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Veteran's housing
6:33 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Walls Raised in Newest Habitat for Humanity Build

Volunteers raise the first pre-fab wall for Scott Brennens new home.
Credit Chris Bolt / WAER

Construction began today on a brand new home for Scott Brennen, a disabled veteran of the United States Army who will live in the third Veteran's Home built by Syracuse Habitat for Humanity.  The process of raising the walls began Thursday, with an ultimate goal of completing the home in time for  Christmas. 


Brennen returned from service to a paycheck that was too small to support his family. He explained the process that led him to seek aid from Habitat for Humanity:


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Latino Community
8:17 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Latin Americans Try and Rekindle Syracuse Cultural Festval

Music and Dancing were a big part of this year's Latin American Festival
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

Central New Yorkers took food and fun to Syracuse's Ward Bakery Park for a celebration of Latin American culture Saturday.  The festival is trying to reclaim the reputation that it once had.

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MAKING NEW FRIENDS
11:55 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

CHAT Camp Helps Non-Verbal Kids Connect

Graham Tresness celebrates the first-ever CHAT Camp.
Credit Maria Catanzarite, WAER News

The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University brought together five area children to take part in a week-long camp for kids who chat a bit differently. Everyone has a voice—some just use the touch of a screen. 

Today was the final day of the first-ever CHAT camp, or also known as the camp of “communicative hope through assistive technology.” Speech and language pathologist Beth Tollar thinks kids with unique ways of speaking need to know they aren’t alone.

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Route 81 Future
3:55 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Group of Businesses, Elected Officials Wants To Save The I-81 Bridge

Broad coalition opposes removing the I-81 bridge through downtown Syracuse
Credit John Smith/WAER News

Getting around Downtown Syracuse seemed a little challenging this morning because of the Interstate 81 South closure at Harrison Street.  A local group of business owners, elected officials and community members say it might be a vision of the future. 

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Mandela Day
1:38 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Local Refugees From Africa Honor Nelson Mandela with Community Service

Bhutanese Refugees tend a community garden in Syracuse as a tribute to the service Nelson Mandela displayed in his life.
Credit Atlantic States Legal Foundation

Nelson Mandela turned 95 today (Thursday), and as part of International Nelson Mandela day, people in Syracuse are joining a worldwide effort to serve their fellow man.  One group of local Bhutanese refugees are using this day to make a difference.

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