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Academy at Rensselaer Education Ctr: Delayed 2 HrsAchievements & Kids Express Mplwood: Delayed 2 Hrs, no before careAchievements St Kateri Tekakwitha: Delayed 2 HrsAmsterdam City SD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastArgyle CSD: Delayed 2 HrsAugustine Classical Academy: ClosedAverill Park CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESBallston Spa CSD: Delayed 2 HrsBerlin CSD: Delayed 2 HrsBerne-Knox-Westerlo CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCESBest Fitness (Albany): Delayed, No Evening Classes, All Classes Cancelled, Club Open All GX and Spinning classes canceledBest Fitness (Schenectady): Delayed, No Evening Classes, All Classes Cancelled, Club Open All GX and Spinning classes canceledBethlehem CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESBroadalbin-Perth CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCES, No Breakfast, No PTECH, AgTECH, TEC-SMARTBrown School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No Morning PLUS ProgramBrunswick (Brittonkill) CSD: Delayed 2 HrsBrunswick Children's Academy: Delayed 2 HrsBurnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, 2-hour delay (final)Cairo-Durham CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCESCanajoharie CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCESCapital Reg Career & Tech (Albany): Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESCatholic Central HS: Delayed 2 HrsCatskill CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-KChatham CSD: Delayed 2 HrsChatham Kids Club: Delayed 2 Hrs, Open at 8:30Circle Of Friends (Delmar): Delayed 2 Hrs, Wrap around delayed 2 hoursCobleskill-Richmondville CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCES, Offices open at 9 a.m.Cohoes City SD: Delayed 2 HrsColonie Youth Centers: Open, No BSPCorinth CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No BreakfastCoxsackie-Athens CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastCrossroads Center for Children: Delayed 2 Hrs, Day Care open @ 9:00Doane Stuart School: Delayed 2 HrsDolgeville CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastDuanesburg CSD: Delayed 2 HrsEarly Childhood Education Center: Delayed 2 HrsEarly Childhood Education Ctr-Troy: Delayed 2 HrsEast Greenbush CSD: Delayed 2 HrsEdinburg Common SD: Delayed 2 HrsFaith Bible Academy: Delayed 2 HrsFirst Friends Nursery School: Delayed, No AM Program, Enrichment program begins at 1130amFonda-Fultonville CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESFort Plain CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, Elem recognition breakfast moved to ThursdayFranklin County Technical SD: Delayed 2 HrsFulton-Montgomery CC: Delayed 2 Hrs, Campus will open at 10 am.Gabriel Abbott Memorial School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No morning daycareGalway CSD: Delayed 2 HrsGeorge Washington School: Delayed 2 HrsGermantown CSD: Delayed 2 HrsGloversville City SD: Delayed 2 HrsGrapeville Christian School: Delayed 2 HrsGreen Island UFSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No BreakfastGreenbush Child Caring: Open, No AM ProgramGreene County YMCA: Open, No Morning ClassesGreenfield Public Schools: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-KGreenville CSD: Delayed 2 HrsGreenwich CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESGuilderland CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESHFM Career & Tech Center: Delayed 2 HrsHadley-Luzerne CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastHappy Kids Day Care Center: Delayed 2 HrsHawthorne Valley School: Delayed 2 HrsHelping Hands Pre-School: Delayed, No Morning ClassesHoosick Falls CSD: Delayed 2 HrsHunter-Tannersville CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESIchabod Crane (Kinderhook) CSD: Delayed 2 HrsJohnstown City SD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCESKid Kampus: Delayed 2 Hrs, Opening at 8:30AMKim's Kids Daycare: Delayed 2 Hrs, No BreakfastKingston City SD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, Kingston SD is on a 2 hr delay no AM BOCESLa Salle Institute (Troy): Delayed 2 HrsLansingburgh CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No Breakfast, Lansingburgh CSD is operating on a 2 hour delayLiberty Ent/ Montgomery Co. ARC: Delayed 2 HrsLife Kids Before/ After School: Open, No AM ProgramLil' Lambs Christian Daycare Inc.: Delayed 2 HrsLittle Feet Daycare Center: Delayed 2 HrsLiving Res DCOP (Albany): Delayed 1 HrLiving Res DCOP (Rensselaer): Delayed 1 HrLiving Res DCOP (Saratoga): Delayed 1 HrLiving Res DCOP (Schenectady): Delayed 1 HrMalta Montessori School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No Toddler Class, No Toddler ClassMargaretville CSD: Delayed 2 HrsMayfield CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastMechanicville City SD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No BreakfastMenands UFSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No BreakfastMiddleburgh CSD: ClosedMohawk Trail Regional SD: Delayed 2 HrsMohonasen CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESMorning Star Learning Center: Delayed 2 Hrs, stay tuned, be safeMother Teresa Academy: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pgm, No am nursery program, School opens at 9:45amMt Moriah Academy: Delayed 2 HrsMyers Education Center: Delayed 2 HrsN. Greenbush Little Red School: Delayed 2 HrsNew Lebanon CSD: Delayed 2 HrsNew Paltz CSD: Delayed 2 HrsNiskayuna CSD: Delayed 2 HrsNorth Colonie CSD: Delayed 2 HrsNorthville CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastNotre Dame-Bishop Gibbons: Delayed 2 HrsOak Hill School: Delayed 2 HrsOnteora CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESOppenheim-Ephratah-St Johnsville SD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESOur Savior's Lutheran School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM K, No AM Pre-SchoolPine Plains CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESPumpkin Patch (Albany): Delayed 2 HrsQueensbury UFSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCESQuestar III BOCES - Sarah's Sisters: Delayed 2 HrsQuestar III Catskill Academy: Delayed 2 HrsQuestar III Rensselaer Edu Ctr: Delayed 2 Hrs, Q3 New Vision is closedRavena-Coeymans-Selkirk CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCESRed Hook CSD: Delayed 2 HrsRensselaer City SD: Delayed 2 HrsRhinebeck CSD: Delayed 2 HrsRiverRun Community Montessori: ClosedRosa Venerini Early Childhood Cente: Delayed 4 Hrs, No AM Pgm, No am classes or beforecare School opens at 11amRoxbury CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM K, RCS is now delayed 2 hrs - roads are in worse shape then expected. Stay off the side roads until treated , drive carefully today January 18Salem CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastSaratoga Academy Arts & Science: Delayed 2 HrsSaratoga Bridges: Delayed 1 HrSaratoga Central Catholic HS: Delayed 2 HrsSaratoga Springs City SD: Delayed 2 HrsSaugerties CSD: Delayed 2 HrsSchalmont CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastSchenectady City SD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-KSchodack CSD: Delayed 2 HrsSchoharie CSD: ClosedSchoharie Career and Technical Scho: ClosedSchoharie County ARC: Open, Buses on Snow Routes, Staff report regular time Public bus aides report regular timeSchoharie Cty Child Dvp Cobleskill: Closed, No AM Pre-K, No AM Head Start, HS & EHS closedSchoharie Cty HeadStart (Schoharie): Closed, HS & EHS closedSchuylerville CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastScotia-Glenville CSD: Delayed 2 HrsSharon Springs CSD: Delayed 2 HrsShenendehowa CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM K, No AM BOCESSouth Colonie CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCESSouth Glens Falls CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCESSouthern Adirondack Edu Ctr: Delayed 2 HrsSpa Christian School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM K, No AM Pre-KSt Ambrose School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM PgmSt Clement's Regional Catholic Sch: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM Pre-SchoolSt George's School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-School, AEP will begin at 11 amSt Gregory School: ClosedSt Jude the Apostle School: Delayed 2 HrsSt Mary's Academy (Hoosick Falls): Delayed 2 HrsSt Mary's Institute ES (Amsterdam): Delayed 2 HrsSt Mary's School (Ballston Spa): Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-School, Before Care open at 8:00 amSt Mary's School (Waterford): Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-KSt Mary's-St Alphonsus Rgnl Cath: Delayed 2 Hrs, No Pre-K No AM Camp KerrySt Mary's/St Alphonsus Noah's Ark: Delayed 2 Hrs, Open at 9:45St Pius X School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-KSt Thomas the Apostle School: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-KStepping Stone Pre & DCC (Albany): Delayed 2 HrsStillwater CSD: Delayed 2 HrsSullivan BOCES: Delayed 2 Hrs, The Adult Program and Offices will open at 10 amSunshine Kids Corner: Delayed 2 Hrs, Opening at 9AMTLC Christian Day Care: Delayed 2 Hrs, No BreakfastTaconic Hills CSD: Delayed 2 HrsTech Valley High School: Closed, Staff report at 10 AM.The Albany Academies (AA & AAG): ClosedThe Beagle School: Delayed, No AM Pre-K, No AM Pre-School, All AM programs closedTroy City SD: Delayed 2 HrsTroy Prep: Delayed 2 HrsUMC Daycare Norton Hill: Delayed 1 Hr, No AM Pre-KUnlimited Potential, Inc: Delayed 1 HrVoorheesville CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM BOCES, No BreakfastWaldorf School (Saratoga Springs): Delayed 2 HrsWaterford-Halfmoon UFSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No BreakfastWatervliet City SD: Delayed 2 HrsWebutuck (Northeast) CSD: Delayed 2 HrsWest Canada Valley CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-K, No AM BOCESWheelerville UFSD: Delayed 2 HrsWhispering Pines (Cobleskill): Delayed 2 HrsWhispering Pines - Schoharie UPK: ClosedWhispering Pines Pre Sc (Amsterdam): Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-KWhispering Pines Pre-sch (Delanson): Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-KWhispering Pines Presch - Boulevard: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-KWhispering Pines Preschool at Meco: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-KWindham-Ashland-Jewett CSD: Delayed 2 HrsWorcester CSD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-KWynantskill UFSD: Delayed 2 HrsYMCA (East Greenbush): Open, No Morning Classes, Child Watch opens at 9am, Before School Care 6:45am

Reasons for people’s fear and growing lack of faith run deep

Reasons for people’s fear and growing lack of faith run deep

*Reasons for people’s fear and growing lack of faith run deep *Why didn’t driver give bicyclist more

Reasons for people’s fear and growing lack of faith run deep

The June 30 Viewpoint by Daniel T. Weaver [“The god shopping plaza”] was timely. However, I believe more layers of our anti-religion/pro-materialist attitudes exist.

While the lack of parishioners in church has become painfully obvious, it’s not all about material wealth becoming our “god,” or knocking down a church in favor of a supermarket.

First, I don’t buy into the whole survey-think ranking our areas the hotspot of anti-religion. The stories in this newspaper and on the local TV news prove how well this area comes together to lend a hand. This is religion in action!

After the financial and real estate meltdown just five years removed, people lack trust in their church, government, co-workers, even families. Call it selfishness, but some of the fear is real. Where is that charity money really going? Why is my employer letting me go after being told I was valued? Why would the politicians I voted for promise one thing and then completely lie and do another? Why have we allowed drugs and alcohol to be our crutch and ruin our families? It’s all connected to the disconnect.

Looking back at all the excitement “The Place Beyond the Pines” movie received here was all for naught. All the local scenery became meaningless when the story line clearly made Schenectady County look seedy and corrupt. Community-building at its finest!

Yes, Mr. Weaver, It’s no secret that too many of us cave to “most toys wins” mentality, and we’ve lost our way in the 10 Commandments way of life.

Problem is it just gets more and more messy despite touting ourselves as a civilized society. Are we really?

Dave Barnes Sr.

Rotterdam

Why didn’t driver give bicyclist more room?

As a cyclist, I am outraged at the death of Ed Lakata: It was a senseless accident and could have been avoided. In Article 25 of the state Vehicle and Traffic Law, Section 1122-a, Overtaking a bicycle, it states: “The operator of a vehicle overtaking from behind a bicycle proceeding on the same side of a roadway shall pass to the left of such bicycle at a safe distance until safely clear thereof.” According to the Gazette, Sheriff Lorey says they investigated the crash and claimed “the accident happened very near the white line,” which begs me to ask — did the driver give Ed a safe distance and move over?

Did anyone check the driver’s cellphone to see if he was using it, or was he tested for any drug use? I can’t begin to count the cars, trucks and even police vehicles that don’t move over at all when I’m out riding, even when there is no traffic coming from the opposite direction.

As cyclists, we do our best to stay to the right of the white line, but many shoulders are dangerous to ride and we are forced to ride on or inside the line. In a traffic safety guide produced by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, it says, “The motorist must always remember that bicyclists and in-line skaters have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers of motor vehicles, and motorists are required to exercise “due care” to avoid colliding with bicyclists and in-line skaters. As a safety measure, motorists should make scanning for bicyclists and in-line skaters second nature, and give them plenty of clearance when passing them and the right-of-way when appropriate.”

There are too many unanswered questions regarding this accident and I hope they will reopen the investigation. In the meantime, please, people, pay better attention to the “other” users of our roadways.

Jeri Lynn Bursese

Amsterdam

City invested in Proctors and its historic marquee

After reading Dan Grygas’ July 4 letter in which he justifiably objected to spending $193,000 ,including $97,000 of Metroplex funds, to turn Proctors’ historic marquee into a Las Vegas glitter sign, I decided to lend the following support to Mr. Grygas.

To begin, when I was mayor working hand in hand with the City Council and ACT [Schenectady Arts Center Theatre], we initiated the renovation of Proctors. At that time, we advertised for volunteers to help. As such, an elderly gentleman came into my office to volunteer his services. The gentleman turned out to the be one who put together much of Proctors’ beautiful decorations. That gentleman and other volunteers did a great job in renovating the theater.

At one point after the renovation, Mardy Moore, chairperson of ACT, said, “Mayor, could we have the dollar bill we gave you and the City Council when you turned Proctors over to ACT?” Shortly thereafter, I gave Mardy Moore the $1 for their preservation of that historic monument.

In February 1988, when I was a city councilman, I attended a meeting the mayor had called for an Urban Renewal Agency session. At that session, the mayor and City Council majority were talking about Proctors having a cash-flow problem. As such, they were considering obtaining a mortgage on the theater, which would be handled by the bank.

After hearing the above remarks, I said, “When we turned Proctors over to ACT and gave them the key, we wanted the place used only as a theater, but giving the bank first crack at the mortgage opens the door for it to be used for something else if there is a default.” After these remarks, the mayor and City Council agreed to withdraw the mortgage proposal, to be absolutely sure that no mortgage could ever be put on Proctors.

Because I sincerely believe that we as citizens of Schenectady want to preserve every aspect of Proctors, I am herein publicly asking the mayor and City Council, as well as those who administratively handle Proctors’ day-to-day activities, to do whatever is necessary to forever preserve every aspect of Proctors historic theater, which must include the marquee. Please do not use the people’s money to destroy their historic marquee.

Frank J. Duci

Schenectady

Why should voters forgive Eliot Spitzer?

On July 11 the Gazette expressed the opinion that [former Gov.] Eliot Spitzer’s sexual misdemeanors ought to be forgiven by the voters. I disagree.

I used to go along with this line of reasoning and several times held my nose and voted for a candidate who had been caught with his pants down. Since the scandal about Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, was made public, I have changed my mind.

What became clear in that investigation (although Strauss-Kahn was eventually cleared) was that the widespread toleration for rampant male sexuality in French politics had created an extremely hostile environment for the women who worked with these men, particularly if they happened to have the misfortune to be young and attractive.

Now I follow my instincts. I may still vote for a candidate like this if the alternative seems worse. But I am giving myself permission to decide against him just because of his extracurricular behavior.

Also, keep in mind that patronizing a prostitute is a crime, and it seems to me that that in itself is a strong mark against an elected official.

Patrice Kindl

Middleburgh

Old Nott Street school should not be torn down

The leaders of Schenectady are showing once more their ignorance by not funding the rehabilitation of the old Nott School [July 5 Gazette]. Like the decision years ago to tear down the train station instead of making it into a museum, they are being shortsighted by removing another landmark in our history.

Nott School graduated many notables including my mother, who told me many stories about her years there. I was born in a house just around the corner from the school and as a child played games around its hallowed walls. The soundness of the building is a testament to the workers who built it and its architecture brings one to embrace the past.

Like the train station, each brick was laid with pride to withstand the rigors of time. Those in a position to save our history have an obligation to those who come after we are gone. Once buildings are torn down, pictures don’t tell the story. I always marvel at the beauty of old buildings and structures as I travel. There are cities, town and villages in close proximity to Schenectady that have kept their history alive by renovating instead of demolishing.

Our architecture is unique to our country, and as such is very young. Traveling in Europe, I saw buildings hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of years old still being utilized by people who are proud of their heritage. I am a proud Schenectadian, as our history is rich with folklore and industrial might!

Schenectady has lost enough because of the folly of its leaders and they still continue to “fiddle!” They were elected to lead, and by relenting they are choosing to follow those who care only for their own interest.

I am asking, as I did when our beautiful train station was demolished, for our leaders to lead!

Gary P. Guido

Rotterdam

Aid for our enemies, but not for our citizens

Re July 9 article, “Cuomo: Federal flood help is unlikely”: What is the matter with our government?

Whenever there is a disaster outside our country, the government sends money and aid right away (our taxpayers’ money), even though they despise us. And yet, when disaster strikes here, the people have to beg for help. Is there something wrong with this picture?

I don’t consider it charity when these people worked hard for their money and paid taxes. Our government, If you want to call it that, should be replaced with new people who will fight for the people, not themselves.

James Maxfield

Scotia

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