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Critical Link V-P leads septet Saturday at Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival

Dave Rice is co-owner of Critical Link, a prominent town of DeWitt electronics product development company on Brooklawn Parkway, but he’s also a talented saxophone player and bandleader. His group, Tradewind, which also features his daughter, Lauren, will be showcased at the 2014 Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, in downtown Syracuse’s Clinton Square. Admission is free.

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Third annual Fay-Man Day of Races to be held July 27

Runners and “mudders” of all ages will soon take part in the third annual Fay-Man Day of Races, scheduled for Sunday, July 27 at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. The event, which is a fundraiser for the F-M All Sports Booster Club, offers competitors three different races; the Muddy Hornet Challenge, the 5k Race of Champions and the Mud Puppy Dash Fun Run for kids.

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Town of Manlius Recreation Department to put on ‘Les Misérables’

"Les Misérables," a critically acclaimed musical and a story of turmoil, love and courage in the darkest of times, has moved audiences around the world. Now, the musical will be performed at the Fayetteville-Manlius High School for community members and visitors by the town of Manlius Recreation Department. This year, for the first time in 12 years, Shawn Hebert, the town of Manlius’ musical director for more than 10 years, will take the stage for the first time as lead character, Jean Valjean.

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Catchy ‘Catch’

Imposter thriller makes for murky musical at CNY Playhouse

Based on a film which was based on a ghost-written autobiography by an admitted scam artist, “Catch Me If You Can” is a far cry from your usual feel-good musical. But the venturesome CNY Playhouse dives right in, doing its level best to wring some sense of the offbeat blend of tunes and trickery.

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No child left behind

Manlius author publishes book promoting awareness of changing family dynamics

During his more than 20 years of teaching in elementary schools in Brooklyn, Atlanta and Washington DC, Jason Galvez taught many different classes, several subjects and hundreds of students. And during his time working in Washington, DC, only one of his students came from a home with a mother and a father.

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Fayetteville teen to go to Costa Rican eco-adventure as part of Make A Wish program

Make-A-Wish Central New York announced its 1500th wish last week at the Fayetteville Jazz Concert. Fayetteville resident and Wish Kid Rebecca Rolnick, 17, found out she will be going on a Costa Rican eco-adventure in August.

Fayetteville High School alumni to hold annual reunion

The Fayetteville High School Alumni Association is planning its 16th annual Reunion Weekend on Aug. 22 and 23. It is open to anyone who attended Fayetteville High School (now known as Wellwood Middle School). It then became part of the Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District in 1953. However, for several years thereafter, until F-M High School opened, hundreds of students graduated from the original building. These former students are also welcome.

Open Farm Day to be held July 26

With the long-awaited summer now in full swing, Open Farm Day is a chance to enjoy the bounty of some of Madison County’s best farms. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on July 26, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County invites the public to take a behind-the-scenes look at local farms at its seventh annual Open Farm Day as 35 farms and three farmers’ markets open their gates to the public.

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‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’

Singer Cookie Coogan channels Ella Fitzgerald today at Beard Park

Because of her bright scat improvisations and fun-filled approach to music, Ithaca singer Cookie Cookie is often compared to Ella Fitzgerald.

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Yogurt Gone Wild presents a healthier version of frozen yogurt

When the Underwood siblings were growing up in the DeWitt area, one of their favorite things to do as a family was to visit the local TCBY frozen yogurt shop, located in the plaza across from Tops.

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‘Bonjour Bonjour’

F’ville resident Phil Klein co-composed a song for movie blockbuster

Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Fame keyboardist Phil Klein and his composing partner, singer Maria DeAngelis, have a song in the blockbuster movie, “The Fault in Our Stars.”

First annual ‘Taste of Manlius’ to benefit Manlius Historical Society

Proceeds will pay for renovations to the museum

Since 1976, the Manlius Historical Society has documented history happening in within the town of Manlius and villages of Fayetteville, Manlius and Minoa.

Jamesville Beach closed for swimming

The Onondaga County Health Department announced July 9 that Jamesville Beach will be closed for swimming due to high levels of bacteria in the water. Swimming will not be allowed until bacteria levels return to acceptable levels. The Health Department monitors public beach water quality routinely and closes swimming when bacteria levels exceed acceptable standards.

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Volunteer of the Month: Nancy Smith, United Way of CNY

Although Nancy Smith was recommended to be featured in this column because of her stellar record of volunteering for the United Way of CNY, this story includes her involvement at many other organizations that make our community a better place.

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Storm rips through CNY; East Syracuse among the hardest hit

Thousands left without power

Neighbors picking up brush. Parents keeping a watchful eye over wandering children. Power lines laying on the streets. Trees on top of houses and cars. All of these were common sights during the evening hours of July 8 and the majority of the next day in the village of East Syracuse following a storm that tore through the village around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8.

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