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Bully-Busting Helps Youth

After-school program teaches karate, other ways to solve conflicts through nonviolence To help children deal with bullies, a Roman Catholic elementary school has teamed up with a karate school to offer a weekly program for young boys and girls. The Tuesday afternoon program — called “bully-busting” — is hosted by Most Holy Rosary School, at 1031 Bellevue Ave., in collaboration ... Read More »

South Side Holiday Cheer

Santa Clause, neighbors and the positive legacy of Charles Dozier III kept spirits high and children busied at the 15th annual South Side Tree Lighting Ceremony held the evening of Monday, Dec. 3, at Beauchamp Branch Library. Read More »

Strolling the South Side

Corcoran High School artifacts, memorabilia detail the school’s 50 years of rich history Although school has been let out for the day, the halls still echo with the sounds of students who are walking and conversing with one another. Some, dressed in athletic gear, head off to practice. Others are excitedly ready to head home for some rest after a ... Read More »

Parent University

Program offers workshop series to parents to better support their children’s education Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras recently gave nearly 200 local residents a look at an expansive new program designed to help parents with their schoolchildren. The program, Parent University, is a series of workshops for parents of elementary, middle and high school students — intended to ... Read More »

South Side Achiever

Gwendolyn Maturo-Grasso teaches students lessons for school and for life One recent day at 7 a.m., a classroom inside Lincoln Middle School library is already crowded with students from the STEM club. Gwendolyn Maturo-Grasso, wearing a black brace that resembles a fingerless glove, asks the students to think about how to distribute weight to make a bridge stronger. Maturo-Grasso, 51, ... Read More »

Hip Hop Artist, Activist Boots Riley to Perform Dec. 4

On Nov. 16 the city of Syracuse got an highly unusual taste of aristocracy when His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud visited the Salt City to receive Syracuse University’s Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement. Prince Sultan is the second son of Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, head of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defense ... Read More »

Current Issue

  Our Winter issue, which came out Dec. 1, shares many stories of people in our community working to make a lasting impression. If you want a sneak peek, click on the cover to download a full pdf. Staff reporter Natalie Caceres worked with Paul Grace, known as Corcoran High School‘s historian, to discuss her next Strolling the South Side ... Read More »

Writing it Out

Writing program encourages young people to take action, express themselves with words Nearly 100 middle school and high school students turned out on a recent Saturday for a free writing class — the latest effort by Marcelle Haddix, an education professor who has led youth-centered writing programs for the past five years at the Beauchamp Library and the Dunbar Community ... Read More »

Can You Spell I-N-T-E-G-R-I-T-Y?

University College of Syracuse University was one of a dozen companies and organizations in Syracuse to participate in the Corporate Volunteer Council’s annual dictionary day held recently. Every third-grade student in the Syracuse City School District received a dictionary as part of the annual initiative. Read More »

Annual South Side Tree Lighting set for Dec. 3

The passing of Thanksgiving marks the beginning of winter festivities and holiday traditions. With first snowflakes in tow, volunteers are already prepping at Beauchamp Branch Library for the 15th annual Christmas Tree Lighting set to be held Monday, Dec. 3, at 5:45 p.m. “The community has come to look forward to the event and will stop in the bank to ... Read More »