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EDITORIAL: Easing into the back-to-school routine

Getting back into the swing of the school year can be quite an adjustment for parents and children alike. Luckily, we have a few tips on how to ease your family into the back-to-school routine.

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EDITORIAL: LBE needs your help with playground build

Are you good with your hands? Looking for something to do Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug 29? Do you like free food? Then come on down to Long Branch Elementary next weekend to help build their new playground!

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EDITORIAL: Keep concussions at bay with sports safety tips

As summer draws to a close, local Pop Warner leagues are gearing up for their seasons. Many parents are hesitant to let their little ones participate because of the high rate of head injuries; football players suffer the most concussions of any youth sport.

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EDITORIAL: Look out for Lyme

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. It infects about 300,000 people a year, roughly 10 times more Americans than previously reported. The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982, making it a huge public health problem. So what should we do about it? To start, we should educate ourselves about the problem.

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EDITORIAL: Protect your pets and your family from rabies

As you’re spending more time outside this summer, make sure you keep yourself and your pets safe from rabies. There is no treatment for this virus, which is transmitted by the bite of a rabid mammal, but luckily, rabies is preventable.

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EDITORIAL: Cicero’s leaked document investigation a waste of time and resources

The Cicero Police Department has officially closed its investigation into who leaked to the press the advisory opinion of the Cicero Ethics Board calling Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s relationship with the town engineer a conflict of interest. After interviewing all parties and following up on all leads, Investigator James Meyers reported he has no suspects and no further leads.

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EDITORIAL: Keep your kids safe online

Now that the kids are home from school, they may be spending more time online. That means it’s up to you as parents to make sure they’re surfing safely. Here are some tips to keep your kids safe online:

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EDITORIAL: Stay safe in the sun

As you enjoy some fun in the sun this Fourth of July, it’s important to protect your body’s largest organ: the skin.

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EDITORIAL: Village voter turnout dismal

Last week’s election results were pretty disappointing. We’re certainly not lamenting the candidates who were elected into office. No, we’re more concerned with the dismal voter turnout in both the village of Liverpool and the village of North Syracuse, where less than a fifth of registered voters made their way to the polls.

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EDITORIAL: Village residents: Don’t forget to vote June 16

This Tuesday, voters in both Liverpool and North Syracuse will head to the polls to select their leadership.

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EDITORIAL: Support Paige’s Butterfly Run to help cure childhood cancer

Worldwide, 250 kids die every day from cancer. One in 330 children will be diagnosed with some form of cancer by the time they’re 20 years old, meaning the incidence is greater in children and adolescents than any other age group except for those over 65. It’s the leading cause of death by disease in children under 15 in the United States. The average age of diagnosis is just 6. For an adult, it’s 67. While adults lose an average of 15 years of life to cancer, kids lose an average of 71 years.

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EDITORIAL: Start small to help end lupus

Besides a collection of radio hits, what do Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Selena Gomez, Seal and Toni Braxton have in common? Like 1.5 million of their fellow Americans, they’ve struggled with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder that attacks the skin, joints and internal organs.

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EDITORIAL: Better screening is needed for postpartum depression

About 80 percent of new moms experience the so-called "baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings and crying spells that fade quickly. But one in seven women experience symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD).

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Stay safe this prom season

We’re at the height of prom season, and unfortunately, that means our teens can be at risk for dangerous behavior.

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Onondaga County children need foster homes

Becoming a foster parent isn’t easy. You have to treat the children as your own, care for them, in many cases fall in love with them, only to watch them leave when they return home. But imagine the difference you can make for those children while they’re in your home. To learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, call the Onondaga County Home Finding Unit at 435-3827 or visit giveyourlifeasmile.com.

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