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Administrative Professionals Day, also known as Secretaries' Day or Admin Day, recognizes the work of secretaries, receptionists, administrative assistants, and other administrative support professionals. Employers and supervisors organize events for these workers on the day, and workers are often given cards, flowers, chocolate, and lunches. In the United States, the day takes place during Administrative Professionals Week, which occurs during the last full week of April. The holiday is celebrated in work environments around the world.

After the United States entered World War II, there became a shortage of skilled administrative workers. This was because there had been a lowered birth rate during the Great Depression, and because of a new booming economy with many open jobs. In 1942, the National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions administrative personnel gave to the economy, to bring workers into the field, and to support their development. The National Secretaries Association changed its name to the Professional Secretaries International in 1981, and to the International Association of Administrative Professionals in 1998.

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Colorado transfer OL Savion Washington commits to Syracuse football (247sports.com; McAllister)


Colorado transfer offensive lineman Savion Washington has committed to Syracuse football, he announced on instagram. Washington was listed at 6-8, 320 pounds on the Colorado Athletics website. He started nine games for the Buffaloes last season. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

Washington was one of the most high profile transfer offensive tackles in the portal after showcasing strong ability last season before an injury derailed his season. He came back from the injury but was not quite the same. Prior to the injury he was one of if not the best offensive lineman for Colorado.

The talented offensive lineman started his collegiate career at Kent State, where he played from 2020 to 2022. He transferred from the Golden Flashes prior to the 2023 season and followed his head coach at Kent State, Sean Lewis, who became Colorado's offensive coordinator prior to the season. He left to take the San Diego State head coaching job and Washington also elected to leave.

As a high school recruit, Washington attracted offers from MAC schools before signing with Kent State. He was rated a three star recruit, an 80 overall, the 193rd best offensive tackle and 90th best player in Ohio in the 2020 recruiting class.

After a coaching change that saw Fran Brown hired as the new head coach, Syracuse football has brought in a lot of talent through the transfer portal. That includes cornerback Clarence Lewis from Notre Dame, offensive lineman Codie Hornsby from Grambling, defensive back Duce Chestnut from LSU, defensive lineman Dion 'Tank' Wilson from New Mexico State, offensive lineman Da'Metrius Weatherspoon from Howard, offensive lineman Joshua Miller from Georgia, wide receiver Zeed Haynes fro, Georgia, defensive back Devin Grant from Buffalo, linebacker James Heard from West Virginia, defensive lineman Isaiah Hastings from Alabama, defensive lineman Fadil Diggs from Texas A&M, wide receiver Jackson Meeks from Georgia and quarterback Kyle McCord from Ohio State.
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Colorado offensive tackle Savion Washington lines up for a play against Washington State on Nov. 17 in Pullman, Wash. Washington is transferring to Syracuse. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)


Syracuse football adds big OT Savion Washington from Colorado (PS; $; Leiker)

Fran Brown said it multiple times this spring: Big people beat little people up, and he wants big people on his football team.

That shows in Syracuse football’s latest pickup from the transfer portal.

Savion Washington, a 6-foot-8, 320-pound offensive tackle from Colorado, committed to the Orange on Tuesday night, announcing his decision on his Instagram.

Washington posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he had received offers from Syracuse, Baylor, Rutgers and Texas A&M since entering the transfer portal April 15.

He was a three-star transfer by the 247Sports Composite.

Washington played in 10 games for Colorado last season after transferring from Kent State, where he’d played three years. He had the third-best overall offensive grade (65.4%) among the Buffs offensive linemen per Pro Football Focus, third in run blocking (64.5%) and fifth in pass blocking (69.1%).

Colorado’s offensive line struggled last season to the point of coach Deion Sanders saying he was going to replace them. The team was second-to-last in sacks allowed; PFF has Washington as being responsible for four sacks.

Syracuse’s offensive line was an open competition all spring under new position coach Dale Williams despite returning most of last year’s depth chart.

There did seem to be a somewhat solidified first-team by the spring game, but if any position is still in competition, it’s the tackle spots. Enrique Cruz, Josh Miller and Da’Metrius Weatherspoon competed for the two spots this spring. Washington, Grambling State transfer Codie Hornsby and returner David Wohlabaugh, who missed spring with an injury, should add into that competition this fall.
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The Juice Online - 2025 Syracuse lacrosse commit Joseph Filardi to also play football (r1vals.com; Kang)

2025 Dix Hills (NY) Half Hollow Hills West lacrosse defenseman committed to Syracuse in September, and he'll be adding something additional to his athletic docket in the fall: Football.

Filardi also stars on the gridiron at quarterback, and has been actively recruited by several schools. He'll now have a chance to do both as he will join Fran Brown's quarterback room in the fall before focusing on lacrosse in the spring.

"It won’t be easy but I’m willing to challenge myself to make the best of the opportunity," Filardi said to The Juice Online. "Both coaching staffs are for it and will help make it possible for me."

Saturday was a perfect example of Filardi's potential duality.

The No. 6 lacrosse team hosted No. 4 Virginia in the early afternoon, and came away with a 18-17 win to secure the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament. Later in the day, the football team hosted its annual Spring Game, which Filardi attended.

"I enjoy coming here when I can," Filardi said. "Getting to see the game in the Dome was great and then meeting with the coaches after went well."

Filardi finished his junior season throwing for 3,337 yards and 44 touchdowns and among the schools recruiting him for football included Stony Brook, Penn State, Nebraska, Villanova and Rutgers.

Both football and lacrosse run in his family. He is the son of former Penn State linebacker Gerarld Filardi and the younger brother of current Stony Brook lacrosse player

Filardi's primary focus will be on lacrosse, where he is one of Long Island's most coveted recruits.

"I committed here for lacrosse in the fall because of the great coaching staff and the way lacrosse is so valued here," Filardi said. "I felt it was the best fit for me and my family not being so far from home."

An Early Look At The 2024 Syracuse Orange (orangefizz.net; admin)
As a “Power Five” school, the Syracuse Orange seems to be anything but powerful over the last decade. Not since 2012 has the team won a conference title and it has been sixty-five years since they claimed a National title.

In 2022, things began to look up for the Orange as they jumped out to a 6-0 record, before finishing the year with just one more victory and five losses. Last year looked equally as promising as they opened the season 4-0, but dropped seven of their final nine games of the season, including an embarrassing 45-0 loss in the Roofclaim.com Boca Raton Bowl.

With the 2024 schedule recently announced and the Orange Spring Game just finished, let’s take an early look to see how new head coach Fran Brown and the Orange may fare this season.

Coaches Playbook

While he started the 2022 and 2023 seasons off with impressive records, Dino Babers struggled to lead the Orange to winning records each season, leading to his dismissal with one game left on the 2023 schedule.

Enter Fran Brown, long-time defensive backs coach, and first-time head coach. Known as the nation’s top recruiter, it would only be fair to give Brown a couple of seasons to etch his brand and style into the Orange playbook. A key staff member of the 2022 Georiga Bulldogs National Championship team, Brown has plenty of on and off-field experience and expects nothing less than to elevate the Orange and return Syracuse to the Top 25 rankings they once experienced in the 1990s and early 2000s under coach Paul Pasqualoni.
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(youtube; video; ACC DN)

It is a new era of Syracuse football with new head coach Fran Brown taking the reins, and Ohio State transfer quarterback Kyle McCord leading the team on the field. Syracuse fans are excited for this new era as shown by a record-high 16,579 tickets given out for the AmeriCu Spring Game. While only playing one half of football, McCord put on a show, completing 18 of 28 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Trebor Pena caught seven passes for 130 yards. The Orange also moved the ball well on the ground, with returning running back LeQuint Allen running the ball six times for 73 yards and two touchdowns, while freshman Yasin Willis had 91 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in his debut in front of 'Cuse fans. Catch your first look at this new period of Syracuse football by watching their full 2024 spring football game.

Syracuse Trebor Pena Stands Out As A Go-To Target (youtube; video; ACC DN)
Syracuse wide receiver Trebor Pena was the top pass catcher in the Orange's spring game. With Kyle McCord at quarterback for his team, Pena caught seven passes on seven targets for 130 yards. Check out Trebor Pena's 2024 spring football game highlights tight here!

Kyle McCord NOT being Top-10 in ACC QB Rankings is Disgraceful | Syracuse Football (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)
Syracuse Football Quarterback Kyle McCord was ranked as the 11th Best QB in the ACC by @CFBudge. McCord was below Tyler Shough, Thomas Castellanos, and Fernando Mendoza. @CFBudge also ranked Head Coach Fran Brown 14th in the conference. Should the Cuse's QB+Coach tandem really be ranked that low.

Savion Washington just COMMITTED to FRAN BROWN SYRACUSE | Life and Football (youtube; podcast; Life and Football)

Savion Washington just COMMITTED to FRAN BROWN SYRACUSE | Life and Football

Chad Forbes "Orange Nation" 4-23-24 (ESPN; Radio; Orange Nation)
NFL Draft analyst Chad Forbes joins Steve Infanti and Paulie Scibilia to discuss which QBs he believes to be the best in the draft, share his expectations for picks being made by New York teams, and more.

Mike McAllister "Orange Nation" 4-23-24 (youtube; radio; Orange Nation)
Syracuse on 247 publisher Mike McAllister joins Steve Infanti and Paulie Scibilia to discuss expectations for Donnie Freeman as Syracuse men's basketball's highest-ranked recruit since Carmelo Anthony, takeaways from the Spring Game, and more.

TORREY BALL talks new DOME SEATING and the SPRING FOOTBALL GAME (youtube; video; Orange Zone)

Syracuse's Deputy Athletics Director of Business Development Torrey Ball joins Tommy Sladek and Ashley Wenskoski in-studio. Awesome interview getting to learn more about Torrey's story and his day-to-day role in the Athletics Department.

QB Kyle McCord Puts On A Show For Syracuse Fans (youtube; video; ACC DN)

In his first big appearance in front of Syracuse fans, the Ohio State transfer quarterback put up big numbers in the 2024 AmericCU Spring Game. A crowd of over 16,000 watched and cheered McCord as he completed 18 of 28 passes for 242 yards in a touchdown in just one half of play. Watch the highlights from Kyle McCord's spring game performance right here!

Isaiah Johnson NFL Draft 2024: Scouting Report for Syracuse CB (BR)

HEIGHT:
6'3"
WEIGHT: 205
HAND: 8⅞"
ARM: 32⅞"
WINGSPAN: 80½"

40-YARD DASH: 4.64
3-CONE: 6.71
SHUTTLE: 4.22
VERTICAL: 38.5"
BROAD: 10'9"



POSITIVES
— Excellent size and length for a cornerback. Has long arms and filled-out frame.
— Powerful tackler. Puts entire weight into hits with a purpose, causing big collisions.
— Physical taking on blocks to make plays on ball-carriers in space or at line of scrimmage.



NEGATIVES
— Has trouble with pad level and transitioning. Can be slow out of his break, especially from backpedal.
— Lacks ideal top-end speed and gives up long shots by crossing his feet, causing half- or full-step advantage for WR.

— Lacks recovery speed. Occasionally falls for double-moves/stop or comeback routes from head fakes, causing overruns in coverage downfield.



2023 STATISTICS

— 12 G, 57 TOT, 1 TFL, 6 PD, 1 INT, 1 FF



NOTES
— Born March 29, 2000
— 28 career starts
— Unrated recruit in the 2018 class, per 247Sports
—2021 first-team All-Ivy League
— 2021 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week
— Transferred from Dartmouth to Houston after 2021 season



OVERALL
Isaiah Johnson is a lengthy cornerback who transferred from Dartmouth to Syracuse in 2021. He became a team captain at Syracuse and started every game of the 2023 season.
Johnson does a great job of using his length, especially in the run game. He uses his length and physicality to take on blocks and quickly disengage. He fights off contact with a strong base and strikes at blockers' chest on contact, bringing power behind strikes to free up the ability to make a play. When tackling, he's able to play in the box, where he fills running lanes and cuts down ball-carriers with physical hits.
Johnson may lack ideal top-end speed in coverage, but he does a great job when playing in zone, especially Cover 2. He plays the ball well when he's in phase with receivers, getting his hand in the catch point and disrupting passes.

In man coverage, Johnson often shows good patience at line of scrimmage. He has the lateral quickness to mirror as a defender and maintains hip-to-hip coverage across the route tree, especially on deep throws and intermediate routes.
Ultimately, Johnson has the ideal size for an NFL cornerback. He's a powerful tackler with the ability to play press or off-man coverage. Switching to safety might benefit his chances of making an NFL roster due to his subpar play speed.
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Two Syracuse football players enter names into transfer portal )PS; $; Leiker)

Syracuse wide receiver Bryce Cohoon and defensive lineman Ty Gordon will both explore transferring to another football program, they said on Twitter.

Both players came to Syracuse as three-star recruits in the Class of 2023 and redshirted their first year in the program. Cohoon played three games for the Orange last year. Gordon played in one. Neither player recorded a counting stat.

Both players are currently listed in the NCAA transfer portal, according to a source who has access to the portal.


Transfer WR 6’2” 200
Syracuse University
4 years of eligibility remaining
Played in 3 games as a Freshman
Kansas 100M 5A State Champ with a 10.5
Kansas 200M 5A State Champ with a 21.5
2x 1st Team Kansas 5A All State WR
(620) 960-3058
DM or text for spring practice film pic.twitter.com/ELpfVnRHi7
— Bryce Cohoon (@Bryce_Cohoon9) April 23, 2024

I want to start by thanking @CuseFootball & the staff for believing in me and making me a better man and player.

With that being said I will be offically entering the transfer portal with 4 years of eligibility. pic.twitter.com/YYgyXXiwea
— Ty Gordon (@TyGordon2723) April 23, 2024

Neither player was projected as a member of the team’s two-deep depth chart next season.

Cohoon was ranked as the No. 17 recruit in Kansas and the No. 267 wide receiver when he arrived at Syracuse. Gordon was ranked as the No. 47 recruit in Virginia and the No. 187 defensive lineman.
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A Goodbye to Fizz Nation (orangefizz.net; Frank)

It’s been a wonderful two and half years writing and reporting for The Fizz. From the games to the stories and the interactions online, it has been an incredibly fun ride that has shaped the early stages of my career. I’ve gotten to work with some wonderful people, and of course, our fearless leader, Damon Amendolara, who has given us every opportunity in the world and is a great mentor.

So, let’s look at some of my most memorable moments over this tremendous experience, and go back to the beginning to remember the big moments, thought-provoking takes, and more over my time at The Fizz.

THE GAMES

A Brooklyn Classic

An Old Big East Battle

One of the Best Fourth Quarters Ever

THE TAKE ARTISTRY

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ACC News

Virginia Announces Future Football Series with Washington State (virginiasports.com)


Virginia has added a home-and-away football non-conference series with Washington State to its future schedules.

Virginia will host Washington State at Scott Stadium during the 2025 season on Sept. 27. The Cavaliers are slated to travel to Pullman to face the Cougars in Gesa Field at Martin Stadium on Sept. 13 during the 2031 season. The games will be the first two meetings between Virginia and Washington State.

Both games are scheduled for Saturdays.

Virginia’s non-conference schedule for 2025 currently includes home games against Coastal Carolina (Aug. 30) and William & Mary (Sept. 13) in addition to the contest with Washington State.


Judge orders FSU, ACC to mediation to settle suit (SBJ)

A Tallahassee judge has ordered Florida State and the ACC to enter mediation in "hopes of settling a high-profile lawsuit that could dramatically impact the future of the league,” according to the AP. Leon County Judge John C. Cooper “technically approved” the ACC's motion to dismiss yesterday but “gave FSU seven days to amend its complaint” because the university “needs more specificity regarding key facts in a case he said ‘is worth up to half a billion dollars.’” The conference would “have 20 days to respond afterward, and another hearing would be set.” Cooper ordered the sides to “begin mediation within 120 days.” But a mediator “cannot force an agreement,” so the case “could end up back in court.” This is the latest in “dueling lawsuits lodged in December.” They include “back-and-forth arguments pertaining to jurisdiction, a highly guarded grant-of-rights agreement between member schools and the league, and a confidential TV deal between the ACC and ESPN” (AP, 4/22).

Leon County Judge Sides With ACC Amidst FSU Lawsuit, But Case Is Just Getting Started (SI; Bakich)
There are two developments after the recent hearing in Leon County, Florida concerning Florida State University’s lawsuit against the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). Initially, the decision made by Judge John C. Cooper might surprise the FSU faithful. However, the news isn’t necessarily damning for the University.

First, Judge John C. Cooper has granted the ACC’s motion to dismiss without prejudice which allows the University to amend and re-file its suit. Judge Cooper agreed with ACC lawyer Amber Nunnally who stated that FSU did not properly endorse the notion that the ACC is able to protect its interests in the state of Florida (FSU, Miami), legitimizing the Conference’s ability to see this lawsuit through in the Sunshine State.

Once again, Judge Cooper is allowing FSU to amend its 59-page suit from January, keeping the litigation (in Florida, at least), alive in Leon County.

Second, Judge Cooper hinted at the idea of the two parties settling this suit outside of court and ordered that within 120 days, mediation begin between the two parties.

“Both sides have an interest in seeing if there’s any way this dispute can be resolved quickly instead of a long period of time,” said Judge Cooper. “That’s where we are.”
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Florida State vs the ACC / BACK IN COURT (youtube; podcast; Voice of CFB)

Florida State vs the ACC / BACK IN COURT

Ex-FSU Football Offensive Lineman Commits To ACC Program, Will Face 'Noles In 2024 (SI; Lewis)

Nearly 500 college athletes have entered the NCAA Transfer Portal since the 15-day spring window opened last week. The list includes multiple former Seminoles, including a few that have quickly found new homes.

On Tuesday evening, ex-Florida State offensive lineman Qae'Shon Sapp announced that he was transferring to SMU. The rising redshirt sophomore departed from the program in December and initially committed to FAMU. After Willie Simmons left for a job at Duke, Sapp decided to transfer to East Carolina.

The Georgia native re-entered the portal at the conclusion of spring practice. Now he's headed back to the ACC and will play against the Seminoles in 2024. FSU is scheduled to travel to Dallas on September 28 to face the Mustangs in what will be SMU's first game in the conference since joining the ACC last year. Sapp will be competing for a starting role on the offensive line with three years of eligibility remaining.


See yall in Dallas #GoMustangs pic.twitter.com/kYvKfRM1IW
— TALENTED™️(55)⚔️ (@QaeshonSapp) April 24, 2024

Sapp appeared in two games during his two seasons at Florida State. He only saw action during the home opening victory over Southern Miss last year with the majority of his contributions coming to the scout team. Sapp signed with the Seminoles as a four-star prospect in the 2022 class.
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Transfers 2024 April 24 (RX; HM)

Transfers 2024 April 24


Eight of the top 100 transfers in 2024 are still on the market... Here are the best available players in the college football transfer portal's spring window [according to 247Sports]:

1. JASON ZANDEMALA, OL, USC
Transfer grade: 98
Transfer ranking: No. 7 overall
2. CORMANI MCCLAIN, CB, COLORADO
Transfer grade: 94
Transfer ranking: No. 22 overall
3. DAMIEN MARTINEZ, RB, OREGON STATE
Transfer grade: 93
Transfer ranking: No. 34 overall
4. SAM BROWN, WR, HOUSTON
Transfer grade: 92
Transfer ranking: No. 61 overall
5. TACARIO DAVIS, CB, ARIZONA
Transfer grade: 92
Transfer ranking: No. 62 overall
6. JACOBY MATTHEWS, S, TEXAS A&M
Transfer grade: 92
Transfer ranking: No. 66 overall
7. KEANDRE LAMBERT-SMITH, WR, PENN STATE
Transfer grade: 92
Transfer ranking: No. 70 overall
8. JADEN RASHADA, QB, ARIZONA STATE
Transfer grade: 92
Transfer ranking: No. 71 overall
9. NYJALIK KELLY, MIAMI, EDGE
Transfer grade: 91
Transfer ranking: No. 102 overall


Miami edge Nyjalik Kelly is the top-rated edge rusher available in the portal for the spring cycle and is commanding much attention given his position of need. Per Inside The U, Kelly played in four games in 2023, totaling eight tackles and one tackle for loss. According to Pro Football Focus, Kelly generated six quarterback pressures in 131 defensive snaps last year. His season was cut short due to injury. Kelly signed with Miami in the 2022 recruiting class and was one of the gems of Mario Cristobal's transition class, ranking as the No. 87 overall player in the country.
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If Clemson and FSU both go... (RX; HM)

If Clemson and FSU both go...

...the ACC is still a better overall conference (and a better footballconference) than the Big XII. Why? I'll give you three big reasons:

1. The ACC would still have better football championship pedigree. Look at all-time national championships by realigned 2024 conferences. The Big Ten has 52, the SEC has 46, and the ACC has 36 or 37, depending on which data you use. Even without Clemson (3) and FSU (3), the ACC would still have at least 30 trophies in the case. And that's not counting Notre Dame's 11 national titles.
What about the new-look Big XII? Only 6 natties between them (2 for TCU, 1 each for BYU, Colorado, Oklahoma State and UCF).
2. The ACC would still have access to more of the top recruits. The two big recruiting states for the Big XII are Texas and, to some extent, Florida now. Even without Clemson and FSU, the ACC would still have both of those states, but also Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and California.
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Jon Sturgis, the floor manager at The Wildcat in Camillus, delivers our tomato and basil pizza. The Wildcat is the 16th stop on our CNY Pizza Tour. (Charlie Miller | cmiller@syracuse.com)(Charlie Miller | cmiller@syracuse.com)

CNY Pizza Tour, stop #16: This suburban spot might be CNY’s biggest pizzeria (PS; $; Miller)
The chicken, bacon and ranch is one of the most popular pizzas at The Wildcat in Camillus, if not THE most popular. Owner Dan Thome figured that would be the pizza to show off his kitchen for our tour of 50-plus pizzerias in Central New York in 2024.

It was a record-setting 78 degrees outside, and the kitchen staff here had a different idea. That would be too heavy for such a balmy day, said Jon Sturgis, the floor manager.

“I’ve got the perfect pizza for a day like this,” Jon said. “It’s not going to be too heavy, and what you’re going to taste is cool and fresh. It’s a taste that says summer.”

Jon talked me into buying a large tomato and basil pizza, one of The Wildcat’s 12 specialty pizzas on the menu.

Said Dan, the owner: “See? This is why I leave all the decisions up to the kitchen when it comes to pizza. They know what they’re talking about. I could eat pizza every day of the year, and I often do. But I don’t make it.”

Dan, you have some smart people in your kitchen.

Dan happened upon this place back in February 2015, back when it was part of the Trappers group of local pizzerias. He was just a customer sitting at the bar one Sunday afternoon and joked how he would love to own such a bar that served good food. The owner overheard that wish, and he granted it. Dan bought The Wildcat the next day.
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Industrial park for Micron-related supply chain companies gets a new name (PS; $; Moriarty)

Onondaga County officials are renaming the industrial park where they are hoping to attract supply chain companies serving Micron Technology Inc.’s planned semiconductor plant in Clay.

The Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency has been calling its property south of Route 31 White Pine South. But it is renaming it White Pine Science & Technology Park to make clear the kind of tenants it is seeking.

The agency has purchased 105 acres at the southeast corner of Caughdenoy and Route 31 for Micron-related supply chain companies, and it is looking to acquire more land for the site. New York is providing $325,000 to begin development of the park.

The property is directly across Route 31 from the 1,400-acre White Pine Commerce Park, which the agency also owns. That site is where Micron plans to build its giant semiconductor plant for which the federal government has agreed to provide billions of dollars in funding.
Micron has said the plant will cost up to $100 billion to build and create 9,000 jobs, with more than 40,000 additional jobs at supply chain and other companies that will want to locate close to the development.

Robert Petrovich, the county’s economic development director, said officials got the idea for the name change while in Taiwan in March to market the site to companies that supply Micron.

The industrial development agency voted April 11 to authorize spending up to $14,535 to put up a sign with the new name in time for a visit by a delegation from Taiwan in June.
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The former Friendly's Restaurant in DeWitt. (Photo by Elizabeth Doran)

A Shake Shack in Onondaga County? Developer proposes turning eyesore into hamburger chain location (PS; Doran)

A new Shake Shack restaurant may soon be coming to DeWitt.

It would be the first location in Central New York. The closest Shake Shack locations are at New York Thruway service areas in the Finger Lakes.

A developer wants to convert the former Friendly’s restaurant at the corner of Erie Boulevard East and Bridge Street into a Shake Shack fast-casual restaurant.

The proposal calls for converting about 3,300-square-feet of the building into the well-known hamburger chain. A small portion of the existing building along the western facade would be demolished, according to the site plan application submitted to the DeWitt planning board. The existing parking lot would remain.

The planning board is just starting its review of the site plan.

The New York City-based chain opened in 2001 and now has more than 400 locations worldwide. The chain’s menu includes burgers, milkshakes, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, lemonade and iced tea.

There are four Shake Shacks along the Thruway. A Shake Shack is slated to open this spring in Rochester.

The Friendly’s at 3275 Erie Blvd. E. in DeWitt has been closed and vacant since 2019. In 2022, Rachel’s Mediterranean Grill had plans to renovate the location and move in, but that never happened.

The new Shake Shack, if approved, would be across the street from a new Chick-fil-A. That restaurant is now under construction.
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