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OCC to host business conference

Onondaga Community College is more than just an asset for students seeking an associate’s degree in one of the numerous programs they offer. OCC is home to the NYS Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The SBDC provides one-on-one advisement to start up and existing businesses. OCC staff at the SBDC consists of small business advisors who can advise an entrepreneur on making their business a success. The SBDC works with businesses of all varieties; home based, e-commerce, manufacturing firms — small to large. Services provided by the SBDC are free and confidential. Additionally, the SBDC partners with statewide agencies which provide a strong network of support. Some of the support the SBDC can assist with is business plan development, small business start-ups, organizational structures, exporting, cost analysis, marketing, financial management, financing strategies, training programs, business expansion, selling a business and research.

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CBA Lenten Drive supports Challengers ‘Field of Dreams’ project

Christian Brothers Academy Peer Ministers in Social Justice presented this year’s Lenten Drive to students and faculty prior to an Ash Wednesday prayer service on March 5.

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Dynamic ‘Death’

Salesman Willy Loman lives and dies again on CNY Playhouse stage

Arthur Miller’s “Death of Salesman” is not for the faint-hearted. Audiences should prepare themselves for three hours of intense drama as the story of washed-up traveling salesman Willy Loman unfolds onstage through March 22, at the CNY Playhouse at ShoppingTown.

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Local artist blooms in Baldwinsville

When you walk into Baldwinsville’s Canal Walk Cafe, you’re surrounded by the talents of local artists in a variety of media: culinary, crafting and paintings just to name a few. What you may not know is that one of those artists responsible for the eclectic and eye-catching decor is also involved in dishing up your palate’s preference. Meet your server, Jackie Colello, a gifted painter whose passion involves another kind of palette: color.

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As testing regulations increase, more and more parents choose to homeschool their children

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.

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For the children

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.

Volunteer of the Month: Larry Schunck

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.

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J-D Ecumenical Food Pantry celebrates volunteers

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.

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Teenage rock band Kill the Lites nominated for Sammy Award

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.

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Save our swans?

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.

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Temple Beth El Community Room opens at Menorah Park

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.

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Little Jaws Big Smiles offers a kid-friendly dentist experience

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.

Fayetteville Farmers Market to debut this June

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.

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Pour it on

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.

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Bishop Grimes provides iPad minis for seventh-graders

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.