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Police: Oneonta Man Stole $7,000 From Springbrook

Police: Oneonta Man Stole

$7,000 From Springbrook

Michael Graziano

MILFORD – An Oneonta man was arrested after state police received a tip that a Springbrook employee was stealing from the company.

Michael G. Graziano, 34, Oneonta, was arrested after police were advised of theft at Springbrook’s Milford campus. An investigation determined that Graziano had allegedly falsified business records from January to September 2017 to steal over $7,000 in pay.

Springbrook, Realtors Honored By Chamber

Springbrook, Realtors

Honored By Chamber

Award Dinner Planned Nov. 16 At Otesaga

Springbrook’s Family Engagement Center has won the Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Breakthrough Business of the Year, and Keller Williams Upstate NY Properties, the 18th annual Small Business of the Year, Otsego County Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan announced this morning at a press conference at the Family Engagement Center in Milford Center. Also, Hartwick College student Allison Homler and Matthew Colville of SUNY Oneonta were named Interns of the Year. The winners will be honored at the chamber’s Small Business Banquet Thursday, Nov. 16, at The Otesaga. From left are Melissa Marietta, Hartwick internship director, Homler (Colville was in class), Springbrook board treasurer Bill Mirabito, Springbrook Executive Director Patricia Kennedy, Keller Williams’ partners Joan Fox and Barbara Roberts, Springbrook Deputy Executive Director Seth Haight, and Heegan.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Springbrook Cuts Ribbon On Facility For Families

Springbrook Cuts Ribbon

On Facility For Families

Thomas Maggs, president of Springbrook’s Board of Directors, addresses the donors, residents, families, and staff yesterday who gathered to celebrate the opening of the organization’s new Family Engagement Center. The center provides a place for residents and their families, who often visit from afar, to meet, and for visitors to stay.  The building is visible to passersby on Route 28, Milford Center. (Luke Moran photo)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 20

‘Seussical,’

The Broadway Musical

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SEUSSICAL – 7 p.m. Sing a Song of Broadway presents the award winning musical based on the Dr. Seuss stories and characters. Admission, $15 adults, $10 students, $7 children 7 and under. First Presbyterian Church, 296 Main St., Oneonta. www.facebook.com/Sing-a-Song-of-Broadway-679324148783927/

WRITERS SALON – 7:30-9 p.m. Presentation from a panel of authors on entering the publishing world. Includes local authors such as our own Libby Cudmore, Jennifer Donohue, April Benson, and April Ford. Community Arts Network of Oneonta. Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. www.canoneonta.org/calendar/

Springbrook Ready To Open Family-Engagement Center

Springbrook Ready To Open

Family-Engagement Center

A ribbon-cutting on Springbrook’s Family-Engagement Center is planned Thursday the 20th.

MILFORD CENTER – Springbrook planning a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. next Thursday, July 20, to celebrate the opening of its newest buillding, the Springbrook Family-Engagement Center.

Families, residents, administrators, and several of the organization’s key supporters have been invited to the opening.  Passersby on Route 28 have been watching the building rise for the past several months.

Carlene E. Renwick, 73; Daycare Provider, Springbrook Employee

IN MEMORIAM: Carlene E. Renwick, 73;

Daycare Provider, Springbrook Employee

WESTVILLE – Carlene E. Renwick, 73, born Sept. 12, 1943, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Carlene was employed for many years as a daycare provider and also gave dedicated care to the residents of Springbrook in Portlandville, an occupation she truly loved.

Springbrook Promotes Harman To Chief Financial Officer Post

Springbrook Promotes Harman

To Chief Financial Officer Post

Wade Harman

ONEONTA – Springbrook had announced the appointment of Wade Harman as chief financial officer.

Harman has been a member of Springbrook’s leadership team since August 2015, serving as the director of fnance. He joined the organization in February 2013 as the assistant controller.

As CFO, Harman will work closely with Springbrook’s Chief Operating Officer Seth Haight, Chief Executive Officer Patricia Kennedy, and the organization’s Board of Directors.

Springbrook Wages Rise To Cuomo’s 2019 Level

Springbrook Hikes Pay

To Cuomo’s 2019 Level

 Goal: Attract Employees, Lower Turnover

Tyrone Lohr, Maggie Reopell and Noble Champen were chosen by their fellow DSPs to represent their point of view in an upcoming article in the Springbrook newsletter.

ONEONTA – Springbrook is getting ahead of Governor Cuomo’s minimum-wage increases, raising its “direct support professionals”  to the 2019 level, effective New Year’s Day.

Otsego County’s third largest employer, Springbrook provides residential living for disabled children and adults on its Milford Center campus and group homes around the region.

The wage increase for its DSPs is a $1.2 million investment, Springbrook said in announcing the wage hikes today.

Seward Distributing Checks To Springbrook, Non-Profits

Seward Distributing Checks

To Springbrook, Non-Profits

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, toured Springbrook today, where he announced the residential community for people with disabilities will received a $576,000 state grant through the state Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program.  Seward will be awarding $2.8 million to nonprofits throughout his district, include $714,000 to Pathfinder Village and $873,000 to Arc Otsego.  Here, he confers during a stop at Springbrook with CEO Patricia Kennedy and COO Seth Haight.
State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, toured Springbrook today, where he announced the residential community for people with disabilities will received a $576,000 state grant through the state Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program. Seward will be awarding $2.8 million to nonprofits throughout his district, include $714,000 to Pathfinder Village and $873,000 to Arc Otsego. Here, he confers during a stop at Springbrook with CEO Patricia Kennedy and COO Seth Haight.
Zephyr Teachout Circles County From City Of Hills Fest To Fair

Zephyr Teachout Circles County

From City Of Hills Fest To Fair

Democrat Zephyr Teachout, a candidate to succeed U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson in the 19th District that includes Otsego County, shares her views at Dobler's Brewery & Tavern in Mount Vision Saturday afternoon. The stop was in a daylong swing that took her from the City of the Hills Arts Festival in Oneonta, to the county fair in Morris, and to Springbrook in Milford Center. She is running against Republican John Faso in the Nov. 8 election. (Jim Dean photo)
Democrat Zephyr Teachout, a candidate to succeed U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson in the 19th Congressional District that includes Otsego County, shares her views at Dobler’s Brewery & Tavern in Mount Vision Saturday afternoon. The stop was in a daylong swing that took her from the City of the Hills Arts Festival in Oneonta, to the county fair in Morris, and to Springbrook in Milford Center. She is running against Republican John Faso in the Nov. 8 election. (Jim Dean photo)
Springbrook Breaks Ground On Family Engagement Center

Springbrook Breaks Ground

On Family Engagement Center

In the "groundbreaking" of the Family Engagement Center at Springbrook, Jerry Pondolfino, right, son Zach and Assistant house manager Matt Love, carry one of several ribbons which were stretched out to show where the new building will stand when it is completed in 2017. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
There were no hard hats or shovels, but Springbrook celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Family Engagement Center by stretching a tent of ribbons to show gathered guests where the building will stand when it is completed in 2017.  Here, Jerry Pondolfino, right, son Zach, who graduated from Springbook that morning, and assistant house manager Matt Love, carry one of the ribbons to the perimeter. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Springbrook Cuts Ribbon On New Housing

Springbrook Cuts Ribbon

On New Medical Housing

Springbrook Board member Dr. Gerald Pondolfino, Springbrook Parent and Donor Meyer Safdieh, and Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy cut the ribbon officially opening the newest home at Springbrook. (Photo Credit: Kira Delanoy)
Springbrook Board member Dr. Gerald Pondolfino, Springbrook Parent and Donor Meyer Safdieh, and Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy cut the ribbon officially opening the newest home at Springbrook. (Photo Credit: Kira Delanoy)

ONEONTA – With an open layout, single bedrooms, climate control and a therapy bathtub, Springbrook is making sure that their students with the highest medical needs receive the highest quality of care.

“It is a larger, more accommodating space with very thought-out design features,” said Seth Haight, COO.  “The completion of this home is an important part of a broad action plan made up of many exciting projects.”

Polar Bear Visit Brings Warm Hugs to Springbrook

Polar Bear Visit Brings 

Warm Hugs to Springbrook

Springbrook has been named as one of the recipients of this year's Polar Bear Jump! In appreciations, Springbrook students, including Matt Wagner, left, Franklin, decorated donation boxes and presented them to Goody, the jump's mascot, at a pep-rally this afternoon at Springbrooks main campus. Patricia Kennedy, center, Chief Executive Officer at Springbrook, challenged Seth Haigt t take the plunge next month, but it remains to be seen if that challenge will be accepted! (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
At a pep rally this morning at the main campus, Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy, center, announced that Springbrook is one of this year’s recipients of funds raised by the brave Goodyear Lake Polar Bear jumpers.  In appreciation, Springbrook students, including Matt Wagner, left, Franklin, decorated donation boxes and presented them to Goody, the jump’s mascot, with plenty of hugs, high-fives and dancing.  Kennedy challenged deputy executive director Seth Haight to take the icy plunge on Saturday, Feb. 20. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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