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In 1995 our special needs son Paul was graduating from RFA. At that time, not knowing where he was heading, Chris Destito took a chance and hired him to work in the kitchen at the Inn at the Beeches. … more
Last week there was a small article in the paper announcing a new gender option on birth certificates for residents in New York City. That new gender option is “X”, or, undesignated. Based on the … more
The recent announcement regarding the closing of the Beeches took my wife and me off our feet! It was so upsetting to us that I felt compelled to sit down and write this letter. We have such a … more
News of the Beeches closing is sad news. It holds fond memories for many. Perhaps Rome, New York could act on one of those memories. Remember the gift from its sister city, Rome Italy, the statue of … more
Community engagement is a huge piece of what we do. We’re not just teachers, teaching assistants, secretaries, etc. — we’re public figures and we need to be seen by our community as people who … more
The YMCA is preparing plans to move to a location along Floyd Avenue, building a new facility from scratch, with the city taking a role in redeveloping the old facility into a mixed-use facility or a … more
The talk around Rome is the building of a new elementary school located on Turin Street, where the original RFA stood. After investing money into Staley, the school district decides to trash it. Once … more
One of Rome’s long-standing treasures is the John Hayes O’Neill Studio of Dance. Make no mistake of the influence Stephan and Shauna Jackson have made on the youth of our community. All who have … more
A final word on leaf collection? Fault on both sides. The city can’t wait for some certain date to collect leaves, when they are piled up for days, harvest them instead of waiting for them to blow … more
Anthony Brindisi, along with the new Democratic House majority, does have the opportunity to find effective policies to deal with the persistent problems that afflict our country — and they need to … more
A survey should be done as to what taxpayers think about leaves being plowed all over their property as someone failed to get them picked up. This city is going to be mess once spring arrives. Who is … more
On behalf of the Rome Area Hunger Walk Committee, we would like to express our gratitude to the Rome community for their support of the Hunger Walk on October 21. This year, the committee is are … more
While President Trump is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercize that same presidential power by choosing a non-violent Thanksgiving observance. And here are some other … more
While the national political scene is quite hectic and divisive, we as a community must not be if we expect to succeed as a community. We should be able to cooperate and trust each other regardless … more
After attending the Board of Education meeting on Oct. 24 I was disgusted with the attitude of a board member. As a taxpayer I am aware of the problems our schools are having with unacceptable … more
This year I am supporting Dave Gordon for Oneida County Clerk because I know that Dave will bring a fresh approach to the Clerk’s Office including the DMV. His opponent has been in the Clerk’s … more
This year I am on team Gordon for Oneida County Clerk. I have been following all the radio interviews between Dave and his opponent and I have to say, I was extremely disappointed in how our current … more
I have had the privilege of serving with Dave Gordon on the Rome Lions Club for the last three years and I can tell you he is truly dedicated to his community. Whether it is reading to the children … more
David Gordon deserves to be our next county clerk because he’s the only one listening to the concerns of the employees at the DMV and the people who live in Oneida County. Dave unlike his opponent … more
It’s time for Upstate voters to make a stand against the liberal elites of Manhattan and Washington. A vote for Chele Farley for U.S. Senate will do just that. Her opponent, during her 10 years in … more
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