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Congolese Community Play and Dinner

Written by admin  • February 24, 2010

This Friday at 6:30 PM the Congolese Community is putting on a play surrounding the difficult topic of the genocide in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and hosting a dinner (a $10 donation for adults, 18 + under are free). The event will be held at St. Daniel’s Church on 3004 Court Street. So please come enjoy a dinner featuring delicious Congolese dishes & local American food, while learning about the unsung genocide of the D.R. Congo. Please support the unification of these formerly divided ethnic groups from the D.R. Congo for their first ever event together. Proceeds will be sent back to the Congo in a message of peace, with the hopes of building a medical clinic there.

For more information, please click here.

2010 Census Jobs

Written by admin  • February 22, 2010

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting temporary, part-time census takers for the 2010 Census. These short-term jobs offer good pay, flexible hours, paid training, and reimbursement for authorized work-related expenses, such as mileage incurred while conducting census work. Best of all, census takers work right in their own communities. There are short videos available to view on the census website to learn more about being a census taker.
Most jobs pay between $13.50 to $15.00 per hour.

 
Census taker jobs are excellent for people who want to work part-time, those who are between jobs, or just about anyone who wants to earn extra money while performing an important service for their community.

Hundreds of thousands are needed for temporary jobs
Conducting the census is a huge undertaking. Hundreds of thousands of census takers are needed nationwide to help locate households and conduct brief personal interviews with residents. Most positions require a valid driver’s license and use of a vehicle. However, use of public transportation may be authorized in certain areas.

Your community is counting on you
Every 10 years, the Census Bureau takes a snapshot of our population, determining how many people reside within the nation’s borders, who they are, and where they live. The results help determine your representation in government, as well as how federal funds are spent in your community on things like roads, parks, housing, schools, and public safety. As a census taker, you’ll play a vital role in making sure that everyone is counted.

Bilingual speakers are encouraged to apply
All census takers must be able to speak English, but people who have bilingual skills are needed in communities where a large number of residents primarily speak other languages. If you have the appropriate language skills and cultural knowledge to communicate well in your community, we encourage you to apply.
 
Apply today by contacting our local census office at 315-218-1520 or our toll free number at 866-861-2010.
 
For more information, please visit our web site at www.2010censusjobs.gov

Northside Hero Project Featured in the News!

Written by admin  • February 19, 2010

Read the article on the Northside Hero’s Project and the Collaboratory’s beautification coordinator, Stasya Panova, written by Maureen Nolan of The Post-Standard, by clicking the link below or the image at right:

The North Side has a new advocate for the arts, and she’s hatched a plan that involves heroes, vacant storefronts and direction from North Siders themselves.

She’s Stasya Panova, 23, and she works for the North Side Collaboratory, which is under the umbrella of the Franciscan Collaborative Ministries on North Salina Street. In December, she took on the job of “beautification coordinator.”

To read the full article on Syracuse.com please click here.

To nominate a Northside Hero check out the information below!
 

Northside Hero Project Featured in the News!

Written by admin  • 

Read the article on the Northside Hero’s Project and the Collaboratory’s beautification coordinator, Stasya Panova, written by Maureen Nolan of The Post-Standard, by clicking the link below or the image at right:

The North Side has a new advocate for the arts, and she’s hatched a plan that involves heroes, vacant storefronts and direction from North Siders themselves.

She’s Stasya Panova, 23, and she works for the North Side Collaboratory, which is under the umbrella of the Franciscan Collaborative Ministries on North Salina Street. In December, she took on the job of “beautification coordinator.”

To read the full article on Syracuse.com please click here.

To nominate a Northside Hero, please check out the information on the project by clicking here.
 

Craft Chemistry is Featured in Today’s Post-Standard

Written by admin  • February 18, 2010

Craft Chemistry is featured in the Post-Standard today in the following article by Victoria Bernard:
Craft Chemistry arts and crafts wants to be creative hub for North Side of Syracuse

Gray, yellow and beige molecules provided a painted frame for poetry, drawings, sketches and more on the ever-evolving “MoleculART” wall at Craft Chemistry, a new arts and crafts shop on the North Side of Syracuse. More than 25 artists added their own touch to “MoleculART,” a 3-D art installation that was on display at Craft Chemistry from Jan. 13 through Sunday.

Click here or click on the image at left to read the full article on Syracuse.com

Don’t forget, tonight is the 3rd Thursday for art galleries in Syracuse, where special art events are happening throughout the city, and Craft Chemistry is no exception by hosting the gallery opening of Brendan Rose’s conceptual designs for the “Protector,” a sculpture that will be installed in the pocket park on North Salina Street.

Anti-violence Workshop at St. Clare Theater Featured on News Channel 9

Written by admin  • February 17, 2010

Project Safe Neighborhoods sponsored the “Resilient Youth” workshop for Syracuse youth at the St. Clare Theater on Townsend Street yesterday during the February school  break. The event was featured on News Channel 9, and you can view the coverage by clicking here or the image at left.

Participants in the event engaged in anti-violence and leadership activities, as well as created some art to counteract the ugliness of the violence in their lives. The art will be displayed in a prominent location in the city.
Project Safe Neighborhoods has contributed to several successful youth programs in Syracuse including ArtWorks, the summer neighborhood beautification project run by the Northside Collaboratory in 2009.

The Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative is a product of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the “Resilient Youth” project is being coordinated via Weed and Seed, a community-based strategy, which according to the Department of Justice website, “is an innovative, comprehensive multiagency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and community revitalization.”

For more information on this and other Project Safe Neighborhood programs contact: Maria Fibiger, Community Partnerships Director, Syracuse Weed and Seed, at (315) 885-6690 or email at   mfbiz@twcny.rr.com.

Call for Artist Proposals

Written by admin  • February 11, 2010

The Northside Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today (TNT) Planning Council and the Syracuse Public Art Commission seek to commission a sculpture to be located at one of two potential locations within the historic Northside neighborhood of Syracuse, NY. The artwork will enrich the Northside landscape and reflect the unique characteristics of the neighborhood fabric.

There are two sites that have been identified for public art on the Northside and each has its own character. The first site, known as Alvord Park, is located at the busy intersection of Grant Boulevard and Court Street, two well-traveled residential/commercial streets.
This area of the Northside was the site of one of the earliest settlements in what would become the First Ward of the city. Known as the Court-Woodlawn section, it is a dense urban neighborhood, maintaining a 70% homeownership rate. The neighborhood is comprised of single and multi-family homes that date from the early-nineteenth through the early-twentieth centuries. The Court-Woodlawn task force works to promote the area, where the residents have a strong work ethic. They take pride in their community, in homeownership, and in the neighborhood’s unique diversity.

The second site, located at the intersection of Lodi Street and Hawley Avenue and known as Finnegan Park, is a gateway to the Hawley-Green neighborhood. The Hawley-Green area was settled in the 1840s and had developed into an affluent neighborhood by the 1880s. It is home to one of the city’s finest collections of high-style Queen Anne and Victorian Era houses that have been lovingly restored by a growing artist community. Hawley-Green is known as a liberal, free-spirited area. One of the neighborhood’s anchors is the Syracuse Cultural Workers office and store, located adjacent to the park. The ArtRage Gallery, a center of cultural and political activity, is just north of the park at 505 Hawley Avenue. Artwork installed in the park should reflect the spirit of the people who live in this neighborhood and who have played a role in its exciting renaissance.

The total project budget is $6,000 for design, fabrication and installation. The piece will become part of the City of Syracuse’s permanent art collection. Two locations have been designated as possible sites; the artist may design for one or both sites. For more information or to download a copy of the RFP, please click here (clicking this link will open up a PDF).

Northside Bi-Annual Elected Officials Reception

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On February 9th amid the various playful elements at the Open Hand Theater and Puppet Museum, Northside organizations and elected officials gathered for the Bi-Annual Northside Elected Officials Reception. The reception provided an opportunity for political officials to meet representatives of organizations including:

St. Joseph’s Hospital
Northside TNT
Whitebranch Library
Home HeadQuarters
Butternut Community Policing Center
Northside Collaboratory
Cooperative Federal Credit Union

These organizations used presentation boards, fliers, and slide shows to highlight their roles in the community. St. Joseph’s presented their Phase Two Expansion plans and Home HeadQuarters displayed materials relating their Prospect Hill home ownership activities.  The Butternut Pond Danforth Task Force, a Northside TNT member, exhibited materials demonstrating their efforts in the neighborhood including the role they played in helping to establish the Butternut Community Policing Center. These presentation materials accented the talking points throughout the crowded room, a theme that focused on what can be done to continue the Northside revitalization efforts.

The elected officials present, including Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Minor and Congressman Dan Maffei, engaged in conversations throughout discussing the revitalization goals, efforts, and strategies of these organizations. Newly elected Northside Common Councilor Matt Rayo was present, as was his fellow councilman Pat Hogan and Onondaga County Legislators Sam Laguzza and Tom Buckel.

Valentine’s Dinner at Sparky Town Featuring Music by LuBossa

Written by admin  • February 8, 2010

Want to get your Valentine’s Day celebrations underway a day early? Beat the Valentine’s Day rush with a special evening at Sparky Town. On February 13th, they will be featuring an evening of great food and live bossa nova music by LuBossa. The price fix menu of $25 (plus tax and gratuity) includes a full course meal and entertainment. Call now (422-8401) for reservations, as space is limited and this event always sells out quickly!

For more information please check out Sparky Town’s website by clicking here. For other tips from the Northside this Valentine’s Day please check out the Our Northside Newsletter by clicking here.

Free Tax Prep at the Assisi Center

Written by admin  • February 3, 2010

Have your taxes prepared free by Le Moyne College’s Accounting Dept. trained tax preparers for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the Assisi Center, located at 800 N. Salina St. The hours will be held Saturdays from 9 AM – 1 PM beginning February 6 through April 10. Please note that there won’t be sessions on March 13 or April 3.

Walk-ins are welcome! First come first served.

What to bring:
Picture IDs for you and your spouse
A Social Security card and an accurate birthdate for each family member
W-2 forms for all jobs worked in 2009
All 1099 forms that you received
Copy of last year’s tax return
Childcare provider’s name, address and tax ID number, if applicable
For direct deposit, bring account and routing number information for either your checking or savings account
Other locations on or near the Northside providing free tax preparation assistance are listed below.
Please call these locations to make an appointment, or locate other VITA sites in the area, call 1-800-829-1040

P.E.A.C.E., Inc.
Carousel Center, 2nd level next to the Bon-Ton
p: (315) 634-3756
Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sat 12 PM – 8 PM
Sun. 12 PM – 4 PM

White Branch Library
763 Butternut St.
p: (315) 435-3519
Wednesdays
February 3, 10, 17 and 24

Hazard Branch Library
1620 West Genesee St.
p: (315) 435-5326
Tuesdays, 9 AM – 1:30 PM
February 9  through April 13

Petit Branch Library
105 Victoria Place
p: (315) 435-3636
Mon mornings & Wed afternoons
February 1 through mid-April

Salina Free Library
100 Belmont Street
p: (315) 454-4524
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-4 PM
February 2 through April 15

Child Care Solutions
6724 Thompson Road North
Syracuse, NY 13211
P: (315) 470-3325

Onondaga Cty Soc Svc Jobs Plus
677 S Salina St- 2nd Floor
Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 442-3242

Saint Alban’s Church
1308 Meadowbrook Drive
Syracuse, NY 13224
(315) 446-3326

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