8.09.2011

Ballston Spa business news: Tai Chi classes start this fall; Buick dealership wins GMC franchise

Local expert to offer Tai Chi classes in Ballston Spa this fall

BALLSTON SPA — This fall, Tony Grimaldi will offer Tai Chi classes to the community at the Malta Community Center located at 1 Bayberry Drive in Ballston Spa.

After earning his certification in Tai Chi, a martial art form that originated in China over 1,200 years ago, Grimaldi’s reputation and following has grown throughout the Capital District. Grimaldi credits the art for its mental, spiritual and physical strength benefits and works across the Capital District to help bring Tai Chi to local communities. He teaches his New Moon Tai Chi classes regularly in Scotia at the Academy of Okinawan Karate and Kung Fu and at Charlton Elementary School.

This fall, Grimaldi plans to bring his expertise to Ballston Spa and the greater Saratoga County beginning September 13. Classes range from 6-15 weeks long and are recommended for ages 18 and up.

From September 13 until November 15, New Moon Tai Chi classes will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the community center. Registration for class spots opened August, 1. To register or learn more visit www.newmoontaichi.com or email Tony Grimaldi at newmoontaichi@gmail.com.

Ballston Spa Buick dealership awarded GMC Franchise
BALLSTON SPA — One local car dealership, Mangino Buick on 1484 Saratoga Road in Ballston Spa, recently won a contract by General Motors to carry GMC vehicles, parts and services.

Recently, the local Buick dealer consolidated with the former Buick-GMC dealership in Mechanicsville, allowing GMC to appoint Mangino Buick a certified GMC dealer.

On Thursday, August 4, Mangino Buick added GMC automobiles to its current line up of Buick cars and crossovers.

The family owned and operated dealership has been in the Mangino family since 1978 when Ralph Mangino Sr. purchased the dealership. Today, Mangino Buick is overseen by Mangino’s son Ralph Jr., and his daughter Patty. The family expanded their operation in 2004 when Ralph Sr.’s daughter Tina and her husband Mike Coffey bought a Chevrolet dealership on Route 30 in Amsterdam.

In addition to their active role in the Capital District’s automobile industry, the Manginos are involved with several community service initiatives. The family has sponsored community events, scholarships and donated a vehicle for Ballston Spa High School’s driver education program.

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