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Farrell, Martin and Barnell pave the way for the future

With specialties in real estate, elder law and estate planning, the attorneys at Farrell, Martin and Barnell make it their mission to help the people of Baldwinsville plan ahead. That’s been the case since the firm’s inception in 1946. Between the addition of Sara Connell Brady as a partner last year and the firm’s upcoming 70th anniversary next year, the partners are easing the transition for the firm’s future without losing sight of its storied past.

Wegmans tops corporate reputation poll

Rochester-based grocery chain Wegmans Food Markets has taken the top ranking in Harris Poll’s Reputation Quotient survey, the company announced earlier this month.

Lightening the load

New business helps seniors, caregivers

Dawn Brocious knows firsthand what it’s like to balance caring for an ill loved one with housework, groceries and other responsibilities. In 2009, her son, Matthew, was severely injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident. Brocious helped him get back on his feet and advocated for health and disability services for him. Now, Brocious, who lives in Clay, is putting her experience to help seniors stay independent. In late January, she launched Break of Day Concierge and Errand Service to lend a hand to senior citizens and their caregivers.

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Women helping women

Stacy Kate revamps business, adds a partner

Baldwinsville boutique Stacy Kate is looking a little different these days. The chic candles, hand-painted wine glasses and artisan soaps are out; lagenlook is in. With the help of refugees from Catholic Charities, Andres is preparing to unveil her own in-house line of clothing, in the German “layered look” style of flowy, natural-fiber fashion. The designs aren’t the only newcomers to Stacy Kate: Andres is also welcoming massage therapist Cindy McCaffrey to her shop. Together, the two women hope to keep the tradition of women-owned businesses in Baldwinsville strong.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Tax credits available to help you save money

Too often, hardworking families miss the opportunity to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in federal and state tax credits. These tax credits are in place to help families make their hard-earned dollars stretch just a little farther.

A cut above the rest

Local hair salon gives back with charity raffles

The stylists at Shear Forté Hair Design in Clay aren’t just in the business of giving their clients a new ‘do. They’re raising money for a different charity each month by raffling off gift baskets. Beginning in November 2014, Shear Forté owners Cindy Hayes and Debbie Corapi and their staff of 17 stylists settled on one charity to raise money for each month. Each stylist gets the chance to feature her pet cause.

Wide open spaces

What you need to know about Lysander’s new land use plan

For the past year and a half, the Lysander Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) Committee has been working to revamp the town’s nearly 24-year-old guidelines for development. Now, the committee is ready to present its finished CLUP in a public hearing Feb. 9.

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.

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