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Creating HOPE

Nonprofit fights poverty on three fronts: policy, perception and people Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E. is an anti-poverty initiative standing for Healing Opportunity Prosperity Empowerment. Syracuse is one of 16 cities chosen to participate in the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative or ESPRI. H.O.P.E. originally was created to model the Rochester Anti-Poverty Task Force to bring the community together to fight poverty. ... Read More »

Karate Master Looks to the Future

Local youth encouraged to seek out training Karate Master Roland Sims said he is bringing his sport — long on discipline and mental concentration — back to Syracuse’s South Side. “I’m trying to re-grow it, right now,” said Sims, 49, on local interest in the ancient sport. “But it’s hard because it’s the wintertime. In the summertime, all you got ... Read More »

Media Exchange

The South Side Newspaper Project has partnered with the community paper in Grahamstown, South Africa — Grocott’s Mail — for a journalistic exchange series – Your Town, Our Town. We will share stories between publications to unify, educate and enlighten both communities. Each exchange pair is shown with the same headline color.   | Recognizing Talent Syracuse resident observes Grahamstown ... Read More »

Fashion Cycle

Style Lottery hopes to ease expenses for area teenage girls in prom season and beyond “Timi” Komonibo didn’t attend prom as a high schooler, by choice. But she “got it,” and when her parents balked over her siblings’ enthusiasm for that teen rite of passage — the glamour, the gown, the tuxedos and the expense — she remembers that she ... Read More »

March Issue

The Stand’s March print issue features an exclusive look at a report on how the Price Rite construction project hired more local minorities, our next in the They Wear Blue series and a special profile on Nora Kirst, an elementary teacher who has taught many young learners in city schools. You might recognize Nora’s last name. She is married to ... Read More »

What We Learned

Five residents reflect on training, share what motivated them to attend Read More »

Train Like a Cop

Residents can attend training to learn how officers make life-and-death decisions The Syracuse Police Department’s three-day, 10-hour civilian police academy in January 2017 gave 40 community residents some idea of what it is like to make split-second decisions on when and how to use possibly deadly force, and provided the group some legal background, too. The academy answered some questions ... Read More »

Price Rite Project

VIP Structures, others celebrate its report on hiring of minority and lower-income workers The community had its eyes on the Price Rite project as it finally came together last year. And on the people who built it. What did they see? A job site like no other, says Russell Mike, whose construction company got some of the work as a ... Read More »