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Photo Friday | Friar Richard Riccioli

Written by admin  • March 16, 2018

“My faith and spirituality as a Franciscan Friar teaches me that all of creation is meant to live in mutuality and interdependence. As a community on the Northside we can only accomplish this by working together and finding those points of convergence and areas where we complement one another. It’s this approach that will help stimulate development that is economically sustainable and inclusive. “


We’re grateful for the team we’ve established and want to celebrate our Steering Committee members. Thank you, Friar Rick and Assumption Church, for taking part in our work!

Interested in getting involved? Send us an email at info@northsideup.org.

Photo Friday: Cali Nellis Khakoo

Written by admin  • March 2, 2018

“Collaboration between governmental and nonprofit agencies, with neighbors and property owners, is crucial in the neighborhood revitalization process to ensure that all people and places within the neighborhood are equitably represented and served by the projects undertaken in the effort to improve quality of life in the city. The unique perspectives expressed by each invested organization or individual lend themselves to developing unique solutions in addressing the development and service challenges in the Northside and I am proud to serve on the steering committee as one voice among many for the good of the neighborhood.”


For more reflections by our Steering Committee, click here. Interested in getting involved? Send us an email at info@northsideup.org.

Building Bridges One Soccer Goal at a Time

Written by admin  • March 1, 2018

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.”

Maureen Dore is someone you should know. Imagine having no money, resources or connections. Your only assets are persistence and a desire to get the job done. Why? Because there are young people in need without a voice. Maureen has become the voice for a small group of young people. Her determination is impressive and her accomplishments significant.

In my search for answers to how the soccer goals found their way to Washington Square Park I met with Maureen Dore. In her walks around the Northside, Maureen noticed that wherever there was a green patch of grass young people kicked a soccer ball across, in and through the available green space. It seemed obvious to her that placing goals on the field would help give some sense of order and purpose to an otherwise random and chaotic frenzy. She got on the phone and began calling people and charitable agencies. She was looking for advice, insight maybe even some financial assistance.

Soccer goals are expensive, long and heavy. Even if she had the money to buy the goals how would she be able to transport and set them up? Using the persuasive argument that soccer goals were good for the neighborhood Maureen was able to convince some important people to support the cause. Lou Vinciguerra, Pete Ramin, and the Welch Allyn Corporation found a way to financially support the effort.  Lou is a long time northsider dedicated to providing positive experiences for kids on the northside. He uses soccer as a tool to reach them. Pete is owner of the Baldwinsville Indoor Sports Center and the Silver Knights (our professional indoor soccer team). Welch Allyn is a very successful medical equipment manufacturing company. These three stake holders funded the purchase, plus the transportion and set up of the equipment… but the effort didn’t end there.

As soon as the goals went up the games began and more challenges appeared. A different group of young men played basketball at Washington Square. They viewed the group of immigrants and refugees with suspicion. This was their park and basketball was king. Maureen once again stepped in as a mediator and found that the basketball players had difficulties similar to the soccer players, both groups of boys are on their own finding a place to play their game.

Maureen buys soccer shoes for those who need them and petitions the DPW to turn on the water fountain so the boys can take a water break between games. However there doesn’t seem to be an organized effort to fill the gaps and help these teenagers mature and grow.  I have to keep searching because I haven’t found an answer to my original questions. How do our youth see what the future holds for them? Is it a promising future or is it something less?

Laura Serway on Leadership

Written by admin  • February 27, 2018

Laura Serway and her partner, Cindy Seymour, opened Laci’s Tapas Bar in 2010. Since then, we’ve seen them invest passionately in relationships and community. Today Syracuse.com is featuring Laura’s perspective on leadership:

“Their influence and leadership extends into the Hawley-Green District, where they nurture entrepreneurs, rehab properties, and have become an anchor for a place where Victorian architecture, walkability, and neighborhood spirit are celebrated.

(Laura) …My pop (John Serway) is my mentor. As a child, I would walk through the factories with him, holding his hand and watching what he did. He would stop and talk to every person in the shop every day – and with a smile. He may say to them: This piece of wood looks right. Or you need to put the planer to this one more time. Whatever it was, he always spoke to people in a calm, easy way. He always felt that he worked for his people. He knew he was the boss, the owner, but he was always showing, teaching, coaching, praising. “

Read the full article at Syracuse.com.

Relaunch of Iconic Northside Beer

Written by admin  • February 22, 2018

Onondaga Historical Association and Willow Rock Brewing Company are partnering to re-launch one of the iconic beers of the Northside:

“Congress, once brewed by the Haberle Brewery on Syracuse’s North Side, was the last of the “old school” pre-craft era beers made in Syracuse…The Haberle brewery, last located at Butternut and North McBride streets, first opened in the late 1800s, when it was one of almost  a dozen breweries operating on the city’s North Side or along the Erie Canal. It reopened in 1933 after Prohibition and closed in 1962.”

Read the full article on Syracuse.com.

Onondaga Historical Association

Which reminds us of this post by Joe a few years back – The King of Beer Lives on the Northside: “A larger than life statue of the good king protruded from the outer wall of the Haberle Brewing Company… Empowered by the thrill of getting away with something we waited for the closest workman to turn his back toward us. Then in Keystone Cops fashion we tripped and stumbled over each other while lunging for the beer.”

Read up on Joe’s adventure at the brewery here.

Overcoming the Language Barrier

Written by admin  • February 21, 2018

“Struggling to find a good paying job and being able to pay your bills at times is a significant challenge. Now imagine that you do not speak the language native to your home. How would you find work? Where would you turn to for assistance? City Limits: A Poverty Project‘s Brian Moore attempts to answer these question in this latest report.”

Though this piece focuses on the Near Westside neighborhood, the same questions are relevant to many residents on the Northside of Syracuse… and have been for generations. Listen in on the City Limits website.


Hopeprint wins DISHES micro-grant

Written by admin  • February 20, 2018

Huge congrats to Hopeprint, who won a $2,000 micro-grant this past Sunday at Salt City Dishes. We look forward to seeing their project – Navigating Syracuse – brought to life!

Donze’s Demolition

Written by admin  • February 15, 2018

After nearly a decade, 618 N. Townsend St. (originally home to Sam Donze’s Meats) is coming down. In its place will be a three story mixed-use structure with retail space on the first floor and apartments on the second and third floor.

Free Tax Prep Returns this Weekend

Written by admin  • February 12, 2018

Cooperative FederalNortheast Hawley Development Association, Inc. – NEHDA, Inc. and the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne College are partnering together again to provide free tax prep to the community. First opportunity to participate begins this Saturday.



Photo Friday: Neighbors

Written by admin  • February 9, 2018

Slowly, but surely, the home of Yeshua Restoration Ministries has been transforming. From blighted property to neighborhood hub, from vacant lot to soccer field, from yellow to blue – we can’t wait to spend time on this expanded front porch drinking tea with Lou and Anne.