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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Prepare for winter at upcoming training session

As winter draws near, it’s important to prepare ourselves for what the season might bring. Storms in recent years have brought unprecedented amounts of snow, freezing rain, high winds and extreme temperatures. Here in Onondaga County, those conditions can be harmful, causing power outages, endangering walkways and interrupting essential services. That’s why I encourage all to attend the upcoming Citizen Preparedness Training I’m hosting with the American Red Cross.

Movie review: Holiday movies to look forward to

The holiday season is second only to the blockbuster summer season as box office gold. Some of the hottest movies of the year will make it onto the big screen over the next eight weeks. Here are a few to look forward to:

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First ever Manlius Chamber of Commerce Pizza Cook-off was a success

Come try ‘Not-cho Pizza’ at Uno Pizzeria in Fayetteville through Nov. 8

A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to be a “Celebrity Chef” for the first ever Pizza Cook-Off at Uno Pizzeria in Fayetteville, an event sponsored by the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce.

Column: The blind watchmen

Why do we listen to "them?" The "them" in this case being the critics, the people who set themselves up as the filters through which the rest of are supposed to choose what we read, what we watch and to whom we pay attention. It was only due to a friend's insistence that I read Harper Lee's new bestseller, "Go Set a Watchman," which is, in my opinion, a masterpiece.

Movie review: Now we’re cookin’ – Cooper sizzles in ‘Burnt’

Adam Jones is predictably arrogant, confident and masterful. And he’s a world-class chef. When the movie “Burnt” opens, though, he’s at the tail end of a self-imposed penance for his own shortcomings while he was studying in France. It was at that time that he made a lot of friends into enemies.

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.

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Editorial: Stay spooky and safe this Halloween

Halloween is a great time for all of the ghouls and goblins to come out and enjoy the fun of dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating. It can be a fun time for the whole community to get together and enjoy a longstanding fall tradition. But as with any activity, there are also risks involved.

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movie Review: Diesel Fueled – A review of “The Last Witch Hunter”

I’m beginning to think that the reason this movie was even made was to perpetuate a running gag where 48-year-old Vin Diesel could call 82-year-old Michael Caine “kid.”

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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Preparing our workforce for available jobs helps our whole communities

Jobs: they’ve been the number one issue in our community for a long time. We all know that we need good-paying jobs in our area, especially for our kids who are ready to join the workforce and want to stay and work here in Central New York and not be forced to move away.

FM-JD Area Meals on Wheels board members actively work to support community

It is the mission of the FM-JD Area Meals-on-Wheels to prepare and deliver nutritious meals to anyone who, for any reason, is in need of such a service to remain independent in their own home.

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LETTER: Killing deer is not the solution

To the editor: I am writing as so many have about the bait-and-kill proposal for deer in Fayetteville. It saddens me to think that we as a community have taken the habitat for the deer away with each development that is built.

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Theater review: ‘Little Shop’ of humor — Man-eating plant stars in monstrous musical at CNY Playhouse

Hats off to plant designer Liam Fitzpatrick for creating a functional shrub capable of talking and swallowing people whole for CNY Playhouse’s monstrous musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” running through Halloween at Shoppingtown DeWitt.

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LETTER: Concerns about Fayetteville Apartments project are legitimate

To the editor: I read with interest the concern that residents have about the plans for the area available for development at the Accurate Die Cast site on Genesee Street. I believe their concerns are very legitimate. As a villager, I too see the impact such developments have on not only our resources, but nearby villages and the town.

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Spielberg, Hanks deliver must-see movie in ‘ Bridge of Spies’

Rarely can you go wrong with a Steven Spielberg movie. Likewise, the same can be said of a Tom Hanks spectacle. Put them both together and the resulting movie is a must-see. Such is the case with “Bridge of Spies,” a film about the capture and trial of convicted spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel in 1957, about a decade into the cold war between the capitalistic United States and communist Russia.

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LETTER: Resident responds to Morgan Management

To the editor: I could not help but be amused by Morgan Management's call for the superintendent of Fayetteville-Manlius Schools to retract the district's initial analysis of the potential impact of the developer's proposed mega apartment complex in Fayetteville. Simply because Morgan didn't get its way right out of the gate doesn't mean we should be subject to these diversionary and silly antics.