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No good movies playing? No way! Check out your local arts cinema

The spring and summer months after the Oscars come out can be a difficult time for American movie goers. It seems like all of the well-crafted, interesting movies have gone into hiding and in their place have arrived jarring blockbusters and action flicks designed solely to overstimulate the senses. While those movies can sometimes be fun (Thor, I'm thinking of you here), overall they don't offer much satisfaction to people who see cinema as an art form on par with great literature or painting.

F-M track gets impressive sweep of West Genesee

Pearl sweeps distance events; Barber wins three times

As defending Section III Class AA champions on both the boys and girls sides, the Fayetteville-Manlius track and field team might find it difficult for anyone to topple them.

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Volunteer of the Month: April 2014

Paul Goetchius: On Point for College

April’s Volunteer of the Month is Paul Goetchius, a volunteer mentor in the On Point for College program. On Point for College is a nonprofit tax-exempt college access program founded in 1999 whose stated mission is to open the door to higher education for inner city youth.

OPINION: Teaching to Greatness

Since moving to Syracuse from the Boston area in 2012, I have been captivated by the impassioned public push back here in Central New York on state-mandated accountability testing – high stakes testing that is lately driven by an approach to elementary and secondary education known as the Common Core Standards.

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Zimbabwean gospel singer brings music, joy to Cazenovia

On his first visit to the United States, in the midst of an East Coast tour, international gospel sensation and social activist Tembalami is spending some of his time in Cazenovia and performing three concerts in the village this week. Tembalami Tagwirei— who is typically known simply as “Tembalami” — is a gospel musician from Zimbabwe with a passion for inspiring, motivating and educating the current as well as the next generation.

F-M boys lax rebounds, tops Skaneateles

Hornets also rout Central Square, move to 3-2

A 1-2 start is not what the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team is accustomed to, and early this week it had a chance to quickly put defeats to Cicero-North Syracuse and West Genesee aside and find its winning form again.

Who is John Katko?

At the request of the Dewitt Republican Committee, I met with John Katko to discuss his views on a number of issues related to the 24th Congressional race. The committee, and even our non-political neighbors, have been concerned that candidates are too often being defined by the negative ads and sound-bites provided by their opponents. This is an effort to have Katko define who he is and how he will represent the people.

East Syracuse police vote to be held on April 16

Village board decides to enter into a shared services agreement with DeWitt

The East Syracuse Village Board held a public hearing on April 2 for residents to share their thoughts about the amended shared services agreement for its police department with the town of DeWitt.

No proposed tax increase for Minoa in 2014-15

Residents will pay $8.95 per $1,000 of assessed value

The Minoa Village Board held a public hearing before its regular meeting on April 7 for residents to ask questions about the 2014-15 tentative budget, which calls for no tax increase for residents.

ESM boys lacrosse gets big win over J-D

VanDeusen scores four goals, including game-winner

No championship, or anything close to it, was earned Friday night when the East Syracuse-Minoa boys lacrosse team defeated Jamesville-DeWitt 11-10 on a wet and windy Friday night at Spartan Stadium. It only felt that way to the giddy ESM players, who swarmed goalie Alec Miller near his cage moments after the defense stopped the Red Rams from forcing overtime in the waning seconds of regulation.

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CBA presents Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Be our guest! Christian Brother Academy will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at Nottingham High School.

LETTER: Minoa trustees thank residents

To the editor: John Champagne and I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the residents of the village of Minoa for re-electing us to the office of trustee.

Village of Fayetteville’s first State Farm agent celebrates 40 years in business

As someone who used to hide in the backyard when insurance agents would come knocking, the last thing Nick Roppo thought he’d be doing was working in the insurance business.

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Erich Schepp elected Minoa Fire Chief

It all started for Erich Schepp when he was just a kid who loved fire trucks. As he grew up, his interest in becoming a firefighter became stronger, and he began volunteering at the Fayetteville Fire Department when he was 14 years old.

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Do you CrossFit?

New high-intensity exercise program explodes in the Syracuse market

As recently as seven years ago, very few people in the Central New York area had ever heard of CrossFit. When CrossFit DeWitt opened at Sports Center 481 in 2008, it was the first CrossFit gym within a 70 mile radius. Tex Jones, who co-owns CrossFit DeWitt with Joe Commisso, said people get “addicted” to the short, high-impact fitness classes and can’t help but come back for more.

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The eyes of the community

Two Fayetteville letter carriers to retire after 30-plus years of service

For almost 31 years, Rich Adams and Ron Barnwell have been delivering letters to Fayetteville residents’ homes. But on April 3, both men will hang up their letter carrier uniforms for good, as they are both ending their careers and moving on to retirement from a job they both agree that they loved doing.

J-D softball looks for third straight sectional title

Just two seniors gone from 2013; Keeler returns to pitch

While the weather conditions outside don’t want to cooperate, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team is toiling away, preparing for the 2014 season. The Red Rams are seeking a third consecutive sectional title and hope to advance to the state title game, as it did two seasons ago.

CBA girls lacrosse blanks Whitesboro

ESM handles Fulton; J-D drops opener to Marcellus

Marisa Romeo is at Harvard, Taylor Poplawski is making big contributions at Syracuse and others, like Alyssa Pitonzo, Olivia Pitonzo, Rachel Perla and Maddie Calkins, have left the scene after leading Christian Brothers Academy’s girls lacrosse team to state championships two of the last three years.

Boys lacrosse Lakers humbled by Baldwinsville

Skaneateles has many new faces in 2014 lineup

Year after year, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse program has turned out strong talent that has found success at the college level – with Kevin Rice a prime example as he netted four goals, including the game-winner, in Syracuse’s 11-10 win over Notre Dame last Saturday at the Carrier Dome.

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Upstate Medical students visit Assemblyman Stirpe

Upstate Medical University held its annual Advocacy Day in Albany on March 19. Students from the various programs accompanied Upstate's Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, MD, to a series of meetings with legislators. The group posed after their meeting with local Assemblyman Al Stirpe.

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