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Saratoga County Children’s Committee Chosen as Beneficiary of Mom Prom
SARATOGA SPRINGS —The second annual Saratoga Mom Prom—a ladies night out—to benefit Saratoga County Children’s Committee is April 26 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Saratoga Hilton. Pull out your old prom gown or bridesmaid dress (or head to a consignment shop), accessorize in your era of prom and come join the fun. There will be dancing, lite fare, raffle baskets as well as prom activities.
Register for $55 and learn more at www.saratogamomprom.com or call (518) 587-5392. Benefit a great cause and have fun reliving your prom memories. Age 21 and up are welcome and you do not need to be a mom to attend.
Saratoga County Children’s Committee serves the needs of children throughout Saratoga County. It is a completely volunteer organization and without a paid staff, 100 percent of monies donated are spent to provide relief to children in need.
The SCCC’s greatest effort is The Empty Stocking Project that provides over 800 children with holiday gifts. Requests are received from agencies such as Domestic Violence Services, EOC, Franklin Community Center, Project Lift, Saratoga Early Intervention, Saratoga County Social Services as well as Nurses in Saratoga County Schools. Throughout the year, the Committee provides such items as clothing, cribs and baby supplies, school supplies and sports equipment, along with special needs such as medical supplies and equipment and dental work.
New members are always welcome. At this time, there is a need for volunteers willing to sponsor a child for The Empty Stocking Project. To volunteer for membership or to sponsor a child, call (518) 587-1236.
Kidnapper’s Bail Increased
BALLSTON SPA — Bail was increased to $50,000 cash or 100,000 bond for the man who is accused of kidnapping a former girlfriend and tying her up for hours after it was determined he was a flight risk.
Ryan Place, 28, of 309 Greenfield Ave. in Milton, was arrested last July, a week after he allegedly kidnapped the former girlfriend.
Place is presently incarcerated in the Saratoga County Jail. Bail had previously been set in town court at $25,000 cash/$50,000 bond.
The charges of kidnapping in the second degree carry with them a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.The 11-count indictment alleges these crimes occurred on July 21 of this year in the Towns of Saratoga and Milton.
Prior to the sentencing of the charge of alleged kidnapping, Place fled New York to Texas and was extradited from Texas.
“We believe that because the defendant fled from New York and went to Texas to avoid prosecution previously, he has demonstrated that he is, in fact, a flight risk and that he disobeys the order of the court,” said Saratoga Springs District Attorney James Murphy III. “In addition, as a sex offender and prior felon, he faces an enhanced sentence and therefore we asked for bail to be increased.”
Interfaith Remembrance of JFK Assassination
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs will host “Remembering JFK” an Interfaith Service on Friday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.
The service will commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the death of America’s our thirty-fifth President. The service will be conducted by Dr. Kenneth S. Blatt, Rabbi/Cantor from Congregation Shaara Tfille and will include readings, music, songs, historical commentary and personal reflections of this tragic event from a broad cross-section of representatives from both the religious and secular community.
In addition to Rabbi Blatt, these community members will participate:
Father Paul J. Borowski C.Ss. R., St. Clements Church, Saratoga Springs
Rev. Coqui Conley, Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, Saratoga Springs
Father Neil Draves-Arpaia, Saratoga Springs
Rev. Dr. James Fenimore and Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost,
Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, Saratoga Springs
Rev. Dominic Ingemie, Church of St. Peter
Rev. Richard Hoffman, Saratoga Hospital and Nursing Home
Rabbi Boaz Marmon, Congregation Shaaray Tefila, Glens Falls
Michael Clement (pianist)
Thomas W. Hebert, Commandant and Color Guard
Spa Detachment 641, Marine Corps League, Ballston Spa
Former Saratoga Springs Mayor Ken Klotz, speaking on behalf of Mayor-elect Joanne Yepsen
Dr. Robert Orban (trumpet) will play “Taps”
A.J. Sarno, Longfellows Interfaith Prayer Meeting
Lou Schneider and Sid Gordon, Jewish Veterans of Foreign Wars,
Saratoga Springs branch
Congressman Paul Tonko
“The assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 was a monumental tragedy in American history. Not since Abraham Lincoln was killed in 1863, has the death of one man had such repercussions on our nation.” Rabbi Blatt said. “This youthful, inspirational and handsome leader had captured the imagination of the American public following a very close election and his sudden, violent death was a shock to the entire American populace.”
Rabbi Blatt continued, “For those of us who remember the events of November 22 and its aftermath, the commemoration of the 50th anniversary will be a very significant moment of reflection. Not only did we lose a great president, but we lost what many refer to as ‘our innocence.’ Through the use of Biblical scripture, inspirational and patriotic music and personal reflections from both religious and civic leaders, I hope that this commemoration can serve as a means of bringing this community together.”
Town of Malta Grapples with Ethics Issues
MALTA – The monthly Malta town board meeting on Wednesday, November 6 was moved back because of Election Day.
An extra hour was added for some anticipated public comment about the town’s 2014 budget, which turned out to be minimal. Later in the meeting, the town council passed a $9,521,866 budget for 2014 by a 5-0 vote, with Councilperson Tara Thomas needing to officially abstain from two payroll line items. The budget anticipated two percent sales tax growth from 2013 and estimates that $456,000 will be needed to be drawn from the reserve fund to balance 2014 expenses.
The major items on the agenda centered on the subject of ethics, in light of the town’s ethics committee recently citing Town Clerk Flo Sickels (who was at her seat during this meeting). Thomas, who is Sickels’ daughter, recused herself during this portion of the meeting and left the room.
A discussion about the merits of the ethics committee’s findings were handled in executive session and have not been made public at this time.
The public did hear a discussion led by Supervisor Paul Sausville as to other recommendations by the ethics committee which could be regarded as procedural.
The town council did reaffirm that attorney Christine Karsky of Saratoga Springs would continue to advise the ethics committee for the balance of 2013 as needed. Carsky was referred to the committee during its most recent deliberations.
The ethics committee made several recommendations arising out of that complaint filing, which ranged from making procedures for filing complaints clearer and less ambiguous, to recommending ethics training, to an examination and perhaps an overhaul of either the ethics section of the employee manual, or revise the entire manual. The committee also recommended an examination of how town employees report their work on behalf of not-for-profit (NFP) organizations, though it was unclear to many on the town board whether the committee was referring to those NFP’s that were doing business with the town, or any NFP.
Many of these recommendations were strongly objected to by town councilpersons Paul Hartzell and Maggi Ruisi, whose remarks indicated that they felt the town council was over-genuflecting in response to one incident, in the manner of using a bazooka to slay a hummingbird.
“A waste of time,” was Ruisi’s response to some of the committee’s recommendations.
Hartzell was even more strident in his objections, noting that the town had just completed an extensive review of its 100 plus page employee manual. Both of them said they thought that complaint procedures were clear at the present time
Hartzell also felt that the committee should make a list of specific items in the manual that might be worth examining and said that a list could be generated of NFP’s that did business with the town, which would be small and procedures developed around that limited universe.
In the end, the town board agreed to have Sausville draft a memo back to the ethics committee asking for specificity about areas in the employee manual they found troubling and to pay an outside consultant $300 for a general overlook of it.