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Buttonwood Grove Winery Wins “The Oscars” Each year, a group of experts gather at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel of the Finger Lakes Region to sample the best of the best in New York Wines. It’s a competition called the New York Wine and Food Classic, sometimes referred to as “The Oscars” of New York Wine. On August 8th & 9th, 21 judges sampled 915 wines, 27 hard ciders and 16 craft spirit entries, and have the tough task of choosing which are their favorites in each category. The top prize at this competition is the prestigious Governor’s Cup, a large silver chalice that recognizes the “Best of Show” or top prize of all the entries in the Classic. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is extremely proud to announce that this year’s Governor’s Cup winner is member winery, Buttonwood Grove. Their 2016 Riesling came out on top, among 958 entries. Winning this award is a big deal in the wine industry. With the Finger Lakes being known specifically for their Rieslings, this comes at no surprise. The kicker … Buttonwood is a small batch winery, so the award-winning wine is unfortunately in short supply! The Buttonwood team has been striving to make a name for themselves.

Buttonwood’s winning Riesling grapes are from vines planted on the property in 1999 and mark the second year this Riesling has been classified as an “estate” wine.

As Finger Lakes wine have grown in popularity, the wineries here have global competition, not just regional anymore. “There are so many wineries out there, and hearing that the industry’s best say we make great wine … it’s incredible. This (award) does more for our reputation than I can do in hours and hours of work. It’s amazing to gain this credibility. I think we’ve staked our claim in the wine-world. All of the advertising in the world is not as valuable as this accolade that tells everyone that we make fine premium estate wines,” said Marcia Klue, Buttonwood’s Marketing Coordinator. She learned of the award while on

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vacation with her family in Maine, which has made her vacation that much sweeter! Dave Pittard and his wife Melissa, purchased Buttonwood from it’s founder, Ken Reimer, in 2014. Dave is a fifth generation apple farmer from Onondaga County who discovered his love for agriculture at an early age. Dave considers himself a “rookie,” and owes much of the credit to his winemaker, Sue Passmore. Sue has spent many years in the industry and is a self-taught winemaker. The winning Riesling grapes are from vines planted on the property in 1999 and mark the second year this Riesling has been classified as an “estate” wine. This means everything involved in the end product –from the grapes, the making, and the bottling, all happened on Buttonwood-owned property. This same wine also recently won Gold at the 2017 INDY International Wine Competition, where wines from all over the globe were submitted. Over the past three years, Dave and his team have been diligently working on their image and their property, to make it one-ofa-kind. Buttonwood has four cabins on site that are booked well over a year in advance, a beautiful Scottish Highland Cow named Melody (who even has her own Facebook page!), a new production facility and more space for more tanks (which will equal more award-winning wines), the recent addition of an enhanced deck space for their summer parties, which garner much attention, as well as their very own waterfall! Buttonwood Grove has a spectacular view of the lake, and as you can imagine, is one of the top locations for weddings on Cayuga Lake. Buttonwood isn’t the only winery along Cayuga Lake to take home a medal at this year’s Classic. Amongst our wineries, 114 other medals were awarded. In the double gold category: Buttonwood Grove Winery, Goose Watch Winery, Knapp Winery, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Toro Run. In the gold category: Goose Watch Winery, Knapp Winery, Lucas Vineyards, Swedish Hill Winery, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Toro Run Winery. In the silver category: Buttonwood Grove Winery, Goose Watch Winery, Hosmer Winery, Knapp Winery, Lucas Vineyards, Montezuma Winery, Swedish Hill Winery, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Toro Run Winery, Treleaven. In the bronze category: Goose Watch Winery, Hosmer Winery, Knapp Winery, Lucas Vineyards, Montezuma Winery, Swedish Hill Winery, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Treleaven. This toast is for you, Buttonwood Grove —to Sue, the Pittards and the rest of the gang— congratulations and thank you for being a member of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.  Cassandra Harrington is the executive director of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, America’s First. Taste a bit of history. To learn more, visit www.cayugawinetrail.com.

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The Audacious Glory of Professional Victims Syracuse’s very own Professional Victims have all the makings of a bona fide late-20th century punk rock band—in the 21st century. Spearheaded by band mates Shawn Sullivan on guitar and vocals and Ashley Cox on vocals and keyboards, the group which has had a number of line-ups, remains well-known for their irreverence and high energy. Come to think of it, a male and female led punk band is somewhat rare, even in today’s vast music landscape. And in their quest for developing an army of like-minded rebels they go forth into their rock and roll nights wielding their antiestablishment attitudes and super punchy, less-than-three-minute, guitar-driven songs. And into the night they do go. From headlining shows at The Bitter End in NYC and fostering a commanding posture here in Syracuse, Professional Victims snagged a 2106 win for their CD Fathom the Cosmos at the SAMMYs for Best Alternative Record. Further, they’ve been gaining radio play and recognition throughout the northeast from Boston to Philadelphia. And its no wonder. They play like they’re in an arena no matter how big or small the venue is. Their live shows move at an aggressive pace —try to keep up— as they

Professional Victims is spearheaded by band mates Shawn Sullivan on guitar and vocals and Ashley Cox on vocals and keyboards, is well-known for their irreverence and high energy.

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Ballpark Brewfest When you hear the name Syracuse Chiefs, you think of baseball and beer is not the highlight of your visit. However, the Ballpark Brewfest features local brewers and distributors for this event. Last year, the Brewfest had over 1,500 patrons all on the concourse. This year’s goal is 2,000 guests to attend on Saturday, September 23rd from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Jason Smorol, the General Manager of the NBT Stadium and the Chiefs realized that this event has potential to be a spectacular event. “This will be our third year,” says Jason, “and this year we will be using the whole field. Last year was a lot of fun on the concourse, but we missed out on the beautiful weather.” So this year, Jason decided to move much of the festivities outside. “We’re expanding in many ways. The last two events, we catered all the food, but this year we’re inviting food trucks in to add diversity. We hope to expand a little more each year.” “We try to do something new each year. This year we going to try either a corn hole or a can jam. We’re also going to put a T near 2nd base and let folks try to hit the ball out of the park.” Another new feature will be the set up –New York State beers and ciders will be on the 1st base side of the field, and world beers will be on the 3rd base side. As we were speaking, a dozen other ideas came to Jason and he said, “See, there’s always something we can do to make it different and better. We hope to make the event grow in popularity and diversity each year.” In the future,

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one thing that may be added is live music. This year, the music will be provided by DJ Double Play. The interactive video board will add a new dimension to the program. What makes this event so different is the ability to speak with brew masters face to face and one on one. Some of the local brewers featured will be Fred Mack, Tim Butler and Pete Kirkgasser from Middle Ages brewery, Empire Brewery and Eastwood brewery. These local masters not only have excellent beer, but they willingly share their knowledge to others interested in brewing their own beer. “Each year we feature new products such as rare items where there is only one keg available” said Jason. “We will have at least 60-70 varieties of beer and hard cider.” The brewers there also will bring new blends for their customers to try, most of whom are beer aficionados and connoisseurs. There are also lots of SEPTEMBER 8TH safety features built into the stadium. It is completely handicapped accessible. Another perk to have the brewfest here SEPTEMBER 16TH is the parking. Parking is plentiful and FREE! And while they’ve never had a problem with security, DURING ALL SU & NFL GAMES each server is trained to identify individuals who HOME OF GIANTS FOOTBALL may become intoxicated. TAKE OUT AVAILABLE Just to make sure no one drinks and drives, KITCHEN HOURS: MONDAY–THURSDAY 6–11PM your designated driver FRIDAY–SUNDAY NOON–11PM can attend the fest free 209 OSWEGO ST., LIVERPOOL NY of charge. They will be

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Preventive Medicine by DR. BARRY

It’s Not Just Lyme Disease You Have to Worry About The Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever was recently diagnosed in Spain. Yes, this is a relatively newly diagnosed viral tick-borne disease and it can be a mild flu-like illness or you can bleed out from your mouth, eyes and nose and die and of course there’s no treatment for it. So along with Lyme Disease and Babisiosis and Dengue and West Nile Virus and Swine Flu and Chikungunya you now have the Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever to worry about. It’s not an issue in Central New York yet but with the rate of world traveling look for it to be in a theater near you soon. This report comes from the New England Journal of Medicine July 13th 2017 and talked about an AUTOCHTHONOUS infection. I didn’t even know what that word meant so I had to look it up and it means that the infection didn’t come from a traveler it came from someone living in Spain who contracted the illness without traveling to the endemic area. You can rest easy, for now, regarding the Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever but let’s not let your guard down because we have a whole lot of home grown tick borne diseases to contend with. As reviewed in the Cleveland Clinic Journal Of Medicine Volume 84 July 2017 there are a host of tick borne 7 diseases right in our own backyard to worry about. All that’s tricky is not Lyme. Depending on where you live

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assert our allegiance to more than one musical territory. Classic rock, electronica, pop, industrial and punk all contribute to the id of what our music is. CS: How did you come up with the name for the project? AC: Shawn came up with it. He’s the funny one. I think he heard it in a Robert De Niro movie. It reminds us of both past experiences and of the way some people behave in general. CS: You have a variety of genres lurking in your sound. Who do you listen to or refer to for inspiration? AC: Shawn is inspired by bands like Arcade fire, The National, Pixies, and Weezer. I’m glad that for the most part we love the same music, although Shawn always gravitates toward heavier guitar-based songs. I’m more pop/alt—loving Santigold, or Sylvan Esso and St. Vincent. CS: How do you go about mining your material and writing? AC: We’ve found it’s best when it happens naturally. I think our best songs are written in a day. I will take notes on whatever paper I can find and put it all together like a puzzle when I’m inspired to play. Shawn seems to have a more organized way of writing, and both of us are fueled by the things we are passionate about. Call ahead Topics will include politics, love, or lately for … our friends’ failed relationships. Take-Out CS: Tell us about favorite highlights in your colorful music career. AC: In 2016 we won a SAMMY award Rt. 11 LaFayette • 315.677.3986 for best alternative record for our Fathom the Cosmos CD. Personally, I loved Homemade Luncheon Specials Daily touring the college circuit, performing in (both of us did that), and openFridays - Full Dinner Menu London ing up for big names like Bright Eyes, and Highly Suspect. ◆ Haddock ◆ Prime Rib ◆ CS: How about sharing some gig disas◆ Steak ◆ Seafood ◆ ters gone funny? AC: We can laugh about it now, but we An assortment of nightly dinner specials! have both fallen off of stages rockin’ out. CS: Totally worth the price of admission …

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AC: I once drove all the way to Boston, got lost, couldn’t find the venue, and missed the gig. Funny not funny? Haha. CS: Your thoughts on the Syracuse Music scene AC: Better than ever! I’m seeing so many new songwriters on the scene, as well as veterans still making great music and putting in awesome shows. It’s diverse, and I think the alternative genre might be bigger than even the blues scene finally! There is a lot of support by the community and even fellow musicians. CS: What do you have to say to the budding musician? AC: Play all the open mics, introduce yourself to everyone, play on the streets for fun, and go see other bands! CS: What’s on the horizon? What’s coming up that you’re looking forward to? AC: Recording and releasing our next CD. I love our new material! CS: Where do we find you? AC: ProfessionalVictims.com CS: Thanks, Ashley. AC: Thanks, Chuck.

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If someone types “Hillary Clinton cri,” Google’s search suggests phrases like “Hillary Clinton crime reform” and “Hillary Clinton crisis”, said Matt Lieberman, host and writer for SourceFed, in the video. Yet after typing the same phrase on Yahoo or Bing search, suggestions on crimes and criminal activity are among the first suggestions, he notes. SourceFed said the autofill on Google occurs despite the fact “hillary clinton crimes” is a far more popular search phrase than “Hillary Clinton crime reform.” (USA Today) Google defended itself, and the little teapot’s tempest died down, but the recent headline firing of an employee for writing a memo about women, STEM careers, and the corporation, has heated the issue up again. That, and the issue that has arisen over advertising and political commentary. YouTube has long since monetized channels of content. Individuals created content, and a channel, and advertising was inserted into it. Popular YouTube channels got tons of likes, subscribers and watches –and the money partially accrued to YouTube and partially to the channel. More and more individuals Mon-Thurs $ 95 were able to bypass the TV or Cable 11AM-8PM programmers and simply put their stuff out there for people to watch. And then YouTube began to “de-monetize” some of them. Again, that scary idea of AT MOOSE MOUNTAIN, HASTINGS, NY censure. (Many have gone to platforms THOROUGHBRED like Patreon to avoid this, and allow RACING users to subscribe directly.) ALL MONTH LONG! Just the other day, I wanted to know what actor played a role on a TV series. WE CATER FOR ANY EVENT! I picked up my phone, and quickly and Private Rooms Available for up to 100 People easily got everything I needed to know 228 HUNTLEY ROAD about the actor, his age, marital status, Off Route 57A (Off Rt 481) children’s names, other roles, and so PHOENIX, NY • 315.695.2245 on. It was easy. Too easy. By “too easy” www.PhoenixSportsRestaurant.com I mean the information was readily

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regions. It causes (as the name applies) relapsing fever or headaches gastrointestinal symptoms arthralgias and myalgias. Almost all of these pathogens can be treated with doxycycline just like Lyme disease except for tickborne relapsing fever and this bug is treated with tetracycline this isn’t a virus this is a spirochete. There is something called Southern Tick Associated Rash illness but we don’t even know the pathogen although we think the vector is Amblyomma Americanum. Okay, let’s round out the list with Tularemia, Heartland virus infection and Powassan virus infection. The Powassan virus Is apparently an uncommon Flavivirus but it’s becoming more common right here in New York State. Tularemia at least you can treat with an antibiotic. The Heartland virus which is borne by the tick Amblyomma Americanum (most likely) is also for now only diagnosed in Missouri and Tennessee. Bottom line is that “Tickborne illnesses should be considered in patients with known or potential tick exposure presenting with fever or vague constitutional symptoms in tick endemic regions. Given that tick This bull’s-eye rash is also called bite history is commonly unknown, erythema migrans is a rash caused absence of a known tick bite does by Lyme disease. not exclude the diagnosis of the tick

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all of our lives. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the “PRIMARY OF SEPTEMBER 12.” Of the 38,356 Democrats in the city in 2013 only 7,213 voted in the primary. This means in a primary with 3 candidates the outcome could easily be determined by a very low number. This is the kind of election where in “individual” matters. And if you influence just a few folks they may well swing the election. So please, find a friend who lives in the city and please show them Juanita’s 100 day plan at info@JuanitaForMayor.com and ask them to please, please vote on SEPTEMBER 12, 2017. Juanita has prepared a 100 day plan made up of 70 components. You will find a copy at: www.juanitaforMayor.com. This is a comprehensive list of the needs of the City and sets the course. A major component of that plan is a complete Block by Block assessment of the Cities needs and plans to meet each need. Juanita will know every street, every vacant house, every pothole, every sidewalk, every blight in every park, the paths and ages of every pipe and water line. Juanita and researchers will talk to residents on each block and ask them of their concerns. She will know the locations of deer and what attracts them and how to safeguard from their activity. Be it, crime and safety, or noise, or parking, or beautification, or schools, or transportation, or deer encroachment Juanita will come to an embracing view of what the people themselves say they want and need. Block by block research involves the welfare of every citizen and the physical welfare of every block in every neighborhood. The answers developed in this research will provide the course she needs to make the entirety of our great city HOURS: Tuesday-Thursday 10am-9pm a wonderful welcomFriday-Saturday 10am-10pm • Sunday 12pm-9pm ing home, attractive to employers and young workers and professionTuesday-Sunday 4pm-9pm als, a place to safely raise your kids and a place you are proud to call home. Juanita will set the 5909 NY-31, Cicero, NY 13039 standard for other cities

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creations were no longer of significance to him. One of these dolls, of course, is Annabelle. She is a mute, undeniably creepy creature that had been packed away for over a decade, before wriggling her way out of hiding. Once discovered, she begins to terrorize the girls of the orphanage and all of those that stand in her way. The fourth installment in the CONJURING universe has a handsome production design, and while it is unlikely that it will win over any new converts, it will certainly appeal to fans of the franchise. An old-school orphanage in the middle of nowhere is a standard issue horror setting, and it remains an effective one. The fact that Annabelle doesn’t spout off zippy one-liners like Chucky used to, nor does she (visibly) scurry around, which, in most films like this, yields unintended comical hilarity. Instead, director David F Sandberg heavily relies on the art of implication, which has made there mere presence of Annabelle far more frightening than any direct action she has perpetrated. She is, for the most part, stationary and intimidating. The downside of this, however, is that the film feels rather aimless. Part ghost story, part homicidal doll story, it never has ANNABELLE: a clear direction or focus.  CREATION The fact that ANNABELLE: CREATION RATED: R does nothing to distance itself from the RUN TIME: 1h 49min countless others like it in terms of plot GENRE: Horror, Mystery, Thriller doesn’t come in a shock in any way, nor is STARRING: Anthony LaPaglia, the biggest flaw of the film. The most glarSamara Lee, Miranda Otto ing issue of the production, is that, when DIRECTORS: David F. Sandberg it comes down to it, it’s simply not scary WRITER: Gary Dauberman enough. While I readily admit that I would rather watch ANNABELLE or another CONGRADE: CJURING as opposed to, say, one of the latter

ANNABELLE: CREATION does nothing to distance itself from the countless others like it however The most glaring issue of the production, is that, when it comes down to it, it’s simply not scary enough.

installments in the SAW franchise (which will get another chapter this October) it simply doesn’t stand out against many of its modern counterparts. Horror has been enjoying a resurgence of creativity with recent hits like THE BABADOOK, IT FOLLOWS, and DON’T BREATHE, and it is productions such as these that are far more memorable than the by-the-book thrills exhibited in the pedestrian ANNABELLE: CREATION. A special thanks goes to Regal Cinemas at Destiny USA for allowing me to attend this month’s film. 

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to follow. In one of our meetings Juanita brought about a great discussion on “What it means to be a Democrat” She asked us for words that describe a Democrat. One right after another came up. Equality, integrity, inclusive, deserving, patriot, loyal, fair, caring, compassionate, estimable, unity, trustworthy, together, true, just to name a few. The list became quite large. It became so clear “Democrats” are what our founders intended for this country to be. In this campaign everyone feels very good about themselves and what they are doing. Yet after this meeting we all felt even better. It is good to stay in touch with your heart as you move forward. For those that are not familiar I will review who Juanita is: Juanita is the mother of four grown children and a grandmother. She sits on several Central New York Boards including Onondaga County Catholic Charities, La Liga (Spanish Action League), Clear Path for Veterans, CNY Workforce Investment Board, Bishop Ludden High School Trustee, she is Juanita has prepared a 100 day plan made up of 70 components. You will find a copy at: co-founder of UMEA, the new minority Chamber www.juanitaforMayor.com. This is a comprehensive list of the needs of the City and sets the course. of Commerce, and is a proud member of the Valley American Legion. She is endorsed by the Mayors of Utica, Cortland, Tully and Solvay. Those that understand what it takes to run a Juanita served as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy. She City believe Juanita is the right choice. understands the meaning of sacrifice. She knows what Hallowed Halls are and Juanita has served our community and our country all of her professional what makes them so. And with Juanita Perez Williams as our Mayor you may be career. sure that City Hall will be ran in keeping with that sacred sacrifice. Juanita is a proud member of the Valley American Legion. Veterans will rest easy knowing that Juanita is on duty and watching out. 315-695-2709 Juanita served in the Navy Judge AdOPEN DAILY Golf Club & Tavern vocates Program as a Lieutenant ComONLINE AT RFHSHIDEAWAY.COM FROM 11:00AM mander. Here she handled high profile Serving RESTAURANT • CATERING • BANQUETS • MOTEL criminal cases. Juanita was selected by Lunch & Dinner then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Monday - Friday to be a member of the New York State 11:30am - 9:00pm Military Selection Review Board In BOOK EARLY TO BE SURE TO GET THE DATES YOU WANT! 2008. Upon completion of her military PICK UP & GO CATERING PRIVATE BANQUET ROOMS service, Juanita worked for 7 years at • Any Occasion Great Food • Great Prices Banquet Rooms For Groups From 20-135 the New York State Education DepartMeat Trays • Salads • Pastas Full Sit Down Dinners or 40 Years of Experience ment as the Regional Director for “The Call for Reservations Full or 1/2 Pans All You Can Eat Buffets Enjoy your party at your location Office of Professions.” It was here she 633-8219 Call In & Pick Up Ready To Go! Best Prices Around! while we do the work. joined the PEF Union. Juanita and her season’s pass staff of Law Enforcement Professionals were responsible for investigating and special PAY FOR THE 2018 GOLF SEASON prosecuting New York State Licensed NOW & PLAY THE REST OF 2017 Professionals. Juanita then accepted a for free! legal position with Syracuse University. Monday’s 315-695-2709 7:00pm VISIT ONLINEFOOD SPECIALS RFHSHIDEAWAY. Juanita served as an adjunct professor COM BOTTLES FUN, PRIZES, DRINK SPECIALS $12 BUCKETS MIX & MATCH Weekend Rates teaching legal issues in higher educaAFTER 2PM Test Your Knowledge! $2 OFF PITCHERS tion. With her expertise she was soon 9 Holes w/Cart $ promoted to Associate Dean of StuON THE WEST COURSE FREE SNACKS AT HALF TIME! dents. Following her time at Syracuse 9 Holes w/Cart $ 10 TV’s • Everyone Welcome! ON THE EAST COURSE University she was appointed to serve 1092 RT. 31 BRIDGEPORT, NY NYS as an Assistant Attorney General 1058 County Route 57 • Phoenix, New York 13135 by then Attorney General Andrew

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Thinking About How We Think Rene Descartes, rationalist, skeptic, mathematician, scientist and modern philosopher is best known for his statement, “I think, therefore, I am.” Descartes, born in 1596, also stated that “everything is self-evident,” a statement which, in a world of microscopes, PR and fMRI’s, proves not always to be true. Descartes concluded, “it is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.” We are first identified by given name, gender, family, tribe or clan, ethnicity, religious background, and geography. We are all somebody and someone. Yet, it is an insult to say of someone else that he or she thinks they are “somebody.” Most groups, even friendly groups, form unofficial hierarchies in which members are supposed to keep their places. Life forces competition even among people who hate to compete. And it often isn’t until later in life, if ever, that many of us discover that internalized early labeling might be controlling us. Early, external value judgements concerning appearance, personality and culture leave many competent adults with underlying anxiety. And, the psychological phenomena known as projection occurs all the time when people who don’t consciously acknowledge their own troubling issues readily notice those issues in others. Very often people see us as not as we are but as they are. People don’t always know themselves. VOTED CNY’S In my childhood We Love Our BEST BURRITO! neighborhood, I heard Friends! that the best response We Feed Them Tasty Food! to insults was, “I’m rubber you’re glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.” My playmates also warned me that I shouldn’t use that comeback with them, ALWAYS ALWAYS FRESH, FRESH, ALWAYS ALWAYS DELICIOUS! DELICIOUS! their siblings or their friends. g Tr y our er vin sh S Descartes said of himw PERUVIAN No ar m Fre ST self, “Whenever anyone lF Loca CHICHARR YLE has offended me, I try ONES We don’t to raise my soul so high jus you some t slip that the offense cannot ) l a skin! son (Se a reach it.” Good luck with that WITH TWO LOCATIONS! today. 3800 NEW COURT AVE 410 W. SENECA TNPK Current research sugSYRACUSE - LYNCOURT SYRACUSE - VALLEY gests that elevated and 218-0294 565-5314 diminished cortisol levMON-FRI: 7AM-9PM MON-FRI: 11AM-9PM els, which contribute to SAT: NOON-9PM SAT: NOON-9PM the physiological basis SUN: CLOSED/ SUN: CLOSED/ for emotional response, SIESTA SIESTA establish themselves RIP, R.M. during gestation based

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slow to recognize how they perpetuate their own difficulties. Education always threatens somebody’s power. Oppressors often discourage education. Descartes said, “the reading of all good books is like a conversation with all the finest men of past centuries.” (Just men?) Today there are informative books written by women and men in our times about our times: for instance, J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy” and Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s “Infidel.” In a world where identity politics threatens to compartmentalize all of us, it benefits us to acquaint ourselves with people unlike us. J.D. Vance and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, both of whom grew up in volatile cultures where centuries old religious texts were quoted for modern day guidance, chose education as the vehicle in which they navigated their volatile cultures and circumstances. Both writers hold differing and individual conclusions. All knowledge is learned in context. Neurons that fire together wire together and, for better or worse, the beliefs and information drilled into or instilled in us early on have long lasting effects. Very young children learn to respond to their own perceptions amid the emotional dynamics of the adults around them. Likewise, many adults live sedentary home lives inundated with attention demands from headline based 24-hour news broadcasts and the short burst, depth-free and often irrational exhortations of social media. People expect those with whom they identify to “have their backs.” Fight versus flight anyone? Modern neuroscience suggests that neurochemicals such as dopamine reinforce both bad and good diet, physical habits, and healthy or self-destructive coping mechanisms. It is more effective to replace a bad habit with a good habit. It takes time for people fighting compulsions and addictions to feel healthier, steadier, and more in control of themselves. Now, as in the Rockefeller Drug Law Era, there are calls for a war on addic-

Today there are many informative books written by women and men in our times about our times: for instance, J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy” and Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s “Infidel.”

tions but not for improved biology education. People without power often seek substitutes; adrenaline-fueled demonstrations can be addictive. Angry calls for action appear and feel powerful in the moment. Calm suggestions for positive incremental change seem weak. They’re not. Our nation’s self-image includes a narrative of freedom loving self-reliance. But freedom, self-reliance and autonomy cannot flourish in a climate of fear-mongering and disinformation. World history suggests that freedom and safety, including the freedom to feel safe, can slip away slowly when people forget the past. It is self-evident that as differently as we think, we’re all here now. How many of us think about how we have come to think about who we are as human beings right now?

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Cuomo. In 2010, Juanita was appointed by the Mayor of Syracuse to serve as Corporation Counsel and lead the City’s legal office. Prior to announcing her candidacy, Juanita served as the Regional Director for the New York State Department of Labor. Juanita has worked close with the Governor, his staff and many in the New York State Senate and New York State Assembly. Her natural way earned real friendships and mutual respect which are the heart of mutual cooperation. Juanita enjoys a great and friendly relationship with the Governor. She has his respect and friendship. Juanita has the ability to design law and programs that legislators want to support. Juanita knows what we need and has the unique and full array of qualities needed to cause them to become reality. Juanita will bring great things to our city and justice to our neighborhoods. Juanita will sit with a developer, or a citizen concerned with deer encroachJuanita served in the Navy Judge Advocates ment or a crumbling sidewalk. She will Program as a Lieutenant Commander. Here she listen. In each instance, at the end of handled high profile criminal cases. the discussion course will be set and solutions will be underway. This last paragraph is the one I am hoping you will take home and say to yourself “Billy is Right.” I will pass the word and I will vote in the “CRUCIAL” SEPTEMBER 12, 2017 Primary this year. The window is open. Too seldom does one with such heart, compassion and talent enter the arena. In our home town greatness is in our midst. It is to us to recognize. It is to us to choose the very best among us, as our history is crimson and our debt to that sacrifice demands the best of what we are. Please vote for Juanita Perez Williams for Mayor of our Great City SEPTEMBER 12, 2017.

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The Linguini Shrimp Scampi (Linguini ai gamberetti) which isprepared in a creamy scampi sauce, served over homemade linguini. Loaded with shrimp, garlic, and flavor this dish was certainly a crowd pleaser!

Kyle and I arrived at Fabio’s on a sunny Thursday evening. We easily found parking on Warren Street. We were immediately greeted and seated by the friendly hostess Nya. Our friendly and knowledgeable servers Donna and Ivey answered all of our questions and made certain that our meal was nothing short of perfection. We began our meal with two appetizers: Eggplant Rolatini (Rolatini di melanzane) rolled eggplant stuffed with gorgonzola, ricotta, Parcontinued on pg 24

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migiano Reggiano and mozzarella baked in marinara sauce and Calamari (Calamari fritti) delicious and tender calamari tossed in semolina flour and fried, finished with a pinch of salt and a twist of lemon, served with Fra’ Diavolo sauce and freshly baked bread with olive oil dipping sauce. We ate every bite! The eggplant was tender and perfectly stuffed with cheesy goodness. The calamari was light and flavorful and excellently pair with the Fra’ Diavolo sauce. I had a fresh and crisp Caesar salad while Kyle enjoyed ever last drop of the soup of the day, a lovely seafood primavera! Upon Donna’s recommendation I ordered the Stuffed Flounder (Platessa Ripiena) two fresh fillets stuffed with crab meat, scallops, shrimp, roasted red peppers and Italian seasoning, broiled in a citrus butter sauce accompanied by grilled artichoke hearts. This dish was not only colorful and beautiful, it was delectaFabio’s Antica Cucina is an authentic Italian restaurant and cocktail lounge located in Downtown ble! On a scale of 1 to 10 it was a 100! Kyle ordered Syracuse at 344 S. Warren Street at the street level of the Icon Tower. the Linguini Shrimp Scampi (Linguini ai gamberetti) which was prepared in a creamy scampi sauce, on the homemade cannoli, with a light and crispy shell overfilled with creamy served over homemade linguini. This dish was a garlic lover’s dream! Loaded with shrimp, garlic, and flavor this dish was certainly a crowd pleaser! It should filling with was the perfect way to end a meal! Fabio’s is the perfect place for a cocktail and pizza with friends, a cozy date be noted that the pasta is light and heavenly and although the portion was night, or even a family dinner. They also offer take out! Fabio’s is also the pergenerous it did not leave you with that “over stuffed” feeling. When we heard that the desserts were made on site we knew we would have to indulge. I or- fect place for your upcoming party, meeting, shower, or event with a private dered the light and creamy orange ricotta pie (topped with homemade candy back room (that would be perfect for surprise parties!) They are also the ideal oranges); it was light and fun and reminded me of my childhood! Kyle decided location for a cocktail party as they can serve you and your guests in the lobby of historic Icon Towers leaving plenty of space to walk around to mix PARTIES • CATERING • GIFT CARDS and mingle. What really set’s Fabio’s apart is their attention to deal from the food to the décor and even the 8319 Rt.11 & Crabtree, Cicero NY • KimsCiceroDiner.com staff. Check them out on their website Mon-Thurs 6am-2pm • Friday 6am-8pm at www.fabiosdowntown.com, call for Saturday 6am-2pm • Sunday 6am-1pm 16-18 Daily Entree Specials • Senior Citizen Discount reservations or to book your upcomWELCOME BACK STUDENTS! ing event at 315-303-1630 or better WELCOME BACK STUDENTS! • HIBACHI yet stop by today! RIDAY ISH RY INNER

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David Garrow’s Rising Star The Making of Barack Obama

“He was always happy.” “He always had a big smile.” “He always had a grin on his face.” I’m trying to figure out what writer Garrow feels is so important about his interview subjects recalling Barack Obama as a young man with a constant smile on his face. On the one hand, it establishes him as a happy, cheerful individual. On the other, it makes the smile seem a mask adopted for public display. I’m still not one hundred percent confident which it is, or if it’s simply a fact of the transcription. Given Garrow’s bona fides as a writer, though, it’s hard to believe he would do something so obvious accidentally. This would be a good time to go into Garrow’s credentials, because it’s critical to his ultimate take on the subject of Barack Obama. Garrow is a respected historian and NY Time best-selling author who has taken a particular interest in civil rights era and figures. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1986 “Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.”  What that all means is simple: Garrow is not a partisan hack. Now, on my part, a reminder to my readers: way back in 2007, I read and reviewed the first Obama autobiography, written at the somewhat unsettling age of 33: “Dreams From My Father.” My conclusion in that reading was that Obama was even then calculating higher(est) political life, and had decided that his best option was to reflect back to each person what that person wanted to see in his friendly, affable face.

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So when I began to read Garrow’s extensively researched, and perhaps overdocumented book (it’s very long and more than a little difficult to plow through in places), and realized that his research turned up a similar conclusion, I have to admit feeling a bit smug. Garrow, ever the historian, does not limit his story to Obama, but digs into the conditions, influences and theoretical background that created the candidate, then president, we know as Barack Obama.  He begins with an examination of the purpose of the state, socio-economic theory, and politico-economic theory. One telling observation is from the writings of John McKnight, who studied service economies, and how they reduce individuals to consumers –to “need” as opposed to people. Specifically concerned about Chicago in the mid 70s to early 80s, Garrow draws from McKnight: “By 1979, McKnight had honed his analysis further. ‘A service economy needs ‘deficiency,’ ‘human problems,’ and ‘needs,’ if it is to grow … This economic need for need creates a demand for redefining conditions as deficiencies” and “the power to label people deficient and declare them in need is the basic tool of control and oppression.”

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Fallen Leaves, Fresh Slate Spring-cleaning may have come and gone, but with the on-coming cold, a thorough closet overhaul is overdue. Let’s take our cues from the trees and shed our old wardrobes in favor of a fresher look. Tossing items is never an easy task, but it is certainly a rewarding one. According to Psychology Today, clutter brings excess stimuli that can overwhelm our brains and add unneeded stress. Transitioning from the summer months can already come with psychological shifts and challenges. Paring down your possessions may also lighten your mental load, creating bandwidth in your life and space in your home. The first question to ask when sorting through your closet is ‘Did I wear this last season?’ It may seem trivial, but I have kept many items that I found hidden thinking that I’d of course wear them “this time around.” If you’ve lived without that item for more than a year not noticing its absence, it’s probably something you can live without. In her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” Marie Kondo outlines OPEN TUESDAY – SATURDAY another very important question to consider when sorting through your closet: Does this Not Your Average Antique Store! item bring me joy? If it doesn’t make you smile, it’s time to toss. My one exception to this rule is if it is a wardrobe staple. I don’t get terribly excited about white button downs for example, however it is nice to have one

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Brew Time by GLORIA AVILES-RAKOWSKY

Take Me Out to the Brewfest! On Friday, September 22, autumn officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere. As Central New Yorkers well know, the autumn chill starts way before then. Whether you’re a craft beer aficionado, a newbie, or someone who just likes to have a great time, then you’ll want to greet the new season on Saturday the 23rd at the Ballpark Brewfest, held at the NBT Stadium from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., rain or shine. I recently spoke with Jason Smorol, General Manager of the Syracuse Chiefs to find out more about this upcoming event. Gloria Aviles-Rakowsky: When did the Ballpark Brewfest start? Jason Smorol: I believe there were brewfests in 2012 and 2013; we took a break in 2014 and the Ballpark Brewfest was reimagined in 2015. This year will be our third. GA: How did the idea for it come about? JS: After the first brewfests, the Chiefs took it over in 2013. After some growing pains, the Board of Directors made changes to better promote and reimagine the event. We worked with our partners, beer distributors and people like Fred Matt from Saranac to make sure we did it right. The 2015 Ballpark Brewfest was a success, and the 2016 was even better. GA: How is the brewfest celebrated and what sets it apart from the others? JS: The location and the commitment to really be about the craft brew expe-

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rience is what make this event special. This brewfest is for everyone, from the everyday beer drinker who’s looking to try some more brews to see what he or she likes to the hard-core craft beer enthusiast. We will have rare beers as well as some selections new to the market. Our brewfest is celebrated at a unique location —our stadium— that gives us certain advantages. We’re centrally located so it’s easy to get to; we have free parking; and the ability to go rain or shine. When the sun does shine, there is no more beautiful location to have a festival than the continued on pg 32

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NBT Bank Stadium. We have taken batting practice on the field the past two events and this year we are expanding the fest to the field. GA: How are the breweries that participate chosen? JS: We work exclusively with Onondaga Beverage. They are a wonderful partner and really make the event special. We have a great relationship and history with the West End Brewery, the Matt family who brings an extensive range of brews from Saranac. We also reach out to local independent brewers and invite them to the event. Pete Kirkgasser from the Eastwood Brewery got on board last year and will be back again this year. GA: In short, what can a fest-goer expect for the event? JS: You can expect great beer, education, rare brews, and the opportunity to taste a wide variety, along with food trucks, live DJ music and fun. You’ll The Party deck will be turned into the “Spirit and Cigar” Deck presented by Rocky’s Cigars. Guests will get to talk to the brewers like Fred Matt and experts be able to sample cigars as well as spirits other than beer. like the staff from World of Beer about brewing and beer. This year the first 1,000 guests will receive a complimentary brewfest baseball jersey too. JS: They can go to www.ballparkbrewfestcny.com to buy a ticket and they’ll GA: About how many people are you expecting? enjoy a really great brewfest! JS: Between 1,500 and 2,000. Also, our party deck will be turned into the “Spirit and Cigar” Deck presented GA: What is your favorite part of the Ballpark Brewfest? by Rocky’s Cigars. Guests will be able to sample cigars as well as spirits other than JS: For me it’s learning about all the different types of beer, tasting the brews, beer. We’ll have games such as corn hole and can jam and let people try to hit and meeting the people. It’s different from baseball and I like that. It’s good to use home runs off a tee from second base. We’ll have food tucks right on the field. It’s the stadium for more than baseball. going to be great! GA: How can the local community participate? And there you have it folks, a great fall brewfest not to be missed! Cheers!

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With this in mind, Garrow launches into a deep examination of the forces behind Chicago’s extreme fall from grace as it lost industry and jobs, became increasingly segregated, and as the people were used by the various (if you’ll bear with the term) predators on their needs, from government agencies, to political organizations, to churches —particularly in the very hard-hit black community. As the organizers struggle to find their feet, they seek a representative who can bring the people together. A forceful African American associate pastor from a Catholic Church finally enunciates the problem: “’The priest … said, ‘I don’t know where you’re looking, but there’s got to be somebody out there who looks like us and thinks like us and understands our needs. So wherever you’ve been looking, you go back and look again.’” (Emphasis added) Having set the table, Garrow jumps back in time to Barack Obama, Senior, 25, a married man with a child and a baby on the way, embarking for the United States from Kenya. By 1960, the charming, forceful, flirtatious and apparently incipient alcoholic is making his presence known in Honolulu, HI, where he is studying. Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham’s, story is somewhat more ordinary, though by all accounts her father was somewhat unreliable and Stanley Ann seems to be a political romantic. Now Garrow has set the stage for Stanley Ann and Obama, Sr., to meet, get pregnant, and ultimately, marry. It’s about this point many readers will wonder “when are we going to get to Barack Obama?” While I wish Garrow had drawn his lines a bit more directly (you have to simply ride along and trust that he’s going somewhere with his exhaustive research and detail), when he finally begins to knit all the threads together, you understand the elements that contributed to the character —or perhaps, hidden character— of Obama. By the time the child Obama is on the scene, daddy is no longer a part of the little family; young Obama spends time in Indonesia raised by a step-father; his

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mother’s political leanings are clear. But before he leaves this part of the story, Garrow thoroughly dismisses the myth of Obama, Senior: according the evidence, he was not only an active alcoholic and (by American standards) a bigamist, but he also lied officially about his degrees and other academic achievements and was ultimately dismissed from Harvard - and sent home in disgrace. When we really get to know Obama, Jr., he is living with his mother and more or less adoptive father, “Lolo” Soetoro. “His first grade teacher there,” writes Garcontinued on pg 40

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David Garrow’s Rising Star The Making of Barack Obama continued from pg 40

row, “Israella Darmawan, decades later told credulous reporters, ‘He wrote an essay titled I Want to Become President, during that spring of 1968, prior to his seventh birthday. She also told journalists that Barry Soetoro (as he was known) struggled greatly to learn Indonesian; in contrast, Obama later boasted that ‘it had taken me less than six months to learn Indonesia’s language, its customs, and its legends.’” Again, Garrow is setting a stage, this time for discrepancies: “Obama’s recollection of his realization that he is black, as he, as he tells it, at eight, sees an article in LOOK Magazine that mark “a turning point, “a transformation in the life story that marks a considerable shift in self-understanding” and in “his racial identity development.” The article was about a black person who has undergone a series of skin-bleaching treatments to try to have white skin. The problem is, the article did not exist in that, or any magazine that could be found from that era.  Next, we get a very detailed account of Barack Obama’s years at Punahou, in Hawaii (the now famous private school his grandparents sent him to), Occidental (Oxy) College in California, Columbia, and Harvard. Here the big news is his friendship with the man identified as Frank Marshall, an older black man who deeply influences young Barry’s politics (Marshall was a Communist), his hardpartying ways (with marijuana and cocaine), and an account of his friendship with political radical student Hasan Chandoo that Hasan’s girlfriend at the time describes as “an affectionate friendship,” one that “wasn’t hampered by masculinity issues. They were open with each other, affectionate with each other.” His teacher’s remember him as not very much into reading, well-spoken, but “not a very committed student.” Finally, we wrap back around to the first chapter —the lead up to Obama getting the community organizing gig in Chicago— but the book doesn’t end there. It now heads off into the political career of the man who would become the 44th President of the US. 

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Reaction to the book were, predictably, mixed: it was both praised and damned. If you were on the fence, you walk away with a portrait of a modern day president: complex, driven, charming, and ultimately unknowable.

Reaction to the book were, predictably, mixed: it was both praised and damned. For the reader, if you loved Obama going in, you were likely offended by Garrow’s inclusion of anything less than hagiographic. If you disliked him, there was much to pounce upon with that “aha!” reaction, while still having to sniff at the man’s obvious charisma and sheer clear-sighted ambition. If you were on the fence, you walk away with a portrait of a modern day president: complex, driven, charming, and ultimately unknowable. I think I said something similar after reading his autobiography. 

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Netflix’s Ozark Within the pantheon of great debut seasons, there aren’t many that can compare to the new Netflix series, OZARK. Starring the incredible Jason Bateman as a money launderer who will go to any lengths necessary in order to keep his family safe, the atmospheric production boasts an impeccable ensemble cast, dark humor, and a number of unexpected thrills to produce an antihero for the ages. Marty Byrd (Bateman) is a family man with an eye for numbers. He and his partner, Bruce (Josh Randall) run a successful consulting firm, but they certainly aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Though the infidelity of his wife Wendy (Laura Linney) is a pressing concern, within minutes of the pilot episode, his domestic quandary takes a backseat to a much more dire situation. Without his knowledge, Bruce and one of their business associates had OZARK- A been skimming funds from their employer. This would be a no-no in virtually any circumstance, but when you’re dealing with the cartel, it becomes infinitely less advisable. Before Marty can even comprehend what is happening, his boss, the ruthless Del (Esai Morales), murders everyone involved with the deception. With a gun pointed to his face, and the promise of a long nap in a vat of acid, Marty assures Del that he has a business opportunity in Ozark, Missouri. He swears that he can clean $500 million in 5 years. Marty’s lofty proclamation is met with skepticism, but the crime lord reluctantly agrees to let him try.    Once Marty and his family arrive in Ozark, he soon discovers that cleaning the money continued on pg 42

Fall Pork Chops with Apples Recipe by Amanda • thechunkychef.com

Ingredients:

Remove pork chops to a plate.

2 Tbsp olive oil divided 3-4 oz bone-in pork chops whatever with comfortably fit in your pan

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together chicken stock and mustard, set aside.

Kosher salt and black pepper to taste 3/4 cup low sodium chicken stock 1 tsp Dijon mustard or whole-grain Dijon 1 Tbsp fresh sage chopped 1 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary chopped 1/2 tsp fresh thyme chopped 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 2 medium apples thinly sliced (I used Gala) 1 small red onion thinly sliced

Directions: Season both sides of pork chops with kosher salt and black pepper. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to large heavy bottomed pan (or skillet), and heat over MED-HIGH heat. Add pork chops to pan, leaving at least an inch between the chops to ensure even cooking and browning. Sear 3-5 minutes per side, or until pork chops are mostly done. Chops will continue cooking in the sauce later.

OZARK Starring the incredible Jason Bateman is an atmospheric production boasting an impeccable ensemble cast, dark humor, and a number of unexpected thrills to produce an antihero for the ages.

Add remaining 1 Tbsp oil to the pan, then add apples and onions. Cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt, pepper, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Stir to combine. Pour in stock mixture, using a wooden spoon to gently scrape the bottom of the pan to release any brown bits (those are full of great flavor). Slide pork chops back into the pan, nestling them down in between the apples. Cook 2-3 minutes,3-4 untilPeople pork chops are Serves: finished cooking and liquid has reduced by PREP Time: 10 min half. COOK Time: 16 min

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Netflix’s Ozark continued from pg 41 will not be nearly as easy as he expected. While business opportunities are plentiful, the inhabitants of the vacation town aren’t easily persuaded. They don’t like outsiders, and they aren’t nearly as dumb as their outward appearances and actions suggest. While Marty doesn’t realize that a tortured FBI agent Roy Petty (Jason Butler Harner) has set up shop in the local motel, he also fails to grasp how intensely people like Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) and Jacob Snell (the excellent Peter Mullan) are driven by unrelenting greed.  There have been fans and critics alike who have made the knee-jerk comparison of OZARK to BREAKING BAD, and there certainly are similarities between the two. The tone of the Netflix production, like BREAKING BAD, is fueled by brisk and constant intensity peppered with savagely dark humor. It features a likable lead who, as awful and unforgivable as his actions may be, is doing so in the name of his family. He is a protagonist that would be detested in the real world, yet within the confines of his fictional universe, the audience extends a certain feeling of empathy even though we know we shouldn’t. In addition, like BAD, the performances by the supporting cast are superb. Linney, who shines in every production she is a part of, is just as deceitful as her husband, yet much stronger than Skyler White ever was. Teens Sofia Hubliitz and Skylar Gaertner allow their characters to become central figures in the drama, as opposed to letting their existence be little more than place holder’s for the larger story. Garner, plays Ruth as a strong-willed, intelligent, and ruthless young woman with a heart full of fury and a penchant for violence. She builds upon her strong supporting performance in THE AMERICANS and crafts a cunning character who becomes an essential entity in virtually every storyline. And, while each performance listed is spectacular, it is Bateman who carries the brunt of the expectations and promise that OZARK has to offer. Part smooth talking charmer, part unscrupulous businessman, he is a flawed man with more demons than he knows what to do with. Bateman balances this juggling act with excellent precision, exhibiting a range that wasn’t surprising, but entirely welcome. What separates Marty from his de-facto doppelganger Walter White, is the fact that he does not hide his nefarious activities from his family. Wendy knows what he is up to

Boasting stunning production design, quality writing, expert performances, and outstanding direction there is every reason to believe that Neflix has an instant classic on its hands. from the very beginning, and before long, the kids do as well. Their criminal enterprise is a family affair, which alleviates much of the mystery that Walt had to keep at bay. I loved this fact about OZARK, and helped it craft its own interesting niche. As audiences, because of series such as THE SHIELD, THE SOPRANOS, BREAKING BAD, and THE AMERICANS, we have grown to love flawed, questionable anti-heroes who don’t even bother toeing the line of good and evil. What these series, and now OZARK, find a way to do, is make you feel like you are experiencing these feelings for the very first time. More importantly, they provide thrills, illicit gasps and make you laugh. They force you to question your own moral fortitude, and the lengths in which you would go to protect those that you love. OZARK succeeds in these departments in every single episode, and in virtually every scene. Boasting stunning production design, quality writing, expert performances, and outstanding direction (Bateman himself was at the helm of 4 of the 10 episodes) there is every reason to believe that Neflix has an instant classic on its hands. 

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1. Best Diner___________________________________ Stella's Dinner 2. Best Restaurant for Seafood _____________________ Clam Bar 3. Best Deli/Sandwich Shop ___________________ Brooklyn Pickle 4. Best Italian Restaurant ___________Santangelo's Restaurant 5. Best Asian Restaurant_________________________ Lemon Grass 6. Best Middle Eastern Restaurant ___________________Munjed's 7. Best Mexican Restaurant ________________________ Alto Cinco 8. Best Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant ___________Strong Hearts 9. Best Food Truck ____________________________________ The Stir 10. Best Dinner Cruise ___________________ Mid-Lakes Navigation 11. Best Place for Wings _______________________________ Shifty's 12. Best Place for Ribs _____________________ Dinosaur Bar-B Que 13. Best Place for Pizza _____________________________ Twin Trees 14. Best Restaurant for Steak ________________Scotch -N- Sirloin 15. Best Restaurant for Sushi _________________________Yamasho 16. Best Place for Ice Cream __________ Gannon's Isle Ice Cream 17. Best Place for Lunch ___________________________ The Retreat 18. Best Place for Breakfast ________________________ Gem Diner 19. Best Place For Burger ________________________ Ale 'N' Angus 20. Best Place For a Fish Fry _________________________ Fish Cove 21. Best Place for a Hot Dog ________________ Heid's of Liverpool 22. Best Place For a Burrito ________________Ponchito's Taqueria 23. Best Bakery/Pastry Shop __________Biscotti Cafe & Gelateria 24. Best Place for Coffee__________________Freedom of Espresso 25. Best Family Restaurant _____________________________ Tully's 26. Best Buffet Restaurant _______________________New Ling Ling 27. Best Take-Out Restaurant ____ Avicolli's Pizzeria Restaurant 28. Best Caterer ________________ Canegie's Cafe & Catering Co. 29. Best Winery _____Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars 30. Best Neighborhood Bar _______________________Blarney Stone 31. Best Biker Bar__________________________________ Limp Lizard

32. Best Place for Happy Hour _____________________ The Retreat 33. Best Sports Bar _______________________ Sharkey's Bar & Grill 34. Best Irish Pub _______________ Coleman's Authentic Irish Pub 35. Best Place for Draft Beer _____________________ The Blue Tusk 36. Best Craft Brewery _______________ Empire Brewing Company 37. Best Place for a Martini ___The World Lounge & Martini Bar 38. Best Place for Glass of Wine _____________The Brewster Inn

LOVE & ROMANCE

39. Best Jewelry Store ______________________ Jewelry on James 40. Best Bridal Shop/Boutique ________________ New York Bride 41. Best Place for Wedding Reception: Lake Shore Country Club 42. Best Romantic Getaway __________________________Riveredge 43. Best Limo Service _____________________ American Limousine 44. Best Pickup Joint ___________ Woody's Jerkwater Pub & Grill 45. Best Adult Sex Toy Shop ________________________Adult World 46. Best Gay/Lesbian Bar _________________________ Rain Lounge 47. Best Strip Club _____________________________ Paradise Found

GOODS & SERVICES

48. Best Place For Chocolate _____ Speach Family Candy Shoppe 49. Best Book Store _________________________________ Books End 50. Best Health Food Store _________________________ Natur-Tyme 51. Best Body Art Shop ______________________ Carmelo's Ink City 52. Best Hair Salon ___________________________________ Industry 53. Best Nail Salon _______________________________ Miracle Nails 54. Best Tanning Salon ________________________________Total Tan 55. Best Day Spa ____________________________ Mirbeau Inn & Spa 56. Best Inn_________________________________ Mirbeau Inn & Spa 57. Best Florist_______________________________________ St. Agnes 58. Best Place for Martial Arts _____________Impact Martial Arts 59. Best Place for Massage _________________ Mirbeau Inn & Spa 60. Best Dance Studio_____________________CMC Dance Company

61. Best Music Store _____________________________Sound Garden 62. Best Smoke Shop____________________ Rocky's News & Cigars 63. Best Liquor Store _______________________________ Harborview 64. Best Costume Shop _______________Doughtery's Masquerade

EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

65. Best Local Band _____________________________ Under the Gun 66. Best Live Music Venue _______________ Turning Stone Casino 67. Best Dance Club____________________________ Lava Night Club 68. Best Place for Karaoke _______________Singer's Karaoke Club 69. Best Museum _____ The Most, Museum of Science and Tech. 70. Best DJ Service ________________________Jammin' Beats DJ's 71. Best Wedding Band ____________________________ Prime Time 72. Best Festival ____________________________ Syracuse Jazz Fest

SPORTS & LEISURE

73. Best Local Sports Team________ Syracuse Orange Basketball 74. Best Raceway _________________________Brewerton Speedway 75. Best Local Gym _________________________Aspen Athletic Club 76. Best Local Place to Ski/Snowboard _____ Labrador Mountain 77. Best Public Golf Course ______________ Turning Stone Resort 78. Best Miniature Golf __________Big Don's Wild River Mini Golf 79. Best Country Club ___________________ Bellevue Country Club 80. Best Place for Horseback Riding ____Tanglewood Riding Center 81. Best Car Event _________________________ Syracuse Nationals 82. Best Place For Zumba ________________________ Pulse Fitness 83. Best Place For Yoga ________________Fhiit Barre & Bodyworks

MEDIA

84. Best Local TV News __________________ WSYR News Channel 9 85. Best Weathercaster __________________________ Wayne Mahar 86. Best Local Radio Station ___________________________ B 104.7 87. Best Local Radio Personality/ies ___________ Ted & Amy, 93Q

NOTE: This Reader's choice is a prestigious award for LOCAL VENUES native to Central New York. Nationally-franchised did not qualify.


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