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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.

Justice center to offer help to inmates with pets

Inmates at the Onondaga County Justice Center can now be assured that any pets they leave behind while incarcerated will be taken care of.

On the campaign trail: Mahoney endorses Katko

Republican Congressional candidate John Katko has received the backing of Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

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Warriors go to 7-0, will meet C-NS in secitonals

Liverpool beats West Genny; Northstars edged by B'ville

Having just finished off its first undefeated regular season in 16 years, the Liverpool football team finds that it still has to hold on to neighborhood bragging rights against Cicero-North Syracuse if it wants to go anywhere in the Section III Class AA playoffs.

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“Bark for Life” takes a bite out of cancer

You may have heard of Relay for Life — the day-long walk to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society — but have you heard of Bark for Life? This Halloween-themed, four-legged counterpart to the popular annual ACS fundraiser takes place Oct. 25 at Johnson Park in Liverpool. It’s a chance for dog lovers to show off their canines’ costumes and raise money for cancer research.

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Born too soon: One in nine babies is born premature

Cooper Smith came into the world screaming. “He screamed like no baby I’d ever heard before,” said mom Nikki Smith of Baldwinsville. It might not sound like much — many babies are born testing out their little lungs — but for Cooper, it was a big deal. After all, Nikki and husband Eric weren’t sure if Cooper would even survive long enough to be born. “The doctor turned to me — he had this really dry sense of humor,” Eric said, “and said, ‘I think he’s going to make it.’”

Nichols now flies with Eagle Newspapers

As summer’s heat lingered through August, Nichols Supermarket installed five dozen six-foot-high swinging-door beverage coolers. The new glass doors not only look spiffy, they allow you to get a good look at the groceries before you open the door and grab ’em. As a bonus for store owner Mike Hennigan, the coolers actually save energy! And here’s some more news about Nichols. Around the same time the swinging doors swung open, the supermarket started printing its weekly flyer at Eagle Newspapers, the same company that publishes the Star-Review.

BCSD tops in county in administrative efficiency

The Baldwinsville Central School District has been named one of the most efficient in the state for administrative efficiency, according to a Western New York publication. Business First, a Buffalo-based magazine, annually examines data from the New York State Department of Education for 432 Upstate school districts, looking at district spending, staffing levels and debt service to rank districts according to administrative efficiency. Baldwinsville ranked No. 11 statewide, making it the top school in Onondaga County. It beat out 97.7 percent of schools in the state, earning a five-star rating for being in the top 10 percent. Liverpool (No. 25) and North Syracuse (No. 22) also ranked in the top 44 districts statewide, earning five-star ratings, as well.

SAS to hold annual walk this weekend

For three years, Stand Against Suicide has been working to end the stigma associated with mental illness. In order to help further that mission, the Elbridge-based nonprofit holds a walk every year at the Syracuse Inner Harbor. This year’s event will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18; registration begins at 10 a.m. The event also includes music, raffles, face painting and other

Cicero hears residents’ comments on budget

The Cicero Town Board held a public hearing for the preliminary 2015 budget Oct. 8. Consultant Jim Rowley presented the budget in detail and members of the public offered their comments on the proposed budget. “While no one’s excited to raise taxes, the town is working hard to provide services without breaking the bank and creating strain,” Rowley said.

Cicero mourns retired police officer

Clay resident Wayne Galutz, who retired from the Cicero Police Department last November, passed away Oct. 7 at age 47 after a battle with cancer. A former Army paratrooper, Galutz had spent 19 years as a Cicero police officer.

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Warriors go to 6-0; Northstars clinch playoff spot

Liverpool assured of AA-1 division top seed

There's a real chance that the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse football teams could meet up in the opening round of the Section III Class AA playoffs. For now, though, both teams are quite content with what they've accomplished, whether it's the Warriors assured of the top seed from the AA-1 division or the Northstars just making it back to the post-season after a prolonged absence.

C-NS girls soccer holds off B'ville, 3-2

Back-and-forth battle could provide playoff preview

Can a game with a 3-2 score be considered a win for both sides? Perhaps so, in the case of Thursday night's girls soccer battle between Cicero-North Syracuse and Baldwinsville, for though the Northstars prevailed by that 3-2 margin, the Bees could leave Archie Hall Stadium convinced that, if they met again in the Section III Class AA playoffs, the result could prove different.

C-NS, Liverpool boys soccer sides sweep

Northstars top Nottingham, Henninger; Warriors earn playoff spot

Going into the final week of the regular season, there was little doubt that the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team was primed for a championship push – and Liverpool wanted those same good feelings, too, before it got too late.

Recalling Syracuse’s Stratocaster master

When Dan Elliott reminisces about Syracuse’s History of Rock’n’Roll at Liverpool Library this week, I hope he’ll tell the story of guitarist Ron Lauback, who influenced the formation of rock bands like Elliott’s own Monterays. Ron was born on Sept. 11, 1942 in Syracuse, to George and Helen Lauback. His mom, Helen, taught music teacher in the 1940s in the East Syracuse school district, and so young Ron was exposed to jazz, classical and pop music as a child. Ron’s first musical instrument was a ukulele.

C-NS, Liverpool golfers advance from AA sectionals

Boys Northstars finish third to F-M, Auburn in team tournament

For a few brief moments, members of the Cicero-North Syracuse Blue boys golf team carried the notion that it could go all the way to the top and earn the Section III Class AA championship. But while that dream fell just short, the Northstars, along with the Liverpool Warriors, saw several standout performances in Wednesday's sectional tournament at the Links at Sunset Ridge.

LETTER: Manufacturing day recognizes manufacturing’s role in economy

To the editor: Each year, on Oct. 3, we observe “Manufacturing Day,” recognizing the crucial role manufacturers play in our economy and providing an opportunity to highlight what’s being done to strengthen this vital industry.

LETTER: Towns cannot accept partial payments on school taxes

To the editor: Please be advised that we cannot under New York state law accept a partial payment at the present time, since your first partial must be made in the penalty-free time, which ended Oct. 3.

OCHD seeks public input

I need your help. A major focus of mine in the legislature is health care and, as vice-chair of the Health Committee, I invite your input on our health future. The Onondaga County Health Department (OCHD) is seeking your feedback on two documents: the 2014-18 Strategic Plan and the 2014-17 Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan. The documents and surveys are available at ongov.net/health/publicfeedback.html

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