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Opportunities for Otsego

OFO Wins $3M To Provide Legal Help To Abuse Victims

OFO Wins $3M To Provide

Legal Help To Abuse Victims

Dan Maskin

ONEONTA – Opportunities for Otsego has received a $3 million grant to hire attorneys who will support crime victims with civil legal matters, such as divorce, custody, immigration and financial issues, OFO CEO Dan Maskin announced a few minutes ago.

Administered by the state Office of Victim Services (OVS), the federally funded grant will provide $600,000 annually for each of the next five years so its Violence Intervention Program can provide free legal help to its clients.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 25

New York State K-9

Unit Demonstration

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FAMILY PROGRAM – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. NYS K-9 unit demonstrates care, training of police dogs & how they help fight crime, assist in other duties. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

OPEN HOUSE – 5 – 7 p.m. Meet new doctor Lia Briggs M.D., tour doctors office, see renovations, enjoy refreshments, meet new people. Hoffman Family Medicine, 50 Dietz St., Suite M, Oneonta. 607-643-4045 or visit www.facebook.com/HoffmanFamilyMedicine/

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Seward Delivers Funding To OFO To Combat Domestic Violence

Seward Delivers Funding 

To Fight Domestic Violence

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, announces funding for Opportunities for Otsego’s domestic-violence prevention program at OFO’s West Broadway headquarters Monday afternoon.   With him, from left, are OFO Crisis Intervention Director Will Rivera, Catholic Charities Executive Director Lynn Glueckert, Delaware Opportunities Executive Director Shelly Bartow and OFO CEO Dan Maskin. OFO and Catholic Charities of Otsego and Schoharie counties will receive $15,000 each, and $7,000 each goes to Delaware Opportunities and Liberty Resources (Chenango County). “These community programs provide vital services for those in dire need,” said Seward, “We are fortunate to have so many local organizations providing help to vulnerable individuals, and I am pleased to assist them in their efforts to make our communities safer. These agencies are lifelines and, in many cases, are all that stand between a domestic violence victim and further harm.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 10

Knit With Friends

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KNITTING GROUP – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

NAVIGATORS – 8 a.m. – Noon or 1 – 5 p.m. Communication Across Barriers returns to perform training of community members who choose to become Navigators, people who choose to use their time and contacts to help neighbors in poverty. Opportunities for Otsego, 3 W. Broadway, Oneonta. Call 607-433-8005 or visit www.ofoinc.org

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAR. 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAR. 20

Seeds For Spring

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SEED SWAP – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Participate in Oneonta Oasis/Seed Swap and Healthy Local Biodiversity. 3rd floor, Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/calendar/

INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT – 7 p.m. CCS Band students perform. Includes grades 5-12. Auditorium, Cooperstown High School. Call 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org/march-concerts-set/#.Wp2ximrwaUk

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OJC, Partners Screen Film On Bullying Consequences

OJC, Partners Screen Film

On Bullying Consequences

Oneonta Job Corps Academy last evening hosted a screening of the Netflix movie “Audrie & Daisy,” which focuses on the tragic consequences surrounding two sexual assault cases involving high school students, at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. As part of Job Corps Youth 2 Youth Partners in Peace national initiative, the screening was a joint effort with Opportunities For Otsego, SUNY Oneonta and Oneonta police. The movie asks viewers to take an honest look at how sexual assault and bullying, especially cyber-bullying on social media, can ruin lives and tear communities apart. "It was a night to take our heads out of the sand, open our eyes, and start the conversation on how we’re going to address these serious issues," said OJC Director Chris Kuhn.  Representing the participating partners are, from left, Jessica Scanlon, OFO sexual educator; Police Chief Dennis Nayor, OJB Business & Community Liaison Adina Feliu, Police Lt. Douglas Brenner; OFO Victim Resource Coordinator Danica Sessions, and OJC Residential Manager Kathleen Feeney.
Oneonta Job Corps Academy last evening hosted a screening of the Netflix movie “Audrie & Daisy,” which focuses on the tragic consequences surrounding two sexual assault cases involving high school students, at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. As part of Job Corps Youth 2 Youth Partners in Peace national initiative, the screening was a joint effort with Opportunities For Otsego, SUNY Oneonta and Oneonta police. The movie asks viewers to take an honest look at how sexual assault and bullying, especially cyber-bullying on social media, can ruin lives and tear communities apart. “It was a night to take our heads out of the sand, open our eyes, and start the conversation on how we’re going to address these serious issues,” said OJC Director Chris Kuhn.  Representing the participating partners are, from left, Jessica Scanlon, OFO sexual educator; Police Chief Dennis Nayor, OJB Business & Community Liaison Adina Feliu, Police Lt. Douglas Brenner; OFO Victim Resource Coordinator Danica Sessions, and OJC Residential Manager Kathleen Feeney.
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OFO’s Violence Intervention Program Receives $20K From Mary Kay Initiative

OFO’s Violence Intervention Program

Receives $20K From Mary Kay Initiative

mkf-logoONEONTA – The Mary Kay Foundation has provided a $20,000 grant to Opportunities for Otsego’s Violence Intervention Program, OFO President Dan Maskin announced today.

OFO will use the grant to repair and renovate its circa 1900 residence used as the county safe house for victims of violence, including new flooring, windows and appliances.

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Opportunities for Otsego, Carol Blazina and Baseball Hall of Fame Take Top Honors at Chamber Awards

200 Celebrate Carol Blazina, OFO,

Hall Of Fame At Chamber Dinner

The three honorees of the 2015 Otsego County Annual Dinner & Celebration of Business pose after festivities ended last evening at SUNY Oneonta's Hunt Unio Ballroom.  From left are Dan Maskin, Opportunity for Otsego CEO; Carol Ann Blazina, retired SUNY Oneonta vice president and former president of the Foothills Board, and Sean Gahagan, Baseball Hall of Fame vice president.   OFO was the first recipient of the Quality of Life Award; Blazina is the Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen; and the Hall is NBT's Distinguished Business.  (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
The three honorees of the 2015 Otsego County Annual Dinner & Celebration of Business pose after festivities ended last evening at SUNY Oneonta’s Hunt Unio Ballroom.  From left are Dan Maskin, Opportunity for Otsego CEO; Carol Ann Blazina, retired SUNY Oneonta vice president and former president of the Foothills Board, and Sean Gahagan, Baseball Hall of Fame vice president. OFO was the first recipient of the Quality of Life Award; Blazina is the Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen; and the Hall is NBT’s Distinguished Business.  (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
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Housing Visions

Plan For 60 Dwelling Units In City

Long In Gestation, Developer Says

By LIBBY CUDMORE• allotsego.com

Housing Visions' Ben Lockwood, Natt Nissen and Dave Cox answer questions in Oneonta Common Council chambers on the proposed Silver Creek apartments housing project. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
Housing Visions’ Ben Lockwood, Natt Nissen and Dave Cox answer questions in Oneonta Common Council chambers on the proposed Silver Creek apartments housing project. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)

ONEONTA – When Ben Lockwood, vice president of Housing Visions, came to Oneonta six years ago, he knew he had the tools to fill a need. “I saw the Oneonta really needed housing,” he said. “The student population puts a stress on low-income residents who need access to their jobs, services and shopping.”

That project fell through.  But Wednesday, at the city Planning Commission meeting, Lockwood got to present a 60-bedroom project two years in the making. “We want to be a catalyst for positive sustainable neighborhood revitalization,” he said.

Since 1990, Housing Visions has built 1,300 low-income units in Syracuse, Binghamton, Albany, Oswego, Rome and Corning.

In 2012, former city manager Mike Long and Planning Commission vice chair Gary Herzig – also chief operating officer of Opportunities for Otsego – approached Lockwood again in hopes of revisiting the project. “There isn’t much low-income housing here in Oneonta,” said Herzig. “This is an important need.”

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