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Local guitar guru Mark Hoffmann reveals his rockin’ resume to music writer Jessica Novak

As a fixture of the Syracuse music scene for more than five decades, guitarist-vocalist Mark Hoffmann has been involved in major productions (such as the Salt City Waltz and Beatlecuse) and was inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Awards (Sammy) Hall of Fame in 2008. Yet his legacy goes far beyond the city limits.



Pen Pals Tired of the Bar Scene, Seek Outside Amour

WriteAPrisoner.com provides an alternative for those looking for love.

For the single lady in search of a man, the pickings can be mighty slim, especially around here, where any dude with valid plates and a toothbrush gets snatched up like shares of Berkshire Hathaway. But to give up hope would be a big mistake. It’s just time to think inside the box.



Pint-Size Guest for Big-Time Hotel

As the Hotel Syracuse prepares to open its doors again, the history of its first guest comes to light.

One of the hot topics in recent weeks has been the coming together of plans to launch the long-anticipated restoration and reuse of the Hotel Syracuse, slated to reopen in 2016 as the Marriott Downtown Syracuse.



Altared States for Same-Sex Duos

The LGBT community and its allies celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage outside of First English Lutheran Church

Tristan and Max Madden were among the first to arrive Friday, June 26, at CNY Pride’s rally at First English Lutheran Church. The couple, who married in Maryland in 2011, were thrilled at the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.



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36th Annual Jamesville Balloonfest

Hot air balloons took flight over the weekend at the 36th annual Balloonfest in Jamesville

Over 20 hot air balloons took to the sky this weekend at the annual Balloonfest in Jamesville. Now in its 36th year, Balloonfest attracts thousands to Jamesville beach to gaze at these balloons, eat delicious fair style foods, play games, bop along to live entertainment, and if you’re willing, take a trip in one of the massive balloons. They begin their ascent just feet away from attendees on the lawn of the park.



Lifeguard Training Photo Gallery

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis visited Onondaga Pool, where lifeguard training kicked off in preparation for those hot summer days.

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis made a stop at Onondaga Pool where lifeguard training was in full swing in preparation for the first swim of the summer when local pools open their gates to the public. Burnet, Onondaga, Schiller and Thorndon Park Pools opened Monday. Kirk, Lincoln, McKinley and Wilson Park Pools will open on June 29.



Ready or Not, Here They Come!

Columnist Cheryl Costa examines the impending transgender tsunami of college-bound students

“Is your college or university ready for the transgender wave of students?” I asked this question to a group of about 40 college employees, support persons and students at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, held June 4 to 6. The answer I received was a resounding “No!”



Teens in Transition

Writer Renée K. Gadoua highlights the local transgender community’s goal of social acceptance

The transgender community is having a pop culture moment. When former Olympic star Bruce Jenner shared his story of transitioning to female to 20.7 million TV viewers, barely anyone blinked. Perhaps that’s because of months of breathless media speculation about his gender identity. Or maybe it’s thanks to groundbreaking, award-winning TV shows like the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, starring Laverne Cox, a transgender actress who plays a transgender inmate in a women’s prison. Amazon’s streaming series Transparent also set the stage with its touching comedy about a divorced father of three who transitions from Mort to Maura.



Begging the Questions

What is the “correct” response to have when a homeless person comes begging?

We’ve all been there. Sitting at the red light that won’t change, watching the guy with the sign, trying to figure out what to do about the homeless man begging for a few coins. He’s a veteran, says the sign. He hasn’t eaten in days, says the sign. He’s out of work, out of luck, out of options.