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In this CLIFTON PARK • HALFMOON
Number 14 April 9, 2009
underprivileged Shen ﬁres Paretta BH-BL
overseas Students, athletes show support for embattled track coach adopts
Area resident Theresa Wein-
man, who works for the De-
partment of Family Medicine at
Albany Medical College, recently
took a trip with some colleagues
to Uganda to provide much
needed medical care and ﬁnd Budget calls for more
schools for children. than $1 million in
See story on Page 19. stafﬁng reductions
By CHARLES WIFF
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
School District Board of Educa-
tion unanimously voted to adopt a
nearly $53.4 million budget at its
Tuesday, April 7, meeting, a 2.16
percent increase from this year’s
Assuming that state aid is re-
stored to the district, the budget
‘See’ worthy Former Shenendahowa track coach Donald Paretta makes a statement to the Shen Board of Education at its would result in a 2.7 percent in-
The USS Slater has opened for Tuesday, April 7 meeting. Paretta was ﬁred for lacking a coaching certiﬁcation, having lost it after allegations crease in the tax levy. District ofﬁ-
tours for the 12th year. But the of sexual misconduct with a student surfaced in 1992. cials were quick to point out such a
William DeVoe/Spotlight tax hike would be the lowest levy
experience aboard the destroyer increase in four decades, though
escort has changed signiﬁcantly By CHARLES WIFF povac said the track coach strove he cannot have a teaching cer- the tax rates in each of the district’s
over the years. That’s because firstname.lastname@example.org “not only to make people better tiﬁcate or a coaching certiﬁcate, four towns will ﬂuctuate with any
during the ship’s off-season, vol- athletes, but better people.” you should immediately ask him changes in assessment.
A motion to ﬁre Donald Pa- A plea to the board by Doug back to be a volunteer coach for “We ﬁnd ourselves trying to do
unteers spend countless hours retta for lacking a coaching certi- Shartrand, area lawyer and vice these kids.” our best for students and the com-
restoring and renovating it. ﬁcation was passed unanimously president of the Shenendehowa “I think that they have made munity. We believe this budget
See story on Page 14. at a Tuesday, April 7, meeting of Track Booster Club, to invite a decision, and now they’re just does both,” said Superintendent
the Shenendehowa School Dis- Paretta back to the school as vol- trying to justify it,” said David Jim Schultz.
trict Board of Education, despite unteer coach, was met with ap- Ehrlich, Paretta’s lawyer, in an The budget makes more than $1
a strong show of public support plause. interview prior to the board’s de- million in stafﬁng cutbacks. An el-
for the embattled part-time high “I understand what the board cision. He noted that Paretta was ementary teacher and high school
school track coach. has to do in this matter,” he never convicted of a crime and special education full-time position
Stevan Pupovac, a 2004 Shen said to the board. “But the next said that a teaching certiﬁcation will be eliminated in addition to
graduate and athlete, called Pa- decision you should make is to is not a requirement for a coach. numerous cutbacks that will result
retta a “father ﬁgure,” saying Pa- ask Don Paretta to come back “I have never sought to be em- in reduced hours and salaries for
retta taught him how to drive and as a volunteer coach. ... Even if
golfed with him occasionally. Pu- you have to accept the fact that ■ Coach Page 22 ■ BH-BL Page 18
A new challenge Spotlight garners three
Pat Seligman, Shen’s long-time Spa City schools
swimming coach has accepted a
Press Association awards
job as the Harrison (Westchester
County) Central School District Group of weeklies gets
Director of Physical Education,
“[Cohn] digs the story from
Health and Athletics. nods for news coverage, wary witnesses and documents get is an increase of 2.59 percent
See story on Page 24. editorials and columns [and] holds public ofﬁcials ac- State aid keeps increases over last year’s $107,353,350 bud-
The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Spotlight (USPS
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“It’s amazing,” Cohn said of The Saratoga Springs Board of
Saturday, April 3 and 4. would be getting. In December,
Reporter Ariana Cohn, a her win. “It’s very rewarding Education voted unanimously Tues- Gov. David Paterson had suggested
Latham resident by way of New to have the hard work we do day, April 7, to adopt a proposed cuts to school aid in his budget pro-
Jersey, received the top news as reporters recognized by our 2009-2010 budget, which brings no posal, but in recent weeks, the fed-
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Page 2 • April 9, 2009 Spotlight Newspapers
STEM winners honored Police Blotter
charged with felony DWI
Former Congressman a misdemeanor DWI charge in rollover personal injur y motor
John Sweeney was ar rested November of 2007. As a result of vehicle accident.
and charged with felony DWI that conviction, his license was The accident occurred on State
in the early morning hours of suspended, he paid a ﬁne and he Route 67 at Farley Road in the
Sunday, April 5, by New York attended a victim panel and DMV Town of Stillwater. McCullen was
State Police. Drinker/Driver program. transported to Saratoga Hospital
Sweeney, who represented Saratoga County District for examination of injuries he
the 20th Congressional District Attorney James Murphy III said sustained in the accident, and
before losing the seat to Kirsten that Sweeney will receive no he submitted to a blood test to
Gillibrand in 2006, was allegedly special treatment. determine his BAC, according
speeding on Route 9 in Clifton “We will treat this prosecution to police.
Park when police pulled him over like any other felony DWI case,” According to police reports,
Mat Zlomek, Project Manager from USAGraduate, presented Middle at 3:30 a.m. Police say that he
School student Kyle Novak with a laptop and High School student said Murphy in a statement. “We McCullen’s license was
refused to take a breath test or are fortunate that his alleged suspended for a previous DWI
Kelcie LaRoche with a $100 gift card to Amazon.com and a trophy for blood test, which will result in a
their participation in an online learning activity focusing on Science, conduct did not result in death or conviction. He was also charged
one-year suspension of his license serious physical injury to himself with failure to maintain lane,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at a meeting of the as mandated by the Department
Ballston Spa School District Board of Education. Over 1,200 students or anyone else.” failure to keep right, aggravated
of Motor Vehicles. Sweeney is scheduled to be unlicensed operation of a motor
from the district participated in the activity designed to be a fun way to
stimulate interest in STEM and engage students in related topics to help Sweeney was arraigned in back in court on Thursday, April vehicle in the first degree, a
them understand their practical applications. Forty-eight total prizes were Clifton Park Town Cour t and 9, a 5 p.m. felony, and an open container
awarded to students, including 16 iPods, a $100 Amazon.com gift card, was brieﬂy remanded to Saratoga violation.
four laptop computers and other gift cards. County jail in lieu of $2,000 cash, He was released to the hospital
Submitted photo $5,000 bail bond. Bail was posted Other arrests staff for further medical attention.
shortly thereafter, and Sweeney • The Saratoga County He is scheduled to appear in
was released. Sheriff’s Ofﬁce arrested Mitchell the Stillwater Town Cour t on
The DWI charge is A. Smith, 23, of 19 Bradford St. Wednesday, April 22.
www.Spotlightnews.com a u t o m a t i c a l l y a f e l o n y, a s
Sweeney had pleaded guilty to
Apt. 2, Albany, on Thursday, April
2, and charged him with assault
• The Saratoga County
Sherif f ’s Of fice ar rested
in the second degree, a felony, as a Ballston Lake woman and
the result of an investigation into charged her with ﬁve counts of
Ophthalmology (Eyes) a Sept. 14 assault at Northern
Lights in the Town of Clifton
petit larceny on Sunday, March
29, after she allegedly stole mail
Park. from mailboxes in the Plank
Smith allegedly assaulted a Road and Dutch Meadows areas
Q: Iwill I still need toand I plan on having surgery. After cataract surgery,
wear eyeglasses? 22-year-old from Milton in the of Clifton Park between March
parking lot of the bar following 27 and 29.
A: “Cataractsoftenone of the leading causesglare at night while driving. A cataract is
cause blurry vision and
of preventable blindness worldwide. a concer t in which he was a
performer. The victim suffered
Jenna E. Crispino, 24, of 10
Guilder Place, was arraigned
the stiffening and clouding of the natural lens, and the result is that the lens cannot serious injuries to his face that
focus light as well as it did before. Cataracts are common in most patients over ﬁfty. in Clifton Park Town Cour t
required surgery. and remanded to the Saratoga
There usually comes a time when a change in one’s eyeglass prescription will not do
much to improve vision, and surgery should be considered. Smith was apprehended by County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash
sheriff’s ofﬁce investigators near or $2,500 bail bond. She was
“Up until about ten years ago, all patients were very dependent on glasses his Albany residence. He was due back in court on Tuesday,
after cataract surgery. Today, with the availability of premium (multifocal & transported to Clifton Park and April 7.
accommodative) implant lenses, patients can enjoy reduced dependency on arraigned in Clifton Park Town
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Spotlight Newspapers April 9, 2009 • Page 3
City Center to get second look BH-BL
have complained about
building’s modern look
By CHARLES WIFF
In a move that could
potentially stall construction of
an expansion to the Saratoga Panel proposes a number of
Springs City Center, the City facility improvements
Council unanimously voted to based on urgency
refer the project’s controversial
design to the city’s Design Review By CHARLES WIFF
Commission at its Tuesday, April email@example.com
The Bur nt Hills-Ballston
The City Center Authority has Lake School District Board
been receptive to residents who of Education heard proposals
say the expansion’s glass and from the Critical Infrastructure
steel design sticks out like a sore Needs Committee at the
thumb among the more historic T uesday, April 7, meeting,
buildings nearby. that laid out more than $39.5
“Because of some of the million in needed infrastructure
opposition voiced, the authority improvements.
was very willing and thought it The committee has been
would be best to refer it to the working since October
Design Review Commission,” alongside architects from Mosaic
said Mayor Scott Johnson. Architecture, engineers from
The DRC was tasked to focus The proposed design for the Saratoga Springs City Center expansion has been referred to the city’s Design Integrated Building Systems
only on the exterior appearance of Review Commission after some residents spoke out against its modernist facade. Although the review is likely and district staff to identify areas
the expansion and will be required to be quick, a lengthy redesign could jeopardize the construction schedule. A mid-spring groundbreaking is in need of improvement at the
to return an opinion to the City still planned. district’s five schools. The 29
Council by its May 19 meeting. Submitted photo projects were broken into three
An unfavorable recommendation tiers, based on the necessity of
could send the authority back to be paid for by a state grant and the improvements.
the drawing board. “As with any project in the city, there are those proceeds from hotel taxes that Proposals to add six
City Center Authority President have already been collected.
Mark Baker said that while he is
who are in favor and those who are against.” kindergar ten classrooms to
City Center ofﬁcials had hoped Charlton Heights and expand
open to discussion, the design Mayor Scott Johnson to break ground on the expansion the transportation facility were
was picked because City Center in mid-spring. While the DRC has listed separately, as they involved
ofﬁcials thought it made the best a limited time frame to consider significant new constr uction.
use of space within budget while needs transparency, illumination, table at the DRC will provide the issue, making changes to W ithout those two projects,
presenting an exciting image for energy.” an organized public forum for the design could push back the the cost of the improvements
the community and visitors. Johnson, who has been an the expansion’s detractors and construction schedule. But with amounts to an estimated $29.6
“ We n e e d e d t o s e p a r a t e advocate for the expansion, said supporters, Johnson continued. a 14-month construction period, million.
ourselves and become an that the feedback he’s received The expansion would increase the project is far from being in Topping the list of necessary
identifiable entity,” he said, on the design has been mixed. the City Center’s usable space hot water, said Baker. work was upgrades to the aging
noting that visitors sometimes “As with any project in the by 12,000 square feet. Ofﬁcials Stevens Elementar y HVAC
“This doesn’t disrupt what we
assume the convention center and city, there are those who are in estimate that it would result system, expected to cost about
had planned for as a schedule,”
nearby Hilton hotel are the same favor and those who are against,” in a 40 percent increase in $3.6 million. The energy savings
business, attracting visitors who he said. “It does not derail the
structure when observing their he said. “It’s important to keep of the upgrades would come to an
would pump an additional $6.5 project, it just pushes it back.”
brick exteriors. in mind this is an impor tant estimated $27,000 per year.
“In creating that new identity expansion for the city in terms million into the local economy The next meeting of the DRC
is scheduled for Wednesday, April Similarly, replacing old single-
it is creating that vibrancy,” of economic prosperity.” annually. pane windows at the high school,
Baker continued. “You can’t do The cost of the expansion 15, at 7 p.m., in the City Council
Having the issue on the middle school and at Charlton
that with plain stone or brick. It is estimated at $16 million, to Room at City Hall.
Heights would reap energy
savings, though consultants
did not have numbers on hand.
Malta says developer’s plans not ready This improvement, deemed the
second most necessar y, was
pegged at $1.76 million.
Board members’ opinions owns Clifton Park Center and the Seven two-stor y apar tment overall vision of our downtown,” Doing roof work at all schools
mixed on the future look Malta Commons Business Park, buildings encircling a “community said Sausville, who noted that was third on the list, at an
has brought the proposal for green area” would be set behind sizable housing developments estimated cost of $4.14 million.
of downtown The work would be done with
Malta Gardens before the town the retail strip. All said, 72 housing like Park Place and Ellsworth
By CHARLES WIFF on previous occasions. Gavin units would be included in the Commons are already under 30-year rooﬁng materials.
firstname.lastname@example.org Vuillaume, of the Environmental 60,000-square-foot project. construction. The committee selected
Design Partnership, said that Town ofﬁcials raised a number “What we really need in projects that were needed to
The Malta Town Board sent efforts had been made to better of concerns about the proposal, our downtown area is more protect investments already
a developer seeking a planned reﬂect the town’s downtown design including procedural worries commercial business rather than made by the district, would result
development district amendment standards, a set of parameters about the planned development housing units,” he continued. in energy savings or constituted
packing on Monday, April 6, as detailing the ideal appearance and district. But the entrance to the “What we’re doing to developers health and safety issues, said
debate continued on how the layout of buildings in what many project from Route 9 was a major is not fair,” said Nolen. “Not Assistant Superintendent
downtown area of the town will expect will be a booming area. problem for many. everyone shares Mr. Sausville’s Jacqueline St. Onge. Projects
one day appear. “The buildings along Route 9 “I’m still opposed, as I am vision of downtown. … If we want that were not completed in the
DCG Development, a ﬁrm that would be designed to downtown every time I see this project, to to keep the rural character on the last major referendum in October
standards,” said Vuillaume. the access point to Route 9,” said outskirts of town we need to do 2003 because of cost overruns
The lot is about 13 acres in Councilman Peter Klotz. something downtown.” were also examined.
Editorial Pages ................. 6-7
size, located south of a proposed
roundabout at the intersection
of Stone Break Road and Route
9, where an ingress/egress
to a major GlobalFoundries
“Our depar tment strongly
recommends this not be par t
of this plan,” said Building and
Planning Director Tony Tozzi of
the proposed entrance. “Route 9
The developers were also told
their proposal to ramp up building
height to the center of the project
was not aesthetically desirable,
and that having the domiciles set
The earliest capital
improvements will come before
voters as a r efer endum in
October, though district ofﬁcials
said that making a proposal is far
Sports ........................... 23-24 microchip manufacturing plant is parcel by parcel going to turn in a circle set it apart from nearby from certain, as they recognize
is set. In the proposal, the area into Central Avenue.” homes, arranged in grids. residents’ budgets are strained
Obituaries ...........................1 3
along Route 9 would be home Councilwoman Sue Nolen “This is a pod and it does not by a tough economy.
to a string of buildings with and Super visor Paul Sausville translate into the neighborhood “We are not necessarily going
Family Entertainment retail space on the first floor — both Republicans who are around it … it’s isolated as its own out with a referendum,” said St.
Calendar of Events .............17 and residential units on the seeking the seat of supervisor in unit,” said Klotz. Onge. “This is probably not the
Classiﬁed ...................... 20-21 upper floors. The str uctures November’s election — expressed The developers will make time people want to talk about
Crossword ..........................17 would rise from two ﬂoors on opposing views on how the town that.”
changes to their plans and return
Real Estate .........................21 the ends to four in the center, should approach downtown to the Town Board with hopes of The Board of Education has
Weddings............................16 where an entrance from Route 9 development. having their PDD referred to the the ultimate say on what will go
leading to a parking area would
“A concern that I have is for the Planning Board. to referendum, and when.
Page 4 • April 9, 2009 Spotlight Newspapers
Mother-in-law performs feat worth a feast
There it sat on my countertop,
again. The platter of grilled Good Enough For Your Vietnamese Noodle Salad and stir in cucumber, onion and
cheese sandwiches. My kids Mother-In-Law Asian Pork 1 package vermicelli rice cilantro. Sprinkle peanuts on
don’t mind eating them, but I 2 pork tenderloins, trimmed noodles (available in the Asian top.
do. More specifically, I mind of fat and cut into 1” cubes section of any grocery store)
the reasons why we were eating pour milks, toss the salad, help Zest of 2 limes 1 medium cucumber Napa Cabbage Slaw
grilled cheese for dinner. Elliot ﬁnd a Lego piece, check 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled 1 handful cilantro 1 head Napa cabbage, thinly
And that par ticular batch Lucy’s homework, call Zoe in and grated 2 green onions sliced
wasn’t so bad. The bread was for dinner ... and remember my 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 3tablespoon vegetable oil
a farmhouse style, chewy and grilled cheese. I don’t want to 1 cup soy sauce 1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
dense. The cheese, our favorite waste the bread and cheese. So 1/4 cup rice vinegar
Wooden skewers, soaked 1 tablespoon sugar
for melting in sandwiches, was I scrape the burned side and we in water 1 teaspoon Asian ﬁsh sauce 1 tablespoon white sugar
Muenster. The sandwiches eat them anyway.
were fried up in a little olive oil. In a large glass bowl, combine (available in the Asian section 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
On this particular evening, I the pork with the lime zest,
Everyone reached for a sandwich, of any grocery store) toasted sesame seeds
did not burn the grilled cheese ginger, sugar and soy. Toss to
preferring the pieces with bits of sandwiches. Still, they made me Unsalted peanuts, chopped Combine the oils, sugar and
cheese, which melted over and coat and refrigerate for an hour. sea salt with the vinegar and stir
feel a little sad. We were eating Cook rice noodles for 3
became brown and crispy on the Light a grill to medium-low heat. to dissolve the sugar. Coat the
a “Daddy’s not here” dinner minutes in a large pot of boiling
pan. The best part was, they were Thread 4-5 pieces of pork onto cabbage with the dressing. Best
because Paul was on a business each skewer, careful not push water. Drain and rinse under
perfectly golden. trip. Again. When he does travel cold water. In a large bowl, after a few hours. Toss sesame
the pieces together to tightly. seeds on for gar nish. This
Among my children, I am for work, dinner isn’t the same. mix oil, vinegar, sugar and
Cook on the grill, rotating salad is also lovely with carrots,
notorious for serving up beautiful, The meal is not an event. It’s just fish sauce. Wash and chop
every minute or two. Check the peppers, snow peas or any crisp
golden brown grilled cheese dinner. We tend to not spend as cucumber and green onions.
meat after 10 minutes. Pork is vegetable added. Make more
sandwiches. They hold so much much time at the table without Wash and ﬁnely chop cilantro.
done when it’s no longer pink dressing as needed.
promise, the bread crisp and him. Combine noodles with dressing,
slightly oily, the cheese salty When we do have a week
and gooey. And then all hopes of eating together, our dinner
are dashed when one bite into menus might look something like And then we had scrambled he would be gone. No one talks also washed, folded and put away
this glorious sandwich reveals this: ﬁsh tacos, Asian chicken eggs. Next we were back to about it much. Instead, we spend nine loads of laundry (I counted
a completely black bottom. skewers with peanut noodles grilled cheese sandwiches and the time together happy, grateful them!).
Cleverly, I put that side down on and lentil sausage soup. There salad. I dream about the time to be together when we can. I try It came time to think about
the plate. Lucy in particular is is always a leftover night, too. Paul will walk through the door, not to mope. dinner, and I decided that her
aghast when this happens. Ever yone can pick a little of in one or two days. He’ll give And then, my mother-in-law visit was reason enough to have
“Did you really think we ever ything, or avoid whatever huge hugs, lifting people in the
wouldn’t notice, Mama?” she called. She is a true wonder: a mini feast. Something more
wasn’t their favorite. air. And I’ll start planning my young, beautiful, full of energy
demands. than sandwiches. There were all
But travel for work has next Indian dish. and a lust for all things in life. the ingredients in my refrigerator
Really, I knew they would changed a lot of things for us. It was during a long stretch She introduces me to her friends for an Asian pork dish we all
notice. I just hoped they wouldn’t How we eat dinner is one of them. when Paul was at home that as her daughter-in-love. Really. love. This recipe combines a
complain too much. The burning The last time Paul worked out of I star ted thinking about his This phone call was made to few ingredients with lime zest
usually happens after the ﬁrst town, we ate veggie burgers and upcoming trip. We had one more ask if I would like her company. to marinate small pieces of pork.
side is browned. I ﬂip them over, salad. That was the ﬁrst night. precious day together, and then She offered to come for a few It’s important to use the zest
days, drive Elliot to school, help rather than the juice, as the juice
with homework, anything that burns off quickly on the grill. If
was needed. I hung up, giddy you don’t have a zester, use the
with excitement. My week was backside of a cheese grater, and
deﬁnitely looking up. then tap the grated zest into a
Joan showed up at exactly the bowl. The side is a Vietnamese
right moment. She swooped in, style rice noodle dish. It is a nice
emptied the dishwasher, played change from wheat noodles.
Scrabble Jr. with Elliot and took The cucumbers and herbs make
Lucy and Zoe to Girl Scouts. the noodles seem light, like
After dinner, she shooed me out something you should be eating
the door, bathed children, read in spring. The final piece is a
books and put them to bed. All simple salad made with mild
this, and she still sat for a glass of Napa cabbage. It adds crunch
wine when I returned home. and texture to the whole plate.
The next day was even better. The author is the food writer
Poor Zoe laid in bed that day, for The Spotlight and the mother
feverish and sick. Joan and I of three children, Lucy, age 9, Zoe,
were a tag team, one home and age 7, and Elliot, age 4. She can
the other driving to school, the be reached at news@spotlightnews.
orthodontist and swimming. She com.
Wednesday 6:25am 7:29pm
Wednesday, April 8 88°/1929 19°/1982 Thursday 6:23am 7:31pm
Thursday, April 9 77°/1991 16°/1977 Friday 6:22am 7:32pm 18 270 Levels as of
Friday, April 10 86°/1922 21°/1974 Saturday 6:20am 7:33pm 5.5 8.5
12.7 April 3, 2009
Saturday, April 11 82°/1945 20°/1874 Sunday 6:18am 7:34pm
Sunday, April 12 84°/1977 13°/1874 Monday 6:17am 7:35pm
Monday, April 13 87°/1977 19°/1874 Tuesday 6:15am 7:36pm
Tuesday, April 14 83°/1968 19°/1973
April 9th April 17th
5.56 inches as of Thursday, April 2nd Although April is a
2.81 inches below average spring month, the Wednesday 4:47am, 5:05pm 11:16am, 11:36pm
average April snowfall Thursday 5:34am, 5:52pm ----------, 12:05pm
in Albany is about 3 Friday 6:18am, 6:36pm 12:22am, 12:53pm
April 12, 1934 The world record for highest surface wind inches. In April 2003, Saturday 7:00am, 7:18pm 1:06am, 1:40pm
Saturn Evening High SE/S
gust was set atop Mt. Washington, NH, elevation 6,288 Albany received 5.6”, Sunday 7:42am, 7:58pm 1:49am, 2:26pm
Mercury Dusk V Low West
ft, MSL. The wind gusted out of the southeast at 231 bringing the seasonal Monday 8:23am, 8:40pm 2:33am, 3:12pm
Venus Dawn V Low East
mph with a 5 minute average of 186 mph. This still total to a whopping Tuesday 9:06am, 9:24pm 3:19am, 4:00pm
Jupiter Dawn Low SE
stands as the highest measured wind speed on earth. total of 105.4 inches.
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Resolution aims to prevent, Malta GOP makes endorsements
raise awareness of abuse The Town of Malta going up against Sausville in Highway Super visor Tom
The state Senate recently abuse,” Farley said. “Even when Republican Committee the primar y. Adriance did not seek the
passed a resolution the report may be secondhand r eleased its endorsements “My plans are to go full GOP’s endorsement and has
commemorating April as or incomplete, we owe it to for the 2009 town election on steam ahead,” said Nolen. “If not decided whether to seek
National Child Abuse Awareness our vulnerable childr en to Monday, April 6, that include I don’t get the primar y, I’m the seat again, said Smith.
and Prevention Month. be sure that Social Ser vices incumbent Town Super visor going right through to the Adriance was ar rested in
professionals investigate the Paul Sausville. general election.” March in Ballston Spa and
“It should never hur t to
case. Had this law been in The committee also Nolen and Sausville dif fer charged with DWI.
be a child,” Senator Hugh
Farley, R, C - Schenectady, said. place when the motel manager inter viewed Councilwoman most notably on their vision The committee ended up
“Preventing child abuse and conveyed the repor t, the Sue Nolen for the post of for future development in the endorsing Roger Crandall,
neglect is a community issue situation would have been super visor, said GOP Chair town should take. (See related who owns a local excavating
that depends on involvement investigated and could have W illiam Smith, but decided stor y on Page 3.) business, for highway
of people throughout the been stopped much earlier.” to endorse a per formance Current Town Justice James super visor. Gar y Osterhout,
community.” In recognition of National they’ve been satisfied with. McKevitt was endorsed over a highway depar tment
Child Abuse Awareness and “Paul is the incumbent and Roger Schiera. Incumbent employee, Yancy Cook and
In 2007, Senator Farley
Prevention Month, Farley nor mally, unless ther e’s a Town Clerk Flo Sickels had Larr y Ruggles also inter viewed
sponsored legislation known
and Catholic Charities Family reason to, you would endorse no Republican challenger, and for the highway superintendent
as Xctasy’s Law that closed
Room are teaming up to host the incumbent,” said Smith. received the GOP nod. endorsement.
a loophole in child abuse
r e p o r t i n g . U n d e r o l d l a w, a Community Wellness Day Other endorsements -Charles Wiff
Social Ser vices workers who on Tuesday, April 14, from 10 include Maggi Ruisi and John
received secondhand reports of a.m. to 3 p.m., at the lower Har tzell for two open Town
suspected child abuse were not level of the Riverfront Center Board seats. Ruisi is a clerk in
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The right kind of coaching The madness drags into April
By CHARLES WIFF stuffed in their mailboxes, blasted
On Tuesday night, April 7, a couple hundred students,
athletes and associates of former Shenendahowa track
coach Donald Paretta came out to show their support
The writer is a reporter for the
Point of View on their radios and ﬂashed across
their televisions. By the end of the
race, polls said that ads from both
Saratoga County editions of The candidates were actually more
as the Shen School Board mulled over the decision Spotlight. likely to turn off voters than win
to ﬁre him. Paretta, as I’m sure we all know by now, recounts and legal challenges
March tends to be the month that have already begun. Let’s just them over.
has been the center of controversy, having lost his you hear about underdogs, close Tedisco tried to become the
hope this doesn’t turn into an Al
coaching cer tificate contests and Cinderella stories, Franken-Norm Coleman debacle, positive candidate by pledging a
in the early ’90s after but they usually come from the leaving citizens in the 20th without new tenor once his opponent went
allegations sur faced basketball court, not the political a representative for even more from outside shot to contender, but
of sexual misconduct arena. months to come. the effect was just a few gentler ads
with a student-athlete As The Spotlight’s resident 20th As of press time, the state Board that made him seem unwilling or
who was 15 years old Congressional District reporter, of Elections is pegging the unofﬁcial unable to address his opponent’s
when the relationship the past three months have left vote count at dead even: 77,225 attacks.
began. The student’s journal details the relationship, me feeling as if a circus strongman for both James Tedisco and Scott And despite what the polls
and Paretta has admitted to having conversations with stuffed me in a burlap sack ﬁlled Murphy. You don’t have to be a say, I think that people actually
with feral cats and about four political hound to know that such a enjoy negative ads. We say we
the teen about sexual orientation and fantasies, but has
million meaningless press releases. circumstance is unbelievably rare, don’t because that’s the expected
denied any sexual contact. He then soaked the whole bag in but that somehow ﬁts very nicely response. In the end, however, the
The board heard from many of Paretta’s supporters gasoline and left it to bake in the into the big picture of this race. attacks are lot more fun than the
— friends, former and current athletes, a 60-year-old Ger- August sun. This contest was unusual from ﬂuff, and the campaigns know that
man pole vaulter who said the American judicial system That might not make a lot of the get-go. It was a rarely seen they’ll stick with voters for longer
must have been turned upside-down, because a man is sense to you, but it’s an oddly special election, to start. It featured than a few seconds. That dark,
innocent until proven guilty and what was happening to appropriate way to describe the a hardened politico against an dramatic voice saying “millionaire
her coach of over six years was “lynch justice.” manner in which I was left but a unknown businessman. The top Scott Murphy” or “Albany politician
shell of my former self in the early issue was not district-speciﬁc, but Jim Tedisco” still creeps into my
Impassioned arguments all, but not one of them had morning hours of April 1, sitting at mind from time to time, but stock
a damn thing to do with the matter at hand. instead a national crisis. Money
my kitchen table and penning our flowed fast and furious, the footage of an empty factory is a
The issue at hand was that Paretta fraudulently comprehensive special election president weighed in, the outcome real snooze.
coached at Shenendahowa for 14 years before someone night coverage. and voter turnout went against all That might be an uncomfortable
ﬁnally caught on. Maybe the means used in ﬁnding I was looking forward to using a predictions, and the campaigning thought for some, seeing as
this out weren’t altruistic. Maybe the circumstances catchy and playful headline (“Disco was almost entirely negative. we have elections in order to
surrounding his decertiﬁcation all those years ago are Fever” or “Great Scott!” were So maybe a tie isn’t that select the best person for a really
muddled and vague. Maybe we can believe Mr. Paretta topping my mental list, depending extraordinary after all, considering impor tant job. Unfor tunately,
when he says he didn’t know he needed a certiﬁcation on who ended up victorious), but that this has been a wild and serious candidates for ofﬁce spend
like dozens of other local and unpredictable ride from day one. tremendous amounts of money to
to coach at Shen. But the fact remains: the man was not
not-so-local journalists I found By the time you read this the tally play on people’s basest fears and
supposed to coach, he did, and the Shen board ﬁred myself saddled with the four words preconditioned assumptions in an
him for that reason alone. will almost certainly have changed,
preceding every single story on though, as some areas have still effort make the truth a nonfactor.
It was the right thing to do, and to bring Paretta the results: too close to call. not completed their recounts. They go to great lengths to assure
back as a volunteer coach — an idea that was pitched I’m not bemoaning the task I But Murphy’s performance you that they are as normal as can
by a few supporters during the April 7 meeting, and was given or the job that lies ahead. is the most interesting element be, and operate on the assumption
one that was met with rousing applause — would be And I’m certainly not speaking ill of here. Two months ago, I wrote that people vote for the candidate
the wrong thing. our coverage of the election itself. I a column suggesting that Scott they can best relate to. Personally,
was, however, hoping for a thrilling Murphy would have his work cut I would rather be represented by
You see, Paretta didn’t just coach kids in track, he resolution to what was an all-out, someone who can get potholes
has coached them in the ways of deceit, and, hopefully, out for him, and a lot of other folks
no-holds-barred battle between came to similar conclusions. After ﬁxed than a guy it would be fun to
a few years from now, when the emotional coals have these two candidates that brought have a beer with.
all, he was a mystery candidate
cooled and time has given them a little perspective, those political junkies their own version going up against a political brand in That’s why it’s so vital that the
kids will realize that among the many ﬁngers pointed in of March madness. what was to be one of the shortest media is here to cut through all that
this whole unpleasant mess, the one that they should Now it appears the match will contests even run. Game over, nonsense and give people pertinent
have focused on was the one pointed squarely at Mr. end with a whimper rather than a many ﬁgured. information on candidates. It’s one
Paretta himself — a man who was either too nonchalant bang, at some indeterminate time But I have to hand it to Murphy, of the most important services
to care about not having the right credentials or too in some indeterminate courtroom. and I think everyone else should, news outlets provide, because
incompetent to realize he needed them. Even a jaded old codger like me too. He might not have bagged a without it we would have to rely
would prefer balloons, ﬂashbulbs landslide or even the win, but his on campaign ads.
and champagne to the inevitable campaign made an impressive But with cutbacks in newsrooms
push that startled pundits. His and news holes across the nation
people were smart enough to — combined with a growing trend
recognize that Tedisco was leading away from “old” media
effectively painted into a corner formats — it’s getting harder and
on the subject of the stimulus harder for newspapers to get the
package (support it, and he’s not necessary amount of information
a good Republican; denounce it, for readers. And there’s a whole
Publisher generation of future voters out
and he’s supporting bread lines)
John A. McIntyre Jr. and gave him no quarter on the there who view newspapers (even
issue. That and a truckload of online editions) as quaint.
money helped Murphy gain 13 That doesn’t worry this reporter,
points in one month (according to though, because there will always
Managing Editor — William R. DeVoe Advertising Representatives — Dave Hungerford, Siena polling). be a legitimate need for people to
Cyndi Robinson, John Salvione, Carol Sheldon Though many may have been put ask questions of candidates, fact-
Copy Editor — Kristen Roberts
off by Murphy’s constant attacks, check ad claims and let people
Editorial Paginator — Jackie Domin Business Manager — Jennifer Deforge
as the little-known candidate he know what happened on election
Editorial Staff — Charles Wiff Circulation — Irene Altieri night. Because without that, we’d
had much more to gain than
Sports Editor — Rob Jonas Classiﬁeds/Business Directory — Lynne Sims lose by going negative (and as have to trust politicians at their
Art Director — David Abbott Legals/Reception — Irene Altieri the saying goes, there’s no such word.
Graphic Design — Martha Eriksen thing as bad publicity). Still, nearly Keep checking the Saratoga
every voter this reporter spoke to County editions of The Spotlight as
on the day of election expressed this election process moves ahead,
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There are other ways to replace From trash to treasure Editor, The Spotlight: the trash.
VLT revenue than paid parking The Or enda Elementar y
PTA would like to thank all
who have suppor ted us with
Each of the middle and
elementar y schools in our
district collects Box Tops,
Editor, The Spotlight: only this one) would result in it neither receives rent for the Box Tops for Education so ther e is gr eat potential
With the vir tual elimination a one-time payment to the City the space dedicated to the program this year. for our PTA’s to earn much-
of the VLT revenue, the City of $4.5 million dollars for the ambulance corps at the West In addition to the parents, needed money with this easy
of Saratoga Springs faces a development rights to High Side Firehouse, nor does it students and staf f of of our program.
looming and ver y real budget Rock Parking Lot. This $4.5 receive a per incident fee school clipping and sending in If you have saved Box Tops
crisis in both the cur rent million dollars would more for medical calls answered their “Box Tops,” we have had for a school, thank you. If
2009 and the upcoming 2010 than close our immediate b y t h e c u r r e n t p r o v i d e r. members of our community you are not yet aware of the
budgets. shor t-term revenue gap and Almost ever y sur r ounding sending in envelopes full of program, they can be found
If the past is a predictor of replenish our shrinking municipality in the Capital these coupons. on many food and paper
the future, the City Council reser ve fund. District receives a fee for such products. Please clip and
Each Box Top is wor th 10
majority will seek to make Moreover, once built, the calls made by its ambulance save Box Tops for a child to
cents, which may not seem
drastic and damaging cuts to bidder proposes a leasing/ ser vice provider within its take to school, or send them
like a lot until you add them all
essential city ser vices in the income mechanism that geographical limits. (or drop them of f) to a local
together. This year Orenda
Depar tments of Public Safety would result in no additional This income can be alone ear ned $7,500 “one school. They will be greatly
and Works. annual expense to the City. substantial. It is estimated dime at a time” with Box appreciated!
H o w e v e r, I b e l i e v e How do they do this? Most that based on the volume of Tops. Judy Mayﬁeld
cutting Police, Firefighters, i m p o r t a n t l y, n o t t h r o u g h calls in our city, approximately Orenda PTA Box Top
In these tough economic
Dispatchers and the workers paid parking on any street in $200,000 to $300,000 could Coordinator
times, each of those dimes
who maintain our streets, Saratoga Springs. be generated annually at
has helped us to fund Ar ts-
water system and other Revenue is raised through no additional cost to the
infrastr uctur e is a cr ucial modest and reasonable taxpayers. In addition, rental
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be advancing two r evenue the city’s parking garages. to an ambulance ser vice will
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many other programs for our
Council in April that will not Constr uction estimate that per year.
students. The best par t is,
result in an increase in any the city could generate In sum, a new ambulance we ear ned that money from
citizen’s taxes. I hope you will appr oximately $2.1 million ser vice relationship could net something that other wise
join me in encouraging the per year from GARAGE paid the city $300,000 to $400,000 would have been thrown in
City Council to adopt each and parking enough to pay for the per year of new funding.
avoid cutting essential City annual lease payments for the I will advance these two
ser vices. constr uction of the Public “no tax increase” revenue
The first revenue raising Safety Building and Parking proposals at upcoming City
measure is to accept the Garage. Council meetings. I ask you
bid proposal for a new The second revenue for your suppor t so that we
Public Safety Station and raising proposal that I will can maintain essential city
Parking Garage from the make to the City Council ser vices during these dif ficult
development consor tium of in the coming weeks is to times.
BBL Constr uction/Bonacio accept a bid proposal from an Ronald Kim
Constr uction. ambulance ser vice provider Saratoga Springs
How can building this project that provides revenue to the Commissioner of Public Safety
help alleviate our budget city. Currently, the city is in
crisis? This bid proposal (and the anomalous position that
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Race remains tight as ﬁrst absentee ballots opened
Candidates mobilize legal side,” said Leonard Cutler,
director of the Center for
also be able to avoid seating
Tedisco by questioning the
Unofﬁcial voting machine tally, as of
teams and continue 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 7:
Gover nment and Politics at legitimacy of election results
fundraising Siena College. as failing to show his fitness
Both candidates have to ser ve in of fice. Columbia Tedisco: 1,052
By CHARLES WIFF Murphy: 8,449
transitioned from campaigning “That would trigger another
for votes to preparing for cour t battle,” said Cutler. Tedisco: 6,560 Rensselaer
the election’s aftermath.
The focus of the election in the
They continued to solicit
Tedisco stepped down from Murphy: 7,590
20 th Congressional District the post of Assembly Minority
has shifted from the polling contributions from their Leader on Friday, April 3. In a Delaware Tedisco: 8,064
booth to the cour troom, suppor ters after Election press release, he branded the Murphy: 3,347
Day to help them fight legal
as the campaigns of Scott
battles as routine recounts
move as a measure to prepare Tedisco: 3,370 Saratoga
Murphy and James Tedisco for his move to Congress and
gear up for what could be commenced. to oversee the ballot counts. Murphy: 25,429
a protracted legal battle in According to Mar y “As the state Board of Dutchess Tedisco: 30,036
deciding the successor to Brandenberger, a Elections prepares to count Murphy: 9,562
Kirsten Gillibrand. spokeswoman for the Federal
the thousands of absentee Tedisco: 9,003 Warren
The latest voting machine and militar y votes cast in the
tally fr om the state Boar d by creating new recount special election for the 20 th Murphy: 8,678
of Elections showed 77,034 committees, the candidates District, I am fully confident Essex Tedisco: 6,885
have essentially reset
votes for Tedisco and 77,017
contribution limits for their
that the final tally will be in Murphy: 1,269
f o r M u r p h y, a d i f f e r e n c e our campaign’s favor. That
of 17 votes. The tally has suppor ters. As per 2007-2008 process will take a few weeks Tedisco: 1,026 Washington
fluctuated since election election law, individuals are and I want our Conference’s Murphy: 7,283
night, when Murphy was the limited to donations of $2,400, impor tant agenda to keep Greene Tedisco: 5,578
a n d g r o u p s a n d PA C s a r e moving for ward,” said
leader by 59 votes, as voting
limited to $5,000. Tedisco.
machines were recanvassed.
The election now hinges on “A recount is considered Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, Tedisco: 5,460 Total:
the 10,163 absentee ballots like a special election,” said was chosen to replace Tedisco Murphy: 77,017
that were mailed out. Brandenberger. “The same on Monday, April 6, by the 41 Ostego Tedisco: 77,034
Ballots are due to county spending r ules apply.” Republican members of the
A Senate election battle Assembly. Murphy: 1,001
boards in two waves: April 6
for domestic absentee ballots in Minnesota between Al
and April 13 for militar y and Franken and incumbent
federal overseas ballots. As Norm Coleman has recently
of press time, the Board of challenged the FEC in how
Elections has received 6,726. post-election campaign
A Poughkeepsie cour t spending is handled. Like this
r uled with Murphy’s lawyers special election, that contest
on Monday in agreeing that came down to absentee
ballots should star t being ballots.
counted on Wednesday, April “When you’re talking
8. No results were available about absentee ballots, there
when The Spotlight went to are any number of potential
pr ess. Tedisco’s lawyers challenges as to whether
argued that the board should they’re bona fide,” said
wait until April 14 and count all Cutler. “Each side is going
the absentees in one shot. to attempt as best they can to
discredit an absentee ballot of
Henr y Berger is
interests in cour t. John
Ciampoli is heading up
their opponent wherever and
whenever they can.”
Unlike in the Senate,
Tedisco’s side. though, Democrats have a
“This is no longer a battle firm control over the House Advertising Deadline:
of the candidates, it’s a battle of Representatives. While
of Henr y Berger on the
Democratic side and John
that means the result of this
election won’t tip the balance
Ciampoli on the Republican of power, House Dems may
at 12 noon
Absentee ballots mailed and returned
districtwide by afﬁliation, as of 4 p.m.
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Gay NFL veteran Esra Tuaolo his sexuality.
says he was down In 2003, Tuaolo, a Pacific
before he was out American and native Hawaiian,
retired from the NFL and came
out of the closet after meeting his
By ARIANA COHN
As part of the presentation,
If Esra Tuaolo could come out of Tuaolo showed a video of him being
the closet all over again, he would. interviewed for an HBO show, in
The only thing he would change which the interviewer asked Tuaolo
is that he would come out while why he retired from the NFL.
he was still playing football for the In the footage, Tuaolo joked
NFL. that he had
After nine years incur red too
of keeping what “I love being an out, many injuries
Tuaolo called an over the years.
“agonizing secret” gay man. For me to The interviewer
while playing as a feel like this while re-asked the
defensive lineman question. Former NFL player Esra Tuaolo sings “Angel,” by Sarah McLachlan, during his talk with Siena students about
for several NFL playing in the NFL, “ U m m , his experience of being gay and in the closet while playing football for nine years.
teams, including it would have been because I Ariana Cohn/Spotlight
the Atlanta wanted to be
amazing.” happy,” Tuaolo “That is the day I took that child explained the damaging effects players are educated about the gay,
Esra Tualo, answered.
he went to Super within me, and I threw him in the of hateful anti-gay words, such as lesbian, bisexual and transgendered
former NFL player
Bowl XXXIII with, After the closet and shut the door,” he said. “fag,” “faggot” and other Hawaiian community, more players will
Tuaolo hung up video was “I, Esra Tuaolo, that was the day I words for gay. feel safe about coming out of the
his jersey and over, Tuaolo became an actor.” “Sticks and stones may break closet.
pads up and told addressed the He also said that sports were my bones, but names will never Mundy asked another question.
the world what he had been hiding crowd. something he sort of just fell into, hurt me — well, I’ll tell you what. “What was the reaction of your
for so long. “Every time I look at this, it because he was “the bigger kid,” That’s a lie!” Tuaolo said. “You friends in the NFL?”
As he shared his experience always brings back the memories,” and that it had nothing to do with a need to get that out because it does Tuaolo said that coming out of
with Siena College students on a teary-eyed Tuaolo said. need to be more masculine. hurt.” the closet was not about pleasing
Monday, April 6, Tuaolo told them, Tuaolo said he first knew he Tuaolo explained to the crowd After the presentation, 20-year-old his friends. It was about being
“I love being an out, gay man. For was gay when he was between 5 how coming out changed his life Marc Mundy, a Siena sophomore, comfortable with himself.
me to feel like this while playing and 6 years old, and a friend of his and then he shared a song that, he asked Tuaolo, “What do you think it “It’s about being happy,” he said.
in the NFL, it would have been was playing on the playground and said, saved his life. will take in sports to kind of change “I was tired of living a lie.”
amazing.” said, about another boy, in Hawaiian [the negative feelings towards the
“In the arms of the angel, ﬂy Tuaolo offered two pieces of
Before he came out, Tuaolo tongue, “He likes boys. He plays away from here,” Tuaolo belted out, gay community] around?” advice for those who are ready
said he would have to downplay with my sister’s dolls.” putting his spin on the popular Sara Tuaolo answered, “In my to come out of the closet: Make
his true feelings whenever he Tuaolo remembers thinking to McLachlan song, “Angel.” opinion, it needs to come from sure to have support because
was in the company of the other himself that day that he wanted to the top.”
After the song ended, the crowd you will need it, and be in a safe
players; sometimes even inviting play with dolls too.
booming with applause, Tuaolo Tuaolo said that if all of the environment.
girls back to his apartment to hide
Supporting our communities Senior center The luncheon meal is a combo
plate of chicken and sirloin steak,
plans ﬂea market
is what BSNB is all about.
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Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. Tickets are $20 and must be
to 3 p.m. purchased by Saturday, April
Vendors are wanted. The cost 11. Take-out is also available for
is $17 for an 8-foot table. Lunch 1 p.m. pickup. Call 348-0198 or
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our communities. We believe that providing
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this goal. Town to hold
Introd CHECKING That’s why we are pleased to offer
Program to focus on camp sessions
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COMM esigned fo
d FIT account that earns interest and provides The Saratoga Springs History has scheduled two information
FO R-PRnO unlimited checks and deposits each month. Museum will hold the next program sessions for parents of children
NOT-organizatio s Plus there are no minimum balances to worry
in the 2009 Alfred Z. Solomon in the town’s full- and half-day
Charitable Trust Program Series
about and no monthly maintenance service on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in At the information sessions,
charges. Canﬁeld Casino. parents can meet camp staf f,
Paul and Mar y Liz Stewart get answers to their questions
Start banking your way today. will present a program on the and learn what a typical day is
Visit one of our 9 convenient locations or go Underground Railroad in the like for campers. Staff will also
to www.bsnb.com. Capital District. review ﬁeld trip protocol as well
The program is free and as medical and safety plans.
complimentar y refreshments Parents can register their
will be ser ved. Call 584-6920 child for either the full- or half-day
for information or visit www. camps by check at the information
Your bank. Your way. org. The half-day camp information
night will be held on Wednesday,
April 8, at the Shenendehowa
Ballston Spa National Bank • Main Office. 87 Front Street. Ballston Spa, NY • General Information 885-6781 Center to hold Senior Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
annual fundraiser The full-day camp information
Ballston Spa: 363-8150 Clifton Park: 877-6667 Greenfield Ctr: 893-2265 Milton Crest: 885-4346 Wilton: 583-6608 night will be held on Thursday,
Burnt Hills: 399-8144 Galway: 882-1225 Malta: 899-2912 Stillwater: 664-3200 www.bsnb.com Fit For Life Wellness Center
will holds its annual domestic April 9, at the senior center from
violence fundraiser Saturday, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
* Available for non-profit organizations that are registered with the IRS. $50 minimum deposit to open the account. Earn interest with an average
daily balance of $.01 or more. Interest earnings are compounded and payable monthly. No minimum maintenance fee or per item fees. Interest rate April 18, at noon at the Outback For information, call the town’s
and annual percentage yield may change. Member FDIC Steakhouse, 610 Old Route 146, Ofﬁce of Parks, Recreation and
Clifton Park. Community Affairs at 371-6667.
Spotlight Newspapers April 9, 2009 • Page 11
Adventures in B b Bellizzi’s
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WEEKLY SESSIONS BEGIN JULY 6TH-AUGUST 14TH
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“Extra Innings”available 3pm–4pm July 6–10 & July 20–24
Staffed by current and former coaches/players
from the College of Saint Rose and area High Schools
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Multi-week discounts available
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JULY 6 – AUGUST 14
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Day & Evening Classes for Pre-Ballet through Adult 6/29–8/7
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June 29th - August 3rd, 2009
If you are entering grades 6-11, explore the world of
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CERT classes remain open UAlbany to study commuter patterns
Spots remain in Clifton local residents without power,
Park’s free Community 33 CER T volunteers who had Results will help research we hope to gauge and create and Har riman State Of fice
Emergency Response Training taken the class volunteered alternative modes awareness, gar ner a better Building Campuses. We look
program. The program is hundreds of hours of their picture of our transpor tation forward to its ﬁndings.”
of transportation needs, increase use of alternative
cer tified by the Federal time. The university’s Of fice of
Emergency Management For example, volunteers transportation and decrease our Environmental Sustainability
The University at Albany has carbon emissions.”
Agency and it provide staf fed an emergency shelter, along with associate professor
received a $97,290 grant from “In keeping with the vision of
emergency preparedness and powered and maintained Kate Lawson and the Geography
New York State Energy Research Gov. David Paterson, the state
response training to local generators for traffic signals at and Planning Depar tment
and Development Authority and Department of Transportation
volunteers. crucial town intersections and will examine sur veys to find
the New York State Department is committed to developing new
The next class meets on reached out to special needs out how people get to work.
of Transpor tation to identify ways to reduce energy use and
Thursday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. residents par ticipating in the Researchers will study campus
commuter vehicle patterns of improve air quality across the
at the town’s Public Safety town’s R.U.OK program. community awareness of
students, faculty and staff and state,” said NYSDOT Executive
Building, 5 Municipal; Plaza, The training covers disaster alternative transportation, as well
research alternative modes of Deputy Commissioner Stanley Gee.
just of f Route 146. It will run preparedness, light search and as identify clusters of commuters
transportation. “Innovative projects such as this will
four additional Thursday rescue, first aid and medial for potential car pooling
The university will evaluate help achieve that goal, making New opportunities. Additionally, the
evenings in April and May. operations, CPR and AED use, transpor tation flow to and York State more energy efﬁcient and team will examine collaborative
The training prepares fire safety, disaster psychology from campus in an ef for t to reducing our carbon footprint.”
residents to better cope with and ter rorism threats. The public bus routes with the
reduce vehicle miles traveled “ We a p p l a u d U A l b a n y ’ s Harriman State Ofﬁce Campus.
and manage emergencies and training sessions end with and greenhouse gas emissions,
disasters by becoming familiar a final table-top exercise leadership in exploring new UAlbany issues 15,000 parking
as well as develop new transit ways to achieve environmental
with the operations and based on a local emergency permits annually, of which 85
recommendations. sustainability,” said Francis J.
functions of local emergency scenario. percent are solo drivers. The
“We have a high percentage Murray, NYSERDA President
ser vices and the many roles All graduates will be qualified adjacent State Office Campus
of single driver commuters and and CEO. “This study provides a
residents can fill when they to join the town’s CER T team. houses 7,300 workers, most of
wish to make them more aware of rare opportunity to evaluate the
know what to do in a variety of For mor e infor mation, call whom are also solo commuters.
the opportunities for alternative potential beneﬁts of carpooling to
emergency situations. Clifton Park Community transportation,” said Mary Ellen The 18-month study is
a large number of students and expected to be completed in fall
In the aftermath of lat year’s Development Director Barbara Mallia, director of environmental employees at both the UAlbany
ice storm that left thousands of McHugh at 371-6651 ext. 320. sustainability. “With this study, 2010.
Halfmoon scheules the Crescent Bridge on Route and Daniel Cramer currently
9 along the Mohawk River. hold the seats.
Clean Sweep Gloves and trash bags will Completed petitions with
The third annual Crescent be provided to all those who at least for ty-seven (47)
Park Clean Sweep will be par ticipate in the cleanup. signatures of qualified voters
t a k i n g p l a c e o n S a t u r d a y, of the district must be filed
April 18, fr om 10 to 11:30 with the Clerk of the District
a.m. This volunteer project
is par t of the statewide Clean
Ballston Spa BOE at the District Of fice no later
than 5:00pm on Monday, April
Sweep ef for t sponsored by Petitions Avaiable 20, 2009.
the NYS Canal Corporation Nominating petitions for
persons interested in running Candidates must be eighteen
and Parks & Trials New York. years of age or older and a
The Town of Halfmoon and for the Ballston Spa Board of
Education are available from resident of the district for a
its Trails Advisor y Committee period of one year prior to May
are the local sponsors of the the District Of fice at 70 Malta
Avenue. Four seats will be 19, 2009. Petition signers must
Crescent Park event designed be eighteen years of age and
to coincide with Ear th Day open in the May 19th election,
three for a three-year term a resident of the district for at
activities. Volunteers and cub least 31 days by the day of the
scouts are requested to gather and one for a one-year term.
Incumbents Nancy Fodera, N. vote. Board members ser ve
at the state dock on Terminal without compensation and will
Road, on the nor theast side of Keith Stewar t, Kevin Schaefer
begin on July 1, 2009.
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Spotlight Newspapers April 9, 2009 • Page 13
Henry Gebhardt the service. Arrangements are Republican committeeman for by a Mass of Christian Burial at John Kelly
Henry J. Gebhardt, 78, of under the direction of the William District 3 in the town of Milton. 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, John “Jack” J. Kelly, 73, of
Ballston Lake, entered into J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Tom was a communicant of St. 167 Milton Avenue. Burial will Saratoga Springs, died April
eternal rest on Thursday, April Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 Mar y’s Church, Ballston Spa. follow at Ballston Spa Cemetery. 3, 2009. Husband of 50 years
2, 2009 at Saratoga Hospital, North Broadway (584-5373). In Sur vivors include his brother, Calling hours will be Wednesday, to Edith Haskins Kelly; father
with his loving family by his lieu of ﬂowers, kindly consider John Minerley of Anderson, S.C.; April 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at of Susan (Bill) Schafer, John
side. Born January 31, 1931 in memorials to the Saratoga Springs his uncle, Edward P. Minerley Mevec Funeral Home. The family (Diana), David (Donna) and
Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of United Methodist Church, 175 of Clifton Park; his cousins, suggests memorial contributions Brian Kelly; six grandchildren;
the late Henry and Katherine Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs, Gar y Minerley of Delanson, in Tom’s name be made to the two brothers, Frank (Carol) and
Groh Gebhardt. Henry received NY 12866 in Ed’s honor. N.Y., Sherry Ewards of Clifton Saratoga County Animal Shelter, James Kelly. Calling 9:30 to 11:00
his master’s degree in business Park, Jeff Minerley and David 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston a.m. on Wednesday, William
administration from the Minerley, both of Endwell, NY. Spa, NY 12020. For directions or J. Burke & Sons/Bussing &
University of Buffalo. Henry
Inez Simmons Ser vices will be on Thursday, to light a candle visit us at www. Cunniff Funeral Homes. Mass
Inez DeVoe Simmons, 100, of April 2, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. at Mevec mevecfuneralhome.com.
was a Korean War veteran of Christian Burial 11:30 a.m. St.
Clifton Park, entered into eternal Funeral Home Inc., 224 Milton
serving in the U.S. Army. He Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave.,
rest on Thursday, March 26, 2009 Avenue, Ballston Spa, followed
was employed as a teacher Saratoga Springs.
at her residence. Born November
for the N.Y.S. Department of
22, 1908 in Carman, N.Y., the
Corrections in Utica, N.Y. and
daughter of the late Charles and
was the owner/operator of the
former Country Dollar in Clifton
Lucretia Ogsbury DeVoe. Inez If you have a passion for helping people…
was married in 1926 to Frank
start with Maria’s
Park. He also established the
Simmons, Sr. who died in 1969.
Mr. Ding-a-Ling Ice Cream.
She was a member of the Clifton
Survivors include his loving
Park United Methodist Church
wife, Phyllis Schwanekamp
and a member of the United
Gebhardt; his children, Bryan
(Connie) Gebhardt of Colonie,
Methodist Women of the Church.
Inez was a caring, thoughtful
Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree Program
Linda (Don) Young of Sneads
and loving mother and friend. Learn firsthand from Maria alumni working in the field
Ferry, N.C., Patricia (Ray)
Her family feels blessed to have what opportunities exist for Occupational Therapy
Lazzaro of Latham and Kathy
had her in their lives for so many Assistants. Speakers will be graduates who either
(John) Straus of Vail, Ariz.;
years. She was loved by all and will continued their education in a master’s degree program
ﬁve grandchildren, Garrett
truly be missed by those whose or who entered the field directly from Maria.
and Brandon Young, Julia
lives she touched. In addition to
Gebhardt, Sarah Lazzaro and Topics include:
her parents and husband, Inez is
Jeri Straus; also survived by • school-based occupational therapy
predeceased by her sons, Elmer,
several nieces and nephews. • handicapped children
Frank, Jr. and Robert Simmons.
Funeral will be held Tuesday • vision rehabilitation
Inez is the beloved mother of
at 10:00 a.m. in the Gordon C. • traumatic brain injury
June (George) Lajeunesse and
Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 • geriatrics/physical dysfunction
Charlotte (Rober t) Butler, all
Rt. 9 in Clifton Park. Calling
of Jonesville, Ruth (Roman) • adult developmental disabilities
hours will be from 5-8 p.m.
Johnson of Mechanicville, Owen • outpatient/home care
Monday in the funeral home.
Simmons of Ballston Spa and • preschool/autism
Interment with full military
Marjorie Travis. Also survived
honors will be in the Gerald
B.H. Solomon Saratoga National
by 18 grandchildren, 26 great-
grand-children and two great- OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Memorial contributions may be
made to Community Hospice
services will be held on Monday,
March 30, 2009 at a time to be
ASSISTANT I NFO N IGHT
of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St.,
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Or
announced at the Clifton Park
United Methodist Church, 10
TUESDAY, APRIL 14TH • 6PM
to the charity of one’s choice.
Old Plank Road, Clifton Park. Main Building, Student Lounge
Burial will be in the Clifton Park
Edwin Rourke Village Cemeter y. Memorials RSVP A DMISSIONS 518.438.3111, X 217
Edwin (Ed) F. Rourke, of in Inez’s memory may be made OR EMAIL ADMISSIONS @ MARIACOLLEGE . EDU .
Saratoga Springs, peacefully to the Clifton Park United
passed away Monday, March 23, Methodist Church, 10 Old Plank W W W . M A R I A C O L L E G E . E D U
2009. He was 89. Born on February Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
28, 1920 in New York, N.Y., he Funeral ar rangements have
AAA’s Great Battery Roundup
been entrusted by the family to
was the son of the late Edwin
and Bertha (Boyer) Rourke. Ed the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral
is an US Army veteran, serving Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park,
during World War II. Later in NY 12065, 518-371-5454.
life, he volunteered at the NYS
Militar y Museum in Saratoga
Springs and had retired from the Bertha Kievit Earth Day, April 22
New York State Department of Bertha D. Kievit, 83, of Saratoga
Springs, passed away April 4,
Battery failure is always inconvenient. Failed batteries account for more than five
Taxation and Finance. Ed was a
member of the Saratoga Springs 2009. Predeceased by husband, million road service calls each year. A key component of AAA Hudson Valley’s
United Methodist Church, was an Robert S. Kievit. Survived by son, Emergency Road Service is our specially equipped
enthusiastic bridge player and a William (Kristin) Kievit of Conn.; Battery Trucks, driven by technicians who are trained
cheerful friend. Survivors include daughter, Margaret (Philip) to test, diagnose and solve battery problems.
a son, John T. Rourke of Coventry, Sfraga of N.J.; ﬁve grandchildren;
Conn.; a daughter, Susannah one great-grandchild, nieces, An automotive battery contains about 21 pounds
Lee (George) Igler of Saratoga nephews. Calling, 10-11 a.m. of lead, three pounds of plastic and one gallon
Springs; and four grandchildren, Wednesday, at the Church of St. of sulfuric acid, all of which can be recycled,
John Michael Rourke of Vernon, Peter, 241 Broadway, followed
by Mass at 11:00 a.m. Private
reclaimed and reused in new batteries.
Conn., Elizabeth Lee Igler and
husband Peter Barbuto, Katherine interment in Saratoga National Each year more than 100 million automotive
Lee Igler and husband Sean Cemetery. batteries are sold in the US. Around five million
Erreger and George Matthew of those are not recycled. On April 22, AAA Hud-
Igler, all of Saratoga Springs; one
great-grandson, Henry Samuel Thomas Minerley son Valley is hosting its First Annual Great Battery
Erreger, also of Saratoga Springs Thomas J. Minerley, 57, of Roundup® to help raise awareness about battery recycling. It’s a great opportunity
and one very special friend. In Ballston Spa, died at Ellis Hospital to get rid of your old batteries — and it won’t cost you a penny!
addition to his parents, he was in Schenectady on Sunday, March
predeceased by his beloved wife 29, 2009. He was born on June
of 58 years, Nancy Lee Rourke, 6, 1951. He was the son of the AAA’s Great Battery Roundup®
who died in 1999, and his son, late Henr y and Agnes L yons Wednesday, April 22
Michael F. Rourke. A memorial Minerley. He earned his master’s 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
service, to celebrate Ed’s life, will degree from Norwich University. 618 Delaware Ave, Albany
be held at the Saratoga Springs He worked as a senior analyst For more information, call 426-1000, ext. 2617
United Methodist Church on for the New York State Higher
Monday, March 30, 2009 at 11 Education Department, Albany, Call, Click or Visit AAA Hudson Valley today
a.m. Friends are invited to join the N.Y. Tom was a former animal Albany 618 Delaware Ave. 426-1000
family in the Wilson Fellowship control officer for the town of
Hall for refreshments following Milton. He was a former associate AAA.com
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USS Slater opens for season
n Saturday, April 4, the packed with people.
USS Slater opened for The USS Slater, above,
“We’ll have people who served
tours for the 12th year. approaches the Port of
on the same ship and never knew
Albany. Here, visitors
But the experience visitors each other,” Gipe said. “Maybe
tour the ship.
enjoy aboard the destroyer escort By one was in the engine room and
has changed signiﬁcantly over JACQUELINE one was on the bridge.”
the years. That’s because during M. DOMIN The USS Slater is open for
the ship’s off-season, volunteers tours Wednesdays to Sundays,
spend countless hours restoring 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., until November.
and renovating it. Families and individuals do
“There’s always something not need to call ahead, but
new,” said Rosehn Gipe, the USS reser vations are required
Slater’s business administrator. for Scouts and other groups.
The ship is moored in the Port Jennings, who visited the ship Admission is $7 for adults, $6
of Albany and open for tours until and talked with ofﬁcials about for seniors over 65 and $5 for
November. It spends the rest of bringing it to Albany. children 6 to 14. Kids 5 and
the year in Rensselaer, where “He decided it would be a good younger are admitted free.
volunteers try to tackle one or two thing for the city,” Gipe said. For information or
big projects each winter, said Eric So, in 1997, the USS Slater reser vations, call 431-1943 or
Rivet, the USS Slater’s education sailed up the Hudson and arrived email firstname.lastname@example.org.
coordinator. They’ve spent the at the Port of Albany. Before it
past few months restoring one of opened to the public, though,
the ship’s engine rooms, as well staff and volunteers spent two
as a bathroom. years refurbishing it under the
Rivet said the USS Slater has
ﬁve full-time employees, and there
are about 120 volunteers who
donate their time to the ship. Many
direction of historic ship expert
The work that has been done
on the ship is what tends to make
Your child’s first experiences…
of them served in the military, and
speciﬁcally the Navy.
“This is their chance to give
a lasting impression on visitors,
rather than the Slater’s sheer discovery, learning & growing.
size, Rivet said.
back,” he said. “It’s actually a ver y small There is no better place to see this philosophy in action than at the Maria College
It’s a chance they can’t ﬁnd ship,” he said. “As ships go,
anywhere else in the countr y. Campus School. Your child will thrive in the unique environment of the area’s
we’re not big. We’ll ﬁt inside a
The USS Slater is the only World battleship ﬁve times. The level leading private preschool and full-day kindergarten program, located on the
War II-era destroyer escort that and quality of the restoration is Maria College campus. A reasonably priced, exceptional educational experience.
remains afloat in the United what sets us apart.” A place where your child can succeed! Join us as school is “IN SESSION” to
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The ship took a long route to experience this special environment for your child.
the public often have “empty
Albany. Launched in 1944, the compar tment after empty
USS Slater escorted convoys to compartment” because they’re
England, Wales, Manila, Japan so big that it’s hard to ﬁll them
and elsewhere during the war. with artifacts, Rivet said.
It was placed in reserve in 1947, The Slater, on the other hand,
and four years later, it was given is teeming with historical items.
as a gift to Greece to be used by In the radar room, real Morse
the Hellenic Navy. code is tapped out. The captain’s
In 1991, Greece donated the uniform is on display. Ofﬁcers’
ship to the Destroyer Escor t cabins boast items donated by the
Sailors Association, a Florida- actual World War II occupants.
based group. But it stayed in “It’s the best ship you’ll see,” CLASSES FOR THREE- & FOUR-YEAR-OLDS, DEVELOPMENTAL
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destroyer escor ts around the Visitors often get to see the
country raised $275,000 to bring ship through the eyes of veterans,
it back to the States. A Russian
tugboat brought the USS Slater
who frequently guide tours. Gipe
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said veterans also convene on (Located on the Maria College Campus, 700 New Scotland Avenue, Albany)
from Crete to New York City the Slater for destroyer escort
in 1993, docking it next to the
Intrepid until a permanent home
reunions. And although Rivet
noted that destroyer escor ts
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Enter Albany Mayor Jerr y when they were aﬂoat, they were
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Raymond Cusack 18, 1922, the second child of John Claire M. (Post) Rose of Jersey Wife of the late Oliver A. Milkins, made to the Dunning St. Cemetery
Raymond C. Cusack, 82, of Wesley Parkes Sr. and Annabelle City. Richard worked for thirty Virginia is survived by a daughter, or the Saratoga County Animal
Ballston Lake, died on Thursday, Horne Parkes. In 1942, he married years for Bobrick, Inc. in Clifton Cynthia (Stephen) Fetko; a Shelter in memory of Marjorie
March 26, 2009 at Ellis Hospital the late Mary Daugherty Parkes, Park. He started as a packer on sister-in-law, Katherine Bussiere; Lavery.
in Schenectady. He was born in to whom he was married until the floor and became division two grandchildren; four great-
Troy on Februar y 5, 1927 and her death in 1986. They had one manager in charge of Bobrick’s grandchildren; and one great-
was the son of the late Charles T. daughter. He served in various entire eastern division. He was a great-grandchild. Funeral services Diana Woerner
branches of the military from 1941 past commander of the Lt. Fred H. will be private with the burial in Diana “Didi” Caird Woerner,
and Lillian Boudreau Cusack. He
to 1966, at which time he retired Clark Post #91 American Legion the Clifton Park Village Cemetery. 75, of Saratoga Springs, died
was a graduate of Catholic Central
from the U.S. Air Force. During and was a charter member of the Arrangements by Catricala Funeral peacefully Saturday, March 28,
High School. Ray was a U.S. Army
his ser vice, he was awarded a Mechanicville F.O.E., as well as Home, Inc. 2009, surrounded by her family,
veteran, having served in World
World War II Victory Medal and belonging to the Italian Fraternal after a long illness. Born in Troy,
War II. He was a service engineer
a Bronze Star for his outstanding Society. Richard also served on she was daughter of the late Dr.
for the Albany Felt Co. in Albany for
over 25 years before his retirement. service in Vietnam. In 1964, John the board of directors of the TCT Marjorie Lavery Franklin W.F. Caird and Irene
graduated with honors from Colby Federal Credit Union. He was an Marjorie L. Lavery, 77, of Round Jackson Caird. She had resided
Ray was a communicant of St.
College, Waterville, Maine with a avid New York Giants and Yankees Lake, died Tuesday, March 31, in N.J., Ariz., Colo., Calif. and for
Edward the Confessor Church in
B.A. in business administration. fan and enjoyed coin collecting, 2009 at Saratoga Hospital, after a the past 10 years, in Saratoga
Clifton Park and was a member of
In 1967, he began his second trout ﬁshing, golﬁng and spending brief illness. Born in Albany, June Springs and was a graduate of
the American Legion Post # 1489
career at the NYS Department time in his garden. He is survived 23, 1931, daughter of the late Lewis Emma Willard School and Mary
in Wynantskill. In addition to his
of Labor as a budgeting analyst by his wife of 41 years, Bernice and Margaret Gleason Lavery, she Washington College and earned her
parents, he was predeceased by
from which he retired in 1987. Anne (Stock-well) Rose; one grew up and lived in the Round master’s in business administration
two sisters, the late Anna Mae
John is survived by his devoted daughter, Debbie Urkevich and Lake area most of her life. Growing from Radclif f College. Ms.
Thielmann and Irene Woolsey and
wife of 20 years, Pauline; his loving her husband Larry of Melrose; up, she helped with her family’s Woer ner was employed as
his stepmother, Evelyn Cusack. He
daughter, Greer M. Resnick and two sons, Kevin Rose of Hemstreet Round Lake Casino and Seaplane the human resources director
is the beloved husband of Jeanne
her partner, Cornelius Moynihan Park, Timothy Rose and his wife business. A church secretary for at Auto Insurance Specialists
Tetrault Cusack, who he married
of Clifton Park; his granddaughter, Kimberly of Mechanicville; five Corpus Christi Church of Ushers in Hermosa Beach, Calif. from
on October 18, 1947; devoted father
Gina Symington and her husband brothers, Robert McMahon of for more than 20 years, she also 1977-99. She was a communicant
of Stephen R. (Denise) Cusack of
Alexander of Schenectady; his Newport, N.H., Eric McMahon had worked at the former Gran Prix of St. John’s Episcopal Church
Ballston Lake, Pamela (Paul) Trela
grandson, Joseph John DeJulio of Stony Point, N.Y., James Rose Restaurant and had operated an at in Troy. Sur vivors include two
of Clifton Park and Tina (Bill)
of San Francisco; sister, Juanita of Deposit, N.Y., Benjamin Rose home ceramics shop. She enjoyed daughters, Carrie Woerner of
Pisaniello of Duluth, Ga.; also
Kautz of Jefferson City, Tenn; and of Mechanicville, Charles Rose of reading, camping with her family Round Lake and Stephanie (John)
survived by seven grandchildren,
nephew, James Kautz and his wife Buffalo, N.Y.; three grandchildren, years ago, and she loved and cared Tobin of Waccbuc, N.Y.; a brother,
a great-granddaughter and several
Maria of Ga.; nephew, Lawrence Richar d Thompson, Jor dan for the many animals that hung James Farnam (Cindy) Caird
nieces and nephews. A memorial
Kautz of Fla.; and niece, Helen Nichols Rose and Siarra L ynn around the family home. She was of For t Lauderdale, Fla.; two
Mass of Christian Burial will be
Lamar of Calif. John is also survived Rose. Relatives and friends may predeceased by two sons, Michael sisters, Constance Hyatt and Susan
celebrated on Thursday at 10:00
by close friends, Phil and Patricia call from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, A. and Brian L. Barber; a brother, Wilhelm, both of Clifton Park;
a.m. at St. Edward the Confessor
Ayotte of Averill Park. Pauline April 8, 2009 at Dunn Funeral Adelbert Lavery; and her former her grandchildren, John, Tess,
Church in Clifton Park. There will
would like to thank Fr. Mudd for Homes, Inc. 319 Park Ave. A husbands, Douglas Bullard and Willa and Faye Tobin; and several
be no calling hours. Inurnment
his many visits to see John at St. funeral service will be held at 11 Wallace Barber. Survivors include nieces and nephews. Funeral
with full militar y honors will
Peter’s Hospital and Resurrection a.m. Thursday, April 9, 2009, at children: L ynn A. Bullard and service will be held Saturday, April
be in the Gerald B.H. Solomon
Rest Home. It was John’s wish to the funeral home. Burial will be Patrick D. Barber, both of Round 4, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at St. John’s
Saratoga National Cemeter y.
make an anatomical donation to in the family plot in Hudson View Lake, Barry W. Barber and Joyce Episcopal Church, 146 First Street,
In Ray’s memor y, a Mass of
Albany Medical College upon his Cemetery. Memorial contributions (Jim) Floud, all of Halfmoon and Troy, with Deacon Sandy Tatem,
remembrance would greatly be
passing. A service will be held at a may be made in his memory to Peter (Cathy) Barber of Palo Alto, ofﬁciating. Relatives and friends
appreciated. Arrangements have
future date by the college. Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad, 1448 Calif.; a brother, Robert (Helene) may call at the church on Saturday
been entrusted by the family to the
State Route 40, Schaghticoke, NY Lavery of Round Lake, 12 grand from 2-3 p.m. prior to the service.
Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home
12154. Arrangements are under the and ﬁve great-grandchildren, and Interment will be in Oakwood
1550 Route 9 Clifton Park, New
York 12065, 518-371-5454.
Richard Rose direction of the William J. Burke & nieces and nephews. A funeral Cemetery, Troy. In lieu of ﬂowers
Richar d Hayden Rose of Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral service will be held on Saturday contributions may be made in
Mechanicville, died Sunday Homes, Saratoga Springs. at 4 p.m. at the DeVito-Salvadore memory of Diana Woerner to the
John Parkes evening, April 5, 2009 after battling Funeral Home, 39 So. Main St., Saratoga Hospital Emergency
John Wesley Parkes Jr., 86, cancer for the past two years. He Mechanicville. Spring burial in Depar tment Renovation, 211
of Clifton Park, passed away was 62. Born October 6, 1946 Virginia Milkins Dunning St. Cemeter y, Malta. Church Street, Saratoga Springs,
at Resurrection Rest Home on in Stony Point, N.Y. he is the Virginia R. Mooney Milkins Calling hours at the funeral home NY 12866. For a private family
March 29, 2009. John was born son of the late Frederick Rose, of Halfmoon, died Sunday, April on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. In lieu guest book and service directions,
in Pipestone, Minn. on October originally of Mechanicville and 5, 2009 at Samaritan Hospital. of ﬂowers, remembrances may be visit www.brycefh.com.
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Arts & Entertainmentof “Bye Bye Birdie,” May 4 and 5, 6:30 FRIENDSHIP SINGERS ELECTRIC CITY CHORUS
Theater Americana/folk/bluegreass band, April 11, MUSEUM OF DANCE p.m., Shenendehowa Senior Center, Clif-
ton Common, Clifton Park. Information,
Openings in women’s singing group, fo- Male singing group, training provided, re-
7 p.m., Emack and Bolio’s, 366 Delaware "Dawn of Modern Dance: Music, Myth cusing on old favorites and show tunes, hearsals at Faith United Methodist Church,
CHINESE COFFEE Ave., Albany, free. Information, 512-5100. and Movement," exhibit chronicling the Sean Carter, 573-0386; Richard Linehan, rehearsals Tuesday mornings at Delmar Brandywine Avenue and Eastern Parkway,
careers of Ruth St. Denis and Isadora 608-5880; or Pat O’Donnell, 371-6681. Reformed Church, Delaware Avenue, Del- Schenectady, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Infor-
Capital District premier of Ira Lewis play,
Duncan, plus ongoing exhibits, 99 South mar. Information, 439-2360. mation, 399-1846.
presented by D&M Productions, Zu Zu’s
Wonderful Life, 299-301 Hamilton St., Comedy Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Information,
CAPITAL COMMUNITY VOICES
Seeking singers for its May concert en- A CAPPELLA RIVER VALLEY CHORUS
Albany, April 17-19 and 24-26, $15. Infor- 584-2225.
titlted “The Earth in Song and Spirit,” re- New, informal, coed a cappella group in Sweet Adelines group based in Niskayuna
mation, 522-7273. WIT&WILL THEATRE SARATOGA hearsals at Columbia High School, Luther Delmar, for adults and teens 16 and older. is looking for women to join group. Infor-
Presenting “Hey Dude, We Survived the AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM Road, East Greenbush, 7 to 9 p.m., Tues- Information, 439-0130. mation, 346-5349.
Winter: And More Spring Humor,” April “The Syracuse Mile,” featuring two of the days. Information, 370-5434.
Classic tale gets musical treatment, 11, 8 p.m., Zu Zu’s Wonderful Life, Inc., SIENA CHAMBER MONDAY MUSICAL CLUB
presented by C-R Productions, Cohoes central New York’s famous stock cars, plus CAPITALAND CHORUS
299-301 Hamilton St., Albany, advance ongoing exhbits including "East of Detroit" ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR WOMEN’S CHORUS
Music Hall, 58 Remsen St., Cohoes, tickets adults $10, seniors/students $6; Openings for all voice parts for women
through April 19, $23-$40. Information, and New York racing, 110 Avenue of the Rehearsals Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. for or- Invitation for new members to join in sing-
door prices adults $12, seniors/students Pines, Saratoga Springs. Information, who love to sing and perform, rehearsals chestra, Wednesdays at 6 p.m. for choir, ing classical and popular songs, Third
237-5858. $8. Information, 439-7698. are at 7 p.m. Thursdays at New Covenant
587-1935, ext. 20. Siena College, Route 9, Loudonville. In- Reformed Church, 20 Ten Eyck Ave., Al-
ENCHANTED APRIL Presbyterian Church, corner of Orlanso formation, 783-2325. bany, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Information,
BRAD GARRETT BROOKSIDE MUSEUM and Western avenues, Albany. Informa-
Romantic comedy based on Elizabeth von 477-4454.
Emmy Award-winning actor returns to his “Greg Klein Art Exhibit,” featuring paint- tion, 785-3567. THE ORCHESTRA ON THE COMMON
Arnim’s novel, presented by Home Made stand-up comedy roots, April 16, 8 p.m., ARTISTS WANTED
Theater, Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Spa ings of the Saratoga County countryside Openings in the string section, also need
Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady, $20- ALBANY CIVIC THEATER
State Park, Saratoga Springs, April 17 and familiar landmarks, through the end of French horn, trombone, ﬂute and bass drum Exhibit space available for original paint-
$60. Information, 346-6204. June; plus “A Few Lines to Let You Know: Seeking original works for its July Play- players, rehearsals Friday at 9 a.m., Shenen- ings at Local Color Art Gallery, 1138 Troy-
through May 3, $21-$24. Information, wrights Showcase, no ﬁlm scripts, mono-
587-4427. Letters of the Civil War,” through Sept. 4, dehowa Senior Center, Clifton Common, Schenectady Road, Latham. Information,
logues, musicals or children’s plays. Mail
GODSPELL Visual Arts 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa. Information,
885-4000. a copy of the text to Albany Civic Theater,
Clifton Park. Information, 372-5146. 220-9027.
P.O. Box 6172, Albany 12206.
Broadway musical presented by Not So
NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM TANG TEACHING MUSEUM
Common Players, Shenendehowa High TANGO FUSION DANCE COMPANY
“Rockwell Kent: This Is My Own,” through AND GALLERY
School East Little Theater, Clifton Park, Auditioning professional dancers by ap-
April 17-19 and 23-26. Information, 371- May 17; plus permanent collections on the “Oliver Herring: Me Us Them,” through
pointment at Arthur Murray Dance Studio,
6681. 9/11 recovery effort, New York state his- June 14; Skidmore College, 815 North
75 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs. In-
tory and geography, Empire State Plaza, Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Information,
Madison Avenue. Information, 474-5877. 580-8080.
Music ALBANY INSTITUTE OF ART CLARK ART INSTITUTE
ADIRONDACK PASTEL SOCIETY
Seeking artists working in soft pastels for
“Hudson Valley: Spanning the Banks,” “Toulouse-Lautrec and Paris,” through
“DANCING ON THE AIR” regional juried exhibition that opens on
photographs by Harry Wilks, through June April 26; 225 South St., Williamstown,
Monthly show featuring special guests May 22 at Tom Myott Gallery, deadline for
7, plus “The Folk Spirit of Albany: Folk Art Mass. Information, (413) 458-9545.
George Wilson and Rafe Stefanini, April entries is April 1 . Also seeking new artists
from the Colletcion of the Albany Institute that work in pastels, meetings are the ﬁrst
8, 8 p.m., WAMC Performing Arts Studio, THE HYDE COLLECTION
of History and Art” and exhibits on Hudson Tuesday of every month at the Dave Fran-
339 Central Ave., Albany, $12. Informa- River School painting, American sculpture “Thomas Chambers (1808-1869): Ameri-
tion, 465-5233, ext. 4. can Marine and Landscape Painter,” cis Gallery, the Shirt Factory, Glens Falls.
and the history of Albany, 125 Washington Programs, artist demonstrations and exhi-
Ave. Information, 463-4478. through April 19; 161 North Warren St.,
TIFT MERRITT Glens Falls. Information, 792-1761. bitions are planned throughout the year.
Singer-wongwriter who combines soul, SCHENECTADY MUSEUM Information, 793-9309 or 793-9350.
rock and country into her music, with ARKELL MUSEUM
“Views of Space,” through April 18, plus DELMAR COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA
opening act Patrick Park, April 9, 8 p.m., Spirit of Schenectady, collection highlights “Love Story,” through May 3; plus “Arkell’s
WAMC Performing Arts Studio, 339 Cen- Inspiration: the Marketing of Beech-Nut Openings in the string, horn and percus-
and planetarium, Nott Terrace Heights. In- sion sections. Information, 439-7749.
tral Ave., Albany, $16. Information, 465- formation, 382-7890. and Art for the People,” ongoing; Canajo-
5233, ext. 4. harie. Information, 673-2314. COLONIE TOWN BAND
CHARLIE BRENNAN AIRPORT GALLERY Several openings, rehearsals on Mondays
Acoustic singer-songwriter, April 10, 6
p.m., Saratoga Coffee Traders, 447 Broad-
“Repetitive Nature,” in Concourse A gal- Call for Artists at 7:30 p.m. at town hall, Route 9, Newton-
ville. Information, 783-2760.
lery; “Air Craft,” photos by Jeffrey Mil-
way, Saratoga Springs, free. Information, stein; plus site-speciﬁc installations by UPPER UNION STREET BID COLONIE CENTENNIAL
584-5600. Larry Kagan and Cara Nigro, as well as BRASS CHOIR
Seeking artists for its annual Strawberry
STEVE SCARLATTA installations by Anthony Garner, Baris Fest & Art Show June 20. Information, Openings for brass players, rehearsals
Karayazgan, Paul Katz, Nancy Klepsch and Jane Rothﬁeld 522-7445 or janeroth- on ﬁrst Thursday and third Tuesday of the
Singer-songwriter, April 10, 7 p.m., Emack
Victoria Palermo. Information, 242-2243. ﬁeld@nycap.rr.com. month, at 7:15 p.m., town hall, Route 9,
and Bolio’s, 366 Delaware Ave., Albany,
free. Information, 512-5100. LOCAL COLOR Newtonville. Information, 783-2760.
MOP AND BUCKET COMPANY
ART GALLERY Holding auditions for a substitute accom- SUBURBAN SOUNDS
MISS TESS AND THE BON TON
PARADE “New Beginnings,” a collection of paint- panist to provide music for its improvised COMMUNITY CHORUS
ings from Colonie Art League members comedy shows. Information, contact Mi- Openings in mixed chorus, rehearsals
Boston-based band that combines early
celebrating gallery’s new location adjacent chael Burns at email@example.com Sundays at 7 p.m. at Lynnwood Reformed
jazz inﬂuences with gritty lyrical songs,
to Faddegon’s Nursery, through April 30, or Kat Koppett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Church, Route 146, Guilderland. Informa-
April 10, 8 p.m., Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St.,
1138 Troy-Schenectady Road, Latham. tion, 861-8000.
Saratoga Springs, $12 caffe members, $15 NOT SO COMMON PLAYERS
general public. Information, 583-0022.
Holding auditions for summer production
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District ofﬁcials cautioned
Rotary gets fresh faces ■ BH-BL that a contingency budget would
jeopardize the careful planning
that has been done over the past
(From Page 1)
many instructional and support “That’s where it makes it hard-
personnel. er to pass next year’s budget,” said
“In looking at a loss of $1 mil- Board Member Timothy Kelliher.
lion plus in staff reductions, there The budget anticipates that
certainly is going to be impacts state aid will remain at levels seen
in the 2008-2009 school year. It
s across the district,” said Schultz.
had previously been proposed
d “What we’ve tried to do is spread
that BH-BL would lose $1.6 mil-
e that across the district so it doesn’t
lion in state aid, but federal stimu-
- decimate any one program.”
lus funds are expected to offset
f At Charlton Heights Elemen-
tary, for example, a ﬁfth-grade that gap.
Voters will also vote yes or no in
t teacher will be eliminated, result-
May on a proposition to purchase
d ing in an estimated class size of
26 students next year. Class sizes four school buses at a cost not to
elsewhere might be slightly larger exceed $350,000. The district’s
than they were this year, and stu- ﬂeet of more than 60 buses is re-
dents might receive less special- placed on a rotating basis to avoid
ized instruction in areas like art. large one-time costs to taxpayers.
Other cutbacks include the Three Board of Education
elimination of the diving team and seats will be up for election, as
fourth-level soccer and baseball well. Board members Elizabeth
teams. Summer school teachers Herkenham and Patre Kuziak
will also suffer a cut in pay, the will be seeking reelection, while
purchase of furniture and library Michael Wolf has elected to
materials will be scaled back, and leave the board after serving two
the district will be sending sports terms.
teams to fewer contests. Non-staff He said that increased respon-
cutbacks will amount to $230,000. sibilities at his work, State Farm
District residents will get their Insurance in Malta, resulted in
chance to vote on the budget on his decision, though he said he
The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club recently inducted eight new members to join its 80-member service would like to serve on ad hoc
organization covering the Saratoga area. Rotary is an organization of business and professional people who May 19. If they reject the pro-
posal, ofﬁcials will head back to committees in the future.
provide humanitarian service locally and internationally. FROM LEFT: Deborah Czech, President Saratoga Five individuals have picked
Springs Rotary; Justin Bousquet, Wells Fargo Investments; Janet Tessitore, Weichert Realtors; Fred Harris, the drawing board. If it is defeated
twice, a contingency budget will up petitions to run for the board
Twin Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America; Kevin Kosach, Commercial & Personal Coverage, Inc.; seats, said district ofﬁcials, includ-
Susan Rhoades, YMCA; Michael O’Connell, Adirondack Trust Company; Sarah Jurica, NBT Bank and (not be put in place that caps the bud-
get-to-budget increase at 4 per- ing Herkenham and Kuziak. The
pictured) Robert Jackson, retired engineer. deadline for completed petitions
Submitted photo cent, as per state regulations.
is Monday, April 20, 5 p.m.
■ Budget possible due to state aid.
“We can’t sustain this,” he said.
“The piggy bank will go dry.”
erty valued at $350,000 in Sara-
toga Springs pays an estimated
$3,402.68, a 0.13 percent decrease ■ Awards
“We take pride in our edito-
rials,” said Vice President of
The Spotlight John McIntyre.
(From Page 1) Trustee Jay Rifenbary threw in from last year. A property owner (From Page 1) “When something is impor-
his support of the proposal during with a house of the same value in
tant enough to have the paper
eral stimulus aid injected the state the meeting, admitting not every- Malta pays $3,359.37, a 4.64 per-
peers.” weigh in on it, we make sure
with money. one would be happy with the de- cent decrease. Town of Saratoga
Cohn, who has been with that we do it in a way that is
Francis Palumbo, president of cisions made, but in the current homes are the only homes that
The Spotlight since Febr u- concise, intelligent and ac-
the board, voiced his support of economy, it was “a job well done.” saw increases with a 17.45 tax
ar y 2008 as a repor ter for cessible to our readership.”
the proposed budget. “Had the Trustee Jeffrey Piro echoed rate— they pay $3,391.09, a 4.04
the Colonie and Loudonville Managing Editor Bill De-
numbers from the state not have Rifenbary’s comment on the econ- percent increase.
editions, said she enjoys in- Voe, who also won a second
been as good, we would still have a omy. “It’s the appropriate response The budget also includes prop-
teracting with the members place award for his column,
fair budget,” he said. “Luckily they for the times we face right now,” osition two, which calls for the
of her community as par t of “Pop Culture,” said he is hon-
were.” he said. replacement of buses for approxi-
her job. ored the paper was recog-
Board Trustee Charles Phillips In the proposed budget, tax mately $789,000.
“It’s stimulating to be par t of nized for its editorial stance.
said he was pleased but cautious rates range from 13.94 percent in The fate of the proposed budget
such a community-oriented “We tr y not to preach or
about the lack of a tax increase, Saratoga Springs to 10.30 percent is now up to voters who cast their
organization,” she said. “I feel proselytize,” he said. “We
and highlighted that it was only in Malta. A homeowner with prop- votes on May 19.
our coverage really makes a write these editorials with
dif ference in people’s lives.” the same thing in mind as
The Spotlight also won first when we tackle news stories
place for editorial writing, out or community features: ‘How
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Helping the underprivileged overseas
Area resident tal in Boston,
volunteers ed care for
to provide health, Susan.
W e i n -
education and support man’s con-
for Ugandan children gregation
By DAN SABBATINO tional assis-
Most children in the United Sandy [Dam-
States get up in the morning, hof] really
get dressed and go off to pub- stepped up
lic, private or home schooling. and helped
For children in the village of me financial-
Ddegeya, Uganda, the $2.50 ly,” she said.
it costs for a required school The funds Left: Theresa Weinman
uniform is out their family’s raised by the and Susan Nabukenya,
price range. congrega- a 14-year-old burn victim
The work of some Beth- tion helped and beneﬁciary of
lehem and New Scotland provide food charitable efforts
residents is seeking ways to and money from Weinman reunite in Uganda.
change the circumstances of to house Su- Weinman, with other volunteers,
those children. san while in took a trip in February to Uganda
Theresa Weinman, a Glen- America. to provide medical
mont resident who works for Damhof and educational assistance
the Department of Family is pastor of to Ugandan youths, above.
Medicine at Albany Medical the Jour- Submitted Photos/Bryan Meltz
College, recently took a trip ney United
with some colleagues to Ugan- Church of
da, to provide much needed Christ in tiny…almost ever ybody is part said he has in- said.
medical care and find schools New Scotland, to which Wei- of the sponsorship of a child.” stalled solar panels and con- “I’ve been amazed by how
for children who other wise man is a member. Some kids they are tr ying nected them to power a laptop interested people are in this
would never receive an educa- She said the people in Ugan- to get into the public schools, computer, and is sending pic- village in Africa,” Weinman
tion. Weinman has never expe- da have far less than we do, which are not as advanced as tures from overseas. The pic- added.
rienced anything like the trip, and helping them puts things the leading private school in tures show the children wear- For more information, visit
she said. “I didn’t even have a in perspective. the area, Bishop Dungu, which ing clothes and shoes donated www.Engeye.com, www.Eng-
passport. I’ve never even been “It gives us something to has hot water and electricity. to them. Teenagers and col- eyeScholars.com or www.Jour-
out of the countr y.” focus on beyond ourselves,” Weinman said, though, “It’s leges students love that, she neyUCC.com.
Weinman’s trip to Africa Damhof said. “Some kids a start.”
ser ved two purposes: The first complain they don’t have any She said many children
was to provide medical atten- clothes for school-these kids there cannot afford the $2.50
tion a clinic, the Engeye Health can’t go to school.” uniform to get access to the
Clinic, founded by Stephanie
Van Dyke, a fourth-year medi-
She said her congregation public schools. They are hop-
ing to raise money to put as
You’re Going Places.
is still looking for children in
cal school student at Albany need of sponsorship. many children as possible in
Medical College. The second Nabukenya had never been schools.
was to scout out schools, and She said she is hopeful
talk with headmasters about It costs $800 each year to to get as many students into
how more children could be send a child to school, and Bishop Dungu as possible, but
placed in school. now, Weinman, along with helping improve the public
“My job was to go check Bethlehem and New Scotland schools is also a goal. “We’re
on these kids and make sure residents have helped send learning as we go,” Weinman
ever ything was OK with the seven children so far, with said.
schools,” Weinman said, add- seven more on a waiting list to She said the public schools
ing the trip was perilous. Po- private schools in the area. are in need of pencils and
lice with machine guns, road- She said for the children in maps. Many children, she
blocks and checkpoints were Uganda, it is not feasible for said, do not know of the world
some of the obstacles between them to get an education. beyond their village.
the group and the clinic. ‘It’s so far out of their par- She said one volunteer, John
The living conditions of the ents financial ability,” she said. Kaule, is keeping in touch with
villagers there are equally as “My little church is pretty Weinman from Uganda. She
dismal as the difficulties in
making the trip, she said.
“They, literally, live in mud
huts with nothing, there’s not
a possession, not a chair or a
bed,” she said. “Sometimes
there’s an open fire with some
Weinman said she has sup-
port for her initiative coming
from many places.
Spring Open House
Bob Paeglow, an awards-
winning humanitarian and
Saturday, April 18, 2009
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tice in Albany, has made 26
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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Weinman said she has made
extraordinar y connections
with the villagers. A friend,
and beneficiar y of Weinman’s
efforts, was 14-year-old Su-
san Nabukenya. Nabukenya
burned 80 percent of her body
in Uganda. Susan was not
able to receive the medical
attention she needed. How-
ever, Weinman, VanDyke and
Peglow stepped up for Susan.
They helped bring her to the Life-shaping education. Expert faculty.
United States, where she was Great campus environment.
treated at the Shriners hospi-
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have the whole story,” said Paretta, Shenendehowa hired him the a 1992 investigation by the Special house, take the student alone on
■ Coach who went on to reference previous
conflicts with Shenendahowa’s
same year he lost his teaching
certification, which also served
Commissioner of Investigation for
the New York City School District
social excursions to the racetrack
and elsewhere, and not rule out
(From Page 1) athletic director, and said as his authorization to coach. The into allegations he had “engaged in a sexual relationship with that
Superintendent L. Oliver Robinson Education Department sent out a sexual activity with a student age student would alone indicate a
ployed as a teacher here, or “had a different agenda.” blanket notice of the invalidation to 15 and 16 years of age on several lack of moral character on the part
anywhere else,” Paretta told the “I believe that if the schools statewide on Jan. 24, 1996. occasions between November 1989 of the teacher,” wrote Education
board at the April 7 meeting. “At superintendent of schools here at Kelly DeFeciani, a spokesperson and December 1990.” Department Hearing Officer F.
the time that I began coaching Shenendahowa had taken the time for the district, said that no Paretta was a teacher and track Patrick Jeffers. “In my opinion,
at Shenendahowa, I did not need to look at this situation with open Education Department notiﬁcation coach at the Humanities High the facts clearly establish a sexual
a coaching certificate to coach. eyes, a different outcome would of the invalidation is on file at School in New York City during relationship existed between
Shenendahowa never notiﬁed me have resulted. Instead, I feel the Shenendehowa. that time. student and teacher and that
that I needed to obtain additional decision was already made days “All we can say is that we don’t Allegations included charges the teacher was not averse to
certiﬁcation, and I did not know ago and by press release,” he said. have the notiﬁcation on ﬁle,” said that Paretta took the student to continuing that relationship after
that it was necessary. I continued The district became aware of the DeFeciani. “This was 14 years ago; Aqueduct Race Track in November the student graduated. … It is my
to coach without incident.” certiﬁcation issue on Wednesday, none of the same people are even of 1990, and in the months conclusion that the Department
April 1, and suspended Paretta here.” after ward fondled him several has established that Donald J.
Paretta then touted his 14 years
without pay within hours, said times. The student’s journal told Paretta lacks the requisite moral
of success as the Shenendahowa According to Tom Dunn, a
Robinson. Paretta receives a $5,600 of sexual activity between the character to continue to teach in
track coach. spokesman for Education
salary. two, and investigators recorded a the public schools of the state of
“If he were teaching there, Department, all schools have access
conversation that indicated Paretta New York.”
that would certainly be a lot more Robert Reese, a crime victims’ to an electronic database that will
advocate, brought the matter to provide up-to-date information on “would like to sleep with the student Paretta resigned his position at
relevant,” said Ehrlich. “He’s been
the attention of police and the state an individual’s certiﬁcation. again,” according to the report. the Humanities High School after
in the district for all these years,
Department of Education. The student’s mother alerted disciplinary proceedings began.
and there’s never been a single “If they put this fellow in
allegation or claim of wrongdoing Records from the Education they would know he was a bad authorities after reading accounts of Robinson asked anyone with
on his part.” Department indicate that Paretta’s customer,” said Dunn. “For 13 the sexual activity in the diary. information on Paretta to contact
state certiﬁcation as a teacher of years, they’ve had the opportunity Paretta gave the student a the state police, but Investigator
Paretta said the media, in part,
physical education was invalidated in to look him up.” graduation card containing $20 Matthew Britton of the Clifton
has been to blame for the way his
1995 as the result of an investigation and a note that said, “I will certainly Park Barracks said no calls have
situation has been handled. DeFeciani said that the district
into an alleged sexual relationship miss your gorgeous face and great- been received yet, and there is no
“Those who make judgments uses the database to check the
with a student. looking body.” ongoing investigation involving
based only on news reports do not certiﬁcation status of new hires,
and periodically runs employees Paretta admitted to having
through the system. A check of conversations with the teen about “We have no criminal allegations
certiﬁcations for teachers — but not sexual orientation and fantasies, but at this point whatsoever,” he said.
LEGAL NOTICE LEGAL NOTICE coaches — was recently completed, denied any sexual contact. Paretta is also an assistant
LEGAL NOTICE cess against it served upon she said. The district also checks Any clues to the student’s sex men’s and women’s track coach
him or her is P.O. Box 521, staff ﬁngerprints, as mandated by were redacted from the Education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Please take notice that the Burnt Hills, New York 12027.
limited liability company state law. Department report, but a brief part time, an RPI athletic department
The purpose of the business
known as BURNT HILLS is to engage in any business District of ficials will be New York Times article detailing representative said. He has been on
BODY & WELLNESS, LLC or any other lawful purpose, staff since December of 2001 and
has been formed and that its act or activity for which lim- considering the possibility of a Paretta’s 1992 arrest for sodomy
Articles of Organization were ited liability companies may policy change in the coming weeks, and endangering the welfare of has garnered no complaints.
ﬁled with the New York State be organized. The limited li- It is unclear if Paretta intends
Secretary of State on March said DeFeciani. a child indicates the student was
ability compny shall continue to take legal action against the
20, 2009. The ofﬁce of the indeﬁnately until dissolution “Any time something like this male.
limited liability company is by mutual agreement of all happens, we do talk about the Paretta was not convicted on the district. Aggrieved parties have 90
to be located in Saratoga
County and the New York
situation and talk about ways to charges. days to ﬁle a notice of claim, such
State Secretary of State make sure it doesn’t happen again,” as a wrongful termination lawsuit,
shall mail a copy of any pro- (April 9, 2009) “For a teacher to engage in
she said. against a government entity.
private sexual conversations with
Paretta’s invalidation hinged on a student, invite the student to his
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Spotlight Newspapers April 9, 2009 • Page 23
■ Grapplers 152 – Eliah Golding (Colonie)
160 – Ethan Wilson (Burnt Hills-
112 – Kevin Bates (Guil.)
119 – Travis Wolanski (Guil.)
125 – Jason Chudzinski (Col.)
171 – Mike Bonacci (Bethlehem)
189 – Chris Ohnsman (BS)
215 – Devan Van Auken (Guil.)
135 – Casey Schnackenberg
145 – Jared Wojtowecz (BS)
(From Page 24)
171 – Bob Fish (Clmb.) 130 – Adam Hullet (Clmb.) 285 – Van Huyben (BS) 152 – Dylan Clark (BH-BL)
119 – John Belanger (Shen) 189 – Austin Meys (Shen) 135 – Matt Hart (Guil.) Honorable mention 160 – Dan Barth (BC)
125 – Seth Hazelton (Shen) 215 – Zeal McGrew (BH-BL) 140 – Greg Reinhart (Guil.) 112 – Matt Greene (BC) 171 – Sean Kusaywa (Shen)
130 – Matt Cubillos (Guilderland) 285 – Nate Brown (AP) 145 – Mike Martin (AP) 119 – Steve Anson (Col.) 189 – Mike Matrazzo (BH-BL)
135 – Brian Latham (Columbia) Second team 152 – Kevin Selin (Niskayuna) 125 – Pete Allen (AP) 215 – A.J. Monin (Col.)
140 – Kyle Warmt (Ballston Spa) 96 – John Butler (BH-BL) 160 – Zach Zovistoski (Col.) 130 – Zach Mulderry (Shen) 285 – Adam Geleta (Shen)
145 – Lee Smith (Shen) 103 – Jeff King (AP)
■ New She made girls swimming a
Section II sport and has been a
■ Excuses folks that run the Glens Falls Civic
Center also run the Spectrum, the
Wachovia Center and every other
in 2009 – the Big 10 or the
Suburban Council. Both leagues
have several talent-laden teams
Sectional chairperson and state (From Page 24) main sports facility in Philadephia capable of winning it all. In the
(From Page 24) coordinator. – not to mention the Phantoms. Big 10, look for Albany, Troy
Seligman will have to leave all And don’t worr y about any and (if it can get its pitching staff
New York State Public High The news certainly is good
those responsibilities behind as competition for the professional put together) Christian Brothers
School Athletic Association every for Glens Falls, which has been
she takes the Harrison school hockey fan’s dollar around here. Academy to challenge defending
year since 1996. pining for an AHL team ever
district job, but she won’t leave People from Glens Falls didn’t champion LaSalle for ﬁrst place.
The fact that the Shen program Shen completely behind. She said since the Adirondack Red Wings come to Albany for River Rats Over in the Suburban
has excelled over the years is all she plans to maintain her home in left town nearly a decade ago games in the years when there Council, the battle for South
the more impressive considering the district and spend weekends (don’t tell me people up there was no hockey in their city, and Division supremacy should also
that the Plainsmen haven’t had a in Clifton Park while working at cared about the United Hockey people from Albany didn’t travel wind up being the battle for
pool to call their own. That will Harrison during the week. League – they didn’t). But the to Glens Falls to see the Red overall league supremacy with
change this fall with the opening Still, Seligman has to say good- news is even better for the Albany Wings, IceHawks or Frostbite in Bethlehem, Columbia, Colonie
of the new aquatic center on the bye to the Shen school district, River Rats, who regain a rivalry the years when both cities had and Guilderland being the top
Shen campus – an eight-lane and that’s the hard part. that should ﬁll the Times Union teams. contenders. If there’s a North
facility complete with a separate Center’s seats at least for the • You know how the Connec- Division team to watch, it would
“I think back to the many
diving area with 1- and 3-meter four times per season that the ticut women’s basketball team be Niskayuna.
student-athletes that I’ve had the
diving boards. Phantoms (or whatever they will dominated the NCAA Tournament
privilege of coaching, teaching • Final thought: For what it’s
“I’ve been in the Clifton Park and mentoring through the be called) visit Albany. ﬁeld? That’s what the Niskayuna worth, I’m predicting that the Los
area for 36 years, and working years,” she said. “To know that Is this going to be a long boys lacrosse team will do to Angeles Dodgers beating the New
with the community and leaving I was a par t – however small term deal? Hard to say, since the the Section II, Class B ﬁeld this York Yankees in the World Series
them with the brand new Shen – in their development as caring, Civic Center is still the 4,500- spring. No other Class B program this year. I know the Dodgers
Aquatic Center, it’s probably my honorable young adults is truly seat building it was back when has the talent that the Silver don’t have a strong pitching staff,
greatest accomplishment,” said fulﬁlling and satisfying.” the Red Wings left town citing Warriors have, and that will show but they have Manny Ramirez
Seligman. “I wish Pat nothing but the best declining attendance in an out- once the playoffs begin. and Joe Torre. As long as that
Seligman’s inﬂuence reaches that life has to offer. What a loss dated arena. • I don’t know which baseball relationship remains good, the
beyond the Shen program. for Shen,” said Grey. Still, it should be noted that the league will be more unpredictable Dodgers will be good.
Spotlight On The Run
Gearing up for 2009 Freihofer’s Run For several thousand women attracting enough elite athletes
“The par ticipant numbers
from across the Capital Region and media attention to warrant
for this year’s 5K is at an all-
-- as well as hundreds nationally international recognition.
time high,” said event director
and internationally – the arrival of George Regan. “The ﬁeld of elite
Only three other races in the
spring means the coming of one of national and international athletes
United States can currently lay
the preeminent road races on the continues to grow as well, which
claim to the same “silver label”
national calendar: the Freihofer’s tells us our invited ﬁeld will be
designation: the New York City
Run for Women 5K, scheduled for extremely competitive and one
Marathon, the Chicago Marathon
Saturday, May 30, at 10:15 a.m. in of the top and the
Albany. fields ever B o s t o n
For many regional running assembled Marathon.
enthusiasts, no other race creates in this the R a c e
as much excitement or anticipation 31st year of weekend
each year as the Freihofer’s Run the event.” will feature a
for Women. For the host of other
s e c o n d activities as
“I love the fact that the race year in a row, the International
well, including the CapitalCare
is a national event and brings Association of Athletics
Health & Fitness Expo, the USA
elite athletes from all over the Federations (IAAF) has awarded
Open and Junior 10K Race Walk
world right here to Albany,” said the Freihofer’s Run for Women
Championships, the 22nd annual
Jory Waldman of Clifton Park. a “silver label” designation,
Freihofer’s Kids’ Run and the 21st
Now in its 31st year, the event recognizing it for not only being
annual Freihofer’s Community
is expected to draw a record organized according to the highest
Walk for charity.
The runners take off at the start of the Freihofer’s Run for Women. number of people. professional standards, but also
Subway, a new sponsor, is
of fering a $5 coupon of f the
–––––––––– Schedule of Events ––––––––––
USATF Adirondack Grand Prix Road Race Schedule June 28 — Adirondack Distance Run 10 mile, Lake George
regular entry fee. Visit any Subway
restaurant for an entry form and
a coupon. (Note: The coupon can
only be used for mail-in entries.
April 25 — Bill Robinson Masters 10K. Guilderland Sept. 13 — Bruegger’s Bagel Run 5K, Albany
No purchase necessary.)
April 26 — Kingston Classic 10K, Kingston Sept. 25 — Arsenal City Run 5K, Watervliet
To register or for information
May 10 — Mother’s Day 3.5 Miler, Delmar Sept. 27 — Falling Leaves 14K, Utica about the slate of events that
May 21 — GHI Workforce Team Challenge 3.5 Miler, Albany Oct. 11 — USMC Half Marathon (13.1 mile)/Mohawk Hudson weekend, visit www.freihofersrun.
May 25 — Memorial Mile 1 mile, Glens Falls River Marathon (26.2 mile), Schenectady com or visit the guest services
June 21 — Summer Sizzle 5 mile, Utica Nov. 8 — Stockade-athon 15K, Schenectady counter at any Price Chopper.
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Varsity County grapplers make the grade
schedule well represented
Thursday, April 9 on all-league teams
Shenendehoswa, Burnt Hills-
Saratoga Catholic at Northville,
4:30 p.m. Ballston Lake and Ballston Spa
Troy at Saratoga, 4:30 p.m.
are all well-represented on this
year’s Suburban Council wrestling
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake at
Schenectady, 7 p.m. all-star teams.
Six Shen and two BH-BL
Ballston Spa at Shen, 4 p.m.
grapplers ear ned first-team
honors. Shen had 10 wrestlers
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake at
Niskayuna, 4 p.m. named to the all-league teams,
Colonie at Saratoga, 4:15 p.m.
while BH-BL had ﬁve and Ballston
Spa had four.
Ballston Spa at Columbia, 4 p.m. First team
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake at Averill 96 pounds – Codey Mosley (Averill
Park, 4 p.m. Park)
SOFTBALL 103 – Nick Kelly (Shenendehowa)
Ballston Spa at Hudson Falls, 4 p.m. 112 – Luke Popolizio (Shen)
Saratoga Springs at Broadalbiln- Shenendehowa’s Austin Meys, center, is one of six Plainsmen to make the Suburban Council ﬁrst team.
Perth, 4 p.m. ■ Grapplers Page 23 Rob Jonas/Spotlight
Saratoga Catholic at Northville,
Bethlehem at Saratoga Springs,
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake at
A new challenge for Seligman
Niskayuna, 4 p.m.
Shen swim coach 3,600, the Har rison school to the district because I am so
Shenendehowa at Averill Park, district is nearly the same size happy that Pat has fulﬁlled her
4 p.m. becomes Harrison’s as Shenendehowa High School professional dream,” said Shen
Saturday, April 11 by itself. But, its interscholastic board of education president
new athletic director athletic program is more Janet Grey in the same press
BASEBALL comprehensive than Shen’s release. “I know that she will be
Scotia-Glenville at Ballston Spa, By ROB JONAS program. as great of an administrator and
noon firstname.lastname@example.org “It has 27 sports, and there’s athletic director as she has been
BOYS LACROSSE a teacher, coach and role model
Pat Seligman has a new two modified teams for ever y
Schenectady at Shen, noon for so many people.”
challenge. sport,” said Seligman. “So, I have
TRACK AND FIELD 96 coaches to work with.” “Ms. Seligman is not only
Ballston Spa Lions Invitational, Shenendehowa’s long-time
The Harrison school district is a championship-caliber coach
TBA swimming coach has accepted a
also known to be a place where and educator, she is equally
Shenendehowa at CBA/LaSalle job as the Harrison (Westchester
athletic administrators stay for a great person,” added Shen
Relays, 9 a.m. County) Central School District
a long time. Current athletic superintendent L. Oliver Robinson.
Director of Physical Education,
Monday, April 13 director Mike Gansell is retiring “Her sense of determination and
Health and Athletics.
BASEBALL Pat Seligman in June after 22 years on the job. perserverance is unparalleled, and
“I’ve had my administrative her commitment to excellence is
Ballston Spa at Shen, noon
degree for a while now, and “Ms. Seligman brings “The athletic director I’m
Niskayuna at Burnt Hills-Ballston
something always came up – comprehensive exper tise and replacing is a well-respected,
Lake, noon experience in the ﬁeld of physical well-liked man … and the person As a swim coach, Seligman’s
whether it was an All-American success is matched only by a
Saratoga at Shaker, noon
I was coaching that I didn’t want education, health and athletics he replaced had been there for a
BOYS LACROSSE to the Harrison Central School long time, too,” said Seligman. handful of people around the
to leave or it was the (Shen) state. She guided the Shen boys
Ballston Spa at Colonie, noon pool project,” said Seligman. District,” said Harrison school Seligman is well-respected both
superintendent Louis Wool in a and girls teams to a combined
Burnt Hills at Troy, noon “There’s never a good time to within the Shenendehowa and
press release. “We have ever y record of 238-18-2 and nine
Shen at Saratoga, noon leave, and when this opportunity Section II swimming communities
conﬁdence that Ms. Seligman has Section II championships. Equally
GIRLS LACROSSE presented itself … with my for what she has accomplished
the energy, passion, experience important to her is the fact that
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake at daughter graduating and me as a teacher, a coach and an
and capacity to lead our both teams have been named
Niskayuna, noon being the senior class advisor and administrator.
comprehensive … programs.” scholar-athlete squads by the
Columbia at Shen, noon that obviously coming to an end, I “It is so bittersweet for me to
SOFTBALL thought it was the right time.” With a K-12 population of acknowledge such a great loss ■ New Page 23
Ballston Spa at Shen, noon
Niskayuna at Burnt Hills-Ballston
Saratoga at Shaker, noon
Tuesday, April 14
No excuses for Shen’s lack of knowledge
SOFTBALL After some April Fool’s levity the school on the day the news of it come to such an ending is
Burnt Hills at Colonie, noon last week, it’s time to get serious Paretta’s suspension comes out, unfortunate, but state rules dictate
Saratoga Catholic at St. Johnsville,
again with some quick thoughts and you can understand why any that you have to have certiﬁcation
4:30 p.m. on the sports world. track athlete would have been in teaching or coaching in order
• The circumstances mortiﬁed. to coach a high school team.
Wednesday, April 15 sur rounding Shenendehowa The reason why Paretta’s Paretta didn’t have the necessary
BASEBALL boys track and ﬁeld coach Don Rob Jonas teaching license was revoked certiﬁcation for 13 years.
Burnt Hills at Shen, noon Paretta’s suspension (and likely – allegations of sexual misconduct I just wish someone at Shen
Niskayuna at Saratoga, noon firing) are bizarre, to say the The timing of the school with athletes at Columbia High had noticed sooner.
Shaker at Ballston Spa, noon least. district’s decision was also School in the late 1980s and at • Up the Northway from Clifton
BOYS LACROSSE The mere fact that 13 unfortunate. The track season a New York City high school in Park, the Glens Falls Civic Center
Bethlehem at Ballston Spa, noon years wor th of Shen school was about to begin last week the early 19980s – is certainly may soon be hosting more than
Burnt Hills at Columbia, noon administrators did not know that when the school district informed serious. Though he’s never been three American Hockey League
Shaker at Shen, noon Paretta’s teaching license had Par etta that he was being conviceted for those allegations, games a season.
been suspended back in 1996 is suspended immediately. So just they still hang over him, and that U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is
was enough for the Board of
Colonie at Burnt Hills, noon hardly plausible or forgivable, as the athletes were getting ready helping the Warren County arena
especially since the state Board to compete, their coach was being Regents to revoke his teaching land the Philadelphia Phantoms
Saratoga at Bethlehem, noon certiﬁcation in 1996. It also should
Shen at Guilderland, noon
of Regents informed all school taken away from them. The only for next season. Not all the t’s
districts of its decision. The thing that would have made the be noted that there have never have been crossed on the deal,
SOFTBALL school district should have known timing worse would have been if been any allegations against but the Phantoms would move
Burnt Hills at Shen, noon this and taken the appropriate it happened in the days leading Paretta since then. to Glens Falls after their current
Niskayuna at Saratoga, noon action at the time. That no action up to the Section II meet. Add Paretta was well liked by all home, the Spectrum, is torn down
Shaker at Ballston Spa, noon was taken until now doesn’t speak to that having a bunch of TV accounts, and his Shen teams
well of previous administrators. cameras show up to a practice at were ver y successful. To have ■ Excuses Page 23
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