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LETTER: If enrollment is down, why are taxes going up?

To the editor: Just finished reading the column by Russ Tarby in the Star-Review about our high school taxes in the county [“Consensus kicks door open to future tax relief,” page 4, Feb. 3]. The one thing that was missing from the column was that, as taxpayers, we still continue to approve the school budgets that come up for a vote each year. Maybe it’s about time the taxpayers started voting down the budget and forced the school administrators and boards of education to find other ways to educate the kids that are more cost-effective.

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LETTER: Tarby gives unrealistic view of school taxes, demographics

To the editor: Reading Russ Tarby’s article, “Consensus kicks door open to future tax relief” [page 4, Feb. 3] one is lead to believe that the Liverpool school district “demands” money from its taxpayers and that those budget increases are somehow out of line with the district’s needs. Let’s take a closer look at the reality.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Kimberly Hall keeps her cool in court

On Feb. 10, the Onondaga County Magistrates Court Clerk’s Association recognized Kim Hall’s efforts by swearing her in as one of its officers at its annual meeting at Bellevue Golf and Country Club. The ceremony was conducted by none other than Judge LaValle himself.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Paid family leave good for families, the economy

Have you ever had to choose between caring for a loved one and working so you can pay the bills? It’s a painful decision that too many workers have had to make.

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NOPL NEWS: Pay library fines with food

Patrons often approach the service desk at NOPL, hand their library card to a staff member, and confess, “I think I owe something.” It’s not uncommon for someone to owe an overdue fee at the library. But for some, knowing a small fine is owed on their card is enough to keep them from coming back for a while.

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EDITORIAL: February is National Spay and Neuter Month

There’s no excuse to keep your pets unaltered. Unfortunately, according to a survey conducted by PetSmart Charities, nearly half of those who acquired pets last year still haven’t spayed or neutered them.

From compassion to action: GiGi’s Playhouse honors volunteer

A fundamental part of the GiGi’s Playhouse commitment to the local Down syndrome community involves relying heavily on the generosity, time, and love of volunteers. Since the organization is 100 percent privately funded and offers all programs at no cost to its participants, the help of all volunteers is both greatly noticed and appreciated.

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Medical marijuana dispensary opens on Erie Boulevard

Medical marijuana can now be obtained by registered patients at a newly opened dispensary in the Syracuse area. Medical marijuana company Etain's dispensary, located in a 3,000-square-foot building at 2104 Erie Boulevard, opened its doors for patients on Feb. 3.

Village of North Syracuse: CanTeen reports a busy 2015

Representatives of the CanTeen made their rounds to local municipal boards last week, reporting on the center’s 2015 activities to the Cicero Town Board on Jan. 27 and the North Syracuse Board of Trustees on Jan. 28.

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Cicero postpones lighting district hearing again

Cicero residents who want to speak about a proposal to consolidate the town’s numerous lighting districts will have to wait once again. The town board voted Jan. 27 to adjourn a public hearing on the proposed law to March 23.

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Six decades of service

Cicero FD volunteer retires after 62 years

“I don’t think I’m anybody special,” said the soft-spoken Loomis Pardee. But to the dozens of people packed into Cicero Fire Station No. 1 to celebrate his retirement after 62 years as a volunteer firefighter, “Loomie” seems pretty special indeed.

Turnabout is fair play

Director, actor to switch roles in upcoming performances

The Central New York theater community is close knit and small, a group of talented artists who are so close they refer to each other as family. So, it’s not surprising, given the especially small pool of male actors and qualified directors, that they sometimes direct each other. Such is the case for two upcoming productions at CNY Playhouse.

Corinthian Court opens

Corner house tanning salon, hair stylist move in at 514 Oswego St.

The building with the Corinthian-columned porch at 514 Oswego St., at the corner of Vine Street, has been extensively renovated under the direction of new owner Sohyla Ziaie. 

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EDITORIAL: Wear red for heart health this Friday

Friday, Feb. 5, is National Wear Red Day, an initiative supported by the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.