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Proposed changes to Fayetteville zoning code leave residents concerned

A proposed amendment to a zoning chapter in the village of Fayetteville could change the rules that outline who can operate a business out of some of the village’s oldest homes.

Rain barrels looking even better for Park Hill and Franklin Park residents

The town of Dewitt is joining forces with CNY Central New York Decorative Artists chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters to offer rain barrel painting assistance for residents of the Franklin Park and Park Hill neighborhoods.

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Covanta and Southwood Fire Department collect one ton of e-waste

Covanta Onondaga and the Southwood Fire Department recently collected over 2,000 pounds of electronic waste (e-waste) from local residents and businesses at a collection event and open house at the Southwood Fire Department in Jamesville. Items collected included cell phones, televisions, laptops, PCs, tablets and cameras.

Have ESM Carpentry build your house, addition or other project

The carpentry program at the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District is now accepting project applications for the 2014-15 school year. Appropriate projects must be within the ESM school district boundaries and be sizeable enough to engage up to 20 students and may include a new home, addition, garage or similar project.

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Daffodils add a splash of color to the village of Manlius

While driving through Manlius in the month of May, it’s almost impossible not to notice the bursts of yellow popping up in all corners of the village.

On-demand lawn mowing app launches in Syracuse

New Smartphone app MOWZ offers reliable, efficient, lawn mowing service at the touch of a button

Isn’t it about time? Think of the things you could do if you weren’t facing grass cutting chores and yard cleanup—play catch with your little leaguer or help your daughter build a lemonade stand. Even read a book on your hammock.

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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.

Emerald Ash Borer is in Onondaga County

Attention home owners! If you have ash trees in your yard this is an important announcement. For the past several years, the Environmental Protection Committee has been monitoring the migration of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

Former Newhouse Dean suing the town of Manlius over lawn sign restrictions

“This is not about money; this is about the First Amendment”

David Rubin believes that restrictions on political lawn signs in the town of Manlius are unconstitutional and limit the speech of the people who live there. And after unsuccessfully trying to communicate with town officials about changing the sign ordinance that sets the rules for political signs, Rubin filed a lawsuit against town of Manlius Supervisor Ed Theobald and the town councilors on Aug. 6.

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Habitat for Humanity to construct “Veteran’s Build” home in East Syracuse

This year, Syracuse Habitat for Humanity is beginning its third Veteran’s Build home in Onondaga County. The build will begin this summer on the 400 block of East Yates Street in East Syracuse. The home is a 1,400 square foot ranch-style home built on concrete slab. It is specially adapted and is wheelchair accessible for those with disabilities visiting or living in the home. On May 17, an introduction ceremony was held on site to announce the family moving in and talk more about the project.

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Town of Manlius, village of Fayetteville awarded 2013 Tree Cities

Municipalities held Arbor Day celebrations at Fayetteville schools

Students at Creative Environment Day School kicked off their Arbor Day with a school-wide ceremony held by the village of Fayetteville during the morning of April 26.

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The search for a school

Home repair teacher is looking for a classroom to get her unique program off the ground

Diane Bostick grew up in a nice house and attended private school in Dewitt, but she lived a less sheltered life than some of her peers, thanks to the summers she spent working on the assembly line at her father’s business - Microwave Filter Company in East Syracuse. While most of her friends were off at summer camp, Bostick was working with people who were on welfare, who had husbands with a drinking problem, or were in domestic abuse situations. It was here, on the assembly line, that she learned how not everyone’s life was as happy as hers.

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F-M Girl Scouts Launch Plant a Row for the Hungry

Fayetteville-Manlius Girl Scout Troop 10526 is establishing a local “Plant A Row For The Hungry” (PAR) project to benefit FM Community Outreach Food Pantry. PAR is a national people-helping-people program, started in 1995 by the Garden Writers Association (GWA), which encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate the produce to food relief organizations serving the homeless and hungry in their communities.

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Meet the Manlius Historical Society’s new administrator

Tim Etter is hard at work preparing for the annual antique show

Tim Etter has been collecting antiques since he was just ten years old. He’s always had a knack for art - which is why he opened his own photography and custom framing business. His interest in preservation and art and his appreciation for history led him directly to the Manlius Historical Society and his new position as office administrator.

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Shabby Chic Boutique offers a unique decor experience

Fayetteville shop has vintage and new furniture for all ages

It’s hard not to stop in your tracks and look around when you first set foot in the Canal Barn, which houses Shabby Chic Boutique in Fayetteville. For one thing, the barn is three stories tall and is enormous. It’s home to three small stores at the moment and Shabby Chic is the only one on the second floor. When guests walk upstairs, they are immediately greeted by owner Lisa Hogan and offered a cup of coffee or glass of wine. The classical music playing in the background along with the friendly, casual atmosphere of the Barn encompasses the shopping experience that Hogan has worked hard to create.

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