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B'ville Chamber of Commerce welcomes new executive director

The Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce has selected MaryAnne Williams as its new executive director. Williams began in her new role earlier this month. She succeeds Sharon Reiser, who served as the GBCC’s executive director for four years.

Hops for Hope returns for third round

Early next month, about 150 guests at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Baldwinsville will clink their glasses to celebrate the American Cancer Society and its ongoing mission to raise money and awareness for cancer research and prevention. Hops for Hope returns to B’ville for its third year Nov. 6.

Progress made on Marion Meadows development

Ryan Homes is making headway on the proposed Marion Meadows development on Ellsworth Road behind Van Buren Town Hall. The project, which the town of Van Buren approved in 2010, will create 90 single-family homes and two apartment buildings totaling 48 units.

Taste of Baldwinsville is Oct. 18

The 14th annual Taste of Baldwinsville will take place Saturday, Oct. 18. The event features food and beverages from local businesses, as well as music, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. According to event chair Andrea Gagas, this is the largest fundraiser for the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center (BVC).

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YMCA gives sneak peek of future facility

Five hundred people RSVP’d to the Northwest Family YMCA’s preview party on the site of the Y’s future home on River Road Oct. 4. Throngs of people braved chilly, wet weather to crowd into tents packed with neon-clad YMCA volunteers handing out fliers about the new facility, healthy snacks and water bottles. With construction well underway as of May of this year, the Northwest Family YMCA (NWFY) is set to open in spring 2015. At 100,000 square feet, it will be the largest YMCA in the greater Syracuse area. The cost of the project totals $20 million, $6 million of which will come from fundraising. So far, the NFWY has raised $3.2 million.

Town of Lysander debates future of ice rink

After the sale of the Lysander Radisson Community Arena to the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena fell through earlier this year, the Lysander Town Board voted Sept. 25 to take control of the ice rink. The action will terminate the Greater Baldwinsville YMCA’s lease — and the GBIA’s sublease through the YMCA — in 2015. With the resignation of the ice arena’s manager and both rinks requiring repairs under “serious time constraints,” according to Supervisor John Salisbury, the town board held two emergency meetings and a work session last week to decide the fate of the rink, declaring it an “emergency situation” in the Sept. 25 meeting.

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Tri-County Mall demolition begins to make way for luxury apartments

The site of the former Tri-County Mall property on Downer Street is being demolished in preparation for a 442-unit luxury apartment complex. The redevelopment comes after years of stalled plans for the site, which has sat vacant since a 2008 demolition plan fell through. Demolition began Sept. 15.

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New and favorite Hydrangeas and more featured in class Sept. 13

Fall is for planting, and the hottest plants out there are hydrangeas.

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KeyBank promotes Mitchell to commercial banking sales leader in CNY

KeyBank announced last week that Steve Mitchell has been promoted to Commercial Banking Sales Leader in Central New York. Mitchell will be responsible for leading Key’s Commercial Banking team and growing the commercial banking franchise in the Central New York Market. “Steve has a long and accomplished history of success in the banking industry and with Key,” said Hugh Donlon, regional sales executive for KeyBank’s Eastern New York Region. “This change will help focus our efforts and improve our execution in Commercial Banking in the Eastern New York Region.”

RMS receives approval for ACO surveys

RMS achieves approval as a survey vendor for Accountable Care Organizations

Baldwinsville based Research & Marketing Strategies, Inc. (RMS) is pleased to announce that it has received conditional approval from the Center of Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for ACOs Survey Project Team as a vendor for the 2014-15 survey administration. The approval allows RMS to administer the CAHPS for ACO survey on behalf of Accountable Care Organizations who are required to conduct the survey as part of their participation in the Medicare programs.

Column: Here's to Suds Factory River Grill

Syracuse Suds Factory’s venture in Baldwinsville, the Suds Factory River Grill is a mostly successful premium addition to the village’s bar soaked downtown. The warm upstairs is decorated in a basic Nantucket Nautical and anchored by a cozy hearth-like brick enclosed fireplace. There is nothing quite so nice as a roaring fire at your back while you're enjoying a fine drink and meal.

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PAC-B pioneer shares channel’s early days

Norma Goodman has a special history with PAC-B TV. Her late husband Donald was one of three co-founders of the public access channel in Baldwinsville, which first aired in February 1998. The other two were the late Bob Kirk and the late Bob Stockdale, who owned WSEN radio in Baldwinsville.

Syracuse New Times to launch redesign of 45-year-old community newspaper

The Syracuse New Times, the fourth-oldest alternative weekly in the United States, will launch a redesign of the newspaper, adopting a modern, magazine-quality look and enhanced content. The first edition of the new look will hit newsstands on April 2.

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WCNY-FM offers special radio service for blind and visually impaired

For more than three decades, WCNY-FM has been serving the blind and visually-impaired residents of Central New York with a special radio service called READ-OUT.

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New bakery offers gluten-free goods

Ribbon-cutting ceremony, open house set for March 29

Baldwinsville native Deborah Fuller has been baking ever since she was a little girl, starting first with her Hasbro Easy-Bake Oven. When she was old enough to graduate to the “big” oven, she never looked back. “I’ve baked my whole life,” she said. “I just always had a passion.”

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