Starting Over

Approximately 1 in 5 people living in Utica today is a refugee. Why has Utica been called The Town that Loves Refugees? And do those refugees love Utica back? Communities of Nepali, Bhutanese, Somali, and Bosnian refugees, just to name a few, have been starting new lives in recent years, bringing their own cultures, customs…

Last Call – Part 1

After 10 years of live music, cold drinks and good friends, The Electric Company closed its doors for good on May 12, 2012. In the short film “Last Call,” Utica Firefly takes a fond look back at the popular venue. Featuring interviews with co-owners Anthony “Zee” Donaldson and Laura Ruberto as well as employees and…

The JoeCart

When John Ossowski moved back to West Utica in 2011, he was disturbed by how much the neighborhood he grew up in had deteriorated during his 4½-year absence. So John decided to employ his interests in bicycles, creatively repurposed materials, and community development to foster social connections, combat urban decay, and give his old stomping…

I’m on a Boat

My dad has been building some pretty amazing things over the years, including several featherweight canoes. It’s something I’ve always wanted to try but have never been good working with my hands. However, on January 1st, 2010 I began work on my own featherweight, under his instruction. Two years, four months and 22 days later,…