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Meet the Syracuse native with a vision for a new community space By Toluwanimi Fajolu Victoria Coit launched a plan for a development on South Salina Street through her company 7Even Streams last summer alongside David and Simone Hills. The site will serve as a community space that a select group of entrepreneurs will be able to rent. The vision ... Read More »

New York’s Expiring Eviction Moratorium Leaves Many Uncertain

By Eddie Velazquez Elected leaders and eviction defense advocates are calling for stronger tenant protections and access to affordable and safe housing, as New York’s pause on evictions due to the pandemic is set to expire Jan. 15. The halt on evictions due to COVID-related economic hardships has been in place at both the state and federal levels since the ... Read More »

Reconnecting to the Land

Contributed by the Syracuse Urban Food Forest Project West Side resident Antonisha Owens is proud to say she is a farmer. She is also a licensed cosmetologist, beauty product artisan and self-proclaimed forager. If her name rings a bell, it may be on account of her previous Stand article detailing the many connections between urban foraging and entrepreneurship. Jointly written ... Read More »

Annual CNY Bike Giveaway Held

By Herm Card For the 25th time, Jan Maloff and his legion of volunteers brought some year-round joy to Central New York through the annual CNY Bike Giveaway. As Maloff looked on, hundreds of parents and children wove their way among some 2,000 donated, refurbished bicycles in the Fowler High School gymnasium, looking for just the right one. Volunteers circulated to ... Read More »

A Friendly Five

Syracuse Opera staged ‘The Ballad of the Brown King’ at South Side church Read More »

Latinx Leader

How Fanny Villarreal perseveres to advocate for others By Adrianna Adame Leaning over to insert a merengue mixtape into the DJ mixer, she makes her way back down to her seat, bringing the built-in microphone within an inch of her lips, then presses a switch that makes a sign above the door in the sound-proof room brightly glow the words ... Read More »

Families Speak Up

Advocates gather to raise concerns on potential lead exposure from I-81 reconstruction By Moriah Humiston  Darlene Medley-Williams first experienced the impact of lead when her twins were poisoned in 2018 by lead dust at the age of 2.  Now, she and her family are one of many residents in Syracuse concerned about the impact of lead poisoning due to the ... Read More »

Winter Basketball

Syracuse PAL Provides Sports and Mentorship Through New Basketball League By Thad Green The Winter Basketball League is a new initiative by the Syracuse Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) designed to provide a safe environment for local youth to stay active and learn life lessons. “Our goal is to build relationships between law enforcement and the community. (This league) is another ... Read More »