Lillian's Sale; A plea to restore Horse Haven; Bonacio launches realty firm

Lillian’s restaurant, which closed Jan. 1 after more than 40 years on Broadway, is selling its Victorian lamps, furniture, and architectural items. The public sale will be held Saturday and Sunday. This summer will mark the 153rd anniversary when a four-day meet staged at an old trotting track marked the start of organized thoroughbred racing in Saratoga. The original track, which later became known as Horse Haven, is located across the street from the more familiar Saratoga Race Course - which has hosted the summer meet since 1864. The original track killed off by piecemeal development – or underdevelopment – some thirty years ago, and local sportswriter Michael Veitch says with millions of dollars targeted by NYRA for racecourse improvements, consideration should be given to the restoration of the original track.

In the 1980’s, NYRA committed an outrageous historical blunder by ending the use of the Horse Haven as a track and developing it as a conduit for automobiles, writes Veitch. This should never have happened. The birthplace of the nation’s most popular thoroughbred track is a pot-holed dirt roadway. It is disgusting. Read more HERE.

Division Street, The Lofts: Two bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths = $1.385 million. On Broadway, at the Park Place, the going rate for a similarly sized model is $1.575 million.   The Bonacio-constructed projects are listed among several of other residential resale and commercial properties at Julie & Co. Realty, a new Saratoga Springs-based real estate brokerage firm launched by Sonny Bonacio and Julie Bonacio. Listings may be found on the “boutique” firm’s website here: http://www.juliecorealty.com/listings/condo/

This week, Republican Arthur “Mo” Wright became the first official from Hadley in 53 years to become chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and laid out his vision for Saratoga County in 2016. The county will revamp its emergency 911 call system through a $2.9 million state grant, invest a separate $1 million to upgrade the county jail, and spend $25,000 to the Saratoga County Fair for this year so it can promote its 175th anniversary in the summer, reports Dennis Yusko of the Times Union.

“To put that into perspective, the first Saratoga County Fair was held 19 years before the start of the Civil War; the 10th president of the United States – John Tyler – was in office, and the fair was in its 29th year before the first Travers Stakes race was run,” Wright said.

In the coming months, officials at the Washington County Fair meanwhile, are expected to make a decision on whether to ban the sale of Confederate flags at the 2016, in the aftermath of a controversy which occurred at the fair last summer.