Syracuse VA Will Offer Classes to Teach Veteran Families about Mental Health and the "New Normal"

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The Syracuse VA Medical Center is about to start-up another series of classes for families of veterans struggling with mental illness.  This marks the 11th year the VA has partnered with the National Alliance for Mental Illness, or NAMI. 

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When Tom Chapin does a benefit concert in Syracuse later this week to help Food Bank of Central New York, it turns out he's carrying on a decades-long tradition for him and his family.

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More than 900 Syracuse City school children will be going home with a backpack full of food every weekend thanks to a program that aims to fill gaps in hunger for under resourced families.  It’s called “Blessings in a Backpack,” which has grown this year to include five schools. 

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  The New York State Fairgrounds played host to the New York State Arms Collectors Association’s gun show over the weekend, which drew second amendment supporters and gun enthusiasts. The show has been in Syracuse since 1938. Well over 1,000 tables were set up for the buyers and sellers of the wide variety of guns, ammunition, knives, and more. One of the six directors of the show Doug Roberts says that although most of the transactions are business deals, many of them are historically driven.


Sports are hard to predict, but let's be honest that's what makes it fun. The season so far for the Syracuse University Football team has featured some unexpected key players. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we'll hear the stories of a few of those players making a name for themsleves.

First, WAER's Anthony Mazzini gives us the inside scoop on Freshman Andre Cisco and what coach Dino Babers like most about the ball hawking defensive back. Then, Tim Leonard introduces us to Andre Szmyt the unlikely walk-on who won the kicking job and hasn't looked back.

Syracuse Defense Dominates Florida State in 30-7 Rout

Sep 15, 2018

  It wasn’t always pretty, but Syracuse (3-0, 1-0) played staunch defense to beat Florida State, 30-7, this afternoon inside a sweltering Carrier Dome. The win was the team's first against the Seminoles since 1966.  


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Onondaga County homeowners are being asked to shell out an additional $30 next year to help cover the cost of repairing and maintaining the aging sewer system as part of Joanie Mahoney’s 2019 budget proposal.  She delivered her $1.3 billion spending plan to lawmakers Friday. 

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The Catholic Diocese of Syracuse is offering a ‘Mass of Forgiveness’ at all churches this weekend as an attempt to heal wounds from child sex abuse cases.  Local cases first became public from 2002 to 2006. 

Health care isn't always a priority if you're homeless or in poverty.  Many don't have access to care or can't afford it.  But there's a collaborative effort to help some organizations fill gaps in care by offering medical and mental health services in locations you might not expect.  In this episode of City Limits, Scott Willis profiles two programs that aim to put people on a path to recovery...and perhaps out of poverty.  

With Summer seemingly on it's last legs, the majority of us are packing up any notion of a road trip. But that's not the case for Jay Mobley and Hugh Yamada.  They recently embarked on a cycling journey to travel from Boston to LA, stopping to perform with their guitars along the way. 

They made a stop in Syracuse recently and dropped by WAER to chat about their journey. Hear their struggles, achievements, and a live performance this week on 'The 315'.