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NYRA Privatization Still In Limbo, But 2015 Was Another Solvent Year; 2016 Track Improved

August 4, 2016

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Laoban, a 27-1 long shot, wins his first race on July 30 at Saratoga Race Course, which was the Jim Dandy Stakes. NYRA said opening day this season saw an all-sources handle of $17.8 million.

Courtesy NYRA

By R.J. DeLuke

Matt Jones, chairman of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, mentioned at the Chamber's breakfast meeting in July at Longfellows Hotel, Restaurant and Conference Center, that pushing the plan to privatize the New York Racing Association (NYRA) "was not fully successful, but that effort will continue."

It was one of few mentions of the situation regarding NYRA, which controls the three major thoroughbred horse racing tracks in the state--Saratoga Race Course, Belmont Park and Aqueduct.

The board was to revert to private, nonprofit status in 2015 and again this year. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not liked the proposed bills and has proposed capping the amount of money that would go to track operations.

That spawned the creation of Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing which is lobbying, with the support of the Chamber, to push re-privatization while ensuring steady funding.

A new agreement extended state control until October 2017.

Jones remarks were made prior to the keynote address by Chris Kay, CEO of NYRA, who spoke mainly about improvements made for the 2016 season, which is in progress, having begun on July 22.

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Two Teachers, Home Brew Enthusiasts, Start Their Own Craft Brewery At 41 Geyser Road

August 4, 2016

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Kurt Borchardt, left, and Colin Quinn put their love of beer and brewing into the formation of their new business Artisanal Brew Works on Geyser Road in Saratoga Springs.

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By Maureen Werther

For Kurt Borchardt and Colin Quinn, brewing beer is both an art and a science.

The owners of Artisanal Brew Works at 41 Geyser Road in Saratoga Springs opened their craft beer brewery the third week in July.

Borchardt and Quinn have a lot in common besides beer. Both men teach at Saratoga Springs High School. Both have been involved in homemade brewing for years. And both share an "incredible attention to detail," according to Borchardt.

That characteristic was something Borchardt worried would drive his new partner "a little nuts," he said, until they started working together and found out they were "cut from the same cloth."

Borchardt worked for 13 years as a chemical engineer specializing in automation and controls. He always knew he would leave the corporate world and embark upon a teaching career. When he got married and began to raise a family, he decided it was a good time to make the transition to education. He currently teaches digital electronics, biotechnology, principles of engineering and woodshop.

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Dock Space Expanded On Saratoga Lake At Property Home To Lake Local And 550 Marina

August 4, 2016

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These docks on Saratoga Lake are part of 550 Marina and Board on the Lake Local property.

BY Molly Congdon

Lake Local, the restaurant located on Saratoga Lake just off Union Avenue, has spawned a marina and dock rental business on the property that expanded its space and rental offerings this year.

The marina's name is 550 Marina and Board, the same address as Lake Local, and both are a part of the same property, said marina manager Matthew Rickard. "The core owners are John Boyle, Michael Phinney and Ray Bryan, with some silent partners."

Lake Local, the bar/restaurant located at 550 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, is known for its pub fare, catch-of-the-day and farm-to-table locally grown veggies.

This summer, the boat business expanded on the property, growing from last year's 40 dock spaces to 110.

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Rochester-Based Development Group To Build Apartments In Malta With Below-Market Rents

August 4, 2016

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This is a rendering of apartments Conifer Realty plans to build on Route 67.

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By Susan E. Campbell

A 17-acre plot on Route 67 next to East Line Road will soon provide 163 apartments for people working in and around Ballston Spa, according to the developer, Conifer Realty of Rochester, which closed on the purchase of the property on July 1.

The land was purchased from Hal Schultz, a real estate developer who had been working to develop and market the property since 2007.

Brian Donato, project manager at Conifer, said his company paid approximately $2.5 million for the land that will become Blue Heron Trail, a four-phase residential development that may also include about 10,000 square feet of commercial lease space in the final phase.

That's approximately $150,000 per acre and on the low side of market value, Donato said.

"The property was appraised for more," he said. "Things are going for up to $200,000 per acre in the area."

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Boutique on Caroline Street Offers A Range Of Goods From Southeast Asia And Morocco

August 4, 2016

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Molly Reed is the owner of rōv & reeds boutique at 24 Caroline St. that sells a range of imported goods like soft furnishings, rugs, hand-crafted Moroccan leather goods, pillows, textiles and art.

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By Maureen Werther

A new boutique, rōv & reeds, has opened at 24 Caroline St. in Saratoga Springs, selling a range of imported soft furnishings, rugs, hand-crafted Moroccan leather goods, pillows, textiles and art, along with other items from Southeast Asia and Morocco.

The shop also offers hand-crafted furniture, sculptures, wall art and handmade jewelry by local artists such as Jenny Horstman, who creates horse sculptures using scrap iron, and Peter Reed, owner of Rusticworks canvas and leather designs.

Owner Molly Reed partnered with her father, Tim Reed, who is also the owner of reeds on Exchange Street in Glens Falls.

Molly and her father decided to team up in her endeavor after she returned from a four-month shopping trip across Southeast Asia and Morocco. During her travels, she purchased rugs, pillows, silks and textiles from artists in Thailand, Myamar, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal and Morocco, with a plan to sell them on her online boutique, rovimports.com.

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Personnel Briefs: August 2016

August 4, 2016

Roohan Realty announced that Emmy award-winning cinematographer and director Derek Hallquist has joined the company.

He will be handling professional real estate photography, including drone piloting, video production, editing, signage and graphic design. He will provide images of locations and properties.  

Hallquist has a history in commercials and feature films, and just returned from premiering his documentary, "Denial" in Los Angeles at the 2016 LA Film Festival. 

He started in real estate TV shows, having three years of experience as director of photography creating the visual style for the television station TLC's "My First Home." The show was about first-time home buyers, profiling a new family each episode while touring more than a half-dozen homes.  



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Lisa Frawley recently joined the team at Mannix Marketing Inc. as a digital marketing strategist and Kathryn Tracey was hired as a strategic content developer

Frawley will provide clients with search engine optimization, paid search, social media marketing, and other digital-marketing strategies.

Frawley brings with her 18 years of marketing and copywriting experience. She has worked with national brands, including 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Marvin Windows & Doors and General Electric, as well as several regional businesses. She holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Hofstra University.

Frawley returned to her hometown of Glens Falls four years ago. Outside of Mannix Marketing, Frawley is a group fitness instructor.

Tracey provided communications and marketing support for the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP) at the University of Maryland.

Adding to an undergraduate degree in writing and economics from Loyola University Maryland, Tracey recently completed her M.B.A. at the R.H. Smith School of Business with a focus on integrated marketing communications.

She brings over a half decade of experience in technical and scientific communications to the Mannix team.

Tracey will be using her expertise in inbound marketing, certified via Hubspot, to strengthen the content marketing arm and enhance the effectiveness of online copy for the company and its clients.



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Cole's Woodwinds Takes Temporary New Home While Caffè Lena Undergoes Its Renovations

August 4, 2016

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Cole's Woodwind Shop has temporarily relocated to 6 Butler Place while renovations take place at the historic 47 Phila Street address that also houses Caffè Lena.

Courtesy Cole's Woodwinds

Cole's Woodwind Shop has temporarily relocated to 6 Butler Place (behind 3 Franklin Square), while renovations take place at the historic 47 Phila Street address that also houses Caffè Lena.

Saratoga's Bonacio Construction is doing a major renovation at the 55-year-old Caffè Lena. The company will also construct a mixed-use building on the corner of Phila and Henry streets. The project will feature an elevator and stairwell shared with the Caffè and the eight apartments that will be on the upper floors of the mixed-use structure.

"These are exciting times," said owner Bill Cole, who is known internationally for his personal service, unique inventory and deep knowledge of wind instrument history, construction and repair. "The long-anticipated renovation of the Caffè is finally happening and we're proud to be a part of the project."

Cole's shop, in operation in Saratoga Springs since 1977, will also benefit from the extensive renovation. Cole said he is grateful for the support of the Caffè and Bonacio Construction Inc., which is handling the construction work.

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Orthopedic & Spine Physical Therapy Grew To Staff Of 15 During Its 20 Years In Business

August 4, 2016

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Orthopedic & Spine Physical Therapy PC has been in business for 20 years.

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By Maureen Werther

Orthopedic & Spine Physical Therapy PC is celebrating its 20th year in business.

Owner Denise Buher opened the business in 1996, after working for several years as a senior therapist on the staff of Glens Falls Hospital. Buher is a certified therapist in mechanical diagnosis and therapy of the spine from the McKenzie Institute. She is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Starting out as a solo practitioner, she hired a physical therapy assistant the following year, and he is still part of the practice today.

Gradually, she added more employees and now, 20 years later, she manages a staff of 15 people, including four full-time and two part-time physical therapists, one full-time and two part-time PT assistants, with six administrative and support staff.

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Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte CPAs Reaches Its 45th Anniversary; Serves Thousands Of Clients

August 4, 2016

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John Chiaramonte, a founder of the public accounting firm Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte CPAs, PC, now serves as chairman of the firm, which celebrates its 45th anniversary.

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Teal, Becker & Chiaramonte CPAs, PC marked its 45th anniversary in July.

John Chiaramonte, a founder of the public accounting firm, now serves as chairman of the firm. He recently shared his reflections on doing business throughout the region, including Saratoga County, for 45 years.

"The automation and tax complexity has definitely changed from then to now, but the way we do accounting has always been the same," said Chiaramonte. "It's been a lot of fun. We've really been blessed with good fortune and associates and we've grown because of them."

The namesakes of the firm, Ron Teal, Larry Becker, and John Chiaramonte, founded TBC in 1971. Ron Teal, who last worked at TBC during tax season in 2015, congratulated TBC on its 45th anniversary.

"I'm glad I was a part of it for many years and that they are continuing," said Teal. "I always enjoyed working with all of the people. It was a very friendly atmosphere to work in, and I think that helps to make the firm continue."

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Offices, Retail Space Is Being Planned In Malta

August 4, 2016

BY Molly Congdon

Sitwell Enterprises LLC plans to build a series of office and retail buildings at 2443 Route 9 in Malta.

Company officials said the project will consist of three one-story buildings. The first will be an office building of 15,300 square feet. The other two will house retail businesses. One will be 14,186 square feet and the other 13,830 square feet.

The company hopes to break ground within the next two months, according to the project's engineer Scott Lansing of Lansing Engineering in Malta.

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Oh Corn! Arepas, A New Restaurant In Halfmoon, Has Dishes Found In Venezuela

August 4, 2016

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José Theoktisto and his wife, Belkis Castro, operate Oh Corn! Arepas, a new Venezuelan restaurant located on Route 9 in Halfmoon, open Tuesdays through Sundays.

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By Liz Witbeck

Oh Corn! Arepas, a Venezuelan restaurant, in Halfmoon gives local diners a different alternative.

The business opened in April at 1505 Route 9 in Halfmoon.

An arepa, one of its specialties, is a flat, round patty of white corn. The dough can be baked, grilled or fried. Once the arepa is cooked, it is filled with various kind of ingredients a person may like. Some meat choices include shredded beef, pulled pork and chicken. Customers can also select from a number of vegetables, such as avocados and chick peas.

"Your imagination is the limit," said owner José Theoktisto.

He said the most popular item on the menu is the reina pepiada, which means "the queen" in Spanish. The sandwich is made with chicken breast, avocado, mayonnaise and cilantro, stuffed inside an arepa.

Arepas are a staple in Venezuela, as well as in Colombia. They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Often arepas are found available at roadside stands and eaten as street food.

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Realty USA Merges Into Hanna Family Of Companies, Largest Broker In Ohio And Pa.

August 4, 2016

RealtyUSA has merged into the Howard Hanna family of companies based in Pittsburgh, combining the largest residential real estate broker in New York state with the largest broker in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The merger was announced at a press conference held in Buffalo on July 13 by Howard W. "Hoddy" Hanna, III chairman of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, and Merle L. Whitehead, president and CEO of RealtyUSA.

RealtyUSA has offices in Saratoga County and throughout the Capital Region.

"I have known and respected the Hanna family for years," said Whitehead. "Their growth in the last decade has been amazing. A common theme of commitment to our agents by developing the best in products and services for customers and clients will assure our combined success."

Whitehead will become chairman of the combined company in New York state.

RealtyUSA is the top broker in the state of New York with 65 office locations covering western and central New York, Northern New York, the Capital Region and the Southern Tier. The company reports more than 2,200 sales associates and employees and is ranked the ninth largest real estate company in the country with 23,023 closed transactions last year, based on the REAL Trends 500 report, May 2016, which ranks the 500 largest real estate brokers in the U.S. by 2015 closed transactions.

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Realty USA Merges Into Hanna Family Of Companies, Largest Broker In Ohio And Pa.

August 4, 2016

RealtyUSA has merged into the Howard Hanna family of companies based in Pittsburgh, combining the largest residential real estate broker in New York state with the largest broker in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The merger was announced at a press conference held in Buffalo on July 13 by Howard W. "Hoddy" Hanna, III chairman of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, and Merle L. Whitehead, president and CEO of RealtyUSA.

RealtyUSA has offices in Saratoga County and throughout the Capital Region.

"I have known and respected the Hanna family for years," said Whitehead. "Their growth in the last decade has been amazing. A common theme of commitment to our agents by developing the best in products and services for customers and clients will assure our combined success."

Whitehead will become chairman of the combined company in New York state.

RealtyUSA is the top broker in the state of New York with 65 office locations covering western and central New York, Northern New York, the Capital Region and the Southern Tier. The company reports more than 2,200 sales associates and employees and is ranked the ninth largest real estate company in the country with 23,023 closed transactions last year, based on the REAL Trends 500 report, May 2016, which ranks the 500 largest real estate brokers in the U.S. by 2015 closed transactions.

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Willow Bistro, A Place For Casual Fine Dining, Opens On Prospect Street In Ballston Spa

August 4, 2016

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Kiersten Houck, left, and Sandra James are the owners of Willows Bistro, a new restaurant in Ballston Spa, an establishment the owners describe as casual fine dining.

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By Liz Witbeck

Willows Bistro, a new restaurant in Saratoga County, is a casual fine-dining establishment that opened in June.

Owners of the restaurant, at 11 Prospect St. in Ballston Spa, are Sandra James and Kiersten Houck.

Houck previously operated a food truck in Ballston Spa, the Lunch Brake. Before then, he worked at Saratoga Winery.

James served in the National Guard and U.S. Air Force and has a degree in culinary arts. The two teamed up together for their first experience operating a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

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Adirondack Trust Co. To Build New Office In Malta, Convenient For GlobalFoundries

August 4, 2016

By Jennifer Farnsworth

Adirondack Trust Co. will soon break ground for a new branch located at Luther Forest Boulevard and Route 67 in Malta.

The bank is looking to serve not only the area near Northway Exit 12, but is looking to specifically take advantage of the locations' close proximity to GlobalFoundries said Charles V. Wait Jr., executive vice president.

The branch office is expected to open sometime this fall.

Wait said the branch will differ from the others as it won't be a stand-alone property. It is part of a building owned by Stewart's Shops and the office will adjoin a Stewart's store. Adirondack Trust will rent the space from Stewart's.

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Wesley Staffer Wins 'Employee Of Distinction' Award For Extraordinary Senior Care Service

August 4, 2016

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Laurie Wetsel received the 2016 LeadingAge New York Employee of Distinction Award.

Courtesy The Wesley Community

The Wesley Community, a leading provider in housing and services for independent seniors and those requiring all levels of care, announced that one of its staff members has been recognized for extraordinary dedication to senior care services by LeadingAge New York.

Laurie Wetsel, resident financial services manager at The Wesley Community, received the 2016 LeadingAge New York Employee of Distinction Award during a r­­ecent ceremony at Wesley campus in Saratoga Springs.

The award recognizes the efforts of front line staff of nonprofit senior care and services organizations in New York state. Only 18 people are chosen for the award every year.

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Kru Coffee Coming To Fresh Market Plaza In Saratoga Springs; 8-10 Jobs Will Be Created

August 4, 2016

By Margaret MacDonald

Kru Coffee, a new company located in the Fresh Market Plaza in Saratoga Springs, situated alongside Smashburger and Gennaro's Pizza Parlor, is looking to open toward the end of August.

Ryan Miller also owns Caffé Vero in Lake George (previously in two other locations) and Spektor Coffee in Glens Falls. His coffee-related interests began in 2005 and he began roasting in 2008. Caffé Vero was opened in 2006 and Spektor in 2012.

In a space of 4,000 square feet, the company will be both a roasting facility and coffee bar. The bar area is open and looks out into the roasting facility, allowing interplay between the two.

The café, Miller said, will not be the average coffee shop. The company aims to create a new coffee experience, deeming it a creature of the "third-wave coffee world." Kru boasts high-end machinery, specialized brewing methods and well-trained baristas dedicated to the craft.

Miller said eight to 10 people will be employed.

There will be two bars: a full-service standard bar and a "specialized-menu concept bar" or "slow bar," he said. The latter seeks to serve and treat coffee in a "culinary fashion," with a seven-seat intimate setting and more involved, time-consuming drinks like smoke-infused coffee.

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Business Report: Options Abound For Downsizing

August 4, 2016

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Joan E. Taub is an associate broker with Berkshire Halthaway HomeServices, Blake.

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By Joan E. Taub

There have never been more choices in determining where one wants to live. When my grandparents retired they became snowbirds and traveled to Florida for the winter. Splitting time between two states was simply what people did.

The winters in the Northeast seemed too harsh for these "older" people in their 60s. At the time it seemed old and it seemed their only choice.

Now, in 2016 there are choices for the many who are still working, yet want to downsize now that their children have moved out; have retired and want to change their lifestyle; or those who anticipate health issues and fear they will not be able to navigate stairs in the future.

Each scenario has many possibilities.

For the working downsizer, I have noticed a lot of people moving away from the developments and moving into, or closer to, town. They no longer need to car-pool their children and enjoy living in a walkable, vital community where visits to the library, restaurants, stores and movies are so close. The in-town condos are appealing, as are homes in neighborhoods within a mile from downtown.

Many people set themselves up for downsizing years before they are actually ready. They purchase an in-town property with the intention of renting for a few years and, when ready, they move in themselves.

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Business Report: Avoid Emotional Investing In 2016

August 4, 2016

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Stephen Kyne is a partner at Sterling Manor Financial in Saratoga Springs and Rhinebeck.

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By Stephen Kyne

From its peak in May of 2015 to new records set in July of this year, the markets have suffered two corrections.

If there's been a theme to the last year of investing, it is volatility. In spite of that volatility, however, it remains true that long-term investments in the markets provide positive returns over time, as long as the investor possesses the discipline to remain invested. Many don't.

As a result, most individual investors buy high and sell low; emotions cause them to flee the markets as they hit lows, locking-in losses, and remain out of the markets through periods of recovery, only to enthusiastically jump back in in time for the next pullback.

Emotions have no place in investing.

Remember that there are two sides to every trade. In order for you to sell that investment at the bottom of a market correction, someone else has to be willing to buy it. If the investment is such a dog, what does that person know that you don't? Sometimes you'll be right, but many times the buyer recognizes that the low price represents a deep discount, and is eager to let you sell them something on sale.

Emotional investment decisions are often instigated by what you perceive to be true based on exposure to the media. Remember, the news never shows the house that didn't burn down, nor all the people who made it home safely last night. Media exists to sell advertising, and sensationalism puts butts in the seats. Consequently, every little problem in the world becomes inflated to that end. This year's election is a perfect example.

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Home Of The Good Shepherd Opens A New Assisted Living Facility On Church Street

August 4, 2016

By Jennifer Farnsworth

The Home of The Good Shepherd has been serving the senior population in Saratoga County since 1870. The assisted living facilities have provided care to thousands and the company recently expanded, with the addition of a new location at 400 Church St. in Saratoga Springs.

The organization has other Saratoga County sites in Moreau, Wilton and Malta.

Development coordinator Courtney Lamport said the new location provides customized care plans for each resident, including nursing assessments and skilled nursing tasks; 24-hour care seven days a week with a registered nurse on site; meals, housekeeping and laundry services; daily activities and transportation.

There are several floor plan options, depending on each resident's individual needs.

"We have warm and inviting private suites," said Lamport.

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Environmental Consulting Engineers Help Developers Navigate Complex Regulations

August 4, 2016

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Dan Reilly, division manager of environmental services for C.T. Male Associates.

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By Susan E. Campbell

Every building site, redevelopment and manufacturing company faces a complex set of regulatory requirements at the federal, state and local levels designed to protect the environment. Even the public sector and green spaces like trails, parks and cemeteries must comply.

This is the challenge of environmental engineering and consulting, a highly specialized, professional field that is thriving here in Saratoga County. Companies like C.T. Male Associates and The LA Group navigate the ever changing regulatory process by seeking permits, performing research and testing, and resolving when and how a project should best proceed so that the strict standards of the regulators may be met.

"Avoid, minimize and mitigate" is the mantra at The LA Group, said Kevin Franke, director of environmental services.  

The LA Group serves a wide range of clients but specializes in open spaces. The firm designed the National Cemetery in Stillwater, jump-starting a relationship with the Veterans Administration and ongoing projects both statewide and nationwide.

The avoid-minimize-mitigate process flows this way: A building site has been identified by the Army Corp of Engineers as having wetlands. Priority one is to avoid building on the affected acreage if possible. Otherwise, minimize any environmental risk by reconfiguring the site plan or adjusting the building design. 

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Aztech Environmental Technologies Is One Of The Area's Largest Women-Owned Businesses

August 4, 2016

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Mary Passaretti is a geologist and co-owner of Aztech Environmental Technologies.

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By Lisa Balschunat

"I always liked playing in the dirt," said Mary Passaretti, geologist and co-owner of Aztech Environmental Technologies, when talking about the growth and challenges her company has faced over the years.

"If it's wet, it's mud; if it's dry it's dirt. Right? according her to her business partner, Fil Fina III, PE. By no means, is it that simple when it comes to remediation solutions, environmental consulting and comprehensive drilling services, but Aztech Environmental has a solid business record, coupled with a high-tech team, to simplify challenging environmental problems for its current and future clients.

In 1991, Passaretti formed Passaretti Geological & Environmental Consultants Inc. in the basement of her mother's home in Saratoga Springs.

"Ninety-eight percent of my work was prepping the ground for Stewart's Shops," she said. Prior to that, she worked in the oil industry in Tulsa, Okla. Right out of undergraduate school, she embarked on a 10-year career in the research division of Amoco and Cities Service (Citgo). As a diver for Citgo, she collected research data in the Bahamas, Belize and, less glamorously, offshore New Jersey. The data from the Bahamas formed the basis of her master's thesis earning her a graduate degree at TU.

As Passaretti Geological grew, the company partnered with F.L. Fina PE PC.

"We found that the two companies complimented each other and made good partners," she said. "Fil has a brilliant engineering mind, and I have the geological piece."

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State Clean Energy Standard Requires Half Of Electricity To Come From Renewable Sources

August 4, 2016

The state Public Service Commission has approved New York's Clean Energy Standard, which officials are calling the most comprehensive and ambitious clean energy mandate in the state's history, to fight climate change, reduce harmful air pollution, and ensure a diverse and reliable energy supply.

The Clean Energy Standard will require 50 percent of New York's electricity to come from renewable energy sources like wind and solar by 2030, with an aggressive phase in schedule over the next several years, state officials said.

In its initial phase, utilities and other energy suppliers will be required to procure and phase in new renewable power resources starting with 26.31 percent of the state's total electricity load in 2017 and grow to 30.54 percent of the statewide total in 2021. The Clean Energy Standard will cost less than $2 a month to the average residential customer's bill, officials said.

"New York has taken bold action to become a national leader in the clean energy economy and is taking concrete, cost-effective steps today to safeguard this state's environment for decades to come," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "This Clean Energy Standard shows you can generate the power necessary for supporting the modern economy while combatting climate change. Make no mistake, this is a very real threat that continues to grow by the day and I urge all other states to join us in this fight for our very future."

Officials said the Clean Energy Standard will:

• Significantly reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and prevent backsliding on progress made to date by maintaining the operations of carbon-free nuclear power plants as the state transitions to a 50 percent renewable requirement.

• Strengthen New York's electric fuel diversity for the reliability benefits it brings. The Clean Energy Standard also places New York as a leader of the global effort to combat climate change and the resulting extreme weather events.

By 2030, the 50 percent renewable mandate will be a critical component in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent (from 1990 levels) and by 80 percent by 2050, officials said

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Peak Environmental Landscape Construction, Management Services Moves To Round Lake

August 4, 2016

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Terry Hubbard of Peak Environmental Construction and Management Services.

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By MAureen Werther

Peak Environmental Landscape Construction and Management Services recently settled in to a new location at 44 Wood Road in Round Lake.

Referring to Peak Environmental as a "green industry company that specializes in comprehensive landscape construction and management services for commercial and residential clients," president Terry Hubbard said the company has been on a growth path and needed to find a new space that would accommodate its expanding business and the addition of new employees.

Peak Environmental specializes in three main landscape and construction services: high-end outdoor residential living spaces; landscape development work for commercial sites and new home construction development; and landscape management and maintenance services.

The company is known for its environmentally friendly designs and use of materials, as well as its attention to detail. The company's motto is "one company, one call," indicating that they can offer a comprehensive package of services from design/build to ongoing maintenance and support for both residential and commercial customers.

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Business Law Attorneys Are Important For People Planning To Establish A New Venture

August 4, 2016

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Robert W. Pulsifer operates a law firm at 562 Maple Ave. in Saratoga Springs.

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By Liz Witbeck

Starting a new business is no easy feat. Many people who start a business do not understand the scope of laws and regulations involved. An attorney is a valuable resource for people looking to start any kind of venture and unsure where to begin.

Several attorneys specializing in real estate and business law exist Saratoga Springs and the greater Saratoga County area to help with planning.

"Many people don't know the legal ramifications involved in the process," said attorney Robert W. Pulsifer.

Pulsifer operates a law firm at 562 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs. He has been practicing law for 25 years and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from West Virginia University. He advises business owners to obtain two types of counselors when starting a new venture: an attorney and an accountant.

He said virtually all business owners should consult an attorney. There are several laws regarding taxes, the IRS, zoning and more that may be complicated. An attorney can talk to business owners about their individual situation and give advice that is specific for them.

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Business Report: Beware Of 'Jumping Monkeys'

August 4, 2016

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Judy Brinkman is a business coach and owner of Life's 2 Short LLC.

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By Judy Brinkman

If you have a boss, employees, co-workers, friends or even family members, especially kids, there are monkeys all around you, just waiting to jump on your back. They are sneaky and you have to be very careful and stay alert because they are difficult to handle and even harder to get rid of once they have attached themselves.

According to William Oncken Jr., a leader in management training, "a monkey is anything that should be someone else's next step."

According to Kenneth Blanchard, William Oncken, Jr, and Hal Burrows, authors of "The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey," it goes something like this: A co-worker or employee comes to you with a problem while you are working. You want to help, so you stop what you are doing and listen for as long as you can. You learn enough about their situation to know you will need to be involved, but not long enough to make a decision on the spot. So you say, "I don't have time to make a decision right now, so let me think about it, and I'll get back to you."

Bam! Monkey jump. The other person walks away feeling 30 pounds lighter and you now have a 30 pound monkey on your back.

Sometimes you are the best person to handle that monkey, but often times the other person is capable of handling it himself and would really grow and learn and be more responsible if he did. If you had asked, that person could have given you some proposed solutions along with the problem, but too late. Now it's your monkey and you are in charge of its care and feeding.

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Business Report: Leading With Fear Is A Mistake

August 4, 2016

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Rose Miller is the president of Pinnacle Human Resources LLC.

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By Rose Miller

Fear can be dangerous. It can turn into a mindset in which things aren't questioned and mindless obedience to authority becomes the norm. In fact, most of the advice we hear in the business, whether from the employer or employee perspective, is based in fear.

There is fear in firing bad employees. Fear in making the wrong business decision. Fear in standing up to a miserable boss. Fear in standing up for what you believe in. Fear of others we don't understand. The list goes on and on. Fear ends up ruining everything.

When your choices are based on these fears, the outcomes are rarely optimal. We see employers, who suffer a horrible employee because they are not sure how and when it is safe to terminate. Work doesn't get done, better employees become stressed and the employer is seen as ineffective at managing their company. Still the employer fears a lawsuit or fears the hole left after the employee is gone.

Conversely, many employees complain of being intimidated and bullied by managers. Managers and supervisors often abuse their power through petty harassment or worse. Subordinates, even if they're assertive and intelligent people, often behave submissively in the face of horrible bosses.

Many times, we are faced with business choices that don't align with our personal values. I had a boss one time who wanted to "fix" the revenues because projections were so off. I had two choices: comply or resist. I've never regretted standing up for the choice that made personal sense to me- that was not to comply with his request.

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HUMOR Project Helps Businesses Find Ways To Make Workplace A More Enjoyable Place

August 4, 2016

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Dr. Joel Goodman is the founder of the HUMOR Project, based in Saratoga Springs.

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By Maureen Werther

After a two-and-a-half-year hiatus while caring for a parent with Alzheimer's disease, Dr. Joel Goodman of The HUMOR Project is back in the area and continues to tickle people's funny bones while teaching the benefits of humor in the workplace.

Created by Goodman 39 years ago, The HUMOR Project, based at 10 Madison Ave. in Saratoga Springs, gives lectures, presentations and seminars on the benefits of humor in all situations. With its mantra to "do well and do good at the same time," the organization has spread the benefits of humor by giving grants to almost 500 nonprofit organizations, human service agencies, hospitals, and schools throughout the U.S. and Canada.  

Goodman said in the past few months, his company has been "delighted to donate 5000 back issues of our LAUGHING MATTERS magazine to a variety of wonderful organizations that are doing good work."

The magazines have been distributed locally to Saratoga Hospital, Ronald McDonald House in Albany, Saratoga Springs Senior Center, C.R. Wood Cancer Center in Glens Falls and the Alzheimer's Association in Albany.

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Stewart's Shops, Working With NYSERDA, Continues To Expand Its Use Of Solar Power

August 3, 2016

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and EnterSolar announced the completion of a 1.85-megawatt solar installation designed to offset up to 75 percent of the power used by 17 Stewart's Shops in upstate New York.

This installation, located off site in Halfmoon, supports Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's mandate for 50 percent of electricity generation to come from renewable energy sources by 2030 and New York's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy.

John B. Rhodes, president and CEO, NYSERDA said, "We are proud to partner with Stewart's Shops and EnterSolar on this solar project. Stewart's is a true leader in sustainability efforts and is a model for other businesses to follow here in New York state."

He said the state is making renewable energy an easy and affordable choice for both businesses and homeowners.

Paul Ahern, president of EnterSolar, said, "We are pleased to complete this, our second initiative with Stewart's Shops. They are a true partner that recognizes the financial, as well as environmental benefit, of capturing the power of renewable energy. Knowing that solar energy will keep Stewart's Shops ice cream cold all summer just makes the project that much sweeter."

Nancy Trimbur, senior vice president at Stewart's Shops, said the company has a commitment "to giving back to our communities, we are committed to making our communities greener. We're happy to partner once again with EnterSolar and their efforts in encouraging sustainable energy practices. The solar project they completed at our Greenfield plant in 2013 has been a shining success, and the future looks bright for this latest opportunity to be more eco-friendly."

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Power Communications, An Energy-Focused PR Company, Opens A Second Office In Malta

August 3, 2016

Power Communications, an energy-focused public relations firms, is expanding and has opened a new office in Ellsworth Commons in Malta.

The company, which has an office in Saratoga Springs, offers local businesses public relations, communications and outreach services to energy clients in communities across North America.

Power Communications officials said the company has extensive experience in corporate communications, including strategic planning, messaging, branding, editorial, media, public outreach, graphic and web design and social media at a national level. It primarily serves the energy industry.

Until now, the firm has maintained the office in Saratoga Springs, but a majority of its clients and projects are located in other states, the company said.

"Over the past 15 years, we have been providing energy clients with a full range of public relations and outreach services that have led to the successful permitting of more than $4.5 billion in major clean energy infrastructure projects," said Steven C. Sullivan, the firm's managing director. "Having had so much success in other places, we decided to expand our presence in the Capital Region to offer local businesses the same type of services we offer elsewhere."

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SUNY Adirondack Pact With Saint Rose Will Help Special Education Teachers Earn Degrees

August 3, 2016

New transfer agreements between the College of Saint Rose and SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury have been reached that officials say will greatly expand the training of new special education teachers to meet current special education teacher shortages, particularly in high-needs urban inclusive middle and high school classrooms.

Four new "articulation agreements" between the two colleges offer students who want to become special education teachers the ability to earn three degrees in five years and save on tuition, SUNY Adirondack officials said.

Students may now begin their teacher training at SUNY Adirondack, earn an associate's degree after two years, then transfer to a dual-degree education program at Saint Rose without loss of credit. The agreements spell out the specific courses that students must complete at SUNY Adirondack and their equivalents at Saint Rose.

Students who successfully complete the required coursework at SUNY Adirondack will enter Saint Rose with junior status. After three more years, graduates will earn bachelor of arts and master of science in education degrees from Saint Rose and be eligible for New York state certification for grades 7-12 in one of four content areas--biology, English, mathematics and social studies--and also as a special education generalist.

Saint Rose has developed agreements with community colleges under "Project ASPIRE" (Adolescence Special Education Preparation for Inclusive and Reflective Educators), a U.S. Department of Education-funded program to improve the training of teachers who will work with students in special and general education classrooms in grades 7-12.

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Business Briefs: August 2016

August 3, 2016

The Saratoga Builders Association announced the development and launch of a new website www.saratogashowcaseofhomes.com.

It has been redesigned for a significantly improved experience with many more features. The site is mobile-friendly with an enhanced interactive Google map for driving directions and house locations.

The 2016 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Committee is will feature homes from 16 builders on Sept. 17-18, Sept. 24-25 and Oct.1-2.

A special "taste of showcase" preview at sixselected homes in close proximity to one another is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16 from 5-10 p.m. It will feature food samplings from area chefs along with local craft beer and wine tastings.

The restaurants participating are: 15 Church, 2 West, Augie's, Jacob & Anthony's, Lake Ridge and Osteria Danny. There will be a limited number of tickets, available at $25 each. The combination pack of the showcase preview event and a regular Showcase of Homes ticket will be $40 each.

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Malta Business And Professional Association To Hold 7th Annual 5K Race And Fundraiser

August 3, 2016

The Malta Business and Professional Association will host its seventh annual 5K road race on Saturday, Sept. 10, in Malta's two technology parks--NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology and Energy Park and the Luther Forest Technology Campus.

GlobalFoundries is the title sponsor of the event, which last year raised over $35,000 to support the Saratoga Rural Preservation Corporation's VETHELP and Malta's emergency first responders.

The race starts at 8:30 a.m.

Organizers said the event is a way to give back to the veterans and EMS responders. As participants go out on the course, the marshals helping direct traffic will be mostly comprised of volunteers from the vet home in Ballston Spa.

The event starts at Hudson Valley Community College TEC Smart located within NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology & Energy Park (STEP). The course then takes participants south through Luther Forest Technology Campus (LFTC) and by the new Malta recreation ball fields. Once through LFTC, participants run through the GlobalFoundries campus. Almost one mile of the 3.1 miles will be on GlobalFoundries campus.

Once through the campus, participants finish back through STEP and TEC Smart. Participants are encouraged to stay after the event to enjoy post-race food provided by Hannaford. Also, tours of HVCC TEC Smart will be available throughout the morning.

This is part of the Saratoga Stryders running group's 2016 grand prix. Fleet Feet Albany/Adirondack is the official prize sponsor, providing cash prizes to the overall male and female winners. There will be over 70 award categories of all ages donated from local companies. After the race, participants can stay in Malta for the 8th annual Community Day at Shenantaha Creek Park.

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Owners Of Adelphi Hotel Form Hospitality Group; Open New Restaurant On Broadway

August 3, 2016

Richbell Capital and Blue Skies Forever LLC have formed the Adelphi Hospitality Group (AHG), a company that aims to develop four- and five-star restaurants and hotels in strategic locations in the U.S. and overseas.

AHG has partnered with globally recognized chef and restaurateur Chef Gray Kunz, to assist in the creation of the food and beverage side of the business. He will oversee the dining experience at all AHG locations.

Michel Ducamp will also join the AHG team as the chief operating officer, bringing over 30 years of corporate, multi-property and property-based experience in luxury hospitality and real estate management, according to the group.

Restaurateur Christophe Chatron-Michaud will run the management of the restaurants and hotels, heading front-of-house alongside Ducamp and Kunz. Chatron-Michaud has conducted the early development phases and operations of famous restaurants including David Bouley, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud, Michael Mina, and Charlie Palmer, AHG said.

The first AHG opening was Salt & Char, a modern luxury steakhouse in Saratoga Springs. It opened the first weekend of July with Executive Chef Braden Reardon.

Reardon joins Salt & Char with over a decade of experience at some of America's finest restaurants and hotels. Reardon comes from Manhattan, where he was executive chef of NYY Steakhouse.

Adjacent to this restaurant, the principals have acquired and are currently refurbishing the Adelphi Hotel, which the company expects will open in spring 2017. Originally built in 1877, the newly renovated Adelphi Hotel will blend old world grace and its Victorian grandeur with today's expectation of quality, attentive service and contemporary amenities to create the ultimate hospitality experience, AHG officials said.

"As the last surviving hotel of Saratoga's Golden Age, beauty and appreciation is found everywhere--from the preparation of every culinary dish to the intentional design of the hotel's spaces--the Adelphi aims to reinvent the style of Saratoga Springs' bygone era luxury as modern luxury," the company said.

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'The Way We Were' Car Show In Ballston Spa To Be Held For 14th Time On October 9

August 3, 2016

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People crowd Front Street in Ballston Spa at last year's The Way We Were car show. This year's edition, sponsored by the Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association, is Oct. 9.

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The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association (BSBPA) and Saratoga Automobile Museum will present the 14th annual The Way We Were car show on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Front Street in Ballston Spa.

The rain date will be Oct. 16.

"We are delighted to be sponsoring another year of The Way We Were car show in Ballston Spa," said Donna Dardaris of the BSBPA, a member of the show's leadership team.

"We will once again be partnering with the Saratoga Automobile Museum to help make the show even greater," she said. "We invite the public to come stroll our historic village, check out the hundreds of cars and trucks on display, and enjoy the music, vendors and downtown businesses. It's a great day for the whole family."

Front Street will be blocked off from Milton Avenue, past the Old Iron Springs, to accommodate car exhibits and vendors. In addition to food and merchandise vendors, the show will again feature a Kids Zone, located by the Old Iron Springs, which will feature several free children's activities.

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Stewart's Co. Celebrates 70 Years Of Being In Business; Opens New Store In Ballston Spa

July 7, 2016

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Stewart's Corp. completely renovated this shop on Church Avenue in Ballston Spa on the site of its original store opened 70 years ago. The new store supports its expanded food products.



By MAureen Werther

Stewart's Corp. is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the original Stewart's Shop opening on Church Avenue in the village of Ballston Spa. Day-long festivities are scheduled for July 9, including food and even Helicopter ride give-aways.

The company's construction team completely renovated and expanded the shop, including an updated exterior that is a total departure from the familiar brown mansard shingles seen at locations throughout upstate New York and Vermont.

The interior space of the new store is more expansive, with additional counter and cooler space to accommodate the company's growing food and beverage lines. There are additional gasoline pumps and parking in front.

This is only one of many anticipated renovations, expansions and construction of new shops in the works for the next several years, and is a strategic response to the ever-changing needs of consumers in the upstate region.

The corporate philosophy of responsiveness to the customer began with C.V. and Percy Dake as far back as 1917, when they took over the family dairy farm. It continues today under the guidance of Gary Dake, president of Stewart's Corp., and Bill Dake, chairman of the board.

In 1945, C.V. and Percy Dake purchased the Stewart's Dairy & Ice Cream Co. in Ballston Spa from Don Stewart. Because state licensing laws of the time limited which townships a dairy could sell their milk in, purchasing the Stewart's company allowed the Dakes to expand their milk operations. At the time of the purchase, Don Stewart had a small ice cream manufacturing facility on Route 50, owned and operated by the Stewart family since 1918.

The ice cream part of the operation, which included a freezer and a hardening room, had been forced to close during World War I because of a sugar shortage. When C.V.'s son, Charlie, returned from the war later that year, he became very interested in re-opening the ice cream side of the business.

As a veteran, young Charlie had early access to sweetened condensed milk. This allowed him to produce ice cream during his summers off from Cornell, where he was attending school. It wasn't long before the Dakes opened their first ice cream store on Church Avenue in Ballston Spa.

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Arnoff Moving And Storage Is Planning To Move Its Headquarters From Albany To Malta

July 7, 2016

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Arnoff Moving and Storage, a 92-year-old company that handles everything from semiconductor and laboratory equipment to fine art and antiques, is moving its headquarters to Albany.

Courtesy Arnoff Moving and Storage

BY Molly Congdon

Arnoff Moving and Storage is moving from its Albany headquarters, marked by the historic statue of the Nipper dog, to a facility in Malta.

The company will inhabit Racemark International's former floor mat manufacturing plant on Route 9, a 72,000-square-foot building not far from the GlobalFoundries computer chip manufacturing plant.

Company President Mike Arnoff said the company is ready to invest $11.6 million to construct a new global headquarters. All that is pending is town Planning Board approval.

"What makes Saratoga County the right location is quality of life for our employees," he said. "Arnoff has a culture and we are very concerned with our employees. The property is a 40-acre site. It has a building on it that we can renovate and get moved into quickly."

He said the company plans to create a campus-like setting that's comfortable for employees and customers.

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100 Years Later, Time Capsule At Adirondack Trust Co. Opened; New One Put In Its Place

July 7, 2016

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Peter Hammell, Adirondack Trust Co. archivist, opens a time capsule from 1916.

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By Debra Verni, Esq.

The Adirondack Trust Co. celebrated its 100 year anniversary at its main office on Broadway in Saratoga Springs on June 28 by opening a time capsule that had been placed inside a portion of the structure upon its construction.

It was placed there by state Sen. Edgar T. Brackett, the bank's founder, in June 1916.

The event at 473 Broadway also featured the placing of a new time capsule by Charles V. Wait, chairman and CEO of the bank, to be opened in June 2116. A reception followed in the main office lobby.

"We are very excited to be able to share this day with our fellow community members who have supported ATC for over 100 years. Saratoga Springs has a rich history and we are proud to be a part of it as a community partner," said Charles V. Wait Jr., executive vice president.

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'Dunning Street Station' Opens On Route 9, After Being Restored To Its 'Retro' Glamor

July 7, 2016

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Bob McKenna and Scott Ringwood have opened Dunning Street Station.

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By MAureen Werther

Dunning Street Station Bar & Grill, located at 2853 Route 9 in Malta, celebrated its grand opening June 29th with a well-attended ribbon-cutting ceremony sponsored by the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County.

Owners Bob McKenna and Scott Ringwood, who is also the chef, hope to continue the tradition of great food and drink that people have long associated with the iconic silver and blue Fodoro dining car. Ringwood is also co-owner, with McKenna, of the Lake Ridge Restaurant in Round Lake.

"Over the years, Scott and I have always talked about fun places and food that we've enjoyed in a casual setting," said McKenna.

Gradually, the conversations became more serious and the partners began formulating a plan for another restaurant that would offer quality food and service like Lake Ridge, but in a more relaxed setting and with a more casual menu.

They began searching for a location and started looking into the "silver magnet out there on Route 9, just waiting to be restored to its former glamor and cool," said McKenna.

As they delved deeper into the history of the property, they discovered that Route 9 was originally known as "Dunning Street," named after the founder of Malta, Michael Dunning. Just like that, McKenna and Ringwood had the name for the new restaurant.

The Station, as it is referred to by owners and staff, follows in the footsteps of some well-known eateries at this location. The first business opened there in the early 1950s, when Constantinos (Gus) Dardas bought the house that was situated on the property at the time. He turned it into the Malta Ridge Diner.

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New Clothing Store In Downtown Saratoga Has More Casual, 'West Coast-Inspired' Offerings

July 7, 2016

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Caroline and Main is located at 438 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.

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By Liz Witbeck

Another clothing store has made its way to the shopping scene in the Spa City. Caroline and Main made its debut in May.

Located at 438 Broadway, the shop is named for the corners of Caroline Street and Broadway, where it is situated. Store owner Heidi Owen West also operates Lifestyles of Saratoga, which is located next door at 436 Broadway. That store has been in business for more than 20 years.

Lyndsey Lowe is personal assistant to Owen West.

"Heidi has always coveted that space across the street," said Lowe. "It became available and she went for it. Broadway needed a refresher store."

The 1,800-square-foot storefront was formerly home to Paper Dolls gift shop.

While Lifestyles of Saratoga appeals to an older demographic, Caroline and Main will have a unique style. The target demographic, Lowe said, is women between 25 and 50 years old. The clothing is casual and West Coast-inspired. The store offers women's clothing such as blouses, jeans and T-shirts in a variety of prints, stripes and colors. Some of the brands offered are Eliza J and FRNCH.

"The clothing has a beachy vibe, West coast style," said Lowe. "The colors are very fun, light, easy. [The typical shopper] doesn't take herself so seriously."

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