To the editor: I am a Vietnam veteran. When I am in East Syracuse, I almost always stop at the war monument. For me, it’s time to reflect and I have met many other veterans there who served in Vietnam and Korea. But I’m wondering, why is there no bench there anymore? Even a wooden bench, like the ones around the village would be nice.
To the editor and the F-M community: As the co-chairs of this year’s F-M Community Relay for Life, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for so generously supporting us and the American Cancer Society in our first year of our Relay. We began this undertaking in October of 2013 when our students decided to bring Relay back to our community. With a small but dedicated group, we were able to plan a 12-hour walk, schedule a carnival, find bands to play, and, in total, see more than 1,000 people attend in one way or another to support raising funds for cancer research and prevention.
To the editor: Late last month, the far-left Working Families Party (WFP) nearly dumped Andrew Cuomo in favor of an insurgent liberal candidate at their party convention, but Cuomo saved himself with a last minute pact brokered by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
To the editor: On Wednesday, June 4, several local businesses came out in support of FM-JD area Meals on Wheels at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, which was organized by creative MOW volunteers Debbie Kelley and Beth Rhea. We want to especially thank Chef Bob Henning, and management team members Rita Mazzarello and Tom Guzzo, from Maple Downs Holiday Retirement community in Fayetteville for generously providing a delicious luau-theme main course; Kathy and Vince Giordano, owners of SNO-TOP in Manlius for their donation of ice cream for our dessert sundaes and Dr. Jeff Standish and his assistant Jen of Chiropractic First in E. Syracuse, for providing thermal scans and chair massages to many of our volunteers.
To the editor: Jack Garafalo ("SAFE-ACT has serious flaw, won't work in the long run," June 11) wrote a very persuasive letter about how he, as a candidate for Onondaga County sheriff, would attempt to get that law overturned. In his lengthy letter, however, he failed to mention how he would make Onondaga County a safer community for its citizens.
To the editor and all members of the Fayetteville DPW: I attended the Fayetteville Memorial Day parade for the first time in many years. I was very disappointed that your department was not represented in this parade. The only representatives I saw were several workers quickly removing barricades at the end to open the streets.
To the editor: On May 26, many Manlius children were once again able to learn the true meaning of Memorial Day. Namely, that it’s the day when the streets are filled with candy and all one has to do is pick it up. Hey, it’s even better than Halloween, no need to don a mask or costume, walk between houses, ring doorbells, etc.
To the editor: What happened to the gazebo? Will it be rebuilt? These are the questions the Spade and Trowel Garden Club received at our annual perennial sale recently. We answered that, because of major deterioration, the gazebo had to be replaced and this is planned to happen during 2014.
To the editor: On May 8, the ESM girls’ varsity lacrosse team hosted rival J-D on Senior Night. Our granddaughter, Samantha Dooling, is four-year varsity player for ESM and because of an injury; she was unable to play in this game. Samantha is a very prolific goal scorer and at the time of her injury she was the No. 2 goal scorer in Section III.
To the editor: Recently, my County Representative Kevin Holmquist published his reasoning for voting against the county funding maintenance of some streets in the city of Syracuse. His reasoning must have made his seventh grade social studies teacher proud. He remembered learning that back in the 1930s; cities in New York State were the economic engines with major industries and commerce. Villages were communities of local shops and homes and the rest of the areas in most were rural farm lands. He remembered that most residents of villages only went into the cities to conduct important business or for special events and that their primary life and family activities revolved around their separate villages.
To the editor: Thank you for saying Yes to Girl Scouts! Thank you for opening your hearts and wallets to Girl Scouts who asked you to buy cookies and support their Cookie Program goals. Your simple business transaction with a Girl Scout is helping her to build a lifetime of real world skills including money management, decision making, goal setting, business ethics and communications.
To the editor, I would like to take this opportunity to further acknowledge and recognize the recent reaccreditation status awarded to the Manlius Police Department.
To the editor: John Champagne and I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the residents of the village of Minoa for re-electing us to the office of trustee.
To the editor: The 23rd annual Fayetteville-Manlius Dance Marathon fundraiser (FM DM) came to an end at 12 a.m. on Sunday. March 2. Earlier in the night, a check for $105,000 was presented to Camp Good Days and Special Times. The funds raised will send more than 150 children who have been affected by cancer to camp at no cost to their families this summer.
I am honored and privileged to formally endorse the candidacies of Bill Brazill and John Champagne for reelection to the Minoa Village Board. I have had the pleasure of working with both Bill and John very closely on a litany of issues over the years. The citizens of Minoa will be well served to reelect both of these great public servants.