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One Of Five Companies Chosen For Medical Marijuana License To Grow In Warren County

August 9, 2015

The state Department of Health (DOH) selected the five organizations to be issued registrations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana under the state Medical Marijuana Program.

One growing facility will be in the town of Chester in northern Warren County.

Douglas Butdorf of North Country Roots in Plattsburgh, that wanted to locate one of its dispensaries in Halfmoon, did not receive a license. The Washington County application filed by Ted Berndt who wanted to have a growing facility in the Washington County town of Jackson--north of Cambridge and east of Greenwich--on Plains Road, was also unsuccessful.
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Local Energy Development Company Helps Caribbean Hotels Cut Their Energy Bills

August 9, 2015

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Redfeather Green Energy Development CEO Anntonette Alberti, left, and company President Marion Trieste work with hotels in the Caribbean on energy-saving initiatives
BY ANDREA PALMER

Redfeather Green Energy Development Inc., based out of Saratoga Springs, is a woman-owned start-up company focused on implementing energy efficiency projects for the hotel sector in U.S. Caribbean territories, where commercially-focused energy efficiency service providers are scarce.

"We decided to start Redfeather because we saw a very lucrative opportunity for energy investors that would also greatly benefit the environment and people in struggling economies," said Redfeather CEO Anntonette Alberti.

That's where Redfeather comes in. "We have a great idea and we are working with teams of proven experts, both in the U.S. and the Caribbean, to help us bring it to life," said Alberti.
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Former Bank Official Authors Book On His Namesake, A World War II B-17 Fighter Pilot

August 9, 2015

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Raymond O'Connor discusses the book he authored inspired by his namesake.
BY JILL NAGY

Inspired by a letter received by his mother when she was a teenager and a young bride, Raymond O'Connor spent five years tracking down information about the man who wrote the letter, his namesake and his mother's first husband.

The result is a book he authored, "She Called Him Raymond--A True Story of Love, Loss, Faith and Healing," published in May.

The letter writer was Clarence Raymond Stephenson, whom his mother, the former Helen Gregg, called Raymond. They met in 1942, literally bumping into one another in New York City's Central Park. They married in 1943, on her 18th birthday. A year later she received the letter from him--on her 19th birthday, their first wedding anniversary--and the day her husband, a B-17 fighter pilot, was killed when his airplane crash in Europe.
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Local Digital Company Dealing With Sports Teams Purchased By Media Giant Time Inc.

August 9, 2015

Time Inc. has acquired three companies-- including SportsSignup, based in Saratoga Springs--that will form the foundation of Sports Illustrated Play, a new business devoted to youth and amateur sports.

Sports Illustrated Play is teaming up with leaders in online sports management to introduce a suite of tools for player registration, scheduling, communication and score keeping, said a statement from the company.

Two of the acquired companies--League Athletics, Tucson, Az., and SportsSignup, based at 18 Division St.--operate digital management tools that post game scores, keep track of schedules, statistics and standings and enable participants to register and communicate regularly.
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The Lodge Near Saratoga Race Track Is Now Available For Weddings, Parties And Events

August 9, 2015

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The Lodge in Saratoga Springs, once the home of millionaire businessman and race horse owner Harry Payne Whitney, is available to rent for specials events.
BY JENNIFER FARNSWORTH

For those looking to host about a 100- to 200- person special event in Saratoga Springs, The Lodge on Nelson Avenue could be that place. Now being marketed as a venue for gatherings, The Lodge offers the Spa City feel in a prime location.

Once the home of millionaire businessman and race horse owner Harry Payne Whitney, the property at the corner of Nelson and Crescent avenues is now owned by Saratoga Casino and Raceway.

Lodge Lease Holding LLC and Racing Restaurants of America II Corp. had been leasing the facility for Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The two sides had a disagreement that is now in court.
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Two New Restaurants Open At The Site of Roosevelt Inn & Suites Near Northway Exit 13

August 9, 2015

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Rosemarie Coleman, seated, owner and chef of Orchid's Caribbean Restaurant and Lounge, and sister Sheryl Perkins pose in the new restaurant at Roosevelt Inn & Suites
BY MAUREEN WERTHER

Mitesh Patel, local businessman and owner of several hotels in the Boston area, as well as in Queensbury and South Glens Falls, purchased Roosevelt Inn & Suites in May. As part of the changeover, two new, separate restaurants opened on the premises, formerly home to El Mariachi III and the Silver Bullet Lounge.

Rosemarie Coleman, owner and chef at one of them: Orchid's Caribbean Restaurant and Lounge, is in the space that was home to the Silver Bullet Lounge.

There are two restaurant buildings on the Roosevelt property and 13 North will be in the one closest to Route 9.
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Equitas Realty Opens A New Glens Falls Office

August 9, 2015

In less than a year since transforming from a franchise office into an independent brokerage, Saratoga Springs-based Equitas Realty is expanding to Glens Falls.

The new office, opening in mid-August, will be its second location. It is located in the Rogers Building at 21 Bay St. The brokerage and its agents have been serving the Glens Falls market since 2008 out of its Saratoga Springs office.

Janet Besheer, broker/owner of Equitas Realty, said the new Glens Falls office presence reflects the brokerage's recognition of the exciting renaissance and growth of the Glens Falls market.
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Primelink Continues To Expand Its Fiber Optics

August 9, 2015

Trent Trahan, chief executive officer of PrimeLink, said the first phase of the company's expansion of service in Saratoga Springs is complete and expansion will continue throughout 2015.

PrimeLink provides customers with high speed internet access, voice solutions, and hosted and traditional phone systems. All services are brought to the end user with a 100 percent fiber optic network, Trahan said.

"This availability of fiber optic technology will provide Saratoga with the most advanced transport medium available in digital communications and provide a more competitive environment for business customers seeking affordable high quality communication services," he said.
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Clothing Store Opens On Broadway Offering Men's And Women's Wear, Specialty Items

August 9, 2015

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379 Broadway Clothier, a new store in downtown Saratoga Springs, men's and ladies' dresswear, shoes, tuxedos, leather jackets, purses and other specialty fashion retail items
BY JENNIFER FARNSWORTH

For the past decade, fashion experts Vince Montesano and Jennie Kelemen have been dressing those in and around Saratoga, as well as those who visit the Spa City during the summers months.

They once operated a store at 506 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, after a two-year hiatus the two are back to work in a new location.

Patrons can visit 379 Broadway Clothier, the address is the same as the name, for men's and ladies' dresswear, shoes, jewelry, tuxedos, leather jackets, purses and other specialty fashion retail items.
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Veterans, Emergency Responders To Benefit From Malta Business Association's 5K Run

August 9, 2015

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Runners at the start of last year's 5K run in Malta that rolls through GlobalFoundries
The Malta Business and Professional Association will host its sixth annual 5K road race on Saturday, Sept. 12, an event that will take runners through NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology and Energy Park and the Luther Forest Technology Campus.

GlobalFoundries, located in Luther Forest Technology Campus, is the title sponsor of the event which last year raised well over $32,000 to support the Saratoga Rural Preservation Corp.'s VetHelp and Malta's emergency first responders.

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.
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