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Forum to examine link between child care and local economy

Affordable child care is the subject of a forum scheduled for Friday, Jan. 30, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It takes place at the United Way of Central New York, 518 James St., Syracuse.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: A new year brings new laws

With each new year, we look forward to changes and improvements in our communities. Many of these will come with new laws that went into effect in our state on Jan. 1, 2015. I’d like to highlight some of the laws that I feel will benefit our local families by growing our economy and keeping our community healthy and safe.

Lysander handles routine business

The Lysander Town Board passed a variety of resolutions at its Jan. 26 meeting. Notably, the board approved the creation of the Pompo Woods drainage and sewer districts as well as the retirement and reinstatement of two employees and took care of some business regarding the Lysander Radisson Community Arena.

Van Buren to help pave the way for solar power

With a somewhat laissez-faire approach, the town of Van Buren has opted to help make information about solar power options available to interested residents. The town board voted Jan. 20 to authorize Supervisor Claude Sykes to send a letter expressing interest about the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Community Solar NY program, a solar energy initiative led by the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (CNYRPDB) and the national Solar Roadmap Initiative.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: New year brings new priorities for New York state

With a new year comes new commitments and renewed hope. Last week, the assembly welcomed new representatives. The swearing-in ceremony reminds all who attend to renew our commitment to public service.

Ralph Lalama, Nancy Kelly headline January Jazzfest

The CNY Jazz Arts Foundation is warming away the midwinter blues with some jazz. January Jazzfest is filling four levels of Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville with a sampler of jazz artists Sunday, Jan. 25, including vocalist Nancy Kelly, saxophonist Ralph Lalama and trombonist Melissa Gardiner.

Brrring on the Big Chill

It’s that time of year again — the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) is hosting its eighth annual winter festival, the B’ville Big Chill, next month.

Residents have mixed feelings on ‘Ash for Trash’

About 50 people crowded into the Van Buren Town Hall to share their opinions on the proposed “Ash for Trash” waste management partnership between Onondaga and Cortland counties Jan. 6.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Ag receipts steadily increasing; new policies assisting industry

I am always impressed with the quality and variety of our local producers — cheese, vegetables, wines and breads. The good news is our economy is benefitting more from these local products.

‘Stop the bleeding’

Lysander town board votes to sell ice rink

Despite the rift between the “JAM” coalition and Republican councilors Bob Geraci and Roman Diamond, the Lysander town board is taking steps to sell the Lysander Radisson Community Arena. The board voted Jan. 5 to sell the arena to Rochester-based developer DHD for $550,000. The vote was unanimous, but Diamond voiced his disapproval of the town’s lack of notice before the sale.

Dream Factory to host Small Business Saturday event at The Red Mill Inn

Partnerships are vital in today’s economy. But what really speaks volumes about the overall generosity of a community is when small businesses work together to help advance the goals of a local nonprofit.

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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