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Homeowners file suit to annul Western Gateway zone change

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Home owners in the new Western Gateway zoning district, on the lake's southern shore, filed a lawsuit this week to annul this rezoning. Their complaint is that the rezoning adulterates their neighborhood by introducing commercial uses into a district whose dominant use has been residential since Cazenovia was first incorporated as a village in 1810.

EDITORIAL: OCM BOCES needs to respond to F-M … and the public

Over the past few weeks, the Eagle Bulletin has produced two stories relating to accusations by the F-M school board president that OCM BOCES has been violating a longstanding gentleman’s agreement. This agreement relates to how the 11 member seats on the board of education are split between the 23 component districts, namely, that the top five schools in terms of enrollment get their own seats and the remaining seats are shared by the remaining districts.

Teens’ arrests does not reflect on our community

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Thank you Mr. Emerson for showcasing the pictures of Cazenovia's high school desperadoes on the front page of this week’s Republican; I'll be sure to be on the lookout for them in the village. While you describe our community as "saddened" and "ashamed" by this incident, I would like to say what shames me is that many in this community, including you Mr. Emerson, can't let the families of these boys make their way through what has surely become a nightmare for them without the constant reminder that half the town is judging them, and not very silently.

The “buts” do not have it

EDITORIAL

The topic of the three teens’ recent arrests for throwing homemade chemical “bombs” at a teacher’s home continues to be part of the Cazenovia community conversation. What interests us is how many people continue to defend the behavior of these boys who allegedly broke the law and could have seriously injured someone. We continue to hear comments in person and see comments online and in social media — such as the letter to the editor in this week’s issue — that say, “I’m not saying the boys did not do wrong, but…” and “I’m not trying to defend the boys’ behavior, but…” Ever and always, there is that “but” — that grammatical coordinating conjunction that people pretend does not mean they are excusing the boys’ behavior, when really that is exactly what they are trying to do.

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NOPL NEWS: Have you met Lynda?

Lynda.com, an online leader for professional development courses and skill-building tutorials, is the newest digital resource to be offered to all NOPL cardholders through the Onondaga County Public Library system.

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LETTER: New budget doesn’t help educators, students

To the editor: It is my belief that Assemblyman Al Stirpe was bit overenthusiastic in his self-congratulations on the new state budget, especially as it refers to education. Stirpe states that legislators “were able to replace the governor’s original proposal with one that ensures teacher evaluations are conducted at the local level and controlled by professional educators, rather than politicians.”

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Equal Pay Day highlights the need for women’s equality

In July of 1848, the first gathering to raise awareness and advocate for women’s rights was held right here in New York, and our state has since remained at the forefront of the women’s rights movement. We’ve come a long way in the fight for women’s equality since that first meeting, but there’s still much more work to be done. More than 165 years later, women still do not earn equal pay for equal work. That’s why I joined our nation’s men and women in observing Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 14.

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REMEMBERING CLAY: Influence of brewing on early America and Clay

The earliest settlers to arrive in Clay en masse were German and Dutch, coming from the upper Hudson River area, where they had lived for about 100 years after leaving the lower Hudson around 1712. These Palatines brought with them a taste for beer. Let’s review the history of how brewing influenced the historic events that brought Clay’s ancestors here. The following information was taken from “Upper Hudson Valley Beers,” by Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod (published by American Palate, 2014).

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LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: ‘Geeked up’ stoners filling local emergency rooms

This month, Central New York’s hospital emergency rooms have been inundated with people experiencing negative reactions after ingesting so-called synthetic marijuana. Upstate University Hospital’s emergency room saw upwards of 30 such patients last week, and the problem has also been noted right here in the village.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: So-called ‘landmark’ ethics reforms continue to fall short

I am skeptical of the claim, however, in light of the fact that we have passed “landmark” ethics reform in the recent past and yet ethical lapses by elected officials continue to occur.

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LIBRARY FOCUS: Spring into the library

The snow has finally melted, the trees are budding and we’re more than halfway through the taxing month of April. It’s time to get out of your rut and find out what’s new at the library. Come on down and check out our amazing show of elementary artists and the new block table in the children’s area and don’t forget to vote on the budget and stock up at our spring book sale.

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Canton Woods Senior Center: Learn about adaptive gardening

There is always something exciting happening at Canton Woods. In addition to all of the center's regularly scheduled activities, be sure to mark your calendar for these interesting opportunities.

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EDITORIAL: Opting out sends a strong message -- but will Albany hear it?

You’d think, with some 16 percent of students statewide making a conscious choice not to take the exams, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Education Department might start to rethink their policies.

EDITORIAL: Town of Manlius is able to address public concerns in senior living center project

Last week, Manlius Town Attorney Tim Frateschi presented a draft resolution for a special use permit for Resort Lifestyle Communities to construct a senior living center on the corner of North Burdick Street and Medical Center Drive.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: The glorious cruelty of it all

In two nights, in two aftermaths, in vivid images of victory and defeat, the wonder and pull of sports was bared right in front of us, personified by the Wisconsin Badgers.

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