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Proposed commercial development on North Burdick Street in Fayetteville approved to continue planning process

The Fayetteville Village Board last week gave a green light to a local developer to continue refining his plans to build an 8,000-square-foot commercial development across North Burdick Street from the Towne Center at Fayetteville.

Business First ranks Jamesville-DeWitt in top 20 school districts Upstate

ES-M also named to overall list

Business First, a Buffalo-based magazine that conducts annual evaluations of the 100 top school districts throughout Upstate New York, last week released its 2014 results — and ranked Jamesville DeWitt Central School District no. 17 in Upstate New York and no. 4 in Onondaga County. East Syracuse-Minoa was also named to the list at no. 172 out of 432 schools.

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F-M ranked second in Upstate for academics for fourth consecutive year

The Fayetteville-Manlius School District maintained its number two ranking in academics and number one ranking for math out of 432 Upstate public school districts for the fourth consecutive year, according to a Buffalo-based business magazine.

State DEC says Manlius village should be lead agency for proposed fire station project

The disagreement between the village of Manlius and the town of Manlius over which municipality should be the lead agency to create the proposed new fire station at the corner of Enders Road and Route 92 last week received some direction from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which issued an opinion in favor of the village.

DeWitt town board member apologizes for using town emails for political purposes

DeWitt Town Board Member Jack Dooling caused a slight political stir recently when he sent a flyer for a political fundraiser to a handful of town employees using their town email addresses. Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko, who has called Dooling’s email “inappropriate” and “unfortunate,” sent an email to town employees the following day apologizing for their receipt of Dooling’s email.

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.

Manlius town board continues work on new trash and brush municipal contracts

The Manlius town board is continuing its work on choosing its municipal trash and brush collecting contractors for next year, after having a lengthy discussion about the public contract bidding process at its Oct. 8 meeting. The town received four bidders each for both trash and brush pickup contracts, but board members felt they needed more time to sift through the details of the submitted bids and decided to hold off on a vote until their Oct. 22 meeting.

OCRRA and Coyanta give incentive for turning in mercury containing items

OCRRA and Covanta are celebrating environmental milestone with a $10 Home Depot gift card reward for residents who turn in mercury containing items.

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Ghosts in the Machine – A look at some local haunted attractions

They’re heeee-ere! Yep, it’s October and that means the ghosts, ghouls and goblins are waiting in the shadows for you to walk or ride by so they can lightly brush past you and make you jump 18 feet in the air. Hundreds of monsters await in dozens of local haunted attractions. If you’re stout of heart, here are just a few of the best of the best:

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CarniFFaLl fundraiser brings Halloween to the Fayetteville Free Library

Local children dressed up in their best costumes to celebrate the Halloween spirit at the Fayetteville Free Library’s seventh annual CarniFFaLl fundraiser last Saturday.

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Record breaking event brings more than 3,000 boats together

Last month, more than 3,150 boats, canoes and kayaks joined together on Fourth Lake in Inlet, N.Y. to break the Guinness World Record for the largest raft of boats.

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ESM marching band places second, takes awards at Ohio invitational

The East Syracuse-Minoa Spartan marching band has hit a high note this season by taking home top honors in several of their competitions this year — including placing second in their division at the Buckeye Invitational at Ohio State University this past weekend.

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