Ellen Abbott http://wrvo.org en New York State Fair changes midway, keeps traditional flair http://wrvo.org/post/new-york-state-fair-changes-midway-keeps-traditional-flair <p></p><p>Every year there are new attractions or cosmetic changes at the New York State Fair in Geddes. This year, when the fair gates open Thursday, visitors will see some of the most dramatic differences in decades.<br /><br />It’s the biggest change at the fair in 73 years, says Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner. An all new midway, with long-time show operator James E. Strates out and Michigan-based Wade Shows in.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:39:46 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60567 at http://wrvo.org New York State Fair changes midway, keeps traditional flair New dental program provides free care for homeless, uninsured http://wrvo.org/post/new-dental-program-provides-free-care-homeless-uninsured <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s a new free dental clinic in the city of Syracuse, attached to the </span>Amaus<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Health Services clinic at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Syracuse. The idea is to offer basic dental care to the homeless and people who have no dental insurance.</span></p><p>The first patient is a Syracuse man named Barry. He says his mouth is a mess after years of neglect.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:15:07 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60267 at http://wrvo.org New dental program provides free care for homeless, uninsured Onondaga County legislators request take home vehicle audit http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-legislators-request-take-home-vehicle-audit <p>The Onondaga County Comptroller’s Office will start an audit of so-called take home cars used by employees of various county agencies after the work day is done.<br /><br />Onondaga County Legislator Chris Ryan says the idea is to get a kind of macro look at how county employees use these government-owned vehicles.<br /><br />"What we’re trying to find out through an audit, is the amount of vehicles out there, how many miles, what are they being used for, how many times have they been responding out of hours with such vehicles,” Ryan explained.<br /> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:46:27 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60119 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County legislators request take home vehicle audit Increase in complaints over fire pits in Syracuse has lawmakers looking for compromise http://wrvo.org/post/increase-complaints-over-fire-pits-syracuse-has-lawmakers-looking-compromise <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">For many in central New York, this is fire pit season. In the city of Syracuse, common councilors are looking for ways to keep disputes about fire pits from burning out of control. Lawmakers have been receiving complaints from some homeowners who say their houses get filled with smoke from neighborhood fire pits. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:56:03 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60113 at http://wrvo.org Increase in complaints over fire pits in Syracuse has lawmakers looking for compromise Schumer visits Syracuse to push for ABLE Act savings plan http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-visits-syracuse-push-able-act-savings-plan <p></p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:14:49 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60040 at http://wrvo.org Schumer visits Syracuse to push for ABLE Act savings plan Purple Heart Day special for one central New York veteran http://wrvo.org/post/purple-heart-day-special-one-central-new-york-veteran <p>Today is Purple Heart Day -- the annual, nationwide commemoration of the thousands of American soldiers either killed or wounded while serving in the military who have received the medal. And it is an extra special day for one central New Yorker.<br /><br />Dan Hunnicutt is an acting chaplain in Oswego County who runs a ministry with his family meant to help veterans. He often wears his medals when he goes to meet troubled vets as a kind of conversation starter. He now has a new one to share.<br /> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:22:31 +0000 Ellen Abbott 60057 at http://wrvo.org Purple Heart Day special for one central New York veteran Bedbug problem hits Syracuse again http://wrvo.org/post/bedbug-problem-hits-syracuse-again <p></p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:59:06 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59787 at http://wrvo.org Bedbug problem hits Syracuse again Onondaga County extends public comment period for amphitheater project http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-extends-public-comment-period-amphitheater-project <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Residents have almost an extra month to weigh in on the initial environmental impact statement for the proposed Lakeview Amphitheater facility along </span>Onondaga<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lake. This move follows criticism among lawmakers and the public that the environmental scoping process for the $100 million project was rushed.</span></p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 10:44:27 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59994 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County extends public comment period for amphitheater project Syracuse combats lack of affordable housing by educating landlords http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-combats-lack-affordable-housing-educating-landlords <p></p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:59:55 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59972 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse combats lack of affordable housing by educating landlords Syracuse groups come together to stop youth substance abuse http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-groups-come-together-stop-youth-substance-abuse <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A group of organizations in Syracuse is creating a coalition meant to attack the problem of youth substance abuse in the city.</span></p> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 11:37:29 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59885 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse groups come together to stop youth substance abuse Madison County to take advantage of new federal bank program http://wrvo.org/post/madison-county-take-advantage-new-federal-bank-program <p></p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:34:39 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59782 at http://wrvo.org Madison County to take advantage of new federal bank program Health advocates promote "She Matters" mammogram campaign in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/health-advocates-promote-she-matters-mammogram-campaign-syracuse <p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:08:08 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59705 at http://wrvo.org Health advocates promote "She Matters" mammogram campaign in Syracuse Harassment law catches up to the digital age http://wrvo.org/post/harassment-law-catches-digital-age <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Central New Yorkers trying to help victims of domestic violence are happy that </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that deals with the changing technology.</span></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:56:02 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59649 at http://wrvo.org New organization's goal is to Solarize Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/new-organizations-goal-solarize-syracuse <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s a movement afoot in the Syracuse area to get more people to install solar energy technology in their home or business.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59567 at http://wrvo.org New organization's goal is to Solarize Syracuse Peace activists says drone protests at Hancock Air Base will continue http://wrvo.org/post/peace-activists-says-drone-protests-hancock-air-base-will-continue <p></p><p>Activists opposed to drone warfare continue targeting the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base north of Syracuse.<br /><br />During a protest at the air base last week, local upstate drone activists were joined by some members of the Atlantic Life Community Activists, an East Coast-based group of pacifists.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:18:56 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59542 at http://wrvo.org Peace activists says drone protests at Hancock Air Base will continue In New York's 128th Assembly District race, a familiar matchup returns http://wrvo.org/post/new-yorks-128th-assembly-district-race-familiar-matchup-returns <p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:07:05 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59366 at http://wrvo.org In New York's 128th Assembly District race, a familiar matchup returns Public hearing for Solvay amphitheater draws criticism http://wrvo.org/post/public-hearing-solvay-amphitheater-draws-criticism <p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:34:22 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59359 at http://wrvo.org Public hearing for Solvay amphitheater draws criticism Empire Brewing Company says new brewery will create distinctive craft beers http://wrvo.org/post/empire-brewing-company-says-new-brewery-will-create-distinctive-craft-beers <p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:33:12 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59308 at http://wrvo.org Empire Brewing Company says new brewery will create distinctive craft beers The Film House moves forward with plans for first and second movies http://wrvo.org/post/film-house-moves-forward-plans-first-and-second-movies <p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:53:03 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59218 at http://wrvo.org The Film House moves forward with plans for first and second movies OCC joins forces with Cazenovia College with "2+2" program http://wrvo.org/post/occ-joins-forces-cazenovia-college-22-program <p></p><p>Onondaga Community College is tapping another central New York College to join it’s "2+2" partnership stable.<br /><br />Cazenovia College is the latest institution to sign this kind of partnership agreement with OCC. What it does is allow students to take two years of directed coursework at the community college, then transfer to Cazenovia, to get a bachelor's degree.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:41:14 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59285 at http://wrvo.org OCC joins forces with Cazenovia College with "2+2" program Syracuse's Tech Garden receives needed upgrade http://wrvo.org/post/syracuses-tech-garden-receives-needed-upgrade <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Technological times have changed since the Tech Garden set up shop on Warren Street in Syracuse almost ten years ago.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:24:49 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59058 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse's Tech Garden receives needed upgrade Despite construction and ribbon cuttings, Syracuse lags in job creation http://wrvo.org/post/despite-construction-and-ribbon-cuttings-syracuse-lags-job-creation <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The sight of cranes in the air, and shovels in the ground abound in central New York this summer.&nbsp; That doesn’t jive though, with the latest job figures from New York state that the Syracuse area continues to lose jobs at an alarming rate.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:29:38 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59186 at http://wrvo.org Despite construction and ribbon cuttings, Syracuse lags in job creation Cancer center in Syracuse opens, bringing new technology to the region http://wrvo.org/post/cancer-center-syracuse-opens-bringing-new-technology-region <p></p><p>A ceremony in Syracuse Friday launched the new face of cancer treatment in central New York. The Upstate Cancer Center is ready for patients, and assistant director Dick Kilburg says its innovative design merges nature and advanced cancer-fighting technology. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:08:54 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59095 at http://wrvo.org Cancer center in Syracuse opens, bringing new technology to the region Syracuse could become temporary home for immigrant children http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-could-become-temporary-home-immigrant-children <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Syracuse could be a potential landing spot for unaccompanied immigrant children who’ve been crossing the Mexican border in droves in recent months. Mayor Stephanie Miner is hoping a letter to the president can bring those kids to central New York sooner rather than later.</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:54:51 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59057 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse could become temporary home for immigrant children State police helicopter move leaves gap in service in Onondaga County http://wrvo.org/post/state-police-helicopter-move-leaves-gap-service-onondaga-county <p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:41:39 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59035 at http://wrvo.org State police helicopter move leaves gap in service in Onondaga County Small group protests housing Central American immigrants in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/small-group-protests-housing-central-american-immigrants-syracuse <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some central New Yorkers opposed to the idea of housing immigrant children who are waiting to be deported in Syracuse are protesting.</span></p><p>A dozen or so protesters carried signs that said things like, “Honk if you support legal borders” in front of the Sisters of Saint Francis property on Syracuse’s Northside during rush hour Wednesday evening.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:53:51 +0000 Ellen Abbott 59006 at http://wrvo.org Small group protests housing Central American immigrants in Syracuse Schumer hopes federal funds will help local brewpub expand http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-hopes-federal-funds-will-help-local-brewpub-expand <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The <a href="http://empirebrew.com/" target="_blank">Empire Brewing Company</a> in Syracuse is planning an expansion that will let the brewpub create a new kind of farm-to-bottle brewing model. </span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:43:49 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58885 at http://wrvo.org Schumer hopes federal funds will help local brewpub expand Schumer says Whole Foods considering downtown Syracuse location http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-says-whole-foods-considering-downtown-syracuse-location <p>Less than two weeks ago, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) vowed to help attract a grocery store to Syracuse’s Armory Square neighborhood. Monday, he announced that the trendy organic grocer Whole Foods has returned his call.<br /><br />“They are interested in Armory Square. And they are going to visit -- myself, the mayor and representatives of Whole Foods -- in the fall,” said the senator.<br /><br />Schumer says one thing that has grabbed Whole Foods attention is that the only other store in upstate New York, in Albany, has exceeded its sales projections.<br /> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:07:32 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58872 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse's Rosamond Gifford Zoo celebrates 100 years http://wrvo.org/post/syracuses-rosamond-gifford-zoo-celebrates-100-years <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>Rosamond<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Gifford Zoo is beginning it’s second century in Syracuse.</span></p><p>When the zoo opened it’s doors 100 years ago, visitors were treated to some birds and a bear. Director Ted Fox says it’s important to take stock after a century.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:26:59 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58568 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse's Rosamond Gifford Zoo celebrates 100 years Statewide GOP candidates follow Astorino's lead to secure anti-Common Core ballot line http://wrvo.org/post/statewide-gop-candidates-follow-astorinos-lead-secure-anti-common-core-ballot-line <p>Republicans vying for statewide office continue pushing an anti-Common Core ballot line they’re trying to get in place for the November elections.<br /><br />Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino announced this week that he’s trying to create a ballot line called “Stop the Common Core.” Now, other statewide GOP hopefuls are explaining why they like the idea.<br /><br />Bob Antonocci, who's running for state comptroller, says Common Core was something forced on the state with the promise of federal dollars.<br /> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:02:37 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58700 at http://wrvo.org Statewide GOP candidates follow Astorino's lead to secure anti-Common Core ballot line