Glens Falls: State of the City Address

Glens Falls City Hall

On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, Mayor Bill Collins will deliver the State of The City address at 12:30 PM on the second floor of City Hall. All are welcome to attend. This address will focus on the accomplishments of 2022, and look ahead to 2023: “One of the things I’ve emphasized during my first year in office is to ensure we’re providing services in the most efficient way possible to the City of Glens Falls” said Mayor Collins. “Two other points of emphasis made this past year are communication and development.  We have come a long way this past year at City Hall, and I want to not only share our vision, but also bring more people to the table to help shape that vision.” 

The City is also making the address available live on the City of Glens Falls YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/@cityofglensfallsny6752/streams; the address will be available under “City of Glens Falls State of The City January 18, 2023″, and the thumbnail will have a red “live” icon as well.

Hey, Glens Falls! Let’s Talk About Parking!

Glen Street

On January 1, 2023, the City of Glens Falls returned to their pre-COVID parking regulations and enforcement methods – the City had previously suspended its parking enforcement in March of 2020, but the City now once again enforces the two-hour parking limit for parking spots in the downtown area. To communicate this upcoming change, the City had given out “warning” tickets when a car was parked in a spot for too long, issuing approximately 900 warnings in the last three months of 2022.  The return of these regulations has been met by the business community with exasperation and support alike. 

Bill Dingman – District Operations Manager for Spot Coffee – is concerned not only about the availability of parking spots, but also the cost to his employees: “My workers are 18 to 25 (years old), they are just starting out in their careers and they can’t afford the extra expense” Dingman said. Since the reinstatement, Spot Coffee employees have had to stop work to move their cars, with some even having been ticketed! “This is costing the company employee productivity… The tickets are $30 and $60 if you don’t pay in 10 days. For an 18-year old cashier at a coffee shop to pay a $60 parking ticket is punitive” Dingman said.

Dingman knows that the parking in the downtown area is a complex situation: “I fully understand that businesses need convenient parking for their businesses, I fully support that… (But parking) is equally important to the workers, the business owners and the residents who live downtown. There are not enough spots” Dingman said.

Dingman also has an eye on the upcoming tourist season when the parking will become that much harder for people in the community to navigate:  “I think there has to be a solution from the City… whether it be a seasonal approach or a discounted rate for workers.” 

Another perspective on the parking situation comes from Robb, who’ has been’s worked with the Lake George Olive Oil company for 8 years and has been vocal about the lack of parking enforcement – during the two-year enforcement hiatus, he has seen cars parked for hours taking up valuable downtown spots. This is a detriment to his business, where customers have come into the store because, “I saw a spot, so I stopped.” 

Samantha from Rude Betty buys a pass for parking – she found that in a year’s time, she was paying about $300 for parking in the garages in town, while the parking pass was only $150, and she has always found a spot for her car. 

The City is invested in finding parking solutions moving forward – there is a Special Parking Committee that is looking over the entire issue, who will provide recommendations in February. Glens Falls has also invested in parking sensors that will feed into an app that can be downloaded onto any phone; this app will show where the open parking spots and occupied parking spots are throughout the downtown area. The City is currently working on calibrating this system.   

The COVID pandemic which led to the pause of the parking enforcement has had lasting effects on communities and businesses alike.  “I think there has to be a solution for the workers and the employees… In the restaurant industry we, in this city, are lagging dramatically behind the state and the region… In re-employment… So, how can I then ask the employees that I’ve got to incur extra expense to work here?” Dingman asked.

Morgan & Co Treats GFPD to Holiday Lunch

Photo Credit:City of Glens Falls Chef Rebecca Newell-Butters & Manager Jolene of Morgan & Co.

The popular Glens Falls restaurant Morgan & Co showed their appreciation for the Glens Falls Police Department on Thursday, December 22, 2022, with lunch for the entire staff. Chef Rebecca Newell-Butters and the restaurant manager Jolene presented the luncheon to the Glens Falls City Police Department, which has 30 sworn members and two civilian employees. 

“The holidays can be a sad time of year for some. Giving back makes you feel better, especially when you give back to the community. This year, we decided to do this for the Glens Falls Police Department because they do a lot of hard work around the city. We have a great police department, and the work they are doing in drug enforcement to keep drugs away from our kids is very important. It’s pretty amazing what our police department does” Chef Rebecca Newell-Butters said. The Chef and Co-owner of Morgan & Co said that she was doing it in the name of her father Ron Newell who was born and raised in Glens Falls. “He loved Glens Falls and helped a lot of people in the community.”

Police Chief Jarrod Smith thanked Morgan & Co: “On behalf of the police department, I wanted to say thank you very much for arranging the lunch. It was delicious and everyone was very appreciative. Thank you for thinking of us, and have a Merry Christmas.” 

Morgan & Co is located in the historic 19th century McEchron House in Downtown Glens Falls. It has been owned by Chef partners Rebecca Newell-Butters & Steve Butters since 2014.  Rebecca is a graduate of Glens Falls High School, and attended New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vermont. Rebecca’s international travel helped her sample a variety of cuisines and further develop her palate, helping her to win on an episode of the Food Network reality show “Chopped” in 2009.

Chef Steve Butters grew up in Norwood Massachusetts, and started cooking at a young age. He worked summers in restaurants on Cape Cod, and attended the famous Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Steve also garnered culinary fame on the Food Network – he appeared on the show “Sweet Genius”, where his humor earned him a cameo on E! Entertainment’s “The Soup with Joel McHale”. The couple married in 2010, at the Sagamore Hotel in Bolton Landing.

Morgan & Co is located t 65 Ridge Street in Glens Falls, which is also known as The McEchron House; the house was originally built by William and Sarah McEchron in 1891. The McEchron’s were philanthropists and involved in many local businesses – William McEchron was a charter member of the YMCA, and was involved in the construction of Christ Church. In 1984, the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Morgan & Co is open year-round, and features gourmet catering, private parties, and outdoor dining in the warmer months. For more information, visit MorganRestaurant.com

The Glens Falls Inn Provides Cozy Character and Downtown Convenience

Glens Falls Inn

Nestled on Sherman Avenue in Glens Falls is a 19-century Victorian home, which has been converted into The Glens Falls Inn. The Glens Falls Inn provides a unique guest experience, with old-world charm in harmony with updated amenities. The house has high ceilings, original molding, hardwood floors, and pocket doors.

There are a variety of bookings that are available to guests: booking the entire home gives guests six suites that each have private bathrooms, and use of the kitchen, living room, and dining room is included for this booking.

Guests who book an individual room, will have shared access to the sitting parlor, living room, dining room, and wrap around front porch; however, cooking and laundry will not be available. The laundry room is available for guests who book for seven days or more. This service will be at an additional cost and will need to be requested prior to the booking. 

The Glens Falls Inn also features a 3rd floor apartment known as the ‘Top of the Inn” or Inn-Keepers’ Quarters. This unique space offers one bedroom, a gas fireplace, a kitchen, a full bath, and laundry. This special, separate unit is only sometimes available for reservations. The first floor is handicapped accessible, and there is a handicap accessible bedroom on the first floor as well.

Michelle Jones – Owner and Innkeeper – took ownership of the Inn in 2018. Since then, Michelle has been working to bring back the charm and character of this historical structure, as it’s a great place for family reunions, and small weddings. Michelle makes it a point to meet guests, help them feel at home, and give some helpful hints.

Glens Fall Inn

When the entire house is booked, Michelle is available via cell phone, and is usually 20 to 30 minutes away if guests are in need of any assistance. Michelle was born and raised in Glens Falls, and carried on the tradition by raising her own family there. Michelle said via The Glens Falls Inn website: “I have spent my life believing that life is what you make it and the people you encounter may enrich you for a moment or a lifetime. Through the Inn, I am blessed with the opportunity to meet people from all over and to provide a place for them to rest, grab a warm cup of coffee, relax and to meet other travelers.” 

For more information, please visit glensfallsinn.net

City of Glens Falls Halts 2 Bus Routes Due to Shortage of Bus Drivers

Ridge Street Bus Stop

Effective December 16, 2022, Greater Glens Falls Transit (GGFT) will be suspending specific bus routes due to a shortage of bus drivers: the routes that will be affected are Route 4, and Route 11 & 12. These changes will affect weekday routes.

The Route 4 line currently leaves Glens Falls and travels to Hudson Falls and Fort Edward, along Quaker Road and Boulevard. This route leaves Ridge Street in Downtown Glens Falls at 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, & 2:30 PM. This route is being suspended.

Route 11 & 12 will also be suspended. This bus route currently travels to Upper Glen Street from Ridge Street in Downtown Glens Falls, at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM, & 3:30 PM. 

Due to these routes being suspended, the GGFT has modified Route 19: at 9:30 & 10:30, that route will be rerouted to use Glen Street instead of Bay Street and Quaker Road. These routes will service Walmart on Upper Glen Street, and the Montcalm Apartments.

The service changes will be in effect until further notice, and GGFT has alerted the other municipalities that will be affected by these changes.   

The GGFT began operation in 1984 and is estimated to transport over 320,000 riders annually. Routes are operated Monday through Friday, from 6:30 AM to 9:45 PM, & Saturdays 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Glens Falls Ladies’ Night

Glens Falls Collaborative

On Thursday, December 8th, The Glens Falls Collaborative is hosting Glens Falls Ladies Night from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Participating businesses will stay open late, offering a variety of discounts; and bars, restaurants & eateries will have special offerings as well. 

The Glens Falls Collaborative is a membership organization whose mission is to band together and support Glens Falls. This group organizes festivals, creates advertisements and holds mixers, along with working with the city of Glens Falls on hospitality efforts. 

Amongst the shops and stores that are participating in this event, there will also be a pop up party at The WorkSmart Coworking & Meeting Space. This shared workspace concept is a locally owned and certified NYS women-owned business, which is owned by Christy Alexander. The workspace is scaled to individual needs, and utilizes membership plans with different tiers: the four tier system ranges from a $25 per day drop in pass, $159 per month shared workspace, $309 per month dedicated desk, & $409 and up per private office. 

Christy Alexander owner of WorkSmart

The WorkSmart concept helps people who work remotely create a dedicated workspace. There are some challenges to working from home, including distractions, and the blurred lines between home life and work life… WorkSmart creates an environment where people can better concentrate on their work, and also collaborate with other professionals. For people interested in trying out the workspace, there are $25 “Drop-In Passes” available.  These passes can be purchased online, and offer a choice of using the shared workspace or a private office; or a meeting room can also be booked. WorkSmart is located at 237 Glen Street, in Glens Falls, NY. For more information, visit worksmartgf.com.

The Glens Falls Collaborative has hosted events that are synonymous with Glens Falls Festivals, including the Adirondack Christkindlmarket, Wing Fest, and Take a Bite. For more information about Glens Falls Ladies’ Night and The Glens Falls Collaborative, visit https://glensfallscollaborative.com/.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Glens Falls City Park

Tonight – Friday, December 2nd, at 5:15 PM, Santa Claus is coming to town! The Glens Falls Holiday Parade kicks off at Crandall Park, and will proceed down Glen Street to Glens Falls City Park. Santa himself will be there, along with Mayor Bill Collins. Come and join the fun! 

At 6:15 PM, Santa and City Officials will be lighting the Glens Falls Christmas Tree in Glens Falls City Park, near Crandall Library.  If you are looking for a visit with Santa, you just may get your wish: from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, there will be an opportunity to visit with Santa at Glens Falls National Bank Wealth Management Building. If it’s a letter to Santa that you have in mind, Glens Falls City Hall will have that all ready for you: in front of City Hall, there will be a special mailbox for letters to Santa at the North Pole. Don’t forget to include a return address so that Santa can respond!!

Downtown shops will also be open for this Holiday Festival! There will be live entertainment, and costumed characters between 5:15 PM and 8:00 PM. Glens Falls City Park will also be hosting the Adirondack Christkindlmarkt: come see your friends and neighbors, finish off your holiday shopping, and enjoy some live entertainment! Santa Claus can’t wait to see ya!

Catholic Charities Hosts 27th Annual Saratoga Festival of Trees Event

Festival of Trees

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties invites the local community to unwrap the magic of the holiday season at their 27th annual fundraiser – The Festival of Trees – on Wednesday, November 30 through Sunday, December 4, at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

The Festival returns with a showcase of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and other holiday and gift items for purchase. Festival proceeds will benefit the programs of Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. The Festival of Trees event hours vary as follows: Festival of Trees Preview Reception, Wednesday, November 30, 6-8pm; Festival of Trees, Thursday, Dec. 1, 4-9pm; Friday, Dec. 2, 3-8pm; Saturday, Dec. 3, 12-7pm; and Sunday, Dec 4, 11-2pm. Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for Seniors, $5 for ages over 10 and free for anyone 10 and under, when accompanied by an adult. Special admission pricing set at $5 will be offered on Thursday of Victorian Streetwalk Weekend after 5pm. Festival of Trees tickets can be purchased at the entrance to the Festival. Festival of Trees Preview Reception tickets can be purchased online at http://www.saratogafestivaloftrees.com/ or by calling 518-587-5000.

After a two-year pause, Breakfast with Santa returns this year. There are three Breakfasts with Santa on Saturday, December 3: the first scheduled for 8:30-9:30, then 10-11 and 11:30-12:30; Sundaes with Santa follows from 1-2pm. Tickets are $10 each. Children 2 and under are free. Adults must accompany children. Tickets include either the breakfast or sundae, a tour of the Festival of Trees, a photo with Santa and access to a variety of children’s activities for $1 per ticket. Activities include cookie decorating, face painting, manicures, ornament making, picture frame creating and letters to Santa. There will also be a Holiday Shop with gifts for purchase. Breakfast with Santa and Sundaes with Santa admission tickets are sold in advance only and can be purchased online at http://www.saratogafestivaloftrees.com/ or by calling 518-587-5000.

Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, Sister Charla Commins said, “The Festival of Trees is the biggest fundraiser and community event of the year for Catholic Charities. With decreasing funding and increased need, it is becoming more difficult to assist people in the tri-county communities who have been seriously impacted during these difficult times. This festive and magical event has been greatly modified in the last few years because of COVID, but this year we are reinstating all of the Festival’s activities, including the ever- popular Breakfast with Santa. Proceeds will assist us in providing services to individuals and families across the ages. We are sure the generosity of our communities will continue to support this wondrous holiday event and we are grateful.”

About Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties

Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties has been serving the tri-county area through a wide spectrum of counseling and programming efforts since 1975. In 2021, the agency served more than 4000 tri-county residents regardless of race, creed or lifestyle, with special emphasis on the economically poor and the vulnerable. Catholic Charities services are provided by caring, skilled professionals, and services benefit youth at risk, victims of domestic violence, families in need of counseling, the terminally ill and countless others. For more information on the mission or services provided by Catholic Charities, call 518-587-5000.

Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties is an agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany.

NYS Volleyball Tournament Returns To The Cool Insuring Arena

The New York State Public High School Girls’ Volleyball Tournament will return to the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th. This is the 16th year that the Cool Insuring Arena has hosted the tournament. 

The event features competition between five classes, and four teams qualify in each class. During pool play, teams will play each other once.  Then, the top two teams (determined by the pool play records) will advance to the finals, with tie-breakers used as needed.

Opening ceremonies are set to begin at 7:45 AM on Saturday morning. At 8:30 AM, the morning pool play will begin, and the afternoon pool play is scheduled to begin at 3:00 PM. The finals on Sunday will start at 10:00 AM for Class D, 12:00 PM for Class AA and C, and 2:00 PM for Class A and B. The competing teams this session will include Lake George, Shenendehowa, Burnt Hills, and Galway.

The Cool Insuring Arena is not providing ticket services for this event. To purchase tickets, go to https://gofan.co/app/school/NYSPHSAA; tickets must be purchased digitally! Prices will come to $11.50 per ticket with all fees included.

You’re Invited…. Park & Elm to Host Open House November 19

Park & Elm Rendering
In collaboration with Adirondack Studios, renderings of Park & Elm were produced and are available for public viewing. 

Park Street Hospitality invites you to the Park & Elm open house on Saturday, November 19th, 2022 (7am-9pm) in downtown Glens Falls.

Park & Elm Open House

Developed by Park Street Hospitality, the same team that operates Doc’s Restaurant and The Park Theater, Park & Elm is a multi-concept eatery featuring a gourmet food market, delicatessen and fine dining restaurant located in downtown Glens Falls. 

The open house will celebrate the initial stage in launching Park & Elm. The market and delicatessen will be fully open to the public with the restaurant opening date to be announced. 

This event will feature samples of house-made products, local goods and more. In addition, tours of the bar and dining room will be available, along with a chance to be among the first customers to sign-up for the exclusive restaurant opening next month. 

“The team and I are beyond excited to welcome the community into our new space. Whether you are looking for a date night out on the town, a quick sandwich on your lunch break, or all of the fixings to make a gourmet meal at home, I hope that Park & Elm will offer a little something for everyone.” – Ben Miller (Operations Manager, Park Street Hospitality)

A Metropolitan Market in Hometown, USA

The market and delicatessen will feature farm-to-table ingredients, highlighting local produce and dairy products, a deli counter with artisanal meats and cheeses, house-made breads, charcuterie, baked goods and desserts, as well as imported specialty products from across the globe. 

There will be an in-house butcher with a focus on premium meats, such as organic and free-range poultry, certified angus beef, heritage breed pork, sustainably caught seafood and more. In addition, basic grocery necessities will be available for purchase. 

Fast-casual breakfast and lunch counter service will be available until 4pm, featuring a variety of breakfast items, deli sandwiches, soups, salads and house-made baked goods. There will be a prepared foods section that will include individual entrées and family-style meals to-go. 

A New Era of Fine Dining

Building on the reputation established by Doc’s Restaurant, Park & Elm will continue to elevate its high-quality food and beverage programs. Curated by executive chef, Matthew J. Delos, the restaurant will continue to showcase quality local ingredients, featuring the quintessential dishes that everyone knows and loves, while elevating the dining experience with creative flair and flavor combinations. 

Park Street Hospitality’s beverage programs have garnered attention throughout the Capital Region. Park & Elm will provide the ideal environment to elevate these programs through continuous innovation and creativity, including a state of the art wine dispensing and preservation system. The dining room will also feature an expanded cocktail menu curated by lead bartender, Ethan McKee.

Further Information

Park & Elm is located at 19 Park Street, Glens Falls, NY, 12801. The market will be open Tuesday – Saturday from 7am – 9pm. The restaurant will be opening mid-December and will mark the completion of Park & Elm.

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