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Neil Benjamin Jr.

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I-81’s future is in your hands

Syracusans offer input at public forum

At the public I-81 Challenge held May 9 at the Oncenter, the study to determine the future of the road that divides the city took another step in the rehabilitation process by displaying thoughts from the May 2011 meeting, while also gathering more information from the more than 450 people who attended the forum.

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Olan Mack is Westcott Community Center’s new director

The 44-year-old used to run a community center in Ithaca

Though Steve Susman has retired as executive director of the Westcott Community Center, the place has a new person in charge. And Susman believes he’s the perfect person for the job.

Marcellus voters pass budget, library proposition; three incumbents win BOE spots

David Kelly will remain Board of Education President.

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J-D budget passes with ease; incumbents win re-election

Community gives resounding yes to budget and propositions

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A SKEWED VIEW: Bonamassa brings hot licks back to CNY

Talented guitarist, born in New Hartford, is playing the Landmark on Thursday.

UPDATE: VersuS gallery to open Saturday night at new location

On Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight, VersuS is holding its version of opening day, with an exhibit that features 30 artists.

Five vie for three spots on J-D BOE

With the Jamesville-DeWitt School Board election slated for 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 15 at the high school, the Eagle Bulletin has reached out to each candidate with a list of questions to help voters get to know them.

Tillie’s Touch drive happening Saturday

Tilie’s Touch, a sports equipment drive started by Dale Johnson back in 2009, is holding its annual charity event on May 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Manlius Rec Center on Stickley Drive.

Four vie for three spots on Marcellus BOE

Marcellus Board of Education members Jeffrey Crysler and David Kelly’s terms are expiring, but both will run again in the upcoming election.

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Workout class keeps seniors moving

This isn’t Planet Fitness, rather a workout class for seniors taught by Miri Ely, a certified personal trainer, at the Camillus Senior Center.

Six county libraries receive grants from state

Senator John DeFrancisco announced Monday that six libraries in the county will receive grants from the state for Public Library Construction.

Jordan presents adopted budget

The Village of Jordan adopted its 2012-13 budget on April 19 and presented it to the press at a board meeting on May 4.

DeWitt secures two sizeable green grants

Through Save the Rain program, town lands $342,00 for two projects.

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Wage wars: Workers for, business against a hike

It’s old news that there is a proposal in front of New York state to push the minimum wage up. How do people feel about it?

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A force out in Marcellus?

Marcellus baseball coaches say the school forced them to resign because they put 'the best team on the field.'

Mounting pressure forced Marcellus baseball resignations, say coaches

Former coaches tell their side of the story, with response from the district.

A SKEWED VIEW: Levon Helm remembered by Dead drummer Mickey Hart

The Band's drummer passed away last week, but will live on forever through the music he produced. Columnist Neil Benjamin Jr. spoke with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, who knew Helm very well.

Marcellus adopts $30 million budget

The Marcellus Board of Education has adopted a $30,222,222 budget for the 2012-13 school year that will now be up to the voters to decide on May 15.

DeWitt board says Aldi is 'just about a go'

The long-awaited Aldi grocery store is about to to be coming to DeWitt, according to members of the town board.

Several modified J-D sports programs reinstated

It’s been a long and financially difficult road, but the Jamesville-DeWitt School District has reinstated several modified sports teams that were cut in the 2011-12 budget.

Old Marcellus library building thriving under new ownership

On Jan. 13, the village of Marcellus finalized its sale of the library building to Alex Mitchell, who is using it as a studio to design the prefabricated material that keeps alive the vision of a business started by his grandfather in 1930.

SU design students give final presentation on Creekwalk revitalization

The Syracuse University Design Students showed their final presentation for the Onondaga Creekwalk revitalization project Wednesday in the auditorium of The Warehouse.

A SKEWED VIEW: Comedian's show hits the wrong nerve

It was Saturday morning, April 14, when I decided I was going to head to The Landmark in Syracuse to catch Daniel Tosh, a comedian who has grown famous because of his web-fueled show Tosh.O.

Olan Mack named Westcott's new director

Olan Mack has been named the new executive director of the Westcott Community Center, and he’ll begin duties on May 1.

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The Departing Director: Steve Susman leaves quite the legacy

When this story hits the newsstands, Steve Susman will be living it up in Italy — Venice to be exact.

2 new people vie for Marcellus school board slots

Marcellus Board of Education members Jeffrey Crysler and David Kelly's terms are expiring, but both will run again in the upcoming election.

Jamesville-DeWitt Schools has two new people vying for 3 board spots

Three current members will be running against two new people.

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Mike Messere: Approaching history he never expected

Look out Joe Cuozzo: Mike Massere is coming for you.

First come, first served

There are few things in life that are certain, but for Sno Top, the ice cream stand with a rich history in Manlius, one thing has been the same for 12 years now: Erin Griffin, a Fayetteville-Manlius sophomore, is always the first customer of the season.

A SKEWED VIEW: Courage prevails over lowly crime

Despicable. It’s the best word used to describe what thieves did to Catherine Meeker and her 13-year-old son Joshua.

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Chiefs, Harper and all, set to open season on Thursday

If you were at Media Day at Alliance Bank Stadium for the Syracuse Chiefs on Wednesday afternoon, you would have thought Bryce Harper is the only member of the 2012 squad.

Tasty treats and high expectations

Ovations holds food-tasting event; board members see great season ahead.

Daktronics installing huge new display for the Chiefs

The Syracuse Chiefs have a lot going on right now between star players arriving and an overhauled food concession.

Ovations taking over food service at Chiefs games

Bryce Harper isn’t the only new and exciting entity coming to the Syracuse Chiefs this year.

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Woman of the Year Award presented to Linda Donalson Hicks

The Syracuse Commission for Women presented its Woman of the Year Award to Linda Donalson Hicks on Wednesday at the Sustainability Center.

Marcellus schools superintendent outlines budget difficulties

Dr. Tice talks about issues with adapting the district's budget.

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Gentile’s Restaurant moves to North Geddes Street

The restaurant is taking its talents to a much bigger location.

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Rooted in Westcott, Daffodil project blooms across city

What began as an idea to help the Westcott-area neighborhoods spruce up in appearance has morphed into a city-wide initiative of sorts.

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City-sponsored SU class to help redefine Creekwalk

SU students update on project to revitalize the Onondaga Creekwalk.

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Syracuse celebrates St. Pat's with 30th parade

It’s an Irish celebration, St. Patrick’s Day, but for the city of Syracuse, it was a gathering of people from all walks of life.

New water treatment plant in Elbridge is complete

The federally mandated ultraviolet water treatment plant on 4969 Kingston Road in the village of Elbridge, a nearly $1 million project, has been fully completed.

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$1.4 million DeWitt youth center eyed

The town of DeWitt has grand plans for the park donated by Carrier Corporation in 2010 to turn it into a $1.4 million youth sports mega-complex that will contain energy sustainability in parts.

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Rescue Mission celebrates 125 years with new Mission District

It’s a big year for the city’s Rescue Mission.

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Syracuse couple opens senior care franchise

Aimed at meeting the growing needs of seniors in Onondaga County, Home Instead Senior Care has opened a franchise on Ridings Road.

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Marcellus students stage ‘Footloose’ this weekend

Marcellus High School students will perform “Footloose” this Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the school’s Groeling Auditorium.

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Fayetteville Elementary principal Nancy Smith set to retire July 1

It’s not going to be easy for Nancy Smith to walk away from her 25-year stint as principal of Fayetteville Elementary on July 1.

Village of Jordan dealing with plowing issues; village hall to get roof repair

The village of Jordan is currently looking into the legality of having police officers wear cameras on their vests, and has not voted on anything regarding it.

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Camillus Erie Canal Park to celebrate 40th birthday

Liz and Dave Beebe have dedicated the better part of their lives to the project.

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Project: Improve CNY

Developments aim to keeping business local, natives home

Finishing touches: B’ville waterfront development to be completed this summer Facelift eyed for Inner Harbor

Elbridge supervisor: We need Air 1

Town of Elbridge sends letter of support for Air 1 to county.

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