Local News
12:40 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

CNY Restaurant Owners Express Anger, Seek Help for Business Lost to Destiny Eateries

Are local establishments losing out to people flocking to the mall? Asti Cafe owners joined a meeting looking for answers.

  A number of restaurant owners from around the Syracuse Area were pretty mad at seeing a dip in their business blamed largely on a government decision.  Al Barbagallo and his family have run Barbagallo’s Restaurant for 38 years and he shared his feelings.

“Anger…because small businesses employ 95% of the people in this country.  Why should somebody get a tax break that I can’t get, why should the empire zone get a tax break or why should Destiny get a tax break.”

 

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NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY 2014
11:41 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

CNY Young Men of Color Have Highest Rates of HIV Infection

Young men of color in Central New York have one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the state, and one organization is trying to reach them to get tested.  

 Friday is National HIV Testing Day, which wraps up a week dedicated to increasing the number of those who know their status, not only for their own good, but also to avoid spreading the disease.  

  The Care Network provides education to schools and community members to spread awareness that people living with HIV can still lead long, prosperous lives. 

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2014 Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival
5:15 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

A Weekend of Jazz, Wine, and Arts Comes to Clinton Square in Late July

Credit cnyjazz.org

If you’ve been thinking about some Jazz Music with a sip of wine from the vine… chances are that you live in the right city.  The Northeast Jazz and Wine Fest will bring plenty of music to Downtown Syracuse almost a month from now. 

Organizer Larry Luttinger says there are many acclaimed artists in this year’s line-up.

"That consists of pianist Michael Wolff who did many years as Arsenio Hall music director, Mike Clark best known for his fantastic work back with the  legend Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters back in the eighties and we're bringing in Gil Parris, America's finest guitarist in all possible genres. He's a great blues player, a great smooth jazz player, a great R&B player, a great straight-ahead jazz player. He'll be joining that trio for an hour of fun. "

Some other main stage performers include Sherma Andrews, Michael and Angela Lynn and Marcus Johnson. Luttinger says Johnson will also serve a role as mentor to scholastic musicians. 

"Student groups play, Marcus Johnson listens to them and then he plays with them as a soloist in their final tune. Then he stays on stage, takes the microphone and gives them support of commentary and tips and pedagogical advice in front of an audience of parents and the general public. That way we hope to let the public in on the way jazz concepts are taught." 

Rounding out the two day event are separate stages that feature Mardi Gras inspired music, world beat, local jazz ensembles along with wine tasting.

Larry Luttinger says this year's festival will appeal to all of your senses.

The Northeast Wine and Jazz Fest is scheduled for the weekend of July 25th and 26th and will coincide with Syracuse ArtsWeek.  

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Interstate 81 Replacement
9:13 am
Wed June 25, 2014

New I-81 Replacement Plan Emerges on Eve of Public Meeting

The elevated portion of I-81 continues to be in focus with a new proposal, as well as a public meeting Thursday.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  Just days before a public meeting about the replacement of I-81 through Syracuse, a closed door meeting was held today with local and State DOT Officials.  Senator John DeFrancisco brought in engineering plans provided by his constituents.  It calls for building a 1.2 mile tunnel with an overlapping boulevard. 

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Community
8:54 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Plenty of People Love a Parade of Homes to Take Ideas Back to Their House

  The parking lot was crowded, and hundreds of people milled about the street in Cicero, strolling between the dozen brand new houses on this gorgeous first day of summer.

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Local News
6:36 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Peace Activists Help Residents Call Congress to Keep Military Out of Iraq

Amelia Lefevre is beside the phone booth set up for people to call congress and oppose military intervention in Iraq.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Peace Activists set up a phone booth in downtown Syracuse today to allow people to call their congress members to keep the U.S. completely out of Iraq.  They oppose any military intervention there – even the limited involvement proposed by President Obama in response to the advances of Islamic militant groups.  Syracuse Peace Council Staff Organizer Amelia Lefevre continues to see a hunger for militarism in government leadership.

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24th Congressional Election
6:25 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Rep Maffei says Fixing Roads, Water Systems, Airport Will Boost Economy; Opponent Calls it Politics

Credit John Smith/WAER News

  U.S. Represenative Dan Maffei says Central New York has the potential to transform into a bustling hub for global commerce… but that’s reliant upon one thing, a revamped infrastructure.  Maffei discussed his ideas to revitalize and invest in infrastructure projects across the region Monday.  He was joined by local elected officials from cities and counties in the region.

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University Avenue Project
11:17 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

SU Bookstore & Fitness Center Project Hits Snag: University Fires Developer

Artist's rendering of University Ave. bookstore, fitness center and retail project that has been cancelled by SU due to problems with the developer.

  A project by a private developer that was going to house a new Syracuse University bookstore and Fitness Center has to be put on hold after several financial problems couldn't get resolved.  Cameron Group was gong to build the center on University Ave., adjacent to an existing parking garage.  The University was then going to lease back most of the space to house its primary bookstore, while the developer would rent space to other retailers.

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Universal Pre-K
2:49 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Expansion of Universal Pre-K in New York Going Slower than Expected

Fewer than one-fourth of New York School districts are ready to participate in expanding Universal Pre-K.
Credit Americanprogress.org

  The enthusiasm to expand universal Pre-Kindergarten education across the state is fizzling over money issues…even though the Governor promised a blank check to districts earlier this year.  Now education advocates are saying the effort to get more four-year-olds into full-day preschool might need some retooling.

  It was just this past March during budget talks when expanding Universal Pre-K to all new York families who wanted it was a hot topic.

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Entertainment
12:51 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Jazz Journeys - Episode 14

The legendary Little Jimmy Scott

Vocalist Little Jimmy Scott was an NEA Jazz Master yet he never quite got the recognition he deserved in the jazz world despite having one of the most unique voices in American musical history.  Jimmy Scott passed away on June 12th at the age of 88 and on this edition of Jazz Journeys we look back at the life and legacy of an amazing singer.

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