Oswego, NY – The Natural Resources Defense Council has issued its annual report on water quality at public beaches. The report determined that ocean, estuaraine and beaches in New York and Connecticut were closed for 1,500 days in 2006 -- an increase of 15 percent over 2005. Dereth Glance of the Citizens Campaign for the Environment spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski about the report's findings.
(The full report is available at http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/titinx.asp)
Syracuse, NY – Arizona based film maker and best selling author Paul Perry is in Central New York for the U.S. premiere of his film, "Jesus: The Lost Years". Based on his book, Paul retraces the steps of a young Jesus and uncovers a story seldom heard in historic and biblical texts. WRVO's Mark Lavonier met with Paul to learn more.
Fulton, NY – Since the early 1900's people have been experimenting with wireless radio. The Fulton Amateur Radio Club recently ran a Special Events Station to celebrate its 50th anniversary. When the day was done, Club members had spoken to over 300 amateur operators in 32 states, 2 provinces and 2 foreign countries. WRVO's Kate Percival has this audio postcard.
Syracuse, NY – Syracuse is one of only three cities in the nation to take part in a pilot program that will allow parents to access direct information to help their children deal with a drug or alcohol problem. The program is sponsored by the "Partnership for a Drug-Free America." WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to the Partnership's President and C-E-O Steve Pasierb about the initiative.
Oswego, NY – The feud between Senate Majority leader Joseph Bruno and Governor Spitzer has escalated. Bruno is calling for an investigation into whether the freshman governor engaged in political espionage over use of state aircraft. Bruno issued this statement to reporters on Thursday. ( Spitzer's office denies there was any spying but is also calling for an investigation to settle the conflict)
Oswego, New York – A candidate running for Onondaga County Executive has announced a nine-point plan aimed at returning money to taxpayers and providing fiscal stability to county government.
WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher spoke with Chairman of the Onondaga County Legislature Dale Sweetland.
Sweetland is being challenged by Joanie Mahoney for the County Executive position. Democratic candidates, Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli and Ed Ryan are also seeking to succeed Nicholas Pirro who retires at the end of the year.
Syracuse, NY – The M-&-T Syracuse Jazz Fest takes place June 29 to July 1st. The annual event is now 25-years old. Frank Malfitanto is the festival founder and executive producer. He spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Syracuse, NY – Prayer vigils and prayer patrols are returning to the streets of Syracuse to help stem the bloodshed that appears to be getting worse among some of the city's young people. The Reverend Larry, Pastor of God's Way Church of Jesus, is the organizer of the annual event. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to him about causes and what can be done to break the cycle of violence.
Oswego, NY – An environmental group is urging the New York State to prohibit the burning of garbage in barrels or refuse heaps. The practice is common in rural areas. The group says "opening burning" is contaminating the food supply with dioxin and other toxic particles. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to Cancer Action's Donald Hassig about the issue.
Oswego, New York – Advocates for pay equity in New York have delivered over 2,000 petition signatures to Governor Spitzer and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno in an effort to protect women and minorities from pay discrimination.
WRVO's Jasmyn Belcher spoke with New York State Pay Equity Coalition's Education Coordinator, Barbara Smith about the legislation she is pushing for.
Oswego. NY – Expand,explore,experience and express are the watchwords for a new program in Oswego County that is reaching out to 13-to-16-year olds. Dubbed "Project X" by its founders, Matt Wood and Gina Holsopple, the program invites its participants to a retreat-like setting to produce an audible work of their own creation as a personal growth experience. WRVO's Mark Lavonier met with members of "Project X" and prepared this report.
Syracuse, NY – A peace demonstration against the Iraq war takes place this afternoon in downtown Syracuse. The event is much different than other anti-war demonstrations -- this one involves children who are part of the Syracuse Community Choir. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke to one of the participants - 13-year old Leyana Dessauer.
Oswego, NY – The Central New York Food Bank is distributing "Bucket Gardens" to help encourage healthy eating. The buckets consist of a bucket filled with soil planted with a tomato seedling. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski asked the food bank's Jessica Garay to explain the program.
Oswego, New York – Much focus has been given this year to the deplorable healthcare treatment soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were receiving. Most disturbing were the stories of soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Oswego County-area had its own personal story with the struggle faced by Joe Godfrey jr., a 24-year-old who suffered from PTSD when he returned from Iraq, only to be murdered months later as he struggled to get the help he needed from the US military.