Saving a spot at the office

Many readers and residents may already know about the Cazenovia Republican's local office. For those that don't: we have a space on the second floor of Common Grounds Coffeehouse, located at 35 Albany St.

As I slowly settle into the world of journalism and my new role as editor, I've already learned some valuable lessons about the town and village of Cazenovia. For instance, I recently discovered that two-hour parking is strictly enforced in the Common Grounds parking lot.

After I had made numerous drives to the Eagle Newspapers office on James Street in Syracuse, our executive editor recommended I keep office hours in Cazenovia.

So on Tuesday morning, I settled into my chair in the office above Common Grounds for a nice long day of answering e-mails and writing articles. After a few hours of work, punctuated with cups of coffee and lunch from Dave's Diner, I decided to head homeward.

As I approached my car, I discovered a bright orange envelope, nestled between my snow-covered windshield and wiper blade. I was initially upset, seeing as I had strategically parked on the opposite side of the lot where "Two hour limit" signs were sprinkled intermittently.

However, inside the envelope was not a ticket, but a "Parking Courtesy." The village of Cazenovia and Chamber of Commerce will waive a parking violation, if it is not within six months of another. Infringements are documented by a parking officer, and offenders are asked to sign and date the courtesy "tickets" and mail them to the village office at 90 Albany St.

Seeing as there is ample (unlimited) parking along Albany Street, my office hours can remain from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Feel free to stop by and see the office, drop off material, or just say "hello." If you wish to reach me outside of office hours, e-mail editor@cazenoviarepublican.com or call 434-8889 ext. 338. Hope to see you around!

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