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Southside Mall

New Store Joins Mall And Mall-o-ween Festivities

Newest Store Joins Mall,

Mall-O-Ween Festivities

All manner of spooks, ghouls and goblins invaded the halls of Oneonta’s Southside Mall this afternoon for the annual Mall-O-Ween for children and their families. Above, Keith Gray, owner of Luncheons & Dragons game store, the mall’s newest tenant, hands out candy alongside Jessi Wiertz, to Madison Orozco, Alliya Leggett, Skyla Orozco and Rakem Browne. The store is set to open Nov. 1 – Friday – in the former FYE. (Ian  Austin/

Costumed 5K Through Cooperstown


COOP LOOP – 1 p.m. 19th annual 5k & 10k race through streets of Cooperstown. Registration 11:30-12:30 a.m. Cost, $30/adult for 5k, $35/adult for 10K, day of race. Win prizes for costumes with categories from scariest, to funniest, to best. Starts, ends at Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800 or visit


Benefit Concert To Support

Emergency Shelter Program


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

Oneonta DAR Builds Constitution Display At Southside Mall

DAR Display At Mall

Honors Constitution

In honor of National Constitution Week, the Oneonta chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has put together a display on the document at the Southside Mall, commemorating the signing of the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.  From left are DAR members Jeanne Westcott, Helen Rees and Linda Riddell. The display is near Bath and Body Works and will remain up through Sept. 23.
Harbor Freight Tools Opens May 15 At Mall

Harbor Freight Tools

Opens May 15 At Mall

ONEONTA – Harbor Freight Tools, America’s leading retailer of quality tools at the lowest prices, will celebrate the grand opening of its new store in Southside Mall at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 15.

“We’re excited to serve customers in the great city of Oneonta,” said Jennifer Oates, store manager, in a press release.  “At Harbor Freight, we’re passionate about providing our customers with the tools they need to get the job done, and always at an affordable price.”

Sign Of The Season

Sign Of The Season

Noah Tejada, 5, and Xavier Baranona, 1 year, four months, were up from Sidney at Southside Mall in Oneonta this morning to meet the other BMOC of the Season – the Easter Bunny. Palm Sunday is tomorrow, and Easter Sunday, April 28. (Jim Kevlin/
Southside May Become Center of Renewable Energy

Town May Follow City’s Suit

Southside Could Become

Geothermal Energy Center

Jay Egg, CEO, Geo Egg, inset photo, speaks about heating Southside Mall with geothermal energy at a packed Oneonta Town Board meeting this evening in West Oneonta, as Town Board member Randal Mowers listens.  “The writing is on the wall,” Egg said about future energy use.  Municipalities and counties like Westchester are already declaring moratoriums on expanding natural-gas use while the state is green-lighting renewable energy.  The Town of Oneonta is considering installing a geothermal heating system in Southside and other parts of the municipality, while the City of Oneoneta this week contracted with Geo Egg for a feasibility study on retrofitting a geothermal heating system in South Main Street.  (Jennifer Hill/

Annual Canstruction Event Yields Over 1 Ton of Food

Canstruction Construction

Yields Over Ton Of Food

Linda Drake, SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility & Community executive director, presents Abe Lippitt, Cooperstown, with the Best Meal Award for his 4H team’s pirate-ship entry in this year’s Canstruction event. The 0415 FIRST Robotics team took the Structural Integrity Prize for its rocket ship; Fox Hospital, Best Use of Labels award for its Operation board game, and SUNY took the Judge’s Favorite award with its soccer field. All in all, the event brought in 2,645 pounds of food that will be donated to area food banks. You can still place your vote for the People’s Choice Award at the Southside Mall throughout the week. (Ian Austin/
What Are They Building In There?

Can Creations Rise

At Southside Mall

Scott Richardson and Doug Alliano of SUNY Oneonta’s Student Athletics Advisory Council work on the council’s submission for the annual Canstruction competition at the Southside Mall. Judging will be at 4 p.m. this afternoon, so stop by and see these canned culinary creations! (Ian Austin/
Stores May Come, Go, Southside Mall Endures

Stores May

Come, Go,

Southside Mall Endures

Jim Kevlin/ –  Southside Mall Manager Luisa Montanti catches up with Kay Jeweler’s Manager Bob McCann, who says he’s seen sales rise 20 percent this year.

With 36 Tenants, Manager Montanti Says Entertainment Will Invigorate County’s Largest Warm, Covered Space


ONEONTA – On Feb. 19, the national chain, Payless Shoesource, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced it is closing its 2,500 North American stores, including one in Southside Mall.
That made it a local news story.
But right down the marble-tiled mezzanine, the expansive Shoe Department is doing so well it’s looking to expand, Mall Manager Luisa Montanti will tell you.

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