Tag Archives: Syracuse

‘Thanks for noticing’

I see plenty of unhappiness and misery in downtown Syracuse, but today’s encounter was heartbreaking. With my $7 lunch in hand, I strolled toward Columbus Circle, the city’s busiest pedestrian cut-through. I walked by the statue of Christopher Columbus, where … Continue reading

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You’re never too old to ask for an autograph

When I read that former Boston Red Sox pitcher Mike Timlin was due to appear at a minor-league baseball game in Syracuse, I knew I had to be there. Timlin, who played for the Syracuse Chiefs in the early 1990s … Continue reading

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‘A Tiny Home for Good’ in Syracuse opens its doors

Thousands of hours of volunteer sweat were on display Friday morning, as A Tiny Home for Good unveiled its first tiny home for formerly homeless people in Syracuse. The not-for-profit led by 26-year-old Andrew Lunetta held an open house to … Continue reading

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Scenes from a Black Lives Matter gathering in Syracuse

And by the way, “Democracy in Black,” by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. should be required reading for all white Americans.

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October 30, 1990: One life begins, another ends

October 30, 1990. The date has such significance that even the numbers carry extra weight in their mathematical symmetry: 10-30-90. It is a date inextricably linked to life, and to death. It was the day my second son was born, around … Continue reading

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A gift for James on his 50th birthday — a home

A few weeks ago I asked my homeless friend James what he thought about his upcoming 50th birthday. “It’s just another day,” he said as he sorted returnable bottles and cans before taking them to the redemption center. “Just another … Continue reading

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Rescued from the brink, a house becomes a home

The homeless population in Syracuse, NY, officially decreased by three Wednesday. It took about 4,600 hours of volunteer time, help from more than 50 companies and $107,000 in in-kind services, but Ed, Frank and Pat — homeless at points in … Continue reading

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Meet the young man behind ‘A Tiny Home for Good’

Andrew Lunetta is devoting his abundant energy to building “tiny homes” for the homeless in Syracuse, NY. “For some reason, the homeless population really called to me,” Andrew said. “They’re the poorest of the poor. The most forgotten of the … Continue reading

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An exceptional man and his journey: Exhibit B

Yesterday I gave an update on Brian D’Apice and his 10,000-mile Bicycle Around America solo trek for charity. Today brings the tale of another exceptional man on a very different journey. Here in Central New York, my homeless friend James … Continue reading

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In Syracuse, NY, why do we accept mediocrity?

It took way too long for a frustrating, often dangerous traffic situation in Syracuse, NY, to be remedied. What did it take? Two e-mail exchanges, three years apart. How the solution came about is not as important as what the long-standing problem … Continue reading

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