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Jolene Cleaver


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Past articles by Jolene:

Vote now for Levitt AMP summer concert series

With Utica Monday Nite again in the running for $25,000 in grant money to bring a fifth Levitt AMP summer concert series to Utica’s Kopernik Park → Read More

It's festival time in Remsen again

REMSEN — For the 40th year in a row, Main Street in Remsen closed down for the annual Remsen Barn Festival — a weekend of crafts, food, → Read More

Search continues for Fort Bull in Rome

ROME — Piecing together history from a simpler time sometimes necessitates not only a team of researchers, but the latest technology.At a Saturday presentation at the Rome Historical Society, archaeologists from Binghamton University’s Public Archaeology Facility presented current findings of an ongoing investigation of Fort Bull in Rome. The work utilizes ground-penetrating radar and other… → Read More

OpSun: Children attending camp continues to rise

In May, the Observer-Dispatch’s Operation Sunshine charity kicked off its 2019 summer campership fundraising campaign with an enhanced goal of $75,000.For many years, the summer goal was held at $65,000.This was due to the number of nonprofit agencies benefiting from Operation Sunshine funds remaining the same, but the number of children needing to attend summer camp continued to rise, charity… → Read More

Area bridges under the scope

Sometimes more than one report or dataset should be examined for the purposes of getting a full picture of an issue, comments from bridge data-gathering entities suggest.In a recently released report by TRIP — a Washington, D.C. based national transportation research nonprofit — 11 percent of bridges in the Utica area are in lackluster condition.While a comparable percentage figure of poor-rated… → Read More

Utica College touts 'SafeTrax' program

UTICA — A grant from the United States Department of Justice and partnerships with community organizations are contributing to Utica → Read More

Rome man pleads not guilty in wife's death

UTICA — A Rome man accused in the death of his wife pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and concealment of a human corpse during his → Read More

- News - Uticaod

Are two building repair projects in Utica in limbo or is progress being made?Area residents may have noticed that the East Utica Save-A Lot remains closed → Read More

Giruzzi case continues in Utica City Court

UTICA — The case against a former Oneida County STOP-DWI coordinator accused of driving under the influence of drugs continued in Utica City Court on Wednesday.Thomas Giruzzi, 54, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs after a March 5 police stop. He was driving north on Genesee Street in downtown Utica when police stopped him for driving without wearing a seatbelt and while… → Read More

Sherrill native behind 'Blue Legacy' series

The 1969 fatal shooting of two Sherrill Police Department officers – Officer Robert A. Mumford Sr. and Chief Thomas P. Reilly — is being memorialized in a television pilot episode in production.The planned 10-episode documentary series titled “Blue Legacy: The Stories Behind The Badge” is intended to chronicle law enforcement stories that have community impact, says Mark Spawn, one of the show’s… → Read More

Touch a Truck event wheels into Handshake.City

UTICA — Rain held off Saturday morning for the third annual Touch a Truck.The event, hosted by local-events organization Made in Utica, took place at the Handshake.City container park on Whitesboro Street.There, trucks and heavy equipment from police and fire departments, National Grid, the state Department of Transportation and the City Department of Public Works, among other agencies, were… → Read More

Want to learn how to luge? Head to downtown Utica

UTICA — Downtown motorists Saturday might have noticed Cornelia Street closed for periods in the morning and afternoon as children were rolling down the hill on luge boards.USA Luge’s Slider Search, which last came to Utica in 2014, made use of the recently repaved street to give youth ages 9 to 13 the basic pointers of the sport."We do them throughout the whole country," said USA Luge… → Read More

Rome man indicted in wife's death

UTICA — An Oneida County grand jury has returned an indictment against 47-year-old Rome man Jason D'Avolio in connection with the July death of his wife, Kerrilee D'Avolio, 32.The indictment filed on Friday charges D'Avolio with second-degree murder and concealment of a human corpse.The filing accuses D'Avolio of shooting his wife, "in the back of her head with a deadly weapon, thereby causing… → Read More

Former New Hartford firefighter to be memorialized

NEW HARTFORD — While working to mark their grandfather’s memory on the state's Fallen Firefighters Memorial, which will happen next month, Stephen Cunningham and his siblings have been able to dig up and preserve their own family legacy.Born Sept. 23, 1897, Carson Cunningham served in the United States Navy from May 7, 1917, to Aug. 14, 1920.Among personal effects his family has are photos of… → Read More

UPDATE: Rubbish fire at Waste Authority under investigation

UTICA — A Wednesday night garbage fire at the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority site in North Utica remains under investigation this morning, according to a report from the Utica Fire Department.At 6:18 p.m. firefighters responded to the Leland Avenue location where they found a fully-involved fire at a 40-foot-high by 30-foot-wide pile of garbage. Heavy black smoke was seen wafting from the… → Read More

Usyk helps mold future artists

For local artist Sean Usyk, a lot of artistic mentoring lives in the realm of getting people to retrain their brain to see the actual shapes and shading → Read More

Downtown Getdown in Utica puts on 'great party'

UTICA — The fourth annual Downtown Getdown event hosted by Made In Utica gave attendees one more reason to enjoy all that downtown Utica has to → Read More

Suspect in Boonville homicide charged with murder

BOONVILLE — A Sauquoit man was charged with second-degree murder Saturday night after authorities said he stabbed his father and two other men, one of whom is now dead.After the fatal stabbing of 31-year-old Cy Platt at 208 Summit St. in Boonville on Saturday morning, Brennan J. Iseneker, 30, also was charged with two counts of felony second-degree assault, state police said.Iseneker was… → Read More

1 dead, 2 others stabbed in Boonville

BOONVILLE — One man is dead and two others were stabbed during an early Saturday morning domestic dispute, state police said.Troopers responded around 4 a.m. to 208 Summit St., where they found Cy Platt, 31, suffering from multiple stab wounds on the back porch of the house, Trooper jack Keller said.Platt was airlifted to Upstate hospital in Syracuse, where he died, police said.Police found two… → Read More

600 National Guard members undergo critical training in Oriskany

ORISKANY — Starting Friday and lasting through the weekend, more than 600 Army and Air Force National Guard members will train at the New York State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany to hone their readiness in responding to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incidents.The members — from across New York State who are part of a specialized Homeland Response Force established by… → Read More