CARBON POLLUTION
7:05 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

EPA Hosts Discussion Panel in Syracuse on New Proposed Regulations

A view from the roundtable discussion held at the Syracuse City Hall Commons atrium downtown
Credit Sarah Brechbill / WAER News

A few dozen Syracuse-area residents gathered today to talk about climate change at a community roundtable today hosted by EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck.  

She opened the discussion with some staggering statistics, noting that this past May was the hottest May in over 130 years of recorded temperature records.  Enck said that fossil fuel power plants - those that burn coal, oil, and gas - produce about 40% of all greenhouse gas pollution. The EPA has a history of regulating other air pollutants, and now it's planing to address the greenhouse gas pollution problem.

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BUILDING CLOSURES
1:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Water Main Breaks Close Civic Center, Chase Building Downtown

Syracuse Water Dept. workers repair a water main break at the intersection of E. Jefferson and Montgomery Streets that closed the Civic Center.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Onondaga County officials today announced that the Onondaga County Civic Center will close to the public and most employees today as of 12:30 due to the loss of potable water and sanitary services after being impacted by a nearby water main break. 

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DRONE CRASH REPORT
12:29 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Crashed Air Force Drone was Flying with Gear that Couldn't Handle Cold

An MQ9 drone like this crashed into Lake Ontario last November.
Credit Ryan Delaney / Innovation Trail

  The remotely piloted Air National Guard drone that crashed last November into Lake Ontario was flying with equipment that likely couldn’t function properly in cold weather.   Besides some clouds on Nov. 12, 2013, Air National Guard crew members recalled to accident investigators that it was a nice day for flying.

But it was a cold, late fall day, just below freezing on the ground at Fort Drum, where the Air National Guard launches its remotely piloted aircraft for training missions over upstate New York. 

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Arts & Culture
7:12 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Rolling Hills of OCC Again Prove Welcoming for M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest

A supportive crowd enjoying Jazz Fest
Mark Bialczak

The hills were alive with the sound of music.

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CRAFT BEER
1:47 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Local Brewery Hopes to be a Model for Growing Industry

Sen. Chuck Schumer reveals the bottle that could soon hold beer grown from ingredients grown by Empire Brewing Co. on its farm in Cazenovia. Owner David Katleski is at left.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

A popular craft brewery in Armory Square hopes to bottle its beer for the first time in its 20-year history with an expanded farm and bottling facility in Cazenovia.   Empire Brewing Company owns 22 acres of land off Route 13, and wants to grow the hops and barley there to make more beer in order to meet increasing demand. 

     

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CNY Ronald McDonald House in Need of Donations
12:15 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

CNY Ronald McDonald House is Celebrating Christmas in July to Drum Up Donations

The CNY Ronald McDonald House
Credit John Smith/WAER News

The Ronald McDonald House of Central New York is hoping the spirit of Christmas giving will help them drum up donations for their annual Christmas in July Campaign. The home opened the doors of its new location in December of 2012 in Syracuse. 

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OCC's COLLEGE FOR KIDS
11:34 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

It's Really "Rocket Science" for These CNY Grade School Students

Kelsie Bottari with her rocket
Scott Willis WAER News

The term “rocket science” actually means something to the 3rd through 8th graders enrolled in Aerospace Engineering Camp at OCC's College for Kids…like, what goes up must come down, but not always where you expect.

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Hawley Green Open Houses
4:47 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

New Business Owners in Hawley-Green Optimistic About Struggling Neighborhood

A brightly-colored exterior of the Wine @ 105 shop shows some of the investment and business growth that's going into the area.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Three relatively new businesses in the Hawley-Green Neighborhood of Syracuse held a joint ‘open house’ today to gain a little more exposure.  The business owners see the once-struggling area as ‘on the way up.’  They also got a bit of a helping hand to be part of the area’s revitalization.  Tim Ahart owns the Wine at 105 store…and feels they opened at the right time.

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REAL ESTATE
6:39 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Syracuse Land Bank Opens Bidding for First "Deconstructions"

611 Park Street is one of the properties set for deconstruction. Bidding for it and two other houses ends July 23.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

The Greater Syracuse Land Bank is hoping to deal with its most blighted properties in a more sustainable way by having them deconstructed and recycled instead of demolished and sent to a landfill. The first round of bids includes three houses for deconstruction, and organizers are hoping that the pilot program will grow and result in a boost for jobs and job training opportunities in Onondaga County. Interested contractors attended an information session Thursday, and were able to inspect any of the three homes up for bid.

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ONONDAGA LAKE IMPROVEMENT
2:35 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Onondaga Lake Amphitheater, West Shore Revitalization Plans Unveiled

A rendering of the proposed Lakeview Amphitheater.
Credit Onondaga County

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney unveiled preliminary plans Wendesday for a $100 million revitalization of the west shore of Onondaga Lake.  It was the first and possibly only public meeting on the massive project, which was first announced in late January with a visit from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 

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