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St. Joseph’s is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis. Franciscan Companies is a member of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center network.





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platter chatter


fashion forward


w.b.o.c.’s leading woman


fabulous finds


local business matters


healthy woman


special feature: girl scouts’ 100th


for a good cause: shamrock animal fund


cover story: wise women


in her own words: patricia rossi


sw inspire


special feature: heather daley


special feature: julie taboulie


special feature: dancing with our stars


tips for women by women


heart healthy


world of women sports


main event/calendar






urrounding the sapphire waters of Seneca Lake, our 32 wineries invite you to experience a destination rich in history, beauty, and the production of world-class wines. Located in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes Region, our climate supports not only the growth of hardy native grapes and premium hybrids, but also more delicate varieties, such as Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. Along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, you will truly find a wine to suit every taste.

March 23-25, 2012:


Look for our event banners, that participating wineries will fly during this event

April 27-29, 2012:

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Farah F. Jadran

Letter from the editor “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”----Anne Bradstreet As much as we don’t want to hear this month’s quote, it’s true and you know it! During 2010-11 we collected a copious 179 inches of snow, just missing the record of 192 inches from 1992-93. This has been a mild and gorgeous winter, one that I believe we earned after last year’s snowfall. Just the same, we tend to feel much more pride and gratification when we conquer a challenge, a challenge accompanied by great hardship. I have not only confirmed this in my own endeavors but again and again when I talk to women in this community. When I think of springtime I start to think about the whirlwind of events that lie ahead. Many are featured in this edition and we did this so you are up-to-date on what’s up in the ‘Cuse. First off, did someone say, “WISE”? That’s right, the 10th Annual WISE Symposium is here! Our cover feature (See page 24) was a no-brainer, the symposium is similar to what we represent at SW Magazine. We’re proud to attend again and be a media sponsor for such an incredible event. More special events happening in CNY are featured throughout this edition, so read on. Words to the wise: Make our calendar at the back of this book your calendar! Also, be sure to read about Mohegan Manor in our “Platter Chatter” section because I foresee a great prize in your future! SW Magazine is teaming up with this B’ville restaurant to host a special Ladies Night on Wednesday, April 25, but this time, one woman and her “Lucky 7” will arrive in style! Check out page 40 and visit our Facebook page at SyracuseWomanMagazine to enter this contest. Also, I have some exciting news to share with all of you. I am elated to say that I will be modeling in the Hope for Heather Breakfast at Tiffany’s Fashion Show and Brunch on March 25 at the Crowne Plaza and I will be competing in the fifth annual Dancing With Our Stars on April 14 at the Oncenter. Without a doubt, CNY is a great community and it’s a pleasure to be asked to be a part of these fundraising events. My final announcement, for now, is that I am now the host of WCNY’s new public affairs reporting TV show, “INsight,” which premiered March 2. The show reaches 19 counties and airs every Friday at 9 p.m. on WCNY 24.1, and repeats again on the following Sunday at noon. For more information, visit or check out WCNY Connected Magazine’s March/April edition where you will find me on the cover with Susan Arbetter, of WCNY’s “The Capitol Pressroom.” That’s right, the tables were turned and I was photographed for a magazine cover and interviewed for a story! I am absolutely pleased to be a part of WCNY’s team and to connect with the CNY community through this medium as well. I’ve had a great experience thus far working with both Amy Manley, the producer for “INsight,” and Caterina D’Agostino, the show’s associate producer. For those of you that know me well, you’re probably wondering, “When does she sleep?” That’s a valid question, but I probably won’t answer it!



Cindy Bell, of Focus Studio, 920 N. Salina St. in Syracuse, photographed Joanne Lenweaver, the executive director of the WISE Women’s Business Center in Syracuse. Makeup and styling (for cover and inside spread) by makeup artist Atonietta Moritz. Find her on Facebook at Trucco.


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Unlike any other publication in the Syracuse area, our feature articles address major topics that interest local women. Each issue includes articles on health, fashion, fitness, finance, home matters, dining, lifestyle and personal perspectives, as well as a spotlight on local Syracuse women. Ads are due on the 15th of the month prior to publication. The print magazines will be distributed locally in over 350 locations and will be in your inbox electronically by the middle of every month. The publication is available free of charge. Contact our home office 315.434.8889 x315 2501 James Street, Suite 100 Syracuse, NY 13206 Download our media kit at The magazine is published 10 times a year by InnovateHER Media Group, llc. and Eagle Publications, 2501 James Street, Suite 100, Syracuse, NY 13206. Copyright © 2012 InnovateHER Media Group, llc. No part of this magazine may be reproduced or republished without the consent of the publishers. Rochester Woman Magazine is not responsible for unsolicited submissions, manuscripts, photos or artwork. All such submissions become the property of InnovateHER Media Group, llc. and will not be returned.

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A war-weary, former military captain John Carter is inexplicably transported to Barsoom (Mars) where he becomes embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas and Princess Dejah Thoris. In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.

A pair of underachieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube.


Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year old from a poor territory that was once Appalachia, becomes a gladiator in a reality-show that is a battle to the death against other teens from the 12 districts of the former United States.



A reimagining of the classic fairy tale starring Oscar winner Julia Roberts as the Queen, Lily Collins as Snow White, Armie Hammer as Prince Alcott, Sean Bean as the King and Nathan Lane as the Queen’s hapless and bungling servant, Brighton. An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.


This month Vera House begins its annual White Ribbon Campaign to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence and the ways our community is working to end that violence. Concerned men who invite and encourage all members of the community, both men and women, to pin on a ribbon lead the campaign. Wearing a white ribbon is your personal statement to never support, commit, or remain silent about abuse. Rev. Kevin Agee is the 2012 White Ribbon honorary chair. Rev. Agee is and both Dave Bellso, president of Designworks Advertising and Jim King, a partner at King & King Associates, are the 2012 campaign co-chairs. This year’s goal is to distribute 40,000 white ribbons to individuals, businesses, educational institutions, community organizations, and places of worship throughout Onondaga County. Ribbons are attached to educational cards. Help Vera House achieve its fundraising goal by purchasing a metal lapel pin for $5.

The campaign breakfast will take place at 7:30 a.m. Monday, March 19, at the Holiday Inn Liverpool. Contact Chris Benton at (315) 4250818 or email for more information or to make a reservation. A Mile in Her Shoes will take place at noon on Friday, March 23, with a short walk from Clinton Square to Armory Square. Lunch to follow at King & King Architects. The White Ribbon Campaign Education Challenge will run from March 26 through March 30 to promote education and awareness of the campaign. Every school has an opportunity to earn rewards. If a school raises $500 or more, 10 percent of your sale of white ribbons is returned to your school toward education, prizes or student appreciation.

SYRACUSE’S JOHNSON FAMILY HOME MAKEOVER Diana Johnson and her husband, Dave, a retired fire chief with the Syracuse Fire Department, have a total of 17 children to call their own. How did their family grow to be so big? Diana says, “it just happened.” The Johnsons always talked about adopting children. “After we got married, we thought it would be a wonderful thing to do…to build a family this way.” The family is now made up of three “homemade” children, as Diana likes to say, and adopted children from the Central New York area and also India, Korea, the Philippines, Germany and Sierra Leone. About two years ago, ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” was looking for a Central New York family to feature on the show. Members of the Syracuse Fire Department were bound and determined to nominate the Johnsons and see them selected for a home makeover. Scott McClurg, co-owner and president of McClurg Remodeling and Construction Services, got the inside scoop from a fellow builder in Long Island because he had done work with the ABC show in the past. Although the family was in the running for a home makeover, the network had its number of shows reduced. Despite this setback, McClurg and other fellow firefighters wanted to “get this done” for Dave and the whole Johnson Family. Dave retired as chief after 35 years of service, and there wasn’t a day that went by where he wasn’t putting others first, according to McClurg. With a large group of volunteers, McClurg says renovation plans will begin April 16. The “big reveal” is set for May 7. McClurg said it’s the family’s selflessness that has made the project very popular to community members. Learn how you can help at

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::platter chatter

the eye more than meets

the mohegan manor

by farah f. jadran I photos by kelly kane Far East cuisine meets traditional inside the 101-year-old Mohegan Manor. What might have appeared as a bizarre match has become a new (and popular) signature at the Baldwinsville destination. While still maintaining its “exceptional dining and banquet” experience, Mohegan Manor now has an exclusive club, Club Sushi & Steaks. “It’s our baby,” said Oksana Smiranova, culinary artist at Mohegan Manor. “It’s been very successful…more than we expected.” Smiranova and Mohegan Manor owner Dennis Sick created a space for the sushi club adjacent to the lower level dining area and VIP sections.

Located on the lowest level of the four-story historical location, Club Sushi & Steaks offers “high quality and fresh” sushi, according to Smiranova. “All our fish is delivered the same day, and it’s fresh,” Sick said. Smiranova learned many sushi techniques while studying in Florida, where she observed many chefs. Both Smiranova and Sick went to almost every popular sushi restaurant in Onondaga County to taste and try all the styles available in the area. In the end, they decided the sushi menu would be a superb addition to the already well-known Mohegan Manor. Sick says it has made the restaurant more unique and that “there is nothing like” it in the immediate area. Among its extensive sushi menu, Smiranova says one of her favorites is an inside-out roll that has tuna and cucumber on the inside and seared sea bass on top with a “special sauce.” The Firecracker Roll, a guest favorite, features spicy tuna, shrimp, scallion rolled in tagarashi, an Asian spice. There are hundreds of sushi combinations that Smiranova has flirted with, and she is most proud of her sushi rice because it is a recipe all her own.

Because the Mohegan Manor is not focused on turning tables in its dining rooms, guests can dine with ease surrounded by the elegant architecture. “It’s a dining experience,” Sick said. Executive members also enjoy a courtesy limousine shuttle to the restaurant and then back to their home after a night out at Mohegan Manor. “We want people to enjoy their time here. When people go out to dinner it’s because they want an ‘experience.’” The Mohegan Manor menu has many everyday items, but Sick says some items change every

three days or so to keep the cuisine modern and unique. This exquisite destination is child-friendly as well, with such long-time favorites as the sliders with cheese and the mac ‘n’ cheese, which, Sick says, “is not your average mac ‘n’ cheese.” While an innovative style has come over the 101-year-old building, there are many aspects that have stayed the same, and have been the home to many matrimonial memories. Smiranova says the weddings at Mohegan Manor are extra special because the location is only available to one bride at a time. The top two floors are available for that special day, while couples can have a ceremony in the W.F. Morris Ballroom and then retreat to the lowest level for an intimate and private dinner with their guests. In addition to capturing a day-filled with memories, brides become automatic lifetime club members at a “pay as you go” special rate. For a group with diverse tastes seeking an elegant dining experience, drive up Oswego Street in the village of Baldwinsville and visit Mogehan Manor. “There is something for everyone,” Smiranova says. And for the daring sushi connoisseur, say, “surprise me,” and Smiranova will create a one-of-a-kind roll just for you. For more information about Mohegan Manor’s Club Sushi & Steaks Club, its executive member perks, sushi-making classes by Oksana Smiranova and its banquet/wedding facilities, visit

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Having hope in your life after enduring the loss of a loved one can often be difficult to attain. For Frieda Weeks, hope is something on which she relies. It’s become a part of her everyday life. Frieda, a Liverpool resident, lost her daughter Heather on Nov. 14, 2008, after she battled an aggressive form of colon cancer. Heather was 24. Her mother lights up without hesitation when she talks about her. She’s a light in her life, and always will be. Because Heather worked at the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) as assistant to CEO, Elizabeth Howard, and was active in spreading ovarian cancer awareness, Frieda wanted to continue the mission on her behalf. The main part of Heather’s mission was to encourage women to pay closer attention to their bodies since ovarian cancer tends to be diagnosed in stage 3 or 4 on account of few signs and symptoms. To carry Heather’s torch, Frieda has been running annual fundraising events such as the TEAL Ribbon Party for a Cure and the Hope for Heather Teal Ribbon 5K Run & Walk, both entering their third year. On Sunday, March 25, Frieda and her committee of volunteers will present the second annual Breakfast at Tiffany’s Fashion Show & Brunch at the downtown Syracuse Crowne Plaza Hotel to benefit ovarian cancer research and awareness in Central New York. Why a fashion show benefit? “It’s a way to spotlight survivors and celebrate them,” Frieda said. “Having them model…do something positive with this terrible disease.” The show features both survivors and local celebrities. Frieda says she owes credit of the concept and the “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” inspiration to Kellie Misita, owner of Showoffs Boutique in Armory Square. When Frieda saw the planning for the 2011 show come together and the tie in of the Tiffany Blue décor and the teal color for ovarian cancer awareness, knew this was event was “meant to be.” 10 march 2012 :: she

“It’s humbling to meet so many new friends, and to see the support grow,” Frieda said. Overall, Frieda says she wants women to attend, have brunch, enjoy the fashions and come away with a better awareness of ovarian cancer. Last year’s event sold out and the Crowne Plaza crew worked to squeeze in two extra tables of 10 so that some “day of” supporters could stay for the event. “The hope is that Heather is happy and that she’s watching,” Frieda said. “I think she would be happy…we’re trying to do what she did in her job (at OCRF). She wanted to make sure everyone knew what the teal ribbon meant.” Heather was a Liverpool High School graduate who attended the University of Buffalo in the honors program majoring in dance. She graduated in three years, summa cum laude. She toured with the Caribbean Sesame Street Live tour after graduation. She then moved to New Jersey to allow frequent auditions for Broadway Shows or Broadway Tours. She worked as a character actor at Mars 2112 on Broadway and 50th.

Sunday, March 25, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel (Penthouse Ballroom) $50, Reserved seating only Call (315) 471-4636 for tickets. Featured fashions: Oleander at Armory, Lilipad Creations by Beth Eischen & Showoffs Boutique.

::W.b.o.c’s leading woman

Making her

dream business


After several distinct careers, first working for the corporate world at General Motors then in the public sector as a City of Syracuse employee and the head of an NAACP youth academics organization, Linda Brown-Robinson decided to invest in herself.

On the eve of turning 60, when most soon-to-be retirees are thinking about which beach they’d like to frequent when they move to Florida, Brown-Robinson took a decades-long passion and turned it into yet another career. In 2006, she started “In The EVENT Of…”, an events planning business that also includes professional development consultation and a concierge service. Now, at age 65, and in her sixth year of business, Brown-Robinson said she wished she had taken a chance on herself sooner.

“In my waning retirement years, I’m probably happier now than I probably ever was, because I feel like I now have a mission and a goal, and my mission and my goal is ‘In The EVENT Of…’,” she said. The business is small, Brown-Robinson is the only staff member, and she uses volunteer help whenever possible, but its manageable size and lack of overhead allow it to take on events that other, similar companies might turn down, according to Brown-Robinson. “We do a lot more smaller jobs, and I always say that small building blocks make the building,” she said. “ … It is small baby steps, and they just become a giant at some point.” One small step that became a big factor in Brown-Robinson’s business is her involvement with the WBOC, which she joined shortly after starting “In The EVENT Of…”. As a new business owner looking for other women with whom to network, she found that and more with the WBOC, which has afforded her the opportunity to learn about trends in her industry and others, something she says is vital to the success of any company. “We all can’t be in a cocoon. We’ve got to get out there and we’ve gotta mix and mingle and find out what people are doing,” she said. “I didn’t come to WBOC with the expectation of getting business. The expectation I had was to learn and … pass on some of what I know to other women.” Brown-Robinson has had the chance to do just that since she joined the organization. She served on its board for two years and starting an annual speed networking event that has become among one of the WBOC’s most popular programs, forging new connections among WBOC’s existing members as well as bringing new women into the fold. WBOC has also been a great asset in introducing “In The EVENT Of…” to new clients. While the women she meets through the WBOC may not have a need for her services, she said, they often know others who do, forming a word-of-mouth chain that has been a phenomenal resource for the company. As her business blossoms and her involvement with the WBOC deepens, Brown-Robinson said she’s always looking for ways to grow, a drive that first inspired her to take the leap into entrepreneurship.“I like being different and unique,” she said. “I don’t want to be part of a cookie cutter. I don’t sleep at night, I’m always thinking, planning, creating.” The WBOC is a local non-profit organization that has been providing support to women and access to innovative events and workshops for 20 years. Whether running our own business, working for an employer or launching a new endeavor, women are connected through their entrepreneurial mindset. For information on how to become a member, visit


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We know you’re itching to step out in style for springtime. We’re getting close, but we might have to wait a little longer. Wait, does that mean we can’t stock up on the fun fashions for spring? Not at all! Finding light fabrics and fun prints is just the ticket for the 2012 spring season. This “Romancing the Stone Dress” and many others are on the rack waiting for the warm season. Complement your new dress with a little something extra like a hammered link silver necklace. Carousel Center Mall, Syracuse I (315) 471-0414




The CNY weather is changing, yet again. It’s warm and cold, on and off. How do you cope to stay warm and avoid a nasty cold or flu? Wear a wraparound ear warmer and know you’re keeping your head warm and also being quite stylish. In a variety of colors and designs, you’re sure to find one for every ensemble. For those days that are a little chilly, rock your ear warmer and a knit sweater, and you’re good to go! 124 Walton St., Syracuse I (315) 422-4848


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::fabulous finds


J-MICHAEL SHOES Most of us need to carry around a bag or a purse, so why not carry one with some pizzazz? Try a yellow and brown leather purse with ruching that creates texture and is sure to add flare to your ensemble. The design gives a ruffle and floral illusion while also providing ample room to carry everything you need for the day. The straps are long enough to carry on the shoulder, but you can carry it like a handbag, too. 173 Marshall St., Syracuse I (315) 471-4237


JOETTE’S AT ARMORY SQUARE For some St. Patrick’s Day green, try donning some green beads with an illusion chain and show off your lucky spirit. Coming back from a few decades ago are frosted bracelets. And what perfect timing, these bracelets are green! Finding that “just right” accessory shouldn’t be a chore, but it should be fun. Find the one that accents your ensemble and reflects your personality and have fun with it!



When you want a special accessory to make a simple hairstyle unique, choose from an array of handmade headbands, pins and other hair jewelry. There are simple appliques that feature floral and beaded designs while others are glitzier with sequin and sparkled detail. No matter the occasion, hair jewelry can make that down and relaxed hairdo or a smooth ponytail more than it started out to be. Carousel Center Mall, Syracuse I (315) 254-9859 :: march 2012 :: march 2012

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Say It & Remember It

Two Brunettes With a Custom Card From


At a young age, she started developing a love and an aptitude for the arts from her mother. When she grew up she realized that art was something she hoped to pursue and decided to go with it. Carolynn Giordano was discouraged by the typical “you will be a starving artist” line but she has worked hard to prove that with smarts and hard work, the old mantra is false. In 2009, Carolynn established her own custom design studio, Two Brunettes. She specializes in websites, blogs, branding packages, illustration work and stationery, and over the past several years, she’s enjoyed watching her business grow. A fine arts major in college, Carolynn is inspired by her 9-month-old daughter as well as animals, nature and food. She transforms her original drawings into greeting cards and anything else she might design. “I create custom pet portraits and people. The custom pet illustrations are a huge hit! I also draw a lot of kids for party invitations. During Christmas my greeting cards are family portraits.” People are drawn to Two Brunettes by referrals, other websites Carolynn has designed, and blog posts. Once a person decides they want to entrust Carolynn’s creative expertise they contact her via email. Carolynn has them fill out a questionnaire about the project so she can get a precise idea of what her client is looking for. She will then quote them a price and if they decide to go from there, this is when Carolynn gathers inspiration from them. Carolynn creates an inspiration board which helps her find whatever it is that her clients are searching for. “Custom cards and any custom design work are all about the client and what they want. Someone comes to me to create their vision with my aesthetic, so I really pay attention to what the client is looking for. This is key to a great custom designed piece.” The process for purchasing custom cards is simple. On the Two Brunettes website you look at the different options of design, then you contact Carolynn and tell her the quantity of cards, photos, descriptions and any other element that you wish to be included in the illustration. Carolynn prides her studio on being completely custom, anything that you want is made to order, allowing for each creation to be one-of-akind. She designs items for birthday parties and various other parties and celebrations, stationery for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs, Christmas cards, and thank you notes. Two Brunettes also creates branding packages for clients. “If a client comes to me with a crazy wild idea of something they’d like to order, I try to find a way to make it work.” Two Brunettes also specializes in custom blog designs and branding packages, which are both very popular. With people being so involved with the Internet, blogs have become a must-have along with needing your own logo. “I feel like I’m equally busy all the time, because I have such a broad range to my custom business, where projects are constantly happening for different events.” :: march 2012


::healthy woman


When it comes to hearing, it turns out that there are some advantages to being a woman. Audiologists measure hearing in many different ways. The best-known method is the one your school nurse used in grade school: how softly you can hear sounds of different pitches. Most women hear well until they reach middle age and they tend to lose their hearing around age 40. Men start to lose their hearing earlier, around age 30. This gender difference probably results from the different amount of noise exposure we receive. Men are generally exposed to more noise than women… from industrial jobs and noisy hobbies (e.g., hot cars & motorcycles).

Audiologists can also measure the speed that the auditory nerves transmit sound as it travels through the ear. It takes about 20 thousandths of a second for a sound to be transmitted from the inner ear to the brain. As fast as this is, women receive the bragging rights. The neural responses in women are not only faster than those of men, but also “larger”. Women are more prone to some hearing diseases than men. Otosclerosis, for example, is an inheritable hearing disorder that causes the growth of spongy bone in the middle ear. This progressive growth of bone prevents the middle ear from transmitting sound from the outer to inner ear. Hearing loss slowly progresses so that most individuals do not realize that their hearing is deteriorating. The disease is twice as prevalent in females as in males. In many cases the disease accelerates during pregnancy. More than 10 million Americans between the ages of 45 and 65 are affected by hearing loss, and more than half of individuals with hearing loss are below retirement age. For older adults, it is the third most common health condition after high-blood pressure and arthritis. Hearing loss can strike anyone, young or old, male and female. It’s socially acceptable to have hearing loss if you are young and our hearts go out to kids who wear hearing aids. But if you’re an adult, hearing loss is considered to be just another inconvenient problem of aging. Studies have debunked the myth that hearing loss is a harmless condition. Untreated hearing loss leads not only to social isolation, but also to other physical and emotional conditions including impaired memory, ability to learn new tasks, and reduced alertness. In short, hearing loss makes a person appear old and act old. It’s no coincidence that untreated hearing loss is a significant risk factor for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This stigma of hearing loss often prevents women from mentioning hearing loss to their physicians. Many physicians are reluctant to ask about hearing loss because they do not want to make their patients uncomfortable. But hearing loss is a sign that some part of the auditory system has been damaged. An accurate diagnosis is necessary before treatment. Only licensed audiologists are qualified to perform this diagnostic hearing testing. Audiologists specialize in the diagnostic testing and rehabilitation of hearing loss in adults and children. They spend a minimum of six years at an accredited university studying hearing disorders, diagnostic hearing testing and hearing aids. Oviatt Hearing and Balance is located at three convenient Central New York locations: Syracuse, Manlius and Oswego. Oviatt offers free hearing screenings. Other services include hearing diagnostics in adults and children, hearing aid fitting, balance testing and also hearing loss samples. For more information about hearing loss in women or inquire about other services, visit


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What should I do if I think I have hearing loss? First, don’t delay! Tell your doctor. He or she will test your hearing, or refer you to an audiologist who can perform diagnostic hearing tests. This will determine how much loss you have, and where in the auditory system the loss is.


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BY KRISTIN QUINN Girl Scouts throughout the country, including those in Central New York, will celebrate 2012 as the 100th anniversary of the organization. Pam Hyland, CEO of Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, is thrilled to declare 2012, “the year of the girl.” Local Girl Scouts will be hosting anniversary events throughout the year, including a Women of Distinction Birthday Gala on March 12, at the Oncenter in Syracuse, which marks the official 100th birthday of the Girl Scouts. The gala will honor 100 women who serve as positive female role models. The Girl Scouts is also launching a nationwide “To Get Her There” campaign, which Hyland describes as the largest initiative dedicated to girls’ leadership in the country’s history. “If you take those three words, ‘to get her,’ what do they spell?” Hyland asked. “Together. Together we can get her there.” Hyland, who has been affiliated with the Girl Scouts since she first joined a troop at the age of 9 in 1954, believes seeing examples of female leadership, such as those honored at Women of Distinction events, is key to raising awareness among girls about what it means to be a leader. According to her, if you ask most girls and women who are clearly leaders if they consider themselves to be one, most would say, “no.” “The definition of a leader for a woman is so different. But good leaders, they are the women who have a strong sense of self, who work together with others to make a change in their world.” Hyland proudly tells the stories of many Girl Scouts who do just that, whether they are providing pillowcases and school supplies for foster children, educating classmates about the dangers of drunk driving, increasing the local bat population to benefit a community’s ecosystem, or donating cookies to troops overseas.


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“You get the whole range,” Hyland said. “It’s amazing. When girls take on a project that has touched them, the energy behind it is so much greater.” Hyland said although it’s unrealistic to break down societal barriers that inhibit girls’ success in only one year, she believes it is possible to create balanced leadership in one generation. “I believe so much in what we do. I wouldn’t have stayed this long with the organization if I didn’t.” Local troops will continue the celebration by traveling to take part in a “Rock the Mall” sing-along on June 9 in Washington, D.C. Also, they are planning a jamboree weekend at the Cayuga County fairgrounds in late July. Girl Scouts has also teamed up with the Onondaga Historical Society to prepare exhibits and presentations about the 100-year history. Hyland hopes the historical initiative will attract alumnae to reminisce about their days as a Girl Scout. “The premise of girl scouting over these past 100 years has not changed a bit,” Hyland said. “But the issues for girls are different.” Hyland said she is proud looking back over the last century to see that Girl Scouts was often ahead of what was going on in society. “Not many organizations last 100 years,” she said. “And the only way you last 100 years is if you maintain relevancy.” Hyland said she strives to achieve this through taking to heart the current issues, such as bullying and body image, presented by her Girl Advisory Board, a group of girls who meet with her once a month. “I want to see Girl Scouts continue for the next 100 years,” she said. To purchase tickets to the Women of Distinction Birthday Gala, visit






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Unconditional love. It’s something that goes paw-in-hand with bringing home that precious pup or that curious cat. A pet these days is more than “just a pet,” he or she, cat or dog, is a member of the family. While unconditional love is priceless, the care and treatment of your four-legged family member can cost a small fortune. To help ensure that any family can afford the love and unity that a pet can bring, there is a young agency in Central New York that is on a mission to ensure animals receive necessary care even when their owner is struggling financially. More than two years ago, NBC-3 and CW-6 news anchor Matt Mulcahy and his wife Jamie Pomilio-Mulcahy started the Shamrock Animal Fund to provide financial assistance for veterinary costs for animals in need in the CNY area. Their dog Shamrock passed away at age 18 on Jan. 9, 2010, after enduring kidney failure, and there was “a lot of time and money” spent on his treatment. Because the Mulcahys know first-hand how hard it can be to go through a major illness with an animal, they wanted to start a fund to help others going through similar situations. Because Shamrock was born with the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and was thought to have had a “very full and happy life,” the name of the fund came easily. This cause not only honors Shamrock’s memory but also serves to help other animals that are fighting an illness or require surgery. The fund has helped animals in nine counties. “We always wanted to do something to help animals,” Jamie said. “We have met so many wonderful people.” This 100 percent volunteer effort has become a labor of love to benefit animals in the region. While maintaining its core mission, the 501c3 non-profit fund was a catalyst in organizing the Healthy Pet Clinics at St. Lucy’s church this past fall. Jamie says the low cost clinics were a collaborative volunteer effort of the Central New York Animal Welfare Coalition, Cornell Shelter Medicine Program and local veterinarians. The Healthy Pet Clinics were created to help pets and their owners living in Syracuse’s near west and south side neighborhoods. More than 350 animals received vet exams, vaccinations and other treatment at the clinics.

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“Some people don’t even know where to start,” said Matt about the calls the fund receives. “People need to understand how the animal feels and how they need help.” Matt says many callers are at the point where they feel they need to surrender their animal to a place like the CNYSPCA because they cannot afford regular veterinary care or, in some cases, longterm care for an illness or disease. Jamie says she and Matt understand that people are struggling financially and that during tough times it can be challenging to provide pets the veterinary care they require. Because the fund receives at least five calls per day, all requiring guidance, and many of them in need of extreme financial assistance, Jamie and Matt started the annual Shamrock’s Celebration Fundraiser to increase the number of animals the fund can benefit. This year the celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at King and King Architects in Syracuse’s Armory Square. The event will feature catering by Prime Steakhouse including a mashed potato bar, corned beef and turkey carving stations, wine and beer. Jazz musicians Grupo Pagan will entertain. The Shamrock Animal Fund will also honor outstanding CNY veterinarians For more information about Shamrock’s Celebration 2012 fundraiser, visit

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The annual WISE Symposium is known to “rock the house” and leave attendees buzzing with enthusiasm for days to follow. On April 3, the team at the WISE Women’s Business Center will present the 10th annual WISE Symposium (at the Oncenter in Syracuse), one of the hottest events for women who mean business. Wouldn’t it be remarkable to have that same feeling of career-focused and entrepreneurial adrenaline year-round? This isn’t anything new, rather, it’s been within reach for many years. Joanne Lenweaver, director of the WISE Women’s Business Center, is determined to help more women realize the resources and programs awaiting them at the center. She knows the power of the symposium and wants to see that same energy applied in women’s everyday professional lives. “[My] first symposium was spectacular because everybody I knew was there,” said Lenweaver about the 2007 symposium, the fifth one on the books. “This is the community of women we all admire. It was absolutely thrilling.” The networking opportunities, keynote speaker and breakout sessions always inspire women to return the following year. Making her symposium debut in 2007, too, was Lindsay Wickham, the events and communications manager at the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship in the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. “I had been working on the event…I was not prepared to see people to connect like that,” Wickham said. “It inspired me to do the best job that I could.” Wickham refers to her annual symposium planning as her “giant WISE puzzle,” which includes organizing speakers, preparing budgets, and marketing the symposium. “It’s anything and everything you can think of,” she said. “We have a great team getting 1,000 powerhouses in the same room on the same day.” The first symposium gathered nearly 300 attendees in 2003 and this year’s event expects to draw at least 1,000 women. “It doesn’t seem so small anymore,” Wickham said. “It’s amazing what we accomplish here.” Both Lenweaver and Wickham agree they love what the Symposium does for women’s motivation in their career fields, and they want those same women (and more) to utilize the WISE Women’s Business Center to its full potential. “There is always something going on here,” Wickham said. If a woman is


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SHIFT+CONTROL ::cover story looking to start or grow her own business, the center offers one-on-one business counseling, training, workshops, and mentorship. The staff and certified business counselors are ready to help design a business plan for success. “The WISE Symposium is one day out of the year, and the center is 364 days of the year,” Lenweaver said. “We’re here for you all the other days and ready to go to work for you.” The WISE Women’s Business Center features ongoing training programs, targeting women (and men) at various stages of entrepreneurial development. WISE Center clients are offered the opportunity to participate in programs of the South Side Innovation Center as well as the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management. The objectives of all training and events are to provide information, resources, and support for women entrepreneurs, enabling each to successfully advance their businesses to the next stage of profitability and success. More than anything, the staff at the center is on a mission: To create a thriving community of women entrepreneurs in Syracuse and Onondaga County, one venture at a time. Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship The Symposium was started by a humble group of women who wanted to get together and invite a few speakers, according to Lenweaver. “Now, it’s turned into something that can’t be stopped,” Lenweaver said. Unbeknownst to some people in CNY, the WISE Women’s Business Center’s establishment came four years after the first Symposium. Lenweaver says it was thanks to a grant and the support of the Whitman School and the Falcone Center. “They saw the need and satisfied it,” she said. “Hundreds of women are coming…interested in entrepreneurship.” Wickham says these strong SU components “took a chance in 2003 and hit a homerun.” In addition, she says Key Bank has been a tremendous supporter for the past nine years, not only by sponsoring but because they send bank representatives to each Symposium to provide education on financial services. What does the 10th Symposium have in store for you? This year’s event will feature more than 70 different businesses in its all-day business expo and a special “WISE Women Decades Panel,” which will allow numerous years of entrepreneurial experience to be shared with WISE-goers. Among the women (and men) that attend this annual event, there are more than 60 industries represented. This year’s keynote speaker is Barbara Corcoran, a real estate mogul and business expert, who has been seen on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” “There is something for everyone there,” Wickham said. “You don’t have to be an entrepreneur. You can be part of corporation or be a stayat-home-mom. We have our diverse speakers, who blow people away with their stories.” Wickham says even men are known to attend this big event. “It’s a place for networking, inspiration and sharing ideas,” she says. “At my first Symposium, I thought, ‘How have I not been coming here before?’” Lenweaver asked aloud. “It’s absolutely empowering.” For more information on the WISE Symposium and the WISE Women’s Business Center, visit www. Be sure to visit the Syracuse Woman Magazine table at the Symposium on April 3 at the Oncenter! :: march 2012


Words from the WISE

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The WISE Women’s Business Center is proud to present, Words from the WISE! Rock of All Ages: Showcasing Entrepreneurship in Women of all ages, from 10s through 90s. This phenomenal panel will be featured during the 10 th Annual WISE Symposium on April 3 at the Oncenter. Maria Coyne, of Key Bank, is set to moderate the panel and presentation.

MADELYN RHINEHART :: Girl Scouts Madelyn A. Rhinehart is an 11-year-old fifth grader at Volney Elementary School in Fulton. She is a very active in extracurricular activities such as dance, basketball and Girl Scouts. She also plays in the school orchestra and sings in the chorus. Madelyn has gained great leadership qualities during her experience in Girl Scouts. She has been able to apply many of these qualities during her many money earning activities. With her fellow Girl Scouts she sold more than 8,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies last year. Madelyn herself sold more than 1,200. She has been able to manage product and money while keeping her customers her No. 1 priority. Girl Scouting has brought her great opportunities and the ability to find her voice. The most recent accomplishment that Madelyn has just completed is her Bronze award in girl scouting. This award is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can receive.


What does entrepreneurship mean to me? “The ability for me to use my thoughts, ideas and leadership, to be successful in achieving my goals in any venture I choose.”


Tory Gentes graduated from the Entrepreneurship Program out of Syracuse University in May 2010. Upon graduation she was accepted into the Engagement Fellows Program where she worked on her first startup, Squeeze My Tees, a T-shirt company that responds instantaneously to campus events gone viral.

After realizing she enjoyed the startup culture she joined another SU startup company called, a story-telling company which was founded by two SU students. Her title is Chief Mischief Maker, but her proper title is Chief Operations Officer which allows her to put the perfect amount of structure in the highly creative company. Tory also has a passion for giving back to the SU community so she works as an entrepreneurial consultant helping spread entrepreneurship across campus.


What does entrepreneurship mean to me? “Entrepreneurship gives me the opportunity to live a non-traditional lifestyle by eliminating the possibility of ever experiencing the monotony of routine. Through the constant challenges I am able to sustain my desire for continually personal growth and development.”

QUIANA SEYMOUR :: QD’s Home Cookin’ Diner

In October 2009, Quiana Seymour founded QD’s HOME COOKIN’ (dba QD’s HOME COOKIN’VALLEY DINER.) Like many small business owners, she simultaneously holds the titles of CEO, CFO, and President. Even though she started her first business at age 32, Quiana is no stranger to her chosen field.

While accumulating twenty years of experience in restaurant customer service, Quiana managed a multi-million dollar seasonal seafood restaurant in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. She also gathered 10 years experience in accounting, business management, and data analysis. Her support teams include her family, friends, and her partner David McSweeney and their 7-year old daughter, Miracle. Rooted in humble, loving beginnings, Quiana’s journey to success has been featured in local media. She has volunteered as a panelist and speaker for women in entrepreneurship professional events, and has provided sage advice for new business owners looking to grow. Now at the tender age of 35, Quiana has doubled her gross sales for QD’s HOME COOKIN’ VALLEY DINER.


Her love for the Syracuse Valley area has encouraged her to save the building she now owns to mark its historic contribution to the surrounding neighborhood.

Deb Pang Davis :: Cococello

Deborah Pang Davis has been taking the scary out of design, marketing and branding for photographers and other right-brained entrepreneurs for the past 7 years through her design studio, Cococello.

Her clients have increased revenue, opened storefronts, attended exclusive photography workshops, increased their fan base and sold out of self-published limited edition books. Many have a new sense of pride and ownership in their business. She is a nationally recognized interactive and print art director, consultant, speaker and educator. In January, Deb joined the multimedia, photography and design faculty at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University.

What does entrepreneurship mean to me? “Entrepreneurship is a love affair with discovery filled with opportunities at every turn. It’s the chance to realize your full creative self; to do what you love and give back to your fans, your loved ones, your community—the world that sustains us. It is constantly moving forward no matter the challenges. Entrepreneurship is realizing dreams, seeing and acting on needs, designing solutions to enrich lives and open our eyes to possibilities.”

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MARYANN ROEFARO, DD, MS :: CEO, Hematology-Oncology Assoc. of CNY Maryann Roefaro has been the CEO at Hematology-Oncology Associates of CNY for 10 years. She has been in the healthcare field for 30 years, holding senior leadership positions for over 25 of them. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Albany College of Pharmacy, her Master of Science degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University and her Doctor of Divinity from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. Maryann is a board certified fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. She is actively involved in numerous community boards and has received awards for volunteering and leadership. She is unique because in addition to her leadership and scientific background, Maryann is also a Reiki Master and a Certified Hypnotherapist with a thriving private practice. She is the author of “Building the Team from the Inside-Out,” a multidimensional view of leadership (Waterside Publications).


What does entrepreneurship mean to you? “For me, entrepreneurship is the insatiable desire to continue to evolve personally and professionally, by having the courage, perseverance and faith to align your life path with your passion…”


Linda is a contented city resident who has been actively serving her community since she arrived in upstate NY in 1968. Linda has been a hand’s on member of the local and national NAACP who along with her husband, Van, and others re-organized the Syracuse/Onondaga County Chapter of the NAACP in 1978. For 20 years, Linda was the executive director of the NAACP ACT-SO Program. Over the past 40 years, she has served on the Board of F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse a board member on the PEACE, Inc., the Syracuse Commission for Women under former Mayor Matthew J. Driscoll, and several other community initiatives.

Additionally Linda currently serves on several local boards including the Community Wide Dialogue to end Racism, and is the Vice Chair of the Onondaga Elders, Inc. and recently appointed by Onondaga County Executive Mahoney to the Onondaga County Aging Services Advisory Board. Brown-Robinson is also a member of WBOC (Women Business Opportunities Connection), a women’s entrepreneurial organization additionally she is an immediate past Director-at-Large. She is a member of the newly formed Syracuse Army Community Advisory Board.


What does entrepreneurship mean to me? “Entrepreneurship means a roller coaster of emotions, wow! I’m my own boss. For my business, event planning, it can mean long days and longer nights, but the gratification is oh so rewarding when your clients think you and your work are the bomb. implementing - is what I was meant to do in life.”

JUANITA BASS :: The White House Berries Inn

Juanita Lorraine Bass was born Juanita Holmes in the Upstate New York town of Bridgewater on May 19, 1935. Her father, Everett Holmes, went on to become the first black mayor in New York’s history. In 1953, Juanita graduated from high school with honors. She married C.W. Bass and settled in Frankfort, N.Y., and raised six children. She was married to the late C.W. Bass for 45 years. In 1988, Juanita purchased an historic Victorian-era Italianate home in Bridgewater, refurbished it and opened it as The White House Berries Inn, the nationally-known restaurant and Bed & Breakfast, famous for its classic American Soul Food cuisine and authentic Victorian appointments. Other than her six children, Juanita considers The White House Berries Inn her finest achievement.

Juanita has received numerous honors and awards, including: New York State Women of Distinction (nominated by Senator Raymond A. Meier); recognition from the Upper Unadilla Valley Association for the Preservation of Historic Buildings; the Salute to Outstanding Women Award from the YWCA of Utica, the Alpha Theta Chapter of Lambda Kappa Nu Sorority; and the Mohawk Valley Frontiers Outstanding Business Achievement Award.


CAROL M. BALDWIN :: The CMB Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY

A Syracuse native and graduate of Syracuse University, Carol M. Baldwin and her husband Alexander raised their family in Massapequa, Long Island. In 1983, after 29 years of marriage, her husband died of lung cancer and in 1990, Carol was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing a double mastectomy, Carol decided to help other women overcome the struggles associated with breast cancer. In 1996, turning tragedy into courage, Carol with family, friends and health professionals formed the fund to battle breast cancer. The Fund’s primary purpose is to provide the money so desperately needed for researchers seeking the causes, prevention and treatment of breast cancer. To date, The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Inc. has funded research grants totaling more than $4 million dollars to Stony Brook University Medical Center, with the promise of more to come.

As a resident of Camillus in Upstate New York, Carol became involved in the Onondaga Breast Cancer Mapping Project. This study provided critical information about the incidence and prevalence of breast cancer. Shortly thereafter, she was approached by SUNY Upstate Medical University and asked to raise funds for local research.


Dorris Kawennannoron Montour :: Kahnawake Mohawk Territory Dorris Kawennannoron Montour was born in 1920 on the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory near Montreal, at a time when the family of eight depended on horse-drawn conveyances, food grown in their own vegetable gardens and raising a porker each year. Through the difficulties and deprivations of the Great Depression following wartime, she persevered to graduate as a teacher from Macdonald’s College. She was called to teach at both Kahnawake and Oka Mohawk Territory, where a one room rural school held 28 pupils from grades 1 to 7. As supplies were scarce, she would purchase her own. Married to Angus Montour in 1948, the couple lived in New York where her husband was employed as a structural ironworker. Continuing her career, she attained the position of vice-principal at Kateri Elementary School in Kahnawake before her retirement. Always a champion of preserving the ancient Mohawk language, she with another fluent speaker, began adult classes in 1997. This legacy has engendered pride in the youth who are instructed in Mohawk from the early grades. In 1999, Dorris was one of three elder teachers who worked several years to painstakingly translate into Mohawk, nine books of the Old Testament. With one more in the works, eight have been published.

Moderator: Maria Coyne :: KeyBank, KeyCorp Executive Council

Maria C. Coyne is executive vice president of the Business Banking segment at KeyBank, as well as a member of KeyCorp’s Executive Council. She is responsible for Key’s Small Business Administration (SBA) program and is the founder and leader of the bank’s Key4Women program for women business owners. Maria was previously the chief administrative officer for Key Community Banking and Key’s director of client experience. Maria is a member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Women’s Business Research in Washington, D.C. She is also a member of the following organizations: The Board of Directors for the Women’s President’s Organization (WPO), and the Forbes Executive Women (FEW) board, all based in New York, N.Y. In Cleveland, Maria is a member of the MacDonald Women’s Health Leadership Council for the University Hospitals Health System and of the Finance Council for the Cleveland Catholic Diocese. She is also a founding member of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council. Maria is the recipient of several awards, including the YWCA “Women of Professional Excellence” Award, The Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching Award,” “The Beaumont Award,” and the Key Bank Diversity Excellence Award.

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I am asked every year why I plan the Dominic and Patricia Rossi Memorial Dinner and every year I seem to add more reasons. The dinner started in 2006 as a way for my husband, Joe, to channel his grief after losing both of his parents to cancer by the time he was 21 years old. It was also a way for us to keep their memory alive for our children through getting involved with a charity, something I’ve always wanted to do, but I was unsure of how to accomplish this. Joe contacted Dominic and Patricia’s beloved charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and now we’re proud to host the sixth annual Dominic and Patricia Rossi Memorial Dinner. At our first event in 2006, we had around 100 people attend. They were mostly friends and family of ours as well as colleagues of Dominic and Patricia. Our entertainment was a dinner theater company and that night, we raised $7,000. I was thrilled. I couldn’t wait to plan the next event. I took the following year off to have my third child, Jude, whom we named after the hospital. And in 2008 we held the memorial dinner in February and took it in a different direction. We added live music and a silent auction. We knew we had to make it fun for our guests so they would return the next year. Our committee grew, and so did our relationship with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities There is so much work that goes into an event like this. My cousin, Sarah DeLorenzo, our silent auction chair, and my daughter, Taylor, had been a part of this dinner from the very beginning. Today we have a committee of 20 people who take care of a wide range of logistics for the event, such as the silent auction and sponsorship. We work closely with the St. Jude/ALSAC representatives out of Albany and they are family to us. This year our event will be held March 31 at the Drumlins Country Club. (Visit rossidinner for more information). Although this is the Dominic & Patricia Rossi Memorial dinner, we represent St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. There are guidelines and principles set forth by St. Jude as a national brand and federally regulated charitable organization that we as a committee must follow. In 1962, the hospital was founded by the late entertainer, Danny Thomas, and at that time, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) was 4 percent. Today the survival rate is 94 percent. They treat roughly 260 patients per day and their daily operating cost is $1.7 million, which is covered primarily by public contributions. I plan this dinner each year for many reasons: I have three healthy children and I want to teach them that giving back is more important than receiving. I believe that getting involved in a charity brings more joy to the volunteer and most of all, I plan this dinner in30 hopes that one day there won’t be a need for St. Jude Children’s march 2012 :: Research Hospital.


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BY farah f. jadran I PHOTO BY cindy bell “I am going to fight.”

After undergoing her second double-mastectomy in less than six years, fighting is exactly what Virginia Bregou Jablanski is doing. Jablanski, the director of human resources at Central New York’s well-known Driver’s Village, says she is grateful for each day. Jablanski was diagnosed in September of 2006, and she underwent her second major breast cancer procedure on Dec. 20, 2011, but she has never looked back.

It’s understated to say the Bregou family has had its run-ins with cancer. Four out of the five children in the family have had cancer, are currently battling or have passed away while fighting. Her sister, Susan Bregou Mirra, was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 42 and is now a survivor at age 58. Lou Bregou, 61, the big brother of the family, was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 51 and also is a survivor. Katherine Bregou Grainger was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 42 and she lost her battle last December at age 50 after many complications. Denise Bregou Santucci is 47 years old and is the only one of the siblings who has not been diagnosed with cancer. Loretta Bregou, the mother of the Bregou children, passed away following her battle with breast cancer March 9, 2010.

Jablanski’s younger sister, Katherine, fought a hard battle before her life was cut far too short. “I miss her,” Jablanski said, “but there’s no regrets. She was a wonderful sister.” Katherine was a part of the Christian Embassy Ministry in England, which allowed her to spread her ministry and meet many people in diplomatic positions. Both Jablanski and her brother Lou say that Katherine’s life was “full and very meaningful.” Lou said she got to travel the world and do the things she loved. Her husband, John Grainger, and their 10-year-old son Jonathan survive Katherine. Jablanski speaks from her heart when she talks about her younger sister, Katherine. She reminisced how Katherine had a Vonage account so she could communicate from London to Syracuse (a five-hour difference) with ease, something Jablanski was grateful for. “If one of us would wake early because we could not sleep we would call her…” Jablanski said they would also read and discuss books that Katherine would send home to Central New York. When Jablanski’s breast cancer reoccurred in November 2011, she was sure to call Katherine immediately. Katherine was very upset. “She called me several days later and said she could not handle my reoccurrence but Jesus could…we cried and prayed together that morning.” Surrounded by loving family members and friends, and also a “loving work family,” throughout her daily life, Jablanski has found inspiration and hope. “Chaplains are checking on me every day and the medical system in Syracuse is the best…they really care.” But most of all, Jablanski says her church family that includes four churches has been her everlasting guide along this journey. “There are so many people praying for me,” she said. “I am the most blessed woman!” Jablanski’s genuineness and love for life makes the people around her feel blessed to know her, too. :: march 2012


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“It is important our society bequeath to us a common humanity” THELMA TROTTY-SELZER

Making History: Syracuse City School District BY catherine wilde I PHOTO BY raine dufrane Students who took Thelma Trotty-Selzer’s classes in the Syracuse City School District from the 1960s to the 1990s learned the importance of respect in education and life. They remember Ms. Trotty for placing Mr. or Ms. in front of their name, always returning the deference paid to her. They also recall her directive to use their intellects. Selzer’s passion for education is rivaled only by her love of family and her enduring belief in living an engaged and meaningful life, leaving a mark on society. Selzer left her mark on the Syracuse City School District, having created the district’s first women’s studies program and Native American history program in the 1970s. Both earned important distinctions. The Native American Indian Act recognized Selzer’s Native American program. The research-based women’s studies course, which Selzer developed, published three booklets in 1983 and that program went on to be recognized by the National Organization of Women. In 1983 Selzer remembers proudly receiving an unsung heroine award from the organization, a certificate for women’s leadership and feminist studies. Having started her teaching career during the civil rights movement, Selzer witnessed the integration of school districts. She was the first minority teacher to enter the district, later joined by African Americans. She remembers some difficulties during the time but chooses not to focus on them. “You have to be secure in yourself so that you don’t react to other people’s prejudices or misconceptions. If you are fairly certain about your own worth then you don’t have to concentrate on the negatives.” As an Oglala Lakota plains native, Selzer was raised in Fargo, N.D., with an appreciation for the sanctity of all life. She studied nursing in Connecticut before graduating from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences. The Native American belief in unity on earth has been formative for Selzer, who views all life as possessing dignity. “It’s having the respect that life is a circle and every living species is in that circle.” Selzer is ever mindful of the diversity of life and the different paradigms that people are coming from.


One of the most touching moments she can recall is when she marched in tribal dress in 2004 for the opening of the American Indian Museum in Washington, D.C. More than 600 different nations of Native American people were represented in the parade of nations and Selzer remembers the sound of drum beats resonating as a heartbeat. “That was magnificent because for such a long time all of that had been ignored and the museum shows that the people are still alive, still vital and still have their cultures intact.” march 2012 ::

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“You have to find what’s meaningful for you and find a way to make it happen.”

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arlene abend Making History: Sculptor

BY FARAH F. JADRAN I PHOTO BY RAINE DUFRANE She stands 5 feet tall, mask and gloves on, blowtorch in hand and ready to create. “I was, I am and I always will be [an artist],” says Arlene Abend, who reflected on how her style and message, which has evolved over the years, as well as her outlook on life. A longtime Syracuse resident, the 80-year-old welder is nearly as well-known for her bold personality as for the many works that grace the Central New York landscape. Abend’s work in the mediums of steel and cast resin has been featured in numerous galleries in New York and also in Florida and Connecticut. Outside DeWitt Town Hall, Abend’s work stands tall with a sculpture of two steel flames representing the towers of the World Trade Center. When you make your next trip to Carousel Mall, take a look at the eye-catching aluminum horse sculptures. They’re hers, too. Her largest work, a privately commissioned piece entitled “Toward the Wind,” weighs 4,000 pounds, stands 10 feet high and stretches 15 feet in length. From her steel and acrylic piece, “Journey,” a thin, winding path of metal that shows a small female figurine on a constant adventure, to her large collection of cartoon illustration clippings that represent the birth of women’s sexual liberation, her true character shines. One of her favorite cartoons bears a quote by Gloria Steinam, “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” Another clipping she valued was photocopied and given to me before her interview concluded: It was an illustration of a fortuneteller and a young woman. She was looking into her crystal ball and told the young woman, “You’ll meet a tall, dark, handsome man who will love your career as much as you do!” On that note, “he” and I haven’t met yet. Abend’s personal life is translated in most of her artwork. Having been married once for 33 years, and then in another long-term relationship for 22 years as of a few years ago, Abend is no stranger to dealing with matters of the heart. However, she has found her own individual strength as a welding woman in a man’s world and has wisdom for those around her. Walking around her workshop in the basement of her home and then up the stairs, through her living room and down the hallway, the evolution of her work and what it meant in her life was evident. “Different people at different times in our lives are right for us at that time and then your perspective changes,” she offered. Like this view, her perspective of her own work has changed. What didn’t fit was fixed and how she approached challenges was improved upon. Because she has experience on her side, minute issues that once challenged her, such as trying to work with a welder’s mask and gloves fit for a man, are now nothing more than a faint object in her rearview mirror. (continued on page 36) :: march 2012


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thelma trotty-selzer (cont) arlene abend (cont)

Having cancer has not slowed Jablanski down. Every day is like any other day. The day before her Dec. 20 surgery, she met with me to be interviewed for the magazine and then less than three weeks after her procedure she met with us again for a photo shoot. Plain and simple, she doesn’t miss a beat.

Despite the differences between cultures and ethnicities, Selzer focuses on the similarities within the human family. “It is important our society bequeath to us a common humanity,” Selzer said, adding the common thread of memory that links past to future is what makes history vital.

Since her first diagnosis, Jablanski says she has found it important to “have or find people” she can trust. On the day of her most recent surgery, Beth Baldwin spent about 16 hours at the hospital to make sure she was OK. It has been that type of unconditional love and support that has made it possible for Jablanski to have cancer, and not let cancer have her.

In 2010 Selzer was diagnosed with breast cancer but is happy to say she had a normal mammogram last year and has participated in a breast cancer awareness event as a survivor for the first time. For 14 years she had participated with her husband in breast cancer awareness events and now this has taken on new meaning, as she remembers being shaken when she wore the pink T-shirt representing that she was a breast cancer survivor.

“I want to live,” she said. “My mom used to say, ‘When people are most unlovable, they are most in need of love.’” Sharing her wisdom and love is something she wants to fulfill in her blessed life. “I try my best to live like that!” The key word is “try,” Jablanski said.

Selzer is also politically involved, starting the “Syracuse for Obama” initiative in 2008, which campaigned to elect President Barack Obama. She became one of five delegates for the 25th district, which stretches as far as Rochester. Selzer, who lights up when she speaks about her grandson, said she has to believe the world will be a better place for future generations. She wants to see progress made in terms of awareness of Native Americans, adding they are invisible to many people who have never visited a reservation or may have a preconceived idea of them.

It would be understated to say she has always been “ahead of her time,” but her outlook on life is not only refreshing, it’s truly inspiring. “You have to find what’s meaningful for you and find a way to make it happen.” From the moment she spent time sculpting sand on a beach as a child, she knew art was meant for her. No matter that a typical welding workshop was not fit for a woman, she made it happen. Her home studio is made for her. With a fourinch step stool, she can reach her heavy-duty machinery without hesitation. If you get a chance to view her artwork or watch a recent, exceptionally detailed documentary (produced by Courtney Rile and Mike Barletta, of Daylight Blue Media) on Abend’s life thus far, “Stretching Boundaries - Life Work of Arlene Abend, you would most likely have some compliments to extend. I told her, “You’re amazing.” She replied, “I don’t feel amazing.” Thousands of admirers of her work, if not more, would disagree.

Selzer wants to have left the world a better place. In all her lifetime endeavors, she strives not to be selforiented. “I think you have to give back to society, and if you do that then the society becomes better.”


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BY FARAH F. JADRAN I PHOTO BY RAINE DUFRANE When Beyonce’s “All the Single Ladies” plays on the airwaves of MOViN 100.3/96.5, the station’s lone female radio personality can no longer “rock out” in the spirit of the song. Her husband “put a ring on it” and they were married on Oct. 15, 2011. Heather Daley (Saxton) not only has a husband to call on, but she also has a new counterpart on the air. The other “new man” in her life needs little introduction, especially when he champions third-person references and has a self-portrait as his home screen on his cell phone. That’s right, Heather’s new radioman is Joey Walker. The new duo for MOViN’s morning show has been in the works for several months since Skip Clark moved on to focus on his role on WOLF Radio. Joey, 30, and Heather, 29, had their first on-air date on Monday, Jan. 16, only three days after they both celebrated their birthdays. The pair is exactly one year apart in age and both recently married, but their outlook on each other’s qualities could be measured in light-years. “He’s older, I’m prettier,” Heather said about Joey, while he sat a few feet away waiting to chime in. “She’s younger. I’m sexier,” Joey replied. While the on-air couple likes its jabs, they also show their appreciation for each other. Heather flaunted her kind gestures toward Joey, such as bringing him breakfast to work. “You said you were going to bring me a bagel and you ate it,” Joey said. “Because I got mad at you!” Heather replied. “You put on these tantrums…” After threatening to “leave the interview,” Joey and Heather started to talk about what makes their show different from any other in the market. “It’s edgier and we’re more interactive with our listeners,” Heather said. Making sure to re-direct the focus of the interview, Joey said,

“I want listeners to see (he must have meant ‘hear’ since this is radio) the real Joey and I want to get more in touch with the female audience.” The pair’s third person in the morning show party, Reese, interjected and shared that listeners will witness “big, fun stuff” and listeners should expect to hear Joey and Heather “say anything.” If the duo needs Reese, the show’s producer, to go out and talk to people and get any necessary information for a daily topic, he will make it happen. “We’ll be everywhere,” Heather said. “Events, fairs, you name it.” Both Joey and Heather said they want to be out in the community and have their audience recognize them. While Reese told me the show’s tagline is morphed into something along the lines of “Live, Local and a Little Crazy,” I suggested that they change “crazy” to “loca” so that the L’s were stacked together. Heather attempted to say it and it came out all wrong, but it was followed by a burst of Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca” to round out the joke. “Stop singing, your voice is awful,” Joey said. Heather shook him off and told him he was wrong. “I’m normally right,” she said. Needing to get another word in, Joey replied, “You’re never right and you want to be like me.” One annual contest, of which Heather is undefeated for the last two years running, was settled on the day of their shared birthday. The Facebook birthday wish contest: Heather 164, Joey 132. “She only got 32 more birthday wishes than me and she has 200 more friends than I do,” Joey said as he showed how unimpressed he is. They agreed to disagree. They will take it up again from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday on MOViN 100.3/96.5. Be sure to B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bagel) to work. :: march 2012


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nothing but silence, she knows it’s a good sign. “I’m always talking, talking, talking [during the preparation] and then I notice it’s silent and I see their reaction.” Rightfully so, she takes this as a compliment.

From finding that exquisite eggplant at the local farmer’s market to picking the most divine grape leaves straight form the vine in her mama’s garden, Julie “Taboulie” Sageer, has your lesson in Lebanese cuisine covered. She exudes her first generation Lebanese heritage in merely every word that leaves her mouth. Julie’s new 13-week cooking TV series, “Cooking with Julie Taboulie,” is planned to premiere at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, on WCNY’s Channel 24, something she has envisioned for many years. Her show’s catchy name comes thanks to her uncles Dominick and Richie, who bestowed the name, “Julie Taboulie,” on her when she was only 7 years old. Tabouli (no “e” in the spelling of the dish’s proper name), is a traditional Arabic style salad served as part of a mezze, which is similar to an appetizer in Middle Eastern culture. Julie, 34, was born in Utica and later moved to Liverpool at age 6, where she attended high school. She moved downstate to attend college on Long Island and studied communications. While in college, her writing and production skills grew, and her passion for cooking Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine continued to grow as well. Upon her return to Central New York three years ago, Julie began polishing her culinary skills alongside her mama, Hind S. Van Dusen, so she could perfect all her favorite entrees and desserts. She noted that there wasn’t anyone local (or nationally that she has seen) who is providing insight into Lebanese or Middle Eastern cuisine. “One day I thought, ‘I’m going to go out and teach people how to cook Lebanese food,’” she said. “I wrote it in my journal.” She still remembers that day and she still has that journal entry. The start of Julie’s cooking crusade in CNY began when the Marcellus Free Library welcomed her talents with open arms. The library’s director, Carol Johnson, met with Julie and helped her utilize a space for a Lebanese cooking class. All 14 of the slots for the class immediately filled. “I am thankful for their support and the way they embraced me.” From there, the demand for Julie’s classes not only increased in Marcellus, but she began receiving requests from other venues. She started providing cooking demos, classes and cuisine tastings in Skaneateles, Baldwinsville, Rochester, and in the Fingerlakes Region. Once her idea of bringing more light to her culture’s cuisine came to fruition, she knew there was more she could teach her audience. “People would come up to me and say they always loved Lebanese food, but they didn’t know how it was made or what went into it.” This took Julie to the next level, she wanted to show people how to choose the right grape leaf fresh off the vine or what the ingredients of falafel are, since many people simply don’t know. The connection is in the taste when it comes to Julie’s teaching. If she prepares a meal for a large dinner party or is hosting a tasting, and there’s

Lights, camera, let’s cook! “I’ve been really lucky,” said Julie about her opportunities with cooking and sharing her culture. In 2010, Julie began performing short cooking segments on “WCNY Connected,” which was hosted by 93Q’s Ted and Amy. After that, Julie knew her true dream really was to star in her own cooking show. For the last year, she has been working on the production of the show with WCNY. It’s been a long process, but this “labor of love,” just like cooking an intricate meal, was all worth it, Julie said. King Kibbee - Middle Eastern Meat Pie

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Julie and the production team have the pilot completed and are currently shooting 10 episodes for the series. Julie’s team consists of a hard-working and focused group of people: Julie, host/chef, creator and writer/ producer; Anne Salzhauer, creative director and photographer; Hind S. VanDusen (“mama”), culinary supervisor and producer; Selma Sageer (sister), associate producer; Odel Rawda (cousin), production assistant; Brian Annelli, WCNY producer; Mary Dalglish, WCNY associate producer; Jim Aroune, WCNY executive producer; and Bob Papleoni, WCNY director of TV production. The kitchen scenes are shot at a friend’s home in Skaneateles. “It’s a true collaboration,” for what goes into the show, Julie said. “There are beautiful images… it [the show] shows you the surroundings and where things come from.” Since Julie uses ingredients right from her mother’s Skaneateles home garden, she wants people to see this. And when she visits a vineyard or a farmer’s market to buy an item needed for a dish, she wants people to see that, too. This all encompasses her mantra and her four main foundations: fresh, flavorful, fun and family. “These are common threads of the show and it’s all about who I am.”

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If you can’t get enough of Bruno Tonioli’s over-the-top hand movements when he loves a ballroom performance or Len Goodman’s strict critiques, then you will want to save the date for the Fifth Annual Dancing With Our Stars Syracuse. On Saturday, April 14, 11 local stars in the Central New York area will take the floor to wow the crowd and impress the judges at the OnCetner Ballroom. The event includes a cocktail hour starting at 5:30 p.m., dinner and dessert, and of course, a night full of dancing. However, the dance floor isn’t just reserved for the stars, but also for the attendees. After the competition, everyone will get the chance to show off their best moves from 9 to 11 p.m. during the open dance. The event was created to benefit the George and Rebecca Barnes Foundation, which was formed to meet the growing demands of preservation, restoration and maintenance of 930 James St., the original home of George and Rebecca Barnes. The foundation’s goal is to preserve the home and educate the general public about the significance of the home and its original occupants. George and Rebecca Barnes represent European American business and reform families who were committed abolitionist organizers and Underground Railroad supporters and who used their resources to exert public pressure and to raise money for the cause. Currently, the board of directors is raising funds and grants for a new roof on the mansion, according to Arlene Stewart, the event chair for DWTS Syracuse. The mansion was built in 1853 and the roof is 100 years old, which is why “patch jobs” on the surface just won’t do anymore, Stewart said. The foundation is currently working with Crawford & Stearns Architects to get the plans underway for a much overdue repair. The annual dancing event features an array of CNY stars, and attracts many fans from around the area. In 2008, Stewart and a former board member, Bette Dolinsky, brainstormed ideas for fundraising and the nationally broadcasted Dancing With The Stars was already well-known and the topic of chatter among community members. “We were talking about the show…and both our eyes lit up,” Stewart said. “And that’s all she wrote.” The idea of a local “DWTS” version made Stewart and Dolinksy excited because it would get the community involved. “It’s

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Throw away any idea you may have brewing about roller derby, it’s not just girls on skates, and it’s not for the faint of heart. “If you’re crying at every practice, it’s like, ‘Really?’” said Deb “Crush” Perry, of Syracuse. She is the co-captain of the Assault Squad, a team of the Assault City Roller Derby. The league is set in Central New York, with a name that works off Syracuse’s notoriety as the “salt city.” The “b” team, the Battery Brigade, joins the Assault Squad as well. “You have to have a sense of mental toughness,” said Rebecca Howden, known as Morticia D. Kay while on the skates. “It’s not an environment for the weak. We’re all badass, but in our own way.” The sport is one of Syracuse’s only contact sports for women. Syracuse University has a women’s hockey team, and there are a number of rugby opportunities throughout the region. “I say roller derby is kind of a mixture between track and hockey and football,” said Perry. The sport operates in a traditional rink fashion, with four skaters, or blockers, forming the pack. They play offense and defense in the bouts, working to keep the other team’s jammer, a sprinting skater, from passing the other players. They also pave the way for their team’s jammer to get through the pack. One point is awarded for each member of the pack that the jammer can pass. No elbows can be thrown, no punching or kicking. Hipchecks and shoulder-checks are fair game. “You get bumps and bruises,” Howden said. “Some Velcro burn, a fat lip. There’s not a lot of sports for women who are full-contact. It’s a very powerful sport for us women to have.” Roller derby has been seen as one of the tougher sports to be involved in, but Assault City is working to keep the sport just that, a sport. “I want to skate to be a skater, not to be a fishnet skater,” Perry said. Many televised derby bouts have

girls dressed in skimpy outfits and outlandish costumes while skating. “We’re trying to get it more athletic and less stripper-esque,” Howden said. “It’s going from cutesy and fishnet-like to we’re athletes and we want to be respected as athletes.” Both warn the sport isn’t for the faint of heart, and not for the mentally or physically weak. “Derby is family,” Perry said. “We are definitely diverse. We have people of all attitudes, all shapes and sizes.” Women must pass the skills test before becoming an official member of the team. They practice and workout regularly, like it’s a full-time job. Each derby girl gets their own, unique official name once they pass the skills test. Until then, it’s less-tough names, like Lily or Rose. Post-skills test, it’s names like “Crush,” or “PokeHer I. Out.” No two derby girls across the world have the same skater name. The team of 24 girls practices in a space rented by their not-for-profit, Syracuse Roller Revolution, in Great Northern Mall in Clay. When the league started, it was a privately-held company, but the girls recently made the switch to non-profit status. That move, they said, was a hard one. The team has been practicing in the mall space for about a year, acting as nomads for the years before that. The floor is covered with tiles, the walls protected by mattresses and pads. Their not-for-profit raises money to keep their team afloat, and donates to myriad charities across Central New York. The CNY SPCA, Shriners, Golisano Children’s Hospital, Rescue Mission and benefit walks are a small sample of community activities and organizations the group has given to. Their fundraising events double as recruiting events. They will be holding another recruit event at 2 p.m. on March 4 in their “bunker” at Great Northern Mall near Dick’s Sporting Goods. :: march 2012





The first-ever Strong Women, Strong Hearts event presented by Upstate University Hospital was held Saturday, Feb. 4, at the HealthLink/OASIS Center to provide a day of education, entertainment and indulgence. Upstate’s mission is to raise community awareness about heart disease by hosting an annual educational program. More than 300 women pre-registered for this special event. Several women said they enjoyed this event because it was not only free but very informative.


SYRACUSE WOMAN MAGAZINE CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY Last year went by extremely fast and Syracuse Woman Magazine has been going full force! We celebrated our one-year anniversary with a celebration on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at Café at 407 in Liverpool. We are proud to be Central New York’s original women’s magazine, and we are looking forward to carrying out this tradition in providing an upscale, professional publication for women (and men) in the Syracuse area. Special thanks to the following people for making our anniversary extra special: The staff at Café at 407, volunteers at Ophelia’s Place, Mary Ellen Clausen, Pam Cifaratta, Melanie KayserBrown, Raine Dufrane, Cindy Bell, Kelly Kane, Ida Branch, and all the amazing supporters who provided raffle items. More than $500 was raised for Ophelia’s Place that day. Thank you again, CNY, and here’s to 2012, and many more years to come!


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SU VS. UCONN – PACK THE DOME! In an effort to help break the Syracuse University Women’s basketball attendance record at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse Woman Magazine was on the scene to pump up the crowd and pack the house! The record was broken at the Jan. 25 SU vs. UConn game and the new total stands at 4,357! All SU women’s athletic teams were honored for National Girls & Women’s in Sports Day at halftime, including special recognition given to Barbara Henderson, a retired senior associate director of athletics and senior women’s administrator. Go Lady Orange athletes!

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SHAMROCK ANIMAL FUND Time: 10 to 11 AM What: Traditional 4-mile run that passes many CELEBRATION Time: 6:30 PM of Tipp Hill’s favorite pubs and landmarks. What: Food, music and good company Where: Burnett Park, during the night to benefit the Shamrock Animal Fund, which provides funding to owners who cannot afford care for a pet’s illness or required surgery. Reserve tickets SWM NIGHT/SYRACUSE THIRST at Time: 6 to 8 PM What: After-hours with SWM & Syracuse First Where: King & King Architects, 358 W. supporters so we can raise some “green” for Jefferson St., Syracuse Cost: $50 Syracuse First!


Where: Kitty Hoyne’s, 301 W. Fayette St.



Time: 5 to 8:30 PM What: Ladies support the Erie Canal Museum while at the same time indulging in an evening full of hor d’oeuvres, wine, pampering, and shopping! Where: The Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd E., Syracuse. tickets at 471-0593, ext. 15



Time: 7 to 10 AM, registration and heart healthy indoor actities; 9:30 AM, survivor and opening ceremonies; 10 AM, 5k run & walk What: Join the Syracuse area Heart Walk and join more than a million people in 300-plus cities across America in taking a stand against heart disease. Visit www. Where: Onondaga Community College Gordon Student Center & Campus Cost: Participants encouraged to raise or donate $25.00: Walkers are eligible for a Heart Walk T-shirt once they have raised a minimum of $100.


Time: 11 AM to 2 PM What: Fashion show and brunch to benefit Hope For Heather, a local ovarian cancer awareness organization. Raffles, auctions and a special speaker also included in the day’s event. Where: Crown Plaza Hotel, Syracuse Cost: $50, Stop by Showoffs Boutique in Armory or call (315) 471-4636


Time: 6 to 10 PM What: Dinner in remembrance of Dominic and Patricia Rossi to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hopsital. For tickets, visit Where: Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Road, DeWitt Cost: $50-single/$90-couple before March 16; after March 16 :: march 2012 49 $65-single/$100-couple


BY CATHERINE WILDE For many adults looking to keep a competitive edge in life, adult sports leagues offer the perfect chance to stay fit, active and social. Sports leagues of many varieties are offered at the north branch YMCA of Syracuse and the CNY Family Sports Center. Both co-ed and women-only leagues are available. Soccer leagues abound at the CNY Family Sports Center while the north YMCA offers a variety of leagues such as beach volleyball, kickball, softball and football. Eric Dosch, sports director at the East Area YMCA, said that facility is recruiting for basketball leagues, which would start up in the fall of 2012 since a lack of membership made a February start for the basketball leagues unfeasible. A dodgeball league is starting up in April, said Dosch. Both leagues are co-ed. The East Y does not allow non-members to join the leagues, while the North Y does, something Dosch attributes to the north YMCA’s league popularity. The north YMCA also offers outside facilities, making it attractive to join even in the summer months when going to the gym is not as tempting. Women-only leagues are popular at the CNY Family Sports Center, where soccer leagues run year-round, with new teams forming about every 10 weeks. Each session runs about 10 weeks, during which time eight games are played weekly and a play-off game week is held at the end. Jon Ramin, a manager at CNY Family Sports Center, said the leagues started in about 1997 and have always been popular, growing to the approximately 50 teams that exist today. The women’s soccer leagues play Thursday nights while the co-ed league plays Sundays from noon until about 10:30 p.m. The women’s league has about 12 teams comprised of up to 15 players, with upper and lower divisions representing different skill levels and competitiveness. The second division has the widest age range, said Ramin, with everyone from college-aged women to women over the age of 40 represented. Athletes over the age of 50 are also active in the sport, said Ramin, who added that soccer is a sport that is popular to join regardless of skill level. “I think it’s easy for people to pick up and play, even if they only played as a child,” Ramin said. The non-stop nature of the sport ensures the participant will get a great cardiovascular workout. The games run indoors during the fall, winter and spring, while six outdoor fields are used from June through September for the summer league. The co-ed teams make sure women are represented as well, requiring a minimum of three girls on the field at all times, said Ramin, who added many women participate in both female and co-ed leagues, playing twice weekly. Ramin said a growing phenomenon is the “soccer mom” who comes to appreciate the sport through their child. However, with adult leagues, children come watch their parents play and the teams form bonds, often going out to eat after a game, said Ramin. While most teammates know one another, there is constantly a list of individuals searching for a team to join, said Ramin. For women, joining the league can be a good way to get a ladies night out while their husbands stay home with the kids, he said. “It’s good exercise and a healthy thing to do,” Ramin said.


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Syracuse Woman Magazine March 2012 Issue  

Enjoy our March 2012 Issue celebrating women's history month.