City Officials To Review Parking Concerns, Traffic Before Decision On High Rock Site

November 12, 2015

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This rendering shows part of Highrock Village, proposed by Paramount Realty Group as a mutli-use complex on the city-owned parking lot between Maple Avenue and High Rock.


Saratoga Springs city officials plan to review two expansive, multimillion dollar projects that would--if eventually approved by the city--result in a combination of shops, apartments and parking spaces on the city-owned land along High Rock, Maple and Lake avenues.

Representatives of two development groups gave presentations on Nov. 10 at a special City Council meeting. The projects differ, but both specify parking spaces for Saratoga City Center, the general public and residents who would occupy the proposed housing.

Parking is deemed by the city as the key segment of any project that comes to fruition on the property, especially a large portion for City Center.

Paramount Realty Group LLC in Syracuse presented its $77 million proposal. Hyman Hemispheric LLC of Voorheesville also outlined its ideas, without giving a cost estimate. Though Jeff Hyman of Hyman Hemispheric previously stated his plan is in the area of $82 million.

Mayor Joanne Yepsen is assembling, in short order, a technical review committee to assess the proposals. She also said a parking task force will look at overall needs of the downtown area. The flow of traffic and how it would be affected by a major downtown residential-business complex will also be examined.

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Solar-Powered Tugboat Makes Trip On Erie Canal Without Fuel, Delivers Local Products

November 4, 2015

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From left, Phillippe Bourassa and Andrew Sheridan of Cascades Tissue Group, and Ian Germain of Greenfield Manufacturing/Hullspeed Performance Marine Coatings aboard Solar Sal.

On Oct. 13, Solar Sal, the award-winning solar powered vessel honored as "best in show" at the recent Waterford Tugboat Roundup, became the first-ever boat to traverse the Erie Canal and deliver a cargo without using a drop of fossil fuels.

The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County (CSSC) and several of its member manufacturing companies were major supporters of the trip. Quebec-based Cascades, Inc., which owns tissue manufacturing plants in Mechanicville and Waterford, assisted in the operations, which involved loading six bales (8,000 pounds) of recycled cardboard from Cascades Recovery's Depew, N.Y. facility aboard the boat in Lockport, then traveling the roughly 320 miles to Mechanicville for unloading near Cascades Tissue Group's local plant.

Hullspeed Coatings of Saratoga Springs, which applied its signature product to the vessel's bottom before its spring launching, also assisted in the journey, with marketing manager Ian Germain present for both loading and unloading of the cargo.

Butler-Binley, of Bolton Landing, has a 20-plus year track record of building brands.
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Saratoga Hospital, Albany Med Make Plans To Affiliate, Form Integrated Health Care System

November 4, 2015

Saratoga Hospital President and CEO Angelo G. Calbone speaks at an October news conference announcing the intent of his facility to carry out an affiliation plan with Albany Medical Center.

Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center have signed a letter of intent to affiliate, paving the way for a more comprehensive, cost-effective and integrated health care system.

Leaders of both hospitals announced plans for the partnership Oct. 27 and said they expect to finalize the affiliation during 2016.

At a news conference, Saratoga Hospital President and CEO Angelo G. Calbone and Albany Medical Center President and CEO James J. Barba said the planned collaboration builds on partnerships already in place.

They said a prime example is the joint venture, Malta Med Emergent Care, in Malta. Physicians and medical teams from Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center have been working there together since June 2013, providing comprehensive 24/7 urgent care and higher-level services.

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Native Of Brazil Goes Into Business Making A Traditional Sweet Treat From Her Homeland

November 4, 2015

Tais Masala-Finale opened Bon Bon Brazil NY, selling a sweet treat called brigadeiros.


Tais Masala-Finale has started a business that brings a traditional sweet treat from Brazil to Saratoga Springs.

The Brazil native is the owner and operator of Bon Bon Brazil NY, a gourmet brigadeiros company based in Saratoga Springs.

She said Brigadeiro (bree-gah-de-roh) was first made in the 1940s. During the lean years around World War II, access to fruits and sweets were limited, hence there was a need to get creative with just a few simple ingredients-- cocoa powder, unsalted butter and condensed milk.

"Thanks to a few ladies in Rio de Janeiro, brigadeiro was born," she said. The treats are a mixture of milk, sugar, butter and chocolate, slowly cooked and hand rolled into bite size balls. She makes them in more than 24 flavors.

Masala-Finale and Bon Bon Brazil NY will be at the Saratoga Farmer's Market every Sunday at the Lincoln Baths in the Saratoga Spa State Park.
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'Brand 21' Marketing Agency In Saratoga Is 3rd Agency Launched By Jamie Butler-Binley

November 4, 2015

Jaime Butler-Binley has launched Brand 21, a brand and marketing agency headquartered in Saratoga Springs at 376 Broadway. She started her career working in New York City.

Jaime Butler-Binley is launching Brand 21, a full-service brand and marketing agency headquartered in Saratoga Springs at 376 Broadway.

It's the third agency launched by Butler- Binley.

Brand 21's mission is to create and deliver results-driven brand experiences for global, national, and local business and start-ups in technology, consumer packaged goods, luxury, sports, life sciences, insurance and finance, and travel and hospitality industries, she said.

Butler-Binley, of Bolton Landing, has a 20-plus year track record of building brands.
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Brick House Pizza And Grille's New Location Brings Upgraded Menu And New Amenities

November 4, 2015

Brick House Pizza and Grille moved to 54 Clifton Country Road in Clifton Park, re-opening in October with an upgraded menu and improved customer service.

Brick House Pizza and Grille has moved to a new location at 54 Clifton Country Road in Clifton Park.

The restaurant, previously located at 5 Clifton Country Road, re-opened with an upgraded menu and customer service. The restaurant opened in its new location in October.

"Brick House is very different now," said manager Erika Schreifels. "We needed a fresh start."

The eatery needed several improvements, said Schreifels, which was the motivation behind seeking out a new location.

"Our parking at the old location was horrible. Even at 5 p.m., our customers couldn't find parking."

The new facility has a larger parking lot, and has an indoor capacity of 200 people. There is a large bar area which seats 21 people. The bar features 14 drafts on tap, as well as a large television wall. There are also two large seating areas, which have a family-oriented atmosphere.
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Heritage Lifestyle Design Owner Advises Clients On Wardrobe And Home Decor Issues

November 4, 2015

Carolyn Keating, owner of Heritage Lifestyle Design, offers advice to people who want to perk up their wardrobes or the interior of their homes without spending a lot of money.


Sometimes a tweak is as good as a makeover. Carolyn Keating, owner of Heritage Lifestyle Design, offers advice to people who want to perk up their wardrobes or the interior of their homes without spending a lot of money.

She helps clients retain both clothes they have or furnishings they love, by freshening them up for a new look.

Keating calls her work, which she began about a month ago, in clients' homes "interior styling," not interior decorating.

She makes what she calls "loving suggestions" for improving their surroundings without spending a great deal of money and "incorporating things they love into their lifestyle." The name of the business reflects that philosophy.
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Regal Wine And Liquor In Clifton Park Moves To Larger Space, Taps Into Larger Inventory

November 4, 2015

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Regal Wine and Liquor recently moved to 15 Park Ave. in Clifton Park, in the same plaza as its previous location, but with more room to work with.

The owners of Regal Wine and Liquor are enjoying the larger space the business recently occupied.

The liquor store is now located at 15 Park Ave. in Clifton Park, in the same plaza as its previous location, but with more room to work with. Reuben and Angela Bennett, owners and operators of Regal Wine and Liquor, were eager to move to a larger venue.

"We can offer more competitive pricing in a larger space," said Angela Bennett.

Regal Wine and Liquor prides themselves on offering discounts on product without the need for club cards or purchasing items by the case. Customers can find a wide variety of wine and liquor at bargain prices.

The new venue has 11,000 square feet of showroom space. There are wines from around the world, as well as spirits and liquors.
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Town Of Wilton Is The Site Of Newest Facility Run By Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

November 4, 2015

Melissa Gamache, left, Julie Whipple, DVM, center, and Jeanette Sparks staff the new Hudson Mohawk Humane Society office on Route 50 in Wilton.

The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society has opened a new facility, located at 4255 Route 50, in the town of Wilton.

The expansion will serve Saratoga, Washington, Warren and other counties with low-cost spay/neuter and microchipping programs, and cat adoption and fostering.

"We were approached about an opportunity to expand the area we serve and open a facility in Saratoga Springs last spring," said Brad Shear, executive director of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. "Through the due diligence of our staff and board of directors, it was obvious that this was an important next step for our organization. This site, the former H.O.P.E. facility, will provide important services to Saratoga, Washington, Warren and Montgomery counties."

The facility is managed by Jeanette Sparks and is under the medical direction of Julie Whipple, DVM.
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