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Allie Wenner

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Saying goodbye to the eastern suburbs

I have never been a huge fan of writing personal columns, but I have to step out of my comfort zone a bit this week to announce that my last day as the editor of the Eagle Bulletin will be Aug. 29, as I’ll be moving to Princeton, New Jersey the next day.

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Something fishy in East Syracuse

Fish FINatics specializes in freshwater and saltwater fish care

Many people believe that every kid should have a dog. Chris Fowler, co-owner of Fish FINatics pet store in East Syracuse, believes that every kid should have a fish.

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Jazzing it up

Roger DeVore broadcasts ‘real, old-time jazz’ every week out of East Syracuse

Roger DeVore can remember hearing live jazz bands at his uncles' houses as well as many jazz records at his family’s home when he was just 5 years old, growing up in Ridgewood, New Jersey in the 1940s. His interest in the genre grew stronger as he got older, and he began visiting New York City nightclubs when he was as young as 16 to listen to the different jazz musicians who performed there.

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You are what you eat?

Fayetteville woman raising awareness about food allergy walk; proceeds will go to research

From the time she was 11 months old, Lindsey Stoppacher’s oldest daughter, Harper, did not like the taste of peanuts.

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Salon and local non-profit team up to provide free wigs to cancer patients

During the early years of Rose Ruggiero’s career as a hairstylist, she worked at a salon that required its employees to take part in community service. And during those years of employment, Ruggiero dedicated hours of her time to cutting wigs for patients at no charge.

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The ‘Geek’ life

Fayetteville Library’s Geek Girl Camp encourages science, engineering, technology and math careers for girls

It’s not very common to find a public library that offers a week-long summer camp experience for kids. But the Fayetteville Free Library did just that from July 28 through Aug. 1, when it offered the first ever “Geek Girl Camp” for Central New York girls.

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Changing the way people think about insurance

Paul Quinn is the first Farmers Insurance agent on the east side

Over the last 35 years, Paul Quinn has worked in almost every aspect of insurance. He’s worked for several insurance carriers and one large insurance agency. He has been responsible for managing underwriting, marketing and sales functions at various corporate levels.

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The giving spirit

Fayetteville teen awarded $36,000 for providing low-income families with everyday essentials

It all started when Adena Rochelson volunteered at a local food pantry. Rochelson, who was 9 years old at the time, noticed an empty shelf that was intended to hold personal care items, like toilet paper and soap.

DeWitt Town Board votes in favor of changing town clerk to appointed position

Residents will decide the fate of the position with a referendum Sept. 23

On July 23, more than 50 concerned DeWitt residents packed town hall for a public hearing to discuss whether or not to change the town clerk from an elected to appointed position.

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No child left behind

Manlius author publishes book promoting awareness of changing family dynamics

During his more than 20 years of teaching in elementary schools in Brooklyn, Atlanta and Washington DC, Jason Galvez taught many different classes, several subjects and hundreds of students. And during his time working in Washington, DC, only one of his students came from a home with a mother and a father.

Should the town clerk be elected or appointed? DeWitt Town Board seeks residents’ feedback July 23

For the last 17 years, Barbara Klim has served as the DeWitt town clerk. But on June 25, Klim announced that she plans to retire effective July 22, leaving a vacancy which needs to be filled immediately.

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Yogurt Gone Wild presents a healthier version of frozen yogurt

When the Underwood siblings were growing up in the DeWitt area, one of their favorite things to do as a family was to visit the local TCBY frozen yogurt shop, located in the plaza across from Tops.

Chapel Street Apartments almost ready to build; Starbucks hopes to expand F’ville store

The proposed Chapel Street Apartments in the village of Fayetteville are a step closer to becoming a reality.

First annual ‘Taste of Manlius’ to benefit Manlius Historical Society

Proceeds will pay for renovations to the museum

Since 1976, the Manlius Historical Society has documented history happening in within the town of Manlius and villages of Fayetteville, Manlius and Minoa.

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Storm rips through CNY; East Syracuse among the hardest hit

Thousands left without power

Neighbors picking up brush. Parents keeping a watchful eye over wandering children. Power lines laying on the streets. Trees on top of houses and cars. All of these were common sights during the evening hours of July 8 and the majority of the next day in the village of East Syracuse following a storm that tore through the village around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8.

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Manlius takes first steps towards building new fire station

Village hopes to hold a referendum Aug. 26

After almost seven years of research and planning, the Village of Manlius is ready to take the next step towards building a new fire station.

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Fayetteville woman turns 100

Kay Eggleston may be the village’s oldest homeowner

Kay Eggleston has seen a lot during the 70 years she’s lived on Brooklea Drive in the village of Fayetteville. She remembers when Fayetteville and Manlius joined together into one centralized school district in the 1950s – “The kids didn’t like the fact that anyone was coming in from Manlius. We were kind of snippy in Fayetteville [back then]”.

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Manlius Town Board may be considering potential sites for new town hall

Since the Manlius, Minoa and Fayetteville Police Departments consolidated in 1985 into the Manlius Police Department, the Town of Manlius has toyed with the idea of bringing the police department and the town offices together into one building in a centralized location.

Proposed changes to Fayetteville zoning code leave residents concerned

A proposed amendment to a zoning chapter in the village of Fayetteville could change the rules that outline who can operate a business out of some of the village’s oldest homes.

Eastern suburbs summer concert guide 2014

Some great news for local music lovers: there will be free live music most weeknights during the month of July in the Eastern suburbs. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get ready for a full month of great bands and good times!

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Bringing the (infrared) heat

First infrared sauna spa opens in Manlius

There’s a new holistic healing technique sweeping the United States, and Renee Greco, one of the owners of Cure Infrared Sauna Spa, knows it’s more than just a fad.

Coyotes suspected to be living less than a mile from Mott Road Elementary School

It isn’t uncommon for Frank Pitcher to see wildlife in his backyard – owls, hawks, deer and woodchucks are among the typical visitors to his property.

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Into the ‘Fab Lab’ and beyond

How the Fayetteville Free Library transformed from a small suburban library into an internationally-recognized industry leader

Fayetteville Free Library Executive Director Sue Considine doesn’t play by the rules – she makes them. Since joining the FFL in 2001, Considine has moved the library from its 4,500 square foot building on East Genesee Street in 2003 to the vast 46,000 square foot space in the former Stickley Furniture Factory. She’s grown the staff from a handful of people to almost 50 and has increased the library’s budget from $300,000 to $1.6 million over the last ten years.

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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.

County Legislature holds ‘Ash for Trash’ meeting in DeWitt

Despite residents’ pleas, legislature does not extend public comment period

The clock is ticking towards the expiration of a contract between Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency and Covanta Energy regarding the incinerator on Rock Cut Road in Jamesville.

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All in the family

Local father-daughter team sells insurance in the heart of Manlius

If you live in the village of Manlius, chances are you drive past the Webb Agency every day and may not know it. Although the independent insurance agency has only been at its current location across from the Swan Pond for two years, Lisé Hodinger said she and co-owner Calvin Webb, who is also her father, have been making an effort to make their company an active part of the Manlius community.

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Mapping the world, one village at a time

Google Street View visits Manlius and Fayetteville

Now that the weather is getting nicer, a number of people are beginning to flock to Central New York to enjoy it – including representatives from Google.

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Big changes in store for ESM

District to begin Pine Grove Middle School renovations this month

On June 5, the East Syracuse Minoa School District held a groundbreaking ceremony for its “Greener, Greater Grove” project, a $29.4 million plan to renovate and make critical upgrades to Pine Grove Middle School.

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F-M Relay for Life raises more than $68,000

The goal was to raise $50,000 at the F-M Relay for Life event on May 31. But participants in the 12-hour long walk to raise awareness didn’t just exceed that goal – they shattered it, bringing in more than $68,000 by the end of the day.

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En garde!

Bulgarian champion athlete teaches fencing in DeWitt

When Lubo Kalpaktchiev arrived in Syracuse from his hometown of Sofia, Bulgaria in 1999, he had nothing – no money, no knowledge of the English language or American culture.

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Side Hill Farmers to expand after an explosive first year in Manlius

It’s 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, and Side Hill Farmers Head Butcher Kevin McCann is still cutting pork chops. “I’m a little behind today,” McCann said, as he prepares the meat to be put on the top shelf of the glass display case for the day. “This morning I got caught up doing some research.”

World record attempt to be held at 36th annual Oz-Stravaganza

Attendees will try to break record for the most people dressed in Oz costumes

The annual Oz-Stravaganza is going to be a bit different in 2014 from years’ past. For one thing, it’s the 75th anniversary of the release of the movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” which made its debut in theaters in August 1939. And in celebration, organizers are attempting to do something they’ve never done in the 36 years the event has been held: they’re going to try to make it into the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

World record attempt to be held at 36th annual Oz-Stravaganza

Attendees will try to break record for the most people dressed in Oz costumes

The annual Oz-Stravaganza is going to be a bit different in 2014 from years’ past. For one thing, it’s the 75th anniversary of the release of the movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” which made its debut in theaters in August 1939. And in celebration, organizers are attempting to do something they’ve never done in the 36 years the event has been held: they’re going to try to make it into the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

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East Syracuse Fire Department Field Days to be held June 19 – 21

Since he was a kid, Mike Cramer has been attending fire department field days. He said that 25 years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to attend a different department’s field days every weekend – on some weekends, there were may have even been two field days.

East Syracuse to begin process of looking into creating a fire district

At the May 19 East Syracuse Village Board meeting, the East Syracuse Fire Department gave its second presentation in six months to the board about the possibility of dissolving the fire department and creating a fire district.

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The ‘mystery’ behind the White House

Historic building with rich history now serves as office space for local professionals

You may have noticed the big white house nestled between the trees right in the middle of Lyndon Golf Course on Route 5 and wondered, “What is that building, anyway?” It’s called the White House, named after Ernest Ingersoll White, who built it as a summer home and farm in 1904. White believed that there would eventually be a lot of development on Syracuse’s east side, and wanted to create a “green belt” amongst all of the buildings and asphalt.

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F-M lacrosse alumni working to increase the sport’s popularity in Arizona

Here in Central New York, playing lacrosse is as much of a way of life as is going to Sno Top for an ice cream cone, cheering for the Syracuse Orange or complaining about the winter weather conditions. But in the southwest region of the United States, that isn’t the case.

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A local mother’s account of losing her daughter to heroin

As she was growing up, Kali Perry wanted to be an artist. A 2012 graduate of East Syracuse Minoa High School, Perry was a high honor roll student who was involved in the school’s art program. She did a little bit of everything: drawing, painting and pottery, according to her mom, Melissa Hosier, of East Syracuse.

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The common core conundrum: Are the new standards the best thing to happen in education, or are they setting the bar too high for teachers and students?

Laura Leitch kept her daughter home from Nate Perry Elementary School last Monday. Leitch’s daughter wasn’t sick, nor was there a family emergency. She wasn’t playing hooky. No, Leitch kept her daughter home in protest of New York state’s Common Core education standards. “I have to say, the school is great and her teachers are wonderful,” Leitch said. “The reason I kept her home on Monday was strictly in protest of Common Core.”

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Skaneateles schools participate in walk to school day

Since 1997, schools across the nation have been participating in the International Walk to School Day, which occurs one day each year in early October. On the morning of Oct. 9, five Central New York schools participated in the event: Minoa Elementary and Fremont Elementary in the East Syracuse Minoa school district, Waterman Primary School and State Street Intermediate School in the Skaneateles school district and McKinley-Brighton Elementary in the Syracuse city school district.

Second annual Manlius buy local campaign set for October

The Manlius Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents to discover Manlius throughout the month of October through its buy local campaign.

Despite new standards, F-M and J-D students excel on state tests

According to this year’s math and English Language Arts (ELA) tests administered by the state of New York, less than a third of students in grades three through eight are performing at grade level.