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Rome council OKs higher rebates for residential sidewalk repairs
May 25, 2019, 8:20 am | Source
ROME — For the second year in a row, if Rome residents repair the sidewalks in front of their homes, they can be eligible for an increased rebate for the work.The Rome Common Council unanimously voted Wednesday to pass the ordinance. The measure extends the temporary rebate increase for the sidewalk rebate program through Dec. 1, 2019.It will reimburse residents $8 per square foot for qualifying projects. The rebate can be collected for up to $2,800 for a [...]

Area religion news for Saturday, May 25, 2019
May 25, 2019, 8:20 am | Source
• The Sacred Heart of Jesus-Holy Cross, Polish National Catholic Church, at 206 Main St., New York Mills, will have the unveiling and dedication of the new carved altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God, sculpted in cherry wood by Very Rev. Walter Madej, pastor of the parish, at the beginning of Holy Mass at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 26. During the unveiling, the Rev. Madej will briefly present the insights of his sculpture journey. The church will celebrate May [...]

Red Cross aides 4 in Rome after storm
May 25, 2019, 12:27 am | Source
ROME – Volunteers from the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to four people on Lee Valley Road after a storm Thursday, according to a new release.The Red Cross provided financial assistance for shelter, food and clothing to two adults and two children.Volunteers also provided emotional support, the release stated.The storm passed through the area Thursday evening, taking down trees and utility lines in Rome and the [...]

Arc Herkimer program teaches how to stop traumatic bleeding
May 24, 2019, 11:50 pm | Source
HERKIMER — In the event of a traumatic injury, it may take only three to five minutes to bleed out.Having a bystander know what to do to stop traumatic bleeding may help save a person’s life.Arc Herkimer hosted a Stop The Bleed session Thursday where approximately 60 people were trained in what to do if someone needs emergency care for bleeding.Amanda Aiello, a registered nurse and certified Stop the Bleed trainer, said during the presentation that keeping [...]

Death notices for May 25, 2019
May 24, 2019, 9:49 pm | Source
Bailey, Mary Katharine (Carlin) "Kate:"49, of Bagdad, KY, formerly of Greene, NY, and Kirkwood, NY, died May 22, 2019. Arrangements by Shannon's Funeral Home, Shelbyville, KY.DeCarolis, Angela: 88, of Utica, died May 24, 2019. Arrangements by Scala & Roefaro Funeral Home Inc., Utica.Fletcher, Judith A.: 78, of Utica, died May 23, 2019. Arrangements by McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors, Utica.Gilbert, Barbara Ann "Barb" (Fike): 81, of Herkimer, [...]

2 injured in West Utica shooting
May 24, 2019, 9:22 pm | Source
UTICA — Two people were injured in a shooting Friday evening in West Utica, according to the Utica Police Department.Responders were called at 4:50 p.m. to the area of Capital Avenue and City Street, according to Oneida County 911 dispatch records. Utica police said two people were taken to local hospitals after suffering injuries in the shooting. There were no immediate updates available about their condition.No information was provided on the suspects. [...]

Utica, Olbiston owners hashing out building repairs
May 24, 2019, 9:04 pm | Source
UTICA — Lawyers representing the City of Utica and the owners of the Olbiston Apartments have been unable to agree upon a consent order, which would set the timeline for necessary repairs to the building.The city hopes to reach an agreement after the Memorial Day weekend. But if they can’t, the consent order will be decided through a court hearing.“The key at this point is all three parties are working, hopefully, to a solution to the problem, [...]

Sheriff: Man arrested for Oriskany Falls bank robbery
May 24, 2019, 8:34 pm | Source
ORISKANY — A West Carthage man known as a serial bank robber was arrested and charged in connection to a May 8 robbery of the Berkshire Bank in Oriskany Falls, authorities announced Friday.The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office said 71-year-old Walter C. Parker, of North Broad Street, was arrested Friday morning at his place of business and charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree criminal use of a firearm. He was held in the Oneida County [...]

Prosecution, defense rest in Utica murder trial
May 24, 2019, 7:57 pm | Source
UTICA — The prosecution and defense rested their cases Friday afternoon after a week of testimony in the murder trial of Utica man Raekwon Winston.The 23-year-old faces one count of second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon connected with the death of Lawrence Edwards.Three gunshots were heard around 3:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Rutger and John streets May 7, [...]

UPDATED: Utica man sentenced to 23 years for manslaughter
May 24, 2019, 7:47 pm | Source
UTICA — A 19-year-old Utica man convicted of shooting and killing a teen last year was sentenced to 23 years in state prison with five years of post-release supervision.Jorge Campos pleaded guilty last month in Oneida County Court to first-degree manslaughter stemming from the death of 17-year-old Utica teen Stefan Medina.He then admitted that he and a group of friends confronted another group, which included Medina, at around 8:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Campos, who was 18 at the [...]

American Red Cross assists 3 affected by Remsen fire
May 24, 2019, 6:17 pm | Source
Three people were affected by an early morning fire Friday in Remsen, according to the American Red Cross.The fire took place along Spall Road in Herkimer County, according to the Red Cross. Health services and financial assistance for shelter, food, clothing and other necessities were provided to two adults and a 7-year-old.The Remsen Fire Department could not immediately be reached for details about the fire. 

US long-term mortgage rates slip; 30-year average at 4.06%
May 24, 2019, 5:20 pm | Source
WASHINGTON — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell slightly this week, marking a fourth straight week of declines to lure prospective purchasers in the spring homebuying season.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 4.06% from 4.07% last week. By contrast, a year ago the benchmark rate stood at 4.66%.The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate home loans declined this week to 3.51% from 3.53% last week. [...]

Test Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 35th Anniversary Edition
May 24, 2019, 5:10 pm | Source
Entry Price: $26,995Price as Tested: $27,890This week, were driving the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, delivered in a special 35th Anniversary livery and sporting a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine coupled to a six-speed manual transmission. Although still classified as a Jetta, this new GLI is now a standalone Jetta performance sedan that starts at $25,995 in S trim. Our GLI Special Edition starts at $26,995, while the third member of the GLI family, the Autobahn, starts [...]

Dennis Rodman accused of slapping man during party, Florida police say
May 24, 2019, 4:52 pm | Source
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been accused of attempted battery after he allegedly slapped a man at Buddha Sky Bar in Delray Beach, Fla., during a May 17 party.The report was filed by Jeff Soulouque, who said he was invited to the bar by David Lee Roth — not the Roth of Van Halen fame — who was friends with Rodman.Soulouque told the Delray Police Department he was “hanging out” at the rooftop bar at Atlantic and Railroad avenues and talking to [...]

Theme park attendance crosses half-billion mark for 1st time
May 24, 2019, 3:50 pm | Source
ORLANDO, Fla. — Worldwide attendance at the 10 biggest operators of amusement parks increased 4% last year and crossed the half-billion-visitors mark for the first time, according to an industry report released this week.The report by the Themed Entertainment Association and the Economics Practice at AECOM said global attendance at waterparks increased by 2.5%, and the top museums had relatively flat attendance last year.The report said growth in North American parks was [...]

SpaceX launches 60 little satellites, 1st of thousands
May 24, 2019, 1:50 pm | Source
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has launched 60 little satellites, the first of thousands that founder Elon Musk plans to put in orbit for global internet coverage.The recycled Falcon rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, late Thursday. The first-stage booster landed on an ocean platform, as the tightly packed cluster of satellites continued upward.Musk said Friday all 60 flat-panel satellites were deployed and online a few hundred miles above Earth. Each [...]

NY lawmakers to hold hearing on sexual harassment
May 24, 2019, 1:37 pm | Source
ALBANY — New York lawmakers are holding a hearing on sexual harassment and what the state can do to combat the widespread problem in the public and private sectors.The Democrat-led Legislature held a similar, day-long hearing in February, the first of its kind in nearly 30 years.Friday's follow-up hearing in Manhattan comes at the urging of ex-legislative aides who reported harassment by their former bosses.The group had pushed for legislative hearings on [...]

How will retirement legislation impact you?
May 24, 2019, 12:07 pm | Source
Americans generally do not have enough saved for retirement and Congress is considering a number of measures to address that.There are a few retirement-related bills of note making their way through Congress. One in particular, the Secure Act, gained significant traction this week. The House voted to approve it Thursday and it is widely expected to move forward in the Senate. Some experts are saying it is one of the most important potential changes to retirement rules seen in years. [...]

NASA's first-of-kind tests look to manage drones in cities
May 24, 2019, 8:20 am | Source
RENO, Nev. (AP) — NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator's line of sight as businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets and buildings.Multiple drones took to the air at the same time above downtown Reno this week in a series of simulations testing emerging technology that someday will be used to [...]

Dolgeville school board goes back to drawing board
May 24, 2019, 7:50 am | Source
Dolgeville voters will get a second crack at passing a school budget on June 18, but one with a lower tax increase than originally proposed in the 2019-2020 budget.The school board voted on Wednesday evening to revise the budget and put it before voters again instead of using a contingency budget, which would not have required voter approval, but would have had to slightly lower the district’s tax levy from the current year’s level.Residents voted down the [...]

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