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Column: Birthday plans

My brother and I were born 10 years apart, and this year we both achieve significant round numbers. At my suggestion, I thought we should take this plunge together. Why not? Conveniently, for planning purposes, both of our birthdays are in the summer.

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Feedback on initial ‘Consensus’ government consolidation report accepted until March 16

County Legislator: ‘We need more time for Consensus feedback’

The independent group studying the government within Onondaga County, Consensus, has recently released a plan that recommends consolidation of the governments of Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse with hopes to eventually put the plan to a vote. But District 10 Onondaga County Legislator Kevin Holmquist said he believes more time is needed to make such a big decision.

Turnabout is fair play

Director, actor to switch roles in upcoming performances

The Central New York theater community is close knit and small, a group of talented artists who are so close they refer to each other as family. So, it’s not surprising, given the especially small pool of male actors and qualified directors, that they sometimes direct each other. Such is the case for two upcoming productions at CNY Playhouse.

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Families keep more money with free tax help

Navigating the complex tax system can be overwhelming and stressful, making it easy to overlook hundreds or even thousands of dollars in potential credits and deductions. But right now, free assistance is available throughout Central New York to help guide hardworking families through tax season and ensure they get every penny they deserve.

Hockey Warriors have 1-2 week

Right in the middle of a stretch where it would play three times in four nights, the Liverpool ice hockey team would pay a visit to Meachem Rink and measure itself against the 13-1-1, state Division I no. 4-ranked Syracuse Cougars.

Girls Red Rams win NYC tournament

J-D continues stay atop state Class A rankings

Still possessing the top spot in the state Class A rankings, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team tested itself again by venturing to New York City – or, more specifically, the Bronx – for the Mecca Tournament.

Grimes boys hoops beats SAS

J-D topped by Ludden again; CBA returns to winning form

Just once in this renaissance winter had the Bishop Grimes boys basketball team tasted defeat, at home in a loss to Syracuse Academy of Science on Jan. 17. Less than two weeks later, the Cobras paid a visit to SAS, looking to get even, and did so last Friday night, though it took working all 32 minutes to get in front and withstand all of the possible charges to edge the Atoms 66-62.

Hornets gain sweep at Arcaro Invitational

F-M girls tops CBA despite Schug claiming three wins

Over a two-week stretch, the area’s indoor track and field teams would have six different competitions on the agenda, including both league and Section III meets that will take place at SRC Arena.

Grimes girls get even with Ludden

Cobras roll until late-week defeat to Seton Catholic

From a broken clock to a late-game injury, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team underwent many different kinds of adversity in last Thursday’s game against Bishop Ludden, any of which could have provided an excuse had the Cobras faltered.

CBA/J-D hockey routs New Hartford

F-M drops close decision to Rome Free Academy

Going into the decisive month of February, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team just may have timed it right.

Girls Hornets rip Corcoran, Henninger

F-M boys struggle in home loss to Black Knights

It was crucial for the Fayetteville-Manlius girls basketball team to recover from its Jan. 22 defeat at West Genesee and get some victories before the tough regular-season homestretch in early February.

CBA girls take fourth at OHSL meet

J-D makes noise at Utica Challenge Invitational

Post-season action for each of the area’s indoor track and field teams would commence in the last full week of January, when Christian Brothers Academy contended for top honors in the Onondaga High School League Division 2 meet at SRC Arena.

ESM volleyball has 3-1 week

Spartans push Chittenango to five sets in lone defeat

One common thread that the East Syracuse Minoa and Christian Brothers Academy girls volleyball teams would have in the last week of the regular season was both of them having to take on the challenge of the Chittenango Bears.

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Creative Environment Day School celebrates 50 years in business

Their mission is plain and simple: to provide a safe and enjoyable early learning experience for children. And for the past 50 years, Creative Environment Day School in Fayetteville has provided early childhood education to generations of families.

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Our View: Project-based learning prepares students for the real world

We’ve all been there. Stuck in a classroom with a teacher lecturing on and on with slides and projections that don’t really grab the attention of a student with a wandering mind.

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Area Police Blotters: Weeks of Jan. 8 to 20

Weeks of Jan. 8 to 20

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Sheriff deputies arrest 12 anti-drone protesters at Hancock Air Base

The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office reports that Sheriff deputies have charged twelve demonstrators this morning at the main gate of the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base on Molloy Road in DeWitt.

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Police make quick arrest in robbery at Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant in DeWitt

DeWitt Police report they made a speedy arrest of a for a strong arm robbery that occurred in the afternoon of Jan. 27 at Five Guys Burgers and Fries on 3179 Erie Boulevard East in DeWitt.

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ESM Spartan Stage to perform ‘Guys & Dolls’ Feb. 4-6

East Syracuse Minoa Spartan Stage will present the classic “Guys and Dolls” on February 4, 5 and 6. Performances are at 7 p.m. each night at ESM Central High School with an additional matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Movie column: Coming soon to a theater near you

There are times when I enjoy the previews of movies more than I enjoy the movies themselves. But when it came to action, 2015 was a banner year on the big screen. Looking at the previews, 2016 is shaping up to be another bombastic annum. Here are a few of the titles I’m looking forward to in the coming months.

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