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Go Beyond Green Recycling Day Set for East Utica Saturday

What to do with used electronics and papers with personal data?  Neither belong in a landfill.  The Go Beyond Green Electronics/Paper Recycling event is set for this Saturday, May 21.

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Exploring Utica’s Urban Parks [VIDEO]

We've been focusing on the parks of Central New York with Mark Richards sharing his son's choices for best playgrounds.

I wanted to give you a video tour of a few of the green spaces of parkland in Downtown Utica.  These are the places you walk or drive by every day including Liberty Bell Corner, Ellen Hanna Mini Park and Bagg's Square.  I also give you a reminder of the past with a visit to the site of the former Fort Schuyler Park, which was lost when the Route 5s arterial was constructed.

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Bryan Palmer and Alexandria Corn win front of the line at X-Factor auditions in Dallas.
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Local Talents Get Sent To The X-Factor In Dallas!

Ever watched Simon Cowell's show, the X-Factor? (It's how Leona Lewis got her start in the music biz.) Out of 29 contestants who auditioned last night at the Tramontane Cafe, Sauqoit singer/songwriter Bryan James (Palmer) and Utica teen singer, Alexandria Corn,  and are being flown to Dallas, TX to appear before judges.

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Tragic Fire in West Utica Claims 4 Lives

The flames of a house fire on Schuyler Street in West Utica claimed 4 lives this morning.  Our partner,  WIBX, is following the story.

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Utica Safe Schools Build-A-Bike Event [VIDEO]

Saturday April 16, Lite 98.7 joined the Utica Safe Schools organization at the Utica AUD to give away nearly 500 bikes to children in need across Central New York.  The bikes have been collected for the last couple of months.  They were stored at t

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East Utica-Scenes of Central New York

Our Scenes of Central New York series continues today with a look at East Utica.  No virtual visit to our area's historic Italian enclave would be complete without a look at the legendary corner restaurants, so look for those and reminisce about the great meals and memories you've had there.

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Famous Landmarks in Utica-Eric Meier’s Top 5

The Central New York area has been touched by so much history and our city fathers have commemorated that history with magnificent monuments that dot our cityscape and serve as landmarks for our community.  The City of Utica has a great list of all Utica's monuments on their website.  I wanted to spotlight a few of them for you.

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Old Main at Utica State Hospital
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West Utica-Scenes of Central New York

We continue with our Scenes of Central New York feature and today focus on West Utica.   The west side of our city is the home of  Columbia Square on the old Erie Canal, Old Main at the former Utica State Hospital and great neighborhood destinations like Tony Sparan

Saranac Brewery
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FX Matt Saranac Brewery in Utica: Scenes of Central New York

We begin our new series, Scenes in Central New York by taking a look at the FX Matt brewery.  You probably know the tales of our local brewery like Utica Club being the first beer legally sold after Prohabition was lifted

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Security Camera Catches Bremer’s Liquor Thief [VIDEO]

Security camera footage released today by the Utica Police Department shows a man apparently swiping a magnum of champagne by slipping it into his pants.  The alleged theft occurred at Bremer's on Commercial Drive in New Hartford

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Top 5 Best Places for a First Date in Central New York

Want to impress that new flame?  We've selected the top 5 first date locations in our area.  Check out our choices then comment below with your top choice!

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Utica-Rome One of The Top 10 Saddest Cities in America

As the LOLCats would say, "I haz a sad". In a survey done by Gallup, the Utica-Rome area was 179 on a list of 188 on a  list of the happiest places in America. Being 10th from the bottom of the list kind of makes me feel sad.

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