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SYRACUSE PARKS
6:56 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Donations to Make Webster Pond More Accessible

Anglers Association Vice President Chad Norton, center, at a news conference at Webster Pond Thursday. Looking on are Onondaga County Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon and Covanta Onondaga Business Manager Kathleen Carroll.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

A popular park in Syracuse’s Valley neighborhood is about to become more accessible to those with disabilities.  Covanta Onondaga, which operates the waste-to-energy plant, has pledged $2,300 to the Anglers Association of Onondaga to construct new bridges and make other improvements to trails at Webster Pond.    Anglers vice president Chad Norton has been a member since 1996, and uses a motorized wheelchair.  He says being able to go all the around the pond will feel like a new door has opened.

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CAMPUS SAFETY
12:58 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Sen. Gillibrand Co-sponsors Legislation Aimed at Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY), center, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-Mo), right, at a Capitol press conference announcing the Campus Accountability and Safety Act.
Credit bbc.com

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is one of eight co-sponsors of a bipartisan bill aimed at bringing sexual assault on college campuses out of the shadows.  The Campus Accountability and Safety Act aims to create accountability and transparency on campuses by giving aggressively penalizing colleges and universities that don’t properly investigate sexual assaults.  

 Gillibrand says the survivors who come forward to tell their stories are the definition of courage.

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USDA FUNDING FOR RURAL AREAS
7:05 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

US Agriculture Secretary Announces Rural Infrastructure Funds

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (left) and CoBank CEO Bob Engel (right) discuss the U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund in Bridgeport, NY
Credit John Smith / WAER News

The US Agriculture Secretary visited the Town of Sullivan in Bridgeport Wednesday to unveil a $10 billion equity program that will provide low-cost loans for rural areas with infrastructure projects on their wish list.

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Community
7:24 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Artists, Artisans, Bring Their Best to Syracuse's People

North McNulty, one of the owners of Twin Oaks Hammocks of VA
Credit Mark Bialczak

  A walk through the downtown Syracuse streets surrendered to the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Fair opens your eyes to artists and artisans of many varieties.

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MORE THAN 10,000 NYS PATIENTS NEED ORGAN MATCHES
3:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Excellus BCBS: Organ Donors Half of National Average in NYS

A map of the NYS Donate Life Organ and Tissue Donor Registry compiled by the New York Alliance for Donation and courtesy of BCBS. Color coded areas represent Upstate NY organ donors.
Credit Blue Cross Blue Sheild.

New York State lags behind the US when it comes to registered organ donors but, ranks as the third highest for patients in need. Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield says that only 48 percent of adults are registered nationwide and only half of that figure, or 22 percent are from New York State. However, Upstate New York has a higher number of registered donors at 32 percent. Meanwhile, BCBS Regional President Dr. Arthur Vercillo sees first hand as a surgeon the positive impacts an organ donor can have on life.

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