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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 »

South Side Blues

Stevie Wolf and Carolyn Kelly have taken different career paths, but both currently perform locally When I decided to do a story about the Blues on the South Side, interviewing Syracuse’s “Bluesman” Little Stevie Wolf immediately came to mind. I also figured that while I was at it, I would finagle a guitar lesson from him as well. Wolf was ... Read More »

Fresh Thinking

Food Cooperative’s mission to ease access to fresh produce and empower community The Southside Community Coalition is nearing the end of its design phase for the planned Food Cooperative to be constructed on the South Side, expecting to break ground in mid- to late April. Read More »

South Side Youth Get Lesson in Sustainability

South Side children got a taste of farm life and fresh pumpkin fritters as they frolicked through Tim’s Pumpkin Patch, Sunday, Oct. 23. As part of an effort to educate children about the food they eat, the Healthcare Education Project (HEPNY) hosted a field trip to the Marietta farm so that children could learn first-hand what goes into their diets. 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 »

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 »

Rising to Success

Kevin Henry used an adverse situation to his advantage, creating two popular community businesses To describe Kevin Henry as a city official is just a small part of his story. Henry has been working as a superintendent for buildings and grounds for four years, supervising a total of 70 employees. He is also an entrepreneur. And he’s a mentor, each ... 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 »