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This Months Feature Story

One family struggles with a son’s genetic disorder

By Tammy DiDomenico

Right near the front door of Justin and Kristina Bomgren’s Baldwinsville home hangs a recent photo of their two sons.


St. Patrick's Day Parade


2017 Syracuse, NY St. Patricks Parade


St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017. Michael Davis photos

This year, Syracuse’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade actually takes place on Saturday, March 17. The procession of dancers, bands, pipers, floats, dogs and others begins at noon, where marchers convene at Clinton Square’s intersection with South Salina Street and disperse once they pass the judges near the intersection with West Onondaga Street. The parade ends at about 3 p.m. (More information can be found at ) Numerous other St. Patrick’s Day-themed events take place in CNY throughout March. See Family Times’ complete calendar for listings.





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Some 350 students at J.T. Roberts Pre-K-8 School at 715 Glenwood Ave. in Syracuse submitted drawings to their art teachers, who selected the best for Family Times’ seventh annual drawing contest. The artists, in grades 3 through 7, created drawings that celebrated snowflakes, snow people and sledding, among other motifs, in their illustrations of the theme “winter fun,” using either markers or oil pastels. Two designers in Family Times’ Creative Services Department chose the winner, whose drawing is on the magazine’s cover, along with five artworks that earned honorable mentions. Family Times wants to thank art teachers Tina Zhang and Tim Howard and the Roberts students who took part in the competition.



Kayla Howard, age 12, Syracuse


Honorable Mentions:

Lily Ryan, age 11


Wyatt Allers, age 12


Dyversyty Amore Pasha, age 12


Isabella Rose Phillips, age 12


Andrew Serrao, age 11