As controversies over Common Core and mandated standardized tests become more and more prevalent, many parents are choosing a new option in educating their children: homeschooling. Once the sole province of the very religious, homeschooling is becoming more popular every day, with a growth rate of 7 to 15 percent per year. Nationwide, about 2 million children learn at home instead of in a brick-and-mortar school, up from about 1 million in 2003. According to the U.S. Department of Education, about 88 percent of U.S. homeschool parents express concern about the school environment, citing drugs, negative peer pressure and general safety.
Fayetteville native to run Boston Marathon on behalf of children’s bereavement center
Kay Rossi fell in love with running during her years playing lacrosse at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. And now, 15 years later, she’s hoping to achieve her long-time goal of running the Boston Marathon - and at the same time, she’ll be raising money for The Children’s Room, a Boston-area children’s bereavement center close to her heart.
When Larry Schunck was a young boy he saw firsthand what volunteering is all about when his father took him to the DeWitt Rotary Annual Pancake Day. Over the years, Schunck observed how many volunteer members of the club it took to put on such a large and important event. Schunck was also exposed to volunteering through the Boy Scouts. His father was the scoutmaster of Troop 22 in DeWitt, which was involved in many community projects. Schunck also involved himself as a volunteer at his church.
The Half Moon Bakery & Bistro graciously hosted the second annual Jamesville-DeWitt Ecumenical Food Pantry’s volunteer recognition event on Sunday, Feb. 16. Pantry volunteers and their guests enjoyed a variety of delicious desserts and each other’s company.
A rock’n’roll group featuring four Fayetteville-Manlius High School students and their lead singer from West Genesee High School have been nominated for a 2014 Syracuse Area Music Award. The band, Kill the Lites, is one of five nominees in the Sammys “pop” category. The awards show is set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Palace Theater, in Eastwood.
New legislation could save mute swans from mass killings
Three New York lawmakers proposed a bill last week that, if passed, could allow mute swans to continue to live in the wild.
Menorah Park of CNY dedicated the Temple Beth El Community Room, a public space containing artifacts from the former temple on Feb. 16. An overflow crowd of community and religious leaders, along with people affiliated with the former Temple Beth-El congregation, were present.
New practice specializes in pediatric and special-needs dentistry
One year ago, Drs. Tansy Schoonmaker and Cosmina Nolan did not even know each other – but a lot can change over the course of one year. In January, they officially opened their practice together at 4605 East Genesee St. in DeWitt, called Little Jaws Big Smiles, where they specialize in pediatric dental care.
Starting this summer, residents of the eastern suburbs will have to travel no farther than the Fayetteville Towne Center to get locally-grown and produced goods straight from the farm.
Learn the art of maple sugaring
For most people, Valentine’s Day calls for last minute stops to local flower and candy shops. For others, the holiday is a target date for an entirely different purpose, yet still yields sweet results: maple syrup.
Seventh-graders at Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School will be the first students in the Central New York area to receive their own iPad minis to use in the classroom and at home.
Running a 10-mile race is a tremendous challenge. But if you’ve got the right motivation, those 10 miles can feel like nothing at all. That’s the idea behind Team Believe, a grassroots organization that brings together local runners to help the Central New York community. The group, which got its start in 2009, asks participants to help raise money for local children’s charities while training for the Dunn Tire Mountain Goat Run in Syracuse in May.
Rocky DiFlorio celebrates 50 years of cutting hair in Fayetteville
Walking into DiFlorio’s Barbershop in the heart of the village of Fayetteville is like taking a step back in time. From the old-fashioned barber chairs, to the straight razors on the counter, to the photos on the walls – many of which are older than the shop itself, and depict early images of the village of Fayetteville, old Fayetteville-Manlius High School sports teams and pictures of Rocky DiFlorio, the owner, and his family members in the barbershop’s early days- you don’t see many places with this kind of history anymore.
B’ville Theatre Guild stages a sensational version of the classic musical
Few musicals engage the mind and excite the senses as does “Les Misérables.” Even more rarely does a community theater group expertly blend the epic story, the grand spectacle and the soaring music to deliver a seamless and sensational show. Director Korrie Taylor, music director Abel Searor and producers Mark and Sandy Baker, however, have done just that with the current Baldwinsville Theatre Guild production of “Les Mis,” running through Feb. 8.
A ravenous, blood-sucking plant, ‘60s doo-wop girls and a love-struck florist inhabit the “Little Shop of Horrors” at Jamesville-DeWitt High School Feb. 6 through 8. The show runs three performances, Thursday through Saturday, at 7 p.m.