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Northside Plays Part in Citywide Performance

Written by admin  • August 30, 2010

Syracuse Stage and Imagining America (IA) will present a free spectacular performance on Saturday, Sept.11, at 2 p.m. on the green in front of the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) in downtown Syracuse.

Titled “Art-in-Motion,” this giant puppet performance created about the City of Syracuse features the work of neighborhood activists, artists and children from the Near Westside, the South Side, Eastwood and the North Side. Artists as diverse as painter Juan Cruz, director Jose Miguel Hernandez, puppeteer Geoffrey Navias and theater artist/clown Lauren Unbekant have worked with more than 100 volunteers and children to create this citywide performance as great entertainment for families and people of all ages.

Supported by the SU Chancellor’s Leadership Project program and the New York Council for the Humanities, IA initiated the project partnering with Open Hand, Syracuse Stage and the SU Office of the Arts Presenter. With strong commitments from the South Side Community Coalition, the Spanish Action League in the Near Westside, Open Hand Theater on the North Side and Eastwood community organizers, Art-in-Motion is unprecedented in Syracuse in its role of arts participation to strengthen city neighborhoods, nurture creativity in the community, and build on the city’s unique cultural heritage.

Leading up to this performance, Art-in-Motion has featured public conversations centered on activating the arts and stimulating urban redevelopment in Syracuse. On Friday, Sept.10, at 5 p.m. at The Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St. in downtown Syracuse, the next in the series of conversations will feature Maria Rosario Jackson, senior researcher at the Urban Institute. This event is co-sponsored by CNYSpeaks.

“Art-in-Motion provides a glimpse of what participatory art offers downtown revitalization,” says IA Director Jan Cohen-Cruz. “The process of creating the puppets and short scenes of neighborhood life has itself played a role in bringing residents together. Seeing a performance with people from all over the city who rarely, if ever, interact is valuable in itself. Add the pleasure of puppets and performance, and I believe we are offering an experience that Syracusans and visitors from outside the city may want to support as an annual event.”

On the following day, Sunday, Sept. 12, three experts in culture and urban neighborhoods–Sandy Spieler, artistic director of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in Minneapolis; the Urban Institute’s Jackson; and Bill Aguado of the Bronx Council for the Arts–will come together for a public conversation at 2 p.m. at The Warehouse. They will reflect on the prior day’s puppet performance and explore ways of using the experience to further opportunities for creative expression and urban revitalization in Syracuse. These activities aim to explore and leverage elements of a truly creative city.

IA is a national consortium of more than 80 colleges and universities committed to public scholarship in the arts, humanities and design. SU is host campus of IA until 2012.
For more information about the event, call 443-8590 or email valdepra@syr.edu. In case of rain, the Saturday 2 p.m. performance will take place at Plymouth Church, 232 E. Onondaga St. in Syracuse.

Sitting on Top of the World

Written by admin  • August 27, 2010

For the past few days, the Northside has had some visitors from the Hill. Six incoming SU Freshman toured Northside businesses and restaurants, while painting the town a variety of colors. In service to the community, the students painted a mural of the world in Highland Park, where a new playground was built just last year. Not only does the brightly painted map cheer the aesthetics of the asphalt, but it can be used as an educational tool for community children and organizations. The SU students worked in collaboration with the Northside Collaboratory to finish the piece in a short amount of time, so if you have the time, check out their excellent handy-work. Neighborhood children and a group of elementary aged children from the CYO have already explored the map, playing color games. Thanks to these young women and their pre-orientation leaders Stasya Panova, Kayleigh Burgess, Sara Caliva, and Lynnette Bruce of the Northside Collaboratory, for making our corner of the world a little bit brighter.

St. Joe’s Appoints Executive Chef

Written by admin  • August 26, 2010

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center today announced the addition of a Certified Executive Chef to its nutritional services team. Jeffrey S. Mitchell, CEC, occupies the newly created position at St. Joseph’s, and is the only Certified Executive Chef at a Syracuse hospital.

Chef Mitchell will focus on improving patient food quality and presentation standards, implementation of an exhibition cooking station in the hospital cafeteria, catering, and assisting with the transition to a new kitchen and room service model at St. Joseph’s.

“This is an exciting step in our quest to provide the highest level of quality and service possible to our patients,” said James Nicolosi, RD, director of nutritional services for St. Joseph’s. “Chef Mitchell’s talents will be instrumental in helping us move to the next level of room service for all patients, and will help us expand our offerings and further improve our customers’ experience  in our hospital cafeteria.”

Chef Mitchell brings with him 24 years experience in the hospitality industry, across 11 states and four countries. He has been employed by three- and four-diamond hotels, a luxury resort, businesses, higher education and the health care sector. His talents have garnered attention in restaurant reviews, several local newspapers, one national magazine and several of the Culinary Institute of America’s quarterly newsletters.

Chef Mitchell obtained a certificate in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Maryland’s Anne Arundel Community College Center of Applied Technology North and graduated from New York’s Culinary Institute of America. He became a Certified Executive Chef in 2009 and is working toward his Certified Chef Administrator. He also is on a path to induction into the American Academy of Chefs this year.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center (www.sjhsyr.org) is a not-for-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. A nine-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award, St. Joseph’s is recognized as a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the highest honor bestowed on a hospital for nursing care. Affiliated with Franciscan Management Services, 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.

New Times is Hungry for the Northside

Written by admin  • August 19, 2010

The Syracuse New Times recently featured an article celebrating local fare throughout the Syracuse area, highlighting Hawley-Green’s own Sparky Town and friend of Northside businesses, Syracuse First’s Chris Fowler. Read the article by clicking the link below.

Ever travel to Baltimore for one of Maryland’s famed crab cakes? Or down south for some authentic barbecue? Maybe even to Italy for the freshest, most delicious pasta you’ll ever eat? If the answer is yes, you know there’s no shame in going great distances for fantastic food. But what about the other way around?

Head to a national chain restaurant and chances are, your dinner has traveled 3,000-plus miles before hitting your plate. To prepare for the journey, your vegetables were likely sprayed with chemicals, your meat injected with hormones and other preservatives. The food was then packed onto a gas-guzzling truck, possibly for a cross-country trip that took several days or even weeks. Oh, and when your bill comes, expect your money to travel as well, so it can be used to support big-box warehouses and distributors—with only a tiny fraction staying in good ol’ Central New York.

Click here to read the rest of the article by Mary Murphy on the New Times website.

Acts of Kindness on the Northside

Written by admin  • August 16, 2010

Even though September 11 is an unforgettable date, this year mark the weekend of the 11 and 12 with the idea of promoting cultural understanding. The local organization, Women Transcending Boundaries (WTB) has put together a fantastic weekend filled with volunteers doing “acts of kindness” throughout the city (we’ll have updates on some specific ways you can volunteer around the Northside during that weekend soon), some of the activities going on include painting a mural, clearing brush along a creek, and writing letters to service members. For more information on the Acts of Kindness (A-OK) weekend or Women Transcending Boundaries please click here to check out the WTB website.

You can also click to read articles in the Post-Standard and the Syracuse New Times by clicking the titles of the newspapers respectively.

Water, Water Everywhere

Written by admin  • August 13, 2010

For those of you wondering if the large hole in the middle of Catawba Street is the Syracuse version of the sinkhole in Guatamala, no need to fear! Workers are busy fixing a water main break, and are hoping the work will only take a day at most. They are utilizing pretty heavy machinery, as you can tell by the photograph at left, so pedestrians should pay close attention if you try to bypass the area. For drivers or anyone that needs access to Catawba, only the bottom half of the 200 block is closed (so between North Salina St. and Gebhardt Ave, the tiny Street before Townsend) making the street accessible from North Townsend. If you happen by, have an update, are without water somewhere in the area, or would like to leave a general comment, please do so on the Northside Collaboratory Facebook Page by clicking here.

Hot Cocoa’s Heatin’ Up Hair on North Salina

Written by admin  • August 11, 2010

On July 29th, the Northside welcomed an exciting new business to 460 North Salina St. Hot Cocoa’s, ‘upstate New York’s best selling hair and beauty supply store’, celebrated the opening of its second location with an open house showcasing its exemplary products and services. A welcome addition to the salons and other businesses at home on North Salina, Hot Cocoa’s specializes in wigs, extensions, accessories, hair care products and make-up. The store is open Monday through Thursday from 10am – 7pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am -8pm. For more information call 469.4826 or visit their website at www.hotcocoashair.org. And be sure to check out their facebook page for current deals.

Syracuse Post-Standard Profiles New CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital

Written by admin  • August 4, 2010

The Post-Standard featured the announcement by St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center naming the new president and CEO, Kathryn Howe Ruscitto.

“I’m very excited and I feel very positive about the opportunity,” Ruscitto said. “My prior experience and my passion for collaboration will help this organization be positioned for the future.”

Check out the rest of the article on Syracuse.com by clicking here.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Names New President and CEO

Written by admin  • August 3, 2010

The Sisters of St. Francis today announced Kathryn Howe Ruscitto has been appointed the 13th President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, effective January 1, 2011.

Ruscitto has been employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center since 2001, when she was named Senior Vice President for Strategic, Development and Governmental Affairs. In 2009, she was named Executive Vice President.

During her tenure, she has led initiatives dedicated to improving quality and safety throughout the hospital network. In addition, Ruscitto has further developed physician relationships and has led strategic planning for St. Joseph’s, placing it in a strong position for the future. Under her leadership, St. Joseph’s has grown as a strong North side anchor. Ruscitto spearheaded the hospital’s involvement in the revitalization of the North side, including the expansion of St. Joseph’s mission services to the community.

She also has been instrumental in leading a multi-million dollar hospital renovation project that not only improves the Prospect Hill neighborhood, but also the quality of care for patients and their families.

Throughout her personal and professional career, Ruscitto has dedicated herself to civic-minded and mission-driven roles. She previously worked for Loretto as senior vice president of strategy, where she implemented the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and developed community collaborations and partnerships that still exist. In 1988, she was appointed the Administrator for Human Services for Onondaga County. In that position, she oversaw the development of the Emergency Communications Center (E911), which merged most police, fire and EMS dispatch and communication services. Ruscitto was instrumental in reforming the Department of Social Services and Children’s Division, including a reform plan that helped to lower the infant mortality rate in the County.

Ruscitto is a Dame of the Knights and Dames of Malta, an international Catholic charitable relief organization. She serves as Chair of the National Committee for Response to the Haitian disaster for the Federal Association of Malta. She is also a member of Syracuse 2020, the Healthcare Association of New York State, and a board member of several local and national health care and philanthropic organizations.

Ruscitto received her Bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Le Moyne College, and a Master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

“The Sisters of St. Francis are delighted to share in this announcement,” said Sister Patricia Burkard, general minister of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, the religious sponsor of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. “We have long known Kathryn Ruscitto and recognize her as someone competent in healthcare administration and aware of its present day challenges, while at the same time imbued with the mission of compassionate care begun by the Sisters of St. Francis in 1869.”

“I have somehow always been connected to the Sisters of St. Francis in some way, shape or form throughout my life,” said Ruscitto. “I have always identified with their mission and am humbled and excited to have been chosen as the leader of one of their largest organizations.

“I look forward to working with physicians, nurses and support staff who on a daily basis work to solve problems for the residents of our community,” she continued. “I have a great deal of admiration for them and the Sisters’ talents and dedication of compassionate health care to our patients and their families.”

Ruscitto resides in the Town of Onondaga with her husband, Daniel, and daughter Elizabeth.

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. A nine-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 and affiliated with Franciscan Management Services, Inc. For more information on St. Joseph’s programs and services, call the Resource Line at 315-703-2138 or 1-888-STJOES1.

St. Joseph’s Welcomes New Physicians to Medical Staff

Written by admin  • August 2, 2010

SYRACUSE – The following physicians joined St. Joseph’s medical staff as active physicians:


PHYSICIAN NAME                              SPECIALTY                                   RESIDENCE

Dr. Hoplyn M. Beaton                         Family Medicine                                 Liverpool

Dr. Gregory W. Canute                       Surgery/Neuro                                 Jamesville

Dr. Ravi K.R. Gangireddy                    Internal Medicine                                Manlius

Dr. Andrew R. Kaufman                      Psychiatry                                        Fayetteville

Dr. Young Lee                                     Internal Medicine                              

Dr. Jason Lok                                       Anesthesia                                    Manlius

Dr. Deborah J. Puckhaber                   Internal Medicine