Community News

Neighborhood Meetings Start: Future of I-81 Still Up in the Air

Oct 19, 2016
Comments Box on table at Henninger High School.
Elana Sukert, WAER

The first of six Neighborhood Meetings to discuss the I-81 Viaduct Project was held Tuesday night at Henninger High School. The Open House format allowed the public to interact one-on-one with participants involved in the project from the State DOT to architects. Comment boxes were readily available on site as the public were hoping for their opinions to be heard.

Community member Peggy Conan turned out last night to get more insight on the two options left for consideration.

WISE Center Celebrates a Decade of Putting Women in Business

Oct 17, 2016
John Smith / WAER News

A business center dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs has come a long way in the past decade. The WISE center at SU’s Whitman School of Management celebrated its 10th anniversary Monday.  

We started out as a little tiny office and now we have a 1,000 square feet ready for people that are willing to put the work in to becoming a women owned business,” said center director Joanne Lenweaver.                      

Chris Bolt

Visitors to the Erie Canal Museum starting this week can enjoy an elaborate new exhibit that turns the main-floor visitors’ center into a fun and interactive journey through history.


The museum celebrated the completion of the museum’s new permanent first-floor exhibit, “The Erie Canal Made New York” after more than ten years of preparation, design and construction.


Scott Willis / WAER News

Many families in Syracuse may take eating a meal together for granted.  But for those facing hardship, eating as a family may not always be an option. At the Rescue Mission, CEO Alan Thornton says this sparked an idea to expand their food center.

John Smith/WAER News

If the cooler nights don’t already have Central New Yorkers thinking ahead about cold weather, National Grid released its pricing forecast for the Winter Heating Season today in Liverpool.  An average homeowner’s natural gas bills for heating should be around $455.00.  Regional Executive Melanie Littlejohn says that’s about $12.00 cheaper than a typical winter season.

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Hundreds of homeowners along Onondaga Creek on Syracuse’s south side could be required to purchase expensive flood insurance once new FEMA flood maps take effect November 4th.  WAER News checked in with one of the few agencies in town that provides flood insurance to find out what’s involved.  With 876 properties set to be added to the flood zone, you’d think Ellis Moreland and Ellis would be getting a steady stream of phone calls.  Vice President Rhonda Cabrinha says that's not the case.

FEMA Flood Zones Continue to Raise Flood Insurance Questions

Oct 3, 2016

Concerned residents on Syracuse's south side say there are still too many unanswered questions about who will have to pay for flood insurance.  FEMA added 876 new properties to the flood zone along Onondaga Creek in August, and that means  homeowners will soon have to start paying up to $2,000 a year.  Syracuse United Neighbors Executive Director Rich Puchalski says recent meetings haven’t been helpful.

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Hundreds of people in the community turned out Friday to raise thousands of dollars to help fight hunger in the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser.  People lay down 20 dollars, get a hand-made ceramic bowl and a hot-soup lunch, while supporting the cause.  

Local ceramicists and potters, some of them students and others community artists, donated their time over months to hand craft some 1500 bowls for the event.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Concerns over the future of Welch Allyn after an acquisition last year may have eased somewhat Wednesday with an announcement from Governor Andrew Cuomo at the company’s Skaneateles headquarters.

"Welch Allyn, Hill-Rom are not only retaining the 900 jobs, we’re going to add 100 more new jobs to Welch Allyn,” Cuomo said to applause.

Scott Willis / WAER News

Leaders on Syracuse’s north side are concerned about the potential impact of the I-81 project on their neighborhoods.  Director of the Northside Urban Partnership Dominic Robinson stood outside the new One Group Center adjacent to Spencer Street and the freeway.