April 2015 NEWS ARCHIVE
For more than two decades, Saratoga Springs has defined itself as a “city in the country,” with planning rules that steered new development into its urban center while protecting green space around its outer edges. But in recent months, as a city panel has been drafting revisions to its comprehensive plan, some local business leaders have begun to argue that development rules in the city’s outer greenbelt are too restrictive, while anti-sprawl advocates have been sounding the alarm that the city-in-the-country concept is under attack.
A group of women passionate about the former Girl Scouts camp where they spent their childhood summers has raised more than $440,000 to buy the camp and keep it going.
Tony Conner realized as early as the 1980s that he wanted to leave his corporate job to become a visual artist. But his transition to full-time professional painter took nearly two decades as he studied, practiced and built a reputation.
The Columbia County-based cellist Paul de Jong is best known for his work as one half of The Books, a duo that created one-of-a-kind musical compositions that made extensive use of sampling, particularly of the spoken word. But since he and Nick Zammuto, his collaborator in The Books, parted ways four years ago, de Jong has stayed mostly under the radar. Now he has a new album, “IF,” that uses many of the signature sampling techniques of The Books but also expands into musical territory far beyond that.
Contributing writer Stacey Morris tells how she eventually conquered a lifelong struggle with weight and dieting.