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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Photo Friday: Have a safe and happy Halloween

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 30, 2015


Speach Family Candy Shoppe’s 95th Anniversary Celebration

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 29, 2015

Speach banner 1

As a child, Michael Speach remembers his family spending the holidays making and selling confections. The constant influx of sweets and the demanding hours of a small business meant that the Speach family sometimes had to put their own spin on tradition. “For Easter,” Michael remembers, “we would get fruit baskets because we were around candy all the time.” But the winter holidays were perhaps the busiest for the family who was called on to fill a high volume of candy orders. “My family used to have a huge Christmas party after the new year,” Michael explains. This was the time when his family and other business owners in the community could comfortably “hang out and be social.”

Today, Speach Family Candy Shoppe‘s Annual Open House is in the same vein as his family’s non-traditional Christmas party: an opportunity for his family, friends, and fellow business owners to come together and celebrate without the demands of the shopping season. Over the last several years, Michael has organized this party before the holiday rush, before he’ll be required to call on friends and family to gather at the shop for a very different reason: to help him fill orders, late into the evening.

Speach banner 2

This year’s open house will mark an important anniversary for the Speach business as they commemorate “95 years of sweetness in Central New York,” a legacy that has become a staple not only on the Northside, but throughout our region. The celebration will stretch into the weekend: November 6th and 7th from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM each day.  Guests can enjoy  samples of Speach’s candy, tastings from a variety of local businesses, special pricing for pre-holiday orders, and a raffle for 50 different prizes to benefit The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, ACR Health, Hope for Heather, Maureen’s Hope, and the Alzheimer’s Association. The event is free and open to the public.

To learn more about The Speach Family Candy Shoppe (including their history), visit their website. Keep up-to-date on the Open House festivities by joining their event on Facebook.

Saturday: Northside Community Tree Planting

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 28, 2015

Tree planting banner

This Saturday from 10 AM – 12 PM, Save the Rain along with Yeshua Restoration Ministries, the Onondaga Earth Corps, the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County, are organizing a community tree planting for the Northside community to incorporate 38 trees into the streetscape. Participants will meet at the Freedom Garden, located at the corner of Lodi Street and North Townsend. All ages are welcome. Please dress appropriately, including warm clothing and sneakers.

Contact Kat Korba at 315-424-9485 ext. 230 to be a part of the planting team. For more details, check out the event flier.

NDC Visits Syracuse

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 27, 2015

NDC for website

Today is day two of intense workshops and discussions with the Neighborhood Development Center (NDC), a Minnesota-based organization whose work “building neighborhood economies from within” has inspired our work throughout the years. We’re excited to bring some of our city’s stakeholders together this week to explore and learn from NDC and their model for harnessing entrepreneurial talent and enacting place-based revitalization.

To learn more about NDC, visit their website and “like” them on Facebook.

Photo Friday: Play transforms place

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 23, 2015

Playground build

In My Father’s Kitchen Introduces a Line of Pasta Sauce that Supports their Mission

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 21, 2015

New Times In My Father's Kitchen

The Syracuse New Times sat down with John Tumino, former co-owner of Asti Caffe and the founder of In My Father’s Kitchen. The article highlights his work to feed the homeless and a new effort to support the mission of In My Father’s Kitchen: Taste and See Pasta Sauce.

“Last month, In My Father’s Kitchen introduced Taste and See pasta sauce, now on sale Fridays at its storefront office and resource center at 501 Hawley Ave. The sauce is sold in 24-ounce jars and costs $6.95. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s mission of connecting with and feeding the chronically homeless and refugees adjusting to a new life in Syracuse, as well as assisting the homeless in taking steps to ‘come inside.’

Made with all the traditional ingredients — tomatoes, onions, garlic and basil, with a hint of crushed red pepper — the sauce is a natural for Tumino. After all, it’s his grandmother’s recipe.

The sauce, which Tumino concocted regularly at Asti, is now part of the comforting meals he creates for his outreach, assisted by volunteers he calls sous chefs. Now he’s making it in 300-jar batches in the shared kitchen at Nelson Farms, a food processing incubator and Made in New York foods store operated by SUNY Morrisville.

‘This sauce is quality food, made with love,’ Tumino says. ‘Now it’s going for a greater good. It’s supporting our mission. When you eat it, you’re sustaining yourself and you’re helping to sustain other people. You’re eating with a purpose.'”

To read the article in its entirety, visit the New Times’ website.

Volunteers Needed for Washington Square Park’s KaBOOM Playground Build

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 19, 2015

Washington Square park

This Wednesday and Thursday, Washington Square Park is getting a makeover. Thanks to support from KaBOOM, a group of neighborhood residents led by Maureen Dore are building several play structures for the children in our community. Volunteers are needed to help dig, assemble, and surface the new playground, creating a revamped, family-friendly space.

You may remember Maureen as the driving force in the Union Park build in 2012. That project was also funded in part by KaBOOM,  a national non-profit “dedicated to giving all kids the childhood they deserve.”

If you’re interested in being part of this effort, please contact Diane McGuire at  679-2407 or dmcguire128@gmail.com.

Photo Friday: Leaves and glass

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 16, 2015


“Paint Away Poverty” Fundraiser for The Syracuse Northeast Community Center

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 13, 2015


The Syracuse Northeast Community Center‘s (SNCC) mission is to “work with area residents to provide services and programs that address the changing needs and interests of the city’s north/northeast neighborhoods.” Among their programs are a suite of family support services, including the Basic Needs Emergency Food Pantry that supplies both families and individuals with 3 days worth of groceries and personal care items.

In trend with our city’s “paint night” events, SNCC invites the community to “Paint Away Poverty,” an opportunity to support the Basic Needs Food Pantry and create a painting with the instruction of artist Casey Landerkin. Tickets are $45 in advance and available here. Your ticket includes all painting supplies, plus seasonal food and drink. Seats are limited. For more details, visit SNCC’s Facebook invite.

Photo Friday: Mexican Cuisine in the Gateway to Many Nations

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • October 9, 2015

Welcome to the Northside San Miguel Mexican Restaurante! Visit Syracuse.com for an interview with the owner.

New Mexican Restaurant