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This Months Feature Story

Local talk show host and single mom Sistina Giordano takes it one day at a time

It’s a little after 5 a.m. on a weekday when I roll over and swing my legs to the end of my king-size bed.


CNY Scholastic Art Awards

Ana Maria Costa-aguilera, Chittenango High School.  Drawing & Illustration titled, “Perro."

Starting Friday, Jan. 12, at 9 a.m., get a chance to see more than 1,000 award-winning artworks in various media by Central New York junior and senior high school students. The annual CNY Scholastic Art Awards exhibit can be seen at the Whitney Applied Technology Center, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. The show is open weekdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (It will be closed Jan. 15.) It can be seen through March 2. To schedule a group visit, email or call (315) 498-2221.


For more details on this and other January events, see the Calendar.





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Photo Finishers

Parents submitted 94 charming photos of their children to the sixth annual Family Times Cover Kid Contest, and the judges had a difficult series of choices to pick a single winner in each of the four categories for young people ages 2 to 16.

The judges were Jon Dufort, a photographer and designer in the Family Times creative services department, Jaime Hill of JL Photography and Edwin Baker of Baker Photography.

Hill acknowledged the challenge of making the final selections. “There are a lot of fun kids in there,” she said, gesturing to the dozens of photos. Baker said they tried to look for especially “giggling and bubbly” entrants.

The winners in each of the four age categories were: Cabrina Menifee of Syracuse (ages 2 to 4); Eden Potter of Liverpool (ages 5 to 7); Amanda St. Amour of Syracuse (ages 8 to 11); and Katherine Frappolli of Manlius (ages 12 to 16). Each winner will appear on a cover of Family Times in 2010.

The finalists in each category were: Gavin Parks of Clay and Riley Moyer of Liverpool (ages 2 to 4); Allie Potter of Liverpool (younger sister of category winner Eden) and Alexander Lum of Kirkville (ages 5 to 7); Morgan Wadsworth of Syracuse and Nicholas Klein of Liverpool (ages 8 to 11); Joe Burns of East Syracuse and Ryan Scobell of Liverpool (ages 12 to 16).

A portion of fees from entrants in this year’s competition will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York. The nonprofit creates, identifies and supports programs to improve the health and well-being of children and families in Central New York and Northern Pennsylvania. Currently the charity is raising money to build a new, larger Ronald McDonald House. To donate, call 476-1027 or visit

Thank you to the sparkling kids, devoted parents and dedicated judges who made this year’s Cover Kid Contest such a success.

(Anyone who appears on a cover of Family Times is no longer eligible to win the Cover Kid Contest, but others might begin planning for the 2010 contest; the entry form is posted at