opportunities to the growing population of adult student learners and students at all stages of life,” Linares continued.
“On behalf of my family, I thank President Malatras for instituting the program at SUNY Empire State College for students at all stages of life,” said Leecia Eve, daughter of Arthur O. Eve.
“As the Educational Opportunity Programs celebrate the achievements of the past fifty years, we pause to reflect on these past successes and look forward to the future of these life-changing programs that started when my father, former Deputy Speaker Arthur O. Eve, developed the appropriations bill that gave birth to the programs that have transformed countless lives and communities for generations,” Eve said.
“SUNY Empire’s new EOP initiative will put a college degree within reach for many New Yorkers, especially adults and returning students, who may have thought a higher education was impossible,” said Director Dana Brown. “This is an important step toward achieving the full promise of higher education as a path to a better life for all, not just some,” Eve declared.
The program is supported entirely by SUNY Empire State College with assistance from the Empire State College Foundation.
To be eligible for the Empire Opportunity Program at SUNY Empire, applicants must be a New York state resident for 12 months prior to enrollment and meet the program’s academic and financial eligibility requirements. Learn more at esc.edu/eop.
Local All Star Moments: Feb. 14-20, 2020
Blue Streaks Hockey
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Tuesday, Feb. 4, Saratoga played Queensbury and lost, 6-3. Joe Amodio had two goals and Michael Montague had one; goalie Brad Blake had 17 saves. On Saturday, Feb. 8, Saratoga played Shenendehowa and won, 4-0. Charlie Leary, Riley Lefebvre, Mack Ogden, and Jax Todorovic each contributed one goal to the win; goalie Brad Blake had 12 saves.
SRYMCA Over 50 Basketball Leagues Scores
D’Andrea’s Pizza Shop v. Nemer Chryslers
Nemer-68: Steve Brown-22, Charlie Mauer-12
D’Andrea’s- 52: Rory Wilson-18, Scott Waterhouse-15
West Side VS Walton’s Sport Shop
West Side-74: Tom Welch-16
Walton’s-53:-Jimmy Parker 17, Mike Bentley-17
Chryslers Jeep Dodge of Greenwich v. Mama Mia’s
Stephen’s-68: Paul Gross-24, Gerry Heffernan-20
Mama Mia’s- Phil Fitzpartick-19, Lamont Williams-15
Turning Point Chiropractic v. Lazy Dog Cookie Co.
Lazy Dog-70: Todd Mcshane-23, Scott Clark-20
Turning Point-47: Bob Hason-26, Mike Scanlon-8
New York State Elks East Regional Hoop Shoot Winners
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On February 2, 2020 the New York State Elks held their East Regional Hoop Shoot competition at Stillwater Central High School. Two Northeast District Hoop Shoot winners from Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge No. 161 competed. Evan Rosettie finished first in the Boys’ 12-13 Year Old Division, making 23 out of 25 free throws. Charlotte Drabek finished second in the Girls’ 12-13 Year Old Division. Evan will move on to the New York State Elks Hoop Shoot Finals on March 7 in Syracuse. Shown here are NY State Elks President Brian Greene, Evan Rosettie, Charlotte Drabek, and Northeast District Hoop Shoot Director Steve Dorsey.
Town of Wilton Recreation Jr. NBA Chamionship
Kings vs. Pelicans
Kings-26: Gannon Britton 7, Sean Britton 6
Pelicans-21: Logan Janis 8, Tony LaGoy 8
Congrats for the win, Kings!
Pelicans vs. Magic
Pelicans-32: Ronan Doyle 11, Gavin LaFrance 10
Magic-27: Christ Sheft 7, Dillon Trautner 5
Congrats for the win, Pelicans!
Knicks vs. Lakers
Knicks-29: Micah Paog 10, Chase Billington 8
Lakers-17: Kihl Kelly 8, Michael Plourde 3
Congrats for the win, Knicks!
Pelicans vs. Thunder
Pelicans-45: Charles DiDonato 15, Evan Barthelmas 12
Thunder-42: Thomas Maurer 18, Bryant Savage 10
Congrats for the win, Pelicans!
Ballston Spa Students Complete Dance Residency with SPAC
BALLSTON SPA — Students from Malta Avenue Elementary School had the opportunity to participate in a SPAC Dance Residency program again this year. For the first time, the students performed “Sensational Soul,” which featured music by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and many others. The students also performed a choral arrangement of “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, and danced to “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher” recorded by Jackie Wilson.
As part of the program, the SPAC teaching artists also collaborated with the school’s music and art departments, allowing students to create drawings based on the soul music icons studied throughout the residency. Selected designs were incorporated into the students’ performance shirts and the Dance Recital official program.
In January, the students began working with dance professionals and former Broadway actors to learn dances during their Physical Education courses. The lessons were designed around teaching Broadway-style soul dance inspired by the music and choreography of the 1960s
Fifty-five 5th grade students from the school received instruction from SPAC’s Senior Director of Education, Dennis Moench, alongside Broadway star Alicia Albright, currently in the musical Frozen, and SPAC teaching artists Nathan Braim, Cristiane Santos, and J. Michael Zygo. Brian Melick and Alan Thomson also provided live musical accompaniment for
The program ended on February 10, 2020 with an exuberant performance for students and parents at Malta Avenue Elementary School.
Golf Fore A Cause
SARATOGA COUNTY — Beginning on February 17 until March 31, Tark’s Indoor Golf will be hosting Cabin Fever Classic Golf Fore a Cause to benefit Operation Adopt A Soldier. Four player groups are encouraged and it is $100 per golfer to play, paid golfers will also attend the awards banquet at Saratoga National and the silent auction for free. This is a multi-day tournament in scramble format.
“What is unique about event, versus other golf tournaments, is that it is the six-week format. So, if you’re busy this Tuesday, you can play Wednesday, if you’re busy during the day you can play at night. That’s great because Tark’s is open seven days a week. It makes it easy for people to participate,” said Gerry Magoolaghan, one of two originators of the event.
“Maureen [Ginter-Grabowski] and Gerry came up with this great idea and followed up with me a week later and it’s gotten bigger as the years rolled on,” explained Kent Tarkleson, owner of Tark’s.
Ginter-Grabowski and Magoolaghan were visiting at Tark’s bar a few years ago and came up with the idea.
“Kent looked at us like we were crazy,” Magoolaghan laughed.
“This is our 8th annual event that we’ve hosted at Tark’s and it’s just nice to know that we’re supporting a local charity and that all of the money is going directly to help out and support the troops. it makes me happy to know that we’re giving back a little,” Tarkleson said.
Operation Adopt A Soldier suffered a devastating fire to their building last August; they lost all of their supplies and building. They are strictly volunteer and profit nothing, everything they get goes to the soldiers overseas and to helping those families at home.
“We just thought this was a great way to help them rebuild,” Ginter-Grabowski said.
“Money is like water to us, we go through it so quickly,” Cliff Seguin, founder of Operation Adopt A Soldier explained. “Last week we paid four-thousand alone in postage,” he continued.
All proceeds from Golf Fore a Cause goes toward Operation Adopt a Soldier.
“This time of the year, things are slow with us so with this event it is really going to help us get through to the summer. We are adding on another 2,500 soldiers on our list so the need is there,” Seguin stated.
The presenting sponsor is Homestead Funding, of which Ginter-Grabowski is a branch manager and licensed loan originator, and the honorary chair this year is Matt Chauvin, attorney at Ianniello Anderson.
The flexibility of this event allows groups to register for tee-times that fit their schedules.
For more information and to participate in Gold Fore a Cause, call Tark’s at 518-450-7002.
For more information about Operation Adopt a Soldier and to learn how you can help further, visit www.operationadoptasoldier.org or call 518-260-9922.
Athlete of the Week: Brian McCarthy
SARATOGA SPRINGS — “How good can we expect to be if our best player is not our best teammate,” said Brad Stevens, head coach of the Boston Celtics.
Brian McCarthy started playing basketball within leagues such as Jr. NBA and then got serious about the sport in seventh grade.
“I started playing in the YMCA league in the summer because I had been doing a lot of pick up at the YMCA and I saw some flyers for it so I decided to do the league with a couple of friends. That led into me doing the winter league,” McCarthy explained.
McCarthy played for his school, Saratoga Springs, his freshman year and did not try out this year due to wanting to hone his game before attempting varsity next year, his senior year.
“I’m doing a travel league and the YMCA league right now so I thought it would be best to work on my game this year and try to be the best I can be for next year,” he reasoned.
McCarthy plays on the Saratoga CYO travel league as well as the youth league at the Saratoga YMCA.
“The travel league is definitely my main league; it has some really good competition. I really like to compete in it and get other people involved. It’s kind of in-between Y ball and school ball, as far as the competition goes. I score a lot of points in the YMCA league and I try to get other people involved. I’ve been trying to do the same in my travel league,” McCarthy explained.
McCarthy loves the dedication of the players that he sees on both his travel league and YMCA team.
He is on the Spa Café team, coached by Dallas Wells.
“Actually, the first time I played against Dallas was in the summer, I had 48 points against his team, and he ended up taking me for the winter league,” he laughed.
On the court, McCarthy possesses a natural shooting and scoring ability, but he is still pushing himself to work on his other skills to be better overall in the future.
“I usually play shooting guard because there are some people that are better handling the ball and I like to get ready to shoot the ball, I’m usually a 3-point shooter so I usually play the wing and try to create shots for myself and other people,” McCarthy explained.
McCarthy is known as a leader on the court and takes pride in that.
“I love being the person that people look up to and look to when there’s a shot that needs to be made. I like trying to get other people involved. I think everybody deserves an opportunity,” he said.
Off the court, McCarthy takes great pride in his schoolwork, he is on the high honor roll, and enjoys spending time with his friends. He also likes to play pickup basketball with his younger brother Matt.
“He’s actually a really good shooter too,” he said.
He cites his parents, Paige and Peter, as his biggest supporters.
“I try to make the best of my opportunities because why wouldn’t I try to do the best that I can to set myself up for the future,” McCarthy said definitively.
Ballston Spa Students Explore Science & Engineering with RPI Ambassadors
BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Middle School recently welcomed the Rensselaer Engineering Ambassadors into the school to share research topics that they have studied at RPI and to inspire the students about the role of engineering and technology in society. Over 600 Middle School students participated in the science and engineering program during their science or technology classes. The college aged ambassadors taught the younger students an engineering lesson and provided a demonstration or a hands-on design activity.
The Rensselaer Engineering Ambassadors are a group of RPI engineering students devoted to inspiring younger students with what they are doing in their chosen major, the newest technological breakthroughs in their field, and the obstacles yet to be overcome. This year’s topics that were presented to the different classes included Humanitarian Logistics, Designing an Athlete, Getting Into Orbit, Drag Force, and Safe Roller Coasters.
Ballston Spa Middle School invites the Rensselaer Engineering Ambassadors to visit each year to allow students to identify careers they can pursue as well as for them to learn what they will need to do over the next several years to achieve their goals. The Ambassadors provide invaluable perspectives and serve as great role models for the students.
The Ambassadors offer these hands-on demonstrations and short presentations at no cost to school districts due to the generosity of Rensselaer Schools of Engineering and Science and corporate sponsors such as United Technology Corporation, Rise High, Stewart’s Holiday Match Fund and The Bender Family Foundation. For additional information, please visit the RPI Engineering Ambassadors program website at engineeringambassadors.union.rpi.edu.
Local Scholarship Opportunities
BSBPA Scholarship Offered to Ballston Spa Senior
BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association (BSBPA) is once again offering a $500 scholarship to a Ballston Spa High School graduating senior.
High school students who hold jobs in the community, while maintaining good standards in their schoolwork and deportment, should be recognized for their diligence and responsibility. The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association Scholarship shall be awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated professionalism in his/her place of employment and responsibility in their school community.
Students can pick up the application information sheet at the Ballston Spa High School guidance office. A printable version is also available on the BSBPA website, www.ballston.org. All completed applications must be submitted to the guidance office by Friday, March 13, 2020. The applications will be reviewed by the BSBPA scholarship committee and the recipient will be announced at Ballston Spa High School’s Senior Awards Night in the spring.
If you are a Ballston Spa area business that has a BSHS senior working for you who fits the bill, please encourage them to apply for the scholarship.
The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, established in 1983, is a non-profit organization committed to making the Village of Ballston Spa a great place to live, work and visit. To learn more, visit at www.ballston.org.
Saratoga Springs Lions Club Announces 2020 Scholarship Opportunities
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Lions Club is proud to announce that scholarship applications for over $32,000 in awards are now available. These awards are available to graduating students from Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Central Catholic School, The Waldorf School as well as home instructed students pursuing post high school academic and vocational programs.
The range and number of scholarship offerings has been expanded and will be awarded based on the applicant field. The scholarship categories include both two- and four-year Academic Programs and a vocational/technical post high school program.
The Saratoga Springs Lions Club Foundation-Berkowitz Memorial Scholarship is a new $10,000 scholarship this year. This scholarship is in memory of Lion Jack Berkowitz. The award will be given to the top scoring applicant in the 4-year Academic Program category. Additionally, Academic Program scholarships are also available in the amounts of $5,000 for four-year college programs and $2500 for two-year college programs. Students enrolling in a Vocational/Technical or licensed post-high school program are invited to apply for a $2500 scholarship.
Finally, Leo Club seniors who have been members of the club for a minimum of 2 years are eligible to apply for a $2500 Leo Award Scholarship.
Application forms are available at saratogaspringslions.com/scholarships and at each eligible school’s Guidance Office. Applications must be completed and submitted to respective guidance offices or they may be mailed to: Saratoga Springs Lions Club, Attn. Scholarship, PO Box 166, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 and postmarked by March 15.
Saratoga Builders Association Offering Two $1000 Student Scholarship Awards
SARATOGA SPRINGS —The Saratoga Builders Association, Inc. is proud to announce their continued monetary commitment to education and will be awarding two $1000 student scholarship in 2020. One is the SBA Scholarship award and the second is the “Bob Best” Memorial Scholarship award. The organization makes these cash scholarships available annually to students who are planning to pursue a construction industry education.
These scholarships are open to any high school senior or college undergraduate in Saratoga County who is planning to pursue a construction education at a 2 or 4-year accredited college or university or to students who would like to purchase tools and/or equipment for employment/career or to start a business in the construction industry. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. They must demonstrate current or past involvement in the construction field, including classes taken in high school or college, to be eligible for these awards. Each applicant must also submit a high school or college transcript or list of construction classes taken plus a short essay describing why they are interested in a construction industry career and what events led to this decision.
The Hawley Foundation for Children Offering Community Grants and Camp Awards: Over $100,000 Available
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Hawley Foundation for Children is now accepting funding requests from local organizations that serve the needs and improve the lives of children in Saratoga County, to receive Community Grants and Camp Awards totaling over $100,000.00.
In 2019, The Hawley Foundation awarded a total of $101,225.00, broken down into $43,725.00 in Community Grants and $57,500.00 in Camp Awards, to the following organizations for programs that best realized The Hawley Foundation’s mission: AIM Services, Ballston Area Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region, CAPTAIN Community Human Services, Catholic Charities Mentoring Program, Camp Saradac – Saratoga Springs Recreation Department, The Community Hospice Foundation, CREATE Community Studios, Dance Alliance, Double H - Hole in the Woods Ranch, The Fast Break Fund, Franklin Community Center, Glens Falls Area Youth Center, Mechanicville Area Community Services Center, Racetrack Chaplaincy of America, Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, The Salvation Army, Saratoga Center for the Family, Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Town of Wilton Recreation Department, and Wellspring.
The Hawley Foundation for Children assists disadvantaged youth in our community. In 1888, Augusta P. Wiggins began caring for a few children who were from families with limited income, not well-cared for at home or orphaned. She enticed several Saratogians to support her project and in 1891, the institution was incorporated, electing Rev. Bostwick Hawley their first President. In 1904, the Hawley Home opened its doors on Ludlow Street -- eventually housing 34 children from Saratoga and Warren Counties. It operated for 61 years until 1965, when increasingly complex state regulations forced its closure. The home was sold, an endowment was created, and The Hawley Foundation for Children was established. Since then, the mission has been to promote the health, welfare and education of children in Saratoga County. The dedicated Board of Directors carries on this tradition to this day.