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Southbound traffic is backed up past Destiny USA.
|Police investigate double homicide in SyracuseSyracuse.com / 2 h. 20 min. ago more|
Two men were found dead Monday night on the Far West Side, police say.
|Jim Fox on leadership: Start everything with purposeSyracuse.com / 3 h. 42 min. ago more|
Processes allow you to scale your influence. Process is not procedure. Procedures stifle innovation and empowerment.
|Syracuse family gathers tearfully as police investigate 'call,' hang police tapeSyracuse.com / 6 h. 15 min. ago more|
Syracuse police have shut down Avery Avenue, from Morgan to Kincaid avenues, while they conduct an investigation.
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Syracuse.comSyracuse family gathers tearfully as police investigate 'call,' hang police tapeSyracuse.comSYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Syracuse family, along with many friends, gathered Monday night on the city's Far West Side as police investigated a "call" on Avery Avenue. Someone called the Onondaga County 911 Center at 9:46 p.m. to report two people on the ...Syracuse Police investigating double homicide on Avery AvenueWSYRall 5 news articles »
|U.S. ramps up response to crisis in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane MariaSyracuse.com / 8 h. 41 min. ago more|
The Trump administration has tried to blunt criticism that its response to Hurricane Maria has fallen short of its efforts in Texas and Florida
|Drone protesters block Hancock air base in DeWitt with bloody dollar signs; 7 arrestedSyracuse.com / 9 h. 50 min. ago more|
Seven Upstate Drone Action protesters were arrested after they blocked the entrance to the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in DeWitt, and refused to leave.
|2 Syracuse Men Get Jail Time in Death of Chinese Student - U.S. News & World ReportGoogle News / 10 h. 6 min. ago more|
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|Ex-Fort Drum soldier Villanueva: Standing for anthem without Steelers was mixupSyracuse.com / 10 h. 10 min. ago more|
"I feel embarrassed to a degree because unintentionally I left my teammates behind," Villanueva said
|NFL protests: Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones take knee -- before national anthemSyracuse.com / 11 h. 33 min. ago more|
The Dallas players and Jones all kneeled before a giant American flag was unfurled, then rose arm-in-arm before the anthem.
|Wife of victim in fatal runaway Syracuse DWI: A kiss, 'I love you,' a last goodbyeSyracuse.com / 12 h. 59 min. ago more|
Edward Rice and Robert "Bubba" Owens were killed Friday evening by a suspected drunk driver fleeing police.
|Wife of victim in fatal runaway Syracuse DWI: A kiss, 'I love you,' a last goodbye - Syracuse.comGoogle News / 13 h. ago more|
Syracuse.comWife of victim in fatal runaway Syracuse DWI: A kiss, 'I love you,' a last goodbyeSyracuse.comRobert "Bubba" Owens graduated from Fowler High School in 2014. He's pictured here with his mother, Julie Rice. Owens and his stepfather, Edward Rice, were killed Friday evening by a suspected drunk driver. Robert "Bubba" Owens graduated from Fowler ...2 Syracuse Men Killed in Crash With Driver Charged With DWIU.S. News & World Reportall 3 news articles »
|Sen. Collins joins McCain, Paul, Cruz, essentially killing GOP health care driveSyracuse.com / 13 h. 4 min. ago more|
Moderate Maine Sen. Susan Collins said in a statement that the legislation would make "devastating" cuts in the Medicaid program for poor and disabled people, drive up premiums for millions and weaken protections Obama's law gives people with pre-existing medical conditions.
|Police: Driver fights for life after crashing car into Central Square school bus - Syracuse.comGoogle News / 13 h. 44 min. ago more|
Police: Driver fights for life after crashing car into Central Square school busSyracuse.comHASTINGS, N.Y. -- A driver was seriously injured Monday after his car crashed into a school bus carrying more than a dozen children from the Central Square school district, state police said. The driver of a Subaru Impreza struck a Central Square ...and more »
|Police: Driver fights for life after crashing car into Central Square school busSyracuse.com / 14 h. 3 min. ago more|
A car crashed into a Central Square school bus carrying 15 to 20 elementary students after school Monday.
|Missing fisherman found dead in Lake Ontario in Oswego CountySyracuse.com / 14 h. 35 min. ago more|
Two other fishermen jumped off the sinking boat in Lake Ontario in Scriba and survived, police say.
|'Astronomically high' levels of new algae toxin found in Owasco Lake Syracuse.com / 15 h. 7 min. ago more|
Drinking water will likely not be affected, scientist says.
|City of Syracuse awards $2M to disabled man tasered by cops on Centro busSyracuse News / 15 h. 16 min. ago more|
The City of Syracuse will pay $2 million to a disabled man who cops tasered and dragged off a bus for refusing to sit down. The Common Council Monday approved a settlement with Brad Hulett, who suffered a broken hip and needed surgery after the altercation in 2013.
|New York offers $2.5 million for ideas to 're-imagine' state canal systemSyracuse.com / 15 h. 35 min. ago more|
State is looking for ideas on how to promote its 524-mile canal system as a tourist destination and recreational asset.
|High temperature records tumbling across Upstate NY - NewYorkUpstate.comGoogle News / 17 h. 29 min. ago more|
High temperature records tumbling across Upstate NYNewYorkUpstate.comSyracuse, N.Y. -- For the second day in a row, high-temperature records are falling across Upstate New York. Albany, Buffalo and Poughkeepsie broke their Sept. 25 records, with other Upstate cities getting close. With clear skies, the sun could keeping ...and more »
|Syracuse football-Pitt game will kick at 12:30 p.m., be televised regionallySyracuse News / 17 h. 38 min. ago more|
Syracuse football's Oct. 7 game against Pittsburgh will kick at 12:30 p.m. and be televised regionally, the ACC announced Monday. The game will be Syracuse's ACC home opener and Homecoming game, and it will air on the YES Network.
|Saab Defense of East Syracuse wins $118M Coast Guard contractSyracuse News / 17 h. 38 min. ago more|
A Coast Guard ship enters the Port of Rochester. The Coast Guard has awarded a contract to Saab Defense and Security USA of East Syracuse to provide radar systems for its offshore patrol cutters.
|Vanessa Williams attends Paul McCartney show: See famous faces at 2017 Syracuse concertsSyracuse News / 17 h. 38 min. ago more|
Singer/actress Vanessa Williams attended Paul McCartney 's Sept. 23 concert at the Carrier Dome.
|Syracuse lacrosse likely to try experimental shot clock rule this fall - Syracuse.comGoogle News / 17 h. 53 min. ago more|
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|Upstate NY craft brewery shake-ups: A closing near Syracuse; a possible sale near ElmiraSyracuse News / 19 h. 59 min. ago more|
Susan and Dennis Edwards of Birdland Brewing Co. of Horseheads. They are in talks to sell the brewery.
|Syracuse production agencies join forces, create short filmSyracuse News / 19 h. 59 min. ago more|
When Sarah Grabman went through a breakup, she turned to movies. But, she couldn't seem to find anything that satisfied her feelings.
|Syracuse Crunch adds 3 tryout players for start of training campSyracuse News / 19 h. 59 min. ago more|
Conacher, younger brother of former Syracuse star Cory Conacher, split last season between Orlando of the ECHL and Toronto of the AHL. Kirkpatrick played for Florida of the ECHL, posting 21 goals and 37 helpers.
|Syracuse police identify 2 men killed by drunk driver who fled officers - Syracuse.comGoogle News / 22 h. 22 min. ago more|
WSYRSyracuse police identify 2 men killed by drunk driver who fled officersSyracuse.comSYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse police identified the two men killed after a drunken driver fled from officers and crashed into their car Friday, police said. Edward Rice, 49, and his step-son, Robert Owens, were killed in the Friday evening crash, police said.Syracuse Police ID victims in alleged drunk driving pursuit that ended in a crashWSYRall 5 news articles »
|How would the next Syracuse mayor handle a toxic algae bloom in Skaneateles Lake?Syracuse News / 22 h. 23 min. ago more|
It's been just more than a week since toxic algae blooms surfaced in Skaneateles Lake, the source of Syracuse's drinking water. For a week, we've watched how City Hall and other agencies have managed the situation, from monitoring algae levels to communicating any risk to the public.
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How would the next Syracuse mayor handle a toxic algae bloom in Skaneateles Lake?Syracuse.comSYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's been just more than a week since toxic algae blooms surfaced in Skaneateles Lake, the source of Syracuse's drinking water. For a week, we've watched how City Hall and other agencies have managed the situation, from monitoring ...and more »
|Syracuse opponents rise in rankings while Florida State fallsSyracuse News / 1 d. 0 h. 42 min. ago more|
Finally, all of Syracuse's opponents had games and FSU's loss to NC State dropped them from the AP Poll. It was business as usual for everyone else, so here's how things shook out: You can expect this to stay constant.
|Syracuse man guilty of murdering 15-year-old boy after jumping into teen disputeSyracuse News / 1 d. 14 h. ago more|
A Syracuse man was found guilty Friday of murdering a 15-year-old boy and injuring two others after firing into a car stopped at a South Side intersection in 2015. The jury took about four hours to find Rondell Scott, 36, guilty of murder, weapons and related charges in the shooting at Midland Avenue and West Newell Street, defense lawyer Tom Ryan said.
|New York State Launches Statewide Donation Drive for Nonperishable Goods at Strategic Locations – Statewide Drop-off Sites SetupUrban CNY / 1 d. 16 h. 16 min. ago more|
Governor Cuomo and the Partnership for New York City Launch the Puerto Rico Relief & Rebuilding Fund at New York Community Trust to Coordinate Donations from Business Community for Local Charitable Organizations in Puerto Rico Three-Pronged Effort with GNYHA, HANYS, NYSNA and 1199SEIU Provides Medical Supplies, Personnel and Technical Assistance to Puerto Rican Hospitals Jennifer Lopez, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and Cesar Perales Serving as Co-Chairs of the Effort Visit ny.gov/PuertoRico to Learn More and Take Action Supplies donated for Puerto Rico Relief Effort Following his visit to Puerto Rico to deliver emergency supplies and see firsthand the widespread damage and devastation from Hurricane Maria, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico. The effort brings together a wide range of civic, business and industry partners to provide needed services, goods and funds to help the people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild, and provides opportunities for New Yorkers to contribute to the relief efforts. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Charities Bureau will monitor the fund to ensure the organization follows all necessary rules and regulations governing the solicitation of funds and distribution of resources. JetBlue has committed to $1 million as an in-kind contribution to transport the customers and cargo for relief efforts. Governor Cuomo is the honorary chair of the effort, with Jennifer Lopez, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and Cesar Perales serving as co-chairs. “After seeing the breathtaking devastation and unfathomable need for help firsthand in Puerto Rico, I am launching this effort to put the full weight of New York’s resources behind the Puerto Rican people,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York has a long and proud history of standing up to help those in need, and with millions of Puerto Ricans suffering, we must do everything we can to help our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters recover. I thank our partners who have already donated and encourage all New Yorkers to lend a hand as we work together to help this community rebuild.” “Puerto Ricans have helped make New York great — and we will not leave our family alone in its time of need. Our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters are Americans, and we must all do our part to help with the long recovery ahead,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. “I encourage all New Yorkers to give through reputable charities and follow my office’s tips to ensure their dollars are put to good use.” Jennifer Lopez “Given the loss and devastation, we need everyone to pay attention and to urgently support Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Mexico City with donations and contributions,” said Jennifer Lopez, Co-Chair of the Empire State Relief & Recovery Effort. “We know we must address the immediate needs and means of survival for the people while being focused on the long term rebuilding of the infrastructure of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Mexico City. I cannot tell you what it meant to me and to the people of Puerto Rico to see New York not only pledge support but Governor Cuomo to actually show up with resources and supplies. It is now time for all Americans to be front and center in helping to bring awareness and solutions to the task of rebuilding Puerto Rico.” Puerto Rico Relief & Rebuilding Fund Governor Cuomo has engaged the Partnership for New York City, the city’s leading business organization, to establish the Puerto Rico Relief & Rebuilding Fund at New York Community Trust, a public foundation, that will make grants to local charitable organizations in Puerto Rico that are helping with recovery and rebuilding from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, focusing on the most needy households and communities. Funds and in kind contributions are being solicited from the business community, with a minimum donation of $10,000. Organizations that will receive support through this initiative include, but are not limited to: Caritas de Puerto Rico, the Catholic Charities affiliate providing direct aid and services to low income households across the Island Center for a New Economy, a nonprofit economic development and policy organization that is working with local organizations to deliver humanitarian aid, help local government secure and use federal disaster aid, and develop rebuilding initiatives that incorporate objectives of resiliency and self sufficiency Centro Para Puerto Rico, a foundation that operates programs dedicated to alleviation of poverty and helping poor communities improve their conditions Foundation for Puerto Rico, a private foundation that works with local nonprofit groups and government to improve the economy of the Island. They are dedicating all their staff and facilities to establishing a center that is coordinating outside assistance that is coming into Puerto Rico and deploying this aid to relief and rebuilding efforts Con PRmetidos, a nonprofit organization of young professionals that is delivering assistance to local groups and those most in need in communities across the Island Para la Naturaleza, a trust that manages the natural and historic preservation resources of Puerto Rico that have been badly damaged by the hurricane Statewide Donation Drive Across the state, New Yorkers are encouraged to drop off goods for donation at selected locations between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. The drop off site for the Central New York Region: Central New York Senator John J. Hughes State Office Building 333 E. Washington Street Syracuse The drop-off sites will accept donations every day between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. A full list of charitable organizations for financial contributions is available on ny.gov/Puerto Rico. Requested items include batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water and feminine hygiene products. All items must be completely unopened and packaged. In coordination with this effort, the New York Mets are asking each fan attending games at Citi Field on September 25, 26 and 27 to bring donations for the relief effort to the ball game between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Additionally, the Mets will collect supplies between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Seth Lugo, pitcher for the Mets, joined the Governor’s announcement today representing the partnership. Three-Pronged Medical Assistance Partnership with GNYHA, HANYS, NYSNA and 1199SEIU In response to growing medical needs in Puerto Rico, the Greater New York Hospital Association, Healthcare Association of New York State, the New York State Nurses Association and 1199SEIU will work together on a three-pronged approach to provide medical assistance to Puerto Rico. The partnership will: Identify teams of health care professionals, including bilingual professionals, to deploy to Puerto Rico Provide logistical support to assist in obtaining and delivering medicine and medical supplies. Develop sister relationships between health care facilities in New York and those in Puerto Rico to provide comprehensive support during the long term recovery of Puerto Rico’s health care system. Port Authority Emergency Personnel The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is preparing to deploy emergency personnel to Puerto Rico to assist in the coordinated recovery efforts. The Port will assign 45 aviation staff to assist at San Juan International Airport and other airports in the Commonwealth, 11 Port staff to assess damage and assist with re-establishment of Port of San Juan operations, and 10 members of the Port Authority Police Department are available for search and rescue as well as support to airport security. In addition, the Office of Emergency Management will provide support equipment and four EMTs to assist. The Port Authority team will be an entirely self-sufficient operation. Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Co-Chair of the Empire State Relief & Recovery Effort, said, “I commend Governor Cuomo for the actions he’s taking. On Friday we traveled to Puerto Rico together to assess firsthand the damage from Maria and deliver supplies, personnel and assistance. The launch of this effort is another important step that demonstrates New York’s commitment to helping our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters in their time of need. New York and Puerto Rico are inextricably linked. For New Yorkers, Puerto Ricans are family – for some figuratively and, for many of us, literally. New Yorkers take care of their family and this newest effort will help channel additional help from our state to the Island. This is a catastrophe of historic proportions that will require coordination at all levels of government. I will be advocating at the federal level for additional efforts, including swiftly repairing and rebuilding Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, helping small businesses recover and addressing the looming Medicaid cliff.” Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Co-Chair of the Empire State Relief & Recovery Effort, said, “Hurricane Maria brought devastation to the communities, homes and lives of our families, brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico, and as we only just begin to grasp the destruction Mother Nature as wrought, it is with hope – thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo, that our families will receive the help and resources they need to rebuild and recover stronger than ever before. Through the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort, New York is one again providing a platform for residents across this state to lend a helping hand. We are providing medical assistance and personnel on the ground, and a food and water supply critical to ensure the safety of people of Puerto Rico. We remain committed to helping P.R. build back better than ever. To our families in Puerto Rico: New York is with you, shoulder to shoulder, every step of the way.” This relief effort follows Governor Cuomo’s trip to Puerto Rico on Friday, when he and a delegation of administration and emergency response officials brought the following supplies: More than 34,000 bottles of water donated by The Coca-Cola Company; 9,600 ready to eat meals; 3,000 canned goods donated by the National Supermarket Association; 1,400 cots; 1,400 blankets; 1,400 pillows; 500 flashlights; and 10 10kW generators. Additionally, 60 members of the New York Army National Guard, four Black Hawk helicopters and 50 State Police are on standby. New York Air National Guard Personnel and Aircraft Assisting In Hurricane Maria Response New York State shares many deep ties with Puerto Rico, with many New York-based companies employing thousands in Puerto Rico at locations across the island. In addition, 1.2 million New Yorkers, or 5.7 percent of the population, are of Puerto Rican ethnicity. This means that more Puerto Ricans live in New York than anywhere else outside the island. According to estimates in the 2016 American Community Survey, there are 280,904 residents in the State of New York who claimed Puerto Rico as their place of birth. This trip was not this first time that Governor Cuomo’s has visited Puerto Rico either. In 1998, as Secretary for Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton, then-Secretary Cuomo traveled to the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Georges to assess damage and speed up the delivery of federal assistance. Further, in 2015, Governor Cuomo traveled to Puerto Rico twice as part of solidarity missions to assist the island with its ongoing healthcare crisis and economic challenges
|Governor Cuomo Launches Statewide Empire State Relief & Recovery Effort for Puerto RicoUrban CNY / 1 d. 16 h. 43 min. ago more|
Governor Cuomo: “To our colleagues in our federal government, I humbly suggest that at this time, instead of arguing with football players, instead of obsessing with how to take health care from the poor in this country, why don’t we put the politics aside and focus on helping Americans in desperate need. And those are the people of Puerto Rico.” Governor Launches Statewide Donation Drive for Nonperishable Goods at Strategic Locations – Including Citi Field in Partnership with New York Mets Jennifer Lopez, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and Cesar Perales Serving as Co-Chairs of the Effort Visit ny.gov/PuertoRico to Learn More and Take Action Jennifer Lopez, one of several Co-Chairs for the initiative Earlier today, following his visit to Puerto Rico to deliver emergency supplies and see firsthand the widespread damage and devastation from Hurricane Maria, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched the Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico. The effort brings together a wide range of civic, business and industry partners to provide needed services, goods and funds to help the people of Puerto Rico recover and rebuild, and provides opportunities for New Yorkers to contribute to the relief efforts. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Charities Bureau will monitor the fund to ensure the organization follows all necessary rules and regulations governing the solicitation of funds and distribution of resources. JetBlue has committed to $1 million as an in-kind contribution to transport the customers and cargo for relief efforts. Governor Cuomo is the honorary chair of the effort, with Jennifer Lopez, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo and Cesar Perales serving as co-chairs. A rush transcript of the Governor’s remarks is available below. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Thank you. Thank you. Let’s give a big round of applause to Jennifer Lopez for her dedication. To Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, who’s been a pioneer on so many fronts, and she once again has stepped up to the plate in a big way, and we look forward to her leadership. Let’s give her a big round, thank her for what she’s done. Assemblyman Marcos Crespo came down to Puerto Rico. He’s going to be coordinating all the effort from the New York State Legislature, and we thank him. Let’s give him a round of applause. To Cesar Perales, to my colleagues from City government, my colleagues in State government, to the labor leaders who are here, we thank everyone for coming on short notice. And to the National Guard who’s here once again, and came down with us to Puerto Rico. They do a fantastic job. We know, we know about the devastation on the island. We know about the danger that’s impending on the island. We know how much destruction has been done. And how hard it is going to be to rebuild Puerto Rico. We also know that given the financial pressures that the island was under before, it makes the task even more difficult. And we also know Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, these are isolated places by definition. You can’t call the neighboring states to send in resources. It’s very hard to get everything there as we’re seeing now trying to get things on planes and trying to get the logistics set up on the ground. So we know the challenge is what do we do about it? And how do we do it and when do we do it? Now in New York, we’re going to do what New York does. Right? We come with a legacy, we come with a set of values and priorities, we come with a certain DNA, and we do what we do. Supplies donated for Puerto Rico Relief Effort First, is New York cares. For New Yorkers, this is personal because the Puerto Rican community is part of the family of New York. I’m from Queens, I grew up with the Puerto Rican community and the culture in their homes, with their families. This is personal. And we care on a very profound level. Second, we show up. And that’s what the trip to Puerto Rico was all about. When you care, you show up and Nydia, Assemblyman Crespo and I were on the first plane with two planes full of emergency supplies because that’s what you do when you care – you show up. Third, you act. You do something about it. You’re there in spirit, you’re there with good wishes, but you’re also there practically. And you also make things happen. And that’s what today is all about. Acting, organizing, mobilizing and doing it smartly and doing it intelligently and doing it quickly. We are going to announce today and put in place today a statewide collection and financial contribution effort. The amount of people who want to help is overwhelming. But we have to marshal that desire to help and we have to do it smartly and we have to be organized about it. So we have a website that goes up today, ny.gov, which will have collection points all across the state where people can drop off donations. They will be managed by the National Guard so we’ll make sure they are secure locations, we want to make sure whatever we collect actually gets there. There will be a list of items that the island needs, there’s a difference between people want to contribute and what the island needs. Everybody wants to do something but we have to do what the island prioritizes as their list of needs so that will be on the website also. Devastation on the island, generators await delivery The National Guard will collect the items statewide, they will bring it here to the Javits Center which will be the central point of collection. The National Guard will organize that. I want to thank 32 BJ and Hector Figueroa, they’re going to help organize the stockpile of the material that is here. We will then transport it with the help of the Guard and JetBlue, which is donating $1 million of services to transport the goods to the island. I want to thank President of JetBlue, Robin Hayes and the entire JetBlue team. They took us down and I want to thank them very much. Financial contributions, the Partnership and Kathy Wylde will be setting up an organization with Cesar Perales to handle financial contributions. Kathy pledges a minimum of $1 million from the Partnership for that fund. The attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, is going to help expedite setting up that fund and he will also police to make sure there aren’t other scam organizations that get created and we want to thank him very much. We want to thank Jeff Wilpon and the New York Mets who are going to be doing collections at the games and we thank them very much, let’s give them a round of applause. Supplies for schools and students of many of which were decimated, will be organized and contributed by the teacher’s union not just in New York, but across the country and we want to thank Randi Weingarten for her leadership on that. Medical supplies, which are desperately needed, are going to be managed by this effort also. We’re going to set up an adopt a hospital program and 1199 and Greater New York Hospital association and Ken Raske and HANYS is going to be in charge of that. So let’s give them a round of applause. Governor Rosselló and NY Governor Cuomo Governor Rosselló is aware of all of our actions and he is very thankful. And it’s a source of hope for the island. One of the things that Nydia remarked on after our trip and Marcos as well, just showing up gave the island a sense of hope. They knew they weren’t alone and they knew there were people who cared and there were people who were going to work to make a difference. And these contributions and the consistency of our effort and the urgency of our effort, continues to communicate the same thing, so Governor Rosselló wanted me to send his thanks. But let’s remember the context of this effort. I am proud of what New Yorkers are doing. I encourage other states to do the same thing, but this is going to be a long, hard road for Puerto Rico. And this is a situation that is going to require billions of dollars in assistance, and real capacity provided to the island, and that’s going to have to be done by the federal government. Now, Puerto Rico needs help and needs it urgently. Puerto Ricans are American citizens, and we have to remember that. People from the U.S. Virgin Islands are American citizens. And what this country is very good at doing is providing aid to people in need. We just were very helpful to the people in the state of Texas and in Florida and I’m proud to do that. We know well what it’s like to need help. We went through 9/11 and we all remember how many people were there for us, and how many states showed up for us. As Governor, I have worked very hard to honor that commitment in the reciprocal. If any state needs help, New York is going to be there for them, because they were there for us. Devastation on the island But we have to help Puerto Rico with the same urgency that we’re helping Texas and Florida and the other parts of this country that need help. When our congressional delegation goes down to Washington this week, we’re going to have Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and Congressman Serrano, and the entire delegation, speak with one voice. And it is a powerful delegation, and their message is simple: Puerto Rico needs help, it needs federal help and it needs it now. And look, to our colleagues in our federal government, I humbly suggest that at this time, instead of arguing with football players, instead of obsessing with how to take health care from the poor in this country, why don’t we put the politics aside and focus on helping Americans in desperate need. And those are the people of Puerto Rico. And I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, a Republican, you’re liberal, conservative, you’re short, you’re tall, you’re from the East Coast, you’re from the West Coast – Americans go first. We can save lives if we act and we should. Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez As Nydia said, the Puerto Rican community is very strong and they are very resilient. I actually was there during Hurricane Georges, which was also devastating. I believe this will wind up being worse, but this was also devastating. I was the Housing and Urban Development Secretary at that time. I was working for the Clinton administration and the federal government sent us down right away and I actually worked with Governor Rosselló, who was governor of Puerto Rico at the time. That governor is the father of that Governor Rosselló. I don’t want to get into father, son governor comparisons. I hate that topic in general, but I can tell you this, after Hurricane Georges, you saw the strength of Puerto Ricans and you saw them stand together and the resiliency and the spirit and the energy and the dedication and you’re going to see it again. I can tell you this, this Governor Rosselló has the skills and the leadership and the head and the heart to manage this crisis. He just needs the help and that is what New York has to deliver – from New York and the federal government, we have to deliver the help and that is our charge and our mission. Our pledge to Puerto Rico is it’s going to be a long road to recovery, but New York is going to walk that road with you every step of the way and our goal is not just going to be to rebuild. We’re going to build a Puerto Rico that is better than ever before. That is what we’re going to do. As we say in New York, nosotros somos mas que amigos, somos hermanos y hermanas, somos uno, somos uno, somos uno. Let’s get to work. Thank you.
|Syracuse police 'looking into' Hush Lounge after quadruple shooting at 3 a.m.Syracuse News / 1 d. 20 h. 42 min. ago more|
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|Paul McCartney rocks the Carrier Dome: Photos, videos from Syracuse concertSyracuse News / 1 d. 20 h. 43 min. ago more|
Paul McCartney's concert in Syracuse was so lit it nearly set the Carrier Dome on fire . Fans went crazy for the former Beatle, who can still bring bring the Loud House to its feet at age 75. Check out the best photos, videos and tweets from the show below.
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Syracuse.comSyracuse police 'looking into' Hush Lounge after quadruple shooting at 3 amSyracuse.comThe New York State Liquor Authority's website has no record of a liquor license at the address. The site at 1226 E. Fayette is a boarded-up upholstery business called "Silverbush." On Sunday morning, the site was too dark to see inside except for a ...4 hospitalized after shooting in SyracuseTWC Newsall 5 news articles »
|Democrat Group Endorses Ben WalshUrban CNY / 1 d. 22 h. 13 min. ago more|
Coalition of Syracuse Democrats Break Ranks with Party, Announce Support for Independent Candidate Ben Walsh. Event Disrupted by Juanita Perez Williams Supporters shouting in Spanish. (Syracuse, NY) An independent group of active Democrats have started a grass roots campaign supporting independent Mayoral Candidate Ben Walsh. While unaffiliated with the campaign, Dems for Ben is an organization that is gaining a strong following of Syracuse Democrats who are looking for independent, inclusive leadership in the November 7 Mayoral election in Syracuse. Rise Above Initially launched through a Facebook group unattached to Ben Walsh’s campaign, founder Khris Dodsen created the organization to give local Democrats seeking other options for city leadership a voice for seeking a candidate who is not beholden to any political party. Dodson, a community leader, has been helping the Syracuse area in a variety of roles focused on environmentalism and social change. The group publicly endorsed Walsh at a press conference outside of the historic Westcott Theatre at noon Thursday September, 21st in the Westcott neighborhood of Syracuse. Juanita Perez Williams Supporters Interrupt Walsh Campaign Event The event didn’t go as planned as supporters of the Juanita Perez Williams campaign stood across the street in front of Mom’s Diner, disrupting the occasion by chanting slogans in Spanish. They calmed down after being asked. But chanting resumed and continued after the scheduled event had formally ended. For an account of the incident that occurred at the Walsh Campaign announcement click Here. According to Walsh, “It’s refreshing to see concerned, passionate citizens make a stand to support doing what’s right for the City of Syracuse. I believe that all leadership should be collaborative, and engage with citizens of all parties, in the spirit of a shared vision for the city. Seeing a group of registered Democrats seeking their own choice, and not the choice they’re directed to make, speaks to our commitment to work across party lines to help Syracuse to truly Rise Above.” Ben Walsh at Westcott Theater As former Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development for the city of Syracuse, Walsh has been instrumental in helping strengthen neighborhoods and businesses in the City of Syracuse for years. A recipient of the 40-Under-40 Award, Walsh currently serves as the president of the Board of Trustees at The Gifford Foundation, and sits on the board of a variety of foundations focused on growing Syracuse. Ben Walsh is an independent candidate running for Mayor in Syracuse. His mission is to unite Syracuse through independent leadership and a collaborative approach to city government. To learn more, please contact Kristy Brightman Frame at 315-345-0129 or email at email@example.com. Walsh for Mayor. #RiseAbove.
|Rocky start for Syracuse mayoral race; Welcome, canal buffsSyracuse News / 1 d. 23 h. 2 min. ago more|
Supporters of Democratic Party nominee Juanita Perez Williams crashed a news conference convened by "Dems for Ben" Wednesday afternoon on Westcott Street. They shouted over the speakers announcing their support for Walsh until a Walsh supporter walked across the street to negotiate some quiet.
|Skaneateles algae outbreak exposes cracks in messaging strategySyracuse News / 2 d. 1 h. 14 min. ago more|
Syracuse and Onondaga County officials need to update their playbooks after their confusing response to an outbreak of blue-green algae in Skaneateles Lake. They also should find a way to communicate "right now" to the residents who may be affected by threats to public health.
|Paul McCartney blazes through lifetime of music, sets Carrier Dome on fire (review) - Syracuse.comGoogle News / 2 d. 4 h. 45 min. ago more|
NewYorkUpstate.comPaul McCartney blazes through lifetime of music, sets Carrier Dome on fire (review)Syracuse.comSYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Apart from Syracuse's long-awaited visit from music royalty, concertgoers may remember Saturday, Sept. 23 as the night Paul McCartney almost burned down the Carrier Dome. OK, that's a little dramatic. But the singer's pyrotechnic ...Paul McCartney rocks the Carrier Dome: Photos, videos from Syracuse concertNewYorkUpstate.comall 8 news articles »
|Governor Cuomo Departs from New York to Puerto Rico to Provide Emergency Goods and Services at Official Request of Governor Ricardo RossellóUrban CNY / 3 d. 19 h. 45 min. ago more|
Governor Cuomo Making Available More Than 34,000 Bottles of Water, 9,600 Ready to Eat Meals, 3,000 Canned Goods, 500 Flashlights, 1,400 Cots, 1,400 Pillows, 1,400 Blankets and 10 Generators Governor Cuomo Traveling on Donated JetBlue Aircraft to Bring Supplies on First Flight to Depart for San Juan Since Hurricane Maria NYPA Engineers, Translators, Supervisors and DEC Drones and Drone Pilots Sent to Assist with Reconstruction of Power Grid 60 New York National Guard, Four Black Hawk Helicopters and 50 State Police on Standby Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and a delegation of administration officials departed this morning for Puerto Rico to deliver emergency supplies, help the community repair its devastated power structure, and assist in relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The trip follows Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s official governor to governor request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact for mutual aid. In response to the request, Governor Cuomo immediately made available more than 34,000 bottles of water, 9,600 ready to eat meals, 3,000 canned goods, 500 flashlights, 1,400 cots, 1,400 blankets, 1,400 pillows and 10 10kw generators. Additionally, Governor Cuomo has announced that 60 members of the New York Army National Guard, four Black Hawk helicopters and 50 State Police are on standby. This flight, on aircraft donated by JetBlue, is the first flight to depart for San Juan since Hurricane Maria. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo “Puerto Rico is part of the New York family, and we stand with our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters as they begin to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Maria,” Governor Cuomo said. “We have assembled top emergency response experts to support Puerto Rico and help repair its devastated power structure, and we are providing supplies and any additional assistance we can to support the island as they recover from this unprecedented natural disaster.” Governor Ricardo Rosselló said, “In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, I have made an official Governor to Governor request that Governor Cuomo and the State of New York provide essential goods, services, and expertise to help us assess the devastation and develop a plan for recovery. Puerto Rico has endured an horrific ordeal and we are lucky to have a friend like Governor Cuomo and New York State who we share a close bond and deep history with. I want to thank the Governor for accepting my invitation to travel to Puerto Rico, and the people of New York for always standing by our side in difficult times and we appreciate the support as we begin the rebuilding process.” Robin Hayes, president and CEO, JetBlue, said, “We are honored to support this relief flight, the first of many to come, as the people of Puerto Rico begin to recover from this terrible event. Our hearts go out to all those impacted. We thank Gov. Cuomo for his leadership in the recovery efforts, and the National Guard for their on-the-ground support of the people of Puerto Rico. As the largest airline in Puerto Rico, we are in a unique position to work with them to support our crewmembers, customers and communities across the island.” “We commend Governor Cuomo’s leadership to quickly organize resources and personnel to help Puerto Rico rebuild,” said Francis McGorry, President, Tri-State Metro Operating Unit, Coca-Cola Refreshments. “Coca-Cola always stands ready to help when people are in need. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the devastation from Hurricane Maria.” Rudy Fuertes, President of the National Supermarket Association said, “The National Supermarket Association commends Governor Cuomo for his leadership in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The Governor has stepped up to offer resources and assistance that the Puerto Rico’s residents so desperately need. It is only right that New Yorkers stand with our neighbor island during this difficult time, and the national supermarket association is proud to support the people of Puerto Rico as well as the courageous New Yorkers who are traveling to the island today. On behalf of all New Yorkers, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico.” Prior to departing, Governor Cuomo ordered assets from the New York State stockpiles to be ready for deployment and gathered a coalition of organizations to provide a number of assets and essential resources and at the request of Governor Rosselló, including: More than 34,000 bottles of water donated by The Coca-Cola Company; 9,600 ready to eat meals; 3,000 canned goods donated by the National Supermarket Association; 1,400 cots; 1,400 blankets; 1,400 pillows; 500 flashlights; and 10 10kW generators. The New York Power Authority is also sending a crew of 10 personnel, including translators, supervisors and engineers along with drones and two drone pilots from the Department of Environmental Conservation to assist with the assessment and reconstruction of Puerto Rico’s power grid. New York State shares many deep ties with Puerto Rico. Many New York-based companies employ thousands in Puerto Rico at many locations across the island, and 1.2 million New Yorkers, or 5.7 percent of the population, are of Puerto Rican ethnicity. This means that more Puerto Ricans live in New York than anywhere else outside the island. According to estimates in the 2016 American Community Survey, there are 280,904 residents in the State of New York who claimed Puerto Rico as their place of birth. This trip is not this first time that Governor Cuomo’s has visited Puerto Rico either. In 1998, as Secretary for Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton, then-Secretary Cuomo traveled to the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Georges to assess damage and speed up the delivery of federal assistance. In 2015, Governor Cuomo traveled to Puerto Rico twice as part of solidarity missions to assist the island with its ongoing healthcare crisis and economic challenges. Hurricane Maria was the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory since 1928 and one of the strongest to ever make landfall in the U.S. Maria hit the U.S. territory September 20 as a Category 4 storm with winds reaching 155 miles per hour, knocking out electricity across the entire island, rendering an estimated 3.4 million people without power. Puerto Rican Officials are estimating several months until energy grid will be repaired. At least one person is dead in Puerto Rico and Maria is being blamed for at least 18 deaths so far in the Caribbean. This situation is also poised threaten the Islands’ economically critical winter tourism season as many of the locations sustaining damage include hotels, airports and other key infrastructure.
|Syracuse Teachers Union Rebuffs Mayoral Candidate Over School Control, Funding For ChartersCNY Vision / 3 d. 23 h. 36 min. ago more|
Republican mayoral candidate Laura Lavine has focused much of her campaign on education, and it’s easy to understand why. She’s spent the last 40 years immersed in the Syracuse education system as a speech therapist and as superintendent of the Lafayette County School District. But even though she’s devoted four decades to improving education, she’s now being snubbed by the Syracuse Teachers Union due to her stance on charter school funding and a proposal for mayoral control of the city school system. In August, Lavine outlined her plan to essentially place the Syracuse City School District under mayoral control. Currently, New York City is the only “Big Five” district in the state with this kind of control. Voters are responsible for choosing the school board now, but if Lavine’s plan were to be enacted, the mayor would be responsible for that task. Her reasoning is that Syracuse schools are suffering from extremely poor performance and that the school board has failed to take both action and responsibility. “Our city school system in Syracuse is failing,” Lavine explained in a press conference outlining her proposal. “Our students are not learning as they should. They’re not graduating as they should. Our graduation rate recently improved to 60%… Our city officials, sadly, celebrated that the school district had improved its graduation rate to such an abysmal number.” In addition to this plan, Lavine revealed her intention to increase funding for charter schools. At least 34 states provided less funding per student during the 2013-2014 school year than they did before the Great Recession hit, but the idea of upping the funding for charters is still a controversial one. However, Lavine explained that families who don’t have the means to send their children to private schools often have to suffer the consequence of underperforming (and potentially unsafe) public schools. But neither of these main points sit well with the city teachers union. Officials say the union does not support Lavine’s proposal for mayoral control nor her advocacy for additional charter school funding. As a result, the Syracuse Teachers Association declined to interview her for a union endorsement. Lavine fired back, calling the union’s decision an “outrageous attack on our families.” “There is something fundamentally wrong when the union leaders, representing our teachers, refuse to even discuss my proposal to bring more accountability to our school system,” she noted in her statement. “Is this how they teach our students to communicate and solve differences?” After leaving a message telling Lavine she would not be interviewed by the Syracuse Teachers Union, NYSUT Political Action Coordinator David Kirby could not be reached for further comment. Click here to comment on this article on our Facebook page. The post Syracuse Teachers Union Rebuffs Mayoral Candidate Over School Control, Funding For Charters appeared first on CNY Vision.
|City Promotes Syracuse Fire Department Officers, Presents Service AwardsCNY Vision / 4 d. 15 h. 26 min. ago more|
By Staff – Mayor Stephanie Miner has promoted six new officers in the Syracuse Fire Department, and presented awards to firefighters for their service and valor in the line of duty. The city held the ceremony in the auditorium at the Public Service Leadership Academy, 227 Magnolia St. “These men and women are excellent examples of the hardworking public servants who do a challenging job and keep Syracusans safe every day,” Mayor Miner stated. “I thank them for their dedication, and the work they do to keep our community safe.” The mayor has promoted a new district chief, two captains, and three lieutenants. The city has also awarded those officers who’ve “acted with unique bravery in fires, on emergency medical calls, or during hazardous materials situations,” city officials stated. A full list of the promoted officers and awardees is below. Promotions District Chief Richard Buck Captain Raymond Duncanson Captain Roberto Tangredi Lieutenant John Bower Lieutenant Leon Bush Lieutenant Jacob Moulton Fire Truck 4 Team Citation: FF William Marshfield, Byron Griffin Individual Citation: FF John Romanyk Truck 5 FF Louis Edwards—Valor Award Medal FF Matt Scialdone—Valor Award Medal Lt. Mike Monds—Individual Citation Rescue Company FF Brian Stevens—Valor Award Medal FF Jim Cervino—Valor Award Medal Truck 2 Capt. James Farewell – The SFD Medal of Honor FF John Chmielewski – Valor Award Medal FF Thomas Sexton IV – Valor Award Medal Engine 9 Lt. Casey Mack – Individual Citation Rescue Company FF Brian Stevens – The SFD Medal of Honor FF Joseph DiFabio Jr. – The SFD Medal of Honor FF James Cervino, FF Jason Campanella – Team Citation Lt. Edward Lehmann III, FF Darryl Trapps – Team Citation Engine 2 Unit Citation: Lt. Thomas Fabian Jr., FF Donald Lough Jr., FF John Burns III, FF Timeka Smart Engine 9 Unit Citation: Lt. Robert Carfagno, FF Douglas Graham, FF Christian Jones, FF Thomas Howard Engine 5 Unit Citation: Lt. Seth Shapess, FF James Herron, FF Jeffrey Satalin, FF Robert Griffiths Truck 2 Unit Citation: Lt. Paul Schaap, FF Dennis Aguayo Team Citation: FF William McGriff Jr., FF Christopher Walker Engine 18 Lt. Jay Smithers – Valor Award Medal FF Daniel Romeo – Valor Award Medal Hazardous Materials Awards Hazardous Materials Response Team (Engine Company 5 and Truck 3) Unit Citation: Lt. Paul Schaap, Lt. Seth Shapess, FF James Herron, FF Richard Holmes, FF Frank Thompson Jr., FF Steven Tiss, FF Peter Macko, FF Thomas Rotella Jr. EMS Awards EMS Level 1 Award Mini 3: Lt. Paul Haynes, FF Geoffrey Westby EMS Level 1 Award Mini 9: Lt Patrick Foody, FF Jeffrey Forss Squad: Lt. Michael Kreuzer, FF Leon Bush, FF Jeffrey Dugan EMS Level 1 Award Rescue Company:Captain Richard Buck, FF Timothy Boland, FF Kevin Sienkiewicz, FF Joseph Skardinski, FF Patrick Doner, FF David Corbett Jr. EMS Level 1 Award Mini 1: Lt. Matthew Craner, FF Thomas Rotella Jr. EMS Level 2 Award Mini 2: Lt. Chris Haley, FF Donald Lough Jr. Special Recognition Awards Fire Chief’s Medal The Fire Investigation Unit: Lt. Joseph Galloway, Lt. Brian Sheerin, FF Allen Williams, FF Joseph Fenell. William Patchett Award Lt. Brian Falise Click here to comment on this article on our Facebook page. The post City Promotes Syracuse Fire Department Officers, Presents Service Awards appeared first on CNY Vision.
|Preventing a White Man from Speaking: Juanita Perez Williams Supporters Interrupt Walsh Campaign EventUrban CNY / 4 d. 18 h. 25 min. ago more|
Juanita Perez Williams Supporters Interrupt Walsh Campaign Event On Westcott Street, having been invited to an event scheduled at the Westcott Theater to hear the announcement that there are members of the Democratic Party who are supporting, Independent candidate Ben Walsh. The day was warm and tailor made for a campaign event. Ben Walsh and his supporters were assembled under the Westcott Theater Marquee. But across the street something more ominous was occurring. Ben Walsh at “Dems for Ben” event. Supporters of Democratic Mayoral Candidate Juanita Perez Williams were carrying on an active, loud protest, shouting slogans in Spanish at times interrupting the proceedings. One protestor had walked across the street, and got my attention, while pointing across the street at a wall of people holding “Juanita for Mayor” Lawn Signs she said, “We have more people, than them.” The shouting continued for another 10 minutes. I don’t know Spanish, but I was informed that it was interpreted as some variation of “Yes, we can.” Ben will ask voters to, “Rise Above” Being a believer in Dr. King’s concept of non-violence and conflict resolution, Juanita Perez Williams’ supporters broke every rule in the Civil Rights Handbook. To make this clear, William’s supporters appeared at a rival candidate’s event protesting, shouting slogans in an effort to disrupt the proceedings. This amounted to an assault on the electoral process and an assault on the campaign of Ben Walsh. I’ve spent decades either covering politics or being a “serial” candidate. I’ve never seen the kind of public demonstration displayed on Westcott Street, today at noon. It was clearly intended to be disruptive. Shouting in Spanish was also offensive, appearing to make a point about the heritage of their candidate. If you didn’t know Spanish, you had no idea what they were saying. Were they only speaking to Spanish speakers? Juanita Perez Williams Supporters Interrupt Walsh Campaign Event In the meantime, Mr. Walsh was asked about the appearance of protestors from the Perez Williams campaign and he said, “You can see what they’re doing across the street, they’re trying to pull people apart, we’re pulling people together.” This may hurt some progressive purists’ feelings, but the protest was an assault on free speech. Juanita Perez Williams’ supporters who participated are no different than the rabid Donald Trump supporters who disrupted Clinton’s campaign events, or when Tea Party supporters showed up at town hall meetings creating anarchy during the debate on the Affordable Care Act. This is a case of preventing a white man from speaking. (Short sound/video from Perez Williams supporters protest download click Here)
|Toxic Alga Blooms: Our Changing Climate A Missing Part of the StoryUrban CNY / 4 d. 21 h. 45 min. ago more|
In the recent weeks there have been a number of news stories reporting on toxic alga blooms in Skaneateles Lake – a source of water for Onondaga County. Toxic alga blooms with toxicity at levels that can cause death to animals and harm to humans. The role of climate change is important to understand. “A recent study from Tufts University (see below) stated toxic alga blooms are projected to increase especially in the Northeast because of climate change” said Pete Wirth, a spokesperson for Climate Change Awareness and Action. According to * Dr. Boyer the following factors are key to the formation of toxic alga blooms: * Increasing rainfall associated with climate change means more nutrients from agricultural and municipal runoff to support the formation of toxic alga blooms. * Warmer temperatures tend to be more favorable to blue-green algal blooms over many other algal species. * A stable water column – earlier ice out and stratification, and later ice in and fall turnover – gives the toxic alga blooms a longer growing period. This tends to make for more blooms later in the season. Dr. Boyer said, “lakes are freezing later and melting sooner and water temperatures and extreme precipitation events are increasing leading to conditions that increase the chances of toxic alga blooms formation.” A 2014 National Climate Assessment Report stated, “between 1895 and 2011, temperatures in the Northeast increased by almost 2˚F and precipitation increased by approximately five inches.” According to the Environmental Protection Agency web site ‘between 1958 and 2012, the Northeast saw more than a 70% increase in the amount of rainfall measured during heavy precipitation events, more than in any other region in the United States.” “It is important for Central Yorkers to understand the role we play in this process,” said Peter Wirth. “We can expect to see an increase in toxic alga blooms in CNY due to climate change as long as we continue to increase the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, primarily due from the burning of fossil fuels.” Climate Change Awareness & Action is a local organization whose mission is to help Central New Yorkers understand the impact of climate change and what we can do to address it. For more information go to www.climatechange-action.com Editor’s Note: The following is an Action Steps List (Political). These are the people you need to contact in order to make a difference. Climate change projected to significantly increase harmful algal blooms in US fresh waters Summary: Harmful algal blooms known to pose risks to human and environmental health in large freshwater reservoirs and lakes are projected to increase because of climate change. This is cyanobacterial bloom in Pamlico River, NC. (Hans W. Paerl, Ph.D., a study co-author/University of North Carolina).Credit: Hans W. Paerl, Ph.D a study co-author/University of North Carolina Harmful algal blooms known to pose risks to human and environmental health in large freshwater reservoirs and lakes are projected to increase because of climate change, according to a team of researchers led by a Tufts University scientist. The team developed a modeling framework that predicts that the largest increase in cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) would occur in the Northeast region of the United States, but the biggest economic harm would be felt by recreation areas in the Southeast. The research, which is published in print today in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, is part of larger, ongoing efforts among scientists to quantify and monetize the degree to which climate change will impact and damage various U.S. sectors. “Some of the biggest CyanoHAB impacts will occur in more rural regions, such as those in the Southeast and Midwest — areas that don’t often come up in conversation about unavoidable effects of climate change,” said Steven C. Chapra, Ph.D., lead author and Louis Berger Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering at Tufts. “The impact of climate change goes way beyond warmer air temperatures, rising sea levels and melting glaciers.” “Our study shows that higher water temperature, changes in rainfall, and increased nutrient inputs will combine to cause more frequent occurrence of harmful algal blooms in the future,” he added. Cyanobacteria are the earth’s oldest oxygenic photosynthetic organisms. Throughout their 3.5 billion-year-old evolutionary history, these organisms have proven resilient and adaptable to a wide range of climates. Consequently, many cyanobacteria exhibit optimal growth and bloom potentials at high water temperatures relative to other aquatic plants. Therefore, global warming plays a key role in their expansion and persistence, said Chapra. In order to capture the range of possible futures, the analysis used climate change projections from five general circulation models, two greenhouse gas emission scenarios, and two cyanobacterial growth scenarios. It is among the few studies to combine climate projections with a hydrologic/water quality network model of U.S. lakes and reservoirs. The modeling approach is unique in its practice of coupling climate, hydrologic, and water quality models into a unified computational framework that is applied on a national scale. The model chain starts with projections of alternative future climates from General Circulation Models (GCMs). The GCM projections of temperature and precipitation are then entered into two other models: How Algal Blooms are formed. (Skaneateles, has a protected water shed) This chart is for general purposes, not specific to the city of Syracuse water supply issue a rainfall-runoff model to simulate monthly runoff in each of the 2,119 watersheds of the continental U.S.; and a water demand model, which projects water requirements of each watershed’s municipal, industrial, and agriculture sectors. Given these runoff and demand projections, a water resources systems model produces a time series of reservoir storage, release, and demand allocations (e.g., agriculture, environmental flows, and hydropower). Finally, these water flows and reservoir states are entered into a water quality model to simulate a number of water quality characteristics, including cyanobacteria concentrations, in each of the nation’s waterbodies. The end result is a framework that can predict the combined impact of climate, population growth, and other factors on future water quality for different U.S. regions. It has been estimated that lakes and reservoirs serving as drinking water sources for 30 million to 48 million Americans may be contaminated periodically by algal toxins. Researchers cited an example in 2014, when nearly 500,000 residents of Toledo, Ohio, lost access to drinking water after water drawn from Lake Erie revealed the presence of cyanotoxins. Beyond the human health effects, CyanoHABs have a variety of negative consequences for aquatic ecosystems, including the creation of unsightly surface scums and a reduction in recreational use and access to shorelines. Also, because most cyanobacteria are inedible by zooplankton and planktivorous fish, they represent a “dead end” in the aquatic food chain — a scenario that ultimately hurts both commercial and recreational fishing industries. Chapra noted that the research indicates that as water temperatures increase, more stringent and costly nutrient controls would be necessary in order to maintain current water quality. “The study provides a framework that offers insights on cause and effect linkages to help support planning, policy, and identify data gaps for future research,” said Chapra. Story Source: Materials provided by Tufts University. Note: Content may be edited for style and length. Journal Reference: Steven C. Chapra, Brent Boehlert, Charles Fant, Victor J. Bierman, Jim Henderson, David Mills, Diane M. L. Mas, Lisa Rennels, Lesley Jantarasami, Jeremy Martinich, Kenneth M. Strzepek, Hans W. Paerl. Climate Change Impacts on Harmful Algal Blooms in U.S. Freshwaters: A Screening-Level Assessment. Environmental Science & Technology, 2017; 51 (16): 8933 DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b01498 Cite This Page: Tufts University. “Climate change projected to significantly increase harmful algal blooms in US freshwaters.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 August 2017. .
|According to Mayor Miner: City Will Release Results of Water Tests on Its Open Data PortalUrban CNY / 4 d. 21 h. 54 min. ago more|
Mayor Stephanie A. Miner announced that results of Water Department tests on Skaneateles Lake water will be posted on DataCuse, the city’s open data portal. The first posting of those results was made this morning. Information can be accessed at http://data.syrgov.net/datasets/skaneateles-lake-water-testing. Mayor, Stephanie A. Miner “We continue to perform regular testing of Skaneateles Lake water to determine the impact of any algae blooms on the city’s water supply,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “We work with our partners in other government agencies to test for toxicity in the water. Making sure this information is public and transparent is our priority.” The city continues to do daily testing for algae cell counts and blooms. The county and state Departments of Health are working to determine the toxicity levels in the water. The city continues to work cooperatively with the county and state Departments of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation. The city plans to issue daily updates with agency partners.
|Update: City Releases Water Test Results on Open Data PortalCNY Vision / 5 d. 16 h. 28 min. ago more|
By Staff – (Update, Sept. 20) – The city has released the results of Water Department tests on Skaneateles Lake water on DataCuse, the city’s open data portal. City officials released the data after the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced blue-green algae blooms with elevated toxicity had been found along the shore of Skaneateles Lake. “We continue to perform regular testing of Skaneateles Lake water to determine the impact of any algae blooms on the city’s water supply,” Mayor Stephanie Miner stated. “We work with our partners in other government agencies to test for toxicity in the water. Making sure this information is public and transparent is our priority.” Visit http://data.syrgov.net/datasets/skaneateles-lake-water-testing to access the information, which the city will update daily. Click here to comment on this update on our Facebook page. (From Sept. 18) – The city has announced that testing conducted by the city of Syracuse Department of Water showed there was no blue-green algae blooms found impacting city of Syracuse water systems. Over the weekend, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced blue-green algae blooms with elevated toxicity had been found along the shore of Skaneateles Lake. “This is good news for city water customers,” Mayor Stephanie Miner stated. “We take our responsibility to safeguard our water supply very seriously, through meticulous testing and public reporting. We continue to proactively be in contact with the Department of Health and the DEC, where staff assured us there is no threat to city water supplies at this time. We will continue to conduct testing and monitor this situation.” Testing was done over the weekend by Water Department employees, and Department of Health officials, and is continually being conducted at the intake pipes and throughout the city’s water system. Blue-green algae blooms grow in stagnant water with sunlight, and city intakes are in deep water far from the shoreline, city officials said. Check back for additional updates. Click here to comment on this article on our Facebook page. The post Update: City Releases Water Test Results on Open Data Portal appeared first on CNY Vision.
|Comin’ ’Round The MountainsSyracuse New Times / 6 d. 5 h. 12 min. ago more|
Not waiting for the calendar to remind them about the official end of summer, hummingbirds disappear on Labor Day. On the western horizon the sun, approaching the autumnal equinox, sets appreciably farther to the south. The days are noticeably shorter. Students return to the classroom. Nights in the mountains chill off, summer camps in the woods and on the water sit empty, crowds thin, bugs disappear, leaves mutate into the brilliant shades of autumn. In the Adirondacks, New York’s 6 million-acre wilderness, the passions of summer give way to the introspections and nostalgia of the change of seasons. With a population of 100,000 permanent residents, the mountain economy is heavily dependent on tourism and the stimulus provided by the estimated 10 million annual visitors. And while some of summer’s attractions have decamped for the year, autumn in the mountains offers its own enticements. Camping in the wilderness is one of the Adirondacks’ most popular options, and the New York State Parks are second to none in providing the car-camping experience. Although many of the 42 sites within the Blue Line (park boundary) close on Labor Day, several easily accessible sites, including Nick’s Lake, Eighth Lake, Lake Durant and Indian Lake Campgrounds, remain open through Oct. 8. Site availability and reservations can be accessed at reserveamerica.com. The Old Forge area, just a two-hour drive from Syracuse, offers recreational options throughout the year. Get a bird’s-eye view of the mountains and fall foliage by taking a $6 chair lift ride at McCauley Mountain, open Wednesdays through Sundays until Columbus Day. Call (315) 369-3225/6983 or visit oldforgeny.com. Or take the one-mile hike up nearby Bald Mountain for another great panorama, located on Rondaxe Road off Route 28 north of Old Forge. In nearby Raquette Lake, the Great Camp Sagamore, the 1890s-era 27-building complex built by William West Durant, offers autumnal options for visitors, with seasonal programs and accommodations. Check in and enjoy what the Gilded Agers thought of as roughing it by calling (315) 354-5311 or visit greatcampsagamore.org. The Raquette Lake Navigation Company operates the W.W. Durant, the double-decker tour boat with a schedule of dining and sightseeing excursions running through October. Call (315) 354-5532 or visit raquettelakenavigation.com. The institutions that define and preserve the cultural, historical and natural character of the Adirondacks don’t close on Labor Day, either. In Old Forge, View (formerly the Arts Center of Old Forge) schedules exhibitions, workshops and performances throughout the year. The annual National Exhibition of American Watercolors ends Oct. 8, while the ceramic artist-in-residence and the private lessons programs both run through the end of the year. Call (315) 601-9728 or visit viewarts.org. Farther up the road on Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake, the Adirondack Experience (formerly the Adirondack Museum) has received high praise for its current exhibitions including Life in the Adirondacks, as well as its permanent collections of art and watercraft. A visit to this venerated 121-acre campus is its own reward. Open through Oct. 8, details are available at (518) 352-7311 or theadkx.org. Just across the road on Route 30, find the trailhead to Blue Mountain, a strenuous 2-mile climb with a life-altering view of the surrounding mountains, including the high peaks to the Northeast on top. Farther still up Route 30 in Tupper Lake, the natural history museum, zoo and educational complex known as the Wild Center remains open through the year except for the month of April. This unique rustic-modern facility abuts the Raquette River and offers a plethora of special events and activities, including canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, workshops and performances. Its “Wild Walk,” an elevated walkway above the tree tops, provides a unique perspective you haven’t had yet. At one end of this aerie you will find an eagle’s nest, yet another perch from which to ogle the multi-chromatic display below. This facility and the Adirondack Experience stand well against any similar institutions in the country. There is also still plenty of time to launch your canoe or kayak in the Adirondacks’ 2,500 miles of navigable waterways. Old Forge Pond sits at the base of the Fulton Chain of Lakes and provides a starting point for a good paddle toward 4th Lake and Inlet and beyond. Autumn also provides quieter waters, with many of the motorized craft retired for the season. For a tranquil river paddle, check in at Mountainman Outdoor Supply on Route 28 in Old Forge, where you can rent a canoe or kayak (or bring your own) for transportation up the Moose River and a scenic paddle/float back. Rates are $28 to $46, depending on equipment and length of the trip. Call (315) 369-6670 or visit mountainmanoutdoors.com. At the end of any of this, refreshment surely awaits. In Old Forge on Route 28, Slickers is a friendly local tavern that welcomes any and all with a cozy ambience, notable pub menu, craft beer and, at times, live music. Call (315) 369-3002 or visit slickerstavern.com. For tasty Italian fare, Billy’s (behind Walt’s Diner) is intimate, casual and reasonably priced. Call (315) 369-2001 or visit billysrestaurantoldforge.com. And for breakfast, lunch, a great sandwich and good java, it’s Ozzie’s Coffee Bar, (315) 369-6246. Autumn appears early in the North Country, due to the latitude and elevation, and spring shows up late for the same reasons, leaving a long winter in between. Enjoying the autumnal splendor of the Adirondack mountains is temporal and fleeting. The time is now. The post Comin’ ’Round The Mountains appeared first on Syracuse New Times.
|Autumn Times Local Business DirectorySyracuse New Times / 6 d. 5 h. 12 min. ago more|
Haunted Houses Cayo Industrial Horror Realm. 811 Broad St., Utica. The 2015 winner of the Best Haunted Attraction and Best Boo-for-Your-Buck in Central New York awards returns for its 13th year. Ages 13 and up. Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-31, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. $10/each event; $30/four attractions; $40/five attractions. cayoindustrial.com. Demon Acres. 341 County Route 36, Hannibal. This triple threat haunted experience features three spooky attractions equipped with high-tech special effects and sets. Ages 13 and up. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28, 7 to 11 p.m. $12/hayride; $12/haunted house; $25/combo. (315) 564-8070. Field of Screams Haunted House. 2040 State Route 49, North Bay. The most “spine-tingling, fright enticing” haunted house in Central New York returns for its fourth Halloween season. All ages welcome. Every weekend in October starting Oct. 7: Fridays, dusk to 11 p.m.; Saturdays, dusk to midnight; Sundays, dusk to 10 p.m. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org, fieldofscreamscny.com/news.php. Fright Nights at the Fair. 581 State Fair Blvd. With three equally terrifying haunted houses located throughout the New York State Fairgrounds, fear is the name of the game here. Ages 9 and up recommended. Weekends in October: Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. to midnight; Sundays, 7 to 11 p.m. $10/single ticket, $25/combo ticket. (315) 396-8390; thefrightnights.com. Frightmare Farms. 4816 State Route 49, Palermo. This 2015 winner of the Best Haunted Trail in Central New York offers a spooky tour of the haunted estate of Professor Whitaker. Ages 9 and up. Oct. 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, 7 to 10 p.m. $13/single attraction; $22/two attractions; $25/all three attractions. (844) 374-4481; frightmarefarms.net. Hafner’s Haunted House. 7265 Buckley Road, North Syracuse. A not-too-scary experience for kids of all ages. Sept. 30-Oct. 22. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $4. (315) 458-2231; chuckhafner.com. Raven Haven Haunted House. 7475 Thunderbird Road, Liverpool. The 2015 winner of the Best Home-Haunt returns with a family-friendly experience. All ages welcome. Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29, 31. Free. (315) 451-6294. Spooky Hollow Haunted Maze. Behling Orchards, 114 Potter Road, Mexico. This kid-friendly haunted attraction is also home to a harvest festival, you-pick pumpkins and more. Ages 10 and up for the haunted maze. Weekends in October. Free admission, prices may vary for attractions. (315) 963-7068; behlingorchards.com. Trail of Terror. 475 Clifford Road, Fulton. This haunted attraction returns for its 27th season with an even scarier walk-through and haunted house experience. Ages 13 and up. Weekends in October. $12/trail; $12/house; $20/combo. (315) 593-2999; thetrailofterror.com. Apple Orchards Adams Acres Farm. 7047 Sevier Road, Jamesville. The home of the Adams Acres Apple Fest (Sept. 24) is now open for you-pick organic apples. (315) 498-6654; adamsacres.net. Beak & Skiff Apple Hill Campus. 2708 Lords Hill Road, Lafayette. The home of 1911 Hard Cider is also open for apple picking until late October, with 15 different varieties. (315) 696-8683; beakandskiff.com. Behling Orchards. 114 Potter Road, Mexico. The birthplace of the Jenna Blush apple (grown exclusively at Behling’s) and offering 80 different varieties, the orchard is also home to an old-fashioned cider mill, a zombie paintball tournament, and family-geared fun fall activities. (315) 963-7068. Deer Run Farms Apple Orchard. 2695 Route 11A, Lafayette. Billed as the home of the “original apple fritter,” enjoy 15 varieties of apples to pick at this local favorite. (315) 677-8087; deerrunfarms.webs.com. Fruit Valley Orchard. 507 Bunker Hill Road, Oswego. This multi-fruit farm features 11 varieties of apples, as well as pears for picking during the apple season. (315) 342-3793. McLusky Orchards. 4603 McLusky Road, Lafayette. One of the oldest family-owned and operated apple orchards in Central New York, McLusky offers pickers a wide variety of apples and fresh apple cider. (315) 677-5176. Navarino Orchard. 3655 Cherry Valley Turnpike. More than 20 different varieties of apples for picking during the fall. You-pick pumpkins are also available from late September through October. (315) 673-9181; navarinoorchard.com. O’Neill’s Orchard. 4872 Route 20, Lafayette. After producing no apples in 2016, O’Neill’s is back and flourishing with 18 varieties to pick this season. Make sure to check out the apple-smoked barbecue, too! (315) 677-9407; oneillsorchard.com. Owen Orchards. 8174 Grant Ave., Weedsport. This old-fashioned family orchard and farm is the perfect place to pick apples (15 varieties), take wagon rides, and select pumpkins this fall. (315) 252-4097; owenorchard.com. Rocking Horse Farm. 3736 Apulia Road, Jamesville. This farm is home not only to five acres of apple trees offering more than 10 varieties, but also to Christmas trees, alpacas and mini-donkeys for sale, and a small gift shop. (315) 492-1100; rockinghorsefarmcny.com. Pumpkin Patches Abbott Farms. 3275 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville. With a wide selection of different-sized pumpkins, plus you-pick apples and prunes, Abbott’s is a great place for families to enjoy a day out this fall. (315) 638-7783; abbottfarms.com. Cicero “Pumkin” Patch. 7169 Island Road, Cicero. The “Home of the Hermit Hayride” offers a wide variety of decorative breeds of pumpkins. (315) 699-2200. Iron Kettle Farm. 707 Owego Road, Candor. This farm has been offering up fun fall family activities for almost 50 years, including pumpkin picking, hayrides and corn mazes. (607) 659-7707; ironkettlefarm.com. Katie’s Pumpkin Patch. 8484 Dunham Road, Baldwinsville. This local farm offers you-pick pumpkins, hayrides ($1 per person), and a free corn maze exploration with any purchase. (315) 638-0876; katiespumpkinpatch.com. Navarino Orchard. 3655 Cherry Valley Turnpike. Many pumpkins are ready for picking, with you-pick apples also available through October. (315) 673-9181; navarinoorchard.com. Our Farm. 1590 Peth Road, Manlius. Visitors of this pumpkin patch will be delighted by a scenic wagon ride through the farm on their way to the you-pick pumpkin fields. (315) 655-8453; fallpumpkinfarm.com. The Pumpkin Hollow. 3735 W. Seneca Turnpike. From picking pumpkins, feeding the farm animals, and going on hayrides, there’s always something to do at this pumpkin patch. (315) 960-4557; thepumpkinhollow.com. Tim’s Pumpkin Patch. 2901 Rose Hill Road, Marietta. After 30 years in business, this pumpkin patch is still going strong with 40 acres of pumpkins available for picking. (315) 673-9209; timspumpkinpatch.com. The post Autumn Times Local Business Directory appeared first on Syracuse New Times.
|Family Fun In A Camden Pumpkin PatchSyracuse New Times / 6 d. 5 h. 13 min. ago more|
“Happy Halloween” is more than just a greeting at Will’s Cackleberry Castle Pumpkin Farm. It’s the theme, as the owners ensure that guests at their Camden farm enjoy their visit. “Everybody’s happy when they come here,” said third-generation co-owner Misty Will Portner. “I like to just watch all the people walking around with smiles on their faces.” The farm had humble beginnings, growing from a simple vegetable stand to become one of Central New York’s premiere autumn family destinations. Will’s Cackleberry Castle Pumpkin Farm has given their guests, and their own family members, multi-generational memories of fall farm fun since the mid-1950s. Original owners Bob and Verda Will had a produce stand in front of their Hillsboro Road farm back in the early 1950s. In 1955, their children carved 11 jack-o-lanterns that were lighted and displayed near the stand to celebrate the Halloween holiday. When the Wills noticed that passers-by often stopped to take a look, they decided to expand their modest display. The farm soon featured huge totem poles piled high with orange pumpkin faces, hayrides in the field, and the conversational Mrs. Pumpkin, one of the very few talking pumpkins in existence. Now entering the Spook Walk. Michael Davis photo Verda Will was often seen scooting around the site dressed as a witch, albeit a good witch rather than the nasty counterpart. If kids got scared by her appearance, she would show that she wasn’t really all that frightening. She also loved when people recognized her away from the farm, although parents were sometimes taken aback as their children still called her a “witch” when she was out of costume. When the Wills’ children had grown up and moved out of state by 1996, the parents decided to close down the pumpkin farm after that season. Bob Will died in 2001, while Verda Will today lives in a nursing home. It was a long, solemn absence for the next 15 years in the fields of Hillsboro Road, until family members brought it back in 2011. Misty Will Portner, the Wills’ granddaughter, and her husband, Chris, re-launched the festivities at the same location, where Misty had spent so much quality time as a child working alongside Grandma and Grandpa. Their return was heralded by thousands of well-wishers that first season, many of whom had their own fond childhood memories of the farm and now wanted to share those with newer generations. “Misty was always her grandmother’s right-hand man around the farm,” said middle-generation member Alan Will, who is Misty’s father and Verda and Bob’s son. “That’s how she learned everything about running it. It’s great that she has kept the tradition of making this a family-oriented attraction.” It was Misty’s idea to bring the farm back for the families of the area to enjoy anew, her dad added. “It’s great to be able to work with family, friends, neighbors and our employees,” Misty said. “And we keep growing this bigger every year.” Misty said their preparations for the season begin with crop planting in the spring, and continues in June with maintenance to their attractions. The farm really kicks into high gear after the Fourth of July to make sure everything is set for their annual September reopening. Signs of the many attractions the pumpkin patch has to offer. Michael Davis photo One of their biggest jobs is carving the faces on all those jack-o-lanterns. “We carve 250 pumpkins a week for the totem poles,” Misty noted. Open now through Halloween, the farm features a kids’ playground area and a bounce house; the “Spook Walk” corn trail; hayrides; outdoor family-friendly movies as weather permits; a concession stand, fudge house, and popcorn palace; a graveyard, a novelty shop; and plenty of pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, and cider for sale. Field trips and bus tours are available by appointment on Thursdays and Fridays. Admission and parking are both free, and so are visits with Mrs. Pumpkin and viewing their attractions. Their visitors are also encouraged to share their own photos of trips to the pumpkin farm with them for inclusion in a running slideshow; details are on their website. Chris said he came to the farm as a child, and had fond memories there. Misty’s stepmom Rashelle Will said she married into the business, and has only been around for the new generation. But what she sees there is “awesome,” she complimented. The future looks secure as the next generation is being groomed to continue the Will tradition. Young Max and Amelia Portner, Misty and Chris’ kids, are already doing their own chores there. Max, 9, says he enjoys decorating around the scenes and feeding the animals, including sheep, pigs, chickens, cows, and even mini-horses. Amelia, 7, says she also likes to help out with her own chores as much as possible. Chris Portner said the family time they spend together on the farm is invaluable. “Working together with my family really makes us closer,” he said. “Sometimes it’s a challenge to keep up with all of it, but I know I have family right here to back me up.” Will’s Cackleberry Castle Pumpkin Farm is located at 1175 Hillsboro Road in Camden. Hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more details, call (315) 245-0104 or visit cackleberrycastle.com. View more of Michael Davis’ photos of Will’s Cackleberry Castle Pumpkin Farm here. The post Family Fun In A Camden Pumpkin Patch appeared first on Syracuse New Times.
|Handle With ScaresSyracuse New Times / 6 d. 5 h. 15 min. ago more|
Terrie Eggert, 56, and Fred Mellini, 54, followed their longtime passion for the Halloween season by opening 13th Hour Rising, the haunted hayride experience at Chengerian’s Tree Land, 84 Merrit Road, Fulton. They both started as home haunters in their early 20s, a hobby that continued for several decades, even after they retired from their respective careers in the Army and law enforcement. In 2014 owner Bob Chengerian asked the couple to create a new spooky showcase. “We wanted a name that would allow us to be able to always switch up the scenes and not stay in one genre,” Eggert explained. “And 13th Hour Rising doesn’t mean anything because there is not a 13th hour on a clock.” Starting this fall there will be two attractions that will lure people to the fright fest: the passage and the hayride. The passage way is small, packed and busy, which is different from the open feel of the hayride that offers seeming comfort. “The passage is a doorway leading to the dark side, and then it ties together with the hayride,” Eggert said. The hayride has safety in numbers because the wagons can fit up to 30 passengers, making it harder to scare people. Yet efforts are made to ensure an unpredictable experience. Instead of someone jumping out at every stop, the ride features voice-overs, different props and scenes. There are no rules when it comes to horrific props and how to scare the customers. Mellini and Eggert also handle the decorations, designing and ideas. They climb trees and ladders to create the buildings used in the scenes, never resorting to contractors for assistance. The actors also help with costumes and marketing chores. “We like to make it all in-house,” Eggert said, “because it helps us create something that no one else has done in other haunted hayrides.” Many different aspects go into creating the designs of the demonic clowns and creatures, with assists from animations, fog machines, pumps and lights. The co-owners also come up with the creepy ideas, instead of relying on shocks found in horror movies or TV shows. There is no storyline because they want the customers’ minds to work and see where it takes them. “No two people can recreate what is in our heads to have the same kind of hayride,” Eggert said. Before owning their business, Mellini would dress as the evil clown for the hayrides, but now they spend most of their time behind the scenes running the radios, lights and props. Throughout the years, Eggert and Mellini have worked at other haunted attractions in the area, such as Screamers Hollow in Sterling. This gave them a loyal customer base, but now their main goal is to reach out to new people. “When you see people’s reactions and feedback leaving 13th Hour Rising, it is a high to us knowing we entertained them,” Eggert said. Hours for 13th Hour Rising are 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, through Sunday, Oct. 8, for the Columbus Day weekend, then open Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28. Tickets are $20 for both the hayride and the passage, $16 for the hayride, and $5 for the passage. Military and first responders are admitted free. For information, call (315) 651-2413 or visit 13thhourrising.com. The post Handle With Scares appeared first on Syracuse New Times.
|Autumn Times Calendar of EventsSyracuse New Times / 6 d. 5 h. 17 min. ago more|
Now-Oct. 31. Abbott Farm Fall Festival Days. Enjoy a plethora of autumn-themed activities for children and adults, including wagon rides, a corn maze, tube slides, a bounce house, an apple cannon, face painting and more. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Abbott Farms, 3275 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville. Free/ages 2 and under, $9/ages 3 and up, $8/five or more in same transaction, $7/10 or more in same transaction, $3.50/individual activities. (315) 638-7783. abbottfarms.com. Sept. 22-24. Apple Festival. Enjoy amusement rides, pony rides, live entertainment, local vendors and food at the 35th annual event. Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Brewerton Speedway, 154 U.S. Route 11. $5 entry. (315) 675-8232. centralsquareapplefestival.com. Sept. 23-Oct. 29. Fort Rickey Fall Festival. The children’s discovery zoo is full of hands-on family fun, with special kid-friendly activities, such as: a hay bale maze, pedal tractors, oat-filled activity station, pony rides, wagon rides and more. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 5135 Rome-New London Road, Rome. $6/admission, free/children under 2. (315) 336-1930. fortrickey.com/fall-fun-festival. Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Apple Harvest Festival. The 35th annual family-friendly fest at the downtown Ithaca Commons celebrates not just apples, but the agricultural communities and maintaining a local mentality. Enjoy music, food and upstate New York’s famous apples. Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. downtownithaca.com. Sept. 30. Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association’s annual fundraiser aims to raise awareness, money and support to end the disease. Saturday, 8 a.m. (registration); 10 a.m. (ceremony), 10:15 a.m. (walk). Route length is 3 miles. SRC Arena on the Onondaga Community Colleg campus, 4585 W Seneca Turnpike. (315) 472-4201. act.alz.org. Oct. 1. Festival of Races. The annual family-fitness event features Men’s 5k (8:50 a.m.), MVP Health Care Women’s 5k (9:50 a.m.), 3k Fun & Fitness Run (10:45 a.m.), and Community Walk (10:45 a.m.). Manley Field House, 1301 E. Colvin St. $12-$20/fees. (315) 446-6285. festivalofraces.com. Oct. 4-8. Super DIRT Week XLVI. Get your need for speed at the Oswego Speedway, 300 E. Albany St. Oswego. $25/Wednesday-Friday general admission, $10/Wednesday-Friday child admission, $30/Saturday general admission, $10/Saturday child admission, $45/Sunday general admission, $10/Sunday child admission. (844) DIRT-TIX. superdirtweekonline.com. Oct. 7-8. Great Cortland Pumpkin Fest. Pumpkin-themed family fun, with food, music and activities for all to enjoy. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Courthouse Park, Church Street, Cortland. Free; some events have fees. (607) 753-8463. cortlandpumpkinfest.org. Oct. 7. Adirondack Kids Day. A day of free family fun featuring a children’s authors and illustrators fair and French Louie’s Fishing Derby. Also, Utica Zoomobile, pony rides and more activities throughout the day. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. U.S. Route 28, Inlet. (315) 357-5501. adirondackkidsday.com. Oct. 7-8. Lafayette Apple Festival. There will be plenty of food and entertainment at the annual family-friendly blowout. Apple pancake breakfast each day starts at 7 a.m. The annual Apple Run features three events that take place Sunday, which includes the Fun Run (free), 8:30 a.m.; 18k Road Race ($15-$35), 9 a.m.; 3.5-mile ($15-$35), 9:15 a.m. Festival hours: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5330 Rowland Road, LaFayette. $5/adults, free/ages 12 and under. (315) 677-3300. lafayetteapplefest.org. Oct. 14. Run of the Dead. Survival of the fittest through the 5k race. Run through the obstacle course (optional) while zombies chase you to eat your brains. Afternoon or night runs every 15 minutes starting at 4 p.m. Signup deadline: Friday, Sept. 29. Syracuse Sports Park, 7192 Oswego Road, Liverpool. $45/run registration, $10/zombie registration. $10/spectator pass for 14 and over, $5/spectator pass for 14 and under. (315) 457-7678. syracuserunofthedead.com. Oct. 14-15. Salt City Autumn Antiques Show. More than 250 vendors present collections and offer consultations about the historic art. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New York State Fairgrounds, Center of Progress Building, 581 State Fair Blvd. $7/daily, $8/weekend pass, free/ages 12 and under. (315) 686-5789. saltcityantiqueshows.com. Oct. 18-22. Syracuse International Film Festival. The 14th annual flick fest will offer film screenings and Q&As with filmmakers from around the world. Palace Theatre, 2384 James St. $6-$175 at cnytix.com. (315) 671-2188. filminsyracuse.com. Oct. 20-22. Country Folk Art Show. Exhibitors and artisans from across the United States present handcrafted goods, foods, jewelry, furniture, photographs and more. Friday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New York State Fairgrounds, Center of Progress Building, 581 State Fair Blvd. $7/three-day access. (248) 634-4151. countryfolkart.com. Oct. 20-21. St. Rose of Lima Harvest Festival. The Catholic church hosts a quaint two-day event, featuring attic treasures, 50/50 raffles, plenty of food, and $10,000 in prize money. A fish dinner is on Friday’s menu, while chicken cordon bleu fills palates on Saturday. 4 to 9 p.m. St. Rose of Lima, 409 S. Main St., North Syracuse. (315) 458-0283. stroseny.org. Oct. 21-22, 28-29. Zoo Boo. Stop down for the “kooky, not spooky” daytime Halloween-themed extravaganza that engages kids and families in activities. The event includes trick-or-treating stations, animal encounters, games and more. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Place. (315) 435-8511. rosamondgiffordzoo.org. Oct. 27-29. Wizarding Weekend. Grab your wands and spell books for the third annual event, with games, crafts and food. Costumes are encouraged. Friday, 7 p.m. to midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Press Bay Alley, 118 W. Green St, Ithaca. Free admission. Fees for select games and crafts. (607) 882-9842. wizardingweekend.com. Nov. 4. Jingle Bell 5K Run. The Santa-themed run/jog/walk will help raise funds and awareness with a hope to cure arthritis. Registration is at 9 a.m., run starts at 10:30 a.m. Long Branch Park, 3813 Long Branch Road, Liverpool. 5K timed and unlimited/$30 preregistered, one mile run/$30 preregistered. Prices increase by $5 after Oct. 16. (518) 456-120. jbr.org/Syracuse. Nov. 4-5. Model Train Fair. National Railway Historical Association’s local chapter hosts the 43rd annual event. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New York State Fairgrounds, Exhibit Center, 581 State Fair Blvd. $10/adults, free/15 and under. (315) 451-6551. modeltrainfair.com. Nov. 15-Jan. 7. Lights on the Lake. The annual drive-through yuletide lights spectacular. Daily, 5 to 10 p.m. Onondaga Lake Park, 106 Lake Drive, Liverpool. $10/Mondays through Thursdays; $15/Fridays through Sundays; $6/Mondays and Tuesdays with Wegmans Shoppers Club card. (315) 453-6712. lightsonthelake.com. The post Autumn Times Calendar of Events appeared first on Syracuse New Times.
|Mixing Learning And Fun At Critz FarmsSyracuse New Times / 6 d. 5 h. 18 min. ago more|
Kids and adults alike will enjoy a visit to Critz Farms in Cazenovia — and they likely won’t be just having fun with family and friends, but learning a little something about farming at the same time. The March-through-December operations at Critz Farms produce seasonal harvests starting with maple syrup in the early spring, followed by strawberries, blueberries, pumpkins, apples, cider, and finally Christmas trees to finish the year. But co-owner Juanita Critz says the farm, an agri-tourism destination, wants to educate as well as entertain their guests. “I really like watching people having a good time, while getting a better understanding of where their food comes from,” said Juanita, who owns Critz Farms with husband Matthew Critz. Their son Patrick Allen is the farm manager, and daughter Jessica Critz helps out on their big days. “We like to explain the production process behind everything we do here,” Juanita said. “Any time we can do that is time we look forward to sharing.” There are farm tours available, including a look at an active hive of honeybees and a talk about pollination; a wagon ride to the apple orchard, with a discussion of the growth and development of the apple crop; a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the cider mill; and an overview of the diversified farming at Critz Farms. The cow train ride at Crtiz Farms. Michael Davis photo Their 2017 Fall Harvest Celebration runs weekends through Oct. 22. This year’s 10-acre corn maze is dedicated to Gigantic Diggers and Dumpers, with paths in a heavy machinery design carved into the field of corn. Even the maze is educational, Juanita noted: Inside are seven information stations, and guests completing the task in at least five of those stations earn a prize for their efforts. Admission to the celebration on weekends is $8.50 per person, but free for kids younger than 2 and a maximum of $34 per carload. It also includes the Critz Critter Animal Area with more than 25 four-legged friends to visit; the Kiddie Corral and Slide Mountain Playgrounds and Giant Hay Bale Climbing Tower; the Cow Train Ride for Kids; wagon rides to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch for either pick-your-own or pre-picked purchases; and live entertainment. Fresh apple cider, the Critz Café food service, the items from the Balsam Barn Gift Shop and the Hop House Snack Bar are also available. The farm is open during the week as well, with day-use charges for the playgrounds, animals and corn maze. Season passes are also available. A full schedule of their special autumn events and list of all prices can be found on their website. Matthew Critz said he started out as co-owner of a Christmas tree farm in the Adirondacks after graduating from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. When he sold his interest in that business he decided to come back to Cazenovia, where he had lived during his college days, to open a tree farm in 1985. “Back then, you could make a living being just a tree farm,” he recalled. The economy and business changed in the following years, requiring some creative diversification on the part of their farm. So they turned to their real bosses: their customers. “We started with a small patch of pumpkins. Then people wanted a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch. Then they wanted a corn maze. It was just a long list of listening to what our customers wanted,” he said. “People wanted apples so we gave them apples. They wanted cider, and then they wanted hard cider.” With so much going on at Critz Farms, it’s not hard to understand Matthew’s favorite part of his job: “I like all the diversity of my day. It is different all the time.” A more recent example of their diversification is their expansion to include a farm brewery and winery. They opened a tasting room in 2011, with craft beer and hard cider available for those of age. This part of the business has grown considerably, with a recent addition to the tasting room welcoming even more patrons. A telling example of their success is the many prize ribbons adorning bottles on display on their sidewall. Juanita Critz said that regarding the latest international competitions, every single one of their 11 hard ciders is a prize winner. In addition to those ciders, they regularly have seven to eight beers on tap, also made at the farm. Patrick Allen said he grew up there, so after his college stint he moved back to work with the family. He enjoys being able to coordinate their musical events at the farm, including concerts that feature multiple live acts. “That is my passion,” he admitted. “I realized here it wasn’t going to be the choice of being one or the other, a musician or a farmer. Here, I could do both.” The major construction project of their addition kept him busy this past summer, and the beer and cider making and selling have started to take up more of his time. “It’s become a real juggling act, keeping up with that and all of the farming chores we have to do,” he said. “But I am surrounded by smart and talented people who help make it all happen.” It’s truly a unique opportunity to work at Critz Farms, Allen said. Not everybody gets to work outside every day, and not everybody gets to work in the dirt to grow the food they eat or make the beverages they drink, he explained. Indeed, so much could be accomplished if only more people would take a break from the rigors of the real world for a visit to their tasting room. “A lot of humanity’s problems could be solved over a pint in a bar,” Allen noted. Critz Farms is located at 3232 Rippleton Road, State Route 13, in Cazenovia. Hours vary by the season; for a current schedule or more information, call (315) 662-3355 or visit critzfarms.com. View more of Michael Davis’ photos here. The post Mixing Learning And Fun At Critz Farms appeared first on Syracuse New Times.
|Important News About Our Water Supply: Joint Statement from the New York State Department of Health, Onondaga County Health Department and City of SyracuseUrban CNY / 6 d. 8 h. 22 min. ago more|
Samples tested at the state’s Wadsworth Lab in Albany returned results late Tuesday of .26 parts per billion in the finished water sample from the Village of Skaneateles “Following the reports of algal blooms on Skaneateles Lake, the New York State Department of Health, Onondaga County Health and the City of Syracuse Department of Water worked collaboratively to collect samples to determine whether there were levels of algal toxin that could impact the municipalities that use Skaneateles Lake as a public drinking water supply. Algal Blooms “Samples tested at the state’s Wadsworth Lab in Albany returned results late today of .26 parts per billion in the finished water sample from the Village of Skaneateles. The results are below the EPA’s 10 day health advisory level of .30 parts per billion for sensitive populations, so residents can continue to drink the water while ongoing sampling continues. “After receiving today’s results, the Department of Health, County and City immediately conducted expanded, confirmatory sampling throughout the distribution system and increased chlorine levels in the water system in to help decrease toxin levels. Results from the expanded sampling effort will be available Wednesday and officials from the New York State Department of Health will be in Onondaga County to help interpret results and discuss next steps for treatment as needed.” This will be updated as additional information becomes available. Syracuse is one of 50 communities across the country that aren’t required to filter their water. As a result of Algal Blooms additional Chlorine is added to the city of Syracuse water supply.
|Juanita Perez Williams Hires Former Cuomo, Clinton Communications StrategistCNY Vision / 6 d. 16 h. 18 min. ago more|
By Staff – Democratic mayoral candidate Juanita Perez Williams has added communications strategist Peter Kauffmann to her campaign staff, according to an article on Syracuse.com. Kauffmann has previously worked as a communications strategist for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as communications director during last year’s presidential election. Perez Williams’ campaign began adding officer space after the candidate won Syracuse’s mayoral Democratic primary last week, the article stated. Republican candidate Laura Lavine, Independent candidate Ben Walsh, and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins will appear with Perez Wiliams on the ballot in November. Former Democratic candidate Joe Nicoletti, who also ran on the Working Families Party line, suspended his campaign earlier this week. The general election will take place on Nov. 7. Click here to comment on this article on our Facebook page. The post Juanita Perez Williams Hires Former Cuomo, Clinton Communications Strategist appeared first on CNY Vision.
|Free Public Event Day Kicks Off World Canals ConferenceUrban CNY / 6 d. 21 h. 35 min. ago more|
Hot glass shows by Corning Museum’s GlassBarge, Canal Schooner Lois McClure tours, live music and more — World Canals Conference will officially kick off on Sunday, Sept. 24, with its Public Event Day. Complete with boat tours, a hot glass show, live music, food, education and entertainment along the Syracuse waterway, Public Event Day is free and open to the public. The 2017 World Canals Conference is set for September 24-28 at the Marriott Downtown Syracuse. The conference themed Our Vital Waterways: Agents of Transformation will be held as the historic Erie Canal, now a National Historic Landmark, commemorates its bicentennial. Several hundred delegates from three continents, 14 countries, and thousands of local and regional residents will attend waterfront events including formal presentations, study tours of canal sites and communities, central New York dining experiences and a variety of exciting public events. Trail along the original Erie Canal Guests can tour the replica 1862 canal schooner Lois McClure, row a traditional six-oar long boat built at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, watch live hot glass shows presented by the Corning Museum of Glass GlassBarge, enjoy live musical entertainment by The Sim Redmond Band, The Measure and Damn Dog. Kayak lessons, boat tours showcasing the cleanup of Onondaga Lake, live fish displays and more will be available for guests to participate in and enjoy. Canal Museum Exhibits from I LOVE NY and cultural and recreational organizations will be on display, along with food trucks and Taste NY specialty foods. Downtown, the Erie Canal Museum, Onondaga Historical Association and Everson Museum of Art have special programs related to the canal. “Waterway”—a youth video exhibition focusing on canal life and culture through the experience and imagination of young people from Scotland, Belgium, Italy and New York state will be projected at the Everson Museum of Art at 8 each night of the conference. A full list of events, which also include waterway activities, unique dining experiences and live entertainment, can be found at www.wcc2017syracuse.com. Public Event Day Sunday, Sept. 24 Public Event Day from 1 – 6 p.m. Live Music: Sim Redmond Band — 1-2:45 p.m., The Measure — 3:15-4:15 p.m., and Damn Dog 4:45-5:45 p.m. “Waterway” — Urban Video Project short films — Everson Museum of Art – 8 p.m. Syracuse Inner Harbor, Creekwalk and downtown museums 360 Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, N.Y. 13204 Participants Include: – Dr. Neil Murphy, honorary chair, World Canals Conference – Carol Eaton, acting president, Visit Syracuse – Bob Radliff, executive director, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor – Brian U. Stratton, director, NYS Canal Corporation The event is co-hosted by the New York State Canal Corporation and Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, in partnership with Visit Syracuse, the conference will have a $2 million indirect economic impact for the city of Syracuse. Visit wcc2017syracuse.com for more information.
|Syracuse Stage introduces Pay-What-You-Will performancesUrban CNY / 6 d. 21 h. 51 min. ago more|
Tickets available on a first-come-first-served basis for selected show dates The pay-what-you-will performance dates for the three shows in the second half of the season will be announced at a later date. SYRACUSE, NY – Syracuse Stage, Central New York’s premiere professional theatre, will host one pay-what-you-will performance for each show in its 2017/2018 season. There will be 76 tickets available for whatever price patrons wish to pay. The first three pay-what-you-will performances are on the following dates: “The Three Musketeers”: Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”: Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. “The Wizard of Oz”: Sunday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Robert Hupp, Syracuse Stage, Artistic Director “We believe everyone should be able to attend theatre and we’re working to make sure Syracuse Stage is accessible to all,” said Bob Hupp, artistic director at Syracuse Stage. “Sometimes cost is a barrier, but we hope everyone will make Syracuse Stage a part of their lives. In today’s society we are so often isolated, yet the theatre provides a rare opportunity for us to have a communal experience together.” Pay-what-you-will tickets must be claimed in person at the Box Office, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, on the day of the performance, subject to availability. The Box Office opens at 10 a.m. and will remain open through the start of the show. There is a limit of two tickets per person. The pay-what-you-will performance dates for the three shows in the second half of the season, “Next to Normal,” “A Raisin in the Sun” and “The Magic Play,” will be announced at a later date.
|New Census Data Ranks Syracuse As 13th Worst American City For PovertyCNY Vision / 10 d. 23 h. 32 min. ago more|
On Thursday, September 14, the Census Bureau reported that, while poverty rates have improved across the United States, the poverty rate in Syracuse, NY has worsened. According to Syracuse.com, new Census data finds that incomes from the American middle class have increased to the highest level yet recorded while the country’s general poverty rating has dropped to 12.7%. Yet Syracuse isn’t quite following in grandeur. In 2016, the city was rated as the 13th worst city for poverty. And other Upstate New York cities aren’t faring much better. According to Census data, Buffalo is ranked as the 23rd worst city for poverty and Rochester as the 12th. However, both Buffalo and Rochester’s poverty has declined whereas Syracuse’s has increased from 31% to 32.1%. In just 2015, Syracuse was listed as having the 29th worst poverty rating. “We have a new kind of class differentiation going on,” said Tom Hirschl, professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University. “Some people are doing very well, and many people with higher educations are doing very well with income and wealth. But the economy is just not delivering with large segments of people who are out of the labor force.” The poorest people, Hirschl said, have been left behind in Upstate New York while the rest of the country continues to recover from the Great Recession. Developments in AI and robotics are increasingly forcing manufacturing workers out of jobs. However, newer jobs that open doors for higher pay require college degrees that many of these Americans simply can’t afford. “We have a class of people that are excluded from adequate opportunities in the labor market,” said Hirschl. “It seems very clear what we see happening, and it’s most intense in Upstate New York…” In addition to not being able to afford college to apply for higher paying jobs, many Americans have fallen into debt due to the housing crisis. While VA loans allow for 100% financing and don’t require mortgage insurance, other mortgage loans often have high interest rates and may cause homeowners to become delinquent on payments. It’s these loans, specifically subprime loans, that helped spur the foreclosure crisis. Poverty rates in Syracuse aren’t the only things increasing. According to Syracuse.com, the racial disparities between income is grotesque. A 2015 study by Rutgers University professor Paul Jargowsky shows that Syracuse had the highest rate of extreme poverty with a concentration among black and Latinx populations. Across the country, the average income for black Americans came to a total of $34,490 whereas the average income for white Americans was $65,000. In Syracuse, the average income for a family of four is $33,695. The federal government defines poverty as a family of four living on a total income of $24,339. Photo: syrgov.net Click here to comment on this article on our Facebook page. The post New Census Data Ranks Syracuse As 13th Worst American City For Poverty appeared first on CNY Vision.
|Political Advocacy Group to Host Launch Party and FundraiserCNY Vision / 11 d. 15 h. 7 min. ago more|
By Staff – Uplift Syracuse, a progressive political advocacy group, will host a launch party and fundraiser Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Munjed’s Middle Eastern Cafe, 505 Westcott St. The group has endorsed local Democratic candidates Tom Buckel, Mark Matt, Chuck Keller, Pete Ludden and Stefanie Heath. “We are developing a grassroots network to push for changes we hope to see in New York; including a single payer healthcare system, a transition to renewable energy, increased educational funding and equality, housing and economic justice, and reversing the trends in urban segregation,” the group stated. Uplift Syracuse is accepting all donation levels, and the cost of a one-year membership with the group is $27. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Uplift-Syracuse-1306964146048946/ for additional information regarding the organization. Click here to comment on this article on our Facebook page. The post Political Advocacy Group to Host Launch Party and Fundraiser appeared first on CNY Vision.
|Juanita Perez Williams Wins Democratic PrimaryCNY Vision / 13 d. 1 h. 4 min. ago more|
Syracuse Mayoral Candidate Juanita Perez WilliamsPhoto by Lavergne Harden Juanita Perez Williams won the Democratic Party nomination Tuesday night, paving the way for her to possibly become the first Latina mayor of Syracuse. With 52 percent of the votes, Perez Williams, an attorney and former associate dean at Syracuse University, soundly defeated Common Councilor Joe Nicoletti –34 percent and City Auditor Marty Masterpole—9 percent. “We showed (that) the people want a mayor for everyone,” Perez Williams said in her victory speech at Cathy’s Corner Café on Avery Avenue. “Not for me, not for a title, but for the people of this city that are waiting for hope, waiting for someone that will hear them.” Reminiscent of the 2008 Barack Obama presidential bid, some supporters shouted “si se puede” (yes we can). It was a hotly contested race, and Perez Williams did not receive the Democratic Party endorsement, but says she is ready to bring the party together with a message of inclusion. “I am confident… I am sure we will all come together and we will be stronger.” The democratic party-backed candidate, Joe Nicolette, said he has no regrets. “I haven’t changed my mind about the issues facing the city, including education, public safety, code enforcement and unemployment,” he said in his concession speech Tuesday night. Perez Williams will face Republican candidate Laura Lavine, Independent Ben Walsh and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins in the November general election. Nicoletti previously said he would run on the Working Families Party line during the general election. Click HERE to comment on this article from our facebook page Juanita Perez Comments on her primary run from Minority Reporter Media Group on Vimeo. The post Juanita Perez Williams Wins Democratic Primary appeared first on CNY Vision.
|Ronnie LeighSyracuse New Times / 13 d. 5 h. 18 min. ago more|
Local jazz legend Ronnie Leigh will be honored during the 16th annual Jazz-N-Caz festivities to be held this week in Cazenovia. On Friday, Sept. 15, Leigh’s legacy will be feted during the 7:30 p.m. program at Cazenovia College’s Catherine Cummings Theatre, 22 Lincklaen St., which will feature music by Soda Ash Six, Harry Allen and Nancy Kelly. Not only is Leigh known for his stage presence and ability on the microphone, he also founded and serves as the artistic director for the summertime Jazz in the City series. The five-time Syracuse Area Music Award (Sammy) winner has performed from Seattle to Syracuse, and from New York City to Istanbul. After four decades of performances, Leigh is still singing, playing and traveling. “I’m planning things and just trying to keep moving forward,” he says. Despite the accolades, accomplishments, collaborations and commendations, Leigh still remains down to earth and thankful for his fans. And his musical beginnings are as endearing as they come. Leigh was born in Albany, then moved to Syracuse when he was about 18 and got a job with the New York state canal system. During every Friday happy hour at the Thor Lounge on South Salina Street near the former Sears Roebuck building, Leigh listened to the house band week after week. Ronnie Leigh entertains at Verona’s TS Steakhouse. Michael Davis photo “Finally I worked up the nerve to ask if I could sing a song,” he recalls. “I talked to the bandleader, the drummer, and he said, ‘Sure, man! Come up here!’ I’ll never forget the first song I sang: ‘Misty.’ The audience appreciated it and the band loved it, so they said, ‘You wanna sing another song?’” Leigh only knew a couple tunes, but after he sang “The Girl from Ipanema,” the band was impressed, despite the fact that he didn’t know what key he sang it in. “They asked me what key and I said, ‘Whatever’s on the jukebox.’” The band offered him a job on the spot and he made “a whole $25 a gig.” From there, offers steadily rolled in, as Leigh became involved with several successful projects over the years, including Alliance and Atlas Linen Company. Singing with the band Sail brought him across the country, as the group worked with two booking agents, one in Chicago and another out of Rhode Island. Yet it was never a conscious decision for Leigh to be a working musician. Rather, it was an urge that couldn’t be fought. “I tried to quit once and I lasted two weeks,” he says. “The first week was heavenly and then the depression set in. I didn’t know what was going on with me. I thought I was losing my mind or something, for real. The following weekend, I went out and sang a few tunes with a band and felt so much better. Relief. I thought, ‘I think I have to do this.’ And that was that.” The Atlas Linen Company with (clockwise from center) Ronnie Leigh, Ronnie France, Nick Russo, Ron DeAugustine, Frank Defonda, George Feltman, Keith Ronan, Stuart Heinrich, Don Allen and Larry Arlotta). Despite his efforts to “conform” or live a “so-called normal life,” Leigh continued performing and following his art. “That helped me to be where I am today,” he says. Leigh also grabbed opportunities that came his way. “A friend of mine, drummer Wilby Fletcher, happened to be in Istanbul working at a club there,” Leigh says. “I got a phone call from him one day. My September was packed, but Wilby said, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘I’m pretty busy.’ And he said, ‘Well, would you come to Turkey?’” Fletcher put the club owner on the phone with Leigh and a few minutes later he was organizing stateside replacements for himself. “It worked out nicely,” Leigh says. “I got folks I thought who would do a job as well as I would try to do and hopefully better, and I ended up in Istanbul.” Fletcher left Istanbul a few days later, leaving Leigh to enjoy a new country surrounded by strangers. “The bass player and piano player were from Philly, the drummer was from Brazil, the trombone player from Sweden,” he recalls. “And it was a smokin’ hot band. It was great.” Leigh stayed in Istanbul for a month and a half in 1998 and has continued traveling since. Every winter he tries to book performances in warmer weather locations, while continuing to perform with groups like Rochester’s Prime Time Funk. But Leigh is hard-pressed to pick a favorite time period or show from his career. After all, his resume bulges with guest appearances alongside The Drifters, Pat Metheny, The Yellowjackets, David Benoit, Special EFX, Spyro Gyra, David Sanborn, Etta Jones, the Syracuse Symphony orchestra and more. Instead, he’s grateful that he can still do it at all. “I’m the kind of person who thinks, ‘Thank God I can get up and do it again tomorrow,’” Leigh says. “It’s all been great stuff, all been fabulous. And thanks to the folks at Jazz-N-Caz for even considering me. I’m really grateful and really flipped out. I do what I do and I’m happy I can do what I do. I just hope people like it. “And I hope folks around the Syracuse area can find a way to support the musicians and the music that’s here. I’ve had the opportunity to travel a lot of places, and this is pretty high-quality stuff here. There’s a spirit here that a lot of musicians have. Don’t let this place go by the wayside: There’s great talent and we need to support it.”[snt] Advice from the Artist “Get a day gig. (Laughs.) No! I just think they need to be true to their own spirit, to themselves. Be true. If you believe it, go do it. And learn something about the business. Find out how to do business. Get a book on small business, take a course, anything. It applies directly to what we do.” Jazz-N-Caz Highlights The 16th annual Jazz-N-Caz will offer musical performances in three Cazenovia venues. Dave Hanlon’s Funky Jazz Band will kick off the concert slate on Thursday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m., on the lawn of the Brae Loch Inn, 5 Albany St. Soda Ash Six will take the stage on Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m., at the Catherine Cummings Theatre, 22 Lincklaen St., followed by an 8:30 p.m. set featuring Harry Allen with Nancy Kelly and her trio, featuring Dino Losito, Tom Brigandi and Jimmy Johns. Ronnie Leigh will be honored during this performance. The Seven Stone Steps at the Lincklaen House, 79 Albany St., will host a 10:30 p.m. Jazz After Hours session with Tom Witkowski, Jason Jeffers and Adam Fisher. Performances featuring Peter Cincotti and the Jimmy Van Heusen Jazz Break will begin the music on Saturday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., at the Catherine Cummings Theatre. The jazz continues at 8:30 p.m. at the theater with Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road, featuring Jon-Erik Kellso, Mark Shane, Pat O’Leary and James Chirillo. A final Jazz After Hours event takes place at the Seven Stone Steps, with Witkowski, Jeffers and Fisher gigging at 10:30 p.m. All Jazz-N-Caz events are free, but a $10 donation is suggested. For more information, contact Colleen Prossner, (315) 655-7238, or email@example.com. The post Ronnie Leigh appeared first on Syracuse New Times.
|Flicker FlashbacksSyracuse New Times / 13 d. 5 h. 27 min. ago more|
Since 1979, Montgomery County Community College history professor emeritus Joseph Eckhardt has been researching the history of the early silent movie industry in the Philadelphia area. Eckhardt has been breathing life into the little-known history of the Betzwood Film Studios. According to Eckhardt, “In the early boom years of moviemaking, the world’s largest, most advanced film studio was located on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Montgomery County, Pa.” Last month, while researching the history behind 910 Onondaga Ave. for my Instagram account, @SyracuseHistory, I discovered one of the former owners was a man named Fred Grassman. This discovery plunged me directly into the work of Eckhardt and the history of the early silent movie industry he has worked so hard to preserve. Fred Grassman, born in Syracuse in 1859, was the son of German immigrants. A contractor and builder, Grassman operated in the Central New York area for more than 40 years. According to his obituary, among the many buildings he helped erect were the Snowden Apartments and St. Joseph’s Hospital. Grassman grew up in a house on the corner of Peach and North West streets, near what is now West Belden Avenue, just outside of downtown, where I-81 now travels. He had several siblings, including an older brother, Dan Mason. Born in 1853, Mason attended Prescott School on Willow Street, where his knack for comedy was immediately noticed. As a child, Mason performed shows for his classmates in a brick barn behind the back of the building. He originally set out to be a pharmacist and began working at Kenyon & Potter’s drugstore on South Salina Street upon completing his education, but he couldn’t escape his true talent. Mason began a stage career in 1872, initially performing in local vaudeville shows. Most noted was his role as “Rudolf” in a German dialect routine called “Adolf and Rudolf.” The soon-to-be-demolished 910 Onondaga Ave. home where Mason spent some of his final days in 1928. Michael Davis photo Soon enough, Mason was making appearances in musicals and plays, both locally and on the road. He often wrote his own material, made his own costumes, and performed both short skits and full-length shows. When he first began performing, he changed his last name from Grassman to Mason because “his mother was afraid the family would be scandalized and embarrassed by his appearance on the stage,” said Eckhardt. Fortunately for him and his family, the truth was quite the opposite, but the new name stuck. As Dan Mason’s popularity grew, Syracuse embraced him as their native son and local newspapers celebrated his return each time he was home for a visit, often mentioning his original name. Around 1910, Mason decided to explore the opportunities being offered by the newly forming movie industry. By 1912, he landed his first few movie roles, working for the Edison Motion Picture Company. According to the Betzwood Film Archives, Mason played eccentric and character roles, established a reputation as a fine actor and began extensive travel for his films. Mason traveled from town to town on his rise to fame. “Perform, travel; perform, travel; perform, travel; that was Dan’s life. It was exhausting for me to simply read about,” Eckhardt said. By the time he arrived at the newly established Betzwood Film Studios in Montgomery County, Pa., in 1919, he was a seasoned veteran with decades of experience. Mason had been cast as “Skipper” in the Betzwood Toonerville Trolley comedies, a movie version of the cartoon by Fontaine Fox. It was there, on the set of the Toonerville Trolley films, that Mason met Wilna Hervey, his 6-foot-3 co-star, who won the role of “The Powerful Katrinka,” thanks in part to her impressive size. When filming started, Mason was just months removed from the death of his wife of 33 years, Millicent Page. Hervey, acting against her parents’ wishes, was relatively new to film. The two struck up a unique friendship that positively contributed to both their emotional states and their onscreen chemistry. In 1920, Dan sent for his daughter, Nan Mason, to join him in Pennsylvania. At the time, Nan was living in New York, alone, and agreed to keep her father company in a house near the studio. Nan, a large woman as well, was introduced to Hervey and so began a relationship that would last a lifetime. Eckhardt’s 2015 book, Living Large: Wilna Hervey and Nan Mason, is a dual biography highlighting the journey of Wilna and Nan as “one of America’s earliest out and proud same-sex couples.” Seven years in the making, the book provides extensive details surrounding the couple’s life of adventures and their impressive careers as artists in the famed artist colony in Woodstock, where they ultimately moved together a few years after the abrupt end of the Toonerville series in 1921. In the book, Eckhardt describes Mason’s adoration for Nan and Wilna, whom he called his “daughters.” “The relationship had his full blessing; either he was very progressive for his time, or he was clueless,” joked Eckhardt. After the Toonerville series, Mason returned to California where he continued his career in the film industry. His IMDb profile credits him with more than 130 films. According to the letters acquired by Eckhardt, Mason would often write to his brother, Fred Grassman, in Syracuse, and ask him to “go check in on the girls” in Woodstock. The girls and “Uncle Fred,” as they called him, often exchanged letters and visits as well. Eckhardt explains that in one visit, when Nan and Wilna were taking the train to Hollywood to see Dan, “they went by way of Syracuse and Fred and his wife were on the platform there just to see them for five minutes and give them a basket of goodies for the trip.” Eckhardt added, “The girls were quite naive and notoriously mercurial and Dan took some comfort in knowing his brother was there to offer advice. Not that they always took it.” By 1927, Mason’s health was worsening with age and the girls pleaded for him to retire and come live with them on their new farm, outside Woodstock, in Bearsville. A frugal man, Mason had a good deal of money but hated wasting it, especially during the years after the Great Depression. His motto was, “Why buy something, if you can’t live in it or eat it.” It was a marked contrast from Nan and Wilna’s travel-happy, whimsical lifestyle. In 1928, while still in Hollywood, Mason contracted pneumonia. Unwilling to pay for a doctor, he decided to return to Syracuse to stay with his brother Fred at 910 Onondaga Ave. The local papers mistakenly reported he was home to perform. Sadly, Grassman’s home quickly turned into a hospice. Unable to continue his vibrant existence, the ailing Mason stayed with his brother for nine months. “It was a grueling existence for a man always on the go,” said Eckhardt. In 1929, Nan drove to Syracuse and brought her father to their Bearsville home. On July 6, 1929, Dan Mason died at age 76. He was buried in Hackensack Cemetery in New Jersey. Mason’s obituary in the July 7, 1929, edition of the Syracuse Herald acknowledged his many accomplishments while “remaining always the same man”. A quick visit to the Hackensack Cemetery by New Jersey native and Syracuse University student Molly Turnbull tells us that his tomb rests surprisingly unmarked in section H, plot 92, grave number 4. Nan Mason and Wilna Hervey would go on to live astonishing lives full of love, friends and fun. They are respectfully known as the famous “Big Girls” in the Woodstock region. Their identical tombstones read, “Artist.” Fred Grassman, who passed away two years after Dan, is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Syracuse. Fred’s former home at 910 Onondaga Ave. remains but stands in ruins. The home is currently owned by the Greater Syracuse Land Bank, a nonprofit created by the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County to address the problem of vacant, abandoned, or tax delinquent properties in Central New York. Structurally compromised and unfit for renovation or reoccupation, the home will be demolished this year. I recently was able to access the home where Fred Grassman lived and Dan Mason spent many of his final days, a practice Eckhardt says has been doing for years. “I like to get as physically close to the people I write about,” he says. Eckhardt mentioned his recent travels to see where the girls lived, noting the abnormally high counter tops. While the tangible connection to Syracuse’s Dan Mason and the famous artists from Woodstock will soon be lost, the story doesn’t need to end. Working on another book, this one dedicated to Dan, Eckhardt says, “I’ll have to do something with this Syracuse phenomenon. The story passes right through it.” David Haas operates the Instagram account @SyracuseHistory and writes about Central New York’s historical legacies for his website Storycuse.com. The post Flicker Flashbacks appeared first on Syracuse New Times.
|Syracuse Airport Announces Road Closure as $45 Million Renovation Project BeginsCNY Vision / 13 d. 16 h. 25 min. ago more|
By Staff – The Syracuse International Airport has announced, beginning Sept. 11, the road immediately in front of the passenger terminal will be temporarily closed to all traffic due to the airport’s $45 million renovation and upgrade to the building. The first phase of the project will include the demolition of the canopy over the curbside pick-up and drop-off areas in front of the terminal. Passengers will still be able to park in the garage and open lot, and the rental car return in the garage will not be affected. However, drivers who are picking up or dropping off passengers may only do so near baggage claim at both Terminal A and Terminal B. The airport has instructed drivers to follow signs as they approach the airport to locate the appropriate turn. “For Delta and United pick up and drop off, turn LEFT at the stoplight onto Constellation Way North,” officials said. “For JetBlue, American, Allegiant, and Air Canada, turn RIGHT at the stoplight onto Constellation Way South.” According to the airport, the multi-phase, large-scale project is slated to be completed on an accelerated timeline, by October 2018. Visit www.flysyracuse.com for additional information regarding the project, including a map highlighting the closure. Click here to comment on this article on our Facebook page. The post Syracuse Airport Announces Road Closure as $45 Million Renovation Project Begins appeared first on CNY Vision.
|Democratic Party Is ‘Divided Against Itself': Who Will Win The Syracuse Primaries?CNY Vision / 17 d. 18 h. 58 min. ago more|
Residents of Syracuse are preparing for Tuesday’s mayoral primary, and the Democratic Party is still “divided against itself,” according to Syracuse.com. Even though there has been a significant boost in both infrastructure and enrollment, Democrats continue to raise concerns about losing their groundwork. The Onondaga County Democratic Committee selected Joe Nicoletti back in May over Andrew Maxwell, albeit by an incredibly thin margin. Maxwell has since receded from the spotlight. As of now, Nicoletti is involved in a “tight battle” with Juanita Perez Williams, who initially received next to no consideration back in May. Her first run for public office has proven to be a competitive campaign, targeting Syracuse’s underprivileged neighborhoods. About 35% of customers find out about local businesses from seeing their signs while passing, and informative and eye-catching signs are also a major component of a successful political campaign. Even though Nicoletti has a substantial amount of endorsement, support, and funding, the last public poll from mid-August revealed that he had been trailing Williams. Nicoletti made a promise last month to continue his run even if he does lose the Democratic primary. He’s also locked down the endorsement of the Working Families, which assures him a ballot spot come November. In the days following Nicoletti’s announcement to stay in the race, Onondaga County Democratic Chairman Mark English penned a letter to committee members encouraging them to continue to support Nicoletti. “We as committee members should demonstrate disciplined leadership to support our designated candidates without reservation or equivocation,” wrote English. “If we show weakness, division, or vacillation because some on the committee are ‘disappointed’ by the majority’s decisions, then we risk defeat in November.” The reasoning for the harsh words in the letter may stem from the Democrats’ history of controlling Syracuse politics for almost 20 years. Democrats had a solid grip on the Common Council. There are currently more than 38,000 Democrats registered to vote, compared with just 10,000 Republican voters, 15,000 voters who “don’t subscribe to a party,” and 5,000 voters of minor parties. Ultimately, now is the time for Democrats to show their support if they want to maintain their power in Syracuse politics. “If we should lose city hall, then the Republicans are going to run over us in any consolidation or consensus plan…Then our political base will be decimated,” wrote English. Click here to comment on this article on our Facebook page. The post Democratic Party Is ‘Divided Against Itself': Who Will Win The Syracuse Primaries? appeared first on CNY Vision.
|Syracuse ‘Struggling’ Schools Will Soon Learn Their Receivership FateCNY Vision / 18 d. 0 h. 22 min. ago more|
After the last two years of being on a state watch list, nine Syracuse city schools will learn next month whether the improvements they’ve made to help struggling students will be enough to be removed from receivership. But if the changes aren’t deemed to be adequate, these schools would have to surrender control to one of the individuals, non-profit groups, or districts already approved by New York State’s Education Department. Last year, nine area schools made significant enough improvements to be removed from the list. But Henninger High School, Dr. King Elementary School, Danforth Middle School, Delaware Academy, Frazer K-8 School, Lincoln Middle School, West Side Academy at Blodgett, Dr. Weeks Elementary School, and the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler remain in receivership this year. The district has taken action to improve academic performance at these schools, even before they were placed under receivership. An increased emphasis on personal learning and early literacy, as well as partnerships with community organizations (like the Redhouse Arts Center, Syracuse University, and others) and a longer school day, are among the methods used to promote higher levels of achievement. However, improvement isn’t actually measured by improved class grades. It’s actually determined by standardized test scores, high school graduation rates, student attendance and suspensions, and school safety. That means that the teachers at these institutions are likely under a lot of pressure to make sure their students are scoring well, are in school, and graduate on time. Around 75% of employees believe today’s workers have more on-the-job stress than those working a generation ago, but these teachers may be evaluated in ways that may not necessarily reflect their level of effectiveness in the classroom. In addition, these factors don’t account for students who don’t excel in test-taking. Still, assistant superintendent Zheadric Barbra points out that these schools are improving — though perhaps not as quickly as the district would like. He cited to Syracuse.com that the city’s high school graduation rate in 2016-2017 exceeded 60% for the first time in a decade and saw more improvement in this area than New York State’s other large school districts. Barbra also says parental engagement is up and out-of-school suspensions are down. But only 13.1% of Syracuse students scored at a proficient level on English language arts exams and only 11% of city students scored at a proficient level on state math exams. Statewide, 39.8% of students are proficient on state language arts exams and 40.2% of students are proficient on math exams. If the schools do not improve enough for the state Education Department’s liking, the school board will be forced to appoint an independent receiver to oversee matters at the school(s). However, these schools would be allowed to use the remainder of the school year to make this transition. The schools will have to wait until October 27 to learn their fate. Click here to comment on this article on our Facebook page. The post Syracuse ‘Struggling’ Schools Will Soon Learn Their Receivership Fate appeared first on CNY Vision.
|Belly Up To Better Health At Bloom YogaSyracuse New Times / 20 d. 5 h. 36 min. ago more|
Beth Yazell remembers her very first yoga class 40 years ago like it was yesterday. The sensation she felt leaving that class was “magic,” she said, and it planted the inspiration to what would become her own Bloom Yoga & Wellness practice at 181 Kenwood Ave., Oneida. “I left there thinking I wanted to feel that way forever,” Yazell recalled of attending that class at the Utica YWCA in 1977 when she was 18. Within a year, she earned her first certification as a yoga instructor, completing her second in 2004. Today she is dual-certified with more than 500 hours of training and has been teaching yoga continuously since 1979. Advertisement Yazell also has a master’s degree in health services administration, and is a registered nurse, a Thai yoga massage practitioner, and a certified wellness coach. She offers yoga classes of varied intensities at Bloom Yoga & Wellness, plus Thai yoga massage, private health coaching and private yoga coaching. She even offers classes on belly dancing. Yazell is the leader of the Oneida-based Adi Shakti World Fusion Bellydance troupe. Yazell created Bloom Yoga & Wellness in 2006 after teaching at several area locations, with her classes open to anyone of any skill level. She knows people can often be discouraged when they see photos of yoga practitioners in intricate poses that are unattainable for most mortals. But she reaches out to everyone, from the experienced yoga veterans to the newcomers. She offers a “gentle” yoga class for people of all shapes and sizes who might want to better their own health and reduce stress without the rigors of a more energetic regimen. Yoga is accessible to anyone, regardless of age, shape, or level of ability or experience, Yazell promises. There is soft music and candlelight as she encourages all participants to respect their own limitations, telling them if something doesn’t feel right not to do it. She has foam blocks for anyone who might not be able to bend and stretch all the way to the floor at certain points in the sessions, and will even alter the pose if she notices someone struggling with it. Every class ends with the sivasana, a rest period of simply lying on the floor as Yazell guides the class into a deep state of relaxation. This is often the participants’ favorite part of her teachings, she said. Yazell’s yoga sessions helps alleviate stress, improve the quality of sleep, and even improve the immune system, she said. Yoga is also a great beginning point for many people to form the foundation for a complete health overhaul. “It really turns into a motivator to do other things that will lead to a healthier lifestyle,” she said. Karen Kloss of Oneida was there for her first-ever class on July 24, looking for a stress reliever. Kloss said she felt Yazell took good care of her newcomers during their session. “It was challenging, but not unrealistic, and I didn‘t feel pressured to do anything I couldn’t do,” Kloss said. “I loved it. The relaxation part was the most beneficial to me. There is so much stress out there in the world. This is ‘me’ time.” “Our brains are constantly in a hyper mode with everything going on around us,” agreed Yazell. “Yoga gives you the chance to drop out of it and drop into yourself, and that’s good for you.” Lori Thorna and Betty Lyboult, also both of Oneida, joined Kloss at that gentle class; they are regulars who have been coming for about a year. “We came in as friends together and that helps keep us both motivated,” Thorna explained. “If one of us doesn’t feel like going, the other will talk her into it.” “I really need just to take the time to keep doing it,” Lyboult added. “I always feel so good afterward. It helps out with any aches and pains, and it is definitely relaxing.” Yazell co-authored a Syracuse University health study for the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 2010 showing the benefits of yoga on asthma patients. She hopes to earn her credentials from the International Association of Yoga Therapists in yoga therapy in the near future. That would enable her to help people with a variety of ailments, from insomnia to back pain to cancer symptoms, she said. “Name a malady, and there is a yoga technique to remedy it,” Yazell said. “I will use all of the yoga tools to help people who are suffering.” She teaches from the Kripalu yoga techniques, a merging of body, mind and energy. Although the majority of her class members are women, men are definitely welcome as well. No reservations need to be made, and there is no obligation to attend every session, with participants paying only for the classes they attend. Yazell said her own mentors have inspired her with a devotion to yoga techniques that transcend physical boundaries to delve into a more spiritual healing. She said her teacher came from a very mystical line, where deep states of meditation coupled with yoga techniques created a true state of grace, much like speaking in tongues. That is an experience she wants to share with her own classes: Yoga is not just about becoming more flexible, or trimming the stomach and firming up the buttocks, but about reaching an emotional state of grace as well. This is something Yazell strives to convey to all of her students, she said, as she helps them along a traditional yoga path to wellness. “My focus is on providing people with an authentic yoga experience,” she said. “I am pretty much a curmudgeon that way.” A full schedule of all of her offerings, as well as those of several other teachers at her studio, is available at bloomyoga.webs.com or by calling (315) 525-9165. 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|Fair ExchangeSyracuse New Times / 34 d. 5 h. 18 min. ago more|
Visitors at the 2016 New York State Fair walked through a new main gate, an enticing visual flashback to the arched carriage-gate style that welcomed turn-of-the-20th-century attendees. The main gate was part of the fairgrounds’ $50 million cosmetic makeover, although some fairgoers expressed shock and awww about fondly remembered food stands that had to move elsewhere. And a number of perennial vendors were relocated from their familiar homes to new places on the grounds — but their loyal customers couldn’t find them, so the fair eventually resorted to signage that directed people to these businesses. Nevertheless, the 2016 edition cracked the 1 million attendance mark over its 12 days, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrating the momentous occasion on Labor Day. It’s a good bet that the guv may be back this Labor Day, Sept. 4, as that number could be reached this year, since the fair will be open 13 days starting Wednesday, Aug. 23. Watch the birdie during the Hawk Creek show. Michael Davis photo Fairgoers will experience more changes for the 2017 expo, so it’s a good idea when going through one of the entry gates to snag a fairgrounds map, which is more indispensible than ever before. And following the learning curve provided by the 2016 redo, fair officials are trying to make things easier. This year, for instance, vendors locations will be available on the fair’s new phone app. Perhaps the most eye-catching new wrinkle will be the Broadway Skyliner chair-lift ride on the midway. It’s a permanent installation paid for by Wade Shows, running 1.400 feet in length and 34 feet high. The New York State Trooper exhibit has moved to the former DEC Cabin and State Corrections Building. Meanwhile, a new State Police grappling/diving tower has been installed in front of the buildings. In another relocation, the Taste of New York Marketplace will now take residence inside the Horticulture Building. The marketplace’s former space at Chevy Court is being converted to a backstage/dressing room area. It’s a sign of the times: The venue was designed long ago for performers along the lines of Anita Bryant and Rosemary Clooney, and not the mega-acts such as the Beach Boys and Earth, Wind and Fire that are now being booked there. More newbies include: The West End area of the fair offers a new performance stage and other attractions, including the return of the Coronas Circus and the Hollywood Racing Pigs; a new entry arch will welcome visitors at the Pan-African Village; the MooU educational tours take place at the livestock buildings; and a new Turtle Mound dance and presentation area can be found at the Indian Village. A host of new performers roaming about the grounds will include the Elbridge-based DownBeat Percussion, the official drumline of the Buffalo Bills pro football franchise. Also making its debut will be the Empire Experience Stage area, which will feature a Pride Day program on Friday, Aug. 25; a Hispanic/salsa fest sponsored by CNY Latino on Friday, Aug. 25, through Sunday, Aug. 27; a Family Fishing Day at the Empire Experience pond on Sunday, Aug. 27; and a batch of tribute bands throughout the fair’s run. Hilby the Skinny German Juggler Boy entertains fairgoers. Michael Davis photo Rumors abounded during last year’s fair that certain venues would not be around for 2017. Yet the Gianelli Sausage-Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s spot near Chevy Court is secure, and so are the West End Sports Deck and the neighboring Alivero’s food stand. Getting demolished outside the Dairy Building, however, was the WSYR-Channel 9 Newscone, proud beacon of the Fourth Estate. Anchors Rod Wood, Christie Casciano and the rest will still host live newscasts at that same spot, while the infotainment show Bridge Street will have daily 10 a.m. broadcasts at Chevy Court. Even Hilby the Skinny German Juggling Boy has been uprooted, moving from his former residence near Chevy Court (where he would dish out adlibs regarding the stage act) to a new area. Starting Monday, Aug. 28, at 1, 4 and 7 p,m., Hilby will take his act to a seated outside area near the Coliseum. Yet there will be comfort from familiar attractions. Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, from East Aurora, returns with its popular “Birds of Prey” show featuring the winged creatures daily at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. at the New York State Park. The Art and Home Center, the location for often provocative displays, will offer an exhibit on the women’s suffragette centennial. And the Dairy Bar will be back for 25-cent cups of white and chocolate milk. The moo juice may be a fine accompaniment to the chocolate-covered deep-fried crickets and grasshoppers available at the Fried Specialties food stand on Restaurant Row. View Michael Davis’ photos from the New York State Fair press preview here. The post Fair Exchange appeared first on Syracuse New Times.