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Posted on March 25 at noon (Suggest removal)

Thanks Michael, I was pleased someone recognized and focused on this story. Not only am I proud of the team work I've seen, it's nice to have your readers know it doesn't take a tragedy for our local schools to come together.
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After capturing the Class A New York State Championship the undefeated Tartans were told it was time for a special honor trip home. This included a police and fire department escort once they entered the town all the way to the high school. The kids said "No thank you but we'd rather stay and cheer on our friends from Shenendehowa."
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Their supporters did manage to reschedule the escort and many residents braved the cold to wave as the small parade passed by later in the day.
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Bill Pytlovany


From: Champs Scotia-Glenville, Shen happy for each other


Posted on March 2 at 6:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Glad to see Tartans mentioned in the headlines and Scotia-Glenville the focus of the article. Given the accomplishments of our amazing team and the participation of their supporters I'm stunned that I don't see and read more in the media.
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The entire capital regional has a reason to be proud. Our highest scorer Joe Cremo has enough faith in the area to stick around while working on a degree in Business Administration. He'll be making news in the future at the SEFCU Arena playing as a Great Dane for U Albany.
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Go Tartans!
Bill Pytlovany


From: Boys' Basketball: Tartans waltz into 'A' semis


Posted on February 6 at 1:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

About time. It was poorly designed from the start.
While I grew up taking this route since Mohawk Mall opened, I never experienced a fender bender. I know many who have been rear ended or sideswiped. I also have had cars that didn't always go when you needed to punch it.
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In addition to reported accidents the potential for a road rage is inevitable. Has anyone else experienced an angry tailgater following your bumper up the ramp because they felt you cut them off.
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The worse is expecting someone from out of town to navigate while looking for signs directing them to the Thruway or any other route displayed above. It's embarrassing.
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Bill


From: NYDOT offers options for Schenectady I-890 interchange


Posted on January 23 at 5:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm so glad GAP and other state changes are getting attention. All last year I watched as people complained about Common Core while funding for traditional programs we all expect at schools was going away.


From: School aid 'adjustment' assailed at Saratoga forum


Posted on January 21 at 11:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I share the hope Congress will act and give retailers more incentive to treat security seriously. As a computer security professional for almost two decades I'm stunned by the neglect and apathy towards protecting sensitive information. While the risks have increased dramatically retailers rush to add new technology without proper safeguards or training.
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Most of the recent data exposures by retailers was not caused by a sophisticated hackers with programming talent. They were successful in using social engineering techniques to trick employees into providing access. The human is still the weak link in computer security. It takes more than installing AntiVirus software and a firewall to keep a computer secure.
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Bill Pytlovany
BillP Studios


From: Banks want retailers liable for breaches


Posted on October 27 at 12:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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While my wife Cindi was involved in restoring the Flint House in Scotia, we learned a lot about the last owner Lillian Flint. She deeded the house to the village as long as it would be used as a museum & park land.
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Lillian Flint was an amazing woman and one of her many roles was teaching dance classes at the Van Curler Hotel. I spoke with many older residents who remember lessons from Ms. Flint. These weren't the kind of dance classes our kids take. They were part ballroom dancing, part charm school and part lessons in manners. She taught young men how to be a gentleman when attending class and made a long lasting impact on her students. The Van Curler provided a perfect environment for this even as it lost its former prestige.

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Some older locals will recall Ronald Reagan's visits to Schenectady when he was a spokesperson for General Electric. He stayed at the Van Curler and according to AllOverAlbany President Reagan is known to have written a letter to his wife Nancy while staying at the Van Curler during an April 1960 snow storm.
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The letter includes the following...
"Now you might think [the snow storm] would curtail some of our activities -- but think not so. Nothing interferes with one of these d-n 'nut & bolt' fiestas"
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Bill Pytlovany
BillP Studios


From: SCCC marks 90th birthday of former hotel


Posted on September 21 at 11:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I've commented before on the effect of having more casino's than gamblers but besides failures in Atlantic City search on what has happened in Illinois when they allowed more gaming.
The document does talk about the successful Des Plaines Casino and Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.
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The Rivers Casino owned by the same proposed developer of Mohawk Harbor has been in the news for disputes with unions but you need to search deeper to find out why. It seems the training of "documented refugees" from countries like Bosnia and Bhutan is cost effective.
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From Gaming Today Sept 1st...
“ 'The best word to describe them,' Rivers Casino Vice President Andre Barnabei told Prine, is ‘outstanding.’ Name the department, and in nearly all of them, you have immigrants: food services, table games, valets, marketing. And many are becoming supervisors.”
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It doesn't take long to research why Mohawk Harbor is a beautiful idea but a casino won't provide the anchor. I originally was just going to comment that I'd like to see one of the beautiful photo-like renderings represent our winter. In the 1075 pages there was no mention of snow removal. I suspect they expect to plow it into the river.
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Bill Pytlovany


From: SDEIS for Mohawk Harbor project now online


Posted on August 14 at 11:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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I've long considered this area of Schenectady to be ideal for some kind of river front development. At one time I often traveled to other cities and the more successful locations had one thing in common, a vibrant, inviting riverfront.
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I've photographed the former Locomotive site from many angles and I'm glad others share a vision that would transform this location. The public has viewed only a handful of my aerial photos or they've see how valuable the property is positioned.
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Unfortunately, the plans are still missing what computer developers call "the killer app." Schenectady has a history of gaming from the old neighborhood bookies to the birth of New York State Lottery. Many in power have a nostalgic view towards the building of a Casino and are ignoring the figures and data.
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No matter how unique and attractive they build it, they won't come. Atlantic City has a beach, history, a boardwalk and major investors yet earlier this year "The Atlantic Club" closed. This month they're losing "The Showboat Hotel Casino", the Trump Plaza is shutting its doors sending out 1,000+ pink slips to employees. Even the 2 year old 57 floor Revel with 3,000 employees will soon become a boardwalk ghost building.
This trend is expected to continue even though New Jersey's Economic Development Authority has given millions of state tax incentives.
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I look forward to amazing improvements to this site but the only way this dream can come true is if it's realistic and has a long term component.
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Bill Pytlovany
BillP Studios
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From: Mohawk Harbor plan given new review


Posted on January 26 at 11:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I like hearing you'll have more photos. Perhaps I'll have an opportunity to share some of my best of Scotia-Glenville shots. ;)

Bill Pytlovany
BillP Studios


From: New press underscores Gazette’s print commitment


Posted on November 3 at 3:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I disagree with your premise that the current bridge some how has its roots in the bridges which formerly connected Washington Avenue in Schenectady with Washington Ave in Scotia, at the corner with Schonowee Ave.
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The resurfacing and restyling of the 2nd Western Gateway bridge does have a wonderful history with the previous concrete masterpiece. The original bridge connecting Route 5 with its dead mans curve. It was the path of many workers starting and finishing their shift at General Electric. This bridge has its own history.
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Did you read the document by Union College’s geology department or books by Larry Hart? There is plenty of information about the bridges that connected the two Washington Avenues. The Burr Bridge was only one of the spans. The history behind the bridges connecting the East end of Scotia with the Stockade include the first passenger railroad, a historic covered bridge, a toll bridge and multiple problems caused by ice jams.
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The changes to the current bridge have no roots to the 1800's. Congratulations in adding to the dismay of all historians. By documenting the headline in todays paper you've rewritten history and confused future generations.
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Bill Pytlovany
VisitScotia.com


From: Western Gateway Bridge has roots in early 1800s


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