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Monthly Archives: July 2012


Written by admin  • July 31, 2012

Our favorite Credit Union, Cooperative Federal, just released its quarterly newsletter! This issue covers a number of important and interesting topics, including a recap of their last 30 years in action:

“Thirty years ago, a group of passionate citizens realized Syracuse needed a just and community-minded financial institution. Motivated by the injustices of the banking industry, they embarked upon the organization and creation of a member-owned financial services cooperative to provide fair services to the marginalized and underserved. What they began three decades ago has grown into the Syracuse Cooperative Federal Credit Union you know today…”

Pick up a copy at your local branch or view it HERE online.




We’re Still Growing!

Written by admin  • July 30, 2012

Today, our staff grew by one more! Please join us in welcoming Denise Nepveux to our crew. We’re very excited to have her on our team. Below is a photo taken during our Monday morning mini-staff meeting. Denise is second from the right, between Emma and Danielle. Say ‘Hi’ if you see her in the neighborhood!


Photo Friday: Salt City Slam

Written by admin  • July 27, 2012

Last night, our crew visited the Salt City Slam for an evening of poetry and passion. DISHES had a booth set up, collecting funds for community projects, and a few of our friends and colleagues helped judge the competition. We had a blast and captured some photos. Look for yourself and be sure to join-in on the next one!


The guest poet performs, caught between the antlers of the DISHES stand

The winner of the 4th Slam!

The runner-up: Words.

The DISHES booth complete with the DISHES ladies, Rachel and Bre.

Dining with a Purpose

Written by Sarah Pallo  • 

Imagine sampling a variety of foods from three of Syracuse’s most celebrated chefs- Kevin Gentile (Gentile’s Restaurant), Yann Guigne (L’Adour Restaurant Francais), and Eva Zaczynski (Eva’s European Sweets). Now pair that with an event that raises money for two amazing Syracuse organizations, The Samaritan Center and The Friends of Dorothy House, and you have yourself the best meal in Central New York.

The food-tasting fundraiser, called Philanthropic Foodies, will feature a variety of “tasting” stations and a buffet of the Chef’s specialties. A beer and wine bar, live jazz, and a silent auction will also top off the occasion. The Samaritan Center, which serves hot meals every day to those in need, and The Friends of Dorothy House, a non-profit offering home-based hospice care to people with AIDS and terminal illnesses, will receive all the proceeds raised from the event.  The goal is simple: to “Eat, drink, and give back!” The event will take place this Sunday, July 29 from 4-8pm at Gentiles Restaurant, located at 313 N. Geddes Street

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this unique dining experience. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.philanthropicfoodies.org/.

A Report from Syracuse’s North Side, by Dominic Robinson

Written by admin  • July 26, 2012

Our director, Dominic Robinson, is a contributing writer at The Post-Standard. In his second article, he writes about an innovative partnership between artists and entrepreneurs bringing new energy and a fresh perspective to the North Side neighborhood.



The first time Briana Kohlbrenner came to the North Side, she says she felt at home. She sees a lot of the same qualities here that she sees in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, where she grew up. “I love the diversity of cultures and businesses,” she says.

I met Briana in the spring of 2009 at a 40 Below event, where she was describing her dream of opening her own art consignment shop and gallery. The Northside Collaboratory (now Northside UP) had recently converted a vacant storefront into a temporary art gallery. Our ultimate goal was to attract someone else into the space, and Briana was just the type of person we had in mind. We pitched her on the idea that night. Six months later, she opened Craft Chemistry, where she showcases and sells merchandise from local artists. The store will celebrate its third anniversary this fall, however improbable that once might have seemed.

Read the full article on syracuse.com

On-board with Passport to Syracuse

Written by Sarah Pallo  • July 19, 2012

Syracuse First and the 40 Below It’s All Here Task Force have teamed up to create yet another great idea to engage the community and drive home the message of “think local, buy local, be local.” The idea, called Passport to Syracuse, encourages residents in the city of Syracuse to visit as many participating businesses as possible during a two week span, July 14th – July 28th, while “checking in” to their locations on Facebook or a printed Passport to Syracuse pamphlet. “Checking in” gives you a certain number of points, along with writing reviews of businesses, writing posts on Facebook, and attending 40 Below events. The individual with the most points at the end of the two weeks will attend the July 28th wrap-up party at Benjamin on Franklin and be awarded a free Kindle Fire!

This is a fun way to learn more about all the unique and diverse local businesses Syracuse has to offer, and you also get to take advantage of some great deals. Northside UP is excited to find some of our favorite Northside businesses participating in the event, including Thano’s Import Market, Syracuse Cultural Workers, Around the World Imports, Lombardi Fruits and Imports, Rocky’s Cigars, Craft Chemistry, Attilio’s, Sparkytown, Cathedral Academy at Pompei, and PosterWorks at ArtRage Gallery. For more information on special offers and to obtain your own passport, visit 40belowsyracuse.com.


Ingenuity Trumps Apathy

Written by Stephen Aguayo  • July 16, 2012

The modern world can be depressing, especially as we hear news about mounting economic hardships. But dwelling on the troubles of the world can leave us exhausted and confused, instead we should think of innovative solutions to overcome existing challenges. One of those solutions has been the increased emphasis and support of small businesses, business incubator programs, cooperatives and developing robust local economies. Here in Syracuse many organizations encourage and assist small business growth, but there is always room for more collaborative and innovative ideas to help improve the overall quality of life.

Anyone who has stayed up to date on the World news has heard about the turmoil in Greece, which in many ways makes our political, social, and economic issues seem easier. Before the financial crisis really began to take effect, working for the government was one of the cushiest jobs for Greeks. But today, Greeks young and old have to be more creative to ensure some sense of financial security. Near the city center of Athens, a withering old building has become the home for creative entrepreneurs who are harnessing technology in order to generate financial opportunities in the form of start-up tech companies.  As one of the young tech developers said, “When you don’t have a job, that means you have plenty of time…You should do something with that time.” The way Greeks are re-imagining business and work shows a promise for a better future, overcoming freight and apathy by equipping themselves with creativity and passion.

Photo Friday: Green Train

Written by Stasya Erickson  • July 13, 2012

We’ve got just four weeks left in our 10th Green Train program. During the past two months our students have kept busy learning the trade, improving their studies, going on site visits, hearing guest lecturers and … working!

Here’s a brief look into their classroom:

Let’s Not Stop with a Grocery Store

Written by Hopeprint2 Comments • July 11, 2012

Editor’s Note:  We’ve asked Nicole Watts, Executive Director of Hopeprint, to write guest articles for us on a monthly basis. All of her posts are organized under the “Hopeprint” Category. You can learn about her organization and read more of her writing at hopeprint.org.


When the announcement of Wegmans on Pond Street closing hit the airwaves, it invoked a personal disappointment in my inability to drop by and pick up some bananas and yogurt on that mid week grocery shop. Yet, I knew that its impact on me was nothing compared to many of my friends and neighbors who don’t have cars or easy access to transportation. While practically every corner of our neighborhood is populated with ethnic markets and small grocers that add to the rich ethnic diversity and culture of this neighborhood, these small stores cannot afford bulk pricing.

This means less food for more money.
Produce and meat selections are limited and often times expensive.
Pharmacy options are downsized.
Incidental things like ATMs are now a mile further away.
The list goes on.

As I have watched the response of our Northside neighbors rising up, leaned in to hear to their voices, I have heard loud and clear:

This is a crucial issue to this community.

Yes, to you friends who have asked, “Is this really as big of a deal as the news is making it?” The answer is yes. In walking the streets with a smart phone video camera and asking for people’s response, I was increasingly assured of this. The words that struck me most were, “People live their life from there (the neighborhood grocer).”

A woman from outside of our community shared the other day of her confusion at the weeping women on the news when they spoke of the store closing – “Aren’t you over reacting? It’s just a store.” She continued, “Then it dawned on me, ‘I have a car. I have never known life without one.'”

I must say I am enormously proud to be a Northsider when I watch the passion and investment that this community has. It is far too easy for the passerby to not see and know the rootedness and drive that exist in these streets. I am more convinced than ever that this community has a future and can realize its dreams. The hope and abilities are already so rich here, and when we unite together with one another, networking with our friends from the greater community, imagine the things that can happen… Let’s not stop with a grocery store.


For more on the closing of the Pond St. Wegmans, read this syracuse.com article and watch this video. .

Photo Friday: World Refugee Day

Written by Stasya Erickson  • July 6, 2012

World Refugee Day took place in Syracuse last weekend. As always, the event proved to be an incredible community celebration!

Here is a sampling of the photographs we took during that weekend. More photos can be found on our facebook.