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Animal welfare concerns arise in circus production at ShoppingTown parking lot

The Cole Bro’s Circus has gained approval to set up and produce a circus under a tent at ShoppingTown mall parking lot from July 10 to 12, but some local animal advocate groups are unhappy with this decision.

Guidelines for garage sales adopted by village of East Syracuse

The East Syracuse Village Board has voted to adopt a local law that puts guidelines on garage sales within the village. The law limits the number of garage sales a family can have to three per year, and each sale can only last three days.

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New chef, new menu, new wine – Owera Vineyards kickstarts summer season

Owera Vineyards has been winning medals for the quality of its Cazenovia-made wines for years, and now Madison County’s only winery is seeking to make a new mark on people’s palates with its food. Owera has started the 2015 summer season with a new chef and a new tasting room menu — with all the ingredients coming not just locally, but many from Owera’s own backyard.

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Manlius-based CPA elected to NYSSCPA board of directors

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) has elected Steven Stanek, Manlius-based CPA, to its board of directors. Stanek will represent the Syracuse Chapter on the board.

Village board creates new 15-minutes parking spots on Albany Street

Four new 15-minute parking spots potentially will be added to Albany Street in the near future in order to give shoppers the ability to find a convenient space to park while they run quick errands downtown. The village board discussed the potential parking change to add the new spaces — two at each end on different sides of the Albany Street downtown shopping district — at its July 1 meeting.

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Welcome to B’ville

Visitor Center seeks volunteers

If you’ve ever strolled down the trail by Lock 24 and seen the volunteers chatting in their chairs on the tiny porch of the Baldwinsville Visitor Center, you might be wondering if they’re working hard or hardly working. The truth is somewhere in between those extremes; volunteer Mickie Lorenz called the two-hour shifts of directing tourists and locals alike to Baldwinsville’s greatest wonders a “pretty laid-back job.”

Boards in brief: B’ville approves carp overnights

Carp fishers might have a few more chances to dip into the Seneca River this summer. The village of Baldwinsville board of trustees approved Wild Carp Companies’ request to host overnight carp fishing events during weekends in June, July and August at the July 2 meeting.

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Owera Vineyards, town of Caz square off in state supreme court

Two sides argue merits of planning board site plan approval for winery’s proposed new event center

Attorneys for the Town of Cazenovia, Owera Vineyards and East Lake Road neighbors of Owera Vineyards this week appeared before State Supreme Court Judge Dennis K. McDermott in Wampsville to argue whether the town planning board exceeded its authority in its February site plan approval for Owera’s proposed 6,300 square-foot permanent promotion and marketing facility.

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Zych joins Weichert, Realtors – The Bollinger Group

Weichert, Realtors – The Bollinger Group, located in Fayetteville, has announced John Zych has joined their office as a licensed real estate salesperson. He is serving buyers and sellers in Onondaga, Madison, Oswego, Cayuga and Oneida counties.

Le Moyne College adopts test optional admission policy

Students applying to Le Moyne College to begin study in fall 2016 will now have the option of submitting their SAT and ACT test scores or withholding them for consideration as part of the admission process.

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Homegrown help

County agricultural council launches ‘Onondaga Grown’

The Onondaga County Agriculture Council kicked off its newest “buy local” initiative June 24 at Reeves Farms. The “Onondaga Grown” campaign seeks to promote the more than 700 farms in Onondaga County, which generate a $152 million agricultural economy.

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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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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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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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.