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NOPL news: Cicero Farmers Market to host Field Days

The Cicero Farmers Market, which is held on the grounds of NOPL @ Cicero, will be hosting Field Days on Aug. 18 and Sept. 1 and 8.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Family biz thrives at Buckley and Seventh North

What happens when a brainiac from New York’s North Country meets a beautiful gal from Taiwan? They fall in love, get married in his humble hometown of Adams and eventually start a business just outside Liverpool on the edge of Galeville.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Every child deserves a quality education

When it comes to our kids’ education, I think we can all agree that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. That’s why early special education programs — like the one offered at the Main Street School in North Syracuse — are so important.

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NOPL news: NOPL launches a redesigned website

NOPL released an updated website design for nopl.org in mid-June to improve the way information is organized on the site, make navigation easier, increase the functionality and enhance the overall user experience.

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Historic North Syracuse: Do you know anything about this picture?

Pictured here, a North Syracuse Volunteer Fire Department Buffalo pumper on Church Street answers a call. Do you know anything about this photo? Can you provide an exact date? If you can, email the editor at editor@eaglestarreview.com.

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NOPL news: Toxin-free living: Where to start

Central New York natives Kat and Dr. Tiffany Bloomingdale will share some of their knowledge and tips when they present the class “Toxin Free Living and Thriving with Kat and Tiffany” at NOPL @ Cicero. There are two sessions available: from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, or the same time Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Join the effort to revitalize Central New York

The hunt is on for the biggest and brightest ideas to revitalize Central New York’s economy. The deadline for the public to submit ideas that could help our region secure vital economic development funding is fast approaching, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to get involved in the future of our community.

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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Playground in store for Skyway Park; other improvements coming

A federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) has been awarded to the town of Cicero for installation of a playground at Skyway Park on East Taft Road. The county legislature voted unanimously to accept $50,000 and allocate it to the town of Cicero at our recent legislative session. I was pleased to cosponsor this item.

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From the state senate: Legislation to ensure equal access, participation in New York

As we mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about two important bills that would help to empower individuals with certain disabilities. Both of these bills that I sponsored passed the state senate and state assembly during the 2015 legislative session and await the governor’s consideration. I hope you will join me in urging Gov. Cuomo to sign these bills into state law.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Katko applauds Navy for choosing Lockheed Martin

Last week, U.S. Rep. John Katko, the freshman Republican congressman representing our 24th District, applauded the announcement that the U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin $153,947,182 for Block 2 of the Navy’s Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP).

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Historic North Syracuse: Meet Hubert C. Fay

Born in 1875, my granddad Hubert Carpenter Fay transitioned easily from the horse and buggy days into the age of the automobile.

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NOPL news: Enjoy hands-free reading throughout the busy summer

Get your hands on a hands-free read by picking up an audiobook at NOPL. For many people, the summer months are packed with activities: family vacations, get-togethers, holiday celebrations, summer camps and other events. With so much going on, we often leave little downtime for ourselves to enjoy reading. But some people have found a “secret” way to squeeze in that summer read — it’s in the form of an audiobook.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Donate blood at the ninth annual Lifesavers Blood Drive

I hope you’ll consider joining me in helping to save lives this summer at the ninth annual Lifesavers Blood Drive. The event will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, at Driver’s Village at 5885 E. Circle Drive in Cicero.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Historic village photos now among Images of America

For 11 long months, from February to December 2014, Dorianne Elitharp Gutierrez and Joyce M. Mills examined thousands of historic photographs of the Liverpool area and chose well to fill the 128-page paperback “Around Liverpool,” issued June 22 by Arcadia Publishing as part of its well-known series, “Images of America.”

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New York State Senate kicks off summer reading program

Summer reading is a great way to keep children academically sharp for the new school year. It can also be a fun and rewarding activity. That is why I am once again sponsoring the New York State Senate Summer Reading Program to encourage summer learning. The New York State Senate, in partnership with the New York State Library, offers this convenient online program, so families may enjoy the rewards of reading together.