Area homeowners have until the end of this year to renew their eligibility for the STAR school tax exemption program.  State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli estimated 13 million dollars in fraud and abuse in the Basic STAR program; the state legislature then mandated that all Basic STAR recipients re-enroll this year to receive the benefit next year. The change does not affect Enhanced STAR program for senior citizens who own homes.


Last Christmas, the River Club in Afton served up free meals for underprivileged residents of the area,  this year, they are holding a fundraising golf tournament this Saturday, to raise money to also give gifts as part of the free Christmas meal this year.  River Club owner Jack Flannery explains:


(Jack Flannery 9-4-13)


Those who are interested in participating in the golf tournament, or the dinner this Saturday, can call Jack Flannery at 343-3195 or the River Club at 639-3060.


The state labor department announced the Unemployment Insurance Early Repayment program for those who have collected overpayments of unemployment benefits they were not entitled, and wish to avoid additional penalties.  Effective on  October 1st ,  Claimants who knowingly collected overpaid benefits will not only have to pay the overpayment back and be assessed forfeit days against future UI claims, but also be charged a 15% monetary penalty on the overpayment or $100, whichever is higher. More details are available at labor.ny.gov


Delaware County Deputies investigated a one-car personal injury accident Saturday on County Highway 26 in the Town of Hamden.  19-year-old Daniel Monsen of Merrick, Long Island lost control of his vehicle, striking an embankment and rolling over.  Monsen was transported to O’Connor hospital in Delhi,  with lacerations to his hand,  no tickets have been issued.


The Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council &  Oneonta River Corporation, will host 2 presentations that could lead to a positive economic impact in the Oneonta Area.   Dr. Carlena Ficano who is a  Hartwick College professor of economics, will present a report on the profitability of local commercial hops production, on Wednesday, September 25th at Foothills at 4:30 PM.  The 2nd presentation will be on Tuesday, October 1st, where Heath Markus Green of Cornell University will head-up a presentation on revitalizing part of the old D&H Rail-yards in Oneonta.  Green’s presentation will be held at Foothills Performing Arts center at 4:30 PM.



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