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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.

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Chilling tales from local history

In the spirit of the Halloween season, The Star-Review has unearthed some creepy chronicles from the area’s bygone days. Some are well-known ghost stories — we’ll let you draw your own conclusions — but others really did take place in the area. Read on for some history about your favorite haunts:

Get your flu vaccine

Have you had your flu vaccination yet? You’re going to get one, right? We’re enjoying unseasonably warm weather, the fall colors are beautiful and the flu is far from our minds, but the truth is, the flu season is here; now is the time to act. Those beautiful fall colors are our first reminder to protect ourselves from the flu, and the flu vaccine is the best way to get that protection. Public health officials recommend the flu vaccine for everyone over the age of six months. I realize that many people equate the flu with the common cold, but that’s not true. The flu is serious; it can put you in the hospital and is a killer. Every year thousands die from the flu.

LPD officers commended

Three Liverpool police officers who subdued a man who had threatened to kill a policeman in the village were honored with commendations at the Oct. 20 meeting of the Village Board of Trustees.

New Zogg owner devoted to democracy in Thailand

We haven’t even met him yet, but we already know that the new owner of Liverpool’s historic Zogg Building is one of Thailand’s most outspoken proponents of democracy in his troubled country of 66 million people This past August, Liverpool Community Church, which has owned the former A.V. Zogg Building for 11 years, sold it for $1.1 million to Dr. Pramote Nakornthab, a retired professor of political science from Cornell University.

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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.

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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Pagan Pride Day celebrates harvest Sept. 20

Central New York Pagan Pride Day returns to Long Branch Park for its 15th year Sept. 20. The festival, hosted by the Church of the Greenwood, celebrates the harvest holiday of Mabon, which coincides with the autumnal equinox.

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Second annual Hallowrun for Hunger to take place Oct. 5

Don’t let the zombies fool you; the organizers of the Hallowrun for Hunger don’t want to eat your brains. But they do want to feed people. The 5K run, now in its second year, aims to raise money for the Food Bank of Central New York. Founder Liz Westfall hopes to raise enough this year to fund 20,000 meals.

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NPE principal, superintendent take the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

Two Liverpool school administrators braved the chilly weather for a good cause at Nate Perry Elementary School’s annual back-to-school picnic Sept. 11. NPE Principal Dana Ziegler and Liverpool Superintendent Mark Potter accepted the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to support the ALS Association and the NPE food pantry.

Brass Inc. brings horn-driven rock to Carnegie Café

Trumpeter Brian Burke blows hot and sings cool. Burke and his band, Brass Inc., will bring its energetic funk-rock  to the Carnegie Café at the Maplewood Inn, 400 Seventh North St., starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12.

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Sixth annual Teal Ribbon Run to benefit Hope for Heather

For the sixth year, some 800 teal-clad runners and walkers will take to the streets to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. The Teal Ribbon Run/Walk benefits Hope for Heather, a Liverpool-based organization dedicated to helping women with ovarian cancer and raising awareness about the devastating disease. The nonprofit was started by Frieda Weeks to honor the memory of her daughter, Heather. In November of 2008, Heather lost her battle with an aggressive form of colon cancer. But before her passing, she worked for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, making it her mission to eradicate the disease. After her death, her mother started Hope for Heather to carry on that mission.

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.