Sign-up for I Love My Park Volunteer Day

It's up to us to protect the environment around us. You can start by helping in this year's I Love My Park Day. 

It' the largest single-day volunteer event in the state, with thousands of volunteers rolling up their sleeves to help clean up parks, beaches, plant trees, gardens, and more. 

This year marks its 10th anniversary. It will be held May 1 and 2. To sign up, visit this website: 

Vote to Name the Rosamond Gifford Zoo's Baby Humbolt Penguin

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse welcomed a new member to the penguin family back in February and she needs a name. 

The zoo is looking for your input with a public vote for her new name, all of which are reflective of her native home, Chile in Peru. Click here to vote.

Southern Tier Opera Project

Through the end of May, sixth and seventh graders in the Southern Tier can submit short essays about local history, and the winners will have their essays turned into a "pocket opera," which is a short musical piece by composers at Binghamton University.

In addition to the musical number, the winners will recieve a $100 gift card to a local business. 

For more information on the project, click here.
For more information on essay prompts and how too submit a piece, click here.

Broome County Police Reform Virtual Public Hearing

The Broome County Sheriff's Office is hosting a virtual public hearing tonight at 5 p.m. via Zoom to review its police reform plan. Click this link to access the link and passcode to the meething:

Oswego County Police Reform Public Forums, Survey

Oswego County law enforcement is holding a pair of public forums to discuss police reform with the public. The first will be held February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Legislative Chambers of the Oswego County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego. The other meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 18 at 7 p.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Broad Street, Pulaski.

The public may attend in person or by phone. The public access phone number is 1-877-304-9269; with guest passcode: 943570#.

Oswego County residents may also provide input to the County Sheriff’s Office survey at

AFSP Virtual Luncheons on Suicide Prevention

The local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is hosting virtual luncheons to educate members of our community to discuss stigma, treatment options, and more surrounding mental health and suicide. The classes are open to anyone to join, but can be set up for community groups of companies to be educated together. While everyone is encouraged to take part, they ask that anyone under 18 join the session with an adult accompanying them. 

Follow this link for more information on how to participate in the "Talk Saves Lives" program in our community.

Virtual Cooking Class at Arnot Health in Elmira

Dr. Beth Dollinger has been teaching medical students healthy cooking classes for years, and now those students are bringing the opportunity to the community. The goal is to teach people techniques that will help them use better ingredients at a low cost. 

The classes take place every Thursday night over Zoom, and once you register, you can find a list of ingredients beforehand to shop and be ready by 5 p.m. Follow this link for more information on how to sign-up.

Free Liver Screenings at Clarity Clinical

Fatty liver is closely tied to its risk factors of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or obesity. One in four Americans are impacted by fatty liver, and if not managed correctly, the disease can progress into a far more dangerous condition.

If you want to set up a screening, visit

Thruway Tolls Increasing — If You Don't Have EZPass

The start of 2021 brings new prices on the Thruway for those who don't have an EZPass.

Drivers without one will see a 30 percent increase in tolls. Bills will be mailed to you through the cashless tolling system, and there's a $2 administrative fee applied to each bill you receive. If you have an EZPass, rates don't change.

To sign up for an EZPass, click here.

Gift Wrapping at HOPE For Bereaved 

Because of COVID-19, HOPE for Bereaved is wrapping gifts by appointment only at its Onondaga Boulevard offices. Organizers say you can call and then drop off your gifts to have them wrapped for a donation of your choice.

Volunteers will be wrapping gifts from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday, December 7 through Christmas Eve.

If you'd like to make an appointment for gift wrapping, you can call HOPE for Bereaved at 315-475-9675 or visit their website.

Terri Peters and Associates Live Auction

It is the end of an era for Shoppingtown Mall as the last tenant moves out.

Terri Peters and Associates is conducting a live online auction this weekend to quickly move more than one thousand items from her ten thousand square foot warehouse gallery in Shoppingtown Mall.

You can access the auction by following this link

Onondaga County School COVID-19 Testing

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced a COVID-19 testing schedule for 30 county schools Friday, with parts of the area under New York's orange zone and yellow zone designations.

The schedule of schools, in alphabetical order, for Monday:

All Saints Elementary School: Noon-1:35 p.m.

Bellevue Elementary School: 8:30 a.m.- 12:50 p.m.

Cathedral Academy at Pompeii : 8:30-10:35 a.m.

Delaware Elementary School : 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dr. King Elementary School : 8:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Faith Heritage: 8:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

Franklin Elementary:  8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Freemont Elementary: Noon-2:25 p.m.

Holy Cross: Noon-2:30 p.m.

Jowonio: 8:30-11 a.m.

Living Word Academy: 8:30 a.m.-1:50 p.m.

Lyncourt: 8:30 a.m.-2:20 p.m.

McCarthy at Beard School: 8:30-10:35 a.m.

Montessori at Lemoyne: 8:30 a.m.-1:25 p.m.

Montessori School of Syracuse: 8:30-10:40 a.m.

Most Holy Rosary School: 8:30-11 a.m.

Onondaga Hill Middle School: Noon-2:40 p.m.

Porter Elementary: 8:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m.

Seymour Elementary: 8:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Solvay Middle School: Noon-2:05 p.m.

Syracuse Hebrew Day School: 8:30-10:55 a.m.

Webster Elementary: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

The schedule of schools, in alphabetical order, for Tuesday:

Blessed Sacrament: 8:30-11:20 a.m.

ESM High School: Noon-2:25 p.m.

Lyncourt (Day 2): 8:30-8:55 a.m.

Moses Dewitt: 8:30-11 a.m.

Montessori Discovery School: 8:30-9:55 a.m.

Pine Grove Middle School: Noon-2:30 p.m.

Tecumseh Elementary School: Noon-1:50 p.m.

Westhill High School: 8:30-11:10 a.m.

Salvation Army of Syracuse's Christmas Bureau Distribution

Signups have begun for the Syracuse Salvation Army's annual Christmas Bureau distribution. 

This year, registration is 100% online due to COVID-19. Families will have to have a working email address, and you are required to send in documentation that you meet the income requirements. Registration is open until December 8 at

The actual distribution event is currently scheduled for December 16 and December 17. It will be a drive-thru event this year and all families are once again going to get food for a week, along with toys toys for their children.

Ernie Davis Park Playground

The city of Elmira is looking for volunteers to help build the playground at Ernie Davis Park. The build is scheduled from July 7-12, with three daily shifts available: 8 a.m.-noon; 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; 5 p.m.-8:30p.m. You can sign up to be “skilled” or “unskilled” volunteer by emailing or contact the City of Elmira Department of Community Development at 607-737-5691 or email

Broome County Red Cross Blood Drives

The American Red Cross is conducting blood drives across Broome County at the following locations and times. Please also note the sponsor code for appointments that can be entered at You can also call (800) 733-2767 for an appointment.

  • Thursday, May 21: Vestal Elks Lodge (2071 Vestal Parkway West), 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sponsor code VESTALELKS
  • Thursday, May 21: Whitney Point United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (7311 Collins Street, Whitney Point), 2-7 p.m.; Sponsor code WPUMC
  • Friday, May 22: American Red Cross Donor Room (365 Harry L. Drive, Johnson City), 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sponsor code GIVEBLOOD
  • Tuesday, May 26: Glen Aubrey Fire Co. (32 Octagon Street), 1-6 p.m.; Sponsor code GlenAubrey
  • Tuesday, May 26: Chenango United Methodist Church (704 River Road, Chenango), 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Sponsor code CHENANGOUMC
  • Wednesday, May 27: Church of the Nazarene (1282 Chenango Street, Binghamton), 2-7 p.m.; Sponsor code BINGNAZARENE
  • Friday, May 29: American Red Cross Donor Room (365 Harry L. Drive, Johnson City), 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sponsor code LIFESAVER

Do You Qualify For COVID-19 Testing?

With a little over a week until that May 15th date for a targeted reopening, one of the last remaining hurdles is testing. If you aren't sure if you qualify for testing, the state has an online assessment you can take to find out. Click here.

Donating Car Washes

4 Seasons Car Wash in Liverpool has been hurting economically during the last few weeks and rely on customers to purchase washes through their website. Now they are donating 400 car washes to law enforcement. For more info, click here.  

Emerald Ash Borer Infestation

Are your ash trees covered in white streaks and small holes? You might have an Emerald Ash Borer infestation. Take a photo and send it with the location to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation here:

Volunteers Needed At COVID-19 Testing Sites

The COVID-19 testing site at the Walmart in East Syracuse is in need of volunteers. Remote Area Medical, which is based out of Tennessee, is in charge of volunteer recruitment at Walmart testing locations nationwide. The organization normally provides free medical vision and dental clinics around the country but adjusted in response to the global pandemic.

Anyone who is healthy, between the ages of 18 and 65 can volunteer. To learn more, visit

The Virtual Butt Stops Here

A smoking cessation course called The Virtual Butt Stops here is underway. It is a seven week program made possible through a collaboration of several community health partners. For those who are looking to quit their tobacco usage, you can sign up by visiting this link.

Bring Your Work to Kids Day

A marketing, advertising and PR firm that got its start in Syracuse gives new meaning to bring your kids to work day. For Mower, it's really been a couple of weeks, and with everyone working from home, they've dubbed it Bring Your Work to Kids Day.

It ended with a two hour zoom call Thursday afternoon, but for the last two weeks employees and their kids have been taking part in all kinds of challenges, from coloring contests to making paper airplanes.

Visit the Bring York Work to Kids Day website if you would like to see some creative ideas from the firm.

Upstate Medical University Assessment Tool

Upstate Medical University has released an online assessment tool for people to check their symptoms if they believe they have COVID-19.

Mohawk Valley Health System

To better protect patients, medical staff and employees, visitor restrictions have been put in place at the Mohawk Valley Health System community sites due to Coronavirus. This includes all medical group offices, laboratory locations and dialysis sites.

Small Business Administration Loans

Months after flooding crippled communities across the Mohawk Valley, residents are still in need of help. But now, financial help could come from the US Small Business Administration. Mohawk Valley flood victims are encouraged to come to the firehouse here in Whitesboro, or in Newport, until March 12 to learn more about these low interest loans. Homeowners can receive up to $200,000 to repair or rebuild homes, and up to $40,000 for personal items.

For more information, including how to apply, visit

Model Train Museum

The Bullthistle Model Railroad Society has created participatory and educational exhibits including visual displays designed to depict the effect of the railroads on the people and economy of Chenango County. The exhibit series shows the different types of model trains as well as showing how they have changed over time. Click here for more info.

Agriculture Class

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County, 4-H Youth Development, and the Madison County FFA are offering a tractor safety certification program, will cover many aspects of farm safety with an emphasis on safety operating farm equipment and safety around animals. Click here for more details.

Sleep Apnea Screener

A Texas dentist is on a mission to help prevent a personal tragedy from happening to others. He’s spreading awareness about obstructive sleep apnea and hoping to reach the millions of Americans who may have it because his father died early from undiagnosed, untreated sleep apnea. Click here to see the screener. 

Randon Testing

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. 

Smoker's Quitline

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.

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.

After their newest therapy horse, Tuffy, suffered a broken jaw, they need help to fund his surgery. Raffle Tickets can be found on their Facebook and website.

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. 

Auburn Leathercrafters

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.   

Empowering Individuals 

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. 

Classic Cars

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

FBI Application

For those interested in applying  to be a part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, visit

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


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.

Bermuda Donations

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:

  • Dry Soups
  • Noodles
  • Crackers
  • Rice
  • Assorted Cookies
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Canned meats
  • Canned fish
  • Juice
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sugar
  • Dry Cereal (assorted)
  • Wipes (individual packages)
  • Diapers (assorted sizes)
  • Baby Milk (can/assorted)
  • Baby Cereal (assorted)
  • PediaSure
  • Ensure
  • Glucerna
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Tissues
  • Paper Towels
  • Insect Repellent Soap
  • Vaseline
  • Bleach
  • Detergent

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

Wednesday Walk

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

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

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. 

Unclaimed Funds

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

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:  

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


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