Something new due on Old Liverpool Road

— Anyhow, the new Pascarella’s Bakery and Deli boasts a bountiful menu of fresh baked goods, subs, sandwiches, soups and such beloved Central New York specialties as fried haddock and fried calamari; 214-3540.

Adios, Juanita’s!

After three years at the old Ponderosa Steakhouse building in Ponderosa Plaza, at 207 Old Liverpool Road, Juanita’s es finito.

Originally owned by Juanita DiMartino who opened her small restaurant in 1982 on Court Street in Syracuse, the South of the Border bistro was purchased in 1985 by Paul and Sam LaRose. They moved to the Liverpool site in March 2010 before closing a few weeks ago.

Tom Leo’s last inning

Dark clouds hovered over the ballpark both figuratively and literally when the Syracuse Chiefs played their home opener on Saturday, April 13. Longtime sportswriter and Chiefs official scorer Tom Leo had died the day before, on Friday, April 12, when the regularly scheduled first home game of the season was rained out. A resident of Cicero, Tom succumbed to cancer at age 56.

Before the National Anthem rang out before Saturday’s game, before Syracuse University basketball star Brandon Triche bounced the ceremonial first pitch to the plate, the Chiefs called for a moment of silence in tribute to Tom.

Having started at the afternoon Herald-Journal in 1984, Tom Leo moved to the morning Post-Standard where he covered plenty of sports from high-profile Syracuse University football games and International League baseball games as well as all types of scholastic contests. He also excelled as a baseball coach for Cicero Little League and for the North Syracuse Babe Ruth League, where he sat on the board of directors.

For a time, Tom worked for the Post’s Thursday tabloid, Neighbors North, for which he often covered the Liverpool Village Board. I remember him interviewing Gary White at Village Hall on Election Day night in 2009 moments after White won his first term.

Help for crime victims

National Crime Victim’s Week runs from April 21 to April 27. For info, visit the National Center for Victims of Crime website at VictimsofCrime.org.

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