ONEONTA – ’80s song siren Pat Benatar, known for hits “Love Is a Battlefield” and “Invincible,” will headline the Hospice Celebrity Party on Friday, July 1 at the Sixth Ward Booster Club Field.
Singing with her husband, Neil Giraldo, the two are performing on the “We Live For Love” tour. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, Feb. 12. Previous concerts include Kenny Loggins, Foreigner, Huey Lewis, Chicago and Gavin Degraw.
Oneonta Family Y Executive Director Frank Russo, in top photo, is embraced by Jim Sawyer, former Crew 36 OFD firefighter, after he announced the opening of the Francis “Cootie” Russo Jr. playground on Scramling Avenue in memory of his father, a retired city fire chief who passed away last July. Firefighter Shane Mattice looks on. “I have a huge family.” said the son. “I have my family, my Sixth Ward family and my firefighting family. And they all helped make this possible.” At right, Mayor Dick Miller congratulates Russo, who led a fundraising drive to make the playground possible. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)