Legal Myths and Reality

By Judge Joan Shkane This is a continuing discussion of Legal Myths and Reality, because an informed citizen is always the most successful citizen: MYTH: The New York State court system only reacts to issues that...

With Winter Coming, Griffo Offers Tips, Advice on How to Stay Warm and Cut...

By New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, 47th District The signs are easy to see.  Leaves have fallen from the trees. The days are shorter. Temperatures have dropped.  It’s a sign that winter is right...

When Will It Be Safe To Be Black In America?

By: Cassandra Harris-Lockwood So, America has finally managed to criminalize the condition of being Black. Black people had previously assumed that once we were able to provide proof that these terrible things were really happening...

What’s For Breakfast?

By Elizabeth Szlek ; Wellness Counselor Today’s Observer Dispatch had an article condemning breakfast cereals. That’s right – condemning them and offering no consolation at all! The bottom line is: They are mostly composed of...

News: Bird Nest Opens

By: Cassandra Harris-Lockwood: Once Dr. A.L Shaheen donated his former offices to the Abraham House, it was an immediate drain on the finances of the not for profit. They had to heat it and keep...

119th Assembly Candidates Discuss the Issues

By Mark Ziobro With the upcoming political elections set for November 6, The Utica Phoenix got the chance to catch up with Dennis Bova, the Republican candidate, and Marianne Buttenschon, the Democratic candidate for the 119...

Hong Chung: The Buddhist Bell Ringing Ceremony

By Cassandra Harris-Lockwood Umbrellas protected the heads and brows of the venerable Monks and guests on the hot summery afternoon of September 16, 2018. The sun poured out upon the attendees of the Dinh Thanh...

The Face of Genius-By Theresa Mancuso

Photos By Thomas E. Loughlin, Jr. and C Harris-Lockwood From the choir loft of St. Joseph’s in Utica, the larger than life size statues of angels and saints look over the congregation. With beautifully ornate...

The Birth of Emma’s Hope

Editor: Theresa Mancuso Editor’s Note: I have heard many accounts of life stories as writers often do, some of which one finds you must write about. This is one of them. I first heard the name...

A Call for Reform of Prisoner Treatment

By Susan Townley Towards the end of summer vacation after my first year in college, the United States was transfixed by the horrifying way the New York State police regained control of Attica Correctional Facility....
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