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Amanda Seef

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Mustache contest to benefit Burn Foundation is growing

The firefighter mustache contest is growing. Onondaga County emergency personnel — firefighters, 911 operators, police officers, EMTs and paramedics — will be growing the facial hair for a good cause.

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Jamesville's North Street construction set to start

Work on Jamesville’s North Street is expected to start up within the month, said Onondaga County Department of Transportation Commissioner Brian Donnelly.

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Shamrock Animal Fund to dedicate celebration in memory of Marcellus woman

A lover of animals and a woman with a heart full of compassion, Diane Smith worked tirelessly to help those in need. She acted as the liaison between Fairmount Animal Hospital, where she worked as the finance director for years, and Shamrock Animal Fund, a local not-for-profit that helps pay for veterinary work.

Three running for two board spots in Minoa

Area voters will be able to cast their ballot in two local, village elections on Tuesday. Residents in Minoa will decide their next mayor and two trustees Tuesday, March 20. Voting runs from noon to 9 p.m. at village hall.

Proposed budget means taxes stay flat in Fayetteville

Taxes will stay flat in the village of Fayetteville for the fifth year in a row.

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Open government, transparency shine in Onondaga County for Sunshine Week

Eagle Newspapers reporters Amanda Seef and Sarah Hall took an in-depth look at numerous issues in the community regarding open government and transparency.

County Comptroller's 'Project Sunshine' marks first year

It’s been one year since the county comptroller’s office began releasing documents on its website for “Project Sunshine.”

Towns, villages slow to get on board with new open meetings law provision

A provision in the state’s open meetings law aims to help the public understand what’s going on at board meetings.

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FOILed again: Investigation shows use of Freedom of Information Laws in Onondaga County

More than 20,000 pages of documents were released by Freedom of Information Law last year in Onondaga County. Those documents correspond to more than 2,500 requests made across 20 towns, villages and the city of Syracuse.

Camillus Police warn of St. Patrick's Day driving dangers

Camillus Police are reminding drivers of the dangers of drunk driving as Onondaga County residents gear up for St. Patrick's Day.

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ES-M students win $15K with texting while driving video

The TV studios at East Syracuse-Minoa High School will be getting a facelift, thanks to the video work of students Chris Steinberger and Matt Pede.

IRS gives Camillus Volunteer Fire Department not-for-profit status back

The Camillus Volunteer Fire Department has regained their not-for-profit status, Sen. Charles Schumer said today.

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ES-M students' texting and driving video could net up to $15K

Erratic driving isn’t just for the drunk. That’s the message two East-Syracuse Minoa High School students are trying to send with their video showcasing the similarities between drunk and distracted driving. Now, they’re in the running for a $10,000 or $15,000 prize for the school district, thanks to their video genius.

Teens charged in two separate bomb threats at West Genesee High School

The person responsible for Tuesday's bomb threat at West Genesee High School has been apprehended, according to Superintendent Chris Brown.

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Campaign to save the white church in Elbridge begins

A building serving the Elbridge community for the last 189 years needs a little bit of love. The Elbridge Community Church on Main Street in the village needs structural and roof repair. Inspired by the snowfall-related collapse of multiple area church roofs last year, church officials have decided to reinforce the structure and replace the roof.

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Students dismissed early at West Genesee High after report of bomb

West Genesee High School officials have confirmed a bomb threat has been called into the school.

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Youth centers bustle, but violence continues in Syracuse

Gun shots rang out on Furman Street late last month, leaving a teenager, not even old enough to drive, critically injured. The mid-day shooting was the latest in a spate of violent criminal activity involving teenagers, a problem Syracuse Police say is growing.

Oswego County drive-by shooting leads to arrest at DeWitt motel

A man staying at an East Syracuse motel has been charged in connection to a morning drive-by shooting in Granby, Oswego County.

Two charged in Ackerman Avenue burglaries

Syracuse Police have charged two people in connection to burglaries in the University area.

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Occupy Syracuse protesters due in court Thursday

Three of the seven people charged in the Occupy Syracuse raid in January are due back in court Thursday.

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Parade Prep: Plans underway for Camillus' 66th Memorial Day celebration

It’s a little more than three months away, but volunteers are deep into the planning process for the western suburbs’ most coveted celebration — the Camillus Memorial Day Parade.

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Charmed: Shamrock Animal Fund celebrates third year of helping CNY pet owners

One organization’s devotion to helping animals has proven to be a little piece of luck for Central New York.

Teen charged in overnight stabbing in Manlius

A 17-year-old has been charged in connection to a double stabbing in Manlius early Saturday morning.

Two people stabbed after fight in Manlius

Two people were stabbed Saturday morning after a house party altercation in Manlius.

Sullivan man charged with DWI after DeWitt accident

A Sullivan man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after an accident in DeWitt.

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Schumer seeks ban on synthetic marijuana

Substances used to replicate the effects of marijuana could soon be banned by the federal government.

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Kinney Drugs gets OK for Eastwood

Several buildings will be torn down in Eastwood following the city’s approval for a Kinney Drugs to be built on James Street.

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Road to Destiny: Spring will bring formal expansion opening

Parts of the expansion are open now, and the spring will see many more of the 100-plus new tenants opening their doors to Central New York’s shopping needs.

Destiny goes social

Carousel Center and the Destiny USA expansion is creating a social environment online. Their social media initiative was launched in October of last year, focusing on three main platforms — Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare, said Destiny USA’s Sara Wallace.

Congel: Committing to Syracuse is ‘right thing to do’

Robert Congel has a love for Syracuse.

Syracuse University awarded nearly $56K to investigate FOIAs

Syracuse University has been awarded $55,750 to look into denials of the Freedom of Information Act.

Manlius PD looks to increase communication with texting, email service

The Manlius Police Department is now offering a community information service for public safety alerts. The department will now be using Nixle, joining the Camillus Police Department as the only other agency in Onondaga County to use the service.

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Froio's first 100: Jordan-Elbridge Superintendent helps district rebuild

James Froio took the helm of the J-E Central School District amid one of the biggest scandals in the district’s deeply-rooted history. One hundred days into the school year, Froio is helping J-E rebuild.

Teens charged in Erie Village criminal mischief complaints

Manlius Police have charged two teens in connection to vandalism and criminal mischief in Erie Village.

Occupy Syracuse protesters allege forceful police behavior

Two Occupy Syracuse protesters have filed a complaint against the Syracuse Police Department in connection to the camp’s eviction from Perseverance Park last month.

Jordan-Elbridge's Sue Gorton to retire in September

Jordan-Elbridge's Susan Gorton is expected to retire in September.

Benefit planned for Elbridge fire victims

Community members are rallying around a family whose home was destroyed in a fire earlier this month.

Strathmore store robbed at gunpoint

A Strathmore store was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night.

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Their business is love: Matchmaking service takes aim at singles

This couple’s business is love, and they want to make your love their business.

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Developer presents updated plans for gas station in Camillus village

A 2,770-square-foot gas station with a convenience store, Subway restaurant and car wash is being proposed for the corner of Newport Road and Main Street in the village of Camillus.

Police charge owner of Syracuse's Market Diner with felony DWI

The owner of Market Diner, near Carousel Center, has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated.

Syracuse PD website remains inoperable after "Anonymous" attack

The Syracuse Police website remained inoperable over the weekend after the hacking group “Anonymous” gained access to the site and released a list of usernames and passwords.

Occupied as ever: Protesters continue to persevere in downtown Syracuse

Despite numerous setbacks from the city of Syracuse, protesters at the downtown Occupy Syracuse site are just as energized on day 127 as they were on day one.

Teen charged after police find him with sawed-off shotgun in Carousel Center

Police have charged a 15-year-old with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest after an incident at Carousel Center.

Syracuse woman dies from injuries in Marcellus accident last month

A Syracuse woman has died from injuries sustained in a Marcellus car accident last month.

Fayetteville woman critically injured after being hit by car

A Fayetteville woman was critically injured after being hit by a car on East Genesee Street in Fayetteville.

Oswego County man accused of raping Syracuse woman

Police say an Oswego County man forced a woman to have sex with him in Syracuse.

East Syracuse man killed in East Taft Road crash

A 32-year-old East Syracuse man was killed in a one-car crash on East Taft Road Thursday night.

Syracuse Police website hacked by Anonymous

The Syracuse Police Department website, syracusepolice.org, was the latest target of international hacking group Anonymous.

Jordan-Elbridge proposes $27M budget

If numbers stay steady, residents of the Jordan-Elbridge School District could see a small increase in the annual budget.

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