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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


George Joseph Schery

August 26,2015 George Joseph Schery, 94, passed away Aug. 26. George was the beloved husband of the late Kathleen "Kay" DeBoer Schery (2010) for 65 years. George was born in Brooklyn where he worked for Fairchild Publications before and af ...

Antonella Cassella

August 24, 2015 Antonella Cassella (also known as Bossy), of Perth, passed away at the young age of 39. A life-long resident of Perth, Antonella was the proud owner and chef of Nicolino's Restaurant and Vino/Wine Bar. Born in Amsterdam, Ant ...

Nellie S. Bieniek

August 26, 2015 Nellie S. Bieniek, 94, of Old Route 67, West Charlton, and formerly of Brandt Avenue, Fort Johnson, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, at St. Mary's Healthcare. Born Aug. 17, 1921, in West Charlton, she was the daughter of John and Jad ...

Emma Jane Terplak

August 24, 2015 Emma Jane Terplak, 89, of Amsterdam passed away peacefully Aug. 24 at the River Ridge Living Center surrounded by her loving family. Born Feb. 3, 1926, in Amsterdam, she was the youngest daughter of the late Earl and Alice Smit ...


Letters to the editor

Farmland is under siege To the editor: It would be premature to construe the statements issuing from our county legislators as a death knell for the plan of a new connector highway to the Johnstown Industrial Park. Cautious optimism would not b ...

Main Street

(Harold J. Mallia, Amsterdam contributor to Nation's Business, the Fairchild Publications, Keystone, and other trade magazines, and writer of short fiction for syndicates, is today's guest columnist. He gives his impressions of the writing "racket.") ...

City is thirsty for the truth

By ANN THANE For The Recorder In response to the editorial scripted on behalf of The Recorder of Aug. 20, I offer the following observations: I think it very odd for a political candidate to editorialize on behalf of our local newspaper. A l ...

Letter to the editor

Compelled to contribute and serve To the editor: My name is Tim Quist and I am running for alderman in the 4th Ward in the city of Amsterdam. After some patient and hopeful waiting to see the potential future of where the city council is headed, ...


'Z for Zachariah' a drama about the last three people left on Earth

By TODD McCARTHY The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- A powder-keg plot setup triggers an underwhelming display of dramatic fireworks in "Z for Zachariah," a post-apocalyptic survival tale propelled by male-female emotional dynamics. Set in a remote valley spared from radioactive contamination after a presumed global catastrophe, the film from director Craig Zobel effectively sets all its surface parts in motion but, crucially, doesn't sufficientl ...

The Associated Press Book Reviews

"Last Ragged Breath" (Minotaur Books) by Julia Keller Each of us has a story that defines us as an individual. Maybe it's the truths and lies we tell ourselves about ourselves, our reputation or our work. Sometimes that tale is all we have -- and it can be worth everything. Myriad characters' personal stories boost the plot in "Last Ragged Breath," Julia Keller's excellent fourth novel about prosecutor Bell Elkins. No one knows more about how a pe ...

Owen Wilson, Lake Bell star in a taut but deeply troubled 'Escape'

By JAKE COYLE The Associated Press Not since Saigon in the 1970s has an American operation in Southeast Asia been as ill-conceived as "No Escape," a taut, well-made and entirely dubious thriller. Where does "No Escape" take place? It's about a Texas family that arrives in an unnamed Asian country only to immediately be swept up in a horribly violent coup that sends them scampering for survival through foreign, unfamiliar streets strewn with bodie ...

Entertainment news in brief

'Jackass' star charged after climbing crane LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Jackass" star Steve-O will face five criminal charges after he climbed a crane in Hollywood to protest SeaWorld and drew dozens of emergency responders to a construction site earlier this month. The city of Los Angeles will also seek financial restitution for the cost of the police and fire response, said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the City Attorney's Office. Steve-O, whose legal nam ...
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