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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Soul Skate Sunday For Haiti Relief — Sponsored by 754

Written by admin  • January 29, 2010

Adult only event (25+ with valid ID) to raise funds for recovery assistance for the people of Haiti. Your support is much needed. So, please come out and SKATE FOR HAITI!

Sunday, January 31, 2010
4:40 PM – 7:40 PM
Black Mamba Skate Park, Shoppingtown Mall

Sponsored by 754 Barbershop located at 754 N. Salina St.

Click the image at left or here to view the flier.

Sculpture Design Planning Meeting for North Salina Street Pocket Park

Written by admin  • January 28, 2010

Have your say in the design, construction and installation of a canopy for the pocket park on the 700 block of North Salina Street. On Saturday, January 30 from 11am-1pm at the Assisi Center (800 N. Salina St, entrance on Catawba) there will be a design meeting for the shade canopy that will be installed at the entrance of the pocket park on the 700 block of North Salina Street (recently cleaned up and filled with gardens by the Northside Collaboratory). At this meeting we will review two different approaches to the canopy design and brainstorm how to move the project forward. This meeting will be a good opportunity for anyone interested in the project to learn about it, participate in the design, and find out about more opportunities for participation.

The design will be on exhibit from mid-February through March across the street from the park at Craft Chemistry (745 North Salina Street).

Click here or on the image at left to view a PDF of the flyer.

If you or someone you know is interested in being part of this project, please contact Jonathan Logan at jonathan@assisicenter.org or 473-0926 x313.

— Location Change — TNT Area 7 Meeting Tonight

Written by admin  • January 27, 2010

The TNT Meeting has changed to a new location and will be held tonight at McChesney Park Community Center located at 2300 Grant Blvd. instead of at Grant Middle School as previously scheduled. The Northside TNT meeting will be held tonight Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7:00 p.m. at Armond J. Magnarelli Community Center at McChesney Park.

For more information about the meeting or on the Northside TNT, check out the Syracuse TNT website by clicking here.

TNT Area 7: The Northside — The Northside strives for unity through diversity, maintaining our traditions and promoting family values; we celebrate our history as a home of many cultures.

Syracuse’s Northside has been the home of many nations, starting with the Haudenosaunee as well as providing a gateway for immigrants from Ireland, Germany, Italy, Vietnam, Laos, Bosnia, Sudan and many more to come.

Questions Answered at TNT Meeting on Prospect Hill Home Applications

Written by admin  • January 26, 2010

Prospect Hill Homes are currently accepting applications as our first units will be available in February of 2010.  Applications are available Monday-Friday (8:30-5:00) at the Housing Visions’ office on the corner of Maple and Genesee Streets at their Maple Heights facility (former Cherry Hill site).  Housing Visions will be doing a presentation on the application process at the January TNT meeting at McChesney Park, 2300 Grant Blvd. on Wednesday, January 27th, at 7:00.

Some of the recent developments along the 500 and 600 blocks of N. Townsend Street include finishing up interior work on the houses such as installing sprinklers, applying drywall and installing ceramic tiles and hardwood floors. On Catherine Street, where the first units will be available in February, the final walk-through of 634 with state regulators is happening later this week. Other Catherine Street housing units have most of the interior work completed, all that remains is either installing drywall or simply painting and trim work. So if you’re interested in a applying for a unit, please attend the TNT meeting at McChesney Park.

For more information visit the Housing Visions’ website by clicking here.

Green Train’s Andrew Erickson Talks About His “Green” Job

Written by admin  • January 21, 2010

Whether it’s contributing to the construction of the community or giving back in the classroom, Andrew Erickson finds enjoyment in each task.

Erickson teaches construction skills to students in a program called Green Train, which aims to rebuild the city’s North Side while teaching its residents in-demand job skills.

For the full article visit the Syracuse.com website by clicking here.

Or read the full article by clicking the “read more” link below. The article was written by contributing writer Janel Martinez for The Post-Standard. The photograph was taken by Frank Ordoñez also of The Post-Standard.

Whether it’s contributing to the construction of the community or giving back in the classroom, Andrew Erickson finds enjoyment in each task.
Erickson teaches construction skills to students in a program called Green Train, which aims to rebuild the city’s North Side while teaching its residents in-demand job skills.
So far, two classes — one with 12 students and another with 14 — have graduated. Under Erickson’s direction, the students are rehabilitating a 150-year-old, three-story house on Catawba Street, around the corner from the Assisi Center, 800 N. Salina St.
Green Train is a project of the Northside Collaboratory, the Metropolitan Development Association, Franciscan Collaborative Ministries, OCM BOCES, CNY Works and the Syracuse Workforce Development Institute. It is funded by Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli, the Ford Foundation and federal stimulus money through CNY Works.
Contributing writer Janel Martinez chatted with Andrew Erickson about his “green” job — training the next generation of green workers.

Andrew Erickson
Age: 28
Residence: Syracuse
Occupation: Lead instructor for Green Train, general contractor for his own construction company, Sons of Erick Construction
Education: Associate’s degree in photography from Onondaga Community College and a certified building analyst for green contracting through the Building Performance Institute.

What do you do?
I teach a curriculum through the National Center for Construction Education and Research and it’s basic, level one construction work and core curriculum. It touches on basic, level construction from carpentry to masonry. We have developed our own curriculum based on weatherization.

How long have you been doing this?

I’ve been with Green Train for two semesters, so for about a year. I have 12 years of carpentry experience in the field. I’m a fourth-generation carpenter.

How much do you earn?
Around $35,000 for a full-year green instructor.

What are your career plans?

To be an instructor of instructors, for people in my position. I would love to take the ideas behind Green Train and the instruction, as far as bettering people’s understanding for the need of green instructors, and take that further.

Any advice for an aspiring green instructor?
I would say if you’re interested in the construction field and are in the green movement, it’s a very gratifying thing. If your heart is in it, then it’s a great chance to better people’s lives and your life and make the neighborhood a better place.

What type of education should someone pursue to do well in your line of work?

I have years of hands-on experience. Real life experience is the most important thing to get under your belt to be successful in this line of work.

Strategies for Growth: Advice for Expanding Your Business

Written by admin  • January 19, 2010

In an attempt to help bolster the economy the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Dell have put together a video series for entrepreneurs on ways of successfully coming out of the recession in a position to expand and create jobs. The video series titled Strategies for Growth: Advice for Expanding Your Business includes real small business owners providing their insights, solutions and advice from their own experiences in the business world, and how they’ve found success in good and bad economies. All of the featured entrepreneurs have found such success through the help of the variety of business counseling and training programs provided through any number of SBA locations throughout the country, all of which are free.

“Some of the best advice a small business owner can get is from other small business owners who’ve been in their shoes,” SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills said. “This video series brings those real-life experiences together, along with information on other valuable resources and opportunities, in a way that will help other small business owners chart their own path to success.”

If you are interested in viewing the Strategies for Growth videos they can be found on-line at www.sba.gov/strategiesforgrowth and at the SBA’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/sba. Each topic is indexed by subject and includes additional resources for entrepreneurs.

The SBA is extending no fees and high loan guaruntees through February, to see more on loans or the Strategies for Growth videos check out the SBA newsletter by clicking here.


Martin Luther King, Jr. The Dream Lives On

Written by admin  • January 15, 2010

Please come to the Assisi Center on Monday, January 18 to celebrate the life, work and aspirations of the dynamic Martin Luther King, Jr., a prominent figure in American history.

There will be a presentation and craft at 5:30 pm

Followed by a candle light vigil honoring the dedication and lives of those who have given so much to service, civil rights & social justice.

Click here or the image to the left to view a PDF of the event flier.

Green Train Graduates Act in Play about Their Past

Written by admin  • January 5, 2010

Emmanuel Irankunda and Mahirwe Dina Ndeze both graduates of Green Train are featured in an article of today’s Post-Standard about refugees from the Congo developing and acting in a play about their experiences in their homeland. Click on the link below the article excerpt to read more from the article on Syracuse.com:

Refugee from Congo hopes his play will bring tribes together
By Maureen Nolan / The Post-Standard

Kambale Syaghuswa was in high school in Congo when the violence became so dire he had to flee. Amid the chaos, he says, he didn’t know precisely which tribe was trying to kill him. In a way, it didn’t matter.
“All the bullets, they kill, so you have to run away,” said Syaghuswa, now 27.

He came to Syracuse five months ago and when he meets other Congolese refugees here he doesn’t ask about their tribe. It might matter too much.
“It is so delicate that right now I don’t even ask what tribe you are from. You see, I don’t want to know. You might be the tribe I was running away from,” Syaghuswa said.
He is among a group of Congolese refugees who will enter the new year preparing a play and community dinner they hope will draw in people from the various Congolese tribes who settled in Syracuse. They say they want to promote unity and prevent old hatred from taking root.

To read more from the article please visit the article link by clicking here.
Photograph taken by Mike Greenlar of The Post-Standard.

St. Joseph’s Hosts Blood Drive January 14-15

Written by admin  • January 4, 2010

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center will host American Red Cross Blood drives on Thursday, January 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, January 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in conference rooms L-100C and D.

To schedule an appointment, contact the Volunteer Office at 448-5186, or send an e-mail to Volunteer1@sjhsyr.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center (www.sjhsyr.org) is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care network providing services to patients from Onondaga and 15 surrounding counties. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. An eight-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest honor bestowed on a hospital for nursing care. St. Joseph’s is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis. For more information on St. Joseph’s programs and services, call the Resource Line at 315-703-2138 or 1-888-STJOES1.