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The engagement of Nicole DeCicco of Central, N. J., and Gordon Harvey King of Oswego has been announced.

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CHICAGO (AP)

— The nation's epidemic of addiction to painkillers and heroin is fueling runaway demand for a once-obscure form of housing known as "sober homes," where recovering addicts live together in a supervised, substance-free setting to ease their transition back to independence.

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New employees of OCO who have recently completed the agency

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s orientation program include, in front from left, resident counselors Kristina R. Skogfeldt and Cindy Blaske, with developmentally disabled services, and in back from left are health educators Sabrina Sutton and Mark Loomis; supervised visitation specialist Clarissa Smalling and health educator Karyssa N. Carson with crisis and development services.

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Residents at Bishop

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s Commons enriched housing residence in Oswego gathered recently to mark 16 years of providing a residential setting combining care and supportive services for seniors in the community.

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OSWEGO

– As another spring dawns upon the Port City and casts winter's gloom aside, revitalization and renewal are in the air, and for the fourth consecutive year, the Oswego Renaissance Association will be a part of uncovering hidden beauty with the aid of the Richard S. Shine man Foundation.

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NEW YORK (AP)

— Many of New York City's residential neighborhoods will feature denser and taller development as part of a sweeping housing plan that will mandate the construction of more affordable housing and rewrite the city's decades-old zoning to enable more residential development.

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New York State Assemblyman Will Barclay presents Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier with a proclamation recognizing OCO

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s 50th anniversary.

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OSWEGO

— Many families from out of town or currently renting in the Port City should take a gander at Oswego's Affordable Home Ownership Program, which offers grant opportunities to low and moderate-income families looking to invest long-term in Oswego.

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NEW YORK (AP)

— You know that feeling you get when you walk into a hotel room and you just want to fall on that big white bedspread with the fluffy pillows?

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HAVANA (AP)

— President Obama is thanking religious leaders who played a part in urging talks that led the effort to achieve normalized relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

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Palm Sunday, with the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, Good Friday with His crucifixion and Easter Sunday with His resurrection, are all familiar to most people.

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This week, the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) approved a total of $450,000 in funding to help finance home improvement projects for up to 30 single-family homes in Oswego County.

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Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District student Syndey Jones emerged as the winner of the 2016 English-Speaking Union (ESU) Syracuse Branch Shakespeare Competition recently.

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Mackenzie Maria Gabriel and Nicholas Conrad Vaught exchanged wedding vows in a 1 p.m. ceremony held Oct. 10, 2015 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Oswego.

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FULTON

— Fulton officials plan to continue their efforts to grow the city's property tax base by renovating properties acquired through tax foreclosure and selling them through a real estate agent, and say they prefer to seek proposals to refurbish any homes over tagging them for demolition.

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Katie Lynn Favata and David Matthew Nalle were married Dec. 12, 2015 at Canale's Restaurant by the Honorable Judge Donald Todd.

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SolarizeCNY will be starting its community outreach campaign this spring to promote how anyone can now benefit from solar energy, even those previously unable to install solar paneling on their property.

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Kaitlin Elizabeth Moreau and Adam Michael Fitzgerald were married on June 27, 2015 at the Willard Chapel in Auburn. The officiant was Bill Brazill.

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LOS ANGELES (AP)

— Ed Heinlein surveys the steep mountainside that has repeatedly unleashed tons of mud into the backyard of his Southern California home since a 2014 wildfire and still hopes the drought-stricken state gets more rain.

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(Family Features)

— No matter the season or the region, outdoor living is hot. As spring approaches, here are six of the top trends that will influence the look, feel and function of outdoor spaces in 2016.

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Katherine Elizabeth Nalle and Jesse Carr were married on Oct. 24, 2015 at the American Foundry, Oswego. The ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Bruce Schrader.

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OSWEGO

– As the result of a series of exceptionally poor decisions, a friend of mine years ago awoke handcuffed to a Texas hospital bed.