Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The plan would only work if consumers actually put the money BACK into the economy, which is what the government is hoping for, but in reality consumers may use the money to save instead of spend.
The plan would include money going out as early as April but as late as July.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
It's surprising considering Leveille and Rowan are key cogs for Syracuse. Leveille leads the Orange with 12 points and Rowan leads the SU women with 14 points. Leveille was recently placed on the Tewaaraton Watch list, which is college lacrosse's version of the Heisman Trophy. Inside Lacrosse magazine ranks Rowan as the fifth best player in college lacrosse.
Rowan and Leveille have their friendship to thank for helping their dream to play at Syracuse possible.
After several weeks of heated debates and delayed meetings, the Syracuse Common Council finally came to a decision - the house at 1100 East Genesee Street did not qualify as a historical landmark.
Seems like an insignificant decision, in the grand scheme of things right?
The Ronald McDonald House Organization of Central New York has been eyeing the property on East Genesee Street for months, and has had plans in the works to tear the existing building down in order to erect an annex to their current McDonald House down the block - the only thing standing in their way was the possibility that the house could be declared a historical landmark, preventing them from demolition.
Syracuse residents and leaders were in an uproar - support the preservation of a historical 19th century house? Or support the humanitarian efforts of the Ronald McDonald organization?
The Ronald McDonald House opened its doors in Central New York back in 1982. They pledge to assist and provide temporary homes for families whose children are seriously ill or injured and are being treated in the area. Their current house has room for 16 families, not nearly as much room as one would find sufficient for a house serving three large area hospitals: University Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, and Crouse Hospital.
Several councilors noted that it was important, in this case especially, to keep personal feelings out of the decision making and focus on the law.
"Our job is to take the emotion out of this and look at the city charter," said Councilor Kathleen Joy.
Unfortunately, the vote didn't sway her way. The councilors needed seven "yes" votes to declare the building a historical landmark. They fell short by one.
The Ronald McDonald House of CNY has served nearly 17,000 families since opening their doors almost 30 years ago, and it looks like after today's vote, they'll be able to serve many more.
Monday, February 25, 2008
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In less than 24 hours the 48th district will vote on a new state senator. Both candidates are out campaigning today in a final attempt to get votes.
Aubertine started his day in Pulaski and then headed to Watertown and finally Canton. Barclay was at Watertown's Public Square and then stopped at a few diners in the district.
Democrat Darryl Aubertine and Republican Will Barclay are competing to replace Republican Senator Jim Wright. With only a day to go-- there's no indication who will win tomorrow.
At the Home Town Diner in Pulaski today, voters are still talking about both candidates and the issues. The race for the for the 48th district senate seat is expected to be close-- it even has two family members divided. Molly Yerdon says Aubertine will win by a slim margin, but Mary Yerdon is supporting Barclay.
These women are sister-in-laws and best friends-- but Molly always votes Democrat and Mary only supports Republicans. Molly wants to see changes made in education and health care-- while Mary's main concern is keeping the senate Republican. Mary and Molly disagree on the issues-- they both say this campaign has been expensive and negative.
Molly says, "I think everybody agrees the commercials on TV especially, we get two or three pieces of mail from eahc candidate almost every day."
Mary adds, "It's not very nice at times."
The question is: how does a staunch Republican and a Democrat stay friends during such a major election?
Both women agreed on a truce. They are not going to talk about the election.
Tomorrow-- Molly and Mary will be casting votes for opposing parties. But they say no matter who wins they'll stay friends and keep meeting for breakfast everyday at the diner.
Valerie Dunn, a Manlius resident, said with her three kids she's used to driving around. But recently she organized a carpool to save her and her friends gas. But while she was at the pump today, at the Sunoco on Erie between Seeley and Midler avenue, in the hour I spent there just 5 cars arrived to get gas. That's something all too familiar to Customer Service Manager Albert Vargas.
"Some days are slow, it's like dead," Vargas said. "Some days are a little bit busy. One Friday it could be real busy and the next Friday it could be dead. Where [are] the people at? Where [are] the customers at?"
Many customers like Dunn, are avoiding the gas pumps at all costs. But those that aren't avoiding gas stations are trying to find a discount any way they can. For the last few months, Price Chopper has offered a discount card called "Fuel Advantage" which allows shoppers to receive as much as $1.10 off each gallon of gas. Vargas said the card is being used more than ever at Sunoco now, so customers can ease the burden of paying for expensive gas.
Unfortunately, gas price relief won't be coming soon. Vargas added that gas prices will continue to rise into the summer months. In fact, he said gas prices could be as high as $4 to 5 per gallon by late summer.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Because of the extremely warm temperatures on Monday, the annual Winterfest celebration did not quite go along as hoped. Although most people had the day off today due to President's day, including children off from school, attendance at the rink was not an all-time high. Starting around eleven in the morning, people slowly started to come and skate, despite not having optimal conditions. Patrick Gerstler, the rink attendant, used a squeegee to shuffle excess melted water off of the ice so people could skate. Not exactly a typical sight at an ice rink.
Tom Anelli brought his four-year-old daughter, Paige to the rink to skate for the very first time. The two didn't stay long, but were happy to take advantage of this new opportunity downtown. Check out more information and a schedule of events for the week-long Winterfest at their website: www.syracusewinterfest.com.
Monday, February 18, 2008
The MOST is in the middle of a $8.9 million dollar campaign. They are hoping to raise enough money to build six new exhibits and two hundred new hands-on experiences.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
This past weekend, the SU Strength and Conditioning Coach drove to New York City to try out for American Gladiators. NBC reintroduced the show this year and ever since the premiere, Dyer's friends have been begging her to try out. "And then it was on TV and I had friends emailing me and contacting me like 'Oh you know you should try out.' But I had never heard of the tryouts so I was like, 'I guess I missed it' and literally two weeks after that I saw the casting call for tryouts," Dyer says.
Dyer's daily workout already consisted of forty-five minutes of strength exercises followed by forty-five minutes of cardio. In order to prepare for the tryouts, she added more short sprints to her workouts because she says she'll probably need to be lighter on her feet.
If Dyer is chosen to be a contender on the second season of the show, she'll have to take a few weeks off for the taping in March, but she's not thinking that far ahead yet. "I don't expect to make the show, but I just expect to be in the tops of whatever tests they throw at us. That's just the competitor in me. I don't want to walk away feeling like nobody even noticed I was there."
People living in the Villages of Fayetteville, Manlius, Chittenango, Canastota,
Meanwhile, the Onondaga County Water Authority released a series of tips for those asked to conserve water to follow:
1). To check for and fix leaks in your plumbing
2). Postpone washing your vehicle
3). Limit or postpone doing laundry
4). Only run your dishwasher when completely full
5). Cut down on the length of when your showers
6). Turn off your faucet when washing dishes or brushing your teethFor additional information go here: http://www.ocwa.org/
Magnarelli's impact was obvious as cars lined the streets, squeezing into any spot available, so that mourners could pay their respects to this well know, well respected public figure.
Armond Magnarelli was a radio personality for WFBL and from 1979 until 1985 he served six years as Syracuse's Common Council president. But one of Magnarelli's pastimes that some knew him for was his acting with the Pompeian Players.
Syracuse resident Dick Mancini knew Magnarelli for fifty years as a fellow Pompeian Player and said, "We did lots of shows together. One specifically that I remember was My Fair Lady where he was Alfie Doolittle, and I was his sidekick."
Mancini went on to say that Magnarelli was an amazing performer with great timing and natural ability.
Mancini also said that he looked at Magnarelli as a mentor since he had known him since he was a child. He said that Magnarelli taught him and the other children how to be better performers once they hit the stage. And his final sentiment was this, "It was great. He was a great guy, and I'll miss him."
Local leader Armond Magnarelli died last Friday after having suffered a stroke. He was 83 years old.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Chorus member Kathy Totman says, “It’s just a great expression to people and we find that it’s something people will never forget.”
The 80 member barbershop choir divides into small groups to deliver singing valentines all over Syracuse. The singers perform at restaurants, homes, offices, schools.
Delivering singing valentines is just as memorable for the singers as it is for the recipient.
Chorus member Rhonda Spoelstra’s favorite part is going out with her friends and seeing peoples’ reactions. Some people cry, some laugh, some get nervous, and others just smile.
Another chorus member remembers one man who was especially confused.
“One man in an office received two valentines from two different women, he wasn’t too happy,” says Maria Manzare.
The singers’ favorite deliveries are proposals. Last year—a group of the women drove through a snow storm to make one of these very special deliveries.
“It was phenomenal because he got down on one knee at Denny’s, she was a waitress, and it was really sweet.”
To order a singing valentine or find out more about the Spirit of Syracuse Chorus, check out their website: http://www.singingvalentines.org/
Buses in Owsego County were only operating on Bridge St. Services in Mexico and Fulton were completely suspended. The city of Syracuse was only slightly affected by the minor delays on routes traveling to and from oswego.
Centro Communications Manager Steve Koegel said that visibility problems were the main cause for the delays and suspended bus routes. He stressed that he doesn't lay any of the blame on the Department of Public Works, and he stressed that the Central New York DPW crews are some of the best in the world.
Koegel said that the safety of the passengers, drivers, and Centro employees is of the utmost importance to the company, and that they will continue to delay and suspend service as they feel necessary.
Bad winter weather can occur at anytime, and users of Centro should check http://www.centro.org/ for up to the minute information on delays.