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Delgado Meets With OFO, Says Session ‘Illuminating

MASKIN, HERZIG IMPRESSED

Delgado Meets With OFO,

Says Session ‘Illuminating’

Congressman Delgado

ONEONTA – U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, today met with the poverty-fighting Opportunities for Otsego’s board of directors and staff.

The freshman congressman called the meeting “illuminating and deeply important to understand the headwinds facing thousands of Upstate New Yorkers experiencing poverty and homelessness.”

OFO CEO Dan Maskin said he was “honored” to have Delgado visit the organization, adding, “I was thoroughly impressed that he took the time to listen to each of the 25 participants’ stories about issues impacting the poor.”

Nancy J. Meade, 67; Retired From OFO, SUNY Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Nancy J. Meade, 67;

Retired From OFO, SUNY Milne Library

Nancy J. Meade

ONEONTA – Nancy J. Meade, 67, of Oneonta, who retired after years with OFO and SUNY Oneonta’s Milne Library, passed peacefully on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at home in Oneonta, surrounded by family.

She was born in Corry, Pa., the daughter of the late Donald and Myrtle (Scott) Ruslink.

She married William “Bill” L. Meade on Aug. 19, 1978. He predeceased her on Dec. 12, 2017.

Nancy was a graduate of SUNY Oneonta. She retired after many years employed with Opportunities for Otsego and SUNY Oneonta in the Milne Library.

Participate In Census – Or Lose Clout

FROM WAR ON POVERTY’S FRONT LINES

Participate In Census

– Or Lose Clout

By DAN MASKIN • Opportunities For Otsego CEO

As mandated by the Constitution, the United States conducts a decennial census.

This once-every-10-year count of the population – it is coming up in April 2020 – shapes the future of  our communities and helps ensure political power is fairly allocated among the states and at the local level.

Some communities, like those with higher rates of low-income households and people of color, have historically been classified as hard to count.

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.

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)
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

Playground Rising At OFO Emergency Housing

OFO Emergency Housing

Receives New Playground

Steve Prichardt, left, enlists the help of Alan Little in leveling the marks for a ladder rung on a new children’s playground they are helping construct at the Opportunities For Otsego Emergency Housing building in Oneonta this afternoon. At right, the newly installed climbing wall is kid-tested and approved by Alexis Chan. The project is part of the Community Outreach Project put on by first Baptist Church. The new playground features a jungle gym, slide, climbing wall, rope ladder, see-saw and more. The site is also getting a cement slab poured so occupants have a place for a BBQ. The Community Outreach project is at work at other locations around town as well, including building a deck at the Oneonta World of Learning, making a Deck at Crossroads and re-painting city fire hydrants. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

100 Women Who Care Choose 2016 Recipient

100 Women Who Care 

Choose OFO as Recipient

Aida Rogers, Colleen Andrew, Cathy Deleski, Melinda Murdock, Terry Basdakis and Julia Goff pose for a photo on the stage at the B-Side Ballroom this evening where 100 Women Who Care Otsego donated $7,200 to OFO's Violence Intervention program. The group, now in it's fourth year, selects three charity organizations at random from selections offered by members. Representatives must then pitch their 501c3 program in front of the group for a chance to be chosen to receive the funds collected that year. Past winners have included The Lord's Table, Family Services and Athelas Therapeutic Riding. OFO's violence Intervention Program currently employs 12 people and offers emergency shelter, counseling, crime victim compensation, medical and crime accompaniment relief, and group counseling; all for free. In the past year they have served 63 women and 19 children, given 1900 counseling sessions, and taken 894 calls through their 24 hour hotline. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com
Aida Rogers, Colleen Andrew, Cathy Deleski, Melinda Murdock, Terry Basdakis and Julia Goff pose for a photo on the stage at the B-Side Ballroom this evening where 100 Women Who Care Otsego donated $7,200 to OFO’s Violence Intervention program. The group, now in it’s fourth year, selects three charity organizations at random from selections offered by members. Representatives must then pitch their 501c3 program in front of the group for a chance to be chosen to receive the funds collected that year. Past winners have included The Lord’s Table, Family Services and Athelas Therapeutic Riding. OFO’s violence Intervention Program currently employs 12 people and offers emergency shelter, counseling, crime victim compensation, medical and crime accompaniment relief, and group counseling; all for free. In the past year they have served 63 women and 19 children, given 1900 counseling sessions, and taken 894 calls through their 24 hour hotline. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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OFO President Dan Maskin President Of Oneonta Rotary

 OFO’s Dan Maskin Elected

Oneonta Rotary President

Opportunities for Otsego President Dan Maskin, second from left, was installed as president of the Oneonta Rotary Club for the 2016-17 year at the annual Pass The Gavel Dinner Thursday, June 23, at the Oneonta Elks. The Rotary’s administrative year begins tomorrow, July 1. Others, from left are, David Mattice, Chesser Realty, 2017-18 president elect; outgoing president Dave Rowley, the retired school superintendent, and Cindy Struckle, ONC BOCES data manager, 2018-19 president elect.
Opportunities for Otsego President Dan Maskin, second from left, was installed as president of the Oneonta Rotary Club for the 2016-17 year at the annual Pass The Gavel Dinner Thursday, June 23, at the Oneonta Elks. The Rotary’s administrative year begins tomorrow, July 1. Others, from left are, David Mattice, Chesser Realty, 2017-18 president elect; outgoing president Dave Rowley, the retired school superintendent, and Cindy Struckle, ONC BOCES data manager, 2018-19 president elect.
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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