Wed March 19, 2014

Syracuse group opens home to take in pregnant women

The living room of Joseph's House
Credit Ellen Abbott

A house that opens its doors to pregnant women who don’t have anywhere to live will soon open on Syracuse's Northside.

Joseph’s House, a project conceived by two women who are anti-abortion, seeks to offer pregnant women in crisis another option besides abortion.

Kitty Spinelli of Skaneatelas and Maria Miller of Fairmount are the founders of Joseph’s House, which is housed in a home more than 100-years-old in an undisclosed location on the city’s Northside.  

They said they are already getting calls about pregnant women who have nowhere to go.

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Mon October 7, 2013

Empty building provides graffiti artists with temporary outlet

Tim Van Beveren paints on an outside wall of the empty Tully Street building in Syracuse.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

For the last few years, graffiti artists have been going to an empty building on Syracuse's Near West Side, where they can paint without fear of legal hassle. But while dozens of artists have used this building as their outlet, has it helped decrease the amount of illegal graffiti citywide?

The smells and sounds of spray paint fill the air surrounding the vacant structure at then end of Tully Street, as two men paint thin blue lines while another paints a large, pink alien holding a laser gun.

An outlet to paint

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Wed September 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

New series of public meetings being held to decide I-81's future

A series of neighborhood meetings will help the Department of Transportation decide I-81's future.
Zack Seward WXXI

New York state is holding another round of meetings regarding a topic that could change the face of Syracuse. The Department of Transportation begins a series of neighborhood sessions on Wednesday meant to get more feedback on the future of the Interstate 81 viaduct through downtown Syracuse.

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Thu September 5, 2013
Politics and Government

Miner receives endorsement from environmentalist group

Mayor Stephanie Miner receives an endorsement from the local and regional arm of the Sierra Club.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has some local environmentalists on her side in her race for reelection.

The local and regional arm of the Sierra Club is supporting Miner in her bid for mayor, citing what they say is her ambitious environmental vision for Syracuse. Shortly after becoming mayor, Miner created the Bureau of Sustainability and Environment, dedicated to environmental issues in the city. Miner says these are important issues, even in a time of fiscal instability. She also says city residents appreciate the focus on this issue.

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Mon August 26, 2013
Regional Coverage

SUNY ESF launching bike share program

SUNY ESF is moving forward with a new bike sharing program.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Students at the SUNY campus of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse will be able to borrow not only books, but a bike from the library starting this semester.

The new program is starting small, with five bikes available for students to borrow from the campus' Moon Library. All they have to do is fill out a waiver and rental agreement and pay a $20 bike membership fee, then they'll be entitled to unlimited rentals through the year.   

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Thu August 22, 2013

Maffei says more should be done to make higher education affordable

Congressman Dan Maffei talks to a group of people before President Obama's speech at Henninger High School in Syracuse on Thursday.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

President Obama was at Henninger High School in Syracuse on Thursday evening to discuss plans to make higher education more affordable for students. Congressman Dan Maffei, whose district includes Syracuse, says the president's speech included the introduction of a new college grading method that could influence how federal financial aid is distributed to the nation's colleges.

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Wed August 21, 2013

Syracuse mayoral candidates square off during Campbell Conversations forum

The candidates for Syracuse mayor at a forum for WRVO's Campbell Conversations.
Tom Fazzio

The three candidates in the Democratic primary race for mayor of Syracuse squared off during a forum on WRVO's Campbell Conversations on Tuesday. Incumbent Stephanie Miner will face Common Councilor Pat Hogan, and challenger Alfonso Davis, to see who gets on the Democratic party line in November.

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Fri August 9, 2013

EPA grant funds Onondaga Lake's new environmental steward

Ellen Abbott WRVO

The once heavily-polluted Onondaga Lake has a new environmental steward. The Environmental Protection Agency will fund the position for two years with a $200,000 grant.

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Fri August 9, 2013

Syracuse Councilor-at-Large candidates discuss city government

Three candidates running for Syracuse Common Councilor-at-Large in a September primary joined Grant Reheer's Campbell Conversation to talk about the role of the city's legislative branch of government.

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Tue August 6, 2013

Syracuse mayoral candidate proposes education program for city

Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Syracuse mayoral hopeful Pat Hogan is proposing a ten-point education program for the Syracuse City School District. He's one of four candidates in a Democratic primary for mayor that includes incumbent Stephanie Miner.

Hogan calls education the elephant in the room when it comes to issues facing the city today. He says it's the perceived state of the city schools that drives many families to the suburbs.   

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Thu July 25, 2013

LeMoyne sees rise in students attending Madden School of Business

Dean Jim Joseph stands in front of the new Madden School of Business facility that'll open up this semester.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

LeMoyne's Madden School of Business is seeing a big jump in enrollment. Incoming Dean Jim Joseph says there is a 34 percent increase in enrollment in the business school this semester.

"The last ten years, the average class size of the business school has been in the 90 plus range," Joseph said. "This year, our incoming class will be 126."

The goal is to attract 150 students next year. He says the school's global programs and experiential learning are some of the reasons that the Madden school is seeing that enrollment increase.

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Fri July 12, 2013
Politics and Government

Eyes on Democratic primary in Syracuse mayoral race

Mayor Stephanie Miner submits her signatures to officially be on the ballot in September
Stephanie Miner/Facebook

The focus in the race for mayor in the city of Syracuse at this point is on a September 10 primary. Three candidates have turned in petition signatures this week to get on the ballot in September. Onondaga County Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny says history shows whoever wins that race, will be victorious in November.

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Thu July 11, 2013

Onondaga Lake revival earns exhibit at New York State Fair

A portion of Onondaga Lake is being cleaned by Honeywell
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The story of Onondaga Lake, once called the most polluted lake in the nation, will be told in a major interactive exhibit at the New York State Fair this year.

"We no longer have to look at it and be embarrassed, or discuss what we are going to do. Now we can look back at where we have been and where we are going," said Onondaga County Deputy Executive Matt Millea.

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Mon July 1, 2013

Upstate University Hospital home to new toxicology staff

Credit Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Starting Monday, the emergency room at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse will have the services of medical toxicologists on a 24-hour basis to help diagnose drug overdoses and poisonings. Toxicologist Dr. Ross Sullivan says toxicologists use a number of methods to evaluate a possible overdose or poisoning.

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Wed June 5, 2013
Regional Coverage

More space to get up close with the elephants at the zoo

Children pet Siri, one of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo's Asian elephants, at the opening of a new animal encounter.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Visitors to the zoo in Syracuse will be able to enjoy better views of the elephants and other animals now that a new animal encounter is officially open.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo on the city's west side dedicated the Northwest Mutual Animal Encounter on Wednesday.

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Wed November 14, 2012
Regional Coverage

Affordable housing will replace old Syracuse north side brewery

A rendering of the housing project, called Otisca Commons, to be built at the old Ryan Brewery site.
Housing Visions

An affordable housing organization is moving forward with plans to build a mixed-use, low-income housing project on Syracuse's north side where a brewery once stood.

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