December 13, 2014
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Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Michel du Cille of The Washington Post dies in Liberia Photojournalist Michel du Cille, a Pulitzer Prize...

Congressman-Elect John Katko, Southwest Community Center Host Toys for Tots and Fresh Food Giveaway

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Hundreds of Toys Available for Central New York Youth Syracuse, New York – U.S. Congressman-elect John Katko (NY-24) today announced that he will partner with the Syracuse Southwest Community Center to host a Toys for Tots giveaway for Central New York children and families this afternoon.  500 toys will be available for pickup.  The Southwest More »

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City of Syracuse Announces Holiday Observances

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse announced today that all administrative offices, including City Hall and City Hall Commons will be closed for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Trash will not be picked up on those days. Thursday trash will be picked up on the Friday after and the Friday routes will be More »

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Syracuse City School District Participates in Vex Skyrise Robot Challenge


Twenty teams from across the Syracuse City School District participated in a competition in the SCSD Vex Skyrise Challenge Saturday, December 6th in the gymnasium at Corcoran High School, 919 Glenwood Ave. The teams were comprised of middle and high school students competing against each other. They used the Vex Skyrise Challenge game ( More »

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Baby Boomers Back In The ‘Hood

After a season in exile from its home turf, the Baby Boomers (over 40) Basketball League took the SouthWest Community Center court Sunday, December 7, two weeks behind schedule. “We lost our home crowd,” league coordinator Ed Mitchell reflected on last season’s location, McChesney Park on the city’s north side. He attributed this year’s delay More »

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New York State’s Division of Consumer Protection Offers Holiday Shopping Tips for Consumers

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The New York Department of State’s Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) today issued tips advising consumers to shop smart this holiday season, and encouraging them to be proactive in fully understanding the terms and conditions of purchases. “We want to make sure the public is mindful of their purchases and their rights as consumers,” stated More »

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Upstate New York adults are more likely to smoke than adults in the rest of the state and nation


An Affordable Care Act provision supports smokers who have resolved to quit SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Cigarette smoking among upstate New Yorkers has steadily declined since 2004, but smoking rates in upstate New York continue to be higher than state and national averages, according to an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield report issued today. “We’ve issued this report More »

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Applications Available For Musicians and Entertainers Seeking to Perform at 2015 Great New York State Fair

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Review of Applicants is Already Underway Musicians, bands, and entertainers who would like to perform at New York State’s largest festival can now apply for consideration for the 2015 Great New York State Fair, according to Troy Waffner, Acting Director of the Fair.  Applications are available at: Applications are reviewed as they arrive.  Reviews More »

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“The celebration of Hanukkah” Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Syracuse Mayor and Rabbi light Menorah in Clinton Square


City of Syracuse celebrates Hanukkah with Menorah Lighting Ceremony at Clinton Square “This evening at sundown, members of the Jewish community all across New York State will begin the celebration of Hanukkah. Hanukkah celebrates the spirit of resilience and dedication of the Jewish people who faced adversity and persecution with fierce determination. As New Yorkers, More »

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America’s Grand Jury and the Ham Sandwich

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I had the opportunity to serve on a Grand Jury in Onondaga County.  At the time, it was understood that everything that went on in that room was secret, not to be shared with anyone.  Unlike a regular Jury, the empanelled the Grand Jury determines if there’s enough evidence to go forward with a trial. More »

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The Pope’s 10 Tips for a Happier Life

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1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, “Move forward and let others do the same.” 2. “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into More »

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Furnishing Oncenter State & Harrison Street Entry Door Replacement BID REFERENCE: 8168


Sealed bids for furnishing Oncenter State & Harrison Street Entry Door Replacement will be received at the Office of the Purchasing Director, 421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 until two (2) o’clock P.M. (local time) on December 22, 2014. Please “click” below for PDF copy of furnishing Oncenter State & Harrison Street Entry Door Replacement More »

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Civic Center Onondaga Room Renovations BID REFERENCE: 8163


Sealed bids for furnishing Civic Center Onondaga Room Renovations will be received at the Office of  the Purchasing Director, 421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 until two (2) o’clock P.M. (local time)  on December 18, 2014.”Click” on link below for a PDF copy of RFB-8163 (See attached file: RFB-8163.pdf) Civic Center Onondaga Room Renovations County More »

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Meeting for the Affordable Care Act Plan/Medicare December 3, at Fountain of Life Church

On Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 11:00am-1:00pm at the Fountain of Life Church located at 700 South Ave, Syracuse, NY the Syracuse Chapter of the National Action Network will hold a workshop meeting on Medicare.  Update:(The meeting has been moved to 119 South Ave.)  We invite the public to learn how the ACA can provide More »

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Statement Regarding Eric Garner and the Staten Island Grand Jury Decision

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“Eric Garner was a husband, father and member of the New York family. “The circumstances surrounding his death were nothing short of tragic. And while there will be people who disagree with today’s grand jury decision, it is important that we respect the legal process and rule of law. At the same time, the justice More »

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Hit Broadway Musical Hairspray Starts Thanksgiving Weekend at Syracuse Stage


(Syracuse, NY)—Bubbling with joy and 60s era music and dance, Hairspray is the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. Tracy Turnblad is a teen whose life revolves around dancing on the Corny Collins TV show. Who knew that a teenybopper TV show could be a catalyst More »

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Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Thanksgiving

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“Thanksgiving is an opportunity to express appreciation for all that we hold dear – to gather with friends and family and celebrate life’s blessings. It is also an opportunity to recommit ourselves to giving back to those around us. “New Yorkers have always been known for generosity and selflessness in times of need. I saw More »

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