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Volleyball sides split sectional semifinals

C-NS boys, Liverpool girls advance to finals against B'ville

The neighborhood rivalry between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse turned up in several different spots during the Section III playoffs, from early-round football to championship games in girls soccer and field hockey.

Chilling tales from local history

In the spirit of the Halloween season, The Star-Review has unearthed some creepy chronicles from the area’s bygone days. Some are well-known ghost stories — we’ll let you draw your own conclusions — but others really did take place in the area. Read on for some history about your favorite haunts:

Girls soccer Northstars, Warriors win AA semifinals

C-NS to face Liverpool for sectional title Friday

One last blast of summer warmth hit Central New York Tuesday as the four Section III Class AA girls soccer semifinals teams gathered at Christian Brothers Academy's Alibrandi Stadium. And with their victories, Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool earned the right to go to SUNY-Cortland Friday night and battle freezing temperatures - not to mention each other - with a sectional championship at stake.

Get your flu vaccine

Have you had your flu vaccination yet? You’re going to get one, right? We’re enjoying unseasonably warm weather, the fall colors are beautiful and the flu is far from our minds, but the truth is, the flu season is here; now is the time to act. Those beautiful fall colors are our first reminder to protect ourselves from the flu, and the flu vaccine is the best way to get that protection. Public health officials recommend the flu vaccine for everyone over the age of six months. I realize that many people equate the flu with the common cold, but that’s not true. The flu is serious; it can put you in the hospital and is a killer. Every year thousands die from the flu.

LPD officers commended

Three Liverpool police officers who subdued a man who had threatened to kill a policeman in the village were honored with commendations at the Oct. 20 meeting of the Village Board of Trustees.

Cicero board hears residents’ budget concerns

Numerous residents expressed their concerns on Cicero’s preliminary 2015 budget at a hearing held Oct. 22. Under this version of the budget, taxpayers can expect a 16.53 cent per thousand increase on their tax bill. That brings the rate to about $3.74 per $1,000 of assessed value. A homeowner whose house is assessed at $100,000 would pay $373.58. The same homeowner presently pays $357.05 on the current rate of about $3.57 per thousand. The town board decided to table a vote regarding a local law that would allow the town to exceed New York state’s 2 percent tax increase cap. Town Supervisor Jessica Zambrano said the board wanted to continue fine-tuning the budget before making a decision on the tax cap law.

State Board of Regents approves new graduation options

In the hopes of both improving graduation rates, the New York State Board of Regents last week approved a plan to add flexibility to its graduation requirements. On Monday, Oct. 20, the Board of Regents agreed to create a 4+1 pathway option, which would allow students to opt out of one of the social studies exams currently required for graduation. Instead, they could take a "comparatively rigorous" assessment in career/technical education (CTE), science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the humanities, foreign languages or the arts.

EDITORIAL: Vote yes on Prop. 1

For too long, New York’s system for drawing electoral maps has been broken. Under current legislation, members of the New York State Legislature draw the lines for legislative and congressional districts. Those lines are redrawn every 10 years by a committee made up of sitting legislators. That means that the people responsible for drawing the lines are the very people who benefit from how the lines are drawn.

C-NS, Liverpool field hockey to battle for sectional title

Northstars topple F-M; Warriors run away from B'ville

For the first time since 2008, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool field hockey teams will settle the Section III Class A championship among themselves. The two neighbors and rivals got to this showdown through impressive finishes to their respective sectional semifinals, with the top-seeded Northstars getting away from Fayetteville-Manlius 3-1 and the Warriors unleashing its attack on no. 2 seed Baldwinsville to win by that exact same margin.

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Liverpool handles C-NS again in sectional clash

Warriors draw Class AA semifinal against B'ville

Maybe it was supposed to turn out this way for he Liverpool football team - that, in order to end a 16-year wait of returning to the Section III Class AA championship game, it would have to conquer both of its neighborhood rivals in consecutive weeks, and in consecutive playoff rounds.

C-NS, Liverpool girls soccer get playoff wins

Northstars rout Central Square; Akinpelu gets hat trick against Auburn

Whether it was an entire unit, or just an individual standing out, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls soccer team inched closer to a possible showdown for the Section III Class AA championship.

New Zogg owner devoted to democracy in Thailand

We haven’t even met him yet, but we already know that the new owner of Liverpool’s historic Zogg Building is one of Thailand’s most outspoken proponents of democracy in his troubled country of 66 million people This past August, Liverpool Community Church, which has owned the former A.V. Zogg Building for 11 years, sold it for $1.1 million to Dr. Pramote Nakornthab, a retired professor of political science from Cornell University.

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Path of Life Mission Center gives refugees a new start

In its former life as the Calvary United Methodist Church, the squat brick building at 201 E. Molloy Road in Mattydale only saw visitors on Sundays. Now, its new incarnation — the Path of Life Mission Center — sees people coming and going every day of the week.

C-NS girls soccer gains AA sectional top seed

Liverpool finishes strong, holds no. 3 seed

Having endured its toughest week of the season, with three close contests (one of which went to overtime), the Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer team still won them all and locked down the top seed for its Section III Class AA title defense.

Boys soccer Northstars take late-season loss to West Genny

Liverpool surges ahead of playoff meeting with Wildcats

Though both the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys soccer teams are headed toward their annual appearances in the Section III Class AA playoffs, they both got there facing different questions about whether they had the goods for a championship run.

C-NS field hockey roars into playoffs

Northstars, Liverpool could meet once more in sectional final

A pair of victories, attained in very different manners, has the Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team well-placed as the team to beat in the Section III Class A playoffs.

LETTER: Thank you to our veterans

To the editor: The members of American Legion Auxiliary of Liverpool Unit 188 would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

LETTER: Stirpe for assembly

To the editor: Assemblyman Al Stirpe has done a lot for the people of our community. Taxes are always a big issue. According the CPA who prepares my family’s taxes, New York State is a great place to live for retirees. The truth is that many middle-income retirees pay little or no state income tax because of our tax laws. Further, many of us 65 and over benefit from the Enhanced STAR Program, a program that reduces our school property tax obligation that Al helped preserve. And lowering property taxes help us all.

Clay budget proposes 3.38 percent tax increase

If the town of Clay’s 2015 budget remains unchanged, residents will see a 3.38 percent increase in their property taxes, which amounts to $10.21 per household on a $100,000 house outside the village of North Syracuse. Residents inside the village will see a decrease of $5.58 a year.

Onondaga County budget cuts taxes

This year marks my fifth working on the budget as an Onondaga County legislator. In that time, the economy made a dramatic downward turn, and has shown signs recently of a slight recovery. Fortunately, our county has been able to weather the economic changes fairly well. As I spent the past few weeks combing through the 2015 budget from the county executive, I am pleased to share the budget as presented proposed to keep the property tax levy flat, and even reduced spending by $6 million. In dollars and cents, that is a proposed tax rate of $5.17 per $1,000, a new historic low for our county.

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