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What a Difference a Year Makes

Just over a year ago, we met Charles Rivers in a special in-depth journalism project on segregated housing called My Housing Matters. We reported that Rivers, his wife, their daughter and a newborn grandchild along with a nephew they had recently taken in had outgrown their current rental. Rivers, who at that time had a seasonal job with Onondaga Earth ... Read More »

Story Teller

“A picture says a thousand words, but film tells a story,” says Nykeace Bachus, a 24-year-old Syracuse based photographer, writer, editor, film director and father of two. Bachus is excelling and enhancing his craft locally and wants to go above and beyond this city. Self-taught, he humbly stated his skills becoming a photographer began by accident promoting T-shirts for one of ... Read More »

Annual Juneteenth Festival is June 18

Organizers work to bring headliner act Chanté Moore — R&B, jazz singer Syracuse community members are wrapping up fundraising and finalizing details for the Syracuse Juneteenth Festival, as they expect another record number of people to attend the June 18 event at Clinton Square. Juneteenth is a holiday that honors the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the United ... Read More »

Create a Vision

South Side group asks you to be involved in neighborhood’s future Back in 1999, the city of Syracuse established Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today, known as TNT, to allow more public input to the elected representatives of city government. Eight Neighborhood Planning Councils were formed that corresponded to the city’s eight planning areas and were named Downtown, West Side, South Side, Valley, East Side, Eastwood, North Side and Lakefront. The ... Read More »

Open Game

Chess association wins grant to create more clubs, host workshops A Syracuse middle-school teacher plans to use a $2,000 grant to help more people develop mental discipline, emotional resilience and strategic planning — all by playing a 1,500-year-old board game: Chess. Anton Ninno, 64, a computer lab teacher at Southside Academy Charter School and the founder and president of the ... Read More »

Mother, Daughter to Earn Degrees Together

Pair complete OCC programs this Saturday Mother-and-daughter pair Sharon Hill and Toni Jones will be graduating together from Onondaga Community College this semester. Although the two started at different times and never had a class together, they’ll both be receiving associates degrees at OCC’s commencement ceremony this Saturday, May 14. For Hill, 58, receiving her degree comes after multiple occasions ... Read More »

Walk for Health

Healthy Neighbors partnership encourages active lifestyles for seniors Residents of Toomey Abbott Towers are taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. The Healthy Neighbors partnership between Syracuse Housing Authority and SUNY Upstate Medical University has launched a new walking program at the senior living facility. The partnership began in 2011 as a way for Upstate to leverage its resources in the ... Read More »

Liftoff to Success

Science program at OCC helps underrepresented students Strides are being made toward increasing the representation of minority groups in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields — through Onondaga Community College’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program. Known as CSTEP, the program was established to provide support for individuals from underrepresented groups. It helps more than 100 students each year ... Read More »