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  • People First

    A “People First” Merry Christmas 2021

    One of the reasons Christmas is special to us at Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig is because of our partnership with People First, formerly called the Utica Municipal Housing Authority (MHA). This year we gave four families gift cards. Three families got one for $500. And one family had an extra person, so we gave them […]

    December 21, 2021

  • vehicle breakins utica ny

    Vehicle Break-Ins Plague Utica Area

    A friend of ours told us recently about his car getting ransacked by petty thieves. It was in his garage in South Utica. As he got in the car the next morning he noticed the glove compartment was open and emptied. He found his owner’s manual down the street, torn apart on a neighbor’s front […]

    December 14, 2021

  • holiday scams

    Holiday Scams and How To Avoid Them

    As proud members of the Utica area community, we at Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig encourage you to buy local. That way your holiday shopping dollars stay in the community. You help local businesses not only survive, but thrive. And you know you’re buying from legitimate businesses who aren’t likely to scam you. But we also […]

    December 7, 2021

  • winter driving utica ny

    Secrets to Better Driving During Utica Area Winters

    Predictions for this winter in Central New York are that it will be a bit warmer with more snow. Sounds like that will make for sloppy road conditions throughout the Mohawk Valley. So we thought it a good idea to remind drivers of some life saving winter driving tips. As we all know, driving on […]

    November 30, 2021

  • Mohawk Valley Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving 2021…Together Again!

    Moms and Dads, sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews, grandma and granddad, all coming together this Thanksgiving. Finally!! What a long, strange trip it’s been. (Well said, Jerry Garcia!) As Mohawk Valley families gather this year, we’re reminded of a post we published on our blog a few years ago. The national news at the […]

    November 23, 2021

  • senior driver discussion

    How to Ease the Transition for Senior Drivers

    One of the most exciting times in a person’s life is that first day behind the wheel, newly minted driver’s license in hand. Remember? The freedom, your world transformed. Your first real experience as an adult. After fifty years, that feeling remains. Maybe not top of mind like back when you were sixteen. But subconsciously […]

    November 16, 2021

  • prevent sewer backup

    Clearing the Air On Sewer Backup

    Ask anyone who’s had their sewer back up into the basement. They’ll tell you in no uncertain terms: it’s an unpleasant experience. You can probably figure out what they mean. What are the chances of this happening to you? The Civil Engineering Research Foundation found that incidents of sewer backups are increasing about 3 percent […]

    November 9, 2021

  • save on home heating

    How To Save On Home Heating

    Save 30% on your energy bill? That’s what the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) says is possible. That is, with equipment maintenance and upgrades. Plus insulation, air sealing, and smarter thermostat settings. Is it worth it? Considering that heating your home can make up about 29% of your utility bill, we’d say yes! So […]

    November 2, 2021

  • halloween covid safety tips

    Boo!! Trick-Or-Treating Returns in 2021

    Halloween is back!! CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on Fox News Sunday, “I would say put on those costumes, stay outside and enjoy your trick-or-treating.” Hard to imagine, but as we reported in our blog, this is the opposite advice the CDC gave last year. Then it was, “No traditional trick-or-treating.” We’ve come a long […]

    October 26, 2021

  • Fireplace safety Utica NY

    How To Keep a Cozy Fireplace Safe

    It’s cold out and many of us are looking forward to our comfy fireplaces. But did you know that you may have a chimney fire and not even notice? According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), “Slow-burning chimney fires don’t get enough air or have fuel to be dramatic or visible and they […]

    October 19, 2021