It looks like it’ll be a dogfight for the Democratic Party nomination to replace Assemblyman Sam Roberts. Or maybe a catfight.
Liverpool is the Place marks milestone on June 15 at Johnson Park
After five years spent renovating Johnson Park, the amphitheater on the village green was christened in the spring of 1985 with a concert by the Liverpool Community Chorus. Now more than 680 concerts later, the group that books the shows, the Liverpool Is the Place Committee (LITP), celebrates its 30th anniversary with 24 performances, from rock to country to big band, scheduled from June 1 to Aug. 19.
Looking for a cool confection with a little kick? You’ll find one at the Kandied Kernel shops on Old Liverpool Road in Liverpool and Route 11 in Cicero. Famous for its multi-colored gourmet popcorn products, the Kandied Kernel started selling homemade ice cream earlier this month.
We first saw him rocking onstage with the Stompin’ Suede Greasers, but before long he was fronting his own hard-working combo, the Todd Hobin Band. That aggregation, first formed in 1974 in Potsdam, became one of the most popular rock acts working the Thruway Circuit.
During the first weekend of April more than a dozen vehicles, many with out-of-state license plates, parked as near as possible to the corner of Fourth and Vine where Dr. Bob Pastel lived for decades in a big old brick-and-mortar home surrounded by overgrown bushes and a small forest of trees.
More than three dozen village Republicans gathered at Liverpool Village Hall for their annual caucus on the evening of April 27, and they unanimously endorsed three candidates to run in this year’s village election on June 16. Two of the candidates — incumbent Mayor Gary White and five-term Trustee Dennis Hebert — will seek re-election, while the third candidate — Christina Fadden Fitch of Hiawatha Trail — was nominated for run for the trustee seat now held by Bob Gaetano.
Dave Detlor’s Lakeview Barber Shop closed a couple of weeks before Christmas last year after Dave was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma. Now the building at 221 First St. has been sold to Holly Koenig of Jamesville. Koenig plans to transform the place into an antique shop, reported Realist realtor Ed DeLong, who lives in Liverpool. DeLong brokered the cash sale which is scheduled for closing this week.
On April 13, the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees approved a 2015-16 village budget for $2,378,894, calling for an increase of $70,000 in spending. The tax rate will rise by 1.64 percent, but the annual sewer-fund assessment will be reduced from $150 to $130 per year.
This month, Central New York’s hospital emergency rooms have been inundated with people experiencing negative reactions after ingesting so-called synthetic marijuana. Upstate University Hospital’s emergency room saw upwards of 30 such patients last week, and the problem has also been noted right here in the village.
Fadden-Fitch seeks GOP nod for open L’pool trustee seat
Three-term village of Liverpool Trustee Bob Gaetano has decided against seeking a fourth term in order to spend more time with his family. Christina Fadden-Fitch, a six-year member of the village Zoning Board of Appeals, is actively seeking the nomination of the Village Republican Committee for the open seat in the June 16 village election. Trustees serve two-year terms and are paid $4,000 annually.
The classic advertising campaign put it this way: “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s real Jewish rye.” And when it comes to food for the soul, you don’t have to be Jewish to love klezmer music.
Liverpool has long been known for its hot dogs and hamburgers. Heid’s has ruled the frankfurter field, and ground beef patties made the scene at the fondly remembered Tarbe’s Grill and now at Village Burger (which coincidentally does business at a former McDonald’s location). Anyhow, on March 29 we were all reminded that Liverpool’s also a meatball mecca.
Forum at L’pool library looks at prescription drug abuse
Prescription drug abuse among Central New York youth is an escalating crisis, according to Joyce Abold, vice president of the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Advisory Council.
Despite the high burden school taxes place on many Onondaga County taxpayers, the recently established ConsensusCNY commission will focus instead on modernizing the county’s general-purpose governments.
For the past 56 years, Seneca Savings has done business under one name or another at 105 Second St., here in the village.
Liverpool Police Officer David Sturtz was on patrol when he observed a vehicle apparently speeding in the southbound lane of Oswego Street shortly before 5 p.m. Friday, March 13.
Salina councilors consider saving money with solar power
Twenty years ago, solar power grabbed the attention of consumers frustrated by decreasing supplies of oil and natural gas and encouraged by the lower cost of photovoltaic (PV) systems which convert sunshine into electricity. Since the year 2000, worldwide growth of photovoltaics has averaged 40 percent per year, and now the Salina Town Board is thinking about taking the town solar.
The first automobile ever to roar down the muddy streets of the village was driven by Dr. Charles Schamu, a dentist who lived and worked on Third Street.
Public hearings set April 13 to discuss village budget, noise concerns
If the Liverpool board of trustees approves its proposed budget for 2015-16 as expected, spending will increase by more than $70,000 and the tax rate will rise slightly, by 1.64 percent. On the other hand, the annual sewer-fund assessment will be reduced from $150 to $130 per year. “So it’ll be a wash for our taxpayers,” said Mayor Gary White.
‘Consensus’ forum March 31 at Salina Town Hall
Most Central New Yorkers pay taxes to the federal government, the state, the county, their town, their village and their school district. All of those entities provide needed services, but there is some overlap and occasional duplication of services. In order to address such issues, a 19-member commission on local government modernization called Consensus has been formed and is now conducting public forums, including one at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at Salina Town Hall.
In February, after this year’s Sammy nominees were announced and he wasn’t on the list, local rapper Jamie "Powder Jay" Cheeseman posted a video on YouTube, a rap song called “Ill Wishes.” In that performance, Powder Jay railed against the Sammys judges and allegedly threatened to burn down the Palace Theater and physically attack Nowak. The “Ill Wishes” video included an image of a pipe bomb.
When you see this musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” you’ll be impressed by the visual recreation of Victorian London, the pitch-perfect singing often rendered in tight harmonies and the rousing 14-piece pit band. What will most impress you, however, will be leading man Henry Wilson in the dual role of the gentle Dr. Jekyll and the violent Mr. Hyde.
Winter may be winding down but not before doing some last-minute damage. At least four buildings in the village of Liverpool suffered roof damage over the past couple of weeks as temperatures rose and melting snow and ice became a hazard, according to village Codes Enforcement Officer Bill Reagan.
We should all give thanks for Dr. Mark Potter. A few years ago, the longtime Liverpool educator replaced Nick Johns as superintendent of the Liverpool Central School District, and he has been a breath of fresh air all the way around. I’ve even heard a few members of the teachers’ union praising Mark’s open-door policy, pleasant personality and transparent management style.
USRowing Masters Regional Championships set to race June 28 on Onondaga Lake’s new seven-lane course
The second annual USRowing Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Masters Regional Championships hosted by the Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club Sunday, June 28, is unlikely to attract the same kind of crowd that flocked to the IRA races all those years ago.
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.
Have you ever had to call the cops to quell a loud party next door? How about that summer night when the guitar players turned their amps up to 10 at the nightclub down the street? Next month, the village of Liverpool’s board of trustees wants to hear your story. The trustees are considering possible changes to the village noise ordinance and have scheduled a public hearing on the matter for 7 p.m. April 13, at the Village Hall, 310 Sycamore St.
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.
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.
They say you can judge a society’s worth by the way it treats its neediest children and its oldest adults. With its schools, playgrounds and parks and its clean and caring senior-citizen facilities, Liverpool measures up admirably.
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.
If the National Register of Historic Places adds Liverpool’s Village Cemetery to its rolls, the 169-year-old graveyard could become eligible for state renovation funds.
Former Cicero Assemblyman Michael Bragman sure looks good in retrospect. Bragman’s nemesis, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was arrested on federal corruption charges Jan. 22.
Early this year longtime Liverpool landlord and businessman Val Lamont acquired the house at 107 Lake Drive that had been declared an unsafe structure Dec. 1 by the village board of trustees.
Are we trying to close the barn door after the horse has bolted? Liverpool Police Officer Jerry Unger thinks so. Heroin abuse, he said, has hit the village with a vengeance.
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.
Talk about a meltdown! Ty Cogan could give the Wicked Witch of the West a run for her money. At about 8:25 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, Liverpool Police Officer Todd Creller, one of Onondaga County’s top traffic cops, stopped Cogan, an off-duty Syracuse policeman who lives in Liverpool. Cogan was drunk, according to Creller — “slobbering” drunk, the resultant police paperwork would say.
Russ Tarby shares memories of Bud Bennett.
After 80 years, the brick building which houses Salina Town Hall at 201 School Road often needs some mending here, some patching there.
Whenever Dolores Gleason thinks of Butternut Street — one of the primary roads running through Syracuse’s North Side — she thinks of a kind lady who brought Christmas to life for the struggling Gleason family 40 years ago.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to link with St. Stephen’s in Phoenix
Because of dwindling congregations, decreasing Mass attendance and a persistent shortage of priests, Catholic churches in the Diocese of Syracuse continue to consolidate. Baldwinsville’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church will link up with St. Stephen’s Church in Phoenix “upon the next pastoral opening at St. Stephen’s,” according to the Most Rev. Robert Cunningham, Bishop of Syracuse.
Betty Gilmore’s roots ran all the way back to the 1720s, when her British ancestors established a trading post at what would eventually become known as Fort Oswego. Later in the 17th century, her people would help found the town of Pompey and, in the 18th century, the town of Elbridge, both here in Onondaga County. Betty continued her family’s tradition of community-building during her long life which ended Dec. 5 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. She was 95. Betty will be buried at the Liverpool Village Cemetery.
L’pool police chief receives Sheriff’s award recognizing his 2013 arrest of a double murderer
Liverpool Police Chief Don Morris received a Sheriff’s Award for Bravery Monday, Dec. 8, in recognition of his Oct. 28, 2013 arrest of double murder suspect Justin Dallas, 26, of Syracuse.
Several readers stopped me out and about to chat about my Nov. 4 column about comfort food. Seems they can’t get enough.
Sets Dec. 15 deadline for chimney removal
At a special Dec. 1 meeting, the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees declared the house at 107 Lake Drive “an unsafe structure” and gave 81-year-old homeowner Estelle Linehan until Dec. 15 to remove or repair her deteriorating chimney or face possible demolition of the entire structure.
After going dark for more than three years, the old French Fort’s fixing to rekindle its fires more brightly than ever. The facility, which has been known as Saint Marie Among the Iroquois for the past two decades, will now be known as Skä·noñh — Great Law of Peace Center thanks to a joint effort by the Onondaga Historical Association, Onondaga County, the Onondaga Nation and local colleges.
New Syracuse Chiefs General Manager Jason Smorol, who lives in Liverpool, delivered a Rockne-like pep talk at the annual shareholders’ meeting last Tuesday, Nov. 18, at NBT Bank Stadium.
In response to resident complaints about commercial vehicles and trailers parked on village streets, Liverpool’s Board of Trustees plan to amend the village code to allow police to ticket such vehicles. The board conducted a public hearing on Nov. 17 to consider the code change.
Detectives believe victim targeted, incident not random
Two gunshots were reportedly heard by witnesses at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Covered Bridge Apartments, at 850 Vine St., just outside the village of Liverpool.
Well, we’ve endured the first lake effect snowfall of the year. A few inches blanketed lawns and landscapes from Oswego to Ithaca after flakes began falling at noon Friday, Nov. 14, and continued on and off for a couple days. The unusual mid-day squall was offset by intermittent appearances of blue skies and sunshine, as though Mother Nature couldn’t quite make up her mind.