Officials Hope To Get Major Development Project Approved For Saratoga National Golf Club

March 17, 2015

by R.J. DeLuke

A proposed major development at Saratoga National Golf Club on the east side of Saratoga Springs was outlined on March 16, including plans for a "boutique hotel," residential units and cottages for out-of-town visitors to use for extended golfing excursions.

Officials presenting the plan, including the owner and architect, said that while the plan would turn the site into a five-star destination golf resort--something they say is needed in the city--it will also be "green space" friendly and will ensure that 97 percent of the  550 acres could not be developed in the future and would remain green open, recreational space.

The golf project is also tied to the creation of the Saratoga Springs Green Belt Trail, a recreational trail for bicycles and others that would make many of the key attractions of the city accessible through one connected trail for walkers, cross-country skiers, runners and bicycle riders.

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74th Season Of Harness Racing Is Off And Running At Saratoga Casino & Raceway

March 5, 2015

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Saratoga Casino & Raceway opened its 74th harness racing season on March 1. Officials say it has experienced increases in all-source handle over each of the last five years
Looking to continue the trend that officials say has seen increases in all-source handle over each of the last five years, Saratoga Casino and Raceway opened its 74th harness racing season on March 1.

Saratoga Casino and Raceway's spring schedule will consist of live racing Fridays and Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. and Sunday matinees starting at 12:45 p.m.

New for 2015, the Thursday card has been moved to a 4 p.m. twilight post, and in March, will feature a "happy hour" with $1 hot dogs and draft beers from 4-7 p.m. Parking and admission are always free.
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$42M Apartment/Residential Care Facility Planned By Saratoga Hospital And Wesley

March 5, 2015


Saratoga Hospital and the Wesley Community plan a $42-million apartment and residential care facility for senior citizens in Malta.

The Malta Town Board has scheduled a public hearing on the project, including a request for a height variance, for March 2. An informal informational meeting on the project on Jan. 26 "went well," according to Brian Nealon, Wesley Community CEO.

The town's Planning Board recommended approval at its Dec. 16 meeting. The requested variance will allow a building height of 60 feet, the same height as the urgent care facility already on the parcel.
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New Eatery, BurgerFi, Headed For Space on Broadway In Saratoga Springs

March 5, 2015

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At BurgerFi, chairs are made of recycled Coke bottles and tables of recycled wood.

Two well-known area businessmen are among a group that expects to own a new hamburger restaurant on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, shooting for an opening that will be able to capitalize on the crowds coming into the city for the season at Saratoga Race Course this summer.

Bill Lia Jr. is part of the ownership of the vast Lia Auto Group, which operates an array of dealerships in the Capital District, including Lia Nissan of Saratoga. He has no previous restaurant experience. Nor do brothers Michael and Vicent who are joining him in the venture. But his third partner does.
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B&B Wine And Liquors In Price Chopper Plaza Undergoes A Change In Ownership

March 5, 2015

Dave Geurtze, left, and John Bogardus have taken over ownership of B&B Wine and Liquors in the Price Chopper Plaza on Route 50 in Saratoga Springs.
David Geurtze and John Bogardus have purchased B&B Wine and Liquors in the Price Chopper Plaza on Route 50 in Saratoga Springs.

They bought the company from Richard Sheridan and Dan Beauregard, who have operated the store since 1992 and ran it for 22 years. The former owners plan to retire, according to ThielGroup LLC, which brokered the sale.

B&B Liquors has been serving the Saratoga region as a neighborhood liquor store since it opened in 1973. The store is in a high-volume shopping center with Price Chopper, as well as many national retail chains and local vendors.
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Perkins And Perkins Law Firm Relocates From Broadway To Walton St. In Saratoga

March 5, 2015

After 35 years at its Broadway address, a local law firm has moved its downtown Saratoga Springs offices. Effective Feb. 1, Perkins and Perkins relocated to 25 Walton St., a fully handicapped-accessible professional building with on-site client parking.

For the firm's principal, attorney S. Scott Perkins, the move is bittersweet. "I joined my father's practice on Broadway in 1981 and I have been at the same desk since that time. There are a lot of fond memories here," he said. "But our move to 25 Walton Street will better serve our clients with a more convenient location."
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Saratoga Peak Performance Integrates Kick-Boxing, Yoga, More In Its Programs

March 5, 2015

Dr. Bryan Briddell, owner and director of Saratoga Peak Performance, has presented athletic enhancement seminars and workshops around the region to various groups

Dr. Bryan Briddell, owner and director of Saratoga Peak Performance, said he has relaunched his business to include a "training center of excellence."

The center, at 30 Glick Road in Saratoga Springs, consists of sports conditioning experts and certified personal trainers who are centered around sports-specific, athletic enhancement and injury reduction programs. Briddell said they work with athletes of all ages and skill levels, as well as helping adult personal training clients.

"We have helped hundreds of athletes and adult clients achieve their goals," said Briddell.
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Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio Expands As Owner Opens New Shop In Burlington, Vt.

March 5, 2015

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Customers busy themselves creating works of art at the Burlington Paint and Sip Studio, opened by Catherine Hover, who owns similar shops in Saratoga and Latham
Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio has expanded to a brand new studio in Burlington, Vt., the third location for owner Catherine Hover.

The new location, Burlington Paint and Sip Studio, features the same creative yet inspirational experience as the Saratoga and Latham studios, she said.

After opening Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio in Saratoga Springs in 2012 and expanding to a second location in Latham in 2013, Hover saw an opportunity to bring the business to Vermont after meeting people who had made her New York studios a travel destination.
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Wired Coffee & Bagel In Malta Markets Its Product Well Beyond Ellsworth Commons

March 5, 2015

Matt Michele, who owns Wired Coffee & Bagel in Ellsworth Commons with his brother Marty, roasts his own coffee with beans they get from all over the world

Two brothers are running Wired Coffee & Bagel in the Ellsworth Commons, in the apartment complex off Route 9 in Malta. But its coffee products are drawing interest beyond Saratoga County.

Matt and Marty Michele grew up in Voorheesville, and were involved in business at an early age, helping to run their family's ice cream parlor. A couple years ago, they decided to start their own business. They saw that Malta had a growing economy and believed it would be a great place to start a coffee shop.

One of the most unique aspects of Wired Coffee & Bagel is the fact that all of the coffee is roasted onsite, the owners said. They said there are only two other coffee shops in the Capital Region that roast their own coffee.
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New Hockey Team Coming To Glens Falls, Three-Year Contract Signed With Coalition

March 5, 2015

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The Adirondack Thunder (logo above) will play in Glens Falls next season
The new hockey team that will make the Glens Falls Civic Center its home in the 2015- 16 season and beyond was introduced Feb. 11 in Glens Falls by the parent team, the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League.

The Adirondack Thunder is the name of the team that signed a three-year contract in late January with the Adirondack Civic Center Coalition, the new owners of the building.

In an unveiling held at The Bullpen in Glens Falls, the new Thunder brand adorned several screens throughout the local bar in front of a crowd of media and members of the general public. Current Adirondack Flames and future Adirondack Thunder President Brian Petrovek unveiled the new name, logo and color scheme to the public, beginning a new chapter of professional hockey in Glens Falls and the Adirondack region.
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