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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.

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Historic North Syracuse: Do you know anything about this picture?

Do you know anything about this photo? Can you identify any of the people or provide an exact date? If you can, email the editor at editor@eaglestarreview.com.

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CNY SPCA Pet of the Week: Rufus is one cool guy

Rufus means “cool” and “awesome,” and that’s the perfect name for our dog of the week. Rufus is a 3-year-old neutered male pit bull mix. He is happy, silly and goofy. He loves to run, and he walks very nicely on a leash. He would do best as the only pet with older children. He’s very trainable — he already knows sit, and he’s eager to learn more. If you’d like to be his teacher, call the CNYSPCA at 454-4479 and meet the wonderful Rufus!

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Marina access?

A proposal to install a card-activated lift gate at Onondaga Lake Park was revisited at the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees’ June 15 meeting.

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NOPL news: Win a tablet at NOPL

This summer NOPL is holding a special contest that could make you the proud owner of a new tablet computer.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Property tax relief will make life more affordable for CNY families

This week marked the end of the state assembly’s legislative session. But before wrapping up, I helped make sure we took action to provide much-needed property tax relief for families throughout Central New York. This tax relief will help keep more of your hard-earned money where it belongs — in your pocket.

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FROM THE SUPERVISOR: Summer has arrived in Salina

The warm weather is here, and as I drive around town I notice that many people are out and about doing yard work and keeping their lawns looking neat and tidy. Thank you, Salina residents, for showing pride in your homes and keeping Salina looking beautiful!

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LETTER: North Syracuse election won’t do much for local economy

To the editor: Well, Gary Butterfield is mayor and he gets to name whoever he wants as trustee, which will provide balance to village government. One party rule kills all levels of local government. The new board will have at least one old member who pays no property tax and probably no income taxes to the state or federal government.

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LETTERS: North Syracuse trustees-elect say thank you

Trustees-elect Diane Browning and Pat Gustafson express their gratitude to voters.

Clonan takes over as ESM athletic director

On Tuesday, Bob Campese spent his last day at East Syracuse Minoa before stepping down from his post as athletic director and heading into retirement.

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LETTER: Szczesniak for county legislature

To the editor: I am delighted Ed Szczesniak wants to represent the third district in the Onondaga County Legislature.

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Carole left SU’s ivory tower to manage L’pool’s cool café

Baking inspires Carole Brzozowski. After three decades working at Syracuse University, Brzozowski left the ivory tower of academe last year and returned to her bakehouse roots here in the village. Now in her late-50s, Brzozowski’s enjoying her new job as manager of the Café at 407 at Ophelia’s Place, 407 Tulip St.

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EDITORIAL: Stay safe in the sun

As you enjoy some fun in the sun this Fourth of July, it’s important to protect your body’s largest organ: the skin.

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NS Police to start second annual Crosswalk Crackdown initiative

Beginning July 1, the Village of North Syracuse Police Department will begin its second annual Crosswalk Crackdown initiative on Route 11 and Chestnut Street, targeting motorists as well as pedestrians violating New York State Vehicle and Traffic Laws dealing with crosswalks.

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Boards in brief: Cicero redefines ‘restaurant’ in town code

The Cicero Town Board changed the definition of a restaurant in the town code to include establishments that allow both indoor and outdoor consumption. The board voted unanimously at its June 24 meeting — Supervisor Jessica Zambrano and Councilor Mike Becallo were absent from the meeting.

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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Boyke again seeks supervisor’s seat

Judy Boyke is once again running for supervisor in the town of Cicero. The Democrat, who served in the town’s top spot from 2009 to 2011, announced her candidacy last week after the Cicero Democratic Committee’s caucus, held June 16 at Cicero’s Twin Rinks.

Solar panels slash Clay electric bill by 44 percent

Roughly a year after they were first installed, the town of Clay is seeing a return on the solar panels outside the town hall. The town’s electric bills show a reduction of more than 44 percent from April 2014 to April 2015.

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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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A time for celebration and gratitude

CHS Class of 2015 celebrates commencement

It was an overcast day with the threat of rainstorms last Saturday, June 27, as the Cazenovia High School Class of 2015 celebrated its commencement inside the Cazenovia College gymnasium. Hundreds of family and friends of the graduating seniors, along with teachers and district staff, watched as the 146 candidates for graduation, dressed in their blue and white robes, each holding a white rose, received their awards, scholarships, general accolades and, of course, their high school diplomas.

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