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City Looks To Close Sheldon Beach During Harborfest

OSWEGO, NY – At Monday’s (July 6) Physical Services Committee, Tory DeCaire, police chief, requested authorization to again close Sheldon Beach (north end of Sixth Avenue) during Harborfest.

The council approved the closure last year in response to the massive amount of junk and debris left behind following a raucous unauthorized party in the area during Harborfest 2013.

“We had some problems out there two years ago,” the chief said. “We closed it off last year and it worked out very well as far as not having any problems. We actually ran a chain fence across the entrance and we had signage, also.”

The area will be closed from 7 a.m. July 23, through July 27 at 7 a.m., the chief said Monday night.

On the night of the fireworks (July 25), at 7 p.m., the Police Department will allow access only for viewing of the fireworks and will close the site at the conclusion of the fireworks until Monday (July 27) morning.

The police department has the authorization to enforce applicable trespassing laws.

Careful monitoring of the area by city police and members of the SUNY Oswego University Police will be scheduled and in place during Harborfest weekend,the chief said.

The request was first broached at the committee level in June 2014 by Councilor Mike Todd.

“The amount of garbage that was left down there (in 2013) was awful. There were couches, chairs – everything; they completely trashed that beach. They had to actually call the DPW and private people to come down there. It was weeks before the (garbage) was all out of the water,” Councilor Todd said last July.

At one point, there had to be 500 to 600 kids down there, he added.

The full council will vote on the matter at its July 13 meeting.

Weather Notebook For July 6, 2015

Weather Notebook For July 6, 2015

According to Fulton’s weather observer, the area received no precipitation on July 5.

The monthly total is 0.46-inch.

The total for the year is 24.34 inches.

Partly cloudy with a chance of rain tonight. Low near 65.

Continued warm and humid with showers or thunderstorms possible on Tuesday. High in the upper 80s.

Warm and humid with a mix of sun and clouds today. High in the mid 80s.

Annual Fourth Of July Parade Attracts Thousands

OSWEGO, NY – Families and friends packed both sides of West Bridge Street for Oswego’s annual 4th of July Parade on Sunday.

The Marching Bucs, going through a bevy of bubbles, received a hearty ovation from the crowd.

The Marching Bucs, going through a bevy of bubbles, received a hearty ovation from the crowd.

Temperatures flirted with 80 degrees and a light breeze made it perfect to sit by the side of the road and watch the parade go by.

The parade came up West Bridge Street at 1 p.m. and headed east, passing large cheering crowds as it did so.

Many people have been attending the annual parade for years.

For some it is a tradition to arrive several hours before the parade and stake out their favorite spots using lawn furniture and blankets. There is an unwritten parade law that you don’t disturb a location someone has already claimed.

While Oswego had hosted many parades on different occasions, it was during 1964 that friends and fellow Jaycee members Bill Green and Bill Gregway decided that Oswego needed a bigger event than just a fireworks display to celebrate our nation’s birthday.

Samantha Milos' patriotic pride is written all over her face on Sunday.

Samantha Milos’ patriotic pride is written all over her face on Sunday.

Thus the tradition of the Oswego Independence Day Parade was born.

The original parade had a budget of approximately $600 and started by Oswego Hospital, traveling east to Fort Ontario.

Through the years, the Jaycees and Jayncees evolved the parade to an increased route and a celebration that included a drum corps show, originally held at Fort Ontario, then later moved to Wilbur Field at Leighton Elementary School.

When the local Jaycees group disbanded, several local service organizations stepped in to keep the tradition alive and eventually the city of Oswego asked the local chamber of commerce to take over organizing the event.

Erika Barbera and Dylan Armfield wave their American Flags as the wait for the parade to reach East Third Street.

Erika Barbera and Dylan Armfield wave their American Flags as the wait for the parade to reach East Third Street.

This year, as they always have, representatives of Oswego Health’s Sun Patrol passed out sunscreen to help keep people safe in the sun.

The sun patrol was established in 1990 when Nurse Practitioner, Nancy Dowd, a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department of Oswego Hospital at the time, noticed that there were many children coming into the emergency department with severe and sometimes second-degree sun burns following the Fourth of July parade.

Trucks, floats, and police cars were aplenty as well as a few marching bands and other musical acts, including a glimpse at the Oswego Players’ upcoming production of Guys and Dolls.

Among the marching bands were: the pride of Oswego the Marching Buccaneers, the Marching Matadors from Mexico, the CNY Fire and Police Marching Band, the Island Band, and some newcomers.

“I enjoy coming to the parade each year,” said Diane Zeller. “I like it when they have the bagpipes. I also like the Fire-Police band (from Syracuse). It’s always a good time at the parade.”

For Sue Matthews, people watching prior to the parade is a tradition.

Missy Williams drives a resident of the Oswego Ladies' Home (armed with a squirt gun) along the parade route Sunday.

Missy Williams drives a resident of the Oswego Ladies’ Home (armed with a squirt gun) along the parade route Sunday.

“It’s fun to get here early and just watch the people – especially the little kids. They are so full of energy,” she said. “I like seeing all the different floats and bands during the parade.”

Many groups threw candy to the crowd, which children dove after with gusto.

Dozens of American flags, courtesy of the VFW, were handed out to highlight the patriotic theme of the day.

There were also several vendors walking up and down the street selling SnoCones, balloons, and hotdogs to the hungry crowd.

To ensure the crowd didn’t get overheated, members of various marching units, including residents of the Oswego Ladies’ Home, sprayed people along the route with cool water.

Some of the Roller Girls roller derby team show off their rollerskating abilities (and in this case, confidence in their teammates).

Some of the Roller Girls roller derby team show off their rollerskating abilities (and in this case, confidence in their teammates).

As the parade came to an end and traffic began to flow on Bridge Street, one youngster asked his mother, “Is that the real traffic now?”

The parade may have come to an end, but the celebration wasn’t over until the last fireworks display burst in the air Sunday evening.

 

 

 

 

 

DownBeat Percussions were first-time performers at the 2015 parade.

DownBeat Percussions were first-time performers at the 2015 parade.

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Members of the Pop Warner cheerleader squad perform for the judges.

Members of the Pop Warner cheerleader squad perform for the judges.

Crash Injures Four In Minetto

MINETTO, NY – On Wednesday (July 1), at 7:38 a.m., the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one-vehicle accident with injuries on CR 25, about 3/10 mile north of CR 20, in the town of Minetto.

The crash resulted in the arrest of James D Meeker Jr., 19, of 1556 CR 8, Fulton.

He was charged with DWI, Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree, Reckless Driving, Imprudent Speed, Crossing Road Hazard Markings and Failure to Keep Right.

Mr. Meeker is alleged to have driven a 2000 Ford pickup south on wet roadway where he lost control causing the vehicle to cross the center line and hit a utility pole then brush before overturning and coming to rest in the driveway at 824 CR 25.

Mr. Meeker was transported by ambulance to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse along with three passengers in the vehicle, Leonard R. Arnsted, 19, of Fulton, Austin N. Doyle, 20, of Fulton and Shaleigha M. Jackson, 20, of Fulton.

Mr. Meeker is scheduled to answer the charges on 7/15/15 in the Town of Minetto Court.

Good Bye, Good Riddance to June 2015

OSWEGO, NY – June 2015 goes into the weather record book as not the best we’ve ever had.

June 2015 was a rather cloudy and wet month.

June 2015 was a rather cloudy and wet month.

“It was a cool, dark and rather wet month,” according to Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service. “It was not a very nice June at all.”

The average temperature last month was 63.6 degrees.  That is 1.7 degrees below average.

The highest temperature was 85 degrees on the 14th and the lowest was 40 degrees on the 7th.

“We set a new record on the 7th,” Gregway said. “We got down to 40 degrees. The old record was 41 degrees set way back in 1888.”

June 20th saw a near record low, 45 degrees. The record is 42 degrees set in 1926.

There were 3 days when the highs were in the 80s and the lows were in the 40s 4 times.

June had no 90s.

Precipitation for June came in at 6.91 inches. That is 3.49 inches above average.

“We pretty much doubled the monthly average,” Gregway said. “Sounds like a lot. But, overall, we were just the 6th wettest going back to 1844. And, in 2013, June received 7.10 inches. That is the 4th wettest on record.”

Since the first of the year, total precipitation is 19.51. That’s just 0.38-inch below average.

“We had been running a deficit for the longest time. But, thanks to June, we made up around 3 inches,” Gregway said.

Measurable precipitation fell on 15 days, with a streak of 4 in a row.

There was just a trace on 2 days.

No precipitation fell on 13 days, with 2 runs of 3 days in a row.

The greatest amount of precipitation in a 24-hour period was 2.45 inches on the 1st.

There was also 1.75 inches that fell in 2 hours (midnight to 2 a.m.) once and 1.14 inches on the 8th to 9th. Also, 1.34 inches fell over a 5-hour span on the 23rd.

“Our rainfall was spotty, but very heavy at times,” Gregway said. “Lucky for us it was nothing like what they got south of us.”

The area had 3 thunderstorms in June. That is 2 below average.

June had 9 foggy days, which is 8 above average.

We received 48 percent of the possible amount of sunshine. That is 17 percentages below average.

The number of cloudy days, 11, was 2 above average.

The number of partly cloudy days, 15, was 4 above average.

The number of clear days, 4, was 6 below average.

The highest barometric pressure was 30.26 on the 3rd and the lowest was 29.53 on the 9th.

June 23rd saw the strongest winds, westerly greater than 30 mph.

Last year, June was 1.1 degrees warmer than average. The high was 88 degrees and the low was 47 degrees.

There were 10 highs in the 80s and 6 lows in the 40s.

Like this year, there wasn’t any 90s.

Precipitation for the month was about 0.5-inch below normal. And, for the year it was 18.81 inches; about 1.5 inches below average.

The least precipitation for June is 0.12-inch in 1955. The most is 9.81 inches in 1889.

June 2005 is the warmest on record – 71.7 degrees. The coolest is 48.9 degrees in 1926.

Weather Notebook For July 2, 2015

Weather Notebook For July 2, 2015

According to Fulton’s weather observer, the area received 0.46-inch of precipitation on July 1.

The monthly total is 0.46-inch.

The total for the year is 24.34 inches.

Clear and continued cool tonight. Low near 50.

Mostly sunny and mild on Friday. High in the upper 70s.

Becoming mostly sunny and cool today. High 75.

Oswego School Board Names Officers For 2015-16 School Year

Board members Tom DeCastro and Lynda Sereno take the oath of office Wednesday.

Board members Tom DeCastro and Lynda Sereno take the oath of office Wednesday.

OSWEGO, NY – In a brief reorganizational meeting Wednesday, the Oswego school board appointed its slate of officers for the 2015-2016 school year.

Kathleen Allen was re-elected as president.

Lynda Sereno was re-elected as vice president.

District clerk Karen Canale administers the oath of office to Kathleen Allen, board president.

District clerk Karen Canale administers the oath of office to Kathleen Allen, board president.

Prior to the meeting, Tom DeCastro and Sereno took the oath of office.

The pair was re-elected to full three-terms on the board this past May.

The board then acted on various housekeeping items for the upcoming school year among which were appointments of:

Architect of Records – King & King, P.C.

Karen Canale, district clerk, administers the oath of office to Lynda Sereno, board vice president.

Karen Canale, district clerk, administers the oath of office to Lynda Sereno, board vice president.

Asbestos Designee – David Crisafulli
Clerk of the Board of Education and School District Clerk – Karen Canale
Dignity for All Students Act – Dr. Dean Gowey
District Treasurer – John Edwards
Deputy District Treasurer – Joyce Galletta
Health Insurance Consultant Services – One Group
Internal Auditor – Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC
Reserve Internal Claims Auditor – Michael Riley
Records Retention and Disposition Officer – Nancy Squairs
Records Access Officer – Karen Canale
School District Purchasing Agent – Nancy Squairs
Tax Collector – Joyce Galletta
Medicaid Compliance Officer – Robert Duffy
Official Bank Depositories – J. P. Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank, Key Bank of Mellon, NBT and Pathfinder.
Official District Newspapers – Syracuse Newspapers, Oswego Palladium Times.
Official Media Website – Oswego County Today.com
Title 9 Compliance Officer – Peter Myles

Woman Searching For Her Sister

OSWEGO, NY – Jody Carotenuto of Pennsylvania is looking for her sister; and she’s turned her attention toward Central New York.

“I’m looking for my sister, Amy, who was separated from my brother and I in 1971. I found out about her in 1993 when I found our birth parents. I was in total shock,” she told Oswego County Today. “According to our birth mother, she told the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services to keep us together.”

Amy is the one on the right with the tennis logo. This was taken in her foster home with other foster children. She is about three or four years old.

Amy is the one on the right with the tennis logo. This was taken in her foster home with other foster children. She is about three or four years old.

In 1993, Carotenuto  received some information from the Family Court in Canton.

They had been placed in foster care on April 6, 1971.

“My brother and I stayed together and Amy someplace else. Our birth mother had only a sixth grade education and our birth father was a dropout, alcoholic and abusive,” Carotenuto said. “I have talked to Amy’s foster mother and she was kind enough to give me a picture of her. She thinks she may have been adopted in Southwestern NY.”

Carotenuto tried to get more information from the court this past April and was informed that she “was lucky to have what did” because today she wouldn’t be allowed to have even that.

Both of their birth parents are deceased.

“There are more than 400 Amys born on November 15, 1969. It’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” Carotenuto said.

She is no longer able to collect any more information, because the laws keep changing, she said.

Carotenuto’s brother was born Ethan Allen Metcalfe on 8-21-67.

“I was born Jody Marie Prince on 11-19-68. We were placed together in foster care and adopted together. We were all born in Massena  in St. Lawrence County,” she said. “My brother’s name is now E. Stuart Anyon and mine is Jody Louise Anyon Carotenuto. When we were adopted we moved to New Rochelle, NY.”

In 1967 the first paternity case brought into the family court for Ethan Allen Metcalfe. It was finalized on January 2, 1968. On March 6, 1969 the second paternity case was brought into the family court for Jody Marie Prince. In 1970, the third paternity case was brought into the family court for Amy Lynn Prince.

They have Amy’s birthday listed as November 15, 1969. So, this is what Carotenuto is going on.

“Amy is registered with the NY State Adoption Information Registry. She may not have updated her information. Until that happens, we can’t reunite that way,” she added.

Some of the information she has been able to obtain includes:

On January 28, 1971 Amy was hospitalized for malnutrition. She was two months old.

On April 6, 1971, they were sent to the Department of Social Services. In May 1973, a petition was filed for them to be released for adoption. In 1974, the release papers were finalized.

Ethan and Jody went to live with Mrs. Sylvia Tuttle (now Fuller) in Macomb, NY. Ethan and Jody went to live with their adopted parents on October 25, 1974, and the adoption was finalized on June 11, 1975. Amy went to live with Mrs. Rhoda Bond in Norfolk, NY. Amy went to live with her adoptive parents on September 9, 1974 and her adoption was finalized on June 16, 1975.

“Mr. Francis Lavinge (lawyer) out of Massena represented Theresa, I believe. He is now deceased. Amy’s caseworker was Mrs. Hutt. Mrs. Yeardon was the actual family caseworker for the children. Mrs. Rigler was supervisor. Mrs. Ester Katz was caseworker who worked with the parents,” Carotenuto said. “My parents also used the Adoption And Children’s Services of Westchester, Inc., at 19 Greendridge Ave. White Plains, NY 10605. They knew about my sister and didn’t say a word.”

She has been in touch with her foster mother and was told that they deliberately did not let Carotenuto or her  brother see their sister.

“They did not want us to get to know her because it ‘would be an easier transition.’ Amy’s foster mother gave me some pictures of her when she lived there. She isn’t much help but thinks she moved to Southwestern part of New York when she was adopted,” Carotenuto said.

Anyone who has information that may pertain to her or her siblings may contact Carotenuto using the comments section.

Weather Notebook For July 1, 2015

Weather Notebook For July 1, 2015

According to Fulton’s weather observer, the area received 0.34-inch of precipitation on June 30.

The monthly total is 6.19 inches.

The total for the year is 23.88 inches.

Mostly cloudy and a bit foggy tonight. Low in the lower 50s.

Drier with a mix of sun and clouds on Thursday. High in the lower 70s.

Humid with a few lingering showers likely today. High 75 to 80.

Weather Notebook For June 30, 2015

Weather Notebook For June 30, 2015

According to Fulton’s weather observer, the area received 0.10-inch of precipitation on June 29.

The monthly total is 5.85 inches.

The total for the year is 23.54 inches.

Mostly cloudy with a lingering thunderstorm possible tonight. Low in the lower 60s.

More showers or thunderstorms likely on Wednesday. High in the upper 70s.

Humid with thunderstorms possible later today. High near 80.

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