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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.

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Team Believe raises money for area charities through running

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.

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‘Relay’ to return to the eastern suburbs in May

F-M High School to host first Relay For Life in ten years

The Fayetteville-Manlius High School Science Honor Society is working to bring both the high school and eastern suburbs communities together to raise funds and awareness to save lives by holding a Relay For Life event at F-M High School on May 31.

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Is ‘Ash for Trash’ the way to go?

Public opinion split on idea to import trash from Cortland County

For 20 years, the waste-to-energy facility on Rock Cut Road in Jamesville has been Onondaga County’s answer to waste management. However, starting in 2015, Cortland County may also have the opportunity to bring its trash to the site through a potential agreement called “Ash for Trash.”

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More than just a gym

Koinonia Fayetteville Athletic Club members join together to keep community center afloat

It’s been known as Track and Racquet Club, Fitness Forum, Aspen Athletic Club and most recently, Koinonia Fayetteville Athletic Club. But a few key components have stayed the same throughout the years within the gym located across from Wegmans on East Genesee Street: the members’ dedication to a fitness center that’s been around for around for three decades, combined with an unquestioned volunteerism and passion to see it succeed makes Koinonia different from your average gym.

Kicking off the New Year right

It is that time of year again — time to “set New Year’s resolutions,” “get in shape,” “work on the waist line,” “go on a diet,” “start fresh,” whatever you want to call it, most people feel the need to reevaluate their habits in January after all the holiday hoopla is over. Usually diet and exercise habits rank high on the list of “needs improvement.” On Jan. 1 (or maybe Jan. 2), the “hard core dieters” and the “gung-ho gym members” begin their quest. They sweat, grunt, groan, “give up carbs” and step on the scale every day. A month later, most of them find themselves exhausted, sore, injured, hungry, deprived, miserable and frustrated (maybe even a few other adjectives). They may or may not be in better shape or weigh less. If you plan on trying this approach, please reconsider. If you want long lasting success and really want to feel better emotionally and physically, please try this approach…

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Manlius goes blue for diabetes awareness

There is an abundance of blue lights around the village of Manlius this month, and it’s no coincidence. The lights were put up at the beginning of November, marking Diabetes Awareness Month, and were made possible by the Palladino family. Ever since 10 year old Frankie was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age six, his family has banded together to raise awareness about a disease that his mom, Patty Palladino, said carries many misconceptions.

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‘The way medicine should be’

Manlius doctor follows national trend, makes the switch to personalized care practice

A couple years ago, Dr. Christopher Stringer realized that he was unhappy with the way he was doing his job. When Stringer began practicing as an internist 33 years ago, he would usually see patients for at least 30 minutes at a time and he enjoyed the connections he made while talking to them. In recent years, practice focus has changed, and physicians are encouraged to see as many patients as possible each day. Appointments were cut down to about 10 to 15 minutes at a time – and for much of that time, Stringer was focused on the computer.

Fleet Feet opens Clay store

When you’re named the top running store in America, it would seem there’s nowhere to go but up. That’s exactly where Fleet Feet Sports went — well, north, anyway. Fleet Feet, a locally owned and operated store “dedicated to creating an inclusive environment in which all types of people receive outstanding service in the fitting of running, walking and cross training shoes as well as accessories and apparel for the active lifestyle” (according to its website) opened a second location in Market Fair North Plaza at 4136 Route 31, Clay, across from Great Northern Mall Friday, Nov. 1. The expansion was a result of expanding business in the original location in DeWitt, as well as a growing customer base in the north suburbs.

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FMHS senior organizes race to benefit local and national refugees

Ever since she was in third grade, Caroline Tangoren has been interested in human rights. She began volunteering with a family friend at Francis House, a local hospice home in Syracuse, where she would go once a week and talk with the residents.

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CNY schools celebrate ‘Walk to School Day’ by promoting healthy lifestyles

Since 1997, schools across the nation have been participating in the International Walk to School Day, which occurs one day each year in early October. On the morning of Oct. 9, five Central New York schools participated in the event: Minoa Elementary and Fremont Elementary in the East Syracuse Minoa school district, Waterman Elementary and State Street School in the Skaneateles school district and McKinley-Brighton Elementary in the Syracuse City school district.

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Cycle for safety

The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing Children to be held this week

If you enjoy company while cycling long distances, why not consider riding for a cause? The 2013 Syracuse Ride for Missing children, a 100-mile police escorted bicycle ride through Syracuse and parts of Central New York, is taking place this Friday, Sept. 27. Sponsored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York (NCMEC/NY), the event serves three purposes.

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Vernak Country Store to host Wellness Day Aug. 10

Vernak Farms Country Store and Compounding Pharmacy, 1889 East Lake Road, Skaneateles, will hold its first annual Wellness Day on Friday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids with cancer: Part V: Survivors continue to deal with side effects from treatment

As it turned out, Erin Hannagan was one of the lucky ones. Hannagan was 16 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease May 25, 1993. But she would beat the disease. “I had been coughing for quite some time and had been diagnosed with multiple ‘colds,’” Hannagan recalled. “It finally got so bad that my mom took me to an urgent care center where a chest X-ray was done that revealed a large mediastinal [cavity containing the heart, esophagus, trachea, thymus and aorta] mass.”

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Young and driven

22-year-old Chelsea Shorney returns to CNY to open esthetic boutique

Most 22-year-olds are either still in school or just beginning their careers with an entry- level position. But Chelsea Shorney is an exception – she’s already the boss. On July 1, she opened Chelsea’s Esthetic Boutique, where she’s a licensed esthetician. Shorney received her New York State esthetician license when she was only 18, and said her age caused many people to dismiss her without giving her a chance. Still, she’s glad to have her foot in the door in the esthetics business.