Do we really need these big new stores?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Well, it appears that the new CVS in Burnt Hills is nearing completion. It’s an awe-inspiring spectacle on the downtown Burnt Hills skyline. Why so enormous? It looks as if they have built a 12-stall stable for a one-horse town. Don`t get me wrong, some change is good. But this is like the Taj Mahal. Aside from needing to be careful in the parking lot, what is wrong with the old CVS? Progress, they say. I say “ridiculous.”This town hasn’t changed much in the 40-plus years I’ve known it and lived in it. I think it`s fair to say that the vast majority of people who live here find that we like it that way. It’s far enough out to not have big city hassles, but close enough to Glenville to have everything within reach.I remember the building next to the current CVS (soon to be the old CVS)  as Veeder & Yelverton. It was a small store and pharmacy, which if I remember correctly back to my youth had a large painted sign on the side stating, “We Deliver Rx.” Now this old complex of small retail units is slowly being vacated. No doubt, it’s most likely for one of those new state-of-the-art Stewarts Shops. We need that like a hole in the head. Anyone trying to get back on to Route 50 at rush hour or when the schools let out know it`s like Russian roulette.So, we stand poised on the doorstep of progress with a new, gargantuan CVS and, please no, but I fear another Stewarts on the opposite corner. Who thought this was a great idea I`ll never know. Will they deliver progress?Brian BaldwinBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img

Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams to face Julia Goerges in semi-finals

first_imgSerena Williams came from a set down to beat Italian Camila Giorgi 3-6 6-3 6-4 in a well-faught Wimbledon quarter-final on Tuesday at Centre Court.For the first time in the tournament the 36-year-old was seriously challenged as unseeded Giorgi, playing in her first Grand Slam quarter-final, fought fire with fire to claim the opening set on Centre Court.The 36-year-old saw a serious challenge for the first time in this year’s Wimbledon from the unseeded Giorgi, who was playing her first Grand Slam quarters. The Italian played fiercely and claimed the opening set but the seasoned American was too experienced and faught back well to take the next two sets and set up a semis clash with Julia Goerges.Earlier, Germany’s Goerges had defeated Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 to reach her first major Grand Slam semi-final. The 13th seed ended Bertens’ giant-killing run after faltering in the first set.Angelique Kerber, Jelena Ostapenko set up semi-final clashCOMEBACK VICTORY FOR SERENAWilliams responded to losing the first set by raising the intensity level and began striking the ball with ferocious power to break Giorgi’s serve for the first time on her way to levelling the match.World number 52 Giorgi dropped serve to love early in the decider but hung in gamely to at least make Williams serve to reach her 35th Grand Slam semi-final and 11th at Wimbledon.Once again, Serena reigns supreme on Centre [email protected] marches on…#Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2018Williams stepped up to the line at 5-4 and brought up match point with an ace before completing victory when Giorgi could only push a forehand into the net.advertisement”Every time I play Giorgi she always plays that level so I knew going in it would not be an easy match,” Williams, who will face German 13th seed Julia Goerges in the semi-finals, said shortly after walking off court.”After the first set I said ‘okay let’s go three sets’, I just kept fighting.”Williams is playing only her fourth tournament since returning to the Tour after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia nine months ago and arrived with a ranking of 181, although she was bumped up to 25th seed.After claiming a 19th consecutive match win at the tournament she won in 2015 and 2016 but missed last year, she said she still had a way to go to regain her top level.But with none of the top eight seeds left in the draw she is now a huge favourite to claim a 24th Grand Slam title and move level with Margaret Court on the all-time list.”I feel good, I felt like I did better today, I had to, but this is only my fourth tournament back so I don’t feel any pressure and have to win this,” she said.”I’m here just to prove that I’m back, and I feel like I’m back.”GEORGES ENDS BERTENS’ DREAM RUNA brilliant comeback victory…Serena Williams awaits @juliagoerges in the #Wimbledon semi-finals (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2018The two often go out for dinner together when they are playing at the same tournaments but there was no room for sharing any friendly banter as both eyed a place in the last four of the most famous tennis tournament.Dutchwoman Bertens, who had gained an appetite for eating up higher-ranked players having beaten ninth seed Venus Williams and number seven Karolina Pliskova over the past week, appeared well on her way to swallowing up another when she won the first set against Goerges.She also recovered from 4-1 down in the second to level up proceedings but Goerges kept on believing to subdue her pal and she booked a semi-final date with Serena Williams after watching a lunging Bertens roll the ball into the net on match point.Goerges’ win kept alive the possibility of Wimbledon staging an all-German women’s final on Saturday as twice major winner Angelique Kerber takes on Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in the other semi.The #Wimbledon ladies’ semi-finals are [email protected] vs @juliagoerges @AngeliqueKerber vs @JelenaOstapenk8Who do you see reaching the final? (@Wimbledon) July 10, 2018(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more