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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Heroic bouncer Lawrence Gabriel is an aspiring boxer

Lawrence Gabriel, the hero of McAvan’s shooting incident, has plenty of friends here in Liverpool. They were singin’ his praises down at The Cobblestone the day after he helped remove a man firing a handgun at McAvan’s Pub, 1217 W. Fayette St., in Syracuse, in the early morning hours of Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.

NOPL news: NOPL eliminates overdue fines for children and teens

The board of trustees of the Northern Onondaga Public Library, with branches in Brewerton, Cicero and North Syracuse, is proud to announce a new policy that will eliminate overdue fines on materials for children and teens.

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GRM performs ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’

Gillette Road Middle School will perform “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” March 12 through 14. This stage musical is based on the 1968 movie of the same name starring the beloved actor, Dick Van Dyke.

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B’ville vocal teacher rooting for ‘Voice’ contestant

Central New York is waiting for one of its own to hear from Hollywood. Josh Batstone, an 18-year-old aspiring musical theater performer from Fulton, will appear this week on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice.”

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L’pool native participates in Global Game Jam

Creating video games seems like an unexpected pastime for a music education major, but it’s what James Smith has enjoyed doing in his three years at Ithaca College. Last month, Smith, a junior who hails from Liverpool, joined the IC Game Developers Club in the 2015 Global Game Jam, a 48-hour video game creation event that drew 28,837 creative minds from 78 countries.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: New trapper in town, minus the fee

When all this snow starts to melt next month, the familiar odor of skunks will befoul our neighborhoods, and woodchucks will begin burrowing under porches and sheds. But take heart -- there’s a new trapper in town.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: L’pool jazzman organizes regional talent search

Opportunity comes knocking for singers, songwriters, composers and instrumentalists to polish their talents with a new, free music program. The Onondaga County Public Library MasterClass offers a workshop and a session for anyone 12 years old and older interested in getting feedback from local music professionals and performing at a finale concert.

CNY Reads’ selection commemorates WWI

For 14 years, book clubs all over Central New York have gathered to discuss a single book as part of the CNY Reads One Book initiative. This year, CNY Reads’ selection is British author Elizabeth Speller’s “The First of July,” which follows four young men through World War I.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: The Beatles will always be the best

Paul Davie grew up in the Southern Tier town of Sidney, but now that he’s grown up he lives in Liverpool. A longtime rock and roll musician who plays guitar, bass and harmonica, Davie settled here in 2006 because he’s obsessed with the Beatles, the British pop combo that hailed from Liverpool, England.

NOPL News: Give green to grow greens

NOPL @ Cicero is looking for support to improve the accessibility and irrigation of the LibraryFarm. Adrienne Canino, NOPL @ Cicero’s coordinator for the LibraryFarm, started an online Growing Drive Jan. 19 to help fund and promote the cause throughout our community.

NOPL news: Forgiveness, fun and frugality

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, NOPL is excited to announce the return of our popular “Food for Fines” program.

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Sport of the arts

Cicero-North Syracuse’s Northstars Winterguard is the longest-running program of its kind in New York state. Earlier this month, the program celebrated 50 seasons at the Cicero-North Syracuse Varsity Home Show with a performance from the current guard and an alumni performance.

Nancy harmonizes with Hammond B-3

Thirty years ago, Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Famer Nancy Kelly honed her vocals accompanied by a variety of Hammond organists at Jewel’s, a salt-and-mostly-pepper nightclub on Philadelphia’s Broad Street. When she returned to CNY, she worked more often with pianists. One of them was Dino Losito.

Ralph Lalama, Nancy Kelly headline January Jazzfest

The CNY Jazz Arts Foundation is warming away the midwinter blues with some jazz. January Jazzfest is filling four levels of Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville with a sampler of jazz artists Sunday, Jan. 25, including vocalist Nancy Kelly, saxophonist Ralph Lalama and trombonist Melissa Gardiner.

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Girl Scouts gear up for sales pitches, service projects

Between earning awards and serving their communities, area Girl Scouts had a busy 2014. This year will be just as busy as the girls set their goals for the annual cookie sale — which is available online for the first time ever — and continue pursuing service projects within their communities.