April 25, 2012
Breanna Goldthwait, center, and Melissa Mizzouli cut the ceremonial ribbon at Sunday’s grand opening of the CanTeen’s new home at 6046 Route 31, next to Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Watching is Josh Heffernan. All are CanTeen participants.
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For 12 years, the CanTeen bounced from place to place, from rental to rental, never able to find a home to call its own. No more. On Sunday, April 22, the teen center celebrated the grand opening of its permanent home at 6046 Route 31, right next to Cicero-North Syracuse High School. The festivities included speakers ranging from local dignitaries to past and present program participants. While the speakers were varied, the theme was the same: It’s good to be home. “This type of occasion will never happen again,” said Toni Brauchle, the CanTeen’s executive director. “We will celebrate milestones and anniversaries and many, many, many other things, but we will never, ever have to celebrate the grand opening of another home. This is it. This is home.”