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The start of a new year can be a hectic time for many people. Between winding down from the holidays, catching up with work, getting started with and sticking to New Year resolutions, many of you may be feeling a little exhausted. That is why I think this is a great time to discuss the importance of sleep. Good quality sleep is incredibly important to overall health and wellness. Sleep can be just as important to your health as eating…
SARATOGA — A letter from the NYS Police Pistol Permit Bureau mailed to gun owners and reminding them of requirements to recertify their licenses every five years has triggered a defiant response from Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo, who said he will not have his deputies enforce the SAFE Act provision by “harassing already law-abiding citizens.” The Pistol Permit Bureau’s letter informs gun owners that if a permit was issued prior to Jan. 15, 2013, the deadline to submit recertification…
Meet Brian Burnett, 48, a resident of Saratoga Bridges in Saratoga Springs. He has an intellectual disability and seizures, but doesn’t let that stop him from living life to the fullest, even in Saratoga’s wintertime. Brian’s story: I was a teenager one time watching Little Rascals on TV, and everything went black. The doctor said I had a seizure. The last one I had was in the middle of the night about a year ago. When I swim, I wear…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 18-year-old was between classes and walking through the halls of her high school last week when the actions of a fellow student jarred her into consciousness. “A kid from one of my classes, who I don’t even really know did the Nazi salute. I stopped and looked at him and didn’t even know what to say,” said senior class student Channah Goldman. She continued walking, to the school library, where she sat at a desk, took…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — After months of an uncertain future in Saratoga Springs, the New East Coast Arms Collectors Associates (NEACA) and New York State Senator Kathleen Marchione announced that the NEACA Arms Fair, popularly known as the Saratoga Gun Show, is returning to the Saratoga Springs City Center on Memorial Day Weekend. President of the NEACA, Inc. Gun Show and Military Exposition David Petronis had received word from the City Center last August that there were no available dates for…
Moody’s Investors Service Upgrades City’s Outstanding Bonds Rating Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan announced this week that Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the City’s bond rating on its outstanding bonds from Aa3 to Aa2. The city has $52.5 million in general obligation bonds outstanding. This is comparable to the AA+ awarded by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) for each of the past five years, all during Madigan’s tenure, the commissioner said. The revised rating reflects “the city’s strong fiscal management as…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — From the development of new hotels and the construction of parking garages, to addressing affordable housing issues and the daily recreational activities of year-round residents, most everything that happens in Saratoga Springs passes through City Hall. Historical significance aside, the 146-year-old brick building on Broadway houses a variety of review commissions and advisory boards, each with their own specialty which feed their recommendations to the ultimate governing body that is the City Council. The five-member council –…
Ray O’Conor, author of the book, “She Called Him Raymond: A True Story of Love, Loss, Faith and Healing,” dons his “smart glasses” at a worktable inside the Saratoga Springs Public Library, where he is flanked by a laptop computer, a pair of three-inch binders and a trusty thermos. “Today I’m working on a section of the screenplay that involves the occasion on which Helen – who is my mother, and one of the two main characters in the story…
BALLSTON LAKE — They were told they were the lucky winners of a contest that granted them a three-day stay in a North Country hotel. For the Lefebvres – wife Kristin and husband Andrew and the kids Angelo, and Te’a, and Milana, and Anamaria - it was a respite for a family that could use a break. Yet, still, there was more. The family of six shares a home on Ballston Lake with Kristin’s father and her older brother, Tommy,…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — City residents could be voting as soon as next spring on a referendum to change the way the city has governed for the duration of its 101-year history. This week, the 15-member Saratoga Springs City Charter Review Commission unanimously approved the drafting of a new charter, and in a 12-3 straw poll voted to draft a motion for a new form of government. The work will begin immediately to prepare a proposal for an alternative form of…
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Police Blotter

  • POLICE Thomas Coons, 57, of Wilton, was charged on Jan. 6 with third-degree grand larceny. Coons, a Maple Avenue Middle…
  • COURTS Tiffany Almy, 25, of Ballston Spa, pleaded not guilty on Dec. 19 to the felony charges of attempted burglary,…
  • COURTS Richard N. Bowman, 47, of Corinth, was sentenced on Dec. 15 to five years in state prison and two…
  • COURTS Lee M. O’Dell, 55, of Clifton Park, pleaded on Dec. 9 to felony DWI. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb.…
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