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Newark students witness protests in DC

It was very calm right next to Pennsylvania Avenue and a couple of blocks from the National Mall, but several blocks away, it was anything but calm. Demonstrators in the Northwest portion of Washington D.C. clashed with police. Several windows of businesses were smashed out, fires had been set on the street and police were using tear gas to settle... more

Commission says $269M brought into region by HWS

Hobart and William Smith Colleges may not pay property taxes, but it wields plenty of economic impact in the region and state, a new study says. A recent analysis by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities said the Colleges’ total economic impact in 2015 was $269.2 million, an increase of about $25 million since 2013. The commission used data... more

Cayuga County-area school districts get modest aid increase in Cuomo’s budget

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $1 billion education aid increase in his 2017-18 executive budget, including a modest bump for Cayuga County-area school districts. Under Cuomo’s budget plan, the Auburn Enlarged City School District would receive $29,179,205, a 2.3 percent increase over its 2016-17 foundation aid total. The Weedsport school district’s aid would increase from $5,607,988 in the 2016-17 school... more

CLOSER LOOK: Details hidden in free tuition plan proposed by Gov. Cuomo

Of all the questions surrounding Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “free college tuition” proposal, one of the biggest probably cannot be answered. Unveiled last week at LaGuardia Community College, Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship plan was touted as the first such program in the nation. Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose free tuition plan was a signature part of his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential... more

Finger Lakes Community College to host Vinters and Valentines

Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Hopewell, will host its Vinters and Valentines event at 6 p.m. Feb. 10. Local winemakers and FLCC viticulture students will be stationed at each table to discuss Finger Lakes wines that will be paired with a five-course meal prepared by culinary arts students. A silent auction will support the school’s viticulture and... more

Drugs in schools: Anything to get high in Ontario Co.

It’s not unusual to imagine teenagers using marijuana and alcohol to get a buzz. But hair spray, oven cleaner, cough syrup, liquid plant food and anti-diarrheal medication, for example, might cause some surprise. Honeoye Central School Nurse Marybeth Tonkery learned from canvassing colleagues in other area schools and visiting students in health classes that this kind of list is more... more

Private schools concerned over free SUNY tuition plan

Private colleges are warning Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to provide free State University of New York tuition could put them at a major disadvantage. A statewide organization representing more than 100 private colleges and universities has emerged as a careful critic of Cuomo’s new plan, which would provide free SUNY tuition to students from families who make less than $125,000... more

STAYING HOME: Gov. Cuomo proposes plan to help grads plant roots

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to keep recent-graduates in New York State. In a proposal announced this week, the governor said that he wants to establish a program that will encourage recent-graduates to buy a home in Upstate New York. Particularly, he wants to see upstate’s cities retain their young people. He said that the program would be aimed at keeping... more

Sculpture delights at Naples school

Sculptures that tell the story of Naples, the product of two years of design and creation, now fill the atrium in the Naples Junior/Senior High School. Artist Darryl Abraham recently completed the work he began in 2014 when the district commissioned the art for its new wing in junior/senior high. The eight 10-by-10-foot panels weighing in about 200 pounds each... more

Generations Bank will offer FAFSA assistance to students, parents in workshops

Generations Bank announced on Wednesday that they would be offering two FAFSA Workshops for students and parents in Cayuga County. The two workshops will be taking place on Tuesday, January 31st from 6 to 8 pm and Thursday, February 9th, from 6 to 8 pm. The workshops will be hosted by Generations Bank Student Lending Champion, Christie Schwab, and will... more

Finger Lakes Health, Keuka College offer dual nursing degree

In a program being called one of the first of its kind in the state, Finger Lakes Health’s College of Nursing and Keuka College are partnering for a dual degree program that will allow students to earn degrees from both institutions. Students enrolled in the program will earn an associate in applied science degree in nursing as well as a... more

New York may create high schools for addicts

New York wants to create two “recovery” high schools for young people suffering from substance abuse. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday he would propose legislation to start the schools, one downstate and one upstate, to help high-school students recovering from addiction. IthacaJournal.com: Read More more

Syracuse teens sentenced to prison for possessing, intending to sell heroin in Auburn

Two Syracuse teens have been sentenced to prison for intending to sell nearly 50 bags of heroin in Auburn. According to Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann, 18-year-old Dyrell Ferguson, and 19-year-old Nahshon Nance, were traveling in a Chevy Equinox last fall when police found 47 bags of heroin in the vehicle. The Citizen: Read More more

Pal-Mac Select Choir to perform at Carnegie Hall

The Palmyra-Macedon High School Select Choir, directed by Jill Davis, will perform at 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave., New York. The 31-member choir will perform four selections. Palmyra-Macedon Middle School music teacher Kayla Mayou will accompany the choir on two pieces. Daily Messenger: Read More more

Gov. Cuomo announces ‘free tuition’ proposal for students in New York (watch)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a proposal on Tuesday to provide “free tuition,” to students across New York at SUNY and CUNY schools. The move is an expensive one, which Cuomo said will cost $163 million to implement and would impact 940,000 students. However, the measure would ensure that those making less than $125,000 per year would be eligible for free... more

PAYING UP: SUNY system requests another tuition increase to start off 2017

Editor’s Note: On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his proposed plan to make tuition at any SUNY or CUNY school in New York free for those making less than $125,000 per year. Read more on that story here. They don’t seem interested in taking ‘no’ for an answer. Last year State University of New York officials asked for a $300... more
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