Shoemaker Ralph Rotella wants shoe donations for Christmas
Four years ago, with Christmas approaching, Ralph Rotella looked out the window of his Discount Shoe Repair, 116 E. Washington St., and saw a man passing by in shoes beyond repair, the leather torn, socks more than peeking through the cracks. He invited the man inside to be fitted for a pair of used, but fully functional shoes.
Showcase for young talent plays Landmark on Sunday
Carrie Lazarus, a news anchor on WSYR-TV (NewsChannel 9) and the host of Extraordinary People and Places of Central New York, has a new project to bring attention to young, local artists.
Iraq War veteran John Ready writes about horror and humor
A decade ago, Oneida resident John Ready spent a year on active military duty in Iraq. Fifteen years of preparation and training, he reflects now, provided no real relevance for the experience. During that year, Ready sat at a desk in an abandoned building equipped with air conditioning, not in a front-line trench, yet he gained enough perspective on the insane, stupid, humorous, surreal and tragic events that promote extensive post-traumatic stress and a growing suicide rate to chronicle them in a series of self-published vignettes, Does My Suicide Vest Make Me Look Fat?
Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series brings acclaimed authors to town
Every year, world-famous authors come to Syracuse to speak and impart their wisdom. It’s a chance to hear from the creators of works that have reached millions of people.
Public power was once an issue in mayoral elections past
(Feature Photo: Tom Magnarelli, Cusetonight.com)
Busted corner-store kingpins had big plans for a new market on Oxford Street
Looks like they won’t be turning over a new leaf after all. Among those arrested by federal DEA agents and Syracuse Police on Wednesday, Nov. 20, was the father-and-son team that had planned to open a convenience store at Oxford Street and Midland Avenue. After executing a search warrant at the T&S Deli, a.k.a. the Honey Market, at 1223 Butternut St, officials arrested Abdalqader Mansour, 46, and his son, Rasheed Mansour, 23, along with two other family members. The Palestinian immigrants were among 10 people charged with peddling synthetic marijuana from behind the counter at nine shoddy convenience stores across the city.
Limited-edition releases to be offered at Armory Square’s Sound Garden
Every year, mobs of shoppers line up outside big-box stores for Black Friday deals. But Armory Square’s Sound Garden and other record stores nationwide are using the shopping holiday to draw attention to what they have to offer.
Maria Tallchief won praise from fans and critics
Editor’s note: November is Native American Heritage Month. This is the conclusion of the month’s articles to recognize Native contributions and achievements.
Manlius boy spreads the word about chronic affliction
When Patty Palladino’s 10-year-old son, Frankie, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she said it felt like a punch in the gut to her family.
Supporters of current I-81 speak at meeting
There’s still a long way to go before state officials come up with a plan for what to do with the 12 miles of Interstate 81 cutting through the center of Syracuse. At the Nov. 13 scoping meeting held by the State Department of Transportation at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center, it became clear that opinions on the subject of what to do with the aging viaduct range all over the map.