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Friday, 18 September 2020 12:54

David A. Wasser

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — David A. Wasser, 95 passed away September 2, 2020. He was born in Toronto, Canada on May 22, 1925 to the late Max and Lina Wasser. He completed his preliminary and secondary education in the Toronto Public School System, then went on to receive his MD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. After graduation, David did his post-graduate training in the United States and Canada, completing his residency in Psychiatry at the State University of Iowa in July 1953.

David married the late Florence E. McAninch in September of 1953. They had three children together before her death in July of 1978.

In the early part of 1957, David came to Saratoga Springs to participate in providing community mental health services to Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties. He was recognized by his medical colleagues and the Warren-Washington County Mental Health Association for his professional contribution to the community. David was also affiliated with a number of local health care institutions at various times, including Glens Falls, Saratoga, Mary McClellan, and Four Winds Hospitals. He was the past President of the Washington County Medical Society and The Capital District Branch of the American Psychiatry Association, as well as a Diplomate in Psychiatry of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. 

David was known to friends and family for his sense of humor.  He wanted to be remembered as an avid indoorsman.  Retiring from his professional practice in 2000, David felt fortunate to be part of a vibrant and caring community. He contributed and served on the governing boards of a number of cultural and service organizations including: Saratoga Chamber Players, Troy Chromatic Concerts, Music from Salem, Caffe Lena, Saratoga County Arts Council, Transitional Services Association, and Saratoga County Community Services Bd. David and his partner Lynne were enthusiastic concert goers and foreign travelers.

David is survived by his partner of 30 years Lynne Gelber; three children Rachel, John (Robin), and Eric (Jean); and grandchildren Nicole and Ian.

A concert in David’s honor will be arranged for next May close to what would have been his 96th birthday.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Saratoga Chamber Players; P.O. Box 60; Saratoga Springs NY 12866

Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

MILTON — The Town of Milton is conducting this Corridor Enhancement Study to identify transportation and land use policy recommendations that would guide growth in the corridor. The study will also explore improvements at the intersection of Northline Road and NYS Route 50. The study area extends from the Village of Ballston Spa to the City of Saratoga Springs.

The corridor study will examine existing land use, zoning, access management, complete streets and transportation and intersection improvements for multiple modes including vehicles, transit, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The corridor was previously studied in 2005 as part of the Route 50 Transition Area Strategic Plan. This current effort will update that plan and identify recommendations for implementation. 

To take the survey, go to: www.miltonroute50.com/survey. 

Thursday, 17 September 2020 14:22

Cantina Kids Fun Run Goes Virtual Oct. 2-4

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2020 Cantina Kids Fun Run, which supports children’s healthcare at Saratoga Hospital, is going virtual. The annual event will be held Friday, Oct. 2 through Sunday, Oct. 4. Registration is $10 for this year only.

Now in its 13th year, the Fun Run was the brainchild of Cantina restaurant owners Jeff and Heath Ames, who wanted to express their gratitude for the lifesaving care their daughter has received at Saratoga Hospital. The couple teamed up with Saratoga Hospital Foundation to bring families and organizations together for a healthy outdoor activity and a worthy cause.

“The event is so popular, we knew we had to find a way to hold it this year,” said Mary Solomons, executive director of Saratoga Hospital Foundation. “Going virtual will help keep our community safe without disappointing young runners and their families.

“Despite the change, sponsor support has remained strong,” she added. Returning as presenting sponsor is New Country Motor Car Group, which will host the Fun Run’s packet pickup.

Since its inception, the Fun Run has raised more than $560,000 and made a difference for every pediatric patient treated at a Saratoga Hospital facility. Last year, the run raised over $70,000 and attracted more than 1,000 race participants.

For more information or to register, visit www.cantinakidsfunrun.org or call 518-583-8789

BALLSTON SPA

78 Cypress St., $320,480.
Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Susan Lynn.

29 Ironwood St., $407,000.
Jeremy Jordan sold property to Katherine and Kyle Carpenter.

25 Kasey Pass (Unit 25), $237,116. 
Brookview Court Inc./Pigliavento Builders DBA sold property to Sharon Sweeney. 

12 Rolling Brook Dr., $510,000.
Victor Sosnowski sold property to John and Sandra Law.

1044 State Route 50, $218,000.
Richard Dingman, Becky Holt, and Vicky Greene sold property to Christopher Erno, II and Dana Dever.

14 Lancaster Court, $346,500.
Judith Fitzpatrick sold property to Caryn Mlodzianowski and Peter Cappellano.

18 Lancaster Court, $409,900.
Thomas and Terri Cranston sold property to Lynn Larson and Mark Howson.

97 Midline Rd., $217,000.
NRZ Reo X LLC (by Atty) sold property to Adesh Budhraj. 

14 Nolan Rd., $275,000.
Ryan and Bernadette Mickelson sold property to Steven Paddock and Jennifer Hanlin.

MALTA

3 Candlewood Dr., $386,000.
Richard and Cily Rueda sold property to Jonathan and Jaime Gibbs.

40 Cedarwood Dr., $240,000.
Carlos and Rosa Zelaya sold property to Kevin and Brooke Doerrer.

1006 Laural Lane, $285,000.
Caroline Welles sold property to Jay and Margaret Morgese.

23 Century Dr., $465,000.
Michael and Stephanie Venerus sold property to John and Rebecca Martin.

4 Cherry Court, $460,000.
Brandon Marini sold property to Eric and Kerri Jeremias.

35 Thimbleberry Rd., $216,000.
Doreen Defelice sold property to James Russo and Patricia Coby.

18 Burton Dr., $475,000.
Spencer and Jennifer Allen sold property to Matthew and Michelle Goller.

15 Marions Way, Unit 15, $199,000.
Held Properties LLC sold property to Benjamin Greenberg.

MILTON

11 Magnolia Court, $717,252.
Fair Oaks Milton LLC sold property to David and Susan Theobald (as Trustees).

88 Hutchins Rd., $230,000.
Maureen and Joseph Lauda sold property to Gary and Tammy Newton.

108 South St., $310,000.
Sarah Paris sold property to Lorri Riggs.

535 Acland Blvd., $385,000.
Aaron and Kathryn Thomas sold property to Christopher and Rebecca Bigelow.

6 Birch Tree Lane, $196,000.
Robert and Lindsay Natole sold property to Holly Clifton and Jordan Dingman. 

3334 Galway Rd., $263,500.
Charlene Jones sold property to Daniel Hehir.

17 Ichabod Lane, $278,100.
Luis Rodriguez sold property to Karly Woodrick.

617 Minuetman Lane, $322,500.
Roberta Giffords sold property to Mitchell Oneill and Victoria Benidt.

TOWN OF SARATOGA

11 Ashleigh Lane, $396,000.
Manuel and Elizabeth Farfan sold property to Eran and Amy Swears.

5 Louden Rd., $275,000.
Bonnie Vidnansky sold property to Colin Stallard.

952 US Route 4, $315,000.
Zene and Marcia Garnsey sold property to Reclaim Craft LLC. 

63A Spring Water Dr., $980,000.
Susan and Calman Ambrosy, III sold property to Angela Jukonski.

15 Church St., $161,500.
Darcy Alheim sold property to Ashley Merluzzo.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

0 NYS Route 50 South, $48,000.
Schmidt Management LLC sold property to Roderick Buckley.

172 Nelson Ave., $765,000.
Michael Mullaney (as Co Trustee) and Jennifer Conners (as Co Trustee) sold property to One Hundred Seventy Two Nelson LLC. 

13 Oak Ridge Blvd., $1,426,000.
Eric and Ashley Cavosie sold property to Robert and Jane Keyser.

130 Geyser Rd., $245,000.
Emily Harvey (by Agent) sold property to Matthew Casey and Jill Caponera.

70 Railroad Place, Unit 601. $27,500.
Franklin Square condominums LLC sold property to Sunjay and Sheela Verma.

54 Waterview Dr., $705,000.
Paul and Barbara Calhoun sold property to David and Lucia Biondi. 

8 Lee Dr., $300,000.
Liviu Rusu sold property to Jay and Jodie Smith.

32 Patricia Lane, $449,000.
Joan McDonough sold property to William and Patricia Saskowicz.

27 Jumel Place, Unit 6, $1,786,870.
Downton Walk LLC sold property to Douglas and Lynn Roche.

WILTON

6 Cardiff Circle, $120,000.
William Morris sold property to McPadden Builders LLC.

59 Sheffield Rd., $471,000.
Kurt and Elizabeth Bremer sold property to Jameel and Heather Ali.

573 Route 9, $687,500.
Bruce Moskos (Ind and as Atty) and Roberta Cooper (by Atty) sold property to Roaring Brook LLC.

62 Hearthstone Dr., $615,000.
Michael and Michelle Myers sold property to Timothy and Jeannie Fontaine.

81 Ballard Rd., $160,000.
Johnsons Auto Crushers of Corinth Inc.  sold property to Gray Rock Properties. 

8 Woodlake Dr., $439,000.
Rehab a Home LLC sold property to Pamela Huret and Kacey Casas.

6 Nonchalant Dr., $310,000.
John and Eileen Schneider sold property to Brendan Boland and Caryn McDonald.

3 Berkeley Loop, $671,898.
Sonoma Grove LLC sold property to Richard and Tracie Dennis.

229 Ruggles Rd., $456,000.
Mark and Andrea VanKeuren sold property to tyler Veglia

SARATOGA — Saratoga Bridges has been meeting the unprecedented challenges surrounding the COVID-19 crisis.  Due to the mandates on social distancing and limited numbers of people who can gather, Saratoga Bridges will not have their annual White Party ‘in person’ at Saratoga National Golf Club. 

They have re-envisioned their largest fundraiser to assist with the unanticipated expenses incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as generating support for their non-funded or underfunded programs.  The community is invited to join the transformed Facebook Live online event, which includes: an online Silent Auction from Sept. 17-24 featuring: A beautiful new deck; One week stay at Sanibel Island, Florida; Saratoga National Golf Club foursome with cart; Saratoga Mirror Lake package; 2021 Travers Day at the Races table. 

A Live Virtual Celebration will take place 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25. For more details, visit: saratogabridges.ejoinme.org/whiteparty. To support the event, contact Kelly Armer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

QUEENSBURY — Pop country artist and Albany native Ryan Clark announced his virtual concert is set to take place on Sept. 27, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. benefiting area organization Prospect Center, an affiliate of the Center for Disability Services. 

Ryan ClarkPop country artist and Albany native Ryan Clark announced his virtual concert is set to take place on Sept. 27, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. benefiting area organization Prospect Center.

The show, which will also include performances by Lance and Lea, Lizzie Cates, Marie-Claire and Oferle, will stream via streaming platform Sessions, with tickets available for purchase online. Viewers will also be able to purchase VIP tickets, which includes a merchandise bundle from the acts performing. 

The event marks the sixth year Clark has held a concert to benefit Prospect Center. The center is an organization that provides advocacy, education, services, and support to those with disabilities and their families. 

Clark recently released his latest single “Trust Me With Your Love” via country news hotspot The Boot. The video for the “pop-rock” (The Boot) single released Friday, premiering Thursday with Sounds Like Nashville.

Take one listen to pop-country up-and-comer Clark, and the upstate New York native’s easy-going, earworm melodies - paired with effortless, smooth vocals - make it clear he’s found his sonic sweet spot. Though the first in his family to display any kind of instrumental or vocal prowess, Clark’s music - inspired by artists like Dan + Shay, John Mayer, Sam Hunt, and Jack Johnson - quickly found its place in his hometown of Lake George (Albany) and has since migrated south to Music City itself. After years honing his craft, the singer-songwriter made the move to Nashville in 2019 - and has since celebrated a series of successful releases, including his most recent song “Nothing But Everything.” Clark’s upcoming single “So Real” is due out in early fall. Tickets can be purchased at sessionslive.com/ConcertForACause.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Molly Smith Metzler’s “Cry It Out,” will be presented by Home Made Theater and Charles Schwab of Saratoga Springs in a special fundraising production of to benefit HMT. 

The four-person play will be presented outdoors in Saratoga Spa State Park, immediately adjacent to the Spa Little Theater on Sept. 26 and 27 and Oct. 3 and 4. All performances are at 3 p.m. and rain dates are available.

Tickets to the fundraising live event are $75/person and must be purchased in advance. There will also be an online live-stream of the Oct. 4 performance available for $20/person.

Synopsis: The lives of four new parents collide in this candid contemporary comedy about who gets to make which choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America. 

The production features cast members Talyah Chaires, Daniel M. Perez, Elizabeth Pietrangelo and Siobhan Shea and is directed by Patrick White.

Safety protocols include:
• The audience will be limited to 40 persons per performance and be a minimum of 12 feet from the playing space.
• Each party of 2 will be assigned a 10-foot square.
• Facial coverings of the mouth and nose will be required while moving about the space but may be removed if you wish once seated in your square.
• Each party is asked to bring their own chairs or blankets. Assistance is available if necessary.
• There will be NO tickets available at the door. All tickets must be purchased in advance.
• Other safety protocols will also be in place. For a complete list of rules and to purchase tickets please visit  homemadetheater.org/cryitout.

For more information, go to www.homemadetheater.org or call 518-587-4427.

BALLSTON SPA — The Saratoga County History Center hosts a virtual town hall-style forum: “Does the Past Have a Future? Historic Preservation in Saratoga County.” 

The event will take place 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 via Zoom and Facebook Live, and is free and open to the public.  Audience participation is encouraged.

Panelists include: Samantha Bosshart, Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation; Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner; Teddy Foster, Director of Universal Preservation Hall, and John Scherer, Senior Historian Emeritus at the New York State Museum and Historian for the Town of Clifton Park.  The event will be moderated by historian Field Horne.

Should a village’s century-old town hall be preserved or replaced?  Should low-income housing be razed for upscale shopping?  What happens when an historic fairground grandstand becomes unsafe?  Who should pay for these changes?  Who gets to decide?  How do we create a community culture that values local history?  These are the kinds of heart-wrenching questions that confront historic preservation professionals.  Choices about which buildings and grounds get preserved, demolished, or transformed affect entire communities.  Emotions, history, politics, and money are all part of the equation, and often decisions are made that change the very character of a location and make bold statements about wealth and power in that area. 

The panelists of “Does the Past Have a Future? Historic Preservation in Saratoga County” are leading experts in the historic preservation process with many years of experience making tough choices and navigating troubled waters.

For more information about the event, go to: brooksidemuseum.org.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Singer-songwriter and yogi Cassandra Kubinski’s new single “Stardust” has been given the remix treatment by acclaimed yoga world producers, DJ Taz Rashid. 

A music video for the remix featuring submitted clips from yogis nationwide flowing to the song is currently in production and will celebrate the yoga community coming together despite the COVID distancing measures still in place.

Regarding the collaboration, Kubinski says:  "I work at uniting individual spirit with universal spirit through my daily yoga practice, and music is the food that feeds my soul…I've always dreamt of incorporating more of my yoga lifestyle into my music, whether through breath, rhythms, approaches or community.”

Since its Aug. 21 release, the song has been spun thousands of times on Spotify, and added to more than 100 playlists.  Kubinski’s recently released EP, “Dreams,” featured singles and music videos “You Get Me,” which helped raise over $25,000 for animal rescue charities.

For more information about Kubinski, as well as the track go to: www.cassandrakubinski.com.

A Socially Distanced, Interactive, Outdoor Experience Co-Commissioned by SPAC 

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Monday, Sept. 21 Saratoga Performing Arts Center will present Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK, a GPS-enabled work of public art in the Saratoga Spa State Park that uses music to illuminate the natural environment. 

Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid and co-commissioned by Saratoga Performing Arts Center as part of its SPAC REIMAGINED 2020 season, Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is an immersive audio experience tailor-made for the Saratoga Spa State Park featuring its famous natural springs, wooded areas, a geyser, a waterfall and more. The New York Philharmonic, also a co-commissioner of this work, is presented the World Premiere of Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK on Sept. 10 in New York City's Central Park. 

The exhibit is free to the public and can be experienced while following social
distancing guidelines.   

“Bringing this project to our park is part of our vision to connect the unique beauty of our natural surroundings... the lush pines, woodland walks, geysers and natural springs...with art and music. We’re excited that Saratoga is only the second place, after NYC, to present the installation – and excited to be offering this unique art/nature experience to visitors to the Saratoga Spa State Park,” says Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of SPAC. 

Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK features a newly-written score, performed by SOUNDWALK Ensemble, as well as special musical “Easter eggs” hidden around the park for participants to discover. 

After downloading the free app and putting on headphones, participants embark on a mile-long route around the Saratoga Spa State Park, featuring the Vale and Geyser Springs. Movement around the park triggers Ellen Reid’s soundscape -- musical cells which she carefully crafted to harmonize with the park’s landscape and attractions. The experience is guided by the listener: the path the participant chooses dictates the music they hear, ensuring that no two visits will be exactly the same. The installation will remain accessible in the park until Nov. 1. 

Composer and sound artist Ellen Reid was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her opera, p r i s m. Along with composer Missy Mazzoli, Ellen co-founded the Luna Composition Lab. Luna Lab is a mentorship program for young, female-identifying, non-binary, and gender non-conforming composers. Since 2019, she has served as Creative Advisor and Composer-in-Residence for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Her music is released on Decca Gold. 

For more information, go to: spac.org.

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  • COURT Khylan L. Hunt, 34, of Ballston Spa, pleaded Sept. 10 to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, in connection with charges on March 14 in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing Oct. 30.  Joseph W.  Harrington, 19, of Rock City Falls, pleaded Sept. 10 to sexual abuse in the first-degree, in connection with charges June 21, 2019 in Milton.  Sentencing Nov. 12.  POLICE Thomas J. Hunt, 31, of Ballston Lake, was charged Sept. 10 with criminal mischief in the second-degree as a hate crime. He is accused of spray painting a racial epithet on an employee’s vehicle.  The vehicle was located…

Property Transactions

  • BALLSTON SPA 78 Cypress St., $320,480. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Susan Lynn. 29 Ironwood St., $407,000. Jeremy Jordan sold property to Katherine and Kyle Carpenter. 25 Kasey Pass (Unit 25), $237,116.  Brookview Court Inc./Pigliavento Builders DBA sold property to Sharon Sweeney.  12 Rolling Brook Dr., $510,000. Victor Sosnowski sold property to John and Sandra Law. 1044 State Route 50, $218,000. Richard Dingman, Becky Holt, and Vicky Greene sold property to Christopher Erno, II and Dana Dever. 14 Lancaster Court, $346,500. Judith Fitzpatrick sold property to Caryn Mlodzianowski and Peter Cappellano. 18 Lancaster Court, $409,900. Thomas and Terri…
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