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ATMs for Good benefit local nonprofits

Many people balk at the idea of paying a hefty surcharge at the ATM. But what if a portion of that surcharge went to a good cause? That’s the idea behind ATMs for Good, a project of Syracuse ATM. Kathryn Bolster, who owns Syracuse ATM, said she thought of the program as a way to bring more meaning to her work.

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Marina access?

A proposal to install a card-activated lift gate at Onondaga Lake Park was revisited at the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees’ June 15 meeting.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Carole left SU’s ivory tower to manage L’pool’s cool café

Baking inspires Carole Brzozowski. After three decades working at Syracuse University, Brzozowski left the ivory tower of academe last year and returned to her bakehouse roots here in the village. Now in her late-50s, Brzozowski’s enjoying her new job as manager of the Café at 407 at Ophelia’s Place, 407 Tulip St.

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Boards in brief: Cicero redefines ‘restaurant’ in town code

The Cicero Town Board changed the definition of a restaurant in the town code to include establishments that allow both indoor and outdoor consumption. The board voted unanimously at its June 24 meeting — Supervisor Jessica Zambrano and Councilor Mike Becallo were absent from the meeting.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: You know it’s summer when they’re rockin’ at The Retreat

The popular dinning and drinking establishment on the corner of Vine and First streets hosts Prime Time with soulful singer Paul Valentino, who lives in Liverpool, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, and again on July 7.

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Macker on the move

Annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament to relocate to C-NS

After five years at Drivers Village, the annual Cicero Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will move to Cicero-North Syracuse High School this summer.

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LETTER: Don’t allow asphalt plant in Cicero

To the editor: Thank you for the opportunity to express my opposition to the proposed construction of an asphalt plant on Northern Boulevard, in the town of Cicero.

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REMEMBERING CLAY: Influence of brewing on early America and Clay, part III

The community life of New York was further enhanced when Albany was given its own charter in 1688 by New York Gov. Thomas Dongan. Now a city, it was completely separate from the Patroon. It created a council of aldermen who controlled trade, including trade with the natives, as well as the sale of beer and operation of taverns. Those citizens associated with brewing families were given influential positions in the new government. The Dutch were allowed to keep their autonomy and thrived well into the last half of the 1770s.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: ‘Refined’ tattoos offered at village’s Artisan Chair

Turns out the Artisan Chair is a tattoo studio, but one that promises “refined ink and distinguished art.” No, this isn’t your granddaddy’s tattoo parlor. You won’t generally see clipper ship images, tigers, anchors and daggers at the Artisan Chair. You’re more likely to choose an abstract colorscape or a tree of life complete or a lovely portrait of your favorite movie star, athlete or pop artist.

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Village of Liverpool updates noise ordinance

At its May 18 meeting, the Liverpool village board of trustees concluded a public hearing about proposed Local Law B to amend the village noise ordinance Under Section 258-6 of the village code.

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Cicero residents hit pause on stop signs

While Cicero Police Chief Joseph Snell recommended that the town install a stop sign on the northwest corner of Matilda Gage and Asa Eastwood, neighborhood residents said at a June 10 public hearing that they wanted to see more enforcement of speed limits rather than more signage.

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Cicero Community Festival returns for 23rd year

It simply isn’t summertime without the Cicero Community Festival. Regardless of what the weather is doing, the Greater Cicero Chamber of Commerce and Drivers Village are hosting the annual celebration of local businesses Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13, behind Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Route 11. This year’s theme is “Let the Good Times Roll.”

Riccelli application ‘incomplete’

Cicero town code doesn’t allow for asphalt plant

Riccelli Enterprises has encountered another hurdle in its efforts to build two concrete plants on Northern Boulevard. The Cicero Planning Board voted Monday that Riccelli’s application was “incomplete” because the town code does not allow for facilities that manufacture asphalt.

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Yellow Brick Road Casino officially opens in Chittenango

More than 1,000 people stood in line, in groups, in the parking lot of the new Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango Tuesday waiting for the area’s newest tourist attraction to officially open its doors. Some people started lining up at 11 p.m. Monday night in order to be the first ones inside the casino.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Heid’s food trailer due at Jazz Fest; new tram due at OLP

Heid’s of Liverpool, our world-famous hot dog stand, now operates a handy-dandy new mobile food trailer that peddles franks and snappys at area festivals.

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