ST. PATRICKS DAY IN SYRACUSE
3:21 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Poster Artist Adds His Touch to Syracuse's St. Patrick's Festivities

Poster Artist John Francis McCarthy and Parade Pres. Janet Higgins.
Credit John Smith / WAER News

The green stripe has been painted on Salina Street.  Parade-goers are getting their green on.  It's time again for St. Patrick's Day Syracuse-style.  The 32nd annual parade gets underway Saturday at noon, and focuses on Ireland's 32 counties and four provinces.    But amid the revelry, floats, green beer, and Irish dancers is the the  poster designed with a piece of Irish history.  

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I-81'S FUTURE
2:28 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Experts to Share Transportation Project Experiences, Offer Insight on I-81

Interstate 81 looking north at the I-690 interchange.

A number of experts will be coming to the Syracuse area over the next few months to share their experiences with transportation projects on a scale similar to what’s ahead for Interstate 81.  The series is being organized and co-sponsored by the city, county, and state. County Executive Joanie Mahoney expects the experts will be a wealth of information.  Mahoney says the speakers are intended to complement the displays and materials at the Carnegie library on Columbus Circle where people can stop in at their leisure to learn more about the options and process.

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FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
6:15 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Food Bank Examines Scope of Hunger in Central New York

Volunteers from Dairy Marketing Services help sort food at the Food Bank of Central New York
Credit Food Bank of Central New York

The face of hunger is changing locally, according to an assessment completed by the Food Bank of Central New York.  The Food Bank recently wrapped up a survey of the scope of hunger in the region, and the results supported stories they’ve heard from their emergency food program partners.  Food Bank Executive Director Kathleen Stress says the picture of hunger has traditionally been a homeless man visiting a soup kitchen.  Now, she says it’s shifted, and it can be more present in your daily lives than you might expect:  

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New York State Canal Clean Sweep
5:54 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

NY Parks & Trail Urges Community Members to Participate in Canal Clean Up

This photo was taken at Camillus Erie Canal Park on the Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour. The next Clean Sweep for this location is Saturday, April 26.

The agencies that run the Erie Canal recreation trail and waterway are trying to get the community into the Earth Day spirit by having them sign up for clean-up events. This week the Canal Corporation and Parks and Trails New York will host its ninth annual Canal Clean Sweep. The Canalway Trail runs 277 miles and is open to a variety of recreation. Fran Gotcsik with Parks and Trails says people can get a group together, and they’ll find some work for them.

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Sports
8:29 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Now You Can Be Ready to Talk ACC Tournament History

NC State's Tom Burleson scores against Maryland in the 1974 ACC Tournament
Credit YouTube

It's conference tournament week, when so many eyes in Central New York focus on Syracuse's success against the rest of the ...

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2014 Governor's Election
7:55 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Donald Trump Fires Up GOP Crowd in Syracuse But Doesn't Step Into Governor's Race

Donald Trump Addressed Onondaga County Republicans on taxes, fracking, climate change, his business ventures, but did not say he's entering Governor's race.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Celebrity Business mogul Donald Trump energized an Onondaga County Republican crowd during a visit Tuesday night.  Trump covered a wide range of issues...but said little about the topic everyone wanted to hear.

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VETERAN EMPLOYMENT
6:10 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

CNY Veterans Can "Start Up and Grow" at OCC

Credit sba.gov

Veterans and active members of the military will gather for workshops and networking next week in hopes of getting tools they need to start their own business.  The Small Business Administration’s 7th Annual "Operation: Start Up and Grow" conference will be held March 20th at Onondaga Community College.   

Cathy Pokines is Deputy District Director at the SBA.

Pokines says that foundation is designed to help veterans who already seem to be a natural fit for starting a business.   

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