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  A unique approach to housing the homeless took a step forward today when a small duplex opened in Syracuse to give two people a home of their own.  The tiny homes might be a novelty; the purpose might also be unique.

Syracuse Neighborhoods Will Jam When "Jazz in the City" Returns in August

Jul 19, 2016
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Outdoor summer jazz music is not over yet, as Syracuse organizers of “Jazz in the City” announced their lineup Tuesday.  Backed by local R & B band “The Black Lites,” Common Council President Van Robinson says the planned four concerts are about coming together as a community.

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  Local residents who like the idea of a trail around Onondaga Lake might like to know about a federal program that could help complete it.  After years of a construction stalemate, Onondaga County has applied for a federal transportation grant that would pay most of the cost of finishing the 13-mile loop.  Senator Chuck Schumer was in Syracuse on Monday touting the benefits of completing the trail.

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  Central New Yorkers who aren’t playing Pokémon Go, or don’t know what it is, have probably wondered why people of all ages are walking around, almost aimlessly, staring at their smartphones.  Some in the tech community see what could be the beginning of a trend.

It’s a new world for Pokémon fans in search for Eevies and Jigglypuffs…

The goal is to catch as many Pokémon as you can.  I talked to an app development, consultation, and design team called Bojaga Studios at the Syracuse Tech Garden to find out the appeal.  

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The Metamorphosis of the State Fairgrounds will be dually new territory for car enthusiasts and attendees alike at this year’s Syracuse Nationals.  It’s a feeling of “what the heck happened here?”  But as shiny, pinstriped vehicles fill in to park on what will serve as the new midway in a little over a month, eyes will concentrate more on some of the hottest wheels in town.  The kind people dream of owning as kids playing with scale cars.  It’s all about the paint and what’s under the hoo

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  Central New Yorkers who visit the Rosamond Gifford Zoo can once again see elephants playing in the water.  Officials opened the new pool area on Tuesday, and the elephants could already be seen taking a dip.  Zoo Director Ted Fox says many families and visitors have been very anxious to see what the new habitat will look like.

New York State Department of Transportation

  The often slippery winter traveling conditions along the Onondaga Lake Parkway and high volume of traffic leading to cross-over accidents is having the State Department of Transportation looking at room for improvement.  A public meeting will discuss some of the possibilities. 

Scott Willis / WAER News

  A pop-up bicycle repair clinic in Syracuse’s Skiddy Park is proving to be more than a place where kids can learn how to repair a flat tire or fix their brakes.  The small effort seems to be going a long way to bring some positive energy to the park and a neighborhood with a history of crime and violence.

Scott Willis / WAER News

  You may not be able to see it on a sunny day, but when it rains you may find yourself looking at a new take on sidewalk art.  The lack of rain means Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection Commissioner Tom Rhoads had to innovate.  

"Right now we're in dry weather, but what we're going to do is activate the art.  Let's see what happens," Rhoads said as water was poured on the sidewalk.  "So, it says, 'Keep litter out of the forecast.  Connect the drops.  Save the rain.'”                                 

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Central New York’s own orchestra Symphoria will be taking the stage at the Lakeview Amphitheater for the first time ever on July 4th.  The concert will also include a fireworks display immediately after the performance.  Musician and Organizer Jon Garland says the selections should put everyone in a patriotic mood.

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