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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Green Train Tryouts

Written by Stasya Erickson  • April 30, 2012

Today is the first day of tryouts for our Green Train Workforce Development Program. The next week will be full of academic and physical testing, interviews, and team building workshops. By the end we’ll have our 10th Green Train Class. We’re ready and excited!


Keep Busy This Weekend!

Written by Stasya Erickson  • April 27, 2012

The Northside is a place that’s always got a healthy number of happenings taking place, but this weekend forecasts a flurry of activities to rival any healthy and kickin’ neighborhood. Anyone game to attend them all?

Here’s the deal:

Tonight, we invite you to come party at the Castle, Open Hand Theater style. This dynamic organization is holding a benefit featuring frolicking puppets, a silent auction, and a performance of “Masks of Life”! Starts at 7:30 this evening.









Tonight and tomorrow evenings, the St. Clare Theater hosts a production of “Rabbit Hole”, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire. This play explores the way a family handles the loss of their child. DCS Full Circle Theater’s production got a terrific write-up in the New Times, which you can find on their website. One more perk? Sara Caliva, one of the stars, used to work for us!







On Sunday evening, the Syracuse Symphony will present its Spring Concert at Inspiration Hall. This concert will feature an all-mozart program with conductor Daniel Hege and violinist Rimma Bergeron-Langlois. Beautiful place to enjoy some extraordinary music.






As always, more details on these events can be found on the *events* tab of our website!

New Faces at Northside UP

Written by Stasya Erickson  • April 26, 2012

Please excuse our delay in posting, as we’ve been busy welcoming and orienting our new employees!

And now that we’ve had a moment to catch our breath, we’re very excited to introduce you to our three new team-members: Ploy Chapman (Workforce Development Intern), Emma Voigt (Coordinator of New Venture Development, VISTA) and Sarah Pallo (Coordinator of Business and Property, VISTA). In the next few weeks, you’ll see their bios alongside ours on the *About* page of our website. For now, here’s a photo of the crew taken during orientation.

We are very, very excited to have these incredible women become part of our team. Please join us in welcoming them as you see their faces in the neighborhood!



Tonight: The Salt City Slam

Written by Stasya Erickson  • April 19, 2012

Two months ago, Salt City Slam won $1,000 at a DISHES dinner. Their idea was to implement a series of poetry slam events on the Northside. They wanted to do the slams right, paying poets honorariums and renting space from local arts organizations. Through these events they wanted to establish Syracuse as a nationally recognized poetry slam venue and eventually send local poets to compete in national and international slam competitions.

So, tonight’s the night! Starting at 7 p.m. Salt City Slam will host their first poetry event at the ArtRage Gallery. The event is free, open to the public and sure to knock your socks off. Did you see the video of the winners’ encore performance at DISHES? Come watch poetry happen!


Green Train Article in the Syracuse New Times

Written by admin  • April 18, 2012

We just picked up a fresh issue of the Syracuse New Times, flipped it open and saw the faces of our 9th Green Train class smiling up at us from page 22! Go get a copy and see for yourself! Or you can read the article on the New Times website.

Applications are currently being accepted for our next program, which starts in May. Want an application? Stop by our offices or email our workforce coordinator Danielle Sheppard at dsheppard@northsideup.org.



National Organ Donor Month!

Written by admin  • April 17, 2012

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center’s Organ Donor Council works year around to raise awareness for Organ Donation, but during the month of April they go even further to spread their message throughout the community. This March, members of the Organ Donor Council (in collaboration with UP!) distributed Donate Life flags and posters to businesses on the Northside. A great number of businesses participated and it’s quite a sight to see all the flags and posters in the storefronts.

This effort enhances the unity of the Northside while raising awareness for Organ Donation. Many thanks to the Donor Council and Northside businesses that helped make the effort such a success this year!


Donate life posters on the Northside. Photo courtesy of St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center.

Animal ABCs at the Library

Written by admin  • April 16, 2012

This weekend, syracuse.com ran an article on literacy grants and the programs they support on the Northside. The focus of the piece was on a program called “Animal ABCs” put on by the Rosamond Gifford Zoo and hosted at the White Branch Library.

The program is a favorite here at Northside UP, because, honestly, how awesome is an event that combines children, reading and animals? Check out the full article on syracuse.com.

And don’t forget, you can find listings for this and many other events taking place in our community on our events tab!


Friday Sun

Written by Stasya Erickson  • April 13, 2012

Balloons caught at the intersection of N. Salina and Butternut Streets. Flowers in Schlosser Park. Beautiful Friday sun.

Happy Birthday, Dominic!

Written by admin  • April 12, 2012

Today is Dominic Robinson’s Birthday! And we’re celebrating him and his awesomeness by counting off the top ten favorite things we appreciate about our benevolent leader. Here goes:


10. His sense of humor. Not one staff meeting goes by without all of us doubling over the table in laughter.

9. The power of his imagination and his ability to think creatively. It drives us forward and gives us the chance to see the world in a different light.

8. The sincerity of his passion. It’s the real deal.

7. The fervor of his work ethic. ’nuff said.

6. His skillful ability to compose an impromptu haiku anytime, anywhere. Any challengers?

5. His knowledge of … too many things! It’s pretty handy having a walking encyclopedia as your boss.

4. His compassion and his big heart.

3. His cooking abilities. Staff potluck time, all the time.

2. His family. Jonnell, Ila and Owen: you’ve doubled and even tripled this man’s goodness.

1. His commitment to his work, the neighborhood and us!


So, with that, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DOMINIC! Though we’ve most likely made you a bit uncomfortable with this gushy posting know that we love and appreciate you. Lots and lots.


A Vision for Union Park

Written by admin  • April 9, 2012

A few years ago, a woman named Maureen Dore approached our organization about rebuilding a playground in Union Park. She was dedicated and persistent, scheduling special-interest meetings, going door-to-door to gather support and reaching out to neighborhood organizations.

Last spring, we helped Maureen create a video that won a $15,000 grant from KaBOOM. Since then, she’s secured $65,000 of the $77,000 goal to rebuild the playground. Because of her passion and perseverance she’s just $12,000 shy of making this dream for the community a reality. This weekend, her story got a shout-out on Syracuse.com: “By this summer, Union Park will be made over and ready for kids to enjoy”.

The park at Union Place, N. Salina St and Kirpatrick St consists of a spray fountain, some picnic tables and a rusty swing-set. Maureen’s vision is to create a new playground that features climbing structures, slides, swings equipped for both toddlers and youth, benches and new playground surfacing.

If you’d like to help Maureen make this playground a reality donations are being accepted at the Syracuse Parks Conservancy at 212 Melrose Ave., Syracuse 13206.


Congratulations Maureen! We’re very excited to see the transformation of Union Park.