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February 9, 2013

'Cash mob' is coming to Main St. Oneonta

The Daily Star

---- — 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.

Chenango development breakfast planned

Commerce Chenango and NBT Bank will host their annual economic forecast breakfast Wednesday at the Silo Restaurant in Norwich.

The keynote speaker will be SUNY Binghamton President Harvey Stenger, has taken a role in the region’s revitalization as co-chairman of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council.

At the forecast breakfast, Stenger will provide an overview of the university and his efforts to enhance economic development in the Southern Tier.

Cascun Farms, Sunrise Family Farms and Purdy and Sons Inc. will provide breakfast. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Chamber members may attend for $25 and non-members for $35.

Otesaga rated

among state’s best

The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown has been named one of the 2013 Best Hotels in New York state by U.S. News & World Report.

Recognition as a best hotel is based on the aggregate opinion of travel experts and guests expressed through awards, recommendations, and ratings.

U.S. News factored in the prominence of industry awards a hotel received along with its reputation among travel experts and guests. U.S. News considered 1,639 U.S. luxury hotels and 273 Caribbean hotels for its 2013 rankings. Only a fraction scored high enough to be named best hotels.

The rankings of the 2013 best hotels can be found online at

Richard Whitby reports on business news for The Daily Star. To contact him, call 432-1000, ext. 221, or email