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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Photo Friday: Salt Works Launches!

Written by admin  • May 30, 2014

We had a blast last night and are grateful for the many that stopped by to eat, drink, bid and support the launch of this social enterprise. More photos to come next week. Meanwhile, here’s a teaser from Daylight Blue Media. Many thanks to them for documenting our event.

Salt Works Launch Event

On the Calendar: Assumption Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • 

Assumption Church

Support Assumption Church and attend their Wine Tasting Fundraiser this Saturday! Attendees will enjoy appetizers, a raffle, and a sampling of wine from Eagle Crest and O-Neh-Da Vineyards. Tickets are $20 and proceeds from the event benefit the Church and Ministries. To purchase your ticket, call the Office of Mission Advancement at 422-4833 ext. 338.

Syracuse.com Covers Salt Works

Written by admin  • May 29, 2014

Salt Works got some great coverage today on Syracuse.com! You can read the article in full HERE and watch the video, below. Tonight’s event starts at 5 p.m. – come see what this effort is all about!


This Thursday: The Salt Works Launch Party

Written by admin  • May 28, 2014

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This Thursday, come to the Salt Works Launch Party to check out the furniture this social enterprise has been building on the Near Westside. Each hand-crafted piece celebrates the massive old growth timbers that were reclaimed from area warehouses.

Zeke Leonard, an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University who has worked closely with the enterprise and his classes to design the furniture, will auction off a Salt Works Trestle Table, Plank Bench, and a “mystery” piece designed by Salt Works employees, Luis Vilella and Pedro Ignacio Diaz Ramos.

The event is free to attend and My Lucky Tummy will be there to provide several dishes, including flan and stuffed eggplant. Beer, wine, coffee, and tea will also be available.

King + King Architects is located off of West Street on Syracuse’s near Westside. Click HERE for a map and directions to the Launch party.

Salt Works Bench

13th Green Train Graduation

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 23, 2014

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Our 13th Green Train class graduates today after three months spent working together in the classroom and on the construction site gaining hands-on-experience. Last week we were able to check-in with the students and ask them how they were feeling about graduation. Fredie Jenkins is happy to be graduating, but sad to see the program end: “We’re working together. You get to learn people’s background. Their learning the American way and we’re learning their way.” Ernesto Reina, a refugee from Cuba who has only been in Syracuse seven months, feels much the same way. “I never before worked with Puerto Rican people, American people. Dynamic people,” he explains. The camaraderie among the students builds a platform for collaboration and teamwork especially useful as they’re getting ready to enter the job market.

Later today at ProLiteracy (104 Marcellus Street) we’ll be celebrating graduation with a short ceremony and refreshments. The event will include words from our guest speaker, Suzanne Williams, the Executive Director of Syracuse Habitat for Humanity, and remarks from both Fredie and Ernesto on behalf of the class. We’re so happy to be celebrating such a hardworking group of students, instructors, and staff!

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Reintroducing Joe Russo: Small Business Liaison

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 21, 2014

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Many of our followers know Joe Russo from his monthly contributions to our blog, “Old Times on the Northside”.  Joe grew up on the Northside, inherited the family business (Russo’s Camera Repair) in the ’70s, and helped organize the Northside Business Association in the ’80s. He’s been a dedicated volunteer with us for several years now and we’ve been thinking of ways to put his expertise to good use within our organization.

As we work to revitalize the neighborhood and help the business district thrive, we thought it was time to pull Joe into our meetings for the Northside Business Partnership (NBP). His background and approachability made him the perfect person to check in on different businesses, spread the word about NBP, and help us further develop and build the Partnership. Joe now volunteers as our Small Business Liaison: a familiar face to some of our long-standing businesses, and a new face to others. We’re so happy to have his help in strengthening NBP and our relationships with the business and property owners in the neighborhood!

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Joe will continue to write his monthly blog, as well. To check out some of our favorite “Old Times on the Northside” posts, click here and here.

Editors Note: 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.

Discover What We’ve Been Building on the Near Westside!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 20, 2014

Join us in celebrating the launch of Salt Works, a furniture social enterprise, on May 29th! Salt Works’ artisan pieces are crafted from reclaimed materials by neighborhood residents to build a stronger, more sustainable future. To learn more about the launch party, click the image below.

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Photo Friday: The Faces of the 13th Green Train Class

Written by admin  • May 16, 2014

11th Green Train Class

Open Hand Theater: Adventures in Finland

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 15, 2014

Open Hand Theater is in Finland this week to participate in the Mukamas International Puppet Theater Festival. They’ve been busy sightseeing in Tampere and preparing for the performance of “That Old Mr. Fox” for the Festival. During their trip, Open Hand has been sharing photos and keeping us updated via Facebook. Here’s some of our favorite pictures of their experience in Finland:

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Welcome to Our New NBP Member: Maxian + Horst

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 14, 2014

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Two weeks ago we had the pleasure of checking in with our new NBP member, Maxian + Horst, and touring their office in a beautifully redone building in the heart of Hawley-Green. Their space was full of maps, plants, plans, and books, and we got to connect about their landscaping business and their collaborative working dynamic. They had a major hand in the development of two important projects in our neighborhood:  the Union Park Playground and the site plan for the Dunkin’ Donuts building on N. Salina Street. We are grateful for their efforts and membership!

To learn more about Maxian + Horst, visit their website.