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Read about the effort to document the tournament on page 16.

We really should raise prices. But we’re trying to wait it out and keep them the same.”

Community gardens sprout an urban agriculture movement in Syracuse.

- Jesse Daino, co-owner, Recess Coffee

Find out how risingcoffee costs are impacting local roasters, page 4.

May the best wing win

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The Somali Bantu Community Garden on Oneida Street was one of two community gardens Syracuse Grows helped establish last year. Here, neighborhood residents plant seedlings in soil-filled tubes in May. To see how the garden fared, see page 6.

Our new local food columnist is determined to find the best Buffalo wings in ‘Cuse, tournament-style.

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City beat What’s the cost of your cup? Coffee prices on the rise mean tough times for local roasters Ami Olson Is it finally time to kick that caffeine habit? Coffee prices around the globe are soaring, and local roasters are feeling the burn. At Kind Coffee Co. on the West Side, Doug Nicolasien said the cost of un-roasted green coffee beans is the highest he’s seen in his 15 years in the business. Jesse Daino, co-owner of Recess Coffee & Roastery in Westcott, said he’s watched costs rise each of the last three times he’s ordered green coffee. His last order cost $11 per pound, he said. The increasing cost of coffee has been well documented in the last year, as bad weather

and an overall increase in food commodity prices continue to rise. Coffee giant Starbucks raised prices of its packaged coffee by up to 12 percent last week at retail stores; last September the chain hiked prices on some specialty café drinks but maintained or lowered the price of brewed coffee and espresso beverages. While coffee roasters in Syracuse have seen the cost of beans bump up, some hope to be able to continue absorbing the increases instead of passing it on to customers. Employing only two people, and both of them owners, has helped Recess keep prices steady, Daino said. “We really should (raise prices),” Daino laughed. “But we’re trying to wait it out and keep them the same.” Matt Goddard, who owns Café Kubal in

Eastwood, has not been so lucky. “As far as coffee prices, I absolutely have seen a dramatic change in my business,” Goddard said. “We have had to raise prices in December and will likely have to raise them again in the coming months.” Goddard said the changing economies and infrastructures of the first- and third-most coffee producing nations in the world (Brazil and India, respectively) has had a huge impact on costs by creating record low exports that drive up prices. “Land that once grew coffee is now growing cubicles,” Goddard said. “Labor that once picked coffee is now working in phone banks. These same people, by the way, are also for the first time drinking more coffee at their desks.” The solution?

Employ a philosophy that if people have to pay more for a product, offer them a higher quality product. Adding additional seating space to the café, and switching from batch-brew to a hand pouring technique will raise the standard at Kubal, Goddard said. “I have specifically decided that at our shop we are going to raise our standards and quality so that our price structure continues to be a value,” Goddard said. “Our approach is to make ourselves better in a tough time.” So don’t fret about kicking your caffeine habit just yet. And remember: the more you patronize a local roaster, the better equipped they’ll be able to absorb fluctuating costs. Win-win.

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‘Pope Joan’ second screening

Named Best Feature Film at Ojai and Moondance Film Festivals, “Pope Joan” will make its Syracuse debut on April 2, at the Palace Theater. Response has been so great for the Saturday eveing red carpet affair, that a second screening has been added at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 3. Admission costs $25, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students; 637-9511. The film, which features John Goodman, is based upon the best-selling historical novel by Onondaga Hill author Donna Woolfolk Cross;

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Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s new musical “Urinetown” answers nature’s call with splashy spectacle, porcelain-punishing performances and twinkling musicianship. But seriously, folks, this satirical social soiree soars on every level. Co-directed by Deb Taylor and Heather Jensen, “Urinetown” lampoons capitalism and corporate incompetence in the name of the universal human need to void bladders. Its story is simple: a two-decade-long drought has led the powers-that-be to regulate water consumption by outlawing the use of private toilets. The result is nothing short of revolution. BTG’s talented cast of 24 is led by local acting whiz Josh Taylor as Bobby Strong who leads the uprise after his desperate dad, portrayed by Jon Barden, is arrested and punished for draining his dragon in public. Strong’s nemesis is Caldwell B. Cladwell, the evil CEO of the Urine Good Co., ably played by Daddy Warbucks lookalike Jon Wright. Complications ensue when Cladwell’s zaftig daughter, Hope, played by Jennifer Pearson, wins Strong’s affections with the song “Follow Your Heart.” While the leads keep things flowing smoothly, the entire cast creates the biggest splashes with invigorating dance routines choreographed by Stephfond Brunson. A pithy pit band led by

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pianist Dan Williams assiduously accompany the singers. Taylor and Pearson both boast expressive singing voices as they ably blend hearty humor with pissy pathos, but the supporting cast also deserves number-one consideration. Bill Ali as Officer Lockstock serves as a one-man Greek chorus commenting on the play’s action. Not only does he ably set the scenes, he also sings like a man possessed on the opening number, “Urinetown” and “Cop Song.” Similarly, Jodie Baum as UGC functionary Penelope Pennywise belts out “It’s a Privilege to Pee.” Act 1 climaxes with the entire company vocalizing different lyrics simultaneously, and “Urinetown” authors Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman wisely reprise that device late in Act 2 when Baum, Ali and Gregg Bilyeau skillfully overlap their voices with Taylor and Pearson on “Why Did I Listen to that Man?” Those numbers ring out impressively, but the musical’s showstopper is the gospel-flavored “Run, Freedom, Run” featuring Taylor and the rebellious ensemble. The Tony Award-winning musical continues at the First Presbyterian Education Center, 64 Oswego St., in B’ville at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday March 25 and 26. Tickets cost $20, $17 for students; 877-4183;



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Syracuse Grows and other groups, and – hopefully – more support from the city to continue urban agriculture movement.

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More than 1,600 acres, or the equivalent of 1,430 football fields, makes up empty lots in the city of Syracuse, said Katelyn Wright, a land use planner with the city. That’s roughly 10 percent of city-owned land. And the city spends up to $1 million annually mowing and maintaining those vacant spaces, she added. Yet when people walk into City Hall asking for the go-ahead to start a community garden, they’re technically not able to do so. Wright said the city zoning codes don’t explicitly allow for community gardens. And if something isn’t expressly permitted in Syracuse, it’s prohibited. “We’re working on fixing that,” Wright told the Syracuse Grows meeting. “Is this allowed in the zoning district, well, technically no … but we’d like that to not be a technicality.” But permitting community gardens means the city will be obligated to keep an eye on the gardens and make sure they’re being maintained. It also means establishing rules and regulations for those parcels, turning what used to be no process at all into a bureaucratic one. Wright is confident though that if the city can offer potential community gardeners incentives like water hookups and liability coverage – and a relatively simple application process



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Later in the season, the Somali Bantu community garden on Oneida Street, left, enjoyed a full harvest of greens and vegetables. syracuse grows

to get started – the formalization won’t deter people from turning vacant city space into productive land. Along the same vein, the Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency is working to streamline the process for homeowners to acquire vacant adjacent land. SURA can sell land at below its appraised value, “if someone is going to do something good with it,” Wright said.

No quick fix to the problem of food

With food prices on the rise and projected Eleven of those 1,000 vacant parcels of land to stay that way, are community gardens the in the city are well on their way to becoming answer? the first urban farm in Syracuse, after years of If the question is, “Can Syracuse feed planning and red tape. itself?”then gardens are only part of the solution, Jubilee Home’s Urban Delights Urban Farm Weissman said. project already has a home on Bellevue Avenue Entire communities are isolated from being between Midland and Lincoln Avenues, and able to access fresh produce and nutritious food this spring will see its first crops planted. by more factors than the lack of a community Modeled after highly successful examples garden, said Weissman. in Wisconsin, Massachusettes and Michigan, These “food deserts,” are areas defined by the urban farm is a multi-pronged partner- the Centers for Disease Prevention and Conship with Jubilee Homes, Cornell Cooperative trol as areas lacking access to affordable fruits Extension of Onondaga County vegetables, whole grains, low-fat and SUNY-ESF to grow fresh milk and the other components produce that will be sold at UrSyracuse Grows will of a healthy diet. ban Delights summer produce hold its annual reSuccessful community gardens stands and donated back to the source drive Saturday do more than produce vegetables community, while beautifying April 16 at the Urban a few months out of the year – they and improving the neighbor- Farm Site on Bellevue can become a tool to teach people hood landscape. about nutrition, and help spark a Avenue between Greg Michel, project manconversation about “food justice,” Lincoln and Midland ager of the farm project, said the idea that everyone deserves Avenues. seedlings would be raised over access to safe, affordable, nutriDonations of materi- tious and culturally appropriate the next few months in the city greenhouse in Onondaga Park als and equipment will food, Weissman said. while the site continues to be be accepted that day, If you’re interested in starting prepped for planting. In late May, while work continues or getting involved with a complanting will begin on the farm on the farm site. munity garden in your neighborHave a pickup truck? hood, visit site, in raised beds to eliminate the possibility of soil contamina- Community gardeners Looking for a plot of land to are always in need of tion from the existing earth. start a garden? A list of tax delinBetween now and then, vehicles to transport quent properties subject to seizure though, there’s still a lot to be materials; visit by the Syracuse Urban Renewal done. Building a fence and gar- to Agency is available at syracuse. den shed, laying down mulch lend your wheels.

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Eliot Fisk performs Vivaldi’s Two-Mandolin Concerto with his wife, Zaira Meneses, during his concerts with the SSO Friday and Saturday. ing the Phantasy Quartet by Benjamin Britten, along with other works for oboe and strings. The concert is part of Stickley Presents The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra Ensemble Series. For information, call 637-6374, ext. 328, or visit

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“Panama Red” rides again! The New Riders of the Purple Sage headline a double bill which begins with the Z-Bones rocking out at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at the Westcott Theater, 524 Westcott St., on the East Side. Tickets cost $18 and $20; 424-4973; While more than two dozen musicians have played in the band since its formation in San Francisco in 1969, the New Riders’ present personnel includes David Nelson, Buddy Cage, Michael Falzarano, Ronnie Penque and Johnny Markowski. The Z-Bones are bandleader Ed Zacholl, plus Lorne Coon, Louie Fortin, Mike Gridley and Mike Lounsbery.

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“Visitors are invited to meet the man behind the cartoons,� said Pam McLaughlin, Everson curator of education and public programs. Reynolds is a native of Oswego. A retrospective of his work, “Reynolds Unwrapped,� hangs in the museum’s Robineau Gallery through July 10; 474-6064; everson. org.

Best Bets: Stage ‘Odd Couple’ opens

Madison and Felix Unger, respectively, in Not Another Theater Company’s production of “The Odd Couple,� opening at 8 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Fire and Ice Banquet Facilities at The Locker Room, 528 Hiawatha Blvd. E., on the North Side. The Neil Simon comedy runs weekends through April 2, plus Thursday, March 31. Couples can dine and catch the show for $55; dinner and show for singles costs $29; and tables of eight cost $199. For show only, you pay $20. For tickets, call 446-1461.

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Ithaca hosts We Live NY Summit this weekend Hundreds of young professionals are expected to gather from March 24 to 26 at Cornell University for the first We Live New York Summit, a three-day workshop and dialogue event co-sponsored by Syracuse-based 40 Below. Beginning with keynote address by Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and reception Thursday evening March 24, programming runs throughout the day Friday and into early Saturday afternoon, on and off Cornell University campus and into the surrounding city of Ithaca. Duffy, who is a former mayor of the city of Rochester, will speak about the issues facing young professionals and how to develop a successful strategy to attract and retain talent in Upstate New York. Friday is packed with programming, featuring more than 50 speakers and more than

30 workshops structured into five themed “tracks,” including business and entrepreneurship, politics and civic engagement, cuisine and culture, health and wellness, and neighborhood revitalization. Ben Sio, summit co-organizer and 40 Below staffer, said the topics are completely new programming tracks developed to appeal to a broad range of interests. Registration allows admission to programming in any of the five tracks throughout the summit. On Saturday, the focus will be on creating a dialogue, Sio said. “Saturday is the day we’ll sit down with people and talk about what they pulled out of it,” he said. “We’re doing one day where people sit and listen to a lot of speakers and learn, and the next day where people are allowed to sit around have an honest discussion about what’s going on.” The We Live NY Summit is co-sponsored by 40 Below, the Southern Tier group Pipeline 4

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Progress, and the statewide young leaders group We Live NY. Programs are slated for on and off campus at Cornell University and throughout the city of Ithaca. Last September, 40 Below member Dominic Robinson said the 40 Below Summits, which were held annually in Syracuse from 2004 to 2009, was postponed in 2010 in anticipation of the statewide 2011 event. Partnering with other like-minded groups from across the state has allowed for a bigger event than any 40 Below Summit in the past, though the We Live New York event maintains the emphasis on innovative and creative problem solving and a sense of responsibility within the community. For those who have attended 40 Below summits in the past, Sio said, the We Live NY event is completely different. “If you’re coming, you’re not going to see anything we talked about previously,” Sio said. Early registration online costs $25; registration at the door will cost $40. The complete program of workshops is available online, as well as discount hotel information, at

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Education, not ambassador The few willing program, needs funding to ‘do something’ To the editor: the needs of the city of Syracuse, deserve our support yourGiven positive article on the new Syracuse We first heard about plans for a statewide young professional and leadership conference last fall, when we chatted with members of the group 40 Below to find out what they were up to. We forgot all about it until we started seeing the announcements for this weekend’s We Live NY Summit started being released. The event, which includes programming Friday and Saturday and a reception Thursday evening, is being held at Cornell University with some off-campus events in and around the city of Ithaca. Large-scale gatherings like this summit often inundate participants with an overload of information and ideas. One or two great concepts might stick and be implemented later, but more energy is spent filtering information and meeting new people than retaining ideas that can be put to real use. For the most part, events like this are best for networking and an overall reenergizing of the handful of people already involved in volunteer groups like 40 Below. They’ll return feeling ready to take on the world, start great new projects, then get burned out because the workload isn’t evenly distributed. See what we’re getting at? It’s springtime, finally, and we are all ready to shake off winter. If you’re not attending the summit this weekend then it is on you to make sure that those who are attending get the support they need to put to use the concepts they bring back. It’s a good way to channel all that post-snow energy you are feeling, and it will help sustain the projects that are bound to start popping up around the city. Did you attend this year’s inaugural We Live NY Summit? We’d love to hear from you about the experience; email or post on our wall at to tell us about what you brought back to share with the Syracuse community.


Ambassador program is unfortunate. If the City had money to burn, such a program might be appropriate, but given other needs, especially the school, such expenditures are unjustified. I am 69 and have no children or grandchildren and thus no personal interest in education but the Eagle does.  The Eagle is dependent upon literate readers.  Given the quality of a Syracuse public education, The Eagle will soon be without potential readers in the city.  Far too many students

fail to graduate and an appalling percentage of those who do stay for twelve years are poorly educated. The problem is only partly funding.  It is my impression that the city does not recognize its obligation to educate our students. As for funding, I would be happy to pay more property taxes if the result was well-educated graduates of the Syracuse school system. A well-educated population is essential for a real democracy and critical to the maintenance of the American standard of living and economy.  A successful school system would address some of the city’s problems.  If the Syracuse schools were much better, people would move into the city, the average income would rise, property values would increase, the city economy would strengthen, and tax revenues would

increase. Unfortunately neither the press nor the city government seem prepared to address this problem.

David W. Flagg Syracuse Editor’s note: Mr. Flagg makes an excellent point, and we agree that education needs to be a higher priority for the city and the community. We were, however, pleased to see that the not-for-profit Downtown Committee had finally put use to federal grant funds specifically allocated to the ambassador and downtown information and security center project nearly two years ago.

‘Syracuse Citizens for Justice’ call for action Does Mayor Miner have authority to fire Felicia Davis? It was a crisp bright sunny Sunday in Syracuse on March 20 and as thousands left their morning services, clipped to the windshield of hundreds of vehicles was the call for action by Syracuse Citizens for Justice. Syracuse Citizens for Justice was formed after the firing of Citizen Review Board Director Felicia Davis. Davis, according to multiple reports, was fired because she failed to attend a trial, for which a subpoena had been served. Current and former members of the CRB have raised questions: Did the Mayor have the authority to fire Ms. Davis? Did the Mayor have the authority to deny access to the office by CRB board members? According to many in the AfricanAmerican community Ms. Davis was doing a great job given the obstacles she faced over the years with changing mayors and a revolving door of board members. Community Activist and former CRB member Gladys Smith said, “When I was

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there we were having hearings, work was being done” Smith went on to say that she “had no problem” with how Ms. Davis handled her job. Sponsor of the original Citizen Review Board legislation, former 4th District Common Councilor Charles Anderson is upset that no one in leadership in the African-American community has taken this on as an issue. Anderson adds: “I have been appalled by the depiction of the CRB director, attorney Felicia Davis, and the board of directors… to depict the CRB Board of Directors, who are appointed by the councilors and the mayor, as ‘moribund,’ perpetuates a negative view of the board. Such depiction shifts any blame from the mayor, who sat on the council for eight years, and now usurps the power of the legislative branch of which she was a member.” Syracuse Citizens for Justice, the group formed to fight the Mayor’s action, has released a six-point statement of charges. Among them: “the Mayor took $38,228



from the CRB’s budget,” and “Ms. Davis was never physically served with the subpoena.” The group also alleges, “Juanita PerezWilliams, corporation counsel, was aware of when Ms. Davis would be on maternity leave and was present at a hearing on Jan. 24 when city lawyer Jim McGinty admitted that they failed to notify Ms. Davis.” The Citizen Review Board on Feb. 7, in a dramatic press conference, stated that they, “found the Administrator’s work to be exemplary.” In the message delivered primarily to African-American congregations was Syracuse Citizens for Justice’s call for action and that “she (Ms. Davis) shall be reinstated to her job with paid administrative leave while they investigate the Mayor’s allegations.” The group is asking people to call their Common Councilor and “tell them to give Ms. Davis her due process that the Mayor and her Corporation Counsel failed to do.” Ken is the editor of Urban CNY and a weekly columnist for The Eagle. Reach him at

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Pulled Into Syracuse’s 2011 City Wing Tournament cuse and works remotely for a Boston-based company. He also performs on the local music scene. The name was loosely inspired by The Band’s song, “The Weight,” says Joe. “And also by the fact that I grew up in the area and moved away, only to rediscover that I love living here,” he adds. Check out his blog at pulledintosyracuse., and keep an eye out for his column in alternating issues of The Eagle! Now that college basketball season is in full gear, what better way to watch the Syracuse Orange than when accompanied by wings? After plenty of extensive research, Buffalo sauce drenched fingers and devouring pounds of chicken, I’ve decided to mesh the two together and undertake a City of Syracuse wing tournament in the style of an NCAA March Madness basketball tournament. The field will separate into four divisions loosely separated by region with seeds 1 through 4 based on rankings determined by my own

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Crunch on a roll Kyle Palmieri scores six goals in three games By Russ Tarby After being booed off the ice at the War Memorial on Wednesday, March 16 following a dismal 6-1 loss to the Albany Devils, the Syracuse Crunch bounced back for three impressive wins in a row. On Friday, 21-year-old goalie Timo Pielmeier recorded his first pro shutout, making 30 saves to secure a hard-fought 1-0 win against the Toronto Marlies. Rookie right wing Kyle Palmieri tallied the lone goal for the Crunch that night. With about eight minutes left to play, he crashed the net and banged home a rebound past an outstretched Ben Scrivens, who stopped 23 of 24 shots for the visitors. Forward Maxime Macenauer and defenseman Mat Clark assisted on the play.  Several Crunch player had publicly apologized for lack of effort in the mid-week game against Albany, but Palmieri put it all in perspective after Friday’s shutout. “Obviously, we had a tough game Wednes-

day night,� Palmieri said, “but we just have to put it in the past and come out here and do our best to get two points. We have a lot of games at home this last part of the season, and we want to have our fans behind us and keep going and hopefully keep winning.� The 19-year-old Long Island-bred winger certainly did his part to keep the team winning. On Saturday night, Palmieri scored a hat trick prompting a blizzard of fans’ hats to hit the ice after his third goal of the game. Patrick Maroon, Matt Belesky and Josh Green also lit the lamp for the Crunch as Coach Mark Holick’s skaters coasted to a 6-2 win over the visiting Charlotte Checkers. Palmieri, who was Syracuse’s lone American Hockey League all-star this season, scored twice the following night in Pennsylvania, pacing the Crunch to a 5-2 victory over last year’s Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears. Also scoring for Syracuse Sunday were Matt Kennedy, Nick Bonino and John Mitchell, while netminder J.P. Levassuer nailed down the win by turning away 30 of 32 shots by the Bears. Over the last three games, the white-hot Palmieri has notched six goals and an assist and now leads the club with 20 goals in 58

Crunch rookie right wing Kyle Palmieri – a 19-year-old native of Smithtown, Long Island – scored his second hat trick of the season Saturday night at the Onondaga County War Memorial as Syracuse defeated the Toronto Marlies, 6-2. contests this season. The Crunch has eleven games left in its 2010-11 season, six of which will be played at home. The team busses to Binghamton Wednesday, March 23, before returning to the War

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SAS boys hoops falls just short of state championship A five-year climb from total obscurity to the biggest possible stage left the Syracuse Academy of Science boys basketball team one conversion short of a state Class C championship. Indeed, while the Atoms’ 46-44 defeat to Friends Academy in Saturday night’s state final at Glens Falls Civic Center was nothing less than painful, it could not obscure the rapid rise of coach Onur Gokce’s program. Unafraid of the pressure that just grew with each passing round, SAS found itself down by two points in the closing seconds of the championship game against Friends. A field goal would send the game to overtime. A 3-pointer would win it all. The ball ended up in Jamon Haddon’s hands. Haddon, who led his team with 12 points in the final, drove down the right side, went to the baseline and took a potential tying jump shot – but it rattled off the rim, and time ran out. That miss typified the Atoms’ night, and especially what took place in the homestretch. Only shooting 36.3 percent (16-for-44) against the Quakers, SAS hurt itself even more at the foul line in the fourth quarter, converting just six out of 14 attempts. All that obscured the brilliant job the Atoms did with its own defense against Friends, the

Section VIII champions from Long Island. Mixing zone looks with full-court pressure, SAS forced turnovers and held the Quakers to 16-for-52 shooting (30.8 percent). And in the final period, Friends got just one field goal – but it proved the most important of the night. With SAS leading 43-42 despite all of its misses at the foul line, the Quakers worked it to Tommy Costa, who hit a 3-pointer with 1:26 to play to move Friends up by two, 45-43. There it remained until, with 10.7 seconds left, Haddon hit one free throw to cut it to 45-44. Then, with 7.6 seconds to play, Dakeem McLain fouled out as he was forced to hack Travis Hefele, who made one of his two attempts, setting up the final drama. SAS had a 7-0 run in the first quarter that produced an 11-6 lead. Friends tied it, 22-22, by halftime, then led by as much as seven (31-24) in the third period before Haddon and Kaleel Johnson combined for nine straight points to push the Atoms back in front 33-31. From there, neither side would lead by more than two points again. In a contrast to what had happened throughout its playoff run, SAS never could get center Ahmet Tunali established inside, as the 6-8 Turkish exchange student got just seven points and nine rebounds. McLain and Johnson each had nine points. Costa led both sides with 14 points and garnered tournament MVP honors.

The irony of this grinding final was that a similar thing took place in Friday’s semifinal round at Glens Falls– but SAS survived it, getting a 39-33 victory over Section II champion Greenwich. For a team that averaged nearly 80 points a game this winter, SAS managed not even half that total on this day - its lowest of the season - and still reached the state final because it stayed patient, adjusted its style and made all the tough plays when it counted most. Nerves were apparent throughout the first quarter - which suited Greenwich fine as, playing in front of close to a home crowd, it kept the Atoms in check and seized a 9-6 lead. To counter, SAS looked inside to Tunali, who did gain enough space for 10 first-half points and helped his side nudge in front, 18-16, by halftime. Rarely did SAS get the fast-break opportunities it had used to such an effective degree in its last two playoff games as the Witches’ perimeter defenders stayed right with McLain, Haddon and DeOndray Tape, never giving them room to run. Still, the Atoms nearly pulled clear late in the third period, when McLain pulled off a threepoint play and Tunali converted again inside. The Atoms’ lead grew to 31-25 - and then it promptly went without a point in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, allowing Greenwich to move ahead with an 8-0 run.

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But after Joe Estramonte’s go-ahead basket with four minutes left that broke a 31-31 tie, SAS put up its defensive wall, its 3-2 zone pressure keeping the Witches off the board and setting up the Atoms’ decisive push. After Johnson’s free throw made it 33-32, SAS withstood two Greenwich misses, then watched Johnson drive to the basket and convert high off the glass, giving the Atoms the lead for good. Tunali’s free throw made it 35-33, and as the final minute wound down, Greenwich still had time to tie or go ahead. But forward Ryan McFee’s jumper to pull the Witches even was way off line and, with 16.7 seconds to play, Jamon Haddon was fouled. Facing the biggest pressure free throws of his career, Haddon, with a one-and-one opportunity, made them both, and Greenwich could not answer as Tunali sealed the victory with a rebound basket in the waning seconds. All told, Tunali had 17 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, while McLain and Haddon earned seven points apiece. SAS held Greenwich to 12-for-49 shooting (24.5 percent) as Estramonte, who had 41 points in the Witches’ regional final win, got just seven points here. That defensive excellence would carry over into the state final – and had one more shot, or a couple more free throws, had fallen, the Atoms would possess a state championship, and not the vast disappointment of almost getting there.

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Around Town Manlius incumbent wins seat by one vote By Tami S. Zimmerman The recent village elections in Manlius proved to be a tight race between two incumbent trustees Marc Baum and Harold Hopkinson. Immediately after polls closed Tuesday night, initial reports indicated Hopkinson had secured 228 votes and Baum 233. There were still eight uncounted absentee votes and 193 write-ins. A recanvass held Wednesday morning by the Onondaga County Board of Elections increased Hopkinson’s final count to 236 and Baum’s to 235. One of the absentee votes counted, however, was cast by Arnold Ferguson, who died Feb. 25. He was candidate Nancy Pfeiffer’s father. According to Commissioner Helen Kiggins, the board did not catch the ineligible ballot before the recanvass; if it had, it would have been pulled. “We should have caught it,” Kiggins said. “I hate to see something like this [happen].” The Board of Elections became aware of the issue through an e-mail from Baum sent Wednesday morning, informing employees of Ferguson’s death 10 days earlier. By the time the e-mail was opened, the ballots had already been recanvassed; there was no way to tell who voted for whom. Ferguson’s vote was cast legally; absentee ballots are mailed out about a month prior to an election. Once a person dies, though, the ballot becomes invalid. The Board of Elections relies on the State Department of Health for a monthly list of deceased names, but Kiggins said they had not yet received the February list. Additionally, a clerk employed by the Board of Elections typically checks daily obituaries to stay ahead but had not yet reached the date of Ferguson’s death. Had Ferguson’s vote been invalidated, Baum and Hopkinson would have tied, which means the two parties could have chosen to do a runoff election or they could have waived the runoff and had gone to a lot, using bingo balls, cards or another type of random method chosen by the village to determine the winner. Also elected trustee was Pfeiffer with 246 votes and incumbent Scott McGrew with 239 votes. Trustees serve a four-year term. The results were certified March 17, Kiggins said.

J-E school board turns away two veteran coaches Young, Smart coached lacrosse 50-plus years By Ned Campbell More than 50 years of coaching lacrosse at Jordan-Elbridge were swept aside with two votes at the March 16 school board meeting. The board voted 3-4 on the appointment of Mike Smart as J-V coach, and 3-3, with board member Brian Richardson abstaining, on the appointment of Rick Young as varsity coach — as a result, neither will coach this spring. The first official practice of the season was last Tuesday; the first game is April 1. Interim Superintendent Larry Zacher gave the coaches permission to coach their teams just hours before, while their appointment awaited the school board’s delayed vote. “The players didn’t know they had coaches until two hours before the season started,” said Rick Young over the phone following the meeting. “And now, with Facebook and everything else, now they know they’re coming to school tomorrow with no coaches, and that’s my biggest concern.” Young taught physical education at J-E for 30 years before retiring at the end of last year. He was looking forward to his 31st year of coaching the school’s lacrosse team. Young said he was devastated by the news, though he was mostly concerned for the kids. He’s unsure of who will coach in his place, since his assistant coach, Pat Smart (brother of Mike Smart), told him he now plans to resign. “It’s not the end of the world for me, I can always get a job somewhere else,” he said. Young said he and Mike Smart received little explanation from the recently appointed interim athletic director, Phyllis Danks, for not being hired. She was not privy to the board’s reasoning, and suggested he talk to Zacher, Young said. “I wish I could tell you anything,” he said. “I really am not sure about what happened.” Young said he felt the board’s decision came down to the grievances of one parent, John Stevenson, whose son was a volunteer assistant coach for the varsity lacrosse team last year. Young decided not to have Stevenson’s son return this year because “it just didn’t work out.” “30 years of coaching and one parent complaining and we lose our job,” Young said. During the public comments session of a

December school board meeting, Stevenson questioned Mike Smart’s actions as J-E’s varsity football coach. In his speech, Stevenson accused Smart of favoritism and publicly defamed members of the Smart family. Young said Stevenson later convinced some board members that by not hiring his son back as an assistant coach, Young and Mike Smart were holding a grudge against him. But Young and his assistant coach, Pat Smart, had made the decision prior to the October meeting where Stevenson spoke, Young said.

One board member abstains

Brian Richardson said he abstained from the vote on Young’s appointment because his son is on the team. “Because I was so close to it I felt it was important for me to abstain,” he said. Had Richardson decided to vote “yes” rather than abstain, Young would still be coaching varsity lacrosse at J-E. “Whether he voted no or abstained, I still don’t get to coach,” Young said, adding: “I would think I would have gotten some support from him. His older son played for me for four years, and his younger son’s on the team this year, this is his third year.”

It started as a tabled agenda item

During its March 2 meeting, the board of education tabled the appointment of all spring coaches for a special meeting two days later. Smart’s appointment was tabled at that meeting; Young’s recommendation for appointment was left off the agenda. So when Zacher gave the coaches the go ahead on Tuesday March 8, it wasn’t official. Young and Smart thought it was just a bump in the road. “We’ve already coached the last two weeks,” Young said. “We’ve been out there, out in the cold in the parking lot every day, assuming we had a job.” Neither coach was at the March 16 school board meeting. “It’s not common practice for a coach or any staff member to attend their appointment,” said Robin Smart, who coaches varsity softball at J-E. Mike Smart is her brother-in-law. “In most districts, a recommendation by the athletic director and/or the superintendent of schools makes the board’s vote a mere formality as the judgment of the professional staff is not questioned.”

Support shown on Facebook

A Facebook group supporting Young and Smart was started two weeks ago when their future at J-E first came into question. “As terrible as I was at lacrosse, these two guys made it extremely fun and a memorable part of my high school career,” wrote Brandon Farrar, one of many former players to post on the Facebook page. “… They were two significant mentors to me growing up in J-E. I’m sure anybody else I played with would say the same.”

Superintendent finalists named

Three finalists were recently named in J-E Schools’ search for a new superintendent. The board is looking to fill the void left by former Superintendent Marilyn Dominick, who retired Nov. 1. 17 people applied for the position, seven of which were interviewed by the school board who narrowed the pool down to three. The finalists: Deborah Parker Grimshaw — assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and special education at Onondaga Central School District since July 2009. James Froio — executive principal at Cicero-North Syracuse High School in the North Syracuse school district since 2004. Randall Squier — superintendent of Oxford Academy & Central School District in Oxford since 2005. Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES District Superintendent William Speck, who the board chose to lead the search process, said three committees — one consisting of community members, another of administrators, and a third of school employees — will meet with the finalists and provide feedback to the board. The school board will then make the final decision. “There is a process in there, probably in the near future, that will involve students,” Speck added. The committee of community members includes: Becky O’Hara, Debra Dunham, Jordan Mayor Dick Platten, Gina Clifford, Elbridge Recreation Director Joe Patrick, John Stevenson, Elbridge Town Supervisor Ken Bush, Lisa Long, Lynnette Zelias, Paul Gugel, Peter Drummond, Peter Ilacqua, Sarah VanLiew, Susan Osborn and Tam M. Deorsey. Speck said he’s hoping the decision will be made by April 8. “We’re right on track” he said. The next superintendent is expected to start work at J-E Schools July 1.



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Must be registered in NY. Must be familiar with all areas of ultrasound including ECHO’S. Excellent benefits.


Finisher/Grinder – This 2nd shift position requires previous auto body finishing, wood-working or experience working with pneumatic grinders. Mechanical or artistic ability a plus. This job requires you to use pneumatic grinders on metal castings for turbine engines to meet customer quality specifications. High School diploma or equivalent required. Previous manufacturing experience a plus. Starting rate of pay for this position is $10.87/ hour.

Second shift full time opening for an experienced welder. Please mail resume with any salary requirements to: HR Manager, P.O. Box 11009 Syracuse, NY 13218 or apply in person at 526 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse


We are currently looking for individuals with experience for our Finishing/Grinding departments.

ESCO Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits, hires, trains, and promotes employees in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, or other legally protected status.

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ESCO Turbine Technologies is a manufacturer of premium investment castings for the Air Craft and Industrial Gas Turbine industry. We have over 350 employees currently working in our Chittenango, NY facility.

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Clerical Substitutes Cazenovia Central School is accepting applications for clerical substitutes to work in the schools’ main offices.

P/T ABE Instructor for a.m. (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) program in Rome & Utica Responsibilities include direct instruction, student intake, testing, and assessment. Must be experienced in and able to work with a diverse population with low literacy skills, learning disabilities, ex offender status and behavioral issues. Bachelor Degree in Education and/or Special Education; NYS Teacher Certified and/or Adult Education Certification preferred. Apply at or send your resume to: Madison-Oneida BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education , P.O. Box 168, 4937 Spring Road Verona, New York 13478-0168 Attention: Rita M. Kenyon for Rome and Larry DiCesare for Utica


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Contract Carriers Wanted

3PD, Inc., is a Freight Forwarder under contract with major retailers such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, Sears, OfďŹ ce Depot, etc., to provide Logistical support, solutions and warehousing needs. We are seeking established Motor Carriers to provide the last mile delivery and installation of our customer’s products. To be considered, your business must be able to satisfy our customer’s requirements and deliver outstanding customer service. If you are looking to build and diversify your current book of business and can meet our customer’s requirements then we would like to speak to you! We offer opportunities to deliver and install the product/freight which consists of appliances, furniture, building materials, cabinets, windows, ofďŹ ce supplies, and direct to home merchandise. If your company owns/leases any of the following equipment, you’re just what we’re looking for:

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For a confidential interview please call Rick at: 315-225-5577 or email resume to


If interested, please send cover letter and resume to: Robert Dubik, Superintendent, Cazenovia Central Schools, 31 Emory Ave., Cazenovia, NY 13035

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Saturday, March 26th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Manlius Methodist Church.

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If you would like to donate to our garage sale please call David France at 447-7658 for pick up's.You may also drop off items at North Area Meals on Wheels the whole month of April from 8:00am until 12:00pm.

Session1 - 6/26-30 • Session 2 - 7/23-27 • Session 3 - 7/28-8/1 *Teams are welcome to attend Session 2

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Get out: The guide mates. Fire and Ice Banquet Hall, The Locker room, 528 Hiawatha Boulevard. $29-$55; show only, $20. ‘Urinetown: The Musical.’ 7:30 PM. Tony Award-winning satirical comedy. First Presbyterian Church of Baldwinsville, 64 Oswego St., Baldwinsville. $17-$20. ‘Corpus Christi.’ 8 PM. Controversial play about homosexual Jesus Christ. Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St. $20. ‘The Miracle Worker.’ 8 PM. Classic American play about Helen Keller. Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St. $25 and up.




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Pancake Breakfast. 9 AM-noon. Beaver Lake Nature Center. $2.50-$4.50. Reservations for groups of 10 or more. 638-2519. In Another Galaxy...Weekend. 10 AM-8 PM. Robots, sci-fi art and games, and Star Wars artifacts. Included with admission. Strong Museum of Play, Rochester. 585410-6359. Interactive Storytime with Jonas Sickler. 10 AM. Indestructible books for ages 2-4. Barnes & Noble, DeWitt. 449-2948. Maple Syrup Weekends. 10 AM-2 PM. Tours of the demonstration sugarbush. Beaver Lake Nature Center. Free w/admission. 638-2519. Mix It Up! Art Class. 10:30 AM-Noon. Young artists age 4-12 can explore a variety of media and use the galleries for inspiration. Everson Museum of Art. $70/four class session. 474-0064. Magic Circle Children’s Theater. 12:30 PM. Interactive children’s theater featuring Sleeping Beauty. Spaghetti Warehouse, Syracuse. $5/person. Pre-register. 4493823. Hot Cocoa and Snow Series. 1-2:30 PM. Hands-on nature learning and hot chocolate. Montezuma Audubon Center. 2295 State Route 89, Savannah. $5/adult, $3/child, $15/family, includes snowshoe rental. Pre-register. 365-3588. Community Safety Day. 1-3 PM. Karate John’s Marchtial Arts Center. 8702 Brewerton Road, Cicero. 699-1500.





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“Let’s Dance.� 7:15 PM-Midnight. CNY Singles hosts beginner dance lessons until 8 PM, dancing until midnight. United Inn, 1308 Buckley Road, North Syracuse. $8, includes snacks and door prize.


Dan Reynolds Artist Talk & Demonstration. Noon. Cartoonist demonstrates his talents in conjunction with “Reynolds Unwrapped� exhibit. Everson Museum of Art. $5 suggested.


All-County Jazz Festival 2011. Time TBA. Select Onondaga County high school musicians perform. Henninger High School. Side by Side by Sondheim. 7:30 PM. Le Moyne College singers perform Sondheim’s best-known works in celebration of his 80th birthday. Coyne Center for Performing Arts, Le Moyne College. $5$15. Reservations, 445-4523. Larry Hoyt & the Good Acoustics. 7:3010 PM. Steeple Coffeehouse features local acoustic artists. United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. $10 donation includes dessert and beverage. Classics Series: Fisk and Falletta. 8 PM. Syracuse Symphony Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta conducts Eliot Fisk and Zaira Meseses on guitar. Crouse Hinds Concert theater, Mulroy Civic Center. $. ‘Funny Stuff.’ 8 PM. Syracuse Vocal Ensemble concludes concert season with mix of choral hilarity; conductor Robert Cowles. First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse, 109 Waring Road, DeWitt. $5$16.


Walk/Run for the CNY Ronald McDonald House. 9 AM. Willow Bay, Onondaga Lake Park. 453-6712.


Syracuse Crunch. 7:30 PM. Vs. Rochester Americans. War Memorial at Oncenter. $. or 473-4444.


‘The Miracle Worker.’ 3 & 8 PM. Classic American play about Helen Keller. Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St. $25 and up. ‘Eleanor Roosevelt’ Opera. 4 PM. Fullystaged opera by Society for New Music. Carrier Theater, Mulroy Civic Center. $12$15. ‘The Odd Couple.’ Dinner at 6:45 PM, show at 8. Not Another Theater Company; a slob and a neatnick make unlikely roommates. Fire and Ice Banquet Hall, The Locker room, 528 Hiawatha Boulevard. $29-$55; show only, $20. ‘Urinetown: The Musical.’ 7:30 PM. Tony Award-winning satirical comedy. First

Presbyterian Church of Baldwinsville, 64 Oswego St., Baldwinsville. $17-$20. ‘Corpus Christi.’ 8 PM. Controversial play about homosexual Jesus Christ. Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St. $20.

Sunday March 27 Family

In Another Galaxy...Weekend. Noon-5 PM. Robots, sci-fi art and games, and Star Wars artifacts. Included with admission. Strong Museum of Play, Rochester. 585410-6359. Maple Syrup Weekends. 1-4 PM. Tours of the demonstration sugarbush. Beaver Lake Nature Center. Free w/admission. 638-2519.


Singles and Couples Sunday Morning Brunch. 11 AM. Have brunch at different restaurant each week, hosted by CNY Singles. No Name Diner, 3900 New Court Ave. $. RSVP 458-7555.


Dvorka’s Stabat Mater. 3 PM. Syracuse Chorale presents, conductor Warren Ottey. First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. $. ‘Funny Stuff.’ 3 PM. Syracuse Vocal Ensemble concludes concert season with mix of choral hilarity; conductor Robert Cowles. First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse, 109 Waring Road, DeWitt. $5$16. Jack Mitchener, Organ. 4 PM. Oberlin Conservatory faculty member performs for Malmgren Concert Series. Hendricks Chapel, SU. Free. New Riders of the Purple Sage. Doors at 7 PM, show at 8. Country/jam band from San Francisco. With Z-Bones. Westcott Theater. $18-$20. Thewestcotttheater. com.


‘The Odd Couple.’ Brunch at 12:45 PM, show at 2. Not Another Theater Company; a slob and a neatnick make unlikely roommates. Fire and Ice Banquet Hall, The Locker room, 528 Hiawatha Boulevard. $29-$55; show only, $20. Preview: ‘The Pearl Fishers.’ 1 PM. Live performances and insights to costuming, staging, composition and scoring Syracuse Opera’s next production. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Boulevard East, DeWitt.




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Monday March 28

‘Heartland Passage: The Oral History of the Erie Canal.’ Noon & 3 PM. Set of nine high-definition videos that profile a person who grew up or worked on the Erie Canal. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East. Free. Eriecanalmuseum. org.


Learn to Sew. 6:30-8 PM. Hand and machine sewing lessons for ages 8-19. Oswego County Cooperative Extension, Mexico. $30/4 classes. Pre-register. 9637286.


‘Heartland Passage: The Oral History of the Erie Canal.’ Noon & 3 PM. Set of nine high-definition videos that profile a person who grew up or worked on the Erie Canal. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East. Free. Eriecanalmuseum. org. ‘Lelsedeh.’ 7 PM. Drama ensues for one family during traditional Passover Seder. Temple Society of Concord, 910 Madison St. 475-9952.

Tuesday March 29 Family

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Visiting Artist Ophrah Shemesh. 6:30 PM. Syracuse University School of Art and Design hosts contemporary artist. Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building, SU. Free; $4 parking at Booth Garage, mention event. 443-9400.


Paola Marquez Composition Recital. 8 PM. School of Music students perform works by student composer Marquez. Setnor Auditorium, Crouse College, SU. Free, parking in Irving Garage.

Wednesday March 30 Family

Library Instruction for Home Schooled

Students. 2 PM. Learn about the Dewey Decimal System, library databases, and internet searches. Manlius Library. Free. Pre-register. 682-6400.


‘Heartland Passage: The Oral History of the Erie Canal.’ Noon & 3 PM. Set of nine high-definition videos that profile a person who grew up or worked on the Erie Canal. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Boulevard East. Free. Eriecanalmuseum. org.


Pianists Adam Rothenberg & Isabelle Weir. 12:30 PM. Civic Morning Musicals presents. Hosmer Auditorium, Everson Museum of Art. Free. Cornmeal. Doors at 7 PM, show at 8. Bluegrass/jam band from Chicago. With Driftwood. Westcott Theater. $10-$13.


Preview: ‘The Pearl Fishers.’ 7 PM. Live performances and insights to costuming, staging, composition and scoring Syracuse Opera’s next production. Jewish Community Center, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt. Free. ‘The Miracle Worker.’ 7:30 PM. Classic American play about Helen Keller. Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St. $25 and up.

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Free. New Play Reading. 1 PM. Script-in-hand readings of new Armory Square Playhouse works. Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St. $5-$7. ‘The Miracle Worker.’ 2 PM. Classic American play about Helen Keller. Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St. $25 and up. ‘Eleanor Roosevelt’ Opera. 4 PM. Fullystaged opera by Society for New Music. Carrier Theater, Mulroy Civic Center. $12$15.



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