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Neil Benjamin Jr.

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East Syracuse DPW Superintendent recognized for service

Richard Nixon was the nation’s president when Ron Russell III began his journey in the village of East Syracuse’s Department of Public Works.

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The mayor of the mall: GM Rob Schoeneck has been there since '91

It’s difficult to see where Rob Schoeneck finds any sort of free time in his schedule.

Henninger stops West Genny in AA quarterfinals

Young helps Black Knights pull away in late going

For the first 16 minutes of Friday night’s Section III Class AA boys’ basketball quarterfinal final, West Genesee, fresh off a road win over Rome Free Academy in the first round, was able to force defending champion Henninger out of its comfort zone. The no. 10 seed Wildcats, though, ran out of fuel in the end, as the No. 2 Black Knights advanced with a 72-51 win thanks to stellar paint play from senior forward Marquies Young in the fourth quarter.

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Red Cross of CNY answers the call to assist

The American Red Cross of Central New York has been quite busy in the last few months in the wake of many recent fires in the Syracuse area.

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Recent slump doesn’t deter Triche

Guard says a few low-scoring outputs aren't affecting his motivation

Get serious, Occupy

A Skewed View

Columnist Neil Benjamin Jr. offers his take on the Occupy movement.

Chiefs GM: Clause to purchase stadium 'just an option'

The Syracuse Chiefs have a new 11-year lease to keep playing ball at Alliance Bank Stadium.

A Skewed View: A bond that can't be broken

It used to be the most sickening time of year, when stores turned from normal into red, heart-engulfed advertisements.

County approves Chiefs' new 11-year lease

The Onondaga County Legislature voted unanimously to approve the Syracuse Chiefs’ new 11-year lease to remain in Alliance Bank Stadium.

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F-M athletic director set to retire

Rich Roy will leave behind quite a legacy at a program ranked No. 4 by ESPN Rise.

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Ronald McDonald Charities of CNY 'raises the roof'

The organization, which turns 30 this year, is halfway completed on its brand-new, handicapped-friendly building.

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Marcellus women sew love into every stitch

If you want to see one of the truest definitions of selflessness, take a trip to the Marcellus Grange on a Thursday afternoon and just do some people watching.

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Skater’s paradise coming to Eastwood

On Tuesday evening in the Huntington School Cafeteria, the brains, brawn and ‘boarders behind the project informed the public just what’s up with the plans to build a skate plaza in Huntington Park, just a block from the school.

Village of Jordan plans website upgrade

The Village of Jordan may soon be embracing the computer age.

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A timeless tradition for fans young and old

Syracuse fans weigh in on Super Bowl.

A Skewed View: No gratification for Boston's team

Columnist reveals the real reason to root for the Giants this Sunday.

Marcellus BOE outlines budget issues at Thursday's forum

The Marcellus School District held its own community budget forum, where the school board outlined the early stages of the budget-producing process before turning the floor over to residents, parents and students.

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Sled for Red beats the cold at Four Seasons in Fayetteville

Not even the crackling cold could stop the fundraising festivities Saturday evening at Four Seasons Golf and Ski Center in Fayetteville.

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DeWitt Community Library planning a move

If all goes according to plan, the DeWitt Community Library will be getting a late birthday present in the form of a new location.

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SU men's basketball: Winning breeds economic immunity

In the midst of the stunning accusations about former assistant coach Bernie Fine's sexual involvement with underage boys is a university engulfed with pride for a team that right now can seem to do no wrong.

DeWitt Town Board names new code enforcement officer

Maureen A. Wafer was selected out of a pool of 13 applicants for code enforcement officer, replacing Jim Conlon, who moved to the planning board.

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F-M community rallies around fallen student Matt Murphy

Matt Murphy was was a one-of-a-kind kid, according to those that knew him best.

New Elbridge dog control officer saves time and money

The town of Elbridge has a new dog control officer in Carl Collier, owner of Finger Lakes Dog Protection Agency in Auburn.

New councilor gets feet wet as Camillus parks committee chair

Eric Hammerle is still learning the ins and outs of his job, but already has a lot on his plate.

New Camillus councilor has eye on communication, economic development

One of Camillus’ two new councilors is Mike LaFlair, whose specific spot is the second ward.

A Skewed View: If you want it, you will get it

Yes, America is fat. We hear about it all the time, yet we’re not getting any slimmer, which if done the right way can extend your life and its quality. Easier said than done, yes, but I’d like to share my story with you.

Former Marcellus mayor takes lifelong interest in public service to county legislature

Mike Plochocki, Onondaga County’s newest legislator, has been on the job for less than two weeks. After guiding the town of Marcellus as mayor for four years (2006-10), Plochocki decided it was time to follow his dream of moving up the political chain.

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bc Restaurant goes for an image shift

The Armory Square eatery has given its store a big facelift in time for Friday's reopening.

J-D school board outlines budget obstacles for 2012-13

The Jamesville-DeWitt Board of Education began the arduous task of setting the framework for the district’s 2012-13 school budget on Wednesday night at the high school.

DeWitt, Manlius release list of county roads they will no longer plow

We’ve been lucky so far this winter in terms of snow accumulation, which is good for local budgets . A few towns said a while back they intend to not plow county roads as a cost-cutting measure.

Neighborhood clothing sale coming to Fayetteville

Fayetteville resident Donna Newman wants to share her massive clothing collection with you. In fact, she hopes you’ll find something you like and make a purchase.

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Elbridge board members sworn in at organizational meeting

Rita Dygert and Doug Blumer were sworn in as councillors at the Jan. 5 organizational meeting.

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MAVES responders kick back, save lives at new facility

The front of the building is more than appealing, but you don’t really see the charm until you’re inside.

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Syracuse native’s love of coffee percolates downtown

Matt Godard is crazy about coffee.

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Lack of snow affects CNY ski areas

Aside from a few dustings, Onondaga County has been virtually snow-free this season, a far cry from last winter when 179 inches fell, about a foot short of the record 192.1 that accumulated in 1992-93.

DeWitt Police Department signs union contract

The DeWitt Police Department has finalized its contract with the town after being without one since 2009, Chair of the Police Committee Ken Andrews said Tuesday.