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Amy Neff Roth


Utica, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Amy:

COVID-19: 3 more cases in Oneida County

Oneida County reported three more COVID-19 cases among residents Monday for a total of 2,379 cases.The death toll remains at 123.There are 84 active cases → Read More

‘Huge change’: Cree’s $1B facility in Marcy takes shape

The Cree, Inc. fabrication facility is rising on schedule at the Marcy Nanocenter — just in time to power the world’s growing interest in electric vehicles, the company CEO said.One year after Cree announced that it would build a $1 billion, 200 mm silicon-carbide wafer fabrication facility in Marcy, construction is on schedule for production to begin in 2022, CEO Gregg Lowe said."It’s really… → Read More

11 new COVID-19 cases in Oneida County

Oneida County announced 11 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total to 2,366 cases.There are 92 active cases in the county, three county residents → Read More

New Hartford reverses course on remote-only learning

The New Hartford Central School District will switch from remote learning to a hybrid model that include in-person classes on Sept. 28.The district had → Read More

New Hartford to begin in-person classes earlier than planned

The New Hartford Central School District will switch from remote learning to a hybrid model that include in-person classes on Sept. 28, according to a → Read More

Mohawk Valley colleges partner in search of racial justice

Area residents are being asked to take a survey to help fight racism and push for equitable change in the criminal justice system in Oneida and Herkimer → Read More

New York Mills country club involved in COVID-19 outbreak

An Aug. 29 wedding at Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club in New York Mills has been linked to a six-county COVID-19 outbreak, the Oneida County executive confirmed.So far, though, no cases linked to the outbreak have been reported among Oneida County residents, said County Executive Anthony Picente Jr., who added that the incubation period has passed.The outbreak came to light a few days after an… → Read More

Construction begins on framework for new Utica hospital

UTICA — On Monday, workers hoisted the first piece of steel framework into place for the Mohawk Valley Health System’s downtown hospital, with → Read More

COVID-19 at SUNY: To date, case totals low at local colleges

Amid routine testing, Hamilton College in Clinton and SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Marcy haven’t found any COVID-19 cases among students or staff. → Read More

Across Mohawk Valley, students return amid coronavirus restrictions, precautions

Standing in front of Hart’s Hill Elementary School in Whitesboro waiting to greet students, fifth grade teachers Balsamico and Kate Radell made it clear that they were glad to see students returning to the building."We’re all happy to be back," Balsamico said, holding a walkie talkie as part of the official morning meet-the-bus crew. Radell held a camera to take photos for the school yearbook.… → Read More

Utica-area families prepare for school, adjust to new normal

Peter Mastrovito starts kindergarten Wednesday in the New Hartford Central School District. His parents haven’t bought him a new backpack yet and he → Read More

NY PTA mourns death of former New Hartford resident

Lorey Zaman, president of the New York State PTA Governance Team and a past president of the PTA in New Hartford, has died, the state PTA announced Thursday.Zaman, 53, was killed in a vehicle crash Tuesday in Etowah County in Alabama, according to news station WAFF 48 in Huntsville."She was just — amazing is the only word that I could come up with to adequately (describe her)," said Renee… → Read More

2 Utica-based substance abuse programs continue merger

Two of the outpatient substance use disorder treatment programs in Utica have consolidated.CNY Milestones and Insight House combined their outpatient services into one program Aug. 17, said Jeremy Klemanski, executive director of Helio Health, a Syracuse-based nonprofit affiliated with both Insight House and CNY Services, which operates Milestones.A full merger is under review by the state… → Read More

Reopening NY schools: Children’s mental health needs expected to rise

Mental health professionals are bracing for the increased demand for services they expect to see once schools reopen."I think that the general consensus," said Jeremy Butler, director of community initiatives at ICAN in Utica, "is that the mental health need of kids is probably higher than it’s ever been before."And with schools closed, many students struggling with pandemic-related isolation… → Read More

How Mohawk Valley schools are preparing for students

In Westmoreland Upper Elementary School, blue masking tape Xs mark hundreds of spots where students will study this fall.Above each mark is a desk or table where one student will sit 6 feet apart from his or her peers. Gone is most of the furniture used for other purposes. Bookcases, file cabinets, cozy chairs for reading, the reading carpet in every room — anything that got in the way of the… → Read More

Reopening schools: How online learning impacts child development

When students learn from home, they miss out on instruction from one of their best teachers: Their peers.Children learn from watching each other and from → Read More

Utica schools to delay in-person classes

All Utica students will study at home for at least the first four weeks of the school year under a modified district reopening plan approved 5-1 by the → Read More

What if someone gets sick? Oneida County-area schools outline COVID-19 protocols

School districts have formulated reopening plans that can pivot from hybrid learning to remote learning to all in-person instruction.The unpredictability → Read More

Mohawk Valley schools mold unique reopening plans

The Poland Central School District is planning to send all its students back to school in September while the Rome City School District announced this → Read More

Coronavirus: 5 new cases in Oneida County

Oneida County announced five more COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the case total to 2,159.There were no new deaths reported, leaving that total at 117. → Read More