HISTORIC PRESERVATION
12:05 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Historic Mansion Returning to its Former Glory

The front of the Babcock-Shattuck House facing E. Genesee St.
Scott Willis WAER News

A vacant, boarded-up mansion that held a gloomy presence over the corner of East Genesee and Westcott streets for years now shines as an example of historic preservation.  The exterior of the former Babcock-Shattuck house is all but finished, and work has shifted inside.  Plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling are mostly installed, and framing is ready for drywall.   The Queen Anne-style house was built in 1895, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Kevin Kniestedt became the host of Morning Edition on WFAE in September of 2013. Prior to that, he spent twelve years in public radio in Seattle/Tacoma and Spokane, Washington, where you could find him on the air just about any random hour of the day. Kevin has spent time hosting both news and music, has interviewed the likes of Dr. John, Chick Corea, and Branford Marsalis, and has authored the list 1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die. Kevin is also a huge sports fan, loves a good film festival, and can often be found indulging on a massive plate of nachos.

Report Those Potholes
4:36 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

See Any Potholes Syracuse? (can you miss 'em?) Mayor Miner Wants to Know

Mayor Miner publicizes ways residents can report potholes and track their repair.
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

More complaints about pot holes has Mayor Stephanie Miner calling on Syracuse residents to help the city locate and fix them. New efforts and technology by the Department of Public Works are trying to solve a deep problem.

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Anya Kamenetz is NPR's lead education blogger. She joined NPR in 2014, working as part of a new initiative to coordinate on-air and online coverage of learning.

Kamenetz is the author of several books about the future of education. Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006), dealt with youth economics and politics; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green, 2010), investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. Her forthcoming book, The Test (PublicAffairs, 2015), is about the past, present and future of testing in American schools.

EARTH DAY 2014
4:40 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Syracuse College Campuses Getting Ready for Earth Day

Who's keeping watch on the environment ? Maybe this owl hanging out on the SUNY ESF Campus Wednesday for the Birds of Prey show.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

44 years have passed since Earth Day was launched and it seems people are more mindful than ever before about reducing their carbon footprint.  Adopting sustainable practices can begin today and higher education is taking a large role.  Syracuse University’s Sustainability Division is constantly working on the effort.  Marketing Manager Melissa Cadwell they’re looking for some extra help on Earth Day between Waverly Ave and Harrison Street on the hill.

Listen to the Birds of Prey Show with Lisa Schumacher. She presented on Monday with her furry friends on Monday as part of SUNY ESF's Earthweek.

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EARTH DAY 2014
6:23 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Calling Attention to Climate Change for Earth Day

Credit Greening USA

 Central New Yorkers might see some new billboards and other messages next week urging people to think of the consequences of climate change and to do something about it.   Local organization Greening USA is launching an advocacy campaign on Earth Day to raise awareness about the impact of climate change.   Advocacy Committee Chair Peter Wirth says climate change is  more serious than most people think.

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Entertainment
5:45 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Jazz Journeys - Episode 12

It's slogan is "The Finest In Jazz Since 1939."  The historic Blue Note record label celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014. Grant Green, Jimmy Smith, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon...the list goes on and on. A label with a rich history and so much tradition that has provided jazz lovers some of the most memorable recordings ever made.  

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F.O.C.U.S. Forum
4:16 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Housing in CNY Might Not Meet Needs of Aging Baby Boomers

Lake Sumter Landing in Florida is an example of one kind of communtiy designed to cater to aging baby boomers
Credit FOCUSSyracuse.org

Focus Greater Syracuse is looking to the community for ideas on improving housing in order to keep aging baby boomers in the area.

“We need their money.  We’ve been talking for a long time in Central New York about keeping our younger population, which is a huge challenge.  We need to keep our older population, if for no other reason, selfishly, they are the wealthiest part of our population.  We need their money,” says Realtor Don Radke

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PUBLIC SERVICE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
7:01 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Fowler High School to be Phased Out in Favor of New Technical High School

Fowler High School will transition to a new education model, becoming the Public Service Leadership Academy in four years
Credit Chris Bolt / WAER News

A new academy will be phased in at the former Fowler High School in Syracuse starting this fall.  Poor state performance is forcing the change, which was approved Wednesday by the SCSD Board of Education.

It will be called the Public Service Leadership Academy, and will include four career-specific academies:   First Responder, Homeland Security, Military Science and Entrepreneurship. Within those academies, students can opt-in to eleven more narrow career pathways – all under one roof. 

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NY 22nd Cong Dist
5:58 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

An Opponent for Rep Richard Hanna Ready to Attack His Record

NYS Assembly Member Claudia Tenney is challenging Richard Hanna for the GOP nomination for Hanna's congressional seat.
Credit Tenney's Assembly Website

A state assembly member is ready to kick her campaign to jump to the federal government into high gear.  Claudia Tenney is trying to wrestle the republican nomination away from incumbent congress member Richard Hanna in New York’s 22nd district.  Tenney is calling Hanna a disappointment to conservatives…noting at least one publication calls him the third most liberal G-O-P house member.  She believes asserting her conservative credentials will help her win a primary.

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