An Otsego County Jail inmate is in more trouble after repeatedly trying to contact a person who had an order of protection against the prisoner. Accordiong to the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office the inmate is identified as Tadd Sherwood of Oneonta and he is now facing 19 counts of 2nd Degree Criminal Contempt for making contact with the protected individual. Sherwood was charged on April 30 and it’s not clear if he’s been arraigned on the new charges.
Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting is re-elected Chairman of the Executive Committee of the NYS Sheriffs’ Association. Sheriff Cutting will work with Sheriffs around the state to further the efforts of the Sheriffs’ Association to enhance public safety in New York State through professional training and accreditation programs, public safety programs, and advocacy. The Association assists Sheriffs in the efficient and effective delivery of services to the public.
19th District Congressman Antonio Delgado announced he will re-introduce legislation to improve stretch limousine safety resulting from the 2018 Schoharie limo crash that killed 20 people. The bills call for additional safety measures including seat belts for all positions and stop stretch limo makers from avoiding federal safety standards. Police say the limo in the 2018 crash had been ordered off the road by the state but it was still in service.
The Hamden Food and Clothing Bank reopened this week but with new policies due to COVID-19. Up to two families will be allowed in at one time up to 6 individuals and visits are limited to 30 minutes. Mask wearing is required and COVID-19 screening will be done before entry. As before, families can only visit the pantry twice per month except in extenuating circumstances. Get more information at the Deleware Opportunities, Inc. Facebook page.
The Community Foundation of Otsego County is seeking proposals from nonprofits for its 2021 Awards Cycle. Up to $200,000 will be invested to build the capacity of the Otsego County nonprofit sector to address issues identified in the Foundation’s Community Survey. Foundation Board Chair Harry Levine says investing in the nonprofit sector, and expanding its ability to address problems, build community, and create opportunity is their focus for 2021. Go to cfotsego.org for applications and full information.
The Oneonta Department of Public Service is flushing water mains in the low service area weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Flushing in these areas is expected to be completed by next Friday. During flushing, water users may experience a change in water color, pressure and/or loss of water. This is a common, temporary occurrence and is not a cause for alarm. Run cold water faucets for a few minutes to clear up any discoloring.
The results are in from “Operation Hardhat”. the state’s speed enforcement campaign conducted in work zones. Officers were dressed as road workers to catch those not obeying the reduced speed limits. Nearly 450 tickets were issued statewide but the majority weren’t for speeding – most were for handheld device use violations. Aropund 10% of tickets were for violating the Move Over Law which requires drivers to slow down or move over a lane for emergency and construction vehicles on the shoulder.
The Otsego County Department of Health is partnering with local high schools to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics for students 16 and older, parents, staff and community members. There’s a clinic on May 11 at Cherry Valley Springfield Central School, a clinic May 13 at Richfield Springs Central School, one on May 17 at Schenevus Central School and at Morris Central School on May 18. Hours for each clinic are 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Go to otsegocounty.com to register.
Friday is Child Care Provider Appreciation Day and Delaware Opportunities is observing that day by thanking providers for their efforts in what was a year of tremendous challenges. The organization offers a number of suggestions on how to show appreciation including working with your child to create a special rememberance or purchasing an item for your provider’s play area. Call 607-746-1620 to get more information on child care resource and referral programs.
SUNY Oneonta Sociology Professor Tyler Dupont has published a book titled “Lifestyle Sports and Identities: Subcultural Careers Through the Life Course.” It explores how gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and location, in conjunction with age and stage in career, affect lifestyle sport practices and meanings. The book was co-written with professor Becky Beal at California State University, East Bay and is available for pre-order with a shipping date of Aug. 6.