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NEW YORK — While The Metropolitan Museum of Art has temporarily closed all three of its locations to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the mission of its commitment to inspire knowledge, creativity, and ideas is growing more enhanced online, even while visitors are hunkering down at home.

In a new digital digest, a selection of The Met's many videos, articles, and online resources are being shared. There are art-making activities for the whole family, concerts by musicians from around the world, and everything from cutting-edge 360-degree videos to downloadable catalogues from past exhibitions. 

There’s a lot to discover, and The Met says over the next few weeks, it will continue to share the art that enriches our lives and that can serve as a resource for educator to connect with art wherever you are. 

To experience The Met, go to: metmuseum.org. 

BALLSTON SPA

72 Lancaster Court, $283,500.
Arthur Wahome sold property to Matthew Desnoyers.

16 Pasture Place, $293,840.
Rosetti Acquisitions LLC sold property to Michelle Brown.

CHARLTON

213 Stage Rd., $199,000.
Edward and Robin Larkin sold property to Erin and Samuel Zadrozny.

CLIFTON PARK

9 Mountain View Terrace, $260,000.
Eric and Caroline Price sold property to Kurt and Deborah Kelly.

200 Moe Rd., $392,500.
Lifeline Homes LLC sold property to Matthew Server and Tara Morales.

10 Casablanca Court, $294,900.
Ann Gauthier sold property to Ashley and Aaron Girard.

GALWAY

1315 Perth Rd., $180,200.
Shereen Raucci sold property to Corbin Daino.

GREENFIELD

Brigham Rd., $254,400.
Conor Cahill (by Atty) sold property to Open Space Institute Land Trust.

HALFMOON

1 Dover Place, $244,000.
Kristen Stangle sold property to Nadya Munsie and Gregory McGeady.

15 Linden Park Dr., $398,545.
United Residential Group LLC sold property to Adam and Teresa McIlravey.

4 Cinnamon Lane, $452,000.
Michael Ziegler sold property to Katie Allen. 

1C Fairfax Dr., $284,000.
Carolyn Custer (by Co Execs) sold property to Joann Taglione.

149 Plant Rd., $150,000.
John Rucinski sold property to Bruce Tanski. 

19 Spice Mill Blvd., $390,000.
Brian and Karen Knowles sold property to Ryan and Jennifer Cameron. 

12 Sheldon Dr., $424,000.
Jennifer Perrotta sold property to Linda and Ronald Menty.

232 Monmouth Way, $90,000.
Marion Dombrowski (by Admin) sold property to Two Hundred Thirty Two Hundred Thirty Two Monmouth Way Land Trust and Flatrock Property Corporation (as Trustee). 

76 Cooks Court, $202,500.
Joyelle and Nigel Chrysostom sold property to National Transfer Services LLC. 

76 Cooks Court, $202,500.
National Transfer Services LLC sold property to Matthew Nielsen.

4 Lighthouse Dr., $310,000.
Scott and Kathleen Paske sold property to Eithne and Allison McCarthy. 

MALTA

71 Wake Robin Rd., $138,000.
Michael Sparno sold property to Mark Leonard.

62 Village Circle North, $420,977.
Belmonte Properties sold property to Rosemary and Raymond Coughlin.

122 Thimbleberry Rd., $105,000.
John Corbo (by Exec) sold property to Rest Assured Home Inspections LLC and Sommerset Real Estate Investment Corporation.

122 Thimbleberry Rd., $205,200.
Rest Assured Home Inspections LLC and Sommerset Real Estate Investment Corporation sold property to Courtney Bowers.

MILTON

26 Oakwood Court, $457,500.
Joyce Raeburn sold property to Steven and Camille Marshall. 

MOREAU

8 Wedgewood Dr., $319,900.
Michaels Group Homes LLC sold property to Michael and Loelle Hartshorne.

14 Squire Rd., $425,000.
Erin Fenton sold property to James and Anne Loschen.

1036 Route 9, $490,000.
David and Carolyn Cannizzo sold property to Kristina and Raffaele Iorio.

18 Winterberry Lane, $60,000.
JD Michaels Holdings LLC sold property to Michaels Group Homes LLC. 

4 Bayberry Dr., $298,265.
Patten Property Development LLC sold property to Anthony Wilson and Brittney Perry. 

219 Fort Edward Rd., $175,000.
Daniel Gifford, Linda Pettey, and Jon Gifford sold property to Jarred Butler and Madeline Kelly.

2 Prospect St., $157,500.
John Liberty sold property to Amy Turpin.

3 Tamarac Dr., $306,000.
Elaine Dillon sold property to William and Theresa Maher.

23 Greenway Rd., $162,000.
Jean Bartholomew (as Trustee) sold property to Virginia and John Johnson. 

17 Tanglewood Dr., $245,000.
William and Theresa Maher sold property to Louise Eddy.

36 Bluebird Rd., $237,500.
William and Katrina Morgan sold property to Wray and Rose Jackson.

273 Gansevoort Rd., $60,000.
Acting Secretary of Housing and Urban Development sold property to Justin and Karleigh Daigneault.

NORTHUMBERLAND

4876 Route 50, $240,000.
Brunelle Herman, Jr. sold property to Shane and Sarah Avery.

30 Gates Ave. N., $245,000.
Raymond Wood, Jr., (as Trustee) sold property to Edward and Kaeli Dieckert.

TOWN OF SARATOGA

47 Pearl St., $131,000.
Tracy Canterino sold property to Nathaniel Barton. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS

475 Crescent Ave., $150,000.
Erin Manwiller sold property to Katherine Doyle. 

55 Jane St., $509,571.
Blitman Saratoga LLC sold property to David and Stephanie Verleger.

268 Broadway, Units 402 and 404, $2,450,000.
Thomas and Susan Salice sold property to Charles and Jacqueline Okosky. 

6 Sarazen St., $259,079.
Deutsche Bank National Trust Company (as Trustee) sold property to Douglas Sandmann. 

164 Spring St., $825,000.
Paul Benedict (as Trustee) sold property to Grand Mare LLC. 

256 Grand Ave., $384,900.
Elizabeth and Martin Harr, IV sold property to Adam Garfrerick and Mary Coyne. 

59 Wagon Wheel Trail, $221,000.
Anna Emerich sold property to Tucker and Morgan Holland. 

STILLWATER

8 Artillery Approach, $328,866.
Robert and Cynthia Dempsey sold property to Kyle Rossi and Samantha Phillips.

1221 Hudson Ave., $290,000.
John LeClaire sold property to Joseph and Marie Devito. 

795 Hudson Ave., $160,000.
Claude Gauthier, Sr. sold property to Israel Anderson.

19 Gronczniak Rd., $52,000.
Cathleen Werneburg (Ind and as Trustee) sold property to Scott and Melissa Campbell. 

123 County Route 75, $475,000.
Robert and Theodora Meyer sold property to Zachary Rajeski.

10 High St., $174,000.
Kelli and Ceth Morocco sold property to Jack Vojnar, Jr. 

WILTON

2 Easton Court, $120,000.
William Morris sold property to McPadden Builders LLC.

30 Cherry Tree Lane, $355,000.
Carl and Kathleen Grove sold Property to Bruce and Emily Carpenter.

11 Oxford Dr., $340,000.
Lisa Banden sold property to Rebecca Whittington.

4 Moonglow Dr., $255,000.
Michael Richter sold property to Michael Speshock, III and Shannon Hanson.

14 Killarney Court, $410,000.
Thomas and Cynthia Kmetz sold property to Richard Fanch. 

128 Edie Rd., $387,000.
Kwok and Lisa Wong sold property to Kristen Duesler and Jeffrey Dallas.

5 Santee Dr., $260,000.
Douglas Gulbrandsen and Stephanie Amigo sold property to Jean Reger.

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa High School Robotics Team OxBe4 originally coordinated various STEM activities and supplied materials to encourage the spread of STEM education in rural Afghanistan.

After coordinating a donation drive to send LEGO Mindstorm kits to teens in Afghanistan in 2018, FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 3044 is again spreading the word about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education to rural parts of the world. During their most recent campaign to spread STEM education, Team 3044 selected a few simple STEM projects, translated instructions into Pashto and Dari, and conducted a 10-month donation drive, collecting specific items for each STEM activity and general school and craft supplies. The kits have been assembled and the first set of 10 boxes is being shipped to Helmand Province in Afghanistan this week. Each box holds up to 20 pounds of sustainable science activities that can be used for building, problem solving
and experimentation. 

Team 3044’s Co-Captain Maddie West indicated “We believe that no matter who you are or where you come from, everyone should have a chance to create their own future and strive to be the best you can be.”

While competitions have been cancelled and all meetings suspended, the team is using social media to share the materials that they have compiled to encourage STEM education with their local community during this time of school closures.

Families are invited to visit the team’s website,  frcteam3044.team/, to learn more about the simple but fun STEM projects.

Thursday, 26 March 2020 13:07

Homeschooling 101: Week 2

OK Everyone, I want to congratulate you on a job well done…you have successfully made it through 2 weeks of homeschooling.
I assume you may be running out of fun and creative projects to keep the kids busy, so here are some fresh ideas...

ELEMENTARY GRADES 4th - 8th

RESEARCH FLAGS
of other counties or the 50 states and create mini flags with pencils as the flagpole. 

GREAT WEBSITES:

Quizlet.com
  Flashcards, games, and quizzes for almost every subject.

bls.gov/k12/games/geography-quiz
  How well do you know the United States? Great for a family competition.

printables.atozteacherstuff.com 
  Are your younger children feeling left out of schooling? This site has fun printables for younger children on almost every subject.

seussville.com
  Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends.

funbrain.com
  Play Games while practicing math and reading skills.

POETRY:

poetryfoundation.org/poems 
Have your child choose a poem that corresponds with the time period they are studying in History.  Don’t shy away from the classics. Children can learn Shakespeare, Longfellow, Frost, and Whitman.

Memorize a couple of lines each day.  When completed, have them recite the poem and video it for friends and family. 

Benefits of Poetry Memorization:

It builds vocabulary and reading comprehension.
When a student performs a recitation, he is building speech and presentation skills.
When students see references to great poems in plays, movies, comic strips, and other books, they will understand the references. This is especially true if your students memorize Shakespeare because he isquoted more than any other author.
It fills up students with patterns of language. When your students start writing, these patterns will spill back out.
They may be on Jeopardy someday!

LOWER ELEMENTARY Grades K - 3rd

FAMILY FUN:

Play games with your children. Here’s a list of fun, but educational games: Monopoly, Bananagrams, Boggle, Scrabble, Rummikub, Rush Hour, Go, Chess, Mastermind, Risk…

Play the good old-fashion card game War.  It teaches number recognition and helps them learn number order in a fun way.

CREATIVE IDEAS:

Write and illustrate a story together. 
Make a comic book together.
Use shaving cream on the counter or table to write in.  Practice math facts, spelling words, shapes,fractions… the list is endless and it’s ok to get messy because it’s basically soap!

BALLSTON SPA — The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, in collaboration with SEDC, and its local, state, and federal community and business partners, is conducting a survey to identify Saratoga County businesses in need of assistance, how the Saratoga County economy has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), and what resources are needed to ensure business continuity.

The Saratoga Partnership is looking to gather information so that they can assist in helping mitigate the impacts to businesses and the regional economy, as well as connect businesses to the tools and resources they need during this challenging time. 

Individual responses will remain confidential. Data collected will be aggregated to demonstrate economic impact. 

The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership is a member of the Saratoga County Economic Development Alliance, which includes the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation.

The survey is available at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZWYJDHH. 

The Partnership informs that SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza has approved a statewide disaster declaration for N.Y. Eligible small businesses may now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) online at: disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. 

SARATOGA COUNTY — Hannaford Supermarkets announced its stores will offer dedicated shopping hours for people age 60 and older, as well as those with compromised immune systems. 

Stores will open 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Tuesday through Thursday to service this vulnerable population and allow a less crowded shopping environment, which enables better social distancing.

In addition, Hannaford has shortened its general store-operating hours to provide for additional time to clean, stock shelves and give associates additional time to rest.  The new daily hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Providing a designated shopping period for seniors and at-risk individuals allows this population to shop prior to other customers being in the store. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people who are 60 and over and those with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. Although associates will not be requesting ID for entry, Hannaford urges the community to respect the intention for the early opening.

Locally, stores are located on Weibel Avenue in Saratoga Springs, as well as Ballston Spa, Malta, Greenwich and South Glens Falls. 

Hannaford Supermarkets also announced it is donating $250,000 to support area food banks that are experiencing increasing and unprecedented demand during the widening of the COVID-19 global pandemic – including $50,000 to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, which services many food pantries across Saratoga County. 

A register and store kiosk donation program has been initiated at all Hannaford grocery stores where customers can donate to their community’s local food bank at the register with a $5 or $10 donation, or with a cash donation at a kiosk located at the front of the store. 

Thursday, 26 March 2020 12:44

Proctors Furloughs 80 Percent of Staff

SCHENECTADY — Proctors Collaborative – the organization which reopened Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs on Feb. 29 – announced March 18 it is furloughing roughly 80 percent of its workforce and that remaining staff will receive pay reductions.

The decision is the result of careful analysis about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the organization in the near- and long-term, the organization announced in a statement. 

Proctors Collaborative has postponed programming at all three of its venues – Proctors, Universal Preservation Hall and Capital Repertory Theatre – through April 12. With the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gatherings of 50 people or more be postponed or cancelled for eight weeks, it could be mid-May or later before Proctors Collaborative venues reopens its doors for performances and classes.

“It’s an extraordinary time with daily new and revising understandings about the virus and about its implications on what we, in the performing arts, do: share, connect, celebrate, embrace,” said Philip Morris, CEO. “It’s incredibly painful but for the near future, what we do must simply stop for the good of our whole community and by extension the country.”

The circumstances come at a historic juncture for the organization. Proctors Collaborative just opened UPH in Saratoga Springs on Feb. 29, and is planning to open a new Albany home for theREP in July. Patrons are encouraged to hold on to their tickets for postponed performances and to subscribe to the 2020-21 seasons at Proctors and theREP. “We need to ensure we have full houses as soon as we reopen our doors,” Morris emphasized. “That support will accelerate our recovery.”

SARATOGA COUNTY —The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus stated in a press release two creative ideas to generate income to small businesses.

A local couple looking to support some of their favorite small businesses presented the first idea. They have setup two “PRE-PAID house” accounts, one at a local hardware store and the other at a local market. A” PRE-PAID house” account means that an individual gives money to a local business and as this person makes future purchases the account is drawn down.

The store owner will treat the account as store credit. If your business would like to allow your most loyal customers to help you by setting up a PRE-PAID House Account, please send Devin Zurlo an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“We want to help all businesses deemed non-essential to secure as much support and money as possible during this crisis,” Shimkus said.

Many businesses offer the ability to purchase gift cards online for products or services. The chamber announced working on a special promotion that can reach thousands of people via email and social media that will showcase our members who offer people the opportunity to buy online gift cards.

If you’d like to be a part of this promotion, please share with Andrea Cole via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your company email, the specific website link where people can purchase a gift card from you, and any special incentives you might be offering to encourage the sales of gift cards while your actual place of business is closed.

Thursday, 26 March 2020 12:42

COVID-19 Response Team

SARATOGA SPRINGS —Saratoga Hospital has established a COVID-19 Response Team that includes representatives of all disciplines of the hospital, from the main campus and all outpatient offices and facilities. Team members are in constant communication with each other and other area hospitals, as well as state and county health officials.

The best sources of information about COVID-19 plans at Saratoga Hospital are SaratogaHospital.org and the Saratoga Hospital Facebook page. These are updated constantly with their most current policies, including:

Visitation Guidelines: To minimize risks for their patients and staff, no visitors are allowed in the building at this time, with a limited number of exceptions dependent on appropriate screening. This policy also applies to their urgent care and emergent care facilities.

Elective Procedures: Effective Monday, March 23, most elective procedures have been postponed, as recommended by the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Bell and Sharman Lisieski are leading the postponement protocols.

Donations: If you or someone you know wishes to donate, please direct inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We must follow strict guidelines on what we can and cannot use. While some donations may not meet these guidelines, they are confident they may be of use in non-clinical settings.

Self-Care Resources: Many in the community are understandably anxious with the arrival of COVID-19 in our corner of the world. The hospital has included some community resources to help you and your loved ones reduce stress and manage anxiety.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco and Deputy Commissioner Joseph J. O’Neill announced the Department of Public Works’ operational plan following COVID-19 directives set forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo. 

The DPW work force will transition into emergency standby mode and will respond to emergency situations as-needed. Request for DPW service calls can be made to police dispatch, 518-584-1800.

The Weibel Avenue transfer station will also operate under reduced hours between 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. 

“The Governor has directed all non-essential workforce to remain home, for DPW that means staying home and being prepared to respond as-needed, this is for the good of our personnel and to help stop the spread of
COVID-19” said Scirocco, in a statement.  “The public can rest assured that in any emergency during this time our work force will respond and resolve the issue as quickly as possible.”

DPW crews had remained operational earlier this month for lawn-debris pickup, roadway repairs, and routine calls for service.


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  •   COURT William Thibedeau, 25, of Ballston Spa was charged on March 20 by State Police in Saratoga with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree, a felony, and reckless endangerment in the second-degree, a misdemeanor, after State Police responded to a dispute involving the operators of two vehicles in the area of Brookline Road and Middleline Road in the Town of Ballston. Thibedeau is accused of making multiple attempts to run the victim off the road. Thibedeau and the victim were previously known to one another. When troopers arrived, Thibedeau was taken into custody. A subsequent search…

Property Transactions

  • BALLSTON SPA 72 Lancaster Court, $283,500. Arthur Wahome sold property to Matthew Desnoyers. 16 Pasture Place, $293,840. Rosetti Acquisitions LLC sold property to Michelle Brown. CHARLTON 213 Stage Rd., $199,000. Edward and Robin Larkin sold property to Erin and Samuel Zadrozny. CLIFTON PARK 9 Mountain View Terrace, $260,000. Eric and Caroline Price sold property to Kurt and Deborah Kelly. 200 Moe Rd., $392,500. Lifeline Homes LLC sold property to Matthew Server and Tara Morales. 10 Casablanca Court, $294,900. Ann Gauthier sold property to Ashley and Aaron Girard. GALWAY 1315 Perth Rd., $180,200. Shereen Raucci sold property to Corbin Daino. GREENFIELD…
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