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HIPstir Cafe bringing coffee, history downtown

Taylor Youngkrans takes an order at the HIPstir Cafe on Farrier Avenue in Oneida serve guests on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. John Brewer - Oneida Daily Dispatch By John Brewer Oneida – The HIPstir Cafe is the product of two friends sharing a cup of coffee together. Owners Jennifer DiGiorgio and Patrick Costello were enjoying a cup of Joe one morning, when Costello mentioned how he wanted to see a new, happening restaurant in the city where colleagues, friends and family could enjoy precisely what he and DiGiorgio were doing at that moment. At the time, DiGiorgio was Costello’s personal chef putting to use her 17 years as the executive chef at the Turning Stong Resort and Casino and degree from the Culinary Institute of America. After experiencing her culinary skills first-hand, Costello asks if DiGiorgio would be interested in going into business together and an idea was born. It was not a matter of simply leasing some space and launching a new restaurant. Costello had a very specific image in mind of what he wanted to the cafe to look like and represent. “I literally drove around Oneida for months,” Costello said. “I was not going to [...]

HIPstir Cafe bringing coffee, history downtown2017-01-10T15:42:08-05:00

Costello Eye Physicians & Surgeons earns Greater Oneida Chamber award

ONEIDA – The Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce will present the 2016 Distinguished Award to Costello Eye Physicians & Surgeons at the chamber’s Annual Dinner. The Distinguished Service Award is given every year to a community member, business, or organization who has demonstrated service and commitment to improving the local business climate and making Oneida a better, more vibrant place to live. Dr. John Costello Jr. and Dr. Patrick Costello of Costello Eye Physicians and Surgeons have invested themselves and their business in the revitalization of downtown Oneida. The annual chamber dinner is Friday, Nov. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the Kallet Civic Center, 159 Main St. A cash bar will open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact the chamber office at (315) 363-4300. Source: Oneida Dispatch

Costello Eye Physicians & Surgeons earns Greater Oneida Chamber award2017-01-10T15:32:47-05:00

Costello Brothers Feted by Greater Oneida Chamber

By John Brewer From left, Greater Oneida Chamber President Jennifer Cossette, Patrick Costello, John Costello Jr., and Greater Oneida Chamber Executive Director Royale Scuderi show off the hardware at the annual award dinner hosted at the Kallet Civic Center.John Brewer - Oneida Daily Dispatch It was a family affair at the Kallet Civic Center on Friday night as brothers Patrick and John Costello Jr. of Costello Eye Physicians and Surgeons, were honored by the Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce for the annual Distinguished Service Award. Local community leaders, friends and family attended the 122nd annual dinner, as the Chamber honored John Jr. and Patrick for the pair’s dedication and efforts to revitalizing Oneida’s downtown. Chamber President Jennifer Cossette said each year, the Greater Oneida Chamber recognizes an individual or business “deemed most deserving in light of their work and accomplishments to improve our local business climate or quality of life.” Following their acceptance of the award, John Jr. and Patrick both spoke of the importance of their families in helping them succeed in their hometown. John Jr, thanked his wife April for always supporting him in his endeavors before turning his attention to his father, John Costello [...]

Costello Brothers Feted by Greater Oneida Chamber2017-01-25T11:21:09-05:00

Michael Dee wins Silver Scorcher 10K in Sherrill; Thomas Collins takes 5K

KYLE MENNIG - ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH Runners leave the start line in the Silver Scorcher 10K in Sherrill on Saturday, August 16, 2014. SHERRILL >> When Michael Dee registered for the third annual Silver Scorcher 5K and 10K road races, he expected to race the streets of Sherrill in hot and muggy conditions. He, and many other runners, was pleasantly surprised on Saturday morning. With temperatures near 60 degrees at the start of the races, Dee was the fastest male finisher in the 10K for the second straight year, this time finishing first overall in 37:27. The time was nearly three minutes better than his mark in 2013. “It was definitely a good, solid race,” Dee said. “It wasn’t like some kind of personal best. It was a good race though. It was, like, really good weather too.” Kristen Taylor was the top female finisher, placing sixth overall with a time of 42:32. A pair of Camden High School runners took the top male and female spots in the 5K. Thomas Collins’ 18:06 was the fastest overall time while Gwen Proper was the fastest female, finishing sixth overall in 20:15. “It felt good,” said Collins. “Just a local community event. [...]

Michael Dee wins Silver Scorcher 10K in Sherrill; Thomas Collins takes 5K2017-01-25T11:22:01-05:00

New Script for Health Care: Choices Expanding Beyond Hospitals

By Amy Neff Roth of the Observer Dispatch Ophthalmologist Dr. Patrick Costello removes cataracts, performs laser eye surgery and does cosmetic eyelid procedures at the free-standing Griffiss Eye Surgery Center in Rome. He said the center, which opened about three years ago, offers patients cheaper, faster and more convenient care than a hospital. “Everyone is highly specialized,” he explained. “Typically, I can do two-and-a-half times as many cases at the surgery center in the same amount of time. And I’m not operating any faster. It’s the turnover of the room and the efficiency.” His center is not alone. Two more local ambulatory surgery centers are in the works: an orthopedic, plastic and pain surgery center in Westmoreland and another for pain management in either Utica or Kirkland. The facilities are just the latest step in a decades-old march of services moving away from hospitals into community settings, whether that be an X-ray machine in an orthopedic surgeon’s office, chemotherapy in a doctor’s office or stitches in an urgent care center. The availability of so many services in the community raises the question: Do we still need hospitals? Anyone who’s ever had a heart attack knows the answer is yes — [...]

New Script for Health Care: Choices Expanding Beyond Hospitals2017-01-25T11:24:41-05:00

State-of-the-art Collamer Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery Performed by Costello Eye Physicians and Surgeons

ROME – Before James Serour went to board-certified ophthalmologist John Costello, Jr., DO, he had trouble even seeing the chart on the wall during eye tests.  “I couldn’t even see the first letter “E” on the chart,” he said. Serour, 56, wore “coke bottle” glasses in order to see distance before Dr. Costello performed intraocular lens implant surgery on his eyes.  “It’s like night and day,” he said.  “I was so nearsighted that without glasses, everything was a blur. I would wake up at night and I couldn’t even see the clock,” he added. Dr. Costello is the first ophthalmologist in the Mohawk Valley to offer the collamer intraocular lens implant surgery, an outpatient procedure performed at Rome Memorial Hospital.  Serour was his first patient to receive the implanted lenses. A pharmacist who resides in Marcy, Serour said that he wore contact lenses for many years and that his eyes would dry out.  “I could never get the sight I wanted with contact lenses,” he said.  “I wanted better sight.” Serour was surprised at the immediate impact of the surgery.  He said that he was prepped for surgery with anesthetic eye drops and that “surgery was done within a half hour.  [...]

State-of-the-art Collamer Intraocular Lens Implant Surgery Performed by Costello Eye Physicians and Surgeons2017-01-25T11:26:44-05:00

Ophthalmologist Patrick Costello, M.D., Successfully Completes American Board of Ophthalmology Certification Process

ROME – Ophthalmologist Patrick Costello, M.D., a practicing physician at Rome Memorial Hospital since 2004, recently became board certified as a fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology. “Board certification allows patients and government officials to verify a physician’s credentials in a specific medical specialty,” said Dr. Costello. “This lets my patients know that I am being held to the highest academic and clinical standards,” he added. As an ophthalmologist, Dr. Costello specializes in surgical procedures including cataract surgery without stitches or needles, cosmetic and functional eyelid surgery, LASIK refractive surgery, glaucoma filtering surgery, pediatric muscle surgery and the use of lasers to treat glaucoma, diabetes and secondary cataracts. He also provides comprehensive eye care including diabetic eye care and prescribing glasses. “There have been numerous advances in ophthalmology, including the most recent innovations in implanting lenses during cataract surgery,” said Dr. Costello. “New lenses have near and distance vision and have eliminated the need for reading glasses in many patients. We just started putting these in patients here in the Mohawk Valley,” he added. Dr. Costello earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, completed his medical internship and residency at Albany Medical College and was also an instructor of ophthalmology at [...]

Ophthalmologist Patrick Costello, M.D., Successfully Completes American Board of Ophthalmology Certification Process2017-01-25T11:28:17-05:00

Eyecare Family Moving to Downtown Oneida

By Jolene Cleaver, The Oneida Daily Dispatch ONEIDA >> A new year, a new home. In early January, Costello Sr. - Allen Eye Associates and Costello Eye Physicians & Surgeons will both be moving into the Oneida Plaza building at 131 Main St. in Oneida. The second floor will house an expanded space for the practices - more than 11.000 square feet compared to the roughly 6,000 square feet now occupied in the space across Route 5 from Oneida Healthcare. Both practices expect to move in Jan. 10, with the first patients being seen on Jan. 13. The space is currently undergoing renovations. “I never thought we would grow to this size,” said Dr. John Costello Jr. of Costello Eye Physicians & Surgeons, while looking around what will be the reception area. There will also be more room for office employees to work. Currently even closet space is being utilized for billing at their present location, Costello Jr. said. The building will feature more exam rooms, a larger waiting room to prevent or curb “standing room only” that is a regular occurrence at their current location. There will also be a room for minor eye procedures. The practice will maintain [...]

Eyecare Family Moving to Downtown Oneida2017-01-25T11:29:38-05:00

5th Sherrill Kenwood Park Fest to Raise Funds for Amphitheatre

By Ned Campbell SHERRILL Patrick Costello calls it “the nicest playground in Central New York.” The first two Sherrill Kenwood Park Festivals raised enough money to fund the $140,000 playground at Robertson Park, which was completed in June 2011. Since then, festival organizers have turned their attention to another project — building an amphitheatre at the Community Activity Center lawns to be used for local concerts and productions, as well as festivals and movie nights. “We want to do something else that we think everyone can use,” said Costello, event chairman. Over the last two years, the festival has raised about $60,000 toward the amphitheatre, which is estimated to cost $140,000 to $150,000. The fifth annual festival is set for Saturday at the Community Activity Center lawns in Sherrill, and the goal is to raise $25,000. That would be matched by the Sherrill Kenwood Community Chest for a total of $50,000. The Community Chest pledged to match $125,000 of the festival’s fundraising efforts when the event was started in 2009. Of that, there is about $25,000 left, Costello said. The festival will be open to all ages and will be kicked off with the Silver Scorcher road race, which includes [...]

5th Sherrill Kenwood Park Fest to Raise Funds for Amphitheatre2017-01-25T11:31:38-05:00

Sherrill Kenwood Park Festival to be Huge in 2011

By MIKE JAQUAYS SHERRILL -- The annual Sherrill Kenwood Park Festival, organized by Dr. Patrick Costello and returning to the grounds of the Community Activity Center for its third year this Saturday, has always been about "eating, drinking, being merry and listening to great music," said city resident Evan DuChene. "It's always a great time," DuChene, co-owner of Ebeneezer's Café and Creamery in Sherrill, said. "I have gotten to see a lot of friends I don't always see, and everybody always has fun." "It's just the greatest thing -- I can't say enough good about it," agreed Abe Acee, owner of the Nothin' Fancy Café and Club in Vernon. "Pat's really been building this up to something big." The event is a fundraiser to benefit renovations to the playground in Robertson Park in Sherrill, matched by funds from the Sherrill-Kenwood Community Chest. The first two years have already helped bring to the city the total reconstruction and modernization of the old playground, including the just-added foamy floor material. Ebeneezer's and Nothin' Fancy are just two of 12 select area restaurants who will bring out specialty food items to sell in two sizes at the Festival. Admission is $18 in advance [...]

Sherrill Kenwood Park Festival to be Huge in 20112017-01-25T11:32:27-05:00