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Tobacco-addiction therapist abandons plan for 101½  Birch St.

After being confronted by more than three dozen neighbors at an Aug. 25 public hearing on her application for a special permit to operate a home-based business, Wellness on the Lake, at 101 ½ Birch St., tobacco treatment specialist Janet Marie Urban withdrew her application, according to Liverpool’s deputy village clerk, Sandra Callahan.

New Liverpool library director hired

On Sept. 3 after conducting a nationwide search and interviewing three candidates, the Liverpool Public Library Board of Trustees chose the library’s new executive director. He’s Syracuse native Daniel Golden, who recently served as assistant director at the Onondaga Free Library on West Seneca Turnpike, south of downtown Syracuse. “We have extended an offer to an individual for the director’s position,” LPL Board President Tim Dodge wrote in an email last week. Dodge declined to identify the successful candidate, but reliable sources said that Golden will accept the appointment.

C-NS cross country sweeps Central Square Invitational

Series of high finishes allow Northstars to get top spot

Each of Cicero-North Syracuse’s cross country teams was ready for the 2014 season to get underway, and proved it by making the short trek to Central Square and winning the Red Hawks’ season-opening invitational meet.

Field hockey Northstars, Warriors get underway

Both sides take one-goal defeats to Baldwinsville

A season ago, the Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team was convinced that a seven-year championship drought was about to end, only to see that frustration continue at the expense of Fayetteville-Manlius in the Section III Class A final.

Boys soccer Northstars face early struggles

C-NS loses twice, ends skid with win over McQuaid

Graduations hit the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team hard, and with a much younger roster, the 2014 season might prove a long learning experience.

Girls soccer Northstars splits pair of early tests

Defending AA champs inconsistent; Liverpool blanks F-M

Changes, both small and large, surround a Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer team that went all the way to the state Class AA final four in 2013.

C-NS, Liverpool tennis sides have busy week

Northstars hold off Central Square; Warriors gain wins

It didn’t take long for fickle weather to interrupt the fall sports season – or specifically, the girls tennis showdown between Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool.

Golembieski delivers in Northstars' win over F-M

C-NS back lights up Carrier Dome for six touchdowns

Joe Sindoni was not in the Carrier Dome Saturday night to see his Cicero-North Syracuse football team battle Fayetteville-Manlius in the Carrier Dome, but that did not have any effect on the outcome. Nick Golembieski was in the building, though, and that certainly affected the outcome - and quite positively for the Northstars.

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Liverpool football edges Corcoran, 7-6

Crenshaw second-quarter touchdown holds up for Warriors

Style was, for the most part, lacking from the Liverpool football team’s 2014 season debut – but the substance more than made up for that deficiency.

Liverpool, C-NS swimmers pick up early wins

Warriors rout Mexico; Northstars turn back CBA

Just one day after it was announced that Liverpool’s boys swimming teams from 1966 to 1983 would get honored with induction into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame, their modern female counterparts set out on their own historic quest.

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Family offers reward for information leading to whereabouts of missing Clay man

Since May 23, no one has seen or heard from Edward Weslowski. Now, in hopes of bringing the Clay man home, his family is offering a reward for information leading to his whereabouts.

We’re still learning hard lessons from 9/11

Sometimes it takes a while before it all sinks in. Now, on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, maybe we can finally reflect upon the horror and try to learn something from the tragedy. At Nichol’s deli counter a couple weeks ago I bumped into Donna Marsh O’Connor – the former Liverpool Central School District Board of Education member. We chatted about her work, teaching writing and rhetoric at Syracuse University, and about her husband’s book-in-progress.

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CNY Cyclones rip through softball tournament

The CNY Cyclones were champions in the 2014 Auburn Extreme 12U fast-pitch softball tournament over the July 25-27 weekend.

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Bridgeport Food Pantry to hold sixth annual duck race

Every year in early September, Chittenango Creek in Bridgeport gets clogged with brightly colored ducks. It’s not some new kind of invasive species; this particular invasion is temporary. These ducks, made of colored plastic, are part of the Bridgeport Food Pantry’s annual “Don’t Duck Hunger” duck race, which raises money to support the pantry’s mission. The event typically raises about $25,000.

Liverpool swim teams earn Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame honor

Warriors won 113 straight meets, 15 straight sectional titles

Jim Funicello was already a member of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame. Now, the Liverpool boys swim team he coached to unprecedented heights in parts of three decades gets to join him in that pantheon.

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Humane Society of the U.S. to host New York symposium in Syracuse

Cat rescuers, animal advocates and veterinarians, along with other animal lovers, will gather on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Genesee Grand Hotel in Syracuse to discuss issues surrounding cats as part of the Humane Society of the United States’ symposium, “Rethiniking the Cat.” The free, day-long event, co-sponsored by PetSmart Charities, will provide training in two tracks: “adoptable” cats (i.e., shelter cats and rescues) and “community” cats (the feral cat population).

Three dozen residents attend public hearing on therapist’s plan for Birch St. home

It’s a gorgeous three-level, 14-room home at the base of Birch Street facing Onondaga Lake Park. Since it was constructed by Liverpool businessman Val Lamont two decades ago, the house has remained vacant. Lamont initially planned to move his family into the mini-mansion at 101½ Birch St., but when his late wife, Victoria, decided against it, he put it on the market for more than $500,000. Known by many as “the Christmas Tree house” because a holiday fir stands year-round in one of the home’s many expansive windows, the property attracted interest but no serious offers. Now a potential buyer, Janet Marie Urban of Nedrow, says she’ll purchase the house if she can secure a special permit from the village to allow her to operate a home-based business there. A tobacco treatment specialist, Urban’s permit application is presently under review by the Village Planning Board.

Village police get grants

At the Aug. 18 meeting of the Village of Liverpool Board of Trustees, Police Chief Don Morris updated the board about recent grants and donations he has secured, totaling more than $17,500. Grants received from the State Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program have equipped each LPD vehicle with digital cameras, binoculars and flashlights. The funds also paid for the installation of a license plate reader on the department’s new patrol car and for enhancement of security at the Village Hall, at 310 Sycamore St., where police headquarters is located.

On the campaign trail: Katko responds to allegations: ‘I was the victim of a crime’

Republican Congressional candidate John Katko is fighting back against accusations of wrongdoing relating to a gun crime that took place in April of 2000. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Katko purchased a personal firearm to protect the safety of his family in late 1999. On April 3, 2000, Katko and his wife attended an event at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on the city’s west side. He left the gun, loaded, out of view in his car. While Katko was inside the church, someone broke into his car and stole a duffel bag, which contained the gun.

C-NS football roams toward relevance again

String of road games awaits hungry Northstars

Step one of the quest to revive the Cicero-North Syracuse football program involved making the team more competitive has been taken . Now, in 2014, it wants a lot more.

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