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FROM THE LEGISLATURE: Community Development offers many programs

Have you ever wondered just what Onondaga County’s Division of Community Development does? This department offers some of the most visible programs and projects in the county.

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.”

Local vets visit Pearl Harbor

Two of Central New York’s last remaining Pearl Harbor survivors visited Hawaii on the 73rd anniversary of the infamous attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy on the United States’ naval base. While it was 91-year-old Syracuse resident Ed Stone’s 10th visit to Pearl Harbor, it was the first time 94-year-old Larry Parry of Baldwinsville had returned to Hawaii since World War II.

J-D sends in final turf field plans

Discusses safety of materials used in installation

The Jamesville-DeWitt School District has approved and submitted to Albany final plans for approval on the $3.1 million capital project to update the district’s main athletics facility field, including the installation of a turf field.

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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.

Last call for ‘Ash for Trash’ public comments

Time is running out for those who want to share their thoughts on the proposed “Ash for Trash” solid waste management partnership between Onondaga and Cortland counties. There will be a public hearing on the proposal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at the Van Buren town hall. People have until Jan. 17 to submit written comments on the subject.

Broddus Qubasy win at Phoenix Round Robin

F-M duo shines; ESM's LeGro second at 160 pounds

A strong season-long effort by Fayetteville-Manlius wrester Tristan Broddus continued when he claimed the 152-pound championship during Saturday's Phoenix Round Robin – and this time around, teammate Muhammad-Mukhtar Qubasy joined him in the winner’s circle.

F-M boys fall to Henninger, beat Newark

Hornets struggle in second half against unbeaten Black Knights

Given all the production that left with the likes of John Schurman and Louis Avellino, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team could not expect that it had all the components necessary to keep up with the top Class AA contenders – not yet, anyway.

Grimes girls rip past Cazenovia, go to 5-0

J-D gets first win; CBA holds off Oswego

Maybe the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team needs to get tested in order to really bring out its best game. Faced with a close battle against visiting Cazenovia last Friday night, the Cobras put together a red-hot shooting display late in the first half and pulled away to beat the Lakers 63-43, all part of a busy evening of local games before the holidays.

Girls indoor track teams earn wins in opener

J-D, ESM, F-M all gain first-place finishes at SRC Arena

With the glow of the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country national-championship sweep still on everyone's mind, it was time for the girls indoor track and field season to get underway, and every local side had a reason to feel good at the end of Friday night's Jack Morse Kickoff Meet at SRC Arena.

F-M wins twice at Jack Morse Kickoff Meet

ESM's McGrath finishes first in 55-meter hurdles

Less than two weeks after Fayetteville-Manlius dazzled everyone by sweeping the Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon, it was time for the indoor track and field season to get underway. Local teams, including F-M, made their first venture of the winter to SRC Arena, on the Onondaga Community College campus, to compete in the Jack Morse Kickoff Meet.

Hockey Lakers play CBA/J-D to 3-3 tie

First-place duel features 35 saves from Vinal

They had built it up as a special event Wednesday night at Allyn Arena, and the ice hockey teams from Skaneateles and CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt obliged with a special game that left everyone thirsting was more. Partially, that was because of the back-and-forth nature of the contest, but mainly it was because this showdown of undefeated teams ended in a 3-3 tie, leaving everyone waiting for the Feb. 6 rematch at Onondaga Nation Arena.

Boys hoops Hornets survive B'ville rally

F-M splits "Pink Out" games; girls fall to Liverpool

With a 19-point second-half advantage whittled down to four in Tuesday night's game against visiting Baldwinsville, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team faced the very real possibility that it would drop back-to-back home games for the first time in recent memory. But the Hornets, aided by the guard tandem of Jake Wittig and Nick Quilty-Koval, recovered in time to reclaim control in the fourth quarter and beat the Bees 68-61.

J-D boys hoops edges Ludden in thriller

DeRegis free throw, last-second stop preserves 63-62 win

Forces old and new collided Friday night on the basketball court, producing an instant classic between Jamesville-DeWitt and Bishop Ludden that was in doubt until the final possession. But with one clutch free throw from Dom DeRegis, plus one big stop before the horn sounded, the Red Rams gained a 63-62 victory over the Gaelic Knights, despite trailing for most of the contest.

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Cork Monkey liquor store open for business in Manlius

Have you ever noticed a business with a unique name out of the corner of your eye and looked twice to see exactly what it is and what it has to offer? That’s what Cork Monkey owner John Nissen hopes will happen to attract customers into his new wine and spirits store located in the Tops Plaza in Manlius.

Couple who embezzled $444,000 from United Methodist Church of Manlius sentenced to prison

A couple who pleaded guilty to embezzling $444,000 from a central New York church are scheduled to be sentenced to prison terms.

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East Syracuse police chief to retire

Departure will coincide with DeWitt Police Department merger

East Syracuse Police Chief Donald Morris has announced his intention to retire from the department after more than six years in the position.

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Perez receives Workplace Safety Award from Red Cross

Eric Perez, a volunteer fireman with the East Syracuse Fire Department, last week received the Workplace Safety Award at the 16th annual American Red Cross of Central New York Real Heroes Breakfast. The annual event honors Central New York who have performed heroic acts in life-threatening situations during the past year.

Woodland students participating in annual Festival of Trees

East Syracuse Minoa fourth-graders at Woodland elementary have created a tree for the 29th Annual Festival of Trees at the Everson Museum. The festival runs Dec. 5 to 14 and students will get to see their tree on display when they tour and sing at the museum on Dec. 11.

Drop-N-Shop gives parents a child-free shopping opportunity

For parents who want to get some last-minute holiday shopping done or have other plans that don’t include their children, a four-hour window of opportunity will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21. The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Syracuse will hold a Drop-N-Shop Kids Day Out at 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt.

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