Festa Italiana President Ginnie Lostumbo (center) and City Chief of staff Bill Ryan smile during remarks made by Senator John DeFrancisco during the Italian American flag raising ceremony at Syracuse City Hall.
It’s the time of year when Syracuse’s Little Italy reaches Downtown Syracuse for Festa Italiana. When you hear Dean Martin’s voice filling the air with the aroma of Italian foods and baked goods, you better be leaving some room in your belly ! Don’t worry, you can dance it off. City, State and Festival organizers raised the Italian flag this morning to kick-off the 18th annual event.
The Syracuse Police and Fire Department gracefully marched to the Forman Park police memorial Thursday morning to honor those who died on 9-11-2001. Side by side, the members bowed their heads in respect to those who sacrificed their lives.
One New York business person has turned a September 11th experience and combat time in the Middle East into a career helping veterans. WAER’s Chris Bolt reports on Mat Tully’s journey since the terrorist attacks.
Country Music Star Jason Aldean was no match, attendance wise, when offering $1.00 admission to the NYS Fair on Labor Day 2014. More people gave the turnstiles and ticket takers a work-out on Monday than they did when Aldean appeared on Saturday and helped to break the all-time attendance record for that day.
Not everyone is going to the last day of the 2014 State Fair just because of dollar offerings. Syracuse and Central New York workers make the annual trek to the fair to join in strong numbers to show the pride they feel about their jobs, serving their communities and the respective union that backs them with worker's rights and protections. They started off with the usual parade procession from the Indian Village to Chevy Court. CSEA members chanted, "We are the union... the mighty, mighty union," as they held signs.
Listen to marchers chant during the Labor Day Parade.