Worker with disorder can work from home after Saratoga County reverses policy

BALLSTON SPA – After six weeks of begging to work from home, Saratoga County officials finally granted a mental health clinician with anxiety disorder the ability to counsel her clients virtually.

But the accommodation did not come until after the Times Union called county officials this week asking about the licensed clinical social worker’s disability, which is recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and whose symptoms rekindled when she was forced to return to the office on July 20.

Mental Health Director Dr. Michael Presioso and Human Resource Deputy Director Adam Kinowski, in an Aug. 20 meeting of which the Times Union obtained a recording, told the LCSW they couldn’t allow her to work at home, despite her frequent panic attacks in the office, because the county has no work from home policy and the Board of Supervisors had “no appetite” to create one.

“I empathize,” Kinowski told her

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Tour This Top Designer’s Moody Bay Area Home

People are appalled that I painted it black, but there was never a question: I knew I would do that.” So says interior designer Nicole Hollis, discussing her bold decision to darken the beige façade of her 1870s San Francisco house. Coats of Benjamin Moore’s Black Tar were applied to the exterior, a shade as inky as its name, and yet it strangely intensifies the Italianate building’s ornate surfaces rather than blots them out. Like the tour-bus passengers when the house comes into view, Hollis’s young daughter still isn’t convinced, asking why it couldn’t have been pink.

That the house is owned today by one of the Bay Area’s top designers would surely please former resident Julia Morgan—first woman graduate of Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts, first woman architect licensed in California, and best known as publisher William Randolph Hearst’s inventive court stylist. She called the Pacific Heights property home from

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Behind this unusual black exterior lies a stunning modern family NSW home that can withstand CYCLONE

Behind this home’s unusual black exterior lies a stunning modern retreat that can withstand a CYCLONE – complete with a dreamy rooftop deck, a home gym and breathtaking ocean views

  • An unusual beach house on the Central Coast houses a modern family home with spectacular ocean views
  • Built 10 years ago on Forresters Beach, the home has been created to withstand cyclones if necessary
  • The beach home houses four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a home gym and multiple living/entertaining areas
  • It also boasts a track that leads directly to Forresters Beach via the adjoining Wyrrabalond National Park


Behind the black panel walls of an unusual beach house on the New South Wales Central Coast lies a breathtaking modern family home that boasts uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean.

Built 10

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Home Works Painting, a Top Painting Company in Chantilly, VA Announces Expanded Hours – Press Release

Chantilly, VA – Chantilly Painting Company – Home Works Painting, is proud to announce the extension of its service hours. The service extension was as a result of the management’s consultation with their clients.

Mike Katounas, Home Works Painting’s owner and representative, noted that the proposed extension of their services from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. would give them a competitive edge. Not only will the expansion give them a better position to serve its clients but also address Chantilly’s demand for a high-rated painter.

Home Works Painting spokesperson added, “At Home Works Painting, we understand the importance of providing excellent service to our customers. When you hire a professional painting company, you should expect them to be on time, communicate, perform quality craftsmanship, and clean up. This is our goal for every project we perform.”

Irrespective of their increase in service hours, the Chantilly Painting Company will still

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How to Determine What Patio Door is Best for Your Home

Summer has almost come to an end, and since many homeowners have been at home more than usual, they’re noticing more about their homes than usual. One of the most common inquiries we’ve had is in regards to patio doors. You use your patio doors the most in the summer and if yours hasn’t been up to par or having some issues this summer, you noticed! Whether a sticking sliding patio door, a drafty French door, or simply the door no longer fitting the space it’s in, it might be time to consider replacing.

Learn more about your patio door replacement options, so that when next summer rolls around, you’ll be able to enjoy your patio, problem free!

So what should you be considering when replacing your patio door?


Wood Patio Doors

Wood is a good patio door material to consider when you are looking for a customizable or

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5 Seasonal DIY Home Improvement Projects | Local News Stories

The calendar pages may be turning fast, but it’s not too late to take advantage of late summer warm temperatures and do some work around the house. Now is the time to wrap up home improvement projects before the weather turns too cold.

Consider these five easy DIY tasks that can set you up for a warm, safe and pest-free fall:

Perform routine HVAC maintenance. Heating and cooling systems need regular service to operate at peak efficiency. Some tasks are best left to the pros, but there is plenty you can do on your own to minimize expenses and ensure your unit maintains its performance level. With the breaker and gas off, wipe the exterior of your furnace with a damp rag then remove the access door and vacuum the burners, base and blower compartment. Remove and clean the blower with a vacuum and small brush then use a drinking

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Best ways to protect your business, home and valuables during uncertain times

Violence, vandalism, and looting of businesses, government buildings and homes have become a regular occurrence in recent months. With all its unprecedented events, 2020 has proven that the future is anything but certain.

Utah, ranked second nationally for happiness among states by Wallethub.com, hasn’t been immune from recent violence and vandalism. Riots in Salt Lake Valley, as well as the recent riot and shooting in Provo, have left businesses and homeowners rattled and seeking protection for the things, and people, they care for most.

When it comes to protecting your business, home, family, and valuables, a few steps can greatly enhance your security. Here are six to consider.

Damage to the exterior of your home or business can mean expensive repairs, time lost, and even a drop in revenue, says The Balance Small Business. While armor is usually correlated with law enforcement or military personnel, Utah company Citizen Armor is

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How to Install a 36-Inch Exterior Wooden Screen Door | Home Guides

A homeowner with basic carpentry skills and tools can save the cost of a professional by installing a 36-inch wooden screen door. Manufactured doors designed for installation in a wooden doorjamb are available in stain-grade and paint-grade finishes at many home centers and door outlets. The doors come with an accessory kit that includes wood screws, butt hinges, a handle and a door closer.

Sizing the Door

Stand the screen door on one of the long edges where the hinges will install. Determine the top and bottom of the door by comparing the sizes of the wooden frames across each end. The narrow frame is at the top of the door and the wider frame is at the bottom. Measure 7 inches from the outer edge of the top frame, and mark the location of the upper hinge on the long edge of the door. Measure 11 inches from the

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5 Things to Consider When Timing a Home Sale

If you follow the real estate market at all then you’ve likely heard that spring is the best time of year to sell your home. But many experts today will tell you this isn’t always the case. The decision of when to sell is a personal one and it comes down to several different factors

a tree in front of a house: The decision of when to sell is a personal one and it comes down to several different factors

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The decision of when to sell is a personal one and it comes down to several different factors

If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market, here are a few timing considerations.


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According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), spring is generally the busiest time for selling a house. The organization found that in 2019, May and June accounted for 40 percent of annual sales volume, with June being the busiest, while November through February were the months with the fewest sales.

This data reflects

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Home on Lewis Avenue catches fire late Sunday afternoon | Local News

Chris Donohue, 38, lives next to the home that caught fire. Donohue said he was playing video games when he saw some sort of commotion and within 30 seconds to a minute neighbors were banging on his house yelling about a fire. 

He looked out his kitchen window which is separated from his neighbors home by roughly 15 feet. “The whole side of his house was just, whoosh, on fire and just pushing smoke into my house,” he said.”

Donohue said he wasn’t sure if his house was also on fire at that point but was immediately concerned. 

He said he believes his neighbor’s house was used to store much of an annual Halloween home decoration and yard display setup that has been an attraction for decades stretching back to when Donohue himself was an elementary school student growing up in the neighborhood.

Donohue described a frantic scramble that ensued

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