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Ami Olson

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Make a quick $30 with free fridge pick-up program

A new refrigerator-recycling program offers residents are paid $30 for each fridge or freezer scheduled for free pick-up.

Fresh look for 3rd annual Salt City Urban Art & Craft Market

The third annual Salt City Urban Art & Craft Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

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Destiny team uses social media to announce new tenant: Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill

The announcement came at noon today, via Facebook posts and tweets: the newest tenant to be named to the Destiny USA roster is Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill, a country-style, sit-down restaurant.

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Behold: the behemoth

Cardiff Giant recreation unearthed at Lipe Art Park

Local artist Ty Marshal's Cardiff Giant recreation project was finally unearthed yesterday, Sunday, Oct. 16, at Lipe Art Park on the West Side.

Our view: Turns out, selling Syracuse isn’t so hard

Regardless of where you stand on the Carousel Center/Destiny issue ­— love it or hate it — it’s easy to forget that the project is being run, and built, by local residents.

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Selling the dream

How Destiny’s marketing team convinces big-name brands to move to Syracuse

Imagine you’re being courted by the Destiny leasing team as a potential tenant in the combination entertainment, shopping and dining destination. How do you think the team would sell you on Syracuse?

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OHA’s Fall Ghostwalk will focus on Fayetteville

The Onondaga Historical Association’s Fall Ghostwalk will move outside the city lines for the first time with “The Feminine Side of Fayetteville.”

We're hiring!

Calling all writers, editors and journalists: Eagle Newspapers has two openings in the newsroom!

Syracuse Garden Club to celebrate 80-year mark

As part of its 80th year celebration, the Syracuse Garden Club will host a luncheon Monday, Oct. 24, at the Crowne Plaza Convention Center in downtown Syracuse.

Defense attorney for Osama bin Laden’s driver to speak at Le Moyne

Former JAG attorney Charles Swift will talk about the famous Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case and related issues in his talk “The Rule of Law in the War on Terrorism” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Grewen Auditorium at Le Moyne College.

Letters: Thanks to city clean-up volunteers

 It is all too easy for some people to continually complain about stressed run-down neighborhoods as well as to show an unwillingness to do anything to improve those areas. Thankfully there are some people who are willing to help improve these neighborhoods. 

Shepperd, Media Unit win Champions of Diversity award

PEACE, Inc. announced recently that at the 10th anniversary Champions of Diversity Dinner The Eagle columnist Walt Shepperd and the Media Unit will receive a Lifetime Achievement

Letters: Syracuse needs major changes to thrive

The city of Syracuse is requesting feedback regarding the upcoming reconstruction of Route 81. This is a great opportunity to explore the possibilities of creating a pedestrian- and bike-friendly city.

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Call for bakers for annual Gingerbread Gallery

Summer must be over: the Erie Canal Museum is now accepting entries for its 26th Annual Gingerbread Gallery.

Our view: Candidates should seek students’ social media help

Just as important as knowing where your candidate stands on issues important to you is knowing how, and where, to find that information.

‘Good Egg’ signatures net 3,600 donated eggs for Food Bank

During the Great New York State Fair, 3,600 fairgoers took a few moments to sign the “Good Egg Pledge” in the Poultry Barn.

Grocery shoppers can help feed the hungry

For the 20th year, the Rescue Mission’s Scan-Away Hunger campaign will make feeding a hungry person as easy as scanning a coupon every time you grocery shop this holiday season.

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Plugged-in politicos

Are your local candidates using social media to reach you?

Many political candidates have figured that out the advantages of using social media to promote a their campaigns. But what about here on the local scale?

Free pet clinic for West Side residents

Second free pet clinic for Near West and South West side residents scheduled for Oct. 9.

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Take the 'Cardiff Giant Challenge'

Calling visual artists with gargantuan imaginations: submit an original piece portraying or inspired by The Cardiff Giant Hoax.

Our view: Arts funding changes a good sign of long-term planning

Finally: the county is taking steps to address how arts and cultural agencies receive public funding.

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On your feet: Sitting too much can kill you, but are standing desks the answer?

For the last three years, Gary Grossman has worked at a standing desk, electing to be on his feet all day. Sort of an unusual choice for an accountant.

Renovation project at DeWitt Travel Plaza suspends fuel services

The NYS Thruway Authority announced fuel service will be suspended at the DeWitt Travel Plaza beginning Monday, Sept. 26, located eastbound between exits 36 and 35.

County Executive’s proposed budget includes approval system for funding arts, cultural agencies

When County Executive Joanie Mahoney presented her tentative 2012 budget last week to the Onondaga County legislature, she included long-term plans that would require arts and cultural agencies to secure outside funding before the county would appropriate funding for projects, events and operations.

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Westcott neighbors: pick up your bulbs Saturday, Oct. 1

Annual Bulb Give Away Day offers plenty for non-neighborhood residents, too

The 9th annual Bulb Give Away is set for Saturday, Oct. 1, but the four-hour event features much more than the 5,400 perennial daffodil bulbs set aside for Westcott neighbors.

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Name the creature contest

Name the creature contest puts the "public" in public arts.

Attention: Pet owners, would-be pet owners

The Central New York Animal Welfare Coalition is inviting pet owners in some of Syracuse’s neediest neighborhoods to healthy pet clinics this fall.

Community Foundation expands nonprofit executive sabbatical program

The Central New York Community Foundation has enhanced the offerings available to those who apply for the John F. Marsellus Sabbatical.

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Our cup runneth over (with locally-roasted coffee)

Seven different roasters were marketing their beans in the Salt City, and the Near West Side, East Side, Eastwood, Downtown and North Side neighborhoods all boast their own roasteries (more than one, in some areas), each with their own personalities and defining characteristics.

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Explore the Near West Side Saturday with business open house event

Open house event on the Near West Side showcases three local, independent businesses.

Q Center takes long-term focus on funding

The Q Center, a not-for-profit drop-in facility for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered and questioning youth, is the only center of its kind within an 80-mile radius.

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Westcott Street Cultural Fair gears up for 20th year

The 20th annual fair kicks off at noon Sunday, Sept. 18, and runs until 6 p.m., with entertainment on six different stages and a comprehensive collection of vendor booths throughout the Westcott neighborhood.

Syracuse Philharmonic holds public forums to share plan, receive feedback from community

The new Syracuse Philharmonic Society will host two public forums to share its plan for a future orchestra with the community.

Call for volunteers

Volunteer training at From the Ground Up Therapeutic Horsemanship.

‘Unsung Heroes’ film series begins Tuesday at Red House

Red House Arts Center launches a new film series of eight award-winning documentary films celebrating everyday heroes from all walks of life accompanied by a guest speaker, panel or performer.

In the city, no decision yet on how ELA test dates might change calendar

Syracuse City School District communications coordinator Michael Henesey said the district’s academic calendar has not yet been changed to accommodate the new testing dates, but the school board will likely address the situation at its next meeting.

Why weather doesn’t bother me anymore

Urban CNY

Since almost succumbing to pneumonia two years ago, I greet each day differently than most.

Ida Benderson’s son disappointed in center’s closing

Ida Benderson's son, Bruce, expresses his disappointment in the city's decision to move the senior program.

Help define development rules for the city

The city of Syracuse is seeking public input on the Land Use and Development componenet of the city-wide comprehensive plan.

Nominate an exceptional physician for Anita Award

Do you know an exceptionally compassionate physician, one who communicates openly, honestly and sensitively?

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Fall Flamenco Festival features award-winning dancer from Spain

Syracuse’s Puente Flamenco (still the only flamenco troupe in Upstate New York) has planned a series of events and performances for the coming weeks as part of its inagural Fall Flamenco Festival, which will feature award-winning flamenco dancer Sergio Aranda.

KickOff CookOff marks start of United Way campaign

United Way of Central New York will launch their 2011 Community Campaign on Friday, Sept. 9 with the 9th Annual KickOff CookOff event sponsored by Crouse Hospital.

Syracuse-area events to commemorate Sept. 11

List of public events happening in and around the Syracuse area to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Our view: Automation not quick fix, but long-term process that could save lives

The Jamesville Volunteer Fire Department came under scrutiny last month when members took 13 minutes to respond to a burning van with a man trapped inside on the night of Aug. 21.

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Fixing Syracuse’s bike problems requires a full tool kit

Syracuse transportation planner Paul Mercurio, (with the help of several dedicated interns, he says), spent nearly two years building the blueprint for what will hopefully, one day, become a comprehensive bicycle infrastructure plan for the city of Syracuse.

Our view: Connections we can see

Will this finally be the year the Connective Corridor takes hold?

Pleasure to meet you

Our view

We’d like to extend a big “thank you” to everyone who came out to the debut Meet The Eagle happy hour event at Benjamin’s on Franklin Wednesday, Aug. 24.

3 minutes with... DR4WARD

Our "3 minutes with..." interview with new SU professor of social media, William J. Ward.

Call for poets

Poets needed for public event.

Nominate speakers for new food lecture and film series

An upcoming series of talks and films organized by Slow Food CNY is seeking nominees for local speakers to share their story, idea or perspective about the food system.

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