Hometown News

Recent I-81 Meeting Focused on Impact on Housing

Redesign discussion centered on three South Side locations The redesign of Interstate 81 as an opportunity for Syracuse neighbors was a recurring topic at a public forum put together by the Moving People Transportation Coalition on Aug. 19. “This opportunity could be a transformative time for our city,” said Bob Haley, co-director of the Urban Design Center. “It’s time for ... Read More »

Photo Walk Captures a Day in the South Side

The Stand’s Fifth annual Photo Walk was held Saturday, July 26, with gorgeous weather. Ten participants joined in on this social photography event where photographers get together to explore a neighborhood, shoot photos and practice their skills.  Read More »

Letter to the Editor

ACT-SO Program Thanks Syracuse for Financial Support   Hello Syracuse Today Syracuse/Onondaga County NAACP ACT-SO Program would like to openly say Thank You. In June, we asked the Syracuse Community to help us raise the funds to get the local NAACP ACT-SO winners to the National ACT-SO NAACP Competition in Las Vegas, NV, and you did not let us down. Read More »

ACT-SO Seeks Donations for Student Winners

The Syracuse/Onondaga County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) program needs the community’s help to send four local ACT-SO first place winners to compete at the NAACP ACT-SO Competition in Las Vegas this July. Read More »

Child's Play Area

Mary Nelson envisions basketball and tennis courts next to her center For weeks last winter, snow covered the empty grass lot just north of the Mary Nelson Youth Center. But that’s not what Mary Nelson sees now. What she envisions is what she hopes will be a reality in just a few months: a neatly paved lot with two basketball ... Read More »

Members of Syracuse Grows Hope to Improve Community Gardens

Group to hold sixth annual resource drive this Saturday Syracuse Grows, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing “food justice” to the city’s residents, hopes to raise $10,000 this year. Some of the money will help buy supplies that would better allow it to help local gardens, some of which are on the South Side. The organization’s chair, Sarah Brown, said ... Read More »

What Do Changes to I-81 Mean for the South Side?

Probably inspired by three parallel verses in the Bible (Matthew 12:25, Mark 3:24-25 and Luke 11:17), the English political philosopher Thomas Hobbes wrote back in 1651, “A kingdom divided in itself cannot stand.” In the South Side community of Pioneer Homes, the question is whether a neighborhood divided cannot stand. It has been partitioned for 47 years out of its 74 ... Read More »

Southwest Community Center Awarded $400,000 Grant

Anti-gun violence program will target women New York state criminal justice authorities have given a nearly $400,000 grant to the nonprofit organization that runs the Southwest Community Center, at 401 South Ave., to develop anti-gun violence programs especially for women. The money, awarded to the Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, comes from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, which will ... Read More »

Team Building Strong Positive Minds offers mentoring program

Youth and adults are taught to think of themselves as individuals Newspaper clippings describing various arrests and convictions decorate the wall of the steps leading to the basement of the Faith and Hope Community Center at 1029 Montgomery St. They are intended to serve as a deterrent to adolescents contemplating criminal mischief. One clipping details the arrest of Antonio Owens. ... Read More »

Forum Asks: How Do We Get Best Redesign of I-81?

Residents hear multiple perspectives, pose questions The future of Interstate 81 remained shrouded in uncertainty following a public forum hosted by the Moving People Transportation Coalition on Thursday night. Held at the Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 515 Oakwood Ave., at 7 p.m. Feb. 13, the forum allowed about 50 residents of Syracuse’s various neighborhoods to voice their concerns and questions ... Read More »