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April 13, 2018 Issue  
Lansing, New York  
Volume 14, Issue 14

posticon Mall Senior Housing (Finally!) Gets its Special Permit

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Lansing Meadows

The Village of Lansing Planning Board voted unanimously Monday to grant a special permit to Arrowhead Ventures to build the Lansing Meadows senior rental housing project.  The senior housing project on Oakcrest Road was a condition of a Planned Development Area (PDA) that allowed construction of BJ's Wholesale Club.  But more than eight years later the senior housing element has yet to break ground.  Before approving the permit, the Planning Board added conditions they said would insure that the project is completed within a reasonable period of time.

"This project doesn't have a good history," said Planning Board Chair Mario Tomei. "It started eight to ten years ago.  For various reasons it got put off and changed.  Now we're back to where it could be started.  We don't want to fall in the same trap that we were in before where nothing was happening and we couldn't say anything about this.  We want to be assured that the project is going to start and its going to be completed."

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posticon Town Board Confabulates On New Comp Plan Changes

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Lansing Comprehensive Plan

The Lansing Town Board held a special working meeting Wednesday to iron out issues in the Town's Comprehensive Plan Update.  Councilman Joe Wetmore brought a number of concerns, especially regarding future zoning, he said should be carefully reviewed before voting on the plan.  But Supervisor Ed LaVigne said that many of them could be concerned in other deliberations after the Comp Plan has been accepted, adding he felt like the Board was being rushed into considering new issues when they already have a Comprehensive Plan in front of them that had already been reviewed and revised by multiple stakeholders and committees.

"We got these between 12 o'clock and 1:30 today," LaVigne said. "You're asking us to absorb a lot of information and make drastic changes that could impact a lot of things.  We've been going at this (revision) for six or seven years, and the Planning Board has been going at it for nine months.  I'm wondering if these are things that if we had more time to discuss them we could do that as we move along.  Does this have to be done before we approve this?, or can these be discussed later?"

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posticon Lansing Pool and Gyms Likely Closed For The Summer

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Lansing Hhigh School Pool

Lansing Superintendent of Schools Chris Pettograsso told the Board of Education Monday that the Lansing High School pool is likely to be closed for yet another summer.  After years of remediating what may have been shoddy work, the pool was finally reopened last August.  But Pettograsso says that a new construction project may force the pool to be closed for the summer, even though no work is being done on the pool itself.

"Again, we're worried about our pool being open for the summer, which was a big disappointment for us," she said. "It was the one thing we wanted to make sure of, because it's been a couple of years since we've been able to offer summer programming in-house."

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posticon Jake Shimabukuro Rocks the Hangar

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Jake Shimabukuro

There was nothing small about Queen.  The band's and all it's music was assertive, bombastic, larger than life.  And there is nothing large or bombastic about a ukulele.

Or so you would think.  The audacity of Jake Shimabukuro when he not only played Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen's hugest signature song, on the uke, but make it an audience singalong... well you would think it was a classic case of the little musical instrument with a Napoleon complex.  But that is not what happened Wednesday during the famed ukulele artist's encore.  Like everything else he plays, it was entrancing, fun, larger than life, and exciting.  And, I must say, the audience in the center section rocked it, too.

The Hangar Theatre was Wednesday's stop on a tour that takes Shimabukuro across the United States to about 25 venues.  If you have heard him on NPR, or downloaded his albums, you already know that he does with only four strings what it often takes an entire orchestra to do.  That is not hyperbole.  His hands moved so fast over the ukulele Wednesday that all you could see was a blur, and the sound was heavenly.

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posticon Busness Profile - No Barks About It

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nbai courtneyGroomer Courtney Harrigan (left) takes a quick break while Owner Melissa Gianonne says hello to a client

Have a look at the No Barks About It website and you think, at first, you have somehow stumbled onto a college site.  'There's always something happening on campus' is prominently displayed, and a college coat of arms is shown in the upper left corner.  Look closer, and you see that coat of arms has a puppy, grooming tools, a paw print and a graduation mortarboard, and the real purpose comes into focus.  This is a school and grooming facility for dogs.  Owner Melissa Giannone says the focus went from doggie day care to training six months ago when she moved her business to the corner of Triphammer Road and Route 34B.

"We added a really strong training focus," she says. "Previously day care was a highly supervised dog park.  But now, on top of group play there is a heavy emphasis on manners, obedience training... dogs have to sit in front of every door before they can go through it.  We work on them sitting in groups, their recall, their name recognition, advanced obedience... we have agility equipment, and food puzzles for dogs that like to use their brains.  We try to exercise them mentally as well as physically."

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