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Vote for Your Favorite Nonprofit Now Through July 28th!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 23, 2014

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Laci’s Tapas Bar is looking for the recipient for their 4th annual celebration and fundraiser. We’re happy to see that our friends at ArtRage Gallery and Catholic Charities are in the running this year. Show your support for your favorite nonprofit by placing your vote before 3:00 PM on July 28th.  To vote, visit Laci’s Facebook under “Vote Now!” The winner will be announced via Facebook on July 29th.

Golf Tournament to Benefit Father Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 22, 2014

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Father Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society has been building paths of success for low-income students to high school graduation and beyond since 1997. Their annual golf tournament is a fun way to support the Society and help raise funds for tuition assistance and other educational support to local, underprivileged students in the program.

This year, the 10th annual golf tournament will be held on Tuesday, August 12 and will include a pig roast celebration after the tournament. Please register using this form by August 4th and indicate whether you will be golfing, attending just the after party, or both.

To learn more about Father Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society, visit their webpage.

On the Calendar: Hawley-Green Appreciation Picnic

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 21, 2014

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Hawley-Green neighbors, the Northeast Hawley Development Association, and local businesses will throw a city-employee appreciation picnic tomorrow to thank representatives from the Mayor’s office, DPW, Parks, Codes, and Fire and Police for all they do to improve the Hawley-Green neighborhood. All who live and work in Hawley-Green are invited to attend. Food will be provided by Dominick’s Market and guests are welcome to bring a dish to pass. For more information, click the image above.

Photo Friday: The Entrepreneurs Next Door

Written by admin  • July 18, 2014

Over the last six months, our UP Start Syracuse entrepreneurs have worked closely with a class at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University to showcase their stories. Check out the final product HERE.  Photographs by Ethan Backer.


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Join Us Tomorrow for Tech Meets Taste!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 17, 2014

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CenterState CEO, SyracuseFirst, and the Tech Garden are teaming up to bring this year’s Tech Meets Taste presented by AmeriCU. The event features a showcase of local businesses, food and drink samples, live music, and a chance to tour the Tech Garden facilities and meet emerging tech companies from around the region. Food and a cash bar will be provided by Karen’s Catering and all proceeds from the bar will go to support SyracuseFirst and their mission to encourage citizens, businesses, government and nonprofit organizations to “think local first.”

This year, admission is free, but everyone is encouraged to register here. To learn more, join the Facebook invite.

On the Calendar: Summer Reading Begins at the Northeast Community Center Library

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 16, 2014


This summer, libraries across the nation are structuring Summer Reading programs around the theme, “Fiz, Boom, Read,” to encourage children’s curiosity in science. Last week The Northeast Community Center Library kicked-off their program with a visit by Moreland the Magician. If you missed the first event, make sure to mark your calender for two more science-related events this summer.

Tomorrow, presenters from The MOST will be on hand to conduct science experiments and on August 13th the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will bring the ”Zoo to You.” Both events begin at 3:00 PM and will be hosted in the Community Room at the Syracuse Northeast Community Center (SNCC)

All the events are free and open the the public. To learn more about the SNCC and the Library, follow them on Facebook.

An Update on Fesseha and His Landscaping Business

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 15, 2014

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UP Start entrepreneur, Fesseha Kahsay, is looking for new clients and sharing his passion for antique and handmade tools. Click HERE to read more!

If you’re interested in following Fesseha’s progress with Axum Earth Management, subscribe to his email list HERE

A Recap of the Hawley-Green Open House for New Businesses

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 14, 2014

We had a great time at the Hawley-Green Open House for New Businesses last Friday! It was inspiring to see the amount of support in our community for the newest businesses in Hawley-Green: Wine @ 105, 83 & Company, and Fresh Nail Lounge and Spa.  In addition to the wine tastings, array of cheesecake flavors, and hand scrubs, attendees were also entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card from Laci’s Tapas Bar, one of the sponsors for the event. A portion of all proceeds went to the Northeast Hawley Development Association‘s (NEHDA) Community Fund and will be used to further strengthen the surrounding neighborhood.

To keep up-to-date on all the business and community happenings in Hawley-Green, follow NEHDA on Facebook.

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Photo Friday: Exploring Salt Works

Written by admin  • July 11, 2014

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CYO’s Summer Academy for Refugee Students Begins This Week

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 10, 2014

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The Northside CYO kicks-off their summer academy this week. The academy is part of their Refugee Youth Outreach Program that helps new refugee children transition into the Syracuse school system. Refugees are taught a variety of different things to prepare them for the fall, including English expressions like “Hello” and how to ask for directions to different places within schools, such as the cafeteria. “Our summer academy is intended to provide our newly arrived refuge children with the education and environment to prepare them to enter American schools,” explains Maddie Wood, CYO’s Refugee Youth Coordinator. “During the six weeks of program the children grow significantly in the areas of language and understanding and also in being comfortable in their new school setting.”

A shorter version of the academy is also offered throughout the school year for refugee students who begin mid-year. To learn more about the Catholic Charities’ Refugee Youth Outreach Program, visit their website.