The Tenth Street Market: Where Little Italy Meets Little Bohemia

The Tenth Street Market is a public market set to open by fall 2018. Located on historic 10th Street, it’s “where Little Italy meets Little Bohemia.”

Laura Hall is a marketing and development specialist at Vic Gutman & Associates, the development company behind the new public market. She’s also the project coordinator for the Tenth Street Market.

The market will be open year-round and offer spaces for local entrepreneurs to grow their food businesses. The community can look forward to a variety of affordable, healthy food options.

“The types of vendors that you can expect to see are things like are bread bakeries and sweet bakeries, small scale butcher, a seafood market, produce. We’ll have vendors that sell herbs and spices, dairy and cheese products, and prepared foods focusing on different kinds of ethnic foods,” said Hall.

Hall said they will also have vendors including coffee roasters, a honey vendor, a florist and other prepared foods such as granola, jerky and popcorn customers can enjoy while perusing the market.

“There’s a local brewery that we’ve been talking with that’s interested in doing their production on site. We would have the opportunity to do tours of their production space. We do plan on having a liquor license throughout the whole building too, so people will be able to get a glass of wine or a beer and kind of walk around and do their shopping,” said Hall.

Hall said not only will this help fill the need for a food market in the area, but will also be a great gathering space and place for meeting new people—benefiting both the community and market entrepreneurs.

For the UNO School of Communication, I’m Kaity Jankovich.

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Instagram Assignment Recap

The five Instagram accounts I followed for the Instagram assignment were:

KETV NewsWatch 7 has 15.3k followers and 153 posts that mainly focus on holidays, sports, weather, some newsroom photos, a few photos of what’s happening in the community, photos of guests on the show, and a few photos stating to check out their website for an article related to the posted photo. The early posts didn’t get much feedback. One of the first posts that had a lot of likes, 72 likes, was regarding fallen officer Kerrie Orozco—a very serious post and something that really impacted the community. #tbt posts of the reporters got a decent amount of likes showing the community is interested in the reporters working at the station. Their most liked photo, at 373 likes, was one on the M’s pub explosion/fire that happened last winter. That was a huge story. I’m wondering if their Instagram began to pick up more followers during that time. They aren’t very active and posts are sporadic. The last five recent posts were on Valentine’s Day (5 weeks ago), Carrie Fisher’s death (12 weeks ago), Veterans Day post (19 weeks ago), voting day (19 weeks ago), and a Nebraska-Wisconsin football post (21 weeks ago). It’s clear they aren’t really using Instagram often or to increase their storytelling. The last post asked what people thought about Valentine’s Day, which really isn’t news related. I didn’t find anything they posted inappropriate. Even the comments (which weren’t often) to be positive, i.e. not many trolls like on Facebook.

Chinh Doan, reporter at KETV NewsWatch 7, has 3,272 followers and 1,692 posts showing just how active she is on social media. Her posts really aren’t related to the news. It just seems like a personal account of her life outside of work (family, friends, events, food, pets, hobbies, etc.). I didn’t go that far back but found one news related post about her climbing into a “38-foot-deep hole in high heels for TV.” She’s obviously more active and posts more frequently so had more comments and likes compared to KETV’s Instagram.

NPR has 742k followers and 1,083 posts. They had typically 2,000 or more likes on their photos/videos and comments ranging from 20 to 200. A series of 4 photos was (posted 4 weeks ago) regarding shutting down the Oceti Sakowin camp, ending the months-long protest against completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. So many broken heart and crying emojis were posted regarding the sad, raw and emotional series of photos of the police and water protectors. One comment that caught my eye was “The silver lining is in these comments. Our hearts are heavy but we will resist.” This post really enhanced their storytelling and their caption said, “Follow the link in our bio for the full story and more photos.” I’m sure reaching audiences through Instagram helps bring traffic to their website. As far as content, their Instagram feed reflects their news, everything from national, worldwide, arts, culture, music, etc.

Ari Shapiro of NPR has 57.5k followers and 1,779 posts. His feed includes everything to what up-and-coming stories he’s working on, newsroom related posts, funny posts and personal posts like family, friends, his travels and his hobbies like singing. He gets lots of comments and traffic on his feed. One thing I noticed is how active he is responding to commenters when they have questions. I thought that was neat. It’s clear Ari is an amazing storyteller, whether on All Things Considered or through his Instagram photos and captions. He has a good eye and his photos/videos capture the moment/story well.

Washington Post has 592k followers and 1,053 posts. Their posts are pretty much the explanation provided in the bio up top: “Photos and videos from our reporters and photographers from D.C. to around the world.” Their feed reflects their news site. Users are commenting and liking the photos. There’s notably a lot of trolling in the comments section.

St. Frances Cabrini: From 1857 to Now

St. Frances Cabrini is home to Little Italy on the corner of 10th and Williams Street. Although it isn’t the first Catholic church to build in Omaha, it is the first Catholic parish in Omaha. The church’s history dates all the way back to 1857. It’s a historic site and on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Father Damian Zuerlein is the current priest at St. Frances Cabrini. After his term limit was up at St. Columbkille, he was sent by the archbishop to reinvigorate the parish. It will be Fr. Damian’s two-year anniversary at the parish come this July.

“When the archbishop asked me to help, I snuck in on a Sunday. There were around 30 people at mass, which is not very many,” said Fr. Damian. “Now we probably have around 120-150 people at each mass.”

It has been Fr. Damian’s mission to draw in more families, youth and millennials. He loves the new parish, the area and feels blessed with the job he has.

“I love working with people and the issues they present—their struggles and their joys. Walking with people in the journey of life, I always think, I have a great job,” said Fr. Damian. “I get to be with people, form community, and form relationships. I get to bring people together and engage them in their spiritual journey.”

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St. Frances Cabrini church draws in people from Little Italy, the Old Market, northern downtown Omaha, South Omaha and some “old time” Italians who live all over town who grew up in the area, according to Fr. Damian. Those who committed their time here growing up in the neighborhood continue to come back here and bring their families every Sunday.

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Fr. Damian’s favorite crowd of church-goers attend the 11 a.m. mass. It’s a very diverse bunch.

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At full capacity the church fits about 300 people. Here is a view of the church from above, where the pipe organs are.

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One of the most colorful and intricate stained glass windows faces the front of the church. The organs, some of which are the originals from 1857 (and unfortunately no longer work), are in close proximity to the window.

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Only a few original Tiffany-style stained glass windows from 1857 are left in the church. At the bottom of these dated windows, each said “In memory of…”

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The altar at St. Francis Cabrini is from the original 1857 church. It’s made from black and white marble, imported from Italy.

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A breathtakingly beautiful mural is painted above the altar. The gold cross at the bottom of the image is part of the altar.

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As you enter the church to the right is a glass case. Behind the glass case (from left to right) sits Saint Patrick, Saint Lucia, and Saint Frances of Rome. The church has ties to both Irish and Roman Catholicism.

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Fr. Damian stated how Saint Lucia was one of the world’s first radical feminists. She was a Roman Catholic martyr. She refused to be treated like property and disagreed with arranged marriages. For that, it is said, according to Fr. Damian, her eyes were gouged out, hence why she’s holding a chalice of two eyeballs.

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In the sacristy room (where the priest and altar boys prepare for service), Fr. Damian gets inspiration from the photo of Pope Francis, which hangs to the right of the door. “Yep, that’s my boss,” joked Fr. Damian.

98 Years of Tradition: Orsi’s Italian Bakery & Pizzeria

Orsi’s Italian Bakery & Pizzeria first opened their doors to the Little Italy community 98 years ago. It’s one of the last remaining landmarks in the historic area. In 2019 the company will be celebrating their 100-year anniversary. Nearly a century’s worth of memories, the bakery has adapted through many changes including many owners, some family and some friends. One thing has never changed though—the location. The neighborhood staple has remained on the corner of Sixth and Pacific Street.

The founder, Alfonso Orsi, started up the business in 1919, retired in 1949 and passed down the business to his son, Claudio Orsi, who ran the bakery until 1987. After that, Bob Orsi took over. His son, Bob Orsi Jr., continued the legacy and bought the bakery with Jim Hall and their wives in 2006. Four years later Bob Orsi Jr. sold his share of the bakery to Jim Hall. Jim, his wife and team have been running the place ever since.

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An entire wall in the entry of the restaurant is decorated with memorabilia of the restaurant and photos from the neighborhood over the years.

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The company rebuilt the entire bakery from the ground up after a fire burned down the place in 1997. A framed news clipping about the fire hangs on a wall of many photos in the front of the restaurant.

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In between answering phone calls and taking orders even during the slowest part of the day, Jim explained the process of making bread. The day starts early at 4:30 in the morning, when he starts mixing the dough.

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The dough rises in the large proof box for 25-30 minutes, and then they weigh it out and roll each loaf by hand. Fun fact: It’s the same recipe from 1919.

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The rolled dough then goes into a smaller proof box that can fit rows and rows of dough. After closing the box, they place it by the oven to help the dough rise.

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Because in the morning it’s a bit chilly in the bakery, they have to place the second proof box near the oven as the ovens provide the only source of heat. Dough is very tricky to play with depending on the heat and moisture levels in the air.

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After proofing one more time, the dough goes into the oven on one of five rotating shelves. They cook the bread at 425 degrees.

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After cooking, the bread sits and cools on the racks before being sliced and packaged.

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Jim is no rookie to making bread. Since 1967, Jim started coming down to work at the bakery at 8 years old where he’d help wrap up the bread and deliver to local grocers.

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On average, they bake 400 loaves of bread a day. On the weekend they bake 600 loaves of bread a day on average. In the past, they used to bake 3,000 to 4,000 loaves a day when they were still baking for grocery stores.

Twitter Assignment Recap: Presidential Address to Congress

I found the #msuno Twitter experience different than the last time I did a live tweeting assignment. Overall I didn’t like the experience. I didn’t really get to enjoy (not that I really enjoyed it, but you know what I mean) watching his speech because I was trying to tweet at the speed of light and listen at the same time. I felt like Trump’s first Address to Congress went by really quick and it was hard to keep up with the tweeting.

Also, it was difficult because he changed topics so often one after another in between way too much clapping. He really was all over the place and before I could decipher what he had said, then the camera would zoom out to the crowd clapping every other minute for the entire live stream of the meeting, which was distracting. The organization of his speech could have probably been set up differently and easier to digest. Or perhaps he could have picked a handful of subjects instead of barely going into detail for each talking point.

Before tweeting, I had another tab pulled up to fact check some of his statements. That was hard to keep up on, too! He listed off a lot of numbers and statistics I wanted to check on before tweeting. I’m interested in hearing about the fact checking results tomorrow.

One way I might find value in keeping or maintaining my Twitter account after the semester ends is just following the news sources and comedians I already follow, and seeing what crazy think Trump tweets here and there. I’m also required to have a Twitter account for work reasons helping with leadership’s social media, so there’s that too for a reason why I’d maintain the account. Like Facebook, I don’t keep my Twitter public so it doesn’t really serve a purpose as far as networking goes. I know many people use Twitter for their own businesses, which I don’t have. I think LinkedIn is better for networking, etc.

My twitter: https://twitter.com/KaityJankovich – @KaityJankovich