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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.

East Syracuse reschedules public referendum on police to April 16

Due to material changes to the inter-municipal agreement with the village of East Syracuse and the town of Dewitt, the village of East Syracuse board of trustees voted to reschedule the public referendum on the police abolishment on March 21. This will allow the residents of the village additional time to consider the referendum and the village to process some contractual changes with the inter-municipal agreement.

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Cub scouts in the 21st century

Many people may think cub scouts are doing the same traditional activities that they’re been doing since the Cub Scouts of America began more than 100 years ago, in 1914. But the scouts F-M’s pack 369 say that the things they learn and do are much different than what kids in the organization were doing as recently as 15 years ago.

OCM BOCES to host Common Core academies for educators

Central New York educators can take advantage of courses designed to help them implement the Common Core curriculum at OCM BOCES next week. From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 27 and 28, educators in the Syracuse area can attend Discovery Education’s Common Core Academies at BOCES’ Central New York Regional Information Center, 6075 East Molloy Road, Syracuse. The courses will be lead by Common Core state standards expert Dr. Karen Beerer and hosted by Discovery Education, a publisher and content provider that offers textbooks and multimedia content that support Common Core implementation.

J-D announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse opens Friday at Chittenango

Jamesville-DeWitt High School’s 2014 spring sports season includes boys lacrosse and softball teams coming off trips to the state championship game, eager to try and get there again. Here is the varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Bishop Grimes releases spring sports schedule

Baseball Cobras set to defend OHSL Patriot title

Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Is a CNY film hub a good idea?

Many Central New York residents were surprised and optimistic to hear Gov. Cuomo’s announcement earlier this month about a high-tech movie making/ nanotechnology hub that will be located in DeWitt.

OCC child care faces cuts

Community college students may soon have a harder time finding child care while they go to school. In his 2014-15 executive budget proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed cutting $653,000 from the state’s operating grant to the State University of New York’s child care centers. The cut would come in addition to a reduction in the federal Child Care Block Grant, which subsidizes care for children of needy student-parents. While the New York State Senate restored Cuomo’s cut in their budget proposal, advocates say the cuts faced by SUNY centers in the last several years are still devastating and need to be restored. And it’s community colleges that will likely see the most damaging consequences.

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MPH named ‘Best Delegation’ at London MUN conference

Charging into international competition, Manlius Pebble Hill School’s Model United Nations team won eight major awards and commendations and was named Best Medium Sized Delegation at the recent London International Model United Nations Conference (LIMUN).

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