Monday, April 30
C-NS blanks Auburn, 9-0, as O'Hara strikes out 13
Just before April concluded, the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team had a brief letdown, courtesy of the same opponent that denied them a state Class AA championship one year ago. The Northstars lost, 5-4, in eight innings to John Jay-East Fishkill Sunday afternoon in the Blue Chip High School Challenge at the BAGSAI complex near Binghamton.
Northstars impress in meets at Utica, Marcellus
With almost no rest, the Cicero-North Syracuse track and field teams went to separate weekend meets and found plenty of success. It started on Friday, when the boys Northstars went to the Cook-DeStefano Relays at Utica Proctor and won with 211 points, beating the host Raiders, who was second with 151 points.
Rondinello, Akinpelu, Barrett all claim individual events
Liverpool’s track and field teams made spirited pushes for the top spots during Saturday’s Chittenango Invitational. And though the Warriors didn’t quite snare team honors, it still finished second among 21 boys entrants with 67 points and third in the girls event with 72 points. Fayetteville-Manlius won the girls event with 145 points and the boys event with 110 points.
Northstars fall to John Jay in 2011 state finals rematch
In advance of Monday’s key showdown with Auburn, the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team was busy enough, between league competition and a three-game tournament, the Blue Chip High School Challenge, at the BAGSAI complex near Binghamton.
Warriors improve to 8-3, also rally past Watertown
After a weekend to absorb its April 20 defeat to Baldwinsville, the Liverpool girls lacrosse team quickly reclaimed its winning form.
Sunday, April 29
The mustache is back. Or, at least, it was for the month of April as men from fire departments, ambulance corps and the general public grew the finely-shaped facial hair to raise money for the Burn Foundation of Central New York.
Left-hander to debut Monday for Arizona Diamondbacks
It was quite a Saturday for the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball program, beyond the two games it played at the Gillette Road complex where it lost to Baldwinsville and beat Binghamton Seton Catholic. Late that night, it was announced that C-NS graduate Patrick Corbin, a left-handed pitcher, was getting called up to make his Major League Baseball debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks, a start Monday against the Miami Marlins.
Friday, April 27
Warriors get past F-M; Northstars stop Syracuse East
Somehow, Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse’s baseball teams beat the rain on Thursday for hard-earned victories.
The subject of background checks for new village employees came up during the April 26 meeting of the North Syracuse Village Board. The board is considering how best to implement such a system, what the needs are and what the requirements should be. “We're in the research mode right now,” Mayor Mark Atkinson said.
When taxpayers head to the polls May 15 to cast their vote on school budgets throughout the area, many will decide on bus purchases as well. The North Syracuse Central School District is one such district and residents will be asked to vote on a bus bond proposition, essentially making a decision on the purchase of 10 65-passenger and two specialty buses. The total purchase amount is $1,250,652. With the district’s aid ratio being 81 percent, the impact of the purchase on homes costing $100,000 is $1.50 a year before STAR, which is a “nominal investment,” said Donald Keegan, assistant superintendent for management, during the April 23 Board of Education meeting.
Thursday, April 26
Everyone injured in a small explosion at Soule Road Middle School in Liverpool is expected to be okay, according to Superintendent Dr. Richard Johns. As of Friday morning, Johns said that all of the injured had been released from Upstate University Hospital except for one of the girls.
Volino leads boys effort; girls sweep all field events
For the second time in five days, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys track and field team found itself at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. This one, though, was a head-to-head meet between the Northstars and Baldwinsville. As in the April 21 Arcaro Relays, though, C-NS finished on top, 81-60, mostly by showing its versatility and depth.
Wednesday, April 25
The Band's drummer passed away last week, but will live on forever through the music he produced. Columnist Neil Benjamin Jr. spoke with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, who knew Helm very well.
On April 23, an unknown suspect was at the Salina Public Library, located at 100 Belmont Street, where he was seen exposing himself to a young girl. The suspect left the library as the young girl alerted an adult of the incident.
You can’t blame Laurie Turton for wanting to hire a professional killer. In February, a wild dog murdered her pet cat near her town of Salina home. Laurie just wants justice. So on April 9, she and some of her near Scottsdale Circle neighbors appeared before the town board to ask for help controlling the local coyote population. The wily coy dogs are plaguing suburban housing tracts from Maine to New Mexico. In recent years, they’ve been detected in Cicero, North Syracuse, and right here in Liverpool along the shore of Onondaga Lake.
Periodically, I receive updates from Honeywell on the lake clean-up effort. Below is a recent article from Honeywell’s newsletter that discusses some of the work that will take place this summer. I will do my best to pass along information to keep the public as up-to-date as possible. If you would like to receive current project updates from Honeywell, sign up for their E-Newsletter at lakecleanup.com/newsletters/.
Spring is in the air, and as the weather gets warmer, many people are planning on getting outdoors and shooting hoops. Before you break out the ball, just remember that there are certain rules in the town of Salina that must be followed pertaining to portable basketball hoops. Each town within the state of New York is in control of the law surrounding the location of portable basketball hoops. The Town of Salina has established and enforced local ordinances and codes for such portable basketball hoops.
This budget started the first day this administration took office this past July. The changes this administration made were a continuation of the cost saving efforts of the previous mayor, Diane Browning. Changes were made that included consolidating positions, converting some full time positions to part time and changing contracts for professional services to realize savings. We have taken an inside look at our cell phone usage – reduced quantities, modified a DPW laundering contract, renewed our copier lease, modified contributions to group health insurance; all to absorb additional savings. All in all, village operational spending is down almost a half a million dollars.
During their bimonthly town board meeting on March 28, the town of Cicero officially launched its new website to strive toward more open government communications. In fact, the source of the aforementioned information is available on the new website, where the town has begun posting the board meeting agendas, along with other documents for interest of the public. “This truly has been a joint effort to improve our town website to make it user-friendly and ensure that the residents of the town can access as much information as possible about their local government,” said Cicero Supervisor Jim Corl.
For 12 years, the CanTeen bounced from place to place, from rental to rental, never able to find a home to call its own. No more. On Sunday, April 22, the teen center celebrated the grand opening of its permanent home at 6046 Route 31, right next to Cicero-North Syracuse High School. The festivities included speakers ranging from local dignitaries to past and present program participants. While the speakers were varied, the theme was the same: It’s good to be home. “This type of occasion will never happen again,” said Toni Brauchle, the CanTeen’s executive director. “We will celebrate milestones and anniversaries and many, many, many other things, but we will never, ever have to celebrate the grand opening of another home. This is it. This is home.”
For many school clubs, getting cut from the district’s budget means the end of the road. For the Builders Club at North Syracuse Junior High School, it just meant organizers had to get creative. “Most people, once your organization is cut, it’s cut,” said social studies teacher Chris Leahey, the club’s co-advisor. But we think it’s an important thing, particularly for those kids who don’t have a lot of connections at school. So we kept it going… It’s something that we value — the school values it, the administration values it. Even if the money’s not there, I think it’s a valuable thing and something worth keeping.”
High school coaches facing more intense scrutiny
One night, Mike Messere, a lacrosse coaching legend at West Genesee breaks the all-time record for national wins in front of hundreds of fans and dozens of alumni touched and affected by his principled leadership. The very next day, and just a few miles up the road, Pete Birmingham, the coach who led Marcellus to a Section III Class B championship, is forced out of his position, possibly because he had the nerve to use the same principled leadership.
Tuesday, April 24
Warriors improve to 9-0, lone remaining Class A unbeaten
Mike Felice sensed the trouble that his Liverpool boys lacrosse team was in, all due to the work of his alma mater from Baldwinsville. So the Warriors' head coach called a time-out early in the second half of Tuesday night's game at LHS Stadium - and settled down, the hosts proceeded to make a decisive move to help beat the Bees 12-6.
Monday, April 23
No one will be shooting coyotes in Salina – at least, not yet. The Salina Town Board announced at its April 23 meeting that it would take no action that night in the controversial matter of a request to approve a temporary exception to the prohibition of the use of firearms in Scottsdale Farms, where coyotes had been spotted. Residents had asked that the restrictions be lifted to that they could hire a wildlife control agent to dispose of the animals. Instead, a new public hearing has been scheduled for the town board’s next meeting May 14. “The public hearing we had at the last meeting revolved around a crossbow or a bow and arrow, which, as we found at that meeting, is not an effective means to accomplish what those neighbors wanted,” said Supervisor Mark Nicotra. “We have to call another public hearing for the use of a shotgun. We’re erring on the side of caution here. We want to be as transparent as possible and provide as much information within the law that we can.”
Osborne takes pentathlon at Tully; boys edge B'ville at Arcaro Relays
On consecutive days, in varying locales and widely varying conditions, both of Cicero-North Syracuse’s track and field teams would find unqualified success.
Liverpool pounds Corcoran, Central Square, Shaker
No doubt, the scare that the Liverpool boys lacrosse team got April 14 at Marcellus, trailing in the fourth quarter before rallying late to win 9-7, had an immediate effect.
C-NS sweeps Saturday twin bill from Horseheads
With the milestone of head coach Kerry Bennett’s 600th win safely tucked away, the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team could return to normal business.
Boys Northstars split, takes loss to Baldwinsville
It was nice for the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team, after an up-and-down start, to get a breather last Tuesday during a 15-3 victory over Rome Free Academy.
Liverpool posts double-digit run totals three times
Back from its solid showing in Myrtle Beach, the Liverpool softball team started to tear its way through challengers in the CNY Counties League National division.
Northstars bounce back from close loss to West Genny
Some amount of urgency surrounded the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team’s encounter with Fayetteville-Manlius last Thursday at the Gillette Road complex. And the Northstars responded to that urgency, jumping all over the Hornets’ pitching ace, Zach Tucker, and roaring to a 12-4 victory.
Sunday, April 22
Thirty-three activists were charged after an anti-drone protest at Hancock Air Base Sunday.
Thursday, April 19
Dick Clark, Don Cornelius brought music, dancing to millions
Those that believe in cosmic forces have to think this was all planned out in advance. On the first day of February, Don Cornelius was found dead in his home, believed to be suicide. Exactly 11 weeks later, Dick Clark also passed away, the cause a heart attack.
Wednesday, April 18
Former Assemblyman Al Stirpe announced Wednesday that he will run for the 127th Assembly seat he held from 2007 to 2011. The seat is currently held by Don Miller. Stirpe made the announcement at a press conference on the lawn of the NSEA offices in North Syracuse in front of representatives from the Democratic party, labor and local nonprofits.
Contegni strikes out 14 in 15-0 shutout
So now the next chapter for the Liverpool baseball team is underway – where, at the least, the Warriors hope to successfully defend its Section III Class AA championship.
Restaurant Impossible crews were back at McShane's Restaurant in DeWitt on Tuesday.
Tuesday, April 17
There will be three open seats on the Liverpool school board this May, and only three candidates have submitted petitions to run for election to the board.
Four and a half years ago, Ryan Gilbert witnessed something no child should have to see. Ryan watched his cousin Bianca Bresadola, 7, as she first became sick from osteosarcoma. He and his sister Lauren, as well as Bianca’s twin sister Mia, watched as Bianca fought valiantly against the disease, only to lose the battle on December 3, 2008. Ryan doesn’t like to talk about his cousin, to whom he was very close. But Ryan, now 13, is showing his feelings for her in another way. “People have been telling me that there is a doll fundraiser, but I wasn’t really into it,” Ryan said. “I heard that the money goes to the hospital for art supplies and stuff. It’s Crayola only, so I decided to give back and see what I can get. My goal was 100. The goal is 500 right now. And it’s really exciting. It’s just a fun thing to do. I know it goes for a good cause.”
A number of residents appeared at Monday’s Clay Town Board meeting to speak out against a zone change proposal along Buckley Road. Red Barn LLC and Farone and Sons Funeral Home are looking to change the zoning at 7353 Buckley Road and the surrounding parcels from R-10 One-Family Residential District to NC-1 Neighborhood Commercial District. They filed an application for a zone change, which was discussed at a public hearing on Monday, April 16 at the town board’s regular meeting. The issue was first discussed at the town board’s previous meeting on April 2. The two businesses are looking to turn the now-vacant parcel, which is comprised of approximately two acres, into a funeral home. Red Barn LLC owns the parcel, and Farone and Sons is looking to purchase it.
same as the one outlined above — and raise funds for its goals. “Ophelia’s Place’s vision is our vision,” said café manager Dan Hamon. “We provide space in the café for community to build. We strive to provide a relationship with our local community through good coffee, healthy and delicious meals and desserts, local musicians and artists, and to provide a place to represent and share the people, products and produce that are grown locally. With every cup of coffee and biscotti, with every bowl of soup, you are supporting Ophelia’s Place and their vision, as well as supporting and nurturing the community and people around you.” Part of the way the café supports and nurtures its customers is by providing a full, healthy menu chock full of locally grown produce, grains and other foodstuffs.
After months of working through the numbers and tuning in for presentations, the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education adopted the final 2012-13 budget, which includes a tax levy increase of 4.23 percent, the maximum allowed under the new tax cap law. Superintendent Kim Dyce Faucette said that, even in the midst of making hard decisions, those involved in the process are first and foremost “here for our kids.” “We have succeeded in becoming more cost effective while preserving programs for our students,” Dyce said.
When she was just 17, Kim Head was at a high school dance with her boyfriend when the right side of her body suddenly shut down. She lost her ability to speak, and she developed a piercing pain behind her left eye. Though she was only a senior in high school, Head was experiencing a stroke. She was rushed to the hospital in Hamilton and then moved to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. Doctors found that her stroke was the result of arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a typically congenital abnormal connection between veins and artieries. After brain surgery and extensive therapy, Head was able to make a full recovery and graduate on time. In order to help stroke patients like Head, Upstate Medical University’s Upstate Stroke Center is holding its third annual Strikes Against Strokes bowling fundraiser on Sunday, May 6 at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool. The idea came from Head’s sister, Carrie Head Garcia, who now lives in Clay.
Before our recollection of that remarkably warm winter melts totally away, let’s reflect on our relative lack of snow. My friend, Craig Smith, runs a snow-plowing operation. As owner of Yardsmith Groundskeepers, 308 Burnet Ave., in Syracuse, he profited handsomely this winter even though his customers rarely needed their driveways cleared. “About 98 percent of my clients paid a fixed price for the winter,” Craig told me. “Nobody got upset about paying, though I’m still trying to collect from a few clients.” Craig compares his seasonal contracts to an insurance policy. “In a way, you know, our contracts are like insurance in that you pay for protection that you may not need,” he said.
Shear Perfection, the salon and spa Bonnie Marini built at the corner of Route 57 and John Glenn Boulevard in Liverpool, is helping several area stylists reach their own goals at the same time it fulfills a dream for the Fulton resident. Marini's dream of starting a private business to help people read, set in the same space for a few years, didn't bear fruit, but the North Syracuse school psychologist didn't give up; she just switched to a new dream.
Shooting coyotes in Salina is not the way to solve a problem. The Town of Salina is considering the very real possibility of allowing the local nuisance control person(s) to kill coyotes in the town by gun. This would be done on residential properties, jeopardizing homes and citizens. There is information available and offered by true experts on “coyote issues” refuting the information being given to the Town by local nuisance control people. There is the added cruelty element of killing any animal during breeding season, condemning its young to death by predation, starvation/dehydration and suffering. And who is to say that the alleged “problem coyote” will actually be the target?
Monday, April 16
C-NS boys hold off Liverpool; girls earn 100 points
A Cicero-North Syracuse track and field season that will culminate with hosting the June 8-9 state championship meet began with an event at a much smaller scale.
Friday, April 13
The North Syracuse village board passed a $4.6 million budget on Thursday, April 12 by a margin of four to one. The new budget, which covers the fiscal year running from June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013, calls for a 1.4 percent increase in property taxes for residents. The tax increase comes down to about $10 on a $75,000 house, according to Mayor Mark Atkinson.
Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that detectives have arrested a man for the robbery of a town of Cicero bank. Last night Onondaga County Sheriff’s detectives charged Timothy E. Okun, 25, of 104 Jefferson Street in Phoenix, with robbery in the second degree, criminal use of a firearm in the second degree and grand larceny in the third degree in connection with yesterday’s robbery of the Fulton Savings Bank on Bartel Road in Cicero just before 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 12
Northstars rally past Rome Free Academy
Three decades, and four state championships, into a historic tenure, Cicero-North Syracuse softball coach Kerry Bennett reached another milestone. When the Northstars defeated Rome Free Academy 9-3 on Thursday afternoon, it gave Bennett his 600th coaching victory.
Liverpool girls also prevail at Tully Spring Break meet
Liverpool’s track and field teams both stepped up during the April school break, on two different fronts. The Warriors gained an early edge in the CNY Counties League race by sweeping Wednesday’s pair of meets against West Genesee, prevailing 74-67 in the boys meet at LHS Stadium and 79-62 in the girls meet in Camillus.
Wednesday, April 11
New Masters champ proof that self-made golfers can win big
Sunday evening, the sun slowly setting behind tall Georgia pines, the tension unbearable…okay, enough poetry. Two men were still trying to win the Masters in a sudden-death playoff. One, Louis Oosthuizen, had just left his second shot on the 10th hole short of the green. A tough spot, yes, but still better than his opponent, whose tee shot was jailed deep right in the trees, his ball sitting on pine needles.
Tuesday, April 10
Attack sharpens in second half of 12-3 decision
Most of the Liverpool boys lacrosse team's most important contests in 2012, against the likes of West Genesee and Fayetteville-Manlius, take plate late in the regular season. There was an important exception, though. The Warriors met rival Cicero-North Syracuse Tuesday afternoon at Bragman Stadium and patiently waited until the second half to see its all-around game click in a 12-3 victory over the Northstars.
A Clay man is in critical condition after a serious accident in DeWitt overnight.
Akinpelu, Watkins both win races; Liverpool boys take second
Just before its CNY Counties League opener against West Genesee, the Liverpool track and field teams nearly swept the top spots at Monday's Tully Spring Break Invitational.
In a stuffy room full of sewing machines, about two dozen people spent a recent Saturday afternoon stuffing sleeves of fabric with polymer beads and sewing them shut. The project was an initiative of the Syracuse Marine Parents, and the sleeves would ultimately end up as what the group calls Neck Kool-Eze, neck coolers that would ultimately be sent as part of care packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Strips of fabric are sewn together, filled with polymer beads and sewn up, then shipped overseas. The coolers are soaked in water and the beads retain the water, keeping them wet for hours at a time. The idea is that the wet strips will help keep soldiers in desert climates like Afghanistan and Iraq cool on long, hot treks. They can be tied around the neck or placed under the helmet. Syracuse Marine Parents founder Sharlene Nemitz said the group has been making the coolers for at least five years.
In previous years, brush pickup in the Town of Cicero has not begun until the month of May. Due to the early arrival of spring weather, the town offices have received inquiries from several residents regarding the possibility of earlier brush pickup. I am happy to report that arrangements have been made to begin brush collection earlier than usual this year. All areas of town will have one brush pick up in the second half of April. A complete schedule appears at the end of this column and is also available on the town’s newly designed website, ciceronewyork.net.
No one looks forward to their tax bill, whether it is from the state, county or town government. However, having a concise, comprehensible bill would help alleviate some of the frustration of trying to understand where your tax dollars are being spent.
For nearly two decades, the spectacular lakeside home located at 101 Birch Street has stood vacant. Over the years, thousands of runners and walkers, bikers and bladders have admired the striking beauty of the three-story house overlooking Onondaga Lake Park. Built by longtime Liverpool businessman and landlord Valmont Lamont, the multi-leveled 4,822-square-foot dwelling was originally intended to stay in the family.
Monday, April 9
Salina considers loosening firearms regulations to allow trapper to hunt coyotes on Scottsdale Circle
Laurie Turton lost a cat to a coyote attack in February. Now, she and her neighbors are asking the town of Salina for help so that her children and others in the Scottsdale Farms tract will be safe from future attacks. Neighbors in the subdivision have approached the town board to request that the town relax its regulations pertaining to the use of firearms so that they may hire a wildlife control agent to dispose of coyotes seen in their neighborhood. A public hearing was held on the matter at the board’s regular meeting Monday, April 9.
Liverpool roars to early wins over ESM, Essex
More than two decades since it last had claimed a Section III Class A title, the Liverpool boys lacrosse team came within inches of seeing that drought it ended. The fact that it didn’t happen – West Genesee beating the Warriors in a 6-5 overtime battle in the sectional final – has given the Warriors all the motivation it needs for the 2012 season.
Boys Northstars shut out South Jefferson; Liverpool next
Off its season-opening defeat to Marcellus on March 30, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls made a nice recovery in last Monday’s game against Carthage, slipping past the Comets 12-8.
Poor start hurts Warriors in playoff rematch
Ten months ago, Liverpool’s girls lacrosse team engaged Baldwinsville in a two-day, two-overtime Section III Class A semifinal classic, but got beat one win short of reaching the championship round. When they met again last Wednesday night on the LHS Stadium turf, the Warriors had plenty of production in the game’s middle stages, but paid for a poor start and finish in a 17-11 loss to the Bees.
Saturday, April 7
Cummings pitches five strong innings in 5-1 decision
Bright sunshine and cold temperatures greeted the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team Saturday as it began its quest to wrest the Section III Class AA crown away from its Liverpool neighbors. The Northstars passed the first small test, relying on strong pitching and one big rally at the plate to beat Christian Brothers Academy 5-1 at Gillette Field.
Friday, April 6
In our April 4 story, "Cicero settles another excessive force lawsuit," we incorrectly stated that both Ray Smeader and Josh Loughnot were placed under arrest. In fact, Loughnot was never arrested.
Thursday, April 5
O'Hara goes deep twice in 13-6 win over Warriors
On her first swing in her first at-bat during her first game of the season, Cicero-North Syracuse softball star Sydney O'Hara hit a home run. In her second at-bat, O'Hara went deep again - and those pair of round-trippers set the Northstars on its way to a 13-6 victory over archrival Liverpool Thursday afternoon.
Wednesday, April 4
In its first action of the evening at its April 2 meeting, the North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education meeting accepted a contract from the teachers’ union that held the district’s teachers to a wage freeze for the next three years. The board approved the contract unanimously after a brief executive session at Monday’s meeting Board President V. Pat Carbone praised the union for recognizing the district’s financial situation. “You came to the plate not just this year, but over next three years,” he said. “I think that’s wonderful.” The contract runs through June 30, 2015.
Professional baseball opens its season this week and you know what they say at the ballpark: “You can’t tell the players without a scorecard!” In that spirit, let’s take a glance at the roster of our home team on the Liverpool Central School District Board of Education. They pitched the proposed $129 million budget for 2012-13, a plan that expected to be approved at its April 2 meeting. And don’t forget that the lion’s share of those many millions go to school employees, primarily teachers.
After facing its third straight year of severe budget deficits, the Liverpool Central School District's board of education approved the proposed budget for the 2012-2013 school year on April 2. The proposed $129 million budget will increase school taxes by 3.2 percent, cut 49 jobs within the district and terminate the FOCUS program that caters to at-risk students.
Tuesday, April 3
Tumultuous offseason over, MLB steps into 2012 campaign
Big names like Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder switching teams. A PED suspension offered, and then overturned, on reigning National League MVP Ryan Braun. A (quietly attained) collective bargaining agreement and labor peace. The Marlins now have the Miami moniker and a real ballpark to play in.
Monday, April 2
Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that an assistant district attorney involved in a one-car crash has been charged with driving while intoxicated.
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and the Central New York SPCA announced their “Captains Against Cruelty” campaign against animal cruelty Monday at the SPCA headquarters in Syracuse.
Warriors are 2-0 heading into early showdown with B'ville
With a veteran lineup and a bitter memory of how last season ended, the Liverpool girls lacrosse team put together an impressive opening effort. Back in May 2011, the Warriors were on the brink of reaching the Section III Class A final, to be played on the home turf of LHS Stadium, only to squander an 8-4 lead and fall to Baldwinsville in a 12-10 overtime game that stretched out over two days and two different venues due to weather issues.