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Archive for May, 2011

I81: A Green Option

Monday, May 30th, 2011

High Line Park, NYC

High Line Park, NYC

The debate on the future of Route I 81 continues.

Last week, I saw High Line Park in New York and found it to be an interesting infusion of green space into the Chelsea neighborhood.

The Genius of Generosity

Friday, May 27th, 2011
Teen Tech graduates with class sponsor Sam Haines (front right) and class instructor Natisha Crossman (front left)

Teen Tech graduates with class sponsor Sam Haines (front right) and class instructor Natisha Crossman (front left)

Mercy Works, Inc.’s  Teen Tech Program held their 2011 Spring graduation  this week.  For completing the coursework, participating students received computers that were donated by Lemoyne College.  The  class was sponsored by Nixon Gear.  The guest speaker for the program was Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler.

Vision Center Program Director Gina Rivers and Frank Fowler at the Teen Tech graduation program

Chief Frank Fowler speaks to the students at the 2011 Spring Teen Tech graduation.  He was introduced by Vision Center Program Director Gina Rivers (left).

Fashion Week (part 1)

Saturday, May 21st, 2011
Designer Syreeta Chantal Herbert (center) with her family in New York. Herbert's designs were featured in the 2011 Gala on Thursday.

Designer Syreeta Chantal Herbert (center) with her family in New York city. Herbert’s designs were featured in the 2011 Gala on Thursday.

Here are photographs from two fashion shows we attended last week: one in Syracuse, and one in New York city.

Designer, model Dionna Owens at the Palace Theater for the Swagger & Sweets Fundraiser

Designer and model Dionna Owens takes a bow at the Swagger & Sweets Fundraiser at the Palace Theater in Syracuse on Sunday.

A Desperate Housewife (with Style)

Friday, May 20th, 2011
Vanessa Williams, Icon of Style

Vanessa Williams, Icon of Style

Syracuse University alum, singer, actress and former Miss America Vanessa Williams was presented with the 2011 Icon of Style Award last night at JP Morgan Chase, One Chase Manhattan Plaza.

Williams, along with Coach Jim Boeheim, Chancellor Nancy Cantor, attended the event and watched a fashion show featuring the work of 12 students from Syracuse’s University’s  School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Here are photographs from the previous Icon of Style Award presentation and show we covered a few years ago.

Moving Forward

Saturday, May 14th, 2011
OCC graduates Tela Hamm, Melissa Guiles and Patrice Cage at the War Memorial

OCC graduates Tela Hamm, Melissa Guiles and Patrice Cage at the War Memorial

Congratulations to the graduates of area colleges and universities, including SIF Advisory Board member John H. Giles, who earned his master’s degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University today.

SIF Board Member John H. Giles, Jr.

SIF Board Member John H. Giles, Jr.

April Lea Gascon (right), International Relations Master's graduate, with her mother Yvonne.

April Gascon (right), who earned a Masters degree in International Relations, celebrates with her mother Yvonne at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

Clean up Man?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at Onondaga Community College (OCC)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at Onondaga Community College (OCC)

On the Syracuse stop for his “People First” campaign/tour at Onondaga Community College (OCC),  Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted the success of his initial 100 days in office. He said he will continue in his quest to bring ethical reform to the Empire State, along with economic stability (via property tax cap) and social progress (via marriage equality).

Meanwhile opponents of same-sex marriage say they will fight attempts at marriage equity legislation.

Governor Cuomo at OCC

Barrie Gewanter talks with Gov. Cuomo after his speech

To see Governor Cuomo’s speech, click here.

Bowl-o-Rama

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
2011 USBC Women's Championships-Syracuse

2011 USBC Women's Championships-Syracuse

The Onondaga County Convention Center (OnCenter) is converted into a bowling alley for this year’s USBC Women’s Championships.

A highway runs through it

Monday, May 2nd, 2011
Interstate 81 runs through the city of Syracuse

Interstate 81 runs through the city of Syracuse

Should it stay or should it go?

This week there are a series of public workshops to assess the future of Route 81, which is a few blocks from our offices.

Here is a blog that talks about the implications of the bypass and audacious plans for its deconstruction.

Race Matters

Monday, May 2nd, 2011
Silvio Torres-Saillant

Silvio Torres-Saillant

Syracuse University professor Silvio Torres-Saillant appeared on the PBS series “Black in Latin America”  last week.  He talked about the early Dominican Republic nationhood and origin of blackness on the island of Hispanola.