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Learning to Survive

Higher Education Opportunity Program at SU provides much-needed help Against heavy odds, Cynthia Wright hopes to finally earn a college degree. Wright, a longtime South Side resident, has suffered in the past decade the loss of both parents, a frightening bout with cancer and the heartache of seeing a neighborhood she loves deteriorate around her. She decided last year she ... Read More »

The Stand's Team Covers Juneteenth Celebration

Coverage of this year’s Juneteenth Festival in Clinton Square held Saturday, June 18, was conducted by a Team of The Stand’s Community Correspondents. Reporters included: Ruthnie Angrand, Miguel Balbuena, Jeremiah Howell, Katherine Hills and her mother, Cheryl Dixon-Hills, who was so inspired by the day’s celebration she contributed a personal reflection. Also contributing was Brenda Muhammad who wrote a piece ... Read More »

Dunbar Goes to the Fair

Volunteers man Dunbar Cafe to raise funds for center’s youth A little N’awlins flavor has come to Syracuse by way of the Dunbar Association, Inc. The Dunbar Center is running a booth at The Great New York State Fair selling catfish po’ boys. Read More »

Permanent Plans

Syracuse Salt of the Earth Ministries raising money for its own place With one decade under his belt, Pastor Frankie Jackson and his congregation celebrated their first 10 years this summer with loud rejoicing … much in the same manner as how several describe the ministry’s beginning. Read More »

Student Earns International Recognition for Poem

Members of the Syracuse Federation of Women’s Clubs invited Syracuse City School District students in first through 12th grades last January to enter the national club’s youth poetry and short story contest. Club President Candace B. Edwards never thought so many students would place or that one student would earn top prize. But in the club’s first attempt to gather ... Read More »

10th Annual Youth Day Barbecue

Mary Nelson’s 10th annual Youth Day Barbecue was held Saturday, Aug. 20, and provided 19,000 students with free school supplies. Five hundred volunteers distributed items and helped at the barbecue held at the corner of South Salina Street and Wood Avenue. Read More »

The Saxman

As the Saxman and I stood in front of the Suds Factory on Clinton Street in Armory Square, we could see an apparatus for a festival being erected up the street in Clinton Square. The Saxman 51, moved to Syracuse from Trenton, NJ about 20 years ago. He has seen many of these types of festivals come and go over ... Read More »

Seniors Participate in Brainstorm Session at Dunbar

Forum held to hear what services and programs they find most beneficial After burglars broke into Mary Jackson’s house twice in the span of three months, she realized that after 33 years of living on Tallman Street, she would have to leave. “Living alone, I just didn’t feel safe in my own home,” she says, now 98 years old and ... Read More »

South Side Photo Walk

A Photo Walk is a social photography event where photographers get together to explore a neighborhood, shoot photos and practice their skills. The Stand’s South Side Photo Walk invited photographers — at any and all levels — to participate and capture the scenes from the South Side to share with the community. Read More »

Artistic Expression

Community-based art project brings six sculptures to city neighborhoods The Community-Based Public Art Project was an effort to add artwork to local neighborhoods. With $25,000 from the city budget, the Syracuse Public Art Commission along with Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today made the installation of the six pieces of  art a reality. In the South Side, a piece, “Community As Family,” by ... Read More »