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Monday, March 28, 2011

"The Dish" This Week

The Dish will be delivering this week on Wednesday the 30th and Thursday the 31st.  Please place your orders 24hrs. in advance thru the site www.dishesbytrish.com, or 723-9865.

Sweet potato soup is on the menu.

Calling Writers and Artists

Just in from The Other Side at Cafe Domenico in South Utica:

Calling all writers, poets, artists:  our old  journal of local culture and ideas, Doubly Mad, is being started up again, this time with Will Welch, a Utica College graduate with a BA in English, at the helm, and an enthusiastic, mostly young, crew around him to help turn the dream into a reality.  They are seeking for submissions, deadline for which is May 1.  Look for the posters around the Cafe Domenico and other places with details.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Broken-Down Dept.: Voted Sad City (Again)

Monday, March 21, 2011

"The Dish" This Week

Chicken Vegetable Quinoa and Broccoli Strawberry Salad top the menu for dinner this week at "The Dish," a new local business that delivers healthy meals to your door. The Dish will deliver this week Wednesday the 23rd and Thursday the 24th. The web site will reflect this weeks menu.

Any questions please call 723 9865.  Email or call your orders in 24 hours in advance, please. www.dishesbytrish.com

Slow Food Mohawk Valley Events This Month

Slow Food Mohawk Valley (http://www.slowfoodmohawkvalley.com/), a movement to educate people in preparing and eating healthy, nutritious, delicious, locally grown (when possible) food, is sponsoring the following events in March and April:

Friday, March 25, 8:00 a.m. Coffee Klatch @Cafe Domenico. A casual conversation on "Eating Locally In the Mohawk Valley.with Celeste Friend.  To know more, email Celeste at celestefriend@gmail.com

Sunday, March 27, 11:00 a.m.  Breadmaking 101 returns, back by popular demand.  To know more, contact slowfoodjoe@yahoo.com.  Only 10 spaces are available, so reserve right away if you are interested.

Sunday, April 10, 4:00 p.m. Slow Food Potluck at McKwen Hall, Hamilton College.  For more information about these and other Slow Food projects, or to become a member, contact Debra, drichardson111165@hotmail.com or Joe, slowfoodjoe@yahoo.com.

Lunch Hour Performances at Utica College

Writer Shawn Goodman
For many years, Utica College has sponsored the Professors Harry & Mary Jackson Lunch Hour Series, a series of performances and lectures on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. (lunch hour) in DePerno Hall. Writers and musicians, both local and national, have presented their work there, as well as professors and experts in various fields--this past year including poet Don Bogen, musician Monk Rowe, an African mask exhibit presented byWilliam Gotwald, Emeritus Professor of biology, and the Utica College Choir.

This week young adult writer, Shawn Goodman, an advocate for juvenile justice reform, will read from his work at MacFarlane Auditorium in DePerno Hall.

To find out more about the series go to: http://www.utica.edu/academic/as/culture/jackson/fall2010.cfm


Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Greening of Utica: Check out R2G!

Rust to Green Utica, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Resource Center for Independent Living and the City of Utica have created the state’s first local Food Policy Council and have received a $100,000 grant via the United States Department of Agriculture’s “Hunger Free Communities” program.

The program is one of a series of new initiatives aimed at helping communities increase food access by promoting coordination and partnerships between public, private and non-profit partners.
Other specific tasks of the Food Policy Council will include:
  • Supporting and developing community gardens, food cooperatives and farmers’ markets.
  • Coordinating food services with parks and recreation programs to broaden access.
  • Creating nutrition education programs to enhance food-purchasing and food preparation skills and to heighten awareness of the connection between diet and health.
  • Supporting and developing sustainable networks for distributing food.
  • Providing outreach and assistance to increase participation in existing nutrition programs.
  • Conducting surveys, research and data collection activities to assess the extent and causes of hunger in the community.
  • Resource mapping to identify available assets and gaps in resources necessary to end hunger in the community.
  • Developing tools to assess hunger on a one-time or continual basis.
  • Support existing agencies in their efforts to identify resources, partners and funding.
  • Planning activities.
The grant will support a comprehensive food system assessment, which will identify priority areas for policy and program recommendations; educate and engage the public about the food system; leverage external resources for food system improvements; contribute to economic development; and strengthen links among existing food system components. From this research, the council will develop recommendations, projects and action steps to support a healthier local community, economy and environment.

And what is R2G Utica?  http://www.rust2green.org/

Rust to Green Utica is a local effort seeded by the R2G New York State Initiative. R2G Utica will soon be housed downtown, in the Green Century Building at 253 Genesee Street. R2G Utica has been identified within an immediate action step set forth by the goals of Utica’s new Master Plan.

R2G Utica will be engaged in identifying and advancing strategies and projects particularly related to greater urban livability, sustainability and resilience.

R2G Utica aims to widen local participation, involvement and inclusion in shaping and guiding Utica’s transition from rust to green.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Broken-down Dept.: Smokin' Upstate

According to Blue Cross Blue Shield, the number of adult smokers in Upstate New York increased in the last year! We have higher rates of smoking than state and national averages! See article in O-D: http://www.uticaod.com/archive/x256213206/Number-of-smokers-upstate-increases

What does this mean?

Does it mean we have a death wish? Or that we are in a time warp along with Ronald Reagan? Are we bored and don't know what else to do with our hands? Are we trying to look cool like Charlie Sheen? It can't be possible that our addicted, disenfranchised, criminal, fringe population is greater than New York City's. (Health, like justice, as we all know, is for those who can afford it.)

I read somewhere that Mississippians were the most overweight citizens in America. Maybe Upstate New Yorkers are the smokin'est! Who puts these statistics together anyway?