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January 16, 2013

National tax-prep firm adds local presence


“It’s an honor to be on the Money 70,” said John Fox, the fund’s co-manager.

Pizzeria ribbon cutting

Umberto’s, a new pizzeria in the Southside Mall, will hold a ribbon-cutting Thursday night in cooperation with the Otsego County Chamber.

Owners Robert and Barbara Romano and son Robert Romano Jr. will be present at the event, which will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Free samples from Umberto’s menu will be available, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Chamber nominations

The Otsego County Chamber is still accepting nominiations — including self-nominations — for its NBT Distinguished Business of the Year Award.

Submissions may be sent to Barbara Ann Heegan, the chamber’s executive director, at or via an online form at BusinessNominationForm.pdf.

Nominations should include the nominee’s name and business address, along with a list of the business’s community involvement and how it demonstrates successful business and economic growth in Otsego County.

Businesses with at least 50 full-time employees are eligible.

The top four nominees will all be invited to attend the chamber’s annual dinner and celebration at the SUNY Oneonta Hunt Union Ballroom on March 22, when the winner will be announced.

The chamber is also accepting nominations for the Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award. The award is given to a resident of Otsego County who has made long-term contributions to the community.

Stray voltage tests

NYSEG’s Oneonta Division is among the areas where the utility and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, are testing the power infrastructure for stray voltage, as required by the New York State Public Service Commission.

“The safety of our employees and customers is our top priority every day,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. “Since 2005, stray voltage testing has been a regular practice to help us ensure public safety.”

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