Brown's Beach On Saratoga Lake Reopened After Long Hiatus; Offers Dining And Docking

June 5, 2015

Brown's Beach in Stillwater is open again, featuring a spacious beach on Saratoga Lake, a full-service marina and two distinct restaurants where people can eat inside or on a patio
Brown's Beach in Stillwater, on Saratoga Lake, opened recently after a hiatus of some 10 years. "Amazing," said Stillwater Town Supervisor Ed Kinowski at its opening.

The beach went unused after it was privately bought in 2006. Kinowski said that about two to three years ago, there was so much growth the beach couldn't be seen.

However, through new local revenues created by Global Foundries and the NYSERDA Technology Park, the town of Stillwater, under the leadership of Kinowski, was able to purchase the 9-acre Brown's Beach parcel to re-purpose back to public use.
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Construction Of Hotel, Added Amenities At Casino & Raceway Begins; 2016 Opening Eyed

June 5, 2015

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This architect rendering of the completed $34 million Saratoga Casino and Raceway expansion shows the new hotel, expected to open in the summer of 2016.
Saratoga Casino and Raceway officially broke ground in late May on its $34 million hotel expansion during a ceremony with local and state officials including Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chair Matt Veitch and Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen.

Expected by casino officials to be open by the summer of 2016, the 123,000-squarefoot expansion will add a 4-star quality hotel to the existing entertainment facility.

Amenities in the 108-room hotel will include an indoor pool and fitness center, lobby bar, meeting rooms and signature fine dining restaurant.
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Henry Street Businesses Are Rolling Out Activities-Packed 'Bike Party' Event June 21

June 5, 2015

Henry Street business owners of Saratoga Springs are ramping up for the city's first ever Bike Party event on June 21.

The event is set for noon to 4 p.m. and will feature an adult big wheel race, a kids bicycle parade, bike decoration contest and exhibit, bicycle stunts and tricks, live surf rock music, food, beverages, vending and more.

This year the event is on Father's Day and seeks to attract fathers, families and bike enthusiasts alike, organizers said. A street closure will take place on Henry Street between Lake Avenue and Caroline Street to accommodate the event. Officials said they anticipate as many as 5,000 people in attendance.
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Chamber Of Southern Saratoga County Will Move To New Park Plaza Offices As Of July 1

June 5, 2015

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This building at the Park Plaza at 58 Clifton Country Road, will be the new home of the Chamberof Southern Saratoga County. Officials say the downtown location will improve visibility
The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County is moving to new offices at the Park Plaza at 58 Clifton Country Road, Suite 101 effective July 1.

The Chamber's plans are intended to provide a more visible presence in downtown Clifton Park as well as to provide greater flexibility in office space and the display of member literature and other materials.

They are currently located at 15 Park Ave. in Clifton Park.
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New Hair Salon In Ballston Spa Fulfills A Dream For Longtime Stylist Jessica Shambo

June 5, 2015

Jessica Shambo, owner of Canvas Hair Salon in Ballston Spa, has more than 14 years of experience working as a hair stylist

Canvas Hair Salon, 90 Front St. in Ballston Spa, is a new business offering a variety of hair cutting and styling services.

It held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in May. The owner, Jessica Shambo, has more than 14 years of experience working as a hair stylist. She worked for several salons in Saratoga Springs before she eventually decided it was time to start her own practice.

"It's always been a dream of mine to open a business," said Shambo. For seven years she ran a hair salon out of her own home. Her family built an extension on the home to accommodate the salon. Eventually, the need came to expand the business. Now, Canvas Hair Salon operates out of its own storefront on Front Street.
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Country Music, Dancing Are Enticements To Patronize New Hoss' River House In Halfmoon

June 5, 2015

Amy Gauthier of Hoss' River House sits with a plate of one of the many food offerings the new establishment in Halfmoon has for customers. The facility also has weekly country dancing

Hoss' River House is a new restaurant in Halfmoon where owner Claude Gauthier has brought country flavor in both food and atmosphere.

It was opened earlier this year at 32 ClamsteamRoad by Gauthier. It was previously the Klamsteam Tavern and Gauthier was a patron there. He was offered the opportunity to buy the restaurant and took on the challenge.

Gauthier, known to many as Big Hoss, has experience in several industries including real estate and working as a general contractor. He previously owned Buckboard Inc., a country dance hall in Malta, so he brings his well-rounded experience to Hoss' River House.
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Brewery In Clifton Park Produces Beer That Will Raise Funds For State Brewers Group

June 5, 2015

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Workers at Shmaltz Brewing Co. relax after completing the brewing of Statewide Pale Ale.
Shmaltz Brewing Co. in Clifton Park announced in May the brewing of a Statewide Pale Ale, which will be used to raise funds for the New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA), an organization that represents and educates its members and customers throughout the state. The association was founded in 2003.

Company officials said 170 kegs were produced for the fundraiser. The goal is to raise more than $10,000 for the association through the beer sales.

On May 27, the Clifton Park brewery was the site of the first New York Statewide Collaboration Brew Day. Brewers from around the state made the first major batch of Statewide Pale Ale. Schmaltz also hosted a Meet The Brewers Happy Hour for sampling.
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Saratoga County Chamber Of Commerce Nets 117 New Members During Its Annual 'Blitz'

June 5, 2015

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From left, John Marcantonio and Todd Shimkus of the Chamber stand with Kate Jarosh, Cathy French, Josh Koons and Valerie Muratori, Chamber board chairwoman
With the help of over 50 volunteers, the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce brought in 117 new members during the May Membership Blitz this year.

"We are so excited to welcome our new members into the Chamber and thankful for their commitment to invest in this community," said John Marcantonio, membership director. "And this never would have happened without all the help from our enthusiastic volunteers."

Bringing in a total of 13 new members, Kate Jarosh of Bonacio Construction brought home the gold--the most members brought in by one individual this year. Cathy French of Holiday Inn came in second. Both received new Microsoft Surface 3 tablets compliments of Adirondack Technical Solutions.
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'Circus Smirkus' Comes To Saratoga For Two Days In July; To Benefit The Waldorf School

June 5, 2015

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'Clown Alley' is one of the many parts of the Circus Smirkus 2015 Big Top Tour coming to Saratoga Springs On July 5 and 6, featuring performers from ages 11 to 18.
Circus Smirkus, the acclaimed international youth circus, returns to the outdoor polo field at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for four performances this summer.

On July 5 and 6, families can gather under the Big Top Tent as the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs presents the Circus Smirkus 2015 Big Top Tour.

Circus Smirkus will have shows at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. both days. Tickets are $25 for adults 13 and older and $23 for children 2-12. Children younger than two are free on an adult's lap. All proceeds raised will go directly to the Waldorf School.
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Local BOCES Partners With Bryant Stratton To Offer Certifications In Two Health Fields

June 5, 2015

Michael Gutierrez, left, director of Bryant & Stratton College's Albany operations, stands in a classroom at the school's Malta campus with Bryan Gregory
The Adult Continuing Education program of the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton- Essex BOCES has partnered with Bryant & Stratton College to offer a new program in April that provides students with the opportunity to earn a national certification as a phlebotomist and an electrocardiogram (EKG) technician.

The program incorporates three courses, preparing students for two National Healthcareer Association (NHA) exams.
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