Thirty Years Ago

• A parade of about 75 adults and children, most carrying blue and pink balloons, marched in “Amsterdam’s Night Out Against Crime.” The march was part of a nationwide crime prevention program to call attention to ways communities can help themselves and local law enforcement authorities keep crime down in their neighborhoods.

The march, which was led by McGruff, the crime prevention dog, began at the City Center and wound its way up Division Street and down Guy Park Avenue.

A reception was held afterwards at the Horace J. Inman Senior Citizens Center, featuring several guest speakers. City Controller John Bintz read a proclamation from Mayor Mario H. Villa, and Amsterdam Police Inv. Jose Mendez, head of the Youth Bureau, spoke of his department’s efforts in the fight against crime.

Robert Wojcik, executive director of the Montgomery County Big Brothers/Big Sisters, told the audience the organization is a good way to steer young people away from a life of crime.

Assemblyman Paul D. Tonko (D-Amsterdam) outlined some of the incentives available at the state level for community anti-crime organizations.

Second Ward Alderman Paul Constantine and First Ward Alderman Armand Giovanni also attended the event. Constantine recommended the city’s Neighborhood Watch program, which he said has helped some of the high crime areas in the city.

• An impasse has been declared in negotiations between the Greater Amsterdam School District and its clerical workers. Mediator John Looney of the Albany office of the state Public Employment Relations Board was appointed July 30 to help resolve the stalemate between the district and Civil Service Employees Association Local 829, but he said a mediation session has not been scheduled yet.

The old two-year contract expired June 30. Disputed items in the new contract include salary, terms of a dental plan, length of the work year and the method for accumulating unused sick time. If mediation doesn’t work, the two factions will call in a fact-finder, who would offer a non-binding recommendation to both sides to be used to reach a new agreement.

Elsie Corcuera, president of the 40-member union, said the last time the group declared impasse with the district was in 1985. The clerical workers were without a contract for almost 18 months, but received retroactive pay when a settlement was reached.

Arthur Cotugno, GASD director of staff personnel, and Superintendent H. Alan Brown have met with the union representatives and negotiators about six times since early March, Corcuera said. The group plans to continue working, even if the school year begins and they are still without a contract, she added.

Asked how long he thought negotiations would take, Cotugno said the process is a “time-consuming” one.

“We’re always optimistic that we can settle a contract to the mutual benefit of both the district and employees quickly. It factors into our morale. That’s our goal—it has to be. We hope we can avoid prolonged, protracted negotiations.”

Cotugno declined to speculate on whether a fact-finder would be appointed, but indicated there is no obligation on the part of either party to accept the fact-finder’s report.

“It only provides the opportunity to reach an agreement,” Cotugno said.

Mr. and Mrs. James Conti celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Aug. 9 at a dinner at Parillo’s Armory Grill, Amsterdam. The dinner was hosted by Roberta Cuozzo and Ernest Conti, and about 60 guests attended.

Mary and James Conti were married Aug. 3, 1947 at St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church in Fonda by Rev. John Murnane.

Maid of honor was the late Sandra Corratti, and best man was Ernest Conti.

Rev. Alfred Lamanna of Frankfort gave the grace and benediction at the dinner party. Many of the guests offered congratulatory remarks, and the couple received many gifts and flowers.

Mrs. Conti was owner and operator of the Majestic Beauty Salon and is retired. Mr. Conti is affiliated with the Rock Motel and will be retiring soon.

Amy Elizabeth Martuscello, daughter of Janet Martuscello, Dublin Ga. and Daniel Martuscello, also of Dublin, former Amsterdam residents, were awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Supreme Emblem Club of America.

Her grandmother, Mrs. Angie Ciccarino, is a member of Amsterdam Emblem Club 273, and the scholarship application was submitted by the local club.

Miss Martuscello is a 1986 graduate of Dublin High School where she was in the gifted children’s program and also a member of the high school band. She is also listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students. She is now a sophomore at the University of Georgia and is majoring in marketing research. Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Ciccarino, live at 55 McClellan Ave.

First published August 12, 1987

Forty Years Ago

Todd Joseph Greco was baptized recently at St. Joseph’s Church by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. Greco of North Broadalbin, and by his godparents, Samuel F. Greco of Amsterdam and Mrs. Patricia Spina of Flushing, New York. Rev. Rene G. Fontaine, SSS, officiated. The infant is the grandson of Auggie Greco of Mill Point Road, Amsterdam, Clara Greco of 204 W. Main St., Amsterdam, and of Joseph Thompson of 186 W. Main St., Amsterdam.

Gloria J. Carr of Chattanooga, Ten., has received a master of science in education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She completed her graduate studies in the Dept. of Vocational-Technical Education with a specialization in health occupations. She recently was selected for membership in Sigma Theta Tau at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, where she completed studies for a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Sigma Theta Tau is the only national honor society for nursing.

Carr is employed by the Chattanooga Public School System and is a member of the faculty of Adult Education, Health Occupations Division at Memorial Hospital there. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Lipkin, 29 Garden St., and the sister of Leslie J. Lipkin, 46 McClellan Ave.

• Both potential developers who have contacted the Greater Amsterdam School District concerning possible purchase of the former Woodrow Wilson School property on Clizbe Ave. are reportedly still interested in acquiring that parcel.

Dr. Daniel Greco, assistant superintendent of schools for the district, told The Recorder today that nothing has been decided concerning the property and the sudden offer from a Massachusetts firm to buy an option on the abandoned school property as well as the former Vrooman Ave. School.

The offer could net the district a $50,000 purchase price by January if a federal agency approves the developers plan to rehabilitate the buildings via a rent subsidy program conducted by the federal Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

Another offer from a group of local investors headed by Frank Romano has also been received for purchase of only the Woodrow Wilson property at a purchase price of $15,000. While the district would like to “unload” both buildings, concern was expressed by board members at a recent meeting that the interests of the area residents be considered in any transaction. Dr. Greco said the board met with Romano in an executive session but no decisions were reached.

“The board wanted more clarification,” Dr. Greco said.

First published August 12, 1977

Fifty Years Ago

• Cadet Robert S. Frank, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert F. Frank, 77 Prospect St., Canajoharie, is training in hand-to-hand combat at Camp Buchner, on the Military Academy Reservation, West Point. The third classman is participating in eight weeks of intensive training designed to instruct him in the capabilities and use of combat arms.

• A lawn party for the benefit of the Adirondack Players was held Aug. 19 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Mosher on Golf Course Road. The Adirondack Players was organized last February through the efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Halligan, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Jacoby, Phillip Bracchi and Jerry Hazzard for the purpose of bringing live, adult theater to Amsterdam.

Now, six months later, the group has over 80 members whose interests in the theater range from set painting to acting, make-up technique, lighting, publicity and other related areas.

Under the direction of Ruth Jacob, the Players presented its first production, “Never Too Late,” in May. In addition, a workshop was coordinated for the members and three one-act plays were done within the group this spring to give members an opportunity to try their wings in other aspects of theater outside their own specialty.

First published August 12, 1967