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Local group works to restore church, make it a national historic place Central New York historians want to give the oldest African-American church building in Syracuse a second life — through a permanent place on the National Register of Historic Places. Read More »

Library Losses

Local public libraries reduce services, limit events while trying to meet people’s needs In April, the Beauchamp Branch Library, at 2111 S. Salina St., will host a series of “First Movement of the Heart: Poetry and Interpretive Dance Classes for Teens.” Jackie Warren-Moore, a local poet, and Cheryl Williams Mitchell, a dance instructor, will teach five afternoon sessions in which ... Read More »

Many Attend Defend CNY Rally

New coalition of community organizations formed in response to current economic crisis A crowd of about 200 people, brought together by a new community organization, issued a call Monday, April 4, for economic justice and a renewed commitment to civil rights. Invoking the name and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the group filled the auditorium in ... Read More »

Same House, Changing Times

Two generations of Brelands focus on positive aspects of South Side, such as decent neighbors From the second story of a yellow house, Richard Breland has watched the South Side change for almost half a century. When the 15th Ward was demolished, Breland — like many of his displaced neighbors — relocated to the South Side. But he missed the ... Read More »

Community Meeting Helps Youth Find Summer Activities

When Mary Nelson held her first anti-violence community meeting, it was a large rally of residents voicing their opinions and calling the community to action. She has since stuck to her promise of organizing meetings on the first Saturday of every month, but they’ve taken on a more organized, relaxed tone. Read More »

South Side Job Training Classes Attend Green Infrastructure Workshop

This past St Patrick’s Day students from a number of local job training programs, including Jubilee Home’s Youth Build Program and Matawon Development Group from the South Side, attended a day long workshop about green infrastructure, green jobs and green funding. Read More »

Why I Joined The Stand & Why You Should, Too

From the very first workshop I attended for The Stand, I knew that I was on the cusp of a life-changing experience. I was introduced to The Stand through its director, Ashley Kang, who sent out a slew of emails to drum up interest in the newspaper project. Read More »

Painting a Message

Students from the Creative Arts Academy paint the ‘one way to live’ Six adolescents, all student artists at the Community Folk Art Center, at 805 E. Genesee St., circled around Adrianna Cummings, a sophomore at Corcoran High School. As they watched, Cummings pooled bright red paint onto the word “violence” inscribed on a section of what will be a 120-square-foot ... Read More »

Program Gives Corcoran Students a Chance to Experience College

Story by Tonisha Gunn, a senior at Corcoran High School On Thursday, March 24, 2011, students from Corcoran High School attended Syracuse University’s “A Day at SU.” Students were able to attend classes and experience life at SU for a day. The event was hosted by SyraMatics, a nonprofit group on Syracuse University’s campus, according to Michael Foulkes, president and ... Read More »

Military Notes

Air Force Airman Ryan M. Cusano graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Read More »