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Man Arrested After Car Arson

Man Arrested

After Car Arson

Jonathan Delgado

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested after police and fire investigators allege he set his neighbor’s car on fire earlier this afternoon.

Jonathan Delgado, 31, was arrested after the police and fire department were dispatched to the report of a vehicle fire in the area of 41 Burnside Avenue.  First responders arrived at the scene to find a red 2009 Subaru Forester, belonging to a neighborhood resident, fully engulfed in flames.  The Oneonta Fire Department extinguished the blaze as police officers conducted a neighborhood canvass and located Delgado, who was detained during the early stages of the investigation.

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Grass-Roots Activists Unite In 19th Congressional District

Grass-Roots Activists Unite

In 19th Congressional District

Local grass-roots group opposed to the Trump Administration are popping up across Otsego County — in Cherry Valley, Cooperstown, Oneonta and the Butternut Valley – and 75 people met the other day with Sustainable Otsego moderator Adrian Kuzminski, who offered his organization’s well-populated Listserve and Facebook page to help them communicate. Similar ferment is happening across the 19th Congressional District, with Pam Kline, Town of Livingston, seeking to bring them together under in an organization called Indivisible CD19. One of the first focuses is a rally planned for 2:30 p.m. this Saturday in front of Congressman John Faso’s Kinderhook office. Get the particulars in both the Hometown Oneonta and Freeman’s Journal newspapers, on newsstands this aftertnoon.
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Two Teens Arrested For Armed Robbery

Two Teens Arrested

For Armed Robbery

ONEONTA – Two Oneonta teens were arrested following an investigation into an armed robbery of a SUNY Oneonta student this past December.

Kobe Kimble, 17 and Gabriel Perez, 17, were arrested by Oneonta Police in connection to the knifepoint robbery of a SUNY student from Brookhaven on Dec. 2, 2016.  Police alleged that the suspects, during the commission of the robbery, knocked the victim to the ground, displayed a knife and forced the victim to turn over property.  According to police, the suspects may have been accompanied by up to four or five additional juvenile males.

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Kay Amatucci, 76; Worked 35 Years At Hartwick College

IN MEMORIAM:  Kay Amatucci, 76;

Worked 35 Years At Hartwick College

Kay Amatucci

ONEONTA – Kathleen “Kay” Amatucci, 76, who retired after 35 years with Hartwick College, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at Bassett Hospital.

Kay was born in Brooklyn, on Dec. 21, 1940 the daughter of Thomas and Florence (Lynch) Coakley. She was the 3rd of seven children, having four  sisters and two brothers.

She worked at the Navy Ships Store Office (NSSO) where she met her husband of 56 years, Sonny Amatucci. They married in 1960 and had two daughters, Gina and Kathleen.

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Fox Nursing Home Lifts Flu Restrictions

Fox Nursing Home Lifts Flu Restrictions

ONEONTA – As of tomorrow, Fox Nursing Home is lifting visitor restrictions imposed Feb. 3 due to flu cases in the nursing home.

Even though the restrictions have been lifted, people who feel ill should refrain from visiting.

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Robert W. Ranger, 79; Helped Found Bank Of Cooperstown
IN MEMORIAM

Robert W. Ranger, 79; Helped

Found Bank Of Cooperstown

Robert Ranger

WEST WINFIELD – Robert W. Ranger, 79, a member of the Bank of Cooperstown’s founding Board of Directors, died Saturday evening, Feb. 18, 2017, at Bassett Hospital following a brief illness.

Bob was born June 15, 1937, in Corning to Robert W. and Freida (Spreitzer) Ranger.  He was raised in Painted Post and graduated from high school there.  He received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s from Rutgers.

In December 1978, he married Marjorie Brooks, a union of almost 40 years.  He once said, “between the two of us we can surmount any obstacle – we are a team.”

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What Now? ‘Activism 101’ Aims To Show New Way In Trump Era

What Now?  ‘Activism 101’ Aims

To Show New Way In Trump Era

A panel discussion wraps up “Activism 101,” featuring consultant Leslie Berliant of Savor the Success, a consultancy for women entrepreneurs.  The workshop this afternoon at Oneonta’s Unitarian Universalist Church sought to help participants channel energies released by the Jan. 21 Women’s March in Washington D.C. (and related local marches in Oneonta and Cooperstown).    Jessica Carroll, a Standing Rock anti-pipeline activist, right, makes a point as other panelists prepare to add their inputs.  From left are Berliant, Laurie Zimniewicz, a community leader; Deb Marcus, executive director, Family Planning of South Central New York; Colleen Blalock, who helped organize the local march; and Shinique Smith and Jordan Skeete of SUNY Oneonta’s Divine Leaders, an organization that seeks self-empowerment and social justice.  More than 100 community members participated.    (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.c0m)

 

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Food Hub Big Question At Foothills DRI Forum

 ‘What’s A Food Hub?’

Citizens Ask At Forum

Concept Needs Clarifying, Mayor Herzig Says

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig clarifies some of the questions many still have about the $10 million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding during a forum organized by Seth Clark of Peter Clark Student Rentals . “There was a good turnout, but some misinformation mixed in,” said Herzig. Among the biggest questions were the proposed “food hub” and money for existing businesses. “People weren’t aware that we have $3 million allocated to help existing businesses,” he said. “and the big issue became clear to me that people are struggling to understand what the ‘food hub’ is, which means we haven’t done as good a job as we can of explaining it. We need to find a way to provide people with greater detail about what it all means.” (Photo courtesy Jim Dean)
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Tony Mongillo, 93; Recorded Railroad Heyday In Pen, Ink
IN MEMORIAM

Tony Mongillo, 93; Recorded

Railroad Heyday In Pen, Ink

Tony Mongillo

ONEONTA – Antonio Pasquale “Tony” Mongillo, 93, an honored citizen of his native city whose pen-and-ink drawings of locomotives captured Oneonta’s railroad heyday, passed away on Wednesday Feb. 8, 2017, at Fox Hospital.

He was famously christened the “Picasso of the Sixth Ward” by “Big Chuck” D’Imperio, the DJ and historian.

Tony was born to Pasquale and Rose (Perrine) Mongillo on Jan. 26, 1924, on West Broadway in the house he grew up in.

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SNOW EMERGENCY CONTINUES MONDAY

SNOW EMERGENCY

CONTINUES MONDAY

The National Weather Service’s “snow emergency” for Otsego County continues until 1 p.m. Monday. Oneonta’s emergency expires at that time, but Cooperstown’s extends until 6 p.m. Because of Winter Storm Orson, so far the worst snowstorm of the winter, many events have been cancelled. Be sure to check before you leave home. (Jim Kevlini/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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