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Café at 407 celebrates five years serving community

Local eatery Café at 407 unveiled its new menu and welcomed coffee-drinkers and crafters alike at its fifth anniversary celebration on Dec. 5. Community members gathered for $0.05 coffee and a “handmade market” of several Central New York artisans who shared their locally made wares.

Dream Factory to host Small Business Saturday event at The Red Mill Inn

Partnerships are vital in today’s economy. But what really speaks volumes about the overall generosity of a community is when small businesses work together to help advance the goals of a local nonprofit.

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Green Planet Grocery finds its groove in Cicero

When her husband, Joe, was diagnosed with food allergies, Annette Scripa found grocery shopping a lot harder than it used to be. It was difficult for her to find food that not only kept her family healthy but tasted good, too. Enter Green Planet Grocery, a small but growing local chain of organic grocery stores. Brent Lewis opened Green Planet’s flagship store in Oswego in 2004. Six years later, a Fairmount location followed. And now, as of Oct. 18, Cicero is home to a Green Planet as well, thanks to Lewis and the Scripas.

Roth renews lease at Salina Industrial Powerpark

Roth Global Plastics, a leading manufacturer of residential septic and rainwater tanks, is extending its lease at the Salina Industrial Powerpark until 2024. This is Roth’s second lease extension since moving into the park in 2003. The Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response (RACER) Trust held an open house at the Powerpark Oct. 30 to announce Roth’s lease renewal and showcase available office space to local businesses.

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.

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C-NS girls break bread with local entrepreneur

When Linda Dwyer looked at her business classes at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, she thought something was off-kilter. “I noticed that most of my classes were male-dominated,” Dwyer said. In fact, one of her class sections doesn’t have a single female student. In an effort to jumpstart C-NS girls’ interest in business, Dwyer applied for and won the “E-Girls: Empowering Girls through Entrepreneurship” grant from the North Syracuse Education Foundation. She received about $1,400 to give 40 girls a taste of entrepreneurship.

Zogg Building sold

One of Liverpool’s most historic buildings, the A.V. Zogg Building at 800 Fourth St., has been sold by its current owner, the Liverpool Community Church. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, Joe Frega, chairman of the church’s Exit Committee, informed village officials that the new owner was in no rush to make changes to the former high school building.

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.

North Syracuse Village Center streetscaping specs approved

At their Aug. 14 meeting, North Syracuse village trustees approved specifications for the Village Center’s Streetscape Improvements project funded by $850,000 from Onondaga County’s Save the Rain Program. The trustees also extended the deadline for bids from contractors to Sept. 3.

EPA proposes PCB cleanup plan for Lower Ley Creek portion of Onondaga Lake Superfund Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to clean up contaminated soil and sediment at the Lower Ley Creek area of the Onondaga Lake Superfund Site located in the town of Salina. Discharges from nearby industries and a landfill have contaminated the soil and sediment with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other hazardous substances. PCBs are potentially cancer-causing chemicals that can build up in the tissue of fish and other wildlife and pose a threat to people who eat them. The EPA proposal calls for a combination of excavation, capping and disposal of contaminated soil and sediment.

Upside-down flag at American Diner signals distress

According to the United States Flag Code approved by Congress in July 1976, “The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.” Well, there’s nothing dangerous about eating home fries and hash browns at the American Diner, 214 Oswego St., so why is its Stars and Stripes hanging upside down?

Trustee hopes streetscaping starts soon at North Syracuse Village Center

North Syracuse Village Trustee Gary Butterfield is anxious to get the Village Center’s streetscaping project underway. Earlier this year, the village received approximately $850,000 from Onondaga County’s Save the Rain Program to pay for the Village Center Streetscape Improvements. At their July 10 meeting, village trustees declined to approve specifications for the work which will focus on a half-mile stretch on Main Street from Fergerson Avenue north to Gertrude Street.

Cicero looks to revise sign code

In order to make their town more business-friendly, members of the Cicero Town Board are looking to revise the town code pertaining to signs.

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Phase I of Brewerton Revitalization Project unveiled

After eight years of waiting, the residents of Brewerton are finally seeing progress on the revitalization of the hamlet. Town and state officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 2 to commemorate the completion of Phase I of the Brewerton Revitalization Project, which includes picnic tables, new streetlights, a 400-foot brick walkway and benches along the riverfront. The improvements cost a total of $102,400, which was made possible through matching grants to the town of Cicero, in-kind services from local businesses and town departments and donations from Brewerton residents.

Change is the name of the game in banking

This month, Seneca Federal Savings and Loan Association, celebrating 85 years of service locally, will change its name to Seneca Savings. The old hometown bank has locations at 105 Second St. in Liverpool, 201 N. Main St. in North Syracuse and another one in Baldwinsville.

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