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Halloween Shoppers Will Break Spending Record This Year

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By Claudia Bellofatto SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — This year more than 170 million Americans are spending money on costumes and decorations to celebrate Halloween. That number is an increase of over 8 million from 2016, according to the annual survey by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. William Pickens, the Syracuse […]

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RISE: One Organization and It’s Mission to Guide The Road to Citizenship

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By Claudia Bellofatto SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)–While many Syracuse people may be familiar with the recent influx of immigrants and refugees, the majority of people are unaware of their journey to citizenship. Formerly known as the Somali Bantu Community Association (SBCA),  RISE— standing for refugee and immigrant self-empowerment–was founded by refugees in 2004 to ease the transition of […]

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