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For Near West Side kids, Syracuse’s Skiddy Park is for softball, love

By Samantha House | shouse@syracuse.com SYRACUSE, N.Y. – To Yanira Johnson, Syracuse’s Near West Side has always been one big, extended family. She said it is a family that lovingly gets involved in each other’s business – a family that wants to give its youngest members a safe place to live. That’s what Johnson, a 17[…]

Video: Community Health in the Near Westside

The Near Westside is on the move! Check out this video to see how community partners like the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University are helping us work alongside residents to improve health and wellness in the community:

Syracuse Silver Knights players joined local youth soccer players from the Near Westside for a friendly pickup game as part of the dedication of a new box soccer court in Skiddy Park.

Box soccer court breathes new life into Skiddy Park

NYS Health Foundation grant helps make renovations possible as part of neighborhood health program A tennis court that once lay vacant in Skiddy Park will now serve a new purpose as a box soccer court, thanks to a grant from the New York State Health Foundation. The field was officially dedicated this past month as[…]

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Near Westside Peacemaking Center Opens at 601 Tully

The Near Westside Peacemaking Center celebrated its grand opening at 601 Tully earlier this month. The space will serve as a permanent location for the Near Westside Peacemaking Project, a community conflict resolution program organized by the Center for Court Innovation in Syracuse. Peacemaking is a traditional Native American approach to justice that focuses on[…]

Community Health

Community health is an integral part of thriving neighborhood. NWSI has led a number of projects aimed at improving the health of residents and revitalizing the local economy through partnerships with Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Nojaim’s Brothers Supermarket. About Nojaim’s Nojaim Brothers Supermarket has been a neighborhood anchor, an employer and a source of locally[…]