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With Business Growing, AgroChem Eyes An Expansion In Grande Industrial Park

February 6, 2015

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John DeMarco, right, and his son, Robert, founders of AgroChem, work in their facility that develops and manufactures sanitizing products for farms and dairies
BY BARBARA PINCKNEY

John DeMarco sees an addition to his company's building as the key to reaching $20 million in sales within the next five years.

DeMarco and his son, Robert DeMarco, founded AgroChem, a Saratoga Springs company that develops and manufactures sanitizing products for farms and dairies, about 10 years ago.

Today, the company occupies 30,000 square feet at 3 Duplainville Road in the Grande Industrial Park. It employs 26 people and does $15 million a year in sales to customers all over the world, according to the owners.
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Scott Rajeski Fills Chairman Position For Chamber Of Southern Saratoga County

February 6, 2015

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Scott Rajeski is vice president and chief financial officer of Latham Pool Products
The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County named Scott Rajeski, vice president and chief financial officer of Latham Pool Products, as its chairman for 2015. He replaces Dianne Barber-Kansas of Kansas Eye Surgery.

Formerly employed by GE, Momentive Performance Materials and GlobalFoundries, Rajeski, a native of Mechanicville, is "a logical fit for the volunteer leadership of an organization that has staked its claim as Tech Valley's leader in this vital business segment," the Chamber said in a statement.

"Having worked for GE, Momentive, and GlobalFoundries, and now Latham, I understand the issues we all face in the region when it comes to manufacturing," said Rajeski.
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Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show Comes To City Center From Feb. 27 To March 1

February 6, 2015

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People browse booths at last year's Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show, an annual fundraiser of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club. Some 120 vendors are expected this year
The Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show, an annual fundraiser organized by the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club, will take place Feb. 27 to March 1 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

The show will feature approximately 120 exhibitors throughout the first floor of the Saratoga Springs City Center, with a wide range of home improvement, outdoor living and landscaping, family recreation, and lifestyle products and services, Rotary officials said. Attendees have the chance to win several types of prizes, including hourly door prizes, and a grand prize.

The Rotary Club hopes to raise close to $100,000 from the event, with proceeds being distributed to community organizations, youth scholarships, and international humanitarian projects.
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Mazzone Hospitality Unveils New HQ, Donates Funds To Regional Food Bank

February 6, 2015

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Angelo Mazzone, left, hands a ceremonial check to Mark Quandt of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, representing a $5,800 donation from Mazzone Hospitality
Mazzone Hospitality, a major caterer and restaurateur in the area, unveiled its new corporate headquarters at 743 Pierce Road in Clifton Park on Jan. 28.

The 25,000-square-foot facility represents a $2.5 million investment and for the first time consolidates the organization's catering operations, administrative offices and warehouse in the same building, the company said.

Approximately 50 employees work at the headquarters, including 20 new associates who were added to support Mazzone Hospitality's growing portfolio, said company officials.
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Select Sotheby's International Realty Adds High Peaks Realty In Lake Placid To Its Fold

February 6, 2015

Select Sotheby's International Realty, with offices in Saratoga Springs, Bolton Landing and Lake Placid, to announced that Century 21, High Peaks Realty, has joined their office in Lake Placid, New York.

Mike Damp, broker/owner of Century 21 High Peaks Realty, said as the real estate market continues to consolidate, and consumers are demanding higher quality marketing services, he saw an opportunity to offer an increased level of service and exposure to his agents and clients in the region by joining Sotheby.

His company has offices in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.
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$630,000 Grant From New York State To Help Build Hangars At County Airport

February 6, 2015

Saratoga County Airport in Milton, Saratoga County, received a grant of $630,000 from New York state for the construction of a six-unit hangar.

The funds are part of Aviation Capital Grants Program awards totaling $9 million, officials announced in December.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said $26.8 million in state funding is being awarded to 38 rail and aviation safety, security and economic development projects across the state. The funding will generate approximately $36 million in new investments for transportation projects statewide.
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SONIC Drive-In Has Plans For Franchises In Both Saratoga Springs And Clifton Park

February 6, 2015

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This rendering depicts the traditional style of the SONIC drive-in that the company builds from scratch. The company also allows renovation of existing spaces
BY LIZ WITBECK

SONIC, the drive-in restaurant chain based in the central United States, plans to open seven new franchise locations in the Capital District this year, including Saratoga Springs and Clifton Park.

Company officials said the franchise operates in 44 states and is expanding to the Northeastern United States in order to meet growing demand.

SONIC recently opened restaurants in the Rochester, Watertown, and Orange County areas, with other locations soon coming to Buffalo and Syracuse.
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Long-time Instructors Find Space, Open Rise Yoga & Movement Arts In Saratoga

February 6, 2015

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Camacha Jones, one of the owners of Rise Yoga & Movement Arts Center, teaches a class at her space inside the Washington building in downtown Saratoga Springs
BY LISA BALSCHUNAT

Yoga instructors Justin Wolfer and Camacha Jones always found suitable space to rent, over seven years, to host yoga classes. They shared a passion for learning more about the benefits of the mental and spiritual discipline.

Sometimes the husband and wife team would host a yoga class by renting space in a school library, church, town recreation room or fitness center. Wherever people were interested in yoga, Wolfer and Jones would go.

But they desired to have their own space. In, November they opened Rise Yoga & Movement Arts Center in the Washington Building at 422 Broadway, Suite 202, Broadway, Saratoga Springs, above Northshire Bookstore.
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Falafel Den Offers Mediterranean Food On Takeout Basis From Phila St. Space

February 6, 2015

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Zouhir Lian, left, and Sabreen Samman, opened the Falafel Den in Saratoga Springs, a small space out of which they prepare Mediterranean dishes for takeout
BY LIZ WITBECK

Falafel Den, a Mediterranean food takeout business, has opened in a small space at 6 Phila St. in Saratoga Springs. The location was previously occupied by Alpha Dogs, an establishment that specialized in hotdogs and sausages on a take-out basis that vacated the space last year.

Owner Sabreen Samman previously operated Aladdin's Restaurant in Amsterdam, another Mediterranean eatery. "Most of our customers were from the Saratoga area, or the Albany area," said Samman about his restaurant. "They kept telling us 'You got to come to Saratoga'." Samman closed Aladdin's and opened up Falafel Den in December.

There is no eat-in dining area. All orders are to-go, and the business also can also cater events.
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Saratoga Springs Businessman Purchases Capital Area's Sylvan Learning Franchise

February 6, 2015

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Patrick McNamara, owner/operator of the Capital Region's Sylvan Learning
A Saratoga Springs man has purchased Sylvan Learning Inc., a provider of supplemental education for students in grades K-12. Patrick McNamara is the owner/operator of the Capital Region's Sylvan Learning franchise.

McNamara, who assumes the title of executive director, will oversee student educational services, human resources, advertising and marketing campaigns, and financial management of the company.

The business has offices in Albany and Clifton Park. He purchased the business from Catherine Hull who ran the regional franchise from 1995 to 2014.
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