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East Syracuse fire chief suspension hearing will not be open to the public

The East Syracuse Village Board on Monday unanimously voted to support the Nov. 6 suspension of East Syracuse Fire Chief Robert Russell and announced that a hearing relating to the suspension will be held at a later date. Mayor Robert Tackman said the hearing will not be open to the public. Russell was suspended in November due to a “personnel issue” that is being handled internally, Tackman said. The mayor would not offer further details on what the “personnel issue” was.

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DeWitt substitute teacher accused of inappropriate “sexting” with a student

Onondaga County Sheriff’s detectives have charged a town of Dewitt man after allegedly disseminating indecent material through his cell phone and social media, to a student less than 17 years of age.

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Fayetteville rings in the Holiday season with annual tree lighting ceremony

More than 1,000 residents gathered at the Fayetteville firehouse last Friday to celebrate the upcoming holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony sponsored by the Village of Fayetteville Recreation committee.

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CBA’s Vlassis Attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Christian Brothers Academy sophomore Isabella Vlassis attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, DC Nov. 14 to 16.

Manlius village board approves brew pub application

Also approves new law to reduce number of trustees on board

After approving a new law in September to allow brew pubs to exist in the village of Manlius, the village board last week unanimously voted to approve the application of the Menikheim family to create a brew pub at 315 East Seneca St.

Manlius PD looking for information regarding identity thefts

The Town of Manlius Police are looking for any information regarding 10 recent reports of identity thefts in the area involving five suspects, four male and one female.

Hornets sweep way back to Nike Nationals

With both state and regional titles locked away, both of the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams now get set to go back to Portland, Oregon, each of them bent on earning a national championship.

J-D boys hoops handles Utica-Notre Dame

To put it lightly, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team is going to spend much of the early portion of its season in a glaring spotlight.

Mr. Katko goes to Washington

Congressman-elect shares his thoughts about his coming term

On Nov. 4, voters in the 24th Congressional District sent a resounding message: they no longer wanted Dan Maffei to represent them. Maffei, a Democrat, lost to Republican challenger John Katko, a former U.S. Attorney, by a margin of 73,317 votes to 55,268. Katko said he wasn’t necessarily surprised by the victory. “We were going door-to-door for the last couple of weeks of the campaign … and we were getting a pretty good response,” he said. “I just felt the momentum, so I wasn’t surprised that we won.”

J-D boys hoops handles Utica-Notre Dame

Boeheim emerges with 20-point outing in season opener

To put it lightly, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team is going to spend much of the early portion of its season in a glaring spotlight. From Friday’s showdown with state Class B champion Westhill in the Peppino’s Invitational at Henninger, to a clash with Bishop Ludden Dec. 12 and its appearance in CBA’s Bottar-Leone Holiday Classic at the end of the month, the Red Rams will see plenty of big challenges.

Hornets sweep regional cross country meet

F-M boys, girls return to Portland for Nike Nationals

With both state and regional titles locked away, both of the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams now get set to go back to Portland, Oregon, each of them bent on earning a national championship.

CBA/J-D hockey romps past Liverpool

Brothers gain 7-0 edge through two periods in opener

One good aspect of the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team’s shocking run to the 2012-13 state Division II championship was the way it set things up for the future. Many of the key players on that team were freshmen and sophomores. Consequently, they would have at least two more seasons to author championship narratives.

More to the miracle

Kate D. Mahoney was touched by a miracle. She thought she should be forever grateful, but that wasn’t the case.

Manlius town board approves municipal trash contract - but not from lowest bidder

The Manlius town board last week selected Syracuse Haulers as its municipal trash hauler for 2015-16. The service bid that the board accepted, however, was not the lowest bid received by the town for the contract, although municipal procurement policy states that it must be.

Hundreds expected for F-M Turkey Trot

Manlius All Sports Booster Club is hosting its fifth Annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 27. The Turkey Trot consists of three non-competitive runs beginning at 10 a.m. with an 800 meter Kid’s Fun Run and at 10:15 a.m. the 4K and 8K runs will start.

Correction to DeWitt Town budget story

In our story, “DeWitt budget to include tax rate increase,” published in the Nov. 19 issue, the total budget for the town of DeWitt was inaccurately reported

McMahon/Ryan, Boeheim Foundation form new partnership to provide Rooms 4 Kids

The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center was recently selected to partner with The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation to help remodel the rooms of abused or neglected children living in Onondaga County.

Saab Sensis to eliminate 27 jobs in DeWitt location

Result of company restructuring

Saab Sensis Corporation President Ken Kaminski has resigned from his position and the company has recently announced a restructuring in their air traffic management sector, which will eliminate 27 jobs at their DeWitt based headquarters.

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F-M educators named PE teachers of the year

Three Fayetteville-Manlius School District physical education teachers have been named teachers of the year by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD).

The ultimate act of love

Placing a child for adoption is heartbreaking, but sometimes the best choice for the child

Carrie Howard was thrilled when she found out she was pregnant. “I always wanted to be a mom,” Howard said. “I was living with my boyfriend and his family. I was 20 years old and was very excited when I found out.” But things quickly went downhill. “My boyfriend didn't want to be a father,” Howard said. “I ended up having to move out and back in with family. My family was supportive, but they were unwilling to have a newborn in the home. I found myself at a crossroads where I had no job, no home, no license or car, not really anything to offer a child.” So Howard, a Liverpool native, decided to place her unborn child for adoption.

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