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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Photo Friday: Lock Alley Mural

Written by admin  • October 31, 2014

Echo is adding some gorgeous color to Lock Alley.

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On the Calendar: Tree Planting on the Northside

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 29, 2014

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The Cornell Cooperative Extension is organizing a tree planting event for the community. With the help of volunteers, community members, and city officials, Cornell hopes to plant 100 trees in Rose Hill Cemetery and Highland Park, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. To volunteer, register here.

Refreshments will be provided for volunteers. All ages are welcome to participate, but those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Calling All Businesses: Become A Vendor at the Buy Local Bash

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 28, 2014

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SyracuseFirst is recruiting vendors for their annual fundraiser: The Buy Local Bash. This unique and festive event helps to spread awareness and support for SyracuseFirst’s mission, to educate the community about the importance of buying LOCAL. It also kicks off Buy Local Month, an effort to increase support for Local Independents during the holiday season. This is a great opportunity for businesses to align with the “Buy Local” mission, build relationships among community stakeholders, and connect with customers.

Last year’s event attracted over 800 people with more than 70 vendors. Parties like the Buy Local Bash drive more customers to your business and remind them that supporting local businesses creates jobs in Central New York!

You don’t need to be a SyracuseFirst member to participate. For all the details, click HERE.

If you have any questions, please email BuyLocalBash@SyracuseFirst.org or call (315) 470-1870.

Stay up-to-date about the Bash by joining the Facebook Invitation HERE.

Yeshua Restoration Ministries’ New Website

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 27, 2014

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Our friends at the Yeshua Restoration Ministries have a new website that outlines their work in a clear and interactive way. We love the vibrant pictures of the people from our neighborhood and the story that illustrates Lou and Anne Vinciguerra’s relationship with the Northside, including this gem that explains how the Ministries got it’s name:  “Yeshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus, and like so many of the Vinciguerras’ newfound refugee friends, His name was also changed when He was introduced to western society.” To find out more about this grassroots, faith-based organization and their mission to assist in the restoration and equipping of individuals, families, and neighborhoods so that they may better participate as vital, contributing members of the community, view their website here.


Building Equity: Linking Economic Growth and Opportunity

Written by admin  • October 23, 2014

This Friday, CenterState CEO and the Urban Jobs Task Force (with funding from The Gifford Foundation) will co-host, “Building Equity: Linking Economic Growth and Opportunity.” This event offers our community an opportunity to address issues of economic inclusion and equity in Syracuse and learn from Cleveland, where business leaders, policy makers, and activists have developed a robust and intensive effort to make Cleveland a more inclusive and equitable community. The event is free, but reservations are recommended. Contact Ms. Liso Smith at (315) 416-363 or actsorganizer@gmail.com to secure your spot.


Congratulations to our Work Train Students!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 22, 2014

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Last week, seven of our Work Train students graduated from Loretto’s Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training Program! A sense of accomplishment was palpable as the audience watched friends and family members receive their CNA certificates and lapel pins during the ceremony. We’d like to congratulate our seven graduates who’ve worked toward this  achievement since August: Maud Dadzie, Isom Enoch, Ayonna Jones, Anasa Hodge Kitching, Marchiela Radcliff, Shamilka Santana, and Raj Tamang. The graduates will fulfill CNA positions at Loretto’s Cottages at Garden Grove.

Work Train is dedicated to helping employers in target industries address their employment needs, enabling them to actively develop workforce solutions that align with community partners and resources. Work Train is a collaborative consisting of leaders from business, philanthropy, economic and workforce development, training and education, local government, and community-based organizations.  Funding has been provided by the United Way of CNY, Allyn Foundation, Gifford Foundation, CNY Community Foundation, Reisman Foundation, St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation and New York State.  


On the Calendar: Investor Financing for Land Bank Homes

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 21, 2014


What: Investor Financing for Land Bank Homes

When: Tuesday, October 21  at 6:00 PM

Where: NEHDA (101 Gertrude Street)

This evening, Home HeadQuarters and NEHDA will present an information session for those interested in financing and rehabbing a Land Bank home. The presentation will include an overview of  the ways Home HeadQuarters can help investors, including information on rehab loans and flexible financing. For more information, click here.

Photo Friday: Denailing for Salt Works

Written by admin  • October 17, 2014

We had an amazing turnout of volunteers this Tuesday to denail timber for Salt Works! Many thanks to Stephen Terzolo and 40 Below for helping us organize the event. Soon those beams will be transformed into artisan furniture!

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Enter to Win SU Basketball Tickets and Support the Washington Square Park Renovation

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 9, 2014


If you’d like to get your hands on tickets to six SU Basketball home games this season, the Washington Square Park Renovation Committee might be able to help. They’re currently raffling off a six pack of tickets for you and a friend to attend games between November and February. Raffle tickets are $20 each and benefit the revitalization efforts beginning in Washington Square Park.

The raffle tickets are available for purchase until October 29th and the winner will be chosen at the Pastime Athletic Club (1314 North Salina Street) on November 2nd, 7:00 PM. You must be present to win.

To purchase raffle tickets, visit the Pastime Athletic Club or mail a check or money order and a note with your name, address, and phone number to the Washington Square Park Renovation Committee at PO Box 11292; Syracuse, NY 13218. Please make all checks or money orders payable to NEHDA, Inc. (Northeast Hawley Development Association). Raffle tickets will be sent via mail to the purchaser.  Please call Maureen at 401-8592 with questions.

New Lunch Spot in Hawley-Green

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 8, 2014

Laci's Lunchbox

Laci’s Tapas Bar has many reasons to celebrate this month: they were voted the Best LGBT Friendly Bar & Eatery in the Syracuse New Time‘s Best of Syracuse contest, plus they just opened their new lunch spot, Laci’s Lunchbox. You can find this eatery at 115 Green Street in the same purple building as 83 & Company. Their menu consists of paninis, soups, salads, smoothies, and a selection of coffee drinks. Check out their Facebook to stay updated on their hours and menu options.