Syracuse http://wrvo.org en 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 Community job training program will expand http://wrvo.org/post/community-job-training-program-will-expand <p></p><p>A minority workforce training program on Syracuse’s North Side is being expanded with the help of several local agencies.</p><p>Northside UP, a community group targeting the immigrant population in the northern sections of Syracuse, has been running training programs called Green Train and Health Train.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The second has placed a few dozen people <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/hospital-invests-not-only-new-buildings-neighborhood" target="_blank">on the payroll on St. Joseph’s Hospital</a>, also located on the North Side. </span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:22:26 +0000 Ryan Delaney 59370 at http://wrvo.org Community job training program will expand 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 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 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 SU: campus will be "dramatically" impacted by I-81 construction http://wrvo.org/post/su-campus-will-be-dramatically-impacted-i-81-construction <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Syracuse University campus would be greatly impacted by the reconstruction of Interstate 81 through the city, a university working group has determined.</span></p><p>When visitors to the Syracuse University campus exit the Interstate 81 viaduct, they’re currently faced with an “unattractive city fabric,” the study concludes.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:14:25 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58669 at http://wrvo.org SU: campus will be "dramatically" impacted by I-81 construction Starwood announces second hotel coming to Syracuse's Inner Harbor http://wrvo.org/post/starwood-announces-second-hotel-coming-syracuses-inner-harbor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Starwood group is now building two hotels in Syracuse’s Inner Harbor. Word of the second hotel came at the groundbreaking of the first.</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:12:17 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58707 at http://wrvo.org Starwood announces second hotel coming to Syracuse's Inner Harbor Syracuse schools, attorney general reach settlement on discipline http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-schools-attorney-general-reach-settlement-discipline <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Syracuse public school district and the state attorney general's office say they've reached a settlement to curb the district's alarmingly high suspension rate.</span></p><p>The district will amend its code of conduct under the agreement.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58698 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse schools, attorney general reach settlement on discipline Miner calls for increased broadband access in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/miner-calls-increased-broadband-access-syracuse <p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says the city can't have a modern economy without access to high-speed Internet and strong phone service.<br /><br />Miner has recently called for better broadband in Syracuse, and has signed a petition to the state's Public Service Commission asking for an investigation into broadband's rollout in the state.<br /><br />"And what I have seen firsthand is a number of businesses who said they wanted to locate to Syracuse, or expand in Syracuse, but couldn't because of a lack of access to affordable broadband or telecommunications," Miner said.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:08:28 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58350 at http://wrvo.org Red to green: Syracuse working to upgrade traffic signal system http://wrvo.org/post/red-green-syracuse-working-upgrade-traffic-signal-system <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s what every commuter hates when trying to get to work in the morning: red lights. They slow drive times down and waste gas, but&nbsp;the city of Syracuse is working to upgrade its traffic light system, so drivers see more green.</span></p><p>"By coordinating the traffic lights, what happens is, we can tell the traffic light not only how long to be green in a certain direction, but when to go green," explains Harry Carlson of the city's public works department.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:45:13 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58319 at http://wrvo.org Red to green: Syracuse working to upgrade traffic signal system City seizes Hotel Syracuse through eminent domain http://wrvo.org/post/city-seizes-hotel-syracuse-through-eminent-domain <p></p><p>The City of Syracuse has used legal channels to take control of the Hotel Syracuse after several efforts to redevelop the historic downtown lodging site have failed.</p><p>Syracuse and its economic development arm, the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, transferred title of the property to the site's developer, Ed Riley.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:56:41 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58326 at http://wrvo.org City seizes Hotel Syracuse through eminent domain Syracuse museum tells story of St. Marianne Cope http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-museum-tells-story-st-marianne-cope <p></p><p>A museum and shrine honoring St. Marianne Cope is ready for visitors. The center will honor a woman raised in central New York and who became a saint two years ago.</p><p>The museum sits on North Townsend Street, in the shadow of St. Joseph’s Hospital on Syracuse’s northside.&nbsp; Cope was one of the founders of St. Joe’s and current CEO Kathryn Ruscitto says there will always been a connection.</p><p>“The reason we are such a unique institution is because of the roots that started with St. Marianne,” Ruscitto said. “So we are just delighted to have it on our campus.”</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:06:48 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58220 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse museum tells story of St. Marianne Cope New federal program seeks to provide homeless families with longer lasting housing solutions http://wrvo.org/post/new-federal-program-seeks-provide-homeless-families-longer-lasting-housing-solutions <p>Syracuse has the second highest number of homeless children in New York state outside of New York City, according to recent statistics. There are 957 homeless children in the city of Syracuse, 1,401 in all in Onondaga County. Now one organization that deals with that population is hoping a new program will help ease that number.</p><p>This is the time of year things start getting busy at local homeless shelters. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:29:32 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58116 at http://wrvo.org Tighter curves could minimize impact of new I-81 viaduct http://wrvo.org/post/tighter-curves-could-minimize-impact-new-i-81-viaduct <p>Tighter curves built into a new Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse could mean fewer buildings along the highway’s path would need to be torn down.</p><p>Rebuilding the mile and a half of elevated interstate through the city is one of two options transportation planners are recommending for how to replace the current, aging viaduct.</p><p>But a new viaduct would have to be significantly wider than the current one in order to be up to highway standards. It could also be up to ten feet higher.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:39:18 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58012 at http://wrvo.org Tighter curves could minimize impact of new I-81 viaduct Tunnel, depressed highway are out in plans for new I-81 http://wrvo.org/post/tunnel-depressed-highway-are-out-plans-new-i-81 <p>Syracuse looks less likely to go through its own <a href="http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/TheBigDig.aspx" target="_blank">Big Dig</a>, as state highway transportation officials recommend a tunnel or depressed highway are not the best options for a rebuilt Interstate 81 through Syracuse.</p><p>Transportation officials have been considering <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/16-different-paths-new-interstate-81" target="_blank">several variations of four core options</a> for a new I-81: a rebuilt viaduct, a street-level boulevard, a tunnel, or sunken roadway.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:39:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57772 at http://wrvo.org Tunnel, depressed highway are out in plans for new I-81 SU nixes contract with developer for new bookstore http://wrvo.org/post/su-nixes-contract-developer-new-bookstore <p>After years of trying to build a new off-campus bookstore and fitness center, Syracuse University's efforts took a big step back Friday.</p><p>The university canceled its contract with the developer it had selected to build the project along the 600 block of University Ave., just north of the school's main campus.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:41:31 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57688 at http://wrvo.org SU nixes contract with developer for new bookstore Onondaga County Justice Center opens new infirmary to reduce inmate hospital visits http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-justice-center-opens-new-infirmary-reduce-inmate-hospital-visits <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new, higher level of medical care is now available at the </span>Onondaga<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County Justice Center. The new infirmary is located in the downtown Syracuse jail that holds prisoners awaiting trials or transfer to other facilities.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:56:58 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56932 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County Justice Center opens new infirmary to reduce inmate hospital visits Syracuse police union reaches 5-year contract with city http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-police-union-reaches-5-year-contract-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Syracuse police officers have reached a new labor contract with the city, more than three years after the old one expired.</span></p><p>It's not uncommon for police union contracts to lapse, but this one stretched on for a while, mostly over health care costs and coverage.</p><p>The new contract is for five years, but it applies retroactively to when the old one expired at the end of 2010. The 428 Syracuse police officers will have to pay about twice as much for health insurance, but will get two percent raises for 2013, 2014 and 2015.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:56:03 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57236 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse police union reaches 5-year contract with city Syracuse nixes smoking in parks; approves alarm fee http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-nixes-smoking-parks-approves-alarm-fee <p>The Syracuse Common Council has snuffed out the right to smoke in city parks and publicly-owned downtown gathering areas, like Clinton Square.</p><p>The council also formally added the dropping of cigarette butts on sidewalks to its anti-littering ordinance, punishable by a $50 fine.</p><p><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-moves-ban-smoking-city-parks" target="_blank">The laws were written by</a> councilor Bob Dougherty and Khalid Bey, who said they will shift the habits of smokers and protect people in public who don't want to be near second-hand smoke.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:24:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57068 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse nixes smoking in parks; approves alarm fee Paying for street parking in Syracuse? There's an app for that. http://wrvo.org/post/paying-street-parking-syracuse-theres-app <p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:08:54 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56949 at http://wrvo.org Paying for street parking in Syracuse? There's an app for that. Syracuse's Meachem Ice Rink gets a new ice mat, will reopen http://wrvo.org/post/syracuses-meachem-ice-rink-gets-new-ice-mat-will-reopen <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There will be skating at the </span>Meachem<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ice Rink in Syracuse’s Valley neighborhood starting in October.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:23:54 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56918 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse's Meachem Ice Rink gets a new ice mat, will reopen City of Syracuse short on lifeguards heading into summer season http://wrvo.org/post/city-syracuse-short-lifeguards-heading-summer-season <p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 10:32:50 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56572 at http://wrvo.org City of Syracuse short on lifeguards heading into summer season Syracuse moves to ban smoking in city parks http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-moves-ban-smoking-city-parks <p></p><p>Syracuse lawmakers are moving to ban smoking in city parks. And&nbsp;that includes some popular downtown hangout spots.</p><p>An ordinance brought up by the Common Council’s new health committee would prohibit smoking on any land managed by the Syracuse parks department. That includes around the fountains in Columbus Circle and Clinton Square and Hanover Squares.</p><p>The committee is also putting forward a measure to discourage smoking on sidewalks.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 23:52:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56404 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse moves to ban smoking in city parks Syracuse Common Council wants nonprofits to be accountable for city funds http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-common-council-wants-nonprofits-be-accountable-city-funds <p></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 19:45:51 +0000 Ellen Abbott 56408 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse begins insecticide doses to stop Emerald Ash Borer http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-begins-insecticide-doses-stop-emerald-ash-borer <p><object height="300" width="440"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F89351434%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157644808068343%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2F89351434%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157644808068343%2F&amp;set_id=72157644808068343&amp;jump_to=" /><param name="movie" value="https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=143270" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2F89351434%40N05%2Fsets%2F72157644808068343%2Fshow%2F&amp;page_show_ba Tue, 20 May 2014 23:24:58 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56080 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse begins insecticide doses to stop Emerald Ash Borer Syracuse residents ask city for more security cameras http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-residents-ask-city-more-security-cameras <p></p><p>The Syracuse Police Department says its network of security cameras in the city are helping fight crime. And&nbsp;some neighborhood advocates are asking for more.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly 40 cameras have been installed in parts of the city since 2011. They’re on the Near Westside, in the Pioneer Homes complex and </span><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/more-police-cameras-being-added-syracuses-north-side" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">along Butternut Street</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on the north side.</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 11:40:27 +0000 Ryan Delaney 56049 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse residents ask city for more security cameras