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Rising to Success

Kevin Henry used an adverse situation to his advantage, creating two popular community businesses To describe Kevin Henry as a city official is just a small part of his story. Henry has been working as a superintendent for buildings and grounds for four years, supervising a total of 70 employees. He is also an entrepreneur. And he’s a mentor, each ... Read More »

Strolling the South Side

Libba Cotten Grove is at once a place of recreation and considerable historical value For as long as he has lived on the South Side — 27 years — Ray Harris said he never knew there was a lady named Libba; he figured that was just the name of the park. “We have fun at that little park, taking the ... Read More »

Filling Vacancies

Andrew Maxwell is revitalizing Syracuse with dedication and help from a new grant In a Sept. 13 community meeting attended by casually dressed local residents, Andrew Maxwell stood out. Dressed in a crisp navy suit, the 27-year-old director of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability clenched his hands around his knee, listening intently to his City Hall colleague, Katelyn Wright, ... Read More »

A-OK Coverage by Community Correspondents

The A-OK! Acts of Kindness Weekend volunteer efforts held Sept. 10 & 11 throughout Syracuse’s South Side were covered by a group of The Stand’s Community Correspondents including The Kirk Park Clean Up by Ruthnie Angrand, Vickie Patterson & Laura Finkbeiner; the Stone Soup Garden by Miguel Balbuena, and the Veteran Build by Rasheeda Alford. Read More »

The Original 'Cat'

Marcus Curry, 75, still performs locally, and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon Cat(s) is a popular slang term affectionately used by musicians and music aficionados to show respect for musicians ­— usually men — of stellar ability. During the early years of jazz in America, many would refer to players like Benny Carter (jazz composer, saxophonist, clarinetist), Dave ... Read More »

Special Achiever

The New Direction Community Network was established to empower young women Tongela Smith was driving one day in 2008 when she had a vision. So the reverend and mother of three pulled over to the side of the road and began to pray. “I knew that I was called to do something bigger with my life,” Smith said as she ... Read More »

A Growing Community

Two nonprofits team up to build garden for the South Side Two Syracuse nonprofit organizations — one a nursery, the other a free clinic — are turning a vacant South Side lot into an edible forest garden to provide a healthy crop of fruit and vegetables to local residents. Members of the Alchemical Nursery and the soon-to-be-opened Rahma Clinic, together ... Read More »

Three Senior Women Shave Heads in Protest

Seniors are losing their hair over the Ida Benderson Senior Center closing. Literally. About a dozen seniors lined the sidewalk in front of the downtown center Wednesday, to show support for three women having their heads shaved to protest the center’s closing Oct. 1, after 36 years. Read More »

Upcoming Event

The October Issue will be out in less than a week, and now the staff is busy preparing for our next public workshop — Behind the Scenes of The Stand — to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8, at the South Side Communication Center, 2331 S. Salina St. This session will provide attendees with a unique ... Read More »

South Side native discovered injured dolphin that inspired film

Winter, the inspirational dolphin star of the new movie, Dolphin Tale, was rescued by one of Syracuse’s own, James P. Savage. A Syracuse native, Savage is the fisherman that saved the dolphin’s life. Savage had gone out fishing in the Canaveral National Seashore on December 10, 2005, when he discovered Winter caught in the line of a crab trap. He ... Read More »