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FROM THE PUBLISHER: A new look for a new era

Eagle News redesigns, rebrands

After working throughout the summer on a new look and feel for our newspapers, I’m proud to announce in this week’s edition that the Star-Review and all of Eagle News’ weekly publications are launching redesigned newspapers with a modular advertising grid and expanded space for local content.

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EDITORIAL: Vote ‘yes’ on NWFD proposition

On Sept. 22, residents in Baldwinsville will head to the polls to decide if the North West Fire District can build a new fire station on Smokey Hollow Road in the village. Voting in favor of the NWFD’s proposition makes sense from a cost standpoint and a safety standpoint.

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EDITORIAL: Vote ‘yes’ on NSCSD referendum

On Sept. 24, voters in the North Syracuse Central School District will head to the polls to decide on two propositions. Neither will raise taxes, and both will benefit the district and its residents. It’s a win-win situation.

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EDITORIAL: September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

According to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, when ovarian cancer is found before it has spread beyond the ovaries, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92 percent. But because there is no screening method for early detection of ovarian cancer, only one-fifth of all cases are discovered at this stage.

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EDITORIAL: Easing into the back-to-school routine

Getting back into the swing of the school year can be quite an adjustment for parents and children alike. Luckily, we have a few tips on how to ease your family into the back-to-school routine.

Editorial: Fayetteville should readdress 2012 renters’ law

At the Aug. 10 meeting of Fayetteville Board of Trustees, a problem relating to mold was brought to the village board by tenants in an apartment complex located within the village. With the current village laws, there doesn’t seem to be much the village code inspector could do about the problem because he is only allowed to do exterior inspections on rental properties in the village when he receives a complaint.

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EDITORIAL: Town must do better in bringing water to its residents

The latest effort to bring a water district to Lamson Road has failed. It’s a huge blow to the residents who can’t get decent water and just one in a series of unsuccessful efforts to connect the area to public water.

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EDITORIAL: LBE needs your help with playground build

Are you good with your hands? Looking for something to do Friday, Aug. 28, and Saturday, Aug 29? Do you like free food? Then come on down to Long Branch Elementary next weekend to help build their new playground!

Editorial: Manlius Town Board should have shown more transparency in town manager vote

At the July 22 meeting of the Manlius Town Board, the board voted unanimously to change the position of town manager from a part-time hourly wage position to a full-time position with an annual salary of $55,600.

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EDITORIAL: Keep concussions at bay with sports safety tips

As summer draws to a close, local Pop Warner leagues are gearing up for their seasons. Many parents are hesitant to let their little ones participate because of the high rate of head injuries; football players suffer the most concussions of any youth sport.

EDITORIAL: Let’s all help build a new community playground

Every community needs a great public park and playground, and plans are underway to create one in Cazenovia in the Riverside Drive area behind the Cazenovia Public Library. The village board has been working for months on plans to redevelop the “Creekside” district, which would include a park and playground surrounded by nature trails, and their board meeting next Monday, Aug. 3, will include a public hearing to discuss the issue. What is just as exciting as creating a new park for our community, however, is the opportunity for all of us to contribute to the project.

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EDITORIAL: Look out for Lyme

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. It infects about 300,000 people a year, roughly 10 times more Americans than previously reported. The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982, making it a huge public health problem. So what should we do about it? To start, we should educate ourselves about the problem.

Editorial: DeWitt Community Library relocation is needed to keep the library up-to-date

The idea that a library is a quiet place filled with just books, encyclopedias and a collection of archived magazines and papers is a thing of the past. Technology has grown so much in the past few decades that the needs of modern libraries are evolving. Our local community libraries need to grow to accommodate what the general public wants.

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EDITORIAL: Protect your pets and your family from rabies

As you’re spending more time outside this summer, make sure you keep yourself and your pets safe from rabies. There is no treatment for this virus, which is transmitted by the bite of a rabid mammal, but luckily, rabies is preventable.

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EDITORIAL: Forcing eighth-graders to take Regents curriculum doesn’t serve students

We certainly don’t doubt the abilities of the students in the Baldwinsville district, and we don’t advocate for the dumbing down of our students. But to force an accelerated curriculum down the throats of the entire student body, especially with so little discussion, practically guarantees that some will be left behind.