With 179 quarantined, Skaneateles schools go all-remote; plus, another positive Covid test for SU basketball (Good Morning CNY for Dec. 4)


High: 46; Low: 34. Rain and flurries likely this weekend.

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Smith Restaurant Supply 2020

Workers with Rich & Gardner Construction Co. begin interior demolition on the former Smith Restaurant Supply building at 500-506 Erie Blvd. E. in Syracuse.Rick Moriarty | [email protected]

RENOVATION BEGINS ON FORMER SMITH’S: Owner Matthew Paulus plans to turn the the historic Erie Canal-era building into 38 apartments and 2,500 square feet of office space. He said he expects the project to be completed by the fall of 2021. (See more photos)

Coronavirus Update

Skaneateles schools go all-remote for week: The Skaneateles school district is shifting to remote instruction for the next week, starting today, due to an increasing number of coronavirus cases and quarantines. In all, 179 people in the district are quarantined — 12 percent of the students and 13 percent of the staff.

  • District looks into possible “unauthorized activity” on school grounds
  • McMahon on “Turkey Bowl”: “Don’t do these things during a pandemic”

Vaccine coming soon, Cuomo says: “Start thinking about it”: Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New Yorkers to begin seriously considering whether they would take a coronavirus vaccine once one begins being distributed “in the next couple of weeks.” The first vaccines won’t go to the general public, but will be distributed to nursing homes, health care workers and others on the front lines. Families across the state will soon be asked to consider whether a loved one should take the two-dose vaccine.

Last call for the “Heart Stopper”: Liverpool burger joint closes: Village Burger in Liverpool is the latest victim of the coronavirus pandemic; the popular burger joint will close permanently on Saturday. Owner Art Silva said the pandemic has cut sales in half, prompting him to call it quits after nearly 10 years in business.


What’s trending

Should Onondaga County tap its savings? GOP, Dems split: A divided Onondaga County Legislature voted 11-6 Thursday to approve a bare-bones budget that will spread pain throughout county departments and beyond. Legislators said it’s the first time since 2009 – when the recession spurred 133 county layoffs – that the budget vote split along party lines.

  • Election commissioners get surprise pay cut from GOP legislators

A sweet new start: A new venture from a pair of local bakers brings custom cake design and trendy desserts to the heart of downtown Liverpool. Sugar Blossom Cake Shop opened on Thursday after months of preparation.

  • Dining out review: Beer Belly Deli returns to takeout

Mayor caught in drug sting: “I want to apologize”: Timmy J. Currier, the former police chief and current mayor of the North Country village of Massena, said he is taking a leave of absence to seek professional help after his arrest on drug charges.


Syracuse Orange forward Quincy Guerrier rips down a rebound during a game at the Carrier Dome

Syracuse Orange forward Quincy Guerrier (1) rips down a rebound against Niagara at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse on Thursday.Dennis Nett |[email protected]

Shorthanded Syracuse still routs Niagara: Despite being down two starters — one out with an injury and one held out due to Covid-19 protocol — the Syracuse men’s basketball team still had too much firepower for Niagara, easily dispatching the Purple Eagles 75-45 at the Carrier Dome.

  • Syracuse men’s basketball reports a new positive Covid-19 test
  • Kadary Richmond shines in first career Syracuse start

Scouting report: SU vs. Notre Dame football: Syracuse will conclude the 2020 football season — a year derailed by injuries and opt-outs — with a game against powerhouse Notre Dame, ranked No. 2 and with its sights set on the College Football Playoff.

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