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Volunteer of the Month – February 2016

BJ Brang — Clear Path for Veterans

While the previous columns have featured the individual volunteer, and then defined which organization was the main beneficiary of that person’s efforts, this column is different. The story of Clear Path for Veterans is so compelling that in itself defines why its volunteers are so important.

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Manlius Library gains access to new MacBook Pros, Adobe Creative Cloud products

Patrons at the Manlius Library now have the chance to experience a wider array of technology thanks to the addition of two MacBook Pro laptops and Adobe Creative Suite software, which are available for use in-house for cardholders.

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F-M student artists earn 159 CNY Scholastic Art Awards

Fayetteville-Manlius School District art students in grades seven through 12 recently won a total of 159 awards in the 2016 Central New York Regional Scholastic Art Awards competition.

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Our view: Beware the Zika virus?

The Onondaga County Health Department issued a notice last week urging county residents to be aware of the sudden rise of the Zika virus and to take strict precautions to prevent mosquito bites when traveling to prevent Zika virus infection. The department noted that recent Zika affected areas of concern include, but may not be limited to, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Mexico.

February break activities offered through East Syracuse Parks and Recreation Department

The village of East Syracuse Parks and Recreation department is offering many activities for children during the week of February break (Feb. 16 to 19), including a gymnastics party, a bingo and movie event, bumper rock n’ bowl and an intramural and pizza party.

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Movie review: Heroes to the Rescue – A review of ‘The Finest Hours’

Okay, I have a bone to pick with Hollywood. Why is it that characters named Bernie are always either bad guys or butlers?

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Medical marijuana dispensary opens on Erie Boulevard

Medical marijuana can now be obtained by registered patients at a newly opened dispensary in the Syracuse area. Medical marijuana company Etain's dispensary, located in a 3,000-square-foot building at 2104 Erie Boulevard, opened its doors for patients on Feb. 3.

Public hearing set to change veteran tax exemption in Manlius

The Manlius Town Board has voted to set a public hearing on Feb. 10 to consider two local laws that would change the Alternative Veterans Tax Exemption and the Cold War Veterans Tax Exemption to match up with current state legislation. Recently, the New York State Legislature voted to change the amounts of reductions for veterans when it comes to paying property taxes, said Town Attorney Tim Frateschi at the board’s Jan. 27 meeting.

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Manlius youth gets trip of a lifetime through Dream Factory of Syracuse

Frankie Palladino is an average 12-year-old boy. He attends school at Eagle Hill Middle school in Manlius, has homework, plays sports, hangs out with friends and even has hopes of someday playing basketball for the NBA. But one thing that Frankie must deal with on a daily basis that many of his peers don’t is the fact that he has to keep a close watch on his blood glucose levels due to being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes — an autoimmune illness that limits the production of insulin in his pancreas, making it hard for his body to keep a stable blood glucose level.

Turnabout is fair play

Director, actor to switch roles in upcoming performances

The Central New York theater community is close knit and small, a group of talented artists who are so close they refer to each other as family. So, it’s not surprising, given the especially small pool of male actors and qualified directors, that they sometimes direct each other. Such is the case for two upcoming productions at CNY Playhouse.

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ESM Spartan Stage to perform ‘Guys & Dolls’ Feb. 4-6

East Syracuse Minoa Spartan Stage will present the classic “Guys and Dolls” on February 4, 5 and 6. Performances are at 7 p.m. each night at ESM Central High School with an additional matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Movie column: Coming soon to a theater near you

There are times when I enjoy the previews of movies more than I enjoy the movies themselves. But when it came to action, 2015 was a banner year on the big screen. Looking at the previews, 2016 is shaping up to be another bombastic annum. Here are a few of the titles I’m looking forward to in the coming months.

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The Book Beat: Looking for some good nonfiction

Every so often, it’s worth taking a departure from reading fiction to explore books that inform, educate, and even entertain. Nonfiction gives every reader the opportunity to continue life-long learning and delve into topics they enjoy or broaden their scope of knowledge.

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‘The Cuddlefish' win 2016 JCC Battle of the Bands

Eight bands rocked the 14th annual JCC high school Battle of the Bands for four hours on Saturday night, January 16 at the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse. The many young, talented musicians in this year’s concert played a rainbow of sounds and musical styles before a crowd of 350 in the JCC Neulander Family Sports & Fitness Center’s Schayes Family Gymnasium. And they did not disappoint.

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Town-wide drainage district consolidation considered in DeWitt

The DeWitt town supervisor recently proposed a new plan to prevent flooding in the community by levying about $150,000 per year through the consolidation of town water districts.

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