It’s been a long time since Saint Marianne Cope established St. Joseph’s Hospital and then left in 1888 as part of a request she answered in 1883 to care for ill Leprosy patients in Hawaii. Her legacy will not be forgotten in Syracuse with a permanent shrine and museum in her honor. The official blessing was held today at the hospital. Sister Geraldine Ching is originally from Hawaii and assisted with gathering the historical journey of St. Marianne.
A number of restaurant owners from around the Syracuse Area were pretty mad at seeing a dip in their business blamed largely on a government decision. Al Barbagallo and his family have run Barbagallo’s Restaurant for 38 years and he shared his feelings.
“Anger…because small businesses employ 95% of the people in this country. Why should somebody get a tax break that I can’t get, why should the empire zone get a tax break or why should Destiny get a tax break.”
Just days before a public meeting about the replacement of I-81 through Syracuse, a closed door meeting was held today with local and State DOT Officials. Senator John DeFrancisco brought in engineering plans provided by his constituents. It calls for building a 1.2 mile tunnel with an overlapping boulevard.
Peace Activists set up a phone booth in downtown Syracuse today to allow people to call their congress members to keep the U.S. completely out of Iraq. They oppose any military intervention there – even the limited involvement proposed by President Obama in response to the advances of Islamic militant groups. Syracuse Peace Council Staff Organizer Amelia Lefevre continues to see a hunger for militarism in government leadership.
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.