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Monthly Archives: July 2013

An Update from the Cooperative Permaculture Garden!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 31, 2013

A post by our AmeriCorps VISTA, Mary Beth Schwartzwalder, is featured on the Salt City DISHES website today! The article provides an update on the Cooperative Permaculture Garden, which won the 2013 DISHES microgrant:

“In back of Nottingham High School, right outside of the Technology Lab where students study robotics during the school year, are three beds that house lentils, jalapeños, and pumpkins. This is the beginnings of the Cooperative Permaculture Garden created by Reina Aparez, an alum from Nottingham, and now former students, Symone Campbell and Sterling Lowry. You may remember Reina from her presentation at Salt City DISHES this past May, where she introduced the Cooperative Permaculture Garden and ultimately won the micro-grant to begin the project. The garden will serve the Nottingham community as a hands-on learning site for healthy skills and the sciences. It will also help feed students and family members in need.  So far, Reina, and her student volunteers, are growing zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, kale, lentils, jalapeños, bell peppers, pumpkins, parsley, and chives. Eventually summer annual plants will be phased out and fall plants will be added.”

To read the full article, visit the Salt City DISHES website.

 

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On the Calendar: TV Anchor Laura Hand Reads at WBL

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 30, 2013

Laura Hand reads to children during Marcellus’ Summer Reading Program last year.

 

Libraries have been busy the past few months with Summer Reading Club programs. This Friday, White Branch Library hosts a book break and party as TV Anchor and the Community Affairs Director for CNY Central, Laura Hand, stops by to read aloud at the Final Summer Reading Party. Laura is known for “Best Bets,” featuring events throughout the CNY area. She is dedicated to sharing information that highlights reasons to appreciate and participate in our community. Come on out to welcome one of our local celebrities to our neighborhood and celebrate summer reading!

NBP Member: A-1 Trophy

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 29, 2013

Summer is time for little league games, three-legged races at family picnics, and ultimate Frisbee tournaments. For all of your trophy and commemorative needs, turn to A-1 Trophy. They’ve been family-owned for 40 years and are known for fast, quality service.

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Editors Note: Each Monday, we’re introducing a community spotlight piece highlighting one of our Northside Business Partnership (NBP) members in an effort to showcase the diverse and unique businesses that make up the Northside. NBP is a collaboration between Northside UP, the Greater North Salina Business Association, and CenterState CEO that works to promote, support, and engage Northside businesses.

Photo Friday: View

Written by admin  • July 26, 2013

Photo Friday: View

Summer Time Adventure 1950’s Style

Written by Joe Russo3 Comments • July 25, 2013

Editor’s Note:  Joe Russo is a “Nortsider”, a retired teacher, and an aspiring writer. We’ve asked him to share his stories of the past and offer his perspective on the present and future of our neighborhood. His posts will appear a couple of times each month under the category, “Old Times on the Northside”.

 

As a young boy growing up in the 1950’s, summer time was adventure time. Adventure was a state of mind. The adventure was not a destination like the Grand Canyon or Disney Land. We didn’t have iPads and music was stored on vinyl discs. We did have bicycles. For my 10th birthday my father surprised me with a Huffy bicycle. It was a glossy red and white bike with 26” balloon tires. Now, when it came to adventure, I imagined how far my bike would take me. Artie Francheschini and Frankie Garofalo were my two best friends at the time. We all attended Our Lady of Pompei School. Artie lived on Division Street and Frankie lived on Lodi. Artie always had an idea for a big adventure.

Swimming, of course, is a big part of any kid’s summer vacation. I took swimming lessons at the Schiller Park pool. I swallowed a lot of water while trying to master the Australian crawl. Hanging out at the old heart shaped pool was a big deal but Artie came up with a great idea for a summer adventure. “Let’s swim in every pool in Syracuse this summer”, he said with a big laugh. “We all have bikes; we can get all over the city fast!” I agreed immediately. I had no idea how many pools there were in the city or how long it would take to get across town and find each one. But this was a real challenge, an adventure. The Schiller Park pool was rather shallow and didn’t have a diving board. I remember it being only 5 or 6 feet deep. There was a burlap covered board everyone could jump or dive off. Finding a pool with a diving board would be fun. Finding a pool with a high dive would be exciting.

When we first told our parents everyone’s Moms thought we were all crazy. My mom said, “Schiller Park is good enough! You don’t need a high dive and you just started beginner swimming lessons.”  I replied, “But Mom it’s an adventure!” “Talk to your Father when he gets home from work”, she said while wiping her hands on her apron. She didn’t look happy and Dad was always a tough guy to convince. If he had a bad day at work it would be impossible. I needed a strategy. My Dad was a great swimmer. He could hold his breadth under water longer than any human I ever knew. He actually saved a woman from drowning when he was still a teenager. He could swim the Australian crawl without swallowing water. “These are the things I should talk about”, I thought to myself.

My strategy began to unfold. I had to find a way to get my Father talking about his favorite swimming stories. Then I could find a way to talk about my adventure. My Dad had a ritual when he came home from work. He always kissed my Mom but didn’t have much to say. He would go into the living room and lay on the floor, close his eyes and rest. He didn’t mind if I talked or laid my head on his stomach. He just felt good being home with his family. At this time Mom was in the kitchen making dinner, talking to someone on the phone or reading. Feeling confident I began to mention my swimming lessons at Schiller Pool. I started by asking for some advice. “Dad how do I keep from swallowing water” I asked? “Shut your mouth”, he responded. I didn’t know if he was angry or trying to be humorous. After a momentary pause he rolled over onto his stomach and began to show me how to lift my head at certain points in the stroke to take a breadth. Things were going very well. Our conversion progressed to diving off the high dive. “Onondaga Park has the best high dive!” He liked my idea. “Make sure it’s on your list.” “Yes”, I said to myself “I’m jumping off the high dive!”

Our adventure unfolded, Lincoln Pool, Burnet Pool, Thornden Pool, all different pools with different shapes and people and lifeguards yelling at us for breaking the rules. We never knew there were so many rules. While eating my baloney, pickles and mustard “sangwich” I excitedly began talking about the high dive at Onondaga Pool. A couple of days later we found ourselves standing in line to climb the stairs to the top of the high dive. Artie went first. He laughed and yelled as he jumped off the board. Frankie went slowly while yelling at Artie for talking him into the idea. I was last. I didn’t think I would be afraid but the higher up the ladder I went the more I began to shake. At the top, I hesitated. Artie and Frankie were laughing at me. The lifeguard told me to hurry up; lots of people were waiting in line. I slowly walked out to the end of the diving board closed my eyes, held my nose and jumped. I survived. Now, this was a real adventure.

The Schiller pool was long ago filled in and used to be in the grassy area around the gazebo.

The old Schiller Park pool was long ago filled in and used to be in the grassy area around the gazebo.

The brick building is Onondaga Park. The diving board used to be on the 2nd floor porch.

This brick building is located in Onondaga Park. The diving board used to be on the 2nd floor porch.

On the Calendar: Tasting at Vinomania

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 23, 2013

Wine tastings at Vinomania are always fun and entertaining. Owner, Gary Decker, hosts tastings each month for fellow wine enthusiasts and curious drinkers alike. This past spring Syracuse Guru named Vinomania’s tastings “one of the best happy hour replacement events.” Stay up to date on all their tastings by visiting their Facebook page!

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NBP Member: D’Arcangelo & Co.

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 22, 2013

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Photo Credit: D’Arcangelo & Co.

 

D’Arcangelo & Co., certified public accountants and consultants in our Northside neighborhood, was recently recognized as one of CNY’s Best Places to Work! The award program evaluates and ranks the best places of employment in the area based on employee satisfaction and engagement, as well as workplace practices and policies. We know that happy, dedicated workers invested in community involvement means happy, dedicated clients and, ultimately, an enhanced Syracuse. Congratulations!

D’Arcangelo provides expert solutions to businesses and individuals with the appropriate level of services, including free consultation on your accounting, tax, auditing, and small business consulting needs. They’re also a trusted source for financial advice and business news via their blog and newsletter. For more information about D’Arcangelo & Co., their involvement in our community, and their many services, check out their website.

 

Editors Note: Each Monday, we’re introducing a community spotlight piece highlighting one of our Northside Business Partnership (NBP) members in an effort to showcase the diverse and unique businesses that make up the Northside. NBP is a collaboration between Northside UP, the Greater North Salina Business Association, and CenterState CEO that works to promote, support, and engage Northside businesses.

Photo Friday: New Roots Community Garden

Written by admin  • July 19, 2013

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St. Joe’s Farmer’s Market

Written by admin  • July 17, 2013

The Farmer’s Market in front of the St. Joseph’s College of Nursing is open every Wednesday, from 2:30 to 5 PM.  Go visit them today for your dose of fresh veggies and fruit! They accept both cash and debit cards.

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On the Calendar: Summer Special at Sparky Town

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 16, 2013

We’re all familiar with Sparky Town’s Dinner & Music on Friday nights. Now they’re spicing-up Saturday evenings, too! Stop by Saturdays for the summer special: chips and salsa, 2 dinners, and 2 drinks for just $25. Check out the details below:

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