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State Police to increase DWI enforcement this weekend

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the New York State Police will join local law enforcement agencies across the state in an effort to crack down on impaired driving during the big game between Seattle and New England this weekend. The STOP-DWI campaign will include increased patrols on the roadways and sobriety checkpoints to deter, identify and arrest impaired drivers.

Three technology classes to be offered during February at Cazenovia Public Library

During February at the Cazenovia Public Library, three technology classes will be offered. On Wednesday, Feb. 4, Margaret Teitsch Mulvey will conduct a class on the “Basics of Microsoft Word” and Amy Wyant returns to conduct two intermediate classes — “iPad Intermediate” on Feb. 18 and “iPhone Intermediate” on Feb. 25.

CHS Mock Trial Team preparing for new season

After making it to the semi-finals of last year’s competition, the Cazenovia High School’s Mock Trial Team is already gearing up for what should prove to be a challenging season.

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Local teens heading to Irish dance world championships

When you think of youth dance classes, you typically think of the jazz, ballet, tap or hip-hop. But how often does Irish dancing — with a style that is characterized by a rigid upper body with fast moving footwork — come to mind as an extracurricular option? The sport is actually much bigger and more competitive than one would think.

F-M art program excels at 2015 Scholastic Art Awards

Fayetteville-Manlius School District art students in grades seven through 12 recently won a total of 154 awards at the 2015 Central New York Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition.

Becallo accuses Venesky, Germain of threats

Cicero Town Councilor Mike Becallo is claiming that other members of the town’s administration have made threats against him.

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Cougars hold off Wildcats in hockey clash

Syracuse gets hat trick from Eccles in 5-4 win

Over the course of eight days, the West Genesee and Syracuse ice hockey teams would settle matters in the Division I American Conference against each other. But even the participants had no idea just how intense the battle would get once they squared off.

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Felony arrests, court cases in Cazenovia increase in 2014

At the Jan. 5 village board of trustees meeting, Trustee Fritz Koennecke, liaison to the village court, said the court handled 50 percent more felonies in 2014 than it did during the three previous years, which is having an impact on the workload of the court, the court clerks and the police. Koennecke’s report to the board led the Cazenovia Republican to inquire to the village court clerk and police chief about the current statistics from their two departments and what the numbers mean.

The sobering reality of politics

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Last week’s State of the Area event was as excellent and educational as always — but a bit more sobering than in past years. While there continue to be positive happenings in our area — such as popular community events, municipal achievements and success in keeping taxes low — the impacts of Washington and Albany politics on the quality of our lives was disturbing. U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna’s stark assessment of Washington partisanship and gridlock was, while not surprising, still frustrating to hear; while Cazenovia CSD Superintendent Matt Reilly’s warning of our district’s dire financial circumstance and the need for all residents to stand up and demand the refunding of our stolen aid from our state legislators was saddening.

Buffalo veggie VIP teaches cooking class at Willow HWC

Genga Ponnampalam, founder of the Buffalo-based vegan and gluten-free food company and café Go Veggies Inc., is sharing his culinary expertise in a cooking class Feb. 7 at the Willow Health and Wellness Center in Baldwinsville. Ponnampalam aims to show people that eating healthy can be easy and delicious.

Cardboard sledding derby to raise money for ACR Health

ACR Health will hold its fifth annual Sled for RED Cardboard Sledding Derby at Four Seasons Golf & Ski Center in Fayetteville on Feb. 7.

CACDA receives grants to support art and culture in Cazenovia

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) was recently awarded grants from CNY Arts to support two annual events in Cazenovia. Both grants were made through the CNY Arts 2015 Decentralization Program.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Federal investigators trap Albany’s Silver fox

Former Cicero Assemblyman Michael Bragman sure looks good in retrospect.  Bragman’s nemesis, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was arrested on federal corruption charges Jan. 22.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Brian Piraino

This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week is Brian Piraino.

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Guest column: North Syracuse doing its part for government efficiency

During the 2014 re-election campaign, Gov. Cuomo claimed that New York’s high property taxes were due to the waste and duplication of New York’s “more than 10,500 local governments.” Not only is his contention incorrect, the governor also failed to acknowledge the role the state has played in exacerbating this property tax problem.

NOPL news: Forgiveness, fun and frugality

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, NOPL is excited to announce the return of our popular “Food for Fines” program.

LETTERS: Toomey home doesn’t belong on Doyle Road

To the editor: “Lysander Citizens United” began in the year 2014 as resident opposition to the establishment of a treatment facility for severely emotionally disturbed young boys on Doyle Road. We are still in existence and are active.

Town of Manlius to waive special permit renewal fee

Would apply to residential properties in industrial zones

The Manlius Town Board decided last week that town residents who live in industrial zones will no longer be required to pay the $100 fee to renew their special use permit to have their property in an industrial zone.

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CNY Make-A-Wish celebrates 30 years of granting wishes

After granting more than 1,500 wishes, the Central New York chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation celebrated its 30th year anniversary at an event on Jan. 20 at the chapter’s office in East Syracuse.

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists to offer public educational symposium on joint replacement

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists has announced it will host an extensive, one-day educational symposium about the latest advances in joint replacement care. “Joint Replacement: The Future in Now, An Interactive Event with Expert Surgeons,” is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Onondaga Community College, Storer Hall, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike.

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