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South Side Communication Center Opens, Hopes to be a Technology Hub for Residents

After four years of hard work and the collaboration of multiple organizations including the South Side Initiative, the South Side Communication Center opened its doors Wednesday, Jan. 26, afternoon. Four years ago, 2331 South Salina St. was a vacant residential building. Today, it is a crisp, remodeled structure with wood floors and windows that let in plenty of natural light. ... Read More »

School Board Motions to Close Two Syracuse City Schools

Including One on Syracuse’s South Side In an emotional meeting where tempers rose and tears fell, the school board passed a motion on Jan. 21 to close two SCSD schools – including one on the South Side, in a move that Superintendent Daniel Lowengard says will best save the district $3 million dollars and allow swing space for two other ... Read More »

At Rest at Garland

Charles Garland found his calling as the manager of the family-run funeral home Charles Garland always wanted to be a doctor. He dreamt of the days he could perform surgeries and save lives. But when Garland was a child, his future profession was already planned out for him. Instead of going to summer camp like the average child his age, ... Read More »

Seniors love 'NAP'

Program provides seniors with a chance to socialize, exercise and enjoy local activities Mary Jackson is dressed to the nines every time she steps out of her home. When she is with friends at the Dunbar Center three mornings a week, she always bedazzles in a comely outfit. Jaws drop when her age is revealed – 97. Not only does ... Read More »

Payton Memorial Holds Its First Teen Pageant

Story and photos by Olivia Harrison There was nothing but good times, happiness, and feelings of pure fabulousness to be held at Payton Memorial Church during the Miss Payton Memorial Temple Pageant held Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010 in the church located on Midland Avenue. Three beautiful young ladies participated in the event, and all three were well deserving of the ... Read More »

A Commitment to Beauty

Ma’Dear’s salon aims to teach customers how to maintain their total image, starting with hair A blue flash blazes into the salon. A short woman with slight wrinkles wearing white bedroom slippers and blue sweatshirt power walks into Ma’Dear’s Total Image Body Salon and Day Spa. Her shoulder-length, gold-highlighted, black hair flies behind her, a small piece of it tied ... Read More »

A Sunday Tradition

South Side men maintain their friendship through Sunday night trips to the bar A group of six casually dressed men in their 50s and 60s cluster around a dimly lit bar, watching the football game on TV. The men calmly drink beers, and eat cheddar cheese and crackers with homemade Hungarian peppers prepared especially for this gathering. For the past ... Read More »

Pray to Endure

The Rev. Colette Matthews stands out in a male-dominated ministry Purses in the pulpit, stilettos stomping to the beat of drums, lipstick-laden lips singing praises to God and skirts draped at the knee with handkerchiefs. These are the sights and sounds of New Covenant Baptist Church on the South Side of Syracuse under the leadership of the Rev. Colette Matthews. ... Read More »

Group Prosperity Through Networking

Tuesday, Nov. 30, Syracuse Housing Authority hosted its first Section 3 Networking Reception. The event was held at the South Side Innovation Center in Syracuse. The main goal of the evening was to bring various minority contractors together in order to create familiarity and exchange business specialties. In this sharing, it is hoped that minority contractors will begin to acquire ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor

I am writing for REACH CNY in response to “Words of Wisdom: Catholic Charities aims to educate Hispanic girls on teen pregnancy.” Read More »