The facility will be a state-of-the-art library, media, and technology center
Manlius Pebble Hill School has announced it will build an estimated $2.8 million Learning Commons on its DeWitt campus. The nearly 9,300 square foot facility will be a state-of-the-art library, media, and technology center designed for the way students gather information and learn in the 21st century.
Proposal passes with 727 voters approving it and 194 voting against it
On March 12, Fayetteville-Manlius School District residents approved a $10.5 million facilities project proposal that includes work at four school buildings and the high school athletic stadium.
The Friends of the DeWitt Community Library will be holding an Antiques Library Show on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in ShoppingTown Mall, 2nd level, across from Rite Aid. Allan Storing of the Syracuse Antique Exchange and other dealers will be on hand to verbally appraise your small hand-carried items, or bring pictures and dimensions of larger or fragile items. Each item verbally appraised is $3.00, or two items for $5.00. Tickets will be sold at the event. The appraisal fee helps support the Friends of the DeWitt Community Library which sponsors library programming and special initiatives. Light refreshments will be served. “We’re very excited about this event – think ‘Antiques Roadshow,’” says, Daryl Gonchoroff, DCL Friends’ President. “We’re hoping that community members and library patrons will visit their attics or storage to see what gems they might be able to bring to this event, in this economy every penny counts.” “We encourage folks to find out what their items might be worth,” says Mr. Storing, “because you never know!”
Dance marathon 2013 raises $125,000 for Camp Good Days
156 kids will be able to go to summer camp for free this year, thanks to Fayetteville-Manlius students. On March 2, high schoolers packed the house I and house II gyms from noon to midnight to dance, play, and have fun for a cause. F-M has been holding Dance Marathon for 22 years now and has raised over $1 million for Camp Good Days and Special Times.
Committee plans to hold fundraiser Mar. 2
With a deadline of Apr. 21 rapidly approaching, the J-D turf and track campaign members are doing all they can to encourage donations to make their dream of a brand new turf field and renovated track a reality. Amy Burns is a co-chair of fundraising for the turf and track campaign and she thinks that a main reason why people have been so hesitant to donate is because of rumors flying around about who’s making donations and how much has been raised so far.
Aims to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence
On Feb. 14, Vera House held a press conference at Manlius Pebble Hill School in Dewitt to kick off the fundraising and raise awareness for its 19th annual White Ribbon Campaign. The campaign is led by concerned men who invite all members of the community to pin on a ribbon and help to raise awareness and funds to end domestic and sexual abuse. Last year, Vera House had about 30,000 participants in the campaign in Central New York; this year their goal is 40,000.
Chris Steinberger starts campaign to raise the money to make it possible
Chris Steinberger may look like your average college freshman, but it’s pretty easy to forget that he’s only 19 years old when he talks about filmmaking. He already had his first experience with fame last year when he and fellow ESM student Matt Pede won $15,000 for their school with their PSA called “Drinking and Texting.” Since graduating in June, Steinberger has started his first year at Onondaga Community College and has written his first full-length film, “Iris”, which he is responsible for directing, producing, editing, composing the score and doing the visual effects. And he’s hoping to raise $6000 by the end of the month to make his dream a reality.
Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-North Syracuse) will host a series of town hall meetings on the governor’s proposed 2013-2014 state budget. These meetings will be held through out the month of February to allow local residents to have the opportunity to comment and obtain more information on the governor’s proposed 2013-2014 state budget.
ESM Superintendent Donna DeSiato weighs in on that all-important decision making process
Nearly every January and February, there comes a time when students all across Central New York wear their pajamas inside out and backwards, hoping that they’ll hear those three precious words: no school today. While it’s easy to get hopes up for a day off, East Syracuse-Minoa Superintendent Donna DeSiato says the actual decision making process isn’t quite so simple.
More than 20 years after losing her mother to cancer, Kristin Atkinson is channeling her grief into helping other women. Atkinson of Cicero, Kristin Johnson of Cicero and Tara Polcaro of North Syracuse started The Molly Project as a way to provide comfort to women affected by cancer and their families. Named after Atkinson’s late mother, The Molly Project got its start a year ago when Johnson’s sister called her, looking for a way to help a co-worker with cancer.
“Let’s Make a Deal” was just one catch-phrase being used when East Syracuse Minoa Central School District students hosted more than 100 area senior citizens for a fun-filled evening of television game shows called “Games of Life.”
Local author brings audio books to life with cast of actors
On Jan. 24, the Jewish Community Center in Dewitt was transformed into a world of unicorns, wizards, and dragons. Nationally- renowned local author Bruce Coville and his team of voice actors from his audio book company, Full Cast Audio, each took on different roles and read aloud short stories for a full auditorium. From preschool age children to elderly couples, the event was a hit for readers of all ages.
The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse has been selected to receive a $20,000 grant from the Central New York Community Foundation to purchase start-up equipment for a mobile spay/neuter clinic, which will move around to various city locations altering both dogs and cats belonging to low-income residents.
Organizers hope to top $10,000 for Baldwin Foundation
They didn’t get the on-ice result they were hoping for but organizers of the Thursday’s second annual Pink the Rink fundraiser for breast cancer research were all smiles anyway. The event took place at the Division I hockey game between host Fayetteville-Manlius and Cicero-North Syracuse. The No. 1 state ranked Northstars eked out a 4-2 win over the Hornets.
As we enter the New Year, many of us are pledging to get healthier — to lose weight, exercise more, eat more fruits and vegetables. But possibly the healthiest resolution, and one of the most enduring, is to quit smoking. But given that tobacco kills more people every year than alcohol, car accidents, cocaine, heroin, homicide, suicide, fire and AIDS combined, wouldn’t it be better never to start?