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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

Benefit Concert To Support

Emergency Shelter Program

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PERFORMANCE – 7 – 10 p.m. Support Emergency Shelter program by Opportunities for Otsego while enjoying evening of music by Steve Fabrizio Band. Features light hors d’oeuvres, raffles, cash bar. Cost, $25 at door. B Side Ballroom, 1 Clinton Plaza Dr., Oneonta. 607-433-8000 or visit www.facebook.com/ofoinc/

16.1% Of Us In Poverty. In Oneonta, That’s 25.6%

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16.1% Of Us In Poverty.

In Oneonta, That’s 25.6%

By DAN MASKIN, President, OFO

As it does annually, the New York State Community Action Association has just published “Poverty in NY,” which has a poverty report for each county and city in New York State.
Otsego County has a poverty rate of 16.1 percent, meaning roughly one out of six people are living in poverty. Forty-eight percent of school children are enrolled in either the free or
reduced school meals program.

There are two distinctions at play here. The overall poverty rate is classified as 100 percent of poverty. This is a calculation of what the lowest income needs to be in order to be classified as poor by the federal government. So a family of four earning $24,000 or less is considered living in poverty.

Maskin Asserts: 2,000 Children In Poverty – ‘And That’s High’

Maskin Asserts: 2,000

Children In Poverty

– ‘And That’s High’

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal

ONEONTA – Daniel Maskin, Opportunities for Otsego president, wants people to rethink poverty.

“Most people who are poor work,” he said. “They’re not sitting on their porch drinking beer. But where in this county can working class families get substantial jobs that support their families? There aren’t a lot of those.”

The annual poverty report, put together by the state’s Community Action Association and released in the past few days, rated the county’s poverty rate at 16.1 percent. “Poverty is defined as $24,000 for a family of four,” he said. “That might be two parents with two kids, or a single parent with three kids,” he said.

In Oneonta, it’s 25.6 percent.

Oneonta’s Housing Problem Sparks Debate in Council Committee Meeting

Is Additional Affordable

Housing Needed In City?

Council Committee Asks

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Melissa Nicosia, left, who chairs Common Council’s Community Development Committee, and Council member Michelle Frazier question an OFO proposal for affordable housing. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

ONEONTA –  A $10,000 Opportunities for Otsego proposal to determine the need for low- and moderate-income housing in the city and how to fill it met skepticism from a Common Council committee last night.

Still, the Community Development Committee forwarded the proposal for discussion by the full Common Council, which next meets at 7 p.m. this coming Tuesday.

OFO Housing Director Audrey Benkenstein said her organization is seeking $5,000 from the city to match the $5,000 OFO would provide.  The idea is to underwrite “a process done by a facilitator” who would examine housing information and analysis done an Otsego County housing study just on Oneonta.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Fly Tying For Spring Fishing

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FLY TYING CLASS – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Join Otsego Land Trust for fly tying demonstrations, lessons with Craig Buckbee, licensed fishing guide, master certified instructor with Fly Fishers International. Equipment, materials provided. Prepare for spring fly casting/fishing workshop. Pizza, beverages provided. Pre-registration recommended. Pine Lake Environmental Campus, 1894 Charlotte Creek Rd., Oneonta. 607-547-2366 ext. 108 or visit www.otsegolandtrust.org/the-news/programs-a-events/429-fly-tying-class-december-12

Betsy Hayes, 70, Toddsville; Focus Family Council Chair
IN MEMORIAM

Betsy Hayes, 70, Toddsville;

Focus Family Council Chair

Betsy Hayes

COOPERSTOWN – M.E. “Betsy” Hayes, 70, Toddsville, long active in public health initiatives, and most recently in the news as president of the Centers at Cooperstown (former Focus) Family Council, passed away on Jan. 2, 2019, from complications of a recent illness.

Born in Plainfield, N.J., Betsy cherished the memories of her early childhood in the South Jersey town of Delanco, moved to metropolitan Cranford, N.J., in middle school, and obtained a BSN degree from Keuka College.

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.

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/

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

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

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.
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.

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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