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Eagle Star-Review 2011: The Year in Review

One of the biggest stories this year was the murder of a newborn baby in January. The child's mother, Nicole DeJaynes, was charged with murder in the girl's death. Police held a funeral for the baby, whom they named Isabella Marie.

One of the biggest stories this year was the murder of a newborn baby in January. The child's mother, Nicole DeJaynes, was charged with murder in the girl's death. Police held a funeral for the baby, whom they named Isabella Marie.

While the court case played out, Watson’s family established a memorial fund in her memory. In the months after her passing, her family was overwhelmed by the support from the community, so they decided to set up a fund to create opportunities for local children and teens that have a passion for the art of dance but cannot afford specialized training.

“We should all be so lucky to find half of the passion for something in our lives like Jenni-Lyn had for dance,” said Jackie Watson, Jenni-Lyn’s mother. “We want to use this fund to ensure that financial barriers don’t stop other little girls from achieving their dreams.”

March

Nearly 100 Liverpool residents came out Saturday, March 19 to sign petitions calling for alterations to the preliminary Liverpool Central School District budget and for the resignation of Superintendent Richard Johns.

The two separate petitions were made available for signatures to district residents March 19 at the

American Legion Post 188 in the village. Concerned residents Sharon Yager, Julie Matson and Pat Ruf provided information to those that stopped by and encouraged individuals to sign both petitions during the event.

“This is by no means a witch hunt,” said Yager. “We just want the board [of education] to see that people have concerns, and we’d like them to reevaluate the situation.”

The Cicero-North Syracuse girls’ varsity basketball team took home their first-ever New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA title. Led by junior phenom Breanna Stewart, the Northstars beat out Gates-Chili 75-54.

“She has helped put our program on the map, that is for sure,’’ said C-NS Head Coach Eric Smith of Stewart. “She’s a good kid, a hard working kid and got us going tonight.’’

April

The village of Liverpool Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday, April 25 to approve its 2011-12 budget, a spending plan that will necessitate a 22 percent rise in village property taxes.

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