Oneonta will experience its first cash mob Tuesday, when supporters of downtown businesses descend on Main Street.
“It’s just like a flash mob, but instead of singing, dancing or rioting, participants gather downtown and agree to each spend at least $10 to $20 at a local, independent business chosen by the community,” said organizer Mark Kleszczewski.
“As someone who works with small and mid-sized businesses, I often see how they’re forgotten when retail giants expand. So when I heard about cash mobs as a fun way to support Main Street, it really resonated with me.”
In addition to spending some money, each “mobber” is encouraged to network with new people and meet up for food and drinks at a nearby independent restaurant or bar, further increasing the local multiplier effect.
The event, scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, is being supported by the Oneonta mayor’s office, the Greater Oneonta Historical Society, Main Street Oneonta and the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.
Participants will meet at the connector between Main Street and the Oneonta parking garage, shop and then gather drinks and snacks at the B Side Ballroom and Supper Club about 6 p.m.
Delaware Hospital president named
United Health Services has appointed Dru Cavanagh to be president and chief executive officer of Delaware Regional Hospital.
Cavanagh has been serving as interim president since last May, when David Polge retired, said Dr. Rajesh Davé, executive vice president/chief medical officer at UHS. Cavanagh will continue to serve the UHS system as vice president for patient services at Chenango Memorial Hospital, a position she has held since November of 2009.
She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, and worked for 20 years in both hospital and home care nursing settings for the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center and nine other health care organizations in the Los Angeles area. For several years, she held the post of chief operating officer of Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol in northern California. She is pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare management.