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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


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Carl J. Zanella

Memorial service Carl J. Zanella, 89, of Market Street, Amsterdam, passed away Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, while vacationing at his winter residence in Plant City, Fla. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 9, at the DeStefano Funeral Home, ...

Eleanor Dana Smith

April 13, 2015 Eleanor Dana Smith, 91, passed away April 13 in Cumming, Ga. She was born Dec. 4, 1923, and raised in Amsterdam and graduated from Wilbur H. Lynch School in the class of 1941. She attended Cortland State Teachers College and moved ...

Vincent Scarpetta

May 3, 2015 Vincent Scarpetta, 95, passed away Sunday evening at the Edward L. Wilkinson RHCF. His beloved wife, Grace predeceased him this past January. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Tuesday, May 12, at 11:15 a.m. at Our Lady of ...

Walter T. Petrie April 8, 2015 Ruth P. Petrie April 15, 2015

Walter T. and Ruth P. Petrie, married for 69 years, died one week apart: Walter on April 8 and Ruth on April 15. Both passed peacefully in their home of 46 years in North Syracuse. They were lovingly cared for by their children and by their dear c ...


Letters to the editor

The community is a better place To the editor: On Dec. 23 at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon Dr. Donald Rapello quietly left our office for the last time. He had seen his last patient. No fanfare. As for his retirement party, he wanted none ...

Main Street

Strong Stuff Perhaps a discussion of city water is "out" at present, but a couple little happenings have been reported that may be of interest. They learn the ability of us humans to get by on water that fish can't go in. (And if fish don't know ...

Letters to the editor

Capture the historical legacy To the editor: I would like to speak to you regarding the importance of bonding for the "Pedestrian Bridge." Let's not just have a plain bridge made of metal and concrete going across the river, but one that captures ...

Main Street

Road Hogs Are Out The chances are that you've seen in the movies those thrilling pictures of a South African boar hunt. You know, they jab them with spears and that sort of thing. Well, [this story isn't based] in South Africa. It [is] much nearer -- Tribes Hill, if you ar ...


Fonda, Tomlin play it 'fierce' in comedy 'Grace and Frankie'

By LYNN ELBER The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- Age rarely catches a break in pop culture. But when Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin lend their outsized talents to a sitcom, expect something far removed from old-lady cliches and self-negating punchlines. "Grace and Frankie," the 13-episode Netflix comedy debuting Friday with the two longtime friends in the title roles, is striving to be funny, honest and, to use Fonda's description, "really fierce." ...

Entertainment news in brief

Fox renews 'Simpsons' for two more seasons LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Simpsons" will keep the satire coming for at least two more seasons. Fox said Monday it has renewed the animated series for its 27th and 28th seasons, which will carry it to a total of 625 episodes. The tale of Springfield and the Simpson family is TV's longest-running scripted nighttime series. "The Simpsons" cast includes Dan Castellaneta as dad Homer and Julie Kavner as mom Mar ...

'Avengers' sequel is second biggest U.S. opener of all time

By LINDSEY BAHR The Associated Press LOS ANGELES -- The Avengers are mighty, but not enough to beat themselves. The Marvel and Disney sequel earned a staggering $187.7 million in its debut weekend, making it the second biggest U.S. opening of all time according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. But "Avengers: Age of Ultron" failed to top the all-time record of the first film's $207.4 million debut in 2012. Although "Ultron" was the only new film in w ...

Hulu gets exclusive rights to 'Seinfeld' on demand

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hulu is giving its viewers nothing to watch, in a big way. The online network has landed exclusive subscription on-demand rights to "Seinfeld." All nine seasons of the hit sitcom said to be "about nothing" will be streaming on Hulu starting in June, the network announced Wednesday at a presentation for advertisers. The episodes, currently airing on TV in a slightly trimmed form, will be restored to their original NBC running time for H ...
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