Matt Johnston http://wrvo.org en Balloons fly high over central New York http://wrvo.org/post/balloons-fly-high-over-central-new-york <p>The annual Jamesville Balloonfest held this weekend was packed to the brim with family-friendly entertainment, while organizers kept a watchful eye on the weather.</p><p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:08:47 +0000 Matt Johnston 20729 at http://wrvo.org Balloons fly high over central New York SU student remembered http://wrvo.org/post/su-student-remembered <p>It&rsquo;s been just over a week since Syracuse University student Bassel Al Shahade was killed in Homs, Syria. Last night, friends, colleagues, and teachers gathered on the SU Hill to remember him.</p><p>Many also hope the event brings awareness to the violence in Syria.</p><p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 13:43:26 +0000 Matt Johnston 20411 at http://wrvo.org SU student remembered Alec Baldwin pays a visit to Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/alec-baldwin-pays-visit-syracuse <p>Syracuse got a taste of star power this past weekend as television and film star Alec Baldwin stopped by the Landmark Theater.</p><p>Baldwin was there to host a showing of the film &ldquo;Gasland,&rdquo; an award-winning anti-hydrofracking documentary.</p><p>He also moderated a panel after the movie with experts opposed to hydrofracking and members of the community to discuss the issue. Hydrofracking has been banned in New York while the state reviews concerns over the process for drilling natural gas.</p><p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 17:42:10 +0000 Matt Johnston 20361 at http://wrvo.org Alec Baldwin pays a visit to Syracuse Changes to Global History and Geography Regents Exam under consideration http://wrvo.org/post/changes-global-history-and-geography-regents-exam-under-consideration <p>For a while now, getting through high school has meant getting through all five of those all-important Regents Exams. But that may be changing.</p><p>Amidst an ongoing discussion about how to get more kids to graduation through different pathways, the Board of Regents may be making some changes.</p><p>And those changes have a lot to do with one specific exam &ndash; The Global History and Geography exam. Unlike other Regents Exams, this one takes place after two full years of cumulative study.</p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 14:10:00 +0000 Matt Johnston 19669 at http://wrvo.org Changes to Global History and Geography Regents Exam under consideration Central NY health officials work to prevent EEE http://wrvo.org/post/central-ny-health-officials-work-prevent-eee <p>Three people have died in the last three years in Central New York from the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, which can be spread from mosquitoes to&nbsp; humans.</p><p>The deaths have sent scares across the region, and the health departments in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, and Oneida Counties are taking it seriously.</p><p>&ldquo;It is a rare disease, but it is a very fatal disease and I think that that is very frightening for everybody,&rdquo; remarked Onondaga County Health Commissioner Cynthia Morrow.</p><p> Thu, 17 May 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Matt Johnston 19421 at http://wrvo.org Central NY health officials work to prevent EEE Remembering fallen members of the police force http://wrvo.org/post/remembering-fallen-members-police-force <p>It was a day of remembrance today in Syracuse at the newly renovated Forman Park. Mayor Stephanie Miner, Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler, and Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh were all on hand to honor members of the police force that have fallen in the line of duty.</p><p> Tue, 15 May 2012 18:32:18 +0000 Matt Johnston 19301 at http://wrvo.org Remembering fallen members of the police force Animal cruelty laws questioned in a public hearing http://wrvo.org/post/animal-cruelty-laws-questioned-public-hearing <p>New York state wants to know if you think your pets are being protected. The state Committee on Agriculture held a public hearing Wednesday on animal cruelty laws.</p><p> Thu, 10 May 2012 14:33:24 +0000 Matt Johnston 19026 at http://wrvo.org School Budget Series: Suburban schools prepare for difficult times http://wrvo.org/post/school-budget-series-suburban-schools-prepare-difficult-times <p>We&rsquo;re less than a week away. On Tuesday, New Yorkers will flock to the polls to vote on their respective school budgets. Tuesday will be the first time budgets will be voted on since New York state adopted the property tax cap that limits the amount districts can levy taxes to their constituents.</p><p>The cap is putting pressure on schools in the suburbs of Syracuse, but pressure is not new &ndash; it&rsquo;s part of a growing trend in budget problems for public schools.</p><p> Wed, 09 May 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Matt Johnston 18903 at http://wrvo.org School Budget Series: Suburban schools prepare for difficult times Skaneateles undecided about hydraulic fracturing http://wrvo.org/post/skaneateles-undecided-about-hydraulic-fracturing <p>The Finger Lakes are buzzing these days with the debate on hydro-fracking and many communities want it banned.&nbsp; Thursday night the town of Skaneateles held a public forum to give residents the chance to speak their minds about a proposed law to prohibit the controversial process for natural gas drilling.</p><p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 15:09:02 +0000 Matt Johnston 17926 at http://wrvo.org Skaneateles undecided about hydraulic fracturing Village of Seneca Falls no longer a village http://wrvo.org/post/village-seneca-falls-no-longer-village <p>The Village of Seneca Falls is officially no more. In March of 2010 residents voted to dissolve it into the town, and it takes effect right now. WRVO's Matt Johnston has more.</p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 12:17:28 +0000 Matt Johnston 12109 at http://wrvo.org Postal Service cuts to affect next day delivery http://wrvo.org/post/postal-service-cuts-affect-next-day-delivery <p>It’s something we’re used to – sending out a card or a thank you letter one day, and expecting it to get there the next. As WRVO’s Matt Johnston reports, come this Spring that won’t be so easy.</p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 13:07:24 +0000 Matt Johnston 11412 at http://wrvo.org Central NY man brings Santa to special needs children http://wrvo.org/post/central-ny-man-brings-santa-special-needs-children <p>Visiting Santa can be a hectic time for children with special needs and their parents. WRVO's Matt Johnston went to visit a man in Clay who has a simpler solution to bring the North Pole to special needs children</p> Fri, 09 Dec 2011 14:08:37 +0000 Matt Johnston 10806 at http://wrvo.org Central NY man brings Santa to special needs children Quilt exhibition educates people about AIDS awareness http://wrvo.org/post/quilt-exhibition-educates-people-about-aids-awareness <p>Thursday is World AIDS Day and a special quilt exhibition is taking place in Syracuse. WRVO’s Matt Johnston visited the Southwest Community Center to see the quilts and talk to the Central New Yorkers who are making it happen.</p> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 12:09:00 +0000 Matt Johnston 10338 at http://wrvo.org