January is Radon Action Month. The American Lung Association says one in 15 U.S. homes are at risk for dangerous radon levels, which can cause lung cancer, and radon-related lung cancer kills about 21,000 Americans every year. Get your home tested for radon by a certified radon mitigation contractor. Find someone in your county here
Internet Safety With Your Kids
The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office has created a contract that parents can use when talking with their kids about using technology and devices. The “Internet Safety Pledge & Contract” sets expectations for a safe experience that promotes healthy online use. Click here for more info.
Syracuse Women's Basketball: vs. Georgia Tech
The Syracuse University women's basketball team plays against Georgia Tech on Thursday, January 16th. An all-female broadcast team will be featured on the ACC Network. Purchase $5 discounted tickets in advance here.
The New York State Smokers' Quitline is a service of the New York State Department of Health and based at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. It is one of the first and busiest state quitlines in the nation, and has responded to nearly 3 million calls since it began operating in 2000. The Quitline encourages nicotine users to talk with their healthcare professionals and access available Medicaid or health insurance benefits for stop-smoking medications. Click here for more information.
Sleep In Heavenly Peace
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need.
Here in Syracuse they focus on building and delivering beds to kids who are sleeping on the floor, a mattress on the floor, 2 to a beds etc. Since the first delivery on October 6th, 2018 SHP Syracuse has delivered over 670 beds and counting. Click here for more information.
Cops, Kids, and Toys
Cops, Kids, and Toys is a non-profit that collects money and toy donations for kids who otherwise wouldn’t be getting anything for the holiday.
If you're interested in signing up for toys, visit the Cops, Kids, and Toys website.
Shipping For The Holidays
Monday is the postal deadlines to receive packages before Christmas. Click here for further details.
Disney On Ice
Disney On Ice is back in town. Click here for shows, times and more information.
Healing Through Horses
Healing H’Arts Equestrian Center, Inc. is dedicated to promoting physical and emotional wellness to those of all abilities by providing as many positive experiences using horses as a therapeutic tool in a safe, supportive, and all-inclusive environment.
Man In the Moon Candies
The Oswego-based candy store has been a city staple there since 1935. Click here for hours and more information.
CNY Diaper Bank
One in three families experiences diaper need, and toddlers require up to eight diapers a day while infants require up to 12 diapers daily. Children left in soiled diapers are at risk for infections and suffer prolonged crying and interrupted sleep, while mothers who face diaper need have heightened anxiety, stress levels, and are more likely to experience depression. Diaper need can also cause parents to miss work or school, since children cannot attend day care without a supply of diapers.
The CNY Diaper Bank is a volunteer-run non-profit that works with 30 partner agencies in the area to distribute more than 100,000 diapers to more than 2,000 local babies and toddlers each month.
Diabetes Awareness Month
The Joslin Diabetes Center at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse provides care to the largest number of patients with diabetes of any center in Central New York. Specialists in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism care for patients with disorders of the major glands of the body, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other metabolic diseases. Click here for more information.
Broome County Toys for Tots
The Broome County Toys for Tots organization has been operating since 1962. This year, the organization will be led by Officer Chris Marshall of the Binghamton Police Department.
Toys for Tots will begin on November 25, headquartered at the former Bon Ton location in the Oakdale Mall at 601 Harry L. Drive in Johnson City.
Sign-ups for Broome County Toys for Tots will begin on December 2 and end on December 14.
The hours for the headquarters will be:
If you're interested in donating, drop off barrels are at the following locations:
Disaster Assistance Centers
Governor Cuomo announced on November 7 that the state has established nine Disaster Assistance Services Centers throughout the Mohawk Valley to provide assistance to residents that were affected by flooding. The locations are in the following locations:
CNY Beer Week
This week long celebration creates the opportunity for local brewers and fine craft beer retailers to share their passion for the beverage they love with all of the region. Click here for more information.
The Burn Run
The East Syracuse Fire Department has, since the race's inception, donated funds to help burn survivors treated at local hospitals. In 2011, ESFD shifted its focus when the Burn Foundation of Central New York was formed and it was decided to give the proceeds of the race to the Burn Foundation. The primary function of the fund is paying for children with burn injuries to attend Burn Camp where they have an opportunity to interact with other adolescents that have suffered through similar injuries and to receive emotional and physical support. A few of the other projects sponsored by the Burn Foundation are directly helping burn survivors treated at local hospitals purchase durable equipment as well as paying for services not covered by their insurance.
To register for the Burn Run, Click Here!
The Auburn Leathercrafters have been making premium pet accessories in Central New York since 1950. Everything is made by hand in Auburn, NY. The company has stayed true to its small family roots, and the third generation of the Dungey Family still runs the business. They like to say that Styles change, but Quality never goes out of fashion. Click here for more information.
Ophelia's Place aims to make a difference through the offering of love and acceptance, lead with faith to demonstrate integrity and show respect and promote a sense of community and live with passion while encouraging personal growth. Click here for more information.
The Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich is a not-for-profit educational facility that collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits vehicles related to the evolution of transportation, with particular emphasis on the role of the automobile and its impact on American culture. Click here for more information.
What's in My Baby Food?
A national investigation finds 95 percent of baby foods tested contain toxic chemicals that lower babies’ IQ, including arsenic and lead. Click here for more details.
Men Victims of Domestic Violence
1-in-10 men experience domestic violence in the United States. The Vera House wants to continue their vision of a world free of violence and abuse.
For more information or if you're in need of help, contact the Vera House at 315-425-0818 or visit verahouse.org.
For those interested in applying to be a part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, visit www.fbijobs.gov.
Ending the Epidemic
Upstate Medical University is offering a range of services for people living with HIV or who are at risk for HIV. Upstate offers help in all three points of Governor Cuomo's "Ending the Epidemic" initiative: HIV testing for everyone, care for those who are HIV positive, and PrEP for those who are at risk.
For more information, visit Upstate Medical University's website.
Coffee With a Cop
Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other. The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve. Click here for more information.
Fall At Baltimore Woods
Autumn is a beautiful time of year. Learn more about the science behind the vibrant colors of fall. And Baltimore Woods Nature Center is a great place to highlight what autumn brings. Click here for information.
Community Grid in Big Flats Sign-Up
Ground was broken today for a new solar farm in Big Flats. The solar panels installed will be part of a community grid. Anyone living nearby can opt into the grid and save some money on their electric bill. Around 700 people can choose to opt in. NYSEG customers can sign up online at SolarFarmsNY.com.
Vera House 12 Men Model Survey
The Vera House is being recognized for its 12 Men Model. It has promoted healthy masculinity for 10 years. Since its inception, more than 200 men have completed the program and it appears to be working. According to a survey by The Worker Institute at Cornell, participants felt they had made positive changes in attitude.
For the full results of the 12 Men Model survey, visit here.
SU Safety Officer Job Opportunities
In an effort to enhance safety services provided to Syracuse University, the Department of Public Safety will expand its residential security aide program by hiring 90 officers. If you're interested in applying, visit the SU Job Opps website.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a statewide donation drive to help the people of the Bahamas recover and rebuild following Hurricane Dorian. To help with the effort, the governor will work with the Bahamian Consulate to expand the number of drop sites for priority donations of food, dry goods and personal hygiene.
Syracuse's drop-off site is the Senator John Hughes State Office Building, on 333 East Washington Street.
Needed Post-Hurricane Dorian Relief Supplies:
Hard to believe, but it's already pumpkin season in central New York. And some places already have them available to the public. One of those places is Tim's Pumpkin Patch, which opened for the season last week. Click here for more information.
Thrifty Shopper Donations
It's back to school time. And Thrifty Shopper is taking donations for young ones who are starting another academic year. See how you can help, as well as store locations by clicking here.
Center For Community Alternatives
The Center for Community Alternatives is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. Their mission is to promote reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights. Click here for more information.
Every Kid in a Park
Every Kid in a Park was created so fourth graders and their families could discover our wildlife, resources, and history for free. You and your family get free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year. Click here for more info
Syracuse is a vibrant city with an abundance of things to do and see - even on your lunch break!
Step away from your desk, get some exercise, and enjoy the sunshine during a Wednesday Walk! Click here for information.
Erie Canal Cruises
A pair of Lil’ Diamond vessels offer a fun and historically fascinating cruise on the historic canal, back to a time when the waterway was just a vision and the barges were pulled by mules and horses. For more info, visit https://eriecanalcruises.com/
Road to Home Rescue in Utica
The Road to Home Rescue in Utica is facing eviction, and looking for volunteers to help move dozens of dogs. If you are interested in helping, email email@example.com.
AAA Green Car Guide
If you're thinking about buying a new car or light truck, see what the latest technology and innovation can offer you on the road.
Every year, the state requires insurers to make a list of unclaimed checks that are three years old. The names are then placed in advertisements in local papers in an attempt to find the people who have money to claim. Click here to see if you have any.
Free tax return preparation assistance
This Department of Taxation and Finance site directs visitors to sites that can help them file taxes, whether it's a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site or a Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) site.
The Positivity Project
The Positivity Project works on empowering our country's youth to inspire positive relationships. To learn more about the project and how to make it part of your school's curriculum, visit Posproject.org.
City of Syracuse Snow Safety Page
Syracuse residents can view this page to see a map of snow removal from city streets, learn about snow removal operations, and view updates to the city's sidewalk snow removal procedure.
If you're interested in seeing the page, you can view it here: http://syrgov.net/snowsafety/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a threat anytime somebody cranks the heat, especially when the cold weather comes. It's an odorless gas that can come from any source of combustion. 500 people die nationwide from carbon monoxide poisoning. For more information on carbon monoxide, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels of Syracuse is in need of volunteers in the kitchen and behind the wheel. They need people to deliver food from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and about 20 volunteers to cook between 8-11 a.m.
If you're interested in volunteering, go to http://meals.org/volunteer/.
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