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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 »

More than a Barber's Chair

Barber shops, salons in the South Side cultivate friendships and a sense of community Thirty years ago Lionel Milliken went looking for a barber and found a friend. That friend, John Murray, not only cuts Lionel’s hair, but now cuts the hair of Lionel’s wife, Carol. On a recent day in the barber shop, the three friends chatted about Murray’s ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

The South Side Initiative Office would like to thank Professor Joan Bryant for all of her help and support in the success of the Black History Preservation Project (BHPP) and the recently featured documentary “Syracuse’s 15th Ward and Beyond” Read More »

Mentoring Program Seeks Volunteers

The Center for Community Alternatives seeks to help ‘at risk’ youth change their future through support and friendship. Jason Torreano, 24, works as the mentor recruiter at the Center for Community Alternatives located at 115 E. Jefferson St., Suite 300, in Syracuse. The Stand’s community correspondent Ame Donkor conducted a Q&A with Jason to learn more. Read More »

Military News

Air Force Airman Benjamin N. O’Donnell graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Read More »

Church Kitchen Provides Meals and Support

By Miguel Balbuena, Community Correspondent Renard Cuthrell walks two miles with three of his little sisters and his little brother to eat at the Southside Church of Christ soup kitchen. He has been leading the little ones there every Saturday for the last three years. “I stay after the meal to help with the clean up,” Cuthrell said. “We mess ... Read More »

Elmwood Park

By Kumasi Knight, Community Correspondent A group of neighborhood volunteers and Corcoran High School students pulled weeds, yanked tree branches and cleared fields at Elmwood Park on a windy Saturday morning in an effort to revive the park. “These parks here have terrific potential,” said Patty Weisse, of the Baltimore Woods Nature Center. “With the price of gas going up, ... Read More »

Preview Documentry 'A City’s Fight for Peace'

Several made it out to the Friday evening showing of the “Faith and Hope Documentary: A City’s Fight for Peace,” which previewed at Sophistications Cafe in downtown Syracuse. The screening opened with readings of poetry about youth lost to street violence followed by a musical performance. The documentary focused on how violence and drugs dominates in our city due to ... Read More »

Cultivating Culture

Gardeners help Somalian tradition thrive by sharing South Side space As a boy in Somalia, Haji Adan gardened two 10-pace by 10-pace pieces of land each day. Taking care of a plot of land is the first step in the transition to adulthood in Somali Bantu culture. That tradition stopped for Adan’s family about four years ago when he moved ... Read More »