Editor's Note: The following is a recap of news in the town of Clifton Park and its surrounding areas from the second half of 2008. A recap of the first six months of 2008 appeared last week, Dec. 26. To view Spotlight Newspapers' Year in Pictures 2008, click the link below
The Malta Town Board passes legislation to allow residents living in R-1 residential zones to apply for permission to keep horses on their property. The equestrian use law requires applicants have at least 3 acres of land with a minimum of 200 feet of road frontage and at least 50-foot setbacks from neighboring properties for all buildings. The decision came after months of lobbying by Jim and Mary Pellerin, who were shocked to learn they were not allowed to keep a horse for their daughter on their 10 acres on East Line Road.
A late-night fire ravages three businesses along Route 50 near Lakehill Road in Burnt Hills. The Burnt Hills Fire Department says the fire likely originated in the Hott Tropics Tanning Salon, which is destroyed. The two other businesses, a Dunkin' Donuts and Reflections Hair Salon, suffer water and smoke damage.
Ground is broken on the Halfmoon Family Park. The project, which was in the works for nine years, is located on Route 236 on a 50-acre parcel of land and will be built at an estimated cost of $6 million. With hopes for a spring 2010 opening, the park will feature pavilions with restrooms, a clubhouse, soccer fields, recreation areas and trails.
The Ballston Spa School District mourns the death of William R. Scott, founder of the school's football program, longtime coach and namesake of the Scotties sports teams. He founded the football program in 1940 and retired from the post of athletic director in 1976, but helped at football and baseball practices until 1999. He was 97.