photo by A. Martinelli

Hoyt St.—Meet Your New Speed Bumps

This morning cars were removed from Hoyt St. to install two new speed bumps, one at 2nd St. and another near President St. Some residents of the blocks along this stretch rejoiced at the prospect that the intersections would be safer to cross. Pedestrians had long complained of drivers barreling down Hoyt St. and drivers complained of having to enter… Read more →

photo by A. Martinelli

5 Things That Could Happen Now That Lena Dunham Has Criticized Oberlin’s Sushi Bar

Oberlin students are serious about social justice. So much that they’ve taken the fight to their cafeteria. Are they demanding better wages for Campus Dining Service workers? No! They have been battling what they perceive as cultural appropriation in the form of substandard sushi, not sticky enough rice, and “inauthentic” non-fried General Tso’s chicken. Some students demanded more fried chicken… Read more →

Elizabeth Ngo button jewelry at Néda

From Black Buttons to Black Tom

One doesn’t expect old fashioned maker culture to collide with World War I geo-political events in a jewelry case, but that is exactly what happened to me in a purple store front on the corner of DeGraw St. and Court St. The following piece is about a button necklace and it’s many connections to our first foreign terrorist attack, the Black Tom Explosion. You see, the… Read more →

photo by A. Martinelli

Date Night – Did I Marry a Mutant?

  Are your date nights stale? Does conversation lull as you come face to face with a wall of work week exhaustion heightened by the effects of wine and digestion only to realize every topic has been covered over the last 20 years? Are your date nights so predictable your husband resorts to a State of the Fridge address on… Read more →

photo by A. Martinelli

Here’s to Spring Volunteers!

Moms use the park a lot! During my children’s toddler years my entire life revolved around the park. I had a love/hate relationship with the park. It was my office, as I took phone calls with one hand and assisted a newly walking toddler with the other. The grassy lawns and picnic tables were my kitchen table, feeding babies in… Read more →

photo by A. Martinelli

Unseen Moments – Lunchtime MS 88

(Video Compatible with Safari and Chrome) I happened upon this endearing moment at MS 88 recently. It was lunch hour. Officer Bill Bales, school safety agent, was volunteering his time to help rehearse an eighth grader for high school auditions. The student regularly eats his lunch quickly in order to use the rest of his time practicing with Bales in the auditorium. The… Read more →

photo by A. Martinelli

Unseen Moments – 3 on a Bench at D’Amico’s

Sometimes it’s the sights we miss in passing that provide humanity’s best view. I spotted these three on a bench in front of D’Amico’s last week enjoying a simple morning chat. I had to turn around and take in the endearing moment between old and young. Pictured here are Rose Cusumano, 88 who lives above D’Amico’s and whose daughter owns the salon, Chic Elegance, next door.… Read more →