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.

Barclay: Stronger penalties for child abusers needed

According to the most recent statistics I could find, in 2012, more than 600,000 children in the United States and Puerto Rico were victims of child abuse and more than 1,500 children died as a result of abuse or neglect. Even more tragic, these are only reported cases of abuse and neglect. It is estimated that the actual number of abuse cases is three times greater. No matter how many cases of child abuse and neglect there are, any child abuse is too much and we must do more as a community and a nation to prevent it.

DeFrancisco: Preventing child abuse

April is proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month in the State of New York — a time to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of child abuse and how we, as a society, can help make a difference.

Barclay: SAFE Act repeal dies in assembly

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I—Pulaski) released the following statement today following the Majority’s decision to stop efforts to repeal the SAFE Act.

COLUMN: Pizza Man Pub captures hometown spirit

The origin of the word “pub” comes from public house, fundamental to the cultures of England and other European countries and later New England. Indeed, the public house was often the heart of the community.

Barclay reacts to 2014-15 state budget

While the $138 billion spending plan for 2014-15 is not ideal, I am pleased with many components of the New York State budget and, accordingly, voted in favor of many of the budget bills.

Get rid of the GEA now

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York is looking at a $2 million budget surplus. Cuomo has talked a lot about the surplus and his plans for it. Unfortunately for him, it’s not his money to spend.

Why I still do this

State finals remind writer of joys inherent in covering sports

So you want to know - after all these years spent jotting illegible things down in notebooks, doing hundreds of interviews, writing thousands of stories, covering untold numbers of contests both mundane and meaningful, and then hammering it out in front of an inanimate computer screen, why keep doing it?

LETTERS: Facts about ‘Ash for Trash’ proposal

To the editor: Will Onondaga County import trash to burn? Three things to watch: 1. OCRRA’s contract with Covanta is “hurtling toward its May 2015 expiration date.” This contract, signed in 2003, gives the plant away for a dollar and allows waste to be brought in from anywhere. Who signed this and was it legal? Who was informed about this agreement? Covanta must have been aware of a ban on importation and agreed to it. OCRRA had 12 years to develop a plan that followed the wishes of the public and their lawmakers. Now they’re “hurtling” and are trying to sign a deal with Cortland County to make money after they “sold the store” in 2003?

LETTERS: Be thankful for a job well done

To the editor: What a long winter it has been. The past four months have kept many of us isolated in our homes due to cold weather [with] mounds of snow piling up, especially for us Baldwinsvillians. We know how the weather can change the farther we head west on 690 and deeper into the Lysander area. Snow plows and crooked mailboxes have become the norm for many of us who live on the outskirts as the snow banks pile up, reminding us of what winters were like as children.

LETTERS: Why refusal to apologize?

To the editor: A few months ago I was made aware of an entry on “The B’ville Blotter” site on Facebook. The entry was a multi-page copy of a letter dated Aug. 11, 2012 written by Town Councilor Andrew Reeves to the New York State Attorney General.

A committee’s thankless task

Group that decides NCAA Tournament field deserves some love, right?

This Sunday night, just after 6 p.m., anyone who cares about college basketball will see the only bracket that matters. Ron Wellman, athletic director at Wake Forest, and the rest of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee will unveil the 68 teams for our annual Dance – who they are, where they are going, when they’ll be playing.

LETTERS: Clarke right man for mayor

To the editor: In March we vote for a new mayor of Baldwinsville. I am looking forward to Dick Clarke being elected as the next mayor of the village. Dick and his family have been lifelong residents of Baldwinsville and Dick has always been interested in the well-being of the village and its residents.

LETTERS: Support Jordan for mayor

To the editor: As one of the youngest town councilors in Onondaga County, and the youngest councilor ever to be elected in the town of Lysander, I take a special interest when I see young people deciding to take an active role in local government. I would like to take a moment of your time to talk to you about a particular young man that is interested in running for mayor of Baldwinsville, and his name is Stephen Jordan.

LETTERS: Sub shop reassures patrons

To the editor: Dear Oswego Sub Shop Patrons, Community Members, and Friends: In November 2013, the Oswego Sub Shop was contacted by the United States Secret Service and identified as a possible common point of purchase of a credit card breach (hack). They informed us that our computers may have been compromised resulting in the unauthorized use of customers credit card information.