May 13, 2015
NAN Meeting April 25 2015

It was a packed sanctuary at Fountain of Life C.O.G.I.C. as the National Action Network held their regularly scheduled meeting. April 25th, 2015 was...

New Yorkers can now text State HOPEline for support and referral to services for alcohol and drug addiction, and problem gambling

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New Yorkers can now contact the New York State HOPEline addiction referral and support service by texting 1-877-8-HOPENY. The HOPEline is a free and confidential 24-hour service that connects people who are struggling with substance abuse and problem gambling to specially-trained behavioral health professionals for assistance in times of More »

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Katko Announces Winner of 2015 Congressional Art Competition NY-24 Student Artwork to Hang in U.S. Capitol for One Full Year


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced that Loren Brown, a student from Marcellus who attends Manlius Pebble Hill School, has been named the winner of the Congressional Art Competition.   Her photograph, “Dreaming in White” will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one full year. “I am excited to announce Loren Brown’s More »

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The Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central P-TECH Program to host Mentor Appreciation Dinner

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The Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central (ITC) Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program is pleased to host an appreciation dinner for all of its current professional mentors. The event will be held in the ITC cafeteria, 258 East Adams Street. Through the P-TECH program, students experience elements of high school, college More »

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The Red House presents “In the Continuum” May 27 -31

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Performed by only two women, this piece takes place over a 48-hour period in which both protagonists, living continents apart, discover that the men in their lives have infected them with HIV. Follow as each character goes on a personal journey, encountering various characters and cultural bias, as they try to come to grips with More »

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Oh, SNAP! A.G. Schneiderman Announces Prison Terms for Two Suffolk County Convenience Store Owners in $1.6 Million Theft from Food Stamp Program

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Sajjad Rashid, Owner of Mastic Supermarket, Sentenced to Up To 7 1/2 Years In Prison Ravinder Parkash, Owner of Riverhead Convenience Store, Sentenced to Up To 4 Years In Prison Schneiderman: “My Office Will Take Aggressive Action Against SNAP Trafficking” HAUPPAUAGE – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) More »

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Origin of Memorial Day

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Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May, 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. They dug up the bodies and worked for 2 weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their More »

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OCC’s Chief Diversity Officer Earns “Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award”

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Onondaga Community College’s Eunice D. Williams has been selected to receive a “2015 Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award of the Tri-State Area.” She will be recognized for her excellence in leadership at the Tri-State Diversity & Leadership Conference in August in New York City. The Tri-State Diversity Council includes the states of Connecticut, New More »

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Governor Cuomo Announces $13.3 Million to Fight Gun Violence Across New York State

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that law enforcement agencies in 17 counties participating in the state’s Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative will receive $13.3 million to target gun violence and save lives. Now entering its second year, the initiative requires the use of proven strategies to reduce shootings and firearm-related homicides in communities served More »

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Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Celebrates 32nd Church Anniversary/Building dedication of The Harvest Christian Center

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Mount Pleasant Baptist Church is hosting their 32nd church anniversary and building dedication celebrating their new edifice. The community is invited to participate in a variety of programs on May 27th, 28th, 30th and 31st. Guest speakers include; Pastor Willie Sanders, District Overseer- James Lewis, III, Pastor Colette Carter, and Pastor Daren C. Jaime. All More »

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Mayor Miner Formally Installs New Fire Department Officers, Presents Departmental Awards at Palace Theater

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner formally installed recently promoted officers and presented awards to officers for actions in the line of duty in a ceremony that took place Tuesday, May 19, at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony was held at the Palace Theater, 2384 James Street, Syracuse, New York 13206.     Promoted officers More »

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Onondaga Community College Graduates Celebrated by Friends and Family

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After graduating from Onondaga Community College earlier in the day, 3 graduates were honored with a reception at Dr. Saundra Barnett-Reyes office in downtown Syracuse. Friends and family gathered for a celebration that included mandatory introductions from every guest.

As children played and greetings exchanged, there was this sense of a warm family gathering. A variety of food was served; including everything from the traditional graduation cake to goat, chicken wings and culturally inspired dishes, giving this graduation party a true international flavor.

Shaylene Weigela, received high honors graduated Cum Laude in Nursing. OCC graduates celebrating with Ms. Weigla include; Jennifer Hirela, Nursing and Paddy Awuir, Social Work.

The newly minted graduates are from China and Africa, as the Onondaga Hill college attracts students originating from all over the world. Not only did these students attend college, they also excelled. Ms. Weigla, a graduate with honors has already received her first assignment, as a Nurse in a local hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.

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Democrat of the Year Awards….like Grammy’s but for politicians, John John Williams III Among Those Honored

The evening was ripe with nostalgia as the Onondaga County Democratic Committee celebrated on April 16th by honoring democrats. This annual occasion is where individuals are recognized for the work they’ve done for the party. Bitter sweet, as Lifetime Achievement awardee David Moynihan recently passed away. His wife and daughter accepted the award on his More »

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3,500 New York National Guard Combat Support Soldiers Conduct Annual Training this Summer


New York Army National Guard Private 1st Class Vannesa Rivera a member of the 107th Military Police company goes through a hand-to-hand defense drill during Annual Training in 2014 Elements from across New York will hone combat skills during two week training period LATHAM, NY (05/29/2015)(readMedia)– More than 3,500 New York Army National Guard Soldiers More »

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A Celebration of Thea St. Omer’s Life and Work, Thursday May 28th 7:00-9:00 pm.

Join those celebrating the “Life and Work” of Thea St. Omer at the Palace Theater, 2384 James Street Thursday May 28th 7:00-9:00 pm. The celebration includes viewing some of Thea’s films, paintings and share recollections in an ‘open mic’ forum. (All are welcome to share) Delicious snacks, dessert, coffee, wine and (of course) tea! Thea’s More »

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Nominations Open for the 2015 Kathy Goldfarb-Findling Leadership Award

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(Syracuse, NY) The Gifford Foundation and Allyn Foundation are jointly seeking nominations for the 2015 Kathy Goldfarb-Findling Leadership Award (“The Kathy”), an award given to a Central New York nonprofit professional who is creative, collaborative and embraces change. In addition to the honor, “The Kathy” is accompanied by a cash award intended for the recipient’s More »

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Katko Focuses on Teaching Flexibility, Mental Health Services on Education Tour

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Congressman Visits with Students and Teachers Across Central New York Syracuse, New York – With stops at Solvay Elementary School, the Southside Academy Charter School in Syracuse, and Jamesville-Dewitt Middle School, U.S. Congressman John Katko (NY-24) today visited with students, teachers, and administrators to discuss strengthening education in Central New York.  He focused on teaching flexibility More »

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State Unemployment Rate Remains at 6½ Year Low

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NYS Adds More Than 126,000 Private Sector Jobs over Past Year Since April 2014, New York State’s private sector job count has increased by 126,200, or 1.7 percent. Since the beginning of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, the state’s economy has added 626,100 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 45 of the past More »

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Vera House Announces Recipients of 2015 “Sr. Mary Vera” Award and Special Appreciation Awards

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Awards to be presented at Annual Recognition and Celebration Luncheon on June 11th Syracuse, N.Y. – Vera House, Inc., a local not-for-profit, working to end domestic and sexual violence in Central New York, will award the Sr. Mary Vera Recognition Award at their Annual Recognition and Celebration Luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel on June 11, More »

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Syracuse Stage to Begin Transition in Leadership

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(Syracuse, NY)—This summer, a transition in leadership will begin at Syracuse Stage as Timothy Bond, producing artistic director, and Jeffrey Woodward, managing director, have announced plans to pursue new opportunities. Bond will continue with Stage through June of next year. In addition to providing continued producing and artistic leadership during the upcoming 2015/16 season, he More »

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