Saratoga Thursday Wire: Police on Patrol Tonight; Discount Retailer Seeks Tax Incentives; NYC Student Creates Saratoga Video

On Thursday night, the Saratoga Springs Police Dept. will conduct its fourth Sobriety Checkpoint of the holiday season in an effort to keep roadways safe. Police say they will continue conducting DWI check points, random patrols and other proactive enforcement measures for the remainder of the holiday season. Dollar General Corp. – who have signed an option to buy 93 acres for $6.53 million off Exit 16 of the Northway - is seeking $11.26 million in tax incentives to build a $92.4 million warehouse and distribution center in Wilton, according to the Albany Business Review. The land is owned by a real estate holding firm controlled by developer Frank Parillo, who in 2012 purchased the city block on which The Saratogian is located for $2.625 million. That deal, which initially gave the newspaper three years to leave the building was recently renewed through June of 2017.

In the village of Schuylerville meanwhile, where plans by the nation's second-largest dollar store chain to open a store adjacent to Saratoga Apple had caused community discord, the potential project has remained status quo.   Specifically, company plans have not moved forward beyond the discussion phase, and members of the village board – who had considered calling for a building moratorium and revisiting a previously-rejected zoning plan – have yet to re-address the subject.

Neat video and sounds at the Saratoga Spa State Park captured/created by Greg Ronayne - a student at The New School in New York City who presented the film as an assignment for a Filmmaking Studio class.

Saratoga from greg ronayne on Vimeo.


Paul Greenberg will discuss seafood sustainability at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in Davis Auditorium of Skidmore’s Palamountain Hall.

Greenberg’s 2011 best-seller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and last year’s American Catch: The Fight for our Local Seafood examine modern exploitation of ocean resources. His Skidmore talk will cover wild fishing and fish farming, our changing relationship with seafood, and the implications for the health of oceans and humans alike.