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August 20, 2013


The Daily Star

---- — To Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky and his wife, Karen, for teaching Cooperstown youths to dance. 

For 12 years, the couple instructed seventh- and eighth-grade boys and girls, not only in ballroom dancing, but also in etiquette. 

The Dutkowskys handed over the reins to Alma Curtis, owner of Cooperstown Performing Arts, and her husband, Dr. Matthew Curtis, for next year’s dance. The formal spring dance, organized by a parent committee, takes place at the Otesaga with a live band. Dress is formal, and the students’ manners are expected to suit the occasion. 

Curtis said that Dutkowsky found a way to keep his young charges engaged and happy while still instilling values such as respect and dignity. 

“He was always making sure the children were having a good time while learning the art of ballroom,” Curtis recalled. 

For Dutkowsky, he leaves the event with 12 years of great memories, calling some of his nights with the kids “magical.” 

We applaud the Dutkowskys  (and the Curtises) for their commitment to making memories for hundreds of students.  

To the swift settlement of the lawsuit against the proposed Hillside Commons apartment complex. 

Wood Ridge Apartments challenged the project, and accepted a settlement that will require the developer, Newman Development Group, to add and maintain landscape buffers and take other measures to mitigate the building’s environmental impact. 

The settlement of the lawsuit clears the way for the project, which had been halted by a restraining order, to proceed. 

City Attorney David Merzig observed that “It’s always good when the parties can come to their own agreement instead of requiring court intervention,” and we agree. 

The mitigation factors would seem to be assets to the project. Although we have faith in the developers’ abilities to mitigate stormwater runoff, it won’t hurt to have some additional buffers in place. We’re glad the matter was disposed of promptly, and to the satisfaction of both parties. 


To SUNY Oneonta graduate Sean Bernstein and SUNY Oneonta tennis coach Lonnie Mitchel, who recently participated at the Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem. 

Bernstein brought home three medals — two gold, one bronze — in track events, and Mitchel led the Grand Masters tennis team to 17 medals, including six golds. 

“I had to really pinch myself to be surrounded by all this coaching talent and see all these great athletes,” said Mitchel. “I was so humbled, but at the same time learned so much. It’s been quite a whirlwind, and this experience will make me an improved coach.”

Bernstein, a 12-time SUNYAC champion and school record-holder in the 100m, 200m and 4x100-meter relay, called the event “a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” 

“It was an incredible honor to not only represent my sport, but also my school, heritage and my country,” Bernstein said. 

We’re proud to see these two men representing SUNY Oneonta so successfully on the world stage.