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An abandoned and run-down Verizon building that looms over Green Street in Camillus may have finally met its match. Senator Chuck Schumer joined Camillus Mayor Patricia Butler and residents in seeking to clean up or tear down what they deem an unkempt eye sore. 

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  Onondaga County did its part to keep the Spirit of ‘45 alive Friday with a day of festivities marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War two.  Officials kicked things off with the unveiling of a new 10-photo display at the War Memorial that will be available until August of 2016.  U.S. Army Air Corps veteran Ed Zaluski of Cicero was there, and says his journey began when he was a teenager in 1943.

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Thursday was a perfect day for the 6th annual Block Party in Skiddy Park on Syracuse’s Near West Side.  Music blared from speakers as hundreds gathered in the park to play in the bounce houses, try their hand at games, get dunked in the dunk tank, or just enjoy a hot dog.  

  Director of the Near West Side Initiative Maarten Jacobs says the celebration has come a long way in six years.  

Our drive to Ostrom Avenue and Thornden Park is an annual summer must.

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  The solemn beat of a drum and a slow procession through downtown Syracuse Thursday marked the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Dozens of people of all ages joined the march, which snaked through downtown from Clinton Square to Everson Plaza during the lunch hour.  Long-time Syracuse Peace Council activist Diane Swords says the bombings might seem long ago and far away, the threat of nuclear proliferation continues to grow.

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    The company heading the restoration of the former Hotel Syracuse knows many Central New Yorkers have stories about proms, holiday parties, weddings, and other events held at the historic landmark.  Now, they want to hear about those memories, along with any photos.  Hotel Syracuse Restoration Chief Financial Officer Al Gough says most will likely end up on the website  But he says some could become part of the new hotel.

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Imagine you’re barbecuing at the park with family and friends during Fourth of July weekend. The sun is beating at the back of your neck and right as the burgers barely start to sizzle on the grill, you hear a gun shot. Then another, and another.

Violence is no stranger to the streets of Syracuse; but after a crime spree over the Fourth of July weekend left 10 people shot and two dead, people have had enough.

Syracuse resident and parent Stephanie Dreher says the community needs to do a better job of coming together to raise their children.

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More than 60 people gathered today in the heart of Downtown Syracuse to discuss the updates to Governor Cuomo’s “Ending The Epidemic” Blueprint. The plan outlines the essential steps that need to be taken in order to end AIDS by 2020. Among those in attendance was Mayor Stephanie Miner who committed to convening a regional task force to combat the epidemic.

CNY HIV Care Network Chair John Wikiera says that with advancements in medicine and accessibility, the idea of stopping new infections in five years isn’t unimaginable.

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  Jubliee Homes Executive Director Walt Dixie knows a lot still has to happen in the next three to four weeks before the community can celebrate any groundbreaking of a Price Rite supermarket at the corner of South and Bellevue Avenues.

  People have a chance to get a glimpse of history – and be part of it – in Sackets Harbor this weekend.  The annual reenactment of the War of 1812 will have cannon fire, tactile standoffs, artillery shells and an English country dance.