Greg Munno

Finding Community — And Hope

Rhonda Davis teaches an art class this summer at the Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse. Photo by Za’Tozia Duffie

Rhonda Davis, who grew up in the 15th Ward, helps Syracuse youth express themselves through art. By Za’Tozia Duffie   The students huddle around a petite woman with an Afro, as she bends down to warmly embrace each child.  The pupils range in size and age, but each has the same question: What art form will they get to explore today? …

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Getting Ready for School

Families getting ready for school

Teachers and school officials met on the South Side this week to talk about the upcoming year, including the upcoming back-to-school event at Dr. King Elementary School on Tuesday

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Protesting Deceptive ‘Clinics’

Pro-choice activists gathered Saturday to protest groups they say rob women of their free choice by spreading misinformation on abortion and other issues.

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Voting in Progress for Council, BOE, and County Leg

City residents are selecting Democratic candidates for several positions including the Common Council. Early voting in the primary has begun and lasts through the weekend. Primary Election Day is Tuesday. By Timia Cobb Nearly 100 South Side residents have already done their civic duty and voted in the upcoming primary to select candidates for several important positions. And you can …

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Renown Opera Singer Brings Music Series to Syracuse in July

Photo of Gregory Sheppard, opera singer

Gregory Sheppard will stage three free shows in Syracuse July 7, 14, and 21, each starting at 7 p.m. By Reggie SeiglerA Friendly Five Columnist Gregory Sheppard left Syracuse quite a few years ago to pursue his career as an opera singer, but he never forgot his roots. Sheppard was raised and educated in Syracuse, lived in its public housing, …

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Syracuse Unifies to Celebrate Freedom at Juneteenth Parade

Juneteenth revelers on the Victory Parade route on Saturday.

Photos and Story By Timia Cobb Syracuse residents don’t wait until July 4th to celebrate freedom. For many, the more meaningful holiday is Juneteenth. In honor of the historic day of freedom for African Americans, residents of all backgrounds filled the city’s streets on Saturday waving colorful Pan-African flags, dancing to music and enjoying food. At 11 a.m. sharp, dance …

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Who Will Live In the New 15th Ward?

McKinney Manor reflected in the rain drops.

Community activists worry that the plans to replace McKinney Manor and Pioneer Homes with affordable housing will put many of the new units out of reach of current residents.  By Timia Cobb The Syracuse housing study released in March found that more than a quarter of all households in the city have incomes of less than $35,000 a year. Those …

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Residents Protest Gun Show

Anti-gun protesters at city hall

An anti-gun rally on the steps of Syracuse city hall called out the hypocrisy of the state fairgrounds hosting a gun show at a time when gun violence is plaguing our streets By Greg Munno The city of Syracuse announced plans last month to spend a million dollars to fight rising gun violence. Saturday, the state fairgrounds just beyond the …

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Forums Will Focus on Stopping Scams

The Stand wants to hear from you on how we can help each other spot misleading information and respond to it appropriately Staff Reports The Stand and its partners are hosting two community forums aimed at surfacing ideas for recognizing and combatting scams and other types of misinformation. The forums are: 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at …

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Preventing Homelessness in Syracuse

Nicole Odom advocates for tenant rights and worries about the lack of affordable housing on the South Side.

Nicole Odom is all in on helping people avoid eviction. It’s what she does does at the Center for Community Alternatives and also the focus of her company Nicole’s Speaking LLC.  By Timia Cobb Nicole Odom has lived in Syracuse all her life, and never has she been more concerned about the lack of housing in the city, especially on …

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