July 29, 2015
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We need a show that highlights the positive achievements of African-Americans from all walks of life. The late Johnnie Cochran is just a few of many...

Syracuse Stage Seeks Community Members to Appear on Stage in To Kill a Mockingbird and to Sing in The Christians

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(Syracuse, NY)—Syracuse Stage is seeking community members to appear on stage alongside professional actors in two productions in the upcoming 2015/16 Season. In To Kill a Mockingbird, community members will appear as courtroom observers. In The Christians, a praise/gospel choir comprised of community members will sing throughout the show. Prior experience performing on stage is More »

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State Announces $7 Million in Funding to Help Disabled Obtain Federal Benefits

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Legal Assistance Aids Those Appealing Denial of Benefits The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced that more than $7 million has been awarded to help provide legal assistance to people who have been denied federal disability benefits. A total of $6.8 million is being awarded through the Disability Advocacy More »

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Heat Safety Tips for Seniors

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Onondaga County Executive Joanne M. Mahoney and Lisa D. Alford, Executive Director Office for Aging are making the following recommendations concerning heat safety tips for older adults: Summer’s hot weather can lead to serious heat-related illness, especially for older people and those with chronic illnesses. Hot, humid weather causes the body’s temperature to rise, which More »

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Mo’Nique to Appear at the Funny Bone: July 31, 2015 – Aug. 1, 2015


Mo’Nique is a multi-media powerhouse whose consistent, extensive body of work has captivated audiences in stand up comedy, television, film and literature. The award winning comedienne”s career began 20 years ago after her brother dared her to take the stage for the first time in their hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. She received a standing ovation More »

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Light the Night 315: August’s Silent March for Wellness, Unity & Restoration of Syracuse, NY

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In August 2015, Light the Night 315 will continue their mission to cover each side of the City of Syracuse to, “walk in the spirit of wellness.”  This march is according to their statement, “To focus our thoughts on positivity! We must project positivity into in to our community in order to change our environment!!!!” More »

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Syracuse University Hosts Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)


Participants to converge on campus July 25 – Aug. 1 for intensive eight-day residency to learn the ‘nuts and bolts’ of business ownership SYRACUSE, N.Y. (July 23, 2015) – The results are in for graduates of the national Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program:     •             1,191 EBV graduates are well on More »

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Confederate flag Removed from S. Carolina Capital Grounds

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The Confederate flag  came down on Friday, July 10 at 10:00 A.M. The South Carolina House and Senate voted to remove the Confederate flag from Capitol grounds, in an early morning vote on Thursday, July 9, 2015. South Carolina raised the flag at its Statehouse more than 50 years ago in response to the civil More »

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$550k Settlement Agreement to Shutter Med-Rev Recoveries Debt Collection Company

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Med-Rev Recoveries, Inc. Repeatedly Violated Debt Collection and Consumer Protection Laws Schneiderman: Debt Collectors That Employ Abusive Tactics Will Be Held Accountable SYRACUSE – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that a court order has been obtained against Med-Rev Recoveries, a consumer debt collection agency formerly located in Liverpool, NY, permanently barring it from operating More »

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Social Lending Marketplace StreetShares, awarding $5,000 to a veteran-owned small business.

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StreetShares, the social lending marketplace has innovative financing tools available for small businesses. In addition to small business loans, there are opportunities to fund small businesses through StreetShare’s program that allows investors to support small business through low interest loans. They’ve also introduced a program, Commander’s Call this is a $5,000 Veteran Business Award. (See More »

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Patti Labelle, Hank Williams Jr. and Jim Gaffigan Headline Final Grandstand Lineup at The Great New York State Fair

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Three Shows Feature Throwback Pricing to Celebrate Grandstand’s Final Year All Shows, Plus Demo Derby and Monster Truck Shows, On Sale July 15 The 2015 Great New York State Fair Grandstand is going out with big names and small prices. Comedian Jim Gaffigan, the legendary Patti Labelle and rebel country pioneer Hank Williams Jr. will More »

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Retailers Scramble to Distance Themselves from Confederate Flag

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Walmart, Amazon, eBay, Sears and Kmart will no longer stock merchandise bearing the Confederate flag after the Charleston church massacre, in a movement  that’s snowballed against what many say is a symbol of racism in the American South. After the shootings at “Mother” Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina; political leaders, retailers and average More »

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A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlement with Aspen Dental Management That Bars Company from Making Decisions about Patient Care in New York Clinics

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Agreement Requires Aspen Dental Management To Pay $450,000 In Civil Penalties After AG Investigation Found The Dental Management Company Was Engaged In The Unauthorized Practice of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Agreement Stops Illegal Fee Splitting between Aspen Dental and Dental Practices; Requires Aspen Dental Management To Be Clear It Is Not A Provider Of Dental Care More »

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The Rachel Dolezal Bombshell and Racial Identity

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The leader of the local NAACP of Spokane, Washington Rachel Dolezal has been “outed” as not being what she says she is. Dolezal, who identifies as Black faced mounting pressure to explain herself as her birth parents made public statements to the effect that, “She’s white”. Immediately there was a firestorm regarding race and racial More »

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Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Backs Onondaga Community College’s Workforce Development Program

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$220,000 grant part of firm’s $1 million commitment to upstate New York SYRACUSE, N.Y., June 10, 2015 – Onondaga Community College received a $220,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase today. The funding will support the College’s Workforce Development efforts, specifically in the training of students for employment in the agribusiness and food processing industry. The College 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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Students Support State Maintenance of Effort Bill, Urge Governor Cuomo to Approve

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Albany – Members of the Student Assembly of the State University of New York (SUNY SA) affirm their support for New York State Senate and Assembly bills S281A-2015/A5370A-2015 (the State Maintenance of Effort bill) by issuing a Memorandum of Support and urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to approve the bill. This legislation would amend current education More »

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Red House Arts Center Presents 13: The Musical

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Red House Arts Center presents 13: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, playing in its MainStage theatre from July 30th through August 8th. In this production, following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents’ divorce, prepares for his More »

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State Labor Department Releases Preliminary June 2015 Area Unemployment Rates

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The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for June 2015. Rates are calculated following procedures prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s unemployment rate relies in part on the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each More »

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New 680 Area Code for 315 Central New York Region Announced

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NANPA Assigns New 680 Area Code for 315 Area Code Region ALBANY — The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today announced that the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) has assigned a new area code for Central New York.  The new 680 area code will provide additional much-needed phone numbers for residents and More »

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Photography Exhibition Reception: Reflections from Nottingham High with portraits by Lida Suchy

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Located in the ArtRage Gallery windows are photographs by Lida Suchy of the top 25 Academic-Achieving 2015 seniors from Nottingham High School. Suchy was compelled to create this portrait series after reading the student’s written reflections in the academic honors ceremony program. Each student’s reflection accompanies her or his photograph in the exhibition. In Suchy’s More »

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A.G. Schneiderman Op-Ed: Ending the Crisis of Confidence in Our Criminal Justice System

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NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman wrote an op-ed in the Huffington Post today on further steps needed to reform the criminal justice system in New York. Below are highlights from the op-ed: ON THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM: There are serious structural issues that must be addressed if all our citizens More »

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Elected Officials, Customers, Advocates, & Phone Workers Slam Verizon’s Declining Service Quality and Failure to Build Out State-of-the-Art Broadband at PSC Hearing

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Letter Calls on Governor Cuomo to Endorse “Connect New York” Petition to PSC for Formal Proceeding Investigating Phone Deregulation Verizon abandoning landline upkeep while City audit shows it is failing to meet its broadband commitments in New York City Hearing is second in series of eight to be held across NYS New York, NY – More »

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Benefits of Credit Unions and Hometown Banks

We all know what credit unions are, but what are ‘hometown’ banks.  Hometown banks are a term I coined that describes banks that are located in your community.  You will not find your credit union and hometown banks located across the country, they are right in your back yard.  What is so great about credit More »

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