SARATOGA SPRINGS — The National PTA has recognized Division Street Elementary School as a 2018-2020 PTA School of Excellence for their commitment to building an inclusive and welcoming school community where all families contribute to enriching the educational experience and overall well-being for all students.
“Research shows that when families and schools work together, students do better in school and schools improve,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA.
“Division Street Elementary School and the Division Street PTA have worked hard to strengthen their family-school partnership and create an environment where all families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success. We are pleased to recognize them as a National PTA School of Excellence,” Accomando continued.
National PTA’s School of Excellence program helps PTAs become partners in identifying and implementing school improvement initiatives based on PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Schools that exhibit improvement at the end of the school year are honored as a National PTA School of Excellence, a distinction that spans two years.
“Division Street School is delighted to be recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence,” said Dr. Greer Miller, Principal of Division Street Elementary School.
“Our school is such a collaborative environment where the teachers work hard to engage the families in their students’ education, and to provide a wellrounded educational experience for all students. The PTA also does a phenomenal job with providing our students a strong Cultural Arts Program of assemblies and classroom presentations on a variety of topics. Parents and staff work jointly on different school-wide initiatives, goals, and moving our school forward,” Dr. Miller stated.
Division Street Elementary School and the Division Street PTA are one of only 278 PTAs and schools nationwide recognized as a 2018-2020 School of Excellence.
“I would also like to thank Mrs. Connie Woytowich for doing an outstanding job as the PTA President for the past two years and assisting with the submission of our application for this wonderful award,” said Dr. Miller.
Congratulations to Division Street Elementary School on this outstanding achievement. For more information about the National PTA School of Excellence program, visit www. PTA.org/Excellence.
ALBANY — CAP COM Federal Credit Union and its charitable giving arm, the CAP COM Cares Foundation, have once again completed their annual backpack program. Each year the Foundation aims to deliver hundreds of backpacks to school-aged children in need. This year the program has delivered 743 backpacks, which have been donated to 26 organizations and schools in the Capital Region community. New backpacks were filled with school supplies including notebooks, folders, pencils, crayons, rulers, glue sticks, and more. Thirty-two CAP COM employees volunteered their time to assemble, pack, and deliver the backpacks over a week’s time. Backpacks were delivered the week of July 30 – August 3 to youth at the following organizations: Capital District YMCA, Centro Civico, Commission on Economic Opportunity, Equinox Youth Shelter, Franklin Community Center, Girls Inc., Joseph’s House and Shelter, Marillac Family Shelter, Shelters of Saratoga, St. Catherine’s Center for Children, St. Paul’s Center, and 10 schools associated with CAP COM’s School Banking program.
“We believe it doesn’t take much, but it does take us all. With the help of our volunteers, we were able to supply hundreds of backpacks to local children,” stated Paige Rueckert, Community and Youth Advocate at CAP COM.
“These children are our future, and we hope that through this program we empower them to embrace education and learning all year long,” Rueckert continued.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On July 27, Adirondack Trust Company President and CEO Steve Von Schenk and his son Paul made an attempt at the Adirondack Great Range. The plan was to climb 10 peaks (covering 25 miles), all in one day. The purpose of their hike was to raise funds and build awareness for Saratoga Hospital's Addiction Medicine Program. After 16 hours of hiking, they completed 8 of 10 peaks (20 of 25 miles). For this one-day event, Paul von Schenk raised more than $11,500, for a grand total of over $65,000 for the Above & Beyond Challenge, sponsored by
the Adirondack Trust Company.
"We also dedicated this hike lovingly to the memory of Amy Raimo, who died tragically a few weeks ago. Amy was the head of the Saratoga Hospital Foundation and was a champion of this cause and the entire Hospital. She cared deeply for the Hospital, and her absence is sorrowfully felt. In her last post to us, she said, 'Rock the Ridge, guys!!!' And we did. Rest in peace, Amy,” said Von Schenk.
To learn more about the Above and Beyond Challenge, or to donate to this awesome cause, visit www.classy.org/event/ above-and-beyond-challenge/ e181066.
SRYMCA/Saratoga Honda Summer Youth Basketball League
Saratoga Financial Services 43 – Village Photo 34
In a game that was close with five minutes left until the final buzzer, Saratoga Financial Services pulled ahead for good to get a 43 to 34 victory over Village Photo. The winners were led by Rodell Evans with 18 points and Jacob Alexander with 16 points. Jordon Cousar had 14 points while teammate Ben VanValkenburg hit for 12 points in the loss.
Cudney’s Launderers 30 - PJ’s BAR-B-QSA 27
This game was a defensive battle from beginning to end with Cudney’s Launderers coming out with a three-point win over PJ’s
BBQ. Nick Scalo had a team high 11 points, Stephon Lindsey, Ian O’Rourke and Bryant Savage each scored four points in the victory. Christian Mello dropped in 11 points for PJ’s.
Synergy Promotions 35 Saratoga PBA 34
Berkshire Hathaway Blake After trailing throughout the game, Synergy put on a lastminute push and defeated PBA by one point in one of the most exciting games of the season. Pat Deschaine scored 18 points and Carter Cigan added another five points in the one-point win. Trey Stanislowski was high scorer for PBA with 14 points
while Neil Graber got another four points.
Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors 63 – Saratoga Springs Firefighters 22
Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors got out to a 20 point halftime lead and cruised to an easy 63 to 22 win over the Saratoga Firefighters. Getting five players in double figures in scoring led by Logan Bevan’s 19 points along with some timely three-pointers from Jacob Armer who wound up with 12 points matching teammate Stephen Bebee’s 12 points, Aiden Bevan and Niko VanValis each contributed 10 points. Arion Rose led his team in scoring with 14 points in the defeat.
LAKE GEORGE — Louise Rourke, a polio survivor, and Bridget Simpson just recently swam the length of Lake George relay-style on Monday, July 30. They began their journey at 6:30 a.m. and completed their 21-hour swim at 3 a.m.
“It was really a very amazing and fulfilling experience for me; it was pretty emotional at the start to see so many people there and it was such a quiet, calm, beautiful morning. The weather really cooperated for us and it was wonderful having my husband, he drove the boat, but also both my son and daughter-in-law in the boat helping,” Rourke expressed.
Her son and daughter-in-law also participated as trackers, both paddling different sections of the lake and helping to get the kayakers out with their boats for their shifts. Rourke’s sister and brother-in-law also helped driving a tender boat at the southern end of the lake. The tender boats brought the kayakers out to where the women were swimming. At the northern end of the lake, her husband’s cousin and his wife were in the tender boat.
“There were a lot of logistics involved with the planning and to just see it all come together and go smoothly and go really faster than I anticipated,” she said.
Rourke’s most difficult part was the night time section of the swim.
“You lose perspective in terms of where everything is. You don’t have that depth perception. My husband had put LED lights on the bow of our boat so that we could clearly see where the boat was,” she explained.
While Rourke started the swim, doing the first six miles from the north village, Bridget did the next six miles and they alternated the entire swim.
“I would say that was the roughest part of the lake because there’s more boat traffic by that time of day. Even though it was a Monday, it was a beautiful weather day so there were boats out and about,” she explained.
Once they began their swim, “I was overwhelmed as more and more people kept showing up. That was just wonderful,” Rourke commented.
As the relay got to the end, it was Simpson’s turn to swim the last six miles, but Rourke decided to jump back in a quarter mile before the end, so they could finish together.
“At 3 a.m. there were people there at the finish. A lot of them Rotarians. To see their white lights waving and hear the cheering and it was really something. One of the Rotarians told me they had stayed overnight in Ticonderoga so that they could be sure to be there to greet us,” she reminisced.
“My whole reason for doing this swim was to raise awareness about the lingering existence of Polio in the world and the need for immunizations in general. I think a lot of young people today don’t understand what Polio is and they’ve never experienced it so they don’t know what a devastating disease it is; they don’t understand that it could come roaring back,” Rourke said, stressing the purpose of their swim.
Donations are still being raised for Rourke’s cause through the Saratoga Rotary Club. People can donate online at www.portal.clubrunner. ca/50091/Event/swim-to-endpolio. Every dollar donated will equal three to Polio eradication.
“At the finish it was also very emotional but really almost at that point, it was amazing to imagine that we were there, and we had done it and that it was over with. It was really pretty amazing experience,” Rourke concluded.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Ride to Cure Diabetes, one of the nation’s top type 1 diabetes (T1D) cycling fundraisers, will return to Saratoga Springs Sept. 13-16. One of six Ride to Cure Diabetes events held nationwide, the event will bring together up to 700 cyclists of all ages and skill levels representing 80 JDRF chapters from around the nation and Canada, as they fundraise for JDRF, the global leader in T1D research. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it.
“We’re thrilled to once again host this inspiring event,” said JDRF Development Director Denise Nicastro.
“It brings hundreds of people together from all over the country who are connected on an intimate level because of this disease. They form new friendships, experience the unparalleled comradery of the ride community, and raise money to find a cure for T1D,” Nicastro continued.
“Last year’s Spa City ride was a huge success. Participants raised $2.7 million, which made our event the nation’s top revenue-generating ride of the year! It also pumped more than $500,000 into Saratoga’s economy, which earned an award from the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau,” she stated.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Their mission is to accelerate lifechanging breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.2 billion in research funding since our inception. They are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. JDRF collaborates with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Their staff and volunteers throughout the United States and their six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and their vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit jdrf.org or follow them on Twitter: @JDRF There is a $2,000 fundraising minimum to take part in the ride, which begins and ends at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Riders choose an event fundraising package and set their own mileage goal (25, 60 or 100 miles). Along the way, they receive support from ride coaches and fundraising experts who help them reach and exceed their fundraising goals. During the event, participants join fellow riders in lively seminars, excursions around town, award dinners and team celebrations that lead up to the main event, Ride Day.
“Reaching the fundraising requirement isn’t hard,” explained Nicastro.
“Participants are surprised at how quickly the money rolls in once they start contacting people. Those who complete their fundraising receive a commemorative JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes jersey. T1D riders also have the option to receive a special T1D version of the jersey instead,” she finished.
Photos by Cathy Duffy and Fasig-Tipton Photo
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings sale took place Monday, August 6, and Tuesday, August 7; both nights were extremely lucrative for those involved. On Monday, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s offspring had outstanding sales. Hip 26, a filly from the first round from American Pharoah, sold for $1.2 million to OXO Equine.
The Saratoga sale was the last catalog put together by the late Fasig-Tipton vice president Bill Graves, who has a memorial plaque dedicated to him in the stables, and who passed in May. His son, Brian Graves of consignor Gainesway was present for the sale. Acknowledgement to Bill Graves was felt throughout the evening via a speech by announcer Terence Collier, a commemorative tie for sale to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and a tribute in the catalogue.
Monday’s session had 83 horses sold for a total of $28,965,000 – up 19 percent from last year’s opening night, where only 75 horses brought in $24,425,000. The average for Monday’s sales was $348,976, up 7 percent from last year. The median sat comfortably for the second year in a row at $300,000. Only 24 horses went unsold. The second top selling horse from Monday was also offspring to American Pharoah, Hip 62, sold to Bob Baffert, owner of Triple Crown 2018 winner Justify, for $1 million on behalf of M.V. Magnier of the Coolmore partnership. Baffert will be inducted into Saratoga Walk of Fame during Red Jacket Ceremony on Friday, August 24, New York Showcase Day. Baffert is a four-time Eclipse Award-Winning trainer, he is one of only two trainers in history to win multiple Triple Crowns. In 2015, he had his first Triple Crown via American Pharoah and in 2018 via Justify. Hip 82, sired by Into Mischief, was the third highest selling to OXO Equine for $950,000.
On Tuesday, Hip 196, Medaglia D’Oro’s sire was the top seller, for $1.35 million to R. Masiello, C. Larsen, at West Point. Hip 204, also sired by Medaglia D’Oro, sold to Pheonix Thoroughbred for $1.3 million. Rounding out the top three was Hip 143, another sire of Medaglia D’Oro, sold for $1 million to Lael Stable. 170 horses were on sale for the two-day auction, which saw record highs since 2001. Sales were up 9 percent to $369,376, with the media tying with last year at $300,000. Tuesday’s session was the strongest of the two this year, with 87 yearlings sold for $33,829,000, up 18 percent from last year’s second session which sold 81 horses for $28,570,000. The average for Tuesday was $388,839 which was up 10 percent, the median also rose by 17 percent to $350,000; each figure an improvement from Monday’s session.
Photos by Cathy Duffy.
MALTA – The Saratoga Ninja Lab, the first membership gym of its’ kind, is now open in Malta. Located at 9 Stonebreak Road, Suite 3, this gym is the perfect place for anyone to turn into a ninja. Currently, throughout the month of August, the Ninja Lab is running summer camps Monday through Friday in one-week, half-day sessions. Morning sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon and afternoon sessions run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., each camper will be put into groups of similar ability. For only $200, your budding ninja can enjoy strength and self-confidence building activities on all of the obstacle courses. It’s time for them to find their inner-ninja! All of the coaches at The Ninja Lab are CPR certified and background screened.
Other open gyms and classes are provided at The Ninja Lab, along with the opportunity to host your child’s birthday party.
“I’ve been pleasantly surprised with all of this,” said co-owner Molly Morgoslepov.
“To me, this type of activity, is so much fun that people don't realize they're exercising and working out. They're strength training here and I think that once people try it they'll be pleasantly surprised, and they'll leave here sweating and they'll realize, 'wow, if I do this every Friday night, it's a different type of training.’ It'll really be awesome,” she continued.
Dan Kirchner, another co-owner, found the space on January 18.
“Here we are, less than six months later, and we’re open,” Morgoslepov said.
The Ninja Lab has already hosted their first birthday party this past weekend and the ninja team was impressed.
“It was awesome!” she said.
Safety is number one and fun is number two at The Ninja Lab.
"I am a personal trainer, so I come at this from kind of a safety standpoint, I’m the safety person. It was really important to me when we came into this space that it wasn't going to be a free for all. Not that we don’t want kids to come in and have fun, but we want kids to come in and learn something and get stronger. They may not even realize they're getting stronger, but they're physically active and they are in here learning a new skill. They're having fun, so for me, I want to make sure it's safely. All of the employees here all bring some kind of skill to the table. Whether its gymnastics, rock climbing, some of these are ninjas that have been on the show, and they all have some kind of background,” Morgoslepov said.
As stated on the website, the principles The Ninja Lab stands by are as follows:
- Constant positive reinforcement
- Zero bullying policy
- Cheer for your fellow Ninjas
- Don’t worry about the Ninja next to you, he/she is somewhere completely different in his/her journey
- Leave happy, tired, and stronger than you were yesterday.
Prices, membership information, classes and open gym schedules can be found at www.saratoganinjalab.com.
The Ninja Lab is still hiring, and the application can also be found on the website.
SRYMCA/Saratoga Honda Summer Youth Basketball League
PJ’s BAR-B-QSA 33 - Saratoga Financial Services 26
PJ’s BBQ got off to a quick start and had a nine point halftime lead over previously unbeaten Saratoga Financial Services and cruised to a 33 to 26 win. Christian Mello playing his first game since getting back from Little League games led his team with 10 points while Riley Waterhouse, Jacob Bader and Yudely Tineo each scored seven points in the win. Tobey Diulio had five points and Josue Matinez added foru points in the loss.
Cudney’s Launderers 38 – Village Photo 28
Cudney’s used Antone Robbens game high 11 points along with Channing Adriance 10 points and Bryant Savage’s eight points to get a 38 to 28 victory. Village Photo’s Ben Van Valkenburg, Jaden Cousar and Kemauri Johnson had eight points apiece in the loss.
Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors 50 – Saratoga PBA 36
Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors remained undefeated with a 50 to 36 victory over Saratoga PBA. Logan Bevan had a game high 19 points while teammates Niko VanVailis, Stephen Bebee and Tom Vallano had 12, nine and six points respectively for the winners. Aiden Dunn dropped in 12 points and Alex Cutler scored 11 points in the loss.
Saratoga Springs Firefighters 36 – Synergy Promotions 32
The Firemen got 18 points from Charlie Didonato and another 11 points from Ryan Boyle but it was Jack Bullman whose 16 rebounds and smothering defense helped get The Firemen their first victory of the season a 36 to 32 hard fought win over Synergy. Elijah Woods had a team high 15 points along with 14 points from Pat Deschanie for Synergy.
Saratoga Strike Zone
Monday, July 23rd really separated the men from the boys. The forgotten Jaguars had a fourth quarter comeback against the Steelers to show they aren't out. The Seahawks already punched their ticket for the post season with their dominating win over the Panthers, doing so without their anchor Christian Baitinger. The raiders continued their run to be the top team in the AFC beating the Colts!
Rick B - 235, 213, 279- 727
Billy W - 256, 263, 203- 721
Kenny C - 221, 246, 249-716
Mike R - 245, 212, 254-711
Joseph P - 225, 227, 257- 709
Contribution by Cody Gatzendorfer.
JUST 3 WEEKS LEFT
Wow! Big scoring night here at the lanes! Vinnie Nichols sent a text to his teammate earlier in the day letting him know he was going to shoot a 300 and he did just that! Bob Forbes had a great night with a 246, 278, 279 for an 803 series! Ed Pickett Sr. and Billy Wigand split the crazy jackpot for $23 each, at $2 to enter they made back 10 times their money! As we approach the final weeks it’s all division matches, and tensions couldn’t be higher with so many division standings as tight as they are. Good luck and good bowling to all competitors!
Other high scores from the night include:
Billy Wigand 244,248,275 = 767
Vinnie Nichols 201,257,300 = 758
Cliff Stoddard 268,190,257 = 715
Walter Thorne Jr 220,237,224 = 681
Chris Charon 215,219,223 = 657
2018 Whitney Cup at Saratoga Polo Association
SARATOGA SPRINGS - The 2018 Whitney Cup Trophy will be the prize at Saratoga Polo Association this Friday and Sunday in all its glory during the 120th Anniversary Celebrations. Tickets are going quickly...including Sunday’s final and Kentucky Bluegrass BBQ after the match! Go to SaratogaPolo.com/tickets or call 518 584 8108.
SARATOGA SPRINGS - As SUNY Empire State College marks the 10th anniversary of its RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends and family celebrate the inaugural cohort’s 10-year reunion in Saratoga Springs.
The inaugural nursing cohort comprised 42 students. Today, the college enrolls approximately 1,250 nursing students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Since the establishment of the RN to BSN program, the School of Nursing and Allied Health has added three online degree programs: The Master of Science in Nursing Administration, the Master of Science in Nursing Education, and, in 2018, a Bachelor of Science in Allied Healthcare, to better meet the needs of New York’s health care providers and the people they serve.
SUNY Empire has transfer pathway agreements with all 37 SUNY and CUNY community colleges and many private institutions. Pathways agreements with nearly half of the SUNY community colleges provide a seamless education for registered nurses seeking their bachelor’s degree. Recently, the college also has developed enhanced partnerships with Corning, Rockland and Ulster community colleges, which enables nursing students to complete initial bachelor’s coursework on their campus through a blend of face-to-face and online learning.
The college’s nursing partnerships have taken on new importance because in December of 2017, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law what is known as the “B.S.N. in 10” legislation, which requires all future graduates of associate degree programs in nursing to complete a bachelor’s within 10 years. A column by SUNY Empire Officer in Charge Mitchell S. Nesler, details the college’s leadership role as this legislation takes effect.
“Congratulations to SUNY Empire nursing students, alumni and the faculty and staff who educate and support them on a decade of success,” said Nesler.
“SUNY Empire nursing students and alumni play a critical role in patient care throughout New York state, and their accomplishments merit celebration. The college takes great pride in the challenging work nurses do to care for the sick and suffering every day,” Nesler continued.
“Celebrating our nursing students, alumni, faculty and staff is a joy,” said Bridget Nettleton, dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health.
“Better-educated nurses means better health care for the people of the state. Continuing to provide nurses, and their employers, with the education they need to meet every increasing and complex health care is essential for success. Thanks to the hard work of our students, and the education and support they receive from our faculty and staff, SUNY Empire nursing graduates are professional health care providers of the highest quality,” Nettleton commended.
In the spring of 2014, the School of Nursing and Allied Health became part of the at-large Tau Kappa chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI). STTI is the most prestigious nursing honor society, which recognizes academic excellence and achievement in its members.