Owera Vineyards is back before the town planning board seeking to build a new 6,300 square-foot “Promotion and Marketing Facility” to replace its three-season events tent for special winery functions. If approved, the new building would be larger and more functional than the current events tent — and would be built using state-of-the-art soundproofing materials in order to eliminate the noise issues and complaints the winery has been fighting against for more than a year.
A resolution to apply for $4 million in bonds to help fund the Carrier Field project in DeWitt was approved by the town board at its Oct. 6 meeting.
When Linda Dwyer looked at her business classes at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, she thought something was off-kilter. “I noticed that most of my classes were male-dominated,” Dwyer said. In fact, one of her class sections doesn’t have a single female student. In an effort to jumpstart C-NS girls’ interest in business, Dwyer applied for and won the “E-Girls: Empowering Girls through Entrepreneurship” grant from the North Syracuse Education Foundation. She received about $1,400 to give 40 girls a taste of entrepreneurship.
Five hundred people RSVP’d to the Northwest Family YMCA’s preview party on the site of the Y’s future home on River Road Oct. 4. Throngs of people braved chilly, wet weather to crowd into tents packed with neon-clad YMCA volunteers handing out fliers about the new facility, healthy snacks and water bottles. With construction well underway as of May of this year, the Northwest Family YMCA (NWFY) is set to open in spring 2015. At 100,000 square feet, it will be the largest YMCA in the greater Syracuse area. The cost of the project totals $20 million, $6 million of which will come from fundraising. So far, the NFWY has raised $3.2 million.
Looking to take your taste buds on a food adventure? Look no further — Trader Joe’s has opened a new location at 3440 Erie Boulevard East in DeWitt.
Seventh grade students at ESM Pine Grove East middle school took a “reverse field trip” last week during which they had only to walk outside their school to learn a lesson about owning a mobile restaurant business from The Bacon Bandits — and the kids also got to shock their taste buds with a taste of the bandits’ famous bacon jam.
The Manlius village board last week unanimously approved a local law to grant a special use permit to local entrepreneurs who intend to open a brew pub in the village of Manlius. The brew pub, which would be located at 315 E. Seneca St., would be one piece of a larger business plan to include two farms to grow hops and barley in the town of Manlius, create a brewery at one of the farms and open the brew pub.
After the sale of the Lysander Radisson Community Arena to the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena fell through earlier this year, the Lysander Town Board voted Sept. 25 to take control of the ice rink. The action will terminate the Greater Baldwinsville YMCA’s lease — and the GBIA’s sublease through the YMCA — in 2015. With the resignation of the ice arena’s manager and both rinks requiring repairs under “serious time constraints,” according to Supervisor John Salisbury, the town board held two emergency meetings and a work session last week to decide the fate of the rink, declaring it an “emergency situation” in the Sept. 25 meeting.
Richard Hubbard, owner of The Brewster Inn restaurant and inn, has decided not to expand his business by purchasing two neighboring houses on Ledyard Avenue. The decision was based on the expiration of the existing purchase agreement and a failure to reach agreement on a new contract — but was also heavily influenced by the potential threat of litigation from other neighborhood residents.
October has been designated as Madison County's “open enrollment” period during which properties can be added to an existing agricultural district.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County and partners, including the NYS Center for Equine Business Development, are pleased to announce registration is now open for its first ever October Equine Series.
The “Buy Madison Program” is announcing a new event called “First Wednesday.” Every first Wednesday of the month a different local business will be in the spotlight. Demonstrations, samples, expanded hours, specials and more will be offered.
New York Farm Bureau and the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) are recognizing “National Farm Safety and Health Week” which runs Sept. 21 to 27. The theme this year is “Safety Counts: Protecting What Matters.” It serves as an important reminder for the nearly 36,000 farms in the state that strive to provide a safe workplace environment for their family members and employees.
The site of the former Tri-County Mall property on Downer Street is being demolished in preparation for a 442-unit luxury apartment complex. The redevelopment comes after years of stalled plans for the site, which has sat vacant since a 2008 demolition plan fell through. Demolition began Sept. 15.
More than 300 people turned out last week to eat, drink, mingle and — most importantly — help raise funds for the Cazenovia Children’s House during the organization’s annual Taste of Cazenovia fundraising event, held this year at the Willow Bank Yacht Club.