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NEW TRAFFIC AND PARKING PATTERNS
3:53 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

City of Syracuse Makes Roadway Changes in SU Area to Test New Cyclist and Pedestrian Safety Measures

Construction will affect Comstock, Waverly, and the area between South Crouse Avenue and the Newhouse II building.
Credit Keegan Tatum

  Bikers and Pedestrians might no longer feel they have dodge cars around the Syracuse University area after significant changes to a pair of major streets. 

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POLICE SURVEILLANCE
6:53 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Sixteen More Cameras Will Keep Watch Over Two Syracuse North-side Neighborhoods

Maps of the locations for the new police cameras
Credit Scott Willis / WAER

More surveillance cameras are coming to Syracuse’s north side neighborhoods, where city officials are confident that these cameras will reduce neighborhood crime.  Over a crowd of cheering citizens, Mayor Stephanie Miner announced Tuesday that a set of nine police cameras will be installed in  the Washington Square neighborhood, and seven will go up in the Hawley-Green neighborhood within the next six months.   Miner says these C.O.P.S (Crime Observation and Protection System) cameras have been used successfully throughout the City of Syracuse.

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COLUMBUS DAY 2014
11:11 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Does Syracuse's Columbus Day Celebration Need to Appeal to a Wider Population?

A small crowd gathers for the Columbus Day wreath-laying ceremony on Columbus Circle.
Scott Willis WAER News

Those who organize Syracuse’s annual wreath laying at Columbus Circle say it might be time to celebrate all immigrants on Columbus day, not just Italians.  Syracuse’s north side Italian American community raised the money to build the monument to Christopher Columbus in 1932, and an annual ceremony continued Monday for a 37th year.  But president of the Columbus Monument Association Michael Vavonese says maybe the holiday should embrace all groups…

Maybe one sign that the holiday and it's significance need re-thinking is the relatively low turnout at the ceremony.  Elected officials and media almost equaled the roughly 20 spectators who attended.  But Vavonese says when the monument was erected  82 years ago, the struggles of Italian immigrants were still fresh.

Domenick Brancato came to America from Sicily as a young boy in the late 1960’s.  He’s run restaurants and pizza shops in the community for 30 years.  

Members of the Josephine Federico youth chorus sang an Italian hymn as officials placed a wreath at the base of the monument on Columbus Circle.  

COUNTER-CELEBRATION

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Salina Man Indictment
5:21 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Salina Man Indicted on Manslaughter Charges Following Death of His Daughter

District Attourney Bill Fitzpatrick, center, speaks following Glenn Collins' indictment Thursday alongside Captain Dan Brogan, left, and Undersheriff Warren Darby, right.
Credit (c) Scott Willis, WAER.

An Onondaga County Grand Jury has indicted Glenn Collins on charges stemming from his alleged role in the death of his daughter. District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says an investigation has shown Glenn Collins had been using a generator in the basement to power his Salina home after National Grid terminated his services as a result of years of non-payment. On August 28th, the day before his daughter Gabriella died, Fitzpatrick says Collins and a female friend had gone to the Turning Stone Casino, leaving Gabriella and his 14-year old son, Jaden, at home. 

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Community
6:54 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Baby Boomers Offered Help to Stay Active in Business and Community After Retirement

More than 80 Baby Boomers got encouragement and advice about using their skills and experience after retirement.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  Baby Boomers in Syracuse don’t have to stop working when they retire, in the traditional sense… it could actually just be the beginning of new career.  A new initiative in Syracuse hopes to get boomers putting their skills and experience to work to benefit the economy and local communities.

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