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Graves wins $10K for NAMOW

North Area Meals on Wheels Board of Trustees President Bob Graves today was named the Today’s Options Competition Grand Champion — which means that NAMOW will receive $10,000 in prize money to spend however they choose.

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Cicero PD may move to South Bay FD building

The town of Cicero is in talks with the South Bay Fire Department to acquire their vacant building as a new site for the Cicero Police Department.

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On the campaign trail: Salina campaign finance filings unremarkable

All Salina Town Board candidates are running unopposed this year, making for some pretty unremarkable campaign finance filings.

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On the campaign trail: Sharon to run for 128th Assembly Seat

John Sharon is hoping the fourth time’s the charm. Sharon, an attorney from DeWitt, has announced that he will once again be seeking the 128th Assembly seat this November. The seat was vacated in June when Assemblyman Sam Robert was appointed as commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

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Hiring in process

New part-time police officer on tap in village; new assistant court clerk hired

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the Village of Liverpool Board of Trustees heard a request from Police Chief Don Morris to consider hiring a new part-time officer. The candidate is John Linnertz, a retired Syracuse Police detective sergeant.

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Heading back to school

What’s new in your district?

Next week, kids across Central New York will be boarding the bus and heading back to school. In Liverpool and North Syracuse, they’ll find some new teachers, new administrators and new friends, as well as new classroom materials and more. What else is new in your child’s school? Read on to find out.

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In Katrina’s wake

Ten years after storm, OSC is still rebuilding lives

Out of that determination, Operation Southern Comfort (OSC) was born. The group became a mission of St. Joseph the Worker Church in Liverpool, which affords it nonprofit status and the ability to get tax-deductible contributions and administrative support. Since that first trip, OSC has made more than 40 trips to the Gulf Coast. All trips are funded by traveler contributions; each volunteer is asked to pay $280 for their own expenses, room and board. Local contributions pay for construction materials. Volunteers have worked on personal homes, churches, community facilities and public parks. OSC participants have also planted trees in the area in an effort to lessen the impact of any future storms.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Why was auto accident victim walking in the road?

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, an 18-year-old Mattydale man was walking in the west-bound lane of Second Street in the village, near the 400 block. The teenager, Conner Vittore, was struck by a west-bound 2003 Cadillac Deville driven by 70-year-old Dean Cubic of Liverpool.

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NOPL news: September is Library Card Sign-up Month

NOPL wants to make sure you haven’t forgotten the most important school supply of all — a library card. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when NOPL joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that everyone has a free library card.

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From the senior advocate: Seniors should prepare for the coming cold weather

Diane Browning is the senior advocate for the town of Cicero.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: County budget must make cutting property taxes a priority

On Sept. 15, the County Executive will present the 2016 county budget. I am optimistic that the budget that is presented will include a reduction in spending and, more importantly, a lower tax rate. I have spent the past several months knocking on doors, listening to the concerns of my neighbors. The message has been consistent — do something to lower my taxes. The legislature and the county executive have been focused on reducing the property tax levy the past several budget cycles. I am eager to continue that trend.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: As school starts, remember to be safe on the roads

Summer vacation is winding down, and parents are gathering supplies and preparing to send their children back to the classroom for another productive year. Very soon, our communities and our morning commutes will be buzzing with buses filled with children on their way to and from school. It’s an exciting time, but it’s also an opportunity for all of us to think about safety. Below are some tips and reminders that can help ensure a safe and happy back-to-school season.

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EDITORIAL: Easing into the back-to-school routine

Getting back into the swing of the school year can be quite an adjustment for parents and children alike. Luckily, we have a few tips on how to ease your family into the back-to-school routine.

LBE Playground Community Build postponed

Long Branch Elementary has had to postpone its Community Playground Build. The volunteer event, originally scheduled for Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug. 29, has been postponed because the site contractor is in the hospital.