Hometown News

'Raising Our Black Boys'

Six-Week Book Discussion Continues through Feb. 25 “Raising Our Black Boys,” a six-week book discussion group for women and men, began Thursday, Jan. 21. Presented by Mothers Offering Youth Opportunity (MOYO), discussions focus on two books by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu: “Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys” and “Raising Black Boys.” Read More »

Volunteers Needed at Mary Nelson's Youth Center

Mary Nelson is in need of some help for her youth center. If interested in sparing a few hours to volunteer at the center, please contact Mary at (315) 403-0220  or e-mail NelsonM@upstate.edu. The number of youth and family attendance has greatly increased, according to Nelson. So the center is in need of help for its afterschool programs and Saturday ... Read More »

100 Black Men Elects Ex-Syracuse Councilor, Others to Board

Group also Rolls Out New Web Site, Social Media Tools Former Syracuse Common Councilor Charles Anderson was recently elected by the 100 Black Men of Syracuse Inc. membership to serve a one-year term as the organization’s vice president of administration. Anderson, who represented the city’s Fourth District on the Common Council from 1985 to 1997, is the chief records officer ... Read More »

Children's Christmas Party Welcomes All

The Reformed Presbyterian Church held its annual Children’s Christmas Party Saturday, Dec. 12. The church, located at 2517 S. Salina St., was festively decorated for the event, with stars hanging from the ceiling along with small white Christmas lights. According to Debbi Wellman, the church’s coordinator of Children’s Ministries, the goal of the event was “to reach into the neighborhood ... Read More »

Many Residents, Mayor-elect Attend annual South Side Tree Lighting

The annual South Side Christmas Tree Lighting was held at the corner of East Colvin and South Salina streets Monday, Dec. 7. Despite a sprinkling of snow, a crowd of more than 50 South Side residents was on hand for the event, sponsored by Key Bank. Read More »

Hope is Supermarket will Revitalize South Side

The leaders of an effort to get a grocery store on the South Side were short on answers but long on optimism in a public meeting Thursday night, Nov. 19, at the Southwest Community Center. Walt Dixie, executive director of Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc. and leader of the Neighborhood Supermarket Initiative, stressed that the meeting was only preliminary, but ... Read More »

South Side Poll Workers Full of Enthusiasm

It’s Election Day in Syracuse. While this year’s election may not be as glamorous as last year’s Presidential Election, it’s still important. Across the city voters will decide on a new mayor and several common council seats, among other issues. At three South Side polling locations, Beauchamp Branch Library, Engine House No. 8 and Danforth Magnet Middle School, turn out ... Read More »

Moving Forward with the Black Historical Preservation Project

Documenting black history starts with laughter, family and memories from a generation that will always be remembered as an invaluable heart to the city of Syracuse. With a bus tour that traveled through the old 15th Ward starting at the Dunbar Center on South State Street and ending at Washington Irving Elementary School, The South Side Initiative’s Black Historical Preservation ... Read More »

Hopes of a Legacy: Mary Nelson's Ladies

In the back of a local youth center on the South Side of Syracuse, a 20-year-old woman is making a positive impact on the lives of girls hoping to entertain the crowd at their next public event. While talking with Sadiyqah Nixon, head coach of the step team dubbed “Mary Nelson’s Ladies” (M.N.L ), she gives details of her past, ... Read More »

Moving from the Home to a Sustainable Business

It’s any entrepreneur’s dream to take a business idea, passion or invention and turn it into something great. The Syracuse Community Test Kitchen (COMTEK) located within the South Side Innovation Center building (SSIC) at 2610 S. Salina St., helps food entrepreneurs all over Syracuse do exactly that by teaching the skills and values needed to turn a small business into ... Read More »