August 8, 2002
Section: Neighbors Syracuse
They all Flock to 500 Block
Party on Robineau Road Attracts Neighbors
Luis Perez Staff writer
The block brings them back from near and far.
Some are young,
others have a long history on the 500 block of Robineau Road. Neighbors
call former neighbors "alumni" and many of them, including a congressman,
return every year.
Walsh, R-Onondaga, came back Saturday to greet some of his old neighbors
at the 30th annual block party, which is considered the oldest in the
city, organizers said.
residents move into one of the 30 houses on the block, they're made to
feel at home right away, neighbors said. That includes participating in
the tradition that started out as a July 4th celebration.
major anniversaries and birthdays by the summertime event.
"I moved in on a
block party," said Carla Schmitt of 533 Robineau Road.
That was 12
years ago, she said.
"I had Matthew
on the day of the block party," said Corinne Duck, who lives at No. 517.
That was in
1994, she said.
"This block is
like no other in the city of Syracuse," said Greg Duck, Corinne's husband.
Even in the
Strathmore neighborhood, there is no other street like it, he said.
anybody move to Fayetteville?" Schmitt said.
offers the best of both worlds - tree-lined streets with back yards and
city living, the neighbors said almost in unison.
Neil and Sherry
Falcone helped organized the event. The dead-end street is more intimate
since there is only one way for everyone to come and go, they said.
really get to know each other," Neil Falcone said.
neighbor has a story about someone on the block helping them during an
illness, after a storm or when something broke down.
The first week
the Falcones moved in 24 years ago another neighbor helped them with a
house repair, Neil Falcone said.
"I didn't know
anyone at all," he said.
There's a great
mix of young and old on the block. Generations of children have grown up
and many come back, the Falcones said. There's also the diversity one
expects in a city, they said.
come in they're accepted for who they are," Sherry Falcone said.
Krcelich is from Oregon and her husband, Brett, from Pennsylvania.
When the couple,
who along with the Falcones co-chaired the event, were looking to buy a
house about three years ago, real estate agents kept steering them toward
the suburbs, Virdeana Krcelich said.
wouldn't look first in the city," she said.
Then she found
out about No. 523 on Robineau. There's not as much diversity in the
suburbs, she said.
cultures, values and ideas, whether race, creed or color, are important,
"I want to raise
my children exposed to that," Krcelich said.
"I think if
you're not exposed to that you're missing out on so much."
moved to Westvale seven years ago when her family outgrew her house on
"This was a
very, very special place to live," she said.
She comes back
every year to the block party, Byrne said. She visits at other times as
"It's really a
fabulous place to raise a family and feel very secure, very safe and very
loved," she said.
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