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  You will never guess who was throwing punches and kicks on Lodi Street in Syracuse this afternoon.   

About 25 disabled and elderly participants were taught to use pens to poke people in the arm, prevent chokeholds, and hit people with their elbows to defend themselves.

Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Central New Yorkers are being encouraged to get out on their bicycles through the Cycle in the City series that started Sunday.  Organizers hope people get healthy, while learning a little about Syracuse. 

The theme of Sunday’s first 20-mile ride was water.

Some three years ago, Victoria Coit and Vanessa Campbell partnered on a project they named  SOTE.

Rob Romano/WAER News

 Central New Yorkers curious about living downtown will get their chance to see what it has to offer this weekend. A self-guided walking tour is being put on this Saturday that opens the doors to 8 different buildings from apartments to condos. Executive Director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse Merike  Treier says downtown has a lot of housing to offer.

Chris Bolt/WAER News

  The change to nice weather means another reality… it’s time for property owners to spruce up their properties.  In recent days, you’ve probably seen city D-P-W trucks going through neighborhoods removing yard waste and other items brought to the curb. If not, they’re on the way. Mayor Stephanie Miner says we’re beginning to see what was hidden from view during the winter.

“It ended very suddenly and we have as a consequence lots of litter and trash and debris throughout the city.”

Chris Bolt / WAER News

Three years and nearly $15 million later, 10 scattered properties on Syracuse’s north and south sides are about to be built or rehabilitated into high quality affordable housing.  A groundbreaking for the Salina Crossing project was held Friday.    The centerpiece will be a mixed-use building on the former site of the once grand Otisca building on North McBride street, which fell into disrepair and was ultimately demolished. Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development Paul Driscoll says the hardest part is finished…

Scott Willis / WAER News

The New York State Department of Transportation released its list of three final options that the state will consider for the I-81 Viaduct thru Syracuse, and a tunnel is one of them.   The others in the 261 page "scoping report" include a community grid (boulevard) alternative, and three versions of a new viaduct.

Scott Willis / WAER News

The head of an LGBT support group says a Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage would be very meaningful for the older LGBT population they serve.  Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Tuesday on two issues regarding same-sex marriages.    Executive Director of Sage Upstate Kim Dill  says older couples have waited for this their entire lives. 

Onondaga Historical Association / used with permission

It was late the night of April 26, 1865  when President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train made a brief stop in Syracuse on it’s way to the president’s final resting place in his home state of Illinois.  Onondaga Historical Association Curator of History Dennis Connors says that spring,  many families were reeling from the civil war.  Thousands of men from Onondaga County had volunteered to fight.

For years, Kimberly Rossi has been pointing me toward stories that have turned out to be good. I'd get a message or a phone call, pleasantly worded and toned. When a CD from Syracuse blues band The Fabulous Ripcords turned up hand-dropped in my Eastwood mailbox as promised, it came with her calling card: Indigo Productions.

  Fine album from Irv Lyons, and he and his fellow First Nation band mates went on to gain recognition at the Native American Music Awards, too. Later, a story idea for my markbialczak.com blog wasn't about music, but rather alerted me of the good work done by Dr. Joan Laura, who on Veterans Day would devote her Eastwood practice to free dental care for those who'd served our country. I didn't go when Rossi invited me to a media get-together to meet Jessica Lahr, Mrs. New York State, but I took notice later when one of Lahr's appearances raised recognition for the services provided abused women by Syracuse's Vera House.

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