Help create a vision for a beautiful park

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Shenendehowa school district voters have an opportunity Dec. 5 to take another giant leap forward in securing and expanding a precious commodity: open space and greenery. A majority “yes” vote at Shen’s Gowana Middle School on that day will approve a negotiated agreement under which the school district will sell 34 acres of open land to the town of Clifton Park for eventual development into a park.This opportunity was made possible by a months-long regional effort and April referendum to reverse a Shenendehowa school board vote to sell the land for commercial development. Since that vote, school board and town officials have been holding meetings to determine the next steps. This effort led to an agreement for the town to purchase the land for $1.1 million. As part of that agreement, voters in the district get to have their say on final approval.I hope voters throughout the district understand the value of retaining this land to create a park for everyone in the region to enjoy for decades to come — preventing it from becoming part of the wave of commercial and residential development sweeping the community. Open space and parks improve the overall attractiveness and value of our community as a place to live and/or work. Let’s not let this opportunity pass.On Dec. 5, cast a “yes” vote that places our town among those Capital Region communities whose leaders, businesses and residents have had the vision to create beautiful parks, such as The Crossings in Colonie and Congress Park in Saratoga Springs.Mark MarchandClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:Controversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…last_img read more

Indonesia, Japan commit to ‘cooperation’ against COVID-19

first_imgIndonesia and Japan have committed to closer cooperation to address the spread of COVID-19 while calling for strong collaboration within the international community to fight the pandemic.The commitment was made on Monday during a phone call between Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.Retno reportedly used the occasion to also convey Indonesia’s appreciation for Japan’s recent help in evacuating the Indonesian crewmen of the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan. “Indonesia and Japan are committed to intensify bilateral, regional as well as international cooperation through the G-20 mechanism in fighting COVID-19,” Retno tweeted on Monday.Meanwhile, Motegi said on Monday in a statement issued through the Japanese Embassy in Jakarta that it was high time that the international community came together to curb the further spread of the lethal virus around the world.He said that Japan had decided to contribute 1.5 billion yen (US$13.6 million) in emergency aid for distributing to affected countries through the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.The phone call between the foreign ministers took place  in lieu of a bilateral meeting that had been scheduled prior to the outbreak.This year’s Indonesia-Japan meeting of foreign and defense ministers would have been be the second “2+2” meeting since 2015, when Retno and then-defense minister Ryamizard Ryacudu met with their Japanese counterparts, then-foreign minister Fumio Kishida and then-defense minister Gen Nakatani, for the inaugural meeting in Tokyo.On Tuesday morning, Indonesia had reported 579 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while Japan had reported 1,128 confirmed cases. Topics :last_img read more

“The Croods” held over for a second week at The Regent

first_imgWhen: Friday, 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. Opening week debut! The Regent will be showing the movie on its opening weekend across the nation. Rated: PG. Length: 1 hour 32 minutes. This week at the Regent Theater: “The Croods” (Movie trailer is below). Movie Synopsis:The Croods tells the story of the world’s first family road trip. When their cave is destroyed, the Crood family must embark on a comedy adventure into strange and spectacular territory in search of a new home. As if patriarch Grug (Cage) didn’t already have enough to handle, it goes from bad to worse when they encounter an imaginative nomad named Guy (Reynolds.) With Guy’s help the Croods conquer their fear of the outside world and discover that they have exactly what it takes to survive – each other.(c) Paramount.Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 86%. Audience review: 95% approval.Other movies this week: Thursday: Charlotte’s Web – 2 p.m., Friday: Gremlins – 2 p.m.Movies ahead at Regent Theater:March 28 The Croods (Held over for second week).April 5 — Jack – The Giant Slayer.last_img read more