Category: Syracuse Area

Local doctor says intense testing will be needed this winter as COVID, flu pose diagnosis confusion

Flu or COVID? Local doctor says more testing will be needed, but treatment must be proactive

Flu season is on the way. But don’t expect it to look like every other year the region has battled. The Coronavirus Pandemic is going to change things, according to Dr. Stephen Thomas, Chief of Infectious Disease at Upstate University Hospital. He ... MORE
DAILY DEBRIEF: Has economic recovery lagged or stalled in the Finger Lakes? (podcast)

DAILY DEBRIEF: Has economic recovery lagged or stalled in the Finger Lakes? (podcast)

Summer is quickly drawing to a close, and as people in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region look forward to the fall – one of the biggest questions – if not about a potential second wave – has to do with ... MORE
Large gathering of students may force Syracuse University campus to shut down

Large gathering of students may force Syracuse University campus to shut down

Large groups of Syracuse University students gathered on campus Wednesday night, videos and pictures circulating on social media show. At least 100 students, some without masks, are seen on video gathering in the university’s Quad, not social distancing. The videos come less ... MORE
Newark CSD leader named finalist for OCM BOCES superintendent position

Newark CSD leader named finalist for OCM BOCES superintendent position

The Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Educational Services, or OCM BOCES, announced on Wednesday that Matthew Cook, the superintendent from the Newark Central School District, as well as Christopher DiFulvio, from the OCM BOCES system were finalists for the district superintendent role. Following an extensive advertising ... MORE
When will theaters be able to reopen in New York? Cuomo says they aren’t essential enough at this point

When will theaters be able to reopen in New York? Cuomo says they aren’t essential enough at this point

One of the few business types that have been left closed without a clear indication of reopening are movie theaters. After Monday, bowling alleys and fitness centers have been given the green light. However, it’s not clear when theaters will get the ... MORE
Five Star Bank branches reopening for in-person banking

Five Star Bank branches reopening for in-person banking

Martin K. Birmingham, President and CEO of Five Star Bank, announced this week the first phase of Five Star Bank’s branch reopening plan will start with the return to full in-person banking services and the reopening of lobbies at nine of the ... MORE
Black Friday Destiny USA shooter sentenced to 7 years in prison

Black Friday Destiny USA shooter sentenced to 7 years in prison

The man who was involved in the 2019 Black Friday shooting at Destiny USA has been sentenced. Kyree Truax was sentenced to seven years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea. He possessed an illegal gun, and shot another person at ... MORE
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New Carrier Dome roof project making progress this summer (video)

New Carrier Dome roof project making progress this summer (video)

Work continues on the Carrier Dome roof project underway on the campus of Syracuse University. Currently, rigid panel roof steel is being put in place prior to the fabric arches being installed. Check out the video below to see the progress and ... MORE
7-Eleven is buying Speedway: Several locations in the Finger Lakes expected to continue operating

7-Eleven is buying Speedway: Several locations in the Finger Lakes expected to continue operating

A massive $21 billion deal will mean some changes for local gas stations. Japanese retail giant Seven & i Holdings, which owns 7-Eleven, is set to purchase the Speedway chain of gas stations from Marathon Petroleum The deal is worth $21 billion, ... MORE
WEEKEND DEBRIEF: Discussing the latest COVID, and non-COVID related headlines in Upstate NY (podcast)

WEEKEND DEBRIEF: Discussing the latest COVID, and non-COVID related headlines in Upstate NY (podcast)

What sports will return this fall? Will school bounce back like federal officials want it to? And how about enforcement of mask policies? This week Josh Durso & Ted Baker are tackling the biggest headlines and questions — COVID-related and otherwise — ... MORE
Unemployment rates vary throughout region as pandemic continues to impact economy

Unemployment rates vary throughout region as pandemic continues to impact economy

The New York State Department of Labor released preliminary local area unemployment rates for June 2020. Rates are calculated using methods prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The State’s area unemployment rates rely in part on the results of the ... MORE
Chlorine byproduct that contaminates local tap water linked to thousands of bladder cancers in Europe

Chlorine byproduct that contaminates local tap water linked to thousands of bladder cancers in Europe

The routine use of chlorine as a disinfectant in public drinking water across the Finger Lakes generates toxic chemical byproducts well above levels that recently triggered alarms in Europe over their links to bladder cancer. Four of the most troubling byproducts are ... MORE
Syracuse Jr. Chiefs 16U baseball team wins back-to-back championships

Syracuse Jr. Chiefs 16U baseball team wins back-to-back championships

The 16U Jr. Chiefs Elite Travel Team traveled to Allentown, PA on July 3-5 to take the In the Net Independence Day Blast Championship then moving on to capture the Jakob Gehring Memorial Wood Bat Tournament in Northeast Ohio on July 10-12 ... MORE
Wegmans says it cannot force customers to wear a mask, as complaints about the grocer stack up

Wegmans says it cannot force customers to wear a mask, as complaints about the grocer stack up

Is Wegmans doing enough to enforce masking requirements? It’s been debated on social media, and recently that question was posed to the company. Even though New York is mandating face coverings in public spaces, Wegmans says it cannot discriminate against those who ... MORE
Coronavirus leads to bankruptcy for Brooks Brothers, joining J. Crew & J.C. Penney

Coronavirus leads to bankruptcy for Brooks Brothers, joining J. Crew & J.C. Penney

Brooks Brothers has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The 202-year-old brand filed on Wednesday, becoming the latest victim of the coronavirus recession. In an announcement the company said it would close 51 of its 250 stores in North America. Brooks Brothers operates locations ... MORE
Finger Lakes enters ‘Phase 4’, but how many active COVID-19 cases are there right now?

Finger Lakes enters ‘Phase 4’, but how many active COVID-19 cases are there right now?

The Finger Lakes and Central New York have entered ‘Phase 4’. While other states and parts of the U.S. see massive spikes in COVID-19 caseload – the regions in Upstate New York continue on a positive trend line. For the Finger Lakes ... MORE
Malls, gyms, and theaters not included in ‘Phase 4’ as guidance changes from original outline again

Malls, gyms, casinos, and theaters not included in ‘Phase 4’ as guidance changes from original outline again

Malls, gyms, and movie theaters are not part of ‘Phase 4’. That was the word that came down on Tuesday. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy confirmed that he, and other local leaders received guidance from the Governor Office’s informing them that Phase ... MORE
Malls may not open in ‘Phase 4’ leaving many operators wondering when they will get the green light

Malls may not open in ‘Phase 4’ leaving many operators wondering when they will get the green light

It looks like ‘Phase 4’ is coming for the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Central New York, but don’t expect malls to be part of that phase. Officials with Eastview Mall posted to Facebook this week that local malls still haven’t been ... MORE