J.C. Penney locations Ontario, Cayuga counties will not close

It came to as a surprise to some. Others were relieved. On Friday, J.C. Penney named the 138 stores that would close due to poor performance, and a variety of other factors. No location between Syracuse and Rochester was included in the list of cuts. In fact, only three stores overall were in New York. A report last week indicated... more

Conclusions in conflict: State says Aurelius church fire was intentionally set, but county disagrees

Half Acre Union Church in Aurelius was a more than century-old building on West Genesee Street Road, and the place of worship for a congregation of about 70. But Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, a flame somehow sparked under the church’s baptismal font, burning for some time through the solid oak base and eventually crawling up the sanctuary’s wall and into... more

Future of Aurelius J.C. Penney uncertain as company announces 140+ closures

J.C. Penney announced Friday that it will be closing between 130 and 140 stores, as well as two distribution centers over the next several months to improve profitability in the era of online shopping. In March the company plans on issuing a list of specific store closures, but at this time the future of the Fingerlakes Mall location remains a... more

Fingerlakes Comic Con draws hundreds for cosplay contest, ‘Star Wars’ stormtroopers

After a weekend of folks geeking out with comic book artists, “Doctor Who” replicas, “Star Wars” stormtroopers and more, Joey Gates chalked up the first-ever Fingerlakes Comic Con as a success. The three-day convention came to a close on Sunday at Fingerlakes Mall in Aurelius. Gates, the event’s organizer and a Marcellus resident, said he believes at least 300 people... more

Albany businessman admits fraud, stealing funds for planned Cayuga County cheese plant

An Albany businessman has admitted to defrauding private investors out of nearly $1 million for several companies, including a halal cheese plant targeted for Cayuga County. Lawrence Rosenbaum, 65, pleaded guilty last week to felony charges including grand larceny and securities fraud, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office announced Tuesday. Rosenbaum is set to be sentenced in March to three... more

State police: Can you ID woman who stole North Face coats from Aurelius store?

New York State Police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying four women who stole $796 worth of coats from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Aurelius. Surveillance photos show the women entered the store on Clark Street Road at 5:34 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12. Police said they walked down the power aisle and separated before circling back to the outwear... more

Owasco Lake group collects over 1,000 signatures requesting state aid

More than 1,000 people signed a petition calling on the state to clean up Owasco Lake and upgrade the city of Auburn and town of Owasco's water treatment facilities. The petition, created by a new grassroots organization called Save Owasco Now, specifically calls on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to implement a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) on Owasco Lake. A TMDL... more

25-year-old charged with disseminating indecent materials to 12-year-old Cayuga County child

Sheriff David Gould reports that last Thursday, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into an allegation that an adult male from Syracuse had been engaging in inappropriate online contact with a 12-year-old child from Cayuga County. As a result of that investigation, 25-year-old Joshua E. Mauro of 209 ½ Lawrence Avenue in Syracuse was arrested on Monday for disseminating... more

Fingerlakes Mall turns Event Center over to promoter as RC, other new stores open

As the holiday season approaches, Fingerlakes Mall is adding stores — and possibilities. The Aurelius shopping center this month added handmade clothing store Inti’s Path and hobby shop Small Addictions RC, welcomed back Go Calendars and bumped up 20th Century Toys to full-time tenancy. Meanwhile, the mall has also signed 727 Entertainment, a new entity that includes rock promoter Gigsmack,... more

Target in Auburn? Where things stand with the retailer, Fingerlakes Mall

When it comes to national chains people want in the Auburn area, Target is near, if not at the top. Rumors of the big-box retailer opening a Cayuga County location have percolated in the community for years. On Facebook, commenters say as though they’d been in the room that Target offered to move into Fingerlakes Mall’s former Sears space, only... more

Owasco water tests show highest algae toxins yet, Auburn levels still detectable

Treated drinking water for the town of Owasco and the city of Auburn showed detectable levels of blue-green algae toxins in the latest round of tests — Owasco seeing the highest levels to date. The Cayuga County Health Department said Owasco’s water, which is distributed to the town of Owasco and the Fleming Water District, detected levels of .21 and... more

Fingerlakes Mall ghost hunter talks its haunted areas ahead of weekend expo, hunts

Fall weather may have yet to arrive, but the season will be in full, spooky effect this early October weekend at Fingerlakes Mall. The Aurelius shopping center will be the site of two ghost hunts hosted by Upstate Supernatural, as well as a Supernatural Expo. The first hunt takes place Friday and the second, a VIP hunt, sets out after... more

Auburn-area shopping center sold for $13.1 million

One of the Auburn area’s largest shopping centers is under new ownership. Fingerlakes Crossing in Aurelius has been sold for $13.1 million to Northeast Capital Group, of Ramapo, said commercial real estate company CBRE, which represented sellers the Kipling Group, of Toronto, and the Cameron Group, of Syracuse, in the transaction. The Auburn Citizen – News: Read More more

Health department: Blue-green algae blooms spotted throughout Owasco Lake

The Owasco Watershed Inspection Program has reported that blue-green algae blooms now have been spotted in open water across Owasco Lake, according to the Cayuga County Health Department. Health officials said Monday the blooms have covered the width of the lake, with sightings of blooms throughout the lake’s northern end to as far south as Burtis Point. Read more from... more

The history of Auburn’s Arterial and urban renewal

In the early 1900s, a Michigan man came up with a simple, cheap design that changed life in America. His name was Henry Ford, and by the 1920s, his production of the Model T put the automobile on the map for many middle-class Americans. But as more and more families acquired that first affordable car, less and less business was... more

Aurora veteran opens new barbershop at Fingerlakes Mall

The newly opened Three Guys Barbershop at Fingerlakes Mall is a bit of a misnomer — and a heartfelt one, at that. Owner Kellie Ellis is the only licensed barber working at Three Guys, one of Fingerlakes Mall’s newest tenants. The Aurora woman’s shop opened Sept. 3, though her first business is not named after the number of men she employs.... more
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