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The Star-Review in 2009

After years of transforming his talents from live theater to film and then to cable television, Larsen Jay, 34, found his common ground within the realm of putting "great stories into film." Jay graduated from Cicero-North Syracuse High School in the early '90s and returned to the area for the Syracuse Film Festival to promote a movie he produced, "That Evening Sun."

May

Olympic swimmer Mark Gangloff visited the Liverpool Jets Swim Club to give the kids a few pointers in the pool. The Olympic medallist signed autographs and posed for pictures with all the club members.

Tom Stack, the independent candidate for mayor of Liverpool, pledged to slice his own salary in half if he is elected. Stack faced six-term Trustee Gary White, who won nominations for mayor from both the Republican and Conservative party village caucuses in April.

Thanks to six months of long, hard work, Thomas B. Mafrici, 45, and Elizabeth A. August, 44, brought us pictures that depict the rich history of the town of Cicero when the book "Cicero" was released April 27.

Foster mother Mary Hudgins, of North Syracuse, shared her experiences of caring for 26-plus children over the last 17 years during National Foster/Adoptive Parent Month.

June

Mike Hennigan, of Liverpool, was one of nine candidates in the Syracuse community that worked to raise money during the 2009 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's fundraising campaign. Hennigan was named "Man of the Year" for his over-the-top campaign success.

Eagle Newspapers introduced the merger of the Liverpool Review and the Cicero-North Syracuse Star-News. Your community paper has been known as the Eagle Star-Review since its first edition release June 10, 2009.

After three years as chairman of the village of Liverpool Zoning Board of Appeals, Richard "Ace" Ward announced he would step down as of June 30, 2009. Ward is the husband of Mayor Marlene Ward who -- after four terms as mayor and seven years as a trustee -- will also leave village government one week later, on July 6.

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