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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Photo Friday: Lilac Street Demolition

Written by admin  • August 29, 2014

This week, a home heavily damaged by fire and neglect was demolished through the Greater Syracuse Land Bank. Before it came down, all salvageable materials such as doors and moldings were removed for reuse. Eventually, a playground will be installed in its place by Hopeprint.


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Celebrate Fall with Assumption Church

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • August 25, 2014

Assumption Church is hosting their 2nd annual Fall Festival at The Hollow on Sunday, September 7th. The event will feature many family-friendly activities such as tractor rides, face painting, farm animals, miniature golf, and carnival games. Pumpkins, raffle tickets, and concessions will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $5 per person ($20 for a family of five) and help support the ministries at Assumption. Stay tuned to our blog for more information about the Church’s ministries and the impact they have on our Northside community.

Fall Festival

Photo Friday: Continued Restoration at 507-513 North Salina Street.

Written by admin  • August 15, 2014

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OHA Seeks Items for Exhibit about Italian-Americans

Written by admin  • August 14, 2014

The Onondaga Historical Association will run an exhibit in the gallery starting September 12th that will “explore the Italian experience in Syracuse”. They’re looking for a number of items to borrow or have donated for the exhibit, including any images of stores or businesses owned by Italian immigrants on the Northside, copies of the newspaper Risveglio Coloniale, photos of Italian-American students and any artifacts associated with home wine-making, among other items. Check the syracuse.com article for more information.


On the Calendar: Sweet End to Summer at ArtRage

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • August 12, 2014

Sweet End to Summer

Satisfy you sweet tooth while supporting Inkululeko by stopping over at ArtRage Gallery for The Sweet End to Summer Fundraiser. The event will feature desserts by 83 & Company, Picasso’s Pastries and Cafe, Mario’s Bakery Inc., and Geddes Bakery and Pastry Shop. In addition to food, attendees can participate in a silent auction and raffle with items from local businesses as well as South African goods. Purchase your ticket in advance HERE or in person at ArtRage.

Sweet End Fundraiser

My Lucky Tummy’s New Website

Written by admin  • August 11, 2014

Adam Sudmann, creator of the My Lucky Tummy pop-up food court, just launched a new website for his effort. New features include a list of future and past menu items to get your mouth watering. Check it out for yourself at myluckytummy.com.

My Lucky Tummy Website

Photo Friday: CEO’s clambake

Written by admin  • August 8, 2014

Our staff had a great time at CenterState CEO’s clambake yesterday evening. Here’s a staff photograph (minus Jonathan and Dominic) to prove it. Happy Friday!

Photo Friday - CEO clambake



Good Times on Onondaga Lake

Written by Joe Russo7 Comments • August 7, 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”.

Onondaga Lake at one time was a place for adventure. In the present time millions of dollars are being spent to clean up mistakes from the past. It is hard to believe that family picnics at Willow Bay on Onondaga Lake were both common place and popular. The western side of the lake was gritty and industrial. The eastern side of the lake hosted a contrasting world of cast iron barbeque grills and plenty of room for softball and volleyball games. I was recently sharing some memories with Tony Viscome, a Northsider whose family held picnics on the lake as well. He remembers going to Hiawatha Point many times.

Sunday afternoon picnics at Willow Bay always included the extended family. Sometimes it was the Russo side of the family, at other times the Emmi uncles, aunts and cousins spent the afternoon with us. Whatever the combination of relatives, the picnic always generated stories about boyhood adventures on the lake. My favorite stories resembled the Mark Twain style of adventure. Though I didn’t know anything about Mark Twain or Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer at the time, reflecting back I can make some connections.

One of my favorite stories took place during the Depression Era. My father and his best friend, Joe Deshave, would walk or ride their bikes to a swampy area of the lake now covered by route 81 and the many on and off ramps nearby. They would skip stones on the water, fish for carp and muse about the future. It was a time when ordinary folks were not environmentally conscious. Debris was often dumped in the lake or on the lake shore.

An idea struck both friends at the same time, why not build a raft and explore parts of the lake they had never been able to reach by walking or riding bikes. It took a couple of weeks to round up enough of the right kind of material. Wooden pallets and metal drums were the most valued items. They also had to smuggle tools out of their respective homes to get the raft built. Keeping the whole operation a secret and finding a spot to hide their hand-picked materials were important. They couldn’t tell any of their friends and certainly not the adults. Building a raft that would float required some trial and error engineering. They were, however, successful and explored many coves and marshes looking for a surprise or a big fish. Each time they finished exploring they had to find a secret spot to hide or sink the raft so no one else could steal their fun.

Another memory was the day my Uncle Sam Emmi saved me from drowning one Sunday afternoon. I was playing with a beach ball and it slipped away, and then bounced into the lake. It floated in a shallow part of the lake and I didn’t think there was any danger in going into the lake after it. As I hurriedly grabbed at the wet ball it slipped forward once again. I didn’t realize there was a sudden drop off and as I lunged for the ball I went in over my head in the water. I panicked and struggled to keep my head above water. It seemed like I was looking up while under water and saw my Uncle Sam with his large arms extended flying through the air to scoop me up and drop me on the shore. The only thing missing was a red cape.

I was soaking wet and wrapped in a towel while sitting on a picnic table. As I surveyed my surroundings I saw my Uncle Harold tending the grill, Aunt Jenny adding the final touches to a salad and my Aunt Antoinette wondering out loud if everyone would sample her casserole. As always, a tense situation was smoothed over by a wonderful family meal. No one dwelled on the possible negative outcomes. Instead we celebrated what was joyful about family gatherings: good food, good feelings, Grandpa’s homemade wine and a family that cared about you. Salute!

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Monday Mile Recap

Written by admin  • August 5, 2014

Yesterday, we took part in Healthy Monday Syracuse by walking the Monday Mile around St. Joseph’s Hospital. Over 40 people joined the walk, including business owners, employees of St. Joe’s and residents of the neighborhood. Many thanks to all who participated. We’re looking forward to walking again next Monday!

Monday Mile Collage

On the Calendar This Week: Clean-a-Palooza and Wine Tasting

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • August 4, 2014

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Thursday, August 7, 1:00 PM

Join the Onondaga Earth Corps‘ Clean Streets Crew at Schiller Park for a clean up event that features games, prizes, and basketball. Click the image above for all the details.


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Wine Tasting

Thursday, August 7, 6:30 PM

The Pastime Athletic Club (1314 N. Salina Street) is hosting a wine tasting featuring a selection of Harbor View‘s wines. The tasting will be held in the upper bar. $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Click the image above for more information.