Nothing changes since last board meeting; business owners form merchants association
On Feb. 12, the Manlius Village Board held its first meeting since the announcement that Mike Magley, the owner of the parking lot behind businesses on the 100 block of East Seneca street, had been towing cars nearly every day. A standing room only crowd, packed with government officials, business owners and concerned residents waited for nearly an hour to learn that the board was still waiting for a completed appraisal of lot 14 in order to make an offer on the lot and take the first step towards solving the parking problem.
Money to go towards child fingerprinting equipment
The Town of Manlius Police department is the latest recipient on Stickley furniture’s list of organizations for charitable donations. On Feb. 13, Stickley CEO Aminy Audi and President Edward Audi presented Manlius Police Chief Fran Marlowe and Officer Brian Ackerman with a check for $3,595 to be spent on new equipment for children’s fingerprinting, which the police department does for local children at events during the year.
Mike Magley responds to the "Manlius Parking Problems" article with his second letter to the editor
The parking issue facing Manlius is not a result of who controls the Clancy-Magley Enterprises, LLC (“Clancy-Magley”) parking area. Parking is a premium in the Village of Manlius, as noted in the Jan. 22 Manlius village board meeting. Bella Cigna recently went through issues of parking, just as the newly opened Ironwood Pizza now faces. The parking issue is a matter of quantity, not of control.
Studio offers alternative exercises for seniors, the disabled, and children
Vicky Hilleges spent 18 years working as an engineering consultant and 10 more years selling perennials before deciding to open Pippi’s Healing Garden in September. To some, the jump from engineering to gardening to teaching yoga may not make complete sense, but Hilleges says that after a while, the major physical and mental benefits she experienced from the yoga became so apparent that she felt she had to share her practice with others.
Village moves forward with ‘Save the Rain’, prepares for Dunkin Donuts
The Fayetteville Cleaners has been out of business since last June but the property where it stands will soon be home to Fayetteville’s first Dunkin Donuts. The Fayetteville village office reports that the management company for Dunkin Donuts recently purchased the property and that the village planning board is in the early stages of developing the project.
Be careful when parking in the village of Manlius these days- because there’s a very good chance you’ll get towed. That’s been the case for the last three weeks for customers parking behind businesses on the 100 and 200 blocks of East Seneca Street. In early January, Mike Magley, who owns the lot behind Café 119 and his building, which houses 4 businesses, including Feats of Clay and Lonsdale Salon, sent a letter to John Freightenburgh, the owner of Ironwood Pizza. In the letter he stated that Freightenburgh should start letting customers know that they cannot park in his lot. The next day, cars were being towed.
Mother Nature Pet Supply does what it can to find homes for stray animals
From the moment you walk into Mother Nature Pet Supply in Manlius, you can tell that something’s different. As customers enter, they are greeted by the bubbly owner, Carla Dellacontrada. Like clockwork, immediately after they gravitate over to say hi to her dog and “coworker” Buddy, who is sleeping in the corner. It’s a routine that you can tell Dellacontrada is happy to fall into. It’s apparent that firstly, she loves animals, and secondly, she loves people that love animals.
There has been a slow, steady and excited buzz permeating Cazenovia in recent weeks that can all be boiled down to the fact that the nationally-known “Fabulous Beekman Boys” — bestselling authors, farmers, entrepreneurs and recent winners of television’s “The Amazing Race” — are coming to town on Saturday, Jan. 26. The two-hour event, sponsored by the Historic Cazenovia Business District committee of the chamber of commerce, will feature Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge giving a special book signing of their “Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook” and Kilmer-Purcell’s New York Times best-selling nonfiction book, “The Bucolic Plague: How two Manhattanites became gentleman farmers: An unconventional memoir,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Lincklaen House on Albany Street.
Gage house receives grant
The Matilda Joslyn Gage house in Fayetteville is set up so that its contents are consistently pushing visitors to question their opinions. From white boards on the walls encouraging museum-goers to record their questions to spaces on the floor set up specifically for discussion, the Gage house is a place for people to forget any reservations they may have about their opinions and let them all out. And that’s why the museum received a worldwide grant to be the first in the country to test out a new kind of dialogue about a topic that many people go out of their way to avoid talking about: a woman’s right to reproductive choice.
Michelle Watts puts a twist on traditional cuisine
You may use olive oil as your salad dressing, or to cook with, or to dip your bread in. Michelle Watts, the owner of Olive on Brooklea, is pushing the envelope with her discovery of olive oil topping over ice cream- something she has lined up waiting to be sampled at her store.
Weichert Realtors — The Bollinger Group announced on Nov. 30 that Kathryn G. Woodruff joined the agency.
Calypso Ford says her new store, “Survival Adventure to Apocalypse,” is not just for the coming end of the Mayan calendar on Dec. 21 which some are calling the end of days.
Vince Giordano, owner of Sno Top in Manlius, was presented with the 2012 Forrest Mock Person of the Year Award on Nov. 10.
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Beak & Skiff Apple Farms recently was awarded a gold medal for its artisanal vodka at the 2012 American Wine Society Spirits Competition in Portland, Ore. — marking the fourth time in less than four months the LaFayette distillery has won awards for its signature spirit.