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Neahwa Park

Pups Parade For Superheroes In Ripped Jeans

Pups Parade In Neahwa For

Superheroes In Ripped Jeans

Rich and Janine Rosener rest with their puppy, Derby, alongside  Karen Bazan and Snickers, Liz Hall and Pongo, and Marietta Maben and Tinker following the Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans’ walk-a-thon in Neahwa Park earlier this afternoon. The $1,325 raised from pledges from the walkers will go toward paying for the building of the Super Heroes new animal shelter.  (Jennifer Hill/
All Welcome At Neahwa Park Free Lunch Program

All Welcome For Lunch

At Neahwa Park Pavilion

Volunteer Christy Houck makes up a tray of lunch at the Summer Food Service program as she gets a carton of milk from her son Josh, also a volunteer. The annual free lunch program, sponsored by Catholic Charities in partnership with the First United Presbyterian Church, offers a sandwich, fruit, vegetables and milk from Noon – 1 p.m. Monday – Friday, through Aug. 23 in the large pavilion at Neahwa Park. Now in it’s sixth year, the Summer Food Program has expanded to offer meals to children and their families, as well as the homeless, and has added programs from Huntington Library and Cornell Cooperative Extension. In addition, they are running buses to three of Oneonta’s mobile home parks to assist residents in accessing the meal program.  (Ian Austin/
Oneonta Enjoys A Colorful 4th of July


Colors Abound

At Oneonta’s 4th

Dr. Joe Rufrano barrels through a cloud of color during the annual Color Run that kicked off today’s annual Hometown Fourth of July celebration in Neahwa Park.  The celebration continued with a parade at noon, followed with live music, food, vendors, bounce houses, demonstrations, and more. Fireworks will follow this evening night. (Ian Austin/
Again, OFO, City Schools Offer Free Lunches At Neahwa Park

Catholic Charities, Schools Offer

Free Lunches At Neahwa Park

ONEONTA – Students enrolled in the Oneonta City School District and their families will have access to free lunch this summer, a collaboration between Catholic Charities and the Oneonta City School District.

OFO and city schools will offer children and their families bus transportation July 8 through Aug. 23 to Neahwa Park from three local  mobile home villages – Lantern Hill,  Mountainview and Oneida Village – for lunch and a playtime, and drop them off back home in mid-afternoon.

Herzig Revokes OH-Fest Permit For Park Concert

Herzig Revokes

OH-Fest Permit

For Park Concert

If Protest Breaks Out, OPD Lacks

Resources To Control It, He Says

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Rapper Sean Kingston’s UCONN concert was cancelled last week after a rape charge surfaced from 2010.

ONEONTA – City Hall revoked OH-Fest’s Neahwa Park permit this morning after Mayor Gary Herzig learned on overnight that large numbers of students might protest concert headliner Sean Kingston after learning last week he and his bodyguard were accused of a gang rape in 2010.

The city’s decision throws into doubt whether the Saturday night OH-fest concert will happen at all.

Herzig said he called SUNY President Barbara Jean Morris after SUNY students’ emotionally charged meeting last night, where they discussed whether Kingston should perform.

Two Dozen Join Frank On His Walk To Neahwa Park

Two Dozen Join Veteran

On Walk To Neahwa Park

Escorted by a fire truck and police cars, Frank Romeo walks with Bob Honey, Gary Ballard, Wayne Gregory, Gene Schmidt, John Hoek, along with other Legion members and supporters on his way to the Oneonta Vietnam Veterans’ Monument as part of his “Walk With Frank” initiative. (Ian Austin/

By LIBBY CUDMORE  • Special to

Romeo gave remarks about his walk at Oneonta Vietnam Monument, accompanied by Gary Ballard, American Legion Post 259 Commander.

ONEONTA – Since March 1, Frank Romeo has braved 80 mph winds, ice storms and other Upstate winter hazards on his mission to bring awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on his statewide “Walk With Frank” campaign.

“This is one of the nice days!” he said this morning in Neahwa Park, where he walked with two dozen under overcast skies, with temperatures hovering in the high 30s.

Romeo, 70, who served in the Army in Vietnam in 1968-70, arrived yesterday afternoon in Oneonta and was greeted with a fish fry dinner at the Vets Club, as well as taken for a tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. This morning, he walked into Neahwa Park to the Vietnam Veterans’ Monument.

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