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Monthly Archives: July 2014

I-81 Viaduct Project – Northside Meeting

Written by admin  • July 30, 2014

This Thursday, Northside residents will have two opportunities to experience the recommended alternatives for the I-81 Viaduct Project.

I-81 Viaduct Project Neighborhood Meeting

Welcome to Our New NBP Member: The Laundry Room

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 29, 2014


Kevin Walma and Don Cronk worked together in real estate, renovating and renting apartments, but when they purchased the building at 535 Court Street they weren’t sure what to do with the storefront and all of the abandoned washing machines currently in the space. “Don just said, ‘Hey, I think we can use these. Fix them up, paint them,'” explained Kevin. They hadn’t planned to become business owners, but once everything was in working condition, customers started coming in off the street with bags of laundry.


Their success with The Laundry Room on Court Street brought them to 758 North Salina Street, again as if by accident. The laundromat on the corner of N. Salina and Cawtaba was going out of business and Kevin and Don were interested in purchasing the machines for their Court Street business. Instead, they purchased the entire building, which includes several apartments and the storefront of the 754 Barbershop. The Laundry Room’s second location opened in December of last year and Don and Kevin have been busy continuing with improvements to the entire building and getting better acquainted with the business district. We’re so happy to welcome such hard-working and creative business/property owners into our neighborhood!

To learn more about The Laundry Room, visit their website.

Jump Start Your Week with The Monday Mile

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 28, 2014

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The folks at the Maxwell School and St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center are teaming up to bring those who live and work on the Northside “one mile closer to better health.” Next Monday, join us for the Monday Mile, a mile-long walk around St. Joe’s facilities. The route (found here) will bring walkers past many of the small local businesses in the area, including Adagio Salon, Thanos Import Market, and Sauro Photographic Arts, and past some of the Prospect Hill homes developed by Housing Visions in 2010.

If you’re interested in participating, please meet outside of the Hospital’s main entrance at noon. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and note that the event will be cancelled if it’s raining.

Healthy Monday is a national initiative to help end chronic preventable diseases by offering weekly prompts and programs to support people and participating organizations in starting and sustaining healthy behaviors. To learn more, visit their website or Facebook page.

Photo Friday: One Year Strong

Written by admin  • July 25, 2014

Today marks the one year anniversary that these two incredible people have been serving our organization as AmeriCorps VISTAs. We’ve been so grateful to Mary Beth and Dan for their hard work, passion and enthusiasm and look forward to many more years of their contributions!

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Introducing Work Train

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 24, 2014

Yesterday, leaders from business, philanthropy, economic and workforce development, training and education, local government, and community-based organizations announced a new initiative to create job opportunities and career pathways for low-income residents in the greater Syracuse community. The initiative, known as “Work Train,” is dedicated to helping employers in target industries address their employment needs, and enables them to actively develop workforce solutions that align with community partners’ resources. Work Train builds off of the success of the Green Train and Health Train programs. Through strong relationships with employers, both programs boast a strong record of graduation and job placement rates. Work Train plans to build similar industry partnerships between employers, education and training providers, and community organizations to connect community members to jobs that show persistent and robust demand for workers, as well as opportunities for career advancement. The first industry partnership will focus on health care. Work Train is currently launching a partnership with Loretto to recruit and hire nearly 100 Certified Nursing Assistants by September 2014. In 2015, the platform will spread to other industries and areas of the region.

Take a look at some of our favorite quotes and pictures from the press event.


“We have to fill gaps―make work a reality for the people who need it and the employers who need good workers . . . [Work Train] is fundamentally a collaborative effort . . . to give what seems impossible a possible and positive outcome.” – Dominic Robinson, Director of the Northside Urban Partnership


“Focus on training people to get ahead. . . . We have to look at the employers and know where the jobs are. Having a certificate at the end, and not a job, is worthless.” – Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli


“We’ve placed a total of 38 students [from Health Train]. That’s a 100% placement rate. They all have diverse backgrounds and have added so much to the culture of our organization.” – Kathryn Ruscitto, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center


“We know that growth is always good, but it can come with obstacles. Within four months we’ll need to hire over 100 Certified Nursing Assistants―individuals who share in our mission . . . Our partnership with Work Train made me feel confident that we would achieve our goal.” – Kim Townsend, President and CEO of Loretto


“If people are healthy and self-sufficient . . . the people in our community will be able to live in a peaceful way.” – Frank Lazarski, President of the United Way


“There’s something about Syracuse. You guys do [collaboration] so well―through team work you’re going to create jobs down the road.” – Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy

Vote for Your Favorite Nonprofit Now Through July 28th!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 23, 2014

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Laci’s Tapas Bar is looking for the recipient for their 4th annual celebration and fundraiser. We’re happy to see that our friends at ArtRage Gallery and Catholic Charities are in the running this year. Show your support for your favorite nonprofit by placing your vote before 3:00 PM on July 28th.  To vote, visit Laci’s Facebook under “Vote Now!” The winner will be announced via Facebook on July 29th.

Golf Tournament to Benefit Father Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 22, 2014

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Father Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society has been building paths of success for low-income students to high school graduation and beyond since 1997. Their annual golf tournament is a fun way to support the Society and help raise funds for tuition assistance and other educational support to local, underprivileged students in the program.

This year, the 10th annual golf tournament will be held on Tuesday, August 12 and will include a pig roast celebration after the tournament. Please register using this form by August 4th and indicate whether you will be golfing, attending just the after party, or both.

To learn more about Father Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society, visit their webpage.

On the Calendar: Hawley-Green Appreciation Picnic

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 21, 2014

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Hawley-Green neighbors, the Northeast Hawley Development Association, and local businesses will throw a city-employee appreciation picnic tomorrow to thank representatives from the Mayor’s office, DPW, Parks, Codes, and Fire and Police for all they do to improve the Hawley-Green neighborhood. All who live and work in Hawley-Green are invited to attend. Food will be provided by Dominick’s Market and guests are welcome to bring a dish to pass. For more information, click the image above.

Photo Friday: The Entrepreneurs Next Door

Written by admin  • July 18, 2014

Over the last six months, our UP Start Syracuse entrepreneurs have worked closely with a class at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University to showcase their stories. Check out the final product HERE.  Photographs by Ethan Backer.


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Join Us Tomorrow for Tech Meets Taste!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • July 17, 2014

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CenterState CEO, SyracuseFirst, and the Tech Garden are teaming up to bring this year’s Tech Meets Taste presented by AmeriCU. The event features a showcase of local businesses, food and drink samples, live music, and a chance to tour the Tech Garden facilities and meet emerging tech companies from around the region. Food and a cash bar will be provided by Karen’s Catering and all proceeds from the bar will go to support SyracuseFirst and their mission to encourage citizens, businesses, government and nonprofit organizations to “think local first.”

This year, admission is free, but everyone is encouraged to register here. To learn more, join the Facebook invite.