Greek 'Peak Fest' July 19
11:29 am
Thu April 10, 2014

'Peak Fest' Music Event Features Ski Resort's Summer Appeal

Greek Peak will promote its Hope Lake Lodge and other summer activities during its 'Peak Fest' Music Festival.
Credit GreekPeak.net

  Summer season might not be the time you think about heading to a ski resort. Greek Peak owners John Meier and Marc Stemerman have been skiing on the mountain for the past thirty years. But it wasn’t until last summer that they took time to enjoy the off season.

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Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer. She has interned for NPR at Weekends on All Things Considered and for WNYC at On The Media.  She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She loves the Boston Celtics unconditionally.

City Budget
5:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Miner's Proposed Budget Poses Concerns for Key Council Member

Chair of Syracuse Common Council's Finance Committee, Kathleen Joy.
Credit syrgov.net

The Chair of the Syracuse Common Council's Finance Committee is concerned the Mayor may be relying too much on the city's reserves in her budget proposal. Councilor Kathleen Joy and her colleagues began budget hearings Wednesday to go over the $660 million spending plan line by line.  Joy says using 20 million dollars in rainy day funds doesn't seem to address past warnings from the Mayor herself.

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Live Music
11:54 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Mimi Jones to perform at Evening of Jazz and Wine

On April 25th at 6:30 p.m., WAER will present the annual Jazz and Wine fundraiser in partnership with the Community Folk Art Center. This year's event will feature the talented bassist and vocalist, Mimi Jones. Jones played in Syracuse last year as part of Tia Fuller's ensemble at WAER's Jazz Appreciation Month concert last year. This time around, Jones is showcasing her unique individual talents as a performer and composer.

 

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Alan Greenblatt has been covering politics and government in Washington and around the country for 20 years. He came to NPR as a digital reporter in 2010, writing about a wide range of topics, including elections, housing economics, natural disasters and same-sex marriage.

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Hillside Work-Scholarship
10:44 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Syr Program to Keep Kids in School and Get Jobs Gets Boost from Corporate Challenge Race

Hillside's Work Scholarship Connection will get proceeds from the 2014 Corporate Challenge Race.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  A Syracuse program to help kids in school and in their futures is getting a big helping hand this year.  The Chase Corporate Challenge this June will give proceeds to Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.  

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Sports
8:01 am
Wed April 9, 2014

After a long winter, Syracuse Chiefs fans were ready for baseball

The Chiefs at NBT Stadium opening day
Credit Mark Bialczak

One quick trip around the outside of NBT Bank Stadium on Opening Day last Thursday showed just how much Central New Yorkers want this to be a breakthrough season for the Syracuse Chiefs experience.

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Equal Pay Day
7:02 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Senator Gillibrand Champions Equal Pay for Women and Minimum Wage Hike

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand speaks at the Maxwell School of Citizenship in January 2014.
Credit WAER News

Women might be the key in passing an increase to the federal minimum wage – or at least that’s how New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to frame the wage legislation to her congressional colleagues.  She highlighted the issue Tuesday on “Equal Pay Day,” the date to which women would have to work to match the pay men got for the same job last calendar year.  

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Live Music
1:16 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month in Syracuse

 

Every year, April represents a month of awareness and appreciation. It is Autism Awareness Month, National Poetry Month, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Public Radio Music Month, just to name a few. While in the midst of all the events and observances taking place during this busy time of year, be sure to embrace one annual celebration that is centered around slowing down and letting loose: the observance of Jazz Appreciation Month.

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CITY BUDGET
11:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Miner's Budget Proposal Would Add Police Officers, Firefighters

Mayor Miner flanked by Police Chief Frank Fowler, left, and Fire Chief Paul Linnertz, right. Behind them are members of the common council.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner releases her budget proposal Tuesday, and it includes five million dollars to hire more police officers and firefighters.  As many as 25 new police officers and 25 firefighters could be on the streets starting next year.   Miner says it's about balancing retirements and new positions with overtime costs.    Miner says the city can’t hide behind its money troubles and do nothing.   Common Council majority leader Helen Hudson says unless the state or federal governments provide more resources, that’s all they can hire for right now.  

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