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B’ville vocal teacher rooting for ‘Voice’ contestant

Central New York is waiting for one of its own to hear from Hollywood. Josh Batstone, an 18-year-old aspiring musical theater performer from Fulton, will appear this week on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice.”

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ShoppingTown Mall announces major renovation plans

100,000-square-feet of Sears wing to be demolished

Approximately 100,000 square feet of ShoppingTown Mall along Erie Boulevard is set to be demolished, and more parking, store fronts and outdoor walkways will take its place in an upcoming effort by Moonbeam Capital Investments, the company that bought ShoppingTown Mall in 2013, to entice new stores in and rejuvenate the moribund mall.

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JCC of Syracuse to hold annual Purim Carnival

A fun-filled day of games, prizes, food and more will once again highlight this year’s Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse Purim Carnival.

FM-JD Meals on Wheels announces ‘March for Meals’ campaign

FM-JD area Meals on Wheels is participating in the National month-long campaign called “March for Meals” to generate public awareness about senior hunger in local communities. This annual campaign is intended to recruit new volunteers and to increase fundraising from supporters.

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The Nottingham residents ring in the Chinese New Year

More than 100 residents at The Nottingham Senior Living Center celebrated the beginning of the Year of the Ram for the Chinese New Year on Feb. 19.

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Manlius Historical Society announces winner of the Oldest Living Resident contest

Vera Bridger Lange, who recently celebrated her 106th birthday, is the winner of the “Oldest Living Resident of Manlius” contest, sponsored by the Manlius Historical Society.

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2015 projects seek to make Jamesville a visitor destination

Next community meeting will be held Feb. 25

One local entrepreneur has a vision to make the hamlet of Jamesville a new dining and accommodation destination, and, to that end, he is currently in the midst of pushing forward on several proposed projects that he says will help enhance and spice up the small community during the ensuing year.

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J-D students recognized with writing awards

Several students from Jamesville-DeWitt high school received awards in the 2015 Scholastic Writing Competition for the Northeast Region-at-large, which includes schools in Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Delaware.

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F-M kicks-off Black History Month with annual assembly

Students at Fayetteville-Manlius high school got to showcase their talents through dancing, singing and poetry reading at an assembly to recognize Black History Month, which occurs throughout the month of February.

“Still Alice” opens at Manlius Art Cinema

“Still Alice” opens at Manlius Art Cinema

The Alzheimer’s Association staff will lead a discussion and Q&A session following the Syracuse-area debut of the critically-acclaimed film Still Alice, which begins a two-week engagement at the Manlius Art Cinema, 135 E. Seneca St., Manlius, on Feb. 13.

CNY Reads’ selection commemorates WWI

For 14 years, book clubs all over Central New York have gathered to discuss a single book as part of the CNY Reads One Book initiative. This year, CNY Reads’ selection is British author Elizabeth Speller’s “The First of July,” which follows four young men through World War I.

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ESM to perform ‘Pippin’ Feb. 5 through 7

The East Syracuse Minoa Spartan Stage will present the exciting, funny and thought-provoking musical “Pippin” on Feb. 5, 6 and 7 at ESM Central High School.

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2015 Cazenovia Winter Festival final schedule of events

The annual Cazenovia Winter Festival starts Thursday, Feb. 5 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 8. Here is the finalized schedule of events:

Eagle Hill Middle School drama production coming this weekend

“Disney’s High School Musical Jr.” comes to Manlius. Over 80 middle school thespians grades 5 through 8 will transform into East High Wildcats on Feb. 6 and 7 as they put on this year’s Eagle Hill Middle School drama production of “Disney’s High School Musical Jr.”

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Ticket information for “The Wedding Singer” musical at J-D

“The Wedding Singer,” Jamesville-DeWitt high school’s 2015 musical, takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.

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