Utica-area unionists make waves for ‘Strides’


The Riveredge conference hotel sits right on the water in Alexandria Bay, a long stone’s throw across the St. Lawrence Seaway from Boldt Castle. The largest tanker sliding by on its way from Cleveland, Detroit or Duluth to the North Atlantic never made waves like the ones that rocked the hotel’s dining room Saturday night. […]

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60,000 make strides in Jones Beach

Traffic tie-ups, jammed exits and parking problems at Jones Beach on Long Island meant that it was time for the annual Making Strides walk. Although it was windy and cool, the American Cancer Society reports that approximately 60,000 people took part in Sunday’s event, helping to raise more than $3.1 million. That’s a lot of […]

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Western New Yorkers walk in ‘sea of pink’


Newfane High School business teacher Kyle Beth Bridgeman started walking in Making Strides in 2003, the year one of her best friends was diagnosed with cancer.  Two years later, she was pinned with her own disturbing diagnosis of breast cancer.  She underwent a lumpectomy and then endured chemotherapy and radiation as part of her treatment. […]

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Time to turn the page


Two decades of working for NYSUT members ended today. Actually, there will still be one more blog post from me. I’m finishing up the story of Adam Osterweil, a Springs TA member, that should be ready to publish as many of our members head back to school next week. Working for NYSUT has meant telling […]

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Making Strides in Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo

Here are some Flickr slideshows of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks. In Syracuse, where I was thankful because I could blame the rain for the drops on my face. Yes, my eyes teared when Melissa Agne told me that Marty Campbell had died in the spring from lymphoma. And Buffalo, where Darlene Swannie, a […]

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Striding toward a world without cancer

I’m on my way to Syracuse (my husband is driving) to cover tomorrow’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Being in the car means: I’m not harvesting tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, broccolis or raspberries. We ate the last wonderful sweet corn earlier this week. Because I will be away for a weekend, I know the chipmunks, […]

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Fight Back Friday: Beat all kinds of cancer (updated)


A month of Making Strides against Breast Cancer walks starts this weekend with walks from Binghamton and Buffalo to Rochester and Waterloo. I’ll be at the Syracuse walk in Clinton Square, where I last worked in 2010, back when this blog was all fresh, shiny and new. So far, the weather looks good, much better than […]

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Why We Walk: ‘Regina’s Rebels’


I know Regina McCormack is a good teacher at the Arbor Hill Elementary School because Tenayah Williams tells me so. “She’s my favorite teacher,” she says shyly. This is a Sunday. A day of no school. And two years since having Mrs. McCormack as her teacher, the youngster came out to support her Arbor Hill […]

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Another union proud weekend

Lots going on this weekend. Saturday is of course the March for Jobs and Justice in Washington, D.C. Lots of folks are getting on buses tonight so they can be there. For you tweeters out there, use a #nysut or #nysutproud hashtag. Also starting tonight are leadership conferences for the North Country, Syracuse and Utica […]

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Another Manic Monday


The morning is already half over and El-Wise and I are only just posting the beginning of the photos from Making Strides walks yesterday. Here’s one from Rochester. We promise many more to come. It’s just a crush and computers can only move so fast. Please do send us your pics as well. Email to […]

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