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  In this                                                 CLIFTON PARK • HALFMOON
week’s issue

                                               Volume VII
                                                                                            Number 14                                                                       April 9, 2009

   Helping the
 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                      “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,
                                                                                     school district.
                                                                                        “[Cohn] digs the story from
                                                                                                                           adopt budget
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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                                               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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STEM winners honored                                                                                                                          Police Blotter
                                                                                        Ex-Congressman Sweeney
                                                                                        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 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 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.
                                                         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,
                                      have cataracts
                                                          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
                                         eyeglasses. These lenses act like a healthy natural lens, focusing light from all             Court by Judge Rybak. He was
                                         distances, from reading to far distance. You might expect to spend most of your
                                         day out of glasses with these implant lenses. You might just need reading glasses
                                                                                                                                       remanded to Saratoga County Jail
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City Center to get second look                                                                                                                                     BH-BL
       Some residents
   have complained about
   building’s modern look

   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                                                                                                                            
7, meeting.
                                                                                                                                                                       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.                    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.
                                              be placed.
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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.

                           55°                      34°
                                                                Wednesday       6:25am    7:29pm
                                                                                                                                         21. 5
  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
                                                                                                        5.9                                                    213
  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
                                                                Full             Last
   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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                                                                                                   Around the County
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
legally required to follow up.               in Amsterdam.                       the town’s justice depar tment       Got sports news?
Xctasy Garcia, a Schenectady                    “We have over 70 agencies        and Har tzell is an attor ney.
child, was being abused in a                 par ticipating in this event,       Also inter viewed for board
                                                                                 seats were William Snide and            Spotlight Newspapers welcomes articles on community
motel and a patron could hear                including those who specialize in
                                                                                 Shar yn Marchione.                   sports events and updates on athletes in college.
the abuse going on and told                  child abuse prevention and child
the manager. The manager,                    support ser vices. They include        Gerald Winters will be               E-mail Sports Editor Rob Jonas
in turn, called Social Ser vices             Prevent Child Abuse New York,       retiring from the Town Board,        or fax information to 439-0609.
but there was no follow-up                   CASA (Court Appointed Special       and Nolen said she will not
investigation until members of               Advocates) of Fulton and            seek her seat again, instead
Xctasy’s church saw the abused               Montgomer y Counties, Sexual
child and reported it.                       Assault Suppor t Ser vices and
    “Now the law requires Social             Montgomer y County Domestic
Ser vices workers to investigate
all repor ts of suspected child
                                             V iolence Ser vices,” Farley
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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,
                                                                                                              displeasure at the tone and amount             as well as
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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
                                                                                                                                                    in-Education programs,
infrastr uctur e is a cr ucial      modest and reasonable                                   taxpayers. In addition, rental
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                                                                                                                                                    many other programs for our
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Starts here
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
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                                                                              Your Opinion Spotlight
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Spotlight Theatre                    Washington Avenue Extension
                                     in Albany, fr om 11:30 a.m.
holds casting call                   to 1 p.m. The cost is $20
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lighter’s Theatre Troupe is
                                     WIFS members and $25 non-
                                     members.                                 Healthy Schools Act will combat obesity
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on Thursday, April 9, to cast        r e q u i r e d b y c a l l i n g S u s a n Editor, The Spotlight:                            making it dif ficult for our                     childhood obesity rates as well
                                     Schell at 436-3536.                           With childhood obesity                          children to eat right.                           as other rates of nutritional
two major male roles.                                                            rates reaching epidemic                               O n M o n d a y, A p r i l 6 ,               related diseases such as hear t
  Needed are teen or adult male                                                  propor tions throughout the                       volunteers from the American                     disease, hyper tension and
actors for the title role of Alad-
din and the suppor ting role of      Trout Unlimited                             nation and in New York State,                     Hear t Association met with                      diabetes.
                                                                                 many public health, education                     their state legislators to                          We encourage legislators
“Chop-Chop” the executioner          to hold meeting                             and consumer organizations                        encourage them to pass the                       and the Gover nor to work
in “Aladdin and His Wonder ful           C l e a r w a t e r C h a p t e r o f are strongly suppor ting the                        Healthy Schools Act that will                    together to enact legislation
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Mondays, Wednesdays and              April 20, at the Best Western for school foods.                                               legislators to use school snack                  Alliance Guidelines in order
occasional Saturdays star ting       on Western Avenue.                                                                            and beverage guidelines                          to help New York’s children
April 20. Per formances are                                                        Poor food choices in our
                                         The guest speaker is Kur t s c h o o l s c o n t i n u e t o b e a                        put for th by the Alliance                       to develop healthier eating
slated for June 6 and 7.             Nelson, TU vice president of serious contributing factor                                      for a Healthier Generation,                      habits and lead healthier
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ditional information or to set                                                   habits. Schools are ideal                                                                                    Steven Szebenyi, M.D.
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Financial Ser vices will host a                                                  on many school campuses,
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 20th Congressional District Special Election Coverage ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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
                                           Elections Commission,
                                                                                  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.
                                                                                                                             Murphy: 4,409
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

                                                                                       Senior Scene
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
                                                                                              Issue Date:
    Henr y Berger is
representing Murphy’s
interests in cour t. John
Ciampoli is heading up
                                           their opponent wherever and
                                           whenever they can.”
                                               Unlike in the Senate,
                                                                                             April 29
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
                                                                                              April 15
Ciampoli on the Republican                 of power, House Dems may
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        No longer
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
                                        partner, Mitchell.
                                           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
Falcons whom
                      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

                                                                                                                                                        IN BRIEF
         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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Caesar salad, brown honey
                                                                                                                                                           The Shenendehowa Senior               bread and a baked potato, with
                                                                                                                                                        Center will host a flea market           cheesecake for dessert.
                                                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                     BSNB is dedicated to serving the needs of                          and baked goods will be sold.            e-mail to
                                                                                     our communities. We believe that providing
                                                                                                                                                           Call Barb at 383-6370 for             reserve a ticket.
                                                                                     attractive products and services to our local
                                                                                     not-for-profit organizations helps us acheive                      information.
                                                                                     this goal.                                                                                                  Town to hold
                               Introd CHECKING                                       That’s why we are pleased to offer
                                                                                                                                                        Program to focus on                      camp sessions
                                 UNIT Y     r                                        you Community Checking, a free checking                            Underground Railroad                        The town of Clifton Park
                            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
                                                                                                                                                                                                 summer camps.
                                                                                                                                                        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                                                   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
                                                                                                                                                        saratogasprings-historymuseum.           nights.
                                                                           Your bank. Your way.                                                         org.                                        The half-day camp information
                                                                                                                                                                                                 night will be held on Wednesday,
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     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                 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
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                                                                                                                                                        Clifton Park.                            Community Affairs at 371-6667.
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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.

                                                                                                                                                                 IN BRIEF
                                                                                                                                                                 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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           For more information, please
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        call the Of fice of Business and
                                                                                                                                                                      Recycle this paper                                                                Suppor t Ser vices at 884-7195,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ext. 320.


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                                                                                            Obituaries Spotlight
                                                                                                                                                           in the

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
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
Cemetery, Schuylerville.
                                        by 18 grandchildren, 26 great-
                                        grand-children and two great-                                                             OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Memorial contributions may be
made to Community Hospice
                                        great-grandchildren. Funeral
                                        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                                                                          
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                                                                  Entertainment Spotlight
                                                                                                                                                                                                       in the

                                                                    See worthy

                                             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
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
                                      Tim Rizzuto.
                                          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
States.                                   Battleships that are open to
    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
Greece for two more years, until      Rivet said.                                                                                                        PRE-K (4s & 5s) AND FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN.
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
                                                                              OPEN HOUSE                                          THURSDAY, APRIL 23RD • 9-11AM & 1-3PM
                                      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
                                                                              TO LEARN MORE, DROP IN OR CONTACT US: 482-3631 OR CSCHOOL8@NYCAP.RR.COM.
could be found.                       are small, relatively speaking,        Partners in Learning: The Maria College Campus School, a teaching laboratory for students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Degree Program, was established in 1967. The partnership
                                                                             between Maria College and The Maria College Campus School is still going strong today. We are most proud of this relationship because it merges classroom theory with practical experience.
    Enter Albany Mayor Jerr y         when they were afloat, they were

Spotlight Newspapers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           April 9, 2009 • Page 15

                                                                                                                                             Obituaries Spotlight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in the

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

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                                                     THREE QUARTERS NORTH                                 NATIONAL
                                                                                                                       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,
                                                                                                                                           formation, 306-4173.
                                              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.                            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
              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         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        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
                                              Information, 220-9027.
general public. Information, 583-0022.
                                                                                             Holding auditions for summer production

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                                                                                                                         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
                                                                                                                         of a statewide field of weekly              does this benefit our read-
                                                                                                                         newspapers.                                 ers?’”

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Helping the underprivileged overseas
      Area resident                tal in Boston,
                                   which donat-
        volunteers                 ed care for
    to provide health,             Susan.
                                      W e i n -
 education and support             man’s con-
  for Ugandan children             gregation
                                   some addi-
    By DAN SABBATINO               tional assis-       tance.
   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.Eng-
passport. I’ve never even been        “It gives us something to         has hot water and electricity.    to them. Teenagers and col- or www.Jour-
out of the countr y.”              focus on beyond ourselves,”             Weinman said, though, “It’s    leges students love that, she
   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

                                   to school.
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
physician with his own prac-
tice in Albany, has made 26
                                                                                                                  9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
trips to Africa, and Weinman
said he is largely responsible                                                                                    Register today! Call 888-673-0012

                                                 … Seriously!
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make this trip.                                                                                      
   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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■ Grapplers                          152 – Eliah Golding (Colonie)
                                     160 – Ethan Wilson (Burnt Hills-
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                                                                           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
                                                                           this spring.
                                        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
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    Varsity County grapplers make the grade
             Shen, BH-BL
   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,
  4:15 p.m.
  4 p.m.
  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                                                                               “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
  Lake, noon
  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
                                                                                   From the

  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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