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OCRRA and Coyanta give incentive for turning in mercury containing items

OCRRA and Covanta are celebrating environmental milestone with a $10 Home Depot gift card reward for residents who turn in mercury containing items.

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Ghosts in the Machine – A look at some local haunted attractions

They’re heeee-ere! Yep, it’s October and that means the ghosts, ghouls and goblins are waiting in the shadows for you to walk or ride by so they can lightly brush past you and make you jump 18 feet in the air. Hundreds of monsters await in dozens of local haunted attractions. If you’re stout of heart, here are just a few of the best of the best:

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CarniFFaLl fundraiser brings Halloween to the Fayetteville Free Library

Local children dressed up in their best costumes to celebrate the Halloween spirit at the Fayetteville Free Library’s seventh annual CarniFFaLl fundraiser last Saturday.

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Record breaking event brings more than 3,000 boats together

Last month, more than 3,150 boats, canoes and kayaks joined together on Fourth Lake in Inlet, N.Y. to break the Guinness World Record for the largest raft of boats.

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First annual DeWitt town cleanup scheduled for Oct. 18

For 15 years, residents of Jamesville — sponsored by the Jamesville Positive Action Committee (JamPac) and the Jamesville Chamber of Commerce — have conducted volunteer street trash cleanups throughout the hamlet every October; this year, that passion and energy to keep the community clean will extend to the entire town of DeWitt as the DeWitt Advisory Conservation Commission holds its first annual October cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 18.

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Trader Joe’s opens on Erie Boulevard to a large crowd

Looking to take your taste buds on a food adventure? Look no further — Trader Joe’s has opened a new location at 3440 Erie Boulevard East in DeWitt.

Community invited to hear about Columbine shooting victim’s inspiring legacy

Hear the heart-warming, true story of Rachel Scott and her dream to make a difference in the lives of others by doing the “little things” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Central High School auditorium. The ESM community is invited to come and learn about Rachel, who was the first student killed at Columbine High School shootings in 1999.

Get scared for a good cause

Fayetteville-Manlius High School senior builds 6,300-square-foot haunted attraction to benefit Make-A-Wish Central New York

Beginning Friday, Oct. 3, Central New York will get to check out the area’s latest haunted attraction — “The Forbidden Realm,” a 6,300-square-foot scare-fest to benefit Make-A-Wish® Central New York. “The Forbidden Realm” is the brainchild of Fayetteville-Manlius High School senior Kevin Blanchfield, who designed and constructed the attraction with some help from family and friends. The 17-year-old dedicated his summer and, once school resumed, his evenings and weekends to making the attraction a reality.

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ESM middle schoolers learn mobile restaurant business (and taste bacon jam)

Seventh grade students at ESM Pine Grove East middle school took a “reverse field trip” last week during which they had only to walk outside their school to learn a lesson about owning a mobile restaurant business from The Bacon Bandits — and the kids also got to shock their taste buds with a taste of the bandits’ famous bacon jam.

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Manlius trustees approve permit for new village brew pub

The Manlius village board last week unanimously approved a local law to grant a special use permit to local entrepreneurs who intend to open a brew pub in the village of Manlius. The brew pub, which would be located at 315 E. Seneca St., would be one piece of a larger business plan to include two farms to grow hops and barley in the town of Manlius, create a brewery at one of the farms and open the brew pub.

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Who was Rosamond Gifford?

Her eponymous foundation celebrates 60 years

The Gifford name is familiar to most residents of Onondaga County — the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, the Gifford Lecture Series and many buildings, meeting rooms and classrooms owe their existence to the Rosamond Gifford Foundation. This November, the Gifford Foundation will be celebrating its 60th year, marking more than a half century of charitable support of the wider Syracuse area community. The name lives on, but the person of Rosamond Gifford is less widely known.

Personal ‘Project’ — Director dedicates ‘Laramie Project’ to his late brother

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In early-July, as Justin Polly prepared to direct “The Laramie Project” for CNY Playhouse, he learned that his troubled 26-year-old brother, Christian, had gone missing outside of the city where he lived and worked, Jackson Hole, Wyo. On Sept. 4 — a week before the play opened at Shoppingtown Mall — Christian’s decomposing body was found by construction workers at the base of Snow King Mountain. In his director’s note, Justin Polly likened his brother’s untimely death to that of Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old murder victim who is the subject of the play.

Five Star Urgent Care adds location in Fayetteville

East Genesee Street walk-in facility now open; ribbon cutting and open house scheduled for Sept.19

Five Star Urgent Care has become the largest provider of urgent care services in Central New York with the company’s expansion to Fayetteville. The Fayetteville facility is Five Star’s third location in Syracuse, marking their sixth overall location across Central and Western New York. The new center is located at 6870 East Genesee St., and will serve patients from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

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Syracuse East CROP Hunger walk coming Oct. 5

Sunday, October 5, east side community members will join thousands of people across the U.S. in the 2014 CROP Hunger Walk. This year’s event being held at DeWitt Community Church will begin at noon with registration and a Hunger Awareness Lunch. Walkers will head out at 1 p.m. and travel the surrounding neighborhoods up to LeMoyne College, where snacks and water will be distributed. The walk is approximately three miles and an easy terrain. This is a community event and all are welcome.

Food service changes to take place at F-M High School

Whether it was through their words or actions — like tossing the majority of the food on their lunch trays into the garbage — Fayetteville-Manlius High School students made it known that they were unhappy with the changes that have taken place in their school cafeteria since the federal government implemented the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010. They have been heard, and by mid-September will see big changes in the foods offered in their school.