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Paul Antonelli


Paul is a graduate of SUNY Albany, and is a 10-time award winner of the New York Newspaper Publisher's Association and a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors. Antonelli covered 44 of Mike Tyson's 56 professional fights and was one of just five American journalists to cover Tyson's stunning loss to Buster Douglas in Tokyo, Japan. His Tyson stories appeared nationally (USA Today) as well as in some of the top publications internationally.

Antonelli was a long-time beat writer for the New York Giants, covering Super Bowl XXV and also spent three years covering the New York Knicks, including the team's appearance in the 1994 NBA Finals.

Antonelli lives in Amsterdam and is married with two children. He can be reached via email at

Adam Shinder


Adam Shinder has been covering sports at the Recorder since September 2008.

A native of Holland, Pa., Adam is a 2007 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University with B.S. in Newspaper. He was the recipient of a 2008-09 and 2009-10 New York News Publishers Association award for Outstanding Sports Writing.

Adam can be reached via email at

Michael Kelly


Michael Kelly has been covering sports at the Recorder since May 2011.

Michael is from Clifton Park and is a 2010 graduate of Stony Brook University, with degrees from the school of journalism and history.

Michael can be reached via email at


Cleora M. Merry

October 20, 2014 Cleora M. Merry, 95, of Perth passed away peacefully on October 20, 2014 at the E.L. Wilkinson Nursing Home. Born in the Town of Perth on March 16, 1919, she is the daughter of the late Lloyal and Jennie Adams Miller. ...

Henry R. Hinkel

October 19, 2014 Henry R. Hinkel, 79, of Amsterdam, passed away Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady following a brief illness. A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:15A.M. at O ...

Gayle M. Quini Cyrek

October 20, 2014 Gayle M. Quini Cyrek, 65, Amsterdam, NY, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon at Mountain Valley Hospice after a long illness. Born in Amsterdam on May 5, 1949, the daughter of Joseph and Sylvia (Ceil) Leggero Quini, she wa ...

Shirley A. (Porath) Thompson

October 19, 2014 Shirley A. (Porath) Thompson, 78 of Moyer Street, Canajoharie, died Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Mountain Valley Hospice. Born on April 12, 1936 in the Town of Springfield, New York, she was the daughter of the late Fred W. Por ...


A zombie government

By SHANNON BERTUCH For The Recorder A chronicled souvenir from my Catholic education is looking like an oracle these days. I recall Sister Superior recounting the meeting between President Kennedy and Pope Paul VI, told to us as Catholics that ...

Letters to the editor

The neighbors and the dogs To the editor: In response to The Recorder article by Bill Berner Oct. 16: Upon moving to Hartley Road, the town of Florida granted the Berners kennel permits, one to William for 10 dogs and one to Kris for 10. The perm ...

Main Street

Can't Take It One of the charges commonly made against service clubs is that their speaking programs include only purveyors of pure and unadulterated optimism -- disciples of the Silver Lining Guild Inc. who refuse to leave conditions as they are. ...

Touring Northville

By JAMES SHERIDAN For The Recorder We have just left Lewek's Drug Store and are in front of the Oneida Market in Northville, run by Mark and Helen Greenhill. The man in charge of the butcher shop I had known before. His name was Bill Healey. H ...


Not so fast cord cutter, cable TV's not dead

By MAE ANDERSON The Associated Press NEW YORK -- Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a net ...

Toys R Us pulls 'Breaking Bad' dolls

NEW YORK (AP) -- Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week. The dolls are based on the series about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a crystal meth dealer, and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman. The figures have a detachable bag of cash and a bag of methamphetamines. The Fort Myers, Fla., mo ...

The cost of cable vs. a la carte

Is a la carte streaming a better deal? Combining current streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access and the expected price of HBO's service, which starts next year, would run you about half of the average price of monthly cable and satellite television service. If you're a sports fan, sorry, the streaming services won't do it for you alone. But adding an a la carte option to your basic cable subscription might offer you more choice tha ...

'Stalker' star Maggie Q loves acting ... and her privacy

By FRAZIER MOORE The Associated Press NEW YORK -- For Maggie Q, her new series, "Stalker," hits close to home. But not too close, if Maggie can help it. She sees privacy, and guarding her personal space, as vital to her freedom. Even so, she has had her own brush with a stalker. "He thought he had a relationship with me that wasn't happening," she says, recalling the delusional fan. "I didn't KNOW that person!" As a past star of Asian-based ac ...
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