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LETTER: Moderates stay silent on extremist remarks

To the editor: Congressman John Lewis was right when he recently said that he saw the “the scars and stains of racism” in Rudy Giuliani’s remarks about the President of the United States.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Ensuring opportunities for all students

A huge part of our children’s education is their social development. That happens in the classroom, on the playground and through participation in interscholastic activities such as team sports.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Heroic bouncer Lawrence Gabriel is an aspiring boxer

Lawrence Gabriel, the hero of McAvan’s shooting incident, has plenty of friends here in Liverpool. They were singin’ his praises down at The Cobblestone the day after he helped remove a man firing a handgun at McAvan’s Pub, 1217 W. Fayette St., in Syracuse, in the early morning hours of Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.

NOPL news: NOPL eliminates overdue fines for children and teens

The board of trustees of the Northern Onondaga Public Library, with branches in Brewerton, Cicero and North Syracuse, is proud to announce a new policy that will eliminate overdue fines on materials for children and teens.

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CNY Computer Repair sets up shop in L’pool

After nearly 20 years catering to businesses in a 250-mile radius, Kevin Fairbanks has brought his technology retail and repair business to roost in the village of Liverpool.

Sound levels: Public hearing set April 13 to discuss village noise concerns

Have you ever had to call the cops to quell a loud party next door? How about that summer night when the guitar players turned their amps up to 10 at the nightclub down the street? Next month, the village of Liverpool’s board of trustees wants to hear your story. The trustees are considering possible changes to the village noise ordinance and have scheduled a public hearing on the matter for 7 p.m. April 13, at the Village Hall, 310 Sycamore St.

LHS Senior of the Week: Alex Moore

Liverpool High School Senior of the Week Alex Moore is a member of the National Honor Society and Model United Nations.

Syracuse Press Club offering $2,000 scholarship

The Syracuse Press Club is now accepting applications for the 2015 DeVesty-Williams Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship will be given to one full-time undergraduate student, who is studying print, broadcast or digital journalism at a college or university in the Syracuse Press Club service area. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

Time’s up: Schools out of snow days

February 2015 was the coldest month in Syracuse’s 113 years of record, and Central New York schools are scrambling to make up for lost time. With several delays and closings due to snow and bitterly cold air, some districts have met or exceeded their calendars’ allotted emergency closing days.

In like a lion

North Syracuse emphasizes winter safety

While fingers are crossed for lamb-like weather to arrive soon, the village of North Syracuse shared some tips for staying safe during the last days of winter at the Feb. 26 board of trustees meeting.

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GRM performs ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’

Gillette Road Middle School will perform “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” March 12 through 14. This stage musical is based on the 1968 movie of the same name starring the beloved actor, Dick Van Dyke.

Melting point

Cicero spends $7,200 on ice problem

Though it’s just a temporary fix for larger facilities problems, the Cicero Town Board has found a solution for the ice buildup on the highway garage. The board approved the installation of heating tape to melt the ice above the main door and on the first bay of the garage at its Feb. 25 meeting.

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Think it’s cold now? Dave Shephard can tell you a story about February 1934

If you mentioned to Cazenovia resident David Shephard how cold it was at the start of this past February, he will point out that the start of February 1934 was even colder. In fact, the first two weeks of February 1934 were colder than 2015. Dave won't tell you this because he remembers that February, but it was a pretty important time in his life, nonetheless.

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School board awards bid contracts for $7.4 million capital project

The Cazenovia Board of Education last week officially awarded the bid contracts for both the $7.4 million district-wide capital improvement project and for a $100,000 electrical work project at Burton Street Elementary School.

School administration says: No increase in state funding means definite district program cuts

The Cazenovia school district administration last week discussed the current estimates for its initial 2015-16 budget and Assistant Superintendent Bill Furlong said he feels “pretty comfortable” that all current district programs will be maintained — as long as Cazenovia receives at least half of its expected state aid funding, or $450,000. If Gov. Andrew Cuomo decides to eliminate state education aid increases this year, the effects will be “devastating” to Cazenovia, and will result potentially in the loss of some district programs and possibly high school electives, and an increase in elementary class sizes, Furlong said.

J-D, CBA hoops set up sectional finals showdown

Red Rams beat top seed Carthage; Brothers handle Whitesboro

For all of the fun times the Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball teams have shared on the court in the last decade or so, they've never faced each other with a Section III championship at stake, largely because they were placed in separate classes once tournament time rolled around.

Ludden, Westhill reach sectional hoops finals

Gaelic Knights rally for OT win; Warriors whip Cazenovia

In order to still have a chance at maintaining their respective Section III championship win streaks, the Bishop Ludden and Westhill boys basketball teams had to go through very different experiences in their respective semifinal games on Sunday at Onondaga Community College.

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B’ville vocal teacher rooting for ‘Voice’ contestant

Central New York is waiting for one of its own to hear from Hollywood. Josh Batstone, an 18-year-old aspiring musical theater performer from Fulton, will appear this week on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice.”

Lakers handled by Westhill in Class B semis

Defending state, Federation champs pull away from Caz

What the Cazenovia boys basketball team found out was that having a terrific 2014-15 season was both great and terrible at the same time. The fun was in building up a 16-5 record and advancing to the Section III Class B semifinals. The misfortune was that it came at the same time that Westhill was making a historic run at back-to-back state and Federation championships.

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Burdo medals twice at state swim meet

Liverpool swimmer third in 100, 200 freestyle

Liverpool boys swimmer Nick Burdo has a great sense of timing. All season long, Burdo had put up tremendous times in a wide variety of races, but when he concentrated on the 100 and 200-yard freestyle for last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association meet at Ithaca College, he really stepped it up.

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