RFA students to join icy fight against polio

Rome The Rotary Interact Club of Rome will host its second Skate for Polio fundraiser, on Jan. 16 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Kennedy Arena. Participants can skate free with a minimum donation of $1. Skate rental is available for $3. Last year, Skate for Polio raised $1,500 from skaters, Rotarians, friends and family. A 2-for-1 matching gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation... 4:00pm 12/19/14

Rotary donates book to Historical Society

Rome Local author and Rome Rotary member Jeannie Packer, and club President Joel Gray, donated the historical document, “Rotary Readers: A Cooperative Effort of the Rotary Club of Rome and the Rome City School District,” to the Rome Historical Society. The book includes brief histories of Rotary International, the Rotary Club of Rome, the Rome City School District and the Francis... 4:00pm 12/19/14

$200,000 in state funds to flow to Rome waterfront

Rome The money that will go to Rome from the state as part of its fourth round of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative will continue the effort to improve the city’s waterfront, Rome officials have noted. Part of the $709.2 million in economic and community development funding statewide announced at the end of last week is $200,000 for Rome. The state Canal Corp.... 4:00pm 12/19/14

Local job count takes tumble

County In November, the areas job count numbers dropped over the last 12 months, according to new state Labor Department statistics. The Utica-Rome metro area’s non-agricultural job count dropped by 500 — 0.4 percent. The private sector job count fell by 300 — 0.3 percent. Job gains occurred in Other Services (+300) and Educational and Health Services (+200).  Job losses were posted... 4:00pm 12/19/14

Movies — Dec. 19, 2014

Meetings / Events Cinema Capitol: “White Christmas” (1954) 7:30. Capitol Theatre: “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) 7. Rome Cinemas: “Annie” (PG) 4, 6:40, 9:20. “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” (PG-13) 4:55, 6:30, 8. “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” 3D (PG-13) 9:35. “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” (PG-13) 4:40, 7, 9:20. “Dumb and Dumber To” (PG-13) 7:30. “Exodus” (PG-13)... 4:00pm 12/19/14

Sestito called up to New Jersey for the second time this week

Sports NEWARK, N.J. — For the second time this week, Rome native Tim Sestito has been recalled to the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils. The 30-year-old was called up first on Monday and played in the Devils’ 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Islanders. Sestito had a plus-minus of -1 after the game and saw 16 shifts for a total of 11 minutes, 4 seconds. The forward was sent... 4:10pm 12/19/14

Oriskany romps to basketball win over CSC rival Old Forge

Sports The Oriskany boys basketball team ran away with a 72-34 victory over Old Forge at home on Thursday night in Center State Conference Division IV action. The Redskins poured it on Old Forge from the first quarter onward by jumping out to an 18-2 advantage and never let up from there. Marcus Smithling poured in a game-high 18 points for Oriskany, while Shamis Lasher provided 14... 4:10pm 12/19/14

Food $en$e signup start today for January delivery

Home Registration for the January Food $en$e program — open to all — will be held at United Methodist churches in Rome and Lee Center. Food $en$e is a discount food program provided by the Central New York Food Bank. There are no income guidelines. New customers are welcome.   The $15.50 per unit cost is payable at the time of registration by cash, check or food stamps.  Signups... 4:00pm 12/19/14