Hometown News

Tops Supermarket Pleases Residents

A new Tops location recently opened on South Salina Street on Syracuse’s South Side, much to the liking of residents there. For years, shoppers would have to travel to places like Nojams or Wegmans and even corner stores to get their groceries. This was a burden on many South Side residents who are disabled, low income or don’t have access ... Read More »

Care for Homeless

Ministry worker: “We won’t turn our eyes or hearts away from them” Over the past five years, St. James Roman Catholic Church, on the South Side’s southernmost edge, has developed a special relationship with Syracuse’s homeless population. The church works with other organizations — including such South Side institutions as the Oxford Street Inn — to provide food and basic ... Read More »

Strolling the South Side

Local radio host stays true to roots despite growing use of preprogrammed content Dr. Rick Wright purrs into the microphone with such suave vocal tones you’d think you were being serenaded. “You’ve reached the Old Skool hour.” Wright’s “Old Skool Sunday” radio program, which features classic R&B, began 12 years ago. Today, the show broadcasts Sundays from 1 to 7 ... Read More »

A Spooky, But Safe, ‘ol Time

Families Don Costumes for Beauchamp Library’s Fifth annual Halloween Spooktacular As the doors open to the second floor of Beauchamp Branch Library, groups of families dressed as superheroes, fairies and goblins quickly march through to see what’s waiting for them. One mother has two little hands tightly clutching her, the young boys obviously a combination of excited and nervous about ... Read More »

A Spooky, But Safe, ‘ol Time

Families Don Costumes for Beauchamp Library’s Fifth annual Halloween Spooktacular As the doors open to the second floor of Beauchamp Branch Library, groups of families dressed as superheroes, fairies and goblins quickly march through to see what’s waiting for them. One mother has two little hands tightly clutching her, the young boys obviously a combination of excited and nervous about ... Read More »

Places to Find Food

South Side residents rely on pantries, bus trips for grocery needs While South Side residents wait for a grocery store to be established in their neighborhood, some seek out food banks to fill their basic needs, officials at local community centers say. “Our pantry helps serve people who have no other means of feeding their family,” said James Outlaw, a ... Read More »

Street Improvement Project Concerns Business Owners

Proposal suggested loss of curb cuts to West Onondaga Street business entrances The West Onondaga Green Corridor project, a plan to re-design West Onondaga Street to reduce storm water runoff and improve traffic flow, has some local business owners worried that they could lose access to the street from their building parking lots. Read More »

A South Side Facelift

Home HeadQuarters’ Annual Block Blitz Spruces Up Two City Blocks The South Side of the city received a facelift from what was called a Block Blitz. On Friday, Sept. 14, neighbors and residents looked on with anticipation and amazement in the 200 block of McLennan Avenue as volunteers and contractors came together and did a variety of work on the ... Read More »

Strolling the South Side

New Kirk Park Association unites to improve park’s appearance Kirk Park stands out among recreational parks in Syracuse because of its rich history, and people in the neighborhood have set out to rehabilitate the park from the ground up. Read More »

Bystanders Respond to Sudden Collapse, Hailed as Heroes

Imagine you are in downtown Syracuse on your way to an event when you see a man staggering along the sidewalk. He walks unsteadily towards the intersection, falls over the hood of a car and collapses onto the sidewalk. You ask if he is OK, but he does not respond. What should you do? Read More »