SPAC announces 'audience vote' for selection of orchestral performance piece; Police warn of phishing scam

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center in conjunction with The Philadelphia Orchestra have announced an “Audience Choice” online vote to select the opening piece of the Orchestra’s Thursday, August 4 concert in the SPAC amphitheater. Audiences may vote to select one of the following pieces: Rachmaninoff/ Vocalise; Beethoven/ Overture to Egmont; Berlioz/ Roman Carnival Overture; Bernstein/ Overture to Candide; Prokofiev/ “Montagues and Capulets,” from Romeo and Juliet. Votes may be cast online at SPAC’s website,, from 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 4 until midnight on Monday, February 29. The first 50 voters will receive an honorary SPAC50 pin in recognition of their involvement in SPAC’s 50th Anniversary Season. The Saratoga Springs Police Department is warning area residents of a phishing email circulating that tries to get you to click on a scammer’s link. City Police say beware of an email with the subject line “Get Protected,” which contains the message that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is offering great new features to help taxpayers protect their personal information and identities.  It’s a scam. The Federal Trade Commission recently caught on to this scam and is asking for help in tracking down the culprits. You can read more about it at this government link, which is SAFE.  But for heaven’s sake, as far as phihsing scams work, DON’T click on this link.

Sales tax income grew last year in fewer than half of the counties in New York, but four local counties - Warren, Washington, Saratoga and Hamilton counties - were among those that had growth, reports The Post-Star. In total, Saratoga County took in $114.2 million, a 3.1 percent increase over last year.

Employment at GlobalFoundries' $12 billion chip plant in Saratoga County, New York, decreased by more than 150 people between the third quarter of 2015 and the fourth quarter. Reports the Albany Business Review. The computer chip maker employed 2,904 people in Saratoga County as of Dec. 31.

That other Saratoga: The Sheriff's Office in Orange County, Florida is investigating more than 20 burglaries reported to have occurred at Walt Disney World's Saratoga Springs Resort since late December. Meanwhile, in a case of some unfortunate timing, this poorly disguised advert from a travel site showed up on the same Google Alert, urging one and all to Bring the whole family!

The public is invited to visit Esperanto on Friday when local cartoonist Dana S. Owens will be live painting (as opposed to..?) a mural inside the eatery, from 11a.m. through the afternoon. Esperanto, on Caroline Street, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and has sold over 1 million Doughboys.