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EXCLUSIVE: Ethics committee: Zambrano’s relationship constitutes a conflict of interest

An ethics committee in the town of Cicero has determined that the supervisor’s relationship with an employee of the former engineering firm employed by the town does constitute a conflict of interest, according to a decision issued by the committee last week.

Church merger on the horizon

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to link with St. Stephen’s in Phoenix

Because of dwindling congregations, decreasing Mass attendance and a persistent shortage of priests, Catholic churches in the Diocese of Syracuse continue to consolidate. Baldwinsville’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church will link up with St. Stephen’s Church in Phoenix “upon the next pastoral opening at St. Stephen’s,” according to the Most Rev. Robert Cunningham, Bishop of Syracuse.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Why I voted against the Lakeview Amphitheater

Recently, the legislature was asked to approve funding for the Lakeview Amphitheater. Over the past several months, I have raised numerous concerns regarding the impact on local residents with regard to sound and traffic, the economic viability of an outdoor amphitheater in Central New York, the uncertainty of the revenue from Turning Stone and the risks and additional costs associated with building on the waste beds.

NOPL news: Tech help for your new gadgets

If you’re giving a tech gift this holiday, be sure include the gift of tech help, too. When you stop into any NOPL location you can pick up a coupon to give with your technology gifts that entitles the recipient to a free one-on-one tech session at the library with their new device.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Betty Gilmore made Liverpool a better place

Betty Gilmore’s roots ran all the way back to the 1720s, when her British ancestors established a trading post at what would eventually become known as Fort Oswego. Later in the 17th century, her people would help found the town of Pompey and, in the 18th century, the town of Elbridge, both here in Onondaga County. Betty continued her family’s tradition of community-building during her long life which ended Dec. 5 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. She was 95. Betty will be buried at the Liverpool Village Cemetery.

Cicero wraps up 2014 business

The Cicero Town Board took care of some housekeeping for its final meeting of 2014, which took place Dec. 10.

Salina to receive $5 million loan

EFC approves credit for landfill closure project

The town of Salina will receive a $5 million short-term loan to continue the effort to close the town’s landfill.

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Warriors stop Central Square, move to 4-0

Sullivan helped by late points from Cutler

In racing out to a 3-0 start and winning its division at the Cataract Classic in Niagara Falls, the Liverpool boys basketball team had established that it had a dependable star in junior Tyler Sullivan and the kind of depth that most opponents could envy.

Morris cited for bravery

L’pool police chief receives Sheriff’s award recognizing his 2013 arrest of a double murderer

Liverpool Police Chief Don Morris received a Sheriff’s Award for Bravery Monday, Dec. 8, in recognition of his Oct. 28, 2013 arrest of double murder suspect Justin Dallas, 26, of Syracuse.

REMEMBERING CLAY: German Christmas traditions in Clay

Since Germans from the Palatinate of Europe were not only the founding fathers of Clay, but also formed the first congregation which became Immanuel Lutheran Church, I did some research on Christmas in Germany and how it influenced the way we celebrate Christmas in America.

FROM THE LEGISLATURE: County legislature authorizes necessary sewer improvements

As a member of the Environmental Protection Committee at the legislature, I receive quarterly updates on the lake improvement project, as well as various projects taking place across the county to mitigate stormwater infiltration in to our sewers. Surprisingly, most of our water treatment and sewer infrastructure is more than four decades old. Investments to the infrastructure that is underground has paled in comparison to the infrastructure that we see every day — our roads and bridges.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Readers and eaters can’t get enough comfort food

Several readers stopped me out and about to chat about my Nov. 4 column about comfort food. Seems they can’t get enough.

Child abuse memoir to benefit Vera House, McMahon/Ryan

Retired teacher and Minoa resident Jeff Goldstein enjoyed a happy childhood until the illness and death of his younger sister, Sheryl. As Goldstein watched his parents descend into grief, he watched his own life fall apart, too. More than five decades later, Goldstein has released a memoir about the years of physical and verbal abuse he endured at the hands of his parents. He is donating all of the proceeds of “Caught in the Undertow: Escaping the Grip of Childhood Abuse” to two local charities, Vera House and the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Cicero

Town hosts second annual house decorating contest

Residents of the town of Cicero are getting a chance to show off their brightest lights and cheeriest holiday decorations. The town’s Youth Bureau, Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its second annual Holiday Decorating Contest from now through Dec. 14. The contest officially kicked off Nov. 14.