Hometown News

How Community, SU Partner to Help Rejuvenate South Side

Community-university partnerships are research-proven forces for revitalizing communities. The concepts of community-university partnerships include community participation and service-learning concentrated on achieving a particular goal, such as community, cultural and economic development. The benefits of community-university partnerships are mutual and include educational, financial, social, governmental and ecological improvements. Read More »

South Side Native Tackles Film Industry

Calmesha Givens raising funds to shoot her first film, ‘Fighting the Odds,’ here in Syracuse The evening of Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Hergenhan Auditorium at Syracuse University was just as much a fundraiser as it was a welcome home celebration. South Side native Calmesha Givens, known amongst friends and family as “Caly,” hosted an evening of elegance to raise ... Read More »

Planned Kings Park Homes to Renovate 37 Vacant Buildings

Developers and private citizens alike have the opportunity to buy a house in Syracuse right now for as low as one dollar. By using its power to sell tax-delinquent properties, the Syracuse Common Council has been working to fight the city’s vacant housing problem. Read More »

Food Day Coming to Syracuse

We’ve been told we are what we eat—but do we really know what we are eating? Do we understand where our food comes from and how healthy it is? This year, as the first of what will become an annual national event, Food Day will attempt to educate Americans about the nature of their sustenance. The goal of Food Day ... Read More »

In Fear of Closure

South Side residents worry about the fate of their local post office With the United States Postal Service embroiled in well-publicized financial troubles, concerns have grown among some South Side residents that the neighborhood’s last local office — on the corner of Colvin and South Salina streets — could be closed. Regional Postal Service officials say they have made no ... 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 »

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 »

Letter to the Editor

Syracuse Seniors Continue to Fight Sept. 19 to Save Their Center One day a few weeks ago, the Syracuse Parks & Recreation Commissioner walked into the Ida Benderson Senior Center and announced that it would close Oct. 1. Ida Benderson has provided a community, and a family, for Syracuse seniors from the South Side and from other parts of the ... Read More »