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In this issue: Top 10 Ways... to stop leaking oil
Some quick fixes that might put an end to BP’s woes ...page 2
Urban CNY honored at Press Club ceremony
Eagle’s own Ken Jackson was awarded by the Syracuse Press Club. ...page 4
JUNETEENTH returns to CNY CNY gears up for celebration of African-American history, culture, freedom Juneteenth is an African-American festival celebrating the freedom, history, and culture of African Americans. It is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed. Syracuse began celebrating Juneteenth in 1988 with less than 50 people in attendance. Today, Syracuse is home to one of the largest Juneteenth festivals in the country, maintaining the importance of culture and education within the festival elements. Juneteenth is a family-friendly celebration with activities and entertainment that appeal to all age groups. There are many ways to support the 2010 Syracuse Juneteenth effort there’s the Men Empowering Men Conference and Oratoric Contest, Gospel, Youth & Family Day at Spirit of Jubilee Park, the Winston Gaskin Community Walk for Wellness, The Juneteenth
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Olivia Harrison beams as Miss Juneteenth 2009.
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Honoring World War II minority veterans By Ken Jackson
Summer in Syracuse 2010
June 2010 ● urbancny.com
America’s “Minorities” or people of color have fought and died in wars since our nation’s birth. There are hundreds of thousands who fought in WWII and other conflicts that never were recognized for their service. Therefore, the existence of the World War II Minori-
ty Veterans Wall of Honor is especially important as we celebrate Memorial Day. The monument at the OnCenter’s entrance on S. State Street consists of 245 names engraved
on a black granite wall it includes blacks, American Indians, See Veterans on page 6
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News Syracuse Parks & Rec launches ‘Operation Have Fun 2010’ Program will benefit children with parents serving in Iraq and Afghanistan The Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs will launch “Operation Have Fun 2010” this summer. This program will offer children, ages 8 to 15 who live in the City of Syracuse and whose parents are serving our military in Iraq and Afghanistan, the opportunity to attend summer camps and clinics of their choice
for free. “It is a mission of the Department of Parks and Recreation to engage as many children as possible in the variety of camps offered during the summer months,” said Commissioner Pat Driscoll. “Operation Have Fun is our special way of thanking our military and their families living, working and learning in the City of Syracuse for their dedication and commitment to protecting our many freedoms.” “As a veteran of the armed forces, a retired police officer and Chair of the Common Council’s Parks Committee, I know how important these summer camps are to the children
and their families in Syracuse,” said Fourth District Common Councilor Tom Seals. “I think this is an excellent program and just one small way we can show our appreciation to Syracuse’s military families.” Eligible children will be able to participate in a variety of camps that range from educational to athletic. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt, lunch and transportation (if required) for full day camps. Those interested in participating can call the Department of Parks, Recreation & Youth Programs at 473-4330.
Syracuse Press Club awards Urban CNY publisher Published monthly by: URBAN CNY Send mail c/o Eagle Media 5910 Firestone Drive, Syracuse, NY 13206 For advertising and editorial: (315) 422-7778 (315) 434-8883 -- Fax firstname.lastname@example.org Kenneth Jackson – Editor and Publisher Jennifer Wing – Designer Walt Shepperd – Consultant Mia Burse – Contributing Writer Printed by: Community Media Group LLC 5910 Firestone Drive Syracuse, NY 13206 No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission.The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily the opinions of Community Media Group LLC or Eagle Newspapers.
Ken Jackson awarded for blog, City Eagle column More than 180 people gathered at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse for the Syracuse Press Club’s 32nd Annual Scholarship and Professional Recognition Awards Dinner. There were journalists from as far north as Watertown and as far south as Binghamton who participated in the 2009 awards contest, and attended Saturday evening’s dinner. Ken Jackson is publisher and editor of Urban CNY and contributing writer for City Eagle with his column called “Urban CNY.” Jackson earned the following awards: 2009 First Place Internet News Blog, urbancny.com, “Ken’s Blog”; 2009 Second Place NonDaily Column, City Eagle. Jackson has been awarded multiple times for professional awards including Best Column, New York Press Association 2004 Best Column in City Eagle. Syracuse Press Club Professional Recognition Awards including:
Ken Jackson 2005 Best Non-Daily Column, City Eagle; 2006 Second Place Web Site urbancny.com, 2006 Second Place Non-Daily Column, Urban CNY News; 2007 Second Place Internet Public Service, urbancny. com, 2007 Second Place Internet Blog urbancny.com; 2008 First Place Non-Daily Column, Urban CNY; 2008 Second Place Internet Public Service.
Top 10 ways to stop the leaking oil
As oil gushes into the Gulf of Mexico and beyond there have been some interesting ideas floating around regarding what to do about the big oil slick. These are the top ten: 10. Bunker Buster Bomb - Just send a bunker buster bomb down into the depths of the gulf and blast the Oil Well shut. 9. Gulf Coast Shrimp – New at Wal-Mart “Gulf Coast Shrimp” marinated in “natural oils” just add Panko breadcrumbs to taste. Cooking instructions, bake in oven preheated at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, (turn after seven minutes). 8. Dawn – Have you ever drizzled Dawn dishwashing detergent into a sink full of greasy water? The oil slick on the sink water’s surface disappears like magic, where does it goes? Who cares! Plus their new packaging shows a cute little baby seal with big brown eyes gazing at you from the packaging as if it were saying, “please buy Dawn so they can use it to clean my coat when I get stuck in this or that oil slick.” ($1 from the sale of every bottle of the product will go towards saving wildlife.) 7. Dyson Vacuum – You know that guy on television who takes great pride in the suction power of his revolutionary vacuum device with a ball? He can work with NASA to develop a great big Dyson Vacuum attached to an oil tanker. Float that monkey around the gulf a few times. 6. Huggies and Pampers Unite! – In an unprecedented joint- venture the world’s largest brands of consumer goods team up to create giant PamperHuggies disposable diapers. If Huggies and Pampers are good enough for a pooping baby then perhaps a giant joint-venture could produce diapers placed strategically around the spill… 5. Giant Q –Tip – Obvious just shove one of those in there they’ll never get it out. 4. Chinese Government Recycling Project – Remember our dog food crisis when all kinds of material ended up in that goopy mixture of Gluten swill imported from China? The Chinese government will gladly clean up the spill and sell the contents back to us in the form of baby toys and formulas. 3. Brawny Paper towels – The singing Brawny spokes cartoon and his extra strong paper towels can mop it up and still hold a cup of coffee without spilling! Especially with their new television ad jingle “Lean on me….just call on me brother when you need a hand.” 2. Rush Limbaugh – Rush stated in a recent broadcast from the EIB network that “the oil will simply evaporate.” Insinuating that “state run media” has turned this into a political issue for the Obama Administration declaring, “These people will stop at nothing.” 1. Gov. David Patterson – Has arrived on the scene concerned that the oil might make it to Manhattan. Plans are already in place to scoop up the renegade oil slick pump it to our now shuttered state parks. “Spreading the oil on our state parks will reduce the need for cutting grass and shrubbery. Until the legislature decides on a budget I will do everything in my powers to save money for the people of New York.”
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Spill leaves both parties in the muck The hall monitor As tens of thousands of barrels of oil cause irreCaptain Dan’s Ballyhoo versible damage to shores of the Gulf of Mexico, this messy spill can’t come close to matching the massive political slop that will cover the Obama presidency as a result of this catastrophe. Attacks are coming from the right, left and center, as each additional day of oil coverage in the media lends yet another piece of indisputable evidence that this administration has been “punked” by the oil and gas industry. Even President Obama’s usual allies, Chris MatBy Dr. Boyce Watkins thews and James Carville, have been highly critical of the president’s reaction to the BP disaster. Matthews recently asked of Obama, “When is he actually going to do something?” Carville pounded on his own criticism, stating that Obama is being naïve in assuming that BP is going to handle this crisis in an appropriate fashion. Perhaps Carville and Matthews are being too harsh, but their challenges to the president reflect the nation’s confusion about exactly who is wearing the political pants in the Obama administration. Of course the attacks are going to come from the right as well. The most interesting critiques have come from political newcomer Rand Paul, who called Obama “un-American” for the way he has attacked BP. Apparently, Paul needs to be invited to more of the Republican talking point meetings, since his critique contradicts that of his buddy Sarah Palin, who says that Obama can’t handle the crisis effectively because his cozy relationship with BP impedes his ability to be effective. While it might be confusing to hear one Republican say that Obama is being too nice and another saying that he’s being too harsh, this cross-eyed attack on the president reminds us that Obama simply can’t win in this situation. This is going to be his Hurricane Katrina, with the only difference being that “Katrina 2010” is going to last for the entire summer. Palin has apparently forgotten that she and John McCain took nearly three times more money from the oil and gas industry than Obama and even coined the phrase “drill baby, drill” as part of the 2008 election cycle. In fact, 75 percent of the $238.7 million in political donations from the oil and gas industry have gone to Republican candidates. It seems that the woman who didn’t know that Africa is a continent also doesn’t know who pays the bills in her own party. But the bigger issue for President Obama is that the oil and gas industry owns everyone, including the Democrats. While the industry gave $2.4 million to John McCain and Sarah Palin, it also gave nearly $900,000 to Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Exxon, BP’s big brother, earned more than $40 billion in profits last year, the highest amount of money earned by any company in the history of the world (BP earned a “tiny” $16 billion itself). BP, the company that is turning the Gulf of Mexico into a can of WD-40, spent $16 million on lobbying last year and $3.5 million in the first quarter of 2010. This lobbying effort has allowed the industry to cap its liability for spills at a measly $75 million, less than a day’s profits for Exxon. In other words, they can pay off our entire government with their lunch money, and there’s nothing we can do about it. The giant hole at the bottom of the gulf is not just leaking oil, it is leaking the loudest secret in all of American politics: BP can destroy our shores, kill the wildlife, cost people their livelihoods and destroy the entire regional eco-system, and even Barack Obama is relatively powerless to stop it. The only question being pondered by the American people as a result of this crisis is whether they should cast more blame on Obama or BP. The answer is that they are going to blame them both. All the average American knows is that one big entity (corporate America) made a huge mess, and the entity being asked to protect American citizens (the federal government) has been virtually impotent in its response. It doesn’t matter who points the finger at whom, since this doesn’t bring back the dead birds on the shoreline or the huge economic losses in the region. Obama is going to be the whipping boy of this oil spill, and the pain is going to last all summer. Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition and the initiator of the National Conversation on Race. For more information, visit BoyceWatkins.com.
(inspired by Captain Andy’s Ballyhoo from the musical Show Boat)
By Ken Jackson (The band is heard in the distance)
BOY Here comes the State Fair parade!
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(presenting candy, etc., to DAN) Captain Dan, Captain Dan, Here’s your lemon cake and homemade spam. Quince preserve and spiral ham; Mama sends her best regards to you.
GIRLS & BOYS Captain Dan, Captain Dan, We’ve been hearing all about your dandy Show. Is this year’s good as last year? Won’t you tell us what is new?
The irony of this week’s column is that I had already settled on the Fair as my topic. Booking Rihanna in the grandstand is worth commenting on, however a fresh crop of spring controversy has developed overshadowing the many improvements New York State Fair Director Dan O’Hara has made. According to reports, 20 employees were terminated by New York State Fair Director O’Hara without notice. In addition rumors have surfaced that out-ofstate people will be brought in to perform duties that were previously done by year-round personnel. As a former employee, I realized very early that there’s a NY State Fair culture, which consists of people who’ve retained institutional memory over their responsibilities. If you’ve ever been around the fair you would never know the little things that happen in the background that require having people around that know “where the cables are buried.” These are the electricians, plumbers, security people and the hundreds of ancillary workers who return annually. Security is more than the cold exercise of telling a visitor where to go or protecting the institution against terrorist. They know who the visitors are, ”Hello Congressman, hello little old lady who I see every year, your tickets are at gate 11.” Imagine for a moment the State Fair as a city that dusts off its vast infrastructure every 12 months. So things are bound to happen. Think keeping your Christmas lights and decorations in a bag and then getting them out to place in their familiar places once a year. How many times have you completed your annual decorative creation only to realize half the lights no longer work? The electricians wire up a tent menagerie that creates a city of 100,000 people on 300 acres for 12 days signaling the end of harvest. These seasoned workers know where everything is, how to respond when the power goes out in one of the ancient buildings. The plumbers make sure that the temporary gas service is sealed and free of leaks. As the only African-American in a management position, appointed by George Pataki to work with Peter Cappuccilli, I knew from day one that “one day this will end.” Since it was an appointment, I was the temporary custodian of this position. When you sign on to work at the Fair it’s part of the deal, unspoken, but you’d be an idiot to serve at that level believing you would last beyond the next administration. However quiet as it’s kept, there are people defying the gravitational pull of politics and remained in their jobs for decades, regardless of the political party that served in Albany. These people work below the level of patronage, are a staff of people who place their families on hold every year to create this New York State Fair, the second largest in North America. The See Captain Dan on page 8
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arts & entertainment
News from the Community Folk Art Center
Visual art students collaborate on mural
CAA visual art students Taylor Britt, Brenda Casnave, Adrianna Cummings, Lavanda Ladd and teaching artists Arthur Brangman and Eunjung Shin-Vargas, have been invited to paint a mural in the gymnasium at Peace-Sumner Headstart, a preschool located in Syracuse, which offers programs
for 3 and 4 year olds. The Visual Art students worked together for a week to paint a meadow of flowers under a clear blue sky. The preschool students will also participate by completing the mural with painted handprints. The mural will leave a positive lasting impression
for the school and its students while providing an opportunity for the Visual Art students to learn to work together on a large-scale project in the community. CFAC congratulated the Visual Art students on a job well done.
Catlett awarded Honorary Degree from SU Syracuse University awarded honorary degrees to individuals of exceptional achievement at its 156th Commencement on May 16. The University bestowed an honorary doctoral Fine Arts degree to Elizabeth Catlett. Elizabeth Catlett is an American sculptor, printmaker and painter known for her influential African American, Native American and Mexican art. Catlett’s most recognized and influential work came from
Looking for new students the 1960s and ‘70s, when she created sculptures and prints distilling the struggles and triumphs of African American and Mexican women, including the sculpture “Homage to My Young Black Sisters” (1968). Many of her prints, valued for their affordability and accessibility to many people, illustrate famous subjects such as Harriet Tubman and Malcolm X, as well as anonymous workers-notably strong, solitary African American women-as depicted in “Sharecropper” (1968) and See CFA on page 7
Summer Arts Camp set for July 12 through 30 Community Folk Art Center Summer Arts Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday July 12 to 30 for students ages 6 to 13. The cost for
the camp is $150 per week.
Syracuse’s premier pre-professional arts education program will be holding auditions for new students in grades 7 through 12. The goal is to provide well-rounded arts education experiences so students are prepared to continue their studies beyond their high school experience. The Academy will be auditioning students in the fields of dance, theater and visual arts. Auditions will be held throughout the summer. You must register to audition. For more information and to register, call Amanda Roskopf, CAA Coordinator at (315) 442-2536 or e-mail email@example.com
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African-Americans in the news
27 years of Service: Honoring EOC’s Bill Harper Bill Harper began his career at Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center in November 1983. When he arrived, the Center offered only four programs of study. As times changed in Central New York and throughout the state, Bill oversaw the implementation of many new programs including ESL, Construction Trades, Certified Nurse Aide, Medical Billing and Coding, Emergency Medical Technical and Medical Secretary. Bill’s quick wit, smile and hearty laugh, along with his “street smart” insight, quickly endeared him to fellow EOC directors and everyone in the community who met him. Throughout his tenure, he was involved with various civic and social organizations. He was an active member of the Syracuse Community Health Center, Rosamond Gifford Charitable Trust Foundation and the Industrial Exhibition Authority of the New York State Fair. Additionally, he spent hundreds of hours mentoring young men serving as a much-needed role model to them. Throughout his stewardship as Director of the Syracuse EOC for 27 years, his affiliation with these many notable organizations and his work with the youth in our community, Bill has had a very positive impact in the lives of countless individuals in Central New York.
Syracuse Juneteenth 2010 Calendar Men Empowering Men Conference and Oratoric Contest Men 14-19 years old, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Southwest Community Center, 401 South Ave,
Flag Raising Ceremony The Flag Raising Ceremony is scheduled for Friday June 18 at 10 a.m. at Syracuse City Hall. The public is welcome to come and celebrate the traditional start of the festival.
Gospel,Youth & Family Day Friday June 18 at 2 p.m., Spirit of Jubilee Park Featuring music and church food vendors. The Gospel Family and Youth Day is offered as a means to provide spiritual outreach to youth at risk of involvement in violence by involving the whole family in a variety of activities in-
cluding speakers as well as cultural talent and spiritual music. The event will bring together many community partners to work in collaboration with the religious community.
Winston Gaskin Community Walk for Wellness Friday June 18 at 5 p.m. at the Manly Field House parking lot. The route is Colvin to Garfield to Oakwood to Castle to Midland to Bellvue to South Ave to Jubilee Park. Dr. Winston Gaskin was the first African American pharmacist in Syracuse. Fee: Please note that there is no fee for participating in the walk. Motor vehicles cannot participate in the walk. Centro is providing transportation back to Manly.
Saturday June 19 Juneteenth Festival Noon
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Freedom Parade Saturday June 19. Starts at noon at the park on New Street (and State Street) then down Salina Street to Clinton Square. At 1 p.m.: Kids Fun Zone
Dr. Henry A. Washington Health Pavilion The Juneteenth Festival Health Pavilion is organized by the Syracuse Black Nurses Association. The Health Pavilion consists of valuable health-related information provided by the areas medical community. A few of the topics that will be addressed are blood pressure, blood chemistries, children’s health, obesity, nutrition, exercise, posture screenings, cancer awareness, healthy heart, and fitness. The Dr. Henry A. Washington Health Pavilion is sponsored by Upstate Medical University
Volunteers The Juneteenth Festival is looking for people to volunteer at the festival. The following numbers are contacts for those wishing to donate their time. Volunteer Areas Ancestrial Recognition Ceremony, Contact Vanessa at 471-7378 Gospel Youth and Family Day, Contact Charles at 380-2090 The Winston Gaskin Community Walk for Wellness, Contact Walter at 395-8845
Miss Junetenth Pageant, Contact Diamond at 254-6287 Families United Then and Now Parade, Contact Valerie at 2788185 Dr. Henry A. Washington Health Pavilion, Contact Janice at 4305307 Festival Set-up, Gen-
eral Volunteering, and all other Areas, Contact Kevin at 422-9400 Log onto syracusejuneteenth. org or urbancny.com for additional information regarding Syracuse Juneteenth. 2010 updates will be posted as more information becomes available.
Syracuse Business & Education Black Expo slated for June 5 Expand your mind, your market, your network The Syracuse Business & Education Black Expo will feature up to 100 small businesses, not for profit services, free sample products, SUNY College exhibit, city and county resources, local artist exhibit, live entertainment and choirs, book signings and poets, youth camp information, soul food court and bakery. The expo will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday June 5 at Southwest Center, 401 South Ave., Syracuse. AdSee Expo on page 7
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Festival Health Pavilion and of course the main event on Saturday June 19th at Clinton Square. Juneteenth has become a positive platform for encouraging acceptance of diversity and offers an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the sacrifices and challenges African Americans endured to achieve freedom. The Juneteenth Festival is free and open to the public.
Miss Juneteenth Pageant The Miss Juneteenth Pageant is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday June 18 at Jubilee Park. Another highlight of the annual Juneteenth celebration is the crowning of Miss Juneteenth. The Miss Juneteenth Pageant provides a forum to build and reward the confidence, poise, and talent of each individual while simultaneously promoting positive growth. While pageants are exciting, there is more than just fun for every contestant. Participants are rewarded for their achievements rather than solely for their physical beauty. Our young women work hard to earn the community status and rewards of being crowned Miss Juneteenth. The Miss Juneteenth Pageant is geared to provide young women with a vehicle to further their personal and educational goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of unique community based programs. Not only does the winner get deserved recognition there’s a $500 prize, a modeling contract and a photo shoot with Ron Hill.
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Latino Americans and Asian-Pacific Islander Americans of all World War II services, including the Merchant Marine. On the wall above the memorial are the photos of two men PFC Charles Latham, Buffalo Soldier and the 489th Engineer Water Supply Division and Sergeant Albert A. Tarbell 82nd Airborne Division. These men are just representative of the diverse minority group members who served our country during World War II. So this Memorial Day between the barbeques and alcohol infused outings take time to remember those who sacrificed their barbeques, lives and futures for us. And for the minority service men and women who came home to a separate but equal “Jim Crow” America, imagine the sense of betrayal and abandonment racism delivered after being on the front lines for your country? The least we can do is consider their sacrifice this Memorial Day.
The names Here’s a listing of the names on the wall at its 2005 dedication. It includes blacks, American Indians, Latino Americans and Asian-Pacific Islander Ameri-
cans of all World War II services, including the Merchant Marine. Veterans must have lived in Onondaga County at some time in their lives. Branch of service is not known for all on the list. Frank V. Adams, Army David P. Agnew Sr., Army John C. Agnew, Army Valley Allgood, N/A James Lawrence Anderson, Army Warren Timothy Anderson, Army Milton Babcock Jr., Navy Louis Beckman, Army Matthew T. Bell, Army John B. Betsey Sr., Army Eugene Blue, Army Harold N. Braithwaite, Army Curtis Brown, Army Odis Brown, Army Ophius Brown, Army Leslie Bucktooth Sr., Army Edward A. Bullard, Army Roy J. Catalfamo, Army Louis D. Christiano, Army Granville Clemons, Army Johnson Cook, Navy Cecil Chester Cooper, Navy Louis Mayhew Credle, Army John William Cree, Air Force Joseph W. Cree, Army Robert B. Chestnut, Army Lyn Harold Crouse, Army Marvin Crouse Sr., Army
Robert Crowder, Army Timothy P. Crowell, Army Morgan Joseph Curry, Army Thomas Peter David Sr., Navy Marion Davis, Army Roy L. Davis, Army Walter Davis Jr., Navy Donald Dawson, Navy Romie Lee Days Sr., Army Charles Albert Dixon, Army Kenneth L. Dixon, Army Alfred Doctor, Navy John Dowdell Sr., Army James L. Dubose, Army Arthur Lembert Dunbar Sr., Army Curtis Dunbar, Army Freddrick Dunham, Army Marvin Edge, Army Vester Edge Jr., Army Desport Edwards, Army Raymond Elm Jr., Navy Walter Elm, Navy Isiah Farmer, Army Freeman Finch, Army Thomas Miles Fleming, Army Daniel Frost, Army Nelson Frost, Army Winston H. Gaskin, Army Charles Reginald George, Army Robert E. George Sr., Army Robert George, Army Ronald J. George, Army Russell George Sr., Army Ambrose Gibson, Army
Andrew Gibson Jr., Army Calvin Gibson, Navy Donald Gibson Sr., Army John Gibson Sr., Army Maurice Gibson, Marines Clarence Eckel Glenn Thomas Godley, Army Thomas L. Goldthwait, Army Raphael Gonyea, Army/Air Force Thomas P. Goslowski, Army David Green, Navy Loren Green, Army Warren Green, Army Wallace Greene, Marines James Herman Griffin, Navy Julius Hall, Army Denvil Hammons, Army Samuel Harvey, Army William T. Hicks Sr., Navy Leon John Hill, Navy Oliver Hill Sr., Army Richard Hill, Army Willard Hill, Navy Eddie Hollis, Army Charles E. Holt, Army Eli Homer Sr., Navy James Homer, Navy Wilbert Homer, Navy Moses Honor, Army Elliot Honyoust, Army Madeline Honyoust, Army William Bill Honyoust, Army Nathan W. Howard, Navy Robert Howard, Army See Veterans on page 7
With the legal and organizational integration behind us, the staff of CenterState CEO now turns its full attention to the critical task of improving the way we work. Our promise to our members in this merger has been to build a more logical and effective approach to economic development and business services. Already, we have found efficiencies and begun to streamline our efforts. By the end of June, all of our staff will consolidate under one roof at the former Chamber headquarters at 572 South Salina Street. We have also reduced total payroll by approximately eight percent, an important step in our effort to shift resources from overhead to value-added programming. More importantly, we are three months in to a strategic planning effort to examine every aspect of our work -looking for ways to be more effective and to better engage with our members. We have an array of assets to help us achieve our goals. We are part of a vibrant, twelve-county region that is home to 1.5 million people encompassing Central and Northern New York, the Upper Mohawk Valley and the eastern Finger Lakes. CenterState is larger than 11 states, by population, and would rank as the 39th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Overall, the CenterState economy has a greater output than 60 percent of the countries in North, Central and South America. We have a rich history of business innovation, creativity and leadership. And, today, as a region, we are well positioned to lead in an evolving global economy. In a knowledge economy, smart regions prosper. CenterState New York is rich in intellectual resources, with the third highest concentration of colleges and universities in the nation. In this region, there are 35 campuses educating more than 138,000 college students and conducting more than $2 billion in research and development, annually. The region is recognized as an international leader in green and clean technology, sensor systems, and nanotechnology. Now, we are pleased to introduce an organization built to leverage our region’s many assets to develop new economic opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities. CenterState CEO is much more than a typical economic development organization. Instead, our focus is on total community prosperity and wellbeing, applying unprecedented levels of innovation and collaboration to transform the region.
Through our members and in each of these focus areas, we will have a meaningful and lasting impact as CenterState’s hub for business leadership and economic growth. Whether your business is large or small, we invite you to be an active part of our effort to enhance business, economic development and quality of life. Ultimately, we will measure our success through your involvement and by earning a reputation as New York’s most effective business leadership organization.
With more than 2,000 members at the Partner and Investor levels, CenterState CEO is the region’s source for: CenterState Chamber Business Services Business Development Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Technology Initiatives Infrastructure & Urban Initiatives Workforce Alignment & Talent Initiatives Government Relations & Business Advocacy Regional Marketing of Business, Tourism & Lifestyle
LEGAL NOTICE Village of North Syracuse COMMUNITY CENTER IMPROVEMENTS ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS: Sealed bids for Community Center Improvements located at 700 South Bay Road will be received by the Village Clerk located at 600 South Bay Road, North Syracuse, NY 13212, until 10:00 a.m. local time, on Thursday, June 24, 2010, and then at said time publicly opened and read aloud. Plans and specifications may be obtained at the North Syracuse Village Clerk’s office and at CHA for $50.00 (Refundable). Plans and specifications may be examined free of charge at Dodge F.W. McGraw Hill Information Services Company, Syracuse Builders Exchange, and Onondaga County Community Development office. The Owner reserves the right to waive any informality or to reject any or all bids. Each bidder must deposit with his bid, security in the amount, form and subject to the conditions provided in the Information for Bidders. This project is funded (in part) by a grant from the Onondaga County Community Development Division. Approximately $50,000 will be financed with federal money. All proposals shall be made and shall be received upon the following conditions: 1. Bidders will be required to commit themselves to a goal for minority business participation in the contracts. 2. Only such proposals received by the office of the Village Clerk will be accepted. 3. Proposals are to be enclosed in a sealed envelope. 4. The contract shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder. The Village Board reserves the right to reject all bids and advertise anew, if, in the judgment of said board, it shall be in the best interest of the Village to do so. Date: May 27, 2010 By order of the Village Board of the Village of North Syracuse Nancy Fortin, Village Clerk.
Welcome to CenterState CEO Just weeks into our new business partnership, we have already heard from well over a hundred members about how pleased they are that this long discussed merger between the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Development Association has become a reality. The guidance and encouragement from our members are truly appreciated as we embark on this new venture.
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James E. Richards Jr., Army Donald Honyoust Rockwell, Navy Arthur Ryan, Army Earle M. Scoggins, Air Force George W. Scott, Army Michael John Scott, Canadian Army Thomas J. Scott, Army Chapman Schenandoah Jr., Navy Nelson Paul Schenandoah, Navy Ralph Schenandoah, Army Exandine Shenandoah, Marines Frederick Shenandoah Jr., Army Willie Sherman Sr., Marines Roger Sherrill, Navy Leroy Simmons, Army Jesse C. Simpson, Army Roosevelt Sims, Army Anthony John Singleton, Army Wilbert A. Singleton, Army Ledger Slater, Army J. D. Smith, Army Willard D. Smith, Army Leo J. Smoke, Army Leon Smoke, Navy Percy Smoke, Army William Peter Smoke, Marines Marion Stanfield, Army Robert Stanley, Navy James Stewart, Army Gilbert Stout Sr., Marines Albert A. Tarbell, Army Leslie Joseph Tarbell, Marines Michael Robert Taylor, Army Alfred Thomas, Army Arthur Thomas Sr., Army Edson Thomas, Army
John Thomas Sr., Marines Kenneth Thomas Sr., Army George Thompson Jr., Army Miles Thompson Sr., Navy Paul E. Tisdell, Army Arthur Lee Todd, Navy Raymond L. Triche, Army Edward M. Tucker Jr., Army Floyd Benjamin Tucker, Army Frederick Lee Tucker, Marines Conrad Vanderpool, Air Force Sheldon Vanderpool, Air Force Wesley Vanderpool, Air Force Louella Vanevery, nurse, Army Michael B.Ventrone, Army Thomas Allen Warren, Air Force Emerson Waterman, Army Gene Waterman, Navy Paul Waterman, Navy William A. Weaver, Army Charles Webster, Army Jacob Webster, Army Richard Webster, Army Thomas Webster Sr., Navy William Webster, Army Henry J. Werts, Army Howard P. White, Army Woodrow White, Army Thelma A. Whitted, Army/Air Force David E. Wilkins, Army/Air Force Duane Williams, Navy Kelly N. Wilson, Army Aubrey D. Winslow Sr., Army Michael Henry Wolek, Army James L.Young, Army John William Young, Navy
“Survivor” (1978). Today, her prints and sculptures, which have influenced generations of artists, are in the collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the SUArt Galleries, among others. In 2005, Catlett was chosen to create the presentation print for the Print Club of New York, and her work joined the ranks of printmakers including Karl Schrag, April Gornik, Alex Katz and Will Barnet. Also in 2005, she was named the first recipient of the Legacy and Legends Award from the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2009, her art — 62 prints, drawings and collages, and 11 sculptures — was on display at Syracuse’s Community Folk Art Center as part of “Power and Pride: An Elizabeth Catlett Retrospective.” Information based on Inside SU Article “Syracuse University to confer six honorary degrees May 16,” dated 04/26/2010
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over-time allows them to buy school clothes for their children or supplement their retirement. These people are not “cronies.”
Fair Improvements The wine court relocation, looking at old things with new vision, has been the hallmark of Dan O’Hara’s rein at the fair. Booking concerts well in advance, paying a professional company to handle details has resulted in the most diverse entertainment offering in decades.
For the first time in years, there are African-Americans booked for the grandstand who aren’t charter members of AARP or spokespersons for Estrogen replacement therapy. The aforementioned are just a few of Mr. O’Hara’s accomplishments as Fair Director. I don’t know Mr. O’Hara, and as a former employee of Mr. Cappuccilli’s I admit I feel a sense of loyalty; however, I have to say that Mr. O’Hara loves the Fair no less than Peter or any previous director. He has a style
that publicly doesn’t give some people the warm feeling they’d want like oatmeal on a cold day, this isn’t breakfast it’s business. In the end what we’ve lost at the fair is the institutional knowledge that just simply can’t be “subbed out.” But there’s been lot’s of changes in “this” institution that’s resisted change in the past, and sometimes change is good. At the end of the day this is an agricultural show and the “who ha” that’s recognized as the fair is a great
big side show created to enable the display of agricultural treasures of New York State wrapped in sausage and cotton candy. Mr. O’Hara is just doing his job, however painful these changes are to those who disagree. ALL Algae Blossom, Algae Blossom, Captain Dan’s floating show! Thrills and laughter, Concert after, Get your girl and go!
The author Ken Jackson is former Director of Development at the New York State Fair
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