In this week's coverage of the school board and budget elections, we incorrectly listed the date of the vote as Tuesday, May 16. The correct date is Tuesday, May 19. We apologize for the error.
On May 7 and 8, two local OCM-BOCES students headed to Morrisville to test their car repair skills. Tyler Farley of Liverpool and Izack Alvarado of Mattydale were among 20 students statewide to participate in the state finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition at Morrisville State College. Working in teams of two, the students competed in a timed-contest against nine other teams from around the state to correctly identify and fix intentionally installed “bugs” on identical 2015 Ford Fiestas.
About 150 people attended a vigil held Saturday, May 9, in honor of 2-year-old Nora Lamirande, who was killed in a fire that destroyed her home at 25 Naylor Circle in Van Buren on May 3.
Dewayne Garner, Jr., believes it’s important to have a dream — and to take the necessary steps to achieve that dream.
This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week is Jessica Ryan, a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Student Government and LHS DECA. She is on the crew, soccer and cheerleading teams.
The Liverpool Public Library is looking for a 1.547 percent increase in the tax levy to support its 2015-16 budget.
Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra has announced that he will be running again. Nicotra announced last week that he will be seeking a fifth term as town supervisor. He first won the seat in 2007, taking office in January of 2008.
This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week is a varsity athlete with a talent for academics and a sense of humor.
Voters in the Baldwinsville Central School District overwhelmingly approved the Baldwinsville Public Library’s budget Thursday, April 23.
Taxpayers in the Liverpool Central School District will see a 1.79 percent tax increase, according to the 2015-16 budget the district will send to a vote on May 19.
Residents in the North Syracuse Central School District are looking at a 2.03 percent tax increase for the 2015-16 school year.
Residents in the Baldwinsville Central School District will be asked to pay an extra 1.82 percent in school taxes for the 2015-16 school year, according to the proposed budget presented April 13.
Cicero Town Councilor Mark Venesky has announced his intention to seek the supervisor’s seat in the upcoming town elections in November. Venesky announced his candidacy April 13 at the Brewerton waterfront.
Leanne Costello might be just a senior in high school, but she’s already making her mark on the world.
Brian and Sarah Hall of Clay would like to announce the birth of their daughter, Emily Margaret Hall, born Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Crouse Hospital.
Tyler Popp is making the most of his high school career.
Liverpool High School's Senior of the Week is Madeline Murphy, an avid swimmer and accomplished athlete.
Liverpool High School Senior of the Week Alex Moore is a member of the National Honor Society and Model United Nations.
Students at Charles W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville need your help to make a sick child’s wish come true.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Liverpool High School student has been arrested after assaulting another student Thursday morning, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department.
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.
Our schools are losing money every year — and New York state is taking it from them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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:
This week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week aspires to a career on the music scene.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
An avid lacrosse player and active community volunteer, Rachel Kline is this week’s Liverpool High School Senior of the Week.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.