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Bottles for the Bureau

Longtime volunteer’s bottle drive raises $755 for Christmas Bureau

John O’Neill has retired — twice — but he hasn’t stopped his mission of giving back to the community he once taught in. O’Neill, who taught physical education for 34 years at Van Buren Elementary School, has led a group of volunteers in collecting bottles and cans to raise money for the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau since 2007.

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North Syracuse Central School District braces for tax cap constraints

While all municipalities in New York state are feeling the crunch of a 0.12 percent tax increase cap this year, school districts are in an especially precarious position as they await final state aid numbers from the state legislature.

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Williams Beach to reopen

Cicero’s only town-run beach will reopen for swimming this summer.

Schools reach out to support SRE after teacher’s passing

By all accounts, Kristen Russell was an excellent teacher. Russell, a math teacher, was known for going above and beyond for her students and providing support wherever it was needed, academically and emotionally. Now, sadly, that pillar is gone.

Need a gift? How about a ‘Singing Valentine’?

Looking for something different to give your special someone on Valentine’s Day? The Harmony Katz Men’s Barbershop Chorus has announced that its “Singing Valentines” will be available as special gifts to loved ones throughout Central New York on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12, 13 and 14.

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‘Tell your story’

School boards association urges residents to lobby for state aid

Local school districts have two demands for state legislators this budget season: get rid the gap elimination adjustment and fix the formula for foundation aid.

Saddened by the passing of Dave Campbell


To the editor: We are saddened by the recent passing of Dave Campbell.

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Amos named Post 88 Legionnaire of the Year

Commander Richard J. Benner of the Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 has announced that Charles L. Amos is Post 88’s Legionnaire of the Year and candidate for the Department of New York’s Legionnaire of the Year Award.

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Immaculate Conception sixth-grade students make blankets to be donated to refugee families

The Immaculate Conception sixth grade classes of Danielle Paige and Doreen Conrad assembled, cut and made cozy fleece blankets to be donated to the refugee families of the Salt City Harvest Farm.

February break activities offered through East Syracuse Parks and Recreation Department

The village of East Syracuse Parks and Recreation department is offering many activities for children during the week of February break (Feb. 16 to 19), including a gymnastics party, a bingo and movie event, bumper rock n’ bowl and an intramural and pizza party.

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East Syracuse votes to override NYS tax levy cap

The East Syracuse Village Board voted unanimously to override the New York State property tax levy limit for the upcoming fiscal year.

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The crime plot thickens…

Broken storefront window at Cazenovia Abroad being investigated by police

Cazenovia police are investigating a broken storefront window at Cazenovia Abroad, located at 67 Albany St. — which is also part of the commercial block behind which the reported stabbing occurred over the weekend.

Cazenovia High School second quarter honor roll announced

Cazenovia High School second quarter honor roll announced.

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LETTER: If enrollment is down, why are taxes going up?

To the editor: Just finished reading the column by Russ Tarby in the Star-Review about our high school taxes in the county [“Consensus kicks door open to future tax relief,” page 4, Feb. 3]. The one thing that was missing from the column was that, as taxpayers, we still continue to approve the school budgets that come up for a vote each year. Maybe it’s about time the taxpayers started voting down the budget and forced the school administrators and boards of education to find other ways to educate the kids that are more cost-effective.

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LETTER: Tarby gives unrealistic view of school taxes, demographics

To the editor: Reading Russ Tarby’s article, “Consensus kicks door open to future tax relief” [page 4, Feb. 3] one is lead to believe that the Liverpool school district “demands” money from its taxpayers and that those budget increases are somehow out of line with the district’s needs. Let’s take a closer look at the reality.

Winter break events announced at the Cazenovia Public Library

The Cazenovia Public Library is offering students and families a week of exciting activities during the upcoming Winter Break—Museum Academy, Building Palooza, Coloring for Adults, Animals in Winter and movies.

Area police blotters for the week of Jan. 29 to Feb. 5

Area police blotters for the week of Jan. 29 to Feb. 5

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Kimberly Hall keeps her cool in court

On Feb. 10, the Onondaga County Magistrates Court Clerk’s Association recognized Kim Hall’s efforts by swearing her in as one of its officers at its annual meeting at Bellevue Golf and Country Club. The ceremony was conducted by none other than Judge LaValle himself.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Paid family leave good for families, the economy

Have you ever had to choose between caring for a loved one and working so you can pay the bills? It’s a painful decision that too many workers have had to make.

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NOPL NEWS: Pay library fines with food

Patrons often approach the service desk at NOPL, hand their library card to a staff member, and confess, “I think I owe something.” It’s not uncommon for someone to owe an overdue fee at the library. But for some, knowing a small fine is owed on their card is enough to keep them from coming back for a while.

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