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Shining Bright

By Ashley Kang For the past 15 years Christine Barner-Hall has outfitted her home on Rose Avenue with a holiday lights display, which her niece Shiann Atuegbu believes rivals that of homes in more affluent neighborhoods.  Her love of Christmas and this festive time of year is her inspiration. “This is the time Jesus Christ was born,” Barner-Hall said. The ... Read More »

Syracuse’s Dr. Stephen Thomas Confident in Pfizer Vaccine

Chief investigator in clinical study shares insight with local doctors By Marnie Muñoz Pfizer’s research results and panel recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration have Dr. Stephen Thomas feeling cautiously optimistic about the Pfizer vaccine’s potential to help bend the COVID-19 pandemic curve. Thomas, who is lead principal investigator for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trial and chief of infectious ... Read More »

Panel Addresses Resisting the Racism of COVID-19

By Marnie Muñoz The United States solved its problems differently before 2020, said Dr. Kishana Taylor.  For every public health crisis the country encountered before, the situation would slowly ease out of the spotlight as vaccines became available — often at the expense or dismissal of marginalized communities disparately impacted by the disease. But this year, COVID-19’s enormous death toll ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

Imagine life in the near future, five years from now or even 10. Where will you be? Where will our community be? The question is: will this community be in a better position when the Interstate 81 viaduct is removed than we are today?The upcoming $2 billion tear down of the viaduct offers an enticing promise of opportunity: well-paying construction ... Read More »

A Family Affair

Pair, inspired by their daughter, develops a natural skincare line to meet her special needs By Patrick McCarthy While many businesses were shuttering their windows during a summer of unprecedented calamity, Fantasia Dunton was preparing to open the doors to her new soap store. Patience Promises Love LLC offers all natural soaps, scrubs, body butters, beard balms and more. Dunton, ... Read More »

Annual Presentation on Housing Insecurity Held

Agency explains pivot taken to address pandemic and racism By Sydney Gold The Housing and Homeless Coalition of Central New York presented its annual report Wednesday, Nov. 18. The presentation explored the state of homelessness in Onondaga, Cayuga and Oswego counties, as well as panels on the topics of “Racial Equity in Homelessness”  and “Trends in Homelessness Before and After ... Read More »

Living and Playing in Peace

Community Contributor Keith Muhammad recalls the moment he first experienced racism It started out as a blissful, pleasant and peaceful summer in 1965. That all ended the day the boy and his family moved into the neighborhood. I didn’t know his name, but I learned he’s from the south—Alabama. Family members made that known.  They also made it known that ... Read More »

Getting Back to Business

By Dominick Pfisterer Southside Fitness among 52 small businesses to receive SIDA grant   Southside Fitness is a business built on passion. When Tim Edwards opened the gym in 2016, he would come in to open in the morning, “ready to go.”  The opening process is different now. In fact, it has drastically changed even from just a few months ... Read More »

South Side Helps Set Registration Record

By Eleanor Quarles More people in Onondaga County can vote in Tuesday’s election than in any election in history. The Board of Elections says 308,296 county residents are registered to vote, the most ever. That includes new voters who have registered since the 2016 election, as well as voters who were already on the rolls. The previous record was about ... Read More »

Current Print Issue

The South Side has always been blessed with an active community of volunteers ready to lend a hand. That’s especially true during the pandemic as people stepped up to help on a myriad of fronts, including volunteering for The Stand.  Click the cover to download a full pdf version of 2020’s final print edition. Community advocates have been busy making ... Read More »