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J-D announces fall sports schedule

Girls soccer Red Rams go after sixth straight sectional title

Jamesville-DeWitt High School’s 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

ESM releases fall sports schedule

Spartans football to play Vestal at Carrier Dome Sept. 5

East Syracuse-Minoa High School’s 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

CBA releases fall sports schedule

Defending AA football champs open with Henninger Sept. 5

Christian Brothers Academy’s 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Candidates talk small business at political breakfast

At a recent political breakfast, federal, state and county candidates gathered together with members of the Manlius Chamber of Commerce to discuss the issue of small business, mingle with voters and try to gain more votes through an under-three-minute speech.

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Going to the dogs

The 2014 Canine Carnival, held Aug. 10, was a rousing success. Now in its fifth year, it is the largest dog rescue event in New York State. With an increasing number of volunteer organizations, vendors, shows and adoptees, the outdoor event needed even more space this year and pulled up stakes for a move to Jamesville Beach County Park, where County Executive Joanie Mahoney kicked off the event, followed by a local pastor's prayer over the animals.

Manlius Police arrest two people involved in multi-state burglary ring

Manlius Police, working in conjunction with the Onondaga County Sheriff’s burglary unit, arrested two individuals linked to a group that has been responsible for a string of burglaries targeting homeowners in the town of Manlius and Onondaga County since early 2014.

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You are what you eat?

Fayetteville woman raising awareness about food allergy walk; proceeds will go to research

From the time she was 11 months old, Lindsey Stoppacher’s oldest daughter, Harper, did not like the taste of peanuts.

Solarize Syracuse promotes solar power in Syracuse and surrounding areas

Recently, seven local organizations partnered together to create a grassroots solar power initiative called “Solarize Syracuse”. Its mission is to provide residences in the greater Syracuse area with solar power, saving both money and the planet.

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Sharkey’s to host country music festival for Clear Path for Veterans

Too often, veterans returning home from combat zones aren’t getting the support they need. That’s especially true if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an often silent disability triggered by a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. While PTSD can happen to anyone who has experienced trauma, it’s particularly common in veterans; while it occurs in approximately 7 to 8 percent of the general population, 11 to 20 percent of Afghanistan or Iraq vets, 10 percent of Gulf War vets and 30 percent of Vietnam vets suffer from PTSD. In order to support these veterans, a group of volunteers has organized a benefit called the Victory for Vets Country Music Festival to take place Aug. 16 at Sharkey’s in Liverpool. The proceeds from the event will go to Clear Path for Veterans, a nonprofit based in Chittenango that provides support for returning veterans, including peer-to-peer support, classes, service dogs and more.

On the campaign trail: Maffei releases first TV ad

Congressman Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) has released his first television campaign ad, sparking sharp criticism from the opposition. Maffei’s ad, a 30-second spot entitled “Hard Work,” features the congressman visiting with small businessmen and –women, chatting with senior citizens and posing with his family. The ad asserts that Maffei, too, is sick of Congressional gridlock and perks and is working hard to get rid of them.

Gilroy takes second at NYS Amateur Championships

F-M freshman makes impact in statewide competition

For Kyle Gilroy, it quickly became apparent that winning the boys junior division of the New York State Boys and Girls Amateur Championship was out of the question.

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Bruin Recycling and Sen. DeFrancisco present check for Flags and Flowers for Veterans

DeFrancisco’s e-cycling event raises $1,000 for local charity

On July 28, at East Syracuse Village Hall, State Sen. John A. DeFrancisco joined Jon Nappa, of Bruin Recycling, and Alice Kim, of Time Warner Cable, to present a $1,000 check to Flags and Flowers for the Veterans. The donation was generated through an electronics recycling event, held this past June in East Syracuse, that DeFrancisco sponsored along with Time Warner Cable and Bruin Recycling.

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Syracuse Crunch raises funds for Red Cross Disaster Relief

Donation sparked by Smithfield tornado and East Syracuse storm damage

In the wake of the tornado and severe storms that hit Central New York on July 8, the Syracuse Crunch recently raised more than $1,000 for the American Red Cross through a jersey auction fundraiser. The money raised will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which will be used to help provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance for victims of future disasters.

F’ville teen awarded $10,000 scholarship from Kohl’s for extraordinary volunteer efforts

Adena Rochelson was chosen from more than 37,000 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship program nominees for outstanding community service

Kohl’s Department Stores announced last week that Adena Rochelson, of Fayetteville, is one of 10 national Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program winners - each receiving a total of $10,000 in scholarships for higher education. In addition to recognizing Rochelson for outstanding efforts through volunteerism, Kohl’s will also donate $1,000 the nonprofit organization of her choice.

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Taste of Cazenovia to be held at Willow Bank Yacht Club

More sponsors, increased participants scheduled for this year’s annual event

The gourmand, the oenophile, the epicurean, the zymurgist — whatever the label for people who love good food and drink, they all will be happy on Sept. 9, when the annual Taste of Cazenovia event returns. This year, for the first time ever, the event will be held at the Willow Bank Yacht Club.

Hoops Festival draws large pool of local talent

ESM's McDuffie part of Central boys' second-place effort

With help from East Syracuse-Minoa’s Jah-meer McDuffie, the Central boys basketball team finished second at the Aug. 1-3 Summer Hoops Festival in Johnson City, near Binghamton. But the Central girls side, despite the presence of seven local basketball stars, four of them from 2014 state Class A finalist Jamesville-DeWitt, only managed a single victory in four tries.

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Salon and local non-profit team up to provide free wigs to cancer patients

During the early years of Rose Ruggiero’s career as a hairstylist, she worked at a salon that required its employees to take part in community service. And during those years of employment, Ruggiero dedicated hours of her time to cutting wigs for patients at no charge.

Police arrest man who held large house party in Pompey

On July 29, police arrested a man regarding a July 2 graduation party in the town of Pompey. On July 2, at about 10:50 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to the 7500 block of Ashlind Circle regarding a large party/disturbance.

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Manlius gazebo recreated to look almost identical to 1880s version

In the 1880s, when Manlius was compiled of dirt roads, a small gazebo was built at the corner of Academy Street and East Seneca Turnpike. The gazebo remained standing for more than 130 years, but eventually needed many repairs. This summer, the tattered, worn-down gazebo has been rebuilt to look similar to the old one, but stronger and more stable.

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Dave Capucilli Memorial Golf Tournament to be held Sept. 7

"Everyone else matters." Matt Capucilli had a dream that his late brother David said this to him. The dream came just hours after Dave died. The life Matt's brother led made a lasting impression.

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