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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Facing challenges surrounding the COVID-19 crisis and resulting space limitations, and social distancing mandates, Saratoga Bridges will not host their annual White Party ‘in person’ at Saratoga National Golf Club on July 11.  Instead, the organization has re-envisioned their fundraiser as The Show Will Go On for ‘The White Party with a Splash of Color’ to assist with unanticipated expenses incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as generating support for their programs.

The transformed online events which will include: An Online Silent Auction from Sept. 17-24; A Live Virtual Celebration on Friday, Sept. 25, and live entertainment featuring magician and artist Steven Brundage, and live music by Gravity.

The auction will include: A hand painted (oil stick) signed postcard (JMB) or “street art” from contemporary artist Jean Michel Basquiat, a new deck from Curtis Lumber and Homes by Malta Development Co., Inc., a one-week stay at Sanibel Island, Florida, Jet Blue tickets, Saratoga National Golf Club foursome with cart, Saratoga Nation Golf Club gift card. 

Saratoga Bridges has been providing the highest level of programs to people with developmental disabilities and their families for more than 60 years by promoting their abilities and achievements in every aspect of community life.  As one of the largest private non-profit organizations in Saratoga County, they have been committed to ensuring that the individuals they serve are able to realize their hopes and dreams as they work, volunteer and socialize while leading full, productive and contributing lives. 

Additionally, note Saratoga Bridges’ 17th Annual J. Michael Fitzgibbons Memorial Golf Classic will be held on Monday, Aug. 31 at the Edison Club, in Rexford. The day will include a scramble format, lunch, complimentary beverages, a Saratoga Bridges quarter-zip pullover, contests and prizes.  Individual golfers are $200 and foursomes are $800. 

For more information, visit: saratogabridges.ejoinme.org/whiteparty.

Contact Kelly Armer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be a sponsor or support their event.

AlexandraNowakowskiAlexandra Nowakowski, soprano. Photo provided.

BOLTON LANDING — The Sembrich has launched its second 20/20: Virtual Visionaries presentation titled “Marcella Sembrich and the Role of a Lifetime.” 

The newest installment of The Sembrich’s online offering explores the role of Lucia from Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor through commentary, photos, historic recordings, as well as video, and showcases the important part it had in launching Marcella Sembrich’s renowned international career. 

The presentation will feature an exclusive video performance of the Mad Scene from Lucia di Lammermoor sung by soprano Alexandra Nowakowski, winner of the 2017 Sembrich International Voice Competition.

Nowakowski is joined in performance by Adria Foster - principal flutist for the Washington National Opera (WNO), and pianist Robert Ainsley, director of WNO’s Cafritz Young Artist Program. 

This presentation along with other programs in the 20/20: Virtual Visionaries Summer Festival can be found online at TheSembrich.org/online. For more information, visit www.TheSembrich.org. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Performing Arts Center and COESA announced this week they will partner to present a series of health and wellness events on the SPAC grounds in the Saratoga Spa State Park.

The events include: Tai Chi classes instructed by Mark Tolstrup of the Tai Chi Center (July 7-28) and Guided Meditation led by Pierre Zimmerman of One Roof Saratoga (July 12-Aug. 30). 

The classes are part of a larger initiative to create opportunities for the community to safely gather. Wellness teachers and their students will be able to meet in person once again in a controlled, socially-distanced way.  All proceeds will go directly to the teachers. 

The Tai Chi and Meditation classes which will begin on July 7 and July 12, respectively, will be held on the SPAC grounds with socially distant marked spaces for each participant. All attendees will enter through the Hall of Springs Gate and will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire. In addition, guests are required to wear a face mask at all times until the classes begin and then immediately after the classes conclude. Class sizes will be limited to a maximum of 25 participants. Restrooms will be available for participants and will be cleaned and sanitized after each use. Online registration must be completed in advance. All proceeds will go directly to the practitioners. 

Full class schedule is as follows: 

Tai Chi Classes at SPAC - Instructed by Mark Tolstrup of the Tai Chi Center.  Beginner Introduction To Tai Chi Class at 10 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, July 7–28.  Participants will learn the basic postures, movements and breath work in addition to the first movements of the Yang style Tai Chi form. These techniques have many benefits for health and wellbeing including flexibility, stress reduction and balance. 

Pre-registration is required 24 hours in advance of class. Cost for the series is $80. Register online at: www.the-taichi-center.com/home.html or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Meditation Classes at SPAC - Led by Pierre Zimmerman of One Roof Saratoga. Dharma Meditation at 9 a.m. on Sundays, July 12 - Aug. 30. Dharma Meditation includes inspirational topics that support emotional, cognitive, and ethical wishes for wellbeing. This is a sitting meditation for 25 minutes with a silent break allowing people to stretch, followed by a second sitting, introduced by a brief talk. A discussion on the topic and some insights and reflections about the nature and commonality of our basic humanity is shared by attendees. This meditation is open to beginners and/or those who have previously been meditating. 

There is no cost to attend, but a $10 donation per class is suggested. Preregistration is required by Saturday at midnight in advance of the class. Register via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

LAKE GEORGE — In a forward-thinking move and in anticipation of COVID-related infections continuing to drop, The Lake George Arts Project is hoping to open their doors on July 11 with a solo o exhibition of Jenny Kemp - Recent Work.

The exhibition, which is scheduled to run July 11 through Aug. 14, features Kemp’s vibrant abstract paintings, drawings and animations that reflect phenomena of the natural world. Biomorphic forms are created through hand-painted parallel lines that weave through space.

Gallery Hours: Wednesdays - Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Visit www.lakegeorgearts.org for a link to a live Zoom talk with the artist on the day of the opening.

The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets, Lake George. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS — AIM Services, Inc. has recreated its annual Croquet On the Green fundraiser. The event - now called Croquet OFF the Green, has been moved to downtown Saratoga Springs to fit Open NY recommendations.

The goal is to safely bring people to Saratoga businesses while raising awareness and funds for AIM Services - provider of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event takes place from July 26-Aug. 2, and also celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act which was signed into law on July 26, 1990. 

Anyone over 18 years of age can register to be an AIM Services Croquet OFF the Green player. Thirty participating Saratoga businesses will have croquet wickets on display on their entrance door or front display windows. Inside they will have scorecards and stamps to mark that you visited their store. Patronage at a store with a wicket counts as a croquet score. Every stamp gives the player an entry into the grand prize drawing. There is no limit to the number of stamps a player can receive. 

“We knew that the event had to be drastically different this year and we are thrilled to be working with the Saratoga Chamber and to be helping downtown businesses as well as the people served by AIM,” said Chris Lyons, Executive Director of AIM Services, Inc., in a statement. “We hope that as the players go from store to store to complete their wickets, they support each store and also take the opportunity to support AIM.” 

Each participating business has the option of having a donation box for AIM Services, rounding purchases up to nearest dollar as a donation, or offering a percentage of their sales to go to AIM. Participating businesses are also encouraged to promote the activity through social media and email. 

Participants can register now and view the list of participating Saratoga businesses at AIMServicesInc.org. Players can also register at any of the 30 participating businesses. 

For more information on how to support AIM Services Croquet Off the Green, contact Marissa Romero at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Thursday, 02 July 2020 13:27

Saratoga County Fair Goes Virtual

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Although the Saratoga County Fair Board of Directors made the difficult decision to postpone the traditional county fair until 2021, the show must still go on. To continue to practice social distancing, the Saratoga County Fair will bring the spirit of the county fair directly to you through a virtual fair. Starting July 20, there will be fun posts, contests and events for all to enjoy. The virtual fair will be hosted July 21 to July 26.

Currently, interested individuals can enter the 2020 Saratoga County Fair Queen pageant. The pageant will be completely virtual.  Deadline for entries is Monday, July 6. We will announce the Fair Queen per tradition on our opening day of July 21. For more information please go to saratogacountyfair.org.

For an updated listing of our upcoming schedule of events visit the website or Facebook page for a continuous update. Please invite your family and friends to like our page and stay tuned for all the activities we have planned. 

If you are interested in how you can participate, support or sponsor our virtual fair please call the fair office at 518-885-9701.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs History Museum located in the Canfield Casino in Congress Park will re-open to the public Friday, July 3.  The Museum will be open Fridays through Sundays from 10 to 4 through the month of July, and will then re-evaluate and possibly extend hours.

James Parillo, Museum Director said  “This unprecedented closure took us all by surprise. The pandemic forced us to delay the opening of our new exhibit, The Great Hotels of Saratoga Springs.  I am excited that the public can finally view this visual display that tells the story of the Gilded Age in Saratoga Springs.”

The Museum is following all recommended COVID-19 safety protocols.  Social distancing and the wearing of facemasks are required of staff and visitors.

The History Museum was founded in 1883 and has been located in the Canfield Casino since 1912. Three floors of exhibits tell the story of the city of Saratoga Springs.  An average visit lasts 45 minutes to an hour.  Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students.  Children under 12 are free.

For more information visit www.saratogahistory.org.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital is not changing the hospital’s current “No Visitors” policy.

The governor’s recent directive allows each hospital to reconsider its visitation policies and use its best judgment. Following a careful assessment of our current “No Visitors” policy, including consulting with our nursing and physician leadership, we have come to the conclusion that the safeguards provided by restricting visitation is in the best interest of our patients and our staff.

This is particularly important as we witness the volatility of the spread of the virus in other regions across the country and new travel quarantines being implemented.

As of this week, and since June 12, Saratoga Hospital has had no COVID-19 positive inpatients. Since the beginning of this crisis, Saratoga Hospital has also had no hospital-acquired COVID-19 infections. And early on in this crisis, Saratoga Hospital was the first and only hospital in the region to institute an advanced testing protocol for patients to be rapid-tested for COVID-19 before being admitted to the hospital. Knowing every patient’s status allowed the hospital staff to manage a patient’s stay much more efficiently and effectively, increasing patient and staff safety and increasing confidence in our hospital.

When essential elective procedures were allowed to restart in late April after being postponed by NYSDOH directives, all patients were required to be tested before any surgeries or procedures were performed. No COVID-19 positive patient was allowed to undergo a procedure until subsequently testing negative.

In short, every policy and protocol we have enacted has made Saratoga Hospital safer for our patients, our staff, and our community. With that level of success in our safety plan implementation, we feel it is best to continue to enforce a “No Visitor” policy and continue to reduce risk.

We understand and respect the frustration this may place on our patients, their families and friends. We have always made compassionate exceptions, made on a case-by-case basis as directed by our patient care team. When possible, we assist patients with iPad or smartphone virtual visits. And we have made our Inpatient Transition Program team available for personal phone calls to families to provide extra comfort and answer questions they may have. Each of these efforts was part of our visitation policy assessment.

We will continue to monitor and reassess the policy. The current visitation policy is available on the hospital’s website: SaratogaHospital.org/COVID19.

ScottClarkScott Clark. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The SRYMCA Board of Directors has appointed Vice President of Operations Scott Clark as interim CEO, following the departure of Andrew Bobbitt. The appointment takes effect immediately. 

“The SRYMCA has experienced a period of tremendous growth over the past several years, including construction of the Malta branch and major capital improvements at the Wilton and Saratoga Springs branches,” said Rick Schumaker, president of the Board of Directors. “We thank Andrew for his service during this time and wish him well.”

Clark has more than 32 years of experience in YMCA operations, facilities, membership and health and wellness. Prior to joining the Saratoga Regional YMCA in March 2019, he served as Vice President of Operations at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City and oversaw seven full-service YMCA facilities with an annual budget of more than $15 million. At SRYMCA, Scott leads the operations of the SRYMCA’s five branches, including all aspects of membership, programs
and childcare. 

“Since joining the SRYMCA, Scott has spearheaded meaningful and positive changes throughout our organization. We are a stronger organization as a result, and his leadership served as a foundation as we refined and grew to better serve our community. The SRYMCA has cultivated a team of committed, highly-capable personnel across all divisions and we are confident of their ability, with Scott at the helm, to lead us through this important transition,” said Schumaker.

“I have dedicated my entire professional career to the YMCA organization because I believe in its mission to build healthy spirits, minds and bodies for all,” Clark said. “I look forward to working with the SRYMCA management team, including our dedicated branch managers and senior staff, to continue our organization’s long tradition of service to the greater Saratoga community.”

BALLSTON SPA

1317 West High St., $183,000.
Joshua Bush and Ashley Horrocks sold property to Brett and Alison Belden.

118 Westside Dr., $380,000.
Kathryn and William Ross, Jr. sold property to Jess and Kelly Premo.

98 Lancaster Court, $381,774.
Bordeau Builders Inc. sold property to Christopher Hyde and Kimberly Lesieur.

CHARLTON

90 Western Ave., $445,000.
Brian and Laurel Dunn sold property to James and Megan Grabowski.

CLIFTON PARK

32 Torrey Pines, $388,000.
Catherine Bennett sold property to Vladimir and Emira Shirilov.

61 Spruce St., $405,000.
Orapin Sangrat (by Agent) sold property to Ankit Sehgal and Marilyn Lupo.

18 Emmons Dr., $75,000.
Dandan He sold property to Tianyi Wang.

2 Hemlock Dr., $344,900.
Benjamin and Emily Solomon sold property to Antoinette and Adam DeGeorgio.

80 Avenue of the Oaks, $595,000.
Mary and Gerald Kilanoski (as Trustees) sold property to Mark Elpers and Jeannette Sutton. 

2 Cathywood Court, $415,000.
Jeffrey and Mary Gennoy sold property to Jill Gradner.

35 Longview Dr., $244,100.
John Hockey sold property to Jeffrey and Erin Joseph.

50 Tipperary Way, $600,000.
Anthony and Marilyn Sirco sold property to Collin Sirco. 

47 Wheeler Dr., $330,000.
Courtney Beach sold property to Scott and Jessica Cahrenger.

84 Longkill Rd., $280,000.
Courtney Seymour (Ind and as Agent) and Peter Farnum (by Agent) sold property to Justin and Angela Davis.

7 Christinamarie Dr., $440,000.
James and Kristin Richter sold property to Kevin Weatherby and Linda Wills. 

36 Vista Court, $371,146.
Vista West Development LLC sold property to Mark and Sharon Shear.

CORINTH

County Route 25, $95,000.
Marjorie Jones sold property to Kenneth and Marni Freemire. 

17 Poplar St., $15,000.
Robert and Cheryl Healy (by Atty) sold property to Heather Loadholt.

101 Lemont Ave., $112,000.
Linda Smith and Donna Prokopowicz sold property to Donna Prokopowicz.

GALWAY

5231 North St., $100,000.
Theodore Lovelass (by Atty) and Diane Lovelass (Ind and as Atty) sold property to Flintlock Corp.

2550 Old Mill Rd., $436,000.
Benal Raeburn sold property to Nikolas and Katrina Graf.

GREENFIELD

9 Brandell Lane, $270,618.
Erick and Nicole Evers sold property to David Spangler and Casey Normile. 

HALFMOON

59 Canal Rd., $450,000.
George Emerson sold property to Richard and Catherine Castle.

96A Clamsteam Rd., $239,900.
Merle Fredericks II sold property to Frank Scheuer.

281 Grooms Rd., $537,500.
Denis Klapija sold property to Jason Greene.

7 Gauthier Dr., $190,000.
Chad Lacasse sold property to Jordan and Sarah Blais.

19 Linden Park Dr., $385,000.
Michaels Group Homes LLC sold property to Lucinda Fabozzi.

MALTA

37 Lupine Dr., $295,000.
Edward and Linda Murphy sold property to Elizabeth Danton.

9 Weston Way, $392,051.
Barbera Homes Malta Springs LLC sold property to Thomas and Mary Anne Kinisky (as Trustees). 

51 Village Circle North, $452,196.
Belmonte Properties LLC sold property to Christoph Steinbruchel and Patricia Connelly.

104 3rd St., $155,000.
Carol Zarro sold property to Mark and Erin Calicchia.

53 Vettura Court, $85,000.
Lecmor Residential LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. 

120 Wineberry Lane, $235,000.
Randall Dickinson sold property to Kelli and Ceth Morocco.

MILTON

31 Whippletree Rd., $235,000.
Vladislav and Taisiya Kobzar sold property to David and Erin Nocera.

Galway Rd., $28,000.
Betsy Norton sold property to Saratoga AllVets LLC.

174 Milton Ave., $250,000.
David and Carol Godette sold property to Antonio Bianchi and Mackenzi Kelly.

MOREAU

63 William St., $188,000.
Daniel and Renee Lombard sold property to Jeffrey Schermerhorn and Nicole Hall. 

304 Reynolds Rd., $185,000.
Robert and Melissa Joubert sold property to Brittany and Christy Murray.

53 Woodscape Dr., $300,000.
Vicky Barrett sold property to Richard and Diane Edwards. 

107 Old Bend Rd., $308,150.
Cerrone Construction sold property to Robert and Sandra Rizzuto.

26 Fairview St., $32,000.
Harry and Betty Goldstein sold property to Paul and Kimberly Patterson.

5 Edver Rd., $232,050.
Julie White sold property to Daniel Casabonne and Maria Steele.

18 Jackson Ave., $235,000.
Michael and Jennifer Wolfe sold property to Douglas and Beverly Emery.

NORTHUMBERLAND

4746 Route 50, $205,000.
James and Lorri Zarro sold property to Colin and Heather Hannon.

1902 Route 32N, $162,000.
Christine Dishon sold property to Julie Decker.

TOWN OF SARATOGA

1245 Route 9P, $675,000.
Tara Lindsley sold property to Phyllis Fein.

33 Morgans Run, $174,000.
Osborn Cole sold property to Timothy Hoover.

191 Broad St., $99,000.
Darren and Lisa Tracy sold property to One Hundred Ninety One Broad Street LLC.

179 Swamp Rd., $355,000.
Christian and Bridget Babcock sold property to Ryan and Jami Walker.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

336 Grand Ave., $138,350.
Two Glenmore Avenue LLC sold property to Christine Treadway and Thomas McDermott.

132 Adams St., $410,000.
Allen Elizabeth (by Exec) sold property to One Hundred and Thirty Two Adams Street LLC.

54 Trottingham Rd., $212,000.
Nicholas and Rita Dispenziere sold property to Laura Carley.

3 Pamela Lane, $485,000.
Diane Webb sold property to Nicole and Elliot Edwards.

414 Church St., $276,500.
Lisa Moll sold property to Tina Grolley.

222 Crescent Ave., $380,000.
Susan Chille sold property to Karen Keis and Peter Gonczlik.

11 Foxhall Dr., $585,000.
Neal McLaughlin sold property to William and Ellen Gray.

STILLWATER

17 Castle Dr., $60,000.
Nicholas Palage sold property to Anthony Palage.

112 Lakepointe Way, $363,218.
Mason Street LLC sold property to Philip and Cynthia Disorbo.

WILTON

7 Kerry Court, $395,000.
James Mella sold property to Frances and John Bogardus.

2 Timbira Dr., $322,000.
Carlos and Cynthia Chacon sold property to Theresa Supski, Andre and Catherine Powers.

8 Overlook Dr., $410,000.
Tina Grolley sold property to Pablo and Kara Rivera.

71 Edie Rd., $380,000.
Axel Sondhof and Lisa Loftus Sondhof sold property to Alenander Lourenco and Laura Kavanaugh Lourenco. 

11 Sepia Lane, $288,400.
Thomas Cafarella (as Trustee) sold property to Danielle Moriarity.

16 King Rd., $311,500.
Raymond and Carolann Sauter sold property to Clark Leonelli. 

20 Burnham Rd., $72,000.
North Manor Development LLC sold property to Bonacio Construction Inc. 

20 Burnham Rd., $420,000.
Bonacio Construction Inc. sold property to Michael and Jennifer Wolfe.

2 Conklin Ct, $100,000.
William and Judy Morris sold property to McPadden Builders LLC. 

7 Conklin Ct, $90,000.
William and Judy Morris sold property to McPadden Builders LLC.

35 Traver Rd., $65,000.
William and Judy Morris sold property to McPadden Builders LLC.

4 Waverly Place, $369,000.
DEC Development LLC sold property to Jennifer Lheureux.

72 Fieldstone Dr., $615,000.
Jordan and Michelle Mazur sold property to Gregg and Cathy Palesky.

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  • BALLSTON SPA 1317 West High St., $183,000. Joshua Bush and Ashley Horrocks sold property to Brett and Alison Belden. 118 Westside Dr., $380,000. Kathryn and William Ross, Jr. sold property to Jess and Kelly Premo. 98 Lancaster Court, $381,774. Bordeau Builders Inc. sold property to Christopher Hyde and Kimberly Lesieur. CHARLTON 90 Western Ave., $445,000. Brian and Laurel Dunn sold property to James and Megan Grabowski. CLIFTON PARK 32 Torrey Pines, $388,000. Catherine Bennett sold property to Vladimir and Emira Shirilov. 61 Spruce St., $405,000. Orapin Sangrat (by Agent) sold property to Ankit Sehgal and Marilyn Lupo. 18 Emmons Dr.,…
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