No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Senior Citizens Day!
Older people in our communities—senior citizens—have contributed so much to the success of the United States throughout their entire lives, and they continue to do so as they grow old. As time goes on, in part because of advances in healthcare, people are living longer lives and staying productive longer. Many senior citizens continue to work or volunteer well into old age. Today we honor them, and we show them gratitude by making sure our communities are places they can thrive as they reach their sunset years.
In 1988, House Joint Resolution 138 designated August 21 as National Senior Citizens Day. It authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation for the day. Accordingly, President Ronald Reagan issued Proclamation 5847. The original legislation called for those over the age of 55 to be honored. There continues to be a debate over at what age one becomes a senior citizen. Some say 55, while others say 62, 65, or 67. On National Senior Citizens Day, it seems appropriate that anyone who wishes to identify as a senior citizen and is over the age of 55 should be able to be honored.
Syracuse Basketball: SU is ‘biggest mystery’ in college hoops, analyst says (itlh; Adler)
Undeniably, there is excitement in the air as Adrian Autry prepares for his first season as the head coach of Syracuse basketball, after Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim retired this past March.
I will say it over, over and over again. Autry and his assistant coaches have done a wonderful recruiting job this off-season, in terms of bringing in new players out of the NCAA’s transfer portal, retaining 2024 four-star commit Elijah Moore and picking up a verbal commitment from 2024 four-star power forward Donnie Freeman.
But off-season recruiting is one thing. How Adrian Autry fares in the upcoming 2023-24 season is something entirely different. He’s replacing a legend, and the Orange has also failed to make the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two terms, while also struggling in numerous regular seasons since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference from the Big East Conference in 2013-14.
Based on media reports and social media commentary from national and Atlantic Coast Conference pundits, the ‘Cuse isn’t projected as a preseason top-25 team. The Orange also isn’t showing up in super early bracketology predictions for the 2024 Big Dance.
I’m sure when the ACC releases its preseason poll this fall, Syracuse basketball won’t be highly placed. All of this is understandable. The team has a lot of new players, a relatively young roster, and a first-year head coach. Yet on paper, to me, the ‘Cuse boasts a talented and intriguing line-up – one that should contend for a March Madness berth next spring.
Syracuse Basketball: With Cooper Flagg re-class, 5-star recruit up to No. 2 (itlh; Adler)
Syracuse basketball 2025 five-star target Darryn Peterson has moved up to No. 2 across the country in the national rankings for his class, according to several recruiting services.
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard, who picked up a scholarship offer from the Orange coaching staff in late April, received the rating bump after another elite 2025 player, Cooper Flagg, recently decided to reclassify from that cycle and into the 2024 class.
The 6-foot-9 Flagg, a five-star power forward out of the powerhouse Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., has become the new No. 1 national prospect in the 2024 cycle, according to all of the main recruiting Web sites.
At this juncture, per a couple of recruiting services, Peterson is No. 2 nationally in the 2025 class, trailing only five-star Cameron Boozer, a 6-foot-9 power forward who goes to Christopher Columbus High School in Miami.
Darryn Peterson, who holds a Syracuse basketball offer, is now No. 2 nationwide in his class.
It’s logical to assume that Peterson, at No. 2 overall in the 2025 cycle, might prove a contender for the No. 1 national ranking in the rising-junior class. He’s No. 2, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite, 247Sports, the industry-generated On3 Industry Ranking and On3.
Jalil Bethea (1) skies to the basket as Sedrick Vessah (21) defends. The Chambersburg Trojans played the Archbishop Wood Vikings in the PIAA Class 6A playoffs on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. The Vikings defeated the Trojans, 72-45. Travis Boyd / USA TODAY NETWORK
Duke Recruiting: Blue Devils Look To Get Involved With Jalil Bethea (DBR; King)
Sooner or later this will probably change, but one of the more entertaining things about Syracuse basketball lately is watching the Orange fans get excited about a player Syracuse is after, only to watch him blow up and then for the Blue Bloods to get involved and swipe him away.
It could be happening again as Syracuse was on 6-4 Philly guard Jalil Bethea (2024) early and now sees Duke and Kentucky trying to get involved.
Villanova and Miami are also involved and you’d have to think that, being the hometown team, ‘Nova has something of an edge. For one, it’s the only school that Bethea can get to whenever he wants. The rest are a good bit further away.
That said, there is no particular information right now about Bethea, and Jim Boeheim started the SU recruitment. Boeheim, who is pushing 80, retired after this past season, turning the program over to assistant Adrian Autry.
If nothing else, Autry is bound to have more energy than Boeheim and has a chance to re-invent the Syracuse program. Watching how he changes things is going to be interesting.
Syracuse Basketball: Top scouts evaluate 4-star commit Donnie Freeman (itlh; Adler)
Donnie Freeman, a 2024 four-star power forward from Washington, D.C., who verbally committed to Syracuse basketball in May, put forth a strong string of performances in recent months on the AAU circuit, boosting his national stock in the rising-senior class.
The 6-foot-9 Freeman, who picked the Orange over Alabama, Iowa, Texas and Georgia Tech, recently moved to No. 18 across the country, per MADE Hoops. When On3 updated its 2024 national ratings in recent days, Donnie Freeman was placed at No. 31 overall.
The primary recruiting services (247Sports, ESPN, On3 and ) all have him inside the top 45, with Freeman nearing the top 30 in some places. He’s also the consensus No. 1 player in our nation’s capital within the 2024 cycle, along with a top five to a top 10 power forward in this class.
As a junior in the 2022-23 season, Donnie Freeman won various local and national awards as he helped lead St. John’s College High School in D.C. to a top-25 national ranking. In 2023-24, as a senior, he will contend for All-America honors, and he should be a candidate for the McDonald’s All-American game as well, I believe.
In recent days, Donnie Freeman announced on social media that he would transfer for his senior year to the powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., which is part of the loaded 10-member National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”).
In July, Freeman helped lead the Washington-based Team Takeover in Nike EYBL’s league to the 17U title at the annual Peach Jam tournament in North Augusta, S.C. At Peach Jam, part of which was held during an NCAA live period with the Orange coaching staff in attendance, he averaged 12.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest, landing on The Circuit’s All-Peach Jam first team.
This house at 114 Summit Ave. in Syracuse in 2013. The property then had a delinquent tax bill of $78,000 and was on a list of properties eligible for tax foreclosure, according to city officials.
Sold! See what new owner plans for Syracuse’s Lipe Mansion (and how much he bid at auction) (PS; Croyle)
Syracuse’s historic W.C. Lipe Mansion has a new owner.
Built in 1903 by famous local architect Archimedes Russell, the landmark house at 114 Summit Ave. was purchased at auction on July 10 by local real estate broker Amjad Hasan, of First Choice Realty and Property.
His winning bid was for $268,322.
Hasan’s plan for the eight-bedroom house is to fix it up for resale.
“I have already spent $2,000 in dumpsters,” he said.
He has begun working on the exterior trim and “tidying up the landscape.” A new roof had been installed a few years ago by the previous owners.
Inside, the 4,686 square foot house is in remarkably good shape Hasan believes, and all it really needs is a “good cleaning,” especially the home’s original hardwood floors.
Mary Nelson talks to community members at the 22nd Back-to School Giveaway, Aug. 19, 2023. (Photo Provided by Mary Nelson)
Thousands of kids get school supplies, families get help at Mary Nelson’s annual giveaway (PS; Stevenson)
Mary Nelson was all smiles Saturday as she watched a group of praise dancing children move to music on the stage as they danced and sang “All I want to show is love.”
That message of love is one Nelson has delivered to the Syracuse community for the past 22 years. It is a message she hopes children and adults take away — to have love and respect for one another.
During her annual back-to-school giveaway, many people hugged, shook hands, laughed, expressed appreciation and gratitude to one another for attending, volunteering and donating.
Children played on bouncy houses, families enjoyed barbecue and community members danced along to gospel and R&B music. Older kids thanked volunteers for helping their mothers and fathers get supplies they needed for school.
“If you look to the crowd, you can see the love,” Nelson said. “And I love my community.”
Backpacks and school supplies — such as markers, notebooks, lunch boxes, calculators and more — clothing, food and two U-Hauls filled with Amazon mystery boxes were provided to families from all over. Nelson also gave away over 100 Samsung Galaxy Note A03 cellphones.
“Everything a family needs is right here,” Nelson said.
Maah Bailey, a Syracuse mother of three, said the event has helped setup her children with the back to school essentials they need. Bailey said she went to the mall in search of clothes and shoes for her two daughters and son, but saw the prices and hesitated.