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Legislature approves funding for Brewerton Revitalization Project

Onondaga County Third District Legislator Tim Burtis announced last week that the county has approved additional funding for the Brewerton Revitalization Project. Burtis (R-Cicero) announced Wednesday, July 22, that the legislature had approved an additional $45,000 in funding for the Bennett Street and Riverfront Park design that makes up the bulk of Cicero’s efforts in revitalizing the hamlet in the northern part of the town.

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CFD moves forward with new station

Grants from FEMA, Stirpe help fund construction

After several attempts, the Cicero Fire Department will finally be getting a new station. The department started demolition last week on a vacant house and garage on property it owns at 8387 to 8391 Brewerton Road. Next they’ll begin clearing trees in preparation to break ground on construction for a new Station No. 1, which is expected to take place some time next week.

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Stretching your grocery dollars

Food Bank of CNY’s Food $en$e program offers grocery packages for $15.50

Linda Davis and her husband don’t get out much. “If Phoenix and Baldwinsville fell off the map, I’d be gone,” Davis said. “I really don’t leave the area.” The couple is also on a fixed income. That’s why, for the last 20 years, they’ve taken advantage of the Food Bank of Central New York’s Food $en$e program, a monthly food distribution program for individuals and families who want help stretching their monthly food budget, like the Davises. Once a month, people who want to participate sign up at the host site near their home, pre-paying $15.50 in cash or food stamps for the food package. Later in the month, when the food package is ready to be picked up, the customers return to the same site for their delivery.

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Alexa’s Friends Run supports pediatric cancer patients

Race to benefit Alexa’s Friends Fund at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Alexa Bolton knows how important a soft, fluffy towel can be.

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Going gold for Griffin

Griffin’s Guardians to host inaugural Gold Tie Gala Sept. 18

Griffin Engle could often be found throwing his hands up in the air, looking at the sky, calling out, “It’s a great day to be alive!”

Cicero PD completes investigation into leaked ethics docs

Identity of individual who sent committee’s decision to press unknown

The Cicero Police Department has run into a dead end in 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.

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Kickin’ it

Dream Factory of Syracuse to host annual kickball tournament fundraiser

To help make a dream come true for a chronically ill child, all you have to do is play a game of kickball. The Dream Factory of Syracuse is hosting its fourth annual Kicks for Kids Kickball Tournament Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Syracuse Kickball Park on Oswego Road in Liverpool. The co-ed tournament, which begins at 10 a.m., lasts all day and features food, games and live entertainment (donated by RMD Premier DJ Ryno), as well as raffles, a silent auction, a dunk tank and a bounce house for kids.

ATMs for Good benefit local nonprofits

Many people balk at the idea of paying a hefty surcharge at the ATM. But what if a portion of that surcharge went to a good cause? That’s the idea behind ATMs for Good, a project of Syracuse ATM. Kathryn Bolster, who owns Syracuse ATM, said she thought of the program as a way to bring more meaning to her work.

Roberts appointed to state position

BOE announces vacancy in the 128th

Sam Roberts is no longer the assemblyman for the 128th district. Roberts, who was first elected to the seat in 2010, was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. He was confirmed by the state senate last week just before the end of the state legislative session.

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Good things come to those who wait

The Patience Project seeks homes for longtime shelter dogs

No one had even looked at Duke for more than a year. The 3-year-old Rottweiler-shepherd mix had sat in the kennels at CNY Veterinary Services in Clay since he was 6 months old. His chances for adoption looked grim. Then Duke’s photo was featured on Facebook on a page dedicated to dogs like him who have spent months or even years in shelters. The Patience Project’s picture was shared on one page after another and ultimately made its way to Gerry Ioannone in Rochester.

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Macker on the move

Annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament to relocate to C-NS

After five years at Drivers Village, the annual Cicero Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will move to Cicero-North Syracuse High School this summer.

North Syracuse mayoral race too close to call; trustee seats go to Democrats

The mayoral race between former North Syracuse village trustees Gary Butterfield and Chuck Henry was too close to call on Election Night. Just 10 votes separated the two candidates after the polls closed at 9 p.m. June 16, with Republican Butterfield pulling in 274 votes and Henry, a Democrat, at 264. Village Clerk Dianne Kufel said 49 applications were filed for absentee ballots. Those votes will likely have to be counted before a winner can be declared.

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Kayakers presumed dead in Seneca River accident

The typical levity of Seneca River Day was marred Saturday by a kayak accident a quarter of a mile from the festivities. Two kayakers, who remained unidentified at press time, were fishing on the river on the west side of the bridge around 11 a.m. June 13 when one of the kayaks hit the dam. The hydraulic current caused the boat to capsize, and the man went under the water. The second kayaker paddled over to assist the first, but he, too, was caught in the river’s strong current and capsized.

Salina officials may move to former CDM building

The town of Salina is exploring the possibility of moving its operations to the former CDM Smith building.

Relay for the cure

Liverpool Relay for Life moves to high school this year

When you think about the American Cancer Society, you might not think of people walking around a track. But maybe you should.

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Republicans announce candidacy for village seats

Gary Butterfield has announced his candidacy as mayor of the village of North Syracuse. Butterfield has served as a village trustee since 2005. Running on the same ticket are current Trustee Paul Linnertz, who is seeking to retain his seat, and Jack Gaiser, who seeks the other open trustee position. All three are Republicans.

Voters in North Syracuse okay budget

Residents in the North Syracuse Central School District voted in favor of the 2015-16 budget on May 19 by a margin of 2,037 to 726.

Liverpool voters approve budget

Voters in the Liverpool Central School District overwhelmingly approved the 2015-16 budget May 19, with 1,230 voting in favor and 449 against.

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Golf tournament to raise money for scholarship in memory of beloved teacher

Jennifer Miles had a lot of memorable qualities, but the one that stands out the most to her fellow teachers at McNamara Elementary is her smile. “It was contagious,” recalled fifth-grade teacher Luke Smith. “I’ll always remember it.”

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More than just baby blues

As many as 20 percent of pregnant women women are affected by perinatal depression

In an attempt to raise awareness about PPD, Crouse’s Spirit of Women program, which is led by Kowaleski, is hosting the Climb with Crouse from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 24, on the 2K Serengeti Trail at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville.

CORRECTION: BOE election is May 19

In this week's coverage of the school board and budget elections, we incorrectly listed the date of the vote as Tuesday, May 16. The correct date is Tuesday, May 19. We apologize for the error.

BOCES students compete in statewide auto repair competition

On May 7 and 8, two local OCM-BOCES students headed to Morrisville to test their car repair skills. Tyler Farley of Liverpool and Izack Alvarado of Mattydale were among 20 students statewide to participate in the state finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition at Morrisville State College. Working in teams of two, the students competed in a timed-contest against nine other teams from around the state to correctly identify and fix intentionally installed “bugs” on identical 2015 Ford Fiestas.

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C-NS grad will speak at OCC graduation

Dewayne Garner, Jr., believes it’s important to have a dream — and to take the necessary steps to achieve that dream.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Jessica Ryan

This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week is Jessica Ryan, a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Student Government and LHS DECA. She is on the crew, soccer and cheerleading teams.

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LPL asks for 1.5 percent tax increase

The Liverpool Public Library is looking for a 1.547 percent increase in the tax levy to support its 2015-16 budget.

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Nicotra to seek fifth term as Salina supervisor

Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra has announced that he will be running again. Nicotra announced last week that he will be seeking a fifth term as town supervisor. He first won the seat in 2007, taking office in January of 2008.

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LHS Senior of the Week: M. Alex Hung

This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week is a varsity athlete with a talent for academics and a sense of humor.

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LCSD budget calls for 1.79 percent tax increase

Taxpayers in the Liverpool Central School District will see a 1.79 percent tax increase, according to the 2015-16 budget the district will send to a vote on May 19.

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North Syracuse seeks 2.03 percent tax increase

Residents in the North Syracuse Central School District are looking at a 2.03 percent tax increase for the 2015-16 school year.

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Venesky will seek supervisor’s seat

Cicero Town Councilor Mark Venesky has announced his intention to seek the supervisor’s seat in the upcoming town elections in November. Venesky announced his candidacy April 13 at the Brewerton waterfront.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Leanne Costello

Leanne Costello might be just a senior in high school, but she’s already making her mark on the world.

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Emily Margaret Hall born Feb. 27

Brian and Sarah Hall of Clay would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Margaret Hall, born Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Crouse Hospital.

LHS Senior of the Week: Tyler Popp

Tyler Popp is making the most of his high school career.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Madeline Murphy

Liverpool High School's Senior of the Week is Madeline Murphy, an avid swimmer and accomplished athlete.

LHS Senior of the Week: Alex Moore

Liverpool High School Senior of the Week Alex Moore is a member of the National Honor Society and Model United Nations.

Cicero drama continues

Town board member’s father files petition to remove Zambrano as town supervisor

Two months after the town’s Board of Ethics determined that Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s romantic relationship constituted a conflict of interest, a resident of the town of Cicero has filed a petition requesting her removal.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Matthew Sala

This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week is Matthew Sala. Matthew is an accomplished athlete, having played varsity football for three years, including acting as captain during the team’s undefeated 2014 regular season, and varsity lacrosse for three years.

LCSD reveals new redistricting plan

The Liverpool Central School District has significantly scaled back its redistricting plan, according to a information provided to the board of education at its meeting Monday, Feb. 9. Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Steve Garraffo gave a presentation outlining Scenario 12B, which outlines the streets to be impacted by the redistricting plan. While the original Scenario 12 affected close to 500 students, the new Scenario 12B impacts about 200.

Meyer named Cicero deputy supervisor

Former Third District Onondaga County Legislator Bill Meyer has been named deputy supervisor of the town of Cicero. Supervisor Jessica Zambrano made the announcement Friday via a Facebook post on the town’s page.

Williams Beach won't open in 2015

The only town-run beach in the town of Cicero won’t open this summer, according to Parks and Recreation Director Jody Rodgers. In a release sent Friday, Rodgers said the beach at Joseph F. William Memorial Park on Lakeshore Road will not be open for swimming in the summer of 2015.

LHS student arrested after fight

A Liverpool High School student has been arrested after assaulting another student Thursday morning, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department.

Elementary redistricting meeting rescheduled

The Liverpool Central School District has rescheduled an informational meeting on its redistricting proposal. The meeting, originally scheduled for Jan. 22, was postponed in order for the district to better analyze data from 2014. The meeting will now take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the cafeteria of the Liverpool High School Annex.

Educational advocacy groups to host forums on school funding

Our schools are losing money every year — and New York state is taking it from them.

Helping to spay and neuter Syracuse

AAGS raises enough to start construction on low-cost clinic

The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse has met its fundraising goal and can now proceed with the construction of a high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

LCSD reexamines redistricting plan

2014 data prompts cancellation of meeting, possible tweaks to plan

Liverpool Central School District officials have cancelled a meeting to advise district residents on its redistricting proposal, pending possible tweaks to the plan. The meeting, which was scheduled to have taken place Thursday, Jan. 22, will be rescheduled, but a date has not yet been set.

Burtis appointed to legislature seat

Cicero deputy supervisor will take over for Corl

Cicero Deputy Supervisor Tim Burtis has been selected to replace Jim Corl as the Onondaga County Third District legislator.

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Pajamarama party

Paige’s Butterfly Run asks schools, businesses to wear PJs to help kids with cancer

One of the perks of being sick as a child is getting to curl up on the couch in your pajamas for a day of rest and bad television. But when all you ever get to wear is pajamas and you live under a cloud of doubt about your future and your prognosis — like if you’re facing pediatric cancer — the idea of the simple wardrobe loses a lot of its luster. To support those kids at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancers and Blood Disorders, Paige’s Butterfly Run is asking community members to wear their pajamas in honor of the kids that have to do so.

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‘A real gentleman’

Former Brown Newspapers owner Dick Manville died Jan. 1

Longtime Baldwinsville resident and former Messenger publisher Richard Manville died Jan. 1. He was 88.

2014: The year that was

2014: The year that was

What were the biggest stories of the last year? Here are a few of our top picks:

LHS Senior of the Week: Penelope Lane

This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week aspires to a career on the music scene.

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