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Amanda Seef

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Lupus Walk will raise awareness of autoimmune disorder

It was a word six years in the making — two vowels sandwiched between three consonants, bearing six years of frustration and complications to last a lifetime. The word is lupus, a relatively simple word for something increasingly complex for myself and 1.5 million other Americans diagnosed with the autoimmune disease. Lupus, like other autoimmune diseases, is the result of the body fighting itself. Cells misbehave and attack healthy tissue causing a painful inflammation response.

An unfortunate farewell

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It was somewhere between calling Belle Brown about the dissolution vote in the village of Camillus, and the first town board meeting with public comment banned in Manlius, that I realized I loved Central New York.

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Alec Baldwin in Camillus for West Genesee modified sports fundraiser Sunday

Alec Baldwin, star of NBC's 30 Rock, will be in Camillus Sunday for the fundraisers to benefit West Genesee's modified sports programs.

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Play Ball! Optimist Field gets new outfield

A new set of cleats will call Optimist Field home this year — the county-wide fall ball program will be playing at the field nestled on the town and village line on Milton Avenue.

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Webster Duck Pond brings nature to city's Valley

The Webster Duck Pond is "nature's best kept secret," said Bill Norton.

SU grad student killed in Syria

A Syracuse University student was killed in Syria by armed forces Monday while working as a citizen journalist.

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Syracuse Fire outfits apparatus with QR codes

If you see people taking out their cell phone around Syracuse fire scenes, it may not be for the reason you expect.

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Rain holds off for the 66th annual Camillus Memorial Day Parade

Hundreds, if not thousands, showed their support in Camillus Monday morning for the 66th annual Camillus Memorial Day Parade.

Police say Jamesville man accused of destroying swan eggs was driving 109MPH

A Jamesville man accused of destroying swan eggs in the village of Manlius has been charged with speeding after police say he was driving 109 miles per hour in Lafayette.

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Minoa Field Days set to return May 31 to June 2

A long-standing community tradition is readying to return next weekend. The Minoa Fire Department Field Days is set for Thursday, May 31 to Saturday, June 2.

Camillus raises $2K for fireworks; show to be held Saturday

Faced with a tight budget, Mayor Patricia Butler and village treasurer Sharon Norcross made the appeal to local businesses to fund the fireworks. Otherwise, the annual Memorial Day parade and weekend-long celebration would have been without the night show.

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Fine and Performing Arts Center to open in Warners' old white church'

The buildings once housed Our Lady of Good Counsel, but now the church and parish hall will see a re-birth as a fine arts and performing center in Warners.

Robert Cudworth named grand marshal of Camillus Memorial Day Parade

For the better part of two decades, Robert Cudworth has marched in the Camillus Memorial Day Parade. This year, he’ll ride in a convertible as the honored guest, the grand marshal of the 66th annual parade.

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Fine Fiasco: what defamation suits could really mean in the Boeheim, Fine case

A wild case of accused sexual abuse has turned into an embittered battle in civil courts, as two people on opposite ends of the Bernie Fine abuse allegations seek justice from libel litigation. But experts say the defamation suits by both Laurie Fine and Bobby Davis could face a long, complicated road in the court systems.

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Elbridge man, 23, escapes house fire as 20 departments battle blaze

A 23-year-old man escaped injury after the home he was sleeping in caught fire in Elbridge Saturday afternoon.

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Land bank to combat vacancy approved for Syracuse, Onondaga County

To combat growing vacancy issues in the city, the county and city are exploring a new option in tandem — a land bank. That program was approved today by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Police: Man had 46 grams of cocaine when he crashed into DeWitt home

A Syracuse man has been charged with numerous misdemeanors and felonies after a traffic stop, turned police chase.

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Laurie Fine accuses ESPN of libel

Laurie Fine has accused the sports network ESPN of libel.

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Ticket sales on hold for New York State Fair grandstand acts

Tickets for Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan at the New York State Fair have been put on hold, pending a completed contract with the fair’s ticketing company.

Delta Sonic looks to build at Fairmount Center

Fairmount Center, which hinges on the Geddes and Camillus town line, could be the location of a new gas station.

West Genesee voters approve budget with 4-to-1 ratio

Voters approved the West Genesee school budget nearly four to one Tuesday.

Jordan-Elbridge passes, Paul Fried to join school board

The Jordan-Elbridge $27.2 million budget was passed by voters Tuesday, with 422 voting yes and 268 against. The budget will bring a 1.2 percent tax levy increase.

Asbestos abatement completed at old Eastwood Steak & Sundae

Asbestos abatement at the former Steak & Sundae in Eastwood has been finished as businesses prepare to move into the renovated building.

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Manlius fire departments look to cooperate, not consolidate

Instead of consolidation, Manlius fire departments are looking at cooperation. The four fire chiefs in the town -- Kirkville, Minoa, Manlius and Fayetteville -- are working together to consolidate costs in the town.

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Democrat Gary Morris announces run for County Clerk

Republic Sandra Schepp gets party designation

The race for the Onondaga County clerk's office is heating up.

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Redistricting consultants makes final recommendation for West Genesee

At the last meeting of the committee Thursday, May 10, the consulting group suggested their “option B” be implemented in the district. This option shifts around many students, though parents at the public meetings spanning five months were most upset with one area — the “old Fairmount” area.

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In a day's work: their vigilance is vital

The long hours and interesting situations don’t make it a glamorous job, but EMTs stress the job is worth it. It’s a labor of love put into each community. Not for the faint-of-heart, or for the heartless. Just for someone who wants to walk into a situation and help.

DeWitt Police locate missing man, 89, in hospital

DeWitt Police are asking locals to be on the lookout for a missing East Syracuse man.

Weekend violence leaves seven injured in Syracuse

Seven people are in the hospital after at least four shootings and three stabbings on Syracuse streets over the weekend.

Camillus man opens B'ville's Merlins Ice Cream and Bounce House

It’s a bounce house, with a twist. Literally.

Child porn charges levied against East Syracuse man

Timothy P. McKennan, 35, has been charged in the town of DeWitt with three counts of possessing a secual performance of a child, and one count of first-degree attempted disseminating indecent material to a child in the village of Manlius. McKennan is on the career staff at the Manlius Fire Department in the village as a firefighter and paramedic.

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West Genesee shows impact of DWI through simulated crash

Seniors preparing to leave for senior ball were joined by the junior class at West Genesee High School Friday morning for a simulated driving while intoxicated crash.

Save West Genesee Sports to hold run/walk and faculty softball game

Because of their efforts in 2011, more than 300 middle school students were able to stay on the field in West Genesee modified sports.

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Friends remember avid racer Dan Cerio

Cerio, a 2008 Fayetteville-Manlius graduate, was racing at Michigan’s US 131 Motorsports Park, when his modified snowmobile had a mechanical failure and crashed at 170 miles per hour. The race was the last in a long line that pitted him as “up-and-coming” in the circuit.

Sunoco, Subway approved for village of Camillus

The Sunoco, Subway and car wash planned for the village of Camillus has been approved.

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Spring season paves way for bikers on the road

What to do before, after an accident is crucial

He spent nine months in the hospital after a driver ran a red light. From there, Jerry Letson was on crutches and in casts for the better part of three years. The Clay man remembers his 1986 motorcycle accident like it was yesterday.

Green initiatives in east-side suburbs to be funded by Save the Rain grants

The county's Save the Rain program will be extended to 12 suburban communities with 14 projects, resulting in $3 million in updates. The projects will now go before the county legislature to be approved in May and June.

Camillus approved for $421K grant for green initiatives in Shove Park

The town of Camillus is expected to receive $421,000 to create porous pavement, rain gardens, rain barrels and plant trees. All work is expected in Shove Park in order to reduce stormwater runoff on impervious surfaces. The work will also help reduce stormwater inflow and infiltration to the sewer system. It's expected to reduce runoff by 4.5 million gallons annually.

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Air 1 expected to return to service this month; $105K raised to date for Foundation

To date, just over $105,000 has been raised to help finance the flights by Air 1, the helicopter service provided by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.

Special meeting called for Camillus Sunoco plan, no action taken

Camillus village board was called to a special meeting Monday, April 30 to vote on and discuss the proposed Sunoco gas station.

Take Back drive brings in 145 pounds of prescriptions in Camillus

The annual Take Back initiative through the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration brought in more than 145 pounds of unused or expired medications in Camillus.

State: Elbridge business owes $2M in back sales tax

More than $2 million is owed in back sales tax by an Elbridge business, the state department of taxation and finance says.

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Area men grow mustaches for Burn Foundation of CNY

The mustache is back. Or, at least, it was for the month of April as men from fire departments, ambulance corps and the general public grew the finely-shaped facial hair to raise money for the Burn Foundation of Central New York.

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Police say Jamesville man destroyed Manlius swan eggs

A 23-year-old Jamesville man has been charged in the case of seven broken swan eggs in Manlius over the weekend.

Update: Congel family pledges $5K for swan egg reward

The reward for whoever destroyed the swan eggs continues to grow throughout Tuesday.

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Fayetteville firehouse recognized by three organizations for design

Firehouse first in the state to be LEED certified

Three awards have been given to the Fayetteville Fire Department for the design of the firehouse on Genesee Street.

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Reward for swan egg suspect up to $3,000 and growing

Two Manlius businesses and the village board have each allocated $1,000 for the reward fund, Mayor Mark-Paul Serafin said.

Manlius restaurant offers $1K reward for swan egg perpetrator

A Manlius restaurant has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the person or people who destroyed eight swan eggs in Manlius overnight Saturday.

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City battles growing vacancy problem; taxpayers foot the bill

Nearly 1,7000 buildings within city lines have been left empty, costing city taxpayers nearly $2 million a year in upkeep costs.

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East Syracuse-Minoa students build home on Clemons Road

For 17 East Syracuse-Minoa students, their class project will be standing in the community for a long time. After all, their project is a home for one Minoa resident.

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