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LETTER: Thanks to those who helped with After the Ball party

To the editor: On June 1, from midnight to 3:30 a.m., more than 300 Cicero-North Syracuse students attended the After the Ball Party at C-NS High School. This event provided our students with entertainment, refreshments and the opportunity to win numerous valuable prizes, including a car generously donated for the 25th year by Burdick Toyota. If it weren’t for the many amazing businesses, organizations and individuals who provided donations, this event designed to keep our kids safe on ball night would not be possible.

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Goodbye, Mr. Dubik – a look back at superintendent’s 38-year career in education

In his 14 years in the Cazenovia Central School District — 10 of those as superintendent — Bob Dubik has achieved many successes, made institutional changes, passed 10 budgets, attended at least one event for every school sport and extracurricular activity offered and been a constant and visible participant in community organizations and events. “I’m a proud father,” Dubik said after ticking off the numerous accomplishments of Cazenovia students he has fostered and witnessed since he became superintendent in 2004. “I’m proud of everything, not just one thing that we’ve accomplished. … Certainly there are things I will miss, especially the kids — seeing them every day, getting hugs, cards, well-wishes from parents, the thank yous and appreciation from community members.” Last Saturday’s commencement ceremonies for the Cazenovia High School Class of 2014 were, in fact, Dubik’s last as superintendent. He retired on June 30, after a career of more than 30 years in education.

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Graduation: Cazenovia High School Class of 2014 crosses the stage

It was a sunny, 80-degree day in Cazenovia last Saturday, June 28, as the Cazenovia High School Class of 2014 celebrated its commencement on the green outside the Cazenovia Middle School. Hundreds of white folding chairs were packed with family, friends, teachers and district staff as the 132 candidates for graduation, dressed in their blue and white robes, each holding a yellow rose, received their awards, scholarships, general accolades and, of course, their high school diplomas.

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Assembly honors Paninski for earning first place in National Archery Competition

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I--Pulaski) recently honored Altmar-Parish Williamstown High School's Jarid Paninski for capturing first place in the New York State National Archery in the Schools Program competition.

C.W. Baker High School opts out of National School Lunch Program

In an effort to increase participation in the school lunch program at C.W. Baker High School, the Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education has notified the State Education Department that the high school will no longer participate in the National School Lunch Program. This will only impact C.W. Baker High School.

LCSD BOE continues to work on redistricting

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education continued to move forward with plans for redistricting by the fall of 2015 at its regular meeting Monday, June 23.

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F-M students gain real-world work experience through internships

Several Fayetteville-Manlius High School students recently had the opportunity to compete for a scholarship while earning some real-world work experience.

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Common Grounds Service Learning Program has successful first year

What is service learning? This was the exact question I was asking myself a year ago — well, a school year ago, when I decided to take on this role. Ultimately, service learning is a philosophy where students are encouraged to combine what they study in school with their own skills and interests, and apply it to community service activities. Moreover, the goal of service learning is for students to reflect on the issues and needs of the area, organization or population that they are serving, which in turn offers an opportunity for them to grow as a result of the work they do in our community.

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Cazenovia College receives $2,000 Phi Kappa Phi literacy grant

Grant will allow College to strengthen partnership with Cazenovia Community Preschool through the sharing of multicultural literacy resources

The Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant Selection Committee and the Society Board of Directors recently notified Cazenovia College that its literacy grant proposal, Multicultural Books in Early Childhood Students' Hands, has received full funding in the amount of $2,000.

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B’ville students to explore science this summer

Two Baldwinsville students have been selected to attend the Bristol-Myers Squibb Science Horizons program at Syracuse University this summer, and two students have been selected as alternates.

‘Dead Divas’ coming To Caz with Siobhan Fallon Hogan as host

Event to fund Brian R. Gara Memorial Hockey Scholarship

Catherine Cummings Theater will present “Dead Divas,” a tribute to the legendary ladies of song from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 26, featuring local talent covering favorites from Janis Joplin, Eva Cassidy, Billie Holliday, Karen Carpenter, Patsy Cline, Donna Summer and more. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Brian R. Gara Memorial Hockey Scholarship, a monetary award presented annually to a graduating Cazenovia Varsity hockey player

Mayor Olson attends Maker Faire at the White House

Fayetteville Mayor Mark Olson was one of 20 mayors from across the nation invited to join President Barack Obama on June 18 for the first-ever Maker Faire, held at the White House. Olson also joined a policy discussion with senior Obama Administration officials to discuss support for manufacturing communities on economic, infrastructure and community revitalization.

Cazenovia Public Library seeks community input through survey

The Cazenovia Public Library survey “Your Thoughts, Our Future,” that was recently sent to community members, is intended to help the Library serve the current and future needs of the community during this time of rapid change.

Lions Club honors 2013-14 students of the month

The Cazenovia Lions Club last week honored its 10 students of the month for the 2013-14 school year at its 12th annual end of the year dinner at Cazenovia College, which featured a presentation by world-renowned musician Samite Mulondo, founder of Musicians for World Harmony.

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ESM students, community organizations simulate DWI accident

On June 11, the Manlius Police Department, East Syracuse and Minoa Fire Departments, E.A.V.E.S first responders, medical examiners and representatives from Schepp Family Funeral Homes were on the scene at East Syracuse Minoa High School for what appeared to be a two-car drunk driving accident.