ROME, NEW YORK - CELEBRATING 150 YEARS
Uniquely Rome
CASCADING — Delta Dam, which was completed in the summer of 1912, is pictured cascading earlier this year.

Delta Dam ‘An engineering marvel of its day’

Wednesday, July 29
Work on the steel-reinforced concrete Delta Dam began in 1908, and it was touted as “an engineering marvel of its day” in archived … Read More
HONOR AMERICA DAYS — Rome Rotary members walk the American flag south on North James Street  during the Honor America Days parade. The Rome Area Chamber of Commerce parade and concert on the last Saturday of July each year is one of the city’s most popular events any time of the year.

Rome typically plays host to many summer events

Wednesday, July 29
Summer is the time of celebration, from Independence Day nationwide to Rome’s own unique events such as Honor America Days and … Read More
MOHAWK VALLEY — The B-52 monument at Griffiss Business and Technology Park is anchored by the bomber “Mohawk Valley.” The Boeing plane flew missions over Vietnam then later in Desert Storm. It was retired after 31 years of service.

Giant B-52 bomber welcomes people to ‘Mohawk Valley’

Wednesday, July 29
When traveling along Route 825 in Griffiss Business and Technology Park, those going past the Perimeter Road intersection see what … Read More
‘NEW’ SENTINEL OFFICE — The Rome Sentinel office building located at 333 W. Dominick St. is now almost 50 years old.

Many offices historically, but always community news

Wednesday, July 29
The “new” Sentinel office building at 333 W. Dominick St is now almost 50 years old. In the publisher’s office, you can wrap … Read More
NEXT GENERATION — Bradley R. Waters right, was named publisher of the family-owned Rome Sentinel newspapers in December of 2019 by company president and owner Stephen B. Waters, left, who stepped down from the position he held since 1993 when he succeeded his father, George, whose portrait hangs in the background.

Rome’s publishers worked to advance community quality

Wednesday, July 29
Since the beginning, Rome’s newspaper publishers have been cheerleaders for the community and have rolled up their sleeves to … Read More
ROME MEMORIAL HOSPITAL — Today, Rome Memorial Hospital serves about 6,000 patients a year, is home to 129 acute care beds, as well as 80 residents in its skilled nursing facility.

Rome Memorial Hospital has grown with city through ups and downs

Wednesday, July 29
Tracing its roots to a small Cottage Hospital local residents petitioned for in 1883 to care for sick and injured local residents, … Read More
REVERE HEADQUARTERS — Shown here is the Revere Copper Products administrative building, at 1 Revere Park on the east side of Rome.

Venerable Revere Copper Products dates back to 1801

Wednesday, July 29
Why is Rome called the “Copper City”? Here’s one reason. The company’s namesake Revere Copper Products is none other than the … Read More
BEST OF THE BEST — A cardboard cutout of the late Richie Evans stands watch as people admire the displays at the Rome Sports Hall of Fame on Rome-New London Road. The museum has been open since 1977, and 237 Romans have been enshrined there over the years. (Sentinel file photo by Lindsay A. Mogle)

Rome Sports Hall of Fame has inducted over 200 members

Wednesday, July 29
The Rome Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is honoring six new members this year, bringing the total number over 200 since 1977. The site … Read More
RFA STADIUM — This aerial photo shows RFA Stadium in 2004, with the then-newly redone artificial turf. The stadium went up in 1950, and the school switched from grass to turf in 1993. The former Rome Free Academy is at right, though much of it has been demolished after the new school was built on Griffiss.

RFA Stadium was Friday Night Lights for thousands

Wednesday, July 29
For decades, RFA Stadium was the place to be on Friday nights, when thousands packed the stands to see the Black Knights football team … Read More
WORLD SERIES — From left are Toccolana Club president Angelo Cianfrocco, past president Guy Ferlo and vice president Mike Ferlo. The club has been hosting the World Series of Bocce for all of its 46 years. Though COVID-19 caused this year’s 47th annual event to be canceled, 2021 should be another year with 150-plus teams and hundreds of spectators throughout the four-day event.

Toccolana Club has hosted World Series of Bocce since 1996

Wednesday, July 29
For 46 years, the Toccolana Club, itself 95 years old, has hosted the World Series of Bocce. The event attracts over 150 teams and … Read More
A Few Words from the Mayors of Rome - Past and Present

Izzo: ‘City to grow over the next couple of decades’

Wednesday, July 29

What led to you running for mayor the first time, and what was your campaign platform? “I ran for Mayor in 2015 because I felt the business climate in Rome had stagnated. It was apparent to me …

Fusco Jr. says Rome has ‘amazing history’

Wednesday, July 29

What led to you running for mayor, and what was your campaign platform? “Being a member of the community and running a business, I felt like I could bring a different perspective. My platform was …

Brown took business approach to running city

Wednesday, July 29

What led to you running for mayor the first time, and what was your campaign platform? “I got vetted. I had calls from numerous people to run. ...It was a longshot but we pulled it off. ...It was …

Mazzaferro was mayor for six months, Common Council president for 36 years

Wednesday, July 29

How John Mazzaferro came to be mayor was a bit of a different path than others. He was the Common Council president in 2003 when then Mayor Joseph A. Griffo needed to vacate his seat as he moved on …

Griffo was instrumental in bringing ESG and Woodstock to Rome

Wednesday, July 29

What led to you running for mayor, and what was your campaign platform? “I was born and raised and continue to live in Rome, worked in local government and wanted to commit myself to serving, …

Eilenberg declines story

Wednesday, July 29

Former City of Rome Mayor Carl J. Eilenberg, who served three terms in office as mayor between 1980 and 1992, declined to be interviewed for a story in this special section. Eilenberg took over the …

Rome Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Officers

Wednesday, July 29
Chamber Officers Adam Hovak, Chairman of the Board, Assured Information Security John Calabrese, First Vice Chairman, Express … Read More
Adam Hovak

Adam Hovak

Wednesday, July 29
What a strange start to 2020! All the weirdness we’ve experienced, and I am just beginning my tenure as Chairman!   In all … Read More
John Calabrese

John Calabrese

Wednesday, July 29
Being a part of the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce as a Board Member is a sincere privilege. Having the opportunity to work with great … Read More
Gregory A. Mattacola

Gregory A. Mattacola, Esq.

Wednesday, July 29
I choose to serve the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce because it is necessary and needed. In an era where our country is as divided and … Read More
Deborah A. Grogan

Deborah A. Grogan

Wednesday, July 29
I have been blessed and honored to serve on the Rome Chamber board in different capacities over the years with a great mentor, Bill … Read More
Robert R. Ritz

Robert R. Ritz

Wednesday, July 29
I’m excited to serve as a board member of the Rome Chamber of Commerce and to work with the current board to serve the Rome business … Read More
Michael J. Manuele

Michael J. Manuele 

Wednesday, July 29
I agreed to serve on the board for a number of reasons. First, I have a genuine concern for the business atmosphere in our area. I … Read More
Carol Manuele

Carol Manuele

Wednesday, July 29
Although it has been an honor to serve on the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as Chairman of the Board and as a … Read More
Yvonne Buehler

Yvonne Buehler

Wednesday, July 29
I am honored to have been elected the Board of Directors of the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce. I have lived in Rome for the last 28 … Read More
Wesley Cupp

Wesley Cupp

Wednesday, July 29
t has been quite the honor to have served as Chairman of the Board of the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce. In fact, I am quite happy I … Read More
Ryan O’Shaughnessy

Ryan O’Shaughnessy

Wednesday, July 29
I am proud to live, raise a family and work in Rome. A necessary ingredient in a vibrant community like ours is a strong business … Read More
Michele Salisbury

Michele Salisbury

Wednesday, July 29
The Rome Chamber is a key component to ensuring a connected, well-informed and growing business community in the city of Rome.  The … Read More
Thomas A. Rahn

Thomas A. Rahn

Wednesday, July 29
I joined the Chamber back in 2003 to become more involved in Community activities and have a say in the issues that affect our local … Read More
Lori Colasanti Frieden

Lori Colasanti Frieden

Wednesday, July 29
Immediately after moving back to Rome eight years ago, I knew I wanted to dive in and become involved in my community in some … Read More
Franca Armstrong

Franca Armstrong

Wednesday, July 29
As a board member of the Chamber since 2014, I have never seen a time where the Chamber’s service has been more vital to our … Read More
Jennifer Waters

Jennifer Waters

Wednesday, July 29
There are so many facets to the Rome Chamber and its impact on the City of Rome. I am especially proud of the work done by the … Read More
Dean Shlotzhauer

Dean Shlotzhauer

Wednesday, July 29
It continues to be an honor to serve on the Rome Chamber Board of Directors and to chair the Professional Development Committee. The … Read More
HELPING STUDENTS THROUGH MENTORING — Staley Elementary School librarian Jill Schaal (standing), one of seven site coordinators for the Rome City School District Mentoring Program, looks on as students and mentors work on a “we are all connected” project during a mentoring session at Staley earlier this year. Since the Rome program was established in 2016, the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce has taken a major role in securing volunteer mentors from the community to help children reach their full potential.

Chamber plays vital role in Rome mentoring program

Wednesday, July 29
For the fourth consecutive year, the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce successfully recruited mentors for the Rome City School District … Read More