Author Archives: Ashley Kang

They Wear Blue Series

More about this series  :: Many people think of the police force as one unit, like a tribe with a single identity. But beyond the blue of the uniform, each police officer is unique. This project takes you inside the lives of the chief and several officers in Syracuse, showing that the force is truly a collection of individuals. Given ... Read More »

Police Dreams

Program gives high schoolers head start toward law enforcement careers Strumming a guitar inside his friend’s home on a spring evening, Ehblue Htoo paused and looked up. “Don’t we need a bass player for Sunday’s service?” he asked his friends and pastor during a weekly youth worship group meeting. His pastor nodded, and Ehblue, known as “Blu” to his friends, ... Read More »

Personal Level

Survey shows students’ view of police changes at the schoolhouse doors Read More »

North Syracuse Baptist Church to host L.O.V.E. is the Answer Conference

While the national dialogue regarding police and community relations remains tense, a one-day long event hopes to open more channels for conversation between the two groups. The L.O.V.E. is the Answer Conference is a day-long event filled with workshops, speaker presentations, music and spoken word performances, and a screening of the film “Walking While Black: L.O.V.E is the Answer,” by ... Read More »

Gala in the Garden

Members of the South Side were honored with awards in a celebration of the neighborhood Amid the twilight atmosphere of string lights and flickering candles, a crowd of South Siders recently put on a party to show a shared love for their neighborhood. On a Saturday in September at The Brady Farm, Gala in the Garden raised money for Tomorrow’s ... Read More »

Rookie Respect

Officer’s new job excites mom, but dad voices worries about what’s ahead Read More »

Garden Variety

Garden of Health provides residents with space to grow produce and engage with community Aldrine Ashong-Katai, known among residents of Toomey Abbott Towers as a man full of ideas, launched into explaining his latest project: an indoor greenhouse on the second floor of the apartment building. His exuberance attracted residents, who repeatedly wandered over to interrupt, wanting to ask about ... Read More »

Influenced by Another

Brother’s troubles inspired SPD Officer Russell to choose law enforcement On her 25th birthday this spring, Syracuse Police Officer Lashonda Russell got a message from her younger brother, Jewuel Hanson. “Happy Birthday Toot,” it read, using the nickname family members lovingly refer to her by.  Excited he remembered her birthday, she messaged him right back, asking: “How’s it going?” He ... Read More »

Restoring Beauty

Beautification overhaul brings light and allure to homes, park as a welcome to the South Side On a Thursday in September, Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today Southside partnered with Home HeadQuarters’ Block Blitz, Syracuse University alumni and community neighbors to make a visual difference on the South Side of Syracuse.   Community volunteers such as Patrona Jones-Rowser, leader of the Beautification Task ... Read More »