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Monthly Archives: June 2015

World Refugee Day Recap

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 30, 2015

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The World Refugee Day celebration on June 20th brought together the Syracuse community to celebrate the achievements of the refugees who have settled in our city.

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The event was composed of a soccer and volleyball tournament, music and dance from different cultures, food from My Lucky Tummy, and an interactive art display.

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To view all the photos from the event, visit World Refugee Day in Syracuse’s Facebook page.

Photo Friday: Reflections of our neighbors

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 26, 2015

More than a place to clean your clothes, The Laundry Room celebrates their customers by hanging flags from their home countries.

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UP Start Presents: Bhutan House Recap

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 23, 2015

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On June 20th, over 100 people came out to the Pastime Athletic Club to support Hari Bangaley and his business concept for the Bhutan House, a restaurant that combines Bhutanese food and culture under one roof. Guests were able to meet Hari, taste authentic Bhutanese food served by Hari’s family and friends during the three-course dinner, and enjoy several dance performances throughout the evening.

UP Start Syracuse is a business incubation collaborative that targets emerging entrepreneurs within Syracuse’s urban neighborhoods. As part of the program, UP Start Presents is an event designed to provide entrepreneurs with the hands-on experiences necessary to test their products in the market while connecting with customers to provide valuable feedback on their business concept.

To learn more about Hari and any of his upcoming events, subscribe to our email list. For more photos of the event, check out our Facebook album.

Photo Friday: Photos from home

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 19, 2015

This Saturday, experience Hari’s world: www.centerstateceo.com/…/UP-Start-Presents-Bhutan-H…/details

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Working from the Bottom Up

Written by Joe Russo  • June 18, 2015

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 recall deciding in the spring of 1974 to approach my father about going into business together. After high school I attended LeMoyne College and then Oswego State. I traveled to California and back several times. In my heart I always longed to be a part of the family business. I admired my father’s skill. He was a toolmaker by trade. Injured in World War II, and unable to go back to his factory job at the conclusion of the war, he looked for a new livelihood. Armondo always had an interest in photography before the war. When the opportunity to train for the camera repair business arrived he made the leap. He married my mom, Sarah, as soon as he returned from war torn Europe. Training for a new career of course seemed risky. The G.I. Bill covered tuition and some expenses. After two years of training my father returned home and found his newly acquired skills did not open the door to employment. He was going to have to start his own business. Many of his friends and family members said he would be better off selling linoleum at the Busy Bee. He was making $9.00 a week, big money in post war Syracuse.

Armondo first tried to set up his camera repair shop downtown. It was a second floor location on the corner of Jefferson and Warren Streets. It didn’t work out. He relocated to the 900 block of North Salina Street right next store to Guerra’s Meat Market. Isaiah Guerra was a father-like figure to Armondo. He was kind and helpful and encouraged him to pursue his dream.

In 1974 I became restless and anxious. I had work experience with disappointing jobs in Journalism and Social Work and felt it was time to tell my father I wanted to pursue camera repair as a career. I grew up with the family business and felt I knew enough already. Early one morning in March I parked behind the camera shop and announced to Dad as I burst through the door that I wanted to go into business with him. He smiled then sipped his coffee. “That’s a nice idea but what exactly can you do to earn enough money to pay your salary?” He asked and I answered in generalities which served only to make his point. I really did not know nearly enough about the camera repair business to bring in sufficient cash flow. After about an hour of talking and speculating and reminiscing I came to the conclusion our working partnership was not going to happen. Dad folded both of his arms across his chest and looked at me with a serious expression that I knew all too well.

“The only way you can make it here is by working your way from the bottom up” he said. Surprised but jubilant I agreed immediately even though I didn’t really know what he meant by “…working from the bottom up.” The following Monday I found out. I was mopping the floor, washing the windows, answering the phone, ordering parts, making deliveries, everything but repairing cameras. When I completed my bottom up tasks he would have a camera waiting for me. Something I could learn on, take apart, and put together again. They were wonderful times, just my Dad and me. I wanted so much to make him proud and show him how much I had learned. I struggled, laughed, and learning so much about repair work and business in general. I wish I had taken more time to savor those moments. Because learning from the bottom up was one of the best experiences I have ever had.

Photo Friday: Scenes from the Isabella Street Tapestry Garden

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 12, 2015

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The Cathedral Candle Company: A Photo Essay from Syracuse.com

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 10, 2015

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This week, Mike Greenlar profiled The Cathedral Candle Company in a photo essay that depicts the people, machines, and workmanship necessary to make quality candles. Founded in 1897, the Company is still owned by the Steigerwald family and still uses some of the original methods from that time period.

“The assembly lines of molds, presses and inventive automation devices built to Jacob Steigerwald’s specifications still operate alongside modern state-of-the-art equipment.”

To read the entire article and view the photographs, visit Syracuse.com.

UP Start Presents: Bhutan House

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 9, 2015

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Hari Bangaley is testing his business idea, the Bhutan House, during our next UP Start Presents event on June 20th! Guests will get an opportunity to experience Hari’s concept for his business, the Bhutan House, a restaurant that brings together Bhutanese food and culture. Seating for the event is limited. Tickets are available for purchase through CenterState CEO.  To learn about all the event features, click here.

Photo Friday: Welcome back!

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 5, 2015

We’re so happy to have Stasya back from maternity leave! Her positive energy, fun spirit, and creative outlook is a guiding force in our office. Our Northside UP family feels whole again!

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IMPRESSIONS: South Sudan Opens at ArtRage

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • June 4, 2015


“The photographs reflect the rampant poverty and public health crisis as well as the dignity and grace of a people who persevere despite centuries of conflict.” -ArtRageGallery.org

ArtRage Gallery‘s new exhibition, IMPRESSIONS: South Sudan, is a series of photographs and commentary that depicts the lives of those living in the South Sudan prior to the formation of an autonomous South Sudan in 2011. The photos are taken on separate trips by photographers Michelle Gabel, a past photojournalist for the Syracuse Media Group and former student of  Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, and Bruce Strong, a professor at the Newhouse School. Each photo is representative of “specific conditions and struggles of the South Sudanese” prior to 2011 and is part of the broader context of the “debilitating effects of all wars,” regardless of location or time period.

Maureen Sieh’s commentary that accompanies the photographs, adds a contextual element to the exhibition. Sieh is a former reporter for Syracuse Newspapers and currently works as an independent journalist in Africa.

IMPRESSIONS: South Sudan opens Saturday, June 6th and will run until July 18th during normal gallery hours. For a list of events connected with the exhibit, click here.