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Stay-Home Students

Workshops and networks help parents decide whether to teach their children at home As local students gear up to go back to school, a growing number won’t make it past their front doors. Instead, they will receive their education right at home. Homeschooling is the education of children under their parents’ general care and replaces full-time attendance in a public ... Read More »

Mary Nelson's Ninth annual Youth Day BBQ

A community comes together as thousands of children and families come out to be entertained, eat and receive school supplies. The smell of barbecue, the sound of music filled the air and tons of school supplies stretched across tables located in the Key Bank parking lot, as families filled the corner of South Salina Street and Wood Avenue Saturday, Aug. ... Read More »

Train to be a Volunteer Literacy Tutor

Fact: 1:5 adults in Onondaga County and 1:4 adults in the City of Syracuse have functional literacy needs. Starting in October, a Six-Week Training Workshop on Adult Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday mornings at ProLiteracy, 1320 Jamesville Ave., Syracuse. The training begins promptly at 9 a.m. Tuesday, ... Read More »

Cleaning the Scene

After crimes, local business moves in to help restore people’s homes As a longtime police detective, Virgil Hutchinson has spent countless hours investigating crime scenes. While his current police work keeps him confined to his desk for most of the day, Hutchinson spends even more time at crime scenes handling his second job: trauma scene cleanup. Read More »

Changing Lives Through The Power Of Mentoring

Do you remember the one person who believed in you when you may not have believed in yourself? Who stood by your side when others seemed to walk away? Do you think you might be able to be this positive force in a child’s life? Maybe you didn’t have a mentor growing up. Maybe you always wanted one. Across our ... Read More »

HHQ Block Blitz Moves to South Side

Are you ready to work up a sweat for your neighborhood? Local nonprofit housing and community development agency Home HeadQuarters (HHQ) is hoping people are looking for an opportunity to work up a sweat by volunteering for its annual Neighborhood Block Blitz set to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, this year both on the ... Read More »

Cool Off With a Visit to The Valley for Ice Cream

When driving out of the parking lot of Arctic Island Ice Cream on West Seneca Turnpike, turn right. Drive straight for less than a minute. Turn right onto Valley Drive and enter the Gannon’s Isle parking lot. Not only are these two family-owned ice cream places less than a two-minute drive from each other, but they also bring non-Valley residents ... Read More »

Patent Promise

Woman who invented a pill counter works to put device on the market As a little girl growing up in Louisiana, Carolyn Barrett spent a lot of time waiting around the pharmacy with her mother. “I’d ask when we were going to be done, and she’d say, when they were done,” Barrett said. Read More »

Students of Achievement

In encouraging scholarly pursuit, Xi Chapter of the Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, a national sisterhood organization whose mission is to provide community service and support, encourage scholarly pursuits and empower its members to address societal issues, held its 41th annual Youth Achievement Luncheon Saturday, June 12, at the Drumlins Country Club. The group will be highlight the achievement of high ... Read More »

Military News

Air Force Airman 1st Class Sarah E. Pittarelli graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in ... Read More »