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Photo Friday: Quiet Beauty Outside Our Lady of Pompei Church

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 24, 2016

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Exploring Northside Markets: “We are Boarder People”

Written by Melissa McGovern  • June 23, 2016

photo (1) (1)Melissa McGovern is an artist and recent graduate of Le Moyne College who worked with the New Americans living on the Northside of Syracuse for her Integral Honors Thesis. She finds the Northside to be an inspirational place, bursting with potential and beautiful people. 

Editor’s note: Melissa will be sharing some of the experiences she had while researching her thesis and some of the artwork she created during her explorations on the Northside.  All posts can be found under the category, “Exploring Northside Markets by Melissa McGovern” category. 

 

 

“We are border people” Kayla tells me as I sit with her drinking coffee in the vibrant Thoo Moei Klo shop. “I am from the Texas-Mexico border and my husband is from the Thailand-Burma.”

 

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Play Bingo, Win Prizes, and Support Girls Inc.

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 22, 2016

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This Friday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, YWCA (401 Douglas Street) is hosting a Bingo Fundraiser to support Girls Inc.’s Camp Discovery. This family-friendly event includes a 50/50 raffle, prizes, and a free kid’s corner with games, art, and face painting. Snacks will be available for $1.

Admission for ages 13+ is $5 and includes five Bingo cards. Additional card bundles are also available for $1, $5, or $10.

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Proceeds for the event will benefit the YWCA’s Girls Inc. program in terms of scholarships to girls for Camp Discovery 2016, a summer camp that focuses on “building character and sisterhood through outdoor adventures, stem activities, art, trips, dance, camping, community projects, and more. To learn more, visit the YWCA’s website.

House Tour Recap

Written by Lexie Kwiek  • 

Lexie2_for webEditor’s Note: Lexie is a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alum with a master’s degree in Communications & New Media Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. She currently works as the Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator for NEHDA and the Syracuse Northeast Community Center. As part of our collaboration with NEHDA, we’ve asked her to write guest posts for us each month, taking a deeper look into the Northside, its businesses and residents. All of her posts can be found under the “NEHDA” category. To learn more about NEHDA, visit their website and Facebook.

 

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This year’s House Tour was a big success! On Saturday, June 18th, nearly 60 visitors joined us to learn the stories behind the historic neighborhood, and to see what original features still exist inside of eight unique homes.

 

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Thank you to all of our tour guides, group shepherds, and home owners for making this day possible. It was wonderful to see the Hawley-Green neighborhood come together to celebrate its history and showcase our bright future.

The House Tour was organized by NEHDA, with help from the Hawley-Green Neighborhood Association and Northside UP. To stay up-to-date on all of NEHDA’s events, like them on Facebook and join their email newsletter. Click here to view all the photos from the event.

SJHHC Dedicates New Northside Training Center to the Pietrafesa Family

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 21, 2016

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Yesterday afternoon outside of a new training center at 500 North Salina Street, staff from St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center (SJHHC) and Onondaga Community College (OCC), Northside stakeholders, and the Pietrafesa family gathered for a dedication ceremony to commemorate long-time Northside residents and active members of the community, Sarah and the late Richard Pietrafesa.

The Sarah and Richard Pietrafesa Training Center is a collaboration between SJHHC and OCC and will house trainings for Hospital staff, as well as healthcare-related learning and professional development training programs led by OCC.

Sarah and Richard lived in the neighborhood close to St. Joseph’s Hospital and Richard owned and operated the family business, the Joseph J. Pietrafesa Co., a clothing manufacturer that was located on North Salina Street.

To read more about the goals of the Training Center and more thoughts from the Pietrafesa family, visit SJHHC’s website.

Photo Friday: The Final Touches

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 17, 2016

Property owners are getting their homes ready for Northeast Hawley Development Association’s House Tour on Saturday, including this house that’s mid-renovation. Get your ticket inside some of Hawley-Green’s most beautiful homes here.

 

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Northside Showcase Recap: May 2016

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 9, 2016

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Around 350 hospital employees and visitors stopped by the Northside Showcase on May 10th to enter raffles, sample foods, and pick up information and coupons from a variety of Northside businesses.

The Showcase focuses on connecting St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center employees to the rich and diverse local business community that is ‘just a walk away’. The event is hosted by the Northside Business Partnership, an advocate for the Northside that works to strengthen the vitality of the business community by connecting, engaging and promoting its members.

To see all the photos from the event, visit our Facebook album.

Diversity, Dialogue, and…Ducks!

Written by Liz Wierbinski  • June 7, 2016

Liz2Liz is a graduate of SUNY Albany with a master’s degree in Social Work. She’s currently working with NEHDA and Northside UP as our Community Prosperity AmeriCorps VISTA.

As part of our collaboration with NEHDA, we’ve asked her to write guest posts for us each month as she explores the Northside, its businesses and residents.  All of her posts can be found under the “NEHDA” category. You can learn more about the organization by visiting their website and Facebook

 

Duck Race

What: InterFaith Works’ Duck Race

When: June 11, 2016 from noon – 4:00 PM

Where: Syracuse Inner Harbor (390 W. Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204)

Fourteen years ago, participants of InterFaith Works’ the Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism decided to have a small “family reunion.” Since then, it has grown into the Duck Race to End Racism, an annual family-friendly event that raises awareness about racism and racial inequality. Here’s your quick-bulleted guide to the event, what it intends to accomplish and how you can take part!

The Duck Race serves three goals:

► Celebrate the diversity of our Central New York community.

► Recognize the commitment on the part of corporations, non-profits, faith institutions, and educators to strive for racial and social harmony.

► Raise funds for InterFaith Works’ El-Hindi Center for Dialogue.

The Duck Race relies on dedicated staff from InterFaith Works, almost 150 community volunteers, and corporate sponsors, including long-time supporters National Grid, Wegmans, and Lockheed Martin, to make the event a success.

What can you expect at the Duck Race?

► A four-hour event featuring music, dancing, kids activities, free ice cream courtesy of Byrne Dairy, and, of course, duck races!

► A community duck race of bathtub-sized ducks compete for a chance to win a $1,000 dollar shopping spree at Destiny USA! Corporate sponsors and youth from various organizations and classes will decorate decoy-sized ducks and compete for prizes. Sponsors will have the chance to win a $1,000 cash prize and students can receive a diversity library valued at $800.

What’s new this year?

► Science and technology activities for kids and youth at the Ying TRSEF Maker Hall.

► A video booth organized by Syracuse Stories.

Stay updated on the event at InterFaith Works’ Facebook page. Follow the Duck Race celebration with the hashtag #DontDuckRacism and join in the dialogue with some social media posts of your own.

Questions? Call (315) 449-3552 x119 or email cfd@interfaithworkscny.org.

 

Photo Friday: “I love the Northside because . . .”

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 3, 2016

Some of our favorite answers from NBP’s Networking Event last night include “it’s been our home for over 100 years!” and “everyone is welcome!”

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Celebrate & Connect: A Networking Event and Annual Update Hosted by the Northside Business Partnership

Written by Liz Wierbinski  • June 2, 2016

Liz2Liz is a graduate of SUNY Albany with a master’s degree in Social Work. She’s currently working with NEHDA and Northside UP as our Community Prosperity AmeriCorps VISTA.

As part of our collaboration with NEHDA, we’ve asked her to write guest posts for us each month as she explores the Northside, its businesses and residents.  All of her posts can be found under the “NEHDA” category. You can learn more about the organization by visiting their website and Facebook

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Join us at Laci’s Tapas Bar tonight from 4:00 – 6:00 PM for an opportunity to connect with other Northside business and property owners, nonprofits, and elected officials as we celebrate the Northside Business Partnership’s (NBP) accomplishments. During the event  guests can network with fellow business and property owners, sample a selection of Laci’s delicious tapas, and enjoy a cash bar.

At 5:15, attendees will also have a chance to learn more about the Partnership during a brief presentation. NBP will highlight some of the initiatives and successes over the past year, report on finances, vote on proposed bylaws, and elect members to the Board of Directors.

The event is free to business and property owners on the Northside and no registration is required.Questions? Contact me at liz@nehda.org or (315) 425-1032 ext. 103.

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