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Medicare Open Enrollment
10:02 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

CNY Medicare Beneficiaries Have Just a Few Days to Change Coverage

Medicare Myths and Behaviors might not serve beneficiaries best.
Credit UnitedHealthCare

Central New Yorkers who are on Medicare need to make any changes in their plans by the end of open enrollment, December 7th.  Officials with UnitedHealthCare Medical and Retirement in Syracuse want to make sure people aren't confused about enrolling through the Health Care Exchanges that are part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Surgical Tech Program
5:29 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

OCC Program Enjoys Success Starting Medical Careers

Students in Surgical Technician Program get hands-on training that helped all members of the last class pass national certification.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Onondaga Community College’s Surgical Technician Program is receiving a lot of attention after recent graduates earned high scores on the national certification exam. The 10 month program at OCC is a crash-course in physiology and surgical procedure, where students learn the skills needed to assist surgeons and nurses during surgeries. 

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CNY SPCA
6:54 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

SPCA Looking for Holiday Giving to Finish Kennel Renovations

View of the old kennels for large dogs at the CNY SPCA. The group launched donation drive Monday to renovate them.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

The Central New York S-P-C-A is hoping people’s holiday generosity will help them make their kennels a little more joyous for the animals.  Officials say newer facilities might be better for both the pets and the workers.

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CRIME AND SAFETY
6:21 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Burglar Alarm Legislation Delayed...Again

Syracuse City Hall

Unanswered questions and lack of support delayed a planned vote by Syracuse Common councilors Monday to impose a $30 annual fee on burglar alarm owners.  The measure has been discussed since March as a way to recover the cost of police responding to numerous false alarms.  

 

City officials say there were more than 9,800 alarms last year, and all but 14% were false.  The yearly assessment for the more than 13,000 households and businesses with alarms would raise about $360,000 dollars a year.  Business groups have been opposed to the measure from the beginning.  

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Local News
3:05 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

"Buying Local" in Syracuse for The Holidays?

Mars Jewelry in Eastwood is offering specials to reel-in holiday shoppers
Credit John Smith / WAER News

Not every holiday shopper wants to compete with everyone else for gifts during annual Black Friday sales at malls.  There are plenty of people who are experiencing a leisurely pace this weekend, walking from store to store at Armory Square in Downtown Syracuse.  The secret shoppers we spoke with are searching for those special gifts such as Greg (yes, a man who actually shops early) from the city.

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