Well, we just wrapped up our fifth year of the Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament held at Drivers Village, and what a weekend it was. The weather cooperated beautifully and that provided us with extremely large crowds which included at times three generations of family members. We also maintained a quality event for the 178 four-person teams that registered to participate. Our volunteers, 145 strong, the backbone of this event, put in almost 1,500 hours. These highly enthusiastic volunteers allow us to continue the Friends of the CanTeen’s ultimate mission of raising much needed funds to operate the CanTeen teen center.
To the editor: I had the distinct pleasure of witnessing a very professionally run baseball tournament held at Central Park in Cicero last week. For those who missed it, it was spectacular. Six Little League teams from all over the state of New York, including Colonie, East Meadow, Wappinger Falls, Throgs Neck, Grand Island and Whitestown, competed in the New York State Little League Championship to gain entry to the Mid-Atlantic Division in the 2014 Little League World Series. The event went off without a hitch — well, maybe until the rains on Sunday morning that dampened but didn’t deter the enthusiasm of volunteers set on getting the field in condition to play the championship game.
To the editor: On July 19, the fourth annual Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Golf Tournament was held to raise money for the Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Scholarship Fund. We feel the tournament was a success and want to thank all who supported it.
To the editor: We read Russ Tarby's front page article "Wood-fired wonderment!" in the Star-Review's July 9 to 15 edition with a great deal of, well, wonderment. Isn't the front page supposed to report news of interest to Cicero, Clay, Liverpool, North Syracuse, or Salina?
To the editor: On behalf of the village of Liverpool and the village board of trustees, I would like to publicly thank our county legislator, Judy Tassone, for her assistance with two recent initiatives in the village of Liverpool.
To the editor: Andrew Cuomo let down New York's school children by abandoning the education tax credit, even after he promised to pass it this session.
To the editor: St. Joseph the Worker and Immaculate Heart of Mary Food Pantries would like to thank those who support our food pantries and our goal to eliminate hunger in our community. There was a U.S. Postal Service food drive that took place this spring. The Liverpool community responded with overwhelming generosity. We also have food drives at Nichols Grocery Store in Liverpool. Although we regularly thank Nichols we really need to thank the people who donate at the food drives.
To the editor: Recently, Dan Maffei released another one of his studies full of pre-election goodies, this time detailing 15 pages of new spending on local infrastructure. I support investing in the maintenance and upgrade of our transportation systems and public infrastructure — it’s vital to our quality of life and our economy.
To the editor: On June 1, from midnight to 3:30 a.m., more than 300 Cicero-North Syracuse students attended the After the Ball Party at C-NS High School. This event provided our students with entertainment, refreshments and the opportunity to win numerous valuable prizes, including a car generously donated for the 25th year by Burdick Toyota. If it weren’t for the many amazing businesses, organizations and individuals who provided donations, this event designed to keep our kids safe on ball night would not be possible.
To the editor: The 29th annual Strawberry Social sponsored by the Friends of Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero was held on June 5. We wish to thank everyone who helped make the evening a real success. A special thank you to the following Cicero businesses: Wegmans, Target, Wal-Mart, Price Chopper, Byrne Dairy, Thee Diner, Sprinkles Ice Cream and Spera’s Country Market for their generous donations. Another thank you to the Cicero Town Parks and Recreation Department for their time and effort on behalf of the library.
To the editor: Are you a new property owner? Did you purchase your property in the last few months? Have you paid off your mortgage recently? Have you had a change in your name? Your tax office needs to hear from you so that we can get your taxes to you.
We have some good news to share. Last week, the New York General Assembly passed AB 9487 to allow the state spay/neuter fund to include Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) efforts. Now the bill must pass the senate before it becomes a law. Please ask your state senator to support community cats.
To the editor: I am pleased to announce we are having a celebration for the long-awaited Riverfront Park Improvements Project in Brewerton.
Jack Garafalo ("SAFE-ACT has serious flaw, won't work in the long run," June 11) wrote a very persuasive letter about how he, as a candidate for Onondaga County sheriff, would attempt to get that law overturned. In his lengthy letter, however, he failed to mention how he would make Onondaga County a safer community for its citizens.
To the editor: We, the North Syracuse Family Festival Committee, wish to extend sincere thanks to the many people and companies who support us in providing an opportunity for children and adults to have a free and fun day. The festival was held Saturday, May 24, in Lonergan Park. Without these sponsors, the event would not happen. Thank you.