Friday, 27 January 2017 10:29

New York’s Runner of the Year

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, the New York State Sportswriters Association announced, Saratoga Springs sophomore Kelsey Chmiel has been selected the New York girls cross country runner of the year by Gatorade after winning the NYSPHSAA and Federation titles this past season and finishing second at the Nike Cross Nationals regional meet. Chmiel, who placed fifth at the national Nike meet in Oregon, is the first runner from the powerful Blue Streaks program to earn the honor, though Gatorade did not start picking recipients in the sport until 2007. She set course records at Saratoga Spa State Park enroute to her league championship and at Chenango Valley State Park while capturing the NYSPHSAA Class A meet title. She also shattered course records at meets in Virginia and Georgia. Chmiel was selected the New York State Sportswriters Association runner of the year at the conclusion of the season.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ten new buildings, a five-story hotel, more than 400 residential units and nearly 30,000 square feet of retail space may soon rise from the rustic landscape of the city’s west side. The city’s Land Use boards are evaluating two projects that seek to develop a stretch of vacant land from the south end of the Saratoga Springs train station to Washington Street/ Route 29, and just west of West Avenue.

“You are looking at significant development,” said Bradley Birge, administrator of planning and economic development for Saratoga Springs. The Station Park project, which would be built out over five phases, calls for two buildings to be dedicated as a mixed-use space with each building housing 36 residential units, and a total of 22,000 square feet of retail space.

The 72 residential units would be for-sale condominiums, said Lou Giardino, chief development officer of the project for Top Capital of New York. The Rochester-based firm has secured a purchasing option on the 17 acres of the land where it would develop the $80 million project, if the city grants its approval. Additional development would include two buildings - each providing 57 units for senior housing and 33 units for senior assisted care, a 110-to-120 unit five-story hotel and spa, a pool and fitness center, and a free-standing building with an additional 6,200 square feet of retail space. Nearly 600 parking spaces would span across the location to cater to residents, retail workers and shoppers. “We’re anxious to get started,” said Giardino. “We have to go through the process and it’s contingent upon approval, but we’re excited about it.”

The second proposal, submitted by the Missouri-based Vecino Group seeks to develop one three-story building and three four-story buildings to stand just east of the Station Park proposal and near the Washington Street post office. The 160 apartment units contained within seem to fall in the “workforce,” or “affordable” housing categories, although detailed information has yet to be released and phone calls made to the Vecino Group and their local partners at the LA Group that sought comment about the project proposal were not returned. “They’re two separate and very independent projects coming forward at the same time,” said Birge. “They don’t come as a partnership, but we’ve tried very hard to encourage them to collaborate and at least share their plans (with each other) so that we can approach them in a comprehensive manner.” “We’ve met with the Vecino Group and support their project,” Giardino said.

According to city officials, two additional firms are also currently readying proposals for further development in the immediate vicinity of the Station Park project, although the size and scope of those two potential projects are not currently known as those plans have yet to be submitted to the city. The west side build-up is intentional and by design, said city Mayor Joanne Yepsen. “When we updated our Comprehensive Plan – the first new one in the city in 14 years – we identified West Ave as a growth area, along with Weibel Avenue and South Broadway,” the mayor said. “We’ve also been proactive in looking for a partner who would be involved in affordable housing.”

The Vecino Group project would seem to answer some of the city’s affordable housing needs. The West Avenue corridor has witnessed an increase in development over the past dozen years. In 2004, a $6 million renovation project was conducted at the Saratoga Springs Train Station. Three years later, The YMCA of Saratoga opened its $10 million, 75,000-square-foot community and fitness center 1/4 mile south of the Saratoga Springs Junior-Senior High School. And in 2009, Empire State College completed its Center for Distance Learning facility at its West Avenue property, located a few yards from the college’s graduate studies and international programs building, which was built in 2004. 


- Thomas Dimopoulos

SARATOGA SPRINGS — In order to prepare for their upcoming season, the Saratoga Springs High School girl’s basketball team hosted a scrimmage against Amsterdam on Tuesday, November 22. Although no running score was kept, the game was competitive in its entirety, and gave the team a chance to test their skills in a game-like setting. The Blue Streaks will hold eleven players this season. Of those eleven athletes, seven are returners. Of the remaining four, two were pulled up from JV late last season, and two players are completely new to the varsity game. One of the challenges for the Blue Streaks will be being competitive during each game that they play. Said head coach Robin Chudy, “we want to be able to win each game that we know we’re capable of winning, as well as compete against some of our tougher opponents.” Those tough opponents include Shaker, Albany, and Shen. The team will look for major redemption against these three teams this season. Last season the three teams handed the Blue Streaks six of the team’s nine total losses. In order to avenge these losses, Coach Chudy hopes that this year’s roster will provide a more balanced game with the addition of more shooting guards. She will also be looking for certain players for leadership this season. On the offensive side of the basketball, junior Briann Barringer will provide a dominant presence under the glass Recalls Chudy, “Briann is able to grab boards and rebounds every game, which will really help our offense.” Sophomore Kerry Flaherty will be a major contributor to the Blue Streaks. She has been a member of the varsity squad since she was in eighth grade, and each year she has never failed to impress. Says Chudy, “Kerry will be a major factor in our offense. She can help control the tempo of the offense each game for us.” The team’s season opener is scheduled for Friday, December 2 at Saratoga Springs High School. Tip off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 28 October 2016 16:16

Edna M. Mulrain,

WILTON — Edna M. Mulrain, 86, a former resident of Wilton, passed away Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Saratoga Center for Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing in Ballston Spa. Born February 23, 1930 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Linus and Nettie Bain Barber. Mrs. Mulrain enjoyed playing Bingo, dancing, and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Richard T. Mulrain; one daughter, Roxanne Mulrain and her six siblings. Survivors include her children Howard (Candy) Mulrain of Colorado, Linda (Wesley) Feathers of Saratoga Springs, Steven (Alice) Mulrain of Schuylerville, and Glory (Stuart) Forbes of Michigan, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville; the Rev. Virginia Cornell officiated. There were no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 13 Gates Ave., Schuylerville, NY 12871. Memorials can be made in her memory to a Disabled Veterans Agency or the Wounded Warrior Project. Online remembrances can be made at www.flynnbrosinc.com
Friday, 23 September 2016 09:45

Janice Morgan Thurston

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Janice Morgan Thurston of Prestwick Chase passed away on Monday, Sept. 18, 2016 after a brief illness. Born on Dec. 17, 1923 in Utica, she was the daughter of the late William and Susan Morgan. Janice graduated from Utica Free Academy in 1941, attended Cornell University and Katherine Gibbs before graduating from Syracuse University in 1966. She worked in NY City before her marriage in 1948 to Robert T. Thurston of Lorain, OH. The couple were married for 66 years until Robert’s death in 2014. Spending much of her adult life in Syracuse, Janice worked for Literacy Volunteers. She enjoyed gardening, reading, painting and playing bridge as well as arts and crafts. Janice and Robert built a camp on Cranberry Lake and enjoyed summers there for over 40 years. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her brothers Jack (twin), Pete, Dick and her sister Dorothy. Survivors include her two children, Jeffrey A. (Ellie) Thurston of Santa Fe, NM and Susan T (Ron) Morris of Saratoga Springs; her grandchildren, Christopher R. Morris of Saratoga Springs and Kimberly A. Morris of Sherman Oaks, CA and numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.
Friday, 16 September 2016 09:48

Week of September 16th

COURTS Ramiro Loachamin, Sr., 44, of Ballston Spa, pleaded on Sept. 2 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 18. Anthony L. McKinney, 44, of Cairo, N.Y., was sentenced on Sept. 2 to five years in prison and three years post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. Jeremy A. Laparl, 34, of Watervliet, was sentenced on Sept. 2 to 1-1/2 to 3 years in prison, after pleading to criminal contempt, a felony. Dustin R. Baylis, 28, of Ballston Spa, pleaded on Sept. 2 to knowingly making or possessing prison contraband, a felony. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 18. Shaddin J. Brennan, 30, of Corinth, was sentenced on Sept. 2 to one year in jail, after pleading to burglary, a felony. Matthew J. Werner, 29, of Corinth, pleaded on Sept. 7 to first-degree sexual abuse, a felony. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 2. Joshua J. Smith, 35, of Schenectady, pleaded on Sept. 7 to criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 2. Michael W. Winchip, 39, of Schenectady, pleaded on Sept. 7 to the following felonies: burglary, robbery, two counts grand larceny; the misdemeanors petit larceny, and unlawful imprisonment; and harassment, a violation. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 2. Robert J. Daniels, 43, of Schenectady, was sentenced on Sept.7 to 1-3 years in prison, after pleading to criminal possession of a weapon, a felony. Robert J. Duval III, 53, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced on Sept.7 to 1-3 years in prison and three years conditional discharge, after pleading to driving while intoxicated, a felony. Christina A. Cabrera, 26, of Troy, was sentenced on Sept. 8 to five years of probation, after pleading to identity theft, a felony. Peter J. Rupp, 37, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced on Sept.8 to 1-1/2 to 3 years in prison, after pleading to attempted burglary, a felony. Joseph P. Jannicelli, 51, of Cohoes, pleaded on Sept. 8 to driving while intoxicated, a felony. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 10. ARRESTS Brian C. Maxwell, 43, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Sept. 5 with two misdemeanor counts DWI, operating an unregistered vehicle on a highway, and passing a red traffic signal light. Harold J. Thomas, 24, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Sept. 4 with the misdemeanors DWAI, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, and the vehicle violations of improper lane use, and a parking violation. Jesse J. Lena, 43, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Sept. 4 with misdemeanor assault in the third degree, and disorderly conduct. Timothy J. Lenzi, 31, of Clifton Park, was charged on Sept. 4 with two misdemeanor counts of assault in the third degree. Hope L. Cristantiello, 52, of Auburn, Jeffery S. Iacovelli, 56, of Ithaca, and Brendan J. Kretchmar, 48, of Clifton Park, were each charged on Sept. 3 with one count felony criminal possession of a controlled substance. Donna M. Salvo, 61, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Sept. 3 with misdemeanor petit larceny. Sudeashwar Surujballi, 23, of Schenectady, was charged on Sept. 3 with the misdemeanors petit larceny, and criminal tampering. Shawn M. Johnson, 34, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Sept. 3 with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor. Steven F. Watts, 44, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Sept. 3 with the following felonies: attempted burglary, criminal mischief, assault; and the misdemeanors of resisting arrest, and menacing. Pamela F. Kakely, 52, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Sept. 2 with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. Kara M. Montville, 25, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Sept. 2 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor.
Friday, 26 August 2016 11:05

Saratoga Mama Fall 2016

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Friday, 24 June 2016 13:48

Ham Radio to the Rescue

STILLWATER — Saratoga County ham radio operators will join with thousands of Amateur Radio operators June 25 through 26 to fine-tune their emergency capabilities. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency radio stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Locally, this year’s event takes place at the Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater. Beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday and continuing through the night until 2 p.m. Sunday, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Saratoga County ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is all about. At the same time, they can get a first-hand look at the site of the first American victory of the Revolutionary War in 1777. This annual event, called “Field Day” is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of both the National Park Service and the ARRL, the groups have established a year-long collaboration to encourage operation of ham radio stations within more than 400 national parks and sites throughout the US. The slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to these ham operators, as they send messages using the newest digital and satellite capabilities, voice communications and even historical Morse code. It is all done without the use of phone systems, Internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, fun. “Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world,” said ARRL’s Sean Kutzko. “In today’s electronic-focused world, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.” Local ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for state and local agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free. Visitors will see ham radio’s new capabilities and can learn how to get their own FCC radio license and get on the air. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio.
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  • COURT Edward Kelly, 48, of Glens Falls, was sentenced April 2 to 6 months jail, after pleading to possessing a sexual performance by a child.  Cameron S. Vandusen, 27, of Galway, pleaded March 30 to felony robbery in connection with an incident that occurred in Greenfield. Sentencing scheduled June 11.  Samantha E. Germain, 27, of Greenfield, pleaded April 1 to criminal contempt in the first-degree. Sentencing June 3.  Crystal M. Hebert, 34, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded April 1 to grand larceny in the third-degree, in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing June 3.  Jack Jeffers, 25, of Vorheesville,…

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