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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 2004, Syracuse, New York Wednesday july 28, 2004 the Post Standard local news Michelle Gabel staff photographer Eli Macdonald Green team members India Bradford 16, and Uriel Hill also 16, work monday on the Lawn of turn or Thomas 76, of 138 Mckinley ave., Syracuse. Youths learn about lawns Yard work program benefits teens and neighbourhood by Carmi Clark staff writer Turner Thomas sat on his porch monday morning watching 13 teenagers trim Hedges mow the Lawn and prune Trees outside his Home on Syracuse s South Side. Some of this has never been done in the 40 years i be lived said Thom As 76, of 138 Mckinley ave. The teens Are part of the Eli Macdon Ald Green team a new eight week sum Mer program designed to teach youths landscaping and improve the neighbor Hood. The program is run by the Southside neighbourhood action group which works to improve housing and employ ment in the area around route 81, Castle Street and Midland Brighton and Prim Rose avenues. Since the program began july 1, the youths have cleaned up about 40 Homes and they Hope to do More than 100 by the time the program ends aug. 30. The program is funded with an Esti mated in Grants from the Rosa mond Gifford charitable corp. And the Central new York Community foundation. The program seeks to give Young peo ple work experience and teach them leadership skills. It serves the neighbourhood and the youth employed with the said Peggy Ogden president of the Community foundation. It makes a wonderful the program is the third major Initia Tive the two foundations have launched on the South Side last fall the foundations provided Al most to Syracuse to offer Home improvement Loans to 30 residents in the 100 and 200 blocks of Elk Street and the 300 and 400 blocks of Garfield Avenue. Earlier this year the foundations hired a consultant to work with Community groups and residents in an area near interstate 81 to South Salina Street and Midland and Brighton avenues. We have a major focus on the South Side in that particular said Kathy Findling Gifford s executive director. We re just in the Middle of a mini Grant program for homeowners in that area so this is a natural the pays for the youths Sala Ries tools such As pruning shears hedge trimmers and Chain saws and workshops to teach the youths leadership and communication skills and How to resolve conflicts. The youths work 20 hours a week earning an hour. The Money also pays Eli Macdonald building and grounds superintendent at the Dunbar Center to run the pro Gram. Five Days a week the youths travel around the neighbourhood to prune Trees pull weeds mow lawns trim Bushes and drag the Brush to the curb for the City to pick up. Most of the work is done free but the youths will Plant Flowers if the owners provide the plants Macdonald said. Thomas and his wife Elma welcomed the youths because they can t do the work themselves. He is on dialysis and she uses a wheelchair. It s a Good help to us and it keeps them out of Thomas said. Murlee Mcmullen who lives at 218 Mckinley ave., said the youths mowed her Lawn and pulled out old overgrown Bushes last week. It made my heart said Mcmullen 66. The youths said they Are proud of what they have accomplished so far. Mark Mckenzie 15, said he enjoys trimming the Hedges. It helps make my neighbourhood look he said. It makes you feel Good because it looks Delray Thomas 15, loves cutting Down Trees with the Chain saw. This Job gives me something to do for the summer so i stay out of he said. Kenzell Cooper 15, said the program is teaching him the value of hard work. The toughest assignment he s had so far was in the 100 and 200 blocks of Elk Street where he mowed lawns Cut Down Trees and spent time on his hands and Knees pulling weeds and dragging Large branches to the curb. I feel Good about what i m doing but said Cooper a freshman at Corcoran High school. Outreach program earns upstate Honor upstate medical University has been honoured by the association of american medical col syr Mojse Syka feb Dent initiated Community outreach program that provides medical care to homeless people and migrant farm workers. The University part of the state University of new York received the caring for Community award for its Salt City health outreach program a part time clinic founded by med ical students in collaboration with the Onondaga county health department. The award is Over four years. Upstate is one of eight med ical schools in the country to receive the recognition. Retired cob Driver puts his artwork on display paintings and sculpture by former Syracuse artist Maynard Sacco Are on display at the Oswego civic arts Center through Oswego aug. 22. Sacco a retired Syracuse taxi Driver had Maynard s Art Stu Dio in the 300 Block of North Salina Street until 1999, when he moved Back to his Hometown of Oswego. The arts Center is across from the Entrance to fort Ontario on East fourth Street in Oswego. For information Call 343-5675. Staff reports Community College tuition up increases blamed on Lack of state budget must be approved by Suny trustees. The associated press Albany More than two thirds of the state s Community colleges plan to raise tuition this fall by an average of 4 percent or a year according to a re port released tuesday by the new York Public interest re search group. The average tuition for the state University of new York s 30 Community colleges will be in the fall according to the report. For Many schools the increase will be the second in two years. Local tuition according to by pig Are at Onondaga Community College up at Tompkins Cortland up at Cayuga no change and at Mohawk Valley no change. The proposed increases have not gained final approval from the College s Host counties or other local sponsors or from the state University of new York Board of trustees said Suny spokesman David Henahan. It is outrageous that the state s Public Community col Leges have to yet again raise their said by pig s Miri am Kramer. She blamed the late state budget for forcing the in creases approved by the communities that Host the two year col Leges. The state legislature and gov. George Pataki have yet to approve a 2004-05 state budget that was due april 1. In the absence of a final state budget for next academic year colleges across new York were left to turn to students and their families to fill in the Kramer said. Professor Binnie Antolowitz of Columbia Greene Community College also blames Albany s budget impasse but said the Tui Tion increases Are essential. With the state budget still up in the air we have got to set the tuition rates so students know where they said the Busi Ness professor who is a Leader in the National education association Union. Unfortunately Stu dents Are the ones who lose the state has increased operating Aid for Community colleges by 27 percent since 1998 and funded a billion capital plan beginning that year said Suny s Henahan. In september the Suny Board of trustees approved Tui Tion increases averaging 7 per cent for the school year that ended in june essentially ending a 1996 tuition Cap at 25 of its 30 Community colleges. Tuition for in state students at Suny s four year colleges is not going up this fall. The two years of increases come As enrolment surges at Community colleges up 12 percent since 1998 to students. This fall s increases will Range from 23 percent or at suf Folk county Community College to 2 percent or at oct and dutchess county Community College according to by pig. More information is available online from by pig at no speakers at session on oct budget plan no one spoke tuesday at the Onondaga county legislature s Public hearing on the Onondaga Community College budget plan. The hearing lasted less than two minutes. The full Legisla Ture is expected to vote on the budget aug. 3. Two legislature committees on july 12 unanimously approved oct s million budget for 2004-05, which includes a annual tuition increase for full time students who Are county residents. The plan also Calls for tuition for part time students who Are county residents to increase per credit hour to per cred it hour. The College s Board of trustees approved the budget and the Tui Tion increase july 8. The tuition increase is expected to offset a Bud get Gap that College officials had hoped would be erased with additional state or county Money but both governments Are facing budget crunches of their own. Pam Greene suspect arraigned in Girlfriend s death by Jimo Hara staff writer George Geddes was arraigned tuesday in Onondaga county court on a murder count in the 1990 death of his Girlfriend Margaret Peggy reome Geddes defense lawyer Rich Ard Marris entered an inno cent plea for Geddes during the Brief appearance before judge Anthony Aloi. Aloi or dered Geddes to remain in jail with no bail. Chief assistant District attorney Joseph o Donnell said the second degree murder charge accuses Geddes of intentionally causing reome s death some time Between Jan. 17 and feb. 28. 1990. O Donnell also said Geddes had provided authorities with two statements that the prosecution May use against him in court. Outside court o Donnell said those statements were Given by Geddes april 1 and 2. He admits being present when she was o Don Nell said but he declined to com ment further on the statements. O Donnell also declined to comment on whether Geddes told authorities anything about How and when reome s remains ended up in a trunk in a storage shed at a self storage facility in Clay. The victim s remains were found there april 1 by authorities acting on a tip. Authorities said that shed was rented under Geddes name and the discovery led to Geddes arrest. Officials used dental re cords to identify the remains As those of reome who had been missing since Early 1990. Reome. 31, had lived with Geddes in Mattydale at the time she disappeared. Asked about his thoughts on the murder Case o Donnell said the human Side of me does t want to think about a woman stuffed in a trunk for 14 Geddes was questioned by authorities when reome disappeared but o Donnell said investigators received Little information from him. Aloi scheduled a pretrial con Ference with o Donnell and mams for aug. 2. The judge set sept. 17 for argument of any de sense pretrial motions. Corcoran High mourns death of 2000 graduate by Maureen Nolan staff writer grief Counselor will be Avail Able at Syracuse s Corcoran High school from noon to 4 . Today to help anyone in the school Community mourning the death of Corcoran graduate Sarah Webster 22. J she died unexpectedly Early monday in her sleep at the Home of her parents Paul and Joanne Webster of 122 Munson drive family Friend Margaret Ryniker j said. J Sarah Webster had just graduated from St. Lawrence univer sity and was living at Home As she started a new Job in Syra Cuse Ryniker said. Webster graduated from Corcoran in 2000. Joanne Webster is a Leacher at Roberts school. Sarah was the oldest of the couple s four Chil Dren. Stephanie attends Cornell University Thomas graduated from Corcoran in june Caroline is a Corcoran student Ryniker said. Sarah Webster was always helping others Ryniker said. When Ryniker s daughter elea nor was considering St. Law rence for College Webster set up a weekend visit for her at the school though she did not know Eleanor Well. She did things like that for everyone Ryniker said. Sarah Webster was truly an old soul. Her empathy and com passion for others were remarkable. She gave herself generously to my family to she said. Bank from anywhere anytime. Sign up now for free online Bill pay. Don t have an Alliance checking account ask about free checking. R Alliance Bank 1-800-310-6275 member Dic a

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