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Baker Key Club raising money for Make-A-Wish

Students at Charles W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville need your help to make a sick child’s wish come true.

Cicero drama continues

Town board member’s father files petition to remove Zambrano as town supervisor

Two months after the town’s Board of Ethics determined that Supervisor Jessica Zambrano’s romantic relationship constituted a conflict of interest, a resident of the town of Cicero has filed a petition requesting her removal.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Matthew Sala

This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week is Matthew Sala. Matthew is an accomplished athlete, having played varsity football for three years, including acting as captain during the team’s undefeated 2014 regular season, and varsity lacrosse for three years.

LCSD reveals new redistricting plan

The Liverpool Central School District has significantly scaled back its redistricting plan, according to a information provided to the board of education at its meeting Monday, Feb. 9. Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Steve Garraffo gave a presentation outlining Scenario 12B, which outlines the streets to be impacted by the redistricting plan. While the original Scenario 12 affected close to 500 students, the new Scenario 12B impacts about 200.

Meyer named Cicero deputy supervisor

Former Third District Onondaga County Legislator Bill Meyer has been named deputy supervisor of the town of Cicero. Supervisor Jessica Zambrano made the announcement Friday via a Facebook post on the town’s page.

Williams Beach won't open in 2015

The only town-run beach in the town of Cicero won’t open this summer, according to Parks and Recreation Director Jody Rodgers. In a release sent Friday, Rodgers said the beach at Joseph F. William Memorial Park on Lakeshore Road will not be open for swimming in the summer of 2015.

LHS student arrested after fight

A Liverpool High School student has been arrested after assaulting another student Thursday morning, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department.

Elementary redistricting meeting rescheduled

The Liverpool Central School District has rescheduled an informational meeting on its redistricting proposal. The meeting, originally scheduled for Jan. 22, was postponed in order for the district to better analyze data from 2014. The meeting will now take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the cafeteria of the Liverpool High School Annex.

Educational advocacy groups to host forums on school funding

Our schools are losing money every year — and New York state is taking it from them.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Katie Bradley

Katie Bradley is a member of the LHS Symphonic Band, where she plays flute. She also plays for the All-County Band and her church.

Helping to spay and neuter Syracuse

AAGS raises enough to start construction on low-cost clinic

The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse has met its fundraising goal and can now proceed with the construction of a high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic.

LCSD reexamines redistricting plan

2014 data prompts cancellation of meeting, possible tweaks to plan

Liverpool Central School District officials have cancelled a meeting to advise district residents on its redistricting proposal, pending possible tweaks to the plan. The meeting, which was scheduled to have taken place Thursday, Jan. 22, will be rescheduled, but a date has not yet been set.

Burtis appointed to legislature seat

Cicero deputy supervisor will take over for Corl

Cicero Deputy Supervisor Tim Burtis has been selected to replace Jim Corl as the Onondaga County Third District legislator.

Take Your Child to the Library Day is Feb. 7

Want to give your child a lifetime of wisdom, adventure and pleasure? Acquaint them with their local library. That’s the idea behind Take Your Child to the Library Day, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 7. This year marks the fourth such celebration and the second in which the Baldwinsville Public Library is participating.

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Pajamarama party

Paige’s Butterfly Run asks schools, businesses to wear PJs to help kids with cancer

One of the perks of being sick as a child is getting to curl up on the couch in your pajamas for a day of rest and bad television. But when all you ever get to wear is pajamas and you live under a cloud of doubt about your future and your prognosis — like if you’re facing pediatric cancer — the idea of the simple wardrobe loses a lot of its luster. To support those kids at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancers and Blood Disorders, Paige’s Butterfly Run is asking community members to wear their pajamas in honor of the kids that have to do so.

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‘A real gentleman’

Former Brown Newspapers owner Dick Manville died Jan. 1

Longtime Baldwinsville resident and former Messenger publisher Richard Manville died Jan. 1. He was 88.

2014: The year that was

2014: The year that was

What were the biggest stories of the last year? Here are a few of our top picks:

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2014: The year that was

Your community’s top stories from the last 12 months

What were the biggest stories of the last year? We’ve narrowed it down to these 10 picks, in chronological order:

LHS Senior of the Week: Penelope Lane

This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week aspires to a career on the music scene.

LCSD again asks state to eliminate GEA

Cuts have cost district more than $43 million

The Liverpool Central School District Board of Education is once again asking New York state to eliminate a damaging funding stream that has hurt its finances.

Top cop retires

Walsh leaves office after 20 years as sheriff

Kevin Walsh always wanted to be a police officer. “I always wanted to be a cop, from the time I was very young,” the retiring Onondaga County Sheriff said. “Sarto Major, who was the sheriff from the late 1950s to the early ‘60s, went to the same church I went to in Skaneateles. My father and he were friends. I used to see him from time to time going out on some sort of an emergency, and that kind of engendered a desire to be involved.” But that doesn’t mean he always wanted the sheriff’s position. “It probably wasn’t until my later years [that I wanted that position],” he said. “The opportunities were there and the timing was right.”

Corl leaving legislature

Third district representative taking job in Onondaga County Family Court

Onondaga County Legislator Jim Corl has announced he is stepping down from his seat. Corl, who represents the third district, which includes the town of Cicero and portions of the town of Manlius, will be taking a position as principal court attorney for Onondaga County Family Court Judge Michael Hanuszczak.

EXCLUSIVE: Ethics committee: Zambrano’s relationship constitutes a conflict of interest

An ethics committee in the town of Cicero has determined that the supervisor’s relationship with an employee of the former engineering firm employed by the town does constitute a conflict of interest, according to a decision issued by the committee last week.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Rachel Kline

An avid lacrosse player and active community volunteer, Rachel Kline is this week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week.

Salina to receive $5 million loan

EFC approves credit for landfill closure project

The town of Salina will receive a $5 million short-term loan to continue the effort to close the town’s landfill.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Cicero

Town hosts second annual house decorating contest

Residents of the town of Cicero are getting a chance to show off their brightest lights and cheeriest holiday decorations. The town’s Youth Bureau, Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its second annual Holiday Decorating Contest from now through Dec. 14. The contest officially kicked off Nov. 14.

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LHS Senior of the Week: Shannon Wilkinson

Shannon Wilkinson is an accomplished dancer, having taken classes at Tawn Marie’s Dance Centre for 14 years, where she also serves as a teaching assistant. This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week has also been on Tawn Marie’s competition team for 12 years, winning several regional competitions and earning nominations to the National Dance Team.

Mr. Katko goes to Washington

Congressman-elect shares his thoughts about his coming term

On Nov. 4, voters in the 24th Congressional District sent a resounding message: they no longer wanted Dan Maffei to represent them. Maffei, a Democrat, lost to Republican challenger John Katko, a former U.S. Attorney, by a margin of 73,317 votes to 55,268. Katko said he wasn’t necessarily surprised by the victory. “We were going door-to-door for the last couple of weeks of the campaign … and we were getting a pretty good response,” he said. “I just felt the momentum, so I wasn’t surprised that we won.”

The ultimate act of love

Placing a child for adoption is heartbreaking, but sometimes the best choice for the child

Carrie Howard was thrilled when she found out she was pregnant. “I always wanted to be a mom,” Howard said. “I was living with my boyfriend and his family. I was 20 years old and was very excited when I found out.” But things quickly went downhill. “My boyfriend didn't want to be a father,” Howard said. “I ended up having to move out and back in with family. My family was supportive, but they were unwilling to have a newborn in the home. I found myself at a crossroads where I had no job, no home, no license or car, not really anything to offer a child.” So Howard, a Liverpool native, decided to place her unborn child for adoption.

Cicero passes budget

Taxpayers in the town of Cicero will pay an additional $12.73 per $100,000 house in 2015, according to the budget passed by the town board by a vote of 4 to 1 Wednesday, Nov. 12. The $12,057,166 budget represents a $346,378 increase over 2014. It includes a 2.94 percent tax levy increase, which Supervisor Jessica Zambrano said is $107,000 above the tax cap. The board voted earlier this month to approve a local law to exceed the cap.

Lights on the Lake opens Nov. 14

Starting Friday, Nov. 14, Central New Yorkers can visit Onondaga Lake Park and take in one of the biggest light shows in the Northeast. Lights on the Lake kicks off its 25th anniversary season next week. The event draws somewhere around 35,000 cars each year.

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Antonacci falls in bid for state comptroller

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci has failed in his attempt to become the state’s next comptroller. Antonacci, a Republican, earned 55,155 votes in Onondaga County to Democratic incumbent Tom DiNapoli’s 66,602. Statewide, Antonacci said he earned more than a million and a half votes, setting a record for an Onondaga County candidate.

Conway is the new sheriff in town

DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway has beaten out Toby Shelley for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s seat. Conway, who earned 66,569 votes to Shelley’s 58,829, said he was honored to have been chosen by the people of Onondaga County.

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Unopposed state legislators return to office

Neither John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) nor Dave Valesky (D-Oneida) had an opponent this election season. The lack of opposition allowed both state senators to coast easily back to the state legislature, earning 65,967 and 35,515 votes, respectively.

DeJoseph returns to the bench

Longtime Judge Brian DeJoseph will return to the New York State Supreme Court bench, having beaten Republican challenger Robert O’Leary by a margin of 76,907 votes to 46,540.

Roberts returns to assembly

Democratic incumbent Sam Roberts has once again beaten back a challenge from Republican John Sharon.

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Magnarelli holds onto 129th seat

Longtime Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli easily beat a challenge by Republican Rick Zaccaria, holding onto his seat as the 129th District assemblyman by a margin of 18,732 to 7,262.

Stirpe beats DeMarco

Incumbent Assemblyman Al Stirpe has beaten back challenger Rob DeMarco by a margin of 22,308 to 19,772.

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Katko wins congressional seat

Republican John Katko has ousted Dan Maffei from the 24th Congressional District seat. Katko claimed victory on Election Night by a margin of more than 18,000 votes. Though Maffei had obtained a court order impounding absentee and military ballots, it’s unlikely they’ll change Tuesday night’s outcome.

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Baldwinsville native makes movie celebrating brother who died of cancer

Evan Schoeberlein never liked being the center of attention. “He never was anybody that wanted to draw attention to himself,” said younger brother Marc. “He didn’t want anybody to feel sorry for him.” Evan will be the center of attention on Friday, Nov. 14, when Marc’s film, “My Brother and Me,” premieres at the Palace Theater in Eastwood. The film chronicles Evan’s battle with and ultimate passing from Ewing’s sarcoma and his family’s struggle with the loss. Proceeds from the premiere will benefit two Baldwinsville charities, Paige’s Butterfly Run and Maureen’s Hope.

State increases penalties for repeat drunk driving

Michael Iannettoni had been charged with driving while intoxicated five times when he killed Vincent Russo. Iannettoni had four previous convictions for DWI and was awaiting sentencing on a fifth when he struck Russo’s car on Buckley Road in Liverpool on Jan. 9, 2011. Russo, 82, of Liverpool, was on his way to Mass. Iannettoni was drunk. Russo died three days later. Iannettoni was convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide, first- and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, crossing a double solid line and failure to keep right. He was sentenced to eight and a third to 25 years in prison. But for Russo’s family, it wasn’t enough; they believed he never should have been on the road that night in the first place, given his dangerous history. With the help of State Sen. John DeFrancisco, the Russo family pushed forward a law that would increase penalties for those with repeat drunk driving offenses.

State Board of Regents approves new graduation options

In the hopes of both improving graduation rates, the New York State Board of Regents last week approved a plan to add flexibility to its graduation requirements. On Monday, Oct. 20, the Board of Regents agreed to create a 4+1 pathway option, which would allow students to opt out of one of the social studies exams currently required for graduation. Instead, they could take a "comparatively rigorous" assessment in career/technical education (CTE), science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the humanities, foreign languages or the arts.

EDITORIAL: Vote yes on Prop. 1

For too long, New York’s system for drawing electoral maps has been broken. Under current legislation, members of the New York State Legislature draw the lines for legislative and congressional districts. Those lines are redrawn every 10 years by a committee made up of sitting legislators. That means that the people responsible for drawing the lines are the very people who benefit from how the lines are drawn.

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Farmers’ market moves indoors

Though the temperatures are dropping and the leaves are changing, Baldwinsville residents won’t have to give up easy access to local goods and produce.

Clay budget proposes 3.38 percent tax increase

If the town of Clay’s 2015 budget remains unchanged, residents will see a 3.38 percent increase in their property taxes, which amounts to $10.21 per household on a $100,000 house outside the village of North Syracuse. Residents inside the village will see a decrease of $5.58 a year.

Justice center to offer help to inmates with pets

Inmates at the Onondaga County Justice Center can now be assured that any pets they leave behind while incarcerated will be taken care of.

On the campaign trail: Mahoney endorses Katko

Republican Congressional candidate John Katko has received the backing of Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

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Born too soon: One in nine babies is born premature

Cooper Smith came into the world screaming. “He screamed like no baby I’d ever heard before,” said mom Nikki Smith of Baldwinsville. It might not sound like much — many babies are born testing out their little lungs — but for Cooper, it was a big deal. After all, Nikki and husband Eric weren’t sure if Cooper would even survive long enough to be born. “The doctor turned to me — he had this really dry sense of humor,” Eric said, “and said, ‘I think he’s going to make it.’”

BCSD tops in county in administrative efficiency

The Baldwinsville Central School District has been named one of the most efficient in the state for administrative efficiency, according to a Western New York publication. Business First, a Buffalo-based magazine, annually examines data from the New York State Department of Education for 432 Upstate school districts, looking at district spending, staffing levels and debt service to rank districts according to administrative efficiency. Baldwinsville ranked No. 11 statewide, making it the top school in Onondaga County. It beat out 97.7 percent of schools in the state, earning a five-star rating for being in the top 10 percent. Liverpool (No. 25) and North Syracuse (No. 22) also ranked in the top 44 districts statewide, earning five-star ratings, as well.

SAS to hold annual walk this weekend

For three years, Stand Against Suicide has been working to end the stigma associated with mental illness. In order to help further that mission, the Elbridge-based nonprofit holds a walk every year at the Syracuse Inner Harbor. This year’s event will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18; registration begins at 10 a.m. The event also includes music, raffles, face painting and other

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