Syracuse local news

Molly Bolan/WAER News

The 27th annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair on Sunday drew tens of thousands of residents to the main road for six stages of music and dancing, more than seventy booths for artisan goods, and a diverse selection of food. But this was no ordinary street fair. Sharon Sherman, Chair of the Westcott Fair, says the festivities were a celebration of all the neighborhood has accomplished, and what it has become.

Brad Klein/WAER News

  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.

 

Chris Bolt/WAER News

The director of the New York State Fair has a lot to look back upon now that the event is finished.  Yes, this year’s fair broke attendance records.  And yes, there were the new renovations of the fairgrounds.  And yes, Troy Waffner was finally named Official Director of the Fair after five years as Acting Director.


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FOCUS Greater Syracuse’s latest Wisdom Keeper was honored for telling the story of the soul of Syracuse.  Columnist Sean Kirst was honored by the group Wednesday night. 

A theme running through many of his stories has been the positive – and even remarkable – things about Syracuse and its people, in spite of so many negative voices.  Kirst calls it: finding the “unexpected narrative.”

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A March in Syracuse, in concert with the March for our Lives in Washington drew hundreds of  students, parents, teachers and a wide range of other community members.  And while they focused on ending school shootings, they called for progress on other violence in the community as well.  

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Hundreds of people took to Syracuse streets to stand – and march – against domestic violence.  This year’s White Ribbon Campaign awareness event took place against a backdrop of increasing attention on violence and sexual abuse against women.  Syracuse University students Gabrielle La Marco and Brooke Pohle were happy to see so many join in

“Something needs to be done and it makes me so proud that young people came out on this chilly morning, said LaMarco..

syracusestage.org

Syracuse Stage has announced the line-up of plays they’ll produce for the 2018 – 2019 season, including a popular farce, an original play with a local, historical connection, a holiday musical and an updated Jane Austen work.

WAER’s Chris Bolt and Stephen Shepherd of ‘Stage Right Radio’ find out what audiences can expect from Syracuse Stage’s Artistic Director Bob Hupp and Associate Kyle Bass. 

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WAER’s City Limits Project – investigating poverty in Syracuse turned its focus to education.  How is poverty impacting schools and adult education?  And how much is the basic mission of these institutions changing as they have to deal with the effects of poverty in our community? 

(Full Audio of the panel discussion below)

When you’re inside a school as students are heading to class, the energy and the expectation should be that learning is about to take place to enrich the students.  

CDC.gov

Onondaga County reports more than 1200 peple have confirmed flu cases so far this flu season.  That includes 270 cases the week ending January 28th. 

County Medical Director Dr. Quoc Nguyen relies on information provided by the State Health Department, which confirms cases.  He says the number of patients experiencing respiratory issues due to flu complications isn’t as high as in other parts of the state.

BelieveinSyracuse.org

Have you shared an opinion with others or on social media about the bad things we have to deal with living here?  Or perhaps you’ve come to the defense of our CNY lifestyle? Believe in Syracuse (BIS) founder, John DeSantis created this organization to address this debate.  

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