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The ‘Kids,’ and the film, are more than alright. Page 7

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The more, the better? By Ami Olson For 30 years, Rural/Metro has held the exclusive franchise to haul Syracuse’s sick, injured, dead and dying. But that changed this spring. TLC Emergency Medical Services believes there’s enough business to go around, and have begun taking 911 emergency calls dispatched from the county alongside Rural/Metro. TLC contends that its presence in Syracuse’s emergency ambulance field means more resources for an increasingly needy population. Rural/Metro argues TLC never proved the city has enough need to justify a second ambulance service, and has taken the fight to the state health department with a request for an investigation. More need, indeed? There’s no arguing that calls for emergency services have steadily increased, according to the 2009 Onondaga County 911 annual report. In 2006, Syracuse fire and Rural/Metro were dispatched to 18,422 calls; by 2009 the number had jumped to 20,512 dispatches. “The demands are growing by leaps and bounds,” said TLC Director of Operations Lon Fricano. “Anybody who listens to a scanner can tell that calls are being held because there’s not enough resources.” Fricano said instances of mutual aid -when outside emergency service providers come into the city to pick up overflow -- should be the exception, not the rule. But in Syracuse, it’s happening fairly routinely, he said. Mike Addario, Rural/Metro’s Central New York general manager, disagrees. Of the approximately 50,000 calls Addario said Rural/Metro answers in its six-county coverage area each year, he estimates about 200 of them are turned over to mutual aid organizations. “That’s less than one percent,” Addario added. In most major urban centers in New York and beyond, more than one emergency ambulance service patrols the city and responds to 911 calls. In Rochester, Oneida, Utica and Binghamton, at least two different ambulance services provide emergency medical transport to residents. Staying healthier, longer While the rate of violent crime has stayed relatively steady in Syracuse, there is another

Will the people of Syracuse be better served by more ambulances -- or will it cause confusion?

statistic that points to an increased need for emergency medical transport: an aging population. In 2008, 13.7 percent of the city’s population is 65 or older, and as baby boomers age, that percentage will only grow. Add to that the fact that medical technology is improving and people are becoming better educated about risk factors and warning signs, and the need for additional emergency transport resources, and TLC sees that demand growing even more. Addario, in contrast, said the need isn’t for more ambulances to transport patients, it’s in the number of paramedics available to provide care to them, evidence of a larger problem in the system. The underserved But there is yet another population whose growth indicates a need for additional resources: the uninsured. In 2008, the NYS Department of Health reported that more than 10 percent of Onondaga County residents under the age of 64 were uninsured. And when the uninsured need photos Jeff Paston medical care, they are more likely to call 911 and head to the emergency room than to call a general physician and set up an appointment. “There’s a lot of people without medical insurance, and their only option is to call an ambulance,” said Ed Binns, paramedic supervisor with TLC. Sending ambulances out on emergency calls for what turn out to be non-emergencies ties up TLC Paramedic Supervisor Ed Binns, top, brings 15 years of paramedic experience with him to Syracuse as part of those resources and can take them away from actual life-threatening TLC’s expansion to offer emergency ambulance services in the city. TLC Director of Operations Lon Fricano, above events. Transportation to the hos- left, talks about the sophisticated level of life saving technology modern ambulances offer. He is pictured inside pital -- which paramedics cannot a TLC ambulance. Above right, a Rural/Metro ambulance stands ready at a local event. deny, regardless of the seriousness commercial field, the customers could stand to “We are concerned about how they went of the injury or affliction -- means benefit from a competitive market. about getting a certificate of need,” Addario additional time and resources spent on nonAdditional resources will be available to said. “They never showed there was a need for emergencies. residents, and its realistic that the costs of those additional resources. ” When paramedics and EMTs are faced services could drop as a result, Fricano said. And, in this case, flooding the marketplace with actual emergencies, the level of service “And it puts you on your toes, to take better with more resources than is necessary could available through an ambulance has become care of the customer, ” he said. pose a bigger risk than benefit for the public, significantly more sophisticated in recent But Rural/Metro has plans to stop any he believes. years, and therefore is more time consuming to “Just putting more resources into the sysadminister, which again means fewer available competition within the marketplace almost as soon as it has begun. tem without having any kind of coordination rigs for 911 calls. Addario said Rural/Metro has requested isn’t necessarily better for the public,” Addario New York State investigate the method by said. “How do you coordinate between three It’s a business, after all TLC’s presence in the city will essentially which TLC went about getting a Certificate of different providers? ... We don’t want ambubreak Rural/Metro’s monopoly, and like in any Need, necessary to provide ambulance service lance wars happening in the streets.” in the city.



Aug. 12, 2010

In Tipp Hill, Brilbeck’s a gem for beer lovers On the corner of Ulster and Avery Streets in Tipperary Hill sits Brilbeck’s Corner Market, a modest, familyowned shop not immediately discernible from any other corner market in the city. Except that inside, Brilbeck’s is stocked floor-to-ceiling with more than 400 types of beer. Once a meat market, the store is now co-owned by siblings Keith Brilbeck and Kelly Morgan, who inherited it, somewhat reluctantly, from their mother when their father passed away in 1994. “I didn’t want to do it anymore, but she gave it to us -- the price was right,� Keith Brilbeck said. So the shop began to carve its own niche selling craft beers. The narrow aisles of the shop squeeze between coolers and shelves stacked high with specialty brews, and Brilbeck knows where most of them are located -- and how many of them taste. “I try to try each one,� he said, and that knowledge comes in especially handy for the constantly changing growler selection. The store offers a rotating selection of draft brews on

KeithBrilbeck,right, mans the counter at Brilbeck’s Corner Market in Tipp Hill, where most customers know him by name. The small convenience store is packed with more than 400 types of craft beer, far right. ami olson

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grocery stores, the shop’s niche “isn’t a niche anymore,� Brilbeck said. But customers appreciate the small store and the personalized service, and often tell him the prices beat those at the bigger stores. Still, Brilbeck wouldn’t mind expanding his selection to include wine, if the state would allow grocery stores to sell it. The only question is, where would he stock it?

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If you think that stretching before your daily run or exercise routine will help loosen you up for your workout, think again. In fact, stretching prior to working out may not only prove to be counterproductive, it may even be potentially harmful. According to a review by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of more than 100 stretching studies, people who stretched before they exercised were no less likely to suffer injuries such as pulled muscles, which stretching exercises are supposed to prevent. Experts say that such traditional stretching exercises as toe-touching often cause the muscles to tighten rather than relax. Stretching a cold muscle to its limit is more likely to cause a pulled muscle than prevent one. All sports shorten the muscles you use and that


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Viewpoints Our view

Just let us decide, already

That the Onondaga County Legislature was willing to take a significant step toward reducing itself from 19 to 17 members this month is a positive sign. Yes, other proposals to decrease the body by more members, including one to reduce it to just nine members, were shot down, but any movement toward streamlining is arguably a good one. But, as Legislator Marty Masterpole pointed out, why is the legislature putting such a stringent limit on the number of members it might slash? To reduce the legislative body would require a permissive referendum, meaning come Election Day, county residents will face the proposal to reduce the number of legislators from 19 to 17 in the voting booth. Or voting scanner. Whatever. So, why not offer more than one option to voters, Masterpole questioned. On the one hand, isn’t that what we elected these officials -- and pay them -- to do? We, the public, present an issue for analysis, elected officials do the digging and lay out both sides of the coin, and present the conclusions to us for the final decision. They figure out the best options for us, and if there are more than one to choose from, we select our preference. The question lies in whether or not reducing the legislature by a more substantial chunk -- let’s say retaining a final count of just nine legislators -- isn’t being presented to voters because its not a viable option, or if its because, understandably, it puts 19 people in charge of putting their own jobs on the chopping block. The bottom line, in our opinion: If it isn’t up to the legislature to determine whether it will or will not be reduced, then it shouldn’t be up to them to arbitrarily select the number by which it would be cut. Here’s a concept: offer us voters more than one option, so we’re required to weigh the choices themselves and are held accountable as responsible voters. We might surprise you by making educated decisions; and that may mean finding a new line of work.

The dog days of summer, a pond and that damn chandelier As we enter the dog days of summer there are cranes in the air once again in Syracuse. Projects in construction, along with those on the drawing board, guarantee this city will look and feel different within the next four years. Between Syracuse University, LeMoyne College and Onondaga Community College and local Jackson our hospitals, Syracuse has become the economic engine for the area’s recovery. Dog days are usually the hottest sultry days of the summer when nothing really happens. “Dog days” can be applied to a time period, project or event that is “very hot or stagnant, or marked by dull lack of progress.” As this area changes into what we’re to become, residents have to become engaged or this new growth and development will resemble the failed urban renewal policies of the past with the same population uprooted and dispersed, or as Yogi Berra said, “this is like deja vu all over again.” With the removal of hundreds of affordable housing units pressure will increase on the remaining housing stock

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available. Add to that thought the dismantling of Interstate 81 as it snakes through Syracuse will displace even more residents and churches primarily in the AfricanAmerican community. These discussions usually involve those who know what’s best for us: the great thinkers from “the university” and our politicians in closed rooms planning fake hearings to achieve their goals regardless of what those in those communities affected may desire. Even initiatives like Say Yes to Education are getting a lukewarm reception from many in the black clergy due to the absence of trust between the great thinkers and policy makers and the people who have to live with the consequences of these leaders’ actions. Syracuse University’s Connective Corridor has infuriated some storeowners whose entry access is completely disregarded in the initial design for infrastructure changes. The new Common Center for Centro is being relocated at a sight determined behind closed doors not with discussions and openness that should accompany this major redistribution of bus stops. It has been rumored that the primary purpose of this facility is to clean up South Salina Street from the bus riders and the goods and service providers that locate

near the transportation hub. Make the dollar stores and nail shops and the people who use these services disappear, “Poof!” Like giant monopoly pieces the underclass and under-financed are being shoved aside for more upscale bars for the upwardly mobile customers. At the newly acquired Townsend Towers and Harrison House marble counter tops and stainless steel appliances will replace the Hot Point basic units, and air conditioning and income will flow through the towers once deemed unrentable. In the meantime, back at the political ranch, mayors of New York States largest cities would like to take control of the local school boards, consolidating control in the executive branch of local government. Kiss the local school boards goodbye. But of course, these changes are being made with full disclosure by the politicians making these power moves. With all of these issues going on in the city of Syracuse and beyond you can understand why it’s a little difficult to concentrate on questionable charges against former State Fair Director Peter Cappuccilli re-painting a nasty looking pond and replacing an old chandelier. Ah yes, these are the dog days of summer…



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singular performances. It may also sharpen your experience of this film to realize that since the film’s wide release on July 23rd, a California court has struck down that state’s ban on gay marriage – put in place by voter referendum in 2008 as Proposition 8. The film takes it name, of course, from “The Kids Are All Right,� the Pete Townshend song that first appeared on The Who’s 1965 album “My Generation� and has become an enduring, often-recorded anthem of successive decades asserting that the young folks are turning out just fine, thank you. Cholodenko has the same answer for those worrying about children growing up in gay unions, and in doing so avoids the legalistic “balanced argument� pitfall that is so deadly when it shows up in fiction. Cholodenko does this with a terrific script, terrific performances – there is not a slouch among them, even in very minor characters – and the strategy to frame the “issue� initially as a comedy of manners. Instead of creating characters as mouthpieces for opposing positions, “The Kids� presents real and memorable people doing the best they can, which often falls short of what any of us would hope. Cholodenko systematically explores each character’s experience and point of view for a few scenes and then quietly shifts to the next. This is risky; to see why Jules and the kids and Paul find Nic overbearing and fussy and a little comical, we have to see her as – well, overbearing and fussy and a little comical. The reversal has to be, as in the dinner

Annete Benning, left, and Julianne Moore star in “The Kids Are All Right,� screening now at Carousel Regal and Manlius Art cinemas. scene, pitch perfect – or Nic becomes merely lugubrious and we feel jerked around by a filmmaker who can’t mange her tone. Reversals and misunderstandings among the earnest are the stuff of farce too, and this is a very funny movie. But it’s not just a device that Nic insists the kids learn to write timely thank-you notes – of such details one builds the social freedom to navigate far and wide, to engage in respectful relationships, to be courteous when you don’t feel like it but know you must, to build a life one chooses. Marriage is hard, as Jules says late

in the day, and I join those who find this the best and most knowing movie about that in a long time. “The Kids Are All Right� is screening locally at Manlius Art Cinema and Carousel Regal Cinemas. “Make it Snappy� is a regular film column and Nancy is a member of the national Women Film Critics Circle. Read this review and see the trailer along with other arts coverage from Eagle Newspapers at – click A&E. Reach Nancy at nancykeeferhodes@

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At long last her good manners have snapped, but her dignity has never been more intact. Striding to the front door from the supper table in a way that makes you breathe “Uh-oh!â€? – I remember my grandmother was able to do this too – Nic (Annette Bening) comes up behind her 15-yearRhodes old son nancykeeferhodes@ Laser (Josh Hutcheson) to have a word with his father. Actually Paul (Mark Ruffalo) is the sperm donor of Laser and his older sister Joni (Mia Wasikowska), and has come belatedly into their lives during that transitional summer between Joni’s high school graduation and departure to college. Just as Joni needs to pull away a bit from her family, Laser has convinced her to seek out their common dad, who runs a local eatery supplied by his own garden and seems to have his pick of the women staffing both. â€œâ€ŚWell, this is not your family,â€? concludes Nic, just before slamming that door in Paul’s face. “This is my family. If you want a family, go make your own.â€? Filmmaker Lisa Cholodenko has said of Nic – older partner of Jules (Julianne Moore), family breadwinner, OB-GYN physician, guardian of shaping the children’s social graces, who has endured much from Paul as has everyone in her household – that “she’s a bit of a mama bear.â€? This is not clear earlier in the film or even for quite some way into the story, not before the quite remarkable dinner scene in which Nic first wills herself to see what about this man her partner and kids find so appealing, reveals her own tender side – they both love the vintage album “Blueâ€? by Joni Mitchell, Nic’s daughter’s namesake – and then discerns from Paul’s bathroom the betrayal a lover would grasp in a flash. Cholodenko has been nursing this film project since 2005, when Julianne Moore, for whom she wrote the part of Jules, was already on board. Cholodenko was delayed in making the film and meanwhile she and her partner had a sperm-donor child of their own, an experience she attests sharpened the final script as well as her direction of its


Aug. 12, 2010


Downtown After Dark

Benjamin’s hopes to open at Ohm Lounge location Before it was the Ohm Lounge, 314 S. Franklin St. housed Styleen’s Rhythm Palace, one of the hottest clubs ever to do business in Armory Square. Countless votive candles lit the stage for Li’l Georgie & The Shufflin’ Hungarians’ New Orleans-style R&B revue every Saturday night at Styleen’s…but that’s all history now. Last year, Ohm Lounge was seized by New York state for not paying taxes. S t at e t a x men posted russtarby@ seizure signs on the club’s South Franklin Street door. Before long the bar’s contents were unceremoniously auctioned off. “The closing of Ohm and nearby bar/restaurant Ambrosia left two big holes in the downtown night-life scene,” noted WTVHTV reporter Michael Benny. Ambrosia, located on the corner of South Franklin and Walton streets, had also failed to comply with state tax laws. While Ambrosia remains dormant, the old Ohm/Styleen’s space will soon be resurrected by Joe Rainone and Nick Falcone, owners of a popular Irish sports bar named Mulrooney’s (a.k.a Mully’s), around the corner at 239 W. Fayette St. Rainone and Falcone have been in business at Mully’s since 1991; 479-6163. The new bar will be called Benjamin’s on Franklin. Impressed with the property’s versatility – big barroom, bigger dance floor with stage, and a gorgeous enclosed outdoor patio – Rainone considers it “the best space in all of downtown Syracuse.” If all goes well Benjamin’s on Franklin will open Oct. 1.

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Summer reunions A Syracuse-based pop-rock band named The Shop will relive the early-1990s when the band reunites at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Aug. 15, at Shifty’s Tavern, 1401 Burnet Ave. One of CNY’s top supporters of local music, Dave Frisina, will feature The Shop playing live on Soundcheck on WTKW-FM TK99, from 9 to 10 p.m. Sunday. The Shop features singer-guitarist Michael Crissan, guitarist Kevin Farrell, bassist Mark

“Spock” Butcavage and drummer Jim Lucas. Another little combo from long ago, Neighborhood Friends, planned to reunite Aug. 11 at Johnson Park in Liverpool. Neighborhood Friends features guitarist Gary Sprague and bassist Mike Casale. Back in the day the duo used to pack ’em into places like the Ground Round until Sprague hightailed it to Arizona where he’s now billed as The Singing Cowboy. Sprague and his horse, Dusty, perform regularly at Oldtown Scottsdale. Casale now plays bass for Bobby Green & A Cut Above here in the Salt City. Rock’n’roll nightmare Another rock’n’roll nightmare dashed the dreams of Dirty Little Secret and the Feroni Project, two regional rock acts who’d hoped to open for Bret Michaels last Thursday, Aug. 5, at the CNY Market Block Party at the Regional Market. Michaels refused to perform, he said, because promoter Mike Banks had failed to pay the full amount of a required deposit. Nevertheless, Michaels’ tour bus spent much of the day at the venue, and the personable Poison singer signed dozens of autographs and chatted with news reporters and disappointed fans. Michaels promised to return to play a show in Syracuse on Nov. 26 at a venue TBA. He said he’ll promote the show himself. And the nightmare recurs The day after Bret Michaels canceled his show here, Regional Market Director Eugene Elemos pulled the plug on the Thursday Aug. 12 performance by the rock band Asia. Since the market was “the last to hear” about the Michaels mess, Elemos said, “We don’t want a repeat” of the confusing scene on Aug. 5. Syracuse’s Mark Doyle & The Maniacs had been scheduled to play an opening set for Asia. Rothenberg remembered When she was alive, Joan Lukas Rothenberg was an artist and activist well-known for her spirit, tenacity and vision. In 1972, she was a founding member of the first women’s consciousness-raising group here, which evolved in to the Women’s Information Center. She also founded and operated Auragyns, a

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Brett Michaels poses for a photo with a fan last week at the Regional Market, where his scheduled show was canceled. women’s art gallery. Joan was in the process of completing her doctorate in Women’s Studies at Syracuse University – studying images of women in the media ­– at the time of her death in 1990. Redhouse Arts Center will host a retrospective of her artwork in the gallery that bears her name, at 201 S. West St. The opening reception, which will feature a dedication by Joan’s family, will take place at the gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19. The reception is free and open to the public as a part of TH3. Refreshments will be served. Joan Lukas Rothenberg - A Retrospective will be on display at the Redhouse Arts Center from Aug. 19 to Oct. 16, by appointment, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 425-0405. Asprelli packs up her fiddle It’ll be a bittersweet bogstomping good time when fiddler Andrea Asprelli plays her farewell concert with Atlantic Flyway on Friday Aug. 13, at Kellish Hill Music Barn, just south of Manlius. “Andrea is moving out of state,” reports venue owner Kathy Kellish. “She has performed in many bands in the CNY area and has been the booking agent here at Kellish Hill Music. She leaves behind a major void in our

lives musically and personally.” Asprelli will perform between 8 and 11 p.m. with progressive bluegrass and folk trio Atlantic Flyway for their final show Friday on a triple bill also including newly-formed oldtime band the Pond Creek Bogstompers and the powergrass group the Salt City Ramblers. Admission costs $10. Kellish Hill is located at 3192 Pompey Center Road, Manlius, just 20 minutes from downtown Syracuse, 4.4 miles from Route 92 in Manlius. For band info, visit, and Cape Breton fiddler Another fiddler fatale, Nova Scotia’s Kimberly Fraser will take the stage at Kellish Hill at 8 p.m. Saturday Aug. 14. Fraser is master Celtic fiddler specializing in the Cape Breton Island sound. She’s also a talented step dancer and pianist. Fraser has shared the stage Celtic musicians such as Alasdair Fraser, Martin Hayes and Lunasa. In addition to her concert here Saturday, Fraser will also conduct a fiddle workshop from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15/concert only; $20/workshop only; or $30 for both. Mom, dad and five kids The seven-member Hartley Family Band will climax the weekend at the Kellish Hill Music Barn, with a pot-luck dinner performance at 6 p.m. Sunday Aug. 15. Donations will be accepted  “The Hartleys are down-to-earth, extremely loving and loveable folks,” said Kathy Kellish. “They connect with people heart-toheart. Their music not only gets your foot to stompin,’ but also puts a smile on your face and sets your soul aglow.” Check out For venue info, visit Gospel showcase Aug. 15 The 11-year-old Southwest Showcase Sundays at the South Side’s Spirit of Jubilee Park have been canceled because expected state grants have been stalled by the perennially dysfunctional N.Y. State Legislature. But the good news is that Savior Sunday gospel music concert will go on as scheduled Aug. 15. For info, call coordinator Reggie Seigler at 479-9620.



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Don’t miss Jazz Teams needed for annual ‘Hanover Squares’ in the City The Hanover Squares live downtown game, modeled after the TV game show Hollywood Squares, is scheduled for Friday Aug. 20 – but teams interested in competing must contact the Downtown Committee for a chance to audition by Friday Aug. 13. Auditions will take place the week before the event. “We look for groups of funny people – the wackier, the better,� said local comedian Bruno Schirripa, who will host the


event. Teams are encouraged to come in costume or to wear team hats or shirts. Anyone interested in putting together a team of up to five players should call the Downtown Committee at 422-8284 or email mail@ by Friday. Eight teams will be selected to compete for the coveted Hanover Squares trophy, which spent the last year with the Manlius Pebble Hill Teacher’s Lounge, which will vie for first place again this year.

The action begins at 7 p.m. Friday Aug. 20 in Hanover Square in front of the Koolakian & Manro Menswear building at 132 E. Genesee St. The game features nine local celebrities and comics, positioned in the building’s upper floor windows, making up the tic-tactoe board. Celebrities answer trivia questions, and contestant teams are charged with deciding whether the celebrities are correct. Seven games will be played until one winner prevails.

LA thinks he’s their’s... but we know he is ours!�

- Syracuse Common Councilor Van Robinson on Fowler High School graduate and jazz sax sensation Jackiem Joyner, above.

Jazz in the City returns to Syracuse this month with a series of free neighborhood concerts. All concerts are free and run from 7 to 9 p.m. People should bring their own lawn chairs. Food and beverages will be available at all locations. No alcohol please. For more information call 479-JAZZ.

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Aug. 19

Westside Latin Jazz Block Party Featuring Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers. Oswego Street by Skiddy Park.


Aug. 26

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Northside in Little Italy Featuring Urban Jazz Coalition ( 600 Block of North Salina and Division Streets.

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Eastside Neighborhood Concert Featuring Jackiem Joyner and his band from L.A. More info: jackiemjoyner. com. Parking lot across from Cummings Field, Eastwood.


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Get out: The guide Thursday Aug. 12

paved roadway. Free. 453-6712. Bonsai Workshop. 2 PM. Bring trees to work on or get advice about; bring a chair and any tools you have. Wire for sale. Rain date, Aug. 29. 6 Bevell Lane, North Syracuse. 461-9226.

The Meatballs. 11 AM. Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with music, prizes, and refreshments. NOPL at North Syracuse. Pre-register. 458-6184. Catch the Reading Wave with Cap’n Dave. 2 PM. Summer reading party with Moreland the Magician. Salina Free Library. Free. Pre-register. 454-4524. Reiki for Teens. 4-8 PM. Learn a hands-on healing art to help with relationships, decisionmaking, relaxation, and more. Healing Inspirations, Liverpool. $80/session. 469-8639. Historic Tram Tours. 6:30 PM. Explore the history around Onondaga Lake. Onondaga Lake Park. Free. 453-6712. Thursday Night Bike Ride. 8 PM. Meet at Mello Velo Bicycle Shop, 556 Westcott St. Free.

Monday Aug. 23

Teen Book Discussion Group. 7 PM. For grades 6 and up. DeWitt Community Library. Free. Pre-register. 446-3578. Adult Summer Book Club. 11 AM. Steve Stern’s ‘The Frozen Rabbi.’ Registration encouraged. DeWitt Community Library.

Tuesday Aug. 24

Sciencenter Tactile Time. 10:30 AM. Toddlers and preschoolers explore their world through touch. Sciencenter, Ithaca. Included with admission. (607) 272-0600. Breastfeeding Class. 6:30-8:30 PM. Pregnant women and their partners learn about breastfeeding benefits and methods. St. Joseph’s Hospital conference room L-100 D. $. 448-5515.

Friday Aug. 13

Pizza & Books. 12:30-2 PM. For students entering grades 6-8. Share book experiences while learning to identify genre, plot, narration, and more. Manlius Library. Free. Pre-register. 682-6400. Skatepark After Dark. 8-11 PM. Rotating schedule for BMX and skateboard & in-line skaters. $5/person. 453-6712.

Saturday Aug. 14

Scottish Games. Bagpipe bands, dancing & drumming competitions, ethnic foods, and children’s events. Long Branch Park. $10/adults, $7/seniors, $4/age 5-12, under 5 free. 463-8876. Finger Lakes Riesling Festival. Horse-drawn carriage rides, bounce houses, arts and crafts, and games for kids. Lakeshore Drive & Kershaw Park, Canandaigua. (585) 899-3242. Skatepark After Dark. 8-11 PM. Rotating schedule for BMX and skateboard & in-line skaters. $5/person. 453-6712.

Sunday Aug. 15

Finger Lakes Riesling Festival. Horse-drawn carriage rides, bounce houses, arts and crafts, and games for kids. Lakeshore Drive & Kershaw Park, Canandaigua. (585) 899-3242. Salt City VW Show. 9 AM- 4 PM. Celebrate the VW with food and music. Pets and kids welcome. Oneida Shores. Free. 676-7366. Parkway Sunday. 9 AM-noon. Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool is closed to motorized traffic so inline skaters, joggers, walkers, and cyclists can enjoy the wide, two-mile section of paved roadway. Free. 453-6712. Beaver Lake Run. 9:30 AM. 5K, 10K, youth run, and one-mile fun walk. Sponsored by Upstate Chiropractic. Beaver Lake Nature Center. $20 for 5K and 10K. 638-2519. Family and Friends Fun Day at Tipperary Hill. 11 AM-6 PM. BBQ, bake sale, ethnic dances and items, children’s activities. SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church Hall, 402 N. Lowell Ave. 4680442 or to pre-order. Women Rockin’ for the Cure. 1-7 PM. Presented by Hope for Heather & Syracuse Women

Saturday Aug. 21: Asian Elephant Extravaganza 10 AM-4:30 PM. Elephant demonstrations

and games. Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Free with admission. 435-8511. in Music. Free boat parking, full boat parking Manlius Library. Pre-register. 682-6400. for the day. $12. Cross Lake Marina, Cato. HopeMusic & Cook-out. 11 AM. Featuring cian Tom Sieling followed by a cook-out. East Syracuse Free Library. Free. 437-4841. Th3. 5-8 PM. A common day each month Monday Aug. 16 where 17 Syracuse visual art venues are open Splash Art. 2 & 3 PM. Splattered paint creto recognize and support local artistic achieveations for ages 5-13. Dewitt Library. Free. Prements. register. 446-3578. Picnic at the Park. 5-8:30 PM. Enjoy a picnic Family Movie Night. 6:30 PM. Popcorn probuffet and the view from Skyline Lodge. vided. Dewitt Library. Free. 446-3578. Highland Forest. $12.95/adults, $7.95/kids 5-11, under 5 free. Pre-register. 677-3303. Tuesday Aug. 17 Thursday Night Bike Ride. 8 PM. Meet at Mello Splash Into Science. 2 PM. MOST Traveling SciVelo Bicycle Shop, 556 Westcott St. Free. Syracuseence Program. Dewitt Library. Free. 446-3578. CNY Tourette Syndrome Support Group. 7-9 PM. Baldwinsville Public Library. 635-6967.

Wednesday Aug. 18

Getting Ready for Kindergarten. 10:15-12:15 PM. Kindergarten readiness program. Manlius Library. Pre-register. 682-6400. Smart Play for Preschoolers. 10:30 AM. Drop-in play for preschoolers featuring new literacy-oriented toys. Fayetteville Free Library. 637-6374. Little Gather. 11 AM. Storytelling, magic shows, music, and more. Corning Museum of Glass. Free. 607-974-3306. Breastfeeding Back to Work and School. 1-3 PM. For mothers who will continue to breastfeed as they return to work or school. St. Joseph’s Hospital Room 5313. $. 448-5515. Infant & Child CPR Class. 6:30-8:30 PM. St. Joseph’s Hospital Room L-100 D. 448-5515. Knitting Made Easy. 10 AM. Adult learn-toknit class. Registration required. DeWitt Community Library.

Thursday Aug. 19

Getting Ready for Kindergarten. 10:15 AM -12:15 PM. Kindergarten readiness program.

Friday Aug. 20

Getting Ready for Kindergarten. 10:15-12:15 PM. Kindergarten readiness program. Manlius Library. Pre-register. 682-6400. End of Summer Reading Program Party. 2 PM. Free ice cream. Dewitt Library. Pre-register. 446-3578. Krazy Kamp. 7 PM. Presented by Syracuse Children’s Theater. Mulroy Civic Center. $. 4325437.

Wednesday Aug. 25

Getting Ready for Kindergarten. 10:15-12:15 PM. Kindergarten readiness program. Manlius Library. Pre-register. 682-6400. Smart Play for Preschoolers. 10:30 AM. Drop-in play for preschoolers featuring new literacy-oriented toys. Fayetteville Free Library. 637-6374. Little Gather. 11 AM. Storytelling, magic shows, music, and more. Corning Museum of Glass. Free. 607-974-3306. Knitting Made Easy. 10 AM. Adult learn-toknit class. Registration required. DeWitt Community Library.

Thursday Aug. 26

Blood Drive. 10 AM-4 PM. With the American Red Cross. St. Joseph’s Hospital, conference Rooms L-100C & D. 703-21398. Getting Ready for Kindergarten. 10:15-12:15 PM. Kindergarten readiness program. Manlius Library. Pre-register. 682-6400. End of Summer Movie. 2 PM. Salina Free Library. Free. 454-4524. Thursday Night Bike Ride. 8 PM. Meet at Mello Velo Bicycle Shop, 556 Westcott St. Free.

Friday Aug. 27

Saturday Aug. 21

Willow Bay Fun and Fitness Walk for Women. 7:30 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Onondaga Lake Park. $25. 638-9662. Asian Elephant Extravaganza. 10 AM-4:30 PM. Elephant demonstrations and games. Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Free with admission. 435-8511.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten. 10:15-12:15 PM. Kindergarten readiness program. Manlius Library. Pre-register. 682-6400. Parkway Sunday. 9 AM-noon. Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool is closed to motorized traffic so inline skaters, joggers, walkers, and cyclists can enjoy the wide, two-mile section of paved roadway. Free. 453-6712.

Sunday Aug. 22

Monday Aug. 30

Parkway Sunday. 9 AM-noon. Onondaga Lake Parkway in Liverpool is closed to motorized traffic so inline skaters, joggers, walkers, and cyclists can enjoy the wide, two-mile section of

Breastfeeding Class. 6:30-8:30 PM. Pregnant women and their partners learn about breastfeeding benefits and methods. St. Joseph’s Hospital conference room L-100 D. $. 448-5515.



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Fun at the Fair Come to the Fair

Attractions, events listed at Agricultural & Carriage Museums - Experience what New York farm life was like in the 18th century. Across from the Coliseum, open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Agricultural & Livestock Competitions - Visit the cows, pigs, sheep and other animals during free barn tours. Judging occurs daily in the livestock barns, Coliseum, and the 4-H & FFA areas. Antique Tractor Display - A fascinating collection of antique farm tractors, together with a selection of other historic and unique farm implements. Daily next to the Agriculture Museum and just inside Gate 10. Art and Craft Exhibitions – Work by state artists will be on display and competing for ribbons. Located in the Art & Home Center. Art & Home Center - home of culinary demonstrations, photography exhibits, arts and crafts, a variety of entertainment and much more. Backyard Circus and Puppet Parade - This invites children to slip circus costumes on right

Mohegan Sun Grandstand Ticket prices vary and include admission to the Fair the day of the show. Aerosmith, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 Jeff Dunham, 8 p.m. Aug. 27 Rihanna with Travie McCoy, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 Justin Bieber‘My World’ Tour with Sean Kingston and Jessica Jarrell, 7 p.m. Aug. 29 Rush, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 Tim McGraw with Montgomery Gentry, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3 Rascal Flatts with Kellie Pickler and Chris Young, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 NYS Tractor Pulling Championship, 1 and 7 p.m. Sept. 5 NYS Championship Demo Derby and Double Figure 8 Races, 5 p.m. Sept. 6

over their clothes and become part of the show. . Beef Barn Jamboree - After the cows have come home, the show ring of the Beef Cattle Barn is fillled with authentic country music and dancing on selected evenings. Butter & Cheese Sculptures – A tradition in the Dairy Products Building. Coronas Circus - A one-ring extravaganza with highly trained aerialists, acrobats and animals beneath a big-top tent in the Infield Amusement Area Culinary Competitions - The state’s best pies, cakes, jams, breads and other homemade goodies vie for ribbons in this traditional, county fair competition located in the Art & Home Center. Daily Parade - Every evening at 6 p.m. select Fair entertainers and exhibitors join New York marching bands, costumed characters, antique vehicles and New York State notables in an old-fashioned parade across the fairgrounds. Dairy Products Building – Sample milk, visit exhibits and buy a variety of New York cheese, ice cream and delicious fudge. Enjoy music on the Dairy Products Building stage. Hall of Health – Home to a wide variety of health service organizations and professionals in the Science and Industry Building. The Harlem Wizards - The fun-filled show that wowed audiences last year combines impressive athletic talent with comedic relief will run three times daily in the Sports Activity Center in front of the Coliseum. Historic Train Exhibit - Behind the Horticulture Building, this exhibit features four restored vintage 1920s era passenger cars and a classic 1916 model restored wooden New York Central caboose and is open and free throughout the Fair. Horticulture Building - Experience the sights and smells of spectacular arrangements of colorful plants and flowers. Tour displays presented by the Wildlife Art Organization. See the wide rainbow of flowers and vegetables grown in New York. Get steaming $1 baked potato with your favorite topping. I Love NY Exhibit - A giant, tabletop replica of the state at the Americraft Center of Progress Building identify helps depict the state’s incredible range of attractions. Long known for vendors selling everything from chamois to gold, the Center of Progress Buiding also has booths by attractions from across the state


Here are just some of the attractions and events you will see during the 2010 New York State Fair, held Aug. 26 - Sept. 6. When you come to the Fair, make sure to pick up your free “Insider’s Guide” whicdh gives you daily information and schedules for events, and a packet of money-saving coupons from vendors throughout the Fair.

Chevy Court lineup (shows are free)

En Vogue, 2 p.m. Aug. 26 Kool & The Gang, 8 p.m. Aug. 26 Blue Öyster Cult, 2 p.m. Aug. 27 Kansas, 8 p.m. Aug. 27 ‘Man v. Food’ host Adam Richman TBA, Aug. 28 Styx, 8 p.m. Aug. 28 Trailer Choir, 2 p.m. Aug. 29 Blues Traveler, 8 p.m. Aug. 29 Steve Lippia with the CNY Jazz Orchestra, 2 p.m. Aug. 30 30 Seconds to Mars, 8 p.m. Aug. 30 Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter

Animals, animals, animals

Noone, 2 p.m. Aug. 31 1964 - The Tribute, 8 p.m. Aug. 31 TBA 2 p.m. Sept. 1 Lady Antebellum, 8 p.m. Sept. 1 Eli Young Band, 2 p.m. Sept. 2 Little Big Town, 8 p.m. Sept. 2 Justin Moore, 2 p.m. Sept. 3 Coheed and Cambria, 8 p.m. Sept. 3 Mitchel Musso, 2 p.m. Sept. 4 Robert Randolph & the Family Band, 8 p.m. Sept. 4 Katharine McPhee, 2 p.m. Sept. 5 Keith Sweat, 8 p.m. Sept. 5

Don’t forget the rides!

Besides the farm animals featured at the Fair, there are also many other, more exotic resident, including the Elephant and Tiger Encounter, Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show and “Wild About Monkeys,” the only traveling animal exhibit in the world that includes trained baboons, all located in the Adventure Zone. At the Youth Activity Center, cheer for your favorite fowl in Duck Races or visit the sea lions as they perform tricks. Also in the center, “Wild World of Animals,”an educational, fun and fast-paced show,with creatures ranging from alligators, snakes and really big bugs to kangaroos, monkeys and really big cats. Or cheer on the Hollywood Racing Pigs as they squeal around the track in the Infield Amusement Area, where one can also find the“Girraffic Menagerie Petting Zoo.”

James E. Strates Midway - The energy, excitement and pulse-pounding thrill of America’s last-remaining railroad carnival is back. Hit the Midway for the best rides and games plus lots of fun every day of the Fair until midnight. The Strates Midway Ride-All-Day program lets visitors buy $25 wristbands that give them full access to the Midway rides for the entire day on the following dates... Thursday, Aug. 26; Friday, Aug. 27; Monday, Aug. 30; Tuesday, Aug. 31; Wednesday, Sept. 1; and Thursday, Sept. 2. The Haunted House - Returning with all hair-raising scares and frightening new surprises at a new location near the Midway. Kiddieland - A separate, smaller midway for young children put on by Strates Shows in the Youth Activity Center.

that have interactive displays. Irish Choppers - Watch a custom-made motorcycle be built from the chassis up at the Irish Choppers workshop on the Colonnade. Iroquois Indian Village - Experience traditional music, dance, crafts and customs. Little Caesars Talent Showcase - The winners of county fair competition across the state - take the stage daily. Gospel singers will be featured on Saturday and Sunday Aug. 28 and 29 Located outside the main entrance of the Youth Building. New York Maple Center, Christmas Tree Growers - Sample maple cream or view wreath-making demonstrations, both in the Horticulture Building area. New York State Lottery Players Pavilion Expanded retail and prize payment operations throughout the duration of the Fair. New York State Police Exhibit – Watch the

Mobile Response Team demonstrate “high angle rescue” and “tactical access” rappelling techniques from the 50-foot tower platform. Pan-African Village - Music and dance with African roots is performed daily. Taste Caribbean food and southern-style lemonade while you browse stands selling hard-to-find ethnic items. Located behind the Americraft Center of Progress Building. Sand Sculpture - At the Americraft Center of Progress. This year, the nearly 200-ton masterpiece will depict the varied tourism opportunities existing throughout the state, illustrating “So Much More Outside Your Door.” Veterans and 9/11 Memorial - In front of the Horticulture Building, the memorial features an eternal flame, flag poles with bricks of all the wars at its base and stones for each branch of the service with individual bricks placed from the service branches.


Aug. 12, 2010



Around Town Caz village board votes against chickens

Don’t expect to hear clucking in village of Cazenovia backyards anytime soon. William Wester, a Farnham Street resident, proposed changes to the village code earlier in June that would allow chickens to be kept by village residents. His proposition was rejected by the board at a meeting Monday Aug. 2 after Mayor Thomas Dougherty proposed a resolution both acknowledging and denying the request. “I … think the slippery slope argument is a good one,” said Village Trustee Peggy Van Arnam. “If we allow chickens, I would expect requests for ducks, potbellied pigs and other animals, all of which are appealing to some people, if not to their neighbors, and I think it would be very hard to negotiate one without the other.” Trustees Van Arnam and Amy Mann, as well as Dougherty, voted against the idea. Trustee David Porter and Deputy Mayor Kurt Wheeler supported chickens in the village. “I’m looking at it a little bit differently in the sense that I think as our economy and our approach to how we do things changes … towards a greener way of doing things, I think we have to have a more open mind about a lot of these things,” he said. Wheeler said he liked the idea of residents being able to produce their own food locally. “With appropriate regulations, I’d be in favor of it,” Wheeler said. Van Arnam believed the advantage of having locally produced food was minimal considering the village’s proximity to the town and farmer’s markets. “Although I agree that organic eggs are eminently desirable, they’re very easily available now at farmer’s markets and the Amish store,” she said. “Here, you can move half a mile and be in a less restrictive environment and have all the pets you want. Some village residents already raise animals by boarding


them with a farmer on a nearby farm — lambs, cows and so forth.” Van Arnam was concerned about the space between village homes. “Village houses are very close together; the lot sizes are generally smaller in the village,” she said. Porter spoke from his own experience; his family had chickens when he was a child, and he raised chickens himself in college. “I don’t think chickens are generally too odorous unless you really let the manure accumulate,” Porter said. “I like the idea of the sustainability aspect of it. I like the idea of people using the scraps they would throw away to produce eggs.” The mayor and two trustees dismissed the idea based on their concerns about odor, upkeep, noise and requests for more exotic wild animals. “I like chickens,” said the mayor. “I actually like Kentucky Fried Chicken the best,” he joked. “I just think it’s not what we should be doing.” - Doug Campbell

Marcellus mom named top-20 chef by ABC

Ruth Anne Reagan, of Marcellus, is a top 20 finalist in Nightline’s “People’s Platelist” contest, which asked viewers to nominate their favorite local chef by writing a letter of 500 words or less. Out of the 20 finalists, Reagan stands out – she’s the only one who doesn’t cook for a restaurant. Reagan was nominated by her son Tim, a drama teacher at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. “I watch Nightline, and I kept hearing about this People’s Platelist,” Reagan said. “And I


thought about it and I said, ‘my mom’s!’ Ruth Anne is an avid painter and musician, having studied both at Syracuse University. She was once the full-time organist at St. Francis Church, and she still substitutes when she can. “Although she wouldn’t like to be remembered as being a cook, she’s pretty amazing when we go to visit,” Reagan said. “In the mornings she runs that kitchen like a breakfast diner.” To say Ruth Anne was surprised to make the list would be an understatement. “I thought at first it was a joke when ABC called,” she said. “But it’s a real boost.” A mother of eight and a grandmother of many, Ruth Anne’s had plenty of mouths to feed over the course of her nearly 60-year marriage to her husband, Bernard. But when she and Bernard first got hitched, she knew little about the trade. “I could barely make a tuna fish sadwich,” she said. She learned quickly enough, with some help from cookbooks. “I like to eat, I like food, and I can read!” she said. Ruth Anne and Bernard have lived on Flower Lane in Marcellus for about 55 years. In that time her kids have grown up to have families and impressive careers – which Tim skillfully addresses in the opening paragraph of his nomination letter: “Nestled among the rolling hills of Central New York, in the tiny hamlet of Marcellus sits a kitchen that has fed the likes of nurses, doctors, lawyers, judges, teachers, engineers, musicians, athletes, artists, politicians, civil service workers, businessmen and women, parents, children, and students for close to 60 years.” The letter continues, “The menu is an eclectic mix of the mundane to the magnificent that includes quaint early morning breakfasts, savory breads and desserts, delectable bistro dishes, sumptuous holiday meals, and even bag lunches for the hurried traveler or weary student.” Tim also mentions how Ruth Anne has combined her love for music with that of preparing a meal: “Ruth Anne has been known to pull up the piano bench and begin playing Bach or Chopin while the potatoes are boiling or the bread is rising.” Tim makes clear that Ruth Anne has not slowed down since 1967, when the family expanded to 10 and his mom reached “professional status.” “Mom continues to lovingly prep, mix,

stir, baste, boil, bake, thaw, pour, sauté, fry, and sprinkle for her brood. After 20 years of my own marriage, my wife still marvels at how Mom can magically rustle up a meal for 10 from seemingly bare cupboards.” Tim’s letter is, in many ways, a tribute to his mother. Ruth Anne loves to write, “and every now and then I like to write,” Tim said. “I just felt passionate about it,” he continued. “Living down here in Washington I don’t get to see them as much as my sisters do. So it was a nice way to sort of be there without being there, writing this, because I know what goes on with her cooking.” Ruth Anne’s ambition for cooking is very much connected to her love for her family. She was an only child, and her parents died when she was very young. “I like to have the family come together,” she said. “I think that’s why I do it.” As a finalist in the “People’s Platelist” competition, Ruth Anne has until Aug. 13 to submit a three-minute video to be voted on by the viewers. Upon news of his mom’s top20 ranking, Tim met with a videographer from ABC to film Ruth Anne preparing her famous barbeque chicken. - Ned Campbell

Team CNY brings home medals from U.S. Transplant Games

Six transplant athletes from Central New York competed in their own Olympic–style event last week at the National Kidney Foundation 2010 U.S. Transplant Games. Hailing from every corner of CNY, the athletes garnered two gold medals in women’s 400m and men’s table tennis, one silver in living donors 100m and one bronze medal in badminton. Robert Juneau, of Marietta, earned a gold medal in table tennis and a bronze medal in badminton. Maggie Maybee, of Ithaca, received a gold medal in women’s 400m and her husband and living donor, Shawn Maybee, brought home a silver medal in the men’s 100m. “Before I had my transplant, I couldn’t imagine being well enough to compete, much less carry home a medal,” said the competing medal winning athlete. - Tami S. Zimmerman

Central NY

August 11- 17, 2010

CAMP COLLEGE at LeMoyne College ...... 4 Review:

They were


Syracuse Nationals ...... 6

PUSH ...... 5

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STAFF Message from the

Marissa Joy Mims Director

Marilyn J. Grab Budget Director

Tammy Toellner Lynn Dew

Program Coordinators

Carolyn Clark

Writing Program Coordinator

Mariel Fiedler

Writing Program Coordinator, Radio show Coordinator

Caitlin Donnelly

Eagle Newspapers Editor

Contact us: Phone 443.7848 Twitter: NYGEARUP Facebook: NYGEARUP@ Syracuse University Radio: StepIt UP! on Power106.9 The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) is the state agency that has been designated by the Governor’s office to administer the NY GEARUP Program. Funding for NY GEARUP is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. NY GEARUP at Syracuse University receives $567,000 in funding that is matched 100 percent by in-kind services for a total funding of $1,340,000. HESC helps people pay for college by providing a comprehensive range of financial aid services, including the Tuition Assistance Program, guaranteeing student loans, and administering the nationally recognized New York’s College Savings Plan. New York State is a leader in the national financial aid community, providing more grant money to college students than any other state.

Director Here at NY GEARUP, we are continuing our preparations for the upcoming school year. I am very excited by recent meetings our partners to finalize our plans. Many members of the NY GEARUP cohort will be receiving a call from one of our program coordinators over the next few weeks to encourage them to take advantage of tutoring that will be available to them during the upcoming school year. Working in collaboration with Say Yes and the Syracuse City School District, we are developing an intensive tutoring program to target students in English Language Arts, Math and Social Studies. This additional support will help students who have struggled in these areas meet graduation requirements. I hope that you have been enjoying the articles written here by students participating in our summer program. This program, done in partnership with CNY Works, has allowed students to not

have to chose between academics and the need to make money over the summer to contribute to their families. These students have been busy this summer seeking out new cultural experiences to learn more about Syracuse and themselves. It has been a pleasure to watch their transformation into journalists with growing interests in the arts, politics and education. As I have mentioned before, we are beginning an intensive outreach effort to students who have dropped out of high school. We will be working with the school district to plan home visits and other case-management activities for these members of our cohort. There are many reasons why students drop out of school: financial, feeling overwhelmed by academics, etc. It is not going to be easy work, but we cannot give up on these students. They, like all of our youth, have the potential to succeed. It just may take them longer or a nontraditional path to receive their education. If you are

What is NY GEARUP? NY GEARUP is based out of Syracuse University’s School of Education. NY GEARUP works in the Syracuse City School District with the class of 2011 at Corcoran, Fowler, Henninger, ITC and Nottingham high schools. GEARUP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. It’s a national initiative to create innovative programs with the goal of increasing college awareness for students and their families. GEARUP also helps students develop the skills necessary to pursue education after high school. To achieve its mission, NY GEARUP organizes college visits, tutoring and mentoring, college awareness and exploration activites, and educational planning and workshops.

interested in helping to mentor a student who has dropped out of high school, please contact our office. A few hours of your week could make a huge difference in the life of a student. -MARISSA J. MIMS

ON THE COVER: Esperance Muhimpundu from Fowler High School, third from left, poses with new friends (left to right) Neysa,Tamika, Char, and mentors Eva and Lisa during Camp College downtime at LeMoyne College. PHoTo BY ERIC MoNTGoMERY

Table of contents Message from the Director......................... 2 Calendar............................. 3 Camp College.....................4 Book review: Push............... 5 ‘Cuse History: The Nats....... 6 For the parents.................... 7 College of the week.......... 8

Interested in Writing? For those students in the NY GEARUP program that are graduating in 2011 and are interested in writing for Eagle Newspaper’s NY GEARUP edition, please contact Caitlin Donnelly at

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CALENDAR JULY AUGUST • Request college applications from the admissions office. Or, use College Answer’s Online Application Search to see if your school’s form is online. • Arrange campus visits. • Register to take the SAT/ACT, if necessary. • Continue to search for free money (scholarships and grants) and others ways to pay for school. • Run Sallie Mae’s Free Scholarship Search. • Stay organized: File copies of applications and correspondence. Keep your calendar up-to-date tracking important dates and deadlines.

UPCOMING Look for our fall schedule of activities in our upcoming NY GEARUP publications, including college visits, and a special fall retreat at Syracuse University!

SEPTEMBER • Begin to rank the colleges you think you’d like to attend. • Start to put together your resume. • Organize the information that is likely to be requested on college applications. • Learn about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). • Choose courses for your senior year that are challenging and that showcase your academic abilities. • Enroll in AP courses in your best subjects if they are available. • Continue to do your best in your classes.

In the x y-coordinate plane above, line l contains the points (0, 0) and (1, 2). If line m (not shown) contains the point (0, 0) and is perpendicular to l, what is an equation of m?

(A) y = - ((1/ 2) X x) (B) y = - ((1/2) X x) +1 (C) y = - x (D) y = (- x) +2 (E) y = - 2 X x

Parents play an instrumental role in helping your student get into college. Here are some helpful tips:


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• Take advantage of summer break and visit colleges on your child’s list. Call ahead for the campus tour schedule. Arrange to meet with a financial aid representative. Your child should (if necessary) schedule an on-campus interview with the admissions office. • Your child should finalize his/her list of colleges. Be sure your child’s list includes “safety” schools, as well as good “match” and “reach” schools. Request college applications and informational packets. Organize materials into separate files by college. • Keep a college calendar of all admissions deadlines. • If your child took AP Exams in May, scores will be avalibale in July. • Make sure to register your child early for fall SAT tests.

Since the coordinates of two points on line l are given, the slope of l is (2- 0) over (- 0) = 2. Line m, which is perpendicular to l will have a slope of -1/2 since slopes of perpendicular lines are negative reciprocals of each other.The equation of m can be written as y = -((1/2) X x) + b. Since line m also contains point (0,0), it follows that b = 0. Therefore, an equation of line m is y = - (1/2) X x


• Enroll in an SAT prep course. • Talk to your guidance counselor about colleges you might like to attend. He or she may have information available to help you develop a plan to get there. • Investigate financial aid opportunities: scholarships, grants, and loans. • SAT registration deadline for the October 9 test is September 10. Register early. • Collect all the information you can from those colleges you are interested in. Attend college open houses if possible to visit colleges in your area.

SAT Question of the Week

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CAMP COLLEGE at LeMoyne College


By Caitlin Donnelly Imagine attending college classes, eating dining hall food, sleeping in a dorm, making new friends, and leaving before the stress kicks in. It’s a perfect taste of college life, and that is how four Fowler High School students spent the weekend of July 30, 31 and August 1 during Camp College at LeMoyne College, a Jesuit arts and scinces school in Syracuse. Camp College is a pre-college program where high school students aged 16 through 18 experience college living while attending

workshops run by college admissions counselors. The program is sponsored by the New York State Association for College Admissions Counseling, and is held at a different college or university in the state for two sessions each summer. More than 100 students from New Jersey, Rochester, Buffalo, New York City and many other areas attended the three-day workshop at LeMoyne, the organization’s largest turnout yet, said Eric Montgomery, a NY GEARUP staff member that accompanied the Fowler students. During the weekend, Esperance Muhimpundu, Karlea Abair, Austin Newcombe and Timothy Wallace, all rising seniors at Fowler, were

assigned roommates in Dablon Hall (one of six dorms on campus), given meal plan cards and were broken into different groups to simulate the experience of meeting new friends at college. Mentors, or Camp College volunteers, were assigned a group of students to help maneuver from activity to activity and answer any questions. Esperance, Karlea, Austin, Tim, and more than 100 other students sat in on two mock lectures in Shakespeare, history or chemistry, taught by LeMoyne professors. They also attended workshops in financial aid, scholarship searching, admissions applications and college-essay writing. One evening

there was even a college fair, where admissions counselors teaching the workshops were able to give students more information about their specific colleges and universities. Montgomery said that while it was a lot of information for the students to process at one time, many said they were much more comfortable with the application process at the end of the weekend. “The two biggest messages the kids got during the program were to start early on applications and don’t get discouraged by the cost of the school,” said Montgomery. “There’s almost always a way to find money to get to the school they want to go to.”

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One for our time: Push By Quintessah Acevedo Henninger High School While the rest of the world looks to Harlem as a living museum of the past, local residents see clearly the poverty-stricken area for what it really is: a breeding ground of crime and hard living. Harlem is no longer a place of swingin’ music but is now the home of a dark, scary reality—a reality where drugs rule and parents beat and rape their children, a reality no one should ever have to face. It is this scary Harlem that provides the backdrop for Sapphire’s acclaimed novel, Push. Precious, a sixteen-year-old girl, has lived through this dark, terror-filled Harlem and has come out with two babies by her father, who only comes around when he wants to rape her. Raised in a home where she was

beaten for stealing her mother’s “man” and told that the only help she would ever receive would be from public assistance for her children, this troubled young woman struggles to find her place in the world and become literate. Push is a novel for all generations, all walks of life, and all peoples. It speaks to the soul and pulls on heartstrings. This novel is graphic in some areas, but without the imagery it would just be another book about struggling people. Instead, the audience gets an intimate view into the mind of someone going through abuse, including her attitudes about those around her, what she thinks is society’s ideal, and her escapist means of coping with abuse. Precious is her best “self ” when she is escaping her personal reality, when she “change stations, change bodies,” when she’s, “break-

ing, fly, jus’a dancing” and “heating up the stage at the Apollo Theater for Doug E. Fresh or Al B. Shure.” Precious is a representation of many people that have struggles of their own whether it’s abuse, obesity, rape, molestation, teenage pregnancy or illiteracy. Some may know that Push has been turned into the movie, Precious; and if readers have seen Precious, they should read Push (you can also find it renamed Precious since the name was changed when the film was released). It may have more value than the movie because you get to be Precious in the Push. Rather than hearing what she says, you get the chance to step into her life and experience what she experiences. Everyone is Precious in life; life is precious in itself. We, as humans, just need to remember to push.

E-Readers: The latest and greatest textbook offer As students enter their senior year at high school and begin to think about college, the cost of higher education often becomes a major concern. While tuition, extracurricular fees, and room and board are all upfront costs, others such as books and supplies slip college-bound students’ minds. But with the introduction and popularity of e-readers, students should start to wonder and decide how they’ll get and read their required texts. These e-readers like the kindle, iPad, and Nook offer an alternative that may relieve some of that financial burden, but the upfront cost may deter students from exploring this option. They also have to wait to see if their needed books are available for their classes and the cost of those digital texts. Because these gadgets are still relatively new, they have yet to be universally used. So within a few years, these e-readers will start propping up more and more all over campuses and students will be carrying lighter and lighter book bags. E-readers are palm-sized electronic

devices that can offer newspapers, magazines and books as digital content. While they can be convenient for the recreational reader, e-books may be a boon to students as well. The e-reader market exploded when Amazon introduced its Kindle and Kindle 2. Sony, Barnes & Noble and other companies have also introduced their own e-reader devices. While e-readers were made to downloaded fiction and nonfiction books, e-book reader companies are realizing the benefits of offering digital versions of textbooks as well. This could mark the move from heavy textbooks to compact information. Many professors already instruct their students to go online for information, to read blogs or download digital content from Web sites. Soon they may be instructing them to purchase the

latest editions of textbooks delivered right to an e-reader device. There are several advantages to having textbook material available for e-readers. The first, and most obvious, is the weight issue. The average college student takes five classes per semester. That can equal five or more textbooks to purchase, each weighing several pounds. A student has the potential to be carrying 50 pounds on his or her back at any given time. In comparison, most e-readers weigh just a few ounces and can hold 1,000 books or more, depending on file size. A student can carry all of the required textbooks right in a back pocket. The next advantage is cost. While e-readers cost about $300, some textbooks can cost as much. Although the

cost of textbook material delivered to an e-reader is still unknown, and likely based on the individual publisher, it may be more affordable than on-campus book store prices. Convenience is another factor for e-books. Students simply browse wirelessly for their desired reading and download it in mere minutes. This is more time-efficient than waiting on long lines at the campus bookstore or waiting for books to be delivered through the mail from online sources. E-readers have the potential to be successful for school use, but they need to have the support of professors behind them. For a device like e-readers to be accepted, institutions may need to make the devices part of the school’s requirements. This is similar to many schools requiring all students own a laptop. Students who are unable to afford an e-reader may be subsidized for the device or be able to use student loans to pay for them. E-readers can be advantageous in the classroom and students can also use them for their own personal purposes.

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History of Syracuse

They were champions, our champions

On July 28, NY GEARUP’s Writing Program visited the Onondaga Historical Association on Montgomery Street.There, the group learned about the beginnings of Syracuse, saw maps and paintings of how different the city looked, and even found out a few interesting things. Seth Colton of Nottingham High School found it surprising and fascinating that Syracuse was home of professional basketball team at one point, so he did a little research to find out more about his community and reflect on what a pro team would mean for the city.

By Seth Colton Nottingham High School Few realize this, but Syracuse University didn’t always represent the sole basketball presence in the city. The Syracuse Nationals were a professional NBA Basketball team located in Syracuse, New York. An instant success in the NBA, winning the Eastern Division with a league best record of 51-13, the team is the NBA’s oldest franchise. Between 1946 and 1947, the Syracuse ‘Reds’, who at the time were owned by an Italian immigrant named Danny Biasone, began to play in the National Basketball League. At that time, they changed their name to the Syracuse Nationals, based on them joining the National Basketball League. At that point an independent professional team, they played against several of the teams around the area: Rochester, Buffalo, and a handful of few others that existed at that time. Although they didn’t win all their games, they were one of the best teams in the area. The Nats’ second season in a basketball league (The National Basketball League) was not as successful, with them finishing in fifth place with a record of 24-36. Between 1948 and 1949, several teams in the NBL left for the BAA, the Basketball Associations of America, as a foundation for a merger was being laid. The Nats stayed in the NBL and signed on Al Cervi to be a player coach. Dolph Schayes, a rookie at the time, led the Nats to

a winning record of 40-23. Following this season, the remaining NBL teams would join the BAA as the two leagues merged and became what we know now: the NBA, National Basketball Associations. Despite several teams leaving the NBA for the NPBL, National Professional Basketball League, the Nats decided to stay put. Between 1954 and 1955, the shot clock was put in place, at Nats owner Danny Biasone’s suggestion. The shot clock was a great advantage to the Nats; other teams didn’t know of or practice with the shot clock method and it hurt their chances against the Nats, who were used to playing with the time limit. In the first season with the shot clock, the Nats took first place in the East with a 43-29 record; which ultimately led to their winning of the 1954-1955 NBA Championships. This revolutionary addition to the game is now commemorated in Syracuse’s Armory Square, where a monument to the shot clock was constructed in 2005. It counts down repeatedly, reminding passersby of Syracuse’s contribution to the sport. But what happened to our championship-winning team? Well, they didn’t quite disappear, but were moved and merged soon after their championship season. Between 1962 and 1963, investors Irv Kosloff and Ike Richman purchased the team from Danny Biasone, moving the team to Philadelphia to become the 76ers, filling the Philadelphia Warriors spot.


Members of the 1955 Syracuse Nationals basketball team. Top row, left to right: Red Rocha, JimTucker, John Kerr, Earl Lloyd, Dolph Schayes. Bottom row: Capt. Paul Seymour, Bill Kenville, Wally Osterkorn, Dick Farley, George King, Coach Al Cervi. Losing the professional team hurt the city. If the Syracuse Nationals still existed, Syracuse would be a different place. There would probably be a stronger economy thanks to job oppor tunities, potential business ventures, marketing and merchandising. And if the Nats continued their success from the mid-50s, the city would gain more visitors and national notoriety, boosting city pride and motivation to keep the area clean and touristfriendly. It would be another thing for the community to rally around and support If the Syracuse Nationals still ex-

isted, the town would have another thing to rally around and support besides the university athletics. The city could gain job opportunities and notoriety throughout the country. It would generally boost the economy of the city with the job opportunities and potential business ventures along with increased marketing and merchandising. Depending on the success of the team, the city would gain more visitors, prompting the city to keep the area cleaner and tourist friendly. But, hey, those Orange players over at the university give the city something to be proud of.

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Back-to-school made easy for the whole family The start of a new school year is a hectic time for families. Between shopping for clothes and supplies, doctor appointments and adjusting to new schedules, parents and children can feel frazzled and frayed. Here are some ways to beat back the chaos and ease your family’s transition:

Establish a Routine

Set a wake-up time and decide whether to serve kids breakfast before or after getting ready. After school, let kids decompress alone or by playing with friends. But set a time when all entertainment stops and studying begins. Make sure to take into consideration all those standing appointments and pre-scheduled activities.

Go Digital

Families traditionally turned to pen,

paper and the refrigerator to coordinate calendars, schedules, shopping lists, and other to-dos -- but nowadays, this is often inefficient. Go digital instead, so your schedule comes to you and you can coordinate from your computers and cell phones. Consider one of the free Web services available that brings families together online, such as, which allows you to create a calendar, coordinate schedules, and send text or e-mail reminders to family members about appointments and errands. You can even sync your Cozi calendar and shopping lists with your cell phones and mobile devices, so nobody has an excuse for missing that soccer game!

Create a Studying Space

Create a quiet place for schoolwork, making sure it’s well-lit and stocked with supplies, like highlighters, calcula-

tors, and a computer. It’s best if it’s not the kitchen table, where noise and dinner can interrupt concentration. The breakfast and dinner table, however, is a great place to discuss your family’s schedules and to-do lists.


Scheduling recreation is as important as scheduling homework. By asking kids what their favorite activities are and making time for them to do things they like, you can teach your kids balance. Pre-scheduling recreation, like a family game or movie night, can show kids that relaxation time is important.

Check it Off

Creating checklists can keep things straight. Ironing outfits and packing gym clothes at night avoids morning bedlam. Packing lunch the night before also saves time and you’re more likely to

provide healthful foods, instead of slapping something together last minute. Checklists also ensure no one forgets to pack the day’s essentials. Introducing lists the whole family can access will also eliminate nagging and teach kids responsibility and independence. Most importantly, keep them short and manageable. “Given today’s fast pace, most families have to multitask to survive. With good common sense and the latest free online tools, it’s easier to get parents and kids on the same page and make a busy life into a better life,” says Robbie Cape, CEO of Good coordination can save more than time -- it can improve family communications, bringing everyone closer. -STATEPOINT

Keep teens healthy with up-to-date vaccinations Vaccinations are not just for younger children. Even though kids may have received their recommended vaccinations when they were younger, they still may need additional vaccines as adolescents. To help protect teens from serious diseases and keep them healthy for school, talk with their health care provider and make sure their vaccinations are up to date. In addition, their school nurse is a great resource for general health and immunization information. In a recent conversation about immunizations, Sandi Delack from the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) provided answers to some important questions:

1.What vaccines are recommended for teens? The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:  Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Whooping cough): Tdap (tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccines) is a single booster vaccine that helps to protect against all three diseases. Persons aged 13 through 18 years who have not

received Tdap should receive a dose.  Human papillomavirus: HPV vaccine helps protect against certain types of the human papillomavirus, which can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. Experts recommend that girls get this set of three vaccines at age 11 or 12 years. Catch-up vaccination is also recommended in girls 13 through 18 years. Boys between ages 9 through 18 years may choose to get this set of three vaccines to prevent genital warts.  Meningococcal: MCV4 helps protect against meningococcal disease (meningitis). Experts recommend that adolescents get a single dose of this vaccine at age 11 or 12 years.  Influenza (Flu) and H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu): The influenza vaccine for the 2010-2011 influenza season helps to protect against influenza (also known as the "flu"), including the H1N1 strain of influenza that caused the recent pandemic. The CDC recommends that teens get the flu vaccine yearly. If not required for school attendance in your state, additional vaccines to be discussed with your health care provider or school nurse include those for

chicken pox; measles, mumps, rubella; pneumococcal disease; polio; Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.

2.What happens if my teen misses his or her vaccines? There are many reasons why teens may miss getting the recommended vaccinations on time, including moving to a new state, switching health care providers or the vaccine may have been unavailable when they were younger. Whatever the reason, it is not too late for your preteen or teen to catch up on missed vaccines. Talk to your health care provider or school nurse to ensure your preteen or teen is up-to-date on recommended vaccines for their age group and caught up on any missed vaccines.

3. Does my teen need to get vaccinated again if he or she was vaccinated as a child? There are many times throughout your child’s life where it is recommended he or she receives additional vaccinations to help protect them from contagious diseases. Even though

teens may have received the recommended immunizations when they were younger, protection from some vaccines may decline, leaving them at risk for infection from certain diseases. For example, the whooping cough vaccination wears off five to 10 years after the completion of childhood vaccination, so a booster vaccine is recommended.

4.Where can I find more information about teen immunization?

The CDC recommended vaccination schedule can be found at In addition to your health care provider, your child’s school nurse is a great resource to learn more about recommended immunizations. Your school nurse has access to the most up-to-date information on immunization recommendations and school immunization requirements. They can also discuss other questions or concerns regarding your teen’s health. After all, the goal of the school nurse is to help keep students healthy so they can succeed in school. - ARA

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SUNY ESF is the environmental school right in our own backyard. The School of Environmental Science and Forestry is connected to Syracuse University and shares a campus while still having its own quad and buildings. ESF was founded as the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University in 1911. Today, students going to ESF can take classes at both SU and ESF, and SU students can take classes at ESF as well. The school is the only SUNY environmental school and is also one of the leading environmental colleges in the country. The school ranks at number 17 of all national universities in the “great schools at great prices” category by U.S. News & World Report. Students entering undergrad at ESF can go to Ranger School in Wanakena, NY to become park rangers or even do something like environmental biology or chemistry at

the Syracuse Campus. Besides these wellknown areas of study, students can also major in more obscure fields like paper engineering or aquatic and fisheries science. Students actively engage in classes through laboratory work. Many also gain practical application by doing fieldwork at sites like Green Lakes National Park and Cranberry Lake in the Adirondacks. There are 568 graduate students, 1,502 fulltime and 428 part-time undergraduates from 32 states and 35 countries. The school holds many festivals and events for its students, including Earth Week events, the Friends and Family Bar-B-Que, the December Soiree and the Spring Banquet. The school also has a number of extra-curricular activities in environmental fields like the woodsmen team, the landscape architecture club, Habitat for Humanity and the Knothole, which is the weekly newspaper.


Students participate in field work in the Adirondacks during one of their SUNY ESF classes.

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Good Sports

Chiefs hanging in

Ball club falls to third place in IL North, but playoff hopes linger

Herm Card

Chiefs southpaw starter Matt Chico earned his sixth win of the season in the Syracuse Chiefs impressive comeback victory Aug. 8 at Alliance Bank Stadium. By Russ Tarby With less than 30 games remaining in the regular season, the Syracuse Chiefs’ 2010 pennant dreams are fading fast. Having held first place for several weeks mid-season in the International League’s North Division the team has slipped to third behind the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and the second-place Buffalo Bisons. Now a daunting 9.5 games off the pace, the Chiefs only hope is the wildcard. When the Chiefs left for an eight-game Southern swing on July 19, their wildcard lead was 3.5 games. Now, Syracuse is in third place in the wildcard standings, five games back of Louisville, two behind Buffalo. Despite its big slip in the standings, Syracuse showed its determination to stay in the race by taking three of four games against Rochester last week, sweeping a two-game series at Frontier Field and splitting a two-game set Aug.

7-8 at Alliance Bank Stadium. The finale, a 7-4 comeback win Sunday against the Red Wings, was particularly encouraging. On Aug. 8 at ABS, southpaw starter Matt Chico hung in there to earn the win after allowing three runs in the first inning. Relievers Atahualpa Severino and Josh Wilkie combined to nail down the victory. Rookie shortstop Danny Espinosa and right-fielder Leonard Davis each swatted tworun homers, and newly acquired left fielder Brian Bixler belted a triple for his first hit as a Chief, then scored when slugger Jason Botts doubled. Bixler and third baseman Pete Orr contributed two hits apiece. “There’s no quit in any of these guys,” said Chiefs pitching coach Greg Booker, speaking of both his pitchers and the Chiefs’ hitters. Since the season opened in April, the Chiefs have fielded 26 different position players and 34 pitchers, for a total of 60 players to wear a Chiefs uniform through Aug. 9. On July 27, the ball club lost two veterans,

shortstop Pedro Lopez and first baseman-outfielder Chris Duncan. On June 6, Lopez had tested positive for a banned substance – Formestane, an estrogen-control agent that helps build lean muscle and strength – so he was suspended for 50 games. Duncan, who helped St. Louis Cardinals win the 2006 World Series, left Syracuse July 27 to deal with undisclosed medical issues, according to Doug Harris, the Washington Nationals’ director of player development.

Chiefs v. Yankees Aug. 21-22 The Syracuse Chiefs play the IL West division-leaders, the Columbus Clippers, at Alliance Bank Stadium at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 11-12, before hitting the road to Indianapolis and Louisville through Aug. 20. On Aug. 21 and 22 the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees return to ABS for a two-game series with games at 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. ABS is located on the city’s North Side, on Tex Simone Drive, just east of the Regional Market. Tickets cost $11 for field-level seats, $8 for kids and seniors; $8 for second-tier seats, $4 for kids and seniors; and parking costs $4 per vehicle; 474-7833; syracusechiefs. com.

Finally, the end for Favre? Understand that all I am about to say might prove irrelevant in a day’s time - or a week, or a couple of weeks, or even a month until the season opener. That’s the problem with Brett Favre. Past history tells us that, whatever he says now, it might not ring true, for he’s had this tendency to change his mind, over and over again. Yet he says, right now, that he’s done with football, that there won’t be a 20th Blackwell season, won’t any addiRandom be tions to the thoughts absurd streak of starting 306 straight games under center, counting regular season and playoffs. And he won’t add to those NFL records for attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns, so Peyton Manning is free to break them soon. So, we breathe now, and we ask - it safe to weigh in on Brett Favre’s legacy? Can we scan the whole arc of a remarkable journey from Mississippi to Atlanta neglect to Green Bay legend to desperate last acts in New York and Minnesota? All would have been so smooth if the end had really come in March 2008. Granted, there was crushing disappointment with the Packers’ overtime loss to the upstart Giants in an Arctic NFC title game, two months earlier. Yet Favre, who wept as he announced his first retirement, had a chance to leave in the only guise that truly fit him – as no. 4, clad in green and gold. You all know how that turned out. True, Favre had every right to change his mind, but Green Bay had moved on, was grooming Aaron Rodgers, and could not interrupt Rodgers’ ascension, especially after Favre had strung him along. So it was on to the Jets, with Packer partisans either cursing the departed Favre or directing wrath at GM Ted Thompson. A lot of people, in fact, wanted to chase Thompson out of town. But he stayed, and a year later Green Bay returned to the playoffs. Maybe Rodgers wasn’t so bad after all. The Jets thing started well (8-2 and the New York tabloids screaming Super Bowl), and ended badly (1-5 and, yes, far too many interceptions), and Favre had his second retirement press conference. Okay, so


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Three short years ago, Bill Lunde was out of golf. Now, at 34, he has broken through for his first PGA Tour victory at the Turning Stone Resort Championship. Capping a wild, exciting week of everchanging weather conditions and low scores at Atunyote Golf Club in Verona, Lunde nearly missed the cut, then charged on the weekend to a one-shot victory over a fastclosing J.J. Henry. Lunde fired a 17-under-par total of 271, pouring in what proved to be the winning birdie on the 16th hole of Sunday’s final round. Of course, just being in that position was remarkable, given what happened to Lunde’s golfing career. A top amateur player coming out of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Lunde first made his mark in Upstate New York by advancing to the semifinals of the 1998 United States Amateur played at Oak Hill near Rochester. Soon after, Lunde turned pro, but he said years of struggles on the big tours left him tired of golf and hating the game. So, after falling short at the 2005 qualifying school, he quit and went to work in the housing industry, only to lose his job there when the market collapsed. Lunde said it took that time away from golf to reclaim his love for the game. And so he returned in 2007, first succeeding on the mini-tours in the West, then going to the Nationwide Tour in 2008 and winning a tournament there, ultimately finishing fifth on the money list to earn his PGA Tour card. After he kept his card in 2009 (with a best finish of a tie for fourth in Nevada), Lunde


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maybe it was over and time to move on, to let NFL fans breathe again and focus on other matters. Ah, but this was Brett Favre, and, as if this were some kind of country song, he had revenge in mind for all the folks that done him wrong. That meant going to Minnesota, donning purple, and trying to win it all under Green Bay’s noses. To say the least, that didn’t go over well in Wisconsin. So here came breathless, suffocating hype, and a fine season for Favre and the Vikings that actually lived up to the big talk – an NFC North title, a first-round playoff bye, a second-round destruction of Dallas and, most importantly, two wins over the Packers. All

was again struggling this year, never finishing better than a tie for 10th in two events in Puerto Rico and Reno-Tahoe. Despite this, he said he felt good about his game heading to Turning Stone, though early on it sure didn’t work. Bad drives and worse putting on a steamy Thursday produced a 73, one over par, and eight shots back of co-leaders Omar Uresti and Rory Sabbatini. It was a long day for everyone at Atunyote, as morning rains caused a delay of nearly three hours. It also pushed back the PGA Tour debut of 15-year-old Gavin Hall, a star amateur from Pittsford. Hall struggled to an opening-round 78, but recovered nicely on Friday to shoot 71 before heading home to get ready for the U.S. Amateur later this month. Friday had, by far, the toughest conditions all week, as winds gusted to 30 miles per hour. Still, it took a two-under-par total of 142 to make the cut, and Lunde was on the wrong end of it until he birdied three of his last four holes to sneak into the weekend at 141, seven shots back of 36-hole leader Alex Cejka. That saving surge was just the beginning. When the winds died down for Saturday’s third round, par was under assault as the field averaged close to 69. And Lunde joined in, going birdie-birdie-eagle on the 3rd through 5th holes, turning in 32, then adding four more birdies on the back nine for a 64. It was just one off the course record Charles Warren and Chris Couch matched on Saturday. More importantly, Lunde’s low round moved him up to 205, 11 under, just four back of Cejka, who birdied his last three holes on Saturday to break out of a crowded group to lead Couch by two and Billy Mayfair by three heading into the last round. The wind picked up a bit on Sunday, but

Herm Card Bill Lunde hits out of the bunker at the 18th hole in Friday’s second round of the Turning Stone Resort Championship. Lunde remained on fire. He birdied the first two holes, then the par-5 5th before dropping a long birdie putt on 6. On the par-5 8th, Lunde reached in two and two-putted for a fifth birdie, then went to the 9th and drained a nine-foot downhill putt to make it six birdies and a 30 to take the outright lead. All those red numbers were needed, because far ahead Henry was setting an imposing target. The Connecticut native started the final round at six under, went through the front nine in 32, then went five under over a stretch of five holes (12 through 16) to seize the lead at 16 under. But Henry missed a great birdie chance at the par-5 18th to break the course record, so he finished at 272, and nearly saw that score hold up for the remaining three hours of play.

that was left was to win that NFC Championship game in New Orleans, get to Miami for Super Bowl XLIV and conquer things there, and the whole darn thing would be over. But the events of Jan. 23, 2010 in the deafening Superdome only brought the ambiguity back in torrents. Those five turnovers, the inexplicable pass back across the middle that Tracy Porter picked off at the end of regulation – how could Favre end like that? At least that’s what Vikings fans have been thinking for eight months now. The team didn’t take a single action, in free agency or the draft, to shore up quarterback possibilities. Minnesota is, essentially, where they were pre-Favre in 2009 – with Tarvares Jackson and Sage Rosenfels battling for the no. 1 spot, neither fully trusted by Brad Childress or his staff.

Now you’re bound to hear the epitaphs for the Vikings’ season weeks before anyone starts playing for real. Right – just like the Indianapolis Colts of 2006 had a horrid defense just before the playoffs, and just like the Arizona Cardinals of 2008 were the worst division champions ever. Both ended up in the Super Bowl. As the word for Favre’s latest retirement got out, a near-unanimous sentiment has built from analysts and fans alike – namely, we’ll believe it when we see it. And we don’t mean the season opener, the rematch against the Saints. We mean for an entire season. Favre cannot blame anyone but himself for this mass skepticism. Do a lifetime worth of flip-flops in two years, and people will not trust your word, even if it’s the whole truth,

As soon as Lunde moved ahead, he stepped back with a bogey on the par-3 11th. Then it got volatile, as all kinds of players, including Steve Elkington, Richard S. Johnson, Josh Teater and Brett Wetterich, got near or even tied for first place, only to fall apart in the stretch. Cejka, who fell back to 12 under, used four birdies in five holes to claim a piece of the lead, only to pull his tee shot into the creek at 14, make bogey, and parred the rest of the way. Mayfair, too, could not advance further than 15 under, ending up in a tie for third with Cejka, Michael Sim That left Lunde, who made steady pars on 12, 13 and 14, then missed a nine-footer for birdie on 15 to remain even with Henry. One more birdie was needed. And it came on the par-3 16th, 177 yards over a marsh to a pin tucked back left next to a bunker. With a gorgeous six-iron, Lunde hit his tee shot to four feet, then made the birdie to lead Henry by one. Now he had to hang on. On 17, Lunde’s approach was 67 feet short, but he made a deft two-putt for par. Thus, he only needed to par the reachable 18th, and he got to the front left bunker in two, left his explosion shot 18 feet below the hole, and carefully two-putted to win. And that win gave Lunde much more than the $720,000 for first place. He also earned a two-year Tour exemption through 2012 and a berth in this week’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. Lunde also improved his FedEx Cup position so that he’ll be in the PGA Tour playoffs that start later this month. Above all, it assured that Lunde won’t need to consider other career options – at least for a while. even if Favre did mock his own indecision in a Sears commercial not so long ago. Fans may love or loathe any given superstar, but they’ll respect his loyalty or consistency over the long term, whether it’s Michael Jordan or Derek Jeter or Peyton Manning. Public betrayals can sink a career and reputation in seconds – just ask LeBron James. Brett Favre may, indeed, be gone from pro football for good, and if so, he leaves behind both an awesome legacy of accomplishment and a flawed portrait of self-aggrandizement. He’ll go to Canton, for sure, but in his quest for personal fulfillment, he left a lot of damage behind, and he would be smart to start the healing right now.


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Gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino continues to suck the air out of the race for the Republican nomination as he wrings every last bit of news out of the controversial mosque proposal for Ground Zero. This amuses The Informer. Oddball New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (give salt the shake) last week provided the latest opening for Paladino to distance himself from his GOP rival, lobbyist Rick Lazio and likely Democrat nominee Prince Andrew Cuomo. Bloomberg suggested mosque opponents, like Paladino, should be ashamed of themselves. “Sadly, Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t understand the facts surrounding the Ground Zero Mosque,� Paladino said. “This isn’t about moderate peace-loving Muslim’s; this is about

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-Defenseless Democrat incumbent State Sen. David Velesky is under attack from the guy who wants his job, Republican piano man, Andrew Russo. Russo was chatty after the recent budget passage: “The good news is that the budget debacle is over until January. The bad news is that with passage of this year’s budget Sen.Valesky has now voted to approve a whopping $14 billion in new taxes and fees in just two years.  He’s provided the critical 32nd vote to enact new income taxes, new business taxes, new energy taxes, new health insurance taxes and higher property taxes on seniors and homeowners.  After two years in the Senate Democrat leadership team, Sen. Valesky has become ‘The $14 billion man.’

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My fall home improvement plan As we head into fall and back to school time, my attention typically shifts from outdoor pursuits to what needs to be done indoors. It’s actually funny to me that everyone talks about spring cleaning, because fall is the time that I usually bring out the big guns when it comes to getting the house spic-and-span. I figure that we spend very little time inside

during the warm summer months – preferring the sunshine and many outdoor activities to the relative dark stillness that is provided by four walls. So it should follow that, as fall and winter approaches along with the need to spend more time out of frigid temperatures, the house should be cozy, attractive and, most of all, clean. It’s amazing what a bit of elbow grease,

some household cleaners, a few rolls of paper towels and a good mop will do when it comes to improving your surroundings. Once I’ve gotten the house in ship shape, I can then turn my attention to the home improvements I can do on my own. These projects include painting and decorating. A fresh coat of paint makes everything feel new again and, for a few dollars, some new throw pillows, a sparkly light fixture and nubby throw rug are a quick way to update your home’s look. For the jobs that I cannot do, I first look to my husband, who has experience working in the construction field. Unfortunately, his time

is limited, so I try not to burden him with too many projects at once, and always offer a hand. I figure working on improving our house is a way we can spend quality time together while getting work done. In fact, if there are any kid friendly projects around, like organizing the toy room or sorting through clothes by season, I will probably make my annual “fall cleaning” a family event. Once we’ve got our home in shape for winter, we can look forward to many nights playing board games at the kitchen table, watching movies while munching on popcorn or just reading a book while snuggled on the couch. To me, that is its own reward for a job well done.

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Conquer clutter for good Clutter has a funny way of creeping up on a person. It starts with a few papers piling up on the counter. After awhile, closets and cabinets are packed with stuff rarely used. Homeowners can tame the clutter by following a few steps. Breaking the connection with belongings is one of the first steps to clearing out clutter.

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