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The City of Saratoga Springs rolls out preliminary plans to develop a 4.6-acre parcel of waterfront property off of Crescent Avenue into a park. It was part of the 2009 capital programs budget, and was the costliest item at $1.33 million, with another $545,000 investment suggested for 2010. Plans call for a beach and swimming area, boat launch and natural amphitheatre.

Clifton Park adopts changes to its leash law that will keep dogs leashed except when on the owner's property or in one of two parks in town. More of a clarification than an outright change, the law had been subject to much public discussion before its passage. Under the law, dog owners must purchase a $30 license to allow their pets off-leash at Mary Jane Row Dog Park (where the fee was already required) or at Kinns Road Park.

Town of Ballston Supervisor Patti Southworth changes her political affiliation from Democratic to Independence Party on Sept. 10. The freshman supervisor says her decision was long in coming, and had no relation to her husband's failed bid for the 11th District State Democratic Committee chair.

Carney's, a historic restaurant and tavern in Ballston Lake, sets a late-September date to close its doors amid failing negotiations with the state Department of Environmental Conservation over its septic system. Carney's has been in business since 1982, but found itself paying more than $900 every week to have its wastewater hauled away when it couldn't afford the costly system the DEC wanted installed. An outpouring of support from residents and letters from Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna and Assemblyman James Tedisco, R-Schenectady, bring the DEC back to the table, though, and Carney's is still in business.

Thomas Filion, 68, of Saratoga Springs, a man who was accused of grabbing the penis of a 15-year-old boy in the showers of the Saratoga YMCA in November of 2007, pleads guilty to several charges, including a count of sexual abuse.

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