Last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to town to ballyhoo any number of pie-in-the-sky state-funded projects here in Central New York. In fact Cuomo poured $77.8 million into our area on Wednesday in the form of grants, tax credits and construction incentives to preserve jobs, boost local colleges and increase regional tourism.
Liverpool, North Syracuse vote to hire Bonadio Group
After Certified Public Accountant Mike Koagel passed away Aug. 24 at his Syracuse home, his accounting firm partner, Donald Vincentini, decided to cut back on his work load. That decision left two longtime clients of Koagel & Vincentini CPAs — the villages of Liverpool and North Syracuse — looking for new auditors.
The village business district is due for a refreshing bit of beautifying. Liverpool American Legion Post 188 Commander Ken Palmer appeared at last week’s village board meeting to share the post’s plans to commission murals to be painted on the sides of its building at 205 Cypress St.
Road work is impacting traffic at both the northwest and southeast corners of Galeville. Paving at the intersection of Buckley Road and Seventh North Streets to the southeast began Sept. 14, and the same day work crews started digging at the corner of Old Liverpool Road and Electrics Parkway to the northwest.
Over the past several years, drainage problems at the intersection of Pearl and Salina streets right on the edge of the village have repeatedly resulted in flooding the Young & Franklin employee parking lot. More than a dozen properties outside the village boundary receive village services without paying villages taxes. Those properties are located in the town of Salina. Overlaps such as these will be in focus at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, when the Salina Town Board hosts a rare joint meeting with the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees at the Town Hall on School Road in Galeville.
Three strong leading ladies — Korrie Taylor, Shannon Tompkins and Gabrielle Gorman — infuse “9 to 5, The Musical” with both humor and harmony. The two-hour show based on the 1980 movie starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda runs through Sept. 26, at CNY Playhouse, at Shoppingtown DeWitt.
Star-Review columnist Dorothy Heller will be among the many local folks celebrating the Clay Fall Festival, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Clay Historical Park located behind the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 4939 Route 31, in the hamlet of Clay next to the rail road tracks.
Forty years passed in a flash, but I can still remember the sounds of 1975.
B’ville couple stages a playful cabaret Friday in DeWitt
Two of Baldwinsville’s best thespians, husband-and-wife Josh and Korrie Taylor, will poke fun at their own relationship on stage this Friday in DeWitt. The Taylors call their cabaret show, “Maybe You’re Not the Worst Thing Ever,” which gives you an idea of their tongue-in-cheek take on marriage.
New part-time police officer on tap in village; new assistant court clerk hired
At its Aug. 17 meeting, the Village of Liverpool Board of Trustees heard a request from Police Chief Don Morris to consider hiring a new part-time officer. The candidate is John Linnertz, a retired Syracuse Police detective sergeant.
Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, an 18-year-old Mattydale man was walking in the west-bound lane of Second Street in the village, near the 400 block. The teenager, Conner Vittore, was struck by a west-bound 2003 Cadillac Deville driven by 70-year-old Dean Cubic of Liverpool.
For the past 66 years, villagers have banked at Seneca Savings at 105 Second St. On Monday, Aug. 31, it will open a new location on Route 57 in the town of Clay.
Bittersweet ‘White Liars’ and broad ‘Black Comedy’ draw laughs at CNY Playhouse
Two one-act comedies — “The White Liars” and “Black Comedy” by renowned British playwright Sir Peter Shaffer — are drawing chuckles, guffaws and a few groans at CNY Playhouse this month.
Five weeks after new director Dan Golden unexpectedly resigned, the Liverpool Public Library Board of Trustees has appointed another director.
A landmark hotel in the town of Salina for the past half century, Ramada Syracuse at 1305 Buckley Road, is closing for good on Sept. 7.
Dance instructor Linda Facciponte sees herself as both a choreographer and a philosopher. “My goal is that the student, through process implementation, will grasp the spirit of life, manifestation of feelings, consistency of learning and the ability to create from their own personal level,” she says.
Over the past several years, drainage problems at the intersection of Pearl and Salina streets in the village of Liverpool have repeatedly resulted in flooding the Young and Franklin employee parking lot.
Village board approves developer’s plan to install drainage pipe on Basin Block
At a special noon meeting on Monday, Aug. 3, the village of Liverpool board of trustees voted in favor of granting a revocable license agreement to Constine LLC to grant use of a 15-foot strip of land on the Basin Block to install a storm drainage pipeline along a 40-foot strip of village-owned property.
Small world, I guess. The last Wednesday in July, I met a man who said his name was B.J. He was hanging out on the fringe of an audience of 300 at the Skiffle Minstrels’ concert at Johnson Park. Attired in grunge fashions – checked shirt, tattered jeans and scuffed cowboy boots — B.J. bummed a cigarette from a bystander and listened quietly to the Western swing tunes like “Fort Worth Jailhouse” — just a tall, lanky loner with a scruffy beard and tattered ball cap.
County Parks will place a card-activated gate lift at the base of Vine Street
At its July 20 meeting, the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees approved an Onondaga County Parks plan to install a “Card-Activated Gate Lift” at the entrance to Onondaga Lake Park at the base of Vine Street.
Last Oct. 24, after a long wait, Stewart’s Shops finally came to Onondaga County when the doors swung open at 7667 Morgan Road, just north of Liverpool. Now there are 332 Stewart’s Shops located across Upstate New York and Southern Vermont, with three-quarters of the shops selling gas, as they do at the Morgan Road location.
Actress Cathy Butler sings like an archangel. In the title role of Aida, a Nubian princess pressed into slavery in ancient Egypt, the Le Moyne College senior lends her sweet voice to such Act 1 numbers as the mellow “The Past is Another Land” and the rousing “The Gods Love Nubia.”
Water’s good, but Wells was swimming against the tide
Liverpool man-about-town Sean “Josey” Wells wanted to be the first person to swim across Onondaga Lake since 1940. He’s been talking about it since the ice melted in April. When the 40-year-old finally got the opportunity to make the mile-long swim, however, he fell short less than halfway across.
Navy vet named Police Officer of the Year by local PBA, Elks
Within the past year, Liverpool Police Officer Gerald E. Unger helped save two lives. Over his six years with the LPD, Unger has consistently earned praise from his superiors for his interrogation skills and for his willingness to take extra steps to solve a case and make arrests. Last month his efforts also earned him two prestigious local awards.
For 11 long months, from February to December 2014, Dorianne Elitharp Gutierrez and Joyce M. Mills examined thousands of historic photographs of the Liverpool area and chose well to fill the 128-page paperback “Around Liverpool,” issued June 22 by Arcadia Publishing as part of its well-known series, “Images of America.”
Salina Town Justice Andy Piraino cares for his clerks, Jackie, DeBrenda, Sherri and Nancy. The longtime judge doesn’t want anyone messing with their minds or pressuring them for advice or information that they’re in no position to offer.
On Sept. 3 last year, Dan Golden was appointed executive director of Liverpool Public Library. On Thursday, July 2, he resigned after less than 10 months on the job.
Baking inspires Carole Brzozowski. After three decades working at Syracuse University, Brzozowski left the ivory tower of academe last year and returned to her bakehouse roots here in the village. Now in her late-50s, Brzozowski’s enjoying her new job as manager of the Café at 407 at Ophelia’s Place, 407 Tulip St.
The popular dinning and drinking establishment on the corner of Vine and First streets hosts Prime Time with soulful singer Paul Valentino, who lives in Liverpool, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, and again on July 7.
Turns out the Artisan Chair is a tattoo studio, but one that promises “refined ink and distinguished art.” No, this isn’t your granddaddy’s tattoo parlor. You won’t generally see clipper ship images, tigers, anchors and daggers at the Artisan Chair. You’re more likely to choose an abstract colorscape or a tree of life complete or a lovely portrait of your favorite movie star, athlete or pop artist.
At its May 18 meeting, the Liverpool village board of trustees concluded a public hearing about proposed Local Law B to amend the village noise ordinance Under Section 258-6 of the village code.
Mayor White, Trustee Hebert and newcomer Christina Fadden Fitch all unopposed in village election
Politics can be unpredictable, but not here in Liverpool. For most of this young century village candidates have run unopposed, and that’s the way it will be when voters cast their ballots June 16, at the Village Hall.
When it performs its annual concert this coming weekend at Liverpool High School Auditorium, the Liverpool Community Chorus will welcome a handful of youthful vocalists to the stage.
Heid’s of Liverpool, our world-famous hot dog stand, now operates a handy-dandy new mobile food trailer that peddles franks and snappys at area festivals.
It looks like it’ll be a dogfight for the Democratic Party nomination to replace Assemblyman Sam Roberts. Or maybe a catfight.
Liverpool is the Place marks milestone on June 15 at Johnson Park
After five years spent renovating Johnson Park, the amphitheater on the village green was christened in the spring of 1985 with a concert by the Liverpool Community Chorus. Now more than 680 concerts later, the group that books the shows, the Liverpool Is the Place Committee (LITP), celebrates its 30th anniversary with 24 performances, from rock to country to big band, scheduled from June 1 to Aug. 19.
Looking for a cool confection with a little kick? You’ll find one at the Kandied Kernel shops on Old Liverpool Road in Liverpool and Route 11 in Cicero. Famous for its multi-colored gourmet popcorn products, the Kandied Kernel started selling homemade ice cream earlier this month.
We first saw him rocking onstage with the Stompin’ Suede Greasers, but before long he was fronting his own hard-working combo, the Todd Hobin Band. That aggregation, first formed in 1974 in Potsdam, became one of the most popular rock acts working the Thruway Circuit.
During the first weekend of April more than a dozen vehicles, many with out-of-state license plates, parked as near as possible to the corner of Fourth and Vine where Dr. Bob Pastel lived for decades in a big old brick-and-mortar home surrounded by overgrown bushes and a small forest of trees.
More than three dozen village Republicans gathered at Liverpool Village Hall for their annual caucus on the evening of April 27, and they unanimously endorsed three candidates to run in this year’s village election on June 16. Two of the candidates — incumbent Mayor Gary White and five-term Trustee Dennis Hebert — will seek re-election, while the third candidate — Christina Fadden Fitch of Hiawatha Trail — was nominated for run for the trustee seat now held by Bob Gaetano.
Dave Detlor’s Lakeview Barber Shop closed a couple of weeks before Christmas last year after Dave was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma. Now the building at 221 First St. has been sold to Holly Koenig of Jamesville. Koenig plans to transform the place into an antique shop, reported Realist realtor Ed DeLong, who lives in Liverpool. DeLong brokered the cash sale which is scheduled for closing this week.
On April 13, the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees approved a 2015-16 village budget for $2,378,894, calling for an increase of $70,000 in spending. The tax rate will rise by 1.64 percent, but the annual sewer-fund assessment will be reduced from $150 to $130 per year.
This month, Central New York’s hospital emergency rooms have been inundated with people experiencing negative reactions after ingesting so-called synthetic marijuana. Upstate University Hospital’s emergency room saw upwards of 30 such patients last week, and the problem has also been noted right here in the village.
Fadden-Fitch seeks GOP nod for open L’pool trustee seat
Three-term village of Liverpool Trustee Bob Gaetano has decided against seeking a fourth term in order to spend more time with his family. Christina Fadden-Fitch, a six-year member of the village Zoning Board of Appeals, is actively seeking the nomination of the Village Republican Committee for the open seat in the June 16 village election. Trustees serve two-year terms and are paid $4,000 annually.
The classic advertising campaign put it this way: “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s real Jewish rye.” And when it comes to food for the soul, you don’t have to be Jewish to love klezmer music.
Local progressives set annual banquet April 21 at Drumlins
The former director of Cleveland, Ohio’s NAACP and the Urban League will be the keynote speaker at the 13th annual banquet hosted by Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Road.
Liverpool has long been known for its hot dogs and hamburgers. Heid’s has ruled the frankfurter field, and ground beef patties made the scene at the fondly remembered Tarbe’s Grill and now at Village Burger (which coincidentally does business at a former McDonald’s location). Anyhow, on March 29 we were all reminded that Liverpool’s also a meatball mecca.
Forum at L’pool library looks at prescription drug abuse
Prescription drug abuse among Central New York youth is an escalating crisis, according to Joyce Abold, vice president of the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Advisory Council.
Despite the high burden school taxes place on many Onondaga County taxpayers, the recently established ConsensusCNY commission will focus instead on modernizing the county’s general-purpose governments.
For the past 56 years, Seneca Savings has done business under one name or another at 105 Second St., here in the village.