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University Avenue Project
11:17 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

SU Bookstore & Fitness Center Project Hits Snag: University Fires Developer

Artist's rendering of University Ave. bookstore, fitness center and retail project that has been cancelled by SU due to problems with the developer.

  A project by a private developer that was going to house a new Syracuse University bookstore and Fitness Center has to be put on hold after several financial problems couldn't get resolved.  Cameron Group was gong to build the center on University Ave., adjacent to an existing parking garage.  The University was then going to lease back most of the space to house its primary bookstore, while the developer would rent space to other retailers.

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FARMERS BRING THEIR CROPS TO CLINTON SQUARE
2:22 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Downtown Syracuse Farmer's Market Kicks-off the 2014 Summer Season

Fruits on sale at the Downtown Farmer's Market.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

The summer harvest is here and a bountiful selection of crops of fresh fruits and vegetables are ripe for the picking in Syracuse. The Downtown Farmer’s Market kicks off its season today in Clinton Square with over 50 farmers and produce dealers.  Delaney Farms from Syracuse has made countless trips over 28 years.  Joanne Delaney says all of  their products are homegrown.

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6th Homicide in 2014
2:03 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Suspect in Stabbing Death Turns Himself In to Syracuse Police

Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler announces to public suspect in Saturday stabbing death is in custody.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Syracuse Police have arrested a suspect in Saturday’s stabbing death in Solvay who they say turned himself in.  31-year-old Jerry Benton of 261 W. Ostrander Ave in Syracuse is accused of second-degree murder for killing 29-year-old Brian Sheppard.  Police have video surveillance and eye witnesses to help identify Benton as the suspect.  Fowler was grateful the public helped.

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HOCKEY / SKATING RINK TO STAY OPEN YEAR-ROUND
2:28 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Meachem Rink to Reopen with New Refrigeration Technology. Price Tag: 460K in State Capital Dollars

From left to right: Common Councilor Bob Dougherty, Senator Dave Valesky, City of Syracuse Parks and Rec Commissioner Baye Muhammad, Mayor Stephanie Miner, and Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli (partially obstructed).
Credit John Smith/WAER News

The City of Syracuse Parks and Recreation Department had to put the Meachem Rink operations ‘on ice’ in April when the cooling system broke down.  Thanks to State Grants and the research for a less expensive solution, the rink will reopen in the fall.  Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and Senator Dave Valesky helped to secure about $460,000 dollars in capital support.  Valesky says the timing was right after recently finalizing the State Budget.

Listen to John Smith's interview with Senator Dave Valesky and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner concerning the upgrades that will be made to Meachem Ice Rink in the Valley Section of Syracuse.

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LAWRENCE J. HACKETT, JR. IS BEING HONORED
5:27 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Proposed Agent Orange Fairness Act Named After Syracuse Native

Judge Joseph Fahey speaks about his friend Lawrence J. Hackett, Jr.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

A Central New York Vietnam Veteran who likely died of cancer from Agent Orange exposure now has his name on proposed legislation to support other veterans and families.  The Lawrence J. Hackett, Jr. Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Fairness Act unveiled today would ensure that veterans and their families would get the necessary healthcare and compensation to cover them.  A longtime friend of Hackett’s, Judge Joseph Fahey says his friend’s story is similar to others.

Listen to Congressmember Dan Maffei talk about Agent Orange and what Veterans are covered for health insurance.

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