Author Archives: Ashley Kang

Final Blessing

Aging nuns move from convent of more than 30 years to give last gift to community By Darian Stevenson Three nuns have given up their living space to allow for renovations on Sarah’s Guest House, a nonprofit on Syracuse’s Southwest Side that serves as a haven for family members accompanying a loved one in need of medical care. Sisters Joan ... Read More »

Syracuse Playwright Examines I-81’s Impact

‘salt/city/blues’ hones in on racial and class divides created by the highway By Darian Stevenson The Federal-Aid Highway Act, approved by Congress in 1956, authorized more than 41,000 miles of safe, efficient roads that would revolutionize American interstate travel and commerce. But the highway expansion widely scarred America’s urban communities of color, including Syracuse’s own South Side. That’s why Kyle ... Read More »

Skilled Trades Q&A

Trades Teacher: Ebony Farrow By Ashley Kang Advocacy, says Ebony Farrow, is how she got into workforce development. “I’ve been an advocate for as long as I think I could talk,” she says with a laugh. “With the Pathways to Apprenticeship program, I wanted to make sure Syracuse residents had an opportunity to access jobs paying livable wages.” The 11-week, ... Read More »

Spring Issue

The Stand is now a digital first publication. Digital first means content is released into new media channels in preference to traditional ones. This means you may have already seen online the stories featured in our Spring 2022 Print Edition. But it also means, moving forward, that every print edition represents our best stories from the past few months. The ... Read More »

Elks Lodge Reopening, Recruiting for Marching Unit

By Ashley Reeves After more than two years of uncertainty due to the pandemic, the Syracuse Elks Lodge #1104 is now set to re-open and seeks youth to refill the ranks of its award-winning marching unit. As part of an international organization that contributes to its community, Elks Lodge #1104 provides educational programs to local youth, like the marching band, ... Read More »

Q&A with Father Quindell Williams

Nominated by his mother Desiree Odom By Ashley Kang Q: What did it feel like when you first became a father?A: Before I came a dad, everyone would say: “You’ll look at things differently when you’re a father.” And my greatest title in life is Dad. It’s life changing and has been so rewarding. It is something I get to ... Read More »

Going Through Hoops

Book Revisits Epic Game and Life Pre-81 By Jeff Kramer Author M.C. Antil had a problem. He set out to write a local basketball history on the long-defunct Syracuse Parochial League, the colorful 10-team affiliation of Catholic high schools and its outsized contributions to the game. But what happens when — after hundreds of interviews — you come to understand ... Read More »

Winter Issue

Our cover story tells how Freedom Commons became the first upstate adaptation of the Fortune Society’s innovative housing model, serving those who have trouble securing permanent, affordable housing and individuals returning from prison. Additionally, our Skilled Trades Series continues with a feature on Christopher Montgomery, who is leading Syracuse Build, a program to prepare a local workforce for infrastructure jobs. His ... Read More »

Preparing a Pipeline

How Syracuse Build’s new director Christopher Montgomery is mobilizing a local workforce Read More »