Hundreds of students gathered in the President’s Garden outside of SUNY Oneonta’s Milne Library this evening to share their memories of Nicholas Stagnitta, 20, of Patchogue, who died by suicide on Saturday, Aug 25. Above, two of his ZBT fraternity brothers Kevin Middleton and Sam Campolo comfort each other after speaking about Nick. “He encouraged me to feel worthy in my own life.” said Middleton. “I couldn’t have asked for a better friend.” Speakers all remarked on his compassion, love and his ability to lift up and bring out the best in those around him. Rabbi Meir Rubashkin, right, also offered words of comfort: “If you are not forgotten, you are not gone. We speak about his spirit, his smile; that is his soul. His impact and his life will live on through us all.” Students and staff will be wearing blue and yellow ribbons on Friday in support of Nicholas’ family and friends. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – A vigil for SUNY Oneonta student Nicholas J. Stagnitta will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in the President’s Garden on the SUNY campus.
Stagnitta, 20, of Patchogue, was a biology major at the school. He died by suicide at his residence on Chestnut Street on Saturday, Aug. 25
Joining the nationwide “Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps,” nearly three dozen people – Mark Drnek, left, among them – lining Oneonta’s Dietz Street Friday evening near the corner with Main, singing “This Land Is Your Land,” with cars honking in approval as they drove by. They held candles, signs and letters spelling out “End Concentration Camps.” Inset, Katie Boardman of Cooperstown, right, helped organize the vigil because “children cannot be in cages.” John Maier, center in the plaid shirt, came to the vigil from Treadwell. “I can’t believe there are concentration camps in the U.S. in my lifetime,” he said. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 11
VIGIL – 6:30 p.m. Take Back The Night recognizes the rights of those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. March, followed by a candlelight vigil. Milne Library, SUNY Oneonta. Info, (607) 433-8013.
CHRISTCHURCH MASSACRE REMEMBERED
By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
SIDNEY CENTER – Spiritual leaders, mayors, law-enforcement officers, friends and neighbors gathered Sunday evening at the Sufi Muslim community of Osmanli Dergahi here to express solidarity after the mass shooting in Christ Church, New Zealand.
“You coming here shows you care.” said Junaid Khan, a leader of the community. “Facebook, twitter, they don’t matter. Thank you for taking action and coming here. It means a lot to us.”
A gunman entered Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch during Friday Prayer on March 15 and shot almost 100 worshipers, killing 50, in the worst mass shooting in that nation’s history.
By CATHY NARDI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – Unity among the diverse community members was the subject of Tuesday’s vigil for the 11 Jewish worshipers killed in Pittsburgh by a white supremacist gunman during services on Saturday, Oct. 27.
The message of solidarity was given to a crowd of supporters who were hard-pressed to fit inside Temple Beth El in Oneonta.
“Tonight we morn the victims,” said Temple Beth El president, Ken Sider. “And we are grateful for your support. Thank you.”
Sider said the Jewish community felt safe in America until recently.
Almost 100 Cooperstown folks participated in a vigil this evening in front of Cooperstown Baptist Church on Elm Street in protest to the separation of children, perhaps as many as 2,000, from families attempting to cross the Southern border from Mexico. Participating pastors, at right, included, from right, the Rev. Joe Perdue, Cooperstown Baptist, who hosted the gathering; the Rev. Elsie Rhodes, First Presbyterian; the Rev. Tom LeBeau, Cooperstown Methodist; Randy Velez, a Roman Catholic deacon, and the Rev. Ladonna Clark, who is associated with the Presbyterian Church. In sequence, the pastors read an “Open Letter to Donald Trump” authored by a Unitarian Universalist minister in Wisconsin, the Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw. In part, it said, “There must never again be internment camps, concentration camps or forced detention camps by any other name on American soil or under American control.” While unable to attend, the Revs. Kyle Grennen, Grace Episcopal, Springfield Center, and Sharon Rankins-Burd, Fly Creek and Schuyler Lake Methodist churches, also signed the document. The gathering then marched to First Presbyterian, where a worship service followed. Some attendees contributed packages of diapers intended for the youngsters taken from their families. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 30
CONCERT – 6:30 p.m. Tom Golden presents a selection of classics ranging from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Nat King Cole, and Elvis Presley. The Empire House & Restaurant, 136 Marion Ave., Gilberstville. Call 607-783-2859 or visit www.empirehousefinedining.com/
VIGIL – 5 p.m. The Feast of the Holy Family. Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-3920 or visit www.stmarysoneonta.org
Over 100 people gathered in Muller Plaza this evening to rally in solidarity in response to the violence in Charlottesville, VA. and to denounce white supremacy. The gathering was organized by Craig Schwalenburg of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta. After an invocation by Schwalenburg, the mic was available for anyone to use to share their thoughts and experiences. Above, Christina Hunt Wood, above, Delhi, tells the crowd of her recent experiences at the Delaware County Fair when her protest group approached the Fair Board about banning the sale of Confederate flags, they were barred from the fairgrounds. The crowd closed the evening by singing “This Little Light of Mine.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)