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On the Calendar: Festival of the Arts, Culture Gala, and a Bike Ride Fundraiser

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • May 3, 2017



This May, our friends at the St. Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum, Hopeprint, and ArtRage are all planning special events this month.


Festival of the Arts

WHEN: Saturday, May 6 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: St. Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum, 601 N. Townsend Street

The Festival of the Arts celebrates “the art of dance, cuisine, painting, language, music, and gardening” on the anniversary of St. Joseph’s Hospital opening day in 1869. The Shrine & Museum will feature exhibits, displays, and workshops during the event that showcase the creativity of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. Workshops include lessons in the ukulele and Hula dancing. $10 donation is suggested at the door, but not required. For a full list of details, visit SaintMarianne.org. Stay up-to-date on the event, by joining the Facebook invite.


Hopeprint’s Culture Gala 2017

WHEN: Friday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: SKY Armory, 351 S. Clinton Street

Hopeprint’s annual fundraiser features a cocktail hour, five-course meal, entertainment, and an afterparty. The meal “highlight[s] the flavors of the world at our doorstep” and is influenced by chef consultants for the Hopeprint family to ensure the flavors of their culture come through. As guests enjoy dinner, the stage is filled with ethnic dance and music performances, culminating in a “multi-cultural” dance party. For ticket information, including a student discount, visit Hopeprint.org. Stay up-to-date on the event, by joining the Facebook invite.


Re-cycling History: ArtRageous Bike Ride Fundraiser

WHEN: Sunday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave.

Re-cycling History is a fundraiser to help support ArtRage’s mission and educate the community about the history of social justice in our area. There are three routes to choose from when registering for the bike ride with different destination points for each: Skä•noñh – Great Law of Peace Center is an 11 mile ride; Matilda Joslyn Gage House is a 20 mile ride; and Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum is a 38 mile ride. Each site will feature a short presentation before the return-trip back to ArtRage gallery to enjoy lunch and the current exhibit, AT ALL COSTS: Photographs of American Workers by Earl Dotter. Registration begins at $25. To learn more about Re-cycling History, visit ArtRageGallery.org. Stay up-to-date on the event, by joining the Facebook invite.

Photo Friday: Blooms at the Ready

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 24, 2017


I-81 Redesign: Next Steps for the Northside

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 15, 2017


Thank you to everyone who advocated for the Northside and asked the DOT to reexamine the negative impacts the I-81 redesign would have on our neighborhood! Your support gave weight to the discussions our neighborhood stakeholders group held with members of DOT and public officials. With the project put in a holding pattern to allow for an outside review of options, we are expecting DOT will develop more sensitive solutions for the highway north of I-690.

This project is still ongoing and we expect there may be times when we’ll need to inform the community and ask for your help. If you’re interested in these updates, join our “Save the Northside: I-81 Impacts” email list so that we can easily get back in touch with you!

For more information about our efforts during the I-81 redesign, click here.

InterFaith Works Honors Individuals Dedicated to Ending Racism

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 13, 2017

InterFaith Racial Justice Awards

WHAT: InterFaith Works’ 2017 Racial Justice Awards

WHEN: Wednesday, March 1 at 5:30 PM

WHERE: Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genessee Street, Syracuse

TICKETS:  Please reserve your tickets by Friday, February 17th. The suggested ticket donation is between $30 and $150. Any gift above $30 is tax-deductible. Purchase your tickets securely online. Or, print a ticket reservation form. Questions?  Contact Gwen Sanders at 315-449-3552, ext. 119, or email her at gsanders@interfaithworkscny.org.

Racial Justice Awards is InterFaith Works‘ annual event to recognize and honor individuals and organizations who work towards ending racism and promoting social equity. This year’s honorees include,

Zau Jat N-Hkum will receive the Youth Award for the different ways he has stood up against homophobia, Islamophobia, and racism in Syracuse schools.

Judge Jawwaad Rasheed will receive the Catalyst Award for his work in the community, including his role as the co-director of the Junior Frontiers of Mohawk Valley, an African-American civic organization with the goal of providing support to minority children.

Laurel Ullyette will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to supporting international and transracial adoption.

The Brady Faith Center will receive the Organizational Award for their work as an “Oasis for Peace, Hope, and Justice” on Syracuse’s South Side.

To learn more about the nominees and see all the event details, visit InterFaithWorksCNY.org. The ceremony and reception will be followed by Syracuse Stage’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ at 7:30 p.m.

Photo Friday: View From Rose Hill Cemetery

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 10, 2017

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Statements From the Northside’s Refugee Resettlement Organizations

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • February 2, 2017



Over the past weeks, several organizations on the Northside have spoken out about the Executive Orders on immigration and refugee resettlement policies. Both InterFaith Works and Catholic Charities of Onondaga County work to resettle refugees in our city, helping them to find shelter, employment, medical care, and more. They’ve both published statements announcing their “solidarity with immigrants and refugees” and discussing how the ban could effect their efforts.

Statement on Executive Orders: Catholic Charities of Onondaga County

“Locally, Catholic Charities has worked with New Americans for decades.  We are familiar with the struggles of immigrants as well as being well-versed in their countless contributions. Syracuse is a city with a proud immigrant history that includes the Irish, Polish, Greek, Germans, Italians, Ukranians, and many more.  The integration of 21stcentury immigrants and refugees is a continuation of that history.

According to Executive Director, Mike Melara, ‘There are over 200 refugees that are currently in the queue to come to Syracuse.  They have endured years of persecution and, in some cases, torture, only to find their hopes of freedom dashed by the stroke of a pen.  This is a human tragedy.’  While the new administration wants to take 120 days to suspend all resettlements so it can examine the refugee vetting process, Melara contends that this information is readily available.  ’The process for vetting refugees is rigorous and well documented.’ 

Catholic Charities reaffirms its solidarity with immigrants and refugees who come to this nation to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their neighbors.”

To read the entire statement, click here. 


Beth A. Broadway’s letter to friends and constituents regarding the Executive Order on refugee resettlement: InterFaith Works

“The recent Executive Order of the Trump Administration severely limits refugee resettlement for our nation. It is a bitter pill to swallow for an agency like ours which has worked tirelessly to support the hundreds of people coming out of war and terror to find a new home in a new land. 

The Order halts the arrival of new refugees for at least four months, preventing mothers from joining their children, husbands from joining their wives and families, and sisters from joining their brothers. Our agency has specialized in the reunification of families who have been separated from each other and one of our greatest joys has been to see these reunifications happen at the airport and in our community. . .

Our agency will not close. Our work and mission are more important now than ever before. Our Board, supporters, and staff are committed to using this time to strengthen the agency’s ability to serve refugees once the American door is again open to them. We are committed to an expanded dialogue to include ALL Americans, including those that support the Trump agenda, so that honest, courageous conversations can be fostered.

In the four months of closure, we will be forced to lay off a significant number of staff and reduce salaries for even more. Every one of us remains committed to the mission of the agency, and we pledge to undertake this regrettable task with dignity for all.

AND, we will redouble our efforts . . .”

To read the entirety of the letter, click here.


To follow the efforts of both organizations during this time, follow them on Facebook and visit their websites:

InterFaith Work’s Facebook page and website

CCOC’s Facebook Page and website

CYO Shares Photos from Family Photo Day

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • January 26, 2017

Family Photo Day

Photo credit: Catholic Charities of Onondaga County

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County recently shared some snapshots of Family Photo Day at the Northside CYO. Kate Holmes,  BIA Rep and ONA Manager at CYO, acted as photographer for each of the families eager to get their picture taken.

“’A lot of these families haven’t had portraits taken,’ Kate said as she waited for another family to step up to her makeshift studio. ‘Or if they have, they’ve only been for documentation purposes. So they don’t smile. They’re very stoic. But they do smile when they see the results.’”

To read the full story and see some of the pictures from the photo session, visit Catholic Charities’ blog.

And The Winner Is . . .

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • December 20, 2016


On December 16th, NEHDA announced the winner of NBP’s holiday lighting contest:

“And the winner of the Lights on the Northside 2016 Holiday Lighting Contest is…. Laci’s Tapas Bar! Congratulations! They came in first with an amazing 205 votes. In second place we have Hairanoia with 110 votes, and in third place we have Syracuse Northeast Community Center with 88 votes.

NBP would like to sincerely thank everyone who made the contest possible. Special thanks to our nine participating businesses, who took time out of their busy schedules to brighten their communities. Individuals such as yourselves are the ones that make the Northside such a great place to live, work, and play.”

The team at Laci’s always works hard to make their restaurant feel warm and welcoming to guests. Plus, their menu is often filled with comfort foods like chicken riggies and beef wellington, all done in tapas style for easy sharing.

To learn more about Laci’s, visit their website and follow them on Facebook.

Cast Your Vote Today: “Lights on the Northside”

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • December 15, 2016


Today is the last day you can vote for your favorite decorated business on the Northside! Visit the “Lights on the Northside” photo album on NEHDA’s Facebook to view the contestants. Each “like” is equivalent to 1 vote.

In addition to the Facbeook voting, the Northside Business Partnership (NBP) has also appeared at two events to gather votes: SyracuseFirst’s Buy Local Bash and NEHDA’s Northside Holiday Party. These votes will be added to the “likes” on Facebook in order to determine the winner.


Because the decorations are so detailed this year, NBP encourages the community to visit the storefronts in person during holiday shopping trips in the neighborhood. Participating businesses include, Cooperative Federal, Laci’s Tapas Bar, Red Olive, Syracuse Northeast Community Center, Syracuse Soapworks, Thanos Import Market, Speach Family Candy Shoppe, Hairanoia, D’bautista Beauty & Barber Shop.

Local Artist Inspired by the Northside

Written by Mary Beth Schwartzwalder  • December 6, 2016


Photos by Photo By Frank Ordonez, The Post-Standard

Last month, Syracuse.com’s Marnie Eisenstadt published an article that explores the life and career of local artist and former Syracuse University Professor, David MacDonald. MacDonald “fell in love with pottery by accident” at a young age and used art to express his feelings about life as a black man in America. Today, he finds inspiration in the vibrancy of the Northside.

“As a young man, MacDonald’s work focused on what it felt like to be a black man in the U.S. in the late 1960s and 1970s. It was social protest. ‘Then I realized that my work was about being angry. And being frustrated,’ says MacDonald, whose beard is completely white now. ‘I would try to find something to be pissed off about and try to turn that into a body of work.’

As he got older, MacDonald realized it was too hard to stay angry . . . He refocused on his African heritage, incorporating African patterns into his designs.

MacDonald’s work now is also inspired by the modern day as much as history. His ‘figurative urns’, made this year, are based on an image from a bleak winter day on Syracuse’s North Side. He was eating a slice of pizza in his truck after running an errand. From the corner of his eye, MacDonald saw beautiful colors billowing. It was Somali women, dressed in traditional African robes, walking down the sidewalk.

In a bleak landscape, they were beautiful movement. MacDonald captured that in his clay. The urns curve like a woman’s figure. The geometric patterns wrap around and around: You can’t help but move to see the rest.”

To read the article in it’s entirety, visit Syracuse.com.