Koinonia Fayetteville Athletic Club members join together to keep community center afloat
It’s been known as Track and Racquet Club, Fitness Forum, Aspen Athletic Club and most recently, Koinonia Fayetteville Athletic Club. But a few key components have stayed the same throughout the years within the gym located across from Wegmans on East Genesee Street: the members’ dedication to a fitness center that’s been around for around for three decades, combined with an unquestioned volunteerism and passion to see it succeed makes Koinonia different from your average gym.
The lack of available help from senior care agencies is just one of the reasons New York state was ranked 48th in a 2011 national report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation out of 50 states with regard to support for its family caregivers. Caregivers also face extensive waiting lists for adult day care programs and rehab facilities, a lack of support for in the work environment, limited or no access to transportation and inadequate informational resources regarding care options for their loved ones. And with the Baby Boomer generation moving into their golden years, the problem is only going to get worse.
Manlius natives prepare to share their handmade goods on a trip across America
For as long as they can remember, Mackenzie Edgerton and Blaine Vossler have had wanderlust – which is a big reason why the young couple said ‘farewell’ to the East coast after graduating from college in 2008. They moved to San Francisco, where they started their company, The Local Branch, as a part-time creative outlet. But now, they’re abandoning their West coast life and jobs to sell their goods full-time in a mobile pop-up shop while traveling across the country.
Tillie’s Touch and St. Matthew’s Church provides food, clothes and toys to families in need
When Dale Johnson was a kid growing up in East Syracuse, he remembers Christmas time was a lot different from what he saw on TV and in the movies. “Christmases were difficult times in my house,” said Johnson, the president of Tillie’s Touch, a not-for-profit which is hosting its second official Adopt-A-Child for Christmas event this year. “I used to watch my mom struggle, my dad was very stingy when it came to giving her money for anything. When it came to Christmas, it was very tough around the house – a lot of fighting and arguing. So I wanted to do something for a child who may be going through the same hardships.”
What exactly are the 'Planet Aid' boxes?
Gold is a color associated with autumn, school buses, and cautionary road signs. Recently my friends and I have puzzled over the gold bins for clothing collection appearing at three sites in Manlius and two in Fayetteville. The bins are not associated with local offices of the Rescue Mission or the Salvation Army, or any other local organization.
FMHS grad launches snowplowing app
A brand new app has arrived exclusively for Central New York residents and it’s here just in time for the long winter. Plowz is a free app, available for both Apple and Android devices, which allows users to request a snow plowing completely through their smartphone or tablet. It was created by co-founders William Mahoney, of Manlius, and Andrew Englander, of New York City.
Debbe Titus always talked about how she’d like to open a bakery in her hometown of Jamesville. And when she retired from the education industry a couple years ago, she decided there was no better time than now to make that dream a reality.
Manlius doctor follows national trend, makes the switch to personalized care practice
A couple years ago, Dr. Christopher Stringer realized that he was unhappy with the way he was doing his job. When Stringer began practicing as an internist 33 years ago, he would usually see patients for at least 30 minutes at a time and he enjoyed the connections he made while talking to them. In recent years, practice focus has changed, and physicians are encouraged to see as many patients as possible each day. Appointments were cut down to about 10 to 15 minutes at a time – and for much of that time, Stringer was focused on the computer.
When you’re named the top running store in America, it would seem there’s nowhere to go but up. That’s exactly where Fleet Feet Sports went — well, north, anyway. Fleet Feet, a locally owned and operated store “dedicated to creating an inclusive environment in which all types of people receive outstanding service in the fitting of running, walking and cross training shoes as well as accessories and apparel for the active lifestyle” (according to its website) opened a second location in Market Fair North Plaza at 4136 Route 31, Clay, across from Great Northern Mall Friday, Nov. 1. The expansion was a result of expanding business in the original location in DeWitt, as well as a growing customer base in the north suburbs.
For its 2012 Celebration of HOPE dinner, a mom donated a large basket filled with toys to its silent auction in memory of her 6-year-old son, “Motorcycle Mikey.” He died after a 17 month battle with cancer. Mikey’s Mom and 7-year-old brother Parker came to HOPE for one-on-one counseling and attended our support groups.
Since 1987, Deborah Royle has operated the Royal Treatment Day Spa, where she specializes in massages, anti- aging facials and permanent makeup. But now she’s looking to spice things up a bit with the introduction of the Alex and Ani line of jewelry, which she just began offering this month.
Adams Acres is the only organic ‘U-pick’ apple orchard in CNY
If you travel south past the Jamesville Reservoir on Route 91 and drive a bit off the beaten path, you’ll stumble across Adams Acres, a family-run apple orchard tucked in between the rolling hills of Jamesville. Unlike some other orchards around Central New York, Bill and Kathy Adams decided from the start that they wanted their business to focus on two things: excellent customer service and simply just allowing people to pick apples.
Construction could start as early as this fall
After three years of planning, discussion and meetings, Manlius residents will no longer have to drive by the big patch of dirt on Route 92 in the village every day. Madison Row is finally happening, and Matt Lester, the project manager from Morgan Management, said it will be open for business no later than early summer 2014.
The Manlius Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents to discover Manlius throughout the month of October through its buy local campaign.
A large group of politicians, citizens and businessmen and –women have launched an initiative to encourage the state to keep a 1.4-mile stretch of Interstate 81 as it is instead of turning it into an arterial boulevard. Savei81.org revealed itself at a press conference on Thursday, Aug. 1, in downtown Syracuse, where supporters spoke out against the New York State Department of Transportation’s proposal to turn I-81’s viaduct stretch, the elevated portion of the highway that runs through the central business district, into an arterial boulevard through the city with stoplights and cross streets, something the group said would irreparably damage the city’s economy by creating a backlog of traffic. The group also issued a press release after the conference outlining its goals.