I met and wrote about Eastwood neighbor Rebecca Fuentes some time ago, but it wasn’t until we took the Community Foundation’s “The Leadership Classroom” course together that I got to know what a quiet powerhouse she is. Taking the course meant showing up for most of a Saturday, once a month for nine months. Plus there . . . → Read More: Eastwood powerhouse Rebecca Fuentes
The upcoming A-OK Weekend – that’s Acts Of Kindness – is a fabulous opportunity to get to know our city better. If all we do is read about what others in other neighborhoods are doing that weekend, it’s a start. But if we go visit other neighborhoods and get to know some other people, how much . . . → Read More: A city united through performance art
We awoke in the middle of the night to a thunderous crash that sounded so close, I thought a tree had come through our roof. Within seconds, however, we saw the cause of the sound: a car across the street had plowed through a utility pole and hit a tree. Live wires were down in puddles . . . → Read More: Who’s my neighbor?
Written by Maureen Harding, published with her permission:
There are several myths floating out there in Syracuse that somehow mistakenly are taken as “fact” concerning the Walkable Eastwood group of neighbors:
Myth: Redevelopment at the northeast corner of James and Midler (the former location of Steak & Sundae ) is being prevented by the Walkable Eastwood group.
Fact: The . . . → Read More: Urban myths about Walkable Eastwood
Here in Eastwood we like to walk… as if you couldn’t tell. Given that, and in order to more easily meet our neighbors, we’re proposing folks take a walk at a particular time each week: Sunday evenings between 6:30 and 7:30.
If you don’t want to walk, you can just sit out on your porch or front . . . → Read More: Sunday Evening Strolls
Sean Kirst, a columnist and blogger at the Post-Standard, has written great columns about various aspects of Eastwood. This is one you won’t want to miss, as it exemplifies what urban living in a close-knit community looks and acts like: people who care for each other.
Neighbors step up . . . → Read More: Sean Kirst: “Neighbors step up for emergency”
In memory of Joe-joe and Julia Sgroi
The tragic fire suffered by our neighbors some weeks ago will affect its survivors for the rest of their lives. So that they might be assured of our care for them, we ask that you go out of your way to buy as many of these bracelets as . . . → Read More: Support the Mia Sgroi Education Fund
Eastwood is a tight knit community and there’s no greater evidence of this than when folks need support. Early this evening we walked the few blocks in a cold, penetrating rain from our house to 272 Burns Ave. Well before we got to that block we saw cars lining the streets, a few families walking toward us, and a couple news trucks. As we passed a damp mother and her preschool-age children, we heard a a sob. Continue reading Neighbors come together at scene of fire
A terrible fire has claimed the lives of three of our neighbors, Lisa Epolito and her children, Joseph and Julia Sgroi. Our hearts go out to their family, especially to Lisa’s daughter Mia Sgroi and Lisa’s boyfriend, Sean Chetney, who were hospitalized but released. Continue reading Eastwood mourns the loss of three neighbors
Do any Walkable Eastwood readers remember Cliff Hart? The “Blond Bomber Boxer”? Golden Gloves champ? Maybe this bit about the Eastern Golden Gloves Finals from a New York Times article (March 7, 1946) will stir your memory, or at least your soul: Continue reading Two fighters from Eastwood
We’re avid readers of Anthony Bourdain’s books. Two of them have impacted our family somewhat dramatically. The first was Kitchen Confidential. Aside from being just a great read, it was also the third book our then-early-adolescent son read. He read it cover to cover, but it was at the third chapter that he came running to announce that he wanted to be a chef. Why? He pointed to the title of Chapter 3: “Food is Sex”. That did it. A couple culinary degrees under his belt, he’s now in charge of the mignardises in a restaurant in New York.
But the book that continues to inspire me is A Cook’s Tour, and specifically the chapter, “Where Food Comes From“. Read it, and you’ll understand why he says that where our food comes from is not always pretty. But it’s the larger concept behind that chapter that makes me think a lot and sometimes do strange things.
Strange thing #1: I make coffee in a 70-year-old vacuum coffee pot.
Continue reading Where food comes from
Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today (TNT)
Huntington School (at Sunnycrest and Forest Hill)
Monday, 1/28/08 at 7pm
Discussion: Neighborhoods of Choice. Continue reading Please come: important TNT meeting Jan. 28
No-one creates a blog like this one if they don’t love the city in which they live. But not all the news is good. Syracuse is being used, fairly, as an example of environmental racism. Did you know that we were featured in Ms. Magazine last spring? Take a look. From that article:
The civic leaders of Syracuse, like those in other places, put sewage and water-treatment plants, along with numerous other environmental hazards, within or very close to the city’s poor communities. Not surprisingly, the health problems experienced by residents of those communities as a result of the pollutants are tremendous. To take just one measure, the asthma rate of the predominately African American community situated on the edge of Syracuse’s industrialized area and the interstate is 13 times higher than in the rest of Onondaga County. Women and children in particular bear the brunt of the health problems.
I don’t know about you, but I find this appalling. Continue reading Syracuse: nationally known for environmental racism
Last year, a few of your fun-loving neighbors marched in the Eastwood Memorial Day Parade under the auspices of Eastwood Neighborhood Watch Groups (NWG) and had a g-r-e-a-t time! Along with carrying the NWG banner, they wore and carried signs with the NWG logo, wore funny and not-so-funny hats, filled the air . . . → Read More: Memorial Day Parade 2007
The Perfect Weekend of 2007. It will be remembered, I’m sure, as that glorious two days that were the polar opposite of the previous weekend when fat, heavy snow stuck to every surface and piled up not as inches but as gallons of water content. On what other 75-degree day can you still walk past snow banks?
Continue reading Gracious living
Eastwood has a lot of Neighborhood Watch Groups. Its’ a great way to meet your neighbors and work together to keep Eastwood a safe, enjoyable place to live.
The Neighborhood Watch Groups of Syracuse
Neighborhood Watch News – winter/spring 2007
Syracuse Police Department
Annual reports, crime maps, neighborhood statistics, and more!
Email our local officers:
Capt. Mark McArdle: firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Jim Saturno: . . . → Read More: Neighborhood Watch Groups