- Land Bank will clean up vacant and abandoned properties | 6 hours, 10 minutes ago
- Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by volunteering in the community | 1 day, 6 hours ago
- B’ville resident announces plans to run for sheriff | 1 day, 21 hours ago
- Dream Factory of Syracuse gives Liverpool youth a trip to Philadelphia and Lancaster | 2 days ago
- Village trustees vote to spend $588,000 on Balsam St., Third St. and Hiawatha Trail | 2 days ago
- Human Library events bring people together at local libraries | 2 days ago
- The ‘first-line’ defense: The story behind the local fire departments and those who serve | 2 days ago
B’ville resident announces plans to run for sheriff 1 day, 21 hours ago
- Liverpool track sweeps to Tully Invitational titles
- C-NS baseball blanks Liverpool, 7-0
- C-NS softball outshines Liverpool again
- Liverpool baseball roars to three straight wins
- C-NS baseball falls to Oswego, Syracuse East
Lifestyle and Entertainment
- Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by volunteering in the community
- Dream Factory of Syracuse gives Liverpool youth a trip to Philadelphia and Lancaster
- Human Library events bring people together at local libraries
- Sure sign of spring: robins’ eggs in Christmas wreath
- Painter Maureen Lemko loves local landmarks
Letters to the Editor
- LETTER: Village services make taxes worth it
- LETTER: Greet Honor Flight veterans
- LETTER: Thanks to NAVAC Ambulance crew, North Syracuse police
- LETTER: Stirpe on proposed homeland security college
- LETTER: Fire department disappointed with vote results
- B’ville resident announces plans to run for sheriff
- NSPD and Sherriff’s Office combine to arrest suspect in April 7 robbery at Seneca Federal
- Cicero PD launches prescription drug giveback program
- Another truck hits Route 370 bridge
- City crime encroaching on the village
- Education aid and tax relief needed for CNY
- Tax incentives are being misused
- Stormwater, parking top concerns for JGB Properties’ basin block project
- JGB Properties plans three new mixed-use buildings on basin block
- WCNY-FM offers special radio service for blind and visually impaired
Tired of seeing abandoned and un-maintained properties? These are eyesores and they make our neighborhoods unattractive, undesirable and lower the value. Well, there is a solution in progress. Let me introduce you to the Land Bank, our county’s strategy to reclaim these properties and restore them to serving useful roles in our communities. The Land Bank (officially the Greater Syracuse Property Development Corporation, which was created in 2012) acts on behalf of Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse to acquire, redevelop, and improve tax delinquent, vacant or abandoned property. The restoration of these devastated properties will begin to revive neighborhoods to encourage economic opportunities throughout Onondaga County.
Here in Central New York, April brings days of spring rain, sprinkled with a few glimpses of the summer sun. The changing weather reminds us that Earth is a beautiful place, and we need to be doing everything we can to keep it that way. This year, Earth Day is April 22, and Arbor Day is April 25. While these commemorations bring us together to revitalize our community after a long, bitter winter, they are also important reminders of the conditions and vulnerability of the world around us. There is a critical need for ongoing education, action, and change when it comes to our environment. This year’s Earth Day theme is “Green Cities.” By improving conditions in our cities, we can improve conditions for future generations around the world.
On March 1, the Onondaga County Republican Party chose DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway as its designated candidate for county sheriff in the November elections. Subsequently, Conway’s Republican opponent, John Balloni, chief deputy to Sheriff Kevin Walsh, decided not to challenge him in a primary. But it looks like there may still be a primary after all. Baldwinsville resident and Republican John “Jack” Garafalo announced last week that he, too, will seek to run for sheriff. Garafalo, a retired Pennsylvania state drug agent
Sarah Hamlin was surprised with a trip to Pennsylvania on Friday, April 11, by The Dream Factory of Syracuse. The 18-year-old, who is living with cerebral palsy, arrived at Flamingo Bowling Friday evening with her parents and was shocked to find dozens of family members, Dream Factory representatives and others eagerly awaiting her arrival. “I thought I was coming for a BLT,” she said.
After approving a State Environmental Quality Review of the upcoming drainage projects at their April 14 meeting, the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees unanimously awarded a $587,747 bid to Joseph J. Lane Construction Inc., for work to be done on Balsam and Third streets and Hiawatha Trail. Trustee Jim Rosier, the board’s liaison to the Department of Public Works, urged Mayor Gary White to make sure that Lane Construction coordinates its effort with DPW Superintendent Bill Asmus.
Twenty curious people turned out Tuesday evening, April 15, at Liverpool Public Library to check out the “Human Library,” a scheduled 20-minute one-on-one with a person who has a certain expertise to share or a compelling story to tell. A Human Library is a living, breathing library where humans are the “books” and the stories are their lives.
From the cliché cat in a tree, to cardiac arrest, car accidents and structure fires, the Liverpool Fire Department is there. “Someone calls 911 and they rely on us to be there and help them,” said Liverpool Fire Department Lieutenant Dave Ingram. “When it's someone's worst day of their life, we are there for them. We put ourselves out there for our community and people who we don't even know." Like hundreds of men and women across central New York, the volunteers of the local fire departments are there to answer the call of their community, to fulfill the promise that when tragedy or catastrophe or chaos strikes, there will be someone there to offer that necessary helping hand.
When former Liverpool Mayor Jon Zappola and his family returned from a recent sojourn in the Sunshine State, he went to remove the Christmas wreath from the house, and discovered a mother robin had laid five eggs in a nest she’d fashioned in the wreath. No wonder the Zappolas’ holiday wreath will remain up for a while on their First Street home! A former baseball coach and art teacher, Zappola now serves as chairman of the Liverpool Village Housing Authority, which oversees the House at 807 that has provided affordable housing for elders since 1999. The House at 807 on Oswego Street currently has two vacancies. If you’re interested in an apartment there, visit house-at-807.org, or call 457-1334.
Last month, I read an article in The New York Times entitled “Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney,” by Ron Suskind (nytimes.com/2014/03/09/magazine/reaching-my-autistic-son-through-disney.html?_r=0). As the title suggests, the article chronicles Suskind’s experience with his son, Owen, a lover of Disney movies who was diagnosed with autism. At the time of his diagnosis, Owen, 3 years old, was non-verbal. But through memorizing the dialogue and inflections from the various Disney characters in the movies he loved, over the course of a number of years, he created his own language that he used for communicating and connecting with others. As a parent of a child with special needs, I found his story to be moving and very inspirational. The article is an excerpt from Suskind’s book that was released this month called “Life, Animated.” The timing seemed particularly apt since April is Autism Awareness Month in New York.
According to a Cicero resident, Supervisor Jessica Zambrano has committed misconduct as a result of her relationship with the town engineer.
Warriors start 3-0; Northstars prevail at Binghamton tourney
The Cicero-North Syracuse softball team could not quickly put its 2-1 defeat to Baldwinsville on April 3 behind them due to the bad weather that kept them off the field for nearly a week.
A 30-year-old man accused of robbing the Seneca Federal Bank at 201 N. Main St., in North Syracuse, on Monday, April 7, was arrested four days later at the home of an acquaintance. Lucas Lukenheimer, 30, of 2221 Brewerton Road, Mattydale, allegedly entered the bank branch at 2:55 p.m. April 7, and demanded money.
At its April 10 meeting, the North Syracuse Village Board of Trustees approved a $5.2 million budget for 2014-15. At a brief public hearing before the meeting, Village Clerk-Treasurer Dianne Kufel said that although the budget calls for a zero percent tax increase, village property owners who live within the town of Cicero will see a nominal increase of approximately $2 more than last year, while village taxpayers in the town of Clay will see a nominal decrease of less than $2.
They may not be many, but the five oil paintings that comprise Maureen Lemko’s ongoing exhibit are certainly memorable. The artist colorfully depicts a quintet of familiar scenes in her work hanging through April at the Liverpool Public Library lobby. All artists aspire to show us our world through a new pair of eyes, and Maureen succeeds as she brings a fresh perspective to Old First, the village’s iconic burnt umber brick edifice. Other local landmarks Lemko rendered include Liverpool United Methodist’s famous purple door, an old willow basket barn, Liverpool Cemetery and Baldwinsville’s Abbott Farms.