Archives for July 2016

“The Penn Station” pizza pie maker closes

The home of the famous 34-inch pizza called “The Penn Station,” has recently closed down. The owners of La Semolina Pizza, on Broadway in Massapequa, recently shut down the restaurant. Michael and Luigi DellaMonica, a father and son duo, began making large pizzas in Oneonta. They made them as big as they could, 34-inches, then expanded their operation to Massapequa. It was so unwieldy the pizza needed two paddles to slide the pizza pie in and out of the oven. And each slice was the size of three regular slices. A to-go pizza had to be divided in half and placed in two boxes.

Opera House to raise capital for HVAC

The Earlville Opera House, once on the verge of demolition, has launched a fundraising campaign for a new HVAC system that will enable year-round programming. The once grand theater, previously saved from the wrecking ball, wants to add heating and air to the building, allowing their concert season to expand throughout the year. The Earlville Opera House needs about $275,000 to make the venue comfortable for use all year long. Along with more performances available all year long, the lasting benefit to the auditorium of this fine historic landmark will be the protection and preservation from damage due to uncontrolled temperature and humidity.

Homeless parolee picked up on warrant

A 28-year-old homeless parolee was arrested on a warrant by Delaware County Deputies on Monday. John K. Mahler was convicted in 2013 of committing burglaries in the Village of Walton, was paroled in March, 2016 subject to Post Release Supervision until March, 2019. Mahler is currently being held in the Delaware County Correctional Facility pending further action by the Division of Parole.

Two men go through plate glass window, arrested

Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies says a domestic dispute on Delaware Avenue in Andes yesterday ended after two men fought and fell through a plate glass window. One of the men was treated for a head laceration. Deputies charged 21-year-old Joel Maldonado of Lydenhurst, NJ, with two class A misdemeanor counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree because children were present. He was arraigned in the Andes Town court and taken to jail with $1,000 dollars cash bail. Deputies also charged 21-year-old Preston L. Reed of Andes with Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree as a result of a separate, unrelated domestic dispute between Reed and another victim at that residence on Sunday morning. Reed is accused of intentionally taking and withholding a cell phone from the victim to prevent that victim from calling for help. Reed was arraigned on the charges in the Hamden Town Court and was released on his own recognizance.

Southern Tier wants answers on challenges to brewing industry

The craft brewing industry is exploding here and across the country. The Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board wants to talk with business owners to find out what challenges these businesses face and wants to create ways to support the growth of the craft beverage industry. Owners of Breweries, wineries, cideries, meaderies, and distilleries located in STE’s service area and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a survey about general operations, workforce, training, marketing and infrastructure. The survey can be taken online or by calling the STE Craft Beverage Program Administrator Susan O’Handley and take it over the phone. Information will be used by STE to develop a marketing campaign to brand the Southern Tier as a craft beverage tourism destination.

Open dialogue meeting planned with police, NAACP

The NAACP in Oneonta and local law enforcement are planning an open community dialogue about race and issues facing the public and police coming up on August 4th. It’ll be held at the Elm Park United Methodist Church at 401 Chestnut Street in Oneonta.
The whole community is invited to attend and to participate in the conversation. The two groups tell us they are hoping to achieve greater mutual understanding that leads to positive change. The meeting begins at 6 p.m next Thursday, August 4th.

Oneonta at the DNC

The Oneonta area is represented both inside and outside the Democratic National Convention hall in Philadelphia this week.
Megan-Ellyia Green, a 2001 Oneonta High School graduate, is a St. Louis alderwoman and Bernie Sanders delegate. However, she told activists that Sanders himself said– in order to to defeat Donald Trump, we have to elect Hillary.
On Tuesday, Democrats made history as former New York Senator and Secretary of State Clinton was the first woman nominated by a major political party in US history.

Dangerous heat

It’s the hottest time of the year in Central New York.
This week and next will continue to be hot, with temperatures hovering around the 90s, higher with the heat index, according to Ray Brady, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Binghamton.
Bassett Medical Center officials said Tuesday that there have been several people in the emergency room with symptoms of dehydration, dizziness and exhaustion, likely related to the heat. And Oneonta Police have responded to several calls of pets left in hot cars.

Two women injured in Oneonta crash Monday

A woman suffered a serious head injury after a two-vehicle crash in Oneonta on Monday.
The noontime collision at 386 East St. happened during a heavy rainfall, according to Oneonta fire Capt. Brad Smith.
Two passengers in one vehicle, were taken by Oneonta ambulance crews to A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital.
The woman in her 70s with the severe head injury was transferred to Albany Medical Center and the other 70-plus year old woman was transported to Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown with unspecified injuries.

Oneonta Heights work has begun

Work has begun on a new affordable housing development in Oneonta. Officials held a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday for Oneonta Heights.
It will create 60-affordable housing units for families and seniors. Housing officials and a panel of community leaders came together for the new project.
It will create 60-affordable housing units for families and seniors. The city won $10 million in Downtown Revitalization funds, which will help pay for the project along with private funding. Officials said the project was initially slowed up by so-called zombie properties.