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October 22, 2013

In Our Opinion: Cheers and Jeers

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The Daily Star

---- — TText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Coloro Otsego County Project Lifesaver, which was put into action earlier this month when an 86-year-old Alzheimer’s patient went missing.

Otsego County 911 received a call reporting him missing at 3:15 p.m. Emergency services personnel arrived at 3:42 p.m., and the man was found safe about 10 minutes later thanks to a personal transmitter provided by the program.

The service is available in Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. It’s also available for children with autism.

This incident shows the service can truly be a lifesaver. We encourage all who feel the service may be helpful to call Ann Marie Thayer at the Alzheimer’s Association at 547-1650.

 

TText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Coloro the Otsego Land Trust for matching its National Scenic Byways Grant for its Brookwood Point property.

The $188,000 grant, which the property received from the Department of Transportation early this year, had to be matched by November.

It will allow the Trust to make $250,000 in renovations to the 22-acre park on the western shores of Otsego Lake.

We’re glad to see Otsego Land Trust will be able to improve this wonderful resource.

 

TText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Coloro Frank Popolizio, who cheated his vendors and customers, including a group of nuns.

He is also accused of mistreating dogs in his South Side Dogs kennel.

Popolizio struck a plea agreement with Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl on the second day of a trial.

Popolizio was placed on probation for five years and agreed he would not own any animals in that time. He must also pay restitution. The kennel is an annex to South Side Farms, where miniature cows were bred. The group of nuns mentioned in the case paid Popolizio for miniature dairy cows but never got the heifers.

He had been scheduled to stand trial separately on multiple misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, but his guilty plea to the felony grand larceny count was accepted in satisfaction of those charges, Muehl said.

Popolizio was convicted last year of third-degree criminal tax fraud after failing to pay state sales taxes on receipts from a now-closed restaurant he ran in Schenectady.

While some would argue he should have served time in jail, a man who would cheat nuns and the government, and is accused of mistreating animals, needs to pay the price. The agreement ensures he is punished for the crimes.

 

TText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Coloro the nullification of a policy banning smoking in certain areas of state parks.

State Supreme Court Judge George Ceresia stated the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation “extended their reach beyond inter-interstitial rulemaking and into the realm of legislating” when it instituted the policy.

The Parks Department is considering an appeal. We encourage the appeal, and urge state lawmakers to enact a law that creates no-smoking areas in all parks.