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February 15, 2014

Otsego 2000 offers help for local food producers


Otsego 2000 has contracted with QuestionPro, an independent research firm, to conduct the confidential survey, which is available at or through

The survey deadline is March 15, said Weir, who may be reached at 547-6195.

Italian restaurant opens in Oneonta

Toscana Northern Italian Grill has opened at 76 Chestnut St. in Oneonta.

The restaurant will feature northern Italian cuisine, said Tony Pepaj, co-owner with Angelo Carimando.

Pepaj, who previously was chef at the Italian Kitchen in Oneonta, said the Chestnut Street restaurant has seven employees and seats about 50 diners. Their similar restaurant, Toscana Italian Fusion & Grill Cooperstown, has been open two years, Pepaj said, and they wanted to return to the Oneonta market. The restaurant at 64 Main St. in Cooperstown will remain open, he said.

Toscana in Oneonta opened Thursday and will be open for dinner from 4 to 10 p.m. daily, Pepaj said. The restaurant telephone number is 267-4530.

Psychologist earns re-certification

Adriana Steffens, owner of Mind Matters Neurofeedback Centers, has earned a higher level of certification in neurofeedback, according to a media release from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, formerly the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America, in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

Steffens, a clinical psycho-physiologist, has a practice that provides services in Delaware, Otsego, Broome and Chenango counties. She has been in business locally for eight years, providing tests that help understand brain functioning and specialized programs to correct brain dysregulation. Neurotherapy addresses symptoms of migraine and tension headaches, depression, chronic pain and other conditions.

The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance was established in 1981 to certify individuals who meet education and training standards and to re-certify those who advance their knowledge. More than 1,600 healthcare professionals have achieved this certification in 25 countries, the release said.

Mind Matters Neurofeedback Centers are in Oneonta, Delhi, Norwich and Binghamton.

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