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Chamber Welcomes Cricket To Southside Mall

AT&T Cell Phone Store

Welcomed To Southside

The ribbon was cut this afternoon on a new AT&T Cricket cell phone store in the Panera building at Southside Mall.  Participating are, from left, Mall Manager Luisa Montanti, Kasondra Hughes, Otsego Chamber of Commerce member services coordinator, Cricket sales reps Katelyn Knapp and Lawrence Knight, Joe Lazzaro from operations, and Lisa Gelormini from human resources. A grand opening celebration continues into this evening.  Stop by for a slice of cake.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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CVS Might Be Looking At November Opening

CVS Might Be Looking

At November Opening

Word is circulating in the Chestnut and Beaver street neighborhood that the new CVS may be opening as soon as early November. Originally, the plan was to shift operations from the downtown Cooperstown store to the new drive-thru store at the south end of the village by next March. In recent weeks, construction activity has stepped up at the new site, with crews working well beyond the usual 7-3 shift. In the past week, the roof structure has been completed, and final shingling was underway today.  No one was available this afternoon at the company’s Rhode Island headquarters for comment.  (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
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BY UNANIMOUS VOTE, ZAKREVSKY’S THE ONE

OTSEGO NOW SELECTS CEO

BY UNANIMOUS VOTE,

ZAKREVSKY’S THE ONE

New directors Tom Armao of Country Club Motors and Springbrook President Patricia Kennedy joined the Otsego Now board at 5 p.m. this evening to cast their first vote for new CEO Jody Zakrevsky, recruited away from the Amsterdam IDA. Posing for a board photo after the vote are, front row, from left, Armao, board Vice Chair Rick Hultse, a business consultant; attorney and board Chair Devin Morgan, Zakrevsky, and Cheryl Robinson, NYCM vice president.  Second row, from left, entrepreneur and county Rep. Craig Gelbsman, Community Bank VP Jeff Lord, Kennedy, and board counsel Curt Schulte.  Sarah Harvey, a LeChase Construction project manager, was absent.  He officially begins the $100,000 job on Sept. 25.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

READ ZAKREVSKY PROFILE IN THIS WEEK’S

HOMETOWN ONEONTA, FREEMANS JOURNAL

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Railroad Inn Makes It Official

Railroad Inn Makes It Official

Proprietor Perry Ferrara makes it official, cutting the ribbon this evening on his Railroad Inn on Railroad Avenue, Cooperstown, at the start of a community reception. Others, from left, are Cooperstown Chamber Executive Director Matt Hazzard, inn General Manager Bob Holt, Village Trustee Cindy Falk, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, Perry’s wife Cathy, chamber President Danielle Henrici, and chamber Office Manager Hannah Bergene. The inn opened in time for Hall of Fame Weekend, but delayed the official opening until the summer rush was over. (Tara Barnwell/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Hiring Of Otsego New President Delayed As Details Worked Out

Hiring Of Otsego Now President

Delayed As Details Worked Out

ONEONTA – After a 15-minute executive session this morning, Otsego Now’s hiring committee delayed hiring a new president, pending agreement on final particulars.

On coming out of executive session, board chair Devin Morgan said a special meeting may be called in the near future to act on the appointment.

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Joe Ruffino Bids Farewell To 47 Years of Pizza Making
‘THIS BIRD HAS BEEN SET FREE’

Joe Ruffino Bids Farewell

To 45 Years of Pizza Making

Joe Ruffino’s Restaurant & Pizzeria has closed on Oneonta’s Main Street after 45 years.
Joe Ruffino Jr.

ONEONTA – Joe Ruffino Jr. announced to his customers on his website today that, after 45 years of the “daily grind” of making pizza – since age 7 – and running a business in Upstate New York, he has closed Joe Ruffino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant at 222 Main St.

“I have known for a while that I couldn’t maintain that work ethic forever,” he said.  “No one is in the bullpen ready to relieve me … Now it’s time for my wife and I to move forward to a new beginning.  It may seem like my wings have been clipped, but in reality this bird has been set free.”

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Boutique Hotel Opens Friday In Cooperstown
HISTORIC BUILDING RENOVATED

Boutique Hotel Opens

Friday In Cooperstown

All hands are on deck, including proprietor Perry Ferrara’s wife Cathy, foreground, as the Railroad Inn, the new boutique hotel at Railroad and Glen avenues, Cooperstown, prepares to welcome its first guests tomorrow evening.  Ferrara, in right photo with Cathy, said the first-floor rooms will be occupied Friday evening, and by next weekend – Hall of Fame Induction Weekend – all 22 rooms will be completed and filled.  Crews have been renovating the historic hops-storage facility since last October, which had been vacant since businessman Mike Manno bought the former Agway in 2009 and restored the exterior.  Ferrara, who has operated Cat Construction on Long Island for 30 years, said bringing the building back to life while preserving the historic ambiance has been a particularly satisfying part of this project.  Bob Holt,  at the registration desk, former manager of the Best Western in Harwtick Seminary, is managing the new hotel.  Helping Mrs. Ferrara in the top photo are, from left, friends Lorraine Banfield and Cathy DiResta, and Cassie Sawyer of Worcester.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

FULL STORY IN NEXT WEEK’S FREEMAN’S JOURNAL
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Paperkite Cuts Ribbon On New Headquarters

Paperkite Cuts Ribbon

On New Headquarters

Anders Green, with the help of brothers Henrik and Al, cuts the ribbon on Paperkite’s new headquarters at 218 Main St., Cooperstown. The marketing/creative agency is operated by Anders’ mom, Susan Green, who stands behind him with dad Will. Others, from left, are Cooperstown Chamber Executive Director Matt Hazzard, Deputy Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, Art Director Jennifer Tesiero, Office Manager Veronica Pokorny with daughter Mariana, Megan Haggerty, Ali Harahan, Morgan Behnke, Katie Cotton and Elle Kenyon.
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Railroad Avenue Hotel Moves Toward Opening
FERRARA LOOKS TO MID-JULY

Railroad Avenue Hotel

Moves Toward Opening

Perry Ferrara, top photo, proprietor of the soon-to-open Railroad Inn on Cooperstown’s Railroad Avenue, shows off one of four two-story accommodations planned in the 22-room hotel.  After eight months of renovations, Ferrara, who also operates the Hardball Cafe and Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum, said he hopes to have the establishment open for business by mid-July.   In recent days, he recruited Bob Holt, veteran hotelier (most recently at Best Western in Hartwick Seminary) and Destination Marketing of Otsego County board member, as Railroad Inn manager.  A tour of the building today showed renovations on the verge of completion.  All the rooms have been sheet-rocked, and Ferrara said he expect them to be painted and doors installed by the middle of next week.  In some rooms, furniture was already being assembled.  And a roofed veranda is nearing completion on the north end.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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