Oral Arguments on the Hospital

by Pete Bianco On Halloween, the State Supreme Court in Albany heard oral arguments in No Hospital Downtown’s ongoing lawsuit. This appearance was the return date of the motions to dismiss made by Mohawk Valley...

Groundskeeper Develops Cancer after using Monsanto weed killer ‘Roundup’

By Pete Bianco Probably by now you have heard the recent news story that media outlets across the globe lit up on Friday, August 10, 2018, when a jury unanimously decided Monsanto was guilty of...

Black Market: Utica’s Black Business

Welcome to the "Black Market"! If you’d like to support the community, below is a list of various Black-owned businesses that are all in the Utica/Rome area. These businesses are an often overlooked part of...

News on The Utica Rome League of Women Voters

Photo By: Tom Loughlin Jr.

The Problem with the MVHS Project

  By Frank Montecalvo | (former Administrative Law Judge, Dept. of Environmental Conservation) The Site-Selection Process:   When MVHS announced in September 2015 that it had chosen Downtown as the site of its Project, it...

The Heat Beat: DJ and Rapper J Easy’s “Black Lives Matter”

The Heat Beat: DJ and Rapper J Easy’s “Black Lives Matter” takes the fight for social justice to the Utica music scene. On January 6, all decent Americans watched in horror as an angry mob...

Introducing Emmie Pizarro and Your Asian Neighbor

My name is Emerita A. Pizarro. My friends call me Emmie. I am a Filipino-American, born and raised in Metro Manila and married to an African American man, born and raised in Utica. I...

Synchronicity and the Number 8

By Dave Roberts April 27, 2019, was my daughter Jeannine’s 35th birthday. Jeannine died on March 1, 2003, at the age of eighteen, of a rare and aggressive form of cancer. This will be her...

Harvest on the Hill A Spooky Success

By Cassandra Harris-Lockwood In 2015 while running for office, Franklin Davis became disillusioned with politics and wanted to do something for the kids. He spoke to his sister, Senora Pierce about what they could do...

Faces of COVID Vaccine Diaries

  By Ron Klopfanstein   I am writing this column on Monday, March 29th. Sweat is running down my back, yet at the same time, my hands are cold as I type. This past Friday, I received...