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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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Chiropractor Dr. Joanne Bowen joins Willow Health & Wellness Center

After taking a 15-year hiatus, Dr. Joanne Bowen is back in business. In November, Bowen joined the staff at Willow Health and Wellness Center, located at 8090 Belgium Road in Baldwinsville, where she returned to work in her field of expertise: chiropractic care. She initially practiced in Rochester and then relocated to serve patients in Weedsport for 10 years.

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Is ‘Ash for Trash’ the way to go?

Public opinion split on idea to import trash from Cortland County

For 20 years, the waste-to-energy facility on Rock Cut Road in Jamesville has been Onondaga County’s answer to waste management. However, starting in 2015, Cortland County may also have the opportunity to bring its trash to the site through a potential agreement called “Ash for Trash.”

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Garrison Companies offers green alternative to stockade fence

Entrepreneur Eric Garrison, owner of Garrison Companies based in Baldwinsville, offers his expertise in landscape design and implementation, as well as in environmental science and planning — two divisions designed for growth separately, but that also feature a unique service that ties them together: a “living” fence.

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Farrell, Martin and Barnell welcome new partner to firm

Farrell, Martin and Barnell Law Firm, long established in the heart of Baldwinsville as competent and steadfast, welcomes a new partner this year: Sara Connell Brady.

OCM-BOCES to hold referendum on building purchase

On Thursday, Jan. 23, voters in 23 school districts across three counties will be asked to go to the polls to approve a building purchase that will have no impact on their wallets. Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES is looking to purchase the former Nationwide Insurance building, located at 110 Elwood Davis Road in the town of Salina. According to BOCES information officer Laurie Cook, the purchase would allow OCM-BOCES to relocate several programs now housed in leased space.

Caregivers in crisis: New York ranks 48th in support for family caregivers

The lack of available help from senior care agencies is just one of the reasons New York state was ranked 48th in a 2011 national report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation out of 50 states with regard to support for its family caregivers. Caregivers also face extensive waiting lists for adult day care programs and rehab facilities, a lack of support for in the work environment, limited or no access to transportation and inadequate informational resources regarding care options for their loved ones. And with the Baby Boomer generation moving into their golden years, the problem is only going to get worse.

Fleet Feet opens Clay store

When you’re named the top running store in America, it would seem there’s nowhere to go but up. That’s exactly where Fleet Feet Sports went — well, north, anyway. Fleet Feet, a locally owned and operated store “dedicated to creating an inclusive environment in which all types of people receive outstanding service in the fitting of running, walking and cross training shoes as well as accessories and apparel for the active lifestyle” (according to its website) opened a second location in Market Fair North Plaza at 4136 Route 31, Clay, across from Great Northern Mall Friday, Nov. 1. The expansion was a result of expanding business in the original location in DeWitt, as well as a growing customer base in the north suburbs.

HOPE for Bereaved to celebrate 35 candles

For its 2012 Celebration of HOPE dinner, a mom donated a large basket filled with toys to its silent auction in memory of her 6-year-old son, “Motorcycle Mikey.” He died after a 17 month battle with cancer. Mikey’s Mom and 7-year-old brother Parker came to HOPE for one-on-one counseling and attended our support groups.