Police Gazette Publishes New Plays by Famed Off-Broadway Playwright Leonard Melfi

Also Contains Shocking Details of Leonard’s Mysterious Death and Disappearance.

Two plays by world-renowned Off-Broadway playwright Leonard Melfi have just been published for the first time. The Violinist is the last play Leonard ever completed. It’s full length, just as stunning as any of his earlier works, and also one of his most autobiographical. “The Son of Redhead” is a mesmerizing one-act tragicomedy Leonard wrote in the 1980s. But he gave away his only copy and never … Continue reading

Huetensil Releases New Single, Gets Play on Over 80 Stations

Independent Binghamton musician Huetensil has had music from his latest album Black & White played on over 80 radio stations in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

“Nothin’,” the new single from Black & White, was released October 20, 2015. Local virtuoso Micheal Wu plays bass guitar on the tune. For more info visit www.Huetensil.com.

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House on Ghost Hill Road Premieres!

Update: Due to an unexpected technical problem (no, the Super-8 projector didn’t break, smartasses), the world premiere of House on Ghost Hill Road needs to be postponed. A new date will be announced soon.

House on Ghost Hill Road is the tale of paranormal investigators who go to the legendary “house on Ghost Hill Road” in search of paranormal adventures, but end up finding an evil more horrific than they could have ever imagined. It is the … Continue reading

Heavyweight Boxing Champ and Binghamton Native Jack Sharkey Subject of New Biography

Jack Sharkey: A Heavyweight Champion’s Untold Story by James Curl

When Jack Sharkey retired in 1936 after twelve years of boxing, he had carved out a career that was both exciting and controversial. But, despite having been the world heavyweight champion and enormously popular, sadly he is almost completely forgotten today… until now.

In this book you will follow Jack Sharkey from his days as a teenage runaway and sailor to world heavyweight champion and … Continue reading

Shouldn’t Have Taken That Left at Albuquerque

Jon Jones Leaves Scene of Accident, Runs into Big Pile of Legal Doodoo

Local hero, soon to be convicted felon, Jon “Bones” Jones cracked more than just a telephone pole this time. In recognition of his continued automotive mishaps, we’ve posted the print edition from June 2012 that discusses Jones’s run-in with a Binghamton utility pole.


Huetensil Releasing New Album March 3rd

Review of Black & White

Huetensil—aka Hugh Wygmans of Binghamton, NY—has been one of the hardest-working guys in the scene the last few years. And we’re happy to say he has the talent to go with the drive. Huetensil comes out with a full length album, Black & White, on March 3rd that is a delight from start to finish.

Hugh has vocal chops and style in spades; one of those singers who keeps surprising in a … Continue reading

Paul Juser: Asking For It

Everyone has a band they are embarrassed to love. Last month, I told you about my long-standing love for Def Leppard. Def Leppard is not that band. I’ve got no problem driving down the City streets with Pyromania at full blast, singing along in my best Joe Elliot. The band I don’t want you to find out about is AFI.

I’m not talking about occasionally throwing on “Answer That And Stay Fashionable,” I’m talking entire days with … Continue reading

Paul Juser: Do You Wanna Get Rocked?

I used to book concerts for Def Leppard in my living room. They took place after school, and had very few in attendance. Almost exclusively dogs and the occasional cat. The band never showed, but I made sure everyone got their money’s worth. I put a tape in the boom box, and did the album myself, Milli Vanilli style. I performed both vocal and guitar parts interchangeably. I didn’t know what a bass guitar was, and drums … Continue reading

Champz Sports Grille Opens for Business

The former Champs Chili Dogs on Henry Street in Binghamton has been remade as Champz Sports Grille and reopened in its new location at 11 Main Street, Binghamton, on the corner of Front Street. The makeover is nothing short of spectacular. The space that houses the new Champz got a complete top-to-bottom renovation to the specifications of Champz owner Nate Jachimowicz, whom we profiled in the March 2012 print edition of the Police Gazette.

Nate couldn’t be … Continue reading

Gladius XIII: Card Report

November 1, 2014; Ultimate Athletics

By Briggs Seekins, #BriggsfightTalk on Twitter
Amateur MMA returned to Ithaca, New York on the first day of November, as Gladius Fights hosted their 13th card at the Ultimate Athletics Gym in the Ithaca Mall. After a busy day at UA, featuring a pee-wee wrestling tournament in the cage and an amateur boxing card that included several Central New York boxing gyms, the main event of the day kicked off at … Continue reading

A Night of Champions: Gladius XIII Card Preview

By Briggs Seekins, #briggsfightalk on Twitter
On November 1st, amateur mixed-martial-arts action returns to the Ithaca area as Gladius promotions hosts a card at the Ultimate Athletics gym in the Ithaca Mall. Five titles will be on the line as the Gladius light heavyweight, lightweight, flyweight and woman’s bantamweight belts are all up for grabs.

Between the two of them, Gladius Fights and Art of Combat have managed to build a thriving amateur fight scene from … Continue reading

Paul Juser: Footprints of the Behemoth

Mastodon Slept Here

“I put the butcher knife up to her neck, and I said, ‘if you want to live to see tomorrow, you better start frying them eggs a little bit better’n you been frying ‘em. I’m sick of eating sloppy, slimy eggs!” Then the music kicked in, and everyone at the American Legion went ape shit. This was my last clear memory of my first Mastodon show. Everything else was fists, feet, guitar, and drums. … Continue reading

Tamdan McCrory Wins Comeback Fight with 21-Second KO

Return of the Barn Cat

By Briggs Seekins, #briggsfightalk on Twitter
After a five-year break from the sport, UFC veteran and Binghamton-area resident Tamdan McCrory returned to the cage with a bang on Friday night, as he knocked out tough wrestler Brennan Ward in just 21 seconds on the nationally televised broadcast of Bellator 123. The victory improved McCrory’s record to 12-3 with 8 KOs and 3 submission victories.

McCrory was one of the first stars … Continue reading

A Farewell to Vinny Coiro and the Wise Ash Lounge

Vinny Coiro, owner of The Wise Ash Lounge & Speakeasy in Endicott—and a good friend of the Police Gazette—has accepted the offer of a vice presidency at a company down South and will be moving on from our humble valley. As a result, Vinny has closed the Wise Ash and put the building at 59 Washington Ave up for sale. At the Wise Ash’s last-night party August 30th, Vinny said, “My dream has been fulfilled and I … Continue reading

Gladius XII Full Card Report

August 2, 2014; Sharkey’s Bar & Grill

By Briggs Seekins, #BriggsFightTalk on Twitter
In the first weekend of August, Gladius Fights Promotions continued their now long-standing tradition of bringing quality amateur MMA to Central New York when they held their 12th card at Sharkey’s Bar & Grill in Liverpool. With their huge outdoor volleyball-court area and ample lighting, Sharkey’s was easily converted into a mixed martial arts venue once the octagon cage was set up. Early … Continue reading