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    The company heading the restoration of the former Hotel Syracuse knows many Central New Yorkers have stories about proms, holiday parties, weddings, and other events held at the historic landmark.  Now, they want to hear about those memories, along with any photos.  Hotel Syracuse Restoration Chief Financial Officer Al Gough says most will likely end up on the website hotelsyracuserestoration.com.  But he says some could become part of the new hotel.

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A name synonymous with Central New York’s chapter of the NYCLU for nearly 20 years has taken a new position with Onondaga County.  Lawmakers Tuesday confirmed Barrie Gewanter as the next executive director of the Onondaga County/Syracuse Commission on Human Rights.

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Imagine you’re barbecuing at the park with family and friends during Fourth of July weekend. The sun is beating at the back of your neck and right as the burgers barely start to sizzle on the grill, you hear a gun shot. Then another, and another.

Violence is no stranger to the streets of Syracuse; but after a crime spree over the Fourth of July weekend left 10 people shot and two dead, people have had enough.

Syracuse resident and parent Stephanie Dreher says the community needs to do a better job of coming together to raise their children.

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More than 60 people gathered today in the heart of Downtown Syracuse to discuss the updates to Governor Cuomo’s “Ending The Epidemic” Blueprint. The plan outlines the essential steps that need to be taken in order to end AIDS by 2020. Among those in attendance was Mayor Stephanie Miner who committed to convening a regional task force to combat the epidemic.

CNY HIV Care Network Chair John Wikiera says that with advancements in medicine and accessibility, the idea of stopping new infections in five years isn’t unimaginable.

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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  Jubliee Homes Executive Director Walt Dixie knows a lot still has to happen in the next three to four weeks before the community can celebrate any groundbreaking of a Price Rite supermarket at the corner of South and Bellevue Avenues.  

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Nearly 289 million people are active users on Twitter. But Vera House intern Elizabeth Scheemaker  says she isn’t one of them.

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  About two dozen Central New Yorkers marched through downtown Syracuse Thursday to mark a milestone for older americans.  Members of the Alliance of Retired Americans and AARP joined in singing happy birthday to Medicare signed 50 years ago by President Lyndon Johnson.  Mike from Clay was also on hand.  He’s President of Syracuse Chapter 200 of the National Active Retired Federal Employees, and knows the importance of the program.

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  People have a chance to get a glimpse of history – and be part of it – in Sackets Harbor this weekend.  The annual reenactment of the War of 1812 will have cannon fire, tactile standoffs, artillery shells and an English country dance. 

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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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