Community News

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About 100 Syracuse University students and staff gathered in front of Hendricks Chapel as the sun set Monday evening to hold a candlelight vigil in honor of those who lost their lives in the Paris terrorist attacks.  The remembrance featured representatives of every faith tradition who offered their thoughts and read passages from their respective religious texts.  Devon Bartholomew is the Assistant Baptist Chaplain at Hendricks.


Many Onondaga County homeowners have probably received information in the mail from the water authority about an optional water line protection plan.  Authority executive director Michael Hooker says they began looking into the plans because many water lines in the system are 50 to 100 years old.  In addition, Hooker says last winter’s extreme temperatures froze the service lines of 500 customers.  So, OCWA considered three service providers, and settled on HomeServe.

Scott Willis / WAER News

  The past, present, and future of the U.S. military was celebrated across Central New York on Wednesday in honor of Veterans Day. The Onondaga County War Memorial hosted its annual Veterans Day Ceremony where County Executive Joanie Mahoney marked the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War in her speech to the crowd. 

"Desert shield, Desert Storm and we come together as a community each year on this day to assure all veterans that we are eternally grateful for their service"

Veteran Lynn Sweatland from Liverpool reflected on his service over the years. 

For almost a quarter century of my life here in Central New York, Lights on the Lake was something that danced in the outer portion of my holiday brain without really taking a whirl on center stage.

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  Can the wide strip of asphalt that is Erie Boulevard regain some of the attraction of the old Erie Canal?  The Town of Dewitt and City of Syracuse are holding an ideas competition to improve boulevard and canal called “Elevating Erie.”  

There are a couple of problems here.  For one, Erie Boulevard is not as attractive as it might be for shoppers and the businesses that call it home. 

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At 3 a.m. on Easter Sunday in 2000, Waliek Hamer was shot down at Grandma’s Burgers on South Salina Street. For 15 years, his killer went uncharged. On Thursday, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick announced that they finally have the ballistic evidence to place the murder weapon in the suspect’s hand.

Keely Sullivan / WAER News

  A new dog shelter opened today at a place many might not expect.  Officials cut the ribbon at the Second Chance Canine adoption shelter at the Jamesville Correctional Facility.  The new shelter will be run by inmates who will work with dogs and learn dog training skills for future jobs. County Executive Joanie Mahoney is thrilled with the new job training initiative. She says the dogs will improve inmate behavior and also the community.

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 A milestone today in the several miles of roadway that’s been transformed to try and bring parts of the community together.  Phase Two of the Connective Corridor is now complete and was celebrated with an event that ceremoniously laid the last pavers.

Planned Re-opening of Former Hotel Syracuse Brings the Old and New Together

Oct 13, 2015
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  It was a meeting of the past and the present on Tuesday between general managers of a downtown Syracuse landmark.  Spencer Wallace ran the former Hotel Syracuse from 1964 to 1984, before it ran into financial trouble. He was joined by the general manager of what will become the Marriott downtown Syracuse, and the 92-year-old reminisced about the role the hotel played in the community.

  Provisions Bakery has reopened its doors after a six-week renovation period. The Armory Square establishment has served goodies to its customers for the last 27 years while also serving its staff with an opportunity.

Access CNY Director for Mental Health Programs Ken Mack explains Provisions Bakery is not only a transitional workplace for people with disabilities.