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Being only a short train ride away from New York City is one of the many reasons why living around the Capital Region is great. The only downside is you may have noticed that it's a rarity for Amtrak to have more than a few trains scheduled from Saratoga or Schenectady on a given day.  However, there could be potential plans for this to change in the future. 

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Love exploring nature in the Saratoga area? If so, you're in luck! A 246-acre park is in the works at the intersection of Route 50 and Middle Line Road, just across from the Wm. H. Buckley Farm, and could be open in time for winter activities. Get the details: 

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Saratoga Hospital recently proposed plans for expansion close to its Church Street location, but some neighbors aren't pleased with the news. Find out why: 

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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown has been selected by public vote as this year's book of choice for Saratoga Reads, a community-wide reading program. 

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Editor's Note 11/13/15: This article has been edited with correct information. The book has been entered for a Pulitzer Prize. Final nominations will be announced in April. 

Longtime Saratoga resident, Ray O'Conor's novel has just been entered for a Pulitzer Prize. Get the scoop! 

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U.S. Mint and the National Park service will launch the release of a special quarter honoring Saratoga National Historical Park next week.

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Good news for the pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists of the area! Saratoga County plans to spend $100,000 to develop recreational trails. Get the details: 

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Looking for the latest arts, nonprofit and education news in Saratoga? From upcoming events happening in the area to esteemed honors given to a SPAC resident artist, we have you covered. Take a look: 

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As part of its efforts to increase awareness of restorative justice and its potential for use with young people in schools and the juvenile justice system, the Skidmore College Project on Restorative Justice will present two events that are free and open to the public.

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Restorative justice pioneer Margaret Thorsborne, photo provided
It's been a busy two weeks in Saratoga's arts and non-profit communities! Check out these four headlines that caught our attention.

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