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Literacy Organization Lets its Light Shine

Light a Candle for Literacy Holds Seventh Annual Parade and Festival Illiteracy affects over 700 million people around the world. Americans are not immune. Family Literacy Alliance of Greater Syracuse (FLAGS) reports 25% of Americans are illiterate. In a local survey, it found that 24 percent of adults over 16 in Syracuse could not perform basic tasks like reading a …

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Local Photographer Takes Aim at Violence, Injustice

Exhibit on display at Community Folk Art Center through June 30th The headlines are all-too-familiar:  “Two Women, Man Shot on Syracuse’s East Side,” “Two Injured in Syracuse Shooting” and “Violent 90 Minutes in Syracuse.” “The chances of being a victim of a violent crime in Syracuse are 1 in 111 as compared to the State of New York, 1 in …

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Luck of the Draw

Syracuse Southside Academy sees increasing number of applications in annual lottery The chances of winning are slim, but the payoff is handsome. With the end of the academic school year upon them, parents of hope-to-be students at the Syracuse Southside Academy wait to see if their child will be selected to attend the school next year. “I’m crossing my fingers …

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Local Student Earns Spot in National Young Scholars Program this Summer

This summer, high-achieving elementary school students will take part in the National Young Scholars Program (NYSP). Held on campuses across the United States, NYSP inspires outstanding third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students to explore, invent, learn and think creatively. Naque Howard is one local student who will be so inspired this summer.

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Juneteenth Celebration Set for June 16

Valerie Hill is the organizer of the “Vision of Victory” parade for Syracuse’s annual Juneteenth celebration. This is something she has done for the past three years. She and the Juneteenth organizers have been working diligently to create this year’s commemoration. They believe success is defined by the participation of a wide spectrum of the Syracuse community — people of …

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Southside Community Coalition Meets the Community

Colorful balloons, festive music and buffet tables laden with food and dessert are not the only transformations that have taken place at the South Side Communication Center. No detail had been left out by Shante Harris El and the members of the Southside Community Coalition, Inc. as they planned for their first “Night Out with The Coalition” community social and …

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Bikes 4 Peace to Offer Free Youth Clinics Throughout the Summer

The Syracuse Peace Council will hold summer bike clinics for youth from 5 to 7 p.m. on select Tuesdays this summer. Bikes 4 Peace organizes volunteers with mechanical/bike skills to provide free clinics for city youth. The clinics assist youth with fixing and maintaining their bikes as well as recycling donated bikes to give away. In order to receive assistance …

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South Side Grows Healthy Festival New This Summer

Update: Organizers have postponed this event and, as of now, no new date is set A South Side festival in late June will highlight local farms, community gardens and the importance of healthy eating habits. For organizer Mable Wilson, it’s the first time she has organized an event on a scale like this. Surveying the future site of the festival …

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Deterring Crime

Businesses could benefit from potential installation of security cameras Corcoran High School senior Delores Woody, who lives near the intersection of Midland Avenue and West Colvin Street, lost three family members to violent crime: two shootings and one stabbing. She’s heard that surveillance cameras were installed on the West Side, and thinks it could help deter crime on the South …

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Flood Insurance

South Side homeowners might be asked to purchase costly protection Aggie Lane has lived along Onondaga Creek for 20 years and has never experienced a single flood. “I’ve never had waters from the creek come anywhere near my house,” Lane said. Lane’s property is on Midland Avenue on the South Side along Onondaga Creek, an area that has recently been …

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