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Photo Friday: Spring on Green Street

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 17, 2015

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Recap of the CTK Conversation Series: Multiculturalism

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 16, 2015


“Our world is rooted in globalism and when multiculturalism isn’t in a city, it’s not a place many of us what to live.”  - Dominic Robinson

Last week our Director, Dominic, along with Beth Broadway and Jay Subedi (Interfaith Works), Linda Green (Newland Center), and  Chol Awan Majok (Syracuse Mayor’s Office) came together to discuss the opportunity and challenges associated with multiculturalism in Syracuse.

“We’re fortunate,” Jai explains when talking about our city. “I have a neighbor from Yemen, from Iraq.” This feeling of diversity was also voiced by Chol who emphasizes, “We are all of us connected.” It’s important to celebrate multiculturalism — after all, “it’s fun” Dominic reminds us — but it must be embraced “across the spectrum.” Much of the discussion centered on stereotypes in our culture and the need to break those down. Beth calls for the creation of “deliberate places for people to interact” and Dominic made a point to highlight one important opportunity in our city: “where economic vitality is predicated on multiculturalism.”

The evening ended with questions and comments from an engaged audience. To learn more about the Chirst the King Conversation Series, visit their website.

SJHHC’s Donate Life Campaign

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 15, 2015

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Each Spring, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center (SJHHC) visits Northside businesses to hang posters and flags for Donate Life month. This awareness campaign encourages the community to register as an organ donor in NY state and aligns the Hospital with the many business owners who help by displaying the message in their storefronts. To learn more about organ and tissue donation, click here.

On the Calendar: Garden Build

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 14, 2015

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In the front window of the Syracuse Northeast Community Center (SNCC), rows of seedlings are soaking up the sunlight. It’s not yet warm enough for planting, but SNCC is busy preparing for a new community garden in partnership with Syracuse Grows. Eventually, the narrow strip of land  next to their parking lot on Hawley Avenue will be filled with pumpkins, radishes, corn, onions, and more.

This Saturday from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, SNCC is asking volunteers to come out for a Garden Build to help prep the space for planting later this Spring. Volunteers will help lay mulch, wood chips, and compost and should be prepared to lift, build, dig, and pull weeds. If you’re interested in helping, contact Sarah at swalton@snccsyr.org.

Photo Friday: Happy Birthday, Dominic!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 10, 2015

Our team of hard-working, uniquely talented individuals is brought together by the power of this man’s vision. If you see Dominic Robinson this weekend, make sure to wish him a very happy birthday!

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Tonight: Helvetica Screening at Echo

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 9, 2015


Echo and AIGA Upstate New York are hosting a screening of Helvetica tonight at 7:00 PM in the Echo studio space (745 N. Salina Street). This film by Gary Hustwit looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives and invites us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see each day, especially in our urban spaces. Check out the trailer below.

Recap of the CenterState CEO Annual Meeting

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 7, 2015


“The biggest danger as we look to continue [Syracuse's] economic reinvention is failing to recognize that we are not alone in our evolution. The history of the world is rife with species, companies, and civilizations that got too comfortable with their surroundings, existing in isolation and failing to notice that the ecosystem around them is changing. Our success is not a static thing–it’s relative . . . The opportunity and challenges we have in front of us now call for creative, innovative, and collaborative thinking . . . The world is not waiting and neither are we.” - Robert Simpson, President, CenterState CEO

Last week, our staff attended CenterState CEO‘s annual meeting, Evolve: Progress Through Continuous Innovation. We were just a few of the 1,000 people who came out to learn more about the growth of our region over the last year and to support the Business of the Year awards for Community Involvement, Not-for-profit, Minority-owned Business (in partnership with Upstate Minority Economic Alliance), and outstanding businesses with Less than 50 Employees and More than 50 Employees. Check out the winners listed HERE.

Throughout the afternoon, we were reminded of the necessity for change, innovation, and collaboration in our City from Howard Zemsky (President & CEO of the Empire State Development Corp.), Senator Kristen Gillibrand, Dr. Parimal Kopardekar (Prinipal Investigator for NASA), and CenterState CEO President, Rob Simpson. We were invited to join in the conversation, to make connections, to think globally and act locally, and to create opportunities for innovation.

To view the 2014-2015 Annual Report, click HERE. If you missed the meeting, but are interested in hearing from the speakers, check out CenterState on YouTube.

On the Calendar: Discussion on Multiculturalism in Syracuse

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 6, 2015

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This Thursday at 7:00 PM, join us at Christ the King Retreat House and Conference Center (500 Brookford Rd., Syracuse) for a panel discussion about the impact of multiculturalism in Syracuse. Our Director, Dominic Robinson, along with Beth Broadway and Jay Subedi from Interfaith Works and  Chol Awan Majok, from the Syracuse Mayor’s Office, will all weigh in on the changing face of our City.

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please reserve your seat HERE or call 315-446-2680.

Photo Friday: Incoming curls above Cafe Express

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 3, 2015

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Community Easter Party at Pastime Athletic Club

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • April 2, 2015

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Syracuse.com  photographer, Gary Walts, stopped by the Pastime Athletic Club earlier this week for a community Easter party. The photo essay Walts created captures many of the Club’s neighbors, members, and friends who came out to color eggs, share a meal, and spend time with the Easter Bunny.  To view all the images, click HERE.

To learn more about Pastime Athletic Club, visit their Facebook page. To read the full story behind the party, check out Sean Kirst’s article, “More than a few good eggs: Easter party kindles North Side dreams for Washington Square Park.”

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