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Public hearing set to change veteran tax exemption in Manlius

The Manlius Town Board has voted to set a public hearing on Feb. 10 to consider two local laws that would change the Alternative Veterans Tax Exemption and the Cold War Veterans Tax Exemption to match up with current state legislation. Recently, the New York State Legislature voted to change the amounts of reductions for veterans when it comes to paying property taxes, said Town Attorney Tim Frateschi at the board’s Jan. 27 meeting.

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Town-wide drainage district consolidation considered in DeWitt

The DeWitt town supervisor recently proposed a new plan to prevent flooding in the community by levying about $150,000 per year through the consolidation of town water districts.

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Fayetteville Village Apartment developer withdraws planning board application

Developer will look into alternative projects for site

The developers behind the controversial Fayetteville Village Apartments on 547 E. Genesee St. in Fayetteville have decided to withdraw their application for the residential apartment and townhouse project.

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Sharpshooters to be used in village deer management program

Flyover will determine quantity of deer will occur before program begins

The Fayetteville bait-and-cull deer management plan underwent a dramatic change this week after the village board approved the use of federally contracted sharpshooters rather than local volunteer bowhunters to eliminate village deer and also contracted with an aviation company to conduct flyovers of the village to observe deer population density.

Christmas tree recycling at OCRRA begins Jan. 4

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are more than 4,000 local Christmas tree recycling programs throughout the United States. Onondaga County is home to many such programs, and now is the time to get rid of your tree and give it new life by turning it into mulch.

In the Earth: Poinsettias, A favorite holiday plants

The vivid red display of poinsettias has been a holiday tradition for nearly a century. They were introduced into the United States from southern Mexico, where they are native, in 1825 and have steadily grown in popularity. The common name honors Joel Roberts Poinsett, our first minister to Mexico.

In the Earth: Three cheers for Fayetteville

By a unanimous vote [minus the vote of Trustee Christopher Randall, who was absent from the meeting], the Fayetteville Village Board has approved their deer management program. Pending final approval, which seems very likely, the program will commence on Dec. 23 and run to the end of March, 2016. The stated objectives are to reduce the number of Lyme Disease cases, reduce property damage caused by deer, reduce the number of deer-vehicular accidents and lessen the negative impact of deer overpopulation on natural plant communities. I hope their program is successful and provides a model for other jurisdictions in Central New York. Three cheers for their doing this!

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East Syracuse to hold Holiday House Lighting Contest

Have you ever wanted to show your holiday spirit while also getting the chance to win a prize? Residents in East Syracuse can do this by entering the annual Holiday House Lighting Contest, which will be judged by village officials on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

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Stickley CEO inducted into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame

Aminy I. Audi, Chairman and CEO of L. & J.G. Stickley, Inc. has recently been inducted into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame.

In the Earth: Fall clean-up 2015

This year, we have had two hard frosts here in Manlius before the majority of the leaves have fallen. This has rapidly separated the tender perennials, which are rapidly turning to mush or dried brown sticks, from those who don’t much care about a bit of cold. The grass, however, is still growing fairly vigorously.

Manlius Village Board considers allowing homes to build garden sheds and pools without planning board approval

The Manlius Village Board is considering whether to allow homeowners in the village to construct accessory structures under 144 square feet, like gardening sheds and pools, without having to gain approval from the village planning board.

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Keep your community clean

Volunteers wanted for annual DeWitt Fall Cleanup

Looking for a way to volunteer in your community and make it a more attractive place to live? The DeWitt Advisory Conservation Committee (DACC) is looking for volunteers to contribute to the second annual DeWitt town-wide fall cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 17.

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Fayetteville Village Apartments developer responds to F-M School District’s concerns

Believes projection of enrollment increase is incorrect

Morgan Management, the developer for the planned 250-unit Fayetteville Village Apartments on 547 E. Genesee St. in Fayetteville, has responded to the Fayetteville-Manlius School District’s recent concerns regarding the project in the form of a letter to Craig Tice, superintendent of F-M schools.

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Fayetteville Village Apartments developer responds to F-M School District’s concerns

Believes projection of enrollment increase is incorrect

Morgan Management, the developer for the planned 250-unit Fayetteville Village Apartments on 547 E. Genesee St. in Fayetteville, has responded to the Fayetteville-Manlius School District’s recent concerns with regard to the project in the form of a letter to Craig Tice, superintendent of F-M schools.

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Residents participate in introductory meeting of Jamesville Master Plan project

Master plan will guide local government in decisions about the future of the hamlet

More than 40 residents gathered at the Jamesville Fire Department on Sept. 22 to take part in a survey that will help shape a master plan for the future of the hamlet of Jamesville.

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