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It might not be the time of year we associate with gardening but, Dr. King Elementary School in the Syracuse City School District is starting theirs soon.  The Urban Garden Project is designed to bring better nutrition to students and let them know what crops they can grow by Thanksgiving. Organizer Mike Atkins explains that living conditions for city residents are tough.

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A new AARP survey of about 800 residents in Onondaga County shows there is a growing concern if they’ll have enough money on hand to live comfortably when they retire.  The sampling of local working residents who are registered voters shows that 16 percent of Gen Xers, and 23 percent of Boomers don’t have access to retirement savings.  Even worse, AARP State Director Beth Finkel says about 3.5 million New Yorkers employed by private industry don’t have a defined benefits package or a 401K.  

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  The Sheriff department has purchased new devices that could save more lives in Onondaga County and save tax payer money. Sheriff Eugene Conway announced that 95 Automated External Defibrillators would enhance public safety. Conway says when he served as Police Chief in Dewitt, he witnessed occasions when people were rescued from fatal circumstances.  

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  About 150 homeless and hurting Syracuse-area veterans will soon receive comfort kits put together by board members, volunteers, and staff with the American Red Cross. Board member Rob Just says about 75 of them will be distributed to injured vets at the VA; other 80 will be handed out to homeless veterans around Syracuse during the next two weeks.  

“The bags that are going to go to the VA hospital have a bathrobe and shower slippers,” Just said. “The homeless kits have wool hats, wool gloves, and the sweatsuit.”

  A Syracuse financial advisor is offering investors some perspective on the impact China’s economy had on investments, portfolios and retirement accounts.  China is the world’s second largest economy...and when the dragon roars, investors here in Central New York can  fear the consequences.  


  China’s Currency is all over the news...and you might be wondering if there’s any relationship between you and the Yuan.  Well the devaluation is intended in part to help make China’s exports more attractive to the rest of the world.  

DeWitt Canal Day Reaches 47 Years

Aug 3, 2015
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Thousands attended the 47th annual DeWitt Canal Day over the weekend trying to raise more awareness about the recreation and other advantages the area has for the region.  Event supervisor Christine Manchester says the trail system along the canal does draw significant attention.

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  About two dozen people took to the streets of Syracuse Wednesday to try and make it easier to get in and out of their homes.  People with mobility issues and challenges can have a long wait for housing that meets their needs. 

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The Onondaga Lakeview Amphitheater project is moving full speed ahead to time to welcome its first official act during the 2015 New York State Fair. Construction crews have been busy working a couple of shifts daily for months.  Country singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert will be the first official concert act on Thursday, September 3rd. In a statement provided by the County Executive’s office and concert promoter Live Nation, the singer acknowledges that she is no stranger to the area.

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At least things seem to go together well when we approach these hot days of summer, a shady spot, cool drinks and music!  The line-up of Jazz in the City will return next month with four free concerts to cover all city neighborhoods with national and local jazz artists.  Organizers are offering more concerts this year after being awarded a $10,000 dollar “Challenge America” grant.  Larry Luttinger says the concerts are being delivered to residents who may not ever be able to travel downtown for the larger summer festivals.