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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Photo Friday: Looking Forward

Written by Stasya Erickson  • March 28, 2014

Looking Forward_Photo Friday

Homeowner Repair Assistance for Northside Residents

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • March 27, 2014


The Northeast Hawley Development Association (NEHDA) is partnering with Home HeadQuarters, Inc. to administer a limited number of Syracuse Homeowner Assistance Repair Program (SHARP) applications for Northside residents. The SHARP program assists homeowners with minor repairs and/or minor code violations.  The funding for each project cannot exceed $1,000 and homeowners must provide a $100 contribution of their own funds to participate.

For specific guidelines and application details, click here. Applications will be viewed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Sarah Cowles, Program Director at NEHDA, with any questions: 315-425-1032.

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Help Us Beautify North Salina Street!

Written by admin  • March 26, 2014

Clean Up Cuse 2013

Clean Up ‘Cuse is an annual community beautification initiative that coincides with Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency’s (OCRRA) countywide Earth Day clean up.

On April 12th, we’re organizing efforts to align with the 2014 effort! From 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, we’ll facilitate clean-up activities along the N. Salina Street corridor between the 300 and 900 blocks, including green spaces, triangle parks, and parking lots with special emphasis on sidewalks, litter removal, and weeding. Various property and business owners, Greater North Salina Business Association (GNSBA) board members, and community organizations will take charge of an individual block or area along North Salina Street.

All volunteers will be provided gloves, trash bags, snacks, and t-shirts. To volunteer with Northside UP’s effort, sign up HERE. Questions? Please call 315-299-8228 ext. 11 or email jlogan@northsideup.org.

We hope to see you there!

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On the Calendar: Cupcake Collaboration

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • March 24, 2014


The Hiscock Legal Aid Society (HLAS) has been promoting “justice for all” since 1949. They’re an organization dedicated to  providing high quality legal assistance to individuals and families in need in Onondaga County and the surrounding region. Tomorrow, they’ll be in our Northside neighborhood, encouraging people to patronize the 83 & Company cake shop and cafe in a collaborative fundraising effort. During business hours, 30% of all sales will support the mission of HLAS. They will also hold two different events at the cafe: a one-hour presentation open to the public that explains their mission and services, plus a law student networking event later in the evening.

To learn more about the day’s events, visit HLAS’s Facebook invite.



Photo Friday: Spring under cover.

Written by admin  • March 21, 2014

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Baloney to Some is No Baloney At All

Written by Joe Russo2 Comments • March 20, 2014

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 each month under the category, “Old Times on the Northside”.


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I remember my Mom driving a 1953 Pontiac. My dad walked to work or got a ride with a coworker. Mom did all the shopping and ran all the errands. Vegetarian wasn’t a commonly used term in the 50’s. As I look back at all the pasta and vegetable dishes that mom put on the dinner table one could say we followed essentially a vegetarian diet. Meat, especially red meat, was a luxury. I suppose much of what we ate was driven by income. Ziti and a can of tomatoes were not expensive. A Porter House steak and asparagus on the other hand was expensive. In the 1950’s it seemed that all the meat markets were owned by German families.  She went to one of the German meat markets only when she was cooking something special. So, when she said, “Joey, I’m going to Steigerwald’s, you wanna come with me?” I jumped at the chance.

Liehs & Steigerwald was just one of many German meat markets on the Northside. Schenkenbergers, Meier & Rantz, Jaegers, Keller & Weber were some of the markets that I remember.  Mom always made the kids sit in the back seat, I suppose for safety reasons. The Pontiac interior had a velour fabric covering the couch size back seat which I loved to bounce up and down on, unfortunately, making my mom nervous. A trip to Steigerwald’s was special. My high school friend, Janice Wegener Geddes, reminded me as soon as one walked in the door the distinct aroma made an impression. Liehs & Steigerwald smoked all their own meats. The appetizing smells wetted your desire for sausages and cured meats. Just driving around the Butternut circle today brings back memories. The layout of the meat market and the great selection of sausages and, of course, the aroma of the still active smoke house seem unchanged from my childhood memories.

The Wegener family moved to Syracuse from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Janice recently told me how Liehs & Steigerwald measured up to her mom’s high standards and were a match for the high quality smoked meats from her hometown. I recently stopped by the Butternut circle location to take some pictures and talk to Chuck Madonna, one of the current owners. Louie Steigerwald and Kurt Liehs founded the butcher shop in 1936. Jeff Steigerwald is the grandson of Louie Steigerwald and partners with Chuck Madonna. Chuck grew up on Craig Street just a few blocks from Butternut Circle and started working at the meat market when he was 15 years old.

My biggest thrill for the day was getting to see the smoker in action. It was dark, warm and had an intoxicatingly delicious smell. Chuck said all the sausages and meats were smoked this way. I asked Chuck why he thought Liehs & Steigerwald had been able to survive for so many years. Initially, he responded by saying that he really didn’t know. But as he went on talking about growing up on the Northside the answer became clear. Chuck talked about walking with his mom and his sister down Butternut Street to the White Branch library, a childhood memory that brightened his vision and hopes for the future. One thing that Chuck hoped for was finding a way to bring back the Northside and make it a great neighborhood for a kid to grow up, once again. It was then that I realized why Liehs & Steigerwald had survived all those years of economic and social change. Passion, Chuck’s boyhood memories have instilled a desire not only to succeed in business but also to see the Northside community succeed as well.

As I walked around the butcher shop taking Bratwurst photos I flashed back to that day I jumped out of the ’53 Pontiac with my Mom. From my perspective the Bratwurst, Baloney, Cooney’s and Hot Dogs were bigger than the butchers behind the counter. As my Mom negotiated her order for a special roast one of the other butchers called me to the side of the meat cooler. “Hey sonny, ya want taste some baloney?” he said in a whisper. Astonished, I nodded my head, “yes”. He sliced off a piece of ring baloney and gave it to me. It was the best tasting baloney ever! It has to be because it is made with the dedication and passion that has always been a trademark of the Northside.

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On the Calendar: “In Da Window” at Echo

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • March 18, 2014

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Local artist, Theresa Barry, will install a paper structure as part of the “In Da Window” exhibit at Echo. With color and whimsy, the sculpture will celebrate spring’s return to North Salina Street. The opening reception is a chance to see the Echo space, meet Theresa, and purchase cookies from her Girl Scout Troop made up of a diverse group of young girls who live on the Northside.

To learn more, check out Echo’s Facebook invite.

Theresa’s art will be on display in the Echo windows until May 1.

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#SYRlocalmadness: Choose Your Bracket. Support Local Business.

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • March 17, 2014

NOexcusesSYR and SyracuseFirst have teamed-up to create bracket predictions and a contest, called #SYRlocalmadness, to see which business is the ‘Local Champ of Syracuse’. There are 64 local businesses throughout our city who will compete in three elimination rounds and advance to a series of finals. Businesses advance each round depending on the amount of social media buzz each receives during the time of that round. Each tweet or Facebook post must tag NOexcusesSYR and SyracuseFirst in order to qualify. All bracket predictions need to be filled out and shared via social media by noon on March 18th. To create a bracket, sign in here and begin. For complete details, including the time periods for each round, click here.

All of the 64 businesses were chosen by a selection committee, who took into account social media interaction, reviews, regional hospitality, local popularity, and customer appreciation.  We’re excited that 6 of our Northside Business Partnership members are included (Sparkytown, Laci’s Tapas Bar, ArtRage Gallery, Attilio’s Restaurant & Bar, Rocky’s News and Cigar, and Ra-Lin), as well as our friends at Daylight Blue Media. The winner gets a custom-created event where hundreds of localists will enjoy the offerings of the winning business in a TBA event this spring. Follow the #SYRlocalmadness happenings via Facebook: NOexcusesSYR and SyracuseFirst.


Photo Friday: Turners on Salina Street

Written by admin  • March 14, 2014

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The Northeast Community Center Looks for A New Director

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • March 13, 2014

The Syracuse Northeast Community Center (SNCC) is a partner in our community  dedicated to promoting and maintaining stability of the city’s Northside and Northeast neighborhoods. They offer a variety of programs that aim to improve the quality of life for area residents. Currently, they’re looking for a full-time Executive Director who will compliment their staff of dedicated team members. The ideal candidate must posses strong leadership skills, the ability to address changing community and organizational needs, and a vision for the neighborhood.

If you’re interested in leading SNCC into the future and fostering their growth, please submit a cover letter and resume to director@snccsyr.org by March 19. More information can be found on the following PDF: ED Job Announcement March 2014.

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