Oswego http://wrvo.org en Oswego increases security in preparation of Harborfest http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-increases-security-preparation-harborfest <p>Harborfest, an annual four-day event that brings more than 100,000 people to the city of Oswego, begins Thursday.<br /><br />The Oswego Police Department says they are beefing up patrols to prepare for the influx of people and to try to keep everyone safe, but Police Chief Tory DeCaire says they always need extra help.<br /><br />"We rely heavily on outside agencies and the law enforcement assistance that they provide," DeCaire explained. "We are going to have officers on foot, on bike, on ATVs, as well as marked police cars, and officers detailed at specific venues."<br /> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:30:37 +0000 Gino Geruntino 59266 at http://wrvo.org Oswego increases security in preparation of Harborfest Novelis defends itself in court against allegations of influencing union vote http://wrvo.org/post/novelis-defends-itself-court-against-allegations-influencing-union-vote <p></p><p>Novelis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Inc. is in federal court in Syracuse to defend itself against charges by the National Labor Relations Board. The case stems from allegations by the United Steelworkers Union that the Oswego aluminum manufacturer interfered with a vote by its workers to unionize.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:23:48 +0000 Gino Geruntino 59217 at http://wrvo.org Novelis defends itself in court against allegations of influencing union vote Five percent tax cap plan will get public hearing in Oswego http://wrvo.org/post/five-percent-tax-cap-plan-will-get-public-hearing-oswego <p></p><p>Homeowners in the city of Oswego will be able to voice their opinions at a pubic hearing on a proposal to reinstate the city's five percent property tax cap. The original limit was removed in 2011, but after the city's common council approved a 43 percent property tax increase in December, support has been growing to bring it back.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:33:12 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58936 at http://wrvo.org Five percent tax cap plan will get public hearing in Oswego Autograph book reconnects Oswego resident with Holocaust refugee http://wrvo.org/post/autograph-book-reconnects-oswego-resident-holocaust-refugee <p></p><p>Oswego's <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/safe-haven-museum-hold-70th-reunion-oswegos-jewish-refugees">Safe Haven Museum is marking 70 years</a> since Fort Ontario served as a camp for Jewish refugees fleeing Europe during World War II. To celebrate the event, one Oswego resident who lived near the fort at the time talked about what it was like and tells the story of her long-lost friendship with one refugee.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57656 at http://wrvo.org Autograph book reconnects Oswego resident with Holocaust refugee Safe Haven Museum to hold 70th reunion for Oswego's Jewish refugees http://wrvo.org/post/safe-haven-museum-hold-70th-reunion-oswegos-jewish-refugees <p></p><p>Beginning Thursday, the <a href="http://www.safehavenmuseum.com/">Safe Haven Museum in Oswego</a> is celebrating the 70th anniversary of when 982 Jewish refugees were first housed at Fort Ontario.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:57:37 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57435 at http://wrvo.org Safe Haven Museum to hold 70th reunion for Oswego's Jewish refugees Mayor vetoes resolution charging SUNY Oswego for Bridge Street Run overtime http://wrvo.org/post/mayor-vetoes-resolution-charging-suny-oswego-bridge-street-run-overtime <p></p><p>Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen has vetoed one of the two resolutions passed just days after this year's controversial Bridge Street Run. The Oswego Common Council unanimously passed a measure to bill SUNY Oswego for overtime costs accrued by police, fire and public works department associated with the unsanctioned annual pub crawl.</p><p>Nearly 30 people were arrested and two were injured during this year's event. Three students also overdosed on heroin during Bridge Street Run, but police say the event is not to blame.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 11:48:23 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56513 at http://wrvo.org Mayor vetoes resolution charging SUNY Oswego for Bridge Street Run overtime Novelis announces five year plan for company growth http://wrvo.org/post/novelis-announces-five-year-plan-company-growth <p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:53:14 +0000 Gino Geruntino 56251 at http://wrvo.org Novelis announces five year plan for company growth SUNY Oswego students concerned about possible Bridge Street Run changes http://wrvo.org/post/suny-oswego-students-concerned-about-possible-bridge-street-run-changes <p>Students on the SUNY Oswego campus have been taking to social media to voice their concerns about proposals to change the tradition of Bridge Street Run, an unsanctioned bar crawl that draws hundreds of students and others to the city to celebrate the last day of classes.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 15:41:16 +0000 Gino Geruntino 55754 at http://wrvo.org SUNY Oswego students concerned about possible Bridge Street Run changes Oswego Police arrest two in connection with weekend heroin overdoses http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-police-arrest-two-connection-weekend-heroin-overdoses <p></p><p>The city of Oswego Police Department has arrested two men in connection with the heroin overdoses that occurred in the early Saturday morning hours in Oswego.</p><p>Brian Tumolo, 21, of Manorville, N.Y., has been charged with selling heroin to two people, who later were taken to Oswego Hospital and treated for suspected heroin overdoses. Tumolo was arrested early Saturday morning.</p><p>One of the individuals Tumolo is alleged to have sold the heroin to is Gabriel Gonzalez, 22, of Bridgeport, Conn. Gonzalez was arrested Monday evening and also charged with selling heroin.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:05:39 +0000 Gino Geruntino 55697 at http://wrvo.org Oswego Police arrest two in connection with weekend heroin overdoses Oswego lawmakers vote unanimously to ban Bridge Street Run http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-lawmakers-vote-unanimously-ban-bridge-street-run <p></p><p>The city of Oswego Common Council voted unanimously Monday night to ban the Bridge Street Run, a <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/oswegos-bridge-street-run-bigger-ever-it-better">decades-old pub crawl</a> that draws hundreds of SUNY Oswego students to downtown Oswego each spring on the last day of classes.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 11:20:04 +0000 Gino Geruntino 55681 at http://wrvo.org Oswego lawmakers vote unanimously to ban Bridge Street Run Heroin overdoses in Oswego leave 1 SUNY Oswego student dead, 2 others hospitalized http://wrvo.org/post/heroin-overdoses-oswego-leave-1-suny-oswego-student-dead-2-others-hospitalized <p><em>Story updated on Monday, May 12 at 8:00 a.m.</em></p><p></p><p>On the SUNY Oswego campus, students say they are still coming to terms with the weekend's heroin overdoses, in which one student died and two others were hospitalized.</p><p>Many students say they are uncomfortable talking about the subject. One student, Jessie Brandt, said she was scared when she first saw the emergency alerts on her phone.</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 14:57:43 +0000 Jason Smith & Gino Geruntino 55575 at http://wrvo.org Heroin overdoses in Oswego leave 1 SUNY Oswego student dead, 2 others hospitalized Oswego's Bridge Street Run: Bigger than ever, but is it better? http://wrvo.org/post/oswegos-bridge-street-run-bigger-ever-it-better <p></p><p>Today is the last day of classes for the school year at SUNY Oswego, a day that some Oswego students treat like a holiday. That’s because every year Oswego’s Bridge Street explodes with hundreds of people for the bar crawl called the Bridge Street Run, also known as BSR. Participants wear white t-shirts that are signed by friends and fellow classmates as they go from bar to bar.</p><p>For some students the event has become a staple of their time at SUNY Oswego.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 10:26:15 +0000 Allen Wengert 55458 at http://wrvo.org Oswego's Bridge Street Run: Bigger than ever, but is it better? Petition calls for return of Oswego's 5 percent tax cap http://wrvo.org/post/petition-calls-return-oswegos-5-percent-tax-cap <p></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 18:49:42 +0000 Gino Geruntino 55114 at http://wrvo.org Petition calls for return of Oswego's 5 percent tax cap Neighbors Project collects stories, memories for Safe Haven Museum http://wrvo.org/post/neighbors-project-collects-stories-memories-safe-haven-museum <p>Seventy years ago, nearly 1,000 European refugees came to Oswego to escape the Holocaust during World War II. Now the city's Safe Haven Museum is collecting and cataloging stories from those living in the city at the time, for what it calls the "Neighbors Project." The refugees, many of them Jewish, were housed at Fort Ontario from 1944 until 1946. The camp was the only one of its kind in the United States.<br /> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:45:02 +0000 Gino Geruntino 54642 at http://wrvo.org Amended taxi cab law passed by Oswego Common Council http://wrvo.org/post/amended-taxi-cab-law-passed-oswego-common-council <p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:48:15 +0000 Gino Geruntino 54357 at http://wrvo.org Amended taxi cab law passed by Oswego Common Council Oswego exploring all options to cut costs, generate revenue http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-exploring-all-options-cut-costs-generate-revenue <p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:19:26 +0000 Gino Geruntino 53340 at http://wrvo.org Oswego exploring all options to cut costs, generate revenue Oswego city reporting app still a success, even with drawbacks http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-city-reporting-app-still-success-even-drawbacks <p>It's been about six months since the city of Oswego launched a mobile app allowing residents to report problems directly to city departments. The app, which cost $5,000 to build and $2,000 to maintain, has had a reduced number of reports recently, but Common Councilor Eric VanBuren said it has still been helpful for the city.</p><p>VanBuren helped get the app passed by the city last fall and said there are more than 400 users of the program.&nbsp; He said the app has been a good investment even though the winter season has reduced the number of reports received.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:14:48 +0000 Gino Geruntino 52177 at http://wrvo.org Oswego city reporting app still a success, even with drawbacks Even after difficult winter, rock salt supplies are OK http://wrvo.org/post/even-after-difficult-winter-rock-salt-supplies-are-ok <p></p><p>It's been a tough winter so far this season, even for the hardiest of upstate New Yorkers. But what do all these snowy days and icy conditions mean for the area's rock salt supplies?<br /><br />"We were fortunate to have a fairly good supply at the beginning of the season and we are still OK," says Oswego Department of Public Works Commissioner Michael Smith. "If winter lasts at a normal length or if we can say maybe through the next month we'll be out of the worst of it, we'll be OK with our salt and sand mix."<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:15:57 +0000 Gino Geruntino 52174 at http://wrvo.org Even after difficult winter, rock salt supplies are OK Potholes pose more problems than usual for upstate drivers http://wrvo.org/post/potholes-pose-more-problems-usual-upstate-drivers <p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:13:26 +0000 Gino Geruntino 52031 at http://wrvo.org Potholes pose more problems than usual for upstate drivers Two plays are the thing in Oswego http://wrvo.org/post/two-plays-are-thing-oswego <p></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:45:51 +0000 Gino Geruntino 51946 at http://wrvo.org Oswego County mother takes head shop owner to court http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-county-mother-takes-head-shop-owner-court <p></p><p>An Oswego County mother is taking a local head shop to court following her son's death after smoking synthetic marijuana he allegedly bought from the store.<br /><br />Teresa Woolson, whose 19-year-old son, Victor, drowned in Lake Ontario after smoking a form of synthetic marijuana, wants the shop's owner, the drug manufacturer and the distributor held accountable.<br /><br />In August 2012, Victor Woolson drowned in the lake soon after smoking "K-2 Avalanche," a form of synthetic marijuana he apparently bought from Xtreme Underground.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:59:59 +0000 Gino Geruntino 51519 at http://wrvo.org Novelis workers decide whether or not to unionize http://wrvo.org/post/novelis-workers-decide-whether-or-not-unionize <p><strong><em>Update</em>:&nbsp;</strong>According to published reports, the vote to unionize failed by a total of 14 votes.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><em>Earlier coverage:</em></strong></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:53:00 +0000 Gino Geruntino 51710 at http://wrvo.org Novelis workers decide whether or not to unionize Children's museum wants to find a permanent home in Oswego http://wrvo.org/post/childrens-museum-wants-find-permanent-home-oswego <p>Although it doesn't have a permanent home, for the last year the Children's Museum of Oswego has brought its exhibits to local events like Harborfest and the Great Pumpkin Festival. But last week, the museum's board of trustees set its sights on finding a fixed location in the city.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:49:06 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50999 at http://wrvo.org Oswego decides against employee furloughs http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-decides-against-employee-furloughs <p></p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:25:51 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50689 at http://wrvo.org Oswego decides against employee furloughs Port of Oswego receives new equipment http://wrvo.org/post/port-oswego-receives-new-equipment <p></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 17:06:49 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50282 at http://wrvo.org Port of Oswego receives new equipment Oswego Common Council hoping for rebound after difficult 2013 http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-common-council-hoping-rebound-after-difficult-2013 <p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:22:56 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50190 at http://wrvo.org Oswego officials support Cuomo's 2014 agenda, but question Cuomo's tax cap http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-officials-support-cuomos-2014-agenda-question-cuomos-tax-cap <p></p><p>Oswego's Common Council, mayor and department heads saw firsthand what Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2014 agenda will look like, during a recent presentation of his State of the State address at city hall.<br /><br />The mayor of the city of Oswego says in general he supports Cuomo's budget plan for 2014, but the city's Common Councilors say rising costs and unfunded mandates make it hard to stay within the state's two percent tax cap.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:09:50 +0000 Gino Geruntino 49839 at http://wrvo.org Oswego officials support Cuomo's 2014 agenda, but question Cuomo's tax cap Oswego County luring business, jobs to area http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-county-luring-business-jobs-area <p></p><p>After losing several big name manufacturing plants in recent decades, Oswego County has been aggressively trying to lure new companies in, filling vacant facilities with new tenants. The most recent announcement was made in Fulton, where <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/fultons-birds-eye-plant-gets-new-life-poultry-processor">a Pakistan-based poultry processor</a> has taken over the former Birds Eye plant.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:03:28 +0000 Gino Geruntino 49573 at http://wrvo.org Oswego County luring business, jobs to area Operation Christmas Child brings gifts, joy to world's children http://wrvo.org/post/operation-christmas-child-brings-gifts-joy-worlds-children <p>While out shopping for gifts for family and friends this holiday season, some charitable shoppers also reached for dolls, notepads and toiletries to pack into a shoebox for a child overseas. The shoeboxes not only give impoverished kids some necessities, but something less tangible -- hope.<br /><br />Recently, hundreds of festive shoeboxes line the walls of Oswego Alliance Church. Volunteers take a couple minutes to stack each box, straightening out the red and green columns into one uniform wall. None of the boxes have shoes in them.<br /> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 10:34:00 +0000 Gino Geruntino 48975 at http://wrvo.org Operation Christmas Child brings gifts, joy to world's children Oswego Common Council passes 2014 budget http://wrvo.org/post/oswego-common-council-passes-2014-budget <p></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:22:48 +0000 Gino Geruntino 49024 at http://wrvo.org Oswego Common Council passes 2014 budget