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‘Evening in Vegas’ fundraiser supports ESM Education Foundation

Spend “An Evening in Vegas” at the East Syracuse Minoa Education Foundation (ESMEF) Dinner-Dance fundraiser from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Traditions at the Links in East Syracuse.

Fresh Air Fund announces new local chairperson

The Fresh Air Fund is pleased to announce that Donielle Dwyer, of Chittenango, is the newest Chairperson for the East Syracuse area. Dwyer, her husband Brian, and their daughters Brooklyn and Isabella started hosting through the Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program last summer.

CACDA to sponsor presentation by local Amish community

The Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA) is sponsoring an upcoming presentation and discussion of the local Amish community as part of their 2015 Community Building Signature Project.

CCP’s annual fundraising gala coming March 6

Cazenovia Community Preschool’s second annual event, The Gala at Lincklaen, scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 6, at The Lincklaen House, will help erase the winter blues with a night of activities, raffles, auctions and lots of food and drink.

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Reynolds Youth Players to stage ‘We Are Monsters’

The Reynolds Elementary School Youth Players have been hard at work rehearsing for their eighth musical production, “We Are Monsters.” The play runs March 26 through 28.

LIBRARY FOCUS: BPL ventures into the world of Minecraft

The library has just purchased licenses for Minecraft.edu and loaded it onto our laptops. We are now looking at ways to make them available for regular gaming at the library. As part of our efforts we will be holding our first official Minecraft Shakedown cruise at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Danger of EEE returns

As we endure one of the harshest winters in memory and prepare for possibly more snow, it seems strange that I am writing about the mosquito-borne virus, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).  But with March 20, the beginning of spring, just a few weeks away, this important topic is indeed timely.

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.

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.

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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.”

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ShoppingTown Mall announces major renovation plans

100,000-square-feet of Sears wing to be demolished

Approximately 100,000 square feet of ShoppingTown Mall along Erie Boulevard is set to be demolished, and more parking, store fronts and outdoor walkways will take its place in an upcoming effort by Moonbeam Capital Investments, the company that bought ShoppingTown Mall in 2013, to entice new stores in and rejuvenate the moribund mall.

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‘Brave the shave’: St. Baldrick’s hair-shaving fundraiser returns to Cazenovia

Beautiful baldness is returning to Cazenovia in just under three weeks when the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser to battle childhood cancer will occur at Burton Street Elementary School. Last year’s event saw 113 community members shave their heads and raise $48,700 — and organizers Sean and Erin Kate Kelly hope to raise just as much, if not more, this year.

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F-M Relay for Life kicks off 2015 fundraising with dinner event

The Fayetteville-Manlius area Relay for Life will begin its fundraising efforts for the annual event with a kick-off dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the F-M high school cafeteria.

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