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Critical Link V-P leads septet Saturday at Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival

Dave Rice is co-owner of Critical Link, a prominent town of DeWitt electronics product development company on Brooklawn Parkway, but he’s also a talented saxophone player and bandleader. His group, Tradewind, which also features his daughter, Lauren, will be showcased at the 2014 Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 26, in downtown Syracuse’s Clinton Square. Admission is free.

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Third annual Fay-Man Day of Races to be held July 27

Runners and “mudders” of all ages will soon take part in the third annual Fay-Man Day of Races, scheduled for Sunday, July 27 at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. The event, which is a fundraiser for the F-M All Sports Booster Club, offers competitors three different races; the Muddy Hornet Challenge, the 5k Race of Champions and the Mud Puppy Dash Fun Run for kids.

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Town of Manlius Recreation Department to put on ‘Les Misérables’

"Les Misérables," a critically acclaimed musical and a story of turmoil, love and courage in the darkest of times, has moved audiences around the world. Now, the musical will be performed at the Fayetteville-Manlius High School for community members and visitors by the town of Manlius Recreation Department. This year, for the first time in 12 years, Shawn Hebert, the town of Manlius’ musical director for more than 10 years, will take the stage for the first time as lead character, Jean Valjean.

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Catchy ‘Catch’

Imposter thriller makes for murky musical at CNY Playhouse

Based on a film which was based on a ghost-written autobiography by an admitted scam artist, “Catch Me If You Can” is a far cry from your usual feel-good musical. But the venturesome CNY Playhouse dives right in, doing its level best to wring some sense of the offbeat blend of tunes and trickery.

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No child left behind

Manlius author publishes book promoting awareness of changing family dynamics

During his more than 20 years of teaching in elementary schools in Brooklyn, Atlanta and Washington DC, Jason Galvez taught many different classes, several subjects and hundreds of students. And during his time working in Washington, DC, only one of his students came from a home with a mother and a father.

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Fayetteville teen to go to Costa Rican eco-adventure as part of Make A Wish program

Make-A-Wish Central New York announced its 1500th wish last week at the Fayetteville Jazz Concert. Fayetteville resident and Wish Kid Rebecca Rolnick, 17, found out she will be going on a Costa Rican eco-adventure in August.

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‘A-Tisket, A-Tasket’

Singer Cookie Coogan channels Ella Fitzgerald today at Beard Park

Because of her bright scat improvisations and fun-filled approach to music, Ithaca singer Cookie Cookie is often compared to Ella Fitzgerald.

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‘Bonjour Bonjour’

F’ville resident Phil Klein co-composed a song for movie blockbuster

Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Fame keyboardist Phil Klein and his composing partner, singer Maria DeAngelis, have a song in the blockbuster movie, “The Fault in Our Stars.”

14th annual Fayetteville Jazz Concert to be held July 17

The village of Fayetteville is pleased to announce the 14th annual Fayetteville Jazz concert. This year the free concert will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17 in Beard Park, Fayetteville. Bring the whole family, lawn chairs and outdoor blankets and listen to some great jazz.

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Willis brothers will be allowed to participate in Cazenovia July 4 Foot Races

Syracuse Chargers reverse course on previous denial of wheelchair-bound boys request to participate

A solution has been found to the quell the recent brouhaha over the Syracuse Chargers Track Club's denial of the request of 12-year-old twin boys, Jack and Nolan Willis of Manlius, who have muscular dystrophy and are wheelchair-bound, from participating in the annual Cazenovia July 4 Foot Races 10-mile race tomorrow. After nearly 36 hours of outrage and criticism directed against the club for its decision, the Chargers board announced that the Willis brothers will be allowed to participate in the race.

Eastern suburbs summer concert guide 2014

Some great news for local music lovers: there will be free live music most weeknights during the month of July in the Eastern suburbs. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get ready for a full month of great bands and good times!

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Volunteer of the Month: Kim Rieppel, ACR Health

As a member of the Rotary Club of Dewitt, I am exposed to interesting and informative guest speakers from a wide range of organizations at the club’s weekly meetings. I have found that most of these organizations rely on volunteers to accomplish their mission. This is where many of these Volunteer of the Month columns originate from, and this was the case when I heard Jacqueline Coe, development associate of ACR Health, speak at a Dewitt Rotary meeting.

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‘Cherry Orchard’ on Orchard Street

Redhouse artistic director and longtime professional actress Laura Austin will star as Mrs. Lyuba Ranevsky, an aristocratic pre-revolution Russian matriarch, in “The Cherry Orchard,” being staged at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Fayetteville Free Library, 310 Orchard St. Tickets cost $25 or $15 for Redhouse members; theredhouse.org; 362-2785.

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Femme fatale

Alicia Bronzetti makes impressive debut in CNY Playhouse mystery

Dame Agatha Christie – who wrote more than five dozen mystery novels and a dozen plays – thought “And Then There Were None” was her best piece of stage “craftsmanship.”

LEON Festival to offer free fun, information to keep summer safe for kids

An afternoon and evening of fun and fireworks, featuring a performance by the national singing sensation Kidz Bop, will highlight the LEON Festival to take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at Onondaga Lake Park. Admission to the event is free. The event celebrates the halfway mark to the winter holidays and the start of summer.

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