Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Brushing up for another semester in Journalism 200
Ceramics find a happy home at Saratoga Springs senior center
|Dad's ceramic lighthouse |
could be yours for the asking.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Memo to Gov. Christie: Abuse of power reflects on leadership
Friday, January 10, 2014
Firefighters brave freezing weather
|Fire is hot but the weather was COLD,|
as you can see in this photo of a
firefighter taken the other day by Erica Miller.
When it’s too cold to go out, I usually don’t. And knocking down a fire, in any weather, is nowhere on the radar of anything I could do or would ever want to do.
I am so glad there are people who are committed to putting out fires, whether it’s a paying job or volunteer work. They are risking their lives to save ours.
It's terrific to see efforts to encourage young people to become firefighters, like the three-year program started by 1st Lt. Kevin Krogh of the Eagle Matt Lee Fire Company.
Monday, January 6, 2014
Look, Ma, no duct tape: New year, new trifocals
Friday, January 3, 2014
A birthday gift for Ed Lewi: A thank you to Maureen
It is a thank you to his wife, Maureen Lewi — not for being Ed’s better half, though that alone is worth countless accolades, but for her essential role in the success of Saratoga 150 festivities that generated so much excitement this past year.
Preparation for the 150th anniversary of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs began many months in advance, and Maureen was a key player from the beginning. She coordinated, delegated, did plenty of hands-on work and accomplished enormous tasks in her typically understated manner. She never seeks the spotlight, though she’d look great under one.
For decades, Ed and Maureen were the team behind the promotion and marketing firm that bears his name, bringing razzle-dazzle to fundraising events and community projects in and beyond Saratoga Springs. They have enough stories to fill a book, and don’t be surprised if you eventually see one.
After they sold Ed Lewi Associates, Saratogian society writer Jeannette Jordan wrote in 2010 that Maureen was more eager than Ed to retire. It’s a good thing they did, or Maureen wouldn’t have had the time to turn Saratoga 150 ideas into memorable realities.
Toward the end of the racing season, I was catching up with Ed and he lamented the lack of a public thank you to Maureen for her tireless efforts. I thought it would be a good topic for one of my columns. But it couldn’t come from him, he warned. She’d kill him. So I took the idea, wrote a draft, and never quite got it done.
For one thing, I didn’t want to be responsible for Maureen killing Ed. For another, many people deserve credit for their hard work on various aspects of Saratoga 150. There were chairs, honorary chairs, committee members and innumerable volunteers. It didn’t seem quite right to single out one person.
For instance, if this column was strictly about the Floral Fete and Ice Cream Social, it would be a no-brainer to thank both Maureen and Marlene Okby, the co-chairs. This extraordinary event drew more than 30,000 people to downtown Saratoga Springs the evening of Aug. 2, and, in terms of community involvement, it was the single most successful of the myriad events celebrating racing’s milestone anniversary. Likewise, Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson provided inspiration, a celebrity presence and incredible generosity to bring widespread attention to the city they love. As honorary chairs, they did a lot more than lend their name to Saratoga 150.
Thus, weeks went by and I set the column aside, though it was never out of my mind. I was touched by how Ed thought Maureen should be publicly acknowledged, despite the certainty that she wanted no such attention. And then, just before 2013 slipped away, I came up with a hook: Ed’s milestone birthday.
It takes a certain personality to be content to work your buns off behind the scenes. But that’s where Maureen Lewi is comfortable, personally and professionally. She is also an extremely gracious person. So I’m counting on her to take this unsought recognition with her usual poise.
Thank you, Maureen.
Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Ed.